Joe Edd Grimm, BBA ’60, age 88, of West, TX, passed away December 18, 2019, at Homestead Nursing Home in Hillsboro, TX. A rosary will be recited 6:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2019, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption with Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Military Graveside Rites will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, conducted by the West Veterans Honor Guard. Born Joseph Edward on May 2, 1931 in Tours to Herman and Rosie (Mashek) Grimm, Joe Edd attended St. Martin’s School in Tours and was a 1948 graduate of West High School where he played all sports and was voted Most Popular his senior year. Joe Edd’s future accounting career kicked off after high school when he attended 4-C Business College in Waco, but his education took a detour when he felt the accountability to serve his country. He joined the United States Navy and proudly served during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return to civilian life Joe Edd stayed focused on earning a college degree but he also had to earn his own way to enroll into Baylor University’s School of Business. Perhaps this is when Joe Edd learned he could juggle more than one big project and manage to come out smiling with his huge trademark grin. He successfully balanced working nights at General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco while taking classes at Baylor when he got off work; however, he did take time to embrace the most important person to enter his life, Anne Karlik. On May 25, 1957, Joe Edd and Anne were united in marriage after dating three years. This year May 25, 2019, marked a celebration of 62 years of marriage and although Anne preceded him in death on September 29, 2019, this Christmas will be special as Joe Edd and Anne are reunited to celebrate a total of 65 years rejoicing the birth of Jesus together. By August 1960 Joe Edd, wearing his favorite green and gold, proudly achieved his status as accountant when he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. Together he and Anne, who had attended business school in Dallas, established Grimm Insurance Agency as their family business which remains a vital part of West’s economy. In 1969, The West News featured Joe Edd, Anne, and their four children, saying: Joe Edd is one of West’s “up-and-coming” young men. For a living he sells insurance—auto, fire, life, and hospitalization—but it often seems he spends most of his time working for the betterment of West. Joe Edd was passionate about his business and all things West. He loved going to work and helping his customers with their insurance needs. As a tax accountant, Joe Edd spent time answering questions and offering financial advice oftentimes at no cost. He was awake early every morning and ready to go to the office he loved up until last month. Joe Edd’s strong work ethic and ability for organizing the strengths of the West community continue to this day. Much like a founding father, Joe Edd had the foresight in establishing many of West’s most notable organizations such as founding the St. Mary's Cemetery Association, West Bass Club, and the West Athletic Booster Club. In the 1970s Joe Edd extended his role in the community as Justice of the Peace for McLennan County for seven years. He was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4819, the American Legion, West Kiwanis Club, and the West Chamber of Commerce. Always friendly, happy and smiling, Joe Edd talked to everyone and never met a stranger. He loved telling people he’d met from all over the United States about West. He had a great sense of humor, was witty, and coined playful nicknames for the folks in his life. He enjoyed fishing every chance he got, quail hunting, delivering meals on Thanksgiving and was an avid West Trojan sports fan. He especially loved cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren. From his humble beginnings, he continued to juggle projects, serve the community, and love his family fiercely. Joe Edd was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, usher, lecturer and assisted the Church of Assumption Diocesan Expansion committee. He was an agent for Catholic Life Insurance, a member of St. Mary’s PTC, and St. Mary’s Quarterback Club. Working with Father George Doskocil, Joe Edd organized the St. Mary’s Cemetery Association. Joe Edd is also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mike Grimm; an infant daughter, Mary Beth Grimm; an infant grandson, Curtis Michael Grimm; and a sister, Marilyn Hutyra. Survivors include his children, Pat Grimm and wife Valerie, Suzanne Jares and husband Anthony, and Betsy Browder and husband Glenn, all of West; a daughter-in-law, Gina Grimm Calabro and husband Bob; a sister, Martha Altus Beneze and husband Buck; a brother-in-law, Albin Petter; his loving grandchildren, Cassidy Drenka and husband Mark, Jordan Grimm and wife Julia, Hayden Grimm and fiancé Kyley, Nolan Grimm and fiancé Peyton, Garrett Jares, Sarah Jares, Emily Jares, Brooke Browder, Blaine Browder, and Cole Calabro; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Pallbearers are grandsons Jordan Grimm, Hayden Grimm, Nolan Grimm, Garrett Jares, Blaine Browder, and Cole Calabro. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's School Endowment Fund or West Kiwanis Club.
Charles W. Oldham, JD ’60, longtime Wichita Falls, TX, attorney, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Reverend Justin Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. Charles was born on July 4, 1933 in Dallas to the late William Jennings Bryan and Ingeberg (Johnson) Oldham. The family moved to Scarsdale, New York during his childhood. The family returned to Dallas where he graduated with honors from Woodrow Wilson High School. He attended the University of Texas, then volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, including 16 months in Korea, where he served with the 75th Field Artillery, and later as an Artillery Survey and Fire Control Instructor at the NCO Academy of Korea. After completing his service, he received his law school training at Baylor University, where he earned his J.D. Degree. Charles entered private practice in Wichita Falls in 1960, and owned Oldham and Associates. He held Legal Specialization Certificates in Civil Trial and Personal Injury Trial Law. He had handled cases in Federal Courts in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Antonio, Pecos, Wichita Falls, Sherman, and Oklahoma City. He married Barbara Charlotte Gilleland, a native of North Carolina on December 18, 1973, and the couple were married for 34 years, until her passing in 2008. Charles was actively involved in his community, serving on several advisory boards. He served as president of the Wichita Falls Jaycees from 1967-1968. He was a past member of Downtown Rotary, Air Force Association, and Sertoma Club. Charles was also a member of the Wichita County Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court, Defense Research Institute, American Legion Post 202, and the Elk’s Club. Charles served as a Director of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel on two occasions. He was a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and was presented the Boss of the Year Award by the Wichita County Legal Secretary’s Association for 1983-1984. Charles had also served as a Director of Sertoma International, and as a Director of the original Community Action Corporation. He was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he had served in various capacities. He was a 50-year member of Faith Masonic Lodge #1158, Wichita Falls Lodge #635, Wichita Valley Scottish Rite Club, York Rite Bodies, and was a Past Potentate of Maskat Shrine Temple, where he served in various capacities including Parliamentarian, Chairman of the Necrology Committee, and served as the Temple attorney. Charles was active in the Foot Patrol, serving as president of the unit, Captain of the Drill Team, and performed with the team for many years in competitions. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; siters Betty Oldham Little and Patsy Oldham Sparr; and brother-in-law Joe Gilleland and his wife Betty.Charles is survived by Barbara’s nieces who were very close to him, Kole and Tiffany Kotulek and daughter Lexi, Bridgette and Jason Williams and their children Keaton and Brinna, and Katonya Cole and her children Joseph, Jaylynn, and Kyley; Betty’s children Lynn Mendenhall and husband Matt, David Little and wife Joan, Lynn Mendenhall and husband Matt, Lisa Little, and Marta Gaddis and husband Mike; Patsy’s children Sharon Ingram and husband Darrell, Sandy Carrington, and Richard Sparr and wife Jennifer; brother-in-law Gary Gilleland and wife Darylene. Charles is also survived by his nearest and dearest friend, confidant, and the real boss of Oldham and Associates, Wilda Anderson. Charles had such a large extended family, that it would take all day to name them all, he was surrounded by so many people who loved and adored him.
Sandra S. Cain, BA ’61, of Spring, TX, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2019, at age 80. She was born on September 14, 1939 in Orange, Texas, where she was raised until college. As a young lady, she loved her family beach vacations in Galveston. She completed her undergrad at Baylor University and, after her divorce, she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Lady of the Lake. She was a dedicated Social Worker, rising to Superintendent of The Lufkin State School. In her free time, she enjoyed needlepoint and started a family tradition of making unique needlepoint Christmas stockings for everyone. Sandra is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Cain Feldt and husband David; grandson, Scott Feldt; and her sister, Stephanie Sample. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the SPCA.
Yvonne Cypert, BS ’61, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Providence Hospital in Waco. Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 6, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation may be made during normal operation hours of 8:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Yvonne was born on September 4, 1940, in Waco, Texas, to J.V. and Frances Cypert. Due to a c hildhood illness and subsequent paralysis, Yvonne spent her remaining life confined to a wheelchair. She spent her entire life living in Waco. Yvonne attended the Waco schools and graduated in 1958 from Waco High School. During her educational career Yvonne earned numerous academic awards and was known for her intellect and achievements. Yvonne attended Baylor University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Physics. Her subsequent immediate academic endeavors resulted in earning a Certified Public Accountant certification. With this certification in hand, Yvonne opened her own accounting office where she practiced accounting for 50 years. Yvonne’s hobby was reading, and she quickly read numerous books where she developed an interest in writing romance fiction. She was an active member in the Romance Writers Association in the Waco area. With her many scholarly interests, Yvonne enjoyed talking at length about almost any subject. She also rarely missed her favorite Baylor Bears football team in action in all types of weather and temperatures. She proudly purchased her football season tickets for almost 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved pet Akita, Brodie. Yvonne is survived by her brother Jim Cypert and his wife Rita of Waco; her nephew Christian Cypert and wife Cheryl of Providence Village, TX and their daughter Gretchen; plus many cousins. The family would like to recognize long-time caregivers Carla Swatsell and Carol Valentine for their years of dedicated service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her beloved Baylor University or to a charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Barbara Carey Johnstone, BA ’61, of Lake Oswego, OR, died Nov. 28, 2019.
