Roger Allen Scott, BBA ’02, of San Antonio died July 27 after a long illness. He was 43. An Eagle Scout and 1993 graduate of Lee High School, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. Roger worked in the business sector but his greatest passion was teaching and coaching. He coached and taught science and math at Barbara Bush Middle School. Roger was a follower of Jesus Christ and was baptized at The Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, sports, and helping those in need. He loved dogs and at various times had Schnauzers, Weimaraners, and a mini pinscher. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Linda Scott of San Antonio, TX; grandmother Catherine Wright Beck Moore of Hephzibah, GA; step- grandmother Alice Smith Beck of Aiken, SC; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 25th, at 11am at Crossroads Church, 3910 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX. Interment will follow at a later date in Blairsville, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the ASPCA or the San Antonio Humane Society. Published in Express-News
Thomas “Tommy” M. Sutton, BA ’02, age 38, of Tyler, Texas passed away after a courageous and brave journey with cancer on September 23, 2018. Tommy was the husband and best friend of 15 years to Jessica Roush Sutton. Born April 6, 1980, in Lufkin, Texas, Tommy was the son of Beverly Thomas Sutton and John Oliver Sutton, Sr. Tommy graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and later graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s in the Histories of Humanities. Tommy had many jobs, but some of his favorites were working hard at his family farm, growing a productive garden and woodworking.
Tommy was a member of South Spring Baptist Church, and he faithfully attended a men’s Bible study group. Some of the hobbies Tommy was passionate about were photography, painting, playing the guitar, flying his drone and camping with his family. Tommy will be remembered for his love of dressing up for Halloween, his use of accents, and his love of laughter. Tommy is survived by his wife, Jessica Roush Sutton and his two children, Oliver Brooks Sutton and Amelia Dawne Sutton. He is also survived by his parents, Beverly Thomas Sutton and John Oliver Sutton, Sr. and his siblings, John Oliver (Amy) Sutton, Jr., Susan Elizabeth (Marcus) Cox, and James Neal (Cindy) Sutton. Tommy leaves behind a special nephew, James Neal Sutton, Jr. and three sweet nieces, Katherine Elizabeth Gates, Anna Caroline Gates, and Rebekah Marie Sutton. Tommy also had many wonderful life-long friends that were like family to him.
The visitation will be at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of life service will be held in Tommy’s honor at 2:00 p.m., that same day, at South Spring Baptist Church. Rev. Chris Legg will officiate.In lieu of flowers, Tommy has asked that memorial contributions be made to Baylor Foundation 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246. Make a note on check: Memory of Tommy Sutton to the Arts and Medicine Program.
Miten Patel, BBA ’03, was born on March 2, 1980 and passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018. He was a resident of Waco, Texas at the time of passing. After High School he joined the Army National Guard where he served for 6 years followed by a degree from Baylor University where he received his Bachelors in Management Information Systems followed later by a Masters in Business Administration.
Meghan Humphries Speer, BSFCS ’04, of Richardson, TX, died July 8 after a difficult battle with ovarian cancer Meghan entered into the presence of her precious Savior and Lord whom she loved with all her heart and lived for passionately. She was born on August 21, 1981 in Roanoke, VA. She graduated from Baylor University and was employed by Texas Health Resources as a physician recruiter. On August 23, 2003 she married the love of her life, Andy Speer. As their love grew so did their family. The Lord gave them two amazing children, Noah (8) and Matti (4). Andy as an amazing husband, cared for and loved Meghan selflessly and unconditionally. His love and commitment to her will never be forgotten. Meghan is also survived by her parents, Phil and Kim Humphries; her brother Justin and his fiancée, Deana; nieces Grace and Sophie and nephew, Cooper; cousins Jeremie and wife, Tabitha, Nick and wife, Amber, Angie and husband, Mike, Josh and wife, Amanda, Gina and husband, Chris, Annelise and husband, Leighton, Erin and husband, Carl and Kristen and husband, Clayton. Meghan’s wonderful extended family also include her in-laws Noah and Pat Speer, Gloria and Leif Nelson and Elizabeth Speer. There are a large number of young children and other family members who are part of Meghan’s life, too numerous to mention but well loved. Meghan was an incredible gift from God. She loved passionately, served faithfully, gave sacrificially and made those around her laugh with delight. She was the light of her family. She was an incredible organizer, planner (especially trips and vacations) and friend to so many. As a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a friend she was wonderful beyond measure. Memorial donations in Meghan’s honor may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at ovarian.org.
