Lamar High School Class of 1959
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left
grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember
Laurence Binyon, 1914.
Provided obituaries follow. Also see the 2009 compilation (PDF) of then
known deceased members of the Lamar High School Class of 1959 here.
Virtual Cemetery [FindAGrave.com] for Lamar Class of 1959
David Campbell Adams: David's widow Lynn Reed
(now of Augusta, GA) tells us: " David died in 1969 and I thought
you might want to know as sad as it was. His uncle was Red Adams,
a famous Houston lawyer. His father Fisher Adams was Regional
manager for Bell South; his mother was Alva Campbell Adams. David went into the Air Force and served in the Vietnam War, came
home, married and then committed suicide. He was 29 years old.
He had been Manager of Pier One Imports after returning to the states."
Andy Anderson: Our Classmate Jim McDugald reports that ANDREW GEORGE ANDERSON
JR. died on
8/2/2005. Andy was in the Navy ROTC at University of
Texas, graduating in 1963. At UT Andy was selected into the honorary
organization Cowboys whose members are chosen based on their leadership
ability, campus accomplishments, and scholastic standing. Andy
later worked for Kentwood Real Estate Company in Englewood, CO.
He left behind his wife Sandy and two daughters, and one son. Andy was
an avid photographer, specializing in landscape pictures. [This information is from the Beta
Headquarters of the Univ. of Texas]
Kenny Anderson: Betsy
Anderson has informed the class that Kenny (James Kenneth "Ken"
Anderson Sr.) died on Thursday 3 Nov 2016 from a heart attack.
Services were held on Wednesday 9 Nov 2016 at St. Martin's
Episcopal Church, Houston. From the Chronicle of 7 Nov:
Ken Anderson, of Houston, passed away suddenly on Thursday, the 3rd of
November 2016 at the age of 75. He was born on the 8th of February 1941 in Houston.Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2016- See more here.
Ken graduated from Lamar High School in 1959 before advancing to TCU
where he graduated in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration.
While there he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, ROTC, president of his
freshman and sophomore class, baseball catcher and letterman. Upon
graduation Ken served in the US Army, European Theater/Germany
attaining the rank of captain. Honorably discharged in 1970, he
co-founded Anderson Fitzgerald Giammalva and thus began his lifelong
career in real estate.
Ken was actively involved in the Houston Juvenile Diabetes Foundation,
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, TCU ex-lettermen's association, St
Martin's Episcopal Church and Episcopal High School Dads Club. He also
loved his role as a father. He was always involved in his children's
sporting events and activities. His biggest joy came from coaching on
the fields of Post Oak Little League. His impact and involvement
benefitted area youth over an eleven-year period.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Betty and Andy Anderson; and
his brother, Buddy Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Diane S.
Anderson; his children, Jimmy Anderson and wife Renee, Robert W
Anderson, Julie Anderson Bundick and husband Mark; and their mother,
Betsy Anderson; his brother, Thomas F. Anderson and wife Bibbi; and
sister-in-law Charlene Anderson; his grandchildren, Katie Collins
Miller and husband Nate, Walker Anderson, Chandler Anderson, Luke
Anderson, Lexi Anderson, Jackson Bundick, Will Bundick, Clara Bundick;
numerous nieces and nephews; and step-children, Julie Gautier and Todd
Gautier and his wife Brigitte.
The family would like to express their thanks to the City of Houston's
first responders, specifically Houston Fire and EMS, as well as the
doctors and nurses at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.
A memorial service celebrating his life is to be conducted at two
o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 9th of November, at St.
Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston.
Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.Prior to the service the family will have gathered for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.In
lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that
memorial contributions in his name be directed to The Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation at JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY,
10004; to Amazing Place at 3735 Drexel Dr., Houston, TX, 77027; to TCU
Lettermen's Legacy Fund, TCU Box 297140, Fort Worth, TX, 76129; or to
the charity of one's choice .
William P. Armstrong: Our Classmate Murray Davis reports that WILLIAM P. ARMSTRONG died in the early
1960s. He was married to Betty
Mclendon (Lamar Class of 1960), and they had two children.
"Bill" Foster passed
away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe [Ontario, Canada] on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in
his 74th year. Cherished husband of Jan Hunt of Simcoe. Loving father &
grandfather of Diane White (Doug) of Midland, Michigan, their children Kevin
& Katie; and Pam Anderson (Elvis) of Houston, Texas, their children Cameron
& Collin. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his sister Babs Willis, also
of Texas. Friends are invited to share their memories of Bill with his family
at the JASON SMITH FUNERAL CHAPEL , 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe for visitation
Friday, November 28th, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will
follow visitation in the chapel at 11:00 a.m with a private interment of ashes
to be held in Texas at a later date.Barbara
Those wishing to donate in memory of Bill
are asked to consider St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Cancer Support
& Resource Program. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com (519) 426-0199
Lumsden (October 5, 1941 - May 6, 2005) -
On the early morning of Friday, May 6, 2005,
Barbara joined our Lord.
Barbara was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Lamar High
School in Houston and Southern Methodist University, where she was a
member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After being voted Most
Beautiful three successive years at SMU, she married her college
sweetheart, Jerry. Nothing pleased her more than to serve and
care for others. She was a teacher, a youth group leader, a
committee member for Young Life at Memorial High School in Houston, a
spouse, a parent, a grandparent, and a friend. She was loved by
all that came into contact with her. Her priorities were her
Savior, family, and friends. Her best friends were made while serving
others through church, bible study, The Settlement Club of Austin,
Kappa Kappa Gamma, and her card group.
Barbara was devoted to loving and spending time with her precious
grandchildren. She was the grandmother every child should have
and in the time of need, she was a surrogate grandmother to
others. She was placed on this earth to love and care for people.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Gladys
Bergstrom. She so dearly loved and missed them that she longed to
be with them again. Although the family is saddened by their loss, they
are joyful that she is with her Savior.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Jerry Lumsden; her two
daughters, Cinda Brown and her husband, Anthony of The Woodlands, Tex.,
and Stacey Odom and her husband, H.T. (Trey) Odom, III of Houston,
Tex.; grandchildren, Travis, Madeleine and Tinsley Brown and Blake and
Adair Odom; her brother, Charles (Dick) Bergstrom and his wife, Janet.
Thanks to Texas Oncology and Hospice Austin for their support through
Barbara's illness. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00
p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003
Northland Drive, Austin, Texas. Memorial gifts may be made to The
Settlement Home, 1600 Payton Gin Rd., Austin, TX 78758-6506 or Hospice
Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX
78759. Memorials and guestbook online at
Published in the Austin American-Statesman
Tribute Page for Barbara
"Barbara was one of
this world's really superb human beings." - Jon Hugh Fleming
was as sweet as they come and will be missed, especially by those
of you who were very close to her." - Larry Hitt
a truly sweet person she was. My heart goes out to her family and
close friends who will miss her most." - Joanne Edmunson.
Richard Browning Ms. BARI BRYCE BODDEN - On May
17, 1941, a beautiful soul was born named Bari Bryce Bodden. Her
childhood came to a close when she graduated from Lamar High school in
1959. She continued her education at the University of Houston where
she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1963. Ms. Bodden worked
at KTRH radio, and then she moved on to become assistant editor and
illustrator at Gulf Publishing. In her personal life, she adored her
Scotties and had a passion for knowledge and people. She traveled the
world always looking for her next adventure. She always had a smile and
a story for her friends and loved ones. On Sunday, February 13, 2011,
Ms. Bodden went home with the Lord after a long fight with heart
failure. She will truly be missed by all her friends and loved ones. In
lieu of flowers, Please donate to the charity of your choice or any
local animal shelter. Thank you and God Bless.
Her funeral will be held Friday, February 18, 2011 at 2pm.
Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd. North West, Taylor, TX
Published in Houston Chronicle on February 16, 2011
GARRY BOGGS, (not pictured in 1959 Orenda but appears in our
Class Panorama Photo; possibly mid-year graduate, 1960) of Wimberley,
died on Friday, December 3, 2004. Some musician friends informed
Larry Hitt and Tony Ulrich that Garry had a stroke some time back that
really slowed him down, but Garry still played at the Friday night jam
when he could. He died of a heart attack while taking out his
trash at his home in Wimberley on Friday about 3 pm. [see Tony Ullrich's account under his Memory Album entry.]
Barbara Breedlove (Seiler)
Breedlove Seiler, 72, of Saluda, North Carolina, left this planet on March 28, 2014. Barbara,
daughter of Iverson and Sara Breedlove of Texas and loving wife of
Robert Lewis Seiler, passed away at home facing the beauty of the woods
and mountains of North Carolina. She leaves behind a loving family that
includes Robert, Martha and David Riley, Michael and Marcia Seiler,
Sarah Seiler and four grandchildren - Scott, Tanner, Anna and Kate. Barbara's
energy had no bounds, and she truly loved life. She was driven by a
passionate belief that there was room at the table for everyone. She
supported causes and organizations to help those less fortunate. She
worked locally to create a world that treasured the environment,
community, and justice for all.
founding member of the Saluda Business Association, she served on the
board for many years as a strong voice for the community, small
business, and the arts. She will be greatly missed by her family and
friends. We will be holding a service at St. James Episcopal Church at
766 North Main St., Hendersonville, NC, on Saturday, April 5th, 2014,
at 2 pm. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Sunday, April
6th, at 3 pm at the Purple Onion at 16 Main St, Saluda, NC. This will be a pot luck event with music and laughter.
Donations in Barbara's memory can be made to The North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) and Four Seasons Hospice (www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/).
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
TNC - North Carolina Chapter
334 Blackwell Street, Suite 300
Four Seasons Development Office
Richard Marion Browning, 73, passed away at home Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Memorial service: 11
a.m. Monday at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington
following private interment in Emerald Hills Memorial Park in
Kennedale. Visitation: The family will receive visitors 3 to 5 p.m.
Sunday at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington. Memorials: Memorials
are suggested to the St. Barnabas scholarship fund or the River Legacy
Foundation. Richard was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Houston to Ralph and
Betty Browning. He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1959
and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from
Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. from
the University of Florida in 1970. Robert Eugene Callaway
worked for the Trinity River Authority in Arlington from 1972 until his
retirement in 2011. He served on the board of directors of the River
Legacy Foundation for many years and as past president of the Friends
of the UTA Library. Richard was a longtime active member of St.
Barnabas United Methodist Church. He loved classical music and opera
and was deeply interested in military history and cartography.
Survivors: His wife, Jeanie; son, Adam of Arlington; daughter, Brigette
Vinton, husband, Kelly, grandson, Jake, and granddaughter, Whitney, all
of Dallas; sister, Rita Mayfield and husband, James, of Austin; and
brother, Baron Browning and wife, Carol, of Fond du Lac, Wis. - See
ROBERT EUGENE (Bobby) CALLAWAY,
of Houston, died on July 20, 2011, after a long battle with cancer of
the esophagus and pancreas. The family just wanted to be left
alone, and accordingly no funeral or memorial service was held, and no
obituary was published. Bob was a Lamar Redskins baseball
player. Michael Bettis, one of his friends from Lamar Class of
1958 offered this remembrance of Bobby: "I knew Bobby Callaway
ever since we were playing baseball during junior high school in the
old Coca Cola League. Bobby pitched for the Sam Montgomery
"Rockets" and was the most dominant pitcher in the league. I know
I never came close to getting a base hit off him, probably striking out
every time I faced him.
