Callie Werth Brothers, BS ’50, of Gonzales, TX, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at age 89. She was born March 28, 1929 in LaGrange, TX the daughter of Gus and Callie Zora Speed Werth. She graduated from Baylor University in 1950. She married Charles Franklin Brothers on June 6, 1954. She taught for the Gonzales Independent School District for many years. While at G.I.S.D. she taught 4th and 6th grades and taught Homemaking for over 20 years. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Gonzales. She taught pre-school Sunday School class for many years and taught English as a second language at the church. She was a devoted member of the church for over 50 years. She is survived by her daughter Alice Koinm and husband Billy of Temple; son Ben Brothers of Gonzales; grandchildren Beth Flippin and husband Dallas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jaclynn Johnson and husband Nathan of Temple and great granddaughter Gwen Flippin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018 at the First Baptist Church. Memorial services will start at 2 p.m. at the church with Dr. Chris Irving and Reverend Billy Koinm officiating. Interment will follow at Gonzales Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Gonzales. Friends may sign the guestbook at seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX.
William C. “Bill” Knighton, ’50, of Longview, Texas, went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2018. A memorial service will be held at the Hideaway Community Church in Hideaway, Texas, on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 4:00 PM. Interment will be at a later date in Canyon, Texas.
Born at home on December 31, 1929, in Canyon, Texas, to Thomas H. Knighton and Grace Cavness Knighton, he died at home in Longview. Bill attended West Texas State College Demonstration School and graduated from high school in 1946. He was a graduate of Wayland Baptist University where he played basketball and ran track. It was at Wayland where Bill met Bettye Sharpley whom he married in 1949. Their home was established in Canyon where they raised a family of three children. The Knighton family lived in Canyon until 1967 when they moved to Miami, Florida, then Longview, Texas and Hideaway, Texas, and ultimately back to Longview at Buckner Westminster Place. Mr. Knighton began his working career while a teenager as a soda jerk at the Buffalo Drug in Canyon, his parents’ business. As an adult he was employed as a Travelers insurance adjuster for 35 years before retiring. Bill was well known as a tenor soloist and always sang in church choirs. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed fly fishing in the mountains of Colorado. Bill loved participating in these activities with the people he loved, finding joy in fun, practical jokes that drew family and friends close to him.
Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas E. Knighton, survivors include his wife, Bettye Knighton, of Longview, Genie McCause and husband, Doug, of Amarillo, Neal Knighton and wife, Jayne, of Garland, and Kathy Trent and husband, Bob, of Longview. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren: Mona Trent, Thomas McCause, Sam McCause, Joe Trent, Britt Knighton, Andy Trent, and Kyle Knighton, along with 5 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to one of the following charities:
Buckner Children and Family Services, 700 N. Pearl St., Suite 1200, Dallas, TX, 75201
Wesley McCabe Methodist Church, 1115 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, TX 75602
Hideaway Lake Community Church, 1500 Lake Park Circle, Hideaway, TX 75771
Rev. Fred L. Sain, BA ’50, MA ’59, longtime Pastor of Prairie Hill Baptist Church, entered his heavenly home on May 14, 2018. Fred L. Sain, lovingly known to the communities he served so well as Brother Fred, was born July 28, 1929 in Garza County near Post, TX to John & Ruth Sain. He graduated from Slaton High School in Slaton, TX, attended Wayland Baptist College, then went on to graduate from Baylor University with both a B.A. and M.A. degree. He then earned an M.R.E. and B.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth. He became pastor of the Prairie Hill Baptist Church in 1949 and faithfully served that church for the next 69 years, retiring only this year after preaching approx. 8000 sermons, 52 revivals, and ministering at over 500 funerals and weddings. Brother Fred was a man of many talents and excelled at everything, also serving through the years as a farmer, teacher and appraiser. He was a loyal member of the Bi-Stone Baptist Association, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was proud to be a 67-year Mason, serving his Lodge in multiple capacities, including Secretary and Master. The recipient of countless service awards, everyone that met Brother Fred was in awe of the sincerity and faithfulness with which he lived his life. Rev. Sain is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 64 years, Sally Sain; two daughters, Ginger Wietzikoski and husband, Mike of Groesbeck and Cindy Olson and husband, Robby of Prairie Hill; considered as a son, David Hawthorne; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Johnny Sain and wife, Juaniece of Ft Worth. To know him was truly to love him, and the folks that will miss him are too many to count. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Prairie Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Cundieff and Rev. Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery. Ray Forrester, Ricky Bennett, Bill Lowry, Rodney Webb, Bill Ward, John Davis and Jimmy Forman will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Masonic Brothers and Deacons, Troy Gayden, Jerry Bass and Tommy Cockrell. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at the Prairie Hill Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9 or Prairie Hill Cemetery, P. O. Box 123, Prairie Hill, TX 76678.
Mary Lois Ward Tempesta, BA ’50, died on July 8, 2018, in Corpus Christi, TX. She was born June 21, 1929, to Mildred and Robert Ward and was raised in Bryan, Texas. She left Bryan to attend Baylor and Tulane Universities, ultimately achieving a Masters in Social Work. While attending Tulane she met and married James E. Tempesta. She moved to Mexico while he was there attending medical school and then to Washington State where he completed his residency. She moved to Corpus Christi when Dr. Tempesta started his anesthesiology practice. But for a brief move to San Antonio when Dr. Tempesta retrained to be an ophthalmologist, she spent the remainder of her years in Corpus Christi raising her children, playing the piano, reading and spending time with family and lifelong, dear friends. She is survived and will be missed by her husband Dr. Tempesta, her children Lisa Cox (Mark), J Tempesta (Linda) and John Tempesta and her grandchild Colin Cox (Kristina). She was preceded in death by her sister and loving friend Dorothy Dossat. The family thanks her friends and caregivers for their untiring support and affection when she was at home and then when she and Dr. Tempesta moved to Trinity Towers. A brief graveside service will be held at Seaside Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018. The family asks that Mrs. Tempesta' s wish be honored that in lieu of flowers, if one is so inclined, a donation be made in her memory to a church or charity of one's choice. Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times
Mary Elizabeth Tindle, BS ’50, MS ’54, of Waco passed away peacefully June 2, 2018 in her apartment at Lake Shore Estates in Waco after a lengthy illness. She was 89. SERVICE: Details are pending for a memorial service at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton, Texas. Mary was born in 1929 to Joe Bailey Tindle and Mary Orlan Tindle in Oceola, Texas, Hill County, and grew up on family farms outside the Dallas area. She had one sister, the late Joann Tindle Guest. She attended Baylor University, receiving her B.S. in 1950 and M.S. in 1954. She joined the Baylor faculty in 1955 and retired 42 years later as Associate Professor Emeritus of Health, Human Performance and Recreation in 1997. Mary was a long-time advocate and supporter of woman's athletics at Baylor and a special fan of the Lady Bears basketball team, attending their games until two years ago. She was well traveled in the U.S. and Europe; loved driving on country roads, seeing the birds and flowers and the farms; enjoyed all forms of outdoor life--fishing, hunting, boating, camping and shared them with many of her friends. She twice rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon! In retirement Mary delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Gospel Cafe. Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeybowlesmontgomery.com. She is survived by a nephew, Danny Guest, his wife, Bonnie, and other extended family members and a host of friends who will miss her sweet smile. The family thanks Joyce Rush and Cindy Sheppard for their care of Mary in her last eight years. Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home Denton
Aurice Vernon Weiss, BA ’50, of Needham, MA, died on May 1, 2018 six weeks before her 90th birthday. Aurice was born in 1928 in Laramie, WY. She was raised in Amarillo, TX on the plains where the sun shines, the horizon is expansive, and the wind blows to send tumbleweeds along the flat, dry landscape. She attended Amarillo HS, Amarillo Junior College and received a baccalaureate degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, majoring in psychology. She attended graduate school in the University of Texas in Austin. Aurice moved to the Boston area in the early 1950s and worked as an assistant to J.C.R. Licklider in the Acoustics Laboratory at MIT. There she met Walter Rosenblith who hired her as his administrative assistant in the newly-formed Communication Biophysics Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. In 1958, she met a graduate student, Thomas Weiss; there followed a courtship that resulted in a marriage in 1962. Aurice and Tom have three children; Max Philip, Elisa Lane, and Eric Radford. Aurice was a life-long voracious reader, especially enjoying mysteries and histories. She was interested in everybody's family history and traced her ancestry to colonial days. Her ancestors arrived on the East Coast, migrated down the East Coast to the Carolinas and headed west. Aurice's family history mirror's the settling of the American West. Aurice was enthusiastic about car and train trips, short and long. She loved Cape Cod. Aurice was also interested in theater and attended local theaters in the Boston area as part of a Theater Group -- four couples who subscribed to theaters for several decades and dined together. She enjoyed singing solo and in choruses as well as piano playing. An appreciator of all forms of art, Aurice was a collector of art glass, and a member of the Founder's Chapter of the National American Glass Club. She was also a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and an avid gardener. Aurice managed an extensive garden in her home in Newton and received awards from the city for its beauty. She enjoyed cooking and baking, mixing the cuisines of her youth -- chili, cornbread, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, lemon chess pie, etc. – with those of her husband's roots – e.g., Sacher torte, Linzer torte, chicken paprika, etc. Aurice had a generous spirit, a feisty and spunky personality, and a quick wit, which entertained her care-givers in her later years. She is survived by her husband; their three children; their three children-in-law (Pauline, Nico, and Sarah); their six grandchildren (Ashley, Veronica, Madison, Sadie, Olivia, and Calvin). To share a memory of Aurice please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com. Published in The Boston Globe
Monette Caswell Cole, BM ’51, March 5, 1929-July 4, 2018. Funeral Service for Monette Cole, 89, will be at the First United Methodist Church, Hollis, Oklahoma on Monday July 9, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. With Don Altum Officiating, Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Hollis, Oklahoma. Mrs. Cole passed away at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Wednesday July 4, 2018. Monette Cole, daughter of Chester and Gladys (Motley) Caswell of Hollis. She married Bill Cole (deceased) of Quanah, Texas on March 8, 1953 in Hollis. A 1951 graduate of Baylor University, she was a member of the Chapter P. E. O. Sisterhood and First United Methodist Church. She taught Vocal Music and Title 1 Reading in Hollis. Survivors include: Nancy (Cole) Diaz of Edmond, Oklahoma, Robert Cole and wife Sonya of Reno, Nevada; Grandchildren Chris Cole, Allison and husband Justin Wooley, of Mansfield, Texas, Lance Cole of Tahoe City, California, Lexy Diaz of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kaitlyn Cole and Fiance Peter Zile of Mansfield, Texas and Monica Diaz of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Great Grandchildren: Maison Cole, Braxton and Camden Wooley and Zoey Zile.
