Faculty, Family & Friends
Col. Jack D. Abercrombie, a career military veteran of 35 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2019—the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. He was 96. A memorial service will take place 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco, followed by military honors and the scattering of ashes at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.Jack was born on April 14, 1923, in Tonkawa-Three Sands, Oklahoma. With his father working in oil, Jack grew up living in several towns across the Midwest. He graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Illinois, in 1941 and attended college while also working as a welder in the oil industry. In November 1943, Jack enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the 2536th Squadron H in San Marcos, Texas, where he began flight training. Stationed in England and assigned as an aircraft observer (aerial navigator) for B-24 Liberator bombers, Jack flew night missions over Europe in World War II. After the war, in 1945, Jack left the military and returned to the oil industry. In December 1949, he reenlisted as a Private First Class in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the 3700th Officer Candidate Training Squadron. Commissioned upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant, his first orders sent him to Lackland Air Force Base as a radar technician. In 1951, he was reassigned to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project and relocated to Sandia Base, the nation's principal nuclear weapons development and test facility located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Assigned a Q clearance, the Department of Energy's highest classification, Jack worked daily on projects that would soon shape history. In the late 1950s, he was reassigned to the 150th Tactical Fighter Group, Air National Guard, and deployed to support the rapidly expanding air war in Southeast Asia. As Wing Executive Officer of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Jack, then a Lieutenant Colonel, served a one-year tour of duty at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base.In 1973, he moved to Colorado to join the 154th Tactical Control Group at Buckley Air National Guard Base, a unit whose mission was providing enhanced dimension to the nation's military capability, supporting air and ground commanders with specific information of enemy positions and movements. In 1977, Jack was promoted to Colonel and became the group's third commander. During the end of his military career, the 154th conducted ambitious, complex and noteworthy military exercises to develop and expand combat mentality. These exercises captured the attention of many service VIPs and general officers, and earned Col. Abercrombie the nickname of "the silver fox". A tribute both to his renowned tactical combat cunning and silver white hair. Jack retired in December 1981, with numerous commendations, honors and medals to his credit.After retiring from a distinguished military career, he moved his family to 40 acres outside Marble Falls, Texas, to build a Hill Country retreat. Jack was an inquisitive, avid reader; ardent student of history; collector and restorer of cars; amasser of tools; teller of stories; builder of houses; and a natural leader—but most of all he was a loving husband and father who had a joyful spirit. He was loved, respected and admired by those who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Katie Abercrombie; first wife, ByrdDeen; and brother, Tommy.He is survived by his wife, Rita; sons, John and wife, Joellen, Bill, Mark and wife, Leah, and Eric and wife, Alisan; grandchildren, Scot and wife, Maria, Mark, Joseph, Jessica, Stephanie and husband, Jay, Dylan, Kyle, Kyndel, Rowyn and Weber; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Jolene and Julian.Flowers are welcome; memorial contributions may be made to the Abercrombie Family Scholarship at Baylor University, Office of University Advancement, One Bear Place #97026, Waco Texas, 76798-7026.The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Frances Balding Biegler went home to the Lord early in the morning of June 11th, 2019. Her smile, her wit, her steadiness, and her sharp mind are missed. Frances was born in March, 1967, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Marvin and Miriam Balding. She grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., graduating from Annandale High School in 1985 where she ran track and played soccer. Frances went on to Tulane University, playing soccer and studying Biomedical Engineering. At Tulane she met her husband Mark, and they were married in 1991. Moving to Houston, Frances enjoyed a fulfilling, engineering career while raising two exceptional children with her husband Mark. Along the way Frances played on Texas State Cup championship soccer teams, and enjoyed travel and everyday life with her family and friends. Frances is survived by her daughter Emily, son Joshua, husband Mark, and by her brother Parry Balding. Services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Buffalo Speedway in West University at 10:30am on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Star of Hope Mission in Houston.
Dr. Scot Collins, 57, of Waco, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019. A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. A reception with the family will follow in the parlor. Scot Fredrik Collins was born August 5, 1961, in Englewood, Colorado, at the Swedish Hospital to Fred and Dolores Collins. Throughout his childhood he lived in Boulder, Colorado and then Midland, Michigan. At the age of 18 he moved to Waco, Texas to attend Baylor University where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then continued his education at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. He was accepted into the University of Texas dental program in San Antonio prior to finishing his Bachelor's degree. After graduating, he went to Louisiana State University where he earned his Oral Surgery doctorate. While beginning his career, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Troquille, who he married in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he began practicing Oral Surgery in Waco, and did so until the day of his passing. Scot and Elizabeth had five children, Bridgette, Jana, Tucker, Tanner, and Brock. Scot is survived and loved by his mother, Dolores; two brothers, Jon and Rob and Elizabeth, their children; and grandchildren.
Johnnie Josephine Corbin, 105, passed away June 28, 2019, in Denton, Texas. Born on a farm near Lewisville, Texas, in 1913, she was one of three daughters of Sumner and Della Isom. Earning degrees from what was then North Texas State Teachers College and Texas State College for Women, Johnnie was a speech therapist in Wise County and Gainesville, Texas, and she was an instructor and the supervisor of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Texas Woman's University for 11 years. She was an active church member and taught Sunday School for many years. A student of the Bible, she earned multiple certificates in Bible Studies from Southwestern Seminary. She and her husband, James Edwin Corbin, went to East Africa under the auspices of the Baptist Foreign Mission Board as missionary associates. She was to have taught at the University of Kampala, but she and James had to flee to Kenya when the political situation changed. They also lived in Liberia and Senegal. When they returned, she served on the board of the Denton County Baptist Association. Survivors include Daughter Neva Corbin and Son-in-Law Bill Bailey; Son David Corbin and Daughter-in-Law Gaylan Corbin; Nephew Homer VanZandt and Wife MariLynn; and Nephew Sam Brown. Johnnie was preceded in death by her husband James Corbin; her parents Sumner and Della Isom; and her sisters Frieda Long and Neva Donald. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust St., Denton and the funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, July 1, 2019 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 300 W. Oka St., Denton. Dr. Richard Culp will officiate. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, Americus, GA 31709-3543; Our Daily Bread, 300 W. Oak Street, Suite 100, Denton, TX 76201; or Giving Hope, Inc., P.O. Box 50946, Denton, TX 76206.
