James Richard Bellor, MHA ’70, passed away on December 8, 2018. Funeral Home Services for James are being provided by Murphy Funeral Homes of Falls Church, VA.
Margaret “Mac” Davis Bishop, BA ’70, of Bedford, TX, died July 8. She was born on January 24, 1947, in Haskell, Texas to Josephine and Archie Davis. She married Ron Bishop on September 1, 1968, in Throckmorton, Texas and graduated from Baylor University in 1970. They were blessed with two children, Julie Vick and Jason Bishop, both of Fort Worth, Texas. She was a member of North Pointe Baptist Church and was a faithful singer in the choir. Margaret worked in the Birdville Independent School District for over twenty years as a junior high English teacher at Haltom Middle School, and she enjoyed traveling around the world with her sister and close friends. At home, Margaret enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dogs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Davis. Margaret is survived by: her husband, Ronnie Carpenter; one sister Mollye Brown; one daughter Julie Vick and husband Kevin; one son Jason Bishop and wife Julie; four grandchildren: Austin, Nolan, Isaiah, and Caitlynn; a niece, Jennifer Trousdale and husband Jake; cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at North Pointe Baptist Church on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 11:00 in the morning. The church’s address is 147 E. Hurst Blvd, Hurst, TX 76053. There will be an additional memorial service held in Throckmorton, TX on a date yet to be determined.
Marvin Davis Free Jr., BBA ’70, MBA ’72, MA ’77, of Fort Atkinson, WI, passed away on July 13, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family and dog, Abby. Marvin was born on September 16, 1947 in San Francisco, California, son of Marvin D. Free and Julia (Frierson) Free. He earned three degrees from Baylor University and a PhD ('85) from the University of Denver. In July 1979, Marvin married his wife, Sandra Gardsbane. They were married for forty years. Together they had two children, Jonathan Free and Benjamin Free. Marvin was involved in his children's lives as an active volunteer and leader in Boy Scouts. He never missed a sporting event or school event in which they participated. He began his teaching career at UW-Marathon County in 1985. In 1996, he accepted a position at UW-Whitewater, where he worked as a Professor of Sociology and Criminology until his retirement in January 2015. He was the author of many books and articles, where his research primarily centered on wrongful convictions. Following his retirement, he traveled with Abby, his beloved dog, as a team visiting nursing homes, group homes and day care centers. They were also a part of the Reading Program at the Fort Library. Marvin spent his time diligently training Abby to compete in American Kennel Club Obedience and Rally events. They were quite the team, winning many first place ribbons as Abby acquired 6 titles. Marvin was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, Faye Deaton, brother-in-law Ray Deaton and brother-in-law, Brian Gardsbane. He is survived by his wife Sandra, sons Jonathan and Benjamin, sister, Kaye (Don) Ellison, and many family members and friends. A memorial service will be held graveside at Evergreen Cemetery, in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, P.O. Box 205, Fort Atkinson WI 53538. Dunlap Memorial Home, Fort Atkinson, is assisting the family with arrangements. www.DunlapMemorialHome.com
Janie Hansard Knolle, BA ’70, MS ’71, was born in Wharton, TX on December 3, 1947, the daughter of T.J. and Muriel Hansard. She passed away peacefully at her home in Austin, TX on July 4, 2019 at the age of 71. Janie moved around with her family as a young child and eventually settled in Bellville, TX where she attended Bellville High School graduating in 1966. While in high school, Janie was a twirler in the Bellville Brahman Band, homecoming queen, honor society member, student council officer and was elected Miss BHS. In the fall of 1966, Janie enrolled at Baylor University to pursue a bachelor's and a master's degree in Speech Pathology. While at Baylor, Janie was a twirler in the Baylor Golden Wave Band and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Following graduation from Baylor in 1971, Janie married William M. "Bill" Knolle on July 24, 1971 and the couple set up household in Austin. Janie would thereafter start a long and rewarding career in education as a speech pathologist in the Austin Independent School District helping hundreds of students overcome speech and language deficiencies as well as mentoring countless other therapists in the district. She retired in 2005 from AISD having served the last four years of her career as the Administrative Supervisor for Speech Language Services for the district. Janie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and community servant. After her retirement, she continued to devote her time to volunteer tutoring, the Texas Retired Teachers Association, the Eta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and to her most treasured activity of being a grandmother. Janie is survived by her husband Bill; son Mark and his wife Heather, and granddaughter Hannah of Austin; son Brad and his wife Katie, and grandsons Brady and Baker, and granddaughter Emmy Lou of Bulverde. She also leaves behind two nieces, Anne Stith of Evergreen, CO and Heather Sanders of Arlington and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Muriel Hansard and brother Tommy Hansard. Funeral arrangements have been made at Cook Walden Funeral Home located at 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. The family will receive guests from 3-5 pm on Sunday, July 7th and the memorial will be held on Monday, July 8th at 10 am at Cook Walden. The family will then proceed to Bellville, TX where Janie will be laid to rest at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery on Monday afternoon. To honor Janie and the impact that she had educating the youth of Texas, the family is in the process of establishing the Janie Knolle Memorial Endowment with Rodeo Austin. Contributions can be labeled and sent to: Rodeo Austin, Attn: Endowments, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724.
Carrie Anna Pearce, MSEd ’70, of Vestavia, AL, passed away June 19, 2019 after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was reared in East Tennessee and is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Baylor University. Her career in education spanned 40 years, culminating at Samford University Brock School of Business for 26 years where she established the Academic Internship Program. Professionally, it was the mission of her life to lead students to consider significant career decisions via hands-on experience. Her greatest joy in life were motherhood and family, as well as her university students. She was predeceased by her husband, Scott Pearce, and is survived by children: Jefferson Scott Pearce (Jennifer); Susanna Elizabeth Warnock (Emery); and Andrew Scott Pearce (Cameron). Grandchildren: Benjamin Pearce, Stuart Pearce, William Warnock and Georgia Pearce. A memorial service at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church is planned for 11:00AM, June 22, 2019 with reception following the service in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be in the family burial plot at Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Aquilla, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials may be given to Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Missions Fund, 2600 Vestavia Drive, Vestavia, AL 35216.
