Faculty, Friends and Family
Dr. John Paul Arnold, of Tyler, TX, was born in Arp, Texas August 19, 1932 to Loys and Clara Woolf Arnold and was called home by his Lord and Savior on March 15, 2019. Paul was a 1950 graduate of New London High School where he played football, ran track and was highly involved in the New London FFA. As a high school senior, he enjoyed showing steers in stock shows around Texas with the FFA. Paul graduated from The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1959 receiving his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he practiced in Dallas and eventually made his way back to Tyler joining City Small Animal Clinic with Dr. Pinkerton. He subsequently left to start Shelley Drive Animal Clinic in 1970. In his later years, he found pleasure and enjoyment working his cattle and spending time with his brothers maintaining the Arnold farms in Arp. He was a member of Baylor’s Endowed Scholarship Society. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, adoring wife, Leola Ann Lisenbee Arnold and his brothers, James W. (Jim) Arnold and Richard Arnold. He is survived by his daughter Ava Campbell of Flint; sons, Wes Arnold (Amy) and Walt Arnold (Julie) both of Flower Mound; grandchildren Ethan and Emily York; Abby, Ben, Clara and David Arnold and Ashley and Zachary Arnold; great-granddaughter Lyla York; sisters-in-law Barbara Arnold and Bess Arnold, as well as many nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the First Baptist Church Tyler Radio Bible Class. Pallbearers will be Ben Arnold, David Arnold, Zachary Arnold, Marcus Hampton, Mark Hull, Dr. Michael Maris and Dr. Doyle Starnes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to London Museum PO Box 477, New London, TX 75682 or the First Baptist Church Tyler - Building Fund 301 W. Ferguson, Tyler, TX 75702.
Pamela English Beckham of Amarillo, TX, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Burial will be in Claude at 10:30 am. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Pamela Sue English was born June 28, 1949 at St. Anthony's Hospital to J.P. and Earlene English. She was raised in Claude, Texas just east of town on the family farm. Pamela graduated from Claude High School as salutatorian in 1967 after which she attended Texas Tech as a chemistry major. While at Tech, Pamela met James Beckham who would become her husband. She graduated in 1971 with a pre-med degree and math minor, Magna Cum Laude. James and Pamela were married July 24, 1971 at First Baptist Church, Claude. Pamela taught science and math for six years before entering the family businesses of electronics and ranching. Pamela was preceded in death by her parents, J.P. and Earlene English. She is survived by her husband, James Beckham, and by daughters Jamie Beckham George and husband Christopher and Sarah Beckham-Turner and husband Brent, all of Amarillo. She also survived by five grandsons, Flint, Jackson, Quay, Blake and James, her sister Lynette and nephew Andrew Villa, and a host of close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mexico Mission Trip with First Baptist Church of Amarillo. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the funeral home.
Dr. James “Jim” Breckenridge, of Riverside, CA, passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 83 years. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his kind, gentle manner, his unquenchable sense of humor, and his clear sense of calling to Christian ministry through teaching. Jim was born June 30, 1935, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Southern California. He received the B.A. degree, cum laude, from Biola College; the B.D., summa cum laude from California Baptist Theological Seminary; and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. In 1974, Jim began a 23-year career as Professor of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he taught courses in New Testament, Comparative World Religions, and American Cults. He was invited to teach at a Christian university in Japan, 1986-87. His family accompanied him. Upon retiring from Baylor University in 1997, Jim returned to Riverside, California where he became an active member of First Baptist Church. One of his greatest joys was preparing curriculum for and leading his adult Bible study class weekly. Jim was a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, and the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. Jim was a member of the American Philatelic Society. His articles appeared in publications such as The Evangelical Quarterly, Theology, Foundations, Journal of Dharma, Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Buddhist-Christian Studies. He was also interviewed by several national media sources during the 1993 Branch Davidians standoff in Waco, Texas. Jim is survived by his wife, Lucille Breckenridge, and his children, Bonnie Lee (Matt) and Becky Bartlett (Cheslyn), children by his first wife, Linda Breckenridge. He is also survived by Lucille’s children, David Sanchez, John Sanchez (Michelle), Mary Angela Gomez (Catarino), and Elizabeth Monville (Louis). He will be missed by his five grandchildren, Alex and James, Lydia, Audrey, and Vivian. Jim is predeceased by his mother, Elsa Breckenridge, and his father, Vance Newman. Memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to Learn For Life Kenya, either mailing them to 2477 N. 91st Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 or online at LearnForLifeKenya.org/donate.
Don A. Buchholz, 90, of Garland and Dallas, TX, passed away on April 30, 2019. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held Monday, May 6th, at 2:00 pm at Park Cities Baptist Church with Dr. Russell Dilday officiating. Don was born in La Porte, Texas, to Frederick and Chrystine Buchholz on March 10, 1929. He attended Garland High School and served in the United States Air Force. Thanks to the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of North Texas in 1952. Don married his wife of 61 years, Ruth Vernon, on May 17, 1958. They were active in First Baptist Church of Garland and later Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. He was a self-made entrepreneur and executive who lived the American dream. He was a loving husband, a steadfast friend, a man of strong faith and his family’s devoted patriarch. A man of clear vision and discipline, Don was a remarkable role model and will be sorely missed. He began his career as a CPA with KPMG. In 1972, after working together at Weber Hall Cobb & Caudle, Don and Allen Cobb were the principal founders of Southwest Securities, a New York Stock Exchange member firm. Over the years, Don served as the company’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, retiring as its Chairman Emeritus in 2011. Southwest Securities, later SWS Group, Inc., continues to exist as part of Hilltop Securities. He was also Chairman of First Savings Bank - Arlington, which is now part of PlainsCapital Bank. Don rose to the top of his profession and was a leader in his community. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange. He also was a director of the Securities Industry Association, the NASD and several other industry associations. Don also served as a director of the Dallas Citizens Council, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Old Red Courthouse, Inc. and the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. A strong believer in the power of a good education to transform lives and communities, he served as President of the Garland Independent School District Board and spent 19 years on the Dallas County Community College District Board. He was a Regent of the University of North Texas and received its Outstanding Alumnus Service Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award and an honorary doctorate degree. As Chairman of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board, Don showed his support for Ruth’s alma mater. They received several awards from Baylor, culminating in the Founders Medal. Don loved nothing more than spending time on his ranches, first in San Saba and, since 1996, near Kopperl. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. In his later years, he taught his grandsons about the business of ranching and improving the land, which they have embraced. Don was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Evelyn Bryant (Jess) and Gwen Heinen, and brothers Bob (Ruby Lee) and Fred. Don is survived by his wife Ruth V. Buchholz, children Robert (Angela) Buchholz and Christy Roberts (Mark), brother Bill (Marilyn) Buchholz, and grandchildren Sam, Don, and Anna Buchholz and Ken and Ruthie Roberts. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Bettis, Bob Canon, R.E. Dodson, Bill Felder, Leroy Howard, Carl Luna, Jerry McPeters, Don Potts, Max Smith, and Jack Wall. The family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Rolando Solis, Dr. Raymon Aggarwal, Baylor University Medical Center, Rose Shields, Elizabeth Davis and the nurses and caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Bill J. Priest Center Fund at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, or the Don A. and Ruth Vernon Buchholz Endowed Scholarship Fund, est. 1969, at Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Betty Jean Christian, long-time coordinator for the Baylor University Honors Program, died early Tuesday morning, March 5, 2019, after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. A faculty wife and mother of four, she was greatly loved by family, friends, and her Honors students for her steady presence, her quick laugh, and her servant’s heart. A memorial service for Betty will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 16, at Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco. Born April 30, 1925, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, Betty grew up in Louisiana and for a few years during the Great Depression on the “old place,” a family-owned farm near Findley, Mississippi. After graduating from high school in Bogalusa and completing a secretarial course—with time off to travel the country—she moved to Dallas, Texas to find work. The cousins she was living with, Louise, Gus, and Martha Niendorff, took her to their church, Cliff Temple Baptist, where a young guest preacher named C. W. “Wally” Christian was presiding over Wednesday night prayer meeting. Wally was quickly smitten and, after a year of courting, they married on August 9, 1952. In May of 1953, having decided that Wally should pursue a career in academia instead of the pastorate, they moved to Waco for him to work on a master’s degree at Baylor. They arrived just in time for the massive tornado that destroyed much of downtown—but fortunately spared them. In 1954 Wally was offered a teaching position in the Baylor religion department. For more than 50 years after that, Betty and Wally would be part of the Baylor community, with only a brief absence for Wally’s Ph.D. work at Vanderbilt University. Betty worked in various clerical positions during those early years, which also saw the arrival of their four children—Anne Denise, Robert Dale (Bobby), Martha Sue (Suzii), and David Wallace. In 1965 she began work as secretary and, eventually, program coordinator of the Honors Program. For the next 30 years she guided, counseled, and occasionally mothered generations of top students at Baylor. As one student wrote to her years later, she was the “home and hearth of our academic development.” In 1990 she was honored as a Baylor Outstanding Staff Member. Betty retired from Baylor in 1995 to pursue a long-held desire to work with the Meals on Wheels program. She continued serving people in this way and so many others until Alzheimer’s slowed her down. Yet even as her memory and her health failed, she maintained the gentle, good-humored disposition that inspired so many to love her. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Wally Christian; a brother, John Purvis; her older son, Bobby; and, her son-in-law, Wayne Junker. She is survived by brother Robert Purvis of Bogalusa; children Anne Buchanan (Stan), Suzii Parsons (Joe), and David (Kim); grandchildren Elizabeth Buchanan (Noah Wright), Savannah Christian, Sydney Christian, Eli Parsons, and Ella Parsons; and a big, close family of nieces, nephews, cousins. Her family is immensely grateful for the loving care given to her by the staff of Living Springs Village Memory Care and Providence Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Providence Hospice, Meals on Wheels Waco, or Seventh & James Baptist Church. If flowers are preferred, yellow was Betty’s favorite color.
