• Don & ATO Obituaries •

Randy Alexander Don


Randy Alexander

February 12, 1936 - December 10, 2017

Randy was born in 1936 in Huntsville, Texas, and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1954.  He was an All-State Honorable Mention offensive guard for the Hornets on their 1954 State Championship Football Team.  In 1955 Randy joined the Dons Social Club at Sam, and in 1957 he graduated from Sam Houston State with a BS in Chemistry.  

Randy was employed by Dixie Chemical and DPC Industries for 32 years, beginning as a chemist in 1966 and retiring in 1998 as

 Vice-President of Ops.  

Randy leaves behind his faithful wife of 58 years, Nancy (Woodland) Alexander; his children, Randy, Jr. (Friendswood), Steve (Deer Park) and Troy (Austin) Alexander; their respective spouses Raye Ann, Mary and Kara Alexander; grandchildren, Jairus, Cameron, Brady, Reid, and Julia Alexander; brother, Phil Alexander and wife Jane of Pasadena; Sister Terrie Stanley and husband Stan (Virginia Beach); Brother-in-law, Joe Woodland and wife Debbie (Henderson, TX); and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Jerry Don Bell Don & ATO

Jerry Don Bell was born in Lamesa, West Texas, on February 17, 1936. He was one of six children born

Jerry Don Bell

February 17, 1936 - March 22, 2015

Jerry Don Bell was born in Lamesa, West Texas, on February 17, 1936. He was one of six children born to Forrest and Ruby Bell. A cowboy at heart, he grew up on a farm ranch, where he developed a love of large animals. 

In 1954 he graduated San Jacinto H.S. in Houston, TX. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he enrolled at Sam Houston State, and joined the Dons Social Club in 1959.

My recollections of Jerry Don: Jerry Don and I pledged DONS in the fall of 1959. "He was reserved, and although he didn’t talk much, whenever our pledge class or the chapter had a work project, he was right there in the middle of things, working hard and fast. He was good at carpentry and outdoor work. Whenever the actives took us on walks, which was frequently, Don was the leader of the pack, setting a pace the rest of us had difficulty keeping up with. I attributed his stamina to his stint in the air force.  Jerry Don was initiated into the ATO Fraternity, with the rest of the Dons on February 20, 1960. He then transferred to A&M University, where he studied veterinary medicine." 

Brother John Gresham

Jerry Don taught at A&M and OSU, before becoming an officer in the U.S. Army in 1969. His military career, which encompassed nearly 25 years, took him around the world. Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand. He enjoyed his extended time in Hawaii, where he retired as a Lt. Colonel. 

Jerry Don met and married his wife, Carol, while still at A&M. They had their first two daughters, fraternal twins Jeri and Sheri, while still in College Station. Their daughters Lisa and Dona followed shortly after. Jerry Don has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He instilled a love of A&M in his grandson Nick, who is now in his junior year at A&M, studying chemistry. Whoop!

Jerry Don enjoyed a life-time love of running, tennis, gardening, and shooting guns at the range. He enjoyed practical jokes and harassing his favorite people. A beloved member of ParkwayHills Baptist church, he was very active with the 55+ group, the homeless ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and the church garden. He had a heart as big as Texas. Though we miss him very much, we are grateful that his passing was quick and that he is now with the Lord.

Jerry Don is survived by his daughters and his sisters Beth, Joyce, and Sue, and his grandchildren Hannah, Christy, Christian, Joshua, Nick, and Amanda, and his great grandsons Daniel and Gabriel.

James Cadenhead ATO


James Dewey Cadenhead

July 25, 1951 - May 12, 2017

James Dewey "Cricket" Cadenhead, 65, of Richmond, Texas passed away on May 12, 2017.

 He was born on July 25, 1951 in Bay City, Texas to Dewey and Evelyn (Owsley) Cadenhead. James, known by many as Cricket, loved spending time with his family. He treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren whether it was letting them drive the golf cart around or cheering them on in their endeavors. 

James was an excellent cook with his specialties being gumbo, red beans and rice and hot water cornbread – just to name a few. He loved taking walks along Matagorda Beach. This loving husband, father, Pop, brother and friend will be missed.  

