R. Rolph Fletcher, BA ’60, of Dallas died May 2. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas February 9, 1937 to Robert Grady and Sybil Nancy Mayes Fletcher. Rolph was a man of the highest integrity, and incredible knowledge. He received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and three masters degrees, from Baylor, Rice and SMU, in addition to obtaining his Southern Baptist Ordination. He spent 35 years with the Billy Graham Association, ministering through the Motion Picture Department. He was married to Ann Messersmith in 1976. He was the proud father of three children, Montgomery Smith, Jeannie Boh and Nancy Jennings. After his retirement, he focused his time teaching English though the Dallas Community College district and various other universities online. He used his incredible and vast detailed knowledge of the Bible to teach Sunday School classes, bible studies and many other avenues of ministry. Together Rolph and Ann traveled all across the world, including 17 African Countries, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, multiple countries in the Middle East and extensively in Europe all the while spreading the good news of our Lord and Savior everywhere they went. They facilitated numerous marriage enrichment workshops in Africa, India and the Middle East to missionaries and pastors. He was a fearless leader, knowledgeable teacher and kind-hearted father and friend. He was welcomed into his father’s loving arms and joined Ann in the kingdom of heaven on May 2, 2019. He is survived by his 3 children and 9 grandchildren, Grayson Smith, Alex Smith, Celia Smith, Mitchell Boh, Mason Boh, Carter Boh, Chelsea Boh, William Jennings and Ryan Jennings, in addition to his countless “adopted children” including, Ferry Stepancic, Abi O, Ivory and Thelma Haynes. The world is a far better place because of the man he was, the life he lived and the example he set every day of his life. A celebration of life will be held in the Cox Chapel of Highland Park United Methodist Church on June 8, 2019 @ 10am.
Jimmy Jack Hatcher, LLB ’60, age 82, of Gainesville, TX, was born on November 23, 1936 in Gainesville to Fred Hatcher and Rose (Lavender) Hatcher. He passed away on June 18, 2019 in Denton, TX, after a lengthy struggle with pneumonia. Jim attended and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1955. He then went on to graduate from Baylor Law School with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1960. He was a County Attorney for Cooke County and began his private practice with L.V. Henry, whom he looked upon as a father image, as well as legal mentor. Jim also held the office of District Attorney for Wise, Cooke, and Jack Counties. Jim was elected Mayor of Gainesville in 1993 and served until 1997. His proudest accomplishment as mayor was building the War Memorial at Leonard Park, which was dedicated on November 11, 1996. Many citizens asked him to run for a second term, but he felt his accomplishments throughout his term brought an impact to the city that could possibly not be repeated. Just a few weeks before his death, Jim sold his law office on California street and never got to practice in his new location at the Sullivant Building. Jim enjoyed playing golf and flying his many airplanes over the years. There are numerous stories about how Jim felt a great deal of pride knowing he was able to turn his plane into an "Angel Flight" to help strangers and people he knew without asking to be reimbursed for any fuel or time. Jim married Margaret (Elkins) Hatcher. They had two sons, Jeff and Matt. Both children lost their lives in separate car accidents, Jeff at 22 and Matt at 16. This was very difficult on both of them. Jim was also preceded in death by Margaret in 2009 and his parents. He is survived by his wife Rebecca "Becky" Carr Hatcher, whom he had married on January 11, 2011. They shared their love of their 200 acre Black Angus cattle ranch near Moss Lake until his passing.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to North Central Texas College Foundation Jimmy Jack Hatcher, Attorney at Law, Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship has been set up to benefit the "C" graduate from Gainesville High School, which was always his dream. Becky and his family wish to express their gratitude for all the kind words, letters, texts, and comments they have received over the past week of Jim's passing. You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
Harold William Lehrmann, BBA ’60, of Plano, TX, was born on May 9, 1933 in McGregor, TX to the late Herbert A. Lehrmann and Minnie Adler Lehrmann and joined his Heavenly Father on July 4th in Frisco, TX. He served his country in the U.S. Army Artillery as SSgt in the Korean Conflict. Harold married Peggy Jane Crouch in McGregor, TX on November 9, 1957 and was blessed with 62 years of wonderful marriage. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, daughter Dana Brock & husband Mike, Plano, TX, son Kyle Lehrmann and wife Lou, Anna, TX and daughter Gina Lehrmann, Plano, TX, grandchildren Jarrod Brock and wife Jessica, Frisco, TX and Paige Lehrmann, Anna, TX. His Memorial Service will be on Saturday, July 13 at 4:00, Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75075. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Messiah Lutheran Church. Please reference Comfort Dog Ministry.
Thomas “Tom” Luther Goodnight, BA ’60, died at home Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Caldwell, Texas. Tom was 82 years and 364 days old. Visitation will take place 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Caldwell, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Phillips & Luckey. Burial will immediately follow at Masonic Cemetery in Caldwell, Texas. Tom was born to Dr. Thomas Luther (T. L.) and Laurinda Goodnight in Houston, Texas on May 20, 1936. After his father's death, Tom helped his Mother manage and operate the family ranch in Caldwell. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1955 and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1960. Following college, Tom taught Science at several schools before becoming the Director of Special Education at Lexington, Texas, where he implemented several forward-thinking programs. With a growing family, Tom began working for Burleson County as a Police Dispatcher. He then became a jailer and retired from Burleson County as a Probation Officer. Tom focused on the ranch and horse breeding and training throughout his life. Tom volunteered at Giddings State School on Sundays for over 35 years. He was also an active member of the Warren #56 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Caldwell, Texas. He loved God, his family, and his friends beyond measure. He was a masterful horseman, passionate teacher, generous friend, and eager storyteller. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. T. L. and Laurinda Goodnight; his infant sister, Laurinda Goodnight; and his infant son, Thomas Goodnight,III. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Elizabeth (Betsy) Allen Perkins Goodnight; his daughter Lonneda Faye Arnett and husband, Clint Taylor Arnett; his grandchildren Benton Thomas Arnett, Lacey Jane Arnett. Step-daughters, Sarah Edith Witt-Bird and husband, Leon Bird, and Martha Elizabeth Perkins; step-grandchildren, Hallie Anne-Marie Villanueva, Tye Jordan Villanueva, and Levi Reese Villanueva; numerous extended family members; the many friends who loved him; and the countless students and associates whose lives he touched.
John F. Morris, BBA ’60, of Palestine, TX, lost his battle with cancer 5/1/2019. A memorial service has been planned to celebrate his life on June 15, 2019. John wished to donate his body to science. The Palestine Community Theater will host this celebration, with visitation from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and memorial service to follow from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, June 15, 2019.
Carmen Kolb Walker Nix, ’60, of Dallas, devoted Christian, wife, mother and friend, went to be with our Lord April 20, 2019. She was 81. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. in Truett Chapel at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Carmen was born January 18, 1938, in Grapeland, TX. She grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1956. She attended Baylor University in Waco, where she met Larry Walker, her husband of 57 years. Carmen and Larry traveled the world on mission trips, Carmen by his side or at home raising the kids during their forty years of ministry. As pastor and wife, Larry and Carmen raised their four children in New York and New Jersey until they moved to Texas to join the evangelistic outreach team of First Baptist Church Dallas. Carmen served on the FBC church staff. After Larry’s death in 2014, Carmen was named President of VisionWalk International Ministries Inc., and carried on her love of missions until her own homegoing. Carmen married Dr. William E. Nix in February 2016 and continued her active church life together with Bill. After 40 years in the Sanctuary Choir, she sang with the Celebration Singers and drafted Bill to join her for at least one year. Bill was unable to continue because of his work with the Electronic Bible Society and its development of a digital library. Under her guidance this project was drawn into VisionWalk International Ministries, Inc. as an ongoing extension of their previous endeavors. Throughout Carmen’s life she was admired and loved by everyone who knew her. She shared her talents as church choir member, played piano and violin for many church programs and Sunday school over the years. Carmen’s unbounded love was based on her life-long deep spiritual faith, which she shared with everyone in word and deed. She gave tirelessly, volunteered generously, and loved unceasingly. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. We are comforted in the blessed assurance that she is with our Lord and Savior. She is survived by her loving husband William E. Nix; son Victor L. Walker, grandchildren Kendall and Brock; son Van M. Walker, wife Carolyn and grandchildren Kolby and Bethany; daughter Devonna Walker Holland, husband Michael and grandson Keillor; son Wm. Kevin Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Walker, brother Bill Kolb, and parents William Boyce Kolb and Mabel Morrison Kolb. In lieu of flowers, please offer memorials to VisionWalk International Ministries, Inc., or “Generation Now” at First Baptist Dallas. Funeral arrangements for Carmen Walker Nix have been faithfully entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, which is located at 13005 Greenville Ave., at the intersection of Restland Road, Dallas, Texas 75243, and can be reached at (972) 238-7111.
