Corwinna Davis Barnette, BA ’60, of San Antonio died Nov. 10, 2017, at age 78.
Linwood Leon Duke, BA ’60, of Long Beach, MS, died Nov. 22, 2017, at age 77.
Dr. Norman L. “Buddy” Gilchrest, BS ’60, MS ’69, EdD ’77, of Waco died April 19 at age 80. A leader in adventure activities and a tenured professor (and Professor Emeritus) at Baylor University, Buddy was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 23, 1937.After a coaching and teaching career in Texas public schools, Dr. Gilchrest taught 32 years at Baylor University before retiring from active teaching in 2002. At Baylor, he conceived and developed the outdoor education program, served as Director of Camps and Adventure Activities, and directed the HPER Graduate Program. He served in a number of campus leadership positions, including Chair of the University Council and the Faculty Senate, and was recognized as Outstanding Tenured Professor.
In addition to his contributions at Baylor, Dr. Gilchrest served as president of four recreation and outdoor education associations: the American Association for Leisure and Recreation; American Leisure Academy; Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and Texas Outdoor Education Association. For leadership and service in these and other organizations, he received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Honor Award from AAHPERD, AALR, Southern District AHPERD, and Texas AHPERD; The David K. Brace Award from TAHPERD; Charter Member of the North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance; Senior Fellow and Charter Member, American Leisure Academy; Outstanding Achievement Award and Meritorious Service Award, AALR; Recreation Professional of the Year Southern District AHPERD and TAHPERD; the Julian Smith Award from the Council on Adventure and Outdoor Education/Recreation; the 2005 Gulick Medal from AAHPERD; and the Fortner Award from TOEA.
Buddy lived what he taught. He was a guide, group leader, and mentor to many in mountaineering, backpacking, bicycling, winter wilderness living, scuba/skin diving, whitewater rafting, and outdoor photography. Literally, the world was his classroom. A passionate adventurer, he was the 16th person to climb each of the 67 mountains in the contiguous United States 14,000 feet or taller (18 solo); he climbed above 14,000 feet 132 times including 5 in winter. He summited the highest point in each state in the contiguous United States and Hawaii (the 18th person to do so), as well as the high points of several countries and provinces. He led 34 adventure activity trips of at least one-week duration and guided 43 successful climbs of 14,000' mountains. He bicycled from Alaska to Florida and in 38 states and 11 foreign countries and provinces, winter camped/skied/snowshoed in every state, province, and mountain range in the western United States and Canada and hiked each of the 17 rim-to-river trails in the Grand Canyon. He scuba/skin dived in 13 countries and ran several whitewater rivers. Additionally, he published 92 photographs (3 magazine covers) and led several photography trips and safaris.
He was a frequent speaker to adventure and recreation / leisure groups, having made over 180 state, national, international and keynote addresses. He was a frequently published author and photographer and served as consultant to numerous organizations and publications. With all of his professional accolades, he often said that what he treasured most was sharing life's adventurous journey with his beloved Tresa - best friend, wife and colleague who survives him.
Buddy also leaves behind his sons, Eric (Susan), David and Alan (Jeanine); and grandchildren Matthew, Christina, Morgan, and Jillian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Allen Gilchrest; and brother, Allen Beech Gilchrest.
Dr. Gilchrest continued his lifelong commitment to education by donating his body to medical research. A Celebration of Life service is being planned for Buddy; details to be announced in a few weeks.
Julia “Judy” Williams Kahla, BA ’60, of Tomball, TX, died Nov. 14, 2017, at age 79. Waiting to welcome her are her dance partner Harold Kahla, her son, Grady Wayne Kahla and her parents who taught her how to navigate through adversity without whining, Grady and Dell Williams. Judy was born at home on December 8, 1936 in Angelina County, Texas. She is survived by her son, Byron Wade Kahla, two grandchildren, Julia Nicole Kahla and Paden Wade Kahla, one sister, Gradene (Gradi) Hamman, and a host of nieces and nephews including a most entrusted confidant, Julie Kahla. She also leaves behind a very special family of educators and a community of students who share her passion for teaching and life-long learning.
Judy's passions for learning began when (during her recovery from polio), with no whining, she was launched into a world of books that forever crystallized her love of learning. That learning and instructional leadership lead to high school classrooms in Lamar Consolidated HS, Hardin-Jefferson HS, Waltrip HS and Cypress Fairbanks ISD. There, in Staff Development, she designed and facilitated instructional programs that would impact each and every classroom within the district. In October, 2005, Julia Williams Kahla Middle School was named for her and dedicated to recognized and honor the role she played in the academic growth of the district. Reminding us of the places passion takes us.
Coupled with her husband's love of "projects", she learned to waltz, tell the difference between breeds of cattle, feed herds of cattle with a "cube dude" (without ever getting out of the pick-up truck), cultivate a garden, nurture and hatch ducklings, and fish. Many of his passions became hers. With his passing two years ago, another of her Dad's and Harold's projects tapped into her passion for learning. She stepped from the classroom into the boardroom of United Galvanizing as its CEO, Judy was now challenged to learn the art of hot dip galvanizing. Without whining, she accepted the challenge.
