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Harry (Jerry) Dalton - 1927-2020

Harry Jirou "Jerry" Dalton, Jr., Brig. Gen. USAF Retired, 93, of Dallas, departed the Life Militant and entered the Life Triumphant, November 1, 2020.

Born in San Antonio, Feb. 7, 1927, to Harry Jirou and Dorothy Black Dalton. He attended public schools in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1949 with BBA degree in advertising, and Reserve Air Force commission from AFROTC. He took graduate courses at UTexas, University of Nebraska Omaha and Boston University.

He volunteered for Air Force active duty during the Korean War and later served as an Information/Public Affairs Officer at every level of AF command. He was a graduate of Air Tactical School, Air Command & Staff College a
nd the Armed Forces Staff College. He was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as AF Director of Public Affairs in Washington, Dec. 1975, and retired from the AF, Sept. 1980. 


For his service, he was awarded the AF Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (3), Air Medal, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2) and Air Force Commendation Medal (3). A Pentagon conference room is dedicated and named in his honor.

He worked in corporate public relations for Electronic Data Systems Corp., LTV Corp. and Vought Aircraft and served as a solo PR counselor and consultant. He was an extremely active member of Texas PR Association, Public Relations Society of America and Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, serving as organization chairs, member of committees, boards and task forces. At PRSA he served as national treasurer, national secretary and president in 1990, was founding president of PRSA's Foundation in 1991 and was elected to PRSA

's College of Fellows in 1992. He was recipient of PRSA's highest award, the Gold Anvil, for his life-long service to the society and his efforts to advance the profession. He was recognized as a PR authority and was in demand as a guest speaker at statewide, specialized and international PR organizations and at 40 colleges and universities. He served 10 years as an adjunct professor at Dept. of Defense Information School. 

He was an avid genealogist and member of the Society of The Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution, Flagon & Trencher (Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers), Society of Mayflower Descendants, Thomas Rogers Society and National Huguenot Society, and was especially active as president, newsletter editor, and board member of the Genealogical Society of Versailles (Calmes Family Assn.).

He was a dedicated Christian, a fourth generation Presbyterian serving through the years as Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder, church trustee and was active member of several committees at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, where he was a member since 1981.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Mabel Dalton, Allen; daughter Cynthia K. Dalton, Dallas; son Robert Hume Dalton and wife Linda, Lake Charles, LA; son Steven Jirou Dalton and wife Dee Ann, Plano and seven grandchildren, Grace, Michael, John, Faith, Hope, Andrew and Austin Dalton along with brother-in-law Dr. James W. Dinsmore and wife, Vicki, Omaha, NE; and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Marion Hume Dalton. As a testament to his generosity, he donated his body to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A celebration of life service in Dallas will be planned at a future date out of an abundance of safety.

 

 

William (Bill) Rathgeber (1946 - 2020)

William Allen Rathgeber, 73, of Dallas, Texas, passed away at home surrounded by family on September 7, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born on December 16, 1946 in DuBois, Pennsylvania to William D. Rathgeber and Marian Jane (Allen) Rathgeber. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, where he played center and long snapper for the Lobos football team, and earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri. He married Cathryn Stooksberry on June 10, 1972, in Amarillo, Texas. 

Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as did his father, brother and sister, retiring as a Lt. Colonel after twenty years. During his service, he managed programs for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post,  Presidential Support Communications, and Air Force One. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Bill joined Rockwell Collins as an engineer and program manager specializing in communications systems.  He retired from Rockwell in 2009.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved golf, skiing, and especially camping with his two sons.  Bill participated as an adult leader in his sons’ Boy Scout troops, Troops 221 and 1001. He accompanied them on countless camping, backpacking, canoeing, diving, and climbing trips and was extremely proud that both sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bill also loved hockey, faithfully attending both his sons’ games and fanatically following his Dallas Stars.

Bill was an active member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder.

Bill is survived by Cathy, his wife of 48 years, his son Bryan (Margaret), sister Susan (BJ), brother David (InSuk), as well as beloved extended family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey and his parents,

A private service will be held at DFW National Cemetery. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, Texas 75082, or to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

Curt Wayne McIntyre 1943 - 2020

Curtis Wayne McIntyre died Sunday, August 9, from heart failure at the age of 76. A beloved professor and a loving husband and father, Curt will be remembered for his relentlessly inquisitive mind, his kind soft-spoken nature, and his hilariously irreverent sense of humor.

Curt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio raised by his parents Curtis Runyon McIntyre and Iolene Arnold along with his sister Patti and his younger brother Richard (Rick). The first in his family to go to college, Curt earned a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1965 and went on to get his Ph. D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt in 1969. A ladies’ man in his own mind, Curt’s love of the academic world was matched only by his lifelong love for his college sweetheart, Cynthia “Cindy” Kasson. The couple got engaged shortly after graduation and were married for 54 years.

