John Thomas Comte III, BA ’80, of Plano, TX, died Sept. 13, 2019. John Thomas Comte was born January 16, 1935, in Alamo, TX to the late John Thomas and Mary Gladys Comte. John graduated from Edgewood High School in 1953. John married Marilyn George on May 21, 1956 in Seguin, TX and the couple soon after moved to Garland. John attended the University of North Texas and began his professional career at International Power Machines (IPM). John was an avid learner all his life and enjoyed science, mathematics, languages, photography, astronomy, music, poetry, was an excellent marksman and enjoyed cooking…especially cooking his award winning Deguello Chili at Chili Cookoffs throughout Texas. John also had a great love of the outdoors that he learned from his father and from being an Eagle Scout, and he enjoyed taking trips to the Big Bend National Park with his children and grandchildren and teaching them about geology, astronomy and the desert. John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; son, John Thomas Comte III; daughter, Carole Comte Schreck and husband David; grandchildren Shannon Marie Comte and husband Todd Kime, Elisabeth Louise Comte, Rachael Arlene Matz and husband Joshua, Anna Marie Comte Schreck and Ellie Grace Comte Schreck; great grand-daughter Ava Arlene Matz; and sister-in-law, Jackie Ort and her children, Lisa and Philip. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Mary Gladys Comte; his brother, Danny Comte; and his son, Kyle Marc Comte. A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Sunday Dec 9, 2018 at Williams Funeral Directors, 1600 S. Garland Ave in Garland, TX and the family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home. Reception to follow in the Bluebonnet Hall.
B.W. “Bill” Goree Jr., PhD ’80, of Nashville, TN, died Sept. 21, 2019. He was born May 24, 1937 in Haynesville, Louisiana to the late B.W. "Charlie" Goree, Sr. and Janet Stark Goree. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Patterson, in 1957. Together they had two children; Kay, who later married Tim Walker and Keith, who later married Anna Scears. Bill was a minister and a scholar. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from David Lipscomb College, Master’s Degree from Harding Graduate School of Religion and his PhD from Baylor University. He loved the Lord and loved teaching others about Him in any capacity, from Sunday Bible classes and preaching to teaching students in college. He preached for churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Florida. Bill’s favorite book of the Bible was the book of John. He would spend countless hours studying and eventually wrote a commentary on the book. Bill was a family man who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He also loved LSU Football and regularly continued to follow his high school football team. In his earlier years, Bill could regularly be found on the golf course, a passion he shared with his late son, Keith. After 44 years of marriage Bill’s wife, Lynn, went to be with her heavenly father in 2001 and was joined by their son, Keith, in 2009. In 2003 Bill married Rebecca “Becky” Goree and their family grew to include her children, Steve Brewer, Mimi Williams and Jan Upchurch, and their children. Becky loved and cared for him until her cancer made it impossible for her to continue.They were married 15 years until her passing August 23, 2019. Bill is survived by his daughter, Kay Walker (Tim); daughter-in-law, Anna Goree; grandchildren, Leann Goree Walsh (Brian), Michael Goree, Will Walker (Casie), and David Walker; great granddaughters, Bailey and Holly Walsh; brother, Robert Stark Goree (Joy); step-children, Stephen Brewer (Lea Ann), Mimi Williams (Michael), and Jan Upchurch (Todd); step-grandchildren, Zach and Alex Brewer, Tyler and Clayton Williams, Katie Achuff, and Kailyn Upchurch. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28th at West End Church of Christ. Bill will be privately laid to rest next to his wife Becky Goree in the Garden of the Cross of Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. A portion of his ashes will later be scattered in the Smoky Mountains where the family scattered Lynn's ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations to Church of Christ Relief Effort P.O. Box 111180 Nashville, TN 37222-1180 or Healing Hands International 455 McNally Dr
Nashville, TN 37211 would be appreciated.
