Vicki Park Snider, BA ’60, of Germantown, TN, died Dec. 27, 2018, at age 80, after a long and difficult struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Her family and friends will remember her as a faithful wife, a loving mother, an ever-giving grandmother, a wise teacher, and a gracious and trusting ally. Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, James Cox Park and Ruth Vick Park, and her beloved uncle and mentor, Dr. Roy G. Fish, Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Seminary. She survived by her husband, Dr. Van Snider, and her three children, Jay (Cindy), Sherri (Brian Sands), and John (Angel), and nine grandchildren: Parker, Evan, & Rachel Snider, Christopher, Charles, & Bennett Sands, and Emily, Drew, & Luke Snider. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 11, 1938. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1956 and from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1960 with a major in education and a minor in organ studies. Vicki studied at Baylor under Dr. Richard Markham, a renowned musician and organ master, and became an accomplished organist herself. At Baylor she was a member of the Pi Alpha Lambda sorority, and the Bards & Rhapsody in White singing group. Vicki met her husband, Dr. Van Snider, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. They were married there in 1962 and were richly blessed, experiencing a wonderful marriage and life together for 56 years. Early in their marriage, Dr. Snider was transferred by the military to St. Louis, Missouri, where Vicki served as the organist for First Baptist Church of Kirkwood, Missouri. Upon moving to Memphis after the military service, Vicki taught fifth grade at Richland Elementary School. The couple joined Bellevue Baptist Church, where she became a Bible Study teacher for young married women, and later for high school senior girls. The pages of her Bible are riddled with names, lists, and markings of people whom she loved, for whom she prayed, and for whom her heart was turned. She worked extensively with the women's ministry at Bellevue, and served on various committees, including the Building Planning Committee for the current Bellevue property. An avid gardener, she was a member of the 21st Century Garden club, and later worked at John Hoover Flowers. The family also wishes to thank the staff, nurses, and attendants at Gardens of Germantown for their kindness to Vicki over the past few years, even when she might have been a wee bit difficult. We love you. Visitation will be at Bellevue Baptist Church from noon to 2:00 on Saturday, January 5th, with the Celebration service at 2:00, and a reception following the service. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar at 1:00 Sunday, January 6th. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bellevue Foundation at 2000 Appling Road, Memphis 38016, or to Life Choices of Memphis, LifeChoicesMemphis.org, 5575 Raleigh-LaGrange, Memphis 38134.
"Whatever happens, my faithful ones, rejoice in the Lord." Philippians 3:1
Evangeline Hope Pease Tartt, BA ’60, of Farmington, ME, died Nov. 11, 2018, at age 80. She was born in Farmington on Feb. 25, 1938, the daughter of Howard and Gladys (Runnles) Pease. Vangie graduated from Farmington High School in the class of 1956. She then went on to attend and graduate from Baylor College, in Texas in 1960, with a major in theology, psychology, and education. On Dec. 20, 1959, Vangie married William Tartt in Waco, Texas and he predeceased her on April 21, 2001. For 30 years, Vangie taught school in the Houston Independent School District in Texas. After retiring to Maine, she was a substitute teacher in the Farmington area schools. She had an inquisitive nature and was well read. Vangie attended Christian churches, enjoyed writing songs, and was good at taking care of everybody. Vangie is survived by her daughter, Roberta Eaton of Washington; her son, Eric Tartt of Farmington; her grandchildren, Alan Eaton of Farmington, Jamie Ellsworth of Jay, Steven Eaton of Washington, Erin Eaton of Washington, Amber Tartt of Texas; and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at 2 p.m., at Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.
Jimmy Tennison, BBA ’60, of Ross, TX, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at his residence. He was 84. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019 at White Rock Cemetery near Ross. The family will receive visitors from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel. Jimmy was born May 15, 1934, in West, the son of Charlie and Mary (Shoemaker) Tennison. He was a 1952 graduate of West High School and received a degree in Business from Baylor University. Jimmy served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. On September 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Shirley Robinson in Elm Mott. Jimmy was a faithful member of the Elm Mott Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder, taught a Youth Bible Class and served as Church Treasurer for many years. He worked for Darr Equipment Company in Waco for over 35 years before retiring in 1998. Jimmy enjoyed working on the farm, tending to his cattle, playing dominoes with friends and watching all sports, especially baseball and football. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed family get-togethers. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Teri Jo Wiggins; brothers, Pat, John, Bernard, Billy Joe, and Ross Tennison, and sisters, Lovie Thomas, Ella Penuel, and, Ruth Cowen. Survivors include his beloved wife of 64 years, Shirley Tennison; a son, Randy Tennison; a son-in-law, Ray Wiggins, all of Ross; granddaughters, Brandy Tennison and Rayann Wiggins; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial guest book can be found at www.aderholdfuneralhome.com.
Harold Avon Dunaway, BBA ’61, of Plano, TX passed away Dec. 28. 2018. He was born May 18, 1937, in Marion County, Mississippi. His father was the school superintendent and his mother worked making parachutes for the war. He grew up on a farm with no electricity, no phone, no paved roads, and got water from a windmill pump. Harold was 13 when his father passed away, so he began running the farm, plowing with his mules, Kit and Kate. Harold attended Baylor University, where he received a BS in Business in 1961. Following that, he joined the Army to serve his country. He was a medic and discharged with honors. In 1965, Harold began his illustrious career in Commercial Real Estate in Dallas, Texas. He was very successful in all aspects, from brokerage to development to construction. He was always honest and his word was his bond. Harold met the love of his life, the beautiful Joyce Annette Jones. They were married by Dr. W.A. Criswell on September 7, 1968, at First Baptist Church of Dallas. The two forged a life-long partnership spanning 50 years. Harold and Joyce have said throughout the years that the reason they were so successful was that God was in the middle of their marriage. Harold was a man of God. He was a wonderful husband, an amazing father, he loved his sons-in-law like they were his own and he was a terrific PaPa. He was a great provider for his family. Harold had a passion for sharing God's plan for salvation through Here's Life Africa, Campus Crusade for Christ and Josh McDowell Ministries. Harold loved hunting, but fishing was his favorite. His favorite local hotspots for bass were Toledo Bend and Tawakoni. He also traveled to remote places like Costa Rica where he caught tarpon and hammerhead sharks. Twice, he went to the Amazon where he landed trophy-sized peacock bass. His grandkids would say he was a "tricker." He always wanted to share a joke or story. His family called his many humorous sayings- "Harold-isms." There is talk of a book. Above all else, he wanted to leave a legacy. Harold passed on to Heaven, surrounded by his family, on December 28, 2018. He is survived by his wife Joyce Dunaway, daughter Dana Willats and husband Simon, daughter Debbie Ayres and husband Brad, daughter Darla Neisemier and husband Jay, as well as 7 beautiful grandchildren: Gina, John Harold, Jaylie, Wyatt, Jolie Ray, Frankie and Nash. The Celebration of Life Service for Harold Dunaway will be: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Georgeanne Gaulden-Falstrom, BSN ’61, of Keller, TX, died Dec. 22, 2018. A Graveside Service is scheduled for 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the Mount Carmel Cemetery at Wolfe City. Charles Wrenn will officiate. Family visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel at Leonard. Georgeanne was born December 19, 1939 in New Orleans, LA. Her parents were Francis Eugene and Laura Mae Seed Cochran. She married Joe Thomas Gaulden January 20, 1962 at Dallas. After his death, she married James W. Falstrom in April of 1994 at Torrance, CA. She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in North Richland Hills and she worked as a school nurse in public education. She earned a B.A. from Baylor University in Nursing, a M.S. from East Texas State University in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine. Georgeanne is survived by her husband: James W. Falstrom of Irving; her son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Julie Gaulden of Keller, TX; her grandchildren: Chelsea Gaulden of Oklahoma City, OK, Chloe and Christopher Cope of New York, New York and Colby Gaulden of Keller, TX. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thomas Gaulden, and her son, Steve Thomas Gaulden. Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home of Leonard is in charge of arrangements. An online register may be signed at www.tjmfuneral.com.
