Waco Town Crier – June 2024

The month of May has surely done wonders for Lake Waco. There has been so much rain in Texas they had to let water out of Lake Waco. Last year a drought….this year things are flooded. Texas weather- never a dull moment!

A few of our graduates have been in some of the bad weather that has hit Texas. Cathey White Land and her husband experienced some yard, fence and tree damage in the fierce winds that Houston experienced. They were out of power but fortunately had a generator.  

Malissa Ruth Starnes Baugh and her husband experienced tree, fence and yard damage in the Temple tornado. They were without power for several days. The Texas heat and humidity is pretty miserable without power. The great thing is neither of the houses were damaged nor were their families.

Sharon McCarthy Odell had a lot of tree damage in her area during the storms that went through the Dallas area only a few days ago. Her house was also spared.

All of you who live in the Houston, Temple, Dallas area from whom we have not heard, we hope you have had no damage or minimal damage only. Any damage is disturbing…especially at our ages. Thank heavens we have not heard of any lives of our graduates who were harmed from the storms. However, more severe storms are expected tonight and tomorrow ……so keep your fingers crossed and pray for all in harm’s way!

The June 2024 Crier is linked here.   Contents this month include:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Upon Meeting Famous People
  • Memories of the May 11, 1953 Tornado by Howard Dudgeon
  • Updates
  • June Birthdays
  • Did You Know?
  • Some Uses of Dawn Dish Soap that have Nothing to do with Dishes
  • Humor

Please enjoy and continue to let us know how you are, where you might have been, or any news you would like to share. We want to hear from you.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Note:  This month’s picture of Omaha Beach in Normandy is from Elizabeth Bentley’s personal library.  May we always remember what Freedom cost that fateful day in June 1944.

Waco Town Crier – May 2024

It is time already for another issue of the Town Crier.

I hope all of you have escaped the bad weather that has been rolling through the good ole USA. Wacoans still remember the tornado of 1953 that killed 119 people and left so much destruction. We can surely sympathize with those in Nebraska and Oklahoma and other parts who have recently experienced the devastation of such inclement weather.

Enjoy the May 2024 issue. Please remember to share with us trips you might have taken, memorabilia you might have run across in decluttering or moving, or any items of interest we might enjoy. Your participation helps to make the Crier interesting and remain in existence.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch!

Town Crier Contents:

  • From Our Classmates
  • The Total Eclipse Recap by David Dibb
  • May Birthdays
  • What I Have Learned (1998 publication in Ann Landers’ column)
  • Money Talks News
  • Did You Know? (Howard Dudgeon Trivia)
  • Pictures
  • Medical Humor for Seniors


Waco Town Crier – April 2024

Waco is all abuzz about the Solar Eclipse that is to occur April 8th. We are expecting over 100,000 new folks to our area to experience this sight as we are supposed to have 4 minutes of darkness. The news stations are telling us to gas up our cars and to make sure we have plenty of groceries. All hotel rooms in and around the Waco area are booked. Also, the city is letting the schools have a holiday that day so all the kiddos can experience the event.

Make sure to have your eclipse glasses–we do not want anyone to suffer any eye damage!

Here’s what you’ll find in the April edition of the Town Crier:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Things We Did When We Were Young That We Regret Now
  • Did You Know?
  • Things We Buy But Hardly Ever Use
  • April Birthdays
  • Bluebonnet Pictures
  • Humor

Rodger L. Feldt – March 4, 2024


Rodger L. Felt, age 82, of Katy, Texas, passed away on March 4, 2024. He was born in San Diego, California on February 2, 1942 to Lawrence Willard Felt and Marion Olive Felt. Rodger had a career in oil and gas as an engineer for Shell and Abercrombie before eventually becoming self-employed when he opened Rodel Oil and Gas and Manufactured Pipehandlers. In his free time, he enjoyed writing poems, and cheering on his favorite teams including the Texas A&M Aggies, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Astros.