Karma Sue Ewing Waldrop, MSEd ’80, age 89, of Crawford, TX, passed away July 26, 2019, at her residence in North Bosque Estates. Her body has been donated to Southwestern Medical Center for scientific research. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Speegleville Baptist Church. Ms. Waldrop was born June 24, 1930 at home in the community of Willow Grove. She was raised and educated in McLennan County. She graduated from Waco High School in 1947. She attended Clifton Jr. College where she met and was a cheerleader with Robert Lee Waldrop. They married December 31, 1948. She received her B.S. degree from Howard Payne University and a master's degree from Baylor University. She taught school in Texas at Flower Grove ISD and Rosenthal ISD which later consolidated with Robinson ISD. She retired as a 5th grade math teacher after 30 years. She was a lifetime member of TSTA. She was a member of Speegleville Baptist Church in which she was instrumental in achieving the church as a Historical Monument in Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, parents, and brother, Ray. She is survived by son, Michael Waldrop and wife, Melba; daughters, Leigh Anderson and husband, Larry, and Kim Hall and husband, EJ; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, June Smith and Flo Blenden. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to Baylor S&W-Bellmead Clinic; Dr. Patrick Partin and staff; Bluebonnet; Home Health (Kristi); Bluebonnet Hospice (Nikkie, Laurie and Tysha).In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Speegleville Baptist Church, 469 Speegle Rd., Waco TX 76712, or your favorite charity.
Jack Ronald Phillips, BS ’81, of Galveston, Texas passed away on August 19, 2019 in Galveston. He will always be remembered as a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. He was born on July 4, 1945 in Arlington, Texas to Jack D. and Mary Jo (Cashion) Phillips. Jack earned a bachelor’s degree of Science in Criminal Justice at Baylor University. He served as a peace officer in the cities of Fort Worth and Burleson. Jack retired from the Keller Police Dept. as the manager of the Regional Communications Center. He was a proud member of the NRA. Jack is survived by wife, Vicki Phillips of Galveston, TX, sons; Michael Whitfield of Houston, TX, Ron Phillips and wife Misty of Burleson, TX, CW Phillips and wife Wendy of Burleson, TX, Joe Liedl and wife Jeri from Rhome, TX, and daughter Michele Gibson and husband Brad of North Richland Hills, TX. As well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the beloved son in law of Kenneth and Jane Krusylak. Jack will be laid to rest at the Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park with a private family graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Texas police association.
John David Talbert, BA ’81, pastor, lover of Jesus and native Denverite, was delivered from his diseased body by Jesus on September 25, 2019 at the age of 61. John is survived by his sister, Marilyn Talbert and mother Mary Louise Talbert. He is predeceased by his Father, Gerald Allan Talbert and grandparents Belle and Leo McNerney and Louise Talbert. John was born in Denver on June 5, 1958 to Mary Louise and Jerry Talbert. He graduated from Kent Denver school in 1977, Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1981 with a degree in Business. After college John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1983 and a PhD in Preaching in 1989. Following seminary, John was called in 1989 to pastor First Southern Baptist Church in Northglenn, Colorado. He remained the pastor of this north Denver congregation until 2016. Though the 27 years of pastoring this church, John’s heart was in serving Jesus through evangelism, Preaching the Word faithfully, and investing his life in the lives of his congregation. John’s ministry in this community expanded as he welcomed 3 thriving mission congregations into the FSBC Northglenn family: New Generation Community Church, Korean Comfort Baptist Church, and Iglesia Bautista de Torre Fuerte. John was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2010. After receiving 8 rounds of chemotherapy, John underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2016. The Allogenic transplant was successful and John improved with immune suppressing drugs until June 4, 2017 when he was diagnosed with a Mantle Cell Lymphoma brain tumor in his cerebellum. On his birthday, June 5, John had a 7 hour brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. 