Mary Ann Elmore Anderson, BA ’50, artist, educator and Christian missionary, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 12 in Bangkok, Thailand. She was 90. Mary Ann was born in Haynesville, La. A 1949 Baylor University graduate, Mary Ann was class officer, May Queen and Baylor Beauty there, and met Justice Anderson at Baylor, initiating 63 abundant years of marriage. In Argentina 17 years, Mary Ann raised her family, planted new churches, taught seminary and, typical of her "get things done" ethos, she learned Morse code and passed the test to become a licensed 'ham ' operator to connect with Texas loved ones via short-wave radio. Antiques, painting and language arts were her passion. The Society of British Artists in Buenos Aires exhibited her works. In the 70s Mary Ann was a Kimbell Art Museum docent. Her paintings, often given as gifts, adorn the homes of friends worldwide. Mary Ann taught ESL English to immigrants and led remedial English for Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary students. She also taught Spanish at Arlington Heights and Mansfield high schools. In Fort Worth Mary Ann was a member and deaconess at University Baptist Church, and a charter member of Agape Baptist Church. Other involvements: Club Fidelite, Baylor Parents League, Pan American Round Table; Seminary Woman's Club, care for immigrant Karen refugees from Myanmar. She visited 65 countries with her husband over a span of six decades. After her husband's death in 2012 she invested in her 11 grandchildren's and four great-grands' lives. In 2019 she enjoyed Chicago and Waco weddings of grandsons and was regaled with a surprise 90th birthday party event in Waco. Mary Ann is survived by daughters Sandra Phillips of Easterly, Tex.; and Suzie Person, Bangkok, Thailand, and sons Tim Anderson of Granada, Spain; and Brad Anderson of Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her husband and her granddaughter Holley Anderson. FORT WORTH MEMORIAL: July 2, 2020, 11 a.m. at Agape Baptist; interment July 2, 5 p.m. at New Baden Cemetery near Franklin, Tex., where in the 1950s the Andersons pastored First Baptist Church before answering the call to foreign missions. A Thailand memorial was held March 7. MEMORIALS: Agape Baptist Church or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions.
Joe Walter Johnson, BA ’50, PhD ’54, of Meridian, TX, age 99, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Anderson Regional Medical Center. This obituary was written by Mr. Johnson in his own words. He was raised on the farm of Walter and Susan Chaney Johnson in Newton County Beat #2, Mississippi. He went to the school along with six siblings and graduated. Their father Walter, served on the school board, during the time construction of the school building around 1930-1931. Susan was a Gold Star Mother. The day the WWII enemy shrapnel from their shell hit the face of her son, Henry, Nov. 25, 1944. Joe was married to Jennie V. McMahan for 66 years. Into their marriage was born two girls, Lexa and Charlotte; both earned college degrees from Mississippi and Texas. Joe was a WWII D-Day Veteran; "yesterday all alive, today many are not with us. We all hurt, the horror 313 days until victory signed in Europe." After the war he was a long-haul carrier driver; he did safety work in Mississippi and Alabama. He worked traffic and transportation management, rates and regulations. He retired from Meridian Transit Authority as Director in the mid 1980s. In his retirement he did research and wrote a family history book. Survivors include his daughter, Lexa Palmer; a son-in-law, Wayne Herrington; grandchildren, Brad Palmer, Amy Bates, Jon Palmer and Lauren Henderson; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mazelle Simmons; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie V. Johnson; daughter, Charlotte Herrington; siblings, A.C. Johnson, Henry Johnson, Edsel Johnson and Eleanor Chandler; and a son-in-law, Jim Palmer. A private family graveside service for Mr. Joe Walter Johnson will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Hebron Baptist Church in Little Rock, Miss. with Rev. James Ruffin officiating. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Family and friends may sign online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Alfred William Walker, JD ’50, died on April 8, 2020. He was born December 14, 1925 in Childress, Texas, and grew up in Spur, Texas. He attended NTAC before enlisting in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School. In 1948 he married Jane Richey, and practiced law in Spur for 18 years. In 1968 he moved the family to Austin where he served in the offices of the Attorney General, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the State Attorney. He was a charter member of Riverbend Church of Austin, and authored four books which articulated the Christian faith that he always lived. He had four loves, God, family, friends and country. He is survived by the love of his life, Jane, his wife of 71 years, his brother George Walker, two daughters, Cynthia Estee (Charlie), and Betsy Willis (Dave), four grandchildren Cal Estee (Ellen), Rebecca Estee (Brydan), Ashley Willis, Neil Willis (Lilly), five great grandchildren, Adelynn, Abby, Asher, Hailey and Ava, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A private family burial will be followed by a memorial service at a later date. If you choose to make a donation, please consider Children at Heart Ministries, 1301 N. Mays Street, Round Rock, TX 78664.
Martha Sue Miller McKinney, BA ’51, passed away in Carrollton, Texas, on February 11, 2020. Graveside Services will be 11:0,0 a.m., Saturday, February 15, at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. She was born in Waco and grew up in Crawford, Texas, on the family farm/ranch. Her parents were Irene L. Hamilton Miller and Roy B. Miller. Martha attended Crawford schools, then TCU and subsequently Baylor University, graduating in 1951 with degrees in Art and Geology. She married Robert Lloyd McKinney, Jr., in 1951. For the next 5 years she worked for the USGS, surveying the United States from California to Maine, North Dakota to Florida. She had her first son, David, in 1953 in Sacramento California. Her second son, James, was born in Waco in 1956. Martha painted her entire life, mainly in oils. She was very active in the Waco and Texas arts community, including CASA, and sold paintings through festivals and commissions for many years. She was a homemaker until she served as the activity director for YWCA starting in 1970, including teaching art classes. She then went to work for American General Insurance and became an underwriter. In her spare time, she returned to Baylor to study history in the mid 70’s. Martha was very active in the community as she was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Waco Historic Foundation, First Presbyterian Church and later First United Methodist Church. Martha was the Family Genealogist. She is predeceased by her parents, sister Betty Joe Miller and her husband, Robert. She is survived by sons, David and wife, Karla of Austin, and James and wife, Susan of Carrollton; grandchildren, Jenny Bourque of Washington, DC and Jeff McKinney of Carrollton and step granddaughter, Kim Sanchez of Austin; brother, William “Bill” Miller of Georgetown; sister, Sara Lou Bruns of Austin; and numerous nieces, a nephew and cousins. Martha’s death is mourned by many friends and family who enjoyed her strength of spirit, generosity, guidance, compassionate heart and attention to details. She was admired for her bravery and good humor in facing the cruel loss of memory that occurs with Alzheimer’s. Martha was a good daughter, sister, wife, aunt, neighbor, friend and an unfailingly supportive mother who will be deeply missed. The family encourages those who loved her to reach out to each other and celebrate Martha’s life in their reminiscing. Please, in lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Association Dublin Historical Society for Restoration of the William T. Miller 1882 Grist Mill, P. O. Box 155, Dublin Texas 76446. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
David E. Wicker III, BBA ’51, of Dallas lived a consistent testimony for Christ all the way through the Lord calling him home on February 19, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He had a strong Christian work ethic, which he instilled in his family. He was a true churchman, taking many leadership roles at his beloved First Baptist Church Dallas. In all of his endeavors, his humor and quick wit were a big part of his charm. David Wicker was born May 17, 1930, in Dallas, Texas, to Dave and Helen Wicker. He trusted in Jesus as his Savior at the age of 11. David graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in January, 1947, and graduated from Baylor University in January 1951, with a BBA Degree. He served in the ROTC and the Army Reserves. David married the love of his life, Carolyn Reed, March 2, 1951. He started work in his father's business, Wicker Fish & Poultry Company, when he was 12, working various jobs during summer vacations. After Baylor graduation, he worked in Wicker's branch facilities in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Corpus Christi. In 1956, he moved back to Dallas as Operations Manager. In 1968, he was elected President of Wicker, Inc. and kept that title until their merger with Sysco Corp where he became the CEO of Sysco Food Systems Dallas. He remained with Sysco until retirement in 1987. During the spring of 1988, David joined Gil Stricklin as Consultant for Corporate Services for Marketplace Ministries, Inc. He worked with Gil, gaining clients and witnessing for Christ until he retired again in 2009. David's way of serving the Lord was with his leadership talents. He was Chairman of Deacons of First Baptist Dallas and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at DBU and Dallas Life Foundation. He also served as Chairman of many Committees and Advisory Councils with First Baptist Church, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sysco Food Systems, and the Southwestern Frozen Food Association. Missions were a big part of David's life. He loved working with Texas Baptist Men on Partnership Mission trips, serving in the Prison Ministry, and helping the International Mission Board. David served as an active Deacon since 1955. He was a Sunday School Director of various age groups for almost seventy years at First Baptist Church Dallas. David and Carolyn enjoyed spending time with family, entertaining friends in their home, traveling many places, doing church ministries together, and starting each day with a devotion: reading the Bible and singing. He was in his 24th year of reading the Bible through in a year. David is survived by his wife, Carolyn Reed Wicker; children, John and Cindy Wicker, Drs. James and Dana Wicker, Judy and Brian Lee, and Jay and Jana Wicker; grandchildren, David and Mary Margaret Wicker, Sarah Wicker, and Caroline and Dan Hatten; Jessica Wicker, Matthew Wicker, and Dr. Stephen and Lauren Wicker; Brian and Vanessa Lee, Lauren and Garrett Cockrill, and Preston Lee; Lauren and Ben Peterson, Justin Wicker, Chrissy Wicker, and Anna Wicker; great-grandchildren, Margot and Annie Wicker; Hank, Tommy, and Oliver Hatten; Aqua Leasure and Drew Hudson; Lee and Grant Cockrill; sister, Martha and Dan Weir; and sister-in-law, Annelle Burton, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to First Baptist Church Dallas, Dallas Life Foundation, and the SBC International Mission Board. The visitation will be at Restland, Feb. 27, 6:00-8:00 pm. The memorial service will be at First Baptist Church Dallas, Feb. 28, 11:00 am.
