Faye Sadler Dunn, BA ’60, of Groesbeck, TX, died July 19. She was 98. Visitation will be 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Groesbeck Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Dr. Keith Collier and Dr. Paul Sadler officiating. Burial will follow at Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Sadler, Aaron Sadler, Matthew Sadler, Brian Thompson, James Willett, Harold McHone, Dylan Sadler, and Grayson Sadler. Faye was born April 8, 1920 in Oletha, Texas, to W.A. and Etta Jane Sherrod Hughes. Her father, thinking a son was on the way, gave her the name Willie Faye. She was a native of Limestone County and a graduate of Groesbeck High School, Class of 1937. Faye began her college career at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. She then took some time off to get married and raise a family. She finished her education at Baylor University in Waco, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in 1961 and later a Masters in Library Science. Faye retired in the early 1970s after an illustrious career as a high school English teacher and school librarian. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Opal Gibson and Nan Engram and a brother Kimbell Hughes. She was married to Presley Sadler, Lee Shields, and Earl Dunn, all who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Deborah Sadler. Survivors include three sons, Don and wife Linda of Groesbeck, Paul and wife Jimye of Plainview, and Steve of Waco; five grandchildren, Andy Sadler of Kosse, Amy Sadler of Dallas, Matt Sadler and wife Kalley of Amarillo, Allison Thompson and husband Brian of Cabot, AR., and Emily Miller and husband Cory of Bellevue, TN; nine great grandchildren, Kelsey Sadler of Brownwood, Aaron and wife Sloan of Brownwood, Dylan Sadler of Kosse, Grayson, Matalley, Lola and Millie Sadler of Amarillo, and Sadler and Johnathan Thompson of Cabot, AK. Faye is also survived by three special nieces and two nephews: Dana Hayes of Corpus Christi, Sandra Wynn of College Station, Sue Little of Groesbeck, Bill Hughes of Jewett, David Hughes of Groesbeck and sister-in-law Brenda Hughes of Groesbeck, along with several cousins and other relatives. The family owes a special thank you to all the employees of LTC Nursing Home in Groesbeck. She loved each one of you and your care and concern made her life much more enjoyable. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 306 N. Ellis, Groesbeck, Texas.
Ann Owens Herring, BMEd ’60, of Carrollton, TX, devoted mother, grandmother and wife, passed away peacefully at her home in Carrollton, Texas, on Oct. 31. She was 80. Ann was born in Lake City, Arkansas on July 17, 1938, to Paul and Madeline Owens. She graduated from Lake City High School before earning her degree in music education at Baylor University in 1960. After graduating from Baylor, Ann married the love of her life, William Herring, and the two began married life in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Bill attended The University of Arkansas Medical School. While Bill was in medical school, Ann taught elementary school in the Little Rock public school system. After medical school and a tour overseas on the island of Crete where Bill served in the United States Air Force, the couple settled in Memphis, where Ann worked in the music ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church. In 1970, the couple was blessed with their cherished daughter, Elizabeth Ann. In 1973, Ann began working in the music ministry at Germantown Baptist Church, a church that would become a second home to her and her family and the place where she came to know many of her dearest, life-long friends. Her career there would span more than 35 years, during which she would serve as the church pianist, organist, children's choir director, and director of The Hallelujah Chorus. In later years, after retirement, the couple moved to Texas to live near their daughter and her family. Ann is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Sappington; her son-in-law, Bryn Sappington, and her beloved granddaughter, Madeline Sappington. A memorial service will be held at Germantown Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on November 6th, followed by a graveside service at Jonesboro Memorial Park in Jonesboro, Arkansas, later that same day. Emerson Funeral Home
John Edward Kennedy, BBA ’60, of Colwich, KS, died Dec. 30, 2017. John was born in Muskogee, OK, on August 17, 1938, to Edward and Lillian Kennedy. John later worked for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas as a purchasing agent retiring after 23 years. He loved to spend time outdoors, enjoyed playing and watching golf and basketball, and hunting. John was a humorous man who loved to tease, was quick witted, and was fun to be around. John will be remembered as a true gentleman that was considerate and respectful of others. He was preceded by parents, Edward and Lillian and sister, Betty Jean Harris. John is survived by wife, Mary of Colwich, KS; daughter, Tracy (Scott) Walter of Elkhorn, WI; sons, David Lee of Conifer, CO, and Joseph (Paula) Kennedy of Wichita, KS; sister, Margaret Ann Sheppard of Portage, MI; brothers-in-law, R. Claude Harris of Springdale, AR, and Lawrence (Elisse) Gebo of Ferrisburgh, VT; aunt, Meredieth Nichols of Lowell, AR; grandchildren, Betsy (Adam) Lasch of Lake Geneva, WI, Kristin (Dexter) Mann of Elkhorn, WI, Lindsay Lee of Walnut Creek, CA, Jessica Walter of Knoxville, TN, Tyler Walter of Charleston, SC, and Erin Kennedy of Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren, Boone, Rhett, Jace and Freya; as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 5th, at Resthaven Mortuary and funeral service 3 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aldersgate UMC, 7901 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67205.
Nolan E. Wood Jr., BA ’60, of Georgetown, TX, died Aug. 31. He was born to Nolan E. Wood, Sr and Iola Wood in Tahoka, Texas on November 3, 1937. Nolan is survived by his wife Carolene, of 60 years; daughter Jana Lynn Schallau and husband Dan Schallau, of Austin; sons Brad Wood of Walburg, and Mark Wood of Georgetown; grandchildren Carrie Lynn Wood, Ryan Wood and wife Kimi, and Matthew Wagner, step-granddaughter Lyndsey King; great-grandson H Bradley Wood; sisters Idalia Money of Del Rio and Paula Wolff and husband Cal Wolff of Fort Worth;two nephews and a niece. Nolan earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a master's degree from North Texas State University and a Doctorate from University of Houston. He spent 43 years in education teaching junior high and high school, being a public-school counselor and a college professor. He retired after working 19 years at the Texas Education Agency. Nolan was a faithful member of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown. He taught Bible study to senior adults, sang in senior choir and served many years on the Homebound Committee. He also worked at Camp Crestview for many years and served as a volunteer chaplain at St. David's Hospital. Nolan's passions were teaching, working with teachers, serving others, teaching the Faith Sunday School Class, and playing golf in his later years. He loved his family and was very devoted to them. A memorial service will be held at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown on Friday, September 7th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of Crestview Baptist Church or Camp Crestview. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Estrella Oaks Rehabilitation Center for their loving care during Nolan's last weeks. Published in Austin American-Statesman
Dr. Larry Randolph “Randy” Brown, BA ’61, of Scottsdale, AZ, died July 10 after a short illness at the age of 79. He was born on October 3, 1938 to J.R. and Claire Brown in Dothan, Alabama. He graduated from Opelousas High School in Opelousas LA in 1957. He went on to attend Baylor University where he studied English Literature, played football and was a member of the Baylor University Chamber of Commerce, graduating in 1961. After graduating from Tulane University Medical School in 1965 and serving in the Air Force from 1967 to 1968 he completed residency and subsequently joined the staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He enjoyed a distinguished 40 year career in medicine, retiring in 1998 and working under contract until 2008. He married Loyce Elaine Joplin in 1962. Loyce passed away in 2004. He married Lynn Medley March 5th2006. He was an avid book collector and in his retirement ran a successful used book store in 1998 which he owned until 2001 in downtown Rochester MN. He was a loving husband and father always supporting his children’s activities.He was an active church member and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed his book collecting and stamp collecting hobbies. He often socialized. His guests found him to be a gracious and engaging host. He had a lifetime of exercise, being an avid runner until his death. He was an Eagle Scout, loved to fish and camp and particularly enjoyed summer trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He was a generous philanthropist. The Salvation Army and The Rochester MN YMCA were his favorite organizations. He was always interested in the Civil War era and was an active member of the Civil War Roundtable. He is survived by his wife Lynn, sons Bart Brown, Blake Brown(Shannon),and Dwight Brown sister Claire Brown, 3 grandchildren, and in laws. The family wishes a small graveside service with family at the Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester MN which will be planned at a later date. Memorials should be sent to the Friends of the Library Bookstore at 101 2nd St. SE Rochester MN 55904 care of Pat Stevenson.