"I am sure he was
"All City" at Lamar, certainly one of the best, if not the best,
pitcher in Houston. After he graduated from Lamar, he was pursued
by the New York Yankees. Several years ago, I ran into Bobby and we
reminisced. He told me that Bill Terry (those
who know baseball history know who he was) was sent to Houston to try
to sign him for the Yankees, offering a $50,000 signing bonus, which
was huge at that time. Bobby told me his parents rejected and
insisted he attend UT. As I best recall, he was all SWC at The
University of Texas several times. Unfortunately, he suffered a
career ending arm injury, which ended his baseball career."
India Chrone (Fleming) (Seeman)India Chrone Fleming Seeman: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Houston Chronicle (TX) - Friday, February 3, 2006
Deceased Name: India Chrone Fleming Seeman
CHRONE FLEMING SEEMAN, born September 29, 1941, went home to be with
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 27, 2006. A loving
wife, mother, "Grammy" and friend, India is survived by her adoring
husband, Jack Seeman; her son, Tom Fleming and wife Janet; her daughter
Dia Moore and husband Shannon; her 5 granddaughters, who were her
delight and joy, Lauren, Natalie, Jennifer, Katie and Jackie; and her
step-mother Vincentia Chrone. A Celebration of Life service will be
held Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 PM in the River of Life
International Worship Center, 541 Pin Oak Road, Katy, TX 77429. In lieu
of flowers, contributions may be made to Amigos de Dios Ministries,
P.O. Box 2503, Stafford, TX, 77497-2503 or the National MS Society,
P.O. Box 4585, Houston, TX 77210-4585.
J. EUGENE CLEMENTS,
of Houston, died unexpectedly
Saturday, November 20, 1999 as a result of injuries received in a car
accident while returning from Austin. Mr. Clements was from
a longtime Houston family.
was born August 12, 1941 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston. He
graduated with numerous high honors in 1959 from Lamar High School and
graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from Harvard University. He was
also a 1966 honors graduate of The University of Texas School of
Law. Mr. Clements was the only person to ever win the National
High School Debate Championship, National Collegiate Debate
Championship and the National Moot Court Championship - all with
law school, Gene was chosen to work with the law firm of Baker &
Botts in Houston, where he was selected to be a partner in 1974.
He then successively became a partner at the law firms of Sewell,
Riggs; Porter & Clements; and Clements, O Neill, Pierce, Nickens
& Wilson, L.L.P., which he co-founded in 1993. In 1974, Mr.
Clements was selected by the State Bar of Texas as the Outstanding
Young Lawyer in Texas. He also served as the principal litigation
council for the Northern Companies in the merger that created the Enron
Corporation in 1983.
Clements was involved in widespread charitable and benevolent
activities and also devoted much time free-of-charge to causes such as
the Southhampton Civic Association, River Oaks Civic Association,
Junior Bar Association and State bar Association throughout his legal
career. He was one of the most respected legal advocates and also a
well loved friend of many. He will be sorely missed by his family and
friends and by the legal community of the City of Houston.
Clements was preceded in death by his father Verne O. Clements, his
mother Sylvia Shields Clements and his brother Dr. Richard Owen
Clements, M.D. He is survived by his adopted son Everett
Moore of Houston, his sister Barbara Lee Clements McCall and husband
Todd of Houston, four nieces and nephews: Richard Owen
Clements, Jr. and wife Barbara Ann of Alexandria, Virginia; Susan
Houchins and husband James O. of Austin, Texas; Carol Clements
Whitermore and husband Brad of New York City; and William Headrick
Clements and wife Debbie of Bolton, Maine; his sister-in-law Mary
Martha Headrick Clements of Houston; and Dorwayne Clements Avery, also
Friends were able to call at Geo. H. Lewis
& Sons, 1010 Bering Drive from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday,
November 23, 1999, where the family was present for
visitation. A funeral service was held at 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, November 24, 1999 at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221
Main, with The Rev. James W. Nutter, officiating. Interment
followed at Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Edward J. O
Neill, John E. O Neill, Jesse R. Pierce, J.C. Nickens, Todd McCall,
Michael Wilk, Frost Henschon and Robert Hall. Honorary
pallbearers were Judge Elizabeth Ray, Judge Sharolyn Wood, Evelyn
Keyes, Ruth Downs, Dorothy Marsh and the partners and employees of the
law firm of Clements, O Neill, Pierce, Nickens and Wilson.
Obituary information for Gene Clements provided
by Alma Rosas, Online Subscriber Services Representative, Houston
Our classmate Chris Black informed us:
Dr. Jack B. Coleman, Lamar 59, passed away from cancer September 27,
2008 in Silver City, NM.
Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City, NM, provided only a preliminary
obituary as follows; no full obit was ever published in the Silver City
JACK B. COLEMAN, JR.,
66 of Silver City, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Gila
Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending.
To send condolences, please login to: www.bacasfuneralchapels.com
Linda Rebecca Darnell (Dull)
Linda Rebecca Darnell Dull of Houston passed away March 14, 2011. Mrs. Dull was born December 5, 1940 in Hallettsville TX to Jack and Constance Darnell.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Mike Darnell. She
is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Johnny Dull; her
children, John W. Dull, Jr. & wife Christy of Houston, Deborah A. Dull of Houston and Chris Dull
& wife Christie of Atlanta, GA.; her 5 grandchildren, Megan,
Caddie, Kathryn Mae, Conlee and Cotton; brother, Jack Darnell and
sister Bonnie K. Darnell Font as well as numerous other loving family. Linda
graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and continued her education
at the University of Texas and the University of Houston where she
attained a Bachelors Degree in Education. She taught school at the
secondary and high school levels in Houston for many years. After a few
years of teaching she focused on raising her family. She was an avid
sports fan, you could see her at many a sports field over the years
watching her children and grand children participate in sports. She
loved a good movie and singing for her family, and most of all she
loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.
- FindAGrave.com On-Line Memorial Houston Chronicle Obituary 19 March 2011
Davis, Dick age 69, of Blaine, MN, died July 2010.
Preceded in death by parents, Malcolm and Elizabeth Davis; and
sister, Joy. Survived by sons, Chuck, Brian (Jennifer) and Aaron;
grandchildren, Michael, Michaela and Rubyrose; sister, Charlotte and brother-in-law,
Bill Schmidt. Memorial visitation Monday 5-8 PM, Totino
Grace Retreat Center, 1350 Gardena Ave. NE, Fridley, MN. Dick was a
managed DomeVision at HHH Metrodome for 25 years with a great group of professionals. The
"GM" was a special friend of T-G Football, filming for 17 years and a fan of
Memorials preferred to the family c/o of Totino Grace High
School. Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000.
Published in Star Tribune on July
Ullrich adds: "We
track guys knew him as "Dickie"........ Richard ran on our 440 yd relay
team... (Tony Ullrich, Dickie Davis, Pat Foley, Frank
Udemi). See page 50 in our Orenda."
Our classmate Arthur Faris informs us:
in a one-car accident on
Richmond just west of 610 (Windsor Plaza). He had been working as a
Chevrolet car salesman. He was a passenger in a Corvette going fast. He
was not using a seat belt; the driver was and survived. I think the
accident was in the spring of 1967. Roland sustained a massive
head injury. I remember going with his Mom to the ICU 1-2 days later
when the decision was made to discontinue the respirator. He is buried
in Memorial Oaks Cemetery on I-10.
Our classmate Larry Hitt
We learned today [29 Feb 2012] that our
and classmate Jack Drummond passed away last night around 6 P.M.
following a year
long battle with prostate cancer and B cell lymphoma. He was so
during his chemo treatment and confident he could beat it. If the
could have been determined by attitude alone, he most certainly would
Unfortunately an infection set in several weeks ago that could not be
overcome. His daughter Jennifer is planning a memorial service
for this weekend
or next, probably at a funeral home in Sugarland – details to follow
Jack was a
good-natured soul that cared for
his friends and enjoyed being with his classmates, rarely missing the
regular Houston lunch gatherings.
He was a valuable member of the 2009 reunion committee, using his IT
to assist with organizing records, mailings, nametags and website
We will miss his positive presence and can-do attitude.
excerpts from the Houston
Chronicle, published 8-10 March 2012:
JOHN JENNINGS (JACK)
DRUMMOND, was born June 21, 1941 and passed away on Tuesday, February
28, 2012 after a year of cancer treatment.
He was a member of the class of 1959 at Lamar High School. Jack
enlisted in the US Navy, serving aboard the carrier USS Antietam (CV-36) in Pensacola,
FL, through 1961.
Jack and wife Betty lived in Houston, TX, and Danville, CA, during his
career of more than 40 years with Gulf Oil and Chevron. He
retired to Katy, TX, in 1996.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was always
willing to help others, especially in his field of information
technology. Jack was meticulous in everything, yet known for his good
humor and fun-loving nature. He enjoyed fishing with his daughter
Jennifer, and birding with his friends. He retained close
friendships with many of those with whom he had grown up in Houston.
Jack will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He
is survived by daughter Jennifer Drummond and husband Joseph Lockett;
sister Diane Reeves; brother Mike Drummond and wife Jean; as well as
many nieces, nephews and friends. Jack was preceded in death by Betty
Sterrett Drummond, his wife of nearly 40 years.
A memorial service in Jack's honor will be Sunday, March 11, 2012 at
2:00 PM in The Morrow Chapel, at The Settegast-Kopf Funeral Directors @
Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Frwy (Williams Trace exit), Sugar Land,
Following is one of two articles from the NASA
Manned Spacecraft Center ROUNDUP (internal newsletter) from 1972 on the
death of Kirby Dupree in a battery explosion [Houston, TX]:
Battery Design Blamed in Blast That
design of a water-tight battery enclosure used in underwater astronaut
training has been pinpointed as the primary contributing factor to an
explosion which killed one man and injured another.
investigation board said that the battery enclosure was not designed to
eliminate explosive mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen and ignition
sources, but rather to withstand high internal pressures.
reconstructing the events leading up on the accident, the investigation
board determined that an explosive mixture of hydrogen and oxygen in
the battery was detonated when a switch was closed.
February 29  battery explosion killed Kirby C. Dupree  and
injured James E. Scott, both employees of Brown & Root-Northrop.
Dan Durst: Classmate Rollo Storey has informed us that
Dan Durst died in San Antonio on 1 July 2009 after living many
years with severe back pain.
"Dan died at the home he was in in San Antonio where they had moved him
when his apt. flooded in the hurricane last year.....he had a fairly
tragic number of years but was always a very loyal friend to me so I
cannot help feeling very sad about it......I know he was very lonely in
San Antonio not knowing anyone and it was a strange city to him but he
is out of his pain now.....just thought you would want to
know...." Larry Hitt adds that Dan had debilitating
back problems for many years and was on Social Security
was born May 31, 1941 in Mineole, New York.
