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Paul Adolfo Jaure, 81, of Beeville, Texas, unexpectedly passed away on May 24, 2024. Paul was born August 25, 1942, in Beeville to Miguel and Bertha (Rodriguez) Jaure. He married Sarah Guerrero on August 30, 1969. Together they dedicated their lives to educating young people and supporting their community. Paul served in the United States Army before earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education at Southwest Texas State. Later, he completed his Master of Science degree in the same field of study at Texas A&I University. Paul began his teaching career at San Marcos ISD and Pettus ISD for one year before embarking on a 31-year career at Beeville ISD as an agriculture science teacher. His excellence in education was recognized with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Teacher Award (Texas Ag Teachers Association), Outstanding Secondary Educator (Texas Ag Workers Award), Soil Conservation Teacher-of-the-Year (Bee County Award), Apple Achievement Award (Beeville ISD), and the Outstanding Service Citation (National Agriculture Educators). Paul's dedication to profession al organizations was remarkable, with notable leadership roles. His pinnacle of service, however, was as president of the National Association of Agricultural Educators from 2000 to 2001 and the president of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas from 1995 to 1996. Additionally, Mr. Jaure made significant contributions as president of the 4-County Agriculture Teacher’s District, Area X Agriculture Teachers Association, and the Beeville Faculty Association for BISD. His involvement extended to the Texas FFA, National FFA, and the Texas FFA Foundation.


Dr. Les Farmer, 77, of Robinson, former longtime ag teacher, educator and school superintendent, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2024 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 6 at First Baptist Church of Hubbard with Rev. Ernie Franklin and Rev. Mark Barnhill officiating. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery in Navarro County near Silver City. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Les was born November 9, 1946 in Corsicana to Guy Remington Farmer and Sarah Evelyn (Butler) Farmer.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin and began a lengthy career in education by teaching Agriculture at Axtell High School. Les was drafted into the Army in 1969 and served nearly two years including a deployment to Vietnam where he served in the Veterinary Corps. 

After his military service, Les returned to teach at Axtell before moving on to Robinson High School, China Spring High School, and Valley Mills High School. He also continued to further his education by obtaining a Master’s Degree from Tarleton State University and later a Doctorate in Education from Oklahoma State University. After acquiring his Doctorate, he taught agriculture at Southwest Texas State, in San Marcos. Les then moved into school administration and served as Superintendent for several school districts in Central Texas including Valley Mills, Bangs and Hubbard.

Darrell William Kurtz passed away on May 6, 2024. He graduated from Sam Houston State University where he received a degree in vocational agriculture.  While at Sam Houston, he met his wife, Sheila. After college, Darrell served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Louisiana and Maryland.  They lived the military life in Havre de Grace, Maryland for a while and then returned to Texas to find teaching jobs.  They landed in Pearsall, where they spent their teaching careers with Pearsall Independent School District.  Darrell loved teaching, working with young people and animals.  He taught one year in Holland ISD and then 39 years at Pearsall High School.  He received numerous vocational awards through the years.  He was devoted to the Future Farmers of America and exposing as many students as possible to FFA. He also taught and loved teaching students how to weld. They built trailers, BBQ pits, deer blinds and many other projects.  In 2013, he was honored to have the PHS Ag Building named after him.  

Juan Armando Cadena, a man of the earth and the open sky, embarked on his final journey on April 30, 2024, in Houston, TX, at the age of 52. Following his time at the university, Juan dedicated four years to the San Diego Independent School District as an 8th grade science teacher at Bernarda Jaime Junior High. In 2004, Juan continued his teaching career at Weslaco Independent School District, as an 8th grade science teacher at Beatriz Garza Middle School.  He became Weslaco High School’s Ag Teacher in 2013, where he touched the lives of countless students and FFA members. His passion for teaching was infectious, and he inspired a new generation to explore and respect the natural world. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary, Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Rivera at Hillcrest Funerals and Cremations 1300 N. I-69C Edinburg, Texas. Visitation will be will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary, Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Rivera at Hillcrest Funerals and Cremations in Edinburg. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2024 at Holy Family Catholic Church 1302 E Champion St. Edinburg, Texas. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg. 

Johnny Lynn Pairsh, age 68, passed away at his home in Wolfe City. Johnny joined the US Army and was an Infantry Soldier. After his time in the service, he went to East Texas University and furthered his education to a bachelor’s in education and in Ag management. Johnny was an Ag teacher for Windom ISD from 1981-1984. He later taught at Wolfe City High School where he stayed for 25 years, from 1984-2009.  He also taught from 1981-1984 at Windom ISD. 

Ernest Floyd Easter of Jacksboro, Texas passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024, in Jacksboro, Texas. Floyd graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1957. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Texas Tech University. He was passionate about children and agriculture, teaching Agriculture Education for 18 years, he poured into the lives of countless students. Upon retirement from teaching, Floyd served as the Treasurer of Jack County for 12 years. He continued his love for children, driving a bus daily for Jacksboro ISD. A visitation will be held from 4 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at the Jack County Youth Fair Barn in Jacksboro. Burial will follow at Winn Hill Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Coker Funeral Home.

Mr. F.O. Tyler started this epic journey to the age of 100 in Nacogdoches County on April 11, 1921. He passed from this life on April 2, 2024. After his honorable discharge from the US Army, he decided not to return to the harsh farm life but instead enrolled in Prairie View A&M College at the time to pursue his quest for a different life than that of a farmer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and later earned a Master’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University as well.

After graduating Mr. Tyler moved his family to Bellville, TX and took a job as the first Black Austin County Extension Agent. During his two-year tenure there they won the Texas State Swine Show with the 4-H Program. He later moved his family to Sealy and was hired as a Coach, Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Bus driver, and Mentor at the Austin County Colored School. This school had a broad base of students which included the colored youth from Wallis, Sealy, and Bellville. When the schools were integrated, he was one of the first black teachers that was selected to move to Sealy High School as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher. He taught Agriculture for 34 years teaching and mentoring young men for life’s challenges. One of his greatest achievements during his teaching career was sponsoring the NFHA Livestock Show and winning the Texas Leadership Contest.

George Lloyd McAllister (aka “Mr. Mac”) passed away on Palm Sunday March 24 surrounded by his family. He graduated from Devine High School in Devine, Texas in 1947. He worked for two years after graduating from High School, to make enough money to pay for part of his college education. After those two years of work, he enrolled at Texas A&I in Kingsville, where he worked three jobs to put himself through school. He graduated in 1952 with a BS in Agricultural Education. He later received his master’s degree from A&I.

When George graduated from college, he married his college sweetheart, Grady Ann Swift of Laredo, Texas. That same year, he got his first job teaching vocational agriculture in Laredo, Texas. Two years later, George accepted the vocational ag teaching position in Jourdanton, Texas. George taught for a total of 37 years, including the two years in Laredo. George was an outstanding teacher in his field and respected by many. In 2022, he was inducted into the Texas Vocational Agricultural teachers Hall of Fame. He was a wonderful father figure and mentor to three generations of students at Jourdanton High School.

Dr. Joseph M. Dettling, 75, of College Station, TX, passed away on February 24, 2024, after a brief, but courageous, battle with pancreatic cancer. After graduating from Wharton High School and serving as FFA State Vice President, he attended Texas A&M University, where he subsequently received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education ‘70, Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Development  ‘77, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Agriculture Education ‘96. Joe began his career as an Ag Teacher at Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, TX,  moved to Sweeny High School, then spent the remainder of his years at Instructional Materials Service (IMS) at Texas A&M University, writing agriculture education materials for the state of Texas. He was a man of many talents and skills, which he intentionally used to build a beautiful life, in service to others. While the ways in which he served others are countless, his most passionate efforts were made as a lifelong FFA member and contributor, an avid Aggie, an enduring Ag educator, a dutiful Catholic, a forceful Rock Steady Fighter, and above all, a devoted husband and father.

Jimmy Alan Morgan of Wheeler, Texas passed away after a brief battle with cancer on January 25, 2024. he began his teaching career at McLean and then Samnorwood. In 1997, Jimmy and Kimberly moved to Jayton where he taught Ag for 11 years. After their youngest daughter graduated in 2007, they decided to make the move to Wheeler where he taught Ag at Miami and then Kelton for 13 years. During his 31 years of teaching, Jimmy touched the lives of thousands of students and coached state and national winning teams. He loved his students and never stopped believing in the “future of agriculture”. Services will be at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at Cornerstone Church in Wheeler. Interment will follow at the Mobeetie Cemetery. A viewing will be held at Robertson Funeral Home on January 27, 2024, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. 

James "Jamie" Edward Anderson, Jr., passed from this life on January 22, 2024. Jamie's journey began in Livingston, where he graduated from high school in 1968, laying the foundation for a life marked by achievement and compassion. His formative years at his father's Texico Service Station instilled in him the values of hard work and responsibility. Jamie's academic pursuits led him to be part of the inaugural class at Angelina Jr College in Lufkin, followed by obtaining both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Agricultural Education from Sam Houston State University. His passion for agriculture and education became the cornerstone of his career. For over 40 years, Jamie dedicated himself as an agriculture science teacher, shaping the lives of generations of Leggett Pirates. His influence extended beyond the classroom walls, inspiring a love for agriculture in countless students. Jamie's commitment to education was matched only by his devotion to his family. Services for James "Jamie" Anderson, Jr., 74, of Livingston, Texas, will be held Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Texas with Bro. Kevan Wood officiating. Interment will follow at Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. Visitation will take place Saturday, January 27, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.

Randy Lehmberg passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 11am at the River of Life Church in Mason. 

Joseph Philip Howard, 65 of Valley View, Texas passed away on January 20, 2024. He was a member of Denton Bible Church and graduated from Tarleton University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science.  Phil was employed as an Agriculture teacher at Valley View ISD for over 22 years. 

Thomas “Tom” Brockman, 80, of Kress passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. He taught agricultural education and served as an FFA advisor at Munday High School and Idalou High School for three years respectively. Tom opened his own business, “Texas Ornamental Iron”, in Lubbock, which he ran for 6 years before returning to teaching agriculture at Kress High School.  He retired from teaching in 2008.  

Thomas John “Tommy” Meek, 34, of Briscoe, Texas died Thursday, January 11, 2024. While in school his love for raising and showing animals, 4-H and FFA grew more and more. In high school, Tommy was elected to local and District FFA offices and fulfilled his dream of being a Texas State FFA officer. After graduating, he went to West Texas A&M University to receive his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education in 2012. Tommy was the Ag teacher at McLean ISD from 2012 to 2019, passing on his passion and love for FFA and animals to his students. His whole world changed in 2016, when he was blessed with his daughter, Tatum, and she instantly became the center of his whole world. He would work as the Assistant County Agent for Ochiltree County before coming back home to Wheeler County as the County Agent.

Urfa David (U.D) Adams, age 91, of Austin, Texas passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Jerry Kenneth Mitchell, Sr., 85, passed away with his family by his side, into the arms of His Savior, on December 2, 2023 in Springtown. Jerry was born on October 20, 1938 in Vernon, Alabama. He graduated from Lamar County High School in 1958 and graduated with his BS degree in Agricultural Education from Auburn University in 1962. 


Jackie McDonald entered the gates of heaven December 5, 2023. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas. Jackie was born the son of Lon and Vada McDonald born July 18th, 1960 in Winters, Texas. His sister Cindy and him were their children who lived as ag teacher kids traveling across the state showing cattle and sheep. He attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a bachelor degree in Agriculture Education and masters of Education. He started his ag-science teaching career at Lubbock Cooper for the first year and then moved to Welch, Texas and taught at Dawson ISD for 14 years where he welcomed his daughter and son- Chelsea and Roper. He also found the love of his life, DiAnna McDonald, while stock showing, it was “love at first sight.” That is when the “brady bunch” was created, Heather, Chelsea, Haile, and Roper lived many summers of stock showing across the state of Texas. Jackie loved stockshows and making sure all the animals were shown perfect and looked perfect and he was great at it. They moved to Seminole in 1996 and continued his ag teacher role until he retired in 2011 after educating youth in agriculture for 30 years. After retirement Jackie and Dianna moved to Lake Brownwood. Retirement brought many miles of chasing their 8 grandchildren. Whether it be stockshows, football, softball, baseball, choir concerts, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, dance recitals, and numerous FFA events. Jackie was also an avid hunter and spent 43 years hunting with his dearest friends in Christoval.


Finus Jack Branham Sr. of Lubbock, Texas, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Thursday, November 23, 2023. He was born in Winters, Texas on March 21, 1933 to Troy Washington Branham and Effie Bell Mayfield. Finus dedicated more than four years of his life to the United States Air Force before embarking on an academic journey at Texas Tech University. There, he earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education and his Master’s degree. A passionate educator, Finus imparted his knowledge in Agriculture Education for an impressive 35 years, pioneering the Ag Co-op program for high school students in Texas. His love for agriculture led him to raise Southdown sheep and various other animals. Finus served as the secretary and treasurer for the Texas Southdown Breeders Association for 21 years and later contributed 22 years to Economy Mills feed store, where he retired.

The family invites you to join them as they honor and celebrate his life with a visitation beginning on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 6pm-8pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. Services will continue with a 1pm Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 1pm in Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Charles Wesley Casada, born on June 22, 1950, in Sherman, Texas, passed away on September 1, 2023 with his wife and three children by his side. Charles dedicated 34 years of his life to the field of education as an Agriculture Science Teacher. His impact was felt in several schools, including Axtell Rural HS, Scurry-Rosser HS, S&S HS, Farmersville HS, and Plano Jasper HS. He found immense joy in his roles as an Agriculture Science Teacher and later in his post-retirement position at Animal Care Technologies. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, September 8th at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville at 11:00 am. The family will welcome visitors prior to the service from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.