Sue Cooper Davis, MSEd ’61, of Mart, TX, died Sept. 19 at age 90. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, at the First United Methodist Church, in Mart, Texas. She was born in Alvarado, Texas, January 21, 1928, daughter of the late Connie Cooper and Charles Cooper. A graduate of Mart High School, Mrs. Davis went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in English Language and Literature/Letters with honors at Southern Methodist University and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education and Teaching at Baylor University. Mrs. Davis taught English and Speech at Mart High School for 36 years and was an avid fan of Mart Panther football. She was an active member of her church and was also on the board of the Nancy Nail Memorial Library and the Mildred Dulaney Foundation. In her retirement, she travelled all over the world, from Tanzania, to Russia, to Indonesia and many places in between. Her joyous nature, warm embrace of all life has to offer, and love for her extensive circle of family and friends will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack Davis, and brother, Bob Cooper. She is survived by her son, Phil Davis and wife, Erin, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, son Clayton Davis and wife, Sandy, of Austin, Texas. She leaves three cherished grandchildren, Austin Davis, Andrew Davis and Connor Davis, and 10 nieces and nephews who fondly referred to her as "Mimi". In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Davis would be most appreciative of a donation to the First United Methodist Church of Mart, which she attended for most of her life and where she taught Sunday school for many years. You may view memorials at www.wcfish.com. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home
Dan Meacham, BBA ’61, of Temple, TX, died Aug. 14. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Oenaville Baptist Church with Roy Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple. Born April 29, 1936, in Oenaville to Luke and Dorothy Meacham. He grew up in the Oenaville and Bottoms communities. He attended Oenaville schools to the fifth grade and then attended Troy schools. He was a graduate of Baylor University. He worked at Roadway Express Motor Freight Lines for 36 years. He married Anne Glasscock on June 1, 1959. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Temple. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Randy Meacham of Temple and Robert Meacham of Carrollton; two brothers, Ken Meacham of Spring and Larry Meacham of Rosebud; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Oenaville Baptist Church, 6161 Dudley Rd. Troy, TX 76579 or Oenaville Cemetery Association, 1610 S 31st St., Ste 102-339, Temple, TX 76504. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Scanio-Harper Funeral Home
Ann Daly Orr, BSN ’61, of Lake Jackson, TX, died Oct. 31. She was born on August 9, 1938 and passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Ann grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, on Saturday, November 10, 2018, with a reception to follow.
Sandy Seay Schmelzer, BA ’61, of Georgetown, TX, died Aug. 8. She was born in Marshall, Texas on October 9, 1937, the second daughter of Tully Elwyn and Georgialee Seay. She was a devout Christian and member of The Worship Place in Sun City Georgetown. She was also an active member of Kiwanis International in Sun City, having been a Kiwanis advisor for the Key Club at Richarte High School for five years. She was also an active Georgetown Eagle Booster. She attended high school in San Augustine, Texas, and graduated from Baylor University in 1961. While at Baylor, she served three summers as a missionary in California, Oregon, and Colorado. The same year she graduated from Baylor, she began her Texas teaching career in English and Latin at Bay City High School. In 1963, she taught English at Victoria High School, and in 1965 she became a senior English teacher at Lee High School in Midland, Texas. She married Dr. Forrest Keith Root in Midland in 1966, and in 1970 they moved to Laramie, Wyoming where her husband was the state's minerals geologist. In 1977, they returned to Midland where her husband died in 1980. During that time, she taught English at Midland High School. In 1984, she married her second husband, Carle David Schmelzer. After teaching English at MISD for 13 years, she retired from teaching in public schools in 1993. At that point, she began teaching at Hillander School until the year 2000. One of her greatest joys was teaching and learning from young people. She was preceded in death by her first husband in 1980, her father in 1982, her mother in 2001, her only sibling, Nancy Kelly in 2004, and second husband in 2006. Survivors include her step-daughter Camrie Schmelzer if Lubbock, Texas; nephew, Kevein Kelly and wife Anita of Sanger, Texas; niece Erin Locke and husband Ken of Mico, Texas; sister-in-law Diane Lockler and Husband Frank of Midland, Texas; sister-in-law Sandra Capeheart and husband Gene of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; as well as numerous grand nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Fairview Cemetery in Midland Texas. Services are under the care of Ramsey Funeral Home of Georgetown, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Midland Baptist Crisis Center or Hospice of Midland, Texas. You may leave a memory or message in the online guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.
Joe Kenneth Kimbrough, BA ’62, age 79, died October 23, 2018, following a sudden illness.
He was born March 22, 1939, in Valley Mills, Texas, the son of Joe Bart and Ruby Kimbrough. Joe graduated from Baylor University, majored in math and geology, and found his first job at Tennessee Gas Transmission Company (now Tenneco) in downtown Houston. This was the first of many jobs in the early days of oil and gas exploration and computers. He went on to work at NASA on the Skylab projects, Gulf Oil, British Petroleum and Digital Equipment Corporation.
After retiring to Grand Junction, Colorado Joe found his passion in off road adventures in the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of Utah. He took his bright red Jeep all over the west with his wife, Kathy, and their dogs. Joe documented their travels with beautiful pictures and posted them on Facebook where family and friends around the country admired them and the insightful descriptions he included. Joe's motto was Life is Good! Joe is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son, Joe Bart Kimbrough of Houston, Texas, and brother, Tommy (Linda) Kimbrough of Plano, Texas. Published in The Daily Sentinel
Raymon Charles (Ray) Stoker Jr., BBA 1’62, LLB 1’64, of Odessa, TX, died Aug. 31 at age 79 after an illness. Ray was born in Odessa, February 19, 1939 to Raymon Charles Stoker, Sr. and Claudene Stoker. He attended Austin Elementary, Crockett Jr. High, and graduated from Odessa High School in 1957, having been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He was also a member of the varsity football team and was captain his senior year; the varsity baseball team, and the varsity basketball team, so it was no surprise he was voted "Most Athletic" his senior year. Coming in as runner up both his junior and senior years as class favorite, Ray was quoted in his senior yearbook that his life's desire was: " to live up to the expectations of my parents and friends." Following in the family tradition, Ray attended Baylor University, and in 1961 he received his BBA. He began Baylor on a baseball scholarship, but due to bursitis in his shoulder, he had to stop playing. Determined to find another sport, he taught himself to play golf and was told by the golf coach that if he could beat one of the players on the Baylor Team, he would receive a spot on the roster and a partial scholarship, which is exactly what he did. Both Ray and his father served as captain of the Baylor Golf Team their senior year. During his years as an undergraduate student at Baylor, Ray was a member of Tryon Coterie (Delta Sigma Phi), and was the President of the Letterman's Club. In 1964 Ray graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Baylor Law School. During his years as a law student, he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and the Baylor Law Review Editorial Board. Ray was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1964, and admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. Ray and Carole Fannin were married August 24, 1963, in Odessa at the First Presbyterian Church, and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past week. After graduating from Baylor, Ray and Carole moved to Austin, where he worked as a briefing attorney for Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert W. Calvert. In 1965 they moved back to Odessa, where Ray joined the Shafer Law Firm, where he practiced 53 years. Ray was an active member in the Odessa community. He was involved in many organizations around the Permian Basin and the state. He was a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Board of Directors (1969); the State Bar of Texas; the American Bar Association; the Ector County Bar Association (President, 1975); the Texas Association of Defense Council, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Baylor Law School; the American Board of Trial Advocates; the American College of Trial Lawyers; the Boy Scouts of America; the Board of Governors of High Sky Children's Ranch; the Texas Council on Economic Education; the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Development Board; the Regional Planning Committee; the Texas Water Development Board; and the Board of Governors; Permian Basin Area Foundation (2000); Board of Trustees; Permian Basin Petroleum Museum; and the Board of Trustees; Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Ray was appointed to the Texas State Highway and Public Transportation Commission in July of 1985 by former Baylor Law classmate and friend Governor Mark White, and in March of 1991, after successfully shepherding the Department through a penetrating Sunset review of its mission, and the creation of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), Governor Ann Richards appointed him as Chairman of the newly formed TxDot agency. He was also a member of the Texas Turnpike Authority and High Speed Rail Authority Boards of Directors. He retired from TxDot and both Turnpike and High Speed Rail boards in January of 1993, and was appointed as Chairman of Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association, serving in this capacity until 2003, and upon his retirement, he was named President Emeritus. Ray was also attorney for the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD). Ray helped lead successful initiatives to increase the motor fuel tax in 1986, 1987, and 1991. He advocated both rural and urban transportation issues and was instrumental in the development of the Texas Highway Trunk System, a 10,500 mile system of rural highways. He broadened the department's scope of working to create divisions dedicated to civil rights, environmental affairs, public transportation, and general aviation. Because of his