C. Thomas “Tom” Hassard, BS ’52, age 90, of Union, N.J., died peacefully at home on March 2, 2020. Born in Norristown, Pa., in 1930 to Marion Feather and Charles Thomas Hassard, former superintendent of Union Schools, Tom moved to Union, N.J., as a young boy and graduated from Union High School in 1947. Tom was an active member of his community from a young age and was an acolyte at Saint Luke's and All Saints Episcopal Church in Union, and an Eagle Scout. He was an educator who was committed to helping kids overcome challenges through love of sports. He treasured spending his summers in Ellsworth, Maine where he developed a love and appreciation of the outdoors and environment. In high school, Tom was a N.J. State Champion pole vaulter. He was also a collegiate track and field athlete and record holder in the quarter mile at Baylor University. After graduating with a teaching degree in Physical Education, he became a coach and supervisor at the New Jersey School for the Deaf where he met his future wife, Joan Trappe. They wed in 1956. After settling back in Union, Tom worked as a corrective therapist at the Veteran's Hospital in Lyons, N.J. before securing a job as an adaptive physical education and "posture" teacher in the Union Public School System where he worked for 38 years. Attending school at night, Tom also received a Master's degree from Columbia University. Many students in the Union school system may remember him checking their posture during gym class and having him work with them during their formative years. Tom was a world class skier who, as a racer, was a member of the 1967 USA Deaflympics Winter Games Ski Team, representing the USA during competition in Berchtesgaden, West Germany. He was also a member and organizer of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club for 68 years. Tom spent a life time giving back to the community. Some of his accolades include working for both the winter and summer New Jersey Special Olympic Games, officiating college and high school skiing, cross country, and track & field meets. He was team manager for the US Deaf Winter Games Ski Team after ending his ski racing career, and was an assistant ski coach for the Hidden Valley Junior Racing team. He contributed as a Technical official for the qualifying events for the US Olympic Marathon Team, and 2002 Winter Olympics in SLC, Utah. He was an assistant director of Camp Star summer camp for the disabled - The Arc of Union County, and many other community organizations. Tom will be greatly missed; "The greater the courtesy, the greater the man." Tom is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Joan, originally from Hackensack; their son, Charles (Chuck) Hassard and his wife, Robin, of Holladay, Utah, and their daughter, Tamara Pires and her husband, Keith, from Mountainside, N.J., along with five grandchildren, Carly, Jesse and Ruby Hassard; Emily and Jack Pires. A visitation for Tom will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McCracken Funeral Home, with funeral service to follow. In lieu of flowers, his family invites those who remember his dedication to youth and sports by contributing to the Special Olympics New Jersey, 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Hassard family may be shared at www.McCrackenFuneralHome.com.
Barbara Denton Lewis, BA ’52, of Corpus Christi, TX, died Feb. 8. Barbara was born to the late Daphne Boyd and Casey Kenlock Denton in New Albany, Mississippi. She graduated from Aberdeen high school in 1948. She went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas and graduated in 1952 where she met Joe Alton Lewis from Danville, Virginia. She married Joe on August 24, 1952 in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She taught school to support Joe while he was at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. They moved to Germany for two years when Joe was drafted into the Army. They returned to Danville, Virginia for Joe to finish his residency in Pathology. Following the completion of his residency, they moved to Corpus Christi in 1961 where she met her best friend Mamie Medlin. They joined First Baptist Church, where she taught different age groups from teens to elderly over the years in Sunday School Bible study. She belonged to many organizations and served as president in the Women Texas Medical Association Auxiliary from 1986 - 1987. She received her private pilot license in 1968 and flew over 31 cross-country air races as co-pilot with her flight instructor and friend Pauline Glasson. Barbara was extremely giving and supported more than 50 charities, primarily First Baptist Church and the Texas State Aquarium of Corpus Christi, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Casey Kenneth Denton; mother, Daphne Boyd Denton; brother, Kenneth Denton and son-in-law, David Torbi. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Joe Alton Lewis M.D.; son, Joe Alton Lewis Jr. and his wife Sabrina of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter, Tiffany and Ron Cason; great-granddaughters, Landry and Presley of Dallas, Texas; son, Douglas Eugene Lewis and his wife Diane of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandson, Douglas Eugene Jr. of Ouray, Colorado; daughter, Tammy Lewis Torbi; grandsons, Marshall and Blake Waldron and his wife Michelle of Houston, Texas; son, Mark Denton Lewis and his wife Susan and grandsons, Denton and Brandon of San Antonio, Texas. Barbara encouraged and influenced everyone she met and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. She loved her God, her family, her church, and all of her friends. She is in a better place, but she will be sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Dr. Corpus Christi, TX. The family invites you for fellowship at the Church Parlor immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church or your charity of choice.
