Waco Town Crier – September 2022

 

Here’s your September issue. Pat Payne is most generous to pay for our website all these years and Elizabeth Bentley is doing a terrific job of keeping our site current. They both have been a great blessing to our class and really deserve our credits and appreciation.

Two of our graduates have really helped to make this issue interesting. David Dibb has an interesting topic in his What Ever Happened To? segment and David Ditto has been great to let us know of his adventures since high school graduation. All you horse lovers will really enjoy David Ditto’s travels along the “unpaved trails” of our beautiful country. Also, much appreciation goes out to you who contribute each month to the Town Crier.. It takes all of us!

Things are getting just a bit cooler in Waco, We have had a bit of rain but are still in a drought. I just hope the flooding in different areas will not be too damaging to any who might be near those troubled waters. Al Stevenson lives in Olive Branch, MS and the late Cynthia Kirkland Mazza lived in Madison, MS. We hope the Stevenson family is okay and that Frank Mazza, (Cynthia’s hubby), has escaped any damage.

Remember-

“Let us be kind to one another, to be aware of each other’s needs, and try to help in that regard.”
-Thomas S Morison

Explore the September issue:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Update Your Directory
  • September Birthdays
  • Whatever Happened to … Geronimo
  • Did You Know …
  • Show & Tell – David Ditto
  • Pictures
  • Humor

Tommy Carter – 2022

 

 

Some sad news.  I have learned that our fellow graduate, Tommy Carter, is now deceased.  The information was released on his daughter’s Facebook account. Several of our graduates reached out to Tommy to encourage him to attend our reunions and become reacquainted with classmates.  Unfortunately, they were never able to obtain success from their endeavors.
Here are some pictures of Tommy in our yearbook.  He was nominated as one of our Senior favorites.  Let us all remember Tommy as we knew him in high school.  May Tommy be at peace.

Unfortunately, all classmates
in the picture are now deceased

Don McGown – July 16, 2022

Michael Don McGown, Sr passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 16, 2022. He was born on February 27, 1943 to Need & Gladys McGown in Waco, TX. Don attended Bryan Adams High School where he was on the cheer team. He still has his cheering sweater after all these years, although it would be a bit tight. Don and his family also attended North Waco Baptist Church, the same church where his son, Michael, would one day attend while in college and volunteer in the Youth Department.

Don graduated from Texas A&M University in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and received his MBA from Northwestern University. He held numerous positions at numerous companies like Hallmark, Coca-Cola, Kitchen Fresh, Judson Candies, Martin-Marietta, KCI, and USAA. His jobs took him from Chicago, to Kansas City, to Houston, to Chattanooga, and finally to San Antonio where he eventually retired before moving to Katy to be close to his sons and their families.

Don began to date Kay Louise Griffith, a striking freshman at TCU, after being setup on a blind date. It was peaches and cream from there. They married on December 28, 1964, as soon as Don graduated, just weeks before he went off to war in Vietnam. After servicing as an intelligence officer, he came home safely and the family began. Michael Don McGown, Jr was born in September of 1968 and Kevin Wayne McGown followed 14 months later in December of 1969. Being quite the handful, Don and Kay decided that was enough.

Don was a wonderful father to his sons. He never missed a ballgame, took the boys hiking, fishing, and camping as Indian Guides through the YMCA. Adventures at Camp Ocoee included swinging from vines in the woods, fishing at the same productive hole year after year, almost burning the lodge down, and sleeping with the windows accidentally open on a snowy night.

Don was also a loving husband to his dear wife, Kay. They were married a total of 57 years. They built a life of love and mutual support through the years. They served each other and served the Lord at church. They loved to cruise and went to Alaska, the Bahamas, the usual stops out of Galveston, and even the Panama Canal. Don’s final wish was for the whole family to go on a cruise, which they did, just 5 weeks before he passed.

Don was a devoted Aggie. Despite his best efforts, his sons attended Baylor and only one grandchild out of 6 went to A&M. But the Aggies were always his favorite team. True to tradition, the Aggies never lost, they just ran out of time. It was not unusual for Don to watch old A&M football games throughout the summer to gear up for the upcoming season.

