Bruce W. Bowles, BBA ’60, humble servant of Jesus Christ, loving husband, father, and grandfather was welcomed to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, June 24. He peacefully passed away at his home, in Dallas, at the age of 87. Bruce was born in North Kansas City, Missouri. His parents led him to a life of active church involvement and acceptance of Christ as Savior at age seven. Following high school graduation, he joined the Air Force in 1951 and was assigned as a C-119 radio operator at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois. While there and as church secretary for Westview Baptist Church, he met the love of his life Phyllis Uhles – they married November 14, 1952 and enjoyed a honeymoon on a three-day pass. After military assignments in Arizona and Illinois, Bruce moved the family to Waco in order to complete a Finance degree from Baylor University. After graduation and a brief stint with the Buccaneer Stamp Company, the family moved to Dallas where he became an officer with Lakewood Bank & Trust. Mary Hardin-Baylor College called Bruce to Temple in 1969, where he provided fundraising leadership to the college. After four successful years in higher-education, Bruce became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Baptist Church Loan Corporation and also founding President of the Texas Baptist Financial Services, Inc. – humbly serving about 2,000 congregations in Texas and beyond. He retired in 1999 to spend more time with family and his volunteer interests: Bible study teacher, deacon, church mission trip volunteer, choir member, supportive parent in countless activities, board member and community volunteer in activities too numerous to recall. His daily life bore witness of his love for his Lord along with his compassion and love for people. He was a blessing to all he touched. He was a man of strength, deep conviction and humor, who absolutely lived life to the fullest. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Genevieve Bowles of Liberty, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of over 65 years Phyllis, daughter Cindy Emory (BM ’75), son and daughter-in-law Jeff (BBA ’83) & Dawn (BSED ’83) Bowles; grandchildren Brad (BA ’09) & Meag (BSME ’11) Bowles, Courtney (BSFCS ’12) & Jared Milligan, and Andrew Bowles (BA ’15); great grandchildren, Nora Bowles and Madelyn Milligan. He leaves a legacy of unfailing, sacrificial love, servant leadership, and an unwavering commitment to the gospel. A memorial service was held Friday, June 29, at Gaston Oaks Baptist Church, Dr. William Pinson presiding. The online guest register may be signed at: https://www.restlandfuneralhome.com/obits/bruce-w-bowles.
Dobie Craig, ’60, went to be with his Lord on May 22, 2018. He was born on Feb. 14, 1938 to James L. Craig and Frances “Gertie” Craig in El Campo, TX. Dobie was born and lived his life in El Campo, Texas. He attended school at El Campo Independent School District playing football, basketball, and running track. After his completion of high school, Dobie signed with Baylor University where he played football for the Baylor Bears. He left Baylor and signed with Howard Payne University to play basketball and in his senior year he ran track for the Yellow Jackets. Dobie was recruited by the Oakland Raiders in 1962. He played wide receiver and flanker back for the Raiders in 1962 and 1963. In 1964 he was traded to the Houston Oilers where he played for 1 year. Dobie loved playing all sports where he excelled in many and simply played for recreational purposes in others. Besides his professional football career, Dobie worked in the oil field beginning as a swab unit helper and working his way to becoming a consultant. He made many life-long friends and acquaintances in the oil field which he considered to be more family than friend. Dobie married Gayle Brinkman on July 7, 1962. They had two children, Kay Lynn Culp (Charlie) and Valerie Busby (John). Dobie was blessed by having two granddaughters, Tabitha Head and Carlee Busby who were his greatest pride and joy. Besides his wife, children, and granddaughters, Dobie is survived by his sisters, Jimmie Sue Baker of Paris, TX, Betty Jo Craig of Waxahachie, TX, and Carolyn Barry (Wayne) of San Angelo, and his brother, Bobby Craig (Melissa) of Corpus Christi, TX. Dobie leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Dobie G. Craig, Craig Barry, Michael Barry, Patrick Barry, Alisa Swayze, Les Baker, Brittany Beebe, Russell Rasmussen, Bryan Rasmussen, Jeffrey Rasmussen, Rachel Perrens, Reid King, Kerry King, Kevin King, Kyle King, Randy Brinkman, Amy Yarbarough, Lance Craig, Maureen Henderson, Kathleen White, and Dale Vick. Dobie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Wayne and Jim, Jr., and sister, Ruth Evelyn Vick. Visitation for friends and family will be from 4-6 p.m. Sat., May 26 at Triska Funeral Home. Services begin 2 p.m. Sun., May 27 at First Baptist Church, Bro. Richard DuBroc officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Pallbearers will be his nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Tabitha Head and Carlee Rhae Busby and his nieces.
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Patrick Lynn Deviney, BA ’60, died June 1 at age 81. was born in Nixon, Texas, March 17, 1937, to Alton Homer Deviney and Alice Lynn Mauldin Deviney. He passed from his earthly life to his heavenly home on June 1, 2018. Pat attended public school in Eddy, Texas, where his father was the school superintendent, and graduated in 1955. He then attended Baylor University and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Elementary Education. He received his Master's in Elementary Education from Trinity University and his all level administration certificates from Texas Tech University.While at Baylor University, Pat met his future wife Linda Cook on a blind date. Things worked out well and with three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way, they celebrated 57 years of marriage on April 1, 2018. Pat is survived by his wife, Linda; three children: Patrick Lynn Deviney, Jr., Carol Beth and husband, Jim Wurster, and Daniel Deviney and wife, Audra. "Daddy Pat" loved his grandkids: Devin Sebek and husband, Dylan, Natalie Deviney, Daniel Wurster and wife, Ali, Delanie Wurster, Madelyn Deviney, Melody Deviney, and Jake Deviney. Pat is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Betty Merle Deviney, Nancy Deviney, and Dr. Carol Cook-Koenig; as well as one brother-in-law, Dr. W.W. Cook, III; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters, Beth Newman Henderson and Betty Dubois Jackson; as well as two brothers, Col. Alton Homer Deviney, Jr. and Willis Mauldin Deviney. Pat was a career educator, first as an elementary teacher at Northeast ISD in San Antonio, then as an elementary principal of Walzem Elementary school. From there he went to Lorenzo ISD where he served as a P.E. teacher, High School Principal and the Superintendent for seven years. Next he served as Goliad ISD Superintendent for ten years and finished his public school career as school Superintendent for Bastrop ISD. Some of the major projects during his public school career included learning resource centers, libraries, athletic facilities and hands on experiences with technology access for every student. The next seven years he served as Associate Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Administrators where he spent his time helping to influence the next generation of Texas public school superintendents.Pat was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bastrop and former member of First Baptist Church of Goliad, serving as a deacon and on committees in leadership roles. Pat also loved spending time with his longtime friends, hunting, vacationing with his family, traveling, playing card games and dominos, and of course his dog Sugar.Pat is loved and missed but we are rejoicing with him now that he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior.Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Bastrop. Graveside services were 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2018, at Humphrey Cemetery in Martindale, Texas. Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home0745, 505 Old Austin Hwy. Bastrop, TX 78602(512) 321-2576Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com.
Phyllis Miriam Claunch Draughn, BA ’60, of Commerce, TX, passed away May 15, 2018, at Country Home Estates in Commerce. She was 80. She was born Jan. 24, 1938, in New Orleans, La. She was the daughter of Dr. Dewitt Claunch and Dorcas Meadows Claunch. Phyllis graduated from Waco High School in 1956. Not too long after that she met Bill, who was in the army and stationed in Texas. They were married in 1958. She graduated from Baylor University in 1960, where she was a member of the Baylor Chapel Choir. She taught elementary school for several years, and they were members of Seventh and James Baptist Church. They later moved to Commerce, Texas. Phyllis continued her education and received her master's degree in 1970. While Bill began teaching at East Texas State University, she owned and directed Draughn's Playschool and Kindergarten. She later branched out to having schools in Sulphur Springs, Cooper, and Wolfe City. Each day she played an important part in the lives of many young children. In January of 1990 she designed and built Country Home Estates, the first assisted living facility in the Commerce area. She provided numerous people in their later days with safe and affordable care, while employing many people through the years at each of these places.
She and Bill have been faithful members of First Baptist Church in Commerce for more than 50 years. During that time Phyllis was active in Sunday school, served on many committees, and sang in the choir. She loved to sing solos, duets, quartets, and even produced an album, "Jesus Loves Me" with Monty and Linda Hunt, Trezzie Pressley, Bobby Black, David Roland, and Laura Harris. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 59-plus years, Bill; her children, Bill and wife Karen, Bob and wife Melissa, and Michael and wife Jana; grandchildren Ashlee Farrar and husband Colton, Heather Draughn, Paige Draughn, Brittany Hartley and husband Cody, Bobby Draughn and wife Jolie, Austin Draughn and Raley Draughn; great-grandchildren Olivia and Macie Hartley and Teagan Farrar; brother Dee Claunch and wife Carol; and Aunt Betty Vigus.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Dewitt Claunch; her mother, Dorcas Meadows Claunch and sister Kay Rodabough Hemseth. The family would like to thank the staff of Country Home Estates, 1st Choice Home Health and Vitas Healthcare for their love and care of Phyllis. We also want to thank the ladies who cared for our mother the last several years on a daily basis Lani Miller, Arlene Wallace, Amanda Luellen, Ashley Sparks and Nell Bailey.