Johnny Vance Hook, 73 of Millsap, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, surrounded by those who love him. Funeral services for Johnny will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 22nd at the First Baptist Church in Dennis with Danny Shearman and Ben McCleery officiating.  Burial will follow at Pony Creek Cemetery in Erath County.  Visitation with the Hook family will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at the Dennis First Baptist Church.  Services are under direction of Stephenville Funeral Home. For over 30 years, Johnny taught Ag at the High School and College level. His passions included training a variety of FFA teams for competition and supporting students in raising animals for stock shows, with his favorite being the Parker County Livestock Show.


Tommy J. “Red” Hickerson - soldier, educator, husband, father of three, and father figure to countless numbers of young men - died peacefully surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Born December 18, 1949, he grew up in Rosebud, Texas, the eldest of 3 children. He graduated from Rosebud High School in 1968 enlisted in the army in 1969 and served until 1978. He then attended Tarleton State University from 1978 to 1981 and earned dual Master’s degrees there in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Education.

Leon Roy Stewart Jr., a dedicated teacher and loving family man, passed away on July 2, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of passion and devotion. Born on July 6, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, Leon was the son of Louise A. and Leon Roy Stewart. Leon's career as an educator spanned over four decades, with his first year serving as the Agricultural Teacher at Shephard ISD and ending with Mansfield ISD after 36 years. His love for his profession was evident in both his commitment to his students and his active involvement in professional associations, notably as a member of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association. Not only was Leon highly regarded among his colleagues, but he also made a significant impact on countless young lives through his role as an agricultural teacher. He nurtured a love for learning in his students while imparting invaluable knowledge about the importance of agriculture. His dedication to education extended beyond the classroom, as he played a pivotal role in the MISD Reed-Stewart Agricultural Science Center's establishment in 1998. Among Leon's many accomplishments, one that brought him immense joy was being recognized by being included in the prestigious ATAT Hall of Fame for the Agricultural Teachers Association of Texas in 2023. It was a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence throughout his career.

Johnny Harold Simmons, 75, of Petrolia, Texas, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Johnny received his Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Education from Tarleton State University and his Master’s of Science in Agriculture Education from Sam Houston State University.  He was a retired Teacher of Agriculture having taught for 31 years in Byers, TX and Petrolia, TX and was a member of the Petrolia Church of Christ. He loved teaching his students and raising horses.Memorials may be made to the Petrolia FFA, PCISD, Attn: Johnny Simmons Memorial, P.O. Box 176, Petrolia, TX 76377. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the Petrolia Church of Christ with Mr. Mike Taylor, officiating. Burial will be in Petrolia Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.     

Ronel Wayne Roberts, 73, of Victoria, passed away Friday, March 10, 2023. Ronel was born February 14, 1950 in San Augustine, TX to Ronel McKinney Roberts and Julia Bell Haley Roberts. He married Rebekah Sue Coffin on July 22, 1989, in Eagle Lake, TX. He had been a member of the Agriculture Teachers Association. Ronel received his bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&M University and received his Master’s degree in Education from Prairie View A&M. He taught at Rice Consolidated in the Agricultural Department for over twenty years before moving to Region 3 in 1992 and retiring in 2010.

Dennis Clay Pate passed away on 5/6/23 at the age of 66 in Lubbock, Texas. He proudly served in the Navy from 1974-1977. Then, he attended Texas Tech University where he got his Bachelors and Masters in Agriculture Education. He taught high school ag science for 27 years at Roosevelt, Monterey, Ropes, and Wellman-Union starting in 1981. After retiring, he continued to teach welding as an instructor at South Plains in the fall of 2007, then at Texas Tech in the Ag Ed Department from 2008 to 2020. In addition to teaching, he enjoyed spending his time hunting with his sons and time boating and skiing on the lake with anyone that wanted to go.  Services will be held in Lubbock, with Visitation on Wednesday May 10 and graveside services on May 11th at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Jay L. Eudy passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023. A Graveside Service was held on Monday, May 8, 2023 at Dreamland Cemetery in Turkey.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at First United Methodist Church in Levelland with Ruby Moultrie officiating.  Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Homes. Jay Eudy was born September 3, 1932 on the Eudy family farm in Turkey, TX. He was the eleventh child of Jim and Ethel Eudy. Jay was married to his college sweetheart, Barbara for sixty-eight years. Together they have two sons, Steve Eudy of Anderson, SC, Scott (Lavonna) Eudy of Tampa, FL; two daughters, Jill (Stan) Roberts of Levelland, TX, and Jayne Blume of Lubbock, TX; from that they were blessed with 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Jay was a man of many admirable accomplishments, distinguished awards and high praises. He loved our country and served it well. He commanded a company in the 101st Airborne Division and served as Advisor to the Royal Arabian Infantry School in Saudi Arabia. Jay was a strong proponent for Agriculture Education and became the State Director of Agriculture Education in 1983. Jay was passionate about the Texas FFA and devoted everything he could to saving and promoting the program for the state of Texas. Whatever he sought to master, he succeeded



James Clyde Stolte, Sr. was born on September 29, 1926 in Cibolo, Texas. He passed away on April 4, 2023. James married Leola Haverlah on June 6, 1953. They became parents of three sons – James Clyde Stolte Jr. (JC), of New Braunfels, with wife Karen (deceased), Stephen Stolte of Colorado/Dallas, with wife Carrie, and Michael Stolte of Houston, with wife Elaine. James taught agriculture to war veterans from 1949 to 1952 at Kenedy and at Pawnee. James taught science at Schertz High School from 1952 to 1961 and coached the girls’ volleyball team. In 1953 he started the Vocational Agriculture Department at Schertz High School. During the summers of 1953-1954, James attended Texas A&M in Kingsville and received his master’s degree in vocational agriculture. James moved to New Braunfels in 1961 to teach science and vocational agriculture at Canyon High School until his retirement in 1980. James was one of the organizers of Comal County Youth Show and started the Young Farmers Chapter of Comal County while still teaching and is a current lifetime member. James would open and work in their food booth at the Comal County Youth show for many years. 

Henry Douglas Marek, 78, of Nelsonville, passed away February 19, 2023. He and his wife Kay made their home in Hallettsville for 17 years where he taught agriculture science.  The years he spent in Hallettsville were very rewarding for him and he still has many friends and former students who he cherishes greatly.  In 1983, he and his family returned to Bellville where he taught agriculture until he retired in 2004.  His passion was teaching high school students Agriculture and working with livestock.  He enjoyed all aspects of the High School ag program, but his favorite was training students in leadership and judging contests, especially livestock, meat, and poultry judging, in which he coached several state and national winning teams in Hallettsville and in Bellville. He had a genuine concern for his students and respected, admired, and appreciated his professional colleagues. Upon retirement, he enjoyed farming and ranching activities and substitute teaching, especially in the ag department. He was inducted into the Texas Agriculture Teachers Association Hall of Fame in July 2022. Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM, Bellville Methodist Church. 

On February 14, 2023, Harold James (“Jimmy”) Fife, passed peacefully on his ranch in Montgomery, Texas. He was 76 years old. After graduating from Sam Houston High School in 1965, Jimmy went on to attend Sam Houston State University where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science and Master’s Degree in Education. Jimmy used his degree and life experiences as a cowboy to teach “Ag” for 29 years in Montgomery County high schools.  He used his real-world knowledge, and his—let’s call it “unique”—way of saying things, to teach hundreds of students about ranching, livestock and even metal work.  One of Jimmy’s primary focuses as a teacher was to help his students learn how to raise animals or make products that they could show in the Houston and Montgomery County Fairs and sell to raise money to go to college. His goal was to use his love of land and cattle to bring out the best in his students. A funeral service for Jimmy is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, February 17, at Klein Funeral Home in Magnolia.

Burke Morris Bullock passed away on February 14, 2023. Burke began his affiliation with vocational agriculture and FFA when he began teaching in Winnsboro ISD where he taught and mentored many students in the areas of ag mechanics, market animals, shop, and horticulture. In addition to the projects he oversaw, he mentored many students completing their Lone Star degrees, as well as students participating at the district and state level FFA leadership for parliamentary procedure and judging. Burke was especially successful at teaching his students agriculture mechanics skills and was one of the first teachers in the state to enter his students in the agriculture mechanics shows at the Houston Livestock Show and other ag mechanics venues. As the ag teacher at Winnsboro High School he was one of the founders of the Winnsboro Jr Livestock Show, the Winnsboro Hay Show, and the Wood County Jr Livestock Show and Sale. Burke loved his students, and they loved him. The inspiration that they received from him propelled many of them to succeed in their lives. He was also a mentor to many young agriculture teachers as he hosted and supervised them during their student teaching experience at college. Burke’s involvement in FFA across his 30 year career touched many students across the years. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 21, 2022 at Pine Street Baptist Church in Winnsboro from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Funeral Services will follow at the church at 2:00 pm. 

Bobby Jack Middleton passed away January 19, 2023. Bob was a Texas Tech graduate and taught High School ag in several schools and retired from Vega ISD.  A service will be held 1-27-23, 1st United Methodist Church, 10:00 am.

Mr. Boles passed away at his home on January 18, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. John graduated from Quitman High School in 1967. He attended East Texas State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, and later graduated in 1976 with his Master of Science degree. His first teaching job was in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He taught there for 8 years until he had the opportunity to return closer to home. In 1979, he began teaching at Sulphur Springs High School until he retired in 2009. While at SSHS he taught many different classes within the agricultural department and was also involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA), Meat Judging, and Land Judging. John had many fond memories of students, including his own children, going to project shows, stock shows and FFA conventions. He started both the floral design class as well as the horticulture program and built the greenhouse at the high school. On Wednesday before he passed, John learned he would be inducted into the Ag Teacher’s Hall of Honor in June. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held at 1:00PM at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home prior to the service.

Scotty Windham passed away on Christmas Eve morning 2022 at the age of 86. He had a long life and impactful career devoted to leading and influencing young people. Throughout his life he wore many hats proudly and with much energy: husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, coach, friend, advisor, and mentor to name a few.  Scotty was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1936, and raised in Tuscola, Texas, where he attended South Taylor High School before heading to Tarleton State College and then Texas Tech University to pursue his interest and later passion for teaching and mentoring young men and women. In 1980 Scotty and his family moved to Abernathy, Texas, where Scotty became ingrained in the community working with kids teaching hard work and enriching teamwork to youth primarily through the FFA Association. Scotty served as Area I Coordinator and as Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association President.
He had a long career that involved leading and influencing young people, many in ag classes, some in livestock show circles, some in student teaching and others simply in community and everyday life. Click here for the full obituary.

Clyde Marcus Phillips, 82, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. Marcus grew up in Stamford and graduated from Stamford High School in 1958. He went on to receive his Agricultural Education degree from Texas Tech University and his Animal Science degree from West Texas State University. Marcus was a beloved ag teacher for several school districts for 39 years including: Threeway ISD, Canyon ISD, Hereford ISD and retired after seventeen years in 2002 from Ennis ISD. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. in the Ellis County Expo Center. 

Ray Klespies, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went home to be with the Lord on December 17th, 2022 Ray was a loving, sincere, and kind-hearted man who wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people through opportunities in agriculture. He changed the lives of many young men and women by the investments he made in them through FFA. 
Ray was an ag teacher in Asherton, Carrizo Springs and Floresville. He would finish a 28 year teaching career in Floresville ISD. The Klespies family will hold a visitation at the First Baptist Church of Floresville on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 10:00 am.  A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am.

Donald Procter, 75, of Lingleville, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Don graduated from Lingleville High School and Tarleton State University.  He was an Ag teacher and a lifelong resident of Erath County. Memorial services for Don will be at 1:00 PM Monday, December 19th at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Werth Mayes and Lanny Spruill officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lingleville F.F.A.

Clarence Douglas “Doug” Meadows of Simms, Texas passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at a New Boston care facility. He was 91. Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 9, 2022 at Siloam Baptist Church in Simms, Texas with Rev. Roy Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery in Simms, Texas under the direction of Bates Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 9, 2022 at Siloam Baptist Church in Simms, Texas.

Ronald Brinkman passed away November 22, 2022. He is  a former teacher from the Klein ISD, and retired from Santa Anna.

Glen Keith Heard, 60, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at his home. Glen grew up immersed in agriculture, from helping his family with their daily operation and furthering his ag knowledge at Sul Ross and then A&M. It all led Glen to sharing his ag knowledge through teaching ag at San Benito, Robert Lee, Lorraine and then Miles where he retired after teaching for 33 years. During his career, Glen won many awards for his service. Those awards include Vocational Ag Teacher of Texas, Teacher of the week, Texas FFA Honorary Lone Star, and Texas Vocational Ag Tenure. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 1:30pm First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene, A visitation will take place on Monday, October 17, from 5pm to 7pm at Abilene Clay Sports club house, 1102 Spur 707, Abilene, Texas

Steven Earl Rieves, passed away peacefully at his home just outside of Temple, Texas on Monday, October 3rd, 2022. He also became an educator for Temple ISD, teaching both Special Ed and ag students and colleagues describe him as someone with a special bond, patience, and connection with kids who seemed to have no one else. He specialized in horticulture and plant science. Hundreds of students participated in FFA, the THS Nursery, and landscape/nursery programs with him. We will gather to honor and celebrate him on his birthday weekend this December 9th-11th in Temple and will welcome everyone to his farm.

Jim Moran former ag teacher at Southside High School and a middle school construction trades teacher passed away.  A Celebration of Life service will be held for Jim Moran will be at 11 a.m. on September 24, 2022 at The Rock United Methodist church located at 1784 TX-1604 Loop S, St Hedwig, TX 78152.  

Donnie Ray Surratt, 73 of Mount Vernon, Texas passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Donnie was a Mount Vernon High School Ag. Teacher, MV State Champion Softball Coach, Franklin County Commissioner, member of First Baptist Church Mount Vernon and leader in the Mount Vernon community.  He loved supporting all of those Mount Vernon Tigers, students and especially his MV softball girls.  The tremendous impact he had on his family, friends, students, players & community is a tribute to a life well led. Visitation will be Saturday September 10, 2022, at Sam B. Harvey chapel from 4-6 p.m. Funeral Services are scheduled for 3:00 pm Sunday September 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon Texas with Pastor Pepper Puryear officiating.  Interment will follow in Concord cemetery in Omaha, TX.

