Oscar Soliz passed away peacefully on December 15, 2014 in a local hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 80 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Corpus Christi on March 8, 1934 to his parents Joe A. Soliz and Anita Gonzales Soliz, who pre-deceased him. Oscar was a graduate of Corpus Christi College Academy high school where he was a star athlete in football and baseball. Upon graduation from high school, he received a football scholarship to Texas Christian University. Oscar also attended Del Mar College and Corpus Christi State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement.
In 1954, Oscar married his high-school sweetheart, Ola Mae Trammell. For many years Oscar worked alongside his father selling automobiles at S&G Sales. In 1970, he began a lengthy political career serving the residents of Nueces County as their elected Nueces County District Clerk, a position he held for 32 years. Over the course of his public service career, his leadership and expertise garnered him numerous prestigious appointments, such as his assignment to the Criminal Justice Council by Texas Governor Preston Smith and later the Criminal Justice Board. Oscar also served as a representative of Texas District Clerks on numerous important task forces, including one concerning the enforcement of child support payments and another dealing with information and technology issues in conjunction with the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency. He also served 4 terms as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator.
Oscar made numerous contributions to the Coastal Bend region and his colleagues in public service through his work as chairman of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and president of the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks, National Association of Regional Councils, and National Association of Hispanic County Officials. The longest-serving board member of the National Association of County Officials, he also served for 26 years as a board member for the Texas Association of Counties and for 28 years as a board member for the Texas Association of Regional Councils of Government.
Oscar's sterling record of achievement earned him repeated recognition. Among the honors bestowed on him were his selection as Outstanding Clerk of the United States by the National Association of Recorders and Clerks and Outstanding District Clerk of the State of Texas by the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas. Until his passing, Oscar continued to hold the titles of Board Member Emeritus for the Texas Association of Counties and the National Association of County Officials, as well as District Clerk Emeritus for Nueces County.
In addition to his successful public service career, Oscar maintained an active role in the Corpus Christi community, holding leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the United Way of the Coastal Bend. He was a member of Rotary International and held the post of Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1202, and was member of Council 13250 and Member of the Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights 1097. Oscar also previously served as President of the Camp Fire USA Council of Corpus Christi. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the International Order of Alhambra's and the Sceptre Social Club of Corpus Christi.
Oscar served many years on the Democratic National Committee; and was a super delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions. He was a political activist, supporting Democratic candidates in various National, State and local elections.
In addition to being survived by his wife of 60 years, Ola Mae, Oscar is survived by his two sons Joseph (Juanita) and Jesse (Judy Pokorny) and his two daughters Jackie (Mario Chapa) and Jennifer, as well as his two grandchildren Lauren Michelle Soliz and Michael Joseph Soliz, extended family members, Sara Schikevitz and Eric Pokorny, Chris Chapa, Steve Chapa and Stevie Chapa and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. The family would like to extend its gratitude to Melinda Snyder and Janie Baldonado for their care, help and support given during the many months of Oscar's illness.
Oscar was loved by many for his gregarious nature, quick wit and spirit of adventure. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Charles Andrew "Chase" Hensarling, 86, of Cameron, Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 14.
Chase was born on July 22, 1928, to Theron Andrew and Ima Mae Cook Hensarling in Stephenville. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1949 and was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Tenth Calvary, attaining the rank of first lieutenant.
On November 21, 1953, he married Ann Brock, his bride of sixty-one years. He spent his professional life in the poultry business culminating as president of Hy-Lay Hatcheries in Bryan, Texas. But when asked what is your profession? He would simply answer "feather merchant". Chase also worked as an A&M Extension agent. He served as past president of the Texas Egg Council.
Much of his life was devoted to service to others. Chase served as president of the A&M Consolidated ISD school board; past president of Our Saviorâ€™s Lutheran Church council in College Station as well as Abiding Savior Lutheran Church council in Cameron. Always putting his children first, he served as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop No. 380. He was a member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature; the Cameron Horse Club; the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association and Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.
Chase and his wife were renowned world travelers traveling to over forty countries covering four continents. He collected unique hats characteristic of the countries they traveled to and would put them on when friends came over much to his wifeâ€™s chagrin.
Chase was known far and wide for his humor and friendliness. He never met a stranger. He often told jokes that were more humorous to him than to those who heard them, with many an eye roll from his wife Ann.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, James Hensarling and wife Lee of Tyler and Jeb Hensarling and wife Melissa of Dallas; a daughter Carolyn Hensarling Arizpe and husband Homero of San Antonio; a brother, Nolan Hensarling of Dallas; and a sister, Mildred Nance of Austin. His memory and heritage lives on in his five grandchildren: Lauren Hensarling, Brock Hensarling, Claire Hensarling, Travis Hensarling and Stella Arizpe.
|Charles William Parker, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, passed away peacefully at home in Fort Worth, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Memorial service: to celebrate the life of Charles William Parker will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hallmark Baptist Church, 4201 West Risinger Road, Fort Worth, 76123. Col. Charles William Parker was born in Wylie in 1924 and served in the Air Force during three wars. Enlisting during World War II, he entered combat in the Pacific as a B-29 bombardier with the 20th Air Force where he flew long-range aerial bombardment missions from Saipan against the Japanese mainland. Later assignments included command of a Strategic Air Command Missile Wing, SAC Inspector General for Missiles, and deputy Chief of Staff of the 15th Air Force. Col. Parker retired from the Air Force in 1978 and with his wife, Ruth, moved to Fort Worth where he became an active volunteer with numerous community organizations including United Way, Red Cross, YMCA, Children's Miracle Network, Goodrich Center for the Deaf, Meals on Wheels, and Head Start Schools. In 1988 he was elected by fellow senior citizens to the Silver Haired Legislature, meeting with the state legislature on issues pertaining to seniors. Active in the leadership of the University Area Kiwanis Club, he was elected governor of the Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis District in 1992. He served six years as treasurer of the Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis District Foundation. Col. Parker was honored with emeritus status by the board of trustees of both the E.R. Van Zandt YMCA and the Texas Oklahoma Kiwanis Foundation. Even when he should have relaxed in his golden years, his joy was meeting people and helping others. Still going strong at 80, he was Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year. When asked for help, he'd say, "As soon as I find my shoes, I'll be there." You may have seen his picture when it decorated the sides of Tarrant County Meals on Wheels vans. He had a smile and a kind word for all and described himself simply as "just an old country boy." Many were touched by his kindness, helped through his leadership, and stirred by his strong example of community citizenship. He will be missed. Charles William Parker was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Foster Parker; father, James Clement Parker; and mother, Allie Clark Parker. Survivors: He is survived by two brothers, James Parker and Jack Parker; two sons, Ronald Charles Parker of Palm City, Fla., and wife, Patricia, and Donald Jack Parker of Fort Worth and wife, Joanne; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Published in Star-Telegram on March 13, 2013|
(October 23, 1937 - February 17, 2013)
Lela Foreman, 75, of the Telephone, Texas went to be with her Lord And Savior, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas.
Funeral services will be 2:00P.M. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Telephone Baptist Church. Rev. Bryan Everett will be the officiant. Grandsons, Garrett Foreman, Todd Foreman, Jared Foreman, Josh Foreman, Matt Foreman and nephew, Mark Hohenberger will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Gum Springs Cemetery in the Carson Community. The family will receive friends and family from 7 to 8 P.M. Wed., Feb. 20, 2013 at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Honey Grove, Texas.
Lela Mae was born Oct. 23, 1937 to parents, Earl D. and Ruby Mattie Lee Neely Conyers in the Allens Chapel Community. Lela married Wendell Laron Foreman August 19, 1956 at the Vineyard Grove Baptist Church in Allens Chapel. He passed away Oct. 4, 1967. She was a member of the Telephone Baptist Church. She received her college education at East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas where she received her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Education. She had taught at Sam Rayburn ISD for thirty years upon her retirement. Lela was active in the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority and had held numerous positions in local and state offices. She had served two terms as a Texas Silver Haired Legislator.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Hohenberger.
