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James W. "Jim" Arnold, 87, of Tyler, TX, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. He was born February 8, 1931 in Arp to Loys Arnold and Clara Woolf Arnold. Jim graduated from London High School in 1948, as class valedictorian and captain of the football team. After high school he attended Southern Methodist University, graduating with honors in 1952 and receiving a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Sigma-Tau National Engineering Honorary Society. Always a hard worker, he worked during his college years, and in the summers as a roughneck. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Bessie Nell Hazzard, on July 19, 1952. They would be partners in life for over 66 years. They settled in Tyler and Jim went to work for Woolf & Magee, Inc., an oil and gas drilling contractor, as a Drilling Engineer. He rose to the position of president and owned the company until he sold it in 1991. He loved his work in the drilling business and invested in oil and gas ventures over the years. In 1973, Jim was elected President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Drilling Contractors. He served on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petroleum Council. Jim was also a founding director of Heritage National Bank in Tyler. Jim lived for over 66 years in Tyler, a community he loved and served in many ways. He was a dedicated blood donor, and at one time held the record for the most pints donated to Stewart Regional Blood Center. He served as Chairman of its Board of Directors for several years. Jim was President of the Board of Directors of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1985, he received the T.B. Butler Award to recognize his outstanding leadership in the community. He was President of the Texas Rose Festival Association and the Order of the Rose. Other boards which he served were: The Tyler Junior College Foundation, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (Chairman, 1989), The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler Development Board, and the London Ex-Students Reunion and Memorial Association, Inc. After serving as Chairman of the District 2A Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, he received the Liberty Bell Award from the Smith County Bar Association. Jim enjoyed football and officiated high school football games for over 22 years in East Texas. He served as President of the Tyler Chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association. He spent many seasons watching his son and grandsons play football. He also enjoyed deer hunting at the family deer lease near Harper, Texas. Jim and Bess were members of Green Acres Baptist Church for almost 45 years, where he served as Deacon Emeritus. He was led by his strong Christian faith and was a generous man of strong character and a tender heart. He was dedicated to his family whom he loved and encouraged. Jim set a great example for his family during his illness, as he never complained. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Arnold; and his sister-in-law, Lee Arnold. He is survived by his loving family including wife, Bessie Arnold; daughter, Sherry Simpson (Tim) of Tyler; son, Keith Arnold (Mary) of Frost, Texas; daughter, Jamie Landes (Drew) of Tyler; daughter, Mollie Winston (Dan) of Gainesville, Georgia; grandsons, Ben Simpson, Walter Simpson, James Arnold, Stephen Arnold, Jonathan Arnold, John Landes, Jimmy Landes, Will Landes, and A.D. Winston; granddaughters, Melissa Arnold, Nellie Simpson Dunn, Bessie Winston, and Lilly Winston; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Paul Arnold of Tyler and sister-in-law, Barbara Arnold of Arp, as well as a niece, nephews, and several cousins. The grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Green Acres Baptist Church Deacons. Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. The Arnold family would like to express our thanks to Jim's doctors, Dr. Steve Keuer and Dr. Allen Wegener, for their excellent care, and a special thanks to Roz Williams and Janie May Hardin for their kindness. If desired, memorials may be made to the New London School Museum, P.O. Box 477, New London, TX 75682 or the Bethesda Health Clinic, 409 W. Ferguson St., Tyler, TX 75702.
W.M. “Bill” Burkes, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, (John 14:3) on December 20, 2018. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at College Avenue Baptist Church in McGregor, with Pastors Carroll Hambrick and David Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2018 at Cole Funeral Home in McGregor. Mr. Burkes was born on February 23, 1931 to William Marion Burkes, Sr. and Mary Wilson Burkes in Gilmer, Texas. He married Nadine Duff in Dayton, Ohio in November 1953. Bill made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ, at the age of 11, at Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. He was a member of, and served in, several churches over his lifetime. Bill served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, nursing home minister, and on many committees at College Avenue Baptist Church, in McGregor. He also filled in, as needed, leading the music and preaching. Bill loved big band, classical, and Gaither music. He sang in a barbershop quartet and chorus for several years as a bass. Bill was an avid arrowhead collector for many years. He dug up a good bit of Central Texas dirt and brought it home on his clothes. After graduation from Sunset High School in Dallas in 1948 and Texas A&M in 1952, with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Bill served two years in the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant. His first duty station was at the University of Michigan doing graduate studies in Missile Engineering, and then assigned to Wright Air Development Center in Dayton, Ohio, in the Operations Division Fighter Aircraft Development Branch. Bill transferred to the Strategic Missiles Branch in the B-63 Long Range Stand-Off Missile Project Office where he was the nuclear weapons integration officer for the application to the B-36 and B-47 carrier/launch aircraft. After discharge from USAF in August 1954, Bill worked in special weapons, control surfaces, and fuselage design groups and aerodynamics analysis. He was a Senior Test Engineer in the structural/mechanical test laboratory working on the B-36, YB-60, B-58, TF-102, and the B-36N nuclear propulsion testbed aircraft. In January 1957, Bill moved to McGregor where he was employed by a succession of companies, which managed the Solid Propellant Rocket Facility there: Phillips, Astrodyne, Rocketdyne/North American, and Hercules Missiles and Ordinance. He worked in design and analysis, system and project engineering, program management, and technical marketing. Bill worked on the many research and development and production programs at the plant, including the propulsion units for the Sidewinder, Phoenix, Sparrow, Shrike, Harm, Amraam, and Condor missiles. He holds patents on components relating to technologies in solid propellant rockets, gas generators, integral rocket/ramjets, and ducted rockets. Bill was also involved in the space program working on projects related to lunar flights within the Saturn 5 program, including Apollo flights. He was also involved with propulsion in the space shuttle program. After retirement from Hercules, in April 1989, Bill and Nadine spent over 13 years with Texas Baptist Men Retiree Church Builders as volunteers. Bill served as a carpenter doing structural framing, roofing, and sheetrock installation. He helped construct over 100 church buildings across Texas. Bill said that there were great blessings working with fellow builders and worshipping with the congregations of all the churches. He was a lifetime blood donor, having given over 14 gallons during a 50 plus year span. Bill leaves behind his wife, Nadine; son Alan Duff Burkes and wife, Brenda; daughter, Dianne Burkes; two grandchildren, Bradley Alan Burkes and Alicia Dianne Burkes Low and husband, T.J.; and two great-great grandchildren, Hudson and Reese Low. The family would like to thank the Baylor Scott & White Hospice group for their care and support. Charitable contributions may be made, in Bill’s memory, to College Avenue Baptist Church, 201 S. Monroe, McGregor, Texas 76657.