Travis Suttle Rivers, BM ’60, of Spokane, WA, the only son of Olin Travis Rivers and Lois Tommy Suttle, was born June 28, 1938 in Mexia, TX. He passed away July 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife Sharlene and son Martin. Travis grew up in Prairie Hill and Killeen, TX; majored in piano performance at Baylor University and received his PhD in music history from the University of Iowa where he met his wife of 58 years. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music from Eastern Washington University after 33 years. And was also the classical music critic for the Spokesman Review for 30+ years. The last seven years he wrote the program notes for the Spokane String Quartet. He loved playing piano duets with his wife as well as chamber music with colleagues and enjoyed attending other's recitals, opera and symphony performances. Travis was an avid hiker, camper and traveler around the globe. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Spokane Symphony or the Spokane String Quartet.
Dr. H. Worth Boyce Jr., MS ’61, MD, passed away peacefully Monday, June 3, 2019, in Odessa, Florida. He was 88. Born in Clinton, North Carolina September 21, 1930, the son of Lena Craft Boyce and H.W. Boyce Sr., Worth was married to his devoted wife, Jean Murphy Boyce, for 67 years. Together they raised five children, Buddy Boyce (wife, Melinda), Dr. Steve Boyce (wife, Tina), Dr. Greg Boyce (wife, Martha), Cindy Zentmeyer (husband, Sonny), and Mary Wells (husband, Dan). Worth is also survived by his brother, Gene Boyce (wife, Pat); 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Boyce was one of the true pioneers of modern gastroenterology and responsible for many of the techniques in use today for patients with swallowing disorders. At age four, Worth told his parents that his dream was to become a doctor and he never wavered from that goal. Worth was a graduate of Wake Forest University (BS), Baylor University (MS), and Bowman Gray School of Medicine (MD). He completed specialty training in internal medicine and subspecialty training in gastroenterology in the United States Army. During his military service of 20 years, he rose to the rank of Colonel, turning down promotions to General, because it would have taken him away from the practice of medicine. Worth served as Chief of Gastroenterology at Madigan Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. From 1966 to 1975, he was Chief of Gastroenterology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army and was also one of President Dwight Eisenhower's personal physicians. During his career in the Army, Dr. Boyce was awarded the Army National Defense medal, the Army Commendation medal and the 'A' Prefix award which is the highest award that can be given for professional attainment in the US Army. In 1975, the President of United States awarded to Dr. Boyce the Legion of Merit medal for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. In 1975, Dr. Boyce retired from the Army and joined the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he established and served as the Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition until 1990. In 1987, Dr. Boyce founded the USF Center for Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Boyce recognized that there was very little being done for people who were unable to swallow either because of a congenital disorder, injuries, or diseases such as esophageal cancer. His vision to create a comprehensive Center for Swallowing Disorders came to fruition after Hugh Culverhouse, at the time the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, came to Dr. Boyce as a patient. Worth and Jean and Hugh and Joy Culverhouse soon became close friends, and through the generosity of the Culverhouses in 1987, and an additional endowment of $12 million from Joy Culverhouse in 1997, the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders stands to this day as the largest fully staffed swallowing center in the country and the crowning achievement of Dr. Boyce's illustrious career. Dr. Boyce finally retired from the practice of medicine in 2011 at the age of 81. Dr. Boyce's lifetime achievements are almost too numerous to mention, however the following are a listing of the most important accomplishments and honors of an incredible physician, husband, father, and patriarch to all in his adoring family: He was President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy ASGE, 1973 to 1974, President of the Eighth World Congress of Digestive Endoscopy, 1994, Recipient of the Rudolph Schindler award and the Fourth Distinguished Service award from ASGE for his contributions to gastrointestinal endoscopy. He was further the recipient of the Rudolph and Anita Noer Distinguished Professor award from the University of South Florida, recipient of the first Janssen award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Gastroenterology, and recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Medical Alumni Association of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. His contributions to medical literature include two textbooks, 48 chapters in medical textbooks, and over 200 medical articles. He directed over 50 post graduate courses in gastroenterology and endoscopy. He was an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop number 95, of which his three sons were members. Of all of these many accolades and accomplishments, Worth would say that he is most proud of his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to the most warm, wonderful family in the world whom he loved without reservation. The funeral service will be held Friday, June 14, at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 West Fletcher Ave. in Tampa, Florida. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 am, the service will begin at 11:30 am. After the service, the burial, with full military honors, will take place at 2 pm at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: USF Foundation, FBO Swallowing Center Research Operating Fund, 4202 East Fowler Ave., ALC 100, Tampa Florida 33620-5455.
Barbara Ruth Commander Sanderson, BA ’61, born November 16, 1939 in Rosenberg, Texas died June 13, 2019 in Longmont, Colorado. She is survived by her two brothers (Marvin and Paul Commander), three of her children (Carrie Clark, Darrell and Sharon Sanderson) and three grandchildren. She grew up in Houston, Texas area and attended Baylor University where she got a degree in elementary education. It was at Baylor where she met Bruce Sanderson (dcd 1993) and they were married in September, 1961. She spent the next years as an Air Force officer wife, teaching, getting her Masters in Education degree and raising 4 children (Elaine Sanderson dcd 2007). She moved to Colorado in 1996 to be closer to her two brothers and assist in the care of her parents, Dr. R.G. and Mrs. Bernice Commander. She joined and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Boulder. She enjoyed traveling, reading and socializing with her friends. In lieu of flowers please give donations to Make Way for Books, makewayforbooks.org, or to your local library reading programs.
Ronald Vern Slagel Jr., MHA ’61, of Richardson, Texas, passed away June 7, 2019, at age 91. Ronald was born July 2, 1927, to Ronald and Bessie Slagel in Cushing, Oklahoma, which is where he was raised. After spending 4 years at Oklahoma Military Academy, Ronald enlisted in the United States Army, where he spent time in Korea during the late 1940’s, and was honorably discharged in 1949. He married Marilynn Bjornstad on January 23, 1949. Ronald graduated from Auburn University in 1952 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. He then worked as the bookkeeper for First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. After a year, he attended Officers’ Training School in Montgomery, Alabama. Afterwards, he started his Air Force career at Randolf Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. While he was in the Air Force, he graduated from Baylor University with a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration. Soon after, he was stationed in Vietnam for a year in the early 1960’s. He retired from the Air Force in 1981. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Bessie Slagel, and his loving wife, Marilynn Slagel. Ronald is survived by daughter, Linda Bryant and husband, Dennis (Richardson, Texas), son, Steven Slagel (The Colony, Texas), granddaughters, Stephanie Hilscher, Angela Rowe & husband Curtis (Austin, Texas), and grandson, Leon Townes-Von Stauber & wife Kris (Shoreline, Washington), great-grandsons Bret, Jacob, and Wyatt, and great-granddaughters Aenea & Serina, and great-great grandson Jameson. Visitation will be Monday, June 17, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Restland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Restland Funeral Home, Wildwood Chapel. Burial will follow at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Disabled Veterans of America.
Donald J. Baker, BBA ’62, LLB ’64, of Woodway, TX, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 79. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at First Woodway Baptist Church, 101 N. Ritchie Rd., Woodway, Texas with the Rev. Terry Graham officiating. The family will receive guests immediately following the service at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Waco, Texas 76712. Don was born April 1, 1940 in Austin, Texas and moved to Waco in 1949. Upon graduation from Waco High School in 1958, Don majored in business at Baylor University where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1962. Two months later he earned his CPA certification. In 1964, he graduated from Baylor Law School and went on to graduate from New York University School of Law in 1965 with a Master of Laws in Taxation. Don had many accomplishments to be proud of during his 50-year law career as he was appointed to practice in multiple courts throughout the United States and Texas; US Court of Appeals, US Tax Court, US District Court and the Supreme Court of Texas. In addition to being a successful attorney, Don was an avid member of the Waco community, spending many hours supporting local organizations; he was President of the Northwestern Little League (now known as Lake Air Little League), Commissioner of the Texas Teenage Baseball League (District 14), Boy Scouts of America, Downtown Waco, Goodwill Industries and a Lifetime Member of Ducks Unlimited, just to name a few. In 1991, Don was elected as a Woodway City Council Member and subsequently elected as Mayor of Woodway in 1994. When he retired a Mayor after 23 years, Don was (and still is) the longest serving mayor in Woodway’s history. In 2013, the City of Woodway honored Mayor Baker for his service and dedication by forever naming the Council Chambers the “Donald J. Baker Council Chambers.” If Don was not at work or making his community a better place, you would find him enjoying time with his beloved wife of 52 years, Charlie. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren, playing golf, hunting, fishing, traveling and days at the ranch. Don is survived by his wife, Charlie; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Robin Baker of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Allen Brown of Crawford; grandchildren, Aaron, Jesse and Colton; and nephews, Mark Baker of Waco and Phil Baker of Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Trey Gerdes, Artie Giotes, Tom Hancock, Larry Hawkins, Rodney Kroll, Jerry Don Mathis, Brian Pollard and Yost Zakhary. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be sent to Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Waco, Texas 76712, in memory of Donald J. Baker.