With your passing, family, an incredible group of friends and a community of students spread across the country say "thank you for sharing your passions and mantra of no whining with us. Now find Harold and ask him to Dance Across Texas with you!" Visitation will be Saturday, November 18th from 6:00-8:00, Service on Sunday, November 19th at 2:00 At Klein Funeral Home in Tomball. Published in Houston Chronicle
Rev. David Lane Park, BM ’60, of Frisco, TX, died March 22 at age 79. He suffered from Alzheimer's. Lane was born March 31, 1938, in Athens, Alabama, the son of Jack and Margaret Park. He married Carolyn Agusta Reid on August 25, 1959. Lane was a minister of the gospel. Although he ministered in the church throughout most of his adult life, he concluded his calling on earth by serving as a chaplain in the workplace through Marketplace Chaplains. He is survived by his wife of 58 years; his two sons, Danny (Laura) and Billy (Carrie); eight grandchildren, Travis, Bryce, Anna, Patrick, Taylor, Eloise, Charlotte, and Everett; two great grandchildren, Hanna and Clayton. A memorial service will be held on April 14, 2018, at 1 pm at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, located at 1300 E. 15th St., in Plano. Published in Dallas Morning News
Paul Vincent Pittman, BA ’60, of Big Rapids, MI, died Feb. 27 at age 88. He was the son of Martha and Roy Pittman. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.He was born on Feb. 24, 1930, in Maryland at Walter Reed Medical Center. Paul grew up in Cadillac, where he graduated from high school in 1948. Following graduation, Paul joined the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 5, 1951, serving as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in 1956, Paul enrolled at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and received a bachelor of science in both physics and mathematics. He began his teaching career in Texas before moving to Big Rapids. Paul earned his masters in physics and mathematics. He was employed by the Big Rapids High School, retiring in 1986. He then continued to substitute teach, taught the GED course in Reed City and sold real estate. Paul had a passion for music. He enjoyed singing in the choir at church, composing music and playing the piano. Paul was an artist -- painting and drawing various pieces. He liked living on the water. He is survived by his son, Stephen Pittman, of Big Rapids; daughter, Julie Tumminello, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and two grandsons, Kyle Stahle and Brandon Stahle, both of Morley. A memorial service will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Trinity Fellowship Evangelical Free Church, where he was a member, with Elder Bill Routley officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the memorial service at church on Tuesday. Burial of cremains will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Arrangements and care entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Share a memory or leave a condolence for the family by clicking the guestbook tab at daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.
Harold Earl “Hal” Thornton, BBA ’60, of Crane Hill, AL, died April 26 at age 79. Hal is preceded by his parents, Robert L. and Ina E. Thornton of Plainview, TX. Hal is lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Beverly J Thornton; his children Shawn Thornton (Boston, MA) and Jason Thornton (North Charleston, SC), Deedee Coley (Mt Olive AL), Bruce Townsend (Huntsville, AL) and Russel Townsend (Huntsville AL) and their spouses; his grandchildren Karenina Coley, Justin Coley, Tyler Thornton, Daniel Thornton, Kevin Thornton, Layne Thornton and Jessey Coley; great-grandchildren Adeline Thornton and Jackson Thornton.
Hal was born in Plainview, TX on July 6th, 1938. He was a graduate of Plainview High School and Baylor University (BA) and Golden Gate University (MBA). He was a dedicated patriot who proudly served his country for 23 years in the United States Army. Hal enjoyed genealogy, traveling, Sons of the American Revolution membership, and most of all his family. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (TVCSAR), P.O. Box 18832, Huntsville, AL 35804, reference "Youth Programs Memorial".Please visit mossservicefh.com to leave condolences for the family. Moss Service Funeral Home Directing.Published in Plainview Daily Herald
Sandra Nichols Zenker, BBA ’60, of Houston died March 3 at age 82. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas. Sandra was born March 19, 1935 to Ernest and Beulah Nichols in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University in 1958 with a degree in education and went on to earn her masters degree at TSU. In her professional life Sandra was a teacher and government program administrator with the Houston Independent School District. She had a deep respect for the hard work of the family on their ranch and was always thankful for the land entrusted to her. In her younger days she loved sailing Galveston Bay with her close friends. Sandra was an avid sports fan and closely followed the Baylor University sports programs and Houston's professional sports teams. She was very involved with her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Sandra was very loved and will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest C. and Beulah Nichols; and two brothers, E.B. "Sonny" Nichols and Carl C "Bid" Nichols. Sandra is survived by her daughter, Chere L Christie; her son, Charles W. Zenker III; and her grandchildren, Taylor L. Christie and Charles W. Zenker IV. The family requests that donations be made to pediatric cancer research through St.Judes www.stjudes.org, or www.childrenscancer.org. Online Condolences may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com. Published in Houston Chronicle
Miriam “Mimi” Garrett Deaton, BA ’61, died March 13, 2017, at age 77. For many years she taught school in Austin, at Odom Elementary. Shewas pleased to meet, on the occasion, her former first-graders. She was pleased, as well, to meet the children of the students she had taught in that homeroom. She was pleased, but did not broadcast it, on the occasion she met the grandchildren of her former students. For many years, Mimi did volunteer work at the Blanton Museum and a few other venues; she stopped going not because she grew tired of it, but because it became an activity she could not easily do and carry her oxygen machine with her. She used to visit our daughter in New Jersey and said only a few days ago how glad she was to have done those things in New York, museums and other special treats that she traveled to on her own, using bus and subway. During 9/11, our daughter was working in Manhattan and saw one of the towers fall. Mimi told me that she had been to the top of both World Trade Centers, more than once, and it compounded our sense of loss that terrible day. Her fellow teachers at Odom became her friends for life, treasured and deeply loved, and they have been unceasingly kind to her in recent years, when she became a shut-in. She's had many other treasured friends, such as Tracy and other roommates at Baylor, where Mimi graduated with a Teaching Certificate and with Honors, in 1961. Mimi suffered from Sjögren's disease, the sicca syndrome, with dryness of the mouth and eyes, and severe lung disease. In 2013 we moved from Northwest Hills to Shoal Creek Blvd., and one benefit was our proximity to the Sonic on Burnet Road, where she daily bought a cup of ice and a diet coke that she nursed until