Danny Ross Perkins, BBA ’70, of Benbrook, TX, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 71. A native of Dallas, Texas, Danny grew up in Longview and Waco, and he resided with his family in Benbrook. He received his undergraduate Business degree from Baylor University and his MBA from the University of Utah. Danny was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1971-1975), serving primarily in Germany as an intelligence interrogator. He relished this experience and continued to embrace the culture throughout his lifetime, speaking German with friends whenever he could. Danny was an active member of the Benbrook VFW and the American Legion. Danny always had a spirit for adventure. He was passionate about his career at General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin where he worked in the area of procurement for over 40 years. Not only did he enjoy his work, but he appreciated the opportunity it provided him for worldwide travel. Danny and his family traveled to Slovenia, Indonesia and Germany throughout his service on the Benbrook and Fort Worth Sister Cities Committees and had the opportunity to host families from these countries as well. Danny also treasured the time he spent boating with his family and friends, fixing and repairing the bright red Sugie-Boo ski boat (a previous family heirloom) and taking trips on Lucky H. Danny delighted in taking mini road trips with his family to New Mexico, Arizona and California. He enjoyed taking Charles to Camp Summit and through those adventures became well-known as "Disco Danny". He was always in good spirits and made others smile wherever he went. Danny was preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Perkins. Survivors: Danny will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Marilyn (Larabee); stepson, Skye Grayson and wife, Kristi and their children, Travis and Faith; daughter, Cara Perkins Whaley and husband, Andrew and his son, Charles Perkins; mother, Hazel Mae Green Lutes; brothers, Wesley Perkins and William Perkins; and sister, Kem Barrett. The viewing will take place Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Greenwood Live Oak Room. Celebration of Life: 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, in Greenwood Chapel. Following, and in honor of Danny's adventurous spirit, there will be a butterfly release at the interment at Greenwood Memorial Park. Reception: 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 10429, 1000 Stevens Drive, Benbrook, Texas 76126. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW, Post 10429, at 1000 Stevens Drive, Benbrook, Texas 76126.
Rowland H. Stiteler, BA ’69, a native Texan and story-telling journalist who spent 50 years crafting articles about people and places that were packed with facts while flowing like poetry, died June 18, 2019 in Cuenca, Ecuador, where he had lived for the last five years. He was 72 and collapsed from a heart attack just outside his home, according to Donna Smith Stiteler, his wife of 34 years. Mr. Stiteler spent most of the last 25 years specializing in reporting on the business of meetings, conferences and conventions. Since 2014, he had been an editor at The Meeting Professional, a publication of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), a Dallas-based trade organization. He had been a freelance writer for the magazine for two decades before joining the staff. He started working as a newspaper reporter while still in college in Waco, TX, where he grew up, and never stopped cranking out articles for newspapers and magazines in Texas, Nebraska and Florida. "Rowland was the love of my life and I cannot imagine life without him," said Ms. Stiteler, who is also a freelance writer for The Meeting Professional. "He was a roller coaster ride-a genius, a gifted journalist with a slew of accolades. He was a veteran and the best storyteller on earth." Ms. Stiteler said her husband was on his way home with a cake he had bought for a young boy he was teaching to speak English when he collapsed. Mr. Stiteler's editors, colleagues and those he wrote about praised him for his cheerful willingness to tackle any story thrown at him, researching the topic thoroughly and writing with flair. Wick Allison, founder and publisher of D Magazine, a Dallas monthly where Mr. Stiteler was a writer and then the editor from 1978 through 1981, said in a tribute in the magazine he did "great work" on numerous subjects. "He was a shoe-leather reporter who could write like a poet," Allison said. "But mostly he was very good at getting people to talk." Leaders of MPI said he would be sorely missed. "If you needed a thoroughly researched article with quotes from all the important sources within 24 hours Rowland was your guy," Blair Potter, managing editor of The Meeting Professional, said in an obituary in the magazine. "But I will really miss Rowland because he was such a great friend, perhaps the world's funniest storyteller and a passionate animal rescuer (alongside his wife Donna), spending many hours volunteering with animal charities such as the SPCA." Mr. Stiteler was born in Waco, TX on May 15, 1947, and attended public schools there. He attended McLennan Community College for a year before transferring to Baylor University, where he graduated with a journalism degree in 1969. He worked for the Temple (Texas) Telegram while still an undergraduate and for United Press International briefly after graduation. He served in the Air Force, primarily working in public information in Omaha, NB., where he also worked part time for the Omaha World Herald. He worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before joining D Magazine in 1978. By 1983, he was an editor for the Orlando (Florida.) Sentinel Sunday magazine and later worked for an Orlando city magazine. He began doing freelance writing from Orlando in the late 1980s before relocating to the Tampa area.Mr. Stiteler's first marriage to Betsy Waters of Dallas, ended in divorce. He and Donna Smith Stiteler were to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary the day he died. In addition to her, he is survived by a daughter, Heather; a sister, Nanci Felice of Austin, TX; and was preceded in death by another daughter, Tiffany.
Dr. Richard D. English, BA ’71, MD ’74, of Longview, TX, was born to Lloyd L. Bill English and Mary Beth Chowning English on December 21, 1948 in San Antonio, Texas and died June 20, 2019 in Longview, Texas. He graduated valedictorian of the 1967 Senior Class of Wichita Falls High School and enrolled in Baylor University where he majored in religion and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his medical doctorate degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1974 and soon began a career as a medical doctor that spanned over forty years and included military service in the United States Navy as a Submarine - Diving Medical Officer and in the United States Naval Reserves as an Undersea Medical Officer. Dr. English pursued occupational medicine where he worked for The Boeing Company where he served in a variety of rolls from 1988 to 1998, ultimately becoming the Chief Physician at Auburn Medical Clinic. In 1998 he moved to Longview, Texas and became the medical director at Longview Occupational Medicine Clinic before he had to retire due to his health. When not at work he loved spending time around the house with his family and cherished the time that he spent with all of them whether it was watching movies, reading books, or numerous trips to Disney World and Costa Rica. Another one of his passions was cooking meals for the family especially at Christmas. Dr. English is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Beth Chowning English. He is survived by his wife, Ana C. English; children, Richard Vincent English and Bianca Blair English; Father, Lloyd L. "Bill" English; and Brother, Laurence Pat English and wife Diane. Funeral Mass for Dr. English, will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu officiating. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation Monday, June 24, 2019 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home.