Robert “Bob” F. Faulkner went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 28, 2018, at the age of 96, passing away at his home in Tyler after losing a battle with Melanoma. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma on January 16, 1922, Bob and his family moved to Electra when he was ten years old, where he later graduated high school and met his future wife, Gloria Beth Weatherall. After a stint in the military and completion of his college degree, Bob and Beth moved to Tyler in 1948. Bob was instrumental in many of the institutions enjoyed by so many Tyler families today. In coordination with the cities of Tyler and Lindale, he established a Faulkner Park in both locations on land he had owned, and was particularly proud of his Sprayground water park at the Tyler location. Bob was a life-long tennis enthusiast, having lettered on the tennis team at the University of Oklahoma. He was a co-founder of the Tyler Tennis and Swim Club (now the Tyler Athletic and Swim Club), which became the center of tennis in East Texas, and he established the Faulkner Tennis Center at Faulkner Park. He was an enthusiastic supporter of tennis in Tyler, acting as a volunteer assistant coach at both high schools, sponsoring an awards dinner for John Tyler players, and "hosting" the United States Tennis Association Bob Faulkner Junior Major Zone tennis tournament, played in Tyler ever summer by the best juniors in the state of Texas. He was well known for giving out "Percy Awards" (actually eagle's wings) to deserving players, the award being named after Percy the Persevering Mouse. Bob was also a life-long golfer. In addition to being a long-time member of Willowbrook Country Club, Bob was co-founder of both Briarwood Country Club (now known as Cascades) and Hollytree Country Club, and was club golf champion at Briarwood for three years. Bob truly had a servant's heart. For almost 50 years, he dressed up and played Santa Claus at various children's homes throughout the Tyler area during the Christmas season, often delivering toys that he had personally made in his woodworking shop. First his own kids, and then his grandchildren, and ultimately his great grandchildren frequently accompanied Bob on his Christmas rounds dressing up as his elves. Bob helped found the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport where he often served as a volunteer teaching kids how to fly a plane on a flight simulator. During World War II Bob served in the United States Army Air Corps and was stationed in the South Pacific. His service included stationing at Guam and Japan and included an assignment inspecting a Kamikaze Aircraft factory bombed out by the Allies. After his honorable discharge he returned to the University of Oklahoma where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After moving to Tyler he became the first air conditioning engineer in East Texas. In 1975 he received a United States patent for a solar panel he designed. Bob was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church for 70 years where he served on the Board of Stewards, as Chairman of the Property Committee and as Sunday school teacher as well as serving as Scoutmaster of the Marvin United Methodist Church Troop 336. An Eagle Scout himself, Bob participated in the first ever scouting Jamboree in America held in Washington, D.C. in 1937. In 1962 he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding contributions to scouting. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Sterry B. and Inez Frank Faulkner; his wife of 69 years, Beth and by his brother-in-law John Iler of Houston. He is survived by his daughters Karen and husband Donald Key of Dallas and Buffie and husband Richard Kirwan of Dallas; by his grandchildren Robert Faulkner Kirwan and wife Mary Lauren of Dallas; Captain Richard Michael Kirwan, Jr. (USAF) and wife Heather of Enid, Oklahoma, Courtney Kirwan Cannon and husband Shane of College Station and James Thomason Kirwan of Dallas; by his great-grandchildren Molly McLaine Kirwan and John Faulkner Kirwan of Dallas, Richard Michael Kirwan II of Enid, Oklahoma and Andrew Michael Cannon and Sarah Katherine Cannon of College Station; by his sister-in-law Ann Iler of Houston; by his nephews David Iler and wife Sherri of Waco, Jay Iler and wife Leslie of Houston and Marshall Iler and wife Meredith of Houston. Special thanks to numerous medical professionals who provided outstanding medical treatment including Dr. Douglas Coltman and Dr. C. Fagg Sanford III of Tyler and Dr. Kenneth Cooper of the Cooper Aerobic Center in Dallas. The family also expresses their deep appreciation for caregivers Katie Jones, Yolunda Rogers, Sonja Pryor and Ruth Jones. A private military burial will be held on September 7, 2018, followed by a Memorial service to be held at Marvin United Methodist Church at 2 pm on Friday, September 7 officiated by Dr. Doug Baker and Rev. Gerry Giles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Children's Foundation, 1358 E. Richards, Tyler, Texas 75702, Historical Aviation Memorial Museum, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, 150 Airport Drive, #2-7, Tyler, Texas 75704 and Marvin United Methodist Church Children's Ministry, 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler, Texas 75702.
