Charlie Wade Boren, BS ’50, MS ’56, of Austin died Sept. 4 at age 90. He was born in Snyder, TX on November 1, 1927 to Clyde and Winfred Boren. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1945 where he was active in sports, band, and drama. Upon graduation he entered Baylor University for one quarter, then volunteered for the Naval Air Corps where he served during the final years of World War II while stationed in Florida and Trinidad in the BWI (British West Indies). After his 2 years of service, Charlie came home to Snyder, married his childhood sweetheart Louise Rea, and returned to Baylor University to complete his education. On August 15, 1950, the night of his graduation, his first daughter, Charlsa Louise, was born. Wearing his cap and gown, he visited mother and daughter on his way to the ceremonies. After eight years of coaching football and teaching history in three small Texas high schools (Rosebud, Palestine, and Gaston), Charlie and Louise, now with two daughters, as Rebecca Lace was born in Palestine, moved to Austin. Austin would be home for the next 21 years. Charlie enjoyed his years coaching football and baseball at Travis High School before changing to administration at Porter Jr. High and Crockett High School. It was during this time that Charlie discovered he had a talent for and love of wood sculpture. As he began to see art as a second career, several things happened to further this plan. He inherited an historic family farm in Burleson, TX and was hired as principal of Burleson High School. At age 52, Charlie embarked on the adventure of his life. Now living on a farm and having taken early retirement from the school business, he was free to follow his dream. He sought out the master carvers in Bavaria, England, Canada and the USA. As he studied with them, he was gradually developing his own style, a harmony of wood and artistry. For 35 years he carved and sold his work, often with an art group called the Texas Wild Bunch. His signature sculpture was a cowboy boot. These Texas symbols now reside in many prominent places over the world. But always the teacher, Charlie felt the need to share the knowledge he had gained about this timeless art of wood carving, so he began teaching seminars. This led him to establish the Russell Farm Art Center, a non-profit organization where artists could meet, study, and promote their work. As the infirmities of age crept up on him, this son of a pioneer ranching family whose ancestors came to Texas before it was a state sought a way to preserve his beloved Russell Farm for posterity. A gift to the City of Burleson made possible this historic treasure (a designated Texas Century Farm) to be enjoyed for not only art, but also community gardening, weddings, family reunions, local history seminars and other community activities. Thus Charlie’s vision was fulfilled. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Clyde Milton Boren and Winnie Winfred Boren; his 3 brothers Fred Boren, Clyde Winston Boren, and Donald Boren; and his daughter Rebecca Lace (Becky) Boren. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Louise; his daughter Charlsa and husband Mark Bentley of Austin, TX; his granddaughters Hilary Bentley and Erin Bentley, both of Austin, TX; and many other loving family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday September 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX. Funeral services will be held on Friday September 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Lucas-Blessing Funeral Home, 518 SW Johnson Ave, Burleson, TX, with interment following in Prairie Springs Cemetery, County Road 714, Burleson, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Russell Farm, 405 W. County Road 714, Burleson, TX 76028. To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Daniel Hix Burt, BA ’50, of Cleburne, TX, died Sept. 17 at age 93. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM, in the Sanctuary of Henderson Street Baptist Church, in Cleburne. The Reverend Eddie Freeman and Reverend Neal Oliver will officiate. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Friday, September 21, at Crosier Pearson Funeral Home in Cleburne. Pallbearers will be Warren Burt, Chris Granaghan. Justin Burt, Eric Morton, Richard Knapp, and Bob Underwood. Dan passed away peacefully early September 17, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 26, 1924 in Cleburne to Daniel Hix Burt, Sr. and Alice Edgar Petty Burt. He was a graduate of Cleburne High School, Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Southwestern Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served our country in World War II from April 1943 to April 1946. Dan married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Smith on August 26, 1952 at Henderson Street Baptist Church. The legacy of the life-long ministry of Dan and Mary began with his pastorate at Lone Willow Baptist Church and then Tolar Baptist. Dan and Mary heard the call of the Lord on their lives for full-time foreign mission service. They served the people of Brazil for 32 years, through church planting, business services, mission camps, and working with new missionaries in the language school. Dan had a very unique opportunity to have a major impact on young cadets at the military academy in Campinas, Brazil and most Sunday evenings found a crowd of cadets in their home for Dan's hamburgers and Mary's famous chocolate cake. Dan had a deep love for these young men. Even in his last days, he was receiving numerous calls from these now grown service men checking on their beloved Pastor Daniel. Dan and Mary retired in Cleburne and continued to have an impact serving the Lord in Cleburne and in Keene. Throughout his life, Dan's focus was always making Christ known. Dan is survived by his son, Stephen Burt and wife, Becky of Fort Worth; daughter Martha Burt of Burleson; daughter-in-law Kathy Miller Burt of Fort Worth; sister Joyce Emmert of Cleburne; grandchildren, Megan Granaghan and husband, Chris of Fort Worth; Warren Burt and wife, Jennifer of Dallas; and Justin Burt of Fort Worth; great grandchildren Charles Granaghan and George Granaghan and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 61 years, Mary Ellen Burt on January 1, 2014; three children, Daniel Grayson Burt, Paul Glen Burt, and Daniel Mark Burt; brother, Pat Burt and sister, Hilma Lassiter. Memorial to Henderson Street Baptist Church, 919 E. Henderson Street, Cleburne, TX 76031.
Daniel Warren Buxton, BA ’50, of Dallas died Sept. 16. A patriot who served in World War II, Warren was born on October 27, 1925 in Springfield, Missouri to James Edward, Sr. and Vinta Jean Buxton. As a young man of 18 years of age, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps making 35 combat missions with the 8th Air Force, 487th Bomb Group in the European Theater Operations and was discharged as a Staff Sargent on November 5, 1945.Buxton married Billye Henderson Clemens, a World War II widow with a young daughter, Judith Ann, on August 25, 1947. They began their life together in Dallas with Warren serving as a minister of music and education in various Texas Baptist churches, and later serving as a comptroller, accountant, and business manager, while still serving as a part time minister of music. He was a graduate of Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a member of the North Central Chapter of the Singing Men of Texas. He had a beautiful tenor voice which blessed anyone hearing his performances. Later in life, the Buxtons became involved in various activities at Dallas Baptist University. The Buxtons had a happy and fulfilled life taking various trips literally all over the world. At the time of his death, Warren was a member of First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch. Warren's wife of 69 years passed away in 2016. He is survived by: His step-daughter, Judi Thompson and son-in-law, Curtis Thompson, grandson, Bryan Thompson, great grandson, Graham Thompson; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors. The family would like to express appreciation to neighbors, Diana Finn, and Gary and Joan Berman, for the care and support given to Warren. Donations in his memory may be made to the: Warren and Billye Buxton Endowed Scholarship supporting international students at Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX, 75211.Visitation: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Rhoton Funeral Home, 1511 S. I-35E, Carrollton, TX 75996. Graveside Service: Friday, September 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m. With full military honors at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211. Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 26, 2018
Iris Beard Englet, BA ’50, of The Woodlands, TX, died Sept. 26 at age 90. Iris was known for her kindness and endless energy, whether backing political causes, advocating school education policy, or battling for denominational orthodoxy. Iris was born February 27, 1928 in Smackover, Arkansas to Lena Trawick Beard and Will Goldson Beard. She was raised on her parent's farm in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. and in Kilgore, Texas. She attended Kilgore College and was a member of Line 6 of the Kilgore Rangerettes. In 1950, she graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She married Robert Harrison Englet in 1956 and they had one son, Kevin Trawick Englet. Her career included 50 years of land work, which she loved so much that she drove to Kansas in her 80s to check records for the summer. Iris attained her CPL and maintained it for multiple decades. During her career, she worked in 7 different states. Along the way she was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Only loss of her vision caused her to finally retire. Along with her work, she found time to be heavily involved in the Republican Party at the local, state, and national level. She grew the Midland chapter of Eagle Forum and was a close friend to Phyllis Schlafly. She was trusted friend and companion to Rosalind Haley and was President of the Board of Directors of the Rosalind Kress Haley Library. Iris led the relocation of the library to its new home in St. Louis, Missouri. The most important part of her life, was her faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing deterred her witness, ever. Iris was a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas. Survivors include daughter, Debbie Buehler of Montgomery, Texas, son, Kevin Englet of Houston; grandsons, Mason Englet, of Houston and Benjamin Buehler of Austin; Daughter-in-law, Tracy Englet of Houston, Son-in-law George Buehler of Montgomery. She was dearly loved and will be missed by her many friends. A graveside service, officiated by Jim Dillow, was held at noon, Monday, October 15, at Andrews Chapel, Webster Parish, Louisiana, where she was interred beside her parents as was her wish. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Rosalind Kress Haley Library to support the digitization effort which Iris led during her tenure as President of the Board of Directors.
Benjamin Edward Jarvis, BBA ’50, JD ’51, of Tyler, TX, died Sept. 19 at age 93. Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Tyler with Reverend Scott Richardson and Bishop David Houston officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Mr. Jarvis passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Tyler. He was born June 22, 1925 in Troup to Newell and Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He grew up surrounded by family including his sister Sara Jones, and cousins Eleanor Cameron, Annell Schoenvogel, and the late Julietta Jarvis. He has deep roots in Smith County and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church. In his 93 years of life, he wore many hats. He served in World War II, graduated Baylor University and Baylor Law School. He served 3 terms in the Texas State Legislature, practiced law in Tyler, was a land developer and a tree farmer. He was married to Mary Stephens for 57 years and was a dedicated father to his four children. Although he loved traveling the world, he was happiest walking through the piney woods of East Texas. He gave of himself to others and made no mention of it to the world. Ben was preceded in death by his father, Newell H. Jarvis, and mother, Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Mary Stephens Jarvis; sons, Newell Stephens Jarvis, John Robert Jarvis and wife Sheri Jarvis, daughters Jo Ellen Jarvis and husband Dave Watson, and Sara Ann Jarvis Thompson and husband Chris Thompson; grandsons: Matthew Thompson, Pace Thompson, CJ Thompson, and Jake Jarvis; sister, Sara Jarvis Jones, and nephews Sam Jones, David Jones, and Nathan Jones. Special thanks to Mamie and Buddy Mayfield, Annette Wilson, and Scott Fitzgerald for all the care they have given to Ben and our entire family. Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. If desired, memorials may be made to Cal Farley Boys Ranch (calfarley.org), Gideons International (gideons.org) or a charity of your choice.
Hulon A. Pass, BA ’50, of China Spring, TX, died Oct. 27. age 91, of China Spring, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Plano. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, at Bold Springs Cemetery in West, with The Rev. Mike Copeland officiating. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. until service time, Tuesday, October 30, at Aderhold Funeral Home in West. Hulon was born, May 28, 1927, in West, the son of Samuel and Eddye (O'Neal) Pass. He was a 1944 graduate of West High School. Hulon received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University in 1951 prior to earning his Masters in Biology in 1956. On May 24, 1952, he was united in marriage to Georgia Nell Archer in Mart. Nell preceded him in death on March 10, 2014. Hulon was a member of First Baptist Church of China Spring. He was a member of American Legion Post #121 in Elm Mott. Hulon served as the President of the Board of Directors for Bold Springs Cemetery Association for many years. He was a teacher for over 30 years with the Belton and Waco School Districts before retiring in 1987. Hulon enjoyed farming, working with his hands, doing metal work, and volunteering at the China Spring High School Library. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Hulon was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Samuel Pass; and sister, Margaret Jeffcoat. Survivors include his children, Dr. Hulon H. Pass and wife, Diane, of Ft. Stockton, Kimberly Pass and husband, Bill Pattarozzi, of Lott, and Kelly McFadden and husband, Russ, of Dallas; grandchildren, Dr. Joshua Pass and wife, Heather, Jessica Haskell and husband, Richard, Stephanie Barnard and husband, Kevin, Jonathan Wimberly, Jared McFadden, Sam McFadden, and Cayla McFadden; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Ellie and Hudson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of China Spring or Bold Springs Cemetery Association. A memorial guest book can be found at www.aderholdfuneralhome.com.
Owen M. Thomas, BM ’50, of Sonoma, CA, died Oct. 13. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina on May 19th, 1924 to George and Annie Thomas. He grew up in Dallas, Texas and served in the Navy during World War II. Owen graduated Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music degree. He taught one year in Texas, then came to California and was in Sonoma teaching music for thirty two years. Owen was involved in many musical activities in Sonoma, including the Sonoma Community Chorus, Kenwood Carolers and founding the Sonoma Contata Choir, as well as providing accompaniment for hundreds of events in the area. He served as music director and pianist at Redwood Baptist Church in Napa and First Baptist Church Sonoma, and continued to play piano in Sonoma into his 92nd year. After retiring from teaching, he began working with FISH, becoming the coordinator for the government food program for many years. He also volunteered his time playing music at local hospitals and rest homes. Owen is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruthmary and his children Mark and June Thomas, Maribeth LeValley (Jon LeValley, deceased) and Laura Danielli; his grandchildren Jason and Sara Reed, Jared and Kristen Reed, Mark O. Thomas, Nathan Thomas, and great grandchildren Charlotte and Miles Reed. A viewing will be held at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA, Thursday, October 18th from 5-7pm and a Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, 542 1st St East, Sonoma on Sunday, October 28th at 2pm.
Roland Ray Herman Fritz Wollitz, BBA ’50, of Corpus Christi, TX, died July 18. A lover of life, golfer, entertainer, teller of tall tales, loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, he passed away peacefully at age 91. Roland was born in a farmhouse on November 15, 1926, in Robinson, Texas, a small rural German community. He graduated from Waco High School in 1944 and joined the Navy during World War II serving as a Pharmacist Corpsman at St. Albans Naval Hospital on Long Island. He was in Times Square for both VE and VJ Day celebrations where he said, "no one was a stranger." After the War, he went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a BBA. On November 15, 1952, he married the love of his life, Emma Beth Bristo. Roland was a banker for 31 years, beginning in Waco and moving to Corpus Christi in 1966. In 1983, he joined forces with his wife, Beth, as a real estate broker until retirement. Roland was grateful for his humble beginnings and told many stories of growing up poor in The Great Depression, where he milked cows, gathered eggs, picked cotton, and drew water from the well. He definitely embellished these stories through the years, but "Cotton", as he was known, knew about life without electricity, telephones, or indoor plumbing. Working in the fields and chores at home was hard but it made him appreciate life and gave him an "incentive to try to do better." Growing up, he also loved playing softball with his teammates. Cotton was, in his own words, "the pitcher, first baseman, best hitter - the star" of the Robinson Softball Team. Roland gave freely of his time in supporting organizations to help people. In Corpus Christi, he served as the American Heart Association's local President and also as the State Treasurer. He was President of the Better Business Bureau, Community Development of Corpus Christi, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce. Once in real estate, he served as a director for the Corpus Christi Board of Realtors and as its President. He was also an active CC Rotary member. Roland demonstrated his life of faith through his good works and kind deeds. He was an active member of First Christian Church since 1973, where he became an Elder, served on the Executive Council, participated in the annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, volunteered in the Church Office, and generously supported the Church's Outreach Programs. In 1987, his first grandchild was born and "Opop", his grandfather name and persona, were born as well. Opop was the leader of the band for his grandchildren – playing, dancing, telling jokes, flipping pancakes, and keeping them entertained with his stories of things "from over yonder" and his wondrous personality. Roland was also an avid golfer who recorded 2 holes-in-one at Corpus Christi Country Club. He would always add that they were "no flukes." He played golf almost every Saturday morning with his golf buddies until he was 89. The golfers were not always outwardly encouraging to one another, but they hardly ever missed their Saturday tee time. In his later years, Roland began his "harmonica ministry" – playing for church services at his retirement community, singing and playing his harmonica every Tuesday morning for the seniors in other areas of the community. Walking back to his apartment, he would stop by open doors of residents who were alone in their rooms and play a tune just to cheer them up. Roland was a grand story teller who "never let the truth get in the way of a good story," never met a stranger, never held a microphone that he wanted to relinquish, and never failed to make people smile. Roland is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Beth Bristo Wollitz, parents, Heinrich Frederich Wollitz and Emma Kettler Wollitz, his brothers, Helmuth ("Brother") Wollitz and wife Lucille, William ("Wink") Wollitz, and wife Bettie Jack ("BJ"), and sister Gertrude ("Trudie") Neumann and husband Herbert. He is survived by his son, David Wollitz, and wife Angie, his daughter, Laurie Sellers, and husband Steve, his grandchildren, Shannon & Kala Sellers, Sawyer Sellers, Shelby and Austen Buckalew, and many "favorite" nieces (all of you) and nephews. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, August 11, at First Christian Church, 3401 Santa Fe St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 at Noon. Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Foundation of First Christian Church. Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times
James Keith Blalock, BA ’51, of Palmer, AK, died Aug. 13 at age 90. He requested that no service be performed other than a private graveside service. Cremation was handled by Legacy Funeral Home and the ashes will be inured at Valley Memorial Gardens. Mr. Blalock was born on Oct. 25, 1927, in Iowa Park, Texas. He served at the end of World War II with the U.S. Army. After discharge, he continued his education at Baylor University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Bible, and began employment in the newspaper business which led to linotype operating and reporting from Texas to California, Alaska and Guam. He used this trade to support further graduate studies in five other universities, obtaining certificates in math and English teaching, which resulted in employment in Texas, Alaska, Guam and the Peace Corps in West Africa. He came to Alaska in 1956 for a short time, returning with the family in 1958. By this time, he and his wife, Marjorie, had become members of the Baptist Tentmakers, paying their way with teaching and newspaper employment. Teaching assignments went from Tok, Akutan, Texas, Guam and back to Palmer. Mr. Blalock is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Marjorie Eugene Howard Blalock. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald "Bo" and Judy, and Kelly and Janet of Alaska; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Jeff Salisbury of Montana, and Kim and Mark Fitch of Nebraska. Mr. Blalock is survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his mother and father, Homer and Olive Blalock of Iowa Park, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond VA., 232286-4890, for mission support.