Davilynn Bennett Furlow, BA ’71, of Greensboro, NC, died May 2. The day before her death last Thursday, Davilynn had been scheduled for a manicure/pedicure, and the day before that she had a haircut. This comes as a surprise to no one in Greensboro who knew her as the perfectly coiffed lady in the wheelchair with red lipstick and beautiful nails. Before Davilynn and her husband Bill Furlow moved to North Carolina in late 2013, though, she was better known for her 35-year career as a journalist, primarily at the Los Angeles Times. Among other positions there, she was the deputy food editor. She loved newspapers and newspaper people, even if some of them thought her a little too well-groomed to fit the stereotypical profile of an "ink-stained wretch." In addition to The Times, she worked at newspapers in Houston, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Escondido, CA, and for several years was editor of the La Jolla Light in San Diego. In 2005, Davilynn and Bill made a radical lifestyle change and moved to Natchez, MS. They opened a coffee bar, and she was role model and mentor to many young employees. When she began experiencing symptoms of what eventually was diagnosed as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare and debilitating neurological disorder, the Furlows moved to Greensboro to find better health care and to escape the three-story Victorian home in Natchez. As PSP wrecked her body though never her mind or her spirit Davilynn, 69, lost the ability to speak and walk. But she didn't lose her insistence on impeccable grooming. Nor did she lose her sense of humor. To the end, she enjoyed laughing, and her laughter brought joy to those around her. If Davilynn ever held a "pity party," it was brief and private. Rather than ask, "Why me?" she instead said, "Why not me?" Davilynn was born in Dallas and grew up there and in Lufkin, TX. She met Bill at the Houston Post, and they married in 1972. In addition to Bill, she is survived by their son Bennett, daughter-in-law Deirdre and granddaughter Julia of Mesa, AZ; her sisters Dianne Cosby and Debbie Lambing of Texas, and assorted nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Davilynn was very grateful for all the support she received: from neighbors in the Friendly Acres Townhomes; friends, clergy and staff at the St. Barnabas and Holy Trinity Episcopal churches; her medical professionals; her loving Well-Spring caregivers; the owners and trainers of A.C.T. Fitness, the good people of Hamil-Kerr Challenge; the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro; and the hundreds of strangers who smoothed her path and brightened her days through acts of kindness large and small. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 N. Greene Street, in Greensboro at 2 p.m., Friday, May 10. Memorials may be sent to CurePSP.
Elizabeth A. Stewart Henderson, BSN ’71, of Universal City, TX, entered into eternal rest, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the age of 70. She was born on February 8, 1949 in Austin, TX to Dr. George E. Stewart, Jr. and Eloise (Moss) Stewart. She was awarded The Most Outstanding Teen-age Girl of 1966 in Bexar County. Liz graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School, class of 1967. She graduated from Baylor University, class of 1971, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was a licensed Register Nurse for 47 years. Liz was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George E. Stewart, III; step-mother, Carolyn Stewart; and step-brother, Tommy Lee (Penny). She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Hardy Henderson; sons, Scott Henderson (Tawnya) and Todd Henderson (Frances); granddaughters, Riley Henderson and Marie Henderson; sister-in-law, Pat Henderson; step-sister, Candy Obermiller (Terry); aunt, Doris Spell; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and many friends. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday June 10, 2019 at Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral Service is Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Colonial Funeral Home Universal City, TX. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Central Christian Church, www.cccsa.org. Online guestbook may be signed at www.colonial universal.com
Jimmy Wayne “Jim” Manning, BA ’71, of Franklin, Texas, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 28, 2019. He was 71. Jim was born on February 6, 1948 in Lampasas, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Colleen Flood on February 27, 1971. Jim pastored in six Baptist churches over a period of 40 years. He was pastor at First Baptist Church Franklin, Texas for the last 20 of those years. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Vaughn and Juanita Manning. He is survived by: His wife, Colleen Manning, Two daughters and sons-in-law, Christi and husband John Curtis and Dana Manning and husband Mike McCorkle, One granddaughter, Caitlyn Manning Curtis. Two sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Paul Stephenson and Trink and Jack Ruthven. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Franklin, Texas, with visitation beginning at 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Hospice Brazos Valley 502W. 26th Street Bryan, Texas 77803 or First Baptist Church Franklin, Texas P.O. Box 365 Franklin, Texas 77856.
Walter Kent Amacker III, BM ’72, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on July 15, 2019, in Richmond, VA. He was 77. Amacker is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Amacker Mendell (David); son, Austen Kent Amacker (Laurie); and grandchildren, Lila Blythe Mendell and Elan Kai Amacker. Walt was born on June 5, 1942, in Shreveport, La., and majored in music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He served in Vietnam as a Captain in the Army, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart. Early in his career, Walt was the music critic for the Richmond News Leader. A professional musician, he sang in many church choirs in Richmond, including St. Paul's Episcopal, River Road Church Baptist and St. Stephen's Episcopal. Walt worked in marketing and communications for Reynolds Metals Company for over 20 years. He then worked for Keep America Beautiful, Inc. in Stamford, Conn., as Vice President, Director of Communications for five years. His career came full circle when he returned to the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a sports writer and later, as music critic. A celebration of Walt's life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on September 7, at The Boathouse in Sunday Park, 4602 Millridge Pkwy., Midlothian, Va. 23112. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Gratitude. Online condolences may be left at www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
Ronald Clifton Brown, BBA ’73, of Dallas, loving husband, father and Pepaw went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 17, 2019. He was born to Ted and Evelyn Brown on November 16, 1949, in Dallas. Ron was raised in Oak Cliff and while attending Adamson High School earned the rank of Eagle Scout. As a 1973 graduate of Baylor University he received a degree in Business Administration, and was Baylor proud – Sic’em Bears. Known by many friends as Ronnie, he was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church Dallas where he impacted many lives through his example of serving. Ted and Evelyn were active in the children’s ministries, and if the church doors were open, the Brown family was in attendance. At a young age Ron made his profession of faith and was baptized by Dr. Criswell. Ron was a member of Chapel Choir, not because he loved singing – he said he “watermeloned” his way through – but because of the leadership of Leroy Till who had a profound impact on his life. And choir tours were fun! His involvement in church activities continued as Ron became an adult. He found joy in his role as an advisor at Junior Camp and Youth Camp and touched the lives of many young people. Ron humbly served as a deacon for many years. He would be quick to would tell you that one of the greatest blessings from his involvement in the church was meeting his future bride, Sheila, in the singles department in 1977. Ron and Sheila were married on June 13, 1981, and recently celebrated their 38th anniversary. Their lives were enriched with the birth of their beautiful daughters Allison Lindsey and Amy Elizabeth who brought him much joy. He was “Peppermint Pepaw” to seven grandchildren who adored him and not just for the peppermints he kept in his pocket for them. As a couple Ron and Sheila served in 3rd grade and 11th grade Sunday School departments and were currently part of the leadership team in the SonBurst adult Sunday School class. Ron will be remembered for his faithfulness, generosity, love for his family and friends, and dedication to First Baptist Dallas. He had a great smile, infectious laugh, and quirky sense of humor. Above all, Ron had the heart of a servant. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Evelyn Brown and his siblings Terry Brown and Lynne St. John. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; daughters Allison Onvani and husband Matt and Amy Ritchey and husband Cody; grandchildren Landry and Madden Onvani; Aubrey, Luke, Hallie, and Jake Ritchey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Dallas: Children’s Ministry or Missions.
