Fallen Parrots

(Thanks to Gary Pillers, Kathy Berry Tull, Barbara Spurrier Black, Marcia Melton Caple, Gloria Townsend Ayars, Tim Thomas, Sherry Newman Mallory, Judy Smith Lambert, Ronny Rhodes, Richard Brown, Larry Brown, Jim Bower, Jane Ann Smith Cassidy, Ken Zielinski, Larry Barksdale, Susie Libotte, Jim Hosfelt, and others for help on this page)


H. F. "Sonny" Tull died March 8, 2019. Sonny was born in Conroe but lived his entire adult life in Fort Worth. He worked as a painter for several years, owning his own business, before becoming general secretary of Fort Worth Scottish Rite Bodies for the past fourteen years. He also was on the board of trustees of Scottish Rite Hospital for fourteen years. Sonny was a thirty-third-degree Mason for thirty-six years and was worshipful master of South Hills Masonic Lodge three times and worthy patron of South Hills Order of the Eastern Star.
Sonny enjoyed cruising with family and friends.
Survivors include Kathy Berry Tull (class of 1969), his wife of fifty-one years; son Eric; daughter Mandy Shores; sister Carlena Copeland; and brothers Ricky and Justus.

Teacher Charles D. Connally died January 23, 2019 at age eighty-four. Mr. Connally was born in Fort Worth in 1935 on Littlejohn Street in Poly but spent much of his early life with his grandparents in Mount Enterprise, Texas. He returned to Fort Worth in the third grade and attended D. McRae Elementary School. He graduated from Poly High School in 1953. Mr. Connally attended Texas Wesleyan College and graduated in 1957. He earned his master's degree from North Texas State University. Mr. Connally taught in Fort Worth public schools for thirty years: ten years at Poly High School and twenty years at O. D. Wyatt High School.
He was elected president of the Fort Worth Classroom Teachers Association in 1976.
Under President Carter Mr. Connally worked with Speaker of the House Jim Wright to create a Department of Education.
Mr. Connally and his wife Barbara, to whom he was married sixty-four years, enjoyed traveling and camping in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. One of the highlights of his life was a trip through Europe to East Africa to conduct mission work with his brother Andrew in Tanzania. Mr. Connally taught Bible classes and preached gospel meetings in Wyoming, New Jersey, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, and the Fort Worth area.
Survivors include wife Barbara and daughter Karen Connally Combs.


James Beasley died November 18, 2018. According to the Facebook group Glencrest Area of Fort Worth Friends, James attended Glencrest Elementary and Forest Oak Junior High. He lived on Timberline Drive in his childhood neighborhood and had worked for Thomas Electronics forty-four years. He retired in 2017.

Charles Lee Evans, former principal of Glencrest Elementary School, died June 7, 2018 at age ninety-four.
Evans grew up poor in Poly during the Depression, attending Poly Baptist Church, spinning tops, shooting marbles, and mastering the yo-yo. Evans always said people in his neighborhood did not know they were poor because they were all in the same circumstances.
During World War II Evans served in the 63rd Airborne in Hawaii. During the war Corporal Evans drew his rifle only once: on guard duty one dark night when a cow ambled by.
Evans went to college on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor's degree in education from North Texas State University. He later earned a doctorate from NTSU.
He married fellow teacher Betty Jo Brown.
Evans taught first at East Handley Elementary School, eventually being promoted to principal of Glencrest. In the mid-1970s Evans proposed and became the first director of research and evaluation for the school district. After retirement he supervised student teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He enjoyed being a weekend rancher in Parker County.
In addition to sons Dudley, Mark, and Glenn, Evans is survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Sharon Elaine Wolfe Brawley died June 15, 2018.
Sharon worked in the banking and finance industry for more than thirty years. She was employed at Farmers National Corporation.
Survivors include sons Chris and Matt Brawley and brother Barry Lynn Wolfe.

Journalism teacher Dorothy Estes died January 25, 2018. She taught at Poly High in the 1950s and 1960s, then at Texas Wesleyan University, then at Tarrant County Junior College. From 1970 until her retirement in 1996 she was director of student publications at UTA.
Under her leadership the UTA newspaper, The Shorthorn, won every national and regional award given for college journalism, often more than once.
In 2003 the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association inducted Mrs. Estes into its Hall of Fame. Other inductees that year included Bill Moyers and Walter Cronkite. Mrs. Estes's first teaching job was at Marshall Junior High, where Moyers was her student newspaper editor.
"Dorothy was incredibly astute and aware," recalls John H. Ostdick, a 1979 Shorthorn editor. "Among her many strengths was the ability to look inside of people, to inspire them to become their best. Her light cannot be vanquished, as it lives on in so many, whether they became working journalists or probing, well-functioning communicators in whatever field they pursued," he added.
Mrs. Estes's philosophy was, "I function more like a coach than a teacher, but I do not call the plays. The students provide the vision, the energy, and the courage; I am responsible for the coffee, the criticism, and the comfort. They find events, trends, issues; I offer perspective."
After retiring from UTA Mrs. Estes and husband Emory, who taught English at UTA, travelled the world.
Mrs. Estes said, "Having worked with student journalists for more than fifty years, I have boxes of imperfect publications, a directory of competent graduates, and a collection of priceless memories."
Survivors include son Emory D. Estes III and daughter Sharon Estes Daily.


English teacher Henry Maass died in Kilgore on May 4, 2017 at age eighty.
Mr. Maass was born in Overton south of Kilgore. He graduated from Kilgore High School in 1955 and attended Kilgore College and North Texas State University, where he received BA and MA degrees in music. Mr. Maass served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and then taught at Poly. After fifteen years in Fort Worth he moved back to Kilgore. He worked for Eastman Kodak in Longview seventeen years until his retirement. Mr. Maass enjoyed classical music, computers, movies, and the Bible.
Survivors include Linda, his wife of thirty-two years; and children, Henry Christian Maass of Dallas, Melynda Keenon of Kilgore, Mike Maass of Kilgore, Annette Anderson of Panola, and Ted Jay Sipes of Panola.

Frances (Frannie) Penneston Nance died January 4, 2017 in Joshua. Her memorial was held on March 18, 2017 in Crowley by Mayfield-Kiser Funeral Home.
Frances was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Halcomb; sister, Donna Reddick; brothers, John and Charles Penneston; and parents, Elsie and Floyd Penneston.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Nance; and two sisters, Suzanne Hardin of our class and Lottie Sanders.