Winnie May Acord Brower, BM ’51, of College Station, TX, died Aug. 1. She was born in Houston, Texas on March 15,1930 to Herbert and Sophia Acord. Winnie graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Houston in 1948. In 1951 she graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. She sang for many gatherings, weddings and several church choirs over the years as a soprano. She taught school in various cities, grades 4-7. In addition, she was a legal secretary, bookkeeper, store manager, bank secretary, clothing buyer, and tailor. One notable tailoring accomplishment was a major rush-new-suit-alteration job for Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Award winner, done gratis the night before he left to receive the award in New York City. She also worked as an administrative secretary for the Sociology Department of Texas A&M University until she retired in 2000. In 2000-2001 she worked with the Bonfire Planning Committee. All her work was done "as unto the Lord." She served the Lord in churches with gladness all her adult life as a choir member, soloist, committee member, intercessory prayer warrior, and Sunday School teacher. She was His faithful servant. She was adored by her four sons and daughter, who credit her for their introduction to the Lord and example to serve Him and others unselfishly. She was the "meanest mother in the world," making sure her children performed their chores and responsibilities properly and promptly. She was slow to anger, forgiving, never brought up mistakes twice, and never gave up on them. She gave them all a love for music and worship. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Sophia Acord, brother, Barry Acord, and daughter-in-law, Patti Brower. She is survived by Seth Brower, Robin Brower (wife Ann), Bari Scherrer (husband Bob), Stanley Brower (wife Marsha), and Jeffery Brower (wife Cindy). Her 13 grandchildren are Heather Mearns (husband Bryce), Beth Hoffman (husband Ben), Katherine Morrow (husband Myles), Meryl Brower, Kyle Brower, Caroline Scherrer, Rebecca Davis (husband Kevin), Tyson Brower, Braxton Brower, Aspen Stewart (husband Josh), Kyndal Brower, Winston Brower, and Cinnamon Brower. Her eight great-grandchildren are Jaycee Mearns, Cadence Hoffman, Kinlee Mearns, Carson Davis, Paisley Morrow, Knox Morrow, Kylie Brower, and the youngest, born June 19th, Carah May (named after her great-grandmother) Hoffman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 3100 Cambridge Dr. in Bryan, Texas. Winnie's family thanks you for your support, friendship, and love over the years. Visitation will be held at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan, on Monday, August 6 from 6-8 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service.
Doris Ann Gummelt Foster, ’51, of San Antonio died Oct. 12. Doris Ann Foster was born in Lorena, Texas to Walter and Erna Gummelt. Doris received Jesus Christ into her life at nine years. She graduated from Lorena High School and business college. While a secretary in Waco, she volunteered at a mission with her brother, Walter, leading to God's call to full-time Christian service. In preparation, Doris majored in Elementary Education at Baylor. Walter introduced her to then Baylor student, Bill Foster, also a mission volunteer. After dating and graduating, Walter married the happy couple at Doris' home church, Cottonwood Baptist. Doris and Bill graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with Doris receiving an Associates in Religious Education. As Doris helped alongside Bill, they pastored ten different Texas churches, culminating with their service as full-time missionaries in Korea, Venezuela and Belize and short-term missions to Brazil and Mexico. After retiring in San Antonio, they attended Crestview Baptist in Windcrest where Doris was an avid member of the Garden Club and Arts and Crafts. Later they moved to the Wedgwood Senior Living Apartments. After Bill's passing, Doris moved to Ft. Worth and resided at Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living and attended Wedgwood Baptist. Through singing, teaching and preaching, the Fosters passionately sowed the Word of God in every stage of their lives, while Doris, an excellent seamstress, sewed and taught sewing to reach others for Christ. Literally everyone that knew Doris loved her, and she loved her family, including her dear cousins and her cherished friends. Mrs. Foster is proceeded in death by her devoted and loving husband, Bill Foster of 64 years. Mrs. Foster is survived by son, Dr. Preston Foster, M.D. and wife, Lisa; daughter, Becky Clanton, and husband, David; sister-in-law, Dr. Betty Lou Schroeder, P.C.; grandchildren, Kara Foster, Paige Foster, Sarah Clanton and husband, Michael, Elizabeth King and husband, Samuel and Joshua Clanton; niece, Carol Redding and husband, Phillip; grandniece, Callie Redding; grandnephews, Cameron Redding, Cody Redding and wife, Sarah; great-grand- nephew, Colton and great-grandniece, Claire. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 with a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. and a service at 12:00 noon at Porter Loring Mortuary on McCullough Ave. Following with Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Henry Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate memorials to Cottonwood Baptist Church, 886 FM 2643, Lorena, TX 76655. You are invited to sign the guestbook and read an expanded obituary at www.porterloring.com. Arrangements with Published in Express-News on Oct. 21, 2018
Dr. Forrest Kennedy, BS ’51, of Groesbeck, TX, died Aug. 27. Visitation will be held at the Pavilion in Faulkenberry Cemetery, Groesbeck, beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, followed by graveside services at 10:00 A.M. Chaplain Jon Honea of Limestone Medical Center and Dr. Troy Brooks of Lost Prairie Baptist Church will officiate, and the Groesbeck American Legion will provide military honors. Forrest was born November 22, 1925 to A.D. and Ora Kennedy in Groesbeck. He attended school in Groesbeck and graduated with the class of 1943. While attending high school, Forrest quarterbacked the football team of 1942 under his uncle, Coach Charles Laurence. After graduation, Forrest played tailback for a year at the University of Texas, before being drafted into the Army, which ended his football career. He was drafted in March 1944, and honorably discharged in May 1946, with the rank Sergeant Company A 62nd. Medical Training Battalion. After being discharged from the Army, Forrest attended Baylor University until he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kansas City, MO, and graduated in 1955. He served a one-year internship at Ft. Worth Osteopathic Hospital, before beginning his medical practice as a certified family practitioner in Mansfield, TX. in 1957. He practiced there until his retirement in 1990. Missing his practice, he practiced two more years on a part-time basis at Limestone County Free Clinic before finally retiring again. Forrest belonged to The Texas Osteopathic Association, Texas Medical Foundation, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He is preceded in death by his parents and aunt and uncle, Altaree and Charles Laurence. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane; son, Forrest L. (Scooter) Kennedy, Jr. and wife, Terry of Groesbeck; also, as step-son, Jim Lewis and wife Sherri of Burleson. Also survivors include granddaughters, Michelle Hobbs and husband Jared of Hewitt; Krystal Paris and husband Ronny of Waco; Cassie Kennedy of Dallas; step-grandchildren, Casey Lewis and wife Bonnie of Burleson; Garett Lewis of Burleson; Apryl Caffey and husband Coyt of Burleson; and Caryl Berndt and husband Justin of Burleson; great grandchildren, Zoe and Trey Paris, Colby Hobbs, Braydon and Marleigh Lewis.
Roberta J. Nelson, BA ’51, of Dallas died Aug. 5 at age 88. She was born and raised in Colorado, but remained in Texas following her graduation from Baylor University. Roberta was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Calvin E. Nelson and grandson Russell Burrows. Survivors include her daughters, Marsha Burrows, Diana Nelson, and Lisa Adickes (husband John Adickes); grandsons Aaron Burrows and Spencer Adickes; sisters Patricia Burch and Donna Arnold (husband Jim Arnold) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service celebrating her life, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9th, at First Baptist Church Dallas.
Rose Otts Strong, BS ’51, of Longview, TX, died Aug. 5 at age 88. Born in Royse City, TX, daughter of Velva and Charles Bookout. She graduated from Baylor University, ended a blossoming teaching career in favor of marriage and 4 children, and claimed Longview home in 1955. A Memorial Celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church of Longview on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2 pm. Rose’s life goal was to serve her family, community, and church with graciousness and excellence. She embodied the belief that service begins at home, incorporating acts for others into family life. She opened her home for church, school, clubs, friends, and business gatherings. Whether a reception for 500 or a small coffee, she was known for delighting guests with self-prepared food and decorations, and a magical feeling of welcome and joy. Guided by a focus on community beautification, children and youth, patriotism, and God and church, Rose masterfully interwove these ideals into community service. With unquenchable energy, Rose served as President or Board member of over 25 state and local organizations – and was still school homeroom mother 22 times. Her enduring contributions include expansion and enhancement of city parks, expansion and renovation of North East Texas libraries, inspiring Senator Jack Strong to sponsor legislation that has benefitted tens of thousands of children in public schools with dyslexia, planning Longview’s US Bicentennial Celebration, genealogical research, and co-founding Longfellows. Among numerous honors Rose received are 1975 Woman of the Year from Longview Federation of Women’s Clubs, and Great Leader of Longview. Devotedly, Rose served her church as First United Methodist Vacation Church School Coordinator, Superintendent of Youth Department, and Sub District Youth Foundation Director for 21 Churches. Rose is survived by her children Bill and Charlotte Strong Joyner, Greg and Felicita Strong, Joe and Catherine Strong, Steve and LeAnn Strong; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; nieces/nephews Rebecca Jackson, Cindy Compton, and Jim, Palmer, John, Janet, and Michael Strong. Please honor Rose’s memory through an act of kindness.
Martha Sue Vickery, BA ’51, of Mineola, TX, died Oct. 25 at age 89. She was born on October 5th, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas to the late Aubrey "Cub" Gilpin and Hazelle Snider Gilpin. Sue graduated from Baylor University where she met Pat, the love of her life. She was a retired teacher, and she spent countless hours in faithful service to her church and other charitable ministries. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Mineola and the 20th Century Club of Mineola. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Patrick Nelson Vickery of Mineola; daughter, Patti Randolf, and her husband, Jim of McKinney; son, Alan Vickery, and his wife Susie of Argyle; and son, Ronnie Vickery, and his wife Shari of Tyler; sister, Joan Anderson of Tyler; seven grandchildren, Justin Randolf, and his wife Ashley, Lauren Randolf Little, and her husband Mark, Julia Vickery, Patrick Vickery, Jack Vickery, Will Vickery and Smith Vickery. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at First Baptist Church - Mineola 204 N. Johnson St. Mineola, Texas 75773 at 2:00 pm, Dr. Russell Dilday conducting. Justin Randolf, Lauren Randolf Little, Julia Vickery, Patrick Vickery, Jack Vickery, Will Vickery, and Smith Vickery will be serving as pallbearers. She will always be remembered for her sweet and gentle spirit, her complete devotion to and love for her husband and family, her uncontrollable laughter, and, of course, her sweet tooth - a legacy that lives on through her children. A reception will follow the services at Beaty Funeral Home, 5320 South State Hwy 37, Mineola, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Guidestone Mission Dignity Fundraiser for Retired Ministers at www.missiondignity.org
Ann “Doodie” Carrell Milner Wallace, BA ’51, of Houston died Sept. 22 at age 88. She was born in Houston on June 11th, 1930, to Robert Wells Milner Jr. and Mae Carrell Milner Beck. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who placed enormous value on the importance of family and her treasured friendships. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Donnel Wallace; her daughter Kathryn Wallace Preng; her half-sisters, Patty and husband Jeff Marvel, Betty and husband Herb Blake; her grandchildren, Andrew Preng, James Preng, and Julie Wallace; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; two siblings, Jean Whitman and Robert "Sonny" Wells Milner III; and her son, Donnel Stanley Wallace. Doodie attended Lamar high school and graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Education. She met Lt. Donnel Wallace on a blind date and they married in 1953. Their early years together were spent in Germany where she had their first child, Kathryn, and he completed his Air Force tour of duty. They welcomed their second child, Don, in Norman, Oklahoma before returning to make Houston their permanent home. Doodie was delighted to be closer to her family and taught third grade at HISD while her husband obtained his doctoral degree. They designed a new family home where she enjoyed being a full-time mother and homemaker until her children married. She resumed teaching at Grace Presbyterian Church School until her grandchildren arrived and became her joys. Doodie was a member of the Briargrove Park Women's club, Baylor Women's Association, DAR, and NAMI. She enjoyed tennis, bridge, quality films, non-fiction reading, and hosting gatherings where she served delicious homemade feasts. Beneath all this activity, her family was her heart and her priority. She built bridges to reconnect relatives, tended to those in need, and was a steadfast advocate for her son throughout his 20-year struggle with mental illness. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial gathering to be held in the library of Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane, on Saturday, October 20th, between the hours of eleven and one. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in her memory may be directed to the National Alliance of Mental Illness Texas Chapter, NAMI Texas, P.O. Box 300817, Austin, TX 78703.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2018
Betty Doyen Dilday, BA ’52, of Richardson, TX, died Aug. 9 at age 87 from complications from Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born in Houston on April 8, 1931 to Jewel and Lavergne Doyen. She went through Houston public schools, and then graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She later did graduate study at Georgia State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and B.H. Carroll Theological Institute where she received a Master of Arts in Religion. Betty met Russell (R.H.) Dilday in Bible class their junior year in Baylor. They were married on August 15, 1952 after Baylor graduation. When Russell entered Seminary, Betty taught school in Ft. Worth. When Betty and Russell moved to Atlanta, GA to pastor the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Betty again taught in public schools while their three children were attending Baylor. Betty accepted Christ as her personal Savior at nine years of age and was baptized in First Baptist Church Houston. She served all her life as a Bible teacher, graded Choir assistant, and missions leader. She served alongside Russell for seventeen years in Texas and Georgia. She continued that role for sixteen years while Russell served as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She also enjoyed a year as Interim President's Wife with Russell at Howard Payne University. In Atlanta and Dallas, Betty encouraged a group of women to serve as volunteers to take smaller arrangements from the large altar flower arrangement to hospitals and shut ins. This became an important flower ministry for those churches. Betty was named permanent secretary for her class of 1952 and Russell was named president. In 2011, she was named Woman of Distinction by the Baylor Dallas Women's Council, and in 2017 the R.H. Dilday family was awarded the title Baylor's First Family by the Baylor Line Foundation. Betty and Russell traveled extensively to all six continents visiting missionaries and encouraging Baptist work there. Betty is survived by Russell, her husband of 66 years; their son Robert, daughter Nancy and husband Nolan Duck, and daughter Ellen and husband Shannon Garrett; grandchildren, Harrison Dilday, Andrew Dilday, Elizabeth and Forrest Robinson, Trey and Lillyan Duck, Kelsey and Adam Swygert, Preston Garrett, and two great-children, Evelyn and Brooks Robinson. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM in the sanctuary of Park Cities Baptist Church on August 14, 2018 with a reception to follow. There will be a private family burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. Published in Dallas Morning News
Dr. Lee Allen Holden Jr., BA ’52, of Oklahoma City, OK, died Sept. 3. He was born on Veterans Day in 1925 on Dequeen Blvd., Port Arthur, Texas. At age 5, Lee contracted polio and was paralyzed but he survived and recovered to such a degree he was able to play football at Port Arthur’s Thomas Jefferson High School. He was known as the Boy with the Golden Toe as their field goal kicker because he never missed. He also attended San Marcus Military Academy for a year and played football there. Lee was accepted into medical school but lost his deferment due to World War II. He volunteered in 1943 for the Navy, where he served as a Pharmacist’s Mate with the Hospital Corp. Lee trained in San Diego then shipped out to the South Pacific where he was stationed at the naval base on New Caledonia. As a corpsman, Lee took care of our soldiers both wounded and sick. He hitched a ride home on a tugboat and made it back in 1946. After the war, Lee attended Baylor University where he met Linda Young. They were married in 1947 and stayed so for 70 years until Labor Day this year. He took the Lord at his word. After Baylor, Lee went to Texas A&M for veterinary school and finished in 1952. He opened Britton Road Veterinary Clinic with his fellow war buddy and class mate Jim Brown, which he developed into one of the foremost veterinary clinics in Oklahoma City. Lee developed a singular expertise in partnership structure and traveled throughout the west giving lectures. He proceeded to work nonstop for the next 67 years until the age of 90, in the process touching the lives of hundreds of aspiring young veterinarians and thousands of clients until he decided it was finally time to rest. Possessing an abiding interest in all things medicine, Lee served as Chairman of the Board for Baptist Hospital for over 12 years. He took great pride and care in acting as assistant track coach for first his son, and then later his grandsons. He loved his family more than he loved himself, and we never doubted it. The world is a lesser place today without him, but we know heaven rejoices at a life so well lived. Lee is survived by his wife Linda Holden, his son Dr. David Holden [and his wife Rachel Holden], his daughter Marci Telfair [and her husband Jim Telfair], as well as his grandsons John David Holden [and his wife Amanda Holden], and Dr. Thomas Holden [and his wife Dr. Smita Holden]. Services for Lee will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00pm, at St. Edward’s Chapel on the campus of Casady School, 9500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120, with a reception to follow at Calvert Hall. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire are invited to make donations in memory of Lee to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Dr. William Tyler Read, BA ’52, of Tyler, TX, died Oct. 5 at age 87. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Pollard United Methodist Church with Reverend Richard Luna and Reverend Stephen Rhoads officiating. A private family burial will precede the service at Rose Hill Cemetery and a visitation will follow the service in the church parlor. Dr. Read was called home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 5, 2018. He was born December 15, 1930 in Mart, Texas to Winfred Weldon and Elma Folk Read. He was raised in Mart and graduated Mart High School. Following high school, he attended Baylor University graduating in 1952, after which he attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, graduating in 1956. He interned at Denver General Hospital in Denver, Colorado and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in 1961. In addition, he received his Board Certification in Pediatrics in 1963. He served as a captain in the Unites States Air Force from 1957 - 1959 serving as a General Duty Medical Officer at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Following his education and military service, Dr. Read moved to Tyler and began his private practice. It was in Tyler where he found his calling to serve others. He practiced pediatric medicine for 29 years until he retired in 1990. During this time, he was on the attending and consulting staff at Mother Francis Hospital and Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Read was a member of Beta Beta Beta biological honor society, the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society, Smith County Medical Society, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Following retirement, Dr. Read went back to work at St. Paul Children’s Clinic as a volunteer physician in the indigent clinic from 1991 – 1999. In addition, he volunteered throughout his life at his spiritual home, Pollard United Methodist Church. During the last few years, he was proud to serve the Hospice of East Texas as a volunteer serving in various roles. Dr. Read was the recipient of the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Volunteer Services in 1993 and the Gold Headed Cane Award in 1999. Dr. Read married the love of his life, Nancy Coleman on August 22, 1952. Their 60 years of marriage were strong, and they were blessed with two children, Lezlie and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Nancy Coleman Read. He is survived by his daughter Lezlie Jinks and her husband, Jayson of Allen, Texas, son William Coleman Read and his partner, Frank Rosales of Dallas, Texas, and grandson Pearson Read Jinks of Allen, Texas. The family would like to acknowledge with gratitude the care and support of the Hospice of East Texas during his final days. In addition, we would like to acknowledge all the love and support he received from his neighbors and friends with special thanks to Anthe Caruso, Jim and Faye Crawford, Bobby Crone and Kim Reel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hospice of East Texas or Pollard United Methodist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be H. O. Abbott, Dr. Joe Bates, Dr. Joe Bill Belue, Jim Crawford, Bobby Crone, Carlos Flores, Nolan Manziel, and Larry Whitaker.