William Roy Gradel, BBA ’51, born October 18, 1928 in Waco, TX to Anthony Adolph Gradel and Annie Teresa Raney, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 17, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. He graduated from Baylor University in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Roy married Barbara Boswell in 1956 in Waco and they moved to San Antonio in 1957 where he began his 30 year career in the Civil Service at Kelly AFB. Roy loved camping with family and friends and working in his vegetable garden. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara. Roy is survived by his son Philip Gradel, daughter Marianne Masterson and husband Perry, daughter Laura Austin and husband Gary; grandchildren, April Dibbern, Ashley Bailey, Paul Masterson, Collin, Connor and Jared Austin; 3 great-grandchildren. SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. The Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Brigid's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. Published in Express-News
Arthur Gene Palmie, BA ’51, of Modesto, CA, passed away on May 7, 2018, after a glorious life of 90 years. He was born to Arthur and Doris Palmie in Houston, Texas. The family, including Gene's brother Graham, grew up in Cuero, Texas. While in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Gene served as a hospital corpsman before enrolling at Baylor University. Soon after, he met and instantly loved Jeanne Moore, the love of his life for seven decades. Gene and Jeanne married in 1951. Gene was a journalist and campus photographer in Texas before he and Jeanne relocated to California. As their beloved children, Jeff and Suzy, were born and raised, Gene worked as a pharmaceutical representative and later became a certified medical representative for 25 years. Through the children's formative years, Gene served as a Scout leader (a 75-mile trek through Yosemite with the boys and camping trips with the girls were some of Gene's favorite adventures). As a member of the First Christian Church in Modesto, he taught Sunday school to children and Bible classes to adults; he later became an elder at the church. After retirement, Gene and Jeanne became world travelers and happy companions as they traversed through the United States and Europe, Bali and Maui, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Singapore. But to anyone who knew Gene, his favorite place on Earth was home, with his family and with his friends. Gene had a quick wit, a gentle and loving soul, and he was a student of life. He became fluent in Spanish and coordinated Central American students at Modesto Junior College. Extraordinarily well-versed, Gene studied and enjoyed all kinds of music and art, literature and photography (he was a very talented photographer), fine wine and cuisine (he was a great cook). Having acquired metric tons of tile during his many trips to inner Mexico, Gene set off to tile the world. Later in life, Gene reprised the role as Grandfather in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at the Modesto Gallo Center. Always hungry for knowledge and most recently, he studied the Great Courses series of lectures. It was Gene's genuine kindness and generosity, his true empathy and compassion for all God's creatures that will always be remembered and cherished. Gene didn't know a stranger and all who his crossed his path is richer for it. Gene is survived by his loving wife Jeanne; son Jeff (Nancy) of Sonora, CA; daughter Suzanne (Bill) Hatwig of Porterville, CA; grandchildren Ross (Jenn) Eskridge, Katie Eskridge, Dana Palmie, and Taylor (Tanner) Barkin; great-grandchildren Jade and Sawyer Eskridge; and the innumerable friends he met through his life's wonderful journey. A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350. Reception to follow. www.cvobituaries.com
Published in the Modesto Bee
Dr. Wayne S. Smith, BA ’51, age 91, of Bryant, Arkansas, went to be the Lord on July 13, 2018. He was born in Roxton on September 15, 1926. Dr. Smith pastored in Blossom, Rocky Branch, Louisiana, Marshall, Arkansas First Baptist Church, Baring Cross North Little Rock, Arkansas, First Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sparkman, Arkansas First Baptist Church and served as Principal of the high school and junior high school in Sparkman, Arkansas. Mr. Smith was the founder of One to the Other Ministries, a foreign mission program that brought Christ to South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe. He earned his B.A. from Baylor University, his B.D. from the Seminary in Ft. Worth, his M.A. from Ouachita Baptist University and his ED.D from Northeast Louisiana University. Wayne was preceded in death by his father and mother, Henry and Ollie Smith; his brother, James Smith; and his granddaughter, Abbi Lane Smith. Dr. Smith leaves behind his son, Brett Smith and wife, Karen; granddaughter, Lilly Lynn Smith; and his great grandson, Ryan McKenzie Smith all of Benton, Arkansas. Memorial services will be held at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church 12400, Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72210, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., in Sanders Hall. Graveside services will be Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., at Detroit Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the Smith family at www.clarksvillefuneralhome.com.
Godfrey R. Sullivan Sr., LLB ’51, 97 years young, passed away on July 9, 2018, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Austin, in the company of his wife, Viola Sullivan. Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Moore Cemetery in Chalk Bluff, Texas, with the Rev. Aaron Zimmerman of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church officiating. Godfrey had a full and fascinating life. He was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up working on his grandfather’s oil rigs. As the son of an early executive of General Motors, he moved constantly through the U.S., living in Lawrence, Dallas, Detroit and Los Angeles. At age 17, he joined the US Navy and served for 10 years as a Chief Petty Officer on PBY sub-chasers. He was the sole survivor of one airplane crash in Hawaii, and one of two survivors of a PBY crash in the Panama Bay. He served in Hawaii at the time of Pearl Harbor, and was stationed throughout the South Pacific for the duration of the war. During a trip home to Highland Park, he met the lady of his dreams, Viola W. Jensen, and they married in 1943. At the end of WWII, he returned home and graduated from Baylor University Law School. He practiced law in Waco for thirty years, and was active in the Fidelis Masonic Lodge. Godfrey loved his family, their farm, and their Quarter Horses. He was a long-term member of St. Alban’s Church in Waco. Godfrey was preceded in death by his daughter, Augusta Sullivan James. Survivors include his loving wife, Viola Sullivan; his daughter, Meredith Perkins and husband, Wesley, grandsons, Ross, Scott and Donovan Perkins, as well as seven great grandchildren; and his son, Godfrey R. Sullivan, Jr., and wife, Suzanne, and daughters, Hayley and Shea Sullivan. Contributions in memorial may be made to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Frances Louise Standley, BA ’51, age 87, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Providence Hospice in Waco. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Providence Park chapel, 300 W. State Highway 6, Waco, Texas 76712, with Kip Osborne presiding. Frances was born, December 30, 1930, to Fred and Belfa Standley in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The family moved to Canyon, Texas, when Frances was in the sixth grade. She graduated from Canyon High School in 1948 and went to Baylor University. While attending Baylor, she met Wayne Dale Wegrich, and they were married in Canyon, Texas on September 2, 1950. She graduated from Baylor in 1951 and taught at Chilton Elementary until Dale graduated in 1952. His career in the chemical industry took Frances to Richmond, Virginia; Waco, Texas; Houston, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Perry, Ohio; Painesville, Ohio; Charlestown, West Virginia; Florence, Alabama; Mentor, Ohio; Pasadena, Texas; Geneva, Switzerland; and Bratenahl, Ohio. Frances moved back to Houston in 1984 to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren, and she remained there until 2013 when she moved to Waco. With every move to a new community, Frances always made friends. The loves of her life were her children- Janet, Carol, and Wayne. When Wayne became seriously ill with aplastic anemia in 1977, Frances literally was his around the clock 24/7 advocate and nurse. She was by his side every step of the way throughout his intensive and complicated medical treatment. His passing was devastating, but she knew they would be reunited again in the future. She spent much of her time with the growing families of Jan and Carol, and her five grandchildren grew to know her fondly as Granny. She traveled extensively throughout her life, but her favorite place was always home. She loved to share her love of cooking with friends and family. Her Rusty Red chocolate cake was legendary! Another love throughout her life was cats, and she always seemed to have at least one around. Her Scotch heritage came through strongly in her life as she practiced the principle of frugality and stretched a dollar further than most. She balanced that with a most generous nature that positively impacted many people in her life. When Frances moved to Providence Park in 2014, she immediately made new friends and enjoyed her new community. Our family appreciates the love and care that our mother received at the Village and St. Catherine's during her last four years. We extend special gratitude to Drs. Natalie Lippe and William Pitts for their exceptional medical care for Frances during her final years in Waco.Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Belfa Standley; brothers, Fred M. Standley and Donald E. Standley; son, Wayne Dale Wegrich, Jr.; and many much-loved aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Murphy and husband, Patrick of Waco, and Carol Watson of Porter, TX; grandchildren, Sarah Murphy Traylor and husband, Jack, of Houston, Laura Watson Fox and husband, Jeff, of Splendora, TX, Melissa Watson of Porter, TX, David Murphy of Fort Worth, TX, and Amy Murphy of Washington, DC; great-grandchild, Andrew Watson of Splendora, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to donate to Fuzzy Friends Rescue 6321 Airport Rd. Waco, TX 76708 or the charity of your choice.
Betty Rewer Cook, BA ’52, MS ’54, of Louisville, KY, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Sunday, June 17, 2018. She was 86. She was born May 5, 1932 in Ranger, TX to the late Doc and Eleanor Rewer. She was a graduate of Baylor University. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Jack W. Cook. She is survived by her sons Mark (Kim) and David, two grandsons Dylan and Jack, step grandson Jamison (Kim) Vance and their children Zachary, Spencer, and Rebecca, along with her parrot Sollie and a host of friends. Her memorial service will be at noon on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1101 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY with visitation beginning at 11:00 am. Expressions of sympathy may be made to her church. Published in The Courier-Journal
Dr. Patricia Ann Robbins Johnson, BA ’52, MA ’58, a respected scientist and beloved teacher, who specialized in obesity, molecular and cellular research, died from complications of a serious fall. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was 87 years old. She has been a resident of Davis, CA, since 1989, although she spent eight years in Santa Cruz and four in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to her time in California, she was a resident of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for more than 25 years. Pat was born in Waco, Texas, where she graduated from Waco public schools and then was awarded both a bachelor’s degree in 1952 and a master’s degree in 1958 in biological sciences from Baylor University. Pat taught high school science in Texas for several years before continuing her education. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1966 in nutritional biochemistry. She accepted an entry-level faculty position at Vassar College in 1964. She was a member of the Vassar faculty for 26 years where she taught thousands of biology students, conducted research funded by NIH grants and published many articles. She was promoted to full professor, was awarded the Keenan endowed chair in biology, became department chair and subsequently the associate dean of the college. She also held an appointment as an adjunct professor at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She moved to UC Davis in 1990 where she served for more than 10 years as an adjunct professor of nutrition, conducted well-funded and well-cited research in collaboration with several graduate students and a number of her Davis colleagues. She also taught introductory biology to many UC Davis students and gastrointestinal physiology to advanced students, many of whom have gone on to graduate and medical school. Upon her retirement Pat developed her love of bridge and became a life master, attaining bronze status. In Santa Cruz she was very active in the bridge club and thoroughly enjoyed all of the many friends she made playing bridge and interacting with new friends at UC Santa Cruz. She continued her love of bridge while in Hawaii, making numerous new friends and playing duplicate bridge nearly daily. Although she derived great satisfaction from her career, its associated travel adventures, her bridge games, and many students, her greatest joys came from watching her family’s successes. She was particularly enjoying the antics of her Face Timing great-grandchildren. Her children and her life partner were grateful to spend much of her last weeks with her at her home in Davis under the care of UC Davis Hospice Program. Pat was adored by so many family and friends of all kinds. As a biologist, she was a lover of life, large and small. She cultivated many friends and touched many lives in a special way that embraced love, understanding and pure joy. She is survived by M.R.C. Greenwood, her partner and spouse of 54 years, her former spouse, J. W. Johnson, their children, and their spouses: Katherine Leigh Johnson Huttel, (Kenneth), Jeri Anne Johnson Horn (Stephen), James Robert Greenwood (Michelle), their children, Margo Fergusson, Lauren Huttel, Greenwood Horn, Brooks Horn, Seanne Perkins, Davis Greenwood and Dillon Greenwood. In addition, there are 10 great-grandchildren: Wellin, Danica, Mareena and Nadia Fergusson, Madison, Macy and Greenwood Horn Jr., and Aidan, Chandler and Thoren Perkins. Pat was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Richard Robbins, her mother Elsie Lee Brooks, and step-mother Myrtle Brooks. If you wish to donate in her memory, please support the Patricia Robbins Johnson scholarship at UC Santa Cruz Foundation, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064. UC Davis Health System Hospice Memorial Fund or the Cancer Center at the University of Hawaii Foundation, 244 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822.