the following day. Those at Sonic became family! Among the great friends she made there was Michael, who recently moved, but who loved her, as all did who knew her, and saw the wisdom and practical knowledge she brought to every interaction with others. She loved, was well-loved, and will be missed. But she had a good life, despite tragedy, despite the things all of us have and understand as universal, were we given the gift of growing old together, even to think that the best is yet to come. In reality, it stops being your world. And you begin to think of catching up to those who've gone on before. She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Gilbert Garrett, and by our son Roger. She is survived by our son Steve Deaton, Commander in the Williamson County Sheriff's office, and the sole reason she faithfully watched COPS every night, including her last. She had been pleased to finally move her television back to her room not long ago; perhaps because she sensed something and wanted to be closer in the evenings to the deadhead in the next room. She is survived by our daughter Lara, who moved to New York City in 1993 and began working for a law firm and still does. Lara's three daughters are Anna, Becca (Rebecca Miriam), and Mel. They loved their Gram so much, and made a poster for her telling all the ways, and that lovely poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was Mimi's favorite. "How Do I Love Thee?" The poet names fourteen ways; I'll add a fifteenth: I love thee for being. Mimi loved our other granddaughter equally, that would be Tiffany, on a scale that is not a scale but a depth, in shared love that only grows deeper. Mimi mothered Tiffany for a period of time when Tiff was small, and who visited us last Christmas. And Jennie, our daughter with Down syndrome. Perhaps, more than anyone else, Jennie was responsible for Mimi hanging on those extra months, to see to her enduring care. It worked out that she had seen Jennie the day before, Sunday, when Steve took her back to Group Home. As well, Mimi is survived by her sister, Vicki, who meant the world to her, and they were together every day. She is survived by Kachina Clark, her niece--Vicki's daughter--and by Bret Clark of Georgia, Vicki's son, and our nephew, and by his two daughters, Maddie and Garrett. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Steve Bradley (Vicki's husband), and by Susan Bradley, Steve Bradley's twin sister. Mimi is also survived by her husband of almost 57 years that went by too quickly. The oft-told story is that when Mimi moved to Pittsburg in seventh grade, they had split the class into two separate rooms and my girlfriend was in the other room. What was I to do? Luckily this new girl was in my room, knew my girlfriend, and began, each day, delivering to her my coded love notes: Oday oyah ovlay ema? It was my second language, Pig Latin, and somehow the letter carrier ended up in my arms, and for a writer there is no greater payoff than that! Mimi isn't here to offer us a way to cope with our loss. My sincere belief is that people, most of them, know when they are going to die. Mimi spoke of things we'd do in the future, even decades from now. But that was merely talk. That last Sunday evening as we had the dinner she had cooked (and afterward would wash the dishes by hand), I needed to get up and get something from the kitchen; As I passed her chair, for some reason I stopped and turned around, bent down to her, touched her and said, "I love you so much!" She said, "I am so glad you do." Later, to come back to what she had been saying, for the last two or three weeks while we were there at the table looking toward the rock garden out those glass walls, "I sure do like having dinner with you here." Mind you, we've been here almost four years. That was new. She had begun saying it, and I see now that it was her goodbye. She knew. And on some level, not a conscious one, I did too. It was her goodbye, so brave and so typical of her, in seeing right to the heart of things and expressing it like that, low key but perfect pitch. It is bound to be important that she left us at just this time. Maybe we'll learn more at the Memorial Service. Meanwhile, perhaps we might turn to what Roger told us. Hug somebody today and tell them you love them! Heck, hug two people today and tell them you love them. You'll be surprised! Amazed at how good it feels! Because you cannot know until they are gone how empty is the shell that is left. Mimi asked to be cremated but will be at Weed-Corley, in a pretty outfit, were anyone to wish to see her one last time and say their own personal goodbye. Then she will join Roger in at least one place, and a couple places to be decided by her granddaughters.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish on Friday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Joe Merritt Foster, ’61, of Miller Grove, TX, died April 12 at age 78. He was born on May 31, 1939 in Gladewater, TX to James and Ida Foster. He married Beth Hill on December 15, 1995 in Sulphur Springs. Joe served in the Texas National Guard. He was a retired banker and member of Brashear Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Joe Foster, Stephen Foster, Caryn Darrow, Clay Lewis and Chris Lewis, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Patrick Foster and Roger Foster; sister, Phyllis Ann Foster. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
Byong Choon “B.C.” Lee Sr., BA ’61, of Waco died Feb. 23 at age 83. Mr. Lee came to the United States in 1955 and Graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University, and attended Baylor University and Graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science. Mr. Lee fell in love with Waco, and stayed here for the rest of his life. He was very religious man, and was a lay-leader in his church, the Korean United Methodist Church in Waco, for many years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was saved. His Brother started the church many years ago, and he and his wife, Son Hyang Lee, have always been passionate about worshiping, attendance and fellowship in the church. He has owned several businesses in the Waco area over the years, but his Main business, and passion, was Lee's Drive in, in East Waco. You would often find him, almost daily, laughing with friends and family, and still checking on things and making sure the food quality was always great. He has touched many lives over the years and Waco will feel the loss of this great man. He is survived by, his wife, Son Hyang Lee Kids: B.C. Lee Jr, wife Natalie, Patrick Bum Lee, wife Sun Hee, Barbara Lee-Chapa, Husband Alex III, Robert E. Lee, Alfred Harvey Lee, wife Mitzi. Grand-kids: Brandon Lee, wife Megan, Miranda Lee, Elizabeth Lee, husband Julian, Tyler Garcia, wife Taylor, Dominic Rosales, Lydia lee, Joshua lee, Joseph lee , wife Monica, Anthony Lee, Austin Lee, Justin lee, wife Christina, Jacquelyn Kyei, husband Kory, Chelsea Martinez, husband Daniel, Alex Chapa IV, Robert Lee Jr., Dylan Lee, Kyle Lee. Great-Grand kids: Ava Ray, Isabella lee, Anthony Lee, Aaric Lee,Hunter Lee, Nathan Lee, Joseph lee jr, Sophia Martinez, Marianna Kyei. and numerous other friends, and family. Please join the family for a celebration of B.C. Lee’s life. The viewing is at 3pm, Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at Connally-Compton Funeral home. The funeral will be held at 10am Monday, February 26th, at the Korean United Methodist Church (KUMC) in Waco, 3600 Memorial Drive, Waco, TX 76711.
