Judge Churchell William “Bud” Duncan Jr. JD ’50, of Arlington, TX, died December 27, 2018. He was 94 years old. He was born August 3, 1924 in El Paso, Texas to C.W. “Church” Duncan Sr. and Ruth Prather Duncan. Bud graduated from Killeen High School in 1943. Upon graduation he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was discharged in 1945 as a staff sergeant and returned home to Texas. Bud met Katherine Jean Giles while attending Baylor University and they were married in 1948. He graduated from Baylor with a law degree in 1950 and was admitted to the State Bar that same year. Bud and Katy moved to Killeen in 1951, where Bud practiced law until being recalled later that year by the U.S. Marines for the Korean Conflict. He served as a legal officer and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1953. Bud and Katy raised two children, Deborah and C.W. III, in Killeen, and were married 55 years before Katy passed away in 2003. He formed a law partnership with Davis Bragg, from 1954 to 1978, leaving the firm of Duncan, Bragg, Barron, and Phillips when he accepted an appointment to the 27th District Court of Texas from Governor Dolph Briscoe. He served 10 years in the 27th District Court before retiring to become a senior judge until 2014. Bud was dedicated to serving the community. He served 25 years, 19 as president, on the Killeen ISD School Board, and 10 years as city judge. In addition, he was a member of Masonic Lodge, the Texas Bar Association, the Bell County Bar Association and served as chairman of the State Bar Unauthorized Law Committee. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying whitewater canoeing. His river adventures included trips through the canyons of Big Bend, “running” the low water dams of the Guadalupe River, as well as floating most of the major rivers in Texas. Bud took up snow skiing in his late 60’s and continued to exercise well into his 80s. Bud’s spirit of adventure saw him drive to the southernmost tip of South America and back, take group trips to Europe and China, drive parts of New Zealand and across Australia, as well as skydive for his 85th birthday. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Katy, his parents, two sisters, Bonnie Jean Duncan and Gra’Delle Duncan, and daughter, Debbie Allen.
He is survived by his son, C.W. “Dunc” Duncan III, his wife Jill, and their sons C.W. IV and Patrick; son-in-law Larry Allen and his sons Kyle and Casey.
Honorable Jack R. King, JD ’50, age 95, of Beaumont, Texas passed away on Friday January 4, 2019. Jack was born November 24, 1923 in Port Arthur to William and Mary King.
Jack served our country in the Army during WWII. He was with 29th Infantry Division on Omaha Beach during D-Day, July 15, 1944. During the Battle of St. Lo, his cranium was fractured and his left side was littered with shrapnel wounds from a German mortar attack. Jack graduated from Baylor Law School in 1950 and worked as an attorney in the Beaumont area for many years. Jack was elected and served as 136th District Court judge until his retirement. He served as director of Boys Haven, the organization that provided a good home for lost boys and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Jack is survived by his wife, Doris King of Beaumont; son Brent King, MD and his wife Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD of Baltimore, MD; grandson Sean Kozar-King J.D. of Houston, granddaughter Michaela Kozar-King of New Orleans, LA and grandson Seth Shimon of Austin. Jack was preceded in death by his daughter Donna Kay King. A celebration of Judge King's life will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Ave., Beaumont, TX with Pastor Bob Shield officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.
K. Bruce Miller, BA ’50, MA ’52, formerly of Fairfax, VA, passed away on December 23, 2018. Bruce graduated from Baylor University with both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, where he majored in religion, philosophy, English/speech, and applied violin. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Southern California, where he served as a chaplain, while also teaching in the Philosophy Department. He re-located to Fairfax, VA, in 1976, where his focus was mainly on teaching, pastoring and mentoring. His most current residence was in Bonita, California. He is survived by his wife, Aiko, two sons, Christopher (Shelly) and Roland, and grandson, Michael. Memorial services are scheduled to be held on January 19 at 11 a.m. at Columbia Baptist Church, in Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbia Baptist Church's building fund. Columbia Baptist Church is located at 103 W. Columbia St., Falls Church, VA. 22046.
William Andreas Olson, LLB ’50, of Normandy Park, WA, died Nov. 8, 2018, at age 95. He was a City Attorney of the City of Houston and founder of the Houston law firm Olson & Olson LLP, Mr. Olson was born July 1, 1923, in Waco, Texas. He attended public schools in Waco, but his college education was suspended while he served in the United States Army during World War II. He achieved the rank of Captain by the age of twenty, was a Battery Commander in the Field Artillery and was deployed in combat for two and one-half years in North Africa and Italy. Following the war he attended Baylor University and Baylor Law School, from which he graduated in 1950. In 1959, Mr. Olson became the first general counsel of the Texas Municipal League in Austin. After serving in that capacity for four years, he was in private practice for a brief period before his appointment as City Attorney for the City of Houston. He served in that position from 1966 until 1974. After leaving the City he again entered private practice, which evolved into the formation of Olson & Olson LLP, one of the preeminent law firms in the State of Texas specializing in municipal law. Mr. Olson's representation of cities and city officials throughout the State, both as general counsel and as a litigator of issues relating to virtually every facet of local government, made him one of the most recognized authorities in the field of municipal law. Of his many accomplishments, the one for which he was most proud was the representation, along with his brother Lyndon, of Hank Avery in the landmark case of Avery v Midland County. This case, ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court, extended the constitutional rule of "one-man, one vote" to local governments. In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. Olson served as general counsel of the Texas City Attorneys Association, Chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Municipal Studies of the Southwestern Legal Institute, Chair of the Committee on Water and Water Resources of the National Institute of Law Officers, member of the Texas Constitution Committee and the Committee on Coordination With Other Legal Organizations of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Texas City Attorneys Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League, and sat on multiple committees and boards of various organizations throughout the State. During his career he wrote numerous articles and publications, and was a frequent speaker on a wide variety of subjects in the field of municipal law. Mr. Olson is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Anita M. Olson, of Normandy Park, Washington, children Suzanne O. Waldrep of Waco, Texas, William A. Olson, Jr., and wife Sandy, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, John F. Olson and wife Karen, of Pine, Colorado, Judy O. Dell'Osso and husband Mario, of Crockett, Texas, grandchildren Deborah Acker and husband Rod, of The Woodlands, Texas, Caroline O. Ford and husband Jason, of Waco, Texas, David W. Olson and wife Kaela, of Houston, Texas, Brian J. Olson and wife Lane, of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Jennifer R. Kubista and husband Dr. Richard Kubista, of Golden, Colorado, John F. Olson, Jr., and wife Alyssa, of Littleton, Colorado, David A. Dell'Osso and wife Kathryn, of Austin, Texas, John P. Dell'Osso and wife Naabia, of Washington, D.C., fifteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and nephews Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., and wife Kay, of Waco, Texas, and Charles D. Olson and wife Kris, of Waco, Texas. Mr. Olson is also survived by extended family members Michele M. Heller and husband Steve, of Lopez Island, Washington, Diane Brissenden and husband Stephen, of Normandy Park, Washington, Ronald W. Cook and wife Lynne, of Dallas, Texas, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Olson was preceded in death by his parents, Col. Ernest A. Olson and Beth Fuller Olson, brothers Fuller Olson and Lyndon L. Olson, sister-in-law Frances M. Olson, son-in-law Larry S. Waldrep, and his beloved wife of 66 years, Virginia M. Olson. A graveside Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care (University Place, Washington) or other charity of choice.
Dr. William B. Tolar, BA ’50, MA ’56, of Fort Worth died Dec. 29, 2018. On July 5, 1928, Peter Dane and Lora Stewart Tolar welcomed William Bert Tolar, the youngest of six children, born in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Bill, as he was known, was captain of his high school football team when it won the State Championship in 1945. He went on to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he lettered in football, but ultimately became the spiritual and academic mentor to his teammates. He graduated in 1950 and continued his education at Baylor, earning two master’s degrees and teaching in the Religion Department. Wanting to continue his own religious education, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where in 1968 he earned a Doctorate in Theology. For more than 69-years, he taught young ministerial students and preached the Gospel around the world. He lectured on tours to the Holy Land for more than 40-years and brought the Bible to life for churches and groups tracing the footsteps of Jesus and his Apostles. He had a true passion for spreading the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus to churches and his students. He is survived by his sweetheart, Floye Kimball Tolar of Fort Worth; his son, William Kimball and daughter-in-law, Laura Tolar of Hurst, Texas; his daughter, Lora Mae and son-in-law, Brian O’Riordan who reside in Chicago, Illinois. He dearly loved his two precious granddaughters, Alexandra Kimball Tolar and Victoria Jean Tolar.
Downs C. Brown, BS ’51, of Greensboro, NC, died Nov. 25, 2018, at age 91. He was born in Plainview, TX on August 27, 1927, to William and Frances Charless Brown. He grew up in Waco, TX, then served in the US Navy. He graduated from Baylor University in 1951 and went to work for Western Electric. In 1952, he married Betty Alford. He enjoyed playing piano all his life, and played in many bands. He loved spending time at his home on Hyco Lake, where he water-skied until he was 80. He was an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir for many years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Brown, son Downs Jr. (Mary), son Kevin, and grandson Cameron (Brittany). A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's, 2105 W. Market St., at 10 a.m., Friday, November 30. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Barbara Cook. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall. Memorial gifts may be given to St. Andrew's or the charity of your choice. The family is being served by Forbis and Dick Funeral Home, Guilford and online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.
Don Alwyn Deason, BBA ’51, died Nov.12, 2018, in Longview, TX, at age 92. He was a lifelong resident of Henderson, TX.
Carrol G. “CG” Herring, BBA ’51, passed away on December 10, 2018 in Missouri City, TX. He was born on August 15, 1929 to David and Buena Herring in Irving, TX. CG received bachelor’s degrees from The University of Houston and Baylor University. He spent his life working as an accountant and teacher. Working for Shell Oil, El Paso Energy, and HISD. He loved God, knew the scriptures, and enjoyed sports and supporting the Lady Bears. CG’s proudest accomplishments were the birth of his children. He is preceded by his parents, brother, and sister. CG is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, June Herring; daughter, Carol Castro; son, Paul and wife Kari Herring; granddaughter, Janie Herring; and his canine companion Heidi. Visitation for CG will be on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home. Services will be on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Sugar Land Baptist Church 16755 South West Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Jess C. Moody, BA ’51, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died Dec. 7, 2018, The former pastor of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach (now Family Church), and founder of Palm Beach Atlantic University, passed away quietly from this life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday evening, December 7th, 2018. He was 93-years-old. Born in Paducah, Texas, on August 19th, 1925, Moody's ministry spanned over seven decades of service and leadership for the cause of Christ. Throughout his life, Moody was recognized as innovator in church leadership, preaching and evangelism. Moody was called to preach at age 17 in a clover field in Wharton, Texas. As an undergraduate student at Baylor University, he flew a Piper Cub airplane to lead evangelistic meetings all over the Southwest and Midwest, leaving school on Fridays after class and returning on Sunday nights after the last service. At age 22, he preached to thousands of students who gathered across the Southwest as a founding member of the Youth for Christ movement. In 1946, he was asked to take an evangelistic team to war-torn Europe. Moody was in charge of the team going to Northern Europe and Billy Graham led the team assigned to Southern Europe. In the early 1950s, Moody earned his Masters of Divinity degree (MDIV) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1956, he was called to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, where he served for nearly five years. In 1961, he was called to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, where he served until 1976. In those years, the congregation grew and was recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. In five short years, from 1963-1968, the church expanded and built the Chapel by the Lake, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the Intracoastal waterway, and new church sanctuary was built on Flagler Drive. In 1968, God gave Moody the vision to found a new Christian school of higher education called Palm Beach Atlantic College which is now Palm Beach Atlantic University. He served as PBA's first president from 1968-1972, earning $1 a year as salary. In 1976, God called Moody to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, California, where he served until he retired in 1995. The church grew, and he led the congregation to move to Porter Ranch, the last large parcel of raw land in the San Fernando Valley, where the church changed its name to Shepherd of the Hills Church. Today, the church has more than 10,000 members at four locations across the greater Los Angeles area. Moody served as president of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in 1965. He was the author of six books and left 25 unpublished manuscripts. Gospel Films made a movie of his life in 1967 called Riding the Pulpit. He taught Homiletics in the early days of PBA, and Church Growth at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. During his life he led thousands to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, while encouraging tens of thousands. He loved to sail in the Atlantic and in the Intracoastal on his old sailboat aptly named Sailbad the Sinner. Moody loved the game of football, especially following his beloved Baylor Bears. He is preceded in death by his beautiful bride of 64 years, Doris. He is survived by a sister (Jeanie Short of Little Rock, Arkansas) a son (Patrick Moody, Palm Beach Gardens) a daughter (Martha Moody of Villanueva, New Mexico), and three grandchildren (Christopher Moody, Sean Moody and Jessica Bruce). Services for Moody will be held at the sanctuary of Family Church Downtown (formerly First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach), located at 1101 South Flagler Dr., on Saturday, December 15th at 10 AM. A family and guest reception will follow in the fellowship hall of the church. There will be a private interment later for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jess and Doris Moody Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 901 South Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Elizabeth Deette Puckett Newby, BSN ’51, of San Antonio died Dec. 7, 2018. She was born April 2,1930, in Nogales, Arizona, to William N. and Ruth Hellums Puckett. She was married to Marvin G. Newby, M.D., on June 12, 1953, in Bisbee, Arizona. Deette graduated from Baylor School of Nursing in 1951, and practiced nursing until 1954 when she and her husband Marvin began their family. She and Marvin raised five children together. Deette and Marvin loved to travel the world and enjoy the outdoors, relishing in God’s most beautiful creations. Together they went on many cruises, hiking and rafting trips. Some of their favorite destinations to travel to were Colorado, Israel, India, and Egypt. Deette’s favorite pastime was delving into her artistic abilities through crafting, constructing intricate miniature houses and rooms, quilting and many other projects. She was known by those around her to have an exceptional green thumb, planting beautiful gardens that attracted the birds and creatures she loved to watch through her windows until her final days. In addition to her husband Marvin G. Newby, she is survived by her children Bill Newby and wife Vicki, Beth Newby, Merrie Joyner and husband Terry, Melinda Veltri and husband Steve and David Newby and wife Yolanda Tecuanhuey; six grandchildren; four great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Norvil Puckett. A memorial service will be held Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chapel, 515 McCullough Ave. in San Antonio. Pastor Don Guthrie will officiate.
