Rollin Stely Armour Sr., BA ’50, died at his home in Ponce Inlet, Florida, on March 2, 2018 at the age of 88. Born in Miami, Florida on December 5, 1929 to Thomas and Frankie Calhoun Armour, he graduated high school at 16 and headed off to Baylor University. He followed his call to ministry to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity. After serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army in Korea, he earned a Master’s in Sacred Theology and a ThD in church history at Harvard University. His dissertation became his first book, Anabaptist Baptism: A Representative History, which was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Award from the American Society of Church History. Over the course of his career, he taught at three different institutions: Stetson University, Auburn University (where he founded the religious studies department and served as its first chair), and Mercer University (where he served a term as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and from which he retired in 1998). During that time, he wrote two more books: an updated history of First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon GA and Islam, Christianity, and the West: A Troubled History, which came out just after 9/11. All who knew him agree that he embodied the ideal teacher and scholar: knowledgeable, caring, a deep thinker who brought out the best in his students and his colleagues and they, in turn, in him. Rollin’s family life was as rich as his work life. On a return visit to Louisville from Cambridge, he became reacquainted with Mary Anne Crum, who quickly became the love of his life. Their wedding several months later inaugurated sixty years of a full and loving partnership characterized by close family ties, deep and sustained friendships, and exciting travel. Both were pillars of the churches they loved and served in each place they lived. Rollin is predeceased by Mary Anne, his parents, and his brother, Thomas Armour, Jr. He is survived by his three children, Ellen (Barbee Majors), Rollin, Jr., and Stephen (Jo Smith). He will be interred next to Mary Anne at DeLand Memorial Gardens following a service at Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand, Florida on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Visitation is at 10 am, service at 11 am. A memorial service for Rollin and Mary Anne in Macon is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the General Scholarship Fund at Stetson University, the Mercer on Mission (MOM) Program at Mercer University, or to the First Baptist Church of Christ Macon Memorial Fund. His children thank all of the medical professionals who cared for Rollin in his final years, especially Dr. Gerald Woodard and his staff. We are also very grateful for the support of Rollin’s family in Florida, especially Robert Armour and his wife Kerry, the many friends who visited and kept in touch with Rollin and Mary Anne after they moved to Ponce Inlet, and the loving care provided by an exceptional team of home health workers. We consider all of them family, too. Published by Lankford Funeral Home
Mary Helen Richardson Cargill, BA ’50, of Maumelle, AR, died April 29 at age 89. On March 6, 1929, Pearl and Irl Richardson welcomed their first daughter, Mary Helen, into the world. She was born in Kennett, Missouri, the third child of five. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Helen was raised in the church and cherished her faith throughout her life. She had a close and personal walk with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Helen graduated from Kennett High School at age 17, and left home to attend college at Baylor University, in Waco, TX. In the fall of 1949, on the Baylor campus, Helen’s high school sweetheart, Charlie Cargill, proposed to his love and she accepted! Helen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in May of 1950; and, in June, she married Charlie. The happy young couple began married life together in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where Helen taught high school English, and Charlie, as a Navy veteran, continued his studies at the University of Arkansas. In 1954, Helen and Charlie moved to Angleton, Texas, where they raised their four children and became important contributors to their local community. Helen was an amazing wife, mother and teacher. She took the responsibilities of each of her roles very seriously, and performed them beautifully, without complaining. Somehow, she also managed to squeeze socializing into her busy schedule. Helen was outgoing and thoroughly enjoyed the presence of people. She enjoyed a number of close friendships, making time to invest in those relationships as well as in her family. She served her Lord for many years at First Baptist Church of Angleton. Helen and Charlie enjoyed a beautiful loving marriage for 64 years. They worked diligently to provide for the needs and the education of their children. These two were deeply devoted to one another and to their family. As much as she loved her children, Helen totally lost herself in her grandchildren. She anxiously awaited the arrival of each one, and lived for the trips to see them. Every one of her grandchildren cherished special time with their “Mimi”. Helen is survived by her brother Gene Richardson (Mary), children: Keith (Kathleen), Bruce (Barbara), Terry (Barbara), Karen (Wayne), and Cissie, along with 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Until the very end, Helen had a hunger for God’s Word and loved to abide in songs of praise and worship. Her life was a loving and steadfast testimony of strength, faithfulness, devotion, and service. Our world lost a beautiful soul when Helen left us; heaven gained a joy-filled saint when she arrived and knelt at Jesus’ feet. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to her lifelong favorite ministry, Billy Graham Ministries at https://billygraham.org/give/give-online/?SOURCE=BY130DNMG. Published by Roller Funeral Homes
Dr. Delores Gardner, BA ’50, of Denton, TX, died April 5 at age 88. Educator and world traveler Eva Delores Gardner was born on June 28,1929 and passed away on April 5, 2018. Delores was a woman ahead of her time. Leaving the safety and security of her East Dallas family home she traveled on mission trips to South America and off to university to achieve advanced degrees. She used these experiences as a stepping-stone for living and working around the globe. A lifelong collector, her home was filled with trinkets and treasures from her many life experiences. Upon her retirement she was her mother’s main caregiver until her mother’s passing. Delores received her BA (’50) from Baylor University, her MA (’53) and PHD (’65) in Education from North Texas State University. She has held positions as head of high school English in Carrizozo, NM; elementary school teacher in Mesquite, TX; teacher and administrator for the Department of Defense School System in Asia, Europe and Africa; associate professor at Wisconsin State University and associate professor at Texas Women’s University from 1967 until her retirement in 1995. She was president of the Texas Association for Childhood Education, 1972-74. Mrs. Nixon honored her at the White House as a top 100 Outstanding Educator. She received gubernatorial appointments to both the State Commission for Professional Competencies and the Committee on Early Childhood Development. She had more than 70 articles and learning activities for children published, as well as devotional and life skill articles. She was a member of First Baptist Church Denton. She is survived by her sisters Janelle Monico and Evelyn Yarbrough, nieces Angela Hickman and husband David, Lisa Beck and husband Mikey, nephews Mark Yarbrough and wife Carrie, Eric Yarbrough and wife Linda and Kim Monico and wife Lori and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. A special loving thanks to Angela and David who cared for Delores in their home for the past year and a half, as well as to the many Visiting Angels who have assisted in her care. Visitation will be April 8th from 4 to 6pm and the Funeral Service will be April 9th at 2pm at Grove Hill Funeral Home. Published by Dignity Memorial
Troy K. Nokes, BBA ’50, of Tyler, TX, died Feb. 26 at age 88. Services for Nokes will be held on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Pastor Pike Wisner of First Baptist Church of Tyler officiating. A private family burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Mr. Nokes passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 under the care of The Hospice of East Texas. He was born July 18, 1929 in Purdon, Texas to Wade. A. "Bob" Nokes and Vera Nokes. He graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a B. S. Degree in Economics. After college, he served his country in the United States Airforce as an SSG. Troy began his career in 1954 in Ft. Worth as a District Sales Rep. for Conoco Oil Company. There he met and married the love of his life, Betty Lou Roberts, in 1956. Troy then moved to Tyler with his new family in 1961 and in 1968 began working as the Regional Sales Manager for Vestal Laboratories. He accepted the position of Director of Building Services of ETMC Tyler in 1983. He remained in this position until he retired in 1995. Troy loved to serve his community and help others. He was a member of the Tyler Civitan Club. During his tenure he became President of the Tyler Civitans and also served as Vice President of Civitan International. Troy was instrumental in forming the first Adopt-a-Highway Program in the United States. He also served in many capacities with the Special Olympics. He was President and Secretary of the Fishers Class at First Baptist Church of Tyler. He was a past Grand Master of St. Johns Masonic Lodge 53 in Tyler. After retirement Troy continued to assist others as a volunteer at ETMC. He was an active and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Tyler for 56 years. He loved to serve others and was a blessing to everyone. He was a faithful member of the (C.I.A.) Christians In Action Class. He enjoyed volunteering in the Family Assistance Program and also praying for those that called the Prayer Line. Troy will be greatly missed by his family, church, friends and community.Troy was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife Betty Lou Nokes. He is survived by his brother, Clyde Nokes; son, John L. Nokes; daughter, Connie Taylor and husband Ron; grandchildren, Tim Taylor and wife Samantha, Todd Taylor and wife Tina, Jonathan Nokes, Allison McNeil and husband James, Katie Nokes and Chris Ogden; and 12 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Nokes, Tim Taylor, Todd Taylor, Hunter Taylor, Sam Dickerson and Rodney Rogers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Christians In Action Sunday School Class First Baptist Church.Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation at 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701. Published by Stewart Family Funeral Home
P. J. Tyler Jr., BA ’50, died Jan. 12 in Grapevine, TX. He was 93. PJ was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Gilpin, Texas, the only child of Pool Joseph and Eula Opal (Bilberry) Tyler. He grew up on the family farm near Milnesand, N.M., first attending a one-room schoolhouse and later graduating from Bluit High School. He earned an AA degree at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas, where he began preparing for church ministry. PJ met the love of his life, Mary Lee Richardson, in Lubbock while leading the music in a revival at College Avenue Baptist Church, where her father was pastor. The two were married in that church by her father, Luther Lee Richardson, on Sept. 22, 1946. Already in the Army, PJ immediately went to Seattle, Wash., to ship out to the Pacific Theater. While on the transport ship, the Japanese surrendered, and he served in the army of occupation as a chaplain’s assistant in Japan. Upon completing his military service, he and Mary Lee started a family while he pursued further education, first at Baylor University, graduating in 1950, then at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s in religious education. PJ served on church staff at Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, South Park Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas, Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, First Baptist Church in Artesia, First Baptist Church in Roswell, and Crestview Baptist Church in Midland, Texas. While working mainly as a minister of religious education, he also served as both music minister and youth minister at times. Upon retirement, PJ remained active in ministry, volunteering at his local hospital, singing in the Singing Men of West Texas, and participating in mission trips, including trips to Rwanda, Ukraine, Australia and Brazil. He leaves behind a rich legacy of love, service and friendship that has touched people around the world. His beloved wife, Mary Lee Richardson Tyler, preceded him in death in 1979. Survivors include son Philip Jerrel Tyler of Lewisville, Texas; daughter Phyllis Jane Tyler Nguyen and husband Tuan of Lake Oswego, Ore.; grandchildren Jessica Dawn Tyler Dunnam, Philip Jared Tyler, Paul Jordan Tyler, Patrick Joel Tyler, Jesse Tyler Nguyen, Jenny Lee Nguyen Gil, and Jamie Lauren Nguyen Colson; and great-grandchildren Cody Wayne Dunnam, Ryan Scott Eugene Tyler, Poppy Jane Tyler, Erin Tyler Nguyen, Robert Chase Nguyen, Rachele Alexis Biltoft, and Brooke Margaret Biltoft. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the wonderful, caring staff at Baylor Hospital, who helped ease PJ’s struggle with pneumonia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Vietnam Baptist Bible Institute/International Mission Board, SBC, c/o Office of Finance, International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA, 23230. Published by Artesia Daily Press
Hazel Alleen Witten Wheeless, BM ’50, of Ashburn, VA, died April 20 at age 87. In addition to being a pastor's wife (Ellington "Duke" Wheeless, BA ’49) and raising five children - including three Baylor grads (Allen, BA 1973; Karen, BA 1976 and MBA 1979; Greg, BBA 1984), Alleen was active in Woman's Missionary Union and women's leadership development for over 50 years. She served as WMU president for Colorado (1959–1964 and 1965–1966), WMU VP Member-at-Large (1967–1972), and Virginia WMU president (1992–1996). She also served on numerous Virginia Baptist boards well into the early 2000's. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, four living children, and six grandchildren.
