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Mary Lynn Hatt Cantrell, BA ’60, of Cleveland, OH, died Feb. 14. Born in San Antonio TX. She met and married Robert Cantrell while attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They had one daughter Kymber and one granddaughter Crystal. Mary Lynn was a beloved pioneer in the Special Education field in the Nashville, Birmingham, and Cleveland areas. She received her PhD at Peabody College for Teachers. She wrote and taught in the Re-ED, Prevention Intervention Project, and Positive Education Programs. Her loving memory lives on in all that knew her. The Cantrell family is grateful for all of your love and blessings. Donations can be made to WVU Foundation, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507 for Alzheimer's research or hospicewr.org. A private Celebration of Life is to be held at a later date.

Dr. John Ross Carter, BA ’60, age 81, of University Ave., Hamilton, NY, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 22, 1938 in Baytown, TX, to Robert L. and Virginia Cooke Carter. In 1956 he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and went on to Baylor University where he received his BA in 1960. That same year he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra McNeill, and traveled to Louisville, KY, where he received a BD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1963. In the fall of that year they traveled to the UK where John studied at Kings College and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and received the MTh degree in 1965. Seven years later John received his PhD from Harvard University having spent three of those years in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship researching his thesis topic dealing with the Theravada Buddhist Tradition. John was the Professor of the Study of the Great Religions of the World, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, and Director of Chapel House, Emeritus at Colgate University. During his distinguished teaching career he received several awards and distinctions including the DLitt (Honoris Causa) from Kelaniya University in 1999 and the Colgate Senior Class of 2012 award. Research continued and broadened as John became a visiting research associate at the following institutions: in Shinto Studies at Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, in 1973, as well as at the division of Cultural Anthropology at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in 1985-86; in Mahayana Buddhist Studies at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, in 1985-85 and at Otani University, Kyoto in 1993. That same year, 1993, he was honored to be one of the presenters at the Wijesekera Memorial Oration in Colombo.

John was a loving and supportive family man who made family gatherings a priority. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping and canoeing. Besides the outdoor activities, scholar that he was, he also enjoyed the many years he spent researching records of the early Colgate graduates who became missionaries to various locations in Asia. John was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamilton. He was a former Boy Scout who proudly attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Surviving are his wife, Sandra; his children, Christopher John (Saori Hojo) Carter of Tokyo, Japan; Mary Elizabeth (Andrew) Strong of Hamilton, NY; grandchildren, Iori and Ian Carter, Samuel and Eve Strong; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins in Texas. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Louis Carter; and sisters, Alice Rose Becker and Mary Nan Redmond. A Memorial Service will be held at the Colgate Chapel at a later date and time to be announced. Interment will be in the Colgate Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to any one of the following charities: (1) UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038; (2) Doctors Without Borders at donations@newyork.msf.org; (3) American Friends Service Committee, AFSC Development 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102; or (4) Oxfam America. Attn: Donor Services, 226 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02114-2206

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY.

Rev. James “Jim” E. Ward, BA ’60, of York, PA, age 86, passed through the gates at 6:56 AM Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at his home. He was the husband of Ruth A. (McRoberts) Ward for 65 years. Born in Brownfield, Texas on Oct. 29, 1933, to Sircy and Edith (Fults) Ward, Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter, Kay Baldwin (Carl), and their children, Jenny (John), Doug, Laura (Kurt) and Katy (Ettore), of York, son, David Ward (Jennifer), and their children, James and Jeffrey, of LaVergne, Tennessee, daughter, Julia Beth Grim (Brian), and their children, Melissa, Joel, Andrew and Abigail, of Maryland, son, Dr. Roger Ward (Elaine) and their children, Rachel and Kara, of Georgetown, Kentucky; sister, Mary Landrum, of Red Oak, Texas, brother, Kenneth Ward (Charlene), of San Antonio, Texas, brother, Don Judd (Martha), of Amarillo, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jim is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired from pastoring Temple Baptist Church after 34 years in 2001. He was a member of Faith Fellowship of York County. He was a member of the South York Optimist Club. Jim's goal in life was to serve the Lord in service to the church and people. He took advantage of every opportunity to render faithful service to others. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jim and Ruth Ward Scholarship Fund of The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, 400 E. College St., Georgetown, Ky., 40324, or Faith Fellowship of York, 530 Mulberry St., York, Pa., 17403. Following a private family interment ceremony, a celebration of life service for the community will be held at a later date, and will be announced. Workinger Semmel Funeral Homes and Cremation, 849 East Market Street, York, is in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Ciruti Williamson, BA ’60, of Tomball, TX, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2020, which was her 82nd birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Williamson, her parents Manuel and Rosa Ciruti of Baytown and brother Lon Norwood Ciruti, also of Baytown. Marjorie was born on March 30, 1938 in Baytown, Texas. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, then attended Baylor University where she was active in her Athenian sorority and nominated as a Baylor Beauty. She graduated from Howard Payne University, where she was a Homecoming Queen. She attended Wooster Baptist Church faithfully with her parents, where she developed a deep, abiding faith in God. She continually grew in Christ and shared her faith, always striving to set a Christ-like example to others. She was an accomplished musician with a beautiful voice, and spent most of her adult years serving in various Southern Baptist churches across Texas as soloist, choir member, pianist and organist. Marjorie had a long, successful career as an educator, specializing in early childhood education and literacy. She was an early pioneer of the Head Start program in Texas, as her passion was helping disadvantaged children establish a foundation and love for learning in Texas public schools. She also helped start and run private, faith-based schools, taught classes at San Jacinto Junior College to future classroom teachers, and held training programs to young mothers-to-be. After marrying her loving husband, David, she desired to move back to Baytown to re-establish connections with her extended family, friends and church, and be closer to her son and daughter. Upon his retirement, they moved to Horseshoe Bay to a home overlooking Lake LBJ. Marjorie and David became active in that community and church, and she joined the Federated Women’s Club of Texas, where she became State President in 2008 and earned special recognition from Governor Rick Perry for her philanthropic work. After her health began to decline, she and David moved back to the Houston area where he remained a faithful and loving caregiver to Marjorie until his death. Marjorie is survived by her Son Jeff Woodruff, his wife Sharon, Daughter Jana Parra, grandchildren Rachel Woodruff Meguess and husband Scotty, Jr., Anna Woodruff, Matthew Parra and great-grandson Scotty Meguess III, Stepson Luke Williamson and wife Kristin and their children Kelsey, Anslee and Morgan. We will miss her presence in our lives. She was a daughter, sister, wife, friend, teacher, singer, musician and writer, but most importantly, she was Mom and Grandmom. Her family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Grace Residential Care facility in Spring, TX, the Director and all the caregivers there for their compassionate, professional and loving care. Also, the nurses and caregivers of Compassionate Care Hospice, Houston who gave her extraordinary care, especially her nurses Stacy and Jody, and her personal caregiver, Sandra, whom Mom developed a special, loving bond with. A private family funeral service is scheduled with interment to follow in Houston National Cemetery.