Dr. Noel B. Searle, ’51, died Nov. 17, 2018, in his sleep at his residence in LaFayette, LA. He was 89 years old. Noel was preceded in death by his bride of almost 60 years, Beverly Jane Dykes Searle. He is survived by his children, son Noel E. “Wynn” Searle, and daughters Annette Vidrine and Suzanne “Susi” Czarnek. Noel and Beverly were blessed with five grandchildren, Trisha Cocanougher, Edwin B. “Buck” Kott, Courtney V. Clark, Katherine L. “Katie” Vidrine, and Kenneth W. Vidrine and three great-grandchildren Ashleigh B. Morse, Kendall G. Cocanougher and Amelia E. “Mia” Clark. Noel was born in Houston, TX to Edwin Anselm Searle and Cora Searle on August 11, 1929, the youngest of 4 boys. Older brothers Ben, Edwin “Buddy”, and Rex Searle also preceded Noel in death. He attended Stephen F. Austin High school in Houston, did his undergraduate studies at Baylor University and completed his studies at Baylor Medical School. He served his country with distinction in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Stationed in Japan, he provided medical oversight and support for the M.A.S.H units caring for wounded soldiers. Once home, he did his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston where he married the love of his life Beverly Jane Dykes on May 10, 1958. The couple later moved to the Rio Grande Valley where they raised their family. Dr. Searle was proud to provide medical care to his community of Harlingen, TX and the greater Valley area. It was truly a ministry to him. He began in Internal Medicine, but eventually specialized in Gastroenterology and practiced medicine in the Valley for 40 years. Many mornings he could be seen in the lobby of his office serving coffee to the family of his patients. After his family, his patients and staff, what Noel loved best was golf. He could be seen at least two days a week on the golf course. He and Beverly were very active at Harlingen Country Club and the annual tournament Life Begins at Forty. Many great times, great parties and costumes were found at Life Begins at Forty. He also assisted Beverly with many Junior League Projects. After Noel retired from his medical practice, he and Beverly moved to the Texas Hill Country. They built a home on top of a hill with a fantastic view. When they weren’t at home, they loved traveling in their RV; usually visiting family across the South. Noel loved life and loved helping people. The family asks that in memory of Noel, you volunteer to help others. Noel and Beverly supported the efforts of St. Jude Hospital, so if you prefer, please consider a donation to St. Jude to support the amazing work they do. Service will be held at Koenig Funeral Home on Thursday November 29, 2018. Visitation from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, service at 2:00 pm with interment at the La Grange City Cemetery to follow. Noel and Beverly attended St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Harlingen and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kerrville. Pall Bearers are Rex Searle, Andy Searle, Steve Nowlin, Whit Matteson, Rick Matteson, Tim Dykes, Ted Munsell, Barry Adelman, and Kenneth Vidrine. Graveside Trumpeter, Richard Brotzman. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Mauvirine Barr Sorrell, BA ’51, of Houston died Jan. 9. She was born in Houston to Edith and Hubert Barr on December 18, 1929. She was preceded in death by her husband Sam Sorrell and daughter Nancy Sorrell Muirhead. She is survived by her two sons, Mark Sorrell and wife Laura, Scott Sorrell and wife Jan; Grandchildren, Katherine Sorrell, Stephen Sorrell, Samuel Sorrell, Luke Sorrell and Ben Sorrell; and her son-in-law Joe Muirhead.
Mauvirine graduated from Baylor University and was a school teacher throughout her life in San Antonio, Dallas and at the Kinkaid School in Houston. She was active in her church her whole life at South Main Baptist, First Baptist Conroe and Tallowood Baptist. A memorial service will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Rd. in Houston. In lieu of flowers please give to the Nancy Sorrell Muirhead Memorial Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97026, Waco, Texas 76798-7020 or the charity of your choice.
Dr. Charles William Sullivan, BA ’51, of Knoxville, TN, died Nov. 27, 2018, at age 88. He was born on November 15, 1920 in Clever, MO to Charles and Pearl Sullivan as their only Child. Dr. Sullivan was a faithful servant of God. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and earned his masters degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX. He then graduated from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 1961 with his Doctorate in Theology. His divine calling made his life's work the proclamation of the Gospel and the teaching of Jesus Christ by proclaiming his faith for over 62 years. His pastorate began at the age of 19 in Mound, TX. Then continuing on to Crawford, Mansfield, Wills Point, Arlington, and Port Arthur, TX. As well as Mexico, MO, Chickasha, OK, Memphis and Lenoir City, TN. During his career he served as Chairman of the Executive Director of the State Convention of Baptist in Indiana. He also served on the Board of Directors for Union University in Jackson, TN. He was honored to be invited to preach and proclaim our Lord on every continent and in over 21 countries. Dr. Sullivan leaves behind his loving wife of 68 years, Velma Hazel "Delilah" Sullivan. His devotion and love to her was evident to everyone whose path they crossed. They were married on May 5, 1950 and together raised three lovely children. Those children and their spouses are Cynthia Chyrel Little and husband Don of Tulsa, OK, Charles David Sullivan and wife Tommie of Phoenix, AZ and Charles Stephen Sullivan and wife Debbie of Castlewood, VA. He was also a loving grandfather to his grandchildren, Lexi Methvin, Corbin Methvin, Heather King, Charlie Sullivan, Tyson Sullivan, Taylar Wallace and to his great-grandchildren, Lila Methvin, Nolan Methvin, Cecelia Methvin, AnnElise King, Langston King and Beckett Wallace. Dr. Sullivan loved his family deeply. He enjoyed playing hymns on the piano at family gatherings and shopping for gifts for others. He loved spending time planning daily meals, giving others nicknames and teasing. He was always finding special occasions to get together and celebrate with his family. He was a great leader and natural administrator. Dr. Sullivan was an example to his family, his church and his community for his faithfulness, generosity and love for Jesus Christ, our Savior. His life verse was Mark 10:27 - And Jesus looking upon them saith, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." His steadfast devotion positively impacted the lives of thousands. The Sullivan family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the church with Dr. Hollie Miller officiating. Dr. John Yeats will conduct the internment and graveside services on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Springfield, MO. Memorial donations my be made to St. Jude's or Samaritan's Purse in memory of Dr. Sullivan. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements.
Charlene Witt Rucker Brasher, ’52, of Idalou, TX, died Dec. 15, 2018, at age 89. She was born in Dickens County, Texas, in 1929 to Charles and Eddythe Morris Witt, longtime residents of Kalgary and Spur. She graduated from Spur High School in 1947, attended Baylor University in 1948-50 and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1971 with a BBA in Accounting. She was a member of honor societies Beta Alpha Psi and Phi Kappa Phi while at Tech. She worked five years in the Accounting Services Department at Texas Tech, retiring in 1988. She married Dr. John Rucker in December of 1950. He preceded her in death in October of 1988. She married Robert (Bob) Brasher in September 1992. Mrs. Brasher was involved in several volunteer services including the Idalou Community Chest, Idalou food voucher and Idalou Meals on Wheels (she was one of the organizers of both these programs,) Lubbock Women’s Protective Services, Panhandle-South Plains Fair, Covenant Lakeside Hospital, Idalou branch of the Lubbock County Library, a KTXT-TV fund raiser, and was an active member and longtime director of a Sunday school department at First Baptist Church in Idalou, joining that church in 1966. She was named Idalou’s Woman of the Year for 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Eddythe Witt; brother, Edgar Witt; sister, Mildred Scott; and great-granddaughter, Adelaide Lois Deming. Mrs. Brasher is survived by her husband, Bob; three children: Barbara Abbott of Crane, Texas, Tom Rucker of Granbury, Texas and Ross Rucker of Katy, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; stepson, Don Brasher of Kent, Washington, stepdaughter, Robbye Hendryx of Lubbock, Texas; and two step grandchildren of Kent, Washington.
Dr. William Robert “Bob” Coggins Jr., BS ’52, passed away peacefully at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas, on January 12, 2019, at age 93. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Dean Bryson Coggins, whom he lovingly cared for through a lengthy bout with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by four sons, one daughter, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: William H. Coggins, David and Rhonda Coggins (Matthew Coggins and Michael Crutch), Dr. Steven and Donna Coggins (William, John, Mark, and Robert), Ben Coggins [Billy and Ashley Coggins Jordan (Kambry and Korie) and Benjamin Coggins] and Donna Hellmann, and Gustavo and Betty Ann Coggins Blandon (Michael and Natalie). Bob was born January 11, 1926, in Wichita Falls to William Robert Coggins and Cecile Aileen Sheppard Coggins. Growing up during the Depression, Bob learned the value of hard work, personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism. He graduated at 17 from Kerens High School and was selected into the United States Navy's V-12 College Training Program which supplemented the commissioned officer workforce during World War II. Through GI benefits and working as a carpenter, he obtained his Bachelor and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from Baylor University and Baylor College of Dentistry. In 1952, he completed his dental degree receiving Academic Excellence recognition and was then called back to serve in the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he practiced general dentistry in Dallas until 1965. In 1967, he obtained his Master of Science in Orthodontics from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. He practiced orthodontia in Dallas and DeSoto from 1967 to 1992. Bob was active with his young children in the YMCA Indian Guide program. He enjoyed camping at Texas state parks with his growing family. The Cogginses were members of Hampton Road Baptist Church. He took an active role in DeSoto schools being elected to the Board of Trustees for DISD from 1970 to 1985. Bob and Betty could always be found in the stands for all of their children's events and games. He was a fervent Cowboys and Mavericks fan. He was known for his intelligence, love of reading, lifelong learning, excellent memory and strong sense of right over wrong. He will be remembered for his continual encouragement, support and expectation that you "Always do your best." The family is blessed knowing Betty and Bob are together again. A celebration of life will be held at Hampton Road Baptist Church on Saturday January 19, 2019, from 3-5:30PM in the fellowship hall with Military Honors presented at 4:00PM.
