Waco Town Crier – August 2020

Wow! Another month has flown by!

Not only did we have to contend with the COVID-19 this past month, but also Hurricane Hanna which hit South Texas. Waco had its share of the virus but we did not get one drop of rain from Hanna. I am sure, if possible, South Texas would have shared some of their moisture with us.

Stay Safe, Stay Sane and Be Kind to one another!

Click here to read the August edition of the Waco Town Crier!

  • History of the Town Crier
  • Regarding the death of Luann Hanna Lund Hunt
  • Regarding the death of Jack Ewing
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Birthdays for August
  • A Neat Idea
  • Show & Tell Featuring Charles “Randy” Turner
  • More from the West Jr. Yellow Jacket
  • Pictures
  • Jokes
  • Six Little Stories

60th Reunion!

Classmates! Spouses! Friends!

The 60th reunion is a GO!! Download the registration form.

Please note the dates are October 6th (evening) and October 7th (morning and evening).

After breakfast on October 7th, there are no scheduled events, except for the Golf Outing, until the dinner that evening. (Tim Latta will lead the golf outing. If you wish to play golf, please contact Tim.)

We have a block of rooms at the Hilton Waco, with a price of $125.00 per night. There are several other hotels in close proximity to the Hilton Waco but we have no contract with them for rooms.

We hope that you and your guest will attend this Reunion. We have tried to keep the cost as low as possible and still provide an enjoyable Mixer Welcoming Evening, a breakfast the second day and enjoyable dinner with music by Ralph Sparks. There will be plenty of space for visiting as our dining room is at the end of the hall.

We encourage you to get your reservation in as soon as possible. Reservations are due by September 1, 2020. The first 10 paid reservations will receive a Door Prize the night of the 7th at the dinner.

Any questions or comments, please contact Robert Wilson or Ken Baker.

We hope you will make e3very effort to come to the 60th reunion. We want to celebrate our early years together and continue our friendships.

P.S. If the reunion is cancelled, all reservation money will be refunded.

Jack Mann Ewing – June 30, 2020

Jack Mann Ewing, Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away on June 30, 2020. His faith has become sight and his hope has been realized. Jack has seen the Savior face to face. He suffered strokes in 2014. As he was recovering, he developed Parkinson’s disease. For many months, Jack’s optimism about his health remained constant and he believed he would one day jog again. 

Jack loved everything Texas. He was born in Waco, Texas on February 28, 1942. He grew up there and would have preferred living all his days in Texas but circumstances took him elsewhere. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University and his first job was staff auditor for Haskins and Sells in Houston. Years following, he worked as an accountant in Waco and for a while, owned an insurance agency there. He moved to Denver, Colorado to work again as an auditor. In 1986, Jack relocated to the Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana area to work for the FDIC as an investigator. 

Jack and wife, Rosalie, made regular spring pilgrimages to Texas hill country. The wildflowers called and they went! There were travels to many other parts of the country, but chasing bluebonnets was their favorite. They were often accompanied by Jack’s special niece, Dee Dee Grierson and husband, Jan, of Georgetown, Texas. 

Jack had a penchant for writing and, coupled with his strong interest in politics, wrote many a “letter to the editor”. His firmly entrenched moral compass inspired much of these writings. Jack self-published a historical novel, “Land of the Laguna Madre”, which was based on actual events that took place in Texas. Before his health declined, Jack was a steadfast member of the Asbury United Methodist Church Care Team. He was personally committed to God and was salt and light for him. Each week he faithfully visited hospitalized and nursing home patients and made them feel special. Sharing God’s love with these folks came easy for Jack, that’s just who he was. For several years he was the much beloved teacher of the Friendship Senior Adult Sunday School Class. 

Jack served his country as a US Marine reservist. 

Preceding Jack in death are his parents, Ocee and Lois Mann Ewing and siblings, Fred Ewing, David Ewing, Florence Davis and Ava Claire Brogden. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Rosalie Lott Ewing of Bossier City; son, Chris Ewing and wife, Heather of Walker, Louisiana and daughter, Kelli Ewing McFadden and husband, Brian of Erda, Utah. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Bailey and Cole Hubbard of Erda and Charlotte and Catherine Ewing of Walker. Other survivors include brother-in-law, Dr. Stan Lott and wife, Johnnye Jo of Alexandria, Louisiana; brother-in-law, Jerry Lott of Sibley, Louisiana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 3200 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111.

