Memoirs2019 JournalTexas Annual Conferenceof the United Methodist ChurchK

MemoirsSECTION KMemoirsDeceased 2018-2019ClergyRev. Joe Dan AdamsRev. William Byron BoyettRev. Earl Howard DawsonRev. Buford Wayne FinleyRev. Kenneth Bernard GreenRev. Ira Leon GrissomRev. Ralph Harold HaleRev. George Melvin HancockRev. Dale Darro HortonRev. Noel Lawrence LarkRev. Gregory Howard RogersRev. Gerald Eugene StittRev. Wayne Luther TaylorRev. John Roy TylerRev. Ann Nicholson WorrellK-1

MemoirsSpousesBetty Preston Boling, spouse of Rev. Blaine A. Boling, Sr.Lucille Broach, spouse of Rev. L. B. Broach, IIIEffygene Bull, spouse of Rev. William Floyd BullLena G. Davis, spouse of Rev. Elvis C. DavisH. Sparks Dorris, spouse of Rev. Karen DorrisGrace Lee Dowden, spouse of Rev. John Chester DowdenRuth Dunnam, spouse of Rev. Spurgeon Murray Dunnam, Jr.Lola Dell Fosburgh, spouse of Rev. Robert FosburghShirley Ruth Goad, spouse of Rev. Stanley GoadClara Townsend Hayes, spouse of Rev. Charles K. HayesJanet Lynn Jackson, spouse of Rev. Jimmie James JacksonAudrey Adams Jones, spouse of Rev. Harold Randle JonesMartin Earl Jones, spouse of Rev. Karen Lee Koch JonesHelen C. Langham, spouse of Rev. Robert B. Langham, Jr.Robbie Lee Neff, spouse of Rev. James T. NeffMaxine Mae Negrin, spouse of Rev. Leonard NegrinDorothy Patricia Nelson, spouse of Dr. J. Robert NelsonLorraine A. Perkins, spouse of Rev. Charles H. PerkinsEdna K. Starbuck, spouse of Rev. Robert P. StarbuckMaree Atkins Waters, spouse of Rev. Sylvan Merle WatersSara Louise Haliday Williams, spouse of Rev. Kelly Bob WilliamsK-2

MemoirsClergyJoe Dan AdamsThe Reverend Joe Dan Adams passed into the arms of our Lord on July 23, 2018, at the age of85 years and three days, in Houston, Texas. Dan was born at home in Dallas, Texas, on July20, 1933, to Rev. Fred F. Adams (North Texas Conference) and Lola Dunafan Adams (ofFrisco, Texas). He was the third of four generations of Methodist Pastors. He grew up inparsonages across North Texas and graduated from Dallas Sunset High School in 1950.Dan attended college at Lon Morris College and Southern Methodist University prior to hisenlistment during the Korean War, serving in the US Army. He served with distinction as a“Tanker” in the US 8th Army, 3rd Infantry Division, receiving the Purple Heart, the KoreanCitation Ribbon (presented to him, personally, by Korean President Seman Ree), and the 18Month Combat bars. After the war Dan returned to Texas to complete his studies winning the Bachelor of Arts inPsychology and Economics from East Texas State University (1956) and the Master of Theology degree from SMU’sPerkins School of Theology (1959). He later pursued post-graduate work at Yale University, Loyola University (inRome), and St. George’s College (in Jerusalem). Joe Dan Adams was ordained Elder of the Methodist Church by BishopWilliam C. Martin during the North Texas Conference session on June 4, 1959.As a student pastor Dan served the Methodist congregations at Lake Dallas, Texas, and Highwood, Montana. Aftergraduation from Perkins he served the following appointments: Prescott, Carl Circuit, and Coralville (Iowa Conference);Dallas Munger Place (Associate) and Arapaho (as Founding Pastor) (North Texas Conference); Houston East (TexasConference); Eldorado-Christoval; San Angelo FUMC (as Associate Pastor) (Southwest Texas Conference); WesleyAlexander, Willis, Cypress Trails, and Epworth-Parker (Texas Conference). In 1992, Dan retired from the Texas AnnualConference with 35 years of service. In retirement he served Robert Lee and Mertzon (Southwest Annual Conference).Dan enjoyed his retirement years living near San Angelo, Texas, and traveling around the country with Dee Ann, his wifeof 44 years, in their travel trailer. He was an avid photographer, writer, and poet. Together they had 4 children, eightgrandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.Submitted by Rev. Dr. Mark G. Adams, sonWilliam Byron BoyettByron surrendered to the call to preach when he was thirteen years of age. With that goal inmind, he started his undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin while he served the fivechurch Geneva Circuit. He earned a master’s degree from Perkins School of Theology,followed by a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin in counseling.Byron served in several districts in the Texas Conference. He completed 35 years of activeministry at Wesley McCabe in Longview. After retirement he returned to Geneva UMC wherehe began his ministry as a student pastor. Byron enjoyed making people laugh and oftendefused a tense situation with a funny story; consequently, he was usually sent to churchesthat needed healing.He looked forward to enjoying his many interests, skills and talents, including photography, carpentry, mechanics,traveling and writing. He wrote several short stories and had started a novel on King David.Byron was married to Lurlene Franks Boyett for 61 years. To their union were born three beautiful and talented daughters:Rebekah and her husband Gary Johnson, have a teenage daughter, Sarah; Deborah and her husband-minister Dr. KeithTilley, have two teenage sons, Lucas and Josiah; Diana and her husband Lynn Stanford, have three sons. Daniel andJacob are in the military, Michael is a student at Stephen F. Austin. Daniel and his wife Savanna have a delightful babynamed Raelynn.Submitted by Lurlene Boyett, spouseK-3

