Sealy Hutchings Cavin, BBA ’50, of Roswell, NM, age 90, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 16, 2020 after a brief illness. “Hutch” was born in Galveston, TX on December 29, 1929 to his parents Ernest Dillard Cavin, Jr and Elizabeth Hutchings Cavin. He married Marion Reed Keller on December 10, 1948 and upon her death in 2013, they had been married for 65 years. At the tender age of 13, Hutch attended the New Mexico Military Institute and remained there until his graduation from Junior College in 1948. From there he moved to Waco, TX and enrolled at Baylor University where he finished with a bachelor’s degree in 1950. He then went on to the University of Texas Law School in Austin, TX where he received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1953. Following graduation from law school, he accepted a position with Gulf Oil Company in Ft Worth, TX. The company then transferred him to their office in Roswell, NM to handle legal affairs associated with operations in the burgeoning Permian Basin. He accepted a position in the legal department with Anderson Oil Company in 1955 and worked with Robert O. Anderson and Donald B. Anderson until his retirement in 2005. His legal expertise came to encompass not only oil and gas, but also extended to sophisticated land transactions, land titles and water law. Hutch was preceded in death by his wife “Cissy” and his sister, Patricia Cavin King. He is survived by his brother, Ernest Dillard Cavin, III of Center Point, TX. He is also survived by his 5 children Elizabeth Cavin Thomasson and her husband John of Lubbock, TX, Sealy H Cavin, Jr and wife Synda of Albuquerque, NM, Candace Cavin McClelland and husband Jim of Roswell, William E. Cavin and wife Kim of Roswell and M. Blair Cavin and wife Kerry of Roswell. He also had 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, two nieces, a nephew and a cousin. Hutch was an intellectual demonstrated by his life-long love of learning and study of the law and many other widely diverse interests such as business, politics and medical issues. He was, however, totally devoted to the love of his wife and family. Their safety, well-being and happiness are what he centered his life around. In the early years, he lovingly entertained his children swimming, playing tennis, golf, backyard baseball or cards and thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren do the same. He was quite a conversationalist in later years and would happily regale anyone with stories of his boyhood in Galveston from swimming at the beach to fishing in the bay and going to the Artillery Club. He also had a wide circle of friends who he loved and treasured including his Wednesday and Friday lunch groups. Many people don’t recall that Hutch was elected to the New Mexico State Senate as a Republican in an historically significant election on November 8, 1966. He took office on January 1, 1967 and honorably served Senate District 18 until December 31, 1970. Arrangements include a viewing at Ballard Funeral Home on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM and a memorial service which will be held at the NMMI Chapel on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3 PM with a celebration of life to follow thereafter. Hutch never hesitated to help someone in need and gifted to many charities. In lieu of flowers, please help someone less fortunate or make a donation to your charity of choice in his honor.
Virginia Lee Fisher Curry, BS ’50,passed away peacefully Jan. 6 at Ascension St. Catherine's Center in Waco, at the age of 90. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco with Father Rakshaganathan "Raj" Selvaraj, as celebrant, Father Edwin Kagoo and Father Cyril Ejaidu as concelebrants and Deacon Greg George serving. Committal Rites will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Texas. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd in Waco with the recital of the Rosary in her honor to follow. Virginia was born to Filipina and Jeff Fisher in Waco on September 28, 1929. She attended Sacred Heart Academy in Waco where she graduated as Valedictorian. Shortly thereafter, she began pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University and graduated in 1951. After graduation in 1955, she pursued further studies at Baylor Hospital in Dallas where she received her degree in Medical Technology. In June of 1951, she married James T. "Jim" Curry. They met at the young age of 13 and 15 and dated for seven years before they married. Virginia and Jim then lived in Waco for most of their lives. However, in 1957, they moved their young family of four children to Galveston for Jim to study medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. There, she worked in diabetes research to help support the growing family. Jim finished medical school in 1961 and chose to return to Waco to finish a year-long residency program at Providence Hospital. After his residency was complete, Jim went into private practice in Waco. His final years of practicing were spent as a Chief of Acute Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Waco, from which he retired. Mom was a loyal member and volunteer of many societies including the Athenians at Baylor, the McLennan County Women's Medical Auxiliary, the Catholic Women's Study Club, the Waco Harston Study Club, St. Mary's and St. Louis' Mothers Clubs, and The Waco MHMR center. All who knew our mother loved her. She always had a welcoming smile and made everyone feel at home. Mom never made an enemy and, to our knowledge, never even made anyone mad at her. She was a true angel on earth and will be an everlasting saint to all who knew her. She rarely missed a single day of Mass during her life. It was an honor to be raised by and be in the presence of such a loving and dedicated mother and to witness someone who lived their entire life walking in the shoes of the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Christopher T. Curry; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Fisher; and numerous close family friends for whom she prayed and mourned. In addition to being a loving daughter and wife, she was also an endearing mother to her seven children. They include Susan Morkovsky and husband, Wayne, of Crawford, Jeff Curry and wife, Kim, of Kerrville, the late Christopher T. Curry, Phyllis Curry of Waco, Phil Curry and wife, Aimee, of Waco, Carolyn de Cordova and husband, Carl, of Austin and Pat Curry and wife, Alicia, of Crawford. Survivors also include her seven grandchildren, John Morkovsky of Waco, Rebecca Wilcox of Colorado, Sara Curry Moffatt of Lubbock, Cole Curry of Conroe, Coleman Curry of Waco, Emily Curry of Dallas and Christopher J. Curry of College Station. In addition, the family would like to acknowledge all of the dear friends of mom and dad who made such a difference in their lives and all of ours. Those include, but are not limited to, the Wardlaws, Jansings, Youngs, Fulbrights, Scotts, Matustiks, Restivos, Muhls, Morminos and so many other valued friends and mentors. Also, cousins, Gary Petty and Don and Karen Petty were valued friends and family. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Trevor and Wesley Taravella, sons of Alicia Curry. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at St. Catherine's and St. Elizabeth's Place at Providence Park for the many years of dedicated care to mom. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Miracle-Ear Foundation or Friends for Life in Waco in her memory.
Neta Jean Rogers Floyd, ’50, age 87, of Gatesville, TX, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at her home. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 PM Sunday, December 29, 2019 at The First Baptist Church in Gatesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Neta was born July 20, 1932 in Gatesville, TX, the first child (together) of Allen Thurman Rogers and Elizabeth Thompson Schley Rogers. Her half-siblings were: (all deceased) Weldon Rogers, Vonna Rogers Hestilow, Inez Rogers Drake, Milda Schley Hibits, and Grover Lee Schley, Jr. Her grandparents were Harry James and Mary Lynn Patton Rogers & Robert Marion and Elizabeth Rodgers Thompson. She was raised in Gatesville, TX and graduated from Gatesville High School in 1949. She was Freshman class president and met Billy Floyd in the GHS band where both played saxophone. Bill first noticed Neta when she was wearing a tutu as a server at the Jr/Sr banquet. She attended Baylor 1949-50 and worked at the Texas Highway Department (where she learned to use a planimeter) 1950-52. Neta married the love of her life, William Forrest Floyd, on Sept. 6, 1952. They celebrated 67 wondrous years of marriage. She worked at Monsanto chemical plant in Texas City while Bill attended Medical School at UTMB Galveston. She got the job because she knew how to use a planimeter and they were very impressed with that skill (however, they never asked her to use one the entire time she was there). After Becky’s birth, Neta worked in the UTMB surgical center, coordinating and organizing the top surgeons’ surgeries. Bill and Neta had 4 daughters: Rebecca Lynn, Elizabeth Jean, Bonita Kaye and Beverly Anne. The family returned to Gatesville, TX in Sept. 1963 where Bill began private medical practice after 11 years away and 13 moves with the Air Force. Neta was a charter member of the Coryell Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, logging thousands of hours, mostly in the surgery center. Both Bill and Neta were faithful members of First Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas where Neta joyfully sang alto in the choir and JOY choir. She was also the Sunday School secretary for several decades. Neta loved playing bridge and solitaire, and doing crossword puzzles. She was also an avid sports fan, especially Baylor Bear football, Lady Bears basketball and the Dallas Cowboys. She was a lifelong fan of Jeopardy. The family always said she should go on the show because she would surely win. She was the “glue” of the family, always being the one to stay in contact with relatives by phone calls, cards, and a very, very long Christmas card list. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; William F. Floyd, and daughter and son-in-law, Bonny and Wayne Billings. Neta Floyd is survived by 3 daughters: Becky Wilkins and husband Wayne, Betsy Berry and husband Clayton, and Beverly McNeal and husband Scott; 9 grandchildren: Ben, Brady, and Bryan Wilkins (and spouses), O. B. Berry, III, Ashlyn Berry White (and spouse), Amelia Berry, Whitney Billings, Madelynn McNeal and Michael McNeal; also 14 great-grandchildren. The family asks that monetary donations in her memory be sent to the Dr. Bill and Neta Floyd Scholarship Fund c/o Gatesville ISD, 311 S. Lovers Lane Gatesville, TX 76528.
Clarence John Hearron, BA ’50, age 97, passed from this world to his eternal resting place on January 18, 2020 at his place of residence in Cedar Hill, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. William Arthur Hearron and Celestia (Essie) Hearron; his siblings, Rev. Arthur Hearron, Luther Hearron, Sybil Dunaway, Charles Hearron, Lorena Frair, Rose Barentine, Edith Smith, Dorothy Hearron, Grace Turner, twin sister, Clara Thelkeld and his wife of 53 years, Juanita Hearron. He is survived by his daughter, Judy and her husband Dale Smith; daughter, Martha and her husband Steve Wells; grandchildren, Craig Smith and wife Shannon; Heath Smith and wife Peggy; Kristin Howard and her husband Jeremy; great grandchildren, Trevor Mantooth, Eiley Smith, Brooklyn and William Howard. He is also survived by his wife, Artelle Cox, and his bonus family, Robert Cox and wife Janis; Mike Cox and wife Jann; Cindy and husband Doug Grimes; 11 bonus grandchildren and 28 bonus great grandchildren. Clarence was born in Tecumseh, Oklahoma on January 17, 1923. He attended high school in New Hope, Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. Shortly after graduation, he joined the army and while serving, he surrendered to the ministry. He eventually ended up in Hawaii and preached his first sermon there. He was discharged in 1946 due to an injury and spent many months in the hospital in Temple, Texas. While there, Clarence was called to pastor the First Free Will Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. It was here that he meet and married Juanita. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion at Baylor University and his Master of Education degree from Texas Wesleyan. During his 70 plus years in the ministry, Clarence pastored Free Will Baptist churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma. While pastoring, he also taught junior high and high school. In 1966, Clarence became a teacher and Academic Dean at Oklahoma Bible College (later named Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and now Randall University) in Moore, Oklahoma. He taught subjects such as Bible, English, History, Social Sciences, Greek, Literature and Parliamentary Law. In addition to his love of teaching and preaching, Clarence had a love for music. He taught himself to play the guitar at a young age and even the piano as an adult. He has written many songs and has had a few published. At many of the churches he pastored, he also led the singing. After losing his beloved wife, Juanita, in 2000, Clarence found love again and married Artelle Cox in 2003. He lived the last few years of his life in Cedar Hill and attended the First Free Will Baptist Church in Duncanville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Randall University. https://ru.edu/donate-home/ (designate donation to Clarence Hearron in the comments).
