Faculty, Staff & Friends

Patricia Held Boone of Friendswood, TX, died April 4 at age 91.

Claretta C. Brown, of Waco, wife of the late former Baylor professor William G. Brown, died March 10 at age 83. Memorial service to be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church Woodway. Claretta was born July 20, 1934 to Henry Levi Crawford and Clarena Neitch (pronounced kneech) in Quinton Oklahoma.

Her father was a World War I veteran and a Methodist circuit riding minister. Her mother was a PRAYING house wife. Claretta came to accept Jesus as her saviour early & learned to rely on God's care. Her father died when she was 14 years old. Claretta and her mother prayed for God's help and he provided a job for Clarena that put a roof over their heads, food on the table & clothes on their backs. These early lessons in relying on God and praying about everything, big or small shaped Claretta into a strong woman of quiet faith.

Claretta attended Wesley Hospital School of Nursing and graduated and went to work at the same Hospital as an OB/GYN Nurse in 1955. Claretta was introduced to William G. Brown by their mutual friend, Shirley Shaffer Walker in 1955 and they married September 2, 1956. Two years later (1958) their daughter Cheryl was born, followed 2 years later (1960) by daughter Pamela. They thought their family was complete but began to feel that God had more in store for them. They prayed and in 1965 Michael joined the family in 1965.

Bill & Claretta felt that God wanted Claretta to be a full time Mom and not work outside the home. They prayed and God provided.

Claretta followed Bill every step of the way through moving every six week while on "Seismic crew" for Chevron and held down the fort when Bill was gone for 3 weeks at a time for Chevron structural geology seminars. She prayed with Bill about changing jobs after 23 years with Chevron to take a teaching position at Baylor University in 1983. And she prayed when Bill had carotid artery surgery and had a stroke.

She taught her children to swim, ride bikes how to care for pets, and how to cook on a camp stove. In all the years of kids in school plays and programs she only missed one afternoon program because she had written it down on the calendar for the next day! But most of all she taught her children to pray. Many times her children would come downstairs for breakfast to find her in the chair by the fireplace with her Bible study materials in her lap, talking to God about her coming day asking him to protect her family and draw them close to him.

Daughter Cheryl married in 1976 to Jerry Allan Gates and they had 2 sons: Jason Aaron and Jonathan Andrew. Cheryl died in September 1992 and the family prayed that God would provide a new godly loving wife & mother for Allan & the boys. Allan married Pat Philpot, becoming stepfather to Matthew and Alisha. Jason grew up and married Brittany. They have 2 daughters, Hadley and Harper. Jonathan grew up and married Chrissy. Matt married Sarah & had 2 boys, Christian and Isaac while Alisha married Brad Mavis.

Daughter Pam was the proverbial boomerang kid that came back after college and never left, which in God's book was a blessing in disguise and her love and care for her parents enabled them to live their lives out in the home they made in Waco their deaths in 2018. Son Michael married Holly O'Quinn and they had 2 daughters: Makenna Katlyn and Braden Hannah.

Claretta's life can be summed up in "the effectual fervent pray of a righteous (wo)man avails much" we children have always had an outstanding role model of the importance of payer in the life of a believer. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com

Michael James Caraway of San Angelo, TX, died Jan. 22 at age 71 following a long illness. following a long illness. Visitation for Mike is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 at Harper Funeral Home. Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at Southland Baptist Church with his friend, Dr. Matt Walton, presiding. A private family interment will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.

Mike was born on March 10, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, to Wilma and Frank Caraway. He spent his early years in San Antonio and Tyler, before moving to San Angelo in 1952. After graduating from Central High School, he attended Angelo State University, there receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1974. Mike married the love of his life, Claudia Hollen Caraway, on Feb. 16, 1974.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and, while stationed at Fort Hood, was honored as Outstanding Soldier - First Cavalry Division and Outstanding Soldier - III Corp.