W. Guy Fiscus, MS ’61, of Bellevue, ID, passed away Feb. 13, 2020. Guy was 84 and died peacefully in the presence of close family. He was in hospice care at the Terraces of Boise in Boise. Guy was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1935. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State Univ.) in 1957, Baylor College of Medicine in 1961, with internship at Duke University Medical School in 1962. He is survived by wife, Josie Arias, and her children Renée Kline, husband Andrew Shaber, and daughter Alyssa, and Michael Kline and son Kyle; Guy's sister, Onita Asbury, and her sons Tom, Rich and Jim Asbury; Guy's sons, Dan, Michael, and Steven and their families; Dan's wife, Tracy Behan, and children Bailey Goldman, Sean and Cole and Bailey's husband, Jeff Goldman; Michael's wife, Laura, and son Benjamin; Steven's wife, Marta, and sons Adron and Julian. Guy's great-granddaughters are Bailey Goldman's daughters, Amelia and Fiona. Guy and Josie's dog, Bella, has been Guy's loving and faithful furry friend.  Guy practiced internal medicine in Cumberland 1972 to 1998. Dr. Guy served as first medical director of the home-based Western Maryland Hospice Program in 1996 and became a champion of end-of-life care. After retiring, he and Josie moved to Bellevue, and Guy worked for the Indian Health Service at Browning, Mont., Supai Village, Ariz., and Spirit Lake, Oberon, N.D. Guy is remembered as an excellent doctor with ability to diagnose illnesses, and never gave up until he had a diagnosis and steps toward healing. He would bring in specialists as needed and practiced what he preached for health. He walked or biked to work as a role model for patients. Guy was an artist, who worked in multiple media including painting, printing, sculpture, digital media, and photography. He loved bird watching and photographing birds, animals and nature. He loved fly fishing, travel, biking, skiing, orchids, and time with family and friends. Memorial services and an exhibit of Guy's art and photos are being planned for Bellevue and Cumberland. Memorial information, Guy's art and life stories will be available online at guyfiscus.com. In lieu of flowers, donations for the hospice program at UPMC Western Maryland may be sent to WMHS Foundation, PO Box 539, Cumberland, MD 21502; or make an online contribution at https://www.wmhs.com/foundation/donate-now/. Please designate the gift for Hospice, "In memory of Guy Fiscus." 

Louis Dowling Francis, JD ’61, of Dallas died March 15. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, family man and friend, Louis was born on February 17, 1935 to Lillian Isaacks Francis and Judson Charles Francis in University Park where he grew up with brother, Judson, and sister, Nancy. These family members are predeceased. Louis attended grade school and high school in University Park. After graduating high school, he attended SMU and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During these years he forged friendships that became lifelong. In 1962, Louis obtained his law degree from Baylor University School of Law. He began his legal career working for District Attorney Henry Wade in Dallas and later joined his brother in a private civil litigation practice. Louis married Patricia Patterson and together raised their son, Timothy Ward Francis, now of Tampa, Florida. After the end of this marriage, Louis dated, and in 1969, married June Moore Bowden and became stepfather to her sons, Edwin Bowden and Robert Bowden. Robert predeceased Louis. Edwin Bowden is a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Louis loved his sons and his four grandchildren; Lane and Donald Francis of Tampa, Florida, Emily Gilbard of New Orleans, Louisiana and Peter Bowden of Charlotte, North Carolina. Louis enjoyed many interests throughout his life, including hunting, fishing, playing Bridge, Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys football, and the companionship of dogs. He shared his deep appreciation of nature with his family and always promoted enjoyment of the outdoors, most notably at their second home and cattle ranch in Texas' Limestone County where he and wife June spent most of their time in retirement. Louis took pleasure in raising cattle and remained an active rancher until the end of his life. Throughout his years, Louis was deeply devoted to close family and friends. All will miss him dearly. Thank you Lord, for Louis' beloved presence in our lives.