Charles Maurice McCarley, BA ’61, of Texarkana, Texas, born March 22, 1934, in Corona, New Mexico, left this life December 1, 2019, at the age of 85. Charles graduated with an undergraduate degree from Baylor University before pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduating, he accepted the call to pastor in Texarkana, Texas. Charley, as most knew him, filled many rolls to the community in his life of service. Whether it was as a member of the Texarkana RC Flying Club, or Mr. Charley the organ man who responded to 30 years of church organ repair calls or as Brother Charles teaching seminary extension classes, serving as a deacon or in visitation ministry, or pastoring the several local churches he was appointed to throughout the years; the most recent appointment placed him as an assistant pastor of the local Korean Baptist Church for a number of years. He was a faithful member of Highland Park Baptist Church and served Christ in all that he did. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Marie McCarley, two brothers, Cecil McCarley and Edward McCarley and nephew, Michael McCarley. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret McCarley of Texarkana, Texas, sister, Jacqueline McCarley, two sisters-in-law, Julia McCarley and Phyllis McCarley of the San Antonio area, daughter and son-in-law, Lorna and Terry Nipper of Texarkana, Texas, son and daughter-in-law, David and Anita McCarley of Bedford, Texas, daughter and son-in-law, Caryl and Bryon DeVries of Arlington, Texas, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of loved ones. Funeral services will be 2pm, Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Highland Park Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm Friday evening at Chapelwood Funeral Home. Online registration @ www.chapelwoodfuneralhome.com.
Francis “Frank” R. Rooney, DDS ’61, of Globe, AZ, died Nov. 26, 2019, at his residence. He was a longtime dentist in the area. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, daughters Holly and Heidi, and a son, Frank. Private family services are planned. Donations can be made to the Gila County Humane Society.
Carol Joy Johnson Snyder, BA ’61, of Memphis, TN, passed away due to complications arising from pneumonia on December 2, 2019. She was 79. Born on January 3, 1940 to Glenn and Erlene Johnson in Memphis, Carol is survived by her husband Dr. Dowen E. (Buck) Snyder, her sister Kay Johnson Carey, her two children Scott and Joy, and two grandchildren Elliana and Elyssa. Carol graduated from Messick High School and Baylor University with degrees in English literature and French and taught high school French before she married and became a homemaker. Carol was a sword drill regional finalist in her youth and an amateur ventriloquist as an adult. She taught fourth and fifth graders in Sunday School at Bellevue Baptist Church and enjoyed art and music, especially hymns. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home 5599 Poplar Ave. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. also on Friday. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memphisfuneralhomepoplar.com for the Snyder family.
Lynn Bergold Thorne, BBA ’61, MBA ’64, of Raleigh, NC, died Dec. 19, 2019. She was born January 1, 1939 in McComb, Mississippi. Her parents were George and Elizabeth Bergold. Lynn graduated from McComb High School, and then went to Baylor University. Lynn studied Accounting, and later taught at the University of Georgia, and NC State. She also edited Accounting Text Books. In 1983, she met Frank Thorne at Church, and they later married. Frank had three children from a previous marriage. They are Susan Friedl, Steve Thorne and Carol Prillman. Lynn has a special love for her niece and nephew Christie Callender and Hunter Bergold. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, January 3, 2019 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund at 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. A service of Bright Funeral Home 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC 2757. www.brightfunerals.com
Royce Glen West, BSPE ’61, of Aledo, Texas passed away Friday, December 20, 2019. He was 80. Remaining here until it is their time to join him at “THE GATE”:
Baylor University four years’ college sweetheart and marriage companion of fifty-eight years for a totally devoted true love story of sixty-two years,Dr. Syntha Jane Traughber West.Older son, Rock, fiancé, Thelma Holt, and sons Xander and Jett. Younger son, Royal, daughter-in-law, April, and sons Cade, Colton, Keaton, and Weston.Oldest brother, Kenneth, wife, Claudette, and their extended families.Middle brother, Donald, his late wife Sandra, and their extended families.Noted every July the bonded West Families meet for a weekend of coming together and reminiscing.In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in Royce's memory to Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant since Royce knew how much the pageant and its causes mean to Syntha. Make check payable to: Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant and mail to: Director Sarah Senter, 1307 Medical District Drive, Dallas, TX 75207.
Royce Glen West/A Football Life
How to win State Football Championships His 50’s version
Royce wrote these notes on the eve of being interviewed and then selected the next Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Waskom High School. At the time, he was being noted by media as a top potential and proven winning coach. So these are some of his highlight points.
1. Begin in Eighth setting goals of actually winning State Football Championships
2. Organize off-season programs during school, summers, and weekends when allowed and approved through weights, quickness, and agility drills.
3. Play high-quality rated teams to gear up for stiff competitions.
4. Set a mind-set football is fun and appreciated in Texas like no other small school activity.
5. My 1955 junior year at Stamford H.S., our first state championship, we defeated the past 2-AA State Champions, Phillips, the past 3-AAA State Champions , Breckenridge, then as we gained momentum with these superior successes, in the Semi-Finals, our fullback, Don Wills, scored the winning touchdown with a broken collar bone showing determination and not letting anything get in the way of finishing successfully!
6. That year we beat Hillsboro 39-7 to win it all, the first of Coach Gordon Wood’s eventual nine State Football Championships.
7. During my senior 1956 season, we beat Hillsboro 39-7 to win it all, back-to-back, with a thirty-five game winning streak noted still in some history legendary writings.
8. Every weekend during football season, we team members would meet at someone’s house, on our own, on Thursday nights and pep each other up. We would say, “Who’s going to make the BIG PLAY?” Without any prompting from anyone, all of us would shout, “I AM, I AM!!”
9. Before every game the cheerleaders and pep squad would stand outside our dressing room, coaches would turn off all the lights, and we would hear those sweet girls’ voices sing The Lord’s Prayer. We would all be so fired up ready to compete knowing God was on our side!
10. Coach Gordon Wood was one of the greatest coaches of the century and he is still my best coach so long ago. He was the most caring coach in my fourteen years of playing football!
Dorothy Lois Horn Winston, ’61, of Houston, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 26, 2019. She was 80 years old. She is survived by son Michael Winston and wife Susan of Norman, Oklahoma; daughter Amy St.Denis and husband Greg of Houston; son David Winston and wife Angela of Houston; and grandchildren Zachary St.Denis, Danielle St.Denis, Thomas Winston, Dorothy Winston, Mallory St.Denis, Kate Winston, Henry Winston, and Mary Ellen Winston. She is also survived by her sister Leah Jane Horn and husband Gene Parker of Huntington, Texas, and sister-in-law Mary Virginia Winston Casper of Lufkin, Texas, and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Edmund Price Winston, Jr., and parents E. Gordon Horn and Clemia Lois Hale Horn of Lufkin. Born in Lufkin, Texas, on January 22, 1939, Dorothy graduated from Lufkin High School in 1957, where she was involved with her dear Girl Scout Troop. She attended Baylor University from 1957 until 1960, at which time she moved to College Station after marrying her high school sweetheart Edmund, so he could complete his degree at Texas A&M University in 1961. Dorothy devoted her life to nurturing her flock, children and grandchildren alike. Her grandchildren adored their “Dee.” She taught Sunday School to the young married class with her husband at Tallowood Baptist Church where she was a member for over 50 years. They formed friendships with several couples with whom they raised children and vacationed through the years. Her friends became an extension of the family. Following a private burial, a memorial service will be conducted at Tallowood Baptist Church 555 Tallowood Drive at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 30, 2019, with Dr. Duane Brooks presiding. Pallbearers will be Clint Bateman, Jo Ed Dossey, Wendell Erwin, James Felder, Don Looser, Thomas Powers, Charlie Read, James Shirley, Kenneth Tekell, and Thomas Womble. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or a charity of your choice. Dorothy Winston will leave a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her.