Charles Vandiver Lee, BA ’61, MS ’66, of Rowlett, TX, died March 6 at age 78.Charles Vandiver Lee passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018 in Rowlett, TX. Born March 17, 1939, in Bay City, TX, Charles was an extraordinary person known for his sharp intellect, bright smile, and hearty laugh. He served as Baylor University Yell Leader, Baylor Chamber of Commerce President, and Baylor Bears caretaker before graduating with a BA. He culminated 40 years at South-western Bell as Cingular Wireless Executive Director. Retiring in 2001, he remained committed to community service and served in leadership roles on various boards, including AT&T's Pioneer Organization and the Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition. A lifelong learner, Charles was fiercely loyal to family, friends, and the great state of Texas, especially his home away from home on the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX. He is survived by his wife, Judy McCallum-Lee; daughters, Teresa Grawe and Sherri Chiasson, and their husbands, Mark Grawe and Gilles Chiasson; son, Kyle McCallum; and his grandchildren: Parker, Reese, Maddison, Mitchell, Mason, Joshua, Hugo and Beau. A Celebration of Charles' life is planned for later this Spring. Memorial donations in memory of Charles can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association: https://www.lbda.org/donate. Published in Dallas Morning News
Hubert Werline Long, BA ’61, of Sherman, TX, died March 5 at age 85. Hubert W. Long has completed his assignments and work for the Lord, here on earth. His work was assigned at fourteen years of age, when he was called into the gospel ministry. He has given his life, since his call, pastoring and preaching in Texas Baptist churches. He was born September 2, 1932. His home-going to the Lord was March 5, 2018. Hubert was a graduate of Howe High School, Baylor University, Waco, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Sherman, his sons, Hubert Ken of Fort Worth, and Phillip Lin of Gunter, and by his daughter, Philicia Nan Ingram and husband Terry, of Sherman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dusty Ingram and Darren Ingram and wife Erin, and Ryan Long; brother-in-law, Gerald Hickox, sister-in-law, Darothy Long, and by 4 nieces and 1 nephew. Hubert was preceded by his parents, brother, William H. Long Jr., sister, Francine Hickox, and daughter-in-law, Shannon Long. Family visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, March 7, at Waldo Funeral Home. A Celebration of His Life service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 8, at North Park Baptist Church with Rev. David Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park with Lin Long, Ken Long, Terry Ingram, Dusty Ingram, Darren Ingram and Ryan Long serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to North Park Baptist Church. A special Thanks to Guardian Hospice for the loving care provided. The online guest register may be signed at www.waldofuneralhome.com.Services are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Published in The Herald Democrat
Derral Wayne Parks, BBA ’61, of Waco died March 29 at age 78. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Parks went to be with the Lord after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 2, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, with Rev. Lester Adams and Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. The graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held 9:00-10:00 a.m., prior to the service, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Derral was born in Waco, Texas, on January 22, 1940 to Maglee Chase Parks and Claude Hampton Parks. He attended La Vega High School, where he played varsity football and met his wife of nearly 57 years, Betty Ann Beatty. He later graduated from Baylor University, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1961. Upon his graduation from Baylor, he joined A.C. Upleger and Company. He and Betty were married on September 15, 1961, at Bellmead First Baptist Church. Derral had a true passion for his work, his clients and his co-workers. While the name changed several times over the years, his career, which spanned over 56 years, was spent with the same firm he joined in 1961. Over the years, he served as an auditor for the firm, partner-in-charge of the audit practice and managing partner-in-charge of the office, all while providing continuing support for his longtime tax clients. He retired from KPMG in 1989, working since that time as a consultant for Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd and Therrell, P.C. He officially retired from the firm on December 31, 2017. Derral was an active member of many professional organizations, serving on the board of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants and acting as President of the Central Texas Chapter of CPAs. While serving in his role with the Central Texas Chapter of CPAs, he helped to establish the organization’s continuing education program and established a scholarship fund in his name. He believed in giving back to the community and served in leadership roles for a number of civic and charitable organizations. He was a longtime Treasurer for several local organizations including Caritas, the Waco Performing Arts/Waco Hippodrome Theatre and the Waco Arts Center. Derral also believed in giving back to the church – he served as a Deacon at Spring Street Baptist Church, where he and his family were active for many years. More recently, he served as a Deacon of First Baptist Church Hubbard, where he and his wife, Betty, were active members.Derral’s other true passion was his family. He would literally light up when around them and loved each of them unconditionally, both through his words and actions. He played an active role in each of their lives, faithfully attending band concerts, half-time shows, baseball games and dance recitals in support of his children and grandchildren over the years. He and his family enjoyed spending time together on the beach in Port Aransas and at the family’s farm. Time spent together at the farm was particularly special. Whether it was celebrating the holidays, riding the tractor with PaPa decked out in his overalls, making homemade ice cream, roasting marshmallows, planting and harvesting the annual garden or playing endless games of “42,” this time together was priceless and will be cherished by Derral’s family for many years to come. He and his wife enjoyed attending Lady Bears basketball games, near and far, and loved to travel. Over the years, they were able to make many international trips with a group of lifelong friends. Derral was preceded in death by his parents, Maglee Chase Parks and Claude Parks.He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Parks of Waco; two daughters, D’Ann Lavine and husband, Mark, of Sugarland and Denise Parks Burrell and husband, David, of Carrollton; sister, Claudine Everett of Denton; and other cherished family and friends. The greatest loves of his life were his grandchildren, Graham Hampton Lavine, Cameron Grace Lavine and Piper Jensen Burrell.Pallbearers will include Larry Jaynes, Donn McMahan, Joe McKenzie, Mike Reitmeier, Kenneth Knowles, and Billy Rose.The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. John Warner and Dr. Kevin Courtney of UT Southwestern Medical Center. We can never thank you enough for the gift of time that you gave us.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Caritas or First Baptist Church Hubbard Building Fund. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Dr. Luther P. Turner III, BS ’61, of Arlington, TX, died March 17 at age 78. Luther was raised in Waco and had lived in Arlington for many years. Luther attended Baylor University and received his doctorate degree in Chemistry in 1961. He was a research chemist for many years and taught chemistry at TCC in Arlington for 14 years. He retired from TCC. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, Luther Jr. and Lillian Turner. Survivors include his wife and soulmate of 23 years, Mary; his son, Trent Turner, and three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held in the chapel at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco on April 18, 2018. Another Celebration of Life will be held for friends in Tarrant County at the home of Martha Warren in Arlington on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Gail Wayne Wallace, BA ’61, of Silver Spring, MD, died April 16 at age 79. He passed peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Joyce, by his side. Survivors include six daughters, Cynthia Edwards of Kansas City, KS, Rebecca Ayers (Munsey) of Arvada, CO, Kelli Wallace of Denver, CO, Tiffany Williams (Ken) of Wilmington, NC, Stephanie Lawson (Rob) of Wilmington, NC, and Melissa Wallace; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Agnes Wallace; four brothers, Mark Wallace, Leonard Wallace, Fay Wallace, and Roy Wallace; three sisters, Audrey Pekala, Irene Malone, and Ruth Snelling; and his grandson, Austin Ayers. Visitation services will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday in the chapel at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, followed by interment at George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD. Published in The Washington Post
Henry Milton Apperson, BA ’62, MA ’69, of Whitney, TX, died March 25 at age 84. Celebration of Life Service: 2PM Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel.