Norman Lamar Roberts Jr., BA ’50, of Flower Mound, TX, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 7, 2019. He was born March 15, 1930, near Hernando, Mississippi, to Norman and Myrtie (Shows) Roberts Sr. At age 16, Norman graduated high school and proceeded to Baylor University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education Administration degree in 1950. While at Baylor, he participated as a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce and Alpha Epsilon Delta. Norman married his Baylor sweetheart, Mary Karolyn Ball, on July 13, 1952, and after completing an administrative internship at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he went on to earn his Master of Public Health degree in Hospital Administration from University of California at Berkley in 1955. He returned to Baylor Hospital and completed his administrative residency in 1956. Norman oversaw all planning and construction of Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock, which opened shortly before his 30th birthday. He served as administrator of the hospital until October 1985. Upon his retirement in 1993, Norman and Kay spent several years serving in short-term assignments with the International Mission Board in India, Indonesia, Germany, and Kazakhstan. Norman was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Kay, and his children, John and Vivian Roberts, Becky and Joe Brown, Tim and Jan Roberts, Rachel and Greg Ligon, five grandchildren, (Samantha Brown Windham, Hannah Beth Roberts Sims, Chloe Roberts Bacon, Tanner Ligon, and Libbie Ligon), and one great-grandson, (Wade Windham). Visitation will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2019 in the Garden Room of Roller Chenal Funeral Home (13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas). A service to celebrate Norman's life will follow at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 13, 2019, at Immanuel Baptist Church (501 North Shackleford Road, Little Rock, Arkansas). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering/). Please share your memories of Norman at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Ernest Richard Simcik, BBA ’50, passed away on October 27, 2019 in Waco, Texas. He was 93. Visitation with the family will be 9:30 - 10 a.m. Friday, November 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption in Waco, followed by a Rosary at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the church by Father Joe Geleney. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Waco. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church, 1401 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701 or Providence Hospice, 6700 Sanger Ave., Waco, TX 76710. Ernest was born in Waco, served in the Army in WWII and was an active reservist for 20 years. He and his brothers owned Simcik Plumbers where he worked for 50 years. In 1956, Ernest married Leona Burke and together they raised four children in Waco. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church as well as the Knights of Columbus. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Simcik, his wife, Leona Burke Simcik, his son, Matthew Simcik and his brother, John Simcik. Ernest is survived by his brother Carroll Simcik, children, Richard and Minnie Simcik, Madeline Simcik Villarreal, and Chris and Amy Simcik, grandchildren, Evan Simcik, Ross Simcik, Chris and Marianne Salinas, Adam Reid and Kendra Tidwell, and great grandchildren Nathan and Gabriella Salinas and Joseph Reid.
Virginia “Ginny” Brantley Smith, BS ’50, of Knoxville, TN passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019, at Avenir Care Center surrounded by her loving family. She was 90. Ginny was born on February 5, 1929 to Guy and Lillian Brantley in Abilene, TX. Ginny graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, TX in 1946, graduated Baylor University, Waco, TX in 1950 and retired with Shell Oil Company after 35 years of service. Ginny was a long-time resident of Midland, TX. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, South America, Mexico and visited 48 states in her RV. Ginny will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend who always brought a smile to a room when she entered. She was preceded in death by husband Ray C. Smith who helped her raise four boys and husband Robert W. Smith whom she married later in life, her parents, Royal Guy & Lillian Moore Brantley, her brother Royal G. Brantley Jr. and her son R. Scot Smith. She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Smith and wife Cindy of Midland; Rob Smith and wife Cathy of Knoxville; Zach Brantley and wife Aurelia of Knoxville; ten grandchildren (Ashley Brown and husband Thomas, Whitney Wright and husband Richard, Haley Smith, El Burley and husband Tom, Christopher Smith, Amber Brantley and fiancée Chris Harden, Boone and Austin Brantley, Jacquelyn Marchman and husband Kellon and Jeffrey Bray; three great grandchildren (McKenna and Maxwell Brown and Naomi Marchman); and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, TX with a reception to follow at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, TX. Online condolences can be made at www.dignitymemorial.com.
Patsy Ruth Young Weaver, BM ’50, of Mineral Wells, TX, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Texas at 2:00 PM with burial following at Woodland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. Patsy was born on July 12, 1929 in her grandmother’s home in Mineral Wells to parents Stella and Cecil Young. She graduated high school in 1946 and obtained her degree in Music from Baylor University in 1950. Shortly after graduation, Patsy married the love her life, A.F. Weaver Jr. in 1950. Besides being a homemaker and raising their four children, she helped run her husband’s photography studio from 1973-1995. She and A.F. helped establish the Mineral Wells Heritage Association in 1974 and were longtime members of the Mineral Wells Organ Club. Patsy was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. Patsy is survived by three of her four children, son Larry Weaver (wife Linda) of Arlington, Texas, son Tim Weaver (wife Malynn) of Mineral Wells and daughter Amy Benoit (husband John) of Houma, Louisiana, Son-in-law James Priest of Mineral Wells, Grandsons Brian Weaver of Arlington and Kevin Weaver (wife Hanna) of Tyler, Texas, Granddaughters Kristina Cohen (husband Justin) of Temple, Texas, Jessica Samples (husband Duke) of Mineral Wells, Amanda Fidler of Houma, Louisiana, Jami Fidler of Houma, Louisiana, Carren Miller of Houma, Louisiana, eight great grandchildren and many cousins and close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Husband of 44 years, A.F. Weaver Jr. and her daughter, Patty Priest.
Wallace Paul Finfrock, LLB ’51, died July 1, 2019.
John Hayden Fry, BA ’51, of Grapevine, TX, danced his last Hokey Pokey on December 17, 2019 and went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ after losing his 20-year battle with cancer. He was 90. Hayden was born to Cora (Hodge) and John Hayden Fry, Sr. in Eastland, Texas on February 28, 1929. He grew up loving the game of football. In his senior year at Odessa High School, the class president quarterbacked the 14-0 Bronchos to the 1946 Texas state title. Hayden's football savvy, leadership and success would continue throughout his coaching career at Odessa High School, the United States Marine Corps, Baylor University, The University of Arkansas, Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University and The University of Iowa. Hayden received a scholarship to play quarterback at Baylor and earned his degree in psychology. After graduation in 1951, he went back to Odessa High School to serve as counselor, history teacher and assistant football coach. He joined the Marine Corps in 1952 and earned the rank of captain. As a player/coach on the Quantico Marines football team, he led his teammates to three consecutive championships. In 1955, he returned to teach and coach at Odessa High and soon became the school's head football coach for three years until he accepted a position to coach the defensive backs at his college alma mater in Waco. During his second year in 1960, Baylor led the nation in pass defense. Hayden then became the offensive backfield coach under Frank Broyles at The University of Arkansas for the 1961 season when the Razorbacks tied for the Southwest Conference championship. After the 1961 season, Hayden was only 32 years old when he was hired as the new head football coach at Southern Methodist University and soon took on the additional role as athletic director for the Mustangs. One of his biggest accomplishments was recruiting and signing the first black athlete, Jerry LeVias, to a football scholarship in the SWC. A year later, Hayden led SMU to the 1966 SWC championship and the Mustangs earned a spot in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. In December 1972, Hayden accepted the job of head football coach and athletic director at North Texas State University where his six-year term included a Missouri Valley Conference championship in his first year, four consecutive winning seasons, and a 1977 nationally ranked team. Three of his sons played for him at North Texas. Beginning in 1979, Hayden enjoyed his biggest success at the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes hadn't produced a winning season in 17 years prior to Hayden's arrival, but in just three years Iowa was the 1981 Big Ten Conference champion. His 1985 Big Ten championship team was ranked No. 1 for five weeks led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Chuck Long. He also directed Iowa to one more conference championship and 14 bowl games during his 20 year tenure as the Hawks head coach. Many of his former players went on to play in the National Football League, and numerous assistant coaches and players became successful head coaches at the high school, college and NFL levels. With 233 wins under his helm and ranked 16th all-time in victories among Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, Hayden retired from Iowa after the 1998 season. Hayden was blessed with many awards; but most notably was his induction in the 2003 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Other prestigious awards include the 2010 Rose Bowl Hall Fame, the 2011 United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, and the 2012 American Heart Association Paul Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. Hayden is survived by his wife of 40 years Shirley, his sons Randy, Zach, Kelly, Adrian Fry, daughter Robin Fry, grandchildren Jordan, Lauren and Haley Fry, Kelli Roan, great granddaughter Malaya Fry along with Shirley's children Jayme and Bryan Griffin. Hayden was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret Fry Roberts. His extended family includes the hundreds of young men he had the pleasure to coach, and of course, the incredible members of his coaching staff. Memorial services are pending until after football season. In lieu of flowers, the family request you make a donation to your favorite charity in Hayden Fry’s memory.
Louis M. Moore, JD ’51, was born on March 28, 1921, passed away peacefully in Katy, Texas, on November 23, 2019. He was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and moved to Ohio as a child. He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Fowler, and sister, Lucila Hamilton. Louis Moore was Judge of the 281st Civil District Court in Houston, Texas, for thirteen and a half years from 1981 until he retired in 1995. At that time, he assumed Senior District Judge Status and has served as "Visiting Judge" for a few years after his retirement. In World War II, he served as a Naval Aviator Fighter Pilot, part of the VF-19 Fighter Squadron assigned to the U.S.S. Lexington. He attended Baylor University Law School after the war, obtaining his law degree, and practicing his profession for 30 years before taking the bench. Judge Moore was a member of The Texas College of the Judiciary, College of the State Bar of Texas, American Judges Association, National Conference of State and Trial Judges, American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, American Judicature Society, and a "Fellow" of the Houston Bar Foundation. He had certificates from The National Judicial College and Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers. He was on the faculty of the University of Houston Law School Trial Advocacy Program. Judge Moore was a member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolann P. Moore. He is also survived by sons and a step-daughter. Robert Moore and his wife Chenda, John Moore, James Moore and his wife Carliz, and Suzanne Denton Cohen; and a goodly number of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Though we miss him now for a time, we look forward to being reunited with him in the presence of our Lord and Savior. His memorial service will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm with reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Judge Moore's name to a charity of your choice or Second Baptist Church.