Paul Lyle, BA ’62, JD ’64, of Plainview, TX, was born August 12, 1940 to Ramer R. Lyle and Vonie Mae Echols Lyle in Magnolia, Arkansas. He went home to be with the Lord on November 22, 2019 following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 79. After growing up in Atlanta, Texas, Paul attended Baylor University where he obtained a B.A. in 1962 and went on to earn a law degree from Baylor University Law School in 1964. He met the love of his life, Linda Kay Rogers during his time at Baylor and they were married from 1962 until her death in 2003. Paul and Linda moved to Plainview where they reared their children, and he practiced law for over 40 years until his retirement. Paul served as a Director on the State Bar of Texas, and a trustee of the Mayer Foundation. He published the Lyle Digest and Superintendent's Manual-Commissioner's Decisions for many years and represented over 60 school districts across the state of Texas. He was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a distinguished expert in school law and was a featured speaker annually at School Law legal conferences at the University of Texas Law School and also at many national legal conferences. He was a member of and chaired the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Paul was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Plainview and a noted mentor to many through the years. He lived a life of service in his community and influenced countless people through his wise counsel, generosity and encouragement. Paul is survived by his daughter, Leah Kay Lyle Gabriel of Westlake, Texas and her husband Brent Gabriel; their children, Garrett Gabriel and Olivia Gabriel; his grandchildren, Dallas Lyle and London Lyle of Colorado Springs; his brother-in-law Jerry Rogers and sister-in-law Karolyn Rogers of Midland and cousins in Atlanta, Texas. In addition to his loving wife, Linda, and his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother, Van Lyle in 1977, and his son, John Paul Lyle, in 2018. A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 26, at the First United Methodist Church of Plainview with Rev. Mike Shafer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HopeHouse International (hopehouseinternational.org). Online condolences may be made at www.kornerstonefunerals.com.
Dan Roy Murry, BA ’62, was born on July 29, 1937 in their family home in Athens, Texas to Roy and Grace Murry. He was the oldest of four sons who all grew up in Athens. Dan was surrounded by family in Plano, Texas when he passed away the evening of Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019 at the age of 82 from heart failure after a long decline from Muscular Dystrophy. He didn’t let his illness get him down, as he found his identity in Christ, his Lord and Savior. He was saved at the age of eight years old at a summer Bible camp in East Texas. Dan loved The Lord, his family and our country, and he was a witness and servant leader to all who knew him. He graduated from Athens High School, received an Associate’s Degree from Henderson County Junior College (presently Trinity Valley Community College), and completed a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University where he majored in history and religion. He attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas where he studied religious education and later received his Master’s Degree from North Texas State University (presently UNT), where he specialized in school administration. He met his wife, Ruby Lynn Roberts Murry, while he was at Baylor University, and they were married in 1961 during his senior year. In order to afford his lifelong dream of going to Baylor, he worked multiple jobs before college including roofing, shoe store salesman, newspaper route, hatchery, oil field worker, and during college as a stocker, checker and assistant produce manager at Piggly Wiggly grocery store, as well as a guard for Armored Motor Service. Dan and Ruby graduated from Baylor in May of 1962; and after his first year at Southwestern Theological Seminary, he was recruited to teach in Irving ISD. He taught 5th grade at Plymouth Park Elementary School and became the assistant principal after one year. Shortly thereafter, he became the principal at T. J. Lee Elementary School. Following Irving, he was principal at Stewart Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas, and he finished his career in education as a principal in Plano, Texas. In Plano, he opened Jackson Elementary and Carpenter Middle School. He loved his teachers and students at every school and was known for connecting on personal levels by holding events and even taking trips with them. When Dan retired from the school district, he became a real estate investor along with joining his son, David, as a partner in his landscape and water gardens business. Dan continued his leadership in other organizations including the Lion’s Club in Lubbock, Texas, the Dallas Business Association, and the Plano Early Lion’s Club where he was a Charter Member, and served as a Zone Chairman, Chairman of Leadership Development, and President. He established the Leo’s Club, a Lions International Youth Group in Plano, where he enjoyed mentoring youth in leadership. He had a love for music, often singing boldly in his tenor voice at church and with family. In high school and community college, he was the 1st Chair trombone player and section leader. During the last 15 years of his life, he and Ruby were able to split their time between living on family property in the country (Canton, Texas) and the city (Plano, Texas). Dan is survived by Ruby, his wife of 58 years, two brothers: John Allen Murry (wife, Sheila Bellamy Murry) of Canton, Texas and Michael Edward Murry (wife, Beverly Murry) of Dallas, Texas; daughter Dana Lynn Pingenot (husband, John D. Pingenot) of Plano, Texas, daughter Jan Michelle Van Volkenburgh (husband, Brandon R. Van Volkenburgh) of Celina, Texas, son David Edward Murry (wife, Kelley Johnston Murry) of Leggett, Texas; five grandchildren: Joshua Evan Pingenot (25), Ryan Joseph Pingenot (25), Luke William Pingenot (17), Abigail Grace Van Volkenburgh (12) and Ava Rose Van Volkenburgh (10); two nieces: Melissa Murry Eaton of Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Cynthia Murry Melton (husband, David Craig Melton) of Mesquite, Texas; and six nephews: Danny Dewayne Murry (wife, Janice Busby Murry) of Caddo Mills, Texas, David Allen Murry (wife, Dawn Staman Murry) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jason Howard Murry (wife, Anjanette Murry) of Crandall, Texas, Kevin Wayne Murry (wife, Andrea Arnn Murry) of Dallas, Texas, Joseph Edward Murry (wife, Elissa Murry) of Dallas, Texas, James Howard Murry, Jr. of Athens, Texas, and seven great nieces and five great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Grace Murry, brother James Howard Murry, and two nieces, Diane Wilburn and Dawna Marchbanks. A memorial service will be held at Legacy Church, 5333 Independence Parkway, Plano, Texas 75023 on Tuesday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations in Dan’s name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas at www.mda.org or 8131 LBJ Fwy, Suite 440, Dallas, TX 75251. The family thanks you for your love and prayers.
Claudia Winn Sieber, BA ’62, born in Corsicana, Texas on December 14, 1939, passed away in Baltimore, MD, on November 3, 2019 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Harry C. Sieber, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University; her daughter, Diane Sieber, a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Director of the Herbst Program for Engineering Ethics and Society; her granddaughter, Cora Isabel Braitberg, of Boulder, Colorado; her brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Teri Winn of Dallas, Texas, and several nieces and nephews in Texas and California. Claudia attended public schools in her hometown, graduated as valedictorian of her high school class, and continued her education at Baylor University, where she received a B.A. degree in English and History. She later became a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, and was awarded a PhD in History (1986) and later taught part-time at UMBC. Her work on urban development in imperial Madrid (Spain) informed academic scholarship worldwide and she was generous with her discoveries and ideas. Research and scholarship, together with interest in contemporary local politics and community development, were instrumental in her joining NECO (North East Community Organization), where she actively took part in issues related to Baltimore urban life, including housing discrimination, community structures and neighborhood politics. She helped generations of students-both undergraduates and graduates-orient themselves in Madrid on study abroad programs and research trips. She will be greatly missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing her. At her request, there will be no memorial service.
Frank Larry Stegall, BBA ’62, of Mustang, OK, passed away Jan. 1 at age 81. His funeral was Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Mustang. Interment was at Mustang Cemetery. Pastor Daniel Ross officiated. Frank was born in Jacksonville, Texas, on May 4, 1938, to Fonzo John and Ann Smith Stegall. He was raised in the Athens, Texas, area. He graduated from Athens High School in 1956. He attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before transferring to Baylor University, where he graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree. He married Barbara Ann Jander on Aug. 15, 1964, in Riesel, Texas. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage together. He was employed by Heart-O-Texas Council, Boy Scouts of America, in Waco, Texas, as a district scout executive from 1963 to 1966. He and his wife moved to Oklahoma in 1966, where he served as a loan officer for the Small Business Administration until his retirement in 1997. Frank served in U.S. Army Reserve for 38 years and retired at the rank of sergeant major. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mustang, where he served as an elder for many years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stegall of Mustang; a son, John Stegall of Norman; a daughter, Catharine Walker and her husband, Scott, of Perkins; and his two granddaughters, Kayla Lynn and Sarah Beth Walker of Perkins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the building fund of Christ Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, Hospice or a charity of your choice. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Home.
