Margaret Leah Youngblood Black, BA ’71, of Hurst, TX, died Oct. 31, 201, at age 67 after a long battle with type 1 diabetes. Margaret was born on November 20, 1950 to parents Herman Youngblood, Jr. and Margaret Clarienne Feaster Youngblood. Margaret was raised in Waxahachie and her memories of her friends and her childhood there were always her most treasured ones. She will be remembered by all for her smile and adorable dimples. Her love of pets and animals began at an early age; she was an avid horse lover and rider. Margaret graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1968 and from Baylor University with a degree in Education in 1972 where she was a member of the Athenean Club which later became Kappa Kappa Gamma. Margaret taught elementary school for several years in the Grand Prairie Independent School District and tutored for a number of years in the HEB area. Although her life was filled with many health issues, Margaret always showed a strong will and determination to live life to the fullest. Margaret was preceded in death by both her parents and is survived by daughter Allison Black Wilks and husband Lance Wilks of Fort Worth; son David Morris Black, Jr. of Bedford; sisters Gretta Youngblood Parks and husband Dr. Robert I. Parks, Jr. and Judy Youngblood Sessions and husband Dr. Charles R. Sessions, both of Dallas; two grandchildren Lance Ashton Wilks and Anna Grace Wilks of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held in Waxahachie. In memory of Margaret, a donation can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at JDRF.org or to the SPCA at spca.org.
Gary Lawson Grist, BBA ’71, of Fredericksburg, TX, died Dec. 17, 2018, at age 69, after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was born on May 18, 1949 to Elizabeth and Harold Grist of Castle Hills. Gary graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1967 and Baylor University in 1971. He went on to run the family business, Commercial Body Corporation until he retired in 2002. In 1971, he married Sandra Lea Calfee, and they had two daughters and a lifetime of adventure. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, John Thomas "Tommy" Grist. Gary is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Amy Laden (Ryan) and Alissa MacVey (Andrew); and 6 grandchildren: Zachary Laden, Austin Laden, Riley Laden, Eve MacVey, Lily MacVey, and Colton MacVey; and brother, Kent Lawson Grist (Deanna). MEMORIAL SERVICE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018 11:00 A.M. HOLY GHOST LUTHERAN CHURCH 115 E. SAN ANTONIO STREET FREDERICKSBURG, TX Rev. Ryan Laden will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, http://donate.lls.org. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com
John Robert Henderson, ’71, of Whitney, TX, died Oct. 23, 2018. John Robert Henderson (aka Bobby, Hendu, Nuts, Daddy, Bob, JR, and Grandpa) was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, by loving parents, siblings, aunts and uncles who instilled in him a deep love and appreciation for family. Bobby excelled in swimming and football, setting multiple TAGS records, including one that was not broken for over 40 years. He was All East Texas Lineman of the year in 1966 and had multiple full athletic scholarship offers from colleges. He ultimately chose Baylor where he made lifelong friends and met Judy Clark who would become his wife of 30 years. Bobby, known by his teammates as "Nuts", because he was just plain nuts, was All Southwest Conference in 1970 and Weekly Captain several times his senior year. He earned his Bachelor of Science in 1971 and continued his love of football, coaching at Jacksonville, West and Centerville in 1971-1973. Bobby and Judy welcomed their first daughter, Heather, in 1971. He ultimately joined his daddy in the oil field, taking a job with Dowell in 1973. In 1975 he and Judy welcomed their second daughter, Holly. The family moved to Houston in 1980 where Bobby enjoyed playing golf, fishing, hunting and building friendships that would last a lifetime. Bobby retired from Dowell Schlumberger in 2000 and would spend the next 18 years splitting time between his beloved family farm in Brushy Creek and his beautiful lake house in Whitney. He enjoyed Baylor football, traveling and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Katherine Henderson; brother, Carroll; sister, Ruthie. He is survived by his loving daughters, Heather Henderson Stanton and Holly Henderson Besing; loyal sons-in-law, Larry Stanton and Andy Besing; adoring grandchildren, Katie Stanton, Hunter Stanton, Barrett Besing, Blakely Besing; brother, Dan Henderson; nephews, Jason Henderson and Joe Henderson; and a lifetime's worth of wonderful friends who truly meant the world to him. His daughters would like to thank Sandy Reeves for her years of love and Dianne Feyerherm for taking care of him during his battle with leukemia and bringing him closer to God. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baylor Bear Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Edgar Carruth Gerault, BBA ’72, of Houston died Nov. 22, 2018, at the age of 68. Our beloved Carruth possessed a generosity of spirit that was a blessing to all he came in contact with. He lived a life that attested his sincerity and resounded to the praise of God. Born on January 20, 1950, he devoted his life to family, friends and business. He was a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University. As a third generation homebuilder, he was the owner of Carruth Gerault Homes, Carruth Gerault Construction and Colt Homes. He built over 3,000 homes and remodeled hundreds. Carruth was an avid golfer and loved playing golf with his grandkids. He devoted 38 years to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, holding leadership positions on numerous committees and serving on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the International Committee. Carruth attended Houston’s First Baptist Church, rarely missing a Sunday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Grace Gerault; and his brother, Jerry Gerault, and is survived by his wife, Claudia Gerault; children, Cherry (Roger) Stebbins, Jennifer (Adam) Beckman, Blakeley (Erin) McCracken, Kendall (Christopher) Hanno; brother-in-spirit, James Dilday; grandchildren, Payne, Hayden, and Chase Stebbins, Gunner and Emmalynn Beckman, Nicholas Hanno, and baby McCracken (due 2019); along with numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Forest Park Lawndale from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in the Grand Chapel at Forest Park Lawndale at 1:00pm with a reception to follow. Interment will take place after the reception at 3:30pm. Donations may be sent to HLSR, Ed Programs, Jamie Voskamp, P.O. Box 20070, Houston, Texas 77225. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Gerault; children, Cherry (Roger) Stebbins, Jennifer (Adam) Beckman, Blakeley (Erin) McCracken, Kendall (Christopher) Hanno; brother-in-spirit, James Dilday; grandchildren, Payne, Hayden, and Chase Stebbins, Gunner and Emmalynn Beckman, Nicholas Hanno, and baby McCracken (due 2019); along with numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Rev. Dr. David Thomas Howeth, BS ’72, MS ’73, of Wylie, TX, died Dec. 24, 2018. David was born on November 12, 1950, in Gainesville, TX, to Donald Marshall Howeth and Bennie Jo (Turner) Howeth. He was raised in Gainesville and Orange County, CA, graduating from Gainesville High School in 1968. After high school, David attend Baylor University in Waco, TX, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree in Biology. After graduation he worked for Upjohn Company as a pharmaceutical representative in Austin, TX, before returning to Gainesville to join his father in the family business, Howeth Title and Abstract Company. During his time in Gainesville, David was active in the Rotary Club, serving as President, served on the Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) Board of Trustees and worked with the music and youth ministries at Whaley United Methodist Church. After several years of working at Howeth Title and Abstract, David received a call to the ministry. He was ordained by the United Methodist Church as a Deacon in 1989 and as an Elder in 1992. He dedicated the remainder of his life to serving several churches and communities in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He first served as an Associate Pastor and Youth Minister at Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX, and subsequently served as Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Sachse, TX; First United Methodist Church, The Colony, TX; First United Methodist Church, Nocona, TX; Greenland Hills United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX; Buckingham United Methodist Church, Garland, TX; Schreiber Memorial United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX; and First United Methodist Church, Howe, TX. David retired in 2015. During his many years of service to the United Methodist Church, David performed countless weddings, baptisms, and funerals for the families in his congregations, and felt honored to be included in these special moments. He also loved working with the North Texas Conference’s youth camps at Bridgeport, TX, and served as a leader for numerous Walks to Emmaus and Chrysalis Flights. David was a talented musician and thespian, performing in productions at Gainesville High School, Cooke County College, and with the Butterfield Stage Players, where he was involved in the early development of Gainesville’s community theater, as well as numerous productions at the churches he served. David was a popular performer at civic and church events as both a vocalist and instrumentalist. His tenor voice and talent for the drums were well known and appreciated throughout the North Texas area. David valued education, and was proud of the degrees he had completed and the schools he attended. In addition to his degrees from Baylor University, David had a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. David is survived by his children Stephanie Howeth Moore and husband Michael of Trophy Club, TX, and Matthew Howeth and wife Monica of Austin, TX; grandchildren Henry and Clara Moore and Harrison and Carolina Howeth; father Don Howeth of Lake Kiowa, TX; sister Donna Howeth Foster and husband Donnie of Pilot Point, TX; nephews and nieces Jeff Briggs and wife LeAnn of Ardmore, OK, Brent Briggs and wife Chelsea of Pasadena, CA, Stacie Foster David and husband, Jeremy of Mountain Springs, TX, Zachary Foster of Pilot Point, TX, and Jordan Foster and wife Bethany of Pilot Point, TX; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, and countless friends and congregants that he loved like family. David was preceded in death by his mother, Bennie Howeth, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Moore. A memorial service will be held in David’s honor at First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, TX, on January 3, 2019 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in David’s honor to the Pastoral Counseling Center of Dallas at 4525 Lemmon Avenue #200, Dallas, TX, 75219. Please send in attention to COO Amy Powers, with a note of the gift being in honor of Rev. Dr. David Howeth.