Mike taught in Weslaco and at San Angelo Central High School before retiring in 1982 to work for his father's oilfield business. He was active in Caraway Operating Company from 1982 until his retirement in November 2015.

His legacy is one of service and faithfulness - to his family and friends, to his church, and to the charities he held dear. He served as both a board member and Chairman of the San Angelo Board, and on the executive committee, of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in San Angelo and Abilene. He was honored with the WTRC's Billy Mac Award in 2012. He also served on the executive committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. A long-time member of Southland Baptist Church, Mike delighted in serving as a church deacon, an usher for Sunday services, and chairman of Southland's pastoral search committee. One of his proudest accomplishments was teaching Sunday school each week for over 30 years.

He loved the outdoors and some of his favorite memories were from his many elk hunting trips with his family and friends at the Taylor Ranch in Colorado. He was a fearless scholar, took great joy in learning and was a life-long student of history and civil liberty. He loved writing notes to friends and family, often accompanied by a cartoon or a news story he thought would be of interest. He loved time spent with family and friends.

Mike was a loving husband, devoted father, and cherished brother and friend. Alzheimer's disease took Mike incrementally from those who loved him, and we are grateful he is now healed and at peace. His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Baptist Retirement Center's Tally House for the care provided to Mike during his last months and for the kindness and support they have shown to his family.

Mike is survived by his wife, Claudia; and daughters, Arlene Caraway Matthews of Lubbock and Kimberly Caraway of Alexandria, Virginia. He is also survived by his sister, Debbie Williams, and her husband Ron, of Lubbock; and his brother, Mills Caraway and his wife, Cherri, of San Angelo. He is further survived by his nieces and nephew, a host of in-laws, and many cherished friends. Mike was much loved and his abiding faith which was a beacon to all who knew him will be deeply missed.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center or Southland Baptist Church.

Family and friends can sign the online register book at harper-funeralhome.com.

