Robert “Bobby” S. Braswell III, BBA ’50, age 92, of Waco, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 4, 2019. Bobby was born November 25, 1926, in Fort Valley, Georgia, to Robert Samuel Braswell, Jr., and Mildred Mathews Braswell. Bobby moved to Waco at the age of 10 and quickly made lifelong friendships. He graduated from Waco High School with “the famous class” of 1943. After graduating, he attended The University of Texas at Austin. He was drafted into the army in March 1945, and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, during the occupation after World War II. When he returned home, he attended Baylor University and graduated with a BBA in 1949. He was one of the founding members of the service fraternity Tryon Coterie (Try-C). While at Baylor, he met the love of his life, Diana Callan. They were inseparable from that point on. Bob and Diana married September 16, 1951, and spent 67 wonderful years together. They were blessed with three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Bobby’s family was the center of his life. He and Diana enjoyed spending time with good friends and traveling to many destinations around the world. Bobby worked for Bill Davis during college as a draftsman and then at Braswell-Davis as an interior designer until 1983. He then started his own business as Bob Braswell Designs and retired in 1996. Bobby was a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Design). He was not only a skilled draftsman but also a talented interior designer who was able to create beautiful and livable homes in Waco and around the state of Texas. He even assisted people with their homes in other parts of the country. His signature style was well known in the Waco community. Bob had a devoted following of women who would not make a decision without him. He served on the board at Caritas and helped other organizations, such as Hedonia and the Historic Waco Foundation. Bob loved gardening and spent countless hours there creating beauty in landscaping. He was a familiar face at Westview Nursery for many decades. His garden graced the July 1984 cover of Southern Living magazine as the lead story. Bob was an avid reader of all topics, especially history, gardening, art and architecture, biographies, and many novels. His nightstand always held three or four books that he was reading at the same time. He was dignified, the epitome of a Southern gentleman, and a man of integrity, never compromising his values and beliefs. One might say he was a man of “few opinions.” He was always well-groomed and had an impeccable sense of style. Laughter and music filled his home. His family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers from Lucy’s Loving Home for their compassionate, loving, and dedicated care. They extend their gratitude to Lucy, Beni, Levi, David, Elvira, Dominique, and Daniel. Last but not least, they want to let Laura know that they can never repay her for her loving care of Mr. Bob. Additionally, the family would like to thank the entire staff of Providence Hospice. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and R.S. Braswell, Jr. Bob is survived by his wife, Diana; sister, Carolyn Braswell Holman; three children, Lisa Braswell, Robert S. Braswell IV and wife, Tricia, Gordon Braswell and wife, Angie; six grandchildren, Erich Schwartze and wife, Becky, David Schwartze and wife, Claudia, Robert S. Braswell V, Richelle Braswell, Kristopher Braswell and wife, Stephanie, Erin Gibbs and husband, Garrett; six great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Nancy H. Callan; nieces, Hope Campbell and Frances Callan and family; and nephews, Bill Holman, Vason Holman and William W. Callan III and family. In lieu of floral arrangements, you may send contributions in Bobby’s memory to the Waco Foundation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church organ fund, Breast Cancer Research Foundation or a charity of your choice.
John Peter Chopelas, BA ’50, of Killeen, TX, died Feb. 14, 2019, at age 95. He was born on Oct. 10, 1923, in Dallas to Pete and Olga (Vatsures) Chopelas. Both of his parents were Greek immigrants, with his father coming from Megalopolis, Greece and his mother from Yeraki, Greece. John was one of six children. John was educated in Dallas and Lubbock before moving to Waco, where he graduated from high school in 1941. John enlisted in the Air Force at age 18 on Jan. 1, 1942. He took basic training at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls. He attended six months of radio-operator school in Scott Field, Illinois. His Preflight Pilot Cadet training was at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and Primary Flight training at Union City, Tennessee. He soloed in a PT-17 Stearman “Kaydet” before “washing out. “ He was then assigned to gunnery school in Las Vegas, and to a crew at Salt Lake City. He received combat phase training at Rattlesnake Field, Pyote, Texas. John and his fellow crew members flew the northern route to England via Kearney, Nebraska; Grenier field, Manchester, New Hampshire; Presque Isle, Maine; Goose Bay, Labrador; Keflavik, Iceland; and Prestwick, Scotland. Their plane became lost over northern Scotland during stormy weather, and they were rescued by a Spitfire piloted by a Polish refugee who guided their B-17 to a Royal Air Force Base at Peterhead. John’s duty station was the 452nd Bomb Group (H), 728th Squadron at Deopham Green near Norwich, Norfolk, England. John completed 33 missions with the 452nd. John returned to the United States in September 1944, aboard the Queen Mary. The VIP passenger on the Queen Mary during this voyage was Winston Churchill. Prime Minister Churchill was on his way to meet with President Roosevelt. John disembarked the Queen Mary in New Jersey and served at several bases including Scott Field; Langley Field, Virginia; Sioux Falls, South Dakota and back to Scott Field before going to Boca Raton, Florida, his final assignment. He was discharged from the Army Air Force on Sept. 30, 1945, at Fort Sam Houston. While in the service of his country, John was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, a Russian Medal for participating in one of the shuttle missions to that country, a certificate of “thanks” from France for contributing to the liberation of that country, a silver French medal in commemoration of D-Day, the French gold Jubilee of Liberty medal and the French Legion of Honor Medal. He entered Baylor University in the fall of 1946 and later worked briefly in Sequoia National Park in 1949. John graduated from Baylor in 1950, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. After working for five Texas newspapers, he grew tired of the night hours and spent some time traveling by bus and train in Mexico and Central America. After he returned from his travels, he worked a year in a law office and then obtained a job with the Texas Employment Commission as an unemployment insurance claims examiner. John retired in 1982 and survived a bout with prostate cancer in 1990. His wife, Emily, of 37 years passed away in 1999. John spent the past 19 years collecting World War II Army Air Force memorabilia, baking Greek pastries, frequenting his favorite restaurants and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his niece, Stephanie Holthaus and her husband Kurt Holthaus, his nephew, Byron Johnson and his wife Robbie Johnson, his great nephew, Tom Johnson and his wife Carey Johnson, and his great-niece Liz Papineau with her husband Scott Papineau, and great- niece Karen Johnson. He is also survived by an abundance of friends, including Carol and Kate Berridge and Larry and Joy Wiess and all the wonderful waitresses, librarians and community members who enriched his life. Family visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, located at 1615 S. Fort Hood St.
Elvice Morris Clements, BBA ’50, MS ’55, age 95, of Plano, TX, formerly of West and Valley Mills, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 20, 2019. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, with Dr. John Crowder officiating. Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Waco. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Elvice grew up on a farm in Aquilla in Central Texas. She was the youngest of five children. She joined the Navy and proudly serviced our country during WWII. After the war, Elvice attended Baylor University on the G.I. Bill and earned a Master’s Degree in Economics. She taught at both high school and community college levels in Waco until her retirement. Elvice had many wonderful friends during her retirement years. She was involved in different groups and organizations and always volunteered to be the Treasurer. Elvice had a wonderful marriage of over 50 years and one son. She always enjoyed the times in summer when her grandsons from California would visit. Elvice was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander Morris and Mary Ann Baker; her husband, James Arnold Clements; a son, Dean Clements; three sisters, Fay Ihlenfeldt, Olive Ihlenfeldt, and Hazel Hilliard; and a brother, Gibb Morris. Survivors include two grandsons, Aaron Clements and wife Kris of Rocklin, California, and David Clements of Plano; a daughter-in-law, Nanette Clements; great grandchildren, Macie Clements, Fisher Clements, and Coy Clements; a niece, Linda Crews; a special friend, Dodi Spencer; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, other caring relatives and friends. Pallbearers are Aaron Clements, David Clements, Brian Anderson, Mark Ihlenfeldt, Ellis Fain, and Tal Anderson. The family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Villagio Senior Living and Vitas Healthcare.
George Earnest Hatfield, BA ’50, of Austin died Apr. 12. He was born at home February 26, 1926 to Glennie and Marion Hatfield in Gas City, Indiana. He was the third child of five siblings having three brothers and one sister. He grew up in Gas City where his father worked at the Owens-Illinois Glass Plant. His mother worked outside the home during World War I at The Glove Factory and later, for a short time, at a tomato factory. After becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and immediately following his graduation from high school, George accompanied his family in their relocation to a new Owens-Illinois Plant in Waco, Texas, while his two older brothers remained in Gas City. During World War II, George served state side in the U.S. Army Air Force being trained as a gunner and was honorably discharged. He attended Baylor University on the G.I. Bill receiving an Accounting Degree and was the first in his family to have a college education. He began working for a finance company before transitioning into sales which was a natural fit for him. He married Ruby Pauline Powers on June 29, 1952. While living in Houston, they had four children. In 1961, he moved his family to Austin and began working for SAGE, a new type of retail establishment – a department store where each department was owned by a separate company. After retail sales and management, he spent many years as a real estate salesman and broker. His entire life was governed by his energetic life force. He worked hard and played just as hard. He never met a stranger and could easily draw people to him with his interest in them. He loved deeply, was playful and often teased, loving to hear laughter, yours and his own. His sense of humor was always ready to make an appearance. He was a good conversationalist and logically minded. He was an engaged father before the cultural shift of Mr. Mom became the norm. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, reading, learning, monitoring the stock market and most of all playing golf. Later in life, he divorced and remarried making a home and second family with Rosa and Kimberly. He retired a few years after remarrying. He and Rosa enjoyed their family, friends and life together, often traveling throughout the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii and visiting Germany, as well as making recurring trips to casinos. George experienced an ischemic stroke on Monday, April 8, 2019, and died on April 12, 2019, at approximately 11:45 a.m. with family present. He was 93 years old. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn and her husband, Nick Sartain; wife, Rosa Jane Hatfield, his children, Paula Hatfield; Sheila and her husband, Kelley Haralson; Michael Hatfield and his wife, Sherri; and Kimberly and her husband, Jon George; and ten grandchildren, Jamie and her husband, Mark Jatzlau; Sarah and her husband, Ross Allen; Travis Allen and his wife Tammy; Amanda and her husband, Michael Chappell; Julie and her husband, Aron Kloesel; Jonathan Haralson; Heather and her husband, Nicklas Shannon; Jenna Allen; Natalie Haralson; and Brayden George, as well as fifteen great-grandchildren, Gavin Allen, Addison Allen, Wyatt Allen, Keaton Allen, Anna Chappell, William Allen, Luke Jatzlau, Trent Jatzlau, Nathan Chappell, Charles Shannon, Ruby Kloesel, Wade Jatzlau, Caroline Shannon, Amelia Chappell and Loretta Kloesel. George was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Wayne Hatfield in 2014; his brother Frederick Marion Hatfield in 2005; his former wife, Ruby Pauline Hatfield in 2002, his brother, Walter Lee Hatfield in 2002; and his daughter, Pamela Allen in 1994. May his memory be a blessing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in George's name to Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Road, Austin, Texas 78749, or to a charity of your choice. Memorial services will be held in his honor at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. An opportunity for refreshments and to visit with his family will be in the Fetter Activity Center at the church following the Memorial Service.
James Wesley Hightower, LLB ’50, age 92, passed away Tuesday, February 05, 2019, at his residence in Waxahachie. He was born November 6, 1926 in Waxahachie, Texas to Leo and Gladys Hightower. He graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1945 where he was the captain of the football team and Golden Glove Boxing champion. James married his high school sweetheart, Jimylin Wise, on February 2, 1946 and they celebrated 72 years of marriage before her death on February 5, 2018 exactly one year prior to James’ passing. James was offered football scholarships to both TCU and Rice, but had to decline because of the war. James was in the 98th field artillery stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during World War ll. After the war, he attended TCU undergraduate and Baylor Law School. He worked as a lobbyist for the Texas Motor Transportation Association for two legislative sessions, and then started his own law firm in Dallas working primarily as a transportation attorney, practicing before the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Texas Railroad Commission, and all state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court until his retirement in 1995. This allowed James and Jimylin to move from Dallas back to Waxahachie in 1989. James was then active in civic affairs in the city and Ellis county and served eight years as president of the Ellis County Rural Rail Transportation District. He also served as president of the Waxahachie Foundation, and president of the Waxahachie Ex-Students Association. Both James and Jimylin were members of the Historic Waxahachie, Inc. HWI. James served as Chairman’s Roundtable Division Leader for the YMCA Youth Sponsorship Campaign for the years of 1997 and 2000. James also enjoyed the pleasure being a Master Gardner. James is survived by his children, Laurie and her husband Richard Todd of Waxahachie; son Wesley Hightower and wife Kim of Ft. Worth. His grandchildren are James Bryant and wife Jennifer of Hurst, Melanie Lamb and husband Keith of Waxahachie, Colton Hightower of Dallas, McKenzie Hightower of Washington D.C., Amber Accidentale and husband Ron of Plano, IL., Shannon Lopez of El Paso, Wes LaForce and wife Marianna of Houston. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Amelia Lamb, Arieanna, Jamie and Mason Accidentale, Alex Corona, Hudson Lopez, and Oriana LaForce. James would have wanted us to give special recognition to his devoted and loving caregiver, Mandy Scott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimylin, his parents, his daughter, Jamie LaForce and his sister, Mildred Staples. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Kevin Tully officiating. Interment will follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.
Betty Weyline Roberts Hill, ’50, of Pleasanton, TX, died Feb. 14. She was born on January 1, 1928 to the Rev. Leo B. and Edith Bell Roberts in Pleasant Grove just outside of Pensacola, Florida. Her childhood was spent surrounded by a large extended family and loving parents. While she was still in high school she fell in love with a handsome young sailor from Texas named John Hill who was stationed in Pensacola during WWII. After the war John returned to Texas to attend Baylor University and Betty stayed in Florida as a student at Stetson University, but after two years of being apart they finally married on June 16, 1947 in Florida and she and John moved to Texas. Following John's graduation, they lived in several small Texas towns where he was involved in education as a coach, teacher, and principal. In 1956 John accepted a position as an elementary school principal in Bay City where they moved with their growing family. Betty always worked to help support the family, frequently as a church secretary. She was smart, creative and loved children. It was here she established and taught at a private kindergarten called the "Humpty Dumpty School" for eight years. At that time kindergarten was not part of the public school system and her private kindergarten quickly became a great place for parents to prepare their children to enter public school. In 1965 the family moved to Austin where John joined the staff of the Texas State Teachers Association. Betty continued in education teaching kindergarten at the Trinity United Church of Christ. The family worshiped at Hyde Park Baptist Church for over twenty-five years. While at Hyde Park Baptist, Betty worked as a church secretary and she was instrumental in starting the Career/Singles Department at the HPBC. Betty loved entertaining and was a wonderful cook, frequently opening her home to these young adults to whom she became a mentor. She saw many of them, including her children, fall in love, get married and start their own families. As Austin grew and traffic increased, John and Betty moved their membership to Hillcrest Baptist, closer to their home, where they could participate in more of the activities. They made many special friends who remained close, particularly during John's illness. In 1986 she and John purchased a farm and farmhouse in Lee county where they would spend weekends tending cattle and enjoying time with their family. After John passed away in 2004 she remained in Austin but in 2007 she decided to move to Pleasanton, a smaller, slower paced community with family members nearby. She was able to enjoy grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. Our mother was artistic not only in oil painting but also in sewing, floral design, and interior decorating. She loved being close to her large family but she always missed John and her friends and family in Austin. After several medical issues she moved to an assisted living facility in Pleasanton where she continued to use her talents for the Lord. She played the piano for the weekly church service at Argent Court where she lived and made new friends. She was a giving and nurturing lady all of her life. Visitation will be at Weed-Corley-Fish North, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. on Monday, February 18 from 5-7pm. A celebration of Betty's life will be held on February 19 at 1:30pm at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Ave. followed by a Graveside Service at Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 N. IH-35, Pflugerville. Pallbearers will be Betty's nine grandsons and honorary pallbearers are Pedro Ledesma and Herman Hayden. Betty was pre-deceased by her husband John, her parents Rev. Leo and Edith Roberts, and her brother Douglas Roberts. She is survived by her four children: Nancy Hill Cavendish (Bob); Patricia Hill Hindes (Jim); John Hill, Jr. (Cynthia); and Betty Jean Hill Ryden (Ben Laney). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: John Cavendish, Andrew Cavendish (Stefanie Segura Cavendish), Will Cavendish (Rachel Johnson), Daniel Hindes (Lauren), Amy Hindes Shearrer (Clifton), Carter Hindes (Laura), Amanda Hindes Carpenter (Jarrod), Terence Hill, Elaina Hill Lopez (Oscar), Jacob Hill (Jamie), Matt Ryden (Ellie), and Chris Ryden (Karla) and 17 great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by four special nephews: Larry Hill (Debra), Roy Hill, Frank Hill (Katrena), Sam Hill (Peggy), and many great nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Ave, Austin, Texas 78759 or Crosspoint Fellowship Church, 1007 Kathleen Drive, Pleasanton, Texas, 78064.