Maurene Miller Fadal, ’60, passed away peacefully at her Seguin home, July 12, 2018, surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was 79. She was born, October 20, 1938, the daughter of Hugh Taylor Miller of Houston, Texas, and Lera Evelyn (Hay) Miller of Eddy, Texas. She previously lived in Houston and Waco for many years before moving to the family homestead between New Braunfels and Seguin on the Guadalupe River.She was preceded in death by a brother, John Edward Kirkpatrick of Dallas. Survivors include a sister, May Jean Rogers of Austin; three sons, Robert Edward Fadal II, Barney Jack (Lisa) Fadal, and Hugh Evan (Courtney) Fadal, all of Seguin; two granddaughters, Daniela Evelyn Fadal and Carmela Maria Fadal, both of Seguin, and their mother, Rebecca Castro of Seguin. Her loss also is mourned by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Maurene loved cooking and was known for her homemade bread, Lebanese culinary dishes, and her famous banana bread. In retirement, she enjoyed water aerobics and hosting friends and family in her home. In young adulthood, she was actively involved in politics and enjoyed working for various candidates over the years. She later worked at Baylor University in the Office of Development and for the Hankamer School of Business in the Center for Entrepreneurship.The family has requested any local women's shelter or hospice program for memorial gifts in her memory. In particular, the Guadalupe Regional Hospice Services, 1215 E. Court St., Seguin, Texas, 78155, would be an appropriate recipient for memorial gifts.Services are pending. A Celebration of Life will be held soon.You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com.Tres Hewell Mortuary165 Tor Dr. Seguin, Texas, 78155(830) 549-5912.Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
William Arthur Matchette, BA ’60, age 79, lost his battle to cancer and went to be with Jesus on Saturday, June 23, 2018. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, Caddo Cemetery, Joshua, Texas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, Williams & Lucas Funeral Home, Fort Worth, Texas. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, Arthur and his girls would be honored by donations to the Carter-Riverside Alumni Association, P.O. Box 7005, Fort Worth, TX 76111. SURVIVORS: Leah and Andy Creamer, Julie and Jerry Creamer, Laura and Jeff Payne; grandchildren, Joshua, Shelby, Alex, Erika (Brian), Jessica, Ryan, Katie and Claire; great-grandchildren, Mary, Tinley, Zoey, John and Grace; dear friend and co-parent, Mary Tidwell Matchette Trojacek.
Omer Floyd “Pete” Perry, ’60, passed away June 24, 2018, at his home in Galveston, TX. He was born August 17, 1938, in Menard, TX, to John F. Perry and Edna M. Thompson. Pete was the youngest of six children, and was preceded in death by his parents, three half-brothers, and two brothers. While Pete distinguished himself in many areas, he was an especially outstanding athlete in his youth, and went on to become a four-year letterman in football and basketball. He earned numerous athletic honors, including All-State fullback his senior year at Menard High School. Because of his exceptional talent, he was recruited by multiple Texas colleges and universities to play football, was offered a scholarship by every Division 1 school in the state, and ultimately attended Baylor University on a full football scholarship. After graduating, Pete became a successful and beloved high school football and basketball coach in several districts throughout Texas. A gifted storyteller with a mischievous side, he was a colorful and animated history teacher who reveled in bringing the past to life for his students (and to anyone else who would listen)! He also had the privilege of coaching his two sons while they were growing up, which was one of his greatest joys. Pete had a passion for travel, and upon his retirement, he embarked on many international cruises with the love of his life, Gaynelle. He especially enjoyed his countless gambling excursions to exotic Lake Charles, LA—the casinos will be glad to know their slot machines are safe for now! Pete will be missed as a husband, father, PawPaw, and friend. He is survived by his partner and best friend, Gaynelle Hayes; the mother of his children, Frances Perry; two sons, Kelly and wife Lavona Perry, and Kennon Perry, and stepdaughter, Anne-Marie Laas and husband Russell; six grandchildren, Mandy Perry, Jade Perry and wife Tara, Lee Perry, Mysti Wilcox and husband Chad, Shaine Perry, and Christine Laas Holmes and husband Kevin; sister-in-law, Lamar Perry; three great grandsons and two great granddaughters. Pete Perry died a happy man. He always had a smile on his face, laughter in his heart, and a fierce love for those he held dear. In memory of him, do something today—and every day—that makes you smile, laugh, love, and be happy. Pete’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Pete’s memory to the Galveston College Foundation, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550.
Lilian Boone Roberts Rathman, BA ’60, of Waco passed away May 15, 2018, at her home at age 89. Her wish was to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Lilian was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Francis Marion Roberts and Cora Boone Strickland Roberts on February 13, 1929. She grew up in Smiley, Texas, Oglesby, Texas and Waco, Texas. She married Richard Dickens Rathman on October 4, 1949. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Baylor University and was a Special Education teacher for more than forty years. She was an avid reader and loved gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Zeta Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and Seventh and James Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents; and three brothers, Sidney Roberts, Ernest Roberts, and Gerald Roberts. Survivors include daughters, Donna Thompson, Emily Yee and husband, David Yee, and Leslie Tracy; grandchildren, Steven Bubert and wife, Lindsay, Mindy Bubert and fiancé, Davy Nichols, Heather Hayes and husband, Matt, and Shannon Cash; great grandchildren, Alyvia Bubert, Ally Nichols, Mackenzie Cash, Katherine Cash, Claire Cash, Jett Cash and Baby Boy Hayes; sister, Mary Lu Copeland and husband, Floyd; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorials may be made to: ASTEF, an educational foundation to Texas State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International at Texas State Headquarters, PO Box 797787, Dallas TX 75379-7787 or to the local chapter, Zeta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, in care of Margaret Hool, PO Box 1262 Elm Mott TX 76640, or to the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Floyd Seale, BA ’60, passed away from complications of Lewy Bodies, on May 14, 2018 at the Edinburg Senior Center in McAllen, TX. He was 80. Floyd and his twin Loyd were born December 30, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Texas. They were the sons of Knox and Linnie Seale. Floyd attended school in Pittsburg and Baylor University. While at Baylor, his roommate taught him tennis. His first job was teaching mathematics and tennis at McHigh. He later obtained his Masters Degree at Texas A & M in Commerce became a counselor at McHigh and Nikki Rowe, until his retirement in the year 2000. He also worked at Star Realty as a realtor for 3 years. Floyd married Chantal Shawn Merrifield in McAllen on August 10, 1974 and they had one son Dan Seale. Dan followed Floyd's avocation with tennis. Dan married Julie Godsey and they have two daughters, Kristen (Miles) Thurman and Shelby Seale. Another big part of his life was traveling. He and Shawn traveled to 42 US states, 43 countries, and 5 continents. While in McAllen he enjoyed playing tennis, golf, sailing, bridge, and getting together with friends. He was predeceased by his parents Linnie and Knox Seale, his twin Loyd (at 14 years old), and his brother William Seale. He leaves to mourn him his wife, Shawn; son Dan and Julie Seale of San Antonio; grandchildren, Kristen Seale of Mesquite and Shelby Seale of San Antonio; brother Jimmie Seale; sister Glenda Voorhees; and his sister-in-law Louise Seale. The family wants to thank the Edinburg Senior Center for all the excellent care they gave Floyd. Floyd's memorial service will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 1600 Harvey Drive, McAllen at 2pm Friday June 1. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Access Esperanza, 916 E. Hackberry, McAllen or Laurie P Andrews PAWS Center, c/o PVAC , Lisa Stone, 2501 W Trenton Rd, Edinburg, 78539.
John David Seidensticker, BA ’60, of League City, TX, entered Heaven on May 25, 2018 at home with his loving wife by his side. He was 80. John was born on January 3, 1938, in Comfort, Texas, to Kurt and Irma Marquardt Seidensticker and was preceded in death by his parents as well as a brother, Robert Seidensticker. He is survived by wife Cynthia (Cindy), brother Edward (Jackie) Seidensticker and sister-in-law Genevieve Seidensticker, sons Alan (Elizabeth), Stephen (Susan), and daughter Kelly Taylor, grandchildren Ben, Will (Jess), Sean, Jack, Aiden and Evelyn Seidensticker and Jamie Taylor, great grandson Lathan and a great granddaughter Avery Ellen due in September, as well as many nephews and nieces. John attended school grades 1-8 in a 1 room school house in Waring, Texas, and grades 9-12 in Comfort, Texas, graduating in 1956 from Comfort High School. He then attended Howard Payne University for 2 years and graduated from Baylor University in 1960 with a degree in History and Education. He did student teaching at Waco High School and was hired to teach there 1960-1961 prior to his joining the Peace Corps group 1961-1963 where he served in the Philippines helping local educators with English and establishing elementary science programs. His group was the second group to land in 1961.He taught at San Antonio’s Highlands High School 1963-1967 while earning his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Trinity University. He then came to Webster Intermediate in 1967 and served as Counselor until 1972 and after earning his Administration Certification, also from Trinity University, served as Assistance Principal 1972-1982 and Principal 1982-1997. He went to the new Space Center Intermediate School as Assistant Principal in 1997 and retired from Clear Creek Independent School District in 1998. He substituted in the district for 2 years and taught for 5 years at Pine Drive Christian School before officially retiring in 2008. John was saved at age 9 and baptized into the Waring Baptist Church in the Guadalupe River. He and his family have been part of Nassau Bay Baptist Church since November 1968. He taught Sunday School in the areas of kindergarten, 6th grade and high school and served as Training Union Director and with the AWANA Club. He is a Life Deacon at NBBC. He has also been part of the Clear Lake Gideons’ Chapter. Five years ago John received a diagnosis of colon cancer and has lived life to the fullest during the time of many treatment regimens with his wife Cindy by his side as helpmate and caregiver. John’s memorial service will be at Nassau Bay Baptist Church in Nassau Bay, Texas, on June 1, 2018 with visitation at 1:00 with service following at 2:00 pm. There will be a funeral at Comfort Baptist Church, Comfort, TX 78036 on June 8, 2018. The viewing and visitation will start at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00am. He will be laid to rest in Comfort Cemetery, Comfort, Texas, under direction of Schaetter Funeral Home on immediately after the services and then a reception will be held at the church. The family of John Seidensticker would like to thank A*Med Hospice and the CC nurses from A*Med for their wonderful tender care. In lieu of flowers John requested memorials be given to one of the following: Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383; Nassau Bay Baptist Church, 18131 Nassau Bay Drive, Houston TX 77058; or Gideons Clear Lake Chapter P.O. Box 890592.