You may offer condolences to the family and sign the on-line guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/haughton-la/hill-crest-memorial-funeral-home/4039

Waco Town Crier – July 2020

 

Jeanne Harman has created a July issue that’s bursting with news and information.  Click here to read it

Highlights:

  • Pandemic Habits for Future Use
  • Regarding Allan Myers
  • Updates
  • Regarding the 1957 West Junior Yellow Jacket Journal
  • From Our Graduates
  • A Neat Idea
  • More from West Junior Jackets Journal
  • Medical Corner
  • Unhealthy Habits You Might Be Making
  • Show & Tell Featuring Carolyn Wolf Lloyd
  • July Birthdays
  • Pictures
  • Some Humor

Luann (Hanna) Lund – November 3, 2019

Martha Luann (Hanna) Lund of San Antonio passed away peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Col. (ret) James H Lund. She is survived by her brother, Jim Hanna, two children, Alisann Schweiker and David Lund, as well as 5 grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Luann, Mother, Grandmother, LuLu, Aunt Lu, dear friend. Luann was called by many names and she meant so much to so many people. All those who had the chance to meet Mother, loved her. She was one of those rare people who truly delighted in making others happy. She was the cornerstone of her family; the rock they could all lean on when times were tough or celebrate with during the highs. Although the world will be a poorer place without her, the wonderful memories we share of her remind us we were glad to have had her in our lives.

Luann was born in Meridian and never imagined she would have the opportunity to live all over the world. Jim promised her he would get her back to Texas one day and, after 27 years of marriage and moving, he fulfilled his promise. Although Texas was always where she was from, Mother created a home wherever she went, and there were a lot of destinations in her life. 12 different Air Force bases and 18 total moves in 30 years and she made every new assignment and home an adventure that we all looked forward to taking. Somehow, she effortlessly convinced us that moving from Germany to Montgomery, Alabama, was an upgrade and we never doubted it. Every time we moved, Mother would spend all of the first night getting the kitchen in order so we could have breakfast together as a family the first morning in our new house.

Along with all those moves and address changes came the need of finding a church home and getting involved. Whether as the pianist for a small church outside Athens, Greece, or just keeping her children in line in the pew, Luann being in church and she loved the Lord. Worship for her was a must and there better be some good old fashioned hymn singing involved. And her family was going to be with her celebrating the Lord. Church was never a “do we have to?” but instead a “do we get to?”

Luann’s family was her focus but that title definitely was not limited to the family under the roof or even the large extended family that fell under that giant category of “cousin”; it included anyone who crossed her path. She never met a stranger and treated everyone as a friend she just had not invited to her Christmas Eve party…yet. And though the world was her neighborhood, she had a special place in her heart for her dear friends, and them for her.

As good as a mother and friend as Luann was, those traits could not hold a candle to her strength as a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren: David, Jackson, Mimi, Caroline and James. They gave her energy that put their parents to shame; there was not a playground slide or backyard game that she would not jump right in, even if the slides provided a good laugh for the grandkids when she got stuck. Grandmother would light up when the grandkids came over; her house was an anything goes place full of candy, ice cream and, most of all, unconditional love for them. A sleepover would very easily turn into a weekend at grandmother’s house and she would not have it any other way.

Mother’s passing is a small dark cloud in a sky full of silver linings. Although Alzheimer’s had taken its toll, it could not take away the joy that was evident in her eyes upon seeing her family or friends until the very end. She was kind enough to have taken the time to create great memories that will sustain us through this time of loss and keep her forever in that special place in our hearts that she helped create.

Jackets Journal – May 30, 1957

Jeanne Harman received this from Joe Riley.  Even if you did not attend West Junior, you most likely will recognize several of the names mentioned.  Enjoy. This memorabilia is 63 years old!   Thank you, Joe.  

We celebrate the fact that the members of our Waco High School Class of 1960 came from different Junior High Schools. That blending of people and personalities gave all of us opportunities to expand our friendships and even our views of “our worlds,” such as they were at the time.

This morning, while searching through a file box of old photos and keepsakes, looking for a particular photo,  I ran across my copy of the West Junior High School  “Jackets Journal, May 30, 1957.”