Clarence Frank Knight Jr., BBA ’50, of Madisonville, Texas passed away peacefully March 17, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was 92. Frank was born November 25, 1926 in Redland, Texas to Clarence Frank Knight Sr., and Nettie Virginia (Carswell) Knight. Around Frank’s 2 nd birthday the family moved to Alto, Texas where his Father managed and subsequently acquired a variety store from the Perry Brothers chain of stores. Frank loved growing up in the tight-knit east Texas community of Alto and was consistently recognized throughout the region as a gifted athlete and favorite son. In 1944 following high school graduation and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and during the next 3 years worked on tanker ships delivering fuel to the Pacific Theater during the final years of WWII. Upon returning home, he enrolled first at Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches and then transferred to Baylor University to complete his BBA. It was during his years at Baylor Frank’s sister Ruby, also a Baylor student, introduced him to Betty Sue Beard of Beaumont. Although the two planned to marry shortly after graduation, they soon learned they would have to wait a bit longer, as Frank was drafted immediately upon graduation by the Army to serve in Korea as a tank commander with the 45th reconnaissance division. After returning home from the war in 1952, Frank with the help of his father located a variety store in Madisonville which was for sale. Frank purchased the store that same year and in January of 1953 married his college sweetheart Betty Sue. The following year they were blessed with a daughter, Janet Elaine, followed later by a son David. Frank would go on to manage and operate his variety store business on the square in Madisonville for the next 33 years, while along the way opening a children’s store and establishing a cattle operation which he thoroughly enjoyed throughout both his business lifetime and in the years following in retirement. Frank was raised by a strong Christian family, loved the Lord and was a devoted Christian throughout his 92 years. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Madisonville where he served in various capacities and business committees through the years. He also served on the Madisonville School Board and took great joy and pride in developing, mentoring and introducing many Madisonville High School students to the retail business. In his later years Frank most enjoyed spending time with his beloved Betty Sue, his family and many close friends; particularly if it involved a game of any kind. He also enjoyed his garden, Saturday afternoon college football and anything to do with his children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. A celebration of life is scheduled Thursday, March 21, at First Baptist Church of Madisonville. Visitation begins at 1:00 pm followed by services at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Madisonville City Cemetery. Frank is preceded in death by Frank and Nettie Knight of Alto, his sister, Ruby Propst, two grandsons, Trae Pennington and David Hutchinson. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Sue Knight, his daughter Janet and husband David Johnson of Irving, son David Knight and wife Leslie of Bryan, grandchildren Leslie Daricek and husband Brian of The Woodlands, William Knight and wife Sydney of Coppell, Clayton Knight and fiancée Brooke Daniels of Dallas, and Daniel Pennington of Richardson. Great-grandsons: Erick Daricek, Evan Daricek, Isaac Kroeker Daricek, and great-grandchildren, Connor Knight and Avery Knight, his brother-in-law Fred Propst and extended family including numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
John Davis Ray, BS ’50, age 90, of Nashville, TN passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 after a brief illness. John was born in Fort Worth, TX on July 12, 1928, the son of H.C. and Minnie Ray. He attended public schools in Ft. Worth and earned his bachelor's degree at Baylor University and his master's at Texas A&I University. He married the love of his life, Shirley Jane Dodson, whom he met at Baylor University, on August 12, 1950 and after he served in the U.S. Navy for four years, they moved to Corpus Christi, TX. John was a teacher, basketball coach, and administrator for most of his adult life, serving in the Corpus Christi Independent School District for 25 years and then in the Calallen ISD before retiring in 1987. Shortly after Shirley's retirement in 1998, John and Shirley moved to Waco, TX. After Shirley died in 2011, John moved to Nashville where his son, Andy, and other extended family reside. He is survived by his three children, Ellen Stauffer (Mike) of Manhattan, KS; Andy Ray (Dawn) of Nashville, TN; and Dan Ray of Boyle, Ireland; as well as 5 grandchildren: James Ray, Chris Ray (Heidi), Brittney Nelson (Mike), Luke Stauffer (Shannon), and Jillian Stauffer; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Harvey, Doris Jane, and Josephine. John was loved and respected by all he met and in his modest and quiet way, was a positive influence on his players, colleagues, friends and family. Cremation is planned and inurnment and a private service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, TX. Memorial contributions in memory of John D. Ray are suggested to the Baylor Bear Foundation or to Samaritan's Purse.
Anna Kate “Katy” McGregor Shelton, ’50, of Arlington, TX, died peacefully on February 8, 2019 after a lifetime of achievement beyond expectations. She was born on February 18, 1931 in Houston, Texas to Malcolm A. and Myrtie Lee Barton McGregor. She graduated at the age of 16 as valedictorian of her class from New Boston High School. Too young to enter nursing school, she decided to attend Baylor University where she met her future husband, Whitsitt “Whit” Myles Shelton, Jr. After attending Baylor, Katy entered the Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in Houston (now part of Houston Baptist University) where she graduated salutatorian of her class and became a registered nurse. She worked as a nurse and began raising her family until her sons began graduating high school, when she decided to complete her BS degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Following graduation, she completed additional coursework in Accounting and took the CPA exam, passing it on the first try. She established her private CPA practice in Arlington. The firm continues today as Shelton, Mead, and Shelton. On November 16, 1950 Katy married Whit. Because it was also the day of her grandfather’s funeral, the bride and her family were several hours late for the wedding in Waco, TX. Whit and Katy were married for over 65 years. Whit preceded his beloved Katy in death on February 5, 2016. Katy is survived by her sons Myles Shelton and wife Gail, Mark Shelton and wife Mary Ann, and Mikel Shelton and wife Valorie, as well as ten grandchildren: April Shelton Galyardt (and husband Jason), Rhys Shelton (and wife Nikki), Robert Shelton (and wife Marrissa), Richard Shelton, Andrew Shelton, Peter Shelton, Elizabeth Shelton, Christopher Shelton, Craig Shelton and Collin Shelton, and six great grandchildren: Benjamin, Gabriel, Sebastian, Sullivan, Crispin, and Caelyn. In addition to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, she is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Helen McGregor, her brother-in-law Tate Shelton and wife Mary Nell and many nieces and nephews and their children. Katy was active in the community and a member of First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas, a lifelong Baptist and devout follower of Christ. She supported her sons and grandchildren in Scouting attending their eleven Eagle courts of honor and one Gold Award court of honor. She came to their halftime performances in the band at Lamar High School and later, when her sons all attended Baylor University where they participated as members of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band (BUGWB), she and Whit were there, just as they had been as members of BUGWB themselves many years before. Katy was the best example of a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother anyone could hope to know, and her legacy of achievement and excellence continues in the next generations. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday February 11 at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis, in Arlington. The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. February 12 in the South Chapel at the same location.
Mary Sikes, BS ’50, age 89, of Taylor, Arkansas, passed away at her home Thursday, April 18, 2019. She was born June 12, 1929 in Minden, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Taylor, her mother, Gertrude Coyle Taylor, her husband, Henry Sikes and a daughter, Terri Kay Sikes. She is survived by her daughter, Lauri Loewer and husband Carl of Wynne, Arkansas and one grandson, Chris Loewer of Fair Oaks, Arkansas. A very special thanks to Willie B. Randle for all the love and care you showed to our loved one. Mary Evelyn graduated Baylor University in 1950 and married Henry B. Sikes. She taught in the Taylor School system for a number of years. She volunteered for Special Olympics, was active in Eastern Star and the Red Hat Society. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Taylor. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, sewing and being with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who shared in her life. A time of visitation for Mrs. Sikes will be Monday, April 22, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Taylor, Arkansas. Friends are encouraged to come by and visit with the family. A private graveside service for family only will be held following the visitation. Memorials may be made to the Prayer Garden at First Baptist Church in Taylor, Arkansas.
Robert H. Wicks, BA ’50, age 93, of Pharr, TX, passed away on April 12, 2019 at McAllen Medical Center. He was born on March 7, 1926 in Houston, TX to Albert and Maude Wicks. He was a lifelong resident of Mission, having moved when he was 6 months old. After graduating from Edinburg High School in 1942, he attended Edinburg Jr. College, UT Austin, and Baylor University where he received a BA in History, Bible and English, later he attended Texas A & I University and received an MA in Education. Bob served as a Quartermaster to a seaplane tender during World War II in the US Navy from 1944-1946. Bob had a 44-year career with Mission CISD and saw it go from 3 elementary campuses to 10 elementary campuses. He served in several positions including Classroom Teacher, Principal, Business Manager, as well as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. Bob was a Charter Member of 1955 of Conway Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, song leader, Sunday School Class teacher and designed many floats for the Texas Citrus Parade. Bob was very involved in the community, and received many awards including Mission Man of the Year, Mr. Mission, Friend of Education Award, School Administrator of the Year, and being a long time Rotary Member having received a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was preceded in death by his wife Marie Ellen Young Wicks in 1996; brother Albert Warner Wicks; as well as by his parents. He is survived by wife Arthena Jo Cochran; daughters Sue Ellen (Gene) West, Kathy (Henry) Hinojosa; grandchildren Rick Hinojosa, Tricia Hinojosa (Kevin) Bergan, Michael (Kayla) West, Danny (Cassie) Hinojosa, Charles (Amanda) West; 3 great grandchildren Kylah and Maddon Bergan, and Charles Aiden West; sister Jo Mae London; and sister-in-law Dorothy Wicks. The family would like to extend a special debt of gratitude to his caregiver Linda Gonzalez, who stayed with him until the very end.
Julia Heflin Wood, BMEd ’50, affectionately known as “Judy” or “Nana,” 90, of Charlottesville, Virginia, peacefully departed this life on February 4, 2019. Born on November 17, 1928 in Paducah, Kentucky, Judy was preceded in death by her parents, James Truman Heflin and Laura Heflin Jones, her beloved husband Robert Aldine Wood, and a son, Barry Colin Wood. Judy is survived by four children, R. Craig Wood and wife Lisa; Kevin Wood Spady and husband Jim; Jaime C. Wood; and Scott C. Wood and wife Almarie; twelve grandchildren, Robert Wood (Claire), Emily Wood Luck (Steven), Ashley Wood, Marshall “Skip” Wood (Anne Collier), Rudy Salvatierra (Veronica), Laura Wood Moreland (Jack), Thomas Wood, Caitlin Wood Grimwood (Jack), Kelly Wood, Joshua Wood, Michael Wood, and Alex Spady; and six great-grandchildren, Adelyn, Braden and Cars Luck, Kate and Caroline Wood, and Mary Marshall Wood. Judy’s greatest joy in life was her sprawling, loving family and all the shenanigans that went along with it. Judy graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Music as an accomplished performing pianist. She married Robert in 1950, and gave up her music career to raise five children. But she never gave up her love for music. For years she taught piano lessons from home, and when she wasn’t teaching, she was playing. Then as her children advanced in school, she returned to higher education, earning a Master’s degree from Old Dominion University. She then launched a second career as a high school English teacher, a calling she pursued with as much dedication as she had poured into her music. When Robert died in 1988, Judy moved to Charlottesville to be closer to her children and grandchildren. For the next 20 years Nana’s house was a place of laughter, the smell of cookies baking, and all of the simple joys she loved so much. She threw herself into church activities at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Since she never met a stranger, it was no surprise that she soon was hosting Bible studies in her living room, and calling on older friends who were less mobile but who loved lively company. Eventually she fell victim to Alzheimer’s Disease, and spent the last ten years of her life at Our Lady of Peace under the loving and watchful eyes of their dedicated staff. Even as her memory and reason faded, her love and joy radiated to all who would spend a few minutes sitting with her. The light of her Savior shone through the ravages of her disease, and sustained her until He took her home.
Jack Wooley, BBA ’50, MS ’52, of Waco, passed away February 18, 2019. He was 95. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel at 6101 Bosque Blvd., Waco. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, in the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel. Private family burial to follow service on Saturday. Jack was born October 13, 1923, in Lott, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayman and Dewey Woolley. He married his high school sweetheart, Angeline Frei, in 1944; she preceded him in death on January 15, 1971. He is survived by his children: daughter, Jackie Lipski and husband, Allan, of Riesel, Texas; sons, John and wife, Debbie, of Austin, Texas, and Jeff and wife, Debbie, of Riesel; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his wife, Barbara Jean of Waco, whom he married in June 1985, and her sons, Mike Owens and wife, Lisa, and Blake Owens and wife, Jamie, and their families. Jack graduated from Lott High School in 1940, attended Baylor University until volunteering for service, where he served in the European theater during World War II as a glider pilot, returned to Baylor and completed graduate school in 1952. He was a C.P.A., serving various clients, and served in various senior management roles at the Brazos River Authority for over 30 years, retiring January 1, 1992. After retirement, he raised cattle on his farm in Riesel until his 90th birthday. He served as a director of several local and state organizations, volunteered with the H.O.T. Fair & Rodeo, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Reicher Catholic High School, and St. Louis Catholic Church. He was also an entrepreneur, responsible for several businesses over the years. His philosophy was simple: "There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't mind who takes credit for the results." The family would like to thank the staff at St. Catherine's Rehabilitation, especially the physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/language therapists, as well as, Providence Hospice and the Visiting Angels, for their care of Jack over the past two months following his fall and hip surgery.
Norma Reynolds Allen, BA ’51, died Mar. 21 in Richardson, TX. She was born on August 30, 1930, in Corsicana Texas to Norman Herman Reynolds and Annie Zelma Oppelt Reynolds. Norma graduated from McLeod High School and attended Baylor University where she studied English and History. After graduating in 1951, she accepted a teaching job in Edinburgh, Texas where she met and married Jack C. Allen, her husband of 63 years. Norma believed in civic engagement and actively contributed time and leadership to many organizations. Her activities included being a 56-year member of the First Methodist Church, Richardson, Worthy Matron of the Richardson Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, tour guide and twice President of the Volunteer Guild at the Heard Museum and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was an enthusiastic and talented jeweler, bookbinder, metalsmith, and painter who won multiple awards at the State Fair of Texas. She also twice won the Evelyn Cole Peters Award for Artistic Excellence at the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, DC. She was for many years a member and President of the Craft Guild of Dallas. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Jack C. Allen and her son Wyatt Clay Allen. She is survived by her son Charles Allen and her daughter-in-law Meg Allen. A memorial service for Norma is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Monday, April 8th at the First Methodist Church, Richardson. Memorial donations can be made to the Richardson Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, P.O. Box 830412, Richardson, TX 75083 or the Senior Adult Ministry of the First Methodist Church of Richardson.
Martha Ann Davenport, BM ’51, died March 3, 2019 in Dallas at age 88. She was born September 14th, 1930 to Arthur and Velma Reid of Fort Worth, Texas. Martha attended Baylor University and studied Music Education. She also received her Ph. D. in Early Childhood Development and was a sought-after educational diagnostician. She spent over 30 years in various teaching roles and eventually became director of the Highland Park special education program. While a student at Baylor, she met and married her life-long partner Billy Joe Davenport. Together they built a large and loving family, her greatest joy in life. She leaves behind sons Chris (Karen), David (Debbie), Curtis (Stephanie), Craig (Mary) and Daniel (Tracy); grandchildren Brian (Aimee), Sarah (Toby), Lindsay (Tanner), Jacob (Camille), Brett (Melissa), Brooke (Terry), Megan (Jordan), Morgan, Nicole, Jordan (Lindsay), Hayden (Jenna), Claire, Connor (Brianne), and Zachary; great grandchildren Brynn, Adeline, Van, Nora, Sam, Olivia, Piper, Lawson, Lucas, Caleb with more on the way! She is also survived by sister Jeanette Wilmeth and a host of nephews and nieces. In addition to her professional and family life, Martha worked alongside Bill as a Baptist pastor’s wife, teacher, pianist and organist, serving churches in Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and Brazil. A Celebration of her life will be held at the Chapel at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, Tx, Saturday March 16th at 10:00 am, officiated by Pastor Sam Dennis. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to P70 International, a Brazilian church planting ministry at project70.orgh.
Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Burke Ray, BA ’51, of Fresno, CA, was born in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 3rd, 1927. He passed away peacefully and quietly on March 31, 2019. Ben was the sixth of eight children. His father was a physician and his mother was very busy with the children and home. Ben joined the Navy after high school and served for four years near the end of World War II. Ben went on to get his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at Baylor University before earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M. On graduating, Ben moved to New Mexico where he cared for cattle, sheep, and hogs as a large animal veterinarian employed by the State. He later moved to California and continued his veterinary career. In California, Ben met Pat and they married in 1958. Pat had two young children whom Ben happily adopted. Ben and Pat then had three more children. In the late 1960s, Ben left his job with the State to open his small animal veterinary clinic in Clovis. Ben operated his clinic for 15 years, caring for cats and dogs, and he became well-known for the compassionate care he provided to family pets. Ben fostered lasting friendships with the families of the pets he worked for. Ben then returned to working with large animals for the State until his retirement. Ben enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to music, attending church, and visiting with his many friends and family. He was never one to decline dessert and was particularly fond of cheesecake and pie. Ben was known for being content and appreciating even the simplest joys in life. He was loved by many in his retirement community where he built lasting friendships. Ben is pre-deceased by his wife of 54 years, Pat, his parents William and Nellie Ray, six of his siblings, son Jon Ray, grandson Nathan Ray and granddaughter Cindy Ray. Ben is survived by his daughters Kris Ray & Cindy Ray Cecil, sons Jim (Lou Anne) Ray and Dan (Karen) Ray, eight grand-children, and 12 great-grand-children. No services will be held. Donations in Ben's honor can be made to the Nathan Ray Memorial Scholarship. Checks payable to: S. H. S. Scholarship Foundation, 31625 Lodge Road, Auberry, CA 93602
Dr. Jay Lawrence “Larry” Tanenbaum, BA ’51, passed away peacefully at his home in North Haven, CT, on April 7 at age 90. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tanenbaum was the devoted son of Dr. Harry and Jeannette Tanenbaum and the beloved husband of Diane Tanenbaum. He was the loving father of Lisa Foster (Rick Foster), Lori Tanenbaum Zaret, Betsy Bodling (Ed Bodling), Ellen (Missy) Rubenfeld (Steven Rubenfeld), Sharra Lebov (Roy Nini) and the late Marcus Lebov. He has been blessed with ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ruth Schultz (Irwin Schultz) and the brother-in-law of Ellen Janos and Barbara and Jeffrey Small. Dr. Tanenbaum graduated from Baylor University, New York University College of Dentistry and received a Master’s in Public Health from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He was a clinical instructor at Yale University Medical School. Dr. Tanenbaum practiced dentistry in Hamden and North Haven for over fifty years and was beloved by his patients. Dr. Tanenbaum served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Throughout his life, Dr. Tanenbaum worked tirelessly on behalf of individuals with disabilities, the elderly, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the Jewish community. He received many honors and awards recognizing these community service activities, including Probus National Man of the Year Award, B'nai Brith President Award and the William A. Adams Citizen of the Year Award. He was especially proud to receive the Jefferson Award by the American Institute for Public Service in Washington, DC. Dr. Tanenbaum, along with several parents, helped to found Hart United, Inc., an organization devoted to providing residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. The first group home in Connecticut, Lawrence Hall, was named for Dr. Tanenbaum. Dr. Tanenbaum was an avid collector and nature enthusiast. Funeral Services at Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Avenue on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Beth Sholom Cemetery, Alling St., Hamden. A private period of mourning will be observed.
James Mershon Bolton, BA ’52, of Dallas was born on June 9, 1930 and passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. James was a resident of Dallas, Texas at the time of passing. Jim attended Wichita Senior High School and in 1952 earned his B.A. degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he served as Vice-President of his Senior Class. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated second in his class from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps. A Memorial Service will be held at Prestonwood Baptist Church 6800 West Park Blvd., Plano, TX at 10:00 am on Friday morning, March 8, 2019. "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
Yolanda Hernández Cañas, BA ’52, died Apr. 21 in Atlanta, GA. She was born on July 2, 1930 to Andréa Hernández and Felipe Hernández in San Antonio, Texas, and married Rubén Cañas of San Benito, Texas on November 28, 1959. Yolanda was a teacher and librarian, and served as a lay-leader in the various Southern Baptist congregations where her husband Rubén was a minister. She is remembered for her faithful service to God, sly sense of humor, and ability to keep her children on the go when all they wanted to do was watch TV or curl up with a book. Yoli was a fighter - beating cancer over and over again. Her will, determination, and faith in herself and her God ensured she remained with us for many blessed years. Yolanda attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She earned a master's degree in Library Science from Peabody College, part of Vanderbilt University. She taught various grades, from elementary to high school, in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois and Tennessee. Yoli was preceded in death by her husband Rubén in 2004. She is survived by her daughter Betsy Cañas Garmon and husband Randy Garmon of Atlanta, GA; daughter Norma Cañas and husband Richard Bierman of New Canaan, CT; son David Cañas of Brentwood, TN; ten grandchildren: Lee, Joshua, Rowan (his wife Meghan), Luke, and Andrea Garmon; Ruby and Eric Bierman; and Caroline, Emily, and Charlotte Cañas; and one great-grandchild, Riley Garmon. Other survivors include Elizabeth Johnson Cañas, other loving in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of long-time friends.
Jo Ann Agopian Garrett, ’52, of Brookshire, TX, passed away peacefully at home on March 14, 2019. Born May 15, 1932, the youngest daughter of David and Doris Agopian, Jo Ann was a life-long resident of Brookshire, Texas. She graduated Katy High School, Class of “48, and then attended Baylor University. It was during this time, she was dating her soon-to-be husband, Harris Garrett, also of Brookshire. Jo Ann and Harris were married February 17, 1951. Jo Ann began work in her father’s accounting and insurance office where she worked from 1951-1963. In 1963, she went to work for Exxon Corporation where she soon became a systems analyst. Jo Ann retired from Exxon in 1986. Throughout Jo Ann’s and Harris’ life together, they also had several restaurants and other business ventures in the Brookshire area. Jo Ann and Harris were always referred to as “The Sweethearts” - always together, always in love. Jo Ann was a devoted wife, mother and member of First United Methodist Church of Brookshire where she loved singing in the church choir. She was known by all for her sweet and kind nature and beautiful smile. All children were the “light of her life.” She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and sister, Evelyn Agopian Waters. Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 68 years: Harris C. Garrett of Brookshire; children: Suzanne and husband, Richard Mullins, of Brookshire, Bob Garrett and wife, Suzy, of Katy, and Paula Jo and husband, Jack Tullos, of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren: Jeff Pattison, Jennifer Torres and husband, Tyler, Adriann Christiansen and husband, Paul, Matt Janda and wife, Adriana, Dana Thacker and husband, Brad, Walker Ross and wife, Amber, Will Ross, Justin Garrett, Sidney Waid and husband, Tim, Alex Lumpee and husband, Daniel, Ross Tullos and wife, Jessica, John Rachal and wife, Heather, and Jared Rachal; great grandchildren: Devin, Daniel, Payton, Tyler, Paul, Aiden, Myska, Cooper, Zeb, Annabel, Aubrey, Jonathan, Dylan, Ella, Carter, Timmy, Cayden, Evan, Elle, Graysen, Lexi, Taylor, Preslie, Cole, Jackson, Pierce and Davis.
Marynada Hill Pohli, BA ’52, of Dallas, died on March 19, 2019, at home with her children beside her. She was 88. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Marynada was born on June 13, 1930, in Waco, Texas, the only child of Scott Hill and Nada Langford Hill. She spent summers at Camp Waldemar, where her mother taught golf. As a young girl growing up during WWII, she developed a lifelong fondness for military airplanes, which no doubt later influenced her choice of husband. After graduating from Waco High School, Marynada went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She was also a Duchess in the Tyler Rose Festival. During her senior year, she met Emil Pohli, a recent West Point graduate in basic flight training at James Connally AFB. They were married March 31, 1951, and moved to Arizona for Emil's jet fighter training. While her husband was flying missions in Korea, Marynada returned to Waco and completed her B.A. at Baylor. When Emil returned from Korea, they were stationed in Del Rio, Texas, where their first child, Anne, was born. Emil contracted polio in 1955 and was retired from the Air Force. After several years in California, they moved to Dallas, where their son, Scott, was born, and they built the house where they spent the rest of their lives. On a family visit to her mother's house in Waco, Marynada adopted a stray dog, and from then on, dogs played a major part in her life. She trained and showed Labrador Retrievers, and later, she fell in love with Border Terriers. She showed them in conformation and obedience, and competed in agility trials all over the country. Marynada loved to travel. She spent many summer vacations in Colorado with her family and traveled often to Europe with her children. She also enjoyed the Pi Phi alumni club, the Afternoon Book Review Club, and the annual West Point Army Navy parties. In recent years, Marynada suffered from Alzheimer's, but in the early stages, she was still able to enjoy videos of the places she had been and her dog show adventures, as well as visits to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and the occasional WWII airshow. She was preceded in death by her parents, Scott and Nada Hill; and her husband, Emil. She is survived by her son, Scott; and daughter, Anne. The family is very grateful to Cira Velasquez and the caregivers from Divine Hearts.
Ralph Harold Nordlund, BA ’52, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Phyllis Smith Nordlund died Wednesday, April 3, 2019. He was 89. Mr. Nordlund was born February 12, 1930 in Pella, Iowa, son of the late Rev. Ralph T. Nordlund and Muriel Hornbeck Nordlund. He was of Swedish, Danish and English ancestry. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, W. VA., and held a B.A. from Baylor University, and a M.A. in European history from the University of South Carolina. He taught history at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1962 at Porter Military Academy in Charleston. He loved this school. Before teaching there, he had been a Woolworth manager, and had been an officer in the USAF. He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Smith Nordlund of Charleston, SC, having been married for 62 years. He leaves a son, Gregory Scott Nordlund and a daughter, Rebecca S. Godwin, both of Charleston, two grandsons, Gregory Scott Nordlund, Jr. and Timothy Charles Nordlund, a granddaughter, Sophia Ruth Marie Batchelor of Pittsburgh, PA., and a sister, Marilyn Burk of Fostoria, OH. The relatives and friends of Ralph are invited to attend a memorial service at John Wesley United Methodist Church, April 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Porter-Gaud School, 300 Albemarle Rd, Charleston, SC 29407 or John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407.
Dorothy Ann Clendening Smith, BA ’52, age 88, died on March 15, 2019 of natural causes in Dallas, Texas. She was born on September 30, 1930 in Dallas to Walter Clendening and Willie Lee Shepherd Clendening. Dorothy graduated from Sunset High School in Oak Cliff in 1948 and went on to receive a degree in elementary education from Baylor University in 1952. After moving to Lubbock to teach fourth grade, Dorothy met and married Joe Trowbridge Smith in 1953. Her passion for helping others led Dorothy to volunteer in many capacities at First Presbyterian Church and take active roles in the League of Women Voters and the Lubbock Women's Club, among other organizations. Dorothy was a devoted mother to three daughters, Judy, Becky, and Beverly, and one son, Alan. Duplicate bridge was her favorite hobby. She loved growing peace roses and sharing them with friends. Several years after Joe's death in 1989, Dorothy returned to Dallas. She became a resident of Presbyterian Village North retirement community in 1998, where she made cherished friends and sought out ways to serve her community. Her love for teaching led her to volunteer as a reading tutor at Stults Elementary School and as a teacher in Vickory Meadow's adult literacy program. She embraced service opportunities through her church, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. She loved making friends at PVN by greeting new residents with a loaf of her famous homemade sourdough bread. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and her son, Alan Trowbridge Smith. She is survived by her daughter Judy Wood and husband, Stacy, of Dallas; daughter Becky Lanier and husband, Mark, of Houston; daughter Beverly Brennan and husband, Pat, of Newbury Massachusetts; daughter in law, Janet Smith of Houston; grandchildren Jacob Wood, Connor Wood, Will Danielson-Lanier and wife, Nora Danielson-Lanier, Gracie Lanier Thee and husband, J.T. Thee, Rachel Lanier, Rebecca Lanier, Sarah Lanier, John Brennan, Colin Brennan, Chris Brennan, Alec Smith, Adeline Smith, and Niko Smith; and one great grandchild, Kathryn Ebba Danielson-Lanier. Dorothy is also survived by life-long friend, Carolyn Wilson. Both only children, Dorothy and Carolyn embraced each other as sisters. Dorothy treasured her extended family members and friends. A memorial service celebrating Dorothy's life will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at 1:30 in the Monie Chapel at Presbyterian Village North at 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be welcomed to Guatemala SANA, a non-profit organization improving education and health for young children in rural Guatemala.
Joyce Marie Boettcher Wagner, BS ’52, (age 87) departed this life on March 19, 2019. Joyce was born in Huntsville on October 12, 1931, the daughter of local lumberman Edward Boettcher and his wife, Bennora Bybee Boettcher. She enjoyed growing up in a wonderful, small-town environment, and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1948. After attending Baylor University and earning a bachelor's degree in home economics, she married John Winkler, who went on to become a pediatric dentist in San Antonio. After Dr. Winkler's passing, Joyce married a widower, Mr. G.H. "Chili" Wagner, and the couple moved to Huntsville, eventually acquiring the old home place where Joyce grew up, on Avenue N 1/2. After Mr. Wagner's death in 2015, Joyce moved to Dripping Springs, Texas (just west of Austin) to be near her daughter and son who live there. Besides being a wonderful homemaker, Joyce taught home economics in high school, and had several other jobs, including a stint as the church hostess at Huntsville's First Baptist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and served many in the Huntsville community in this way. For 20 years, Joyce, with her husband, Chili, ministered to international students from Sam Houston State University, teaching them the basics of the Christian faith and offering them much love and practical help. Through this ministry, she made many friends from all around the world. Her life showed what it means to be a true Christian, as she not only believed and taught the Bible, but she practiced love and kindness to all she met.
Joyce was greatly loved by her children: David Winkler (and his wife, Cathi), of Dripping Springs; Susan Winkler (and her husband, Tom Diehl), of Drippings Springs; Cynthia Winkler Scott (and her husband, Adam) of Topanga, California; and Martha Wagner, from Tomball, Texas; and by her 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, April 13, at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church of Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may given in memory of Joyce to: Baptist Student Ministry, Sam Houston State University, P.O. Box 5065, Huntsville, Texas 77342-5065 (checks designated for the international student ministry).