Dr. W. R. Wortman Jr., BA ’50, of Duncanville, TX, formerly of Waco, died March 14 at age 91. Wortman was known all his life as "Pat" by virtue of having been born on St. Patrick's Day and welcomed into the world by the attending physician's comment, "Well, here's another little Pat.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hazel (Lee) Wortman; brother, Robert L. Wortman; and beloved wife, Liby Covington Wortman, whom he married in 1949. Pat and Liby enjoyed sixty-two years of truly happy wedded life. Pat was a product of the public school system of Beaumont, Texas and always claimed that Ogden School was the finest elementary school in the land. It was from Odgen School, and from a mother who constantly read to him, that he acquired his lifelong love of books and learning. This love of books and learning would eventually lead him to become a Professor of English at Baylor University where, like the Clerk in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, "gladly would he learn, and gladly teach." Wortman was a professor of English at Baylor from 1967 to 1996. He was the first person to teach an entire class on C.S. Lewis. Wortman was Chief Marshall for Baylor graduations for many years. He and his wife Liby, BA ’50, MSEd ’82, and George and Katie Stokes, were sponsors of Kappa Theta. A member of the Greatest Generation, Pat volunteered for the Army in 1943 and served in the South Pacific and the Philippine Islands during WWII. When he returned to Texas after his service, he enrolled in Baylor University, where he met and married Liby Covington, which he always said was the best decision he ever made. With Liby's help, Pat earned a Bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a Master's degree from Lamar University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Pat and Liby are the parents of two daughters, E'Lynne Elliott and Patti Mitchell. All four family members became educators, a fact which pleased them all. Pat retired as Professor Emeritus of English after thirty years of service to Baylor University. He was a member of a number of professional organizations and frequently presented papers at professional meetings. In 1972, the Baylor Student Body elected Dr. Wortman as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. That was the last year that the selection was left entirely to the choice of the student body, which made the honor even more meaningful. One of Pat's unique contributions to Baylor is that he originated the idea that Baylor should have a ceremonial mace for use in graduations and other formal occasions. He assisted in selecting the artifacts used and created the design for the official mace that is still in use today. Pat was honored to be named Bearer of the Mace for Baylor's Fall 1997 commencement exercises. Liby retired from Midway Independent School District where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1991. E'Lynne is a retired speech pathologist, working most recently for Highland Park ISD in Dallas, and Patti retired from Midland ISD as a school librarian. Pat enjoyed a wide variety of avocational interests. In his younger days, he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson 80 Flathead motorcycle. He was a charter member of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra, and a member of several Civic Chorus groups and church choirs, where he added his beautiful bass voice to some of the world's great choral music. He enjoyed target shooting, building model railroad layouts, using tools (especially woodworking tools), photography, amateur acting (he played the part of Dr. A.J. Armstrong in the 1982 production of The Towers of the Brazos, Orlin Corey's play about Baylor's history) and book collecting. He was particularly proud of his first editions of some of the works of C.S. Lewis. Pat and his family were always enthusiastic campers and travelers. He and Liby especially loved cruising. Many of Pat's interests included service to others. He was a Volunteer Fireman in Moody, Texas, the Red Cross Disaster Chairman in Beaumont, a volunteer with the Victim Service Unit of the Waco Police Department, and a volunteer (after having undergone quadruple bypass surgery himself) with the Hillcrest Heart to Heart program. His favorite later-in-life volunteer job was driving the Providence Hospital golf cart, ferrying patients from the parking lots to their destinations on the Providence campus. Pat considered himself exceptionally blessed by a kind and merciful Heavenly Father. His prayer for Liby, during her lifetime; for his daughter, E'Lynne and husband, Alan; his daughter, Patti and husband, Greg; for his grandchildren, Angela and Ryan Gough, Katy and Darrell Brunson, Mary and John Skinner, William and Melanie Elliott and Scott Simpson; for his great-grandchildren, Corley and Wesley Elliott, Ethan Gough and Emily Skinner; for his dear sister, Nancy Beth Davenport and late husband, Ken; and for other family and friends was this: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m., until 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco. Memorials may be made to Pat and Liby Wortman Memorial Fund, Midway Education Foundation, 13885 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712. Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.LakeShoreFH.com. Published by Waco Tribune
Samuel Elton Boswell, BA ’51, of Brandon, MS, died Feb. 24 at age 91. He was born March 27, 1926 in Bluff City, Arkansas to Samuel and Ola Boswell. He spent his early life in Camden, Arkansas with his parents and seven siblings. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, fighting with the 96th Division USA (The Deadeyes) at the battle for Okinawa. After the war he attended Baylor University on the GI bill, graduating with a degree in physics. He subsequently began a career with Welex, a subsidiary of Halliburton, as a petroleum engineer. In 1954 he married Beverly Jane Andersen. With his work Sam, Beverly and their children travelled extensively, living in Nevada, Louisiana, Texas, Saskatchewan and Alberta Canada, and Venezuela. In 1970 the family settled in Laurel, Mississippi. He retired in 1986.
Sam enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and working in his garden. He spent his latter years with daily walks in the mall, visits to the library, and drinking coffee with his friends at the Waffle House. He is survived by a sister, Margaret Amis, three children Brenda Nolan, Daniel Boswell and Karen Boswell and five grandchildren Heather Chapman, Ryan Chapman, Savannah Boswell, Jake Boswell and Rosalie Nolan. Services will be held at Memory Chapel on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Visitation will begin at 12 noon and the services will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Lake Park Hills Cemetery. To sign the online guest book, visit www.memorychapellaurel.com.
Jack Dietz Brooks, BA ’51, of Fayetteville, AR, formerly of Camden, AR, died April 2 at age 90. He loved people, children, dancing, gardening, growing figs and making fig jam, his pets (Mac and Gracie), and golf. Jack loved rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Dallas Cowboys and the Baylor Bears. Jack worked for Lockheed Martin for thirty-eight years. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his parents, Deitz and Ada Brooks of Kilgore, TX; his brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Joy Brooks of Plano, TX and a son, Scott Carmony of Kansas City, MO. He is survived by his wife, Betty Crowder Brooks of Farmington, AR; six sons, Michael Brooks and his wife, Judy of Granbury, TX, Pat Brooks and his wife, Kay of Irving, TX, Kelly Brooks of Dallas, TX, Neil Carmony and his wife, Felicia of Texarkana, TX, Brent Carmony and his wife, Victoria of Texarkana, TX and John Crowder and his wife, Karen of West Fork, AR and four daughters, Marissa Riddles and her husband, Arthur of Dallas, TX, Melinda McLaughlin and her husband, Rob of Kansas City, MO, Denise Hildreth of Texarkana, AR and Pam Montgomery and her husband, Mike of North Little Rock, AR. Jack was affectionately known as Poppa Jack to twenty-seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018. Services will be 2:00 Friday at Proctor Funeral Home followed by interment at Lakeside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001.
Merle Seth Brower Sr., BM ’51, BA ’52, of Austin died Feb. 10 at age 87. A time of visitation is set from 5 to 7pm Thursday February 15, 2018, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan, Texas. Life Tribute services are set for 11am Friday, February 16, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center with interment to follow at the Bryan City Cemetery.
Merle was born in Stonewall, Oklahoma, the youngest of 10 children. His mother and father, Joe T. and Davey Brower, farmed all their lives. Nicknamed “Squirrel” by his dad because he was so fast, he made many friends, some of which he continued contact with through school reunion visits as late as last year. And although he lived most of his life in his beloved Texas, he was always proud of his Oklahoma roots and still subscribed to the local paper, The Stratford Star.
Merle went to work with JC Penney’s in 1950 in Waco, Texas while attending Baylor University. He rose through the managerial ranks, transferring to stores in Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, San Antonio, Harlingen and Austin. He was the manager of the downtown Austin store from 1963 to 1970. In 1972, Merle bought the men’s clothing department from the University of Texas Coop, named the Toggery. Over the years Merle had 7 Toggery locations throughout Austin, providing fine clothing for men and boys. Merle was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Air Force, and was very proud of his service. Merle had many friends throughout Austin and other parts of the country. These friendships evolved through his many interests…hunting, the Hill Country, genealogy, wildflowers, dominos, and of course his love of Texas History. There was probably no other person as well versed in this history as Merle (and that includes university professors and authors). Merle was a Christian, attending various Baptist churches over the years. He also played the harmonica, enjoyed country music, and appreciated landscape art (his favorite artist was Porfirio Salinas). He was a past member of the Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club (the oldest Lions Club in the World), Chamber of Commerce, numerous merchant and retail associations, various civic organizations, and a Vice Commodore in the Austin Aqua Festival. He is survived by Merle Seth Brower, Jr.; Robin M. Brower, wife Ann, Bari Lynn Scherrer; husband Bob; Stanley Acord Brower, wife Marsha; and Jeffery David Brower, wife Cindy. His 13 grandchildren are Heather Mearns, Beth Hoffman, Katherine Morrow, Meryl Brower, Kyle Brower, Caroline Scherrer, Rebecca Scherrer, Tyson Brower, Braxton Brower, Aspen Stewart, Kyndal Brower, Winston Brower, Cinnamon Brower. His seven great-grandchildren include Jaycee Mearns, Cadence Hoffman, Kinlee Mearns, Carson Davis, Paisley Morrow, Knox Morrow, and Kylie Brower. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. Merle’s family thanks you for your support, friendship, and love over the years.
Martha Ann Lomax Campbell, BA ’51, of San Angelo, TX, died March 4 at age 87. Ann Lomax Campbell passed peacefully from this life to her heavenly home on March 4th, 2018 at her residence in San Angelo, TX. Martha Ann was born April 6, 1930 in Meridian, Texas to J.T. and Mary Jane Evans Lomax, joining a host of Lomax relations in that small town. She graduated from Meridian High School in 1947 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Baylor University in 1951. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Meridian. During high school Ann enjoyed working on the school newspaper and yearbook staff. She was a "yell leader" and honor student. She began dating Johnny Campbell, who was a year ahead of her, and often flew with him in his open cockpit Stearman bi-plane. While attending Baylor, Ann accompanied Johnny on his first night solo flight. Throughout all their years together he called her "his most fearless co-pilot". The two were engaged in 1948 while John was on leave from the U.S. Navy and were married in Meridian on December 27, 1950. They celebrated their 67th anniversary a few months ago. Following their wedding, Ann and John lived in Norfolk, Virginia where John was stationed. Their first daughter, Suzy, was born in 1952 back home in Meridian while John was on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic. The family later moved to College Station for two years where John completed his education, eventually settling in Dallas where he began flying for Continental Airlines. Two more children were born, John in 1957 and Janie in 1961, completing their family. Through the years Ann "held the fort" during John's trips, created a loving home and was dedicated to her husband and children. Ann was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess and entertained frequently in their home. Her home cooking and thoughtful hospitality were the heart of every family gathering for years and years. They had many wonderful friends who were always welcome and she learned to remain calm and add plates to the table when John told her that he had invited several - sometimes many - people for dinner! Travel was a constant in the family's life and much enjoyed by all. Ann could get everyone packed, dressed in "Sunday best" clothes and to the airport with amazing speed when John announced that he had five non-rev tickets for a flight in a few hours! She loved to reminisce about her "trips of a lifetime" with John, which included many European countries, a Mediterranean cruise, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, and the Micronesian Islands in the South Pacific. Most memorable were their several trips alone, in one of John's seaplanes, to Canada and Alaska. She loved the beauty of the mountains as they flew up the Al-Can Highway and Alaska Trench. She was an alert plane-spotter, but said she never got nervous with John at the controls. Being married to John Campbell was an adventure and she embraced it with good nature and a wonderful sense of humor. The love they shared has been a solid foundation and inspiration for their children. Ann was never more delighted than each time she became "MomMom" to her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She said that watching them grow and play together was a joy beyond words. Throughout her life she has been a model of grace and faith. Her love has always been the active kind and her entire family is forever blessed. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Mary Jane Lomax, in-laws Marian and Elmer Campbell and son-in-law Jeff Trentacosta. She is survived by her loving husband, John Ross Campbell. Also surviving and giving thanks for her life and legacy are her daughter Suzy and husband Patrick Makins of San Angelo, son John and wife Judy Campbell of Morgan, daughter Janie Trentacosta of Fredericksburg, grandchildren Daniel (Claire) Makins, Sarah (Chris) McAlister, Jessie Trentacosta, Kaitlyn (Andy) Hawrylak, Matthew (Kelsey) Campbell, and Melissa (Sam) Naquin, great grandchildren Cal and James Makins, Hallie and Ty McAlister, Noah Jet Naquin, and Robert Hawrylak, sister Jane (Paul) Bolton, brother Jim (Carolyn) Lomax, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lyndale, Stephanie Melendez, Sierra Vista UMC, and Hospice of San Angelo for their care for Ann and family. A Celebration of Ann's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Meridian, TX on April 6th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Friends and family can sign the online register book at www.harper-funeralhome.com Published in GoSanAngelo
M. Wayne Cummings, JD ’51, of Coppell, TX, passed away April 6, at age 89. He was born October 15, 1928 in Gatesville, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1951. He then served as First LT. Judge Advocate General's Corps for the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain during his tenure in the Officers' Reserve Corps where he was honorably discharged in 1963. He began practicing law in 1955 with Federal Land Bank of Houston followed by Underwood, Wilson, Sutton, Heare and Boyce in Amarillo. In 1961 he joined Diamond Shamrock Oil and Gas, later Maxus Energy Corporation, Exploration Company and Assistant General Counsel of Maxus Energy. From 1991 to 2017, he served as Of Council to Sprouse, Shrader, Smith PLLC law firm and its predecessor. He retired from the Sprouse Firm on September 30, 2017 at which time he became an inactive member of the State Bar Association of Texas. Everybody loved Wayne, from his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, to everyone whose lives he touched. He had a passionate joy for life, which showed in many ways, but especially in his love of jokes and stories. He loved the Lord and lived his life as an example of how a Godly man should live. He married his wife of 52 years, Betty, in 1965. Together they raised five daughters and one son. Throughout their marriage Wayne and Betty realized their dream of traveling the world, visiting many continents and countries. He also enjoyed a good game of golf and was a fan of George Strait and John Wayne.
Wayne delighted in family and especially loved the times when they were all together. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his six children and their spouses, his ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Virginia Mayberry Neel, ’51, of Waco died Nov. 29, 2017, at age 87. Visitation with Virginia's family will begin at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 2017, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard. A graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017, at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Virginia was born on August 12, 1930, in Waco, to Thomas A. Mayberry and Emily Pate Mayberry. She attended Waco public schools and graduated from Waco High School. She graduated from the Hillcrest Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. As an RN, she used her training to provide health care initially in doctor offices then later in the first official nursing home in Waco started by her parents. For three years, she taught a Health Occupations course at Richfield High School in Waco. She also taught Health Occupations night classes at old South Junior High School in Waco and a class at McLennan Community College. She spent most of her health care career at the Hillcrest Medical Center location on Herring Ave. in Waco from 1979 holding various positions until her retirement on November 21, 2008.Virginia was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clovis Neel; brother, Tom Mayberry; and sister, Peggy Nelson.
Survivors include her son, Cliff Neel and wife, Sarah, of Hewitt; daughter, Lisa Chunn and husband, Danny, of San Antonio; and grandson, Jeffrey Chunn and wife, Heather, of Pipe Creek, Texas. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at the Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center in Waco and the staff at Bluebonnet Health Services Hospice in Waco. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center.
Richard S. Stark, ’51, of Gainesville, TX, died April 13 at age 89. Dick grew up in Gainesville where he graduated from Gainesville High School, enlisting in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 25th, 2 p.m. at First Christian Church in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests memorials be made to First Christian Church of Gainesville, Home Hospice of Cooke and Grayson Counties, or the charity of your choice. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM First Christian Church 401 N Dixon St Gainesville, TX 76240 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:00 PM First Christian Church 401 N Dixon St Gainesville, TX 76240.
