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Muir      
*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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Woerndel      
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.

Johnson      
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. 

Shipp      
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. 

Hiner      
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. 

Elmore      
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.

Volkmer      
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.

Vela      
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.

Hilz      
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.

Bertino      
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.

Garrett      
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.  

Morris      
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. 
 

White      
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.

McCoy      
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.

Isaacks      
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.

Kahlich      
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. 

Geyer      
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
Career:  
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
 

Maxwell      
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.

Greenway      
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.

Thornberry      
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. 

Meyer      
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.

Walkup      
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.

Boultinghouse      
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.

Blakemore      
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.

Wilson      
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.

Billings      
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.

Belk      
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.

Hinojosa      
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.

Cherry      
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.

Smith      
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.

Burkham      
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.

Hoffman      
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.

Whitefield      
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.

Conner      
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.

Wendler      
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.

Cook      
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

Jobes      
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.

Cheney      
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.

Wood      
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.

Crawford      
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.

Carroll      
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.

Bland      
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.

Hanks      
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.

Schrank      
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.

Wheeless      
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.

Wick      
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

Robbins      
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.

Wink      
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. 

Laurie      
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.

Browning      
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".

Robertson      
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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