14 rounds of radiation followed to remove the remainder of the tumor. In the years leading to his death in 2019, John embraced life – rebounding once again from infections, complications of graft vs host disease and debilitating drug reactions. He loved the forum of daily blogging to continue to share the word of God to those that chose to read his daily posts. Many were blessed as he encouraged his readers to find comfort and help in Jesus as he had done. John always said that the gift of cancer allowed him to encourage a wider group of people through his blog. John was the best big brother to his sister Marilyn and caring son to his mother, Mary Louise. John was an avid Broncos fan, golf fanatic and most of all lover of expository preaching which incorporates a careful exegesis of the passage in it’s original context. John is celebrating his freedom from pain and suffering in the presence of Jesus as we remember him in this memorial service at First Southern Baptist Church of Northglenn, on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
Elizabeth Jean Boggs Garvin, BSEd ’82, departed this earth and entered into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm with many of her family members gathered at her bedside grieving and worshipping God. Though we grieve, we do not grieve as those without hope. Elizabeth was born in Tallahassee, FL to Frank Boggs and Doris Lyon Boggs on February 14, 1959. Her only sibling, Catherine Anne joined the family in 1961. Elizabeth received a high school diploma from Campbell High in 1977 (Smyrna, GA), and she graduated with a teaching degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 1982. While teaching at South Fulton County Elementary schools, she met her husband-to-be James Snyder Garvin, III in 1986, whom she married on June 22, 1991. Two years later, their son Joshua David Garvin was born on March 24, 1993. She leaves behind her husband and son, her parents, her sister Catherine (Boggs) and W.C. Hoecke and children Karl, Franklin and Anna, sister-in-law LeeAnn (Roger) Cunningham and children Mitchell, Ann Marie and Timothy, sister-in-law Wendi (Rodney) Stoddard and children Matthew, Joshua, Rebecca, Michael, Rachel, Jeremiah, Mary Grace and Christopher, sister-in-law Dominique (Draegyn) Levinson and children Robert, Anthony and Benjamin and brother-in-law, Joseph (Leanna) Garvin and children Johnathan, Josiah, Hannah, Joseph and Rebekah and first cousin Lynn (Scott) Holowasko and children David, Jonathan and D’Anna, first cousin Megan Atchison and children Jessica and Lindsey, second cousin Blakney Boggs, second cousins Catha Chamberlain, Paul Ukena Jr., Liza Ukena Catino, Amy Ukena and Jeremy Ukena and their families. She was marked by willing service and leadership in her local church, a love for worship and her family and friends. She reached out to the stranger and visitor with extraordinary love. Each community she inhabited was so blessed by her passionate support and ministry. She took great pleasure in spending time with her husband James and son Josh. God used her to encourage her only sister, her parents and many nieces and nephews, as well as a large number of “adopted kids”. It’s amazing how many people can be touched by one life. With the gift of hospitality, Elizabeth loved people and connecting people. Her parties were not to be forgotten. Her school relationships stretched on from days at Westminster Schools, Campbell High and Baylor University. Her contacts are full of connections with church friends from Roswell Street Baptist (Marietta, GA), First Baptist Atlanta (GA), Columbus Avenue Baptist (Waco, TX), Highland Baptist (Waco, TX), Challenge Ministries (Jacksonville, FL), Hazelwood Baptist (St. Louis, MO) and First Baptist Woodstock (GA). In the final two years of her life, while she required dialysis three times a week and was otherwise sequestered with very little public interaction, she made it her mission to encourage and challenge others, mainly through Facebook where she was always upbeat and full of faith. After successful liver and kidney surgeries, she did not fully awaken and eventually experienced two cardiac events resulting in her death. Before going into transplant surgery, she reminded the doctors, surgeons and medical team members that no matter if she woke up or went to be with Jesus, she was “Stepping into God’s Sovereignty”. She believed her life was in God’s hands and that He was in complete control. She wrote over and over to all of us: “Do you know my Jesus? Don’t wait. Come to Him today.” Will you heed her invitation and worship Jesus? He is worthy of all praise and honor!