Joann Diggs McNamara Clifton, BA ’73, of Waco passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was 67. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, May 30, 2019, at The First Baptist Church of Waco with the Rev. Barry Camp officiating with a Reception following. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 29, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Joann was born August 22, 1951, in Plainview, TX, to Harrold and Margaret Diggs. She grew up in Anaheim, CA and came to Waco to attend Baylor University from where she earned her degree. In 1973, Joann married Michael P. McNamara, Sr. and they had three children. In 2008, she married James R. Clifton, with whom she especially enjoyed traveling. Throughout the years, Joann loved being a homemaker, and also enjoyed her time teaching at St. Paul’s Episcopal School and Vanguard College Preparatory School. She was passionate about spending time with her family, and enjoyed traveling with them to Colorado, California, and the lake. She was deeply fond of her many wonderful friends and those in her prayer group. Joann was most passionate about her personal relationship with Jesus Christ, The Lord and Savior. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jim Clifton; son, Michael McNamara and wife, Claire, and their children, Michael T. and Madeline; daughter, Margaret McNamara, and her son, Cullen; son, Parnell McNamara and wife, Amanda, and their children, Margaret Leigh and Parnell; sister, Karen Bell and husband, Mark; brother, David Diggs and wife, Diane. She is also survived by Rye Clifton and wife, Megan, and their children, Towns and Millie; Pippin Hinton and husband, Alex and their children, Reiley Claire and Hattie; and extended loving family. The family would be honored by memorials made in her name to a Christian organization of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Sharon Howard, BA ’73, MSEd ’75, of West, TX, formerly of Penelope, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 3, 2019 in Hillsboro. She was 68. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, with Ernie Albrecht and Johnny Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at the Howard family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery in West. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Sharon was born March 25, 1951 in Waco, the daughter of Rufus and Albina (Marek) Howard. She attended Penelope School and was the Valedictorian of the 1969 graduating class. She was also a 1973 graduate of Baylor University where she received a degree in education, and earned a Masters Degree in education in 1975. Sharon taught at Abbott ISD for 33 years before retiring in 2006. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Church of Christ in Waco. She was a devoted member of Les Causeuses and was City Secretary of Penelope for over 40 years. Sharon enjoyed visiting with friends and family, attending Les Causeuses functions and Senior Circle events at Hill Regional Hospital, and assisting her father tend to his cattle. She loved teaching, where she created special bonds with many students throughout the years. Sharon also loved animals, especially her cats. Sharon is preceded in death by her mother, and several aunts and uncles. Survivors include her father; uncles, Eugene Marek and wife Betty, Leon Marek and wife Kathy, Alfons Kolar, Jack Howard and wife Bobbie; an aunt, Melba Howard; numerous cousins and many other relatives and friends. Serving as pallbearers are Garry Howard, David Howard, Keith Howard, Randall Howard, Michael Marek, Ronnie Skerik, David Kallus, and Thomas Kolar. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Howard, Wayne Howard, Dana Howard, Gary Marek, Larry Marek, John David Marek, Gregory Marek, Alfons Kolar Jr., James Kolar, Kenneth Kolar, and John Daniel Kaska. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Church of Christ (311 Tokio Road, West, TX 76691) or Columbus Avenue Church of Christ (307 N. 16th St., Waco, TX 76701).
Jeff McClatchy, BBA ’73, of Olney, TX, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 68. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Olney with Chad Edgington, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lunn Funeral Home in Olney. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home. Jeff was born October 8, 1950 in Olney, Texas to Donald DeWitt McClatchy and Neva (Evans) McClatchy. He graduated from Olney High School in 1969 and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1973. While at Baylor, he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi. He married Theresa Pritchett on November 17, 1979 in Dallas. Jeff loved God and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Olney and a teacher and song leader at the Downtown Men's Bible Class for many years. Jeff loved his hometown and served on the Olney City Council for multiple terms and was Mayor from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2016 to 2017. He served on the Olney ISD School Board for multiple terms and was a member of the Olney BIC. Jeff was also a member of the Olney Rotary Club, Olney Lions Club, and the Olney Rodeo Association. An avid golfer, he was a board member and past president of the Olney Recreation Association. After a long career in banking, Jeff was currently the Sales Coordinator for Air Tractor. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Don McClatchy; his grandparents, Clester and Winnie Evans and Wright and Adele McClatchy; his uncle, Jack Evans; and sister-in-law, Barbara McClatchy. Jeff is survived by his wife, Theresa McClatchy of Olney; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mace and Celeste McClatchy of Dallas and Cole and Blair McClatchy of Trophy Club; his mother, Neva McClatchy of Olney; two granddaughters, Stella Marie McClatchy and Evelyn Rose McClatchy, both of Dallas; one grandson to be, Jeffery Wells McClatchy; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Scott McClatchy of Euless and Kent and Syndal McClatchy of Olney; three nieces, Kaci, Michelle and Meredith; one nephew, Chase; one great-niece, Harper; one great-nephew, Lane; uncle, George Harris of Dallas; aunt and uncle, Colleen and James Reeves of Wimberly; along with numerous Pritchett family members. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: Keep Olney Beautiful Initiative, P.O. Box 501 Olney, TX 76374; Olney Hamilton Hospital, P.O. Box 158, Olney, TX 76374 https://olneyhamiltonhospital.com/foundation/; or to The First Tee, thefirsttee.org.