Donna Lu Westmoreland Smith, BA ’52, of Waco died July 28. The graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 2, at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Donna Lu was born July 25, 1931, in Waco, to John and Allyne Westmoreland. She graduated from Baylor University in May, 1952. Among many things, Donna was a Baylor Beauty and a member of Alpha Omega Sorority. She married Brant L. Smith, Jr., on July 25, 1952, in Waco. Donna was a woman of many talents! She was a teacher, caterer, seamstress, decorator and co-owner of Bunny Run Creations. After retiring, Donna enjoyed teaching sewing and English for the Neighbors International Program at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Brant L. Smith, III. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Brant L. Smith, Jr.; daughter and son-in-Law, Celia and Thomas Ridley; sister and brother-in-law, Cecile and D.T. Leggott; granddaughters, Christin Shilling and husband, Derek, Lauren Shoffner and husband, Jason, and Sarah Ridley; grandson, Justin Price; great grandchildren, Sullivan, William, Ridley Kate and Cooper; cousin and dear friends, Ann & Stacy Cooke; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brant & Celia would like to thank the wonderful people at Brookdale Lake Brazos and Providence Hospice for all the loving care they provided Donna.
Frances Wimp Smyth, BBA ’52, of Georgetown, TX, passed away at the age of 86 on August 13, 2018. A time of visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633. Mrs. Smyth will be laid to rest at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209.A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Smyth’s life will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1st Euless Church, 1000 W. Airport Fwy. Euless, TX 76039. Frances was born to William Hanceford and Eloise Ruby (McCluer) Smyth on September 22, 1931 in Uvalde, Texas. After attending Bob Jones University for her freshman year, Frances went on to graduate from Baylor University with a Business Degree. She worked as a Church Secretary in the Baptist Church and she was in charge of prayer ministries. Frances married William Eugene Wimp Smyth on Christmas day, 1952 in Uvalde, Texas. They became the proud parents of Jeff, Paul, and Melissa. In addition to being an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, immaculate housekeeper, interior decorator, green thumb gardener, world class cook, nurse, expert seamstress, Bible scholar/teacher and former college Home Coming Queen at Baylor University, she was wonderfully modest, loving and gentle with an overflowing gift of mercy to family and friends. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and spent her lifetime in service to Him and Family! As her family, we are blessed to have been the primary beneficiaries of Frances’ unconditional love and infinite patience. Preceding Frances in death were her parents, William H. and Eloise R. Smyth; brothers, Hanceford and Beaumont Smyth; sisters, Eloise Race and Mary Alice Finch; and her beloved husband, William Eugene Smyth. Survivors include her sons: Jeff Smyth and wife Malesa of San Antonio, and Paul Smyth and wife Pat of Colleyville; daughter, Melissa White and husband, Ed of Georgetown; grandchildren: Lauren and Nathan Smyth of San Antonio, Ashton Smith and Eric Smyth of Colleyville, Tiffany Middlebrooks of Colleville , Matthew White of Spring, and Rachel Unclebach of Leander; great grandchildren: Peyton Middlebrook of Colleyville, Jackson and Jacob White of Spring, Aiden and Cameron Unclebach of Leander. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com
Dr. Joseph House Wright, BS ’52, of Dallas, TX, died Oct. 21 at the age of 87. Joe was born at home in the Forest Glade Community of Mexia, Texas, to Lonnie David and Elizabeth Rogers Wright on January 30, 1931. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1948, where he was active in band and the tennis team. He attended Baylor University as a premed student and was admitted to Tulane Medical School in 1951. In August of 1954, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Joann Gillespie. After graduating from medical school, he interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and began his surgical residency there. He was then called to active duty in 1957 during the Korean War and served two-and-a-half-years at Amarillo Air Force Base, where he found his true passion for orthopedics. Following his military service, he returned to Charity Hospital and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. In 1962, the growing family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where for more than 50 years, he enjoyed serving his community and practicing medicine. At an early age, Joe felt called to be a physician. He believed his responsibility was to his patients, and he never lost sight of his medical mission to give compassionate care. Throughout his career he maintained multiple professional affiliations with the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Orthopedic Association, Nueces County Medical Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He was honored to be on the Board of Councilors to The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, representing the Southern Region of Texas. He was also an honorary member of the Nueces County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Joe's career as a physician is best summarized by his longtime partner Dr. Chris Isensee, who said, "Joe's greatest contribution to orthopedics is that for 40 years he practiced in an ethical and honorable manner." While orthopedics was his career, golf was his recreation. He was an accomplished player who cherished his golf buddies and was proud of his two holes-in-one. For 64 years, Joe and Mary Joann were a team that enjoyed friends far and wide, a strong faith, involvement in their church and community, and supporting the goals and dreams of their three children and six grandchildren. He was a loving father to Joe Wright, Jr. (Coleen), Susan Billingsley (Larry), and Katherine Durr (David). He was Papa to Caroline Cain (Philip) and Melissa Wright; Preston Billingsley and Daniel Billingsley; and Travis Durr and Laura Durr. We are sad he will miss holding his first great grandson who will arrive in early January. Joe was a loving uncle to Charlotte Burney, Sarah Wright, Ann Wright, Nathan Wright, Margaret Berton, Deborah Wright, and David Wright, Jr. Joe was predeceased by his brother, L. David Wright, MD, and his parents. There will be a memorial service at Highland Springs Community Room in Dallas, Texas, on November 11, at 3:00 p.m. If desired, memorials may be made in memory of Joe Wright to Highland Springs Resident Care Fund, 8000 Frankford Rd., Dallas, TX, 75252 or to First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX, 78404 (or online @ www.firstcorpus.org). Published in Dallas Morning News
Dorothy Buchanan, BA ’53, of Waco died Aug. 5 at age 86. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at OakCrest Funeral Home, with Pastor Jimmy Dorrell officiating. Mrs. B. as she was known to three generations of students, and Aunt Dot to her family, was born in Harlingen, Texas, September, 27, 1931, to L. G. and Inez (Bynum) Smith. She graduated from Baylor University and married I. R. "Buck" Buchanan in 1953. Dottie reared three daughters, yet she was a Mom, mentor, and friend to hundreds of students. Her most wonderful memories were the 29 years she spent as a librarian at Mountainview Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 53 years, and brothers; Jr., Charles, Ralph, and Harold Smith. Dottie is survived by her loving daughters, Dottie Phillips and husband, Mark, Lois Bevan and husband, David, and Betsy Vandever and husband, Ronnie; brother, Kenneth Smith and his wife, Frances; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mission Waco and Pack of Hope. The family thanks the wonderful health care providers at Providence Health Center, her Red Bud Circle neighbors, and all the teachers, staff and parents of Mountainview Elementary.
Albert Carl Hennig, BA ’53, of New Braunfels, TX, died Oct. 13 at age 93. He was born in Clifton, TX on April 11, 1925 to William and Lena (Gaskamp) Hennig, baptized in Zion Evangelical Church, attended Womack schools, and confirmed in Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Clifton. After high school and business college, he joined the U.S Army and served in Europe from 1943-1945. On his return he attended Clifton Jr College, Texas Lutheran College, and graduated from Baylor University. He attended Eden Seminary, graduating with a degree of Divinity in June 1956. During his last year at Seminary he met Betty Brown Schreiber at church camp where they served as counselors. They were married June 17, 1956 in Church of the Master, Dallas. Albert was ordained June 24, 1956 in Zion E and R church in Waco. Reverend Hennig and Betty served at Christ E and R Church, Woodsboro Tx from July 1956 to November 1961, St Paul E and R Churches in Marlin and Eddy (Cego) November 1961 to September 1966, St Paul UCC in Cibolo September 1966 to June 1978 and Friedens UCC in Washington-on-the Brazos June 1978 to January 1991. After retirement on December 31, 1990 Albert and Betty moved to Eden Home Village in New Braunfels, TX. After many years of active ministry and attendance at Slumber Falls UCC camps, they settled in comfortably in the Eden Village. After Betty’s death April 16, 1996, Al continued to serve the Eden Home and Village in various capacities. Albert’s Bingo calling skills are legendary! Albert is survived by his sister Janice Roberson; son, Gary Schreiber and wife Pauline; daughter Donna Hennig Bassett and husband William (Bill) Bassett; and son, Allen Hennig. He is also survived by four granddaughters, Geri Edens, Heather Griffin, Elizabeth Bassett and Julie Bassett and two great-grandsons Peirce and Jackson. Albert was a faithful servant of God and will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. His strength of faith is a beacon in the dark for us all. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Eden Hill Chapel, New Braunfels, TX.
Betty Sue Williams McAlpine, BA ’53, of Eldorado, TX, died Oct. 25. She was born March 2, 1932 in San Angelo, TX, the only child of Floyd Williams and Myrtle O’Harrow Williams.Betty Sue graduated from Eldorado High School in 1949 and from Baylor University in 1953 with double majors and minors in education, religion, Spanish and English. After a short time teaching in Brookshire, TX, she returned to the family ranch in eastern Schleicher County.While Betty Sue loved our Lord and was exceedingly proud of her children, the ranch and all it held was her most obvious passion. Her affection began early. As a baby she would ride around on a pillow just behind the saddle horn and at three an old saddle horse became her baby sitter as she followed her widowed mother around “doctorin’ wormies.” Her happiest hours were spent feeding stock, picking up interesting pieces of wood or rocks or tending to dogie lambs and goats. As a third generation rancher, she developed an award-winning herd of fine-wooled sheep in the 80’s followed by some of the best early nubian-boer goats in the area. Still, more than awards and public accolades, she was most captivated by the peace and beauty of the ranch. Betty Sue is survived by Harlan Clark McAlpine, the father of her children, son Barney Clark McAlpine of Eldorado, TX, daughter Susan McAlpine and husband Sam Kent of Sonora, TX, and granddaughters Lillian Kent of College Station, TX, and Hazel Kent of Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her family wishes to thank Neria Galindo and the staff at Schleicher County Nursing Home, among others, who loved and supported her in recent years as she transitioned to the next life. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 2:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado. A meal will precede the service at 1:00 pm and all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church, Eldorado, Heifer International.
