Franklin Daniel Neel – April 29, 2019

Mr. Franklin Daniel Neel, 77, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019 in Waco. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors. Inturnment will be at a later date in D/FW National Cemetery.

Franklin was born on July 8, 1941 to Oscar William and Mozelle (Hastings) Neel in Jonesboro, Texas. He was a former resident of Arlington prior to moving to Waco in 2004. Franklin graduated from Waco High in 1961. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until 1965. He was awarded for sharp shooter and special service as an aircraft mechanic. Franklin retired from General Motors / Jack Cooper 1989, where he worked as a mechanic. His favorite hobby was repairing televisions, loved watching the Green Bay Packers, and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Everyone loved him, and he never met a stranger. His favorite pastime was drinking coffee with his buddies at Starbucks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rebecca Gay Neel; brothers, Bill, Raymond, Oscar Jr., sister, Mazelle Hough.

Survivors include his children: Gina Neel George and husband, Jerry of Waco, Lynda Sudderth of Fort Worth, Sombronah Koelmel of Beeville, Andrew Carter of Maryville, Kansas, Donald Carter of Arlington, and Rebecca Wilson of Wylie; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and sister, Dorothy Williams of McGregor, Former wife, Connie Harwell mother of Gina Neel George.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Interim Hospice Sheri Fisk and Dwana Montgomery for the care given to Frank Neel during his last days.

Tom Chambless – April 13, 2019

Tom Chambless born May 14, 1942 died Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the age of 76. Tom was a graduate of Waco High School and UNT with a B.S. in education and a M. Ed in School Administration. He was a teacher in the Birdville I.S.D., a teacher and principal in Everman I.S.D., and a teacher and counselor in Granbury I.S.D. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha Kathryn Chambless.

SURVIVORS: Wife, Thylis; sister, Carolyn Zachry; sister-in-law, Roberta Broussard (Roy); nephews, David Broussard (Alisa) and Pat Maxwell (Karen); and nieces, Dianna Broussard, Denise Rogers, Jeannie Ryan (Brendan) and Kathy Baldwin.

Donald W. Hogue, Husband of Elta Anne Owen Hogue

It is with a heavy heart I write to you inform you of the passing of our friend and neighbor, Donald W. Hogue. He passed away the morning of April 9, 2019.

God’s light showed brightly through Don, his passion for Christ was evident to all who knew him.

He was well known in the Aledo community as a smiling face at The Bearcat Valero and as our neighbor and friend in Deer Creek Plantation.

In lieu of flowers the family ask for you to consider a donation to The Flourishing Tree Pregancy Resource Center in Aledo.

Tom Murphy, husband of Judith Hamff Murphy

Judith Hamff Murphy informed Facebook that her beloved husband, Tom, died on Friday, March 15th. Here was her post:

“Last Friday afternoon I lost my dear husband Tom. The last 10 months have been rough for Tom, nevertheless he was looking forward to the prospects of a new heart device to buy himself some more good, active years–but it was not to be.

Tom enjoyed life at its fullest. He played singles tennis into his 70s, loved the beach and the sun, enjoyed almost all performance arts and museums all over the world. In our retirement years we were fortunate to travel to six continents and 50 states. He was a life-long UT-Longhorn, graduating in 1964. We attended the local alumni gatherings for many years.

Tom was a poster guy for heart disease meets modern medical technology. He had a quadruple bypass when he was 48, a heart attack at 53, various stents and angiograms. For the past 15 years he has had implanted defibrillation devices. Of course, various pharmaceuticals were part of his life too. He had several close calls–but Friday afternoon his time ran out. Jason, Rachel and I were with him when he died.”

Waco Town Crier – March 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on February 28, 2019.

I want to begin with something I found to be very moving- especially because of our current age. Thanks to Crozier Brown and Bob Easter for sharing. I think we all can relate. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we three did.
Clint Eastwood and Toby Keith video

From Our Graduates

“I really appreciate everyone’s thoughts, prayers, and cards. Thank you.”
– Linda Shelby Lyons

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“The passing of Gene Carson reminded me of a couple interesting things we accomplished while attending WHS. The fall of ’59 with the upcoming football game against Temple we thought of a brilliant sign to display during halftime. Myself, Gene C, Barton Z, Bob Willingham and some others I have forgotten made a sign out sheets sewn together that read Beat the Living H_ _ _ out of Temple. We purposely left out the “ell” thinking this would eliminate any repercussions. Wrong. The following Monday all of us were called to Mr. Ware’s office (what a stuffed shirt). He explained that he was appalled at this conduct and it brought embarrassment to WHS and the entire city. We all laughed. I stated ” I guess if we had won we would not be standing here” His final statement was “all of you are expelled for 2 days”.  As we were leaving Gene stated “let’s go get some beer.”