Donald Bennett passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at his home. In a celebration of his life there will be graveside services for Donald Ray Bennett, 85, of Cleburne, Texas conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Bono Cemetery with a Celebration of Life Memorial Service following at 11 a.m. at Bono Baptist Church. He was born in Odell, Texas on June 13, 1937, the son of Vivian Elizabeth (Jackson) and Loy Robert Bennett.Donald lived in Odell, Texas from birth until 1957. He married Priscilla Mordecai on July17, 1959 in Chillicothe.  Donald graduated from Odell High School as "high boy" and there is a certificate as proof. He also graduated "with honors" from the "School of Hard Knocks". He went on to receive a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Education from Texas Tech University. Leaving Lubbock in 1960, Donald and Priscilla made their home in Jacksboro, Texas where he was a Vocational Agriculture Teacher for 13 years before moving to Cleburne in 1973. Donald was the Vocational Administrator with Cleburne ISD for 20 years implementing many of the innovative changes in vocational education still in place today.

Erika Williams, 43, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Erika was the AST at Raymondville High School. Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan.

Gerald was born on January 13, 1939 in Pickton, TX to Kiefer Cleburn and Ellen Bell (Martin) Walters. Walters passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Carriage House Manor. He married Sheri Jo Horne on September 29, 1961 in Texarkana. Gerald earned his master’s degree. He worked as an agriculture teacher at Scurry-Rosser, Yantis and Como- Pickton and a high school principal. Gerald was a man of the Christian Faith. Funeral service for Gerald Walters, age 83, of Pickton, will be held at 2:00 P.M on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Stephanie Ann Stokes, 24, of Andrews passed away on June 16, 2022 in Midland, TX. Stephanie's love for the agriculture industry began at an early age. She began showing goats and soon added sheep and cattle. She showed at all the major shows in Texas for many years and made countless friends across the state. That love continued as she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from West Texas A&M University. Stephanie did her student teaching in Klondike, Texas which ironically was the school that her future fiancé attended and from which he graduated. After graduating from WT in December of 2020, Stephanie took a job teaching in Andrews as an Agricultural Science teacher. This position included introducing middle school students to agriculture science and teaching floral design at the high school as well as other responsibilities. The high school position introduced her to a new passion. Stephanie attended classes and spent time learning about the floral industry. She was so excited to pass this on to her first year floral design students. Her time in the classroom touched many lives as she supported and encouraged students to try something new or to develop a love of involvement that she herself had enjoyed as a youngster beginning her journey in to the agriculture world. Services for Stephanie Stokes will be held in the Andrews High School Performing Arts Center at 10 AM Wednesday. 

Michael "Mike" Wayne Alton, 61, lifelong resident of Moody, TX, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Mike was born October 26, 1960, in Waco, TX, to Harold Ray and Jo Marie (Patrick) Alton. He was raised and attended school in Moody, TX. He graduated from Tarleton State University in 1983 and was a past member of the Purple Poo. In 1983 Mike married Bonnie Whitley. He taught Ag at Moody High School for 39 years. Go Bearcats! He also was the MC at the Moody Bearcat pep rallies. He was a member of the McLennan County Livestock Board for 35 years and the HOT Calf Scramble for 35 years. Mike was very active in his community. He served on the city council for 5 years before becoming the mayor of Moody for 17 years. He was also a member of the Moody Volunteer Fire Department and served as the chief for the past 25 years. He was also the past president of the Bluebonnet Water Board. Memorials may be made in Mike's name to the Moody Volunteer Fire Department, 606 Avenue E., Moody, TX 76557 or the Moody Ag Boosters, 101 7th St, Moody, TX 76557

Denman Ray Watson, Jr., 75, was born in Livingston, Texas on September 9, 1946, to Denman Ray Watson, Sr. and Oneida Frances Danner Watson.  He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1965, received his Bachelor  of Science from Sam Houston State University on January 24, 1969 and his Master of Education from SHSU on August 21, 1970.  Denman went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 27, 2022. Denman was a devoted educator for 35 years as a teacher of Agriculture and Vocational Director for Liberty Independent School District in Liberty, Texas.  He also taught classes part-time for Lee College and served as Liberty County Supervisor of Adult Education for Region 4 Education Service Center and Brazosport College.  He had a strong passion for teaching reflected by the love and respect that his students had for him.  He has impacted and changed the lives of generations of young people. Friends are invited to visit with the family in a celebration of life for Denman from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Street, Liberty, Texas.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Watson Ranch at 255 Meadows Cemetery Road in Corrigan, Texas, with Pastor Zack Curry officiating. 

Kendall “Ken” Conway Abney, 68 of Nome, Texas died on Thursday, May 26, 2022.  He was born June 23, 1953, in Beaumont, Texas to loving parents, Iris Marie Cain and George “Conway” Abney.  Being born into a rice farming family, Ken, developed a love for all things agriculture.  He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1976 with a BS in Agriculture and then would use this knowledge as a partner in Abney and Sons Farms. He and his brother, Kerry were proud to be chosen as the 1994 Texas Rice Festival’s Young Farmers of the Year.  In 2005, his focus shifted to preparing the next generation of farmers.  He joined the staff at Hardin-Jefferson High School as an Ag Teacher and taught scores of kids in his 17 years of service. He was instrumental in starting the school’s successful welding program, cultivating winning Rice Judging teams and was a Reaud Excellence in Education award Nominee in 2014.  “Mr. Abney” took pride in making sure every student that was a part of the HJ FFA knew the FFA Creed.  His life reflected the principles found in this Creed.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to create a Ken Abney Memorial Scholarship fund.  Please make checks payable to Jefferson County Go Texan, PO Box 307, Nome, TX 77629.A gathering of Mr. Abney’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Dorwin (D.D.) Hill passed away Monday May 23rd at Majestic Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, at the age of 98.  He was aboard the Dewey during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Following his Navy Service He attended Texas A&M University.  He married Mary Lou Bloodworth and they enjoyed 63 years as husband and wife.  He taught vocational agriculture for 35 years beginning at Crescent High School and post district consolidation at El Campo High School.  H was honored as El Campos Citizen of the Year by the El Campo Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture in 2007.  Funeral services will be May 31, 2022 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in El Campo.  Arrangements are at Wheeler Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Foust passed away peacefully on May 19, 2022 at his home in Brackettville, TX at age 91. Born in Liberty Hill Texas to Lois and Neal Foust. Charlie attended Sul Ross State University and received a Degree in Agriculture in 1953 and was an active member of the rodeo team.
After graduating from Sul Ross, Charlie was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army. Following his service, Charlie attended Southwest Texas Teachers College and received his Master’s in Agricultural Education in 1956. While studying for his master’s Charlie met his wife of 66 years, Billie and they moved to Brackettville, Texas. Charlie served as the Agriculture Teacher for Brackettville ISD for 30 years where he shared his love of agriculture and mechanics and mentored and advised students and his grandchildren long after his retirement in 1985. Charlie continued his love for ranching until his passing.

Lloyd Benjamin Cook, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully May 13, 2022. After receiving his degree, he began his teaching career as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher at Floydada High School. Several years later, he and Ann moved back to Pearsall to be closer to family where he worked with his father at Beall Cook Chevrolet.  In the mid 1970’s, he returned to his teaching career at Uvalde High School and Eagle Pass High School. His greatest passion was teaching Ag.  He had a positive influence on so many lives and will be remembered as a great educator, mentor, and friend to his students.  He remained in contact with many, even until his last days. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde, Texas.  A visitation with the family to follow.   

Isaac Doss Trimble (Ike), age 87 of Brownwood passed away April 28, 2022. He graduated from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas in 1955 with a BS degree majoring in Agriculture Science. He served in the army from 1956-58 and later received his Masters Degree from Texas Tech. Ike was a Vocational Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor for 34 years teaching in Seminole, Post, Dalhart, Boys Ranch, Laredo and Dumas, Texas. Ike was known by his students for his excellent character, honesty, humor and humility. He traveled thousands of miles hauling students to stock shows, leadership contest and searching for animal projects. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 3 at Brownwood Heritage Funeral Homes Davis-Morris
Chapel at 10:00 a.m.

Hulen "Cotton" George, 77, of Martinsville, Texas, passed away on March 14, 2022 in the comfort of his home. Cotton taught school at Martinsville ISD. When Martinsville went to a 12 grade school, Cotton began the agriculture department. He developed a very competitive program in ag mechanics, livestock showing, and parliamentary procedure. Several students over the years advanced to state level in agriculture competition. Cotton loved his friends and his family. He was a mentor and a teacher, but most of all he will forever be a rodeo cowboy. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Laird Funeral Home. Funeral services for Cotton George will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at Impact Cowboy Church. Interment will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery. 

Sid Long former ag teacher at Borden Co. and Robert Lee passed away March 7, 2022. Visitation Sunday 6-8pm funeral home in Robert Lee, Funeral Monday 10 am First Baptist Church Robert Lee. 

Curtis Ray Walker, Jr.,84 of Cooper, Texas passed away Monday, March 7, 2022. Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Oaklawn Cemetery Cooper, Texas, with Reverend Jake Vaughn officiating. A Come and Go visitation will be Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Delta Funeral Home. Curtis was born in Crossroads, Texas on November 28, 1937, to Curtis Ray Walker Sr. and Nolene Pearl “Cross” Walker. They have preceded him in death. Curtis married Suzanne Kelter on December 20, 1978, He was a Vocational Agriculture teacher at Sulphur Bluff for 30 years, raised cattle, farmed, was a Lifetime Member of the Texas Vocational Agricultural Association, President of the Delta County Farm Bureau board.

Wilson Lee "Buddy" Stewart, 74, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022, in Lampasas. After high school, he attended Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education in 1970.  He began his teaching career in 1971 in Fluvanna, TX.  He took a break from teaching in 1975 to farm and ranch with his father.  In 1985 he started the Agricultural Education Program at Greenwood ISD where he taught until 2000.  He then finished out his teaching career at Andrews High School where he retired in 2006.  Buddy was a member of the Vocational Ag Teachers Association of Texas and served on its board of directors.  He also judged many leadership contests and county stock shows throughout his teaching career. Services will be held at School Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 2 pm with interment to follow at Smith Cemetery at School Creek following.

Guy went to a new and glorious home on Saturday February 5, 2022. Guy was born in Cranfills Gap, Texas on September 12, 1933. Guy received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science at Texas Tech University in 1959 and began a 22 year career teaching Agricultural.  Twenty of which were spent at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.  Guy served as the head Agriculture Teacher, FFA advisor and Farm and Ranch Manager.  During his tenure, the Ag program developed and expanded. Guy served on the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Board of Directors for a number of years, being elected as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-president and President of the Association. In 1981, Guy left the teaching profession to become a legislative assistant and staff director for the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture.  Guy worked with  legislation dealing with agriculture in the Senate and worked diligently to keep vocational education in the school curriculum.  Because of his efforts for vocational education in the legislative process, Guy received the Special Legislative Award from the Vocational Agriculture Teachers of Texas. The final years of his career were spent in Austin as director of the Agriculture Teachers Association. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 P.M. Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Clifton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Rock Church. Burial will follow at the Rock Church Cemetery. 

Gary Lee Almquist of Thrall, Texas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the age of 57. Gary graduated from Hutto High School & continued his educational career at Texas A&M University at College Station where he graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Agricultural Education. Gary left a significant legacy in Texas FFA through his devoted work and commitment to children, families and their livestock. His keen eye and expertise in raising and showing animals led to numerous championship placings in state and local stock shows. He could pick the champion turkey better than anyone else. He loved anything to do with ag from being in the show barn to teaching kids how to weld. He thoroughly enjoyed being with his students, his family, and the FFA community, so much that even after retiring in June 2021 he could still be found at the livestock booster club fundraisers and stock shows this past Fall. Family & friends are invited to celebrate his life at his graveside viewing at 10:30 am Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Hutto Lutheran Cemetery in Hutto, Texas. Following the viewing, the family invites you to stay for the graveside service at 11:30 am. 

Michael D. Page, 75, passed away on January 13, 2022, in Granbury, Texas. Page served as the AST at Hereford High School. 

Ray Sullivan Carson, 90, of Denton, Texas passed away on January 12, 2022. Ray started teaching Biology in 1959 at Garland High School and began his career as a Vocational Ag teacher in 1960 at the same school.  While teaching ag, his students showed animals at livestock shows in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston, as well as in their own local show in Garland and in other surrounding areas.  They also showed in National Shows in other states.  In addition to livestock showing, Ray trained judging teams in leadership, radio, parliamentary procedure, meat, and dairy.  They participated in contests at all levels, winning a national contest on meat judging.  Ray’s students learned many things that helped them in their careers-public speaking, record keeping, leadership skills, etc.
Ray received many awards and was honored many times throughout his career.  He was President of VATAT (Vocational Ag Teachers Association of Texas) 1978 – 1979 and Named Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1992.  Many of his students became ag teachers themselves. 

Vernal Lister passed away on January 4, 2022. After the war, Vernal turned his attention to what would become his lifelong passions-education and farming. Vernal attended Prairie View College and received a degree in Education. What followed were decades of mentoring young people, teaching them not only to become good students but also to become good adults. Today, there are countless former students who credit "Mr. Lister" for setting them on a successful path in life. Throughout the years, Vernal also nurtured his love of farming. He owned and raised cattle. He taught numerous young men to do the same through his involvement with Future Farmers of America.

Don Welch, 79, of Crowell, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 18, 2021 in Fort Worth. He attended and graduated from Texas Tech University and received a Masters of Education from Abilene Christian University. He retired after 33 years of teaching Agriculture but continued farming and ranching. He was a teacher at Lueders-Avoca and finished his career at Crowell. A funeral service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 23rd at the First Baptist Church in Crowell. Rev. Terry Tamplen and Dr. John Chapman will officiate. Interment will follow at Crowell Cemetery under direction of Smith Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5-6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Crowell.

