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FRED F. LOOK, born October 20, 1920 to Fred and Nettie Look in Houston, Texas, passed away November 10, 2009 in Houston.  

 Mr. Look is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alverta Spreen Look; son, Donald Look and wife, Patricia; daughter, Jackie Sparks and husband, Tim; grandchildren, Gregory, Diana and Gavin Look, Valerie Sparks, and Brad Sparks and wife, Kristen; great-granddaughter, Sandra Sparks, and other family and friends.  

Mr. Look graduated from Reagan High School, then served his country proudly in the Army Air Corps, CBI, during WWII. Fred was a ham radio operator, K5MJA, and enjoyed playing his banjo with the Bayou Banjo Club.  

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Heights Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2009 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040 Watonga Blvd., Houston, Texas 77092. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Houston, Texas.   

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, or a charity of choice. 




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Eugene M. “Gene” Ray AE5FT


RAY - Eugene M., passed away October 9th, 2009, at the age of 63, after an eleven year battle with cancer. Gene was born in Muskogee, OK. He graduated from Northeastern State University with a BS in Mathematics and Physics. Gene had a successful career with PSO, in Tulsa and Dallas, as Manager of Application Development. In retirement, Gene devoted his time to the community and his many interests and hobbies. He was an active member of the TARC Ham Radio Club where he led the weekly Thursday Night Net. Gene's other interests included reading, traveling, nature, music, and a good cup of coffee or glass of wine. Gene was a thoughtful and gentle person, whose smile and sense of humor came easily. He found joy in so many things. Most notably, Gene will be remembered for his attentiveness and kindness to those around him. He touched the lives of all who knew him and his genuine love for life showed in everything he did. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 


Gene is survived by: his wife, Beverley; sister, Karen Neisler and husband Boyd of Muskogee; daughter, Kacy Tribble and granddaughter Abby of Corona, CA; son, Kelly Ray and his wife Tammy of Tulsa; and step daughter, Sheri White of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theo and William Joe Ray. 


A celebration of life will be held at Moore Southlawn on Saturday, October 17th, 2009, at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to United Way, or a favorite charity, would be appreciated. The family would like to express their gratitude for the compassion and care of Dr. Marc Rocklin and staff at St., Francis Hospital, and Dr. Nicolo Marsoni and staff at St. John Hospital. 


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Published in Tulsa World on October 16, 2009  




 MISSION - James B. Robinson, 68, born March 25, 1941 passed away October 10, 2009 at his residence in Mission.

He is survived by his wife Helen Chavarria Robinson; children John L. Robinson (Lilly) of San Antonio, TX, David G. Robinson (Mari) of McAllen, Margaret Robinson Holloway (Sam) of Austin; and his brother Don Robinson (Karen) of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his grandchildren Felicia Robinson, John A. Robinson, Isabella Robinson, Ian A. Robinson and Calvin Holloway.

He is preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Nancy Robinson and by his brother Elbert Robinson.

James served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1961 - 1965. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a skilled machinist. He served as Chief Operator for the City of Mission Waste Water Plant for 16 years.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a rosary service at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.


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Published in The Monitor on October 12, 2009

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Tom Rogers, KI4NJH


was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on May 14, 1949 the son of Billy Ray Rogers and the late Dorothy Mae Joynes Rogers.
On September 19, 1993 he was united in marriage to Nina Jean Reynolds, who survives.
Mr. Rogers was retired owner and operator of Avionics West Inc. in Santa Maria, California. He was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Rogers was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He was a disaster relief volunteer for Southern Baptist Convention, he did local missions work and he was active in Media Ministry at Hopewell Baptist Church. Mr. Rogers was also a HAM radio operator. He lived formerly in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Santa Maria, California and lived in Savannah, Tennessee for 5 years.
Mr. Rogers departed this life on October 5, 2009 at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 21 days.
Other than his wife, Nina of Savannah, Tennessee, he is survived by one daughter, Dawn Spry of Kannapolis, North Carolina, one son, Tommy Rogers of Concord, North Carolina,  one stepdaughter, Kathi Lynne Pifer of Kingman, Arizona, one stepson, Douglas Foreman of Sutter Creek, California , 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, his father, Billy Ray Rogers of Kannapolis, North Carolina, one brother, Steve Rogers of China Grove, North Carolina.
Visitation:  Thursday, October 8th, 2009 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hopewell Baptist Church - Ph. (731) 925-5842
9845 Highway 128
Savannah, Tennessee
Services: Thursday, October 8th, 2009 5:30 PM
Hopewell Baptist Church - Ph. (731) 925-5842
9845 Highway 128
Savannah, Tennessee  