Verna K. Young, BA ’51, died at the age of 88 on December 14, 2019 at her home in Combes, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerry L Young. Mrs. Young was a longtime educator and administrator in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District as well as former member of the Board of Trustees. She graduated from Wilson Tract High School and Baylor University. A memorial service will be held on January 18 at 2 pm in First United Methodist Church in Harlingen. The family will be creating a memorial scholarship fund in the name of Mrs. Young at HCISD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either HCISD c/o Sandra Tovar, 407 N. 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550 or to the Memorial Fund at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1406 E. Austin Avenue, Harlingen, TX 78550. You are invited to sign the guestbook or leave a memory at www.buckashcraft.com. Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Jack Edward Bird, BA ’52, was born October 12, 1927 in Mineral Wells, Texas to Dollye and Frank E. Bird, and went to be with The Lord November 26, 2019, in Dallas. After graduating from Breckenridge High School in 1945, Jack attended Baylor University where he received his BA degree, specializing in Communications, Radio and Film Production. He joined the Baptist General Convention of Texas Radio and Public Relations Department in 1952 where he was in charge of radio programming and motion picture production. During this period, a state-wide Christian radio network was established. In 1954, Jack married Ruth Inglis and as members of Dallas' First Baptist Church, they raised their daughter, Susan - and son, Ross. Jack worked as a film production coordinator with Keitz and Herndon and was a show manager and salesman for Peter Wolfe and Associates. In 1963, Buckner Children's Home hired Jack to teach Radio to high school students through its campus radio station, KNER; and soon was appointed by Buckner's trustees, to become the Director of Public Relations for Buckner Baptist Benevolences under Dr. R. C. Campbell. During this time, as a deacon at First Baptis , Jack developed the Technical Services Committee which included a cassette ministry and the expansion of the Color-TV and Radio broadcasts produced by the church. In 1971, Jack was called to the staff there as the Director of Public Relations in charge of all publications and broadcasts. Many of Jack's students (from Buckner through those he mentored at the church) became national media specialists- and stayed in touch with him until his death. In 1975, Jack led the team which designed the Christian radio station, KCBI FM 90.9, associated with the Criswell Bible Institute - now known as the Criswell College. Following a long illness, Jack's first wife died, and in 1978 he married Dallas Pianist, Judy Moore. After many years in Baptist work, Jack became the Manager of Engineering at Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff, and in 1983, joined the Trammell Crow Company's engineering department as a Construction Coordinator-soon becoming Chief Engineer at the Trammell Crow Center, where he worked until retirement in 2001. Jack Bird was a gentle and kind man who enjoyed God's gift of life each day. He and Judy enjoyed Sunday mornings with Christian friends at First Baptist Dallas and their Bible Study with the President's Class. Jack cherished his home and family and was always available to them. Until his health deteriorated, he loved puttering in the yard - and greeting neighbors daily who stopped for a chat. He will be missed by countless friends and extended family who adored him. Survivors include his wife of forty one years, Judy Moore Bird; daughter, Susan Bird Money an Frank Money; son, Ross Bird and Kay Bird; step sons: Cary and Ardie Moore of Waco; Mike Moore, Rebecca Moore of Dallas; Steven and Svetlana Moore of Hartford Connecticut; grandchildren: Carolyn Bird, Rebecca Pugh, Sarah Nichols, Meredith Moore Aldriedge, Jordan Moore Hogman, Lilly, Hannah and Steven A. Moore; Christopher and Michael Charles and several great grandchildren, Carolyn Bird, Rebecca Pugh, Sarah Nichols, Meredith Moore Aldreidge, Jordan Moore Hogman, Lilly, Hannah and Steven A. Moore; Christopher and Michael Charles and several great grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service at First Baptist Church, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas Texas on December 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest. In lieu of flowers you may make memorial contributions to the Media Ministry of First Baptist Church.
Thomas “Tommy” A. Hinson, BA ’52, age 90, passed away at his home in Rogers, AR, on January 24, 2020. He was born on February 11, 1929 in Little Rock, Ark., to the late Longus V. and Nettia (Elkins) Hinson. He was the loving husband of Flora "Jo" (Little) Hinson for 71 years. Tommy was a lifetime pastor and knew from the very young age of 11 that God had called him to ministry. This is when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. At the age 15 he surrendered to the ministry and at 17 he was ordained. He received his schooling at the Southern Baptist College (1948), Baylor University (1952) and completed his education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He began his ministry in Little Rock at the Roland Baptist and Pilgrims Rest churches. He then moved to Brown's Chapel in Paragould. From there, he spread the word at churches in Waco, Texas, Altus, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Kensett, Ark., Paris, Ark., and West Memphis, Ark. Tommy served with the Washington Madison Association in Fayetteville. He worked at the Evangelism Explosion as Vice President of the U.S. and English Speaking Caribbean. Tommy was the President of Executive Board for Arkansas Baptist Convention, President of Arkansas Baptist Convention, Vice-President of Pastor's Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Board of Directors of the Baptist Hospital of Memphis, Tenn. In more recent years, he was the assistant pastor at Cross Church, and Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church in Rogers, Salisaw, Okla., and Paris, Ark. Altogether he was in the ministry until his passing encompassing 73 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Lee Hinson and Paula Butler; grandson, Aaron Hinson and 12 brothers and sisters. Tommy is survived by his lovely wife, Jo Hinson of Rogers; daughter, Renee Burdick and husband, Steve of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Nettia Hale of Eldorado, Ark. A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in Rogers, Pleasant Grove at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, with funeral to follow 1 p.m., in First Baptist Church. Burial will be private. Online condolences can be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Scholarship Fund at Williams Baptist University in Walut Ridge, Ark.
Mildred Toshiko Shibata Ikemoto, BSN ’52, passed away peacefully September 25, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. She was preceded in death by husband, Lt. Col Henry Yutaka Ikemoto; son, David Reiji Ikemoto; granddaughter, Lani Lee Yuriko Hauer and son-in-law, James Hauer. She is survived by her children, Paul Tatsuo (Eileen Yoko Mitamura) Ikemoto, Lynn Yuriko (Robert) Hirano and Sharon Sueko (Casey) Spencer; grandchildren, Kevyn and Jayson Ikemoto, Dawn (Michael) Kim, Kristin (Brian) Ishida, David (Karla) Ikemoto Jr., Jamie Lynn Toshiko (Derrick) Carter, Kacie Joleen Sueko Hauer, Christina Shiyoko (Andrew) Sunada, Stephanie Hirano; Melanie and Peter (Maggie) Spencer, Keilani Tomiko Spencer; great-grandchildren, Justin Kiyoshi, Landon Hiroshi and Ashlyn Midori Kim, Lauryn Kimiko, Brittany Akemi, Quincy and Blake Ishida, David Ikemoto Jr., Matthew and Michael Carter, Jason Tadashi Sunada, Ayla and Andrew Spencer. Mildred's celebration of life service will be held at Peninsula Community Church 5640 Crestridge Rd. in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday, November 2nd at 10 a.m., followed by a meal. Her ashes will be buried with her husband at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. In lieu of flowers and koden, please consider contributions to Go For Broke National Education Center 3555 E. 1st Street Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012. www.goforbroke.org/support/donate/index.php or Cerritos College Foundation 11110 E. Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. Specify the Mildred Ikemoto Memorial Scholarship www.cerritoscf.org/fund-scholarships/ or Atherton Baptist Homes 214 S. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91801 www.abh.org. www.fukuimortuary.com 213-626-0441.
Herbert Lewis Johnson, BBA ’52, age 90, of Oklahoma City, died peace-fully at home, surrounded by his family on December 6, 2019. Herb was born on January 1, 1929 in Stamford, CT. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents, Earnest and Alice Johnson; his brother, Harry Johnson; and sister, Alice Lent. His happy childhood was spent in Stamford, CT, before graduating from Baylor University, Waco, TX. He then spent a long and successful career in the Oil and Gas Industry as a Certified Petroleum Landman. He started his career as a Landman with Skelly Oil Company in Amarillo, TX and after several transfers and promotions he retired with Skelly (now Chevron) in OKC. He owned his own company, Johnson Oil & Gas Properties & Royalties as an Independent Petroleum Landman and Lease Broker. Additionally, he also worked as a Senior Landman with Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline Co; District Landman with ANR Production Co; District Land-man with Moran Exploration and Land Manager with Statex Petroleum. He was a Consulting Landman for; Rivondale Petroleum and Alamo Petroleum. He was a longtime member of American Association of Petroleum Landmen and a Life Member of the Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen. He proudly served his country with the Marine Corps both in active duty during the Korean War and the Marine Corps Reserves, ending his 20-year military career as Major, USMC-RET. Left to cherish his memory and celebrate his life are: daughter, Kim Fuller (John) of OKC; son, Court Johnson of OKC; son, Scott Johnson (Mary) of Plano, TX; four grandchildren: Barret Fuller of OKC, Ramsey Schweighart of Edmond, OK, Cody Johnson of Dallas, TX, and Mckensey Johnson of Austin, TX. His friends and family will always remember his kind heart, his unforgettable time and attention to most every detail, an avid reader, and a lifelong friend to everyone he knew. Always a gentleman; quiet by nature, his actions and kindness often spoke louder than words. The family wishes to express our deepest appreciation for the caregivers with Carter Hospice, during his final season. A private family service is planned with entombment at Memorial Park Cemetery - Mausoleum OKC, where he will be forever together again with his loving wife Jean. In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-butions in Herb's name may be made to the: American Lung Association (www.lung.org) or the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org)
Janette Willingham Mathias, ’52, died November 1, 2019, a week shy of her 88th birthday. She was born on November 8, 1931 in Harlingen, Texas, and lived in Waco after coming to Baylor in 1948. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Harold Mathias. She is also survived by her sons, all of the Waco area, George Wolfe and wife, Karen, Tom Wolfe, and Jim Wolfe and wife, Sharon; and stepdaughters, Dorothy Ables and husband, Mickey, of Houston and Ellen de Alessandrini and husband, Rick, of New York City. She has 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her family, her greatest joy was serving as nurse supervisor at Hillcrest Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and enjoyed volunteering in many capacities for the Church. The family wishes to thank the Heartis Senior Living facility for their excellent care over the past 32 months and Blue Bonnet Hospice for their recent care. Graveside service for the family will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Janette may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 601 Columbus Avenue, Waco, 76701. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Roxanna Sue Connally McMullen, ’52, of Denton, TX, was born in Forth Worth, Texas, on Sept 29, 1930, and she graduated to heaven on November 13, 2019. She died peacefully in her sleep at age 89. She was born to mother Ruby Edna McBride and father Gordon Kennon Connally. She spent her elementary school years in Groesbeck, Texas, where her father (and uncle) owned and operated the Connally Furniture Store that dealt in furniture and caskets. In her early junior high years, the family moved to Waco, Texas, where the brothers founded and operated the Connally Funeral Home that served much of Central Texas. During her junior high and high school years, the family joined the Central Christian Church in Waco. It was there that Roxanna gave her life to Jesus, and it was in that church that she trusted in Him as her Savior and as the Lord of her life. She was earnest about her faith and followed her belief in Christ with a Believer's baptism. She attended Waco High School, and after graduation, she enrolled in Baylor University as a pre-med student with the hope of becoming a medical missionary. During her junior year at Baylor, she met the love of her life, Faber F. McMullen Jr., and she curtailed and postponed her studies to marry him and move with him to Houston, Texas, where he began his medical practice. As young marrieds, the couple moved to Bellaire, Texas, where they had three children: Lela Susan McMullen, Faber Francis McMullen III, and Rosemary Marice McMullen. While her husband practiced medicine, Roxanna worked part-time for many years as a medical technologist. This skill was essential when she co-founded the Crea Clinic in Houston, Texas, in the wake of the Vietnam War. With her husband, she charitably attended to the needs of the thousands of Southeast Asian refugees who flooded into the greater Houston area, at no cost. Roxanna was intent in teaching her children to love Jesus, to understand the power of prayer, and to value the Bible as the roadmap for their lives. She discipled her children by example, with much love and devotion. While rearing and schooling her children, Roxanna found time to finish earning her bachelor's degree at Dominican College in Houston. In her late sixties, she and her husband purchased a farm in Navasota, Texas, where they enjoyed the pleasures of farm life for many long weekends, raising and working livestock together. During that time, she and her husband gifted the McMullen-Connally Faculty Center to her beloved Baylor University. Upon her husband's death at the farm in 2009, she moved to Denton, Texas, to be near her youngest daughter, Rosemary McMullen Poe, who was her primary caregiver during the last 10 years of her life. During her time back in North Texas, she enjoyed many outings with her children to nearby Fort Worth, where she had been born. She delighted in showing them where she had spent her early childhood, and one of her great favorites was the Fort Worth Stockyards. She was forever delighted at the change of seasons surrounding her residence at the Good Samaritan Society - Lake Forest Village. As she transitioned through her care at the facility, she was always delighted to show off her "new apartment". Roxanna's life was filled with the joy of the Lord. She was a kind and merciful presence to all with whom she made contact. In her last days, she was filled with excitement as she readied herself for her last great adventure, her trip to heaven. She glowed and her eyes twinkled as she talked of being reunited with her parents, her husband, and a multitude of cousins with whom she had spent her happy childhood. She was loving. She was joyful. She was giving. She was kind. She was patient. She was a beautiful reflection of her Savior Jesus with whom she now rests and forever rejoices. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed by those who knew her and loved her. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 10 am at Union Grove Baptist Church of Whitehall, 15301 FM 362, Navasota, Texas, 77868. [Flowers to be sent to the church] A BBQ luncheon will be served to all guests after the service. Roxanna's earthly remains will be buried with her husband at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1101 Antoine Dr, Houston, Texas, 77055. She is survived by her three children: Lela McMullen Newsom (Robert), Faber F McMullen III (Sandy), and Rosemary McMullen Poe (Steve), 7 grandchildren: Kelly Newsom Hanscom (Nick), Russell Newsom (Tara), Stephanie Newsom Koopmann (Jason), Faber Francis McMullen IV, Katherine Lorraine McMullen, Alexander Connally McMullen (Hillary), Adriana Poe, and one great-grand child, Freya Nicole McMullen (daughter of Alexander and Hillary).