R. D. “Buddy” Roberts, BBA ’51, of San Antonio died Feb. 13 at age 88. He was the son of Bob B. Roberts, Sr. and Helen Harper Roberts. Helen died when Buddy was 18 months old. His father subsequently married Wilma Blanche Legate who adopted Buddy and his brother and was Buddy's adored Mother. Buddy was a lifelong resident of San Antonio. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Baylor University. He served as an Air Force officer during the Korean Conflict. He was active in the roofing industry for most of his business career and was employed for 19 years at Beldon Roofing Company which he considered his second home. He is predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Bob B. Roberts, Jr. and his son-in-law, Kenneth Carlson. He is survived by four daughters and 3 sons-in-law; Rollyn Carlson, Robin Walker and husband, William and their mother, Barbara Cater Wilson, Kimberly Zinsmeyer and husband, Vincent, Deborah Whitis and husband Lamar, stepson David Burrows and wife, Deborah; five grandchildren, Lindsey Kirsch, Justin Buchanan, Kelly Kennedy, Emily Aleman and husband Alex, Brantley Zinsmeyer; four great grandchildren; Jessica Kirsch, Elizabeth Kirsch, Landon Kirsch and Jameson Buchanan; three nieces, Quinta Roberts de Cuevas, Kathleen Roberts and Rose Garceau and three cousins; Maxine Cobb, Minnie Walker, Patricia Crisler and husband Art. Private family graveside services will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your liking.
Janey Lee Miers Young, BA ’51, of Dallas died June 20, 2017, at age 87. Janey Lee was born on 28 January 1930 in Dallas, TX at Baylor Hospital in the Florence Nightingale wing. She died of kidney failure. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther C. Young, Jr. of Orange Grove, TX, her son Luther C. Young III of Kingsville, TX, and her parents Fred Hale and Fannie Lee Elizabeth (Martin) Miers of Plano, TX. She is survived by her daughters LeeAnn Young and Laura Jane Young, both from Dallas; her grandchildren, Laurel Creasan Young and Luther Creason Young IV, both of Kingsville, TX; her niece Patricia Ann Edwards Bruchey and husband, and great-nephews David III and Andrew Bruchey, all from Millersville, MD; her brother Fred Martin Miers, Sr. of Picayune, MS; her sister Ann Elizabeth Miers Edwards and brother-in-law, Walter F. Edwards, both of Chandler, TX; her nephew, Fred Martin Miers, Jr and his wife Mariela Morse Miers, both of Broussard, LA; her niece, Jana Miers Hart and family of LA; her nephew Thomas Walter Edwards and family of Slaughter, LA; her nephew Stephen Edwards and family of Shappardstown, WV; her niece Mary Ann Edwards and children, Alex and Ashley, of MD; her niece Rebecca Ann Edwards Greenwood and husband of MD; and her "adopted son" Larry Ramsey of Robstown, TX. Janey graduated from Plano HS Class of 1947. The Miers family lived at 902 16th St in Plano for over 40 years. Her father was mayor of Plano, TX from 1950-56 and helped set the naming conventions of Plano streets (alphabetize east-west streets and number north-south streets). Janey graduated from Baylor University in 1951 with Bachelor's degree in Education. On 9 June 1951, she married Luther Young in Honolulu, HI, where he was stationed with the U.S.Marines. Janey earned her Master's degree in Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. Her husband was a coach/athletic director, so the family lived in North Little Rock, AR; Senatobia, MS; Aransas Pass, TX; and Corpus Christi, TX. After the family moved to Corpus Christi, TX, Janey was the first school counselor at Foy Moody HS when it opened in 1987. The family moved to Orange Grove, TX in the early 1970s. Janey was Assistant Superintendent for Special Education at Robstown ISD. She designed and oversaw the construction of a new Special Education HS in Robstown and was the school's principal as well until her retirement. Janey and her husband were active in Eastern Star in Robstown. She was their Worthy Matron for 3 terms.
Rev. Robert Lee Bateman, BBA ’52, of Vero Beach, FL, died April 7 at age 87. Today, he is rejoicing in the presence of Jesus with all those who went before him. He spent his life, morning by morning, renewing his relationship and love with and for his Lord. He then went about showing God’s love to others one person, one day at a time. And in those 60 plus years of ministry, many souls were touched by God’s love and countless generations will continue to be impacted. A gifted communicator, every Sunday was a joy to hear God’s truths revealed though him. Because of God’s love for and through him, he faithfully lived a life of eternal impact providing us all with a picture of a LIFE WELL LIVED. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Juanell Herrington Bateman, whom he loved with an amazing passion; his children, Mary Beth Folterman (Bill), Chuck (Ann) and Mark (Lori) to whom he was a faithful father; 8 grand children and 3 great grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and a sister, Florence Fagan (Rudy) in whom he was very proud. He was a graduate of Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas, Baylor University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was an officer in the USAF during the Korean Conflict. He faithfully pastored churches in Texas, Ohio and Florida. A life celebration will be held at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 beginning with a meal and visitation at 5:00 p.m. and service at 6:30 p.m. Graveside service will be on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kirbyville City Cemetery off Shaw Guy Road in Kirbyville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to First Baptist Church Merritt Island First Initiative Project 140 Magnolia Ave., Merritt Island, Florida 32952.
Janice Martin Boothe Broomall, BA ’52, of Austin died April 14 at age 86. She passed away following a three-year struggle with cancer. She was born on September 21, 1931, in Yoakum, Texas, the eldest daughter of Martha and Gabriel Boothe. After spending her early childhood in a one-bedroom cabin on the ranch her father owned and tended, the family moved to a quiet pecan-tree lined street in Yoakum, next door to her grandparents. She graduated from Yoakum High School in 1949 and Baylor University (Waco) in 1952. After graduating Baylor, she moved to Victoria to teach second grade. It was there she met Lt. Les Broomall, a dashing young pilot stationed at Foster Air Force Base. They married on April 9, 1955, and three years later were flying off to Chaumont, France, with two young children in tow. From France they soon moved to England, and from England to Laramie, Wyoming, where the family grew to five. Moves and travels across the US and Europe too numerous to list continued, leading one relative to dub them "the nomadic branch of the family". Through it all, Jan maintained an active role in church and Air Force Wives' Club activities, collecting antiques and souvenirs and friends along the way. On a second sojourn in England she visited churches around the countryside making brass rubbings of commemorative plaques from the middle ages. After 30 years of Air Force life, they settled in Austin but three years later moved to Cupertino, California for Les' second career at Lockheed. There Jan worked at the library, sharing her lifelong love of reading, and volunteered teaching English as a second language to immigrants from different parts of the world. Retirement brought her back to Austin but did not diminish her enthusiasm for travel. There were numerous visits to children and grandchildren in Wyoming, Washington state, South Dakota, Alaska and England; to visit relatives in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, and around the great state of Texas; trips to Air Force reunions in Arizona and Nevada, and high school reunions in Pennsylvania and Texas. An active mind and love of education led to Elder Hostels in many of these same places. During her remaining weeks here with us, she was visited by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from around the country. Just days after their 63rd anniversary, Jan said to her husband, "I don't want to leave you, but I'm ready to go." She spoke with each of her children to say goodbye. We didn't want you to leave, but go in peace, with our love, our blessings, and the knowledge that you remain forever in our hearts. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Les; her children, Bill, Cathy and Shari; grandchildren, Paul, Gaby, Nick and Lizzy; great-grandchildren Pasha and Shamon; and sister Sharon. She was preceded in death by her parents and her younger sister Marilynn. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 pm at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Visitation on Thursday April 19 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750. Interment will be Monday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, or to the charity of your choice. Published in Austin American-Statesman
Ann Beasley Butler, ’52, of San Antonio died April 21 at age 87. Ann was born and raised in Alabama by her loving parents the Reverend and Mrs. Harvey Beasley. She attended Baylor University, where she met and married Ted Butler. Later she graduated from Trinity University with a B.A. then received her MA degree from U.T.S.A. She worked for the Texas Department of Human Resources as Program Director of Child Development and Training and later Program Director for the Aged and Disabled. Ann always said, however, that her greatest accomplishment was rearing her three children. She is survived by her children, Melinda (Lamont) Beckett, Richard (Tina) Butler, and Julie (Gus) Beck; her grandchildren, Clinton (Patricia) Butler, Dustin (Eleanor) Butler, August (Crystal) Beck , and Annie (Aric) Shuler; and by eleven great grandchildren. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Woodland Baptist Church, 15315 Huebner Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Baptist Church or the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff of the Laurels at Stone Oak for their attention and loving care. Published in Express-News
Mary Holdar Caton, BBA ’52, of Garden Ridge, TX, died March 3 at age 86. Born in Waco, Texas, she graduated valedictorian of her high school class of 1949, as well as being "Most Beautiful" in her senior year. She continued her education at Baylor University, and earned a bachelors degree, Magna Cum Laude, while receiving recognition as a "Baylor Beauty" and officer in several social clubs on campus. She married the love of her life, Ralph W. Caton, in 1952, and soon moved to Stanton, Texas, where he established a law practice. She worked diligently beside him, supporting his entry into a political career, first as County Attorney, and later as District Judge in Howard, Martin, and Glasscock Counties. Mary's intelligence, social graces, and ease in making friendships complemented and supported Ralph's position in the community. Whether it was church, social, or civic activity, the quiet southern lady offered her time generously and with passion. In 1986, they relocated to Garden Ridge. While he continued as a Senior Judge, Mary did what she did best...connecting and building friendships to endure. Once again, she involved herself in many local organizations, committees, and clubs while establishing meaningful relationships among residents in the area. Known by many as "Miss" Mary, she touched the lives of those around her. Her interests were wide and varying but always of benefit to others by advocating for animals, conservation, and gardening. Many spontaneous conversations with neighbors walking past her front garden occurred while she tirelessly "weeded" the flower beds. Mary was quick to offer a visit on the front porch and a cool drink to friends. As a multi-generation Wacoan, she taught the value of family through treasured photographs of her beloved grandfather and precious "Aunties", keeping them alive through touching stories and loving recollections. Her husband, Judge Ralph W. Caton, preceded her in death in 1996. She is survived by a sister, Linda Holdar Prickette of Dallas. Mary cultivated a lovely garden of her own with husband, Ralph. They raised a daughter, Ann; and a son, Carl. Ann is married to Michael Gill, and they have two sons, Andrew and Stuart. Carl and wife, Kelli, enjoy their two adult children, Brooke and Chad. In her lifetime, Mary was further blessed by the birth of two beautiful great-granddaughters, Brooke and Tyler's sweet Alli, as well as Andrew and Colleen's precious Valerie. The family wishes to express appreciation to all of her friends for their loving kindness and support. A Memorial Service for Mary was held Friday, March 9, 2018. Published in Big Spring Herald
Charlene Harrison English, BA ’52, of Flower Mound, TX, died April 15 at age 87. She previously lived in Leesburg, VA and in Lewisville and Farmers Branch, TX. Charlene was born of Chester Mae and Leslie Clyde Harrison on December 30, 1930, in Ft Worth TX. She received her first degree in Elementary Education from Baylor University. She received her Master’s Degree of Special Education from North Texas State University and also was awarded a Certificate of Educational Administration. As the Director of Special Education for the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District, where she might be remembered as Charlene Sandifer, Charlene created programs for special needs students. These programs continue to serve thousands of students to this day. Charlene was a member of Webb Chapel United Methodist Church, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and followed football intently. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, cooking, and decorating. Charlene is pre-deceased by her brother Harry Harrison, and her husband, Leslie Foy English. She is survived by her three loving children: Dane Angus and his wife Angell of Lewisville, Leslyn Arnold and her husband Jonathan of Leesburg (VA), and Jennifer Miner of New Smyrna Beach (FL), 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was also very close to her sister-in-law Darlene Harrison, of Crowley, and to her son-in-law Phill Miner, of Lewisville. A time and place for a memorial service will be announced. She will be cremated and interred with her late Husband Leslie Foy English at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Published by Dalton and Son
William Taylor “Bill” Harris, BBA ’52, of San Antonio died Feb. 23 at age 87. Bill Harris passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 23, 2018 after suffering a severe stroke at the age of 87. Born in Conway, Arkansas on March 10, 1930, Bill was the oldest living son of Ruth Taylor and Daniel Shoupe Harris. He was married first to Jayne Harris, then Rosalind Harris, and then Sherill Harris. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife Sherill, his brother Fred Harris and his sister Shirley Attebury. He is survived by his seven children - Jayne Lightfoot, Daniel Harris, Bobby Harris, Cheryl Harris, Stephen Harris, Nicolyn (Nicki) Harris, and Russell Harris - and his step-daughter Kelly Lane. He has about 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A graduate of Harlingen High School, he lettered in football, basketball, and track and held records for the high jump. Attending Baylor University on a basketball scholarship and receiving a B.B.A., Bill played in the Final Four and the team won the Southwest Conference Championship. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War in Japan and played basketball as a Player/Coach for the Air Force. He worked in the insurance business and in commercial real estate. He was the President of Heritage Insurance Managers, the President of Eagle Life Insurance Company, and the President of Iron Horse RV, Inc. He was a partner/owner of the San Antonio Wings, a short-lived World Football League franchise. In retirement, he traveled the county in his giant RV. He drove to all 254 courthouses in Texas researching and photographing them, and he assembled an unpublished book. He was a volunteer park ranger in a National Park for many months. He taught history classes for a local retirement organization. He loved the Spurs. He watched the Olympics in Atlanta and saw every major Tennis Grand Slam. He cruised all over the world -through the Panama Canal, down the Mississippi River, through the English Channel, and more. He was active in his church. He had many hobbies including tennis, golf, basketball, hiking, bridge, bird watching, and he was a competitive ballroom dancer and played in the local Senior Olympics. He coached many of his children's sports teams. He had a great singing voice and could whistle any tune. He loved to sing and dance and find the sunny side of life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Vitas Hospice Community Connection or the Alzheimer's Association in William Harris's name. A Memorial Service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio on Sat., March 10, 2018 in the main Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following the service. Family visitation will precede the service beginning 10:00 a.m. Published in Express-News
Dorothy E. Marley Harrison, BBA ’52, MSECO ’54, of Temple, TX, died Dec. 15, 2017, at age 95. Dorothy was born on June 26, 1922 in Mart to Scales P. and Ethel Burney Marley. She was a graduate of Mart High School and Draughon’s Business College in Dallas. Where she worked as a secretary and personal assistant for several business firms. She then moved back to her home in Mart and attended Baylor University in Waco. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in economics. She then went on to teach economics at Baylor until she married Ben F. Harrison, who was a locomotive engineer for the Santa Fe Rail Road in Temple. Dorothy then began teaching at the School of Business at Temple College until her retirement in 1987. She was a long time Member of Christ Episcopal Church in Temple. She was a caring and devoted wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by her chosen family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and beloved daughter, Sarah.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her nephews, Kenneth Marley of Wilmington, OK, Douglas Marley of Cypress, TX, Michael Sudderth of Port Aransas, TX; niece, Kasandra Wright of Bonham, TX; and her chosen family, Deborah Kedziora of Temple, TX, Ray, Rhonda, Elizabeth, and Alec Ochoa of Taylor, TX. Graveside services were held Monday, December 18, 2017 at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Beverly Maples Chancellor, BSHE ’53, of San Pedro, CA, died Jan. 13 at age 85.