Dr. Jene Hall Lindsey, BA ’52, of Heath, TX, husband of Ann Wilds Lindsey, died Sunday at the Villages of Lake Highlands, Dallas, TX. He was 86. Born February 22,1931, in Wichita Falls, TX, to the late John William and the late Jewell (Hall) Lindsey. Jene served in the Army from 1958 - 1960.He was a Doctor of Obstetrics & Gynecology for Scott & White for the first seven years of his career before opening his own practice. Jene is survived by: his wife: Ann (Wilds) Lindsey, two daughters: Lisa Fulmer of Dallas, TX and Arden Segerman of Heath, TX, and two sons: John William Lindsey of Houston, TX and Robert Mitchell Lindsey of Lufkin, TX, eleven (11) grand children and eight (8) great grandchildren. Funeral service, conducted by his son-in-law Mark Fulmer, will be held 11:00 am Monday; January 20, 2018t at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, KY. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, KY.
George Gareld “Jerry” Rusk, BBA ’52, passed peacefully on June 18, 2018, in Round Rock, TX. He was 93. He was born February 21, 1925, on the family farm in Tippecanoe County, IN, the second of six children born to Edna Cora Walker Rusk and Ray Leo Rusk.
Jerry graduated from Washington Township High School in Jefferson, IN, on April 23, 1942, and was sworn into the US Navy on May 11, 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater in Cub 12, an advanced base unit. Using the GI Bill, he earned his BBA from Baylor University, where he met his wife, Beth. They married in 1952 and took off for adventure to Fairbanks, AK. Also, they lived in Colorado Springs, CO and Hobbs, NM before coming to Austin for Jerry to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. In 1962 they moved to Huntsville, TX, and Jerry began a 30-year teaching career as an Associate Professor of Economics at Sam Houston State University. Jerry and Beth spent 20 happy years in retirement in Horseshoe Bay, TX. Jerry enjoyed watching all types of sporting events, playing bridge, reading, and being involved in the lives of his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by Beth, his wife of 65 years, and brothers: Robert, Kenneth and Jack. He is survived by his brother, Dean, and sister-in-law, Joanne, of Colfax, IN; his sister, Mary Lou Anderson of Moriarty, NM; son, Ron and wife, Brenda, of Oakhurst, TX; daughter, Sara Cotter and husband, Chris, of Austin, TX; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Austin on August 11, 2018.
Murray Watson Jr., BBA ’52, JD ’54, a native of Mart, Texas, passed away, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He was 86. Murray died from a particularly aggressive lung cancer after being diagnosed in early June. A graveside service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at Mart Cemetery, followed by a public memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m., at Austin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave., with the Rev. Tom Pearson officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd.Murray was born in Mart, May 14, 1932, to Murray Watson, Sr., and Ethel Bryson Watson, both deceased. In a long, distinguished and colorful career, Murray was many real things to many people, but of all his accomplishments, the thing he was most proud of was his role as husband, father, and grandfather to his devoted family. He allowed nothing to come between him and them.Murray was a lawyer, a rancher, a politician, a philanthropist, and had a lifelong passion for helping others. He graduated from Mart High School in 1949, from Baylor University in 1952, and received his law degree from Baylor in 1954. He was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives at age 24, and served there until 1963, when he was elected to the Texas Senate and served there until 1973. Murray loved politics and understood how the system worked and how to get things done. He was a good friend and confidant of former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock.As senator, Murray carried many important pieces of legislation, but he was especially proud of helping create what is now TSTC. After retiring from the bruising field of elective politics, he became general counsel for the Texas State College system for 26 years.Pursuing another of his passions, education, Murray was one of the key organizers and creators of the Brazos Higher Education Authority in 1975, and the Brazos Higher Education Service Authority, nonprofit organizations designed to help students secure loans. He was the CEO of both organizations which have aided thousands of students to finance their college educations. Both entities remain viable and active.Murray also owned and operated the family ranch and cattle operation in Mart, as well as the historic Watson Feed store in downtown Mart. He worked in the feed store every Saturday, saying it kept him in touch with the real world.Murray is also a Past Master and more than 65-year member of the Baylor Masonic Lodge, a 33rd degree honorary member of the Waco Scottish Rite Consistory, a 50-plus year member of Karem Shrine, and a Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Waco and an active member of Austin Avenue Methodist Church.He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Greta Warren Watson; son, Marcus Warren Watson; daughter, Milicent "Missy" Larson and husband, Randall; granddaughter, Annika Yvonne Larson; grandson, Niklas Watson Larson; sister, Carol Ann Barclay; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers are Andy Ellis, John Hatchel, Ricky Turman, Ben Litle, Sam Redden, Larry Smith, and Brian Brewer. Honorary Pallbearers are Bob Templeton, Judge Ralph Strother, Lyndon Olson, Dean Brad Toben, Jerry Powell, Dr. Elton Stuckley, Mike Reeser, Johnette McKown, Richard Brewer, Les Bryan, Ronnie Beck, Kenneth Edinburgh, Norberto Gonzales, Martin Barco, Pete Rowe, Charlie Ramsey, John Chiles, Rondy Gray, Jane Allen, Lewis Breeland, Bob Chambers, Tom Chase, Claude Ervin, Harry Harelik, Norman L. Hay, Jr., Brent Helm, Peter Kultgen, Paul McClinton, Dr. Stan Madden, Dr. Terry Maness, Clement Milam, Dr. Robert Packard, Joyce Packard, John Perry, Sherrill Pogue, Charles Reed, Dr. Don Schmeltekopf, Dr. Joseph F. Velez and Tony Wayland.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Brazos Education Foundation, 2600 Washington Ave., Waco TX 76710; Austin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave., 76701; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas TX 75210; or M.D. Anderson Foundation, P.O. Box 2558, Houston TX 77252; or the charity of your choice.The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
John Crittenden Moore, BA ’53, of San Angelo, TX, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 in a local hospital. John was born in Henrietta, OK to John and Golden Moore on August 22, 1923. He married Gloria Currie McWilliams on December 11, 1960 in San Angelo and graduated from Baylor University. John served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was a teacher for many years. John is preceded in death by his parents; John and Golden Moore and a son, Joseph Moore. John is survived by his wife, Gloria Moore; son, John Moore; daughter, Sharon Johnson and husband, James Timothy Johnson; grandsons; Jonathan Johnson, David Johnson and Micah Johnson. Family visitation will be held from 11:00am to Noon on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Robert Massie Funeral Home. But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing You and knowing all is well between us. and when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see You face-to-face. Psalm 17:15 Living Bible IN LIEU OF FLOWERS the family suggests memorials may go to the charity of your choice. The family of John Moore wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Leon and the nurses of San Angelo Community ICU Unit. Online condolences may be left at www.robertmassie.com.
Dwight A. Thrash, BS ’53, of Lufkin, TX, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in a local hospital. He was 85. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Mark Newton officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park under the auspices of the Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M. Mr. Thrash was born October 18, 1932 in Lufkin, Texas, the son of the late Elsie Rae (Smith) and Dwight Moody Thrash. Mr. Thrash was a loving husband, father, and “PaPa”. He was born and raised in Lufkin. Mr. Thrash was a retired banker and candy maker and was a graduate of the 1953 Class of Baylor. He enjoyed reading mystery novels. Mr. Thrash took pride in his red hair and was nicknamed “Red”. He was a member of Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M. for more than 60 years, was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite member, and a former Kiwanis Club member. He proudly served his country with the United States Army. Mr. Thrash was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church Lufkin. Survivors include his son, Dwight David Thrash of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Delesa and Thomas Schumacher of Corpus Christi; grandson, Mark Schumacher; granddaughter, Kathryn Scott and husband Benjamin; grandson, Joshua Schumacher; granddaughter, Lori Schumacher; granddaughter, Julie Schumacher; grandson, John Schumacher; and a host of other family members. In addition to his parents, Mr. Thrash was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Wanda Lou Thrash; and grandson, Michael Schumacher. Members of the Lufkin Masonic Lodge No. 669, A.F. & A.M. will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Schumacher, Joshua Schumacher and John Schumacher. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.