JoAnn Sligh Rogers, BA ’52, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 9, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. JoAnn was born December 30, 1930, in Waco, Texas, to Herman and Byrdeen Sligh. JoAnn was educated at Baylor where she was the president of the Athenian Club. In 1952, she married the love of her life, Gerry B. Rogers. Soon after their wedding, Gerry was stationed at Mitchell Field on Long Island, NY. While Gerry served in the Air Force, JoAnn attended business school and then worked at the Air Force base. They returned to Texas in 1954, where Gerry pursued his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and JoAnn worked as the secretary to the Director of the Aeronautics Commission. After he graduated, they moved to Fort Worth before returning to Waco in 1959. JoAnn belonged to the Junior League, Waco Study Club, Shakespeare Study Club, and Harston Study Club, where she also served as president. She was also a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and the Mixson Sunday School Class. JoAnn had a true love of life, love of home and love of family and friends. She enjoyed entertaining no matter if it was at home, on their houseboat, or at an event. Beyond taking care of family and volunteer work, she was heavily involved in Gerry’s construction business. She contributed by providing interior design and landscape design for the homes he built. After surviving cancer two times, she volunteered with the American Cancer Association and Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. She is survived by son, Bryan Rogers and wife, Gina; daughters, Cynthia Dunson, Suzanne Rogers, and Sally Peavy and husband, Greg; grandchildren, Steven, Annmarie and Christopher Dunson, Cassandra Rogers, Alison, Kristen, Grant and Nathan Rogers, and Scott and Bradley Peavy. The family extends its sincere appreciation to her two caretakers, Debbie Cox and Elizabeth Milton, and to the Providence Hospice Staff for the care and love given to their mother. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Patrick Nelson “Pat” Vickery, BA ’52, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019, in Tyler, TX, at the age of 88. He was born on June 4, 1931, in Dallas to the late Marion Mabry Vickery and Effie Maude Patrick Vickery. Pat was a retired Baptist minister and longtime member of First Baptist Church in Mineola. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University in 1952 and his Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954. He served the Lord in several capacities as a Minister of Music, Youth Minister, Minister of Education, and Church Administrator. Pat served at a number of churches during his career including FBC Grand Saline, Richardson Heights Baptist, Park Cities Baptist Dallas, FBC Marshall, FBC Texarkana, Tallowood Baptist Houston, Wilcrest Baptist Houston, FBC Tyler, FBC Haynesville and Harvest Acres Baptist Mineola. Pat was a featured trainer/teacher at Glorietta Baptist Assembly and Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly. He also served as the Inaugural Director of Trinity Pines Baptist Conference Center and as Administrator at Timberline Baptist Encampment near Lindale. Pat was innovative, decisive, resourceful, encouraging, effective, and successful in his ministries. Although he was quite content spiritually, he was rarely satisfied as he strove to do his best constantly. He had a gift for envisioning and supervising large capital construction projects and had a unique way of sharing them with enthusiasm to anyone who would listen. In retirement Pat enjoyed woodworking and gardening, and he shared his vegetables with everyone in town. Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Vickery Holcomb and her husband, Harold; his brother, Paul Ray Vickery and his wife, Mary Frances; and in 2018 by his loving wife of more than 66 years, Sue Gilpin Vickery. Pat is survived by his daughter Patti Vickery Randolf and her husband Jim of McKinney; sons Alan Ray Vickery and his wife, Susie, of Argyle and Ronnie Vickery and his wife, Shari of Tyler; grandchildren, Justin Randolf and his wife, Ashley, Lauren Little and her husband, Mark, Julia Vickery, Patrick Vickery, Jack Vickery, Will Vickery, and Smith Vickery; and great granddaughter Harper Grace Randolf. Following a private family graveside service, a memorial service celebrating Pat's life will be held on Friday at 3:00 p.m., December 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church Mineola, 204 N. Johnson Street, Mineola, Texas 75773. The service will be officiated by Dr. Hollie Atkinson. Justin Randolf, Lauren Little, Julia Vickery, Patrick Vickery, Jack Vickery, Will Vickery and Smith Vickery will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Dignity (missiondignity.org / 877-888-9409), a non-profit ministry established to provide financial assistance to retired Baptist ministers and spouses or to The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
Thomas Erwin Wardlaw, BBA ’52, age 89 of Nashville, TN, died Tuesday January 21, 2020 at McKendree Village Long Term Care. He was born December 22, 1930 in Warren, AR. son of the late Thomas Dudley Wardlaw and Eddie Jeanette Erwin Wardlaw. He grew up in Warren AR and received his primary education in the Warren Public School Systems and earned his Bachelors in Business from Baylor University, TX. After graduation, he and his growing family moved from Texas to Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and then settled in North Little Rock, AR, where he led the trading stamp department of Affiliated Foods, Inc. After retiring to Quitman, AR, Tom and his wife toured most of the US States and several provinces in Canada. He eventually moved to Nashville TN to be near family. Preceding him in death was his wife Betty Hazel Wardlaw. He is survived by his three sons Robert Wardlaw and wife Donna, Hermitage TN, John Wardlaw and wife SiEun, San Antonio, TX, Barry Wardlaw, Suffolk VA; his elder sister Betty Jo Berry, Ft Worth TX; 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services were 10:00AM Saturday, January 25th at Frazer’s Chapel with Barry Wardlaw officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer Funeral Home. Active Pallbearers were Robert Wardlaw Jr, Matt Hall, Barry Wardlaw, Bob Wardlaw, John Wardlaw and Alan Berry.
Dr.Donna Lee Younker, BA ’52, was born February 7, 1932, to Frederick and Florence Younker in Evanston, IL and passed away to be with her Lord November 1, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK. Donna attended Baylor University to receive her BA degree and Southern Methodist University to earn her Master’s degree before receiving the Ph.D. degree from The University of Texas in 1964. She came to Oklahoma, where for twenty-nine years Professor Younker was responsible for all foundations courses at the University of Central Oklahoma before retiring. She has certified numerous elementary teachers in Oklahoma. When she retired, the Regents of Higher Education of the State of Oklahoma honored her for her professional achievements by designating her Professor Emeritus with Honor. Professor Younker has excelled in all three areas of her profession; teaching, research, and service. Her community service has included the presidency of the Edmond Oklahoma DAR, teaching for over thirty years of an Inquiry Class, an education consultant to the NAACP Education Division at Herbert Hoover Middle School, being an Alzheimer’s Advocate in Tulsa working on legislation for patients and caretakers, and also being a Stephen Minister to Alzheimer patients.
Charles R. Carmichael, ’53, of Dallas died June 19, 2019.
Carmelita Blankenship Stroman, BS ’53, passed away Sunday November 24, 2019, at age 88 after a long and productive life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ravell L. Stroman of Marrietta, TX (deceased, 1994); her father, William Benjamin Blankenship and her mother, Maud Morrow Blankenship of Texarkana, AR; her brother Byron Blankenship of Springfield MO and her brother Tom Blankenship of Texarkana AR; and her sister Nan Thomas of Houston TX and her sister Velma Garner of Little Rock Ar. She is survived by her three daughters: Leesa Stroman of Waco TX; Patricia Stroman Palombit of Texarkana TX; and Deann Stroman Bonner of Texarkana TX. Tony Thomas of Lola, TX is her surviving nephew. Carmelita grew up on a farm just outside of Texarkana AR and went to Arkansas High, graduating in 1946. She grew up at Beech Street Baptist Church Texarkana AR. She attended Baylor University and graduated in 1953. She returned to Texarkana to start her work life as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Cotton Belt Hospital on College Hill and later worked at St Michael's hospital downtown. She married Ravel L. Stroman of Marrietta TX in 1953. They purchased a home on the Texas side of Texarkana shortly after and began a family. She lived in Texarkana all her life. She loved people, dogs, and was a great collector of Fenton glass. Services will be held at Texarkana Funeral Home on Texas Blvd., Texarkana on Sunday December 1, 2019 at 2 PM. Visitation/viewing is on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 6 to 8PM.
Evelyn Agusta Reid Tolbert, BA ’53, of Gonzales, Texas, passed away on December 1, 2019, at age 89. She was born to the late Tillman Jesse Reid, Sr. and Elizabeth “Bunnie” (Scoggins) Reid on October 1, 1930, in Gonzales, Texas. Evelyn graduated from Gonzales High School in 1949 and received a BA in Elementary Education from Baylor University in 1952, shortly after which she married Arthur Parr Tolbert on November 27, 1952 in Gonzales. They moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she taught elementary school in the San Antonio Independent School District for 36 years before retiring. She and Art left the big city behind and moved back to the family place in Gonzales. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Kay Drescher and husband, Gary Lee, of Gonzales; grandsons Kyle Ray Drescher, and Ross Lee Drescher and wife, Taylor, of Houston; and great-grandson Nico Parr Drescher of Houston. She is also survived by her sister, Jesse Nelle (Reid) Hahn of Pleasanton, and brother, Tillman Jesse Reid, Jr. and wife Patricia, of Gonzales, and numerous nieces and nephews. Evelyn was an energetic member of the Order of the Eastern Star and held numerous offices during her 57-year membership, holding the office of Worthy Matron multiple times in both Gonzales Chapter #403 and Waelder Chapter #1023. She was Past Mother Advisor of Huisache Assembly #267, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, in San Antonio, Texas, and a member of the Grand Cross of Color. She held Life memberships in the National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and Texas Parents & Teacher’s Association, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Although she disliked swimming, Evelyn was an avid water skier, managing to ski and drop without ever getting her hair wet. She camped out with family on the Texas Gulf coast, fished all day and cooked their catch, without benefit of electricity. After retirement, Evelyn’s hobbies were needlework and sewing, with all of her friends and family receiving personal Christmas ornaments from her many years of crafting. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Texan Nursing & Rehab of Gonzales for their dedication and tenderness during Evelyn’s final time with them. Viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul St., Gonzales, Texas 78629, and the funeral service will take place at 10 am on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in the Seydler-Hill Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Ramirez officiating. Private interment will take place at the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers: T.J. Reid, Jr., Gary Drescher, Ross Drescher, James Findeisen, Danny Pool, and Ken Flukinger. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas TX 78219, or the charity of your choice. Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
Rev.Benny Burlison, BA ’54, MA ’60, of Palestine, TX, died peacefully at home in Palestine on January 5, 2020, at age 88. Services will be held at Bailey & Foster Chapel on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Family visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. Lloyd Lane of Miracle Christian Center in Buffalo. Burial at Roselawn Park will follow the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Rev. Burlison grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma, obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth TX. Rev. Burlison pastored 3 Southern Baptist churches before 1967, when he founded Trinity Church in Palestine, where he joyfully pastored for 37 years. He was president of Trinity Broadcasting Company for 5 years when his church owned 2 radio stations. During this time he also preached at the 5 TDCJ prison units in Anderson County for 12 years. He taught public school for 8 years. He served 6 terms as president of Palestine Pastors Association during his more than 40 years pastoring in Palestine. Rev. Burlison retired from the ministry in 2004 when he and his wife moved to Richardson TX for 5 years, before returning to Palestine where he cherished pastoring Holy Ground Worship Center for the past 10 years. Bro. Ben, as he was widely known, is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Joyce Burlison, of Uvalde TX; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Laura Burlison and their children Sarah and Savannah of Allen TX; son and daughter-in-law Joe and Sheryl Burlison and their children Jacob and Joshua of Conroe TX; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Richard Roseborough of Dallas, as well as in-laws and several nieces and nephews living in various states. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.F. and Rosalie Burlison, and his beloved sister, Joyce Kidd, of Norman OK. Bro. Ben loved and greatly enjoyed his family, children, grandchildren, extended family and church family. His exuberance for life was contagious. He loved preaching, singing, and whistling a good church song. He loved riding horses, playing baseball, basketball, and football as a young man and watching sports at every age. He will be profoundly missed by his family and friends.