James “Jim” Tachias, BBA ’82, age 58, of Longview, Texas, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, August 10, 2019, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He passed from this world to the arms of his Savior with his loving wife, Raina, at his side. Jim was born September 3, 1960, at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas to Frances and James Tachias. He graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, in 1978 and from Baylor University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Jim moved to Longview in 1985 with Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Texas as national sales manager. In 2009, he became a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Throughout his career, he was engaged in the Longview community. He was a tireless volunteer serving on several boards of directors, including over the years, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Great Texas Balloon Race, Greater Longview United Way, and LeTourneau University Presidents Council. Similarly, he served on many advisory boards such as Longview Habitat for Humanity, Longview Community Ministries, T-Bone Walker Blues Festival, Junior Achievement of East Texas and One Hundred Acres of Heritage – Longview Main Street. He was a Rotarian and belonged to the Locals Love Us – Financial Advisor choice for 2014-2019. He was a member of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and a supporter of Longview PAWS. Jim Tachias was a Christian and a member of Mobberly Baptist Church. Being a well-rounded and adventurous man, he played college football a Baylor, raced speed boats and was a rodeo cowboy for a time. He always looked forward to hunting trips with his dad for the opening of dove season for his birthday. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Smith Tachias and James Stephen Tachias. He is survived by his wife, Raina; daughter, Isabelle; sister, Kathy Tachias; and brother-in-law, Ed Madison of San Francisco; cousins, Marsha Wallace Lawson, Doug Wallace, Mark Wallace, and Cyndi Plourde; and his beloved and constant companions, the Maltese Sophie and Maci Tachias. Jim will be remembered will as a man who treated everyone he knew as a close and valued friend. He loved people and never met a stranger. He did kind and generous things for many people in a most natural and automatic way. He has a servant's heart that was always looking for a way to help. He was the first to offer an encouraging word. Jim was always true to alma mater, Baylor. He will also be remembered as a man who found true love later in life. His friends marveled at the happiness he found in a ready-made family with Raine and Isabelle. It was a grand love. Raina and Isabelle would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the excellent care Jim received at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd and at Texas Oncology during his illness. The family will welcome friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, at Rader Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, at Mobberly Baptist Church with a graveside services immediately following at Rosewood Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Jim's favorite causes. Many are listed above.
Dr. Julian Maki Chong, BA ’84, of Dallas Our beloved Julian passed from this life Aug. 18, 2019. He left us peacefully in his sleep as he lay napping at the family home. The shock of his sudden, unexpected passing is exceeded only by the heartbreak felt by all who knew him; family, friends, patients and colleagues alike. Born in Seattle, WA, Julian was the second of Dr. Key Ray and Fusae Chong’s four sons. The family later relocated to Lubbock, TX where Julian attended Monterey High School, graduating in 1980. Among his other high school achievements, he was a Texas All State Percussionist, a source of pride for his close-knit family. After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University at Waco he continued his graduate studies at Baylor Dental School, completing the Doctorate program in 1987. His undergraduate years were full, as he continued to explore his lifelong interest in music and was very active on the University Lacrosse team. In 1989 he made the first major step in his professional career when he opened the first of two thriving dental practices, one in the Dallas suburb of Richardson and then a few years later an additional office in Irving. On a full moon on October 8th, 1995 in Hawaii, Julian married the love of his life Cathy Fraser Chong of Lubbock, TX. The pair had long known of each other but timing and circumstances had kept them apart early on. Finally the stars aligned in 1991 and they met. After six years of marriage the joy of their lives together was made perfect by the arrival of the first of two beautiful children. Lucy joined the family in January, 2001 with Race following two years later in January, 2003. The faith and pride that Julian and Cathy have in their children is surpassed only by their love for them. Day to day life in the Chong home was always full. Julian’s love of music was central to their home life. His skill with any number of instruments was well known, but he was particularly fond of the piano. His musical ability never failed to bring joy to those around him and lighten spirits of all generations. A lifelong athlete, Julian’s love of golf was central to his life in the middle years. A fixture on the amateur and semi-professional tournament circuit, he saw significant achievement in competitive golf, working towards his dream of joining the Senior Pro Tour in retirement. A generous soul, Julian’s care and concern for others was manifest where he saw needed. He provided comfort and service in both his personal and professional life. Traditional holidays he observed but found manufactured and constraining. His secret random acts of kindness were well known to all who knew him well. For these and so many other reasons our Julian will be missed. He was kind, strong and thoughtful. He never failed to make those around him smile. His life is the example of a life well lived. Julian is survived by his wife Cathy Chong and their children Lucy and Race, his father Dr. Key Ray Chong and beloved step-mother Dr. Hee Sook Chong (Los Angeles, CA), his brothers and their families Danny and Lydia Chong, Carly, Gracie and Anna (Kingwood, TX), Herbert and Sue Chong, Sydney and Henry (Chandler, AZ) and Teddy and Jennifer Chong and Elizabeth (Rosenberg, TX). Julian is predeceased by his mother Fusae Maki Chong. Please join the Chong family at a Celebration of Life Gathering at 3pm on Saturday August 31st, 2019 at The Lakewood Country Club. Casual business attire. Your fond memories of Julian may also be shared at Chongstories@bradoldham.com. Make sure that Lucy and Race remember their dad as the fun-loving, cool man that he was.
