James E. Morrow, JD ’80, of Clive, IA, died Aug. 15, 2018.
Dale E. “Eddie” Johnson, BBA ’80, of Shreveport, LA, died Dec. 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer. Eddie, 60, was born in Brownfield, TX and moved many times throughout his childhood as a part of a military family. He spent his senior year of high school in Shreveport, graduating from Captain Shreve High School. Growing up, Eddie was a diligent student and hard worker - saving enough money from mowing lawns to fund his college education. He attended Baylor University, where he studied business and met the love of his life, Sheryl. He graduated with an accounting degree in 1980, which led him to an accomplished career as a Certified Public Accountant - most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Distributing of Shreveport. Eddie and Sheryl started and raised their family in Louisiana, calling Shreveport home since 1988. He was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor, always cracking jokes and getting a laugh out of people. All who knew Eddie knew the great love he had for his family. The ultimate family man, Eddie's favorite times were those surrounded by his "girls" - wife, Sheryl and daughters, Lindsay and Anna. His love for his family was typified by his presence at every event, performance, game and even practice. He was actively involved in all his family's endeavors, and in addition to the role of proud parent, was an integral part of the foundation and operation of Great Raft Brewing for many years. When he wasn't working or at a family function, he could be found riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle throughout the region with his wife and friends. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 6th at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Tom Harrison. The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Maxine Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-eight years, Sheryl; daughters Lindsay Nations and husband Andrew of Shreveport, LA and Anna Bauerle and husband Brandon of Mont Belvieu, TX. Eddie was a wonderfully devoted husband, father and friend who will be greatly missed and never forgotten by the many people whose lives he touched. Pallbearers will be Trey Rives, Robbie Malone, Jimmy Martin, Jarrod Horton, Johnny Rogers and Glynn Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Smith, Dean Sandifer, Randy Fowler and Bubba Fuller. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the loving caregivers and nurses who cared for Eddie as he battled this illness.
Tim Martinez, ’80, of Powderly, TX, died Dec. 16, 2018, at age 62. He was a long-time resident of Waco. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20, at First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster Avenue, with Matt Snowden and Barry Foster officiating. Tim was born August 17, 1956, in Fort Worth, to Homer and Emily Martinez. As a young child, Tim spent many days traveling with his three sisters and mother to hear his father preach at revivals and churches all over the country. He was raised in Dallas and graduated from Hillcrest High School. Tim was bull rider, a boxer, a runner, a triathlete, a musician, a cook, and a proud alumnus of Baylor University. He enjoyed supporting Baylor athletics and maintaining friendships with his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers over the years. Tim was a long-time member of First Baptist Church Waco, and he enjoyed a fulfilling career as a traveling church pew salesman for L.L. Sams and Sons, and most recently for Ratigan-Schottler Manufacturing. In 1988, Tim married Leigh Anne Humphrey and they had two sons, Mack and Robert, who gave him joy beyond measure. He also had an especially close nephew, Drew Foster, who lived with Tim and his family for several years. He never had a bad word to say about anyone (except Phoenix the dog). To say that Tim was a colorful character is an understatement. He loved to make friends wherever he went and treasured hearing the life stories of others as much as he enjoyed sharing his own. His life experience stories are legendary and will continue to be retold and make his friends and family laugh time and time again for years to come. He lived life to the fullest and fiercely fought his illness without complaint. Tim is survived by his parents, Homer and Emily Martinez of Dallas; sons, Mack Martinez of Dallas and Robert Martinez of China Spring; sister, Ginny Foster and husband, Barry, of Lake Jackson; sister, Terry Dore and husband, Alan, of Ft. Worth; sister, Shelly Holland and husband, John, of Little Elm; sweetheart, Wanda Butler of Powderly; and numerous nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers are Brent Bahner, Ken Crowson, Curt Kreil, Gregg Kremer, Adam Merriott, Allan Sampson, and Kyle Watson. Memorial donations may be made to Texas Baptist Men at www.TBMTX.org, 5351 Catron, Dallas Texas 75227, 214-381-2800.