William “Bill” Loring Barron, Jr., BBA ’53, of Sugar Land, TX, died Mar. 24. age 87, born January 15, 1932 in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1949 and married his school sweetheart, Cherry Joyce Jones in 1953. He was a triple-major graduate cum laude from Baylor University in 1953. President, Phi Delta Phi; member Delta Sigma Pi; ROTC; Alpha Chi; First Families; Baylor Bards Choral Group. Worked as Tax Advisor to California for Exxon Property Tax for 39 years. He received WSPA/WOGA award for outstanding service to the petroleum industry. Bill was a Special Agent for OSI, Lt. Colonel, USAF retired 1983; awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. His most cherished award: Father of the Year from his sons in 1975. Baptist since 1939. Sunday School teacher, Choir, Yokeman, Ordained Deacon of Willow Meadows Baptist Church. Historian - Author of "Historic Hotels of Texas Before 1900". Preceded in death by parents William L. Barron, Sr. and Thelma Wright Barron; wife's parents Ira and Ida Jones and Travis and Berneice Kelley. Survived by wife Joyce Jones Barron; four sons and their families: Dr. Larry Barron (Delayne), children Gregory (Melanie), their son Samuel; Kayla Barron, Kara (Austin) Lacy, all of Phoenix, AZ; Rev. Randy Barron (Charlotte) of Resaca, GA, children Jordan (Andrew) McIntosh, Liam and Harvey, Caleb Barron, Morgan City, LA, and Hayley Barron, Kansas City, MO; Jeffrey (Cheryl) Barron, Bluff Dale, TX, children Angela (Jody) Gallant, North Richland Hills, Brian Barron, Oklahoma City, OK; David James Barron, Houston, TX, sister-in-law Margaret Barron, Killeen, TX, brother-in-law Gene Kelley, Houston, TX; and many nephews, nieces and dear cousins. Bill was called into the Air Force 1957-1959, leaving his job at Exxon USA temporarily. He was stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia. They attended Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton, VA. Not only at FBC, Waco, TX, but at Memorial Baptist, VA, Bill sang solos in Sunday School and church, and Joyce accompanied him on the piano. When they returned to Houston in 1959, they joined Willow Meadows Baptist Church near their home in Westbury. Bill became Superintendent of the 16-year-old Sunday School Department and Joyce taught a class of 16-year-old girls for eleven years. They both sang in the Sanctuary Choir where Bill sang solos. Joyce directed a choir of 7-year-olds, and Bill assisted her. They were members of WMBC for 52 years before moving to Sugar Land. They wrote and performed humorous skits at WMBC. They loved to make people laugh. They were devoted members of their Sunday School classes. Bill taught a Men's Bible Class. After 52 years at Willow Meadows church, they joined Christ United Methodist Church closer to their home. Some of the happiest times for them were the weddings of their sons, and subsequent births of their 8 grandchildren who brought great joy into their lives. The ultimate time of their lives was their 50th wedding anniversary in 2003. Bill and Joyce were season subscribers to Houston Grand Opera, the Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston Symphony Pops, Company On Stage, Theatre Southwest, Theatre Suburbia and Cast Theatrical. Bill and Joyce traveled across the U.S. with their sons, and in 1980 started seeing foreign lands, completing journeys to over 90 countries.
Rev. J. Derald Dugger, BA ’53, age 90, passed away on April 24th at his home in Cedar Park, TX. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 30th at First Baptist Church, Salado, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Salado Cemetery. Derald was born in Holland, TX on March 13, 1929 to Joseph Samuel and Dora Elizabeth Dugger. He graduated from Belton High School in 1947, and enrolled at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton, a Women’s College, as a Campus Boy, working wherever needed in exchange for room, board, and tuition. He began preaching at age 18 and was ordained to the ministry at age 19 when he was pastoring at Nolan Valley Baptist Church. On August 12, 1950 he married Eleanor Grisham, a student at MHB. Whereas men could not receive degrees from MHB at that time, they moved to Waco in 1951 where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1953 from Baylor University. He received his Master’s of Divinity in 1957 from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He served in pastorates in Bell County, Matagorda County, the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and Central Texas. He also worked for the Texas State Departments of Health and Insurance while continuing to serve as a pastor, interim pastor, and pulpit supply. He especially enjoyed mission projects and mentoring young men entering the ministry. A quick wit and laborious stories were his trademark. Derald was a collector of Lalique crystal, antique lamps, date nails, barbed wire, flower gardening, and loved to share unusual plants with his friends. After retirement, they moved to Salado in 1995 and joined the First Baptist Church where they were actively involved in church and community activities. He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Marie Hander, Lura Wilson, and Lucille Truesdale, and two brothers, Milton and Charles. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eleanor (Sweet E), grandson Bryan Dugger of Houston, granddaughter Allyson Jasper, her husband Ryan, and her four children of Olathe, KS, son Alan Kent Dugger and his wife Jann Peacock of Leander, their step-grandchildren Cheston Overman of Bremerton, WA, Jaime Newton of Los Osos, CA, Chance Brennan and Jessie Brennan, both of Austin, and two great grandchildren from their family. He was a supportive husband, loving father and grandfather. Derald is also survived by 4 cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walter “Craig” Heath, BBA ’53, of Houston died Mar. 9. He was born in Houston, Texas on July 5, 1930 to Walter and Euneva Heath. Craig graduated from San Jacinto High School and Baylor University. After graduation from Baylor in 1953, he entered the United States Navy where he became a Naval officer. After his military service, he returned to Houston to join his father in the family business, Walter E Heath Insurance. Craig married Gloria Jahns. They welcomed their son, Kelly, in 1961 and their daughter, Lenora, in 1963. In their quest to find Bible training for their children they began studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses. Craig was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in January 1968. His wife, Gloria, passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2004. Craig then married Sandra Keilberg, who had lost her husband. They were happily married for fourteen years. Craig had many interests. He loved to scuba dive, snow ski, play tennis and golf. He has a natural ear for music. He enjoyed listening to and playing jazz music on the piano. By far, his favorite passion was traveling and flying his airplane. He loved planning the next adventure and talking with other pilots who became dear friends. They spoke a language of their own. Craig was preceded in death by his son, Kelly Heath. Craig leaves behind a loving family. His daughter, Lenora and her husband Ronnie Weil; granddaughters, Courtney and Candice Wright; his wife, Sandra and her family, Donna, Rik, Larry and his wife Teffany, Blake and his wife, Shardel and Elizabeth.
Margaret “Elaine” Sandusky Kiester, BSN ’53, of San Diego, CA, died Feb. 28 at age 92. Elaine attended Baylor where she received an R.N. in 1948 and a Bachelor Of Science in Nursing in 1953. Other degrees she held: Master of Social Work, Master of Multi-Cultural Education and School Nurse Practitioner. She worked in the nursing field well into her eighties. She was instrumental in getting legislation passed requiring scoliosis screening in CA schools. She was also active in her church, especially the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband Merrill J "Bud" Kiester, and survived by her 5 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Milton Brooks McGee, BBA ’53, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in The Woodlands, Texas, surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong Texan, born in Waco on April 30, 1931, to Bess Lee Brooks and Milton Worley McGee. He graduated in 1949 from Lamar High School in Houston, and in 1953 from Baylor University, where he met Betty Lois Harper. Milton and Lois were married in May of 1954. Milton served as an officer in the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Milton became a CPA and settled in Houston, where he practiced with his father. In 1959, Milton opened the first CPA firm in Conroe, which became his home and the place where he raised his four sons. He practiced accounting for 40 years before his retirement, establishing a firm which has thrived now for over 60 years. He also served in several leadership capacities as a member of the American Institute of CPAs and was a two-term member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Human Welfare Coordinating Board. In 1988, Milton lost his beloved Lois to a long battle with cancer. Sadness turned to joy when he married Brenda Campbell in 1989. Brenda was his loving spouse, companion, and travel partner for almost 30 years; indeed, they traveled the country and the world together with both family and dear friends. In addition to travel, Milton loved fishing and watching sports, especially those involving his Baylor Bears. Milton and Brenda were also very involved with their Windsor Hills community and The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Family and friends will never forget his easy smile, quick wit, integrity and gentle spirit. Milton is survived by his loving and devoted wife Brenda McGee and her daughter Dana Reagan, son-in-law Monty Reagan and granddaughter Lauren along with his sister Margaret McGee Saunders and her husband Roy Saunders. He also leaves behind his four sons and their families: Brooks and Julie McGee, and their daughter Harper; Jon and Terri McGee; Preston and Liz McGee, and their children Emily, Abby, and Peyton, Peyton's wife Katelaine and son Brooks; Joel and Amy McGee and their sons, Grayson and Landon, and Landon's wife Mackenzie. A celebration service of Milton's life will be held Saturday, May 4th at 10:30 AM in the Chapel at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (2200 Lake Woodlands Drive in The Woodlands 77380). The family suggests contributions be made in his honor to either to the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University or The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
Robert M. Purdie, BA ’53, passed away in Houston on December 16, 2018. Born December 12, 1930, oldest son of Billie Burke Purdie and Dr. Robert M. Purdie, he is survived by sister Patricia Purdie, sister in-law Betty Ann Purdie and nephews C. Burke Purdie and wife Jennifer, and David M. Purdie. Robert attended Kinkaid School, Baylor University, graduating in 1953 with a BA. In 1954 Robert attended the University of Texas. Joining the U. S. Army in 1955, he served as bacteriologist at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He then attended University of Houston graduating in 1960, BSIE. Robert worked in the aerospace program for NASA and for Boeing. After returning to Houston in 1975, Robert became an independent landman, active in lignite leasing in Rusk and Fayette counties. Memorial services will be held at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77038, February 13, at 9:45 A.M.
Charlsie Allison Brown, MSEd ’54, of Marlin, TX, passed away peacefully Monday February 11 in Round Rock, Texas. She was 91. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. February 16, 2019 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. Family will receive friend’s one hour before the service at 1:00 p.m. for visitation. Charlsie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlin, where she served on various committees and sang in the Choir for many years. For years Charlsie was the anonymous “Baptist Friend” to the widows of First Baptist Church giving inspirational gifts and notes to lift their spirts. She received a Master’s in Education from Baylor University and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma; Eastern Star; the Not-So-Great Book Club; and was involved in her local Country Club. She taught homemaking for years until she met and married Dr. James Brown on September of 1966. Also serving as vice Principle of Marlin Elementary and guidance counselor of Marlin High School as well as running her own travel Agency Allison’s Travels for many years. During this time she traveled around the world 7 times and introduced many friends to her love of “globe-trotting”. Charlsie Allison Brown was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Jewel Allison, Husband Dr. James Mitchell Brown; Brother Paul Ray Allison and Sister Clara Mayfield. She leaves behind her daughter Allison Bardin of Austin, Stepson’s Dr. George Brown of Austin, Jim Brown of Arlington and Michael Brown of Austin. Also Stepdaughter Sally Murray of Missouri City, Texas; Granddaughter’s Ashlee Bardin, Hayleigh Bardin.
Keith T. Crunk, BA ’54, MSEd ’59, age 89, passed away April 8, 2019, in Waco, Texas. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crawford, Texas, with Pastor Thomas Beers officiating. Keith was born November 7, 1929, in Wink, Texas, to Floyd Bidful Crunk and Mary Violet Dudley Crunk. Keith attended school in Wink and in Hobbs, New Mexico, and graduated from high school in Sundown, Texas, in 1948. He enrolled at Baylor University. While at Baylor, Keith was drafted in 1951 to Army service as part of the 45th Infantry Division and was deployed to Korea, in theater at the Battle of the Punch Bowl. After honorable discharge, he returned to Baylor to complete his B.A. degree, graduating in 1952. He began a career as a mathematics teacher in public education, teaching briefly in Lubbock, and then four years in Midland, before accepting a position with Waco ISD. During those early teaching years in Waco, he worked in summers and evenings to complete his Master's Degree from Baylor. In 1966, he married Virginia Louise Fritz, a fellow math teacher at Lake Air Junior High School. About this time he became boys' counselor at Lake Air. He continued to serve as a counselor in Waco public schools until his retirement in May, 1989. He then worked several years for Region 12 Education Service Center, as a part-time counselor for a number of small public schools in central Texas, including Morgan, Walnut Springs, Crawford, and Valley Mills. Keith was a charter member of Lake Shore Baptist Church, Waco, where he also taught Sunday school. He later became a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crawford. Keith had a passion for family genealogy and organized multiple family reunions in Tennessee and Texas. He also enjoyed managing his homestead land in western McLennan County, initially purchased through the G. I. Bill and where he and Virginia raised their family. Keith was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Leta Muckelroy Crunk; and two brothers, James Floyd Crunk and Jon Nolan Crunk. He is survived by wife, Virginia; two sons, Jeffrey Fritz Crunk and wife, Sharon Siske-Crunk, of Austin and Derek Andrew Crunk and wife, Jennifer Burleson Crunk, of Smithville; three grandchildren, Jefferson Elliott Charles Crunk and Gladys Elizabeth Louise Crunk of Austin and Ava LeeAnn Crunk of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.
Albert G. McHenry, BA ’54, died Sept. 8, 2018, at age 86. While at Baylor he met Martha McGlasson and they were married in 1955. She then graduated from Baylor in 1956. Al worked at the Sun Oil Company for the first decade after college, and then entered Southwestern Seminary to become a pastor. He earned his Master of Divinity in 1969. Over his three decades of ministry, he pastored three churches in Arizona, two in Texas, and served as an interim pastor in four Texas churches. He is survived by his wife, Martha McGlasson McHenry of Lewisville, TX, three children (one is a Baylor grad), nine grandchildren (three are Baylor grads), and four great-grandchildren.
Paul E. Pate, BA ’54, went to Heaven on April 18, 2019. He was born on June 15, 1931 to Otis and Effie (Parsons) Pate in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. After completing high school in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Paul came to Texas to attend Baylor University. Upon graduation from Baylor, he went on to complete degrees from Texas A&M and two from Harvard University in Architecture. Paul’s first job upon graduating from Harvard was to become the Project Architect for Northpark Shopping Center. From there, he was called to Texas A&M University as the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture. He remained at Texas A&M until he opened his own office, Paul Pate Architects in 1957 and practiced architecture in the College Station and Dallas areas until his retirement. Paul’s education years were interrupted by his service to his country, where he was a Navy pilot, achieving the designation of Lieutenant. Paul always considered being a Navy pilot his finest professional achievement. He was a kind, gentle soul who loved the Lord and was instrumental as a teenager in Ft. Smith in bringing his beloved parents to the Lord. Paul cared deeply for the Lord, his family and friends. Laughter was always a beautiful part of his existence. Paul’s union with Sara Garrett, who predeceased him, produced five children whom he loved with all his heart. Paul leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Joan Burch Pate; daughters, Jane Pate Cohen, Sara Lee Pate Bullock, Julie Pate Speer and husband, Carter, and Sharon Pate Winneker and husband, Mark; son, Paul Scot Pate; his favorite “step”, Stacy Akin; his adored grandchildren, Payton Speer, Crockett Speer, Carson Winneker and Maxwell Winneker; and numerous other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Effie Pate; his first wife, Sara Pate; and his brother, Alton Lewis Pate. A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
Emily Beth Christian Patterson, ’54, went to be with the Lord and her beloved husband on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Ever positive and joyful, Emily lived a rich life, full of love and warmth. She was loved, admired and treasured by all those who knew her. Emily was kind, spiritual, intelligent, wise, well-read, a world traveler, an accomplished musician and teacher, and a wonderful mother and matriarch. A school music teacher and later piano teacher, she could not have been more loved than by her students and their families. She loved and supported her church and warmly welcomed all who entered its doors. Above all, Emily loved the Lord and people of all walks of life. Her family is in awe of how loved she was by the many people she touched during her 84 years. Emily was born on February 2, 1934, in Decatur, Texas, to Ray Fletcher and Alma Sims Christian. She earned her high school diploma from Vernon High School in Vernon, Texas. On June 21, 1952, Emily wed the one and only love of her life, Rev. Dr. Leon Bell Patterson (Dr. Pat). Emily and Pat, who were married until his passing on January 22, 1993, were blessed with three children: Keri Lynn Patterson Lenoir, Denise Patterson Tomlinson and William D. (Bill) Patterson. Emily was survived by her three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Emily’s grandchildren are Megan Lenoir, Michael Lenoir, Danielle Tomlinson, Ryan Patterson, William D. (Will) Patterson II (married to Meghan Houston Patterson) and Christian Moore Patterson (soon to be wed to Celine Van Hoye). Emily’s precious great grandchildren are William D. Patterson III (Will’s son) and Hannah Robinson (Christian’s daughter). A lifelong lover, student and teacher of music, Emily earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Music Education from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; and a Master’s in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and from that time forward, cherished, honored and spread the word of her Lord through her music and the way she lived her life. Dr. Pat was the minister and Emily was the preacher’s wife and pianist for Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville, Texas for 20 years. She was a member of the choir at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas for 25 years. Emily taught music in the public elementary school system in Grapevine, Texas, and after her retirement gave private piano lessons to numerous youths until just a few months before her death. Emily loved traveling and was able to visit numerous states and countries over the years with family and friends. Emily maintained an amazing number of long term relationships from all phases of her life. As those who knew her will attest, Emily’s love for life and happiness, and her infectious joy in music, nature, intellectual pursuit and comedy will continue to shine eternal as she takes her place with her Father in heaven.
