• Don & ATO Obituaries •

Randy Alexander • Don

Jerry Don Bell • Don • ATO

Jerry Don Bell • Don • ATO

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Randy Alexander

February 12, 1936 - Dec. 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 • Don • ATO

Jerry Don Bell • Don • ATO

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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 W. Blasdel • Don

Jerry Don Bell • Don • ATO

James W. Blasdel • Don

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James Blasdel

June 8, 1940 - April 10, 2017


James Wesley Blasdel passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the age of 81. He fought a battle for many years with COPD and other health issues.  


James is survived by his sister, Nan Shelton formerly of Fort Worth, Texas and presently of New Orleans, Louisiana, his sons and families: Michael Wesley Blasdel, wife Julia, and twin daughters Jessicah and Savannah of Edmond, Oklahoma; James Alan Blasdel, wife Jessica, son Sebastian, and daughter Emma of Weston, Florida; Joe Daniel Blasdel, wife Victoria, daughters Michelle and Lia, and son Dominic of Lima, Peru.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Linda H. Blasdel, parents, Joe G. and Lena Blasdel, and brother, Joe Richard Blasdel.


James was born in Sugarland, Texas on December 21, 1935. He grew up in Richmond, Texas, became an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School. He attended Sam Houston State University, where he became a Charter Member of the Dons Mens Social Club, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech in 1961. 


James started working for Phillips Petroleum in 1961 as a Petroleum Engineer. He continually developed his skills and served as a Drilling & Production Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Operations Manager, and on positions in Senior Management. James’ successful career led to him residing in England, Libya, Nigeria, Peru, Indonesia, Oklahoma, and Texas. In “retirement” James operated his own petroleum consulting company that took him all over the world.


James enjoyed lake life and water sports, especially fishing with his sons and grandchildren. He loved cooking for and entertaining his family and many friends, which he did frequently. A typical engineer, he always had many projects to work on and no detail was too small. With small groups, James could be found playing dominoes or darts, or sitting by the pool with a cold beer. 


An avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the Astros, Texans, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Miami Hurricanes.

James Cadenhead • ATO

Stephen Keith Collin • ATO

James W. Blasdel • Don

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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 Collin • ATO

Stephen Keith Collin • ATO

Stephen Keith Collin • ATO

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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 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

Stephen Keith Collin • ATO

Stephen Keith Collin • ATO

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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  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

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

Joel 'Jo Jo' Garcia • Don

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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..

Joel 'Jo Jo' Garcia • Don

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

Joel 'Jo Jo' Garcia • Don

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Joel Garcia

October 22, 1934 - January 21, 2020


Joel was a fun loving, easy going man with a heart of gold. 


He grew up in Sweeny, Texas and was the 6th of 11 children with one brother and 9 sisters. He was Salutatorian of Van Vleck High School and went on to Sam Houston State Teachers College (now University) on a music scholarship.  


Joel was a member of the Dons Social Club, joined ROTC and studied Graphic Arts/Printing.  He was the first Hispanic to be voted into office by the Bearkat student body, he was a cheerleader and went by the nick name, “JoJo”.  


He volunteered to look after the school’s mascot, Tripod, who was a three legged dog  that won the hearts of the entire student body. Tripod would roam the campus at will, and is now buried on the hill of Old Main.  


Joel also studied at FEMA – TSG and SMU.  He had many interests, hobbies, and thrived on learning. He earned his Master’s Degree while serving his Country.


Joel met his first wife, Marlys “Mikki” Kehrli at Sam, they were married in February of 1958. While waiting for his regular ARMY commission to begin, he worked as the ID Tech and photographer at The Wall Unit, which at the time was the main Texas prison in Huntsville.  


He and Mikki settled in Dallas and had 4 children, Kathy, Robert, Donny, and Glenn. 


Joel served in the Texas Army National Guard and was called up during the Bay of Pigs. He was also in the Army  Reserves and served until his retirement after 32 years.  


In 1977, Joel moved his family to the Houston area for a better career opportunity.  He was Vice President/General Manager at Adplex Graphics and then Vice President of Operations at Tristar Web Graphics. 