Don Jack Fong, BS ’54, of Amarillo, TX, died December 19, 2018, at age 85. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at First Christian Church in Amarillo, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. He is survived by his three children, Jeff and Kay Fong of The Woodlands, TX, Jennifer and Adam Burkett of Egg Harbor, NJ, Jill and Parker Sharp of Amarillo, TX; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Fong, Austen Burkett, Remy Allen, Brendon Burkett, David Fong, Cameron Burkett and McKayla Allen; three siblings Don Leon Fong, Florence Wong and Lucy Tsao. He is preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ann Fong. He attended First Christian Church, Amarillo, TX serving as an Elder, Board of Directors and Stephen Minster. He was involved in several civic activities including: Amarillo Executive Association Past President, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Leadership Training Program 1984, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse 1984. But, perhaps his most valued activity was his nearly 20 year involvement in the Kairos Prison Ministry. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, associates and patients. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donation be made to the Kairos Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 19112, Amarillo, TX 79114.
Albert Cary “A.C.” Gilmore, Jr., BBA ’54, died at home on November 30, 2019. A resident of Corpus Christi for more than 60 years, A.C. was born in McAllen on November 30, 1932, and graduated from McAllen High School, where he was an All-State football player. After graduating from Baylor University, Waco, in 1954 with a B.B.A. degree, A.C. served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force for two years. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base, CA, developed a lasting love for California. A.C.’s parents, Albert Cary and Velma Braziel Gilmore, were longtime florists in South Texas; and after he completed his military service, A.C. joined the family business and moved to Corpus Christi, where he managed Flowerland and Caldwell’s Florist. In 1959, he married the love his life, Clydell Hollon of Mercedes. A.C., with Clydell at his side, built the largest floral business in South Texas, purchasing the Blossom Shop in 1970 and later opening Country Club Florist. He shared his love of fishing with his three sons, often driving the family to Mazatlan and Acapulco, Mexico, to fish. When his sons played football in high school, A.C. was a regular in the stands to watch their practices and before -game warmups, He and Clydell never missed a game. With both business acumen and a love for people and his community, A.C. furnished the flowers for countless nonprofit events in Corpus Christi through the years. A lifelong Baptist, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, where he and Clydell enjoyed the fellowship found in the Elmore Bible Class. He was a member of the Corpus Christi Country Club, Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Corpus Christi Town Club and the Centuria Club. After his retirement in 2009, A.C. and Clydell traveled often to Italy, enjoyed cruises in Europe and the Americas and spent time each summer in Carmel, CA, where they surrounded themselves with family and friends. In recent years they made frequent trips to the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island. A.C. was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Billie Jean Gilmore Pedersen. He is survived by Clydell, his loving wife of 60 years; three sons, A.C. Jr., Zachary (Jessica) and Michael (Debbie), all of Corpus Christi; five granddaughters, Amanda Gilmore, Sydney House (Darby), Ali Gilmore, McKenna Gilmore and Breanne Gilmore; one great-grandson, Jackson House; three nieces; one nephew; and a host of friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019 at First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, with Dr. Steve Hartwick officiating. A reception will follow in the church parlor.
Glenna Lee Southerland Roberts, BA ’54, MSEd ’74, of Belton, TX, died Jan. 4. She was 86. Services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton with Lowell Coats officiating. Burial will follow at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple. She was born on March 28, 1933 to Charles Glenn Roe Anthony and Opal Laura Wells Anthony in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and later received her Master of Special Education from Baylor University. She married Harry V. Roberts on November 23, 1977, he preceded her in death. Glenna Southerland was Bell County’s first language and learning disabilities teacher and taught at Tyler Elementary in Belton, she also taught at Jefferson, Vandiver, and Cater Elementary and in Corpus Christi. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry V. Roberts, and son-in-law Joe Layne. Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Southerland Coats and her husband Lowell from Belton, Vickie Roberts Lindsey and her husband Corry from Midlothian and Ginger Roberts Layne from Belton; three Sons, Ira Southerland from Little River, Mark Southerland and his wife Sheila from Buckholts and Marty Roberts and his wife Laurel from Troy; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 to 7 PM Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton.
Vera Ann Scirratt, BM ’54, of Arlington, TX, passed away on November 18, 2019. She will be always be remembered as a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was born on May 1, 1932 in Amarillo, TX and was preceded in death by her parents, A.K. and Vivian Wilcoxson of Amarillo and Arlington, TX. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James; and her three children: Marty, Ann, and Jayson; and four grandchildren: Austin, Rebecca, David, and James. Extended family includes Marty's wife, Lanell, and Rebecca's husband, Jim. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, TX, on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Visitation begins at 1:00 pm. Vera was an accomplished musician, church pianist and organist, preacher's wife, retired school teacher, and world traveler. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music from Baylor University and later a Master's degree in Reading from Texas A&M University. Vera was loved by all. She loved her family, music, learning, and her Lord. Donations in Vera's name can be made to First Baptist Church's Mission Arlington. Please click on the "Donate" button on the top right: https://missionarlington.org.
Marcella “Marcie” Michels Taylor, ’54, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at her home in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born on March 17, 1933 in Houston, Texas to Vessie Watson and William Norman Michels. She is survived by her daughters, Alexis Hunter (Todd), Diana Arturo and Susan Clark (Adam); her grandchildren, James Domenico Arturo, Todd Ames Hunter Jr. (Kasey), Michael Taylor Hunter and Christina Hunter Villeda (Kevin); her great grandchildren, Todd Ames Hunter III and Everly Michelle Hunter; her niece and great nieces, Georganne Askew, Abigail Askew, Betsy Askew and Morgan Keller; her beloved Chihuahua, Baby Dog. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Leroy William Taylor, Jr.; son-in-law, Domenico Arturo; mother and father, Vessie and William Michels; sister, Betty Manley; nephew, Carroll McAlpin; great nephew, Paul Askew and many of her dear friends. Marcie attended Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston, Texas where she was a member of the Scottish Brigade and was crowned the May Queen. After high school Marcie attended Baylor University and the University of Texas in Austin where she graduated with a major in English. She and Leroy married on September 17, 1954. After finishing their degrees at UT in 1955, they moved to Corpus Christi to start their family. Marcie was an inspiration to her three daughters and many friends with her love and passion for wildflowers, gardening and flower arranging. Marcie and her daughters would enter the annual flower show bringing home awards for their arrangements. Marcie was always creating beautiful flower arrangements for friends and family, making every occasion more memorable. She was also known for her beautifully decorated Christmas Trees that could be seen at the annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Art Museum of South Texas and her beautiful artwork that was seen in the illustrations of the Junior League's Tides monthly magazine and Fiesta Cookbook. Marcie belonged to many clubs including Key Study Club, Junior League of Corpus Christi, Antiques & Flowers Garden Club, Art Museum of South Texas, Cotillion III and Las Donas de la Corte. As a member of Las Donas de la Corte, Marcie always added beauty to each Buccaneer Coronation. As the wardrobe chairman in 1999 for the Court of Resplendent Colors, she helped design and coordinate the making of the dresses. She was also known to add her artistic touch to many of the dresses including her daughter Susan's princess dress which she adorned with the churches of Corpus Christi. Marcie's love for art was shown in her work with the Art Museum of South Texas. She worked many hours adding to the joy and beauty of the art museum. Marcie was an artistic and creative sole with an abundance of ideas and an eye for making everything look beautiful. Her family and friends were blessed to be surrounded by her endless creativity and ability to make every occasion extra special. Donations in her memory can be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, The Art Museum of South Texas or the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Donald C. Cannata, BA ’55, of Waco passed away Friday, January 31, 2020. Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at First Baptist Church Waco with Dr. Matt Snowden officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Don was born August 20, 1933, in Houston, Texas to Samuel R.J. Cannata and Mattie Lee Ellison Cannata. He was educated in Houston public schools. He graduated from Baylor University in 1955 and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957. He served as Minister of Education and Administration in churches in Texas and Alabama. He moved with his family to Waco in 1972 to serve at First Baptist Church Waco and, later, at Western Heights Baptist Church. He loved his family and their annual vacations to the Frio River, a tradition he held for 49 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and by brothers, Harold Lee and Sam Jr. Don is survived by his wife, Norma Palmer Cannata; daughter, Leigh Ann Marshall and husband, Tracy; son, Mark and wife, Edna; daughter, Susan Moody; grandchildren, Matthew Marshall; Margaret Grotte and husband, Grant; Austin Marshall and wife, Joy; Catherine McNabb and husband, Maxwell; Claire Moody; Erin Swiggart and husband, Chambers; and John Cannata; and great grandson, George Grotte. Pallbearers are Matthew Marshall, Austin Marshall, John Cannata, Grant Grotte, Chambers Swiggart, and Maxwell McNabb. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation, 500 Webster Ave, Waco TX 76706. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Luanne Wade Ogg, BBA ’55,went peacefully home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 6, 2020 in Simsbury, Connecticut. She was 86 years old. Mary “Luanne” Wade was born in Wetmore, Kansas, on January 13, 1933 to her parents, Leonard & Thelma Wade. Her family moved to the Fort Worth, Texas, area when she was in 6th grade. Luanne graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a degree in Education, where she made lifelong friends and met her future husband, Bill. In 1954, Bill and Luanne were married, and in the early years of their marriage, Luanne taught elementary school while supporting Bill through his medical school and residency training. Although she was a teacher, her most important calling was raising their five children and supporting Bill’s career as a family practice physician in both private practice and the United States Air Force, which took them all over the world. Luanne was a devoted wife and mother, and she is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Bill Ogg in Simsbury, Connecticut, as well as her five children and six grandchildren: son Scott (Carol) and granddaughter Lauren of Atlanta, GA; son Stan (Terri) of Elizabethton, TN; daughter Sallie Pellon (Michael) and granddaughters Katie, Meredith & Brenna of Simsbury, CT; son Stuart (Trish) and grandsons Will & Alex of Burlingame, CA; and daughter Sheryl Roberts (Ken) of Singapore. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard & Thelma Wade and her brothers Floyd & Keith Wade. Luanne was friendly, kind, and genuinely loved getting to know others. Her standard response after meeting someone for the first time was: “Glad to know you,” always delivered with her bright smile. She was a fiercely loyal friend and prayed faithfully for her family, friends and anyone who shared a request or a need with her. She enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and watching sports, most especially her Baylor Bears. Luanne had beautiful cursive penmanship and took time to write and send letters and cards often. Her children and grandchildren remember her as a tremendous supporter and encourager of each one of them. Her encouragement and love were often poured out in very long, page-scrolling texts! They cherished the way she made time for each one of them and connected with their individual interests and talents. Her family will gather together in March to celebrate her life at a service in Satellite Beach, Florida, where she and Bill made their home for many years. Luanne’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff in Robinson at McLean for their tremendous compassion and loving care. In lieu of flowers, Luanne would be honored if you greet someone you don’t know with a smile and a warm “hello.” If you’d like to contribute to a cause in her memory, she supported St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105.