Ronnie Ladd died June 11, 2016. Ronnie was born on March 3, 1949 at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego.
After graduating from Poly High, Ronnie pursued education with a passion: He earned three master's degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and another from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Ronnie worked seventeen years as an administrator of management engineering in major health-care institutions. He worked for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the Mayo Clinic's St. Mary's Hospital in Minnesota, and Western Reserve Care System in Ohio. He was nationally published in major health-care publications and was frequently a guest speaker at American Hospital Association conventions and other health-care seminars. He worked at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth as associate director. Ronnie also owned a collectibles business, the Iron Horse Classic Collectibles. (And one Christmas after high school Ronnie played Santa at Dillard's at Forum 303.)
Survivors include wife, Judy K. Ladd; twins, Timothy R. Ladd and Heather Gregory; son, Brian A. Ladd; daughter, Sheree Cowan; and sister, Kerry McDonald.

Marcia Lee Melton, a photo archivist for TCU Magazine and a former research librarian for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died May 7, 2016. She was sixty-six.
Marcia was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth and after graduation from Poly attended Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington. She loved traveling, her dogs and cats, cooking, garage sales, gardening, her family, friends, and coworkers from TCU, and "the paper."
Marcia is survived by her husband, Charles Caple; son and daughter-in-law Andy and Kathy Cummings; son Thomas Christopher Cummings; and grandsons Harper and Harrison Cummings.
Update: Marcia's husband, Charles, died on July 3, less than two months after Marcia died. Everyone who knew Marcia and Charles--friends and family--feels a double loss of two sweet, gentle people.

Clifteen Wooten Campbell, sixty-seven, died November 19, 2016, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She was born in Brownwood, Texas. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1988 and worked for Wal-Mart twenty-seven years.
Survivors include her husband, retired Air Force master sergeant William "Bill" Campbell; daughters, Dedra Cosner and Andrea Sofield; son, Kyle Campbell; sister, Jeanetta Johnson; and parents, Kenneth and Nelda Wooten of Fort Worth.
Clifteen is buried in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.

Ronny Rhodes, sixty-six, died May 20, 2016 in Grapevine.
Ronny, son of Jack and Wilma Miller Rhodes, was born in Fort Worth. After graduating from Poly High he served in the Navy as an aviation ordnanceman from 1969 to 1973. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan College in 1978. He worked for the IRS for thirty-three years. His job took him all over the United States. Ronny earned awards for baseball in high school and enjoyed coaching his children's softball and baseball teams. After retiring in 2005, Ronny traveled with his wife, Olga, and played golf.
Survivors include wife, Olga Albrecht Rhodes; father, Jack Rhodes; children, Angela Yonke, Scott, Tammy, Brett Kimes, and Toni Beck; and brother, Randy Rhodes.

Kyle Houston Stallard died March 31, 2016 at age sixty-six in his favorite place: on the gulf coast at Rockport.
After Poly High Kyle attended Lamar University in Beaumont and received his BBA degree in 1971. Then he worked for S.C. Johnson and Company and then returned to Fort Worth to work for Ewell Auto Service. In 1976 Kyle and his business partner, Jack Ewell, bought the company and owned it for thirty-four years. Kyle served several terms on the CORIN guidance committee for Tarrant County College and Texas State Technical Institute in Waco. Kyle was an outdoorsman and loved to fish, hunt, and travel. In recent years Kyle became reacquainted with his Poly High school sweetheart, Glenda Holcomb Worden of our class, who became his wife. Kyle and Glenda enjoyed traveling together. Kyle said he was lucky to have a great life.
Survivors include Glenda; daughter Melanie Stallard; stepdaughter Brady Worden; brother Mike Stallard; sisters Cathy Koen and Allenna Rogers; and grandchildren Kyle "Buddy Boy" Taylor and Gloria "Glo Bug" Thetford.

Steve Cagle, sixty-six, died February 18, 2016. His wife of twenty-seven years, Deidra, a retired teacher, had died on January 27, 2016 at age sixty.
Steve was born in Hidalgo County, graduated from Polytechnic High, and was a construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation's Tarrant County Area Office for thirty-five years. Steve enjoyed gardening and cooking. (See the article below about Steve's barbecue pit, which appeared in TXDOT's Transportation News magazine in 1998.)
Survivors are his granddaughter Raegan Seiler and stepson Marc Wayland.


Patti Elder Cearley died October 8, 2015 in Levelland, Texas.
Patti graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor's degree in foreign languages in 1970 and a master's degree in linguistics in 1975. She earned a doctorate of education in English at Texas A&M University in Commerce in 1980. She was a teaching assistant at A&M in Commerce in 1977, an instructor of English at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins from 1977 to 1979 and at Clark College in Mississippi from 1979 to 1982. Patti then taught as a professor of English and technical writing at South Plains College in Levelland until she retired in 2013.
Patti married Ron Cearley, Poly class of 1965, in 1989. She was a member of Texas Community College Teachers Association, Modern Language Association, and American Names Association.
Patti is survived by husband Ron; sons, Matthew Dean of Lubbock and Anthony Cearley of Fort Worth; daughters, Shelby Cearley of Levelland and Kathryn Cearley Davidson of Hoover, Alabama; stepdaughters, Christi Cearley Hawk, Angela Cearley, Elizabeth Cearley McVicker, Ronnie Cearley Jones, and Debra Cearley, all of Chillicothe, Ohio; and sister, Mildred Elder Stone of Fort Worth.

Donnie Braziel died July 11, 2015 at age sixty-five in Kingston, Oklahoma. Burial was in Emerald Hills Memorial Park in Kennedale on July 15.
Since 2001 Donnie had been assistant professor of surgical technology at Tarrant County College. Donnie enjoyed motorcycles, old cars, his chickens, and men's ski retreats with the Gorilla Skiers in Colorado.
Survivors include his parents, R. A. and Lorene Braziel of Kingston, Oklahoma; wife, Kathy Braziel of Burleson; children, Brandon Porter of Burleson, Matthew Porter of Fort Worth, Courtney Sims of Wisconsin, Becky Whitworth of Burleson, Amanda Candler of Burleson, and Andrew Porter of Bedford; and brother, Roger Braziel.