Dr. James Arthur Posner, BA ’61, of Memphis, TN, passed away on December 5, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer. Dr. Posner was predeceased by his parents, Arthur Earl Posner and Gladys Miller Posner, of Dallas, Texas, and his sister, Marjorie Fleuter, of Memphis, TN. He is remembered as a wonderful, kind, and intelligent man who professed a deep and abiding Christian faith and love of God. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was a devoted friend to many, always seeking and serving Christ in all persons. With a degree in religion from Baylor University, he was ordained a Baptist minister and served several Baptist churches before pursuing further studies in psychology at Florida State University. After earning his Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1964, he was accepted for an internship with the Devereux Schools of Bryn Mahr, PA. Dr. Posner was certified as both a school and clinical psychologist. He accepted a faculty position as head of Education and Psychology at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. In addition, he held a successful private practice for several years. In 1979, Dr. Posner accepted a position with the Chattanooga Psychiatric Clinic in Chattanooga, TN where he served for several years before accepting a position at Southeast Mental Health Center in Memphis, TN in 1986. Continuing in private practice for many years, Dr. Posner later took on the role of an Executive Career Coach for several Memphis businesses and corporations. Dr. Posner was a dedicated member of the Germantown Rotary Club, where he was the recipient of the "Service Above Self" award. Active in the Men's Club of St. George's Episcopal Church, he served on the Vestry under Father Peter Hawes, and also served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor, taking Communion to the homebound. He continued his love of the church as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at St. John's Episcopal Church. Dr. Posner served as an ambassador for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce for many years. In his "Granpa's Woodworking Workshop," he made many beautiful handcrafted cradles, highchairs, and toys for his beloved grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Duggan Posner (1961), and their three children, Bruce Arthur Posner (RaeAnn) of Richardson, TX; Michael Duggan Posner (Tiana) of Memphis, TN; and Mary Ellen Wellbaum of Ft. Worth, TX. He also is survived by his 8 grandchildren: Olivia Posner of Richardson, TX and New York City; Patrick Wellbaum (Eleanor), Nicholas (class of 2020), Gregory, and Benjamin Wellbaum of Ft. Worth, TX; and Savannah, Celeste, and Abigail Posner of Memphis, TN. Dr. Posner lived fully, loved wholly and was true to the God of his faith
Billy Ross Swingler, BA ’61, went to be with his heavenly Father Jan. 18 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, at Highland Baptist Church. Bill will be buried next to his parents in Kosse, Texas, at 12:00 p.m., January 21. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. He leaves behind his college sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Darlene Wolfe Swingler of Woodway; three wonderful children, Steve Swingler and wife, Joanie, of China Spring, Debbie Contoveros and husband, John, of Plano, and Joy Howard of Woodway. He also leaves behind eight very loved grandchildren, Scotty Swingler, Grant Swingler, Sarah Swingler, Timothy Contoveros, Christina Contoveros, Elizabeth Contoveros, Anna Howard, and Mariel Howard. He is also survived by a sister, Sue Mills of Kosse; brother-in-law, James Wolfe of Rogers, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Margaret Ridley of Belen, New Mexico; and many nieces and nephews. Steve Swingler, Scotty Swingler, Grant Swingler, Timothy Contoveros, Trevor Riggs, and Adan Flores will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to in memory of Bill at https://www.gideons.org/donate or Gideons International, PO Box 5037, Waco TX 76708.
David Eugene Brewer, BBA ’62, of Baytown, TX, died Nov. 21, 2018.
Don Max Howard, BBA ’62, of Plano, TX, formerly of Cameron, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at a Plano nursing center. He was 80. Graveside services will be held Monday, January 14, at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron, with Rev. Don Fulton officiating. Mr. Howard was born July 20, 1938, in Marlin, to John Max and Bettie (Burkes) Howard. Mr. Howard graduated from C. H. Yoe High School in 1956 and was a graduate of Baylor University in 1961. He married Sharon Orr on November 28, 1998. He was a retired dispatcher for Dallas Auto Auction as well as former owner of Howard Chevrolet in Cameron. Mr. Howard was a member of the Baptist church. Survivors include: Wife: Sharon Howard of Plano; Daughter: Tamara Ann Gribble and husband Kyle of Dallas. Also surviving are grandchildren Anna and Ellie Gribble both of Dallas.
Tommy Ray “Red” Hopson, BA ’62, of Stephenville, TX, died Dec. 19, 2018, with his family at his side. He was 81. “Red” was born on January 1, 1937 in Henderson County, Texas to Obi & Jeanette “Jackson” Hopson. He received his Bachelor Degree from Baylor University in 1962 and his Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin in 1970. He served in the United States Navy, Coached sports in Midland, Texas, opened a Sonic in Granbury, Texas, drove a truck, built homes, and served as Tammy, Ashley, & Kylee’s private horse show hauler from 1997-2006. His last years were filled with the things he loved most; horses, dogs, family, coffee, and John Wayne. “Red” is survived by his daughter Tammy Hudson and Calvin of Stephenville, Texas. His granddaughters Ashley Hudson and Dave Beevers of Belton, Texas, and Kylee & Shiloh Seale of Georgetown, Texas. His two nieces Dawn & Gordon Odom, Kasey & Jason Hoke, and their children Chance, Riley, and Jarrod. Visitation will take place in Stephenville, Texas at Lacy Funeral Home on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2:00pm at Athens Cemetery in Athens, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Erath County Humane Society at 891 East Road, Stephenville, Texas 76401.