Bonnie Alexander Davis, age 96, peacefully and with her family by her side, was called home to her Lord on Saturday, March 16, 2019, following a brief illness. A family graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, at Oakwood Cemetery, with The Reverend Ron Durham officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Bonnie was born on December 1, 1922, in Crawford, Texas, to Albert and Ella Alexander. She grew up on the family ranch and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. After high school, she received her degree from Four-C Business College in Waco. At a USO dance in Gatesville, Texas, in 1943, she met Billy Davis, a young serviceman from West Virginia. After a short courtship, they were married on July 18, 1944, just prior to his being deployed to the Philippines in World War II. Following the war, Billy and Bonnie returned to Waco where she worked at Pioneer Savings & Loan Association until she began her family in 1949. Billy and Bonnie were married for 74 wonderful and joyous years. At a young age, Bonnie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and she lived and demonstrated her faith her entire life. Bonnie's hobbies included family time, travel, fishing with friends at the Ridgewood marina, and playing bridge and booray. Bonnie was witty and very much enjoyed people. She was caring, loving, and full of life. She loved holidays with the entire family. Bonnie was a longtime active member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, a perennial PTA president, and a volunteer at Hillcrest Hospital for more than 20 years. Truly, her main love and life interest was her husband of 74 years, Billy. Bonnie was preceded in death by infant twins, David and Doris; brothers, Alford and Gerald Alexander; and sister, Corneille Lynch. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Billy; and three children and their spouses, Billy, Jr. and wife, Patty, Debbie Cooper and husband, Ken, and Brad Davis and wife, Lessia. "Mimi" is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Jason Cooper, Kimberly McMillan, Weston Cooper, Melissa Blue, Kadette Fossum, Brandon Davis, Katy Wittig, Cameron Cooper, Stephen Davis and Stephanie Ginn; by 15 great grandchildren; and by her sister, Gwen McNair. The family wants to express great gratitude to Dr. Steve Raley and Dr. Jim Morrison, and for the loving care provided by caregivers Dee, Brandi, Willie, Triena, Mariam and Archie. Memorials may be made to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church or Mission Waco.
Mary Joe Donahoo, age 92, passed away on March 17, 2019 in Dallas, TX. She was born on October 20,1926 in Brownwood, TX to Rob and Laura Mae Wyatt. Mary Joe was raised near Early, TX and graduated from Early High School in 1944. She married A.E. Donahoo in 1947 and the couple had two children. Mary Joe was a housewife, co-started a small business, and an accounts clerk at Safeway's Division Office where she worked for more than 10 Years. In her spare time Mary Joe enjoyed her church East Grand Baptist, bowling, her large extended family, and country music. Her family and friends remember her as a caregiver and nurturer. Mary Joe is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four brothers: Gene, Jim, Rex, and George Wyatt. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Melton-Cervantes; her son, Robert Donahoo; two brothers, Bob and Dan Wyatt; three sisters, Myrtle Donahoo, Martha Ryman, and Pat Reynolds; four grandchildren, Chris and Casey Melton and Ben and Kate Donahoo; two great-grandchildren, Callan and Royal Melton; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the Baylor University Scholarship Fund.
Ann Douglas, of Hewitt, TX, age 76, beloved mother, passed peacefully into the presence of her heavenly father on February 7, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Visitation: 6-8 pm, Friday, February 15 at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco Funeral Services: 11:00 am, Saturday, February 16 at Lake Shore Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rosemound Cemetery. She was born to mother, Annie Oleta Adkins and father, Joseph Francis Adkins at Harris Methodist Downtown located in Fort Worth, Texas on September 17, 1942. Although, Ann was born in Fort Worth, the family eventually moved to Midland where Ann grew up. She was the youngest of three siblings with an older brother, Gene and sister Ramona. As a child Ann enjoyed attending school, church, helping her parents, and spending time with friends. While attending Midland High School, she was the Advisory Vice President in 1958and a member of Student Council in 1959. In addition, she played the snare drum in the band from 1958-1959. She graduated in 1960 as a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, Ann did attend business school which prepared her for future jobs. While attending David Crockett Elementary in Midland, Texas, Ann and Dan met in the 5th grade. The two later reconnected and married on April 12, 1968 at First Christian Church in Midland, Texas.They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in April 2018. Ann has now been reunited with the love of her life, Dan Douglas. While living in Midland, Ann became pregnant, but late in the pregnancy learned they were having twins. Ann and Dan were blessed with 2 daughters, Rosanna and Susanna, on October 21, 1970. Mark and Dan were now outnumbered 3 to 2. The Douglas Family moved to Hewitt in 1971, where they have resided for almost 48 years. Ann stayed home until the twins were 4 years old. Then, Ann began her career in Waco, Texas. First, she worked for American Life Insurance for about 6 years. Next, Ann was employed at Baylor University as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Dr. James Bargainer, in the Engineering and Computer Science Department. Ann diligently worked 20 years before her retirement in 2000. Ann loved her time at Baylor University, where she made numerous lifelong friends, aided students, supported the Baylor parades, Baylor ladies and mens basketball as well as Baylor football. As a retirement gift for Dan in 2005, they took a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to see Kim Mulkey and the Baylor Lady Bears play and win the National Championship game. Upon moving to Hewitt, the Douglas Family began attending Bellmead Calvary Baptist Church where she was involved in various activities which included the bus ministry, mission trips, as well as trips to Chattanooga, Tennessee with the boys and girls club. Ann was active in the bus ministry as the most enthusiastic bus captain. Through this gospel ministry, she reached the lives of many children and families. Ann also traveled to Honduras, with missionaries Ralph & Sara Richards and other friends. Later, Ann and Dan joined the Crossroads Baptist Church family where she enjoyed the ladies bible study. In addition, she played Chicken Foot on game day and attended the Triple LLL group at First Baptist Hewitt. Ann was known for her infectious laugh and welcoming smile, which could brighten anyone’s day. Her true gift was the ability to recall names, from family members, caregivers, or even a stranger she just met. She also was an avid proofreader for written papers as well as the church bulletin. Ann was a genuine friend to those who loved her dearly and her absence leaves a huge void to all who were fortunate to cross her path. She is survived by her loving family, son, Mark Eugene Douglas and wife Yvonne Douglas of Haltom City, twin daughters, Rosanna Lynn Crackel and husband, Todd Crackel of Mansfield and Susanna Lee Barnard of Hewitt (formerly of Fort Worth); beloved grandchildren, Lauren Nicole Douglas of Austin, Collin Dean Douglas of Christchurch, NZ, and Caitlyn Elizabeth Crackel of Mansfield and fiancée Lucas Pritchett of Marshall; sister, Ramona Adkins of Denver; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends from Bellmead Calvary Baptist Church and Crossroads Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry Dan Douglas in 2018; brother, Gene Adkins in 2005; father, Joseph Francis Adkins in 2000 and mother, Annie Oleta Adkins in 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you donate to the Baylor Foundation online at www.baylor.edu or Crossroads Baptist Church 5050 Old Lorena Rd Lorena, Texas 76655. Last but not least………SIC’EM BEARS!!!!!!