Henry was born in 1933 on the Gulf Coast in Beaumont to Thomas Jefferson and Mary Bush Apperson. He attended Nederland High School and received numerous high school academic and athletic awards. He was class president, a 4-H Gold Star winner, and also lettered in multiple sports. He was given the nickname “Whistle Britches” by his football coach, “Bum” Phillips.
Henry held a B.A. and M.A. in History from Baylor University. His professional career included serving churches in Texas and California as a Baptist Minister, a seismologist in offshore oil exploration, a flood control engineer in California, and developed a program of road relocation studies around Lake Waco in 1960-61 for the McLennan County Engineer.
Henry found his way to McLennan Community College in 1968, where he taught U.S. History and designed the first Geography course for MCC that same year. Henry was the “Voice of the Highlanders”, broadcasting for over 25 years, and often traveled with the teams to out of town games (including the JUCO Baseball World Series in Colorado).
Through MCC’s professional development program, Henry produced several volumes of work on the devastation of the New Orleans basin by Hurricane Katrina; chemical pollution from refineries in the Houston area; a hands-on study of the “Virginia Dynasty” of George Washington, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson; and a visual presentation of his trip to the Berlin Wall a week after it was dismantled in November 1989. Henry involved his students in a project to research the West Fertilizer plant explosion. The 6 volume results were handed over to the First Baptist Church of West to be donated to the West City Library. He is also the author of the book “A History of West, Texas 1836-1920”.
Perhaps Henry’s favorite work was sharing the story of the excavation of the Steamboat Arabia, which sank in 1856 and was excavated in 1989. More than 200 tons of artifacts can now be seen at the Arabia Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
As an educator, Henry’s philosophy was simply “people are more important than things”. This was clearly demonstrated by many former students who kept in touch with him and MCC through regular communication. As a long-time fixture in the history department of MCC, he was inducted into the MCC Hall of Fame and retired in Aug of 2017 marking 49 years.
Some of Henry’s hobbies included playing golf at Bosque Valley Golf Course in Meridian and being an avid bass fisherman (once owning a fishing guide service). He was a season ticket holder for the Baylor Lady Bears basketball games; had a pilot’s license at one time and had a huge love for books. He was a member of the Whitney Masonic Lodge #355 A.F.& A.M..
He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Combs, and brother, Tommy Apperson.
Henry is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughters, Shariett Lynn Apperson, Lora JaNelle Grimes and husband, Rick; sons, Corwin Scott Apperson and wife, Jaki, Joseph Mitchell Apperson, Chad Pelham and Justin Towlsee; sisters, Jackie Hankins, Gayle Ingram and husband, Homer, Beth Votaw and husband, Dennis, Gloria Schroeder and husband, Ron; sister-in-law, Sandy Apperson; brother-in-law, Milton Neese and wife, Linda; grandchildren, Angela Carroll, Eli Salem and wife, Jane, Joshua Grimes and wife, Alex, Marcus Grimes, Zakree Apperson and wife, Brooke, Leah Apperson, Destini Pelham, Haleigh Deal and husband, Jacob and Mason Pelham; great-grandchildren, George, Sarina, Reece, Charley, Gracie and Tinzleigh; “adopted” daughter, Kate McKee and husband, Cris, along with granddaughter, Gracie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to McLennan Community College, Henry Apperson Scholarship or go to www.mclennan.edu/foundation.