Sandra Celeste McGee, BA ’62, of Edmond, OK, died Dec. 30, 2018. Hometown, Jonesboro, AR. President, McGee Partners for Marriage Enrichment, Vice Chair, Metro-McGee Associates, Inc. Certified Family Life Educator, co-author with husband, Dr. Dan McGee, of Celebrating Sex in Your Marriage. Led marriage enrichment retreats across US. Deacon, First Baptist, Arlington, TX, where she was a longtime member and teacher. Sandra Celeste McGee passed Dec. 30, 2018. Service: 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. A Committal Service for family members will be prior to the memorial service at Greenwood Mausoleum, Fort Worth. Memorials: Donations in memory of Sandra McGee may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org. She was born with the name Sandra Celeste Griffin on June 17, 1940 to parents, Graydon Griffin and Ernestine Spears Griffin, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The family moved a few months later to Jonesboro, Arkansas where she would live until she entered Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1958. Her father died when she was eight years of age. And her mother married Ellis R. Wheeler during her junior year at Jonesboro High School. Sandra McGee was a popular leader in Jonesboro (AR) High School, serving as the editor of the high school yearbook, and was named "Friendliest" and "Best All Around" in her senior year. She entered Baylor University in 1958 where she met her future husband, Dan McGee, of Atlanta, Georgia. They were married in 1960 and graduated together in 1962. She taught in elementary schools for several years while Dan attended seminary. She gave birth to Michelle in 1963 and Meredith in 1970. Prior to Dan's academic and clinical years in family psychology Sandra filled many leadership roles in churches where Dan served as a minister. Sandra was certified as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) in 1998 by the National Council on Family Relations. She was, with Dan, co-author of Celebrating Sex in Your Marriage (1993), and co-led marriage enrichment events with him in hotels, retreat centers and churches across America. She and Dan were featured in a full-page article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram describing the impact of the couple's national leadership role in marriage enrichment. Sandra was president of McGee Partners for Marriage Enrichment, and helped write and publish articles in their monthly publication, The Inti-Mate Marriage. She served as Vice Chairperson of Metro-McGee Associates, Inc., a mental health consulting firm. Sandra was a Sunday School teacher of young adults and designed a curriculum, titled "Marriage-Making" for young adults preparing for marriage and "Making More Memories" for couples seeking to enrich their marriage. Sandra was ordained as a deacon on April 21, 2002 by the First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas. In the face of multiple life-threatening medical challenges she maintained her speaking schedule, periodically needing to be hospitalized before, during or following speaking events. In January of 2014 Sandra was diagnosed with dementia, and by the spring of 2015 was admitted to a memory care residential facility with Alzheimer's disease. She was discharged six months later, only to suffer a major setback which led to the couple's decision to move to Edmond, Oklahoma in 2016 where their daughter, Michelle, would be available to help meet the overwhelming demands of her rapid declining health. Numerous dementia-related events eventually took her life on December 30, 2018 while at home in hospice care. Over her adult lifetime Sandra McGee became a model of a survivor, a woman of deep faith and courage who could not bear the thought of no longer being able to make a difference in her world. What she did not realize was that in her final physical battle she taught us more about courage than all those obstacles she overcame in her lifetime. A friend of the family called her an "overcomer" and that is exactly who she was, and what she did, even in death. Sandra was preceded in death by Graydon Griffin,Ernestine Wheeler, Ellis Wheeler, and Randall Wheeler. Survivors: Paul Daniel McGee, Michelle McGee, [Vic Riggs], Meredith McGee Shuman, [Daniel Shuman], Elise Esselman, Steve Wheeler, Archie Wheeler, Toby Lamb, Sonnet Lamb, Brogan Lamb, Griffin Shuman, Jordan Shuman, Leidi Shuman, Andrea Shuman, and Monica Shuman.
David Lee Williamson, BBA ’62, of Spring, TX, died Nov. 12, 2018. He was born in Abilene, Texas November 10, 1939. His parents were Earnest Lee Williamson and Nadine Minor Williamson. David graduated from Abilene High school in Abilene Texas. He was a member of student council, the editor of the school news paper and an active member of University Baptist Church. After high school, he attended Baylor University where he obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Finance and Economics. He served his country for 2 years . While at Fort Bragg in the US Special warfare Center, David was chosen to serve in the Accounting Department; he displayed outstanding performance. He often requested courses in Finance formulation with cost and performance reporting. He was honorably discharged June of 1968. Williamson began working in Little league in 1973 in San Antonio, Texas. In 1989, Mayor Henry Cisneros proclaimed the great institution of little league baseball. He was accepted for Official membership in the American Legion by the Congress of the United States. He received appointment as a Texas notary republic. In which they stated "In gratitude for your support in protecting America's Freedom and Democracy." He often used this Philosophy: "I have 3 passions in my life." 1. Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ. 2. My love for Majorie my wife & Family." 3. Little League Baseball. He also loved Country and respected the Flag. He often spoke about respecting the flag which contributed to donations that funded the uniforms for economically deprived young people. In 1993 David married Majorie Ciruti Williamson. Together they continued to work funding little leagues in Baytown. However, the need in Baytown was to organize leagues for Junior and Seniors in High School. The parents of Baytown Junior, Senior Big League often expressed gratitude. In 2007, the Baytown Sun recognized the Williamsons as unsung heroes for little league. David's secret dream was to travel to Williams Port, Pennsylvania for the little league world Series. It wasn't long before his dream came true and we went to Williams Port. US won over Japan, watching the Japanese parents do chants and sing was a joy. David was preceded in death by his Father and Mother and a son Steven Williamson. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Williamson of 25 years. He is also survived by Luke Williamson, Kristin, his wife and 3 granddaughters Kelsey, Anslee & Morgan of Helotes, Texas and brother, Don Williamson of Dallas, Texas along with numerous cousins and friends. His burial will be conducted at the Veterans National Cemetery on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston TX 77038 with a Reception to follow. FAMILY Earnest Lee Williamson and Nadine Minor Williamson, Father and Mother;
Steven Williamson, Son; Marjorie Williamson, Wife of 25 years; Luke Williamson and wife Kristin, Son; Kelsey, Anslee, and Morgan Williamson, Granddaughters; Don Williamson, Brother; Along with numerous cousins and friends.
Lee E. Baldwin, BA ’63, of Belton, TX, died Jan. 14 at age 78. Funeral will be held at 1:30 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Andy Davis officiating. Burial will be in Pearland, TX at South Park Cemetery on Friday. Dr. Baldwin died Monday, January 14, 2019, in a Temple Nursing Home. Dr. Baldwin was born February 18, 1940 in Amarillo, the son of Clarence and Edith (Miller) Baldwin. He was a graduate of Baylor University (BA), SMU (MBA) and the University of North Texas (PhD). He married Rosanne Neff, September 25, 1965, at Park Place Baptist Church in Houston. They moved to Belton in 1992 when he became the Dean of the Business School at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, from 1992 until 2000. He served as a tenured professor from 2000 until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Belton where he has served as a deacon. While in Belton, Dr. Baldwin was a member of Belton Rotary. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was an avid genealogist. He also traveled extensively visiting most all the continents. Survivors include his wife of 53 years Rosanne Baldwin of Belton; son Mark Baldwin of Austin and daughter Suzanne Baldwin of Round Rock; two granddaughters Brynn and Brooke of Austin. Memorials may be made to Hope For The Hungry, 627 Hope For The Hungry Street, Belton, Texas 76513.
