Class Notes – Summer 2015

Aug 06, 2015 by

James “Wally” Brewster has attended Lindale High School, Tyler Junior College, and Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2010, he started his own company: SB&K Global based in Chicago. Soon after, he was named as the National Co-Chair of the LBGT Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee. Brewster has also worked with the Human Rights Campaign for more than 20 years, and was sworn in as the country’s top diplomat for the Dominican Republic in November 2013. To say Brewster’s introduction to the Dominican Republic as an openly gay man was rocky would be an understatement. Many thought he would suffer and be forced to leave the country; however, U.S. Embassy spokesman Daniel Foote responded, “Brewster was nominated because of his skills as an international businessman and his ideas on democracy and human rights, he is not coming here as an activist for the gay community.” Following the initial controversy, the people of the Dominican Republic have been more than accepting.

The East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees elected Dr. J. Blair Blackburn of Dallas, Texas, as its next president. Blackburn earned his associate of arts degree from Tyler Junior College and graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He also holds a Master of Science degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M-Commerce. He earned his Doctor of Education in educational administration degree from Baylor University. Blackburn said, “I am excited and humbled that the Lord has called me to serve as president of East Texas Baptist University.”

Jaymie Poeschl Massey has recently joined Shell as Social Media Community Manager in Houston, TX.

JP Fugler, a former TJC student and current speech teacher at Van High School, was the only teacher in Texas to receive the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. He was a standout speech student at TJC and after his time here, Fugler transferred to The University of Texas at Tyler to continue his education. His favorite speech teacher at TJC, M’Liss Hindman, was one of his biggest inspirations, and he gives her credit for shaping him as an educator.

Jonathan D. Brunner is attending The University of Texas at Tyler to receive his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Jillian Battle started her new career at East Texas Medical Center and was hired before she graduated.  She is currently going through her nurse residency program.

Karina Chavez is working as a paralegal.

Krystal Coleman recently moved to Pensacola, Florida, and works at the Baptist Hospital.

Lori J. Folks began attending Texas A&M-Commerce in Spring 2015.

Cierra Gillilan began the ADN program at TJC in Spring 2015.  She is nervous but also very excited for these next two years at TJC.

Dylan Humphrey is opening his own storefront in Tyler called Kool Kakes by Dylan.  He has been decorating cakes since he was 11 years old. He plans to open in July 2015.

Nicole Jabo is continuing her studies at TJC and will begin nursing school this fall.

Silvia B. King became the human resources representatives of Goodwill Industries University.  She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in human resources development.

Dalton R. Knight is continuing his education at The University of Texas at Tyler for his bachelor’s degree in nursing.  He is currently working at the Texas Workforce Commission and at Trinity Mother Frances in integrated services.

Freedom Logbeck is continuing her education for her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University.

Reagan Minefee is continuing her education at the University of North Texas.

Idong Okon is currently attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Melissa G. Preston will be attending Sam Houston State University to work toward her bachelor’s degree.

James M. Ray and wife Shyanne just purchased their first home and had their first child.

Hannah L. Robey will be moving on to play Division 1 Volleyball at Arkansas State University.

Nancy Saucedo was hired as an electrical designer at S&B Engineers and Constructors and works under contract with Eastman Chemical Company.

Cassandra E. Sampson had the opportunity to speak at the East Texas Chapter of the American Council of the Blind. She enjoys public speaking.

Mark A. Spencer is currently attending The University of Texas at Tyler.

Stephanie M. Spencer is attending University of Texas at Arlington to double major in business and theatre.

Kayla J. Weller and Thomas Weller had a baby girl named Naomi Eden Rose on Jan. 7, 2015 weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 22 inches in length.

Cynthia A. Wheeler is working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and at the Johnston Unit SAFPF as a substance abuse counselor.

TJC Family
Tyler resident Mary Hudson loves the pool so much she set out to swim 90 pool lengths in honor of her 90th birthday. She is a retired teacher now, but continues to teach adult swimming classes at TJC. She walks every morning and swims two or three times a week.

Coach Fred Kniffen was inducted into the 2015 ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on May 20. Kniffen was a standout player at Hardin Simmons, and was head coach of both TJC and UT Tyler. At TJC, Kniffen won four NJCAA national championships, was named the National Junior College Men’s Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1983, National Women’s Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1984 and helped 31 players earn All-American honors. TJC inducted Kniffen into its athletic department Circle of Honor in 2001. After his time at UT Tyler, he was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.

