Geraldine Kinard Gailey, BM ’40, of Lubbock, TX, died Jan. 30. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 99 years at 2 p.m., today, Friday, February 1, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Memphis, TX, with Pastor Daniel Downey officiating. The family will hold a private burial service. Family and friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy, and view Jerry's life tribute at www.memorialdesigners.net. Jerry lived in Lubbock, Texas at the time of her death, but she lived most of her life in Memphis, TX, where she was born on May 24, 1919, to the late D.L.C. and Lottie Read Kinard. Jerry was the middle of three children and enjoyed a lifelong relationship with her brothers Cearley and Dwight Kinard. Some of her fondest childhood memories were of family camping trips high in the mountains of Colorado. Jerry graduated from Memphis High School and then attended Baylor University where she earned a B.A. in 1940 in public school music and a minor in English. Jerry was a talented musician - both as a pianist and a vocalist. Following graduation, she enjoyed teaching elementary school music for several years. Baylor remained important to Jerry throughout her life-she rarely missed a Baylor football game on television and was thrilled to dine at the Baylor Club, in the brand new McLane Stadium, when she was 95. While at Baylor, Jerry met her future husband, Asa Lee "Ace" Gailey. Although a spring wedding was originally planned, due to Ace's Army service and the attack on Pearl Harbor, they expedited the ceremony and married in Brownwood, Texas, on December 13, 1941. Jerry and Ace enjoyed 63 years of marriage, during which time they shared a love of God, church, family, Baylor Bears and the Colorado Mountains. Ace preceded her in death in 2004. Jerry was raised in the First Baptist Church where she received lifelong support and established a strong faith in Christ. She and Ace were active in and served in the Baptist Church throughout their marriage. Jerry loved participating in the choir and sang in the Christmas cantata beyond her 90th birthday. Jerry was also active in the community of Memphis in the 1913 Study Club, Harmony Club, Little Theater, EMS Board, Business Women's Club, PTA, and Ex-Students Association, and the Hall County Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed time with friends in the Red Hat Society and in bridge and quilting clubs. After moving to Lubbock, Jerry volunteered at the Ronald McDonald room at UMC. She was a talented artist who quilted, painted, made countless pieces of stained glass and over 50 Christmas stockings for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. These "family treasures" will be enjoyed for generations. She was an avid competitor and enjoyed playing cards and board games with family and friends until the time of her death. Jerry "Nonnie", had a gentle-spirit and a gift for making those around her feel comfortable and cared for. Because of this she made friends of all ages throughout her life. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother as well as a devoted friend. Her life serves as an example to those who knew her and witnessed her strong faith in our Lord. Her family celebrates that she is at peace with Jesus. She is survived by her children, Don Gailey and wife, Dana of Flower Mound; Dwight Gailey of Lubbock, TX, and Diane Gailey Brown and husband, Randy Brown also of Lubbock, TX. She is survived by 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by special nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Cearley Kinard; and sisters-in-law, Jane and Ruby Kinard; brother, Dwight Kinard and sister-in-law, Miggie. The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful caregivers and friends who loved Jerry while she lived at the Wilshire Place after moving to Lubbock. A special thank you to the staff of Accolade Hospice. The family gratefully declines flowers but suggests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church Box 726 or Fairview Cemetery Association Box 265, Memphis, TX 79245 or to a favorite charity.
Rhoda “Rusty” Burks Baylor Harrell, ’43, died Dec. 15, 2018, at age 96. Rusty was the great-great niece of Baylor University's namesake, Judge R.E.B. Baylor. Rusty received a scholarship to Baylor, where she met Morris Harrell, BBA ’42, LLB ’42. They married during World War II while Morris was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Following World War II, they moved to Dallas where Morris began his law practice. Rusty enjoyed membership and served in the leadership of numerous clubs in Dallas, including the Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Garden Club and the Dallas Country Club. Rusty was active at Park Cities Baptist Church, on the Board of the Dallas Theater Center and president of the PTA at University Park Elementary School. She and Morris traveled extensively and hosted many gatherings in her home. Rusty cherished her role as a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Rusty was devoted to her church and to Baylor. Among her survivors are her son, Jim Harrell, and her daughters and son-in-laws, Julia and Mark Boone and Rhoda and Ed Reynolds; seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Memorials may be made to the Rusty Harrell Baylor Law School Endowed Scholarship at the Baylor Law School
Beatrice Virginia Mills, BA ’43, of Pasadena, TX, died Dec. 12, 2018. She was born on October 8, 1922 in Galveston, TX. She received her B.A. from Baylor University and her M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth TX. In partnership with her husband she served as a missionary in three West African countries - Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana. She then returned to the United States in support of her family as her husband was assigned the position of administrator – director for West Africa with the Baptist Foreign Mission Board in Richmond, Va. After retiring in 1988 Virginia and her husband moved back to their home state of Texas. In Pasadena, TX. they became steadfast members of South Main Baptist Church. Virginia is survived by her daughter Carol Mills Shanks, son John Mills, and sister Marilyn Lakey. Visitation will be at Pasadena Funeral Chapel, Pasadena, TX from 5-7 P.M. on Monday 17 of December 2018. Funeral service will also be held at Pasadena Funeral Chapel on Tuesday 18th, December 2018 at 10 A.M., after which she will be buried at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, TX. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your charity of choice.
Dorothy Spencer Bates, BBA ’45, of Waco died January 21, 2019. Services will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 25, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Mrs. Bates was born October 7, 1925, in Waco, Texas, to Tom and Mary Edna Crunk Spencer. Dorothy attended Sanger Avenue Elementary School and was a graduate of Waco High School and Baylor University. A member of Delta Alpha Pi sorority, she later became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta when national sororities were allowed at Baylor. For many years she served as treasurer for the Kappa Alpha Theta House Corporation and received the 2016 Theta of the Year award. It was during their Baylor days that Dorothy met her future husband, John L. Bates, Jr. They were married August 31, 1945, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, where she was a long time Sanctuary Choir member. Dorothy worked at WACO radio station until her first daughter was born. As a homemaker and mother, she was a Camp Fire Girls leader, Huaco Camp Fire Council board member, her daughters’ schools’ room mother, and Parent-Teacher-Association volunteer. A member of Waco’s Garden Forum Club, she enjoyed entering garden show competitions. She used her mathematical talents by serving as treasurer for many organizations including the Waco Symphony Council. In addition, for many years she was the bookkeeper for Laine Advertising. Dorothy shared her husband’s love of the law by serving as president of the McLennan County Bar Auxiliary, the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary and the American Lawyers Auxiliary. Additionally, she served on the Texas Bar Historical Foundation. Genealogy became a hobby and passion resulting in Dorothy’s membership in the Henry Downs National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as chapter regent and on the Heart of Texas Regents Council. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century and the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Her interest in history extended to her service on the Helen Marie Taylor Museum Board of Directors and the Waco Historical Commission. Due to Dorothy’s support of educators, the Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International made her an honorary member. She enjoyed membership in Ridgewood Country Club’s Ladies Golf Association, the Gin Rummy Supper Club and Life Begins at Forty. Family travels throughout the United States and spending time with her grandchildren were important to Dorothy. Preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 59 years, Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Virginia Riddle and husband, Byron, Barbara Brookreson and husband, David, Linda Cates and husband, Brad, and Pat Rountree and husband, John. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Angie Cates Boone and husband, Cameron, Patrick Rountree and wife, Haley, Katie Beth Riddle Courville and husband, Robert, Ally Cates, and Michael Rountree and wife, Megan; and great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Maggie and Hunter Boone, Sophia and Kyrie Courville, and Camilia and Ford Rountree. Honorary Pallbearers are Byron Riddle, David Brookreson, Brad Cates, John Rountree, Patrick Rountree, Michael Rountree, Cameron Boone, Robert Courville, Robbie Moody, and Wendall Crunk, Jr. Memorials may be made to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church or Baylor University. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Ruth Eleanor McCord Jenkins, BSN ’45, of Grapevine, TX, died Dec. 25, 2018, at age 95. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Richard Jenkins, parents David and Lola McCord, and brother Robert McCord. Ruth was a graduate of Highland Park High School and Baylor School of Nursing. She is survived by her sons William Jenkins (Pamela), Keith Jenkins (Joy), Stephen Jenkins, and James Jenkins. Also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on January 18 at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Mouldon B. Smith, BS ’45, died Dec. 27, 2018, in Dallas. The former San Juan, TX, resident was 97 years old. Many Valley residents will remember Dr. Smith, who was an orthodontist on South Main Street in McAllen for over 40 years. M.B, as he was usually called, was born in Ardmore, Tennessee, on Feb. 9, 1921 to Dr. Mouldon and Ida Leslie Smith. He liked to tell how he was "born dead," and in desperation the midwife rolled him on the cold floor which revived him. When he was about 10, the family moved to Mission, Texas, where his father practiced medicine in the same office in which M.B and his brother Lloyd, also a physician, would eventually practice. After graduation from Mission High School, M.B. attended Baylor University for his undergraduate degree and then Baylor Dental School where he obtained his D.D.S.degree. Shortly afterwards, he met and Lydia Antoinette Wagner of Dallas. They married in 1945 and lived in Wichita Falls until he completed his Orthodontic preceptorship. They then moved to San Juan where they lived in a rambling home on an acre and a half filled with citrus and avocado trees. There they raised their five children before moving to Canyon Lake in 1991. They were members of the San Juan People's Church. Dr. Smith was a member of the Texas Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association for over 40 years. M.B. served as an Air Force Captain between 1953-1955, spending 18 months of that period in Okinawa. M.B. had many varied interests, one of which was raising prize roosters. He was also fond of boating, and on the rare occasion that the boat motor actually worked, he enjoyed pulling his children around the lake on water skis. He always bought his wife Lydia a beautiful car, but preferred driving himself to work in a rusty Volkswagen, or an old Jeep which had a piece of rope holding the door closed. He loved barbecuing meat drenched in lime juice and salt, which he rolled up into a tortilla-a forerunner of the fajita long before anyone heard of such a thing. He was quite interested in alternative forms of medicine as he grew older, and tried to convince everyone who would listen of their benefits. The "Pulser," a personal electromagnetic device, was always close at hand for anything that ailed a person, and he took massive numbers of supplements from the Life Extension company, which obviously, did what they promised. At one point, he was a firm believer in the health benefits of sardines, and once approached a very old, thin woman in the grocery store and asked her if she might want to try some sardines. She turned abruptly away and headed down another aisle. M.B. loved helping people and never passed up an opportunity. He gave away much of his orthodontic work to those who could not afford it. He had a great heart, and will long be remembered as a generous giver. His faith in his Lord Jesus Christ became the most important thing in his life and he shared that with many, as well. Texas has lost a great and colorful man, who was loved by all his family. M. B. is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lydia, his daughters Lisa Wallace of Tyler, Janie Peterson (Steve) of Denver, and Rosanne Spangler(Sonny) of Llano, and his sons Brian of Blanco and Steve (Inese) of Austin. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Rich Wallace (Beth), Dallas; Brian Wallace (Robyn), Quito, Ecuador; Jenny Wallace Dallas; Meggan Peterson Winegar (Taylor), Parker, Colorado; Jordan Smith, Ft. Worth; Kendyl Smith Howard (Adam), Houston; Nicholas, Kevin, and Victoria Smith, Austin. A graveside service will be held at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, on January 4.
Freddy Sue Pruitt Ellis, BSN ’46, of Norman, OK, died Dec. 11, 2018. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Ellis was the daughter of Fred and Julina Pruitt of Itasca, Texas. She was raised in Itasca and graduated from Itasca High School in 1943. Freddy Sue grew up and was baptized with a group of her friends at Central Baptist Church of Itasca. She graduated from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1946 and married Harry L. Ellis on August 20, 1946, shortly afterwards they moved to Duncan, Oklahoma. She and her late husband, Harry, were married 64 years. To this union were born two children, Larry Don and Sue Ann Ellis. She and Harry taught in the Junior Dept at First Baptist Duncan, and then moved to a church plant where she was a charter member of the Plato Road Baptist Church in Duncan and active in Christian work all her life teaching Sunday School and serving as the church pianist or organist. She loved singing and playing Christian music and sang for many events. At the time of her death she was a member of Eagle Heights Church in Oklahoma City. Freddy Sue worked for the Duncan Regional Hospital for many years. Mrs. Ellis worked in several areas; serving as Director of Nurses at Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, Surgery Supervisor at Duncan Regional Hospital for many years. She finished her career as a Computer Instructor, and as Infection Control Officer at Duncan Regional Hospital in Duncan. For approximately three years, she was the general Manager of KHME, the family owned radio station in Duncan OK. They lived in Duncan for 55 years until retirement. She and Harry moved back to Itasca, her home town, in 2001. In 2007 they moved to Denver for health reasons. She lived with her husband in a retirement center in Denver until Harry’s death. She later moved in 2013 to Grace Living Center in Norman, OK. She is survived by her two children, Larry and his wife Jill of Denver, Colorado and Sue Ann Wagner and her husband, Don of Oklahoma City. There are five grandchildren, Joshua Ellis Wagner and his wife Miranda, of Oklahoma City, Julia Suzanne and her husband Dr. Jason Leinen of Oklahoma City, OK, John Wagner and his wife, Courtney, of Moore, Oklahoma, Christine Joy Ellis Kosoff and her husband, Brandan of Denver, and Jonathan Pruitt Ellis and his wife, Cyndal, of Denver. She had eight great granddaughters and three great grandsons. They are Abigail, Danielle, and Brianna Wagner; Jasmine and Jocelyn, and J.D. Leinen, all of Oklahoma City; Payden and Jemma Wagner of Moore, OK; Pearl and Lincoln Ellis, and Arianna Kosoff of Denver. She has many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Memorials may be made to the Baptist Student Union, 1320 West Lindsey, Norman, OK 73069. Interment is in the Itasca, Texas Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Harry, her Grandparents, J.P. Thomason, and wife Susan, her Uncle Clay Thomason and her Parents Fred and Julina Pruitt.
Carolyn Knowles, BM ’46, of Galveston, TX, died Dec. 4, 2018, at age 94. She was a long-time resident of Waco. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 15, at Antioch Community Church (Children's Chapel). The family will receive visitors until 11:30 a.m. Following the services, all of Carolyn's family and friends are invited to a meal served by Pro-Life Waco in Room 500 of Antioch Community Church. Carolyn was born November 30, 1924, in Mansfield, Louisiana, the daughter of Allen Douglas Maddry, Sr. and Eunice Britt Maddry. She graduated in 1942 from Baylor University with a music degree. Carolyn's love of music permeated her family home. In 1962, Carolyn began a teaching career at St. Mary's Catholic School and Waco Independent School District. She loved reading and the outdoors. Carolyn taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and was ready to step forward to help others in need. Carolyn Knowles was a faithful foot soldier in pro-life outreach throughout a quarter century—from before the beginning of abortion in Waco in 1994 until her health faltered in recent years. Youngsters in Central Texas are living today because of Carolyn's sidewalk counseling to moms. Pro-Life Waco's billboard truck is named "Carolyn". Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Henry James Askew and Michael Douglas Askew; and brothers, Lamar Stansel Maddry and Allen Douglas Maddry, Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Becky Hernandez of Galveston, who cared for Carolyn the last three years; son-in-law, Josh Hernandez, Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua Hernandez of Chicago, and Andrea Hernandez of Galveston; nephew, Robert Charles Maddry (Becky) of Fort Worth; and niece, Patty Maddry Frederick (Roger) of Dallas.