A. B. Truitt, who was first vice principal during our time at Poly high, died May 27, 2015 at age ninety-four in Fort Worth. Burial was in Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery.
Arthur B. Truitt was born in 1920 in Greenwood (Midland County). He married Gwendolyn Louise Majors in 1948 in Fort Worth, and they were married until her death in 1990. During World War II Mr. Truitt served in the Coast Guard and was stationed in Hawaii and Mississippi. After the war he attended Texas Wesleyan University, where he was senior class president, senior class favorite, and a member of Phi Epsilon Mu. He graduated in 1948 with a B.A. in physical education and then received a master's degree from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Truitt began his career in Fort Worth schools in 1952 at Arlington Heights High School. He served as principal and vice principal of many schools in Fort Worth but was proudest of his time as principal at Poly High from 1967 to 1978. He retired in 1984 as assistant director of secondary education.
Survivors include his daughter, Candy Kay Truitt Johnson; son, Ricky Truitt, and wife, Cindy; and sisters, Hazel Howard and Mary Jo Leake.

Calvin Eugene Wallace, sixty-five, of Arlington died March 10, 2015. Calvin was born in Odessa. Larry Barksdale of our class said Calvin dropped out our senior year to fight in Vietnam. Calvin was a sergeant in the Marines Corps and received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart. Calvin joined the Fort Worth Police Department in 1969 and retired as a sergeant after thirty years.
Calvin married Tammy Gregory in 2009. His hobbies included flying private airplanes, riding motorcycles, and fishing. He was a member of Julian Feild Masonic Lodge in Fort Worth.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Wallace; mother, Lena Wilson; stepfather, Bill Wilson; children, Kristi, Walter, and Paul Wallace and Shirley Myslinski; and sister, Denice Wallace.


Donald Ray Vogt, sixty-five, died December 26, 2014. Interment was in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Donald was born in Fort Worth to Ralph F. and Mary A. Vogt. He was a 1973 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology. He most recently worked as a nuclear power plant inspector for International Quality Consultants.
Survivors include wife Paula, daughter Meghan Vogt, and sisters, Janis Colehour and Diane Borden.

Joseph Brinton Harris Jr., sixty-five, of Fort Worth died June 30, 2014. Brint was buried in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Brint graduated from Polytechnic High School and served in the Air Force for four years, part of which included time in Guam during the Vietnam War. H worked at Lockheed Martin for thirty-six years until his retirement.
Survivors include his children, Benjamin Alan Harris and Laura Nicole Kauer, and his grandchildren, Andrew Kauer and Kaylin Kauer.


Susan Wilhite Moses died at her home in Chandler, Texas, on December 28, 2013. She was sixty-four years old. Burial was in Laurel Land Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Susie married Stanford "Sandy" Moses in 1986. She was a longtime member and supporter of AA, a member of the Unity Church of Tyler, and enjoyed helping animals.
She had lived in Melbourne, Florida, for thirty years before moving to east Texas three years ago to be close to her brother and sister-in-law, James and Mary Wilhite.
Survivors include her children, David "Mitchell" Curry of McKinney and Lori Michell of Red Oak; grandchildren, Cole and Cooper Curry, Mary, Jack, and Scott Michell; and brothers James Patrick Wilhite of Chandler and Joseph William Wilhite.

Patsy Ann Landon Hooks died December 22, 2013. She was sixty-five years old.
Patsy attended West Texas A&M University and received a master's degree in education from TCU. She married Dennis Hooks in 1981.
Patsy was a member of Bush Legacy Republican Women, Parker County Women's and Newcomers' Club, Taste of Parker County, Rotary Club, Parker County Health Foundation, supported Weatherford ISD Education Foundation and Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter Advisory Group, and was a member of Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford.
Survivors include husband Dennis Hooks of Weatherford, sons Kip Hooks and Kory Hooks of Weatherford, and five grandsons.

Pamela Faye Loar Berg, sixty-four, died October 7, 2013. In high school Pam was a member of LETI, German Club, Future Teachers of America, Junior Red Cross, and Rhythmettes.
Survivors include her sister, Linda Cogburn; husband, James; children, Eric, Anthony, and April; daughter Jessica; and ten grandchildren.
Roy Lowry remembered Pam: "My little buddy Pamela Faye. We grew up next door to each other, we shared birthday parties as kids born a day apart, and she always called me on my birthday to call me an 'old toot' (edited), knowing full well that the next day we'd still be the same age. So many childhood delightful memories will always be cherished. The Rolling Hills and Poly bunch all know what a witty and charming lady she was. May the family and friends know that God has brought home one of his chidren. Rest in peace my friend."
Pam was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery of Fort Worth.

Jack Hotchkiss died June 9, 2013, in Benbrook. He was sixty-three. Jack had been bedridden since he broke his neck while surfing in California at age sixteen. But he kept in touch with friends via the Internet. Jack also wrote poetry.
Jack is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


Terry Lipscomb died August 4, 2012. He was sixty-four.
Terry was born in Fort Worth to Edwin L. Lipscomb and Lois D. Lipscomb Caruzzi and was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. Terry enjoyed writing, music, and cooking. His grandfather, George R. Lipscomb, had been a Texas state representative for Tarrant County.
Survivors include Terry's mother, Lois Caruzzi; daughter, Jesseca Martin; grandchildren, Nyssa and Jaryd; brother, Gary Lipscomb; and sister, Gail Brock.
Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Hank Harvey, sixty-three, of Mansfield, died August 6, 2012. Interment was in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Hank was born in Fort Worth to Jim and Juanita Harvey. After high school Hank attended McMurry University in Abilene for two years on a football scholarship. He worked in sales for numerous tool companies, most recently Salem Tools. Hank's hobbies included golf in his younger years and bird hunting. He also enjoyed following the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Fort Worth Cats.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Harvey; children, Kara Peck, Tony Tipping, and Brad Tipping; brother, James William Harvey Jr.; and twin sister, Grace Harvey, also of our class.

Dwayne Dyer, sixty-two, of Forest Hill, died March 1, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Dwayne was buried in Whitney Memorial Park, Whitney, Texas.

Chestine McKinney Darter, sixty-two, died June 11, 2012.
Chestine was born in Cleburne. After graduating from Poly High, she received her teaching degree from Texas Wesleyan University and taught in Godley schools for more than twenty-five years.
Survivors include daughter, Amanda Craig; son, Blake Darter; father, Chester McKinney; and sisters, Debbie McKinney and Jessica Perea.