James Bryan Berryhill Jr., BA ’62, MSEd ’78, a retired Baylor University administrator, died March 30 at his home in Waco. He was 81. A memorial service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco on Tuesday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Matt Snowden officiating. A fellowship time for everyone to be with the family will be held in the parlor of the First Baptist Church of Waco following the service. Family visitation will be held at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey funeral home in Waco on Monday, April 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. “Judge”, as he was affectionately known since his adolescence, was born March 31, 1936, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of James and Wilmoth Berryhill. His family moved from Freeport, Texas to Angleton, Texas when he was three years old. He graduated from Angleton High School in 1954. On August 12, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Jerrie Lee Harris. After graduation, James and Jerrie moved to Waco where James attended Baylor University and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He worked his way through college with jobs at Central Freight Lines, the Waco Tribune-Herald, Texas Brick Distributing Company, and the United States Postal Service. In 1966, he began his 38 years of service at Baylor University. During his tenure at Baylor, James held positions as the Director of Admissions, Registrar, Advisor and Counselor, and the Certification Officer in the School of Education. As the Certification Officer, he served on the founding committee for the first Texas Association of Certification Officers (TACO) and was treasurer for the first six years of the organization’s existence. Along with his wife and Mrs. Lucille Brigham, he served as faculty advisor and sponsor to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority for 19 years. In 2002, he was honored by Epsilon Epsilon as Alumnus of the Year. He was named Baylor Outstanding Staff Member in 2001 and Advisor of the Year 2002-2003. Jim was a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association. He was also a member of the Baylor-Waco Foundation. A generous, giving, caring, sincere, and man full of gratitude, he was known as a true CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) to others. He retired in 2004 and spent time traveling with his wife and enjoying his family that he loved very much. He also spent more time pursuing his passion of collecting stamps, letter openers, and U.S. Post Office memorabilia. J.B. served as President and Treasurer of the Heart of Texas Stamp Club and was a Director for the Texas Philatelic Association. He also served as a member of The McLennan County Historical Commission. Preceding James in death were his parents, James and Wilmoth Berryhill; brother, Roy Henderson Berryhill; and sister, Anna Sue Brown.Survivors include his best friend and wife of 62 years, Jerrie Lee; son, Bryan Berryhill and wife Angela of Burleson, TX; daughter, Kristen (Kristy) Cox and husband Jordan of Belton, TX; grandchildren, Lindsey Lee Snyder and husband Jarrod of Mansfield, TX, Bethany Jo Spain and husband Brandon of Euless, TX, Jordan Lee Cox of Rogers, AR, Ryley Bryanne Cox of Belton, TX, Megan Dees and Kaleah Dees of Burleson, TX. Other survivors are brothers-in-law, John Brown of West Columbia, TX, and Roy “Butch” Harris and wife Pat of Angleton, TX; and sister-in-law, Suzanne Berryhill of Kerrville, TX. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, including best friends Jim and Pat Busby of Waco. Pallbearers are Jim Busby, Homer Dale Cox, Craig Cox, Chuck Borsellino, Brandon Spain, and Royce Walston.James and his family express heartfelt gratitude to all those with Hospice who served and ministered to them. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation, 500 Webster, Waco, TX 76706 or to The Berryhill Family Education Scholarship, Office of University Development, One Bear Place #97050, Baylor University, Waco, Texas 76798-7050. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Rev. Joan Marie Pearson Maynard, BA ’62, of Columbus, OH, died April 23 at age 77. Joan was the daughter of Forest and Jennie (Gigi) Pearson. She graduated from Austin High School and Baylor University. She earned an M.S. in Education. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor and an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Joan retired from OSU Hospital where she served the NICU as staff chaplain. She spent summers traveling with her grandson, Andrew. Joan was an extraordinary gardener and a strong supporter of the arts. She is survived by her children, Greg Maynard, Patricia Breland, Alicia Maynard, and Elizabeth Compton; grandsons, Andrew Maynard and Malcolm Compton; sons-in-law, Louis Breland and Blake Compton; and her sisters, Patricia McDermott and Judy Smith. Joan's family is grateful to her loving friends and caregivers who guided and helped the family care for her. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington on Friday, May 11, at 4pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CATCH Court for survivors of human trafficking at Freedomalacart.org. Published in The Columbus Dispatch
Robert Connell Park, BA ’63, of Houston died Feb. 13 at age 78. SERVICE: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Connell Mausoleum in Greenwood Memorial Park. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Cook Children's Hospital, 801 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 2506, Stephenville, TX 76401; or a charity of your choice. Robert Connell Park was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Fort Worth, the son of Harriett "Hattie Bess" Wallace Park and Harry Morton Park Sr. He was the grandson of Blanche Connell Young and Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Park, and the great-grandson of W.E. and Hattie Connell. He was a 1957 graduate of Stephenville High School, attended William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., and earned a B.A. degree in History from Baylor University and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Denver. During his lifelong career, he worked as librarian at the Fort Worth Public Library; archivist of the Texas Collection at The Rosenberg Library, Galveston; medical librarian at St. Luke's-Texas Children's Hospital, Houston; retiring as librarian from the Dental Branch of UT Health Science Center in Houston. He was respected by the medical professionals and staff as well as his library colleagues, with whom he remained friends long after retirement. Robert enjoyed living in Houston and was a longtime supporter of the arts. He particularly enjoyed the museums, theater, and his beloved Houston Symphony. He will be remembered for always having an amusing story or anecdote to delight his friends and for his New Year's Day open house. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Dr. Albert A. Lilly. SURVIVORS: His brother, Harry Morton Park Jr. and wife, Margy; sister, Mary Park Lilly; nieces, Adrienne Park Long and husband, John, and Erinn Park Barefield and husband, Jeremiah; and nephews, Albert Artice Lilly III and Robert Park Lilly, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends. Published in Star-Telegram
Joni A. Treadaway, BA ’63, of Corinth, TX, died April 15 at age 77.She was born on March 21, 1941 to Charles and Vera (Terrell) Tedford in Wichita Falls, Texas. Joni (“Granabell” to her five grandchildren) enjoyed singing, writing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and church. She poured her heart and soul into everything she did and everyone in her life. Much like her delicious recipes that will be passed down to future generations, so will the unforgettable memories associated with her. Joni was a proud graduate of Baylor University - Class of 1963. While on a mission trip in Idaho, she met the love of her life, a fellow Texan who became her husband of almost 55 years, Air Force Col. Robert E. Treadaway (retired). She was a retired Irving ISD middle school teacher, and continued her love of teaching by being a substitute teacher for Denton ISD. Joni will be missed dearly, thought of often, and always loved.