Clyde Leslie “Les” Callison Jr., BA ’63, of Dallas died Nov. 9, 2018. He was born on April 28, 1941 to Clyde and Kristine Callison in Russell, Kansas. He grew up in Caldwell, Texas, along with his sister, Linda Key. Les met and eloped with Sharon (Becky) Blaydes in 1961, and they remained lovingly married these 57 years. Les graduated from Baylor University in 1963 with a degree in English Literature. He attended Southwestern Seminary, preparing for vocational ministry when God redirected his path toward a career in commercial real estate. He built a successful business serving individuals, nursing home facilities, churches, municipalities and school districts. He treated his clients with the care and attention that he felt they always deserved. Les loved being a “coach” and served boys youth football along with his brothers-in-law, Bill and Bart Blaydes, through Pop Warner programs, winning the National Championship in 1983. With deeper roots in Oklahoma, he was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and took delight researching and sharing stories from his American Indian heritage. Among friends, his storytelling and antics earned him the nickname Chief Runamok. In recent years, he served house-bound elderly through the local Meals on Wheels program with Becky. Les was a man of deep faith, even though it often played out in non-traditional avenues. In addition to serving in various lay ministry roles at Park Cities Baptist Church (Sunday School teaching, Junior Board of Deacons), he ministered to many people across all of his relationships and networks. He loved the Lord and was a serious student of the Bible. His faith was expressed through his lavish generosity, his concern for others, his honesty and integrity. Les loved his family, starting with Becky and including his children and grandchildren. He took tremendous pleasure in watching all of them play sports, perform on stage, and just being “present” in their various activities. Les is survived by his wife, Becky, his sister and brother in law (Linda and Kenneth Key), his three adult children and their spouses (Les Callison III and Pam, Dudley Callison and Laura, Mary Beth Callison Hickman and Josh), and his eight grandchildren (Shelby, Justin, Christopher, Abby, Molly, Calli, Macie and Claire). The family would like to extend a special word of gratitude to Dr. Toral Patel, Dr. Heather Adair and the many wonderful caregivers at the Zale-Lipshy Hospital of the UT Southwestern Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, at 2:00PM in the Ellis Chapel at Park Cities Baptist Church, with a reception to follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would please ask you to prayerfully consider a special offering to your local church or a gift to scholarship kids to attend T Bar M Camps (www.tbarmcamps.org/camps).
Atmar W. Davis, JD ’63, of Newton, TX, died Dec. 29, 2018, at age 82. He was born on October 6, 1932 in Jasper and was raised in Newton, Texas. A.W passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Golda Humphreys Davis, who passed in 2011; his two sisters, Pauline and Zelmalee Davis; his parents A.W and Mary "Mimi" Gertrude (Norvell) Davis; and his son, John W. Davis. His survivors include his daughters, Tama Gann, Kay Davis Haiduk and Kay's husband, Geoff Haiduk; his sons, Thomas Norvell Davis and Karl Campbell Davis and Karl's wife, Kirsten Davis; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Bush; his brother and sister-in-law, Joe Harris and Diana Humphreys Harris; five nephew and three nieces. After graduating from Newton High School, A.W attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University, served ion the United States Air Force and graduated from Baylor University Law School. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar Association in 1963 and practiced law for 55 years, including serving as District Attorney for Newton County. A.W was fiercely dedicated to his work and especially passionate about seeking justice for child abuse victims. His life was filled with family and friends. A.W was a voracious reader and lifelong scholar. He enjoyed music and loved to travel with his family and friends. A memorial service celebrating A.W.'s life will be held at Smith Funeral Home in Newton, Texas at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 31, 2018 and visitation with family and friends will follow immediately at nearby site to be announced at the conclusion of the service. In lieu of flowers those wishing to contribute to honor his memory may make a memorial contribution to the Garth House, 1895 McFadden Ave, Beaumont, TX 77701 or the Alzheimer's Association, 700 North Street M, Beaumont, TX 77701 where those contributions will be put to good use and appreciated.
Eleanor Janet Szlaga Martin, BA ’63, of Pace, FL, died Jan. 19. Mrs. Martin was born in Chicago, Illinois, and had resided in the Pace area for the past 23 years. Mrs. Martin was the eldest child of five, born to Martin Peter Szlaga and Catherine Gorcowski Szlaga. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Martin was a United States W. A. C. Veteran having served in London and Paris attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. She later went on to serve her country in the United States Civil Service in the Naval Attaché Office in Japan, where she met her future husband, Col Lawrence L. Martin. After twelve years of marriage, Col. Martin passed away and Mrs. Martin then went to serve in the United States Intelligence Department, in Spain and Guatemala. While in Spain, she finished her Master’s Degree. She later was also employed with the College of the Desert in the Bi-Lingual Program and then as a Student Counselor. Mrs. Martin is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Franczyk, of Iowa, and Catherine (Carl) Bahr, of Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Martin will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel, with Rev. Mike Poston officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Friday, January 26, 2018, prior to services. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.
Carol Jean Welch, BMEd ’63, of Terrell, TX, died Nov. 21, 2018. She was born March 29, 1941, in Corsicana, Texas, and was welcomed into Heaven by her parents, Clarence Dewey “C.D.” and Maude Douglas Cates. Carol had the voice of an angel, and her family takes comfort in knowing she is now singing with a wonderful angelic choir! Carol grew up in Wills Point and graduated from Wills Point High School in 1959. She received her Bachelors in Education from Baylor University in 1963. Later that same year, Carol began her career at Terrell ISD, teaching music and later, sixth-graders, in a self-contained classroom environment. When curriculum requirements changed, Carol taught math and remained a beloved teacher until her retirement in 1998 after 34 years with TISD. In 1963, Carol also married the love of her life, Truman Welch, whom she met at church and knew from high school. They were married at First Baptist Church in Wills Point on June 23, 1963, and made their home in Terrell. Always active in their faith, Carol and Truman became members of First Baptist Church in Terrell where she served on a number committees. Her calm demeanor and love for expanding God’s kingdom allowed her to play a vital role over the years in the church’s growth. While Carol loved to serve where she was placed by Him, she had a special place in her heart for singing in the Sanctuary Choir. Carol’s voice was as beautiful as her smile, and she counted it a true honor to be able to worship the Lord in song. In addition to her church activities, Carol was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Kaufman County Retired Teachers Association where she served as chairperson of the Book Procurement Program (recently named for Carol in recognition of her efforts to promote literacy in local communities.) After retirement, Carol and Truman loved traveling to all parts of the United States as well as Germany, Austria, Scotland and Switzerland. They were blessed to have their dear friends and neighbors, Ray and Donna Covington, with them on many of these trips, which made for treasured memories for both couples. Carol never lost her love to learn, and she was an avid reader on a variety of subjects. She also had a special affinity for shopping for others, especially her children, grandchildren and friends, with many of the purchases made "under the radar" of Truman! A true Proverbs 31 woman, Carol will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, special friend and dedicated educator. Her legacy of kindness and generosity will be cherished by all who knew her. Carol’s legacy will be carried on by her husband, Truman Welch of Terrell; daughters: Shannon Linebarger and husband, Les, of Henderson, Texas, Claire Welch of Andover, Mass.; grandchildren: Zeb Linebarger, Cates Linebarger and Chloe Hitschler; her special friend, Virginia Fineout (both shared a special bond of “sisterhood”), as well as several other extended family, church family, countless students and a host of friends who loved her and will miss her. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Terrell with interment to follow at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at Max Slayton Funerals and Cremations. In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Carol’s love for the students she was privileged to teach, the family asks memorials be made to: Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, 700 N Catherine St., Terrell, TX, or www.terrellexcellencefoundation.org