Published in GoSanAngelo

Donald Joseph Carter Sr., a Baylor Huckins Medallion recipient and husband of former Baylor regent Linda Carter, of Dallas, died Feb. 14 at age 84. On February 14, 2018, Donald J. Carter, 84, began the next phase of his life by leaving this one behind. No doubt he is creating quite a stir in Heaven, just as he did here. When he left, his wife Linda was beside him at their Dallas home. It is fitting that Don passed on Valentine's Day: Linda was his Sweetheart of fifty-eight years, and he had a love affair with Dallas that enriched this city beyond what few men could accomplish or did. North Texas knows him best as the man who brought the NBA to Dallas in 1980, but the Mavericks are only the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to the many gifts "Mr. C" showered on friends and strangers alike. That Don would be irritated by all this fuss over his transition is further evidence of the man's goodness: He always made an impact on whatever he touched but wanted no glory for himself. In fact, the only limelight he enjoyed was the one at courtside as he, Linda and their family cheered for the Mavericks. Though as a youth he had never taken his academics seriously, after his discharge from the United States Air Force, Don helped his mother to start their company Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. At the same time, Don returned to school and finished his education, spent some years with IBM, and then, rather than continuing a conventional career with an established company, chose to return to Home Interiors and Gifts, the direct-sales company that he had co-founded here in Dallas in 1957 with his mother, Mary C. Crowley. He established every operational aspect of the business, and eventually became Executive Vice-President, President, CEO, and then Chairman. Don also founded and was Chairman of Carter Crowley Properties, along with several other companies in the Dallas region. But to call Don an executive in the conventional sense of the word would be to misunderstand the spirit that drove him and the roots that formed him. Born on July 5, 1933, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Don endured the ravages of the Depression. Poor and fatherless, he spent his early years up through high school making as much mischief as he could without landing in jail or getting caught. The turning point came with his enlistment in the Air Force, where he discovered discipline. With that awakening, Don also surrendered his life to God, returning to the faith that his devout mother had cherished all her life. This discipline and faith stayed with him the rest of his life. In fact, he wore his faith just as he conducted every other part of his life, naturally and with no pretense. Don exemplified the truest form of religion: He loved God by serving others. That service extended beyond the walls of his office to include the many charities he favored, as well as the stranger who needed help, and it was always typified by the values that generated his success: hard work, attention to detail, perseverance, and high standards. His white Stetson cowboy hat, plain-spoken style, and appreciation for the man in the top row of old Reunion Arena qualified Don as the quintessential blue-collar executive. All those who were blessed enough to deal with him personally or professionally knew that they were dealing with a man who said what he meant and meant what he said. Many men are viewed as great civic leaders. But the mark of a truly great man is he who earns the admiration of those who know him best, those who watch him when he leaves the office, who know if he continues to serve when no one but family is watching. Though Don devoted himself to business and community causes, his greatest devotion was to his family. It was rare to see him in public without his wife on his arm or a grandchild on his knee. His ever-present smile seemed to widen even more when family was nearby. He not only lavished his loving attention on his mother, wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but he also reveled in the love they gave back to him. Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by those to whom his heritage of faith, compassion, and service would most directly pass. The love that others felt for Don, whether from family, colleague, professional athlete, or new-found friend, is testimony to the loyalty and devotion they felt for him. Perhaps the most telling example comes from Dick Motta, the NBA coach Don lured out of retirement with a dream and a handshake. Two years into their professional friendship, someone asked Motta how long he planned to remain as the Mavericks coach. He explained the terms of his commitment to Don by simply saying, "The day he goes, I go." The time has now come. Don Carter indeed has gone but would not want us yet to follow. This ultimate Maverick would insist that we instead remain here to carry on with the example he has set for us all. Don Carter is preceded in death by his father Joseph H. Carter, mother Mary C. Crowley, sister Ruth Shanahan and grandson Carter Chance Urschel. He is survived by his wife Linda and their three children Joey, Ron and Christi; Joey's wife Ivonka, Ron's wife Wanda, and Christi's husband Hal Urschel; Their Grandchildren Lee (wife Natasha,) Mary Elizabeth (husband Jon,) Clint, Kimberley (husband Michael,) Kathryn, and Carr. Their Greats: Lucy, Mason, Hannah. Daughter Jeanine, granddaughter Amy. Memorial gifts honoring Don Carter may be made to the following two organizations: The Don Carter Family Memorial Fund benefiting Baylor Scott & White Health: https://give.baylorhealth.com/in-memory-of-donald-carter. The Don Carter Family Memorial Fund benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Memorial Donation to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 PM at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas. Published in Dallas Morning News

Willa Ann Darr, ABC ’86, of Plano, TX, died Feb. 11 at age 87. Willa was born on July 9, 1930 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Thomas W. Stone and Beatrice M. Stone. Willa graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1948 and Southern Methodist University in 1952. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. After college, she taught elemen-tary school for several years in Corpus Christi, Texas where she met her husband, the late Paul H. Darr, Jr. They were married in 1954 and had 2 sons. Her husband's job took them to San Antonio, Houston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and finally to Plano where they lived for nearly 40 years. Willa was active in her church wherever she lived and volunteered for many charitable causes over the years including the March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels and P.E.O. International. She was a Virtuoso Society Member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Her passions were her family, her church, her many friends and neighbors and traveling around the country and the world. Willa is survived by sons, Paul H. Darr III and his wife, Stacey of San Antonio and Thomas S. Darr and his wife, Miranda of Austin; grandsons Hunter, Eric and Britain Darr; her sister Betsy Lavin and brother-in-law Dr. Gary Lavin of Goshen, Kentucky; and nephews, Allan G. Lavin and Kevin S. Lavin, of Goshen, Kentucky. A memorial service will be held at Custer Road United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Memorial gifts may be made to the P.E.O. Sisterhood sponsored educational institution, Cottey College, c/o Beth McFarland 3924 Los Robles Dr., Plano, TX 75074 Published in Dallas Morning News