Sarah Francis Cole, of Bellaire, TX, was called to her heavenly home Saturday, January 19, 2019, after a brief illness. Sarah, the daughter of William Edgar Johnson and Rutha Mae Sansom Johnson, was born on March 29, 1928, and raised in Waco, Texas. Following World War 2, Sarah married Marquis Hancock and moved to Houston where she raised her daughters and worked as a legal secretary. Sarah married Howard Lee in 1972 and they enjoyed 25 years together until Howard's death in 1997. Through the years, they spent weekends at their Leeland Ranch outside of Brenham. They found great fulfillment in working on the ranch, tending the yard, hosting any number of Church and Scout groups, and entertaining friends and family. In 2000, Sarah married Paul Cole and they enjoyed the final 18 years of life together until Paul's death in 2018. Sarah was an active and faithful member of South Main Baptist Church throughout her adult life where she served as a deacon and senior deacon. Among her many church related activities, Sarah taught in the SMILE ministry and was instrumental in forming the WIN Sunday School class in the 1970s, serving as a mentor to many young couples. Sarah also helped establish and grow Trinity Pines Conference Center, a Baptist retreat center, and was a strong supporter of Houston Baptist University. Underpinning all her activities, Sarah possessed a strong Christian faith that sustained her throughout her life. Sarah had a great love of sewing and needlework. She took great pleasure in making ornaments for her church and family, as well as working on large projects for South Main Baptist Church, some of which are on display at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. As much as she loved needlework, she enjoyed teaching the skill to others even more. Over the years Sarah traveled across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Tahiti. She loved decorating her home and working in her flowerbeds. She was a great cook, known for her casseroles and monkey bread. She loved entertaining family and hosting bridge clubs. Sarah was a gracious, loving lady who had a strong faith and spirit. She will be missed. In addition to Howard and Paul, Sarah is predeceased by her daughter, Zoann Hancock Wensel, her step-son Howard Lee, Jr. and his wife Patty, and step-daughter Carlyn Cole Sweetman. Sarah is survived by her daughter Carolyn Hancock Welch (Byron), her step-daughter Sandra Lee Durrett, son-in-law Gerald Wensel (Mary), her grandchildren, Eric Wensel (Lori), Amy Wensel Schneider (Jon), Byron Welch III (Alanna), Colleen Lee Gregory (Bryan), Janet Lee Kaiser (Craig), Stephen Howard Lee (Karen), Melanie Lee Fowler (Brian), Larry Chaloupka (Rochelle), Molly Chaloupka McRea (Kelly), and Diane Durrett Bonnin (Joseph), her sisters Billie Speck and Martha Steadman, a large number of Johnson family offspring, and Paul Cole's family including his children Mitchel Cole, David Cole (Paula), Karen Cole Skinner (Bobby), and their children and grandchildren whom she loved and accepted as her own. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main, Houston, Texas. All are invited to attend a reception in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. For those desiring, a donation in Sarah's honor may be made to any of the associations Sarah was associated with, including South Main Baptist Church or the Howard C. Lee, Sr. Endowed Academic Scholarship Fund at Houston Baptist University.
Ruth Belle Walkup Erickson, age 92, passed away October 14, 2018 in Waco, Texas. Services will be held Friday, October 19 at 1 pm at OakCrest Funeral Home with burial to follow later at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 18 from 5 to 7 at the funeral home. Born near Nara Visa, NM on October 4, 1926 to Roy C. Walkup and Belle Ida Griffith Walkup, Ruth moved to Marionville, MO in 1936. She worked as a telegrapher for the Frisco Railroad for two years, where she met her husband, George M. Erickson. They married on February 6, 1944 in Richland, MO and moved from Springfield, MO to Sherman, TX in 1949. While her children were young, she was active in church and PTA and led a group of Camp Fire Girls. She shared an interest in Amateur (Ham) Radio with her husband. In 1988, Ruth retired from Baylor University Moody Library, where she worked for twenty-three years. Ruth was active in the Henry Downs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a former member of the Central Texas Genealogy Society, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the local chapter of National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees (NARVE) for 20 years, and was a member of FUMC. After Ruth retired she enjoyed genealogy, computers, traveling, spending time with grandchildren, and caring for George. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, George M. Erickson in 2012. Ruth is survived by two daughters, Georgina Eileen Bright and husband, David Lee Bright of Harrisburg, NC, and Margaret A. Erickson; 3 granddaughters, Sarah Bright and husband, Christopher Patterson of Chicago, Angela Popernack and husband, Paul of Prince Frederick, Maryland, and Shelley; and 3 great-grandchildren, Devon Bright-Patterson, Asher Popernack and Tabitha Belle Popernack. The family expresses their gratitude to all of the support from the community.