Dorothy Ann “Dottie” deGuerin Hepler Widner, BA ’64, MSEd ’76, of Waco passed away in Houston, Texas at Methodist Hospital West on November 4, 2018. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 9, at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Open visitation will be Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Dottie was born in San Benito, Texas, on January 3, 1929. She was the older of 2 children born to Pirtle Jefferson deGeurin and Virginia Cooper deGeurin. At an early age she moved with her family to Kerrville, Texas. Dottie graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville. She also attended Baylor University, where she received both her bachelor and master degrees in education. In 1947 Dottie married Henry Ed Hepler. They moved to Waco where their only child, Jonny Jefferson Hepler, was born in 1949. Mr. Hepler died in 1983. They were married for 36 years. In 1985 she married William Andrew Richard Widner. They were married for 23 years. Dottie taught elementary school for the Waco ISD for 28 years. She taught at North Waco Elementary, South Waco Elementary, and Kendrick Elementary. Dottie was an avid bridge player and participated in several bridge groups. She was always the “life of the party.” She loved dancing, traveling, and going on cruises. She especially loved reading to her students, but her “big love” was Elvis Presley. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Daughters of the Nile, Ridgewood Country Club and the Baylor Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; and her second husband. She is survived by her brother, Pirtle J. deGeurin of Houston; her son, Jonny Jefferson Hepler of Austin; her grandson, Jon Edward Browning Hepler of Houston; one niece, two nephews, and a host of grand nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Charles Catto Chastain Sr., BBA ’65, of Sherman, TX, died Dec. 8, 2018, at the age of 77. The loving father of three and step-father of three went to be with his Lord after a brave fight with cancer. He also left behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandkids, great grandkids for which he loved dearly. Charles was born June 27, 1941 to Jeff Floyd and Lenora (Barnes) Chastain in Waco, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1965. Charles was an avid joker and we all endured his funny ribbings as well has his BBQ Ribs. He loved cutting coupons and buying in bulk…anything to save a penny. Growing up, we had enough food stored for the impending doomsday – which luckily never happened. And although he spent his career working in the banking and credit card industries, in his retirement later years, he would open a new credit card account if they had some offer where he would save a dime. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales, but most of all Big Red, Dr. Pepper and his Baylor Bears! Charles is preceded by the death by his parents and loving sister Gene Ann Grant, whom we lost earlier this year. We will miss our father dearly, but please join us in prayer and celebration of his life. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church 400 North Elm Street Sherman Texas 75090. Tel: 903-893-6514. Flowers can be sent to First United Methodist Church or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his charity of choice: Reicher Catholic High School, http://www.reicher.org/
Joe Lang Gerald, BA ’65, of Birmingham, AL, died Dec. 1, 2018. He was born and raised in west Texas. He was the son of T. Patrick and Bobbie Gerald. Joe was the valedictorian of his class at Sweetwater High School and played multiple sports. He received a four year football scholarship to Baylor University in Waco and graduated with honors in 1965. Joe had a life long desire to be a physician and entered and completed his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and served his internship at BenTaub General Hospital. Drafted by the Army, he volunteered for jump school and spent two years with the 82nd Airborne. After completing an orthopedic residency at UAB and becoming board certified he joined the staff of Lloyd Noland Hospital where he practiced for over twenty years. When Lloyd Noland closed Joe joined Orthopedic Specialists of Alabama and spent the last ten years of his career at UAB Medical West. One of Joe's favorite experiences was with Crippled Children's Services where he volunteered at the amputee clinic for more than twenty years. Traveling, golf and flowers were his spare time loves. Joe is survived by his wife Dr. Ann K. Gerald of Hoover, his son Dr. Joe K. Gerald (Lynn) and grandson Thomas of Tucson, AZ. He is also survived by his brother Patrick Gerald (Barbara) of Sweetwater, TX. Honorariums can be made to Alzheimer's of Central Alabama, Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice.
Ralph Bailey Kemp, BBA ’65, passed away January 4, 2019 at his home in Burleson, Texas. He was 82. Ralph joined the National Guard and then the Army and as a young man was stationed in Europe. Upon his return home, he met the love of his life, Sandy who was serving in the Air Force. They married and returned to Texas to complete college degrees on the GI Bill. Ralph graduated from Baylor University and worked many years in the Savings and Loan industry. Ralph spent 15 years as a controller for KPMG Peat Marwick in Fort Worth, Texas. He pretty much followed John Wayne’s advice “talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much”. Unless he wanted to tell you a “war story”, in which case he transformed into an entertaining storyteller. His long, full life stories definitely filled many evenings for his wife, kids, and grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Ira and Veda Kemp of Mart, Texas. Survivors include his wife Sandra, daughters Laura Andersen and her husband John, Julie Moore and her husband Michael, two grandchildren Zoe Andersen and Beathan Andersen, and one brother Jim Kemp. Ralph loved borrowing audio books from the Burleson Public Library and so memorials may be made in his name to the Burleson Public Library.
Larry Roseborough, JD ’65, of Dallas passed away at the age of 84, on January 3, 2019, and the Lord God has one more multi-talented person in His flock. Larry was born September 5, 1934, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and even though he moved to Texas in 1952 he considered Tulsa his home. He was born to Clyde M. and Clara B. (West) Roseborough. Two great voids were left in his life when he was pre-deceased by his beloved siblings, sister Pat Telford, and brother Joe Roseborough. He was also pre-deceased by his second wife, Mary McNeill Roseborough, and brother-in-law Bill Telford. Larry is survived by his beloved children: son Rick Roseborough and daughter-in-law Judy, of Dallas, TX; daughter Elaine Starr and son-in-law Russ, of Broken Bow, OK, and their children Hailee, Kyler, and Chloe; Rick and Elaine's mother, Jerre Roseborough of Dallas, TX; and his sister-in-law Sondra Roseborough. He is also survived by his exceptionally close step-children Lauren Bradbury, Todd Bradbury, and Bret Bradbury, and their children; as well as numerous cousins scattered all over. Larry has 6 much-loved nieces and nephews: Barbara (Sam), Sharon (Gus), Stan (Quits), Julie (Oops), Joey (Moose), and Matt (Meathead). Larry went through the excellent school system in Tulsa before moving to Texas. He matriculated at TCU, where he attained a degree in journalism. At TCU he was privileged to play on a conference champion baseball team, coached by the legendary L. R. (Dutch) Meyer, where he played catcher and wore number 1 on his uniform and where he made many lifetime friends. At TCU he was also a charter member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, making many more lifetime friends. Larry graduated from Baylor Law School in 1965, and he practiced law for over 30 years. He loved the practice of the law because he was able to help people. Besides his family, Larry's main passion in life was baseball, in which he was active until age 80, as a player, coach, manager, and umpire. In March 1960, Larry discovered barbershop singing. He was a charter member of the Vocal Majority, a multi-time gold-medal-winning barbershop chorus. Singing and competing in championships with the Vocal Majority was a lifetime highlight and joy. Larry was a great believer in the Lord God, worshipping Him in his own way, like he did everything else. He will be missed by his many friends in all walks of life. He was satisfied to have lived life to the fullest, as friend, teammate, brother, uncle, and dad. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 1300 Holly Ln, Richardson, TX, 75080. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Juliette Fowler Foundation One Heart Fund 1234 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75214.