Ervin Davis of Waco, former barber in the Baylor Barber Shop, died March 9 at age 92. Funeral services will be11:00 AM Monday, March 12, 2018 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors with Dr. Cary Killough officiating. Interment will follow in Waco Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 11th at the funeral home from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Mr. Davis was born on December 2, 1925 in Pearl, Texas to William Alvis and Hattie Ruth (DeLoach) Davis. He served his country in the United States Army during WW II with his twin brother Erwin as a bazooka team. Ervin was the recipient of 2 bronze stars as well as many other decorations and citations for his service. On February 20, 1955 he began his barber career in the SUB at Baylor University, where he worked for 56 years. Mr. Davis continued to work up until the time of his death. He was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilburn Davis and Wayman Davis and sisters, Irene Schroeder and LaVetta Davis. Survivors include his son, Eddy Davis and wife, Linda of Lorena; daughter, Darla Wilson and husband, Dwain of Waco; brother, Erwin Davis of Austin; sister, LaVerne Necessary of Gatesville; grandchildren, Michele Hawkins and husband, Chris, Carey Wood and husband, Mick, Eddy Davis, Jr. and wife, Megan, Scott Wilson, and Shane Wilson and wife, Danielle; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and numerous, nieces, nephews and special friend, Peggy Townsend. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilburn Davis and Wayman Davis and sisters, Irene Schroeder and LaVetta Davis. Survivors include his son, Eddy Davis and wife, Linda of Lorena; daughter, Darla Wilson and husband, Dwain of Waco; brother, Erwin Davis of Austin; sister, LaVerne Necessary of Gatesville; grandchildren, Michele Hawkins and husband, Chris, Carey Wood and husband, Mick, Eddy Davis, Jr. and wife, Megan, Scott Wilson, and Shane Wilson and wife, Danielle; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and numerous, nieces, nephews and special friend, Peggy Townsend. 

James D. Henry of Dallas died April 11 at age 82. James D. (Jim) Henry died Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on July 2, 1935. His family lived in the Oak Cliff area, and he graduated as valedictorian from Sunset High School at the age of 16. He was a graduate of Rice University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and was the youngest member of his class. He then went on to the University of Texas where he earned a M.S. in chemical engineering. He had a long successful career with the Atlantic Richfield Company where he became vice-president. While working in Midland, he met his future wife, Barbara. They were married for 52 years until Barbara's death in 2016 following a long illness. Jim was a longtime member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas. He served as a deacon, a Bible study teacher, and used his organizational skills on many committees. Many children and students have been impacted by Jim's involvement in mission trips with Buckner International and through scholarships and other support of Rice University and Baylor University. Jim was a generous, kind gentleman, and he will be sorely missed. Published in Dallas Morning News

Dr. Stanley Hersh, a Baylor parent and longtime supporter, of Waco, died Feb. 13 at age 86. On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, a great luminary left this world when Dr. Stanley Hersh passed away peacefully at his home. Services will be held on 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 15, at Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Drive, with Rabbi Ben Zion Lanxner, followed by graveside services and interment at Congregation Agudath Jacob Cemetery, located at 1400 Garden Street.

He enhanced the lives of countless people. A true Renaissance man, he was a family patriarch, ophthalmologist, philanthropist, fundraiser, violinist, golfer, writer, editor, poet, orator, cantor, runner, humorist, scholar, artist, and philosopher – especially during his final years on earth. He was known for his intelligence, integrity, generosity and dry wit. He always strove for excellence and had a special way of influencing others to do the same.

Stanley Hersh, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 3, 1931, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, inherited a strong work ethic from his parents, child immigrants from the Eastern European province of Volynia. Sixty-six years ago, at the age of 19, Stanley and his 18-year old wife, Florence Budin Stanley, were married at Heights Temple in Cleveland. This was shortly after Stan began medical school at [Case] Western Reserve. While in school, he held numerous jobs, often more than one at a time, to provide for his growing family. He loaded milk bottles (the most difficult job he ever had), worked on a production line making 57 Chevy water pumps, and managed the medical school bookstore - his favorite job. In 1957, his last year of medical school, he joined the Army Medical Corp Reserve Unit 464th as a second lieutenant in the hospital unit.