Mrs. Foreman is survived by her loving family, Son, Roger Foreman of Telephone, TX; Daughter, Connie Murchison & husband, Barry of Powderly, TX; Donald Foreman & wife, Patty of Telephone, TX; Brother, Robert Earl Conyers & wife, Martha Jane of Allens Chapel. Grand Daughters, Miranda Elkin, Stasya Foreman, Ciara Foreman. Grandsons, Garrett Foreman & wife, Erin, Todd Foreman, Jared Foreman, Josh Foreman & Matt Foreman.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gum Springs Cemetery Association, c/o Danna Swindell, Treasurer, 1837 CR 2925, Dodd City, Texas 75438 Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home 803 East Main Street Honey Grove, Texas 75446 (903)378-2291 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (903) 378-3030
Bill F. Cummings 1935-2013
Bill Cummings passed away on January 1, 2013 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born in Marlin, Texas, but his family soon moved to Normangee, Texas, where his father was the "telephone man" for that area. After graduating from Normangee High School, where he lettered in all sports, Bill enrolled at the University of Texas and there met his future wife, Carol Ann Barkley. They became engaged during their sophomore year and because of an employment opportunity with the Southwestern Bell telephone Company, the couple moved to Waco, Texas, after their marriage in August in 1956. Bill completed his college education at Baylor University while working full time and serving in the Naval Reserve. Despite graduating from Baylor, Bill remained a staunch Longhorn fan and claimed to "bleed orange". During their time in Waco, Carol and Bill were blessed with the birth of their two children, their daughter Julianne, and their son, Brent. In 1963, the Cummings family moved back to Austin where Bill began his career at the Texas Education Agency as a Federal Auditor overseeing the management of federal funds and grants to Texas schools. After twenty-eight years of service, Bill retired as Chief Accountant in 1991. After retirement, Bill dedicated his time and energy to public service. Bill & Carol fell in love with a vintage home in Lockhart, Texas, and dwelled there for ten wonderful years. While living in Lockhart, Bill was elected to the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, an advocacy group for Senior Citizens. He spent hours driving back and forth to the Capitol urging the passage of legislation which would benefit Seniors. Bill served eight years in this capacity. Then he was appointed to the National Silver-Haired Congress by Congressman Lloyd Doggett, serving in this office until August of this year. After moving back to Austin in 2005, Bill became involved in serving the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospitals in both Houston and Galveston by driving young patients to and from these hospitals for treatment. He also established the Chisholm Trail Texas Exes and raised funds annually for scholarships for University of Texas students. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a founding member of St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church, and a long-time member of the Capitol Rod & Gun Club. Bill is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol, his daughter, Juli Castro, and his son-in-law, Russell Castro; his son, Brent, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Cummings. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Jennifer Erickson, and her husband Dirk, granddaughter Meredith Egwuatu and her husband ND, granddaughter Lindsay Cummings, grandson Travis Cummings, and great-grandchildren Adalyn and Garrett Erickson. Those wishing to make a memorial in honor of Bill should contribute to the Scholarship Fund of the Capitol Rod and Gun Club. Please make checks payable to: The Capitol Rod and Gun Club c/o T Stockman. 20206, Capitol Rod and Gun Club Road Spicewood, TX, 78669 Or the Austin Humane Society, or make a pledge to take at least two fellow Democrats to the polls in 2016. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the University of Texas Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas, on January 5th at 2:00 P.M. Everyone attending is urged to wear burnt orange and white.
Burton D. (Burt) Greenfield passed from this life on April 5, 2012. A memorial service was held on Friday, April
13, 2012, at 9:00 AM at the Houston National VA Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.
Burt was a member of TSHL from 2006-2011. Comments from members include: Burt was a very special man. Many of us called him "Santa Claus." He was warm and friendly and so easy and fun to talk to. He and Steve were always together and brought their sense of purpose and their intelligence to the TSHL. We will all miss him.
No formal obituary was published or provided.
W. Lear was born August 12, 1920 in Oil Hill, Kansas. After attending two years of college, he was accepted in
the Aviation Cadet Program (41F) and received his commission and pilot rating at Kelly Field, Texas on August
15, 1941. Two years in the training command plus time in the B-17 and B-29 qualified him as an aircraft
commander in the 19th Bomb Group on Guam.
After WWII, Col Lear spent the next 23 years in Strategic Air Command and the Pentagon. Assignments included Smokey Hill (46-49 B29), Biggs (50-51 KB29P), Pentagon (Air Staff - Operations 51-54), Maxwell (54-55 Command and Staff), Ramey (56-58 B36), Columbus, MS (59-60 KC135), Wurtsmith (60-63 B52H), Barksdale (64-65 2nd AF HDQ), Pentagon (65-68 OSD - DINS). He retired November 1968 as Colonel in the Regular Air Force.
Col Lear had two memorable experiences - personal escort for Charles A. Lindbergh as he visited SAC Bases discussing crew training and signing his "Short Snorter" bill, and activating the first "boom type" air-to-air refueling unit (KB29P) at Biggs AFB, TX (1949).
After retiring, Col Lear spent 19 years with the Weyerhaeuser Company (forest products) as an executive in the paperboard packaging division and later with the International Executive Service Corps where he was involved in three projects in the Dominican Republic, Philippines, and Lebanon. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Griggs of Eldorado, KS on April 6, 1942 while a flight instructor at Randolph Field.
In his retirement years, Col Lear served as Texas Silver Haired Legislature Speaker Emeritus and chair of the State Affairs Committee. He was appointed to the 1995 and 2005 White House Conference on Aging and elected to the first National Silver-Haired Congress in 1995 and elected 4 times as chair, Board of Directors. He helped establish voting precinct in Bexar County for seniors and people with disabilities. He co-authored the 12th TSHL Resolution 33 to request creation of the Legislative Committee on Aging. In addition, he served as a Bexar County Election Judge for Precinct 1081; a member of the Board of Directors of Air Force Villages; and was an active member of the local Rotary Club.
Col Lear is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Jane. He is survived by their son, Steven, and wife, Catherine; daughter, Rebecca, and husband, John; five grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
Memorial Service was held Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Main Dining Room
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Reynolds, 87 went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Memorial service was held at 2:00 pm
Saturday at Cleburne Bible Church, 930 N. Nolan Rd., Cleburne, TX. Memorials in lieu of flowers, the family
prefers memorials be made to Cleburne Bible Church, 930 N. Nolan River Road, Cleburne, TX 76033; First Baptist
Church, 414 N. Main St. , Cleburne 76033; or Meals on Wheels, 106 E. Kilpatrick St., Cleburne 76031.
Millie was born February 27, 1925 in Fort Smith, AR. After leaving Arkansas, she grew up in Oklahoma with two brothers and two sisters. Most of her adult life was spent in Texas. She married Howard Reynolds in 1956. They spent 48 years in Texas Panhandle where she was primarily a homemaker , but also stayed active working for the County Judge, serving on the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, 1994 - 1998, and was an accomplished toastmaster. Her remaining years were spent in the Fort Worth/Cleburne area. Millie was a woman of faith in Jesus Christ as evidenced by the way she lived her life.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Reynolds, and granddaughter, Tiffany Hunnicutt. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Hunnicutt and husband, Bob; son, Mark Reynolds and wife Tricia; son, Matt Reynolds and wife, Debbie; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Young; brother George Ritchie and wife, Grace and numerous other loving family members and friends.
|Floy Nell Clark, 85, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Beaumont,
Nell was born June 5, 1926 in Mc Kaskill, Arkansas to the late William Hood and Delores Brown.
Nell was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the first female Beaumont Port Commissioner, member of several organizations: The Knife and Fork Club, Beaumont Womans Club, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, Seafarers Center, Past Matron of Wisteria 823 and Desk and Derrick Club President.