His family moved to Houston,
Texas in 1948. He graduated from Lamar High school with honors in
1959, and went on to Rice University. In 1964, he graduated with
honors with a Masters in Architecture. Then he joined the Peace
He was first sent to East
Pakistan. The day before he was going to visit Lahore, West
Pakistan to see the dentist, was the day the Civil War between the 2 Pakistans began
with the bombing of Lahore. Stephen traveled to the Philippines
until the Peace Corps decided where to send him next. The night
before he was to climb a volcano, it erupted & the villagers ran
for their lives! Next Stephen went to Teheran, Iran where he was
to design a luxury hotel for the Shah's family's 500 Anniversary
returning to the United
States after the Peace Corps, Stephen enrolled in the University of
Texas Law School. Upon completion of his first year, Uncle Sam
asked him to join US Aid for International Development. He was
sent to Putney, Vermont to learn Vietnamese for a year. Then he
was sent to the Mekong Delta region to deliver chickens to the village
people, and determine who were the people with real power in the
villages. Then he was sent to Saigon, where he ran informative
weekly polls of the countryside to discover the movements of men &
materiel. The information was forwarded on to the Ambassador
& the American military. Stephen left Vietnam on one of the
last helicopters to leave the embassy roof at the fall of the South
Back in the US, Stephen
worked for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. When
he left the State Department, he moved to San Francisco to figure out what to do
with the rest of his life. After his father died and his mother needed
help, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to help her through her last
years. Stephen died February 23, 1993. [This information was provided by Marion
Johnson (Engberg), Stephen's sister, August 19, 2009.]
NETA FRAZIER SEIBER
is being brought home to rest beside her parents, Dr. Bazelle &
Lois Frazier. Neta was born January 2, 1942 and passed away on
July 13, 1998 in Alabama. She is survived by her husband, Don
Seiber; sister, Jane Frazier; nieces, Jeanie & Gavin Bengel &
daughter Brooke, Jill & Randy Milkovisch & daughters Ava &
Macy; nephew, Glen & Michelle Frazier; numerous cousins and
friends. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday,
June 15, 2007 at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.
Obituary from Houston Chronicle , 2007
H. GARTNER JR., 45 of Houston, died September 8, 1986. Mr.
Gartner was a native and lifelong resident of Houston. Graduate
of Lamar High School and University of Texas. Mr. Gartner was
formerly associated with University Savings and San Jacinto
Savings. He was President of and member of the Board of Directors
of Sun Savings Association and was Elder and Deacon of St. Philip
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Gartner was a member of The Board of
DePelchin Childrens Center, the Houston Homeowners Association, and a
member of the Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, District
4-D. He was a member of the Board of Houston Achievement Place
and was Treasurer of the Board of Oaks at Briargrove School. He
was a member of the Finance Committee of The Houston Club and Lee High
Parents Advisory Committee. A member of the Paul Revere Middle
School Parent Advisory Committee. Mr. Gartner also served on the
Grievance Committee of the Greater Houston Builders Association.
Survivors: Wife, Meredith Ingram Gartner; daughters, Kelly and Susan
Gartner; parents Donald M. (Budde) and Dorothy Jean Gartner; sister and
brother-in-law, Glen and Blair Waltrip; brother, Harvey Gartner brother
and sister-in- law. Gary and Susan Gartner, all of Houston; numerous
cousins, nieces and nephews. Survivors also include beloved friends.
George and Mary Jalonick of Dallas. Friends may call at Geo. H. Lewis
& Sons, 1010 Bering Drive after 1 00 p.m. Tuesday. Private
graveside services will be held for the family only. Memorial services
l1:00 a.m: Wednesday, St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe
with Rev. William Ross Forbes and Rev. .Joseph O. Rand Jr.
officiating. For those desiring, contributions may be made to the
DePelchin Children's Center or the Houston Achievement Place. The
family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 00 p.m. until
9;00 p.m. Tuesday evening. [obituary printed in Houston Chronicle]
GRIMES, 75 of Argyle, TX died on the evening of December 7, 2016.
His wife Stephanie reports that she drove him to the hospital after
dinner, and he died there from a massive heart attack. Don's body was cremated, and Stephanie held a Celebration of Life for
him at their home in Argyle, just outside of Denton, which is what Don wanted, in early January 2017 - the program is shown at right. Their two
granddaughters returned to the Grimes home from Kansas to be with
Stephanie at that time.
Barbara Pickard reports on the program: "Stephanie held the
celebration at their home in Argyle on January 14, 2017. I
did talk to her, but did not get to Argyle. Don and I were very
close and we talked for some time the night before he died. I am
going to miss him very much as we spoke several times during a week.
I hope to stay in touch with Stephanie, this has been very hard
on her. She provided the program for me."
June 27, 1941) would have been a member of the class of 1959.
However, he contracted liver cancer and died after a long illness on
August 9, 1958. His funeral was at Bethany United Methodist
Church. He is buried in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in
Houston. He was survived by his parents, Carmon L. and Frances
Greenwood, and a brother, Robert Greenwood.
(Information provided by our classmate Kimball McMahan, who adds: "John will be remembered by
many. My parents and his parents were friends and John and I knew
each other as small boys and later at Lamar. My next door
neighbor, Mrs. Mira Sanders (taught geometry and solid geometry at
Lamar) thought John was a brilliant boy (he was) and was devastated on
Sabra Hall (Gill)
H. Gill, a prominent public relations executive and civic leader
who helped establish scholarships for Houston-area students of
communications, advertising and marketing, has died. She was 68.
She died Friday [March 20, 2009] of cancer.
A native Houstonian, Gill was
born March 1, 1941, to James Augustus Hall and Susie Jageman Hall. She
grew up in River Oaks and graduated from Lamar High School. At the
University of Houston, she served as editor of the Houstonian yearbook
and president of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.
After graduating from UH, she
launched her public relations career at Houston Natural Gas. Over the
years, she would also work for Fairmont Foods and the Metropolitan
Transit Authority before founding her own company, Sabra H. Gill &
Associates. At the time of her death, she was a consultant with Cargill
Gill had a reputation as a
perfectionist, said her friend and colleague Dave Keith. “There were a
lot of people who depended on her in the various jobs and
responsibilities she had because when she took on a task, she was going
to do it right, and you could count on that,” Keith said.
Gill’s high standards, combined
with efforts to mentor others in her profession, made her “an icon” in
the public relations industry, said Alice Brink, who met Gill through
the Public Relations Society of America’s Houston chapter.
“Anybody who has hung around in
the industry for a while knows her, or knows of her,” Brink said. “She
was just a very smart PR strategist, a person who could take a tough
public relations puzzle and solve it for a client.”
A community volunteer
Throughout her career, Gill
donated her time and skills to numerous charitable projects and
She was a founding member and
president of the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston, which
funds scholarships for college students studying advertising and
marketing in Houston, and the Public Relations Foundation of Houston,
which provides scholarships to local undergraduate or graduate students
“She really has provided a lot of
inspiration not only to the students who are gung-ho and excited about
beginning their new careers, but also for us professionals who are
carrying on the mission of our profession and enriching it,” said Eydie
Pengelly, president of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston.
Led area Red Cross
Gill also served as director of
the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross. Her work as chair of
the Houston chapter’s Disaster Relief Committee earned her the National
Clara Barton Award for Outstanding Service.
Gill is survived by her husband
of 36 years, William Gill, and her siblings Ed Hall of Carbondale,
Colo., Jamie Peebles of Fort Worth, and John Hall, Rose Marie Smith and
Andrea Weiss, all of Houston.
A memorial service will be held
at 3 p.m. today [3/24/2009] in the A.D. Bruce Chapel on the University
of Houston Campus.
in the Houston Chronicle on 3/24/2009
William F. "Bill"
who was born August 7, 1941 in Houston, passed away July 4, 2011 in
after a courageous battle with cancer. Known to his friends as
"Bill," he was preceeded in death by his parents, Bill and Elizabeth
Hamlett of Houston, and sister, Early H. Hammock, of Albuquerque, NM.
survived by his wife, Ann Roe Hamlett, and her children and
of Houston. He also is survived by his brother, Commander John W.
wife Eleanor M. Hamlett, and their children, Mr. and Mrs. John L.
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Fox, and his grandniece and nephews Haley, Ian
all of Richardson, Texas.
Bill, who graduated from
Lamar High School and the University of Houston, was
an avid member of the Lamar '59ers and the U. of H. Alumnae
outdoorsman at heart, for many years he was a prolific hunter and
Ducks Unlimited and Quail Unlimited. He often participated in the Salt
Trail Ride. He worked with numerous companies in Texas and Florida,
returning to Houston and establishing a successful insurance business.
A lifelong Christian, Bill
lived the life of one who was constantly doing for
others when in need and, as a Baptist, followed a long line of
great-grandfathers who were Baptist ministers. He was a member of River
Baptist Church in Fulshear where his memorial service will be held on
July 6 with visitation at 9:30am and service at 10:30am. Burial will
service at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery at 12:15pm in Houston. In
flowers, Bill's family asks that contributions be made in his name to
Bend Baptist Church, P.O. Box 945, Fulshear , TX 77441, Buckner
Missions, 600 North Pearl St., Dallas, TX., or Hospice of your choice.
chemistry teacher and one of our best remembered teachers, Miss Marcile
Hollingsworth, died 26 Sept 2014 at age 90. Miss Hollingsworth
was born April 4, 1924 in Limestone County, Texas. She was a
longtime teacher and administrator in the Houston Independent School
District, and highly respected and loved by our Class. She was
interred in the Houston National Cemetery. Her obituary was
published in the Houston Chronicle on 8 Oct 2014, and can be viewed here. Her FindAGrave memorial is here. The HISD blog on her passing can be found here.
Hollingsworth had a remarkable career. What we didn't know:
Following her graduation as a chemistry major from the Univ of
Texas in 1943, she entered military service in the Navy WAVES,
and had the
responsiblity of teaching trigonometry to Navy Ordance units.
Miss Hollingsworth served within HISD as Director of Science for
all grades. In this position, she wrote HISD's curriculum guides
and laboratory guides for chemistry and physical science, and it was
because of her efforts that HISD created the Oceanography Department,
which later grew into the Living Resource Center . She
helped to establish a program at UT called UTeach which combined the
science side of the house with the school of education, allowing
students to graduate with a Teachers Certificate in addition to their
science degree. She retired in 1980. The HISD created the Hollingsworth Science Center,
named in her honor in October 2001 and operated on 2.4 acres in the
south region of the Houston metropolitan area, adjacent to Butler
Stadium out South Main. Despite failing health at that time, Miss
Hollingsworth attended the opening ceremony, along with her
family. On 20 Nov 2014, her brother Grant and former colleague
and Lamar Chemistry teacher Florine Carr presented the US flag from
Miss Hollingsworth's interment ceremont at the National Cemetery to the
Science Center for display in the case beneath her portrait. Information courtesy of Miss Hollingsworth's brother Grant of Grapevine, TX and Florine Carr of Houston.
classmates all seem to remember Miss Hollingsworth. Joanne
Edmundson recalls, "I remember her well as a big, imposing, no-nonsense
teacher. Reading the obituary, I realize she would have had to be
younger than she appeared to me." Larry Hitt
remembers, "She was one of our favorite teachers and a positive
influence on so many Lamar kids." Three classmates specifically
mention her in our Memory Album, including Jere Wicker who states, "Ms. Hollingsworth was great - so great that not long after we graduated, HISD bosses kicked her upstairs to the administrative head office. Such a shame to deprive students of her brilliance."