Dr. Don McManus, BM ’72, MM ’74, of Georgetown, TX, died Dec. 16, 2018, at age 68, surrounded by family. He was born August 9th 1950 in San Antonio, Texas adopted by his loving parents Crockett and Ethelyn McManus of Yoakum, Texas. After High School he attended Baylor University where he received his Bachelors of Music, cum laude in 1972. In 1974 He would again receive his Master of Music and a double major of organ performance and literature, and church music. After Baylor he returned to Austin to study and receive his Doctors of Philosophy in Music Theory from the University of Texas in 1986. In 1977 he became an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. In 1978 he became a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. He was a member of The Texas Society of Music Theory. In 1980 he became the organ and Choirmaster for St Cyprians Episcopal Church where he would serve until 2005. In 1986 he was appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Texas for the Diocesan Music Commission. Dr. Don as he was known by was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi a national honor society; Alpha Chi a music honor society. In 1980 he was a tenured faculty member of Angelina College where he taught music Theory. In 2008 Don was asked by the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York to come and be their Organ choir master for there Bi Centennial Celebration in 2008 to 2009. After returning from New York he joined the Staff of Grace Episcopal Church as the Organist and choir master until his retirement. He is preceded in death by his father Crockett McManus; his mother Ethelyn McManus (Vick) and his son Patrick McManus. Survivors include his loving partner of 19 years Dennis Verser of Georgetown Tx, His sons Jordan McManus of Yoakum Tx, and Todd McManus of College Station Tx. Daughter in Laws Samantha McManus of Yoakum, Brianne McManus of College Station, Lisa Stevenson of Yoakum. Son in law Adam Stevenson of Yoakum. In laws Terry and Trish Fruit and Family of Spring Tx. Grandchildren Grace, Hope, and Will. Family friends T R Marshall and family of Yoakum Tx and Fr Christopher Thomas of Fort Worth Tx. Funeral arrangements will be held in Georgetown Tx at the Ramsey Funeral Home with a visitation on December 28, Friday from 6-8 pm with Services Saturday 29th at 2:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held later following cremation. The Rev Christopher Thomas, Rev Janis Jones and Rev Margaret Waters Officiants. The family would like to express their thanks to the nurses at the Wesleyan Rehabilitation and The ICU Nurses of ST David's Hospital for all their loving care. In lieu of donations can be made out to Meals on Wheel, Red Cross American Kidney Foundation, The Caring Place in Georgetown.
Karen Diane Stone Edwards, BMEd ’73, died on November 9, 2018 in St. Louis, MO, at the age of 68. Karen is survived by her sons, John and Michael Edwards, her daughters-in-law Diana José-Edwards and Sarah Edwards, her grandson, Alexandre José-Edwards, her mother, Bobbie Stone, her sister, Janet Ingram, and her brother, Ben Stone. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Edwards, and her father, George Stone. Karen was born in Dallas, TX on October 23, 1950. She started college at Howard Payne University, but then transferred to Baylor University in order to marry her high school sweetheart, Bob Edwards. After graduating from Baylor, she worked as an elementary music teacher while Bob finished his seminary degree in Fort Worth, TX, and continued her teaching while he started his career as the pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Janesville, WI. The following year, in 1976, John was born, and Karen decided to focus on being a full-time mother. Michael was born two years later in 1978. Karen was always active in her church and regularly played piano, taught Sunday School, and organized church events. At Southside she might be cooking for a church potluck one day then helping a group of Hmong women become acclimated to life in America the next. Eventually, Karen and Bob felt called to start a new congregation ministering to the inner-city in Minneapolis, MN. After a very cold move to Minneapolis in January 1985, and many months of hard work, New Hope Baptist Church was born from their combined efforts. Once again, Karen took on many roles at this new church, from teaching Sunday School, to driving congregants to and from church, to supporting the missions of the church, to organizing the order of service. She became increasingly active in the Women’s Missionary Union. She also continued raising two boys, and eventually went back to work--a job that turned into an almost twenty year career in human resources at Wells Fargo Bank. Bob died in 2002, and Karen remained active at New Hope for the next several years, helping their transition to a new pastor. Eventually, however, she decided to move back to the Dallas area, to be closer to her family. She moved into a house in Rowlett, TX, and worked for several years at The Well Community, ministering with the mentally ill in Oak Cliff. And she found support at a new church home, Transformation Anglican Church in Rockwall. This past August, after being diagnosed with liver cancer, she moved to St. Louis to spend her last few months with her son, John, his wife Diana, and her beloved grandson, Alȇ. Karen was a vibrant, kind, and extremely generous woman. She will be missed. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 PM, Sunday, November 18, at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church on 9810 La Prada Dr, Dallas, TX 75228. All are also welcome to come to a visitation the previous evening, from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, November 17, at Grove Hill Memorial Park, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to New Hope Baptist Church, 2525 5th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404. Otherwise, flowers may be sent directly to Grove Hill Memorial Park.