Carol Hanna Spain, BA ’52, of Waco, age 90, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Carol was born December 18, 1929, in Rockford, Illinois, to Ben and Irene Hanna, and was the younger sister of David C. Hanna. Carol graduated from Norwood High School in Norwood, OH, and attended Dennison University and the University of Cincinnati before graduating from Baylor University with a double major in English and Psychology. Carol worked in the Registrar's Office at Baylor and at TSO. Later, Carol embarked on a teaching career, initially working in several WISD schools before beginning a 26-year career as a counselor and then teaching English to seventh and ninth graders at Vanguard Preparatory School. She was admired as a challenging, engaging, and caring teacher. Carol was an active member of Lake Shore Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she sang in the choir, served as a greeter, and ran the sound system for worship. While teaching and volunteering for the church were her passions, she also enjoyed reading, running, and exercising. Carol was preceded in death by her daughter, Beth Anne Spain Walworth. Carol is survived by her husband of over 61 years, Dr. Rufus Spain; children, John Finch Spain and wife, Joanie, of Bloomington, Indiana, Julie Spain Meyer of Lexington, North Carolina, and David Arthur Spain and wife, Pam, of Norman, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Vanguard Preparatory School or Lake Shore Baptist Church, both in Waco, Texas. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service at Lake Shore Baptist Church will be scheduled at a later date. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Col. Cooke Hearon Leutwyler, USAF, Ret., BA ’53, of Lorena, TX, died peacefully at the age of 87 on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd, Waco TX 76710, with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Stanford Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Col. Cooke Hearon Leutwyler was born in Waco, and moved from the big city to the family farm near Hewitt, where he met his sweetheart, Shirley Rose Hyman, in the first grade. He was Valedictorian of the second graduating class at Midway High School and entered Baylor University after graduation. While at Baylor, he married Shirley on March 28, 1952. Cooke joined the Air Force ROTC, while attending Baylor, and was offered a commission in the Air Force. After receiving his BA degree, Cooke taught and coached at Axtell High School until called to active duty. He was deployed to Korea as a postal officer immediately after the Korean War. After returning to the States, he attended Texas A&M and received his master’s degree in Meteorology. While serving, Cooke was stationed in Korea, England, Japan and traveled the world where he met some of his closest friends. After spending 26 years in the Air Force, Cooke retired as a full bird Colonel at the Pentagon, where he was responsible for classified satellite meteorology. During his service, Cooke received numerous medals and awards, including the Legion of Merit and six Meritorious Service Medals. Once he retired from the Air Force, Cooke worked at Unisystems as a chief operating office of data processing. He attended UTA and received a Master’s in accounting before ending his working career as an independent computer programmer. Cooke enjoyed family camping and hiking. His family camped across Europe along with Diane Hyman, and climbed Mt. Fuji with his son, Larry. He took his son, Mark, and grandson, Ryan, camping across Canada and Alaska. He, his family, and Granita Hyman camped in Yellowstone. He also took a 1976 bicentennial trip through the New England States with his sister, Wanda Glaze, her husband, Kenneth, and families. Cooke was a hero to many in his family, a kind and generous man of honor. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Cooke was preceded in death by his parents, Jayhugh Beecher Leutwyler and Eva Elizabeth Shaw Leutwyler; wife, Shirley Rose Hyman Leutwyler; daughter, Mary Kathleen Leutwyler Smith; and sister, Eva Elizabeth Leutwyler. Cooke leaves his son, Larry Leutwyler; daughter, Lisa Leutwyler Stewart and husband, Leighton; son, Mark Leutwyler and wife, Laura; four grandchildren, Ryan Draper, Shirley Stewart, Kai Leutwyler, and June Leutwyler; and siblings, Jayhugh Leutwyler, Jesse Leutwyler, Wanda Leutwyler Glaze, and Tommy Leutwyler. Cooke is also survived by Diane Hyman Watrous and Sandra Hyman Barber, Shirley’s family, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, and friends worldwide. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, P.O Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037, or online at www.ALS.org. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Ja Nelle Gidden Sullivan, BA ’53, was born June 16, 1932 in Luling, Texas. She passed away on March 7, 2020 in Lufkin, Texas. She graduated from H.M. King High School in 1949, earned a B.A.in journalism from Baylor University in 1953 and a M.Ed. from University of Houston in 1963. After 30 years as a teacher, later public information officer, and finally coordinator of research and evaluation with a suburban Houston school district that has now merged with Houston ISD, she retired in 1987. She held a lifetime membership in Texas School Public Relations Association. At her death, she was a member of Apple Springs Baptist Church in Apple Springs, Texas, having been saved and baptized in Freer, Texas at age 12. Mrs. Sullivan had been a church pianist/organist many years, beginning her senior year at Baylor. Her longest tenures were 24 years at Hibbard Memorial Baptist Church in Houston, 9 years at Kingwood First Baptist in Kingwood, Texas, and over 20 years at Apple Springs Baptist. She had been a Sunday School teacher, Training Union Director, church librarian, and church clerk. She was a member and multi-year organist in the Order of Eastern Star, Groveton Chapter #1035 and a past board member for Pineywood Baptist Encampment owned by eight Baptist associations in East Texas area. Janelle was survived by her husband, Oran, of over 66 years and by their three sons and one daughter and their spouses: Leland and Jeannie Sullivan of Magnolia, Tx; Curtis and Rita Sullivan of Apple Springs; La Retta and Jerry Bolain of Oklahoma City, Ok; and Wesley and Cindy Sullivan of Katy, Tx. She is also survived by her brother and wife Wayne and Betty Gidden of Harrison, Ark; and by her sister and husband Nancy and Jack Collis of St Louis, Mo. She had eleven grandchildren and spouses; 16 great grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other friends. Funeral will be at Apple Springs Baptist Church, Friday March 13th at 10 AM, Viewing/Visitation at 9 AM. In lieu of flowers, please donation to National Breast Cancer Foundation (www.nbcf.org) or Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrf.org)
Rev. Dr. Joe Boone Abbott, BA ’54, of Birmingham, AL, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020. He was born February 24, 1932, Tuscaloosa, AL; the son of Dr. Charles Edward Abbott, Jr. and Frances Boone Abbott. He had fond memories of growing up in Tuscaloosa and was a life-long Alabama fan. His grandfather, Dr. Joseph Prince Boone, the minister at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, influenced him from an early age. He graduated from Baylor University, received his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. Joe pastored churches in Indiana and Alabama, before training as a pastoral counselor. He established, managed, and certified a nationally recognized non-denominational pastoral education program through the Baptist Health System. It was recognized as one of the top chaplain training programs in the Southeast and nation. Over five hundred clergy and ministers were trained for healthcare ministry during his thirty-year involvement. Serving as a chaplain himself, Joe dedicated his ministry to helping hospital patients, their family members and professionals cope with illness, death and other life concerns through out-patient pastoral counseling. In his role as a pastoral educator, Joe was also instrumental in the founding of Alabama's first hospice program at Baptist Hospital Montclair and the Pastoral Counseling Center, along with pastoral counseling training program at Baptist Health Systems. Joe retired from the Baptist Health System of Alabama as Corporate Vice President for Pastoral Care and Counseling. He received the American Association of Pastoral Counselors' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 at its national convention and was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2018. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Frances Mary Abbott Mathis. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Burks Abbott (Peggy), who took wonderful care of him these last few years. He is also survived by his children, Margaret Abbott Moore (Brian), Joe Boone Abbott, Jr. (Susie), James Daniel Abbott; his grandchildren Thomas Findley Moore (Rindy), Stephen Abbott Moore (Heather), Sally Burks Moore, Joe Boone Abbott III (Siera), Martha Streit Abbott, Henry Charles Abbott (Maddie), Cole Branch Abbott, three great grandchildren, and his brother, Charles Edward Abbott III. Services for Joe will be Monday, February 10 at 11:00 am at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, followed by a visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Parkinson Association of Alabama or Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
Carolyn McGeorge Henslee, BA ’54, of Little Rock, AR, died March 18, 2020 at the age of 87. She was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Percie and Bess McGeorge. Carolyn was a proud alumna of Pine Bluff High School and Baylor University. Her early adulthood was spent outside of Arkansas and then she brought her well stamped passport back to the state. Carolyn knew how to keep herself busy and engaged in the community and world. She was an active volunteer in many organizations including Girl Scouts, Heifer International, Camp Aldersgate, Little Rock public schools, Master Gardeners, choirs, book clubs, and tennis leagues. She centered on her church, Pulaski Heights United Methodist, and the opportunities for lifelong learning it offered. She attended "camp" every summer at the Methodist School of Missions, traveled to World Methodist Conferences, volunteered at UMCOR, and visited Methodist communities in India and Russia. Carolyn was also a devoted member, officer, and conference chair of United Methodist Women. Her collection of seashells, textiles, and memories are from all over the world. She always kept a rain poncho in her trunk…just in case. She was joined in many of these pastimes by her late husband Joel Henslee who she had known since fourth grade. They celebrated 40 years of marriage and raised four daughters before his passing in 1997. Carolyn was devoted to her church, her family, and a wide circle of friends. As a quiet and progressive thinker she will be greatly missed yet celebrated for her life. She is survived by her four daughters Lou Henslee (Roy Bell) of Memphis, Julia Garcia ( Randy ) of Little Rock, Susan McGowan (Bob) of Little Rock, Donna Henslee of Colorado. She delighted in her family and especially her 12 grandchildren including Owen Bell, Amy Bell, Will Perrott, Davis Perrott, Evan Garcia, Marcus Garcia, Elizabeth McGowan, Joel McGowan (Sydney), Collin McGowan, Sophie Henslee; bonus grandchildren Blake McGowan (Christen), Jennifer Reid and children. Carolyn is also survived by her brother-in-law, Bill Henslee, many nieces and nephews, and her Virginia relatives. Preceded in death by siblings, Mary Frances Henes, Wallace P. McGeorge Jr., and Harvey W. McGeorge. A family celebration of Carolyn's life will be held at a later date.
