Elizabeth Ann Wasson Gleason, BA ’50, of Fort Worth passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was 89. Ann was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Homer, La., to Robert William Wasson and Mildred Hester Wasson. After her husband passed away in 1979, she spent her time traveling the globe with friends and family. An avid historian and storyteller, she was especially committed to family genealogy and always had an interesting fact or story to share. Loyal to her church and friends, she resided in Wharton, Texas for 46 years before moving to Fort Worth to live with her son and grandchildren. Ann was a loving friend, mother, and grandmother and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh Rogerson Gleason, Jr. MD.; son, Robert Wasson Gleason and grandson, Raleigh Gleason IV. Survivors: Son, Raleigh Gleason III, MD.; grandchildren, Richard Gleason, Robert Gleason, and Rachel Gleason. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1602 John Knox St, Wharton, Texas 77488.
Kathleen Christian Goebel, BA ’50, of Elton, LA, passed away on July 25, 2019, in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was 89. Funeral services will be held at Miguez Funeral Home in Jennings, on July 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in China Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home. Visitation for Mrs. Goebel will begin on Monday evening, July 29, 2019, in Jennings, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. It will resume on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and continue until time of service. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Baylor in 1950 and attended University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as a chemist at Columbia Southern in 1950 and 1951. She taught school at Navasota High School from 1951-1952. Mrs. Goebel then worked as a chemist at Pantex Ordinance-Atomic Energy Commission in Amarillo from 1952-53. After returning to Louisiana, Mrs. Goebel was a substitute teacher in the Jefferson Davis Parish Schools from 1954 until 1978. In 1978, she was a realtor with Mary Deshotel Realty. She served as an executive officer for the Rice Belt Board of Realtors from 1980 to 1981. In 1982, she became a licensed Real Estate Broker and founded Goebel Properties. She was a Charter member of Women's Council of Realtors. She served as a director of the LA Farm & Land Institute from 1983 to 1986. Mrs. Goebel was extremely active throughout her career and was equally as active in her personal life. She served as a Den mother for the Boy Scouts of America from 1968 to 1973. She was the organist for the First Baptist Church 1945-1947 and again from 1961 to 1977 and active with WMU. She was also an active member of the Entre Nous Club and Order of the Eastern Star. Those left to cherish Kathleen's memory are her two sons, Kyle (Carolyn) Goebel of Carencro, and Kurt (Tina) Goebel of Elton; her daughter, Lores (Fred) Roeder of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Derrick (Cierra) Goebel, David (Cara) Roeder, Kevin (Casey) Goebel, Conner Bouillion, Jordan Bouillion; great-grandchildren, Emma Goebel, Elizabeth Roeder, Joshua Goebel and Claire Goebel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Harvey Reynold Goebel; her parents, Herbert and Ruth Pennington Christian; and her brother, Herman "Gene" Christian.
Gustavus Barney “Gus” Green, BA ’50, of Fort Worth passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019. He was 92. Gus was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Deming, New Mexico to Gustavus Brooks and Cecil Lee Green. He was in management with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., later AT&T. Survivors: Wife of 71 years, Betty S. Green; sons, Galen Green and wife, Joyce, Glenn Green and wife, Paula; brother, Robert Green and wife, Billye; grandchildren, Lindsey Lindskoog and husband, Tim, Susan Richardson and husband, Andrew and Stephen Green; great-grandchildren, Emma and Sam Lindskoog, Rebecca, Daniel and Joel Richardson; also numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gus B. and Betty S. Green Endowed Scholarship Fund (434SCPV), Baylor University - Gift Processing, One Bear Place # 97026, Waco, Texas 76798.
Rudolph “Rudy” Joseph Kucera, BS ’50, of Hillsboro, AL, passed away on Tuesday, May 7th at the age of 90. Mr. Kucera was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Violet Lou Chaffin Kucera, sons Derrick Vincent Kucera and Duke Kevin Kucera, parents Joseph William Kucera, Jr. and Mary Ann Simicek Kucera, and sister Lillian Mae Kucera Beckham. Mr. Kucera is survived by his son, Rudolph Joseph Kucera, Jr.; his daughter, Katherine Kucera Joseph; his grandson, Tobia Nicholas Joseph, Jr. (Laura) of Helena; and two great-grandchildren, Anna Katherine and Johnathan Marshall Joseph. Mr. Kucera graduated as salutatorian from La Vega High School in Bellmead, TX and subsequently attended Baylor University, where he played trumpet in the Golden Wave Band. Mr. Kucera graduated from Baylor in 1950 with a B.S. in Chemistry and attended Perdue University for post-graduate work. After completing his formal education, Mr. Kucera worked as chemist and factory superintendent at Certain-teed Products Corporation before beginning his 30+ year career at Monsanto. He retired in 1989 as Monsanto’s Superintendent of Environmental, Health, and Safety Services. After retirement, Mr. Kucera operated a 150-acre cattle farm and raised catfish. Mr. Kucera enjoyed traveling, and journeyed to all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as nine countries. An avid golfer, Mr. Kucera also enjoyed politics, westerns and Alabama football. A devoted member of the Resurrection Catholic Chapel, Mr. Kucera will be remembered by his family and community for his extraordinary faithfulness and service. Church services for Mr. Kucera will be held 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31st at the Morris Chapel Resurrection Catholic Chapel, 4826 Co. Rd. 217 Hillsboro, AL, with reception to follow. A graveside service will be held on Saturday June 1st, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Resurrection Chapel at P.O. Box 550, Moulton, Alabama 35650 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Roselawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Ethel Lee Osborne Ramsower, BA ’50, of Plainview, TX, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. She was 91. A Funeral Service is scheduled for 10 o' clock in the morning on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Jacob West, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Plainview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5-7 o' clock in the evening on Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Lemons Funeral Home.
On the third day of July in 2019, Ethel Lee Osborne Ramsower went into the arms of her precious Lord Jesus. Ethel Lee was born on June 3, 1928 in Plainview Texas, the daughter of Edward Mays Osborne and Laura Lee Higginbotham Osborne. She was married to the love of her life Marvin Rex Ramsower on September 2nd 1950. They have four children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Ethel Lee Ramsower will be remembered for her commitment to the church, her service to her community and her love for the arts. When she was 12 years old, she became a member of First Baptist Church where she later taught Sunday School. During those 57 years, she taught 7-year old's, University students, Young Married classes and the Ladies Bible Class. She was a member and past President of the Plains Art Association, Plainview Cultural Council, Plainview Jr. Service League, PEO and the Gamma Delphin Study Club. She was an active member of DAR, Plainview Civic Theater and the Woman's Chamber of Commerce. She served on the board of directors for the Salvation Army, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and was on the Development Board at the First National Bank. Her work with the Plains Art Association included being an active exhibition chairman and she directed several children's plays, local theater productions and melodramas as part of her work with the Jr. Service League. In 1977 she was awarded Best Supporting Actress in Plainview Civic Theatre's production of "Butterflies Are Free", she was the Director of the "Seven Last Words" production at First Baptist Church for two seasons, a Girl Scout and Webelos Scout Leader for five years and in 1990 she was named the Chamber of Commerce's "Woman of the Year." Ethel Lee Ramsower received her degree in Art at Baylor University in 1950 and later a Degree in Commercial Art and Interior Design from the LaSalle Extension University of Chicago. She was Co-owner of Ramsower's Furniture, Inc. where she worked as an interior designer until her retirement. Ethel Lee Ramsower was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Catherine Ann Osborne Davenport. She is survived by her husband; her sister, Margaret Rathkamp, and brother, William Osborne; her children, Reagan Mays Ramsower and wife Glenda Davis Ramsower, Kelly Lee Ramsower Alison and her husband Preston Alison, Joseph Martin Ramsower and William Matthew Ramsower; four grandchildren, Jason Ramsower and wife Jill Bedrosian Ramsower, Ryan Ramsower and wife Arnisa Gorgan Ramsower, Jacob Edward Alison and partner Carmen Mireles, Madeline Lee Alison and partner Nicholas Kabiri; four great grandchildren, Tyler Mays Ramsower, Kamryn Paige Ramsower, Landon Chase Ramsower, Mackenzie Lilliana Ramsower and Emily Cheyenne Ramsower.
Cathryn N. “Cathy” Wade Robinson, BA ’50, was born on November 25, 1928 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The only daughter of Joseph Michael Wade, a pharmacist, and Nadine Tolleson. She passed away Tuesday July 16, 2019 in Abilene. Cathy grew up in rural Arkansas during the depression. She spent much of her childhood helping her father in the "drugstore" and helping herself to the occasional ice cream soda. She and her family moved to Little Rock where she graduated from Little Rock High School in 1946. Cathy attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas graduating with a degree in education in 1950. It was in Waco that she met the love of her life, James Edward Robinson, "Jim"' a law student. They were married in Dallas, Texas on July 20, 1951. They moved to Houston where Jim began his practice of law and Cathy taught school in Houston ISD. In 1952 their first son, James Wade Robinson, was born. Cathy and Jim moved to Abilene, Texas in 1953 and settled down to raise their family. Her second son, John Ruther Robinson, was born in Abilene on August 28, 1956. Their daughter, Emily Jane Robinson "Janie" was born on June 28, 1959. Cathy was regarded as the "sweetest woman" by all who knew her. She kept her sweet spirit and generous nature her whole life. She was a tireless volunteer at First Central Presbyterian Church in the church library. She taught Sunday School for years and was a fixture at the Frances Buzzard Food Pantry. She loved to travel (having dragged her family all over the western United States to see "every Indian ruin there is") was a voracious reader (a huge fan of Ken Follett) and loved puzzles, mystery novels, and big band music. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Robinson, her oldest son James Wade Robinson, and her oldest grandson Austin James Robinson. She is survived by her son John Robinson and Daughter Janie Robinson Long and 4 grandchildren : Travis Long, Wade Long, Rebecca Robinson, and Tucker Long.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 am at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange Street, in Abilene.
In lieu of flowers, her family asks that a donation be made in her name to the Frances Buzzard Food Pantry."
William “Bill” Boyd Allbritton, BS ’51, of Ruston, LA, died June 7. Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston, Louisiana with Rev. Keith Rowe officiating. Services are under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston, Louisiana. Mr. Allbritton was born on December 28, 1926 in Ferris, Texas to William Burton and Edna Allbritton. Mr. Allbritton served in the United States Army during World War II. After his service, he attended and graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas. By profession, Bill was a geologist and employed by Sinclair Oil Corporation for many years and was later self-employed while living in Littleton, Colorado. Bill married Donaldeen Robinson, his wife of over 50 years, on June 28, 1958, in Roswell, New Mexico. Bill and Donaldeen moved from Midland, Texas to Ruston, Louisiana in 2011 to be near his nephew, Keith Rowe and his family. One of Bill’s favorite past times was watching Baylor Sports and Yelling “Sic ‘em Bears!” He also loved to hear and tell Baylor stories. Bill was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana. Uncle Bill had a sweet disposition and a “sweet tooth”. While he was able, he enjoyed attending Bible study with Rev. Dale Oden at The Arbor and looked forward to the “sweet” treat Bro. Dale would bring each week. Bill passed peacefully from this live into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 7, 2019 in Ruston, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and nephew, John E. Rowe. He is survived by his brother, Charles Allbritton; brother-in-law, Donovan Henderson; nephews: Keith (Joy Carol) Rowe, Brian (Phyllis) Allbritton, Paul (Eva) Henderson; niece, Cheri Henderson; grand-nephews and nieces: Katelyn Allbritton, Kyle (Tanya) Rowe, Bradley Henderson, Jennifer Rowe King and Hannah Henderson and great-grand-nephews and nieces: Konnor Rowe, Levi Rowe, Matthew King, Mia Rowe and Kylie Joy King. The family would like to express their gratitude to caregivers at The Arbor and The Terrace and Compassus Hospice for their concern and compression.