In her honor, we have added her to our Electronic Orenda, the first teacher so honored.
Gartner died on the 19th of October 2012 in
Houston, Texas. She was 71. Meredith was born in Houston on
the 15th of May 1941, the only child of Ernest Willie and Mary Doll
Oldham Ingram. She graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in 1959
and obtained a degree in English from Rice University in 1963. She
married Donald H. Gartner, Jr. in 1964, and they had two daughters,
Kelly and Susan. Before having children, Meredith taught first grade at
Rummel Creek Elementary; later, she taught third grade at Briargrove
Elementary, retiring in 2001.
loved and cared deeply about her family and friends. She was a grammar
advisor, consummate list-maker, and champion shopper. She delighted in
finding just the right gift for a new baby or a friend's birthday.
Meredith instilled an ardor for reading and learning in her daughters,
who promise to continue her legacy with her grandchildren. She also
enjoyed traveling, cherishing recent trips to Paris and Hawaii. An
elder at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Meredith volunteered with
Kids' Meals and coordinated the annual Christmas gift drive for
in death by her parents and husband, Meredith is survived by
her daughter, Kelly Gartner of Houston; and her daughter and
son-in-law, Susan and Pete Leonardson and their children, Anna
Jane and Luke of Seattle. Her little dog, Coco, was her devoted
adored our mother. She was thoughtful, generous,
courageous, and resilient. She was a two-time cancer survivor before
succumbing to peritoneal cancer after a three-year battle. Mom
participated in a research study at MD Anderson; we knew her disease
was incurable, but the study drug and Mom's determination enabled her
to live almost three years after her diagnosis, granting her precious
time with her grandchildren. We are indebted to all the doctors,
nurses, and staff at MD Anderson, particularly to Dr. Jennifer Wheler
and Forlisa Nauling, RN, in the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy
and to the Palliative Care team for their commitment to finding new
ways to treat difficult cancers and to manage the symptoms of
treatment. Houston Hospice was invaluable during Mom's last days. So
many friends and family members sustained our mom and us during her
illness, but we are especially grateful to Susan Gartner, Jane Lee,
Ariel Washington, and Margie Johnson."
are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until
eight o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 22nd of October, in the
drawing room at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
memorial service will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on
Tuesday, the 23rd of October, at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807
San Felipe Road in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. John W. Wurster is to
to the service, the family will have gathered
for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial
donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486,
Houston, TX, 77210-4486, www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
Houston Chronicle on October 21, 2012
Gail Jordan (Brown)
(BROWN), of Houston, passed away on March 25, 1997. Gail was a
graduate of Lamar High School and the University of St. Thomas in
Houston. She performed as a big band singer in the Houston area
for a number of years. Gail often sang with Eddie Gerlach's
orchestra and also with the Roberto Compean Quintet. She was also
a school teacher, a substance abuse counselor and, most recently, the
operator of the family oil and gas business, Jordan Drilling Company.
Her Lamar '59 classmate Jon Hugh Fleming recalled, "Gail
was a great girl and no doubt an even greater woman. Her
voice is probably greater in "unrecorded memory" than it would sound
now on a scratchy record. Her renditions of "Birth of the
Blues" were simply outstanding. They could even get Mr. Keding to
quit smiling and shed a tear."
Gail is survived by her husband Ferris, her
children, Danny Gillespie of Austin, TX and Allison Gillespie of Miami,
Letitia Keller was
born January 19, 1942 and passed away on May 24, 2012. She grew up in
Houston, Texas, but spent most of her life in Austin. Letitia was an
accomplished musician. She led an active life. She loved outdoors
activities, folk dancing, and teaching. In her late 40s she earned a
Masters degree in Nursing; in her mid 60s she earned a second Masters
in System Information Technology.
Letitia also was
a good friend to many people, including her Austin Community College
students. She was an amazing person, and will be greatly missed by many.
family include her beloved three children, Rev. Fr. Aidan Keller,
Katherine Flores, and Michelle Godeski; Michelle's husband, Jaret;
beloved grandchildren, Sarah and Arturo Flores; her best friend and
sister, Cynthia Magrill; Cynthia's husband, Don; two nephews; and
Letitia will lie
in state at Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church, 1701 Peridot in
Pflugerville, Texas, beginning at nine o'clock in the evening on
Friday, the 25th of May 2012. Prayers will be offered continuously
until service time. Friends may pay their respects at the church.
Her funeral will
be held at Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church, 1701 Peridot in
Pflugerville, Texas, on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at ten o'clock in the
be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
may also be sent to Letitia’s
sister, Cynthia Magrill, at 9631 Pagewood, Houston
77063 or to Letitia’s home
address, 1509 Cullen Ave., Austin 78757.
Cynthia learned that Letitia was very
fond of ARC, a center for people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities. Donations may be made to ARC
in her memory through their
Steve Ley died in Houston on the morning of 15 December 2017. Following is a tribute to Steve posted on Facebook by his first wife, Sharon
Ley Lietzow, who also went to SMU and knows many of our classmates:
Dear Friends and Family,
Steve Ley passed away yesterday morning at sunrise and the windows opened to
send his spirit to heaven. He has been released after 13 years of
Alzheimer's and could not speak.
My memories of the wonderful young years of my life with him and our
children Katherine, David and Kevin will live in me always. My husband Bob
Lietzow and I have been blessed with good times with the Ley family through
the years to this day when we share their sweet sorrow.
A visitation at Geo Lewis Funeral Home is Monday from 5 until 7pm. A memorial will
be held next summer in Colorado. His life tribute [also below] from the Houston
Rest in eternal grace to Steve, O Lord, and let Light perpetual shine upon
From the Chronicle Dec 16-18 2016:
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2016-
See more at:
Stephen Wendel "Steve" Ley
1941-2016Stephen Wendel "Steve" Ley,
died at sunrise on Thursday, the 15th of December, 2016, in Houston,
Texas after a long battle with dementia. He was born in Houston, Texas
on the 7th of May, 1941 to Wendel Duer Ley and Audrey Moody Ley. Steve
graduated from Lamar High School in 1959 and Southern Methodist
University in 1963, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
and where he made many of his life-long friends. Upon graduation he
entered the Marine Service, and successfully accomplished the rigors of
Camp Quantico and Parris Island training. Steve felt his Marine
experience gave him great life lessons and was very proud of his
service. He returned to Houston and served in the Marine
Reserves. Meanwhile, he entered the land development business where he
developed numerous partnerships and joint ventures that developed
single and multi-family residential communities as well as retail
centers. He had great judgement and earned the respect of his many
business associates. He was instrumental in developing The
Fairways at Pole Creek community outside of Winter Park, Colorado, a
1,000 acre, 27-hole golf course development with magnificent views of
the Rocky Mountains. Steve also served on the Board of the Bank
of Harris County.
is survived by his beloved mother, Audrey Moody Ley of Houston, his
daughter, Katherine O'Neill (Bill) of Chicago, Illinois, his two sons,
David Ley (Gisela) of Houston and Kevin Ley (Julie) of Austin, Texas,
and the mother of his children, Sharon Ley Leitzow (Bob) of Houston.
His four grandchildren include Chris, Charlie and Billy O'Neill and
Elizabeth Ley. He is also survived by his loving sisters, Judy Ley
Allen of Houston and Diane Ley Espinoza (Antonio) of Asuncion,
Paraguay, niece Susan Espinoza Piatkowski (Marc) of Austin, nephew
Jorge Espinoza (Maureen) of Boulder, Colorado, and grand-nieces and
nephew, Sylvia and Carmen Espinoza and Mia and Maximo Piatkowski. He
will be missed by many supportive cousins from the Dan Moody and Homer
Ley families. He is predeceased by his dear father, Wendel Duer Ley,
his brother, Robert Moody Ley, sister-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Ley, and
brother-in-law, Robert H. Allen.
loved his children dearly and enjoyed many good times with them at the
family home in New Braunfels, Texas as well as at the YMCA of the
Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. He had a strong passion for SMU
football, especially during the "Pony Express" years. Later in his life
he spent much of his time at his second home outside of Winter Park,
Colorado hiking, fly fishing and playing golf. In fact, Steve enjoyed
doing anything outdoors that improved his properties, including
clearing brush and planting flowers. He was a voracious reader of
history and a "master" jigsaw puzzler.
family would like to thank his long-time assistant, Phyllis Lindquist,
his caregiver Wesley Bagot and previous caregiver Terrence McClanahan
for their service and support over the years.
are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances of Steve with
the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in
the evening on Monday, the 19th of December 2016, in the grand foyer of
Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The family will hold a private memorial celebration of Steve's life this summer in Tabernash, Colorado.
lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Wendel D. Ley
Family YMCA, 15055 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049 or charity of your choice .
Joe Robert Lovelady was born
on Jan. 6, 1941, in Crockett, Texas, to the Rev. Byron Lee and
Marguerite (Rembert) Lovelady. He attended schools in Houston and East
Texas, graduating from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in 1959.
After high school, Joe attended Southern Methodist University, where he
earned a degree in music before going on to graduate from Perkins
School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Following
college, Joe served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines from
1967-69, became a Peace Corps Fellow in 1970, and then served as the
Peace Corps Director for the Eastern Caribbean. In 1975 he became the
Montana director for Action,
the federal program that oversees all volunteer programs, a post he
held until his retirement.
life Joe actively pursued his great passions: social justice, music,
conversation, sailing, building, renovation and participation in the Walk to Emmaus
community. Following his retirement from the federal government, he and
his wife, Mary Jane Fay, moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2001, where
they both became active members of the
First United Methodist Church. Joe especially loved teaching the
Koinonia Sunday School class, working on Community of Shalom, church
development and providing special music. He was nominated for a
District Discipleship Award in the late summer of 2008. Joe was an
exceptional man, loving father and devoted husband, finding joy in his
daily activities and humor where others seldom thought to look. He was
always ready to lend a hand to anyone that asked, an ear to someone
with a problem, or to simply bring a smile to those who knew him. The
world is a lesser place for his passing. Those of us who were
privileged to know and love Joe will never forget his love, kindness
Joe is survived
by his wife, Mary Jane; Sons, Ben and Michael; daughter, Molly; and
dog, Lucy. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 in
the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi.
The family requests memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to the First
United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi, www.ccfwnc.com, or Southern Poverty
Law Center, www.splcenter.org.
Our classmate Wes Sokolosky obtained the
above obituary which was posted:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:00 am on Helena Star web site. Joe died on 22 September 2008 in
Corpus Christi, TX. His obituary was published in Corpus Christi,
TX and in Helena, MT.