Donnie Kiker, 75 years young, was called home to his Heavenly Father, doing what he loved, on Saturday November 13, 2021. Donnie attended Tarleton State University where he received a BS degree in Agriculture and later earned his master's degree in Education from Texas A&M. He began his teaching career in Killeen as a math teacher for one year, transitioning to Ag Teacher for three more years. He and his bride moved to Anson in 1976 where Donnie served as ag teacher and FFA advisor at Anson High School for 30 years, completing his 34 year career in education. A Celebration of Life will be held November 19, 2021 at the Anson High School Auditorium at 1:00 pm, with final resting to follow at Roby Cemetery,

John Granville Wadley passed away Monday morning, November 8th, 2021 after battling several serious health concerns and complications from a fracture to his spine. He served as an agriculture and welding educator in both Palmer and Ferris Independent School Districts, before retiring to a home on Richland Chambers Lake in his later days. He lived much of his young life in Palmer and attended Palmer High School, where he would eventually become a teacher. John always enjoyed helping students learn to love vocational skills through his instruction in agricultural science, welding, and mechanics, and also sponsored many school activities including the local Future Farmers of America. A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, November, 17th at J.E. Keever Mortuary - Palmer Chapel, 200 West Jefferson Street, Palmer, TX 75152 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Thursday, November 18th, at 10:00 am at Palmer First United Methodist Church, 371 W Jefferson Street, Palmer, TX 75152 

Jerry Donald Haug of Sinton, Texas passed away on October 27, 2021 in Corpus Christi. He was 69 years old. He graduated from Banquete High School and attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.erry was a vocational agriculture science teacher for 36 years. He taught a variety of classes including animal science, welding, plant and soil science, farm mechanics, and leadership in agriculture. He was also an FFA Advisor during his teaching career at Odem, Tuloso-Midway, and Taft. He retired in 2012 after teaching in Taft for 29 years. Jerry enjoyed raising and breeding pigs, studying their genetics, developing feeding strategies, and mentoring students who raised animals for livestock shows. He would often travel the country buying pigs for youth to show. He enjoyed many hours spent in barns working with animals, advising students, and visiting with their families. After his retirement from teaching, he worked for KMAX Livestock where he continued to enjoy barn time. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Resthaven Funeral Home, 606 S. San Patricio, Sinton, Texas 78387. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Patricio/Aransas County A&H Scholarship fund.

Kenneth Glenn Barnett passed from this life on October 23, 2021. He taught Ag in Temple, Killeen, and Copperas Cove touching the lives of hundreds of students before he retired in 2013. He continued to teach part-time and full time for five more years. He was loved by many of his students who consider him their second Dad. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you donate to the Ken Barnett Memorial Scholarship. You can mail a check made out to Coryell County Youth Fair, PO Box 133, Gatesville, TX 76528.

Charles Marvin Maybin 77, a retired vocational agriculture teacher, died Saturday, October 9, 2021, in Weatherford, Texas. He taught vocational agriculture for 34 years at Channelview High School until he retired in 2000. In 2010 Channelview Independent School District dedicated the Marvin Maybin Agricultural Facility in his name. Mr. Maybin was a proud committeeman of the Calf Scramble Committee and a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Visitation: 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel located at 2602 S. Houston Ave., Humble, Texas 77396. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel located at 2602 S. Houston Ave., Humble, Texas 77396.

Durwin Hill, 82, went home to be with the Lord peacefully at home with his wife Donna by his side on October 7, 2021. Durwin taught Vocational Agriculture high school students in Graham, Texas and College Station, Texas. He then became the Area Supervisor for the Texas Education Agency where he supervised Vocational Agriculture programs in the Central Texas area. He then served as the Executive Secretary of the Texas FFA Association where he mentored the state officers and planned and supervised the Texas FFA Convention each year. Durwin retired from the Texas Education Agency after 25 years of service. Durwin loved the Future Farmers of America and vocational agriculture and passionately believed in their mission to develop students into leaders of the next generations of agriculture.He enjoyed working with students on their projects (heifers, lambs, chickens, hogs) and seeing his students grow and win awards at stock shows across the state. He loved a good stock show and rodeo and was sought out by Livestock shows around the state to serve as a judge. He was active as Arena Director for the San Antonio Exposition, Inc., Junior Beef Cattle Assistant Supervisor for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and as Junior Barrow Assistant Superintendent of the State Fair of Texas. A viewing will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church. Service will follow at 2:00 pm with John Wheat officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories.

Travis William Hayden Jr passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 he was born on July 24th, 1940 to Travis Sr and Alice Hayden. Growing up Travis found his passion for agriculture and teaching through his local FFA. Earning the National Farmers Award along with his local, regional, and state presidency roles throughout his high school career. Becoming an Extension Agent and Agricultural teacher after college eventually finding himself back in Floresville teaching ag. He felt it was a great honor to teach Agriculture in an Agricultural based town. He was very proud of all his students and was committed to every one of them in each of their endeavors and projects. Only when you saw the vein in his forehead or eyebrow raised did you know you might have gone too far. From there he found his second passion of helping and directing all youth towards their future by becoming a High School Counselor. He saw the good in all people and knew every youth's potential. He remained FISD until his retirement in 2004. In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be sent in his name to the Ronald McDonald House.

Charles Phillip ‘Phil’ Rodgers, of Castroville, passed away on September 1, 2021 at the age of 87.  Phil graduated from Bertram High School in 1951 and attended Tarleton State University, Southwest Texas State University and then Texas A&M. Phil was an ag teacher for thirty-four years and had a lasting impact on many of his students. He taught at Castroville High School, Priddy High School, and spent his last twenty-eight years of teaching at Medina Valley High School. Visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday Sept. 10, 2021 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville, Texas.

Harold Dean Parker was 72 when he passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at his residence in Lyford. In 1967 Harold graduated from Lyford High School, where he was active in sports, 4-H, and FFA, showing cattle and competing in local calf roping events. He received an Agriculture Science degree from Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. Over the years, Harold taught Agricultural Science in Rio Hondo, Harlingen, Texas State Technical College, and Lyford; in all of these stops along the way, Mr. Parker helped students attain success in the classroom, show ring, and in various leadership competitions. A time of visitation with Harold’s family will be held at McCaleb Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm and a service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Weslaco.

William Roy Gray, Jr. went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 73. Roy attended Blinn College for 2 years. While attending he enjoyed playing basketball for Blinn. He transferred to A&I University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.  Roy was a hard-working man his entire life. He taught ag for the Smiley School District until they merged with Nixon, where he continued to educate many students. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10:00am, at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon, Texas.

Eduardo Picena Cordero passed away on August 3, 2021 in Wichita Falls, Texas. All who were lucky enough to know Mr. Cordero are humbled and privileged to be loved by him. While Ed did not have any children of his own, he helped raise and mentor a number of youth, in a way that parents just can't sometimes. He motivated and lifted his students to spread his gentleness and kindness out into the world. He used his time as an ag teacher to teach students, to love students, to encourage students and to empower his students to be able to take on this world that we live in. Rosary and visitation will be Friday August 6, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Scott-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10 AM at Saint William's Catholic Church in Montague, Texas.

Milton Matthew Mann 80, of Clarendon died Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his home in Clarendon. Milton was an ag teacher for 40 plus years in Boys Ranch, Clarendon and Higgins. He led many of his students to leadership contest often to the state level. Milton continued to help with the Donley County Livestock show in Clarendon each year as the swine superintendent and numerous other duties. Graveside services will be Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 2:00PM in Citizens Cemetery Clarendon, Texas.

Joe David Townsend, “Dr. Joe,” passed away at his home on South Padre Island, Texas, on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Joe graduated from McAllen High (1963), Texas A&M (1967), and Iowa State (1981). He taught at Guttenberg HS (IA), Aubrey HS (TX), Maquoketa Valley HS (IA), Iowa State, Illinois State, and 25 years at Texas A&M where he taught tens of thousands of students who knew him as “Dr. Joe.” A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home East Chapel, 945 Palm Boulevard, Brownsville, Texas 78520. To honor the legacy and impact of Dr. Joe, memorials may be made to the Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 ALEC Leadership Fellows Program at the Texas A&M Foundation.

Mia Christine Balko passed away on June 17, 2021 after a two year courageous battle with colon cancer. She was born March 8, 1973 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mia attacked her cancer with the same courage and tenacity that she approached everything in her life. Upon graduation from college, Mia took her first teaching job at Alvin High School. She was one of the most adored teachers on campus, and before long everyone was joining Alvin FFA. It was here that her students dubbed her Mama Mia, a name that would stay with her forever. Mia was a highly respected and influential educator, and eventually had the opportunity to return home and teach in five school districts in her beloved Area X. As an agriculture science teacher, her life was dedicated to her students. She was invested in making sure that every one of them had every opportunity available. A road warrior at heart, she was willing to travel anywhere for her students – especially if it meant she was bringing new pigs back to the barn. There were times that she took them on their first plane ride, their first trip to the panhandle, or their first trip on a college campus. Her love and pride of her students transcended the classroom, and as they got older, she was the first to be included in their milestones for the rest of their lives. Her students will always be grateful to have had a front row seat to a legend in the making. Her legacy is in the success they all continue to experience.  A memorial and celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 – 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Texas FFA Foundation, 614 E. 12 Street, Austin, TX 78701, Attn: The Mia Balko Memorial Scholarship. Donations may also be made online at the following link https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=texasffa&id=41. Mia’s scholarship will continue her mission of growing agriculture education in Texas.

Curtis Lester Hoover, 66, of Canyon, passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Canyon. Curtis worked for 13 years at Shallowater High School and would later serve for 25 years at Randall High School as the agriculture teacher. He was a long time member of Palo Duro Cowboy Church. Curtis loved horses and team roping where he earned the nickname “Red Roper”. He also enjoyed cooking on the chuck wagon. He loved to laugh and spend quality time with his family and church family. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Palo Duro Cowboy Church, 1200 US 60, Canyon,

Douglas Eugene Vrabel returned to his heavenly home on May 5th, 2021. After graduating high school he attended Southwest Texas State University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. Following his graduation from Southwest Texas State University, Doug began his work as an Agricultural Science Teacher at Pflugerville High School. Here he taught for 26 years, and shaped the minds of countless students. As a teacher, Doug had a passion for inspiring young students and watching their achievements as they grew into adults. If you were to ask Doug what his favorite part of his job was, he would tell you that it wasn't just his job it was his life. He had the strongest passion for teaching young adults and watching them grow into their future selves. Doug continued his teaching career at Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas where he retired after 31 years. Even though Doug retired from teaching he was far from leaving his students. A visitation will be held to celebrate Douglas' life on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Providence Funeral Home chapel in Taylor, Texas, from 10:00 am - 11:00am. A Christian Service will be held following the visitation, beginning at 11:00am. Below you can find the methods in which to make a donation in the memory of Douglas E. Vrabel.
WCLA Scholarship Fund:Please make checks payable to WCLA P.O. Box 530 Georgetown, Texas 78627
Texas FFA Foundation:Donation Form (donorperfect.net)

Richard Henry Lee passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Winnsboro, Texas at the age of 88. Richard graduated high school in 1949 from Mount Vernon High School and attended East Texas Teachers College in Commerce, Texas where he attained a masters degree.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War.  Richard was a retired Vocational Agriculture Teacher.  He taught in Slaton, Texas, Miller Grove, Colorado City, Saltillo, and then Big Sandy where he retired.  He retired to the Macon Community where he was a peach farmer. Visitation will be on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, Texas followed by the funeral service at 2:00 P.M.

Conner Lee John, 78, of Commerce, passed away after a brief illness early Monday morning, February 1, 2021, in Greenville, Texas. Following high school, Conner attended East Texas State University, earning his BS in Agricultural Education, as well as his MS in Biology. Conner taught at Greenville High School for two years before moving to Commerce High School as the Ag teacher.  His education career spanned 33 years, from 1967 until his retirement in 1998.  Each one of the hundreds of students who took an agriculture class from Conner has a story of how he influenced them.  Through ag and FFA, Conner taught skills that not only achieved excellence in the show ring, but also carried into his students’ lives. Conner was active in many professional associations including the Vocational Ag Teachers Association, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Commerce Classroom Teachers Association.  In 1998, the City of Commerce proclaimed April 3, 1998 as “Conner John Day.”  The Commerce Chamber of Commerce awarded Conner the Agriculturist of the Year award in 2000.  In 2009, he was awarded the 2nd Annual Ivory Moore Most Influential Citizen of Commerce award.  In 2012, he was awarded the Biology and Environmental Sciences, A&M Commerce Alumni Ambassador.  ETSU awarded Conner the Department of Agricultural Science Award for supervising student teachers for 31 years.  He was also awarded the Vocational Agriculture Teachers of Texas Distinguished Service Award for 31 years of service to the students of Texas. 
Conner was a devoted teacher, proud of his students and their accomplishments in the classroom, show ring, and beyond. His legacy continues in those whose lives he touched in the classroom and in the show arena.  Lessons of integrity, hard work and perseverance were taught every day in his classroom.  A gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Fairlie Home Place, 6186 CR 4607 Commerce, Texas 75428.

Ethan Thomas Palmer, age 23, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on January 20th, 2021. Ethan graduated from The Woodlands High school in 2016, and from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Engineering Technology. While attending SFA, Ethan fell in love with the piney woods, and decided to make this neck of the woods his home and recently fulfilled his goal of becoming an agriculture teacher at Center High School. A celebration of Ethan's life will be Friday, January 29th at 10:00am at Fellowship of The Woodlands (Chapel in the Woods) located at 1 Fellowship Drive, The Woodlands, with a private graveside service to follow.

Ervin “Butch” Koether of Sinton, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2021, at the age of 71. For 30 years, Butch was an Ag teacher and administrator at Sinton ISD. He loved his years spent taking students to stock shows all around the state of Texas and teaching them that a work ethic pays off. Butch passed down his passion for agriculture and made raising poultry a family affair. He supported the San Patricio A&H Show by serving as Poultry Chair. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. The family will begin receiving guests at 5:00 PM. A Holy Rosary will be recited the same evening, 6:00 PM at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton with Father Yul as celebrant. Private burial to follow. Guestbook available online at www.resthavenfunerals.com

Ray Hewitt passed from this life on December 3, 2021. Ray taught Ag at Coldsprings. Memorial services will be held January 9, 2021 at 2 pm a the San Jacinto County Fairgrounds in Coldspring. 

