Scott Horne – January 12, 2019

I am sorry to report that Scott Horne passed away this morning.

I received an email from his wife bearing the news. Paula said Scott did not want a funeral but instead, there will be a small gathering in Waco sometime the end of the month or the first of next month. She will be back in touch with me regarding the particulars. Paula said that Scott’s body would be at Waco Memorial in the mausoleum. I will inform you as soon as I become aware of all the plans.

Please remember this family with your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for them. As you are aware, Scott had been ill for quite some time but it is never easy for the final good-bye.

Roy Don Phillips – January 6, 2019

I am sorry to report that Roy Don Phillips has passed away in Kerrville, Tx.

Roy Don had been living in a nursing home in Kerrville following several strokes. He had his final and fatal stroke on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

There will not be a service and no obit is going to be published in the Waco paper. His body is being cremated.

Please remember our fellow graduate, Roy Don Phillips.

Waco Town Crier – January 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 2, 2019.

Memories of Gene Carson

June 20, 1960 – On their first day as Marines, these boys were getting ready to board a bus to the Marine Corp recruiting office in Dallas, Texas.

Pictured are: (l-r) probably the bus driver, Rodney Cross, Edward Hernandez, Gene Carson, Vince Tusa, and Jack Miles.(Gene said Edward Hernandez was a year younger than the rest of them) Gene got out of the Marines four years later on June 19, 1964.

 

(Below)Some pictures of Gene through the years enjoying time with our graduates. Gene was always there, whenever possible.

Updates

Please remember the following graduates who are facing health issues. Forgive me if I have overlooked you so please let me know if you need to be included in the list. Scott Horne, David Peeples, Linda Shelby Lyons, Bob Easter, Betty Vaughan Willis

January Birthdays


4- Malissa Starnes Baugh
5- Dick Tooker
8- Beth Freeman Holiday
10- Betty Luedeker Gatlin
12- Nanci Stiteler Felice
16- Vince Tusa
17- Ken Lipscombe
25- Bernie Regian, Pat Gabler Kemper
26- Don Clyde Blackburn

 

 

 

This month features David Dibb, who says he enjoys writing. For the past 5 years David has written a monthly column for a local Seniors’ newspaper, Golden Life, in Florence, SC. The first 3 years the columns were of a Biblical perspective on seasonal themes or events of current interest. David said after saying all he could think of after four December columns, the columns are now often about what strikes his fancy or in his reading. His column is still called “In Due Season”. (see Proverbs 15:23) For the last 3 years, David has also been writing a front-page article which highlights a local senior in his area.

After our recent WHS reunion in October, David decided to share a bit of Waco’s history with his readers. He sent me a copy of the newspaper with the article. I thought all of you might also be interested in reading about Waco’s past, and I asked David if I could feature him for our SHOW and TELL this month. David was gracious enough to agree and also agreed to share a little of his bio with us. David and his wife, Anita, like to travel and have been doing so for quite some time. At the end of his article, I have included a few of the photos of them on some of their trips. Thanks for sharing with us, David. I guess you can fill in for me when I need help.

Brief Bio on David
After graduating from WHS in 1960, David attended Texas Tech where he earned a B.S. in Textile Technology. While working on that degree, he had a summer job in Pensacola, FL at a Monsanto nylon plant. While living in Pensacola, he attended a small Baptist church where he discovered his need for a Savior ….and also “discovered” Anita. They were married in that very church in 1966 and then both of them returned to Lubbock where he obtained his M.B.A. from Tech. Upon completion of his Masters, David said he then got a “real” job with Monsanto back in Pensacola and for the next 35 years (except for a 4 year stint in the USAF), worked as a process engineer in nylon and polyester fiber manufacturing. He never left Monsanto to work for another company; however, because the textile business underwent a lot of mergers and changes in ownership as it struggled against the economics of overseas competition, he worked for Monsanto, Celanese, Hoechst, and Fiber Industries, in Florida and North Carolina, and finally, Wellman, Inc. in Florence, SC. David retired in 2002.

David and Anita have 3 children. Their daughter, Whitney, is a free-lance management trainer in Germany; their oldest son, Kevin, is an IT specialist with home office in Fayetteville; and their youngest son Brian, after 12 years in the USMC, now works as a project engineer on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico but calls home to Shenandoah, VA. David and Anita are blessed with 8 grandchildren.