Bob Byrd (C. Robert), BBA ’62, of Richardson, TX, departed this life with his family by his side and arrived at his eternal home on July 11, 2019, after a long illness. He leaves his loving spouse of 55 years, Ellen, and their four children; son, Byron and his wife Tisha of Allen, Texas; son Preston and his wife Stephanie of Portland, Oregon; son, Aaron and his wife Kari of Asheville, North Carolina; daughter, Robyn and her husband Aaron of Fort Worth, Texas; Grandsons: Zachary and Joshua Byrd, Andrew Michalove, Isaac and Colin Byrd, Simon and Lewis Byrd; Granddaughters: Allison Michalove, Nora Byrd, Caelin Davis; Brother: Jerry Byrd and his wife Janice of McKinney, Texas; as well as many numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 1, 1940, to the late Clifford and Ellen Byrd. He was a 1958 graduate of McKinney High School, a 1962 graduate of Baylor University where he was President of Hankamer School of Business and President of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. Bob was a Certified Public Accountant and spent the majority of his career with Fox Byrd & Company, where he was named managing partner in 1989. Bob was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Dallas Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. His clients said that Bob was more than a CPA; he was a counselor and friend to many. Bob was a member of Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, since 1972 where he served as the Chairman of the Deacons, the Chairman of the Finance, Personnel, and Missions Committees. Bob also served as the Chairman of the Key Church Council, Teacher of Andrew's Men's Sunday School Class, and a Trustee of Mission Oak Cliff. Additionally, Bob was a Member of the Executive Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a Member of the President's Circle at Baylor University, a Life member of the Baylor Alumni Association, a Trustee of Dallas Baptist University where he also served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Secretary of the Board, and the Executive Committee of the Board. Dallas Baptist University honored him with the Good Samaritan Award in 1996. Bob cherished his family and enjoyed creating memories with them on vacations far and wide. Some of his favorite trips include touring throughout Europe, biking in the mountains of Colorado, and walking in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land. Bob was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, and shared his dry sense of humor with all. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who called him Papaw, and he had a warm and engaging demeanor with friends and family. Bob was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord and gave generously of his treasure, time, and talents. The memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 11 o'clock at Cliff Temple Baptist Church 125 Sunset Ave, Dallas, TX 75208, followed by a luncheon reception at the church. Visitation will be 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Friday July 19 at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243. Memorials can be given in Bob's memory to Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75208. Also, Bob has been cared for by many skilled nurses since his diagnosis of transverse myelitis in 1995 that caused paraplegia. Therefore, he desires to help with the education of student nurses in honor of his RN wife. Checks may be made out to Baylor University, referencing the Ellen Byrd Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing (Acct. # 442SFNN) in the memo line or in a note included with the check. Gifts can be mailed to: University Advancement; One Bear Place #97026; Waco, Texas 76798-7026 or online at https://www.baylor.edu.
Harold Wayne Henson, BS ’62, of Ropesville, TX, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 from a sudden heart attack. Harold was born on December 22, 1939 to Ben & LaRue Henson in Meadow, Texas. Family visitation will be Thursday, July 11th from 5:30-7:30 at Resthaven Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Friday, July 12th at 1:00 p.m. at Resthaven Chapel. Harold loved playing basketball (among other sports) for Meadow High, where he graduated in 1958. He went on to Howard County Junior College, where he was an All-American basketball player. His next stop was Baylor University, where he captained the basketball team and received his degree in 1962. Harold returned to west Texas with $62 in his pocket and started farming. After a dry year, he decided to put his education to use and began coaching and teaching. He first coached basketball and then football through 1974 in Lamesa. He made so many friends and absolutely loved his time there. He counted many of his students as lifelong friends. Harold loved kids and loved helping kids, whether on or off the court. When the American culture began to change and drugs were becoming prevalent, Harold longed to help. He poured his life into ministering all of God's healing virtues to the troubled teens he encountered. The years following, Harold spent building a team of people within a ministry called Dynamics of Freedom. Continuing with the tools he learned helping the teens caught in the turbulent 60s, Harold impacted thousands of lives through the seminars that he led. He had a constant drive to understand the truths given in Scripture that offer freedom to troubled hearts. As the years passed, Harold focused on fully comprehending scripture and its application to world events. Through a thorough understanding of God's Word, he continued to make a difference in lives up until the very day he left us to be with God. While coaching and ministering, Harold continued to farm. He loved cotton and was fascinated by all the elements that accompanied raising cotton. In 1976, he bought the Lockettville Gin and ran the gin through 2010. Harold adored his family including his wife, Robin, daughters Mariah Henson and Bevin Henson, of the home; his sweet sister, Rita Conder and her husband, Bruce; their children, Drew (Stacy), and Carmen (Dean Holmes); sister-in-law, Robbie Henson (wife of late brother Alton Henson); their children Chad (Tamara) and Christie; all of Powderly, Texas. Other relatives include son, Mike Henson of Ropesville and his children; daughter, Delinda Noordyk of Fremont, Michigan, and her children; and sister, Phyllis Conder of Powderly, Texas. Special thanks to grandson, Jacob Henson of Ropesville, TX.
James Michael Liles, BBA ’62, LLB ’63, of Fort Worth passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. He was 79. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 11 a.m. Monday in Leonard Memorial Chapel at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. 5th Street, Fort Worth, Texas, with a reception to follow at Colonial Country Club. Entombment: Greenwood Independence Chapel. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be given to the American Heart Association. Michael was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Tyler, Texas to the late Joe B. and Bernyce O. Hatchett Liles of Tyler, Texas. He was the youngest of four children. Michael earned a B.B.A degree from Baylor University in 1961 and a Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in 1963. With a distinguished law career spanning 55 years, Michael was a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, College of The State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. In 2010 he was recognized for achieving the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards for 39 consecutive years by the Martindale-Hubbell AV+ Bar and Judiciary Peer Review. The State Bar of Texas paid tribute to Michael in 2013 for his 50 years of membership during the State Bar Annual Meeting. Retiring in early 2019, he was a member of Baylor Letterman's Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and a Life Member of Baylor University Alumni Association. An avid sportsman in his youth, he played baseball, basketball and football, and was on the Baylor University basketball team. As an adult, he shared his passion for sports through volunteer coaching little league teams. Michael enjoyed bridge and duplicate bridge and was awarded Life Master American Contract Bridge League in 2003. He was a member of Colonial Country Club since 1969, where he enjoyed golf in his earlier years, and playing gin with close friends. Two of his greatest joys in life were the companionship of his beloved dog, Bailey, and spending time with his only grandchild, Bryse. Michael will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. SURVIVORS: Wife of 38 years, Rebecca Garrett Liles; five children: Todd M. Liles of Fort Worth, Texas, Laura A. Liles of Holt, Michigan, Alana Liles Arguello and husband, Jose of Big Fork, Montana and Jason B. Liles of Los Angeles, California and Michelle Liles Alexander and husband, Travis; his only grandson, Bryse D. Alexander of Plano, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Martin Fruitman of Toronto, Canada; brothers, Charles D. Liles of San Antonio, Texas, and Joe E. Liles and wife, Kay of Kenosha, Wisconsin.; two nieces; three nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
Fred McCollum, BBA ’62, of West, passed away early Sunday morning, July 21, 2019 at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. He was 87. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019 at First Baptist Church of West, with Rev. Jay McCollum, Dr. John Crowder, and Jeff Watkins officiating. Burial will follow at Bold Springs Cemetery near West. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel. Fred was born April 18, 1932 in Rosebud, the son of Homer and Lutitia (Swanzy) McCollum. He was a 1950 graduate of Rosebud High School and a 1962 graduate of Baylor University. Fred served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. On August 11, 1962, he was united in marriage to Virgie Watkins in Marlin. Fred worked on the family farm, Old Corner Drug in West delivering for hospice patients, and General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco for over 36 years. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of West. He was also a member of the Rosebud Masonic Lodge. Fred spent many days of his life outdoors where he enjoyed tending to his cattle and ranch. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Fred is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Don, George, Homer Jr., and A.J. McCollum Sr.; and his sister, Neppie Lou Elsik. Survivors include his beloved wife of 56 years, Virgie McCollum of West; his daughters, Lou Nan Tekell of Waxahachie, and Traci Champion and husband Bud of Buffalo; a sister, Bettye Johnson and husband Charles; a sister-in-law, Billie McCollum; grandchildren, Mac Tekell, Jett Tekell, Laramee Champion, Montana Champion, Kirby Pruett, Kourtney Lenox and husband Byron, and Dakota Champion and wife Amber; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Active pallbearers are Mac Tekell, Jett Tekell, Montana Champion, Dakota Champion, Charles Ray Johnson, Steven Johnson, Lenard Davis, and Freddy Clater. Honorary pallbearers are Travis and Kitty Davidson, J.R. Sinkule, David Pierce, Ed McCollum, and Mike McCollum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of West Building Fund, West Ambulance Association, or West Volunteer Fire Department.