Dr. Jimmy Burks, BA ’51, MS ’76, PhD ’76, of Camden, AR, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock, AR. He was 89. Burks was the son of the late Cecil R. and Jewel Weaster Burks. He was born February 18, 1930 at Port Arthur, TX. He was a graduate of Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Luther Rice Seminary. He was a member of Cullendale First Baptist Church. Dr. Burks is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Burks; brother, Bill Burks. Dr. Burks is survived by one son, Jimmy Burks and wife, Stephanie of Alvin, TX; two daughters, Jodie Wright and husband, Doug of Madison, MS and Judy Brooks and husband, Sherman of Camden, AR; four grandchildren, Jessica Neely and husband, Matt, Glenn Wright and wife, Ashley, Jacob Burks and Christina Thompson, Courtney Burks; two great-grandchildren, Bryce Neely and Logan Neely; one brother, C.R. “Bubba” Burks and wife, Freda; one sister, Celia “Sister” James and husband, Jackie; host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00PM Friday, April 26, 2019 at Cullendale First Baptist Church. Funeral service will be 10:00AM Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Cullendale First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Bethesda Cemetery. Dr. Wade Totty and Rev. Doug Wright officiating. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Eugene Cole, BM ’51, of Morganton, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 20, 2019. He was 91. Born in Rutherford County, NC on July 13, 1927, he was the son of the late Tessler Cole and Myrtice Flynn Cole. Eugene was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where he still sang in the choir and had been a Sunday School teacher and deacon after retiring from the church staff. He had over 45 years of Christian service as the Minister of Music and Education at the following churches: Calvary Baptist, Morganton; First Baptist, Cleveland, MS; First Baptist, Bluefield, WV; First Baptist, Collinsville, VA; Whiting Avenue Baptist, Charlotte; and Hopewell Baptist, Morganton. His hobbies included offset printing, ham radio and gardening. He most enjoyed gospel music, handbells and talking with people. Mr. Cole was a proud veteran who served in the Navy during WWII and the Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Baylor University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and follower of Jesus, Eugene is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marquean Ross Cole of Morganton and his son Steve Cole, wife Stacy and their daughters, Halle Kate and Anna Claire of Alabaster, AL. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at Hopewell Baptist Church. The Celebration of Life service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church with the Dr. Danny Emory officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the US Navy. Memorial contributions may made to Hopewell Baptist Church’s Sanctuary or Cemetery Fund, 1112 Hopewell Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Donald Maurice Dorward, BBA ’51, MSEco ’52, was born November 13, 1929 in Dallas, Texas to Maurice and Margaret Dorward. He died in Dallas, July 3, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Barbara Hilton Dorward, by their five children, and by their twelve grandchildren, and by their nieces and nephews. His brothers, Dave Dorward, and Russell Dorward of Bosque County, also survive him. He lived in Cockrell Hill, Texas most of his life. Don attended the Cockrell Hill School, Greiner Junior High, and graduated from Sunset High School, Class of 1948. His college years included time at NTAC (North Texas Agricultural College-now UTA), and SMU. He graduated from Baylor University with a BBA, and then an MBA. He entered the doctoral program at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and studied Agricultural Economics, with a special interest in product distribution by rail, which sparked a life -long interest in trains and railways. Don met his future wife, Barbara while both were in graduate school at Oklahoma State University. They were married December 23, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. They farmed in Bosque County for one year, after which they moved to Dallas, where Don worked for Southmost Granaries until 1964. He began investing in Dallas real estate at this time, and continued in this line for the rest of his career. Don served the City of Cockrell Hill as a City Councilman for several terms in the 1970s and 1980s. He was on the Volunteer Fire Department from the 1960s through the early 2000s, and was elected chief of the Department several times. He was also active in his church, Our Savior Lutheran, for almost fifty years. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jeter & Son Funeral Home located at 4830 West Illinois Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75211. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Savior Lutheran Church located at 3621 W. Clarendon Dr., Dallas, Texas. Interment to follow at Five Mile Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Margaret Celeste Fletcher, BA ’51, of Denton, TX, our wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend, left us to go home on April 7, 2018, leaving us with both sorrow and joy, grieving her departure and celebrating her life and her impact on the world and on the kingdom. She left behind temporarily her husband of 66 years, Donnie, her rambunctious boys Andy, Dave, Terry and Tom, their wives Kam, Regina, Mic, and Lisa, and her wondrous grandchildren, Dylan and Maren with her Yorkshireman Robbie, Chris and Mark, Katie and her husband Josh, and Garrett and Kristen. She also leaves friends scattered around the planet who love her and will miss her smile, her infectious laugh, her sense of humor, her passion for her Lord, and her commitment to the Gospel, to the Kingdom, and to people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds and cultures. Her work with Campus Crusade, International Students, and Denton Bible Church left an immeasurable impact local and globally, calculated best not only with numbers, but with lives changed, eternities altered, passions intensified, and most of all, folks feeling loved and affirmed and cherished. She will be so greatly missed, but we know that she is in the best place, greeting those who've gone before, waiting for us who will come a bit later. We love and miss you, Grammy.
Donna Marie Broughton Hart, BA ’51, peacefully departed this life to her heavenly home on June 18, 2019, in Childress, Texas. She was born March 6, 1930, to Clyce C. and Avis Marie (Austin) Broughton in Childress where she happily lived the majority of her life. A memorial service honoring her life and legacy will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Mike Henderson officiating and Rev. Lou Ellerbrook assisting, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Johnson Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. During her youth, Donna enjoyed all of the attributes of a small agricultural community, including horseback riding with her younger sister, Wana, and dear friends, while they explored the family cotton farms and southern Texas panhandle. Known for her scholastic achievement, Donna graduated Salutatorian from Childress High School in 1948. After graduation, she attended Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. By attending Baylor, she continued the legacy of her parents, and two of her daughters and four grandchildren followed in her footsteps to make four generations of Baylor Bears. Donna attended Hardin-Simmons University for a brief time and while there met Bobby Hart. They married on August 1, 1952, and for the next decade, they worked in three different states as educators. The Harts moved to Childress in 1960, and they continued their profession as educators. She served in her profession for over 40 years and impacted the lives of thousands of young people. Not only did “Mrs. Hart” instill knowledge of mathematics, but she also gave her students a love of learning that she so dearly enjoyed. Each of her daughters, nephews, and grandchildren were fortunate to have Donna as a math teacher in one or more of the math classes she taught in the Childress school system. She taught two of her grandchildren long distance by phone. Donna made such an impression on her grandchildren that she was nominated by Paige Freeman, her granddaughter, for Baylor University’s Most Memorable Teacher Award, a prestigious and coveted award presented by the Department of Education. Despite many qualified nominees, Donna received the award in 2003 with all of her daughters and grandchildren in attendance at the ceremony. Later, the grandchildren nominated Donna and Bobby Hart to be the 2010 Childress County Old Settlers King and Queen. They were chosen to reign over the historical celebration of the heritage of Childress County, which was particularly fitting as Donna was a fourth-generation resident of Childress County. Donna loved and cherished her family. She spent most of her time devoted to her children and grandchildren. Not only did she teach all of them, but she also encouraged, supported, and attended many of their sporting and other events. She also regularly counselled them on challenges and decisions. Some of her greatest joys were times spent with family; whether it was on the beaches of Florida, in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado, or at the family farms and ranches riding horses and having cookouts, most of all she just enjoyed time together. Memories of these times together will remain with the family forever. Her family loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. Donna was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. She also worshiped at the First United Methodist Church where she attended the Fellowship Sunday School Class and was active in the Agape Circle. She was also active in the Modern Home Club, Childress University Women, and the Retired Teachers Association. Donna enjoyed antiquing, reading, walking her dog, and gardening. For those fortunate to have known Donna, most likely they enjoyed her humor, humanity, keen mind, and kind heart. The family wishes to express the deepest gratitude to Donna’s caregivers who tirelessly worked to ensure that all of her needs were met. Each one treated her as if she were their own mother or grandmother. May we find great comfort in the fact she is reunited with those whom she joins in Heaven; she joins her husband of 66 years, Bobby B. Hart; her devoted parents, Avis Austin Broughton and Clyce C. Broughton; together with many close relatives and dear friends. She is survived by her sister, Wana Castleberry; daughter, Carol Hart Freeman and husband, Jim Freeman of Childress; daughter, Patricia Hart Nunley Mertz and husband, Len Mertz of San Angelo; daughter Laura Marie Bird and husband Steven Bird of Childress. Her six grandchildren whom she lovingly supported and taught throughout their life, Lauren Roth and her husband, Forrest, of Houston; Paige Freeman of Houston; Catherine Nunley of Waco; Christopher Nunley of Odessa; Jessica Boedeker and her husband, Luke, of Childress; and Andrew Bird of Childress. She was blessed with great-grandchildren, as well, Rhodes, Harrison, Cash, Austin and baby boy Roth; Claire Berg; and Hartlee and Hudson Boedeker. Donna is also survived by many other cousins, nieces, and nephews. Donna lived a long and fulfilling life by the Word of our Lord. She had amazing strength and brought such joy to others with her sweet spirit and grateful heart. We offer the following scripture in Psalm 100:4-5, to comfort those who loved her. “ Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Memorials can be made to the Childress Independent School District, Reference: Donna Broughton Hart Memorial Fund, 308 Third Street NW, Childress, Texas 79201. The fund will be used to enhance the operations of the Math Department at Childress High School.
Jarvis Anderson Philpot, BA ’51, of Georgetown, TX, died on Friday, June 7, 2019, but we know Heaven is rejoicing! Service: Visitation for Reverend Philpot will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Crestview Baptist Church with funeral services at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in I00F Cemetery. Jarvis will lie in state from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas. Jarvis Anderson Philpot was born in Manchester, Ky. on March 19, 1922, the tenth of 15 children, to Sophia Reid Philpot and John Austin Philpot. He married his wife, Verne Milligan Philpot, on Aug. 15, 1945, in Houston, Texas. Verne was the first librarian at Georgetown Public Library and retired after 20 years of service. They were married for 65 years. He came honestly to his calling in the ministry. His father rode a circuit on a horse in the mountains of Kentucky, and five out of the seven brothers were ministers. Having served the Lord for 77 years as a minister, he pastored churches in Hearne, Eddy, Odessa, Fort Worth, Georgetown and Leander. He retired from Crestview Baptist Church after 22 years in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to start a church in the community of Round Mountain outside Leander. He retired from Round Mountain Baptist church in December 2018 after 26 years. Beginning in the 1970s Jarvis also wrote sports for the Sun newspaper, including a column called "Sun Sports" for 15 years. During this time, he also took team pictures for many neighboring schools. As an avid golfer he had three witnessed "hole in ones." He was proud of his grandchildren and made sure each of them had their first set of golf clubs. As a World War II veteran, he entered the military as an aviation engineer in the Army Air Corps. He was discharged in 1946, and he and Verne moved to Dallas where they founded Dallas Paint and Paper store. After he was called to the ministry, they moved to Waco where he attended Baylor University, graduating in 1951. He also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Jarvis was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, and 13 brothers and sisters. Survivors: He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Thomason and husband, Butch, and Brenda Fry and husband, Bob. He has three grandchildren: Andy Thomason and fiancee, Rebecca Cortez, Leslie Fry LaLonde and husband, David, and Taylor Fry Sohr and husband, Clint. He also has six great-grandchildren: Leighton, Ellison and Hudson LaLonde, and Kinsley, Bryleigh and Emerly Sohr. He is also survived by a sister, Sophia Jones of Springdale, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all who have served alongside Reverend Philpot over the years in his ministry. We would also like to thank the wonderful caring teams at Baylor Scott & White dialysis and Baylor Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, both having exceptional teams of doctors and nurses, and especially Dr. Caldera and his team. The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Georgetown, 512-869-8888.
Mary Ann Tanner, ’51, born July 31, 1929, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019. Mary Ann was a resident of Corpus Christi, TX. at the time of her passing. She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. Tanner Jr. and brother, Walter S. Evans Jr. Mary Ann is survived by her brother Joe Evans and wife Nan, son Louis E. Tanner and wife JoAnne, daughter Melissa Tanner Higginbotham and husband Lee, son John Tanner and wife Dawn, and her grandchildren: Chris Tanner and wife Michelle, Virginia Tanner McGuire and husband Jimmy, Ben Higginbotham, Wes Higginbotham, Katie Tanner, Joey Tanner and Abby Tanner. A visitation for Mary Ann will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Friday, May 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Seaside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Art Center of Corpus Christi, or South Texas Children's Home. To share words of comfort with the family please visit: www.seasidefuneral.com.
Frank W. Washam, BA ’51, of San Antonio died May 30. He was born June 21, 1929 in Ballinger, Texas to Selma Silas and Blanche Washam. Frank moved to San Antonio in 1930 from a ranch in New Mexico. San Antonio became their home as that is where the family's car broke down. He attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Edison High School and graduated from Baylor University. He joined the USMC reserves in 1948 while a student at Baylor University; subsequently promoted to corporal and selected for the Platoon Leaders Class PLC program, which consisted of two summers of Officer Candidate School Training and an appointment to Second Lieutenant upon graduating from college. He graduated in May, 1951 and received his appointment to 2nd Lt. in the USMC Reserve and was immediately ordered to active duty. While in the Marines, he attended flight school becoming a helicopter pilot. Frank's 28 years of active duty included tours at various US bases and overseas tours as a helicopter pilot in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and the Mediterranean Sea. There were also shorter junkets to the Caribbean for training exercises and various humanitarian relief efforts. He retired with the rank of CWO4. After retirement he worked in construction, Hughes Helicopter, and learning the locksmith trade eventually opening a locksmith shop. He loved the outdoors: camping/RVing, fishing, hunting, and gun-smithing. He also published a book, 20 Years at Parade Rest, about his adventures in the Marine Corp. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife Francis, and his brother Vernon. Survived by his wife Barbara, son Michael and his wife Lori, son Jay and wife Janice, daughter Liz and husband Kevin Tysall, grandson Bryan and wife Carmen Washam, and granddaughter Molly Washam.
Milledge Mark Bonham, ’52, of Tulsa, OK, was born on July 7, 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Thomas Grayson and Madge Moore Bonham. He and his family lived in several towns in Louisiana before moving to Longview, Texas. Milledge graduated from Henderson, Texas High School and attended Baylor University and graduated from East Texas Baptist University.