Helen Margaret “Peggy” Stevens Farquhar of Irving, TX, died Oct. 20, 2018. She was born May 7, 1929, in Arlington, Massachusetts and passed away on October 20, 2018, in Irving, Texas. “Nana,” as she was known to all, loved life. She was the sun that warmed her entire family. She joined the US Navy, which is where she met Robert Farquhar. Their marriage produced 5 children and took them all over the world to his many postings before finally settling in Texas. She worked as a bookkeeper for various companies and retired from Baylor University after a twenty-year career. She loved to travel the world with her family. She worked hard to help those less fortunate than she and was passionate about literacy and teaching people to read. Nana was a devout Catholic who lived her faith each day serving as a wonderful example to her family and friends. Despite living in Texas for decades, she never lost her Boston accent. She is preceded in death by her father, George Stevens, her mother, Beatrice Stevens, her husband, Robert Vociel Farquhar, her son, Robert Michael Farquhar, her brother, George Stevens, her sister, Elizabeth Stevens, and by one grandson William Gregory Farquhar. She is survived by her children Nancy Thomas (Jim), Frank Farquhar (Debbie), Cindi Farquhar, Jennifer Baxley, by her daughter-in-law Carol Farquhar, by her nine grandchildren, Robert, Kathy, Shane, Stephanie, Andy, Shea, Stephen, Caleb and Austin, and by her seven great-grandchildren, Andrew, Taylor, Aaron, Cole, Tyler, Quentin and Jacob. A service will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas, on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 11:15a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Nana may make a donation to Avanté Rehabilitation Center’s resident entertainment fund, 225 N. Sowers Road, Irving, Texas 75061 or to a literacy organization of their choosing
Dr. Harold Everett Jackson Jr., passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018. Masonic services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 30, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum. Dr. Jackson was born October 16, 1924, in Abbott, Texas, to Harold Everett and Laurabell Morgan Jackson. He graduated from Bruceville Eddy High School in 1941and attended Texas A&M University. Harold served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from September 3, 1943 to May 6, 1946. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M on May 29, 1953. He owned and operated Jackson's Animal Clinic and Hospital in Dallas until retirement in 1991. Harold moved to Waco in 1991, where he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Deviney Dubois. They were members of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, and he was a 62-year member of numerous Masonic organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wives, Dr. Flominda Light Jackson and Betty Jean Jackson. Memorials may be given to the Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, P O Box 32508, Waco TX 76703.
Sandra Lea Lobban, 75 of Waco passed away on November 23, 2018. A memorial service will be held on December 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Acts Church Waco, 300 S. 13th Street, Waco, TX 76701 followed by Celebration “tailgate” at VFW Hewitt, 725 Sun Valley Blvd., Hewitt, TX 76643. Sandra would request that you honor her by wearing your green and gold or blue and silver for her beloved Baylor Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Sandra was born June 9, 1943 in Dallas, Texas. She was the daughter of David Jack & Dorothy Porter Booker. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Rondal Lee “Ronnie” Lobban. Her son, Jeffrey Lobban passed away on November 25, 2018. She is survived by her sons, David Lee Lobban & fiancée, Ray of Dallas and Gary Lee Lobban & wife, Anne of Waco; grandchildren, Blake Lobban & wife, Brittany of Waco, Nicholas Lobban and Johnny Matthies and wife, Lauren; five great grandchildren; brothers, David Booker of Waco and Benny Booker & wife, Diane of Lorena; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins extended family and close friends.
George Frederick Logan died Dec. 12, 2018. He grew up in Waco and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Newman, in 1963. Fred served as a U.S. Army Officer in the 2nd Armored Division, afterwards working as an engineer with DuPont in Tennessee. In 1967, Fred and Nancy moved to Lake Jackson, TX, where he began a long career with Dow Chemical in Freeport. He earned his Master of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M. Fred served as president of the Community Foundation of Brazoria County, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Chairman of the Lake Jackson Parks Board, and coach for his children’s sports teams. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson. After retiring from Dow Chemical, the Logans moved back to Waco, where Fred worked five years at Hillcrest Hospital and ten years at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He was a member of Dayspring Baptist Church, the Waco Symphony Board and the Waco Scottish Rite. He was a Baylor Alumnus By Choice and a member of the advisory board for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Among his survivors are his wife Nancy, BA ’62; daughter Vicki, BA ’86, and husband James Peters, BBA ’87; son Jim, BBA ’92, MTax ’95, and wife Molly; two grandchildren and sister Anna Louise Logan, BSEd ’83. Memorials may be made to the Fred Logan Endowed Scholarship Fund in Engineering at Baylor.
