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.