It is 12 pages in length; and like a time capsule, it is fun and interesting, especially the final pages, 9-12, naming all the seniors under “PROPHECY   1970 – WHAT WILL IT BE.”

Thanks to Margaret Baker, Paul Constantine, Jeannine McGinnis, Jack Martiin, Hugh Wilfong and Ralph Klatt, as the authors.

Click on the image to open the Journal in a new window.

Allan L. Myers – May 27, 2020

 

Allan Lloyd Myers, 77, of Bay Village (Ohio) passed away on Wednesday May 27th with his sons by his side. Allan was the loving father of Bradley and Christopher (Jennifer), devoted grandfather to Alexandria, and Samantha. He also leaves behind his sister Martha, sister-in-law Bobbie, and his loving nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife Cynthia, and brother John (Bubba). Allan was an amazingly warm, and compassionate person that never needed a reason to smile.

Allan had a passion for playing golf and loved the special times on the course with his boys. He had a love for all sports but adored his Baylor Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Cleveland Indians. Born and raised in his beloved Waco Texas he moved his young family to Bay Village Ohio where he and Cynthia raised their boys. They brought the heart of Texas to Bay and became an integral part of the community. He loved his wife and family and all of his friends. He was adored and will be missed by all that knew him.

If you would like more information about the celebration of life being held this summer, please email myrickconsulting@gmail.com

Pictures from 2015 Reunion


Left: Allan, Hugh Wilfong, Jack Martin, Pat Payne, Hal Johnson
Below: Hugh, Pat, Jack, Allan
June 2016 – Birthday Present from his boys – US Open

Richard Tooker – March 24, 2020

Richard was born in Waco at the old Providence Hospital on January 5, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father, OW “Bubba” Tooker; mother, Myrtis Applegate, both of Waco; and brother, Thomas W. Tooker of Tyler, TX.

Richard attended South Waco Elementary School, Dean Highland Elementary, North Junior High, and Waco High. At Waco High he was elected the Mayor of Student Government for the Class of 1960. Richard attended Baylor University, majoring in journalism and broadcasting. In 1962, he began a short career as a Top 40 DJ at WACO Radio station. He left the “glamorous” world of radio to work for Paul Meyer at Success Motivation Institute in Waco, planning and executing sales meetings, conferences, and conventions for distributors. In 1970, his career took off in the newly burgeoning field of direct marketing. He learned the business at Direct Mail Corporation of America, then moved to Peoria Il, to work for the first company offering Database Marketing services. The rapid expansion of computers powerful enough to manipulate large quantities of data led to a marketing explosion. Richard became Executive VP of what was at the time a premier database marketing company in the US. He ended his career with Wunderman Data Management in Dallas, part of WPP Group in London, the world’s largest marketing communications company.

An accomplished writer, Richard published one business book entitled, “The Business of Database Marketing”. He also wrote a science fiction novel, “The Titicaca Effect”. Richard lived in Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Peoria, Philadelphia, and Chico, CA, before returning to Waco after he retired in January, 2019. He spent a brief time volunteering with Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, writing the online dog biographies. Richard was a talented artist and he loved to scuba dive.

Richard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Victoria; Aunt Emily Tooker-Blake of Waco; cousins, Max Tooker and Harry Tooker of Waco, Sharon Odell of Richardson, TX; nephew, Todd Tooker of Tyler, TX; and devoted dogs, Peanut and Casper. In lieu of cards or flowers, please make a donation in Richard’s name to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Waco, TX. Due to the circumstances we live in today, there will not be a service at this time, but one may occur in the future. A portion of Richard’s remains will be sent to space on a future SpaceX mission where his capsule will orbit the earth for about two years before re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This is the adventure trip of a lifetime that he gladly would have made during his time on this earth.

Doris Virginia (Thrasher) Gamboa – April 3, 2018

Karon Shinault Jackson who is in charge of phone calls pertaining to our October 2020 reunion, has discovered the fact that another graduate has died. She shares this information:

“I received a reply to my letter to Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa from her son-in-law informing me that she had passed away April 3, 2018, a victim of COPD. Dave Wall wrote that she was survived by two daughters, Jackie (his wife), who just retired from more than 36 years with the postal service and Liz, a doctor at Scott & White in Temple.”