Please feel free to make a donation to: Carolyn and Joel Henslee Mission Endowment Fund at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Foundation, 4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock, Ark., 72205 or Women's Foundation of Arkansas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth Francis Jones, BS ’54, of Bellaire, TX, died Feb. 12. The only child of R.F. and Sallye Jones, was born in Abilene, Texas August 24, 1930. He is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Erma Louise Burnett Jones; daughter, Leigh Ann Jones Whittington; and grandson, Jason Kenneth Bowen. Kenneth is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann Jones Bowen; grandson, Mark Edward Bowen and wife, Mary Tolbert Bowen; great-grandson, Kenneth Edward Bowen; and great-granddaughter, Kendall Louise Bowen. Kenneth attended elementary school in Baird, Texas and high school in Weslaco, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco with a BS degree and The University of Texas Dental School in Houston, Texas with a DDS degree in 1954. He served in the US Army from 1954 until 1958. Kenneth practiced Pediatric Dentistry in Meyerland for over thirty years. He taught at The University of Texas Health Science Center part time from 1977 to 1992, retiring from practice and accepting a full-time teaching position as Associate Professor in the Pediatric Dental Department until his retirement in 2001. Effective February 1, 2018, he was honored with an appointment as Associate Professor Emeritus. When he retired in 2001, he was on the Active Staff of Hermann Hospital, and was on the Consulting Staff of Texas Children's Hospital from 1960 to 1992. He was an active member of The Houston District Dental Society, Texas Dental Society, American Dental Society, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry until his death. Kenneth served on many committees and offices of these organizations as well as President of several. In 1969, he received his Fellowship to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; in 1987, he received his Fellowship in the International College of Dentist followed by a Fellowship in 1989 to the American College of Dentist. In 1983, Kenneth was inducted into the MuMu Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon of the Honorary Dental Scholastic Society. At the University of Texas School of Dentistry, he was Course Director of two second year courses in Pediatric Dentistry and was a clinical instructor for both the undergraduate and the post-doctoral students and received the Dean's Teaching Excellent Award in 1995 -1996. He published a number of articles in academic journals and co-authored chapters in Textbooks. A Celebration of Life will be at The Houstonian 111 N. Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to. The Thomas W. Wild Pediatric Dentistry Foundation, C/O Susan Seybold, Secretary-Treasurer 6358 Wakeforest Ave. Houston, Tx 77005 or The Leigh Ann Jones Whittington Memorial Scholarship Fund, One Bear Place #97026 Waco, Texas 76798 Or made online at www.baylor.edu/give
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Beverly Frierson Mayfield, ’54, age 83, of Waco, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Regent Care Center in Woodway. Private Burial Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery. (Due to CDC mandates, only 10 people are allowed at the service) She was born September 4, 1936, in Waco to Charles and Bernice (Lipka) Frierson. While growing up in Waco she attended Sanger Avenue Elementary, West Junior High and graduated from The Waco High School in 1954. It was in 1955 on an arranged blind date that Beverly met Dan Mayfield, Jr. of Waco. The following year they married on August 10, 1956, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Their marriage spanned over 57 years until Dan’s death in 2013. They had two children, Melisa and Dan III. During the early years of their marriage, Beverly took great pleasure in being a stay-at-home mother tending to the needs of the children’s many school and social activities while supporting her husband in his law practice until his retirement from Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield, PC in 2007. She found joy in serving the local community through the Junior League of Waco, Waco Cotton Palace Pageant, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Historic Waco Foundation, Waco Symphony and Waco Art Center. After her children were grown, she was the proprietor of Kaleidoscope Children’s Wear with her first shop in Sironia of Waco and later at Magnolias in Salado. Beverly loved all things Waco, especially Baylor University, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and the Waco Cotton Palace Pageant. As a loyal Baylor Bear, she and her husband were long time Baylor Bear Foundation Members and season ticket holders to Baylor football games for nearly 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; father, Charles Frierson; and mother, Bernice Frierson. She is survived by her daughter, Melisa Mayfield Bennett and husband, Jamey; son, Dan Mayfield III and wife, Danni; brother, Charles Wayne “Buddy” Frierson; grandchildren, Morgan Bennett Fries and husband, Jonathan, Daniel Mayfield IV, and Matthew Grayson. Beverly is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jeannette Mayfield Kelley of Temple; brother-in-law, Judge Alan Mayfield and his wife, Robin, of China Spring; and many other family members and a host of friends. Her children want to thank Paula Ripley, Beverly’s kind and loyal caregiver for the past five years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, 517 Columbus Ave., Waco, TX, 76701; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Columbus, Waco, TX, 76701; or the charity of your choice.
Jack Haney, BBA ’55, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 2, 2020 in Napa, California. He was 86. Jack grew up in Navasota, TX and was a graduate of Navasota High School. Jack graduated from Baylor University in 1955 where he received a BBA. While at Baylor University he was a member of the baseball team and is a Baylor Baseball Letterman and a lifetime member of the Baylor Alumni Association. After graduation from Baylor, Jack served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon his return to the states and after working in the insurance business, he graduated from South Texas College of Law and was licensed to practice law in 1969. In May 1970 Jack began his law practice in Huntsville, Texas where he became a community service and business leader. He represented clients with integrity and care for over 50 years. Jack also served as Judge of the Huntsville Municipal Court for ten years. He also served as president of the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Walker County Bar Association, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Huntsville Memorial Hospital. He was also a lifetime member of the Huntsville Rotary Club where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Jack was a devoted father and grandfather. Family was everything to him He was a spiritual man and his faith was very important to him. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Huntsville for many years and the First Presbyterian Church of Napa since his move to the Meadows Retirement Community in Napa, CA in 2017. He made so many wonderful, caring friends and had a great time during his years in Napa. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. Mr. Haney is survived by his daughter Carolyn Stahlecker(Matthew) and grandson, Otto, of Napa, his sister Geraldine Voelter of Sugarland, step-daughters Amanda McMillian (Benjamin) and granddaughters Maia and Emma of Houston, Toney Daniels (Jeffrey)of Austin and many nieces and grandnieces and nephews: Dinah Smith (Skipper)of Fulshear, TX, Ashley Hollas( Dustin), Jaxson, Aubrey, and Griffin of Sugarland, Lindsay Smith of Willis, TX, Trey Smith (Tiffany) of Rosenberg, TX, Teri Thornton (Larry)of Huntsville, Sabrina Rowley (Billy) and Kaiden of Huntsville, Erin Thornton (Kenzie)of Huntsville, Sam Thornton of Willis, Gayle Haney (Suzie)of Kerrville, TX, Joan Salsbury (Craig) of Jacksonville, TX and Kate Reike (Gavin)of College Station, TX.
Jack is preceded in death by his father, L.T. Haney, his mother, Ida Lee Haney of Navasota and his brother, Dub Haney of Kerrville. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse Crisis and Disaster Response organization, samaritanspurse.org. A celebration of Jack's life will be held in the future when circumstances permit.
Gene Louis O’Neal, BA ’55, of Richardson, TX, died Oct. 20, 2019. She was born to Sample and Ima (Oldham) O’Neal August 25, 1932 in Fort Smith Arkansas. He received and completed all of his education in the public school system there in Fort Smith. He then went to Baylor University, majoring in Journalism and Business, graduating in 1954. While taking classes, he worked for the Waco News-Tribune. After graduating with his BA, he remained, working on a Masters in Theology until he was called up to active duty in the United States Air Force (1955-58), Reserve (1958-60). He was a devoted patriot his entire life and demonstrated a deep commitment to his obligations as a citizen of the United States of America. In November 1960 he married his sweetheart and love of his life, Joyce Spradling in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They were married for almost 60 magnificent years. During the last months of his life Joyce faithfully remained daily at his side providing loving encouragement and reminder that he never lived a lonely day. His lifelong career was with the Liberty Mutual Insurance company, where he became a member of their Sales Hall of Fame. He began this career in 1958, working in Oklahoma City, Midland, Houston and finally retiring after working in Dallas. He ended his dauntless working career in 2018 as an insurance agent for Family Financial Group in Mesquite, TX. This man never stopped trying to help people solve their big problems in life. He is survived by Joyce Spradling O’Neal, two of his three daughters and three sons-in-law; Randy Wilson and Dawn O’Neal Wilson (passed away to heaven on 9/6/19), Brian Shiu and Maire Shannon O’Neal Shiu, Darren Jones and Patricia “Dorri” O’Neal Jones. He has five granddaughters that overwhelmed him with pride; Emily Wilson Morris married to grandson-in- law John Morris, Delaney Shiu, Sophie Shiu, Reagan Shiu and Jessica Jones. And last but certainly not least, his first great-grandson, James Morris born, February 2, 2018. Gene would tell you; his most significant life accomplishment was what he was able to do for God’s Great Mission. He had the privilege of membership in eleven different Baptist churches throughout his military service and career. He served as an active member, Bible teacher, and deacon. He and Joyce spent years working with the Need Him Ministry in the evenings, counseling people one-on-one who were looking for spiritual answers. Seeing the power of the Gospel message realized in the lives of people he met, sharing his life with them and helping in countless ways were the single most important mission he ever accomplished. The family requests that any donations be made to:
Richardson First Baptist Church, Richardson TX. Flowers to be sent to: Ted Dickies West Funeral Home, 7900 President George Bush Parkway, Richardson, Texas 75081.