Petronella Vandrovec Furgeson of Waco died on Sunday, June 16, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 25, at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, 1401 Washington Avenue, Waco, Texas. Visitation will be at OakCrest Funeral Home on Monday, June 24, from 6 to 8 pm with rosary at 7 pm, and time to share remembrances starting at 7:30 pm. Petronella was born in Rogers, North Dakota, August 17, 1922, to Anton Albert and Marie Sokol Vandrovec, Czech immigrants from Bohemia and Moravia. She and her three brothers and sister were born and raised on the farm that her paternal grandparents homesteaded in 1886. She was always very proud of her Czech heritage and later took daughters and grandchildren to her parents’ birthplaces. At age eighteen, against her father's wishes, she bravely enrolled in Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Valley City, North Dakota, graduating in 1943. Her nursing career was long and varied, including appointments in Oregon, California, and Texas. She cared for patients from the beginning of their lives in the delivery room, all ages in the emergency room, and at the end of life when she went to be with many relatives with terminal illnesses. She also cared gently and compassionately for the mentally ill. Her patients, co-workers, and employers all benefited greatly from her skill and selfless service. From 1959 to 1987, she worked at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, ending her career as director of surgery. Always a strong advocate for surgery nurses, she trained and inspired many who went on to rewarding and successful careers. She contributed generously to her field, including the presidency of the Central Texas Association of Operating Room Nurses. Petronella was a wonderfully loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She married Eldon Furgeson in Pasadena, California, on December 18, 1947. Through sickness and health, their happy union lasted fifty-six years until his death in 2003. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Claire Burton, husband Ken, and their children, Amy Kayali, husband Serkan, Andrea Guajardo, husband Daniel, Matt, and Mark; Laurie Hart, husband Steve, and children Josie, Molly, and Ethan; and Theresa McClellan, husband Ian, and children Adam, Nellie, and Maureen; four great-grandchildren; Ziva, Daniel, Kaya, and Abraham; many cherished nieces and nephews, and a dear sister-in-law, Irene Vandrovec. Petronella greatly enjoyed cooking and sharing the fruits of her labor with others; cookies, strudel, and mashed potatoes were some of her specialties. She channeled her vast creative talents into sewing, painting, and crafts of all kinds. Even as a working mother and breadwinner, she led Camp Fire Girls groups in service projects and on trips. She loved traveling and visited all fifty states. A dedicated Baylor fan, she always watched the games with a rosary in her hands, praying fervently for the Bears' victory. In 2017, she was named a Baylor Alumna by Choice. Petronella was a treasure to the world and special to the lives she touched. Many were enriched by her unconditional love, intense loyalty, and deep and enduring religious faith. She was a steady rock in times of trouble and a sweet angel in times of need. She will be remembered for her generous heart, boundless energy, and remarkable courage. Her legacy is a love that lives on in all who knew her. Her advice to all who would aspire to live as she did is to make faith, family, and friends your priorities. The family deeply appreciates the loving care Petronella received from Stoney Brook Assisted Living staff and is grateful for all the love extended to her and prayers offered on her behalf, especially in her last years. You are invited to share a memory at www.oakcrestwaco.com Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Church Homeless Ministry, 1401 Washington Ave., Waco, Texas, 76701.
John Wilbur Fulbright, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, joined Our Lord and made heaven a better place on the evening of June 14, 2019. He was 95. John Fulbright was born in Waco, Texas, July 25, 1923, to Henry Grady and Anne Beaty Fulbright. He was the second of six children. He attended Sacred Heart Academy and Waco High School, where he made lifelong friends. In 1940, John began attending Texas A&M University, where he studied engineering. His brothers Lloyd and Ed would later follow his lead by also enrolling in engineering at A&M. John was so very proud to be a Fightin' Texas Aggie. On June 11, 1942, John and his entire class enlisted in the U.S. Army. John recounted, "I don't remember anyone asking whether we wanted to join up, but we all did." John continued his education until 1943, when he was ordered to report for basic training. He went to officer's candidate school at Camp Davis, North Carolina, before joining the allied forces in Italy. During WWII, John served with the 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division, 109th Engineering Battalion, building bridges to move supplies in support of our troops. After the war, John returned home to Texas and received his law degree from a "little trade school in Austin" called The University of Texas. (John's words) It was during his time at UT that John met the love of his life, Anna Loreace Janicek. They married on October 22, 1949. After two years of peace, they decided to grow their family, but finding the off switch proved challenging. In 1951, they rejoiced in the birth of their first child, a girl! (Kathy's words) Over the next fourteen years, they expanded their family. Five boys in succession were born, and finally, in 1965, they again rejoiced at the arrival of their second girl! (Carole's words) In 1953, to support his growing family, John and Charles Koehne formed a law firm. They were soon joined by Sherm Winniford. John became one of the most respected attorneys in Waco, and his law firm grew and is held in the highest esteem. John practiced law till he was 75 years old. Today, the firm operates under the name Fulbright Winniford. John loved and cherished his family and he showed it. One of his greatest joys was to take his beautiful wife and children to the beach in Port Aransas. This was a yearly summer expedition and usually had attendance of 40 to 45 children, spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And Sunday Mass was part of the package, just like at home. Memories from these magical trips will remain with all of us forever. If you ever had any one-on-one time with John, you knew he had a sincere interest in what was happening in your life. He asked questions. He wanted to know. Being with John felt like sitting next to a warm fire; his love radiated and warmed each of us as he listened and considered. His entire being expressed unconditional love. He made you feel right at home. And he taught us that unwavering strength could be as gentle as a whisper. John loved God and his church, and his life reflected that. In his UT Law days, he initiated a fundraiser for the construction of the Catholic Student Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In later years, he participated in Monsignor Mark Deering's Building Committee for the construction of St. Louis Church. Additionally, he assisted the Bishop of Austin in locating and purchasing the land for the Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. He was a long time member of the Serra Club which promoted vocations to the priesthood. John participated in and supported the Knights of Columbus, Friends for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and the Reicher High School Booster Club. He served as the president of the school board at Reicher. He was a member of the Providence Hospital Advisory Board and the City of Waco Aviation Committee, which promoted increased commercial airline flights to Waco. For those of us lucky enough to know John, he always had one more story. And those stories consistently reflected the humor, humanity and goodness that John unfailingly found in his fellow man. The family wishes to express the deepest gratitude to John Fulbright Jr. who has been a constant presence in John's and Anna's lives and did what was needed on a daily basis to assist John in his final years. John was preceded in death by his father, Henry; mother, Anne; and his three brothers, Buddy, Lloyd, and Ed. John is survived by his wife, Anna; seven children and their spouses: Kathy and David Hradecky, John Fulbright Jr., Tom and Suzie Fulbright, David and Sandy Fulbright, Paul and Mary Fulbright, Mike and Desiree Fulbright, and Carole and John Blythe. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters, Sr. Mary Fulbright and Martha Verme and brother-in-law, Jim Verme; and sisters-in-law, Jo Ellen Fulbright and Marilyn Fulbright. John's family includes 17 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Other living family members include Dena Fulbright and Rita Cotterly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's name to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, 909 West Shaw St., Fort Worth, TX 76110, or Reicher Catholic High School, 2102 North 23rd St., Waco, TX 76708. Visitation will start at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 2001 North 25th St., Waco, TX 76708. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, Thursday, June 20, at St. Louis Catholic Church. The burial will follow at Rosemound Cemetery, 3201 South 12th St., Waco, TX 76706. After the burial, a light lunch will be served at a reception at Reicher Catholic High School, Deering Center, St. Joseph Hall, 2102 North 23rd St., Waco, TX 76708.