MemoirsRev. Earl H. “Howdy” DawsonHowdy Dawson loved life. He was a kind and generous man, always ready with wordsof encouragement and understanding for the tired and weary. He shared his treasurewith those in need. When challenged by life’s trials and tribulations, he confrontedthem as adventures which he explored and examined and from which he gleaned newrules for living.Earl H.”Howdy” Dawson was born in Crockett, Texas, September 22, 1940 to F. D.Dawson, Jr. and Dorothy Dawson. Preaching was in his blood. His father, grandfatherand great grandfather were all Methodist preachers in the Texas Conference. Howdy,his two brothers F. D. Dawson III and Von Dawson each became Methodist ministers,the fourth generation of Dawsons in the Texas Conference.When he came of age, Howdy enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for the next four years. After dischargehe married the love of his life Tommie Joyce White. Upon receiving his license to preach he began his career serving theJefferson Circuit, Texarkana District. At the same time, he attended Centenary College where in 1967 he received abachelor’s degree in Psychology.The next step found Howdy and Joyce in Dallas where he attended Perkins School of Theology. Following ordination, heand Joyce set out on a path through the Texas Conference that found them serving churches at Normangee/Flynn;Somerville/Lyons; Houston/Cokesbury; Beaumont-Forest Park; Longview/Winterfield; Athens/First; Katy/First; MissouriCity/First; Orange/First; Marshall/First; then on to the Texarkana District as DS and finally retirement in 2006.Along the way a daughter was born Michelle “Shelly.” She in turn would bear them a grandson, Dawson, who is the appleof their eye.While in Somerville Howdy engaged in an experimental “Ministry to People in Leisure.” Every weekend, in a motorboatfurnished by the District, wearing a clerical shirt and bathing suit, Howdy would travel the shoreline of Lake Somervillefrom campsite to campsite ministering to those in need.Howdy never feared death, looking at it as life’s biggest adventure. His lifelong favorite poem is one by World War Onepoet Alan Seeger, Rendezvous with Death. It reads in part:“But I’ve a rendezvous with DeathWhen Spring trips north again this year,And I to my pledged word am true,I shall not fail that rendezvous.”Howdy kept his rendezvous the night of February 17, 2019. He is loved and is missed.Submitted by Joyce Dawson, spouseBuford Wayne FinleyBuford Wayne Finley was born December 31, 1932 to Buford and Lois McKinney Finley in Marlin, Tx. He passed awayon September 11, 2018 in Dallas, Tx.Buford was a graduate of Marlin High School, Stephan F. Austin State University and Perkins School of Theology atSMU. Buford served 18 churches in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church during his ministry, whichspanned 48 years. He and Mary Ann retired to Nacogdoches, Tx in 1997; moving to Dallas in 2002 to be nearer to family.Buford is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Terry Finley: their children, Robert Finley, wife Debbie and DianeFinley Mayor, husband Steve. His grandchildren: Rochelle Finley, Sarah Finley Rich; husband Nick, Matt Elenniss,Rachel Elenniss, Alec Mayor, Jake Mayor and Ella Mayor. He has one great-granddaughter Kasen Rich.Buford was preceded in death by his sister Eugenia Finley Brooks and his brother Charles David Finley.K-4