Harold Eugene Moore, BA ’61, of Blue Ridge, Texas, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 23, after suffering from a heart attack two weeks earlier. He passed away near Blue Ridge, Texas, where he lived next to his son. He was 87 years old. Harold was born on Oct. 23, 1932 to cotton farmers Ogden and Eva Mae Moore in Delta County, Texas. Harold grew up chopping cotton and plowing his neighbor's fields. He liked to hunt and skin animals in the Delta County bottoms around the communities of Shiloh, Yowell and Jot-Em-Down. He attended Shiloh and then West Delta schools, and graduated in 1950. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was based at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska. His harrowing experience of a nighttime landing on a frozen Alaskan river after the engine in the prop plane he was flying in failed never left him, as he disliked flying for the rest of his life. After serving in the Air Force, Harold attended Dallas Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel at Clarendon Drive Baptist Church in Oak Cliff, Texas. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, graduating with his bachelor's degree in religion. There, he met his first wife, Teddy, who was a widow with five children. Having fallen in love with her and the children, they married in 1960 and had a sixth child together in 1961. Harold and Teddy were married for 38 years, until her death in 1998. They had lived in Oak Cliff, Denton, North Dallas, Greenville and Sulphur Springs, Texas. Harold then married another widow, Jeanne Thoma, in 2005 living with her in Plano, Texas until her death in 2018. Afterwards, he moved to Blue Ridge to live next to his son until his death. Harold had earned a living for his family as a postal worker and then as manufacturing supervisor for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, Sherwood Industries in Commerce, Texas, and Rubbermaid in Greenville, Texas, from which he retired in 1998. He also had a nursery operation on the side. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Ogden and Eva Mae Moore; and his wives, Teddy Carson McRee Moore and Ella Jeanne Thoma Moore. He is survived by his sister, Bobbie Lynn Hayden of Duncanville, Texas; brother, Luther Joe Moore of Paul's Valley, Oklahoma; children, Kathryn Bostick of Lexington, Texas, Billy James McRee, Jr. of Mansfield, Texas, Jeanne Blair of Springtown, Texas, Norman McRee of Austin, Texas, Barry McRee of Leander, Texas and Tim Moore of Blue Ridge, Texas; step-children, Nancy Renfro of Plano, Texas, Paula Davis of Lindale, Texas and Trudy Dee of Indianapolis, Indiana; and 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Also, Harold leaves a dear friend and sweetheart, Gail Bowers of Blue Ridge, whose company he enjoyed for the last seven months, and whose loving care in his last days have been invaluable to him and his family. Visitation for Harold will be held at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Following, will be a graveside service at Shiloh Cemetery in Delta County, Texas near Klondike, with Rev. Daryll Lewis presiding. Pallbearers will be Toby Moore, Benjamin Moore, Brian McRee, Mike Hayden, David Hayden, Dan Kaylor and Stuart Jochimsen.

Jerrie Colleen Pounds Paul, ’61, age 80, passed away on January 24, 2020 at Providence Hospital in Waco. Jerrie was born in Newcastle, TX to Robert James (R.J.) and Velma Ruth Pounds on April 7, 1939. She was raised in Fort Worth and Borger, graduating from Borger High School in 1957.Over the years, Mrs. Paul lived in Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, Belle Vernon, PA, Anderson, TX, Bryan, TX and for the last 15 years in Waco. During all of those years, Jerrie's great pride and joy were her son, Randy, and her granddaughter, Lauren. Jerrie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by son, Randy Woodruff and his wife, Gae of McGregor; and granddaughter, Lauren Woodruff, of Waco. Family will gather for a private graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery on January 29, Burt Burleson officiating.

Robert Edwin “Bob” Johnston, BBA ’62, of Harlingen, TX, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, March 6, 2020, following 15 months of Pancreatic Cancer. Bob was born June 25, 1939 in Big Spring, Texas to Vernon C. & Doris Johnston. He grew up in Harlingen and graduated from HHS in 1957. After high school Bob attended Baylor University and graduated in 1962. Three day before graduation he met Barbara, a freshman. They were married the next spring. After college Bob was an officer in the USAF, earning the rank of Captain. His assignments were in the Azores Islands, Portugal and Air Force 1 Wing-Andrews/Washington DC. Their son, Glenn Austin, was born during their tour in the Azores. Following service, Bob was a Zone Manager for Ford Motor Company, Dallas branch to 26 West Texas Dealerships and advertising executive in the Dallas area. In 1973, Bob was Director of Public Relations & Development for San Marcos Baptist Academy. In 1975, the family moved back to Harlingen. Bob was TSTI/TSTC Director of Public Relations and known as "Voice of TSTI". He retired in 1997. Then he became director of Public information at Valley Baptist Mission/Education Center and owned/operated a mortgage company in Harlingen. Bob's love of Cars lead to starting Auto Etc Neon in 1987 to 2017. Bob was a GM Licensee for 30+ years and FMC Licensee for 10 years. He was always known for wearing his Gamble style hat and referred to as the "Neon Man". He was a Founding Member of the National Corvette Museum/Bowling Green, KY, and member of the National Corvette Restorers Society, Mustang Club of America and Antique Automobile Club of America. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Harlingen, 40+ years Member of North Harlingen Rotary Club & Club President, and served over 25 years on the Harlingen Library Board. A lifetime Love & Support for Baylor University, Bob was a BU Ambassador, Old Main Society, 1845 Society, Bear Foundation, and established three Endowed Scholarships. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of 57 years, sister, Nancy Long (David) of Hawkins, Texas, brother Tip Johnston (Ann) of Harlingen, nephew, Brent Johnston (Dallas) of Rockwell, Texas, three nieces, Rhonda Carlin (Steve) of Round Rock, Texas, Carrie Allen (Shane) of McGregor, Texas, Melissa South (Brian) of Winnsboro, Texas, four great-nephews and three great-nieces. He is preceded in death by his son, Glenn Austin Johnston and parents, Vernon and Doris Johnston. Bob was a loving and supportive husband, father and family member. He loved to talk to anyone and made people feel comfortable. Visitation will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00 AM followed by a Memorial and Celebration of Life service at Calvary Baptist Church in Harlingen at 2:00 PM. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the North Harlingen Rotary Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials be sent to Baylor University, Attn: Gift Processing, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050, to benefit the Glenn Austin Johnston Film & Digital Media Endowed Scholarship Fund or the Robert E. and G. Austin Johnston Hankamer Business School Endowed Scholarship Fund or the Barbara Jo and Robert E. Johnston Endowed Scholarship Fund in School of Education.