Alyce Roberta Gay Goff, MSEd ’73, of Dallas went home on November 19, 2018. Her life’s story is filled with family, education, community service, honors and awards. Much of that story centers on her prowess as an extraordinary musician and on her service to the community. Alyce Roberta Gay was the twelfth of thirteen children. She was born in Bessemer, Alabama, on July 17, 1918, to Charles W. and Rosetta Brooks Gay. When her family moved to Gary, Indiana, she began to develop a love for music and she played violin in the school orchestra. However, Mrs. Goff learned to play the piano without private instruction and it became her signature instrument. During her high school years, Mrs. Goff lived in Detroit, Michigan, where she received the Diploma of Music from Cass Technical High School. After high school, she entered Wiley College, in Marshall, Texas, where she studied piano, voice, music education and served as the piano accompanist. Mrs. Goff graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Upon graduation from Wiley College, Mrs. Goff accepted the position as Choir Director at Jarvis Christian College under the administration of the late Rev. Dr. Peter C. Washington. Travel was an integral part of the music department, so, because of limited funds and transportation issues, the choir could only travel with a small number; thus, the JCC Choral Ensemble, composed of 16 talented singers was formed and soon became quite popular. The JCC Choral Ensemble would join President Washington on speaking engagements and traveled throughout the state of Texas. Not only did she also prepare music for campus worship services and performances, again, throughout the state, she also wrote the school song for Jarvis Christian College. After leaving Jarvis, Mrs. Goff taught music in various elementary and secondary schools in Texas, settling in Waco, at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. Later, she also became one of the music staff professionals at Paul Quinn College, at the Waco and the Dallas campuses. While serving as the accompanist for the Paul Quinn College Concert Choir, the director took an emergency leave of absence, and Mrs. Goff became the director. Her education did not end at Wiley College. She took graduate courses at Wayne State University in Detroit; and at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Education at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas; however, she never stopped seeking to learn more. She continued to take courses, workshops and seminars at the University of Texas, in Austin, and at Southwest Texas State University. Mrs. Goff received broad recognition and numerous awards for her work and service. She performed in concerts, such as “High Tea At Two” at the African American Museum in Dallas; her “This Is Your Life” story was presented as a play at the De Soto Convention Center; she was recognized as an “Outstanding Woman in the Arts” by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters; and there was so much more. In 2003, for example, the Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association (DMMA) named her Musician of the Year. Quite appropriately, Mrs. Goff was one of the authors of Real Gusto Comes Later: How Professional Women Experience Retirement, published in 2011. Alyce Roberta Gay married Garrett J. Goff on December 23, 1956. To this union two children were born: Joseph and Angela. Rev. Garrett Goff was an ordained minister and served as pastor of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas. Their marriage lasted until his death, twenty-five years later. Mrs. Goff’s legacy includes raising and nurturing a family of musicians. She gave her two young grandsons piano lessons. On several occasions, she and her son, Joseph, performed jazz duets; Joseph on the bass and his mother at the piano. Her daughter, Angela, is a United Methodist Church minister with a lovely soprano voice, who was often accompanied by her mother on piano. Mrs. Goff worshipped at Glen Oaks United Methodist Church in Dallas. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women, Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, and South Dallas Concert Choir. Mrs. Goff was always involved in the community. She was a proud member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is survived by son Joseph Goff, (Eneida), daughter Angela Williams (Alvin), step-daughter Odelia Goff-Lando, granddaughters Bridgett, Ambreal, Allika, grandsons Joseph, Elijah, nieces Majorie Nell Cole, Dorothy Brown, Penny Ralston, Charlene Ballard and a host of other grand kids, nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews along with numerous friends who will forever cherish her memory.
John Robert Saringer, JD ’73, of Abilene, TX, passed away on January 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sandi; daughters Kellye Saringer and Stacey Moore and her husband Jeff Moore, grandchildren Reagan and Jack Robertson and Kylie and Brady Moore; sister Frances Jones and husband Bob; Niece Missy Romero and nephews Richard Jones and Tony Landrum; and of course his beloved canine companion Sasha. He is also survived by "The Dinner Club"---close friends who became local family and his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was pre-deceased by his parents John and Etolia Saringer, in-laws Ken and Nell Brooks, and sister Judy Landrum. John grew up in Dallas and graduated from Bryan Adams High School. He earned his BS from Southwestern University in 1968 and his JD from Baylor University Law in 1973. He served in the US Army from 1968-1970 in Vietnam and Hawaii. John and Sandi moved to Abilene in 1973 where he served as a city attorney and later joined a private law practice with Don & Randy Wilson. He served as Taylor County Court-at-Law Judge from 1983 to 1987. In 1989 he joined the Wagstaff Law Firm where he practiced law until his retirement in 2017. During his law career he served on several Bar Association committees and boards at the state and local level. John was a faithful member of Aldersgate UMC and the Lamplighters Sunday School Class. John loved the outdoors and hunting, fishing, and boating. He enjoyed many hours teaching grandchildren to water ski and trying to bounce them across the lake on a huge tube. Services will be held at 10 am Monday January 14th at Aldersgate UMC, officiated by Gary Boles and Dr. Phil Christopher. Interment will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, January 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Wagstaff Law Firm. Pallbearers will be Charles "Bob" Clark, Brady Moore, Jeff Moore, Harry Reaugh, Jack Robertson, John Stearns, and Lloyd Turner. Special thanks to Dr. Tommie Ferrell, Dr. Jose Vega and Dr. Hans Hammers and to the Hendrick Hospice Care team for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine, Abilene, TX 79601. Online condolences may be left at www.hamilfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Ed Hinshaw, JD ’74, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019, at age 81. Graveside services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, January 28, 2019 in the Panhandle Cemetery with Mr. Leonard Harper officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 pm on Monday, January 28, 2019 in the Family Center of the Panhandle Church of Christ. Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the High Plains Children’s Home, PO Box 7448, Amarillo, TX 79114. Ed was born August 31, 1937 in Panhandle, Texas to Clark “Shorty” Oliver Hinshaw and Vita Thompson Hinshaw. He proudly served in the United States Army. Ed married Marva Hines on April 7, 1966 in Claude, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from Lubbock Christian University. Ed chose to further his education at the Baylor School of Law where he received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1975. He served as the Carson County Attorney for 16 years. Ed was an avid sports lover, especially Panhandle High School athletics. He attended and videoed hundreds of games often gifting the athletes with film of their sport. In fact he would follow Panhandle Panther athletes as they continued their collegiate sporting careers. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Curtis Hinshaw; granddaughters, Kalee Barton, Kristen Joy, Madelyn Hinshaw; and sisters, Ruth Profitt and Jean Kaufold. Survivors include his wife, Marva of Borger; son, Scott Hinshaw and wife Julie of Trophy Club; daughter, Kathy Joy and husband Kenny of Canyon; nine grandchildren, Kyle Joy, Kevin Joy, Grant Hinshaw, Garrett Hinshaw, Halle Grace Hinshaw, Brenna Hinshaw, Arden Hinshaw, Kirstyn Hinshaw and Kenlee Hinshaw; six great grandchildren, Avery, Harper, Fynlea, Cooper, Addisyn, Cru; two sisters, Charlotte Rathjen of Houston, Joan Dockrey of Arizona; and daughter-in-law, Crystal Hinshaw.