James Hugh DuBois, 73, of Waco, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, at First Methodist Church of Waco. A private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. James Hugh DuBois was born in Marshall, Texas on January 16, 1946 to Modene and Hugh DuBois. In 1950, the family moved to Waco, Texas and began James's life in a city that he loved dearly. During his childhood, James made lifelong friendships that continued through his adult life and brought many adventures and laughs. He graduated from Richfield High School in 1964 and began his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Sylvia Byrom. In 1968 he received his B.B.A. and moved to Waco to join his father at DuBois Furniture as his partner. He and Sylvia married on September 2, 1967 and enjoyed over 50 years of marriage together. Over the next 45 years James built DuBois Furniture into one of the leading independent furniture retailers in Texas. He was proud to have his son, Michael, join him in 2000, and even prouder to watch Michael continue the business into the third generation. James was deeply committed to serving the Waco community. He spent countless hours serving on boards for Methodist Children's Home, Texas First State Bank, Baylor Waco Foundation, Ridgewood Country Club, and as president of both the Waco Rotary Club and Waco Business League. As a longtime member of his beloved church, First Methodist Church of Waco, he taught Sunday school and served as chairman of both the Building and Finance committees for many years. James's greatest joy was his family and the times spent coaching soccer games, attending performances, watching Baylor sporting events, traveling and squeezing in golf games whenever possible. This joy was amplified with the birth of his four grandchildren. They continued to bring a smile to his face throughout his final years. He will be greatly missed by all of those who carry on his strong legacy of dedication to family, generosity, and commitment to church and God. James was preceded in death by his father, Hugh DuBois; mother, Modene DuBois; and son-in-law, Dr. Kenneth Scott. James is survived by his wife, Sylvia DuBois; daughter, Dr. Laurel DuBois Scott of Sugar Land; son, Michael DuBois and wife, Erin, of Waco; grandchildren, William DuBois, Rachel Scott, Cynthia DuBois, and Nathan Scott; sister, Ann DuBois Ferrell and husband, Joe, of Arlington; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Methodist Children's Home in Waco, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco TX 76708.
Lt. Col. Vernon B. Duty, Ret., of Austin died on January 12, 2019. He was 81. Graveside services only will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at Rosemound Cemetery in Waco, officiated by Rev. David Grice of Grand Prairie, Texas. Vernon was born March 23, 1937, in Lott, Texas, to Tony and Glennie Mae Butler Duty. He began his career in 1962 with the Texas Army National Guard and retired in 1994 from the Adjutant General's Department. He loved the Cowboys and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Melvin, Tony and Robert; and sister, Willie. He is survived by dear friends, Mary Scott and Kelly Kruger; nieces, Deborah Duty Cannon, Barbara Duty Arellano and Valerie Duty Citrano; nephews, Dan, Jeffrey and David Duty and Stephen and Daune Loomis; sisters-in-law, Peggy Duty and Mary Sue Duty; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rush Kirk Evans Jr., a longtime resident of Austin, Texas, passed away in Bryan, Texas, on March 3, 2019, at the age of 87. He was friendly and charismatic, and he enthusiastically embraced life with humor and positivity. Best known as a television broadcasting pioneer, he entered the business when television was largely experimental and he was a trailblazer. He cherished his family, and they admired and adored him. They are proud of his distinguished career, and particularly appreciate his contributions to the city of Austin during a pivotal time in the city's growth. Born September 7, 1931, in Baxter Springs, Kansas, Rush grew up in Neodesha, Kansas as the only child of Rush and Louise (Burton) Evans. He worked alongside his parents at the local grocery store and in school was popular and excelled at every sport. He also enjoyed playing the trumpet in the band. The family moved to Pittsburg, Kansas, where Rush fell in love with broadcasting. He began working at KSEK Radio as a deejay and basketball announcer, and attended college at what is now Pittsburg State University. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend Creighton University, where he played freshman basketball. He later transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech in 1955 and worked as the radio play-by-play announcer for the football and basketball teams. Rush took his first television job in Abilene, Texas, where his duties included announcing on a weekly country music program, The Slim Willet Show. In Abilene, he fulfilled a childhood dream and learned to fly, especially enjoying piloting small planes to Kansas and back. He then landed a job in Topeka, Kansas as program director at WIBW-TV, where he immediately fell in love with the station's beautiful new receptionist from Ashburn, Georgia, Helen Porter. They soon married and had two children, Tina and Rush III, while in Topeka. Rush then served as general manager of television stations KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1964-68); KCEN-TV in Waco, Texas (1968-73); KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas (1973-82); and then KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California; KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Missouri; and KJAC-TV in Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas before retiring in 1991. Several of the stations he worked for were owned by Stauffer Communications. Rush's 30-year career in television was exciting, and he had a ball. His many roles over the years included producer, news reporter, news anchor, weatherman, advertising salesman, manager, and announcer with a golden voice. In Topeka, he hosted The Rush Hour, a live interview show. He even flew with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, video camera in tow, to get a segment for the show. Professionally, Rush served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters (1976), and for many years enjoyed their Pioneer Club and Golden Mic Club. He served on the CBS Affiliates board of directors and was a charter board member of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Active in community service, Rush was a Shriner and an active member of his Masonic Lodge, particularly in Kansas and Colorado. He served on many boards of directors, including service on the Baylor University Council for Institutional Development and as president of Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries in Waco. In Austin, he served as president of The Austin Chamber of Commerce (1977) and The Headliners Club (1979). He was an Austin Aqua Festival Admiral and he served on the Communication Foundation Advisory Council of the School of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Rush and his family were loyal members of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco and First United Methodist Church in Austin. Rush was a major sports fan, and took his family to countless football and basketball games. Golf was a lifelong passion, and he loved spending time with his buddies out on the course, where many jokes were told. He was thrilled to land two holes in-one in his lifetime. From the inaugural event and for the next ten years, Rush served as tee-off announcer at the Legends of Golf Tournament, then held at Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, where he was a longtime member. He managed the tournament in 1987 and then served as membership director at the club. Also in retirement, he worked as an in-demand announcer for commercials and industrial videos, and he served as a volunteer at Seton Hospital. Rush's greatest passion was his family, and he was a great mentor and encourager. Rush and Helen, his beloved wife of 56 years, loved nothing more than doting on grandson Rush IV, of whom they were very proud. Helen passed away in 2015 at 78. Rush missed her so very much and had been looking forward to joining her again. Rush is survived by his daughter, Tina Evans and her partner, John Glaze, of College Station, Texas; his son, Rush Evans III and his wife, Ray Anne Evans; their children, Rush Evans IV and Chris Calfee; and their grandchildren, Leila and Ford Calfee, all of Austin. He also is survived by Helen's nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Chapel, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, with a brief reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to a favorite charity.