Charles Henry Woodliff, BBA ’62, was carried home with the angels Dec. 24, 2019, at age 81. After valiantly battling many health issues for the last two years, he is now at peace. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in the Chapel of Grace Gardens Funeral Home, 8220 Woodway Dr. with Rev. Brooks Kimmey officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 6 P.M. Thursday at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel. Following the service, interment will be in Waco Memorial Park. Charles was born to Charles Milton and Alma Zona (A.Z.) Woodliff on January 21, 1938, in Waco, Texas. He grew up attending Waco schools and was raised in Third Street Baptist Church. After graduating Waco High School, in 1956, he studied at Baylor University, graduating in 1962 with his BBA. Charles formerly owned and operated Amaco Products and sold insurance for Reliable and United. After his retirement, he enjoyed relaxing by spending time with Doris, his beloved wife of fifty-six years, and playing with his dogs. He will fondly be remembered for his sense of humor, enjoyment of smoking his tobacco pipe and love of his animals, especially Boston Terriers. Charles leaves a legacy of love in his family and friends: his wife Doris, his daughter, Lisa Jenkins and husband Erik; his son Davin and wife Kim, and son Greg and wife Kass; his grandchildren Elissa and Eli Campbell, Dalton Woodliff, Aaron Randolph and wife Kortney, Ashley Havard and husband Wes, and Clark and Kendall Woodliff, plus his great grandchildren, many cousins and lifelong friends, namely his dear childhood friends Jarod and Lynette Baugh. Charles’ family wishes to thank Providence Home Care and Providence Hospice for their Loving care in the past two years, especially Jennie, Gilda, Megan, Heather, Miranda, Krista, Delinda, Michele, Danny, Robert, Derrick, Judy, and special angel Kay. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to Providence Hospice or Fuzzy Fiends Rescue.
Elizabeth “Betty” Hanley Bramblet, BBA ’63, age 77, of Westminster, MD, passed away on December 16, 2019 at Carroll Hospital Center. Betty was born January 28, 1942 in Bryn Mawr, PA, and was the cherished daughter of the late Wallace Wright and Effie Livingston Hanley. She was the loving wife of the late James W. Bramblet, Jr. Betty earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX. She worked as an administrative assistant for several companies and was a small business owner in Wind Gap,PA. Betty enjoyed cooking, singing, bird watching, and gardening. She loved vacationing in the Outer Banks, especially sitting on the beach and watching the pelicans. Above all, she loved and was proud of her family.Surviving Betty are children Laura Hook and husband Warren of Westminster, and Jim Bramblet and wife Katie of Winnetka, IL; grandchildren Emma, Ali, Joe and Maggie; and nephews Todd and Troy Bramblet. The family will be having a private service on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. Interment will be held at a later date.Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.
A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, Joseph Edward Bures, JD ’63, of Peachtree City, GA passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17 with his family present. He leaves his wife and co-star of 52 years, Marcia Ann Bures, his two-in house productions (daughters) Jennifer Schneider and Diana Fuller, his favorite son-in law James Payne Fuller, his grandsons Grant Joseph Fuller and Talon James Hartsell Fuller, his sister Evelyn Hogue and her husband Jim, his niece Sharon Hogue, and his nephews Brian and David Hogue. Growing up in Shelton, Connecticut, Joseph discovered the game of golf at twelve years old and it was love at first birdie. The sport would play a central role throughout his life. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio State University, Joseph served his country from 1958-1961 in the United States Army and went to Korea. Upon his honorable discharge Mr. Bures furthered his studies at the Baylor University School of Law where he held the office of Mid-Law Representative, Student Congress and was a member of the Baylor School of Law Board of Governors. After receiving his Juris Doctor from Baylor University he went to New York, where he began working at Screen Actors Guild. In 1966, Marcia walked into Joe’s office demanding to know where her Frosted Flakes commercial residual check was, and his life would never be the same. After a quick courtship Joe proposed and they were married soon after. Mr. Bures then pursued his Masters of Law from New York University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1967. In addition to his studies Joe welcomed two daughters, Jennifer and Diana and had the opportunity to go to NBC and work in the contracts department. Shortly thereafter he was recruited to the Business Affairs Department in Burbank where he started as Director. In addition to being promoted, year-round golf weather was a huge bonus to the career move for him. He would stay at the Peacock network through his retirement in 1997 as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, having worked on deals for legendary TV shows including Wheel of Fortune, Unsolved Mysteries, Riptide, Frasier, The Wonderful World of Disney, Law & Order, ER, and Knight Rider. The late former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff even established the “Joe Bures Negotiating Award” which was given to him and handed out in subsequent years. But no matter how demanding his work schedule was family always came first. Every Sunday he, his wife Marcia, and his daughters (sometimes reluctantly) would go to church, play golf together, and have dinner. The phrase, “Church.Golf.Lasagna.Repeat,” is widely known and celebrated by friends and family. At his retirement party, those in attendance asked Joe what he was going to do next and he simply said, “Play golf six days a week.” Asked by another party-goer if he was going to get bored doing that every day Joe smiled and said “No.” Joe spent his final years hitting the ball down the center of the fairway and spending time with his loving family. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am, at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury, North Carolina 28144. The family will be having a memorial service in honor of Mr. Bures on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 12:00 pm, at Harrisburg Presbyterian Church, 4815 NC-49, Harrisburg, North Carolina 28075, with Pastor Jeremy Hyde officiating. A reception will follow the service at Hartsell Funeral Home, 12115 University City Blvd. Harrisburg, North Carolina 28075. Hartsell Funeral Home in Harrisburg, NC will be handling the funeral and burial arrangements.
Thomas Earl Gilliland, BBA ’63, age 80, and life-long resident of Royse City, TX, passed away on December 25, 2019. He was born August 25, 1939, in Commerce, TX, to William Earl Gilliland and Mary Marie (Vanlandingham) Gilliland. Thomas was a member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge 663. When he was younger, he served as an Air Force Officer in the Vietnam War. Thomas graduated from Baylor University in 1963 with a BBA. He enjoyed fishing on the gulf and taking trips to Colorado in his RV with friends. Thomas was a very active member of Community Baptist Church in Royse City. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him. He is survived by his loving wife: Rexanne Gilliland of Royse City, TX; sons: Thomas Gilliland and wife Julie of Pantego, TX, and Gary Gilliland and wife Tonya of Guthrie, TX; grandchildren: Meagan Clay and husband Jacob of Weatherford, TX, Molly Gilliland of Dallas, TX, Cooper Gilliland, Mary Gilliland, and Macy Gilliland of Guthrie, TX; and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Thomas’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2019, at Community Baptist Church, 6012 TX-276, Royse City, TX 75189.
Mary Jean “Penny” Pentecost Goodwin, BA ’63, died on November 8, 2019 in Plano, Texas. With a BA in 1963 majoring in English, she had a career as a teacher, Computer Administrative Assistant beloved wife and wonderful grandmother to 4. She has been a lifelong Baylor fan of all sports.
Kevin Hill, BBA ’63, passed away November 21, 2019 at his residence in Washington County, Texas surrounded by his family. He was 78. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 25th, 2019 at Saint John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. There will be a graveside service at 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Somerville, Texas. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. Kevin was born to Jennings and Virginia Welch Hill in Somerville, Texas on October 23, 1941. He was baptized on May 1, 1949 at First Baptist Church in Somerville, Texas. He graduated from Somerville High School and from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. After graduation, Kevin began his career at Neiman Marcus with the intention of gaining one year of experience. Forty years later, he retired from Neiman Marcus as a vice president. In his retirement, Kevin’s interests and hobbies included spending time with his grandchildren, church work, Rotary, cattle ranching, watching collegiate sports and reading, particularly about history. Kevin was an active member of Saint John Lutheran church where he served as council president and sang in the men’s choir. Kevin was also a member of the Rotary Club of Washington County where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of the Independence Historical Society. Kevin was preceded in death by his parents, Jennings and Virginia Hill; father-in-law and mother-in-law Harry and Betty Neinast. His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Neinast Hill; his son Jon and wife Gayle Hill; his daughter Shannon and husband Will Hodges; grandchildren Kathryn Hodges, William Hodges, Christopher Hodges, Emily Hodges and Ian Hill. Survivors also include his brother Jennings Hill, Jr; sister Karen and husband Craig Floyd; brothers-in-law Henry (Bubba) Neinast and Harry (Bobby) and wife Linda Neinast; sister-in-law Betsy and husband Ben Flencher and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers are grandsons William Hodges and Christopher Hodges; nephews Aaron Flencher, Cory Flencher, Ryan Flencher and Josh Flencher; brothers-in-law Bubba Neinast, Bobby Neinast, Ben Flencher and Craig Floyd. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill or the charity of your choosing. The family would like to thank caregivers Troy Nunn, Kendall Ward, and Tara Lancaster. Funeral arrangements for Kevin Hill are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham.