Randal “Randy” Gordon Niendorff, BA ’73, of Lafayette, CO, went home to be with his Lord on April 23, 2019. Randy was born in San Antonio, Texas on January 16th, 1950. He was the son of Gordon Niendorff and Virginia Williamson Niendorff. He married Kathy Rogers on June 15,1985 in Boulder, Colorado. Randy was a graduate of Baylor University. He began his 35-year Telecommunications career with Southwestern Bell in San Antonio, Texas as a Senior Service Consultant. In 1978 he moved to Boulder, Colorado to work in Business Marketing at Mountain Bell. He subsequently worked at AT&T, Lucent and Avaya before retiring as a Communications Director for Cisco Systems in 2009. Randy was an avid music lover and collector as well as an accomplished musician himself. He began collecting vinyl records when he was 16 and it continued to be his lifelong passion. Some of his happiest days were spent rummaging around thrift shops looking for his next great find, you never knew what he would come home with. His other passions were baseball and softball. Randy had many happy hours playing co-rec softball in Boulder with The Clone Rangers. Randy made friends wherever he went, he was so easy to talk with and lots of fun. He had a great sense of humor and loved “giving people the business”, especially when they gave it right back to him. He could tell wonderfully funny stories. He was kind and caring and made the world a little brighter for the rest of us. Randy is survived by his wife, Kathy. Mother, Virginia Niendorff of San Antonio, Texas. Mother-in-law, Betty Rogers, brother-in-law Fred Rogers (Johna), sister-in-law, Janet Sherba, nephews, Austin Sherba and Cody Porter, his family of lifelong friends and his Golden Retriever, Jax. He is preceded in death by his father, Gordon Niendorff. Visitation will be at Darrell Howe Mortuary, Lafayette, Colorado on Wednesday, May 1st from 6-9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Darrell Howe Mortuary on Thursday, May 2nd at 12:30 p.m. Interment at Lafayette Cemetery immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be may be made to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies in Arvada, or to an animal rescue/sanctuary of the donor's choosing.
Sarah Lee Russell, BSEd ’75, BA ’75, of Waco went home to join her mother, father, daughter Abigail, and savior Jesus Christ on July 6, 2019. She was born in Waco, Texas, March 7, 1954 and grew up on Live Oak Street with Faye and A.G. Russell and her sister, Patricia. In her youth, she was an active member of her church, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Waco. She attended and graduated from Waco High School in the class of 1972. In her final years of high school she took her first trip to Europe, sparking a deep love of travel that would last her lifetime. Her visit to Notre Dame Cathedral on this trip was a memory she continued to share with her children and grandchildren. Sarah attended Baylor University, graduating in three years with a major in History and German in 1975. She married Patrick Wachsmann on December 12, 1975 and they became active in Highland Baptist Church both joining the church choir, Sunday school, home groups and later the mission's group. Sarah taught History and English at Waco High School from 1976- 1980 before leaving overseas for mission's work. Sarah and Patrick lived in Germany from 1981-1983 as missionaries carrying Bibles into Eastern Block countries under communist control. Sarah gave birth to her oldest child, Emily Wachsmann while in Germany in 1981. Returning to Texas in 1983, Sarah soon gave birth to her second child Patricia Wachsmann in 1984 and almost immediately thereafter, to her only son Jack Wachsmann in 1985.Sarah was an avid piano player and filled the home with both music she wrote and worship songs from church. She loved to garden, growing roses, hyacinths, lilies and other beautiful flowers her entire life. Each of her homes was marked by her green thumb, with plants and blooms in abundance. Having grown up in a home with a renowned caterer, Sarah took over the family business in 1985 so weddings and parties in Waco could still have a Russell touch of hospitality. She homeschooled her children before returning to the teaching profession at Waco Christian School and then Midway High School where she taught German. In 1992, she gave birth to the joy of the family, Abigail Wachsmann. Sarah continued to travel to Europe taking her son, Jack on a soccer tour of England in 1995 and her daughters, Tricia and Abigail on a mission's trip to Macedonia in 2002. She visited the Middle East with her daughter Emily in 2005. Sarah visited Germany multiple times in her later life, always loving the language and culture of Germany. She had a special place in her heart for Eastern Europe with the Slavic countries being her favorite landscapes, people and food. Faith, prayer and her prolific knowledge of the Bible marked her many journeys in life. She would often be up early with her coffee and her Bible having quiet time with her Lord. Her last years were spent close to her daughter, Tricia helping her through law school before a move to New Braunfels. She spent her remaining time with her son's family business, supporting his expansion. She was able to pass on her love of piano to her grandson Jace and loved spending time with all her grandchildren. Sarah is survived by her sister, Patricia Bridges; children, Emily, Tricia, and Jack Wachsmann; and grandchildren, Myer Reno, Jace, Keira and Alex Wachsmann. She is also survived by son-in-law, Mitchell Reno; and her three nephews she loved dearly; and their many children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Faye and A.G. Russell; daughter, Abigail Wachsmann; and spiritual mother, Lucille Webb. A private memorial service will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, in Waco, Texas, at Cameron Park Clubhouse. Please contact Emily, Tricia or Jack Wachsmann for further details.
Dr. Stephen Wayne Watson, BA ’75, of Granbury, TX, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the age of 66. Steve was born to parents Hoyt and Betty Watson on December 3, 1952 in Iowa Park, Tx. He grew up as the eldest of three and attended Iowa Park High School. Steve married his high school sweetheart, Karen George Watson, on May 17, 1975 and they celebrated a loving partnership for the remainder of Steve's life. In 1975, Steve achieved his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, going on to achieve his D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1978. Steve devoted his life to medicine, founding Baylor's dual degree program, earning his M.D. in 1982 from University of Texas Southwestern and board certification in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 1988. Dr. Watson founded the Willowbend Cosmetic Surgery Center in Plano, Tx., employing over 20 staff members. One of his proudest achievements was being awarded the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 2001 Award for Best Scholarly Article in The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Steve was very much devoted to community service, acting as an Admissions Coordinator for UT Southwestern, and as an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Medical Association and The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He partnered with UT Southwestern to develop a fellowship program, in which surgeons from all corners of the world would train & study under Steve for a full year at Willowbend. Steve is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Lindsey; son, Zachary; sister, Shelia Gholson; and brother, Stanley Watson. In respect of Steve's asks & wishes, the family will be holding a private memorial at a later time. Steve requested that his ashes be returned to the earth in a few of his favorite places- Eagles Nest, New Mexico; Lake Texoma in Sherman, Texas; and, Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. Steve's family is very grateful for the condolences and support.
