Perry Head – Feburary 18, 2021

Perry Head, 79, of Gatesville, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021, in Waco.

Perry was born on April 24, 1941, in Waco, to the late William Perry and Willie Stelle Head. He grew up in Waco and graduated from Waco High School in 1960. He worked at Hercules in McGregor for many years, until he opened Unique Machine Shop in 1977, in Oglesby. He was married to Dolores Saffle Head for 25 years, until she preceded him in death. He later married Phyllis Caldwell Gellasch on June 18, 1994. For many years, he coached girls’ softball and was instrumental in bringing the softball program to Gatesville High School. He loved fishing, especially in south Texas and Mexico, hunting and the outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time on his ranch with his cattle and watching his grandchildren’s sporting activities. Perry supported his community and in 2009 was honored with having the Coryell County Youth Fair dedicated to him. He was very generous, patriotic, loving and “loved life” in general. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Perry had his “own sense of humor” and always wanted a large family to love. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Head; children, Deanna Lueckenotte and husband, Bryan, Trina Chamberlain and husband, Phil, Lisa Carothers and husband, Larry, Tara Jordan and husband, Todd, Richard Gellasch and wife, Jenny; sister, Carolyn Kline and husband, Jerry; grandchildren, Taylor Lueckenotte, Brad Carothers and wife, Amber, Justin Carothers and wife, Whitney, Christopher Erwin and wife, Ashley, Crockett Carothers, Justin Jaynes and wife, Sami, Lacy Gellasch, Taite Gellasch and wife, Kristina, Kipp Gellasch, Ty Jordan, Brookelyn Jordan; great-grandchildren, Curry, Darcy, Brady, Grace, Presley and Bailey Rae; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated memorials be made to the Coryell County Youth Fair, P.O. Box 133, Gatesville, TX 76528.

Aubrey Stringer knew Perry quite well and had used Perry’s machine shop, which Aubrey reports is a very good shop. Aubrey and Perry had taken Industrial Arts in high school from Pop Werner and Fritz Linnstaedter when the shop room was located in the basement of Waco High School.

A funny story that Aubrey related:Aubrey needed some particular metal part, as it was one of two and one had broken. Aubrey had ordered it but it was coming from China and had never gotten here. The China part was going to cost about $300 if and when it would ever arrive. Aubrey decided to take the good part over to Perry to see if Perry could make it. With Perry’s personality he said, “It’s metal, ain’t it? We are a metal shop ain’t we?” (This was just Perry’s humor, not that he did not know how to speak correctly). Therefore, Aubrey left the part there thinking that since it was going to be specially made, it might cost upwards of $300…but when you really need something, sometimes money is no object. When Aubrey went back to pick up the piece, he asked how much he owed. Perry replied, “Nothing, I might need a board cut sometime.”

Aubrey also had another story about Perry. Aubrey told a friend who was needing some metal work done about Perry’s shop. One day, out of the blue, Aubrey opened a letter from Perry that also contained a nice-sized check. It was a “thank you” for the referral which had turned out to be good job for Perry.

David Daniel – February 5, 2021

It seems I always have more bad news than good. I have learned of the death of another graduate. I have no details other than the fact that Glenn Hurta informed me of David’s death this morning (February 12). I am aware that only in the past 10 years, David moved back to Waco. I think he was really enjoying living here.
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David Louis Daniel, of Waco, TX, died on February 5, 2021, at the age of 78.

David, born on August 6, 1942, in Waco, to Reverend Tom and Fay Daniel, was a lifelong educator who dedicated his life to improving public schools and the lives of people with disabilities. From driving a school boat on the Grand Bayou, to sharing his love of flowers as a Master Gardener, even schooling his friends in dominoes, David was a teacher at heart. He was an avid traveler, a tireless volunteer helping with everything from soup kitchens to plant sales, and a passionate Baylor Men’s Basketball and Lady Bears fan. Most importantly, he let friends and family know how very much he loved them.

