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Henry Bostick
Henry Bostick of Moody died late Wednesday night, January 9, 2002, in Moody at the age of 64. Funeral services were 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Cole Funeral Home, Moody Chapel of Cole Funeral Home, 304 Eighth Street, Moody, with Rev. Marion Ford officiating. Masonic grave side services and interment followed in Moody Cemetery under the auspices of S.Z. Teague Masonic Lodge #568.
Mr. Bostick, was born July 8, 1937, in Moody, Texas, the son of Albert Clark and Lizzie Merle (Morgan) Bostick. He was a 1956 graduate of Moody High School where he was a member of the Bearcat Football Team. On August 8, 1958, he married Naomi Elizabeth Bottoms. She preceded him in death July 23, 1973. Much of his life was spent as a supervisor for Capitol Cement in San Antonio. In 1989, he retired and returned to Moody. For 30 years, he was a member of S.Z. Teague Masonic Lodge #568 in Moody. He was known as a “good little buddy” who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing dominos.
Survivors include his mother, Merle Bostick of Moody; 2 daughters, Debbie Smith of Moody, Paula Gillis of McGregor; 8 grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Casketbearers were members of S.Z. Teague Masonic Lodge in Moody.
For those desiring, the family has suggested S.T. Teague Masonic Lodge or Scott and White hospice or Moody Ambulance Association, for memorial contributions.

Rev. W.A. Criswell
The Rev. W.A. Criswell passed away from life into death at the community out in the Panhandle. Criswell had always wanted to be a Pastor of some church ever since he was a little boy. Rev. Criswell was converted at an early age and when he got out of high school, he attended Baylor in Waco. He also went to the Fort Worth Seminary. Pecan Grove Baptist was about the first church he preached when going to Baylor in Waco. He also had the Mound Baptist Church part time. Bro. Criswell preached at Pecan Grove Church which was called a quarter time church back in those days. At the time W.A. did not have a car and had to ride with other people to get to Pecan Grove near Gatesville.
Times were hard back then and not many had money. Bro. Criswell was payed $10.00 every Sunday he preached. Pecan Grove only had a tabernacle to have Sunday service in an old wood bleachers to sit on and an alter made out of rock. J.T. Davidson who was living at the time said” People came in their wagons, buggies and on horse back to hear Criswell preach.” The revival at Pecan Grove was a week or so and many camped out by the tabernacle on the Coryall creek and had a service every morning and night and did their cooking over a camp fire. When the weather was cold or bad, the members of the church had service in the Pecan Grove School building.
Rev. Criswell baptized many people in the Coryall Creek. A few years later, the members of Pecan Grove gave what they had in money and helped build a new church on the banks of the Coryall creek. The work was done by the church members. Bro. Criswell helped also and where the church stands today. Pecan Grove Church also got Rev. Criswell a car so he would have a way to come to church. The church has been remodeled since those days. It still has a church bell on the top of the church like Criswell wanted.
Rev. Criswell is survived by his wife Betty and daughter Mable ann and grandsons Cris Criswell and Paul Daniel Jackson. He also was the president of the Southern Baptist Convention for 2 terms. His funeral service was at the First Baptist Church in Dallas where he preached for 50 yrs.

Luther K. Mars
Luther K. Mars of Moody, died Sunday, January 13, 2002, in Temple at the age of 94. Grave side services and interment were 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Moody Cemetery, under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, Moody Chapel, 304 Eighth Street, Moody, with Rev. Marion Ford, Jason Dean and Max Marrs officiating.
Mr. Marrs was born May 31, 1907, in Moody, texas, the son of the late George Pleasant and Rosa Lee (Goad) Marrs. He was a 1926 graduate of Moody High School and continued his education at F-C Business College in Waco. On October 2, 1933, he married Fay Rancier in Belton. She preceded him in death December 26, 1988. During WW II, he served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 and was decorated with the South Pacific and Philippines Campaign Metals. He was a member of the American Legion in Temple, # 133, where he served as a Past Commander. For 44 years, he was employed as an accountant with the Eastern Division of Texas Power and Light in Tyler. Upon his retirement, he returned to Moody in 1993. For over 50 years, he was a member of the Knob Creek Masonic Lodge #401 in Temple. He was also a member of the Karem Shrine in Tyler and the Order of the Eastern Star in Temple. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tyler.
Survivors include 36 nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
For those desiring, the family has suggested the charity of the donor’s own choosing for memorial contributions