Coach Weldon Moody, eighty-eight, died May 27, 2012, in Granbury.
Coach Moody was born in 1923 in Morgan Mill and went to school in Bluff Dale and Stephenville. He spent almost four years in the Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor's degree from Howard Payne and master's degree from Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. He played basketball one year at Tarleton and three years at Howard Payne. He coached in the Kyle and Granbury ISDs before coaching at Poly and Western Hills High School. From 1972 to 1987 he was vice principal and principal of Granbury High School and principal of Acton Elementary. In 1987 he retired after forty-five years in education and sports.
Survivors include Winta Beth Nix Moody, his wife of sixty-six years; sister, Dorothy Moody-Steele of Benbrook; brother, Allen Moody of Bedford; brother, Bob Moody of Arkansas; and son, Rue Allen Moody of Highland Village.

Coach Melvin Thomas "Tommy" Runnels, seventy-eight, died April 7, 2012, in Granbury.
Coach Runnels was born on the North Side in 1934 and played football for North Side High, setting records there, then being inducted into the North Texas State University Football Hall of Fame, and finally playing pro football with the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins.
He came back to Fort Worth and coached at Arlington Heights, Eastern Hills, Poly, and O. D. Wyatt high schools, then ended his coaching career at TCU. After football he worked in the construction industry before retiring to Granbury.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Karon Sue; brother, Dan Runnels; sister, Mary Ann Henderson; children, Kay Bailey, Sue Piel, and Ron Runnels; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Randy Jones died in June 2011 at age sixty-two in McKinney. Jim Bower, class of 1966, said that Randy had served in Vietnam with the Army and that Randy had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident several years ago.
Randy was born March 13, 1949, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Survivors include his father, Pete D. Jones; son, Jonathan R. Jones; daughters, Sandra Renea and Sonya Denise; brothers, Mike and Marty; and sisters, Jill, Judy, and Jana.

Math teacher Ellen Plastino, ninety, died May 31, 2011. She was born to Higah Clay and Fleda Starr Smith in Stephenville. After graduating from Tarleton State College, she taught high school math in Fort Worth schools for thirty years and sponsored ROTC.
In 1947 she married Vincent Plastino, and they lived in Rendon. In retirement she continued to enjoy gardening, travel, ceramics, and reading.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Vincent; and daughter, Cynthia Ledbetter of Keller.


Coach Charles Drew "C. D." Sealey died December 11, 2010, at age eighty-seven.
Coach Sealey was born in Austin to Julius and Martha Elizabeth Sealey. After his father died, C. D. was raised and educated at Masonic Home and School in Poly. Like Coach Jack Whitley, who died in 2009, Coach Sealey had been a member of the Masonic Home's Mighty Mites football team, written about in Jim Dent's book, Twelve Mighty Orphans.
While at the Masonic Home, Coach Sealey met and married Erline Alderson. He joined the Marines as a paratrooper at the beginning of World War II and returned home after being wounded. After graduating from college, he became a teacher and coach at Callisburg High School for two years and then for the Fort Worth school district. Coach Sealey retired from FWISD in 1981 as a home school coordinator after thirty years. He was a sixty-year member (and past master) of Polytechnic Masonic Lodge 920 and a member of Godley Masonic Lodge. In 1980 Coach Sealey met and married Joella Mims.
Other survivors include sisters, Agnes Hall of Fort Worth and Niela Shelton of Haslet; daughters, Sharon Smith Hinson of Fort Worth and Kay Sealey Vanderbilt of Granbury; stepchildren, Sue Warren of Grapevine, Peggy Fields of Joshua, and Alan Mims of Colleyville; and grandchildren, Lisa Ann, Larry, Randy, Angie, Lisa Marie, Griffin, Scott, Amanda, and Emily.

Randy Harrison died October 26, 2010. He was sixty-one.
He enjoyed music, family, and fishing.
An aunt, Juanita Parker of Graford, Texas, said, "Randy will truly be missed. He brought pleasure to his family in many ways and through his music. He lived his life just like he wanted and enjoyed music to the fullest. Many musicians will miss him, and I know God is happier since he is with him, leading his band and singing."
Other survivors include Randy's mother, Anna P. Moore; wife, Patti Harrison; children, Deza Rae Arrington and Rodger, Steve, and William Harrison; brothers, Douglas Harrison, Gary Craig, Billy Wayne Moore, and Lindy Moore; and sisters, Connie Craig, Sherry Bryant Johnston, Diana Mann, and Glenda Kay Witt.

(From the Star-Telegram, September 14, 2010)

Casey Thornburg, Whose Adventurous Streak Took Him to Virgin Islands, Dies

By Bill Hanna

FORT WORTH--If you were greeted by a friendly pirate while on vacation in the Virgin Islands, chances are it was Casey Joe Thornburg.
And if you grew up on the east side of Fort Worth in the 1960s, you probably knew him as "Kahuna Casey" as he drove around town in a truck filled with friends who loved skateboarding and surfing.
Mr. Thornburg, sixty, who returned home to Fort Worth this summer, died September 8 of a rare form of blood cancer at the Dallas VA Medical Center, relatives said.
"All that knew him then surely have the indelible image of an old panel bread truck, with 'us kids' hanging out the side and back doors, as it traversed the world we knew back then--from the Rolling Hills neighborhood to Poly High School," said friend Ed Gillingham of Canon City, Colorado.
There were "even more adventurous trips to Padre Island," he said. "Perhaps that is where he first heard the call of the sea and a love for piracy."
Mr. Thornburg was born November 28, 1949, in Fort Worth. As a teenager, he once bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii to go surfing, and about a decade ago, he moved to the Virgin Islands.
"He never wanted to be cold again, so he bought a one-way ticket to St. Thomas," said his daughter Natasha Salas of Fort Worth. "He was there for 10 years. He was the hippest of the hippies and embraced life to the fullest."
In the islands, he became known as "Casey the Pirate" for donning pirate garb and starting the St. Thomas Pirate Festival.
He also used the Internet to reconnect with friends on a Facebook page dedicated to Polytechnic High School in the 1960s.
"We were all silly young kids back in the '60s, but over the last couple of years, he had become a positive influence on our class at Poly," said Carol Shaw, who remembers skateboarding with him as a teenager.
After attending Poly, he worked on concert lighting for rock bands, including ZZ Top, friends and relatives said. He drove one of the first snow-cone trucks in Fort Worth. But rather than playing a loop of children's music, like most trucks, he played the urban funk of James Brown.
He started several businesses, including Steam King, a commercial and residential carpet-cleaning business. After selling Steam King, he joined the Navy in 1982 and was on the USS Nassau when it deployed to Beirut after the bombing of the Marine barracks in 1983, according to his family.
After he was discharged in 1985, Mr. Thornburg returned to Fort Worth and worked various jobs, including as a magazine sales representative and as a cowboy comedian act with a puppet named Elmo the Bull. He performed cowboy comedy shows in Fort Worth and at the Roy Clark Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
Other survivors include daughter Electra Thornburg of Arlington; brother Alan Thornburg of Azle; and two grandchildren.