Robert Carmon Jones (Chaplain Lt. Col, Retired) 87, of Waco went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 15, 2019. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, and family. Visitation will be Friday, July 19, 5-7 p.m. at OakCrest Funeral Home. Celebration of life will be at Seventh and James Baptist Church, on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m.. Burial with full military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Erin Conaway and the Rev. Dr. John Beyers officiating. Robert was born in Runge, Texas to Carroll and Cora Jones. His family moved to Live Oak County about 9 years later, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Gilstrap, while in 5th Grade. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He was ordained into the ministry, and pastored his first church at 18. After finishing seminary studies, he entered the Army as a first lieutenant. During his 23 years of service, he completed two tours in Vietnam,where he performed more than 600 services. He was also stationed in Germany, Panama, New York, and Colorado. As a result of his service to our country in Vietnam, he received many medals and awards, including, but not limited to, three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious achievement, two Air Medals, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. He dedicated his life to serving God. Robert was a member of Seventh and James Baptist Church. Around the city of Waco, he became known as the “Rose Man” for the more than 1,000 rose bushes he tended with great care. He was an active member of the Waco Rose Society, and wrote a book on growing roses in this area. The rose garden was open to visitors who came from all over the state to visit. Robert Jones was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his son, Jeffrey Carr Jones. He is survived by Joyce Jones, his wife of 65 years, his daughter, Robin Edgerton of Waco, his daughter and son in law, Jan and Greg Brown of Mansfield, TX, daughter in law, Julie Strickland, of Ft. Smith, AR, and his seven grandchildren; Russell Edgerton, Elizabeth Edgerton, Jordan Jones, Jenna Ogilvie, Heather Brown, Haley Brown, and Jeffrey Brown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials for scholarships to the Truett Seminary at Baylor University, in memory of Robert Jones.
Anne S. Kagle, of Kingwood, TX a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Anne was born on December 23, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA to William and Irene (Molnar) Schiller. She married the love of her life, Joseph L. Kagle Jr., on January 19, 1957. She spent her working years as a registered nurse, in emergency rooms, as a school nurse at Baylor University, on a ship traveling the world and in many other positions. Anne will forever be remembered for the people she touched in her life. She opened her heart and her home to all and she fiercely loved her family. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joesph L. Kagle Jr, her devoted children, daughter Samantha Norris and husband Jay, son Christopher Kagle, 2 cherished grandchildren, Erin and Matthew, her beloved sister, Julia Laird and husband William “Lou”, her beloved brother William “Bill” Schiller and wife Denise and many loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, William and Irene and her sister Sue (Schiller) Wyatt. A Celebration of Life will be planned for January 19, 2019. In lieu of flowers please honor her with a donation in her name to MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Joseph Louis Kagle Jr., of Kingwood, TX, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend decided Friday, July 12, 2019 was a good day to pass the torch. Joe was born on May 2, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph and Edith (Marcelles) Kagle. He married a woman who made his eyes dance for 61 years, Anne C. Schiller, on January 19, 1957. He discovered his calling by inspiring others as a professor at universities around the globe and as a teacher in K-12; he also was an accomplished artist in multiple genres, and an art museum director at numerous acclaimed art museums across the United States. Joe treasured his time teaching students, of all ages, as he brought out the wonder and love of learning by honoring and fostering the magic of childhood, he also maintained the sophistication of a worldly, acclaimed scholar that inspired hundreds through his teachings, art, writing, leadership and mentorship. His steadfast love for his alma mater, Dartmouth College, continues to live on today with active involvement in the Class of 1955. He received a scholarship to play college football and had the privilege of knowing the legendary poet, Robert Frost. Joe was predeceased by the twinkle in his eye, Anne Schiller Kagle, and his beloved brothers, Robert and Allen Kagle and sister Anita Waldron. He is survived by his devoted children, daughter Samantha Norris and husband Jay, son Christopher Kagle, 2 cherished grandchildren, Erin and Matthew, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is planned for mid-August at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX. The exact date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers please honor him with a donation to any university/school that fosters a creative mind, an amazing art museum, an art project or art extravaganza, or a teacher that inspires you. Keep learning, art and wonder alive. A Celebration of Life is planned for mid-August at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX. The exact date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers please honor him with a donation to any university/school that fosters a creative mind, an amazing art museum, an art project or art extravaganza, or a teacher that inspires you. Keep learning, art and wonder alive.
