Kent Taylor Starr, BS ’70, peacefully went to Heaven on April 24 in Waco. "Dingdaddy" will be greatly missed by everyone. After graduating from Richfield High School, Kent attended Baylor University on a football scholarship. Kent and Suzanne Martin, the love of his life, married on December 18, 1969 and just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Kent graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1974 and opened his dental practice in Waco. Kent was a member of First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years and was an active deacon. The two most important things in his life were his faith and his family. Kent poured his life into Suzanne and their four children: Allison, Katie, Taylor and Martin. Kent was a leader in so many different organizations. He served as Deacon Chairman at First Baptist Church, President of the Baylor Bear Foundation, President of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, President of the Western Regional Examining Board, and President of Ridgewood Country Club. He lived a simple yet deep life following his favorite motto: "What does it cost you to do the right thing?" Kent was loved by everyone who knew him. One of his golfing buddies summed up this love perfectly with this quote, "Give me great clubs, fresh air, and Kent for a partner and you can keep the clubs and fresh air. Our partner forever!" Kent is preceded in death by his daughter, Allison Starr Pendergras; his parents, Conrad Starr and Betty and Clarence Cobb; his father-in-law, Ed Martin. He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne SoRelle Martin Starr; his daughter, Katie O’Connor and husband Sean and their children, Anders, SoRelle, Colman, Larkin, Meyer and McCall; his son, Taylor Starr and wife Sarah and their children, Carter and Henry; and his son, Martin Starr and wife Libby and their children, Townlin, Cappy, Sadler and Mabel; his mother-in-law, Nita Ray Martin; his sister, Joy Endsley.
Cynthia Bem, BA ’71, in Carrollton, TX. Loving Wife to: Al C Bem and Loving Mother to: John Scott Perry and Susan Jean Perry
Frederick Adolpheus Trombley Jr. , BA ’75, MBA ’76, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020, in Houston, Texas. He was 66. Fred was born in San Antonio but grew up in various places around the world, including Germany, Turkey, and a few different cities around the US, having been born the son of an Army colonel. Upon retirement, Colonel Trombley brought his family back to Waco, which was Mildred's hometown. Fred attended Reicher High School and Baylor University. When Fred was five, he told his mother that when he grew up, he wanted to "get in one place and stay there." So, after he graduated from Baylor, he didn't stray far. He moved to Dallas, where he got a job as an accountant at Sedco Drilling Company, where he met the love of his life and worked until the company was bought out by Schlumberger. His talent and abilities were greatly appreciated, but he didn't want to have to move his family every couple of years, so he asked to be laid off. After a few months of fun then fear, Fred was offered a position with Ensco (now known as Valaris), which required a move to Houston in 2011. He was planning to retire on Friday, February 28, and move with his wife to Waco, where they were restoring their dream home. Fred was preceded in death by this parents, Col. Frederick A. and Mildred A. Trombley, of Waco. Fred is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Sandy Trombley of Houston; his daughters, Gabby Trombley of Kenmore, Washington, and Dannie Grego of Richardson, Texas, along with Dannie's husband, John, and, arriving later this summer, Fred's and Sandy's long awaited first grandbaby. Fred already had great plans for spoiling this tiny and much-loved miracle. He is also survived by his sister, Irene Hofstetter and her husband, Mark, of Evans, Georgia, as well as their children, Cora of Baltimore, Maryland, Ben of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jake of Boston, Massachusetts. Fred was a man of rare form. Almost everyone who knew him expressed that he was the most genuinely nice person they had ever met. He was a terrible liar, not to say that he was a habitual liar; he was just really bad at it! He told the most stereotypical Dad jokes and never minded if he was the butt of someone else's jokes. He could certainly take as well as he gave. His love for his family knew absolutely no bounds. Our world has become darker with his passing. Every day tell your special someone that you love him or her. Fred did.
Miles Roland Warnock was called Home to be with the LORD on April 11, 2020. Born in Biloxi to Dr. Frank and Kathleen Warnock, Miles was a friend to all. He spent his early childhood years in Greenville until the family moved to Laurel a few years later. Upon graduating from R.H. Watkins High School, he attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1976. After graduating college, Miles went to work for the Dallas Independent School District as an English teacher at D.A. Hulcy Middle School, where he taught for 35 years, being awarded Oak Cliff Teacher of the Year in 2011. He retired in 2011, but returned to teaching as a substitute for Sunset High school in Dallas, up until the time of his death. In 1994, he married Venessa Denise Ford of Topeka, Kansas and they were blessed with two children, Maya and Hunter. The family resided in Dallas. He was an active leader in Troop 5 of the Boy Scouts of America and supported both children in their scouting achievements. He was always kind and polite to everyone, no matter the circumstance, and was known for his gentle spirit and sense of humor. He loved life and nature, whether it was his beloved Texas desert of the Big Bend, the ski slopes of Colorado and New Mexico, or the Piney Woods of Jones County. An avid outdoorsman, he was most at home out at the Warnock family ranch near Fort Stockton, Texas, where he hunted, camped, rode horseback and searched for arrowheads and fossils. He also enjoyed many years fishing, hunting, birdwatching and camping on the Collins’ Ranch in the Texas Hill Country near Burnet. Miles is survived by his wife of 26 years Venessa; his daughter Maya; son Hunter; and his brother Kirby. Surviving family also includes nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws from Texas to Mississippi. Miles was loved dearly for his positive outlook, zest for life, sense of humor, knowledge of literature and history, and an enduring love for his family. He was a faithful servant to his LORD and Savior and a constant helper to his fellow man; he now enjoys his heavenly rest.