Ellen Jean Young, MSEd ’74, of Belton passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Baylor-Scott and White Hospital in Temple. She was 86. Funeral services for Mrs. Young will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Dossman Funeral Home chapel in Belton with Rev. Andy Davis officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Gober Cemetery near her home town of Gober, Texas with Johnny Glover officiating. Jean was born on November 3, 1932 in Gober, Texas to John Newton and Ruth Mae (Green) Glover. She was raised in Gober and graduated as valedictorian from Gober High School in 1950. Mrs. Young then attended East Texas State Teacher's College and graduated from there in 1953 with a degree in Journalism and English with a minor in Sociology. Jean lived in Sherman, Texas from 1955 to 1971 and while living there served as the nursery coordinator at North Park Baptist Church from 1965-1971. After moving to Belton in 1971, Jean began a career with the Belton ISD. While in Belton, she attended Baylor University where she earned her master's degree in 1974. During her tenure with Belton ISD she worked with special needs students, first as a teacher at Belton Junior High and Belton High School for 20 years, and then as a special education coordinator at Belton High School for an additional 16 years. Mrs. Young retired from Belton ISD in 2007 after 36 of faithful years of service to those students whom she loved and cared for as though they were her own. In 2008, Jean started a blanket ministry at the First Baptist Church in Belton where she had been a member since 1971. A crocheted blanket was given to each new baby in the church. This was done in memory of her grandson Andrew Smith who died of SIDS in 2001, and to date over 160 blankets have been given to new babies. Mrs. Young also taught an adult ladies Sunday School class from 2008-2015. She also participated in the ministry of writing cards to the military men and women serving our country overseas. Jean was preceded in death by a son Gary Young as well as grandson Andrew Smith. She is survived by her sons Danny Young and his wife Paula of Georgetown, Texas, and Barry Young and his wife Nicki of Gober, Texas; daughter Laurie Smith and her husband Michael of Hallsville, Texas; and brother Johnny Glover of Cleburne, Texas. Also surviving are grandsons Jacob Smith and Lucas Smith, granddaughters Linen Young Waldrep, Stephanie Young, Carolyn Young, Christina Young, Snoa Garrigan, and Susie Gandy. A visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of the following charities: Gary Wayne Young Scholarship, Belton Education Enrichment Foundation, 400 N Wall, Belton, Texas 76513. John and Ruth Glover Scholarship, East Texas Baptist University Office of University Development, 1 Tiger Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670. Jean Young Scholarship, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Planned Giving Department, UMHB Box 8428, 900 College Street, Belton, Texas 76513.