James is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Gary Cadenhead. Survivors include his wife of 35 ½ years, Anita (Mathews) Cadenhead; children, Tiffany Smith and husband, Scott, Mathew Cadenhead and wife, Megan, and Danielle Cadenhead; grandchildren, Edlyn Nicole Smith and Aiden James Smith; siblings, Frances “Toadie” Cadenhead, Leslie Cadenhead and Sally Kay Lyle; along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Stephen Keith Collins ATO


Stephen Keith Collins    

July 29, 1944 – March 25, 2015  

After graduation from SHSU Keith joined the US Navy. Keith served four years stationed at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida where he played football for the Navy team along with his other duties.  

After leaving the Navy, Keith worked for Chrysler Corporation as a district manager in Atlanta, Georgia.  He longed to return to Texas and moved back in the late 70’s.  He worked with his father in the electrical business and later formed his own company, Collins Electric.  

He died on March 25, 2015 In Richmond, Texas.  

Kieth was a pledge brother. I remember that during the "worst, when he was told he answered the "all important question" wrong and couldn't be an ATO, his comment was: "I am going to beat the shit out of every active starting with Reinke". Now, that was a bonified bad ass. He is the second known member of the Eshinigus 8 to pass into Chapter Eternal... He was a good guy. 

 Pledge Brother George C. Yax, W.M. 1965

Keith was one of my eight Pledge Brothers in the Spring of 1963. His nickname was "Sniper' (Long Story). He only got to attend one of our Annual Reunions. At that time he lived in Stafford, Texas. Keith played Offensive Guard, and was Little All American on the NAIA National Championship Bearkat Team of 1964.

Pledge Brother Roger Adams

George, I remember Keith as being one very tough hombre, who did not like to be messed with... I guess I did not realize just how lucky Bruce and I were that 'Pledge' Collins did not get his hands on us when the "Walk" failed. The Brotherhood has lost a Good One. 

 Larry 'Duffer' Dunham, W.K.A. 1962

I remember that when he got the sad news at The Worst, he was willing and ready to whip Our Butts... All Our Butts.

Roy 'Bird' Harper, W.M. 1964

Moss Alan Crenshaw ATO


Moss Alan Crenshaw

December 6, 1958 – February, 12, 2018

Moss Alan Crenshaw was born in Jacksonville, Texas on December 6, 1958 to T. C. “Sandy” Crenshaw and Mary Katherine Ledbetter Crenshaw and passed away in Montgomery, Texas on February, 12, 2018.   

Moss  graduated high school at North Shore in Galena Park ISD where he was Who’s Who in American High Schools, a drummer in the band and an accomplished player for the Mighty North Shore Mustang Varsity Basketball Team, He was a member of Holy Trinity Methodist Church where he spent most of his school years and came from a long line of Methodist Ministers.  

Moss Alan completed his higher education at Sam Houston State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television and Film, and was a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. SHSU and his fraternity brothers held a very special place in his heart.  

He began his career with Hilti as a Telecommunications Manager which took him from Houston, to Tulsa, Toronto, Vancouver and back to the Dallas/Ft Worth Area.  

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Robert Henry Crenshaw and his beloved grandmother Mary “Mammy” Ledbetter. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda McBride Crenshaw; daughter, Lynette and husband Andrew Arbini; son, Samuel Alan Crenshaw; brother, Richard Crenshaw and his wife Ellen; sister, Sandra Schneider; niece Richelle and nephews Cameron and Christopher.  

Moss Alan will be remembered for his authentic wit, his love of music, his appreciation for the beauty of nature and his compassionate ability of making others feel special. 

"I have many fond memories of Moss Alan. He always had a welcoming way about him and every encounter was full of laughs and entertainment in some way. While at Sam Houston everyone I knew would change from big name Houston FM radio channels to the small watt local AM station to hear Moss DJ the show. He was our own Wolfman Jack and outperformed the bigger FM stations anytime he was on air.   

He was a good friend and my life was improved in just knowing him." Dan Forney  

"I pledged Alpha Tau Omega in the Spring of 1980. Moss became my Big Brother. I have fond memories of hanging out at the Tau house with him and making numerous "See Runs" around campus and sorority hill. He was a friend to all and always energetic and welcoming. As a pledge, I couldn't have had a better Big Brother! As rush chairman...he was nothing less than amazing! His engaging personality, quick wit, and welcoming smile worked wonders and contributed heavily to the growth and success of the Zeta Mu chapter. I have no doubt that he is bringing smiles to many as he rests in Heaven with the Alpha and Omega, his Lord and Savior." Carl Watson

Fred Ermis Don


Fred Louis Ermis

November 15, 1936 - April 3, 2018

Fred "Popo" Louis Ermis, Jr., 81, of Wharton, passed away on Tuesday evening, April 3, 2018, in a Houston hospital following a sudden illness.