Dawn O’Neal Wilson, BSEd ’84, of Sugar Land, TX, died Sept. 9, 2019. She spent the last five years of her life battling stage four inflammatory breast cancer that moved into her brain after the first year of her battle. Instead of trying to figure out all of the theological how’s and why’s, Dawn decided early on that she was going to follow the admonition of Psalm 90:12 - Teach us to use wisely all the time we have. She prayed and worked to make each day count. She wanted one more day to serve God’s Great Purpose. Her family include: husband Randy, daughter Emily, son-in-law John, and grandson Jamie. Also, her parents Gene and Joyce O’Neal, her sisters Maire Shannon Shiu and Dorri Jones. Each in their own way have been changed forever by Dawn’s life and battle. Dawn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her ever wise parents, as soon as they could, moved her to Texas where she spent the rest of her life. She grew up in Midland, Houston and Dallas. Graduating from J.J. Pearce High School in 1980, she then went to Baylor as had her father and studied to become a teacher. While at Baylor, on a semi-blind date, Dawn met her future husband Randy. They were married right after graduation in 1984. For the next 35 years she faithfully followed him all across Texas in his meandering career trek. She made every single day count because of her deep and faithful love that never once waivered. She worked hard at love and lived to see much of its harvest. Dawn fought to make each day count as a teacher. She taught math to middle schoolers in San Antonio, Plano and Sugar Land. In 1999 she earned her MEd from HBU and in 2006 her EdD from the UH. In 1999 Dawn began working at HBU, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students preparing to become teachers themselves. While fighting her battle with cancer, Dawn continued to teach full time. To be involved in the learning of her students was an overwhelming driving force pushing her through each day. Dawn and her daughter Emily have shared a wonderful and unique bond. They both became teachers and instructional technology specialists. While making this dark and harsh journey it was always Dawn’s central longing to stand beside Emily as she started her teaching career and then especially when she became a new mother. Dawn wanted to make each day with Emily count as she provided advice, a listening ear and unfailing support. She was a friend and colleague to so many over the years. Friendships for her centered around her three passions; her faith, teaching/learning and making something to decorate her house. As she grew up, friendships started at church. So many of these from her youth were still vibrant until her last days. Most of her close contacts day in and day out centered on her professional life, teaching and mentoring future teachers. She worked closely with others for years in this collaborative endeavor, focusing her final years advising, teaching, meeting and counseling in ways she hoped mattered the most. Dawn was a dedicated HBU Husky for twenty years, but her heart and soul were forever on the banks of the Brazos. Hers was a Baylor family, every day of her life. She had season football tickets for most of her married years and endured the agony and ecstasy with pride. Her friendships, education and lifelong memories are deeply connected to her alma mater. She never let her battle with cancer interfere with her trips to Waco and in 2017, despite her daily struggles, she joined hundreds of other women alums and dashed across the entire football field as honorary Baylor Line members. From an early age and into her war with cancer, Dawn’s faith was a light, a shield and a map. She never doubted in her hope and truly experienced God’s presence near to her each day. She drew her unfailing strength from His Spirit and was able to live out a testimony of her trust – not in a long life here and now but in her certain faith in a promised eternity where there will be no more sickness and no more tears. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. – Philippians 1:24. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Tallowood Baptist Church, Gymnasium located at 555 Tallowood Rd, Houston, TX 77024.