David and Anita have always liked to travel. They have spent time in Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam with their daughter. They have been on mission trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. They have time-shared in England and Scotland. Recently, David was brave enough to drive a right-hand Fiat around Ireland after a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. They have driven up the West Coast of the USA, through New England to Prince Edward Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year they joined some friends for a tour of China, where they climbed the Great Wall, entered the tomb of the Terra-Cotta soldiers, visited the Panda breeding center, and cruised the Yangtze River. They often visit the Smoky Mountains National Park (especially in the fall) since it is so near their home in Florence, SC.

For about 35 years, David has been a Bible teacher. Both he and Anita work in several areas of their church but David said that teaching and ministering to a class of about 20 couples is a rewarding use of his time that is provided by retirement.


In Italy

Great Wall of China

Bar Harbor, Maine

In Due Season – December 2018

This is the article that David Dibbs wrote about Waco.
What do outsiders know about your hometown? Around here, Blenheim is known for its ginger ale, and Florence was known for its railroad history and dental services. A few weeks back, I returned to Waco, Texas, for my 58th high school reunion. Having lived at least 1000 miles from Waco for the last 58 years, this was only my second reunion. The dramatic changes in the city since my last visit (our 50th, just 8 years ago) caused me to reflect on what gives a city its personality and reputation.
Waco’s early history is rich with Texas Longhorn cattle drives, Texas Ranger law enforcement, and Indian lore. On an 1850’s map of Mexico to Kansas, the state of Texas is covered with cattle trails that converge on Texas’ northern border at the Chisholm Trail, just below Indian Territory (sometimes called Oklahoma). The objective of the cattle drive was to get the cattle from Texas (or even Mexico), where they were worth about $4 a head, to Kansas, then by rail, back East, where they were worth about $40 a head.
Waco was established in 1849 near a Texas Ranger fort, shortly after the Republic of Texas became our 28th state. It was named for the Hueco Indians, who had a nearby village. One of the main trails on the Chisholm route paralleled the Brazos River until it reached a spot at Waco where the river was shallow enough to drive cattle across. In 1870, a suspension bridge was built across the Brazos, channeling even more traffic, business, and cattle through Waco. Designed by Thomas Griffith, who had completed the first bridge across the Mississippi, and built with materials from the same company that helped construct the Brooklyn Bridge, the Waco Suspension Bridge was so successful that the tolls (5 cents per head of cattle, plus tolls on other traffic) quickly paid off the $141,000 construction cost.
In the 1880’s, Baylor University moved to Waco, and a local pharmacist developed the formulation for Dr. Pepper, capitalizing on the artesian water recently discovered under the city. The next time Waco made national news was May 1953, when one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history hit the area. Cutting a path 1/3 of a mile wide, and with winds of 260mph, the tornado that struck Waco killed 114 people and demolished 1600 homes and other structures.
But in 1993, there was a surreal event that re-defined Waco to many Americans. A religious cult calling themselves the “Branch Davidians” who had been living in a compound outside Waco since 1962, came under FBI scrutiny due to their reported weapons collection and the number of women and children possibly held against their will. Their leader, David Koresh, who claimed to be a Messianic prophet, refused to allow the FBI to enter the compound, and several weeks of “negotiation” ensued. Then the well-armed ATF Hostage Rescue Team got involved, and on April 19, impatient and embarrassed by the drawn-out lack of results, they attacked the compound with tanks and tear gas. Fires and gunshots broke out inside the compound, all captured on national TV, and in the end at least 80 died, including 25 children and 4 ATF agents. From that moment, many Americans pronounced Waco, “Wack-o”.
Then in 2013, the national TV exposure that had helped bring Waco’s image down became instrumental in building it back up. Chip and Joanna Gaines launched their Fixer-Upper series on HGTV in May 2013, and America (and the world) fell in love with this quirky, talented, loving, and driven couple. Over 5 years, their 79 episodes have not only changed solid old houses into beautiful new homes, it has shown off the down-to-earth honesty, unselfish family values, and productive work ethic that I know to be typical in Texas. Their retail complex in the Waco historical district, near the old suspension bridge and the Dr. Pepper Museum, includes The Silos, which sells clothing and Joanna-style home décor, a restaurant, and a bakery. And like the bridge 145 years ago, it’s bringing more commerce and travelers to this popular crossroads on the Brazos River.
In her book, The Magnolia Story, Joanna says she has listened to God’s guidance for many of her life-changing and business-changing decisions. Their “all in” approach to any project reminds me of this Biblical admonition: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Col 3:23

Pictures of Graduates

Betty Barkley Flowers and Tom Flowers
at Sweet Sounds, benefiting Meals on Wheels
Photo by Joy Pruitt


Glenn Hurta and Janet Hurta at Waco Symphony Concert with Chris Botti
Photo by Michael Bancale

Gene Carson – November 21, 2018


I have just received word from JoAnn Carson that Gene Carson has died.