Rosemary Frances Shapiro Petzold, MSEd ’75, passed away of natural causes on Sunday afternoon, 30 Dec 2018, in Waco, McLennan Co., TX, aged 77. Public services will be held this coming Sunday, 6 Jan 2019, 2 PM at the First Baptist Church of Valley Mills, TX. If you come, wear something purple. Interment will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Abilene, Texas, on Monday under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Memorials may be made to Valley Mills I.S.D. Educational Foundation, 1 Eagle Way, PO Box 1250, Valley Mills, Texas 76689. Rosie, as her family and closest friends would call her, was born 30 Aug 1941 in Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, the eldest daughter of Jacob Joseph Shapiro and Mary Viola Sharp. She was named for her father's little sister Rose, who was named for her own grandmother whom she never met, as well as for both of her mother Viola's grandmothers, Mary Frances (Dodson) Sharp and Mary Frances (Chapman) Jackson. Rosie was the apple of her family's eye. Very sweet-natured and sociable with reddish curls and a beautiful smile, she was everyone's favorite. Her family moved from Abilene to El Paso, El Paso Co., TX when she was very young and thence to the Panama Canal Zone on account of her father's work as a radio operator with the Civil Aeronautics Administration. After several years there, the family moved back to El Paso. Rosie was a diligent and accomplished student throughout her academic life. She graduated from Austin High School in El Paso in 1959 and went on to Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) where she would earn a B.A. in Elementary Education. Years later, she earned a M.A. with a specialization in Reading from Baylor University. Before that, though, during the early part of 1960, Rosemary met a young Texas Highway Patrolman who had come up to the front desk of her dormitory lobby to pick up a date. Somehow, the date fell through and she and the handsome stranger struck up a conversation that only ended 35 years later. The patrolman was our daddy, James Theodore Petzold of Valley Mills, Bosque Co., TX. Momma and Daddy were married on St. Valentine's Day 1961 in Ford's Chapel of the First Baptist Church of El Paso. Momma's dearly beloved Aunt Velma, her mother's little sister, had died that morning, so our parents' honeymoon was spent attending her funeral back in Abilene. Life took Momma and Daddy from El Paso to Coleman, Coleman Co., TX and back to El Paso before we moved to Valley Mills where Daddy was from. There, they restored the famous Bible House on Hwy 6 and gave us a precious and almost legendary home to grow up in. Valley Mills is also where our mother's career in education began to truly flower. After that, she taught at University High School in Waco; Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI; and Bowman Middle School in Plano. Momma also taught at Dobie and Paredes Middle Schools in Austin, TX; West Ridge Middle School in Westlake, TX; and the Principia Upper School in Baldwin, MO. To our parents' union were born four sons: Timothy, James, Toby, and Jentry, all of whom survive her. Additionally, Rosemary is survived by Tim's wife Heike and Jentry's wife Kim Sue, along with Jentry's stepsons Sevin, Liam, and Brody, and the newest babies Seager Sharp Petzold and Lula Rose Petzold. Momma is survived also by her baby sister Lou Forbis and children Tammy, Gavin, and Garet, as well as Garet's wife Alexandra and children Jake and Sofia. Our paternal cousins, who were Rosie's beloved nieces Susan, Linda, Donna, and Blair, and her nephew Brent, survive her, too. There are many OTHER things you ought to know about our mother, including these: she was an excellent teacher and she taught for 39 years, from kindergarten to college, from public to private. Her first assignment was a little public school in Novice, Coleman Co., TX. True story. She was always rising to the top of her career ladder, receiving multiple awards and fellowships along the way. She was a drill team sponsor, a one-act play producer, and the go-to adult in probably thousands of young people's lives. She taught in an age when students were still free to drop by the house and spend time with her and her boys. You should also know that Momma was a voracious reader with a burdensomely large library at times. She read authors, not just books. She had the most beautiful penmanship of any person we will ever know. Momma immersed herself in high culture and low. She had a People magazine kind of mind for the private lives of celebrities, but loved opera, ballet, and "the arts." Being an English teacher, she knew she had an obligation to teach literature with moral and intellectual value. She never shied away from that, even if it made some people uncomfortable. Rosie loved her mother more than anyone on this Earth. It was a real reverence. And as our Grandmother was a devout Christian Scientist, so was Momma. Like her daddy, she was also a yellow dog Democrat. Her sons did not always embrace these affiliations, but they were absolutely part of her identity. Momma loved her Tex-Mex (especially Chuy's, where she probably put generations of young Austinites through college with her patronage). She loved making our favorite holiday snacks and dishes: Texas trash, fudge, sheet cake, and hot cocoa, among others. She was a generous woman who loved to buy things in fours because she had four boys. She was the queen of the Christmas newsletter and the holiday card. Lastly, you should know how much Momma loved to travel. That was a passion she inherited from her immigrant father. And she certainly put it in our hearts, too. The trip our family made across the eastern United States in the Bicentennial Year was one of the most formative journeys of our lives. She took us to Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and all across the country. Weeks at a time. Lots of precious memories. (Several years ago, I shared with Momma the sad fact that two days before she was born, 28 Aug 1941, the entire Jewish population of the shtetl town of Keidan in Lithuania where her father had been born was murdered by the Nazis. It was her wish and mine that she could someday "return" there as a survivor and daughter of that beautiful old Jewish city, but we were never able to go. I regret that, and I regret that we never visited Prague, another city she dreamed of.) I know in the days and years to come, the memory of my mother will bring me to tears, but I will not wait to be haunted by sorrow. Instead, I will do my best to persist with her generosity of spirit, her love of language and learning, and all the fun stuff we did together as my guide. Toby
Coy Lowell "Bubba" Zunker, ’75, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on November 12, 2018, at age 66. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, January 22, 1952, to Cora Gay Johns Zunker and Tommie Zunker. He is preceded in death by his parents. Bubba is survived and lovingly remembered by the love of his life, Lynette Goode Nelson, and his children, Scott, Keith (Deana), and Karen (Elliott). Bubba was most proud of his grandchildren, Savannah, Zoey, Jackson, and Claire. He will be deeply missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Roxie and Phillip Applebee, niece, Trisha Applebee, and numerous family members and dear friends. Bubba Zunker graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1970, and received a full football scholarship to Baylor University. He fittingly drove the promotional Lone Star Beer Love Machine Van for some time, taking the party wherever he went with the charisma that only Bubba had. He ran Alamo Exhibitor Services/Lone Star Exhibitor Services for years while helping run his father's farm. His last 20 years were spent dedicated to farming this land in Von Ormy, Texas and surrounding communities. Bubba was one of a kind: passionate, a kid at heart, and full of love for everyone he knew. His family invites all who knew him to celebrate his joy for life on Thursday, November 15, at 11:00 am, at Live the Life Church, 5595 US Hwy 87 E, San Antonio, Texas, with reception to follow at Donny's Brew Pub in La Vernia, Texas.