Armer Edwin White Jr., DDS ’60, was born January 2nd, 1935 in Miami Florida and died peacefully May 7th, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Growing up near the ocean he developed a deep love of fishing and the outdoors. During junior high Ed became passionate about the game of tennis, eventually becoming a collegiate athlete at Baylor University where he was the first tennis player inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He LOVES those Bears! Ed attended the Baylor college of dentistry and went on to get his endodonic training in the Navy. He and Sue Jane Terry married in 1956 and had three daughters Laura, Julie and Terry Lyn. He had thriving dental practices in Austin and Temple for over 40 years. Edwin took pride serving the military families around Fort Hood and had a generous heart and giving spirit. His friends often referred to him as a legendary lorist and "silver tongued devil!" He reveled in the company of his friends and family and was happiest when he was organizing projects and outings involving anyone willing to swing a hammer. Hunting, fishing, Baylor athletics, good friends and family were the touchstones of a life lived with great passion. Edwin is survived by his former wife Sue Jane White, daughters Laura Reid, Julie White, and Terry McCullough, son in law Michael McCullough, and grandchildren Alexandra Pandel, John Reid, Mac McCullough, Cyrus McCullough and Maggie McCullough. He is also survived by his beloved brother Hal White and wife Janna and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Armer Edwin White, mother Evelyn White and brother Billy White. There will be a celebration of Edwin's life on Thursday May 31st, 1-3pm at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Baylor Bear Foundation supporting student athletes www.baylorbearfoundation.com. Published in Austin American-Statesman
Colonel (Ret.) Althea E. Williams, MHA ’60, of Fort Collins, CO, died July 7th at the age of 97. When she retired from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1970, Col. Williams was one of the highest-ranking women in the Army. She was honored with a military parade at the Presidio of San Francisco and her virtues extolled. “Rarely in these troubled times do we find a woman of such outstanding ability, love of service to mankind and devotion to God and country as is exemplified in the ideals, life and service of that noble American gentle-woman, Colonel Althea E. Williams.” Born in Platteville, Colorado, she grew up on the family ranch and in Fort Collins. She was graduated from the Beth-El School of Nursing in Colorado Springs in 1941. In 1942, Althea Williams entered the Army Nurse Corps, eventually nursing sick and wounded soldiers in three wars. In WWII, she served primarily in the Pacific: Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies and the Philippines. After WWII, she separated from the service and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Colorado State University in 1948, and a second B.S. Degree with high distinction in Occupational Therapy in 1949. During the Korean War, she again entered the Army Nurse Corps and served with the 279th General Hospital in Japan. Col. Williams received her Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University under Army sponsorship in 1960. In Vietnam, she was the Chief Nurse of the United States Army, Vietnam and received the Legion of Merit for her lifesaving work. In presenting that award, given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements, General Creighton Abrams said, “Her careful placement of key nursing personnel throughout the theater led to maximum efficiency in the provision of the highest level of medical care.” During her long military career, she served in numerous assignments in the United States, Europe and Asia, including Chief Nurse at Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania, Chief Nurse of the First Army, based in New York, and Chief Nurse at Madigan General Hospital in Washington State. For her final posting in 1969, Col. Williams was Chief Nurse, Sixth Army, based in California, and was awarded the Legion of Merit with an Oak Leaf Cluster upon her retirement. Althea received the “Honor Alumni” award from Colorado State University and continued her life of service after returning to Fort Collins. She lived with and supported her mother, Mrs. Grace V. Williams. She was on the board of the Visiting Nurse Association and the Larimer County Chapter of the Red Cross. She chaired the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the District Nurses Association and was active on the board of Park Lane Towers where she lived until she died. Althea Williams is survived by her sister, Theda, and her nephews, Murl, Jerry and Randy Williams, and Barry Ensminger. A graveside service with Full Military Honors will be held at Platteville Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, CO on October 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM.
Emery E. Hall, BBA ’61, of Waco, passed away Sunday June 3, 2018, with family by his side. He was 87. Funeral services will be held 2pm Wednesday June 6 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2000 Clay, Waco, with Pastor Peter Kolb officiating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service beginning at 1 pm at the church. Emery was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Cloverdale, Alabama to William and Eula Hall. He moved to the Waco area in 1938. He entered into the U.S. Army on May 14, 1952 under Universal military training. He was discharged in May 1960 as rank of Sgt. He married Sara West Hahn on August 14, 1957. Emery graduated from Baylor in 1961 with a BBA. He worked in accounting at Texas Coffin Co. from 1956- 1958. From 1958 until 1970, he worked at International Paper Company. He then became an insurance agent for Prudential. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending his time golfing, woodworking, and music of most kinds, especially country. Emery was a founding organizer of the music Jam which performed every Wednesday at the Fountainview Senior Apartments in Robinson. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sara; and his five Brothers, two Sisters. Emery is survived by his Stepson, Steven Hahn; and several Nieces and Nephews. The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregiver turned family, Darlene McClain.
Leon Prentice Hare, BA ’61, of Monroe, LA, died June 26 at age 94. A private family memorial will be a Mulhearn Funeral Home, Highway 165 North, on June 28, 2018, at 1:30 PM. Visitation will be prior to the memorial from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Burial will follow at Loch Arbor Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 139 North. Leon died at NE Louisiana War Veterans Home. Leon was born in Swartz, Louisiana, April 5, 1924 and was preceded in death by his father, Maurice R., and his mother, Thelda Jinks Hare. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Maurice A. and Gerald; his sisters, Dorothy Gates and Maurine Nolan.
He is survived by his brothers, George (June), of Houston, Texas, Alton, of Rolesville, North Carolina; his sister, Sarah Letterman, of Monroe, LA; his sister-in-law, Ora Hare, of Edmond, Oklahoma; and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
Leon was a devout Christian and lifelong member of Loch Arbor Baptist Church. For the past several years, Leon resided at NE Louisiana War Veterans Home and attended church services there regularly. He graduated from Ouachita Parish High School and North East Louisiana Center of Louisiana State University, (now University of Louisiana, Monroe). Leon entered the Navy in 1943. He went to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station Illinois and to Special Devices School at Navy Pier in Chicago, and the University of Chicago. Later, He served at the naval air stations in Pensacola, Florida, Shoemaker, California, and the Territory of Hawaii. He was discharged April 3, 1946, New Orleans, having received the Asian-Pacific Theatre of Operations Ribbon, the Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. After being discharged from the Navy, Leon entered Baylor University and graduated in 1948. Leon was a kind, loving and always caring son, brother and friend. He will be missed by family, friends, veterans, and those who cared for him at the V.A. home. May he rest in peace. Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
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Barbara Jo Henderson, ’61, of Fort Worth went peacefully to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018, after battling severe infections. She was 79. Visitation will be Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. prior to the services. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Walt Stokes of Lubbock officiating and Sonia Stokes will provide the music. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Garrett, Jeremy Goss, Jamie Weldon, Tony Anderson, Chris Young, and Don Weldon. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Beene, Roy Stokes, Bobby Stokes, and Doug Stokes. Barbara was born November 19, 1938 in Groesbeck, the daughter of Ruby Fay Henderson (Sutherlan) and Joe Tom Henderson. She graduated from Groesbeck High School in the Class of 1957.She had played basketball, and participated in the band (saxophone) and was a twirler, and her senior year was the football sweetheart. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck. After attending some classes at Baylor, she married and began her family while living in Waco. After the two children were in school, she started work for the VA Regional Administration. She also later worked at the Mexia State School. In 1976 she moved to Fort Worth. She worked for the government for many years, including General Services Administration, Corp of Engineers, and then was an inspector/agent for ATF. She retired in 1996. While the family was living in Waco, her son Don loved the time he spent in Groesbeck with his grandparents, Ruby Fay (at her office) and Joe T. (Poppy) at his grocery store downtown (Hwy. 14), and also in later years visiting the ranch with grandfather, George Sutherlan. In Fort Worth, Barbara enjoyed attending theater and going to TCU football games. She was a member of Fort Worth “Sister Cities”, a group that traveled to cities in other countries as diplomats of Fort Worth. She loved Neil Diamond music and was so fond of butterflies that many butterfly gifts were given to her. Her greatest interest however was her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her dog, Taffy. Barbara was a loving mother to Debbie and Don and a wonderful grandmother to five grandchildren, two great nephews (who were like grandsons to her) and six great grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by an infant brother, James Haynes, Jr.; her brother, Billy Roy Henderson; and her parents, Ruby Fay Sutherlan and Joe Tom Henderson, and stepfather, George Sutherlan. Left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Kenita Weldon of Haltom City; daughter, Debbie Weldon of Keller; niece, Pamela Miller and husband Scott of Bryan/College Station; five grandchildren: Jeremy Goss of Watauga; Brian Garrett of Watauga; Brittney Marie Lilley and husband Chase of Pilot Point; Jamie Don Weldon of Haltom City; and Alissa Garrett Guizar and husband Robert of Roanoke. There are six great grandchildren: Jessica Lilley of Pilot Point, Cody Lilley of Pilot Point, Aiden Guizar, Aaron Guizar, Sophia Guizer and Samuel Guizar of Roanoke; and great nephews, Matthew and Paul Miller; special cousins, Merle and Bob Holland of Fort Worth and Don and Barbara Beene of Fort Worth; and many cousins and other extended family,and her very dear friends; and Taffy. Also, a special thanks from the family to Marietta Wiggins for being her caretaker, friend and neighbor.
Dr. Lois Ann High, BA ’61, EdD ’68, of Lubbock died Saturday, May 5, 2018. We, her friends, will remember her generous heart, her open door, her wry and mischievous sense of humor, her love for us. Following a long and successful career with the Veteran’s Administration, Lois retired to Lubbock to share her life with her beloved Joy Lambert, her partner and her friend. Before Joy’s death in 2013, they traveled widely, followed Lady Raider basketball, and played many rounds of golf. Lois remained a loyal Lady Raider fan, but her heart belonged to the Baylor Bears. Lois was an active member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church; she served at St. Benedict’s Chapel, the Adult Day Activity Center, and at Wheelock Elementary School Teacher Appreciation Days. Lois’s love for animals was the energy behind funding and building St. Christopher’s pet memorial garden project. Upon completion, the memorial garden will be dedicated to the memory of Lois Ann High. Services for Lois High will take place at 2:00 Sunday, May 20, 2018 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2807 42nd Street, Lubbock, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, St. Benedict’s Chapel, The Salvation Army, or an organization that promotes the wellbeing of animals.