Barbara Nan Smith Patterson, BA ’55, age 86, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, at her home in Longview on Friday, December 20, 2019. Barbara was born on May 4th, 1933 in Luling, Texas, to Robert and Lula Smith. She graduated as valedictorian from Freer High School in South Texas, and attended Baylor University where she graduated in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Education and minoring in Music. Following her graduation, Barbara moved to Odessa to pursue a career in education, where she met Tom Patterson. Tom and Barbara married in June of 1956 and later adopted their two daughters, Holly and Kristy, 3 years apart. Barbara taught elementary education in Ector County and retired after teaching for over 35 years in Odessa. One of Barbara’s favorite pastimes was serving in her church and singing in the choir; she told her daughters she had aspirations of being an opera singer before starting her teaching career. Barbara was a long-time member at First Baptist Church of Odessa before retiring, moving to Longview, Texas, and joining Mobberly Baptist Church. She was actively involved in numerous ministries at Mobberly, including the church choir, the Widow-to-Widow group, women’s ministry, teaching ESL, leading the Precepts Bible Study, and leading a weekly service at the Hawkins Creek Nursing Home, just to name a few. Barbara’s pride and joy was her family. She loved spending time with family, especially her four grandchildren, Austin, Abby, Cody and Bonnie. Barbara often commented on the fun times she experienced on family vacations. Barbara was as an avid football fan who loved to watch the Baylor Bears and the Longview Lobos football teams along with the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team. When Barbara was not volunteering in her church ministry, or spending time with family, she enjoyed reading, working puzzles, and spending time with her wonderful group of friends with whom she spent many fun hours, playing cards, games, and dining together. The most important person and love of her life was her Lord Jesus Christ, whom she faithfully served each and every day. Barbara Patterson was a prayer warrior and spent every morning covering her children, grandchildren, friends and acquaintances in prayer. She was wonderful, selfless woman of God; full of love, joy, wisdom, and peace. She was beloved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. We celebrate Barbara’s life knowing she is resting in peace with her Lord and Savior. Barbara was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lula Bell Kirkland Smith and Robert Archie Smith, her brother James Robert Smith, and her husband Thomas Vernon Patterson. She is survived by her daughters, Holly Forbes and her husband Scott, of Longview and Kristy Bonner and her husband Greg, of Coppell, along with her four grandchildren – Abby and Bonnie Forbes, and Austin and Cody Bonner, sister-in-law Rosemary Coleman Smith, and nephews Scott, Jamie and Chad Smith and their families, brother-in-law James Patterson and his wife Jean, nephew James Patterson and his family, niece Lisa Patterson, and cousin Jim White and his family. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on Friday December 27th at Mobberly Baptist Church, 625 E Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605. In lieu of flowers the family requests consideration of a memorial contribution to one of Barbara’s favorite Charities: Mobberly Baptist Church, 625 E Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605, or Compassion International: Compassion International; Attn: Gift Planning Department – in memory of Barbara Patterson; 12290 Voyager Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. The below is information on how to donate to a fund we have set up in Barbara’s honor at Baylor’s School of Education. Notifications will go directly to the family when a donation is made. https://www.baylor.edu/give/. Also another opportunity is Compassion International at www.compassion.com/donate/barbara-patterson.htm
William “Bill” F. Poindexter, BA ’55, of Manhattan, NY, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior on November 22, 2019. He is survived by his niece, Lori Prophet (Carl), nephew, Jeffrey Steffen (Amy), brother-in-law Delbert (Marian) Steffen, and grand nieces, Corie, Kellie, Taylor and Bailey. A man of extraordinary artistic ability, Bill had a distinguished career in graphic design, won numerous design awards, had been a member of the Society of Illustrators and the National Arts Club and sold many of his paintings through public and private exhibitions. His well-known work over his commercial career included a leading role in designing the "Big G" General Mills logo, the first health warning on cigarette packs and the bar code used on packaging -- all of which live on. Bill was born September 12, 1933, to Fred and Ida Mae (Lester) Poindexter in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Pueblo Central High School and graduated from Baylor University in Texas. After a series of graphic arts jobs in the late 1950s, he fulfilled his early ambition of making it to become a part of the sophisticated Manhattan design scene. He fit in immediately and at the height of the Madmen era of the early 1960s, Bill worked as senior designer at the storied design consultants Lippencott & Margulies. In 1966, he moved to International Paper as design director for packaging, where he worked for the next 20 years. He left International Paper to set up his own international packaging design consultancy and increasingly devote his time to his painting. Both through his global client base and his extensive private international travels, Bill visited most of the exotic and developed areas of Asia, the South Pacific, Central and South America, Africa and western and eastern Europe collecting art for his private collection. Bill was a long-time homeowner and summer resident of the beach community in Kismet New York, where he started an annual art crawl in which people roam from house to house to view artist's exhibits set up for the event in various homes around the community. He is fondly remembered there for hosting the Sunday night summer movie festivals for many years. His Kismet home itself is considered a work of art in which Bill combined his creative design and woodworking skills to hand craft every detail of the interior and exterior. Well into his eighties he was still seen scaling the steep roof following storms to repair the lighthouse cupola and crane weather vane. Bill was a member of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan and attended St. Andrew by the Sea Church in Saltaire when he was in Kismet. Bill loved being a New Yorker and it is fitting that most of his last day was a happy one spent in Christmassy New York doing holiday shopping and running errands, with those who were with him saying he was in good form with his trademark twinkle in his eye and full of witty chatter. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Marilyn McNeely Dunn, BA ’56, BM ’58, musician and Baptist activist, passed away January 3, 2020 in Winston-Salem, NC. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, she was the only child of Dr. Edwin Martin McNeely and Lydia Wayne McNeely. Her father was a well-known Baptist musicologist, hymn writer, and professor in the music department of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. Her mother was a prominent musician and concert pianist. Marilyn attended Fort Worth public schools, graduating in 1952 from R. L. Paschal High School, where she was concert mistress of the school orchestra. In 1957, Marilyn earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Literature from Baylor University, completing the Master of Music in 1958. At her beloved Baylor she was chosen Who’s Who on campus and was an active participant in music programs including the Baylor Religious Hour Choir. On December 19, 1958 she married the love of her life, James Milton Dunn, a union of 57 years until his passing in 2015. Together, they lived and worked in Baptist Campus Ministry at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas; in Austin, Texas where Dr. James Dunn was director of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; and in Washington, DC, where Dr. Dunn was director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. In all those locales, Marilyn was an active participant in church and community music programs, valued for her skills as a mezzo soprano and widely sought soloist. The couple traveled the world, participating in a wide variety of Baptist-related events across the globe. They were particularly drawn to Great Britain, spending Christmas in London every other year for decades. In 1999, the Dunn’s came to Winston-Salem and participated in the founding of the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. For many years, she was an active member of the choir at the Knollwood Baptist Church, where her memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. Marilyn is survived by her stepbrother Robert Heritage, Anderson, SC, and cousin Katherine Eppert, Winston-Salem; faithful friends Judy Ginn and Nancy Patterson; life-long friends and supporters Bill and Candyce Leonard; and many friends at Wake-Forest School of Divinity and Knollwood Baptist Church. Friends honored Marilyn, along with her husband, by establishing the James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies at the School of Divinity. Memorial gifts may be sent to the School of Divinity, P.O. Box 7719 Reynolda Station, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Dr. Samuel Arnold Kinard Jr., BA ’56, was born Feb. 4, 1931, near Summerfield, Louisiana, and died March 11, 2019, in Calistoga, California. He was the son of the late Samuel Arnold Kinard, Sr. and Tommie Kelley Kinard of El Dorado. He is survived by his loving partner, Tahlia Van. He is also survived by his former wife, Aimee Anne Whetsell, and three children, Kimberley Angele Harvey, Kelley Anne Sykes and Keith Arnold Kinard, as well as eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sam Kinard attended elementary school in Arkansas and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1949. In this same year, Sam enrolled at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he majored in pre-med, and after graduating in three years, he was accepted into Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and graduated in 1956. During this time in Houston, Sam studied under the leadership of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., at Methodist Hospital and after completing his residency in Denver, Colorado, returned to Methodist Hospital in Houston to practice cardiology with the team of Dr. DeBakey. In 1956, Sam married (former wife) Aimee Anne Whetsell and they had three children. In 1971, the family moved from Houston to Phoenix, Arizona, where Sam and Dr. Edward B. Diethrich founded the Arizona Heart Institute. In February of 1983, Sam helped narrate the first live telecast of open heart surgery in Arizona. He eventually retired in 1997. In addition to his illustrious medical career, Sam spent most of his free time in nature where he was an avid gardener. He and Tahlia spent over 20 adventurous years traveling and moving throughout the western United States. A marker will be placed in a cemetery in Shiloh, Louisiana, next to his parents and sister, Peggy Kinard Aiken.
Shirley Skelton Brown, BA ’57, of South Hadley, MA, departed her earthly life January 12, 2020 surrounded by family and friends through their presence and/or prayerful support. She was the only child of T.W. and Sallie Skelton, and was born in Olney, Texas. Later, the family made their home in Iowa Park, Texas and were members of Faith Baptist Church. Shirley and her husband Kenneth Brown were married there in 1958. Shirley was a speech language pathologist in Dallas, Texas, Skokie, Illinois, and various public and private schools in the Pioneer Valley. Her undergraduate studies were finished at Baylor University and graduate studies at Northwestern University. Shirley and Kenneth made their home first in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts followed by Evanston, Illinois; Boulder, Colorado; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Amherst, Massachusetts; and lastly at Loomis Village of South Hadley, Massachusetts. Shirley and Kenneth were thankful to participate in many civic and communal activities, chief among them was supporting the mission of the churches to which they belonged: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst and recently St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Holyoke. They did this in a variety of ways most memorably as Sunday School teachers, worship assistants, congregational council members, stewardship and evangelism committees. Something Shirley looked forward to every summer, after the first time she and Kenneth discovered it, was their annual family getaway in the month of August to Kennebunkport, Maine. This became a much-expanded annual family gathering now going into its fifth decade. Shirley enjoyed early morning walks searching the shoreline at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport for Sand dollars, something that became an unintended seasonal devotion from which she derived pure pleasure through the peace of her quiet search with the natural and simple beauty they possessed, a quality that belongs still to Shirley as well. Shirley is predeceased by her husband and one infant daughter. She is survived by many people whom she richly cherished and loved especially by sons Michael D. Brown (Melissa), Reverend Dean R. Brown (Anne) and her daughter Robyn Kaczowka (Derek); grandchildren Kenneth, Matthew, Trevor, Colton, Camryn, Brianna, Eric and Kristen (James); and her beloved cousin and wife, Staten and Sue Johnston of Morgan Hill, CA. These cherished relationships brought Shirley boundless joy. The funeral for Shirley will be Friday, Jan. 17 at 11a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Ave., Holyoke with committal services following in Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley. Calling hours for Shirley will be on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 7p.m. at Curran-O'Brien Funeral Home, 33 Lamb St, South Hadley. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley's memory may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040 or to Loomis Communities, c/o Development Office, 246 North Main St., South Hadley, MA 01075. For additional info., please visit curranobrien.com.
