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/////////////////////////////////////////Announcement Dated 7-28-08////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Andrea (McDowell) Hawkins is spearheading the formation of an Eastside Reunion Committee. If you would
like to be a part of the planning, please contact Andrea at

Thanks Andrea for volunteering to make this happen !!
//////////////////////////////////////////Announcement Dated 7-28-08//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Rita (Haliburton) Nute and husband Wesley will be celebrating their 27th anniversary on August 8th !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rita wrote "My husband, Wesley, and I will celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary on Aug. 8th. I wanted to
share that joyous bit of news with others….and to update people on my family.   Life gets truly interesting
after 50…..priorities change, attitudes change, the body changes, life changes. It can be funny and it can be
torture…..but although the seasons change . . . love remains the
same…especially God’s love.

Thank You Rita !!!!!


Robert Earnest Lee Jr.   
Services for Robert E. Lee Jr. will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Burial to follow at Waco Memorial Park. Wake will be 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the church. Robert was born
Aug. 17, 1935, in Houston, the eldest of three children to Robert and Deltessa Lee. As a youngster, he
joined Mt. Rose Baptist Church, where he was baptized. "Bobby" as he was fondly called, attended Burrus
Elementary and Junior High School. He graduated from Philis Wheatly High School, where his musical
talents were discovered and fostered. After graduation from Philis Wheatly, Robert entered Prairie View
A&M College. His instrumental gifts continued to develop through his participation in the Prairie View
Marching Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra. Along with the trombone, he also masters the saxophone.
Because of his tremendous instrumental talent, the Legendary Count Basie Band extended an invitation to
Robert to become one of their band members. Robert received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, which paved
the path as he became one of the most well regarded and distinguished Band Directors in the city, state
and nation. After graduation from Prairie View, Robert's teaching career as a Band Director began in Yokem,
Texas, under the mentorship of Dr. "Pops" Sander, his high school principal. As he continued the pursuit of
his education, each summer he returned to Prairie View where he received a Master in Arts in Music. His
leadership and marching band expertise were significant factors as he was recruited to become Head
Director of Bands in the Waco Independent School District. Upon arrival to the Waco community, he united
with the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Robert was well respected because of service to his fellowman,
community and profession. He is survived by his wife, Phae Lee; son, Robert E. Lee III; daughter, Raquel
Lee; step-daughter, Tamara Weaver; four grandchildren; one sister; one brother; and a host of other
relatives and friends. August 17, 1935 - September 23, 2008 Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
////////////////////////////////////////////////// Announcement Dated 11-20-08/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Fellow EastSider, Rusell Rhodes (Richfield Class of '78) recently lost his father. Funeral Services will be
held Saturday November 22nd 2008. We offer our prayers in this time of need for Russell and his family.
Cleoda Bables   
Cleoda Bables of Waco, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, at Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital in
Temple. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at St. Luke A.M.E. Church. A memorial
service will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, at St. Luke A.M.E. Church. Visitation will begin Thursday, Jan. 29,
at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services Friday, at the church. Cleoda
was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Hubbard, the first born of Earlie and Maurine Brackens Bables. His
formative years were spent in "Hubbard City," the hometown he was always proud to
acknowledge. He obtained his Bachelor's, Master's and Counseling Certification from Paul Quinn
College and Prairie View A&M University, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Cleoda
enjoyed a 30 year teaching and coaching career in the Rosebud, LaVega and Waco Independent
School Districts, during which he worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.
Upon retirement as Coordinator of Personnel in Waco ISD, he served as a Mentor of Teacher's
Alternative Certification for Region 12 and McLennan Community College. Cleoda was a member
of St. Luke A.M.E. Church, where he served as a trustee and usher for many years. His civic
affiliations and volunteer activities were widespread and varied, including Waco ISD Foundation,
Board of Trustee of McLennan Community College and Providence Hospital, Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity Inc., CenTex Paul Quinn Alumni and many many others. Preceding Cleoda in death were
his parents; and two brothers, Frank Jr. and Milton Raymond "Stacy." He leaves to cherish his
memory his devoted wife, Audrey; daughters, Stacie Bables and Shauna Tyus and husband,
Dennis; three grandchildren, Julia, Brooke and Justin Tyus; one brother, Edward Bables; a dear
brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; several aunts, an uncle, nieces and nephews; and a host of
cousins, friends and former students. Memorials for an educational scholarship may be made to
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.-Omicron Upsilon Chapter, P.O. Box 1346, Waco, TX 76703. January
19, 1936 - January 23, 2009 Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com
The Wells Family (Johnny, Shirley, Roberta and Robert)  need our prayers at this time. Their mother
and father passed away within a week of each other. Please remember them in your prayers.
WE SALUTE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Additional Information!
HRO/J1 will also conduct a formal (military) pinning ceremony on Tuesday, 24 March 1100 hrs at Oglethorpe Armory Drill
Hall...celebration to follow on 30 Mar as stated below!
Thank you!
Congratulations to Chief Master Sergeant Browder!
It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of our HRO-J1/ANG HQ assigned SMSgt Jodie Browder to the rank of Chief
Master Sergeant!
Chief Browder wishes to extend an invitation to celebrate her promotion on Monday, 30 March 2009, 1630 hrs, in Decatur,
Please RSVP to Mr. J. P. Stevens and he will respond with further details.  Please respond quickly as seating will be
J.P. Stevens' contact information for RSVP is: 678-569-5718
The Neal Family (Kenneth, Jerry, Charles, Pam, )  lost their mother, Mrs Willie Mae
Hicks recently. Please remember them in your prayers.
FELLOW EASTSIDER and Class of '75 Jeff-Moore member Brenda Kelly-Jackson passed away
August 17th, 2009. Her funeral will be held Saturday August 22, 2009 at 2:00pm at the  Life
Cathedral Worship Center located on 1301 Webster Street at 2:00 p.m.  Food will be served st the
Women's Resource Center located on the T.S.T.C. campus.
Brenda Carol Sharkey, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. Services will
be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at St. John the Baptist Church, 1812 Dallas St. Waco. Rosary
will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at St. John's. Burial at Doris Miller Memorial Park.
December 14, 1956 - December 30, 2009 Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com