Michael Adams McGregor joyfully entered the presence of the Lord on Thursday, December 13, 2018, surrounded by his family. Celebration of Life service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, at First Baptist Church Woodway, with The Rev. Ronnie Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Mike was born September 20, 1950, in Waco, Texas, to the late Jack D. Adams and Peggy Hicks. Following Jack's death in the 1953 Waco Tornado, Charles B. McGregor later became his father with the marriage to Peggy. Mike attended Baylor University in 1968, became a Financial Advisor in the 1970s and was employed by Merrill Lynch at the time of his passing. He adored his family, singing country music with his kids, fishing and being "Gunny" to his grandkids, and being his wife's biggest champion. Mike was preceded in death by his fathers, Jack D. Adams and Charles B. McGregor. Mike is survived by his wife, Deborah McGregor; mother, Peggy McGregor; sisters, Ellen White and husband, Greg, Jeannie Thurmond and husband, Al, and Becky Adkins and husband, Lynn; daughters, Morgan McGregor, Lindsay McGregor, Kyrbie White and husband, Will, Victoria Brown and husband, Nick, and Gracie McGregor; and seven grandchildren. Pallbearers are Nick Brown, Cam Bryant, Lane Bryant, Ed King, Shelby King, Jim Martin, Cory Vinson and Will White. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Woodway, Church of the Open Door, or Care Net Pregnancy Center.
Margaret Jane Middleton died peacefully on November 15, 2018, after an amazing 99 years. She was the devoted wife of Robert Henry "Bob" Middleton. They were married for almost 70 years. She was also a wonderful mother, always supportive of her three children, Kent Middleton, Barbara Farnum, and Jane Fuchs. Margaret was born on October 17, 1919, in Cleburne, Texas. Three months later, her family moved to Waxahachie, where she grew up with two older brothers, John and George. Her devoted parents were John Benton Fulton, a railroad engineer, and Jane Ridens (Smith) Fulton, a full-time homemaker and mother. In 1941, Margaret graduated from North Texas State Teachers College (now University of North Texas) in Denton, majoring in home economics. She was selected for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. After graduating, she taught home economics for a year in Decatur, Texas. While a sophomore in high school, she began dating Bob. Both played in the school band. While Bob attended Baylor University, their relationship continued, and they married on September 20, 1942. During World War II, Margaret followed Bob, who was a Navy officer escorting convoys between New York City and Guantanamo, Cuba. During much of this time, she worked in the library at Columbia University. After the war, Margaret and Bob moved to Dallas and then in 1951 to Lubbock, where Bob began a career with Cornell Oil Company. In 1957, the company moved to Dallas, and so did they, living there for 51 years before moving to Austin in 2008. In Austin, they enjoyed time at The Summit at Westlake, and after Bob's death in 2012, Margaret enjoyed living at Atria at the Arboretum. Margaret always showed love for her children, her grand-children, and great-grandchildren. She always welcomed visits with them, shared in their activities, and loved taking pictures of them. When her grandchildren graduated from high school, she gave them photo albums covering their lives. Margaret was also active in her Presbyterian church and community. She was President of the Women of the Church for a year and became the second woman Elder in 1966. Margaret and Bob showed concern for people facing difficulties in various ways. They donated generously to several charities, participated in an organization aiding marginalized youth, supported work for fair housing, and were members of a group aiming to improve race relations through personal connections. Margaret loved to cook, and every meal was a high priority. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and actively collected recipes. For her 80th birthday, her children produced a book of family favorites. In 1969, Margaret and Bob built a second house on Lake Tawakoni, east of Dallas. There they enjoyed many good and happy times with friends and family members.
They lived life to the fullest, enjoying symphony and theater performances and taking many trips within and outside the U.S. Margaret was a very sociable person and throughout her life was an outstanding example of someone who makes new friends but keeps the old. Her enthusiasm for life, energy, and positive attitude were always evident, especially through her smile. Margaret is survived by her three children: R. Kent Middleton and wife Karol of Austin; Barbara M. Farnum and husband Bill of Tyler; and Jane M. Fuchs and husband Fred of Austin. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Irene Middleton and husband Richard Huzzey; Helen Fekete and husband Steve; Sharon Farnum and special friend John Marsh; Brett Farnum and wife Heather; Jake Farnum and wife Christy; Eric Fuchs and wife Jenny; Daniel Fuchs and wife Erin; and Josh Fuchs and wife Rachael. Last but hardly least, she is survived by ten great-grandchildren. The family greatly appreciates the love of her caregivers during the last four years. A memorial service celebrating Margaret's life will be held in Austin on Saturday, January 5, at 1:00 in Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Dr. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice; the Dallas Children's Theater (5938 Skillman St., Dallas, 75231); Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (5920 W. William Cannnon Dr., Bldg. 3, Suite 100, Austin, 78749); or Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin, 78759).