Margaret Jean Clements Kilpatrick Gayle was born on June 22, 1924 in Winters, Texas and died in Beaumont, Texas on May 19, 2019. She was the daughter of Elvis and Eva Wilson Clements and was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Elvis Clements, Jr.; and husbands A.S. "Cotton" Kilpatrick and Clarence Loren Gayle. Jean is survived by her daughter, Becky Kilpatrick Reimers and her husband John, grandchildren and spouses: Jan Reimers George (Rob) and Jeff Reimers (Kelly), and great-grandchildren: Lucy, Clarey, and Tres George; and Tessa and Sabine Reimers. Other survivors are Loren's children and their families: Charlene Gayle Davis (Ralph), Shirley Gayle Cheek, C.R. "Butch" Gayle (Bobbie), and Ronald Gayle (Tresa). She is also survived by her sister Glee Clements Odell, a niece and her husband: Sharon Estill (Jim), all of Argyle, Texas, and one nephew and his wife: Richard Jefferson Fry III (Linda) of Boerne. Jean graduated from Graham High School and attended McMurray College, Abilene, where she met and married A.S. "Cotton" Kilpatrick on August 30, 1947. They moved to Denver City, Texas where Cotton was the Office Supervisor for Shell Oil Company until his death on June 22, 1975. Jean resided in Denver City for forty years where she was a member of First Baptist Church, serving as its first church secretary and teaching Sunday School. Active for thirty six years in the Tejas Study Club, a Texas Federation of Women's Club, she held numerous offices, including president. She also served as secretary for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. Jean retired in 1987 from her 30-year tenure as the secretary of the Denver City Intermediate School. On July 24, 1987, Jean married Loren Gayle, a retired Yoakum County farmer. They moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1989 where they were members of the Open Doors Sunday School Class of Bacon Heights Baptist Church. In 2010 they moved to Beaumont, Texas, residing in Calder Woods Retirement Community. Jean and Loren joined Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, where they were members of Sojourner Sunday School Class. A celebration of Jean's life will be at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation to follow. A memorial service and interment will be held at Resthaven Mausoleum, Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, 6220 Westgate Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or to the Student Foundation Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050.
Russ Kohlscheen, 80, of Hewitt, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at his residence. He will be lovingly remembered as “Dad” and “Grandpa,” and friends and family from Texas to Nebraska will also remember him with great affection. Born March 23, 1939 to Donald William Kohlscheen and Bernice Klein Kohlscheen, Russ grew up on a farm near Pleasanton, Nebraska. Along with brother, Darrel and sister, Gwen, he attended Pleasanton Valley Country School through eighth grade, and graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1957. After graduation, Russ attended Business School in Omaha and began serving in the Nebraska National Guard. His many years of employment in the car industry began at Kizzers Chevrolet in Kearney, Nebraska in 1960. While there he became a member of BAM, an association for GM Business Accounting Managers. Dear friends introduced Russ to Joan Jelkin at a dance hall in Kearney, and they married in 1961 in her hometown of Hildreth. Settling in Kearney, Russ and Joan were blessed with two children, Bob and Julie. Through the years, Russ loved watching and supporting Bob in wrestling and football, and Julie in dance and swimming. Awards from GM allowed Russ and Joan to enjoy unforgettable trips to Egypt and the Caribbean. In 1985, Russ left Kizzier Chevrolet and moved with his family to Waco where he worked for Steakley Chevrolet, which later became Allen Samuels Chevrolet. He continued to support his children’s activities and was active in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, where he performed in the bell choir. Russ retired from Allen Samuels in 2005 and began many years of loving, supporting and helping care for grandchildren Joani and Seth, Sarena and Jacen, and Wytten. He attended baseball, softball and football games and powerlifting meets for many years, provided transportation to school and camps, and cooked numerous meals. His grandchildren were truly his pride and joy in life. He also enjoyed Nebraska football and the Baylor Lady Bears, and was an avid fan of both. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crawford. Russ was preceded in death by his father, Donald William Kohlscheen; his mother, Bernice Moberg; his stepfather, Charles Moberg; his wife, Joan Jelkin Kohlscheen; brother, Darrel Kohlscheen; sister, Gwen Kohlscheen Anderson; and daughter, Julie Kohlscheen Woodliff. He is survived by his son, Bob Kohlscheen, his daughter-in-law, Jodi Jones Kohlscheen; grandchildren, Joani and Seth, all of Crawford; and grandchildren, Sarina and Jacen Guerra and Wytten Woodliff all of Hewitt.
Ronald K. “Birdie” McDonald passed away May 10, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. A gentle, caring giant went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 10, when Ronald K. McDonald, affectionately known as Birdie, passed away surrounded by his loved ones. Birdie was born May 8, 1951, in Waco, Texas, to Willie and Mae Etta McDonald. As the third child to this union, Birdie quickly became known as the outgoing, energetic son that loved to talk. His mother, Mae Etta, shared that Birdie's ability to converse non-stop reminded her of a bird chirping and hence the nickname "Birdie" was born. Birdie never met a stranger and easily became a friend (or cousin) to so many. Known for his contagious smile, he was voted "Most Popular" his senior year at Moore High School where he graduated in 1969. Upon graduation, Birdie enlisted in the United States Army wherein he served and fought in the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge, Birdie pursued higher education, obtaining an associate degree in general business from McLennan Community College. While attending college, Birdie started his professional career as an attendant at his Uncle Jerry's gas station, McDonald Mobile. This was the place where Birdie learned the value of hard work and loyalty. Birdie took those skills and went on to have a long, successful career of 37 years at the United States Postal Service wherein he retired in 2009. While working at the Post Office, Birdie was introduced to Christ by a coworker, the late Rev. Austin L. Dunn. Through this connection, Birdie accepted Christ and attended Liberty Hill Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under Rev. Dunn. In November 1989, Birdie and his family joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church serving under the leadership of Rev. Fabian K. Jacko. Birdie was active in the church and faithfully served in many areas, including Brotherhood, Male Chorus, Sunday School, and Bible Study. Birdie also served in several leadership roles, including trustee, deacon, and Treasurer of the Finance Committee. One of his favorite pastimes was the fellowship with the Seasoned Saints auxiliary. Known for his generosity, Birdie loved to sponsor the youth and seniors on church outings and conferences along with visiting the sick and shut-in members. He looked forward to delivering Thanksgiving baskets during the holiday season. Birdie was a devoted husband and father that provided unwavering support to all his family. He meant so much to others as well. In fact, Birdie became "Uncle Birdie" for cousins and friends alike. He enjoyed traveling and taking family vacations, especially cruises, the most. When not traveling, Birdie enjoyed playing dominoes and watching his two favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Baylor Lady Bears, in action. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae Etta Gamble McDonald; father, Willie D. McDonald; son, Christopher McDonald; father-in-law, Jeffie C. Cyrus. His memories will be cherished by Linda, his devoted and loving wife of 46 years; two sons, Cedric McDonald of Columbus, Ohio, and Byron McCutcheon of Dallas, Texas; three brothers, Willie McDonald, Jr. (Belinda) of Waco, Texas, Paul McDonald (Ann) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Darrell McDonald (Bridgette) of Kennedale, Texas; four granddaughters, Sierra Young of Waco, Texas, Brianica McCutcheon of Houston, Texas, Brinequia Ray (Gregory) of Houston, Texas, and Jonnecia Brooks of Houston, Texas; ten great-grandchildren, a host of brothers and sisters in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thanks to Bluebonnet Health Services for their unwavering love and support! In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society; 1700 Lake Success Waco, TX 76710 or your favorite charity.