Susan Lipscombe, BA ’61, of Woodway, TX, passed away Friday afternoon, June 15, 2018, at the age of 80. Private graveside services and interment will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating. Susan was born April 23, 1938, the daughter of the late H.G. and Christine (Black) McKethan. She was a 1956 graduate of Midway High School and continued her education at Tarleton State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1960 from Baylor University. Teaching second grade in the Midway School District her entire teaching career, she retired in the early 1990s. Susan was a Lady Bear Basketball fan and a loyal fan of the Texas Rangers. It has been said, "if you touched the remote while she was watching games, there is a good chance it would be the last thing you will ever do." On July 1, 1961, she married Roy Lipscombe at First Baptist Church of Woodway. After thirty-eight years of marriage, he preceded her in death July 15, 1999. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Martha Smith and Nancy Day both of Hewitt. Survivors include two sons, Chuck Lipscombe of Woodway, Todd Lipscombe of Round Rock; two sisters, Cynthia Wittenburg of Woodway and Flo Judd of Duncanville. For those desiring, the family has suggested Fuzzy Friends Rescue or the American Cancer Society, for memorial contributions.
Linda Morris Elsey, BA ’62, of Fort Worth passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018. She was 77. SERVICE: 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th St., Fort Worth. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood. The funeral service is open to all who want to honor and celebrate her life and legacy. Linda was born Linda Claire Chalker on Nov. 12, 1940, to Alene Reynolds Chalker and Robert Warren Chalker in Cisco, Texas. Linda was raised in Abilene, Texas, attending Alta Vista Elementary, South Junior High and Abilene High School. Linda attended Baylor University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education to become a teacher. In December 1961 Linda married Mike Liles of Tyler, Texas, who was an undergraduate student at Baylor University. She started her elementary school teaching career while Mike earned a law degree at Baylor Law School. They moved to Brownfield before living in Galveston, where son, Todd Liles, was born. They moved to Fort Worth in 1966, where Linda made her permanent home, and a daughter, Laura Liles, was born in 1967. In 1974, Linda met Jack B. Morris, and they were together for the next 30 years, where they shared a wonderful marriage and life with their family. Linda retired from teaching to focus solely on her family while Jack grew his successful company, MP Industries. She had a love of gourmet cooking, reading and serving on various nonprofit boards. They bought a second home in Ruidoso, N.M., where Linda had vacationed as a child, and she and Jack spent summers with those they loved. Each year Linda and Jack traveled extensively, sharing a lifetime of wonderful experiences together. Together, their love of others and desire to help those most in need led them to create The Morris Foundation of Fort Worth in 1986. Their mission was to help the disadvantaged in Fort Worth and Tarrant County in the areas of education, social services and healthcare. Linda continued to serve the public on various boards over many years, while she and Jack funded hundreds of programs, scholarships, endowed chairs and physical spaces in the area. After Jack's passing in 2004, Linda continued to build upon their legacy as the sole trustee of the Foundation, and on the boards she served. Linda married David Elsey of Rockport, Texas, in 2007. Linda and David had known each other in high school and reconnected at a class reunion. David, a former Army officer, White House Presidential Staff Communications Officer, and National Space Program Manager, married Linda in 2007. They spent the past 11 years together in Fort Worth, Ruidoso and traveling, enjoying life together. Linda led a life devoted to her family, and those in need. She was a most loving, kind, positive and caring soul. She always comported herself with grace and dignity. Linda's life of generosity to and care for others will live on in the hearts of those she loved and the many others whose lives have been and will be enriched by her and Jack's legacy for generations to come. SURVIVORS: Linda is survived by husband, David; children, Todd and Laura; David's son, Mitch Elsey of Ruidoso and children KD, Zech, and Leah; David's daughter, Lee Hutchinson. husband, Danny, and their children, Abigail Fletcher and husband, Jake, and great-granddaughter, Avery, and Samuel Hutchinson and wife, Emily. Linda is also survived by her family with Jack, son-in-law, Bill Uhr and wife, Marzena, of Dallas; granddaughter, Sheila Page and husband, Derek, of Fort Worth, and great-grandchildren, Chevy, Caroline and Allison Goff; grandson, Thomas Uhr of Austin, and great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Jack, Anna Katherine Uhr; daughter, Michelle Piotrowski and husband, Andy, of Scottsdale, and granddaughters, Rachel and Jacque Piotrowski, and four-legged children, dogs, Annabelle and Lucy. Published in Star-Telegram
David Herman Farr, BA ’62, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at age 79. Graveside Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at Oakwood Cemetery. David was born September 30, 1938, in Waco, Texas, to Elmer Keith and Hallie Marie Farr. David was educated at Baylor University and Perkins Theological Seminary. He founded TDF Systems and worked at Lomas and Nettleton. He enjoyed singing, opera music and meeting new people.
Published in Dallas Morning News
Dr. Thomas R. Myers, BA ’63, of Rockport, TX, peacefully passed away on June 29, 2018. He was 78. A Celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 5th at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. The family will receive guests during a reception immediately following the service. Thomas entered this world on August 28, 1939 in Dallas, TX, born to Cecile and Alfonso Myers. Dr. Myers graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Myers taught at Temple University for 3 years. He was most proud of his 42 years of teaching at Baylor University. Dr. Myers loved his family and attended countless basketball games, recitals and everything else his children and grandchildren participated in. He had a green thumb and grew everything from garden vegetables to orchids. Dr. Myers was an avid motorcyclist, enjoying his time with Andy riding his Harleys. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Alice Myers; sons Mark Myers and wife Shelley, Andy Myers and wife Beverly; daughter Michelle Jolliff and husband Rob; sisters, Judy Heath and husband Dwayne, Sherry Myers; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 5 nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made to Baylor Scott & White Hospice, 3000 Herring Ave., Waco, TX 76708, or to the charity of your choice.
Judge Frank C. Price, LLB ’63, passed away on Saturday May 19, 2018, with his devoted wife and family at his side. Born in Houston on November 17, 1938, Frank Price was a very young 79 years old when he finally met a challenge he could not win. Frank is survived by his devoted wife Melissa Price; son, Frank Christian Price, Jr and wife, Gayle, and grandchildren Brooks, Cole and Rhett of Houston; son Bradley Laurence Price and wife, Gerri, and grandson Connor of Tampa; brother Chuck Price and wife, Penelope, of Houston; sister Karen Meynier of Houston; sister Terry Price Harmon and husband, Judge Bill Harmon, of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Evelyn Price of Houston.
Frank started his education at Poe Elementary, where he collected the first members of his cherished family of friends, "The Poe Group," who have continued to meet for lunch through seven decades, just as they did as kids in the Poe Lunch Room. Early in his life, it was clear that Frank was both a scholar and an athlete. By the time he graduated from Lamar High School, he had become a legendary track star and held a school record for decades in the half-mile run.
His track skills opened the door for his admission to the only college he had hoped to attend, Rice University, which he attended on a track scholarship and championed the ultimate test of greatness in athletics. He graduated from Rice with a B.A. in History in 1961 and went to Baylor University School of Law in 1963. Frank credited Rice and Baylor for his professional and ethical roots and repaid his debt of gratitude by being a lifetime supporter of both. His cherished clan of friends grew to include his Baylor alums and The Rice Owl "R" Club. Later, he added the Whitehall Club to his family of friends, a group of fellows who had breakfast together every Friday morning for 35 years.
Frank started his legal career as a prosecutor, serving 5 years as a Harris County assistant district attorney, followed by private practice as a criminal defense lawyer. Frank's exhaustive attention to every case and his strong commitment to justice did not go unnoticed. In 1974, Frank became the youngest appointee in history when he was appointed by Gov. Briscoe to serve as the judge of a criminal court, the 209th District Court. Frank was truly born to be a judge. His gracious temperament, knowledge of the law and sense of fairness made people in his court feel that the system of justice was indeed just. Prosecutors and defense counsel both state that they left Judge Price's courtroom wishing that they could try every case in the level playing field of his court. Judge Price presided over some of Houston's most famous criminal trials, such as the trial of Lilla Paulus who was convicted of being a co-conspirator in the "Blood and Money" murder of Dr. John Hill in River Oaks. He stood firm in his convictions and guarded the integrity of the system without compromise or regard for self-interest. He had the courage to make the very unpopular decision to grant a new trial in the front-page case of a man who was convicted of abducting and killing his own niece. Judge Price had learned that evidence had been withheld from the defense. In the end, the new trial served the system well, and also brought a second conviction. Judge Price presided in the trial of the notorious "Candyman" who killed Halloween and his young son with poisoned pixie sticks he handed out to five neighborhood children, seeking to gain $31,000 in insurance. In 1981, Gov. Clements appointed Judge Price to serve on the First Court of Appeals, starting his years of service on the appellate bench. Eventually he served as a visiting judge in both trial and appellate courts, serving over 30 years in the Texas State Judiciary. Judge Price personally wrote every appellate opinion himself, with hundreds of published opinions to his credit. His writing beautifully reflected his goal of perfection in both language and reasoning. He was known for mastering tough issues and cutting quickly to the heart of a case by asking a single insightful question. For over 20 years, he added mediation as another facet of his legal career and achieved an extraordinary reputation for bringing peace and creative solutions.
As a judge, he was reserved and shunned attention. It is impossible, but true, that this same man was guilty of trickery and deceit – he was among the greatest practitioners of sleight of hand and close-up magic, performing routinely as a professional magician at Magic Island and many other venues. Training his hands to betray the closest scrutiny took the kind of discipline that was his forte. He took immense pride in the craft of magic and considered it a noble art, his "other" profession. He served as President of the Texas Association of Magicians and occasionally hosted local meetings at night in his courtroom. He kept separate his two professions, with few exceptions. An attorney who had once recognized Judge Price at Magic Island needed an emergency ruling, so he raced to the club, paid the admission and asked Frank if he could turn a magician into a judge. Frank did. On another occasion, Frank finished sentencing a convicted con-artist and then had him deal Three-Card Monte for 2 hours so Frank could study his reveal.