Thomas B. McDade III, BA ’46, died Jan. 24 at age 95. Tom was a graduate of Sugar Land (TX) High School, Baylor University and Harvard Business School. He served as an officer in the Navy during World War II, an officer of Texas Commerce Bank and as a board member of a number of both corporate and non-corporate organizations. He was a member of Second Baptist Church. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy (Dee), his son Thomas B. McDade IV, and sister, Martha McDade Lehmann, BS ’41. Survivors include his second wife, Martha; daughter Diana Rollo and husband, Richard; grandchildren Virginia Elizondo and Harris Rollo; daughter in law, Sharon McDade Huff and husband, George Huff; grandchildren Alexandria McDade Salvaggio and Thomas B. McDade V; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the J. Mills McDade and Martha McDade Lehmann Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor’s Truett Seminary.
Elvena Wilkey Redus, BSN ’46, of Amarillo, TX, died Nov. 18, 2018. Elvena Redus, 93, of Amarillo died Sunday, November 18, 2018. Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 1300 S. Tyler St., with Dr. Howard K. Batson and the Rev. Reed Redus officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Elvena was born May 8, 1925, in Bramen, OK to Euclid and Olive Wilkey. She graduated from Baylor Nursing School in 1946, where she roomed with the sister of her future husband, Dr. Lonnie Clark Redus. Upon Lonnie’s discharge from the Army Air Corps, they married in 1946. Lonnie and Elvena lived in Dallas, TX, while he completed medical school, then moved to Oklahoma City where he did his residency. They next moved to Weatherford, OK, where they lived for 12 years. They moved to Amarillo in 1963 where Elvena lived until her death. Elvena loved the Lord and her family with all of her heart. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 55 years. She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible schools, and served as nurse, chaperone, and teacher for high school summer camps and choir trips for many years. She helped to establish an audio-visual library ministry at the church that served the church’s members for years. She loved to share her faith with others and through her; many people came to know the Lord. Elvena loved music and played the piano beautifully, especially hymns. She had a passion for reading and studying God’s Word and continued reading and listening to His Word until the day she died. She was preceded in death by her brother, and sister, a son, Dr. Ronald Clark Redus, in 2006, and Lonnie, her husband of 66 years, in 2013. Survivors include a son, Mark Redus and wife Ann of Amarillo; a daughter, Jan Gibbs and husband Duncan, of Sharpsburg, GA; a daughter-in-law, Pam Redus Puckett and husband Wolf of Amarillo; nine grandchildren, Mary Ann Leinen and husband Derek, Ronald Clark Redus, II and wife Kasey, Rebecca Redus Smith and husband Ben, David Gibbs, Captain Bryan Gibbs and wife Jenna, Michael Gibbs and wife Katelyn, Rev. Reed Redus and wife Amy, Major Riley Redus and wife Rebekah, and Desaray Burke and husband Corey; 12 great-grandchildren, Reagan, Brooks, and Grant Leinen, Audrey and Asa Redus, Lucy Smith, Noah and Emmarie Redus, Sierra, Ella, and Caleb Redus, and Jemma Burke. The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, Missions, 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101-4296; or online at www.firstamarillo.org.
Mary Ethel Reeder, BA ’46, of Arlington, TX, died Dec. 29, 2018, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. She was 93. SERVICE: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of Arlington. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Greenwood-Arlington Chapel. Interment: Parkdale Cemetery. MEMORIALS: Expressions of sympathy may be made to First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center, Arlington, TX 76011 or Arlington Life Shelter Capital Campaign, 325 W. Division, Arlington, TX 76011. Ethel was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Waco, Texas, to Mary Ethel and John M. Hawes. She attended Waco High School and Baylor University, graduating with a degree in education. In 1946, she married John B. Reeder Jr. of Waco. She began teaching in the Waco area. The couple had two sons, Jimmy and Craig. In 1957, she and her husband moved to Arlington, Texas, where he opened the city's first sporting goods store. Ethel taught school at Crow, Johns and Bebensee Elementary schools and retired from the Arlington ISD after a 30-year teaching career. Ethel quickly became active in what was a small community in 1957. She was a charter member of the Arlington Woman's Club and spent many hours enjoying the fellowship and work of the club. She received the prestigious Cooper Award from AWC in 2004. Ethel was a charter member of the Arlington Memorial Hospital Auxiliary helping establish the organization soon after the hospital was built. She served many hours over 55 years as a volunteer in every department, was Auxiliary president, and was named the Arlington Memorial Hospital Volunteer of the Year in 2013. She was also active at her church, FUMC of Arlington. Ethel's passion for bridge included a bridge game several times a month with friends. Her Bunco group was a fun, loving group of ladies who played each month for many years. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends. If you knew Ethel, you were her friend. She loved sports and enthusiastically supported Baylor University football, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, J.B. While we mourn the loss of her presence with us, we know she is whole again in the arms of the Lord and no longer suffering from the ravages of illness. SURVIVORS: Sons, Jim Reeder and wife, Faye, Craig Reeder and wife, Susan, of Arlington; sister, Lucy Thompson of Arlington; brother, John M. Hawes and wife, Margaret, of Waco; grandchildren, Becca Reeder of Arlington, Shaun Reeder of Waco and Emily Lieseth of Tomball; nephews, Bart Thompson of Arlington, John Hawes of Waco, Arthur Hawes of Springfield, Mo., and David Hawes of Austin; nieces, Sarah Thompson Logan of Nashville, Tenn., and Beth Hawes West of Dallas; five great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
Kathryne O’Bryan Timberlake, BM ’46, of Atlanta, GA, Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma Baptist University, dies at 95. Kathryne Timberlake, known for her tireless encouragement of her students and friends and her energetic intelligence, died on January 21st at her home in Atlanta, GA. Mrs. Timberlake retired as Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in 1993 after teaching piano and music theory for 40 years. Before her tenure at OBU, she graduated from Baylor University in 1946 and pursued graduate studies in piano performance at North Texas State University and later at the University of Oklahoma. She taught briefly at the Fort Worth Conservatory of Music and the Southwestern Baptist Seminary before moving to Shawnee with her husband, James, who had been newly appointed to the OBU faculty. After teaching for a year at Horace Mann Elementary School, she accepted a teaching position at OBU. She also taught piano privately for over 60 years. Mrs. Timberlake was born in Sherman, TX to Carey Law O’Bryan and Winnie Pearl Gulley O’Bryan on August 17, 1923. Her father owned several newspapers where she first developed her intellectual curiosity and received 5 cents per inch of text as a young reporter. Her parents’ generosity to the unemployed during the Great Depression formed her character — she remembered her mother feeding hungry men on the back porch when her father was not at home and at their table with the family when he was. Mrs. Timberlake’s brother, Carey Law O’Bryan, Jr., eight years her senior, encouraged her all her life. He died in 2011, leaving two sons and a daughter (Carey, Bob, and Pat) who were very dear to Mrs. Timberlake. While attending college during the Second World War, Mrs. Timberlake met and married her beloved husband of nearly 61 years, Dr. James Samuel Timberlake, who, after serving as a chaplain during the war in Europe, taught Hebrew, Greek, and Biblical Studies at OBU for 38 years. She gave birth to their daughter Mary Kathryne in 1947, and their family attended First Baptist Church in Shawnee, OK where she taught Sunday school and was a life-long member of the choir. Her 60 years at the church, her career at OBU, and her community involvement in organizations such as PEO for 68 years, the Shawnee Fine Arts Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and her professional organizations Mu Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Lambda, National Piano Guild, OMTA, and MTNA gave her a ministry of encouragement to everyone she met. A few years after her husband James passed away in 2005, Mrs. Timberlake moved to Atlanta to live near their daughter, returning to Shawnee annually for several years to visit her friends. In 2014, OBU awarded Mrs. Timberlake an Honorary Doctorate of Music. Dr. David W. Whitlock, the OBU president, said, “Through her commitment to the students of OBU, her high standards of academic excellence, and her devotion to Christian education, she has sought to bring glory to God through her work. In honoring Kathryne Timberlake, Oklahoma Baptist University is keeping faith with the high ideals we have set for granting such degrees. Her life exemplifies high standards, excellence in achievement, and genuine concern for others.” Kathryne Timberlake is survived by her daughter Mary Kathryne Timberlake MacKenzie, her son-in-law Craig Peter MacKenzie, her two grandchildren Kathryne MacKenzie Susong (married to Kirk) and Craig Peter MacKenzie, Jr. (married to Katie Johnson), and four great-grandchildren (John Trilby and India Kathryne Susong, and Elizabeth Lowell and Lucy James MacKenzie), all of Atlanta, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be contributed to the Kathryne O’Bryan Timberlake Scholarship in Music Theory at OBU or to the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra, College of Fine Arts, OBU, Shawnee, OK. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Shawnee. The Music Prelude will begin at 10:00 a.m. given by her family, former students, and colleagues. The family will be at the funeral home on Friday, February 1 from 4-7 p.m. to visit with family and friends.