Linda Jean Hicks Wigner, BA ’63, of Lubbock, TX, passed away Jan. 6 at age 78. Please celebrate the life of Linda by visiting www.sandersfuneralhome.com. She was born July 14, 1941 in Lubbock to Everett and Thelma Hicks. Linda was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Everett Hicks. She attended Lubbock schools all the way through high school, graduating from Monterey High in 1959. She then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas and graduated in 1963. Subsequently, she taught second and then first grade in Seminole, Ralls, and Lubbock for eleven years. Linda accepted Jesus as her Savior at nine years of age at Plains Baptist Assembly Church Camp. Jesus changed her life completely, and she lived to serve Him. She taught children at First Baptist Church in Sunday School in Lubbock for many years. Her passions included visiting shut-ins in homes and nursing homes, a strawberry bread ministry to all in need, traveling, and sending cards to friends. Her philosophy of life was JOY - Jesus first, others second, yourself third - She loved her Lord and people. She also enjoyed membership in an honorary teacher group, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Lubbock Women's Christian Connection for many, many years. Linda is survived by Kenneth Wigner, her husband of 46 years, sons Joseph and Daniel, Daniel's wife Leann Wigner, and her one and only grandson Clark Wigner. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to South Plains Food Bank (www.spfb.org), Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org), Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (www.billygraham.org), or a charity of your choice.
Dennis King Kizer, ’64, of Woodstock, NY, left this life November 6, 2019, at age 77. He was a creative force who could produce something magical and memorable from whatever he had on hand. He was born in Alva, Oklahoma, on January 31, 1942 to Roma Frances Kizer and Carl William Kizer. The family moved to Oklahoma City soon after and there Dennis grew up and attended Putnam Heights, Putnam City and Harding High School where he was elected president of his 1960 Senior Class. After attending Baylor University and Oklahoma City University, he began his career in advertising at Lone Star Brewery and KTOK Radio. He married Charlene Mary Craig in 1964 and together they started a family and an advertising agency, Ad Central USA. A favorite memory of Dennis' was the year their young agency won the "Best of Show" ADDY Award over OKC's largest and oldest agencies with a commercial for a small bicycle shop. Over the course of his career Dennis would create many memorable and award-winning campaigns, jingles and commercials for Oklahoma businesses and earn an excellent reputation for his creative and production work. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to broaden his career and enjoyed further success there. Dennis was a singer, a multi-instrumentalist on banjo, guitar and piano, a prolific writer and songwriter, and created a vast body of songs and screenplays. The work he was most proud of and passionate about was his Native American musical, "Feathers" for which he wrote and produced all the music. In 2000, Dennis retired to Cadaques, Spain and could often be found strumming his guitar, painting, or creating assemblage art. In time Dennis was drawn home to be nearer his children and new granddaughter. He settled in Woodstock, NY where he continued to bring music to all he encountered. At a young age, Dennis, and his new wife Charlene, faced difficult decisions regarding his younger siblings' futures. They made those hard decisions and will always be loved and appreciated for the wisdom, generosity and courage it took to make them. Dennis leaves behind many who loved and admired him. He is survived by brother, Carl William "Bill" Kizer Jr., sisters, Angela Minton and Melissa "Missy" Hoehn; children, Jeff Kizer, Amy Harlow and Simone Kitchens; and granddaughter, Jacqueline Harlow. He leaves behind brother-in-law, Bill Hoehn, son-in-law, Jeremy Harlow and five nieces and nephews and their spouses: Josh Herrington (Nicole), Sarah Sieman (Mike), Noah Minton (Dani), Hunter Hoehn (Elizabeth) and Betsy Colton (Graham) and his former wife, Charlene. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 1:00 p.m. November 23rd, at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley, Oklahoma City, OK.
Curtis Norman Leggett, BBA ’64, passed away peacefully at his home in Dallas on the morning of December 10, 2019 due to complications related to Parkinson's Disease. Curtis was born in Menard, Texas on January 24, 1942 as the youngest child of Willie "Louise" and M.S. "Toogy" Leggett. Curtis grew up on his family's ranch in Menard County. At Menard High School, Curtis was an all-district quarterback, all-district basketball player, and qualified for regionals in track & field events. Curtis loved acting and was a member of the Cue & Curtain Club Thespians and the Declamation and Poetry Club. His senior year, he was selected to the UIL One-Act Play "All Star Cast" and named State UIL One-Act Actor of the Year. Curtis served as an officer in his class and was elected Menard High School's "Best All-Around Boy" in 1960. His numerous awards and achievements earned him the nickname "The Pride of Menard." Heavily recruited in football, Curtis chose to accept a scholarship to attend Baylor University. Playing both quarterback and later on the line, Curtis was an integral part of Baylor's victories over #10 Utah State in the 1961 Gotham Bowl (Played at Yankee Stadium) and LSU in the 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl. The Bears' only conference loss in the 1963 season was a hard fought 7-0 setback in Austin against the eventual national champion UT Longhorns. At Baylor, Curtis was also a member of Tryon Coterie (Phi Delta Theta), Alpha Kappa Psi and Beta Alpha Psi. Curtis graduated with honors from Baylor in 1964 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Fresh out of school, Curtis passed the CPA exam and took a job as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in Houston. Curtis's business acumen and hard work was quickly recognized, and he became the youngest partner at the firm. Curtis moved his family to Dallas and joined Alford, Meroney & Company as a senior partner. After numerous job offers over the years from clients, Curtis left public accounting in 1979 to work for the oil and gas exploration company, US Resources. Curtis loved the oil and gas industry, and energy exploration became one of his life-long passions. Curtis wore many hats: CPA, wildcatter, banker, rancher, entrepreneur and investor. His various occupations confused his children. When they asked, "Dad, what do you do?" Curtis simply replied, "I drive a Suburban." In the 1980s, Curtis served as President of Parkway Bank & Trust, owned and operated a Santa Gertrudis ranch in East Texas, and served as President of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association. Curtis will always be remembered by family and friends as a lifelong learner who enjoyed sharing knowledge. His wide spectrum of friends and business associates looked forward to his semi-regular "Friends & Family" letters which were full of business advice, humor, political commentary, and astute observations on any subject that Curtis believed required further enlightenment for his readers. When he was not busy brokering business deals or sharing knowledge, Curtis was generous with his time and resources. In 1999, the town of Menard inducted Curtis into its Hall of Famean honor of which he was most proud. In later life, Curtis enjoyed reunions with his Baylor teammates, dabbling in the oil and gas industry, andmost of alltime with his family and numerous grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margo Davis Leggett, his sister Gloria Bryant, his sister-in-law Doty Warms, his brother-in-law Dr. Carlos W. Davis, Jr. (Jane) and his four children: Liza Leggett, Lendy Jones (Wilson), Carla Berg (Rick), and David Leggett. Curtis is survived by ten loving grandchildren: Coleman Curtis Jones, Morgan Jones, Jenny Jones, Lane Jones, Ellie Jones, Ian Berg, John Daniel Waldron, Taylor Margaret Waldron, Luke Berg and Hunter Berg; and his nieces and nephews: Heather Bryant (Randy), Wade Warms (Katie), Erin Warms (Shelley), Christin Davis (Kevin) and Eugene Davis (Erin). Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, sister Sue Leggett, and nephew Curtis Bryant. The family would like to thank Max Williams for his decades of unwavering friendship and generosity and Lourdes Solis for her kind heart, loving attention and encouraging support during Curtis's illness. A private, family graveside service will be held in Menard on Saturday, January 4, 2020. A reception celebrating his life will be held at the Menard Calvary Episcopal Church Parish House at 11:30 a.m. on the same day. Throughout his life, Curtis remained extremely proud of his roots in Menard and loved returning to his family ranch in Menard County. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider giving to the Menard Public Library, P.O. Box 404, Menard, TX 76859 or the Menard County Museum, P.O. Box 663, Menard, TX 76859.
Letha Mae Thompson, BA ’64, age 76, of Groesbeck, TX, passed away on October 31, 2019 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. Letha was born January 13, 1943 in Mexia, Texas to Larence Milton & Ella Mae Lansford. On October 19, 1974 she married Robert Charles Thompson and they recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary together. Letha was a school teacher for many years and also worked as an accounting clerk. She was a member of Texas State Teachers Association and ACE-Association for Childhood Education. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Mexia where she taught Sunday school (age 5 – 15) and they were House Parents for Angel House. She joined her husband in writing to offenders in prison and helped raise many neighbor children. Letha was preceded in death by her parents, Larence M. & Ella Mae Lansford; grandparents, Joe S. & Fannie Lansford and Thomas J. & Myrtie McClaran and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Robert Charles Thompson; brother, Laurence M. Lansford Jr. & wife Terri; nephews, Trey Lansford & wife Megan and Luke Lansford & wife, Ashley; great nephews and nieces, Jack Lansford, Preston Lansford, Claire Lansford, Hannah Lansford, Lane Lansford and Landon Lansford and many special friends. Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church Mexia with Pastor Michael Vestal officiating. Interment will be at Lost Prairie Cemetery in Limestone County. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Corley-Porter Funeral Home Mexia. Serving as pallbearers will be family members. Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Baptist Home for Children or BMAA Missions. An online guest book is available at www.corleyporterfuneralhome.com and by selecting the Letha Mae Thompson obituary. Corley-Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry D. Broom, BBA ’65, of Sugar Land, TX, died Sept. 27, 2019.