Throughout his life, Frank maintained his passion for sports, both as a participant and as a fan. He was a natural born athlete who tackled sports with discipline and his usual pursuit of excellence. Frank did nothing half-way. His water skiing was a series of stunts performed on short trick-skis; his snow skiing in Colorado was mainly moguls and black diamond runs; his singles handball game resulted in city, state and national championships; and, he repeated the record with his doubles handball game. As a sports fan, he was a fanatic, especially for Houston's Astros, Rockets and Texans. He loved baseball and served as an umpire in City League softball. He was the coach of many championship teams during his 15 years of coaching the Post Oak Little League, including teams on which his own sons played. When he was not the official coach, he coached his sons and grandsons by booming out his instructions from the stands.
Frank would surely enjoy a mention of the fact that he took his sons to the Shriners Circus, where he rode in the Opening Procession on the top of an elephant. Texas Monthly proclaimed that Frank had been voted as "Most Handsome Judge in Texas," and Frank thought it was a joke. It was no joke – Frank was shockingly handsome. His sense of humor was subtle, bone-dry and never unkind. With all that he had to brag about, he never did. He was private and modest, preferring to let others have the floor. One of his friends said that you would have to put Frank under oath to get him to talk about himself, and, even then you would have to lead the witness.
Without a doubt, Frank Price lived passionately, creating a journey filled with joy and success, but his greatest passion was his family, including those in the extended family of friends he adopted along his way. Frank loved his family and was loyal and devoted, almost to a fault. Frank and Melissa shared many wonderful times together with friends and family in Houston and Galveston. Frank loved his sons and took great delight in his role as father and grandfather.
Frank Price led a beautiful life and accomplished excellence in a truly remarkable number of quests. Friends say they never left Frank's presence when they didn't wish the time together had been longer. We share that wish today – that our time together had been longer – but Frank is off on a new journey, ready and waiting, with his familiar deck of cards in hand.
A celebration of the life of Frank Price will be held at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston 77024, on May 24, 2018, at 10:00 am. Those desiring to honor Frank's memory are welcome to make a donation of choice or to The American Cancer Society.
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Dr. John William Rudd Sr., BA ’63, age 76, of Spicewood, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2018. He was born in Winnie TX. After graduating from high school in Liberty TX, John continued to study at Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Doctor of Ministry. Dr. Rudd served the Lord as pastor of First Baptist Church (Valley View, TX), First Baptist Church (Midkiff, TX), Buckner’s Boys Ranch (Kingsland, TX), Pond Springs Baptist Church (Austin, TX), Southside Baptist Church (Greenville, MS), Connell Baptist Church (Fort Worth, TX), and Pedernales Valley Baptist Church (Spicewood, TX). After retiring from paid ministry, John continued to serve the Lord teaching/pastoring the Hope Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Marble Falls. Dr. Rudd is survived by his loving wife, Thelma Rudd and sons Doug Crawford (Kingsland, TX), Billy Rudd (Fort Worth, TX) and Robert Rudd (Burnet, TX) and brother Ronnie Rudd (Horseshoe Bay, TX). John was also proud of his two grandchildren; Tasha Kull and Brandon Crawford and seven great grandchildren; Tanner Williams, Conner Williams, Kayla Crawford, Blaze Crawford, Clayton Crawford, Kennedy Kull, and Madison Kull. Dr. Rudd will be missed by his extended family, many friends, and golfing buddies. Dr. Rudd served on the Board of the Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center for nearly 5 decades, who named their annual golf tournament “The John Rudd Classic” for his years of service. Viewing will be held at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls on Thursday May 3rd 5:00 to 7:00 and services will be at First Baptist Marble Falls at 10:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Spicewood, TX.
David Lindsey Senter, BBA ’63, of Woodway, TX, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was 77. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at First Baptist Church Waco, with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. David was born, in New Iberia, Louisiana, on September 17, 1940. His mom, dad and brother moved several times before settling in San Angelo, Texas. He was a gifted athlete and earned letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was awarded All-District honors twice as an end in the district known as "The Little Southwest Conference." David graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1959. He attended the University of Texas his freshman year and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He transferred to Baylor University his sophomore year, joined the business school fraternity AKPsi, and his lifetime love of Baylor began. It was while at Baylor that he met his future bride, Bob Anne McMullan. Their courtship began in 1964, after they graduated and moved to Dallas, and six months later they were married on June 19, 1965, at Lovers Lane Methodist Church. Their marriage of almost 53 years was filled with much love and happiness. David served his country in the Texas National Guard. He was a member of First Baptist Church Waco, a Deacon, and taught Sunday School for over 20 years. David served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was involved in the Waco Chamber of Commerce. David was a member of Ridgewood Country Club and served as President in 1989. He was a member of the Baylor Alumni Association, Baylor Bear Foundation, a charter member of the Baylor President's Club and a charter member of the Baylor Football Coaches "500 Club." Professionally, he was in the top 1% of life insurance agents nationally as a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Round Table for more than 40 years. He was Republic National Life's top producer in 1983 and after being named top producer in January of 1984, became the first person to grace the cover of their corporate magazine twice in the span of one year. David valued his clients as friends as well as business associates. As a testament to David's life philosophy, this passage was written in his journal – "Life is not a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming…Wow! What a ride!!!" Being a man of his word and showing his faith and love for his fellow man, David chose to donate his body to science. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvle and Gladys Senter Davis; stepfather, Joe Davis; brother and sister-in-law, Arville and Pauline Senter; and infant daughter, Robin Leigh. He is survived by wife, Bob Anne; son, Bob and wife, Jenny, of Texas City; daughter, Lindsey Burns and husband, Matt, of Austin; precious grandchildren, Clark Senter, Parker, Cullen, and Molly Kate Burns, Lindsey Scoggins, Leslie and Rob Gandy, and Shelby Scoggins; great-grandchildren, Sloane and Griffin Gandy; nephew, Randy Senter; and nieces, Belinda Kingsley and Paula Moore. Honorary pallbearers are all the friends and clients he entertained, loved, served, and advised through the years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Robert Leon Wetzel, BS ’63, of Brownwood, TX, of Brownwood went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 8, 2018, at a local nursing home. He was 77. Graveside services for Robert will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at Indian Creek Cemetery with the Rev. David Medley and the Rev. Pat McClatchy officiating. Visitation will be held prior to service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood. Robert was born and raised in Brownwood to Joseph Weldon and Nannie Lee (Boyd) Wetzel on June 29, 1941. He graduated from Brownwood High in 1959. After high school, he attended Howard Payne University. He then transferred to Baylor University where he graduated in 1963, receiving his Bachelor of Science. Robert had a lifelong career as a Medical Technologist. He was licensed with the State of California Department of Health for many years. He was a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital in Brawley, California. After retirement, Robert moved back to Brownwood. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and a member of the Masons. Robert is survived by his cousins, Susan Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson, Joe Jackson, Anita DeHay, Jimmie Wetzel, Linda Armstrong, and Suzanne Archibald. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nannie Wetzel. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Central United Methodist Church (1501 2nd St. Brownwood, Texas 76801). Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.
William Ernest “Bill” Cale, BA ’64, of Hilton Head, SC, died peacefully at his home on May 21 while holding his daughter Tracy's hand. He was 75. He was the son of Paul Harrell Cale, Sr. and Hallie Sandridge Cale of Crozet, Virginia. We are heartbroken over the loss of a man who was so loving to his family, supportive in all our endeavors, there when we needed him, a patient listener during all the times we questioned things and asked his advice. He is survived by his daughters Alyssa Cale Jones, Tracy Cale Kelly (Art) and Whitney Cale, his grandchildren Cale and Addison Jones and Sam and Reagan Kelly, sister Suzanne Cale Wood (Kay), brother Paul Harrell Cale, Jr. (Jan) and his wife of 51 years, Mary Hyder Cale, who displayed an incredible source of strength and devotion during the past eight years. We were comforted in knowing that we were all together during the last weekend of his life and felt such a strong sense of love for one another in those final moments. Anyone who knew him through tennis, golf, or trading stocks and commodities would agree that he loved to make you laugh, challenged your doubts, encouraged you to persevere, and let you know how much he truly appreciated you. He was admired by so many who called him friend as he was a genuine person, spoke truthfully and was incredibly giving not only monetarily but through taking personal action as well. The lives he touched will continue to call his name in thanksgiving and love. After graduating from Baylor University, Bill worked for IBM writing software for the NASA space program. He then took up his hobby which was trading commodities. He opened the second largest commodity fund in the US and managed the first commodity futures office in Washington, D.C. He and many of his clients one year raised money to build 6 water wells and a school house in Haiti. He was a member of The Customers Yacht Club, which consisted of commodity traders who made the most money for their clients. After moving to Hilton Head in 1990 he spent a great deal of time organizing tennis matches and teams. He was the first Billy in the Billy/Bob tournament. Going to the 1997 USTA 4.0 championships with the Crazy Crabs and to Charleston with the Super Seniors were 2 highlights of his tennis. However, just the camaraderie and joy of playing with so many men from Long Cove and the Island was the main highlight. Our family's strength and love and his determination carried him through 8 years of battling Multiple Myeloma. May God give added strength to all those who battle cancer and to those who are working to find a cure. Now the time has come to let his soul fly. We love you Dad/Bill. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on June 6 at ll:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. We are a family of public school educators including a school superintendent, high school teachers and elementary school teachers. In lieu of flowers, we would like for you to consider a contribution in Bill's name to The Foundation for Education Excellence, Box 22474, HHI, SC 29925. Thank you. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. islandfuneralhome.com.
CORRECTION: Judy Hibbs Daniel, ’64, of Fairfield/Dallas, TX, died Aug. 18, 2017, at age 73.
Dr. Edwin Jack Martin Jr., BS ’64, DDS ’67, of McGregor, TX, died July 7 at age 76.
