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,
Jon Ervin Kalb died in his home in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 27,
2017 at the age of 76 after a two-decade battle with Parkinson's. He will
be deeply missed by his family and people whose lives he touched with humor and
grace, and by those fortunate enough to have accompanied him on at least one of
his epic adventures. He was born on August 17, 1941 in Houston, TX, to parents
June Greer Kalb and Bernard J. Kalb. He grew up in Houston, exploring the
blackberry bushes along the railroad tracks through Brae's Bayou and beyond.
Following his passion for discovery, he went on to
become a research geologist with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (Texas
Memorial Museum) at the University of
Texas at Austin. He
received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory in
1968, a graduate fellowship from Johns Hopkins University in 1969, and a B.Sc.
from American University in 1970. He had extensive field experience in Central
and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and West Texas.
He wrote numerous
scientific publications and a memoir on his time in Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
The memoir, Adventures in the Bone Trade, (Copernicus Books, 2001) describes
his work in Ethiopia from 1971 to 1978. He was a founder of the expedition that
recovered the 3.2 million year-old Lucy skeleton, and later, director of the
Ethiopia-based team that discovered some of the most prolific deposits in the
world bearing early hominid fossils and artifacts.
In 2002, Adventures in the
Bone Trade was awarded the Robert W. Hamilton Award for Non-Fiction from the
University of Texas at Austin, and the Violet Crown Award for Non-Fiction, from
the Texas Writers League. Terry Harrison from New York University wrote that
the book was: "A wonderfully engaging personal account of how science is
shaped as much by sociology, politics, and historical events as it
is by important discoveries"
His second memoir, Hunting Tapir During the
Great Flood, takes a longer view, tracing Jon's life of exploration from
boyhood to the fossil surveys he undertook in West Texas despite illness. When
asked recently if he had any thoughts about his obituary, he responded with
characteristic dry wit, "I wrote a book."
He was a generous mentor
and teacher, helped train a generation of students, and always offered sage
advice about where to go to find fossils. He is fondly remembered by the many
Ethiopians whose lives he touched. A resident of Austin for 39 years, Jon was a
familiar figure around town driving a succession of beat-up field jeeps. He was
a warm and friendly character known in Austin and West Texas. He was blessed with
a remarkable passion for his work that carried him through more than twenty years of
life with Parkinson's.
He is survived by his wife Judith R. Kalb, his daughters
Justine Kalb Costello of Brooklyn, NY, and Spring Kalb Utting of San Francisco,
CA and four grandchildren, Redd and Greer Costello and Astrid and
Sasha Utting. His brother and sister, Peter Kalb and Claire Kalb Morgan are
predeceased. A memorial service was held on January 27, 2018, at the Umlauf
Sculpture Garden in Austin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Our thanks to Malcolm Bell for providing this obituary, published in
Austin American-Statesman Nov.12 - Nov.13, 2017
In addition to his books and articles, Jon wrote a blurb for his classmates [submitteed 1994] which is available here.
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."
Wilda McMenemy (Borrell) (Sept 23, 1941 - Dec 5, 2014)
Wilda died on December 5, 2014 at home in Richmond, TX. Details via the links below. Services Bio Handout FindAGrave Memorial
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] Ray Poage Jr, was one of the great athletic talents of Lamar's Class of 1959. He is profiled in Historic Houston as follows:
Poage, Raymond “Ray” Coy (1940-1997) – Professional Football Player – Marks first met Ray Poage in 1960 on a Saturday morning during a football scrimmage at St. John’s School. Our coaches told the team that Poage was one of the best players we would ever
see. That day he was playing fullback for the Lamar High School
Redskins. Early in the scrimmage the Lamar linemen opened a hole
big enough to drive a semi-truck through. The next thing Marks
knew, he was laying on the ground, knocked out of breath. When
he opened his eyes, Poage was kneeling beside him to see if Marks was
hurt. That was the start of a long and wonderful friendship.
Poage was born in Plainview but the family soon moved to Happy,
Texas. He played fullback there and was recognized as one of the
best players in Texas high school football. Lamar recruited Poage
who helped the school win the state championship. Upon graduation in 1960 he signed with the University of Texas where he became an All-American with his photo on the cover of Life magazine. Poage
was a 2nd round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings as a tight end in
1963. He was 6”4” and weighed 208 pounds. Poage went on to
play for the Philadelphia Eagles (1964-6), New Orleans Saints (1967-70)
and the Atlanta Falcons (1971). worRetiring from football Poage joined a brokerage firm where Marks worked. He later moved to the Coors Brewing Company’s Houston distributor. Regretfully, Poage died a tragic death at age 57.
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.
JOHN PAUL STANFORD
(1941- 2017) beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather passed
into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September
5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. He was born April 10, 1941, in
Navasota, Texas to William McIntyre (Bill) Stanford and Mary Stanford
Shatto. His father was killed in the Normandy Invasion in France
in 1944, and he was raised by his mother. He joined the United
States Marines in 1961, where he served in the Vietnam War from
1962-1965. Following the war, he completed his undergraduate
degree in Psychology at the University of Houston. He then
attended the University of Houston School of Law where he graduated in
1973. He also obtained his CPA during this time. He
specialized in tax law. John served with a variety of companies
using his expertise in tax law. In 1987, he joined the AGIP
Petroleum Co. as the Tax Manager, and continued working for AGIP until
they outsourced the tax department. He then worked for Conklin
Hruzek CPA firm before being recruited by the Mitchell Family
Corporation where he managed the George Mitchell account until his
death. He had a strong work ethic and loved what he did.
faith was important to him. He was a member of Cypress United
Methodist Church where he served our Lord by ushering. He served
on the Finance Committee as Treasurer, and taught classes in Financial
deeply loved his family. He was a dedicated father and husband who
instilled in his children values, morals, and ethics. John loved his
country, and wore his Marine hat proudly. He was a deep thinker and had
a witty sense of humor.
is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Gail. He is also
survived by his 4 children: Kathryn Stanford Jedlicka (Gary),
William (Bill) McIntyre Stanford (Laura), Alice Nance Jansen (Erick),
and Emily Nance Fitts (Brian), brother William (Billy) McIntyre
Stanford (Mary) and granddaughters, Ayla Jansen and Samantha Jansen.
will be at the Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd Houston, Texas
77065 on September 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Services
will be held at Cypress United Methodist Church on September 11, 2017
at 1:00 pm. Dr. Tony McCollum will officiate. Following the
service there will be a reception in Fellowship Hall.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cypress United Methodist
Church 13403 Cypress North Houston, Cypress, Texas 77429, Wounded
Warrior Project, or the American Cancer Society.
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.
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (on-line memorial)
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