Terri L. LeMaster, BBA ’82, of Austin died Dec. 5, 2018, at the age of 58, surrounded by loving friends and family. Terri graduated from Round Rock High School in 1978 and from Baylor University in 1982. She spread her love and compassion for others through the years over several chosen careers - at American Airlines, HEB, real estate, mortgage banking, and her most inspiring and rewarding endeavor - moving and restoring a 100 year old church in Wimberley, Texas as a vacation rental which she named Chapel Home. Terri took special pride in the fact that Chapel Home was featured on HGTV in 2014. She loved living in Wimberley, by the creek and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Terri's utmost priority was deepening her spiritual life. Her personal relationship with Christ gave her the strength and courage to face her year and a half long illness. She was a believer in God's grace, love and peace, and she's now surrounded by all of those blessings. Terri is survived by her parents, Janet and Dorse LeMaster; sister & brother-in-law, Kim & Russell Neal; brother, Todd LeMaster and partner Maria Hung, nieces: Kate Chapman & husband Brett, Amy Gilbert & husband Griffin, nephew David Neal & wife Taylor. Terri was blessed with many devoted friends who also mourn her loss. A Gospel Brunch Celebration of Life in memory of Terri will be held at her home at 2402 Shoalmont in Austin, Texas, 78756 at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Austin or the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. The family would like to thank Brian King and Hospice Austin for their loving and compassionate care.
Amy Marshall Hardin, BBA ’84, of Austin died Jan. 8. after a most courageous 80-day fight with complications of heart surgery. Amy was born in Houston on November 20, 1961, to Neal and Amy Jo Marshall. The majority of her formative years were spent in Odessa, where she graduated from Permian High School. She then went to Baylor University, where she received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Amy was an inspiration to her family, friends, and colleagues. These included deep and lasting friendships with the Queen Bs from Baylor, the Lit Chics of her Lakeway book club, and the Women's Leadership Summit. Amy also enjoyed close relationships with many clients of SELLect Sales Development, the company she founded that had meaningful impact on hundreds of people, as well as her peers in Vistage. She loved to travel, be it to the beaches of Port Royal with family and friends every summer, to her many trips abroad. She also enjoyed dining out, live music, playing games, modern art, watching Manchester United with the Austin Reds, Oktoberfest's, and Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation – a must view with her family every year. While her accomplishments were many, as a loving and devoted mother, Amy was most proud of her three wonderful children - Wright, Marshall, and Haley, from her first marriage to Hal Hawthorne. Amy is survived by her children Wright Hawthorne, Marshall Hawthorne, Haley Trenschel and husband Matthew Trenschel, her mother Amy Jo "AJ" Marshall, her sister Cathy Marshall Mason and husband Rick, her nephews Grant and Blake Mason, and her "sweetheart" of several years, Carey Balzer. She was preceded in death by her father, Neal "Poppa" Marshall. The family would like to thank all of the medical team at Seton Medical Center and St. David's for their compassionate care of Amy and the friendships they made with us. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 18 at Lakeway Church on 2203 Lakeway Blvd. Memorial contributions may be made to DonorsChoose.org.
W. Stephen Cockerham, JD ’86, died Dec. 7, 2018, in Dallas, after a valiant fight against cancer. Stephen was born on April 14, 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee to Virginia Sue Moore and William Stephen Cockerham Jr. He spent his formative years on his family’s farm in Mississippi County, Arkansas. Later, the family moved to Dermott, Arkansas, where Stephen attended the local high school and eventually graduated from All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Stephen attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he received his law degree in 1986. He passed the bar exam and began working as an attorney at Worsham, Forsythe and Wooldridge in Dallas. Stephen continued working with the firm as it merged with Hunton and Williams until 2010. He next worked for the Dallas office of Brown McCarroll, which then became Husch Blackwell. Stephen experienced a successful and effective legal career, from his winning trial record to the articles he wrote about labor and employment law. Professionally and personally, Stephen was known for his big heart. He played an important role on the board of several local non-profits, such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, CitySquare, Grace Place Properties, and Ministerio Next Generation. He was also the recipient of many awards for his pro bono legal work. Stephen’s greatest roles, however, were that of father and husband. In 1995, he wed Kristi Kay Cox. They lived in Dallas, Texas until the birth of their first daughter, Kate, in 1997. In Ovilla, Texas, their new home, they also raised daughters Maggie, born in 1999, and Emma, born in 2006. Stephen was known for taking his daughters on grand adventures through his special ability of storytelling. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kristi Cox Cockerham and three daughters, Katherine Kay “Kate,” Margaret Grace “Maggie,” and Emma Victoria; three siblings, Courtney Rader, her husband John Rader and their three children, Chris Rader and his wife Katherine, Caroline Rader Thicksten and her husband Nicholas, and William Rader, Casey Cockerham and his wife Alicia Zatcoff, and Ginny Cohen, her husband Josh Cohen and their four children, Ethan, Jacob, Austin, and Luke. Stephen is also survived by, Jimmy and Pat Cox, parents-in-law, and brother-in-law, Kyle Cox and his wife Jessica and their children, Preston, Kayleigh and Ryker. Stephen was the uncle, cousin, and friend to many. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6-8 PM. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 2 PM. Both events will be held at Brown Street Church of Christ, 2471 Brown Street, Waxahachie, Texas 75165. Memorial contributions may be made to Kate, Maggie and Emma Cockerham’s 529 Plan College Fund. Checks can be made to College America and sent to Ginny Cohen (Stephen’s sister) at 6147 Woodland Drive, Dallas, Texas 75225.