She is survived by her husband, Robert (“Bob”) Treadaway; son David Treadaway and grandchildren Riley and Colton of Flower Mound, Texas; son Christopher Treadaway and wife Melissa, and grandchildren Madeline, Savannah and Dax of Denton, Texas; sister Carolyn (Tedford) Looney and family of Wichita Falls, Texas; sister-in-law Katherine Tedford of Wichita Falls, Texas; and numerous amounts of cousins, nieces and nephews.
We want to thank all of those at The Village at Valley Creek Memory Care in Denton, Texas for your help caring for our beloved Joni, and to her church family at Southmont Baptist.
A memorial service will be held on April 20, 2018 at Southmont Baptist Church in Denton, Texas at 2:00pm. At Joni’s request, her remains will be cremated and her ashes interred at The Celina Cemetery, at Robert E. Treadaway’s family plot.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made in Joni’s honor to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Judy Daniel, BA ’64, of Kemp, TX, died Aug. 18, 2017.
Joyce Tyler Dicken, BA ’65, MSEd ’78, of Saratoga Springs, NY, died April 21 at age 89. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at Gholson Cemetery, with Rev. Todd Pick officiating. Joyce was born October 14, 1928 in Gholson, TX, the first of three children born to Franklin J. and Allie Mae (Ryals) Tyler. She graduated from Riesel High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1946. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University in 1965, Masters of Arts Degree from Baylor in 1978 and post graduate courses at Columbia University in New York City, NY. Joyce lived in Manhattan where she taught elementary school for over 20 years. In the evenings and summers she taught Adult Education courses for the New York Board of Education. She was a member of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue Church where she was very active on the fund raising committee for their St. Thomas Men and Boys Choir who were considered to be the leading ensemble in the United States for the Angelican Choral tradition. While living in New York City, Joyce enjoyed attending Broadway shows and the April in Paris Balls, eating at famous restaurants, sitting on the benches by East River watching boats and people, and her travels to Texas and many other countries including England, Russia and France. After her retirement, she moved to the Village of Saratoga Springs, New York. Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joe Allen Tyler and Franklin J. Tyler Jr.; and a nephew, Michael W. Tyler. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Marcia Tyler; a nephew and nieces, Keith Tyler and Nicky Holland, Valerie Hindman and husband Curtis, and Lisa Tyler; a great niece and nephew, Bridgette Leonard and husband Richard, and Tyler Hindman; and many great great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dr. Steven Scott Pierson, ’64, of High Point, NC, died Jan. 30 at age 72. Immediate burial will take place at Oakwood Municipal Cemetery on Friday, February 2nd 2018 at 11am. Services provided by Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point.
Ralph George Parliament Jr., BBA ’65, of San Antonio died Feb. 10 at age 77. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph, Sr. and Ella Hahn Parliament. Ralph was a graduate of University High School and Baylor University, Waco, TX, with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He retired as a District Manager with AT&T in 1991, after 30 years of service, he was also a Life Member of the AT&T Pioneers and the Beaumont Lodge No. 286. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Lettie Parliament and loyal fur-baby Maxx; stepchildren, Arthur T. Maldonado and Monica Rainey; daughter, Wendy Dornbusch; granddaughters, Kayla Dornbusch Justice and husband, Jacob, Paige Parliament, Paxton Parliament; grandsons, Jonathon Rainey, Kyle Rainey and Aaron Dornbusch; great grandson, Kayson Cole Rainey and father-in-law, Arturo M. Gomez; special cousins, Margaret and Richard Mondragon and his buddy, Gilbert Maldonado, who was a good friend. Ralph is also survived by his estranged son, Phillip; estranged step-daughter, Jennifer Perez and estranged granddaughter, Tina Rainey. Ralph meant a lot to so many people, blessing every life he touched. He was a man of integrity and honesty, but he also knew how to pull a good prank or tell a joke. He was always the first to jump in and help others, without blinking an eye. Ralph lived a full life in his 77 years, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, hunting, never missed watching his Baylor Bears football team, an avid reader and especially enjoyed his trips to Las Vegas, never passing up the opportunity of hitting a lucky slot machine. He was a huge Elvis fan, in which his trademark signature was TKA, (The Kings Agent). The world was a better place with him in it, he will be sorely missed beyond words. Ralph is now with his other fur-baby Kody Lee Brown Jr., who has been waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge and they now enjoy their daily walks. The family would like to give a special thanks to Sonterra Health Center and staff, especially to Ali and Gloria for all the care they provided to Ralph. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North. A special note that was posted on Ralph's mother's obituary dated September 1971: "All my infirmities have been nailed to the cross. I've been over rough roads, He always has gone before me. I trust Him to go before me tomorrow. He is my Jesus, I've loved Him all these years, and He has loved me all these years. If it is fate that we meet tomorrow, that is all right too. I'm not saying I want to die, but I want to be ready. I love the Lord. Ralph knows it. The Lord gave me Ralph to love and to cherish and to raise up and be a good boy. I'm not afraid. I'm not. There's a shadow, but I'm not afraid.
When the chips were down He was there. He always showed me the way. It may not be the way I figured, but it was a good way. This isn't the first time the path has been troubled. He has gone before. I do have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the power of His Cross. It has been made alive in me. I love the Holy Spirit. "Stay with me, and keep me calm through the night! I love you, Jesus! Don't leave me Jesus!" I have an advocate with the Father. When I get down and can't pray, He prays for me. Father, pray for me!" Now, Mother and Son are reunited.