Raymond Lawrence Golding Jr., BBA ’57, of Lott, TX, died Thursday, January 9, 2020, in Dallas. He was 87. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Clover Hill Cemetery in Lott. Raymond was born April 22, 1932 in Dallas to Raymond Lawrence and Audrey Moore Golding Sr. He graduated from Lott High School in 1949 and Baylor University in 1956. He married Edna Crites on December 21, 1956 and they moved to Dallas to begin their life together. He served in the US Army from January 1953 to January 1955 and was stationed in Fort Lewis, WA. Raymond and Edna lived in Dallas until 1995 when they retired and moved back to Lott. In the meantime, they raised their family in Dallas and Raymond worked primarily as a public relations executive with an outdoor advertising firm. Their retirement years in Lott were some of their happiest memories, highlighted by fun times with the “Over the Hill Gang.” He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years, Edna Wallace Crites Golding and his daughter Susan Gail Golding Scirratt. He is survived by his two sons, Stephen Mark Golding and his wife Ann of Irving, and John Travis Golding of Midland; three grandchildren, Garrett Golding and his wife Elizabeth of Dallas, Mallory Golding Mullen and her husband Brian of Dallas, and Austin Scirratt of Houston. In addition, his legacy continues with three great-grandchildren: Quinn Rebecca Golding, Walker Stephen Golding, and Marlowe Joy Mullen.
Charles Gorlyn Lee, BBA ’57, age 89, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Lubbock, TX. He was born March 21, 1930 in Paducah, Texas to the late G.I. and Olga (Barrett) Lee. Charles was a graduate of Paducah High School. He attended Cisco Junior College where he played both football and basketball. He then attended Midwestern University of a football scholarship. He was an Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War. Upon returning from service he completed his education and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in 1956. He was employed with Diamond Shamrock for 18 years and retired from Lubbock Electric after 22 years. When younger, Charles was an avid golfer. He had a great wit and sense of humor and continued to be an enthusiastic fan and supporter of the Baylor Bears and the Red Raiders. Charles was preceded in death by his brother James Lee of Paducah and sister Mary Sue Faivre of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his sister Sara Ratliff of Fritch, his sister-in-law Adelia Lee of Amarillo, nephews Lee Ratliff and wife Kelly of Fritch, Ronnie Lee and wife Jeanette of Claude, nieces Karen Yoder and Husband Larry of Hugoton, Kansas, Lynda RIddle of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Pam Kaplan of Las Vegas Nevada as well as many great nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials or donations can be made to Paducah Cemetery Association, Paducah, Texas or Kindred Hospice of Lubbock.
Jesse Myron McDaniel Jr., BBA ’57, of Elm Mott, TX, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019. He was 85. Services will be 12 p.m., Thursday, December 12, at OakCrest Funeral Home followed by burial at Waco Memorial Park with Military Honors. Myron was born November 29, 1934 to Julia and Jesse Myron McDaniel Sr, and was a lifelong Waco resident. He graduated from Waco High School in 1953 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His basic training was in Great Lakes, Ill. On August 23, 1956, he married Patsy Schaefer. He graduated from Baylor University with a business degree in 1957, and moved to Dallas to serve in the Navy for three years as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. Myron returned to Waco in 1960 to start a family and operate McDaniel Garage for over 40 years. He had a passion for cars and racing, receiving numerous awards over the years in both go-kart and dirt racing. He was a Master Mason for over 50 years and a recipient of the 32nd Degree of Scottish Rite. Survivors include his wife, Patsy McDaniel; son, Mark McDaniel and wife, Charlotte; daughter, Jill Wilkerson and husband, Leroy; grandsons, Weston Wilkerson, Heath McDaniel, and Cameron McDaniel; granddaughters, Whitney Wilkerson and Haley Wilkerson; and nieces and nephews. All who knew him loved him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sign the Guest Book at www.oakcrestwaco.com.
Boyd Ausley, BBA ’58, died Dec. 29, 2019, in Plano, TX. This obituary is written by yours truly. I was the only child of Carl and Florabel Ausley born in Waco, Texas on September 9, 1936. I was a graduate of Waco High School in 1954 and a proud Waco High Tiger. Graduated from Baylor University in 1958 being of the class that was the "Greatest of the Great, the class of 1958." While at Baylor, I met and married the most amazing woman, Elaine Buchanan in 1957. For 42 years we had the privilege of being husband and wife. Elaine predeceased me in death March 6, 2000. We had 2 children Pamela Elaine and David Boyd. Pam and her husband Chris Schwartz have 2 wonderful and amazing children, twins Matthew and Kylie Schwartz. They were born after Elaine's death. She would have enjoyed them beyond her wildest dreams. David has 2 equally precious children, Landon who Elaine was privileged to know briefly, and Caroline who was born after her death. One regret in my life is that Elaine was not able to love and know these very special grandchildren. In the year 2002, God sent me Josephine Murray to breathe life back into my life and become my special wife and new best friend. Jo brought into my life 2 amazing sons, Andy and Chad along with Alicia, Chad's wife. The super bonus is 4 wonderful grandchildren, Jaden, Finley, Hudson and Landri. These unexpected gifts from God gave pleasure and enjoyment for so many years. I am also survived by my sister of choice, Elaine Eiland of Midland, Texas. Jo and I could not have managed these last days without her support and the support of her family who are my extended family. Also the strength and Godly wisdom provided by Bill and Margaret Arnold through the good times and the trials that life can bring. Praise God for godly friends. God has given me many friends. My Casa View Baptist Church kids, you know who you are, life-long Waco High and Baylor University friends, and my friends at Triesch Memorial UMC, particularly the Berean Class, and most recently the Something Else Sunday school class at St. Andrew UMC. My life has been exceptional and blessed beyond my wildest dreams. "To God be the glory what great things He has done", especially in the life of Boyd Ausley. To quote my Christian mentor, Rev. Bill Tisdale, "Ain't God good." These are my thoughts as I go to spend eternity with my Lord. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me! Boyd Ausley Services will be held on Saturday January 4, 2020 @1:00PM. Reception to follow at the church in Piro Hall. St. Andrew United Methodist Church 5801 West Plano Parkway Plano, Texas 75093.
Lillian “Inky” Wright Hall, BA ’58, (born Lillian Elizabeth Wright on June 5, 1935, Galveston TX) died Nov. 12, 2019 in Union, KY, aged 84, after a sudden stroke. Inky was born and raised in Galveston TX and moved to Kentucky after graduating from Baylor University in Waco TX. She taught English at Simon Kenton High School in Independence KY and Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell, before marrying Robert Hall of Walton in 1960. Afterward she became a devoted stay-at-home mother until her children were grown. She then obtained her master’s degree and returned to teaching, this time as an art teacher at Kelly Elementary in Burlington. She was an excellent cook and seamstress, sewing all of her children’s clothes. A 60-year member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington KY (later renamed Community of Faith Presbyterian church), she sang in the choir and served on the church session. She was also a gifted artist. She loved to travel and read. Inky was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Robert Lee Hall of Florence KY, her parents, Lillian and W.D. Wright of Buchanan Dam TX, and her sister, Patty Sears, of Arlington TX. She is survived by two daughters: Leigh (Anthony) Mosley of Knoxville TN and Rona (Alan) Neace of Union KY; plus four granddaughters: Jessica Neace of Florence KY; Alayna Neace of Louisville KY; Eloise Mosley of Chattanooga TN; and Laurel Mosley of Knoxville TN; plus one grandson: Alan Neace Jr. of Union KY. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Charles Holder of Covington, in addition to other extended family members across the country. A Gathering of Friends will be held at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home, 45 N. Main Street, Walton, KY 41094 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Maplewood Children’s Home, 4836 Idlewild Rd, Burlington, KY 41005. For directions, to order flowers, or to leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit the corresponding tabs on this page.
Henderson Augustus “Gus” Hicks, ’58, of Midland, TX, passed away November 25, 2019 at the age of 84. The “Tall Hog at the Trough” has taken his seat at the table in the house of the Lord. Gus Hicks was born April 16, 1935 in Ballinger, Texas to Willis Wesley Stone and Ila (Walker) Hicks. Gus was raised and educated at the Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth, Texas with his four siblings where he survived polio. An accomplished athlete Gus lettered in four sports each of his four years in high school with the Masonic Home Mighty Mites. As a Golden Glove Boxer, he was the DFW Heavyweight Champion in 1957 as well as 1958. He attended Baylor University on a football scholarship. Gus married his sweetheart, Beverly Lee Jones in 1958. Gus and Beverly moved from Fort Worth to Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1963. They then moved to Midland in 1969 where Gus was a successful sales professional in the oilfield until retirement. Gus loved old country music and especially George Jones. Gus’ hobbies included hunting, fitness and a good game of 42. He often was found gathered at the table during holidays and family gatherings mysteriously winning almost every game played including Farkle. This is a trait he passed down to the younger generations. At 3pm every day, rain, snow, sleet or shine you could find Gus walking at the Robert E. Lee Rebels High School track. Gus was a devoted football fan of the Lee Rebels, Baylor Bears, and the Dallas Cowboys. In the mid 70’s Gus officiated Junior High and High School football games all over West Texas. Gus was a fair referee. However, anyone who challenged Gus on a call found quickly the mistake was theirs not his. Gus always looked forward to a good time when a meal was involved. He enjoyed making people laugh and pulling their leg. Gus was a 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of the Acacia Lodge # 1414. He also served as the President of The Scottish Rite in 1985. Gus enjoyed being a part of the Masonic and Shriner organizations. He organized the Shrine Circus for numerous years which benefited crippled children. In the early 80s Gus organized the annual Midland Christmas parade. Gus was a faithful member of Kelview Heights Baptist Church since 1971 where he served as an Usher welcoming members and newcomers every Sunday. Gus enjoyed fellowship and gospel hymns in the Harvesters Class at Kelview. He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 61 years Beverly Hicks; sons Randall “Randy” and Jeff (Pam); Siblings Les Hicks (Marian) and Caroline Bottenfield; grandchildren Michael, Shandi (Stephen Williams), Alex Hicks; great grandchildren Brittany, Brianna, Brailey, Matthew, Landry and Jaxson. Gus is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Wesley and Willis Hicks. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Kelview Heights Baptist Church officiated by Jeff Franklin with a lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Midland in memory of Gus Hicks. The family would like to express their gratitude to Manor Park, Hospice, Midland Memorial Hospital and Dr. Vogel for the extended grace that was given every day. We love you and we miss you Gus, Dad and Poppa… AKA “Clem Kadiddlehopper.” “We little knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories; your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
Elizabeth Alexander Nisbet, BBA ’58, age 82, died peacefully in Houston, Texas on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Liz was the youngest of 10 children, born on March 31, 1937 to Helen and Charles Alexander in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Baylor University in 1958 she married the love of her life, John "Pinky" Nisbet. They made their home in Corpus Christi where they raised their children. Liz was involved in many community and charitable organizations. She was a faithful member of Church of the Good Shepherd. It was her passion and privilege to give back to her church and her community which she did faithfully and tirelessly. She served her church and community in many capacities including, Christus Spohn Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees-Emeritus, Driscoll Children's Hospital Foundation Board, Past President of the Junior League of Corpus Christi, Past President of Las Donas de la Corte, Past President of the Patrons of the Order of de Pineda, Texas State Aquarium Board of Trustees, Coastal Bend Community Foundation Board, various positions at her beloved Church of the Good Shepherd including being the Senior Warden, St James Episcopal School, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Executive Committee and Foundation Committee. Liz will always be remembered as a strong, generous individual of integrity with a deep love of family and friends. She leaves an incredible legacy for her infectious joy, her gift of living life no matter what unfolds and we give thanks for her gift of illuminating a room with her smile. She was the epitome of grace. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John "Pinky" Nisbet and her son, Captain John Edward Nisbet, Jr, U.S.M.C. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Nisbet Trice (David), her granddaughters Elizabeth Trice Kruger (Travis), Annie Trice (fiance Matt) and great grandson, Travis Kruger, Jr. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 11:00am at Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. The family will receive friends afterward at the the church in Mund's Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401; St. James Episcopal School - John Edward Nisbet, jr. Scholarship Fund, 602 S. Carancahua, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401; Driscoll Children's Hospital, 3535 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78411. The family wishes to express their thanks, love and appreciation to all of Liz's many family and friends who provided support and care during this time.