Martha Belle Holland Conine, BA ’53, of Austin died Feb. 20 at age 85. Marty was born July 17, 1932 to Lan Morgan Holland and Minnie O’Dell Holland and grew up in McAllen with her sister and brothers. After their mother died unexpectedly when Marty was just two years old, she spent many summers with her Aunt Willie and Uncle Dewey in Rotan, Texas and later with her sister Doris and brother-in-law Bill in Monahans. She graduated from Baylor in 1953 and taught school in Galveston before moving to Midland in 1955. Marty loved Midland and lived there until last November. Known for her sweet and elegant demeanor, Marty was generous and kind to all. She also had a wonderful sense of humor. When her oldest niece would visit during the summer, Marty would buy an old-fashioned pinwheel, hold it out the window of the car and drive down the street singing Moon River at the top of her lungs, much to the delight of her niece. Marty took her nieces and their friends to see The Music Man many years ago and marched up and down the aisle of the movie theater during Seventy-Six Trombones, playing an imaginary trombone. She made every activity fun. Marty was a fiercely loyal friend and defender of her family. She was overjoyed when she became a mother to Nancy Lynn and was heartbroken when Nancy passed away in 2001. Marty taught English and speech before Nancy was born and again from 1997 until 2003. Ever the teacher, she felt compelled to correct blatant errors in grammar right up until she died. Marty was a member of First United Methodist Church in Midland and was active in the Junior League and Midland Community Theatre. Marty excelled at play readings and acting. Among her roles were the ghost Elvira in Blithe Spirit, and in 1963 she starred in Midland’s very own movie production of High Noon. Marty loved her monthly Chocoholics gatherings and frequent lunches with her treasured Midland friends. The highlight of every summer was the visit from her beloved granddaughters. She adored them and was so thankful to have living reminders of Nancy. Marty was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Nancy Conine Hester, her sister Doris Holland Parker and her brothers O’Dell Holland, John A Holland, and Nick Holland. She is survived by her granddaughters Jordyn and Jodi Hester of Superior, Colorado; sisters-in-law Clo Holland of El Paso and Joy Holland of Houston; nieces Marty Parker of Austin, Mary Parker of Austin, Cathy Holland of Coppell, Jenny Holland Miller (Clay) of Mandeville, Louisiana; and nephews Johnny Holland (Kathryn) of El Paso and Keith Holland of Georgetown. She also loved and was loved by her nieces’ and nephew’s 12 children and grandchildren. A celebration of Marty’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Glass Chapel, First United Methodist Church in Midland. For those who wish, memorial donations to the charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated by Marty’s family.
Dr. William “Bill” Daniel Hillis, BS ’53, of Austin died April 26 at age 84. a longtime resident of Waco, passed away peacefully on the evening of April 26, 2018. Visitation will be at 10:30 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 2, at Seventh and James Baptist Church of Waco, with the Rev. Erin Conaway officiating. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery will follow. Bill was born near Dardanelle, Arkansas, and then moved with his family to Fort Worth, Texas. He met his wife of nearly 65 years, Argye Briggs, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They were married on December 23, 1952. Argye and Bill shared an adventurous life of science, medicine, and family, as they traveled across the world, living in Baltimore, Maryland; Copenhagen, Denmark; San Antonio, Texas, Covington, Louisiana; St. Johns, Florida; the Congo; Calcutta, India; Waco, Texas; and finally Austin, Texas, where Argye passed away in 2017. Bill attended his beloved Baylor University, majoring in Chemistry, before he completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was in the AFROTC program at Baylor, and later rose to the rank of Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. Argye and Bill had three children, William Daniel (Danny), David Mark, and Argye Elizabeth (Beth), who were born in Baltimore and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bill was a virologist, who discovered the first primate model for Hepatitis B, a key to developing an effective vaccine, while raising their children in the Congo during a revolution. He continued his virology career in Calcutta, India, before returning to Johns Hopkins in 1970 to resume his career in clinical medicine. He became a respected nephrologist and epidemiologist, and was the first Director of the internationally acclaimed Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins. In 1981, they returned to Baylor where Bill became the Cornelia Marschall Smith Distinguished Professor of Biology. He chaired Baylor’s Biology Department and later became Baylor’s Executive Vice President and then Vice President of Student Life. He was devoted to teaching and led summer programs for Baylor in London and Maastricht, Netherlands. In Waco, Bill was a member of Seventh and James Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir. In 2012, Argye and Bill moved to Austin to be closer to members of his family, while maintaining their deep friendships in Waco. Bill was loved and admired, not only by his wife, his three children, and six grandchildren, but also by his many friends, colleagues, and relatives throughout the world. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the William and Argye Hillis Scholars in Biomedical Science Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor University, 76798-7344.
Betty Ross “BR” Kelley, BA ’53, of Providence Village, TX, died March 3 at age 86. born on April 26, 1931 in Baptist Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas to Garnet and Elizabeth Jackson. She graduated from San Jacinto High School Houston in 1949 and Baylor University in 1953.
She was an active member of South Main Baptist Church for 48 years from the time enrolled in the Cradle Roll until she moved to Wharton. She was employed as Church Staff Receptionist at South Main for many years as well as volunteering as choir member, committee member, and mission activities. In 1979, BR moved to Wharton after marrying Louis Preisler. During her years in Wharton, she worked as church secretary as well as volunteering as Wedding Coordinator, Church Clerk, General Sunday School Secretary, Choir member, committee member, and mission activities. She served Texas Baptists through the Baptist General Convention of Texas as a member of the State Missions Commission, Theological Education Committee, and Board of Directors for The Baptist Standard. Louis died in July 2008. BR married James Kelley on October 17, 2009. BR’s hobbies included all kinds of puzzles: jigsaw, crosswords, Sudoku, and card games. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks. Preceding her in death are her parents and sister, Jo Stevens. BR is survived by her husband, James Kelley; brother-in-law John Stevens; nephews: Randy and Scott (Robin) Stevens; nieces: Kristin Knutson (David), Dawn Embry, Diane Kirkland, Debra Vogel (Joe); stepchildren: Glen Preisler (Lori), Sharon Shafer, Judy Leber (Fred), Dennis Kelley (Melinda); numerous great nephews and nieces; “Love Son” David (Susie) Hill.
Richard Thomas Moody, BA ’53, of Ennis, TX, died Feb. 27 at age 87.
Obert Aga, BA ’54, of Angleton, TX, died March 9 at age 94. He was born August 7, 1923 to Tonnes Tharaldson Aga and Tillie Larson Aga in Grenora, North Dakota. He was very proud of his Viking Ancestry with his family roots going to Aga, Norway. He was the oldest of 7 children-six brothers and one sister. At 14 years old, his father died and he quit school to work full time to support the family. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945, aboard the USS Cleveland. He later returned in 1947 and served until 1952 in the Naval Reserve. After the Korean War, he returned to high school and went on to Baylor University and graduated as a teacher. He taught approximately 30 years with Weslaco High School. After retirement, he continued to substitute teach at Angleton High School and work part time at Kroger. He was a man who could fix anything and was always working multiple jobs. He was also a member of the VFW, Toastmasters, Texas State Teachers Association among other groups. He is survived by his youngest brother Alton Aga and youngest sibling sister Margaret Aga, two step children-Paul Leach (Donna), Lillian Cooper (Gary), 6 grandchildren-Scott Cooper, Harley Leach, Eddie Leach, Kimberly Hinchman and Clayton Hinchman, Lisa Lethco and 16 great grandchildren, and two very special nephews-Neil and Lloyd Aga. Private services will be held at Paul Leach’s ranch.
Ladelle Dennis Bisel, BA ’54, of Houston died March 26 at age 84. Our beloved and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend touched all of our hearts in many meaningful ways and will be missed and remembered forever. She believed in positive thinking, optimism, and finding your own creative way. She believed there was a creative solution to any problem. She respected every individual's dignity and worth as a fellow human being. A graduate of Baylor University, she was an exceptional artist, a third grade teacher, and a creative art teacher. She exhibited her own artwork in juried shows and was a member of the Art League of Houston. She spent a great deal of time drawing, writing poetry, reading philosophy, Jungian psychology and comparative religion. She loved learning. She served on the Sage Council at the C.G. Jung Education Center. She was a Master Programmer in Neuro Linguistic Programing. For many years, she did volunteer artwork for the Houston Independent School District and was named Honorary H.I.S.D. School Board Member. She was a volunteer clown in children's hospitals.
She is survived by her loving husband, Gordon L. Bisel; daughter, Becki Brickwedde and husband Axel; son, Chris Bisel and wife Jamie; and grandchildren, Reagan and Devon Bisel. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on April 10, 2018, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Ladelle Bisel's honor, to the Alzheimer's Association, 6055 S Loop East at Long Drive, Houston, TX 77087. The family wishes to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, as well as Ladelle's loving caregivers, Theresa, Kelly, Audrey, Eva, and Lillie. Published in Houston Chronicle
Clint Cunningham Blackman Jr., BBA ’54, died Feb. 24 in Corpus Christi, TX. He was 86. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley Hughes Blackman, two sons, Clint III (Judy), and Christopher (Diana), granddaughters Candace Hines (Clinton) and Jen Lavelle (Kevin), as well as three great-grandsons, whom he adored, Brock and Cory Hines and Jack Lavelle. In addition, he leaves behind many cherished members of his extended family as well as dear friends. Clint was born July 2, 1931, in Austin, Texas. He was a proud graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he earned his BA in Business and met his future wife, who was also a student at Baylor. After a tour of duty in the Air Force, Clint moved his family to Longview, Texas, and started making his mark. He pioneered self-service gas stations in East Texas and created the Thrifty Man chain of convenience stores, among other business developments and interests. He learned to fly so that he could expand his chain of gas stations to his beloved Texas Gulf Coast. He was invited to speak to business students at the University of Texas in Austin about his extensive career as an entrepreneur. In 2004, Clint and Shirley moved to Rockport, Texas, and opened Austin Street Gallery, which they operated for 10 years. Clint had a lifelong love of “big water,” sailing, power boats, and fishing. He loved to sit on the back porch at their home in Rockport and look out at the water. A memorial service will take place at on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 1pm, at St. Peter by the Sea Episcopal Church, 555 Enterprise, Rockport, Texas. A reception at the church celebrating Clint’s life will follow directly after the service. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Clint’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.
Ralph Miles, BBA ’54, of Rockwall, TX, died April 24 at the home of his daughter where he lived for the past 6 years. He was 84. "Hard working hands are now at rest." Ralph Miles, 84, of Dallas, Texas passed away in Rockwall, Texas He was born in Jefferson County, Texas on July 19, 1933. Ralph grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, graduated from Baylor University and served in the United States Army. He was better known around Dallas as "The little man at the mail center on Samuell Blvd" where he owned and operated the company for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Barbara Miles and Granddaughter, Raquel. He is survived by his son, Chris Miles and wife, Beverly and daughter, Lori Nalley and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Jack, Dawson, Michael and Kimmie and 5 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 12pm at Grove Hill Memorial Park. Published in Dallas Morning News
Bobbye Jean Northen, ’54, of Shreveport, LA, died Feb. 16 at age 83.