But probably the thing that Don will be most remembered for is his love for the Lord. While Don had always gone to church and became a Christ-follower as a boy, he had a personal spiritual awakening in his life in the 1980’s. Probably driven by his desire for his young sons to shape up and follow Jesus, Don & Kay started taking very seriously their own personal spiritual lives while in Chattanooga. This continued when they moved to San Antonio where the family attended Shearer Hills Baptist Church. As a leader in the church, Don taught numerous Sunday School classes, was a deacon, and volunteered in countless ways, all to serve the Lord. But he wasn’t just a church attender—you could see Jesus in his words, his kindness, and his willingness to help anyone. Ultimately, the example set by Don & Kay was a key factor in both their sons being called to go into the ministry and they both serve as pastors today. Michael is the pastor at Parkway Fellowship and Kevin is the pastor at Regeneration Church, both church plants started by each.

Don will be missed greatly. His laugh, his smile, his Aggie fanaticism, his borderline hoarding (because you might need that someday), and his love for Jesus, are what we remember and love the most. He leaves behind his loving wife, Kay, two sons, Michael & Kevin and their wives, Amy & Patresa, and six grandkids, Mason and his wife, Valeria, Elena, Spencer, Abby, Libby, and Ben. There is also a great grandchild on the way which Don will see from Heaven.

We miss you so much already. Love you big.

Waco Town Crier – August 2022

Waco has been hot, hot, hot. In 2011 (our hottest year), Waco experienced 90 days of triple digit temperatures of which 44 days were consecutive. So far, we are only two days behind the 2011 record and the prediction is that we may surpass it. Surely nothing to brag about…. just fact.

Attached is the August issue in document form. I am pleased to say several have been sending items of interest for the Crier. You will enjoy Howard Dudgeon’s “brief history” after graduation in this issue. Also, you will be pleased with a surprise that I announce. I know it has excited me.

Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with others. With the pandemic and isolation that so many have experienced over the past few years, with the extreme heat we are now enduring, the monkey-pox and frankly, just older age…. you never know when someone might really be lonely or experiencing health issues or other problems that might need attention. Just knowing that someone else cares or shows concern can often mean so very much. So, do your part if you can.

Be kind to one another and remember:
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. ”
– Mother Teresa

Your August Town Crier:

  • News Item
  • From Our Graduates
  • Regarding Don McGown
  • Whatever Happened To … Studebaker by David Dibb
  • Did You Know?
  • Show & Tell: Howard Dudgeon
  • Updates
  • August Birthdays
  • A Neat Idea
  • Blast From The Past
  • Humor

Darell Gene Gill – July 2, 2022

 

Darell Gene Gill, a long-time resident of Plano, Texas passed away July 2, 2022 at the age of 80. He had recently moved to Cibolo, Texas to be closer to his sister, Vickie Jackson. He was born on May 15, 1942 to Delbert Gill and Thelma Mae (Wheeler) Gill in Waco, Texas where he grew up. Darell was a graduate of the 1960 class of Waco High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University and also earned a master’s degree from East Texas State University. For a time, Darell played semi-pro baseball for the Waco Missions. He later used his athletic talents to coach baseball and football to budding athletes in Plano ISD. In 1994, he earned a state football championship ring when the Plano Wildcats won the state title. The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association awarded Darell as the first recipient of the Texas High School Assistant Coach of the year. In addition to coaching, Darell was a teacher for over 30 years.

Darell was a member of the Freemasons and a licensed pilot. He loved to fly and in 1985, the Plano Daily Star-Courier wrote an article about Darell teaching flight training to flying club students.