Randolph “Randy” Eugene Teague, BA ’62, age 80, passed away March 21, 2020, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Randy was born at King's Daughters Hospital in Temple, Texas, October 20, 1939, to Weldon B. and Lucile Edens Teague. After several years, the family moved to Waco. He grew up in Waco where he attended Sanger Ave. Elementary, West Jr. High and then graduated from Waco High School in 1957. He then went on to graduate from Baylor University in 1962. While in Baylor, he went through the ROTC program and upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and later promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He then was stationed at several air bases in the States. In 1964-1965, he was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. While there, he traveled all over Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. He worked for the Department of Human Services. Randy married Martha Moser Adams June 29, 1975, and after 26 years at DHS, he retired on August 31, 2000. Randy was a devoted member of the Boy Scouts of America and maintained his registration for nearly seventy years. He began his Scouting journey in 1948 at age of nine when he became a Cub Scout in Pack 217, sponsored by Sanger Avenue Elementary PTA. From 1990 to the present, he had been actively serving as Scoutmaster Emeritus and Chaplain for Troop 308, sponsored by First United Methodist Church. Over the decades, Randy led many young men through the Scouting program, more often than not, as Scoutmaster. This began in 1959 at Troop 12, sponsored by Austin Avenue Methodist Church while he was a student at Baylor University. He continued providing leadership in this same position to troops in Wichita Falls, Texas, and at Clark AFB in the Philippines, while he was an Air Force officer. After returning to Waco, he resumed his duties as Scoutmaster again for Troop 12 until 1969. Randy began his long tenure with Troop 308 in 1972 as an Assistant Scoutmaster, before becoming Scoutmaster in 1978. During his twelve years of service in that position, forty Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and Randy was especially proud of each of them. Overall, Randy provided support and encouragement to 230 Troop 308 Eagle Scouts. His numerous Scouting awards and achievements included Wood Badge, God and Service Recognition, Community Organization Award, District Award of Merit, and Silver Beaver to name a few. He also served as a Professional Scouter for the Heart O' Texas Council in Waco for seven years and spent many summers during that time as the director for Camp Tahuaya. In 2014 Randy was honored by the Longhorn Council with the Silver Eagle Award for his outstanding service to the community. Randy was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and always sought to preserve a cheerful spirit. Randy and Martha liked to travel. In fact, every trip they took included a trip on a steam locomotive train. Colorado was their favorite state to visit. Beside trains, they liked to go to Western shows which were always fun. Randy & Martha also liked to volunteer at their church, First Methodist Waco. This was very important to both of them as it was a way to serve Jesus. Randy was also a member of the Military Order of the World Wars, Ft. Hood Chapter. Randy was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Weldon Winston Teague. Survivors are his wife, Martha; son, Ben Adams and wife, Sherri; sister-in-law, Norma Jenkins Teague and husband, Robin; sister-in-law, Lucy Moser Wall; cousins, Lettie Edens Hursh of Rochester, New York, and Wade and Kathy Edens of San Antonio; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; best friends, Dave and Kathleen Knight; and honorary grandson, Davey Knight. The family wants to thank Dave and Kathleen Knight, Karol Blakey and Jason and Kim Abbott, Travis and Ayden and all of our friends for their love and concern. 

Betsy Kinker Desmarais, MSEd ’63, of Mabton, WA, passed away February 21, 2020. Betsy Desmarais age 80 of Mabton, WA passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020 in Sunnyside, WA. Betsy was born on May 18, 1939, an identical twin to Patsy, in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1957, where she and Patsy were cheerleaders. Betsy went on to the University of Toledo. BE, 1960; Baylor University, ME 1963; Seattle University MS, 1976. She was a dedicated educator finishing up her last 19 years of teaching at Mabton Jr. Sr. High School until she retired in 2006. Betsy married Donald Desmarais in 1998 in Mabton Washington, at the Grace Brethern Church. She enjoyed fishing, golf, traveling, and quilting. She was an active member of Grace Bretheren Church in Mabton, and Pi Beta Phi sorority Alum Club early on. She is survived by her husband, Don, son, Cort Kinker (Fiona), daughters Kari Goings (Glenn), and Robyn Kinker, her three grandchildren, Madeleine and Cameron Kinker (twins) and grandson Billy Goings, twin sister Patsy Camp (Dick). A Celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Grace Bretheren Church in Mabton, Washington, with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the remodel fund at Grace Bretheren Church in Mabton or the Trump Re-election Campaign. Those wishing to sign Betsy’s online memorial book may do so at funeralhomesmith.com.

Robert Elton Dunbar, BA ’63, MBA ’70, of Garland, TX, died April 4.