Wilma Williams Neal, age 78, of Gatesville, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at Scott’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hemmeline Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Wilma was born on May 10, 1940 in Mullin, Texas, to the late Slim and Dottie Williams. She grew up in Central Texas and attended school in Gatesville, graduating in 1958. She moved to New Mexico and raised her children in Hobbs, where she was a respected business owner. She worked as an accountant for many years, for businesses as well as family and friends, and she was a very talented goldsmith, creating custom gold jewelry at her own jewelry store. She was creative in all she did, loving art and sharing her knowledge and skill with many, leaving behind custom pieces of jewelry, artwork and paintings that will be cherished by those lucky enough to own them. She was fiercely dedicated to her family and friends, and extended a helping hand to so many people, touching lives in ways that won’t soon be forgotten. She was a rock for her family, the keeper of secrets, fixer of any and everything, solver of problems, and will be remembered with love for her generosity. She valued her family above all else, and leaves a legacy of cherished memories of shared laughs and love. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Court Franklin; and brothers, Glenn and Billy Ray Williams. Wilma is survived by her daughters Sonja Isbell and Celeste Bonds; son Marshall G. Bonds; grandkids, Dusti Caviness, Lacey Greenhalgh, Brand Franklin, Chanel Roper, Tobin Isbell, Sky Franklin, Kenan Isbell, and Carson Bonds; great-grandkids, Macklynn, Kash, and Klaytzee Greenhalgh, and Riley, River, and Rowdy Caviness; sister Jo Ellis; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baylor University, to the Court Franklin Memorial Scholarship, c/o University Development One Bear Place #97026 Waco, TX 76798.
Mary Newman passed away peacefully in her sleep, Monday, December 3, 2018, in Webster, Texas. Family graveside will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at Anchorage Cemetery-Poteet, Texas. A Waco memorial will be held at a future date. Mary was born October 25, 1933, to John Isham and Betty Thomas, in Shelby Mississippi. Later the family moved to Columbus, MS, where Mary attended school and graduated from Lee High School in 1950. Mary graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1954, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in English. Upon graduation, Mary moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and was employed by Delta Airlines as a flight attendant. She loved people and had many interesting stories about her trips and the people she met. Her favorite celebrity she met was Bing Crosby. Mary relocated to Dallas, Texas with Delta and was Delta's 100th flight attendant and as such did many promotions for Delta.While in Dallas she met her soon to be husband Ivan Newman. They were married in in 1957 and to their union two daughters were born, Pamela Grace and Nancy Ann. The family briefly lived in Roswell, New Mexico while Ivan served in the United States Air Force. Her family re-located to Dallas, Texas while Ivan attended Baylor University School of Orthodontics. The family moved to Waco, TX, in 1965 and called Waco their home. Mary and Ivan were devoted Baylor fans and attended every game they could. Mary was a gracious person with a heart of gold. During her life in Waco she was active with the Waco Chapter of the Texas Dental Association which provided dental education and supplies to Waco school children. She was a member of the Waco Historic Foundation and was a past President of East Terrace. She volunteered for many local organizations but her favorite was the Brazos River Festival. Mary moved to Webster, TX, in 2011 to be closer to Nancy and her two grandsons. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Jasper and May Newman; husband, Dr. Wm. Ivan Newman; and brother, John "Blue" Thomas. She is survived by her daughter, Pam and son-in-law, Paul of Waco. Paul's children: Brandon and Adam Austin of Waco; daughter, Erin Howell of Elizabethton, TN; daughter, Nancy Newman of Kemah, TX; and grandsons, Austin Belknap of Jersey Village, TX, and Michael Belknap of League City, TX. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Opal Bell, Dolores Moore, and Polly Bennett.
Delmer Hilton "Nick" Nichols Jr., 70, of Richmond, Texas, died peacefully on December 28, 2018 at Methodist Hospital, Sugar Land, surrounded by loved ones after a valiant battle with various health problems. Nick was born on November 16, 1948 to Major General (Retired) Texas National Guard Delmer Hilton Nichols and Mary Ann Nichols in Taylor, Texas. Nick graduated with a business degree from Sam Houston State University. He was also an Alumni By Choice of Baylor University. Nick married Debra King on June 23, 1979, and they had one daughter, Katherine (Kate) Nichols. Nick worked as a sales representative until his passing, most recently with Airflow Systems Southwest for Linda Bishop, who was very supportive of his efforts. Nick served as a trustee and elder for First Presbyterian Church in Rosenberg, Texas. He was a charter member of Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy. Nick was a board member of the Baylor Bear Foundation. In honor of his father who played football at Baylor, Nick was dedicated to raising funds to support Baylor student-athletes. Nick was an avid sports fan. He was unflinchingly loyal to the Baylor Bears and Taylor Ducks. Nick enjoyed playing golf and regretted being unable to play in his later years. Nick loved animals and helped to care for countless rescue dogs and cats, especially his beloved dog, Rocky. He enjoyed talking on the phone with his many close friends. His passions included visiting favorite restaurants and cooking on the grill. The family is grateful to Nick's doctors, especially Dr. Tapan Rami and Dr. Anand Saranathan, and the nurses and staff at Houston Kidney Center Southwest for their excellent care. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Debra Nichols, his daughter Kate Nichols, his sister Ann Kipp and brother-in-law Jerry, his mother-in-law Patricia King, his brother-in-law Bobby King and wife Donna, his brother-in-law Randy King and wife Lorri, nephew Andrew King and wife Amy and nephews Jerrod Kipp and Kyle Kipp, nieces Beth King and Sarah King, great-nieces Kayleigh King and Lanie King, and great-nephews Colton King and Graham King. He was preceded in death by his parents. Nick will be interred in a family graveside service in Taylor, Texas. Pallbearers will be Randy King, Andrew King, Bobby King, John Paul Weidenfeller, Billie Owen, and Andrew Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Kipp, Jerrod Kipp, Kyle Kipp, Mike George, Frank Reid, Phillip Ubias, Sonny Miles, Buddy Brashear, Willie Pankonein, Joe Coleman, Bill Patton, David Shafer, Todd Bishop, Doug Fertsch, Brian Etheridge, Kevin Kyle, Darrell Brewer, George Lake, Bevil Hart, Roland Jeter, and many Baylor friends. A memorial service to celebrate his memory will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church, 6035 S Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77450 or the Baylor Bear Foundation,1500 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706.