Together they followed Curt’s career as a professor to several distinguished schools, before settling at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was a valued member of the faculty for 31 years. As Chair, he helped propel the Psychology department to national recognition and published over 40 articles and edited a book on clinical techniques for treating dyslexia. His early research focused on cognitive development in children, and he later initiated a research program to evaluate the differences between violent and nonviolent juvenile offenders.

His most lasting professional accomplishment, however, is no doubt the effect he had on his students. From teaching introductory classes to supervising doctoral candidates, Curt was most passionate about sharing what he knew. As a trusted mentor and counselor, he helped a generation of scholars pursue their studies, start their careers, and navigate the everyday problems of their lives. He was loved and respected by both his students and colleagues alike- his office door was always open.

The greatest beneficiaries of his teaching were his two children, Wade McIntyre and Sally Michaud and his three treasured grandchildren, Story Jo (10) Porter (9) and Maëlle (6). He loved spending time with them, sharing his passion for reading and world history, revealing the secrets of double plays and zone defenses, and demonstrating the power of a perfectly timed punch line. His children saw him value teamwork, reason, and patience. And watched in horror and amazement as the neighborhood kids would flock to their house where they were allowed to watch R-rated movies and curse. Curt embodied one of life’s most important lessons: don’t sweat the small stuff.

After retirement, Curt continued to teach. Working together with Cindy at SMU Plano, he helped design and implement a program to train Professional, Family and School Counselors. Private at times, he kept a small group of close friends, but he also made time to get out and lead discussion groups at church on topics ranging from spirituality to politics. He had a skill for finding the common ground in people with differing views. He lived a life of tolerance toward everyone, even his dogs whom he loved completely, despite his allergies.

His mind remained sharp, and he spent his free time either reading or playing bridge. He never grew tired of learning or challenging himself. Of solving life’s puzzles, together. Somehow, he always knew what card was coming next.

In his final weeks, Curt made a point to keep his doctors and nurses laughing as long as he could. He was thankful for the science that extended his life, and the support of all the people who loved him. He died surrounded by family, partaking in one of his all-time favorite hobbies: a long afternoon nap.

His heart may have finally failed him, but Curt’s spirit beats on in his students, his children, his grandchildren, and the hundreds of others lucky enough to have learned by his side.

Curt is survived by his wife Cindy, son Curtis Wade McIntyre (Samantha Montgomery), daughter Sally McIntyre Michaud (Ludovick Michaud), sister Patti McIntyre Gramke, brother Richard Louis McIntyre, grandchildren Story Jo McIntyre, Porter William Michaud, Maëlle Brooks Michaud and many cherished nieces, nephews and spouses.

A service will be held at Perkins Chapel on the SMU Campus at 11am CST on Tuesday August 25 for family, and will be streamed and/or posted online at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1RIjlvmK2VIve3KCco-wcg

Shirley Broome Pittman (1936 - 2020)

After a long illness, Shirley Broome Pittman passed away in her sleep in the early morning  hours of Friday, May 29, 2020.

Shirley was born in Amarillo, Texas, on April 11, 1936. After graduating from Amarillo High School, home of the Sandies, she attended the University of Oklahoma, where in 1954 she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. While a student at OU, she was elected state president of the Oklahoma Future Teachers of America. She also was a lifetime member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and was proud to maintain her DG friendships throughout her life.

After graduating from OU, she met Lewis Stanley Pittman. After a handful of dates during a furious two-week romance, Shirley and Stan were married and initially moved to Winchester, Kentucky, where Stan first began working in the petroleum industry. That was followed by a time in Bridgeport, West Virginia, where Shirley presided over a class of what was then known as the “educable retarded,” teaching them schoolwork and whatever life skills she could, so they could later better make their way in the world. The children were all from poor families, so Shirley saved what extra money she could to buy them some lunches and an occasional pair of shoes, as some of them had none. One afternoon after school, a student’s father confronted her, putting the shoes she bought for his son on her desk, stating, “My kid don’t need charity.” Shirley pushed the shoes back to him across her desk and said, “Maybe not, but he sure needs shoes.”

Not long after, Shirley and Stan moved to Abilene, Texas. After discovering they could not have children of their own, they adopted Edward Cleveland Pittman in August 1963, the first of their three adopted children. A year and a half later, in 1965, they received a call from the adoption home; and they were soon on their way to adopt Charles Clay Pittman. The family also included Lucky, a Sheltie, and Mama Kitty, the first of many family pets over the years.

Stan was next transferred to the Dallas area, and the family settled in Richardson. In 1970, Shirley and Stan adopted Frances Margaret Pittman, and the family was complete. Over the years, more cats and dogs followed, instilling in the children an enduring love and sense of responsibility for caring for companion animals.

While Stan had a long career in the petroleum industry, Shirley spent her time teaching at such schools as Canyon Creek Daycare and, later, a decades-long devotion to private tutoring. Her tutoring students were primarily the children of Chinese immigrants, and Shirley spent her years not only teaching them to speak English, but helping them to learn what it meant to be an American. In addition to receiving many heartfelt gifts from grateful families, Shirley – often called Missy Pittman – was often invited to former students’ college graduations, weddings and citizenship ceremonies, as her students became American citizens.