MemoirsKenneth B. GreenRev. Kenneth B. Green died at the age of 50 on September 18, 2018 in his hometown of Marlin, Texas. Kenneth was born on November 5, 1967 to Ethelene ShermanGreen and Leo Green. After graduating from High School in Marlin, Texas in 1986,he attended Prairie View A&M University and received a degree in English. Kennethattended seminary at Perkins School of Theology and received his Master of Divinityin 1997. He was ordained Deacon in the Texas Annual Conference in 1995 and Elderin 2000.Kenneth served as a United Methodist minister for 25 years. He served Davis ChapelUMC in Marlin, the Wesley Foundation @ Texas Southern University in Houston, TX, Trinity East UMC inHouston, First UMC in College Station, TX, St. Paul’s UMC in Galveston, TX and Mt. Vernon UMC inHouston, TXDuring his appointment at the Wesley Foundation, he took students from TSU on several Mission tripsincluding one to Jamaica, and he was a mentor to several candidates for ordained ministry in the Texas AnnualConference. Kenneth had a passion for the ministry and people and he loved to sing. Even during his illness, hecontinued to serve wherever he was needed throughout the conference at camp, district lay leadership training,local church events, etc.Kenneth will be remembered for his passionate preaching and his love and passion for people. He married hislongtime friend, Marylyn Sanders on June 18, 1994, although they divorced in 2011 they remained friends untilhis passing. Kenneth’s memory will live on with his two sons Marcus Sanders and Jeremiah Green, his parentsReverends Leo & Ethelene Green, his sister Felicia Johnson and many relatives and friends.Submitted by the familyIra Leon GrissomIra Leon Grissom, age 95, passed away on April 2, 2019. Leon was born to Sylvia Fern(Baker) Grissom and John Thomas Grissom in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas onMay 17, 1923. Leon grew up on his family’s farm in the Bridges Chapel area in TitusCounty, Texas. He served in the Army during WWII. After the war he and his wife, Loreta,moved back to her family’s farm in Mount Pleasant and established the John Deereequipment store. Around 1954 he decided to change his direction in life and entered theministry in the Methodist Church. The first church he pastored was at Godley Prairie. Hewent on to serve churches in Red Water, Central Heights (Nacogdoches), Waskom, KilgoreDanville, Bryan, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Hughes Springs, Quitman, Gladewater, Vidorand Pittsburg. After retiring in 1988 and he and Loreta returned to the farm, the place theyloved the most.He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Loreta Hays Grissom, his brother Leonard Ray Grissom, andsister-in-law Madelle Grissom.He is survived by his sons; Ira Wayne Grissom and wife Terrie of Colorado Springs, Donald Hayes Grissom of Austin,and Thomas DeWitt Grissom and wife Karla of Mount Pleasant, son Jack Nelson & wife Tina of Nacogdoches; alongwith eleven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.Leon enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the farm in Mount Pleasant. There aremany fond memories with GranGran and MiMi. Some of the best were around the kitchen table playing dominoes orlearning how to count while playing Rummikub.K-5