Wayne Allen Blount, 62, of Denison, went home to Jesus on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at home with his family by his side. Wayne was a man of faith and was dedicated to his family and those that he taught for 35 years, 29 of which he spent with Denison High School and their local FFA Chapter. Family and friends will gather to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Fisher Funeral Home in Denison, TX. Graveside services for Wayne will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery with Harold Wagoner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Denison FFA or the charity of your choice.

Monroe Shannon, 74, of Shamrock, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in Wheeler. Monroe served in the army during the Vietnam war and was awarded for his bravery and sacrifice with four Purple Hearts. After returning home, Monroe taught agricultural science at Lockney High School. Monroe taught ag at Shamrock High School for over 30 years. He believed in the power of education and invested in his students' lives. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 10:00 AM at Shamrock Cemetery. Viewing will be held Friday, November 20th from 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM, with family receiving friends from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Larry “John” Ford, born August 29, 1964 in Houston, Texas, passed away on November 7, 2020. John grew up in the Klein area, and graduated from Klein Forest high school. He worked in the Klein School District for many years before transferring to Cinco Ranch High School, where he enjoyed working with students in FFA competitions and livestock shows. A memorial service will be held December 17, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Church, 6363 Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands, Texas, 77381.

Jack Dyer, 87, of Perryton, Tx passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. He was the ag teacher at Perryton High School for many years.

With his children at his side, Billy Joe Hall was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. He graduated from Rockdale High School in 1956, received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State College in 1960, and completed his master’s degree in agricultural education from Texas A&M University in 1968. He taught one year of junior high science before moving to high school as an ag teacher, where he would remain until his retirement in 1994.Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Jack Gilliland and Rev. Mike Loftice officiating. Burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Visitation is Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dr. Roger Kimberlin Arnold, PhD. passed away on September 2, 2020. Dr. Arnold served in the Navy during WWII on the communication ship USS El Dorado in the South Pacific. He saw the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Following the war, Roger taught high school agriculture at North Hopkins and Kilgore. He returned to Commerce to teach at East Texas State University in the Agriculture Education Department until retirement after 40 years in education. During his tenure, he served as Livestock Judge for many years at the Texas State Fair and the Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio Livestock Shows. He was Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University- Commerce. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211. 

Jerome Micheal Tymrak of Bishop and Campbellton, Texas, passed to larger life on August 31, 2020. He received his BS degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&I in 1969 and began his teaching career at Rio Hondo ISD.  Later that year, he married the love of his life, Ruth Elizabeth McAda of Campbellton on December 27, 1969. After teaching at Rio Hondo for three years, he started a decorated 27-year career with Banquete ISD.  During his tenure at Banquete, his students received many awards, college scholarships, and accolades.  Five of his students were elected to serve as State FFA Officers, unheard of for a small school with only one ag teacher.  One of those state officers was his daughter Beth, born to Ruth and him in 1977. 
After retiring from Banquete ISD in 1999, he began a 20-year college teaching career, first with Coastal Bend College and 19 years with Texas A&M-Kingsville.  His passion for teaching agricultural mechanics shone during those two decades.  He received the TAMUK College of Agriculture Advising Award twice and was a five-time recipient of the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award.  He loved a young person and took very personally his responsibility to teach them skills that would last them for a lifetime.  By any measure, he was a success in that regard.The family will receive visitors at Hurley Funeral Home at 118 West Oaklawn in Pleasanton at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  A reading of the rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.  The service of Christian burial will take place at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1608 West Campbell Avenue in Jourdanton at 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  Interment will follow at the Campbellton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Richard M. Borchardt Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 13. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jerome’s honor be made to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, memo line Jerome M. Tymrak Memorial Scholarship, 700 University Blvd. MSC 173, Kingsville, TX, 78363 or online at www.javelinagiving.org/tymrakmemorial or the NCJLS Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 260968, Corpus Christi, TX, 78426. 


The Lord called one of the kindest men to have ever walked the face of this earth home to rest on August 27, 2020. Abel grew up on La Sagunada Ranch, located in Rio Grande City. He was an accomplished football player, starting and excelling all four years of his high school career, earning All Valley honors. His true passion, however, shined through with his love love for FFA. Abel was heavily involved in agriculture throughout his youth, raising livestock and participating in numerous stock shows with his siblings throughout the Rio Grande Valley. That passion translated into him pursuing an Ag Science Education degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.His legacy as an educator began in 1985 with Santa Rosa ISD, and over the course of 20 years, he and his students achieved extraordinary success, winning numerous "Grand Champion" awards throughout the state of Texas. He continued his teaching journey with stops in Edcouch Elsa and PSJA Memorial along the way, amassing over 30 years of service to education. His true triumphs, however, came from the imprint he left on his students; providing them with encouragement, sage advice, and doing everything in his power to see them succeed in life after graduation. A viewing will be on Monday, August 31, 2020, from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, A Holy Rosary will be recited at 5:00 pm. A viewing will continue on Tuesday, September 01, 2020, from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. A Chapel Service at 9:00 am. Interment following the service, at The Rodriguez Family Ranch Cemetery, La Sagunada. 

Alan Ray Zahradnick, age 68, died in his home with family at his side on August 21, 2020 after a long, hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer. He graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1970, and then graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He used this degree, combined with his adoration of the outdoors, to inspire countless students at both Weimar ISD (2 years) and finally Moulton ISD (27 years)     , as the Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. He encouraged his students to participate in local and state FFA stock shows, FFA contests, and to learn life skills such as welding, woodworking, and even administrative skills. After retiring from Moulton ISD in 2003, he pursued a successful nursery and landscaping business until his health led him to retire from it as well. Visitation for Alan is Wednesday, September 2, at 10 a.m. at Knesek Family Funeral Chapel in Bellville (842 E Main St). Graveside services will follow immediately at 11 a.m. at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville (Mechanic St) with Pastor Elaine Gomulka officiating.

Edwin (Ed) Earl Gilliam passed away peacefully in Ft. Worth, TX on August 17, 2020. Ed began a professional teaching career as an agriculture teacher in 1963 in Slaton, TX. He and Barbara moved back to Cleburne in 1966 when he got a teaching job at Itasca High School in 1966 and then Joshua High School in 1969 where he taught Agriculture Education and Mechanics. Ed retired from teaching in 1995. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Joshua FFA Alumni Association Ed Gilliam Memorial Scholarship Fund. Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 22, at Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel in Cleburne, Texas. Visitation will be 6-8:00 P.M., Friday, August 21, 2020 at Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home.

B. Bruce Snider, 89 was living in Harlingen, TX when he quietly passed in his sleep July 23, 2020 at 2:30pm, in the care and loving supervision at Treasure Hills Residential Care Home. After graduating with a Master of Educations and Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State College in Commerce, TX; They moved to Santa Rosa in 1959 where Bruce taught Ag, then moved to Harlingen in 1961. There Bruce taught at Harlingen High School from 1961 thru the 1970’s, before eventually protecting the fields of Texas as an entomologist. Visitation hours will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday July 29th, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home with a graveside service at 12 pm at Mont Meta Memorial Park. The interment will be live-streamed on the Mont Meta Memorial Park Facebook page.

Hugh Duane Nixon of Alvarado, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2020
after a fatal car accident. He was an active member of the Clyde FFA and graduated in 1967 from
Clyde High School. He married Carol Ann Pittman June 20, 1969. He graduated Tarleton State College
with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1971. Hugh was an Agricultural Science Teacher in Tappahannock, Virginia; Mansfield, Texas; and Alvarado, Texas for a total of 30 years. He touched many lives as an ag teacher. There are hundreds of his former students that are currently supporting their families using skills taught to them by Mr. Nixon. A direct quote from a student, “God brought this man into my life when I truly needed him the most. Not only was he my ag teacher, he truly was a father figure and helped mold me to become the man I am today.”

On April 9, 2020 Ellis “Pops” Miller was called home to be with his Lord and Savior. He loved his family, his country, the FFA, and friends that quickly became family. Ellis lived in Wolfforth and worked as an ag teacher from 1976-1979.  Later moving to Miami, Texas where he was an ag teacher and FFA advisor for 21 years. Ellis’ family and friends will always be sincerely grateful to have shared in his life journey.  They are also thankful for all the love and support that have received through the last 13 years of Ellis’ life.  In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Area 1 FFA, Area I FFA Association c/o Alan Been P.O. Box 130 Earth, Texas 79031.  We shall see you again. When the restrictions are lifted a “Celebration of a Great Life” will be held for family and friends in honor of Ellis. Ellis’s funeral will be livestreamed at https://www.carmichael-whatley.com/page/live-streaming.

Allen “Ray” Briscoe, 74, of Three Rivers, Texas, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He served as a vocational agriculture teacher for 34 years with Roma and Three Rivers Independent School Districts and was a Reserve Deputy with the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office. He was a cattle rancher and loved fishing and hunting. A memorial celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date following the national state of emergency when it is safe for the community to gather. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Three Rivers High School FFA at 351 S. School Road, Three Rivers, Texas 78071.

Earl Wesley Behrens went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 20, 2020. His love of farming was instilled early, inspiring him to attend Tarleton State College and Texas A & M College to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education, and later his Master’s Degree from Howard Payne University. t was at Tarleton that Earl found his lifelong love, Grace Meador. They married and he took the job of opening an Agriculture curriculum at Zephyr High School. He then spent years teaching Agriculture at Brady High School and at Brownwood High School. The young people that he taught and inspired are only part of Earl’s widespread legacy. For several years he taught for the A & M Ag Ed Extension service, as a swine specialist, educating adults throughout the State of Texas. There will be a staggered visitation at the Heritage Funeral Home in Brady, on Friday, March 27, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm. At a later date the family plans a memorial service to celebrate Earl’s life and legacy.

Michael Leslie Reimer, passed away the afternoon of  February 13th, 2020 at the age of 65. Mike, affectionately known as “Big Mike”, was born in Kerrville, Texas on August 21st, 1954. Mike grew up in New Braunfels and attended New Braunfels High School, graduating in 1972. He moved to Lubbock, Texas after his high school graduation and attended Texas Tech University. It was there that he met his wife, Linda, and they married on May 10th, 1975. He graduated from Tech in 1976 with a degree in Agriculture Education. Mike taught Ag at Hays Consolidated and Canyon High School for many years and went on to get a masters degree in administration. He became an assistant principal at New Braunfels High School for many years. Mike’s years in education totaled 35. A gathering in his honor will be held at Freiheit Country Store on Tuesday, February 18th at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sunni Reimer Memorial Scholarship Fund in Mike’s memory.

Ricky Lynn Burgess, 60, of Itasca passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Huguley Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Hill County Exhibits Building in Hillsboro. Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.
Ricky graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He began his teaching career in July of 1981 at Hillsboro High School, and taught there for two years. In July 1983, he was hired at Covington ISD and took an empty building and turned it into one of the most successful FFA/ AG science chapters in the state of Texas. His work ethic, integrity, and his benevolent heart and love for service and education were well known to all he met. Memorials may be made to Covington ISD c/o Ricky Burgess Memorial Fund, 501 N. Main St., Covington, TX 76636.

Kenneth Rex Beene, age 81, of Abbott, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 8, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waco. He attended schools in Shiloh and Mexia and was a 1956 graduate of Mexia High School. He then received his Bachelor's Degree Agriculture Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1960 and later a Master's Degree in Education.He worked for Abbott Independent School District for 42 years before retiring in 2002. Kenneth enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, playing dominoes, playing cards, visiting with his former students, and riding around looking around at area farms and livestock. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. A rosary will be recited 6:00 p.m Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, with Rev. Brijil Lawrence as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fatima Cemetery near Abbott. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a scholarship fund in Kenneth's name to the Abbott Ag Boosters, Post Office Box 37, Abbott, TX 76621. 

Edward Blankenship, 75 of Seymour passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 after fighting a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. He was a graduate of Seymour High School and received his B.S. and M.S. of education from Texas Tech University. He taught ag science at Three Way HS in Maple, TX then moved back to Seymour to teach ag science at Seymour HS for a total of 35 years. Ed served as Secretary, VP and President of the VATAT from 1991-1994. A celebration of life was held on Friday, December 27 at the First Baptist Church in Seymour. Memorials may be make to the First Baptist Church of Seymour or Hospice of Wichita Falls. 

Roy Crawford, age 69, of Forney, TX passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 after fighting lung cancer for the past year. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00pm at the Hella Shrine in Garland. He was a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. Roy went on to earn his Master of Science degree from East Texas State University in 1975. He worked as an Agricultural Science teacher and FFA advisor for 32 years at Lancaster High School. In addition to those responsibilities, Roy also served as the Career and Technology Education Director for the last several years before his retirement in 2004. He followed in his father’s footsteps and taught thousands of students the importance of agriculture, as well as instilling life lessons such as leadership, responsibility, and work ethic. 

Meagan Dawn Hooker, age 23, of Italy, Texas left behind so many who loved her on November 7, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Meagan graduated high school from Italy, Texas as the Salutatorian in 2013 and graduated college from Texas A&M University, with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Communications and Journalism and a minor in psychology. After graduating college, she went on to pursue a career at Lytle High School in 2018 as an Agriculture Science teacher. She loved hunting, fishing, spending time with her family, and leading hunts through the Texas Youth Hunting Program. She enjoyed the FFA Livestock shows and loved taking her students to compete in shows and events. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8 PM Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday, November 14, 2019 at The Avenue Church in Waxahachie, Texas.