Joel is survived by his 4 children and their spouses, Kathy Casey (Johnny Johnson), Robert Rubalcado (Maria), Donny  Garcia (Vicky) and Glenn Garcia (Georgia Joice), 10 grandchildren: Scott Casey, Katherine Casey (Jeremy Daniels), Thomas Barron, Veronica Royal (Chris), Melissa Barnett (Greg), Adela Cortez (Jonathan), Briel Garcia (Horacio Flores), Chloe Garcia, Macey Garcia, Briten Garcia and thirteen  great-grandchildren, including his namesake Jozie Roanne.  


He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Roy Garcia, sisters Irene Garcia, Elsie Johnson, and Mary Koscet.


He met his second wife, Raedona, way back in high school. They met up again after his divorce and married June 8, 2001. He retired to her hometown of Centerville, Texas where he lived until his death. 


Joel died from injuries sustained in a fire at his home. His favorite saying was, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”


 He was a prayer warrior praying for his family and friends nightly. His legacy is the love he has left us with and all the friends he kept up with over the years. 


Joel’s family would like to thank each of you for your prayers, love, and presence here today. Remember to be kind, life is too short even at 85.

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

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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 grew himself. 


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. 


"I am so pleased to have known Charlie Hodges, and to have the honor to call him Brother. Charlie was an inspiration to all Dons and ATO Zeta Mu members, and we all know that without Charlie's Dream and Dedication, none of us would be part of the Greatest Fraternity Brotherhood in the world.


 For all his Brothers, I thank you Brother Hodges and hope we can all meet again in Chapter Eternal".


Larry 'Duffer' Dunham

History Project Editor & Historian


Kenneth Arthur James, Jr. • ATO

Kenneth Arthur James, Jr. • ATO

Charles Richard Hodges • Don • ATO

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Ken 'Yankee' James 

Nov. 14, 1942 - January 14, 2020                                          


Brother Kenneth Arthur James, Jr., was born November 14, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he entered Chapter Eternal on January 14, 2020. 


Ken is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Margaret James and one
step-son Kyle B. Palmer. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Nikola James. 3 children Russell James, Stephen James, Leslie Brackett their spouses, and 1 step-daughter Kelly Ellis, 9 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren.


 After graduating form High School in 1960, Ken enrolled at Sam Houston State Teachers College, where he pledged ATO Fraternity  in theFall of 1962. Brother James  was initiated  in ATO in the Spring of 1962, and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1964.  


After graduating from Sam Houston State University, Ken joined the U.S. Army and shipped out to Vietnam. During the voyage his unit received orders to divert to Okinawa. Ken was in charge of the Okinawa's
Nuclear Weapons Unit. 


Ken received his Honorble Discharge from  the army in 1967 and moved to Houston where he became a high school teacher. This endeavor  was rewarding and challenging, but  Ken felt there was more he could accomplish. 


A few years later, he started his cabinet company, and eventually enjoyed a long career he was a home builder.

  Ken was also an estimator for schools and research labs. 


He and Ko moved to Round Rock in 2000 and Ken
continued his estimating career. 


He was active in Bethany United Methodist Church in Round Rock as an usher, member of the Communion Team, Stephen Ministry and
House of Friends.

In August 2018, Ken interred  into A-Med Hospice. His Parkinson Disease was progressing quickly. 


The staff was of Nurses and
Caregivers at  Cedar Park , Texas were wonderful, and especially his favorite  Yolanda. She took good care of him and she could made him laugh even when he saw little hope.

Ken was a man of integrity who instilled a good work ethic in his children. The family respected each other and always had fun
and laughed. 


He realized his dream of hunting in Africa and fishing in Alaska. Duck hunting, fishing, and his air boat
were his passion. 


Ko said it was a privilege to take care of him, as he never complained, and lived his life with dignity  

On Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:33:28 PM CST, Ko James <kojames@sbcglobal.net> wrote: 


The family requests any donations be made directly to the Bethany Foundation, The Parkinson's Research Foundation, or a Charity of your choice.


Thomas Edward Jensen • ATO

Kenneth Arthur James, Jr. • ATO

Thomas Edward Jensen • ATO

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Thomas Edward Jensen 

May 27, 1956 - January 3, 1986


Thomas Edward Jensen came into this world on May 27, 1956 in Taylor, Texas. He heard the slap that the doctor gave him and mistook it for applause, from that day forward he thought it was his duty to entertain others.


Tom was a “Proud Fighting Yoeman” at C. H. Yoe High School in Cameron, Texas, where he graduated in 1974. He was very involved in 4-H, FFA, and rodeos. Tom could most often be found on his horse. With the assistance of his father, Rey Jensen, Tom amassed quite a herd of cattle on the family ranch.