Bobby Joe Benge, BBA ’54, of Waco died May 22 at age86. Our Dad, Bobby Joe Benge, had a variety of names throughout his life. His immediate family referred to him as Joe. His friends and extended family called him Bobby Joe, Bobby, Bob, or Mr. Benge. In the Air Force, he was Major Benge. Uncle Bobby, Pappaw, and Dad were names called by the youngest. Whichever name you used meant you knew our father. Our father was born in Maydelle, TX. His parents were Guy Fowler and Ora Roach Benge. Along with his parents, his siblings, Ann, Shirley, Doug, and Maurice have been waiting for him to join them in heaven. Now, the family is all reunited. They have a lot of catching up to do! Before our Dad knew it, he had been labeled the love of our mom’s life. She told her girlfriends, “Hands off. This one is mine!” That was while they were in junior high school! That is when Dad’s eternal love for Phadalia, our mom, started. Dad liked to joke with Mom and say she would break up with him to date his friends and then come right back to him around the holidays and that meant he had to buy her gifts. His favorite gifts to Mom were flowers, Beautiful, Waterford, and jewelry. Dad had good taste! Sports became a big part of Dad’s life at an early age. Some of his closest friends throughout his life played with him at Stonewall Jackson Junior High School and Sam Houston High School (1950 graduate) in Houston, TX. Baylor University gave Dad a life-changing opportunity to play ball for them and further his education. We are forever grateful to Baylor University. Mom, of course, wasn’t going to let Dad go to Waco without her, so they married on August 25, 1951. While attending Baylor University, B.S. Business (1954), Dad was an outstanding letterman in baseball and football. He received many honors, including his name listed on the wall of the BU Baseball Park as an All-American catcher. Dad knew he wanted to serve his country and enrolled in Baylor University ROTC. His Air Force Career of 25 years began as a pilot after leaving Baylor. He proudly served his country in Vietnam where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three clusters. The game of golf traveled with dad during his Air Force years. He once gave friendly advice to Arnold Palmer when he was playing golf in Ireland. Needless to say, he was an excellent golfer! Dad and Mom also loved camping and traveling. They passed this along to all of the family. We all enjoy the outdoors, and our best memories are outside in God’s world. Full retirement brought Dad and Mom back to Waco for the remaining years of their lives. They did not miss a Baylor baseball game and family had to arrange visits and outings around the baseball schedule. They loved having their own seats in the stands. Dad continued going to the games in his wheelchair this past season. Dad and Mom loved watching their grandchildren play sports. They retired in Waco so that they could enjoy Baylor sports, and because it was halfway between grandchildren in Austin and Dallas. While in Waco, Dad was a member and held various positions with the 75th Flight James Connally Order of Daedalians. Dad attended these monthly war veteran aviator meetings with pride until his passing. Dad has flown his last flight formation to the heavens above. Dad and Mom were members of First United Methodist Church of Waco, Texas. They loved their church, the members, and pastors. Dad attended faithfully and looked forward to Sunday mornings. Our parents were very proud of the mission work lead by Rev. Wayne Williams. We want to thank Wayne for the loving connection he had with our parents. Dad loved his family. He gave us love, advice and support in many ways. His grandchildren are Ferrin Ready Decker, Ashley Kyle Ready, Weston Blake Ready, Katherine Allison Ready, Katherine Allison King and Kate King Frye. Son in Laws are Bill Ready and Jeff King. One great-grandchild, Wyatt Blake Ready, will be joining the family very soon. Dad’s health declined in the past few years. He once said, “It takes a team of caregivers to do the work of your mom.” Bless you, Mom! We could not be more thankful for and are forever grateful to Maria Lopez, Elva Gonzales, Mavy Franco, Melba Wesley, Sandra Gonzales, Jose Lopez, Mary Lopez and Nell Love. Services for our Dad, Bobby Joe Benge, were held on June 4, 2018, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home, 8220 Woodway Drive, Waco, TX, 76712. Visitation started at 9:00 am, and service began at 9:30 am. Dad had a military burial with honors at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX, at 2:15 pm. We are at peace knowing our parents are forever united. Everyone was welcome at both services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to Heart of Texas FCA. Daughters with eternal love for their parents, Devlin Benge Ready and Katherine Benge King
Nancy Jane Sponsler Byram, ’54, passed away in Loveland, Colorado on May 29, 2018 at the age of 85. Byran, formerly of Boerne, Texas was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on November 23, 1932 to Amick Charles Sponsler and Esther Marie Stanton Sponsler as the youngest of three children. Nancy grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas along with her two siblings, Lenore and Stanton. She studied music at Baylor University where she met and fell in love with David Paul Byram whom she married on February 29, 1952. They were married for 63 years until Paul’s passing on August 7, 2015. They were partners in public ministry for 32 years including 17 years in the military chaplaincy. Nancy’s life is marked by her love of music, which blossomed at a very early age. She taught piano and voice and led church and Air Force chapel choirs. While stationed in Europe, her choirs won many prestigious awards. She also had a deep and sincere love of people and of all of God’s natural wonders. She never missed an opportunity to encourage people, to show kindness and to bring a joyful and happy countenance to everyone she met. Every day she made it her practice to look, walk, listen and appreciate all of God’s creation as if it were new every morning.She also loved Israel, having visited 19 times, many of those as the tour leader. Nancy is survived by her three children: Judy Lynne Viccellio, David Amick Byram, and Danny Mark Byram and daughters-in-law Cassie Byram and Angela Byram. She was “Nana” or “Nanny” to eight grandchildren: Adrian, Aaron, Amick, Jonathan, Benjamin, Jeremy, Corina, and Alisha, and five great grandchildren: Henry, Charlie, Jones, Reuben and Rhett. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday June 9th at the First Baptist Church, Boerne, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to Neot Kedumim (a Biblical Landscape Preserve) in Israel. This was one of Nancy’s favorite places to visit when traveling to Israel. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1320639?code=RH+2011. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
Dr. Billy Ray Eubanks, BA ’54, visionary, teacher, mentor, pilot, patriot, physician, scholar, business leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, chef, Christian, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend went home to eternal rest suddenly on the 10th of May 2018 in Houston, Texas. He was 85. Bill was a man of great compassion and rejoiced in each day. He made the most of every moment of his life and lived life on the edge. He left his mark on the world and touched the lives of many with his loving and giving ways. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment, service and dedication that will inspire and challenge others to use their talents and gifts to the fullest. Bill Eubanks was born on the 11th of September 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shortly afterward his family relocated to Carthage, Texas. Growing up in Texas, he embraced the outdoor life style. He was passionate about camping, fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. Bill was 16 when his father, William Eubanks, died. Bill quickly grew up and became the man of the house. It was now his responsibility to provide and care for his mother, Mattie Eubanks and brother, Albert Eubanks. His mother instilled within him the strong Christian work ethic that would drive his future success. The message she often repeated "Dream what you dare to dream, go where you want to go and be what you want to be but be kind along the way." Even in the adult years of Bill's life, he called his mother every day "just to listen and get advice." Bill saw the immediate need to use his wits to make a living for his family. His first business was growing and selling organic vegetables. This was supplemented by working in the East Texas oil and gas fields as a pipeliner and rough-neck in the summers. Bill recognized education was the way to move forward with his life goals and plans. After graduating from Carthage High School, he received a scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Bill was the first in his family to attend college. He was a proud Baylor Bear. After his Baylor graduation, he joined the U. S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean War. He was a true American patriot. Bill attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Receiving his Doctor of Medicine was a proud accomplishment. He established The Urology Clinic at West Jefferson Hospital. He continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1992. During his active medical years he was President of the Jefferson Parish Medical Society and served on the board of First National Bank of Jefferson Parish. Never one to be idle, Bill created many other businesses. These ran the scope of real estate condo conversions, designing and manufacturing armaments for the US Government, and energy investments. However, his first love was the energy business. In 1984, Bill purchased his first 100% owned energy project from Shell Oil. It was a success and he was off and running in the energy business. In order to have more insight into business, he attended Harvard Business School for 3 years. He was a graduate of OPM 18. One could not know Bill without understanding the great value he placed on honesty, integrity and trust. One of the pillars of Bill's entrepreneurial success was his commitment to long term relationships. Even with all his achievements, Bill never forgot who he was — a man of deep faith, unwavering determination and boundless energy. He lived his life by the simple principal "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Success never seemed to affect Bill except to provide him the opportunity to help and share with others. He was passionate about his family and friends. Bill gave to his family and friends never wanting anything in return except their love and respect. He was the consummate husband, father and grandfather. Bill pushed everyone to new adventures. He was truly an adventurer with a heart for exploration and travel. Bill leaves a legacy of love and contribution. Bill for many years was the 1st prize winner sponsor of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and a supporter of the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Cattle Baron's Ball and Victory, Open Door Mission, New Orleans Opera Association, Houston Symphony, The Aspen Institute, Houston Museum of Natural Science, a founder of the New Orleans Chapter of Les Amis d' Escoffier Society as well as a member of the Houston Chapter and holder of the Medal of Merit, Chaine des Rotisseurs Regional Balli, active in the New Orleans and Houston Chapters of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, a member of the New Orleans Petroleum Club, New Orleans Claret Club, River Oaks Men's Breakfast Club, the Coronado Club, Amici della Vite , both the New Orleans and Houston Chapters of International Wine and Food Society, a Regent of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Krewe of Alla, Mensa International and River Oaks Baptist Church. Bill Eubanks' life is a story of triumph over adversity. While his passing leaves a void that will never be filled, his commitment to hard work, persistence and caring will be timeless examples of life's lessons. Bill knew that all of his accomplishments that God has blessed him with would be gone the moment his life on earth ended. He knew what would matter for eternity was how much he had loved and the good he had done. Bill appreciated the challenges and spiritual guidance given by Reverend Martus Miley. It was a blessing in his life. Bill was blessed with a dedicated and loyal staff that kept him on track and all running smoothly. It is with great appreciation to Becky Miettinen, Anthony Turney, William Marcano, Alfonso Flores, Maribel Robles and Espirion Roman for their service. To all the doctors, nurses and technicians at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital a special thank you for your constant caring and dedication to Bill the last 7 years. Bill Eubanks is survived by his devoted wife Bonnie, children Leigh Ellen, Sherri, Brad and Karl, grandchildren Elizabeth, Christopher, Eric, Alexandra, Brooke, Henry, Brent, Victoria and William, sister in law Cristie as well as numerous extended family and friends. Bill's final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a date yet to be determined. Plans are being completed for "Final Salute Celebrations" of Bill's life in Houston, Aspen and New Orleans. I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. John 11:25. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, and they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 For those desiring, remembrances in Bill's honor may be made to the following or a charity of choice. Baylor University, University Development Department of Philosophy, Eubanks Account, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050 or at Baylor.edu/giving; Tulane University School of Medicine c/o Mark McKeown Eubanks Account, 1430 Tulane Avenue #8745, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112 or at Medicine.tulane.edu. To leave a message of condolence or place a donation please visit www.asacredchoice.com. Published in The Times-Picayune
Martha Williams Templeton, BBA ’54, of Amarillo passed away Monday, June 11, 2018. She was 84. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Llano Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Deckard of Polk St. United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Dr. Martha was born on August 15, 1933 to Bob and Grace Helen Williams in Austin. She graduated from Austin High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Baylor University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Martha married Robert Templeton in Austin on June 12, 1954. The couple moved from Dayton, OH to Amarillo in 1956. Martha adored her dogs. She had three at the time of her death, a schnauzer named Beau, and two smaller dogs. She enjoyed playing golf and tennis at the Amarillo Country Club as long as her health permitted. Martha enjoyed visiting Las Vegas, and had a second home in Santa Fe, where she spent time in the summer and fall. She played bridge with her close friends for many years, starting when she was 25. She was known for being a great cook and a talented decorator. She was a member of Polk St. United Methodist Church. Martha was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Tom Templeton; a grandson, Ben Hopper; and a sister, Shirley Bishop. Survivors include her husband, Robert Templeton of Amarillo; two daughters, Linda Cunyus and husband Larry of Amarillo, and Luanne Boyd of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Coe Cunyus and wife Jansyn, Kendall Cockerham and husband Paul, Nicholas Hopper, Avery Hopper, and Abby Boyd; three great grandchildren, Quinn, Lane and Kellen. The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Life Challenge of Amarillo @ www.lifechallengeofamarillo.com; or Amarillo SPCA, 11901 S. Coulter St. Amarillo, TX 79119.