Vernon Lee Davis, BA ’52, died Nov. 28, 2018, in Mission, TX. He was 88. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Vernon graduated from Breckinridge High School in 1948. Mr. Davis, graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He received his master's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University-Commerce, in Commerce, Texas. Mr. Davis was a newspaperman with the San Antonio Express and for the Port Arthur News before coming to Pan American College in 1961, where he became Director of the Office of Public Information. Vernon also sponsored the yearbook and the campus newspaper and later taught journalism and photography. Mr. Davis was proud to have traveled and reported on the Bronc's 1963 NAIA National Men's Basketball Championship team. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ada Davis; his daughter, Pamela (David) Ringold; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2018, at Roselawn Mausoleum Chapel 1201 South Main Street in McAllen. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen. Funeral services are under the direction of Legacy Chapels in Edinburg.
Leland Lloyd MacDonald, BBA ’52, LLB ’57, of Midland, TX, died Dec. 14, 2018. He was 87. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018 at the First Baptist Church Chapel of Midland, Texas. Lloyd was born on July 19, 1931 in Marfa, Texas to John MacDonald and Myrtle Barnett MacDonald. In 1948 he graduated from Marfa High School. While in school, he won awards for storytelling, reciting poetry and participated in choir, band, football, basketball and track. He graduated from Baylor University where he received BBA and LLB degrees. He was a member of Tryon Coterie (Delta Sigma Phi). He served two years in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954 as a reserve officer. He married Juanice Koen on November 22, 1958. In 1957 he came to Midland to work for Shell Oil Company as a title analyst. Following a few years in private law practice, he joined the law firm of Kerr, Fitz-Gerald & Kerr. Later he became a partner in the Turpin, Smith, Dyer, Saxe & MacDonald Law Firm. He is a past president of the Midland Bar Association and in 2013 he was chosen to be the first recipient of the John Hyde Memorial Award. His community service included serving as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts, a member of the Westside Rotary Club and active in the Midland Jaycees. He was a member of the Midland Scottish Rite Association. He served two terms as chairman of the Salvation Army Board and was active in the First Baptist Church. Lloyd was very proud of his Scottish heritage and to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, he and Juanice toured Scotland, where they saw Invergarry Castle, the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacDonald of Glengarry. Throughout his life, when he was not in the courtroom, he cultivated his love of poetry and pursued his interest in the history of Texas. In 2009 his book, Tejanos in the 1835 Texas Revolution, was published with original illustrations that he crafted in leather. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanice; daughter, Kathy (Chris Trobridge); daughter-in-law, Kristy MacDonald; granddaughters, Julianne MacDonald, Jessica MacDonald, Caitlin Trobridge and step-granddaughter, Haylee Barksdale; nephew, John Cartwright and nieces, Joanne Berndt, and Brenda Knowles. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Dodd; brother, John MacDonald; son, David MacDonald; and step-granddaughter Krystean Hall. Our family would like to thank the medical team at Midland Memorial Hospital for their excellent care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Salvation Army of Midland, 200 S. Baird, Midland, TX 79701, Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona (Note: Donation in memory of L. Lloyd MacDonald), 2017 N Greenfield Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85215 (donations will be used for B-17 maintenance) or the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 2104 W Louisiana, Midland, Texas 79701. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
Dewey Glynn Smith, MS ’52, of Corpus Christi, TX, died Nov. 28, 2018, at age 94. Dewey Glynn Smith was born in Delia, Texas on March 22, 1924. He was predeceased by parents, Robert Lee Smith and Lizzie Jewel Lillard Smith, brother, Bobby W. Smith, nieces, Beth Smith, nephew, Robert G. Smith and Ruby Fante, step daughter. He is survived by Christine Smith, his wife of 35 years, stepdaughter, Carolyn Burch (Melvin); grandchildren, Courtney & Curtis Burch; stepson; Randall Harwell (Lori), Austin (Laura) and Abigail Harwell great grandchildren Carlee & Carson Harwell & stepson, John L. Wright III of Austin. He is also survived by sister, Helen Smith Massey of Durham, North Carolina, niece, Sandra Smith Meridith of Dallas, Texas, two great nieces & three great nephews. He served as an Infantry Officer in The United States Marine Corps. Both in WWII (1942-1946) and The Korean War (1950-1952). He was designated the leader of the surviving Marine Corp officers with whom he served. They participated in reunions from the 1970s until a few years ago. He attended several Colleges and Universities and received an BA Degree from Austin College and a MS Degree from Baylor University in Education. He was honored and inducted into the Austin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982 for lettering in football, baseball & basketball. He spent 33 years in education as a classroom teacher, coach & administrator in Mercedes, Harlingen, and at Cal Farley's Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. He retired after serving 20 years as Superintendent of Alice I.S.D. Upon retiring from the educational field he joined Harkins & Co. as Vice- President for Public Affairs, followed by Managing Partner of Harkins/Smith Properties, a real estate development company. He later founded Dee Gees Ventures, Inc., with his wife, Chris. While in the field of education, Dewey served on many Boards & Committees at the local, regional & state levels. He was nominated by Texas public school educations through a statewide election, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to The Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. He was selected by the US Department of Education in 1970 to tour and observe educations practices in the Soviet Union. Dewey was a man of strong faith who loved God, his family and serving others. He enjoyed traveling, reading, writing poetry, sports of any kind and playing golf, especially with The Fun Bunch in Alice. The family extends a Special Thanks to Wooldridge Place Nursing Center for Dewey's care. Pallbearers; Melvin & Curtis Burch, Randy & Austin Harwell, Cory & Kent & TJ Smith. Memorials may be made to Community Presbyterian Church, 113 S. Alister, Port Aransas, TX 78373 and Cal Farley's P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174. Visitation will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with entombment to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Helen Virginia Weatherall Clendennen, BA ’53, of Burnet, TX, died Dec. 17, 2018, with her loving and devoted daughter, Colleen, by her side. Helen was born on July 11, 1932 in Wichita Falls, Texas to George Russell Weatherall and Helen Audrey Gebhart Weatherall. Welcoming her on the other side were her parents, her beloved husband, Buddy Darrell Clendennen and son Russell Darrell Clendennen, a sister, Ella Mae Smith and two brothers, Thomas Douglas Smith and Donald Wayne Smith. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Colleen and husband Gerard Ortiz, grandchildren Michael and Jennifer Ortiz, Thomas and Sherri Ortiz, Gabriel and Gina Ortiz, Amaris Ortiz, Rachel Ortiz, Aaron and Angela Ortiz, Nicole Ortiz and Nathan Ortiz and great-grandchildren, Max, William, Olivia, Alyssa, Amelia and Michael Ortiz and Maddison Miller. Helen also leaves a legacy to many other family members and a host of friends. Helen attended school in Dallas and, in fitting with her vivacious spirit, was a high school cheerleader. She graduated from Baylor University in 1953 with a degree in Education and Spanish. She was in the Sigma Delta Pi History Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. She was secretary of her senior class. She is a member of the Old Main Society of Baylor University. Although they attended Baylor at the same time, she did not meet her husband, Buddy, until 1957 in England where he was stationed with the United States Air Force and she was teaching. They married on June 28, 1958 in Dallas. They welcomed their son, Russell Darrell in 1959 and their daughter, Colleen Kay in 1961. They made their home in Burnet. Helen had successful careers in teaching, most fondly remembered as a 4th grade teacher for Burnet ISD, and in real estate with Hanzen Real Estate in Burnet. She was a longtime active member of both the First Baptist Church of Burnet and Ambassadors for Christ Church. The family is grateful for the care she received in the Kingsland Hills Care Center in the later years of her life. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at Saint Matthew’s AME Church (current home of Ambassadors for Christ Church) at 508 Hill Street in Burnet at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 20, 2018 Arrangements were in the care of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.
Cleota Ann Bullock Lenert, BA ’53, of Graham, Texas, died Monday, January 28, 2019, at Elmcroft Senior Living in Graham. She was 94. The family will received friends Wednesday, January 30, at Morrison Funeral Home, Graham. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with Dr. Howard Gates and Dr. Mark Bumpus officiating. Family visitation will precede the service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Brooks Memorial Cemetery, McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Morrison Funeral Home, Graham, Texas, have been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. She was born on May 8, 1924, in Bryan, Texas, to Joel Marshall Bullock and Lottie Earl Simons Bullock. She married August A. Lenert Jr. on December 27, 1943, in Bryan, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Education in 1953. Cleota was a 66-year member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Graham since 2012. She loved the Lord, her family, the church, missions, the Bible and prayer. She helped begin the college and career ministry at the church, ministering to school teachers and airmen from Eglin Air Force Base. She served with her husband, August, in the church for 59 years before his death in 2002. She was a faithful wife to August throughout his career as an aeronautical engineer at Eglin Air Force Base. Cleota was a former president of Woman's Missionary Union of Florida (1969-74); former vice president of Woman's Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention (1969-74); former trustee at Florida Baptist Children's Home, Lakeland, Florida; former trustee of Baptist College of Florida, Graceville, Florida; former church organist, First Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, Florida for 25 years; taught English as a second language to international students; and for over 50 years taught Sunday School and led WMU in the church and association. She loved being involved in the community through the Fort Walton Beach Women's Club, serving a term as president, singing with the Note-A-Belles; Fort Walton Camellia Society, Playground Mutual Concert Association; Board Member of the Indian Temple Mound Museum and community volunteer for the USO. She loved living at Elmcroft Senior Living where she fulfilled a lifelong dream of flying in a hot-air balloon at the age of 92, awarded by the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation. Survivors include her daughter, Earl Ann Lenert Bumpus, and her husband, Dr. Mark Bumpus, of Graham; granddaughter, Katy Bumpus Hartt and husband, Blake, of Georgetown, Texas; grandson, Marshall Bumpus of Houston; great-granddaughter, Hatley Hartt, of Georgetown; brother-in-law, Jack Swatzell, of Possum Kingdom Lake; niece, Susan Swatzell Roberts and husband, Rick, of Southlake, Texas; nephew, Jack Swatzell and wife, Beth, of Cleburne, Texas; nephew, Kyle Anderson and wife, Amy, of Williamsburg, Virginia; nephew, Sam Anderson and wife, Janet, of Edmond, Oklahoma; niece, Cindy Anderson, of Garland, Texas; cousins, Lindsey Kroll, of Houston, Ross Kroll, of Webster, Texas, Charlotte Kroll, of Washington, D.C., and Shirley Johnson, of San Antonio, Texas; and many other cousins. The family is grateful for the great care provided by all care givers, administrators and chaplains at Elmcroft Senior Living, Solaris Hospice and Kindred Home Health during these later years of her life. Memorials may be made to the Woman's Missionary Union Foundation for Texas and Florida projects (100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242); Florida Baptist Children's Home (P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802); or Baptist College of Florida (5400 College Drive, Graceville, FL 32440).