Hon. Carlton B. Dodson, LLB ’56, age 91, former Justice for the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas, died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. Carlton Dodson was born on May 14, 1928, in Dickens, Texas, to William and Lura Dodson. He graduated from Dickens High School in 1946. He then attended Texas Technological College, from which he graduated in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in government, history, and education, and was a member of the Air Force R.O.T.C. After graduation he operated the family cattle and farming business in Dickens County, and oversaw his own oil and gas leasing operation. During the Korean War he served his country in Korea as an officer in the United States Air Force. After returning from the war, he married Sue North on June 6, 1954, in Spur, Texas. In the fall of 1954 he entered Baylor University School of Law. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in December of 1956 and was licensed to practice law later that month. Upon graduation from law school he served as an assistant district attorney in Potter County, Texas. In 1959 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to join the law firm of Croslin and Pharr, later known as Evans, Pharr, Trout, and Jones. From 1970-1977, he served as general legal counsel for Texas Tech University. He was very proud to be part of helping to establish and develop the Texas Tech University School of Medicine. In 1977, he was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas, in Amarillo, fulfilling a life-long dream of serving as a judge. He was subsequently elected and then re-elected numerous times until his retirement from the Court at the end of a term in December of 1998. In March of 1991, his beloved wife, Sue, died in Amarillo, Texas. On May 23, 1992, he married Jane Brannen in Kingsland, Texas. After his retirement from the Court, he continued to serve as a visiting judge for the appellate courts in Texas. He also served as a visiting trial court judge for the Ninth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. In 2003, he moved back to Lubbock, Texas. In August of 2011, his beloved wife Jane died in Lubbock, Texas. In addition to his military service, family business, and legal career, he made numerous other significant contributions to his community, state, and country. He was an active member of numerous professional associations and civic organizations, including Rotary International. He was also an active church member, serving in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at Southcrest Baptist Church, in Lubbock, for many years. Carlton Dodson will be most remembered by those who knew him, as a real people-person. He truly never met a stranger. He loved to tell stories. He genuinely cared about others, and had a profound and great influence on many, many people. He was passionate about politics and world affairs. He loved sports, and especially cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders. For years, he enjoyed keeping statistics at Red Raider football games. And he loved to play the game of golf like few others. More than anything, he loved his family and close friends very, very much, was very loved in return, and will be very deeply missed. Judge Dodson is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Will and Denise Dodson, of Fredericksburg, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and David Fry, of Lubbock, TX; four grandchildren, Erin Hornaday of Lubbock, TX, Rachel Fry of Seattle, WA, Allison Jones of Nashville, TN, and Andrew Dodson of Richmond, VA; and three great-grandchildren, Lily Jo Hornaday, Mae Dodson and Luke Dodson. He is also survived by four step-children, Cindy Hoffman of New Salem, ND, Richard Morgan of Deadwood, SD, Kirk Morgan of Graham, TX, and Michael Morgan of Nacogdoches, TX.
Wayne Hayden Morgan, BBA ’56, age 98, of Bryan, TX, passed away Sunday, March 1st at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 7th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment will follow at Wheelock Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Friday at the funeral home. Wayne was born February 20, 1922 in DeLeon, Texas the son of William Franklin and Lucy (Hickman) Morgan. He was a sixth generation Texan. Wayne graduated from Hearne High School with Honors in 1941. While on bus ride to a track meet he meet his future wife Estelle Spiller and they began dating. In October of 1942 Wayne enlisted in the Army Air Corp to serve in World War II. While on leave from the Army, Wayne and Estelle got married on June 28, 1944 in Bryan. Wayne graduated from 4C Business College in Waco, upon graduation Wayne went to work for the City of Waco Housing Authority as an Accountant. In May 1953 he attended Baylor University and graduated in August 1956 and took a job at Texas A&M International Program. Wayne and Estelle loved traveling with family and friends so much that they purchased a motorhome upon his retirement in 1980. They enjoyed road trips to Philadelphia, Seattle, California, Las Vegas, Branson and Reno. They enjoyed visiting many National Parks including Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountain. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bill and Jim Morgan. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Estelle Morgan; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Chyrl Morgan; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Thomas Vistuba; grandsons, Kyle Vistuba and wife Madison and Zachary Vistuba.
Dr. Lauretta Baldwin Peper, BA ’56, of Centennial, CO, born November 26, 1929 died peacefully on January 26, 2020 following a massive brain hemorrhage. Lauretta was a Christian who applied the James 2:18 principles to her daily living. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you mine by what I do.” She was a loving and devoted wife for 64 years to John B. Peper and mother to her three sons, John, Mark, and Graham. John has two sons, Jeremy and Joshua. Mark has three sons, Taylor, Hayden, and Austin.Graham has one son, Dylan and one daughter, Alexandra. There are two great grandsons and one great granddaughter as well. As a scholar, teacher, and willing contributor of her time and resources, Lauretta held a BA from Baylor University (1956), M.Ed. from Temple University (1970) and an D.Ed. from the University of Southern California (1982). As a member of the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church of Englewood, Colorado, Lauretta became a Stephen’s Minister, food bank worker, and an active member of the senior citizens organization called “Prime Timers.”Her first job out of Warrior, Alabama High School was with a Birmingham insurance firm. Then she was off to Baylor University as an upper-class student and as women’s dormitory floor director in Memorial Hall. Lauretta taught in public schools of several states and in Guam. She served as a testing consultant for a Stanford reading research study, instructed GED students at a community college and taught as adjunct assistant professor briefly at the university level. Lauretta fondly cherished and never forgot her childhood where she grew up on a farm in Warrior, Alabama. Her family founded Calvary Baptist Church which remains part of her rich childhood Christian portfolio. At the drop of a hat, she would tell listeners one or more tales from her childhood or about teaching experiences in later life. Lauretta’s father, Willis Lawson Baldwin died when she was barely three years of age. Her dedicated mother Lela Baldwin Clement was left with three sons and three daughters. One son was only one year of age. All her siblings and Mother preceded Lauretta in death. All who knew her will miss Lauretta’s pleasant, hard-working positive and loving spirit.
Del Shofner, ’56, died March 11 in Los Angeles of natural causes. Family was by his side. He was 85. Born Delbert Martin Shofner to Bessie and Martin Shofner on December 11, 1934, Del thrived growing up with his brother James Richard and sisters Billie Jean, Mae, Ruth, Linda and Kathi, and surrounded by a large extended family. A Roughrider, he enjoyed all sports and wonderful, lifelong friendships. Del attended Baylor University where he was a multi-sport star athlete. In addition to football, where he played running back, defensive back, punter, kickoff and punt returner for the Bears, he played basketball, baseball and was a sprinter on the track team. He was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame and is a member of the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. Del was the 1957 Sugar Bowl MVP as Baylor defeated No. 2 Tennessee, and this year he was inducted into the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame. A five-time NFL Pro Bowl receiver, Del was the LA Rams’ first round draft pick, 11th overall, in the 1957 draft. After spending his rookie season on the defensive side of the ball, he was switched to offense in 1958 and had immediate success, leading the NFL with 1,097 receiving yards and earning First-Team All-Pro honors. Del was also First-Team All-Pro in 1959, and then was traded to the New York Giants following the 1960 season where he had his greatest success. With Y.A. Tittle at quarterback, Tittle and Shofner became one of the most feared QB-receiver duos in NFL history. In 1961, he had 1,125 yards and became the first player in NFL history to have a pair of 1,000 receiving yard seasons. He also made NFL history from 1961-63, becoming the first receiver with 1,000 yards in 3 consecutive seasons. He was voted into the NFL All-Decade team for the 1960s as a First-Team member by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Toward the end of his football career, Del began working in the feed commodities business and enjoyed working with cattlemen, poultrymen, and farmers throughout the country. He and his wife, Carol Seley Shofner, enjoyed family time and breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Their greatest success in horse racing was with Think Snow who raced against Affirmed in 1978. Del also loved playing golf. Del and Carol were married in 1963 and raised their family in San Marino, California. Carol passed away in 2015. Del is survived in Love by his three children, Laurie Shofner Corwin, Stacey Shofner Gates and David Shofner, five grandchildren; Madison, Alex, Shea, Emily and Jacob, sisters Ruth, Linda and Kathi and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Delbert “Del” Martin Shofner to the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation, Attn: Kelle Williams, PO Box 152, Center, Texas 75935.
