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March 11, 1930 – December 28, 2018


George Lemuel Fenn, Jr. was born March 11, 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK to George L. Fenn, Sr. and Delia Fyrn (Reneau) Fenn and passed from this life on December 28, 2018 at the age of 88.

George grew up in several different cities in Oklahoma since his Dad was a Methodist minister. One constant from an early age was his interest in amateur (ham) radio. He got interested when a neighbor in Duncan was building a radio and that sparked an interest that lasted his whole life. He got his license to operate in 1951 and he quickly talked to people in the United States and overseas. He helped to provide communications in emergency situations, was the net control operator for the Southwest Traffic Net for several years, and was a long-time member of the Tulsa Amateur Radio Club. His interest led to his son and his grandson also getting their ham radio licenses.

Another interest of George was Boy Scouts. He was involved as a youth, and as an adult was an Assistant Scoutmaster/Scoutmaster for 2 different troops in Tulsa over an 18 year period. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow honor camper program in the Boy Scouts, and also attended the advanced Boy Scout training program called Woodbadge.

George worked for the city of Tulsa for 44 years starting in 1950 in the Water Department. George was a people person and that helped him in working with the public. He was a good example to his family of what it meant to be honorable and caring by his interactions with people. He never met a stranger, and he always had a positive outlook on life. He loved to laugh, which led to an ornery streak which gave way to treasured pranks and gestures.

George also worked as a movie projectionist for many years at several movie theaters in Tulsa. This was done in his off hours and on weekends.

George had two great loves in his life. One was Jesus and the other was his wife Doris. George became a Christian when he was 11 years old, and he spent the rest of his life serving other people. Recently he would go over the prayer list for his church even when he became unable to physically attend. Doris, whom he met at Central High School in the late forties, became his wife in 1955. They were married for 61 years, with two children that were blessed to have such loving parents to be their guide through life. They were able to also be examples to their grandchildren and great grandchildren as well.

George is preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 61 years, Doris Carolyn (Hill) Fenn.  He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Clark & Red Woods; his son and daughter-in-law, George & Kally Fenn; his brother and sister-in-law, Philip & Gloria Jean Fenn; his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia & Richard Vann; his grandchildren, Jacob Fenn and Violet Fenn; and his great grandchildren, Kaleb Fenn and Dakota Fenn.

George will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30 and his funeral will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 31, both at the Ninde Brookside Funeral Home and Chapel, 3841 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK and he will be laid to rest at Rose Hill Memorial Park following.


Thanks to W5CU for informing us  

Russ Stevens K5HAT

Russ K5HAT of Dallas, TX  became a Silent Key, however no other information has been found.  


 Cecil Gerald Harper, WR5Y (ex-W5CQG)

September 20,1942 – December 5, 2018


Cecil Gerald Harper, WR5Y, 76, of Hemphill, TX, died, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Hemphill. 
A native of Port Neches, he attended Port Neches and served his country in the United States Army and the United States Army National Guard. He retired from the Louisiana State Prison System. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Milan, TX.
Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Harper in 1998. His Survivors include two sons, Marvin Earl Harper and Benjamin Gerald Harper; three step daughters, Shelia Hurst Thompson, Barbara Hurst, Faulk, and Lisa Hurst Balsana; one brother, Donald (Beverly) Harper of Nederland. He, also, leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great children along with a host of nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00AM at the New Hope Baptist church in Milam where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service. A graveside service will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Memory Gardens in Nederland. 
The Sabine Radio Club along with his very close friend Deacon, will serve Mr. Harper as Honorary Pallbearers.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Harper family.
Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home
Pt Arthur, TX
Thanks to the Jefferson Co. ARC
October 25, 1941 – August 11, 2018

Charles Ardis Anderson Sr. died in his sleep early Saturday, August 11, 2018 from natural, unexpected complications.