Dr. Kenneth Blake Pearce, BA ’54, of Fort Worth, TX, died Feb. 12 at age 86. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole where a Rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made payable to the TCC Foundation, 1500 Houston, Fort Worth, TX 76102, designated to the Kenneth Blake Pearce, M.D. Nursing Scholarship. Ken, "Spec" as he was known to friends, lived a life legends are made of. Born November 18, 1931 in Crane, Texas to Joseph Segal Pearce and Mittie Priscilla Pearce. He was the youngest of five children. The family later moved to Waco. There he was a member of the Waco High State Champions Football team, a Texas Relays champion runner, as well as a Golden Gloves welterweight champion. Following graduation from Waco High School, Ken played football at Arlington State before finishing his degree at Baylor University. While in school he worked at his family's oil company, Hudson Oil. After college, he attended Tulane University where he earned his Medical Degree as well as a Masters in Pharmacology. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Adele Maguire. During medical school and residency in Wichita, Kansas, Ken and Nancy had six girls in five years, Anne, Brenda, Nancy, Dede, Mary and Blake. The family settled in Fort Worth, where Ken started practice as an Anesthesiologist and had resided until his death. During his career, Dr. Pearce served as Chief of Staff and a Board of Trustee at Huguley Medical Center and Chief of Anesthesia at All Saints Hospital. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Tarrant County Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Texas Society of Anesthesia. He was an avid golfer, made three hole-in-one shots and played regularly with golfing great and good friend Ben Hogan. He also served as Board of Governors at Shady Oaks Country Club and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. In addition to taking tremendous joy in raising his daughters with his beautiful wife, he spent much of his time quietly giving back to others in the community. He put twenty people through school, many single parents. He did this without telling anyone. When asked by a student why he offered to do this, he responded "because you deserve the ability to go make something of yourself." He had a wonderful sense of humor and a signature laugh. Ken cherished his time with his many grandchildren, and was always available for a life lesson or ride on his red Rolls Royce golf-cart. His strong character and love will remain a lasting legacy on those he touched while he was here. Ken is preceded in death by his parents Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Mittie Pearce; siblings Mr. Joseph Pearce Jr., Mrs. Midge Hill, Mrs. Clara Pace; and two beautiful daughters who were taken too early, Brenda Pearce, and her twin, Nancy Pearce. SURVIVORS: He is survived by his wife, Nancy; four daughters and their families, Mrs. Anne and Dr. James Reeves of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mrs. Susan "Dede" and Dr. Todd Samuelson of Fort Worth, TX, Mrs. Mary and Mr. Paul Lea, Esq. of Covington, LA, Mrs. Nancy "Blake" and Dr. Andrew Quinn of Houston, TX; sister Mrs. Louise Carlisle; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Published in Star-Telegram
Tommie Bunting Pigg, BA ’54, of Richardson, TX, died March 7 at age 84. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m., Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, TX. A reception will follow. She was born Tommie Catherine Bunting Oct. 5, 1933 in Bryan, graduated Stephen F. Austin High School in 1951, and Baylor University with a BA in Education in 1954. She returned home to marry her high-school sweetheart, James Calvin Pigg, also of Bryan. They were married 63 years before she lost her valiant four-year fight with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Tommie was the daughter of William David and Dorothy Bunting. Her father served as Brazos County School Superintendent and was instrumental in desegregating county schools. Tommie began her own career teaching third grade at Crockett Elementary where her first class saved pennies to buy her a tiny box of glass animals. She kept that little box of animals until the day she died. She had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel to the mountains. She loved sitting home with Calvin in front of a fire on a cold night. To know Tommie was to know a soft-pillow hug and a radiant smile. "She was so enthusiastic," writes friend and author Tim Sandlin. "The little things excited her. She loved without question." Tommie is survived by her husband, James Calvin Pigg, her younger brother William David Bunting, Jr., and his wife Joyce, her daughter Deborah Pigg Bedford, and her husband Jack, her son James Calvin Pigg, Jr., and her grandchildren Jeffrey Taylor Bedford, Avery Elizabeth Bedford and Cooper James Pigg. She is also survived by nieces and a nephew she dearly loved, Laurie Bunting Weesner, Amy Bunting Storrie and William Clayton Bunting. Memorial gifts can be sent in her honor to St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Road, Ashland MT 59003, give.stlabre.org. Gifts can also be sent to her church, address above, 75082.
Dr. William H. Preston Jr., BA ’54, of Booneville, MS, died April 23 at age 85. He was born in Nashville, TN on August 31, 1932 to the late William Hall and Nancy Elizabeth Roebuck Preston. In Nashville, Dr. Preston attended Peabody Demonstration School (now the University School of Nashville) where he excelled in baseball, football, and basketball and was class president in his junior and senior years. After high school he went to Peabody College. In 1954 he graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX where he received a bachelor's degree. He then went on to attend the University Of Tennessee School Of Medicine in Memphis, TN where he received his M.D. in 1959. William served his internship in 1960 on the George Washington University Service at D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C. From 1961 to 1964 he was an OBGYN resident at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. He then went on to Case Western Reserve University Hospital in 1964 where he was a special resident in obstetric anesthesia. Dr. Preston practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for 54 years in Booneville, MS. He brought thousands of babies into the world and cared for countless patients from his city and the surrounding area. He truly loved the practice of medicine. He was a 40-year board member of Baptist Memorial Hospital, an institution that was dear to his heart for his entire career. William served on the executive committee from 1970 to 1996 and as chairman from 1980-81 and from 1987-88. He was the first board chairman of the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences from 1995 to 2002. An avid member of the Rotary Club since January of 1956, he had perfect attendance for 50 years. He served in multiple roles over the years, including club president and district governor. He received the honor of being named a Paul Harris Fellow and also named to the Rotary International Hall of Fame. He was a champion for public education in his community. He served on the Board of Trustees for Tupelo Symphony and was an advisor and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Booneville where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and past president of the choir. Visitation is scheduled from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Monday April 30, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Booneville. A celebration of William Hall Preston Jr.'s life will be held at 1:00 P.M April 30, 2018 at First Baptist Church officiated by Bill Sherman. Pallbearers include James Grantham, Anderson Preston, Edward Hill, M.D., John Stanford, Brad Walden, Ann Floyd, Jason Nix, Frank Gattuso, and Billy Smart. Honorary pallbearers include Tommy Alexander, M.D., Swan Burrus, M.D., the Rotary Club of Booneville, and the medical staff of Baptist Memorial Hospital - Booneville. Interment will follow at Booneville Cemetery. Those left to honor William's memory include his wife of 60 years: Jane Anderson Preston of Booneville, MS; Son: William Anderson Preston M.D. and wife Kimberly of Jackson, TN; Brother: John Preston and wife Sara of Farmington, NM; grandchildren: William Anderson Preston Jr. and Abigail Paige Preston; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Miriam Preston Collins and husband Dr. Perryman Collins. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation 350 N. Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120, the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 1003 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, Baylor University - Waco, TX 1311 S. 5th Street, Waco, TX 76798, or Bill Glass Behind The Walls 1101 S. Cedar Ridge Duncanville, TX 75137. Magnolia Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of William Hall Preston Jr. M.D. Online condolences may be expressed at magnoliafuneralhome.net. Published in The Daily Journal
Marilyn V. Green Sullivan, ’54, of Waco died March 16 at age 86, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., March 31, at Crestview Church of Christ, 7129 Delhi Road, Woodway, TX 76712. On July 15, 1931, Marilyn was born to William Vastine Green and Aletha Elizabeth Sneed in Mayfield, Kentucky. After high school, she attended Murray State College in Murrary, Kentucky. Marilyn graduated in 1953 with a degree in education. She was a cheerleader and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Marilyn taught physical education after college for several years before jetting off to New York City to be a flight attendant with American Airlines. After several years in New York, she transferred to Dallas, where she met the love of her life, Mickey Sullivan. They were wed on October 13, 1957, six months after meeting, and were married for 54 years. Marilyn liked playing bridge, was a talented seamstress, enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader, and loved Baylor baseball. She volunteered for many organizations, including Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society. A member at Crestview Church of Christ for over 50 years, she taught Sunday school and ladies Bible study and volunteered with Friends Speak. Marilyn was known by everyone for her positive outlook on life. She perfected the art of enjoying the moment and never complained. Marilyn found ultimate joy knowing her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lived in her heart. Her family and friends will remember her well as an example of how to approach each day with an open and giving heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vastine and Aletha Green; and husband, Mickey Sullivan. She is survived by her son, Vince Sullivan; daughter, Tina Proffitt and husband, Loyal Proffitt; grandchildren, Cameron Proffitt-Hill and husband, Cody Hill, Carson Proffitt, Beau Sullivan, Jaxon Sullivan, Layne Sullivan, and Michael Oualaalou; and daughter-in-law, Michele Benninger. Also a special thanks to Marilyn's caregiver Nell Love, as well as the members of Crestview Church of Christ for meals, visits, and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Crestview Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society.
Martha Ann Matthews Albright, BA ’55, of Arlington, TX, died Feb. 28 at age 83.
Lt. Col. Duane F. Alexander, BS ’55, of Janesville, WI, died Jan. 17 at age 99. Duane was born on July 22,1918 in New Glarus as the youngest of six children to Davis and Della Alexander. He enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1936. He married Bette Van Etten in 1938. Duane began working for the Wisconsin State Journal, but was later mobilized for one year of active duty training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. While he was there, Bette gave birth to their son, Ron, in Madison. Just prior to completion of that training the United States entered World War II, so Duane was extended on active duty for the duration and deployed to the Pacific theater. During his service in the Pacific, Duane became a warrant officer, and later a commissioned officer. Following the war he remained on active duty and served in numerous duty locations, to include Battle Creek, Michigan where their daughter Suzanne was born.
Duane retired from the army in 1962 and immediately became the business manager of the Janesville Medical Center. Bette later passed away in 1971. Duane subsequently met and married Lorraine Gray in 1972. He retired from the Janesville Medical Center in 1977 and they moved to Arizona to pursue his passion for golf. They returned to Janesville in 2003 to be near family.
Duane is survived by his son Ron (Lisa) Alexander, daughter Suzanne (Brian) Gray, step-daughter Barbara Clem; grandchildren Tim Weir, Mike (Jamie) Alexander, Amy (Ryan Clark) Eckert, Chris (Carrie) Weir, Patty (Dan) Ratterman, Eric (Cheryl) Thornton, and Cory (Sarah) Weir; 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, wives Bette and Lorraine, and step-son-in-law Bob Clem. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday January 27, 2018 at the Cedar Crest chapel, with a reception to follow at Cedar Crest. Chaplain John Froiland will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Duane’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ECHO at 65 S. High St, Janesville, WI 53548 or Badger Honor Flight, Inc. at PO Box 258066, Madison, WI 53725. The family would like to thank Heather Dorn and all the rest of the staff at Cedar Crest as well as Agrace Hospice Care for their attentive care. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.
Richard “Dick” Lee Berry, BA ’55, ofDallas died Feb. 7 at age 84. was born October 7, 1933 in Charleston, South Carolina, to Harriett Reeder Clarke Berry and Elmer Alexander Berry. His mother remarried in 1941 to William J. (Wimpy) Wulbern, who helped raised Dick and brother Don during formative years. In 1951 he graduated from Rivers High School in Charleston then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He was the first in his family to go to college. While at Baylor, he was a yell leader with his younger brother Don, and graduated with a BA in 1955. After Baylor, he joined the Navy and was commissioned in 1956, and awarded his Navy wings in Beeville, Texas in 1956. Providentially, Dick met Mary Jane Richards, a Baylor Freshman, at a revival in San Antonio in 1956. They were married June 14, 1957, at Alamo Heights Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, where her father, Dr. Mark H. Richards, was pastor. Navy life took them to Jacksonville, FL, Philadephia, PA and Columbia, MO. During these years the family added 4 children, Richard Michael (Mike), Jon Mark (Mark), Janet Lynn (Lynn), and Jeffrey Christopher (Jeff). Dick also was on an extended Naval cruise aboard the USS Forrestal with operations in the Mediterranean. Dick joined Braniff International Airways in 1966 and the family moved to Dallas, Texas. The family joined First Baptist Church and were active members for many years, with Dick active in teaching Sunday school and in church leadership. They later attended Reinhardt Bible, and then Dallas Bible church. He was active as a dad with coaching sports teams as well as participating in the Boy Scouts for many years which brought him great joy. He loved cycling, outdoor activities, woodworking and Military History. As the family was launching its oldest to college, another daughter was born, Rebekah Nealie (Rebekah) Berry. Rebekah was born with Down Syndrome, and was received into the family as a gift from God, and Dick was very tender with her for many years. After Braniff, Dick flew for Continental until his retirement in 2002. He continued living in Dallas, and spent his retirement years in Dallas, though they were complicated by a Parkinson-like condition which left him bedridden for the last 4 years of his life, a condition which he endured with courage, patience and long-suffering until his death on February 7, 2018. Dick is survived by wife, Mary Jane Richards Berry, 5 children, their spouses, and 16 grandchildren, and one great grandson. Mike (Sarah) Berry, and his 2 sons: Ian and Nathan Berry of Dallas; Mark (Sue) Berry, and their 7 children: Christian, Grace, Daniel, Luke, Daniel, Mary Faith, Shepard, Hope Berry of San Antonio; Lynn Berry Landes Krueger (Mike Krueger), and her 4 children: Katie Landes McGuire (Cody), Chandler, Caleb, and Carson Landes of Dallas; great grandson Landen McGuire;Jeff Berry and his 3 children: Trevor, Reagan, and Brooke Berry of Dallas; Rebekah Berry, Dallas; Brother, Don Berry, Waco TX, and sister Nancy Dowdy, Charleston, SC. Funeral Service will be held at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch 75234, on Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Finishing Well Ministries (finishingwellministries.org) or Entrust Ministries (entrust4.org /Ronnie Stevens).