Marjorie Snell Milling, ’53, of Columbia, SC, died Oct. 12 at age 87. Born Marjorie Jean Snell on April 15, 1931 in Greenwood, Mississippi, she was the only child of Janie Omega Alford and James Harvey Snell. The family lived in Greenville, Mississippi, where Marjorie grew up and participated extensively in civic and church events. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Greenville High School. After graduation, she attended Baylor University as a music major. Marjorie was a gifted pianist and organist. She played for weddings and church programs beginning in high school and continuing into adulthood. Music filled her life and home, and she appreciated all genres of music. Although she was busy enough tending a large family, Marjorie found time in her life for a number of volunteer activities, including work with Laubach Literacy and the Medical Auxiliary, and as a docent at the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. In addition, in 1980, she finished college, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina, attending classes in between school drop-offs and pick-ups and after school activities, and while expecting her last child. Her graduation was a happy occasion for the entire family. For many years following, she continued to enjoy participation in the American Association of University Women. Marjorie loved children and young people. She raised seven daughters and took an active interest in the lives of their friends, acting as second "Mom" to many of them. She was a good friend to numerous people, both old and young. An avid reader, Marjorie's home was frequently filled with animated discussions of books and current events. Travel with her husband Bob was a part of her lifelong love of learning. Marjorie continued reading by Talking Books, provided by the South Carolina State Library, after the loss of her eyesight and right up until her death. She was particularly proud of her work teaching adults to read. Survivors include Marjorie's seven daughters, Julia Pearson and her husband Bill of Mt. Pleasant; Melanie Torrance of Columbia; Deborah Milling of Mt. Pleasant; Marjean Gordon and her partner Donnie Spiers of Houston, Texas; Mary Alexander and her husband Mason of Charlotte, North Carolina; Elizabeth Najjar and her husband Richard of Beaufort; and Melissa Washburn and her husband Russ of Spartanburg. She also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband Dr. Robert Nicholson Milling. Marjorie will be missed by the many who knew and loved her. Her keen and bright intelligence, her caring manner, and her beautiful smile will not be forgotten. A private funeral will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with internment in the churchyard columbarium. The family suggests that memorials be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201; or SCSL, Talking Book Services, 1500 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201
Love Smith, BS ’53, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died September 30, 2018. She was 87. Bom on September 8, 1931, Ms. Smith grew up in Texas and was a graduate of Baylor University. Before settling in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ms. Smith resided in San Francisco, California, New York City where she was a member of the University Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she was an avid golfer and member of Coral Ridge Country Club in Palm Beach, she was a member of The English Speaking Union, Circumnavigators Club, Forum Club, World Affairs Council, Classical South Florida, Palm Beach Republican Club, and Royal Poinciana Chapel. Ms. Smith pursued an eclectic business career and was a licensed securities principal. But it was following her being asked by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale to become executive director of the Horatio Aiger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. that brought her the greatest joy. In 1983 she conceived how appropriate it would be for the organization to award yearly college scholarships to high school seniors who had severe financial limitations, but who exemplified the characteristics and potential promise of the Horatio Aiger awardees themselves. Although many of the members were opposed to giving the scholarships, she persevered, raised thirty-five thousand dollars for the first seven scholarships and the Horatio Alger Scholarship program was born. Today that organization has awarded over $100 million in need-based scholarships to more than 25,000 young people. Ms. Smith had a passion for learning about cultures and customs abroad and in 1954 made the first of many solo trips around the world. To celebrate her 75 birthday she made another six-month trip alone doing volunteer work in remote villages around the world, first living for three weeks on a farm in rural An Sang Village, China. This was the most rewarding of all her travels and she became a devoted supporter of the Starfish Foster Home, Xian, China, Seam Children's Home, Porur, Chennai, India, and Ghana Scholarships, Senchi Ferry, Ghana, West Africa. She is survived by her niece, Dr. Scherry Johnson, Dallas, Texas, a nephew, Terry Stephens, Bluff Dale, Texas, two grandnieces, Mrs. Scheleen Walker, Austin, Texas and Dr. Renea Greenberg, Culver City, California, great grand nieces and nephews. Published in The Palm Beach Post on Oct. 28, 2018
Billye G. McClarty, ’54, DDS ’57, of Aledo, TX, (formerly of Burkburnett, TX) died Aug. 9. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. There will be no formal funeral service. He will be buried in Burkburnett Cemetery alongside his parents, George and Faye McClarty. Dad was born in Quanah, Texas, on January 10, 1933. He attended Burkburnett schools. Dad married Fredna Howard on November 7, 1953 in Burkburnett. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco and then finished his education at Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas in 1957. Dad and Mother then moved to Greenville, Mississippi where he served as Captain in the Air Force as a Dental Officer. After Dad was discharged from the Air Force, they moved back home to Burkburnett where he practiced Dentistry for a year. In 1959 they moved to Amarillo, Texas where he went into private practice. Dad later worked for the Veterans Administration and as a nurse with Hospice. He is survived by his former wife, Fredna Howard Allen, son Mark McClarty (Addie), daughters Kim Gillette (Larry), Kelley Kirkland, Karen Coughlin (Rick), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his sister, Sue Teel. Memorial donations in memory of Dad can be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Ft. Worth, TX. 76104.
Frank H. Sanders, BBA ’54, of Paris, TX, died Oct. 8 at age 87. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10th, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler with Jay Sanders officiating. Frank was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Marshall, Texas to Anne Elise and Frank Hall Sanders, Sr. He attended public schools in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School in 1950. He attended Baylor University graduating in 1954 with a BBA degree. Frank married Doris Welch in June, 1955. He then began his service in the Air Force, serving until 1959. At that time, he began his career with GE/Trane/American Standard for many years retiring as a mid-manager. They lived the majority of their married life in Tyler, Texas where they raised their three children. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. He also loved serving his Lord with many years of service at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. “Mr. Frank” loved teaching two year old Sunday School as well as being driver and chaperone for many mission trips and camps while his children were in the youth department. He leaves the following survivors; his wife, Doris Sanders of Paris, children, Elaine Sanders Wroten of Paris and Jay Sanders of Sulphur Springs. He was preceded by a son, Frank David Sanders. Also surviving are son-in-law, Marvin Wroten of Paris, daughters-in-law, Rhonda Sanders of Sulphur Springs and Rebecca Sanders of Tyler. Grandchildren include Amanda Wroten Nash & husband Travis of Grapevine, Bonnie Wroten of Watauga, Josh Sanders & wife Alyson of Lindale, Travis Sanders & wife Dani of Orlando, FL, and Bryan & Babrae McFarlin, Lana McFarlin and Justin Sanders all of Sulphur Springs, eight great grandchildren including Noelle and Collin Nash and Arthur Sanders.
Richard Earl Bacher, BA ’55, of Honolulu, HI, died Apr. 13.
Murray Bailey, BA ’55, Windcrest, TX, died Oct. 11. Born in the small town of Athens, Louisiana on April 9, 1933, Murray grew up with a basketball in his hand. He was discovered by the Baylor University scouts and given a full scholarship to play basketball for Baylor from 1951-1955. His senior year he was named Southwest Conference MVP. He went on to coach various basketball teams throughout his life and subsequently was able to recall every player and just about every statistic of every game. Murray grew up in the Athens Presbyterian Church and was a man of the Book. Throughout his life he studied the Bible relentlessly taking many notes along the way until the pages were worn so thin he would have to start over with a new one. He was also a very talented pianist who enjoyed playing the piano on Sundays for the Waco Presbyterian Church while he attended Baylor. Along side of him on his life journey has been his Athens childhood sweetheart, Ruby Jane, who became his wife of 63 years. Together they enjoyed the excitement of moving around the United States teaching and coaching college and high school students as well as traveling on their many trips abroad, with and without youth study groups in tow. Murray most enjoyed his retirement days in Fredericksburg, Texas where he was well known for caring for his animals on the farm. He had a name and statistic for every one of them as well! Murray was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and a son, Brook. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jane, his daughter and her husband, Robin and Tom, his 2 grandchildren, Kalina and Kevin, and his wife, Jessica, and 3 great grandchildren.
Betty Hudson Cooke, BS ’55, of San Antonio, TX, died Sept. 30 at age 84. Betty was born to Charles Hudson and Lillian Gray Hudson on April 9, 1934, and was raised on the family ranch near Utopia in Uvalde County. Betty was diagnosed at age 14 with Type 1 Diabetes and lived well beyond all her doctor's expectations. Betty first attended Utopia schools and then transferred to Sabinal High school where she was crowned the first homecoming Queen in 1950 and graduated in 1951. In 1955, Betty graduated from Baylor University with a degree in education and also received her Masters from Trinity University of San Antonio. Betty met the love of her life, Herbert Vernon Cooke Jr. and they married in 1958. They spent their first ten years of their marriage in San Antonio where they both taught school. Then moved to Dallas in 1968 and returned to San Antonio in 2011 to be near their nephews. Betty is survived by her sister-in-law, Pat Hudson McFarland; nephews, Robert and wife Rita Hudson, Paul and wife Alissa Hudson; great nieces, Alaina and husband Vance Weynand, Cheyenne Hudson and fiancé Anthony Lehoski and Ariana Hudson; cousin, Dorothy Weber and husband John; great-great nephew Logan Weynand and great-great nieces; Victoria, Alexandria and Elizabeth Weynand.
Betty was a faithful Christian and member of the Episcopalian church. She loved spending time with her husband and family, she enjoyed traveling the world to such places as, China, Europe, Africa, South America and many others. She appreciated attending the symphony, museums and supported the Arts. Betty donated her body to the Willed Body Program for research to the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St. George Episcopal Church in San Antonio.
Linda Baird Dickerson, BA ’55, of Tyler, TX, died Sept. 24. Linda was born on June 23, 1934 to the late Myrtis and Joseph G. Baird. Linda graduated from Kilgore High School and then attended Baylor University. She graduated with a B.S. in Education. After graduation, Linda married Charles "Charlie" Dickerson in Kilgore, Texas. Later, they moved their family to Tyler. After losing the love of her life, Charlie, she went to work for Merrill Lynch as a secretary and went on to become a stock broker. After a long and successful career, she retired from Merrill Lynch in 1997. Linda is preceded in death by her husband Charles F. Dickerson; her mother, Myrtis Baird Graham; her father, Joseph G. Baird and her nephew Jason Baird. She is survived by her brother, James Baird of Springtown, TX; her son, Craig Dickerson and daughter-in-law, Debbie Dickerson of Tyler; son, Keith Dickerson and daughter-in-law Arlene Dickerson of Dallas; daughter, Lynn Barton and son-in-law, Keith Barton of Tyler; grandchildren, Nicole and William Robbins of Tyler; Chelsea and Patrick Cooper of Tyler, Neil and Marie Olsen of Portland, Oregon, Kristen and Ed Pylant of Houston, Charlie Dickerson of Dallas, Jamie, Audrey and Sara Barton of Tyler; eight beautiful great-grandchildren; niece, Leslie and Bill Varva and their children and niece, Felice Baird Vomastic and her children. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Neil Olsen, William Robbins, Patrick Cooper, Charlie Dickerson and Jamie Barton. The family will have a private burial at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Funeral Home.
Millard F. Eiland, BA ’55, of Houston died July 28. He was 84. He was born December 5, 1933 in San Antonio, TX at Santa Rosa Hospital, to Lillian Eunice Cupps Eiland (originally from Lufkin, TX) and Millard Eugene Eiland (originally from Mississippi). Millard was predeceased by both parents and by his sister, Marilyn Jean Eiland Rupley of Houston. Millard is survived by his long time Domestic Partner/Spouse, David L. Taylor of Houston, his daughters, Laurie Lynn Eiland Dickens and her husband, Drew Dickens, of Addison, TX, Jennifer Dwire Eiland Morrison and her husband, Scott Morrison, of Mesa, AZ, and by his grandchildren, Bradley Dickens and his wife, Jessica of Dallas, TX, Wesley Dickens of San Francisco, CA, and Rebecca Morrison of Mesa, AZ, and one great grandson, Brooks Dickens of Dallas, TX. Millard's early years were spent in San Antonio and Waco; from the age of 5, he was in Houston, attending Sherman and Franklin Elementary schools, Edison Jr. High and Milby High schools. He graduated in 1955 from Baylor University and then received two degrees (BD and ThM) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He served as Baptist minister in Florence, SC and Bethel, NC, returned to Houston and received an MA in Speech Communication at the Univ. of Houston, then accepted a position at Prairie View A&M University in the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages (later to become the Dept. of Communications.) He received a Ph.D. in Communications at Louisiana State University and returned to PVAMU becoming the Head of the Dept. of Communications, serving there for nearly thirty years. Millard filled many pulpits through the years in Houston, volunteered in AIDS respite work for Aids Interfaith Ministries and, in various positions of leadership, including that of Deacon at Covenant Church, an Ecumenical Liberal Baptist Congregation. Millard was one of the early board members of the national Alliance of Baptists, serving two terms. In that capacity, he was co-author of the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth volume on the church's inclusion of Gays & Lesbians into its fellowship which was published by the Alliance of Baptists and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. A Memorial service will be held at Covenant Church, an Ecumenical Liberal Baptist Congregation, 4949 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 @_6 00 P.M.on Saturday, August 4, with the Rev. Laura Mayo, Senior Minister, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Millard Eiland's name to Covenant Church's building fund or any animal rescue organization. A reception to follow after the service. Published in Houston Chronicle
Joanna Goodloe Ferrell, BA ’55, of Austin died Sept. 4. She was born March 2, 1934 in Waco, Texas to parents James Jetton Goodloe and Audrey Bowles Goodloe of Mt. Calm, Texas. She was home surrounded by her sister, Pam Alcala, daughter, Audrey, and granddaughter, Shirley Joanna. Joanna grew up in Mt. Calm, Texas and graduated with honors from Mt. Calm High School where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. As a child she professed her faith and belief in Jesus Christ as her personal savior and served in the music ministry of First Baptist Church Mt. Calm by playing the piano and singing. As a young woman she played piano for Hill County area revivals throughout the countryside, growing her love and experience in church music, which would be an integral component of her adult life. Many fond memories were forged with Martha Ferrell Neilson and Alyce Jane Smallwood Chamblee as they worked on special music together. Joanna graduated from Baylor University where she sang in the university choir. On June 5, 1954, she married William Jack Ferrell in the newly rebuilt sanctuary of First Baptist Church Mt. Calm followed by a wedding reception in the Goodloe home. She lost Jack after 61 years of marriage. During their last few years they enjoyed their Bedrock Ranch in Junction, Texas. While living in Killeen, Texas Joanna and Jack raised their two daughters, Audrey and Mary Ellen. Joanna started with Sherry Kelley Herberger as her first piano student, thus beginning a 40-year career as a classical piano teacher. She also played piano for Skyline Baptist Church, Killeen, during this period. After the family moved to Austin, Texas in 1972, Joanna continued teaching classical piano, taking students to many music festivals and competitions. Joanna and Jack held their church membership with First Baptist Church Austin and participated in the Concordance Sunday School Class, enjoying deep friendships there. Joanna was a guest pianist at Walnut Creek Baptist Church, Austin, accompanying her daughter, Audrey for special music. In other areas of her life, Joanna participated in the CPA Wives Club, earning the President's position after serving in several other capacities. She also was the music teacher for preschooler's through the Austin Parks and Recreation Department in the Hancock location. For many years she served as a monitor for piano competitions held in The University of Texas School of Music. As a long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Joanna was blessed to watch many children grow up and to cultivate many friendships including, Julia N. Rae, and daughters Margot and Marisa. Joanna is survived by sister, Pam Alcala; sister-in-law, Sue Goodloe; daughters, Audrey and her children Shirley Joanna and Clayton Goodloe; Mary Ellen and her husband Lester, and children Eleanor and Clara. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Nanette Neilson and Jacob Alcala and great niece, Avah Rose Alcala. Visitation will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Chapel of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin, Texas, followed by services at 10:00 a.m., conducted by Dr. Doug Keenan of First Baptist Church of Austin. Burial will be at Austin Memorial Park on Hancock Drive. Serving as pallbearers will be: Marc Garcia, Pal Sculley, Jimmy Chipman, Bill Cain, Joe Kelley and Pat Kelley. Remembrances may be left at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman
Dwayne Madison Gentsch, BA ’55, of Garland, TX, died July 26 at Baylor University Medical Center. Born in Gilmer, Texas, he was known for his commitment to his many civic organizations, his abundant generosity, and his love of family and friends. Dwayne graduated from Gladewater High School and Baylor University where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. After college, he joined the Air Force and eventually served as the commanding officer of the Intelligence Unit stationed in Germany. Later, Dwayne received his Master of Education at East Texas State College. He taught in the Garland Independent School District before becoming a Chartered Senior Financial Planner. He served on the Garland City Council as a Member at Large for several years. Dwayne had a passion for service and loved giving back to his community. He was a member of the Garland and Duck Creek Masonic Lodges for over 50 years. He participated in many activities with the Garland Scottish Rite Club serving as President, Director, and Trustee. Never one to sit still for too long, Dwayne was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Garland for over 60 years. During that time he served as President, was Kiwanian of the Year, and was a Life Member of Kiwanis International and the Texas Oklahoma District. Other associations he enjoyed being a part of were Gideons, Garland Symphony where he served as a board member, North Texas Crime Commission, and FBI Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Garland for over 60 years teaching Sunday School and serving on the Board of Deacons.
Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Lorene Gentsch, his brothers, Donald and Wayne, and his wife of 53 years, Katharine. He is survived by his fiancé Judy Cowan; his children Brent Gentsch, Susan Gharis and her husband Bill, Kara Durbin and her husband Tim, and daughter-in-law Kay Gentsch. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Katharine and Abby Gentsch; Will, Caroline, and Daniel Gharis; Kalli and Jake Durbin; and sisters-in-law Dolores Gentsch of Longview and Diane Keoun. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28, in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church in Garland with a reception following.