Elizabeth Sharon Daly Mansfield, BA ’53, 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, while living in San Antonio. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, at Austin Avenue United Methodist, 1300 Austin Avenue. Mrs. Mansfield may be viewed at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, and a time of visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 25. Sharon was born in Galveston, Texas, on September 16, 1932, to Louise Adams Daly and Hugh "Bud" Hardy Daly. She grew up in Waco and graduated from Waco High School. She was there in 1948 when the school won the State football title, which started her lifelong love of high school football. She attended Baylor University and graduated with a teaching degree in history and Latin. She married James "Jim" Thomas Mansfield in 1953. After traveling with Jim in the Air Force, the young couple spent several years in Fort Worth, where Sharon taught Latin at Monnig Junior High and Pascal High School. They moved to Waco with three daughters in 1962, when Sharon started teaching sophomore advanced English at Richfield High School. As some would say, thus began her "long reign of excellence" for sophomores at Richfield, who usually eventually realized that by braving her class, they would be able to test out of freshman and maybe sophomore English at universities all over the U.S. Her Latin background often bolstered her students' ability to grasp English grammar. If a student was having difficulty with conjugating a verb or understanding the passive voice, for example, Mrs. Mansfield would ask them what foreign language they were taking in school, then proceed to explain the applicable rule for the exercise to fit their German, Spanish or Latin education. Up until her move to San Antonio last year, ex-students and their parents still visited, offering thanks for her contribution to their careers and quality of life. Sharon loved her students and cared about their personal, athletic, musical and academic achievements in other areas. She was a defender of the little guy and creatives of all kinds. One ex-student recalled a time when he was unconsciously talking to himself while walking down the hall. A group of girls started laughing and made fun of him. Sharon witnessed the event and without missing a beat, walked up to them, stated "He's a thinker," then walked off without saying another word. While at Richfield/Waco High, Sharon sponsored University Interscholastic League (UIL) Ready Writers (winning multiple awards) and received "Best Teacher in WISD" accolades. She also taught creative writing in the summer to classes in the Baylor English department. She attended every possible school football game and took her daughters along at early ages. She had a great love of primarily English and American literature, and taught her students that same respect by teaching great authors such as Hemingway, Crane, Shakespeare and more. For poetry, she added some Texas and world notables, and brought in the Poet Laureate of Texas and multiple teachers and artists from Baylor University to help expose her students to the best writers, musicians and philosophers that Waco, Baylor and Texas had to offer. And before everyone graduated, she studied several of her daughters – and many of their friends - through Latin assignments, as only she could. In her last 10 years of her career, she also taught Latin and World History, ending an amazing 48 year calling in the classroom. Many, many accolades have poured in from former students as they have learned of Sharon's passing. "(Mrs. Mansfield) was a true Texas treasure. Smart, savvy, no-nonsense. Strong," . . . "A brilliant and demanding educator who leaves an incredible legacy of well-versed students" . . . "She was definitely one of the toughest teachers I ever had. I always refer to [Sharon] when my kids tell me about 'how hard' they think a class is for them. I tell them that they will appreciate it later" . . . "It was in her class that my love for words started to grow. I have your mom to thank for me becoming a journalist" . . . "She somehow transformed centuries old literature into something enjoyable for 16 year olds in the 1970s . . . Anyone who finds it impossible to forget the imagery associated with 'The red sun was pasted in the sky life a wafer' was likely one of Mrs. Mansfield's students." As a result of the affection of some of her ex-students, a scholarship at Baylor was established in her name to benefit future teachers. The Sharon Daly Mansfield scholarship is the largest in the School of Education. Her daily loves included Jim, her daughters, her mother, Louise, and her aunt, Libba. Also, raising just about any stray animal that came along – explaining that they all looked "hungry." Other activities included raising five daughters, reading and swimming, but most of the time it seemed like her main hobby was grading papers. A piano player herself, she got all five daughters to piano, dance, choir, swimming and other lessons, recitals, plays, symphonies, cotillions, proms and finally, graduations. She faithfully attended Austin Avenue United Methodist Church as a member of the Evans class, a church chosen by her mother for its world class organ and choir program. Sharon came from a long line of Methodists, including her great grandfather who was a Methodist preacher. Her strong faith and consistent prayer life helped to lead family members through tough times. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise A. and Hugh H. Daly; husband, Jim Mansfield; daughter, Ann Carol Mansfield; son-in-law, Keith Jimenez; and many beloved cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. She is survived by daughters, Donna Francis, son, Richard, wife, Lesley, and their daughter, Parker; Nancy Parker; Susan Peek; and Rebecca Mansfield and husband, Bruce Ralston. She is also survived by first cousins, Stacy Adams, Memie Adams Hardie, and Linda Adams Fulenwider and husband, Johnny. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Francis, Bruce Ralston, John Burleson, Lawrence Peek, Burt Waldrop and Ambassador Lyndon Olson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Sharon Daly Mansfield Scholarship at the School of Education at Baylor University, to Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, to the Waco Humane Society, or to the charity of your choice.
Bobbie Jeanne Jensen Sigle, BA ’53, of Taylor, TX, died Nov. 11, 2018. She was born to Eunice Going Jenson and Arnold Jenson on July 28, 1932 in Taylor, Texas. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Freer, Texas where they lived in an old fort named El Rancho de Las Animas during Bobbie’s early years, eventually moving into Freer. Bobbie graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in English and Education. She later went on to get her Masters in English at Southwest Texas State. She married Leroy Sigle on October 20, 1956. They made their home outside of Taylor on a ranch for the next 60 + years. Bobbie taught school for over 30 years, the majority as an English teacher in Taylor. Bobbie served as the church pianist at Memorial Baptist Church in Taylor for over 50 years. Bobbie is preceded in death by her mother Eunice, father Arnold and her husband Leroy. She is survived by one sister, Shirley Jensen Richards, son Tony Sigle, daughter and son in law Teresa and Kelly Clements and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to thank Amy Cottingham, Bobbie’s primary caregiver for 2 years. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 from 5pm - 7pm at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor, Texas. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 11:00 am at Memorial Baptist Church in Taylor. In lieu of flowers the family requests condolences be made to the Mexican Mission Fund C/O Memorial Baptist Church or charity of your choice.
Barbara Ann Howard Spottswood, ’53, went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2019 in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 87 years. We know that someday we all will be happily together again. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK on April 9, 1931 of parents, R.C Jr. and Mildred Howard, grandparents, Pastor R.C Sr. and Hettie Howard, William and Gertrude Chandler. Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob, of 67 years and their precious children, Barbara Ann Mayo and her husband Mike, grandson Joshua Mayo and his wife Natalie, great-granddaughter Everleigh, grandson Hunter Mayo and his wife Kate, her son Rob Spottswood and his wife Janet and her daughters Haley and Jenna, and by her sisters Trudy Roberts and her husband Jim, Katie Sorrells and her husband Jim, and Beverly Emerson and her husband James who predeceased her. Barbara attended Baylor, Oklahoma Baptist and Colorado Universities and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA degree in Art Education. She was an accomplished artist, a lover of music, sang in church choirs and ladies ensembles, was a Baptist Deacon, a leader in Bible Study Fellowship, taught bible classes, and English as a Second Language in Elementary schools in 7 states. Barbara managed well the 20+ house moves they made working in the Oil Industry, including one to live in Holland. She loved Christian mission activities, going to Brazil, Argentina, Latvia, England, Scotland, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, and Hawaii Baptist Academy, sharing her salvation experience, talents in art, music, and Bible knowledge. A burial will be held at the Memorial Park Cemetery on Friday, January 18 at 10:00am, 13313 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73131. A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church Richardson on Friday, January 25 at 2:00pm, 1001 N. Central Expwy Richardson, TX 75080. If desiring, memorial donations in memory of Barbara may be made to: The Barbara Ann Spottswood Oklahoma Baptist University Student Scholarship Fund- 500 West University, Shawnee, OK 74801, the Hawaii Baptist Academy Arts Department- 21 Bates St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2404, the Missions Fund at First Baptist Church Richardson, Texas. Online condolences may be made at www.SparkmanRichardson.com.
Ruth Bernard Visoski, BS ’53, of Rowlett, TX, passed away January 14, 2019. She was born October 3, 1933, in El Dorado, AR, to Paul T. and Geraldine (Slade) Bernard. Ruth was a graduate of Baylor University with a BS degree in 1953 and Oklahoma University with a MS in 1972. She was a very devoted and beloved wife, mother and grandmother. While living where her husband’s work took him at various locations in the United States and to Kuwait, she held positions as a software engineer. While living in Houston prior to moving to Rowlett, Ruth was secretary and a very active volunteer in the Memorial Assistance Ministries organization for 15 years through her membership in the Tallowood Baptist Church. Ruth is survived by her husband: Steve Visoski; sons: Mark Visoski and wife Sara, and William (Bill) Visoski and wife Andrea; daughter: Rose Nemeth and husband Vince; granddaughters: Kailey Pearce and ; brother: Paul Benard and wife Toni; sister-in-law: Sharon Bernard. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, January 18, 2019, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel with Dr. Cole Hedgecock of First Baptist Church Rowlett officiating. The family will gather with friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Private interment will be in the Bernard family plot of Woodlawn Cemetery in El Dorado, AR.
James E. Carroll, BA ’54, of Dallas, formerly of Emerald Bay, TX, died Nov2. A memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Lakewood Memorial Park with Rev. Jerry Newman and Rev. Doyle Sumrall officiating. Inurnment will follow under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. A celebration of James' life will follow at 5:00 p.m. at Emerald Bay Community Church in Bullard with Dr. Darryle Dunks and officiating. James was born November 24, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the youngest son of Mittie and T.D. Carroll. His father was a graduate of Southwest Seminary in Fort Worth. The family moved to Henderson, Texas in 1935, when T.D. accepted the position of Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church in Henderson. James attended and graduated from the Henderson High School system in 1950. Excelling in sports, James was captain of the track and field team which won the district championship that year. After graduation from high school, James went to Baylor University on a track scholarship. He also played freshman football and made many lifelong friends on that team. He graduated from Baylor in 1954 and then spent two years in the US Army in Alaska. He was honorably discharged and used the GI Bill to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he attained his law degree. At that time, he also worked for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He then moved to Houston where he served as Assistant District Attorney. During this time he was married and started a family with Joyce Carroll. James used his law degree in several business ventures and later worked as a business advisor. After the death of his second wife Madelyn Carroll, Jim moved back to East Texas to be near his family and settled in Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine. James was an avid sports fan and played golf until his death. His most memorable day was when he beat the club pro from the blue tees at age 79. He was also a senior and super senior club champion at Emerald Bay Club. James is survived by his beautiful and devoted wife Glynda. They were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 23, 2009, and enjoyed their retirement years in Emerald Bay. He is also survived by his oldest son James who lives in Dallas, daughter Kimberly and husband John Houser from Liberty Hill, and youngest son Ben and wife Laurel from Logo Vista. In addition there are four grandchildren, John Michael, Matthew, Kristina and David, and three great-grandchildren Levi, Abram and Waylon. From whom he referred to as a second family are Glynda's daughters, Shelley and Laura, their husbands Dave and Gary, grandchildren Paige, Claire, Grace, Miller and great-grandchild, Wesley. One of the greatest joys of Jim's life was his prison ministry at Bradshaw prison in Henderson in his later years. He would go each week sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He would sing the ole hymns, and personally fellowship with each one about what it took to be saved. He gave away thousands of bibles to guide them and personally witnessed to them about how to walk with Jesus. At the end of each month, he would have Victory Day celebrating all those getting their "ticket to Heaven" by accepting Jesus as their savior. Today Jim is singing and praising his Lord, face to face, while holding his first little girl, Jan.
Linda Sue Gibson, BA ’54, of Comanche, TX, died Nov. 10, 2018. Linda Sue Gibson was born on February 17, 1934 in Dallas, Texas to Walter and Sadie Remington Wilkinson and grew up in Mesquite where she graduated High School in 1951. On January 16, 1955 she married Kenneth E. Gibson in Mesquite and he preceded her in death on August 15, 2007. Sue enjoyed working the ranch they owned in Sidney, Texas but, her greatest love was for that of music and received her Master’s in music from Baylor University. In 1973, Sue was called to serve as Music Minister at the First Baptist Church in Comanche, a role she held in our church for 27 years! She remained a member of the church and still used her musical talent to bring glory to God. Those left to cherish her memory are her children Kenneth “Keg” Gibson II of Sidney, Wendi Su Nikolauk and husband Mike of San Angelo, Clay Gibson and wife Susie of San Angelo, Leigh Deigh Gilliam and husband John of Comanche, ten grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister Rosie Dean.