Bettye Ladonne Hough, BA ’63, passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on Sunday March 1, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Bettye was born on April 10, 1941 in Ropesville, Texas to Claud and Carrie Hough. She was the youngest of six children. Her father, Claud, was the manager of Higginbotham Bartlett Lumber Company in Seagraves, Texas until his death in 1966. Her mother, Carrie, was a devoted wife and mother. Bettye graduated from Seagraves High School and went on to attend Baylor University where she achieved a Bachelor of Education degree, Class of 1963. An educator for over 30 years in Odessa, Texas, Bettye taught special education and junior high school. Known as the “Special Fun Aunt” to her 15 nieces and nephews, Bettye loved spending time with family. Whether it was going to the mountains in New Mexico to see the leaves change color or just talking on the phone to catch up. In addition to her own family, Bettye was especially close to her friend, Marjy Newman, husband Ronnie, and son Sam. Bettye fought a long and often times difficult battle with Alzheimer’s. despite her diminished memory, she was able to make a lasting impression on the people around her. In the end, Bettye suffered a debilitating stroke which proved too much for her to overcome. Bettye’s charm, sense of humor, defiant independence and sweet laugh will be missed by family and friends. We are grateful for the excellent care provided by the staff of Southeast Memorial Hermann Hospital and Heart to Heart Hospice. We are also indebted for the wonderful care provided to our sweet Aunt Bettye at Clear Brook Crossing Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. As per Bettye’s wishes, she will be laid to rest next to her parents during a private family graveside service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bettye’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/ or donate to Baylor Alumni.

Dianna Flint Ashcraft, BS ’64, was born in Evansville, Indiana on January 7, 1942, and passed away in Houston, Texas on February 2, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lucille Flint. Dianna is survived by her children, Cheyney Ashcraft and wife Melissa, and Ainslie Ashcraft Swails and husband Adrian; twin sister, Joanna Flint; and grandchildren, Teagan Swails, Emerie Swails, and Cayson Swails. Dianna earned a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas. While at Baylor, she and her sister were featured twirlers, known as “The Golden Girls”, and were also twirlers with the Dallas Cowboys. Dianna held various professional positions during her 40-year career in social services. She was known as Dee to family and friends, and Grammie to her precious grandchildren. When she wasn’t getting cuddles from her grandchildren, she enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking family meals, and creating things in her at-home workshop. Dee was also an avid gardener and loved digging in the dirt so she could enjoy her beautiful yard. Dee will always be remembered as an amazing mother, a wonderful grandmother, a faithful sister, a true best friend, and a magnificent woman of God. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elinor M. Dickson, BA ’64, age 77, passed away in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on February 12, 2020.  Elinor was born on March 7, 1942 in Great Falls, Montana, to Margery and Orlo Misfeldt. She graduated from Butte High School in 1960 and met her husband Frank P. Dickson Jr. at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park that same year. Elinor attended the University of Montana from 1960-1962, and then transferred to Baylor University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. Frank and Elinor married March 22, 1963, in Waco, Texas, and moved to New Mexico in the late 1960s where they raised their three children. Elinor returned to school and became a registered nurse with a degree from the University of Albuquerque, in 1980. She dedicated her professional career to public service in behavioral health, working at St. Martin’s Homeless Shelter in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Children’s Youth & Families Department, and the New Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division. Elinor was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Delta, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a lifelong active member of the Episcopal Church. Elinor cherished her family, friends and her home state of Montana. Elinor was preceded in death by her husband, Frank P. Dickson Jr.; and her sister, Francis Winkler. She is survived by her three children; Frank P. Dickson III, Claire Dickson and her husband Samuel Gollis, and Mark Dickson; and her grandchildren, Bryan Galindro, Adam Dickson, Paul Gollis, Isabella Davis and Ella Ruth Gollis. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to P.E.O. Sisterhood or St. Martin’s Homeless Shelter. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Richard Neil Tooker, ’64, of Waco died March 24. Richard was born in Waco at the old Providence Hospital on January 5, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father, OW "Bubba" Tooker; mother, Myrtis Applegate, both of Waco; and brother, Thomas W. Tooker of Tyler, TX. Richard attended South Waco Elementary School, Dean Highland Elementary, North Junior High, and Waco High. At Waco High he was elected the Mayor of Student Government for the Class of 1960. Richard attended Baylor University, majoring in journalism and broadcasting. In 1962, he began a short career as a Top 40 DJ at WACO Radio station. He left the "glamorous" world of radio to work for Paul Meyer at Success Motivation Institute in Waco, planning and executing sales meetings, conferences, and conventions for distributors. In 1970, his career took off in the newly burgeoning field of direct marketing. He learned the business at Direct Mail Corporation of America, then moved to Peoria Il, to work for the first company offering Database Marketing services. The rapid expansion of computers powerful enough to manipulate large quantities of data led to a marketing explosion. Richard became Executive VP of what was at the time a premier database marketing company in the US. He ended his career with Wunderman Data Management in Dallas, part of WPP Group in London, the world's largest marketing communications company. An accomplished writer, Richard published one business book entitled, "The Business of Database Marketing". He also wrote a science fiction novel, "The Titicaca Effect". Richard lived in Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Peoria, Philadelphia, and Chico, CA, before returning to Waco after he retired in January, 2019. He spent a brief time volunteering with Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, writing the online dog biographies. Richard was a talented artist and he loved to scuba dive. Richard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Victoria; Aunt Emily Tooker-Blake of Waco; cousins, Max Tooker and Harry Tooker of Waco, Sharon Odell of Richardson, TX; nephew, Todd Tooker of Tyler, TX; and devoted dogs, Peanut and Casper. In lieu of cards or flowers, please make a donation in Richard's name to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Waco, TX. Due to the circumstances we live in today, there will not be a service at this time, but one may occur in the future. A portion of Richard's remains will be sent to space on a future SpaceX mission where his capsule will orbit the earth for about two years before re-entering the earth's atmosphere. This is the adventure trip of a lifetime that he gladly would have made during his time on this earth.

