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IN MEMORIAM W.E. “Bill” Beathard ’49 of Kirbyville, June 7. Dorothy Marie Baughman Gray ’42 & ’52 of Fort Worth, Sept. 5. Don M. Beck ’55 of Nacogdoches, Aug. 5. Edwin C. Boynton ’49 of Caddo, Okla., Aug. 11. Zaidee M. Brittain ’64 of Lufkin, Sept. 4 Helen M. Brown ’79 of Longview, July 17. Susan E. Busse ’82 of Longview, July 6. Rebecca “Becky” Watson Carroll ’69 of Arlington, Oct. 17. Ann S. Coorpender ’72 of Kingwood, Sept. 19. Eldredge Creech ’54 & ’63 of Colmesneil, Sept. 9. James W. Davis ’64 & ’79 of Jasper, June 24. James R. Elledge ’79 of Longview, Aug. 23. Tony M. Frankie ’69 & ’81 of Sugar Land, July 2. Terrell G. Franklin ’57 of Beaumont, July 29. Bonnie Neel Frost ’42 of Quitman, Sept. 4. Dorothy M. Gray ’42 & ’52 of Ft. Worth, Sept. 5. Sarah Hale ’10 of Dallas, July 27. Maureen C. Hoffman ’84 of San Antonio, May 9. Leo Honea Jr. ’74 of Longview, July 25. Darrel E. Hunt ’55 of Tyler, July 27. Robert Leon Hutchison ’49 of Nacogdoches, Aug. 25. Herman B. Jernigan ’52 of Alvin, Sept. 4. J.E. “Jim” Kingham ’47 of Nacogdoches, July 29. Karl Lindekugel, Jr. of New Braunfels, Oct. 21. Joe W. Lowe Jr. ’45 of Tyler, Sept. 20. Holly D. Manna ’91 of Plano, July 28. Ruth C. Martin ’38 & ’49 of Martinsville, Aug. 14. Billy Joe Metteauer ’47 & ’66 of Chireno, Sept. 23. Charles McGregor ’71 of Longview, Aug. 29. Harold F. McMichael ’53 of Longview, Aug. 8

Paul Gifford Pond passed away Oct. 21. He was born March 20, 1942, in Port Arthur to Mack and Lavon Pond. He was an Eagle Scout and also was awarded the Silver Palm. Pond attended Louisiana State University and received a bachelor’s degree in business, which he put to good use as an employee and later owner of the family owned and operated Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur. He served as chairman of the Texas Funeral Service Commission and was appointed as a member of the SFA Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry. He also was a member of the North Port Arthur Rotary Club, holding various leadership positions, and served as deacon, elder and Bible teacher at Cathedral in the Pines Christian Center from 1984 to 2002. Pond is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lila Long Pond, and his eight children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Thomas Wilson Wright passed away Oct. 22. Born in Rockbridge Baths, Va., on April 18, 1918, he moved to Nacogdoches in 1930 when his father founded Texas Farm Products Company. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1934, attended Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College and spent a year at Draughan’s Business College, after which he joined his father and brothers at Texas Farm Products. Wright served his country valiantly during World War II and spent his entire working life with Texas Farm Products. In 1983, he became chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He retired in 1988 but continued as chairman of the board until 2011. He and his wife, Peggy Wedgeworth Wright, founded the prestigious Wedgeworth Lecture Series at SFA. That gift was enlarged to become the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts. In the couple’s honor, the SFA music building was named the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building. A loyal SFA sports fan, he also founded a golf scholarship on campus. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Billy Joe Metteauer ’47 & ’96 of Chireno, Sept. 23. John R. Mills ’64 & ’67 of Carthage, June 27. Jeff Morhet ’92 of Gilbert, Ariz., July 21. Arlen D. Moye ’58 of Silsbee, July 17. Lisa Listowski O’Docharty ’95 of Houston, Sept. 16. Jack Pierce ’54 of Nacogdoches, Aug. 30. Gary N. Puckett ’69 of Irving, Sept. 5. Ross W. Smelley ’43 of San Antonio, Sept. 22. Roy Alford Spradley ’58 of Lufkin, Oct. 14. David J. Stokes ’97 of Tyler, July 30. Jack R. Vaught ’73 of Cartersville, Ga., Aug. 20 Bettye F. Wagstaff ’74 of Bronson, Aug. 26 Ben M. Wallace ’49 & ’51 of Pearl, Miss., July 15. Loy Curtis Weaver ’59 of Grand Saline, Sept. 8. John C. Whitaker ’32 of Longview, Feb. 18. Thomas Wilson Wright ’38 of Nacogdoches, Oct. 22.

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Henry J. Dishburger of Midland passed away Sept. 26. The son of the late Walter W. and Mabel C. McNulty Dishburger was born in Texas City Nov. 4, 1926. He attended SFA, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1950 and was named Distinguished SFA Alumnus in 1993. He received a master’s degree in 1952 from Oklahoma State University. Dishburger served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Dow Chemical Company for 35 years, retiring in 1990. He was a 60-year member of the American Chemical Society. Dishburger was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church where he served as treasurer and a trustee. He also was a trustee of the Bay Area Baptist Association and Michigan Southern Baptist Foundation; a member of the executive committee of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan; and a trustee of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former E. Merle Cox, three children and five grandchildren.


Sawdust Winter 2012  

Sawdust is the magazine of the SFA Alumni Association and Stephen F. Austin State University