On December 27, 2013, Shirley and the rest of the Pittman family were overjoyed to welcome Francie’s son, Benjamin, into the world.

Shirley was always known for her sage advice, which she shared only when asked, and her infectious laugh, often described more as a cackle. In her last years, Shirley struggled with Alzheimer’s. Although her short-term memories often quickly faded, she always asked about everyone’s children and pets, and she freely expressed her love to anyone who came close enough to hug.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Frances Broome, as well as her son Charles. She will be remembered by her husband Stan, her son Edward and his wife, Michelle Koller; her daughter Francie and her son Ben; Leslie Farnham and Alison Gross, the children of her cousin Richard Gross; the many others she touched during her lifelong legacy of teaching; and a few lifelong friends (as well as their children) who still remain.

In lieu of flowers or other forms of remembrance, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Aileen Maddox (1919 - 2019)

Aileen Maddox, of Richardson, Texas passed away on November 18, 2019 at the age of 99.

She was born on November 20, 1919 in Strawn, Texas. She married R. L. Maddox, Jr in 1950 in Midland, TX and in 1960 they moved to Richardson, TX where they raised their family.

She is survived by daughters Kathy Mays (Bill Mays) of Plano, TX and Martha Howat (Don Howat) of Oak Harbor, WA; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DaySpring Assisted Living in Plano or Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson.

Robert Prentice "Bob" Manning (1933-2019)

         Robert Prentice “Bob” Manning of Wylie, Texas, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13, 2019 with his family by his side, surrounding him with love. He was 86. 

         Bob was born Feb. 27, 1933 in Amigo, West Virginia. He grew up in Black Eagle, Mullens, and then Beckley, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1950. He served in the United States Navy in 1950 and West Virginia National Guard 1951-53. He earned a Business Associate's Degree at Beckley College. 

Bob met and married Barbara Gail Darby in Beckley in 1954. Soon after, he launched a successful 22-year computer sales and management career with Burroughs Corp. Promotions at Burroughs  took Bob and his family to Oil City, PA; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Lima, OH; and Mobile, AL. 

An executive position at Recognition Equipment Inc. brought Bob and his family to the Dallas area, where he lived for 41 years. With Graham Magnetics and then Data Medical Associates, he traveled the world as an international sales executive. 

Bob’s lifelong passion was sailing. He bought his first sailboat in 1966. As members of Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake in Dallas, he and Barbara frequently competed in regattas and sailed for pleasure. 

His greatest pride and joy came from being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He devoted his retirement years to his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family. He lived each day with a servant's heart and a positive attitude.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Johnson Manning and Margaret Ann Prentice Manning, and his beloved grandparents, John and Emily Prentice, who raised Bob and his brothers after their parents died.

He is survived by the love of his life, Barbara Gail Darby Manning; his brothers, Eugene "Jack" Manning Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, and Ronald Manning of Glasgow, WV; children Robert Prentice Manning Jr. of Wylie, TX, Laura Beth Manning McGee and husband Dan McGee of Rockwall, TX, and Stuart Darby Manning and wife Sha-Chelle Devlin Manning of Fairview, TX; and grandchildren Jon Manning, Kathryn McGee, Chris McGee, Devlin Manning, Darby Manning, and Sage Manning.    

Flowers are welcome, or you may send donations in Bob’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project or charity of your choice.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Betty Clements (1935 - 2018)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Elizabeth “Betty” Arthur Clements, 82, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday May 29, 2018. Born in Newton, Maryland, on July 12, 1935, to parents W. Albert and Virginia Hunt Arthur, she was raised in nearby Bedford. Betty relocated with her family to Tenafly, New Jersey, where she graduated from Tenafly High School.  After receiving a degree from Keuka College, she married James J. Bayley and relocated to upstate New York. In the wooded suburbs of Rochester she lovingly raised her two boys.

Her later years were spent in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoyed over 30 years in a successful career as a high producing residential realtor. She was an active member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and was a member of the Martha Circle.  She was one of the founding members of the Singles’ group and was very active in it.  Betty enjoyed entertaining her circle and the singles and is especially remembered for her singles’ New Year’s parties.  She also volunteered at the Network of Community Ministries and other organizations in the community. She always maintained her wonderful sense of humor through her final years battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Mark Bayley of West Hills, California, and Bradford Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; two grandchildren, Brittany Scott of Castaic, California, and James Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; brother, Bradford H. Arthur of Greenfield, Indiana, and sister, Susan Arthur Seidel of Greenville, South Carolina.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 9, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 510 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681. Pastor Cassandra Wolfe Jackson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Rd., Richardson, TX 75082, or Interfaith Housing Coalition, 5600 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75206.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to The Haven in the Village at Chanticleer who gave such tender loving care to Betty in her final 2½ years.

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