David Lewis Graham, BBA ’87, MBA ’93, of Maurice, LA, died Jan. 2 at the young age of 54. He was surrounded by close family and friends. David was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated with his MBA from Baylor University and currently worked for Brady Corporation. David was known as the family's "Ray of Sunshine", as his positive nature always shined through. He was a man who spent his free time at the land he so loved "DaSo" Estate. David was happiest completing his outdoor projects surrounded by family and friends at his peaceful paradise. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Soesbee Graham of Jackson, LA; three daughters, Katie Elizabeth Graham of Little Rock, AR., Lunden Olivia Graham of New Orleans, LA and Zoe Elise Graham of Baton Rouge, LA; his father, Dr. Lewis T. Graham; one sister, Katie Graham Davis and her husband, Wes of Fort Pierce, FL; and one brother, Eric Joseph Graham of Dennison, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Thibodeaux Graham. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille. Deacon Connie Moran will conduct the memorial services. Lunden Graham will give the eulogy. Karen Broussard, organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "Amazing Grace" (My Chains are Gone), "I Believe" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee". Visitation will be observed on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 2:00 PM until time of services at Martin & Castille Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Graham's name to the American Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215. A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the Graham family to Heidi, Jake, Dr. Lartzman and the entire ICU staff of Lafayette General Medical Center for their kindness, support and compassion during this difficult time. View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com. Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311.
Debora G. Morris, BBA ’80, of Fort Worth, TX, died on May 25, 2017, at age 59. She worked for many years in the IT field, in programming and support. Her last field of employment was making a valuable contribution to the education of our younger people. She taught school her last several years and ultimately loved this best of all.
Doreen “Dori” Elaine Mattson, BBA ’87, of Waco, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Providence Hospital after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 54. The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, February 1, at First Woodway Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, with all welcome to attend. Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 31, at First Woodway Baptist Church, 101 Ritchie Road, Woodway, TX 76712. Dori was born in Houston, Texas, to Richard and Sharon Perry Weems. She was a graduate of James Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1987. In the summer of 1985, Dori and Brian Mattson went on their first date to Dallas. They married on February 28, 1987, at First Baptist Church of Bellmead, where Dori served as the church pianist while at Baylor. Through their 31 years of marriage, they remained faithful and grew in commitment to God and each other. Throughout the years, Dori was quite the adventurer and entrepreneur. She served as a teacher, interior decorator, human resource manager, church pianist, custom wreath-maker, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom. For a woman who was creative and multi-talented, her faith said everything about her. Some of her greatest joys in life were teaching youth Sunday School and serving as a sponsor on numerous trips with First Woodway Baptist Church's youth ministry, including La Grulla (mission trip to the Rio Grande Valley), Mission Arlington, Sondays Camp, and Pine Cove Junior High Retreat. She also loved playing the piano for more than two decades at First Baptist Bellmead, First Woodway, and Shiloh Baptist Churches. In recent years, she made four trips to South America to love and minister to the children at the Baptist Girls Home in Chile. Her true calling was loving people, which she did quite well. She loved God, her family, her numerous best friends, and everybody else fiercely- that was her true calling in life. Throughout her battle with cancer, she fought the good fight and allowed her disease to draw her closer to the Lord. She truly lived - faithfully, joyfully, and fully. Dori was preceded in death by her brother, David Weems. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Brian Mattson, as well as her children whom she adored, Taylor Tate and husband, Mark, of Waco, Barrett, and Benton. She is also survived by her parents, Richard and Sharon Weems of Waco; brother, Daryl and wife, Suzanne, of Crawford; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles who have meant so much to her. Pallbearers will be Barrett Mattson, Benton Mattson, Mark Tate, Daryl Weems, Blake Mattson, Court Mattson, Brent Mattson, and Richard Weems (honorary). The family extends special thanks to Dori's fantastic team of doctors, nurses, and caretakers throughout her illness and in her final days. You brought light and hope to us. Thank you for loving Dori. She had the love of Christ in her, which was evident in so many ways of her life. That type of love never dies. She will be missed immensely, but we rejoice she is home and whole. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Woodway Baptist Church, Attn: Chile Girls Home. Dori loved serving in Chile, and would be so proud to help them. Please drop off or send donations to First Woodway, 101 Ritchie Road, Woodway TX 76712.