Ken and Betty Willis, of Waco, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Dorothy L. Allen, Oct. 15, 2014, Tyler
Frances Margaret Beal Purinton, April 2, 2015, Lexington, KY
Edith A. George, Jan. 4, 2015, Houston
Ardelle B. Howard, Aug. 21, 2014, Tyler
O.L. ‘Buddy’ Ferrell, Jan. 24, 2015, Tyler
Virginia McCain Skeen, April 5, 2015, Tyler
Hazel Curry Millington, Feb. 21, 2015, Tyler
Charlie Jackson, Jr. May 4, 2014, Athens
T. Acker Hanks, Feb. 1, 2015, Tyler
JoAnn Smith Lewis, March 17, 2014, Dallas
Dolores Coke Parker Strong, June 4, 2015, Tyler
Dr. Johnnie Human, May 12, 2015, Tyler
Dwight S. Ewing M.D., March 14, 2015, Tyler
Floyd E. Rix, Feb. 16, 2015, Tyler
Virgie Lou Barron Rozell, Feb. 4, 2015, Tyler
Bennie Jean McMillan, Jan. 21, 2015, Tyler
Thomas G. Evans, Jan. 26, 2015, Nacogdoches
Bennie James McFadden, Sept. 27, 2014, Tyler
Pedro “Pete” Martinez, IV, Dec. 23, 2014, Tyler
Harold R. Williams, Feb. 17, 2015, Tyler
Dianne Fulcher Bright, May 7, 2015, Tyler
Shirley Ford McHam, Feb. 23, 2015, Lindale
Phyllis Baldwin Duke, May 4, 2015, Tyler
Ann Davis Miller, Feb. 4, 2015, Tyler
Evelyn L. Tomlin, Jan. 5, 2015, Whitehouse
Charles M. Hearon, Sept. 23, 2014, Sugarland
Cedric F. Mosley, Jan. 1, 2015, Tyler
Dianne D. Rex, May 22, 2015, Tyler
Derene Gilley Standifer, Nov. 1, 2014, Tyler
James Hugh Denson, Feb. 26, 2015, Tyler
Donna Kay Barbee, Jan. 23, 2015, Tyler
Neil James O’Toole, Jan. 26, 2014, Tyler
Donald R. Clement, Feb. 28, 2015, Tyler
Kay Newman, Jan. 1, 2015, Pampa
Gary L. Thedford, Jan. 14, 2015, Tyler
Billy Wayne Bobbitt, May 2, 2015, Tyler
Edward L. Norris, Nov. 25, 2014, Tyler
Dr. Kathie U. Butler, May 11, 2015, Stockton, CA
Gary E. Allen, May 25, 2015, Tyler
Jill Pope Stanton, Dec. 3, 2014, Palestine and Ft. Collins, CO
Debbie Brown Washington, Jan. 23, 2015, Tyler
Bruce F. McCullough, Feb. 13, 2015, Cedar Park
Randy Paul Meadows, Jan. 26, 2015, Tyler
Derrick Ray Simmons, Feb. 21, 2015, Denton
James ‘Rodney’ Dozier, June 10, 2014, Whitehouse
Starla Hand Horton, Sept. 6, 2014, Tyler
Lt. Col. Von W. Freeman, June 26, 2013, Tyler
Johnny H. York, March 10, 2015, Dallas
Thomas E. Clark, Sr.
Darcie Kight, Oct. 30, 2014, Tyler
Tennie F. Hulsey, Jan. 2, 2015, Lindale
Kevin Laird, June, 17, 2014, Tyler
Janet Huckabay Weesner, Jan. 28, 2015, Tyler
Natalie Shanna L. Brooks, Dec. 24, 2014, Tyler
Kitina Evans Robertson, Jan. 12, 2015, Tyler
Darren J. Nickerson, April 26, 2015, Dallas
Jason D. Cutting, May 18, 2014, Austin
James R. Campbell, Jr., July 30, 2010, Bridgeport, TX
W. Brandon Smith, June 5, 2015, Tyler
Julie Miller Patrick, Jan. 15, 2015, Chandler
Chris M. Pitts, March 4, 2015, Houston
Jarrett D. Rider, March 16, 2015, Chapel Hill
Licori Shackelford, June 28, 2014, Denton
Regina Washington Wade, Jan. 18, 2015, Tyler
Blake Jason Larrew, Oct. 3, 2014, Tyler
Brandon Gray, Sr., Dec. 21, 2014, Tyler
Steven A. Murry, May 26, 2014, Tyler
Christy T. Dennis, May 11. 2014, Tyler
J. Danielle Crump, Oct. 24, 2013, Longview
Jerrad A. Hunt, Feb. 28, 2015, Longview
Todd Donnell Whitlock, Feb. 1, 2015, Tyler

TJC Family
Dr. Johnny Armstrong Abbey, Jan. 2, 2014, Tyler
Dorothy L. Allen, Oct. 15, 2014, Tyler
Harold B. Allen, Jan. 26, 2015, Tyler
Ina Brundrett, June 3, 2015, Tyler
M. Frances Etheridge, Jan. 19, 2015, Plano
Carolyn Hendon, Oct. 30, 2014, Tyler
Katherine Deer Hudson, August, 22, 2014, Tyler
Lois A. Jakubik, Sept. 29, 2010, Troup
J.W. “Jubby” Johnson, Jan. 27, 2015, Tyler
Jan P. Kent, Jan. 1, 2015, Tyler
Elizabeth Harwick “Betty” Lee, Nov. 19, 2013, Tyler
Joe G. Lessert, April 1, 2015, Tyler
Adelia ‘Dee’ Rose Duhon Miller, August 29, 2014, Tyler

TJC Friend    
C.C. Baker, Nov. 28, 2014, Tyler
John Glass, Jr., Jan. 30, 2015, Tyler
LaValta Fowler, August 15, 2014, Tyler
Thomas J. Lawson, March 21, 2015, Tyler



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