She is survived by; sister, Ruby Hood Dowd; sons, Travis Leon Short II and spouse Christy, LeRoy Sherman Clark Jr. and spouse Mary, James Russell Clark and spouse Lisa; daughters, Leonelle Short Crow and spouse Wendell, Patricia Clark Peyton and spouse Virgil; grandchildren, Alexa Crow Dreyer, Leah Crow Raykovich, Kari Clark Bersano, Lance Clark and Alex, Hunter, Lillie and Walker Clark and 9 great-grandchildren.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Services will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
|Willie Gaston West, a long time resident of Corpus Christi died on January 28,
2012. He was born on February 19, 1922, in Gustine, Texas, the third son of Ida and Willie West. He graduated
from high school in Stephenville, Texas where he was an honor student and played football, basketball and
baseball. He attended Tarlteton State College. During World War II, he joined the Army and was stationed at Camp
Hulen, Texas, where he met his beloved wife of over 67 years, Margarite Miller West of El Campo, Texas. He was
later stationed at Tinian Island in the Pacific, preparing for the invasion of Japan.
After the war, he received his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and worked on a master's degree. He taught at San Felipe High School in Del Rio, then moved with his family to El Campo, where he began a 21-year career at Foremost Foods. He later worked for the Department of Human Resources and served as a volunteer coordinator for the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Development.
W. G. was an active leader in the community. He was a state vice president for the Texas Jaycees; President of the Rotary Club in El Campo; served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and delegate to the church's General Assembly. While in Corpus Christi, he served as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Aging of the Coastal Bend; TSHL/Advocacy Committee Chair; President of SCORE and Speaker of the House for the Silver-Haired Legislature.
He was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Award for his work with the Juvenile Justice System; Lifetime Achievement Award-Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend; Corpus Christi Caller-Times Jefferson Award; Hometown Hero Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; DOVIA Outstanding Professional Award; the Greatest Generation Award, and was awarded Speaker Emeritus Status in the Texas Silver Haired Legislature.
He is survived by his beloved wife Margarite; son David and his wife Carol of San Antonio; daughters Cherye West-Tucker and her husband Keith Tucker of Austin and Donna Smith and her husband David Smith of Houston; and grandchildren Bond, Holt and Libby West; Marguerite West-Driga and Matthew and Michael Smith.
Services will be held at Seaside Funeral Home at 4357 Ocean Drive at 10:00 A.M. on January 31, 2012. Burial will follow at Seaside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a charity of your choice.
|DeVonne Draughn Foutz was born in Washington, D.C, the seventh child of Deacon
William & Deaconess Callie Draughn. She was a graduate of Howard University (HU)with a Bachelor of Arts in
Government. She was a student teacher in Economics/Social Studies courses while working on the Staff of Senator
Gaylord Nelson as a legislative assistant. She pledged Delta Sigma Theta (Alpha Chapter) and currently is a
member of the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Mrs. Foutz has a Master in Library & Informational
Science from University of Maryland. She was employed as a Media Specialist for Dallas Independent School
District (DISD) for 22 years and served as Head Librarian of Area 2 under Dr. Todd. She was the widow of the
late attorney Samuel Theodore Foutz (HU Law School Class of 72) who was director of Legal Service in the 80's.
She was the mother of UT Austin graduate, Dietra Michelle Foutz, who was an MIS employee for the City of Gary
and a former Texas A&M Aggie and United States Navy Petty Officer, Fredrick William Foutz. She was the
grandmother of three blessed grandchildren, Joseph, Liberty, and Jeremiah from Fred's union to Tori Pearl
Bennett. DeVonne was a member of Friendship West Baptist Church where she served in the ARJ Senior Ministry and
a member of the Social Justice and Transformation Ministries. She was a precinct Chair and the Judge of Precinct
4012 and a registrar for Dallas County. She worked early elections with Diana Brodus. She was the past Secretary
for the City of Dallas AARP Legislative and Community Service Committee and she served with the Stevens Park as
their Legislative Chairperson. She was a professional storyteller with the Tejas Society and a Notary. DeVonne
was a parliamentarian for American Legion Auxiliary Tommie Robinson Post 802. DeVonne was a past president of
the Bench and Bar Spouses and
served as President of Sister Girl Black Women Writer Book Club. Mrs. Foutz served on the Educational Committee for the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Mary McLeod Bethune Haven and volunteer with Senior Source at Elmwood-King New Beginning Senior and Concord Center Senior Center's Seasoned Ladies Book Club.
Awards ----- 30 years Volunteer DISD 2000, Oak Cliff Pioneer-Positive Oak Cliff for Service as a Librarian 2002, Distinguished Public Service from Dallas Women Council 2003, Afro American Museum's A. Maceo Smith in 2004 for Community Service. Unsung Hero 2004 Award from the ETA Phi
Beta Sorority Inc., 2005 Kiest Park Volunteer Service on Friends of Park and 2008-2011 Texas Silver Haired Legislator (TxSHL) for Dallas County. Mrs. Foutz was elected Co-chairman of Education and for TxSHL and served on the Finance and Technology Committee. She loved the Lord and credited her legacy of service to her ancestors, who established a church and a school in Red Hill, NC; her Delta Dear Sister Barbara Morgan; her parents and other siblings.
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 11:00 a.m. at Friendship West Baptist Church
Wednesday November 23, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery
Hazel Bledsoe Wright
HERMAN - Hazel Bledsoe Wright, 80, of Sherman died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at The Homestead of Sherman. Services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Dannel Funeral Home, officiated by Mark Mitchell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Denison; dear friend Janice Thompson of Sherman; and Bill Mayes, minister of the Woods Street Church of Sherman. Internment will follow at Friendship Cemetery.
Mrs. Wright was born June 22, 1931 in Luling, Texas to Delton (D.O.) and Jo Bledsoe. She graduated from Sherman High School - class of 1949. She spent her entire adult life in Sherman and was a lifetime member of the Sherman High School Ex-Students Association. Hazel married Harold Wright on March 3, 1962, in Durant, Oklahoma and they were married for over 49 years. She retired from the General Telephone Company on June 30, 1989 after 37 years of service. Hazel is well known state-wide for her unselfish and altruistic civic activities. She loved her family and friends and spent her life helping others.
She was a member of the Woods Street Church of Christ, AARP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparents, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, Communication Workers of America, Local 6171, American Business Women of America, the League of Women Voters, Volunteer Services Council of MHMR, Area Council on Aging, WHO (We Help Ourselves) program and the Adopt-a-School Program.
Hazel served as an active AARP volunteer and shared additional volunteer time with the Texoma Regional Advisory Council addressing senior issues in Grayson County while remaining a strong advocate for abused women and children. Hazel taught children anti-victimization skills through the WHO program and volunteered for the Mental Health Mental Retardation Services of Texoma, the county-wide 4-H Club, and the Telephone Pioneers Rosa Hill Community Center. She was awarded the 1998 Texoma Senior Hall of Fame Award for exceptional service that included Meals on Wheels and Medicare issues.
Hazel was the Texas District 4 Representative to the National Silver-Haired Congress and was appointed by Speaker Virginia Zachert to the Medicare Committee. Because of her tremendous impact on the lives of so many, she was honored at a reception hosted by the National Committee for Preserving Social Security and Medicare (NCPSS&M) at their office in Washington, D.C.
The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services of Texoma presented Hazel with the Star of Texas Award. Hazel had been a volunteer for several years, giving leadership and working extensively with fund raising. Hazel had a heart of love that extended into the community by volunteering and donating many hours a week toward the needs of others.
Hazel is survived by her loving husband, Harold Wright; devoted children and spouses Jimmy Vandagriff and wife, JoAnn of Sherman, Texas; Donny Joe Vandagriff and wife, Donna of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Diana Barker and husband, Donnie of Southmayd, Texas; Scotty Wright and fiancee' Kenda Johnston of Denison, Texas; one sister, Judy Bledsoe Wortham and husband, Don of Sherman, Texas; one brother, Bob Bledsoe and wife, Janet of Georgetown, Texas; four grandchildren, Jason Vandagriff of Pflugerville, Texas, Jamie Vandagriff of Sherman, Texas, Michael Barker of Southmayd, Texas and Weldon Wright of Denison, Texas and two great-grandchildren, Julia and Jaxon Vandagriff of Georgetown, Texas; sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth Larabee and Mary Ann Wright of Sherman, Peggy Cranfill of Amarillo, Texas and brother and sister-in-law, Dewey and wife Owanna Wright of Farmer Branch, Texas; cousin, Mary Moore of Sherman; special friends, Shari Duncan of Sherman and Sherrie Potts of Luella, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Jo Bledsoe and father, Delton Bledsoe, mother and father-in-law, Harry and Bertha Wright; brothers-in-law, Allen (Tenny) Wright, H.C. (Booty) Wright and sister-in-law, Annie Jewel Laughlin.
Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Dannel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews, Jason Vandagriff, Michael Barker, Weldon Wright, Kirk Wortham, Del Bledsoe and Donald Barker.
The family suggests memorials be made to Home Hospice of Grayson County, P.O. Box 2306, Sherman, Texas 75091-2306 and the Volunteer Service Council of MHMR, P.O. Box 1087, Sherman, Texas 75091-1087.
The family will be based at the Don Wortham residence located at 1722 Archer Drive in Sherman.
Published in The Herald Democrat on August 2, 2011
Funeral services for Ed Bond, 73, of Lufkin, will be held Monday, July 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Central Church of Christ in Lufkin with Dr. Eli Borden officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mr. Bond was born October in Teague, Freestone County, Texas to the late Lucy Matilda (Mackey) and William Butler Bond. He died Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Lee County, Texas from injuries sustained in automobile accident. Mr. Bond was a retired Certified Public Accountant, having formerly bee employed with Fleetwood Transportation and the Angelina County Auditor's Office. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, and also a former member of the East Texas and Texas Societies of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Bond had just been sworn in as a member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature on Tuesday, July 12, and had been elected as Secretary to the Finance Committee as well as Secretary to the State Affairs Committee. Mr. B a Defensive Driving instructor for Angelina College, and he also prepared tax returns for friends and other individuals. He was a member and a deacon of the Central Church of Christ, and had resided in Lufkin for the past 34 years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gaye Bond of Lufkin; son, Kenneth Bond of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and David Powell of Lufkin; three grandchildren, Max Bond, Kayla Powell and Alyssa Powell; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mr. Bond was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jimmy Bond, Willie Bond, Benny Bond, and Bowlen Bond; and only sister, Frances Stone. Pallbearers will be Larry H. Bonner, Paul White, Mark Prowell, Delbert Richardson, Dick Bodeker and Windell Thomason. Honorary pallbearers will be James Slack, Joe Ragan, and his fellow deacons at Central Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Central Church of Christ Building Fund, 711 North Second St., Lufkin, Texas 75901. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors
JoAnn Lanelle Wehman McFarland7/6/1932 - 2/28/2011
JoAnn Lanelle Wehman McFarland went to be with the Lord Monday, February 28, 2011 at the age of 78. Born at home in Poth, Texas July 6, 1932, she moved to Pleasanton with her parents Amanda and Ernest Wehman in 1933. She attended schools in Pleasanton and was always proud to announce her perfect attendance record through her entire school tenure. After graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1949, she attended Texas Lutheran College, graduating after three years of intensive study. JoAnn worked at the Pleasanton First National Bank and for Humble Oil and Refining Company field office. She was married to Donald McFarland in 1952 and together they operated the Jourdanton Pharmacy and were active in church and community activities. Don passed away in 1997.
In later years she was involved as a volunteer at South Texas Regional Medical Center, Senior Circle, Texas Silver Haired Legislature, Emmaus, and church activities at St. John Lutheran Church. She adored her 12 grandchildren and was always ready to spend time with them or attend a recital or concert. She loved pets and loved to travel. Her bags were always packed just waiting for the next travel adventure. She was an optimistic person, always looking for the positive in situations and in people and always working to make life better for those around her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Amanda and E.W. Wehman, Sr and her husband Donald McFarland.
She is survived by a brother, E.W. "Bubba" Wehman, Jr and wife Fanie Raye; a son Mike McFarland and wife Cindy and their daughter Amanda and grand son-in-law Scott; daughter D'Ann Hart of Liberty Hill and her husband Don and their children Emalee, Katherine, Hannah, Valor, Victor, Jackson and Faith; daughter Gina Dieringer of Georgetown and her husband Brian and their children Taylor, Bethany, Ellie and Brooks; and dear friend, Wayne Beyer.
Serving as pallbearers for this service will be Gerald Phillips, Lee Ricks, Jr, Bobby Bennet, Larry Ferguson, Larry Johnson, Ben Wehman, Dick Wehman and Edward Haverlah. Visitation was held at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W Oaklawn Rd Pleasanton, Texas, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Funeral service was held at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 3, 2011. Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Jourdanton.
Bill R. Reeves(July 2, 1928 - March 29, 2011)
McLEAN - Bill R. Reeves, 82, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in Pampa. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in McLean with the Rev. Thacker Haynes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors of McLean.
Bill was born July 2, 1928, on the family farm south of McLean to Frank and Vivian Landrum Reeves. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and was called back to duty during the Korean conflict,where he was attached to the 1st Marine division as a corpsman.
Bill's career with the U.S. Postal Service began in 1948 as a clerk in the McLean Post Office,where he eventually became the town's postmaster. He entered the Postal Inspection Service in1964. This assignment took Bill and his family to the San Francisco Bay area and later on to Washington, D.C.
Upon his retirement, Bill and Lynn relocated to the foothills of Reno, Nev.., where they remained until moving back to their hometown of McLean in 1991.
Bill was an appointed member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, where he traveled to Austin twice a year to discuss and advocate on behalf of senior citizens. He was a member of MENSA and enjoyed getting out and working with his cattle.
Bill was not afraid to state his beliefs on any subject and would share his thoughts to anyone that would listen, or not.
Survivors include two sons, John and wife Annette and Jim and wife Donna; a daughter, April and husband Phil; eight grandchildren, Chastity and husband Freddy, April and husband Brad,Jason and wife Laurie, Ashley and husband Ty, Chris and wife Mary, Amanda, Kenny and Matt;five great-grandchildren, Meghan, Abbie, Autumn, Riley and Chase; and a brother, Ben and wife Mindy.
Published in the Amarillo Globe, March 31, 2011.
Ivan Jude Arceneaux(June 28, 1928 - December 10, 2010)
A Memorial Mass for Ivan Jude Arceneaux, 82, will be held Tuesday, December 14, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Jeanerette. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the church. Mr. Arceneaux died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a local health care facility. In keeping with his wishes, his body was donated to Tulane Medical School. Readers for the Mass will be Anne Credeur, Harvey Breaux, Jr., and M'Elise Trahan. Gift bearers will be Claire and Denny Beslin.
Mr. Arceneaux is survived by his wife Anna Joyce Breaux Arceneaux of Jeanerette, his sister Claire Beslin and brother-in-law Judge Denald Beslin of Rayne, nephews Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Beslin and nieces Anne Credeur, Denise Trahan, Jeanne Walk, and M'Elise Trahan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maxime Genevieve Hebert Arceneaux and Ulysse Arceneaux of Lafayette Parish and his brother Antoine Hebert, III.
Born in Lafayette on June 28, 1928, Mr. Arceneaux attended Mt. Carmel and Cathedral Schools, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Gregorian University of Rome, University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Catholic University in Washington, D.C., McNeese State University in Lake Charles, University of Southern California in Los Angeles and CCSU and Delmar College in Corpus Christi. He was a teacher and coach in Rayne, Lafayette, Jeanerette, and Jennings. He was a chaplain and Personnel Sergeant of the Louisiana National Guard, 256th Brigade, retiring as a Major after twenty years of service. Mr. Arceneaux was active in serving the elderly through various positions with the Council on Aging in Houston, Corpus Christi, Leesville and Lafayette. He was Director of Public Information and Education for Calcasieu Community Action; Directory of Halfway House, State Department of Substance Abuse; Coordinator of RSVP with SMILE Community Action Agency of Lafayette. He was an active member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. In 2006, he was presented the Rabbi Henry Cohen Humanitarian Award in Galveston. As a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Lafayette from 1952-1973, he served parishes in Rayne, Jeanerette, Jennings and Lafayette. During that time, he was Director of the Bureau of Family Life for many years and was a founder of the St. Jules Credit Union. He was most recently employed by David Funeral Home. His memberships included AARP, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Rotary, RSVP and Concerned Citizens for Good Government. Mr. Arceneaux spent the majority of his life working as an advocate for the elderly and senior citizens.