Margaret Ann Pool Turley, BA ’46, of Boerne, TX, died Dec. 19, 2018. She was born June 21, 1926 in El Paso, Texas to Roy Fraim (R.F.) and Dewey Mae Pool. Margaret passed away peacefully at home, in Boerne, Texas, December 19, 2018, being 92 years young. Margaret grew up in the Dallas area, graduated from Baylor University, and married Herbert E. Turley in Dallas, June 3, 1947. On June 6, the happy couple was sealed together for eternity in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and they both enjoyed sharing their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ with their four children through the years. After Herb graduated from Texas A&M, he and Margaret lived in San Antonio. When not living in San Antonio, Margaret and Herb lived in Sisterdale and then Boerne from 1961-1966; then back in Boerne from 1983 on. Margaret enjoyed participating in society organizations and events with her family in her younger years; loved a wide range of music (from Handel’s “Messiah” to Big Band to the Boerne Village Band); loved to sing (and was her church choir director for many years); and was a member of San Antonio’s Tuesday Musical Club and a member of the George W. Kendall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Margaret influenced many young minds for good as a school teacher, first substitute teaching in the Boerne school district and then teaching full-time at Burbank High School. She also loved serving others in the community and church throughout her life. Margaret helped with the refugee efforts in San Antonio; has helped put together humanitarian packets, hygiene packets, and has helped with many other worthy causes locally and for those that live abroad. Herb and Margaret served a full-time church mission together in South Carolina from 1999-2000. Also, Margaret worked with the young women of the church in various facets and was a Stake Young Women’s Camp Director for many years, providing experiences that would encourage the young women to develop a closer relationship with their Heavenly Father. She held other church leadership positions, including Relief Society President for her congregation in San Antonio; and then later, the Stake Relief Society President where her stewardship included all of San Antonio and surrounding areas. She helped those in physical and spiritual need get through hard times, comforted the distressed, and helped individuals and families feel their Savior’s love. She has blessed countless individuals and families, but none more so than her own family, through her actions, example, and love. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Barbara Sosa of Boerne; son, Bruce Turley and his wife Kaye of Round Rock; son, Keith Turley and his wife Janis of Houston; son, Hal Turley and his wife Launa of Dallas; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, R.F. and Mae Pool; brother Robert Pool and his wife Nell; sister Sarah Lewis and her husband J; son-in-law Lloyd Sosa; grandson Zachary Sosa; and great-grandson Ezra Jasso. Margaret’s celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 with visitation beginning at 9am; the funeral service at 10am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 203 Stonegate Rd, Boerne. The interment will be held at 2pm at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select Obituaries. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
Dr. John Harold Beard, BA ’48, of Tyler, TX, died Dec. 31, 2018. Our beloved "Brother Johnny" met face to face with the One he loved and preached about for over 75 years - What a reunion! Beard was born on March 24, 1927, in Alton, Illinois, to John and Gertrude Beard. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna Priest and husband, George Priest; and nephew, George Priest Jr. Brother Johnny accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and, while in high school, surrendered his life to the ministry. He spent 12 more years in higher education earning a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from Luther Rice Seminary. He was in evangelism for several years prior to pastoring First Baptist Church, Goliad, Texas; First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson, Texas; Calvary Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas; and Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas. He was honored as pastor emeritus at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. After retiring, he served as interim at Faith Baptist Church, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and other churches in the East Texas area. He was on the Board of Trustees at the University of Corpus Christi and held other offices in the Southern Baptist Convention. Brother Johnny truly loved people and had sincere concern for their spiritual well-being. His passion in life was to put God first, others second and himself last. The heart of his ministry was missions and reaching the world for Christ, which led many people into special service and the foreign mission field. He is survived by his loving wife and helpmate of 67 years, Marty Belle; son, Johnny Beard and wife, Mary; daughter, Deborah Duffer and husband, Eddy; precious grandchildren, John Beard, Hannah Beard, Haley Beard, Jacob Duffer and Joshua Duffer; nieces, Jeanna Soper, Dianna Meisenheimer and Cyndi Crabtree; and nephew, Jim Crabtree. Services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Colonial Hills Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Branam and Rev. Robert Carter officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Baylor Line Foundation, John H. Beard Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2089, Waco, Texas 76703; or to the International Mission Board in memory of John H. Beard, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia 23230. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Rev. Emil V. Becker, BA ’48, of Cresson, TX, died Nov. 27, 2018, at age 100. A visitation with his family will be held at the First Baptist Church in Stephenville at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Services will follow at 2 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Ken May, assisted by Rev. David Blagg. Bro. Becker, the thirteenth and youngest child of Ellis Island immigrant parents Jacob P. and Ernestine P. Becker, was born on January 28, 1918, on the family farm outside of Marion, South Dakota. His parents, siblings, wife of 57 years Illa Fay, and sons Richard Lynn and David Michael all preceded him in death. He is survived by son Ronald Gene and wife Theresa, Cresson, Texas; daughter-in-law Melissa Becker of Benbrook, Texas; grandchildren Traci Becker, Daniel Becker, Kristen Cameron, Tyler Becker, and Kelsey Adams; six great grand children, and several nieces and nephews. World War II service in the Army brought Bro. Becker to Texas. After the war he continued his education at Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon graduation Bro. Becker served as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Knox City, Texas. In 1955, he was called as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville, Texas where he served for over 31 years. Following his retirement from that church in 1986 his ministry continued as he served 27 interim pastorates in the Stephenville area. He loved the congregations he served, they were his family. He loved all the people of Stephenville. He was ministering to them well into his 90′s, conducting the last of the 1,710 funerals of his ministry at the age of 94. He united over 400 couples in marriage, baptized well over 3,000, and delivered over 10,000 sermons - all with his traditional 3 points. He enjoyed his community, especially his Lions Club meetings and Tarleton basketball games. Following his service he will rest next to his wife in the Erath Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to his beloved First Baptist Church, Stephenville.
Patricia Hicks Clay, BA ’48, of Dallas died Dec. 14, 2018. She was born in 1926 in Waco, Texas, one of seven children of David Hicks and Annie "Mamie" Hicks. Patricia passed away peacefully following a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She grew up and attended public schools in the Waco area. Her father was a Waco businessman. She began her college career at Ward-Belmont in Nashville, and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Art. She began her career with Pioneer Airlines as a flight attendant, where she was chosen for a national advertising campaign. She was working for Braniff Airlines when she met and married Franklin Edward Clay in May 1953. She became a full-time homemaker and mother to her three children. Pat continued painting throughout her life and won amateur competitions. Her art is much prized by her family. She was also an avid and successful investor. She and her family attended Schreiber United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ed; grandson John Keeler; her brothers Miller, David, and Edwin Hicks; and sisters Helen Hicks Stern and Virginia Hicks Stratton. Pat is survived by daughter Linda Clay and her husband David Franks and their children and grandchildren, Katie, Chris, and Elizabeth; son Larry and his wife Mity Myhr and their son Andrew; son Gary and his wife Kim Clay and their daughters Katie, Kristen, and Kelsey; and her brother Harold Hicks. In lieu of flowers the family directs donations to the 'Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation' at www.alzinfo.org or other organizations supporting Alzheimer's research. A memorial service will be held December 16 at 2:00 pm in Wesley Chapel at Lovers Lane Methodist Church in Dallas.