Marilyn Lea Jackson Wright, ’56, age 87, formerly of Killeen, TX, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Crockett, Texas. She was born April 20, 1932 in Oklahoma to Damon and Stella (Davenport) Jackson. She was a graduate of Belton High School, and a proud member of the marching band. She met James A. Wright at a church camp and they were married December 22, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Belton, Texas. After graduating from UMHB she taught 1st grade in Belton, Cuero, Corpus Christi and San Antonio, before retiring from Killeen ISD in 1992. She was preceded in death by her parents, Damon and Stella, her brother, David, her husband, James and her son, Damon. Marilyn is survived by her eldest son, James Wright and his wife Margie of San Antonio; her daughter, Deborah Criswell of Houston; grandchildren, James Wright, Jr. and his wife Lindsey of Austin, Janae Whitehead and her husband Jody of Crockett, Kyle Criswell of Houston, and Kelly Webster of Georgetown; and great granddaughter, Lenora Wright of Austin, as well as “adopted” sister and longtime Killeen resident, Patricia Shannon of Bryan. Visitation will be noon to 1:00 PM Thursday, prior to the service, at the First Baptist Church of Killeen.
Richard L. “Dick” Kendall, BA ’57, age 84, passed away from colon cancer Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his home in Pearland, TX, with both his daughters by his side. Dick was the widower of Jean Mosher Kendall, who shared 28 years of marriage with him. Born in Houston, Texas, Dick was the younger son of William “Bill” and Lois (nee Wright) Kendall of Houston. In 1957, he achieved his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Baylor University, where he was a 4th-generation legacy. He was a Chamber of Commerce Manager in San Angelo and Conroe, Texas, before joining Conroe National Bank in 1968. Dick was instrumental in the formation of Allied Bancshares, a Houston-based bank-holding company, in 1970. As the company’s Vice President of Marketing, he put Allied on the map. Leaving there in 1976, Dick went out on his own and began Kendall Marketing, a business which he maintained until his death. Kendall Marketing specialized in bank marketing and training, which led to Dick working as a contract speaker/trainer for John M. Floyd & Associates from the early 1990s until his illness forced him into retirement in 2019. Dick loved his work in banking and training; however, his favorite vocation was stand-up comedy. He began when he was very young, performing routines he heard on the radio for his mother, whom he called his first and best audience. His grandmother told him, “Dick, if you don’t wind up on the stage, you will have missed your calling.” After a brief foray into comedy in the 1980s, Dick got serious about making people laugh in the early 2000s, including on cruise ships and in comedy clubs such as the Riviera in Las Vegas and the Improv in Irvine, California. Dick was especially passionate about his personal discovery of “God’s Unconditional Love”, which he added into his comedy routine at his final performance in March, 2019. Shortly before he died, Dick amused his mates at his last AA meeting. His videos can be found on YouTube. His comedy work also led him to acting in a feature-length movie, “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word”, and a TV commercial. In addition to his work in both training and comedy, Dick was a devoted member of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA was his true ministry, as any recovering alcoholic who knew him will attest. He sponsored and counseled countless recovering alcoholics over his 43 years in the Program. Dick is survived by daughters Dr. Peggy Kendall (Jonathan Sheehan), Susan Morrow-Johnson (Don Johnson), granddaughters Valerie Sheehan, Genevieve Sheehan, Madeline Morrow (Jason Epstein), and Camille Morrow, great-grandsons Rex Epstein and Kai Epstein, and ex-wife Margaret Kendall. In addition, Dick counted his late wife’s family among his own: daughter Fran (nee Rowan) Walter (Eric), grandchildren Leigh Rowan-Sims (Cody) and Chase Rowan (Ashley), Ed Walter, Ethan Walter, Allison Walter, and Olivia Walter, great-grandchildren Dash Rowan-Sims and Storey Jean Rowan-Sims, Alyssa Rowan and Ty Ranger Rowan, nephew Blake Mosher (Melanie), great-nieces Elaina Mosher, Courtney Mosher, Andrea Mosher, and Julie Mosher, and great-nephew Trent Mosher. Other survivors include a large and varied group of dear friends and extended family. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Mosher Kendall, parents Bill and Lois Kendall, brother Neal M. Kendall, son-in-law Tim Morrow, step-son Ed Rowan, and step-daughter Susan Rowan. The family wish to thank Griswold Home Care, particularly Miss Linda, whose care and compassion quickly made her a member of the family, and Miss Hortencia, who stayed with Dick’s daughters, offering comfort and support until the very end; and Trinity Hospice, whose short but impactful period of work with us made it possible for Dick to pass away at home, as was his wish. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Houston Zoo, the Shriners Hospitals, or the organization of your choice. Please refer any personal inquiries to Dick’s daughter, Susan Morrow-Johnson, email@example.com.
Marilyn Daniel McJimsey, BS ’57, MS ’58, was born May 23, 1935 to Dr. Dubose B Daniel and Marie B. Daniel. Our beloved "Mare" passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Dallas after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister Barbara Davis and husband Jacke; her daughter Barbara McJimsey and husband Roy; son Bert McJimsey and wife Karen; grandchildren Bert A. McJimsey III, Mason L. McJimsey, Daniel Paxton and wife Kristin, Zachary Paxton and wife Christina, and Ellen Phillips and husband Zane; great-grandchildren Hattie, Grady and Cason. Marilyn graduated from Carthage High School in Carthage Texas and obtained a Bachelor and Master of Science in Physical Education from Baylor University in Waco Texas. She was an avid golfer, winning the Woodlawn Ladies Club Championship three different years. She has a long history of volunteering with the Boys Club, Girls Club, Sherman Service League, Richardson Medical Center and Scottish Rite Hospital. Family visitation will be held Friday, February 21, 2020, 5 PM to 7 PM, at Hawthorn Funeral in Carthage, TX. A private family graveside service will be held Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daniel Spring Baptist Encampment, https:// danielspringscamp.com/give/ or the charity of your choice.
Sally Jo Ferguson Neal, ’57, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the age of 88, at home in Hewitt, Texas. Graveside services will be held for immediate family Thursday, March 26, at the China Spring Cemetery with Pastor John Neal officiating. Sally was born at home on a rural farm in Speegleville, Texas, on May 19, 1931. She attended Bosqueville School from elementary through her freshman year of high school. She went on to finish her high school years at Mt. Calm, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1949. She attended Baylor University School of Nursing and graduated with a nursing degree as an RN in 1952. Sally went on to work at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. She married Jimmie Lee Neal in 1954. She put her nursing career on hold while they raised four children. They lived many places, settling in Lompoc, California, in 1964. In 1973 they moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona. She returned to nursing at a local community hospital. After her divorce, she moved to Marlin in 1979, where she worked at the VA Hospital in Waco for several years. Sally moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked at the City of Faith Hospital before returning to Waco. She then worked at Hillcrest Hospital until retiring. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church and attended regularly until she could no longer. She enjoyed attending Bible studies and activities with the Naomi's group. She consistently read her Bible and prayed daily for her family and others. She liked butterflies and had a collection of items with butterflies on them. Blue Bell vanilla ice cream was her favorite. Every spring she would have us bring her an assortment of bluebonnets and wildflowers for her room as soon as they started blooming. She also loved visiting with her family any time possible. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank B. Ferguson; her mother, Catharine Ferguson; and grandchild, Jason Neal. Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn K. “Kathy” Potter; son, Jim Neal, Jr., and wife, Jeannie.; son, Joe Neal and wife, Denise; son, John Neal and wife, Fran; and sister, Sharron and husband, Robert. Sally is also survived by 19 grandchildren, and many more great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jim Neal, Joe Neal, David Neal, Michael Neal, Justin Neal, and Victor Hallock.
Barbara Martin Adair BA ’58, of Roswell, GA, died March 12. She was born in Borger, Texas, on June 6, 1936. Her parents were Vernon and Mattie Martin, who lived in several places in Texas. Barbara’s dad was a county agent and a 4-H sponsor. When Barbara was in high school, her family moved to Cooper, Texas. There, she met and married the love of her life, John Ed Adair, on June 15, 1956. Barbara attended Baylor University for two years before she married. But when John received his wings, they were off to the U.S. Air Force, where John served as a pilot for four years. John and Barbara moved to the Dallas area in 1960. There, they enjoyed a happy life and established many lifelong friends with their three children. Much of their lives revolved around their church. Barbara served as a church pianist or organist from the age of 10 and continued this at First Baptist Church Garland until their next move to Atlanta, Ga., in 1974. A lifelong and proud Texan, Barbara quickly fell in love with Georgia. She and her family found a wonderful church home at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Their family flourished and grew. Barbara was a wonderful wife and mother, and she sacrificed and worked hard for her family. She taught piano lessons, as she had done for many years, and continued to play the organ at Brookhaven Baptist Church and Sandy Springs Christian Church. Barbara was active in the Peach State Depression Glass Club and loved collecting Depression Glass and elegant glassware. She eventually became an antique dealer and had a sharp eye for finding great deals at estate sales, garage sales and flea markets. At the age of 50, Barbara returned to higher education. She completed a degree in English and History at Oglethorpe University. Barbara and John loved to travel. They went on 30 cruises as well as several trips to Mexico, Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. Barbara enjoyed her role as a grandmother. Her grandchildren knew her as Deedie, and she loved being with them and spoiling them. She sent them encouraging letters, gave great advice and loved taking them shopping. One of her greatest joys was being surrounded by her entire family on her and John’s 50th and 60th wedding anniversary parties on a Caribbean cruise and at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant. In 2001, Barbara and John joined Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. They discovered a whole new host of friends and became involved in many ministries of the church. Their church family has been a great source of encouragement and support. Barbara is survived by John, her faithful husband of 63 years; as well as her children Debbie Hightower, Julie Ashburn and John M. Adair and their spouses. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and their spouses and a great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to global missions ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Wright from the Heart ministry or the Chaplain Ministries at Campbell-Stone Christian Centers Inc.