Billy Carl Burton, 76, a retired Ag teacher, went to be with our Lord Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Decatur. Billy was a 1967 graduate of Texas A&M University having obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science.  Bill retired from the Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District in 2009 after teaching for fifty-one years as an Agricultural Science teacher and Student Advisor.  Bill was an active member of the Grapevine Lion’s Club, the Tarrant County Livestock Association and the National Santa Gertrudis Association. He was heavily involved in advocacy for the National and Texas FFA programs, multiple junior cattle associations and most specifically fostering leadership in our youth through Agriculture. Celebration of Life is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Decatur Church of Christ.

Jacky R. Miller, 67, of Slaton, passed away November 1, 2019 after a sudden illness. Jacky was born April 29, 1952, to Oliver Royce and Florence Altheas (Whatley) Miller in Knox City. He graduated from Munday High School in 1970, attended Cisco Junior College and later graduated from Texas Tech University with his Bachelor’s and Master Degree in Agricultural Education.  He married Paula Pendleton on July 5th, 1975 in Munday, TX. Jacky started his teaching career with Rotan ISD in 1976 thru 1978. They moved to Slaton in 1978 and continued his career with Slaton ISD. In 1992 he went to New Deal ISD until 1999. The family will have a visitation Sunday November 3, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Englunds. Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Monday November 4, 2019 at the Baptist Church in Gilliland, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

James Richard Hodges, 69, passed away in the early morning of October 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. After graduating from Somerset High School with the class of 1968, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley. They began their family while he was attending Texas A&I University in Kingsville. James graduated from college in 1972 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education, continued his studies, and earned a Masters of Education from Texas A&I University. He began his teaching career as an Ag teacher and FFA Advisor at Lyford High School in 1972, where he taught his first six years. He then moved his family to Castroville, where he taught Ag Sciences at Medina Valley High School for the next nineteen years. After teaching another eight years at Hondo High School, he retired in 2005. Over his career, James mentored hundreds of students with their agricultural projects, leadership contests, judging competitions and stock show activities. After his retirement, James continued to coach leadership and judging teams as a volunteer. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Medina Valley United Methodist Church, 1108 Country Lane, Castroville, Texas 78009. Interment will follow that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Island United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Danny Prater, 75, passed away on September 17, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. Danny was an vocational AG teacher at the Dublin High School for 31 years. Danny had a big influence on all of his students and loved each and every one of them. The visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Harrell Funeral Home. The service will be Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1:30 P.M. at the Double N Cowboy Church in Dublin. Memorials can be sent to the Dublin Cowboy Church and Danny Prater Ag Scholarship Fund.

Charles Thomas Edwards 85, passed away Sept. 6, 2019 in Decatur, TX. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 at The White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Forestburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon Kendzie officiating.He attended Midwestern State University and graduated in 1955 with a degree in animal husbandry and minor in agronomy. He was one of the 27,000 drafted into the Navy in November 1955 and served on the USS Dunn County LST 742. Released to the Naval Reserve in 1957, he attended Texas Tech University and obtained an agricultural education teaching certificate in the spring of 1958. He was employed by the Forestburg Independent School District as vocational agriculture teacher in August 1958. He retired from teaching in 1990 after three decades of developing students for leadership and service through his involvement with Future Farmers of America and related student judging teams and other student leadership activities. He was a life member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, an honorary life member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas and a member of the Montague County Retired School Personnel where he served as local president, and served as board member and president of the MCRSP Scholarship Corporation.

Rickey Lee Neill went to be with the Lord on August 29, 2019. Rickey was born on July 11,1955 to the late Melvin and Shirley Neill. Rickey loved teaching Ag Science and working with his students in the Ag shop, with their livestock projects, and training for leadership contests. He enjoyed raising durocs and watching his children, Lance and Macie, show hogs and lambs throughout their school years. Rickey’s pride and joy were his grandsons; Lee, Lawson, and Owen. He loved teaching his boys how to fish and garden, and could not wait until they were old enough to show hogs. Visitation will be Monday, September 2, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Finch Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Stockdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rickey’s name to the Stockdale FFA.

R. J. Smith, 92, of Lone Oak died Monday, August 26, 2019.  He was born August 7, 1927, in Westminister, Texas. R.J. graduated from Campbell High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48 and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture Education from East Texas State University and was an Ag teacher in Peacock, McKinney, Royse City, Campbell and Lone Oak ISD’s before retiring January 1982 after 32 years of service.  R.J. thoroughly loved his profession, was very involved in stock shows and any activity that he could work with Ag students. Funeral services and burial were held August 29, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas FFA Foundation, Memorial Gift, 614 East 12th Street, Austin, TX  78701.

Robert Norman Fryar, 57, of May,went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 20, 2019. He graduated from Early High School and attended Tarleton State University receiving a degree in Agriculture Education. He then attended Texas Tech University and received a master’s degree in Educational Administration. Norman served as an ag teacher and thoroughly loved his profession. He was very involved in stock shows, raising goats, chickens and any activity that he could work with the ag students. Norman loved to tell stories and had a big tender heart. He adored his grandchildren, was his kids biggest fan and always expressed a deep love for family and friends. Memorial Service will take place June 24, 2019 at 10:00am at Heartland Funeral Home 303 Early Blvd Early, TX, 76802

Thomas “Tom” Melton Howell, Jr, 67, of Sulphur Springs passed from this life to join his Lord and Savior on April 18, 2019. Tom was born on July 15, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas to Thomas and Dorothy Howell. When Tom was 3, the family moved from San Antonio to Garland, Texas. Growing up in Garland, Tom was the oldest of 5 siblings. His dad, Thomas Sr, would take him and his siblings to their family farm where he developed an interest in animals and working with his hands. As soon as he was old enough, he joined the South Garland FFA where he started showing beef cattle at different shows around the state. This love for animals placed him on a path to attend Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. While attending Texas A&M he met and married the great love of his life, Gladys Irene (Powell) Howell on August 19, 1972.
Once he graduated from the Texas A&M in 1973, Tom got his first teaching job as an Ag Teacher in South Garland. However, soon he moved Sulphur Springs, Texas where he started teaching Ag classes and began working with the two other Ag Teachers (John Boles and Danny Johnson) that were already teaching there. This dream team of Ag teachers impacted countless student lives and set many on paths to accomplish great things. The family will receive friends for visitation and a celebration of life at First Baptist Church from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with funeral immediately following on Monday, April 22, 2019. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery.

Charles Michael Gayle, 74, of Bryan, TX passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019. Mike was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and graduated from Texas A&M, class of 66’, with a degree in Agriculture. He went on to become a Vocational Agriculture Teacher, and this is where he became involved with and developed a passion for the National FFA Organization. He retired from teaching Ag in 2000 after 32 years. After retirement, he and his wife Marilyn moved to Bryan, Texas, to be close to their children and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Texas FFA Organization, 614 East 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701. 

Ray Seale, moved into his heavenly home on March 4, 2019 at the age of 97. His college education was interrupted in 1943 when he enlisted in the Army, serving in the Infantry until May 1944, when he was wounded in Italy and received the Purple Heart. Returning to Texas A&M, he completed his degree in Agricultural Education. He rode the "Dinky" to Shiner in 1946 to apply for a teaching position; was hired by Shiner ISD and taught for 34 years, to retire in 1980. Service 2 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Rodgers officiating. Burial to follow at Shiner Cemetery.

Mr. Arlon Hugh Ragsdale, age 51 of Golden, passed away on Monday, February 11th, 2019 in Sulphur Springs. He was a retired Ag Teacher and was a former member of Northside Church in Mineola and was in the process of joining Cottonwood Assembly of God in Golden. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beaty Funeral Home 5320 S. State Hwy. 37 Mineola, TX 75773. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at Sand Springs Baptist Church 3208 CR 2330 Mineola, Texas 75773 at 3:00 pm, Rev. Steve Prestridge conducting, interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Alba. 

Ron Mayfield died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, following a brief illness with cancer.  After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education, Mayfield taught in Loraine, farmed, and then taught in Amherst.
Mayfield came to Lamesa in 1978 as a vocational agriculture teacher. He later served as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the Lamesa school system. He served as superintendent of the Reagan County ISD in Big Lake from 2000 to 2005 and at Fort Stockton from 2005 to 2009. Services for Ron Mayfield, a former Lamesa school teacher and administrator, are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Lake Leon Baptist Church near Eastland.

Grady Fisher passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs. After retirement from the Air Force, he taught agriculture at Winnsboro High School and later did his own farming. Mr. Fisher held a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from East Texas State University and a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University.Funeral service for Colonel Grady Fisher, age 87, of Winnsboro, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Central Christian Church in Winnsboro with Kevin Hollowell officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the Hopkins County Military Coalition. Interment will follow at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be his former students. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Central Christian Church in Winnsboro. 

William T. Woody passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, at Lorena High School Performing Arts Center. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

R.C. Edmondson, 86, died on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Services will be 2:00PM Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Stacy-Wilkins Chapel in Goldthwaite. Interment will take place in Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home.

*Father of long-time VATAT employee Karen Jones.
Arthur David Muir, 77, of Austin, passed away on November 7, 2018. He was born in Bolivar, PA to Edgar and Ruth Muir on November 17, 1940. After graduating from Laurel Valley High School, he joined the Airforce where he served from 1958-1967 during his service he traveled to many states and foreign countries. While stationed at Harlingen Airforce Base he met Carol Lackey, and they married on November 30, 1962 in Weslaco, TX. Together they had two daughters, Karen and Valarie. In October 2010 he met Alice Bell and enjoyed her companionship until his death. 
David was preceded in death by his wife Carol and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Karen and husband Curtis, Valarie and husband Sam, and his granddaughter Ava Ryann and companion, Alice Bell. By his brothers, Jamie and wife Jenny and Bobby and wife Dolores and nieces and one nephew. 
Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on November 10, 2018 with services to follow at 3:00 PM at the Harrell Funeral home at 4435 Frontier Trail. Burial will take place at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX on November 14, 2018.
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Lauren Kay Langbein Woerndel of Seguin, Texas went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2018, at the age of 40. After graduation from Comfort High School in 1997, she attended Sul Ross State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She then attended Tarleton State University and earned her Master’s degree in Animal Reproduction. Lauren influenced many lives as a teacher and worked at Cuero, Seguin, Marion, and Stockdale. She especially loved her time teaching Agriculture and being an FFA Advisor at Marion and Stockdale. Visitation at Tres Hewell Mortuary 165 in Seguin from 5pm-7pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, at 2 PM at Redeemer United Church, 7415 Gin Road in Marion with Rev. Lee Zillmann officiating. Interment will follow in the Redeemer United Church Cemetery.

Timothy “Tim” Ray Johnson of Princeton, Texas passed away September 19, 2018. He was an Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Princeton High School for the past ten years. Prior to teaching in Princeton, he taught at Lake Worth ISD in Texas, Bokchito ISD in Oklahoma, and Pawnee City ISD in Nebraska. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Cowboy Church of Collin County. 

Elmer Berryhill, 91, passed away peacefully Friday, July 13, 2018 at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan. He graduated from Dodd City Rural High School and earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Sam Houston State University. He continued his education taking courses at East Texas State, West Texas State and Texas Tech University. Elmer was a Vocational Agriculture teacher for many years, teaching at Bovina, Dodd City, and Quitaque Independent School Districts. Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. 

Mrs. Nelda Irene Whitis Shipp, age 73 of Mineola, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Tyler.  She graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with teacher certification and earned a Masters Degree with numerous other certifications from Texas A&M - Commerce. After graduation from UMHB, she moved to Mineola to begin her teaching career. She taught for more than fifty years at Mineola High School. She was a member of the P.E.O. Club, a DECA Sponsor, FFA, and FHA Advisor. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018, in Mineola. 

Hervy Harrison Hiner, Sr.retired AST at Pittsburg High School passed away on May 15, 2018
Funeral Service Saturday, May 26, 2018; 2:00 PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pittsburg TX. 

Archie F. Elmore passed away at his home in Elgin, Texas, on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Archie dedicated his work life to his love of agriculture and education, starting as a County Agent in the Agricultural Extension Service, then moving into teaching Agricultural and Life Sciences at schools throughout the state. After a career of Ag Education, Archie moved into school administration – first in Fort Bend outside of Houston, then out west to Junction, Texas, just two hours from his hometown of Ozona. While his professional life was shifting, he brought his love of Ag into the family as his kids began to raise and show livestock first in 4-H in Junction, and later in FFA after the family moved to Lexington. After time as the middle school principal in Lexington, Archie became a career and technology education administrator in Round Rock ISD, where he worked until his retirement. A service to celebrate Archie’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Elgin, 205 West 2nd Street, Elgin TX with Jason Huddleston officiating.

Robert Warren Volkmer, of Edna, Texas, went to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on Sunday, April 1, 2018. He graduated high school in Edna in 1973 and later received his masters in Ag Education from Texas A&M University in 1979. He then went on to be an Ag teacher at Edna High for the next 14 years. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 5-8 P.M., in the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of life will begin at 1:00 P.M., on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Richard was born in Houston, TX on January 26, 1936, and passed away on March 27, 2018. He graduated from Aldine ISD and Sam Houston State University. He received his BBA in 1963 and his Masters in 1965. Richard was a US Navy Veteran. Visitation will be Friday, March 30, 2018, from 3:30-4:30 PM with services following from 4:30-5:00 PM at Veterans Funeral Service.

Hubert “Hubie” Al Hilz, 66, of Vidor, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. He graduated from Joaquin High School in 1970. He went on to further his education at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Science & Agriculture and graduated in 1974. He returned in 1993 and obtained his Masters of Education Degree. Hubie obtained his first teaching position at Vidor High School in the fall of 1974. Then in 1979, he moved to teaching with Beaumont I.S.D. until his retirement in 2005. Following 2005, he periodically substituted for Vidor Jr. High School and Vidor High School. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Beaumont. A Celebration of Hubie’s Life will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Beaumont, officiated by Dr. Stephen Dollar. A private burial will follow at Ashton Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Vidor High School FFA Organization.