David Pack died June 29, 2010, at the VA hospital in Dallas. He was sixty years old.
David was buried in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
He grew up in Fort Worth and, after joining the Army in 1969 and serving in Vietnam, continued to live in Fort Worth.
David had no survivors but is remembered fondly by friends, classmate Ronnie Rhodes said.

Evalyn Martel, our vice principal, passed away March 15, 2010, in Dallas one day after her 106th birthday.
Miss Martel was born March 14, 1904, in Fort Worth to Eva Mae Haddix and William Benjamin Martel. She attended Central High School and Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth and received her M.A. degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She taught school in Fort Worth at Sagamore Hill School and at Poly High, where she remained for forty-three years. She taught English, Spanish, and French, was the dean of girls, and retired as vice principal in 1969.
Survivors include her sister, Ruth Martel Barton.

Rick Cox died in Dallas on March 18, 2010.
Rick was born in Fort Worth in 1948 to Dixie Parker Cox and Calvin Franklin Cox. After graduating from Poly High, Rick, an Eagle Scout, earned a B.A. in English and history at UTA in 1973.
For twenty-five years Rick worked in field sales and management at Random House. His career was cut short in 1997 when he was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Told he would never walk again, he amazed his doctors by getting back on his feet in record time and spending time each day engaged in restorative exercise at the Baylor Tom Landry Center with Bob, his care-giver dog.
Rick was a member of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum and served on the boards of the Tom Landry Center and the Lakewood Library. Rick earned an M.A. in English at SMU in 2003. He started two book clubs and was a docent at the Meadows Museum of Art.
A lifelong athlete who enjoyed swimming, tennis, and yoga, Rick in his later years helped the SMU Engineering Department invent the "QuadruPedal," a hand-or-foot recumbent cycle for people with limited arm and leg strength.
Rick is survived by his wife, Christina Cox, and four foreign exchange student "children," Ingrid (Netherlands), Yuna (France), Daina (Lithuania), and Marco (Chile).

Student counselor Robert Wenzel Sherrod died February 24, 2010. He was ninety years old.
Mr. Sherrod graduated in 1937 from North Side High School, where he was an all-district guard in football and played catcher in baseball. He attended TCU on a football scholarship in 1937 and played right guard for the 1938 national championship team. He was inducted into the TCU Hall of Fame in 2008. He was All-Southwest Conference guard in 1940 and played in the Blue-Gray Game his senior year. He was awarded the Dan Rogers Award as MVP his senior year.
He graduated in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in business and received a master's degree in public administration in 1948.
After graduating from TCU, he coached at North Side High School and then began a teaching and counseling career at Carter Riverside and Poly high schools. He retired from Poly in 1982 after forty years in the Fort Worth school district.
Mr. Sherrod married his college sweetheart, Frances Helen Olson, in 1941. He served in the army between 1942 and 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In 1945 he played for the Army All Stars. Mr. Sherrod is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Frances Sherrod; daughter, Cynthia Sherrod Ray; son, Robert W. Sherrod Jr.; grandchildren, Robert Brent Chism, Jeremy Michael Chism, and Katherine Elliott Harsha; and brother, Joe R. Sherrod.


Billy Wayne Rhoades died June 29, 2009, in Fort Worth.
He was a diehard UT-Austin fan, his daughter, Kelly Murray, said.
Other survivors include two grandchildren, Taylor Murray and Lauren Murray.

Peggy Ann Martin, sixty, passed away October 4, 2009.
Peggy was born in 1949 in Fort Worth.
Survivors include her daughter, Deanna Gentry; sons, Tommy McElroy and Jonny McElroy; brother, Joe Martin; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Linda Tidwell Ward, sixty, died October 7, 2009, in Fort Worth.
Linda was born March 10, 1949, in Fort Worth and worked at Texas Works as an advisor for health and human services. She was a member of New Faith Baptist Church in Annetta.
Survivors include her mother, Dora Orlena Tidwell; brother, Jarry Tidwell, and wife, Judy; and sister, Luann McDaniel.


Ronnie Woodall died June 8, 2009, in Weatherford.
Ronnie operated Woodall's Auto Upholstery in Weatherford for twenty years. His hobbies were raising rabbits and setting up at the First Monday Grounds in Weatherford.
His wife, Nancy Clay Woodall (also class of 1967), said, "My most vivid memory was Ronnie turning the corner of Vaughn Boulevard and Hanger Street. You could hear the loud pipes of his 1955 Olds, which he called 'The Gray Goose,' his eight-track going with Johnnie Rivers's 'Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,' and that sheepish grin he always had and a look in his eyes that he knew something that no one else did."
Other survivors include a son, Todd; a daughter, Rhonda; and six grandchildren.

Norman Morrow died March 12, 2009, in Queens, New York. He was born in Waco to Norma Hoffmeyer Morrow and Thomas C. Morrow Sr.
After graduation from Poly, Norman attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, majoring in theater. His passion was the stage, which why he moved to New York City.
He and his family moved from New York to New Zealand in 1995, returning to the Fort Worth area in 1998. Norman and wife Nancy returned to New York in 2006.
Other survivors include his son, David, of Queens; daughter, Megan of Austin; brothers, T. C. Morrow Jr. of Fort Worth, Tim Morrow of Corpus Christi, David Morrow of Burleson, and Michael Morrow of Newark, New Jersey.