MemoirsRalph Harold HaleRalph was born July 2, 1950 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Carol and Chester Haleand passed away March 24, 2019. Ralph was the youngest of three children whoall grew up in Chicago, IL. Following high school, Ralph joined the US Navy andserved aboard the USS Pyro. After his time in the Navy, Ralph returned to Chicagowhere he met his future wife Cindy. They were married June 22, 1980 and soonafterward moved to San Leon, TX. There, Ralph began his true life's calling as aminister within the United Methodist Church. Ralph and Cindy would go on toserve at many churches across the state of Texas, sharing their strong faith and theWord of God with passion and devotion. Throughout this time, he also worked to complete his theologicalstudies at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In 2017, after a long and storiedcareer within the Church, Ralph retired with Cindy to Dew, TX to enjoy a quiet life in the country and spendmore time with their grandchildren.He is survived by his wife Cindy Hale; two daughters, Corey Mills and Stephanie Byrd; two sons, Jason Haleand Aaron Hale; two brothers, Joe Hale and Nathan Hale; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, andgrandchildren. He is greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.George Melvin HancockGeorge Hancock was born on August 27, 1954 and passed away on January 21, 2019. George began as a localpastor in 1990 and was serving as a Part-time Local Pastor at the time of his death.Dale Darro HortonRev. Dale Horton of Longview passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on July 13,2018. Dale was born on April 23, 1934 in Ellisville, Arkansas to Annah NoelHorton and Ethel Lee Daniel. He spent much of his early life in Woodville, TX,graduating from Kirby High where he participated in football, baseball, tennis,track & field and band. After high school, he attended Baylor University and laterworked for the Texas Highway Department. Having an interest in civil engineering,he attended Lamar University where he met and eventually married Anna Andrewsin Beaumont, TX.Inspired by his uncle, Taylor Daniel, to become involved in ministerial work, he went back to Baylor andfinished his studies while Anna worked as a choral director for La Vega ISD. After graduating in 1968, heentered the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed the degree of Master of Theology,honors program. The couple moved to Colorado where Dale served as the first state Director of Baptist StudentUnions. He also served as a Baptist Student Union Director in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana beforereturning to Texas to become a Methodist minister. He served at the First United Methodist Church, Longview;First United Methodist Church, Willis; and Kingwood United Methodist Church, Kingwood.Dale was passionate about the love of God; his family, especially his grandchildren; Baylor University; andflying the open skies. He obtained a private pilot’s license in the early 1960’s and continued to fly occasionallyK-6

Memoirsfor the next two decades. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Anna; his son,Dale Horton II; his daughter, Laura Childs and her husband Donny; his grandchildren, Nathan and NatalieHammett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Noel Laurence Lark, Sr.Reverend Dr. Noel Laurence Lark, Sr. was born on 9/17/1935 and passed on 12/3/18.He grew up in Third Ward in Houston, Texas in a religious environment, firstattending Trinity East Methodist Church, later attending Bethel C.M.E church inPhoenix and then Bebee Tabernacle C.M.E Church in Houston. He was licensed topreach at an early age. He was an ordained deacon and an elder. He obtained his PhDin Theology and later became a Bishop. He pastored the following ChristianMethodist Episcopal churches: in Canton – Promised Land; in Tyler – Cole Hill, inHouston – Phillips Temple; and the following United Methodist churches: inMarshall – Concordia and Mallalieu; in Longview – McCabe; in Houston – Asbury, Blueridge, Brooks Chapel,Ebenezer, Grace, Shaw Tabernacle, St. Mark, St. Mary, and Union Memorial.He graduated from Jack Yates High School and attended the following institutions of higher learning: TexasCollege – Tyler, Texas Annual Conference Pastor’s School – Marshall, Wiley College – Marshall, TexasSouthern University – Houston, and Texas A&M University – Commerce. He held the following schoolcertificates: teacher, counselor and administrator. He taught at the following HISD schools: T.H. RogersMiddle School, E.O. Smith Middle School, E.E. Worthing High School, and Robert E. Lee High School. Dr.Lark served as a licensed Professional Counselor at Longview Independent School District Ware ElementarySchool, and Houston Independent School District schools: Dick Dowling Middle School and W.S. HollandMiddle School.Dr. Lark served in the military from July 15, 1958 and was honorably discharged July 14, 1961. He washeadquartered in Fort Sill, Oklahoma at BATTERY 2ND HOW BATTALION 31st ARTILLERY 4th in theU.S. Army and was later transferred to AUSAR VIII US ARMY CORPS as a Communications Specialist inFort Chaffee, AR.Dr. Lark married Ms. Juliette Marquette Waters in Palestine, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents,Rosenfield Flexner Lark and Mamie Tanner Lark, and a son, Terrence Elliott Lark. He is survived by five sons,Noel Jr. (two grandchildren); Christian Bernard (three grandchildren and five great grandchildren); AdrianMichael (seven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren); Erik Fitzgerald (three grandchildren); and CoreyEdison (three grandchildren and one great grandchild); a step-daughter, Jacquelyn Louise; a brother, ThomasClyde and a sister, Jeanette Louise; and many more nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members andfriends. He will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him.Submitted by Adrian M. Lark and Corey E. Lark, sonsK-7