Dr. Coyle Allen Stephenson, BA ’54, of Richardson, TX, died Feb. 17. He was born in Shreveport, La. on November 7, 1931 to Thomas and Lula Estelle Coyle Stephenson and passed away on February 17, 2019. He graduated from Baylor University, Southern Seminary and Southwestern Seminary before pastoring Cherokee Park Baptist Church in Shreveport, La. for 15 years. He moved to Dallas to serve as Chaplain of Buckner Children’s Home for 5 years and retired from Baylor Hospital as Assistant Director of Pastoral Care after 18 years. Coyle married Guianna Ann Haley on March 8, 1958. In the last of his journals he said, “Among the best choices I made in my life was marrying the woman God gave me 60 years ago.” Their love, commitment and joy was a blessing and encouragement to everyone who knew them. Coyle is survived by his wife Guianna Stephenson of Greenville, Tx.; Sister Sue Kellogg of Shreveport, La.; children David Stephenson and wife Pam, James Stephenson and wife Lori, Karen Lawson and husband Steve; grandchildren Natasha Ek-Yeh and husband Austin, Jacob Stephenson and wife Laura, Haley Cottey and husband CJ, Meg Lawson, Madison Lawson, Colby Ross and wife Jessica as well as three great grandchildren Adeline (Della) Rayne Cottey, Anya Lawson Cottey and Ava Noele Ross. Memorials: Please know that your love and support is more than the family could ask for. We would be honored if you give to your favorite charity or one of these that we appreciate and support in lieu of flowers. Hands of Compassion 2703 Wesley St, Greenville, TX 75401 Leadership Transformation International 2920 Lee Street, Suite 215, Greenville TX 75401 Vitas Hospice 14651 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 812, Dallas, TX 75254 Wilshire Baptist Church 4316 Abrams Rd, Dallas Tx. 75214. Although Coyle Stephenson earned a PhD in pastoral counseling, was beautifully eloquent with words and full of wisdom and insight, his most profound sermons were preached as he loved people. Neither race, social position or religious affiliation changed how he expressed God’s love through respect, honor, care and concern for everyone he met. He loved life but especially when living it alongside his loving wife. He had a silly side that was brightest when she played the “straight man,” or when there was a child near by that he could coax into some kind of innocent mischief. He loved spending time with his family and friends, reading, writing, teaching, gardening, and being outdoors. His unassuming wisdom was powerful but his unwavering and sincere faith made him a giant in the eyes of many people. He believed in the power of prayer, the truth of God’s word, the importance of contemplative silence and the blessing of community. We never witnessed a time when he thought he had “arrived” because he knew there was always more of God to know and more love to give. This humble attitude of being teachable made him a beloved friend, teacher and mentor. Coyle was a gracious and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. His grandchildren called him Gaga and affectionately remember many hours of playing baseball in the front yard, holding the doves, fishing in the pond, playing pick up sticks, drawing, reading, taking care of honey bees, and how he tried to convince them that he wasn’t spoiled by Nena. Although he will be missed greatly, we have full assurance that he is more alive today than he has ever been and excited about welcoming us home when our day comes.
Dr. Cecil Howard Tate, ’54, DDS ’57, of Ruidoso, New Mexico passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born November 14, 1932 in Clovis, New Mexico to Judge Cecil Henry Tate and Cora Ada (Jackie) Barrington Tate. He grew up in Muleshoe, Texas and graduated from Muleshoe High School. He participated in several sports during high school. He remarked he did more bench warming than playing during competitive games. He attended Baylor University while there he met his future wife, Patsy (Pat) Miller. He and Pat They married in December 1953 and have been together for 65 years. He completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and continued his studies at Baylor University Dental school in Dallas. He graduated in May 1957 and immediately began his military career as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Ft. Polk, Louisiana for two years as a dentist. Following his career in the U.S. Army, he moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico in 1959 and began building his dental practice, which continued for 48 years. He loved dentistry and regarded all his patients as his friends. He and Dr. Sally Waters practiced dentistry sharing an office for 25 years. Howard participated in Lions Club, Rotary Club, served on the Ruidoso School Board for 12 years, Ruidoso Library Board for 12 years, served twice on the Episcopal Church of Holy Mount vestry where he was an active member. In addition, Howard enjoyed going on several medical/dental missions to Mexico sponsored by Rotary International Club. He had a passion for snow skiing, wood working, making stain glass, caving, flying his airplane and astronomy. He is survived by his wife, Pat Tate, and children, Rick Tate (De'An) Spring, Texas and Kerry Tate, Richardson, Texas. Grandson, Nic Tate (Kelli), Horseshoe Bay, Texas and other grandchildren, Rex Barnes, Nicona Castillo, April Hasse and Jerod Lennox and 10 great grandchildren. Howard was a friend to everyone he met and a strength for all who knew him. Celebration of Life will be held on March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of Holy Mount. Donations may be made to Ruidoso Rotary International Club, Box 495, Ruidoso, NM 88345 or Episcopal Church of Holy Mount, 112 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso, NM 88345.
Louis Neil Allen, BBA ’55, MS ’56, of Hillsboro, TX, died Apr. 28. Louis Neil Allen, 85, of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro, with Dr. Alan Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at the funeral home. He attended Crow School from grades one through six. Louis enlisted in the 873rd Engineer Battalion, 8th Core, 420th Brigade, U. S. Army Reserves in Waco in 1956.Louis Allen was very dedicated to Hill College, spending 40 years helping it grow and students to succeed.
Loyd Bruce Cushman, BA ’55, formerly of Sherman, Texas, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019, in Denton, Texas, at age 88, after a brief illness. He was born September 2, 1930 in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, to Emma Miskell Norvell Cushman and Tom Vernon Cushman of Stradford, Oklahoma.Bruce graduated from Sherman High School in 1949. He attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Study. He also attended thereafter, Fort Worth Seminary, graduating with a Doctorate of Theology. Bruce married Dorothy Tate of Sherman in 1950. After his first wife passed, he married Dorothy Settle of McKinney in 1989. Bruce was pastor of many of your local Baptist Churches at Sadler, Gordonville, and Leonard, Texas. He was also pastor of Ft. Worth Seminary Baptist and churches in Arkansas and California. Bruce is survived by two sons: Mark Cushman and wife Karen of Louisiana, Phillip Cushman of Arkansas; daughter, Debbie Cushman of Dallas; two brothers: Ray Cushman and wife Jackie Sue of Denton and Dale Cushman of Sherman; two nieces and three nephews, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Bruce was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Tate and his second wife, Dorothy Settle, mother and father and nephew Jody Leon Cushman. Bruce was a member of the Sherman High School boxing team, a district champion of the Tri County Golden Gloves of Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin Counties. He also won a championship at regionals in Ft. Worth in 1949 and 1950. Bruce was a boxing coach at Leonard High School in 1957. He loved his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He liked to fish and hunt, waterski, and read religious literature. He also wrote a private collection on religious studies and presented his grandson, Sam Cushman with his writings. There will be family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Foreign Ministries and Missions of the Baptist Faith.
Harold Robert Tucker Jr. BA ’55, of Boerne, TX, died March 9, 2019, in the presence of his family with his wife Meg by his side. Born March 10, 1934 in the small East Texas town of Athens to Dr. H.R. Tucker, Sr. and Louise Robbins Tucker, Bob graduated Athens High School and Baylor University (1955). Driving back and forth between Waco and Athens each weekend, Bob pastored his first of many Baptist churches. One such weekend he was introduced to fellow-student Margaret Sue Roberts of Tahoka, Texas and was blessed to spend 63 years married together with her following their college graduation. Earning an additional degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, the Tuckers accepted the challenge of planting and growing a new Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio during the late 50s and early 1960s. Those years also gave them a son, Mark, and daughter Elaine. In 1963, Southern Baptists appointed the Tucker family to service as Christian missionaries to Venezuela with the Foreign Mission Board. Following a year of language school in Costa Rica, Bob pastored and planted new congregations in Maracay, Anaco, and Los Teques, Venezuela. He was a founding faculty member of the new established Seminario Teológico Bautista de Venezuela, training men and women for service across the country. The young family grew, adding a daughter Karen and twin sons, John and Phil. After 13 years in Latin America, Bob was selected to serve as the Associate to the Area Director for Western South America for Southern Baptists, pastoring missionaries and their families in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Bob traveled up and down the continent, encouraging, training, assisting, and loving scores of missionaries and their national colleagues and leaders. His laughter and his genuine care for all persons, regardless of social status or background, and his strong and engaging preaching and teaching made Bob a beloved figure in churches across Latin America. In later years Bob and Meg moved to El Paso, Texas where he guided the Spanish Baptist Publishing House as the period’s largest producer of Spanish-language Bibles and religious literature across the Protestant world. Later, the Tuckers accepted the challenge of assisting the founding of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta. Bob’s classes in Christian Education trained leaders who still serve Canadian churches today. With the fall of the former Soviet Union, Bob and Meg sold their possessions yet again and ventured to a new work assisting the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists in Moscow to create graduate and lay training programs for churches once suppressed under Communism. As members of the small group of Southern Baptist missionaries, Bob left his mark again as a minister who genuinely cared, listened carefully, and wisely advised all who sought his visionary expertise. Two years later Bob took on the task of administering and encouraging missionaries in the newly liberated Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Retirement found Bob and Meg back in Athens, Texas in what he once called, “His most difficult assignment” --- Minister to Single Adults at First Baptist Church. Several years of guiding singles gave way to encouraging Hispanic pastors across East Texas on behalf of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Upon moving to Boerne in 2006, Bob continued this work among Hispanic Baptist pastors in the Hill Country as a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista. In 2013, Bob and Meg joined St. Marks Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir. Preaching from the tip of Chile, looking across the Straits of Magellan at Antarctica, to the snow-swept streets of Arkhangelsk, Russia above the Arctic Circle, Bob Tucker typified the life of the biblical “Faithful Servant.” His laughter still rings in the ears of people across both hemispheres and the legacy of his loving lessons and gentle training continues to assist churches and ministries worldwide. Having loved greatly, he will be greatly missed. A Service will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Boerne. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Venezuela Baptist Seminary, Venezuela Seminary (gift tag: G48H-VEN) ,IMB, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230. To help track gift, please email Paul Tinsley (firstname.lastname@example.org). To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select obituaries.
Leo Herman Bradshaw Jr., BBA ’56, of Waco, Texas, passed away on March 9, 2019. He was 84. A celebration of Leo’s life will be held at The Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 West Waco Drive, Waco TX 76707, at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 15, with Clifton Robinson and The Rev. Lori Cotton officiating. The family will host a reception at The Lee Lockwood Library and Museum following the service. Leo was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 12, 1934, to Leo Herman Bradshaw, Sr., and Eleanor Rose Cogdell Bradshaw. He attended Dean Highland Elementary, North Junior High, and Waco High School. His final years of high school were spent at New Mexico Military Institute, earning dual diplomas from New Mexico Military Institute and Waco High School. After graduation, Leo attended Baylor University, earning a BBA in 1956. From an early age Leo loved guns. Much to his mother's surprise, he ordered and received his first gun through the mail when he was nine years old – what would become a lifelong passion had begun. While a student at Baylor, he worked part-time at the family appliance and furniture business of Cogdell's on Valley Mills Drive in Waco. In June, 1954, Leo suggested to his father that space from a recent expansion of Cogdell's be used for a gun shop. Leo Sr. agreed, provided Leo Jr. would stay and run it. By September that year, the gun shop was up and running with Leo at the helm. The foundation for his life's work was in place. He continued to operate the gun shop at the Valley Mills location for 49 years. In 2003, he moved the gun shop to the Wooded Acres location, where he operated until his death, bringing his total years in the gun business to three months shy of 65 years. In a 2011 Waco Tribune article, Leo estimated that he sold 225,000 firearms during his career and that helping young people select their first shotgun was one of the most rewarding aspects of being in the gun business. Over the years, Leo became recognized both locally and nationally as a premiere gun dealer, appraiser, and consultant. He generously volunteered his time with local, state, and national organizations for more than 60 years to share his vast experience and knowledge. Nationally, Leo was a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the National Rifle Association Whittington Center Founders' Club, and a Ducks Unlimited Diamond Life Sponsor. On the state level, he was a Benefactor Member of the Texas State Rifle Association and a life and charter member of the Texas Gun Collectors Association that he served as president for three terms. Combining his love of Texas history and guns, Leo was very active over the years with events commemorating the Texas Rangers. In 1973, he served on the Texas Ranger Advisory Commission and the Commemorative Commission celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. 25 years later in 1998, he again chaired the Commemorative Commission celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. Since 1990, Leo has been an active member of the Fort Fisher Advisory Committee to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame where he served as chairperson for multiple terms. Locally, he was a life member of the Waco Skeet and Trap Club and the Central Texas Rifle and Pistol Club. Leo was active throughout his life with the Waco Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and was named Sportsman of the Year by the organization in 1980. A longtime member of Waco Masonic Lodge #92, he was a member of Karem Shrine, Scottish Rite, and The Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member and past president of the Northwest Optimist Club of Waco. Leo was the last surviving charter member of Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church. The Cogdell family, Leo's maternal relatives, for whom the church was named, donated the land on which the first church was built and supported the church through the years. For 47 years, Leo served on the Board of Directors of Community Bank and Trust in Waco. The family extends thanks for the love, kindness and support from his many friends and most of all the wonderful gun buddies Leo loved so dearly. Your frequent visits over the last several months were a blessing and the highlight of each day. We will cherish the many stories you shared that are a constant reminder of Leo's amazing time on this earth. For the loving and compassionate care, the family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Providence Hospital of Waco, Senior Care of Hewitt, Kindred Hospital of Fort Worth, and Providence Hospice of Waco. Special thanks to Dr. David Hoffman, Dr. Ben LaGrone, and Dr. Steven Burgard of Providence Hospital and Rebecca, Dawn, Brenda, and James of Senior Care of Hewitt. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Herman Bradshaw, Sr., and Eleanor Rose Cogdell Bradshaw; brothers, James Edward "Jim" Bradshaw and Bob Cogdell Bradshaw; and son-in-law, Robert Dennis "Bobby" Smith. Leo is survived by his wife of 41 years, Beverly Jean "Jeannie" Bradshaw, of Waco, who is the mother of their daughter, Brande Colt Bradshaw Draper; his children, Brande Colt Bradshaw Draper and her husband, William Adams "Will" Draper, of Austin, Leo Herman "Trey" Bradshaw, III of Waco, Dana Rose Smith of Boerne, Karen Rezi Maxwell and her husband, John Pat Maxwell, of Boerne, and Andrew Thaxton "Andy" Bradshaw and his wife, Margaret Lowry, of Fort Worth; his sister, Patricia Ann "Pat" Edge of Houston; his sisters-in-law, Ouida Massey Bradshaw of Fort Worth, Janice Bradshaw of The Woodlands, and Jayne Hicks of Waco; his sister-in-law, Rebecca Bosley and her husband, Jim Bosley, of Kirvin; his brother-in law, James Richard "Dicky" Thornton, Jr., and his wife, Lynita Thornton, of Wortham; his first wife, Audra Rose Bradshaw of San Antonio, who is the mother of Leo Herman "Trey" Bradshaw, Dana Rose Smith, Karen Rezi Maxwell, and Andrew Thaxton "Andy" Bradshaw; his grandchildren, Julia Frances Draper, William Adams Draper, Jr., William Robert Bradshaw, Richard Ross Bradshaw, Brandon Travis Smith, Charles Lowry "Charlie" Bradshaw, and James Lowry "Jay" Bradshaw; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and his longtime employee, Patsy Berry and her husband, Bill Berry, of Waco. The Board of Directors of Community Bank and Trust and Leo's beloved Spit and Whittle Club will serve as his honorary pallbearers.
