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Dr. Woodrow James Walter KF5EH

May 2, 1942 - November 26, 2012

Dr. Woodrow James Walter Jr., 70, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at home surrounded by family and song. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of Travis Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. David McQuitty will officiate. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Senior Adult Ministries, Travis Avenue Baptist Church, via Dr. Wesley Black, senior adult director.

Dr. Walter was born in Abilene on May 2, 1942, to Sarah Jean and Woody Walter. Woody always joked that it took a crisp, new $50 bill to bring Jim home from the hospital. He graduated from Abilene High School and went on to TCU graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. He later earned two doctorates and three masters from Southwestern Seminary, University of North Texas, and Tennessee State University. Dr. Walter served churches in Florida and Texas as a minister of adults. Jim also worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board as a consultant in adult work. He held conferences in local churches around the nation and led campaigns for religious education in Los Angeles, Calif., and St. Louis, Mo., for the Sunday School Board. He also taught each summer for the Board at Ridgecrest and Glorieta Conference Centers. He was an author of several books in adult education, and was a champion for the laity. Jim taught adult education classes as an associate professor for 15 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a master teacher.

For over 60 years, Jim was an amateur ham radio operator. He spoke with people all over the world and encouraged many in Communist countries.

Jim married his first wife, Rosemary Watkins, on Aug. 19, 1966. Their son, Steven, was born July 21, 1972. Jim and Rosemary were married 17 years until her death in 1983. Jim married Becky Vandenbark on Aug. 18, 1984, at First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., where they both worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board. Their son, David, was born May 1, 1986, in Fort Worth, and son, John, was born on April 19, 1988, in Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Rosemary. Survivors: Wife of 28 years, Becky; sons, Steven and wife, Melissa, David, and John and wife, Erin; and his only sister, Gail Nash and her husband, Jackson. Jim loved his large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. He prayed for his family faithfully.    

Published in the Ft Worth Star - Telegram November 28, 2012

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John Frank Reed  WB5TRN

(April 8, 1938 - October 25, 2012)

 Johnny Frank Reed, 74, of Desdemona, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Comanche County Medical Center. He was born on April 8, 1938 to O.B. Reed and Lillian Frances Smith Reed in Gatesville, Texas. 

Johnny graduated from De Leon High School in 1956. He then moved to Houston and worked as an elevator technician for many years. He enjoyed also working as a Ham Radio Operator and a Harris County Reserve Deputy. John was a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Navy and he loved to hunt. John loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with each of them. 

He is survived by his fiancé, Zanette Williams; son, Billy W. Reed; daughter, Patricia Koelling and husband, Michael W.; grandchildren, Barbara Michelle Holmes and Amanda Kay Saenz and husband, Tony; great-grandchildren, Haley Marie Holmes and Jaxon Alexander Saenz; brother, Billy Charles Reed; sister, Patsy Brinson and husband, C.A.; nephews, Brent Brinson, Scott Brinson, Sterling Brinson and Brad Reed; and nieces, Tracy Reed and Lisa Brinson. 

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Nowlin Anders Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Jackie Auvenshine will officiate the service. Graveside services will follow in Downing Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, in memory of Johnny. 

Nowlin Anders Funeral Home 

340 South Austin Street 
De Leon, Texas 76444

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Michael Joseph Parrish W5MJP

8/4/1951 - 8/2/2012

Michael Joseph Parrish, age 60 of Livingston was born August 4, 1951, in Houston, Texas and passed away on August 2, 2012 in Livingston, Texas. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. 

Michael is survived by his mother, Elfrieda Parrish of Livingston, Texas; brother and sister-n-law, Gerald and Jean Ann Parrish of Pasadena, Texas; brother, Randall Parrish of Livingston, Texas; sister, Kathaleen Riley of Livingston, Texas; 5 nieces and nephews and numerous other family and friends.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, Carlton L. Parrish; wife, Janet Parrish; and sister, Theresa Parrish.

Michael was very good natured and outgoing who loved people. He graduated from Pasadena High School and went to San Jacinto College in Deer Park for a term. He and his wife, Janet lived in Dallas area and then Farmersville. He moved back to his home territory in October, 2011. He was overjoyed to be back with much of his family. Michael was head of maintenance at a couple of apartment complexes and then moved on to electrical work with a wire manufacturing company. He hurt his shoulder and had become disabled from work. He loved his ham radio and the many friends he made. He had many interests and will be missed by all.

Cochran Funeral Home

Livingston, TX

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Carl Mack Magouirk  K5OGI

January 25, 1938 – June 25, 2012

GRAPEVINE -- Carl Mack Magouirk, 74, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012.   