David Funeral Home 400 Provost St. Jeanerette (337)276-5151 is assisting the family with local arrangements.
Thomas Vernon Perkins
Thomas Vernon Perkins, age 87, of Smiley, died September 18, 2010 in Cuero. He was born in Smiley on November 29, 1922. He was a member of Texas Silver Haired Legislature for over 18 years and a member of the Smiley Methodist Church. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Simion Whit & Ammie Pearl (Mosely) Perkins; two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his sons, Thomas V. Perkins, Jr. of Beaumont, TX and Kenneth S. Perkins & wife, Cooki, of Shelton, WA; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and special companion of over 30 years Lottie Wojtasczyk of Yorktown, TX.
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, September 21st, from 6 PM ï¿½ 8 PM at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 22nd, at 2:00 PM at Smiley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Robert M. Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Bundick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Smiley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98 Smiley, Texas 78159. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC, of Nixon (830) 582-1521.
John Henry Holcomb III(1930 - 2010)
John Henry Holcomb III, 79, a loving husband and devoted father, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Granbury. Memorial service: 6 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Granbury, where Jack and Louise have been members for 26 years. Dr. John Henry Holcomb III was a lifelong educator, administrator, civic and military leader. He served 30 years in Colorado as teacher, principal and superintendent, and with the State Department of Education. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. He returned to his home state of Texas in the capacity of professor of administrative education at Tarleton State University. He continued to contribute to the community in retirement, serving on the local airport board and as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator. Survivors: Wife, Louise; sons, John, Greg and Bradford; daughter, Kimberly; two granddaughters; and two grandsons.
Published in Star-Telegram on April 29, 2010
John Raymond HawkinsAugust 12, 1926 - February 2, 2010
John Raymond Hawkins, 83, a longtime resident of Snook, died Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at Copperas Hollow Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Caldwell.
Services were held Saturday, February 6, 2010, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in William Penn with Pastor Jeffrey King officiating. Interment followed in Snook Cemetery.
Mr. Hawkins was born on August 12, 1926 in Rosemont, (Baltimore County) Maryland, the son of James Lewis Hawkins, Sr. and Nelllie A. DeBaufre Hawkins. He was married to Margaret Ruth Schoenberg on October 29, 1948 in Liberty, Texas and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. John was a lifelong member of the Lutheran faith. He was baptized and confirmed in Lutheran churches in Rosemont and Glen Burnie, Maryland and he and his wife continued to practice their faith throughout their entire lives.
John was a service oriented man, whether it was serving his church, his community or his country, he gave it his all. He was a member of Marion Mays American Legion Post # 455 of Somerville and a member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in the William Penn Community.
He has been active in various Senior Advocacy Groups for over fifteen years, including being an active grassroots "Star" member of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; he served three 2-year terms in the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature serving Washington and Burleson Counties. He resigned in September of 1995 to serve as the Texas Senior Senator (National Silver-Haired Congress) for two 2-year terms and was Past-Chairman of District VI. He was Past Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging; he served as Past-President of the National Council of Silver-Haired Legislators; he was a member of the Board of Directors of Central States Coalition on Aging; an active member of Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition; an active member of Scott & White Senior Care Advocacy Committee; he served three 2-year terms on the A.A.R.P. State Legislative Committee for Districts 30 and 32; and was a member of Texas New Century Alliance for Social Security.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, four brothers, James Hawkins, William Hawkins, Richard Hawkins and Edward Hawkins; and two sisters, Dorothy Hannon and Gloria Rogers.
Survivors include his loving family consisting of his son and daughter-in-law, John R. Hawkins, Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Highland, Ind.; three daughters and a son-in-law, Susan R. and William Moore, of Snook, Christina R. Owens, of Humble and Theresa R. Dunlap, of New Albany, Ind.; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Nellie A. Wenzel, of New Castle, Pa., Jessie M. Slivecky, of North Fort Meyers, Fla., Joyce C. Strine, of Windom, Minn.; Lucille J. Cantrell and her husband, Glenn, of Pasadena, Md.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, other family and numerous friends.
Donald Carroll Brodnax(October 23, 1932 - October 17, 2009)
Donald Carroll Brodnax was the only child of Estelle Farr and Leon Donald Brodnax, of Newton, Texas. He was born October 23, 1932 in Jasper and was raised in Newton by his mother and grandparents. He graduated from Newton High School and later attended Lamar University in Beaumont. He passed away at age 76 on October 17, 2009 at his home in Jasper after an extended illness.
Known to young and old alike as Don Brodnax or simply as 'Mr. B,' his life was the culmination of a lifelong career of service to others, beginning in the very early years as an Eagle Scout and child prodigy in electronics, and later as an electrician, business owner, entrepreneur, and as a self-taught computer programmer. He began his career in the Social Services Industry in 1974, and co-founded a private, non-profit corporation in 1985 called East Texas Support Services, which specializes in State and Federal contracts and grants. He expanded the influence of this business over three decades to include the entire state of Texas, eventually being nominated to serve on the distinguished Texas Silver Haired Legislature, as well as the National Silver Haired Congress in Washington, D.C., where he helped co-author legislation to aid Senior Citizens both in Texas and across the Nation. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Bobbie Brodnax; two sons, Bruce Brodnax & wife Diann of Orange, Texas and Drew Brodnax & wife Evonne of Jasper; two daughters, Teresa Janeaux & husband Dale of Jasper and Donna Tapley of Newton; grandchildren, Sterling Brodnax, Ashley Brodnax, Adam Brodnax (deceased), Brady Williams, Brock Williams, Beauxdean Williams, Letisha Peveto, Christopher Brewer, Steffany Duke, Katrena Brewer; and four great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00pm Monday, October 19 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. Memorial Services will be at the Stringer & Griffin Chapel Tuesday, October 20 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Newton City Cemetery in Newton. Memorial Donations may be made to Lakes Area Hospice of Jasper, P.O. Box 2086, Jasper, Texas 75951.
|Mary Poppy Hulsey, 87, died Thursday, February 26, 2009. A service celebrating her life will be held in First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2009 officiated by Mike Roberts. A second service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in the First Presbyterian Church, Tulia, Texas officiated by her grandson, David Lee Hulsey, Jr. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia. Arrangements are by Corner Stone Funeral Home in Tulia. Mrs. Hulsey was born in Brownwood, Texas on November 25, 1921 to Jasper and Laura Galbreath. She graduated from high school in Fort Worth and attended Trinity University in Waxahachie. She married William Kirk Hulsey on June 10, 1941. They became permanent residents of Tulia. She was very active in Swisher County serving as a member of the senior board of Swisher County Historical Commission and was the driving force in publishing Windmilling which was the publication of the Swisher County history. Mrs. Hulsey was a charter member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature. She served on the White House Conference on Aging and was a state director on AARP. She and Kirk helped organize the Swisher County Flying Farmers and was the State Flying Farmers Queen of 1953. The Hulseys moved to Georgetown in 1997. She was active in the neighborhood organizations, including bridge clubs in Sun City and the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown. She was preceded in death by her husband Kirk in May 2003, a sister and a brother. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Burrow and husband Ken; sons, Bill, Chappy and David; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Nancy Nelson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made the Swisher County Museum in Tulia or to the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com|
Max Christopher Kennison
Max Christopher Kennison, 80, of Austin, Texas, passed away on February 2, 2009. He was born in Indiana in 1928 by parents Fred and Fern Kennison. He left his home on his own when he was 13 and spent much of his childhood with his uncles and a foster family, Ma and Pop Kyer.
Max served in the U.S. Navy at age 18 for 4 years just after WWII, and volunteered to serve again in the Korean War, where he sustained combat injuries, which ended his military career. He was awarded several medals for his service.
After returning to the U.S., he completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at New York University, and a master's degree in Nuclear Physics.
Max worked in the field of nuclear engineering and physics at several companies including RCA in New Jersey, and later worked in nuclear physics at ORTEC in Tennessee where he made significant contributions in the field of Neutron Spectrometry and had several articles published. His career brought him to Austin, Texas in 1968 and he worked in a similar field at Accelerators Inc. in Austin, Texas. He later formed Microlec, a manufactures representative company, and spent the last several years of his working career selling electronic assembly equipment used for circuit board production.