Richard Falta, age 90 of Woodway, went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Richard was born on November 30, 1928 to Joseph and Selma (Gross) Falta. He grew up with two brothers, Robert and Bill and his sister Betty. After graduating the Conservatory of Cincinnati with hours toward his PhD. He served during the Korean War with the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in Europe receiving an honorable discharge. He married Joan (Bishop) Falta on December 21, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida. They were lovingly married for 61 years. For the love of the change of seasons, Richard and Joan moved to Long Island, NY. Together they earned their Masters from the University of Florida during school breaks. Richard taught with the Middle Country School District till his retirement in 1989. With the summer school vacations, Richard, Joan and their daughter Karen camped the National Parks for 45 years. Richard loved his Rolleiflex camera and enjoyed taking pictures of his family, friends and natural world. He was intensely involved with North Shore Baptist Church, Kings Park, NY and building churches for the Baptist Convention of New York. Richard was known for his sweet nature, generous love, funny sense of humor and his love of food. There was never a meal or cookie he would turn away. (And yet kept his figure). He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert Falta. He is survived by his wife, Joan Falta; daughter, Karen Falta; brother, Bill and Nancy Falta; and sister, Betty Falta; along with many loving nieces and nephews. His daughter would like to thank Daddy's neighbor, Michael Remus for always being there helping in so many ways. She would also like to express her appreciation to the staff at Complete Physicians, Gentle Transitions, Brookdale Senior Living and Visiting Angels for their tender and loving care.
David Arthur Fornoff died on April 18, 2019 at his home at The Delaney on Lake Waco due to complications from lung disease. He was 89 years old. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at First Presbyterian Church in Waco, the Rev. Dr. Leslie King will preside. The family will greet friends in the Church Parlor from 1:00 until the service begins. Dave, his wife Dottie and their family moved to Waco in 1974 after he led the effort to select Waco as the location of the first Mars candy factory west of the Mississippi. His site selection team chose Waco above numerous finalist locations in central Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Dave then supervised the construction of the plant as Engineering Director, and was later appointed Vice President and Plant Manager, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. The factory has operated continuously since 1975, employing thousands of Central Texans over decades of manufacturing Snickers, Starburst and Skittles. Dave and Dottie have been the hub of a group of a cohesive group of friends transplanted to Waco from around the world. Dave Fornoff was active in the Waco community. His love of philanthropy led him to serve roles such as trustee at Austin College, president of Ridgewood Country Club, elder at First Presbyterian Church, logistics chair of the annual Waco/McLennan County Library book sale, Rotarian, Meals On Wheels volunteer, and benefactor of McClennan Community College and the Mayborn Museum. Dave was known for his kindness, generosity, and even temperament. He had a steadfast dedication to Dottie. And, he could always be counted on for an ever-present sense of humor. Dave enjoyed the companionship of friends as they spent time playing golf and tennis at Ridgewood Country Club, as well as casual and competitive bridge. He loved travelling, and covered the all seven continents of the world with Dottie. Dave was happiest when reading a good book and spending time with family on a Jersey Shore beach. David Fornoff was the son of Arthur Phillip Fornoff and Florence Bell Fornoff. He was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, graduated from Bloomfield High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1950.Dave met his wife, Dorothy Richards Fornoff, when he was a college student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and she studied at nearby Cedar Crest College. Upon graduation, they married on November 11, 1950 in Newark, NJ, and raised four children: Richard, Susan, Thomas and Mary. Before moving to Waco, their family homes were in Glen Ridge, NJ; Sparta, NJ; and River Forest, IL. Dave was preceded in death by his parent; and his sister, Janet Hauber. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dottie; their four grown children, Rick Fornoff, Susan Fornoff, Tom Fornoff, and and Mary Beathard. They have seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Memorial gifts donated in Dave's honor could be directed to one of the many organizations he cared deeply about, including the First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Caritas, Austin College, McClennan Community College, Mayborn Museum, Mission Waco and Meals on Wheels.
Rex Jackson “Jack” Forrest, longtime Mexia business man, passed away peacefully at home April 9, 2019, at the age of 90. A service to celebrate Jack’s life was held Thursday morning, April 11, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Henry Radde and the Rev. Maurine Day officiating. Interment was in the Mexia Cemetery. Jeff Forrest, Ragan Forrest, Jett Forrest, Blair Austin, Blake Austin and Jason Thomas served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Holloway Martin, Morris Kerr and the Rotary Club of Mexia. Jack was born March 2, 1929, in Mexia, to Nolan Blake and Frances Ella “Fanell” Jackson Forrest. After high school, Jack began serving his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Jack married his lifelong partner, Ina Beth Brotherton, on Oct. 21, 1950. In 1958, he became a partner in Womack Insurance and Realty Service, and owner in 1976. Jack joined the Rotary Club of Mexia in 1964 and was still an active member. He served in numerous capacities, both locally and internationally, a few of which included president of the Rotary Club of Mexia, director of Rotary International, Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Chairman’s Advisory Committee, and while serving on the executive committee of the U.S. Polio-Plus Pioneer Campaign Committee he garnered recognition as a PolioPlus Pioneer. Jack was instrumental in serving twice on the Mexia City Commission, president of the Mexia Chamber of Commerce, the Mexia Industrial Foundation, the General Mexia Memorial Hospital board, president of the Mexia Country Club, chairman of the Official Board of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Conference Board of Trustees of Methodist Central, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Affiliated Hospitals in Fort Worth, a member of the Advisory Board of Mary Hardin Baylor University and served as a director of the Baylor Bear Foundation. Although active in numerous things outside the home, Jack’s priorities began at home and with serving the Lord. He loved his family and was always supportive of them, which was reciprocated. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack was an active lifetime member of First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Louneita and John Sims Stubbs; brother and sister-in-law, Blake and Diane Forrest; and brother-in-law George T. Barrow. Jack is survived by his wife, Ina Beth Forrest; son Robert J. “Bobby” Forrest and wife, Melissa, of Mexia; daughter Nancy Austin and husband, Mickey, of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren Jeff and Sunnye Forrest, of Lorena, Tracy and Jason Thomas, of South Lake, Blair and Jacqueline Austin, of Dallas, and Blake and Ashley Austin, of New York; great-grandchildren, Ragan Forrest, Jett Forrest, Taylor Thomas, Tiffany Thomas, Jackson Austin and Charlie Austin; and sister Margaret Barrow, of Houston.