Fred was born on November 5, 1936, in Houston, to the late Fred Louis and Mary Jane Janca Ermis. Following the death of his father, Fred and his mother moved to the Needville area, after he completed the 5th grade. He graduated from Needville High School with the class of 1955. He married Beverly Ann DeRouen on August 30, 1958 in Stafford. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2011. 

Fred attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University, where he was a founding member of the DONS Social Club. He finished his education at Marquette University with a Master’s Degree. Mr. Ermis enjoyed teaching mathematics, logging more than 58 years in education of which the last 52 were at Wharton County Junior College. He loved the students and staff.  

During his extended teaching career, he even managed to teach multiple generations of families.  Many times, over the years, he taught several generations of the same family. He also enjoyed working at his ranch, fishing, hunting, and collecting. 

He was a high school football referee for over 30 years. When school wasn’t in session, Fred could often be found on the bus trips to Coushatta. In addition to his parents and wife, Beverly; he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ermis and granddaughter, Grace Mary Ermis..

Charles Richard Hodges Don • ATO

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

Charles Richard Hodges

November 27, 1932- August 22, 2019

Brother Charlie Hodges realized his dream. He said, "I hope that we will Leave a Legacy, for generations to come."

Nov. 27, 1931 - August 22, 2019 Charles (Charlie) Richard Hodges was born November 27, 1931 in Beeville, Texas. He was the son of Alvis Glenn and Maggie Mae Redd Hodges. Charlie was raised in the Dickinson, Texas area, and graduated from Webster Senior High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Korea for one year during the war. In Korea, his duty was serving as a military policeman with a guard dog. In 1954, four days after receiving his discharge from service, at 24, Charlie went to Huntsville and enrolled at Sam Houston State Teachers College and attended on the GI Bill for Veterans. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in Sociology. 

While at Sam Houston, Charlie founded the DONS Men’s Social Club which later received the 120th Alpha Tau Omega Charter, and became the Texas Zeta Mu Chapter of ATO. The organization’s motto was “Brotherhood with Love and Respect Can Conquer All.” Charlie lived this motto the remainder of his life. 

In 1961, Charlie met and married Barbara Jean Kilpper. Charlie and Barbara began their married life in Houston, Texas. They had three children together. And enjoyed a loving marriage that lasted 57 years. 

To anyone who ever met Charlie, it comes as no surprise that he spent his career in sales. After college, Charlie worked as a salesman for The Pillsbury Company and Pensalt Chemical Company. Later, Charlie opened his own real estate business, Landman Realty, in Tomball, Texas. When Charlie moved his family to Kerrville in 1979, he specialized in land development. Among his many projects there, he designed and developed, on the Guadalupe River, an RV park which he owned and managed. Shortly before retirement, he operated an Antique Store in Athens, Texas on the way to Canton. Charlie and Barbara retired to Sandia, Texas in 2006 to live on property which had been in the Hodges family since the 1930’s. And in Sandia, Charlie set up shop again to sell merchandise and the produce he, himself, grew. 

Charlie was a member of West Shore Baptist Church. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, sports of all kinds, playing dominoes and cards, telling his stories, and making people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. He never met a stranger and endeared himself to everyone who knew him. He was a man of honor and treated everyone with respect and appreciation. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and brothers, Samuel Glenn Hodges, Robert Lee Hodges, and Ray Patrick Hodges. 

Charlie dearly loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hodges; daughters, Debra Coffey and Melissa Hillesland (Kent); and son, Charles Robert Hodges; granddaughters, Carylea Coffey, Katie Hodges, Maggie Coffey, Lyndsey Hodges, Megan Hodges, and Lauren Hillesland; grandsons, Brandt Coffey and Isaac Hillesland. 

A special “THANK YOU” to Beth Hartman, Melissa Salaiz, Laurel Rios, Isabel Rivera, Blanca Cano, Elva Johnson, Gloria Guerra, Kathy Leal, and the other AMAZING staff of Palma Real Transitional Care Center for their loving care of our precious Dad. Also the family would like to thank John, Debbie, and Kim from Christus Spohn Hospice. 

Donations and memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to West Shore Baptist Church, FM 534, Sandia, Texas 78383. 

Funeral services will be held at Dobie Funeral Home in Mathis, Texas at 10 am, Tuesday, August 27, with the Reverends Joe Smith and Michael Colten officiating. Visitation will be held at Dobie on Monday, August 26, from 5 - 7 pm. 