Joan Fidler Parsons of Spring Hill, Tennessee, formerly of Waco, Texas, died peacefully Wednesday, May 8, 2019 after a recent hospitalization. A memorial service will be held at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco on Saturday, May 25, at 3:30 P.M. Joan affectionately known as “Bammaw” to her family and close friends, was born October 7, 1928 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, to Leland and Belva Fidler. In 1936 the family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where her father took a position with Standard Oil (Exxon). She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1949 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. While there she met James W. “Jim” Parsons, Jr.; they married on September 7, 1948. After Jim completed his Doctorate at LSU and following the birth of their first son, Gregg, in 1954, the Parsons moved to Waco, where he began his 40-year career as a Professor in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Joan spent her time and energy raising their three busy sons-Jack, born in 1957, and Joe who came along in 1961. She spent many years ferrying them back and forth to sports events-especially baseball- and encouraging their interests, including welcoming Jack’s drums into the house. Joan’s welcoming nature made their home a favorite hangout for the boys’ friends. The family loved to travel, especially on summer trips to Baton Rouge in the station wagon to spend time with family. They also took trips around the US to see the sights or attend Baylor football games. As a friend recently observed, Joan was always up for an adventure, and she and Jim made sure their lives included it. The Parsons were charter members of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco. Those founding members of Lakeshore became fast friends for a lifetime, sharing meals together every month for many years through “Supper Club,” gathering as families on New Year’s Day, and sharing a variety of excursions over the years. Joan’s generous spirit poured out on her family, friends, and the community throughout her life. She taught a preschool Sunday School Class at Lakeshore for 30 years and helped prepare Wednesday night dinner there for 15 years. She also volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels for 40 years. Joan was known for her chocolate and shoes. She made friends wherever she went and made her family, especially her grandchildren, feel completely cherished. As age began to slow her, Joan made a series of moves, first to an assisted living facility in Waco and then, in early 2018, to Tennessee, where she could live closer to more members of her family. Though these moves were difficult for her, she quickly involved herself in these new communities and made new friends. In her last year she particularly enjoyed riding through the beautiful Tennessee countryside with Jack and spending time with his large extended family. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, brother, Frank Fidler, and sisters, Sara Lou Barrow and Dina Robinson. She is survived by her sister, Jane Olmstead; her sons and daughters-in-law-Gregg and Melody, Jack and Cathy, and Joe and Suzii; six grandchildren- Jonathan Parsons (Lindsay), Jessica Anderson (Jason), Rebecca Parsons, Eva Bull (David), Eli Parsons, Ella Parsons; eight great grandchildren-Silas, Josiah, Asher, Emerson, and Violet Parsons and Brennan, Avy, and Jonathan Bull; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Shore Baptist Church.
Avonlee “Lee” Pickens, age 81 of Woodway, Texas, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019. Private family graveside services will be held Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Avonlee Fentress was born November 21, 1937 in Odessa, Texas to parents, Wiley “Murray” and Rena Mae Fentress. After graduation of high school, Lee went onto graduate valedictorian from Texas Tech University, where she went on to complete her Master’s Degree. Lee began her career teaching high school students in Lubbock, Texas. She later moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a private pilot and eventually owned a small business. In the late 70’s, Lee returned to teaching at Midway elementary where she remained until her retirement over 20 years later. During this time, Lee also taught at Baylor University, McLennan Community College and at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville where she led a program educating violent male offenders. She was fluent in Spanish, and loved her travels. Lee had traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America. She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Historic Waco Foundation and the Women’s Bible Study Fellowship. Lee was widowed in 1976 by her husband, Ray N. Pickens and never remarried. Anyone that knew Lee was well aware of her love for the Lord. One phrase that would accurately describe Lee Pickens after passing would be, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Well done.”