From the Shackelford Funeral Directors Savannah, Tennessee


  Wadsworth M. Johnson

aka Wads W5CDX (SK) 
December 20, 1942 – August 31, 2009

CROWLEY – Dr. Wadsworth M. Johnson was born to the late Rosa Bell McKinley Johnson and Edison M. Johnson on December 20, 1942 in Mobile, Alabama. He departed this life on Monday August 31, 2009 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.

Wadsworth graduated from O.W. Dillon High School in 1961. He attended Southern University- Baton Rouge where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1966. He later received his Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and Education Administration and Supervision from Southern University- Baton Rouge.

He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi Music Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity.

He worked for the St. Landry Parish School Board for 35 years. He had a great passion for teaching that extended from public education to Christian education. He was baptized at Jerusalem Baptist Church on February 14, 1988 and was later appointed to the Deacon Ministry Brotherhood. For several years, he served as an usher, a member of the citywide usher union, bible study teacher and president of the Male Chorus. He received his Doctorate of Theology at Grace Evangelical Seminary in Lake Charles under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Wilson. He later served as a Professor at the school.

In addition to teaching, he worked as a professional photographer and as a tenor saxophonist for many local recording artists and groups. He was an amateur pilot and a licensed Ham Operator who served the community by contacting and reconnecting family members during major crises.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife Brenda Johnson of Crowley; two children of his previous marriage, Dr. Cedric Johnson (Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson) of Rochester, New York and Reverend Cherida D. Gary (LaShawn Gary) of Northbrook, Illinois; Grandchildren, Nigel Gary, Kimathi Johnson, Niyah Gary, Cabral Johnson, Zora Johnson; Godchildren, Charles White, Frederick Payne, Ron Payne, Brianna Compton, and Zaria Hollier; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A home-going celebration will be held at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 927 West 7th Street in Crowley, Louisiana on Saturday, September 5 at 11 am.

Visitation will begin at 9 am until time of service.

Wil Turner Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Posted September 3rd, 2009 on

Thanks to WD5CAE and K5GLS for the information


Leon Leroy Carpenter III  WB5NRI

February 21, 1943 - July 12, 2009

Memorial services for Leon Leroy Carpenter III, 66, of Longview, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2009, at East Mountain Baptist Church, FM 1845, with Pastor Joel Tiemeyer, of Way Bible Church of Sulphur Springs, officiating. Lt. Carpenter died July 12, 2009, at a local hospital. 

Lt. Carpenter was born February 21, 1943, in Marshall, Texas, to Leon Leroy Jr. and Nadene Stovall Carpenter. Leon was a law enforcement officer for four years with Panola County and over 23 years at Gregg County. He was an avid Ham Radio operator that assisted in many civic activities, including the Huricaine Katrina evacuation. Leon was a quiet and unassuming man, he will be missed by many. Suriviors include his wife, Cheryl Napper; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Scott Hemby; grandsons, Seth and Noah; son and daughter-in-law, Leon Leroy "Roy" IV and Bridget Carpenter, and family; granddaughter, Jessica Mills of Marshall; sister-in-law, Karen Shirtsy; sister and brother-in-law, Roxie and Joe Hesser of Garland; and nephew, Heath Hartzell and wife, Sheri of Grapevine. 

All families and friends are encourage to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local chapters of the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association . A special thanks to all his caregivers during the past year. 

Published in Longview News-Journal on 7/14/2009

Thanks to W5TDN for the information  

William C “Carter” Gault  W5IC

1923 – April 24, 2009

Our dear friend and brother in Christ, Bill Gault,was called home to be with our heavenly father in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

William Carter Gault served his country during WWII in the Navy as a radio man 2nd class. Bill Gault, as he was known to many in the community of Manor, Texas,where he made his home, was a man who had a passion for learning.