MemoirsGregory Howard RogersGreg Rogers was born on February 6, 1950 and passed away on November 17, 2018.Greg retired in 2016 after 26 years of service.Gerald Eugene StittGerald Stitt was born on November 7, 1929 and passed away on July 20, 2018. He retired in 1996 as an Elderserving over the previous 40 years.Wayne Luther Taylor, Sr.United States Air Force Chaplain Colonel (Ret.) Wayne Luther Taylor, Sr. passedaway on July 25, 2018 after a long illness. Born on March 12, 1927 in ParrishAlabama, Mr. Taylor was 91 years old at the time of his death. He was a graduate ofthe University of Alabama (B.A.), Southern Methodist University (M.Div.), and theUniversity of South Carolina (M.A.T.) and was ordained as a Methodist pastor in theTexas Conference. Mr. Taylor served as a career Air Force chaplain from 1953 untilhis retirement in 1980. Over his long military career, Mr. Taylor was stationedabroad in Scotland and Saudi Arabia and domestically at Forbes (Topeka, KS),Eilson (Fairbanks, AK), George (Victorville, CA), and Shaw (Sumter, SC) Air Force Bases. During hisretirement years, Mr. Taylor served as a science teacher in the Clarendon County (South Carolina) Schools, aninstructor at Central Carolina Technical College, and a supply pastor for various United Methodist Churches inthe South Carolina Conference. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Barbara AnnMcElveen Taylor and is survived by his two children, Marian Virginia Taylor Brame (Columbia SC) andWayne Luther Taylor Jr. (Rock Hill SC), and three grandchildren.Submitted by Geni Taylor Brame, daughterK-8

MemoirsJohn Roy TylerRev. Tyler was born March 21, 1945 in Amarillo, Texas to the late Audrey Orlena(McLain) and Roy Nickless Tyler, and died Sunday, July 8, 2018 in a hospital inHouston.Rev. Tyler was a Minister for the United Methodist Church for over 30 years,serving at several different locations. He served his country in the United StatesArmy and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #463 A.F. & A.M. in Atlanta,Texas.Survivors include his son, Troy D. Tyler and wife Vanessa of Corrigan; daughter, Tanya T. Tyler of Sachse;granddaughter, Victoria Tyler of Corrigan; stepson, Jeff Graves and wife Amy and their children, Randall andReagan Graves of Kingwood; former brother-in-law, Terry Smith of Cullman, Alabama; and numerous otherrelatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dolores “Dodi” Tyler.Ann Nicholson WorrellAnn Worrell was born June 6, 1947 and passed away on March 7, 2019. Ann entered the Ministry in 2008 andwas a Part-time Local pastor. She was the pastor of Matagorda UMC at the time of her death.K-9