Vivian Charlene Gamblian of Abilene, TX, died Feb. 26. She was born December 1st, 1953 to Noble and Geraldine Wright in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Vivian was the second of 5 children in a busy household. The family moved several times and she grew up in Indiana and Missouri. Vivian was baptized into Christ and lived for Him throughout lifetime. Vivian graduated as Salutatorian from Richland High School in Richland, Missouri in 1971. She attended Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, where she met and began dating Stan in 1972. She ultimately earned her RN, BSN and MSN degrees and had many hours of study beyond her Master's in Nursing. Vivian married Stan Gamblian on April 7th, 1973 and they spent a year in England with the US Air Force. They returned to the Midwest where they settled and had three children. Stan worked in the computer technology field and Vivian worked as a nurse, discovering a passion serving for women and babies. She worked in the Labor & Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care units. While in Cincinnati, Ohio she managed the NICU before relocating to the Dallas area to become the Patient Care Director for the Presbyterian Hospital's Women's Services. Vivian embraced her entrepreneurial side when she franchised Healthy Homecomings ® a home healthcare agency in Texas, specializing in the care of high-risk pregnancies and infants. Vivian began teaching full-time in 2003. She served as a Professor, Senior Lecturer, and Coordinator of Simulation for several nursing programs including Collin College, Baylor University and West Coast University. After moving to Abilene in 2017, she served as an adjunct instructor for Abilene Christian University. Vivian truly enjoyed training nurses in the field she loved. Through these positions, Vivian was given the opportunity to travel to Vietnam, Korea, and Honduras to help train nursing students. Her love for serving others took her abroad many times to support medical missions throughout the world. Additionally, she and Stan served on medical mission trips to Grenada and Panama through their church in Allen, Texas. As much as she enjoyed being a nurse and cultivating new nurses, she was always committed to her family. She was very proud of her three children and seven grandchildren. Upon moving to Abilene, Vivian and Stan were excited to be able to live close enough to be involved in the lives of five of their grandchildren. Vivian is survived by her husband of more than 45 years, Stan Gamblian. Two daughters - Rachel Team and husband Jody of Abilene, TX and Melinda Watkins and husband Branden of Abilene, TX. One son: Patrick Gamblian and wife Sarah of Broken Arrow, OK. Seven grandchildren - Emma, Audrey, and Cora Team of Abilene, Kennedy and Grant Gamblian of Broken Arrow, OK and Brynlee and Dean Watkins of Abilene. Two brothers: Norman Wright and wife Pam of Moberly, MO, Roger Wright and wife Mary of Vincennes, IN. Two sisters: Betsye Harris of Paragould, AR and Rachel Craighton and husband Gordon of Shiloh, GA. Also surviving are 16 nieces and nephews, their spouses and children and many friends and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents: Noble and Geraldine Wright, in-laws, Bill and Flossie Gamblian and her grandparents. Visitation will be held Friday, March 1st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel on the Hill on the ACU Campus. A short graveside service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 W. Lake Road. Vivian spent much of her life advancing and serving the nursing profession and expressed a desire to help the ACU School of Nursing. In her memory - the family requests that donations be made to support the ACU Nursing School at Abilene Christian University. Please make gifts payable to Abilene Christian University and direct to Gift Records, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, TX 79699 or online at acu.edu/giveonline Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.
Sam Gavin Gibbs, age 86, passed away February 17, 2019. He was born to Lee and Thelma Gibbs in Lufkin, Texas, on June 16, 1932. He grew up in Lufkin surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was an avid horseman and calf roper. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M in 1954 and worked for Shell Oil Company briefly before being drafted into the United States Army where he served in Alaska. Upon returning to Texas, he took a leave of absence from Shell and went back to school and earned his MS in Mathematics at Texas A&M in 1960. Following graduation, he once again returned to work at Shell and later earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1968. In 1962, he married the love of his life, Margie, to whom he was happily married for 45 years. Margie was truly the grounding force that allowed him to be all he could be. They moved to Midland, TX, in 1970 and he went into business with his friend and Shell associate, Ken Nolen. Together they formed Nabla Corporation which revolutionized the oil industry in the field of artificial lift of rod-pumped wells. He was a man of great intellect who held several patents, wrote and co-wrote numerous technical papers, published a textbook, and received many awards during his nearly fifty years in the industry. A thinker and innovator until the end, he and Ken sold their latest invention last year. He loved the work, but it was his partnership with Ken that he cherished. Sam loved Jesus, his family, the congregation at First Baptist, his friends and colleagues, telling stories, horses, and a good game of Chickenfoot. Sam was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife, Margie, with whom he has now shared a blessed reunion. He is survived by his two daughters, Sue Nelson and Pam Crockett; his sons-in-law CM Nelson and David Crockett: his four grandchildren, Porter Nelson (wife Chelsea), Rebecca Nelson (fiancé Cory Carpenter), Sarah Crockett, and Gavin Crockett (fiancée Tiffany Wolfe). He was blessed to meet his great-grandchild Sydney Nelson last December. He is also survived by his sister, Gladys Young and her family as well as two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and three "adopted" daughters. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center of First Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Midland Foundation, The Life Center, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Ray Edward “Ed” Grayless was born on March 24, 1926, at Tarkington Prairie, Liberty County, Texas. He died on March 29, 2019, at the age of 93 in Conroe, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wright N. Grayless and Jennie Simmons Grayless, and his wife of 71 years, Dalva Hunt Grayless. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters: Lee Grayless, Jodie Grayless, Arnold Grayless, Faye Cole, Bernice Tilton, and Mae Dell Bridges. His grandson, Dustin Drews, also preceded him in death. Ed is survived by his daughter, Sherry Drews, and her husband Gerald of Temple, Texas, and son, Mark Grayless, and his wife Gloria of Conroe. He is survived by three grandchildren Matthew Grayless and wife Megan of Austin, TX, Ashley Drews of Temple, TX, and Ryan Grayless and wife Haley of Houston, TX and four great-grandchildren, Nate, Grant, Elizabeth, and Brooke. Also, he is survived by a brother-in-law, J. D. Hunt Jr., of Redding, CA, and many nieces and nephews. Ed grew up in Tarkington Prairie and attended Tarkington schools. After high school, in 1944, he joined the U. S. Army. He fought in the Pacific Campaign of World War II in Company G, 32nd Infantry, 7th Division where he received the Bronze Star and was awarded a Purple Heart. He fought on the islands of Saipan and Okinawa. Shortly after World War II ended, Ed married his high school sweetheart, Dalva Hunt, and began a 38-year career with Humble Company which later became Exxon Company USA. He retired as plant superintendent for Exxon at the Tomball Gas Plant. Ed was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a 60-year Freemason and a member of Montgomery Masonic Lodge # 25. In the 60s, he coached little league baseball. He very seldom missed one of his son's or grandsons' football, basketball, or baseball games. He was an avid Conroe Tiger and Baylor Bear sports fan. In retirement, Ed enjoyed gardening, landscaping his yard, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports. He also enjoyed working with cattle alongside his son and grandsons at the ranch. He was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Conroe and The Woodlands. He served the Lord for many years in the Helping Hands Ministry, Homebound Communion Ministry, and providing medical transportation. Visitation will be at Cashner Funeral Home from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, April 3,2019. The Funeral will be at Cashner Funeral Home on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00am with interment following at Garden Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Helen Louise Harris passed on April 15, 2019 after a lengthy illness. She was born January 27, 1929, at home in Grant, Oklahoma, to Ruth A. McIntosh Hayes and John Benton Hayes. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Victoria Hayes McIntosh, Ruth Almeda Hayes, John Woodrow Hayes, and Wenonah Ann Hayes Owens. Dr. Harris was a long-time educator who earned her doctorate at Florida State University and taught at Baylor University, Paul Quinn College, and Florida State University. A proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Harris was a sponsor of the Baylor Native American Student Organization and was honored by that organization in 1995. For her work on Native American Graves and Repatriation legislation and educational outreach efforts she was recognized by the American Indian Resource and Education Coalition in 1995, and she received a lifetime achievement award from the Texas Native American Law Section in 2006. She spoke on Native American issues on both the state and national level. She was well-known among family and friends for her incredible artistic skill of sewing original design clothing, her delight in cooking, her enjoyment of music, her love of the outdoors and nature, and her devotion to her dog companions. She shared her talents of singing and writing, especially short stories. She was a lifelong Methodist. She is survived by her husband, Edward; her best friend and husband of nearly 70 years; children, Rhonda (Ron) Taylor, Victoria Gayle Harris, Ruth (Lewis) Soucy, and Edward J. (Debi) Harris; brother, James (Karen) Baker; grandchildren, Paul (Bethany), Lee (Doro), Joanna Soucy, Victoria Bamberger, Karuna, Roan, Toshi, and Mimi Harris; niece, Susan McIntosh McBride; nephews, Jonathan (Sharon) and Justin (Jennifer); great-nephews, Lawson and Bennett Baker; and four great-grandchildren, Spencer, Carter, Rebecca, and Alexander Soucy. Dr. Harris had a remarkable and inspiring life and was an example of courage to her family, students, and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Indian College Fund (http://www.collegefund.org) or to a charity of choice.