Rodger was preceded in death by parents, Lawrence and Marion Felt, as well as his son, Bradley R. Felt. He is survived by his wife, Delind Felt; son, Gregory Felt; daughter, Deema Mata and husband, Jeremy Mata; sister, Sally Felt; niece, Sarah Felt; niece, Olivia Mendoza and husband, Kevin Mendoza; grandson, Tyler Felt; grandson, Aidan Felt and his fiance, Temple Trapp; grandson, Mason Mata; and great nephew, Elijah Lee Michaelson Mendoza.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Katy Funeral Home, located at 23350 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77494, to be followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM. A small family graveside service will occur on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Rodger’s final resting place in Waco, Texas.

Tales from 7OAKS

A few months back, Mickey Lavy wrote about his memories of good times with friends at 7OAKS Ranch. The tales are full of humor and Mickey’s included some pictures.

If you’re looking for a way to spend a pleasant hour or so, check out Mickey’s stories.

Tales from 7OAKS

Lynette (Muchow) Baugh –
January 22, 2024


Bev (Murphy) Wells informed me last night around 6:00 pm that Lynette (Muchow) Baugh passed away. Lynette was so faithful to help with all reunions and to attend any WHS function that she could as long as her health permitted.

In early January, Lynette fell and broke her vertebrae and had to be placed on Hospice. She was at home when she died with loved ones by her side: Jarod (Lynette’s husband) Lindy (her daughter) and Chris, (Lindy’s husband).

Lindy and her husband live next door to Jarod and Lynette. They bought the house next door which had belonged to Lindy’s grandmother. Chip and Joanna Gaines did the remodel, and their house was featured on the Fixer Upper TV show several years ago. Lynette and Jarod and whole family were featured in the home at the end of the original airing.

In case this link doesn’t work, it is titled: Hewitt Hideaway, April 10, 2017. Bing Videos


Bev, who was a dear, dear friend of Lynette has offered this wonderful heartfelt tribute for us. 

“Lynette Muchow Baugh and I went to Gurley Elementary together; we met in first grade. Every year our school would have a May Pole dance event and the girls would dress up like butterflies and dance around the May Pole. Lynette was a beautiful butterfly and now her spirit will continue on in my memory as a beautiful butterfly.

Lynette passed away this evening, Monday, January 22, 2024. She would have turned 82 on March 8th.

Lynette was a loving wife to Jarod, who loved her dearly, and she loved her three beautiful daughters (Leann, Lorie and Lindy), and her grand-children, and her little dog, Buddy. Lynette loved the wide-open spaces of their farm and would even help mow the acreage from time to time and enjoyed doing it. Lindy and Chris lived next door to Lynette and Jarod and that gave Lynette and Jarod great comfort.

Jarod had built Lynette a beautiful guest home right behind their home where guests would stay when visiting. It was decorated retro and was almost like a museum. She knew every detail about every item in that home. It brought back a lot of historical memories for me.

When we were girls in high school, she worked at McCory’s and I worked at Kresses both on Austin Avenue, right across from each other. We were making 50 cents an hour and thought we were rich!

Lynette was a historian. She was involved as a docent at the Earle-Napier-Kinnard House but was involved in some of the other historic homes too. She knew a lot about Waco history too. It was amazing how much history she remembered and related. Lynette was involved in other ladies groups including her sorority and other functions and involved in her church.

When I would visit Lynette and Jarod, we would watch old war movies or westerns together…what fun! Lynette was a great cook and one of her specialties was marinated pork tenderloin with vegetables, sooo yummy! And, she made a great banana pudding (nothing boxed, all from scratch) too! She would get up early and have breakfast for her guests. A true B&B! She loved having her guests visit.

I was so thankful that I got to see Lynette in October. She just hugged me and called out my name. What a thrill that was!