James Thomas “Jim” Duckworth Jr., BBA ’65, was born May 13, 1941, in Charlotte, and died peacefully in hospice care on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. He attended Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. He graduated from Baylor University in 1965 with a degree in business administration. He married Susanna Van Hoove, also a Baylor graduate, in 1965, and returned to Charlotte to begin a prosperous business career. Jim was a prominent figure in the manufactured housing industry, culminating in his ownership and operation of a manufactured housing company located in Albemarle. His survivors include his son, Trey Duckworth; a grandson, Dawson Duckworth; his partner, Florrie Southerland; a sister, Angela Zimmerman; and two brothers, Joseph and John Duckworth. He will be dearly and greatly missed by his family and friends. Gifts in his memory can be made to Given Memorial Library, in Pinehurst.
Carey L. Marsh, BA ’65, of Aptos, CA, died Dec. 13, 2019.
Marjorie “Marlene” Morrison Ray, BM ’65, of Bastrop, TX, a beloved mother and grandmother, age 85, was reunited with her beloved husband, Curtis Ray, and son Dennis in Heaven on October 30, 2019. She was born November 23, 1933 in Austin, Texas to Charles Presley and Milda Edna Morrison. Marlene graduated Elgin High School and attended Baylor University. She married the love of her life Curtis Ray in 1953 and they had 4 children. She was a kind and gentle Christian woman who will be dearly missed. Marlene was a member of Wyldwood Baptist Church and “Elgin Class of 51”. Her favorite saying was: “Never let the sun set on your anger, you’ve got to forgive and forget”. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her children and grandchildren greatly and made many friends throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Dennis and brother Billy. Marlene is survived by: her brother, Glenn Morrison and his wife Pat; her children, Pamala Crocker, Randy Ray, and Marla Wilson; grandchildren, Marneva Carlton, Jonathan Crocker, Lindsey Meuth, Connor Ray, Vance Ray, Samantha Galvez, Cade Wilson, Mikayla Wilson and Kolten Wilson; great-grandchildren, Ben, Josh, Daniel and Evy Carlton, Lillyann and Marshall Crocker, Charlotte Jane Ray and Grayson Galvez; and many other relatives and friends. The family wishes to thank her caring neighbors at Riverwood Commons and the Wyldwood Baptist Church for their loving support.
Dr. A. Bennett Jenson, MS ’66, of Louisville, KY, passed away on Dec 23, 2019 at the age of 80. His great sense of humor, tender heart, generous spirit and scientific mind will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Born in Texas, Ben spent his childhood in Hobbs, NM but moved back to Texas to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at TCU, a Master’s degree in Experimental Pathology at Baylor University and a Medical Degree at Baylor College of Medicine. Ben was a Vietnam-era veteran and served in the US Army Medical Corps as a pathologist and performed valuable research for which he received the Army Commendation Medal. His career in pathology started at Baylor but extended to Scripps Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University and University of Louisville. He was a dedicated pathologist at the hospitals, but his true passion was researching viruses and vaccines. He greatly admired Edward Jenner, an early vaccine researcher, and gave several lectures on his work. Ben’s hard work and dedication through the years paid off because he became co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine. He was also an animal lover and very much interested in preventing the papillomavirus from occurring in dogs, horses, manatees, dolphins and snow leopards. He was often requested by veterinarians to share his knowledge and expertise on animals afflicted with this virus. Ben’s determination to help others was apparent when he continued to work on other types of vaccines after the cervical cancer vaccine was made public. In his pastime, he enjoyed reading books, and watching his favorite sports teams play basketball and football. In his younger days, he was an excellent golfer and won the state championship in high school. Ben was loved by all and his achievements in the field of science as well as his warm personality will never be forgotten. He is survived by his wife, Shin-je; daughters, Stephanie, Michelle and Jennifer; his grandson, Jared; and granddaughter, Mariska. A visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 29th 1 to 4 pm at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave., with a celebration of Dr. Jenson’s life at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Dr. A. Bennett Jenson at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, 529 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
Georganna Moon MacQuigg, BA ’66, died November 29, 2019, in Dallas after a fulfilling life of public service and an exuberant exploration of this world's many places and ideas. An authentic "Texas baby boomer" hailing from Longview, TX, on August 20, 1945, she was the daughter of Sergeant George Franklin Moon and Mozelle Gray, but was raised in East Texas and Louisiana by an aunt and uncle, Isa Hazel Gray and James Henry Wright, Jr., following the loss of her mother in an automobile accident After majoring in English and biology at Baylor University, she immediately commenced a 36 year career with the Dallas Independent School District, a career evenly divided between 18 years of building teaching and administration and 18 years of central-level administration. Parallel to her heavy work schedule, she pursued various advanced degrees and certifications. Her Master's in English from North Texas produced a thesis on William Faulkner. Her Texas Superintendent's Certification followed in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from North Texas was completed in 1986. Her doctoral research was later presented at a convention of the National Institute of Education. Having completed her Ph.D. while Principal at Robert T. Hill Jr. High, she then moved "downtown" as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Following a short stint as interim Assistant Superintendent, she began in 1992 moving through executive level positions in Strategic Planning, the Urban Systemic Initiative, New Schools Planning, Business Services, and, finally, System-Wide Planning for the District. In these 36 years, she served 11 different superintendents and survived even more numerous theories of education and management! Her active personal schedule started with SCUBA diving and sailing; she was the first female skipper at the White Rock Sailing Club. In 1976, she published "The Dallas Woman: A Demographic Profile" which was incorporate into the 1976 Report of the Dallas Commission on the Status of Women. During this era, she also piloted a high-performance Jensen-Healey sports car convertible that featured a screaming two-liter Lotus engine but no air conditioning! Exotic cars then transitioned into exotic travel, ranging from India and Nepal to the Galapagos Islands and Egypt, and from Easter Island and Machu Picchu to Kenya and China. She even tolerated her husband's interest in Civil War battlefields and U.S. National Parks. Georganna truly felt that education should not be confined to books. Georganna is survived by her husband of 45 years, Robert Abbott MacQuigg, her brother-in-law John Ellison MacQuigg of Albuquerque, NM, and her cousin David Westwood Wright of Shreveport, LA. She is also survived and remembered by both a clan of extended family and a circle of life-long friends. Georganna passed after an extended battle with multiple physical issues, including Type 1 diabetes, Parkinson's, and, finally, combined renal and congestive heart failure. Her family gratefully acknowledges the especially professional contributions of doctors Franklin L. Casey, Sumit Kumar, and Mark S. Denny for sustaining her quality of life over many years. Per her choice, there will be no public ceremony, and her ashes will reside at Restland Memorial Park of Dallas. Georganna would have appreciated your sharing her longtime love of birds and her support of abandoned pet parrots by donations to The Oasis Sanctuary [501(c3)] of Scottsdale, AZ [www.the-oasis.org].
Rebecca Hunt McClure, ’66, age 74, passed away April 18, 2019. Arrangements by Crevasse's Simple Cremation, 8380 Baymeadows Rd. Suite 10, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Joseph Dennis “Denny” O’Neill II, BA ’66, age 77, died Wednesday, November 20, in Lewisville, Texas. Denny was born to Joe and Lena O’Neill on August 27, 1942 in Cameron, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1960 and from Baylor University in 1966. On June 12th, 1965, Denny married his soulmate Mary Lou Piott in Waco, Texas. Denny spent his professional career in the medical records industry working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and as an entrepreneur starting and growing independent companies PMS, Inc., Medical Interface Inc. and General Micrographics before retiring in 2008. Denny greatly enjoyed traveling on vacations with his wife Mary Lou. He was a very avid hunter his entire life and greatly enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. While he loved Baylor Bear football, anything associated with his Irish heritage and last name O’Neill, and many other interests, Denny “Grandpa” most enjoyed spending time loving and spoiling his grandchildren as much as possible. Denny is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sisters, Peggy O’Neill and Betty Jo Westhelle, aunt Barbara DeArmond, two sons, Brian and wife Angie O’Neill of Flower Mound, Texas, Craig and wife Mandy O’Neill of Coppell, one granddaughter, Lauren O’Neill, two grandsons, Duncan and Cameron O’Neill, two step grandsons, Blake and Trevor Miller and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other loved ones. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign!