Bonnie Jean Hoge, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away February 23, 2019, at Seton Central Hospital, Austin. The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, with Pastor Tim Jarrell officiating, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, Texas. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Bonnie was born and raised in the small community of Leander, Texas. She had an older brother, George, and a younger sister, Marjorie. They enjoyed the many benefits of being raised in a small town with a loving family. Bonnie graduated high school in Leander in 1942; spent a year at Baylor University and received her B.S. in Health/Education (Nutrition) from University of Texas in 1945. While at UT, Bonnie met her soulmate/love of her life, Carson Harper Hoge. They were married on her birthday, June 21, 1945. After four children, many adventures and moves with Carson's career, they settled in Waco. In 1965 Bonnie went to work for Baylor University as Office Manager for the Public Relations office and she retired in 1988. Baylor sports and golf were their great passion. They loved Waco, Baylor, Ridgewood and their many endeavors at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church that included Meals on Wheels and the Friendship Class. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, George and Bessie Dorroh; her brother, his wife and son, George, Carolyn and Larry; her brother-in-law, Bob Allen; and her beloved husband of 68 years, Carson. Bonnie is survived by a sister, Marjorie Allen of Georgetown, Texas; four children and their spouses, Jim and Marcia Hoge of Waco, Cindy and Bryan Sperry of Austin, Kenneth Hoge of Houston, and Phillip Hoge of Austin; five grandchildren and spouses, John and Sara Marler, Rachel Shannon Hoge, all of Austin; Michelle and Kyle Alsobrook of Friendswood, Texas, and Robin and Kelly Adair, and Amy and Donald Smith, all of Gatesville, Texas; nine great-grandchildren, Anne Marie and Abigail Marler of Austin, Brayden Adair of Abilene, Texas, Hannah and Kayla Alsobrook of Friendswood, and Ethan, Zoei, Bella Rose and Avery Smith of Gatesville; nieces, nephews and children: George Allen and children, Emily and Andrew; Jean Marie and PJ Solana and children, Christine and Peter and wife, Sylvia, and children, and David and Marie Dorroh and children. A special thank you goes out to Uni Murphy and her staff at Lake Ridge Healthy Living, Waco, and the care and PT staff at Gaines Ranch Assisted Living for all the support and love provided to Bonnie and Carson since 2013. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 501 W. Waco Dr, Waco TX 76707, and Texas Ramp Projects, McLennan County Fund, P.O. Box 523065, Richardson TX 75083-2065. Both serve area aged and disabled through local churches such as Austin Avenue United Methodist.
Mary Elizabeth “Mimi” Montgomery Irwin, age 74, of West, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, March 4, 2019. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel. A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, with Rev. Ed Karasek and Rev. Boniface Onjefu as Celebrants. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Mimi (as she’s been known since childhood) was born on August 9, 1944, the only child of Wendel and Georgia (Morris) Montgomery of West. She grew up in a close-knit extended family, surrounded by Czech culture, and active in the community and businesses of her hometown. Her mother’s family owned the Famous Dry Goods (which later became The Village Shoppe), her father owned the Old Corner Drug Store, and her mother and father started the Village Bakery in West in 1952. Mimi attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, West High School, and graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin. Soon after, she began a retail merchandising career at Foley’s in Houston and became a corporate executive. She proceeded to spend 25 years in New York City where she was a Vice President of Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s Inc.). Her successful fashion career took her all over the world, but she always considered West her home. When her father passed away in 2003, Mimi left Manhattan and came home to carry on her family’s business, the Village Bakery. A natural businesswoman, she successfully managed the bakery in the modern era, while not sacrificing its authenticity, Czech identity, or her family’s heritage. She continued to be active in the retail fashion industry with her consulting company, Gramercy Associates. Mimi's interests included international travel, art collecting, fashion consulting, volunteer work in her local community and beyond, and historical preservation, especially promoting and preserving the Czech cultural identity in West. She was a director of the Kiwanis Club of West where she ran the Blood Drive, she continued to support WestFest, the annual Czech festival her parents helped found in the ‘70s, and helped establish the West Museum. She was a Board member of the Brazos Forum, the Waco Historic Foundation, was part of the Standing Committee of the Poage Library at Baylor University, and a member of the McLennan County Historic Commission, for which she compiled a history of West in the book Historic McLennan County. She was previously a Board member of the Fashion Roundtable, and was a consultant for the book The Etiquette Advantage in Business by Peggy and Peter Post. Mimi was interviewed for numerous news articles and publications over the years, including Texas Monthly magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Waco Tribune-Herald, and CNN, among many others. She was a member of the Baylor Club, a Texas Exes Life Member, and a life-long fan of Texas Longhorns football. Mimi was preceded in death by her parents, Wendel and Georgia (Morris) Montgomery. Survivors include her aunt, Gladys (Morris) Quilter of West; cousins Patti (Price) Arms and husband Geoff of Houston, John M. Price and wife Brenda of West, and Suzy Price of Santa Fe, NM. In addition, she is survived by extended cousins who were like nieces and nephews to her: Lauren (Arms) Beck and husband Chris and their children; John T. Price and wife Rachel and their children; and Austin Price and wife Sarah. Mimi was also loyal and devoted to many dear friends across the country and at home in Texas, with whom she traveled and made irreplaceable memories, and to whom she said "our lives may change but our friendships never will". Mimi inspired people and left a mark on many lives, in her family and circle of friends, in the business world, and in her town of West. Her iconic style, dynamic personality, sense of humor, and generous commitment to civic duty will truly be missed. Her tireless work ethic can be summed up in the old Czech proverb: “Bez práce nejsou koláče” (“Without work, there are no kolaches”). Happy Trails to you, Mimi. Honorary pallbearers are John T. Price, Austin Price, Chris Beck, Christopher Beck, Garnett Davis, Wilburn Willis, Tommy Muska, John Hurtick, Kirk Wines, Tim Jaska, Parnell McNamara, Seth Wolske and the employees of The Village Bakery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Museum, the West Volunteer Ambulance Association, St. Mary's School Wish List, or the W.R. Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University.
Mary Alice Langlotz, 95, of Waco, died March 16, 2019 at Providence Hospice Place. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, at OakCrest Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m., with The Rev. Joseph F. Geleney, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Mary Alice was born November 7, 1923, in Bessmay, Texas, to Claude Fuller and Vera Jayroe Fuller. Soon after her high school graduation from Buna High School, her family, which included three brothers and two sisters, moved to Waco. She met a handsome soldier, Arthur Langlotz, Jr., and they were married in Waco on December 1, 1942, a union that lasted 52 years until Arthur's death in 1994. Mary Alice was very active in the lives of her three children, Charles Ray, Jimmy and Donna. She volunteered at their schools in various ways from their elementary through high school years. She then volunteered at the Providence Hospital Gift Shop, St. Mary's Women's Guild, DAV Ladies Auxiliary, and RVOS Organization, holding Office positions in some of them. She began working part-time at Baylor University in 1983 and then was employed full-time in the Accounts Payable Office from 1985 through her retirement on Jan 4, 2010 at the age of 86. She loved her "Baylor Bears" and all her Baylor Family dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; husband; sons, Charles Ray and Jimmy; son-in-law, Harold; and grandson, David. Survivors include daughter, Donna Baker; daughter-in-law, Lisa Langlotz; special family member, Pattie Turner; granddaughter, Lorie Macon; granddaughter, Melinda Hedrick and husband, Brent; grandson, Joe Baker; and great-granddaughters, Tinsley Hedrick and Ella Hedrick. Pallbearers will be Brent Hedrick, Joe Baker, Mark Stelly, Dan MacLemore, David Sterling and Michael Jansing. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff who lovingly cared for her at Providence Hospital and Providence Hospice Place, her many adopted family members, Baylor family and Waco Montessori School family.