Service: 2 pm Thursday, Grapevine Church of Christ, 525 N Park Blvd, Grapevine. 

Visitation: 6 pm - 8 pm Wednesday, J. E. Foust Funeral Home, 523 S Main St, Grapevine. 

Interment: Grapevine Cemetery. 

Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. 

Carl was born on January 25, 1938 in Dennison, TX to Charlie Mack and Jessie Opal Magouirk. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. 

Carl was a very active member of the Grapevine Church of Christ. He was an outstanding banjo, guitar and mandolin player and played every Monday at the Grapevine Senior Center. Carl also was a Ham operator, loved to fish and canoe. Carl retired from the U.S. Postal Service after over 30 years as a mail carrier all in Grapevine. 

Survivors: Wife, Betty Magouirk, Grapevine; daughters, Ann Crowell and husband Bob, Bedford, and Carla Pressly and husband James, Flower Mound; grandchildren, Keri Duckett and husband Jeremiah, C. J. Pressly and Harrison Pressly; great-granddaughter, Hazel Duckett; sisters, Gloria White and Shirley; brothers, Ben Magouirk and Jimmy Magouirk; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

J.E.Foust & Son Funeral Directors 

Grapevine, 817-481-2525  

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Michael Brown KK5ZB

February 13, 1959 – June 16, 2012  

MT. VERNON — — Michael D. Brown, 53, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and formerly of Dix, passed away Saturday morning, June 16, 2012, as a result of a motorcycle accident in Wichita Falls.  

He was born Feb. 13, 1959, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the son of Floyd and Shirley (Bailey) Brown.    

Mr. Brown was retired from the U.S. Air Force, as a Tech. Sgt., and had worked on Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. He served in Germany, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas, and was a Blue Beret. He also worked in Mt. Vernon at Johnson The  Florist and United Mine Supply. He was an avid stamp collector and licensed ham radio operator, and enjoyed talking with his dad and brother twice every week. His call sign was KK5ZB. He graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School and was a member of Au Sable Lodge #243 A.F. & A. M. in Oscoda, Mich.  

He is survived by his parents, Floyd and Shirley Brown of Dix; a sister, Sharon Bean and husband Greg of Dix; a brother, Timothy Brown of Johnsonville; two nieces, Angie Gorman and Diana Chamness;  two nephews, Daniel and Joshua Brown; three aunts; two uncles; and great nephews and a great niece.  

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, two aunts, and an uncle.  

Graveside services for Mr. Brown will be held 11 a.m. Saturday June 23, 2012,  at 11 a.m., at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with Jerry Montgomery and Jack Lucas officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Masonic funeral rites by Mt. Vernon Lodge 31 A.F. & A. M. will begin at 7:30 p.m.  

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and will be received at the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830.  Online condolences may be made at


Mt. Vernon Register-News
Osborn Funeral Home
Dix, Illinois

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Jean W. Boutwell W5RPY

May 15, 1934 - May 15, 2012


Friday, May 18, 2012 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cook-Walden Funeral Home6100 North Lamar, Austin, Texas
Funeral Service:
Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 11:00am
Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar, Austin, Texas


Graveside Service:
Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 11:30am
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas

Texas resident Jean W. Boutwell, 78, passed away May 15th, 2012, at the Christopher House in Austin, Texas with his loving wife Carole by his side.

Jean W. Boutwell was born May 15th, 1934, in Houston, Texas, to Robert and Bertie Boutwell.  Jean married his loving wife, Carole Elizabeth Childers, on April 19th, 1957. 

Jean could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. As a young boy he was an Eagle Scout and always led an honest life. He had many different hobbies which included motorcycles, working on cars, models, computers and most of all, HAM radio. 

Jean served in the United State Air Force for 20 years before retiring in 1972. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and spent 12 months in Vietnam.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He always provided for his family and nothing was more important to him than his family. Many things can be said about Jean because he was always honest, loving, caring and providing for his family. He had a heart of gold and is dearly missed. The only comfort the family has is knowing that his suffering is over and he is with God now.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carole; son, Gene C. Boutwell; daughter, Terry L. Grande; son, Robert T. Boutwell; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marie Annette Moffett.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Friday, the 18th of May 2012, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

Funeral services will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, the 19th of May, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. The interment will be held at half past eleven o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 24th of May 2012, in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio,Texas.

In lieu of flowers and the customary remembrances, memorials may be sent to Onion Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 18148, Austin, Texas 78760.  Condolences may be sent to 


Cook Walden
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6100 North Lamar

 Published in Austin American-Statesman on May 18, 2012

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Elmo "Garland" Meredith Jr.