He attended First Baptist Church in Longview where he met Betty Jean Rice. They
were married May 16, 1954. Milledge was a family name with at least one in every generation. His multitude of friends fondly called him "Midge." The surname Bonham is French, but is well recorded in England. It originates from the medieval phrase Bon-homme meaning a good man, and as such was given as a nickname to a kindly person, or to an individual worthy of admiration and respect. All these characteristics describe Midge. He was interested in genealogy and had traced his family roots. Midge loved biking, running, golfing, softball, basketball, and volleyball. In later years, he competed in biking competitions at Senior Olympics. He was always glad that he didn't finish last. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars and dusted his car and truck every day. He loved photography and had an extensive collection of Kodak cameras. As an avid collector, he had many interests -- car literature, stamps, Cities Service memorabilia, Civil War books, Winston Churchill books, coins, advertising, tape measures, and records. He frequented the booths at the Flea Market in pursuit of his many collections. Midge and Betty enjoyed traveling throughout Europe with friends. There are many fond memories of encountering the food, culture, and history of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. An especially memorable trip was in a rental car with stick shift on the wrong side of the road through the British Isles. A wonderful, thoughtful husband, father, grandfather and friend, Midge had the gifts of encouragement, generosity, and service. At age twenty-six, he was the youngest deacon to be ordained at First Baptist Church, Longview, Texas. He served as deacon in El Dorado, Kansas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He lived his faith by example and quiet humility. He considered his musical ability as a talent to be dedicated to the Lord. He served in adult church choirs for over sixty-two years, as choir member, soloist, and quartet member. His fondest memories were of being a part of the Living Christmas Tree for twenty-five years at First Baptist, Tulsa. He was fondly dubbed First Baptist's "Bing Crosby" with his rendition of White Christmas in the Living Christmas Tree. He loved his Lord and his church, serving not only as deacon and chair member but also as Director of Adult Bible classes and as a volunteer at the Caring Center. Midge was a systems analyst for Cities Service Oil Company, Oxy Petroleum Company, and Citgo. Midge was known for his wit and humor; he brought laughter and joy to all he met. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Betty Rice Bonham, daughters, Becky Bonham of Tulsa and Caryl Henry of Tulsa, grandsons Mark Henry and wife Abby of Wheaton, Illinois, and Matt Henry and wife Annabelle and expected great-granddaughter Georgia Leigh of Tulsa. He is also survived by other family members in Texas and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, at Moore Southlawn Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First Baptist Church of Tulsa Caring Center. Moore's Southlawn 918-663-2233.
Bobbie Creel Ramsey Donaldson, BA ’52, of Hillsboro, TX, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at West Rest Haven in West, TX. She was 89. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. Ken Branam, Rev. Danny Gilliam and Rev. Bob Harper officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the funeral home. Bobbie Creel Ramsey was born to James McKelvain Ramsey (1904) and Mary Willis Yates Ramsey (1905) on October 16, 1929, in South Bosque, located in McLennan County. She was the middle daughter with an older sister, Elizabeth Ann (1925), and a younger sister/best friend, Lou Marie (1930). She attended and played basketball at McGregor High School (graduated two years early at 16), received her B.A. in Education from Baylor University in 1953, and her M.R.E. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1955. After graduation, she and her roommate and long-time friend, Nell Irvin (Doyel), were on staff at Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, the junior high and high school youth ministers. In the fall of 1957, Bobbie met and married USAF 1st Lt. Presley W. Donaldson while she was on staff at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene. They subsequently moved to the El Paso area where they began their family that included children, George McKelvain (1960), Patricia Ann (1962) and Barbara Carol (1963). They lived on the Texas side of Anthony and moved to Austin and Dallas before settling in Irving in January of 1968. After visiting several churches in the area, the Donaldson family joined Plymouth Park Baptist Church (PPBC) where all family members were active. Bobbie was hired as the children’s minister at PPBC in the early 70's and served with Johnye Williams for several years. She enjoyed spending time with many church friends and also became a mall walker in the late 80's. In the 1990s, she served as the Director of International Friends at PPBC. In 2002, Bobbie and Presley retired to their farm in Hillsboro and joined the First Baptist Church of Hillsboro. She served the community by providing devotionals at one of the local nursing homes every Sunday morning. Preceding her in death were her parents, Jim (1998) and Mary (2001) Ramsey; sisters, Elizabeth Worthington (1972) and Lou Sherrill (2016); and her son, George (1989). Survivors include her husband of almost 62 years, Presley Donaldson; daughters, Patty Donaldson and Barbara Crow (spouse: Troy Crow); and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the International Friends Plymouth Park Baptist Church, 1714 North Story Road, Irving, TX 75061.
Everett J. “Ebb” Grindstaff, BA ’52, JD ’54, of Ballinger, TX, passed from this earth to his new home on Monday, July 8, 2019, at the age of 88. Ebb was born May 7, 1931, in Abilene to E. C. and Atha (Porter) Grindstaff. He grew up in Ballinger and graduated from Ballinger High School. He married Jeannette (Jay) White on April 3, 1954, in Ft. Worth. A graduate of Baylor University with a BBA degree in business, and an LLB degree in law, Ebb joined the Army and served in Japan in counter-intelligence during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Ballinger and became a partner in the law firm of Grindstaff and Grindstaff with his father, E.C. "Judge" Grindstaff. Ebb was a candidate for Texas State Representative in 1956 and 1968. An attorney in Ballinger since 1956, Ebb was appointed City Attorney in November of 1957 and remained in that office until he retired in January 2018, after 60 years of service. He continued his private practice, even during his time in the hospital, until his death. A devoted member of Lions Club since 1956, Ebb was responsible for promoting the Juvenile Diabetes Program in Texas in 1969-1971. This program continues and includes the American Diabetes Association. The Lions State Office and Museum in Kerrville will be named in honor of Ebb. Ebb became deeply involved in Lions Club International and served as International President in 1982-83. One of the leading international programs passed that year was the Journey for Sight. The Lions have always been involved in sight programs since the 1925 challenge of Helen Keller to be "Knights of the Blind." Ballinger has continued this program over the years. Ebb also encouraged the Drug Education Program to "Just Say No to Drugs" endorsed by Nancy Reagan. During his lifetime, Ebb traveled 50 countries and met hundreds of influential leaders, including President Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister Begin of Israel, Mayor Jacques Chirac of Paris, France, who went on to become the President of France, U.S. presidents, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George Bush, as well as Pope John Paul II. Yet, Ebb treated the people of Ballinger, or people anywhere, with the same respect, kindness, and integrity as the dignitaries. Ebb has written two books, LION Crossing the Sinai, and Texas Lions Celebrating 100 Years. He was finishing his third book, a biography. His wish that this book be completed will be fulfilled. For continuing efforts on behalf of Lionism, Ebb received the Ambassador of Good Will Award (the highest honor bestowed upon association members), the Distinguished Service Award of the American Diabetes Association of 1983, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 1983 Humanitarian Award for his work in helping diabetics worldwide, the Dr. Charles Best Award from the American Diabetes Association in 1984 (the highest award of that association), the President's Volunteer Action Award from President Ronald Reagan, and two Extension Awards. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow, a Jack Welch Fellow of the Lions Camp, a Texas Lions Foundation Fellow, and has received numerous other awards. From 1972 to 1975, Ebb was one of 15 State Bar of Texas Directors. He was a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and served on the insurance committee while a director. During his tenure, both the Health and the Professional Liabilities Insurance Programs began and/or were initiated. He was a Life Member Counselor at Baylor Law School. Ebb was a member of the Ballinger Industrial Foundation for 25 years and was named Ballinger Citizen of the Year twice. He was a member of the Upper Colorado River Authority for 30 years and served 19 years as past chairman of that organization. He was past president of the Ballinger Chamber of Commerce, past district chairman and past district commissioner of the Tri-Rivers District of Concho Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America. An avid golfer, Ebb continued playing until he entered the hospital. He would have played nonstop if the hospital had a putting green. His numerous golf buddies will remember his game and his humor for years to come. He followed all sports on television and was in the bleachers, on the course, in the field, or in the gym for Ballinger athletics as often as possible.Ebb established what he called his "Legal Eagles," which consisted of girls (and one boy) from Ballinger High School who worked during their last two years of high school as helpers and aides in his law office, either after school and/or during the summer. His display of work ethic and integrity were instrumental for the advancement of these young people in the business world. With character and principles instilled by his parents, Ebb was a Lion's Lion, a leader with a servant's heart, a great teacher, an inspiration, and a wonderful friend. He touched the lives of people around the world and connected with people from all walks of life. He epitomized the Lions Club motto, "We serve." A devout Christian, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ballinger where he served as a deacon. Ebb is survived by his devoted wife, Jay, of Ballinger; son, Jeff Grindstaff of San Angelo; and daughter, Michelle Moussa of Dallas. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Will Grindstaff of Lubbock and Kate Grindstaff of San Angelo and their mother Elizabeth Grindstaff of College Station, Tanner Moussa of New York, and Mackenzie Moussa Lewis and husband, Austin, of Dallas; and favorite brother-in-law, Judge Albert White of Hico. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Ebb's life on Saturday, July 13, at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. A reception will be held at the Family Life Center following the service. The family extends special thanks to Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Shannon Medical Center, Ballinger Home Health, Ballinger Lions Clubs, First Baptist Church family, Ebb's secretaries, Monnie Davis and Theresa Patterson, and to all the loyal friends of the family. Donations may be made to Texas Lions Camp, Texas Lions Office, Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Carnegie Library, Meals on Wheels, or First Baptist Church of Ballinger.
Mae Laverne Davis Leners, BS ’52, passed peacefully May 9, 2019 in Shenandoah, Texas. She was 88. Mrs. Leners was born on August 21, 1930 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Ivy Mae and Huey Wayland Davis. She attended Baylor University receiving her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology with a double minor in Chemistry and Biology in a remarkable 3 years. She married Joseph Donald Leners of Emmetsburg, Iowa on September 17, 1955 in Houston, Texas. Together, they raised three children, Thomas Joseph, Kathryn Kay, and Donald Michael Leners. In addition to playing the piano and gardening, Mae enjoyed crochet and needle work, much of which she donated to her home parish, St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Leners, and her son, Thomas J. Leners. Mrs. Leners is survived by her daughter; Kathryn Johnson and husband, Mitch; her son, Donald M. Leners and wife, Heather; her grandchildren, Amy Trammell and husband, Kevin; Michael Leners; Mark Leners; Brittany Leners-Ogg and husband, Chris; Joseph M. Leners; Emily Johnson; Carol Johnson; Sarah Johnson; Miranda Leners; Hayden Leners; Gracie Johnson; Savannah Leners; Vivianne Leners; Wyatt Leners; Annabelle Leners; and Evangeline Leners; and her great-grandchildren, Owen Trammell; Lucas Trammell; and Charlotte Trammell. Her funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 21st, at St. Mary's Catholic Church (8185 County Road 205, Plantersville, Texas.) A Visitation and Rosary will begin at 9:30 am with the funeral service to start at 10:30 am. The burial will immediately follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Written condolences for the family may be left at www.shmfh.com.
Dr. Bettie L. Brown McClintock, BS ’52, MD ’55, a twenty-three-year resident of Tomball, TX, passed recently. Born in Calmer, AR, to Joe and Nannie Brown in 1930, Bettie was raised in Pine Bluff, AR, and received a 1948 scholastic achievement award. She graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, Waco, TX. Dr. McClintock was in a very small contingent of women who graduated in 1955 with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. She married husband Hoyt in 1955, completed an internship at Bethany Hospital, Kansas City, MO, and then lived in Victoria, TX, for two years where her husband served as USAF captain while she was a civil service medical officer for the TAC, 4462nd USAF Hospital in outpatient services at Foster AFB. She completed pediatric residency at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, in 1960, and became Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics in 1963 and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. McClintock practiced pediatrics at McClintock Pediatrics in Clovis, NM, from 1960 until retirement in 1996. In their early years in New Mexico, she and her husband were the sole pediatricians in Clovis. She served several years as NM Health and Social Services District Health Director for eastern NM and as a civil service pediatrician at Cannon AFB. Dr. McClintock was on staff at Clovis Memorial Hospital and secretary of both the Curry-Roosevelt County Medical Society and NM Pediatric Society. She was a member of the American Medical Association, NM Medical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She served her community as Central Baptist Church and children's church member, BSA scout parent during her children's elementary school years, Soroptimist International secretary, and American Association of University Women member. A scholarship endowment to Eastern NM University bears her name. Her interests included playing piano, flower gardening, sewing, cooking, amateur radio, and playing bridge. She was an avid reader and learner her entire life and loved sharing her time, skills, and knowledge with family and friends. Dr. McClintock was preceded in death by her parents, younger brother Sam Brown, and husband Dr. Hoyt McClintock. She is survived by children Dr. Joseph (Valerie) McClintock, Dr. Michael (Sharon) McClintock, Dr. Roy (Stephanie) McClintock, and Dr. Marsha (Kevin) Turner; eight grandchildren James, Stephen (Laura), Evan, Andrew, Aubrey, Presley, Lauren, and Anna; and several relatives. Service and interment will be private.
Virginia Ann Dodson Pitman, BSN ’52, formerly of Waco, died June 12, 2019, in Pleasant Hill, California, one day after her 89th birthday. Ann was born on the family farm in Simpsonville, Texas, in 1930, the youngest of ten kids. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Union High School where she met the love of her life, Gerald Gene Pitman. They both attended Baylor University. As a nursing student in 1950, Ann was the first "summer missionary" appointed to Nigeria, West Africa, where she served at various Baptist missionary hospitals. In 1952, Gene and Ann married after Ann earned her RN degree. While Gene completed his medical training in surgery, the couple had three daughters. In 1961, Ann fulfilled her dream of returning to Africa as a missionary nurse, and the family moved to Nigeria as Southern Baptist medical missionaries. In 1968, the Pitmans moved to Waco, Texas, where Gene opened a private practice in Bellmead. The family joined Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, and in 1970 Ann began the Neighbors Program, a weekday educational and support program for the spouses and families of foreign nationals attending Baylor University. During this time, Ann also taught practical nursing at McLennan Community College. Ann was a creative, compassionate spirit. She took great pride in her home and yard, and she loved to entertain. She and Gene often hosted Baylor students, international families, and other friends for dinners and parties. In 2011, Ann and Gene moved to the Bay Area to be closer to family, where they enjoyed the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. Ann is survived by her three daughters: Laurie Pitman and Sherie Ellington of Oakland, California; and, Julie Pitman of Dallas; four grandchildren: Ian Farmer, Cliff Lusk, Alex Ellington and Elyce Ellington; and four great-grandchildren. In place of flowers, gifts in Ann's honor may be sent to Arts for Oakland Kids, 3871 Piedmont Ave #11, Oakland, California 94611, or to a non-profit of choice. A memorial service for both Ann and Gene is being planned for the fall.