After retiring, Max spent much of his time volunteering for different causes he believed in, particularly for those causes concerning senior citizens. He also served with the Texas Silver Haired Legislature.
Max will be remembered by his cheerful and positive nature. He had the uncanny ability to charm most people he met. He was a gifted conversationalist and had many ideas for topics of conversation.
Max loved the Port Aransas area, and was an avid fisherman. He would often visit the area with his sons when they were younger, and taught them lots of cleaver ways to catch fish. He also taught them to enjoy the experience even when no fish were caught.
Max is survived by his four sons, David Kennison, Chris Kennison, Kevin Kennison and Kirk Kennison, and his two daughters, Evie Delmar and Charisse Gamble. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Cook Walden Funeral Home, at 6100 N Lamar Blvd, at 3:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to in Max Kennison's memory to the Austin Children's Shelter, P.O. Box 684213, Austin, Texas 78768-4213.
James Edward "Jim" Cowgill
Cowgill, James Edward (Jim) Born in Dallas, TX on May 24, 1932 to parents Elmer and Effie Cowgill. He was educated in Dallas Public Schools and at Southern Methodist University. He was a member of Centenary Methodist Church from birth to marriage, and a member of Casa Linda United Methodist Church since 1954. He was employed by the City of Dallas Engineers, Water Department, for 33 years and Gifford Hill and Company for 10 years. He was a member of the Coffee Cup Sunday School Class. He was also a member and chairman of various committees, administrative boards and trustees, including; The Technical Club of Dallas, American Society of Civil Engineers, The American Academy of Science, American Association of Retired Persons, 55 Alive Instructor, AARP Chapters, #3880, #12, #2252, and # 4375, Health Care Chairman, #3880, Metropolitan Dallas Legislative Council, AARP Criminal Justice Service, Past District Coordinator of Texas Metro District, Past Community Coordinator, TX. Jim has been a member of the Advocacy Group for Elders Program (AGE) since 1994. One of the highlights of Jim's efforts was his hard work as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator (TSHL) to author and pass a resolution to allow cities, counties and junior college districts the option of freezing the property taxes for seniors and persons with disabilities. The measure was meant to ease the financial burden of people on fixed incomes. Next, Jim led his fellow TSHL members to find legislators to write a bill and work for passage in the 78th State Legislative Session. They succeeded!! The following is a list of some of the groups Jim dedicated time to:
Jim Cowgill has made a difference for all older adults in the State of Texas on the tax freeze issue, but it is only one example of issues that he has been involved in. He has educated older adults on issues that affect them, he has taught older adults how to advocate, and he has been a great advocate for older Jim was a U.S. Navy veteran and served on the destroyer U.S.S. Owen in Korea. His hobbies included golf, photography and his grandchildren. He is survived by wife, Avanell; daughters, Patty Hopkins and husband David, and Janet Pennington and husband Mike; and grandchildren, Russell Hopkins, Dyann Hopkins and Christopher Moeri. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday January 13, 2008 at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial service will be at 3:30PM Wednesday January 14, 2008 at Restland Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Casa Linda United Methodist Church.
J.D. was born in Dallas, Texas on March 6th, 1918. He lived in Texas all his life except for 10 years when he and his wife Mattie were transferred to New Orleans, La. After leaving New Orleans, they moved back to Dallas where they lived the remainder of their lives. J.D. lost his wife Mattie in February of 1996 and married Ethel Flourine Gumm in January of 2001. J.D. went to work for Santa Fe Railroad in 1939 in Forth Worth, Texas and retired in Dallas in 1982 as Area Sales Representative having completed over 43 years of uninterrupted service After his retirement in 1982 he pursued his passion for music and discovered a life of service working on behalf of seniors in his community. His service would include representative for District III for the Texas Silver Haired Legislature in Dallas County for 2 years, member of Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council for 2 years, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Age Program at The Senior Source for 3 years. He was also very active in the Elmwood Senior Center, AARP, and Oak Cliff Christian Church. He was a member of the Dallas Banjo Band and has his own band. He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Denuszek, his grandson, Nathan Cyrus, his wife, Ethel Flourine Kahler, a brother, Bobby Kahler, and a sister, Martha Glasser and their families as well as many loving relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Nancy Dana Foster
Nancy Dana Foster was born on March 18, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts to Rita and Alfred Foster and died on October 4, 2008 in her home in Frisco, TX. She enjoyed an exciting childhood of sailing, ballet and winter sports in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She graduated from Salem High School and attended Colby College. She then went on to study and dance in New York City. She married Albert McPhail in 1951 and they lived in Caribou, Maine while Albert was in the Air Force. They moved to Marshall, Texas in 1953 and created a wonderful life for their three children: Leslie, Amy and Douglas. Nancy's creative and social energy brought many things to this part of the world. She was a founder and first president of the Marshall Symphony League, started a gift shop within the family hardware store and ran a ballet school out of her studio on Riggs Circle. Nancy was very active in theatrical productions at ETBC and Marshall High School and choreographed many productions including Oklahoma!, Bye, Bye Birdie and Music Man. There were many back yard productions of Peter and the Wolf, Copellia, Hansel and Gretel that presented magical moments for many families. She choreographed, directed, designed scenery and costumes for every production with endless passion and attention to detail. Nancy still found time to entertain, sew, paint and travel. She also started dance therapy classes for nursing home residents and mental patients at Rusk State Hospital. This led to a position as President of the Texas Nursing Home Association. She served on many boards and spoke to many groups about the benefits of an active, stimulating life for the elderly. In 1975 Nancy and Douglas moved to Dallas, Texas when she accepted an Ombudsman position with Parkland Hospital. She was very active in the Dallas community and served on many boards. She went on to work for a hospice organization, Beverly Enterprises and the Salvation Army. Nancy enjoyed dancing with the Dallas Ballet in character roles during productions of Nutcracker. Her long battle with pain and illness led to an early but short retirement. In the late 1990's she ran for and won a seat in the Texas Silver Haired Legislature. Her incredible writing skills put forth many a bill to protect the elderly and her public speaking abilities made her a popular and respected legislator. She held her seat for many years all the while battling illness. Her contributions will be remembered by many. Nancy is survived by her sister and family, Joan and Walter Barndt of Grantham, NH and children Beth and Mary Dana; daughter Leslie McPhail Peterson and family Glenn and Molly of Mankato, MN; daughter Amy McPhail Bartell and family Dan, Tim and Paul; son Douglas McPhail of Marshall, TX; and close friends Beverly and David Leonard of Austin, TX. A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Monday, October 27 at Church of the Holy Communion Episcopal, 17405 Muirfield Drive, Dallas, TX 75287, ph(972)248-6505. We are very grateful for the Faith Hospice organization in Frisco, TX for their kindness and supreme care given to Nancy in her final hours. Donations can be made to Faith Hospice, 6100 Colwell Boulevard, Suite 225, Irving, TX 75039-3112.
Elmer Sansom Ingle
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
4:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Willis
10129 FM 1097 W
Willis, TX 77318
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Willis
10129 FM 1097 W
Willis, TX 77318
Elmer Sansom Ingle, Jr. was born on January 13, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Elmer and Imogene Head Ingle. He had an enthusiasm for flying, earning his private pilot's license at an early age and becoming a captain squadron leader in the Civil Air Patrol. He had 3 years in the Naval Air Organized Reserve. Throughout his life, Mr. Ingle enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and caring for his (pampered) cattle on his farm in Willis. He attended, at various times, North Texas Agricultural College (now University of Texas at Arlington), Alvin Junior College and the University of Houston.
Mr. Ingle was a member of the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Willis. He was active in many activities of the Methodist Church through the years including his service as Sunday School Superintendent, on the Commission on Missions, Pastoral Council, and the Administrative Council.
Mr. Ingle retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1983 after 36 years in various management positions. During his employment with the telephone company, he participated in many community service opportunities including the United Way Campaign in Houston, Packmaster and District Chair of the Trinity-Natchez Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Liberty and East Texas Chambers of Commerce, the American Red Cross in Liberty as Fund Drive Chairman and Director, the Rotary Club, and as president of the Toastmasters of Austin. He continued his affiliation with the telephone company after his retirement through the Pioneers of America, where he was president of the Humanitarian Club.