work, in 2005, Ray was inducted into the Transportation Hall of Honor. As friend John Wilkins said, "Ray had a lot of important decisions, not only here in Odessa, but in Texas. He was instrumental in getting a lot of highway funds and stuff that would normally go to the east of Interstate 35. We've got a lot of good roads out here in West Texas, and part of that was due to his influence being chairman of the commission." One of those good roads here in West Texas is Highway 191 between Odessa and Midland, without which, the area would have suffered an even worse transportation nightmare. Ray received numerous honors throughout his life including the dedication of the Ray Stoker, Jr. Highway, 1993; the dedication of the Ray Stoker, Jr. Ferry Boat, 1997, servicing Galveston to Bolivar; the Heritage Award of Odessa for service in a profession; the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Award; the Russel Perry Transportation Award, 1993; Odessa Citizen of the Year, 1991; Transportation Award San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, 1992; UTPB President's Council, 1992; Outstanding West Texan by the West Texas Regional Council of the Texas Chamber of Commerce; All Southwest Conference Athlete in Golf, 1960-61; American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow of American Bar Foundation. One of Ray's favorite hobbies was hunting, especially hunting behind his English Pointers during quail season, and Labrador Retrievers during dove season. Quail hunting was not only a sport, but a sport in which he could socialize with his many good friends and enjoy the camaraderie while working to bring home food for dinner. He spent many enjoyable hours at his ranch, and other ranches, hunting various game. Ray did not believe in hunting anything that he did not eat, thus he and Carole ate many different kinds of game. One time he killed an Aoudad Sheep in the Glass Mountains and tried various ways to prepare the backstrap, but finally gave up trying to chew. That was the last time to hunt that animal. Ray continued his love of golf from his Baylor days by playing golf all over the country with friends and family. In 1961, Ray played in the National Amateur at Pebble Beach. During the tournament, he wrote Carole, whom he was dating at the time, a letter telling of a big blond haired boy who could really hit the ball and would probably win the tournament. That blond haired boy was Jack Nicklaus. Ray was a member of the Odessa Country Club, where he spent countless hours perfecting his golf game. His favorite book of instruction was the Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. He even used this book in college to teach himself the game. He also enjoyed traveling with friends from all over the state, and he enjoyed playing golf courses from Augusta National to Pebble Beach and many more in between. Family vacations almost always included time on a golf course. Ray also loved to fish and spent countless hours fishing for bass. On a trip to Alaska several years ago he fell in love with fly fishing. After this he spent almost all his time fly fishing for bass at the ranch, or trout in the waters of New Mexico. Fly fishing became a favorite sport. Ray loved to practice law. When he first started his career in 1964, he tried all kinds of cases before narrowing his field of practice to insurance defense trial practice. He was always fair and honest with his clients and his law partners. Ray believed in doing the right thing and was able to solve problems efficiently. He was a clear thinker and arbiter. He had the ability to see a problem and solve it. He knew how to "get things done." He was a gifted writer in the field of law, and expected good quality from himself and others. He never expected more of others than he did of himself. Ray had friends from all areas of his life and work, and knew so many people all over the state. He loved people and kept in contact with many of his teachers and friends from grade school through college and law school, and even old friends from Camp Stewart. He met so many new friends when he was appointed to the Texas Highway Commission, and enjoyed maintaining these friendships throughout the years. A special friendship he maintained throughout the years was with Coach Hayden Fry. Fry's first coaching job was at Odessa High School, and Ray was the first quarterback he ever coached. Ray continued to keep in contact with Fry all throughout his life. Ray and Carole visited Hayden in person as often as they could, with their last visit in the spring of this year. Ray and Carole traveled to many great places and had so many memorable trips with friends. Carole happily joined in on the fun whether it was golfing or hunting, and was always ready for the next adventure. Carole shared about Ray, "He is the kind of man you hope your son will resemble. He has so many characteristics that are admirable and realistic. He truly was a man of genius, honesty, courage, love, athletic ability, emotional stability, and humor. He thought of his fellow man, and tried his best to help other's causes. His beliefs were strong and rigid. His faith in God saw him through many trials and uncomfortable situations, enabling him to grow in strength and stature. Truly a man to admire and of whom I was very proud. Preceding him in death were his parents, Claudene and Raymon Stoker; two children Raymon Charles Stoker, III and Carole Camille Stoker. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carole; son Craig of Odessa, TX; daughter Cathleen and husband Adam, and their son Connor of Spring, TX; sister Betty Stoker Elliott of Fort Worth, TX; nephews Stephen Elliott of Dallas, TX; Stanley Elliott and wife Sarah, and their three children Davis, Graham, and Abbie of Richmond, VA. Ray is also survived by numerous cousins. Honorary Pall Bearers will be W.R. Bro Hill, Bill McCoy, Bob Fair, Rick Skillern, Ronald Crain, Ed Barham, Larry Bates, Tom Meek, Roy Hunt, Bill Massey, and Steve Thompson. The family also would like to recognize the many hunting, fishing, and golfing friends from throughout the years, and everyone from the Shafer Law Firm. We would also like to thank the many medical professionals locally, statewide, and nationally for working diligently during his illness. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Odessa, Friday, September 7th at 3 p.m. Interment will take place at a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the West Texas Food Bank, PO Box 4242, Odessa, TX 79761, or the Raymon Charles Stoker Sr. Memorial Golf Scholarship at Baylor University, Office of University Development, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, TX 76798-7026.
Published in Odessa American
Millard Augustine Thomas Jr., BA ’62, of Corinth, TX, died Aug. 21. Born August 6, 1937, he was 81 years old at the time of death. A native of Massachusetts and an only child, Millard entered the service after high school during the Korean War and was stationed in the United Kingdom. After his time in the service, he attended Baylor University, graduating there before attending seminary. Millard worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) in Human Resources and was a pastor to several North Texas Baptist churches. He remarried in 1985 to Mary Beth Hammer. Millard and Mary Beth were married for 33 years, living in Denton, Texas. After Millard's retirement from the DoD, he worked as a hospice chaplain for several area organizations. He and Mary Beth were involved with their Sunday School class and had two beloved pets. Bo, their Australian Shepherd, lived for 12 years and Max, their Malta-poodle who is 14 years old, is now living happily with a foster parent who cares for aging pets. Before his death, Millard and Mary Beth moved to Corinth. Millard is survived by his wife, three children, Sheree, Mauri, and Peter, step-children, Debbie and husband, Andy, Steve, and Cheryl, and many grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Donna. A memorial service is being planned for a future date. Published in Denton Record-Chronicle
George B. Wright Jr., ’62, of Aurora, CO, died Oct. 13. Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 3018, Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. George was born, May 9, 1940, in Harlingen, Texas, to George B. Wright, Sr. and Kathlyn Hamilton Wright. George went to elementary school in Houston and moved with his family to Waco in 1955. He graduated from Waco High School in 1958. After attending Baylor University, he graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He married Sandra Jean Sanderson on September 12, 1964. In 1965, George joined the U.S. Air Force as a communications officer and attained the rank of Captain. After serving four years, he went to work for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. In 1984 George, this wife and three daughters moved to Aurora, Colorado, where he worked for Lucent Technologies until he retired in the late 1990s.George was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his nephew, Johnny Wright. He is survived by his three daughters, Sherry and Alex Schott of Aurora, Wendy and Dennis Wright of Texas, Lisa Wright and Steve Schwandt of Aurora; three grandchildren, Nathan Schott, Lauren Schott, and Bethany Wright. He is also survived by two brothers, John Wright and Mary Ellen of Waco; Fred Wright and Vicki of Hendersonville, NC; and niece, Katherine Wright of Waco.
Wiley Craig McSpadden, BBA ’63, of College Station, TX, died Sept. 19 at age 77. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many. He loved his Heavenly Father and it was evident in his life. Craig was born April 23, 1941 in Teague, TX to Clydell and Merle McSpadden. Craig graduated from Teague High School in 1959. He then graduated from Baylor University in 1963 with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. He honorably served our country in the United States Army as a member of the U.S. Army Berlin Brigade. Craig McSpadden was a banker; he also owned his own insurance agency and finance company. He was an active member of his church and community serving on numerous boards and giving of his time to others. He made a real difference in many people’s lives through his true passion which was volunteering. Craig was co-founder of the Lord’s Community Storehouse in Teague, TX which fed and clothed people in need. He continued serving others at Health For All and Hospice Brazos Valley, both in Bryan, TX. Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Clydell and Merle McSpadden, his sister, Marcia Lynn Clemmons, and his daughter, Stephanie Lynn McSpadden. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte McSpadden, his son, Marshall McSpadden and his wife, Kathryn, his brother, Clydell McSpadden, sister-in-law, Barbara McSpadden, brother-in-law, Martin Clemmons, and grandchildren, Eden and Drew McSpadden, and Justin and Jordan Fritsche. The “Celebration of Life” service for Craig McSpadden will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10 AM at the A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Dr., College Station, TX 77840. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley or a charity of your choice.