Christine Bertha Fredericka Wendt Frase, BA ’48, MSEd ’71, of McGregor, TX, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She was 92. Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church of McGregor. Interment will follow at the McGregor Cemetery. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 12 noon and continue until service time. Mrs. Frase was born on February 17, 1926 to the Reverend John and Malinda Wendt. In 1949, she married Gilbert Frase, who preceded her in death in 1999. Christine graduated from Texas Lutheran College with a degree in social work. She worked as a medical technologist until she went to Baylor University in the 1960's to earn her master’s degree in education and acquire a teaching certificate. She loved teaching special education and delighted in helping children who struggled. Gilbert and Christine were proud, loving, and devoted parents of a son, John, and a daughter, Marilyn. Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert. Survivors include son, John Frase and wife, Betty; daughter, Marilyn Janke, and husband, Gary; four grandchildren, Preston Frase, Lauren Frase Kelley and husband, Shaun, Shonda Janke, and Delanie Janke Pfetzer and husband, Chris. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church or the McGregor EMS.
Martha Wood Gayle, BA ’48, of Houston died Sept. 5, 2018, surrounded by her family. Martha’s life began on the 14th of September 1927, in Waco, Texas where she lived until she moved to Houston in 1950. Faith, family, and friends were the hallmarks of Martha’s life. Beautiful outside and inside, she was a tower of strength for those who relied on her spiritual guidance and were inspired by her gracious love. Martha’s devout faith and her spiritual identity were the rocks of her existence. Martha was selfless with her time, talents, and financial resources. She gave generously to her church and charitable causes. Martha’s Christian example blessed countless others. The sixty-eight year marriage to the love of her life, Gibson Gayle, Jr., was the second pillar upon which Martha’s life was built. Gib was a renowned attorney and possessed a brilliant legal mind. However, he always credited Martha as the source of his success. Martha stood beside Gib every step of the way and was his greatest advocate. Martha gave Gib the most precious gifts of his life, Sally Ann, Martha Alice, Gibson III, Jane Ellen, and Philip Wood. Martha was an exceptional elementary school teacher who molded the young lives entrusted to her much as she did the lives of her own children. Later, Martha happily abandoned a professional career to devote her full energies to her husband and children. She was the school parent who organized the PTA meetings, led the scout troops, chaperoned field trips, and ran the carpools. Eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren now cherish the memory of their adored Mimi. Martha’s circle of friends spanned generations, as well as social and economic classes. If you were Martha’s friend, you were a friend for life. Martha was as fiercely protective, loving, and supportive of her friends as she was of her church, her husband, and her children. Martha was also passionate about her love of gardening. She was a distinguished grower and hybridizer of daylilies. One quality affectionately remembered by all who knew her well was Martha’s sense of humor. She could tell a great joke and she could blushingly appreciate a little off-color humor. Martha could make anyone laugh even when they were going through troubled times. She found the good in all people and the blessing in every situation. In her final years Martha loved and was loved by her caregivers Teresa, Cristina, and Araceli. Edith and Javier Lopez, longtime employees and supporters, were her surrogate children. Martha is predeceased by her parents Charlie and Katie Wood, her husband Gibson Gayle, Jr. and three older brothers Charles, Tom, and Harvey Wood. How we shall greatly miss our most precious and treasured mother who was also a beautiful soul, generous spirit, loving wife, and loyal friend. A celebration of this extraordinary life is to be conducted at half past 10 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 11th of September, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Rev. Wick Stuckey, Senior Associate Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial donations may be directed to the Star of Hope Mission, 4848 Loop Central Drive #500, Houston, Texas 77081, Amazing Place Houston, 3735 Drexel Drive, Houston, Texas 77027, Disabled American Veterans, 2656 S. Loop W. #130, Houston, Texas 77054 or the church of your choice.
Cora Lee Jones, BA ’48, of Moody, TX, died Dec. 28, 2018. Services for Cora Lee Jones, 92, were Monday, Dec. 31, at First Baptist Church in Moody. She was born Sept. 29, 1926, to Logan and Eunice Harvey Hatter in Moody, where she lived her most of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Moody. She graduated from Moody High School in 1943. She graduated from Baylor University in 1948. She taught elementary school in La Marque, Moody and Bruceville-Eddy. She married Mike Jones in 1950, who preceded her in death. She was instrumental in getting the Moody Community Library established. Survivors include three daughters, Helen Ann Jones of Houston, Virginia Lee Davis of Temple and Ruth Haigood of Moody; a sister, Lula Jo Beerwinkle of Moody; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Gloria Anice Schorlemmer Anderson, BA ’49, of Van, TX, died Nov. 4, 2018. A private family service was held. She was laid to rest at Jamestown Cemetery. A visitation was held for family and friends at First Baptist Church of Van at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Gloria was born March 10, 1928 in Llano County, Texas. She had been a resident of Van since 1954, formerly living in Tyler. She was a 1949 graduate of Baylor University, and taught school for several years at Hogg Middle School in Tyler and Grand Saline ISD. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Van, where she taught GA's in her earlier years. She was an accomplished pianist, organist and soloist. With her love of teaching and the arts, she taught piano and French, among other things. She also loved to deer hunt. Mrs. Anderson went to be with the Lord at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt J. Anderson; son, Timothy Camron Anderson; parents, Adolph Herman Schorlemmer and Georgia Clinger Schorlemmer; and nephew, Thomas C. Fain. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lachelle & Bruce Currin of Van; sister, Frances S. Fain of Llano; nieces, Janna Fain of Tyler and Leslie Fain of Houston; and two great-nephews, Christopher Fain and wife, Amy of Beaumont and David Fain of San Francisco, CA.