Teresa Gail Morgan, BBA ’76, MBA ’77, of Houston was greeted with open arms by her Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 17, 2018. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. Born on June 26, 1955, to William and Jerry Arrendell, Teresa was the eldest of two daughters. She graduated at the top of her class at both North Shore High School and at Baylor University with an MBA. She was the first in her family to attend college. While at Baylor, Teresa met the man who would later become her husband and life partner. Doug proposed to Teresa on campus at the Moody Library, and they were married on June 5, 1976. They shared over 42 years of marriage. Upon graduation, Teresa worked as a CPA in audit at Peat Marwick & Mitchell, and then went on to join Arthur Anderson in tax, where she worked for eight years. She would be considered a success story based on the metrics of this world. However, she lived her life according to a higher calling: “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth ... And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied ... (Psalm 17:15). Her calling to be a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cousin, Bible teacher and mentor quelled her professional ambition. She struggled with infertility for six years before having her one and only child, Matthew. This was one of several trials that refined Teresa into the godly woman she was and enabled her to compassionately minister to women enduring similar trials. She was an active member of Houston’s First Baptist Church for 32 years. There, she and Doug joyfully served together in high school ministry and later with the young married classes. Their deep affection for others touched innumerable lives during these years of service. Teresa was a passionate teacher of God’s Word. Her study is full of the many lessons she taught throughout the years. She also sat on the church finance committee for four years, using her professional experience to serve the church. She used the gifts God gave her purposefully and faithfully. She wrote a prayer curriculum called God Answers Prayers that is still being used by families and in schools today. She hosted a weekly prayer group for the mothers in Matthew’s class, and then later led a women’s Bible study for mothers who had children suffering from alcoholism and addictions. She was masterful in using pain as a megaphone to declare the provision and goodness of God. For more than 30 years, she discipled women in all stages of their lives, leading Bible studies, prayer and blessing nights, and walking alongside them as a friend and mentor. Teresa was a proud member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and supported many organizations and ministries including Family Legacy, As Our Own, Manna from Heaven and the Passion Conference. She was tireless in her efforts to advance the kingdom of God and point others to Jesus. Teresa is preceded in death by her father, William Arrendell, and survived by her husband Doug, son Matthew, mother Jerry Arrendell, sister Gaytha Curtis, many loving cousins, dear friends and countless spiritual daughters. In 63 years on this earth, Teresa accomplished more than most people would have in multiple lifetimes. Her godly legacy lives on in those she invested and mentored. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to HFBC Missions Ministry. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
FAMILY Doug Morgan, Husband, Matthew Morgan, Son, Jerry Arrendell, Mother, Gaytha Curtis, Sister, Teresa is also survived by many loving cousins, dear friends and countless spiritual daughters. She is preceded in death by her father, William Arrendell.
Brian F. Rowe, BS ’76, of Hurst, TX, died May 20, 2018.
Carolyn D. Bivona, BA ’77, of Columbia, SC, died Nov. 10, 2018. She was 64. She grew up on Galveston Island, Texas, and although she moved from there as a teenager, Galveston was always "home" for her. She was preceded in death by her parents Alfred Bivona and Mary Nell Alsabrook Bivona. Carolyn received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Baylor University. Prior to retirement, she was Director of Government Relations at the American Heart Association, a job that she dearly loved and was passionate about. She spent her entire career helping others to have a better life. There was nothing she loved more than being on a beach, flying one of her many kites. Carolyn is survived by sisters Sharolyn (Raymond) Williams and Patricia (Frank) Paulk, niece Chelsea Williams and nephews Andrew Williams and Ben Howard. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Barr-Price.com (803)356-4411
Debra Lynn Feather Evans, BSEd ’79, of Waco died Dec. 17, 2018, at age 61, after a long illness. A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, at First Woodway Baptist Church with Dr. Grant Kaul officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 21 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Deby was born February 6, 1957 to George and Allete Feather in Harlingen, Texas. She graduated from Rantoul Township High School, in Rantoul, Illinois in 1975 and Baylor University in 1979. She taught fourth grade in Aldine and Wichita Falls, Texas. She taught sixth grade in Waco, Texas and special education in Bruceville-Eddy and Midway school districts. She finished her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Spring Valley Elementary in Midway. She married Wes Evans in Wichita Falls in 1988.Besides her love of teaching children, faith and family were the two most important aspects of Deby's life. Growing up the eldest daughter of an Air Force officer, she was always active in a Baptist church in whatever city her family settled. Her final church home before she became ill was First Woodway Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, helped with children's choirs and Girls in Action, and assisted her husband, Wes, teaching various Sunday school classes. Since she moved frequently as a child, she was close to her sisters, always knowing she had permanent companions and support as she worked to make new friends in cities across the country and globe. She was caring and compassionate, always ready to assist those in need in her church and school. She was fun loving with a sense of humor that was both sharp and dry. She enjoyed playing the piano, skiing and Baylor Bears football. She is survived by her parents, George and Allete Feather; her husband of thirty years, Wes; son, Sam Evans; sisters, Donna Hinton and her husband, Jesse, Darlene West and husband, Greg, and Deanna Lashley and husband, Todd; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family invites you to leave a message on our guest book at GraceGardensfh.com.