Gwendolyn Faye Rosser Saladin, BA ’63, of Spokane, WA, died Aug. 31 at age 78. Gwen was born December 18, 1939, in Houston, Texas to Henry Hinton Rosser and Mary Estle (Robison) Rosser. She spent her early childhood days in Highlands, Texas and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, in 1958. After attending Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and California State - Long Beach, she graduated from Baylor University in 1963, with a Degree in English. She married Richard A. Saladin on June 14, 1964 in Spokane where they lived and raised their family. She taught English in the West Valley School District for a few years before starting a lifelong career in children ministries, first at Glad Tidings church in Spokane, then at Joy Bell Christian Pre-school and finally until the end at Spokane First Assembly where she influenced generations of young children, shared wisdom with parents and mentored others in to ministry. When she was not at the church, she enjoyed delving into books and deepening her knowledge of God's word. She always had her grandkids backs and took every opportunity to attend school events, take them on individual birthday shopping trips and prepare them scrambled eggs for breakfast. Her love for kids, her desire for them to know Christ and her fierceness for the truth were her life's passions. Gwen was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years Richard, her brother Charles Rosser, and her parents Hinton and Estle Rosser. She is survived by her siblings Herschel Rosser and wife Lucie of San Antonio, Texas, Patti Lee and husband Don of Clarkston, Washington, Steve Rosser and wife Carol of Austin, Texas and Jana Rosenbaum of Houston, Texas; brother-in-law Curt Schmitz, sisters-in-law Marlyn Pugsley and Kathleen Saladin all of Spokane and numerous nieces and nephews; son Mike Saladin and wife Jodie of Spokane, daughters Kristi Hovde and husband Doug of Puyallup and Jan Stachofsky and husband Sam of Spokane; and the joys of her life, her 10 grandchildren MacKenzie, Jonah and Caleb Saladin; Drew, Josh and Kacy Hovde; Richele, Nicola, Eli, and Sami Stachofsky. There will be a family graveside service at 1 PM at the Pines Cemetery followed by a memorial service at First Assembly 828 W. Indiana at 3PM, Saturday, September 8th. There will be a viewing on Friday night, September 7th, from 7PM until 9PM at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St.
Kenneth Horace Crow, LLB ’64, of Woodway, TX, died Sept. 3 at age 74. Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. He will lie in repose at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd., on Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Ken was born March 4, 1944, in Waco, Texas, to Horace Sherman and Cleo Francis Morgan Crow. He attended Waco High School, where he met his wife, Betty Jantz, and they both graduated in 1962. Together, they attended Baylor University and were married their sophomore year on December 22, 1963. He went on to graduate from Baylor Law School, where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1968. He went to work for the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecuting attorney from 1968-1972. He then partnered with Ron Moody and together they opened a private practice, Moody and Crow Attorneys at Law, where he practiced as a criminal defense attorney for 36 years. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, McLennan County Bar Association and the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Ken was an avid golfer and played for many years at local and out-of-state courses. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and spending time outdoors gardening and fishing with his father-in-law. He was passionate about his homestead on Hog Creek. Ken would spend many hours managing his trees and pasture as well as tending to his deer and bird feeders. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace Sherman Crow and Cleo Francis Crow. Ken is survived by his wife, Betty Crow; daughter, Leah Crow Wagner and husband, Dr. Ralph Wagner, of Shiner; sons, Jason Crow and wife, Heather Middleton Crow, of Waco; Jayme Crow of Waco; six grandchildren, Elyssa, Michael, Andrew, and Matthew Wagner of Shiner, Jaxson Crow of Waco and Ethan Crow of McGregor. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.whbfamily.com.
Noel “Chris” Breedlove, BA ’65, of Woden, TX, died Oct. 25. Chris was born in El Paso, Texas on December 21, 1942. He passed away peacefully at his home in Woden, TX, surrounded by his beloved family, on October 25, 2018. Chris is preceded in death by his parents, Noel and Gilda Breedlove, and brother Kenneth Ray. Chris is survived by is wife of 55 years, Martha Jane Breedlove, his daughters, Kelly Breedlove, Kimberly Breedlove, and Karen Breedlove, his grandchildren, Alexandra Day, Jessica Raines, and Jacob Raines, and great granddaughter, Lexy Jo Ramsey. Chris was raised in Mt. Pleasant, TX, where he would meet his wife, Martha. They moved to Waco. Chris attended Baylor University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry. He also played football during his time at Baylor. Chris worked in the welding supply industry for all of his life. He mostly worked in management until 1980s when he was able to buy his own business. He also spent time working on his farm. He always said “a ride on the John Deere was his golf game.” Monday through Saturday was full of hard work, but Sunday was reserved for his highest calling. Chris loved The Lord. On Sunday, he could be found singing old hymnals in church. He believed in serving the Lord with everything he had, and wanted no credit for that in return. He was loved by his church and by those whose life he impacted. After a lifetime of hard work, Chris retired. During this time, he and Martha enjoyed fishing on the Texas Coast and driving the jeeps in the mountains, in Colorado. He also liked to spend his mornings with his friends at the “coffee shop.” Simply, Chris loved God, his ranch, and his family. He will be missed so deeply. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Breedlove family home, 3835 FM 226, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, with a reception to follow. Pastor Paul Sevar will officiate. Friends and family are invited to a visitation prior to the service in the family home beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.
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Kelly Breedlove, Daughter
Kimberly Breedlove, Daughter
Karen Breedlove, Daughter
Alexandra Day, Granddaughter
Jessica Raines, Granddaughter
Jacob Raines, Grandson
Lexy Jo Ramsey, Great Granddaughter
Noel Breedlove, Father
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Kay Doyal Cavitt, BS ’65, of Bryan, TX, died Sept. 28 at age 75. A memorial service will be at 11 am Saturday, October 6, at Central Baptist Church in Bryan. Family visitation will be at 10 am in the church foyer. Kay was born on Feb. 25, 1943 in Dallas to James and Mary Jane Doyal. She graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1961. After completing her degree at Baylor University in May 1965, Kay married Walton Cavitt on June 5. She devoted her life to caring for her family and serving her Lord and her church families in Waco; Phoenix, Ariz.; Irving and Bryan. Throughout her life, Kay cared deeply about studying the Bible and spreading its salvation message throughout the world. She taught college and women's Bible studies and enjoyed serving children in MOPS and AWANA. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, sons Wade and Keith, six grandchildren and sister Dee Doyal Matthews, ’66. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Building Fund at Central Baptist Church.
Carolyn Taylor Crockett, BA ’65, of College Station, TX, died Oct. 10 following a long lung illness. A native of El Paso, the only child of an oilman and a world history teacher came of age in West Texas during the Civil Rights era. She attended Baylor University and married her college sweetheart, Jerry. After graduating, the couple headed to Kentucky, where she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and he his Master’s of Divinity. After having two children and making lifelong friends, Carolyn returned with her family to Texas. She wanted to be close to her extended family and for her children to have the best public education possible. Carolyn was a working mom. She was passionate about the mental health field in which she served and in caring for those who had been misunderstood and forgotten. She lived out her Christian belief that every person was a child of God. Her specialty as a social worker was in mental retardation. She was a staunch advocate of normalization, the theory that mentally disabled people could lead vibrant, productive lives if treated with dignity and assimilated into mainstream society. Carolyn took pride in the accomplishments of her children and delighted in the antics of her grandsons. As a retiree, she tended to her widower dad and was steadfast in caring for him, regularly driving long distances across Texas with her canine sidekick, Spot, to ensure her elderly father could have the dignity of staying in his West Texas home for as long as possible. Carolyn cherished her friends. One of her big projects in later years was genealogy: she and Jerry would travel to the Mid-West and up and down the East Coast to do painstaking genealogical research. In early 2017, her efforts culminated in her and Michelle’s induction into the Daughters of the American Revolution. Throughout her life, both as a preacher’s wife and as a church member, Carolyn’s faith in God and in Christ was quiet yet abiding – a faith she shared with her husband Jerry. She was a lifelong Methodist and her church of record was Laurel Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Carolyn leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Jerry Crockett, daughter Michelle Crockett, son John Crockett, daughter-in-law Shannon Crockett, grandsons Sam and Ben Crockett, cousin Betsy Spiller, and other beloved family members and friends. Carolyn Taylor Crockett is now in God’s loving care. May she rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, Hospice Brazos Valley, and the American Lung Association. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am – noon at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan, Texas. Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 14, at 2 pm at Laurel Heights UMC in San Antonio, Texas. Special thanks to Maria Granados at Comfort Keepers and Hospice Brazos Valley for their love and care of Carolyn in her final days.