From JoAnn Carson –
“Wanted you to know that Gene died on Wednesday, 11/21. He had been in hospital more than a month and tried hard to beat it but was just so tired. Gene always loved coming to Waco for the lunches to see old friends. He will be buried at DFW National Cemetery in about 2 to 3 weeks. I will let you know when I get the final word. Thanks for being such a good friend to Gene.”

UPDATE:
Eugene “Gene” Carson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Arlington, Texas, at the age of 78.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (at alz.org), or the charity of your choice.

Gene was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Hope, Ark., to George Davis Carson and Roy Sue Culp Carson. Gene was a fun-loving guy with an infectious laugh. He enjoyed going to his Tuesday Breakfast Club events and poker night with “the guys.”

SURVIVORS: Wife, JoAnn Carson; daughter, Suzanne FitzGibbon and husband, Mike; son, Eric; four grandchildren; and brother, James.

NEPTUNE SOCIETY OF DFW North Richland Hills, 817-838-5100 View and sign guestbook at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries

Barton Zachary – October 1, 2018

Wallace Barton Zachry, Jr., known as Barton, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018, after a short illness. Services will be 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.

Barton graduated from Waco High School in 1960 and served honorably in the United States Army, after which he had a successful career in the tech industry. After working in Kansas for a while, Barton and his wife returned to Texas and lived in Arlington. They moved back to Waco last year. Anyone who knew him knows he loved a high stakes game of poker, or a no stakes game for that matter. He was also an avid reader, with a large collection of books, mostly westerns and mysteries.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his son, Pat Maxwell; his daughters, Denis Rogers, Kathy Baldwin and Jeannie Ryan; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister, Lynn Reiman; his brother, Pat; his nephew, Josh Zachry; his nieces, Marra McElroy and Meredith Knight; four grand nephews; and one grand niece.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Disabled American Veterans. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall”

Harold Dean Jobe – September 14, 2018

Harold Dean Jobe, 76, of Robinson, passed away in his home, September 14, 2018, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at First Baptist Church of Robinson, 104 E Stegall Dr, Robinson, with Pastor Brooks Kimmey officiating. Burial will follow at Robinson Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco. Harold Dean was born March 3, 1942 in Waco, TX. He graduated from China Spring High School and later received a 4-year degree from TSTC as a machinist. Harold Dean married the love of his life, Lois Whitley, on December 14, 1963. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Robinson. He was a beloved husband, father, and papa, and will be missed by all.Harold Dean is survived by his wife, Lois Jobe, of Robinson; son, Larry Jobe and wife, Angie, of Eddy; son, David Jobe and wife, Lori, of Eddy; grandkids, Mike and Ashley Myers, Mark and Kayla Farwell, Caitlin Jobe, Justin and Debanhi Jobe, and Megan Jobe; nine great-grandkids; and one sister, Elaine Yarbrough. Online guestbook. Sign the Guest Book

Note from Jeanne Harman: In his younger years, Harold Jobe went to school with several of our WHS graduates. I know Harold was in the 6th grade at Crestview Elementary around 1954/1955. He graduated from West Junior High School in 1957 as I ran across a list of the graduating class not too long ago.

Waco Town Crier – August 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on August 1, 2018.

Upcoming Reunion

I sincerely hope you will plan to come to the reunion. We are getting older every day and cannot be sure we will have the chance to visit with graduates again. The event is only about 2 months away. Get on board and register. Here’s the registration form. Malissa awaits!

Please help if you have any information on these graduates:
Contact: Bob Easter or Malissa (Starnes) Baugh

Grover & Sandra Rogers
Linda Ann Bailey Embry
Marian Lee Barnes Carson
Donald Allen Cook
Linda Marie Davis Rachui
Carole Fisher Clingman
M. Louann Hanna Lund
Bobby Hurst
Malachi J. Kelley
Anna Louise Logan
C. Tom Lowrey
Gerry Anne Parke Markham
Maxcine Reppold Moss
Mary Ann Scott Honea
Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa
Douglas Harris
Leland Howard
Mary Pact Hogan
Ellen Conway Buckner
Guy Mitchell Collins, Jr
David Haferkamp-
Linda Lord Gentry
Linda Davis Rachui
Zeda Cosper Hopkins
Eugene Gaisser
John Danzeiser

Early Birds who have already registered:

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
James and Gia Coone
Howard Dudgeon
Bob and Carolyn Easter
Janice Massengale Foster
(Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Betty Luedeker Gatlin
Jeanne Holland Harman
Anitra Harrell Henrion
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Kay Albright Hofer
Karon Shinault Jackson
(Brunch only)
George and Glenda Karahal
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink
Cathey White Land
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Tim Lasseter Latta
Mickey and Melody Lavy
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
Pat and Carol Malone
Bill and Jeanette Markum
Dorothy Bryan McCook
Linda (Phelps) and James McKee
Mary Beth (Cash) and Don McMahon
David and Janie McPhail
Jim Monnig
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
John (Moon) Mullen and Guest
Judith Hamff Murphy
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Gary and Donna Roberts
(Donna Brunch only)
Terrell Reagan
(Wednesday evening only)
David and Lesley Rosen
(Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Kay (Phillips) and Ralph Sparks
Carolyn Taylor (Rayburn)
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler
Vince and Betty Tusa
Nena (Hunt) and Bob Wallace
Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt
(Brunch only)
Bev Murphy Wells
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson
(Wednesday evening only)

From Our Graduates

Last month, Mickey Lavy asked: “Why is there air?”
Answer: In 1965 Bill Cosby (not yet on TV) proclaimed that, There’s air to blow up volley balls, there’s air to blow up basketballs.”

**Side note from the editor: “Hmmm- my guess would have been: So the politicians could speak– since they all seem to be full of nothing but hot air.”

Updates

Bob Easter fell on Thursday afternoon July 12th, hit his head, had a concussion, and eventually had to get a pacemaker. Here is his account of the incident:
“After falling and not having any knowledge of the fall, I stayed in ER for 18 hours, lots of tests for bleeding brain and then decision to install pacemaker to prevent future falls. Saturday morning, July 14, Dr. David Kessler installed a pacemaker. Went home Saturday afternoon. Felt drained emotionally and physically. Not ready to go dancing if you know what I mean. The only issue is my head where I fell. It is still tender and has a raised area. That will go down soon. Carolyn is telling everyone ‘See I told you he was hardheaded.’

“I am taking it easy and plan to watch the recovery time carefully. I also know the emotional part of the head injury will resolve, as little things seem to bother me.

“Now, go tell someone you love them, not at a glance but look them in the eyes and say it slowly. We all need tender loving care. Thank you for your love and concern.”

August Birthdays


3- Angie (Plemons) Lehman
4- LouAnn (Hilton) Brady
9- Mary Frances Rodriquez
19- Dill Bailey
21- Charlotte (Suttle) Kleibrink
22- Pat (McGlaughn) Dooley
27- Bonnie (Burson) Chapman
29- Aubrey Stringer

Show and Tell – Sondi (Nelson) Pace

I began playing the violin in 1950 when we still lived in Kansas. Upon moving to Waco in 1952, I continued lessons and training, and was fortunate to play regularly at Austin Avenue Methodist Church and 2nd chair with the Waco Symphony during my teenage years. After taking a bit of time off during college and child-bearing years, I began playing again with our church orchestra, First Baptist of Richardson, and continued for 30 years. We were blessed with the opportunity to present The Easter Story to the community for all this time, to play at the Myers Concert Hall in Dallas, and to tour Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1990 playing concerts.

When we moved to Fairview (near McKinney), I was privileged to play with their church orchestra for many years. Following that, I played with the Dallas Praise Orchestra all around the Metroplex area. My involvement now is mainly “fiddling” with the tiny country church near our lake cabin in Oklahoma.