William Ardell Arnold, Jr., BA ’58, of Lawton, OK, was born to William Ardell and Jewell Catherine (Lacy) Arnold on February 8, 1935 in Melissa, TX and departed this life in Lawton, OK on April 8, 2020. William attended Melissa Public Schools and graduated from Boyd High School, McKinney, TX in 1953. He was also a proud graduate of Baylor University, Waco, and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX, receiving his master’s degree. He was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church, Melissa, TX in December of 1951 and was ordained to the ministry at First Baptist Church, Anna TX in July of 1954. While attending Baylor University, he served as music and youth minister at the Baptist Churches in Melissa, Anna and McGregor, TX. William served as associate pastor of Union Avenue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. Upon leaving that church he spent 3 years training as a VISTA volunteer (Volunteer in Service to America) for the Domestic Peace Corps. On January 2, 1966, William was awarded certification for completion of training by Lyndon Johnson, then President of the United States. This prepared him for the next 30 years of service working with thousands of young men and women in the Federal Job Corps Program as a Guidance Counselor. He served first at Lewiston Job Corps Center, Lewiston, CA from February of 1966 to February of 1968, but due to the closing of the center was transferred to Treasure Lake Job Corps Center, Indiahoma, OK from February 1968 to his retirement in 1995. While in Lewiston, CA, he served as pastor of a non-denominational church. From 1968 through 2017 he served 60 different interim/supply pastorates throughout many counties in Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas. During those years of ministry, he also enjoyed doing premarital counseling and performing weddings for many couples. William, his wife and family are longtime members of Lawton First Baptist Church. He was an avid Baylor Bears fan and a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, raising 4 daughters to love the Cowboys just the same. He enjoyed taking his 1963 Corvair to car shows all across the state, winning numerous awards. He also loved attending the many sporting events and other activities of his 9 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Maggie Loutricia Gilbert Arnold of the home, whom he married February 5, 1966 at North Baptist Church, McKinney, TX; also surviving are four daughters, Tracy Rankin, Stacy Hart and husband Gary, Carey Woessner, Terrie Callarman and husband Steve; nine grandchildren, Courtney Dillon, Wesley Dillon and wife Taylor, Casey and Kelsey Nadeau, Rylee Woessner, Avery, Makena, Coen and Chloe Callarman; a brother, Larry Arnold and wife Pat; three sisters, Joy Chastain, Carolyn Boone, Fama Grigg and husband Eddie; a sister-in-law, Joyce Arnold; plus many other family members and a host of friends. William was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother, Lacy Gene Arnold.
Dr. Lawrence “Larry” J. Barbour Sr., ’58, of Roswell, NM, died Jan. 29. He was born on May 19, 1936, to Dr. and Mrs. L D Barbour in Three Forks, Montana with his brother, John, and 2 sisters, Roberta Willis, and Donna Kay Fergeson. His family moved to Roswell where he graduated from Roswell High School in 1954. After high school, he attended junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute. He then went to Baylor University before entering medical school at Philadelphia College for Osteopathy. He was an intern in Fort Worth, Texas, before beginning his 35-year career as an Osteopathic Physician in Roswell, New Mexico. Larry served as president of the New Mexico Osteopathic Society and on the board of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for 9 years. He received many awards and accomplishments throughout his career as a physician including being the 1st osteopathic physician at St. Mary’s and ENMMC. His strong desire for osteopathy helped drive many future physicians to practice in Roswell and advance osteopathic medicine in New Mexico. Larry also led many successful programs while serving on the ENMMC board including the Hospitalist Program, Scholarship Program for Nurses, and the Lamaze Program. His wife, Nancy, Roswell’s first Certified Nurse Practitioner, survives him. She cared for him wholeheartedly and with compassion. Larry is survived by his 5 children which include Larry Joe Barbour of Frisco, TX; Cindy and spouse, Darren Kuhn of Roswell; Kevin and spouse, Tammy Barbour of Matthews, GA; Melanie Barbour of Utah; and Michele and spouse, Rob Clark of Albuquerque. Stepchildren include Susie Solomon of Albuquerque; Valerie Davis of Roswell; Laurie Lovelady and spouse, Martin Rexius of Greensboro, NC; Jamie and spouse, Dave LaMure of Kimberly, ID; and Natalie Finney and spouse, Buddy Stephens of Roswell. Larry is survived by his sister, Donna Kay and husband, Ted, of Midland, TX and sister-in-law, Margy Barbour, of Roswell. Larry is preceded in death by his brother, John Arthur Barbour; parents, Kay and Dr. L D Barbour; sister, Roberta and brother-in-law, Maurice Willis. 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive him. “Doc” was an avid golf champion and a member of the Roswell Country Club for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends including Alan Tucker, Brett Leach, Howard Perry, John Coll and many more. He cherished time with his family, but his true passion was being a physician and caring for others. There was a time in Roswell you could throw stones into any crowd and hit a dozen people that Dr. Barbour cared for or delivered as babies. Anytime he went into town someone knew him as their doctor. Many patients remember him responding to the statement “it hurts when I do that” and Doc would say “Well then don’t do that!” He treated all of his patients with equal care and respect. He was an exceptional father, husband, “Granddad”, “Poppa”, and physician. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. His services will be held on Friday, February 7th at 2:00 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church on 3rd street in Roswell. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Melissa B. Franks, BA ’58, passed away in Pyburn, TN on February 17, 2020. Services and burial were managed by the Shackleford Funeral Home in Savannah, TN on February 21.
Dr.Herman Lester Hampton “Hamp” Jr., BS ’58, of Dallas met his maker on March 14, 2020 surrounded by family and lifelong friends. He was at peace and finally pain free. Hamp was born on December 15, 1935 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Dorhis Helen Beckham and Herman Lester Hampton, Sr. of Carthage, Texas. As a youngster growing up in Carthage, he excelled in all of his pursuits but knew at an early age that he wanted to be a surgeon. After school, he worked at Dr. Glenn Johnson’s medical practice learning what he could about surgery. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1954, Baylor University in 1958, and received his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee in 1961. He completed his residency at Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was in the ER when President Kennedy and Governor Connally were treated for gunshot wounds. He attended to Governor Connally and remained friends until his death. Hamp was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force at Bergstrom Air Base in Austin, Texas as Chief of Surgery with the rank of Captain. Following the completion of his residency in surgery at Parkland Hospital, he practiced surgery in Shreveport, Louisiana and Amarillo, Texas until 1972. He returned to Dallas where he spent the next 20 years practicing surgery at Presbyterian Hospital. He served as Chairman of Surgery there until his retirement from private practice. Hamp became the Chief of Surgery for the Montana Veteran’s Hospital at Fort Harrison in Helena, Montana. He is survived by the love of his life, soulmate and best friend, Donna Davis of Dallas, Texas. They were married on January 1, 1980 and recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Among his many passions were his lifelong friends, hunting, fishing, golfing, sailing, motorhome traveling, and collecting watches and automobiles. He could pontificate on many subjects for hours, but besides Donna D., his main passion was his love of animals. Throughout his life, his furry friends were Cody, Barron, Rowdy Red Dog, Rocky, Digger, Tupe, Nugget, Montana, Poppy and felines Pistol Pete and Buddy. He touched many lives throughout his long career and will be missed every day. The family would like to thank the dedicated nurses and aides of Traditions Health Hospice who took such beautiful care of him with dignity and grace. The aides with Visiting Angels also lovingly touched his life in his final days. In lieu of flowers, Hamp wanted donations to be made to Pets Fur People, Tyler, Texas to continue their work in the noble cause of pet rescue. Celebration of Life services are pending at this time.