Josephine Miracle
Josephine Miracle of Eddy, died Monday night at the age of 92. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, January 17, 2002, at First Baptist Church of Eddy, with Rev. Wayne Stork officiating. Interment will follow in Eddy Cemetery, under the direction of Cole Funeral Home Moody Chapel, 304 Eighth Street, Moody. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Moody Chapel.
Mrs. Miracle was born December 13, 1909, in Salado, Texas, the daughter of the late Burnie Mims and Amy (Norwood) Watson. In 1920, she moved to Eddy from Salado where she was a 1927 graduate of Eddy High School. On February 4, 1928, she married Cecil Miracle in Eddy. He preceded her in death October 5, 1978. For about 25 years, she was employed with the Eddy Coop Gin as a bookkeeper. She later worked at Miracle Food Store in Eddy for 18 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Eddy.
Two brothers, Billy Watson and Jack Watson also preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Bob Miracle of Eddy; 1 daughter, Nancy Deviney of Bruceville; one brother, Burnie M. Watson of Beaumont; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Casketbearers will be John Fisk, Jeff Odle, Doug Roming, James Tolbert and John Wortham.

Joann Rea
Mrs. Joann Rea, age 79, of Plano, Texas passed away February 4, 2002, at the Medical center of Plano. She was born March 20, 1922, in Norman, Oklahoma, to Ralph and Ethel (McCamy) Irvin. She married Charles Rea, Sr., on September 30, 1945, in Longview, Texas. She served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Mrs. Rea was a registered nurse, having graduated from Scott & White Nursing 
School. She was of the Methodist faith.
She is survived by her son, Charles Rea, Jr. and his wife, Pat of Plano, Texas; granddaughter,
Christine Smithhart, of Dallas, Texas; and sister, Marie Reid of Waxahachie, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rea, Sr.; grandson, Dean Rea; and sister Doris Irvin.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 6, 2002, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, Allen, Texas, with visitation prior to the service. A graveside services followed Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 P.M., at Okmulgee Cemetery, Okmulgee, Ok.

Dub King
I lost another good friend this week. Dub King was laid to rest on Monday.
We go back a long way, working together on various projects. When he was PR for the HOT Fair we got good cooperation. He often wrote stories for us about sporting events. He had interviewed many big names in sports personally.
He often spoke to the Beverly Hills Lions for me. At one meeting, I found out Baylor was minus a Sports Information Director (SID). I said I'll bet you get a call the next day to fill in. Sure enough he did.
This is one of the many positions he held during his working lifetime.
He lived a long and productive life. He helped many people along the way. He helped me with Miss Waco contests when we were doing those. He put together the Heart of Texas Smile Girl competition which was very successful for many years.
Going way back before computers, when he was doing the sports show on KCEN-TV, I made 3 inch letters so he could post the scores. Of course today this is all done in minutes on the computers.
If memory serves me right Jack N'Jill was one of the sponsors and he would have the smile girls poke their head through a large donut and get some of the chocolate topping all over them.
Later in life he took on many unpaid jobs around our church, First Methodist. One of these was delivering Meals on Wheels. The Methodist Home was a favorite of his. He promoted the annual Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Waco.
He had an amazing recall on names, especially sports figures all the way from high school through the pros. At the Lions club we would have a contest. He came up with questions and the loser got a pie in his face.
(I lost now and then!) Many times he would bring some of the Smile Girls to liven up the Lions meetings and they did! No telling how many lives he touched and enriched.
Dub did manage to get a book published with some of his favorite stories. He named it "Dub King Recalls". In November he was here for a book signing. He had moved to Fort Worth so his family could assist him better after he became ill.
Dub is survived by his wife Christine, daughter Katherine King Barr of Fort Worth and son Andy King of Austin. 
We'll miss you Dub!