Dr. Robert “Bob” E. Clark III, BS ’76, MD, of Memphis, TX, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Lubbock. He was 65. Memorial Services will be 3:00 PM Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Robertson Funeral Directors Heritage Chapel in Memphis with Rev. Daniel Downey, officiating. Cremation & Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Memphis. Clark was born in Dallas, Texas to Robert E. Clark, Jr., M.D. and Martha Lois (Marty) Uebersetzig Clark on October 29, 1953 and subsequently moved to Memphis, Texas in 1954. He graduated with honors from Memphis High School in 1972. Bob attended Baylor University where he was a member of the Baylor Bear Band, graduating in 1976, after which he went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He was second in his graduating class. Bob did his residency in Dallas, Texas. He was a general surgeon in Hereford before moving to Memphis in 1999 and opening his clinic as a general practitioner. Bob married Martha Anita Graston on December 17, 1988, with whom he celebrated his 30th anniversary this past December. Bob had many hobbies in his spare time, the love of which he shared with many of his friends. He enjoyed hunting, target practicing, electronics and computers, salt-water aquariums, building and flying RC planes, creating stained glass art, and was a voracious reader. He loved animals, having birds, cats, and dogs over the years. Bob was a member of the First Baptist Church of Memphis. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; a stepson Wesley Bolin of College Station, Texas; three brothers, David and his wife Christi of Jacksonville, Texas; James of Memphis, Texas, and Richard and his wife Nadia of Spring, Texas; and one sister, Martha Britton and husband Jerry of The Woodlands, Texas. He is also survived by thirteen nieces and nephews: Lauren, Patrick, Sofia, and Aleksandra Clark of Spring, Texas; Colin Clark of Memphis, Texas; Robert Britton of Dallas, Texas; Christopher Clark of Tyler, Texas; Jonathan Clark of Belton, Texas; Preston Clark of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Karla Franklin of Weatherford, Texas; Jessica Burns of Dallas; Bryan Clark of Amarillo; and Christina Clark of Irving. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Robert E. Clark, Jr. and Martha Lois Clark; and a brother, Gilbert William (Billy) Clark. In Lieu of Flowers, the family suggest memorials be sent to the Preservation Foundation of Memphis / PO Box 295 / Memphis, TX 79245.
Stephany Jane Pickering Conner, BSN ’76, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Waxahachie, Texas. She was 64. Stephany was born in the Territory of Hawaii on September 16th, 1954 to Gordon Lindley Pickering and Rose Elizabeth Brewer Pickering. She arrived a few days earlier than expected, and consequently was born in the family home in Honolulu. She attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While attending Baylor, Stephany met the love of her life, Donnie Dale Conner. They married in Waco at Miller Chapel on Baylor’s campus on June 14th, 1975. Stephany went to work at Baylor Hospital right out of school and worked in children’s oncology, and then took a position at Irving Community Hospital working in orthopedics. After a five-year break with her children she went into school nursing in Irving, Texas. She subsequently worked as a school nurse at Duncanville High School for 25 years and retired in 2012. Stephany loved her church, gardening, reading, and her family and grandkids. Places dear to her were her childhood home in Honolulu and the farm near Greenville, Illinois where her mother was raised. She frequently took her family to visit these places. She was a devoted mother and wife to Donnie and her two boys. She loved Disney films and Japanese samurai movies. Her parents, Gordon & Rose Pickering, passed away in 2009 and 2010. She is survived by husband Donnie Dale Conner, brother Stephen Pickering and his wife, Gwen Sinclair of Honolulu; son Joshua Conner of Bynum, TX; son Caleb and his wife Crystal Conner of Tulsa, OK and grandchildren Christian and Catherine Conner of Tulsa, OK. A visitation service will be held on Friday, July 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 W. HWY 287 Business, Waxahachie, TX 75165. The Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Creekside Church of Christ, 5401 E. HWY 287 Midlothian, TX 76065. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Stephany J.P. Conner to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Danny Charles Davis, BA ’76, MPA ’78, a longtime McGregor, TX, accountant and civic leader, died at the age of 65. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, 8220 Woodway Dr. Waco. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Bill Sappenfield officiating. Interment, with Masonic honors under the auspices of Crawford Masonic Lodge 585, will follow in McGregor Cemetery. Danny was born January 30, 1954, in Waco, Texas, the son of the late Freddie Dee and Reva Louise (Schroeder) Davis. He was a 1972 graduate of McGregor High School where he played football. He continued his education at Baylor University earning his BBA in Accounting in 1976 and earning an MBA in 1978. While owning McGregor Associates, his CPA firm for 30 years, Danny actively supported McGregor Chamber of Commerce, the McGregor Main Street Project, McGregor Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and McGregor High School activities. He regularly attended Baylor's Football, Lady Bear Basketball, Baseball games and enjoyed pizza afterwards. In his spare time, he enjoyed golf, vacationing with friends and refurbishing rental houses. Danny was a gentle soul who could enjoy private time as much as time with friends and community. Survivors include aunt, Mary Sue Bass of McGregor; Jeff and Margery Bass of Woodway and son, Thomas Bass; Tommy and Betty Wheeler of Clifton; Steve Falkenberg; Peggy and Pete Petri of Carrollton; Katherine and Michael Johnston of Ft Worth; Dale Davis of Washington; Meghan and Chad Breeland of Houston; Phillip Johnston Ft. Worth; Elizabeth and Matt Smid of Ft Worth and son Andrew; Mary Ann Koerper and Caroline Pedersen of Georgetown; Conrad and Pam Koerper of Burlington, VT; and many friends as close as family like Jimmy Gatlin. For those desiring, the family has suggested Zion Lutheran Church, Baylor Foundation or McGregor Rotary Club, for memorial contributions. The guestbook is offered at gracegardensfh.com.