Charles was born October 25, 1941 in Dallas County. He was a lifelong area resident. Through the years he worked many jobs to support his family. He was a business owner, master plumber and licensed HVAC contractor. He was a Scout Master of Troop 100 in Garland TX for many years. His greatest accomplishment was his love and dedication for his family. In his retirement he helped organize the Park Lake Partners improving the neighborhood in which he lived. He spent most days involved in local clubs; Sachse Citizen Police Academy, Parks and Recreations, the Sachse Amateur Radio Association and CERT.

He is survived by his wife Carrol June Anderson, daughters Charla Whittington, her husband Keith of Bokchito OK, Chelly Thompson, her husband Danny of Vancleave MS, son Charles A Anderson Jr., his honey Patricia of Edgewood TX, his five grandchildren Kyle Whittington & his wife Julia, Corey Morgan & his wife Krista, Kasey Willmon & her husband Jacob, Jakob Thompson, Jarret Thompson, and three great grandchildren Kinion Whittington II, Adelaide Whittington and Piper Willmon, brother Dean Anderson and his wife Harriet, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Oscar Ardis Anderson, Mary Bell Anderson, and grandson Kinion Whittington.

Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Homes 2925 Fifth St. Sachse, Texas 75048.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Diabetes Association in his name, as he fought diabetes most of his adult life or call 1-800-Diabetes (800-342-2383).


Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Homes
2925  5th St. 
Sachse, Texas 75048   972 414 5050  

Thanks to K5BMR for informing us

George Carroll Johnson, III  KB5TCH
August 18, 1927 – August 6, 2018  

George Carroll Johnson, III age 90, of Douglassville, Texas went to be with the Lord Monday, August 06, 2018 at his residence.

George was born August 18, 1927 in Prairie Lea, Texas to George Johnson, Jr. and wife Winnie. He was retired from Red River Army Depot; served in the United States Navy during World War II; was a member of Douglassville Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for over 30 years; and was also a member of Amateur Radio Cass County. He enjoyed spending time with his family doing all sorts of outdoor activities; was a Ham Radio Operator; loved talking about politics; he also enjoyed working crosswords, Sudoku, and any other kind of puzzle he could get his hands on. He was preceded in death by his wives, Effie Johnson, Penny Johnson, Sandra Johnson, Ella Bates; two brothers, Charles Ray Johnson, Billy Pat Johnson; and his parents.

Every day of his life he continued learning and teaching. He was a very spiritual man loving God and his fellow man.

He is survived by two daughters, Vicki Gamez of Douglassville, Texas, Susan Lykins and husband John Wilson of Douglassville, Texas; son, George Carroll “Pete” Johnson of San Francisco, California; three step-daughters, Heidi, Linda, Bobbie Lou; a step-son, Lee; four grandchildren, Michelle, Bob, Justin, Selena; ten great-grandchildren, Sam, Zoe, London, Summer, Mila Chloe, Jameson, Karen, Alyssa, Emilio; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Douglassville Baptist Church, under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service, with Pete Johnson and Bro. Allen Weaver officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Hanner Funeral Service.

Interment will be in Douglassville Cemetery.

Guest registry is available at 

Hanner Funeral Service 
103 West Main Street 
Atlanta, Texas 75551 

Thanks to WA5DTY for letting us know  

 Charles  Herrick N5MQK
March 5, 1940 – July 29, 2018


Charles Herrick, 78, of Van Buren died Sunday, July 29, 2018. He was born March 5, 1940, in Dallas. He was a parts manager at several automotive businesses and ACE Hardware in Fort Smith, a ham radio operator and net coordinator with the Good Ole Boys Group and retired from Pharis Broadcasting.

Private memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Laura Gosnell of Atlanta; a son, Andrew Herrick of Fort Worth, Texas; and a brother, John Herrick of Ely, Minn.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to or


Published in the
Times Record
Van Buren, AR
July 31, 2018  

Thanks to Sharon Herrick, Charles Widow, for informing us  


Sammy Earl Neal N5AF
April 2 1942 – July 11, 2018

Sammy Earl Neal, age 76 of Cleveland, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018. He was born April 2, 1942 in Dolen, Texas to parents William Franklin and Della Lee Alexander Neal who preceded him in death along with his son, Stanley Neal; son-in-law, Kernest Strom; brother, Bill Alexander Neal; sister, Dorothy Mae Neal-Brister; and grandson, Ryan Anthony Strom.  