Judge William Arthur Thomas Jr., JD ’52, age 95, was born April 28, 1924, to William Arthur Thomas Sr. and Zola (Downing) Thomas just outside Ranger, Texas. Bill had two older sisters Imagene Thomas (Corley) and Ina Thomas (Gibson). Bill was raised primarily by his sister Imagene. Bill graduated from White Deer High School and went to work for Skelly Oil Company. In late 1942 he went to join the Army Air Corps, but he was denied because he did not have a birth certificate. Shortly after he returned to work he received a draft notice to report to Fort Sill. Bill was in Service Company C. 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division. He spent three years serving in France, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria. He reached Salzburg Austria, (Hitler's home) on May 6, 1945, the day WWII ended. Bill was formally discharged from the Army in December 1946. Bill received 4 years of paid education on the GI Bill. He graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 2 years with a double major in Government and History. He took one year off to work before he returned to Baylor Law School. Bill completed undergrad and Law School, (7 years of education) in 4 years, all on the GI Bill. Bill married Johney Maxine Riley on July 4, 1950. They remained married for 64 years until her death on October 2, 2014. They had two sons, Cliff and Clint Thomas. Bill spent numerous hours coaching his sons' baseball teams, serving as PTA president, Rotary Club President and President of the Little League, Colt and Pony League, and Abilene High Booster Club President. Bill served as County Attorney for Somervell County, Taylor County, Callahan County, Shackelford County and Stephens County. He was later appointed District Attorney for the 42nd Judicial Court until he went into private practice. Bill was appointed District Judge 350th Court in 1982. He served as District Judge for 5 years then went on to serve as Visiting Judge all over the State of Texas for 8 years. He retired in 1990. Bill and Johney moved to Granbury Texas in 2008 to be closer to their sons and their families. Bill is survived by his sons Cliff Thomas (Ilene), Clint Thomas (Glynis), Grandchildren, Christina Davis (Tim), Billy Ray Thomas (Taylor), Haley Walker (Kody), Crilion Thomas and Jake Thomas and Great-Grandchildren Lincoln Davis, Olivia Walker, Colton Davis, Paige Walker and Micah Thomas. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters and wife, Johney Thomas. Visitation: Sunday, June 2nd, at Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury, Texas from 2-4. Graveside: Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, June 3rd, 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Texas Access to Justice Foundation (www.teajf.org).
Dr. Donald Gray Wester, BA ’52, of Shawnee, OK, died Friday, May 31, 2019 at his home. He was 88. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Shawnee, with Dr. Mack Roark, Dr. Bobby Kelly and Dr Charles Kimball officiating. Don was born March 30, 1931 in Petersburg, Texas to Jack and Rosanell (Gray) Wester. As a senior in high school, he won first place in the state of Texas, Extemporaneous Speaking, in 1947. He graduated with the Dickens High School class of 1947, in Dickens, Texas, as Valedictorian. He then went to Baylor University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1952. On June 5, 1953, Don married Janie Martin, BA ’53, at the First Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas. Don continued his education, receiving his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957, his Master of Arts in 1969 from the University of Oklahoma, and finally he received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. Don spent several years as a preacher. During that time he served at Ford City Baptist Church; Edge Baptist Church; Adamsville Baptist Church all in Texas; Martha Baptist Church, First Southern Baptist Church in Rush Springs, Harvard Avenue Baptist Church, Tulsa, and First Baptist Church, Tecumseh, all in Oklahoma. Don retired from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he served on the faculty as a professor of Philosophy. As a professor at OBU, Don received the Sears Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 1990 and the Meritorious Service Award at graduation in 2001. The Shawnee News-Star Obituary Form Don was a member of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, The William James Society, and The Hume Society, to name a few. He and Janie were long time members of the Shawnee, First Baptist Church. Don and Janie enjoyed traveling, with many trips worldwide. Before retirement, many of these were connected to academic conferences. He also represented OBU at teaching missions to Budapest, Hungary and Urumqi, China. After retirement they continued to travel with trips to Mexico, Peru, Russia, Egypt, Jordan, and cruises on the Elbe, Danube and Rhine Rivers. Don was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James Patrick Wester and Michael Oran Wester. He is survived by his wife, Janie Wester; sons, Donald Wester Jr. and his wife Cathy of Conway, Arkansas, James Wester of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Mike Wester and his wife Doyleen, of Shawnee, Tom Wester of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Nell Wester of Ozona, Texas and Fran Wester of League, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Oklahoma Baptist University General Scholarship Fund or to the charity of your choice. Contact Janie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan Attaway, ’53, of East Bernard, TX, passed away June 11, 2019, at age 87. She was born October 4, 1931 in El Campo, Texas to the late John and Beatrice Ferguson. Joan was the oldest of two children and was raised in Mackey, Texas where she graduated from San Marcos Academy. Joan attended Baylor University where she met the love of her life Harold “Buddy” Attaway. Buddy and Joan married December 30, 1950 in Wharton. They made their life together in Wharton County. She served as Secretary of both Superior Drilling Company and The Ferguson Ranch. She was the only female and founding director (1976) of the Wharton County Youth Fair. Joan loved all things outdoors, farming, ranching and many, many rodeos. In her later years, she devoted much of her time in both East Bernard and Sealy as a teacher’s aide to special needs children. A loving and supportive Grandma to not only her grandkids but was “MeeMaw” to many. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother Kenneth Ferguson. Joan is survived by Javon Lechler of Sealy and son Kip Attaway of Katy, grandchildren, Shane Lechler and wife, Erin, Derek Lechler and wife Alexa, and Lauren Little and husband Ted along with great grandchildren Jagger, Bailey, Jett, Emerson, and Julia. Visitation will be on Thursday June 13th, 2019 from 6-8p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Friday June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Wharton Cemetery in Wharton. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wharton County Youth Fair, on behalf of the “Joan Attaway Memorial Scholarship Fund”, P.O. Box 167 Glen Flora, TX 77443. Funeral services under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.whartonfuneralhome.com.
Robert E. “Bob” Gaultney, BA ’53, of Arlington, TX, died June 22. He began his life journey 88 years ago on May 5, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama. At an early age, he gave his life to Jesus Christ, surrendering to preach in his early teens. He graduated from Phillips High School and from there he went to Howard College in Birmingham (now Samford University) and spent his last two years at Baylor University here in Texas, graduating in 1952. He spent the next three years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He married Pat in 1954 while at the Seminary. He was a pastor of churches in Indiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Edith and Ira Gaultney, and by his daughter, Janeth Richardson. He is survived by his wife, Pat Gaultney; daughter Tricia Edwards and husband Michael; son Robert Gaultney and wife Ginny; son Philip Gaultney and wife Alisa. He is also survived by his grandchildren Seth and Meredith Richardson, Erica, Nicholas, and Christopher Edwards, Kaitlyn Deeter, Jacob Gaultney, and Nathaniel and Nick Gaultney. He is survived by his great grandchildren Victoria, Cooper, Ellie, Hunter, Jackson, and Cohen Edwards, Hazel Richardson, Jude, Ellie Grace, and Lucy Deeter. Finally, he is survived by a great great grandson, Oliver Edwards. Visitation will be Saturday, June 29 from 12:00-2:00pm, with funeral service beginning at 2:00pm at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessing the Generations at First Baptist Church Arlington by visiting https://www.fbca.org/btgcommitment.
Dorothea Malone Gilbert, BA ’53, MSEd ’74, of Waco died June 26 at age 87. 1st generation of her family to graduate from college, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in religion, elementary education & business administration. Retired as a teacher of Waco ISD after 21 years in 1997. Began teaching in 1960 in New Market, Indiana for a total of 37 years educating elementary, bi-lingual, & Title 1 students in Indiana, Missouri, Texas & Alabama. A recipient of the Community Service award in Ferris, TX in 1970 and the recipient of the Jefferson Community Service award in Waco in 1984. Director of the 7th & James Learning Center from 1981 to 1995. As a Baylor student she played the piano (self-taught) in the Church Missions Program from 1949-1954. She was also the only pianist/organist in 7 Baptist churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa & Texas & taught VBS songs to children from 1955 to 1972. Baylor Bear Football Season Ticket holder 1979-1998. Survived by daughter, Karen Gilbert Hartley BBA'83, son, Glenn Gilbert, son, Paul Gilbert BS'78, and his wife, Frances Yeager Gilbert BSN'97 & daughter, Susan Gilbert Crain; 6 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren.
Abigail Kirk Halbert Kamm, BA ’53, of Waco, teacher, wife, friend, artist, and mother, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019. The service will be 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, at Lake Shore Baptist Church, with Sharlande Sledge officiating. Abigail, known as Gail to her friends, was born on a farm near Waco, Texas, on July 1, 1932. Gail was born into a family rich in history. Her family history can be traced back to the some of the following: the French Hugenot, Countess Susanna Lavillon, who escaped religious persecution by King Louis XIV; John Stephenson, who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto for Texas independence; her great grandmother, Ermine Halbert, who often received her welcomed guests, Sam Houston and Gail Borden; her grandmother, Alethia Risher Halbert, whose family co-owned a Texas stagecoach line, the Sawyer & Risher that ran from San Antonio to Fort Worth; and her grandfather, Dr. Oliver Isaac Halbert, first Chief of Staff at Providence Hospital, who helped establish Baylor University in Waco, where he served on the board of trustees for 26 years. Gail's parents, Willie Belle and Oliver Isaac Halbert, Jr., had a dairy farm and ranch outside of Waco. One of Gail's earliest memories was riding behind her daddy on a horse while lightning flashed and rain pelted down. The farm and ranch life provided a splendid palette of colors that she saw and enjoyed, developing a great love of art and oil painting. She saw the variety and contrast of colors everywhere, be it the lilacs, dark purples, and lime greens on the rocks of the river beds or the broad array of greens and textures of the woods. She loved animals of all kinds, something she learned from her mother. Finding and dating riverbed fossils also was a passion. Bosqueville had a small one room country school where Gail developed a love of reading and art and established her life-long friend, Lela. The girls played softball where Gail was pitcher and her friend, Lela, was catcher. The best thing about summer was that Gail's family would go swimming in the Bosque River after milking the cows. Ice cream or watermelon was often the treat after the swim. Being several years younger than her two siblings, Oliver and Mary, Gail often had to play alone. Gail's first neighborhood playmate, Freddy, came when she became eleven. The two eleven-year olds climbed trees, rode horses, made airplanes out of feed troughs, played catch with eggs, and dug a cave in the creek bank. Coming from a family of educators, Gail graduated from Baylor as an education/art major in 1953. That summer she met Harlan Enfield Kamm, a young engineer from Kansas. Four months later they married. They had three children, and settled in a Waco neighborhood, near Lake Shore Baptist. They were part of a wonderful community, where the kids played door-to-door, creating strong, supportive, life-long friends. Gail can be best described as a sweet, loving person who was forever giving. Her legacy is that of a wonderful and influential teacher who believed that caring should be part of academics. Gail taught elementary grades in Waco schools for 27 years. Those schools included Kendrick, JH Hines, and Provident Heights. She loved all of the children that she had the privilege of teaching and always considered her classroom to be a family. Gail retired in 1992, after which she did charity work at Caritas, Meals-on-Wheels, and The Food Pantry. Gail is survived by her husband, Harlan Enfield Kamm; son, Harlan "Rocky" Halbert Kamm and wife, Phyllis Hoelscher Kamm, and their children, Hillary, Hannah, and Ian; daughter, Carolyn Pasierb and husband, George Pasierb, and their children, Katelyn and Andrew; son, Randall Enfield Kamm and wife, Victoria Miller Kamm, and their children, Cailey, Carissa, and Nathan; and sister, Mary Mellgren.
JoAnne Dickson Johnson, BA ’53, passed away May 4 in San Antonio, at age 87. She was born to Grady and Annie Mae Dickson November 12, 1931 in Deport Texas. Her family moved to Brownfield in 1942 where she graduated from Brownfield High school in 1949. She married Carrol Johnson in 1951. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Sarah Elizabeth. Survivors include her sons Dan/Kathy, of San Antonio, Steve, of Aurora Colorado, seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, her sister Janie /Merlin Speed of Lubbock and brother-in-law I.B. Johnson of Denver Colorado. Visitation will be 6-8 Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Brownfield Funeral Home. Family burial in Terry County Memorial Cemetery at 11 am Friday, May 10, 2019. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Brownfield Texas.