Kaye Kaylor Reed, BM ’65, of Abilene, TX, died March 5 at age 76. Kaye Frances Reed passed away March 5, 2018. A visitation will be 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow the service in Elmwood Memorial Park. Kaye was born October 5, 1941, to Paul and Ruth Kaylor in Springfield, Missouri. Kaye graduated from Baylor University in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in church music. Kaye was an amazing and talented pianist, keyboardist, and accompanist. She was an animal lover, especially of dogs. Most importantly, Kaye was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother that will be missed every day. She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ruth Kaylor; and her daughter, Paula Kaye Davis. Kaye is survived by her husband, Mike Reed of Abilene, TX; son, Evan Reed and his wife Julie of Waco, TX; and granddaughter, Rebekah Reed of Wiesbaden, Germany. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of the Big Country or Elmcrest Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com. Published in Abilene Reporter-News
William Rios Saucedo Jr., BA ’67, of Duncanville, TX, died Feb. 23 at age 74. William (Bill) was born on October 23, 1943 in Dallas, Texas to William R. Sr. (Willie) and Eloise Saucedo. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School and went on to graduate from Baylor University, and earned his masters degree from Southern Methodist University. A devoted son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather, educator, and coach, Bill is survived by his loving wife, Velia; three children, Cyndi Saucedo Ortega, Adam (Laura) Saucedo, Kristine (Alex) Duran; two grandchildren, Juliet Grace Saucedo and Sonny James Duran; brothers, Ben Saucedo, Manuel Saucedo; and numerous nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Louis Saucedo and Michael Saucedo. Bill took pride in being a teacher and coach at several high schools in the Dallas Independent School District. He retired in 2006 after 34 years of service. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and closely followed his alma maters’ sports teams. A special thank you to the Intensive Care Unit nurses and doctors at Methodist Charlton Hospital, Dallas, for their tireless care and support in his final days. The family will receive family and friends on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5-9pm at the Calvary Hill Funeral Home with Rosary at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the North Chapel of Calvary Hill Cemetery on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12pm followed by the burial at Calvary Hill Cemetery. Published by Dignity Memorial
Roxanne Soroosh Snell, BA ’67, of Morrison, CO, died March 8 at age 72. She is survived by her husband Gary D. Snell. After growing up in Weatherford, TX, Roxanne lived most of her life in Colorado. She taught school in Jefferson County for over 25 years. She also worked for Frontier Airlines, worked as a tour guide, and volunteered as a guide at Denver International Airport. The Snells enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips to Europe, the Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and across the U.S. Roxanne had an MSED degree from Colorado State University. She was a believer in Jesus Christ and is laid to rest in His arms.
Dianne Mangum, BA ’68, of Seguin, TX, died March 3 at age 71. with her husband and children lovingly by her side. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Tres Hewell Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. Services celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Brice Mandaville officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Private interment will be held in San Geronimo Cemetery. She was born in Palestine, Texas on March 20, 1946 to William LeRoy Griffith and Gladys Shelton Griffith. She was a graduate of Palestine High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. She retired from teaching at La Vernia Junior High School. Dianne served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church; she loved volunteering at Vacation Bible School, taught Sunday School, volunteered in the Church Library, and sang with the Glory Singers Choir. Dianne was preceded in death by her daughter, Mandy Lynn Mangum, parents LeRoy and Gladys Griffith, sister Patricia Griffith Crabtree, and brother-in-law Frederick (Put) Crabtree. She is survived by her husband, Ken Mangum of Seguin Texas; daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Seth Thornton; their three children William, Claire, and Samuel Thornton; son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Christina Mangum and their daughter Abigail Mangum, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Dianne was a strong and selfless woman who loved her family. Her life brought sweet joy to those around her, with her characteristic wit, a joyful laugh, and never ending love. She served alongside her husband and loved him well through 45 years of marriage. Her beauty on the inside and out, her strength in faith, her character, and her tenderness made for a fairy tale life. As a mother to her two children she brought a sweetness to life, constantly taught and instructed her children, loved on them relentlessly, and became the closest of friends with them later in life. Though missed the family takes comfort in her faith through Jesus Christ and know she is praising our Savior. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 1314 E. Cedar St., Seguin, TX 78155 or Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation (Hospice Services) (http://grmedfoundation.org/), 1215 E. Court St., Seguin, Texas, 78155 or a ministry of your choice. You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com.
Richard H. Sams III, BBA ’68, of St. Petersburg, FL, died March 8 at age 71. He was born in San Antonio, TX and being part of a military family, traveled much throughout his life. Richard attended Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He later went to work within the Defense Contracting industry as an Electrical Buyer. He is survived by his loving family. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home.Published in Tampa Bay Times
Catherine Anne Stoval, BSN ’68, of Granada Hills, CA, died Feb. 13 at age 71. Catherine Anne Stovall was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on May 2, 1946, to Burrow and Evelyn (Downey) Stovall. She grew up in Ennis, Texas and graduated from Ennis High School in 1964. After high school, Catherine entered Baylor University and graduated with a BSN, with a specialization in psychiatric nursing. She spent most of her adult life in service to VA hospitals in Dallas, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Los Angeles, where she made her home. After retirement from the VA, she joined the Los Angeles County Jail System as a psychiatric counselor for several years. In Los Angeles, Catherine met Mel de la Garza, and they entered into a 30-year union of love and support. Catherine was an animal lover, and she adopted, rescued and cared for many animals through the years, including her beloved chihuahua, Benny Binion Stovall. Catherine had a warm and charismatic personality and connected with people wherever she went. Family and friends were always welcome in her home and knew they would be greeted with love, food, fun and laughter. She was a bright flame among us and will forever live in the hearts of her husband, Mel; brother and wife, Henry Tom and Karen Stovall; sister, Mary Stovall Maldonado; sisters-in-law and husbands, Elvira and Jerry Fairman and Juanita and Don Greenwood; nieces and nephews, Melanie, Jake, Jensen, Larry, Cari, Missy, Emma, Richard, Stephanie, Hannah, Krista, Lillie, Letha, Marissa, Brendon, Kendall, Ray, Rachel, Danny, Mary Evelyn and Steven. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl W. Stovall and sister, Sally Rizzo Stovall.A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am in Myrtle Cemetery. Reverend Henry Tom Stovall will officiate. Published by J.E. Keever Mortuary