Raymond Henry Deutrich, ’65, of Bellville, TX, died Aug. 30. Raymond Henry Deutrich, known to most as "Brother", 73 yrs old, passed away unexpectedly,Thursday, August 30, 2018, peacefully in his sleep at his home in Raccoon Bend. Ray is preceded in death by his parents and nephew-Kyle. Brother Deutrich, was born January 21, 1945, in Bellville, Tx to Lillie Dell Zander-Deutrich with his Father Raymond Deutrich passing away before his birth. He grew up out in the country side of Raccoon Bend with the Deutrich family, including his brother-Freddy, Sister- "Phea", and cousins Wilbert and Winston Deutrich. Brother was a 1963 graduate of Bellville HS, was a multi-sport athlete with football being the sport which took him to play at Baylor University. Brother moved to Houston, working for over 40 years at American Warehouse as the Superintendent. He married Ondrea Johnson, March 16, 1974, raising 2 children, Scott and Nicki. They moved their family back to the country life of Raccoon Bend in 1982 where he lived until his death. Brother was a quiet, simple man who loved his family, sports and living the country life raising cattle. If you knew Brother, you knew he was a man of few words who lived by the motto, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." He was a man of strong character and integrity, loved deeply by his family and respected by many. Ray is survived by his wife Ondy of 44 years, his Son-Scott, daughter-Nicki and Son in law Troy Jones. His two siblings, Fred Deutrich and Phyllis Deutrich-Johnson, and 5 grandchildren: JonRay (19), Olivia (17), Camy (16), Jackson (15) and Trevor (13). When his grandkids were asked to describe their Poppa, they replied: Old Schooled (no hats in the house); Playful with any kind of ball; Strong; Tough; Wise; and Proud of his grandkids. Thank you to all who loved this man, who grew up with him and created memories with him, who made a difference in his life to make him the man we so deeply love. He will be greatly missed.
Elizabeth “Jane” Anderson Goode, MA ’65, of Waco died peacefully on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, after a lengthy illness. Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 13, in the First Baptist Church Chapel, with Matt Snowden and Alan Lefever co-officiating. Lunch and visitation will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Jane was born, March 25, 1930, in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, to R.O. and Dannie Anderson. When she was 14, the family moved to Little Rock so she could attend Central High School. Jane joined the youth group at Immanuel Baptist Church, under the pastorate of W.O. Vaught, where she made many lifelong friends. She attended Hendrix College, where she was a third generation graduate in 1951. As only a handful of Baptists attended this small Methodist school, Jane and Clement were destined to meet. Following their wedding on August 19, 1952, they moved to Nashville where Clement attended Vanderbilt, and Jane worked in the Open Windows Department at the Baptist Sunday School Board. In 1957, they moved to Waco where Jane taught elementary school for a brief time before teaching freshman English at Baylor. When Sara and Robert were born, Jane became a homemaker, dedicating her life to her family, Baylor, and First Baptist Church. Jane had leadership roles in both PTA and Scouts throughout Sara and Robert's childhood. She was a member and past president of Baylor Round Table, a sponsor of the PALs (Chi Omega) sorority, an active participant in a faculty supper club, and hostess to thousands of Baylor students who passed through her home over the years. In addition, Jane, along with her family, participated in the Baylor Faculty Exchange Program with Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan, from 1972-1973. At church Jane volunteered as secretary of several children's Sunday School classes, was a sponsor of the College Training Union, and was a member of a long-running book club. Jane was an extremely selfless person who always put others first. She quietly worked behind the scenes at many events to make sure that they were successful. Jane is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clement Goode; daughter, Sara Goode Lefever and husband, Alan, of Waco; and son, Robert Goode, of Seattle, Washington. In addition, Jane was especially close to Clement's extended family in Birmingham, Alabama. The family is eternally grateful to her loving caregiver, Maria Varela, and her family, as well as Susie Pursley, Brenda Thompson, Bluebonnet Hospice, and Dr. Singh at the McClinton Cancer Center. Memorials may be made to the Goode Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University, Baylor Gift Office, One Bear Place #97050, Waco TX 76798. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
William Carloss Morris III, BBA ’65, of Houston died Aug. 8. Born the 20th of February 1943, in Houston, TX, Bill was the second of four children born to Doris and Carloss Morris. Raised in the piney woods of River Oaks on an acreage homestead backing up to Buffalo Bayou, Bill grew up a cowboy. His father and mother passed down to him a love of Jesus Christ and all things outdoors, especially horsemanship and hunting. After graduating from Lamar High School in 1961, Bill attended Baylor University where he roomed with lifelong friend, Evangelist Billie Hanks Jr. Through Billie's training and encouragement, Bill's faith grew tenfold and he made a commitment to boldly share his faith with all he encountered. University was also where Bill first sparked an interest in art, when he met Pablo Picasso painting on a beach in Cannes during a summer abroad in Europe. A law degree was a "must" in the Morris household, and Bill followed suit, attending the University of Houston Law School, where he met his future wife, Sharon Kay Floyd, of Temple, Texas attending undergraduate in the Fine Art program.
Realizing that an office job would never suit his personality, Bill ventured into real estate investing after the family sold Houston Title Company, a small firm that he had been helping operate while in law school. He started William Morris Interests in 1970, after passing the Texas State Bar exam, barely with a 70, often joking that he was the smartest guy to take the bar because he knew just what parts to study for. He had a 6th sense for sniffing out deals and finding the best corners before others could snatch them up; mostly syndicating land investments among investor friends of the family. His recounts of the Highland Village deal was the stuff of legends . . .Walking into his office was like stepping into a museum – Bill was passionate about fine art. After selling some prized real estate holdings, William decided to delve deeper into investment grade paintings, commenting "well, I don't have to mow the grass and I don't have to pay the real estate taxes!" He loved the story behind the artwork and without any formal training, he could pick out the shining stars from the merely "good" pieces offered at auction. Bill had a deep love of family. After marrying in 1970, Sharon and Bill had their first child, Will IV, in 1973, followed three years later (to the day) by Rachel. After experiencing frustrating delays by the train for his afternoon tennis match on Wednesday afternoons, Bill moved his office from Post Oak Place to Willowick so that he could just walk right over to River Oaks Baptist School for all Rachel and Will's school events. He made a commitment to attend or coach every possible team sport available to the kids throughout their school life. It was also a priority for Bill to take family vacations. Lake McQueeney, Colorado, Destin, and Grand Cayman were favorite vacation spots. Bill loved to water ski, snow ski, hunt, fish, ride horses, and play tennis; all of which he passionately taught and shared with his children. Bill was generous in spirit and wanted to be used by God to bless others and share the Gospel. Throughout his life he supported over thirty ministries and missionaries through groups such as: Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn., Campus Crusade for Christ, College of Biblical Studies (board member), David Stockwell Evangelistic Assn., Faith Comes By Hearing, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Goodwill Industries (board member), Houston Baptist University, Houston's First Baptist Church (deacon), Inspire Women, Israel Tennis Centers Assn., International Evangelism Assn. (board member), Kanakuk Ministries, Living Water International, Open Door Mission (board member), Southwestern Seminary, Spireno (Spiritual Revival Now), Star of Hope Mission (board member), The Seed Company, Young Life (host home), and Youth For Christ (board member). Bill was dedicated to reading and telling others about God's Word (the Bible). He had no fear of man, and would often call or write to pastors to "help" correct a quote or idea that must have accidentally been mis-quoted from Scripture. Bill was passionate about the name of Jesus. A couple of his favorite verses were: Philippians 2:9-11 ". . . God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." And Colossians 3:17 "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." He was often heard saying, "Rejoice Evermore, and pray without ceasing!" to anyone he greeted. William was preceded in death by his father, Carloss Morris, his mother, Doris Poole Morris; and his nephew, John Robert Ginter, II. William is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Floyd Morris, one son and daughter-in-law, Will IV and Debby Morris of Salado, Texas, one daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and John Rosson of Houston, five grandchildren: Will V, Christian, and Camille Morris, Genevieve and Michelle Rosson; Sister Marietta Maxfield, Brother Malcolm and sister-in-law Becky, Sister Melinda and brother-in-law Glen Ginter, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews whom he prayed for by name almost daily. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Michelle Moore for her 30 years of dedicated service to Bill, running the office and graciously handling all the details for our beloved eccentric investor. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening Sunday, the 12th of August, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Memorial Service will be conducted at twelve o'clock noon on Monday, the 13th of August, in the sanctuary of Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway in Houston. Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private entombment in the Texas Liberty Mausoleum at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of customary remembrances, please send memorial contributions to any of the above named organizations of your choice. Published in Houston Chronicle
Theron D. Sage, BA ’65, of Austin died Aug. 13. Theron was born February 4, 1942 to Glen and Jettie Sage in Leadville, Colorado. She completed her primary education at Dodge City, Kansas and received a baccalaureate degree from Baylor University. Theron began her career as a science teacher in the Deer Park School District. Then she moved to University of Houston – Clear Lake to teach geology. She obtained a doctorate at University of Houston and served on the faculty of UHCL for over 25 years. Upon retirement in 2007, she moved to Austin to be closer to the Llano Uplift and her grandson, not necessarily in that order. She remained active in retirement and was a member of, and lecturer for, the University of Texas' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Theron is survived by daughter Shannon Garcia of San Antonio, son Jason Garcia of Austin, and grandson Christian Testa of Boston, Massachusetts. She is remembered fondly by many former students and colleagues. The family requests that friends interested in memorializing Theron make a donation to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in her name.