(From a Star-Telegram obituary)

BURLESON--Poly High coach Jack Quarles Whitley died February 22, 2009, at his home in Burleson. He was eighty-eight.
Coach Whitley flew B-25 bombers in World War II and later led the Carswell Bombers football team to a national military services title.
He became a coach at Poly, a school administrator, and a probation officer. But before he was a Poly Parrot, he was a Mighty Mite.
When he was thirteen, in the depths of the Great Depression, coach Whitley arrived at the Masonic Home and School of Texas in Poly.
He lived there until leaving for college, playing linebacker and center for football coach Rusty Russell. Playing against some of the state's largest schools, the Mighty Mites consistently had winning seasons, about eight victories a year, between 1928 and World War II.
Coach Whitley was born September 28, 1920, in Elkhart, near Palestine, to Eula Quarles and William Elmo Whitley. His father worked for the railroad, coach Whitley's daughters said. A sister died before he was born, and when coach Whitley was nine, his father died of stomach cancer. He and his mother moved to Houston, where she had a better chance of getting a job. She found one selling cigars at a hotel.
Later she sent him to live at the Masonic Home so he could be better provided for.
"His happiest years growing up were probably at the Masonic Home," his daughter Donna Jones of Burleson said. He enjoyed the camaraderie, she said.
After graduating as the youngest senior in his class, he went to Lon Morris College in Jacksonville on a football scholarship. There he met his wife, Durstyne Moore.
Then he attended Stephen F. Austin State University until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He soon joined the Army Air Corps, his daughter Jackie Stewart of Austin said.
The day he graduated from flight school--September 6, 1942--the couple married. But soon he was the captain of a B-25 bomber crew based in Okinawa. He remained on active duty until 1952 and then served in the Air Force Reserves for more than fifteen years, Stewart said.
After the war he was assigned to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. He became assistant to Bobby Dobbs, coach of the base football team, which won the national service championship in 1951.
The next year he was back at the Masonic Home, this time as football coach. He stayed there for about a decade until he was asked to coach the Poly High School team. The job paid more, so he took it, Stewart said.
Coach Whitley later became superintendent of the Tarrant County Children's Home and the Masonic Home. Still later he worked as a county probation officer, retiring in 1996.
He liked to walk around his eleven acres in Burleson, feeding a pet donkey, goat, and catfish, Jones said. He had nicknames for all of his children and grandchildren.
Every year he gave twelve gifts to his wife in the days preceding Christmas. They were married for sixty-one years. She died in 2004.
Coach Whitley was buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Other survivors include a daughter, Karla Purcell, of Joshua.

Peggy Parton, sixty, passed away February 21, 2009, in Waxahachie.
She is survived by her parents, Charles R. Parton II and George and Peggy Montgomery; and brothers, Charles R. Parton III, Jimmy C. Parton, and Bobby Montgomery.


Penny Goodloe Long, fifty-eight, passed away February 24, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Penny was born in Fort Worth, where she spent the majority of her life, teaching for twenty-seven years, primarily at Joy James Elementary.
Survivors include brothers, James Goodloe, Zane Gehring, and Keith Eberly; sister, Charlotte Reeves; and sons, Kendall Long and Cameron Long.

Danny Crownover, fifty-eight, passed away January 2, 2008, at a local hospital.
Danny was born in Fort Worth to Evelyn and J. C. Crownover. A Vietnam veteran, he served two tours as a radio control operator and earned numerous medals.
Survivors include daughter, Danielle Greene; grandchildren, Madelyn and Dillon Greene; mother, Evelyn Tidwell; brother, Larry Crownover; and sister, Sandra Pounders.


Betty Ann Vandiver, fifty-eight, a retired teacher, died September 28, 2007.
Betty taught school for thirty years in the Burleson school district. She graduated from TWC and earned a master's degree from Texas Woman's University.
She was a therapeutic foster mother to many children for twenty years and adopted her first child, Lisa, the daughter of her oldest sister, who died in 1973. Later Betty adopted six other children whom she had fostered.
Survivors include daughters, Lisa Case, Kris Little, Nicki Vandiver, Samantha Vandiver, Kendal Vandiver, Allie Vandiver, and numerous other foster children; sister, Linda Sue Dahl; grandchildren, Abby Case and Brian Vandiver; and aunts, Gloria Stewart, C. Delight Felps, and Ada Williams.

Glen Stanley, fifty-eight, died July 18, 2007.
Glen was born in 1948 in Fort Worth and attended Eastland Elementary and Forest Oak Junior High. He was a trumpet player in the Poly Marching 100.
Glen, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service after thirty-two years, was a lover of animals, science-fiction, and movies and loved reading. He also loved astronomy and geography and was known as a "walking encyclopedia." He was also known as a jokester.
Survivors include his parents, Weldon and Betty Stanley; daughters, Rachel and Melissa; and grandson, Carson Proctor.

Business teacher Anna Lou Fanning, eighty-four, died February 12, 2007.
She was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma. She married Jack Fanning in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1942 and moved to Fort Worth. She earned a BBA degree from Texas Wesleyan University and an M.Ed. degree from North Texas State University. In addition to Poly, she taught at Haltom High School and Texas Wesleyan. She was a member of Richland Hills Baptist Church, Willis Baptist Church, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Theta Theta Chapter.
Survivors include her sister, Linda Harmon; children, Georgene Mais and John N. Fanning; grandchildren, Shane Mais, Lesli Mais, and Wesley, Jamie, and Loren Fanning; great-grandchildren, Michaela and Zackary Mais, Madison Fanning, and Jaxson Lee.

Judy Elaine Smith Wilkerson, fifty-seven, an award-winning singer and songwriter, died January 20, 2007.
Judy was born August, 7, 1949, in Fort Worth. She treasured the friends she made through music.
Survivors include her husband, Carl D. Wilkerson; daughter, Kelly Murray; grandchildren, Taylor and Lauren; parents, Charles and Vera Smith; sister, Charlotte Brannen; and nephew, Cody Brannen.


Mark Shadle, who was president of our sophomore, junior, and senior classes, died at his home in Boise, Idaho, on October 28, 2006. He was fifty-seven.
Mark was born in Fort Worth, the son of James and Juanita Shadle. He graduated from the University of Houston with a BS degree in pharmacy. He lived in Texas, Utah, Arizona, and Idaho. He was employed by Albertsons as a group vice president of pharmacy operations at the time of his death.
Mark loved sailing and hiking and was an avid reader.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-eight years, Kathy McIntosh Shadle (also class of 1967) of Boise; daughter, Amy Lucille Garms of Lubbock; son, Mark Corbett Shadle Jr. of Boise; mother, Juanita Shadle; brother, Dr. James R. Shadle Jr.; sister, Nancy Lu Henkell; and cousin, Rex McDaniel (also class of 1967).