Bonnie Lee Rathke Hickey, BS ’76, of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away at home on May 22, 2019, after courageously battling cancer for four years. She was 64. Her faith was never shaken and she always found a reason to smile and a way to spread love. Bonnie was born on July 23, 1954 in Rochester, New York to the late Doris and Earl Rathke. She grew up in Florida enjoying the beach, water skiing, softball, and playing the organ at University Baptist Church.
Bonnie graduated Valedictorian from Deerfield High School and went on to pursue her love of mathematics at Baylor University. After college graduation, she married Michael Hickey in June 1976. Mike and Bonnie moved to Colorado where they built a life together for 42 wonderful years. She loved their time in the Rockies, sharing in many adventurous outdoor activities including hiking, camping, biking, skiing, and ATVing. Bonnie was a dedicated mother to her two daughters, Amanda and Laura. She created a warm and joyful home. She was always there to listen and provide encouragement. As a family they spent summers taking road trips across the US and winters taking family ski trips in the mountains. Bonnie also devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to her parents who lived nearby. She had a passion for education, and volunteered for many years as a math tutor at a local elementary school. Bonnie loved gardening, attending Bible studies, and was blessed to be part of a tight-knit group of loyal Christian women. In later years, she treasured her role as a grandmother and embraced every chance to read books, do arts and crafts, and play games with her five grandchildren. Bonnie will be fondly remembered by her husband, (Michael Hickey); daughter, (Laura Hickey); daughter and son-in-law, (Amanda and Logan Haag); five grandchildren: (Caiden, Rylan, Kellen, Toben, and Brennen Haag); brother, (Gary Rathke, his wife, Charlotte, and his sons: Joshua and Benjamin Rathke); sister-in-law, (Kathy Eckard and her two children: Jeff Eckard and Alison Heilman). A private memorial will be held at Woodmen Valley Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Water for Life at LifeToday.org.
Dr. William Gerald Kendrick, PhD ’76, of Lubbock, TX, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. He was 88. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie Jane Kendrick; and son, William Les Kendrick, his wife, Donna and their daughter, Jessica Ross. He is preceded in death by his parents, W.L. Kendrick and Muzette Kendrick, and daughter, Karen Sue Kendrick. He had a lifelong commitment to teaching and was highly regarded by many former students and others who appreciated his insights and approach to biblical interpretation. Gerald was born October 19, 1930 to W. L. Kendrick and Musette Ware Kendrick in Minden, LA. He grew up in Magnolia, AR and Shreveport, LA where he graduated from high school. He went to Harding College in Searcy, AR, where he received a B.S. in chemistry and an M.A. in Christian Education. He did his master's work at Texas Tech in history and German, and later received a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University, Waco, TX. He taught Bible at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX, and Christian College of the Southwest in Mesquite, TX. He was one of the founding faculty at Lubbock Christian University, where he taught Bible and Greek for 10 years. Later, he served as an adjunct professor in Religious Studies at University of New Mexico for 15 years. He held pulpit ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. In the final stage of his career he served as a translation consultant for United Bible Societies, working with native translators in Navajo in New Mexico, Yupik in Alaska, and Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese in the USA, as well as American Sign Language. While working with translations, he traveled throughout the USA, and was able to travel to numerous countries, including Canada, Thailand, Germany and England. He served on the board for Vietnamese Bible, Inc. after he retired from UBS. In retirement, he loved reading, photography, traveling, and teaching Bible classes at church. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Gerald and Marjorie Kendrick Bible Scholarship at Lubbock Christian University or Vietnamese Bible Incorporated, Midland, TX. Friends may visit Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH Funerals in Albuquerque, NM. Services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m., also at FRENCH Funerals. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Please visit our online guestbook for Dr. Kendrick at www.FrenchFunerals.com.
Donna Sue Salinas, BMEd ’76, of Victoria, TX, died June 20. - "Bis orat qui bene cantat" He who sings well prays twice." - St. Augustine She battled Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. With her family by her side, she took her last breath and joined the ranks of the heavenly choir of angels, free forever from pain and suffering. Donna was born in Baytown, Texas, on October 22, 1954, precious daughter and treasured only child of Warren and Dorothy Bennett Elder of Seabrook, Texas. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1973, where she was active in choral ensemble and musical theater. Raised in the Methodist tradition, she was a shining light of Christlike compassion and found personal fulfillment through her faith in the Lord God Almighty. An exemplary student, Donna continued her education at Baylor University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1977 with a degree in Music Education. She later went on to complete her Master's degree in Education at Texas A& I. After meeting her future husband working as a schoolteacher, she and her devoted fiancee Israel Salinas were wed in holy matrimony on July 28, 1979. This year marked four decades of fidelity and abiding love between them. Their blessed union produced two beautiful children, Christy Lynn and Christopher Blake. Her children were the light of her life, and she loved them with every particle of her being. After moving to Cuero in the early 1980's, they settled in Victoria where Israel was the well-respected principal of F.W. Gross Elementary School, and Donna served faithfully for many years as a music teacher at Smith Elementary. Donna was a witty, generous, and hardworking individual who was well liked by her peers for her easygoing attitude and kind personality. She was active in church as a soloist and member of the choir and later followed a calling to a more profound expression of her faith by converting to Catholicism in 2018. One of her greatest joys was singing. She was a member of the Victoria Bach Festival Chorus and the Conspirare Symphonic Choir in Austin. She could make a song out of anything and it was always accompanied with a smile. Donna was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Israel Salinas; daughter, Christy Henry and husband Matthew Henry; and son Blake Salinas, all of Victoria; and a host of friends and relatives she dearly loved. Special thanks to all staff and medical professionals at Post Acute Medical & Hospice of South Texas Dornburg Center of Compassion. Visitation will be June 28, 2019, 9 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cuero with the Holy Rosary recited at 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cuero with Father Gary Janak presiding. Interment following at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Donna's name to Conspirare. You may sign the guestbook or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com. Freund Funeral Home, 361.275.2343.