William Gene Bellomy, BA ’84, age 87, a man who loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was “absent from the body, and present with the Lord,” early in the afternoon of May 7, 2019. His great desire during the last years of his life was that he would “finish strong,” and he did. William (Bill) was born on the Cotton Mill Block near Love Field on March 18, 1932. His brother, A.J. Bellomy of Garland, TX, and his sister, Helen Ruth Nutter of Dallas preceded him in death, as did his parents, Jack and Lillian Bellomy. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Jane (Trumpf) Bellomy; a daughter and son-in-law, Darla Jane and Donald Campbell of Frisco, TX; a granddaughter, Christi Jane Shuhart, and her husband Ryan of Allen, TX and William’s two great-grandchildren, Zoe Jane Shuhart and Judah Ryan Shuhart. Their two great-grands brought Bill and Martha a lot of joy! He is also survived by his baby sister, Reba Davis, and her husband, Bill Davis, of Irving, TX. Reba and Bill’s children, nieces Kathy Smith and Gloria Nehrke and their husbands and children; Billy Davis and wife, Kim, also survive. Bill’s nephews, Douglas Bellomy, wife Belinda and son Jonathan of Garland and Bruce Nutter of Dallas were also special. Bill attended Obadiah Knight Elementary School in Dallas and graduated from N.R. Crozier Technical High School in Dallas in 1950. He attended Decatur Baptist College and East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, TX before transferring to Baylor University where he graduated in 1954. He received his Master of Education Degree from North Texas University in 1964. William accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior after attending Vacation Bible School. He said he was pushing a Mason jar around in the sand, pretending it was his truck. He remembered that every day as the children would leave VBS they would sing the little chorus, “Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus; Come in today, come in to stay, come in to my heart, Lord Jesus.” He said he thought if he sang that little chorus and really meant it, Jesus would come into his heart. And Jesus did. He has been a follower of Christ his entire life. The Bellomys are members of Lebanon Baptist Church in Frisco, TX. Bill and his wife, Martha, met because of their love for Christian music. Bill played the guitar. the bass horn and trombone, and the vibraphone. Martha played piano and organ, and together they played for churches in Spur, Dallas, Brownsville, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Pleasant Grove, Denton, Garland, and Frisco, Tx. They were married at the North Temple Baptist Church in Dallas on December 20, 1952. After graduating from Baylor, Bill worked for the Texas Department of Public Welfare as a social worker for children and the elderly. Later, he became a history teacher at Denton High School. He also worked for the Dallas Independent School District for 26 years as a Visiting Teacher, a liaison between the schools and homes of children with special needs. He said he never considered his work as a Visiting Teacher a job because he enjoyed It so much. Because Bill and Martha were both teachers, they were able to travel in the summers. They took their daughter, Darla, to all 48 contiguous states. Later they were able to take their family on a cruise to Alaska, so Darla has been to 49 of the 50 states. Martha says, “I want you to know that I married a man with adventure in his soul, and life has not been dull! We love to travel and visited all 50 states. We also traveled internationally to Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Belize. We spent 45 days touring Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. We spent six weeks touring England, Scotland, and Wales. How wonderful it was to see God’s wonderful and beautiful creation and all the sights we have seen.” Bill said his favorite sight was his first view of the Grand Canyon. The Bellomys bought an Airstream travel trailer and became members of the Airstream Club, the Wally Byam Caravan Club, International. Bill was a Vice-President of the North Texas Unit, and Martha was their Corresponding Secretary. They would go on monthly camp-outs during the year, and then head out on their travels during the summers. The Bellomys were the last surviving Charter Members of the North Texas Airstream Unit. They previously owned property at the Airstream Community in Hillsboro,TX. In his later years, Bill became interested in his Family Tree. His genealogical research led to his discovery of William Pace, his third great-grandfather, who was one of George Washington’s body guards during the American Revolutionary War. He joined the Sons of the American Revolution through his Pace ancestor, and became the President of the East Fork Trinity Chapter of the SAR in Garland, and later he was a member when the chapter moved to Rockwall. The Bellomys were also members of the Pace Society of America and attended the Pace Reunions for many years. Bill was a true patriot and loved his country dearly! Besides genealogy research and his music, Bill enjoyed photography. He attended several Bellomy Family Reunions each year where he took a group photo of those attending. He was able to bring together Bellomy families from Alabama, Texas, Virginia, and Tennessee who might never have met without Bill’s research bringing them together. William Bellomy was a people person. He loved to help people, especially those who were in need. He shared his time, his talents, and his finances to aid others. He was a loyal and generous friend. He had a good sense of humor and loved to laugh. He had dozens of stories to tell, and he would say “I want to tell you a story. It will only take a minute,” but in truth, his stories were longer than that. His laugh could bring a smile to your face, and could light up the darkest room. He said he had lived a very happy and wonderful life. He wants to remind everyone that the most important thing you can do in this life is to prepare for the next. Make sure you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! William said he would meet us at the Pearly Gates. Don’t disappoint him. Memorial donations may be made to Operation 220 Ministries where Bill’s son-in-law is the CEO: Operation 220 Ministries, The Hope Center, 2001 West Plano Pkwy., Suite 3800, Plano, TX 75075 or Lebanon Baptist Church, 9404 Lebanon Road, Frisco, TX 75035.
CHARLES ROY "CHARLIE" BRISTOW, BS ’54, FROM MIDWAY, TX; PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY; JULY 6, 2019 IN LEWISVILLE, TX. HE WAS 85. A CELEBRATION OF CHARLIE'S LIFE IS SCHEDULED FOR NOON ON SATURDAY; JULY 13, 2019 AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN MADISONVILLE, TX WITH BRANDON MANESS OFFICIATING. A PRIVATE FAMILY BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE SERVICE AT MADISONVILLE CITY CEMETERY AT 11AM. THE VISITATION IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY FROM 5-7PM ALSO AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. CHARLIE WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1933 IN CORSICANA, TX TO ROY AND CHRISTINE (WOODRING) BRISTOW. HE GRADUATED FROM CORSICANA HIGH SCHOOL AND BAYLOR UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION WHERE HE PLAYED FOOTBALL. AFTER GRADUATING, HE COACHED FOOTBALL AT AT REICHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN WACO, TX FOLLOWED BY HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF 1ST LIEUTENANT. UPON HIS DISCHARGE, HE WORKED FOR MOBIL OIL COMPANY FOR TWELVE YEARS BEFORE GOING INTO THE RESTAURANT AND REAL ESTATE BUSINESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE THEN WENT TO WORK FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN DALLAS, TX FOR TEN YEARS WHERE HE SERVED AS A DEACON AND RETIRED AS THE CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR. CHARLIE AND HIS WIFE (MARY LOU) MOVED TO MIDWAY, TX IN 1985 WHERE HE WORKED WITH THE FAMILY RANCHING AND CATTLE BUSINESS. THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN MADISONVILLE, TX WHERE HE ALSO SERVED AS A DEACON. HE EVENTUALLY TAUGHT SCHOOL IN MADISONVILLE, TX FOR TEN YEARS AND ONE OF HIS GREATEST JOYS WAS BEING THE "VOICE OF MADISONVILLE FOOTBALL" FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. CHARLIE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF SIXTY-FIVE YEARS, MARY LOU (ANDREWS) BRISTOW; HIS SISTER, BETTY BRISTOW PRIGMORE (BOB); HIS CHILDREN, BECKY BRISTOW GRAHAM, LAURIE BRISTOW SHANKS (EARL), AND CHUCK BRISTOW (RHONDA); HIS GRANDCHILDREN, JENNIFER GRAHAM GUERRA (RICHARD), BROOKS GRAHAM (JAMIE), DRAYTON SHANKS (LAUREN), STERLING SHANKS (MEREDITH), CHRISTIAN SHANKS, BRENSON BRISTOW, AND BLAKE BRISTOW; GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, DRAYTON SHANKS, BRISTOW SHANKS, CHARLIE SHANKS, AND HARPER GRACE GRAHAM; NIECE, JULIE PRIGMORE; NEPHEW, DAVID PRIGMORE (LAURA); AND NUMEROUS FRIENDS. SERVING AS PALLBEARERS ARE HIS GRANDSONS AND SERVING AS HONORARY PALLBEARERS ARE: BOB PRIGMORE, GENE CLOWE, WILLIAM PARTEN, JERRY HARPER, TONY LEAGO, MARVIN STANTON, AND JOHN BANKHEAD. MEMORIALS MAY BE MADE TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH; MADISONVILLE, TX.
Geraldine “Jerrie” Wells Geisler, BA ’54, of Waco passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Joel Harder officiating. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Geraldine was born January 27, 1932, in Waco, Texas, to Charles Floyd and Alta Ann Bostick Wells. Geraldine was educated at Waco High School and Baylor University. On November 19, 1955, she married Kenneth Geisler. Jerrie retired from the Department of Veteran Affairs on May 5, 1994, after 32 years of service. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Waco and the Odell Dudley Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Elder William Brewster Society, The Plantagenet Society and Americans of Royal Descendants, The National Society Magna Carta Dames; the Sovereign and National Society Dames of the Court of Honor, and Baylor 1845 Society. She was also a member of Baylor Old Main Society. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Kenneth; brother, Charles F. “Bud” Wells, Jr.; and sister, Margaret Wells Middlebrook. She is survived by her niece, Ann Wells Harder and her husband, Mike; nephews, Charles F. Wells III and wife, Jeanne, and Edwin Rush Wells and wife, Sharon; as well as great-niece, Leah Wells Pastika; great-nephews, Adam, Joel, and Evan Harder, and Chad, Brandon and Seth Wells. She is also survived by several grand-nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law, Ruby Wells. The family wishes to extend special thanks for the loving care provided by Archie Shaw. Memorials may be made to the Geraldine Wells Geisler Endowed Scholarship Fund at One Bear Place, Waco TX. 76798, or to Baylor Women’s Basketball, One Bear Place, Box 97050, Waco TX 76798.
Homa Sylvanus Hill Jr., BS ’54, of Naples, FL, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on June 8, 2019 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He is now dancing in heaven with Jackie, his wife of 63 years. After Jackie died, Homa moved to Naples where he led an active life for the last 2 years. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Naples. He never met a stranger and was friendly to all. Homa was born in Ft. Worth Texas in 1932, went to Paschal High School and played on a state championship baseball team. He then went to Baylor University and met Jackie. They married and taught together at San Marcos Academy, then in schools in Houston and Beaumont. As a lifelong teacher, he even substitute taught in the Collier County Public schools many times over his 2 years here, even in his 85th year. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in Beaumont in 1983 and later received awards from the Science Teachers Association of Texas and the National Science Teachers Association for his great work in the science profession. He also was a coach and referee. After retiring from teaching, Homa was a school sales rep for a couple of science companies, living in Atlanta, Orlando, and Ridgeland, MS. He and Jackie were active members at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Madison, MS. Homa leaves a Christian legacy of leading his family in faith in Christ. He is survived by his son Byron (Lynn) of White House, TN; daughter Pam Cole (Terry) of Naples, 4 grandchildren Chris (Sherri) Hill, Mary Ann (Joe) Perdue, Andy (Heather) Cole, Stephanie (Clint) Lamberth and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for October 5, 2019 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church's Chapel. Donations in memory of Homa can be made to First Baptist Church, Youth Camp Scholarships, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples, FL 34109.
Celia Claire Stripling Young, BA ’54, of Houston was sung into heaven by her family present on June 13, 2019. She was born Celia Claire Stripling on March 12, 1933 to Leslie Dayton and Alta Estelle Hull Stripling, the youngest of their four daughters. Her three sisters, Joyce Davis, Bettye King and Margaret Oliver, preceded her in death. Celia followed her sisters to Baylor University, becoming a lifelong Baylor Bear after graduation. She met her husband Robert C. "Bob" Young at Baylor and they married August 27, 1953 just before he began his Air Force ROTC tour of enlistment. He died in February, 2013, the year they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary. She devoted her life to her family and to her faith, serving God at a Baptist church in whatever town her life with Bob led. Everyone who met her loved her, because she loved everyone. Especially her grand-babies. She is survived by her children, Martha "Gail" Shelton and husband Dr. Myles Shelton; Steven Carl Young and wife Carla; Margaret Catherine "Cathy" Blurton and husband Lewis; and Laura Jean Henderson and husband Allen, 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, as well as three brothers-in-law and many, many nieces and nephews. A visitation is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St., in Galveston. Additional visiting time will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bay Area Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Medical Center Blvd., in Webster, with the funeral service beginning at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow. A short graveside service will take place at 4 p.m. at Oakhill Cemetery in Smithville, TX. Under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers: April Shelton Galyardt, Rhys Shelton, Robert Shelton, Tim Kawanishi-Young, Dayton Young, Ellie Young, Jared Griffel, Chad Griffel, Lindi Griffel, Frank Moran, Molly Henderson Kang, Aaron Henderson, Emma Henderson-Ede and Nathan Henderson.
Carroll B. “Buddy” Card, BS ’55, of McCamey, TX, passed away on May 4, 2019, with his
loving family present. He was born on December 23, 1932, in Pecos, Texas, to Earl Card and Ollie Buchanan Card, the youngest of six children. In 1951, he graduated from Pecos High School where he excelled in athletics. He attended Baylor University on a football scholarship, graduating in 1955. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served his country during the Korean conflict. While in Korea, he joined his company's softball team and led the team to the Middle Eastern Championship with his pitching. After an honorable discharge, he enrolled in Sul Ross State College where he earned a master's degree in education. At Sul Ross he met and married his wife Beth Landers. His coaching career included time at Pecos High School, Van Horn High School, and Buena Vista High School at Imperial. He served as junior high principal, high school principal, and superintendent at Sanderson before moving to McCamey to organize the Pecos River Valley Cooperative and serve as director of special education until his retirement. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, W. L. Card, Garland Card, Dennis Card, Stella Anthony, and Nita Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years and his two children, Matt Card of McCamey and Melissa Card of Los Angeles. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, Brad Card of McCamey, Tim Card (Misty) of Big Lake, Erikha Barnett of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kyle Card of Brownwood, and Preston Card of McCamey; great grandchildren Landan Card, Nicolas Harris, Albert Harris, Hayden Card, and Parker Card, and many nieces and nephews. A graveside military service will be held at the Dewey Cemetery at Lawn, Texas, on Thursday, May 9, at 1:00 pm under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home. The cemetery suffered severe damage due to recent flooding and is still partly under water. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dewey Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 97, Lawn, Texas 79530, or to a favorite charity of your choice.