Charles Dixon Orr ATO


Charles Dixon Orr

March 3, 1942 - January 1, 2019

Charlie was a member of the First ATO Zeta Mu Pledge Class of 1960. He was also initiated ATO in 1960.

"I got to know Charlie well when I pledged in 1961, and always appreciated his encouragement and understanding to this naive young boy from Pasadena, Texas. Charlie was always a 'cool' head, very calm and self-assured... I liked him for being a friend to me." Larry 'Duffer' Dunham 

Charles Dixon Orr III, of Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, passed away January 1, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 26, at First United Methodist Church of Portland, Texas.

Born to Charles Dixon Orr, Jr. and Dorothy Dietz Orr, Charlie grew up in Waco, graduated from Waco High School in 1959 and Sam Houston State University in 1963. He spent his adult life with his family in the Corpus Christi area. After retiring from a career with General Motors, he opened a small business and enjoyed life on the Texas Gulf Coast. His passion was sailing, serving as yacht club commodore, and bareboating in the Bahamas.

He was preceded in death by his father and his daughter, Andrea Orr. Survivors include wife Judy Gafford Orr of Ingleside; mother, Dorothy Alexander of Waco; son, Charles Dixon Orr IV and wife, Vicki, of Corpus Christi; sister, Mary Helen Orr George and husband, David, of Waco; grandchildren, Michael Orr, Caroline Orr, Charlotte Carpenter, Cameron Orr and wife, Ronni; nieces, Gretchen Eichenberg and husband, Alex, and Ginna Lewis and husband, John, both of Waco.

Arland Phelps Don & ATO


Arland E. Phelps

October 22, 1938 - May 22, 2017

Arland was a Charter Member of the Dons Social Club, and was a one of the main reasons the Dons soared to the Leadership Stature on the Sam Houston Campus from 1955-1960, when the Dons were awarded their ATO Charter.

Arland E. Phelps, 79, passed away peacefully at home on May 22, 2017, surrounded by family. He finally gave up his long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha (Baker) Phelps, sons Randy and Joel, daughter Jennifer, daughter-in-law Daymion, and grandchildren; Grant, Heather, and Izora. He also leaves his brothers Darrell and Harry, and step sisters, Carolyn Dearman and Betty Fischer.  

Born and raised in Borger, Texas, the son of Thomas and Mary Phelps. Arland enrolled at Sam Houston State and joined the Dons Social Club, he was Honored as the First Initiated ATO on Febr;uary 20, 1960, and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1960. He served for 4 years as a captain in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, where he met his wife, Martha. They were married in 1963 and in 1965 he received his MBA from Michigan State University.   

He went onto a career with Ford Motor Company that would span 30 years and 2 countries. After retirement, he and Martha moved to Vero Beach so they could sail their boat, Voyager, all year. In those years they took many sailing trips, from the Bahamas to the Keys. They also traveled extensively on far off adventures. Besides sailing, Arland was also active in the Fort Pierce Yacht Club where he served as Commodore and as a volunteer tax preparer for AARP.  

Arland will be remembered lovingly for his love and dedication to his family, his love for sailing, art, music, and dancing. The family wishes to thank his dedicated CNA of almost 4 years Niesha Caines, as well as his hospice team who so lovingly cared for him the last year of his life: Sara, Richard, Mabel, Nikki, Melissa, and Dr. Venazio. 

James Allen Rasberry ATO


James Allen Rasberry

October 12, 1946 - July 21, 2019

James pledged in Fall 1964 and was Initiated ATO Zeta Mu in Spring 1964.

James and I grew up together, went to junior high and high school together.  We played football together  and his nickname was "Rabbit"... not because he was fast or speedy.  Joe Smith

Back when only certain areas of Texas had Coors beer, Rabbit and I decided we had to have some. We took off on a road trip in search of the elusive Colorado Kool Aide. On our way back James through a cigarette out the window. Problem was it went in the back seat of my ‘63 Plymouth. 

About five miles down the road we started smelling smoke. My back seat was on fire and we had to use half our haul of Coors to put out the fire. Crazy times but fond memories. Thanks for the memories James. 

You’ll be missed by many.

Nick LaBarbera

When we came to Sam Houston in the fall of 1964, we pledged ATO together and were roommates that semester.

Absolutely one of the most personable and friendly guys ever!  James was the poster boy for Mr. Nice Guy.   