Dorothy Elizabeth Lawhon Clark, BSN ’49, BS ’52, of Waco died Nov. 16, 2018, surrounded by her beloved family, Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Dr. M. Vernon Davis and the Reverend Dorisanne Cooper will be officiating. Dorothy was born in Avon Park, Florida, a town nestled among orange groves, pastures, and twenty-seven lakes. She was one of four children reared lovingly by Sarah Miriam and Raleigh Henry Lawhon. From a very young age, Dorothy was an athlete, scholar, and musician. She played basketball, cheered for the Avon Park Red Devils, was devoted to her studies, and passionately played the piano. In 1944, she graduated from Avon Park High School and entered Mars Hill Jr. College in the mountains of North Carolina. In 1949, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University School of Nursing. In that same year, she went to Europe to attend the Baptist World Youth Congress. Dorothy's desire to practice her faith, education, and nursing skills were grounded in the Great Commission of Christ that extends the good news of God's love throughout the world. In 1949, she returned to Avon Park and in the following year, married Gene Austin Clark, her childhood sweetheart. They returned to Waco where Gene, a World War II navy veteran in the Pacific, attended Baylor University and graduated with a BA in History in 1953. (He later went on to earn his MA in History and pursue his doctorate.) That fall, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky to continue preparing for the mission field. Following Gene's graduation from Southern Theological Seminary, they were commissioned in 1956 as missionaries to Japan, where they served for over 25 years in Fukuoka and Tokyo. During their time in Japan, Dorothy and Gene became a part of people's lives. Through education and service, they demonstrated their understanding of the way of Christ that embraces all people with dignity and grace. In addition to their mission work, they brought up all five of their children in Japan with an abiding love and affinity for the Japanese culture, language, and people. Dorothy and Gene traveled with their family throughout the islands of Japan, exposing them to ancient temples, shrines, castles and gardens. Each summer, they spent time together in the western mountains of Nojiri alongside third culture children and families from around the world. At Thanksgiving, they would often caravan with other missionary families to hot springs in Amagi for the annual Mission Meeting. They also celebrated holidays with home cooked meals and homespun music, welcoming single missionaries, Japanese students, as well as any neighbor who needed the comforts and joys of a home. In 1981, at the age of 54, Dorothy returned to Waco following Gene's sudden death. It was in Waco that she and her 11 year old daughter, Anna, were welcomed into the fellowship of Calvary Baptist Church, and later into Seventh and James Baptist Church. These communities gave her the support needed to navigate through life as a single parent. Once again, Dorothy returned to her studies and became reinstated as a RN. This allowed her to gain employment at Hillcrest Hospital, and later at the Veterans Hospital where she cared for patients on the psychiatric ward. Throughout her years in Waco, she dedicated her life to assisting in children's ministries at Seventh and James, visiting the sick, teaching English to international students and families at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, and delivering meals to elderly and disabled adults through Meals on Wheels of Waco. Dorothy's faith was also reflected in her actions as a grateful citizen of the United States. Dorothy proudly cast her vote at every election, voiced her opinion concerning human rights, and advocated for the equality and respect of everyone. In the final years of Dorothy's life, she dedicated her time to her children and grandchildren who affectionately called her "Grandma", "Grandmama", and "Mumsie". She regularly reminisced about her never-ending love and devotion for Gene, gathered with friends at Kim's Diner, exercised with WRS buddies, and participated in worship, fellowship, and mission activities at both Seventh and James Baptist Church and Lake Shore Baptist Church. She lived a full and faithful life. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Miriam and Raleigh Henry Lawhon; husband, Gene Austin Clark; son, David Raleigh Clark; brother, Charles Lawhon; and sister, Margaret Turnbull. Dorothy's love for her family and friends was deep and wide and extended into their lives. She is survived by four daughters and their families: Sarah Miriam "Mimi" Gilbert of Grapevine, TX; Barbara "Barbie" Clark and Paul Slaughter of Fort Collins, CO; Mary Margaret "Magi" Davis and David Davis of Waco, TX; and Anna Clark Martinez and Phil Martinez of Waco, TX; seven grandchildren, Wilson Rains Slaughter, Hannah Kathryn Gilbert, Maya Magdalene Davis, August Clark Slaughter, Sarah Michelle Gilbert, Michael Andrew Clark Martinez, and Emma Olivia Clark Martinez; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Wicker and Gerald Wicker of Avon Park, FL; her many nieces and nephews; and her countless friends. Dorothy's entire family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Linda Davis-Londos, Traci Kerby, the staff of Sodalis House, St. Catherine's Rehabilitation Center, and to Providence Hospice. Your compassionate care for our mother during her final years and in these transitional moments cleared her a gentle and kind road to her eternal home. Thank you from the deepest places within us." Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CASA of McLennan County, Meals on Wheels, Providence Hospice, The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, or to the charity of your choice.
Tommy G. Lyon, BA ’49, of Fairview, TX, died Nov. 21, 2018, at the age of 92. He was born on March 14, 1926 to Edward B. and Jimmie Jewell (Smith) Lyon in Hillsboro, Texas. Tommy graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and he loved the Baylor Bears. He married Betty Jo White on June 13, 1947 in Waco, Texas. Tommy proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a Medical Corpsman attached to II Marine Division during the war serving in the Pacific Island. He loved his country all of his life. Tommy worked for Bristol-Myers-Squibb for 42 years. He was a member of Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas. He was a devoted father and grandfather who was loved and cherished by his family and friends. Tommy loved Jesus and has gone to Heaven to be with his wife. He is survived by his daughter, Cheri Cole and husband, Bob of Melissa, Texas; grandchildren, Brady Cole and wife, Michelle of Allen, Texas, Lori Kennedy and husband, Jeff of Frisco, Texas and Alison Gansfuss of Allen, Texas; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Drew, Matthew, Brooke, Madeline and Michael; and numerous other loving family and friends. Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Betty Jo Lyon; his son, Tommy Lyon, Jr.; one brother; and one sister. A funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Suncreek United Methodist Church, 1517 W. McDermott, Allen, Texas 75013. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.
Warren Wood Mote, BA ’49, of Buford, GA, died June 30, 2018, after an extended illness. Funeral service will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Wayne Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 4-6 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to your favorite charity in memory of Warren. Mr. Mote is survived by his wife, Betty Mote, Buford; son, Richard Mote and wife Linda K., Lexington, SC; daughter, Linda Elaine Mote, Buford; nephews John R. Mote and wife Anita, Marlin David Mote and wife Pam, Michael A. Thompson, William E. Barker and wife Batseba; niece, Marsha Thompson Davis all of TX. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 Share memories of Warren at hamiltonmillchapel.com. Eulogy: Warren Wood Mote was born on September 14, 1926; he joined our Father in Heaven early on the morning of June 30, 2018. He claimed to be “the only Texan who was not born in Texas”. He was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas while his father was teaching there for a year at the local college. Most of you can remember him as he was twenty years ago – attending church regularly and occasionally giving the opening prayer in The Upper Room Class. During his first seventy years, Warren participated in various churches in various activities and offices, beginning in 1934 at the age of eight. He played the part of Joseph in the Christmas pageant at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. Warren joined the Royal Ambassadors and the Boy Scout Troops sponsored by First Baptist Church. He would continue to participate in the Scouting program until he earned his Eagle Badge, and then again later in life as an Assistant Scout Master. At Waxahachie Warren attended Ferris Ward Elementary School. A plaque over the front door said Enter to Learn, Depart for Service. It was at Ferris Ward that he met his best friend and later in life brother-in-law, Billy Ray Thompson. Billy’s sister, Betty Jane, was younger by two years. Warren’s family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1942, when his father accepted the position of the City’s Assistant Controller. He graduated from Corpus Christi Senior High School in January of 1944, a half year early. He had joined Morgan Avenue Baptist Church and was active in their youth groups while he was in high school. His parents had wanted to attend First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, but Warren was drawn to Morgan Avenue and the family followed him there. On February 9, 1944, Warren received a letter from the Morgan Avenue Church, commending him in his desire to become a preacher of the Gospel. He attended Baylor University with the intent of becoming a medical missionary beginning in the Spring quarter of 1944. In January of 1945, He was inducted into the US Army at Fort Hood, Texas. After basic training and advanced training in Virginia, Warren was part of a group sent to the University of Pennsylvania to learn to be Japanese translators and to study the geography of Japan and its areas of occupation. Fortunately, the unit did not have to finish the program. He did learn to ride a motorcycle while in the service. On August 12, 1946, He was discharged from the Army with the rank of Corporal, just 32 days short of his 20th birthday. Warren returned to Baylor and eventually changed his major to Accounting. His mother, Lillian, claimed that counting things was his hobby; as a child he would count the tiles in the ceiling of the church. Warren later told Betty that the reason for changing his major, was the pre-med course in Qualitative Analysis. He realized that he was more interested in Accounting than Medicine because of the contents of the course. While at Baylor, Warren spent Summer of 1947 as a volunteer with the Baptist Encampment at Ridgecrest in North Carolina. And his work at Ridgecrest did include relying upon his military training for riding a motorcycle. He was later very happy to attend the 50th anniversary gathering of the volunteers from 1947 as he once again returned to Ridgecrest in 1997. Warren graduated from Baylor on August 19, 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, in time to marry Betty Jane Thompson two weeks later in Waxahachie, Texas. He then went to work for an insurance company in Dallas, where his brother-in-law, Billy, also worked. They lived in Dallas for a time before moving to Corpus Christi, where he went to work in his father’s new CPA firm. He later received his own CPA certification in 1952. They made the move to Corpus Christi in their first car. In all of Warren’s travels before their marriage, he had hitch-hiked. This was in an era of greater trust and greater willingness to help out each other. This was common among those who had experienced the Great Depression. Their son, Richard Warren Mote, was born in July of 1952. Their daughter, Linda Elaine Mote, was born in October of 1954. By this time, they were members of Travis Baptist Church and then in 1959, they joined the new Parkdale Baptist Church, which was close enough that they sometimes walked there from their home. With a move to Calallen, Texas in 1964, the family joined Calallen Baptist Church, where they remained as members until 1981. Warren served as a Deacon and on various committees at Calallen. This sometimes meant relying on his ability to use a lawn mower and handle a paint brush. The Deacons of the Church volunteered to serve the food at the Young People’s Sweetheart Banquet in 1972s. A good time was had by all. In 1981 Warren and Betty moved to Seguin, Texas as he changed jobs and there they built the first of their retirement homes. He started working for Texas Lutheran College as the Assistant Controller, then as the Controller, before Warren retired from there in 1996. While working at TLC, which is now Texas Lutheran University, he joined Betty as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, in driving patients from Seguin to San Antonio for chemotherapy treatment. Warren also participated in the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, a local group sponsored by TLC. He was also their Treasurer. Their daughter, Elaine, had been transferred to the Atlanta area in 1986, and in 1998, Warren and Betty moved there to build their current retirement home next door to Elaine. Richard and his wife, Linda Rutland, had already moved back from Alaska, and they lived in South Carolina near Linda’s father after the passing of her mother in 2001.