Stanley interned at Boston City Hospital and was a Harvard Fellow from 1958-59. After completing his residency in 1961, the Hersh family gave up brutal Massachusetts winters and moved to Texas. In Waco he began his ophthalmology practice on Colcord Avenue, which grew to become a six-ophthalmologist practice known as Waco Eye Associates. During his 54 years of practicing medicine, he performed more than 7,000 surgeries. Devoted patients still speak fondly of the classical music streaming into his examination and operating rooms, and his ability to perform eye exams in Czech and Spanish. Dr. Hersh served as Chief of Staff of Providence Hospital in 1977, and was Chief of Ophthalmology at Hillcrest Hospital in 1988.

Charity was near and dear to his heart. Nationally he served in various leadership positions including the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and the Jewish National Fund, recently serving as JNF President Emeritus of the Southwest Region until his death. Locally he served as 10-time President and 25-year board member of the Jewish Federation of Waco Texas. Dr. Hersh was also a nine-time president, 10-time vice president, and treasurer and board member of Congregation Agudath Jacob for over 45 years. He supported numerous Waco charities and accomplished much locally for Waco community relations between Jews and those of other faiths. He was always eager to teach valuable Jewish life lessons to friends, and students in Baylor University religion classes.

The Hersh home was the central hub for his tightknit family. Florence and Stanley always had a weekly, Friday night Sabbath dinner, and also hosted Jewish holiday celebrations. In addition, for more than 50 years, every Monday night the Hersh home was filled with string quartet music with Stanley as 1st violinist. In their earlier years, Florence and Stanley enjoyed traveling to many foreign countries, most especially Israel. In subsequent years, as members of the Lotus Club, a literary society, they made frequent visits to New York with their children and grandchildren attending more than 70 Broadway shows. Dr. Hersh, an avid reader and bibliophile, always met his goal of reading 100 books annually. After his retirement in 2011, he especially enjoyed seeing past patients around town, always remembering names, intergenerational family histories and medical conditions. Dr. Hersh was most proud of his family legacy - his children and grandchildren - and their involvement with Jewish non-profits and other charitable organizations, and his lasting influence instilling within them their own philanthropic responsibility. He lived by example, reminding us all that we are a part of something much bigger and far more important than ourselves. He will be greatly missed, and forever remembered. May his memory be a blessing.

Dr. Stanley Hersh, leaves behind his wife, Florence; three daughters, Judy, Debbie and Cheryl Hersh; five grandchildren, David Levy and wife, Jessica, Rebecca Levy and fiancé, Jason Zenner, Arielle Levy, Ben Hersh, M.D., and Michal Tannenbaum; and identical twin great-granddaughters, Tillie and Ruthie Levy.

Pallbearers will be Ben Hersh, David Levy, Ed Rosenwasser, Ken Hersh, Charles Levy, Abbye Silver, and Jason Zenner. Honorary Pallbearers are Arnold Miller, Chuck Lewis, Jeff Hunter, C. Clifton Robinson, Stan Schwartz, Jake Bauer, and Melvin Lipsitz.

For those wishing to make a contribution, please make donations to Jewish Federation of Waco, P.O. Box 8031, 76714, or Congregation Agudath Jacob, 4925 Hillcrest Dr., 76710.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com. 

Randy Jacobs, of Hewitt, TX, senior lecturer and undergraduate program director in Baylor’s department of sociology, died March 14 at age 58. Jacobs, senior lecturer and well-known undergraduate program director in the department of sociology, passed away after battling cancer. His family held a private service. Jacobs taught courses on criminology, juvenile delinquency and sociology of sport at Baylor. He served as the department’s advisor and undergraduate program director, a position he held for more than a decade. He was well-loved by his students and highly respected by his colleagues. They also admired Jacobs for his friendliness and sense of humor.