Sue Hembree, BSN ’55, died May 15th at Hope Cottage-a division of Sunset Homes in Clifton, TX. Graveside services will be held at Red Oak Cemetery in Red Oak, TX with Rev. Brad Slaten officiating. Virginia Sue Baker Hembree was born on September 9, 1926 in Peach Orchard, Arkansas. Her parents, Gladys(Miller) and Walter Baker, provided an idyllic country life for their third child, forever changed by the car crash that killed her older sister and brother. Her resulting brief stay in the children's ward of a hospital set her path of empathy and care giving.
Sue felt she had “ cut her teeth on church pews", and at the age of 14 made her profession of faith. She felt called to be a medical missionary, fueled by a summer of volunteering at the Arkansas State Crippled Children's Hospital in little Rock before graduating from high school in 1944. She completed pre-med courses at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, and was accepted at the University of Arkansas Medical College, but recognized God's redirection. She was commissioned and ordained in the Salvation Army in 1950. There she met another Salvation Army "soldier", Truman Hembree, a wheelchair bound victim of polio, who shared Sue's love of camping, Canoeing and fishing, "critters" and people. Two years later they were married and shared their lives for 32 years. A week into their marriage Sue entered nursing school and received a BS from Baylor University in September 1955. She decided to try school nursing for 1 year and gave the next 31 years to the Jefferson Davis School in Dallas, loving and caring for other people's children. In their spare time, Sue and Truman hand-built their cabin on Choctaw Trail in Whitney, where Sue chose to live after Truman's death (1984) and her retirement (1986). Sue, in her own words, thought it was in her genes to have (1) a love for God's creation, nature and critters, (2) a respect for others, and (3) a desire to make others happy by alleviating pain and suffering in some way. She was left with no immediate family, but she found friends in her community and at King Memorial United Methodist Church. She cared for baby goats, cats and dogs until becoming a victim of Alzheimer's Disease in 2009. Since them, Sue has lived at Park Plaza Nursing Home in Whitney, Lakeshore Nursing Home in Waco, and Sunset Home in Clifton. Memorials in her honor can be given to King Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 612, Whitney, TX 76692 or the North Texas Humane Society.
Dorthy Patton Humphries, ’55, BA ’68, of Tyler, TX, departed this life on June 20, 2018, at age 83. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 am at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, TX with Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Born on October 20, 1934 to Wylie and Tommie (Pool) Patton she was raised in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1953. She attended Baylor University, graduating in 1957 and married M. Wayne Humphries the same year. She worked for Urologist Dr. Denman in Dallas for six years before returning to Tyler where her husband began his Dental practice. She volunteered at ETMC for fifteen years. Her life's passion was her raising her three boys, her family and cooking. She loved to collect cookbooks. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. M. Wayne Humphries. She is survived by her three sons, Stuart (Jamie) of Noonday, TX and their children Ashley, Khylie, Drew, Noah and Landon; Brian (Jennifer) and their children Heather and Trevor of Buffalo, TX; Brad (Darlene) and their children Rachel and Rhett; sister, Melanie (Mark) Mayfield, numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.
James Ronald Miller, BBA ’55, Lt. Colonel, United States Air Force, Ret., passed in peace May 29, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Ron was born in Sugar Land, Texas on January 3,1933, and attended Sugar Land schools. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Baylor University and completed four years in USAF ROTC. He entered the USAF shortly after graduating from Baylor University in 1955. For about half of his USAF career he served in Strategic Air Command in B47s and B52s. He then moved to Air Force Systems Command, where except for a brief flying job in Tactical Air Command during the Vietnam era, he was responsible in various roles for procurement of military weapons systems. Following retirement from the USAF in 1977, Trinka and Ron relocated to Austin, Texas, where they attended Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church. Ron and Trinka were charter members of the church and served in various capacities over the years. James Ronald Miller is survived by his wife Katherine Helmcamp Miller; brother Lanny Joe Miller and wife Sylvia Lundy Miller; one son Ronald Jeffery Miller and wife Linda Gayle Albert Miller; one daughter Robin Miller Lenertz and husband Stephen Jerome Lenertz; and one grandson Christopher Stephen Lenertz. The family will receive visitors on from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Ron will be laid to rest at 10:00 AM, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park, followed by a service honoring his life at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church at 5226 W. William Cannon Drive in Austin, Texas 78749. FAMILY: Katherine Helmcamp Miller, Wife; Lanny Joe Miller, Brother; Sylvia Lundy Miller, Sister-in-law; Ronald Jeffery Miller, Son; Linda Gayle Albert Miller, Daughter-in-law; Robin Miller Lenertz, Daughter; Stephen Jerome Lenertz, Son-in-law; Christopher Stephen Lenertz, Grandson.
Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Bowlin Sellers, BA ’55, passed away on May 15, 2018. She was 83.
Betty was born August 27, 1934, in Paris, Texas, to Berry Thomas and Ardath Stephens Bowlin. She grew up in Houston, attending West University Elementary, Pershing Jr. High, and Lamar High Schools. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1956, and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. At Lamar she'd met Harold. Though he went off to A&M, they begin dating during their freshman year of college, and married June 8, 1956. Harold then went to law school, and after three years in the U.S. Air Force JAG in Amarillo, they returned to Houston, where they raised their three children. Betty was a community leader with a servant's heart, performing every function and holding every office in countless parent-teacher associations, little league boards, and Girl Scout troops. She was President of The College Women's Club and The Houston Symphony League. Her political career included serving on the West University Place City Council, and as a Regent of Texas Women's University. She was a faithful member and Deacon of South Main Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for more than 30 years, and served on and chaired numerous committees and in many of the church's missions. Betty is predeceased by her parents, and her beloved cousin, Charlotte Stephens Squibb. She is survived by Harold; her children, Sally and Roman Reed, Steve and Laurie Sellers, and Phil and Dee Sellers; her grandchildren, Suzy and Paul Thompson, Travis and Caroline Reed, Forrest Reed, Shannon and Kala Sellers, Sawyer Sellers, Shelby and Austen Buckalew, Hunter Sellers and Georgia McLendon, Harrison Sellers, and Hailey Sellers; by her sister, Kathleen Bowlin Meyer and John, and nephews and nieces Paul, Erika, Johanna, and Karl; and by her cousin, Craig Stephens and Jean. A memorial service will be Friday, May 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77002, with visitation Thursday, June 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the church's Welcome Center. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations to South Main Baptist Church.
Jeannette Yvonne Williams, ’55, of Tupelo, MS, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Generations Assisted Living in Saltillo. She was 84. Born in Dallas, Texas on September 10, 1933 to James and Minnie Green McWilliams, she was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. She attended Baylor University where she met and fell in love with a Chamberman, Hugh Williams. They married in the summer of 1953 and on October 31, 1960 they adopted a very blessed baby girl, Janna Renee Williams. Hugh and Jeannette were married for 55 years and spent many of those years living in Highland Park, Texas. Jeannette dearly loved her friends, the Ruth and Bob Glaze Sunday school class at Park Cities Baptist Church, antiquing and quilting. In 2005, she moved to Tupelo to be close to her daughter and her family. Jeannette was a member of Wilshire Baptist and Park Cities Baptist in Texas and Calvary Baptist Tupelo. Survivors include one daughter, Janna Crowe and her husband, Denvil of Tupelo. Three grandchildren: Camie Martin and her husband, Bobby of Madison; Catlin Otis and her husband, Will of Tupelo; and Dee Crowe of Tupelo. She is also survived by great-grandchild, Rivers Otis and one on the way, Griffin Otis of Tupelo and one dear friend and caregiver, Gidge Young and her husband, Price of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at W. E. Pegues, Tupelo. Services will be 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Bryant Barnes officiating. Graveside services to follow at 3 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 in the Rock Garden of Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation at Restland Funeral Home, Dallas at 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018. Memorials may be made to The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251 Washington, D.C. 20090 or Buckner Children's Home 5200 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227. The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
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Margaret York Branan, BA ’56, MSEd ’58, of El Paso died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 19. She was 83. She was a generous soul who always wanted to be of help to others. Margaret was born October 27, 1934. She grew up in east Texas much loved by her parents and her older brothers George and Lawrence. After receiving a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Baylor University, Margaret taught elementary school as a civilian employee on SAC bases in Japan and Morocco. When she returned home to Texas, she met Carl Branan. They had a beautiful 42- year marriage which included traveling the world, living in places from Etowah, Tennessee to Boudouaou, Algeria. They lived in El Paso, TX for almost thirty years. Raising her two daughters, Kay and Ann, was Margaret's primary focus, but she always found time to help anyone in need and to volunteer at her church. Margaret was a life-long Southern Baptist. Her greatest joy was being Nana to her five grandchildren: Katherine, Alex, Richard, Matthew, and Joseph, and her great-grand-daughter Violet. She was also known as Nana to the many International students that Margaret worked with in Illinois, where she moved after Carl's death. She loved spending time with them, providing advice, support, and lots of pumpkin bread. There are men and women all over the world who attribute part of their success to Nana. Margaret returned to El Paso three years ago for the warm weather and the beautiful mountains. Margaret was truly loved and touched many lives. She is survived by her daughter Kay Branan Riley, son-in-law Mark, grandsons Alex (Darya) and Matthew, and great- grand-daughter Violet; as well as by her daughter Ann Branan Horak, son-in-law Charles, and grandchildren Katherine, Richard, and Joseph. The family will hold a private memorial in Ruidoso, New Mexico where Margaret and Carl enjoyed spending time with family at their cabin. Gifts in Margaret's memory can be made to Alzheimer's research, Envision Hospice of El Paso, Baylor University, or any charity that helps those in need, something Margaret loved to do. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com. Published in El Paso Times on May 25, 2018.