Louise Herrington Ornelas of Tyler, TX, died Dec. 18, 2018, at age 93. While best known in East Texas as a philanthropist to many causes including education, healthcare, furthering the Kingdom of God, and improving the lives of many people, she always thought of herself simply as the Girl from Arp. She was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church for 55 years. She was co-founder of TCA Cable TV, Inc. along with her second husband, Robert M. Rogers. She volunteered as a Pink Lady for 30 years in Tyler hospitals. For decades, she and her husband, businessman Joseph Ornelas, supported multiple health care institutions in East Texas, and she was intensely involved in helping young people become nurses and supporting nursing education across Texas, including at Baylor. In 1999, Ornelas made a $13 million endowment gift to the Baylor School of Nursing, at the time the third-largest gift from an individual in the University’s history. The school was named the Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). Another lead gift by Ornelas made possible the purchase of the Baptist General Convention of Texas building in Dallas for use as the new academic home for Baylor’s LHSON. The facility was renamed the Louise Herrington Nursing School Academic Building, adding 100,000 square feet of space for Baylor nursing students and faculty. Ornelas received the Baylor Founder’s Medal and the Huckins Medallion. She was honored as an Alumna Honoris Causa in 1992, presented with the Herbert H. Reynolds Exemplary Service Award and bestowed an honorary Baylor nursing degree. She established The Lou Ornelas Endowment for the School of Nursing and The Louise Herrington Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing and supported a simulation lab and Sim-Man Simulator patient that allows nursing students to practice various medical scenarios. She also was one of the lead donors for the School of Engineering and Computer Science’s Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building. A recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in 1996, she also received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from East Texas Baptist University. She was a member Green Acres Baptist Church. Louise was preceded in death by four siblings; son Robby Rogers, and first husband Army Sgt. Martin Eugene Pettis. Louise is survived by her husband of 26 years, Joseph Z. Ornelas; two siblings; sons Rick Rogers, Randy Rogers, BBA ’82, and Russell Rogers, BBA ’86; daughters Becky Wangner, BA ’83, Sheryl Palmer, Cindy Scott, Rita Seldenrust and Andrea Wegener; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Dr. Robert G. Packard, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Master Teacher, died Jan. 5 in Waco. He was 94. He served in the Combat Engineers and Army Specialized Training Program before his assignment in the Signal Corps in the World War II Pacific Theater of Operations. During the war he was stationed at Diamond Head listening station in the Hawai’i. He served a stint in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Packard was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned three degrees in physics while working on naval research. Robert spent several years during the early Cold War working on high-level national security and defense research at the University of Texas and teaching undergraduate courses in physics. In 1952 he received an invitation to become an Associate Professor of physics at Baylor. It was during those first few years at Baylor when he met and married Joyce Hornaday, BA ’52, MSEd ’57, Assistant Dean of Women at Baylor. They were wed in 1954, by then university president, Dr. W.R. White. Dr. Packard took his enthusiasm for teaching to many venues over his long career. He taught physics at the College of the Pacific and at Mississippi College in the 1950s. He was also a lecturer and visiting professor in the NSF Summer Science Institute on four occasions and served as a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia University, University of Idaho, and Columbia College. Packard taught courses in physics and mathematics at Paul Quinn College in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1960 to 1962, he taught in Indonesia with a medical team from the University of California. Dr. Packard was a much beloved physics professor for almost six decades at Baylor University, teaching more students than any other Baylor professor. He possessed a deep desire for knowledge and enjoyed nothing better than engaging in learning the thousands of students who took his class. Dr. Packard possessed a rare combination of high intellect with a commitment and ability to make complex ideas understood and appreciated by all his students. He lived Christian values which impacted the lives of thousands of students. He served on the Student Life Advisory Board, Mayborn Museum Complex Executive Committee, and was a Past President of Baylor University Strecker Museum. He was a faculty sponsor for Taurus, Circle K, and Kappa Omega Tau as well as for Student Congress. Additionally, he was a founding sponsor of the Baylor chapter for Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1987 as the first campus chapter of Habitat. Dr. Packard also was a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Pi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He and Joyce are members of the Old Main Society, the 1845 Society, the Baylor Bear Foundation, and the Baylor Tip-Off Club. Dr. Packard received many tributes for his teaching and service throughout his career. He was recognized as an Outstanding Educator of America and an American Man of Science. He was a Baylor University Alumnus By Choice, an Honorary Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and was designated as a “Master Teacher” in 1990. Kappa Omega Tau created a scholarship to honor Dr. Packard, and his longtime classroom in the Marrs McLean Building was renovated in 1990 and renamed the Robert G. Packard Lecture Hall in his honor. Dr. Packard was also recognized in 2000 with the high honor of the W.R. White Meritorious Award for service to Baylor, in 2001 with the Collins Outstanding Professor Award, and in 2014 with the Baylor Legacy Mentor Award. Robert Packard was a tireless servant to not only his academic community but also to his Waco community. He served two terms on EOAC, one term on Urban Renewal, and as a Waco Welcome Corps member. He hosted a Waco television show called “Atomic Age Physics,” He volunteered as a docent at the Historic Waco Foundation’s McCulloch House, worked with the Red Cross, and prepared questions for and judged the Rotary “Challenge” for fifteen years. Dr. Packard is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Joyce Hornaday Packard; his three brothers, Charles Packard, Wayne Packard, and I.B. Packard; as well as many nieces and nephews, including Dr. Anna Myers, BA ’98, and her husband, Dr. David Myers, BA ’98. Memorials may be made to the Robert G. and Joyce Hornaday Packard Endowed Scholars Fund at Baylor University.