MemoirsSpousesBetty Preston BolingBetty Preston Boling was born on May 22, 1926 and passed away September 23, 2018. She was the wife of Rev. BlaineA. Boling, Sr.Lucille Alexander BroachHelen Lucille Alexander was born in Dallas, Texas on January 1, 1924. She was theyoungest child of Frank Alexander, a master carpenter, and Maude McKinneyAlexander. Lucille’s childhood memories centered around the two-story house onExline Street at the end of the street car line built by her father.In January 1947, Lucille completed her bachelor’s degree in English at SouthernMethodist University. A two-year teaching fellowship at SMU enabled her to completeher master’s degree in English in August 1949. She taught freshman English to thebooming enrollment of GI Bill veterans (WWII) until she married Rev. LB Broach, III,on Thursday, February 7, 1952, in her home church, Ervay Street Methodist Church,Dallas. (The wedding occurred on the evening following the close of Minister’s Weekat Perkins so LB’s colleagues could attend).During their marriage, LB and Lucille served First Methodist in Quitman, First Methodist in Caldwell, and PleasantRetreat in Tyler during the 1950s; St. Mark's in Port Arthur and First Methodist in Crockett in the 1960s, St. Marks inHouston and First UMC in Nacogdoches during the 1970s, First UMC in Marshall and the Palestine District in the 1980s,and First UMC in Henderson during the early 1990s. Lucille loved the parishioners in each church they served andsupported LB’s ministry by teaching Sunday school and women’s studies for any group needing a teacher and by hostingmany groups in the parsonage. Upon retirement in June 1993, LB and Lucille settled in Plano, Texas, near their daughtersand five grandsons. Lucille died March 31, 2019.Lucille is survived by her daughters and son in law, Cyndi and Steve O’Bannon of Plano and Pam Peck of San Antonio;grandchildren Micah O’Bannon and his wife Dara of Ft Worth, Walter O’Bannon and his wife Shannon of Allen, RickyO’Bannon of Los Angeles, Kirk O’Bannon of Plano, Alex Peck of San Antonio; great grandchildren Victoria Taylor of FtWorth and Xander Davis of Hawaii; sister Louise Prior of Plano; nieces Gee Gee Walker of Medford, Oregon, JudySchulze of Leander, and Cherie Hansard of Fort Worth. Lucille was preceded in death by LB, who died July 2, 2015; herparents; and her three brothers, Leon, Eugene and Leroy Alexander.Submitted by Pamela Broach Peck, daughterEffygene Chunn BullEffygene Chunn Bull departed this life on October 28, 2018. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother andfriend, she was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus and Reba Chunn, her husband Bill, her son Randy, and hercompanion John Barker. She is survived by her son Robert Bull and his wife Patricia, grandson, Alex Bull and greatgrandchildren Elijah and Reece.K - 10

MemoirsLena G. DavisLena Genevieve Johnson Davis was born on March 2, 1931 and died July 20, 2018. She wasthe youngest child and only girl in a family that lived and worked in sawmill towns andlogging camps in Western Louisiana and East Texas. Her family eventually settled inDeweyville, Texas. She spent much of her time with her grandparents and aunts at the familyhome outside of Leesville, Louisiana.She graduated from Westlake High School, in Westlake, Louisiana and moved to Orange,Texas to work for the Orange National Bank. She met Elvis Davis in 1950 and they marriedthat year before Elvis left for basic training and on to Korea. After the war, they moved toBeaumont where Elvis taught accounting at Lamar University. They raised their children in the big corner house at 22ndand North St. where Lena became a loving mother, skilled housewife and all around caregiver for kids, animals, neighborsand strangers that landed at her doorstep. From there she supported Elvis as a faculty wife and later a pastor’s wife. Sheled countless Bible studies, played the piano in church and sang in the choir when able.Her daughter, Liz Cole, died 10 days after Lena. Her children surviving her are Katy Crawford and husband Jay ofRichmond, California and Clark Davis and wife, Hillary of Denver, Colorado. Grandsons, Troy Cole and wife, Susan ofAledo, TX; Matt Cole and wife, Robin of Crowley, TX and Sam Cole of Fort Worth, TX, Will Crawford of Seattle, WA,Grant Crawford of Tahlequah, OK and Senior Airman Ethan Davis and wife, Miran of Abilene, TX. and four greatgrandchildren, Cannon, Caden Brave, Charleston and Cambria Cole.Submitted by Katy Crawford, daughterH. Sparks DorrisH. Sparks Dorris was born on August 10, 1957 in Baytown, Texas to Hayes Hester Dorris,Jr. and Alice Sparks Dorris. Sparks graduated in 1975 from Robert E. Lee High School, inBaytown, where he played the tuba as a member of the Robert E. Lee Band.In 1979, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, where he was a proudmember of the “Voice of Aggieland,” the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. Sparks went on toobtain a master’s degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake and passed the TexasState Certified Public Accountant exam.On May 14, 1988, he married the love of his life, Karen Lynn Sherman in Rose Hill, Texas.He had a long, successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and retired in 2009. He has lived in the Katy, Texas areafor the past 10 years, where he was a member of the Katy First United Methodist Church.Sparks had a passion for square dance calling and was a member of the Swingin’ Senior Square Dance Club of Pasadena,Texas. He was a longtime Boy Scouts leader and enjoyed camping. He was happily retired and enjoyed life. Sparks wasvery funny and loved a good practical joke. His humor and the joy and laughter he brought to his family and friends willbe deeply missed.Sparks Dorris passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Houston, Texas at the age of 61 years.He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Karen Dorris of Katy; children, Laurel Ellisor and her husband Mike of Katy andMatthew Dorris of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Madeleine Ellisor and Clayton Ellisor; his mother, Alice Dorris ofKaty; sister, Karol Behne and her husband Henry of Burton, Texas; nephews, Austin Henrichsen and his wife Jessica ofEagle River, Alaska and Bobby Behne of Needville, Texas; niece, Caitlin Behne of Richmond, Texas; great niece, KateHenrichsen; as well as other loving family members and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, HayesHester Dorris, Jr.Submitted by Rev. Karen Dorris, wifeK - 11