A. Martin Miller, JD ’85, of Keller, TX, died Sept. 27, 2019. A. Martin Miller went to be with the Lord at his home in Keller, Texas surrounded by his family on September 27, 2019 after a battle with cancer. He was born to A.P. (Pete) and Adeline Miller on December 16, 1952 in Marshall, Texas. He graduated from Atlanta High School in 1971 and was an outstanding track athlete. Martin still holds the AHS record for fastest time in the mile run. He won the state title his junior and senior year in that event. He returned to Atlanta every year for sporting events and track meets and enjoyed watching the sport evolve. He attended Southern Methodist University where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. He also held a Master of Business degree from Texas Tech University. He went on to earn a law degree from Baylor University. Martin served in the United States Army for 3 years and was honorably discharged in 1982. He served as the Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County for 12 years and was board certified in Criminal Law. He joined the law firm of Bailey and Galyen in 2002 and retired just 4 weeks ago on August 30, 2019. Martin was dedicated to his job. Martin loved the courtroom and the challenge of criminal defense. Martin was a Christian and held the honor of 32nd degree Mason. He was a voracious reader of history and current events. Stacks of the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated could be found tableside at his home. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and his hometown team, the Atlanta Rabbits. In 2013, Martin was honored by the Atlanta Education Foundation as a Distinguished Alumni for his achievements in business, law and sports. Martin was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Joan Miller of Keller, Texas, sisters, Mary Lynn Sopher and husband Jamil of Washington, DC., Margaret Fitts and husband, Wayne of Atlanta, Texas, nieces, Katy Shipp and husband, Randy of Haslet, Texas, Margaret Sopher of Washington, D.C., nephews, Andrew Fitts and wife, Stacy of New Boston, Texas, Peter Sopher of Boston, Massachusetts, and Philip Sopher of Washington, D.C. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at Hanner Funeral Service. Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3, at Hanner Funeral Service. A memorial service will also be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent Cathedral, 1300 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Atlanta Education Foundation, 106 W. Main Street, Atlanta, Texas 75551, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas 75219, or Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, P.O. Box 1957, Ft. Worth, Texas 76101-1957
Anne Vaughn Brooks, BBA ’86, of Van, TX, died Oct. 18, 2019. Anne Elizabeth Vaughn Brooks was born on July 2, 1964 in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed away in Longview, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Buford Zack and Josie Griffith Strange and her uncle Buford Bennett Strange. Anne attended Baylor University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. Her career included non- profit work for United Way and Executive Director for American Red Cross-Longview, Senior Adjustor for State Farm Insurance, and Branch Manager for Enterprise Holdings. Anne had a dynamic personality and a very giving heart. She enjoyed life to the fullest. Her favorite “happy place” was the beach and spending time with her beloved dogs. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Strange Johnson, her three sons, Jonathan Christian, Nathanael Allen, and Caleb Joseph Brooks, and her sisters Debbie Vaughn, Wendy Crim, Kerry Oliphint, Susan Morris, Barbara Hunter, and Tammy Christine Binegar. She is also survived by her close friend Paula Ruth Matthews. Paula, all her sisters and friends cared for Anne during her battle with cancer. Her family will be eternally grateful for their loving care. She is additionally survived by her aunt, Mary Strange Jackson, uncle Zack Griffith Strange, and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Her celebration of life was at Northwood Church in Longview at 12:00 noon on October 20, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Star Rescue, 749 Etheredge Road, Longview, Texas 75602.
Robin Lee Burnett Roe, BBA ’86, age 54, of Waco passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 30, 2019. A Visitation will be 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Crossroads Fellowship on Estates Drive. A Celebration of her life will follow at 2:00 pm with Reverend Steve Abbe officiating. Robin was born in Waco, Texas on February 23, 1965 to Rita (Coates) and Clarence Burnett. Robin was a 1983 graduate of Midway High School and a 1986 graduate of Baylor University. She was currently employed by ESC Region 12 where she worked for twenty-five years. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Rodney; parents, C.E. and Rita Burnett; son, Spencer Shelburne and wife Chelsea; daughter, Mikaila Shelburne and fiancée Carson Searcy; brother, Robert Edward Burnett and wife Roxanne; granddaughter, Blakely Grace Searcy; aunt, Julie Hankins and husband David; cousins, Elliot and Kristen Hankins, Evan and Halley Hankins. Memorial contributions can be made to Gray Mutts animal rescue of Clifton, Fuzzy Friends animal rescue in Waco, or TOSA.