Laurance Nickey, MD ’55, of El Paso, TX, died Aug. 21. He was the son of the late Laurance N. Nickey and Jennie Maye Langston Nickey. Although born in Ft. Worth May 25, 1931, he arrived in El Paso at the age of two months. He attended Dudley Grammar School and graduated from El Paso High School, UTEP, and Baylor University College of Medicine. He was in the private practice of Pediatrics from 1960 - 1983. He then turned his full attention to public health, assuming the position of Director of the El Paso City - County Health District. He served until his retirement in 1995. His contributions to improve the health of all El Paso citizens have been many: the Oral Polio Immunization program in 1963, the improved treatment for El Pasoans with tuberculosis, the Improved Pregnancy Outcome Program, securing health insurance for newborns, and many, many other programs. His awards, honors, and accolades are too numerous to mention. Dr. Nickey is survived by his wife Jan. They raised seven children: Deborah Adams (Robert), Larry Nickey III (Jacilee), Donna Serna (Johnny Quintana), Stephen Nickey (Angela), Susan Meitz (Jeff), Grant Foxworth (Cheryl), and Hal Foxworth (deceased). They have nine grandchildren: Justin, Mark, Jeff, Shaelan, Truett, Kristen, Laura, Trevor, Julia and great grandchildren, Max and Myra. Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, from 5pm to 8pm at Martin West, 128 N. Resler. Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept.2, 2018 at 1:30 PM also at Martin West. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dr. Nickey's memory be made to The Community Foundation, PO Box 272, El Paso TX 79943-0272, for The Laurance N. Nickey and Janis Jones Nickey Fund for Public Health, The Baptist Clinic, c/o Eleanor Poe R.N., 8308 Echo, El Paso, TX 79904, or a charity of your choice that benefits El Paso. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com Published in El Paso Times
Stephen D. Davison, BA ’56, of Dallas died Aug. 8. He was the third son of Milton Andress Davison and Lois Elizabeth Threadgill of Marlin, Texas. Stephen graduated from Baylor University and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He worked as a mortician and funeral director for Sparkman Hillcrest, Restland and Laurel Land Funeral Homes. Stephen was a member of Masonic Lodges in Oak Cliff and Marlin, Texas. He is survived by son, Brooks Davison and wife Rosie of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Thomas Davison, Stephanie Davison and Jonathan Davison; first wife and mother of his children, Sally Murphy Davison. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association at alz.org/donate. To offer condolences or sign an online registry, please visit TJMFuneral.com.
Published in Dallas Morning News
Genevieve Ann Chastain Grant (Gene Ann), BBA ’56, of Amarillo, TX, went home to be with Jesus on August 3, 2018. A Celebration of Gene Ann will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00. The burial will be at Llano Cemetery preceding the Celebration. Gene Ann was born to Jefferson Floyd Chastain and Lenora Barnes Chastain on August 22, 1934 in Waco, TX, where she grew up and developed her love for Dr. Pepper. She attended Baylor University. Oh how she loved “The Bears”. She worked in the Baylor Student Union Building under her loving mentor Marie Mathis (Bill Grant’s aunt). Marie insisted on introducing Bill to Gene Ann and the love story began. In 1956, after graduating with a B.S. in business, she married William DeWitt Grant Jr. from Dallas, TX. Gene Ann’s gift was to spread joy, no matter what the season. JOY was her “word”. She loved God first, which allowed her to share the joy of the Lord with her family, her friends, at First Presbyterian and throughout her community. For more than 50 years she shared her love and faith as a Sunday School teacher, an Elder and a member of numerous church committees. She enjoyed various Bible studies, fun groups, retreats and her wonderful Women’s Circles. The joy of the Lord was her strength.
She loved her family! Her family was her number one priority. She always encouraged us with her favorite scripture – Philippians 4:13 – telling us we could do all things through Christ who strengthens us. She supported us at volleyball games, baseball games, cross country track meets, dance and piano recitals, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls. She always welcomed our friends into our home with open arms and great food. She celebrated every holiday and created happy memories while decorating Easter eggs, making valentines and creating gingerbread houses. Every birthday was a joyous celebration with fabulous birthday parties and wonderful cakes. She loved her friends. She shared her love by talking on the phone and throwing parties – tea parties, holiday parties or “just because” parties. She encouraged her friends with cards, scripture, homemade baked goodies and little gifts. And just as she showered her friends with countless gifts of kindness and thoughtfulness, they returned their love for her in the same way. As her friends’ children became adults, she welcomed them into her circle of love and friendship. She loved having fun at Birthday Club, Antique Club, Book Club, Calico Girls, PEO, and the Palo Duro Club. Gene Ann treasured her beautiful friends; each was a gift to her heart and infused her with joy. She loved and served her community, which was evident by all her affiliations and activities. Her first concern was to help others. She was a Volunteer in Public schools (VIP) and a passionate volunteer for the Texas Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities. She encouraged, loved and supported parents, children, adults and teachers whose lives were touched by learning disabilities. She participated in Leadership Amarillo. She was a member of Amarillo Women’s Network, Parent Involvement Committee for AISD, Panhandle Youth Council, Alliance of Community Service Executives, Panhandle Geological Society Auxiliary, Amarillo Symphony Guild, and Discovery Center Academy, to name a few. And her community loved her back. She was awarded a Service Award by the Texas Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, named to Personalities of the South, recipient of an Outstanding Panhandle Woman of the Year by West Texas State University, and received a lifetime membership to Texas PTA. Serving others brought her great joy. Gene Ann was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Dewitt Grant. She is survived by, her daughter, Ann Marie Grant Reynolds and husband Lee, her son, Jefferson Winn Grant, her daughter, Kay Lucille Grant Bural and husband David, her son, Carlton William Grant, the “Great 8” grandchildren – Travis Daniel Bural, Amanda Reynolds Dominguez and her husband Eli, Kaylee Ann Bural, Teel Two-Clouds Hawkins and his wife Layne, Kristin Marie Bural, Courtney DeWitt Grant, William Grant Bural and Karoline Bandy Bural, her brother, Charles Cato Chastain, her niece- Connie and her family, her nephew Chuck, and her nephew Chris and his family and many beautiful friends she considered family. She lived a full and blessed life and has left behind an amazing legacy of joy.
Hugh E. Henson Jr., BBA ’56, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, of Waco died at age 82 on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 12, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 305 N. 30th Street in Waco, with the Rev. Aaron Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. His body will lie in state at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Col. Henson was born January 1, 1936, in “old” Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, the only child of Hugh and Catherine Johnson Henson. He was educated in the Waco public schools, graduating from Waco High in May of 1953. He then attended Baylor University from which he received a B.B.A. degree in August of 1956. He went directly to Yale University Law School from which he received an LL.B. degree in June of 1959. He later earned an LL.M. in 1968 and a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) in 1972, both also from Yale Law School. After being licensed to practice law in Texas in September of 1959, Col. Henson was called to active duty in the Regular Army of the United States as a First Lieutenant, JAG, in November of 1959. He served overseas in Germany, Korea, and Japan (Okinawa) and in many different places in the United States, to include Alaska, Oklahoma, Virginia, Kansas and Washington, D.C. His last duty assignment was eight years as tenured Deputy Head of the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He received many service awards, the highest being two separate awards of The Legion of Merit. He retired from active duty as a Colonel in September of 1983 and returned to Waco in November of the same year. Upon his return to Waco, Col. Henson joined St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where he was elected to three separate terms on the Vestry serving as Junior Warden for three years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Historic Waco Foundation, serving as President in 2007 and 2008. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Keep Waco Beautiful. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Waco, serving as Attendance Committee chair for a number of years. He was a sponsor of the Waco Symphony, and a member of The Brazos Forum, the Fano Club at Baylor, the Constitution Island Association at West Point, and The Yale Club of New York City. He was especially interested in reading, in the decorative arts, cooking and travel when health permitted. Col. Henson was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves no direct survivors; however, he leaves behind three godchildren, Kenneth, Kevin and Katherine Ewing, their families and their parents, Ky and Almuth Ewing, all of Washington, D.C. and its suburbs. He is also survived by cousins, Dr. Marvin G. Parker and wife, Suzie, of Naples Florida, Dr. Nathan J. Porter, Leslie Porter Smith, Dr. Joel Porter, and James “Jimmy” R. Smith, all of Waco. He has one cousin, Tony K. Henson, who also lives in Waco and to whom inquiries may be made. The family would like to express their special appreciation to Uni Murphy and the staff at Lake Ridge Healthy Living for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Endowment Fund of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, or the charity of your choice.
Joan Baron Lamkin, BA ’56, of San Antonio died Sept. 1. Joan died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in San Antonio after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Joan was born Jan. 20, 1934 in Hearne, the daughter of Otis and Selma Baron. She graduated from Balboa High School (Panama Canal Zone) in 1952 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1956 from Baylor University. In 1970, she earned her Masters of Education from Texas A&M University. On July 26, 1956, she married Jack Lamkin Jr. of Brownwood. On their honeymoon they made the first of numerous trips to Big Bend National Park. Joan began her teaching career in 1958 at Halandale ISD in San Antonio. In the summer of 1958, she joined Jack in Augsburg, Germany while he was serving in the United States Army. In 1959, they returned to Brownwood to start a family where son Jack, III, (“Jay”) was born in 1959 and daughter Lynne was born in 1961. In 1965, Jack and Joan moved to Navasota, Texas where Joan taught for two years, while Jack earned his Masters of Economics. In 1967 they moved to College Station and in 1970, Joan began a 23 year teaching career in College Station ISD. During her time in College Station, Joan was an active community member and volunteer, serving with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Red Cross. From 1988 to 1996, she was a member of the College Station Historic Preservation Committee and served as Chair from 1994 to 1996. She also served in volunteer positions at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. After Joan retired in 1993, she and Jack relocated to Marathon in 1995 to volunteer at Big Bend National Park where they contributed more than 10,000 hours. Joan and Jack were founding members of the Big Bend Conservancy and they spearheaded the drive to authorize a specialized Texas license plate for Big Bend National Park. In 1999, Jack and Joan were recognized for their contributions to the National Parks Service by the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 2012, Jack and Joan were honored by the Big Bend Conservancy for outstanding volunteer service to Big Bend National Park. From 1995 to 2005, Joan served as pianist and children’s leader at the Marathon United Methodist Church and on the Wesley Student Center Board of Directors at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Joan and Jack returned to Brownwood in 2006 and became actively involved in the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum and the First United Methodist Church. Following Jack’s death in 2011, Joan relocated to San Antonio. Joan is survived by her sister Barbara Scott (husband William), Pilot Point; son, Jack T. Lamkin III (wife Robbie), Allen; daughter, Lynne Benson (husband Larry), San Antonio; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Matthew Lamkin (Kimberlly); Jeffrey Lamkin (Joanna); Tyler Lamkin; Kelsey Gruen (Tom, sons Henry and Peter); Kendall Bales (Meredith); Michael Benson; Jarred Benson (sons Jourdan and London); and Bailey Benson. She was preceded in death by, Jack, her husband of 54 years; and her brother, Donald.
Albert E. Pessarra, BA ’56, of Houston lost his brave battle with cancer on Oct. 31,2018. He is now in heaven in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Al was born on Jan. 27, 1934, in Port Arthur, TX to Bert C. and Kate Perkins Pessarra. Al graduated from Port Arthur's Thomas Jefferson High School where he lettered in football and baseball. Al graduated in 1956 from Baylor University. In 1958, Al graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and married his only love whom he met at Baylor, LaJuan Johnson, from Mart, Texas. Over 40 years of ministry, Al was Minister of Activities and Recreation at Southern Baptist churches throughout Texas including Tallowood Baptist Houston (1976-1999); First Baptist Waco (1971-1976); Tarrytown Baptist Austin (1968-1970); and South Main Baptist Houston (1958-1966). He delighted in mentoring young people and senior citizens alike. His love of the Lord and of people guided his life. Al founded and coached the Kingdom Basketball League; led backpack, white water canoe, ski, and construction mission trips to Alaska, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Belize, Panama, and Mexico. Al was on the board of Trinity Pines Encampment, and was active in Kiwanas International. After retirement Al received recognition from the Houston Chronicle as Houston Hero of the Year for being an ideal neighbor. Al is survived by his wife of 60 years LaJuan Johnson Pessarra, daughters Tamara Henderson and her husband Lee of Montgomery, Trisha Pessarra of Houston; and Tanya Phelps and her husband Shannon of Newnan, GA, his brother, Carl Pessarra of Shreveport, LA; and four grandchildren: Nathaniel, Micah, Ethan Henderson, and Sara Kate Phelps. Our heartfelt thanks to Blue Star Hospice who cared for Al. A memorial service honoring Al's life will be held at Tallowood Baptist Church on Nov. 10 at 2 PM. Published in Houston Chronicle
Elberta Thornton Slatton, BA ’56, of Richmond, VA, died Sept. 8. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia, May 2, 1935, the daughter of Fleta and Wilbur F. Thornton Sr. She is survived by her husband, James H. Slatton of Henrico County; two sons and daughter, Stewart Slatton, David Slatton and Elizabeth Higgins (Joseph); and two grandchildren, Lillian Slatton and Samuel Higgins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, W.F. Thornton Jr. Lee (or "Bertie Lee" as she was known during her younger years), was a classical pianist and organist who loved playing and hearing the works of such composers as Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Granados. She was a pedagogical descendent of Leschetizky. A class officer, cheerleader and graduate of Granby High School, Norfolk, she attended Greensboro College for a year and graduated two years later with a B.A. in music and religion from Baylor University. She established and maintained a studio in her home for the teaching of private piano lessons for 55 years. Her first studio was in Dallas, Texas, her second in Altavista, Virginia, the third in Dallas once again, and her last, from 1972 to 2013, in Henrico County. She was certified for the teaching of piano by the Music Teachers National Association and was a member and energetic promoter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She was also a member and for a time an officer of the Richmond Music Teachers Association and a member of the Richmond Music Study Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Leschetizky Society. Having grown up "two blocks from the beach" in Ocean View, Norfolk, she was a strong swimmer and preferred spending vacation time at the beach. Lee was a devoted wife and a nurturing mother and grandmother. Vivacious and outgoing, she was always a dedicated member and church worker in the congregations in which her husband served during their 62-year marriage. Their congregations were: South Lancaster Baptist Church, Dallas; First Baptist, Altavista, Virginia; Royal Lane, Dallas; and River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond. A memorial service will be held at River Road Church, Baptist, at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22. The committal of ashes will be private. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Endowment Fund of River Road Church, the River Road Church Concert Series or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Dorothy Ellis Walker, BA ’56, MS ’77, of Gatesville, TX, died Oct. 19. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 22, at First Baptist Church of Gatesville with burial following at Restland Cemetery. Dorothy was born on Sept. 5, 1934, to A.W. and Susie Mae Cayce Ellis in her grandmothers’ home in Gatesville. In 1943, she made a lifelong decision to follow Christ and was baptized at the First Baptist Church. She graduated from Gatesville High School in 1953 before going to Baylor University and receiving her bachelors of arts degree in education in 1956. She married Charles Luke Walker on May 26, 1956, at First Baptist Church in Gatesville with Bro. J.T. Ayres officiating. Houston became home following Charles’ service in the Air Force. She loved her time in Houston where she and Charles started a family and Dorothy began her teaching career. In 1973, they moved back to Gatesville and Dorothy went back to school earning her master’s degree from Baylor University in 1977. She went on to teach for 33 years before retiring from Gatesville Elementary. Dorothy was an active member of First Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ for many years, sang in the choir and served on various committees. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Luke Walker; infant son, Lee Ellis Walker; and a brother, Billy Lee Ellis. Dorothy is survived by children, Todd Luke Walker and wife, Dee Anna, Dana Wornat and husband, Larry; and three grandchildren, Luke Wornat and wife, Tyler, Logan Wornat and Katrina Walker. The family wishes to express their thanks to Hillside Medical Lodge, Kindred Hospice and a special thanks to Billie Cotton for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Music Ministry at First Baptist Church of Gatesville.