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Mary Ellen Wilson Sharp, BA ’65, of Cape Girardeau, MO, died Oct. 19. She was born May 29, 1943 in Bells, Texas to Paul H. and Ella Kate Tuttle Wilson. She and Charles Sharp were married August 28, 1965 at Bells, Texas. She received a Bachelors degree from Baylor University in 1965 and Masters degree from Southeast Missouri State University. She taught at Cape Junior High School, Cape Senior High School and Southeast Missouri State Univeristy. She helped establish Cape Senior High first program for gifted students. Teaching was her passion and she was much loved by her students. She was active in league of women voters and an active member of P.E.O. and was recently selected to state office. She was a Docent at the Glenn House in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her husband Charles Sharp. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. Memorial service will follow at 12:00 pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Scott Sharp officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Charles and Mary Ellen Sharp Scholarship Fund at Southeast Missouri State University.
Jerry Myers Johnson, JD ’66, of San Angelo, TX, died Sept. 22 at age 77. Jerry grew up in San Angelo and attended Santa Rita Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, and was in the last graduating class to graduate from the old San Angelo High School. Jerry received his Business Degree from Texas Tech University and obtained his Law Degree from Baylor University. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Texas Tech. Jerry served several years in the military before returning to San Angelo to begin practicing law. Jerry enjoyed playing golf at the San Angelo Country Club and liked going fishing. Later in his life, he earned his private pilot license and bought his own plane. Jerry had many friends in his lifetime especially his Santa Rita buddies Richie Bean, Tommy Newman, Herschel Upton, James Peel, Sammy Grayson and Ronnie Landy, John Barnes who has been there for Jerry forever. Jerry also had a special friend, Mickey Englert with whom he shared lots of laughs and excitement. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Scottie Johnson and one son, Scott Jordan Johnson. He is survived by his sister, Judy Shook. (Tommy) of Robert Lee, and her children Kevin (Stephanie) Johnson of Abilene; Amy Wheat of Robert Lee; and Rachel (Jeff) Immel of Canyon Lake, TX. He is also survived by six great nephews and nine great nieces. Jerry's family would like to thank all the caregivers at the Baptist Memorial Sagecrest Memory Unit and all the caregivers at The Springs Memory Care Unit for taking such good care of Jerry during his illness. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Fairmont Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. Friends and family can sign the online register book at www.harper-funeralhome.com Published in GoSanAngelo
Ronald E. “Ronnie” Laurence, BS ’66, of Arlington, TX, died Aug. 4 and chose to donate his body for medical research to the University of North Texas Science Center Medical School. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at North Davis Church of Christ, 1601 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. Visitation will be at the church following service. MEMORIALS: Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to North Texas Humane Society, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76013, or Hearts and Hands, c/o of North Davis Church of Christ. Ronnie was born in Houston, Texas, on June 22, 1943, to Ernie and Lillian Laurence. He was a 1961 graduate of Rockdale High School, earned an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1965 where he played football. He later received a Master's degree and Administrative certification in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. Ronnie began coaching in the Spring Branch ISD in Houston and moved to Arlington in 1971 where he was a coach, teacher and administrator at Lamar High School. He completed his coaching and teaching career at Arlington Martin High School where he also served as athletic coordinator, retiring in 2006, having spent a total of 41 years in education. Ronnie was a member of North Davis Church of Christ since 1971 and was active in teaching and sponsoring activities for the high school youth department for many years. He also continued to coach his grandson's recreational soccer team through the spring of 2018. He enjoyed playing golf and fishing with friends and family and attending activities and sporting events of his grandchildren. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father; mother, and sister, Charlotte Dymke. SURVIVORS: Wife of 53 years, Sharon Laurence; son, Shawn Laurence (wife, Jennifer); daughter, Sandi Wudtke (husband, Greg); grandchildren, Jade Rankin (husband, Ryan), Shane Laurence, Mikaela Flowers (husband, Taylor), Paxton Waitman, Megan Waitman, and Alayna Bullock; brothers, Donnie Laurence (wife, Lynne), Ernie Wayne Laurence (wife, Georgette); aunt, Rose Heil (husband, Charlie); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dr. Rex John LeBlanc, BA ’66, of Lafayette, LA, died Aug. 3 at age 86. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette. Father Bryce Sibley, Pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church, will officiate. A rosary will be recited by Deacon Frank Cormier on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette. Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until the time of service. Dr. LeBlanc was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and a member of the Acadiana community. He brought nurture, compassion, and fun to his interactions with family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances alike, and was well loved in return by all who knew him. Dr. LeBlanc was born in Abbeville, Louisiana in 1931. Growing up, he loved playing football at Abbeville High School and football remained a passion throughout his life. From 1951 to 1955, during the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy. He was proud to be a medic for the Marine Corps, but it was his time in the Psychiatric Ward of the San Diego Hospital that moved him to start a career in mental health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana, Lafayette, ULL), and continued playing football while there. He went on to earn his doctorate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His Baylor legacy includes training primates for NASA to test the effects of space travel on motor coordination. He worked as a professor of psychology and an experimental psychologist at ULL for 20 years, and was renowned for both encouraging and entertaining fellow faculty and students. While there, he collaborated on projects with the New Iberia Primate Research Center, and with Louisiana mental health services to establish the Pollux House for runaway girls. He met Sonja Faye Mallet while teaching at ULL, and they were married in 1964. Rex and Sonja shared a deep compassion for others and a love of family and children. They had four children together, and Sonja later joined him in the mental health field. Rex and Sonja had a weekend get-away camp in Vermillion Parish where they loved to entertain family, friends, and colleagues, including the hosting of annual Super Bowl parties; his friends bestowed awards upon him over the years for best crawfish étoufée and barbeque. After retiring from ULL, Dr. LeBlanc took an administrative position at the Acadiana Mental Health Clinic. He also conducted psychological testing for local schools and clinical psychologists until last year. Dr. LeBlanc’s community and professional affiliations included the Krewe of Gabriel, the Krewe of Oberon, and the American Psychological Association. He enjoyed music, literature, movies, and local festivals. He was highly respected and well-liked. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. Dr. LeBlanc is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Sonja LeBlanc of Lafayette; their children, Michelle LeBlanc of Falls Church, VA and her partner, Lawrence Benade, Rex John LeBlanc II of Broussard, LA and his wife, Kelli, Andrea LeBlanc of Los Angeles, CA and her husband, Jan Chaitas, and Stephen LeBlanc of New Orleans, LA; one sister, Dorothy LeBlanc of Baton Rouge, LA; three grandsons, Jean-Paul Pierre LeBlanc, Aiden Rex LeBlanc and Ian James LeBlanc; honorary daughters, Lynn Smith and Sandra Frederick; and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Adelbert and Azilie Lege LeBlanc; and his siblings, Eunice LeBlanc, Eric LeBlanc, and Darnella Milliman. Pallbearers will be Rex John LeBlanc, II, Stephen LeBlanc, Lynn Smith, Eddie Milliman, Jan Chaitas, and Larry Benade. The family wishes to thank everyone who supported them and Dr. LeBlanc this year, with special thanks to the staffs at Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette Extended Care, and Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital. Memorials may be made in Dr. LeBlanc’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL, 60601, (504) 613-6505, www.alz.org, or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Acadiana via NAMI Acadiana, PO Box 51903. Lafayette, LA, 70505-1903, (337) 504-4752, or email at email@example.com. Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery at 1010 Pandora St. in Lafayette, (337) 981-7098, is handling arrangements.