Suzanne Jarvis Givens, BA ’65, of Edmond, OK, passed away April 10, 2020. She was born in Odessa, Texas to Jay and Erlene Jarvis. Suzanne earned her M.A. from the Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX majoring in Education, Supervision and Special Education. She earned a B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, TX majoring in Education and History. Suzanne retired from her role as Lead Teacher in Special Education from Oklahoma Public Schools in 2007. She also spent many years with Ector County Public Schools in Odessa as well as Dallas County Independent School in Dallas. Suzanne was not only a positive influence on students but also the teaching staff through instruction and being the presenter at numerous workshops. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her loving husband, Forrest Givens (Ret. US Army and former police officer). Suzanne and Forrest enjoyed time together going to museums and appreciating art. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, a memorial service will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association.

John Howard Kothmann, BA ’65, of Junction, Texas, passed away at 77 years of age on January 18, 2020, in Fredericksburg, Texas, with his family by his side. Born on October 6, 1942, in Brady, Texas, to Howard Harris Kothmann and Mabel Perkins Kothmann, John spent his early years on the family ranch in Kimble County. Here he learned ranching, fostered his creativity, and established a lifelong pursuit of learning and leadership. He enjoyed being the older brother of sisters Amelia Louise Kothmann and Marlene Harris Kothmann. John was involved in multiple activities throughout his childhood, most notably attaining Eagle Scout rank in 1957. After graduating from Junction High School in 1961, his education continued at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1965. His time at Baylor brought a sense of purpose and lifelong friendships. John and his wife, Rebekah Ruth Cameron of San Antonio, Texas, (m. 1966 - 1978) moved to Kimble County to live and work on the ranch while starting a family; John James Kothmann was born on May 16, 1968, and Kevin Cameron Kothmann was born on April 4, 1970. The next chapter of John’s life was led by inspiration and a desire to positively impact the lives of others. Working a government job in Junction enabled him to initiate the Head Start program and Meals on Wheels program, both of which operate to this day. He built and managed the first franchised campground (KOA) between San Antonio, Texas, and El Paso, Texas. John served as a member of the Junction School Board for nine years, five of which as President. He was actively involved with the First Baptist Church youth group and earned a Master’s degree in 1985 from Texas Tech University at Junction. In 1989, John sold KOA and moved back to the ranch. His only grandchild, Kristin Lynn Kothmann, was born on August 1, 1990. With a new life phase underway, John chose to enrich his life through travel and focus on refurbishing the ranch. The opportunity to incorporate nature tourism into the ranch business surfaced in the 2000s, thus providing a new perspective and direction. John took much pride in all his family had worked for and was honored to receive the Family Land Heritage Award from the Texas Department of Agriculture in 2010 for 100 years of continuous operations. His knowledge and creativity were further developed as a member of the Junction City Council Tourism Board. John had the joy of welcoming his first great grandchild, Annelin Maria Towfighi, into the family on June 29, 2018. Those preceding John in death include: (father) Howard Harris Kothmann, (mother) Mabel Perkins Kothmann, and (sister) Amelia Louise Kothmann. Living survivors include: (sister) Marlene Kothmann Jones of Junction, Texas, (son) John James Kothmann of Junction, Texas, (son) Kevin Cameron Kothmann of Junction, Texas, (grandchild and spouse) Kristin Lynn Kothmann Towfighi and Afshawn Michael Towfighi of Florida, (great grandchild) Annelin Maria Towfighi of Florida, (niece and spouse) Caral Louise Starratt Johnson and Ned Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas, (nephew) Brian Alan Jones of Junction, Texas, (niece and spouse) Lauren Elizabeth Jones Russell and Joe Michael Russell II of Belton, Texas, and (great nephew) Cole Alan Russell of Belton, Texas. John’s family extends sincere gratitude to all for their support and outreach during this time. His wish for remembrance is that it be done with authenticity, that it is more important to seek a spiritual experience than to simply exercise a ceremony. A date will be set for this small service at a later time. Those desiring to make financial memorials may donate to world hunger through www.worldvision.org. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kimble Funeral Home.  (325) 446-3076

Dewain Finley, BSEd ’66, age 76, passed away February 23, 2020, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Anson. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home. The oldest of four boys, Dewain was born October 8, 1943 in Stamford, Texas to Orville and Goldie (McIlwain) Finley. He played football for Anson Tigers and graduated from Anson High School in 1962. Dewain went on to play for Baylor University and graduated in 1968. He married Linda Bennett on June 20, 1964. They shared 55 years of marriage and three daughter-Melinda, Lori and Marsha. Dewain retired from coaching in 2005 after coaching at Lueders-Avoca, Albany, McMurry University, Rising Star, Abilene Cooper, Clyde, Anson and Madison Middle School. He enjoyed many years officiating the Texas State Track Meet, Baylor track meets, the Texas Relays and other meets. Dewain spent many hours watching his grandkids' sports and school activities. He was also an avid Anson Tiger fan and a noted Anson Tiger football historian. Dewain was saved as a young boy and was active at Anson First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Anson Lion's Club, the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Baylor Lettermen's Association. Dewain was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Goldie Finley. Survivors include his wife, Linda Finley; three daughters, Melinda Kunkel (and husband, Kelly) of Gorman, Lori Johnston (and husband, Alan) of Waco, and Marsha Hamilton (and husband, Kevin) of Abilene; his grandchildren, Emily Kunkel of Marble Falls, Claire Smith (and husband Drew) of Fort Worth, Abby Kunkel of Fort Worth, Bailey Johnston of Denton, Audrey Johnston of Waco, Cal Johnston of Waco, Ava Grace Johnston of Waco and Beau Hamilton of Abilene. He is also survived by his brothers, Glen Finley (and wife, Ginni) of Andrews, Tom Finley (and wife, Kathy) of Midland, Mickey Finley (and wife, Patty) of San Angelo; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janis and Jim Alling of Decatur; plus numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers will be Cal Johnston, Clint Finley, Beau Hamilton, Joe Jon Finley, Joe Don Finley, Nathan Alling, Jonathan Alling and Shawn Finley (who is deployed with the U. S. Air Force). Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Anson 1531 Commercial Ave., Anson, TX 79501, the American Cancer Society, the Baylor Bear Foundation, 1500 S. University Parks Drive, Waco, Texas 76706 or to the charity of one's choice.