Walker Rhea Ogden Jr., BS ’62, of Pineville, LA, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was 79. Mr. Ogden was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was a graduate of Baylor University, where he played football. He retired from Willamette Valley Company after serving as Vice President for many years. He was a faithful member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church and dearly loved his Sunday school buddies. One of Mr. Walker’s favorite activities was spending time with family and friends. If you knew him, you probably would have heard one of his favorite jokes (more times than once) or tasted one of his “all world” steaks. Not only did he love to make people laugh, but he touched the lives of many with his kind and generous heart. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker Ogden, Sr. and Eliza Mae Brannon; brother-in-law, Sgt. Major Jim Gibbons; and son-in-law, Steve Stockton. Mr. Walker is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dona Hargrove Ogden; sisters, Virginia "Aunt Suzy" Gibbons of Kilgore, Texas and Ruby Dodgen (Leon) of Kilgore, Texas; son, Michael Rhea Ogden of Shreveport; daughters, Angela Stockton Nessmith (Michael) of Pineville and Julie-Anna L. Ogden of Pineville; grandchildren, Jacob Stockton (Haley), Landon Walker Stockton, Julianna Ogden, Michael Walker Ogden, Amber Hebert (Tavis), and Austin Nessmith; and great grandchildren, Kasen and Hadley Hebert. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be made to the building program at Philadelphia Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice in his name. Mr. Ogden was not a fan of big “to do’s”, so his wishes were to keep the funeral “short and sweet” with his family.
Patricia Henderson, BA ’63, of Fairfield, TX, was born to Robert Melvin and Margaret Cooper Henderson in Corsicana, Texas on August 17, 1941. She died May 30, 2019 at her home.
Patricia was a graduate from Baylor University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts and was graduate of North Texas State University with a Master of Education in 1967. Her English teaching career was spent at Trimble Technical High School, Ft. Worth, Texas, Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena, Texas; and Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Texas. As a member of First Baptist Church, Fairfield, she enjoyed working in children’s Sunday School. Other activities she enjoyed were gardening, traveling, and square dancing. Survivors are cousins Llewellyn Cooper; Carter and Tam Cooper, Jonathan, Tyler and Jack; John and Kristi Cooper; Catherine Cooper and Geoff King, Cooper, Carter and Charlotte; Diana Henderson Knuth and Bob; and good friends, Sue Plunkett and Nadine Phillips. Proceeding her in death were her parents Melvin and Margaret Henderson, and cousins James Carter Cooper and Donald C. Henderson. Services will be conducted at Cade Cemetery, Streetman, Texas by Rev. Leon Thomas on June 1, 2019 at 2:00. Pallbearers are Steve Black, Lynn Bottoms, Frank Morton, Jr., Wiley Garrett, F. A. Coleman, and Gene Melton. The services are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton, Fairfield, Texas.
Dr. Joseph “Joe” Woodfin Preston, BA ’63, MA ’65, of Eatonton, GA, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at his home after a long illness. He was 77. A memorial celebration of his life as minister of music will be held 3:00 PM, Saturday, May 25, 2019 in the Historic Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the service time. Joe was a native of Eatonton. He graduated from Putnam County High School as a Blue Devil. He also graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Master’s Degree, attended Southern Baptist Seminary earning another Master’s Degree. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy and Music Education. He served several Baptist Churches as Minister of Music, adding youth and senior citizen through the years. Joe served the Eatonton First Baptist and the Eatonton First Methodist Churches during the Summers of College. Joe was a dedicated member of the Centry Men. The group performed in America and many other countries including China, Poland, The Holy Land, and Brazil. Dr. Preston is survived by his wife of 54 years Brenda Drake Preston of Eatonton, daughters Melissa Lohmeier of Arkansas, Amanda Foster of Woodstock, and Kathryn Rivers of North Carolina, grandchildren Quinn, Tobby, Jacob, and Amelia.
Judge Douglas Neel Richardson, BBA ’63, was born in Houston, Texas on June 8, 1940. He passed away at his home in Georgetown, Texas on May 16, 2019, surrounded by family. A sixth-generation Texan, Neel was born in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Baylor University, where he played baseball. During college, he met his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann Thomas. After earning his law degree from the University of Houston, Neel and Pat moved to Baytown, where they lived for 38 years. In Baytown, Neel began his legal career in private practice before serving the city of Baytown as municipal court judge and city attorney. Neel was appointed to the bench of the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 8 in 1977, where he presided for 25 years. At the time of his retirement in 2002, Neel had served more years on the bench than any other active judge in Harris County. During his tenure in Harris County, Neel was selected to serve as the presiding judge of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law for multiple terms. Neel chaired the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, a highlight of his career. After retiring, Neel and Pat moved to Georgetown to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They became involved in the Sun City community and First United Methodist Church Georgetown. During his retirement, Neel continued to sit as visiting judge for twelve years. Neel is survived by his devoted wife, Pat; sister, Janne Davio; daughter, Laura Boone and husband Sam; daughter, Leslie Story and husband Chris. He was blessed with five beautiful grandchildren, Jacob, Claire, and Sawyer Boone, and Thomas and Stella Story. Neel was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Douglas and Grayce McNeely Richardson.
Neel enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with Pat, and rooting for the Baylor Bears. He loved to play golf, fly fish, hunt, and spend his summers in Colorado at the cabin on Spring Creek. Neel delighted in attending his grandchildren's performances and sporting events.
A service celebrating Neel's life will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 21 at First United Methodist Church Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Neel’s honor to First United Methodist Church Georgetown or the ALS Association of Texas
Dr. Theodore "Ted" Robert Williams, BA ’63, of Taylorsville, UT, left this earth, on June 10, 2019. We are all comforted to know he is with Jesus his Lord and Savior. He is celebrating with his first wife Joanne, parents Hovey E. Williams and Floride Alexander, sister Janet Bell, his twin brother Fred, friends and many other family members who have gone before him. He left behind many who loved him, especially his second love in his life Pam. Ted served his fellow men as a Marine, Teacher, Pastor and Educational Administrator. He was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend and husband of Pamela Williams. Ted fought a hard battle with sepsis, but now sits with Jesus. He is survived by his loving sons Ted Williams Jr. (wife Tina), Jonathan Williams, Allan David (wife Diana), Robert David (wife Becky) and Thomas David (wife Heather). He also left behind his grandchildren who he loved so much, Brittany, Ted III, Makenzie, Mikaela, Jayden, Allison, Rebecca, Kaylee, Lydia and Gavin. He is also survived by his brother Hovey E. Williams Jr. (wife Linda), sister Dolores Oneill (husband Joseph) brother-in-law Bob Bell (wife Charlene). He will be truly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held on June 29, 2019 at Sonrise Baptist Church at 2:00 PM. Located at 3550 South 4400 West, West Valley City, Utah. More details of Teds experience and adventures can be viewed on the Memorial Mortuary website at www.memorialutah.com.
