Obituaries

  • Obituary: Mary Annette Hall

    Mary Annette Hall of Longview, a church organist for nearly 60 years, died Oct. 9.

  • Obituary: Virginia Connally

    Virginia Connally, Baptist philanthropist and the first female physician in Abilene, died March 31. She was 106.

  • Obituary: Tommy Billings

    Gerald Thomas “Tommy” Billings of Duncan, Okla., former pastor and associational director of missions, died Feb. 26. He was 75.

  • Obituary: Al Pessarra

    Albert Edward Pessarra of Houston, longtime minister of activities and director of recreation in Baptist churches, died Oct. 31. He was 84.

  • Obituary: Ruth Menchaca Sanchez

    Ruth Menchaca Sanchez, wife of a Texas Baptist pastor and leader among Hispanic Texas Baptists, died Feb. 18 in Dallas. She was 81.

  • Obituary: Philip Wright Sherrod

    Philip Wright Sherrod of Waco, a longtime Texas Baptist minister of music, died Feb. 13. He was 83. 

  • Obituary: John Earl Seelig

    John Earl Seelig, who served three decades as vice president for public affairs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died on Jan. 17. He was 94. 

  • Obituary: John G. Conley

    Jack G. Conley, retired pastor and missionary, died Jan. 27 in Tyler. He was 90.

  • Obituary: Herschel V. Forester

    Herschel Vincent Forester, former professional football player and Baptist layman who supported numerous Christian causes, died Dec. 31 in Dallas. He was 87.

  • Obituary: Robert G. Packard

    Robert G. Packard, longtime professor of physics at Baylor University who was dubbed “Waco’s Mr. Wizard” by one newspaper, died Jan. 5 in Waco. He was 94.

  • Obituary: William B. Tolar

    William B. Tolar of Fort Worth, longtime professor of biblical backgrounds and archaeology, died Dec. 29. He was 90.

  • Obituary: Louise Herrington Ornelas

    Louise Herrington Ornelas, major benefactor to the nursing school at Baylor University that bears her name, died Dec. 18 in Tyler. She was 93.