Mr. Neal retired from the Houston Fire Department as an Arson Investigator after 36 years and 1 day. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cleveland, Texas.   

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Patsy Chandler Neal; sons, Richard Neal and wife Sonya, William Allan Neal and Michael Neal; daughters, Charlotte Strom and Angela O’Pry and husband AJ; grandchildren, Ashley Neal-Priebe and husband Jon, Jennifer Neal, Cynthia Neal, Krista Medrano and husband Aaron, Daniel Neal, Alexis Neal, Jason Strom, Allison Strom, Angelica O’Pry, Elizabeth O’Pry and Jessica O’Pry; great-grandchildren, Emma Priebe, Sadie Priebe and Ava Catanzano; numerous other relatives and friends.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Southline St, Cleveland, TX 77327. Interment will follow at Cleveland City Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.



Thanks to N5WWS for informing us  

John Wright Moore III  KK5NU
1937 - January 19, 2018  

John Wright Moore III, died on January 19, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wright Moore II and Juliette Marie Loustaunau Moore 80, his brother Thomas Walton Moore, his son John Wright Moore IV, and daughter, Juliette Moore Lofft.   

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ann Marie Schaer; his daughter Josephine (Jodi) Moore; granddaughter Tamsin Elizabeth Moore Howell; and grandsons Frank Eric Cimrhanzel, Aidan Christopher Lofft and Liam Andrew Lofft.   

Although born in Dallas, John considered himself a Houstonian, as his family moved here when he was in preschool. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and received his BS degree from Texas A&M University in 1959. He earned his JD at South Texas College of Law in 1963. After practicing law for several years he became a Certified Professional Landman, a career which lasted more than 30 years.  

He was a man of many interests. He held the highest class of amateur radio license, and was a volunteer examiner for HAM radio testing for many years. He also held a commercial broadcaster's license, a private pilot's license, and a commercial driver's license with hazardous materials certification. He and his wife enjoyed HAM radios, building computers and gardening together.

Among his many friends he was known for his independence, intelligence and loyalty.  

After a private family burial in La Grange, TX, we welcome friends and family to a memorial service in celebration of his life this Friday, January 26th at 1pm at the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road.   

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Houston Hospice or a charity of your choice.  

Published in Houston Chronicle on January 24, 2018   

Thanks to K5BMR for informing us  

August 28, 1924-January 25, 2018  

Wallace Wiley Martin was born on August 28, 1924, in Indian Gap, Texas to William Martin and Nora Harris Martin. He peacefully departed this life on January 25, 2018, in Carrizo Springs, Texas, at the age of 93 years and 5 months.   

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mary Louise (Sissy) McClendon Martin. He leaves behind one son, Bill Martin (wife Pamela) of Carrizo Springs, and three daughters, Marilu Martin of Carrizo Springs, Nancy Martin of San Antonio, and Jeanie Martin Frasier (husband Bruce) of Carrizo Springs; four grandchildren, Jennifer Martin Stewart (husband Lee) of San Antonio, Mac Martin of Carrizo Springs, Rebecca Frasier (husband Michael King) of Austin, and Patrick Frasier (wife Gabrielle) of Austin, as well as two great grandchildren, Aidan Stewart and Clementine King. He was looking forward to the arrival of another great granddaughter in May of 2018.   

Wallace Martin was a child of the depression and orphaned by the age of 14. He lived with older siblings until he graduated from Hamilton High School in 1941. He then enrolled at The University of Texas, where he was a diver on the UT swim team. After Pearl Harbor, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a navigator on the B-17. In early 1943, he was sent to England as part of the prestigious 398th bomb group. During the next 15 months, he flew 50 missions over France and Germany. His B-17 was shot down during this time and he was hidden from the Germans by the French Resistance. Some of the notable missions he flew were Omaha Beach on D-Day, Dresden, and Peenemunde. He completed fighter pilot training in 1944, and was to be sent to the Pacific Theater in a P-51. Fortunately the war with Japan was concluded before that happened.   