Benny Sanford Cason, BA ’65, of Fort Worth, avid dog lover, reader and beloved educator died peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019, with family by his side. He was 77. Cason was born to Benjamin Franklin Cason and Laura Pearl Cason on Dec. 31, 1941, in Lamesa, Texas. He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1960, earned his BA from Baylor University and his MA from UTPB. He also studied at University of Washington in Seattle and Tufts University in Boston, which he attended under a fellowship granted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He married Carolyn Hatch in 1964 and began teaching Latin in Denver, Colorado. In 1966, he was hired to teach Latin at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas. In 1975, he began developing the Etymology course that would end up being one of his greatest educational achievements. The course was named Vocabulary Development, which the students fondly called "VD." He was named in 1980 Midland Kiwanis Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 1981, he was the guest speaker at the National American Classical League Institute Convention in Omaha, Neb., where he was asked to elaborate on his course. He was honored to ride as Grand Marshall in the 1988 homecoming parade and was named Midland Chamber of Commerce's Teacher of the Month 20 years into his career. He chaired the Foreign Language Department for many years prior to retiring in 1994. He invested his time wholeheartedly in his students by sponsoring the National Honor Society and Latin Club as well as coordinating toga parties and singing valentine telegrams. A previous student once wrote, "It's difficult for me to go through a day without seeing your influence on my thought processes." He loved teaching and will always be remembered as one of those teachers that challenged his students to critically think and provided lots of laughs along the way. He enjoyed reading books, working crossword puzzles, quizzing his google home's knowledge daily, and spending time with his family. He had a deep fondness for animals and rescued, raised and released many throughout his life. He loved his dogs, but especially his Shih-Poo, Chu Chu, who never left his side. Survivors: He leaves his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Cason; children, Chris Cason and Jennifer Briscoe (Paul); sister, Cynthia Agee (John); grandchildren, Madison, Meagan and Ben Briscoe; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to thank the angels that helped care for Benny in the last season of his life. Although he challenged their patience daily, it was so obvious how much he loved and trusted them. Memorials: Donations may be made to Humane Society of North Texas or charity of your choice.
Dennis Ray Cooper, ’65, of La Grange, TX, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019. He was 80. Dennis was born in Clarksville on Feb. 10, 1939, the son of Travis and Pearl (Davis) Cooper. Dennis graduated from Connelly High School in Waco and attended Baylor University. He joined the United States Navy and was a medic assigned to the Marines. His duties included helicopter rescue/recovery missions and maintaining an infirmary on Okinawa, Japan. Dennis’s professional career began at Holy Cross Hospital in Austin, Texas in the radiology department. He later became head of the radiation therapy at Holy Cross. In addition to working at Holy Cross, Dennis worked in lab and x-ray at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange and several medical clinics. During his second career, Dennis served the Fayette County veterans as their Veteran’s Service Officer. Whether it occurred at local ponds, the coast at Rockport or the trout streams at Creede, Colorado, Dennis’ favorite vacation involved fishing. He also enjoyed attending his son’s and grandsons’ sporting events. Dennis was a member of the Noon’s Lions Club, the La Grange Bowling League and coached his son, David’s Little League baseball team. He is survived by his wife, Sondra; son, David Cooper and wife, Wendy; two grandsons: Caden and Jaxon Cooper; one brother, Tom Cooper; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Kim Pape; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie; two brothers: Jimmie and Gary Cooper; nephew, Scotty Cooper; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vaudene and Oliver Pape. Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m., prior to the funeral service, at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home. Funeral Services followed beginning at 2 p.m. with Pastor Andy Smith presiding. Burial followed at La Grange City Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to La Grange Fire Department, Fayette County EMS or to the charity of one’s choice. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Frank P. Dickson Jr., JD ’65, was born in Temple, Texas on May 7, 1942, to Virginia Denson Dickson and Frank Preuitt Dickson Sr. He succumbed to Lewy Body Dementia on June 2, 2019. Frank graduated from Corsicana High School in Corsicana, Texas, in 1960. The summer after graduation, he met his wife, Elinor Misfeldt of Butte, Montana, at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park where they both worked. They married on March 22, 1963 in Waco, Texas. Frank obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Baylor University in 1965, and he and Elinor moved to Santa Fe shortly thereafter. He was admitted to the New Mexico bar in 1966. Frank practiced in a firm he helped found, then as a solo practitioner, and later he served as General Counsel at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Frank had a distinguished fifty-year career practicing law throughout New Mexico. He dedicated his life to zealous advocacy for his clients and to public service. He was personable, hardworking and had a great sense of humor. His practice drew him into many challenging and complex situations; it also introduced him to some colorful characters and wonderful life-long friends, colleagues and clients alike. He loved the West, particularly New Mexico, Montana and Southwestern Colorado, and the many pursuits offered there, including hiking, skiing and fishing. He was an avid reader, especially of history, and an amateur western historian. He was very active in his church, serving on the vestry and participating in the church's annual service project to build homes for people in need in Juarez, Mexico. Frank is survived by his wife, Elinor; his three children, Frank and his wife Margaret, Claire and her husband Sam Gollis, and Mark; his grandchildren, Bryan Galindro, Adam Dickson, Paul and Ella Gollis, and Isabella Davis; and his sister Diana Saine, her husband Steve and their children Cynthia and Margie. Frank, your family loves you and will miss you greatly. Cremation will be handled through Rivera Funeral Home, and memorial services will be held at St. Bede's Episcopal Church at 550 W. San Mateo Rd. in Santa Fe, NM, 87505 on Saturday June 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Carol Jean Hataway, BA ’65, of Halton City, TX, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Thursday, July 11, 2019. She was 78. Carol was born July 3, 1941 in Baytown, Texas. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, before going on to graduate with a Bachelors in Education from Baylor University in 1965. Carol started her teaching career in La Porte, TX before she moved and spent the rest of her teaching career with HEB ISD. On May 31, 1968, Carol married the love of her life, Bob Hataway, and the two raised three children together. Carol worked diligently with her husband in a Chaplaincy ministry for transportation for 45 years. Carol will always be remembered as a sweet, Christian lady who inspired many people in their spiritual path. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life. Her dedication and hard work while raising her family inspired any who met her. Her generous heart will always be missed. Preceded by: Son, Mark Hataway; parents, Bill and Nita Engelhardt. Survived by: Husband, Bob Hataway of Haltom City; children, Cathy Goodman and husband, John, of Paradise, and Rob Hataway and wife, Julie, of Southlake; daughter-in-law, Liz Hataway of Fort Worth; sister, Sue Moore of Dayton; grandchildren, Megan Horton and husband, Tagus, Travis Goodman and wife, Kristen, Casey Goodman, Ashlynn Hataway, Cameron Hataway, Autumn Hataway, Jude Hataway, and Isabela Hataway; great-grandchildren, Kase and Harper Horton, and Avery Goodman; and countless friends.
Sherry Myers, BA ’65, of Dallas died May 14. She was born on October 19, 1942 to Alfonso Myers and Cecile Swaffar Myers in Dallas, Texas. Sherry lived most of her life in Garland, Texas, where she grew up. She graduated from Garland High School in 1961 as a member of the National Honors Society. Sherry received her Bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 1965. Sherry had a passion for education and taught in the Garland, Richardson and Princeton school districts for many years. Some of Sherry's favorite activities were sewing, dancing, water skiing, playing dominoes and spending time with her family and loved ones. Sherry cherished holidays or any cause to get together with family and friends to decorate and celebrate. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother Thomas Ross Myers. Sherry is survived by two sons from her 10 year marriage, Todd Stephen Hollenshead and Donald "Heath" Hollenshead, and by her sister Judith Carol Myers Heath, nieces Michelle, Kara, and Kelley, and nephews Mark, Andy and Trey, numerous grand nieces and nephews and her cat, Sweetie. Sherry loved all of them dearly, as well as her many friends. There will be a memorial service and celebration of Sherry's life on Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel. It would make Mom happy to see her family and friends dressed in the bright colors she so loved.
Murray Thomas Neal, BA ’65 of Chilhowie, VA, passed away June 18, 2019 at his home after a long illness. He was 81 years old. A Memorial Service was held June 28th. Neal was born in El Paso, TX, Nov. 16, 1937, the son of Murray Porter Neal BA ‘31 and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Neal ‘32. He grew up in Waco where he attended Baylor and worked as a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald, where his father was the Managing Editor. After college he went to work at NASA and was a lead engineer of a Thermal Systems Engineering group in General Electric’s Apollo Systems Department; he was a member of the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team in 1970. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for bringing back the astronauts alive despite an explosion on the spacecraft. Neal spoke in 2012 to employees at the 120-yr Celebration of the Waco Tribune-Herald about his experiences during that space mission.
He later worked as a thermodynamic engineer for the Department of Defense at Los Alamos and other locations and worked in the rocket industry. He retired in Chilhowie, Virginia with his wife Myrna. He is survived by his wife, Myrna, his step-daughter, Valerie Millener, a son, Franklin Thomas Neal, his sister B. Ann Moran and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Neal was part of a long line of green and gold family members besides his parents: sister Beverly Ann Neal Moran, BA ’72, grandfather Dr. Thomas V. Neal, a Baptist Pastor, honorary doctorate, Niece Rachel Sikorski Notley, BBA 2016 and her husband Coleman Notley, BBA 2016, nephew Evan Sikorski, BS 2018, and a cousin Thomas “Fitz” Neal, BA ‘76.
Contact Information: Myrna Neal, 39264 Widener Valley Road, Chilhowie, VA 24319-3536, 276-646-5523; e-mail, sister B. Ann Neal Moran, BA ’72, email@example.com.