So my dear friend, Lynette, you will live in my heart and memory. And, some day, we will see each other again! I have no doubt that she is with her Lord! Please keep Jarod and their family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Jane (Rogers) Turner – October 22, 2022


Graveside service for Rita Jane Rogers Turner, 80, of Ferriday, LA were held at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Friday, October 7 at 10 AM, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Mrs. Turner was born in Waco, Texas on April 7th, 1942, to Harold Rogers and Hazel Rogers. She passed away on October 2, 2022 in Ferriday, LA. Jane graduated from Waco High School in Waco, TX. After High School, she attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX. She was a Kilgore Rangerette and danced in the 1961 & 1962 Cotton Bowls. Jane was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family, entertaining friends, and traveling with her husband, who competed in cutting horse events in the rodeo circuit. She also enjoyed gardening, tennis, and was a member of Sevier Methodist Memorial Church and the Panola Woods Country Club. She judged the South Natchez Colonial Ladies Try Outs and Co-Sponsored the Huntington Canine Cuties Dance Team with Penny Daye.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Rogers and Hazel Rogers, and her husband, Harry Arch “Sonny” Turner.

Mrs. Turner is survived by her son, Blake Turner and wife Elizabeth of Natchez, MS; daughter, Jill Turner Clark and husband Roger of Rogers, AR; grandchildren, Brittany Funderburg Rogel and husband Zach, Brooks Elizabeth Turner, and Megan Jones King; great grandchildren, James Campbell “Camp” Blunschi, Collins and Chloe Rogel, and Kaylee King; sister-in-law, Charlaine Turner Yerger of Tallulah, LA; brother-in-law, Charles “Bo” Edward Turner and wife Melody of Chattanooga, TN; and nieces and nephews, Nina Charlaine Yerger, Jason Arch Yerger,Jonathon “JT” Turner, and Rachel Turner.

Honorary Pallbearers were Camp Blunschi, Jason Arch Turner, Jonathon Turner, and Max Mullins, JR.

For additional pictures

63rd Reunion Recap


To enjoy photos of the reunion, please click here!

The pictures were taken by Janie McPhail, Linda Phelps McKee, Tommye Blair Toler and Bev Murphy Wells. I hope this attachment is not too large to reach you.

Bev Murphy Wells came the farthest as she traveled all the way from The Villages, Florida. Bev is one of our world travelers who usually makes every reunion event. Folks came from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Ft. Worth, Georgetown, Meridian, Temple, and all around the Waco area. Larry McMurray and Neysa were in attendance. Larry had a triple bypass only 9 weeks earlier and seems to be doing great with his recovery. Jim Monnig had to cancel because he still works and was involved with a big trial. Some of our graduates were on walkers, one had a broken toe, some had bad backs and feet…. but that did not stop any of us from the fun and fellowship with our classmates.

You were missed if you did not get to come ..and we might have talked about you! All good, of course.

Waco Town Crier – September 2023

Whew! After two months, Waco got a little rain last evening. Only 1/2 inch was registered at my house, but it was so wonderful to have ANY moisture falling from the sky. The Waco area has had 55 days of triple-digit temperatures with 105.6 being the average temp for the month of August. The extreme heat is wearing on the nerves of just about everyone–and I might be at the head of the list.!! Waco is still under water restrictions because the lake is still very deficient. Here’s hoping for a wet fall.

Attached in document form is the September 2023 issue of the Town Crier. A huge thanks to all who have contributed to stories, articles, and pictures. Your participation surely makes the Crier more interesting.

Do not forget the upcoming Reunion on October 10 of the WHS ’60 class. A blast about a new class directory will be sent soon. David Dibb is doing such a GREAT JOB, and our class is so lucky to have him heading up the task of keeping it current.

Stay cool, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Contents of September issue:

  • Regarding the Visitation and Funeral for Bob Easter
  • From Our Graduates
  • My Latest Misadventure by Judith Hamff Murphy
  • Did You Know
  • Updates
  • September Birthdays
  • Interesting Information according to The Frugal Expat
  • Pictures
  • Humor