Judith Elizabeth McNeil, ’66, age 75, of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020.  Judy was born on February 18, 1944 to Byron & Elizabeth McNeil in Mineral Wells, Texas. She grew up in Lufkin, Texas, later attending Baylor University. As a newlywed, she moved to Germany in the late 60s where her son, Greg, was born. After returning from Germany and giving birth to her daughter, Jill, in Dallas, she settled in Shreveport to raise her family.  While Judy called Shreveport home for most of the rest of her life, she also spent significant time in Marshall, TX in the 80s and 90s, with shorter stints teaching English in China, running an advertising business in Natchitoches, and working in an art shop in Seattle. Judy had a lifelong passion for decorating and design. Her creative talent was highlighted when she presented a slide show of herself modeling her own fashion designs for the talent competition of the Miss Lufkin and Miss Texas pageants in 1963. And as for interior design, many friends and family are in a not-so-exclusive club whose members have had a room or two redecorated, whether by request or by asking forgiveness afterwards.  She was undaunted by the challenge of decorating for any sized event, from small weddings to business conferences to large fundraiser galas. While the size of the decorating task didn’t faze her, the deadline often did, but somehow, someway, she pulled it off. Later in life, her interests moved more into graphic design, which she had a chance to learn and use as the Lifestyle editor at the Marshall News Messenger, as the communications director at Wiley College, and as the director for the Forerunners senior adult program at Centenary College.  Bubbly. Zany. Pure sunshine. All terrific words to describe Judy. She was as comfortable talking to old friends or the new friend she just met on the train ride to Chicago to visit family. Did she exchange addresses with her cab driver in New York City? Yes. Yes, she did. Her default mood was always set to joy, and her interest in others was always sincere and genuine. She. Loved. Everyone.  This love stemmed from her relationship with Jesus. She knew God’s love for her at a transformative level and wanted nothing more than those she met to taste the goodness of God and know the love, kindness, and healing so readily available to them through a relationship with Christ. Her life exemplified the scripture, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Judy is survived by her two children, Greg (Josie) Phelps of Chicago, Illinois; Jill (James) Haltom of Lewisville, Texas; her siblings, Larry (Anne) McNeil of San Francisco, California; Gary (Ann) McNeil of Seattle, Washington, and Mary Jayne (Bill) McNeil of Seagoville, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Meredith and Andrew Phelps; Evan and Jacy Haltom; and her nephews and nieces: Joshua (Susanna) McNeil, Beck (Mandy) McNeil, Sam (Miriam) McNeil, Ben (Blair) McNeil, Kate (Keanan) Dowell, and William Pumphrey.  She is also survived by a host of East Texas cousins, the grandchildren of Dave and Augusta Modisette. Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Elizabeth McNeil, and her grandson, Camden Asher Haltom. In lieu of flowers, Judy would want you to smile, be kind to others, and--above all else--know the love of God available to you through Christ Jesus. A memorial service will be held in Lufkin, TX on Saturday, March 7th. Details about the time and location will be finalized soon and posted to Judy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/judy.mcneil.10  

Kelly Lee Newman, LLB ’66, JD ’69, born December 4, 1942 to Herbert and Mary Newman made his way home to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 14, 2020. He passed away in Conroe, Texas where he had been a resident for over 30 years after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Brownwood, Texas he graduated from Kilgore High School in 1960. He attended Kilgore College and went on to attend Baylor University and Baylor School of Law. He became a member of the Texas State Bar and The American Bar Association in 1966. He continued at Baylor Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1969. He was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America for 1970 by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Who’s Who in Young Lawyers. He began in practice with Lapin, Lapin and Newman in Kilgore, Texas in 1970. Kelly opened his firm in Lufkin, Texas in 1973. He became the Lufkin Municipal Judge in 1977 where he proudly served the community for 10 years and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Kelly was certified to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in 1982. In 1987 he moved to Houston and opened a practice in the Woodlands, Texas where he practiced up till the day of his death. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his son, Slade Newman of Kilgore, Texas and his first wife, Carole Ann Laird of Kilgore, Texas. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Ray McDonald of Camp Wood, Texas. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Juanita Newman of the Woodlands, Texas and his grandson, Trent Newman also of the Woodlands. He is also survived by his second wife, Peggy Stephens of Combs, Arkansas and her children, Greg Landry of Houston, Texas and Chris Landry of Grand Junction, Colorado as well as his third wife, Penny Wilkerson of Conroe, Texas. He was a member of the North Woodlands Area Church of Christ. Services will be held graveside in Camp Wood, Texas at the Garden of Memories Cemetery on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 11 AM with lunch to follow at the Nueces Canyon Church of Christ. Officiating will be Mike McDonald. Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Camp Wood, Texas.    

Robert Lee Quinn, BBA ’68, of Austin died March 7.