Mary Elizabeth Heffington Godfrey, BA ’54, of Dallas died Dec. 30, 2018, at age 85. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mary was born in Dallas on Aug. 21,1933, to James Carroll Heffington and Mary Elizabeth Warmath Heffington. Mary was an only child and was raised by her loving mother after her father passed away when she was four years of age. Mary grew up in the Greenland Hills area of Dallas, now known as the “M” streets. She graduated from North Dallas High School in January 1951. Following in her father’s footsteps, she attended Baylor University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in May, 1954, with a desire to teach children. Mary completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Education from North Texas State University in August, 1958. Mary spent most of her teaching career at Dan D. Rogers Elementary school in Dallas teaching 3rd-4th graders. She was active in her teaching sorority for many years even after retiring from teaching in 1964. Mary grew up at First Baptist Church, Dallas and was a life-long member. She accepted Christ as her savior and was baptized by Dr. George Truett when she was 10 years old. With Mary’s love of teaching children, she continued teaching Sunday School at First Baptist for over 25 years. Mary met Aubrey Godfrey, Jr., at First Baptist Church and they were married for over 52 years. They raised their two daughters, Martha and Cathy, in the Kessler Park area of Dallas. After the girls went to college she was a substitute teacher until her first granddaughter was born, when she finally retired for good to enjoy time with her grandchildren. Mary and Aubrey were directors of 6th grade department at First Baptist Church Dallas for many years. They had been a part of the President’s Sunday school Class since 1988. After their girls married and had children, Mary and Aubrey enjoyed being a part of her grandchildren’s lives and watching them grow up. They also enjoyed time with family at their lake house making memories. Mary enjoyed traveling and before they were married she spent a summer taking graduate classes in Hawaii. She traveled with Aubrey as they attended medical meetings and had many wonderful trips together with different medical organizations and First Baptist groups. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey, her parents, Mary Elizabeth and JC Heffington. Mary is survived by her daughters: Martha Ryan, and her husband, Pat, and granddaughters, Becca and Rachel; Cathy Holmes, and her husband, Russ, and grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler. A Graveside service will be Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at Restland. A Memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Dallas in the Truett Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First Baptist Academy, Criswell College, American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice. The family is grateful for the amazing staff at The Traditions Assisted Living and for their care and compassion over the last 2 years as well as her doctors and the staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Barbara Melton Marshall, BA ’54, of Fort Worth, TX, died Nov. 29, 2018, in the palliative wing of Fort Worth hospital in the company and comfort of her family. MEMORIAL: 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Western Hills Community Church. Barbara was a 50-plus-year native of Benbrook, Texas, and was an active member of Western Hills Community Church. Barbara was born in Little Rock, Ark., on Jan. 5, 1933, and grew up in Memphis, Tenn., before attending Baylor University from 1951 to 1954 where she graduated as the valedictorian of her class. She was a teacher by trade and continued to care for and support others up until the time of her death. Barbara will be remembered as a philanthropist and for her fun-loving and strong spirit, generosity, and attention to detail. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Ollin and Wirtha Melton, and her husband, John Marshall. SURVIVORS: She is survived by daughters, Linda Wimberley, Cindy Wilson, Carol Speer; all of her grandchildren, Robin Nick, Joe Wilson, John Wilson, Jean Diaz, Katie Speer, Bill Frasure, and Charlie Speer; and nine great-grandchildren.
Harry Payton Wright, JD ’54, of Port Neches, TX, died Dec. 4, 2018. Harry Payton Wright was born in Port Neches on January 14, 1931 to Vergie Payton and Edward Vernon Wright. A lifelong resident of Port Neches, he attended Port Neches Schools and completed his High School years at Schriener in Kerrville, Texas. He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and received his Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law in 1954. He was admitted to Practice by the Texas Supreme Court of Texas and before the United States Supreme Court. He began his private practice of law in Port Neches, Texas in 1954. For the first twenty years he practiced law as a solo practitioner, and established the firm of Wright & Pitre in 1974 which was recently restructured as Wright Pitre & Freimuth. He was still in active practice until the day of his death. Mr. Wright served as Municipal Judge for the City of Port Neches, Texas for 19 years, and in 1974 he was appointed City Attorney for the City of Port Neches. He served in that position for 31 years. His firm currently represents the City of Silsbee, Texas as its City Attorney. He served as President of the Jefferson Bar Association in 1970-1971, and served as the chairman of the local Bar Presidents Section of the State Bar Association. He was a sustaining life member of the Texas Bar Foundation, and was awarded the Blackstone Award by the Jefferson County Bar Association in 1996. He was named the Port Neches Citizen of the Year in 2001. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Port Neches where he was an active member. He was an Eagle Scout, and was a Master Mason of the Port Neches Lodge #1163 for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, V. G. Wright. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Dow Hendricks Wright; his children: Rebecca Miller (Nolan), Lisa Gorman (Dennis), Don Payton Wright (Melissa), Vernon Hendricks Wright (Deanna); Grandchildren: Kathleen LeBoeuf, Virginia Matteson, Rebecca Watkins, Caroline Moore, Anna Gorman, James Gorman, Tyler Wright, Victoria Wright, Carter Wright, Conner Wright, and Carson Wright, Ten Great Grandchildren, Sister in law, Frances Lawrence, Brother in law, Don Hendricks (Charlotte), numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Port Neches, Texas Building Fund or Music Fund or to the Baylor University Hendricks Wright Gorman Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Port Neches with Dr. Jason Martin, Dr. David Mahfouz, and Rev. Wilton “Tony” Anthony officiating. Masonic graveside rites to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches.
Corbin Eugene “Red” Houck, BBA ’55, of Crawford, TX, passed away peacefully in his home January 22, 2019. He was 86. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco with Pastor Travis Chappell presiding. Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Eugene was born July 27, 1932 in Garland, Arkansas, to Ester Corbin Houck and Margaret Marie Ellis Houck. He was a 1951 graduate of Waco High School. He attended SMU on a track scholarship and later transferred Baylor University. He held the 100 yard dash record for the area for many years. He graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor degree in business. Eugene married his high school sweetheart and truly the love of his life, Florence Ann Howard Houck on July 25, 1953. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past July, 2018. Eugene served in the Air Force at James Connally Air Force Base as an Honorable 2nd Lieutenant. He was a long time member at Western Heights Baptist Church. Eugene was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He always enjoyed being at home on his property in the country watching the deer every day. Eugene started working in the theater business. He owned the Joy Drive-In Theater and the Joy Theater downtown that was destroyed in the 1953 Waco tornado. He then went into the nursery and landscaping business with his father, Corbin Houck, starting up Westview Nursery, which has been around for over six decades. He served on the Ferti-lome VBG Board of Directors and he was a highly esteemed member of the Texas Nursery and Landscaping Association. Eugene accumulated many awards for the Nursery’s Excellence in Sales and Landscaping over the years. Eugene was very involved in the community serving as Director of Lake Air Little League for many years, Director of Richfield Booster Organization and Chairman of the Board of Northwestern Teenage baseball league. He also served as a Board of Director with United Bank, ran for WISD School Board and served on the athletic committee of Waco Chamber of Commerce. He was preceded in death by his parents, Corbin and Marie Houck. Eugene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence Houck; three sons, Barry Houck and wife, Karen, Gregg Houck and wife, Nan, and Keith Houck and wife, Susan; daughter, Nancy Stanton and husband, Bill; and a sister, Betty Sue Hughes. He was a devoted grandfather to Brandon Houck, Heather Alls, Colt Houck, Will Houck, Derrick Houck, Kayla Chappell, Lauren Stanton and Blake Stanton. He also had eight great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Brandon Houck, Justin Alls, Colt Houck, Will Houck, Derrick Houck and Blake Stanton. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Bluebonnet Health Services and Visiting Angels for the excellent care they provided during the last eight months of his life. Eugene was a cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society Waco, 1700 Lake Success Dr., Waco, TX 76710.
Dr. Johnny Lester Montgomery, BS ’55, of Belton, TX, died Jan. 3 after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Conroe, TX, on March 1, 1934, to Henry Lester Montgomery and Mary Frances Welch Montgomery. He was the great grandson of Andrew Montgomery, an early Texas settler and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1952 and earned a BS degree from Baylor University in 1955 and received his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1958. He married his childhood sweetheart, Alma Joyce Clanton, at the First Baptist Church of Conroe in 1956. Following an internship in Corpus Christi, TX, he became a general practitioner of medicine in Pasadena, TX, from 1959-1966. He was drafted into the US Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served his country until 1972, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. While in the army, he completed a residency in radiology at Tripler General Hospital in Hawaii and Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington D.C. He served as chief of angiography and then chairman of diagnostic radiology at Walter Reed. Dr. Montgomery joined the staff at Scott and White Clinic in 1972 where he served until his retirement in 2007. He was chairman of the radiology department at Scott & White from 1973-1992. During his tenure as chairman, there was a dynamic expansion of radiology technology worldwide with the discovery of CT, MRI and ultrasound. Under his leadership, Scott & White became an early adopter of these new technologies and obtained some of the first CT and MRI scanners in the world. Dr. Montgomery served on the Clinic Board of Directors at Scott & White from 1978 to 1997 and was President of the Clinic Board from 1992 to 1997. Dr. Montgomery was instrumental in the development of the satellite clinic system and establishing the family medicine department at Scott & White. Significant among the accomplishments of the Board of Directors during his tenure included the creation of the Scott & White Health Plan and the establishment of the relationship with Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Montgomery was active in community affairs and was on the Temple Economic Development Corporation Board from 1992-1997 where he served a term as President. He was a Charter Member of the Temple South Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Temple for over 40 years. Throughout his career, he gained respect and admiration as an outstanding mentor, teacher, leader and practitioner. He received numerous teaching awards at Scott & White and the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He was named the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni from UTMB Galveston in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the Texas Radiological Society in 2015. Dr. Montgomery was a tireless educator and consummate storyteller. He possessed an endless curiosity about the world around him which he pursued with great enthusiasm and energy. First and foremost, he was a Christian, which overshadows his numerous worldly accomplishments. Dr. Montgomery was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pauline Pate; one brother, Mel Montgomery, and one grandchild, Michael John Montgomery. Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Alma Joyce Clanton Montgomery of Belton; his daughter, Michelle Montgomery Wright and husband Mark of Plano; his sons, Mark Montgomery and wife Becky of Belton and Andy Montgomery and wife Rosie of Belton; seven grandchildren, Molly Montgomery Quicksall and husband Judson, Megan Wright, Melissa Montgomery-Lohr and husband Riley, Matthew Montgomery, Maggie Montgomery, Mary Kate Montgomery and Mariah Montgomery, and a special nephew, Bill Pate and wife Rosie of Arizona. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Temple with Rev. Gary Anthony and Rev. Andy Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5-7:00 pm Friday, January 4, 2019, at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Dr. Montgomery’s name to the Scott and White Radiology Education Fund, c/o Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital.
Betsy Bell Story, BS ’55, of Tehachapi, CA, died Nov. 1, 2018.
Willa Dean Burris Wiggins, BA ’55, of Jonesboro, AR, died Jan. 8. Willa was born in Egypt and moved to Jonesboro when she was 10 and was a 1952 graduate of Jonesboro High School. She moved to Waco, Texas, in the fall of 1952 and was a 1955 graduate of Baylor University. While attending Baylor University, Willa met and married the love of her life, Wayne McVey Wiggins, Jr. of Houston, who affectionately called her, "Prairie Flower." Wayne served active duty in the US Air Force from 1956-58 and they resided in Houston until 1964 when they moved to Jonesboro to begin farming in the Egypt community. Willa taught first grade in Houston for five years and 2nd grade in Jonesboro for five years before leaving the classroom to be a full time mom and farmer's wife. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro where she taught Sunday school, led Bible study groups and was active in Women on Missions. Willa was past president of Treble Clef Music Club, Spring and Twig Garden Club, Daughters of American Revolution, P.E.O. Chapter BN, Twentieth Century Club and Alpha Delta Kappa, a women educator society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne M. Wiggins, Jr., parents: Lewis Mark and Frances Rorex Burris, and a grandson, Luke Wiggins. Willa's family wishes to extend special thanks and appreciation to the staff and employees at Craighead County Nursing Center and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House for the exceptional care given to her. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Wayne, III and Dr. Nonie Wiggins of Jonesboro; 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie and Dr. Jim Webb of Springfield, Missouri, and Sarah and Pete Murphy of Jonesboro; 6 grandchildren and their spouses: Jake Webb, Dr. Zack and Dr. Clairese Webb, Dr. Mark and Sandra Wiggins, Lance Wiggins, Trevor Murphy and Mallory Murphy; and 2 great granddaughters: Lilly Grace Wiggins and Charlotte May Wiggins, and a great grandson to arrive in February. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church of Jonesboro with Tim Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will precede the funeral service from 10:00-11:30 in the church sanctuary. Active pallbearers include Eric Grant, Dan Purnell and Willa's grandsons. Honorary pallbearers include: Donna Brand, Roselyn Horner, Dick Holman, John St. Clair, Willa's Bridge Club members and the ladies of P.E.O. Chapter BN. For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to: First Baptist Church Care Center, 701 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401, Salvation Army, 800 Cate Ave., Jonesboro 72401, P.E.O. Chapter BN Scholarship Fund, Alzheimers Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Dorman “Doc” Buford, BBA ’56, of Oxford, MS, died Jan. 5.