Rev. H. Van Wheeler, BA ’56, of South Hill, VA, died Oct. 17. Reverend Wheeler served as minister of Sanford Memorial Church, Director of Missions for the Concord Baptist Association, was a World War II Navy veteran and a resident of South Hill for the past 40 years. Van was from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was a graduate of Baylor University and earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary. He devoted his life to serving his Lord and helping his fellow man. He inherently found the good in everyone he met and was known to invite strangers to Sunday dinner. He was the widower of Mary Spaugh Wheeler. Reverend Wheeler is survived by his son, Frank Wheeler and his wife Christine of Lafayette, California; his daughter, Cheryl Wheeler of South Hill; his four grandchildren: Hunter Wheeler, Jackson Wheeler, Charlie Wheeler and Grace Wheeler; his two brothers: Myron Wheeler of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Alton Wheeler of Tarrant, Alabama and his two sisters: Katie Wheeless of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Elouise Shuford of Lake Wylie, South Carolina. A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday morning October 27th at 11:00 AM in Sanford Memorial Baptist Church with interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 AM until service time in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sanford Memorial Church at P.O. Box 361, Brodnax, VA 23920. Online condolences may be sent through www.crowderhitecrews.com. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wheeler family.
Mary Elizabeth Collins, BA ’57, BBA ’58, of Huntsville, TX, died Sept. 16. Mary was born July 12, 1935 in Memorial Hospital in downtown Houston, and proudly called herself a native Houstonian. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1953 and attended Baylor University in Waco, where she earned a degree in education. After Baylor, Mary became a fourth grade teacher at Harvard Elementary. She was introduced by a friend to Dr. George Collins- they wed in December 1961 and settled in Pasadena TX. She and George were faithful members of South Main Baptist Church, where Mary sang soprano in the choir, and they developed lifelong friends.
In 2012, she fell in her kitchen and sustained a serious injury that left her wheelchair bound for the rest of her life. She lived for the last six years in Huntsville, TX and was embraced by the loving community at University Heights Baptist Church where her son-in-law is the pastor. She was a beloved member of the Lexington Center Community, and later made her home at Creekside Retirement Community in Huntsville. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Rachel and Bryan Butler, her brothers Max Butler and William Butler. Mamaw’s legacy is her love for her family, her lusty laugh, her epic birthday and holiday celebrations filled with delicious food, and her Thanksgiving dressing. Missing her, but cherishing a lifetime of memories, are her loving husband, George Collins, of Huntsville, her daughters, Elaine Collins Griffin and her husband John Griffin, of Greensboro NC, and Sarah Collins Rogers and her husband Richard Rogers of Huntsville. She dearly loved her grandchildren, Bryan and Kelly Griffin, and Libby and Luke Rogers, and his wife, Amanda Thorndike Rogers and her niece and nephews, neighbors and friends. Mary also treasured the love and friendship she received from her dedicated caregivers, Catherine Haywood and Mickey Rogers of Huntsville, TX. Funeral services are planned for Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11 am, University Heights Baptist Church, 2400 Sycamore Ave, Huntsville TX. Visitation will precede the service at 10 am in the church foyer. Graveside service and burial are scheduled for 3:00 pm at Garden of Memories Memorial Park, 5205 South First, Lufkin, TX. Memorial contributions may be made to University Heights Baptist Church of Huntsville, TX for the development of future Christian leaders and church ministers.
Dwaine Greene, BA ’57, of Haltom City, TX, passed away on September 12, 2018. He was a graduate of Baylor in the class of 1957. He was a member of chamber and he was a yell leader . He left Baylor to get his Master at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He pastored at Flat, Goldthwaite, Franklin and Birdville Baptist Church the longest at 35 years.
John Norman Iler, BBA ’57, BS ’60, of Houston went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 16, 2018, at the age of 82. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family, after a battle with cancer. He was born to the late James Cleve Iler Jr. and Jean Helfrich Iler on October 20, 1935. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, he followed his older brother Cleve to Texas to attend Baylor University where he earned a B.B.A. in Management and a B.S. in Mathematics and met his loving wife of fifty-nine years: Lois Ann Weatherall Iler of Electra, Texas. The two married on June 27, 1959, and enjoyed a lifetime together raising their three boys in Houston, Texas, where John worked for Shell Oil Company for thirty years before retiring at the age of fifty-four. His passions included his faith, his family, church mission work, golf, and all things Baylor. He enjoyed a full life: coaching his sons, traveling with his wife, playing golf at Pine Forest Country Club, attending Baylor events, and attending the numerous events of his grandchildren whom he dearly loved. He was a charter member of the Houston Racquet Club. John was a man of great faith and served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at River Oaks Baptist before moving to Tallowood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, actively participated on various committees, taught ninth grade boys Sunday School and faithfully served for twenty-two years at West End Mission. John is preceded in death by his parents James Cleve Iler Jr. and Jean Helfrich Iler; his brother Robert Carleton Iler and his sister-in-law Beth Weatherall Faulkner. He is survived by his loving wife Ann Weatherall Iler of Houston and his three sons and their wives: David Reeves and Sherri Derbonne Iler of Waco; Jay Thomason and Leslie Helms Iler of Houston; Marshall James and Meredith Maxfield Iler of Houston; and eight grandchildren: Allison Marie Iler Nolen and her husband Craig Randall Nolen Jr. of San Antonio; Brittany Ann Iler of Longview; James Thomason Iler, Carol Ann Iler, Lindsey Helms Iler, John Norman Iler II, William Marshall Iler, and Morgan Elizabeth Iler, all of Houston; his siblings: James Cleve Iler III and his wife Lou Ann and Janet Iler Bignon and several nieces and nephews, all of Kentucky; and his brother-in-law Robert Frank Faulkner of Tyler; his nieces and their husbands: Karen and Donald Key, and Elizabeth and Richard Kirwan, both of Dallas along with several great nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He led a beautiful life of faith. Following a private burial at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 12:00 p.m. in the worship center at Tallowood Baptist Church.
Gilbert S. Masaki, BA ’57, of Honolulu, HI, died Jan. 1.
Billy Ray Mock, BBA ’57, of Temple, TX, died Sept. 22. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 26th at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home with Rev. Ridge Adams officiating. Mr. Mock was born February 11, 1933 in Rosebud to Rex Hayes Mock and Alice Behne Mock. He spent his early years in Rosebud and graduated from Rosebud High School. Billy attended Temple Jr. College, University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University in Waco where he received a degree. While in Waco Billy met Beverly, the love of his life, and they married on June 27, 1958. They had three children together, Bradley, Brian and Betsy. After college, Billy went to work at the Temple bottling plant for the Coca-Cola Bottlers of the Southwest. He remained at the Temple plant for many years, and was later promoted to Comptroller and relocated to San Antonio, and then transferred his work to Corpus Christi. While there, Bill and Beverly enjoyed the local history, culture and many social activities. Billy retired from Coca-Cola after 31 years. For their retirement years, Billy and Beverly returned to their beloved home in the Historic District of Temple where they had raised their children. The center of Billy’s life was his wife, children and granddaughters. Whenever Billy gave his word on something, you could be assured that it would be done properly and promptly! Billy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly Lyn Mock and three children, Bradley Mock and wife, Linda of Leander, Brian Mock and wife, Sharon of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Betsy Mock Clifton of Temple and four granddaughters, Alison Clifton, Megan Clifton, Sara Clifton and Rachel Mock. He is also survived by his brother, James Mock and sister, Shirley Mock Moore both of Temple. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Memorial Baptist Church.
Dr. Robert Claude Morrison, ’57, died at his home in Alexandria, LA, on Monday October 8, 2018, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Charlot Pitts Morrison; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Robert John Morrison and Meeta Morrison of Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in law Dr. Maury Keesler Morrison and Elizabeth Craft Morrison of Alexandria; daughter and son-in law Isabel Morrison Dupre´ and Marcel James Dupre´ of Baton Rouge; grandchildren Ian Akash Morrison, Shivani Isabel Morrison, Meredith Ann Morrison, Margaret “Meg” Craft Morrison, Robert Keesler Morrison, Maura Morrison Dupre´, and Bailey Pierrel Dupre´; and sister Mary Frances Ross of Bryan, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Irving Morrison and Doris Bracken Morrison. Dr. Morrison was born on February 22, 1935 in Jasper, Texas. He graduated from Liberty High School, then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he received a BS degree in 1957. From there he proceeded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, where he received his medical degree in 1960, achieving membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. After an internship at King County Hospital, Seattle, Washington, he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as a flight surgeon at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, prior to completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School under the direction of Dr. Donald Seldin, with a subsequent year training in Cardiology. In 1967 he was stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. In 1968 for a year during the Vietnam War he was stationed in Utapao, Thailand, requiring training at jungle survival school. In 1969 he transferred to Keesler Air Force Base, and while there supervised evacuation and recovery efforts during Hurricane Camille. After ten years of active military service, in 1971 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, he moved with his family to Alexandria, Louisiana. He joined the Fireside Clinic, which later became the Freedman Clinic of Internal Medicine, where he served his patients practicing Internal Medicine for 46 years. In his youth, Dr. Morrison was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Music played a large role in his life, as he played trumpet in school bands and sang in the Methodist Church choir in Liberty, Texas. At age 10, he proudly played taps at military funerals.
Dr. Morrison was an active staff member at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center, and served as a trustee on the board of the Rapides Foundation. He held membership in the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, Rapides Parish Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society, and Southern Medical Association. Dr. Morrison was a longstanding member of the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. Visitation will be held at Kramer Funeral Home on Wednesday October 10, from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be at First United Methodist Church on Thursday October 11, at 11 am with Rev. Ashley McGuire officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, Louisiana, under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers will be Dr. John Pitts Miller, Anthony Parish Miller, Gerald Andrew Newberger, Robert Keesler Morrison, Ian Akash Morrison, and Marcel James Dupre´. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301.
George Wendell Sorensen III, BA ’57, of Lubbock, TX, died July 23 at age 81. George was born on October 11, 1936, in Dallas, Texas to George Wendell Sorensen, Jr. and Georgia Louise Hefner. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Education from Baylor University in 1957, a Master of Arts in Speech and Drama from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1966, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Speech and Dramatic Arts from University of Missouri - Columbia in 1976. He continued post-doctorate education at the Warnborough College in Oxford England in 1987. He taught secondary school in Lubbock, Texas and Abilene, Texas; Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2001. Throughout his career he worked with actors across the country as guest a director of various theatre companies. Throughout his career, George directed over 100 plays and explored how the art of theatre influenced and impacted society - its norms, its relationships, and its influence on the future. He was recognized by various organizations with numerous honors and awards. He held many offices and positions with state and regional theatre groups - developing actors and teachers that are still impacting the arts and education community today. George was passionate about teaching and developing future actors, teachers, and dreamers willing to take chances and make bold choices. Some of his greatest performances, however, were in his home and included his beloved granddaughter, Elisabeth. He was a member of Broadway Church of Christ, South Plains Church of Christ, and Monterey Church of Christ all in Lubbock, Texas. He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Nell Sorensen in 2016. He is survived by his son, Jon and his caring wife Sarah; and his dear granddaughter, Elisabeth, all of Lubbock. A celebration of life memorial service and master class will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd, Lubbock, TX 79424. He will be remembered as a Christian, Husband, Father, Papa, and Educator. A tribute of George's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, Texas 79410 or Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance, 2812 18th, Lubbock, Texas 79410, in honor of George Sorensen. Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2018
Rev. Charles Austin Starnes, BA ’57, of Fort Worth, TX, died Sept. 8. passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018. Born to Bill and Mildred Starnes on April 4, 1935 in Goodlett, Texas, he grew up in Rainbow near Glen Rose, TX. He accepted Christ as his Savior as a teenager. From that experience came a heart of compassion and a desire to serve. Charles graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1953 and from Baylor University in 1957. He pastored small churches in the Glen Rose/Cleburne area and taught high school in Glen Rose in the ’60s. Charles married Ruth Ann Hieronymus in 1963. After they moved to Fort Worth, he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1967. Charles became Assistant Pastor in Administration at Southcliff Baptist Church in the 70’s and was there 12 years. Later, he was employed by The Salvation Army of Tarrant County in Administration. He also served with Christian Education for The Blind for several years. His final employment was with Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home until he retied at age 81. He was a member of the Encouragers Class at Wedgwood Baptist Church. Thanks to our Lord and many precious helpful Christian friends and neighbors. Thanks also to the Vitas Hospice Team 3. Survivors: He leaves his wife, Ruth Ann Starnes of Fort Worth; sons, Kevin of Fort Worth and Andy of Mansfield; grandsons, Carson Starnes and Grayson Starnes of Mansfield; and Jackson and Susie.
Sue Jane White, BA ’57, of Dallas, known for her sparkling personality, kindness, and uniquely nurturing nature died peacefully on Friday, August 31 at her residence in Dallas. She was 83 years old. She was born in San Saba, Texas, the only child of Cyrus and Ruby Terry. She spent her childhood in Lampasas, Texas and maintained a great love for the Hill Country of Central Texas throughout her life. She graduated from Lampasas High School and went on to Baylor University where she studied Theatre Arts eventually earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She was a stand out in productions in the Theatre Department as well as in sorority 'Sing'. Her Alpha Omega sisters remained some of her dearest friends, and while she did not pursue a career as an actor, she brought a theatrical flair to everyday life. She married Armer Edwin White after graduation and started a family. They were married 26 years. She was devoted and darling mother to three daughters. The young family eventually made their home in Austin, Texas. Besides raising her family she was an active volunteer. Some Austinites may remember her fondly as the lady who came to school and gave a presentation on Dental Health while in character as Mary Poppins. In 1984 she married Donald Wegschieder. With Mr. Wegschieder she moved to Dallas and began a new career. She became a certified chemical dependency counselor and worked with Don at Charter Hospital and Green Oaks Hospital with a specialty in Family therapy. She also maintained a private practice and ran seminars and retreats designed to help people be their best selves. Besides Mr Wegschieder, her husband of 34 years, she leaves behind her daughters, Laura White of Austin, Julie White of Cortlandt, NY, Terry McCullough and her husband Michael McCullough of Dallas, beloved grandchildren Alex Pandel, John Reid, Mac McCullough, Cyrus McCullough and Maggie McCullough as well as many dearly cherished friends and extended family. She was our sunshine. Memorial service to be held on Wednesday, Sept 12 at 2 pm. Ellis Chapel at Park Cities Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers wear bright colors to remember her joyous spirit and make a donation in memory of Sue Jane to The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Published in Dallas Morning News
E. C. “Clif” Wigley, BBA ’57, died Sept. 14 in Waco. He was 87. Funeral services will be 1:00pm Monday, September 17th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1301 Hogan Lane, Bellmead, with Pastor Larry Krueger officiating. Interment will follow at Robinson Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 2-4:00pm, Sunday, September 16th at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco.Clif was born January 2, 1931 in Waco, Texas to E. C. “Buster” Wigley, Sr. and Lura Maud Baker Wigley. Clif graduated from Waco High in 1948, and Baylor University in 1957 with a BBA, Accounting Major. He retired from the Veterans Administration Regional Office in 1986 after 22 years of service in various Regional offices with positions that included Financial Manager and Adjudication Rating Board. He served in the U. S. Navy, and thoroughly enjoyed one of his roles as Chief Cook and Bottle Washer on ships for the many servicemen on board. He retired from the U. S. Navy Reserve with over 21 years of service, with medals which included Good Conduct, National Defense Service and Navy Reserve. Clif was baptized and confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran in Waco in 1954. He reaffirmed his faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellmead in 1990, and was very active in the church until his health began to decline. Even then, he attended the services as he was able to, and always gave God the praise and glory for all his blessings. Clif was an avid Baylor Bear sports fan, especially football and the men’s and women’s basketball. He was a volunteer fundraiser for the Bear Foundation for several years and was a lifetime member of the Baylor Alumni Association. Clif was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Tommy and Franklin, and his sister, Nelda Locke. Clif is survived by his wife of 47 years, Annetta, and children, Wayne Wigley and wife Christine of Hewitt, Charlene Murphree and husband Mark of Robinson, Cathy Smith and husband Danny of Cedar Park, and Gail Petty and husband Craig of Austin, along with his step-children Guy Reeves and wife Noel of Houston, Lori Reeves of Robinson, and Karen Reeves of Hewitt, as well as his sister, Rose Ann Dawson and husband Aboy of Robinson. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved. The family would like to extend their gratitude to his personal doctors, EMS, all the doctors and nurses at Providence Hospital and St. Catherine Care Center during the many times he was admitted, as well as a special thanks to the Reliable Home health nurses, aide, and physical therapists while at home, and the Providence Hospice Place nurses and aides and Dr. Jahrmarkt, all of whom were so attentive to him and the family during his stay. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 1301 Hogan Lane, Waco, TX 76705.