In 1974 he attended Sam Houston State University majoring in Agriculture. He was a dedicated member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and served as President of the SHSU Student Body Association.


Tom truly thought of his fraternity brothers as his very own brothers and kept in touch with them in the years that followed graduation. Many were frequent guests to the ranch, where he always had the horsed saddled. He performed many duties at the fraternity house, including directing traffic on the street corner while dressed only in his cowboy har and boots… nothing else!


His infectious laugh was contagious and he laughed often. Woe be the those who sat near him in the movie theater. Tom was one of those rare individuals that within minutes of meeting him, you would feel like you had known him forever. 


He never missed an opportunity to play one of his practical jokes. One soon expected to find a plastic snake in their chair or a spider in their drink. One of his favorite pranks was to announce a dinner or out with friends that it was his birthday. The friends would pick up the tab. This worked until they learned that Tom’s birthdays came more frequently (several times a month) than most people. 

In spite of Toms’ gregarious personality and success in his personal and professional life, he never forgot anyone whether family, friend o those less fortunate. He gave his time and money to many worthwhile causes including the Masons. E.M.D. and the Episcopal Church. One was lucky to on his Birthday or Christmas like as you would be rewarded with a unique or treasured memorabilia from his travels abroad.


While serving as President of the SHSU Student Body, he traveled in a group with other America universities student body presidents to the Soviet Union. He was detained by the custom officials over the denim jeans in his suitcase. The officials suspected that he was planning on selling them on the black market as at this time blue jeans were a scarce commodity. Tom had to use his persuasive skills to convince the Communist custom officials that blue jeans were the standard gear for a T4xas rancher. On this trip he caught the bug for travel, financing his many world trips by becoming an international currier delivering documents to many varied and exotic locations.


After college Tom continued ranching, as well as owning and operating a feed store in his hometown. Additionally, he was in the real estate business in Houston, Texas He volunteered many hours as an E.M.S. driver and he was very proud to be a Mason.


Tom’s love life was contagious, and he could always be counted on to be the life of the party. He often signed in guest? books with unusual names such as “Theodore ‘Jones’ Johnson lll, Esquire”, but his handwriting always gave him away. He loved to party with others and have a good time. He was bon-vivant, as illustrated by his business cards, as to what a well-rounded individual he was…


Introducing

THOMAS E. ‘T.J’ JENSEN

Aviator Extraordinaire (VHP) Singer of Sentimental Ballads,

Soft Shoe Dancer,  Mississippi Gambler,

Lover of Beautiful Women, 

Soldier of Fortune,

Have Helicopter - Will Travel


Specialist in:

Revolution, Bootlegging, Gun Running, Civil War, Orgies, Smuggling, Professional Best Man, Prayer Meetings & Church Social  Request


In an attempt to prove to family and friends that there was one bar he could actually pass, he attended South Texas College of Law in Houston. Upon passing the bar exam on the first try he went to work with the Harris County Attorney’s Office in downtown Houston.


Tom’s most treasured possessions were his friendship with his many friends, especially his fraternity brothers. He crowed a lot of living into his short life. 

This es exemplified in the following unknown quote:


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to sked in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming: 

“Wow what a ride”.

Robert Otto Jenkines • ATO

Kenneth Arthur James, Jr. • ATO

Thomas Edward Jensen • ATO

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Robert  'Bobby' Jenkines

April 27, 1948 - January 23, 1998


"Dear Duffer, thanks for all the work you do for ATO, a true honorary."


"Brother Pete, thanks for the kind words.  Nobody is a fault here and we all are human and make honest mistakes."


"I remember that when I was a pledge, Bobby came to the ATO house one Saturday and gathered our pledge class together.  He instructed us to go into the kitchen and gather bread and other sandwich making ingredients. He then told us to make enough sandwich's to cover our beautiful ATO seal, that was located in the middle of the living room floor.


  He then made us eat all of the sandwich's. 


After eating this gigantic feast, he told us to clean and polish the seal.  


We all got a big laugh out of this and spent the rest of the day in joyful and playful mood."


"Another time I remember way Bach when, is when me and my brothers were 1 year apart. I was 4 to 5 years younger than them, and they resented anytime that I, due to my mother's insistence, got to tag a long with them.  


I remember that when we walked to the picture show on Saturday, they made me walk a specified distance behind them.  