HARPER NORMAN MAHAN,
JR. of Austin, Texas passed away on November 6, 2008. He was born on
February 21, 1941 in Houston, TX to Harper Norman, Sr. and Emalynn
Smith Mahan. Harper graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and Sam
Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He proudly served his
country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1963 to
1969. In 1987, he married the love of his life, LeAnn Bunch Mahan, in
Round Rock, TX.
Harper had a
career in the financial industry offering trust, pension, commercial
banking and community development services. He most recently worked in
Long Beach, CA for 16 years before returning home to Austin in 2005.
His greatest pleasures were spending time with family and friends, RV
traveling, boating on Lakes Austin and Travis and skeet shooting. He
loved America and supported her liberties and freedoms as a Benefactor
Member of the National Rifle Association, a Charter Member of the NRA
Heritage Society and a life member of the Texas Rifle and Pistol
predeceased by his parents and mother-in-law Lois Burich. He is
survived by his wife, LeAnn; brother, Robert L. Mahan of Suffren, New
York; father-in-law, Donald A. Burich, of Creston, Iowa;
sisters-in-law, Lana Zoch of Austin, TX and Linda Coen (husband Craig)
of Oskaloosa, Iowa; former sister-in-law, Ann Mahan (Tommy Clark) of
Houston, TX. Surviving nieces and nephews that also held a very special
place in Harper’s heart are Susan Mahan Martin (husband John) and
children Kaitlyn, Rowan and Aidan Parker; Daniel G. Zoch (wife Amy);
Jeffrey M. Zoch; Matt Coen (wife Suzy) and son, Ian; Lexi Coen Faber
(husband Matt) and daughter, Lilia. He is also survived by aunts, an
uncle and numerous cousins and friends.
service celebrating Harper’s life will be held Sunday, November 9, 2008
at 3:00 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX, Reverend Andrew Stepp
The above obituary appeared in the
Houston Chronicle and was provided by classmate James Davis.
Lee Mallet (Bass-Morales)
Note: The obituary notice for Cynthia Lee Mallet
Bass-Morales appeared in the Houston Chronicle on 10/15/2006. The
full text is available on Chronicle microfilm. The
following bio information was provided by Cynthia in April 2004:
"After Lamar graduation in 1959, I
attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX for a year, and
finished at University of Houston. I went to Washington, D.C. in
1962-65 to work for U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough, (D-Texas) and
switched parties to work for U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, (R-Arizona)
where I was his personal secretary and also when he ran for U.S.
Presidency in 1964. Also, I worked for the National Republican
Committee in Washington, D.C. I met and married Raymond H. Bass, Jr.,
from California, who worked as a Special Assistant for U.S. Senator
John Tower (R-Texas) in Washington, D.C. in 1964. We moved back to
Houston in 1965, after the Presidential election, where I worked for
Philanthropist Gus Wortham. Then, in 1969, I formed my own talent
booking agency licensed by the Musicians Union Local 65, and teamed with Bob
Smith Orchestras in the Warwick Hotel in Houston, under the name of
Cynthia Bass Entertainment Agency. I booked and managed many big name
celebrities and stars all over the USA in concerts, posh hotels, and
clubs for over 10 years. After divorcing Raymond Bass in 1971, I
met and married a famous International Singer/Colombia Recording
artist named Victor Fausto Morales. We have been married 30 years now.
We are both ordained ministers. God has blessed me with the
greatest blessings of all.....a wonderful and loving husband, Victor,
and 4 beautiful children of my own, Jennifer Bass Smith, (38); Trey
Bass (35); Luke Morales (22); Felicia Morales (18); and 3 beautiful
grandchildren - Christian and Bailey Bass (twins- 4 years old) and
Jamie Smith (2). My life has been so fulfilled. I can't thank GOD
enough for this great life that HE has allowed me to live for him to
bring HOPE to so many. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! (April 2004)
Cindy Mallet Bass-Morales with an orphan at Christmas time.]
"In 1977, I became a "Born -Again" Christian, and
completely turned my life around having a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ and serving Him. In 1978, my husband, Victor
Morales, followed suit, dedicating his life and heart to serve a Risen
Savior. In that same year, 1978, we formed an Evangellistic Ministry to
reach hurting people all over the world with the message of HOPE
in JESUS CHRIST. In 1982, we formed an IRS non-profit organization
(Non-denominational), Victor Morales Ministries, Inc./"Bridge of Love". We help feed,
clothe, and minister to many orphanages (hundreds
of orphans) and abandoned children of Mexico, and also thousands
of very poor families and hungry children along the border areas of
Texas/Mexico all year."
Mims (Feb 28, 1941 - Jan
Clinton Dow Mims, Jr.,
died on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in the presence of his loved ones in
"Sonny" to his
family and friends in Texas, Dow came to Chattanooga in 1972 with a new
family and a growing business. His life and work over the last three
decades touched thousands of lives and shaped the face of the city he
grew to love.
leadership allowed the realization of so many dreams in Chattanooga and
around the country, namely the Tennessee
Aquarium, Finley Stadium, the Boys Club of Chattanooga, The McCallie School,
GPS, The Baylor School and
numerous other schools, churches, hospitals and charitable
from his professional life in 1994 and spent his time accomplishing a
number of personal goals. Mr. Mims had a special place in his heart for
all those in need, particularly stray dogs and cats, adopting and
caring for a large number of them during his retirement.
include his daughters, Natalie Mims (Victor) Friese, Fort Worth, Tx.,
Tracy Mims (Pete) McPherson, Nashville, Tn. and Mary Megen Mims,
Mobile, Al.; son, Andrew Dow Mims II, Chattanooga; brothers, William
Garrett (Mary) Mims, Portland, Or., Robert Allen (Barbara) Mims,
Sarasota, Fl.; cousins, Pamela Rhoads, Mark and Maureen Jones, all of
Fort Worth, Tx.; nieces, Abigail Mims, Kari Mims (Frank) Tarr, all of
service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at The
McCallie School Chapel.
requested that donations be made in his honor to The Salvation Army,
The Boy Scouts of America, The American Red Cross, The Humane Society,
the McKamey Animal
Shelter or any other charitable organization he was associated with
during his life.
To send the
family a note of condolence, please visit their guestbook at www.lane-coulterchapel.com.
are by Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace.
Frank B. Nelson II, 18, of 2327 Dunstan, died
instantly when his small foreign car collided with a larger auto Sunday
morning on a slick highway near Cleburne. Nelson was driving
north on Highway 81 when his auto collided with a car which had skidded
out of control after passing a truck. Six persons in the other
car received only minor injuries. Nelson, a Lamar High School
graduate, was a former member of the Lamar Astronomy Club and served as
an acolyte at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church for six years. He
was survived by his father, Howard P. Nelson Sr. and his mother,
Mildred Shaw Nelson, a former Houston Post music and arts editor, and a
brother, Howard P. Nelson, Jr., all of Houston. Services were
held at St. Stephen's Church and burial was in Victoria, Texas.
This information is from an
article in the Houston Post in the summer of 1959 as provided by our
classmate Kimball McMahan who adds: I kept the article as Frank was a
friend, but don't have the actual date. However, I believe it was
the summer of 1959. Frank was probably the first class casualty.
I am almost sure that his death was in late July or August, 1959.
He had gotten a 4 door Renault sedan for graduation which he was
driving at the time of the accident.
John O'Quinn died in a fatal
single-vehicle accident in Houston on the morning on Thursday, 29
October 2009. The following are excerpts from the
obituary posted in The Houston Chronicle, 1 Nov 2009:
JOHN M. O'QUINN, dedicated and extremely successful trial lawyer,
generous benefactor, and devoted friend to those who loved him, has
ended his earthly journey far too soon. John's journey was always
exciting because he demanded so much of himself. Born on the 4th
of September 1941, he passed away Thursday, the 29th of October
2009. John spent his professional life as a powerful advocate for
the powerless - he was the courtroom champion of the ordinary person.
He seemed bigger than life with his dynamic personality and folksy
presence, which cleverly masked a giant intellect. He
believed that the courtroom was the great common denominator: this was
where each person was truly equal. John was the "difference
maker" in so many major cases. He considered the courtroom much
like the athlete considers the playing field. John took each and
every case seriously and personally. As the "people's champion,"
even those who opposed him in court soon realized his unflinching
commitment to his clients, and that even they were enhanced by his
presence. Each client was unique; each case special.
John was very much the home-town boy - he loved the city
of Houston which helped create his legendary skills: both were robust,
confident, extremely successful, with an unyielding attitude.
Recognized publicly as a legal icon, he was named one of the 100 Legal
Legends of the Law by the Texas Lawyer and recognized by the National
Law Journal and Harvard Law Review as one of the Best Lawyers in
America, receiving four of the largest verdicts in Texas legal
history. An honors graduate of the University of Houston Law
Center, he served as a Regent for the University of Houston, as well as
a trustee of the UH Law School Foundation. He truly loved the UH Law
School and all UH athletic activities. John used his fame and fortune
to assist not only the University of Houston with the John O'Quinn Law
Library and the John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium, but also the
Children's Assessment Center, the Women's Center, Baylor College of
Medicine, the End Hunger Network, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the
South Texas College of Law Advocacy Center, and so many more endeavors
of equal importance. He was a man who was determined to give back to
the city, which had been so very good to him. He once said, "The only
things you get to take with you are those things you give away."
John was a proud member of the 12-Step Fellowship, a
group known as the "Motley Crew." Only one woman was invited into this
group, Darla Lexington, and together with these men, the group helped
one another to fight the monster called alcoholism. John's friends made
him stronger and he them. His sobriety was nearing eleven years. He
truly loved these guys.Standing by his side was Darla Lexington, the
love of his life. They shared a passion for philanthropy, the arts, and
classic cars. Their dream was to build an automotive history museum in Houston
and Darla intends to build that legacy in John's name. All are
invited to the funeral service to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the
morning on Wednesday, the 4th of November, in the Sanctuary of
Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston, where Dr. H.
Edwin Young, Pastor, is to officiate. A reception is to
immediately follow the service in the adjacent Deacons' Parlor.
The entombment services are to be privately conducted on the O'Quinn
River Ranch in Wimberley, Texas. For those desiring,
contributions in memory of John M. O'Quinn may be directed to the
University of Houston John O'Quinn Memorial Fund, University of
Houston, Houston, TX, 77204-5016.
The following are excerpts from the
news article posted at KHOU.com on the date of John's accident:
John O'Quinn among 2 dead in crash on Allen Parkway
12:34 PM CDT on
Thursday, October 29, 2009
people, including one of Houston’s most prominent attorneys, were
killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Allen
Famed trial lawyer
John O’Quinn was traveling westbound on Allen Parkway in a black
Suburban with another man around 8:15 a.m. when the crash occurred.
Police at the scene
said the SUV lost control, jumped the curb, went airborne and crashed
into a tree on the eastbound service road.
nearly cut the SUV in half, and both O’Quinn and the other man died at
of the O’Quinn Law Firm in Houston, made a name for himself handling
plaintiff’s litigation, including lawsuits against breast implant
manufacturers and tobacco companies.