Rev. Robert M. Gossett, BA ’55, born December 18, 1929 departed this life May 10, 2019 at the age of 89. Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on October 25, 1951, serving in the Chaplain section until honorably discharged on November 3, 1953. Using the G.I. Bill, he entered Baylor University, Waco, TX, to complete his senior year. He entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth TX on December 15, 1955, and did graduate studies, toward a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. In addition to his B.A. degree from Baylor Univ, Bestowed November 1955. Rev. Gossett was pastor of several Baptist churches in Texas and Oklahoma. Brother Gossett received Christ as his savior in a revival in Northside Baptist Church, in Wichita Falls, TX at the age of 8 years, in 1938. He is the author of a religious novel, and three children’s story books. He met his future wife, Shirley Ann Walton, on the campus of the Seminary, and they were married September 12, 1958. She preceded him in death November 8, 1973. Reverend Gossett is survived by four sons: Reverend Paul Martin Gossett (wife Ivonna), Claremore, Oklahoma; Retired U.S. Army Major Gary Don Gossett (wife Candi), Anniston, Alabama; Edwin Alan Gossett (wife Rosanna), Corpus Christi, TX and Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Dean Gossett (wife Betty), Copperas Cove, TX. He survived by one grandson Brandon Alan Gossett, Corpus Christi, TX, one granddaughter, Katelin Gossett, Anniston, Alabama, three step grandsons, Eddie Moore, Eric Moore and Jason Moore of Claremore, Oklahoma, 3 step granddaughters, Jasmine Hardiman, Avirl Banks and Yoshanda Sanders all of Temple, TX. Visitation will be held at Cage Mills Funeral Directors on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Service to begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by Burial at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with Full Military Honors at 2:00 p.m.
Harlan Wyatt Murray, BA ’55, son of Ola Belle and Elbert Murray, passed away July 5th in Wilton, CT. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, July 19th, 11am at Wilton Congregational Church. He is survived by his devoted wife Phyllis Murray, children Pamela, Kevin and Scott, daughter-in-law Nina, his cherished grandchildren Sean and Kendall Murray, brothers Dwight and Woodrow, and sister Hattie Maude. Born on January 27th, 1933, he grew up in Marshall, Texas and excelled academically from an early age, attending both Baylor University and NYU Law School. Harlan's early law career began with Davis Polk, followed by a long tenure with ITT highlighted by his leading a team of several hundred attorneys in selling their telecommunication holdings to a French Conglomerate in 1986. Harlan was fascinated with the greater questions of life: "Why are we here? "Where are we going?" He was a scholar of several subjects, with a keen interest in theology. In addition, he was an audiophile, lover of music, animals, toothpicks, and the Yankees. Spending many hours of his life devoted to the Wilton Congregational Church, he served in all capacities, including a term as General Chairman in the 1970's. A 50-year member of the choir, he fulfilled his love of singing every Sunday leading the tenor section with joy and precision. Harlan was a model of how to be a man, husband and father. He led a long and rich life, and will be missed dearly by all those that knew him.
William Drake Patterson, MSEco ’55, of Dallas went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 12, 2019. Drake was born at home in Dallas on April 29, 1929. He grew up in Kessler Park, attending Rosemont Elementary, Greiner Junior High, and Sunset High School, graduating in 1947. He was active in drama and debate. He continued his education at SMU, where he was in the Mustang Men choir and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting in 1951. After college, he worked as an accountant at the Atlantic Refining Co. until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. He served as a First Lieutenant and a Statistical Senior Officer at the Connally Air Force Base in Waco. While enlisted, he attended Baylor University and received a Masters in Economics. After returning to Dallas, he returned to work as an accountant and attended SMU law school in the evenings. He received his law degree in 1958, after which he worked with Robert Dedman to form Brookhaven Country Club, later ClubCorp. Several years later, he entered private practice, beginning his legal career in criminal defense. Several years later, he met his future wife, Marlene, at First Baptist Church in Dallas. They married in 1962 and later adopted their two children, Brian and Ann Marie. Drake was very involved in the community in the form of church and social activities. He was an active member of First Baptist Dallas for almost 60 years and served as a Deacon for 50 years. He worked in the "Young Married" department for 25 years, later joining the President's Class, where he leaves many dear friends behind. Drake also served on the Board of Directors for First Baptist Academy and YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, where his passion was fundraising. He was very active in the East Dallas Rotary Club, the Dallas Bar Association, and he was President of the Dallas Exchange Club. He was a Mason and a Schriner. He served as President of the Dallas Knife & Fork Club, where he was a member for 45 years. He was also active in the Dallas Ballroom Dance community and served as President of the Kermis Dance Club. He belonged to the Trippers, Argyle, and Dallas Dinner Dance Clubs. In his retirement years, he loved being a "social director" for his various groups of friends, organizing weekly lunches for his Buddies Group and other activities. Drake is fondly remembered by his friends and family for his gregarious nature. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene Stephens Patterson, his children, Brian Patterson (Stephanie) and Ann Marie Patterson. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Drake was preceded in death by his parents, W. Horace Patterson and Cecil January Patterson, his brother, W. Horace Patterson, Jr., and sister-in-law, Floy Patterson. A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 16, in Truett Chapel at First Baptist Dallas. There will be a reception following in the Atrium. Burial is at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mary Willis Reeder, BA ’55, entered the gates of heaven on May 10, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home in Huntsville, Alabama. She was 86. Mary is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Dr. James L. Reeder, as well as her sons, John Rusk Reeder and Scott Reeder (Laurie), and daughter, Taryn Warren (Mark). She also was "Grammy" to five grandchildren, Caroline Reeder Jenkins (Conner), Carter Reeder, Bryn Warren, Kara Warren, and Erin Warren whom she adored. Mary was born January 28, 1933 in Guntersville, Alabama to Mr. and Mrs. John Pearson Willis and had one sister, Ida Will Smith, and one brother, John Willis. She graduated as valedictorian of Guntersville High School and then graduated from Baylor University as one of the first two women with a degree in Religion. What gave her the greatest joy in life was helping others and enriching others' lives in any capacity she was called to serve. She was fully committed to many ministries throughout her lifetime as a missionary, as a member of First Baptist Church, the community, and in particular in establishing Our Place which is a center that provides support for adults in recovery from mental illness through socialization, peer support, and recreation. She truly lived a life that put into action the love of God for all people. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church Sanctuary. The funeral will immediately follow at the church with Dr. Travis Collins officiating. (www.laughlinservice.com) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Place, 205 Max Luther Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35811.
Joyce Kathryn Tucker Seely, BA ’55, MSEd ’78, passed away June 3, 2019, at Mercy House Assisted Living facility, Temple Texas. She was 85. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with Brother Bill Packer officiating. Burial service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Teague, Texas, starting at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Joyce Seely was a godly lady who valued and appreciated simplicities of life. Known as “Grandma J” by her family, she was committed to loving Barney, her husband of 49 years, family, friends and community. Joyce was born near Richland, Texas, graduated from Teague High School, and completed her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1956. She married Barney I. Seely December 20, 1953, at First Baptist Church, Mexia, Texas. Although believing in Jesus Christ early in her life, she made a profession of faith claiming Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord in 1954, while living in Bryan-College Station. A member of the Bible Baptist Church near Waco for many years, she prayed faithfully for others and read Scripture diligently, which served her well in conveying godly wisdom while respecting each person’s choices. As an elementary teacher for over 30 years, mostly in the Robinson Independent School District, she understood the importance of education in a person’s life. She enjoyed her pet cats, word challenging games such as crossword puzzles and the gameshow Jeopardy. Lastly, Joyce was faithful in her generosity as an outward expression of God’s love and her gratefulness for the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barney I. Seely; mother and father, Hattie Mae and Dewey Tucker; daughter, Karla Nell; and granddaughter, Kate Elizabeth Seely. Survivors include three sons, Kerry and Kimberly Seely of Valley Mills, Texas, Brian T. and Rita Seely of Mesquite, Texas, and Andrew and Dee Seely of Troy, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, Angela and Kyle Royal of Gonzales, Texas; Bethany Seely of Valley Mills, Jessica and Jamie Bryant of Grand Prairie, Rachael Seely of Washington DC, Emily and Damain Mcleish of Hewitt, John Seely of Belgium, Elizabeth Seely of Valley Mills, Daniel Seely of Valley Mills, J Christine and Chris Leach of Seattle, Washington, Karen and Michael Sydalack of Rougemont, North Carolina, Robyn Seely of Mesquite, Haden Seely of Austin, and Reagan Seely of Euless, Texas; and thirteen great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Church, 8716 Highway 6, Crawford, TX 76638, or to Stilwell Retirement Residence, 5400 Laurel Lake Drive, Waco TX 76710. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Margaret Ann “Margo” Cody Timmons, BA ’55, died peacefully at home in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 25, 2019. She was 85. Margo was born November 2, 1933 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late Ninna Ann Benton Cody and Raymond Albert Cody. Margo enjoyed her childhood in the Arkansas Delta and attended school in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Wynne, where she played on the girls’ varsity basketball team. She graduated from Longview High School, Longview, Texas. Margo graduated from Baylor University and received a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia. She served as pastor’s wife to churches in Kentucky, Virginia and Arizona. She taught Junior High children with special needs in Louisville, Kentucky and was the first Director of Education for the Savannah State Hospital, Savannah, Georgia, where she organized and equipped the facility and hired the initial staff. She also served as Education Director of Elizabeth Mitchell Children’s Center in Little Rock, and taught children with special needs in the North Little Rock School System. Margo made many friends in her 34 year career as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. Margo met her husband Albert Joe Timmons, at Baylor and they enjoyed 63 very happy years together. Margo was an active member of Second Baptist Church (Downtown) in Little Rock where she and Joe led Sunday School for scores of young adults and newlyweds whom Margo quickly adopted as her own. She also served as Sunday School Director of Second Baptist. Margo is survived by her husband, Joe, and two loving sons: Raymond Scott Timmons (Allyce) of Hensley, Arkansas and Albert Kirby Timmons (Mark Mynatt) of Dallas, Texas plus step-grand daughter, Cassie Duncan (Robert) and three step-great grandchildren, Drake, Robyn and Collyn Duncan of Hot Springs, Arkansas and a host of ‘adopted’ children and grandchildren and many friends. Margo invites you to join her family and friends in an informal Homegoing Birthday Celebration in Fellowship Hall of Second Baptist Church (Downtown), Eighth and Cumberland Streets in Little Rock, on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Margo asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Second Serving Foundation, 222 East 8th Street, Little Rock, AR 72202, in support of Lake Nixon. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving professional care provided by Dr. Andrew Kumpuris and staff, CHI St. Vincent, the Valley Ranch Rehab team and Janesa Hudson, RN and the staff at Kindred Hospice Services. Cremation services were carefully provided by Smith Family Funeral Home, North Little Rock.
Irvin Curt Apel, BA ’56, of Burleson, TX, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 26, 2019, three days after his 85th birthday. Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at First Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas. Memorials: Honorariums may be made to Jennifer's Angels, 4400 Oak Knoll Drive, Plano, TX 75093 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678. Curt was born in Coryell County, Texas, on April 23, 1934, the youngest of eight born to Albert Eric Carl Apel and Elise "Lizzie" Schaub Apel. He graduated from Gatesville High School in 1951 and married Billie Verne Graham on May 30, 1953, the day after she graduated from high school. He went on to graduate from Baylor University in 1956. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while working as a carpenter and began his career building houses in the South Hills and Wedgwood areas of Fort Worth in 1958. In 1960 he moved his building business to Burleson and constructed many homes in Hillery Heights and Ranchette Estates among others. At Thanksgiving time in 1961, he moved his family to Burleson. There was one blinking, yellow light at Highway 174 and Renfro Street. The population was 2,345. He was elected to the Burleson City Council in 1963-65 and was instrumental in the connection of Renfro Street to I-35 from Highway 174 and the construction of the sidewalk down Johnson Avenue from Renfro Street to the former high school, which is now Kerr Middle School. Curt then worked as a Veteran's Administration building inspector for several years before establishing Century 21 Curt Apel Real Estate. His final working years were spent as a catastrophe claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and FEMA for earthquake and flood losses. After that, he became the chief cook and grocery shopper for Billie while she continued her career with Lollar & Associates. Curt loved to fish and play dominoes, but, most of all, he loved his family and provided many enjoyable vacations and family gatherings for them. SURVIVORS: Wife of almost 66 years, Billie; brother, Eddie Apel and wife, Eva Lou; children, Julie and husband, Michael Maples, Tony and wife, Laurie Apel, Shelly and husband, Brian Ollar; grandchildren, Erica Bower and husband, Clint, Trey Pedersen and wife, Deanna, Jeremy Apel and wife, Julie, Whitney Dial and husband, Jorden, Zachary Apel and wife, Kaitlin, Mason and Matthew Ollar; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Landry, Gentry and Ellery Bower, Hudson, Jonah and Mallory Kate Apel, Emerie amd Rowen Dial, Theodore and Keller Apel; and numerous other loved ones.