Dr. Betsy Ross Peters, BA ’49, of Laramie, WY, died Nov. 21, 2018. She was 90. Peters died at the Hospice of Laramie House on Nov. 21, 2018, just 20 days after the death of her husband Dr. Oliver Leon Peters. They were married for 68 years. Betsy was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in January of 1928. Her parents were Jimmie Sidney Nall Ross and Eric Mansfield Ross. They lived in Pine Bluff where he father was the District Attorney until Betsy was 12, then bought a farm and moved to Dumas, Arkansas, where Betsy attended High School. Her college years were spent at Baylor University where she met Oliver. They graduated together in 1949 and she went on to complete a master’s degree at the University of Maryland. In September 1950 they were married on her family’s farm. Betsy worked for years for the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative. She often visited people in their homes to sign them up for the relatively new program, so they could collect the proper benefits. Because she had witnessed widespread poverty during the Great Depression, she was determined to bring Social Security to anyone who qualified. When the family moved to Laramie in 1964, Betsy returned to academia as a Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Wyoming. She later completed a Ph.D. in History, the first to do so at UW. While raising her family, Betsy took on several administration jobs including Wyoming Director of the 1980 Census and Wyoming Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. She was instrumental in helping to create UW’s Outreach School for distance learning and adult education. She traveled with various music, theatre, library, and art programs designed to bring benefits of the university to small towns across Wyoming. Betsy was devoted to the scholarly process and its ethic. She experienced great joy from achievement and worked hard all her life. At the age of 55, she attained her lifelong dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, working in Embassies and Consulates around the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Even in retirement, she continued to deploy for temporary assignments with State. She was proud to represent our country overseas and enjoyed learning about diverse cultures. Art, music, and architecture fascinated her in each of the assigned posts. When Betsy and Oliver returned to Laramie for their later years, they rejoined old friends, played golf, and enjoyed the Rocky Mountains. She was active in the Wyoming State and Albany County Democratic Party, volunteering thousands of hours of her time over the years. Betsy took the opportunity to travel whenever anyone was willing to accompany her. She especially enjoyed Europe and journeyed there many times with friends and family members, always ready for the next adventure. Betsy is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Peters Bierer (Michael) and Sidney Peters, her son, Robert Mitchell Peters, and five grandchildren, Kyle Stevenson Peters, Cedric Oliver Peters, Isaac Oliver Bierer, Liliana James Bierer, and Sarah Bo Abigail Peters. The family is very grateful to Kimberly Shepherd for her excellent care of Betsy and Oliver for the past three and one-half years. Betsy will be honored at an open house on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. at her home, 327 Corthell Road in Laramie. There will also be a brief graveside gathering on Monday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Greenhill Cemetery in Laramie.Friends, family, and friends of the family members are welcome at both events. We request instead of flowers, please consider a donation to the Albany County Library Fund in Betsy’s name. Go to www.montgomerystryker.com to send condolences.
Dr. Oliver Leon Peters, BA ’49, died at his home in Laramie, WY, on Nov. 1, 2018. He was 91. Oliver was born October 21, 1927 in Osceola, Texas on his grandmother’s farm to parents Ermine and Robert Mitchell Peters. His early education was in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from La Vega High School in Bellmead, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University; the first in his family to attend college. Oliver met his future wife, Betsy Ross, at Baylor. After graduation, he worked on Capitol Hill while Betsy completed her master’s degree at the University of Maryland. He enjoyed city life in Washington, visiting museums and attending weekly chamber music concerts with Betsy at the recently constructed National Gallery of Art. They married in 1950 at Betsy’s family’s farm. He enlisted in the army and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco during the Korean Conflict. He later completed a master’s degree at Baylor and a Ph. D. from the University of Arkansas. Drawn to live in the west after a camping trip in Colorado, the family moved to Laramie in 1964 where Oliver joined the faculty of the English department at the University of Wyoming. He had always cared deeply for his country. During the turbulent 1960s, he supported the civil rights movement, the equal rights movement, worker’s rights, and environmental awareness. The Vietnam War caused him great distress. He did his best to raise awareness of all these issues among his students, family and colleagues. One example of this is his campaign for the reinstatement of the Black Fourteen by wearing a black armband and encouraging others to do the same. His beliefs led him to become an avid worker in the Albany County and Wyoming state Democratic Party. His pleasures were reading, golfing, fly fishing, dinner parties, and backpacking with many friends; especially fellow professors William Steckel, Herb Dietrich, Walter Edens, Deborah Hardy, and David Tomatz. After 20 years of teaching, he accompanied Betsy when she joined the State Department as a foreign service officer. Years of living in Bahrain, Italy, Israel and Benin followed. Their travels were extensive while stationed overseas. In 1993 when Betsy retired, they returned to Laramie where they rejoined their lifelong friends, outdoor pleasures and political activism. His worldview had expanded considerably by living in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His interests then focused on all human rights with a global perspective. Oliver is survived by his wife Betsy, whom he loved with his whole heart. Other survivors are his son Robert Mitchell, his daughters Elizabeth (Michael Bierer), and Sidney. His grandchildren are Kyle Stevenson Peters, Cedric Oliver Peters, Isaac Oliver Bierer, Liliana James Bierer, and Sarah Bo Abigail Peters. The family would like to express their immense gratitude to Kimberly Shepherd, who has cared for Oliver and Betsy for the past three and one half years. There will be a brief graveside service with Military Honors at Greenhill Cemetery on Saturday, Nov, 10 at 9 a.m. and a gathering of friends, associates, family and their friends on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Democratic Party Headquarters; the former Big Hollow Co-op building at 119 South First Street. All are welcome to attend either event. To honor Oliver’s life, the family requests no flowers. Instead please consider donating to the Laramie Downtown Clinic or Laramie Interfaith Good Samaritan, two of the charities he supported over the years.