William Troy Cochrum, BBA ’58, of Waco died July 25. He was 80. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Union Cemetery near Freestone. Brother Scott Matthews will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, prior to service at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, before going in procession to Union Cemetery.Troy was born, August 17, 1937, in Teague, Texas, to William Garnett and Lois Viola Christian Cochrum. He grew up in Teague and graduated from Teague High School in 1955. He graduated from Baylor University with a business degree in 1958. After graduating from Baylor, Troy served three years in the United States Navy. Following his time in the Navy, Troy was a partner in the Fitzhugh and Company insurance agency until his retirement at the age of 42. Upon retiring from the insurance business, he began ranching full time on the Cochrum family land in Freestone County, Texas, which he continued to do until his death. Troy was an avid fisherman, hunter and family man as well.He was preceded in death by his parents, Garnett and Lois Cochrum of Teague.He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Venable Cochrum of Waco; children, Garnett Clayton Cochrum of Waco, Jamie Cochrum Smith and fiancé, Scott Beard, of Kingwood, and Donald Griffin and wife, Shelli, of Athens; grandchildren, Dylan Dean Cochrum and fiancée, Justina O'Connell of Donie, Ty Allen Rawls of Donie, Travis Clay Cochrum of Teague, Jesse Eldridge Beard of Kingwood, and Samantha Kristine Griffin of Athens; great-granddaughter, Harper Mary Cochrum of Donie; and brother, Durwood Cochrum and wife, Billie Ann, of North Richland Hills; as well as a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.Troy made an indelible impression on any and everyone who was ever privileged enough to know him. He will be missed by so many. Serving as pallbearers will be Donald Griffin, Chad Smith, Scott Beard, Dylan Cochrum, Travis Cochrum and Ty Rawls.Memorials may be made in Troy's memory to the charity or entity of your choice.Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.Bowers Funeral HomeTeague, Texas 75860 254-739-2511. Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
Robert Warren DeLay, BS ’58, DDS ’61, of Fort Smith, AR, died Aug. 17. was born in Lake City, Florida on February 18, 1936 and went home to be with his Lord and Savior in Fort Smith, Arkansas on August 17, 2018, 2018. Robert was known to his friends as “DeLay”, his grandchildren as “Bubs”, and his patients and staff as Dr. DeLay. Robert practiced general dentistry in Fort Smith for over 50 years, most of which were at his office located at the corner of Park and Greenwood Avenues. He later joined Dr. Kendall Roberts at New Health Dental Clinic where he practiced for nearly 10 years, and finished his career with Dr. Stan Udouj at River Valley Dentistry. After retirement, he worked at the UAFS School of Dental Hygiene as an instructor. Robert graduated from high school in 1954 from the Tennessee Military Institute in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He then went on to attend Baylor University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1957, and in 1961 graduated from the Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. He completed a one-year internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City before going into private practice. It was while attending Baylor Dental School that he met his wife of 59 years, Ann Rodgers, who was attending Baylor Dental Hygiene School. They married in Central Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 12, 1959, and had three children, Zem, Gunner, and Woody. Bob was an active deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church for many years, having taught grades in the youth department, as well as young married couples. He was a member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years. He loved working in the yard, and enjoyed hobbies such as wood carving and fishing at different points in his life. He took great pride in being a painless dentist that provided excellent dental care to his patients at prices they could afford. He loved entertaining his family, friends, and patients with funny stories about his life. He was preceded in death by parents, Zelma and William D. DeLay; his brothers, Lawrence and John DeLay; and a son, Woody Warren DeLay. He is survived by his wife, Ann Rodgers DeLay; two children - daughter, Zem L. Hawley and her husband Mitch; and son, R. Gunner DeLay and his wife Robin. He was the proud grandparent of six grandchildren - Taylor DeLay, Gunner DeLay, Jr. and his wife Britta, Caroline DeLay, Suzanna DeLay, Stephen Hudgins and his wife Heather, and Lauren Seuser and her husband Marc; as well as two great-grandchildren – Ryan Hudgins, and Abby Hudgins, with two more on the way. Memorial service will be Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the First Baptist Church of Fort Smith. Burial will be prior to the service in Forest Park Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers are J.D. Sagely, Don Castling, Don Griffin, Mont Sagely, John Clayton, Gordon Castling, Stan Biggs, Cameron Clement, Dr. Neill Treece, Dr. Larry Dormois, Dr. Jim Ellis, and Jim Harwood. The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church following the memorial service. Dr. DeLay may be viewed from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home, Sunday through Tuesday. The family would like to thank the staff of the Hospice Unit at Mercy Hospital for their excellent care. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Fott Smith, c/o Foreign Mission Offering. To sign an online guestbook visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com
Alice Charlene Heath, BA ’58, of Woodway, TX, died Sept. 30 at age 84. Her service celebrating her life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, at OakCrest Funeral Home, Waco, with Rev. Curtis Holland officiating. Charlene was born, in Crawford, Texas, to Charles and Martha Edmonds. She grew up there, graduating from Crawford High School in 1952 and then graduating from Baylor University in 1958. On April 7, 1956, she married Carroll Health and to his union was born one son, Charles Heath. Charlene loved teaching school and she taught for 50 years at Alta Vista Elementary School in Waco. During these years, numerous students were touched by her love and concern for them and many returned to say "Thank You for believing in me." Charlene always had a positive attitude and happy disposition that drew people to her. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son. Left to survive are a sister-in-law, Bettye Holland and husband, Curtis, of Waco, and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to faithful friends who ministered to her and to the loving nurses and CNAs at Quality Care Nursing Home who became family to her these last three years.
J. Olin Hudson Sr., ’58, of Hewitt, TX, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018. Services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at OakCrest Funeral Home with burial preceding at 9:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m., Monday, July 23 at OakCrest Funeral Home. Olin was born February 18, 1929 in Waco, Texas to Jack C. and Alma Lois (Bankston) Hudson. He graduated from La Vega High School and attended Baylor University. He started working at the First National Bank of Waco. He married his first sweetheart Frances in 1948. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army. He returned to Waco and became president of Bellmead State Bank and Westview National Bank. He was in banking for over 40 years. He retired from banking in 2015. He loved the Lord. Olin was a member of First Woodway Baptist Church. He was very civic minded and active in numerous organizations some being : Waco Symphony, Rotary, Goodwill, Waco BBB, Heart of Texas Fair, Board of Trustees-Hillcrest Hospital, Waco Chamber of Commerce, Heart Fund, Waco Girls Club, Baylor Waco Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and many other organizations. Olin received many rewards for his active role in the community. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife of 47 years, Frances M. (Lamb) Hudson. She was very supportive in his work and many civic activities. Olin and Sandra married August 21, 1999. They retired in 2009. They enjoyed life, travel, loving and caring for each other. He is survived by his wife, Sandra J. Cooper Hudson; son, J Olin, Jr. and wife, Marsha; step-children, Rod Cooper, Les Cooper and wife Joan, and Kelly Cooper and wife Nikki; and grandchildren, Jonathan Hudson, Cody Cooper, Hunter Cooper, Josie Cooper, Ellie Cooper and Jazmin Hall. He is also survived by his brother; Don Hudson and wife, Thelma and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Honorary pallbearers will be John Gilliam, John Mark Gibson, Keith Louis, Curtis Glockzin and Grandsons. In lieu of flowers; memorials may be sent to Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Guest Book is available at www.oakcrestwaco.com
Filmore Irvin Meredith, BA ’58, of Athens, GA, died Oct. 7. He was born on September 3, 1935 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He grew up in Olney, Texas, a small town southwest of Wichita Falls. His father was a doctor and also operated three farms on which Filmore worked during the summers of his high school years. He was actually a real cowboy! Fil graduated from Baylor University in 1958. At Baylor, he met his future wife on a Sunday night blind date. He had to find her in the middle of a crowded freshman dorm drawing room...Successful at last! Lynn Avery Meredith was his date. Four years later she became his wife. They celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary on August 25, 2018. Fil's graduate school at the University of Texas was interrupted when President Kennedy activated the Texas Army Reserves in 1961 when the Berlin Wall was erected. Filmore began his work as a Research Chemist for the USDA in 1963. He first worked at a field station in Weslaco, Texas improving the quality of winter vegetables and citrus grown there in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In 1971, Filmore and Lynn and their two children moved to Athens. He worked at the Richard Russell Research Lab until his retirement in 2002. While there, his work covered many areas. He found a mold on corn that in heavy amounts was a cause of cancer. Because of the high rate of stomach cancer in Guatemala, The World Health Organization sent him to Guatemala to teach producers of tortillas how to choose a better grade of corn for their use. He also got agricultural services to teach the local farmers to choose better corn when making their own corn foods. Later, he was instrumental in getting corn chips producers in our country to use a better grade of corn. So eat corn chips! He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Lynn Avery Meredith; his daughter, Mary Kathryn Warnock and son-in-law, Brian Carlson; son, Kelly F. Meredith; five grandchildren, Ash Warnock, Charis Warnock, McKae Warnock, Robert Meredith and Madison Meredith. Fil was preceded in death by a brother, James Meredith, but is survived by a sister-in-law, Gigi Meredith of Oak Ridge, TN; brother, John (Cherrye) Meredith of Olney, TX; sister, Michelle (Leslie) Stone of Woodson, TX; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Joel Avery of Chattanooga, TN and Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Avery of Chapel Hill, NC. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, EAST. Interment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA at a later date. The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hope Meredith Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Jefferson High School, 575 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549. Lord and Stephens, EAST, is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
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Fred R. Neyland, BA ’58, of Carrollton, TX, died July 24. He served churches in Texas, Tennessee and New Mexico as Minister of Education for almost 40 years. He also served Collin Baptist Association for seven years. He and Martha Ford, BSHE ’58, were married for 60 years. She lives at 2505 Glen Morris Road, Carrollton, TX and is an adjunct professor of Education at Dallas Baptist University. Other survivors are daughter Joanna (Philip) Soto of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, son Ron (Anne) Neyland of Spring, Texas and grandchildren Andrew and Amanda Neyland. Fred grew up in oil field towns in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota. He graduated from Odessa High School where he played football, baseball and marched in the band. He attended Baylor University (class of 1958) where he met his wife Martha, and after their wedding they moved to Fort Worth where he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MRE). During his ministry, Fred served at First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Texas, First Baptist Church of Hobbs, New Mexico, First Baptist Church of Jackson, Tennessee, First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas; Plymouth Park Baptist Church of Irving, Texas; Judson Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee; First Baptist Church of Duncanville, Texas and Northway Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. He also served with the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission, Collin Baptist Association and Dallas Baptist Association. Fred’s hobbies included playing golf, reading mysteries, watching old western movies and playing with his grandchildren. He loved to decorate the house for every holiday—especially Christmas, and he and Martha enjoyed hosting parties for friends and neighbors. Fred searched for antiques and model ships and followed the Baylor Bears, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Tennessee Vols. Fred and Martha loved to travel the United States together. The family will receive friends at visitation on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Allen Family Funeral Options. A memorial service to honor Fred's life will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Plano, 1300 E. 15th St, Plano, Texas 75074. In lieu of flowers, the family request's donations be made in Fred's memory to Baylor University or to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church in Plano.
Marianne Childress Rusk, BA ’58, loving wife of 61 years to Dr. Jeremy W. Rusk, cherished mother to Michelle Rusk, Ian Rusk, and Kristin Rusk Robinson, their spouses Mark Jones, Carolann Rusk, and Grant Robinson, and beloved “Mimi” to six grandchildren, Alexandra and Samuel Jones, Heather, Chloe, and Aidan Rusk, and Caleb Robinson, passed peacefully August 20 in Los Angeles with her family by her side. She was 81. Marianne was born on a farm near Archie, Missouri, the daughter of Stephen T. Childress, a history teacher and athletic coach, and Virginia Dudley Childress, who taught two generations from first through eighth grades in a one-room country schoolhouse. The family, which included older brother Dudley and younger brother Samuel later moved to Harrisonville, Missouri. Marianne attended Harrisonville High School (’54) where her father Stephen served as coach for several sports, teacher, and principal. While in high school, Marianne was a member of the girls basketball team and selected as homecoming queen. She was inducted into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. Marianne and her family were members of First Baptist Church in Harrisonville. Marianne graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1958, where she met and married Jeremy shortly after graduation. Marianne began her career in 1962 at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. While at Harvard, she served three years as a Senior Resident at Radcliffe College and was assistant to the director of the Masters in Teaching Program. In 1971 Marianne and Jeremy were sent to England to establish and develop Harlaxton College, a new study abroad program in a grand castle in Lincolnshire, England. Marianne’s role in Student Relations was critically important to the successful launch of the college program, which is still thriving in its 47th year. Returning from England in 1975, Marianne took a position at Abt Associates, a social science think tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she served as assistant to the President and Assistant Director of Human Resources. In 1982, she was recruited by Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where she eventually became the school’s first woman Vice President, head of Human Resources. In 1991, the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles drafted Marianne to serve as Director of Human Resources, one of several key executives responsible for developing the Getty’s grand museum and trust programs on a mountaintop in Brentwood. The President of the Trust, Harold Williams, and the key executives considered her essential to the growth and development of the new Getty campus. She was respected and adored by all at the Getty from the security guards who greeted her each morning to the entire Human Resources staff – her second family. At her retirement at age 75, the Getty President captured her essence as a “wonderful blend of caring and judgment, of compassion and equity, of knowledge and wisdom, without ego or fanfare, soft-spoken with a smile, yet tough when necessary.” Marianne had many passions: including tennis, running 10ks, Celtics basketball, morning walks in the hills of Bel Air, Santa Monica ocean sunsets, hummingbirds feeding outside the kitchen window, morning glories and family gatherings on Nantucket. Each of these she met joyfully with her infectious laughter. A funeral service will be held at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road, Belmont, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m. Details on the date and location of a later memorial service to be held in Los Angeles will be posted soon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jeremy W. Rusk (Account No. 8003037804) Comerica Bank for transfer to The Marianne C. and Jeremy W. Rusk Foundation, dedicated to health and education in the developing world. Comerica Bank MC4595 1021 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Olin C. Robison, BA ’58, of Burlington, VA, died Oct. 22 at age 82. He was former president of both Middlebury College and the Salzburg Seminar. He had been in poor health for several years and was surrounded by family at the end. Born in Anacoco, La., on May 12, 1936, to AC and Ruby (Cantrell) Robison, he was raised in Port Arthur, Texas, where he attended public schools. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas; Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and Oxford University, where he earned a DPhil in church history in 1963. His experience at these institutions marked him deeply, instilling in him a lifelong belief that education is the great equalizer in our democracy. In 1964, Robison moved to Washington, D.C., to join the administration of president Lyndon B. Johnson. He served as director of university affairs at the Peace Corps and, later, as a special assistant to the deputy undersecretary of state. Leaving government in 1968, Robison held senior posts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, before becoming president of Middlebury College at the age of 39 in 1975. During Robison’s 15 years at the helm of the Vermont liberal arts school, he oversaw significant growth in both student enrollment and the college’s physical infrastructure. Though out of government, he remained an active consultant for the state department and used that experience to establish what he long regarded as one of his most significant achievements: a nationwide program that brought Soviet undergraduates to study on American campuses, something that was almost unheard of even in the waning days of the Soviet Union. After retiring from Middlebury in 1990, Robison became president of the Salzburg Seminar, a think tank with headquarters in both Austria and the United States. During his tenure, the organization's endowment grew from $1.4 million to $19 million, and participation in its programs rose from 300 to 1,400 people annually. Robison also oversaw the restoration and upgrading of the seminar’s base at the 18th-century Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, a building familiar to generations of moviegoers from its use as the von Trapp family home in The Sound of Music. Robison was a longtime member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Council on Foreign Relations and the University Club of New York City. He contributed weekly commentaries on global affairs to Vermont Public Radio for nearly two decades and was also a partner in Black Coyote Chateau, a multi-award-winning Napa Valley winery. He is survived by three sons: Gordon, a journalist with Al Jazeera English based in Doha, Qatar; Blake, artistic director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and Mark, a professor of clinical education and history at the University of Southern California. He is also survived by five grandchildren; a great-grandson; his sister, Sandra Nabours; and his former wife, Sylvia Potter Robison. A celebration of life will be held in Middlebury, Vt., at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Project on Religion and Public Policy at the Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.