John Paul Syer, BA ’66, of Humble, TX, went to be with his Lord on June 30, 2019. John was born on May 19, 1944 in Galveston, Texas to parents Florise and George Syer. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents; Ella and William Hutchison, parents and in-laws; Maudell and Tommy Eiland. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol Ann Syer, two children, Susan Matthews and husband Larry, John Syer; three grandchildren, Collin Matthews, Audrey Syer, and Beth Syer; Step Mother, Margie Syer and five siblings; James Syer wife Sally, Frances Tharp and husband Bill, David Syer, Terry Moran, and Ty Moran and wife Cindy and cousins Bert and Jerry Thompson and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. John Syer graduated from Aldine High School as a salutatorian; Baylor University and received his Bachelor of Education; Sam Houston State University and received his Masters of Education; University of Houston and received his Superintendent Certification. It was during his high school days, that he found the love of his life, Carol Ann Syer at Farrington Baptist Church where his father was pastor. Apparently, John dated all of the ladies at Farrington and saved the best for last. They were married in 1966 and then had Susan in 1968 and John in 1972. During the early years, John taught English and history at Aldine High School, drove buses, and built residential homes in the summer. John then transition from a Teacher to an administrator at Region IV education service center where he worked full-time for 34 years. While raising a family and working at Region IV, John was a deacon at Deerbrook Baptist Church for 35 years where in his later years became a Deacon Emeritus. John was a Faithful Christian, Devoted Father, and Loving Husband and we loved him very much and will miss him greatly. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, July 6th from 12:00-2:00 pm; with a funeral service at 2:00 pm at Deer brook Baptist Church, 400 E. Main, Humble, TX 77338; followed by interment at Rosewood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, if you so choose, please make a donation to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate/.
Betty Jean Key Claunch, BA ’66, of Nacogdoches, TX, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at age 75. She was the wife of Ron Claunch and they were married for 52 years. Betty was born December 26, 1943. Her parents traveled by family tractor through snow to arrive safely at the hospital. Betty attended public schools in Perryton and during that time made a public profession of faith in Christ. The genuineness of that commitment to Christ was demonstrated by a life of service first to her family and secondly to others. She had a profound commitment to reading, learning, and applying the Word of God. She was a faithful member at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Betty attended and graduated from Baylor University in the spring of 1966 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. After accepting a 5th grade teaching position at Bruce Shulkey Elementary School in Ft. Worth, Betty’s courtship with her future husband, Ron, blossomed. She served as a summer missionary in Maryland in the summer of 1968. Upon completing her summer missionary ministry, she flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Betty and Ron became engaged. Betty taught for nine months while Ron attended Graduate school. They were married June 10, 1967 in Perryton, Texas and then moved to Mexico, Missouri while Ron pursued graduate work in Columbia, Missouri. During the graduate years, Ron and Betty moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and then to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a temporary teaching job at the University of Arkansas. After completing his class work, Ron accepted a teaching position at Stephen F. Austin State University. During the graduate school years, Betty gave birth to their daughter Cathy in 1969 and then to their daughter Christy in 1971. The family was happily planted in Nacogdoches and remained to this day. Betty sacrificially loved and served her family, was passionate about working with children and enjoyed gardening, sewing, Christian fellowship and joining Ron in Christian teaching opportunities at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Upon Ron’s retirement, she became a gifted partner with Ron in mission evangelistic thrusts in Mexico, Brazil, and Romania. She enjoyed and profited spiritually from involvement in Bible Study Fellowship. She taught children with great compassion and enthusiasm and received immense pleasure and learning from the participants and leaders in BSF. Betty lived life to the fullest by ministering to and sharing Christ’s love with her family and everyone with whom she came in contact. Betty is survived by her husband, Ron Claunch; daughter, Cathy Wintill and husband, Chuck; daughter, Christy Gallaher and husband Otto; “adopted daughter”, Elissa Martin and husband David; brother, Mike Key and wife Marsha; sister Idie Elliott and husband Jim; grandchildren, Rachel, Ethan, Jonathan and Ben Wintill and Mallory, Riley and Jacie Gallaher; “adopted grandchildren”, Jordan, Bethany, and Tabor Martin and foster grandchild Chepe; nephews and nieces, Micah Key and wife Cara, Mindy Hess and husband Burritt, and Marilissa Young, Eric Elliott and wife Tanya, and Eron Elliott. Preceding her in death are her parents, Herbert and Okla Mae Key and infant brother, Jay Henry.
Robert Allan “Bob” Dillard II, ’67, of Fort Davis, TX, died Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Lubbock, Texas surrounded by loved ones. He was 74.A celebration of life for Bob has been planned for 6pm Saturday, August 3 at the Kelly Pavilion behind the Old Union Building. The family asks that those planning to attend dress casually and come with an empty stomach as there will be briskets, beans and tortillas to eat while Bob’s life is celebrated. Bob was born May 17, 1945 to Allan and Laura Margaret Dillard in Tyler, Texas. His father, a lawyer by trade, had the family on the move for a portion of Bob’s early years living in Tyler, Corpus Christi and eventually Fort Worth. It was in Fort Worth public schools that Bob would meet his lifelong friends Kendall McCook, Paul Tate, Bob Larmer and Larry Guthrie. He graduated from Fort Worth Eastern Hills High School in 1963 and after a job at the T&P Railroad in Fort Worth, Bob set out to follow the family tradition of attending Baylor University. Through the years following his time at Baylor, he worked for a time as a plumber’s helper with Guthrie for their high school friend Duane Williams, as well as spending some time working with McCook at a concrete company and living with both at the Snooty Fox Apartments in Arlington. In the early 1970s, he enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington working to earn a degree in journalism. During his time at UTA, he became the sports editor of the school newspaper, The Shorthorn, and later the newspaper’s managing editor. In June of 1973 while visiting McCook in Clayton, New Mexico, two young ladies came to McCook’s ranch house with car troubles with their Volkswagen Bug on a cross country trip to Big Sur, California. One of those two young ladies, Christi Miles, never made it to Big Sur, nor did she leave Bob’s side for the next 46 years. The two were married in Kenton, Oklahoma in September of 1973 at the Kenton Methodist Church. The couple would move to a small farmhouse close to Tate Springs, Texas where Bob would continue his work with The Shorthorn newspaper at UTA. Upon graduation the two had set out to move to Far West Texas and start a newspaper in Fort Davis. Their oldest son, Luke, was born in July of 1975 in Fort Worth and in the fall of 1976 news of the sale of the Alpine Avalanche had reached the pair. Along with Jimmy Allison of Midland and Bill Brooks of Alpine, the Dillards purchased the Avalanche. Bob and Christi settled in Fort Davis, where they have lived for the last 43 years. In 1980, their youngest son, Tate, was born in Alpine. During the 1980s the Dillard’s would eventually own all three of the tri-county area newspapers, the Avalanche, the Big Bend Sentinel and the Jeff Davis County Mountain Dispatch. In the early 1990s Bob and Christi went on the buy the weekly newspaper in Stanton, as well as starting a newspaper in the Midland suburb of Greenwood. He continued to write, manage and edit the Dispatch and the Martin County Messenger until his death. Beyond his love for the news, Bob was a tremendous advocate for the children of Fort Davis and the surrounding communities. He served on numerous boards and committees ranging from the Big Bend Livestock Association and Jeff Davis County Livestock Association to most recently the Fort Davis ISD School Board. After his two children graduated, he stayed active in the local 4H and FFA communities, making trips to Iowa, Kansas and beyond to pick up pigs for kids to show and delivering them one by one to families all over West Texas. Much like his love for the children of Fort Davis and the tri-county area, Bob was a constant and unwavering supporter of his community, having been elected to the Jeff Davis County Judge seat in the 90s and was board member on the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce for most of his time in Fort Davis. Bob would often be found on the weekends cooking briskets for one event or another that would support the town or the kids. When Bob was not lending his time, money or cooking to the area, he was spending time with his family whom he loved dearly, especially his seven grandkids. He was preceded in death by his father, Allan Dillard, his mother, Laura Margaret Dillard, and his faithful dog Gabby. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christi of Fort Davis, his two sons, Luke and wife Melissa of Lubbock, Tate and his wife Amy of Midland; a brother, Stephen and wife Cathie Dillard of Houston; a sister, Betty Dillard of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, Quinn Dillard of Lubbock, Jaycee Caldwell of Lubbock, Eric Haverstock of Midland, Kennedy Caldwell of Lubbock, Reagan Haverstock of Midland, Mason Dillard of Lubbock and Ryan Dillard of Midland, his mother-in-law Joyce Miles of Fort Davis and his brother-in-law, Eddie Miles of Pipe Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the Bob Dillard Memorial Scholarship Fund with Fort Davis State Bank.