Elizabeth Rose Strickland, MS ’76, passed from this life into the arms of her Christ at South Sunflower County Hospital in Indianola, Mississippi on June 16, 2019, at the age of 94. Elizabeth (Lib) was born on July 28, 1924 in Augusta, Georgia to the late Dr. Walter H. Rose, Sr. and Florence McNeill Rose. She graduated high school in Augusta, and she concluded her education at Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Language & Math and a Master of Science in Geology. She taught Geology, Paleontology, and Oceanography at Baylor University. During her lifetime she also taught in these same areas at McClendon Community College in Waco, Texas; Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida; Broward Community College and Palm Beach College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She also taught at the University of the West Indies, and Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, Mississippi. Lib was a woman with a curious mind who was truly a life-long learner. She was a born naturalist and loved archeology and genealogy. She authored many publications in her field of geology. She had a real love for languages, and spoke Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian. She often served as an interpreter, especially in Honduras with mission teams. It was on one of these mission trips to Honduras that she met her late husband, Dr. James Strickland of Rocky Top, Tennessee. Together, they served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica before settling back in Boca Raton, Florida. She was an active member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Samuel; her first husband, Sam Davis, Jr.; and her late husband, Dr. James Strickland. She is survived by her daughter, Florence Haley of Ft. Worth, Texas; her daughter, Enzie (Russ) Willet of Huntsville, Alabama; grandchildren, William and Ashton Haley and Emma Willett; her brother, Dr. Walter Henry Rose of Indianola, Mississippi; her brother, Dr. Francis Lewis Rose (Donna) of San Marcos, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. A family memorial service will be held later at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Entombment will be held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Columbarium. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be sent to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12200 South Bailey Cove East, Huntsville, AL or a charity of your choice.
Albin “Joe” Mladenka, BS ’77, died July 20 in Houston at age 92. He was at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., August 12 at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, led by Deacon Jim Nabor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church. Procession and grave-site services will be conducted at the Houston National Cemetery at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive. Reception following at the American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive. Joe was born in Schulenburg, Texas to Joseph Mladenka and Albina Pechacek on January 7, 1927. He married Mary Ann Girard on February 22, 1952 in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1977. He was a veteran of WWII and served in the Navy as Signalman Third Class and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal. He was commissioned as a Texas Highway Patrolman in 1948 and served the Texas Department of Public Safety for 36 years, achieving the rank of Major in 1981. He retired from the DPS as Regional Commander in December, 1984 to assume the position as head of corporate security for Santa Fe Energy. Joe was a very charismatic individual, who enjoyed getting together with family and friends including his fellow DPS retirees. When the grandkids where young, he and Mary Ann would host a three-week summer camp at their summer house in Ruidoso, New Mexico; the entire family still shares fond memories of the many years of "Camp Mladenka." In addition to being an avid gardener, he loved working with his hands and was always willing to lend a hand on any home repair project. He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, hunting, pitching washers or just telling stories around the campfire. Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his brother, Pat Farek and wife Janet of Elk, TX; his daughter, Linda Dunn and husband Gary of Prineville, OR; his sons: Mark Mladenka and wife Cindi of Midland, TX; Paul Mladenka and wife Brenda of Tomball, TX; David Mladenka and wife Sandy of Lakeway, TX. His grandchildren: Jennifer Mladenka (deceased), Madison Luikens, Michael Mladenka, Jeff Mladenka, Brittany Hill, Chelsea Platow, Colbey Griffin, Leanne Denault, Sarah West, and Steven Mladenka. His great grandchildren: Journey and Rush Hill, Autumn Platow and Margot Mladenka. He will be dearly missed by all. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church 10135 West Rd Houston TX 77064.
Dr. David A. Williams, EdD ’78, of Austin died May 3 at age 93. The son of Simon Williams and Frances Sarah Clayborn, was born June 27, 1925 in McKinney, Texas. He was baptized at an early age and attended school in McKinney, Texas where he graduated from Doty High School. Dr. Williams served his country in the United States Navy. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop College May 27, 1949. Later, he met and soon married Augustine Coleman July 14, 1957. In 1963, they moved to Austin and joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church under the Pastoral Leadership of Reverend Robert L. Rowe. He was a faithful member of the Ebenezer Choir and served as one of the ministers at Ebenezer. In 1969, the Williams united with the First Baptist Church (Downtown) in Austin where they were both active in the First Baptist Church Choir. During this time, Dr. Williams received his Master of Education degree from Texas Southern University on August 16, 1970. He taught at A. N. McCallum High School in Austin ISD from 1972 to 1989. Later he earned a Doctor of Education degree from Baylor University May 11, 1979. Dr. Williams was honored in the Texas Senate July 30, 1981 with Senate Resolution No. 75. His teaching career spanned over many years where he served countless number of students in high school and college (Huston-Tillotson College, now Huston–Tillotson University). He reunited with Ebenezer August 30, 1986 and joined the Sanctuary Choir and the Men’s Chorus, where he continued to sing until his health began to decline. Dr. Williams was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 61 years. He leaves to cherish his memory sons, Jackie Coleman, Stanley Williams, Ronald Williams; grandson, Adrian Williams; granddaughters, Layla Ellison, Alivia Coleman, Carrietta Coleman; a host of great grands and great-great grands; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Charles Patterson “Pat” Young, BA ’79, of McAllen, TX, died June 24, 2019 after a two-week hospitalization. He succumbed to cancer that was previously undetected. Pat attended Sharyland High School, where he was active in theater, tenth in his class, and a State Champion U.I.L. Informative Speaker in 1975. Following in the proud Patterson tradition, Pat graduated from Baylor University in 1979, where he was a member of Gamma Beta Phi and received the Cecil May Burke Award for most outstanding communications major. He worked in the Rio Grande Valley in Media/Advertising. Pat’s passions included sports, all things Baylor University, politics, news, cinema, and his family. His encyclopedic knowledge of movie trivia was unmatched, and he may be best remembered in the Valley as a long-time movie critic for various local newspapers. He was known to have a definite opinion on many subjects, as well as a quick wit and a compassionate spirit. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Duncan "Chuck" Young and Martha Elizabeth Patterson Young, and uncles, J.W. “Bill” Patterson, Jr. and Harry Ward Patterson as well as his dog Sandy, Pat’s loyal and trusted companion of 17 years. He is survived by his aunts, Edith Floyd Patterson and Betty Burkhart Patterson, and cousins, Bruce (Trish) Patterson, Jake (Marion) Patterson, Diane (Eddie) Marburger, Joe (Shawn) Patterson, Debbie (Randy) Davis, and their children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers honorary donations can be made to Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center, 2451 N Exp 281, Edinburg, TX 78541, Baylor University Department of Communications Excellence Fund, One Bear Place #97368, Waco, TX 76798, or First United Methodist Church 4200 N. McColl Rd, McAllen, TX 78504.