Kenneth Boyd Denton, BBA ’56, of The Woodlands, TX, radiant Christian and a loving example to his family, church and many friends, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on the 9th of July 2018. Ken was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on August 25, 1934, to Casey Kenlock Denton and Daphne Boyd Denton. Ken graduated from Aberdeen High School as valedictorian and received a BBA degree from Baylor University. Ken started his career with Arthur Anderson as a CPA while also serving in the Air Force Reserves. During this time, he met and later married Donna Vanwinkle of Kilgore, Texas, on July 17, 1960. Joining Ashland Oil in 1963, they lived in Ashland, Kentucky for thirty years where he enjoyed being a father, husband and servant in the First Baptist church as a deacon, leading, and participating on several committees. Ken held several roles in the community including Chairman of the Board of Managers for King’s Daughters Hospital, Trustee – Georgetown College and Director of the Boyd County American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors for Ashland Coal Inc and Melamine Chemicals Inc. After thirty years, Ken ended his career with Ashland Oil in the role of Administrative Vice President and Controller. Upon Ken’s retirement, they moved to The Woodlands, Texas, in 1993 to be near their family where they found a wonderful new family of faith in their church for the last 25 years. Ken especially spoke with great affection and admiration of his Sunday School class, collectively and individually. Many enjoyed his talent as an accomplished pianist. Ken is survived by his daughter Diann Gothard, his son David Denton, his son-in-law, Kevin Gothard, his grandchildren, Michael Gothard and Madison Cehajic and husband Boris Cehajic, his sister Barbara Denton Lewis and husband Joe Lewis. He is also survived by a close family of nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Vanwinkle Denton and his parents. Ken will be remembered as a loving, caring, generous and humble person by friends and family. His love for his children and his grandchildren knew no bounds. His example and counsel through actions and words will be cherished and put into practice for generations to come. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock to eight o’clock the evening of July 12, 2018, at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home. We are celebrating Ken’s life at a service to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on July 13, 2018, at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, 11801 Grogans Mill Rd., The Woodlands, Texas 77380. Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment and graveside service at Forest Park the Woodlands Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Ken may be directed to The Woodlands First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Ken to the family, please visit www.forestparkthewoodlands.com FAMILY: Donna Vanwinkle Denton, Wife; Casey Kenlock Denton, Father; Daphne Boyd Denton, Mother; Diann Gothard, Daughter; David Denton, Son; Kevin Gothard, Son-in-law; Michael Gothard, Grandchild; Madison Cehajic (Boris), Grandchild; Barbara Denton Lewis, Sister; Joe Lewis, Brother-in-law; Mr. Denton is also survived by a close family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Hulen Ford, BBA ’56, JD ’61, of Dallas passed away on June 9, 2018. He was 82. Ford was born December 15, 1935 in Calvert, Texas to Clemmie and Roberta Ford. He was a true gentleman who was dearly loved, respected lawyer, colorful and known for his honesty and fairness. He was an avid Baylor fan and a true American and a true Texan. He graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School and dedicated his life defending the less fortunate people for over 50 years. Anyone who met Hulen knew of his love for his family and country and his clever wit that could bring laughter to anyone in his presence. He is survived by his wife, Louise Ford, son, Neal Ford, daughters, Meredith Camp and Kathleen Ford, brother, Charles Ford, sister Norma Jean Gordon, granchildren, Carter Camp, Cooper Ford, Elliot Ford and Reagan Huffstutler. He will be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 16, 2018, 1:00p.m. in Franklin, Texas at the McCauley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity and "The Bridge" in Dallas.
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Larry Guthrie, BBA ’56, of Waco peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving wife and adoring daughters, Tuesday June 19, 2018, in Providence Hospital. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, due to Larry and Sharlie's home church, Holy Spirit Episcopal, being remodeled. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. A luncheon reception will be held after the burial at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium. Larry Guthrie was born, May 5, 1934, to S.J. and Opal Guthrie in Waco, Texas. He attended Reicher and Waco High School. He then graduated from Baylor University Suma Cum Laude and received a master's in business from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This put Larry in the path of the love of his life— a beautiful young Dallas school teacher, Sharlie Ann Luna. They met on a blind date and had the romance you only see in movies. Sharlie loves to tell about the huge gestures he made. She set off with two friends on a six-week European tour a few months after they met. Larry had a letter and flowers waiting at every port of call. He even sent flowers to Sharlie's mother. They married in June of 1958 and began their life in Waco.
They had two daughters, Allison and Merrill. Larry was the kind of dad that never missed a school activity or sports event. Allison loves to recall days of playing on the Vanguard basketball team. Larry and Sharlie would drive to each little town and watch the team lose most of the time by thirty or forty points. Merrill was a cheerleader, so of course, Larry drove to every game when she was in school. Larry took over the family real estate development business, S.J. Guthrie Company, after his father, S.J., passed away. He continued to be an important part of the Waco business community and served on many boards. He served on the Caritas board, The Cameron Park Zoo board, and Citizen's National Bank board, to name a few. He was very active in his church, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. He was in the vestry and served as senior warden. He loved Baylor football and was a BU scholarship donor. But, he was especially partial to Baylor basketball. Larry and Sharlie loved traveling to games with the Fast Break Club. The Guthrie Baylor Homecoming parties on North Ridge were legendary. He had a close knit group of Baylor fraternity brothers and their wives and children who never missed a homecoming. He was a very sharp dresser. He loved James Bond and his "shaken not stirred" martinis. He loved his sports cars and his 1955 Thunderbird was in the family for thirty years. (Oh, if that car could talk!) He had the biggest watch collection ever. There was a Swatch and a festive tie to match every outfit. He hated socks and had a well-known "wedding virus" that always manifested when he did not want to wear socks and ties. There was no other flat top like Larry's. A special few were allowed to touch it. Larry loved to spoil his family with vacations— especially to the Caribbean. He would agree to explore whatever new island Sharlie found in her travel magazines. When asked his favorite travel memory, Larry is quick to answer. He took her to Bora-Bora for their twenty-fifth anniversary. Larry and Sharlie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 9th. His kindness and generosity are the hallmarks of his character. He sponsored several children through Family Legacy, gave to countless charities, and offered anything he had to any friend. The Guthrie house, under Larry's guidance and love, was always a shelter to any friend or creature. Larry Guthrie was a prince of a man. Words cannot describe the gigantic hole he leaves in our hearts. But, Sharlie, Allison, and Merrill and all his many friends can take comfort that he is on a Caribbean beach with a frozen drink, listening to reggae with his favorite little dog, Casey. He was preceded in death by parents, Opal and S.J. Guthrie; brother, Richard Guthrie; and twin sons, Kirk and Kevin. He is survived by sister, Janice Knapp and husband, Mark, of Waco; his wife, Sharlie Ann Luna; his daughter, Allison Guthrie and partner, Susan Bailes, of Denton and Merrill Swenke and husband, Kevin, of Dallas; and three grandsons of whom he was so proud, Cole Swenke of Dallas, Grant Swenke of Dallas, and Ryan Swenke of Dallas. The family would like to thank all of Larry's angels in the last years and months. Mark, Clint, and Irene, we especially feel blessed you are in our lives. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Caritas, 300 South 15th, Waco TX 76701, The Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th, Waco TX 76707, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 1624 Wooded Acres, Waco TX 76710, or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Barbara Sutton Patton, BA ’56, of Nacogdoches, TX, went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2018. She was born on September 26, 1934, in Huntsville, to Gladys Gibson and J. Willard Sutton of Centerville where they were living at the time operating a family sawmill business. Barbara graduated from Chireno High School and Baylor University. She taught elementary schools in Waco, Port Arthur, and Fort Worth before her marriage in 1964 to William Orlando (Bill) Patton, Jr., who survives her. Later, she helped in the family business, Branch-Patton Appliance Center, by operating their first computerized bookkeeping system. Barbara is survived by their three children: Mark Patton and wife Teresa, Anne Locknane and husband Justin of San Antonio, and Tom Patton and fiancée Heather Kemp. She loved her grandchildren: Alexandra and Harrison Patton and Savannah and Carson Osborn. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Ashley, brothers, Jerry Sutton and Kenneth Sutton and sister-in-law, Florence Patton. Her special caregivers were Rhonda Pruitt and Henrietta Johnson. Mrs. Patton was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served on the vestry, Altar Guild, participated in Bible studies, and contributed in many other capacities. She was also a member of the Literati Club, Sterne-Hoya Board, the Great Little Cooks, reading and bridge clubs, and other social groups. Barbara was an avid tennis player and loved water-skiing. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. A reception will follow at her home. Pallbearers will be Bryan Davis, III, Jeff Davis, John Green, George Millard, III, Kurt Sutton, and Stephen Sutton. Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1430 N. Mound Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.