Jane Webster Galloway, fifty-seven, died July 13, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Jane was born July 25, 1948, in Hillsboro. She enjoyed making flower arrangements, arts and crafts, and traveling with her husband.
Survivors include her husband of thirty-nine years, Jim Galloway; son, Scott Galloway; daughter, Pam Summitt; mother, Iva Webster; grandchildren, Katrina, Austin, Isabella, Kendall; twin brother, Wayne Webster; and sister, Nell Brown.

Elizabeth Ann Moss Klinglesmith, fifty-six, died January 22, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Elizabeth was born in Bridgeport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Lee Klinglesmith, in 1997 and by her father, Bill Jack Moss, in 1981.
Survivors include her mother, Cleo Moss of Fort Worth; aunts, Nora West, Cletus Atkinson, and Thelma Woods; and foster brother, Allen Stevens.


Greg Mitchamore, fifty-six, died November 7, 2005.
Greg was fatally injured when a tractor fell on him at his farm at Grandview.
Survivors include his wife, Holly Mitchamore; sons, Josh and Jase; daughter, Alli Mitchamore, all of Grandview; son, Byron, and wife, Shai, and their son, Zachary; son, Brett and wife, Natalie, and their daughters, Whitney and Carley; son, Blake, all of Mansfield; parents, James and Mary Mitchamore of Hurst; brother, Scott Mitchamore and wife, Leslie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail Killough and Buster, and Julie Westlund and Gary; father- and mother-in-law, Vernon and Kathy Roberts; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Shannon and Randy McAllister and Amber and Charles Slotnik.

Karen Yanez Williams, fifty-six, died July 15, 2005.
Karen had worked for Osteopathic Medical Center for more than twenty years.
Survivors include her husband, Mark Williams; son, Roy Carter; stepdaughters, Julie and Marcia Williams; and parents, Roy and Bernice Yanez.

Freddie Lopez, fifty-five, died March 30, 2005.
Freddie was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1969 to 1971. Freddie loved his job as a wine consultant for Majestic Liquor and was eager to learn all he could about fine wines. Prior to that, he was an apprentice in the culinary arts. He was a great chef and loved to cook for large groups or just friends and family.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Lopez.
Survivors include his parents, Ernest and Mary Lou Lopez; nephews, Aaron and Christian Lopez; niece, Camille Lopez; and sister-in-law, Terri Lopez-Eager.


Ralph George Henderson, fifty-four, died March 1, 2004, after a long battle with heart disease and cancer.
Ralph was born June 11, 1949, in Fort Worth. From 1969 to 1973 he served in the Air Force, where he received Airman of the Year award while serving in Guam. Ralph delivered for Lone Star Couriers for four years.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Henderson.
Survivors include his wife, Belinda Joy Henderson; daughter and son-in-law, Danica L. and Chip Gowan; son, Ralph D. Henderson; grandchildren, Davis J. Gowan, Elliot L. Gowan, and Natalie A. Bickel Henderson; mother, Georgie Elizabeth Benton; brothers, Paul L. Henderson and Tony L. Henderson; and sister, Penny Ann Chamberlain.


Gladys Blair Dunkelberg, wife of the late Poly High teacher Kent "Prof" Dunkelberg, died at age ninety-eight on August 30, 2003.
Mrs. Dunkelberg was born in 1905 in Bowie, the daughter of John H. Blair and Maude McPherson Blair. She was a longtime teacher in the Fort Worth schools and a resident of Fort Worth since 1927. She attended Bowie public schools and then Mary Hardin Baylor College at Belton and the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in 1925. She received her master's in education degree from Texas Christian University in 1951. Her teaching career began at McLean in 1925 and continued at Nocona in 1926, where she met Prof Dunkelberg, who was teaching chemistry at Nocona High School. They married in 1927; he died in 1994. She was a member of the Polytechnic Heights Woman's Club. After the birth of her children she returned to teaching at William James Junior High, where she taught mathematics, algebra, and Latin, her favorite subject. A longtime member of Polytechnic Methodist Church, she was active in the Mizpah Sunday school class for women. She was many times named "Mother of the Year" by the Sigler Men's Bible Class.
Survivors include daughter, Rachel Sonntag, and son-in-law Dr. Roy Sonntag of Abilene; sons, Dr. Walter R. Dunkelberg of Austin, Stephen B. Dunkelberg of North Richland Hills, and Dr. John Roy Dunkelberg of Martinez, California; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

D. S. "Dickie" Knox Jr., fifty-four, a real estate salesman, died July 18, 2003, in North Richland Hills. Memorial service was at Crosier Pearson Mayfield Funeral Home in Burleson. Dr. Kevin Steger, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Burleson, officiated.
Dickie was born March 13, 1949, in Fort Worth to D. S. Knox Sr. and Nellie Bly "Nell" Slay Knox. He graduated from Burleson High School. He worked in real estate sales. Dickie was preceded in death by his father in 2001.
Survivors include a son, Joshua Knox of California; stepdaughter, Aisha Brauer of California; mother, Nellie Bly Slay Knox of Amarillo; and sister, JoAnn Knox Moore, and her husband, Bill, of Burleson.

Betty Tillman died in March 2003.


Frank Rodieck Jr., fifty-three, died November 27, 2002, at a Corpus Christi hospital.
Frank was born February 2, 1949, in Fort Worth. He had been a resident of Flour Bluff, near Corpus Christi, for eight years.
In high school Frank was a member of the Swordsmen band with Jerry Stewart, Neil Wilcox, and Logan Swords.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Rodieck of Flour Bluff; daughters, Raeanna R. Shetron of Burleson, Mariah R. Rodieck of Flour Bluff, and Sarah Mitchell of Fort Worth; son, Davin Mitchell of Fort Worth; mother, Mary Adra Wansley Rodieck of Burleson; and two grandchildren.

Paul Geer

Paul Geer died at age fifty-two on New Year's Day of 2002.
Paul was born November 23, 1949, in Fort Worth. He had worked as a truck driver for thirty years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Geer. Paul was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Survivors include a son, Michael Geer, and wife, Laura, of Fort Worth; mother, Hazel Hopkins of Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Lauryn Geer; and a nephew, Michael Geer Jr.


