Leroy Daniel, 93, Jan. 11 in Wichita Falls. Daniel was one of the three founders of Luby’s Cafeteria in Wichita Falls in 1951, and became its sole owner a few years later.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls since age 7, and was a deacon more than 60 years. He also served on many of the church’s committees and was a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Baptist Standard board of directors 18 years, and was chairman of the Baptist General Convention of Texas State Missions Committee. In 2001, he was the first layman to receive the Sam Houston Award from Texas Baptists. He as his wife, Ramona, were financial supporters of three Southern Baptist seminaries, special mission projects and a number of small churches in the Northwest. In 2009, they were recognized with the Elder Statesmen Award by the BGCT. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, in 1946. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; daughters, Donna Lanier and Andrea Freeman; sons, Kip and Bill; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Giles Fort Jr., 89, Jan. 14 in Baton Rouge, La. A native of Fort Worth, he served as a Southern Baptist medical missionary in Zimbabwe almost 36 years. He and his wife, Wana Ann, were the first doctors at the remote Sanyati Baptist Hospital. He oversaw construction of the hospital while treating and sharing the gospel with thousands of patients. He retired from missionary service in 1988, not long after he was diagnosed with axial dystonia, a muscle condition. He is survived by his wife; sons, Giles III, David, Gordon, Gregg and Grady; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Moore, 91, Dec. 21 in Amarillo. She was a great support to her Baptist pastor husband, Winfred, and she learned to read, write and speak Korean fluently and could communicate in several languages. She taught English as a second language for several decades. She was preceded in death by her sister, Loretta Mullins. She is survived by her husband of 71 years; daughters, Anne Preston and Maria Patterson; son, Fred; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Charles Brinkley, 86, Dec. 29 in Fort Worth. He worked in the banking industry 65 years. He served as a trustee of Hardin-Simmons University 18 years, twice served on the university’s board of development and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from HSU in 1994. He also served on an HSU presidential search committee. He served in the Baptist Brotherhood in the 1940s and ’50s, and he twice served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reeder. He is survived by his wife, Polly; son, Michael; and sister, Wanda Baker.