Dr. Leobardo Felipe Estrada, BA ’66, of Playa del Rey, CA, died Nov. 3, 2018. He recently retired after a four-decade career at UCLA. He was 73. Born in El Paso, Texas, on May 6, 1945, Leo was the son of Leobardo Estrada, a prominent Baptist minister, and his wife Isabel. When Leo was four years old, the family moved to Dallas and eight years later to Los Angeles where he graduated in 1962 from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. He attended Baylor University, graduating in 1966 and continued his education at Florida State University, earning a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography in 1970. Leo began his teaching career in 1970 at North Texas State University in Denton where he taught Sociology. In 1977, he joined the faculty at UCLA's Department of Urban Planning and retired after four decades in June 2018. In 2015, he was the first Latino elected as Chair of the Academic Senate. Over his 48 years in academia, he also did research or taught in various institutions including the University of Texas El Paso, the U.S. Bureau of the Census in Washington, the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center, the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Sinaloa in Mexico. Leo was the ultimate teacher. Teaching and mentoring were his deepest passions and he trained, inspired and empowered hundreds of students whose careers were launched and advanced in great part due to his support. His success with students came from a unique and effective blend of Socratic listening and questioning, appreciation of the whole person, gentle yet persuasive encouragement, and savvy guidance for surmounting challenges, especially those of students without role models in educational pursuits. At his retirement, many of his colleagues recognized and praised his role in making UCLA's Urban Planning program more student-centric. As a researcher, Leo reached far beyond the academic spheres. He was a leading applied researcher on the elderly, urban conflict, census policies and methods, and most importantly, in redistricting efforts impacting Latinos and other racial/ethnic minorities. His seminal demographic work for redistricting produced the 1990 redistricting changes for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that led to the election of the first Latina to the Board of Supervisors. He provided primary evidence for the leading advocacy organizations on voting rights such as NALEO, Advancement Project, and MALDEF. As an entrepreneur, Leo participated as a partner or research leader in several research and consulting companies. Leo served on the boards of numerous organizations and corporations including AARP, SCAN Health Plan Group, Broadway Stores, National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The California Endowment (as a founding member), Santa Marta Hospital, among many others. He also served on dozens of advisory boards. Over the long term, Leo's most significant legacy will be his untiring commitment and numerous contributions to community empowerment and social justice. For example, in 1991, he was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to the Christopher Commission that assessed police-community relations following the Rodney King beating. His tireless and insightful work on the Commission contributed to new approaches to community policing that have spread throughout the nation. Through direct and indirect efforts and time, Leo supported numerous organizations in Los Angeles and beyond, especially those dedicated to improving the lives of the underrepresented. He was a passionate force committed to helping women gain financial stability as exemplified by his two-decade service on the Board of New Economics for Women. He fully exemplified the importance and value of community service to his colleagues, the urban planning field and UCLA, the institution he loved, appreciated, and transformed. But, above all, Leo treasured and loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Ivelisse; their two sons Andres and Ricardo; and their much-loved grandson, Ezana. He also leaves behind a son, Adam; his sisters, Priscilla, Irma and Omega; and a large extended family throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. A private family service is planned, followed in early 2019 by a public memorial event at UCLA, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Leo's family requests making donations to the Leobardo Estrada Fellowship Fund of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Bobby Alan Hill, BBA ’66, of Taylor, TX, died Nov. 14, 2018. Hill was born on November 12, 1943 in Taylor, Texas. He was the son of Carroll and Bertie Hill of Bartlett. He passed to his heavenly home on November 14, 2018 at the age of 75 in a Round Rock hospital. He attended Bartlett schools for twelve years, playing football on Friday nights and playing a Hammond organ for various groups and churches on the weekends. He brought so much joy and entertainment to everyone who was lucky enough to be in his audiences. He graduated from BHS in 1962. He attended Temple Junior College on a full scholarship while playing the organ for the TJC Choir. After attending Baylor University summer school in 1963, he moved to Waco and became a life-long Baylor Bear. He majored in Business Management earning a BBA in June of 1966. He made a startling discovery in March of his last semester at Baylor. He met the love of his life at the Union Bowl during pledging season. He always said it was love at first sight because he married Jeannie Cluck on February 4, 1967. They celebrated 51 years of marriage in 2018. To this union was born a baby girl, Jennifer, and 4 years later a baby boy, Jeffrey, and then after 4 more years another baby boy, Bradley. His children brought him so much joy and pleasure throughout their childhood, from band concerts to winning a state football championship. Perhaps the greatest joy they gave him were the ten beautiful grandchildren he could call his own. Bobby was elected mayor of his hometown while in his twenties. He was the youngest mayor ever elected in Bartlett and served more terms than any person to hold the office. He loved this little town with all his heart and always tried to help its citizens enjoy a better life. While he was instrumental in bringing a state-owned jail to this small city, he delighted in being able to visit with State Governor, Ann Richards and actually introduce her at a ceremony. He served on several boards including the Bell County Exposition Center, serving as President for two years. Bobby worked in sales most of his career. He was so friendly and outgoing, never meeting a stranger. Unlike many son-in-laws, he welcomed his mother-in-law into his home with open arms. She lived with her children for over 35 years. They played beautiful music together at church and at home for many years. He was always eager to enjoy life and make the most of any occasion. Visiting with his children’s friends over the years created new and lasting friendships, earning him the nickname “The Bobcat.” He retired in the early 2000s. He and Jeannie left Bartlett after 40 years to move closer to their children and grandchildren. Babysitting and chauffeuring those precious babies became his most prized job. When one of his granddaughters chose to attend Baylor University in 2013, he and Jeannie quickly renewed their love and loyalty to the Green and Gold. So many memories were remembered and new memories created which brought them so much pleasure and joy. In 2016, Bobby received a 50 Year Graduation Diploma from the Heritage Club at Baylor. His last years were spent watching politics and mystery shows on television, shopping with Jeannie, visiting his children and collecting antiques. His mother and father preceded him in death as did his brother, James Bubba Hill (Barbara) of Holland, his sisters, Rita Hill Fischer (Ernie) of Bartlett, and Marjorie Hill Hayes (Bob) of Conroe, and his dear mother and father in law, Rhuey (Memommie) and Sam (Pap pa) Cluck of Hubbard. Bobby is survived by his loving wife Jeannie of Taylor, his daughter Jennifer Hill Patschke (Brian) of Taylor, his sons Jeffrey Hill (Kristy) of Pflugerville, and Bradley Hill (Kathy) of Lakeway, his grandchildren, Shelby Hill Lovelace (Tucker) of Rockdale, Allyson Powell Miller (Corey) of El Paso, Reed Powell of Belton, Shay Hill of College Station, Zoe Hill of Lakeway, Colter Hill of Hutto, Landon Self of Pflugerville, Sam Hill of Lakeway, Caleb Patschke of Taylor, and Brayden Hill of Pflugerville. He is also survived by his twin brother Tommy Hill (Pam) of Bartlett. Visitation will be at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30. Services will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
John Jay Jones, BA ’66, of Mission, TX, died Nov. 18, 2018.