Don P. Lummus, 85, of Waco, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, with the Reverend Lynn Ashcraft officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors. Mr. Lummus was born on February 4, 1934, in Canton, Texas, to William E. and Minnie (Petty) Lummus. He married Allene (Bailey) Lummus on March 28, 1953 in Waco and they celebrated over 63 wonderful years together until her death on June 10, 2016. Mr. Lummus retired from the Waco Tribune and worked for Connally/Compton Funeral Director's for several years. He was a member of Hobbs Masonic Lodge #92, the Gideon's and Columbus Avenue Baptist Church since 1965. Mr. Lummus loved to watch the Baylor Lady Bears, he was a former basketball official but his true love was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Allene; sister, Doris McClinton; and brother, Billy Lummus. Survivors include his sons, Don Craig Lummus and wife, Isabelle, of Grapevine, and Jeffrey Brent Lummus and wife, Deidra, of Hewitt; daughter, Lisa Williams of Houston; and grandchildren, Brandon Lummus, Jared Lummus, Ashton Lummus and wife, Lana, Donald Williams, Catherine Williams, and Heather Williams. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Regent Care and Providence Hospice for their love and care that they gave to Don.Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 721, Waco, Texas 76703.
Virginia Bryan Cashion Marstaller, 96, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away March 9, 2019, surrounded by family. There will be a private family graveside service and burial officiated by Rev. Ron Durham. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Virginia was born in Hill County on August 30, 1922, to Richard and Elsie Bryan. She graduated from Waco High School and lived almost her entire life in Waco. Virginia married Roy Cashion October 11, 1942, and enjoyed 54 wonderful years of marriage to him, until his death in 1996. They had three daughters, Barbara, Cynthia and Mary. She and Roy worked together to help build his business at Dealers Electric Supply, traveled extensively, collected western art, avidly supported Baylor University, and enjoyed time at their ranches with family and friends. Virginia was a devoted and accomplished homemaker to her family. She said almost daily that she loved her wonderful family. She was active in many areas of the Waco community and loved her church at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. She enjoyed above all, her grandchildren, and playing bridge, puzzles, orchids, cooking, crafts, traveling, entertaining, watching the Texas Rangers, and shopping. Virginia married Charlie Marstaller in 2000, and they enjoyed traveling in their RV and watching Baylor and Ranger games on TV until his death in 2016. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her sister, Mary Bunnell; and her brother, Ralph Bryan. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Thomas and husband, Mel, of Fort Worth, Cynthia Allen and husband, Mike, of Kerrville, and Mary Cashion-Smith of Waco; eight precious grandchildren, Monica and husband, Lonnie Goolsby, Lisa and husband, Matt Palazzetti, Robert Real and wife, Susan, Scott Thomas and wife Mika, Christine and husband Chuck Kelly, Colby Allen and wife Tonya, Natalie Wolfe, and Scottie Smith; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, as well as dear friends. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great grandsons, Robert Real, Scott Thomas, Scottie Smith, Cash Palazzetti, Matthew Palazzetti and special friend, Bob Burgess. The family wishes to express a very special thank you to Diana Delara for her many years of care and devotion to our mother. If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Waco Foundation MAC Fund.
Janet Ann Pick, 75, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 6, 2019. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, at Woodway First United Methodist Church with Senior Pastor Bryan Patrick officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the memorial service. Janet was born October 28, 1943, in Floydada, Texas, to Malcolm and Juanita Bridges. She, along with her brother, Ray, grew up in Houston, Texas, where she graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and completed her B.S. in Education at the University of Houston on January 19, 1965. She married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Pick, on December 27, 1964. And soon after, she began a 31-year career working as an elementary school teacher. She and Wayne moved often with his job working as a Luby’s manager, which gave her the opportunity to teach in Corpus Christi, Houston, Belton, and Waco, Texas. For the last 35 years, Waco would be the place they would call “home” and where they have been long time members of the Woodway First United Methodist Church. During Janet’s teaching career, she received numerous awards and accomplishments including Elementary Teacher of the Year for Midway ISD. She was also recognized by Baylor University for mentoring their student teachers for over 15 years. She also served on countless committees and in many roles supporting her fellow teachers. In her last years before retiring, she was a 3rd grade teacher at Hewitt and Spring Valley Elementary schools. Janet’s mother, Juanita, was her biggest influencer and reason for her lifelong interest in caring for and educating young people. Along with many other accolades, Juanita, herself, was recognized all over Houston and across Texas for her contributions for starting the kindergarten curriculum as part of the public elementary school education. Janet has always had a heart for serving others whether it was her family, friends, students, or the community. She taught Sunday School for 16 years and was also a youth director. And for 12 years, she was happy to travel with her son and his teammates on their Heart of Texas (H.O.T.) soccer team including being a team manager. You could always count on Janet to open her home for countless church and high school events, including Young Life and the Midway Jr. & Sr. Prom Breakfast. Janet especially loved hosting luncheons, showers, and celebrations for her fellow teacher friends. Janet was a strong Christian lady who loved her Lord, her family, and her friends. She could light up a room with her adorable giggle! She and Wayne had a beautiful marriage, and they were truly the best of friends. She loved her family with all of her heart, and she fully enjoyed every moment of being a mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed spending time with her teacher friends, whether it was going to lunch or taking a trip. Janet always made everything fun. She was a wonderful hostess, and she loved decorating their beautiful country home. You would have thought their home was straight out of a Southern Living magazine. She and Wayne loved their life in the country. They loved gardening, bird watching, taking care of all their animals, and relaxing in their gazebo as they enjoyed the beautiful view. She enjoyed life to the fullest! Janet was truly one of a kind, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her aunt; and one of her closest lifelong friends, Dorothy Poe, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Janet is survived by the love of her life and devoted husband of over 60 years, Wayne Pick; daughters, Elaine Morgan of Fort Worth, Texas; Leanne Gaspar and her husband, Clay, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and son, David Pick and his wife, Stefanie, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; and her four grandchildren, Grant and Colten Gaspar, and Averi and Laney Pick. She is survived by her brother, Ray Bridges of Houston. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, Living Springs Village, and Providence Hospice for their generosity and loving care of Janet and the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Midway ISD Education Foundation at http://bit.ly/MEFMemorial, Woodway First United Methodist Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association at 710 N 64th St, Waco TX 76710.
Leonora Rainer Broussard Nicholls Pinkoson passed peacefully at Haven Hospice House February 24, 2019. Born February 19, 1929, she had just celebrated her 90th Birthday. Her hometown was New Orleans and she always sparkled with a certain Southern charm and hospitality that made people take notice. She was a great cook and was constantly preparing gourmet dishes for her family and others. She also treasured her yard and gardening. Her family would often find her pulling weeds and listening to the sounds of the big band era. In her early years she was involved in volunteer activities and helping her husband with his ophthalmology practice. Later, she was vigilant in spotting the needs of others and was generous to a fault. Rainer married Charles Pinkoson May 16, 1951 and they moved to Gainesville, Florida where they lived for 67 years. Their marriage ended August 24, 2018 when her beloved Charlie died, preceding her by 6 months. Rainer is survived by her children, Nona, Lee and Beth; her grandchildren Nathan, Matthew, Jenica, Christopher and Kyle and her great-grandchildren Lucas, Nicholas, Elena, Emma, Casey, Andrew and William. Rainer and Charlie were involved in the community, contributing their time and resources to the improvement of their beloved Alachua County, Gainesville and the educational institutions that made their full life possible. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL. 32606.
Jimmie Sauer, 75, of Downsville, TX left this life to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 2, 2019. In lieu of services, the family will receive visitors to celebrate Jimmie on Wednesday, February 6, from 5-7pm at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco, TX. Jimmie is survived by Roger Sauer, her loving husband of 57 years. Her brothers Bill Coker and wife Wanda, and Johnny Coker and wife Diane. Her children, Michael Sauer and wife Alice, David Sauer and wife Shelane, and Jennifer Ripley and husband Kenneth. She was loving NaNa to her grandchildren, Maegon Sauer, Ashley Armstrong and husband Dray, Cory Sauer, Grace Sauer, and Logan Sauer. Jimmie touched the lives of children of all ages in her lifetime, working as a preschool teacher for many years at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church Waco and later as Library Concierge in Moody Library at Baylor University. She was blessed to have loved and been loved by everyone who's path she crossed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Jimmie's memory.