Carson, Willingham, Zachary, myself, and even Martin (1 time) would travel to Perry TX and purchase adult beverages to be sold in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Franklin Ave. The only time Martin went he was wearing spirit ribbon (remember those) and the owner of the store asked him to leave.

My apologizes to those who might have participated in these accomplishments and were not mentioned. I can only remember so much.

It was all in fun. I mean why in the hell were we teenagers for anyway?”
Gig’em
– Hal Johnson

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“Mimi and I took a trip to Los Angeles, recently. I went and worked out at the Wild Card Boxing Club and had the experience of meeting Freddie Roach. Those who follow boxing know him as a famous trainer who trains Manny Paquiao and has trained other world champions. Mr. Roach took a shine to Mimi and took us on a tour of his private gym. We met some of his pros and had a really good time.

Christmas we went up to Denver and visited with some of the kids. We saw a really great performance of the Nutcracker by the Denver ballet. Afterward, filled with Christmas spirit, I was singing to Mimi a little Christmas tune. She is cleverly disguising her pain. We returned from L.A. to San Antonio on the train. Our “room” was as big as a closet; everyone needs to experience this kind of travel…..once.

I hope everyone else will send in some stories and pictures as it is really fun for me to hear what people are doing. I hope everyone has a good year.”
– Jim & Mimi Monnig

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“My news for March is that I have to have torn meniscus repaired in same knee which had torn meniscus in 2011…. Looks as if I would learn not to shove heavy antique furniture with my legs!! Never thought of myself as a slow learner!!” -Bonnie Burson

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While digging through some old yellowed scrapbooks, David Dibb ran across this picture that was in the Waco paper on November 8, 1957 (just a “few” years ago). David said he was in Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts with Richard Quick, Crozier Brown and Jerry Causey. This is a picture of David and Richard getting ready to receive their Eagle Scout awards. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts and only about 4-7% of Scouts will pass all requirements for this honor. David is in the center with Richard being on the right.
David says: “I don’t remember if there was a Reptile merit badge, probably just one for Zoology, but I’m sure Richard earned any of the animal-related ones.”
– David Dibb

 

 

 

March Birthdays

 

1- Karen Shinault Jackson (our youngest graduate)
2- Phyllis Brooks
7- Glenn Hurta
8- Lynette Muchow Baugh
11- Charles Ray Miles
14- Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff
16- Jeannie Dickerson
17- Jane Berry Neece
19- David Dibb
23- Mickey Lade Perkins
26- Sandra Wooten Overholser
28- Douglas Crook
31- Stan Lennard and Malachi Kelly

Pictures

Ralph Klatt said his truck is better looking than he is so here are some pictures of his truck and his new abode in North Carolina. They had 22 inches of snow the week before Christmas. This looks like a winter wonderland!! Hmmm, a warm fire, a fluffy lap throw, a good book/movie, lots of food in the house, maybe a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate or hot toddy…. Nice!

Linda Shelby Lyons

This month features Linda Sue Shelby Lyons. I first met Linda in the second grade at Dean Highland. She also attended Crestview Elementary, West Junior, and Waco High. She is a very soft spoken individual with the kindest heart I have ever known. About the only thing she will kill is an insect or spider, and she does that with reluctance. She would not think of killing a mouse or a rat, but her cats usually take care of those. One time she killed a snake that got into her house, but she said she regretted it and never planned to kill another. All the stray cats around her area have gotten the word out that Linda will feed them and give them a home. Currently she has two cats- Jet and Dusty. Since about 1980, Linda has lived and homesteaded 8 acres in Crawford, TX. She tends to this acreage all by herself and feeds all the wild animals that roam near her dwelling- deer, raccoons, possums, foxes— you name it!

After graduation from Waco High, Linda attended SMU for about 1½ years. She dreamed of being a scientist or astronaut but after taking advanced math classes at SMU, she decided she was not smart enough to tackle all the requirements for that profession; therefore, she changed her mind and major. Linda’s mother made her seek a teaching certificate so she would have “something to fall back on”. When Linda’s roommate at SMU married, Linda decided to leave SMU and return to Waco. She enrolled in Baylor University and in 1966 obtained her BA degree in Education with majors in French, English and German.

Linda moved back to Dallas after Baylor graduation and taught high school French and English. She decided that was “not her bag” so once again she returned to Waco in approximately 1968/69. She taught Special Education at Midway and at some point in this time-period, she decided she wanted to be an Educational Diagnostician. In 1975 she earned her MS degree from Baylor and was hired by McLennan County Department of Education. Later this company changed its name to Rio Brazos Education Co Op. Rio Brazos included several rural schools in McLennan County. Linda semi-retired from Rio Brazos Co Op in 2004 when she went on half-time retirement and in 2006 she took full retirement.

Regarding Linda’s talents, they are very varied. She first started painting when she was 10 years old after taking some private lessons. The two larger paintings shown below were done in about 1960. The little paintings of the children were done in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. She has painted some other things but gave them away to a friend.


Linda first became interested in stained glass after she saw an advertisement for classes at a junior college in Dallas in the late 1960’s. Once a week she drove to Dallas for these classes. Her first piece was “Johnathan Livingston Seagull” because she loved the book, the movie, and Neil Diamond’s musical score for the movie. Later, she took classes at Stanton Glass Studio in downtown Waco. Over the years, Stanton Glass has become very famous in the state of Texas. In addition to her classes at Stanton Glass, Linda also took a few classes from an individual lady who lived in West, Texas. When this lady decided to close her business, Linda purchased a lot of the lady’s inventory of glass. Linda said she got her inspiration for her stained glass pieces mainly from her own imagination. However, the heart that is pictured was made after she saw a picture in a magazine. Linda learned both methods of lead came and copper foil. In the process of creating her stained glass, Linda found the cutting of the glass to be the hardest thing to do.

Linda is divorced and has one daughter, Diana Waggoner, who is married to Mark Waggoner. Mark was made famous in Waco as the athletic director/coach at Reicher High School for 20 years and led his teams to 4 State Championships in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009. Mark is now Athletic Director/head football coach for Hamshire-Fannett near Beaumont, Tx. Linda has two grandsons, Blake and Blaine.

Linda says she does not have a proper workshop in which she can currently create stained glass so she no longer practices this type of art. Plus, she said she is no longer motivated to paint. From personal experience, I can attest that Linda very much likes to visit quilt shows and quilt shops as she is my “running buddy” for those. She has a stash of fabrics and patterns for lots of projects. We will just have to wait and see what her imagination will inspire her to do next.

Charles Nunn, Husband of Sherry Robertson Nunn

I am sad to report that Sherry Robertson Nunn’s husband, Charles Nunn, has died. Charles had been ill for quite some time. They used to attend our quarterly luncheons until his health would no longer allow it. Please remember Sherry and her family during this transition in their lives without Charles.

 

 

Charles Jackson Nunn
August 29, 1939 – February 12, 2019

Charles Jackson Nunn, 79, of Waco passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Providence Hospital. Services will be Friday, February 15 at 2 pm at Highland Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Wible officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, February 14 from 6 to 8 pm at OakCrest Funeral Home.

Charles was born August 29, 1939 in Ben Wheeler, Texas to William Rufus and Lois Marie Coleman Nunn. He grew up in Waco and in 1958 graduated from University High School where he participated in All State Choir from 1957 to 1958. Charles continued his education at Baylor University earning his Bachelors degrees in accounting and business.

Charles served in the Texas National Guard for 7 years. He served as a Scout Master and as President of the Central Texas Genealogy Society. He was also a member of the Brazos Valley Woodcarvers Association and the Institute of Management Accountants Association.

On July 22, 1961, he married Sherry Robertson. He became a member of Highland Baptist Church and remained one for 57 years and was a former Deacon. He was very proud to have been a multi gallon blood donor, which he began doing when he was a teenager.

Charles retired from WISD as Chief Accountant. He also worked during his lifetime at General Tire and Rubber Company, 7-11 Stores, the Baylor Accounting Office and EOAC.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roscoe Nunn.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of nearly 58 years, Sharon Evon (Sherry) Robertson Nunn; son, Tracey Aaron Nunn; grandson, Jonathan Aaron Nunn; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Vickki Nunn McCarthy; brothers, William Travis Nunn and wife, Gayle, and Donald Ray Nunn and wife, Connie; sister-in-law, Cyndie Nunn (wife of Roscoe); brother-in-law, Ronald G. Robertson and wife, Shirley; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

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.

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”