More recently, he
represented Anna Nicole Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, in a battle over
the fate of the body of the late actress.
his official law firm bio, O’Quinn has been named one of the “100 Most
Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal and among
the five best trial lawyers of the past century by the Houston
Chronicle, among other honors.
[see this 1998 Profile
which ran in the Houston Chronicle at
O'Quinn has just been killed in a car wreck on Allen Parkway. God rest
his soul. Could not have been a sweeter guy." - Lee
"I am stunned. Most of you know that I
was one of John's law partners 1989-1994. He was
the smartest attorney I have ever known - a master of the law and
imbued with an over abundance of street-smarts. A giant in the
courtroom. His opponents feared, but respected him. His clients loved
him. Every jury appreciated him because he never talked down to
them. Even when the issues were difficult and convoluted, he
could simplify them for any jury so they always understood
them. To a jury, he was just one of them - just one of the folks." - Jeremy
Charlotte Kemp "Kay" Patton
died suddenly on 13 May 1991 while she and her husband were in Norman,
OK. They had attended their
daughter's graduation ceremony at the University of Oklahoma, and were
helping the daughter move out of her apartment when Kay felt ill and
returned to her motel room.
This obituary ran in The Houston Chronicle, Thursday, May 16, 1991, section B, page 9: CHARLOTTE KEMP "KAY" JONES,
a native Houstonian, born February 15, 1942 to the late Charlotte Kemp
Maer and Adrian I. Patton, Jr, died May 13, 1991. Kay was a
graduate from Lamar High School and received her B.S. Degree in
Education from the University of Texas. She was a member of The
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, The Junior League of Houston, and the River
Oaks Country Club. She was a member of the Westminster United
Methodist Church, and belonged to the Wesley Sunday School Class.
She was a first grade Teacher at William B. Travis Elementary
School H.I.S.D. She is survived by her husband, Bart L. Jones
III, her children, Bart L. Jones IV, Blake Jones, Polly Kay Jones, and
Patton Jones; her father Adrian Patton and wife Jan, her father and
mother-in-law, Bart and Polly Jones. Sister, Connie Welsh and
husband Hugh; brother, Adrian Patton and wife Susan. Many nieces
and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Thursday May
16, 1991, Westminster United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe at
Bering Drive with Rev. Charles W. Anderson officiating, assisted by Rev
Richard L. White. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society. [Geo. H. Lewis & Sons 1010
Bering Dr. 789-3005]
Kay was born on 15
February 1942 to Sybil Charlotte Maer and Adrian Ivan Patton Jr in
Houston. She married Barlow Lee Jones III on 8 June 1963 in
Kay was interred on 16 May 1991 in Glenwood Cemetery (formerly the Washington Cemetery) on Washington Ave., Houston, TX: Section OD, Lot Number 009. FindAGrave Memorial
[obituary: Charlotte Kemp "Kay" Jones, Houston Chronicle, Wednesday, May 15, 1991]
Kylene Perry (Nelson)
Nelson, age 73, went to heaven on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was
born on Sept. 5, 1941 in Houma, Louisiana, to the late Kyle and Dorothy
(Brant) Perry. She lived in Holly Lake Ranch with her husband of 52
years, Bruce Nelson.
was an only child, a graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, she
attended The University of Texas at Austin, and was a proud Delta
Gamma. Kylene was also an incredibly talented artist in many mediums,
but she loved the flexibility and vibrancy of pastels the most. She won
many awards in fine art shows, was one of the original members of the
Pastel Society of the Southwest in Dallas, and received the distinction
of being elected into the Pastel Society of America in 1983.
was best known for her portraits and her hope was to create a piece of
art that would last for many years and remind people of a special time
or person in their life. Kylene was the most loving and compassionate
wife, mother, grandmother and friend to both people and all of God's
little critters. She was a true gift to those who knew her and were
blessed by her vibrant personality and smile. This said, we know she
would love for friends and family to wear colorful attire to celebrate
her life and memory.
service was held at Holly Tree Ranch Chapel, 1620 South
Farm-to-Market Road 2869, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, on Nov. 9, 2014, at
2 p.m. [Note: Our classmate Martha Hansen Dinwiddie
attended the service and provided this program. Martha noted: "Her
death was a big shock. She had a serious stroke. Her memorial service
was beautiful though. They had some of her paintings displayed.
She was a fabulous artist. I didn't realize how talented
she was." You can view a slideshow of Kylene's portraits here.]
survived by her husband, Bruce, of Holly Lake Ranch; her son, Brett
Nelson, of Murphy; her oldest daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and
Michael Cobb, of Colleyville; her youngest daughter and son-in-law,
Paige and Rick Murphy, of Austin; two grandchildren, Ryleigh Cobb and
Kyler Murphy; and three stepgrandsons, Cody Cobb, Jared Cobb and Cole
In lieu of flowers, those friends and family wishing to honor the memory of Kylene's life may make a donation to Operation Kindness at www.operationkindness.org or any local No Kill Animal Shelter.
Obituary published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 26, 2014
Thomas J. Rankin, Jr.
April 21. 1941
September 14, 2012
Thomas Joseph Rankin, Jr. ran through heaven's gates on
September 14, 2012. Thomas was born to Thomas Joseph Rankin, Sr.
and Margaret Eugenia Bryan in Houston on April 21, 1941. He
graduated from Lamar High School and attended The University of Texas where he was a member of the
SAE fraternity. He also proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. Thomas was a master of electronics and
for 40 years the proprietor of Oliver Armature Works of Houston.
Thomas is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Sharon Ropp Rankin.
He leaves behind his dear sister, Beverly Underwood Mahoney. Thomas is
survived by his son, Thomas Joseph Rankin, III and his adoring
daughters, Sheryl Rankin Mosier and husband, Trey, Laurie Rankin Carl
and husband, Paul, and Bethelyn Kepke Dawson and husband, Steven.
"PaPa" will always be alive in the hearts of his eight grandchildren
and will be sadly missed by his numerous relatives and friends.
A celebration of Thomas' life was held
at 11:00 a.m. on September 26, 2012 at the First United Methodist
Church, Schulenburg, Tx.
Published in the
Houston Chronicle on September 19, 2012
Riddle III, James
Irvin 1-31-42 to 4-19-11 Loved and surrounded by family, Jim
passed away peacefully at home. Born in Houston to James I. and Mattie
B. Riddle, he graduated from Lamar H.S. in 1959, proudly served in the
U.S. Army, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and received two
bachelor degrees from The University of Texas. He was a news
producer at WFAA-TV in the early 70s, an avid reader, carpenter,
handyman extraordinaire, photographer, gourmet cook, and "comedic
genius." He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy Greenwood
Riddle, and his children, of whom he was immeasurably proud, Christy
Cathleen Riddle, M.D. and James Irvin Riddle, IV. He is also survived
by his sister, Jane Lancaster, and her husband John L. Lancaster, III,
and their children, Delaney Rolfe (Charlie), John L. Lancaster IV
(Jewelee Ann), and James. R. Lancaster (Gigi), all of Dallas. Heartfelt
thanks to VNA Hospice; Home Helpers Crystal Carpenter, Krystal Price,
Victoria Logan, Leavella Hendricks; and his physicians Peter Stack,
Roger Camp, James Trotter, Jennifer Wells, and Grady Goodwin. A
memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30th at 11 o'clock in the
morning at St. Michael and All Angels Chapel, 8011 Douglas Avenue,
Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to North
Texas Food Bank, Attn: Accounting, 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Rd, Dallas, TX
75236-2028; the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas,
TX 75235; or the charity of your choosing.
Remembered as "...
this very kind and courteous gentleman." [Ellen
Published in Dallas Morning News from April 21 to
April 29, 2011
Reed Robinson died
on Thursday morning, June 4, 2015 in Houston. He had numerous medical issues in recent years including several strokes and had been in assisted living for some time. Reed's obituary appeared on 5 July 2015 and is linked below.
The Class held an inurnment service to celebrate the life of Reed Winslow Robinson on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00 am.
Rev. Tom Stults '59 officiated. It was held at Forest Park
Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Blvd, Houston, TX, 77023. Reed would
have liked it to be casual.
A special thanks to those who
contributed to the fund for covering the cost of fulfilling Reed's last
wishes regarding his remains.
addition to providing compassionate care and much of Reed’s support in
recent years, our classmate Chris Black assumed responsibility for
Reed’s final expenses. He committed to covering the cost of
cremation, opening of the family plot for interment of the urn, a grave
marker, the obituary and other expenses. The total cost will be
almost $5,000. After learning about this, a number of our
classmates together with some of Reed’s former students and neighbors
have pledged almost $2,000 to help offset Chris’s expenses, and other
friends and classmates have since contributed the remainder to offset
these expenses. Thank you to all! Orenda
-- Dorothy Kay Rudisill,
60, of Lenox, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas, died on Easter
Monday evening, April 16, 2001,
at Berkshire Medical Center, after a courageous 30-year battle with
was born on Dec.18, 1940, in East Barnard, Texas, near Houston, to
loving parents, Paul Lester and Dorothy
Guthrey Berry Rudisill,
who predeceased her. She graduated from Lamar High School, Houston, and
earned her B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches
(home of her grandparents and father), and her M.A. degree with honors
from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She was a licensed speech
pathologist and enjoyed her work in Wichita Falls, Midland, Houston,
San Antonio, Austin, and Largo Vista in the beautiful Texas Hill
Country. She especially liked working with deaf children, who called
her "Miss Roo." Retiring in 1997 because of her illness, she moved to
Lenox to live with her devoted brother, Clifford Rudisill. She
loved her apartment in her brother's home and the Berkshires, which
reminded her of the Smokies. She enjoyed going to New York for Broadway
shows and concerts at Carnegie Hall, and attended many concerts at the
Berkshire Tanglewood Music Festival and the nearby South Mountain
Chamber Music Series.
Kay was an accomplished
sportswoman in her youth. For seven consecutive summers she attended
Camp Junaluska for Girls in Waynesville, North Carolina, where her
family had a summer cottage. She won blue ribbons in every sport and
was an exceptionally gifted equestrian. She loved animals, especially
horses and her cat, Simba. Last fall, Kay celebrated her 60th birthday
at the Argyle in San Antonio, in the company of her closest high school
and college friends.
All who knew Kay admired
her indomitable, cheerful spirit and courage. She was an inspiration
especially to her church family at St. James' Episcopal Church in Great
Barrington, where she was the "poster girl" for the handicap
Clifford Rudisill wants to
thank Joanne Poston and the health care aides from the Lee Regional
Visiting Nurses who cared for Kay with empathy, and Fr. Ray Wilson who
nourished her body as well as her spirit.
A Burial Service and Holy
Eucharist will be held at St. James' Episcopal Church, Great
Barrington, on Thursday, April 19, 2001, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Ray
Wilson, rector of St. James', and the Rev. Jeffrey H. Walker, rector of
Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn., officiating.
may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Humane Society for
Animals, or the Handicap Accessibility Fund at St. James' Church in
care of the Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great
Barrington, Ma 01230.