Bridget Gardner Davis, BSEd ’77, of Arlington, TX, passed from this life into the arms of God on December 31, 2018. Bridget Gail Gardner was born May 18, 1955, to Milton Edwin (Binky) Gardner and Mary Elizabeth Haley Gardner in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio in 1973, graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Education in Special Education in 1977. Bridget always had the calling to be a teacher. She was hired by the Arlington ISD and had the pleasure of opening Ditto Elementary School where she taught 5th grade. She later worked at Sherrod Elementary and was employed there when she met Linton C Davis in the fall of 1985. Bridget and Linton were married on June 28, 1986, by Dr. Don Pike at FUMC Arlington. Bridget continued teaching for 14 years until daughter Haley Elizabeth Davis was born on March 30, 1992. Bridget left teaching to raise Haley and then returned to teaching Special Education at Dean Rusk Middle School in Canton, GA after Linton, Bridget and Haley moved to Hickory Flat, GA in 1998. Bridget retired from full-time teaching in February 2015 when Bridget and Linton moved back to Arlington. Even though she retired, Bridget could not stay away from children and education, returning to the AISD as a tutor and substitute teacher for the 2017-2018 school year and through October 2018 before her failing health prevented her from returning. Bridget had an unmatched love for Baylor University, children, her church, entertaining and laughter. Bridget never met a stranger. Bridget is survived by her husband, Linton C. Davis of Arlington, TX; her daughter Haley Elizabeth Davis of Waco, TX; her sister Brenda Anders and her Brother-in-Law, Robert Anders of San Antonio, TX; nephew Reagan, niece Sarah and a whole bunch of Haley / Gardner cousins. A celebration service of Bridget’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church Arlington on Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Steve Langford will be conducting the services. A reception will follow in the church’s Great Hall. The family asks that donations be made in Bridget’s honor to the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation - Mary Katherine Patterson Memorial / Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Educational Scholarship Fund or to the First United Methodist Church – Arlington Children’s Ministry in lieu of flowers.
Jason Riley Searcy, JD ’78, of Marshall, TX, died Jan. 18. He was born October 22, 1953 to Mary Helen Clark and Oscar Quentin Searcy. He grew up in New London, Texas and lived the 1950s & 60s equivalent of Tom Sawyer’s adventures. Jason and his next oldest brother John Mark, along with friends roamed over and through the woods and oil dirt roads of their community. Jason attended New London’s West Rusk Independent School District. When he finished all of the elementary school-age library books by the end of second grade, the principal would walk him to the junior high school library to check out books. His thirst for learning never abated. In 1972, Jason graduated as the valedictorian of his class and was awarded a scholarship as well as a grant for his college education. He was an honor student at Kilgore College and at the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed his degree in Journalism in December 1974. He entered Baylor Law School in May 1976 and went straight through nine grueling quarters of intense study, because “Rebecca, it’s cheaper to get it over with.” Jason was offered and accepted a job six months prior to graduation and joined the law firm of Abney & Baldwin in Marshall where he began work in August, 1978. Subsequently he was a partner in Sharp, Ward, Price & Searcy in Longview but left to establish a sole practice. His area of practice involved complicated business bankruptcy, with a practice that ranged throughout Texas in various Federal Courts. He argued or had cases before the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, in the 1st Circuit in New York, and in the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. His favorite law partners were his son and daughter, both graduates of Baylor Law School. His paralegals were with him collectively over 90 years, Dawn Cameron, Vivian Guy, Kim McMullen and Betty Allen.
Jason was intensely curious about subjects across all disciplines. If he read it or saw it and it piqued his interest, he dove in totally. History, literature, politics, government…absolutely read everything. Jason enjoyed travel and baseball, but nothing compared to time with his family.
Jason and Rebecca married May 24, 1975 and welcomed children into their lives…Joshua Powers Searcy and Callan Clark Searcy. Family multiplied with the addition of Meredith Sholars Searcy and Patrick Francis Reidy. Beloved grandsons Luke and Levi Searcy are so left to cherish the memory of their Pop. Surviving family members include brothers Jimmy Q. Searcy and wife Ursula, John Mark Searcy and wife Ramelle, mother-in-law Florine Belk Powers, niece and nephew Amanda Searcy, Jacob Searcy and wife Julia, nephews Jonathan Searcy, Michael Searcy, niece Simone Searcy, Jared Searcy & wife Jessica. He was also survived by sister & brother-in-law Regina and Mark Helm, nephews David and Ryan Helm. Jason’s thirst for learning has led us to choose Mission Marshall’s Read to Ride program for a donation in his honor. Finally, the joy of his life that gave him everything good was his faith, his family and his home, a place of beautiful nature, a wealth of memories and the comfort of love therein. Favorite memories abound and we treasure them even more now. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested memorials in his name. Please consider a donation to Mission Marshall, P.O. Box 1601, Marshall, TX 75671, memo line "Read to Ride".