Bill Edd Porter passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018, at the age of 94. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 29, at the Chapel within Providence Park at St. Catherine Center with Pastor Bill Reed officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. Bill was born October 4, 1924, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to John D. Porter and Neva Lora Porter. Bill was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1949 from the College of Pharmacy. Bill's rich life was characterized by an indomitable spirit that allowed him to enjoy every joyful moment while overcoming circumstances of adversity encountered along the way. Bill married two wonderful wives, Lucile from 1948-1965 and Betty from 1966-2001, merged two families and four children in 1966, along with Betty, to provide an incredibly wonderful childhood and foundation of family life. He endured the effects of a severe stroke in 1997 that limited his mobility and speech for the final 21 years of his life. Bill never lost his positive and fun-loving attitude during this time. Bill was a respected pharmacist for 47 years in Waco, his family's Patriarch, a small business owner, a real estate entrepreneur, a veteran, and a church leader. Bill loved his family, friends, and Baylor sports with a gusto that was genuine and heart felt. Bill owned Porter's Pharmacy from 1956-1984, located at 25th and Grim, the Golden Triangle, and Westview Village, and had Waco's only full-service fountain during the Golden Triangle years. He taught his children the value of hard work and treating people with respect and love. His four children worked at the pharmacy, delivered prescriptions, and handled almost all areas of operations at one time. Bill served as the pharmacist within the Baylor Health Center from 1984-1996, which provided a final chapter to a great career as he enjoyed the people he served and worked with above all. In Bill's early years, he loved dove hunting and fishing, particularly fly fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lucile; his second wife, Betty; four brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by children, Carol Young and husband, Kenneth, Bill Porter and wife, Barbara, Julie Hodge and husband, Nance, and Rob Kennedy and wife, Marchelle. Bill's grandchildren are Bryan Young and wife, Katie, Clayton Young and wife, Caitlin, Jason Young and wife, Ashley, Daniel Porter and fiancée, Abby Russell, Meredith Lassiter and husband, Josh, and Kyle Kennedy and wife, Bailey. Great-grandchildren are Brady and Lucy Young, Owen and John Young, Benjamin Young, and Kennedy, Ellie, and Carpenter Lassiter. Bill's grandchildren and their spouses/fiancée will be honorary pallbearers. The family thanks the staff at St. Elizabeth's at Providence Village, where Bill enjoyed living for the past 18 years as the only resident to live in apartment #2216! The residents and staff have been a tremendous blessing and community for Bill where he loved to live. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your preferred charity.
Warren J. Rudolph of Waco died Dec. 11, 2018, at age 87. He was a Baylor Alumni-by-Choice ’86, Baylor Baseball Fan of the Year, Mayborn Museum Volunteer of the Year, and a season ticket holder for many years in various sports. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 15, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Warren was born June 21, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, to John and Emma Rudolph. Warren graduated in 1953 from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. He then served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Division. He worked for Lone Star Industries in sales and management. He was a member of Waco Masonic Lodge 92. Next year he would have celebrated 60 years of Masonry. Warren was a loyal follower of Baylor sports and enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Alan. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Bette" of Waco; daughter, Debbie and husband, Tom Piscacek, of Waco; son, Jim of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Brian and wife, Michel, of College Station, Jay Piscacek of Waco, and Mary, and Grace and Walker of Colorado Springs; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Tom Piscacek, Brian Piscacek, Jay Piscacek, Joe Spivey, Ray Sancton, and Jim Milam. Honorary pallbearers are the Wesleyan Workers Chapel Class at First Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Nimrie K. Robinson of Winter Springs, Florida passed away peacefully in her home on June 1, 2018. She was 93 years old. Nimrie was born in El Paso, Texas on December 4, 1924 where she lived with her mother, Emily and father, Charles and 4 sisters, Mary, Betty, Pauline and Emma Lou and one brother, Sam. After graduating from Austin High School, she attended Texas Western College which later became The University of Texas at El Paso, graduating with a degree in music. Nimrie met her husband, Bill, in 1944 in El Paso where he was stationed in the army at Ft. Bliss. They married on February 17, 1946 and then moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she studied voice with Dame Eva Turner, a world-famous opera singer. Nimrie then gave up her career as an opera singer to establish a loving home for her family raising two children, Bill, Jr. and Charlotte. Returning to El Paso, Nimrie received her education degree from Texas Western and taught in elementary schools for 20 years. She and Bill relocated to Tallahassee, Florida for 7 years and then Waco, Texas, to Baylor University, where he taught horn and later became Chairman of the Instrumental Music Division before retiring in 1986. While living in Waco, they traveled three times to Europe so Bill could study French Horn. Upon