Friends and Family


Dr. Jeffrey A. Borbely passed away on March 26, 2020, after a brief battle with cancer.  He was the husband of  Sandra Chambers, B.A. ’58. Jeffrey and Sandra were married for 57 years and have three grown children. Sandra remains at their home at 205 E. Marie Drive, Stillwater, OK, 74075.

Sylvia D. Brown, June 8 in Robinson, TX.

Carolyn W. Bruner died June 3 in Stephenville, TX. She graduated from Texas Women’s University with a degree in music education. She taught elementary music and private piano lessons for many years. She married Dwain Bruner on December 27, 1956 in Marshall, TX. Carolyn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville since 1969, where she served in all areas of the music ministry for 50 years. She loved and served Jesus with her music throughout her entire life. She was an amazing mother, wife, active member of her church, and leader in her community. She was her husband’s greatest supporter and encourager. Carolyn was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She was a 50-year member and served in many leadership positions of the Stephenville Study Club. The women in this club were very special to her and she served them well. Carolyn is survived by her husband Dwain Bruner; daughter Gwyn Elise (Bruner) Schneck and husband Jeff of Dublin, TX, son Greg Dwain Bruner and wife Lynda of Stephenville, TX; grandchildren, Megan (Schneck) Beiswenger and husband Jared of Fredericksburg, VA, Courtney (Bruner) Eads and husband Jeremy of Prosper, TX, Amanda Schneck of Dallas, and Kyle Bruner and wife Sarah of Richardson, TX; great-grandchildren Gianna and Felicity Beiswenger, Jett and Karis Eads; sister-in-law Lynda Bruner of Hillsboro, TX; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Dr. Kenneth Walter Busch, professor emeritus, of Waco, May 24.

T. C. Cox, May 10 in Waco.

Douglas L. Dodson, July 3 in Waco.

Lois Alleene Fountain, April 19 in Austin.

Brent Froberg, June 8 in Waco.

Michael P. Herbst, May 29 in Central Point, OR.

William Littleton McCorkle, July 10 in Waco.

Dr. Patrick L. Odell, professor emeritus, May 23, Waco.

Donald Curtis Parks, May 9 in Mission, TX.

Donald Truett Phillips, May 13 in Denton, TX.

William Kenneth Powell, April 7 in Waco.

Marvin Rex Ramsower

Marvin Rex Ramsower, passed away April 18 at his home in Plainview, TX. He attended Morton Valley School and Cisco High School, where he played football among other sports and graduated in 1943. After high school Rex volunteered for the Army and was in the service with the Parachute Training Command as an instructor until the war ended. After the war he attended Texas Tech, Wayland College, the University of New Mexico, and Baylor, where he met the love of his life, Ethel Lee Ramsower, and they married on September 2, 1950. Together they had four children. Rex was a renaissance man and charismatic storyteller: a successful entrepreneur who started five businesses, a consummate salesman, a real estate developer, a builder, an artist, an art collector, a coin collector, a fisherman, a water and snow skiing instructor, a scout leader of the first coed Explorer group, a Sunday school teacher, and a golfer. He could fix nearly anything, often by making the part he needed. Rex lived life fully and loved his family fiercely. He steered his children on a moral path of love and life. He gave them the best life could offer. A supporter of higher education, he encouraged many young people both financially and otherwise to continue their education. Rex is preceded in death by his parents; wife Ethel Lee; brother Vernon Ramsower; and sisters Veda Garrett and Fern Siefert. Rex is survived by his children Reagan Ramsower and wife Glenda of Woodway, TX, Kelly Alison and husband Preston of Plainview, TX, William Matthew Ramsower and Joseph Martin Ramsower of Abilene State Living Support Center; grandchildren Jason Ramsower and wife Jill of Lubbock, TX, Ryan Ramsower and wife Arnisa of Woodway, TX, Jacob Alison of Houston and Madeline Alison of Plainview, TX; great-grandchildren Tyler Ramsower, Kamryn Ramsower and Landon Ramsower of Lubbock, TX, and Mackenzie Ramsower and Emily Ramsower of Woodway, TX.

Shirley Ann Oliver Smith, May 3 in Tyler, TX.

June Spencer passed away peacefully in hospice on May 8 in West Lake Hills, TX. Her quick wit, gracious heart, generous soul will be missed along with the best yellow cake with chocolate icing on the planet. She was a 6-time cancer survivor and had knee surgeries on both knees; she was a fighter. She met her husband of 59 years, Jack Spencer, in junior high and the two were wed after college. Although they did have an argument or two, they loved each other deeply for all the years they were together. Her favorite song was “Look For Me” by The Goodman Revival. In the song, the writer asks their loved ones to "look for me when you get to heaven." She is survived by her husband of 59 years Jack Spencer. Two children Andy and Charlotte, their spouses Kathy and Randy. Four grandchildren Zac Stacy, Ashley Stacy, Deanna Spencer and Andrea Spencer.

Jean Eleanor Weathers, June 9 in Woodway, TX.

Sara Martin Wolfe put on the imperishable and beheld the glory of the One and Only on January 31, 2020.  She was born December 21, 1935 in Bruni, Texas to Dr. John Alfred Martin and Ollie J. Wooten Martin and grew up in Batesville, Jonesboro and Cabot, Arkansas. Sara had the rare combination of physical beauty that was eclipsed by inner loveliness. She was quintessentially kind and friendly, regardless of circumstance or length of acquaintance, understanding those she encountered were, like her, fearfully and wonderfully made.  Her smile was her trademark accessory, and she was an instigator of fun and laughter, often at her own expense. Love was Sara’s theme, her goal for each day she lived.  She fed on God’s Word – the Book of Love – and did what it said do.  She was intentional about caring for others, praying persistently for their needs and sharing her affection through encouraging notes, birthday phone calls and extending Southern hospitality with deliberate thoughtfulness. She spoke up for those who cannot speak for themselves, the unborn, while holding out hope to the young women she counseled in crisis situations. Sara was courageous in the face of sorrow and challenge. Strength and dignity were her clothing, she opened her mouth with wisdom, and faithful instruction was on her tongue.  The fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – was perpetually in season in her. Today, Sara is reunited with her precious son, Graham Martin Wolfe, and is survived by those she loved more than life, her daughters, Lesley Wolfe of Beoue, Ivory Coast and Sara Liz Patterson (Mike) of Frisco, Texas; her “Sunshine Boys” Graham, Clay, Cy and Ben Patterson of Frisco, Texas and her sister, Jane Martin Odum of Mountain View, Arkansas.