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Kay Sparkman (Watson)
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February 24, 1951 Wedding Planner www.kaywatson.com Married 3
Wow!! Are we really this old. I'm still having a ball with life!
Doc  and I moved from  Waco eight years ago, to enjoy the wonderful town of Austin, then  on to Dallas four years ago. Living three houses down from Ann, my sister- so wonderful.
 We have three great kids and 2 precious grandbabies. Doc is now in house attorney for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. I left my part time elementary teaching position years ago to conscentrate on my wedding planning business with my beautiful brides and their  families. See y'all soon, Kay
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Charles Wells
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July 02, 1951 Sales Mgr Married 2
After graduation 1969 I finished a 4 year BBA degree at Baylor in 5 years, watching the draft all the way. I worked for Lennox Ind. in Fort Worth, then in 1986 got into the retail side of the Air Conditioning business at Levy & Son, a plumbing and A/C company founded in 1910 in Dallas. Married Jeanne in 1976 and have 2 boys Chad and Brandon. Send Charles a MessageSend Charles a Message
Fred West
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January 12, 1951 non-profit consultant visiondev.com Married 1
I'm really looking forward to being back in Waco with all of you!
After 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ and a year working at Saddleback Church and a couple at "Open Doors with Brother Andrew," I'm now doing consulting with serveral non-profit ministries.  I've got some great clients and am enjoying helping them increase their impact for Christ.
After getting a late start on married life, I've been married to Mary Lil almost 19 years now.  Our son, Joe is 17 and will be a senior in high school.  We are all very involved at Saddleback Church. Joe has acquired our love for world missions. While we are at the Reunion, Joe will be in India working with local churches in the slums of Dehli.  He has a real heart for for the poor and hurting.  Two years ago he went to Rwanda to work with those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  (Mary Lil and I had gone a few months earlier to do HIV/AIDS assessment for the Saddleback Church teams that would follow.) This past spring, Joe went with a group of high school students to Kenya to work with street children.  He keeps us from even thinking about being complacent!
I continue to do a good bit of domestic and international travel with my work. I'm enjoying this new season working from home rather than an office.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

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Hubert Whittington
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June 03, 1951 Oil & Gas Lease Broker Married 2
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Mike Williams
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February 27, 1951 Owner/President - Nuclear Consulting Services Married 2
After graduation married my Waco High cheerleader wife, and went to Texas A&M.  Graduated in 1973 with my BS in Nuclear Engineering.  Spent about 25 years in the nuclear industry, then started my own consulting business which I've been doing since.

Lots of good RHS memories !  Doubt I'll be at the reunion, since we live in Missouri... but who knows ?  Best to everyone !
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Cathy Wire
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Realtor www.cathywire.com Divorced 1
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Harry Wood
December 23, 1950 Married 4
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Randy Yarbrough
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February 18, 1951 Retired State Employee - Self Employed Consultant Married
Now, if you can figure out which on is Randy and Which on is Rick, who by the way is working in Africa for the next year.  (I'm on the left with my wife Diana and Rick on the right with his wife Lynn)

Sorry we won't be able to attend due to other conflicts. but wish eveyone a great time.


I spent 30 years with the State of Texas finishing us as the Assistant Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (yea, the dreaded TABC)  I now do consulting work and legal expert work in the hospitality business. I figured that since I spent all those years learning the regulatory scheme, I might as well put it to work earning additional retirement.

I still sing and work with the music ministry at our church and volunteer with underpriveledged kids in Austin many who are frefugees from Central America.  I wieh we could see everyone but drop us an e-mail sometime.

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Rick Yarbrough
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February 18, 1951 Regional Program Manager Married 3
Sorry that I'm not going to make it this summer. My wife and I will be on assignment in Libya starting in June. I wish everyone the best. Send Rick a MessageSend Rick a Message
Donna Adams (Zemanek)
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June 13, 1951 CPA/Waco ISD internal auditor Married 1

Ok, Buzz- here they are. I'm not quite as creative as you; just excited if this works without consulting our BU '98 education/   computer science grad daughter. 