Heather Foster Hall, BA ’88, died Sept. 16, 2019. Heather was a woman who loved life and was loved by everyone that knew her. She was a faithful Christ follower who had a deep Faith that sustained her throughout her life, but never more than during her 19 year battle with brain cancer. She fought this battle with such grace, courage and dignity. Heather left her sick and broken body on September 16 and entered into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, to live an eternal life without any pain or suffering. As a family we miss her dearly, but we are celebrating knowing that she is reaping the rewards that we are promised due to our Faith in Christ. We will see you again Heather, our beloved wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. Heather was born to Jerry and Harriet Foster in Arlington Tx, on January 2, 1966. She grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1984. After high school she attended Baylor University and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After college she worked in various marketing roles in Dallas with Community Credit Union, Meeting Planners International (MPI), ABC Radio Network and AMS Productions. After over 20 years in the corporate world, Heather made the decision to change careers and get her teaching certificate, where she taught middle school English and Special Education at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Tx. Although she enjoyed her time in the corporate world, her passion and love was teaching kids and having a positive impact on their young lives. Heather married Brad Hall in 1994 and they have two beautiful children, Erin (22) and Weston (20). When Heather was first diagnosed with her brain tumor, her babies were only 1 and 2 years old. Her prayer to God was to let her live long enough to raise her kids. She was a wonderful mother and was able to see them grow into responsible young adults. God is good! Awaiting Heather in Heaven with open arms is her late father, Jerry Foster along with her grandparents. Heather is survived by her husband Brad Hall; daughter Erin Hall; son Weston Hall; mother and step-father Harriet and Olin Hardwick; sister Laurie Foster; and brother and sister-in-law Mark and Brenda Foster; nephew and niece Tyler and Delaney Foster. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, October 5th at 2pm. Crossroads Bible Church, 8101 Justin Rd (FM407), Double Oak, Tx (next to Flower Mound, Tx). In Lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to: Musella Foundation (braintumorcopays.org) 855-426-2672. This organization helps with treatment expenses for families with brain tumors.
Beth E. Schatzman, BSN ’88, age 55, passed away too early in her life, with family by her side at Lovelace Downtown Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 29th, 2019. Beth was born on October 7th, 1963 to Carolyn and James Schatzman in Madison, (Nashville), Tennessee. She is survived by her parents, husband Marshall Hundemer, and loving sons Riley and Dalton Hudson, sisters Lisa Rygiel and Shelly Sowell and nieces, nephews and other family members as well as many grieving friends and coworkers. She was a graduate of Harding Academy of Memphis, Tennessee and had furthered her education with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Baylor University. She received her master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan in Health Science along with certificate in anesthesia. She practiced as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Beth then received a doctorate, also from Texas Wesleyan and had just recently successfully started her own CRNA practice in Albuquerque. Beth had an outgoing, caring personality, and always had a smile on her face that could light up a room. She was a deeply loving wife to her husband Marshall and her sons Riley and Dalton. She was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, and sister. She was a member of Sagebrush Church and regularly put her faith into practice as she cared for many people including participating in medical missions out of the country. Beth had a dedicated and joyful spirit. She enjoyed many active hobbies including hiking, camping, scuba diving, attending baseball games (major and minor league), and participated in triathlons. She also enjoyed reading, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.
Jeanette Mary Baker, MBA ’89, of Tampa, FL, CPA and Lt Col, USAF (ret), passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Born on April 7, 1952, in Jamestown, NY to Stuart and Mary Bogey. Jeanette moved to Port Orange, FL at age 5 and grew up there. She attended the University of South Florida graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After a year of teaching in Hillsborough County Schools, she entered the US Air Force (USAF) and was commissioned a 2LT in May 1975 as an Air Force Weather Officer. Stationed initially at Scott Air Force Base, IL, where she completed a Master of Meteorology degree at Washington University of St Louis, she was transferred to US Air Forces in the Republic of South Korea. While in South Korea, she met and married her husband, Francis L. Baker in 1981; civil ceremony in Honolulu, HI, and a Christian ceremony at US Army Garrison Yongsan. Eventually Jeanette was reassigned as the USAF Liaison Officer to the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, and later as a weather officer supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Blessed with the birth of Everard Lee Baker in 1985, Jeanette transferred to the USAF Reserves where she served an additional 9 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1989 she was again blessed with the arrival of Michael Stuart Baker, and earned a Master of Business Administration at Baylor University. Returning to Tampa, Jeanette taught school in Hillsborough County while earning a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1993 after which she employed her leadership skills and education as the Chief Financial Officer in several different organizations before retiring as the CFO with the Tampa Sports Authority in 2015. In retirement Jeanette enjoyed being with her family, traveling, reading, various church and social activities, and spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Francis L. Baker, two sons: Everard Lee Baker, 34, and Michael Stuart Baker, 30, and her dearest friend Annabelle Solis of Colorado Springs.