Mary Jeanette Jones Schacht, BS ’56, of Dacula, GA, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2019. She was born in Durham County, North Carolina on May 17, 1934. It was December 10, 1943 when Dr. W. Jeffrey Jones Sr. who was Senior Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia received a call from the welfare office stating that they had a nine-year-old girl who did not have a place to stay the night. The girls name was Jeanette. Dr. Jones and his wife Gladys Jones were asked if they would be willing to keep the child until they could get Jeanette admitted into the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. Dr. and Mrs. Jones agreed, and Jeanette came to their home to spend a few nights. Dr. and Mrs. Jones fell in love with Jeanette and she never left their home and was formally adopted a few years later. Jeanette graduated from Savannah High School in 1952 and went on to Baylor University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Education, Recreation and Education in 1956. Jeanette then did her graduate study at Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, and Tennessee State University. In 1974, she received a master’s degree from Florida A&M with a major in Counselor Education and School Psychology. Jeanette dedicated her professional life impacting the lives of hundreds of boys and girls beginning as a teacher of physical education from 1957-1972 at various high and middle schools. In 1972, she became the coordinator at the Teen Parent Program at the Leon County School System in Tallahassee, Florida. From 1974-1977 she was Counselor, Career Guidance Project Director, and Job Placement Coordinator at Johnson High School in Gainesville, Georgia. In 1977, she accepted a position at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia as Director of Counseling, Testing and Placement and Financial Aid Director. In 1979, Jeanette became Senior High School Counselor at East Hall High School in Gainesville GA and was there until she retired in 1993. She often stated that her position at East Hall was the most rewarding of her entire educational career. In the summer of 1995, she received a call from her former principal at Johnson High School, Leland Dishman school superintendent of the North Slope Borough School District. A District in Alaska that consisted of more than 88,000 square miles and asked her to come out of retirement and offered her a Counselor position in Point Hope Alaska, a Village over 300 air miles west of Barrow. She could almost see Russia from her school. It was a great adventure for Jeanette, and she returned home in 1996 just in time to volunteer at the Lake Lanier Rowing and Canoe/Kayak facility in Gainesville, Georgia during the 1996 Olympics. Jeanette loved her time at the beach where she purchased a seasonal home after retirement. Her children and grandchildren were her priorities and she was there for all of them with love, kindness, and support. She had a big heart and loved all of them equally and unconditionally. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Jeffrey and Gladys Jones, brothers, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Marlin Jones, her infant son Stephan, and her son Hans Schacht Jr. She is survived by her brother Dr. Roger Jones, son Bryan Schacht, daughters in law Alecia Schacht and Denise Grogan. Also surviving include her grandchildren Nicholas Schacht, Amanda Schacht Turner, Elisabeth Schacht, Aubrey Schacht Pierce, and Alexandra Schacht as well with seven great grandchildren. Jeanette was under the care of Atlanta Family Hospice and a resident at Hope Memory Care in Dacula, Georgia. She and her entire family are deeply grateful for the loving care provided throughout that time by the staff. A memorial service will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville, Georgia on Friday June 14, 2019 beginning at 2:00 with Senior Pastor Mike Taylor of Central Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends right afterwards until 4:00. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Wooley, ’56, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel, with Dwight Mahoney officiating. A private burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Barbara was born January 23, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, to Dean and Madie Turner. Barbara was educated at Waco High School and graduated in 1952 and then attended Baylor University. She worked at Brazos River Authority for 34 years, retiring in 1997 as administrative assistant to the BRA Board of Directors. She enjoyed her job as well as being associated with all the people involved with the Authority. Barbara and Jack Wooley were married in 1985. After her retirement they traveled quite often making lots of new friends. After her retirement, she stayed very busy. Among her favorite things to do was being with her "Pounce" friends every week, laughing, eating, and having a good time together and trying to solve all the problems of the world. Barbara also stayed in touch with her 1952 Waco High School Group and regularly met for lunch. She was on the WHS planning committee for reunions. Barbara was an avid Baylor fan, especially the Baylor Bear Girls basketball teams. She and Jack were followers to the games and met many new people along the way. Barbara was also a faithful member of Lake Shore Church of Christ were she was involved in several programs. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jack Wooley. She is survived by two sons, Mike Owens and wife, Lisa, of Cypress, Texas, and Blake Owens and wife, Jamie, of Lewisville, Texas; stepdaughter, Jackie Lipski and husband, Alan, of Riesel; stepson, John Wooley and wife, Debbie, of Austin, Texas; stepson, Jeff Wooley and wife, Debbie, of Riesel; and grandchildren, Krista Halfmann, Ryan Owens, Hunter Owens, Taylor Owens, Dustin Tong, Alisa Lipski, Stacey Eaton, Austin Wooley, Katie Farkash, Kaitlyn Gose, and Drew Wooley; great-grandchildren, Brady, Lila, Evelyn, Dax, Ford, Lilly, and Alex. Pallbearers will be Ryan Owens, Hunter Owens, Dustin Tong, Jim and Loftin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Vogel, Dean Conner, Charlie Furrer, and Drew Wooley. The family would like to thank Cheryl Vogel, Jeff Wooley, Jackie Lipski, and Kay Kopp for the love showed to our Mom.
Charles LeRoy Hinkle, BBA ’57, MSEco ’59, of Colorado Springs, CO, died Nov. 15, 2018. Depression-era childhood, service in World War II and the Korean War, radio and television management, university professor, business consultant, husband, father, and grandfather - Charles Leroy Hinkle lived a full, productive, and influential life during his nearly 93 years. Charles was born in Flat River (now part of Park Hills), St. Francois County, Missouri, on January 26, 1926, the eldest of five children born to Grover L. Hinkle and Lola O. Hickman. After his graduation from high school in 1943, he joined the United States Merchant Marine, sailing the world during the last two years of the Second World War. By virtue of his leadership, his intellect, and the imperatives of war, he became an officer while still a teenager and served as medical officer on board his ship. After concluding his service in the Merchant Marine, he followed a shipmate to Waco, Texas, where he began a career in broadcasting, working for KWTX Broadcasting Co. His resonant voice was a natural fit for radio, so he spun records, read the news, and provided play-by-play and color commentary for high school and college sports contests. It was in Waco that he met and married his first wife, Betty Ruth Hunt, to whom he was married for 25 years. To that union were later born two sons. Before starting their family, though, national service again beckoned, and Charles enlisted in the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean War. Charles and Betty were stationed in Hawaii, where they enjoyed their experiences with Pacific island life. In November, 1953, around four months following the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, Charles was honorably discharged from active service. He and Betty returned to Waco, Texas, where he resumed his career in broadcasting. This time, his talents directed him toward management. As part of his duties, he obtained his private pilot's license and flew a small company airplane around Texas scouting musical talent for the radio. He also began to spearhead the establishment of new broadcast stations as part of a company expansion, during which he and Betty lived over the next several years in Sherman, Texas, and Ardmore, Oklahoma. Charles completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at Baylor University in furtherance of his business credentials and career prospects. The academic life, however, proved to be a stronger lure to him than continuing in broadcasting. He resolved to become a university professor and was admitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration as a doctoral candidate. In 1964 he received his Doctor of Business Administration degree. Charles and Betty set their sights on moving to Colorado, and in 1965 he accepted an offer to teach at and play an integral role in building the business school at the newly established University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He published numerous textbooks, workbooks, and articles during his tenure. Charles also fulfilled various administrative roles at UCCS in addition to his professorial pursuits. These additional roles included Vice Provost (then the title of the chief administrative officer for the campus) from 1970-1971, and Interim Chancellor from 1977-1978. Over the years, he lent his expertise and knowledge to numerous organizations in Colorado Springs, serving on the boards of several community, not-for-profit, and corporate organizations. Following his retirement from UCCS, he served for a time as the executive director of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He then applied his unparalleled academic talents and business experience as a faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. Charles married a second time, to Esther Franco Lanigan in 1979. They enjoyed many years together until Esther's passing in 2003. Charles personified the active lifestyle. He was a jogger before it was fashionable, and his family frequently awakened in the early morning hours to the sound of barbells clanking in the basement of the family's home. Outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and fishing were regular pursuits. Hiking in particular remained a passion of his until the age of 90. In his later years, Charles enjoyed the companionship of his close friend, Sue Hinnen. The two of them were frequent hiking companions, sharing a love for the Colorado Mountains. Surviving family includes: sons, Karl (wife, Gytha) and Eric (wife, Rebecca); grandchildren, Jackie, Austin, Sam, Jenna, and Annika; stepson, Brett Stineman (wife, Linda Larkin and daughter, Audrey). The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff of MacKenzie Place and New Century Hospice. Their kindness, generous spirit, and loving care made the last couple of years of Charles' life as safe, comfortable, and joyful as could be. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Swan-Law Funeral Directors Chapel, 501 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs.
Jane Simpson Hinshaw , BA ’57, of Nashville, TN, died peacefully at her home on July 11, 2019. An elegant and multi-talented woman, Jane had careers as a school teacher, a homemaker, an anthropologist, and an award-winning editor. Born in Texarkana in 1936, Jane married Elton Hinshaw after graduating from Baylor University, and they made Nashville their home beginning in the late 1950s. After raising three children, she received her Masters of Anthropology from Vanderbilt and went on to head major historical excavations around Tennessee, including Traveler's Rest, The Hermitage, Belle Meade Plantation, the Ryman home, and Thomas Sevier's home. Her research is still used at most of these sites. Jane had a boundless curiosity and thirst for knowledge, which led her to travel to over fifty countries. These journeys influenced her work as a cookbook editor for Famous Recipes Press, where her work garnered the 1999 IACP Julia Child Award and the 2001 James Beard Foundation National Winner award. Jane was an exemplar of that generation of women who were inspirational cooks, gardeners, and seamstresses as well as multi-careered wives and mothers, deeply active within their communities. In the 2000s she became Volunteer of the Year for her work as a volunteer chaplain for Vanderbilt Medical Center, and she was profoundly committed to her church as well, Immanuel Baptist, and its many charitable projects. She loved this world and approached life with immense gusto, joy, and courage, and she leaves a wide circle of loving friends and family. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jane's surviving children are Stephen Hinshaw, Becky Hinshaw Eagleton, and Carroll Nail. Her and Elton's deeply adored grandchildren are Raleigh Dale, Jane Eagleton, Alexandria Nail, Lily Eagleton, and Sam Eagleton. Her beloved extended family includes the Hinshaw families in Arkansas and Texas and the McDonald families in Austin. Jane's life will be celebrated at a private service at her church. Condolences can be sent care of her home.
Benjamin Russell Man, BS ’57, of Edmond, OK, died May 23, 2019. He was 83. The Memorial is 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at First United Methodist Church in Edmond. He was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Decatur, Texas to Benjamin Alphonso and Valle Blankenship Man. Ben grew up in Decatur, and then went on to Baylor University in Waco where he majored in geology. After many years of moving to different cities working in the oil and gas business, Ben and his family settled in Edmond in 1976. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Man. Ben is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Kareen; his sons Bryan R. Man and Bradley W. Man; his daughter-in-law Lyn C. Man; and his two grandchildren Bailey R. Man and Ella C. Man. A Memorial Service to remember and celebrate Ben's life will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK.
Dr. George Bledsoe Tipton, BA ’57, MD ’61, of Brownwood, TX, passed away at Abilene Regional on Friday, May 31, 2019 at age 83. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Brownwood. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Fort Parker Memorial Park in Groesbeck. George was born Sept. 20, 1935 to Edward Tipton II and Dorothy Gilpin in Dallas County. During his formative years, George spent the school year in Groesbeck and summers in New York City with his Uncle George Bledsoe and Aunt Nan. His uncle, who he called “Nunny”, was a local pharmacist who loved to take George fishing. Between Nunny and the local doctor, George developed a love of serving through medicine. George’s mother Dorothy was a school teacher who was one of the first women in Texas to receive a post-graduate degree. Upon her death in 1969, she was recognized by Texas Senate Resolution no. 469 for her contributions to education in Texas. From Dorothy, George gained his love of education, community service, and helping others. After graduating from Groesbeck High School, George decided to follow in the footsteps of the local doctor accepting payment by farm goods and homegrown items. This led to his career in medicine. George graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor University. After his service in the United States Navy as an Officer during the 1960s, and his time treating soldiers returning from war in San Diego during Vietnam, he settled in Rusk, Texas as a family doctor. There he met his wife, Selva Jean Berry. After a personal tragedy, they moved to Minnesota where they would be married in 1969. George became a licensed psychiatrist through Johns Hopkins. George spent a large portion of his career working as a psychiatrist with the Veterans Health Administration. He ended his career at the Mississippi Gulf Coast VA as the Chief of Psychiatry. George and his wife then moved to Wichita Falls, where he worked at Helen Farabee MHMR until moving to Brownwood to work at the Center for Life Resources. His last day of work as a Psychiatrist was May 29th, 2019. In his career, George served many thousands of people, from all walks of life, through psychiatry, his empathy, and faith. Throughout his life, George was a devoted disciple who enjoyed the community and openness of the Methodist Church. George attended church almost every Sunday and loved his Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church in Brownwood. In his free time, George loved reading, learning, and fishing. He enjoyed fishing trips with his son, George, both regional and to destinations like Canada and Belize. He was also thrilled at the opportunity to teach as an adjunct professor at multiple campuses throughout his career. Finally, he enjoyed spending his extra time with his wife. George was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Gilpin; sister, Carol Wilcox; and daughters, Pam and Karen Tipton. He is survived by his wife, Selva Jean Tipton of Wichita Falls; son and daughter-in-law, George R. and Ashley N. Tipton of Wichita Falls; step-daughters Theressa Jones O’Quinn of Lufkin and Toni Krieg of Vernon; brother-in-law, Don Wilcox of Tyler; and sister, Hilda Lark of North Carolina.