John Maxwell Burket Jr., BA ’55, MS ’60, of Tyler, TX, died Feb. 21 at age 84. John, often known as "Tykie" by his long-time friends and relatives, was born on April 8, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1951. He studied geology at Baylor University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1955 and later a master's degree. He married his beloved Doris Morgan in 1956, who preceded him in passing in 2003. John enjoyed a long career of teaching. He began as a professor at Texarkana College for several years and continued at Tyler Junior College (TJC) for more than 35 years, retiring in 1996. As a professor of geology, he saw many students come through TJC and enjoyed imparting the knowledge of geology, from the science of the rocks to the wonder of the dinosaurs that roamed the earth. To family, friends and students, John was known for his great storytelling. He was a very outgoing and personable individual, and he absolutely loved engaging in conversations and sharing stories with those around him. His faith was very important to him, as John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tyler for many years, joining the Green Acres Baptist Church of Tyler in his later years. John is survived by his brother Steve Burket and wife Alice of Tyler, his daughter Kay Gilbert and husband Todd of Tyler, his son Morgan Burket and wife Julie of College Station, and granddaughter Melissa Burket of College Station. Online condolences may be left at www.burkswalkertippit.com.
Patricia Jack Driver, BBA ’55, of Conroe, TX, died Feb. 9 at age 84, surrounded by her loving husband and family. We take comfort in knowing that she is at peace and rejoicing in Heaven with her family and friends. Pat was born and reared in Quanah, Texas. She attended Quanah High School, class of 1951. She went on to attend Baylor University, class of 1955, and graduated Cum Laude with a Degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, she married her hometown sweetheart, Elvis Doyle Driver. They recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary. On her life's journey, Pat called several places in Texas "Home", including Quanah, Waco, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, Sherman, Lakeway and Conroe. She also loved living overseas in London and Singapore. Professionally, she taught high school short hand, held accounting positions with CPA firms and helped run the family Insurance Agency. Personally, she was a wonderful wife and mother, as well as a doting "GaGa" to her 5 amazing grandchildren. Pat loved Doyle's home cooking, the Cowboys and the Astros, hunting, fishing and playing baseball, especially with her father, Jack. She had a passion for traveling and making lifelong friends wherever she ventured. Her love of good competition led Pat to win a Women's 9 Hole Golf Championship in her local country club. Never shying away from anything, she met every challenge head on. A perfect example was learning to drive a stick shift on the "wrong" side of the road while living in England. Pat was the ultimate vacation planner, taxi driver, little league baseball coach, cheerleader, grammar wizard, grandchild babysitter and make up model! During Patricia's final days, she was surrounded by her loving family: Her devoted husband, Elvis Doyle Driver, two loving sons, Derek Driver (Amy Driver) and Tony Driver (Dennis Maloney). She was blessed to have five adoring grandchildren: Tate, Teddi, Natalie, Davis and Summer. She was greeted in Heaven by her mother and father, Dolly Perryman Brazil and John Thomas Brazil (Jack). Helping to celebrate her Life, her wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins will also be attending her service. The Celebration of Her Life will be at the First Baptist Church, Quanah, Texas, 601 S. Main Street at 1pm Saturday, February 24, 2018, with Dr. David Smith officiating. Her viewing will be from noon until 1pm that same day. Interment will immediately follow her service at the Quanah Memorial Cemetery. Special thanks to Kathi and Mike Beimer, Janis Singletary and Lyndi Shadbolt for their help in planning Pat's Life Celebration. All Heaven rejoices today! Our Patricia is finally home! Published on yourconroenews.com
Hon. Walter M. Holcombe, BBA ’55, of League City, TX, died March 26 at age 84. Walter was born in Iraan, Texas, on June 22, 1933, and raised in Pecos. He graduated from Baylor University, served in the US Air Force, and later received a law degree from St. Mary's University. He was a longtime attorney, serving as County Attorney, District Attorney, County
Court-at-Law Judge, as well as US Magistrate. He is preceded in death by his former wife, June Daugherty. He is also preceded in death by his previous wives, Yvonne Holcombe and Martha Holcombe. Walter is survived by his wife Sharon Holcombe of League City, Texas; his children, Merry Spencer of Waterloo, Illinois; Yvonna Johnson and her husband, Scott, of League City and Pecos, Texas; and Walt Holcombe of Los Angeles, California; sisters, Nora Gray and her husband, DeVearle, of Kerrville, Texas; Martha Martin of Midland, Texas; Florence Cummings of San Angelo, Texas; and Patty Montgomery and her husband, Dudley, of Lubbock, Texas. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Visitation will be held on Monday April 2, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Pecos Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 3,2018 at 2:00 PM. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Diabetes Association, National Hospice Foundation or West of the Pecos Museum. Arrangements are being taken care of by Pecos Funeral Home. To sign the guest book go to www.pecosfuneralhome.com. Published in Odessa American
Toye Holland, MSEd ’55, of Waco died April 20 at age 89.
Dr. Calle LaVeta Ligon, MA ’55, of Johnson City, TN, died March 10 at age 92.
Col. Franklin Delano Peschel, BBA ’55, died April 4 at age 84. Colonel Franklin Delano Peschel, USAF Retired, died on April 4, 2018, at the age of 84. He was born in Holland, Texas, on July 4, 1933, to Louis and Hedwig "Hattie" Beyer Peschel, and grew up in Granger, Texas. Franklin met the love of his life, Marjorie Alma Bachmeyer, in 1956 and they traveled the world together. They were married for almost 61 years and have four children. It is only fitting that Franklin shared his birthday, July 4, with our nation as he spent his entire life proudly serving and defending the principles and freedoms of the United States, rising to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force. Franklin is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marjorie Peschel, daughter Darbey (Richard) Wehrle, son Derek (Kathleen) Peschel, son Daron (Susie) Peschel, daughter Deena (Mark) Evans, and seven grand children: Evan (Caitlin), Megan, Brooke, Kiley, Bailey, Ainsley, and Emma; and numerous other close family members and special friends. Visitation will be held April 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm and a celebration of Franklin's life will be held April 24 at noon, both at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.Published in Express-News
R. Norris Rose, BA ’55, of Durango, CO, died Jan. 26 at age 84. R. Norris Rose went home to be with his Lord Fri, Jan. 26, 2018. He was a devoted husband of 61 years to the love of his life, Nelda, and a wonderful father to Dayna, Don and Laurie. He took great delight in his 4 grandchildren: Sherie, David, Ian, and Rob, and his great-grandchildren. He was an avid skier and hiker and loved most sports, playing and coaching baseball and football. He was especially fond of music, singing with the Durango Choral Society and doing some choir directing as well.
Norris was known for his generous and giving spirit, and lived out his Christianity by helping others in need as much as he could... shoveling snow, driving cancer patients to treatment, working with the handicap ski program, etc. Norris loved his country and served it well as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, then Air National Guard. He was born March 17, 1933 and always looked forward to his St. Patrick's Day birthday celebration with green cake! He will be missed... but we will see him again! A memorial service will be held Fri, Feb. 2, 2018 at 1st United Methodist Church of Durango at 11:00am. Published in The Durango Herald
Marion S. Smith, BA ’55, of Asheboro, NC, died March 16 at age 86. Mr. Smith was born in Augusta, Ga., on Feb. 8, 1932, to Charles and Rozella McManus Smith. He was a graduate of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, received his Bachelor’s in Divinity from Southeastern Seminary and received his Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. Marion was retired as Director of the Randolph County Department of Social Services, where he served from 1962-1994.
He was the first manager of any Randolph County agency to hire an African-American employee. He helped to establish the Mental Health Board of Randolph County and was a longtime member of the board of the Ferree Educational Fund.
Marion was also a United Church of Christ Minister. He formerly pastored at the St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Lexington, Happy Home United Church of Christ in Ruffin, First Congregational Christian Church in High Point, and First United Church of Christ in Liberty. He loved to research and study for his sermons.
Marion was formerly employed with Pugh Funeral Home as a greeter. Marion received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor James Hunt. He was a longtime Democrat, a member of the Optimist Club and Toastmasters. He was a caring father, an avid fan of the Washington Redskins, American Legion Baseball and the Asheboro Copperheads.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Moyer Smith; daughter, Deborah Allen of Liberty; sons, Barry Wayne Smith of Ramseur and Douglas Stevens of Franklinton; stepsons, Daniel Griffith and wife Tallie of Raleigh and Doug Griffith and wife Sarah of Statesville; grandchildren, Noah Hudson, Edward Griffith, Elizabeth Griffith, Wilson Rogers, Emma Rogers, Melissa Kirkendall, Renee Morgan, Shannon Freeman, and Amanda Smith; great-grandchildren, Clayton Morgan, Sage Brower, Ivy Brower, and Janna Brower; and sister, Charlene Smith Ross of Winfield, Mo.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the First E&R United Church of Christ, 221 Cliff Road in Asheboro, with the Rev. Lance Perry officiating.
Memorials may be made to First E&R United Church of Christ, 221 Cliff Road, Asheboro, NC 27203; and to The Voice of the Martyrs, 1815 SE Bison Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006.
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Lloyd W. Wilson, BS ’55, of Longview, TX, died Feb. 22 at age 85. He was born on October 1, 1932 and passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018. He graduated with honors from La Vega High School, Baylor University, Abilene Christian University and earned an MBA from the University of Dallas. Memorials may be made to Pine Tree Lodge, 2711 Pine Tree Rd., Longview, TX 75604 or Heartsway Hospice, 4351 Mccann Rd, Longview, TX 75604.
Dr. Leland Stanford Fox, BM ’56, MM ’57, of Natchez and Oxford, MS, and New York City, died Feb. 20 at age 87. Born in Worcester, MA, he was Professor of Music, Director of Opera and Associate Dean at the University of Mississippi. He had 2 degrees from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He started his career as a chorister in the St. James Boys Choir in NYC. He sang from the time he was nine years old until he was 16, after winning a city-wide singing contest promoting war bonds. Orphaned at 16, he charted his own course. He was a singing waiter and auditioned for the original cast of South Pacific. After working for Good Housekeeping, he was drafted and stationed in Texas, where he lived for 10 years. He met his wife of 53 years, Wanda Nelson, at Baylor. They first sang together in Madame Butterfly. He was a tenor. He sang and conducted music across the country. His favorites included Handel's Messiah, Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and Danny Boy. He was the choir director at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford for 20 years. He completed his 75th year of singing in choirs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez. He was President of the National Opera Association and founding editor of the Opera Journal. At Ole Miss he started Summer Showcase, directing musicals for the community. He directed and sang in many operas and was true to his calling as a singer, conductor and educator. He also taught music at Baylor, the University of Oklahoma, and Pensacola Junior College, where he discovered his love of the beach. He was an avid reader, a gentleman and an example to many. He often led sing-alongs, especially on St. Patrick's Day. He is survived by his 2nd wife of nine years, Emily Crews Fox, his children Megan Knox (Gina Ardoin) of Lake Charles, LA and Kevin Fox (Margo) of Austin, TX, and his beloved grandchildren, Noah and Kyra. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's, Oxford on Friday, March 16 at 1 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. There will be a Choral Evensong service at Trinity Natchez on Sunday, March 18 at 5:30 pm. Local arrangements are under the direction of Laird Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's, 113 South 9th St., Oxford, MS 38655 or the Trinity Episcopal Church Choral Scholarship Fund, 305 South Commerce St., Natchez, MS 39120. Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com. Published in The Daily Journal
Dr. Jim Lee Rogers, BA ’56, of Rome, GA, died April 25 in Winchester, Tenn. He was 82. Dr. Rogers was born in Waco, Ga. on May 10, 1935, son of the late Luna Lafayette Rogers and the late Susan Florine Pollard Rogers. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ken and Max Rogers. Dr. Rogers was a graduate of Waco High School, finishing when he was 15 years old. Upon graduating and working for a while, he left for Waco, Texas and enrolled in Baylor University, pursuing a degree in Radio and Communications. After graduation from Baylor, he took a different path. He began his journey in medicine when he enrolled at the University of Georgia for his Chemistry Degree. Upon completion, he began his studies at the Medical College of Georgia. After graduating from medical school, he came to Rome and served a year internship at Floyd Hospital. Then, his military obligation began and he served as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Honorably discharged as a Captain, his duties included the medical well-being of several Generals, including having examined former President General Dwight D. Eisenhower. After his discharge, he began his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. For nine years, he practiced in Madisonville, Ky. at the Trover Clinic before returning to Rome in 1976. He set up his practice here and founded the Northwest Georgia Ob/Gyn Clinic, retiring from his practice in 1999. Upon his retirement, he purchased J. Supply Company here in Rome, which his family continues to own and operate today. Dr. Rogers served on the Medical Executive Committee at Redmond Park Hospital from 1981 until 1982 and served as Chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Floyd Medical Center from 1983 until 1985. He was a member and Deacon at Second Avenue Baptist Church and was a Charter Member of Seven Hills Rotary Club. He was a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He was awarded The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Diploma and received the Redmond Park Hospital Award for Dedicated Service in 1980-81. Dr. Rogers was Founder's Level of the President's Club, Medical College of Georgia and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for J. Supply Company. Dr. Rogers was the team leader from Second Avenue Baptist Church for the "Meals and More" program for over 15 years. Recently, upon his resignation from that position, he was awarded for his service and participation by Dr. Bill Davies. Dr. Rogers felt like this was the greatest award he had ever received. Survivors include his wife, the former Dois Smith, to whom he was married on June 21, 1959; two daughters, Susan Rogers Robbins (Freeman) and Allyson Rogers Dulaney (Barry), all of Rome; two sons, Craig Rogers and Rhett Lee Rogers (Renee), all of Rome; a special daughter, Tammy Kirkpatrick, Cartersville; four sisters, Beverly Harrison, Carrollton, Brenda Mull (James), Woodstock, Patsy Meunier (Tommy), Bremen, and Peggy Bailey (Flint), Dallas; a brother, Don Rogers (Yvonne), Roswell; a sister-in-law, Emma Jo Rogers, Smyrna; 10 grandchildren, Christy Deams (Joey), Corey Howle (Nathan), Dr. Austin Rogers, Lynley Darkow (Erik), Andrew Rogers, Hayden Robbins, Burton Dulaney, Alex Rogers, Harlan Dulaney, and Hannah Maddox (Patrick); two great-grandchildren, Tucker and Tate Deams; nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Second Avenue Baptist Church. His Pastor, Dr. Monty Stallins, will officiate. The family will receive friends at Second Avenue Baptist Church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Avenue Baptist Church Memorial Endowment, 823 E. Second Avenue, Rome, GA 30161, or to William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, 3 Central Plaza PMB 198, Rome, GA 30161-3233. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
Rev. David Manley Shuttlesworth, BA ’56, of Waco died April 20 at age 82. A family graveside service will be held at Waco Memorial Park the morning of April 24, followed by a memorial service that afternoon at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church starting at 2:00. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 23, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. David was born in the First Baptist Church parsonage in McGregor, Texas, on July 23, 1935. He grew up in Houston and attended Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956. At Baylor he met Virginia Lee Berry in an early morning trig class and married her on Thanksgiving Day in 1957. After they married David attended Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1960, which was converted into a Master of Divinity degree in 1978. David began his pastoral ministry in 1960 at First Baptist Church Kempner, followed by service at First Baptist Church Florence, Miller Heights Baptist Church in Belton, and Park Lake Drive Baptist Church in Waco. David retired from full time ministry in 2002, but continued to serve part-time as an associate pastor at Columbus Avenue until 2012. David was the voice and face of Christ at many hospital rooms, grave sides and child births throughout his career, providing love, prayers, comfort and sharing joy and tears with those in whom he was entrusted. David was preceded in death by his father, William Louis Shuttlesworth; mother, Nina Pearl Shuttlesworth; and a brother, William Louis, Jr. David is survived by his wife, Virginia; a brother, Guy Eugene Shuttlesworth of Mena, Arkansas; two sons, David Lee Shuttlesworth and his wife ,Vicki ,of Belton and Bill Shuttlesworth and his wife, Brenda, of Waco; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly. Honorary pallbearers will be Roland Eichelberger, Kelvon Yeats, AJ Haney, Chris Pearson, Collin Shuttlesworth, John Wyatt, Jim Glover, and Joe Bailey. Memorials may be made to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church or Waco Habitat for Humanity. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
William Robert Stewart, BBA ’56, died Dec. 27, 2017, in San Francisco, CA. He was 83.