After the war he began his career as a Merchant Marine where he served as a radio operator. Bill was also a business man who owned and operated Manor Barber Shop. Bill's other passion and hobby was communicating with many people across the US and around the world as a HAM radio operator, where he was known by his close radio operator friends as Carter W5IC.

Bill never married and had no children, however, he was dearly loved by those who knew him the best. William C Gault is survived by family members in Mineral Wells, Texas.

Services were at Manor Cemeteryin Manor, TX at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's honor to First Baptist Church of Manor, Texas or Eternal Faith Baptist Church of Manor, Texas.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jones Family Funeral Home of Elgin, 285-4616.

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 Wayne "Willie" Carter  WA5LAP

April 21, 1936 - June 16, 2009

Wayne "Willie" Carter was born on April 21,1936 in Lone Oak, Texas and passed away on June 16, 2009 in Mesquite, Texas.

Preceded in death by his son Michael Wayne Carter, brother Arthur W. Carter.  He is survived by his wife Helen Wolfe Carter, son Coy Lance Carter and wife Marsha, daughter Sherry Carter, grandchildren Jason, Joseph, Ski Carter and great grandchildren, brother D. Leon Carter, sister Gladys P. Mitchell.

Family gathering will be held Saturday June 20, 2009 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 pm Sunday June 21, 2009 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel. Interment will be at 3:30 pm Sunday in Wieland Cemetery, Wieland, Texas.

Published in the DallasMorning News on 6/19/2009

Thanks to Carolyn KC5OZT for the info

 ARES/RACES GroupMemorialServices

to honor  J R Aaron K5SUB will be April 19th from 2 till 5

Location will be at the Orange Chapter of theAmerican Red Cross

3901 IH-10 East OrangeTexas 77630

There will be Bar-B-Q and anyone that wishes can bring a covered dish.

For more info call Janie Johnson at the ARC 409-883-2322 or Delores KC5NEO at 409 962-1435.

From April Mic&Key

J.R. Aaron K5SUB passed away March 25. For those that didn’t know JR he was licensed since 1959. JR served as trustee of Orange ARC W5ND for many years along with ARES DEC till his health begin to fail. He did volunteer work for the Red Cross since he was a teenager. He was king of the Bar-B-Q pit and did all the cooking for the hamfests, field day and other events. He is and will be missed.

C.M.(Tootie) Heintschel  KC5HVT
ARES EC Jefferson Co
RACES CLO 22-245

J. R. Aaron K5SUB 
(July 3, 1935 - March 25, 2009)

J. R. Aaron, 73, of Orange, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 3, 1935 in the small logging town of Logansport, Louisiana to Amos and Quida (McCoy) Aaron, he was the first of nine children and he was a life long resident of the Orange area.

J. R. graduated from Stark High School, was an operator at the DuPont Sabine River Works plant in Orange with 31 years of service retiring in 1993, was a deputy constable for Precinct 2 in Orange County, a member of the Orange County Sheriff Department Reserve program, an avid Ham Radio Operator and he was a member and a long time supporter of the Orange Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Rosemary Slaton and Lucy Demming and his brother, Roy Aaron. Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 45 years, Evelyn Marie (Peveto) Aaron of Orange; his son, Steve Aaron and his wife, Cindy of Little Cypress;his daughter, Janet Weeks and her husband Mark of Mauriceville; his brothers,Danny Aaron, Howard Aaron and Larry Aaron all of Orange; his sisters, Peggy Hudson and Sandra Thornton both of Orange his five grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Jade, and Jewell Weeks and Evan Aaron; his two great-grandchildren, Gracelynn and Aaron Hayes. As per Mr. Aaron’s wishes a private family gathering was held with cremation following and a memorial is to be held at a later date at the Orange Chapter of the American Red Cross. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Orange Chapter of the American Red Cross, 3901 I-H 10 East, Orange, Texas 77630-8001. (409) 883-2322.

Dorman Funeral Home

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Guy Leroy Coder

Nov. 11, 1918 - Jun 4, 2008

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