Tracy Van Bishop, ’92, of Atlanta, Georgia, entered into rest on March 8, 2019 at age 51. Tracy was born on September 8, 1967 in Jasper, Alabama. He graduated from Winston County High School in 1985, Ole Miss class of 1989, Ole Miss Grad School in 1991, and had a PHD from the University of Wisconsin in Linguistics. Tracy worked at Baylor University from 1991-1993, University of Wisconsin 1993-1998, NYU 2002-2006, Hofstra 2006-2007, Washington University 2007-2011, Little Rock, Arkansas 2011-2013, University of Arkansas 2013-2016, and Atlanta Metropolitan State College 2017-2019. He enjoyed playing the french horn, board games, playing cards, and had many achievements in his life. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 1pm-4pm at Addison Church of God in Addison, Alabama, where services will be held at 4pm. Steton Hayes and Pastor Rodney Ridgeway will officiate. Tracy is survived by his parents, Larry and Sandra Bishop; brother, Shane Bishop; sister, LaShay Bishop and her husband Shane Childs; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Tressie Bishop, and Odie and Mauvelene Hayes.
Robert “Robbie” G. Fletcher, BSEd ’93, of Lorena, TX, went home to be with Jesus early Thursday morning, February 21, 2019, at the age of 55. There will be a private family burial on Monday, February 25. A memorial service will follow at First Baptist Church of Robinson at 1:30 p.m. on the same day, with Brooks Kimmey officiating. Robbie was born in 1963, in Waco, Texas, the son of the late Larry and Barbara (Messec) Fletcher. He graduated from Robinson High School and Baylor University and worked for many years as an educator and also in cybersecurity. Robbie was deeply compassionate, a caregiver to many both in his family as well as to friends and remained playful and mischievous his whole life. He always kept you guessing, could bring a smile to anyone, and constantly wanted others to know Jesus. He found his pride and joy in his family. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Susan Fletcher of 32 years; daughter, Bethany Lundeen and husband, Erik; sister, Tracy Fletcher Gleitman and husband, Ron. He is also survived by brother-in-law, David Reed (Dana); sister-in-law, Rebecca Nickell (Jeff); mother-in-law, Marcell Reed; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding him in death were parents, Larry and Barbara.
Gregory Scott Lyon, BA ’93, of Houston was born on December 2, 1970 in Lexington, Kentucky and passed away on March 25, 2019 at the age of 48. Scott moved to Spring, Texas in 1977. Following graduation from Klein High School in 1989, he attended Baylor University where he earned his BA in Economics in 1993. He completed an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird University in Phoenix, Arizona in 1996. Scott loved the outdoors. He especially enjoyed fly fishing, biking and international travel. He also enjoyed volunteering with his dogs Cali and Cooper at Faithful Paws Houston and working with a local ministry helping to share God’s word with the homeless. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Earls Lyon, and sister, Linda Lyon Saenz. He is survived by his father, Herbert (Pete) Lyon; brother, David Lyon; sister-in-law, Kimberly Lyon; and nephew, Carter Lyon. He is also survived by his aunt, Loretta Reid; many cousins, friends and his awesome dog, Cooper. A private family interment service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Joan Davison Barganier Dunkum, BA ’94, age 56, passed away at her home in Marlin on February 3, 2019. Graveside Service will be Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. in Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. Joni was born on Thanksgiving Day November 22, 1962 to Hillary and Joni Dell Barganier. She graduated from Vanguard High School. She attended LSU on a tennis scholarship for one year. She went on to graduate from Baylor University with a degree in Sociology. She worked for the Texas Youth Commission and Mexia State School, and in most recent years she was self-employed. She had a love of music, was an avid arrowhead hunter, and was blessed with an inherent gift of being able to make people laugh. Joni was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Craig Hillary Barganier. Survivors include her husband Bob Dunkum, sisters Sally Barganier; Jenny Barganier Neumann and husband Ronnie. She also is survived by her sister-in-law Brenda Barganier. Nieces include Lisa Barganier Nehring and Hillary Neumann. Nephews include Ryan Barganier, wife Marissa, and their son; Hunter Neumann; Travis Neumann, wife Kathleen, and their children; Trent Neumann, wife Jennifer, and their daughter; and her Aunt June Evans. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Barbara Dunkum; brother-in-law Gary Dunkum and wife Sumaya; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Dunkum; Carol Lea Contella, husband Michael, and their children. Also several cousins, lifelong friends, and her beloved pets Danny and Tanner.
Kelly Craven Clark, BBA ’95, age 48, of Frisco, Texas passed away on April 19, 2019. He was born on November 27, 1970 in Texas City, Texas. On May 23, 2015, Kelly married Sonya Kay Wulf in Frisco, Texas. Kelly was a graduate of Baylor University. Kelly is survived by his wife, Sonya Clark; five children, Isabella Mason, Alexis Paige Cordero, Molly Nicole Clark, Allison Claire Cordero and Kate Elizabeth Clark; two brothers, Brian Ray Clark and his wife, Ché and Brett Taylor Clark and his wife, Melissa. Kelly was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Clark. Kelly was a much beloved husband, father and friend. Those who knew him loved him. His presence in the lives of those he touched was and will remain incredibly meaningful. The list of people who have reached out and are mourning this grievous loss is too long to include, but their thoughts, prayers and well wishes are most appreciated. He is greatly missed.
Dr. Lin Xu, PhD ’96, of Allen, Texas passed away March 29, 2019, at the age of 56. He was born September 30, 1962, to YiYou Xu and Dixian Gu in China. Lin earned his Ph.D. degree from Baylor University in 1996 and earned his master’s degree in computer science from University Texas Dallas in 1999. He worked as an I.T. for Texas Health for seven years and Children’s Hospital for five years. Lin is survived by his wife, Bing Wang of Allen, Texas; son, Matthews Xu of Allen, Texas; father, YiYou Xu of China; and brother, Hong Xu of China. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dixian Gu. An inurnment will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Dallas Chinese Fellowship Church, 2640 Glencliff Drive, Plano, Texas 75075.