Cleopatra Campbell, BA ’57, of Frederick, MD, died March 8 at age 82. Arrangements are by Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, Frederick. Published Online in The Frederick News-Post
Winnie Belle Whigham Forseille, MSEd ’57, of Waco died March 2 at age 100. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 8, at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Anz officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Gatesville, TX. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the funeral home. Winnie Bell was born in Coryell County, TX, January 3, 1918, to Paul Whigham and Myrtle (Williams) Whigham. She celebrated her 100th birthday with a wonderful party at The Atrium in Bellmead. She graduated from Teacher's College in San Marcos at a very young age. After moving to Waco, she received her Master's degree at Baylor University. Miss Winnie was a teacher in several schools in Coryell County until moving to Bellmead in 1953, when she became employed by La Vega ISD. She retired in the 80's and began her travels with friends on cruises and bus tours which she enjoyed immensely.She married Frank Forseille, May of 1943, whom she met when his road crew came to Fort Hood to build runways and roads. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage until Frank passed away in 1977. Of this union they had one daughter, Francine Forseille Huseby of McLennan County, TX. Miss Winnie enjoyed traveling, playing chicken foot with her friends every week. Red Hat Club, working every year with the HOT fair, attended the Flat, Texas Homecomings, the McLennan County Extension office club meetings each month where she served in several offices. Volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels and at the Red Cross. Her parents; sister, Pauline Lockwood; son-in-law, John Huseby; and godson, Greg Needham, predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter; nephew, Bill Lockwood and wife, Lynn; niece, Marsha Skipper and husband, Miles; and nephew, Russell Lockwood and wife, Carolyn. Many thanks to the aids and nursing staff at The Atrium of Bellmead for their care and assistance. Please sign the online guest book at www.bellmeadfuneralhome.com.
Betty Jane Clark Fritz, BA ’57, of Mansfield, TX, died March 17 at age 79. Betty Jane Fritz, 81, passed away on March 17, 2018, at the Isle at Watercrest in Mansfield. FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at White Bluff Resort Chapel, 1072 White Bluff Drive, Whitney, with Pastor Terry Cosby and Dr. Charles Wade officiating. Out of town guests and immediate family members are invited to a light lunch following the service. Interment: Approximately 2:30 p.m. at Barry Cemetery, 8637 FM 927, Walnut Springs, 76690. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Betty was born on January 29, 1939, in San Marcos, to Alvin Mason Clark and Sybil Jane Shelton Clark. While attending Baylor University, she met and fell in love with her future spouse, Don, while he fulfilled his military commitment with the Air Force based in Waco. After a brief move to St. Louis, Mo., they returned to Arlington, to raise their family. She began teaching in the Arlington ISD after both her daughters began their elementary education, and helped open Lamar High School in north Arlington as their Spanish teacher and Foreign Languages Chair. While serving enthusiastically as the sponsor of the Los Paisanos Spanish Club at Lamar, and coaching many gifted students in Advanced Placement Spanish for their university studies, she completed her own advanced degree with a Master of Arts in Foreign Languages. She hosted many trips for her high school students during spring breaks and summers, giving many their first experience with international travel to Mexico, Spain, and other European countries. After 29 years of teaching, she retired with Don to the White Bluff community as part of the first group of full-time residents at their beautiful lake-side home. She and Don were instrumental in beginning a home-based worship group in the early years there, and eventually achieved their dream of building a beautiful non-denominational chapel full of devoted Christians. Betty also was a charter member of the new Fort Graham chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and along with Don enjoyed discovering new and interesting facts of her family's rich history in the Hill country. She took the greatest delight in hosting and caring for her extended family in their home, including her father, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Donald Clayton Fritz. SURVIVORS: Daughters, Catherine Fritz and Christine Truitt and husband, John; brother-in-law, Jack Fritz and wife, Mikka; grandchildren, Cailey Stoerner and husband, Heath, Tyler Truitt, Courtney Gay and husband, Brett, and Tanner Truitt; great-grandchildren, Henley Stoerner and Cathan Stoerner. Her family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving care by the staff of the Memory Care area at Isle at Watercrest, as well as Heart to Heart Hospice. Published in Star-Telegram
Dr. Lu Asher McClellen, BA ’57, of Garland, TX, died March 8 at age 81. Lu Asher McClellen was born May 25, 1936 in Liberty Hill, Texas, the only child of Jimmie and Nata Lee Asher. She lived on the family ranch, riding horses, fishing, and hunting with her father. Lu's family has now owned Asher Ranch for over a century. She was baptized at age 7 and has been a member of Shiloh Terrace Baptist church for 58 years. Lu graduated from Yoe High School in Cameron, then from Baylor University in three years majoring in Journalism and Education. On May 25, 1957, she married Lt. James McClellen, also a Baylor graduate. They were married 50 years until his death in 2008. After the military, they moved back to Texas, where James Keith and Dawn Lee were born. Dawn had a twin sister, Eve Aimee who lived just two days. Lu taught first grade, and was one of the first Mesquite school television teachers. She received her Doctorate of Education from ETSU in 1974. Dr. McClellen taught at Eastfield College for 20 years, becoming Dean of Career and Continuing Education in 1981. She retired in 1991. Lu's family was her pride and joy. They were active in church activities, camped out, and rode motorcycles (Lu had her own Honda). She taught children's Sunday School for 25 years. After retirement she was a mentor for young women in the Job Training Corps, and worked with abused wives. Her hobbies included gardening and playing bridge. She was a member of the Co-Ed Sunday School class and loved the members like family. She was able to stay in her home in Garland due to the loving neighborhood. The highlights of Lu's senior years were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She bragged constantly about their many accomplishments. Lu's family never bragged about her cooking skills, except macaroni and cheese. Lu was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant daughter. She is survived by her children, James McClellen and spouse Karen, Dawn Seaman and spouse Patrick; grandchildren Andrew McClellen and spouse Doug McDonald, Beth Banda and spouse Ed, Zachary McClellen and fiancee Kim Johnson, Patrick Seaman Jr., Blake Seaman, and Jonathan McClellen; and great grandchildren Gabriel and Norah Banda. Please make donations to the Shiloh Terrace College Scholarship fund. God has been good. Funeral Services will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church with Dr. Craig Christina, officiating. Burial will take place at Andice Cemetery in Andice, Texas on March 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Published in Dallas Morning News
Maxwell Gordon Newcom, BS ’57, of Fort Worth died March 19 at age 88. FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Saginaw. Graveside service: 4 p.m. Thursday in Thornton Cemetery, Thornton. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood. MEMORIALS: Donations may be made to the Max Newcom Scholarship at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Foundation, 1200 Old Decatur Road, Saginaw, TX 76179 Website: emsef.org Max was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Ohio County, Ky., and grew up on a farm in Hartford, Ky., with eight brothers and three sisters. He played baseball and basketball in high school and graduated from Hartford High School. He took his exceptional pitching skills to Paducah, Ky., where he was recruited to play professional baseball, which he did for one year. Then the Korean War came and Max enlisted in the Army. He didn't see combat, and played baseball for two years across Europe. He was traded to a professional baseball team in Temple, Texas and played for two years in three different leagues. He enrolled at Temple Junior College where he played basketball and earned an associates degree. In Temple, he met and married his "sweetie", Mollie Ann Monaghan, and they were married for 62 years until her death in 2017. He left professional baseball and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Baylor University in 1957. He began his coaching career at Gatesville High School, coaching basketball and baseball for four years. Max, Mollie and their three young children moved to Fort Worth and he became the first coach at Boswell High School, coaching basketball and starting the baseball team. He earned a Master of Education from North Texas State University in 1964. He left coaching after a back injury and began a second career in College Administration at Tarrant County College, where he served as Registrar at the South and Northwest campuses for 22 years. After he retired, he delivered Meals on Wheels weekly for 12 years. Max was an avid golfer, shooting his age or better numerous times. He first accomplished this feat playing in a tournament in North Carolina with his son at age 71.The Boswell gym was named the Max G. Newcom Gymnasium in 2000, and he was inducted into the first class of the Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He served on the Eagle Mountain Saginaw School Board for six years. He was a Master Mason and was a 50+ year member at the Grand Lodge of Texas. Max and Mollie traveled the country for 20 years supporting Baylor University athletics, especially the baseball team. He was a member of Rosen Heights Baptist Church for 45 years and was a current member of First Baptist Church Saginaw. Max says, "My wife Mollie was the sweetest and smartest woman in the world. We loved to go to church and we loved Jesus. I was the luckiest man in Texas to have a wife like her." SURVIVORS: Three siblings, Paul Newcom of Kentucky, Virginia Smith of California and Shirley Shonkwiler of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime family friend, Peggy Horn; children, Steven Newcom (Joy), Nancy Marston (Walt), and Melinda Smith (Steve); grandchildren, Justin Newcom (Kristen), Josh Newcom (D'Anne), Jonathan Newcom (Kali), Calvin Marston, Carson Marston (Amberly), Carly Marston, Ryan Smith and Case Smith (Danelle); and great-grandchildren, Braydon, Connor, Aubrey, Chase and Mollie Newcom, and Cameron Marston. Published in Star-Telegram
Barbara Hutchison Raus, BA ’57, of Tulsa, OK, died April 27, 2017. She was 84.Barbara was born on June 27, 1932, to Leonard and Beulah Hutchison in Oklahoma City, Okla., and her childhood years were spent in Tuttle, Okla., before moving to Tulsa. In 1952 she married Robert "Bob" Raus, and both graduated from Baylor University in 1957. She earned a master in education degree at the University of Oregon. Barbara's professional life centered around adult education and for more than 30 years she taught in the prison setting helping inmates earn their GED and basic education skills. In 1995-96 she was recognized as outstanding teacher of the year by the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education. She also taught adults and trained teachers of adults in many churches and conference centers. Survivors: She is survived by her husband, Dr. Bob Raus; her sons, Stephen and David; her sister, Joyce Marie Ponder; daughter-in-law, Wanda Raus; granddaughter, Summer Renee; and great-grandchildren, Autumn, Tristan, and Maddie.
Martin Z. Sammons Jr., LLB ’57, of Tyler, TX, died March 29 at age 87.He was born February 23, 1931 in Palestine to Martin Zachary Sammons Sr. and Ruby Esther Payne Sammons. Martin was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of Gideons International. He graduated from Baylor Law School and practiced law in Tyler for over 50 years. Martin was preceded in death by his son, Lee Stacey Sammons, and sister, Glenda Adams. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Martha Carnathan Sammons; his daughter Lisa Adams and husband Rodney; granddaughters, Kara Martin and husband Jess, Caitlin Fechner and husband Michael, Kelsi Adams, and Kenzie Loper and husband Johnathan. The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Natalie McKenzie, Jennifer Rollins, Glenda Akins, Deanndace Sheffield, Arlene London, Kawaii Gordon, Rhonda Gordon, and Ola Bolton, along with Hospice of East Texas. Their love and support was invaluable to the entire family. Pallbearers will be Rodney Adams, Johnathan Loper, Jess Martin, and Michael Fechner.
