Michael Jefferson Davis, BBA ’00, of Cypress, TX, died Dec. 21, 2019. Contact his wife Kala Bass Davis, BBA ’01, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Smith Novak, BBA ’04, age 37, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in San Antonio, TX. She was born on June 8, 1982 in Atlanta, TX to Linda and Steven Smith. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 2000 and received her Bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 2004. While at Baylor she met her husband, Lucas, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated with a M.I.S. and Finance degree from the Business school. After graduation, Susan accepted a position with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Houston. Susan and Lucas were married and shortly after welcomed Ashlyn into their lives. After moving to San Antonio Susan worked at Valero, SWBC and became very involved with Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) at Community Bible Church. During that time Susan completed her family with Luke and Mason and became a stay at home mom. Her passion became her children, her family, and San Antonio Christian Schools. She volunteered extensively at her children's school. She was preceded in death by her father, Steven Smith; and grandparents, Joe Bickham as well as Shirley and Larry Smith. Susan is survived by her husband, Lucas Novak; their children, Ashlyn, Luke and Mason Novak; mother, Linda Smith; sister, Stephanie Duke, husband Steven, and children Carson, Caroline, Colleen, and Cullen Duke; mother and father in law, Karen and Mike Novak; brother-in-law Michael and his wife Holly and daughter Kara; brother-in-law Josh Novak and children, Avri, Jack, and Ford as well as numerous extended family members and a lifetime of friends. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2020 at Porter Loring Mortuary North. MEMORIAL SERVICE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020 2:00 PM COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 2477 N. LOOP 1604 E. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SACS Tuition Assistance Program at https://sachristian.org/support-sacs/ (Click the drop down menu, choose Tuition Assistance and include the note "in memory of Susan Novak.")
Andrea Y. Lenoir, MBA ’05, died Jan. 6 in East Chicago, IL. She formerly resided in Lewisville, TX. She was the youngest child of the late Sterling Lenoir and Myrtle Lenoir. Andrea graduated from Roosevelt High School class of 1977. She was a graduate of Purdue University. Lenoir has a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church before joining One Community Church. For more than 30 years she was a marketing manager, including for Verizon. Sher returned to Indiana in July 2019. She is survived by her mother, Myrtle Lenoir and siblings Adrienne Lenoir, Gwendolyn O'Kelley, Sterling Lenoir Jr., Everett (Phyllis) Lenoir, Annette Lenoir-(Harold) Johnson, Ameerah (Mateen) Sabree, nieces, nephews, cousins, and an amazing group of phenomenal friends. Visitation is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Ridgelawn Funeral Home, 4201 West Ridge Road, Gary, Indiana. Services immediately following. Interment will be at Ridgelawn Cemetary.
Jordan Lee Bayer, ’14, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019, in Waco. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Kevin Lentz officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Jordan was born October 14, 1990, in Waco, Texas, to Jerome “Jerry” and Kathy Bayer. He graduated from Robinson High School and attended Baylor University and MCC. He worked at Walmart Return Center. Jordan was very musically talented and played guitar, bass and trombone in the Trinity Lutheran Church Praise Team. He also had a strong affection for video games. While at Robinson High School, Jordan was a member of the “Pride of the Blue” marching band and played competitive tennis for the Robinson Rockets. During his time at Baylor, Jordan marched in the Golden Wave Band. He also enjoyed spending time with his cousins on many different adventures. Jordan made memories building Legos with his nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Lillian Bayer; maternal grandfather, Erwin Abel; and cousin, Scott Abel. He is survived by his parents; maternal grandmother, Margaret Abel; brothers, Jerome Bayer and Jonathan Bayer and wife, Marcia; nephews, James Bayer, Titus Bayer, and Noah Bayer; niece, Hannah Bayer; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved and will miss him. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Praise Team. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Dr. Debra Sue Jennings, PhD ’14, of Mt. Carmel, TN, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness. She was 64. She was born in Topeka, Kansas. Following graduation from ETSU in 2001, she went on to receive her Masters in 2005 from the University of Kansas and her PHD from Baylor University in 2014. She was a staff geologist for Core Laboratories in Houston, TX before moving to Mt Carmel in 2014 where she taught English at North East State Community College. Her passion was geology. Debra was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Hawkins. Debra is survived by her daughters, Nicki Woodfin and husband Eddie and Kim Greenewell; son, Dean Lloyd; mother, Joanne Hawkins; granddaughters, Heaven Minor, Faith Anne Shannon and Sumer Lloyd; grandson, Jonathan Cox; great-grandchildren, Sophie Minor, M.J. Minor and Ayden Shannon; sisters, Dianne Mansfield and Judy Mullins; brothers, James Hawkins and Jason Hawkins; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 200 Bays Cove Trail, Kingsport, TN. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the church with Pastor Randy Lantz officiating. A graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Washington County Memory Gardens. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 11:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads UMC. Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the Jennings family.
Jackson Chandler Dickerson, BA ’18, age 23, departed this earth to be with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 5, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is survived by his parents, John and Rachelle Dickerson, brother Sam, sisters Caroline and Cassidy and grandmother Jane Parsley. Jackson attended the Village School for elementary and middle school, was an excellent student at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston, Texas and a Graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Jackson attended Baylor on a full ROTC scholarship and served as the Army Cadet Detachment Commander his senior year. Jackson was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was an accomplished chess player and musician. He was the lead base in the Strake Orchestra. He taught himself to play the piano and often played in the student center lobby at Baylor and at home. Jackson loved music, movies, gaming, reading and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please consider memorial donations in Lieutenant Jackson Dickerson’s name to PTSD Foundation of America Camp Hope, 9724 Derrington Rd., Houston, Texas 77064.