Virginia Oubre, BA ’56, of Richardson, TX, died Dec. 29, 2018. Born in Houston, Texas on February 2, 1934, she served for many years as a school teacher and school librarian. Virginia continued working part time in her retirement for many years at the Richardson Public Library. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. But above all else, she was a devoted servant of her dear Savior and Master, Jesus Christ. Ruth knew God’s incomparable word very well and confidently trusted the magnificent promises that God made to all who believed in his Son. She sought each day to honor Him, to speak of Him, and to live for Him without reservation. All who knew Virginia were blessed to see the character and ways of God displayed through her gentle faithfulness, godly counsel and loving encouragement. Even throughout her long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, she continued to minister to others. Her earnest desire for all whom she knew and loved was that each one would come to share in the joy she experienced daily in her relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Survived by daughters, Sharon Oubre, Debbie Wright and husband Tom, Lari Oubre. Grandchildren Jessica and Jeffrey Wright, and Travis Oubre. Sister Alice Ott, B.A. ’59. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday, January 4, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., January 5, 2019 at Community Bible Chapel, 418 East Main, Richardson, Texas 75081. A private interment will be held at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas.
Peggy Holmes Tollett, BA ’56, of Troup, TX, died Dec.25, 2018. A memorial service is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2018, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Grandson, Joshua Tollett will officiate. Peggy Holmes Tollett left this life, held closely in the arms of her family to begin her eternal life in the arms of her Heavenly Father. Peggy was born in Hubbard, Texas on April 12, 1935 to Odis and Helen Holmes and grew up in Waco, Texas. She was the oldest of four children: Don, Mickey and Sharon. She graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in Elementary Education in November, 1956; worked in Baylor’s Registrar’s Office, and was a member of Who’s Who. She was a soloist in the Baylor Religious Hour Choir and also sang in the Texas State BSU choir for two years. Peggy married Dr. Joe R. Tollett on January 12, 1957 at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and moved to Naha, Okinawa where Joe served as Captain in the Air Force. They then moved to Houston where Joe completed his residency requirements. In 1960, the couple made their home in Jacksonville, Texas and started a new pediatrics practice. God blessed Peggy and Joe with four children; Mike, Jim, Lottie and Amy. Their family lived in Jacksonville happily for 35 years. Peggy volunteered as a Story Time teacher at Jacksonville Public Library and also Eastside Elementary School. After the kids were grown, she worked at their Children’s Clinic. Peggy and Joe later moved to Tyler, Texas and attended Green Acres Baptist Church. Singing praises to God was the joyful passion of her life! She spent many years singing in Central Baptist Church’s choir. She taught her children and grandchildren what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Friend. Peggy is preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents, Odis and Helen Holmes; her brother, Don; and her sister-in-law, Sandy Holmes. She is survived by her children: son, Mike Tollett and his wife Wanda; son, Jim Tollett and his wife Tammy; daughter, Lottie Heaston and husband Gary; daughter, Amy Brenneman and husband Chuck; her 11 grandchildren; Casey, Natalie, Molly, Lauren, Josh, Lindsey, Zach, Katie, Shea, Hannah and Carly; three great-grandchildren; Jeremiah, Elizabeth and Lydia; brother, Mickey Holmes; sister, Sharon Zartman and husband Jim, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include: Josh Tollett, Zach Tollett, Brandon Botta, Reed Bass, William Cramer, Chris Kee, Kyle Holmes and Aaron Holmes. Honorary pallbearers include: Mickey Holmes, Jim Zartman, George Griffin, Chuck Brenneman, Gary Heaston and Giles Bateman. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Jacksonville Public Library located at 502 South Jackson St., Jacksonville, TX 75766, or to Central Baptist Church at 1909 East Rusk St., Jacksonville, TX 75766.
Barbara Kay Burt Allen, BBA ’57, of Midland, TX, Nov. 20, 2018. She was guided to Heaven at 12:45 am Tuesday November 20th in Flagstaff, Arizona with her daughter's hands on her heart. Barbara is survived by her brother Clayton Burt and her children Amy Allen Fullerton with son Jason Dwyer and Angie Allen with daughter Tara Rose Marzolf. Barbara was born to Eunice and Jack Burt on September 11th, 1935. Her little brother Clayton "Buddy" Burt graced her with his devotion and love for her 83 years of a brilliant life. Being raised on a farm in Chillicothe, Texas, Barbara and Buddy strived for independence and success. Raised primarily by her grandmother, "Big Mama Duke," she was taught that discipline and hard work earned character. Buddy and Barbara were forever tied to each other through the knots of hopes and dreams. That devotion led them both to Baylor University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business which led her to Humble Oil Company as a secretary in Midland, Texas. She met the love of her life and shortly after wed Roger D. Allen on August 7th, 1957. They were married for 59 years. Not a small feat! Their love affair took them to the depths of tenderness, passionate ardor, and a lifetime of rich adventures. Not only the best Mom ever, Barbara became a pillar to the community. She volunteered and created beauty within the sacred walls of the First Presbyterian Church. She was devoted to the symphony as a board member and president. Her tireless efforts to nurture lifetime friendships was shown through sewing club, Junior League, Chaparral, and countless dinner parties filled with glitter and glam. Barbara's goal was to make everyone happy. She spent her life giving 100% of herself to those she loved. She was an artist though she didn't think so and worked to make everything she touched beautiful. Our Mom had a great sense of humor which she needed on many occasions. She had a strong faith in God that carried her through things that would have otherwise killed her. She fought horrible health problems silently her entire life with a smile on her face and not a trace of complaint. Her last words were, "What can I do for you?" That is the way she lived other centered and selfless. She was one of a kind! Barbara found divinity in the details, poetry in the mundane, and peace in the garden. She turned her actions into offerings for those less fortunate. Always counting her blessings, she stayed humble and harbored generosity to all. We will draw strength from the lessons she has taught us. She gave without the expectations of anything in return. She loved deeply. She soldiered on to the bitter end when her breath was hard to catch and her strength weakened. Her light will glow within us all. As her surviving daughters, we want to live on in the vision of her words and swim in the fluidity of her thoughts. There will always be a chamber in our hearts filled with her internal beauty and her immense spirit. She will be missed by all who knew her! The service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in the chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday December 22nd, 2018. Reception will follow at the Allen's home in Midland, Texas.
Mary Ellen Smith Gones, BSN ’58, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in Hemphill, TX. He was 83. Mary was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 2, 1935 to Arthur Gilbert (Bert) Smith and Elizabeth Leah Murphy Smith. She studied nursing at Baylor University and married Donald Gene Martin in 1957. As an Air Force pilot’s wife, she moved frequently. When they were stationed in Japan in 1961, First Lieutenant Martin was killed when his jet crashed. Mary returned home to Port Arthur with their two young children, Donald and Nita. Back in Port Arthur, she worked for the school district as a school nurse and later as a teacher in vocational nursing for both Port Arthur and then Port Neches-Groves Independent School Districts. Mary was an active member of First Baptist Church, Port Arthur, for many years. She was an active member of the adult choir, a member of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and for a number of years helped in the children’s ministry for Lay Renewal Weekends for Southern Baptist churches in the southeast Texas region. In 1985 she married Frank Charles Gones. They began building a home on Toledo Bend and moved there in 1995. Soon after the move to Hemphill, Mary helped establish the vocational health education program at Hemphill High School. She would run this new program until March 2000 when she suffered a series of strokes. Mary and Frank enjoyed summer trips together and traveled as far as Colorado and Alaska during long summer trips. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Hemphill. Mary is survived by her husband, Frank Charles Gones of Hemphill, Texas; siblings Faye Ann Crowell (husband Jim) of Carrollton, GA, and Wiley Preston David Smith (wife Carol) of Casa Grande, AZ; her children, Donald D. Martin (wife Robin) of Richmond, VA, and Nita Ricke (husband Steve) of Springdale, AR. Other survivors include Frank’s daughters, Darlyne Ward of Mansfield, TX, and Ellen Godwin, of Port Arthur, TX, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr Street, Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Hemphill, Texas with burial to follow in Hemphill Cemetery under the direction of Starr Funeral Home. Online condolences and book signing can be made at starrfuneralhome.com.
Austin O. McCloud, LLB ’57, of Eastland, TX, died Nov. 30, 2018. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, he was born March 17, 1929 in Edom, Texas, and grew up in Lubbock. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University in 1951. After serving his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he received his Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from Baylor University in 1957. He then became an associate with the law firm of Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates and Jaworski in Houston. In 1960, he set up a law practice in Colorado City, Texas. He was appointed to the 32nd District Court of Texas as District Judge on August 31, 1963, where he served in that capacity through December 1970. He was elected as Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals, Eleventh District of Texas, in November 1970, where he served until his retirement on December 31, 1994. Not truly ready to retire, Judge McCloud served as a Senior Justice to Texas Courts of Appeals, subject to assignment by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He was one of five chosen to serve on the Real Property Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which drafts the real property questions that are included on the multi-state bar examination. Judge McCloud was named Outstanding Jurist of Texas in 1994; served as President, Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeals of the United States 1993-1994; President, Council of Chief Justices of Texas Courts of Appeals 1991; and President, Baylor Law School Alumni Association 1975-1976. He was appointed by the Council of Chief Justices Texas Courts of Appeals to serve as an ex-officio member of the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and served on numerous other committees determining appellate procedure. He represented the Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeals of the United States at the first joint meeting of federal and state judges. He was also a member of the State Appellate Rules Committee, the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section and the State Bar of Texas. He truly loved the law and its interpretation and was a man of unfailing integrity. As a long-time member of the Methodist Church, he taught Sunday School for many years. His deep faith and commitment to the Scripture was evident in the example he set. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hoyett and Velma McCloud. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Anne Kelley McCloud; a sister, Loraine McCloud Culver; daughter, Melinda Musselman and husband, Henry; and daughter, Sharon Burgher. He was a loving grandfather to Louisa Musselman Fikes (Brendan), Luke Musselman (Julie), Molly Musselman Smith (McLean), Mary Peyton Burgher, Nancy Burgher Turnbull (Robert), and David Burgher III. He has proudly welcomed nine great-grandchildren into this world. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. His life was a life well lived. "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at First Methodist Church, Eastland, Texas. A reception to celebrate Judge McCloud's life will be held immediately following the service at The Austin McCloud Appellate Court Museum, 101 South Lamar Street, Eastland, Texas. He shall be laid to rest in a Family ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts honoring Judge McCloud's life may be sent to: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Polo on the Prairie, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or Alpha Omega Hospice, 305 NE Loop 820, Hurst, TX 76053.
Dianne Burkle Steen, ’57, of Memphis, TN, died Jan 3. Dianne was born on October 14, 1935 in Memphis, TN to Dr. George H. Burkle, Jr. and Verna Mae McLane Burkle. She grew up in Memphis and attended Snowden Elementary, Snowden Jr. High and Central High School, Baylor University and University of TN graduating in 1956. She earned an MBA from the University of Memphis. She worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN as a Medical Technologist in the department of Pathology and in Administration until her retirement in 1999. She married Dr. Jack Steen in 1998 at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. where she was a lifelong member. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dr. George H. Burkle, III and her husband Dr. Jack Steen of 20 years. Dianne will be lovingly remembered by her cousins, sister-in-law, Anna Lee Burkle, her nephews and their families. Also, she will be forever remembered by her step-children, their spouses and her grandchildren: John, Jennifer, Julianna, Jake, and Jaleigh Steen and Barry, Evelyn, Jonathan, Andrew, Rachel, Matthew, Chloe, Abigail, and Naomi Marchman. A celebration of Dianne's life will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 am at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN. Visitation will be from 9:00am- 10:00am.