Jeffry Russell Tribble, MSEd ’87, of Oklahoma City, OK, died Dec. 15, 2018. Born March 9, 1953, in Hot Springs, AR to Jim and Maxine Tribble, he was a vessel for the most magnetic energy. That light did not extinguish when he passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. One of four children, Russ, took on the role of protector, defender, champion and peace-maker within his family, relationships and in every other endeavor big or small. His nature was one of effortless gentleness, integrity, extraordinary strength and an enigmatic ability to cultivate a far-reaching network of friendships. As a classmate, a tenacious and revered football teammate, brother, devoted husband, doting father, most loyal friend, coach, teacher, leader and mentor, his impact was as a beacon shines. There is no dark side of the moon with his kind of humble radiance and it has no end. After making several moves common among military families, the decision was made to establish a permanent home in Midwest City, OK. Russ attended West Side Elementary, Jarman Junior High and graduated with the Midwest City High School Class of 1971, where he is, to this day, held in the highest regard for his part in what was high school football royalty of its time. Among multiple offers, Russ accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the only Razorback sophomore to be in the starting lineup every single football game of the 1973 season, Russ was living what would be one of his most favored chapters, topped off with a 1976 Southwest Conference Championship and Cotton Bowl victory, then subsequent start of his family and teaching and coaching career at NC State; Texarkana, AR; Midwest City, OK; Baylor University; University of Central Oklahoma; and Edmond Memorial High School. It is no exaggeration, however; he was a man of so many talents and such spirit, he would tell you there is no one favorite chapter as each part was its own trophy. His children, wife Vicki, extended family, students and friends will attest, if Russ wasn't explaining lyrics by any number of music artists, he was sharing copied music albums. There was a song for every situation, a deep intrigue at the mystery of faith, near involuntary Starbucks habit, corny quips, political convictions, books by the stacks, harmonica playing, artistic expressions, miles and miles on bicycle, catch phrases for ages, games of chess, and students by generations. The one uniting factor was Russ. He was compelled to propagate the most pure and unconditional love both by word and in action and we are all better for it. Russ was preceded in death by both parents, Jim and Maxine Tribble; and is survived by his wife, Vicki Tribble; son, Taylor Tribble and wife Kyla with his four granddaughters, Veyana, Lilian, Emery, and Mary Claire; daughter, Ashley Tribble Simmons and husband Brent with his three grandchildren, Jack, Micah, and Ruby; stepchildren, Christopher, Sara Jean with his granddaughter, Rowan Elizabeth Foster; Katie and Megan Beshoner; his three siblings, Larry Tribble, Cheryl Winters, and Jimmie H Tribble; many nieces and nephews and countless friends and extended family. Jeffry Russell Tribble was the best of us and the charge he would give us is to press on, pass it on, and to live long and prosper. A Memorial Service in his honor will be at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Midwest City, 705 E. Rickenbacker Dr. Contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to: Salvation Army Bucks for Bikes, 1001 N. Penn Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107; and Special Care Inc., 12201 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73114.
Lutie Ann Owen Madden, BSEd ’88, MSEd ’93, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in her home in Mart, Texas, surrounded by friends and family. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, at First United Methodist Church, Mart, with the Reverend Amy Anderson officiating. Lutie was born March 2, 1965, in Waco, Texas, to Joe and JoAnn Owen. Lutie was educated in Waco public schools and held a Master’s degree from Baylor University. She worked for 31 years at Mart ISD, with a focus on elementary education and children with reading challenges. She enjoyed her community of friends in Mart; her participation and leadership in Bible study; travel; her Boston terriers; and Baylor athletics. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Craig Madden, the love of her life, to whom she was totally devoted. Lutie and Craig were married for 19 years. She is survived by her brother, Rick Owen of Houston; and sister, Judi Brannon of Leander, Texas.