Roy E. Kokel Jr., BBA ’67, of Allen, TX, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2019, surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with kidney and liver disease, at age 76. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Linda C. Kokel, in 2010. He is survived by his children, Ron Kokel (Deidra), Robin Vestal (Scott), and Rebecca Thibodaux, and eight grandchildren: Garrett, Alex and Dalton Vestal; Cameron and Connor Kokel; and Hayden, Luke and Reagan Ramsey. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Flora Kokel of Waco, Texas. Roy was born December 1, 1943, in Brenham, TX. He grew up in Waco and graduated from Baylor University in 1967 with a BBA. After living in Waco, Austin, Houston, and Irving, he settled in Fairview where he owned and operated several Shell stations in Dallas for many years. Since 2008, he has worked at North Dallas RV in Carrollton, TX. Roy's family would like to thank several members of his healthcare team. First, to the team at AdvanTx Home Health. To Paul, Leora, Jennifer, Julie and Joseph, thank you for lovingly walking beside us during this time. Second, to the team at Davita Dialysis Center, thank you for watching over him 12 hours every week. Third, a big thank you to his nephrologist, Dr. Syed Saghir. Your compassion and dedication to him and our family will not be forgotten. And lastly to his team at Faith Presbyterian Hospice (Meg, Betty, Carlton, Ben, and Katherine), you went above and beyond and made his final journey peaceful, comfortable, and dignified. Your work is a true calling. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, TX, www.faithpreshospice.org/donate or to the National Kidney Foundation. The family is planning a Celebration of Life Jan 4, 2020. Details will be announced at a later date.
Etta Burghardt Peabody, MA ’67, completed a long and fruitful life December 5, 2019 at her home in Good Samaritan Village in Loveland, Colorado. Etta was born in Pittsfield, MA in 1923 and grew up in Pittsfield and on a nearby farm in Richmond, MA during the Great Depression. She remembered emptying the thunderjugs on freezing winter mornings. Etta’s parents were Charles and Etta Burghardt, who became Christian Scientists and Etta was raised as such. Etta was valedictorian of her high school class, and graduated from North Adams State Teacher’s College (Massachusetts) in 1945. In 1946, she married Alan B. Peabody, whom she met on a blind date arranged by her art professor. She never dreamed she would marry a Protestant minister. They had four children, two born in Connecticut and two in Upstate New York, where the family lived (with the exception of five years in Waco, Texas). Etta dedicated her life to her family, but she found time for many causes. While in Texas during the early 1960’s, Etta obtained a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Baylor University and taught English there. Later, in Utica, NY, she worked as church secretary for a Baptist church, directed a community-service radio program (Call for Action), and was treasurer of the Utica Community Foodbank, for which she made many trips hauling donations in her little orange pick-up truck. In 1986 Alan’s ministry took them to Craftsbury Common, VT. Alan and Etta formed a chapter for Habitat for Humanity in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She was the site and volunteer coordinator and husband Alan worked on projects with local residents and the volunteers that Etta coordinated. In 1991, AlanEtta, as they called themselves, retired to a beautiful passive solar home which Etta designed in East Albany, VT. Her husband passed away in 1997. In 2009, Etta drove across the country to Loveland, Colorado to be near her son Charles. In her last several years, Etta returned to Christian Science, the faith of her childhood and young adulthood. In early November, she completed a rigorous 12-day course to become a Christian Science teacher. Etta then experienced a brief illness, and in accordance with her wishes, was at home, surrounded by family until she went to be with her Creator. Etta’s husband of nearly 51 years and beloved daughter Debbie preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter Gara Spiegelhauer-Peabody of Dormitz, Germany, son Charles and his wife Ginny of Berthoud, CO, son Alan and his wife Sharon of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Karen, Tilmann, and Anke (and her husband Adam), and great grandchildren Tristan, Kaia and Nik. She was a truly special mom and grammy and will be very much missed. A memorial service will be scheduled at Good Samaritan Loveland Village Chapel in early March, after which Etta will take her last journey to Pepperell, MA to be reunited with her husband. If you wish, you may donate to a charity of your choice or Habitat for Humanity in lieu of flowers.
Ronald Edward “Ron” Schroeder, BBA ’67, of Manchaca, TX, died peacefully on the morning of December 7th at the age of 76. He leaves behind a loving wife, three children, eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Ron grew up in Waco, Texas as the only son of Edward Arnold and Mary Lou Schroeder. He loved spending time on the lake growing up there. He graduated from Waco High school in 1961 and then Baylor University in 1967. Ron was working at Montgomery Wards when he met the love of his life, Gloria Apperson and made her his bride on November 5th 1966. They moved to Houston, Fort Worth then Austin before finally settling in Manchaca, Texas. Ron spent the first 20 years of his career as an insurance adjuster for Underwriters Adjusting Company, moved to Hartford Insurance Co. for short time before finally moving to the TXDOT where he retired as Director of Workers’ Compensation Division after 22 years. Ron and Gloria were members of Manchaca Methodist Church, Manchaca Optimist Club and Manchaca Ballfield (MOYSC). He was a HAM Radio operator, WB5-WHX, for many years. Ron was a great source of wisdom for many of his family who would always stop by or call just to bend his ear. He took his family on numerous mini-vacations a year to their beach house in Crystal Beach, Texas where he loved showing his family all the great things to do there. He loved deer and bird hunting, fishing, sports, going on many cruises with his wife while always enjoying a great meal, stiff drink, nice cigar and always had sweets by his side. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Arnold Schroeder and Mary Lou Schroeder. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Schroeder; daughters, Annette Folmar and husband Chris of Prosper, Texas; Natalie Garrett and husband Wayne of Manchaca, Texas; son, Mark Schroeder and wife Monica of Kyle, Texas. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Alexandra and Christian Folmar; Jessica Jean (Garrett) and husband Leon, William Garrett and Nelson Garrett; Sandy, Stephen and Amber Schroeder and great-granddaughter Blair Mae Jean. The family would like to thank the staff of Elan Memory Care as well as Hospice Austin for their wonderful care of this amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Visitation 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue. Funeral Service 10:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Rosemound Cemetery Waco, Texas alongside generations of the Schroeder family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Manchaca Optimist Club or Manchaca Optimist Youth Sports Complex (MOYSC).
Dr. McKamy Smith, PhD ’67, of Jackson, Mississippi, died on Saturday, December 21, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 80. A native of Dallas, Texas and born April 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Thomas Edwin Smith, M.D. and the late Marianna McKamy Smith. Raised in Dallas, he was a graduate of Highland Park High School where he was an academic standout and successful in football and track. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was honorably discharged in 1962. He was a 1961 cum laude undergraduate of Princeton University where he received his baccalaureate in biology. At Princeton, he received the honor of membership into The Society of Sigma Xi for his devotion to the promotion of research in science. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1966 followed by his Ph.D. in anatomy and physiology in 1967. He served his medical internship at Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center in San Francisco followed by his residency in cardiology at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, which he successfully completed in 1970. Following his cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1972, Dr. Smith entered into private practice in Jackson, Mississippi at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center before joining Jackson Heart Associates and St. Dominic’s for a long career where he remained until his formal retirement in 2014. Dr. Smith was Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was a Fellow (FACC) of the American College of Cardiology. He was a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, National Lipid Association, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Smith was active in his community. He was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Jackson Rotary Club and often golfed at the retired Colonial Country Club of Jackson. He had a love of racing cars and was a member of Sports Car Club of America and Formula Vee Racing. He was an avid fan of both Alabama and Ole Miss Football. He was a patron to music and arts and was a benefactor to the Mississippi Museum of Art and New Stage Theatre. While known for his academic prowess and medical skill, Dr. Smith would light up a room when he entered. He was fiercely loyal and equally passionate and disciplined. He always pursued knowledge and performed tasks to the fullest; he never did anything without full effort. He and Martha were world travelers and he invested time in learning languages including Latin, Italian, and German. Dr. Smith was a Christian who loved and served the Lord. He attended First Presbyterian Church, Jackson where he sang in the choir. While he touched and saved the lives of many patients and cared for their families, he was, most of all, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, colleague, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha Nash Smith; his sons, McKamy “Mac” Smith II (Julie Griffin), of Tupelo, MS and Marchman Smith (Emily Martin), of Birmingham, AL; brother, Thomas Edwin Smith, Jr., M.D. (Karen Mattlage), of Ames, IA; sisters, Marianna McKamy Smith and Sally Sue Smith Mann (Tom), both of Dallas; grandchildren: McKamy Smith III, of Southaven, MS; Anne McKenzie Smith, of Bentonville, AR; Joshua Owen Smith, of Tupelo; Martha Mae Curry Smith, and Henry Wilton Smith, both of Birmingham; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 1390 N. State Street, Jackson. A Graveside Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019 at Natchez Trace Memorial Park in Ridgeland. The Funeral Service will follow at 12 Noon at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, the Rev. Dr. Bill Wymond officiating. Pallbearers will be Mac Smith, Marchman Smith, McKamy Smith, Josh Smith, Bob Biggs, Jerry Everitt, Ben Watson and Ray Novak. Honorary pallbearers will be the physicians and staff of Jackson Heart Clinic, St Dominic Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Choir Fund at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, the American Heart Association, the Benevolence Fund with The St. Dominic Health Services Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
Curtis Lynn Lengefeld, BA ’68, of Houston was born on March 4, 1945 and passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019. He graduated from El Campo High School in 1963 and Baylor University in 1968. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra Hocott Lengefeld, ’68, sons Kevin Lynn Lengefeld, ’92, of Alpharetta, GA, and Scott Curtis Lengefeld of Pleasanton, CA. Curtis and Sandra had spent the past two years traveling the entire USA and living full time in their fifth wheel trailer and living their dream. Contact Sandra at email@example.com.