Dr. David Howard Miller, BA ’67, MD, of Houston died June 1, 2019 after a life of selfless service, adventure, and idealism. He was born August 30, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to parents, Rev. J. Ivey Miller and Winne D. Marshall. The family accepted a missionary post in Santiago, Chile from 1946 to 1954, where David's siblings, Marsha, Jimmy, and Susan were born. David always recalled his boyhood in South America with pleasure, including an unexpected visit from heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis, multiple earthquakes, and learning Spanish, which he continued to speak with his father for the rest of his life. A graduate of Jefferson High School in San Antonio, he won an unlikely victory as student body president ("Over the Wave with Dave") and acquired a taste for leadership. David attended Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine, where he studied under two of his mentors, Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey. While in medical school, he worked at the research library, where he used his height to help a graduate student, Sally Anne Eisen, to get books off the top shelves. They were married in 1971 and he never stopped writing her love poems throughout 48 years of marriage. They raised two children, Salisha and Breisen, to whom David gave his time, imparted his wisdom, and instilled his deep love of adventures at home and abroad. David volunteered for the US Army Medical Corps in Giessen, West Germany from 1972 to 1974 and considered it a great honor to serve his country. He was selected Chief Resident during his final year of residency at Ben Taub Hospital in 1976. In private practice for 40 years in the Texas Medical Center, David loved his patients immensely and believed deeply in both the science and art of medicine. With his beloved nurse, Harriett Smith, RN, he took pride in taking his time with patients in order to truly listen, engage, and laugh with those he cared for. He was featured in the Houston Chronicle on August 6, 1995 in an article ("White Coat Blues") depicting the plight of physicians in the era of managed care. David was a prolific story-teller, amateur astronomer, published poet and essayist, gardener of some acclaim, and a frequent wearer of deerstalker caps. Reading the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set him on his path to medicine in his youth, but his love of mystery novels only expanded. He frequented local bookshop Murder by the Book and was proud to have been made into a fictional character by writer Randy Wayne White in his novel, Hunter Moon. David developed a love of music from his mother. He sang in the parish choir at Christ Church Cathedral and served on the board of the Houston Chamber Choir. In letters, emails, and notes to his family, David's idealism was frequently illuminated. "I dream in music, stories, and adventures. I no longer believe I can save the whole world, but isn't it nice to save some of it?" A Shiva will be held at the Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto, 77004, June 25 at 6:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave, 77002 on June 29, at 10 am. Reception to follow. Colorful clothing and deerstalker caps are welcome. Please share your stories of David with us by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the David H Miller, MD Universal Library Foundation (P.O. Box 20331, Houston, TX 77225), The Beacon (1212 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002), or the Houston Chamber Choir (1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002).
Richard Wright Ellison II, BBA ’68, of Rosebud, TX, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at a Rosebud Nursing Home. He was 86. Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud. Mr. Ellison was born February 27, 1933 in Cameron to Carlton Wright and Jacque Jean Jackson Ellison. He lived in the Rosebud area all of his life. He graduated from Rosebud High School and from Baylor University in 1966. He was a rancher. He is survived by two sons, Wright Ellison and wife Carolyn, of Rosebud and Mark Ellison and wife Claudia, of Austin, one daughter, Dana Ellison of Rosebud, three step children, Christopher Metz and wife Kim, of Lorena, Jennifer Metz Franklin, and Jimmy Howerton and wife Ashley, of Atlanta, Georgia, one brother, James Lucian Ellison of Mexia, 10 grandchildren, Brent, Amber, Sam, Ilana, Danny, David, Cass, Christan, Brooke, and Zach, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great grandchild, Kaisley Blaine Lehoski.
William C. Fisher, MHA ’68, of Laredo, TX, died Apr. 22.
Cecil Morris Holt, BBA ’68, of Chilton, TX, finished the race his Lord laid before him on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. For many years a professed disciple of Christ, his daily life gave lucid proof that he was sincerely one. This was most plainly evidenced in his lifelong commitment and faithfulness to his wife of 50 years, Jackie (Hughes) Holt, his selfless love toward his daughter, Cara (Holt) Hall, his unceasing attention to and care for his son with special needs, Merrik, and for his continued service to the Church. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, officiated by Gary Bodine and Todd Hall. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Cecil was born January 11, 1945 at Old Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Connally High School in 1963, and completed his BS in Business Marketing at Baylor University in 1968. He began his career with Kmart corporation in April of 1968. He met and married Jacklyn Ann Hughes on March 22, 1969. Cecil and Jackie started a family with the birth of Jonathan Lee in 1973, Cecil Merrik in 1976, and Cara Marice in 1978. Cecil worked with Kmart corporation until 1989, at which time he began working for Michael’s corporation until 2001. After 2001 Cecil worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until his retirement in 2013. Cecil’s passions included his Baylor Bears. Cecil and Jackie have been season ticket holders for Baylor football for ten years, and most any fall Saturday at a home game one could find them climbing the stairs of Floyd Casey Stadium and later McLane stadium. He loved talking football with his Aggie daughter, and he loved talking trash to his Longhorn-devoted son-in-law. Mostly, though, Cecil was dedicated to his faith and his family. He was devoted to Jackie, and to Cara and Merrik, showering them with love and care. He deeply loved his brother Terry, his sister Susan, and all of his extended family who particularly love and miss their Uncle Bubba. Cecil served as a deacon at the Eldridge Road Church of Christ in Sugarland, Texas, and faithfully gathered with the saints “every time the doors were open.” Most recently, Cecil had been a fixture at the Onalaska Church of Christ until his move to Chilton in April of this year. Cecil is preceded in death by his father, Cecil Marion, his mother Melba Dean Briggs, his brother, Terry Rayburn, and his son, Jonathan Lee. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Jacklyn Ann Hughes Holt of Chilton, Texas, his beloved daughter Cara Marice and her husband Todd Hall of San Marcos, Texas, his beloved son Merrik, of Hewitt, Texas, his granddaughter Madison Hall, his sister Susan and husband John Novak, his sister in law Jerry, of China Spring, Texas, many cousins, nephews, and nieces, and countless friends. We all mourn his passing, but place him into the Lord’s hands against that day when the Lord calls him forth from the grave. May his memory be eternal.
Col. (retired) Jack Philip Story Jr., MHA ’68, of Pine Mountain, GA, loving husband and father of five children, went to his new home with Jesus at the age of 84. He loved his Lord, his country and his Family with all his heart and soul. Jack was born in Atlanta, Ga on August 3, 1934 to Jack and Martha Story. He graduated from Southwest High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He earned a master’s degree in Personnel Management from St Mary University in San Antonio, TX and another master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University. On June 23, 1956, he married Clarissa Anne Quigley. They raised 4 daughters and 1 son. Jack had a passion for the Lord, his family and his country. Jack taught Sunday school from his college days until last December. He had served on all boards of the Methodist Church and was still serving on the Finance committee. He served his country in the Army Medical Service Corp, as a teacher, hospital administrator, and as an Inspector for the Office of the Surgeon General for hospitals and individual cases. After 33 years of service he continued his work in Towns County and Columbus Regional Hospital. Jack was a Johnny Appleseed and loved planting trees wherever they lived. Jack felt God made trees for their beauty, shade and the fruits they could bear. Jack and Anne set up their farm in Pine Mountain 26 years ago and he enjoyed working for Callaway Gardens for 15 years making their jellies and jams and working special events including Fantasy in Lights. Those that have been fortunate to visit his farm in Pine Mountain can see with all his blueberries, figs, muscadines, scuppernongs and pears. Additionally, he raised cows, goats, donkeys and a few horses. Jack had a deep love for his wife, Anne, of 63 years and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved being surrounded by his family and his devotion to them was never-ending. Jack is survived by his loving wife, Anne. His children, Linda Story-Daw Of Newnan, Leslie Valencia of Cleveland, Ga, Laura Ergle of Senoia, Philip (Nancy) Story of Salem, Ala., and Lisa (Bill) Champion of Pine Mountain Valley. His grandchildren: Kendra Daw, Joshua Valencia, Patrick (Yasmin) Valencia, Ryan Valencia, Hannah (Matt) Flasher, Summer Valencia, Emma Valencia, Ronnie Valencia, Jackson Valencia, Nathan Valencia, Noah Valencia, Crissy (Garry) Davis, Taylor (Ashton) Ergle, Jeremy (Ashton) Story, Emily Gibbs, Caitlyn (Trent) Barfield, Zac Hunt; and great grandchildren: Waylon Flasher, Ragan Flasher, Sophia Flasher , Lincoln Flasher, Remington Davis, Sutton Davis, Caroline Gibbs, and Aubrey Gibbs. Jack was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Martha Story, and brother, Charles. He is survived by his Sisters, Martha of Pine Mountain Valley and Susan (Sam) of Diamondhead, MS. Jack’s Sunday School Class will be Honorary Pallbearers and the grandsons: Joshua Valencia, Patrick Valencia, Ryan Valencia, Jackson Valencia, Taylor Ergle, Jeremy Story, Trent Barfield and Matthew Flasher will be the pallbearers. Visitation will be Friday evening, June 28th, from 6-8pm at Cox Funeral Home in Hamilton, GA. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 29th, 11am, Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church. Jack will be laid to rest at Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Pine Mountain, GA with military honors. Please join us for lunch following the burial in the Fellowship Hall at Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church Building Fund in Jack’s memory. Cox Funeral Home, 240 Walton Street, Hamilton, Ga., is assisting the family with arrangements.