June 27, 1936 – April 22, 2012  

Elmo "Garland" Meredith, Jr. passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held at his residence at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012.  

"Garland" was an avid Ham Radio Operator; a Free Mason and belonged to Masonic Lodge, Bryan, TX. He graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree from Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA.  He was preceded in death by Garland Meredith, Sr.; Marguerite (Howard) Meredith, son, Robbie Meredith; and two wives, Delores Meredith and Norma Jean Meredith.  

Survivors include his wife, Dianne M. Meredith of Bryan, TX; two sons, Kenneth W. Meredith of San Jacinto, CA; Michael H. Meredith of Kingsman, AZ, and one brother, Don H Meredith of Duffield, Alberta, CN, three grandchildren, Shannon Meredith of Las Vegas, NV, Colton and Sofia Meredithof Kingsman, AZ.  

The family would like to express thanks to Compassion Care Hospice and Rhonda Sharp (Chaplain) for their great care and to the Ham Radio Club for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers; the family requests donations be made to Memorial Funeral Home, Hearne, TX.  

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from May 11 to May 12, 2012

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Houston Guyse  KA5RRL

July 13, 1937 – February 15, 2012  

A graveside service for Mr. Houston Guyse, 74, of Lewisville, Texas will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 4:00 PM at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas.  

Mr. Guyse was born on July 13, 1937, in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Houston and Mabel Guyse. He passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in Grapevine, Texas.    

Houston grew up in Texarkana, Texas. He graduated from Texas High School in 1956 and went on to graduate in June 1959 from the Dallas Institute for Mortuary Science. He was the owner of H&S Overland Transport service and was a retired funeral director from Arkansas and Texas.    

He married Sandra Carrington on March 12, 1993, and she survives him. Houston was a HAM Radio Operator (KA5RRL), watching the Arkansas Razorbacks, crossword puzzles and spending time with his family.  Houston is survived by his wife, Sandra Guyse of Lewisville; daughters, Victoria Burris of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Debbie Boyett and husband, Joe of Union Valley, Texas, and Kim Cates and husband, Eddie of Longview, Texas; two sons, Vance Guyse and wife, Gayla of Coppell, Texas and Londale Guyse of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four step-sons, Todd Parks and wife, Lisa of Rhome,Texas,  William Parks and wife, Dawn of Bartonville, Illinois, Timothy Parks and wife, Dolly Lynn of Lewisville and Chad Parks of East Peoria, Illinois; nineteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other extended family and good friends.    

He was preceded in death by her parents, Houston and Mabel Guyse.     

Pallbearers Red Hughes, Jimmy Hughes, Matt Cates, Corey Cates, Christopher Aycock, and Dale Massey. There are two visitations scheduled for Mr. Guyse. The first visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012, from 6-8 PM at Dalton and Sons Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas. The second visitation will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012, from 1-3 PM at J.A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern, Arkansas.


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Dalton & Son Funeral Home

 1550 North Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067


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Alvin Earl DeVane WB5HZQ

November 2, 1923 - January 1, 2012  

Alvin Earl DeVane was born in Elba, Alabama on November 2, 1923 and passed away peacefully on January 1, 2012. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a radio operator on a C-47 in the Pacific Theatre. Sgt. DeVane was assigned to the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3rd Air Commando Group. He met his future wife and found a new home in Austin, Texas while stationed at Bergstrom AFB. His 26-year career with the Austin Police Department began in 1957 where he enjoyed serving the city's constituents, finally retiring as the Lieutenant of the traffic division. One of his favorite duties was coordinating security and escorts for visiting dignitaries. He loved interacting with the public while working traffic at festivals, parades and Longhorn football games. There was a special place in his heart for Vincent R. DiNino's University of Texas Longhorn Band. Lt. DeVane spent his career ensuring the citizens and streets of his beloved Austin were safe and was overwhelmed when Alvin DeVane Blvd was named in his honor, stating "There will always be a part of me in Austin, Texas." Alvin enjoyed his leisure time traveling, singing & listening to Barbershop music, watching the Longhorns, operating his ham radios and spending time with his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by Toni DeVane, his wife of 67 years. He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and their spouses: Alvin & Candace DeVane, Teresa & Curtis Crail, Lisa & Mark Fisch and John & Kimberly DeVane. Bradley & Paige Crail, Thomas Crail, Jaycie DeVane, Alyssa DeVane, Gracie DeVane, Suzanne DeVane and Jonathan DeVane.  

Visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary service beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at St. Louis Catholic Church followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at  



3125 N. Lamar Blvd, 512-452-8811


Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 4, 2012


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