MemoirsGrace Lee DowdenGrace was born on March 13, 1946. She passed away on September 8, 2018. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. JohnDowden.Ruth DunnamMrs. Dunnam was born March 22, 1919 in Gonzales. Ruth grew up in Gonzales and graduated from Gonzales HighSchool in 1937. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown for two years then joining the WAVES. Ruth was asecretary. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in San Angelo. Ruth married John BoatmanNovember 20, 1945 in Gonzales he passed away on June 4, 1990. She later married Don Leacock on August 15, 1990 hepassed away in 1999. Ruth once again married Rev. Dr. S.M. Dunnam, Jr. on June 22, 2003 and he passed away in2009.Ruth passes away October 29, 2018.Survivors include a son, Tim Boatman of Hitchcock; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Kopecky of Rochester, Minnesota andBeth Kopecky of San Angelo; a special niece, Marie Neish of winter Park, Florida; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Ruth waspreceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Boatman on February 8, 1969; 3 brothers, Lamar Kopecky, Don Kopecky and BillKopecky.Lola Dell FosburghLola Dell Fosburgh was born on July 1, 1935 and passed away May 8, 2019. She was the wife of Rev. Robert L.Fosburgh of Dayton, TX.Shirley Ruth GoadShirley Ruth Renner Goad was born June 17, 1932 in Cottage Grove, Houston, Texas toPaul and Emma Renner and passed away November 21, 2018. She loved Jesus, herfamily, her church and her friends. She loved being a preacher’s wife, a nurse, a babysister and the matriarch of her family. Shirley loved being a good friend, good listener,the belle of the ball and a generous heart. She was Sis, Mama, Mawmaw and friend. Asher family and friends, we grieve for her, but through our tears, we celebrate hertransition home.Shirley was preceded in death by her husband; U. Stanley Goad; parents, Paul and Emma Renner; daughter, SharonSkinner; grandsons, Kyle and Donald Skinner; brother David Renner. She is survived by son; Steven Goad and wife Lisaand friend Theresa Riley; daughter Stanla Finley and husband Larry; grandson Christopher Finley and wife Carolyn;great-granddaughters, Kherrington and Kennedy; brothers Paul and Jimmy Renner; sisters in love, Helen Renner andRosalyn Renner; dear friends Vicki Wikly, Cathy and Nils Dahl; and her sweet precious Alex Redd, as well as her “lovedones" within the Houston Astros organization.She will forever be, “Astro Granny”. Shirley requested those in attendance of her service to wear their Astros gear.K - 12

MemoirsClara Townsend HayesClara Townsend Hayes was born to Thomas Jefferson Townsend and Henrietta ElizabethTownsend on November 17, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri. Clara passed away on October29, 2018.Clara received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University. She laterreturned to Arizon

(Baker) Grissom and John Thomas Grissom in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas on May 17, 1923. Leon grew up on his family’s farm in the Bridges Chapel area in Titus County, Texas. He served in the Army during WWII. After the war he and his wife, Loreta, moved back to her family’s farm in Mount