"Then" was college, circa '70  (the 1st time @ MCC, when I had fun; not the 2nd/3rd when I actually recd BS-Acct/MBA-Acct @ UHCL/TAMU-Commerce.) "Now" was ~2000, a Houston's 1st Bapt SS dept pic. 

After living elsewhere for 30.5 years (28 in Houston), we were blessed to return to Waco in 10/01 to be close to my parents & family. Although it was a dream come true, with God paving every step &   leading us by the hand as we marveled, packing after 26 years in the same house; having every # change but SSN/DL @ age 50; leaving our daughter, Aimee, & James' family in the Houston area; "uprooting" our 14 yr. old lhasa, Char Cole; giving up great jobs; & saying good-by to dear friends & work/church families proved to be more traumatic than imagined.

It was the most bittersweet of times - on moving day, I cried the 1st half of the trip for the life being left behind & the other half for the great blessing of returning "home" to spend my parents' remaining days in close proximity. And what precious time it was - 6 years with my mom & 7 years with my dad 'til they moved to Heaven, our real home, in 09/07 & 02/09, respectively. These days I cry, at once, from  feeling so very lost without them, yet being-and having been- so very blessed.

It is strange to be home, but now homesick; but God has been so very faithful. Whether we remain in Waco is yet to be seen & premature to decide, but returning has been one of the greatest  miracles of my life. Waco has changed alot, yet not at all. While an exasperating place without the amenities of a current news forum,  gourmet grocery store or restaurant/   theatre/shopping variety,  the  familiarity & memories around each corner are captivating. Regularly "running into" friends & being close to family is priceless.
 
I still prefer 6 lanes going my way, but don't miss the traffic that insisted on sharing it; miss knowing I can find anything I want/need locally if patient & tenacious, but not the time & effort expended  to do so; no longer have my own personal shopper @ Rice Epicurean only a phone call away, if caught before he started the trek home, but now have time to shop together; miss public accounting, but not the grueling hours. I've almost grown used to 2-way access roads (now that they are changing); enjoy the sight of rabbits in our yard & the space of fields outside the subdivision; & am enthralled all over again by rainbows & lightning bugs not chemically induced. Small venues such as Ferrell Center feel like private performances, traffic is non-existent, & doctors are less than an hour away.

For now-maybe forever-we will enjoy, despite the void, being "home" with our two-5 year old lhasa pos, Zack & Zane; having more time to spend together than ever; & being near family, friends, & Aimee, now 35 & living in Dallas.
 
One of the many paved & golden steps in our return has been my  position as internal auditor at Waco ISD.  Serving the students of Waco as a part of the district that provided such a great educational experience for me has been a rare privilege. I walk the halls of now-Waco HS, remember our days there, and know that it will always be Richfield!!

On a sobering & discouraging note, Waco remains a very poor city with life too much of a struggle for too many & an alarming percentage not earning a living wage. Decent housing is out of reach for the families of many of our students; and affordable rentals typically in disrepair.   Many of our students do not  know if they will have a meal after school hours/between school days; if the home they return to will be the same one they left that morning & wherever it is, if it will be cold or hot, lit or dark; if they will be fed or go hungry, be clean or dirty, be able to sleep in peace or cower in their beds in the chaos surrounding them. On any given day our students leave for home and return to us the next day or next week not having eaten, bathed, or slept - in no condition to learn what has to appear irrelevant to their struggle for survival & dignity. Yet they enter into the only security & consistency many know with smiles & hugs, running & skipping, laughing & singing, & they strive to achieve against all odds & they succeed - not realizing that the word or equation or fact mastered can never be taken away from them or recognizing those as keys to a world beyond their wildest imagination. My prayer is that the education they receive in the safe haven we provide will be the catalyst for a better life for each of them. Having the opportunity to play even the most  inconsequential of roles in that success surrounded by the tireless professionals whose efforts are life-changing, if thankless, will probably keep us right here.

 Godspeed!

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