26 December 1941 – 7 July 2018 Jack Martin Jr. was born the day after Christmas to Lillian (née Swafford) and Edwin Jack Martin Sr. in Waco, TX. The oldest of two sons, he earned the nickname “Ace” amongst family. He attended Waco public schools and graduated from Waco High School in 1960. From there, he became a proud Bear, attending Baylor University and graduating in 1967 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University Dental School. After graduation, Jack married his college sweetheart, Donna Gayle DeRusha (1941-2012). He then served his country by joining the United States Air Force, serving for three years as a Dental Officer. While stationed in Guam, the couple gave birth to their daughter, Paige Lynette. The family returned in 1970, and Jack extended his training at Baylor Dental in Dallas before setting up a private practice in San Antonio. With his additional training, he specialized in endodontics. Passionate about education and sharing his knowledge, Jack taught 43 years at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry in addition to caring for his loyal patients. In May 2017, he was honored for 50 years of service in the dental industry. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, San Antonio Dental Society (past president), and Southwest Society of Endodontics (past president). Jack was also a devout Christian. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Waco upon his return in August 2017. Always giving, he volunteered for 10 years with his brother, John Homer, as part of Texas Water Mission, a water ministry serving Honduras. In 2006, Jack took on his most favorite role: grandfather. The highways between San Antonio, Waco, and Dallas are well worn thanks to his adventures with his best buddy, Logan Andrew. Jack is survived by his daughter Paige Rice, son-in-law Scott Rice, and their son Logan; brother John Homer Martin, sister-in-law Michele; loving partner Jeanne Harman; uncle, Homer Martin of Colorado; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a great many friends.
Dr. Robert Van Walling, BA ’64, MA ’67, completed his earthly journey on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Longview, TX. He was 76. A Celebration of Life for Walling, of Henderson, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Henderson. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Robert was born on February 21, 1942, in Brazoria County, to Robert C and Mattie Walling. He graduated with honors from Jefferson High School in Houston. Robert went on to Baylor University and graduated with an M.D. in Pediatrics. He worked as a pediatrician in Ft. Smith, AR and was a professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Being a very passionate child advocate, Dr. Walling specialized in studying Munchhausen by Proxy disorder and testified as an expert witness in numerous cases that involved this disorder. Robert loved living life to the fullest. He had a home in Mexico City and loved to go spend as much time as possible there always helping the people there in any way that he could. Traveling, collecting art and spending time with family were the true joys of his life. He will be greatly missed by all the lives that he has touched. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Mattie Walling of Henderson; cousins, George and Jessie Mae Bennett of Oak Hill, their daughters, Renee and Colleen; Mary Louise and husband John of Newton, Thomas Anderson of Elderville and his daughters Tommi Ann and Terri Lynn; furbaby, Prince. Also left to carry on his legacy are numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and other loving family members. Robert was preceded in death by his father, grandparents Van Vester and Lee Bennett and his cousin/“sister” Rose Anderson.
Tom Davies, BBA ’65, of Austin, TX died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the age of 76. He died at home surrounded by his loving family of a very rare form of cancer. Tom, known by most everyone as Big Daddy, lived big and loved big. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Anita Bell Davies, for almost 54 years and through this love story they had a full and wonderful life together. Tom graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX in 1960 where he was president of his class and captain of the football team. He continued his football career and studies with a full scholarship to Baylor University in Waco, TX. After graduating from Baylor, Tom started his work life with Proctor and Gamble. He worked for P & G from 1965-1979. He enjoyed great success with Proctor and Gamble and always attributed this success to their business model and training. He left P & G to start his own company, Processors Unlimited, a computer software company that kept his hand in the grocery industry later expanding into pharmaceuticals and beyond. He started this company with his good friend Wally Naftzger, a former P & G employee. "Big Daddy" was always involved with his family and their varied activities. Even though he was very committed to his career and development of a new business, he never missed being a part of family activities. Besides being a devoted husband and father, you couldn't find a more committed and dedicated friend. Whether you knew Big Daddy through business or socially, he was always considered honest, trustworthy and loyal. With this said, everyone knew that God came first in his life! There was never a question of what he believed and always strived to exemplify his beliefs in the way he lived his life. Tom is survived by his wife, Anita and their 3 daughters, Tracey Mixon and husband Dave, Shelley Helms and husband Mark and Kristi Lavine and husband Mike all of Cedar Park, TX. Big Daddy is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Courtney McBride and husband Chris, Brook Tucker and husband Daniel, Taylor, Tommy, Tyler, and Tatum Lavine, Hayden and Hogan Helms, and Savannah and Shelbie Mixon. He was blessed to have been able to enjoy his 3 great-grandchildren as well, Kyler and Kenlee McBride and Bennett Tucker. Tom loved his relationship with his nieces and nephew, brother-in-law and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom M. Davies and mother Phyllis Spangler (Davies) Vucko. A Celebration of Life for Tom will be on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, TX. The service will begin at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Tom's name to the following organizations: Baylor Lettermen's Association, East West Ministries, The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking), Hill Country Bible Church of Austin, Austin Christian Fellowship or a special organization of your choice.
Cecil William Emerson, LLB ’65, of Dallas, passed away July 1, 2018, at age 83. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 2, 1934. Cecil graduated from North Texas State (now UNT) in 1962 and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. From there, he attended Baylor Law School and graduated in 1965. Cecil held many positions throughout his long career in law, beginning and ending in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where, as Chief Felony Prosecutor, he handled many high profile cases. In between his work as a prosecutor in the DA’s Office, Cecil held positions with the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as the Regional Director of the Federal Drug Abuse Law Enforcement Agency, and in the U.S. Justice Department as assistant of the special counsel to President Nixon during Watergate. Cecil was not only a proud United States Army Veteran (1954-1956), but was a member of many organizations, namely the American Judicature Society, the National District Attorney’s Association, and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Cecil was an avid reader of western novels and historical biographies, sometimes going through an entire book in a day. Over the years, he shared special bonds with his beloved German Shepherds and Black Lab (Kate, Victoria, and Kathe) and had a great fondness for horses. Cecil was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Joan, in 2011. He is survived by his five children, Caro Goettee and husband George of Houston, Brooke Emerson of Dallas, Cecil Christopher Emerson of Dallas, Lindsay McCrary and husband Scott of Rockwall, Chase Emerson of Dallas, and two grandchildren, Heather Goettee of Houston and Cameron McCrary of Rockwall. Visitation for Cecil will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 with chapel services to follow at 10:00 AM at Sparkman Funeral Home Richardson, located at 1029 South Greenville Ave. Richardson, TX 75081. Burial services will follow, with procession to Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75225.
Thomas Earl Hamilton, JD ’65, of Plainview, TX, departed this world on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from Matador, Texas. He was 82. Tom was born on May 30, 1936, in Matador. He graduated from Matador High School in 1955 and Texas Tech University in 1960 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence for three years including assignments during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Tom married Jan Barton of Matador in 1963. In 1965 he graduated first in his class from Baylor School of Law in Waco, becoming a third generation attorney in his family. Tom joined the law offices of LaFont, Tunnell, Formby, LaFont and Hamilton, L.L.P., in Plainview (currently LaFont, Formby & Hamilton, L.L.P.), and later welcomed his sons, Brent and Rob, into the law firm. Tom served as County Attorney for Hale County in 1969 and District Attorney from 1969 to 1974. He served as City Attorney for Plainview from 1978 to 1990, and was City Attorney for Matador at the time of his death. Tom was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a 50-year practicing attorney in 2015 and was thrilled that many members of his family could join him in San Antonio for the recognition. Tom was a highly respected lawyer across our area. One colleague aptly described Tom as "a great mentor, ally, and friend." Tom was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Lions Club, State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Hale County Bar Association, and a committed 4-H Club sponsor for Hale County. Tom is survived by his children, John and wife, Tamara, of Lubbock; Brent and wife, Cari, of Lubbock; and Rob and wife, Mary Elizabeth, of Matador. His beloved grandchildren are Channing, Clark, Ashley, Jack, Tom, and Roye. Siblings include Dick Hamilton and wife, Patti, of Willow, Alaska; Harry Hamilton and wife, Ann, of Lubbock; and Mary Jane Carter and husband, Carl, of San Saba. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Josephine Hamilton of Matador. Funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 1001 West 7th Street, Plainview, Texas. The graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the East Mound Cemetery in Matador. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kornerstone Funeral Directors, Plainview, Texas. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Matador, P.O. Box 288, Matador, Texas 79244, or to the charity of your choice.
Dr. Charles Maurice Hill Jr., BA ’65, of Magnolia, TX, passed away June 27, 2018 in Tomball, Texas. He was 74. He was born August 6, 1943 in Bryan, Texas to Charles Maurice Hill, Sr. and Frances McDonald Hill. He attended and graduated from Pasadena High School, Baylor University and UTMB Medical School in Galveston, Texas. He opened his medical practice in Channelview, Texas in 1970 and was one of the original owners of Houston Northwest Medical Center, moving his practice there in 1973. He retired in 2013, and enjoyed spending time with his wife Linda and the entire family. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm Sunday, July 1, 2018 and funeral services at 10am Monday, July 2, 2018, both at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Shiloh Cemetery near Normangee, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Hill's name to the American Heart Association. Published in Houston Chronicle
Dale Darro Horton, BA ’65, of Longview, TX, passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on July 13, 2018. A celebration of Dale’s life was held privately by his immediate family. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all his care givers, doctors and friends. Dale was born on April 23, 1934 in Ellisville, Arkansas to Annah Noel Horton and Ethel Lee Daniel; he spent much of his early life in Woodville, TX, graduating from Kirby High where he participated in football, baseball, tennis, track & field and band. After high school, he attended Baylor University and later worked for the Texas Highway Department. Having an interest in civil engineering, he attended Lamar University where he met and eventually married Anna Andrews in Beaumont, TX. Inspired by his uncle, Taylor Daniel, to become involved in ministerial work, he went back to Baylor and finished his studies while Anna worked as a choral director for La Vega ISD. After graduating in 1968, he entered the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed the degree of Master of Theology, honors program. The couple moved to Colorado where Dale served as the first state director of Baptist Student Unions. He also served as a Baptist Student Union Director in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana before returning to Texas to become a Methodist minister. He served at the First United Methodist Church, Longview; First United Methodist Church, Willis; and Kingwood United Methodist Church, Kingwood. Dale was passionate about the love of God; his family, especially his grandchildren; Baylor University; and flying the open skies. He obtained a private pilot’s license in the early 1960’s and continued to fly occasionally for the next two decades. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Anna; his son, Dale Horton II; his daughter, Laura Childs and her husband Donny; his grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Hammett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Katherine Ann Ragan, BSHE ’65, of Bellevue, TX, passed away January 18. She was 74. Graveside services will be t 1:00PM, Monday, January 22, 2018, in the Bellevue Cemetery in Bellevue, Texas with Rev. Robert Slayton, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bellevue, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta. Ms. Ragan was born on April 25, 1943 in Mexia, Texas to Ben and Mary Kathleen (Fife) Ragan. She was retired from education where she worked as a teacher. Survivors include her uncle Jimmy Staats and wife Mary of Bellevue and numerous cousins and friends. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at davisfuneralhome.net.