Charles E. Weatherby, BBA ’56, went to be with the Lord on May 29, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 83. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Clayton Kay Vaughan Funeral Home, 200 E Patton Ave. Alvarado, TX 76009. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at Waco Memorial Park, Waco, TX. Charles was born, December 11, 1934, in Lorena, Texas. He was the son of Louise McClain Weatherby and Marshall Brown Weatherby. Charles attended Lorena High school and graduated in 1953. He then went off to Baylor University, and graduated in 1956 with his BBA degree. Charles married Eleanor Judd on May 28, 1955 at First United Methodist Church in Lorena, Texas. He then served in the Army, from 1957 to 1958; he was stationed in Germany with the 4th Armor Division. Charles was a very successful man, Management of Manufacturing Facilities of parts for the Mobile Home and RV industry, he owned Mobile Home Frame Mfg. Co in Hearne, Texas, Plastic Distributing Company in Mansfield, Texas, and Sales Company for CNC Routers and Saws in Mansfield, Texas. Charles was very involved in communities where he lived; he had been a member of McPherson Rotary Club for 13 years and Mansfield Rotary Club since 1997. He was a past member of the Kansas Mobile Home Association, The Texas Mobile Home Association, and the Texas RV Association. He was a current member of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce and the First United Methodist Church, member for the Wesley Sunday School Class, and charter member of the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Club. He was on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Girls Scouts and served on the Board for the Hewitt United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Eleanor Weatherby. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Glenn David Weatherby, Donald Wayne Weatherby, and Jean Kay Weatherby; grandchildren, Danielle Weatherby Werner, Blake David Weatherby, Olivia Louise Weatherby, Marshall James Weatherby, Ashley Nicole Slick, Terri Jean Slick, Preston Charles Weatherby, and Isabella Maria Weatherby; great-grandchildren, Addison Lynn Kennedy and Averie Marie Alkire; and numerous other family and friends. Clayton Kay-Vaughan Funeral Homes
Dr. Bobbie Ruth ElLaissi, BA ’57, PhD, age 84, died on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility. She was born in 1934 in Alexandria, LA. The precocious and bright only child of Earl and Ruth Semple she grew up in Longview, TX and attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, receiving degrees in education and drama. While earning her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she met and married her husband of 48 years, Dr. M.I. ElLaissi, of Cairo, Egypt. Moving to Egypt with her beloved husband after she received her PhD, she began her professional career teaching at El-Shams University and the American University in Cairo. After returning to the United States, she enjoyed years raising her three children while also completing her doctorate from the University of Texas in linguistics. She was devoted to education and progressive in her teaching of future educators at Georgia Southern University. During her tenure at GSU she served on numerous committees and for different professional organizations. Upon retirement she and her husband moved to Tybee Island, GA, where she continued her love of the arts-opera, theater, classical music, literature and the visual arts. Bobbie cultivated her interest in painting and yoga and continued her pursuit of making the world a better place through her practices of green living and by supporting charitable organizations that helped individuals and communities. Surviving are a son Fathy (Jane) ElLaissi of Evans, GA; two daughters Ruthie Foss of Brooklet, GA and Melanie ElLaissi (Mathew Urbina) of Washington, DC; grandchildren Jay (Betsy) Hendley of Abington, VA, Will ElLaissi of Atlanta, GA, Jamie Foss of Atlanta, GA and Sarah Jane (Dallas) Smith of Evans, GA; and four great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held. Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459, or to The Progressive Magazine, 30 West Mifflin Street, Suite 703, Madison, WI 53703. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald G. Matthews, BS ’57, of Bartlesville, OK, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 1st, 2018. He was 83. Ron was born on February 9th, 1935 to his parents Gerald and Jewell Matthews in Gorman, TX. He is survived by Joan Matthews, his wife, his three children Jim (his wife Mary), Becky (her husband, Rick Beasley), and David, along with his three grandchildren, Kathryn, Christen, and Danielle. Ron was a faithful husband to Joan, and we were all able to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last August 2017. Ron was a deeply spiritual and highly intellectual, but his most endearing qualities were his sense of humor and his love of music. His employers were Rocketdyne (and yes, he was indeed a rocket scientist) and Phillips Petroleum Company, but it was his devotion to his family and friends, his church, the Civitans and Baylor University that truly defined his character. Ron loved music of all kinds and was a member of the Ad Lib Singers and the First Baptist Church choir and orchestra. To say that fishing was his hobby, would be an understatement. He loved to fish and he developed numerous friendships with those he spent time with on the water. Ron loved to travel, loved sports (Go Bears!) and spent many days home delivering meals and volunteering. He was truly a fully devoted follower of Christ, and it is without a doubt that he was greeted in Heaven with "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Ron was blessed with a loving family and many lifelong friends, and we will all miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer's Association Research 2448 E 81 Street Suite 3000 Tulsa OK 74137 would be appreciated. The Memorial Service will be Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Bartlesville, OK.
Elna Rae Leazar Peoples, BA ’57, passed away peacefully in Houston on June 10, 2018. She was 82. She died on the birthday of her loving husband, Gerry McDaniel "Mac" Peoples, who preceded her in death. Mac shortened her name to "Rae" when they started dating in the mid-1950s, which fit well with her simple, friendly and welcoming approach to all who knew her. Rae was born in Jewett, Texas, to Elna and Charles Ray Leazar, and graduated from Jewett High School. She received a Bachelor of Education from Baylor University in 1957 and was a loyal Baylor Bear fan for life.Rae married Mac, a month after graduating from college, and lovingly stepped into her role as a soulmate, teacher, mother and friend to all who knew her. Rae and Mac earned their master's degrees together and made their home in many small Texas towns as public school teachers and administrators. They eventually settled in the Waco area in 1974 when Mac became superintendent of Connally ISD and Rae worked as a school librarian. They immediately joined First Baptist Church of Waco and raised their daughters in a wonderful community of like-minded Christian believers. Rae was especially close to friends in her Sunday school class and the First Baptist Church choir. In her later life, Rae relocated from her home in Chalk Bluff to Houston, Texas, where she enjoyed living at Brookdale Tanglewood and was surrounded by family and loving caregivers.Rae is survived by her oldest daughter, Linda Lindsey and husband, Skeet; grandson, Austin and wife, Cheyenne, and grandson, Justus. She is also survived by her younger daughter, Carol Hensley and husband, Mike, and grandson, Michael, Jr; and granddaughter, Harriet. She is further survived by three sisters, many nieces and nephews, and extended family. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy of love that will be richly cherished by her family for many years to come and her lifetime motto, "Family First!"Please join us in the celebration of Rae Peoples! Visitation will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd. Funeral Service will take place at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14, at First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster Avenue. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m., at Marquez Cemetery, Texas Highway 7, Marquez, TX 77865.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Music Ministry at First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster Avenue, Waco, TX 76706. Phone number (254) 752-3000.The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Dr. Robert Tate Angel, BS ’58, MD ’61 of Waco, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the age of 82. Dr. Angel was born, March 19, 1936, in Big Spring, Texas, to Clyde Robert Angel and Annie Matt Angel. He attended Big Spring High School where he met his future bride, Sue Ellen Barnes. He graduated as Salutatorian in 1954 after having helped lead the Steers as quarterback to the 1953 State Championship game. Having known from a young age that his calling was to be a physician, Robert entered Baylor University and was accepted to the Baylor College of Medicine following his Junior year. He then began his ten year journey at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, studying under Dr. Michael De Bakey, Dr. Denton Cooley, and Dr. E. Stanley Crawford, and completing his residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.Upon completion of his residency in 1967, he began his service with the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and served there during the Tet Offensive of 1968 earning a Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. He completed his Air Force duties having earned the rank of Major and re-entered civilian life.In the Fall of 1969, Dr. Angel and his family moved to Waco, Texas, and began his practice of medicine along with his medical school friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Crosthwait. Together they formed Waco's first heart surgery program and, on March 6, 1973, performed Waco's first open-heart surgery at Providence Hospital. Over the years and through his talents and dedication as a surgeon he would touch thousands of lives, many of whom are still with us today thanks in no small part to his efforts. However, he was always quick to point out that patient care was a team endeavor and could not be fully accomplished without the combined efforts of his fellow health care professionals, particularly Dr. Charles Shoultz and Dr. Wayne Falcone, the anesthesiologists and anesthetists, particularly Dr. Nelson Destaffany and the late Dr. Bill Gerecke, and most importantly, his dedicated and beloved nursing staff. Upon retiring from medicine, Dr. Angel continued to serve the community by teaching pathophysiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology at McLennan Community College.Dr. Angel was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his High School sweetheart and loving wife, Sue Ellen Angel of Waco; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Allanna Angel of Waco; daughter, Robin Anne Younkers of Huntington Beach, California; two step-sons who were like sons to him, Steven Landon and Doug Landon, both of Waco; and grandchildren, Samantha Angel Snow and husband, Mo Snow, of Irving; Callie Angel and husband, Taylor Angel, of Austin, Miranda Angel of Denton, Jackson Younkers of Long Beach, California, Ryan Landon of Dallas, Meghan Landon of Waco, Kaitlyn Landon of Austin, and his beloved dog and constant companion, Bella.A mass in celebration of his life will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco, Texas. The Oral Memoirs of Dr. Angel can be found at the website for the Baylor University Institute of Oral History, http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/buioh/id/10021/rec/5. Special thanks to Skylar Ray for this contribution. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Waco Humane Society or the charity of your choice. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at St. Catherine's for their love, care, and respect during his final days and weeks. Sign the Guest Book at www.oakcrestwaco.com. Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
Martha Lockhart Bright, BSN ’58, age 81 of Dallas, TX, passed away March 4, 2018. She was born December 23, 1936, San Antonio, TX, to Paul Alvin and Lessie (Vinson) Lockhart. Martha was a member of First Baptist Church of Richardson and retired after many years as a Registered Nurse. Martha is survived by 4 children: Emily Bright, Frances Bright, Paul Bright and Paula all of Dallas, TX, Glenn Bright and wife Heather of Murphy, TX; brother: Robert Lockhart and wife Louise of Abilene, TX; 9 grandchildren: Stefan and Jessica Bright, Sarah Bright, Laura and Aaron Houston, Daniel Bright, Scott Bright, Seth Bright and Seaver Bright; 4 great-grandchildren: Ryan, Cori, Reagan and Charly. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Paul A. Lockhart, Jr., and sister Virginia Slimp. A graveside service will be held 9:30am Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Restland Memorial Park, followed at 11:00am by a memorial service at Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas. Pastor David Largent will officiate at the services. As an alternative to flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104-1210 or www.stchm.org.
Dr. Gene Wesley Hightower, BS ’58, of Van, TX, went to be with his Heavenly Father, February 6, 2018. He was 81. He was born in Edom, Texas on February 18, 1936 to Paul and Geneva Hightower. In 1988, he married Lana Green and they have been inseparable since. He attended Baylor University on a basketball scholarship and went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery, specializing in orthodontics. After practicing in Pasadena, Texas for 4 years, he moved back to Van and served patients in Athens, Van and Mabank for 33 years. Dr. Hightower loved his community and served in many capacities. For 7 years he served on the Board of Regents at East Texas State University. He also served on the University of Texas at Tyler Board of Regents, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree. He was active in the Republican Party and was on the State Republican Executive Committee for 14 years. He also served on the Van Independent School Board for 14 years and President for 7 of those years. He recently served as President of the Rhine’s Lake Association for 10 years. His love of Longhorn Cattle was evident by his serving on the Board of Directors of The International Texas Longhorn Association and was president of the East Texas Longhorn Association. Gene and Lana established G&L Cattle Company in 1994 and went on to win numerous championships on the show circuit with their cattle. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Lana, his sons, Wes (Stacy) and Barry and daughter Amanda (Mark) Davis and stepsons Eric (Liza) and Chad (Amiee) Krisher and their families. He also leaves behind, one sister, Mary Ann Peden, and numerous loving friends. He is survived by 18 grandchildren with the loss of an infant granddaughter, Kerrigan Davis. Memorial donations may be made to: TLBT Bright Futures Youth Scholarship program c/o Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America - 817-625-6241 Van ISD Education Foundation– 903-963-7958 A memorial celebration will be held for Gene on March 4, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Friends in High Places, 2189 VZCR 4501, Ben Wheeler, Texas 75754. Boots & Jeans are welcome!
Kenneth Latimer, BA ’58, MA ’63, of Dallas was born May 9, 1936 in Birdville, Texas. He died peacefully at home on May 14, 2018. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Corado Latimer and his sister Ann Traywick. Ken is survived by his beloved wife Martha Jarmon, and his children Kristin and David Booth, Bradley and Christa Dardaganian, Shannon Latimer, Michael and Yelana Morgan, Stacey and Lief Anderson and his 8 grandchildren. Ken is remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Many remember him as an iconic actor and director in the Dallas Theater Center's original company. Others received comfort from him in his second career as a social worker. Ken loved the arts, theater, jazz music and his many travels around the world, especially Kenya. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dallas Children's Theater. A Memorial Celebration of Ken Latimer 's life was held on Monday, June 4 at 6:30 pm at the Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, Tx 75231.
