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Juanita Elaine McLeroy

May 9, 1920 – December 8, 2007

Juanita Elaine McLeroy, 87, of Bryan passed away Saturday, December 8, 2007. Services are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 at the funeral home.

Nita was born near New Baden, Texas, on May 9, 1920, to Phillip and Hattie Brunette as the fifth of eight children. She attended New Baden schools where she graduated as a salutatorian and was a member of the state championship play-off volleyball team.

Nita married to John “Mac” Steele McLeroy on November 5, 1938, and later she moved to Coronado, Calif., where Mac was stationed during World War II as a U.S. Navy seaman.

While living in California, Nita learned floral design. After the war, Nita and Mac returned to Texas and in August 1949, established Nita’s Flowers in Bryan.

Her successful business produced the floral elements in life’s important events, which included births, celebrations, weddings and funerals. During her 53 years in the business, Nita worked with thousands of brides and families, spanning three generations.

She was recognized as a distinguished business woman of the year and the Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD) consistently named her shop as one of the leading florists in the United States. Her designs are featured in publications that are still used as teaching guides in university floriculture classes.

Even though Nita was a role model for the successful women of today, her love and commitment to family was her life.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, John Steele McLeroy of Bryan; sister and brother-in-law, Julia and James Griffin of Arlington, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Glen Streater and Tina and Lloyd Goeschl, all of Bryan, and Trish and Arvo Buck of Houston; five grandchildren and their spouses, Mandy and Bill Barkley, Jon Paul and Allison Tucker, all of Bryan, Reisha and Bill Rust of Jacksonville, Fla., Arvo Q. and Renee Buck of Iraan, Texas, and Ian V. Buck of Houston; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the numerous caregivers that helped Nita over the last five years, with a special thanks to Ruby Mosley.

In keeping with Nita’s spirit as well as the spirit of the season, we ask you to share beauty with friends, to share the feast of the holidays and to love one another.





Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from 12/10/2007 – 12/12/2007.


ewing.jpgRichard E. Ewing

November 24, 1946 – December 5, 2007

Dr. Richard E. Ewing was born November 24, 1946, one of the first of the baby boomers, born after his father returned serving during World War II. Always a stellar student in school, he was also a top-ranked high school tennis player and an Eagle Scout. Dick earned his bachelor’s arts degree, master’s of arts degree and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was in the Longhorn Band and where he met his wife, Rita, as they marched near one another on the fields of the old Southwest Conference.

He served on the editorial boards for 12 major national and international scientific journals. He held the Mobil Technology Chair in Computational Science, TEES Distinguished Research Chair and was a distinguished professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Texas A&M University.

He received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, and an honorary guest professorship from Shandong University in China. He was also recognized with the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from Germany and was elected as a foreign member of the Academia Europaea.

His visionary leadership advanced mathematics, engineering and computational sciences as he led many large-scale research projects. He was especially committed to international education and research as well as to interdisciplinary projects. Over the years, he made profound scientific discoveries and co-authored over 330 publications. He saw no boundaries whether in fields of study or artificial borders separating scientists.

He has served at Texas A&M University for the past 15 years, first as dean of the College of Science and later as the vice president of Research. He recently returned to the Mathematics Department and directorship of the Institute for Scientific Computation.

Above all, he loved his family whole-heartedly. Survivors include his wife, Rita; sons, John, Larry and Brad, all of Austin; daughters-in-law, Karen, Kristy and Lexi, all of Austin; three perfect granddaughters, Sarah, Eva and Katherine; all of Austin; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and closest to his heart was Rita’s large family who welcomed Dick and his mother as treasured members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.

Pallbearers will be brothers-in-law, James Williams, Casey Williams, Patrick Williams, Jerry Lauderdale, Ken Gilbert and James Gardner; and lifelong friend, Larry Flournoy.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, located at 2541 E. Hwy. 6 in College Station. Cremation will follow.

Memorials can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas 77803.

chwash.jpgCharles Henry Washington
March 21, 1938 – November 2, 2007

Charles Henry Washington, 69, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Veteran’s Administration in San Antonio. Visitation will begin with a wake service from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 9 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, located at 333 Martin Luther King Dr. Funeral service are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at the church. Interment will be on Sunday, November 11 at Riverside Cemetery in Hearne.

Charles was born March 21, 1938, in Hearne to General and Dorothy Ballard Washington. He received his early education within the Hearne school system and graduated from Blackshear High School in 1956.

He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Texas in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, where his principal instrument was the euphonium. He also attended the Naval School of Music.

Charles excelled as a professional jazz musician and vocalists and was beginning to make a name in the music industry when, during his service in the military, he met and married Mary Turner of Huntsville, Ala. They were blessed with four children: Nina Shirl, Laynette Caprice, Felicia Yudette and Tishauna Marcheryl, or as he affectionately called them, daughters one, two, three and four. The opportunity to be a father proved to be one his greatest loves. There was no opportunity he squandered to share with anyone he met of the accomplishments and love he held for his girls.

He was a band director and math instructor in the San Antonio Independent School District for more than 25 years. He worked at Dunbar Middle School, and retired from his position at Jefferson Davis Middle School in the early 80s.

It was then that Charles entered a third career in insurance sales, where he enjoyed a great measure of success and opened the Washington Insurance Agency. In 1972, he opened the Washington Music Studio on Crockett and Mittman. For more than 35 years, he taught music privately to generations of families in the San Antonio community.

Charles always found joy in offering his talents as a vocalists and musician in the church. He was often asked to sing for musicals and special programs. For many years, he was able to offer his gift of song to many audiences. His smooth baritone voice touched the hearts of so very many people.

With all of the wisdom God afforded him, he prayed without ceasing for his family and for his ability to be a competent and loving leader of his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, daddy, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. He lived as he spoke, and was willing to give whatever he had to anyone who needed help.

Charles will be sorely missed by his family, and remembered fondly for his exceptional musical talents.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Willie Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Mable; six children, Nina Smith, Laynette Collins, Felicia Washington, Tishauna Washington, Maria Johnson and husband, Alvin, and Warren Rutledge and wife, Jana; two god-daughters, Loretta Lee, and husband, Wyatt, and April Borrero and husband, Jose; their children, Romero Logan and Jasmine Johnson; six grandchildren, Marilyn and Darryl Smith II, Kala Price, Monica and Nicholas Johnson and Marlee Rutledge; and one great-granddaughter, Nalani Martinez; and many relatives who love him dearly.

Arrangements are entrusted to All Families Mortuary, 109 Alamo St., 979-280-5565, “Service with pride, respect and dignity.”

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

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