William Hamilton Roberts III, BA ’65, LLB ’67, passed away July 7 in Lubbock, TX, at age 75. He was born May 26, 1943 to Rowena and William H. Roberts, Jr, who preceded him in death, as did his brother Jack. He is survived by his three daughters, Robin Going (Scott), Allison Evans (Kirk) and Lindsey Roberts, and their families.
Bill graduated from Garland High School in 1961, from Baylor University in 1965 and Baylor Law School in 1967, and served as a defense attorney in Dallas for over 40 years. In 2017 he was recognized by the State Bar of Texas for fifty years of service. He sincerely valued his many friendships within the Dallas legal system, many of which lasted over decades. He truly loved what he did, and fulfilled his lifelong wish to spend time at the courthouse and the golf course for as long as possible.
Bill treasured his wide network of friends, including many dating back to his years in Garland and at Baylor, where he was President of Taurus social club. As a resident of Dallas throughout his adult life, he maintained many friendships throughout the Dallas area. Finally, Bill had great memories and friendships in Brady, Texas, where his parents lived and where he regularly played in their Memorial Day golf tournament.
And certainly, Bill loved his family. He was blessed earlier in life with two daughters who blessed him with four grandchildren, Sarah, Scotty, Carter and Jack. Later in life, he was blessed with another daughter, Lindsey. All of us, while saddened that his time with us was cut short, are thankful for having had him in our lives.
Bill’s life will be celebrated by his family with a private service. However, we pray that all who knew him will celebrate his life through their memories of him and through kindness shown to others. Those wishing to do so are encouraged to contribute to the Alzheimer’s charity of your choice.
Patricia Ann Fitch, BA ’66, of Nacogdoches, TX, died May 10 at age 74, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 411 North St, Nacogdoches, with services immediately following at 2:00 PM. Officiating is Pastor of First Baptist Church Nacogdoches Noel Dear and Dr. Allen Reed, Pastor Emeritus. Andre Simon will be in charge of music accompanied by Richard Chambers. Born in Goose Creek (Baytown), Texas, on April 30, 1944, Patricia was born to Hazel Ferguson Nelson and Lt. James Bruton Nelson. Lt. Nelson, a Navy carrier pilot, was reported missing in the North Sea a month before she was born. Her mother married Robert E. Bletsch and he was a father to her until his death. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents was her grandmother Allyne Ferguson, affectionally known as “Bobba,” who helped raise Patricia the first eight years of her life while her mother went to college and worked to support the family; her grandfather, Clinton Ferguson; grandparents Reverend Calvin and Wilma Green Nelson. Patricia was a 1962 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown and a proud member of The “Famous” Robert E. Lee Band. After high school she graduated from Baylor University with a BA in elementary education. She always had a heart for students with learning difficulties, so she pursued a Master’s degree in education, graduating in 1976 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in special education and certification as an educational diagnostician. She pursued a Master’s degree in education, graduating in 1976 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in special education and certification as an educational diagnostician. She worked as an educational diagnostician for Region 7 Education Service Center for Lufkin ISD and Nacogdoches ISD, retiring from Nacogdoches in 2001. She was a member of the Dilettante Study Club, Nacogdoches Newcomers and Friends (where she was an avid bridge player), and Nacogdoches Retired Teachers Association. She was a lifetime member of the SFA Alumni Association. Patricia married George Fitch on February 14, 1999. Valentine’s Day was an appropriate date as George sent her a dozen roses every month for six years prior to their wedding. Patricia and George enjoyed many happy years together traveling and attending SFA football and basketball games until his death, January 5, 2015. Patricia continued to pursue her love of traveling with her last trips to Costa Rica, Switzerland, and France. She also enjoyed live theatre productions. Patricia was baptized at age 9 at Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown. She had a strong faith and always knew her place was in heaven where her loved ones waited. She joined the Nacogdoches First Baptist Church in 1975 and was a very active member of the Berean Sunday School Class. She told her class they were the crutches that held her up during difficult times. She is survived by her children Holly Takach of Magnolia and Ross Batson of Frisco and their spouses Stephen Takach and Carrie Batson; Alan and Pam Fitch of Nacogdoches; her grandchildren Morgan, Kami, and Rebecka Takach; Ryder Batson; and Reagan and Justin Reyna of Oceanside, Calif.; sisters and brothers-in-law Lois and James Fitch, Nacogdoches; and Kathy and Kyle Fitch, Marshall; Aunt Dorothy Harrison, Conroe; cousins; many close friends; and her fur baby Chanel. She was always thankful for the love and support they gave her throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Renovation Fund “We Love Our Church Campaign At First Baptist Church”, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961; Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler TX 75701; or a charity of choice. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery, 5127 North Street, Nacogdoches, next to her beloved husband.
Dr. Morton David Low, PhD ’66, of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, MD, CM, MSc (Med), FRCP(C), age 83, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on June 15, 2018, surrounded by family and friends in his home. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on March 25, 1935, to Alice Fern Litchfield and Solon Earl Low. He earned his medical degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and graduate research degrees in neuroscience from Queen's and also Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. An avid researcher, he was fascinated by human cognition, memory, consciousness, and the healing spirit. His career spanned six decades, encompassing science, medicine, teaching, administrative leadership, and humanitarian causes. He conducted brain research on NASA astronauts; worked with Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey in the 1960s; returned two decades later to serve for 11 years as president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He previously served as the coordinator of health sciences at the University of British Columbia and built biomedical research institutes in Canada and the USA, directing one of them. An internationally recognized health policy analyst and interpreter, David gave invited testimony on health policy and health care system reform before many state commissions, congressional committees, and the U.S. White House. From 2005 to 2007, he was a special advisor on public health to the president of the University of Calgary. He was professor emeritus at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Houston from 2004 until his death. A founding member of the Episcopal Health Charities in Texas. Received numerous recognitions and honors in Canada, the USA, and France. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a UTSPH grad, of Nanoose Bay; daughters, Cecilia Low (Barrie Wright) of Calgary, AB; Sarah Low, a UT-H grad (Richard Parr) of Vashon Island, WA; and Kelsey Low, a Kinkaid School grad (Christopher Paiz) of Sugar Land, Texas; and by his son, Peter Low (Mia Perry) of Glasgow, Scotland; his brothers Ken Low (Janice) and Eric Low of Alberta; sister-in-law Jeanne Low of Alberta; brother-in-law Laurie Liberty (Mary Margaret) of Ottawa; and seven grandchildren. Predeceased by sisters Lorna Western and Jessie (Marion) Swain of Utah; Sharon Williams of Vancouver; Carol (Laurie) Liberty of Ottawa; and by brother LeRon Low of Alberta. Life celebrations will be held around the world. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Published in Houston Chronicle
John Henry Nowlin, BA ’66, of Pearl, MS, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at a local hospital. He was 75. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00am at Brandon First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kelly Pope and Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth officiating. Interment will follow in Brandon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 5:00pm till 8:00pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Home, Brandon and again Friday at the church starting at 10:00am until service time. He was born in San Antonio, TX on October 3, 1942 to the late John Henry Nowlin, Sr. and Ouida Merle Horn Nowlin. John had a Masters in Social Work, obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University and his Master’s Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in Dallas, TX. He was the first Social Worker in the state of MS to open a private practice. He was a pitcher for Baylor University, a member of Brandon First United Methodist Church, loved to sing in the choir at church and loved to sing solos. John was an avid golfer, a true outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, camp, and loved to eat fried catfish. He was a Captain in the USMC serving for 18 months in Vietnam. John devoted his life to helping others before helping himself. He is preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, W. Claire Smith Nowlin. He is survived by his two children, Damon Nowlin of Brandon, and Amy Dempsey (Martin) of Madison; one sister, Shirley Best of Corpus Christi, TX; eight grandchildren, Trace Moore, Caleb Moore, Addisson Moore, John David Nowlin, Claire Nowlin, Carsyn Nowlin, Jennifer Dempsey, and April Dempsey; three great-grandchildren, Corbit Bonner, Elowyn Bonner, and Roarke Thompson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the Brandon First United Methodist Church Choir, 205 Mary Ann Dr., Brandon, MS 39042.