Chris Henry Krebs, BBA ’58, of Hamilton, MT, died Jan. 1. He was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Vernon, Texas, the son of the late Edward C. and Ella Marie Krebs. Chris graduated from Vernon High School, St. John's College in Winfield, Kansas, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas. On Oct. 25, 1959, he married Carleta A. Perry. He served in the National Guard. Chris owned Krebs Motor Company in Vernon, Texas, and co-owned the Farmers Valley Cotton Gin with his father and brother-in-law. In 1989 Chris moved to Eatonville, Washington, where he owned the Eatonville Sears, Roebuck and Co. store. Chris moved to Hamilton, Montana, in 1993. He managed the Bitterroot Manor in Hamilton. Chris was preceded in death by his wife, Carleta, son David and two sisters, Eddie Lou Graf and Anna Marie Graham. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Angela Krebs, and their three children, Rebecca, Daniel and Joshua. Private family interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
Carroll Jackson Overton, BA ’58, BBA ’59, age 82, passed away on January 22nd, in Austin, Texas. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Cervenka (Nick), Deanna Smarr, and Dacia Hammer (Mike). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, their spouses and great-grandchildren, the absolute joys of his life. Blake Cervenka (Taylor, Campbell, Townsend and Shepherd), Brett Cervenka (Kendyl and Jackson), Amye Cervenka, Cole Smarr (Tiera, Emily, Aubree and Cody), Courtney Smarr, Caitlyn Smarr, Cade Smarr, Gregory Hammer, Megan D'Antuono, Dane Hammer, Paul Mosley, and Daquan Patton. And his two brothers, Tom Dave Overton and Donald Ray Overton. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Horlock Overton and their daughter Deborah Lee Overton, and his parents, Tom Dave and Mattie Lee Overton. Carroll Jackson Overton, or "Goober" as he was known by his friends and family, was a larger than life kinda guy. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, leaving his family and friends with heavy hearts but filled with love and precious memories. Carroll was born January 23rd, 1936 in Palestine, Texas to Tom and Matte Lee Overton, now deceased. He grew up there, graduating from Palestine High School, leaving a legacy of athleticism that is still recognized today. He left Palestine on a football scholarship to Baylor University, and it was there that he met and married the love of his life, Barbara. They were married 56 years. Carroll, "Grandad" found his greatest joy in the time spent with family. And he loved his friends, a gift he passed on to each of us. He loved unselfishly and gave generously with a heart that can't be matched. He was our number one fan. Whether a football, baseball, or basketball game or a dance recital, or the annual Christmas Pageant, even just a lunch date, he loved being in attendance of our lives. He was our rock, and the same to so many. He was the guy you could count on, with a strength that few can muster, and a softness that melted your heart. A true hero to us all, and literally to so many. He received the Carnegie Hero Award, after rushing in to save lives, at the burning YMCA building, in Palestine, Texas. He loved his family, with a depth that no words can convey, and his Baylor Bears, a good western, hunting and fishing (mostly to share the great outdoors with his family), and his friends. He worried about all his "squirrels", as he so lovingly called those in his circle, and took a leadership, mentor role in trying to keep us all on track, not an easy task. We love you, "to the moon and back". A celebration of Carroll's life will be Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 2-5pm, at the Cervenka home, 6301 Rain Creek Parkway, Austin, Texas 78759. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carroll's name to The Texas Children's Hospital (waystogive.texaschildrens.org). This donation will honor his daughter, who lost her battle to Leukemia in 1974.
Dr. Jeremy W. Rusk, BA ’58, MA ’59, of Bel Air, CA, and Belmont, MA, died Dec. 26, 2018, predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Marianne Childress Rusk; father to Michelle Rusk, Ian Rusk, and Kristin Rusk Robinson, their spouses Mark Jones, Carolann Rusk and Grant Robinson; and beloved "G-Dad" to six grandchildren, Alexandra and Samuel Jones, Heather, Chloe and Aidan Rusk, and Caleb Robinson. Passed peacefully in Los Angeles after an extended battle with cancer. Born in Webb City, Missouri in 1936, one of two sons of Ralph Rusk and Martha Webb Rusk, Jeremy graduated in 1954 from Webb City High School, where he captained the football team and played center and forward on the famous 1952-1953 "Big Eight" basketball teams. He loved to recount how that team from "lowly little Webb City" beat nearby Joplin three times and went on to compete for the state championship. Jeremy was later inducted into the school's Hall of Fame for his academic and athletic accomplishments. While an undergraduate, Jeremy met and married the love of his life, Marianne Childress of Harrisonville, Missouri. They both graduated from Baylor University in 1958. Jeremy went on to earn his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of religion from Harvard University in 1976. In 1971, Jeremy moved his family to England to help establish Harlaxton College, a study abroad program housed on the grounds of a 19th century English manor house in Lincolnshire County. There he served as the College's director and a professor of philosophy until the family's return to the U.S. in 1975. Jeremy had many wide-ranging interests, from restoring antique automobiles to writing poetry. During his retirement, he researched and authored a historical novel based on the lives of his Civil War-era ancestors. But his proudest achievement was serving as the founding director of Harvard University's Center for Lifelong Learning and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement (HILR)—a first of its kind program that provides opportunities for senior citizens to continue their academic pursuits into what Jeremy liked to refer to as their "third age." He believed strongly in the pursuit of knowledge at all ages and developed close friendships with many of the HILR's early members. Jeremy eventually retired as an administrative dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A visitation will be held in the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Rd., BELMONT, Friday, January 11, from 1pm to 2pm. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the American Cancer Foundation, or The Alzheimer's Association. Online guestbook www.brownandhickey.com
Dr. Ghazi F. Sakran, BA ’58, of Winston Salem, NC, died Nov. 24, 2018. Dr. & Mrs. Ghazi & Donnis Sakran, passed away on November 24, 2018 at the ages of 83 and 82. Ghazi was born September 8, 1935 in Nazareth, Palestine. Donnis was born on October 29, 1936 in Boiling Springs, NC. The couple married in 1959. They were loving parents, devoted to their children, their granddaughter, and to each other. They both dedicated their careers to helping others. As a young man growing up in Nazareth, Ghazi attended the Baptist mission school, enjoyed playing soccer and dreamed of going to the United States where he could pursue higher education. He came to the United States in 1954, earning a BA in social work from Baylor University, an MS in social work from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in child development and family relations from UNC-Greensboro. Ghazi pursued his passion for helping children and their families during his many years serving as Student Services Coordinator for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools. Donnis grew up on a farm in western NC where her parents taught her the importance of hard work and determination. She earned a BA in social work from UNC-Greensboro and a MS in social work from the University of Tennessee. Donnis was Director of Patient Services at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. She was active with United Way, Hospice of Winston-Salem and the Aids Care Board. After retirement she was involved in retiree activities for Novant Health and coordinated the Health and Wellness Clinic of the Triad Region at Bethany Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Ghazi and Donnis are survived by their son Paul Sakran and daughter-in-law Lingjiin Kang of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and daughter Tammie Scott, son-in-law John Scott, and granddaughter Catherine Scott of Cary, NC. Ghazi is survived by his brother, Dr. Bradley Sakran and sisters Fida Sakran Ayoub and Inam Sakran Akawi. Donnis is survived by her brother Charles Philbeck. A memorial service for Ghazi and Donnis will be held at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on Saturday, December 8th at 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to either Wake Forest Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7326, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 or Health and Wellness Clinic of the Triad Region, Bethany Baptist Church, 600 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
William Lowell Cannaday, BA ’59, of Irving, TX, died Dec. 20, 2018. FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Calvary Church,4401 State Highway 161, Irving Texas. Burial: A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation: The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Calvary Church. MEMORIALS: The family respectfully requests that, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Irving Family Advocacy Center, Irving Police Foundation or Brighter Tomorrows Women's Shelter. Lowell was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to William Riley Cannaday and Mary Marie Morton Cannaday. Lowell received his formal education in Houston, Texas, followed by attainment of a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with a minor studies in Religion, from Baylor University. In May of 1958, Lowell joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served until he was honorably discharged in October of 1962. Chief Cannaday began his career in policing in 1966, with the Dallas Police Department. He was Academy Class valedictorian, was awarded the "Rookie of the Year" and worked his way through the ranks to the position of assistant chief of police. Over 20 of the 28 years he served with the Dallas Police Department were in command level positions, with assignments ranging from Field Operations, Special Operations, Traffic, Public Information, Planning and Research to Youth and Family Crimes. In 1994, Lowell assumed command of the Irving Police Department as chief of police, an organization of over 500 employees, serving a city of 200,000 citizens. He has served on the boards of Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce (chaired "Leadership Irving"), the Irving Family Advocacy Center, the Irving Police Foundation, the Irving Infant Intervention Center and Crossroads Interfaith Ministries. During his 38 years of police service, he received over 2,500 hours of professional training, is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Command and Management College of the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration. He has received certifications in Mediation, and Arbitration, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Following his retirement from the Irving Police Department in 2004, Lowell and his wife, Rose, formed a partnership, Cannaday and Associates Mediation Services. In June 2005 Lowell was elected to the position of councilmember on the Irving City Council, serving on the DFW Airport Board and as liaison to the Housing and Human Services Board, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Irving Sister Cities. In April 2011, he assumed command of the Watauga Police Department as chief of Police until his retirement on Oct. 15, 2014. SURVIVORS: Lowell is survived by his loving wife, Rose; children, David Cannaday and wife, Julie, of Frisco, Texas, Clark Cannaday and wife, Lynn, of Mansfield, Texas, Julie Pierce and husband, Brian, of Ennis, Texas, Dr. Nathan Watson and wife, Vicki, of Sherman, Texas, John Watson and wife, Sharon, of Mansfield, Texas, Jim Watson and wife, Sandy, of Arlington, Texas; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Virginia DePuy of Waco, Texas, and Carlita Cannaday of Pleasanton, Calif.
Dr. William R. Carden Jr., BA ’59, MA ’61, of Waco died Dec. 30, 2018, at age 81. He excelled in sports and graduated as the Senior Class President of Carter Riverside H.S. in Ft. Worth, TX. He married Merilyn Brown, ’60, in 1957. Bill graduated from Baylor with a triple major in religion, philosophy and history. He pastored at Rock Prairie Baptist Church in College Station, TX, while completing his degree. Bill went on to earn his MA in History under Dr. Ralph Lynn. Bill moved his family to Belton, TX, in 1960 as he began his teaching career at Mary Hardin Baylor. He earned his PhD in History at Emory University, and then accepted a teaching position at Stetson University in Deland, FL. He wrote the controversial Carden Report, an assessment of the Baptist colleges and universities throughout the state commissioned by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Soon he became Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baylor, working closely with the student government, effecting positive changes within the University's structure. He worked as vice president of Word Incorporated, went into real estate in Dallas, and banking in McAllen and Waco, becoming president of the American Bank of Waco. In 1982, he started and direct the Center for Banking and Financial Studies in the Baylor Business School, formulating a continuing education curriculum for banks around the country. It was during this period that he at various times served as Chairman of the marketing division of the Texas Bankers Association; as President of the Baylor Alumni Association; and as board member of the Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Baylor Development Council, the Hankamer School of Business and the Baylor College of Arts and Sciences. Bill formed his bank consultancy firm, The Carden Group, in 1985. He also held Board roles at KFC Corporation and Q2. His church families were Seventh and James Baptist Church, Lake Shore Baptist Church and most recently St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Bill also served on the Waco City Council, as well as the boards of many non-profits, including Caritas. Among his survivors are his wife of 61 years Merilyn Carden; daughter Virginia, BSEd ’99, and her husband Joe Ellis, son Michael, BS ’85, MS ’95, and his wife Lori Nelson Carden, BS ’91, MS ’93, daughter Amber Lynn Carden, BBA ’82, MBA ’83; six grandchildren and sister Barbara Carden, BA ’63.
