Jimmy McDonald – October 25, 2020

Jimmy Willard McDonald, 78, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Alex McDonald and Laverne Barber, and his brother John McDonald.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Vivian Orndorff. He is also survived by his sons Jimmy McDonald, Jr. and wife Roni, Ron McDonald and wife Claire, Don McDonald and wife Staci, daughter Jennifer Hammersley and husband Eric, stepson Brian Baker and wife Ginny; brothers Jerry McDonald and Larry McDonald and wife Lou; grandchildren Krystin Ashley, Matthew Lynn, Mitchell Ryan, Harrison Carl, Grace Kathryn, Madison, Chase Jacob, Alexa Grace, Amelia Jane, Miles Ethan, and Kenna Elizabeth; great grandchildren Caden, Joey, Jackson and Heidi; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends.

Jimmy was born on February 7, 1942 in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1960 and attended Baylor University. He worked for Stage Stores, Inc. as a retail manager for more than 30 years and retired in 1996. Jimmy moved to Wimberley in 1997 and enjoyed golf, reading, and drinking wine! He and his wife, Vivian, traveled and explored Italy, Croatia, the Greek Isles, and numerous island destinations. In 2002, he planned, designed, and built his amazingly beautiful dream home, Bella Vista. He loved landscaping and improving the 65-acre property during the 16 years that he lived there.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org/donate.

Donald Allen Cook – September 27, 2016

“Bull Dog” Bob Easter is at it again.  He located one of our graduates but unfortunately, this graduate died back in 2016.

Donald Allen Cook died September 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  An obit was not able to be located.

Donald was married to Margery Alice Cook in Travis County in 1964.

Bob said he thinks Margery Alice is now living in Pennsylvania, possibly to be near her children.

 

Martha Kay Albright Hofer – September 26, 2020

Martha Kay Hofer (78) of Fort Worth passed away on September 26, 2020 with her family foremost in her thoughts and prayers.

There will be a private memorial at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery where Kay will be with Ken and they are At Peace with God. Kay’s celebration of life service will take place on October 23rd at 10am and can be viewed by using the link located here. Her obituary can be found here.

In lieu of sending flowers or cards, memorials may be made to Meadowbrook-Poly UMC, 3900 Meadowbrook Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76103. Peace be with you.

Note from Jeanne Harman:

Many sent comments about Kay. She was, indeed, a wonderful, sweet, kind, and intelligent individual. Our class will miss her greatly.

Growing up, Kay lived across the street from Jack Martin. She used to talk about how wonderful Jack’s parents were to her after her father had a heart attack. Mrs. Martin would go over and stay with Kay while her mother was at the hospital. She said the Martins would take her to church with them. Kay said she did not have a three-speed bike so Jack and his brother, Johnny, would sometimes let her ride their bikes. Kay said she used to be fast at running and could sometimes outrun the boys! In adult years, Kay said her root canal dentist had been a student of Jack’s. Small world, isn’t it!

Some Pictures of Kay at Past Reunions

60th Reunion Wrap-Up

From Robert Wilson:

Hello, to everyone.

The WHS Class of 1960 reunion has come and gone.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success and it was. To those who donated their time and money, we could not have done it without your support.

All who attended really enjoyed each other’s company.

This was a big one “60” it will never be again.

I am so sorry that many of you could not attend for various reasons, mostly personal health or spouses health. But we have to expect it when we stop and think about our ages.

I am hopefully optimistic about the “65th”.

We had 42 on the Tuesday and 43 on the Wednesday. That is after about 20 had to cancel.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Pictures provided by Linda McKee, Tim Lasseter Latta, Betty Luedeker Gatlin, Bev Murphy Wells and Norma Cissell Smith

Waco Town Crier – September 2020

A note from Jeanne Harman …

Chinky Johnson is the highlighted graduate this month. Her career involved immunogenetics and HLA antigens. Much of her work was done in collaboration with clinical investigators at the National Institutes of Health. I think everyone will find her recap to be most interesting. I asked Chinky if she had ever met Dr. Fauci, who has emerged as a most popular and informed person during this pandemic. This was Chinky’s reply:

“I don’t think that I ever met Dr. Fauci but I was at some meetings with him. At the time, he was working on AIDS and my field of study was different. At NIH, Dr. Fauci is now head of the Department of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) which is the department that funded my research. However, at the time I was working, he was not the head of NIAID. Tony Fauci is an intelligent, talented and accomplished person. Everyone should listen to him and we would be in a better place than we now are in the pandemic.”

Many graduates have commented on how much they enjoy reading what others have done since graduation. I hope to hear from each one of you with your story–be it long or short. If you want to write it yourself, that is great. If you want to send me the particulars and have me write, that is also acceptable. Just remember: you get to okay the final article before it goes out to our graduates. So….”I’m listening”.

Click here for the September 2020 edition of The Town Crier

    • Important Message from David Dibb (our directory keeper)
    • A Bit of Trivia
    • Remarks on Jim Woodson’s talents
    • From Our Graduates
    • Updaters
    • A Neat Idea
    • September Birthdays
    • Show & Tell Featuring Chinky (Armead) Johnson
    • Final pages of the Jackets Journal of 1957
    • Jokes

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

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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.