Dorothy Muriel Brown Pearson, BA ’58, age 83, of Athens, Texas, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. Dorothy graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Dayton, Texas and went on to receive a degree from Baylor University. While at Baylor she was introduced to an Aggie football player, Henry Pearson, who became her greatest admirer and beloved husband. Dorothy was devoted to her family and active in her church. She helped her husband through graduate school, supported him in his work, and traveled with him to many foreign countries. Dorothy often entertained friends and any stranger Henry brought home. She enjoyed reading, exercising, playing the piano and vacationing with dear friends. Though outwardly beautiful, Dorothy was characterized by an inward kindness, loving heart, and grace- the kind of beauty that lasts. She was known for her smile, heart of gratitude and sense of humor. She faced hard circumstances with a fierce determination and with the beauty and sweetness that only comes when one depends on the Lord Jesus Christ. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, nana, daughter, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Henry A. Pearson, Sr.; son, Richard Franklin Pearson, and parents, Carl and Olivia Brown. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Beth Pearson Latham and husband, Bill; son, Henry Alexander Pearson, Jr. and wife, Kathy; sister, Lola Blakewood and husband, Blake; grandchildren, Rachal Latham Lewis and husband, Jacob, Leane Latham Hinds and husband, Shawn, Carly Latham, Hunter Pearson, Audrey Pearson, and Isaac Pearson; great grandchildren, Bear Lewis, Pearson Lewis, Greyson Hinds, and McKenzie Hinds, and numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, Athens, Texas or BRH choir, Baylor University.
Robert Wright Wilson, BBA ’58, of Star City, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on December 14, 2019, at age 86. He was born January 19, 1933, in Wilson, Arkansas, to Martha Wilson and Walton Francis “Hy” Wilson. Robert, known affectionately as “Paw Paw” and “Poppa B”, was a United States Army veteran having served during the Korean War. In 1956, he met Bebbian “Bebe” Nan Fuller at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Bebe and Robert married in 1958 in Orange, Texas, and shortly after they moved to St. Louis, Missouri, for Robert to pursue a career in sales with International Paper Company. In the mid-1960’s they relocated to Dallas, Texas, where Robert began a thirty-year career in commercial real estate. In 1981, the family moved to Grand Saline, Texas. It was during these years that Robert’s relationship with the Lord grew. His career was in commercial real estate, but his calling was evangelism. God used his gifts and talents in many ways while he served as a member and deacon at Main Street Baptist Church. In 1991, the family moved again, this time to San Antonio, Texas, where they began a new retail company called, Made By Hand Craft Malls. This time two of their children, Wright and Bebbian, worked alongside with them. Robert continued to tell others about Christ’s love as he served as a counselor with a prison ministry, as well as a prayer partner with a telephone ministry at Castle Hills Baptist Church. It was in 1998 when the family returned to Orange, Texas. Robert enjoyed his final years of employment at the Stark Museum as a security guard. He always took advantage of learning more about southwestern art. Then, in 2018, Robert moved to the Dalton’s Place in Star City, Arkansas, to enjoy spending time with close friends from high school. He will be remembered for his love of his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with them. He was a blessed man with many friends who he considered as close family. He served his Lord, his family, his community, and his country. He was the “real deal.” Robert was a big man full of big hugs and a big voice. Survivors include his children, Robert Wright Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Wendi, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Burton Fuller Wilson and his companion, Cla Lynn Strother, of Port Neches, Texas; Bebbian Wilson Seiler and her husband, Larry, of Carrollton, Texas; and Betty Wilson Goff and her husband, Mike, of Carrollton, Texas; nephews, David Craig Wilson and his wife, Vicki, of Dallas, Texas and Jay Wright Wilson and his wife, Teri, of Richardson, Texas; grandchildren, Jonathan Burton Wilson and his wife, Grace; Brian Everett Wilson and his wife, Bethany; Jentzi Marie Wilson; Maggie Goff; Wilson Seiler; Bebbian Jade Wilson; and Robert Wright Wilson III; and great-grandchildren, Holli Lanthier; and Henry, Alex, James, and Luke Wilson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Walton “Hy” Wilson; wife, Bebe Wilson; brother, Walton “Skip” Wilson; and nephew, Jerry Wilson. A visitation of family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his memorial service at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ashes to Glory Foundation at www.ashestogloryfoundation.org.
Sherwin A. “Sherm” Winniford, JD ’58, of Waco, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend went home peacefully Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 88 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at St. Louis Catholic Church on January 11 at 10:00 AM with Fr. Ryan Higdon officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, January 10 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at OakCrest Funeral Home. Sherm, son of Claude Sherwin and Stella Mae (Witcher), was born July 13, 1931, and grew up on a farm outside Cumby, Texas. He attended East Texas State Teachers College, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in history. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1955 and then attended Baylor Law School, graduating in 1958. Sherm practiced law in Waco for 43 years with the firm of Fulbright Winniford. He married Mildred (Torchy) Brown in 1954, and she preceded him in 1990. They had two sons, Dustye and John Charles. In 1992 he married Elaine Ferguson, and for the next 28 years they traveled, played golf (his favorite courses were in Hawaii), and shared so many of life’s blessings. He enjoyed watching Baylor football as well as the Baylor Lady Bears. An avid reader, Sherm never turned down a book, especially when it was a biography or World War II history. He was a friend to all animals and was an incredible storyteller. Many friendships began with “Blue Suede Shoes”! His insight, sense of fairness, generosity, and dedication to the law will long be remembered. Preceding him in death were his parents; Torchy; mothers-in-law, Lillian “Mama” Brown and Helen Rose; father-in-law, Robert “Papa” Brown; brother, Dewayne and wife, Gloria Winniford; and brother-in-law, Richard Blackshear. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Dustye and John Charles; grandson, Randall; brother, Joe Don Winniford and wife, Mary; sisters-in-law, Boo Robinson and Kim Blackshear; brother-in-law, Clifton Robinson and wife, Betsy; nieces, Donna Davis, Devy Bert, Holly Robinson and husband, Nathan; nephews, John Winniford and wife, Nikki, Steve Winniford, Gordon Robinson and wife, Valerie, Charles Robinson, Beau Blackshear and wife, Samantha; many life long friends; and his precious dogs, Baxter and Buddy. Sherm’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Drs. Wayne Falcone, Tom Lundeen, Jeffrey Young, and Gary Barbin, as well as to Mary, Tootie, and Vicki, formerly with Providence Cardiac Rehab, for the exceptional care provided to Sherm over the years. The family also thanks Dr. Adam Falcone, Missy, and the Bluebonnet Hospice family, especially Anthony, Jessica, Patricia, and Stacy for their support. Memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends, Waco Humane Society, or a charity of your choice. A special thank you to Bruce Fisher for his kindness and help when it was needed the most. Pallbearers are Colin O'Neill, John Winniford, Vince Clark, Steve Williams, Beau Blackshear, and Gordon Robinson. Honorary pallbearers are Clifton Robinson, Bob Wolter, Paul Marable, Wanda Butler, John Fulbright Family, Dick Dickson Family, Newman Copeland, Joe Johnson Family, Ginger Witcher, Louis Muldrow, Bill Sessions, Harry Littlewood, Bruce Fisher, Ron Smart, John Fisher, Rosemary McClain, Noley Bice, and the Fulbright Winniford Law Firm.
Dr. Robert John “Bob” Hinson, BA ’59, lived all the days ordained for him (Psalm 139:16) passing away in Springfield, MO, on Nov. 25, 2019. He was 82. Hinson was the only child born to Robert Jones Hinson and Mary Julius Clark Hinson on October 23, 1937 in Houston, Texas. Bob's father was in the seismograph oil exploration business and his family moved often. Bob lived in thirty-nine towns in four states before graduating from High School in Athens, Texas. Called into the ministry at age 15, he was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church of Athens, Texas in 1955 before enrolling in Baylor University. He graduated from Baylor in 1959. That same year he married fellow classmate and graduate of Baylor, Sue Carolyn Mitchell. They were wed at the First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, Texas on June 13, 1959. Dr. Hinson was a graduate of Baylor University BA 1959, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary BD 1964 MRE 1965, and Phillips University Graduate Seminary Doctor of Ministry 1985. He began his first pastorate at Baxter Baptist Church, Athens, Texas as a seminary student in 1960.He retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Midwest City, Oklahoma in 2000 having pastored continuously for 40 years. Other churches he served as pastor were: the First Baptist Churches of Tioga, Texas, Honey Grove, Texas, and Marlow, Oklahoma. After retirement he served several Oklahoma Baptist churches as interim pastor. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson. Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Carolyn (Mitchell) Hinson, BBA ’59, his sons Barry (Angela) of Stillwater, OK and Scott (Jill) of Traverse City MI. His granddaughters Tiffany and Ashley (Josh and his son Madden). His grandsons Robert (Kylea) and Andrew (Kayla). His great grandson Carter (Tiffany). Bob was preceded in death by his grandson-in-law Niles (Tiffany) and great grandson Kaladin (Andrew). A celebration of life service will be planned for the Spring of 2020 with dates and location to be determined. Bob asked that any memorial gifts be made to Samaritan's Purse of Boone, NC.
Mary Herman Jackson, BA ’59, age 81, of Keller, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, December 9, 2019. Born May 5, 1938 in Brownsville, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Glen and Maurine Herman. She was married to the late Robert T. Jackson for 57 years who preceded her in 2017. After graduating from Baylor University in 1959, she taught school for several years. Mary was an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother. Her passion in life was her family. Throughout much of her life she was active in church and community activities. P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization, was dear to her heart. She is survived by her sons Tom (Lynice) of Savannah, Georgia and Ron (Sarah) of Keller, Texas; a brother Elwyn Herman of Brownsville Texas; grandchildren: Will, Caroline, Zach, and Kade; Blake and Brett and their mother Jennifer Jackson. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m. at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas in the Founder’s Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to The Joseph School in Haiti, 161 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203; https://thejosephschool.kindful.com/?campaign=1048184
Dr. Janeda Grace Wilcox Stennett, BA ’59, of New Orleans, LA, peacefully ended her Earthly journey at home on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Glynda Ann Stennett and her son James Warren Stennett. She was predeceased by her husband Albert James Stennett. She was born in Rising Star, Texas and a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in Drama. Jane received her Master's degree in Communications from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and her Doctorate in Psychology from International College in San Diego, Calif. Known as "Dr. Jane" by her listeners, she was a local New Orleans radio personality in the 1980s who appeared on WGSO, WSMB and WTIX and was famous for her daily sign-on phrase "Welcome to The Dr. Jane Stennett Show. Tell me where it hurts." In her private practice, she owned and operated "Change Agency" in Metairie, La. as well as the TERRAP program – a groundbreaking treatment program for agoraphobia. During Ronald Reagan's first term as president, Jane served as a member of a presidential medical delegation from the United States to the People's Republic of China. As an avid globetrotter, she also visited Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Japan, Canada, Istanbul, and Egypt. Jane authored several novels including There's No Such Thing as a Literary Agent. Since her professional retirement, Jane served as the Director of Senior Ministries at Rayne Memorial Methodist Church in New Orleans where she directed the Primetimers Seniors Outreach Program. A memorial service will be held at Rayne Memorial Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Donations can be made to Rayne Memorial Methodist Church or Be the Match. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.