Billy Calder, BA ’69, of Fort Worth, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 30, 2020. Growing up in Fort Worth, Billy excelled in many things, but nothing more than football. After playing at Paschal High School, he received a football scholarship to Baylor University. He met his wife of 51 years, Jill Shackelford Calder, BA '68, while attending Baylor. Billy was always appreciative of Baylor honoring his scholarship, even after a career ending injury which he sustained as a junior. He fulfilled his scholarship by being a student assistant coach for the freshmen his senior year. This developed a lifelong love of coaching. Billy worked for 35 years in the Fort Worth Independent School District as an English teacher, coach, and administrator. Billy and Jill were long time members of University Baptist Church. He was survived by Jill, their two sons and their wives, Dr. John Calder, BS '95, and Carole Brisco Calder, BS '96, and Mike Calder, BA, '00, and his wife, Lori Gaskins Calder, BS, '02, his sister-in-law, Kathy Shackelford, BS '74, and 5 grandchildren, Bryce, a freshman at Baylor, Ethan, Kate, Gracie Beth, and Toby.

David Benjamin McCall III, BA ’69, JD ’72,of Plano, TX, died March 28 at the age of 73. David was born in Dallas to Nellie and David McCall on January 24th, 1947. He attended public schools in Plano, and went on to earn a Bachelors and law degree from Baylor University, where he later served on the Board of Regents. Upon graduation, he returned to his beloved hometown to set up a law firm. He practiced law in Collin County for 48 years. His love of the community is evidenced by his active involvement at all levels of city, county and state government. Early on, he was elected Chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board, and was named Plano’s Citizen of the Year. He served on the Baylor Hospital Board of Directors—and, many more, too numerous to list. Most important, Dave loved people, and people loved Dave. He befriended all whose path he crossed: waitresses, window washers, Governors, and court reporters— treating each as important and special. His easy laugh was constant and those who found themselves around him would soon smile, or laugh. Dave was a kind, generous, loving man. An exceedingly good man whose advise was sought by the wise, and whose company was enjoyed by all. He was an ideal son, and a good husband, father, brother and friend. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sharon; his mother, Nellie; his son Cameron, daughter-in-law Carly and grandson Hunter; his daughter, Meredith; step-daughter Keshia, her husband Alex, and daughter Brynn; step-daughter Arianna and partner, Michael, first wife, Jenny; and, brother, Brian. The family suggests memorials may be made to First Baptist Plano, 1300 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074, The Hendricks Scholarship Foundation, 2030 G Ave Suite 1108, Plano, TX 75074, Minnie’s Food Pantry, 661 18th St, Plano, TX 75074 or City House, 830 Central Pkwy E #350, Plano, TX 75074. Owing to the current COVID 19 assembly restrictions, a private family burial will take place, followed by a public memorial when the world rights itself.

William “Willie” Henry May, BA ’69, age 73, of Kingwood, Texas, was surrounded by his family on Friday, 27 March 2020 when he passed away after a long battle with a rare form of leukemia. Willie was born on 3 September 1946 to Warren and Pearlee May, in Dallas, Texas. He grew up most of his formative years in Andrews, Texas where he graduated Andrews High School in 1964. Willie was an avid athlete, mastering track and field events to playing Friday night high school football games that eventually caught the eye of Baylor University in which he attended on a full football scholarship. Shortly after graduating, Willie joined the National Guard in 1969 and actively served for five years with the US Coast Guard, which he then extended for another two years of service. He worked for many years in the oil industry in Andrews. After his children graduated from high school, the family settled in Kingwood, Texas in 1989, where Willie started a new career focusing on his love of math and technology and taught Computer Science at Lone Star college in the Houston area for many years. Willie was not one for staying still. He made friends everywhere, whether enjoying racquetball tournaments, taking his kids on adventures and introducing them to his love for skiing. Willie was a senior ski patrol with Ski Apache, his second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico, for almost 40 years. Whether teaching computers to patrolling the ski mountains, he was actively involved in emergency medicine and for several years you'd find him using his days off working as a paramedic and he shared his passion by passing on his knowledge to others on life saving techniques in the field. Most importantly, Willie was an active member in the Second Baptist Church North in Kingwood and served on the Welcome Desk Committee enjoying his role of introducing new members to the church family and serving as a church usher for several years. Willie is survived by his daughter, Tiffany May of Kingwood, Texas; his stepson and son-in-law Bradley Wadsworth and Pde Tse of Hong Kong, China; his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Toni and Jeff Henderson and step-grandchildren Mary, Jordan and Chandler and grandson Parker of Dallas, Texas; his brother Jack May of Houston, Texas; his niece and her husband Alice and Jason Sexton and grandniece Kailey of Deerbrook, Texas; and an extended family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Anna May of Kerrville, Texas; his wife of 36 years, Joyce May of Kingwood, Texas; and his son, Shannon May of Kingwood, Texas. A Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and condolences, the greatest gift at this time is to share your memories and stories and your love for Willie.

Michael James McKinney, BBA ’69, age 73, was born on Jan. 21, 1947, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He passed away in Feb. 18, 2020, at his home on Amelia Island. Mike was a veteran of the Vietnam war, serving as a Navy pilot. He graduated with honors from Baylor University, received his MBA from the University of North Florida and became a CPA. Mike managed the Tallahassee Neurological Clinic before co-founding askSam Systems, a software company located in Perry, which was one of the first internet providers in the area. He was active in his community, serving as Rotary Club president, with Habitat for Humanity, the Tallahassee Economics Club and the Florida Rural Water Association. After the Storm of the Century, Mike, along with many others, worked to provide water and sewer at the Taylor County beaches. He later served as a state board member and then president of the Florida Rural Water Association. Mike enjoyed traveling and photography, his favorite destination being Turkey and its archaeology. Another favorite subject was photographing the sunrises sunsets and marsh wildlife around Dark Island and Lindsey Island. Mike is survived by: his wife, Lee Lindsey McKinney; two brothers, Melvin H. McKinney and Stephen B. McKinney; and his friend and caregiver, Curt Howell. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.