Robert E. Jenkins Jr., JD ’68, of Bastrop, TX, was a sixth generation Bastropian born December 31, 1943 to Bernice Hasler Jenkins and Robert E. Jenkins, Sr. and passed away, June 14, 2018. He was 74. He graduated from Bastrop High School in 1962, attended the University of the South his freshman year, graduated from University of Texas in 1966 with a B.B.A. in accounting, and he graduated from Baylor Law School with a J.D. degree in 1968. Bobby was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta at UT, and Pi Alpha Delta at Baylor as well as a member of the Baylor Law Review. Drafted in November 1968, Bobby proudly served in the JAGC for 4 1/2 years, primarily at Fort Benning, Georgia, teaching Law of Land Warfare to military officers from across the globe. The last year was spent at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as Claims Officer for III Corps. His military years proved invaluable giving him confidence to speak to large groups of people. After a brief stint practicing in Dallas, Bobby returned to Bastrop to practice law with James B. Kershaw. It is here that he spent his adult life working with people he loved and living in his hometown. He took everyone's concern to heart and carried those burdens with him at the office and away from the office. While Bobby's caring nature reached many people, his greatest contribution was his love of his family. He loved Stephanie, his family, his dogs, and Bastrop. He worked hard, played hard and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife Stephanie; son Robert and wife Misty; son Will and wife Cindy; grandchildren Allie, Taylor, Jackson, Hayden, Caleb, and Cole; first cousins, Judy Bland, Ann Miller, Forrest Adams; and many extended cousins. Special thanks to the caregivers at New Haven, and especially the support for Bobby and me from Megyn DeSaulnier. Blessings to Joe Townsend who traveled with me the past 6 months repeatedly to visit Bobby. Thanks to Kim Bratton who always appeared at the right moment. Thanks to all who drove Bobby places, to those who listened to me cry, texting buddies, and special friends who are extended family, and those who were there every step of the way. Funeral services will be 11:00am Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Calvary Episcopal Church, Bastrop, TX. Interment will be private. Bobby's family asks that in lieu flowers, contributions be made to your favorite charity.
Published in Austin American-Statesman
James Thurston Bennett, BBA ’69, of North Richland Hills, TX, died suddenly from a heart attack May 18th 2018 in Austin, TX with his wife by his side. He was 72. James was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on October 14th, 1945 to Allyn C. Bennett and Margaret E. Thurston. He graduated from Temple High School in 1964, Baylor University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas A&M University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and The University of Texas in Arlington in 1985 with a Masters of Engineering. James also achieved certifications as a Professional Engineer and Flood Plain Manager. After a long and successful career as a Civil Engineer, he retired from the FAA in 2011. James was also a veteran, serving in the United States Air Force on active duty for four years and as a Reservist for 16 years. Upon retirement, he had achieved the rank of Major. James was married December 21st 1974 to Rose Mary Holliman at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, enjoying 43 wonderful years of marriage. James is survived by his wife Rose Mary, four daughters and son-in-laws: Mary and Lem Moran, Emily and Praveen Andrews, Jennifer and Jimmy Reumuth, Sarah and Robert Terkla. He is also survived by his brothers Allyn and Kenneth Bennett and sister, Kathy Bennett Thompson. He was blessed with seven grand-children: Mary Luisa and Isabella Mae Moran, Avery Rose Terkla, Alyssa Lauren and Finley James Reumuth; and yet to be born Philip James and Lily Rose Andrews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stephen Bennett. He was a devoted husband and Father, enjoying spending time with his wife, daughters and grand-children. James was an avid history enthusiast and enjoyed singing in the church choir. In the last years of his life he was able to fully enjoy life, camping and traveling with his wife by his side, creating countless memories together. He will be remembered as a Christian man and a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother by his family and friends. A Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Smithfield United Methodist Church, 6701 Smithfield Rd, North Richland Hills, TX 76182. Burial will follow in Smithfield Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd. Colleyville, TX 76034 Pallbearers will be Stephen Bennett, R.T. Bennett, David Bennett, John Winfrey, Jerry Michael Winfrey, Roy Wood, Richard Brown, Robert Terkla and Jason Winfrey. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Smithfield United Methodist Church, The Salvation Army or The Veteran's Affairs.
Doris G. Benton, BA ’69, MSEd ’77, age 89, of Riesel, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, at First Baptist Church Riesel, 301 Edwards St, Riesel, TX, with Pastor Gerry Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Riesel Youth Ministry.
Dr. Bradford Glass, BS ’69, of Midland, TX, was born in Luling, TX on January 12, 1947 to Weldon and Dorothy Glass. He grew up in Denver City and Monahans, TX. In 1969 he graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He furthered his degree in San Francisco, CA where he graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He was later certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and named Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He was a member and later, President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and served as a board member for the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Glass also served as an investigator and President of the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners and was a true advocate for both his profession and his peers. Dr. Glass was a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, TX where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher, along with numerous committees. His love for the Lord was reflected in his dedication to his church, and he never missed an opportunity to share his faith with his patients. Dr. Glass had a longtime love of the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle as a teen and continuing his service as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 5 in Big Spring, TX and helping with many projects to improve Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch in Ft. Davis, TX. He introduced a love of Scouting to his son who also became an Eagle Scout and to his daughters and granddaughter who are involved in Girl Scouts. Dr. Glass 71, was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Lauretta, his children Matthew Glass (wife Brea), Debby Glass, and Becky McLaren (husband Tayton), Ken and Donna Cronenworth (brother in law and sister in law), Brice and Kindra Moore (niece), and Charles Cronenworth (nephew). He was fondly known as 'Pops' to his three grandchildren: Alaura, Brennan, and Pyper. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Watkins and staff, Dr. Vogel, MMH Emergency Room staff, and Hospice of Midland. The family requests that any donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 2104 West Louisiana Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701. A visitation will be 6:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A Memorial Services will be 10:00am, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church Chapel in Midland. A private burial will be held at Resthaven Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com. Published in Odessa American
Libby Cobbs Gowin, ’69, of Edgewood, TX, died June 22 following an extended illness.
Dr. Bob Wendorf, BA ’69, died May 22 in Birmingham, AL. He was 70. Robert Joseph Wendorf was born December 23, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Col. H.D. and Mary Wendorf. A graduate of Baylor University, he earned his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Illinois, and spent nearly 40 years helping people through his work in community mental health centers, residential treatment programs, psychiatric and general hospitals, and private practice. Dr. Bob was a caring husband and father, psychologist, author, teacher, philosopher, artist, musician, and gardener. He spent many hours after his retirement from private practice at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, volunteering his services at the Japanese garden and tea house. He also created his own Japanese garden in his back yard. Dr. Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret, his son Marc, daughter-in-law Katie, granddaughter Mary Fischer, twin brother Don, sister Flo, and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and niece, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Karl (2004). A memorial service will be held at the Canterbury United Methodist Church on Friday June 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm., followed by visitation at the church. (Business casual attire.) In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be sent to the Japanese Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223, or to The Karl Wendorf Scholarship Fund at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35213.
Dr. Christopher Jay Wrenn, BS ’69, died in Tyler on June 1, 2018. He was 70. He is survived by beloved wife Nancy Bowie Wrenn of Tyler and daughters Kristina Elizabeth Wrenn of Dallas and Courtney Bowie Wrenn of Catskill, New York. Christopher was born on July 16, 1947 to Earl Walton and Maxine Elizabeth Luther Wrenn in Margarita, Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from Cristobal High School, Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone in 1965 and from Baylor University in 1969. He attended the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, and was an AOA graduate, having returned to his Wrenn Family roots after spending summers on his Grandfather's farm in Scottsbluff. Dr. Wrenn completed his Residency at Children's Medical Center, Dallas 1973-1976 and was Chief Resident there 1976-1977. Upon completing his residency, he was the Medical Director of Los Barrios Unidos Clinica in West Dallas. He was a fellow in the division of Allergy and Immunology, investigating neutrophil movement under agarose at UTMB. He began his Allergy and Immunology Career at the Graves Gilbert Clinic in Bowling Green, Kentucky before joining Dr. Benjamin R. Fisch at the Allergy Clinic in October 1984 in Tyler. Dr. Wrenn cared deeply for his patients over his 37 years in practice. He believed in never rushing a diagnosis or dismissing a detail, always listening to a patient's family and never relying solely on an electronic medical record. He retired from practicing with Dr. Jack Harris on July 1, 2017. Dr. Wrenn was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, he was a Lifetime Member of the Texas Medical Association and a Member of the Smith County Medical Society. Dr. Wrenn loved the jungle, the mountains, the beach, sunsets, making memories, oysters, tugboats, tropical flowers, Kristina's artistic gourmet meals, philosophical and spiritual conversations with Courtney and a cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. He collected Pan Canal Memorabilia, was an avid reader, a Philatelist and a man with a heart of gold. He lived his life putting others before himself and always had a kind and caring word for everyone. He surprised Nancy with a 45th anniversary Party and Concert 3 years ago as he liked nothing more than entertaining at home and celebrating their life together. Dr. Wrenn was the brother of Dr. Keith Wrenn (Melissa); Uncle to Dr. Amy Wrenn (Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai), Dr. Jesse Wrenn (Audrey), Henry Wrenn and Joe Wrenn, Great Nieces Helena and Rosie Chinnadurai and Great Nephew William Wrenn; and Brother-in-law to Barbara Bowie- Whitman and Katy and Buddy Dooley. He was predeceased by his parents; his grandparents Oden and Pearl Wrenn and Edward Leverette and Agnes Elizabeth Luther; godparents R.G. and Mary Condon and Lottie and Harold Tinnen; Brother-in-law Lt. Col. John Whitman and dear friends Ben and Maytee Fisch. Dr. Wrenn loved children and sadly did not get to meet any grandchildren of his own. On his deathbed he was honored by his nephew Jesse and wife Audrey in naming their soon-to-be- born son, Christopher Wrenn. The Family would like to thank Dr. Andrea Ellis, Dr. Sheldon Freeberg, Dr. Nghia D. Troung and her outstanding MICU Staff at Christus Trinity Mother Frances, Dr. Charles Dixon, Dr. Richard Siedel, Dr. Don Richards, Alicia Lowery and the entire staff of the Texas Oncology Infusion Room lead by Susan Carson who will forever be part of our family. He had anticipated his retirement would include more conversations and time with Les Aiello, Jan Fuerst, Mike Gazette, Gary Gross, Phil Jensen, Richard Lee, Tracy Lisner, Howard Mintz, Mike Rowan, Ron Safford, Frank Ward and Larry Wilson. The Family will have a private celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, Christopher Wrenn Scholarship Fund, The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Boulevard, Tyler, Texas 75799. Visitation will be Sunday, June 3 from 4-7 pm at 2012 Canberra Court, Tyler.