Mr. Ingle's service to others did not end with his retirement. Since moving to Willis, Mr. Ingle served in fundraising activities of the United Way, as Board President of the Crisis Action Line, on the Montgomery County Grief Support Team, nine years as a mediator for the Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center, as a volunteer for Project L.O.V.E. for the Willis Independent School District and as a volunteer at Conroe Regional Medical Center. He served for over 10 years in the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature promoting rights and services for older citizens. Mr. Ingle was a Masonic Lodge member for 57 years and was an active member of the San Jacinto Lodge 106.
Mr. Ingle is survived by his wife, Verna Bellnoski Ingle; daughters Louann (wife of Kenneth Gum, of Tennessee) and Laura (wife of Patrick Dorï¿½, of Austin); stepson Clifford McPherson (and his wife Tami, of Houston); and grandchildren Ross Gum of Tennessee, Derek Gum of Tennessee, Mallory McPherson Hawley of Houston, Roxanne McPherson of Houston, and Melissa and Amelie Dorï¿½ of Bordeaux, France.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 8 from 4-6 PM at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Willis. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 9 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Willis with Pastor Jeff Gantz officiating. Interment following service at Shepherd Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Elmer requested contributions be sent to the San Jacinto Lodge 106, the First United Methodist Church of Willis, or the charity of your choice.
Glen Jerome Peterson
April 3, 1930 - July 15, 2007
Glen Jerome Peterson died of lung cancer on July 15, 2007, at his home in Boerne. He loved his wife of 49 years, Laverne, his sons Jim and Mark, and his grandchildren Eric, Emily, Lilia and Sam.
Born in Akron, Ohio, to James and Leah Peterson on April 3, 1930, he lived in Arizona and graduated from San Angelo Texas High School. He was Golden Glove boxing champion and served in the Navy during the Korean era. He managed his family's service stations, sold cars, and ran for Congress in Corpus Christi where he was married and his first son was born.
He moved his family to Kerr County in 1962 where his second son was born. Working as a nursing assistant with the Veteran's Administration, he was recruited as a union organizer with the American Federation of Government Employees, organizing almost every local west of the Mississippi. He later was elected (usually by unanimous vote) international Vice President and served on the executive board of the AFGE where he worked tirelessly to improve the lot of working men and women in and out of federal government.
From 1994 to the present he was a member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature and the National Silver Haired Congress. He was a Master Parliamentarian, Admiral in the Texas Navy, a Kentucky Colonel, a federal administrative judge and received honorary PhDs from several universities.
He was a stalwart Democrat who served as a campaign manager for Ralph Yarborough and Hubert Humphrey and was responsible for helping organize the campaigns of many local and statewide elected officials. He served as a delegate to almost every State Democratic Convention until his retirement and was a delegate to or attended most National Conventions.
He served as Chairman of the Kendall County Democrats. A frequent traveler he became Mikhail Gorbachev's guest in the Soviet Union at President Reagan's request. He visited most European countries and Israel twice. He enjoyed frequent cruise ship vacations to Mexico, the Caribbean and Alaska.
As a Christian he started every day with ï¿½Thank you Jesusï¿½ and grew to become his savior's hands and feet to those he came in contact with everyday. Named ï¿½Budï¿½ by his older brother when he was infant, he was a brother to all. Glen is survived by his wife, LaVerne Peterson of Boerne; sons Jim Peterson and Glen is survived by his wife, LaVerne Peterson of Boerne; sons Jim Peterson and wife Suzi of Bulverde and Mark Peterson and wife Margaret of Pipe Creek; four grandchildren; sister Patricia Zeller and husband Robert of Corpus Christi; brothers James Eugene Peterson and wife Gay of Humble, Paul David Peterson and wife Bonnie of Victoria, and Robert Andrew Peterson and wife Karen of Ingleside.
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Ebensberger Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church of Boerne. A private interment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were with Ebensberger Funeral Home of Boerne.
Taps for Carl W. Hoffmann
Monday, March 12, 2007 Abilene Reporter-News
EASTLAND - Carl W. (Dub) Hoffmann, Jr. prominent businessman and resident of Eastland, Texas, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2007.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday March 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Eastland conducted by Dr. Shawn Brewer and Dr. Eric McKinney.
Dub was born in Eastland on June 5, 1938, to the late C. W. and Bess Hoffmann. As a young boy he attended Eastland Elementary and graduated from Peacock Academy in San Antonio. He attended Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian in Lubbock.
Returning to Eastland in September 1963, he managed Eastland Supply which his family owned. In 1968, Dub purchased Poe Floral and was known for his superior floral business for twenty-six years.
Dub loved his home town and was always willing to help and strived to improve his community.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Eastland Masonic Lodge, Fort Worth Scottish Rite, Moslah Temple, Eastland City Commissioner serving as Chairman of the Board from 1988 to 1995. West Central Texas Council of Government Executive Board, Eastland Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Eastland Food Pantry Board, Eastland Antique Car Club, and an active member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, serving on the Retirement & Aging Committee as well as on the Operations Committee. Dub was honored by the Eastland Chamber with the Golden Deed Award.
Survivors include wife, Jean; Son Carl W. (Trey) Hoffmann of Dallas; Daughter Tiffany Hoffmann Turetzky and Husband, David of Secaucus, New Jersey; Step-Son, Mike Carter and Wife Dana of Longview and two Grandchildren, Laura Jean Carter and Zach Turetzky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, W. H. Hoffmann, Sr., and sister Mary Katherine Hoffmann Gavrel.
Memorial may be made to the charity of your choice.
Taps for Earl M. Landis
Earl M. Landis, 90, entered eternal rest Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, in Fort Worth. He was born July 30, 1916, in Brookville, Ohio.
Funeral: private. Burial: private. Visitation: private.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have the public make donations in their own names to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.
Earl served in World War II and worked for several decades as a printing press engineer. He also served several terms in the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature where he influenced the response to situations affecting the elderly.
Survivors: Loving wife of more than 60 years, Doris Landis; daughter, Judy, and son, Mark Landis; sister, Glenna Jordan of Brookville, Ohio; and several extended-family members.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 1/16/2007
Taps forThe Honorable Jim Caldwell
James Duncan (Jim) Caldwell, Sr. of Kingsland, TX passed away on February 17, 2006 at age 68. He was born in Dallas, Texas on November 11, 1937 to James Hogg Caldwell and Cathryn Duncan Caldwell.
He had resided in Kingsland for the past 30 years, moving here from Dallas and was a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator for District Four.
Jim was the director of the Llano County Food Pantry, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland.
He is survived by his daughter, Alexa Caldwell, of Newport Beach, CA; his son, James D. Caldwell, Jr. and wife, Dena, and grandchildren Taylor Mackenzie Caldwell and Karlee Rae Caldwell of Huntington Beach, CA.
A memorial service and celebration of his life was held Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at First Baptist Church of Kingsland, with Rep Tony Goolsby, a long-time friend telling stories about Jim and his experiences, and Rev. Doug Lindley officiating/ Rev. Lindley used 2 Timothy 4:6-8 as being descriptive of Jim and his life: …and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. … Eulogy by Carlos Higgins
A Celebration of Life service for Jim Caldwell was held yesterday (March 15, 2006)in Kingsland. Here’s how fitting and well done the service was. As you all must know, Jim smoked. He smoked a lot! But Jim would have appreciated this service and the gathering of his friends so much –he would not even have thought about taking one of his frequent smoke breaks.
Jim’s favorite preacher conducted the service. Pastor Doug Lindley’s respect and admiration for Jim was apparent. Jim’s life-long friend, Texas State Representative Tony Goolsby, delivered a warm-hearted eulogy. He began his remarks with a promise, with eyes lifted up to Jim: that – not to worry - he wasn’t going to tell everything he knew about Jim.