Joan Ruth Erwin Brunson, BM ’56, was born in Houston, Texas on November 12, 1934 to Mabel and Woodrow Wilson Erwin, and passed away peacefully on February 19, 2019 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John Soles Brunson. She is survived by her son, Mark (Claire) Brunson, daughter Dana Dawkins, grandchildren, Beau (Kate) Brunson, Kendra Brunson, Brianna Dawkins, Katie (Kyle) Marcus and great grandchildren, Eleanor, Lexi and John Michael Brunson, Addison Marcus (due May 2019), cousin Dolores (Charles) Sherrer, stepbrother Gary (Beth) Beathard, brother in laws Bryant (Nellen) Brunson, Robert (Linda) Brunson, and their families. Joan graduated from Milby High School in 1952, and married John Brunson, her high school sweetheart while attending Baylor University on December 26, 1953. Joan was a member of the Peer Club (Delta Delta Delta) and graduated from Baylor in 1956 with a degree in piano performance and music education. Once John graduated from Baylor Law School in 1958, they moved back to Houston, Texas, and Joan immediately began playing the piano for Houston’s First Baptist Church. Joan worked as a music teacher at Richmond Elementary School in Houston for several years. In 1971, she began working for Houston’s First Baptist Church as a music assistant. She held this job for over 37 years when she retired. Joan served as a volunteer in many areas of Houston’s First, including married young adults, HUB student ministry, as well as directing youth choirs, handbells, small singing ensembles, and playing the piano for the choir, orchestra and congregation of the church for over 50 years. Joan was a participant for over two years at Amazing Place, a day program for individuals affected by dementia. She enjoyed playing the piano for her Bible study class, the art class, and singing and visiting with the staff and other participants. She continued to love on others and serve her Lord even while attending this day program. Our family really appreciates the loving care and attention that Joan received, and that we received as her caregivers while she attended this very Amazing Place. She is beloved by all who knew her, and was truly a “mother to the world.” She always put others ahead of herself, ensuring that all were cared for and no one lacked anything. Everyone was considered “family” and anyone was welcome at Sunday lunch. There was always room at the table for one more. She truly had a servant’s heart and a love for the Lord, her family, her church, and all of God’s children. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. Our family asks that in lieu of flowers, to please consider donating to the Gerald and Trevelyn Ray Mission Fund at Houston’s First Baptist Church, the School of Fine Arts at Houston’s First Baptist Church, Amazing Place Houston, or The Brookwood Community. Arrangements have been entrusted to Claire Brothers Funeral Home, 7901 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas 77081.
Foy Lynn DuBois, BA ’56, age 88, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Waco, Texas. A graveside service will be held at the Sardis Cemetery on Farm Road 1512 in Marquez, Texas, 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 1. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco. Mr. DuBois was born on January 19, 1931, in Eddy, Texas, in the Connally-DuBois home to Levi Travis and Sarah Mahon DuBois. He graduated from Eddy High School and from Baylor University in 1956. He also served his country for a short time with the United States Armed Services. He began his extended teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas, where he made many life-long friends. He then moved back to Eddy and taught history at Temple High School. During his teaching days and after his retirement, he held many community positions in Waco. He worked and served on the board of directors at the Earle-Harrison Pape Home, where he was involved in the landscaping decisions and interior design of the home. He also worked extensively with the McLennan County Historical Commission, helping to write a book, entitled Historic McLennan County. The first copy of the book was dedicated to Foy DuBois. At Baylor University, he held an interest and worked closely with the Armstrong Browning Library, and even served as museum director at the Browning Library in Florence, Italy, for several summers. Mr. DuBois traveled extensively throughout Europe during his lifetime, taking his beloved students and friends from Waco and Temple. Probably some of his favorite times, however, were spent with his coffee club friends on Mondays. Foy and his parents, and sister and brothers, were long time members of the First Baptist Church in Eddy, Texas. He later joined St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Waco, serving that church family for many years playing the piano and organ for church services. His piano playing skills were extraordinary, and he spent many hours entertaining friends and family. Mr. DuBois was known throughout his community for his love of entertaining. He held an annual Christmas open house, and his annual "Breakfast in the Garden", always when his rose garden was in perfect bloom. In addition to these events, he frequently had elegant dinner parties and luncheons in his home. Mr. DuBois was preceded in death by his parents, L.T. DuBois and Sarah Neveda DuBois; brothers Travis DuBois and wife, Betty, and Bert DuBois; sister, Shirla Oliphant; niece, Dixie DuBois; and nephew, Blake Oliphant. Mr. DuBois leaves behind nieces, Laura Engelking and husband, Frank, D'Ann Kantarski and husband, John, and Jana Oliphant and husband, Homer; and nephews, Trey DuBois, and Robert Todd Oliphant; and great nieces and nephews, Frank Byler Engelking, Jr., Allison Engelking Hughes and husband, Dan Allen III, Summer Pirkle and Brandon Pirkle; Homer Jr., Chris, Ashley, and Samantha Oliphant; and sister-in-law, Doris DuBois. The family would like to especially thank his devoted friends, Linda Nobles and Tom and Jan Connally, for their kindness and compassion to Foy.
Ky Pepper Ewing Jr., BA ’56, of Bethesda, MD, died on December 19, 2018, aged 83. The son of K. P. Ewing, Sr. and Sallie Dixon Ewing, he was born in Victoria, Texas on January 7, 1935, living first in Port Lavaca, Texas, and then in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University (1956, cum laude) and from the Harvard Law School (1959, cum laude). Mr. Ewing practiced law in Washington, D.C., first as an associate at Covington & Burling (1959-1963), then as a partner of Prather Seeger Doolittle Farmer & Ewing (1963-1977). He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice from 1978 through 1980, where among other duties he represented the U.S. on the OECD’s Committee of Experts on Restrictive Business Practices. Ewing thereafter became a partner in Vinson & Elkins until his retirement in 2003, with principal practice areas of antitrust law, international law, and airline law. He served for many years as an officer and council member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, becoming Chair of the Section (2000-2001). He was Co-Chair of the Ditchley (England) Conference on Competition Laws (2001) (participated in by twenty government competition authorities and nine international organizations) planning for what is now the International Competition Network (ICN) of competition agencies from over 100 countries. Ky Ewing was the author of “Competition Rules For The 21st Century: Principles From America’s Experience” (Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2003) (2d edition, 2006, 728 pages); Contributing Author: “Special Defenses In International Antitrust Litigation” (ABA Monograph, 1995); and Co-Editor-In-Chief: “State Antitrust Practice And Statutes” (3 vols. ABA, 1990), as well as numerous articles on competition law. Mr. Ewing served for many years on the Antitrust Advisory Board of BNA’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Reporter, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Bar Association’s “Business Law International.” He represented private companies in international law disputes on mining interests and the Cuban expropriations, as well as acting for the governments of Iran (boundary dispute with Iraq), Pakistan (water disputes with India), Greece (boundary disputes), Peru (fishing rights and boundaries), and Saudi Arabia (multinational fraud investigation). Mr. Ewing was a founding member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, serving as Assistant Secretary and Secretary (1961 through 1999), and was on the Board of Directors (1971-2002). He also represented various airlines before the Civil Aeronautics Board and in environmental matters in his early career. Ky Ewing had served as President of the Carderock Springs Swimming Club, Carderock Springs Citizens Association 1975-78, and the Potomac Valley League 1977. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club and the Cosmos Club, and a former member of the 1925 F Street Club and the City Tavern Club. Mr. Ewing is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 55 years, Almuth Rott Ewing, whom he first met in 1960 and married in 1963, by his three wonderful children, Kenneth Ewing (and his wife Sovaida), Kevin Ewing (and his wife Alison), and Kathryn Ewing, and by his three delightful and dearly loved grandchildren, Andrew, Giselle, and Emily. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac on March 30, 2019 at 10:00 am. He will be buried in a private ceremony in the columbarium of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in either case designated for pancreatic cancer research.
Dr. Herbert Gunther Arm, MS ’57, CAPT., Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, Ret. age 92 of Quincy Retirement Village, PA and formerly of Gettysburg,PA, died February 23, 2019 at home surrounded by his wife and children. Born Oct. 23,1926 in Easton,Pa., he was the son of the late Herbert C. and Elizabeth D. Arm. He lived his early life in Phillipsburg, N.J., graduating in 1944 from Phillipsburg High School. Enlisting in the Navy in April 1944, he retired after more than thirty years spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam having served in the South Pacific, Egypt, Taiwan, Central America and Southeast Asia. His duty stations included USS SARASOTA (APA 204); Epidemic Disease Control Unit 2; Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda; research units in Cairo, Egypt; Taipei, Taiwan; Camp Lejeune, NC; and, Commanding Officer of the Naval Unit, Fort Detrick, MD. At the time of his retirement in 1974, he was Assistant to Chief, Medical Service Corps for Medical Allied Sciences Officers; Consultant to the Surgeon General for Microbiology; and, Program Manager for Infectious Diseases Research, Bureau Medicine and Surgery. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with star. He proudly served his country honorably for 31 years. A graduate of Washington State College and Baylor University College of Medicine, he received a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Maryland. He was an Emeritus Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Emeritus member of the American Society for Microbiology, Sigma Alpha Omicron Microbiology Honorary Society, past president of the Upper Potomac Chapter of the Retired Officers Association, past president of Quincy Resident Council and past president of the Lions Club of Waynesboro, PA. He was Lion of the Year (2011) and a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. He was currently active representative for Legislative Affairs-PA for the Upper Potomac Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a member of the American Legion Post 15 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 695, both of Waynesboro,PA; and, the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a Life Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Greencastle, Pa. He was devoted to the community projects of the Waynesboro Lions Club and was an avid bowler. A man with an outstanding sense of humor, he loved his God, country, and family. He met and married the love of his life, Navy Nurse Nettie Ann DeLisa , at Pearl Harbor, T.H. in 1952. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years Nettie Ann Arm of Quincy; daughter Nancy Arm-Progar of Thurmont, Md.; son Randy W. Arm of Roanoke, VA; Granddaughter Merissa Progar, Grandson Eric Progar ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Daasch and Son-in-law Joseph Progar. Although he could be inurned at the Arlington National Cemetery, he chose inurnment with family in the Historic Chapel Mausoleum at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick Maryland. Memorial services with military honors will be held at 1:00P.M. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in the chapel at Minnich Manor on Wesley Drive, Quincy Retirement Village., Waynesboro, PA, where military honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post #1599, Chambersburg.
Pat Crews, BBA ’57, age 82, of Graham, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Fort Worth Texas. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday April 6, 2019 at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Graham. Pat was born August 16, 1936 in Karnes City to the late Stephen Edgar and Nona (Seale) Crews. Pat was a graduate of the Karnes City High School class of 1954. He was proud of his south Texas roots, and stayed up to date with his classmates, even 65 years later. Pat was also a veteran of the United States Air Force, and earned a business degree from Baylor University in 1957. A true entrepreneur, and a man of many trades, Pat held several jobs over the course of his life. He worked for Mobil Oil Company and received promotions that took his family to Los Angeles, California, but, being the family man he was, he gave up a lucrative career to move back to Texas to raise his family. He went on to own Western Automotive in Graham, Texas and eventually retired after a 10 year career from North Texas State Hospital. In his free time, Pat was an accomplished athlete, coach and member of his church group, the Circuit Riders. Pat was a beloved uncle, a best buddy and everyone's favorite guy. His family has been touched at the stories they've been told since his passing at how much he impacted other's lives using words to describe him such as inspiring, humble, sweet and gentle. Pat took a genuine interest in everyone he met- in fact, some even called him the original facebook because of his ability to recall everything that's going on with the ones he loves and his genuine interest in their lives. Pat was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Hanson and Carolyn Crews and brothers, Stephen E. Crews, III, Jack Crews, Calloway Crews and David Crews. Pat was survived by daughters, Debbie Andrews and her husband Dwayne of Granbury; daughter, Cindy Crews of Wichita Falls; son, Brad Crews and his wife Tyree of Middleburg, Florida; grandchildren Matthew Hawkins, Maddison Anthis and husband Jake, Micah Baird, Wyatt Andrews, Emma Andrews, Aidan Andrews, Crews Laing and wife Abbey, Cadyn Laing, Cameron Moore and wife Raychel, Payton Crews, Paige Crews, Paxton Crews and Parker Crews; great grandchildren Abram Anthis, Collin Laing, and Crews Moore; sisters Nona Nell Kendrick of Boerne and Doris Puryear and husband Glen of Dumas; and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Library of Graham, Texas benefiting The Friends of Library (ph: (940) 549-0600), in Pat's honor. The family of Pat wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Tanya Gillen and the staff of Senior Care in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Marilyn Dennis, BSN ’57, age 84, of La Marque, TX, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2019. She was born December 5, 1934 in Houston, Texas to William and Anna Dunn. She was a resident of La Marque since 1964, formerly from Austin, Dallas and the Houston area. Marilyn attended Nursing School at Baylor College of Medicine; and she worked for 30 years at Galveston County Memorial Hospital in Texas City. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Michael Dennis, a sister Maxine Williamson and grandson Thomas Dennis. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law; Michael D. Dennis and Donna of La Marque and Hobie B. Dennis and Belinda of League City; her brother Jon Dunn and wife Ann of Rye, Texas; her five grandchildren: Brooke, Travis, Miranda and Jeff, Robert and Kayla and Zac and her two great grandchildren: Lanie and Kye. A graveside service will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston, Texas, with Rev. Matthew Brackman officiating.
Funeral services for Alfred Warren Erwin, BM ’57, have been scheduled for 11:00 AM, Monday, February 4, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Pastor Nick Garland will be ministering. Burial will be at Park Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow at 2:00 PM under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home. Alfred Warren Erwin was born Wednesday, October 31, 1934, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of George Alfred and Nancy Lou (Street) Erwin. He passed this life on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Senior Suites in Broken Arrow. He was 84 years of age. Al was a 1952 graduate of Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education at Baylor University. He took Master’s courses in Music from the University of Tulsa. Al worked as a church Music Director for several years. He had also been employed by Smurffits Corporation until retirement. Al was married to the former Miss Derla A. Guzon on July 30, 1983, at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow. He enjoyed reading, traveling and football, but his passion was music. He was past President of the North Eastern Philippine American Association and a member of the Singing Church Men. The family requests memorials to First Baptist Church, Missions Department, 100 W. Albany, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. He is survived by, His wife, Derla Erwin, of the home Son, Loren and wife Gira Erwin, Austin, TX Grandson, Wesley Erwin, Austin, TX Brother, Lawrence and wife Mary Erwin, Tulsa, OK Sister, Patricia and husband Esteban Valencia, Tulsa, OK And many nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his parents, George Alfred and Nancy Lou, six brothers and one sister.