Sharon Reeder Wilson, BA ’68, entered into eternity on May 19, in Arlington, TX. She was 72. Sharon was a graduate of Baylor University and a longtime employee of Arlington ISD where she taught Texas History at Shackleford Junior High School. Sharon was predeceased by her mother, Doris Jean Smith, her father Dr. Clayton Smith and sister Debra Smith. Sharon is survived by daughter Becca Reeder, loving husband of 22 years, Claude W. (Willie) Wilson, sister Colleen Riggins and husband Thom of Grand Prairie, sister Heidi Croce and husband Lenny of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and sister Sheila Maxcy and husband Lee of Houston. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home. Sharon was a longtime member of Fielder Church in Arlington, TX, where services will be held on Friday, May 24, at 1:00. She will be laid to rest in Moore Memorial Gardens next to her mom and dad and eventually next to her loving husband. Sharon had many friends who will miss her sweet smile.
Mitylene Boykin Arnold, BS ’69, died after a brief illness on July 8, at Baylor Scott and White-Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Mitylene was the only child of Frances and John Ed "Buster" Boykin. She attended school in Mart and graduated in 1964 from Mart High School. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in home economics and, after teaching in the public schools in Austin and Madison, Georgia, received her Masters and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia. Her passion was her work in advocating for people with developmental disabilities. She taught at the University of Georgia, the University of Mississippi, and Texas A&M (Kingsville). She testified before Congress and the National Science Foundation regarding use of punishment with students who have significant disabilities. She was instrumental in the movement to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities and integrate them into local communities. She is survived by her children, The Rev. Susan Fortunato and Catherine of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Edward Arnold and Ashley of San Antonio; and three grandchildren, Graham Fortunato and Emily and Caroline Arnold.
Robert “Bob” Arthur Hille, MHA ’69, of Dallas, was reunited with his beloved wife, Bobbie, of almost 63 years on June 3, 2019. Born on June 19, 1931, in Hartford, CT, to Henry and Mary (Zelanski) Hille, Bob graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic, CT, the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and later Baylor University in Waco, TX, with a master's degree. In 1954, he received his commission in the United States Army Medical Service Corps with a rank of Second Lieutenant. He later married Barbara White on November 20th of that year. During the next 24 years, Bob served his country in multiple duty stations across the country and around the world, with tours in Vietnam, Germany and Korea. Amongst all the moves, he and Bobbie had 5 children, all born in different states. In 1978, he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel and relocated with the family to Dallas to take a position as a senior executive at Baylor University Medical Center. He remained there until he retired as COO in 1995. In retirement, he and Bobbie chose to settle in Heath, TX, where Bob became involved in city government as part of the Planning and Zoning Committee and City Council, and as Mayor Pro Tem. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church where he was active with the Eucharistic Ministry and the Knights of Columbus. Bob was also involved with the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117, was an Ambassador at Buffalo Creek Golf Club and was a former member of Rush Creek Yacht Club. Bob was a devoted husband and father, a devout Catholic, a distinguished soldier, an accomplished and respected professional, a contributing member of his community, and a valued friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Bob is survived by his loving family, including children Rick Hille and wife Liz of San Marcos, TX, Lyn Allen and husband Don of Lockhart, TX, David Hille and wife Karen Fling of Dallas, Tom Hille and wife Cathy of Claremont, CA, and Cathy Wicker and husband Jeff of Heath; grandchildren Ryan (Jessica), Ashley (Tyler), Jenna (Allen), Anneliese, Ian, Gabriel, Shan Shan, Logan, Grady, Rylee and Dyson; and great-grandchildren Noah, Blake and Wilson as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his 3 siblings and his grandson Drew Hille. Visitation: 6:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 2500 State Highway 66 East, Rockwall, TX. Funeral Mass: 10:00am Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1305 Damascus Rd., Rockwall, TX. Reception lunch: 11am-1pm Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Heritage Christian Academy, 1408 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, TX. Burial, for those who wish to join us: 2:15pm Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in his name to the Alzheimer's Association or Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation.
Lt. Col. William O. Leach, MHA ’69, U.S. Army (retired), of Owensboro, KY, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was 83. Born Sept. 24, 1935, Lt. Col. William O. Leach was the son of the late Otis and Clementine Cory Leach; was a graduate of Owensboro High School; earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University where he was in ROTC and entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. following graduation; and earned his master's degree in hospital administration from Baylor in 1969. He was a dedicated and decorated military officer serving in several jobs in hospital administration. His career included posts at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio; Ft. Davis an Ft. Clayton in the Canal Zone; Ireland Army Hospital, Ft. Knox; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Vietnam; Valley Forge Hospital in Pennsylvania; Ft. Lewis Madigan Army Medical Center; retired from Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver in 1979 where he was the director of patient affairs. His decorations include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Vietnam Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars. In 1960, he married the love of his life and Army career partner, Mary Elizabeth Unsel. Together, they completed a military career of nearly 25 years. After retirement, LTC Leach served as the hospital administrator of the hospital in Harrodsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Ernest Leslie Leach and Robert Allen Leach. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Mary Unsel Leach; children Robert (Karen) Leach and Greg (Robin) Leach of Owensboro, and Mechele (Russell) Kaleiwahea of Lacey, Washington; grandchildren Elizabeth Leach, Laura Leach, Bobby Meeker III, Jamie Haynes, Ivey Leach, Angela Nadeau, Ashley McNeely, Blake Kaleiwahea, and Brennon Kaleiwahea; and great-grandchildren Amari Torterotot, Ella Haynes, Nathan Nadeau, Jacob Nadeau, Kaleb McNeely, Kendall McNeely, Adley Kaleiwahea, and Russell Kaleiwahea. Services are noon Thursday, May 23 in the Chapel of Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be in Yellow Creek Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Special Olympics, the Spina Bifida Foundation, or Feed the Children. Memories and condolences for the family of Lt. Col. William Leach may be left at www.glenncares.com.
Dorothy Rouse-Street Jones, MHA ’69, Col., Ret. U. S. Army, died on June 29, 2019 in Irvington, Virginia. She was 91. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, February 12, 1928, daughter of the late Ret. Rev. Charles Larrabee Street, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and Louise Rouse Street. Family members: sister, Mary Lou Lampright of Lafayette, Colorado and brother, John Charles Street of Madison, Wisconsin. She was the niece of Dorothy D. Rouse of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly Chief Occupational Therapy Section of the V. A. in Washington, D. C. Growing up in Sycamore, Illinois, where her father was headmaster of St. Albans Episcopal Church School for Boys, she moved with her parents to Mass., Wyo., Texas, and finally back to Ill. at Oak Park. Summers were often spent on Cape Cod at the Street family home in Hyannisport, Mass. Col. Street (Jones) graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. in 1950 with a B.A. in sociology. She attended the Boston School of Occupational Therapy and completed the Army clinical affiliation for certification as a registered occupational therapist in 1954. She received a M. A. in psychology in 1963 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Hospital Administration in 1969 from Baylor University with Administrative Residency at Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif. Commissioned in the U. S. Army, Army Medical Specialist Corps in 1953, she served stateside and overseas in Army hospitals and Medical Centers, 1954-1970 as occupational therapist, educational coordinator and chief therapist, staff officer, Resources Management Office in the Office of the Army Surgeon General, Washington, D. C. in 1971 and Personnel Support Agency, 1974. Statutory positions as Chief Occupational Therapist Section and Assistant Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, 1971-1975. Retired from active duty, December, 1977 with rank of full colonel, regular army. Decorations included Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Legion of Merit. Upon retirement, she moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia to pursue her love of sailing, swimming and boating. Active in the local community with volunteer work, she was a member and one-time Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Va. There she met and later married “Sambo” Jones (Samuel Goode Jones, III) of Petersburg, Va., a Virginia Tech graduate and retired contractor-builder. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of Trinity Church, P. O. Box 208, Lancaster, VA 22503.