Joe passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.
He first attended Tarleton State University and then transferred to Texas A&M University where he began the Bertino Aggie Dynasty. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his Master's degree in Education in 1959. 
Joe began his career in education in Stoneburg, Texas as an Agriculture teacher where he worked for the next 11 years. Joe and Deloris then moved to Whitesboro, Texas in 1968 where he taught until he retired in 1991 with 37 years of education service. Over his vast career in education, he had many students who excelled as Lone Star Farmers and Joe was given an Honorary Lone Start Farmer degree in 1962. He served as Secretary, President, and Vice Chairman for District, Area, and State Vocational Agricultural Teachers throughout his career. In 1989, he was given the VATAT "Distinguished Service Award" for 35 years of service. Funeral services for Joe Lawrence Bertino, 87, will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 10th at the Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro, Texas with Rev. Mike Flanagan. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home with visitation on Friday, March 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Phillip Clifton Garrett, 63, of Canton passed away peacefully at home on his cattle ranch on December 9, 2017. He dedicated his life to his ag students who in turn gave him so much joy. Phil graduated from Grapevine High School in 1972. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a Veterinary Specialist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He was honorably discharged and enrolled at Tarleton State University in the fall of 1975 to begin his studies in Agricultural Education. Memorial services for  will be held at Eubank Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  

Bruce Roy Morris died at home Saturday, November 25, 2017, after a very short battle with cancer. Bruce graduated from Crandall High School, Crandall, Texas. He attended Henderson County Junior College (TVCC) and earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in Agriculture Education from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce). He was married to Donna Stover Morris on July 11, 1969, in Monticello, Florida. 
His teaching career began in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he taught for three years. He then taught in Arp, Texas for a year before going to Plano ISD where he spent the remainder of his 32-year teaching career. He was instrumental in leading what became one of the largest Vocational Agriculture departments in Texas. During his tenure at PISD, he was the driving influence behind the first Collin County Junior Livestock Show, a yearly multi-day event that has continued to this day. Bruce served on the State Ag Teachers Association Board of Directors, was an advisor to two American Farmer Degree recipients and numerous State Degree recipients.
After retirement, he and Donna moved to Athens to raise cattle and hay. Bruce was an active member at 1st United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School president, was on the Board of Trustees, and the MCLC Board.
Bruce’s greatest love beyond his family was kids and cows. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and an excellent educator, advisor, and mentor to generations of students. 
A Celebration of the life of Bruce Morris, 72, of Athens will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Athens First United Methodist Church with Rev Jason Smith and Bro. Grady Manning officiating. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 P.M. at the Crandall Cemetery. 

Services for Dee David (Pee Berry) White, 93, retired AG teacher, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Carlton Baptist Church with Rev. David Keith officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Rest Haven Cemetery in Menard, Texas, with military honors. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Lacy Funeral Home.

Roy McCoy went to be with the Lord on October 5, 2017. Roy attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his teaching degree in Ag Education. Roy taught High School Agriculture for 33 ½ years and retired from teaching January, 2017. He was the first paid Student Manager at the Swine Evaluation Station at Oklahoma State University. He had recently been accepted to serve on the Validation Compliance Team for the State of Texas and was really looking forward to serving in that position. Roy’s favorite times were attending the major stock shows with the kids and their families just hoping to get that button! He made many friends throughout the years going up and down the highway trying to find that one hog that was going to win it all.

Marvin Isaacks passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. Marvin graduated from Troup ISD in 1973 and went on to attend Texas A&M University, graduating in 1978. Marvin was the first State FFA Vice President. He loved being an educator, but his favorite thing was farming. Marvin taught agriculture, political science, economics, history, as well as many other subjects at West Rusk and Kilgore schools. He loved his family dearly. Funeral services for Marvin Lee Isaacks, 62, of Arp, will be held 2:00pm Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Cottle Funeral Home in Troup. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home.

Victor was born on September 13, 1927, and passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. Victor was a resident of Palacios, Texas at the time of passing. He graduated from Cuero High School and entered Texas A&M University (Class of '48). Victor was the ag teacher at Palacios for a number of years. 

Edward Michael Geyer age 62, of Somerset, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. 
Edward is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Alvin Geyer and Angeline Geyer. 
Edward is survived by his wife, Jeanette Geyer of Somerset, Texas; sons, Zachery J. Geyer (Kate) of Robstown, Texas; Levi J Geyer (Jacque) of New Holland, Pennsylvania; brother James D. Geyer (Susan) of Somerset, Texas; sister, Debra Jenke of Somerset, Texas and Four Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Grace Catholic School made out to Jeanette Geyer or the Poteet Rotary Club in memory or Edward Geyer.
Vocational Agriculture Teacher for 30 years
8/24/77-6/30/81 - (4 years) Boys Ranch
7/13/81-6/30/90 – (9 years) Poteet ISD
7/1/90 – 6/30/93 – (3 years) Lytle ISD
7/1/93-6/14/07 – (14 years) Poteet ISD

Jeff E. Maxwell, Sr., 86, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church of Dayton with services concluding thereafter. Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Jeff was born November 16, 1930 in Houston, to parents; James F. and Maggie M. White Maxwell, a former resident of Houston, and a resident of Dayton since 1967. He was a graduate of Cypress-Fairbanks High School, had attended Blinn College and Sam Houston State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a former Ag advisor for Channelview ISD. Mr. Maxwell also enjoyed raising exhibition poultry and horticulture.

Frank Ray Greenway, 85, of Angleton, TX, passed away on May 1, 2017, in Galveston, TX.  Frank was born on May 10, 1931 in Wolfe City, TX, to loving parents, Ray and Verda Lee Greenway.  Frank married Barbara McClain in Dallas, TX on September 2, 1950.Frank was a man of dedication. He was dedicated to his wife – spending over 66 years happily married to her. He was dedicated to his education, graduating from Texas A&M in 1954.He was dedicated to his family, providing for them by working day and night to provide them with shelter, food, and other necessities. He spent more than 37 years teaching Ag/FFA at Brazosport High School, retiring in 1989.Frank was also a man of work. He was incredibly hard working, always fixing, cleaning, or just making his world a better place. He loved work, especially that which would be called farm work. He spent years working in the hay fields, spending many hours on a tractor, and working in his community to share his love of this kind of work – he worked tirelessly with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and helped with the Brazoria County Fair. Visitation of Friends and Family will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Restwood Funeral Home.Funeral Services will then be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Lake Jackson Church of Christ. Following the funeral services Frank will be laid to rest at Restwood Memorial Park.

Dr. Fred Thornberry passed away on March 18, 2018, at the age of 81 years. He received a B.S. in Agriculture Education in 1959, an M.S. in Poultry Science in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Poultry Physiology in 1968, all from Texas A&M. During his career of 48 years with the Texas A&M University System, he began as an Assistant County Agent in Liberty County. After completing his graduate work, he became the first Area Specialist in the Extension Service in poultry in the state and worked in East Texas at the Overton Headquarters. His performance in working with the fast, developing poultry industry resulted in his appointment as the State Program Leader, heading up the Texas A&M Extension Poultry Program in College Station at the age of 33. He was highly respected among the poultry industry in Texas as well as on the national and international levels. In July 2015, Fred was honored to receive The Texas FFA Lone Star Honorary Degree at the state convention in Corpus Christi. Additionally, he was bestowed the honor of recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University.celebration of Dr. Fred Thornberry’s life will be held at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive, College Station, Texas on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1:30. 

Douglas William Meyer, 60, of Del Rio, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Doug was born September 3, 1956, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Victor R. Meyer and Audrey Roever Meyer. Upon graduating from Joshua High School in 1974, he attended Tarleton State University and graduated in 1978 with his Ag Science degree.  In the fall of 1980 he began teaching ag at Mercedes High School in Mercedes, Texas. It was here that he stayed for 33 years touching the lives of many students. Doug was very active while working in the valley. He was the Area X President of the State Ag teacher Association, he served 8 years on the board of VATAT (Vocational Ag Teachers Association of Texas), and he was the chairman for the Beef Syndicate Barbeque. Doug served as a chair on many academic committees including site based decision making committees, volunteered, taught, and certified in most TP&W programs. Doug is also survived by 33 years of students whose lives were forever changed by his extraordinary teaching and support. His door and heart were always open to his students to listen and guide them. Mr. Meyer strived to lead his students out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation. The family wishes to thank you for all the prayers and kind thoughts during Doug's journey home. A memorial service will be held on April 1st, 2017 at 10:00am at G. W. Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Del Rio, Texas. In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be sent to the Rio Grande Valley District FFA Association. PO Box 4283, McAllen, Texas 78502.

Houston Cleve Walkup, 92, of Bryan, passed away Sunday February 26, 2017 at his residence with family by his side. Cleve was born May 19, 1924 in Cottle County, Texas, to Samuel Hoyte Walkup and Sally Grace Crabtree Walkup.
He earned his Bachelors Degree from Texas A&M in 1950, and later earned his Masters of Education, also from Texas A&M. While a student at A&M Cleve served as President of the Wesley Foundation. From 1952-1967 he taught Vocational Agriculture at Stamford, Rule and Azle, Texas. While in Azle the Governor of Texas named him an Honorary Texas Colonel. In 1967 he became an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University teaching 415 farm wiring short courses across the state of Texas. Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center at 3001 S College Ave. in Bryan. Funeral services honoring Cleve will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at A&M United Methodist Church with a reception immediately following. A private burial will be at Rest-Ever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan.

Jimmie "Chief" Boultinghouse "Chief" taught ag at Winona ISD for 39 years. Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Friday January 27, 2017 at Jackson's Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home.

James Randell Blakemore, 65, of Sulphur Springs, formerly of Merit, died Dec. 26, 2016. He was the agriculture teacher at Celeste I. S. D. for 24 years and transportation director in Sulphur Springs I. S. D. for six years. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Dec. 31, at New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Wilton McMorris and Rev. James Seigler will officiate. Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Merit Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Warner P. Wilson, Jr., passed from this life on December 16, 2016. Mr. Wilson earned a bachelor of science in agriculture and master of education from Stephen F. Austin. His agricultural roots sprouted at 8 years old with an orphaned dairy calf and ignited as a freshman FFA Greenhand years later. Beginning his agricultural education career in 1965, Warner dedicated 38 years of his life to the youth of Chireno ISD. His passion for educating and mentoring his students was evident to all. Mr. Wilson not only mentored youth to be leaders in the agricultural field or successful in the contests, he instilled in them qualities of respectful, hard-working, and caring people. His fond memories with his agriculture students will live on in the hearts of all for many years.

Mark Edward “Paw Paw” Billings, age 56, of Leesville, passed away December 4, 2016. Mark was an Ag Teacher in the Nixon-Smiley C.I.S.D. and a rancher. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1984 and his Master of Science Agriculture in 1992, both from Stephen F. Austin State University. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Nixon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nixon-Smiley Education Foundation, 800 N. Ranch Road, Nixon, TX 78140, or to the Leesville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 256, Leesville, TX 78122.

Mr. Belk was born September 22, 1931 in Cushing, Texas to the late Artie (Duckett) and Joseph Floyd Belk, and died Friday, November 4, 2016 in Spring. Mr. Belk had resided in Huntington for 65 years. He retired from Huntington ISD following 43 years as an ag teacher. He was an avid hunter and gun collector, and had a passion for his students and their Ag projects and activities. Graveside services for Joe W. Belk, 85, of Huntington will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Cushing Cemetery with Dr. Darryl Smith officiating. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Huntington First Baptist Church.

Raul M. Hinojosa transitioned to eternal life on September 12, 2016 at the age of 59 years. He dedicated himself to ranching and agricultural pursuits his entire life, and left a legacy of students throughout South Texas who benefited from his unique style of mentoring and 27 years of dedication to exemplary teaching. He retired from San Isidro High School as a celebrated and beloved faculty member and accomplished FFA sponsor. He reveled in seeing his esteemed students participate in livestock shows, finding scholarship opportunities, continuing their education, and expanding their horizons by pursuing higher education. He served as an inspirational role model and life mentor, sharing bits of humor and wisdom with them. Services have been entrusted to Sanchez Funeral Home in Rio Grande City. Visitation will begin Thursday, September 15 from 1-9 pm, with Rosary at 7 pm. Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 10 am, with burial to follow at City Cemetery.

Tommy was born on March 3, 1942 and passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas in 1966. Tom also completed his Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas in 1971.He was married to Floy. He will truly be missed by all. Condolence calls will be received from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday August 2 2016 at First Baptist Church Elkhart. Memorials may be sent to: Tom Cherry Memorial Scholarship Fund c0 Commercial Bank of Texas P.O. Box 427 Elkhart Texas 75039.

Robert Garrett "Bob" Smith, age 70 of Waller, Texas passed away on May 7, 2016. Bob was born and raised in Waller, Texas, graduated from Waller High School, and attended Sam Houston State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He was on the National Championship Rodeo Team in 1968 where he earned points in calf roping and steer wrestling. Bob was a dedicated teacher and FFA advisor. He loved teaching and made a huge impact on the lives of his students. Visitation will be Monday, May 9, 2016 from 4:30-7pm at Canon Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5pm at Canon Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Dobbs officiating. Interment will follow at Canon Mathis Cemetery.

Leon "Mr. B" Burkham, 79, passed away Wednesday March 23, 2016, at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Leon was born April 24, 1936, in Mount Vernon, Texas to W.E. Burkham and Edna (Lovell) Burkham. He went to Abilene Christian University where he received his Bachelor's degree and went to Sam Houston State University to receive his Master's degree in Education. Leon married Leona (Magee) on December 22, 1955. He was a Vocational Agriculture teacher for 40 years, his first 2 years at Northside ISD and 38 years at Knox City ISD. Leon enjoyed fishing and being a member of his church, where he served as an elder. He was a lifetime member of Vocational Agriculture Teachers of Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Community Center in Knox City, Texas with Mr. Joe Dale Wilson officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the service at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Visitation is planned for Friday, March 25, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Community Center, located at 208 SE 3rd, Knox City, Texas.