During one outing after seeing "House on the Haunted Hill" in 1959, Bobby and Bill tied me to a tree after the show, and told me that they would leave me there until the skeleton man got me. 


 I have never been the same since. Of course, they would deny this ever happened.


Best of regards,

Brother Randy Jenkines


• 


Robert Otto "Bobby" Jenkines


• Born April 27, 1948, in Austin, Texas

• Bobby graduated 1966 from Weslaco High School, in Weslaco, Texas.

• He pledged ATO in 1967 and was initiated in Zeta Mu the same year.

• Bobby has one son Russel, and one daughter.

• He was employed at Monterey Mushroom, Madisonville, and also worked for Newcor, Inc., Jewett, Texas.

• Bobby entered Chapter Eternal on January 23, 1998, at age 50.


"Brother's, if any of you would like to add your 'story' about knowing and sharing the  good times at SHSU with Bobby, please email it to Larry 'Duffer' Dunham at d.larydunham@gmail.com and I will add it to Bobby's Tribute and post to this Obituary, 

hanks Duffer."

Charles Dixon Orr • ATO

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

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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.

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

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Mike Pankey 

October 22, 1948 - October 20, 2018


Michael proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. 


He enrolled at Sam Houston State University,  and pledged his favorite Fraternity, ATO,  in the Spring 1968. He was initiated in the Fall of 1969. 


Mike earned a BS in Economics and graduated in 1971. He then went on to develop a great  career as a Business Economist. 


Michael met Joanna Chambers in 1980 and they were married on his birthday, October 22, 1988, in St. John U.S. Virgin Islands. 


They enjoyed traveling to the islands and many trips to Las Vegas. 


Michael loved jazz music, coin collecting, and was actively engaged in the financial markets. 


He is survived by his wife of 30 years Joanna Pankey; Delores Pankey Spicer and husband, Pat; Mildred Pankey Simmons and husband, Jerry; 

Hugh Pankey; Melissa Pankey Cain and husband, Briscoe; 

along with many nieces and nephews.


“I knew Mike and remember him as a good student Academically. However, he must’ve been really brilliant, because I never saw him crack a book, not one time. 


He was best known as a fun-loving guy and a partier by nature. He was well liked by all of his Pledge Brothers and it was believed his grandmother only died two or three times during his pledgship.


Mike was always there when all hands-on deck were needed! And as an active, he enjoyed participating in chapter events, just tell him what you needed, and he got it done.


He and Bill ‘Crash’ Robinson had an immediate connection as they both enjoyed MUCHO CERVEZA. They liked to discus anything and everything within each other and became great friends. 


I liked him and his actions and interactions… He was cool.”


Brother Wayne ‘Tippy’ Bowman

Arland E. Phelps • Don • ATO

Michael Terrance Pankey • ATO

James Allen Rasberry • ATO

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Arland E. Phelps 

February 23, 1938 - May, 27, 2017


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 University in 1955.


Shortly thereafter he befriended Charlie Hodges, and they  became two of the Original Founders of the Dons Mens Social Club on campus. Arland became the 'right-hand man of Dons Founder Charlie Hodges and together they made history at Sam. He became the first Dons President in 1955 , and graduated from Sam Houston 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

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson • ATO

James Allen Rasberry • ATO

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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".  


BrotherJoe 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".


Brother 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 • ATO

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson • ATO

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Judge Douglas Neel Richardson

June 8, 1940 - April 10, 2017


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. 


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

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Baylor University, where he played baseball for the Bears. 

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. 

Bill 'Crash' Robinson • ATO

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson • ATO

Judge Douglas Neel Richardson • ATO

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Bill 'Crash' Robinson

August 9, 1947 - February 23, 2020


William Raymond Robinson Jr. (Crash), was born on August 9, 1947, to William Raymond Robinson, Sr. and Mary Robinson in the state of Illinois.


The family moved in the late 1940's to Houston, Texas, where Bill attended Houston Public Schools and graduated f rom Milby High School in Spring of 1965.


Bill was a gregarious person who made a lot of friends during his tenure at Sam Houston, most of whom he maintained for the rest of his life. He was simply know as Crash and  the nick name fit him well.


Crash received a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in 1970. He found his early career by starting into corporate sales for various companies and spending most of his time traveling from state to state working with independent distributors that carried his companies products.