Carol Jean Britten Kinney, BA ’58, age 86, of Bethlehem, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 25. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was the daughter of the late Reverend Rodney Marshall and Mintie Roxie (Wilhelm) Britten. Carol graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She received a master's degree from Lehigh University. After raising a family Carol had a successful career as a teacher at Centennial School of Lehigh University, at Asa Packer Elementary School, and was department Chair of Special Education at Freedom High School. She served the community on the board of LANTA and worked at the polls on election days. Carol was a caring soul who without hesitation would offer to help others in need. She had a Prayer Shawl Ministry and was active at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Carol was an artist who painted and made silver jewelry. She enjoyed her experiences traveling in Asia and Europe with her daughter and Greg. Carol is survived by Greg Zebrowski, her beloved partner and best friend of 42 years; her daughter, Linda A. Kinney of Sunderland, MA; son Steven M. Kinney and daughter-in-law Ann Marie of Slatington PA; son Bradley A. Kinney and daughter-in-law Lauri of Aqua Dulce CA; close friend Heather Noll; her Westie Jasper and her snowshoe cat Mia; and grandchildren Steven Jr., Joanne, Julia, and Owen Kinney. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Lee Kinney; sister, Ann Flowers. A memorial service and celebration of Carol's life will be held at a later date. In honor of Carol, memorial contributions may be made to Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation. https://www.alzinfo.org/donate/donation_form/
Lois “June” Starkey Gilbreath, BA ’59, of Pueblo, CO, age 83, died February 15, 2020. She was born in Quay County, New Mexico, attended Eastern New Mexico University and Washburn University, and graduated from Baylor University. Her world view was shaped by the time she spent with her grandparents, who were homesteaders in eastern New Mexico. June married Jim Gilbreath and accompanied and supported him in his career as an officer in the Air Force, including a year in Vietnam in 1967 and other dangerous duties during the Cold War. She taught seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Shawnee County school system during 1959–1960. June enjoyed cooking international dishes—family favorites included her Syrian bread and dolmas. Much to the chagrin of her teenage sons, she was a health food adherent, banning sugary cereals, sodas, and the like from the household. June was widowed in 1980 and began a career as a development officer at Baylor University. Living in Waco enabled her to spend time with Jim’s parents, and she especially enjoyed the company of her mother-in-law, known to the family as Mimi. After June retired, her main pastime was watching and supporting Baylor’s Lady Bears basketball team. In 2016 she moved to Pueblo, living in the Primrose retirement community where she made friends with residents and staff. She enjoyed Colorado’s sunsets and learning about the region. June is survived by sons Brad and Rob Gilbreath, daughters-in-law Erin Frew and Janie James, grandchildren Angus and Lillian Gilbreath, and her brothers John and Robert Starkey. She will be buried alongside Jim at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
Pat Lee Lowry, ’59, age 88, of Dallas went to his Heavenly home on March 27, 2020 from respiratory failure due to pneumonia. His daughter, Mona, was beside her father when he was greeted by the angels. Pat was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 8, 1931 to J’Mella DuPree Montgomery Lowry and Louis Lowry. Pat married Betty Castleman Lowry May 27, 1956. They met at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Pat, a cheerleader and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, asked out the Sweetheart of ATO, Betty Jean Castleman. He worshiped his wife. One way he showed her his devotion was bringing her a morning cup of coffee daily. Pat was a true gentleman. He opened all doors for women. His widowed neighbors appreciated him putting their newspapers on their porches every morning. Pat never missed an event if his daughters, grandchildren or great grandchildren were involved. From birthday parties, to Baylor University Sing Acts, or watching Cody coach a game, Pat was faithful in attendance. His last family celebration was watching Logan marry Emily Gilcrease. He was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended Memphis Tech High School. By his own admission, Pat holds a family record for the number of colleges he attended including Baylor University and the University of Houston. Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southeast Missouri State and a Masters from the University of Missouri. Pat began his career as a Baptist preacher in small Missouri towns. In addition, he was an art teacher, yearbook advisor, and photography teacher. While in St. Louis, Pat taught art at Kirby Junior High. In Houston, he taught at Alief Middle School, Katy Taylor High School and Houston Christian High School. To pay for his three girls to attend Baylor University, Pat worked nights as a security officer at a local mall in Houston. Although born in Memphis, Pat and Betty lived in Chaffee, Missouri and in St. Louis, Missouri. Job prosperity and warmer climate brought the Lowry family to Houston in 1972. They lived in the Alief area while the three girls were in grade school and college. Pat and Betty moved to the Eldridge area of Houston in 1994. Pat enjoyed attending Baylor football games, photography, swimming, diving, painting, fixing things and invented his version of the corn hole game. He looked forward to family celebrations and worshiping at Tallowood Baptist Church. Pat was a member of the Army Reserves. He was a Senior Olympic participant in swimming and diving and received the Baylor University Alumni by Choice award. Pat is survived by his wife Betty Castleman Lowry of 64 years and his three daughters Lisa (Bill) Schwartz, Jina (Dennis) David, and Mona (Bryan) Butler. His oldest sibling, Mary Catherine Gentry, lives in Clinton, Mississippi. His grandchildren include Brittany and Travis Marrs, Nicholas and Jenna David, Cody and Lauren Schwartz, Eric David, Laurice and Jarrett Sutter, Logan and Emily Butler, and Emily David. His great grandchildren include Archer, Theo and Piper Marrs, Spencer Schwartz and Rose and Rowan David. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Pat is preceded in death by his parents Louis (Papa Lou) Lowry and J’Mella (Mama Lou) Montgomery Lowry, his in-laws William Etric (Pop) Castleman, Velma Maddox (Mom) Castleman, his brother William (Bill) Lowry, and great grandchild Addison Lowry Sutter. A celebration of Pat’s life at Tallowood Baptist Church will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory can be made to Tallowood Baptist Church or Baylor University.
Holloway J. Martin Jr., JD ’59, age 87, of Mexia, TX, passed away peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, April 2, 2020. Holloway was born April 24, 1932 in Calvert to Holloway and Flois Boatler Martin. He grew up in Limestone County and graduated from Groesbeck High School. Texas A&M University was his next stop on his educational journey, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1953, he joined the US Air Force where he served as a Navigator until 1957. Returning home, he continued his education at the Baylor University School of Law, where he received his law degree. Back to his Limestone County home, he served as the County - District Attorney and during this period of time, he married his best friend, Louise Carr in 1964. Holloway went into private practice in 1970 and retired in 2017, after a long successful career. A true Southern Gentleman with a disarming, affable and congenial personality, Holloway was a true asset to this area. There are so many things that endeared him to the people he came in contact with, a colorful storyteller, a wonderful sense of humor, great family man, fine Christian and churchman, lover of his land and cattle, highly esteemed legal professional who enjoyed Louise working by his side for many years. Holloway was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mexia, Mexia Lions Club, the Groesbeck Masonic Lodge #354 as well as being a Shriner and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, John Douglas Martin in 2012. Holloway is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise; daughter, Ellen Martin Ford and husband, Barry of Coppell and their 13 year old twins, Emma and Jake Ford; and brother-in-law, Robert Carr, III of Deming, New Mexico. A private family graveside service will be held in the Faulkenberry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 500 E. Carthage, Mexia, TX 76667 or Community Healthcare of Texas/Providence Hospice, 107 E. Commerce, Mexia, TX 76667.
Dr. Jeanette Fuller Ridgway, BA ’59, of San Diego, CA, passed away from pneumonia on March 21, 2020. She was married to Dr. Sam H. Ridgway for almost 60 years. They loved each other for more than 60 years. Jeanette was a member of Richards Baptist Church and went to school in Richards, graduating from Richards High School in 1956 and from Baylor University at the end of 1959. She briefly taught high school English in Pearsall, Texas in 1960 before marrying Sam and going with him for Air Force service in Oxnard, California. They went together to Cambridge University in England in 1970 and then to San Diego in 1972. There, Jeanette earned her MA in literature before going on to the University of California at Los Angeles where she earned her Ph.D. Always a scholar, Jeanette loved teaching at all levels. She enjoyed teaching in primary school class rooms and in graduate University seminars. Jeanette is survived by her husband, Dr. Sam H. Ridgway of San Diego, California, her brothers Dan Fuller and Bevin Fuller of Richards, Texas, her sisters Mary Ann Rogers of Wooster, Ohio, Donna Trivillino of Kingwood, Texas and Cheryl Layne of College Station, Texas.