retirement, they moved to Winter Springs to be near their two children. Nimrie shared her life with Bill for 72 years, and her love was the “epitome of selfless love.” Nimrie and Bill were avid golfers and continued their workouts at the YMCA. She loved her yard work and continued to plant flowers creating a beautiful entrance to her loving home. When not working outside, Nimrie was either cooking or crocheting. Nimrie’s true passion was her family and friends. Nimrie is survived by her loving husband, Bill and their son, Bill, Jr., his wife Patricia, and their daughter, Charlotte. While being a grandmother to three grandchildren, David, Stephen and Melissa, she enjoyed playing with her great grandchildren, Grace Nimrie, Riley Dru and Brayden William. Her entire life was a dedication to true love of family creating a home full of love and laughter for all the wonderful people who shared their life with Nimrie K. Robinson. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Julie Marie Gumfory Sherrod, of Belton, TX, formerly of Gruver, died Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the age of 40. Services will be held Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 in the First Christian Church of Gruver, TX by pastor and uncle, Gary Gumfory. Burial will be Thursday, December 13 at 1:00 in Cotton Center, TX. Under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. Julie was born in Amarillo, Texas on July 3, 1978 to Tommy and Carla Gumfory. She was welcomed home by her brother Garrett and sister Kathryn. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Gruver, and graduated from Gruver High School in 1997. She graduated from Texas Tech in 2001 with a bachelors in journalism. While at Tech, she was an active member of Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian women's sorority. She graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 2004 with a Masters in Religious Studies. Julie married Greg Sherrod on April 1, 2006 in Santa Fe, NM and they lived in Belton, Texas with their treasured pets for many years. Julie worked as an administrative assistant in the English department at Baylor University. Survivors include her husband Greg and step son Caleb, Her parents, Mike and Carla Johnson of Morse, and her mother and father in law, Billye Sue and Ronnie Sherrod of Hale Center, her sister Kathryn Mancini & husband Brian of Spearman, and her brother Garrett Gumfory & wife Mika of Gruver. Julie is also survived by her brother and sister in law, Melissa and Adam Marchand of Lakeside City. She is also leaves behind her niece and nephews: Sam Gumfory, Gage Gumfory, Barrett Mancini, Mary Gumfory, Charlie Gumfory, Parker Marchand & Peyton Marchand. She was preceded in death by her father, Tommy Gumfory in 1992; and her grandparents: Carl & Peggy Archer, and Bill & Ruth Gumfory. Julie battled health problems her entire life with grace, strength and courage. She was an example to all of the power of prayer and faith. We rejoice in her renewed body, but miss her presence here dearly. She loved to read and travel with her husband, Greg. The family suggests that memorials be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, PO Box 458, Gruver, TX 79040; or the Gruver Library, PO Box 701, Gruver, TX 79040.
Doug Stone, age 80, of McGregor, TX, passed away late Wednesday night, December 12, 2018. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church of McGregor Fellowship Hall, 700 W. Sixth Street. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary, with The Rev. Terry Johnston officiating. Inurnment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. Mr. Stone was born July 21, 1938, in McGregor, Texas, the son of the late Oscar Dennis and Ola Mae (Rhoads) Stone; where he was a 1958 graduate of McGregor High School. On September 11, 1958, he married Nancy Arnold at First Baptist Church in McGregor. Much of his life was spent as an electrician for both residential and commercial business. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of McGregor. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. Doug was also an avid fan of Baylor Bear Baseball and the Lady Bear Basketball team. Also preceding him in death was his son, Rusty Stone; and sister, Norma Jean Leonard. Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Nancy Stone; son, Ted Stone; two brothers, Dennis Wayne Stone and wife, Faye, Jimmy Dan Stone and wife, Shirley; sister-in-law, Edith Crain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret Ann Coker Stone of Longview, TX, died Dec. 8, 2018. She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1949. She and Tom Stone, BBA ’50, married in 1950. They had three children: Tom III; Charles Andrew, who only lived 4 days; and, Karoletha, BMEd ’79. The family moved to Longview from Waco in 1952. Margaret devoted herself to being a mother. Mac’s two great joys were her family and her Lord whom she served through First Baptist Church. Mac served as director of the Kindergarten Choir at First Baptist for 25 years. She was a member of the Sanctuary Choir for 50 years and often sang solos. Mac and Tom worked with youth at church for 25 years and then began working with couples. Mac particularly enjoyed hosting church groups in her home. Hundreds of young people enjoyed after church pizza parties and Thanksgiving breakfasts in their home. Hundreds of young couples enjoyed Diaper Showers in Tom and Mac’s home. Mac served as president of the PTA at Pinewood Park and South Ward Elementary School. She was also president of the Foster Junior High Choir parents organization called the Mamas and the Papas. Among her survivors are her husband Tom; children Tom and Karoletha; granddaughters Larke and Chelsea; daughter in love Karen Stone; grandson in love Zachary Turnipseed; and sister Elizabeth Thompson.