This obituary appeared in The Berkshire
Eagle on 4/20/2001
the Houston Chronicle, 23 April 2012: Jane Rulfs, age 69, of Houston,
passed away on Wednesday evening, the 18th of April 2012.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from
three o'clock until five o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 22nd
of April, in the Drawing Room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering
Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning
on Monday, the 23rd of April, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis
& Sons, where Dr. Linda Christians, Executive Pastor of
St. Luke's United Methodist Church, is to officiate.
The interment is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park
Lawndale Cemetery, in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, kindly consider a donation in
her memory to the Rulfs Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Rice University,
6100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77005.
Gallery for Jane Rulfs as of May 2012.
Services for Patricia
Jane McClendon, 41, of 3304 77th St. will be at 2 pm Saturday at First
Christian Church with Dr. Dudley Strain and the Rev. James W. Sutherlin
will be under direction of Rix Funeral Directors.
McClendon died at 2:10 pm Thursday [3 February 1983] at Methodist
Hospital [Lubbock, TX] after an illness.
born in Houston and was an honor graduate of the University of Texas
with a B.A. in English. She married Jack McClendon Aug 10, 1963,
in Houston. She was a member of First Christian Church.
She was a
member of the Lubbock Women's Club, was on the board and an officer of
the Junior League, was past president of the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae and was
active in Lubbock Cancer-mount. She taught school in Lubbock from
1965 to 1967.
include her husband, two sons, Tray and Mont, both of Lubbock, her
parents, Dr. and Mrs. Burt B. Smith of Houston; two brothers, Dr. Ben
Smith of Galveston and Ken Smith of Tokyo, Japan; and a sister, Mary
Beth Fetzer of Houston.
family suggest memorials to the Cancer Treatment Center at Methodist
Pallbearers will be Bill Russell, Terry Bickerton, Blair Cherry Jr.,
S.E. Cane. Jr., Don Gardner, Tom M. Richards, Dr. Eugene White, and
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Junior League of
The above obituary is transcribed
from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal of Friday 4 Feb 1983. It was
provided by Mark, a volunteer of the
South Plains Genealogical Society, on 28 Aug 2009.
Sparling, Honorable Jon:
The Honorable Jon Sparling
passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Dallas on August 23, 2014,
after a brief illness. He was born to The Reverend Jack and Vera Moseley
Sparling on April 19, 1941, in Alvin, Texas. He grew up a handsome,
intelligent, fun-loving boy, and graduated from Lamar High School in Houston,
Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he was a member of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon fraternity, and the S.M.U. Dedman School of Law. He fell in love with
Dallas and made it his home. Mr. Sparling was a skilled lawyer in the District
Attorney's office in Dallas County where he was founder and chief of the
specialized crime division, organized to fight white-collar crime. He also
distinguished himself as a judge on the Texas Court of Appeals. He concluded
his career in private practice as a commercial litigator with Sparling and
Zadina Law Firm, but he liked to say that working in the District Attorney's
office was the best job he ever had. Jon was an avid traveler, fascinated by
foreign cultures and unique experiences, but Dallas, Texas was undoubtedly his
home. He enjoyed being on and below the water, and he always had a sailboat in
his life. He built, and loved spending time at, his lake house, and found value
raising cattle and working the land on a family farm near Corsicana. Jon was
born into a long line of Methodist ministers and as an adult he was a member of
University Park United Methodist Church. Without a doubt, his greatest joy was
his family and raising his children whom he loved with everything. He leaves
behind to mourn him his four children, Jon Jr. and wife Sarah, William, David,
and Sarah, the mother of his children Helena Underwood Sparling, his sister
Patty and husband Dr. Duane Andrews, two nieces and their husbands and
children, and Terri Loney, his good friend who loved and cared for him in the
final years. A memorial service will be conducted at University Park United
Methodist Church, 402 Caruth Boulevard in Dallas on August 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm by
his niece the Reverend Dr. Allison Andrews Thompson. A graveside service will
be held by his niece The Reverend Susan Andrews Hageman at Rose Hill Cemetery
in Tyler on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM, where he will be buried with
his parents under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to SMU Dedman School of Law, Att: Janet White. P
O Box 750116, Dallas, Texas 75275-0116, or to University Park United Methodist Church.
Avery "Mark" Spears
passed away peacefully
surrounded by friends and family in Houston, Texas on January 4, 2013
after a brief illness. He was born in Houston on August 8, 1941, to Dr.
Avery M. and Juliette Spears. He called Houston home his entire life.
Graduated from Lamar High School
in 1959, and worked initially in
retail and automobile sales. He subsequently enjoyed a long career as a
sales representative and account manager with Chemical Waste
Management, Inc. When not working, he enjoyed golf, hunting, gardening
and travel, but most of all being in the company
of good friends and
family. He was a long-time member of the congregation of Memorial Drive
United Methodist Church in Houston, and participated in their mission
program, most recently in Cuba in early 2012. He is preceded in death
by his parents, and is survived by his daughter Jennifer Spears, step
son Corky Barker, sister Ann Hudson, and nieces Jackie
Lynn Cate and
Evelyn Sheeran, and nephew Don Hudson and their respective families, as
well as many dear friends.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, January
10, 2013 at 2:00 PM
at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston
TX 77079. A private burial ocurred at Forest Park Lawndale
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Mark's
memory to Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org). Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com
to leave online tributes.
Dr. Glen H. Stanbaugh
the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Celebration of life services
for Dr. Glen H. Stanbaugh will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2009
at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel with Dr. Carl Anderson officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. A visitation will be
held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Resthaven Funeral Home.
Glen Harry Stanbaugh,
Jr. was born in Houston in 1941 to the late Eva Burgi Stanbaugh and
Glen H. Stanbaugh, Sr. At the age of seven, Glen survived a year long
bout with rheumatic fever. The doctor who cared for him that year left
such an impression that Glen knew medicine would be his calling. He
graduated from Austin College in 1963 with a degree in biology. He was
accepted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and
graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1967. He completed an internship at D.C.
General in Washington D.C. He returned to Galveston for his residency
and fellowship training, which included a stint as Chief Resident. He
served as the Chief of Nephrology at Fort Bragg Womack Army Hospital
from 1972 through 1974.
Dr. Stanbaugh was the first Nephrologist in West Texas, arriving in
Lubbock in 1974. He served as a full time faculty member at the Texas
Tech University Health Sciences Center from 1974 through 1977 and
part-time faculty member from 1978 until 1985. Dr. Stanbaugh was the
medical director of South Plains Dialysis Center from 1974 to 85 and
Co-Medical Director of the West Texas Dialysis Center and the South
Plains Kidney Disease Center until he retired in 2003. Although
retired, Dr. Stanbaugh continued to serve patients with renal disease
as the Chairman of the Board of the Texas Renal Coalition, Chairman of
the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation- West
Texas, and as a board member of Texans for the Advancement of Medical
Research. Dr. Stanbaugh was recently recognized by the State Senate of
Texas for his work in the prevention of end stage renal disease. He has
authored many scientific articles and is the author/editor of a book,
THE DEISS LETTERS. He was a fellow of the American College of
Physicians and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical
Society. Dr. Stanbaugh is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters,
one stepdaughter, three stepsons, and eight grandchildren. Memorials
can be made to the Texas Renal Coalition, The Center for the Study of
Addiction at Texas Tech University, and The Deiss Society at UTMB.
Charles Dean Summers, a
wonderful and beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away
peacefully about 3:00am on July 5, 2009. Charles was born January 22,
1940, in Houston, Texas; the second son of Elmer Lee Summers and
Elizabeth Buhler Summers, and grew up in Houston. While attending Lamar
High School, he worked for a local garage, and joined the neighborhood
volunteer fire department. He attended Tarleton College in
Stephenville, Texas, earning an associate’s degree before he
volunteered for the U.S. Army in late 1961. During his term of
enlistment, he served with B Company of the 144th Signal Battalion in
Upon his discharge, Charles became a full-time fireman in West
University Place, a Houston suburb. While there, he pursued a vigorous
outdoor life of hunting, boating, fishing, and starting what became the
great achievement and legacy of his lifetime: a Matagorda County cattle
ranch carved from scratch out of the forested bottomlands of Caney
Creek. This quickly became his full-time endeavor. Over the decades he
cleared, drained, and improved “Caney” to his own preferences. For the
past two decades, he also operated a rural land improvement business,
Caney Conservation Company.
Charlie developed and pursued interests far too numerous to describe in
this space. He kept up a vigorous paper and Internet correspondence
with family, school and Army friends, and people he’d met while riding
his Harley to nearly all the lower 48 states. He was extremely
knowledgeable about English and American history in general and
Matagorda County history in particular. He liked to entertain family
and friends. He was a good host and outstanding cook. Only in very
recent years did his health limit his activities, and especially so
since heart valve replacement surgery in November, 2008.
A lifelong bachelor, Charles Summers was predeceased by his parents. He
is survived, loved, and missed by his brothers and their wives, Edward
and Kathy Summers and Jesse and Helen Summers; his nephews, Michael
Summers and David Summers; his nieces, Jennifer Summers and Pamela
Summers Parks; and his grand-nieces and nephews, Angelica Summers,
Amanda Summers, Callum Parks, Kate Summers, Mason Parks, and Sophie
Parks; and by many friends as well. To all of them, his passing creates
a loss that cannot be erased in this life.
Funeral arrangements are by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City,
and will include visitation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, July 10; a
simple funeral service at 10:00am Saturday July 11; and burial in
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston at 1:30pm Saturday. Charlie’s
brothers encourage family and friends planning to attend the visitation
or the funeral service to prepare oral and/or written memories of
Charlie for mutual sharing.
Classmate David Warren reports: "JIMMY TABB died of a heart attack at the age of 41 in
Philadelphia Pa while working for Rhom and Haus as a
labor relations representative. I think the year was 1982.
The obit was in the Chronicle."
Conrad reports: "I just
talked to Carole Tomlinson ('60) and she said that Woody died of
cancer yesterday [27 March 2012]. Carole and her husband
Paul Duncan had visited with Woody in the hospital on Monday.
This comes as a great shock to all of us who cared for
Woody. Apparently he had this cancer for about 15
From the Houston Chronicle, Friday,
30 March 2012: "Woodson M. Tottenham,
Jr. , age 70, passed away March 27, 2012 in Houston, TX.
Woody is survived by his niece, Tricia Tottenham Bragg & husband
Bill; great-niece Kathryn Louise Bragg, great-nephew Miller "Tot"
Tottenham Bragg and many loving cousins Tottenhams and Burnetts.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at
St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX
77027. Private interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer
Elizabeth Towles Hostetler, 72, of Houston passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.
Liz was born to the late LeRoy and Elizabeth Towles, August 13, 1941,
and was a 5th generation Houstonian. She graduated from Lamar High
School in 1958 and received a BA of Education from the University of
Texas in 1962. She married James B. Hostetler on August 24, 1963, and
except for a brief stint in Georgia, they lived together in Houston for
the past 46 years.