Clyde Eugene “Joe” Garner, BBA ’57, known by his friends and colleagues as Joe and by those who loved him best as Dad and Paw Paw, joined his Lord in heaven on February 28, 2019. Joe's long life brought much love and happiness to his family and friends. His presence on earth is missed dearly but his wisdom, witticisms, and love are written on our hearts just behind his pocket handkerchief. Clyde Eugene was born to Eugenia Elizabeth Miller and Clide Garner on October 9, 1931 in Corsicana, Texas. Clyde was the oldest son of four children and according to completely unbiased sources – shone like the brightest star in the sky. As a boy he achieved excellent grades, teased his older and younger sisters, and worked the summers on his grandfather's farm in Corsicana. After moving to Waco, Clyde's first jobs were as a shoe shine boy and a newspaper delivery boy. He played baseball, basketball, football, and won the Golden Gloves Championship for the Waco Boy's Club. At the young age of fourteen, Clyde was awarded the Boy's Club College Scholarship – just a shimmer of all his achievements to come. His children and grandchildren still giggle at stories of the boyhood trouble he would get into and the life-long charm that would help get him out of that trouble. After his graduation from Waco High School in 1949, Clyde made the courageous decision to enlist in the United States Air Force and serve his country during the Korean War. For three years, as an Airman First Class, he was stationed in Europe and North Africa where he developed friendships and had adventures that became legends in his storytelling. Following his service during the Korean War, Joe met Helen Violet Hill while stationed in Michigan. In a story that always shocked and delighted his granddaughters, "Joe" met Helen in the summer of 1952 and married her the following October. When asked how to make a marriage last for 66 years, Helen would always respond, "I said I do, and I haven't yet said I don't". Joe has always been a hard man to deny! Joe and Helen welcomed their first son, Bob, the following year after the couple's move to Waco, Texas where they made their home. Another son, Tom, joined the next year and twin daughters Cindee and Lindy, evened the score a few years afterward. Later daughter Mari joined the family as "the icing on the cake." As the Garner family garnered new members, Joe worked long days as a manager and salesman in the lumber industry while taking night classes in business at Baylor University. And in 1957, he graduated with his B.B.A. in Management and Marketing, an achievement for which he always credited Helen for reading his textbooks to him in the rare quiet moments before he fell to sleep. All of Joe's children, and many of his grandchildren, followed in his footsteps and graduated from Baylor. All were inspired to match his contagious work ethic and some even managed to match his excellent grades. Using his practical experience, college education, and every ounce of charm – Joe became his own boss at Joe Garner Lumber Company in 1961. Helen was always still the boss at home. Joe Garner Lumber supplied Waco, TX with the highest quality lumber, building materials, and solid wood paneling until his retirement in 1994. Joe was a highly respected member of the Waco business community for over three decades and made the Garner family name one in which multiple generations take pride. He was joined in work by his business partner, Helen, and all five of his children throughout the years. Joe's tough but fair nature made him the best boss his kids ever had and even grandchildren with foggy memories of the lumberyard have at least one picture of Paw Paw letting them "drive" his forklift. Following a well-deserved retirement, Joe and Helen became professional Paw Paw and Nana to their thirteen grandchildren. Blue jumpsuits and fresh tomatoes from his garden became his calling cards. Saturday breakfasts of thick fried bacon and Sunday lunches of grilled steaks were rounded out with freshly shucked corn from the garden and a plate of salted tomatoes as a side dish. Paw Paw's gardening taught them the value of hard work, patience, planning, a little bit of luck and that no matter how perfect anything is – a little salt always makes it better. In later years, Joe studied and became a minister in the Baptist Church. Joe was a man of God that instilled faith in his family and continues to be an example for his children and grandchildren. He offered advice from above with wisdom of the ages. The Bible says that when in heaven we hear all the prayers from our life again and we rejoice that Joe is hearing all his wise words of prayers once again. Paw Paw's grandsons practiced new and old jokes on him, his granddaughters practiced their charm for his attention, and everyone begged for his homemade chocolate malt milkshakes. For a man who grew up with so little, there was never a limit to what he gave. His lap was always a place where they could crawl, hear a joke and a story from his childhood, or something you never knew about your mom or dad. Both Paw Paw and Nana have always made their grandchildren feel like "something special" and in his own words, "there's nothing that Paw Paw would take for you." And we wouldn't take for him either. Joe has been greeted in heaven by his previously deceased mother and father, older sister, son-in-law, Gary Chapman, many friends, and most joyously by his son, Thomas Eugene Garner, who passed away in 2016.He is survived by his wife of 66 years and best friend, Helen. As a father, Joe is survived by his son, Bob and wife, Christy; daughter-in-law, Rene Garner; daughters, Cindee and husband, Mike Millard, Lindy and husband, Roger Fuller, and Mari Chapman. The lucky grandchildren who call him Paw Paw are Colleen Garner, Leslie Garner, Anna Sanders, Thomas Garner, Violet Sullivan, Meredith Millard, Ace Fuller, Anabeth Fuller, Garner Millard, Tyler Bowman, Harrison Fuller, Tommy Garner, and Summer Chapman; as well as five great-grandchildren. Joe and Helen modeled a family of love and affection that garnered a collection of "in-laws and outlaws" who have joined this happy family, and all have considered themselves lucky to have him as a father-in-law, Paw-Paw-in-law, and friend despite the ribbing they might have taken over the years. What Joe has given life – life has given back to him. Near the end of his life, it is our hope that he felt even a small fraction of the love he has inspired. Only recently, he said to his family, "I feel like I must be going crazy, there are so many people that love me!" As his favorite singer, Patsy Cline, would say, "I'm crazy for loving you" And we cannot help but agree that we love him like crazy and we will soon see Paw Paw again. Those wishing to make memorials may be sent in his honor to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Waco.
John Curtis Gilbert, BA ’57, of Granbury, TX, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 83. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. John was born on August 8, 1935 in Amarillo, Texas to George Curtis Gilbert and Mary Alice Copp Gilbert. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1953. He was married to his wife LaNelle for over 50 years until her death in 2008. John spent his life in ministry to others. He graduated in 1957 from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then received his Master of Divinity in 1967 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He began his student ministry at Mississippi Delta Junior College before moving his family in 1972 to Russellville, Arkansas where he was a campus minister at Arkansas Tech University. In 1991, he received a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky while ministering to the students of the University of Cincinnati. Upon retiring from campus ministry, John moved with his wife to Fort Worth, Texas where he served as an event coordinator for the Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University. After his wife’s death, he moved to Granbury, Texas where he served as an AVID tutor at Acton Middle School and an extended day aide for Acton Elementary School. He loved spending time with his family and playing as much golf as possible. Preceded in death by wife LaNelle Higdon Gilbert. Survivors: Son Mark Gilbert and wife Susie; son David Gilbert and wife Karen, son Tim Gilbert and wife Lisa, son Thom Gilbert and daughter Amy Gilbert and wife Karen Thomas; Sister Virginia Gilbert Clark and husband Jeff; niece Heather Bludau and husband Brad; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers or cards, please donate to the charity of your choice in honor of John’s life.
Lauren Elisabeth “Betty” Lunati Grise, BM ’57, of Cary, North Carolina, departed from this life and entered into the glorious presence of Jesus Christ on the 11th of March, 2019. She was 83. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Rev. Peter John Lunati and Lenora Elizabeth Lunati of Memphis, Tennessee. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jerry Wade Grise, the love of her life for 60 years. She leaves one son, Jeffrey Wade Grise (Michele) of Cary, North Carolina. She also leaves two delightful and beloved grandchildren, Jonathan Matthew Grise and Rachel Catherine Grise, a sister, Elizabeth Ann Kulbeth of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, many nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her son, John David Grise of Columbia, Missouri, a sister, Kathleen Grace McKinley of Memphis, and a brother, Peter John Lunati, Jr., of Nashville, Tennessee. Mrs. Grise was a graduate of Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) where she was voted Miss Talent and a Southwestern Beauty. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music degree. She was also a Baylor Beauty Finalist and the Baylor University 1956 Senior Class Homecoming Representative. At Baylor, she was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music organization. She did graduate organ study with David Craighead at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Later, she earned a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Memphis State University. Mrs. Grise was an active participant in music circles in the Memphis area. During her many years in the Beethoven Club of Memphis, she served in various capacities including First Vice-President. She was devoted to encouraging young musicians and for nine years was Chairman of the Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition. She also served as President of the Renaissance Music Circle of Memphis and was an active performer on both organ and piano. She was best known throughout her life as a church organist. She grew up in a family of musicians, and as the youngest of four children, she heard much classical and sacred music performed by her older brother and sisters. As Betty studied playing the piano and organ, she developed improvisational and arranging skills which were much used in her performing years. Her musical talents grew through the support of her family and through playing at church events. Her father was a minister, and her mother was a church pianist and Bible teacher. Mrs. Grise's father had a deep love of pipe organ music and installed a pipe organ in their home. It was fitting that Mrs. Grise had a desire to study organ, for her heart was in serving God through her music, which she did for more than fifty years. She had a warm, sensitive style when playing the organ and piano. Her church organist positions included Bellevue Baptist Church, Lindenwood Christian Church, and Independent Presbyterian Church, all of Memphis. She also served as church organist for Travis Avenue Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. During her years at Bellevue Baptist Church, she made several recordings on the organ and piano. The four manual M.P. Moeller pipe organ that was installed at Bellevue in 1975 was designed by Mrs. Grise. At the time of installation, it was the largest pipe organ in the city and following the installation, Mrs. Grise gave the dedicatory organ recital. She viewed her church positions as her opportunity to serve the Lord and inspire the congregation to worship through great sacred music and hymns. Her favorite hymn and the first line of that hymn was "When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries, may Jesus Christ be praised." A proud mom, she took much delight in rearing her two sons and was greatly supportive of their many activities throughout the years. They were the joy of her heart, wonderful gifts from God. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, her constant love and encouraging words were continually cherished by her family members. Our family mourns the loss of this dedicated Christian lady even as we celebrate her influential life. The service will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 19, at the First United Methodist Church, Cary, North Carolina. Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, NC is in charge of arrangements. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Samaritan's Purse or Gideons International.
Esther Thelander Millerman, BA ’57, of Dallas passed away on March 8, 2019. She was born December 3, 1935 to Gunnar and Mary Thelander in Houston, Texas. She was 83. On December 21, 1957, she married Jim Millerman, the love of her life, with whom she was married for 59 years until his death on April 22, 2016, and with whom she reared their three children, whom she loved with all her heart. She was beautiful inside and out. Esther’s life was marked by her faith in Jesus Christ, her community service, her great love for her family and friends, and her interest in the lives of others. She was a voracious reader, who loved to read the Bible, the New Yorker, the New York Times, novels and other books. She loved tennis. Esther’s smile lit up her bright eyes and whatever room she was in. She had an uncanny knack of connecting with people whom she had just met; many would tell her their life stories within minutes of meeting her. She was often trying to help someone, frequently a perfect stranger. She had a great interest in the world of ideas: she loved to talk about articles and opinion pieces she had read, and she frequently had her own interesting theories. She loved the ocean and beaches. Esther grew up in Houston, riding horses around town. As a teenager, she attended a Young Life camp where she learned the gospel of Jesus. She placed her faith in Christ and attended many nights of a Billy Graham Crusade, which she brought relatives and friends to, and which changed the course of her life and that of her family and future family. In her new faith, she became actively involved in Berachah Church in Houston in the early years of that church. Esther graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1953 and from Baylor University in 1957. She and Jim served as counselors for Young Life and at Camp Good News in Cape Cod. She taught English at North Junior High School in Abilene, Texas. She served in the Abilene and Dallas Junior Leagues, working with troubled girls in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. She was a founder of the Food Pantry at Luke’s Closet at Dallas Theological Seminary for the benefit of seminary students. Esther and Jim supported North Texas Young Life and various missionaries. She was an active member of Grace Bible Church. When sharing her faith, she loved quoting Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” Esther was preceded in death by her parents Gunnar and Mary, husband Jim, brother Kenneth and sister Frieda. Esther is survived by her son, James Millerman, III and his wife Elena, Esther’s daughter Melayne Packer and her husband Ian, her son Eric Millerman, her grandchildren, Mary and Cameron Packer and Julia and Sofia Millerman and other loving relatives. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 25th at 1 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 11306 Inwood Road at Northaven Road, Dallas. A brief burial service will be held on Monday, March 25th at 10 a.m. at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Bible Church.
Harold Wayne Parsons Jr., BS ’57, of Temple, TX, died March 1. He was 91. Mr. Parsons died Friday, March 1, at a local nursing facility. He was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Wichita Falls to Harold and Nadine Clair Parsons. He graduated from Waco High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco. He married Peggy Jean Waddell on Aug. 1, 1953. He was a teacher. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Paul Parsons and Patterson “Pat” Parsons; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home in Temple.
William A. “Bill” Puett Jr., BBA ’57, of Whitney, Texas passed away on April 27th, 2019 at the age of 84. Bill was born on April 20, 1935 in Temple, Texas to William A. Puett, Sr. and Martha Jane Puett. He graduated from Temple High School in 1953, Temple Junior College in 1955, received a B.B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1957 and an Insurance Degree from Purdue University in 1967. Bill was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves in 1961. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Phylis Jean Puett; children Scott Puett of San Antonio, Sandra Puett Ridley and husband Pat of Belton, Steve Puett of Temple, Susan Puett Wilson and husband David of Temple, Richard Evans of Whitney, and his sister Elaine Tomlin of Temple. His legacy will live on through his grandchildren, Michael Dent, Jessica Dent, Danielle Puett Taylor, Jordan Puett, Philip Leicht, Patrick Ridley II and Matt Ridley; and 11 great grandchildren and extended family. His work history began as the Manager at Safeway in Waco, Bryan and Temple from 1957-1965. His insurance career began in 1965 and expanded through 1992. He worked in the foodservice business for McLane Foodservice Co., and Sysco Foodservice Co. from 1992 to 1998 as the District Sales Manager. He joined Performance Food Group in 1998 as District Sales Manager and after serving for more than 20 years retired in January of 2019 as the Director of Training. In 2014 he joined the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Directors and served with the National Restaurant Association as an Instructor and Proctor for ServSafe. Bill was a member of the Temple Planning & Zoning Commission as Vice Chairman from 1967 thru 1969. He served on the Temple City Commission from 1970 thru 1978, and was Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Temple from 1974 thru 1975. He was a member of many Lodges, Clubs and Fraternities including Knob Creek Masonic Lodge #401, Baylor University Ex-Student Association as Past President, and the Texas Association of Life Underwriters. He participated in many public and civic activities most of his life in the Bell County area including Temple Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Temple Jaycees, Past Director of Ralph Wilson Boys Club, Past Director of Temple Civic Theatre, Past Director of Texas Law Enforcement and Youth Development, and a member of the Bell County/Mary Hardin-Baylor College Educational Foundation. Bill received many awards throughout his lifetime including Outstanding Young Man in Temple in 1964, and numerous awards from Franklin Life Insurance Company from 1965 thru 1981, and was well known as “Mr. Insurance” in the Temple area. Bill also received awards throughout his 20 year career with Performance Food Group. Bill loved to go hunting, deep sea fishing, and traveling. Family was a huge part of Bill’s life and he and Jean enjoyed spending time together at their “ranch” in Whitney and living life. They had many adventures together from stopping at every yard sale, garage sale or flea market they may pass to find a “treasure”, doting on their beloved pets, and their annual vacations to Hawaii. Bill always had a smile on his face, had a multitude of friends and never met a stranger. He had a way of making you feel like you knew him most of your life after one chance encounter. Bill’s spirit will live on in his family, friends and co-workers. He touched so many lives during his lifetime and has left an incredible mark on so many people who crossed his path. Words from his work family state “His positive nature was infectious and a blessing to all. Those of you who had the pleasure of interacting and working with him can attest that he had the true heart of a servant leader. For that we say “mahalo” for all that he has done for us and “aloha” toward the next stage of his eternal journey.” A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 W. Barton Avenue at 11am Saturday, May 4th in Temple.
Byron Franklin Wise, BA ’57, age 84, of Gause, TX, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Minerva, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Robertson County Cowboy Church in Franklin with Rev. Jimmy Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in the Gause City Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6:00 pm at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Mr. Wise, a supervisor at MSI and lifelong cattleman, was born March 23, 1935 in Paducah, TX. to Charles and Pansy (Franklin) Wise. He received his BA degree from Baylor University. He married Georgia Light on September 26, 1969 and they spent the next 49 years together in Gause. He was a former Gause ISD School Board Member, Gause VFD, Rockdale Roping and Cutting Club and other livestock organizations. He was a member of the Gause Baptist Church. He is survived by: His wife Georgia Wise of Gause, Son Curtis Wise of Flower Mound, Daughter Amber Reed of Gause, Brother Wayne Wise of Paris, Texas and 7 grandchildren.
Judith R. Behringer Brown, BBA ’58, of Bedford, MA, died May 6. She was the loving wife of of Nathaniel K. Brown for 61 years; mother of Pamela J. Brown and her significant other Monther Mardini of Bedford, Nathaniel K. Brown, Jr. and his fiancee Jayne Schmitz of Bedford, and Kenneth E. Brown and his wife Shannon of Bedford. Loving grandmother of Amanda Brown, Alyssa Brown, Nathaniel Brown, Mia Brown, Soren Brown, James McGinn and Kyle McGinn. She is also survived by her sister Betty Poteet and numerous nieces and nephews of Waco, Texas. Predeceased by her parents, Johnnie and Edward C. Behringer and her sister Barbara Walling of Texas. A native of Waco, Texas, Judy met her husband Nat at church while he was a U.S. Air Force pilot stationed at James Connolly AFB in Texas. They married the day after her college graduation from Baylor University and Nat brought her home to Bedford where they have lived ever since. Judy worked as an Executive Secretary at Raytheon to help put her husband through law school. Always full of joy and energy, Judy was service-minded and loved to entertain her family and friends. She was an active member of the Bedford Garden Club, Historical Society, Friends of the Job Lane House, as well as the Bedford Women's Club, League of Women Voters, Friends of the Library and a dedicated volunteer for Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. She supported her children as a Scout leader, 4-H Leader, and often visited the Bedford schools to carry on the historic teachings of her late mother-in-law Louise K. Brown, Bedford's former town historian. In 1970, Judy was named Outstanding Young Woman of America. She was known as a warm and smiling face around Bedford's New England Nurseries where she served as President and knowledgeable horticulturalist, spending time there even after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. A world traveler, Judy loved culture and people, food and her red wine. She served as the Treasurer of the Chane des Rtisseurs Bailliage de Colonial New England. She fought a tough battle, continuing to entertain family and go on date nights for dinner with Nat, attending Garden Club meetings, and hosting 14 for dinner on Easter Sunday, days before her death. Judy was a friend to old and young; she will be sorely missed. Visiting hours were held in Shawsheen Funeral Home in Bedford on Friday, May 10, 2019. A Funeral Service was held in First Church of Christ Congregational in Bedford on Saturday, May 11, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 125 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or Friends of the Job Lane House, P.O. Box 720, 295 North Rd. Bedford, MA 01730.