David is survived by his wife and best friend since college, Fran Daniel; son, James Daniel and wife, Kristy; daughter, Francine Daniel Galko and husband, Joseph; stepchildren, Matt Carter and wife, Amie, Missy James and husband, Steve, Brad Carter and wife, Nancy; sisters, Ann Talley, and Mary McCauley and husband, Don; and diligently-walked shorkie, CJ. He was blessed with 12 beloved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Enrichment) organization 595 S Ragsdale St., Jacksonville, TX 75766. Many thanks to loving neighbors. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Picture from 55th Class Reunion in 2015

Updates

Crozier Brown

First of all let me say: DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT CROZIER. His family has requested that please, no one try to call, email, or text Crozier. He needs all his strength to battle his current issues.

This is the latest report:

Crozier has been moved to the ICU but is not on a ventilator. In the ICU he has his own nurse. Unfortunately, he had a heart attack yesterday but his heart is strong and he sustained only minor damage. Some of his heart problem is from stress and anxiety and that is one of the reasons his son is requesting that his friends restrain from contacting him.
The good news is that his oxygen levels are being maintained in the low 90’s and no longer jerking up and down.

Remembrance Service for Randy Turner

 
From Kathy Turner:
Next Saturday, January 30, we are going to have an informal service for Randy in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, at 11:30 a.m. at the Columbarium where his ashes will be entombed. It will be outside and masks required so if anyone would like to attend they are welcome to come. We would love for any of his Waco friends to be there that feel comfortable attending with the Covid still looming. I don’t have Aubrey Stringer’s or Jim Monnig’s contact information, but if you could notify them and any others you think might want to come I would appreciate it very much.

Cynthia Kirkland Mazza – January 3, 2021

Robert “Little Red” Wilson informed me that Cynthia Kirkland Mazza passed away peacefully at 2:49 a.m. on January 3, 2021. As he stated, “She fought the good fight.” Robert said while living in Waco, he and Cynthia had gone to the same church together since the 3rd grade.

As Cynthia lost her battle, her daughter was holding her hand while other family members were surrounding her. Cynthia’s faith was remarkable and her family was remarkably loving and attentive. Cynthia met Frank during her freshman year at Baylor, they married, and remained sweethearts all these years.

The 50th reunion in 2010 was the last one that Cynthia attended due to different issues.  Here are several pictures of Cynthia enjoying her time with graduates. A pretty smile was always on her face.

Waco Town Crier – January 2021

Jeanne Harman saw this quote online and liked it.  It did not give credit to anyone in particular but she wanted to share it:

This year may we continue to share the genuine friendship that adds happiness and warmth to even the most mundane days.

Here’s the Waco Town Crier. Contents include:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Opportunity to own Picture of the 1960 WHS Student Government
  • January Birthdays
  • Medical Corner
  • Show & Tell Featuring Jeanelle Buida Bolton
  • Humor
  • Suggestion for 2021

Randy Turner – December 19, 2020

“Randy” Turner was born Charles Redding Turner III to Vivian (Hickey) and Charles Redding Turner, Jr. on April 18,1942 in Waco, Texas. Randy passed peacefully from this life into Heaven on December 19, 2020 at 1:34 AM surrounded by his beloved wife Kathy and his daughters, Michelle and Stephanie.

Randy was a direct descendant of Texas earliest pioneers and loved his hometown. He was a proud graduate of Waco High School, Class of 1960. Randy matriculated to the University of Texas in Austin, Plan II to study Architecture but excessive revelry necessitated a transfer to Baylor University.

Within his first week at Baylor, Randy met the love of his life, Kathryn Lea Dunnihoo Young. They were happily married for almost sixty years.

Randy graduated from Baylor University with degrees in Economics and Finance; however, his love of architecture continued as a life-long passion. He became proficient with SketchUp and retained membership in the American Institute of Architects. Randy’s fascination with design influenced his vision as a residential and commercial developer and investor based in Dallas, with many projects across Texas. He served on the boards of several banks and a host of other businesses throughout his career.

Randy’s legacy continues through his devoted daughters, each with husbands who became like sons to him; Michelle (and Richard Unwin) and Stephanie (and Jon Schaeffer). He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, David (and Emily), Alex and Knox; along with great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Luke and James.

Randy will be missed by precious members of his extended family and by an array of special, lifelong friends. We grieve but not without hope.

Some pictures of Randy in happy times with his fellow graduates

Circa 1954 (from Pat Payne) – “Randy sent me this photo from 1954 to use in my essay, “A Waco Boy.” This picture is of our dance class with was our mothers’ idea!