Liz was a Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Texas where she met her
husband Jim. She was an avid tennis and a member of Lakeside Tennis
Club. She was also an active member of Al-Anon for over 30 years. Liz
loved taking trips with her entire family and especially loved going to
Kerville every summer to the family ranch and cabins on the Guadalupe
River where she also used to go as a child.
Liz fought her brain cancer for two and a half years with grace and
dignity and never once complained. She will be missed terribly by her
family and all of her numerous friends who stayed with her during this
journey. She was a wonderful wife and Mother and will be dearly missed.
Liz is survived by her three children: Beth Cole and her husband Mathew
of Houston; James B. Hostetler, Jr. of Denver, Colorado; and John C.
Hostetler and his spouse Susan of Denver, Colorado. Her greatest joy
were her eight grandchildren: Elizabeth, Caroline, and Rachel of
Houston; Abigail, Lillian, and Trey of Denver; and Samuel and Heidi of
The Memorial Service was held Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at
the Ascension Episcopal Church located at 2525 Seagler Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Ascension Episcopal Church.
Twedell Hirschy died 11 Jan
2013 while undergoing surgery for heart problems. A memorial
gathering was held on Saturday 26 Jan 2013 from 1 to 3 pm at Forest
Park Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer, Houston 77077.
Susan was born in Springfield, Illinois on June 29, 1941.
Her family moved to Houston, Texas, where she attended Lamar High
School. She also attended Texas University. She married William Brogan,
III and together they had two children
William E Brogan IV and Patrick
Brogan (deceased). In November, 1975, she married R. T. "Bob" Hirschy,
who passed away in October, 2007. Susan pursued a career by working in
the appliance distribution business for Earl McMillain, Inc., then
Mischer Corp, and finally found her "home of 30 years" by working for
the Trane Company as an Engineer's Assistant. She retired in October of
2012 and attended our Fredericksburg Mini-Reunion. Susan is
survived by her son Wm. Brogan, IV; six grandchildren; siblings Michael
H. Twedell, Peter B. Twedell, Sarah T. Paulsen, and Judith T. Denson.
Gathering was held Saturday, January 26th, 2013 between 1
PM and 3 PM at the Forest Park Funeral Home,12800 Westheimer, Houston,
In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made in Susan's name to American Heart Association
Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054 (713-610-5000) https://www.heart.org
for James Edward (Jim) Vick, 61, of Willis were held at 5PM, Thursday,
October 3, 2002, at Metcalf Funeral Home with Dr. Jay Gross
officiating. Jim was born on August 9, 1941 in Houston and passed
away on September 28, 2002 in New Waverly. He was preceded in
death by his father, James Hamilton Vick. Jim is survived by his
mother, Ura Lee Vick of the Woodlands, his wife, Kathleen Vick of
Willis, daughter, Jennifer Lee Vick of Waco, and son, James Hamilton
Vick II, of College Station. He graduated from Lamar High School
in Houston, attended Texas A&M and graduated from Texas Tech.
He also served in the U. S. Army Reserves and was an avid sailor,
hunter and fisherman. He was a loving husband, daddy and
friend. Jim was fun loving, free spirited and touched the lives
of many. He will be remembered by all that knew and loved him."
This obit was in the Houston Chronicle on October
2, 2002. Additionally,our classmate Kimball McMahan adds:
"Jim was a fine trumpet player in the Lamar Marching Band and a member
of THR, an organization of Lamar Band members."
"My brother's favorite good-bye was "I love you all". And
what is remarkable about that is that he really did love us all.
He really did. Mack Jr. was born in Houston,Texas at St. Joseph's
Hospital on April 7, 1940 to Eve and Mack R. Wetmore Sr. He was a
special child that with my parents love led a complete and full life.
He graduated from Roberts, Lanier and in 1959 from Lamar High School,
where he played cymbals in the band and belonged to the FFA club,
beginning his true love for music and animals. Mack Jr. attended
Sam Houston State University and served in the Navy at the
Jacksonville, Florida Air Base. Prior to starting his career, Mack Jr.
studied voice with Michael Lawrence and worked for John Werler at the
Houston Zoo. In 1969 he joined Wetmore & Company, a printing
company founded in 1947 by our father. He was named associate of
the year in 1993 and retired in 1997. Mack Jr. is survived by his
father's wife Debbie, brother Jack Wetmore and wife Nancy, nephews
Clint Wetmore and wife Kristie and their daugther Riley, and Chad
Wetmore and his wife Kathy. Several years ago Mack Jr. was adopted in
friendship and into the home and family of Barbara and Juan Naranjo. He
loved them very much and remained in their love and care until
Thursday, September 21st , when cancer won. A memorial service
will be conducted in his and our father's honor by our friends The
Reverend J. Pittman McGehee and The Very Reverend Joe D. Reynolds at
Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, on Saturday, September 23,
2006 at 11 A.M. with a reception to follow in the Guild Hall. Mack Jr.
will be interred in the Columbarium at the Cathedral next to his
mother. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Houston Zoo or
the charity of your choice." "I love you all."
Published in Houston Chronicle
from September 22 to September 23, 2006
Timothy Stephen Wheatley Sr., 74, of Houston, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015.
was a 1959 graduate of Lamar High School and a 1968 graduate of Stephen
F. Austin State University, where he was also a member of Phi Kappa
Alpha. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965 in the
331st Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
is preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Donna Wheatley and his
parents, Thompson T Player Jr. and Kathleen Berthold Player. He is
survived by his sons, Timothy S Wheatley Jr. of Katy and Philip P
Wheatley (Kim) of Frisco, his daughter, Laura Wheatley Hughes, of Katy,
his stepdaughter, Diane Grace (Jim) and stepson, Bill Scoggins (Tara),
both of Houston.
He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Kara Wolfe (Jake), Autumn
Hughes, Dillon Wheatley, Kaitlyn Hughes, Hunter Wheatley, Kate
Wheatley, Caroline Wheatley, John Patrick, James Patrick, Conrad
Scoggins and Savannah Scoggins.
will be greatly missed by many relatives, friends, and associates. He
loved studying and talking about his family history and was a proud
member of Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War
of 1812 and Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at MD Anderson
Cancer Center for their wonderful attention that they gave our Dad over
the last year.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 23rd at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home from 6p-8p and a Graveside service will be conducted at 11am on Friday, July 24th at Glenwood Cemetery.
lieu of flowers the Family requests a donation be made in the name of
Tim Wheatley to the MD Anderson Cancer Center or the Leukemia And
Lymphoma Society .
1940-2015 Published on-line from July 23, 2015 on, and in the Houston Chronicle on July 23rd.
Linda Sue Williams
LINDA SUE WILLIAMS RALEY, of Dallas. Linda Sue Williams Raley died
August 30, 2002, after a car accident in Dallas. She is survived
by her husband of 39 years, James E. Raley, and her three children -
Jennifer Crowder, her husband, Glenn, and their children Kimberly and
Alex, Arlington; Lesley Carver, her husband, Jeff and daughter
Grace, Flower Mound; and Scott Raley, Atlanta, GA. Other
survivors include her father, Robert Williams, and his wife, Ann,
Houston; her sister Kay Gilbert and husband, Ken Gilbert of
Weatherford; and her mother-in-law, Myra Raley, Amarillo.
Linda was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, December 8, 1941, the daughter
of Helen and Robert Williams. She received an education degree in
l963 from Texas Tech University where she was a member of Alpha Chi
Omega sorority. On February 16, l963, she married James E. Raley
and after living in several cities in the Texas Panhandle, settled in
Dallas in 1978. Linda was active at St. James Episcopal Church
where she was director of the Altar Guild, helped with the outreach
program to the Austin Street Shelter and needlepointed altar cushions.
A breast cancer survivor, she volunteered with the American Cancer
Society's Reach to Recovery program and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
She also participated in neighborhood stitchery, book and women's
groups and was one of the founders of a local chapter of the Red Hat
Society. Linda loved life, her family, friends, gardening,
painting, needlework, shopping, angels, bunnies, fountains, chocolate
and decorating her home.
Arrangements: In lieu
of flowers, the family requested memorials to the altar fund at St.
James Episcopal Church, 9845 McCree Rd., Dallas, TX 75238 or
contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 765 NorthPark Center,
Dallas, TX 75225. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at St. James Episcopal Church 9845 McCree Road, with the Rev. Bubba
Dailey conducting the service. A reception followed the services
at the church.
in Sept 2002 by
her good friend and our classmate, Ginny Allen (Hamlett), along
with this note: "Linda (Sue Williams
Raley) and I transferred to Lamar right before the beginning of our
junior year. We had been childhood friends in El Dorado, Arkansas
and, to make a long story short, because our fathers both worked for
Monsanto Chemical ended up together again in Houston. We began
that year knowing only each other and clung tight for dear life. When
her husband and she moved to Dallas, we instantly resumed our
friendship and remained close.")
Phyllis Jean Winford (Lee): Thursday,
May 19, 2011, 4:47 pm, Phyllis passed away from multiple health
complication that had been building odds against her for a number of
years. Her last year, as many may know, has been been very
challenging for her. Her last 3 1/2 weeks was spent in an ICU
unit in a Houston hospital. We all know she was a fighter but
this battle would be her last. She will be
greatly missed by family and friends.
Loving Memory of Phyllis Winford Lee March 6, 1941 - May 19,
Phyllis Winford Lee, 70, of Cedar Park, passed away
Thursday, May 19, 2011. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at Angel Funeral Home in Austin, Texas. Funeral service will be at
Wednesday, also at Angel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Texas
Cemetery. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, former Texas
Commissioner, Doyce R. Lee, father, Dr. Albert C. (Doc) Winford, and
Phyllis A. Winford. She is survived by her brother, A.C. (Clem)
and wife, Martha, step-mother, Shirley Winford, sister-in-law, Phyllis
and husband, Charles, brother-in-law, Kenneth C. Lee and wife, Mary,
numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Phyllis was born and raised in
and was a longtime resident of the Austin area. She earned an
a Masters Degree from the University
of Texas. The
majority of her career was with the Education Service
Center, Region 13 as a Special Education Consultant. She was a member
Riverbend Baptist Church of Austin, Texas. Services under the direction
Angel Funeral Home, 1600 S. First St., Austin, Texas (512) 441-9738
American-Statesman on May 22, 2011
visitation will be Tuesday night, May 24, 2011, 6 to 8 pm, and her
funeral service will be Wednesday morning May 25, 2011, 10 am,
burial services will immediately following in the Texas State Cemetery
where she will rest by her husband Doyce R. Lee.
Robinett, brother-in-law to Phyllis Jean Winford Lee; 21 May 2011]
For the list of all known
deceased members of the Lamar High School Class of 1959 (as compiled in 2011) in PDF format
please check here.
Continuing Efforts to Locate Classmates - Lamar
High School Class of 1959
Return to Class Directory page
|A PDF file of our classmates for
which we knew nothing as of Nov 2011 (no e-mail, no postal address, no known
friends/family) is here. Since then, we have obtained info for a few on the list (for example, we now know Joe Robert Lovelady died in Sept 2008) and these updates are recorded in our Electronic Orenda as the information comes to us. Can you help
us with information on any of these classmates?
Please contact Wendell
Mendell with any information: Wendell@Lamar59.org