Dr. Robert T. Smith, ’58, DDS ’61, of Frisco, TX, died Jan. 1 at age 81.
Martha Fay Witt, BA ’58, at the age of 81, passed away June 16, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, Texas. A memorial service will be held 12 Noon, Saturday, June 23, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, 1300 Columbus Avenue in Waco. Pastors Ron Durham and Josh Vaughan will officiate. There will be no visitation or graveside service.
Martha was born and raised in Waco and attended Waco High School and Baylor University. She met her husband while growing up in Waco. She and George Cleveland Witt, Jr., began dating at Baylor University. They married in 1957 and traveled the world while her husband served 21 years in the US Air Force. In 1977, Cleveland and Martha retired in Waco, where Cleveland continued in the family furniture business, Kirkpatrick and Witt Furniture. Martha was a stay-at-home mom. When she wasn’t spending time with her children, she was volunteering in the community and faithfully involved in Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Nothing gave her greater joy than helping and ministering to others. She spent many years participating in Youth Mission trips all over the world where she would serve in any way she could, whether she was the cook, the bus driver or a Vacation Bible School Leader. She was involved in numerous community organizations such as Junior League of Waco, PEO (a national educational organization that helps send women to college), Habitat for Humanity, and Kids Hope (she mentored one child for nearly 10 years!). While in the Air Force, Martha and Cleveland held a weekly men’s Bible Study for the airmen. She effected the lives of many by sharing her faith and thoughtfully giving to those she loved and even those she didn’t know. One of her cousins shares, “Martha was always ready to give food, hospitality, encouragement and always gracious advice.” Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Frank M. and Dorothy Ann Wilson, Jr.
Martha is survived by her husband, Cleveland Witt; her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Janice Beal Wilson; her children, Dr. Cam and Karen Witt, Larry and Lucy Witt and Jeff and Caralee Witt Gurney; grandchildren, Daniel and Courtney Witt Vince, Caroline Witt and fiancé, Laszlo Vandracsek, Austin Gurney, Kelly Waters, Elijah Hines, and Angel Rippo; great grandchild, Abigail Waters; along with many nieces and nephews. Her life was filled with grace and tenacity. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you send a donation to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, PO Box 345, Waco TX 76703, and designate one of the following programs: Kids Hope, The Center or the church in general. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Linda McMahan Delgado, BA ’59, of Dallas died on May 23, 2018, at age 80. Her unwavering faith in God, strong will to live, and the love and prayers of family and friends sustained her for more than two years after having suffered a severe stroke. She is now at peace in the presence of her Lord and Savior. Linda is survived by her brother Benny (Grace) McMahan of Austin, her Uncle Benny (Mildred) Stephens of Dallas; sons Mark (Sofie) Delgado of Flower Mound and James (Patti) Delgado of White Rock, NM; daughters Stephanie Henkel of Carrollton, and Melinda Delgado (Sabir Mujtaba) of Dallas and six grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter B. and Lera McMahan, her husband Edmundo Delgado and son-in-law, Edward Henkel. Linda was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas), Baylor University and at the time of her stroke was a realtor with Virginia Cook Realtors (Dallas) and an active 22-year member at Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas. The family will be accepting visitors for visitation and viewing on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. Funeral services will be Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church-Ellis Chapel, 3933 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75225. Reception will follow the service.
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Howard Lynn Hardegree, BA ’59, LLB ’59, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018, at his home in Fort Worth, with family by his side. He was 82. FUNERAL: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, followed by interment at 1:30 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Arborlawn Foundation at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. Howard was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Wichita Falls to Leland and Elizabeth Hardegree, and married his wife, Peggy Shelby Hardegree on Jan. 23, 1960, in their hometown of San Angelo. He proudly served his country as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Baylor with a doctor of jurisprudence degree. Howard retired from the U.S. General Services Administration where he was the Region 7 General Counsel. SURVIVORS: Howard is survived by his wife, Peggy Hardegree; daughter, Stephanie Haines and husband, Dennis, and their sons, Patrick, Ryan and wife, Alyssa; son, Scott Hardegree and wife, Julie, and their sons, Austin and Hayden; sister, Carolyn and husband, Sam Drage; and extended family and friends.
Ben King, BA ’59, MSEd ’66, of Eddy, TX, went to be with Jesus on June 23, 2018. He was 79. Graveside services will be 9:00 AM, Monday, June 25, 2018 in Moody Cemetery. Mr. King graduated from Gatesville High School in 1956 and earned his BS in education and MS from Baylor University. He coached the Championship Little Aggie Baseball team and taught Mathematics in Midway High School. In 1991, he retired from the Vocational Rehabilitation Commission of Texas as a Vocational Counselor. Ben married Kay Talley on August 30, 1958 and they have 4 sons, Kyle Ben, Jamie Dee, Dan Edward and Jonathan Edward. Ben accepted Jesus as Savior as a child and devoted his life to loving Kay as his chosen queen. They are members of Trinity Fellowship of McGregor. Grandchildren are Kristina (Puddin'), Jon Kyle, Luke, Emily, Andrew, Katie, Larkin, Haley and Rachel.
Rev. Richard Clyde Lewis, BA ’59, passed away at age 82 in Greensboro, NC, after extended in-home hospice care. Richard was a class officer for the class of 1958, but deferred graduation until 1959 as a "Tentmaker" in Northern California for the Home Mission Board. As a student, he was well-known for his work in the Baylor bookstore and with the youth at 7th & James Baptist Church. After graduating from Southwestern Theological Seminary, Richard served as a pastor and church-builder in Texas, California, and Virginia before retiring in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Virginia Lee (nee Allen, class of 1959), daughter Dr. Anne Lewis (class of 1983 and 1988), son Randy and daughter-in law Toni Lewis, and two grandsons, Bradley and Mitchell Lewis. In his later years, Richard was a painter of landscapes and animals, (especially chickens), an architect/crew of landscapes and gardens, a devoted Sunday School and New Members Class teacher, and mentor to many aspiring young ministers.
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Dr. Jerry Cantrell McGee, BA ’59, of Texas City, TX, was born December 23, 1936 in Florence, Alabama in the country at his family home. Dad received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Traveling was the hallmark of his career with dad serving as professor and/or Dean at several universities in the South. Mom worked as a teacher or librarian at each stop of their travels. Dad served various positions for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in practically every country in South and Central America for over 40 years. After retiring from his tenured position with Sam Houston State University in 1995, dad served as Director of the International School of Aruba for three years. Then, they moved to Mexico City where he served as Chancellor of Westhill Institute and Medical School. He retired from his position on the Board of Directors of Westhill in 2009. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol Price McGee, originally from Huntsville, Alabama and his two sons Jerry Cantrell McGee, Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska (wife Christa and children Caroline, Bronte and Madeline) and Samuel Price McGee of Texas City, Texas (wife Stephanie and children Maxwell and Malorie). Visitation will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Elkins Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel burial will follow at Florence City Cemetery. Elkins Funeral Home invites you to leave your condolences at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.
Marion Lawrence McIlhaney, BA ’59, of Plano, TX, on April 28, was received into Heaven and embraced by the Lord Jesus Christ, whom she loved intimately and followed faithfully. Marion, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, lived with her husband, Joe, at The Legacy at Willow Bend in Plano, TX, for the last eight years of her life. Marion was born in Chattanooga, TN, on September 28, 1937, to James Ethridge and Hughie Cleckler Lawrence. She graduated from City High School in Chattanooga and four years later from Baylor University with a major in Education. Following graduation, she began teaching sophomore English at Spring Branch High School in the Houston area. Within a month, she met Joe on a blind date and, 8 ½ months later, on June 9, 1960, they began their 57 years and 11 months of marriage. Marion’s commitment of love for her husband was profound and lifelong. That commitment of love spread over her three daughters, Lynne, Anne and Caren. Her deep and uncompromising love was shown in her pride in her ten grandchildren. Family was the light of her life and her greatest life work. Marion was a magnetic person. Her deep faith in her Jesus was the wellspring for her life, for her joy, for her smile and for her warm love of those around her. She brought joy into the lives of everyone who came across her path, including those she mentored and taught, those she attended church with and those who attended her in her final years. She was a master teacher -- first for the classroom, then for the many women’s Bible studies she taught and for the Christian Women’s Club meetings she spoke for. Marion was preceded in death by her brother Jay Lawrence. She is survived by her husband, Joe, by her daughters, Lynne Lutz, Anne McIlhaney, and Caren Hoehner. She is also survived by David Lutz and David Hoehner, her sons-in-law and by ten grandchildren: Hannah Lutz, Addie Lutz, Caleb Hoehner, Joseph Hoehner, Benjamin Lutz, Christina Hoehner, Sarah Hoehner, Luke McIlhaney, Jonathan Hoehner and Daenta McIlhaney. There will be two memorial services for Marion. The first will be at 10:00 AM on May 10 at Christ United Methodist Church at 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX, 75075. The second will be the following day, May 11, at 1:00 PM, at Austin Ridge Bible Church, 9300 Bee Cave Road in Austin, TX, 78733. There will be a family burial in the National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, on the afternoon of May 10. Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Medical Institute at www.medinstitute.org.
Rosellen Mullins Moore, BA ’59, of Portland, TX, known to friends as “Rose”, passed away on June 14, 2018, at the age of 81. A native of Texas, she graduated as Valedictorian from Gregory High School and after received her degree from Baylor University Waco, Texas. She later worked as an Educator, then at Reynolds Aluminum “Rose the Riveter” and was a Substitute Teacher at Gregory-Portland High School for many years where she was known as “The zucchini bread Sub”. She was a master gardener, top notch cook and baker, fishing enthusiast, and loved all her cats throughout the years. Rose will forever be remembered by her children, Steve Moore (Susie), Shari Holdforth (John), Kristen Moore (Ben); and her grandchildren, Ashleigh Rose Lassiter (Ryan), Johnathon Holdforth, Mike Spence, Jr., (Nicole) and Sarah Romo (Marcos). She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Lee Moore; and her parents, Alvin Henry Mullins, and Lois (Susie) Mullins. Her sister, Linda Karen Beard; and her brothers, Alvin Henry (Sonny) Mullins, Jr., and Ronald Dale (Butch) Mullins. A celebration of her life will be held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, 2003 West Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass, Texas, 78336 on Friday, June 22, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Arrangements were entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2003 W. Wheeler Ave., Aransas Pass, Texas 78336. 361-758-3221. www.charliemarshallfuneralhomes.com.