Carl Eugene “Gene” Mason, ’66, of Argyle, TX, died Dec. 17, 2018, at the age of 86. He was born in Waco, Tx, on July 5, 1932, to Carl E. and Marion (Sloan) Mason and is survived by his wife Martha of Argyle; sister Frances Gant (Bob) of Dallas; sons Shawn (Karen) of Waco, Stuart (Michele) of Denton; Preston (Jennifer) of Ponder; daughters Kim Robinson (Paul) of Austin; Marie Mason of Hewitt; nephew Jim Gant (Teri) of Plano; niece Susan Gant of Dallas. Gene also leaves 6 grandchildren, Herman T. Bell, III (Mindy) of Crawford; Laura May (Craig) of Mesquite; Mallory Banda (Mike) of Leander; Melissa Sullivan (Chase) of Crawford; Travis Mason of Leander; J. Walter McConnell of Austin; 3 step-grands Ansley, Christopher (Crystal) and Chase; 11 great grandchildren and many life-long friends. Professionally all Gene ever wanted to be was a pilot. He began his aviation career crop dusting and doing charter flights before becoming an advanced ground and flight instructor, first as Miller Aircraft's Chief Pilot in Waco. In an August, 1966 Waco Tribune-Herald article Gene's accomplishments were highlighted at a farewell gathering prior to his leaving for Dallas where he went to work for Flight Proficiency and Jet Fleet. Afterward he ran his own company, Gene Mason & Associates, continuing to provide instruction, testing and expert witness testimony as requested before his retirement in 2004. Gene was a loving husband and father and enjoyed the annual family reunions at Lake Whitney beginning in 1982 with his evergrowing family, a tradition that continues to this day. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Waco Commandery No. 10, and Knights Templar in addition to belonging to Karem Shrine in Waco and the Shrine Band. He enjoyed playing guitar and harmonica and spending time with his beloved dogs. Memorial services are pending. Suggested donations to honor Gene are your local pet society and the Masonic Lodge eye foundation.
Col. (Ret.) Larry Ralph Kearns, BA ’67, of Warner Robins, GA, died Nov. 8, 2018, at age 74. He was born June 10, 1944 in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Ralph E. and Winifred Bloss Kearns. After extensive travel with his dad, who was in the Army, he graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in January 1967, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Air Force. He and his family enjoyed the many places they traveled. During his illustrious career, he was assigned to eight stateside bases and served tours in Spain and Korea. He retired in 1994 after 27 years of dedicated service to his country. Larry was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a man with a big heart always thinking of others and known for his dry sense of humor and quick wit. Not only did he have a quiet strength, but was also a great listener, encourager, writer, photographer, animal lover, and world traveler. As an active member of Central Baptist Church, he enjoyed everything from his Life Group to helping with Upward Sports. Larry was very soft spoken, but when he spoke, you listened. His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife of 53 years, Rosemary O'Neal Kearns of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; his two daughters, Natalie Bohlken (Joel) of Palmer, Nebraska, and Marcia Ellsworth (Brad) of Plano, Texas; and seven grandchildren, Megan Christensen (Rich), Dustin Gerdes, Stacy Bohlken, Marie Bohlken, and Nathan, Braelyn, and Braxton Ellsworth; and great-granddaughter, Addison Christensen. Visitation will be Monday, November 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home. Afterwards, Mr. Kearns will be laid to rest in Andersonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given in memory of Mr. Kearns to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 1120 Lake Joy Road, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Mr. Kearns' arrangements.
Philip Franks Ricketts, BA ’67, of Austin died Nov. 2, 2018, after a lengthy illness, with his wife and son by his side. Phil was born in Gatesville, Texas on October 5, 1945, the second of three boys born to Joe and Leah Ricketts. In 1948 the Ricketts family moved to Austin, Texas, where Phil lived until his death. After graduating from Baylor University and serving in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, Phil attended the University of Texas School of Law, where he met and married his classmate, Nancy Overman. In 1975, with the creation of the Public Utility Commission by the Texas Legislature, Phil was appointed as the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the new agency, later served as the Texas Attorney General's Chief of the Utility Section, and was appointed Chairman of the Public Utility Commission by Gov. Mark White. After leaving the PUC, Phil joined the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson, where he practiced energy and telecommunications law until his death. Phil was an avid golfer, loved attending any event in which his son participated, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren. Phil was a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather, who will be deeply missed. Phil is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Nancy, his son and daughter-in-law, David and Lesley, and his two grandchildren whom he adored, Kirby and Leah. He is also survived by his two brothers, Joe and Kent. A memorial service celebrating Phil's life will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Hospice of Austin or a charity of your choice.
Betty Lou Rosell, MSEd ’67, of Temple, TX, died Nov. 16, 2018. She was surrounded by her immediate family in her home in Temple, TX. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 2pm at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple. Betty was born in Blanket, TX on July 23, 1925. Her family moved to Belton, TX in 1941. She graduated from Belton High School, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Baylor University. She married Karl Eugene Rosell on March 11, 1944. They made their home in Temple, TX and raised a family. They had two children, Barbara and Karl. Betty taught in the Jefferson and Cater elementary schools in Temple for 30 years. She was a gifted, persistent teacher and once received a Golden Apple Award from the Temple Daily Telegram. One of her goals as a teacher was, in her words, “to instill a love of learning because I know that is a lifetime skill”. Betty’s life was marked by faith, selflessness, and food. She consistently prayed for everyone in her family, that the Lord would protect them and keep them, and for His will to be done in their lives. She always served others before thinking of herself. And if you ever met Betty, you were likely asked “Aren’t you hungry?”. She always wanted to ensure the needs of those around her were met. She is survived by her children, Barbara Ann Johnstone and Karl Bruce Rosell, grandchildren Aaron Johnstone, Harry Johnstone, and Nicholas Shelburne, and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl E. Rosell. Arrangements handled by Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, Temple, Texas
Joe Hubbard Cornelison, BBA ’68, MSEco ’72, of San Angelo, TX, died Oct. 11, 2018 He was 72. There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home. Mr. Cornelison was born January 22, 1946 in Houston. Survivors include his sisters; Judy Cooke of Lubbock and Jane McCullough of McKinney.