Jan Jubela Toole, BSHE ’66, of Palestine, TX, died July 25 after a 14-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 74. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Ernest August Jubela and Mary Elizabeth Smith Jubela on the 26th day of December, 1943. Mrs. Toole was a Christian and faithful servant to the Lord. She was an exceedingly active member of First Baptist Church of Palestine and will be dearly missed. Mrs. Toole graduated from Baylor University in 1965 with a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics. Later in life, she decided to change careers and went back to college, graduating from the University of Texas at Tyler with a degree in Micro Biology in 1984. She then went to work for the hospital in Palestine, where she retired after 29 years of service. Mrs. Toole leaves behind her devoted husband of 52 years, Jerry Toole of Palestine, Texas. She also leaves behind her daughter, Jenifer Linn Johnson and husband Tim of Canton, Texas; son, Jason Leigh Toole of Palestine, Texas; brother, Scott Ernest Jubela and three grandchildren, Luke Hunter Johnson, Elizabeth Morgan Johnson and Caleb James Toole. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mary Jubela; brother, Tim Jubela. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening on Friday, the 27th day of July, 2018 in the Parlor and Reflection Room at Rhone Funeral Home. Funeral services for Jan Toole will be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 28th day of July, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Palestine with Bro. Tony Watson officiating. Following services her wishes are to be cremated. Funeral and cremation services for Jan Toole are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.
Lula M. “Lou” Green, BA ’67, of Caddo Mills, TX, died Aug. 22 after celebrating her 90th birthday with family in July. She was born July 3, 1928, in Greenville, TX, to Truman and Marguerette (McSpadden) Smith. Lou grew up in Nevada, TX, graduating from Nevada High School and has kept up with Nevada friends through many school reunions. She attended Baylor University and married Jim Green in 1948. Lou was always busy with church work, cub scouts, PTA and being a great Mom. In 1967, she graduated from Baylor and enjoyed 17 years teaching in Hubbard, Waxahachie and Beaumont. In 1983, Jim and Lou retired and moved to the Evergreen Farm near Caddo Mills, TX. They continued to be active with church work and were instrumental in starting the Caddo Mills Senior Center. Lou was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockwall where she and Jim loved teaching a couples class. The holidays were dear to Lou when lots of family came to visit. She was always aware of and thankful for God’s help every day. Lou served on the Public Housing Authority Board, served as an Election Judge, was a member of Greenville Retired Teachers, Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum, Education Extension Club, Hardy Listener’s Book Club and was a Pink Lady volunteer for over 30 years. Lou is survived by her husband of 70 years: Jim Green; seven children: Jane Anderson and husband Archie, Mike Green, Sara Green, Janis Green, Pat Green, Jerry Green and wife Betsy and Margaret Jones and husband Andy; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Lou was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Ralph Smith; sister: Martha Sample; nephew: Bob Sample; and grandson: Christian Green. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice Angels, Sandra Chamberlain, Henrie Renea and Tammie Foster. Funeral services will be held 10:00am Saturday, August 25, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 610 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, 75087, with Pastor Steve Swofford and Pastor Jesse Crouch officiating. Interment will follow at 1:00pm at Nevada Cemetery, 301 FM 6, Nevada, 75173. Family and friends will be received Friday evening at The Gathering at Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rockwall Location from 6:00 to 8:00pm. As an alternative to flowers, Lou would like donations made to The Gideon’s International at PO Box 2046, Rockwall, TX 75087 or online at www.gideons.org.
Ralph Wayne Nichols, BA ’67, JD ’70, of Fort Worth died July 29. FUNERAL: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood. Ralph was born March 13, 1945, to Jewel Alene Melton Nichols and Robert Vernon Nichols in Fort Worth. SURVIVORS: Wife of 38 years, Kimberly Nichols; sons, Kyle and wife, Lydia, Clark and wife, Kimberly, Colby and wife, Breanne; six grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; two granddaughters and one on the way; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Robert Nichols and Paul Nichols; and a myriad of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ovid Dale Rickerson, BA ’67, of Benbrook, TX, Sept. 27 at age 73. His cremated remains will be interred at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery (2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas) on Friday, October 19th at 1:15 pm. Deacon Steve Gretzinger presiding. An informal reception follows at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth). Dale was born to George and Velma Rickerson on May 21, 1945 in Fort Worth, TX. He was a 1963 graduate of Arlington Heights High School and received a bachelor and master’s degree from Baylor University, later also earning a second master’s degree from Troy University. Dale enjoyed a 22-year career in the United States Air Force as Pilot of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker and was key to the KC-135 A to R transition. His career took him all around the world, including serving in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. After retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Dale continued his vocation as the test pilot of the NKC-135A with Chrysler Technologies Airborne Systems, then Flight Safety International as an instructor and program manager for the Gulfstream G150 aircraft. On the ground, Dale enjoyed spending time with his family and pets, rebuilding classic hotrod cars, and was an avid reader and story teller. He had the unique way with words that turned any story into an adventure. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne Rickerson, and step-son Patrick Dory. Survivors: Wife, Kathie Rickerson; son, David Rickerson and wife Ayumi; daughter, Leigh Douglass and husband David; step-daughter, Jackie Gretzinger and husband Steve; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and extended family.
Patricia “Patty” Lewis Williams, BS ’67, of Waco died July 18 at age 74. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 9, at Wilkirson-Hatch Bailey Funeral Home. Patty was born, in Waco, Texas, January 23, 1944. She lived her childhood and school age years in Waco. Following her graduation from Waco High School, she attended Columbia University in Missouri for two years then returned to Waco where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University. On June 17, 1967, Patty married the love of her life, Bob Williams. Patty and Bob began their life together in Charleston, West Virginia, where Patty began her career as a school teacher for three years before moving to Richmond, Virginia, and then back home to Texas, where she devoted her time to her family. Patty was a loving mother to two children and adoring grandmother to three grandchildren. She was active in the Junior League of Waco, Women's Club of Waco, volunteered with the McLennan County Library, and actively supported several non-profit agencies in the Waco community. Patty was a very talented seamstress. She made all the curtains for each of their houses throughout their marriage. During their first year of marriage, Patty made personal Christmas gifts for all family members including knitted afghans and neckties. Patty knitted Bob a red sweater that year that he still wears each Christmas. Bob and Patty had a most impressive beginning to a 51-year marriage. Patty was an active lifetime member of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church. She is loved dearly and missed deeply by her family and friends. Patty Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Rosalind "Bootsie" Lewis. Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years, Bob Williams; their son and daughter and respective spouses, Tom and Mandy Williams and Meredith and Chris Gatlin; three beautiful grandchildren, Luke, Claire, and Sara; and loving companion, Molly, a Fuzzy Friends rescue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazos Higher Education Authority: Williams Scholarship Fund, The McClinton Cancer Center, The Providence Foundation, Fuzzy Friends, or Austin Avenue United Methodist Church. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Thomas Rodgers Banks, BBA ’68, of Cleburne, TX, died Sept. 5 at age 71. Thomas Banks passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at his home. Born in Marshall, Texas on September 25, 1946, to parents Charles Albert and Fannie Lorene (Rodgers) Banks, Tom was the youngest of four children including Charles Jr., Bobby Dan and Margaret. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1964, and received his degree in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1968. Tom passed his CPA exam in 1970. He worked for Texaco, and Arendale, Young and Cearcy before moving to California to open his own accounting firm in 1976. He continued his practice until his retirement in 2016. Tom married Susan Wurzbach on August 31, 1968. They had two boys, Greg born in 1970 and Jason, born in 1974. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and both brothers. He is survived by his wife, Susan Banks; son, Greg and wife, Amy and their two girls, Hannah and Morgan; son, Jason and wife, Melissa and their children, Michelle and Jason Jr.; sister, Margaret (Banks) Oberender; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
LTC (Ret) Charles A. Emrick Jr., MHA ’68, of San Antonio died Aug. 17 at age 84. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 22, 1933, to the late Charles and Elizabeth Emrick. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Maria; daughters, Debbie Emrick (partner David Myers) and Cindy McCann; grandchildren, Carson and Wilson McCann; sister Betty Brown. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in 1960, where he participated in Army ROTC and was a member of the Scabbard and Blade Society and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He earned his Master of Hospital Administration from Baylor University in 1968. During his twenty-year military career, Charlie proudly served as an officer in the Medical Service Corps including twelve years overseas in Vietnam and Heidelberg, Germany. His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal. Following retirement, he was President of Merchants Cold Storage Company. When he wasn't working or taking care of family and friends, Charlie enjoyed fishing, investing and cheering on his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks. GRAVESIDE SERVICE, MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018, 11:00 AM FT. SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)www.dav.org
Howard F. Moeck, LLB ’68, of Dallas died July 23 at age 75.