He stayed true to his convictions and his family, and the world and the ATO Brotherhood will not quite be the same without the "Rabbit" around...be at rest my friend!

James Allen Rasberry, age 72, of Lake Jackson, Texas, felt God's calling him home on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Born October 12, 1946, to Allen and Katie Rasberry. James married his high school sweetheart, Judith Ann Zwahr, June 25, 1966. 

James enrolled at Sam Houston State 

University and joined ATO Zeta Mu Fraternity in 1966. While attending Sam Houston he was drafted in 1969, to serve his country in the U.S. Army for two years in Viet Nam.

Upon his return he raised his family in the Lake Jackson area where they were members of First Baptist Church, where he loved teaching high school Sunday School. He served as an ordained deacon for the Shady Oaks Baptist Church while the family lived in Arlington, Texas. 

James is survived by his wife, Judith Rasberry, his children, Eric Rasberry and wife, Tori, of Cypress, Robin Bundick and husband, Jason; his grandchildren, Taylor Logan, EJ Rasberry, Jansen Childers, Lydia Bundick, Hagen Bundick, and Colby Rasberry, his brother, Glenn Rasberry and wife Dorothy; his nephews, nieces and cousins. 

Preceeded in death by father, Allen Rasberry, mother Katie Rasberry and brother Maylon Rasberry. 

Brother Rasberry will be laid to rest with Full Military Honors in Lake Jackson, Texas. The service will be officiated by Pastor Chad Alexander.

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson ATO


Judge Douglas Neel Richardson

June 8, 1940 - April 10, 2017

Neel was in the First Zeta Mu Pledge Class Spring 1960, and was initiated ATO in May 1960. Neel  then transferred to Baylor in the fall.

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson was born in Houston, Texas on June 8, 1940. He passed away at his home in Georgetown, Texas on May 16, 2019, surrounded by family. A sixth-generation Texan, Neel was born in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Baylor University, where he played baseball. During college, he met his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann Thomas. After earning his law degree from the University of Houston, Neel and Pat moved to Baytown, where they lived for 38 years. 
In Baytown, Neel began his legal career in private practice before serving the city of Baytown as municipal court judge and city attorney. Neel was appointed to the bench of the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 8 in 1977, where he presided for 25 years. At the time of his retirement in 2002, Neel had served more years on the bench than any other active judge in Harris County.
During his tenure in Harris County, Neel was selected to serve as the presiding judge of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law for multiple terms. Neel chaired the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, a highlight of his career. 
After retiring, Neel and Pat moved to Georgetown to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They became involved in the Sun City community and First United Methodist Church Georgetown. During his retirement, Neel continued to sit as visiting judge for twelve years.
Neel is survived by his devoted wife, Pat; sister, Janne Davio; daughter, Laura Boone and husband Sam; daughter, Leslie Story and husband Chris. He was blessed with five beautiful grandchildren, Jacob, Claire, and Sawyer Boone, and Thomas and Stella Story.
Neel enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling with Pat, and rooting for the Baylor Bears. He loved to play golf, fly fish, hunt, and spend his summers in Colorado at the cabin on Spring Creek.

Kevin Thibodeau ATO



Kevin Paul Thibodeau ll

February 3, 1981 - April 10, 2017

Kevin pledged Zeta Mu and was initiated ATO at the Trail's End Ranch Ceremony in 1963.

Kevin Paul Thibodeau II, age 36, passed away on April 10, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska.   

Kevin was born February 3, 1981 in Greece. 

He attended high school at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas and went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. While at Sam Houston Kevin joined the ATO Fraternity, and was initiated on April 5, 2003.  

Kevin joined the United States Army in 2005 and was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska in 2006. He served his Country faithfully and honorably, completing two combat tours, Iraq and Afghanistan; and one tour in Germany. He loved his Country and proudly served for 12 years. Kevin attained the rank of Captain in the United States Army. He transitioned to the United States Army Reserves in December 2016.   

Kevin married the love of his life in 2010. He was always traveling with his family and taking them on adventures. He liked to hike, fish, and hunt and enjoyed cooking for the ones he loved. He was a devoted Green Bay Packers fan!  

Kevin's family paid this tribute to him, "Kevin was the kindest most loving man, he was the light in the room. His smile was always welcoming. Kevin had a place in so many hearts around the world. Everyone who kew him was lucky, and his memory will live on and he will be missed forever."  

Kevin is Survived by his Wife and two children. His two sisters and his parents.   

John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."