Gaylon Fussell Bernard, ’58, of Glendale, CA, died March 2 at age 81. Born on February 12, 1937, in St. Augustine, Texas, Gaylon was a loving wife, mother to her four daughter's, and grandmother of two. Gaylon married Jerry Wayne Bernard on May 21st 1958 in Waco,Texas. She and Jerry both attended Baylor University. As a new bride, Gaylon travelled to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Gaylon had a career in teaching and taught at Broadway Baptist School during the 60's. Gaylon was also a devoted mother to her daughter's, Robyn Renee, Crystal, Scarlett and Angelique. During the 80's Gaylon began a career in art and home decor. She ran a small business named Camelot that sold all her paintings and sculptures. Gaylon then opened a second shop called Scarlett Ribbons in California 1990. Her amazing talent and great eye for home decor was admired by all that saw her work. Gaylon cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. She had an enormous heart for young kids and enjoyed spoiling them with gifts. Gaylon (Tati to her grandkids) will truly be missed by her family and those that remember her wonderful southern cooking, hospitality, and kindness. A viewing will be at Forest Lawn Mortuary on March 12th, 1pm to 8pm. The service will be the following day, March 13th at Forest Lawn. Doors open at 2pm and service starts at 2:30pm. All are welcome. Forest Lawn 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. Los Angeles, CA. 90068
Phyllis Pratt Castleberry, BA ’58, of Lake Jackson, TX, died April 20 at age 82.
James P. “Jim” Dale, BA ’58, of St. Augustine, FL, died March 9 at age 81. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but had called St. Augustine home for over 40 years. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved son, Jeff Dale and his parents, Sue and Jack Dale. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Iris Balcom Dale, his son Jay Dale, daughter Jan Dale Peaver, son-in-law Pete Peaver, daughter-in-law Kerry Maki. Grandchildren and step-grandchildren include: Drake Carden and his husband Charles Bentley, Kristin Dale, McKinley Carden, Kelsey Dale, Bryan Peaver, Brooke Peaver. Siblings include: John Dale and wife Ginny, Penny Mangus, Joe Dale and wife Heidi. Jim completed undergraduate studies at Baylor University and received a master's degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Pastor at churches in Magnolia, Kentucky, St. Petersburg, Florida and Rockledge, Florida. He continually served as a volunteer chaplain for local police departments. In the early 1970s, he became the first administrator for Tri-County Mental Health Services headquartered in St. Augustine.
Retirement from their careers meant a chance for Jim and Iris to see and experience much of the world through travel that often included grandchildren. Jim enjoyed many hobbies including tennis, writing, hiking, Duplicate Bridge, scuba diving and was a voracious reader. A daily favorite activity was completing the New York Times crossword puzzle. Jim loved his family and will be missed. A private celebration of Jim's life will be held for close friends and family members. St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Robert “Bob” Harris, JD ’58, of Houston died April 25 at age 86. He was born in Coleman, Texas to John O. and Addie Smith Harris on March 25, 1932. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Sue, of 50 years. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Betty Coit of Sugar Land, Texas and Babb Cross of Alexandria, Louisiana and several nieces and nephews-in-law. In 1949 Robert graduated from Coleman High School and from the University of Texas with a BA degree in 1953. He then served for 3 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force and continued in the Air Reserve for the next 18 years when he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After graduating from Baylor University with a Law Degree in 1958, Robert moved to Houston where he worked 3 years as Assistant City Attorney and 2 years for The Federal Aviation Administration before going into private law practice. Later, for several years he taught part-time at the South Texas College of Law. During those years he taught part-time at the South Texas College of Law. During those years he met and married the love of his life Sue Dance on May 1, 1965. Robert and Sue enjoyed many years traveling in the United States, Mexico, Canada and several times in Europe. Also, some vacations included cruises. Robert was an avid golfer. He said the love of the sport began when he was in Coleman High School. Some buddies remarked "Bob plays like a pro." Visitation with family will begin at 9am on Monday, April 30 in the main chapel of Forest Park Westheimer. The funeral will follow in the chapel at 10am burial to immediately follow. Published in Houston Chronicle
Jimmy Neil Huckaby, BA ’58, of Jacksonville, FL, died March 10 at age 86. Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32211 (904) 744-0822. Published in the Florida Times-Union
Joe D. Huddleston, BBA ’58, of McKinney, TX, died Feb. 12 at age 81. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Joe entered this world on November 16, 1936 in Alba, TX, born to Joe Henry and Abbie Lorene Huddleston. Joe grew up in Waco and attended Waco High School. He graduated from Baylor University in 1958. He served his country in the Army Reserves. Joe worked at Williamson-Dickie for most of his adult life. Upon retiring he worked part time for the Midway Independent School district in several different capacities. He also served on the Midway School Board for six years. Joe was an avid Baylor Bear and Midway Panther fan and supporter his entire life. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. His favorite times were spent hunting, traveling, and spending time with his grandkids. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love of family.He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Joyce Harder Huddleston, sons David Huddleston, Dan Huddleston, Dale Huddleston; daughters Nancy McGraw and her husband Kevin, Kim Hart and husband Scott, Suzanne Frame and husband Dick, and grandchildren Nan Huddleston Head, D.J. Huddleston, Evan Huddleston, Lili Huddleston, Ben McGraw, Brad McGraw, Blake McGraw, Ryan Hart and his wife Taylor, Mason Hart, Kennedy Hart, Allyson Frame, Annie Frame and Adam Frame, great-grandchildren Emma and Ellie.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Nan Keeling Huddleston and his parents.
A special thanks to the staff at Villagio Senior Center in McKinney and to Total Hospice & Palliative Care for your love and care over the past year.A memorial service will be held on Friday February 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Gardens Funeral Home in Waco, Texas. Donations can be made in Joe's honor to The Midway Education Foundation or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Richard Carl Ingram, BA ’58, of Rowlett, TX, died March 7 at age 83. He was born May 24, 1934, in Nimrod, TX, to Claud P. and Florence (Salter) Ingram. Richard was a graduate of Cisco High School in 1953, Cisco Junior College in 1955, and Baylor University in 1958 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Literature. He served his country in the U.S. Army for two years and in the Army Reserves for another six years. When he got out of the Army in 1960, Richard began his beloved career as pastor and served at the following churches: Cisco, TX, East Liverpool, OH, Anson, TX, Vernon, TX and Breckenridge, TX. On February 15, 1969, he married Karon Lee Forbess at the Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, and they shared 49 wonderful years. He retired in 2006 after a long and full service to his Lord and became a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Rowlett. Richard is survived by his loving wife: Karon Ingram of Rowlett, TX; children: Robert Ingram and wife Christy of Caddo Mills, TX, Kay Ford and husband Mike of Garland, TX, Mark Jones and wife Grace of Abilene, TX, Stephen Jones and wife Beverly of Pojoaque, NM; brothers: Monty Ingram of Cassville, MO, Leon Ingram and wife Gayle of Abilene, TX, Jeff Ingram and wife Debra of Fort Worth, TX, C.P. Ingram and wife Liz of Cisco, TX; sisters: Molly Weathers and husband Sonny of Gonzales, TX, Rosetta Hagan and husband Lynn of Carbon, TX, Delores McCulloch of Cross Plains, TX; grandchildren: Brittney Robinson and husband Curtis, Lauren Petree and husband Alexander, Hayden Ford, Haylee Ford, Katie Jones, Craig Jones and GiNell Elliott; great-grandchildren: Bella and Carter Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joy Adams, and grandson Greg Elliott. Funeral services will be held 10:00am Saturday, March 10, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Rowlett with Dr. Cole Hedgecock and Pastor Robert Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park in Rockwall. There will be a gathering of family and friends at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm. As an alternative to flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Relocation Fund, 4309 Main Street, Rowlett TX 75088.
Rev. Lawson E. Jolly Jr., BA ’58, of Dade City, FL, died Feb. 18 at age 83. He was born December 3, 1934, at Emory University, Georgia, to Lawson E. and Thelma McCurdy Jolly. He was a Southern Baptist minister for 62 years and pastored churches in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. In addition, he served as a missionary to Costa Rica appointed by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Rev. Jolly is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith Richbourg Jolly; 3 children and their spouses: Jennifer Rothschild (Philip Clayton), Lawson E. Jolly III (Jill), David Jolly (Laura); his sister, Jan McAlhany (Joseph Carlisle, Jr.); grandchildren: Philip Clayton Rothschild, Jr. (Caroline), Connor Lawson Rothschild, Justine Marie Jolly, Juliet Summer Jolly; and his great-grandson, Philip Clayton Rothschild III (Tripp). A celebration of his life and ministry will be held at 2 pm Saturday, February 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Dade City. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Florida Baptist Historical Society Endowment Fund (www.floridabaptisthistory.org), POB 95, Graceville, FL 32440; Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (www.fbchomes.org), POB 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802; Family of God Baptist Church (Building Fund), 41237 County Road 54 East, Zephyrhills, FL 33540; or First Baptist Church, Dade City (Towards Tomorrow), 37511 Church Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525.
George King Liverman Sr., BA ’58, of Alvin, TX, died March 1 at age 82. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather George "King" Liverman Sr., of Jefferson, Texas, born on October 11, 1935 in Shreveport, LA, to the late Winnie King Liverman and the late George H. "Slick" Liverman, left his earthly home to join his lord and savior Jesus Christ, at age 82 on March 1, 2018 in Alvin, TX. He graduated from Jefferson High School and Baylor University. King served as a Chaplin in the Air National Guard. King was a very successful sales leader for a number of large industrial manufacturing and retail companies over his 45-year career.
King was married to and survived by his loving wife Martha Payne Liverman of 59 years. Also, he is survived by his sons, Stephen Payne Liverman of Friendswood, TX and George King Liverman Jr. of League City, TX and daughter, Mary Jane Monaghan of Pearland, TX; grandchildren, Lindsay, Heather, and Nicole; and great-grandchild, Savannah, all of whom will greatly miss his smile and his love of life. Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home, 1421 E. Highway 6, Alvin, TX, 77511. Following that, there will be a funeral service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home. There will be a brief graveside service at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX immediately following the funeral. Published in Houston Chronicle
Glenden Sanders, BM ’58, of Lufkin, TX, died March 28 at age 81. Services will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Lufkin with Pastor Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Glenden was born July 27, 1936 in Easterly, Texas to the late Carmen (Black) and Hollon Sanders, and died Saturday, March 24, 2018. Glenden grew up in LaMarque, Texas where he met his future bride, Gwendolyn Praker, whose father was his youth baseball coach. In high school Glenden was in choir and band and played baseball. Glenden went to Baylor University, majoring in Sacred Music, and Glenden and Gwynn married November 27, 1957 during his senior year. Glenden served Baptist churches across Texas in Marlin, Hereford, Gainesville, Lufkin and Jasper working with music, education, youth and missions. During their time in Hereford, Lauren “Laurie” was born. During their time in Gainesville, Glenden earned a master’s degree from North Texas State University, and David and Leslie were born. In 1968 the Sanders family moved to Lufkin. At First Baptist Church as Minister of Music and Youth, he took hundreds of youth on summer mission/choir trips to Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. Later with adults, he traveled on mission trips to Australia and Canada, as well as Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont and South Texas. While in Canada, Glenden saw a horse whisperer and was instrumental in bringing him to Lufkin. From that, Cross Timbers Cowboy Church was started. Glenden also worked to help start New Beginnings Baptist Church and La Casa del Alfarero in Lufkin. Glenden sang the lead in several oratorios, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, as well as participated in community theater, playing Dox Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Michael in I Do! I Do! Glenden and Gwynn were members of the Lufkin Sam’s travel club and enjoyed many trips traveling with their trailer. Glenden also enjoyed woodworking and construction. Glenden was the first director of Love in the Name of Christ in Lufkin. He helped with disaster relief with the national Love INC after tornadoes devastated Moore, Oklahoma. Glenden loved God, his family and church, and Baylor University. He impacted many lives through his life of ministry and service. Survivors include his wife, Gwynn Sanders of Lufkin; children, Laurie Hefner and husband Robby, David Sanders and wife Kathleen, Leslie Ashby and husband Wayne, all of Lufkin; grandchildren, Natalie Jansing and husband Trey, Katie, Rebekah and Russell Sanders, Alexandra, Hannah Jo and Tate Ashby; great-grandson, Aaron Jansing; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sheila and Richard Parker; nephew, Kelly Parker; uncles, Dial Black and Dallas Sanders; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Jay Parker. Pallbearers will be Michael Austin, Greg Dotson, David Hearne, Scott Presnall, Mike Richmond, Norman Thompson, Wade Corley, and Sam Huffstetler. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Lufkin Building Fund, Missions Fund, or Music Ministry, 106 E. Bremond Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901, or to the charity of your choice. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening in the Parlor of First Baptist Church Lufkin. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
Virginia Copeland Jantz, BA ’59, MSEd ’66, of Waco died March 19 at age 95. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 23, at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. Ralph Wagner officiating. Virginia was born January 22, 1923, in Waco, Texas, to parents, Queen Zoe Pierce and William Clifford, Sr. Much of her childhood was spent on a small farm near Hog Creek in Speegleville. She and her brother, Billy, and sister, Eudora Nell, spent many hours swimming in the creek and helping with farm animals. She graduated from Waco High School in 1940. In 1942, she married Elliott Michael Jantz, who was at that time serving in the Army during WWII. They were married 61 years. Virginia is a graduate of Baylor University, receiving BA and MS degrees in education. She was an elementary teacher in Waco public schools. When she retired, she became very interested in family history. After years of travel, and much research, she published four books on her family history. Virginia loved books and reading, and had an extensive library in her home. She enjoyed family gatherings and BBQ cookouts. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elliott Jantz; brother, William Clifford Copeland, Jr.; sister, Eudora Nell Hawkins; and daughter-in-law, Mary Elaine Jantz. Virginia is survived by her son, Mitchell Jantz of McGregor; daughter, Betty Jantz Crow of Speegleville; grandchildren, Leah Wagner of Shiner, Jason Crow of Speegleville, Jayme Crow of Robinson and Tamara Holey of McGregor; seven great grandchildren and three nieces. The family would like to thank the staff at Wesley Woods for the wonderful care she received in her last years. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.