 “Professor Randy Jacobs was the best undergraduate advisor I’ve ever worked with,” said Charles M. Tolbert, Ph.D., professor of sociology and former department chair. “In a very old-school way, he insisted on advising every sociology major every semester. Rather than dreading those one-on-one meetings, students loved them and Randy. At commencement, their faces would light up when they saw Randy waiting to congratulate them.”

 “Randy was well-loved by his colleagues,” said Carson Mencken, Ph.D., chair and professor of sociology. “He had a great sense of humor, which he displayed often in the office and at faculty meetings. When I was having a tense day, I would venture to Randy’s office to ‘shoot the breeze.’ I always left those chats laughing and much more relaxed.”

“Professor Randy Jacobs was a beloved teacher, advisor and colleague,” said Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director in sociology. “Students knew what to expect from Professor Jacobs. And they appreciated him for it. Numerous students walked across the stage at commencement because of his skillful guidance. To his colleagues, he was also a guide and confidant. He will be deeply missed.”

Jacobs earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and his master’s degree in sociology from the University of Central Missouri. He begin his career at Baylor as an instructor in the Baylor Air Force ROTC program. He later served as a lecturer in the forensic science program in what was then the department of sociology and anthropology. In 2006 he joined the newly formed department of sociology. He attended Harris Creek Baptist Church. Jacobs is survived by wife, Robyn, and two sons, Reid, B.B.A. ’10, his wife, Chelsea, and their children, Parker and Madison; and Ryan, B.B.A. ’10, his wife, Kyndal, and their child, Finley.

 The family asks those who wish to celebrate Randy Jacobs’ life to make a donation in his name to a charity of her/his choice. During this very difficult time, please remember in prayer the Jacobs family, as well as sociology faculty, staff and numerous students who were inspired and influenced by Jacobs over the years.

Sidney E. Smith of Marble Falls, TX, died April 1 at age 92. He was born on August 15, 1925, in Talpa, Texas to Roy Edward Smith and Eron Elise Payne Smith. He had one brother and three sisters, Mary, Gayle, Terry and Glenda. After graduating from high school, he served in the Navy as an airplane mechanic on a naval ship off the San Diego coast. After serving in WWII he entered college at Oklahoma Baptist University where he met the love of his life, Leta Mae Allard. Then they moved to Abilene, TX, where Sidney finished his Business degree from Hardin Simmons University. Then Sidney worked for oil companies that moved them to Big Spring, Kermit, and Abilene. When he began working for Tenneco Oil Company, the family lived in Hobbs, NM, Midland and Houston, Texas. During that time they were proud to have four daughters, Rebecca, Martha, and twin daughters, Lisa and Linda. However, Linda died at two days old. As the years flew, they taught their daughters to camp, hike, water ski, and most importantly, to love the Lord. He and Leta Mae led each of their daughters to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and taught them by example. Sidney and Leta Mae taught Sunday school in their church in each town, served as a deacon and often on the finance committee. Sidney retired from Tenneco in 1986. Soon they moved to Marble Falls, TX, where they enjoyed traveling abroad and around the United States with their RV Club. In addition they were active in their church and helped start and build Fellowship Baptist Church. They were married 61 years until Leta Mae went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2011. Sidney is survived by his sisters, Gayle Sanders and husband Pat Sanders from Ft. Worth; Glenda Colter and husband Jim Colter from Salem, Oregon; daughters Rebecca Smith King and husband David King; Martha Smith Singleton and husband Ches Singleton; Lisa Smith First and husband Todd First; grandchildren: Jonathan King and wife Laura; Jordan King and wife Joanna, Kara King; Matthew Kessner and wife Lindy, Collin Kessner and wife Amy, and Taylor Kessner; Zachary First, Jeremy First and wife Meredith, and Lindsay First; great-grandchildren: Audrey King; Hattie King; Cade Kessner and Ella Kessner; Coralynn Kessner and Ruby Kessner. He is preceded in death by his sister, Mary O’Rear, and his brother, Terry Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, Marble Falls, TX. Thank you to Poet’s Walk in Cedar Park for the wonderful care and love they showed our dad. Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Thomas Stribling of Waco died April 15 at age 95 following a year-long battle with cancer. He died peacefully with his wife, Jo, by his side.

Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 19, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with Father John Wells officiating.

Burial will be 9:30 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 10:30-11:00 a.m., at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, prior to the memorial service.

With the exception of his education and service as an Army officer in the Pacific during World War II, Thomas spent his entire life in Waco. He graduated from Waco High School as valedictorian. He attended New Mexico Military Academy for two years then transferred to the University of Texas and completed his studies for a BBA, graduating Cum Laude. He did graduate work at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, then graduated from the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University with his MBA. Thomas partnered with his lifelong friend, Goodhue Smith, through much if not all of these academic adventures.

Following his military service and graduation from Harvard, Thomas taught for three years at the Baylor Business School. He left Baylor and began working with his father in the insurance field and eventually became the senior partner and president of Stribling, Woodward and Greig Insurance Company. Thomas also served as a director and vice president of KWTX Broadcasting Company during its formative years, which included four television stations and two radio stations. He was a director and on the executive committee of Southwestern Drug of Dallas. He served as director and headed the McLennan County United Way Campaign. He also served on numerous other commercial and charitable organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manon Yantis Stribling and Davis Gurley Stribling; and by his sister, Ellender Stribling Chase and her husband, George Chase.

He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Josephine Lawrence Stribling; four stepsons, James J. Johnson and his wife, JoAnne, Dr. Johnny Clay Johnson, Norman G. Bodet Ill and his wife, Lynn, and Robert J. Bodet and his wife, Patricia. He is also survived by his nephews, Tom Chase and wife, Penny, and Jim Chase; and grandchildren, Carla Morrison, Laura Carson, Andy Bates, Clay Johnson, R.T. Bodet, Dylan Bodet, Norman Bodet and Ronald Bodet.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Art Center of Waco, 712 Austin Ave Waco Tx 76701 or the charity of your choice.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com

Published in Express-News

Clara Es-Stel Wieland, of Lexington, KY, died March 7 at age 82. Clara Es-Stel Yates, 82, beloved wife of James R. Wieland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Clara Es-Stel and Jim were married on March 20, 1964 and enjoyed 54 years together. Born on April 27, 1935 in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Earl Carroll Yates, Sr. and Clara Schmidt Yates. She was graduated from the University High School, received a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Kentucky, and worked at the UK Medical Center and Lexington Clinic as a medical technologist and bacteriologist. In 1970, she was a founding parent of the Community Montessori School. As a citizen-advocate for environmental issues, she served on the Boards of and/or volunteered for several community organizations, including the Land and Nature Trust, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, the Kentucky Native Plant Society, and The Nature Conservancy. An avid hiker, she walked with and often led the "Thursday Morning Hiking Group" at Raven Run from the 1970s until late 2015. In 2017, Floracliff dedicated the Clara Wieland Wildflower Trail along Elk Lick Creek, where native spring wildflowers flourish. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl Carroll Yates, Jr., Dr. Walter Frank Yates and Lawrence Avery Yates, and by her sister, Yvonne Yates Saufley. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Kristan Wieland Curry and Yates (Crystal) Wieland and by her grandchildren, Joshua and Caroline Curry and Carissa Ward and Kenidi Wieland. She is also survived by her sister, Kate Yates Bryant, as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation to be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1730 Summerhill Dr., 10am-11am. A Word Service will take place at 11am, followed by a reception. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who provided their assistance. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, P.O. Box 21723, Lexington, KY 40522, to the Kentucky Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 6862, Frankfort, KY 40602, or to the charity of your choice. To donate online, please follow these links: http://floracliff.org/involved.html [1] or http://www.knps.org/ [2] (PayPal donate tab is at the bottom of the page). www.milwardfuneral.com

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader