Waco Town Crier – July 2024

The Long Hot Summer has arrived in Waco, Texas. We have been under heat advisories for several days now. The lake is full, the lake parks are closed for the summer due to the flooding, but Waco is still going to restrict our water usage this summer. I guess: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

I talked to Steve Brown who was expected to return to his home in Alto, NM (outside Ruidoso) approximately on June 27. Steve had talked with a neighbor who did not evacuate and got the news that things were safe. The fires were about a mile from his home. This is good news. Also, Kay Phillips Sparks’ son lives in Ruidoso and was spared. We are so sorry for all those who lost their homes and belongings … and some, their lives.

Stay cool, stay healthy, and keep in touch. The Town Crier always welcomes input. A hearty thanks to all who have contributed! It is greatly appreciated.


July 2024 Town Crier Contents

  • From Our Graduates
  • Regarding Tommie Jo Burch Regian
  • Upon Meeting Famous People
  • Ten Most Beautiful Cities in the World
  • Almost Killing Randy Turner by Jim Monnig
  • Updates
  • Blast from the Past
  • July Birthdays
  • Ten “Must See” Landmarks in the USA
  • Humor

Quarterly Luncheon –
June 19th 2024

I attended our quarterly luncheon today. We had about 22-24 folks who attended.

First: I have 2 important announcements to make:

Steve Brown lives in Ruidoso (actually right outside) has been evacuated from his home due to the fires in that area. He and his wife are currently staying in Roswell with friends.

Norma Cissell Smith has been battling cancer for about 20 years. She has been a true fighter!! However, I visited today with Wayne, her husband, who has given me some sad news about her battle.

Norma now has a new type of cancer that is very aggressive and is taking over her body. About 3 weeks ago Norma was placed on Hospice. Norma is at home and only eating some daily Ensure. She also does not hear well anymore, nor does she talk much.
Please keep this dear family in your prayers as these are some especially difficult times they are facing. If you want to send cards, Norma’s contact information is:
308 Dixon Dr.
Hewitt, TX 76643

Cancer is such a terrible disease and I so wish a cure could be found. It has taken away so many of our loved ones.


Click here for pictures from the luncheon.

Tommie Jo (Burch) Regian –
December 30, 2023


Tommie Jo Burch Regian passed peacefully in Kingsland, TX on the morning of December 30, 2023, comfortably under hospice care while surrounded by her immediate family. She was 81 years old.

Born in Rosebud, TX in 1942 to Thomas Andrew Burch and Alma Elizabeth Robbins Burch, Tommie was raised in Waco, TX where she attended elementary, junior high, and graduated from Waco High School.  While in Waco, Tommie met and married her true love of 59 years, Burnie Regian, and later came to be the loving mother to four boys, Robert, Michael, David, and Stephen, before moving to Baytown, TX in the late 1960’s.

Tommie became very active in the Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher and the youth group, PTA, and school functions as well as local and state politics in her 20 years in Baytown. She was employed by the late Constable James Douglas until relocating with her family to the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area in 1989 for employment. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and all it had to offer.

In 2003, Tommie retired early and for the next 10 years traveled across America full-time in a motorhome with her husband and son visiting 43 states, Mexico, and Canada. During her travels, she discovered and fell in love with Cody, Wyoming, where she spent the summer while traveling back to the Pacific Northwest for winter for about 8 years. Cody, Wyoming and the friends that became family there were a huge part of Tommie’s life.

Many years later, she and Burnie settled in Buchanan Dam, TX where they were surrounded by the dearest of friends.

Tommie was an avid country and western dancer who loved George Strait and held a special place in her heart for Garner State Park, the Frio River in Concan, TX, the mountains of Wyoming and Yellowstone, and the Oregon Coast. She was also an activist for women’s and human rights, and participated in protests locally, statewide, and in Washington, DC to make her voice heard and to make a difference in her life and the lives of others.

She made and loved so many friends across the USA in her travels. She was a friend to all and an adopted mother to so many. Her sense of humor and wittiness was unmatched and will forever be missed.

Tommie is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Andrew Burch, mother Alma Elizabeth Robbins Burch, brothers James Burch and Jerry Burch, and her beloved eldest son, Robert Lynn Regian. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Burnie Regian of Buchanan Dam, TX; sons Michael Regian of Buchanan Dam, TX, David Regian of Highlands, TX, and Stephen Regian of Buchanan Dam, TX; daughters in law, Kelly Regian Butler of Baytown, TX and Heather Regian of Buchanan Dam, TX; sister Beth Burch of Poulson, MT; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A very casual Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 20, 2024, at The Baytown Community Center Auditorium, 2407 Market Street, Baytown, TX 77520 at 1pm. All are welcomed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Robert Regian Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lee College Baytown, TX online at  https://www.lee.edu/foundation/donate/named-scholarships/ or by calling the Lee College Foundation office at 281-425-6303

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.”