Robert “Bob” Vernon Crow Jr., BA ’58, born on January 10, 1936, in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Leta Marie Wiley Crow and the late Robert Vernon Crow, Sr., died at age 83 on March 9, 2019 in West Bend, WI. Bob graduated from Baylor University in 1957 and received a graduate degree in Radiation Biology from the University of North Texas. He married Alexene Campbell Crow who also attended Baylor. Bob was employed at Chemsearch Corporation in Irving, Texas and Penetone Corporation in New Jersey. Bob was the loving husband of Jane Goode from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Wiley Crow; parents, Robert Vernon Crow, Sr. and Leta Marie Wiley Crow; grandmothers, Amanda Moren Crow and Ena Williams Wiley; grandfathers, Richard Vernon Crow and Granada Wiley; aunts, Mary Joyce Crow Church and Jane Wiley Lukas; and uncles, Don H. Crow and James Wiley. Bob is survived by his children, Carl Crow, Cay Lynn Crow, Denise Charie Crow Reyes, Benjamin Crow, and Andrew Crow; grandchildren, Gabriela Elizabeth Reyes and Sean Alexander Reyes; brothers-in-law, Thomas Goode and Joseph (Dina) Goode; sisters-in-law, Margaret Goode, Ginny Goode and Sharon Crow; mother-in-law, Mary Goode; six nieces and nephews and their families. Through 2013, Bob enjoyed providing service to others especially through his work at the senior center and at his church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was an active participant in the research being conducted by the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center. Bob had many interests and hobbies including being present with people, music, woodworking, gardening, science, watching football, singing, telling jokes, eating seafood/food, and dancing to German polkas. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 pm on June 21, 2019 at the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas.
Ronald Bernard Dowell, ’58, age 83, of Crockett, TX, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the Conroe Regional Hospital. Ronald was born January 8, 1936 in Mineola to parents, James Morris Dowell and Anna Mozelle Steele Dowell. Ronald attended Tyler High School, where he was a member of the All-City Basketball team. He then attended Baylor University where he lettered in basketball and was an active member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. After graduating from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Ronald owned and operated Davy Crockett Drug for 45 years, spending many hours serving the people of Crockett and Houston County. He was known for his willingness to help and educate the community on medicine. Ronald was a member of the Baylor Lettermen’s Association, Crockett Merchant’s Little League Board, and the First Baptist Church. He also served on the Crockett Water Board for 23 years and was a member of the Crockett Rotary Club for over 50 years. Later in life, he spent time with his late wife, Pat, volunteering at the hospital gift shop. Known as an avid golfer and fierce domino competitor, he was considered a true friend to many. Ronald is survived by his children, Mike Dowell and wife, Angel of Huntsville, Rhonda Flasowski and husband, Randy of College Station, Leanna Hartgrove and husband, Richard of San Angelo, Jim Dowell and wife, Lori of Crockett; grandchildren, Wade and Holly Flasowski of Nacogdoches, Lindsey and Georges Naufal of College Station, Abbey Hartgrove of Houston, Ashley Hartgrove of San Antonio, Zach Dowell of Crockett, Brian Dowell of Huntsville, Lexi Dowell of New York City, NY, Jonathan Dowell of Spring, Tyler Dowell of Crockett, Forrest and Katy Reedy of Huntsville, Sawyer Reedy of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Avery, Bowen and Hadley Flasowski of Nacogdoches; Elias and Hana Naufal of College Station, Brooklyn Reedy of Huntsville; sisters, Adrienne Green-Katien of New Orleans, LA, Jan Liedtke and husband, Ronnie of Murchison; brothers, Brian Dowell of Palestine, Steve Dowell and wife, Lynne of Tyler; sister-in-law, Jean Dowell of Houston; sister-in-law Barbara Brown and husband, Jimmy of Corpus Christi, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patsy Dowell; mother, Anna Mozelle Steele Dowell; father and step-mother, James Morris and Mildred Dowell; brother, Larry Dowell; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Minnie and Bob Clarke. Funeral services for Ronald Bernard Dowell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crockett Rotary Club Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made at http://www.callawayallee.com.
Dr. John Daniel Martin, MA ’58, of Clarksville, TN, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, June 9, 2019, while at home at Arcadia Senior Living. He was 95. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at Neal Tarpley Parchman Funeral Home with Dr. Felts Dent officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors Thursday, June 13, at the Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. to the hour of service. Dr. Martin was born June 14, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, son of the late Paul and Margaret Martin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Vaught. In his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. As a young man, he worked as a switchman for Southern Railroad. After earning his doctorate from the University of North Texas, Dr. Martin taught psychology for 30 years at Austin Peay State University. He also served as a marriage and family therapist. During retirement, he and his wife, Eunice, of 65 years, enjoyed traveling, reading and wildflower gardening. He was an avid fan of Baylor University and University of Tennessee sporting events. He was a member of First Baptist Church Clarksville. Dr. Martin also holds degrees from Tennessee Temple Bible College, Tennessee Temple University and Baylor University. Survivors include his wife, Eunice Sims Martin; sister, Anne Ainscough, Chattanooga; children John D. Martin, Jr., Chattanooga; Melanie A. Martin, Frisco, Texas; and Benita Martin, Clarksville. Grandchildren include Shanel Martin Gaither (Chris), Slade Martin (Brooke), Sarah Martin, Jennifer Martin, Jessica Martin, and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Gary Jordan, Danny Kerley, Doyle Kerley, Kesler Butler, Lamar Clift, and Sam Bernard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Endowment Fund, 435 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040.
Kay Youngblood Seward, BBA ’58, passed on 10 June 2019. She grew up in Waco, Texas, graduated from Baylor University and later moved to Dallas. She was the wife of Ron Seward and mother of Karen and Collin Perry. Kay was a gentle and caring person, but very active in life. Travel was one of her pleasures and we covered a lot of territory together in our 30 years. God bless and keep you.
Ralph Donald “Don” Tatum, BA ’58, MA ’60, of Waco, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019. He was 86. Don was born in Waco, the son of Thomas Headlee Tatum and Gladys Elaine (McKinley) Tatum. He had one sister, Ardis (Tatum) Bouma. Don graduated from Waco High and Baylor University. He was united in marriage to Martha Sue “Susie” Tatum in 1959 and had four children. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Don was a charter faculty member at MCC where he taught physics for 33 years and established the tennis program. He was also a deacon of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church and a member of the Baylor Senior Choir. Don enjoyed playing tennis, biking, running and growing azaleas. He loved spending time with his family and traveling with Susie in retirement. He was preceded in death by son Richard and survived by son Jim Bob and wife Kim Tatum, daughter Laura and husband Ho Mah, daughter Jennifer and husband Brian Scully, and daughter-in-law Rebecca (Hackman) Tatum. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Tatum, London, Annabelle, Alis, Denise, Alaura, and one great grandchild, Braxton. A memorial service will be held at Oak Crest Funeral Home in Waco on Saturday, July 27th at 11:00 a.m.
Carla Green McCracken, BA ’59, of Graham, TX, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019. She was 82. Her funeral was Saturday, July 13, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Graham, Texas. Burial was at Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home. Carla was born March 18, 1937, in Many, Louisiana to Carlos Stanley Green and Vasta Smith Green, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Minden High School and Baylor University with a degree in English. She married Eugene McCracken in 1961 in Minden. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2013. Carla was an art teacher at Graham High School and retired after teaching for 35 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include daughter, Marla Coleman and husband Russell of Caddo Mills, Texas; sons, Than McCracken and wife Shawn of Graham, Texas, and Matt McCracken and wife Angela of Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Adria Kachtik and husband Drew, Jeremy Lee Allen, Macey McCracken, Ryan and Cody Coleman, and Cate McCracken; great grandchild, Kenna Kachtik; sisters, Denise Key and husband Tom of Mineral Wells, Texas, Diane Sentell and husband Sherburne of Minden, brother, Stan Green and wife Donna of Spring, Texas.
Lee Ross Salmans, BS ’59, 83, passed away July 14, 2019 at Hodgeman County Health Center, Jetmore, KS. He was born January 7, 1936 in Larned, KS, the son of Otha Truman and Sylvia May Clifton Salmans. He graduated from Baylor University and was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. His duties while in the Air Force included test pilot and physicist. In 1963, he married Francie Stinnett and together they had 4 children, before her passing in 1982. Lee was blessed to be happily married to Karen Rufenacht for over 34 years. After his retirement, Lee returned to Hanston where he served at Faith Fellowship Church and faithfully served his community. Additionally, Lee worked with his brothers, Larry and Walt, on their family farm. Other survivors include: children, Nancy Salmans, Eielson Air Force Base, AK, Gary (Kim) Salmans, San Antonio, TX, Brian (Kristin) Salmans, Lawrence, KS, Jill (Bob) Miller, Waco, TX; two brothers, Larry (Marilyn) and Walt (Gwen) Salmans, both of Hanston, KS; two sisters, Sylvia Ann (BJ) Barron, Ft. Myers, FL, Jana Jordan, Hays, KS, eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Elaine Keeten. Lee’s greatest legacy that he passed on to his children and grandchildren was not material things, but rather a legacy of character and faith. Lee was an extraordinary man who modeled exemplary integrity, and he will be greatly missed. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Faith Fellowship Church, Hanston, with Pastor Doug Ellison presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Beckwith Funeral Home, Jetmore. Burial will be in the Hanston Cemetery, Hanston with military graveside rites. Memorials may be sent to Faith Fellowship Church in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663 Jetmore, KS 67854.
Dr. Nancy Guinn Vitola, MA ’59, PhD ’64, of San Antonio died on May 4, 2019 at the age of 89. Born on May 1, 1930, she was the only daughter of Charles Raines and Mary Hunter Guinn. Although born in San Antonio, Tx, she lived 26 years in Waco, Texas returning to San Antonio in 1964. After receiving her bachelor's degree (Spanish) from the University of Texas, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, Nancy completed her master's degree and Ph.D. (Industrial Psychology) from Baylor University. Upon graduation, she entered federal service where she worked as an industrial psychologist for the US Air Force at Lackland and Brooks AFBs until she retired in 1989, with a civilian rank comparable to a one-star general. Nancy and her team of researchers worked on projects that opened numerous career fields to women in the military, including the first female USAF pilots. During her career, she often briefed DOD officials at the Pentagon. Nancy was a member of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and, after retirement, served as a volunteer in local hospitals. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bart M. Vitola on March 5, 1996. Nancy was known for her impressive intellect, thoughtful generosity, quick and clever wit, delightful sense of humor, valuable mentorship, respected leadership… and her fabulous rum cake. As an avid fan of all sports, Nancy knew as much about teams' history, players and coaches as local sportscasters. The Kentucky Derby and Westminster Dog Show were two of her favorite annual events. Dr. Nancy Guinn Vitola will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Shakespeare knew how to summarize special people like NGV: we may never see anyone like her again. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make contributions to a charity of choice. Interment was private at Sunset Memorial Park.
Dr. Robert N. Walker, BA ’59, of Spokane, WA, died July 17 at age 82. Bob passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a long gradual decline in his health. He was a man of great integrity, warmth and compassion, and he will be remembered and missed by many. Bob was born in Colorado, grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, and after graduating from high school he attended a number of universities in his journey to becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist: North Missouri State and Baylor for his undergrad work and U of Missouri, U of Oklahoma, and U of Washington for his medical training. During that time he also served two years in the U.S. Army one year in Vietnam and one year at Fort Dix. Bob married his wife, Connie, in 1965, and they were a strong life team for almost 54 years. They found their way to Spokane in 1973, and through both professional and social activities, they formed many deep friendships over the years. Bob was a highly respected member of the medical community in Spokane. He and Dr. Steven Brisbois founded Northwest OB/GYN in 1980. It grew into a very large organization over the years, and Bob and Steve developed such a strong relationship that they considered each other to be brothers. During his years of practice Bob served on many professional committees, and after his retirement he served on the Providence Health Care Foundation Board for five years. In his free time Bob loved spending time in the outdoors. He was an avid sailor and did a lot of racing on Lake Coeur d'Alene, and he savored every minute at his cabin and in his boat at Priest Lake. He also loved music and spent a lot of time playing guitar and singing with friends and with the kids and grandkids. He got a great deal of joy from life, and his great smile, his sense of humor and his reverence will remain in our hearts. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his daughters, Melissa Aktimur (and her husband, Rifat) and Shannon Sheeks (and her husband, Chris), and his son, Tyler. He is also survived by his five grandchildren (Andrew, Serra, Alex, Emma, and Ava) and his brother, Eugene. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 24th and Grand at 1:00 on Wednesday, July 31st. His ashes will be interred the following day after a flag ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Providence Health Care Foundation, 101 W. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204 or Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. To leave an online condolence for Bob's family, please visit our website at www.HennesseyFuneralHomes.com.