Linda D. Philpott Quinby, BA ’68, died Jan. 6 in Chambersburg, PA. She was 71 years old. Born August 8, 1947, Linda was the first child of John Stanley and Madeline Philpott of Marble Falls, Texas. Linda matriculated at Baylor University, graduating with a degree in elementary education in 1969. Upon her marriage, Linda moved to Pennsylvania. She worked as an elementary school teacher at Upper Perkiomen School District for over 30 years, during which time she raised and was the best mom her three sons could have had. Linda achieved her Master's Degree in Education from Kutztown University. She spent many happy hours seaside in Ocean City, New Jersey, loved being on the water in her boat, and enjoyed taking in local theater productions. Linda was well known in her family for clipping news articles she thought might interest others and passing them along. Linda also enthusiastically enjoyed traveling, particularly her most recent adventure to Florida. Linda is survived by her three sons and their wives: Rob Quinby and Dara Schlegel; Ryan and Julie Quinby and Randy and Edie Quinby. Linda also leaves behind her three siblings: Donna Matlock, John Lassiter, and Marilyn Salinas. Her most treasured legacy is her five grandchildren; Pierce Frederick, Tanner John, Abraham Ryan, Jenna Elaine and Dylan Ray. Funeral arrangements are private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association in Linda's name. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd., Chambersburg has been entrusted with conducting the arrangements.
Sandra Motley Robinson, ’68, of Rogers, TX, died Dec. 31, 2018. She was 72. Sandra was born May 21, 1946 in Roanoke, Virginia, the daughter of John Richard Motley and Ruth Maxey Saunders Motley. She moved to Texas to attend Baylor University and made Texas her home. She lived in Houston and Galveston before moving back to central Texas. She worked for many years as a corporate trainer for BMC West. She was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Belton. She is survived by three children: Jim Robinson, Jr. (Bonnie), Kimberly Tilman (Rob), and John Robinson (Mary Ann), sister: Carolyn Trainor, brother: Ron Motley (Lacey), and five grandchildren: Bailie, Gwen, Darby, Mary, and Kelsey. In lieu of flowers, all monetary donations may be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco.
Dr. Robert James Osborn Graf, DDS ’69, of Austin died Jan. 13 from complications associated with Alzheimer's Disease. Bob was born in Evanston, IL on December 6, 1935. At an early age, he moved to Corpus Christi with his parents and three siblings. He graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1954, attended Louisiana State University, Del Mar, and graduated from Texas A&M at Kingsville with a BS in Petroleum Engineering in 1959. He married Mary Thompson in 1959 and went to work for Southern Union Company in Dallas and then Mobil in Wichita Falls. Bob attended night classes at Midwestern University to gain biology credits and then returned to school in 1963 and received a DDS from Baylor University in 1967, graduating with honors. He continued his studies, receiving an MSD in 1969 with a specialty in orthodontics. Bob was honorably discharged from the Naval Reserve. The family moved to Houston where he practiced orthodontics and he and Mary raised their two children. Bob found great joy working with kids. He laughed a lot and found ridiculous most of the everyday situations that annoy others. Bob retired in 1992 and he and Mary moved to Waco where he could be a cowboy at the family ranch in Crawford. He established an orthodontic practice in Robinson. There, too, he found "work" to be great fun. A full retirement in 2012 was followed by the move to Austin to enjoy family, and especially his grandsons. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 59 years, their son, Eric, their daughter Soozi and her husband Andy Kershner, and their three grandsons, Cole Kershner, Chase Kershner, and Cash Kershner. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Parten, his brother Bill Graf with his wife Mary, and his brother-in-law Wesley Thompson and his daughter Anne Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Thelma Graf, his sister Sally Graf Rascoe, and his brother-in-law Patrick Thompson. Bob's ashes will be scattered over the land he loved in Crawford, Texas.
John S. Holleman, BBA ’69, JD ’72, of Livingston, TX, died Nov. 6, 2018, at the age of 71. John was born in Livingston in 1947 to Judge J. S. and Mrs. Carlin Holleman. John was a graduate of Livingston High School, Baylor University, and Baylor University School of Law. John and his wife, Beverly Holleman, first made their home in Houston, where John served as a Felony Division Chief in the Office of the Harris County District Attorney for several years during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1986, John and Beverly returned to John's hometown of Livingston, where John maintained a private law practice before being elected Polk County District Attorney in 1994, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. John loved his Lord and Savior and strove to live out his faith. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 46 years, his sons Spencer and Mark, and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th at Central Baptist Church at 503 North East Avenue in Livingston, Texas, with a reception to follow. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com.
Anita H. March, ’69, of Waco died Dec. 17, 2018, following a valiant battle with cancer. At Baylor, she met the love of her life, Ben Y. March, BBA ’70. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past August. Anita was a member of First Baptist Church Waco, Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and others throughout Texas. Anita was a hardworking businesswoman her entire life. She was a legal secretary for several highly respected national law firms, a clothing rep for Christian Dior, an executive assistant and a realtor with Magnolia Realty. She also held various roles at Baylor. She was a charter member and served as Pledge Advisor for the Theta Iota chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at Baylor. She served on the executive committee of the Baylor University Women's Council in Dallas, and the Baylor Louise Harrington School of Nursing annual gala planning committee. Anita also proudly held a Master Gardener designation. After her faith and her family, she loved few things more than her Baylor Bears. She supported sports, students and staff of the University. Among her survivors are her husband Ben; daughter, Wendy March Waggoner, BBA ’94, and husband, Chip; son Ramsey March, BBA ’00 and wife Haley, BBA ’01; five grandchildren; and her sister Marguerette Holt Shamburger, BMEd ’67, and husband, Wally, BM ’68. Memorials may be made to The Ramsey Yelvington Scholarship Fund at Baylor University.
Charles E. “Ed” Myers, BBA ’69, JD ’70, of Abilene, TX, died Nov. 28, 2018. Charles was born in Houston to Charles & Dorothy Myers on February 13, 1946. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1964. Charles graduated from Baylor University with a B.B. A and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1969. He was honorably discharged from the Texas National Guard in 1976. He was assigned to Port Neches National Guard, Corps of Engineers 277th Dredge Detachment. He also qualified as Infantry Paratrooper. He worked as an attorney until being sworn in as an Associate Judge on October 31, 2009. Charles is survived by his wife Kristine Myers of Abilene and his two schnauzers Kassey & Baylor Bear.
Camila May Schneider, BA ’69, of Fort Worth died Dec. 26, 2018, from muscular dystrophy and pneumonia. FUNERAL MASS: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 3601 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76133. MEMORIALS: Donations may be given to The Muscular Dystrophy Association. Milly was born in Waco, Texas, to Weldon and Nona Hicks. Milly grew up in Houston and spent the majority of her life in Fort Worth. She married Bill Schneider while attending Baylor University and shared 51 years with him. Milly went on to earn two Masters Degrees and enjoyed her career as a librarian. Milly had a passion for learning and reading. She also enjoyed baking, art, culture and traveling. She charmed folks with her quick-witted humor, loved and welcomed everyone she met. SURVIVORS: She is survived by her husband, three daughters and six grandchildren.