Cody Mac Johns, BBA ’06, of Prosper, TX, died Oct. 31 at the age of 34. He was born May 23, 1984 to Rick Allen Johns and Teresa (Kloeppel) Johns in Lafayette, Louisiana. Cody was a 2002 graduate of Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he was one of the founding fathers of Pi Kappa Phi. Cody was employed with the United Parcel Service (UPS) immediately after college, since 2006. He most recently worked in International Sales. Cody married Tiffany Adkisson on July 14, 2007 in Waco, Texas. He loved soccer, golf and football. Cody was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Cody is survived by his wife, Tiffany Johns of Prosper, Texas; son, Hudson Johns; daughter, Emma Johns; parents, Rick and Teresa Johns of Heath, Texas; brother, Matthew Johns and wife, Danica of Rockwall, Texas; nephews and niece, Archer, Aceton, and Anistyn of Rockwall, Texas; grandmothers, Violet Johns of Sedalia, Missouri and Mary Kloeppel of Marshall, Missouri; aunt, Janet Smith and husband, Jack of Columbia, Missouri; cousins, Levi and Claire of Columbia, Missouri; in-laws, Roger and Kathy Moon of Buchanan Dam, Texas; and in-laws, Terry and Stacia Adkisson of Midland, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive family and friends during a visitation Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to wishesforwarriorscorp.org in Cody's honor.
Donna G. Grelle, ’08, of Clifton, TX, died Sept. 27 after a very long battle with leukemia. Donna has never been one to ever give up when faced with a challenge, but the Good Lord decided it was time for her to rest. Donna was born at Gary Air Force Base near San Marcos, Texas, to William and Billie Ruth Warren. Her father was a life-long pilot, and Donna grew up believing that it was normal to watch him land his helicopter in the backyard. Due to her father's work, Donna attended 13 different schools in 12 years. She naturally learned to be a very flexible and determined young lady. Her mother taught her how to be a very independent and responsible individual. Donna has always been a very caring and nurturing mother to her three children and a loving partner for her husband. Donna is survived by her husband, Carl Grelle; daughters, Christina Copeland and husband, Mike, and Heather Miller and husband, Doug; son, Paul Roser and wife, Casey; two step children, Jon Grelle and wife, Emily, and Sarah Grelle; and nine grandchildren. She will also be forever remembered by her sister, Shari Hanby and husband, Todd; brothers, Jody Warren and Jon Warren; and her nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20th, at First Presbyterian Church, 211 S. Avenue G, Clifton, Texas. Special thanks goes out to our friends and family for all their support during Donna's long battle with leukemia. Special thanks to the medical teams at Methodist Medical Center in Houston, the Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center in Waco, and The Providence Hospice Place in Waco. They all provided the wonderful care God wanted for His child, Donna. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 211 S. Avenue G, Clifton, Texas.