Bobbie Wallace Smith, BA ’49, of Houston went to her Heavenly Home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, the 14th of January 2019. She was born on the 21st of June 1928, in the home of her parents, Oran Winford Wallace, DDS and Letha Burkes Wallace. She was born on the day of her father’s graduation from The University Texas Dental School in Houston. He often joked that his diploma was awarded out of sympathy since he was up all night awaiting her arrival. She was always proud of being a native Houstonian. She married Terry Tamon Smith on the 21st of December 1999, with whom she shared 19 happy and memorable years. His love, compassion, patience, and companionship were treasured. He was the widower of her deceased sister, Joanne Wallace Smith. Never in their wildest imagination did they ever anticipate falling in love. Bobbie graduated with honors from Reagan High School in 1945. While at Reagan her junior year, she represented the city of Houston in the Women’s Debate finals for the State of Texas and was a Yell Leader. Her senior year, she was Drill Master for the Reagan Redcoats and went to the Texas state competition in Women’s Extemporaneous Speech. Bobbie graduated from Baylor University in 1949. While at Baylor, she was president of Athenean Club (Kappa Kappa Gamma), represented Baylor in Women’s Debate in her senior year, and was nominated for class Beauty three years and named Runner-Up her senior year. She loved her years at Baylor and developed lifelong relationships with many of her classmates. She moved back to Houston after graduating and taught at Harvard Elementary School until having children. Raising her children was her life’s calling and top priority. Nothing provided more joy than her children and their activities. It didn’t matter whether she was a Brownie leader, PTA officer, or sports spectator; she was the cheerleader and advocate for her kids at every phase. No activity was too troublesome or conflicting – the more the better. She loved working crosswords, solving puzzles, and her trips to Dairy Queen for a Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard. Bobbie was a member of The Baylor University Alumni Association, The Baylor University Women's Association of Houston, The Alexander Love Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), The Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association, and The Guild of Houston Baptist University. She lived an active enjoyable life of golf, tennis, and bridge with her friends. Her passion was participation including her volunteer work at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Church and her relationship with God were always at the center of Bobbie’s life. She never missed Sunday School while growing up and attending First Baptist Church in Houston, and she cherished her “perfect attendance” pins she received. After graduating from Baylor, she taught Sunday School at First Baptist Spring Branch and later became a charter member of Tallowood Baptist Church where her three children were raised. She has been a member of Second Baptist Church of Houston and The Ticket to Heaven Bible Study Group since 1985. She enjoyed all of her church activities – singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, participating in Bible studies, committee participation, and exercising at the Family Life Center. She was proud and satisfied with the footprint she left. She is survived by her husband, Terry Tamon Smith and her children and their spouses; Larry Dean Smith and wife Debbie Smith of Seguin, Texas; Connie Smith Edwards and husband Tom N. Edwards, MD. of Birmingham, Alabama; and Randy Wallace Smith, MD and wife Elaine Smith of College Station, Texas. Her three children resulted in an incredible group of eight grandchildren: Kevin Smith and wife Becca, Austin Smith and wife Heather, Christine Edwards Flink and husband Mike, Kyle Smith and wife Whitney, Emily Edwards Turlington and husband Mark, Zachary Smith and wife Pressly, Blake Edwards and wife Christina, Keith Smith and wife Emily. Bobbie is also survived by great-grandchildren Harper and Kendall Smith; Sloane and Cannon Smith; Madison, Miles and Morgan Flink; Luke and Sam Turlington; Ellie Grace and Everly Edwards; Cooper Smith; Lawrence “Wren” Smith. Bobbie had a significant, meaningful, and loving relationship with her two nieces, Karen Smith King and Kathy Smith Tucci; who also became stepdaughters after Bobbie’s marriage to Terry. Karen’s husband Leo LaCasia and her children Amy, Ashley, and Emily as well as Kathy’s husband Jeff and children Jackie, Julie, and Jason provided fond memories. A funeral service will commence at ten o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 21st of January in the Hankamer Chapel at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held at the church. The interment service will follow the reception, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of customary remembrances memorial contributions may be directed toward Hope Health Center, 4614 Carnegie Avenue, Fairfield, AL 35064.
Arthur “Art” Mills Stranz, BA ’49, of Plano, TX, died Nov. 10, 2018. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 5, 1924. At the age of 94, he passed peacefully on the morning of November 10, 2018 to be reunited with his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty, and into the awesome presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Art was born to Otto A. and Madelyn Mills Stranz, and while life’s journey took him to many places that he called home and he was proud of his Arkansas roots, Art’s heart never really left his adopted home of Plano, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Harrington Stranz, his parents, and his sister, Rosemary Stranz Zagarella. Art is survived by his children Marc Stranz of Plantation, Florida, Lisa Stranz Widdicombe of Midlothian, Virginia, Paul Stranz and wife Marnie of Rowlett, Texas, and Jennifer Stranz Ciochetto and husband Joel of Galveston, Texas; nieces Toni Zagarella, Teri Allen, and Tobi Sutton, nephew Cris Zagarella; eight grandchildren Don Widdicombe, Jon Widdicombe, Jeremy Ford, Michael Ford, Stefan Stranz, Evan Stranz, Scott Stranz, and Megan Stranz; and seven great-grandchildren. All of whom he was incredibly proud. Art graduated from Central High School in Little Rock in 1942. He began to study Architecture at the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A&M University) prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the age of eighteen at the onset of World War II. During the war, he served as a Navy Corpsman attached to the 5th Marine Division. Later, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. After WWII, Art returned to civilian life and enrolled at Baylor University where he met Betty and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949. Art and Betty were married in the Chapel at First Baptist Church of Plano on December 19, 1949. Art then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy at the University of Texas in 1955 and became co-owner of Harrington’s Pharmacy in downtown Plano with Betty’s father, Charles E. Harrington. As a family-owned business, Art and Mr. Charlie worked as pharmacists, while Betty and her mother, Elizabeth Stovall Harrington, handled bookkeeping responsibilities and occasionally helped out as soda jerks serving customers ice cream at the front counter. In 1960, Art became the Mayor of Plano, serving at a time when the city was making the early transition from a rural community to what has become a thriving city of national prominence. After receiving Plano’s Man of the Year Award (1960) and other local recognitions and being featured as the cover story by Texas Journal of Pharmacy, Art received an appointment to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 1963. Art’s career in the pharmaceutical industry began in 1964 with S.E. Massengill Company in Bristol, Tennessee, where he also earned his law degree, specializing in Food and Drug Administrative Law, and culminated with his work in International Regulatory Affairs for A.H. Robins Company in Richmond, Virginia. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America and South America, specializing in new drug registrations, as well as regulatory affairs and compliance matters. Upon “retirement,” Art joined the Texas Board of Pharmacy in Austin, Texas in 1980 as a Compliance Officer, and eventually returned home to Plano to help open the Board’s new Dallas office. Later, with assistance and in partnership with his friend and former colleague, Bennett Brooke, Art enjoyed sharing his industry expertise as a food and drug regulatory consultant for the next two decades. Throughout Art’s lifetime, he was an accomplished artist and storyteller. He found comfort and relaxation in painting and it brought him great satisfaction to freely give his work to friends, family, and strangers alike. Art had his own unique style, sometimes making do with whatever he could get his hands on, and his themes, as he said, were heavily influenced by his life experiences, especially growing up during the Great Depression and serving in the Navy. His specialties were maritime and southwestern themes. And, if you knew Art, you know he never lacked a story to share. He could fill a room and sometimes seemed bigger than life itself. One of his great passions was World War II and those who served. Art’s personal experiences, and the experiences of countless friends and family members of his generation, were ensconced in his memories and central to so many of his stories. As long-time members of First Baptist Church of Plano, Art and Betty were regulars almost every Sunday and Wednesday and they rarely did anything separate from one another. They were truly “two peas in a pod.” Two of their favorite activities to do together were volunteering at Medical Center of Plano and serving with the church’s Sunshine Singers, which included bus travels and singing at other churches along the way. Art loved family and often traveled with Betty to visit their kids and their kids’ families. Art/Dad/Papa/Granddad was always known for his unconditional love for family members. In good times and bad, he was always there for his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces and nephews. And, regardless of his world of accomplishments, it was his love and support that his family cherished most. Art leaves behind a multitude of friends and family that already miss him dearly, but who also rejoice with the knowledge and confidence that he is now in the awesome presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and finally after a two-year separation, he is reunited with his beloved Betty as they now take in the wonderful sights in Heaven together. All are welcome to attend the memorial service for Art and celebrate with his family on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Plano, 1300 East 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75074. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Art’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project (855-448-3997; https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org).