Earl Hoffman Jr., went peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday, January 8, 2016, surrounded by his family. returning to college after his two children were grown to pursue a degree in Agriculture. After graduating at age 50 with honors from Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S. in Agriculture, he became the head of the Agriculture program at Mount Enterprise ISD. Earl and his Students garnered countless awards for their work and he reveled in their successes. In his work, he touched and changed the lives of many young people who will forever cherish their contact with Earl and his distinctive methods of teaching them about Agriculture and life with the unmistakable twinkle in his eyes that was uniquely Earl. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nacogdoches, Texas with burial services following at Lakeview Cemetery in Longview, Texas at 2:00 p.m.

Billy Joe Whitfield LUBBOCK-Mr. Billy Joe Whitfield, 91, passed away Dec. 5, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas. Bill was born on April 2, 1924, in Collingsworth County, Texas, to Claude Whitfield and Lillian (Ward) Whitfield. Bill graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Agricultural Education having earned a second commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force for his time in the ROTC program. He married Earline Pundt in Lipscomb County on Nov. 22, 1951. Bill taught Science, Vocational Agriculture, and served as a basketball coach for one year at Northside, Vernon Texas. He then moved to Levelland and began a career of teaching Vocational Agriculture and Farm Power and Machinery from 1951-1984. In addition to the time in the classroom, Bill spent countless hours working with students for Stock Show, judging teams and Mechanical team preparation for FFA related contest. Visitation will be held at the George C. Price Funeral Home, Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services for Mr. Whitfield will be at the First Baptist Church in Levelland, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. with graveside services immediately following in the City of Levelland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorials to the: First Baptist Church Library Fund, Po Box 700, Levelland, TX 79336, or Texas FFA Foundation, 614 East 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

Billy Lon Conner was born April 18, 1931, in Sulphur Springs, Texas to George and Mattie Conner, and passed away on September 19, 2015, at his home in Austin. During Billy's career, he affected the lives of many young people while serving as Executive Secretary of the Texas FFA and Texas Young Farmers. He was also well-known among the managers, directors and members of statewide agricultural cooperatives, educators and the state agricultural community in general. Billy's family will greet guests at a visitation to be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 23, 2015 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. Committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Word Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.

Carl L. Wendler, 90, retired vocational agriculture teacher from Schulenburg, TX passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015. He was born on May 16, 1925 on the family farm in Ledbetter, TX. For over 30 years, Carl shared his agricultural knowledge with students in the Brenham, Bryan and Schulenburg school districts. Service and leadership are two words that characterize Wendler's life. As an advisor to chapter FFA and Young Farmer organizations, members competed at the highest level receiving extensive awards and honors. Personally, Wendler was honored by the National FFA, being named an Honorary American Farmer. His community involvement extended beyond the students he taught. Carl's Life will be celebrated with a mass at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg at 10 am on Wednesday, September 23rd. Burial to follow in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg. The American Legion and VFW memorial services will begin at 6:30 pm with a parish rosary to follow at 7 pm.

Jack Royce Cook, 79, passed from this life to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Edgewater Care Center in Kerrville, Texas.Growing up in Dublin, Texas, Jack attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and then transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Education. After a brief 2 years of teaching in his home town of Dublin, Jack attended Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas where he earned his Master of Science degree.The family lived and made their home in Red Oak, Texas where Jack spent almost his entire teaching career.A Visitation and a time of reflection will be from 5 – 7 PM, Friday, September 4, 2015, at Kerrville Funeral Home, 1221 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 5, 2015

Don T. Jobes, Jr., age 86, passed away on August 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Don taught vocational agriculture at Cypress-Fairbanks High School for nine years before joining the Texas Education Agency in Austin, Texas where he supervised agriculture teachers across the state. In 1956, he was named the Executive Secretary for the state association of Future Farmers of America. Don also served as Livestock Superintendent for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during this time. Funeral Services where held AUG 19. 10:00 AM First United Methodist Church-Liberty.

Wayne Cheney of D’Hanis passed away on June 1, 2015. Mr. Cheney was an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor at D’Hanis for 36 years, serving as state director of the VATAT for two terms. He was an instructor of Agriculture, a counselor to students, a disciplinarian to those who needed it, and a friend to anyone in need. He was born in Raymondville, Texas on Nov. 28, 1926 and later attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. Mr. Cheney actually landed in D’Hanis as he and a college friend were travelling from Texas A&I to find an Ag Teaching position. They found two openings at Natalia and D’Hanis and chose to toss a coin to decide which would try for each job. Mr. Cheney wound up in D’Hanis after losing the coin toss – or so he thought. It turned out to be his luckiest day - soon after he began his lengthy career, he met the “love of his life” and established a fruitful family in D’Hanis, Texas. Beyond Mr. Cheney’s many accomplishments as an Ag Teacher, one of his greatest legacies was passing along his passion for education to some of his children and grandchildren, some of which have strong connections to Agriculture Education because of his influence.

Bob Wood, 80, of Adrian died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He graduated from Mullin High in 1953 and from Texas Tech with a Bachelors of Science Degree in science and agriculture in 1966. Prior to college he worked 15 years for Pioneer Natural Gas Company. Bob was a teacher, farmer and rancher. He was the first Ag teacher at Adrian ISD and retired in 2000 after 35 years of inspiring the same values of hard work, creativity and ingenuity in his students that he instilled in his own family members. His memory will always be carried in the stories about “Mr. Bob’s” classes and the summers his grandchildren spent with him. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Adrian United Methodist Church with David Bonnell officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega.

Roy Crawford Sr., 92, of Lake Dallas, died Thursday, April 23, 2015.He graduated from Quinlan High School and received his bachelor from East Texas State Teachers College and his masters at Sam Houston State. Roy was active in the Denton County Livestock association, North Texas State Fair, and taught Vocational Agriculture for 44 years in Three Way, Bovina, Groom, and Lake Dallas. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. – Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Lake Dallas, Texas with Dr. Ben Smith officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m.at Forest Park Cemetery in Greenville, Texas with Masonic Rights.

Waylon Reese Carroll went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 7, in the loving presence of his daughter Donna Smith. He earned his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education in 1950 and a Master of Agricultural Education in 1954 from Texas Tech University. He first worked in Hereford, Texas, training returning servicemen in agricultural science, before he took a job as the vocational agriculture teacher in Canyon, Texas.Waylon and Ruth moved to Lubbock in 1955 where he opened Monterey High School as one of its first vocational agriculture teachers. He later became Monterey's vice-principal in 1965. After serving as principal at Atkins Junior High School from 1977 to 1983, he returned to Monterey where he served as principal until his retirement from LISD in 1989. He was the longest serving original faculty member at Monterey. Students, parents and colleagues will attest to the unwavering energy, support and dedication he gave to the Monterey community, sponsoring band trips and cheering on students at games near and far. A memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church, Lubbock, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11th. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10th at Resthaven Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.

Michael Eugene Bland went to be with his Lord on Friday the 13th of February, 2015, after suffering viral pneumonia. Mike was born on Friday the 13th of October, 1950, to Beverly Ann Hurst Bland and Percy Aaron“Jack” Bland, Jr., in Orange County, Texas. Mike grew up helping with the farming and stock raising on land off Highway 12 in Mauriceville. He graduated from Mauriceville High School, and left home to attend Sam Houston where he obtained a Master’s Degree. He taught Ag at Forest Park for a few years and also at Deweyville and Buna, he served in the Army, worked at the shipyard and various jobs while completing his education and supporting his family, and eventually landed at DuPont in Orange. After retiring from over thirty years with DuPont, he was finally able to return to teaching, his real passion. He taught Ag Science and related subjects at Big Sandy High School and thereafter for a short period of time at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. Visitation will be held at Dorman Funeral Home, 8808 Highway 87 North Orange, Texas 77632, on Monday, February 16, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and graveside services will be held at Weeks Chapel Cemetery in Harrisburg, Texas, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.

Acker was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Whitehouse to Terrence Powderly "T.P." and Addie Mae Hanks. Acker taught for five years in New Waverly. He and his family moved back to East Texas where he became the principal of Bullard Elementary School for two years and the Whitehouse Elementary School principal for nine years. In 1966, he returned to the classroom to teach agriculture at Whitehouse High School until he retired in 1985. Most of Acker's adult life was spent working with many students in the Future Farmers of America program. Funeral services for Terrence Acker Hanks, age 92, of Whitehouse, are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 10 a.m. at Whitehouse United Methodist Church with the Rev. Matt Thomas and the Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating.

Martin M. Schrank went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 04, 2015. He was born on April 19, 1926 to Ralph R. Schrank and Johanna E. (Moerbe) Schrank at Aleman in Hamilton Co. Texas. Martin began teaching Vocational Agricultural and presiding as the Advisor for the Future Farmers of America Chapters at local high schools of Fairy, Carlton, Pottsville and Hamilton. Martin's entire teaching career was within Hamilton County, which left strong bonds with former students. Upon the closing of the Fairy School District, the former students have gathered with him for an annual student reunion, now in its 50th year. Funeral Service Saturday, March 07, 2015 2:00 pm St Paul Lutheran Church FM 3340 Aleman, Texas 76531.

Bailey Wheeless, 75 of Pecos, Texas passed away peacefully on February 16, 2015. Bailey attended Sul Ross university for two years and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Agriculture in 1961. He taught science for two years at Fort Hancock, Texas. Bailey taught agriculture at Pecos High School from 1961 to 1999 at which time Bailey retired. Bailey was the recipient of numerous awards over the years, he was FFA Honorary State Farmer, and Outstanding Teacher Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers association. Many of Mr. Wheeless students excelled at showing livestock at the county level and beyond, many also competed at the highest level of leadership and AG mechanics. Bailey was a much sought after Judge for livestock and AG Mechanics. His love for his family, friends and students was his highest priority. A Memorial Service for Family and friends will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Terrence “Terry” G. Wick, 53, of Hallettsville, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. He was born on July 29, 1961.Terry graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1979. He attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1983, and took his first job as an Agricultural Science Teacher at Jourdanton ISD. Terry loved teaching agriculture, loved his colleagues, and he loved the FFA. During his career, Terry served on numerous livestock show boards and committees, and was very active in the VATAT (Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas) serving as a board member in both Area X and Area III. Throughout his teaching career, Terry received honors and awards from various organizations and associations including his Honorary American FFA Degree. Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church; with a Rosary at 5 pm. Officiants: Msgr. John Peters and Rev. Charles Sonnier. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Terry Wick Scholarship Fund, or Donor’s Choice. Burial: Koerth Catholic Cemetery. If you wish to send a condolence note to the Wick family you can do so on the Kubena Funeral Home website http://www.kubenafuneralhome.com

Telvy was born on August 19, 1931, and passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Telvy was a resident of Bandera, Texas.
A Visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, December 22, 2017, at Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 23, 2017, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kyle Toomire, officiating. Burial will follow at Bandera Cemetery.

Kenneth Rushe Wink, 72, of Fluvanna and Marathon, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, January 19, 2015. In 1964, Kenneth began a long career of teaching vocational agriculture where he mentored many students over the years to which he referred to as his own kids. Therefore, Mr. Wink is also survived by a large extended family. He spent 22 of his 34 years of teaching at Marathon ISD. As well as teaching Vocational Agricultural, he also served as a tennis, golf and football coach. Kenneth was a lifetime member of VATAT. Funeral services for Mr. Wink will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church at 2:00 PM with Reverend Larry McAden officiating. Burial will follow at Fluvanna Cemetery. 

David Douglas Laurie, beloved husband, father, and friend, received his heavenly reward on October 26, 2014, at the age of 75.Services will be held at the Booker High School Auditorium on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 10:30 AM with Pastor Derrel Evins officiating. Interment will be at the Heart Cemetery in Booker, Texas under the direction of Good Samaritan Funeral Service Booker, Texas.His lifelong career as an educator began in Mobeetie in 1961 and Spearman in 1963. He accepted the Agricultural Science Instructor position at Booker High School in 1964 and taught there for the next 35 years. During his time teaching vocational agriculture and acting as the FFA Advisor, he had 28 American Farmer Degree Recipients, 220 Lone Star Degree Winners, and numerous competitive FFA leadership teams at the district, area, and state levels. He had an outstanding FFA program that received national-level recognition. He was the recipient of many honors and awards, including an Honorary American Farmer Degree in 1979 and he was the Texas Agri-Science Teacher of the Year in 1997. David served on multiple committees through the Texas FFA, including the State American Degree Committee from 1985-1998. In 2004, the Vocational Building at Booker High School was named in his honor. His career impacted the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom attribute the people they are today to David’s influence. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the David Laurie Scholarship Fund that benefits Booker ISD. Donations can be sent to First Bank Southwest, Attn: Pam Sanders, P.O. Box 636, Booker, Texas 79005. Please make checks payable to the David Laurie Scholarship Fund. Visitation will begin Thursday, October 30 from 8 pm - 9 pm and Friday, October 31 from 9 am - 5 pm at Good Samaritan Funeral Service Booker, TX. The funeral services will be November 1, 2014, at 10:30 AM in the Booker High School auditorium.

Bobby Joe Browning, age 81, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in East Texas. Bobby Joe Browning was born on June 7, 1932 in Hobbs, New Mexico to E. C. Browning and Della Mae (Shirtley) Browning. The family later moved to Fluvanna, Texas. Bobby Joe graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelors degree in Vocational Agriculture. He joined the US Army and served during the Korean War. Bobby Joe taught Agriculture in Weinert, Texas for two years and then in Texline, Texas for 33 years. He loved training agriculture teams for competition and enjoyed his students. He would hear someone complain about a student and he would smile and say "Oh, they’ll grow up, they all do".

Berhl Robertson 80, passed away on September 19, 2012 at his home in Lubbock, Texas. Services will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home (Abbey Chapel) on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. Burial will immediately follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be today, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home. Berhl was born in Robert Lee, Texas, to James Leo and Lydia Blair Robertson on July 21, 1932. He retired from New Deal ISD as a vocational agricultural teacher in 1990 after 29 years of teaching and administration. Services will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home (Abbey Chapel) on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. Burial will immediately follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be today, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home.

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