Darell was a very active member with FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and member of the Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas. He was a loving father, brother, uncle and friend. Darell will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his sister, Janice Meadows of Griffin, Georgia, Vickie Jackson and husband, John of San Antonio, Texas, and Kathy Gill Foil of Brenham, Texas; brother, Travis Gill and wife, Pam of Victoria, Texas; nieces, Jennifer Nelson, Vanessa Presson, Amy Horn, and Kara Koen; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Darell was preceded in death by his daughter, Mandy Gill Gupta and parents, Thelma and Mozine Wood.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2022 at Turrentine-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The service was recorded and can be seen by clicking on the following link: https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/darell-gene-gill.


w/ David McPhail

w/Gwen Ewing Hodges

Happy Birthday, Class of ’60

 

On July 12th, a Birthday Party was held for WHS Class of ’60. Since most of the graduates will turn (or have already turned) 80 this year … and it had been a while since there had been a class gathering … it was a great excuse to get together. Thanks to Robert Wilson for hosting the gathering.

And, if you’d like to see pictures of the event, you’re in luck. You can download them by clicking here.

Waco Town Crier – July 2022

 


The long hot summer has definitely arrived in Waco, TX. We have had too many days over 100 degrees so far! Hope you are staying cool and hydrated.

Be kind to one another
Jeanne

 

July Contents:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Thoughts on Aging
  • Last Call for Class 80th Birthday Party
  • Did You Know?
  • Updates
  • July Birthdays
  • Blast from the Past
  • Thirteen WHS ’60 Couples who Married High School Sweethearts
  • Humor

Waco Town Crier – May 2022

Friends and Graduates:

Thanks so much to all of you who contribute to the Town Crier and help in its success. I hope each of you will continue to offer items of interest and pictures of the past. If you have not yet sent something, it is always welcomed for you to jump into the fray. Our graduates love to hear/see about others and reflect on the past.

So far, the DID YOU KNOW segment is getting input from our graduates. Please, keep those items of interest coming. I really hope this segment will take root and grow.

We are thrilled this month to feature again the SHOW and TELL This month highlights the life after graduation of Jim Monnig. Jim is such an interesting fellow and I think all of you will be entertained. I hope others who have not yet filled us in on their life after graduation will do so. This has been a most popular feature of the Crier. I will help anyway I can. Remember…you always get to okay every single word and picture that goes out. Nothing will be a surprise to you….only what you want told will be told.

Enjoy! Stay safe, keep as healthy as possible, and may there soon be peace in Ukraine. If we ever think we have problems, we can just watch what those people are having to endure all because they want to be free and live in a democracy. I so hope the good ole USA can keep its democracy. We have surely lived most of our lives during the “good times”.

jeanne

This month’s Waco Town Crier can be downloaded here.  Contents include:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Did You Know??
  • Medical Corner
  • May Birthdays
  • Show and Tell – Jim Monnig
  • Help!!
  • Do You Remember When …

Waco Town Crier – April 2022

Graduates, I am so excited to let you know that this month we have heard from several who have contributed to the new segment of the Crier: DID YOU KNOW? I am hoping that in the months to come, we will hear from many more. Our graduates love to read what other graduates are doing or have done. You can tell us one thing or more…. or if we really get lucky, you will relate what all you have done since high school graduation.

Very exciting news for the May issue will be the revival of the SHOW AND TELL segment as Jim Monnig has been so kind to tell us what he has done since graduation. I am sure the experiences that he relates will just be a “drop in the bucket” as Jim is very colorful and has many stories to tell. However, I promise whatever he says will be entertaining!! Currently, Jim is working on getting pictures together for the article.

I hope everyone can stay safe from all the spring storms that seem to ravage our country during this season. We need the rain so badly but not the destruction.

Now, hope you will enjoy this month’s Town Crier. And keep in mind to be someone who will share something interesting about yourself with our classmates….by words or pictures. Remember, YOU are the Town Crier.

Again, thanks so much to all who have shared with us. Keep letting us hear from you. And be sure to respond to Robert Wilson regarding the 80th Birthday Party – Robert has some information on it in this month’s Crier.

Peace and Love,
Jeanne

Enjoy this month’s Waco Town Crier

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • A Neat Idea
  • April Birthdays
  • Thoughts to Ponder
  • Pictures