Waco Optometrist, Dr. Lionel Moore died Sunday
Waco Optometrist, Dr. Lionel Moore, 63, died Sunday Feb. 3, 2002 at Baylor University Medical center in Dallas, Tx.
A service celebration of his life was held at First United Methodist Church in Waco at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Feb. 9th. Visitation followed the service in the Chapel.
Lionel Coy Moore, the son of Jesse Claude and Lillian Rohlfing Moore, was born on July 11, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo. Lionel graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1957. As a member of LaFayette Park United Methodist Church in St. Louis, he was active in Methodist Youth Fellowship and was MYF president for the city of St. Louis. He was active in Boy Scouts. A Danforth Foundation scholarship provided him the opportunity to learn the fine art of sailing on Lake Michigan. While running High School track, he set a record time at Missouri state track meet. He earned his BA degree in physics, mathematics, and chemistry at Yankton College, Yankton, SD, which he attended on a track scholarship. Upon graduation, Lionel taught physics at Southwest High School in St. Louis, then became a junior metallurgist with the Atomic Energy Commission at Iowa State, Ames, IA. He earned his MA in physical science at Drake University, Des Moines, IA. where he met Betty Mae Toland. They were married in Ruthven, IA, on August 15, 1964 and made their home in Wayne, NE. Lionel was an associate professor of physics and physical sciences, and also taught aerospace workshops at Wayne state College. While in Wayne, their marraige was blessed with a son, Todd, in 1970 and daughter, Marlo, in 1973. At Wayne State, Lionel started Lambda Delta Lambda, a science fraternity, requisitioned the first laser in the state of NE at that time for the college physics dept. and became the director of the planetarium. He was a member of the Wayne, NE, Masonic Lodge # 120 and Chapter # 194 of OES. While in Wayne, Lionel acquired his pilot’s license, enjoyed water skiing and sailing. 
Led by the Lord, in 1974 a career change was made as lionel entered the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. He earned his Doctorate in Optometry and stayed as a member of the faculty. In 1978 Lionel joined Dr. Charles Stewart in his optometric practice in Waco. To date the practice has continually provided optometric services for over 100 years, now known as Austin Ave. Eye Clinic. Dr. Moore served as president of the Heart of Texas Optometric Association for many years. He was president of the Institute for Optometric Practice for six years and served on the board of directors for the Foundation of Education and Research in Vision.
Lionel served as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts Troop 308, worked with ARC, Habitat for Humanity, and was very active in the Waco Sailing Club. Lionel won many sailing awards, three times winning the King of the Lake Regatta and even received the honor of Yachtsman of the Year. He was deeply touched when The Waco Sailing Club sponsored the Charity Sail for Leukemia in his honor.
As an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Waco, Lionel was a member of Men for Missions, the Prayer and Praise class and the administrative board. He had taught in Children’s Church for 11 years. Eyeglasses were collected for the many years of Vision Mission trips with OMS to Haiti, Mexico, and Equador for opportunities to give the gift of sight and to share Christ and the gift of salvation. Lionel was a member of Bible Study Fellowship.
Diagnosed with Lukemia in 1988, Lionel would comment that he was critically ill but in excellent health. He enjoyed life with family and friends, traveling, sailing, and flying. He said he was going to “Live tilI I die.” Lionel felt he was a work in progress and had a button that asked: “Please be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.” His legacy would come from II Tim 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Lionel was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 37 yrs; son and his wife, Drs. Todd and Angela Moore of Arlington; daughter and her husband, Marlo and Curt Collins and grandson, Coy Daniel Collins of Fairfield; brother and his wife, Charles and Willa Moore of Fayette, Mo.; neices and nephews, numerous other family members and treasured friends.
Dr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moore Memorial fund at First United Methodist Church in Waco.

James R. (Jim) Sullivan
James R. (Jim) Sullivan was laid to rest Monday after a short illness.  He is survived by his wife Lee Jorn Sullivan, daughter Toni Cupps and husband Mike of Corsicana and Ashley Marie Sullivan; step-sons Ty Lockridge of Myrtle Beach, S. C. and Donald Jorn of Nashville, Tenn; grandchildren Christina Willingham of Waco, James Willingham of Corsicana and great-granddaughter Stephanie Willingham of Waco.
Sullivan was owner and CEO of Truckmotive in Waco. He did extensive travel in connection with the trucking industry. He was past president and board member of the Texas State Trucker's Assn. and board of Power Heavy Duty Organization and C.F. S. Member National Republican Congressional Committee.
He was born June 16, 1926 in Red Oak to James L. and Rosa Lee Sullivan.
He attended Texas A&M. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Baylor Lodge No. 1235 assisted in his funeral. He was a 32nd degree Mason.

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