Ethan M. Thompson, of Hewitt, TX, was called home to Heaven by Jesus, on Friday, February 22, 2019, at age 16. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 27, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Aryn Mojica officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery (Freestone County). Pallbearers will be Dennis Thompson, WO King, Jr., David Burkeen, Carl Young, Stephen Young, Jess Higgins, Raymond Latham, and Bill Stohler. Ethan was born in Waco to Michael Wayne Thompson and Paula Catherine (Black) Thompson, on May 7, 2002, along with his beloved twin sister, Emily. Ethan was a student at Midway High School where he was loved and cared for by teachers and classmates alike. We will be forever grateful for the connections he made there and the way those relationships enriched his life. Ethan lived with a mischievous smile that his family will treasure for eternity. Ethan's words were precious and few, but he spoke volumes with a look or a touch or a smile. The bond between he and his sister surpassed all barriers of language. He could say more without saying a word than any person we know. Ethan reached for your hand when he needed help but gained your heart. His comedic timing was impeccable, and his expressions brightened his family's days. Ethan's purest joy was having his toes in the water and his face in the sunshine. Our lives will forever be missing a piece, but we rejoice in knowing that he was welcomed in Heaven by so many who love him. Ethan was greeted in Heaven by his great-grandmother, Jiggs King; grandfather, Wilburne O. Black; and uncle, Robert Brader. And oh, the stories he is finally able to tell them. We're jealous that it's not yet our turn to hear his voice. He leaves behind until the date of our glorious reunion, parents, Michael and Paula Thompson of Hewitt; twin sister, Emily Nichole Thompson of Hewitt; aunt, Teri Thompson; aunts and uncles, Regina and Roger Wilcox of Hewitt, Jason and Sarah Black of Arlington, and Dennis and Andrea Thompson of Shreveport, LA; cousins, Ashton and Mikeal Wyatt of Waco; great aunt, Polly Young of Groesbeck; grandmother, Charlene Black of Groesbeck; and grandparents, Wayne and Junetta Thompson of Friendswood, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ethan's memory may be made to Heart of Texas Autism Network, P.O. Box 2484, Waco, TX 76703 - www.hotan254.org ; or to Baylor CARE, 2201 McArthur Dr., Suite 101, Waco, TX 76708 – www.baylor.edu/soe/care
Wade Earl Turner, 83, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019 surround by loved ones. A Celebration of his life will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 29 at First Baptist Church Woodway. A private burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00pm, Thursday, March 28 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Wade was born August 6, 1935 in Brady, Texas to William and Evelyn Turner. He graduated from Brady High School in 1953. He then went on to play football and run track at San Angelo Junior College and onto Stephen F. Austin. He met the love of his life, Madonna Rives, his senior year of college. He graduated with his Masters Degree in May of 1959 and got married in Henderson, Texas on July 25, 1959, a union that lasted 59 years. Shortly after, Wade and Madonna moved to San Angelo, where he began teaching history and coaching football at San Angelo Junior College. It then turned into a four year college and Wade stayed for 13 years. In 1972, he started coaching football at Baylor University and coached the Defensive Secondary, and Running Backs. He retired in 1991 and loved his Baylor family. Wade was very active in the lives of his two girls, Kim and Allison, and his grandchildren. He loved to play golf and work in the yard. He was very involved in his Sunday School class at First Baptist Woodway. Wade's biggest passion in life was spending time with Madonna, his soul mate. There was no Wade without his Madonna. Fairy tales happened and they lived happily ever after. Survivors include, beloved wife, Madonna; daughters, Kim Anderson, Allison Jones and husband, Nathan; grandchildren, Callye Berry and husband, Ben, Lindy Vick and husband, Logan, Turner Anderson, and Brody Jones; great- grandchildren, Reese, Crew, and Blaze. Pallbearers will be Brody Jones, Dennis Gentry, Walter Abercrombie, Jim Bryan, Jack Evans, Bill Lane, Kevin Ferrell, and Kelly Hayes. Wade Earl Turner would like to thank with overwhelming gratitude each and every person that touched his life, and his heart, in every way that happened to be. He would like to thank Bill Lane, his "brother", for never letting go of his hand in life, and as he took his last breath. If you crossed his path on his beautiful journey through life, he is eternally grateful. Friends are friends forever when the Lord's the Lord of them.
Dr. James E. Wood Jr., age 96, died peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019. A world-renowned expert on Religious Liberty and Church-State issues, member of the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, he was also a major figure in the Baptist circles. He was a professor at Baylor University in Waco, TX where he founded the J. M. Dawson Center for Church-State studies in 1959, wrote and edited the Journal of Church and State. He was also the Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee from 1972 to 1980 when he returned to Baylor. Born in Portsmouth, VA, he was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Alma McKenzie Wood. Also a devoted father to his son, James E. Wood, III, many family members and friends. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 2pm, at Olive Branch Cemetery in the City Park of Portsmouth, Va. Baylor University is mourning the passing of James E. Wood Jr., Ph.D., a world-renowned expert on religious liberty and church-state and inaugural director of Baylor University’s J.M. Dawson Center for Church-State Studies. Dr. Wood died March 24 at the age of 96. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Olive Branch Cemetery in the City Park of Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Wood joined the Baylor faculty in 1955 as an associate professor of religious history and became known as one of the most active faculty members on campus, emphasizing mission work in his courses. After publishing the landmark book “Church and State in Scripture, History, and Constitutional Law” in 1958 with Baylor professors Dr. E. Bruce Thompson in history and Dr. Robert T. Miller in political science, Dr. Wood became the first director of the Dawson Institute. Under Dr. Wood’s leadership of nearly 30 years, Baylor’s J.M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies emerged as an internationally known center exclusively devoted to research in the broad area of religion, politics and society and committed to the separation of church and state and the advancement of religious liberty around the world. During his first tenure as director, the Institute developed several undergraduate and graduate courses, culminating in a Ph.D. program, launched the Journal of Church and State, the only academic journal dedicated to church-state issues at the time, and opened the J.M. Dawson Church-State Research Center in Carroll Library. In 1972, he left Baylor to become executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee, where he served until 1980, expanding the mission of the organization and emphasizing a range of policy issues, including international human rights and ending the nuclear arms race. After eight years with BJC, he returned to Baylor, serving again as director of the Dawson Institute until 1995. Dr. Wood was internationally renowned for his knowledge on issues dealing with church and state. As a result, his expertise was requested to help with various national and international issues. Wood served on various religious liberties committees, such as the World Council of Churches Committee on Religious Liberty, the First World Congress on Religious Liberty and the International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief, of which he was president. He served as a consultant to many Eastern European countries following the collapse of the Soviet Union, advising them on the creation of new religious freedom laws. He received many awards, including the Religious Liberty Award by the Alliance for the Preservation of Religious Liberty. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Alma McKenzie Wood. He was a devoted father to his son, James E. Wood III, and also is survived by many family members and friends.
Charles “Butch” Wittenburg Jr. of Hewitt, TX, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 24, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Friday, March 1, 2019 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home, officiating by Rev. Brian Coats. Burial will follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 6-8pm. Charles was born on April 20, 1944 in Waco, TX to Charles and Ella Wittenburg. He was retired military after serving in the US Army Reserves and the Gulf War. He was an avid Baylor Bear fan holding season tickets over 40 years. He was devoted to his family. His grandchildren were the light of his life. He was a member of Central Christian Church. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Wilbur Wallis, Marie St. John, Sonny Helm and Kenneth Helm. Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Wittenburg; daughters, Jana Griffin of Dallas and Jennifer Wittenburg of Waco; grandchildren, Gatlyn Wittenburg, Savannah Arnet and Jordyn Arnet; and great-grandchildren, Keeslie and Sawyer Mosley, all of Waco; and brothers, Marvin Wittenburg of Waco and Thomas Helm of Fredericksburg; as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Central Christian Church or to a favorite charity.