Lee is survived by her daughter, Shera Pickens Martin, who resides in Woodway, Texas with her husband Chris Martin and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Daughters of the American Revolution or The Historic Waco Foundation, and may be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences may be made online at www.meltonkitchens.com
Norma Smith Reagan died on May 30, 2019 at Parkway Place in Houston, Texas. Her family will gather to give thanks for and honor Norma’s legacy, including her husband Jimmy Mack Reagan, with whom she celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in April of this year; her four children, David Mack Reagan of Nederland, Texas; Martha Ellen Reagan of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Miriam Ruth Reagan Wattenbarger and her husband, Richard Wattenbarger of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Sarah Jean Reagan O’Dell and her husband, William O’Dell of Houston, Texas; and her four grandchildren, Allison Ruth Wattenbarger, Madeleine Anne Wattenbarger, Elliot David Wattenbarger, and Clara Elizabeth Wattenbarger. Norma was born on January 11, 1932 in Laurel, Mississippi, to Stover Lester and Henrietta Easterling Smith. The second of seven children and the first to live past infancy, she was an excellent student from childhood and deeply committed to her faith. She attended Blue Mountain College, graduating in 1953 with double majors in History and English. After college, Norma went on to work as a church secretary in Carthage, Mississippi. As she reviewed the offerings each week, she saw that one member by the name of Jimmy Reagan faithfully submitted his tithe from his station in Korea. Norma was intrigued. She met Jimmy’s parents, Mack and Bonnie Jean at church and spent a night at their home. Bonnie Jean began to write to her son about the new young secretary at church. Jimmy returned from Korea in 1953, just months after Norma had moved to Carthage. The two met when the pastor invited the Reagans and Norma to attend a pecan shelling party. Jimmy found her smart, attractive and enjoyed her sense of humor. They began to court and were married on April 17, 1954. Norma, her mother said, had always been levelheaded — until she met Jimmy. Jimmy and Norma lived in Oxford, Mississippi, until 1958, and then moved to Port Arthur, Texas, for Jim’s work as a chemical engineer with Texaco. In 1977, they moved to Houston, where they remained for the next 42 years. Throughout her life, Norma was known for her grace, faith, hospitality, and love of family. She taught children’s Sunday school and Vacation Bible School in both Port Arthur and Houston for decades, traveled to Mexico and Nigeria for missions work, and was active in PEO from 1975 onward. After her husband’s retirement, Norma and Jimmy traveled extensively together, touring China, Australia, and countries across Europe. She maintained relationships with friends from Port Arthur, TX and Laurel, Carthage and Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, until the end of her life, and loved college and family reunions. Through all her travels, she carried in her wallet a copy of Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (NRSV). Thanks be to God for her life of faith.
Dr. Avery Thomas Sharp of Waco passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, with burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Dr. Avery Thomas Sharp was born October 5, 1942, in Kingsville, Texas, to Horace and Lillian Terrell Sharp. After the family moved to Sweeny, Texas, Avery attended Sweeny Public Schools. He learned to love music and participated in choir and music lessons. He sang solos in churches and performed often in local music activities. He attended Southwest Texas State University on a choir scholarship, and he loved performing with the university choir and directing choirs in Calvary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in San Marcos. In 1963, Avery married Patricia Tipton Sharp and the two pursued degrees together. After graduation from SWT, he attended Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York City while he taught music education in Lindenhurst Public Schools on Long Island. His musical interests continued with a move from New York in 1970 to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City for a Ph.D. in Choral and Vocal Music. In addition, he received a second Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He worked as the Assistant Director of the Music Library at the university. He also directed choirs in churches in Tipton, Iowa, and Washington, Iowa. In 1979, the Drs. Sharp moved to Waco for Pat to teach at Baylor in the School of Education, and Avery worked at the Waco-McLennan County Library for two years. He directed the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. In 1981, Avery began as the Music Librarian in Moody Library at Baylor University. He later served Baylor University as Assistant Director of Moody Library, then Dean of the University Libraries, and finally Reference Librarian of the Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Sharp was active in numerous professional associations, in both library and music. He also published books that bridged his music and library science interests, many in collaboration with Dr. James Floyd. Avery and Pat adopted four children from three countries, beginning in 1973 with a four year old daughter from Korea, Hilary Rachel Sharp, married to Dr. Christopher Grant, Waco. The Grants have two sons, Patrick who attends law school in Houston and Will who attends Harvard University. A second beloved three year old daughter from Korea, Tiffany Heather Sharp, died at age 13, a devastating loss to the family. Robb Taylor Sharp at six years old came from Romania in 1991 to be adopted; he is married to Elizabeth Stanley Sharp and lives in Dallas. Hayley Dilyana Sharp was five years old in 1992 when she arrived from Bulgaria; she lives in Waco. The Sharps love their wonderful family, calling it the "Little United Nations". Avery was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Lillian Sharp; and his daughter, Tiffany Sharp. Avery is survived by his brother, H.R. Sharp, Jr. and wife, Beverly Roesler Sharp of Olton, Texas, and their four children, Michael Sharp and wife, Roberta Sharp, Kerri Sharp Mahan and husband, Joe Mahan, Cheri Sharp Kemp and husband, Josh Kemp, and Sarah Sharp. He is also survived by Lee Tipton Scott of Houston, Gerri Tipton Snider and husband, Larry Snider, of Conroe, Joyce Follis Tipton of Victoria, and Sue Knowles Tipton of Victoria; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved and enjoyed teasing. Dr. Pat Sharp and her family wish to express their appreciation to Lucy's Loving Home Care and David and Estera Gog and their children for providing a caring family relationship for Avery in their home for this past year. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tiffany Heather Sharp Memorial Scholarship Fund online at www.baylor.edu/give or mailed to Baylor University Gift Processing, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050.