Dr. Thomas Lee Charlton, BA ’59, died Jan. 25 in Fort Worth. He married Betty Lou Jaynes, BA ’59, in 1959. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1962, and he taught for eight years at San Antonio College while completing his PhD at Texas. In 1970, Tom joined the Baylor history department and began serving as director of the Texas Collection library. He became the founding director of the Program for Oral History, finding his lifelong vocation of listening to and recording the stories of Texans from all walks of life. Tom conducted hundreds of interviews himself and taught thousands of Baylor students and community historians the art of listening to voices from the past. He was president of the Oral History Association and founding president of the Texas Oral History Association, which later named its lifetime achievement award for him. In 1993, he began serving ten years in Baylor’s office of the provost with five different titles. From 2003 until his retirement in 2010, he again directed the Texas Collection. He also taught the history and directed dozens of master's students in their thesis projects. Following his and Betty's divorce in 1983, Tom married Rebecca Sharpless, BA ’78, MA ’83, in 1988. He was a splendid tennis player and photographer and loved watching the Bears in any sport. He traveled to three continents and forty-nine states. He also took in homeless dogs. Tom was a liberal Democrat and lifelong Baptist. At Trinity Baptist in San Antonio and Lake Shore in Waco, he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Among his survivors are his wife, Rebecca; sons and their wives, John and Deb Fukumoto Charlton, and Richard, BA ’09, and Jan Yu Charlton; five granddaughters and brother-in-law, Lester Sharpless.
Bette Jo Jordan Cluck, BBA ’59, of Austin died Dec. 31, 2018, at age 81. Bette Jo was born on August 19, 1937 and grew up in Alice, Texas. She was an alumnus of the Alice ISD public school system and Baylor University. Bette Jo married Allen B. Cluck in 1959 and lived with him for 55 years until his death in 2015. Bette Jo and Allen lived in Houston for 43 years where they raised their two daughters, Christi and Cathy. Bette Jo and Allen moved to Austin in 2003 to be closer to their grandchildren. She loved to travel with her daughters, loved spending precious time with her beloved grandkids, enjoyed caring for her dogs, and looked forward to the day when she could be reunited with her husband in the presence of Jesus. Bette Jo is survived by her two daughters: Christi Wilson and husband, John; and Cathy Cluck; and four grandchildren: Coby Wilson, Catie Wilson, Jenna Wilson, and Sydney Wilson, all of Austin. Christi and Cathy will lay their mother to rest next to their father in a private burial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to honor Bette Jo's memory may be made to: Veritas Academy of Austin, Texas, where Bette Jo's grandchildren have been a part of the community for ten years; Young Life of West Austin, who Bette Jo supported for much of her adult life; or to Hospice of Austin, who took such good care of Bette Jo in her final days. Arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, 208 W. Pearl St., La Grange, TX 78945. Friends and family can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Jean Franklin Dillahunty, BA ’59, of Lufkin, TX, died Nov.1, 2018. She was 81. Services will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church with The Reverend Ralph Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mrs. Dillahunty was born November 30, 1936 in Lufkin, Texas to the late Irma (Newsom) and Barney M. Franklin, Sr. She was a lifetime resident of Lufkin. Jean graduated from Lufkin High School where she met Oscar, the love of her life! She attended Newcomb College for Women and later graduated from Baylor University. She was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority, Junior League of Lufkin and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Granny, as she was known to so many, relished her role as mother but truly excelled as a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and treasured her time spent with them. She had several others that she considered her “grandchildren” and never failed to send not just a normal card, but a singing birthday card, or remember a special occasion. Traditions were important to Granny and Christmas Eve pajamas were a highlight for all! Christmas day brought an embarrassment of gifts that she carefully chose for each person. She loved seeing the smiles her choices brought to everyone. Along with Big O, her children and grandchildren, Granny loved chocolate, vegetables of all kinds, taking pictures with a camera, and animals - stray or otherwise! Many will miss her smile, sweet personality and positive outlook. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Oscar Dillahunty of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynne and Terry Haney of Lufkin, Ann and Curt Mackey of College Station; grandchildren, Taylor Haney and fiancée Amanda Bachicha, Patrick Haney and wife Savannah, Kelly Haney, Matthew Mackey, and Mark Mackey; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Barney M. Franklin, Jr. Pallbearers will be Kelly Haney, Terry Haney, Curt Mackey, Taylor Haney, Patrick Haney, Matthew Mackey, and Mark Mackey. The family would like to issue a special thanks to the staff of Hospice in the Pines and her many caregivers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 919 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904, LHS Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund, c/o LHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 150837, Lufkin, Texas 75915, or Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Jean Garrett, BSN ’59, RN, PhD, of Spicewood, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Jean was born on November 16, 1935 in Houston, Texas to Ella Mae Harris McCoy and Avander Earl McCoy. She grew up in Willis, Texas, on the edge of the Big Thicket. When she was three years old, she and her father were stricken with Typhoid Fever, from which he died. Her grandparents Suzie and Tom Harris shared in raising Jean and her brother Joe until her mother married Major Everette E. Frazier. The family traveled extensively while in the U.S. Air Force. Jean attended Baylor University and received her B.S. in Nursing in 1959. The next day she flew to California, immediately took her R.N. State Board Exams, and then flew to the Philippines to marry Navy Ens. Claude H. Garrett III. Back in the U.S. she taught nursing at Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursing, the University of Texas School of Nursing, and Mary Hardin Baylor School of Nursing, retiring in 1997, after 37 years and with many fond memories of the thousands of students that she taught and the wonderful relationships developed with her fellow teachers. Jean is preceded in death by her mother, Ella Mae McCoy Frazier, father Avander Earl McCoy, and stepfather Col. Everette E. Frazier. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Claude H. Garrett III; brother, Joe McCoy; two sons, Claude Harmon Garrett IV and wife, Shelley, and Patrick David Garrett and wife, Janine; grandchildren, Alyssa Marie Garrett, Patrick Hayden Garrett and wife, Maggie, Claude Harmon Garrett V, Carrie Rebecca Garrett, and Mitchell Everette Garrett; great-grandson Wade Everette Garrett; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Oscar “Bubba” Turner III, BBA ’59, LLB ’59, of Houston, age 81, met his Jesus face-to-face on January 15, 2019, surrounded by his wife and four daughters. Oscar was born on May 21, 1937, in Dallas, Texas, to Oscar Turner, Jr. and Elizabeth Williamson Turner. After following in his dad’s footsteps as president of the senior class and graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Oscar went on to graduate from Baylor University and attend Baylor Law School before receiving his law degree from South Texas School of Law in Houston. During his years at Baylor, Oscar studied Bible and business and played baseball and basketball, but it was his service as the youth minister at First Baptist Church, Fairfield, Texas, where his deep faith was put into action. Oscar’s early journey in ministry led him to speak at a South Main Baptist Church retreat where he first laid eyes on his beloved bride of almost 57 years, Anna Claire Chavanne. A banker. A lawyer. A restaurant owner. A real-estate investor. An artist. An ordained Baptist minister. Oscar was a true “Renaissance” man. However, his most important and rewarding role was a family man with a servant’s heart and gentle spirit. He was a larger-than-life husband, father and grandfather who always put everyone else’s needs above his own. Oscar and Claire joined Houston’s First Baptist Church in 1978, where they made life-long friends and a profound impact on numerous lives and hearts along the way. Oscar had a deep love of God’s Word and bringing the heart of Jesus to others. His Sunday morning Bible study class, “Catacombs,” grew from a regular-sized gathering of saints and seekers to a 350-member class, which was the foundational core for what became Evergreen Baptist Church in Katy.
Oscar’s love and impact went beyond the church walls to anyone whose path he crossed. He made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. His smile, his strength and his constant encouragement touched hearts and lives every day. Oscar was the ultimate cheerleader. As a life-long servant-leader, he loved his Lord, his family, his pastor, his church, and his friends unconditionally. He was happiest when he was serving others. Oscar is survived by wife Claire, their four daughters and their spouses: Lisa and Darrell Taylor, Paige and Jason Swiggart, Lindy and John Minter, Marlo and Paul Wise, along with fourteen grandchildren: Morgan and Tripp Pruet, Lamar and Brooks Taylor, Graham Taylor, Colton Taylor, Chambers Swiggart, Harrison Swiggart, Preston Swiggart, Anna Claire Minter, Luke Minter, Molly Minter, Vivian and Elizabeth Wise. A memorial service celebrating the life of Oscar (“Bubba”) Turner III will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2019, at Houston’s First Baptist Church Loop Campus, 7401 Katy Freeway. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: Houston’s First Baptist Cypress Campus Missions (HoustonsFirst.org), Houston Baptist University Prince-Chavanne Lecture (HBU.edu/giving), or Amazing Place (AmazingPlaceHouston.org).
Marcia Ann Mathews Tyler, BBA ’59, of Midlothian, TX, died Nov. 16, 2018. She was born on November 13, 1937 to Ralph and Hallie Mathews of Brownwood, TX. Home for break from college one summer, good friends introduced her to her late husband of 59 years, Joe Tyler. Marcia graduated from high school at 16, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. She taught 3rd grade elementary classes for many years in Duncanville and then in Midlothian, TX. After she achieved her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of North Texas, she was promoted to Librarian of all elementary schools in Midlothian, where she retired. Marcia touched numerous lives as a teacher and librarian, and is known by many as having an empathetic and kind heart, along with an adventurous spirit. She loved reading, traveling, attending live musical theater performances, playing Bridge for many years with a group of teacher friends and was a proud member of the DAR for over 50 years, but what she loved most of all was spending time with her family. Marcia was a wonderful mother of three, an amazing grandmother of two, and later a great-grandmother to three children. She was so proud of her family and relished in traveling with her grown children and grandchildren. She made holidays a special time to bring everyone together, and she loved that her family lived close by to share dinners together, a trip to a movie, or a family game night. Marcia entered God's Kingdom on November 16, 2018, surrounded by a family who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, son, Michael, brother, Joseph, father, Ralph and mother, Hallie. Marcia will be sorely missed, but we will all reunite in God's Kingdom. Survivors include children, Keith Allen Tyler and Nicky Holland and Valerie Tyler Hindman and husband, Curtis, grandchildren, Bridgette Hindman Leonard and husband, Richard and Tyler Dane Hindman and great-grandchildren, Noah, Reed and Ryanne.
Florence Marie Levin Wise, BA ’59, of Waco, age 82, passed away peacefully (11-2-18). A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, at Dayspring Baptist Church, 7900 Renewal Way, in Waco. Flo was born in Portland, Oregon, to Milton C. Levin and Dorothy Elizabeth Payne Levin. She and her sister walked three blocks to school in all weather, even snow. In 1945 the family purchased a home in Tigard, OR, overlooking the Taulatin River. She rode her bike over a mile (wearing dresses) to a 4 room grade school to attend 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Durham Grade School is now established as a State Historical Monument! Following graduation from Tigard High School in 1953, Flo worked for a year to earn money for college. She traveled alone by train, with a footlocker of clothes for the school year, to Santa Barbara, CA, to attend Westmont College. She made life-long friendships with roommates there. After two years, having depleted her funds, she took a secretarial job at a bank and shared an apartment rent with a childhood girl friend from Portland. While attending church one day, a Texan named John Wise saw her and commented to his friend, "if that girl was two inches shorter and could cook, I'm marry her". (And of course she did learn to cook and, in later years, became two inches shorter!) They married in 1957. They moved to Waco to attend Baylor and graduated in the summer of 1959. In September 1959, they moved to Marin County, CA, where John attended Golden State Seminary. Flo worked in a bank. They returned to Waco in January 1962, where John took courses for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Flo worked as a secretary at General Tire for two years. Starting in September of 1965, they spent another year in CA, while John completed a rotating internship. He gave Flo the option of choosing where to finally settle and was surprised when she chose Waco. John began his private practice in Waco, and Flo was his secretary. In retirement years, John and Flo have pulled their fifth wheel camper to visit places in every state except MD, DE, and CA, the longest trip being six months. Flo is survived by her husband John, son Eric of Round Rock, and daughter Suzanne Long and husband Ron of Canton, and grandchildren Jackson Wise, Ashley, B.J., Johah, and Bailey Hardt, and Cooper, Camden, and Wyatt Long.