Darlene Marie Legge, MSN ’08, of Flower Mound, TX, died Oct. 9 in Ankeny, IA under Hospice Care at her sister's house surrounded by loved ones. She was 62. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Monday, October 15th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sanborn, ND. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour before the mass on Monday AM. A vigil service will be held at 7:00 PM Sunday evening at the church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Sanborn, ND. Darlene was born December 30, 1955 to Wallace and Carol (Reidman) Legge. She was the eldest of 7 siblings, growing up on a farm near Sanborn, North Dakota. She attended school at North Central of Barnes and continued her education at the University of North Dakota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After graduating she worked at Mercy Hospital in Valley City, North Dakota and then moved to Denver, Colorado where she worked at St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital as an ICU charge nurse for 6 years. Her adventurous nature brought her to Eugene, Oregon where she met her husband Stephen Ellis. They relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where Darlene became the Director of Medical-Surgical-Telemetry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound, at which time she earned her Master's Degree from Baylor University. Her expertise in the medical field led her to her current position at CHRISTUS Health in the Member Educator/Staff Development Department. Darlene discovered her love of cooking at a young age. Whether it was preparing farm meals for nine at the dinner table with a perfect banana cream pie for dessert or a grilled-to-perfection meal for two, she had the ability to please all taste buds. She was not secretive with her recipes, she wanted everyone to enjoy a great meal. Darlene's other passion was reading. When she was young, her favorite Christmas gift was a book. In times of triumph or sorrow her Kindle was always within reach and brought her great pleasure. Darlene's legacy is her considerate, kind, compassionate and generous nature. She always considered how decisions, words, and actions were going to affect other people. Darlene was fiercely protective of her loved ones. She will be sadly missed by those closest to her, but will continue to live in our hearts. Darlene is survived by her husband, Stephen Ellis; step children Jason Ellis and Stephanie (David) Frings and their sons Jack, Connor and Steven; parents Wallace and Carol Legge; siblings, Maribeth (Don) Miller, Scott (Judy) Legge, Brenda (Dan) McLaughlin, Doug (Deanna) Legge, Lori (Leonard) Stevenson, and Dwight (Patty) Legge; and several nieces and nephews. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to UnityPoint Hospice-Des Moines. Funeral arrangements by the Lerud Mathias Funeral Home of Valley City. An online guestbook is available at www.lerudschuldt.com
Lindsey Cox Schier, BA ’08, of Burlington, IA, died Oct. 27 at age 33. Born September 15, 1985, in Houston, TX, she was the daughter of Jason Charles and Mary Ellen Koller Cox. On June 8, 2013, she married Joshua Paul Schier in Houston, TX. She was a 2004 graduate of Klein High School in Spring, TX. She graduated in 2008 from Baylor University in Waco, TX with her Bachelor of Arts with numerous honors, then in 2011 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI with her Master's of Arts, and was a PhD candidate at Tulane in New Orleans, LA. She had a life-long love of learning and travelled the world in pursuit of it, studying in London and Barcelona. Lindsey had many interests. She loved reading, researching and writing history. When not working, she relaxed by reading the Economist and searching for new recipes. She was an amazing cook, loved spicy food, and would eat almost any cuisine. She took great pride in her vegetable garden, making sauce, salsa, and jelly from her vegetables. She and Josh enjoyed cooking together. When travelling they loved to find new places to eat, and she was able to slowly broaden Josh’s very limited palette. She loved puzzles and Wheel of Fortune. She truly made her house a home, and loved to spend time there with Josh, where they would binge-watch their favorite shows and movies, read, or garden. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, friends and their children. Lindsey was the Co-Director of the Des Moines County Historical Society and took enormous pride in her work. She found a kindred spirit in her co-director, Robin, and was truly fulfilled by her work. She enjoyed the challenge of creating displays, working on the Historical Society’s events, getting the Phelps House ready each season, and writing her weekly article, Out of the Attic, for the Burlington Hawk-Eye. Survivors include her husband, Josh of Burlington; her parents, Jason and Mary Ellen Koller Cox of Spring, TX; her sister, Alissa (Colby) Boren of Spring, TX, her brother, Eric Cox of Spring, TX; and her mother-in-law and father-in law, Donald and Beverly Schier of Burlington; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws that loved and cherished her. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, November 2, 2018 at Prugh Thielen Funeral Home. The funeral service for Lindsey will be 10:00 AM Saturday, November 3, 2018, at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Melisa Bracht-Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh Thielen Funeral Home following the burial. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Historical Society Roof Fund, 501 N. 4th St., Burlington, IA 52601. This was one of the final projects she worked on and its completion was near and dear to her heart.
Matthew Peter Nassab, BBA ’15, of Houston. died unexpectedly on August 9, 2018. Matthew was the son of Peter and Barbara Nassab and brother of John, Lydia and Thomas Nassab. Matthew was the proud grandson of Fred & Carole Nassab and the late Robert & Rosemary Kinckle, a loyal cousin to 11 and the friend of countless others. A graduate of Westside High School and Baylor University, Matthew was employed by Bechtel Oil & Gas Company. The Nassab family will be present to receive friends Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a Vigil Service beginning at 4:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. The Funeral Mass will commence Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079. A reception will follow Holy Mass on the church campus.