Other highlights of my life have been the opportunity of working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 24 years, serving in the Dallas, Regional and State offices, doing event planning for hundreds of athletes, supporters and staff, and serving on their National Board of Directors. I was also wedding coordinator for our church for several years, was involved in Camp Fire for over 50 years, working with kids and including service on the Local and National Boards of Directors.

We are the proud parents of two lovely daughters and four grandchildren … the oldest two grandsons are married and living in Nashville and NW Arkansas. Our granddaughter is married to an Irving police officer and teaching 4th grade in Mansfield. Youngest grandson is attending SFA in Nacogdoches and playing baseball.

Ray (class of ’59) and I have been blessed beyond belief … have travelled extensively and, on August 18, will celebrate 56 years of adventure! (58 years if you count the two years we dated and were engaged.)

Would love to list all of the Waco friends from the classes of ’59, ’60 and ’61 who meant so much to us, but am sure I would leave someone out. So to all of you: thanks for the memories and God bless!

Pictures

What a difference 70 years makes. Below is a picture of 1st grade – Ms. Bailey’s room- at Dean-Highland Elementary. Aubrey Stringer and Linda Shelby started first grade together in 1948. Aubrey is 4th from the left on the top row. Linda is 3rd from the left on the middle row.


(Can you recognize any of the others? Hint: Marvin Schutza, Vic Anderson, Rayburn Taylor, Poppy Early, Susan Stringer, Melissa Snell, Bobby Willingham, Malissa Starnes, Sharon McCarthy, Crozier Brown)

This new picture was taken a few days ago on July 29, 2018 — some 70 years later. Aubrey and Linda have not changed very much in all those years, have they?

“Make new friends but keep the old…
One is silver, the other is gold.”

Special Edition – Remembering Jack Martin

As Jack and I used to say- “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”  Well, Life surely interrupted our plans!!

After 4 years of dating long-distance from San Antonio to Waco, Jack had only moved back to Waco 4 months before he got sick. Much of that time was spent unpacking. Any of you who have downsized know how time consuming and exhausting that chore is. Jack moved from a home that he had lived in for 40 years so you can just imagine the work that it took to get the job accomplished.

Jack moved to Waco on August 11, 2017. On December 10, 2017, he had his first symptoms that anything was wrong when he experienced what the doctor thought was reflux. Jack found out on January 2, 2018, that he had pancreatic cancer. Everything Jack did to fight this terrible tumor seemed to fail. He was unable to have the Whipple surgery due to the fact that the cancer had spread to his liver. All chemo treatments that he tried were unsuccessful. He eventually lost his battle with this horrible disease on July 7th, 2018. I never heard Jack complain about his situation….he would only say he was tired and that his back hurt. He explained to me that the cancer was taking all the nutrients from his body.

There have been so many comments from our graduates that I am doing a special edition of Remembering Jack. I have cried buckets and I am going to miss him so very much. Thank you all for your many consoling cards and comments to me. It really helps to know others are thinking of you during times like this. Also, thank all of you who came to the Memorial Service in Waco and to the graveside in San Antonio to show your respects for Jack. I was truly blessed to have known Jack and to have gotten reconnected with him back in 2013. He was an incredible man and he leaves such a positive impact upon my life.

Jack’s family put together a wonderful slideshow that was presented during the luncheon that followed the Waco Memorial service. The link is below. It gives a little insight to Jack’s wonderful life. As one of Jack’s friends said, “Heaven will receive no finer Christian than Jack.” Truer words were never spoken.

Click HERE to view a slideshow that commemorates Jack’s life.

To read comments from our graduates, please click on the blurb button at the top of this post.

— Jeanne Harmon

Picture of Jack with some of his running buddies at our 2015 reunion: (l-r) Allan Myers, Hugh Wilfong, Jack Martin, Pat Payne, Hal Johnson

 

Stephen Thomas Brown

This is not the first time I have had to post more than one obit in the same day. It is also not the first time that we have had funerals for two graduates on the same day.   I really hate to be the bearer of more bad news but I guess it is just a sign of our ages.

Here is the obit for Stephen Brown.  I do not know any of the particulars on Stephen’s death, either.

Bill Walselben

I regret to report that we have lost another graduate- Bill Walsleben.

I do not know any of the details but last night Pat McGlaughn Dooley informed me of his passing. I was able to locate his obit this morning.

The picture on the left is from 1960; the one on the right is from 2018.