Dr. Harold Weldon Havard, BA ’58, MSEd ’61, EdD ’70, of Plano, TX, died Apr. 1. He was 85. Harold was born January 14, 1934, in Baytown, TX. His father was Eugene Weldon Havard and his mother was Josephine Alicia Houston Havard. His paternal grandparents were Charles Harris Havard and Iva Jett Havard of Huffman, TX. His maternal grandparents were James Edward Houston and Josephine Elizabeth Richard Houston of Garland, Alabama. He married Janice Elizabeth Goolsby of Highlands, Harris County, TX on June 1, 1957. Harold's life reflects a lifelong commitment to God, and to his church and community, complemented with a strong belief in family values. He grew up in the Baytown Area and made his profession of faith and was baptized in the Central Baptist Church, Pelly, Texas when he was 9 years old. Harold graduated from Robert E Lee High School Baytown Texas in 1952. He was a Boy Scout, Future Farmer of America receiving the Lone Star Farmers Degree. He received his BA, MA, and Ed D degrees from Baylor University. He was an avid collector of G. Harvey art and enjoyed genealogy. His loves were God, his church, his county, his family, and his friends. Harold served as a sixth grade teacher first at Velasco Elementary in the Brazosport ISD, sixth grade teacher in the Waco ISD; fifth grade teacher in the Brazosport ISD, and sixth grade teacher at Dover Elementary in the Richardson ISD. He was also an Education Professor at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. He returned to Richardson in 1970 where he was an elementary school principal at Mark Twain, Brentfield, and Prairie Creek Elementary. After retirement from the Richardson ISD and 40 years in education, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels, served as an ESL teacher for International Friends at First Baptist Church Richardson where he was also a deacon and served as a greeter. He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Janice of Plano, TX, his sons Randal Lewis and wife Sharon Patterson Havard of Frisco, TX; Richard Lynn and wife Kimberley Elbert Havard of Prosper, TX. Also, his grandchildren Hunter Ryan Havard, Katelyn Elizabeth Havard, Caroline Grace Havard, Lauryn and her husband Nick Sackett and great grandchildren Brooklynn, Karsyn, and Blake Sackett of Colorado Springs and his Sister in Law, Nancy Bullock and her husband Lawrence Bullock, of Colorado Springs He also is survived by many nephews, nieces, family members and many cherished friends. Harold is predeceased by his mother, father, and two sisters, Frances Havard Bennett and Lois Havard Carey.
C. Elton Hinshaw, BBA ’58, of Nashville, TN, died Feb. 24. Though Elton had a lifetime of professional accomplishments, he would be the first to tell you his greatest success was courting and marrying his high school sweetheart, Jane Simpson. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last summer. Born in Texarkana, Arkansas, Elton graduated from Baylor University before receiving his PhD from Vanderbilt University as a Southern Fellowship Fellow. He was a Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt for thirty-four years, as well as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a four-year period. He enjoyed teaching and his relationships with his students, some of whom became lifelong friends. In his professional career, Elton published many articles and papers, and in 1989, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award "for distinguished service to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions as a member of the faculty in the councils and government of the University." In addition to his teaching, Elton alternated as Secretary or Treasurer, for the American Economics Association for more than 25 years. As a young man, Elton was a baseball and basketball athlete and later remained an active golfer, sailor, and tennis player. Elton was proud of his own family's humble beginnings and the education and the family successes he has helped make possible with his generosity, his advice, and his constant love and support for his beloved children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, Stephen Simpson Hinshaw, Becky Hinshaw Eagleton and Carroll Hinshaw Dale Nail; and his grandchildren, Raleigh Anne Dale, Norma Jane Eagleton, Carroll Alexandria Dale, Lily Ellen Eagleton, and Sam Eagleton. The family plans to celebrate his life with a private service at Immanuel Baptist Church, his home church since 1958, where he had served as a Director. Contributions in his name can be made to the campaign to restore the windows that open the Immanuel sanctuary to the beauty of God's creation.
Leslie Maurice Moore, BBA ’58, of Houston, dearly loved husband, father and grandfather entered eternal life on Good Friday, the 19th of April 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 84 years of age. Born in Dallas on the 3rd of October 1934, the son of Earl and Grace Moore, Leslie graduated from Waco High School in 1953. He attended Baylor University where he met his wife, Francille Newman, and graduated in 1958 with a BBA in Accounting and Economics. They celebrated 60 years of marriage on the 7th of March 2019. Leslie served his country in the Naval Reserve. He began his career as Senior Rate Analyst for Tennessee Gas Transmission (Tenneco). He became owner and president of Specialty Broom & Mop Company and later formed LMCO. Leslie served as District Director of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA). He was a member of Westbury Baptist Church where he served as deacon and on many committees. Following retirement, his love for adventure led to numerous trips throughout the world with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Francille; son, Lane Leslie Moore and wife Jennifer of San Antonio; daughter, Lara Lesan Harris and husband Matthew of Liberty Hill; granddaughter Abigail Moore; brother-in-law Bill Newman and wife Beverly; and many nieces and nephews. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 23rd of April, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 24th of April, at Westbury Baptist Church, 10425 Hillcroft Street in Houston, where Brandon Webb, Pastor, will officiate. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to P.E.O. Foundation – Francille Moore Scholarship Fund, c/o Jacqueline Yee, 900 Birdsall St., Houston, TX 77007; or to Westbury Baptist Church, 10425 Hillcroft St., Houston, TX, 77096.
Joe Newton Ripley, BBA ’58, of Livingston, Texas passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after a courageous battle with several ailments. He was 85. He was born in Waco, Texas on August 4, 1933 to Dee S. Ripley and Mary Scott Ripley. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters (Amelia Mathews and Dorothy Gelb) and one brother (Shelby Ripley). Joe is survived by his wife and best friend, Lena Ripley, after 55 years of marriage; two sons Kevin Michael Ripley and wife Sharon of Shepherd, Texas; and Brian Lee Ripley and wife Jeanne' of New Caney, Texas. He was blessed with ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews along with friends and neighbors that he loved dearly. Joe and Lena enjoyed taking in foster children from CPS in Houston for several years. Joe served in the army for two years. After putting himself through college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and receiving his CPA certificate, he was recruited by the United States Treasury Department in Houston and worked as a Computer Audit Specialist with the IRS. He retired after 30 years of service and moved to Livingston, Texas. During the early years of his marriage to Lena, Joe enjoyed sports cars, fishing in Galveston, and working in the church the family attended in Houston. He also loved to dance, go to art shows, shell peas, watched the Houston Oilers and later, the Texans. In retirement, he loved to read incessantly, work crossword puzzles, play with the grandkids, identify and feed the birds in the yard, and tune in to all the western shows on television. His greatest enjoyment was being a Scoutmaster for his sons and helping out with T-Ball teams. He will be missed by many. Visitation will be held at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, Texas on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm. Services will be held immediately after visitation at Farley Chapel Cemetery on FM 2666 in Shepherd, Texas. The officiant at the graveside service will be Doyle Ives. Pallbearers will be members of the family.
Gwendolyn A. Seccombe, BSN ’58, of Nathrop, CO, died Oct. 23, 2018, in Vail, from complications following hip replacement surgery. She was born March 21, 1936, in Anthony, N.M., to P.G. Donaldson and Edith Collier. After having been a widow for 30 years to William Gorman, from which two children, Jeanette and Eric, were born, she married Steve Seccombe on Nov. 28, 2002. Gwen earned master’s degrees in nursing and counseling, and her career included registered nurse, teaching nursing at UNM, family nurse practitioner and then leading emergency services and disaster planning at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, N.M. Upon retirement she moved to Nathrop, where she designed and was general contractor building her residence there, and she worked in the children’s center at Monarch Ski Resort for a number of years. Besides hiking, camping and skiing, Gwen was very active in both long-distance cycling tours and racing events. The tours included the Hotter’n Hell 100 in Texas, the Ride Across Wyoming, the Whitney Classic and three times doing the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. She was often winning ribbons and medals at various senior games, including the National Games in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Menlo Park, Houston, Cleveland and Minneapolis. At her daughter’s Nebraska ranch, Gwen regularly helped with artificial insemination, feeding cattle and for the annual bull sale, distributing flyers, decorating and cooking. Gwen was active at church, teaching, in choir, cooking and lately as a greeter at ClearView Community Church, confidently claiming that she trusted Jesus alone for her salvation. Gwen is survived by her husband Steve, daughter Jeanette Dean of Oshkosh, Neb.; son Eric Gorman (wife Hollie, grandchildren Chloe and Teagen) of Hockessin, Del.; her brothers Presley Donaldson (wife Bobbie) of Hillsborough, Texas; Burl Donaldson (wife Karin) of Albuquerque, N.M.; Presley and Bobbie’s daughters Patty Donaldson of Lufkin, Texas and Barbara Crow (husband Troy) of Weatherford, Texas.
On April 18, 2019, Charles Darnell Brady, BS ’59, originally from Hearne, Texas, and a 50+ year resident of Montgomery Village, MD, went to be with his Lord surrounded by his family. Charles graduated with a BS from his beloved Baylor University and an MSEE from Rice University. Charles worked on the Apollo guidance system for NASA, and was a pioneer in telemedicine in the early 70s with the ATS-6 program providing healthcare to remote villages in Alaska. This effort was followed by work on the NASA space station program. Additionally, Charles was an Abraham Lincoln portrayer requested for events across the region. Regardless of his professional success, Charles is best remembered for his love of his Lord, and his commitment to serving Christ’s children through service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. As an Elder he also served as moderator of the Presbytery of the East. Charles was best known in the community as the photographer and the “Voice of the Whetstone Whales” summer MCSL swim team. He volunteered every year at the Montgomery County Fair, helping his wife with the canned goods in the Home Arts building, and his sons with their sheep--reaching back to his love for agriculture and farming. Charles is survived by his loving wife, M. Ann Brady, his two sons, Stephan and Christian, his daughters’ in law Jennifer and Elizabeth, and his four grandchildren, Stephanie Desaulniers, Heather Brady, M Darnell Brady, and Isabel Brady. He is also survived by his three great-grandchildren, Amelia Corinne, Connor Tiberius, and Grace Rey Desaulniers. He was preceded in death by his grandson Mack Brady, his parents Edwin and Evelyn Brady, and his brother Jesse. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, at 2 PM at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda MD. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Mack Brady Memorial fund, http://MackBrady.com/Donate.
Donald Elton “Buster” Guderian, BBA ’59, of Waco, died peacefully February 22, 2019. He was 82. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019, at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery. Buster was born March 28, 1936, in Waco, attended Waco High School and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Business Administration in 1959. He then proudly served in the military after graduation with an honorable discharge. He went on to successfully run the family business, Truck & Trailer Equipment Co. for the next 60 years. He was an avid Baylor Bear fan, and as a lifelong season ticket holder, he rarely missed a game. He was a generous man who helped many people in times of need. He loved a good laugh and enjoyed nothing more than having the last word. He was beloved and will be missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Elton Guderian; sister, Geraldine Guderian Brinck; and brother-in-law, Walter James Butler. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Guderian Butler of Houston; brother-in-law, Jack Brinck of Ft. Worth; nieces and nephews, Tommy Brinck, Cathy Brinck Deaver, Steven Brinck, Laura Butler, Mark Butler, and Jennifer Butler Mishriky.
Bart Giles Horn, ’59, of Lorena, TX, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Waco. He was 84. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, at OakCrest Funeral Home, with Pastor Heath Kirkwood officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at the funeral home. Bart was born April 22, 1934, in Waco, to Giles W. (Jack) and Vera Horn. He graduated from Waco Technical High School and in January of 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Bart proudly served aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he returned to Waco and attended Baylor University. Bart worked at Owens Illinois Glass Plant for 35 years. He was also a member of Western Heights Baptist Church for 28 years and for the last 21 years First Baptist Church of Lorena. Bart was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Glenn Horn and Harlan Horn. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gay L. Horn; daughter, Terry Lynn Snapp and husband, David, of Cox, Georgia; son, Dale Allen Horn and wife, Deanna, of Waco; grandchildren, Ashley Roberts and husband, Michael, Tyler Wilson and fiancée, Caleigh Kessler, Brian Horn, Kristin Stone and husband, Sam, Cori Snapp and Eric Snapp. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the members of the First Baptist Church of Lorena, the doctors and staff at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest, and the nurses and doctors at Providence Hospice Place at St. Catherine's Center for their love, care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bart may be made to a charity close to his heart, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75219-9842, Providence Hospice Place, 300 W. State Hwy 6, Waco, TX 76712, or to the charity of your choosing. Pallbearers are Donald Purvis, Rodney Gaylor, Darrell Huddleston, Pat Vanek, Randy Vanek, and Greg Vanek. Honorary pallbearers are Bart's coffee drinking buddies who have met daily for 29 years.
James L. Martin, BA ’59, of Mesquite, TX, died May 4. James was born to Lowell and Ila Martin on October 30, 1936 in Nederland, Texas. Left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Lois Martin; sons, Greg Martin and wife Vickie and Rodney Martin and Danielle; daughters, Denise Brooks and Clay, Kimberly Ray and husband Tommy, and Jill Reeves; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Ilene Hughes. James will be remembered by his calling to minister through music and bringing people to Christ through music. Most recently, he sang with Singing Men of North Texas, Park Cities Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, and Notables Senior Choir. He dearly loved his family and led by example. He had a kind, loving, and joyful spirit. He was a 1959 graduate of Baylor University. After graduation, he served in the Army until 1961. He, then, went to Fort Worth Theological Seminary earning a degree in music ministry. He served as Minister of Music in San Antonio, Denison, and Garland. He enjoyed history (especially Texas), attending church, crossword puzzles, and playing piano. There will be a Celebration of Life for James at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite.
Patsy Nell Mathis, BBA ’59, of Waco was raised to new life with Christ on Friday, April 26, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at First United Methodist Church of Waco, preceded by a private burial service at 10:00 am at Bosqueville Cemetery. A visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church immediately following the memorial service. Pat was born February 27, 1937, in Hamilton, Texas to William and Nell Freeman. She was educated at Troy High School and attended Baylor University before marrying the love of her life, Jim Mathis, August 3, 1957. She and Jim moved to Waco a year later and were active in the community for six decades. From serving as President of Christian Women’s Club to volunteering at CareNet Pregnancy Center, teaching her WINGS Bible study at First United Methodist and supporting her four boys and thirteen grandchildren in all their school activities, Pat lived her life with joy and thanksgiving. Of all the places Pat and Jim visited, she loved the mountains of Red River, New Mexico more than any other. She went hiking, camping, and skiing with Jim and the boys and loved hosting cookouts at the family cabin. At home she could spend hours in her sewing closet making beautiful outfits for her seven granddaughters. Pat was known for her sense of humor, love for Jesus, passion for God’s Word, and her absolute devotion and love of Jim. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Ann Gibbs; and her son, Philip Freeman Mathis. Pat is survived by her husband, Jim, and her sons and their spouses: Andy and wife, Laura Leigh, Dana Mathis (wife of the late Phil Mathis), John and wife, Tina, and Jay and wife, Lydia. Granny Pat is survived by her thirteen grandchildren and two great-granddaughters: Sarah Mathis, Stephen Mathis, Joshua Mathis, Jarrod Mathis, Micah Mathis, Tyler Mathis, Lawrie Bomar and husband, Jonathan, Karena Mathis, Annie Elequin and husband, Nathan, Emma Mathis, Grace Mathis, Matthew Mathis, Elizabeth Mathis, and great granddaughters Eleanor and Emery Bomar. She is also survived by her sister, Billye Pratt. Memorials may be made to CareNet Pregnancy Center, Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry and the Alzheimer’s Association.