He met Sissy McClendon on a blind date at the University of Texas vs. Texas A&M game in November of 1944, and they married the following June. After the war ended, he returned to The University of Texas and received his BS in Civil Engineering in 1948. He was a member of the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. Following graduation, Wallace moved to Carrizo Springs, where he joined his father-in-law in operating Dixondale Farms. During his 70 years in Carrizo Springs, he was a school board member, a Company Commander of the local National Guard unit, a director at Union State Bank, a Scout master, and a math and physics teacher when the school district could not find one. He also worked with Texas A&M in the development of the Yellow Granex and 1015 Super Sweet onions. Wallace was an avid golfer and spent many enjoyable days with good friends at the golf course. He also continued his lifelong passion of working with wood, creating both large projects and small carvings.  

Wallace lived a long, interesting, and full life and remained active until the last few weeks of his life. He faithfully attended the First United Methodist Church and spent many hours on his ham radio talking to his fellow hams worldwide. He will be sorely missed, but our memories of him and his guiding influence will last the rest of our lives.   

Donations in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 301, Carrizo Springs, TX, 78834. Reverends Thad McGehee and Jacob Hunter officiated the service at First United Methodist Church on January 30, 2018, under direction of Leonard Funeral Home, a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule.   

Pallbearers for the service were Mike Campos, Mark Cartwright, Steve Hester, Tom Hester, Mack Mandell, Thad McGehee, John Petry, and Carter Speer. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Bradshaw, Betsy Tocquigny Campbell, Jeanelle Eardley Coleman, Dick Dobie, Becky Tocquigny Major, Erin Gardner Bowman, Tara Gardner Eastland, Sean Gardner Turner, Thetis Gardner LeMaistre, Dana Gardner Wilson, and Megan Gardner Pipes.   

Leonard Funeral Home
707 W Houston St
Carrizo Springs, TX

Guest book:


Thanks to K5BMR for informing us  

James Wallace Robbins N5OUJ
September 20, 1924 - January 15, 2018   

James Wallace Robbins passed away in Taylor, Texas, on January 15, 2018. He was a faithful Christian all of his life, being a member of the Church of Christ, first at Hyde Park in Austin and recently, at the Highway 95 congregation in Taylor.

 James was born in Killeen, Texas on September 20, 1924, to James Hobart and Edith Blanche Hall Robbins, the eldest of seven children. He grew up in Central Texas moving from farm to farm where his father found work and his mother was a housewife. He often attended small rural schools. He never was married and was inducted into the military at the age of 19 during World War II. He entered the Medical Corps in the United States Army and served in hospitals in England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. After returning to the United States, he soon joined the family and eventually moved with the family to Killeen, Texas, following the death of his father in 1948.

 In Killeen, he sold insurance for a while, then moved to Austin where he obtained work in the health field at the State Hospital. He retired from the Texas State School for Mental Health and Mental Retardation after many years of service. He was an avid Amateur Radio operator, being active in local radio clubs in Travis and Williamson Counties with the call sign N5OUJ. He often referred to his call sign as “Old Uncle James” and was known by that name by his buddies. He also participated in the central Texas Sky Warn program.

 James was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Felton T. Robbins, Ralph Edwin Robbins, and Allard Robbins and is survived by one brother and two sisters, Dalton O. Robbins of Lewisville, Alma Ford of Hutto, and Fay Caballero of Dallas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Hwy. 95 Church of Christ, Cherokee Childrens Home, or local Amateur Radio Clubs.

Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2017 at the Hwy. 95 Church of Christ in Taylor. Funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.


Providence Funeral Home
807 Carlos Paker Blvd
Taylor  TX  76574


Thanks to KF5KOE & KD8GB for informing us


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