Thomas “Tom” Lee Robertson, BS ’68, of Waco died Aug. 1 at age 72. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018, at St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery (“The Rock Church”) in Cranfills Gap ( 2680 County Rd 4145), with Pastor Matthew Hardaway of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2018, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco. Tom was born December 14, 1945, in Riverside, California, to Lee and Florence Robertson. He grew up in Waco, graduated from Waco High School in 1964, and then attended Baylor University, graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1968. On January 13, 1973, he married Sheila Leavon Samuelson in Waco, Texas. He worked in the oil fields of West Texas as an engineer briefly before transitioning to a career with various banking and insurance institutions in Houston and Waco for 10 years. Tom then began working for Brazos Higher Education Authority (later Service Corporation) for nearly 21 years, before retiring as its COO in 2007. Tom enjoyed “tinkering” in his shop, creating and building various projects, watching sporting events, serving as a scout leader and soccer coach for his son’s teams, and serving as a chaperone for the Robinson High School “Pride of the Blue” marching band from 1990-1998. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sheila Samuelson Robertson; son, Justin; daughter, Lara; and his beloved Golden Retriever, Jake. Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Humane Society of Central Texas.
Marsha Carol Gilliam Krause, BA ’69, of Arlington, TX, died Sept. 17 from complications of ALS disease. She fought the good fight and never gave up. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at New World United Methodist Church, 1201 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. A reception for family and friends will follow in the church fellowship hall. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas, the Arlington Public Library, KERA Public Television-Channel 13. Marsha was born in Waco, Texas, to Raymond and Louise Gilliam on May 22, 1948. Upon graduating from Waco High School, she attended Baylor University. She completed her Bachelor's degree in education. She moved to Austin, Texas, and taught in junior high. Marsha pursued her certification as a librarian, became the librarian at Waco High for several years, prior to moving to Corpus Christi, Texas. Marsha worked for the state of Texas, licensing day care centers in Corpus Christi. Marsha married Curtis Krause June 20, 1970. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and soon after to Arlington, Texas. Marsha taught second grade at Butler Elementary for many years. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Butler Elementary in 2002-03. She was a truly dedicated teacher and followed the progress of many former students for years. She retired from teaching in 2008. After retiring, she did volunteer work at Northeast Arlington Public Library for several years. Marsha was an avid reader. Marsha was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Gilliam, and son, Austin Krause. Special thanks to all of the caregivers and staff at TownHall Estates. Also a great deal of appreciation and thanks to Community Hospice and their staff, especially Stacey Warnock. SURVIVORS: She is survived by her husband, Curtis Krause; daughter, Kara Yarbrough (husband, Robert); grandchildren, Gavin and Kayden; mother, Louise Gilliam of Waco; brother, Dennis Gilliam (wife, Marsha) of Waco; nephew, Brandon Gilliam (wife, JoAnn); and niece, Marissa Gilliam. Marsha will be remembered for her kindness and her concern for others. She was such a special lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Thomas Franklin “Frank” Martin, BBA ’69, of Grapevine, TX, died Aug. 24 at age 75. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Dr. Jerry Smith will officiate. Graveside services will be 1 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas with Rev. Nathan Tucker officiating. Thomas Franklin Martin was born on April 4, 1943 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Thomas Bishop and Helen M. Short Martin. He lived in Wichita Kansas for 10 years and then moved to Memphis, Tennessee and lived there for a number of years before the family moved to Dallas where as a freshman he attended Thomas Jefferson High School for 2 years. He graduated from Highland Park High School. As a child, Frank loved watching the "Lone Ranger", "Hop Along Cassidy" and eating ice cream. He also loved dressing up as a cowboy complete with six guns. He loved going to the airport since his father, Bill worked out there for Dobbs Houses. It was there that he loved watching planes land and take off. Frank loved fishing for crawdads in Sleeping Hollow Creek in Wichita, Kansas and catching, roasting and eating grasshoppers. He liked fishing with Grandpa Hues on Arkansas River in a flat bottom boat. He loved sled rides and duck hunting with his father Bill. Frank talked a lot about loving his mother's cooking especially her brownies. The family attended Eudora Baptist Church together in Memphis where he was baptised. One of the things he enjoyed most was pestering his older sister, Barbara and Clara Lee. He was the baby and he always got away with a lot. He and his entire family were very close. His niece, Barbara Helen, his nephews, Bryan, Bruce, John T., and Boy were much loved. He loved his wife and children deeply. They took trips together and went fishing. He always loved Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays and celebrating with his family. He loved watching his son, Thomas Allen play football and loved his daughter, Angela's art work. He was always there for advice if needed. His granddaughters, Alexis and Audrey were so precious to him as well as his grandson, Nathaniel. Frank also enjoyed spending time with his in-laws, Mike, Gary, Shana and Rob. He considered them just as much as family as he did the rest of his family. His wife Wendy and he enjoyed so many things together like going to the thoroughbred horse races, antiques, traveling, and just being together and of course their beloved four pound little dog, Willie. He and Wendy worked and traveled a lot together on conventions for Dobbs Houses. After he graduated from high school he went to Baylor University where he graduated in 1968 with a business degree. In between years at Baylor he joined the United States Navy and served from 1963 to 1965 on active duty on a destroyer ship called the USS Wedderburn. He served in the Western Pacific. He was proud to have served as Quarter Master and worked on the bridge of the ship on charts to navigate the ship. He was in the reserves until 1969. He and his wife Wendy married in 1967. After graduating from Baylor he went to Wichita, Kansas to train to work for Dobbs Houses, Inc. He became a general manager for Dobbs in San Antonio in 1968. He was later promoted to regional manager and eventually became the vice president. He was with Dobbs Houses from 1969 to 1992 until the company was sold. He liked cooking, working on genealogy, golf and traveling after that. However, he loved working and after moved to Grapevine, Texas he went to work for Ebby Halliday Realtors in 2001 where he worked until his illness prevented him from doing so. Frank and Wendy shared many wonderful years together and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 6th of last year. It was my honor to be his wife and will always love and miss him and feel like a part of me is missing because it is. Frank left to be with his God that he had come to loved so much on August 24, 2018 around 8:10 in the morning. He was at the Hospice of Texas in Fort Worth. He had not been there even 24 hours before he passed away. He died as he lived with dignity, strength and determination. He tried to make even his passing easier on his loved ones by trying to make us laugh. He sang "Holly Jolly Christmas" with a surgical nurse named Holly while going into surgery. They told me after the surgery was over how much they admired him. He wanted to make sure that I, Wendy thanked you all for being at his service. A special thanks to Terri and Vincent Roach. Without them it would not have been possible to survived the last 3 years without all their loving care and help. He wanted to tell you he loved you all and that you were his reason for living. God Bless you all and thank you. Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Linda "Wendy" Martin of Grapevine; son, Thomas Allen Martin and wife, Shana, of Hurst; daughter, Angela Helen Brown and husband, Rob, of Howell, Michigan; granddaughters, Alexis Martin and Audrey Paxton; grandson, Nathaniel Cleaver; sisters, Clara Hall and husband, Mike, of Goldthwaite; Barbara Bean of Wichita Falls; nephews, Boyd Hall, John T. Hall and wife, Debbie, Bryan Bean, Bruce Bean; other relatives and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas "Bill" and Helen Martin; grandmother, Clara Bell; niece, Barbara Helen Hall; and brother-in-law, Gary Bean. Words of comfort and peace can be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net.
Richard H. Spitzer, BBA ’69, of Robinson, TX, died Oct. 23 at age 74. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 29, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr. Waco, with Pastor Cynthia Moss officiating. Burial will follow at Robinson Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 28, at the funeral home. Richard was born, March 30, 1944, to Henry and Anna (Hander) Spitzer. He graduated in May of 1962 from Midway High School. In May, 1969, he graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Richard worked for American Amicable Insurance Company, Radio City, Commercial Credit Corporation, and retired after 30 years from Waco Meat Service. He was presently working part time for Waco Beef and Pork. He married Barbara Saffle on August 6, 1966 and they enjoyed 52 years together. Richard was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hewitt, Texas where he was a member for over 50 years. Over those 50 years he served on all committees of the church, loving and serving his Lord. He was a member of the Master Composters and had a love for gardening, a member of the Professional Putters Association and won at least twelve Waco city Putt-Putt championships and coached numerous championship Junior Putter teams. He also enjoyed watching NHRA drag racing and never missed a Lady Bear basketball game and was a member of the Tip-Off Club. Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Spitzer; daughters, Kim Adams and husband, Rob, and Shannon Spitzer; grandchildren, Evan and Abby Adams; brother, Don Spitzer; sister, Carol Kizer; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Hewitt or the charity of your choice.