Janice Kay Scoggins Stone of Hewitt, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 27, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Janice was born on May 13, 1958, in Waco, Texas, to Lloyd and Mary Scoggins. She graduated from Midway High School and went on to continue her education at MCC and the University of Texas-Arlington, to pursue her nursing degree. Janice was a long-time employee of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where she served in many capacities throughout her 35 years of doing what she loved. She was a staple in her community, being a part of the Waco Women’s Lions Club along with many other civic organizations. Janice and her husband. Gene, who were married for 37 years, were loyal to that “Good ole Baylor Line” and had a passion for travel. Janice was known as Yaya to her grandchildren, Will and Jake, who were her world. She enjoyed taking them on adventures and teaching them all about life. Janice was known for her contagious smile, laughter and compassion for others. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Mary Scoggins; husband, Gene Stone; and nephew, Gary Dean Scoggins. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Cunha and husband, Gary; two grandchildren, William and Jake; one sister, Mary “Suzy” Needler; three brothers, Bill and wife, Lynda, Gary “Pogo” and wife, Debbie, and Joe Don Scoggins; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her three pugs, Jocko, Jaxon, and Jasmine, who brought her much comfort through her illness. Special thanks to Baylor Scott & White medical team and hospice. Thank you to Dr. Harris and the staff of Texas Oncology. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Janice Stone Memorial Foundation.
Dr. James McCall Tipton, 71, of Woodway, TX, passed away, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. A Celebration of His Life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. A visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. James "Jim" was born July 20th, 1948, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to James R. and Lois Tipton. He was an excellent student and athlete and graduated from Brainerd High School (Chattanooga, TN) in 1966. He studied at Baylor University before returning home to continue his studies at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) through the ROTC Program where he graduated with various honors in 1971(B.S. Economics). He completed his military service in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1974.He continued his academic studies at the University of Florida (1974-1980) earning three degrees: MBA(Finance), MA (Economics) and a Ph.D. (economics); he was one of only six (out of over 30) graduate students who completed the rigorous program. It was during his graduate study at Florida he met and married Barbara Miller. They were married on June 11, 1976.From 1980 to 2009, Dr. Tipton was a tenured Professor at Baylor University in the Hankamer School of Business (Economics/Finance Dept.), teaching various economics, finance and banking courses to graduate as well as undergraduate level students. During his tenure at Baylor, he served on many various committees, as well as Faculty Senate. He also served as Chapter Advisor for the Sigma Chi Fraternity of which he was a member at Tennessee. In addition, he was actively involved with Boy Scout Troop #497 chartered by Baylor University. He had an unquenchable thirst for learning and study was his passion. If wasn't working on a mathematic/ finance problem, reading or playing masters level chess he enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan following the Baylor Bears, Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara Tipton, of Woodway, Texas; one son, Christopher Tipton; mother, Lois Tipton; sister, Kay Segerdahl and two nieces, Kim and Katie Segerdahl. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to some of Dr. Tipton's favorite organizations: Baylor University School of Business (James M. Tipton Tribute Fund(scholarship finance/banking), Sigma Chi Fraternity, Boy Scout Troop # 497 and Military Veteran groups or the charity of your choice.
Scott A. Wade, 44, of Ellensburg, WA, former director of Student Activities at Baylor, passed away from natural causes related to his heart on July 18, 2019 while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in the upstairs ballroom of the SURC on the CWU campus in Ellensburg. A reception will follow. Scott was born on June 30, 1975 in Newport Beach, California to Ronald & Shyla Wade. He was raised in Lacey, Washington and graduated from Evergreen Christian High School in 1993. He met Jill Meyers while attending George Fox University and they married on August 2, 1997 in Centralia. Scott spent his entire career working in higher education, including positions at George Fox University, Baylor University and Houghton College. He was hired by Central Washington University in 2012 and was appointed Vice President of University Advancement in 2014. Most recently, Scott helped procure the funds to expand and renovate Tomlinson Stadium. He loved Central - the people, the sports and everything that made the university unique. Scott was a fan of all sports but was a huge fan of the University of Washington Huskies. He also enjoyed fishing, sheep farming and traveling with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son and brother who always had a smile and a great sense of humor. Scott is survived by his wife Jill and their three children Avlynn, Jackson and Eleanor; parents Ronald & Shyla Wade of Lacey; sister Heather (Ben) Briggs of Tumwater; grandparents Charleen Wade of Orange, California and Al & Billie DiFlorio of Anaheim, California as well as many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his aunt Carla Collier and his grandfathers Ray Wade and Stan Measures. Memorial contributions in Scott's honor are suggested to his children's education funds, c/o David Fiske at Edward Jones in Ellensburg. The family also welcomes stories of Scott to be written for the children in letter form and can be addressed to be opened now or in the future. Letters may be brought to the memorial service or may also be dropped off or mailed to Steward & Williams Funeral Home in Ellensburg, who has been entrusted with caring for Scott's family. Online condolences may be left at www.steward-williams.com.
Ewell Dwaine Wheatley, of Whitney, TX, beloved son, husband, father, and grandfather, peacefully went to be with his Lord after a 10 year struggle with frontal temporal lobe dementia and a recent re-occurrence of kidney cancer. He was 80. Dwaine was born April 2, 1939, in Maypearl, Texas, to Vera and Ewell Wheartly. He had perfect attendance in the Waxahachie schools - from kindergarten through graduation. He continued his education at East Texas State University, earning a B.A. in Business. He joined the Marine Corp and attained the rank of Captain. In his service, he was a supply officer during the Cuban missile crisis. December 22, 1961, he married Linda McClendon. They have two children, Karen born in 1963 and Kyle in 1968. Professionally, Dwaine was in sales and later a fund-raising executive. During his career, he worked for Baylor University, Buckner's Baptist Benevolences, St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. His work moved them from Corsicana to Waco to Garland, then out to Phoenix, and back to Dallas. He retired in Whitney, Texas. Dwaine was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda; daughter, Karen and husband, Neal Trowbridge; son, Kyle and wife, Mellony; brother, Mike and wife, Betty; along with his six grandchildren, Cameron, Corban, and Catherine Lee, and Tyler and Andrew Wheatley; and niece, Susan Wheatley and her children, Madi and Cayson. Dwaine chose to donate his body to the McGovern Medical School in Houston. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to Dwaine's caregivers, Andrea Vielma, the staff at Wesley Woods Care Center, Ridgecrest Nursing Home, and Interim Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.