The Honorable Jim Caldwell - Texas Silver-Haired Legislator
In this life, when Jim was present, it wasn’t long before everyone else present knew who Jim was. That was true in Jim’s countless visits to the state Capitol on behalf of Texas senior citizens. Here’s just one example:
Jim and I testified many times before Texas Legislative Committees. My testimony was generally straightforward and to the point. Committee members would listen respectfully. When Jim testified, he’d make the same point, but with humor, gusto and a down-to-earth delivery. They not only listened to Jim, they (along with the audience) frequently rolled with laughter, and everyone remembered Jim. And they remembered his message.
As a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator and tireless advocate for senior issues, Jim was very well known and respected among the members of our Texas House and Senate, and by the Governor. And he was successful.
A timely and highly apropos legislative event occurred just two days before Jim’s untimely death. The number one issue the TSHL advocated for, an issue that Jim gave a great amount of effective time and attention to was finally approved. The issue was a personal needs allowance for many of our state’s most needy senior citizens. The way was finally paved for an increase in that allowance, and Jim clearly deserves a big share of the credit for that success.
After the service, members of the First Baptist Church in Kingsland provided food and drinks for the gathering of Jim’s family, friends and supporters. Many members of the TSHL attended. During this luncheon, Speaker Chris Kyker presented to the Caldwell family a TSHL lap blanket in memory of Jim and his sustained fine works for the TSHL and for the citizens of Texas.
Jim and I were very much a part of the “Capitol Crew” for TSHL legislative efforts. I will miss Jim. We will ALL miss him.
By Carlos Higgins TSHL
Taps forThe Honorable Calvin E. Stewart
Calvin “Cal” E. Stewart, 82, of Orange died December 30, 2005, at his residence.
He is interned at Valhalla Cemetery.
Mr. Stewart was born in Birmingham, Alabama and was a longtime resident of Orange. He was a structural engineer for American Bridge-U.S. Steel and was in the Navy Reserves. He was a member of the Mason Lodge 269 in Illinois, Orange County Sheriff’s Alumni Association, Silver Hair Legislator and Senior Watch Program. He was also a member of North Orange Baptist Church, the Birmingham Square Dance Association, National Campers and Hikers Association, Area Agency on Aging and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Stewart; parents, Henry and Minnie (Mitchell) Stewart; and son, Roscoe Stewart.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Margaret “Sissy” Hampton of Birmingham, AL and Fay Ann Powell and husband Terry of Orange; son, Walter Edward Stewart and wife Cathy of Carrollton; grandchildren, Ed and Anthony Hampton, Wendy Roberts, Dustin and Trevor Powell and Emma Stewart; and great-granddaughter, Haley Michelle Roberts.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to the Southeast Texas Hospice, 912 W. Cherry, Orange, TX 77630.
Taps forThe Honorable Naomi Elaine Davis Norton
Naomi Elaine Davis Norton, of Midland, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2005.
She was born September 7, 1917 in Abilene, Texas to James H. Davis and Lula E. Lockley Davis. A graduate of Abilene High School, Mrs. Norton earned a B.A. at Hardin-Simmons University, and a M.S. from the University of Texas. On August 24, 1947, she married David L. Norton. Mrs. Norton taught 31 years in Texas schools, from elementary to college level. Naomi was inducted into Stephen F. Austin High School's Hall of Honor. She was a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator and a member of the National Silver Haired Congress. Naomi was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Midland. She was active in Eastern Star and many community organizations. A member of "Who's Who", she received numerous honors and awards.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Taps for The Honorable Ingram Smith
Friday was a sad day. News came that The Honorable Ingram Smith had passed away. He was a very special friend to many of us. He served in the TSHL six terms (the fourth through the ninth term). He was unable to return for the 10th term because of his declining health.
Ingram Smith was a kind and loving man. There was never any contradiction between what he believed and the way he lived. Soon after he returned from World War II he got married and bought a new 1948 model pick up truck. He figured that his wife and pick up should last a lifetime. He took good care of them. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary he fired up his old pick up truck and took his wife for a ride. She passed away a few years ago. When he passed away on August 25, 2005, his wife's clothes were still hanging neatly in their clothes closet. His pick up truck was in the garage ready for one last final trip. When he got to Heaven his wife was holding the gate wide open for him. May Ingram rest in peace!
By Tom Perkins
Taps for The Honorable Honorable Elizabeth Sheridan Gunnerson
ELIZABETH SHERIDAN GUNNERSON (BETTE), 79, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2005 in Galveston, Texas. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 6, 1926 to Sarah Coyle and William Sheridan. She graduated from St. Dominic's Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey and on November 16, 1946 was married to Robert (Bob) Gunnerson.
Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Gunnerson; granddaughter, Mary Briza; grandson, John Briza; brother, William Sheridan; brother-in-law, Robert Schuttinger; nephew, Kenneth Schuttinger. She leaves to cherish her memories daughters Karen Briza and husband Chris, Anne Gunnerson, Lori Rosendale and husband Stephen; son Robert Gunnerson; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters Jean Schuttinger, Marie Eeva and husband Dominic; brother John (Jack) Sheridan and wife Charlotte; many nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.
Bette worked as an Insurance Claims Examiner but spent most of her life as a very loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her strong devotion to her Catholic faith guided her life and impacted all whose lives she touched. Bette was very active in both her Church and community. Before moving to Houston in 1976 she was a member of the Rosary Society at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Far Rockaway, New York. She then became an active member of first St. Michael's Parish and subsequently St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish where she was very involved in the Focolare Movement. Bette served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Dominic Village where she resided in Independent Living for five years before moving to Galveston. While at St. Dominic's Bette became an outspoken advocate for senior issues.
She held leadership positions in the Senior Senate and was appointed to the Silver Haired Legislature co-authoring a Bill in the State Senate that would provide funds for those needing Assisted Living accommodations. Unfortunately, this Bill was tabled until the next Legislative session. Bette continued to serve in the Silver Haired Legislature until her death making frequent trips to Austin as an advocate for senior issues. Last February Bette could not resist the call of the Gulf and moved to Galveston to be near the beach where she felt so close to God. She described it as an inspirational place conducive to prayer and meditation. For these last few months she attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston and made many new friends in her Bible Study there.
Many thanks are extended to all those friends who have made her life fuller, especially Ms. Kathy Bingham.
Taps for The Honorable Rachel Beall-vonTungeln
Rachel Beall-vonTungeln was born March 23, 1916, in Johnson County, the daughter of Lavirne and E.K. Mahanay. At age 2, she moved to Fort Worth, where she lived until moving to Dallas in 2003 to be near her daughter.
She was a legal secretary and served as a civilian court reporter for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served 10 years in the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, where she chaired several committees and was on the executive board. She was Representative-at-Iarge for Tarrant County. Following that, she was a member for three years of the National Silver Haired Congress, which conducted its business in Washington, D.C. She was a lifetime member of the National Council of Silver Haired Legislature. She was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Fort Worth Chapter 30, where she held several offices. She worked with several organizations dealing with the affairs of the elderly, both locally and nationally.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James W. Beall and J. E. vonTungeln.
Survivors: Her daughter, Celia Beall Scott and son-in-law Robert E. Scott of Dallas; grandson, Doug Scott; and great-grandchildren, Rob and Taylor Scott of Grand Prairie.
Taps for The Honorable Bill Sagstetter
Bill Sagstetter, "Word Master," was born to be a Journalist. While in High School he became editor of the school paper. He majored in Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin then spent his working career doing journalistic work. That was not enough for Bill. He was elected to the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. His second term, he was elected Chairman of the Communications Committee and became editor of the Silver Bulletin. He developed the Silver Bulletin into a first class document that was enjoyed by all who read it. Before he became too ill to work he had published 29 issues.
Honorable Bill Sagstetter was given Emeritus Honors by the members of the TSHL to show their respect and esteem for him. To his wife Margaret, thanks for sharing this great man with us.
Honorable Bill Sagstetter Emeritus, we miss you.
By Tom Perkins
Taps for The Honorable Felix Nigh
Felix Nigh was a big man with a big heart who left a big hole, which, before he left, he had filled with energy and strong convictions. We will miss Felix but know he is in a better place where he is having a large family reunion. He has graduated to a better place and we all look forward to being with him later. Thank you Lois for sharing Felix with the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature and the National Silver-Haired Congress.
By Homer Lear
Speaker Emeritus TSHL