Sandra Timmons

Sandra Kay Timmons died October 2, 2000, at her home in Azle. Sandra was born in Fort Worth and was an active member of the Poly class of 1967 reunion committee, working to locate former classmates. She was a floral designer at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Lake Worth.

Mrs. Julia Welch

Mrs. Julia Welch, Spanish teacher at Poly, died in July 2000 at age eighty-eight. Mrs. Welch was the mother of David Welch of our class, now living in Kamiah, Idaho. After retiring from teaching, she had continued as a volunteer aide at Atwood McDonald Elementary and as a Spanish teacher at Meadowbrook Senior Citizens Center. Vaya con Dios.

Ed Yauger

Ed Yauger Jr. died in January 2000. He had played in the Marching 100 band at Poly, later was an MP in the Army, and worked in the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department until 1976, when he began working in the manufactured housing industry. Ed lived in Rendon at the time of his death.


Ann Capps Trussell

Ann Capps Trussell died in August 1999 after fighting breast cancer for ten years. She was a self-employed consultant and had received the Network for Executive Women's Ruth Marie Cox Award for outstanding leadership in 1999.

Luke Aunquoe, who attended Poly High during our sophomore and junior years, died in 1999 and was buried in the family cemetery in Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma.
Luke was born in 1948 in rural Apache, Caddo County, Oklahoma, to Percy and Elsie (Klinekole) Aunquoe. He lived most of his life in Fort Worth, where he also attended D. McRae and William James. After high school he attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, earning a degree in business administration. He served in the navy during Vietnam and was wounded while facing hostile action on a river patrol. He was a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and the Texas Indian Club, where he performed as a dancer. He was called upon to perform the hoop dance, the eagle dance, and the fancy war dance. He worked as a security guard for the Kiowa tribe and John Peter Smith Hospital and worked for several firms as a bookkeeper. He worked for the Tandy Corporation in Fort Worth as a security guard at the time of his death.


Katherine Rose

Biology teacher Miss Katherine Rose died in November 1998. She was also the ROTC sponsor. After many years at Poly, she transferred to Southwest High in 1972 and retired in 1978. Later she was manager of the school district's Living Material Center. She was a 1934 graduate of TCU.


Jim Henley

Jim Henley died in 1997. He was a teacher in the Arlington Independent School District.


Edith Hudson

Distributive Education teacher Miss Edith Hudson died in 1995. She taught in Olney before teaching at Poly and retired in the early 1970s. She was from Gage, Oklahoma.

Kathy Christy

Kathy Christy McGee Ford died in December 1995. Her family lived in Edom, near Tyler, at the time of her death. She had two children. Kathy was severely injured in the crash of Delta flight 191 at DFW Airport in 1985.


Lynn Durham died October 30, 1994, from complications from hepatitis.
She was married at the time of her death to another Poly alumni, Claude Bagwell.
Lynn attended ATI, where she studied commercial art.
She was preceded in death by her parents, D. W. (Bill) and Rose Durham.
Survivors include her daughter, Stephanie Dawn Tiede of California; grandchildren, Jinnifer, T. J., and Rosanna (Rosie); and sister, Stephanie Durham Thomason of Lillian, Texas, a Poly graduate and wife of Jackie Thomason (also class of 1967).

Johnny Bragg

Johnny Bragg died in 1994. Johnny was born in Spokane, Washington, and in 1974 moved to San Antonio, where he was a pet groomer.

Prof Dunkelberg

Kent "Prof" Dunkelberg, who taught science at Poly for thirty-nine years, died in 1994 at age ninety-three. He retired after our junior year.

Ruth Davis

Mrs. Alton Ruth Davis, math teacher, died in 1994.


Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson died December 14, 1993, at a Fort Worth hospital. He was forty-four years old. Burial was in Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Glenn was a travel agent supervisor with Thomas Cook Travel.
He was an Air Force veteran and a member of the choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral. He sang in the papal choir for the pope's visit in San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio in 1987.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Johnson of Fort Worth; and two brothers, Bryant Johnson and Ronnie Johnson, both of Fort Worth.

Jack Strickland

Jack Strickland died in 1993. He had been a convenience store manager for Mobil Oil for fourteen years.

Lonnie Vessels

Lonnie Vessels died in August 1993.


Clyde Butler

Shop teacher Clyde Butler died in 1991 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, at age eighty-one.


Lloyd Carter

Lloyd Carter, who taught drafting classes in the industrial arts department, died in 1989.


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Dianne Duke Robinett died November 1, 1988. She was thirty-nine years old.
Dianne attended D. McRae Elementary and William James Junior High.


Joe May

Joe May died in 1985 in Fort Worth. He was thirty-six. Joe had lived for eighteen years in New York City, where he was an artist.
He was survived by his father, Joseph May; mother, Marie May; and sister, Marilyn Russie.


Jim Brewer

Jimmy Brewer died in an auto accident in 1984. He was thirty-five. Jimmy was a private investigator and a candidate for Tarrant County sheriff at the time.
He was a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and bail bondsman, a member of Poly Baptist Church, the Fort Worth Jaycees, and Big Brothers of Tarrant County.
Jimmy was survived by his wife, Melissa, and three sons.


Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker died in 1983. He was thirty-four years old. Stephen was a member of Polytechnic Baptist Church.


Dorman Gibson

Dorman Ray Gibson died on March 21, 1980. He was thirty-three years old. Dorman was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Burial was in Smithfield Cemetery in North Richland Hills.


Mike Gilliam

Mike Gilliam died in an automobile accident in December 1978. He was twenty-nine years old.


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Racheal Joy Riddle died on April 6, 1977. She was twenty-eight years old.


John Goodmans

John Edwin Goodman Jr. died on March 21, 1975. He was twenty-six years old.
John was born in Japan, where his father was a welder/machinist.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.


David Dykes

David Dykes served two tours in Vietnam. He was killed in a highway accident in 1974.


Joe Clark

Joseph Addison Clark died in 1972 at age sixty-two. Mr. Clark, of the family who founded Add-Ran College, forerunner of TCU, was a history teacher and sponsor of the Junior Historians club. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.


David Foster

David Foster died at age twenty-one in 1970 after he was injured in an auto accident in Benbrook. David had joined the Marines in 1969 and was injured in Vietnam. He attended Tarrant County Junior College.