Tina Lois Pettit Stanley, BA ’58, of San Angelo, TX, died Oct. 7 at age 82. She died peacefully, under the care of Kindred Hospice, with grace and dignity, freed from her long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was deeply loved, cherished and respected by so many. She is survived by her immediate family members: high school sweetheart and devoted husband of 60 years, Vayden F. Stanley, M.D.; daughters, Amy Stanley and spouse, Michele McCall, and Kristin Stanley; devoted surrogate son, Alan Prest; brother, Robert Pettit and spouse, Christen Miller; nieces, Tess Anglin and fiance, Sachin Jain, and Brynn Anglin and spouse, Elijah Bowie; nephew, Grayson Pettit; and granddaughter, Katherine Amy Song McCall. Lois is also survived by her beloved sister-in-laws and their children: Estelle Herring and children Elaine Stribling and spouse, Bobby, and Lawren Herring; Becky and Bruce Wadzeck and children, Kim Madrid and spouse, Tate Bannowsky, Lee and Nina Wadzeck, and Tamarin Anglin, mother of Tess and Brynn. She is survived by many dear friends, and of course, her beloved cat, Tigger. Born April 22, 1936, in Ballinger, Texas, to Alva and Ella Mae Lee (Amy) Pettit, Lois spent most of her life in San Angelo, Texas. While well known for her numerous accolades and academic achievements, such as valedictorian at San Angelo High School and Summa Cum Laude at Baylor University, she is first and foremost remembered as someone who dedicated her life to Christ's mission of serving those in need. Lois strongly advocated for those marginalized and forgotten by society, and persistently championed the underdog. One of her favorite quotes was, "We are not called to be successful. We are called to be faithful" - Mother Teresa. Lois was no stranger to hard work. While at Baylor, she was given the Presidential Scholarship and a T.W. Murray Scholarship for academic excellence. However, she continued to work to finance her college education, at Shannon Hospital as a medical stenographer and at Baylor as secretary in the Spanish and political science departments. Lois was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, served on the Student Court, was named to Alpha Chi Honor Society, and was nominated senior class beauty. She received the Alpha Chi Award for graduating first in her class at Baylor in 1958. Lois was an avid reader, writer, music lover and life-long learner. When family members relied on her for editing, she was a tough critic to please. Her critical commentary was exacting and succinct, but always given with the intent to be constructive and supportive. Among peers and Baylor faculty, she was remembered for her tenacity and wit, as featured in The Baylor Line, March-April 1958: "Endowed with beauty and brains..... she possesses something far more valuable. Whether it is inborn or acquired, she has the key to unlock these assets: self-motivation and self-discipline. She has an inquiring mind, eager to learn; self-confidence to pursue her course; and a gaiety unmarred by self-pity or indecision." As a volunteer and avid fundraiser, Lois served the wider Texas community in a myriad of ways through various institutions and causes: First Christian Church, the Clinical Pastoral Education Program and Auxiliary at Shannon Hospital, Meals for the Elderly, American Cancer Society, CROP Walk, AIDS Foundation, and Alzheimer's Awareness, to name a few. As a former Spanish and English teacher, she volunteered her services as interpreter for the juvenile courts. Lois was also a brave and noble organizer of PFLAG at First Christian Church and vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community. She was always sensitive to those who might not have a place to go at the holidays and opened her home to them. Even with her numerous commitments, Lois made time for family and especially enjoyed gatherings for holidays and milestones, such as her 50th wedding anniversary with Vayden in 2008. When her husband, Vayden, received his M.D. degree, Lois was awarded a PHT degree (Putting Hubby Through). When the Stanleys moved to San Antonio, she taught both English and Spanish at Thomas Edison High School. Later moving back to Dallas, Lois again taught English and Spanish at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson. When the family moved back to San Angelo in 1973, she left teaching to have more time with her two young daughters. Lois will be forever remembered as one who worked with great fervor, dedication and tireless devotion to the betterment of her community. Lois stood out among the citizens of San Angelo as a quintessential model for all things good and kind. The family would like to thank Lois's dear friends who continued to visit her, especially Barbara (Babs) Rowland who was Lois's roommate at Baylor and like a sister to her for 64 years. The family also would like to thank the special angels at Kindred Hospice, especially Gretel Evans, RN, who cared for Lois like a family member. A memorial service for Lois will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at First Christian Church, San Angelo Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to: First Christian Church, Meals for the Elderly, Alzheimer's Foundation, American Cancer Society, Critter Shack Rescue, Amy E. Pettit Scholarship at Angelo State University, or to a cause of your choosing. Published in GoSanAngelo
Lois Cliffton Taylor, BBA ’58, of Rockport, TX, died Sept. 28. He was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Pearl to Ernest F. and Jewel Graham Taylor. He graduated from Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Army. He owned and managed Quality Discount Center in Belton. Survivors include two daughters, Debra Rene Desmarais and Pamela Trey Tulloch; a son, John Taylor; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. in Aransas Pass is in charge of arrangements.
John A. Vasek, MA ’58, MSEd ’59, of China Spring, TX, died Sept. 10. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 15, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. A Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m., with visitation to follow, Friday, September 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. John was born to August and Mary Vasek, June 28, 1925, in Wharton, Texas. After graduating from Wharton High School, he served his country as an aviation radioman in the United States Navy. He then graduated from Wharton Junior College and the University of North Texas, where he received a degree in physical education and math. He later received a Master of Education and Administration degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Prior to his retirement, John had a 55-year career in education as a football coach, math teacher, and assistant principal, and later as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. He served at South Junior High School, West High School, Reicher Catholic High School, Richfield High School, Tennyson Middle School, and Jefferson-Moore High School. After his retirement from WISD, he served as principal of St. Louis Catholic Elementary School until his second retirement in 2003. Highlights of his coaching career were the TCIL state football championships in 1958, 1962 and 1963 at Reicher Catholic High School. In retirement, he enjoyed creating his beautiful wooden bird sculptures, watching football, gardening and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his parents; nine siblings; son, Stephen Vasek; and daughter, Karen Vasek. He is survived by his spouse, Saundra Vasek; children, Mark Vasek and wife, Mary, Adrian Vasek, Paul Vasek, Austin Vasek, Brian Vasek and wife, Dae, and Victoria Vasek; stepchildren, Stephanie Turner and husband, Robert, Scott Anderson and wife, Teri, and Brian Anderson; grandchildren, Lauren Vasek, Karen McInnes, Atticus Vasek, Taylor Vasek, Cole Vasek, Dustin Vasek, and Cara Vasek; step-grandchildren, Whitney Taylor, Jordan Anderson, Logan Anderson, Cameron Anderson, Kelciey Petter, Erika Anderson, Austin Turner, Rebecca Turner, Sara Anderson, Austin Anderson and Jacob Anderson; great-grandchildren, Logan, Jack, Oliver and Landon; and step-great grandchildren, Hunter, Hayden, Kinnitty, Halliegh, Payton and Vann. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reicher High School or St. Louis Catholic Elementary School or a charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Martha Jo Ward, BA ’58, of Corsicana, TX, found peace and rest in the arms of our Lord Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. She was surrounded by family and caregivers at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was 81. Martha (Sookie) was born to William Morgan and Martha Faye Lowe Nov. 21, 1936 in Powell. As a child, she attended Powell School and was baptized at Powell Baptist Church. She graduated a year early from Kerens High School, attending Navarro Jr. College and Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Martha Jo married Joseph Allen Ward from Kerens Aug. 31, 1957. The couple briefly lived in Waco before moving to Midkiff. After the birth of their three children, they relocated to Kerens to be close to family. Martha began teaching elementary school in Kerens in 1964. She continued her teaching career for 29 years until her retirement. Before retiring, she received a Master of Arts in Education from Stephen F. Austin University. After devoting herself to her students and community, Martha opened a gift and décor shop called Mother and Daughter Creative Designs in downtown Kerens. She was known for her beautiful jewelry designs, gift wrapping, and floral arrangements. After two years, she relocated the shop to Corsicana, finally settling into the old Cooper Shoe building on downtown Beaton Street. After the death of her parents, Martha and her husband Joe moved into her mother and father's home in Corsicana and joined Northside Baptist Church. Martha was preceded by her parents, William Morgan and Martha Faye (Jim) Lowe and husband, Joseph Allen Ward. She is survived by her sister, Morganna Harwood of Riverhills; children, Kim Phinney of Corsicana, John Ward of Dallas, and Jody Ward of Corsicana; grandchildren Ashley, Jaimie, Laura Beth and Joseph (Joey) Ward, Kristen Kelly and Michele McKnight; great-grandchildren Michaela Burke, Gracie Lopez and Talon Kelly along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northside Baptist Church with Bro. Randal Whitt officiating. Interment to follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joey Ward, Steve Garlington, Dan Garlington, Mike Daniels, Roger Davis, Adam Kelly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Care Center 2800 North Beaton Corsicana, Texas 75110. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Ronald Herman Wensel, BA ’58, of Wolfe City, TX, died Aug. 1. at Briarcliff Nursing Center of Greenville. Ron was born on February 2, 1937, in Galveston, Texas, to Rev. Robert Henry Wensel and Nora Lydia Timmerman Wensel. He married Julia Ann Henington on August 29, 1959, in Wolfe City, Texas. Ron retired as President of Henington Industries in Wolfe City. A long-time Mayor of Wolfe City, Ron was Chairman of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Board, Immediate Past Chair of Texas Healthcare Trustees, a member of the Texas Hospital Association, and was active with the American Cancer Society, Treasurer of the Wolfe City Kiwanis Club, Past Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenville, and dedicated supporter of Remember for Me Alzheimer's Support Group; Greenville Entertainment Series; Dallas Symphony Series/Greenville; Greenville Follies; Greenville Animal Shelter, Boy Scouts, and Hunt County Special Olympics. Ron is survived by his wife of Wolfe City, sons: Marc Wensel and wife Linda of Wolfe City; Tom Wensel and wife Nancy of Greenville; and Kirk Wensel and wife Lisa of Coppell; daughter, Sandra Murphey and husband Jeff of Wolfe City; grandchildren: Lauren Neyra, Charles Wensel, John Wensel, Anthony Holder, Danna Wallen, Evan Wensel, Mikayla Wensel, Pryce Wensel, Rachel Black, Ashton Black, Cody Murphey, Meaghan Krafka, Colton Murphey, and Mariah Murphey; and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Nolan Wensel and wife Betty of Plano; close nephew, Jeff Wensel of Lakeside, and numerous other nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlan Wensel; and sister, Myrl Wade. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, August 4th in the Wolfe City High School Gym conducted by Dr. John Grigsby, Phil Clay, and Rev. John Kay. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Burial will follow in the family plot in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City. Grandsons and nephew will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are: Jack Haby, Tom Page, Ray George, Ed Carroll, Bobby J. Rains, Rich Carter, Terry Thomas, Dick Byler, Doug Edwards, and Kendal Woodham.
Lucy Ann Lester Colvin, BA ’59, of Lake Jackson, TX, died Sept. 24 at age 80 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Lucy was born on April 12, 1938, in Beaumont, Texas, to Ned and Verna Jack Lester. The family relocated to the Brazosport area in the early 1940’s and were pioneers in the establishment of Lake Jackson. Lucy graduated from Brazosport High School in 1956 and from Baylor University in 1959. She married Rex Colvin in June of 1959 and began her teaching career at South Houston Elementary School. She and Rex returned to Lake Jackson in 1960 and she continued her teaching career at A. P. Beutel Elementary School until her retirement in 1979. Lucy was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson. She served as an organist, preschool Sunday School teacher, and tutor in the KOOL Club after-school program for elementary age children. She was also a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, and founding member of the Lake Jackson Historical Museum. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Ned and Verna Jack Lester; her in-laws, William H. and Margie Colvin; nephew David Lester Moody and great-nephew Jonathan Unger. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Rex; daughter Kay Wright and husband Rick; daughter Carol Sheehan and husband Mike; grandchildren Angela Styron (Aaron), Amy Wright, Meghan Prokop (Ross), and Brian Sheehan (Amy); great-grandchildren Camden and Carson Styron. Lucy is also survived by her sister Jane Moody (Roger) and sister-in-law Violet Heath (Billy) and numerous adoring nieces, nephews and other loving relatives. Services will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 401 Yaupon, Lake Jackson, Texas. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with service following at 11:00 a.m. Final arrangements by the Turner Family at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers will be Rick Wright, Mike Sheehan, Brian Sheehan, Aaron Styron, Ross Prokop, Roger Moody and Koehn Mailand. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazoria County Gathering Place, P.O. Box 2050, Angleton, TX 77516 or A*Med Community Hospice, 600 E. Cedar, Angleton, TX 77515. Lucy will be missed by all who knew her as either family or friend. She enriched the lives of all she met, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts with her kindness and grace.
Kenneth Wayne Knowles, BBA ’59, of Waco died Oct. 10 at age 81. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, October 12 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Kenneth was born on November 4, 1936 in Rosebud, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1955, "The Greatest Class That Ever Was," and from Baylor University in 1959. He married Beverly Fox on June 5, 1959 and they recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. Kenneth worked for Texas Coffin Company for 23 years as well as for Gay Lynn Hooks, CPA and finally for Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, PC for many more years until his passing. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Elna and T.W. Knowles, a brother, James Knowles and a sister, Barbara Knowles Barker. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Beverly Fox Knowles and his sons, Ron and wife Holly of Lorena, Matt and wife Jenny of Frisco, and Brad and wife Lori of Waco. Also surviving "Pappy" are his five grandchildren, Ally Knowles, Andy Knowles, Piper Knowles, Cameron Strong and wife Elizabeth and Emily Strong. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels, PO Box 85, Waco, TX 7670-0085 or the charity of your choice.
John Dennis Moore, BBA ’59, JD ’61, of Mineral Wells, TX, died Oct. 1 at age 81. Funeral: 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 at the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells followed by burial at Staggs Cemetery, N. 1821, Mineral Wells. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 5 at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells. Family lunch will be provided in the Parlor at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells at 11 a.m. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Officiating the services is a Cousin, Ronnie White. He was born in Denton on June 25, 1937 to J.D. Moore and Edith Gross Moore. He married the love of his life, Rhoda Pearl Tatom Moore, on December 26, 1959 and they celebrated their union for 52 years until her death in 2012. John was educated in Victoria, Texas. He was an athlete and played basketball for the Victoria Stingrays and competed in the Texas State Basketball Tournament. During High School he was also a Bass vocalist in the Texas State Choir. John attended Baylor University on a basketball scholarship and succeeded in receiving a Degree in Accounting and thereafter, completed Law School at Baylor University. John practiced as an attorney in Mineral Wells after Law School and later his daughter, Cora L. Moore, joined him in the legal practice in Mineral Wells at the firm of Moore & Moore. Serving the community of Mineral Wells, John was a School Board member of the Mineral Wells Independent School District and participated in many civic organizations, including Rotary for most of his life. John and his wife, Rhoda, shared their Christian faith with many in the Mineral Wells community. John was a Deacon of First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, taught as a Sunday School teacher, and was on numerous church committees, including the building committee for the current church Sanctuary. John sang in the First Baptist Church choir and enjoyed the fellowship of the congregation. John was an avid golfer, pilot, hunter, and Pecan farmer, all interests he shared with his daughter, Cora. John was noticed for his height, standing Six foot Nine inches, but more importantly, his empathy for his fellow man, humor, and quick wit were characteristics which were passed to his younger daughter, Mary Ellen. Both of his girls were able to enjoy John's love for the water, as they all traveled to SCUBA as time would allow. Even up until John's 79th birthday, John continued diving. His family deeply appreciates the loving dedication of his care givers and friends who assisted John and the family during his last illness. It is true that it takes a Village. SURVIVORS: He is survived by his daughters, Cora L. Moore of Mineral Wells, and Mary Ellen Goldsberry and husband, Jody Goldsberry of Burleson. He is also survived by his sister, Cora Jo Hummel and husband, Michael Hummel of Victoria and their children; his brother, Bill Moore and wife, Kathy Moore of Fresno, Calif. and their children; and John's brother-in-law, Dr. John Tatom of Sulphur, Okla. John had grandchildren, Jack, Cameron, and Brandon Goldsberry; Tracy Lawhon and husband Blake Lawhon of Mineral Wells, Texas; and Travis Yandell and wife, Julie Yandell of Wichita Falls, Texas. John's great-grandchildren are Mariah, Matthew, Mackenzie, and Marlee Lawhon; Eva, Keegan and Aiden Yandell; and Marlee Goldsberry. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many much loved cousins.