He moved his  home base from Houston to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1975 to be closer to he's East Coast territory. While he was living outside Atlanta, he bought some acreage with his new home and later sold it to a shopping center builder, and retired and moved to San Antonio, Texas around 1997. During that period of time from his college graduation and returning back to Texas, he had married and divorced twice.


Chrash was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. When he returned to Houston around 1999, he joined the Second Baptist Church and attended the services regularly. Later he moved to Conroe and went to work for Montgomery County but faithfully watched the services on TV when he had to work on Sundays.


In 2017, he was diagnosed with 3rd stage bladder cancer, and the doctors at Kelsey Seybold were able to remove part of the cancer and stop the spreading throughout the body. However, approximately two years later, he was diagnosed with an inoperable heart embolism which make him a risk to surgeries and the cancer resumed.


William R. Robinson, Crash, died February 23, 2020. He is proceeded in death by his father, William R. Robinson (Ray) and survived by his mother, Mary Robinson of San Augustine, his brother, Gary Robinson, and his nice Marie Robinson of Galveston.


Brother Crash will be missed by the many friends that knew him. 



Jerry N. Streater • Don • ATO

Jerry N. Streater • Don • ATO

Jerry N. Streater • Don • ATO

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Jerry N. Streater

November 3, 1936 - January 22, 2020


Jerry Neal Streater passed away quietly on January 22, 2020 in Houston, Texas at the age of 83.


 He was surrounded by his family who admired him greatly; including his wife, Sandra of 61 years. 

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sandra Streater; his children, Sam Streater, David Streater and his wife Ann, Bethanne McNease and her husband Danny, and Amy Savage and her husband John; his grandchildren, Tyler Glazar and his wife Angela, Rebecca Johnson and her husband Kyle, Amanda Diggs and her husband D.J., Sarah Streater, Rachel Savage, Christian Streater, Paul Streater, Sandra Savage and Stephen Streater; his great grandchildren, Payton Glazar, Charlotte Johnson, Ryder Glazar, Abigail Johnson, and Elanor Johnson. 

Jerry was born on November 3, 1936 in Marquez, Texas to C.W. and Alma Streater. He graduated from Klein High School.  


He was a member of the Dons Mens Social Club and was a Charter Member Initiate of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Zeta Mu Chapter in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University in 1961.


In 2017, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni award from his Alma Mater. Prior to attending SHSU, he played both baseball and football at Navarro College on a scholarship. At SHSU, he gave up his favorite sport to work his way through college. 


However, because of his love of Bearkat baseball, Jerry and Sandra established an endowment fund to provide scholarships for SHSU baseball players. Jerry also proudly served our country in the Air Force Reserves from 1958-1966. 


During the 1960’s, Jerry worked for Cameron Iron Works, and later transitioned to the automobile business in 1972.


Jerry began selling cars in 1972, kickstarting a very successful career in the automobile business. He was a partner at Sam White Nissan for 12 years. In 1994, he moved from Houston to Conroe and opened Streater-Smith Honda. Later, he acquired Nissan and Mitsubishi stores. After 44 years in the car business, he sold his dealerships at the age of 80 and retired.

Jerry was passionate bout his faith in God and was a devoted servant to his church and community. He served more than 20 years on the Vestry at Episcopal churches in both Houston and Conroe. He was a dedicated public servant. He provided strong leadership as a business owner, in his work with civic organizations, in city government and through philanthropic activities. 


Jerry was elected to serve on the Conroe City Council for eight years, during which he served as the Chairman of the city's Finance and Personnel Committees. He also served as Vice-President of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society and Chairman of the Board of the Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. 


Often, you would see Jerry and Sandra attending supportive galas and watching the latest production at the Creighton Theater Downtown Conroe. He always had a smile on his face and made everyone feel welcome and loved. 

A Celebration of Jerry's life will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm in the McNutt Funeral Home Chapel in Conroe, Texas with Reverend Debbie Daigle officiating. A reception will follow at his home. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry's life. 
The family would like to thank Edna and Kathy with Tender Heart Caregivers for their loving care and dedication to Jerry in the last few months of his life. 

In lieu of  rememberences, please send donations to the Streater Bearkat Baseball Endowment by visiting http://www.shsu.edu/giving 

Kevin Thibodeau • ATO

Jerry N. Streater • Don • ATO

Jerry N. Streater • Don • ATO

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Kevin Paul Thibodeau ll

February 3, 1981 - April 10, 2017


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.  


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