Richard B. Myers, ’68, age 69, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 9, 2019, lovingly surrounded by family. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at University Baptist Church, 2720 Wabash Ave., Fort Worth, with Dr. Jerimiah Smith officiating. A private interment ceremony will be held prior to the memorial service. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Greenwood Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: Richard B. Myers Scholarship fund, administered by University Baptist Church. Checks may be sent: Attn: Richard B. Myers Scholarship, University Baptist Church, 2720 Wabash Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76109. Richard was born July 8, 1950, to Eli and Martha Myers, the youngest of four siblings. Born and raised in Dallas, he was a gifted athlete and proudly represented Thomas Jefferson High School in both football and track. During these years, many of Richard's closest lifelong friendships developed, which, in addition to many others, attest to his loveable nature, integrity, and loyalty. Richard and his wife of 45 years, Janie, moved to Fort Worth in 1981 and raised three children. In recent years, their eight grandchildren made him a very proud Papa. His family and his lasting love for them are a hallmark of his legacy. Richard was an active member of Fort Worth's University Baptist Church for over 40 years. Professionally, Richard worked in the insurance field, spending much of his career with Kilpatrick Insurance and most recently Higginbotham. He was a life-long sports fan, and the family continues to share a special bond over the Baylor Bears and Dallas Cowboys. SURVIVORS: Wife, Janie Myers of Fort Worth; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Trevor Wood of Prosper; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Rachel Myers of McKinney; daughter and son-in-law, Mallory and Jon Green of Redondo Beach, California; brother, Michael Myers of Fort Worth; sisters, Patty Porter of Arlington and Judy Pettibone of Humble; eight grandchildren, and countless other family.
Amy Feazle Powell, ’68, passed away at her home in Irvine, CA on November 20, 2019. She was 73 years old. Amy was born on December 1, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. She and her younger brother Mickey were raised in Pasadena, TX by their parents Carl & Madelon Feazle. She began her college education at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She married and moved to California in the early 1970s where she raised her two children, Natalie and Allen. Amy had a passion for education. She taught preschool at St. Paul’s Preschool in Tustin, CA for 15 years before she went back to school to finish her degree and get her teaching credential. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1992 with a B.S. in Child Development. She taught elementary school in Tustin for 14 years where she was beloved by all her students and their families. She also had a passion for art. After retiring from teaching, she became a prolific artist creating countless oil and watercolor paintings. She loved her church family at Grace Fellowship Church and especially her Bible study group. She was a beloved mother, grandmother to her six grandchildren and friend to so many. Amy’s life will be celebrated on Friday, November 29 at 11:00am at Grace Fellowship Church located at 3170 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Amy’s interment will be in Huntsville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Amy would be honored by donations to Forest Home Christian Conference Center. http://www.foresthome.org/how-to-give/.
Steven S. Jones, BBA ’69, MBA ’70, a native Texan, died on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 72 years of age. He was born in Houston, Texas on March 9, 1947. Steve graduated from Pasadena High School in 1965 and graduated from Baylor University in 1970 with an MBA in Finance and Economics. He enjoyed 45 years in various banking positions. Steve was a member of many organizations including the Texas Bankers' Association, Pasadena Rotary Club, Downtown Rotary Club, Exchange Club of Houston, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Lifestock Show & Rodeo, Pasadena Salvation Army, Post Oak YMCA, and the East Harris County Economic Development Committee. He also served as a deacon and on the finance committee of Second Baptist Church, Houston. When not banking, Steve enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, staying in contact with former banking associates and customers, hunting, traveling, golfing, and listening to music. In 1969, Steve married the love of his life Ruth Ann Jones and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of this year. In addition to his wife, Ruth Ann Jones, Steve is survived by: his eldest daughter Alison Jones Tidmore, her husband Greg Tidmore and their children Kylie, Claire and Jackson; youngest daughter, Amy Jones Atwood, her husband, Kirby Atwood and their child Hadley; his sister Ruthanne Jones Clinkscales and her husband Marshall, and their children John (wife Tiana and grand nephew Caden and grand niece Makenna), Rachel and Sarah. Steve will be loved and missed by all of those that knew and loved him. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and the deep love he had for his family. To remember and celebrate Steve's life, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 12, at 2:00 PM at the Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home located at 12800 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77077. A reception will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Baptist School Foundation, 6410 Woodway Drive, Houston 77057.
Betty Carol Benton Robert, BA ’69, of Riesel, TX, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019. She was 72. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29th, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco, with a visitation and meal to follow at First Baptist Church Riesel, 301 Edwards St., Riesel. Betty was born September 15, 1947 to Carroll and Doris (Lord) Benton, the oldest of three children. She married Jerry Robert in 1967 and they celebrated 51 years of marriage on November 22, 2018. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church of Riesel. She graduated from Baylor University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, teaching elementary school locally until retirement in 2004. Betty continued working as a substitute teacher in Riesel. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; and sister, Joy Kelley. Betty is survived by her son, Brian Robert and wife, Leigh Ann; grandson, William Robert; granddaughter, Rebekah Robert, all of Riesel; brother, Charles Benton and wife Kathryn of Riesel; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and cousins; who all lovingly called her Aunt Betty and Goombah. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Betty’s memory to Operation Christmas Child through FBC Riesel or FBC Children and Youth Departments at 301 Edwards St., Riesel, TX 76682.
Dr. William Michael Smith, BA ’69, a lifelong resident of McKinney, Texas, quietly passed away at his home Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the age of 73. He was born on November 27, 1946 to the late Martell and Eva Lou Cashon Smith in McKinney. Smith was an orthodontist in McKinney for over twenty years. His undergraduate studies were completed at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dental School and Orthodontic studies were obtained from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After school, he practiced orthodontics for the United States Army in Frankfort, West Germany for three years, ending his army career in Fort Sill, Oklahoma with the rank of Major, before starting his orthodontic practice in McKinney. At the time of his retirement, Smith was the only dental profession in Collin county who had not had a complaint filed with the State Dental Board of Examiners. Dr. Smith was an avid golfer with three holes-in-one to his credit. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his longtime friend, Randy Wilson. Smith was one of the founders of the McKinney Ducks Unlimited Chapter and served as treasurer for twenty years. He also was a member of the McKinney Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Smith served on the McKinney Independent School Board and was on the board when the McKinney High School was built. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Smith; daughter, Erin Smith DVM and husband, Chris Sphar of Austin, Texas; granddaughters, Mathilde and Mirabelle; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Carroll-Smith; grandson, Benton, both of Austin, Texas. Benton spent the summers with his grandparents. Smith was preceded in death by his son, Brian Drew Smith.
Thomas Gerald Zander, BA ’69, age 73, of Perry, TX, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, December 2, 2019 at Perry United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, TX. Tom was born on February 3, 1946 to Clarence William Zander and Freda Reuwer Zander in Waco, TX and lived in the Perry-Otto area of Falls County his entire life. He graduated from Riesel High School in 1964 and Baylor University in 1969. While deciding whether to go to graduate school after graduation from Baylor, he helped his father farm and then made it his life’s work. Tom enjoyed community service. He served on the Falls County Farm Bureau board, was chairman of the Falls County Farm Service Agency County Committee, as well as chairman of the Falls County Appraisal Review Board, and was a member of the County Crop Committee. He was elected Falls County Pct. 1 County Commissioner in 2000, a position that he thoroughly enjoyed, and served 2 terms. For the past 30 years he was a sales rep for Pioneer Hybrid International. In July of 1969 he married Lynn Lowe of Mart, and they had two sons. Tom supported all of their activities and served as president of Riesel Youth Baseball and Riesel Athletic Boosters. Tom was a lifelong member of Perry United Methodist Church and has held many offices of the Church Council. He was also chairman of the annual Perry Methodist Chicken Barbeque for numerous years. Most recently he was a co-chairman of the building committee for a new fellowship hall, which is currently being built. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.W. and Freda Zander, parents-in-law Ellis and Retta Lowe, and brother-in-law, Johnny Lowe. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Jeff and Clint; and grandchildren, Tyler, Jackson, Mackenzie (Jeff) and their mother, Kristen Lawley, and Dalton and Ashlyn (Clint) and their mother, Shannon Zander); brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Tara, and sister-in-law, Kathy Cram, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorials may be made to Perry United Methodist Church Building Fund, 193 County Road 127, Riesel, TX 76682.