May 6, 2003

Michael W. McCulley

April 7, 1950 – May 2, 2003

Michael W. McCulley, 53, of Maize, KS, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away Friday, May 2, 2003. Visitation with family, 6:30-8:30 PM, Sunday, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West Chapel, Wichita, KS; a celebration of life service, 3:00 PM, Monday, Westlink Christian Church, 8810 W. 10th, Wichita.

Born in Bryan, TX, he grew up there and later attended Texas A&M University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Arkansas State University and his Masters at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also had a degree as a registered nurse, meeting his future wife at their tenure at St. Joseph‚s in Fort Worth, TX. After marriage, they moved to North Little Rock, raising their four children there before being led to Wichita in 1994.

Mr. McCulley spent his entire career in Catholic healthcare serving at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan, TX, St. Joseph's in Fort Worth, St. Bernard's in Jonesboro, AR, St. Vincent's in Little Rock, and most recently at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita. At Via Christi he was honored twice with the Mission and Ministry Award recognition. He will be remembered most for his winning smile, his love of people, his sense of humor, his deep appreciation for the things of God, and his devotion to his family.

Preceded in death by: parents, William and Jean McCulley; stepmother, Mary

McCulley. Survivors: wife, Darlene; son, Michael; daughters, Carol, Ellen

and Laura; brother, Eddie, Wichita; sister, Julia Linnstaedter, Jonesboro,

AR; stepbrothers, John K. Ward, Lake Jackson, TX, James M. Ward, Bryan, TX;

stepsister, Julia A. Harrell, Albuquerque, NM; mother-in-law, Dorothy Nell,


Memorials to, Westlink Christian Church Building Fund and I'm Third Foundation, Branson, MO. Condolences may be sent to the family via

Elbert “Al” Hurt

Elbert “Al” Hurt, age 69, of Round Rock, Texas passed away on May 1, 2003.

A native of Georgia, Round Rock became his home in 1975.

A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and avid tennis player, he

leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 43 years, Iris Hurt; his

son, Eric Hurt, Sr. and his wife Cindy of College Station, Texas; his

daughter Connie Naylor and her husband Greg of Round Rock, Texas. He is also

survived by his beloved grandsons, Eric Hurt, Jr. and Joshua Hurt of College

Station, Texas and Scott Naylor of Round Rock, Texas, all of whom he

considered his most treasured gifts in life. Other survivors include his

siblings Billy Hurt, Johnny Hurt and Marjorie Vaughn, all of Griffin,

Georgia and Betty Jo Penley of Chattanooga, Tennessee and many nieces and


A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2003 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Road. The family will receive friends after the memorial service at Cook-Walden Chapel of The Hills.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch, P. O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174-0001.

Phone: 1-806-372-2341.

The angels called you home,

And you quickly went away.

But we know you’re watching over us,

With every passing day.

Our hero and protector

Is what you’ll always be,

For to you there’s nothing so sacred,

As your beloved family.

Our hearts will miss you deeply,

Now that you are gone.

But the Lord will bless and keep you,

And one day you will call us home.

Good man to all, did what he loved until his fall.

The man that in our hearts was dear.

His soul now with God, but always near.

Please join us in honoring Elbert by visiting our Memorial at Through this site we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.

George Arnold

July 23, 1917 — April 30, 2003

Services for George Arnold, 85, of College Station are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Bryan.

The Rev. James E. Williams of Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the College Station Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.

A wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Arnold died Wednesday in Houston.

He was born in Brazos County and lived in College Station for 39 years. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and Army.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie Lee Arnold of College Station; a daughter, Leveryi Adams of Houston; four brothers, Doris Wilson of College Station, R.W. Wilson of Ledbetter, Jesse Wilson of Houston and Vernell Wilson of Bryan; two sisters, Lucille Bradshaw of Ledbetter and Bertha B. Terry of Houston; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.

Joe R. Bird

Nov. 21, 1922 — May 2, 2003

CALDWELL — Graveside services for Joe R. Bird, 80, of Caldwell are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Chriesman Cemetery.

The Rev. Oren McManus will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.

Mr. Bird died Friday in Houston.

He was born in Caldwell and served in the military during World War II, serving from 1945 to his honorable discharge in 1947.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alene Bird.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Bird and Jim Bird, both of Houston; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Angie and Mike Massenburg of Mission, Virginia and “B” Moore of Sheridan, Linda and Al Jowers of Heath and Joyce Marie Morgan of Houston; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Nathan and Flo Bird of Caldwell, Harold and Faye Bird of Greenville and Sammy L. Bird of Bryan; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jean Bird of Caldwell, Judy and Jim Leach and Connie and Gale Gallaway, all of Pearsall, and Georgia F. Stakley and Dorothy Bird Butler, both of Conroe; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Chriesman Cemetery Association.

Timothy W. Thompson

April 6, 1921 — May 2, 2003

Services for Timothy W. Thompson, 82, of Bryan will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at a later date.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

Mr. Thompson died Friday at his home.

He was born in Ottawa and lived in the Bryan-College Station area for eight years. He was educated in Canada and served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and with the Internal Revenue Service of Canada. He moved to the United States in 1965.

Survivors include his wife, June W. Thompson of Bryan; three daughters, Eleanor Jean Hunt of College Station, Frances Darlene Thompson and Lynda Gail Pope, both of West Bank, British Columbia, Canada; and seven grandchildren.

Melton Wayne Currie

July 13, 1932 — May 4, 2003

NORMANGEE — Graveside services for Melton Wayne Currie, 70, of Jacinto City are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Plainview Cemetery in Normangee.

Bro. Sam Manning of the First United Pentecostal Church in Normangee will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cozart Funeral Home in Normangee.

Mr. Currie died Sunday in Jacinto City.

He was born in Normangee and was retired from Houston Galvanizing. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Kenny Stroud and Melba and Wayne Burr, all of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Faye Westerman

June 27, 1929 — May 4, 2003

Graveside services for Elizabeth Faye Westerman, 73, of College Station are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the College Station Cemetery.

Gary Cochran of A&M Church of Christ will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.

Ms. Westerman died Sunday in the College Station Medical Center.

She was born in Lamesa and lived in College Station for more than 14 years. She formerly lived in Rockport. She was retired as a telephone operator for GTE and was a member of A&M Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Wayne C. Westerman of College Station; a daughter, Ann Torbett of College Station; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne C. and Delphine Brite of Nevada; a sister, Jo Brite of College Station; and a grandchild.

George York

Nov. 4, 1937 — May 2, 2003

NAVASOTA — Graveside services for George York, 65, of Navasota are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota.

Mr. York died Friday in Grimes St. Joseph Health Center.

Obituaries are printed in The Bryan-College Station Eagle as a free public service. The information is provided by the funeral home. More detailed obituaries may be printed for a fee through the advertising department.

Death Notices

Ivan Wilmer Pate, 81, of Buffalo died Monday at his home.

Arrangements are pending with Walters Funeral Home in Centerville.

Milton Kruckeberg, 76, of Iola died Saturday in Temple.

Arrangements are pending with Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Home in Bryan.

Today's Services

Joe R. Bird, 10 a.m., graveside, Chriesman Cemetery.

Russell R. Stauffer, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan, College Station Cemetery.

Lorine Johnson, 1 p.m., Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on MLK and Sims in Bryan, Grandview Cemetery.

Elizabeth Faye Westerman, 1 p.m., graveside, College Station Cemetery.

George York, 2 p.m., graveside, Oakland Cemetery in Navasota.

Doris Evonne Leyerle Cooley, 2:30 p.m., Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, College Station Cemetery.


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