We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and teammates of the letterwinners we have recently lost.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Jeanne Price Nowlin passed away in Ascension Providence Hospital, Waco, Texas, after succumbing to COVID-19 and other medical problems on December 22, 2020. A celebration of the life of Jeanne Nowlin is being planned for her 75th birthday at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Central Christian Church in Vernon, Texas.
Nowlin earned a 1968 Bachelor of Arts in Education from Baylor University, where she played on the Lady Bear basketball team and ran track. She completed a Master of Arts in Education from North Texas State University in 1973. She began her Baylor career in 1988, in the Baylor Athletic Department as an Associate Executive Vice President of the Baylor Bear Club. In 1992, she became the Coordinator of Baylor Women’s Sports and was named Assistant Athletic Director in 1994. She was promoted in 1997 to Associate Athletic Director which included supervising the women’s sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, and women’s track. She also served as Baylor’s Senior Administrator and Liaison for Women’s Athletics to the Big XII Conference from 1997 to 2001. Click here to read the full obituary.
Dr. Albert Tate – Football 1960-62
Dr. Albert (Bert) Tate, Jr. passed away peacefully on December 21, 2020, at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born on January 1, 1941, in Waco, Texas to Albert Milner Tate, Sr. and Martha Louise Sansing Tate.
Bert grew up in Marlin, Texas. He graduated from Marlin High School where his father was the superintendent. He attended Baylor University on a full scholarship to run the football for the Bears.
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Thomas Jarrell “Jerry” Coody passed on to be with the Lord on December 27, 2020. Jerry was born October 3, 1931, to Richard M. and Mildred Coody in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jerry loved growing up in Tulsa and had a loving family. He focused on athletics early on and was avidly recruited from Tulsa Central High School by several colleges and universities to play football but ultimately found his home at Baylor University where, from 1951 to 1954, he was the team’s starting running back.
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A public viewing for Charles Lee Horton Jr. is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Paradise Funeral Home, 3910 S. Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX 75216 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm. A private family homegoing celebration is scheduled for Monday, February 1 at 11:00am. Due to COVID protocols and restrictions the service will be private and is limited to 50 people. You may click this link to view the service on Paradise Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
James David Alexander, BS ‘62, of White Oak, Texas, died January 5, 2021, at age 81. After earning a math-physics degree, David became a NASA rocket scientist and was directly involved in putting men on the moon and later designing and managing other manned space projects during his 32-year NASA career.
As a 3-year BU varsity track letterman, he was part of Southwest Conference Championship teams in 1960 (Baylor’s first ever) and 1962. Baylor has won only one other outdoor track conference championship in her entire history (in 1963).
Because of “extraordinary recognition and honor brought to Baylor through his space career and other lifetime achievements,” David was inducted into the Baylor Letterwinners’ Association’s Wall of Honor in 2005 and was inducted into Baylor University’s Hall of Fame as a Baylor Distinguished Alumni in 2020.
He was a highly-decorated 4-sport athlete at White Oak High School, starring on state championship teams in football, basketball, and track, a feat accomplished by only a few high school athletes throughout history. His athletic feats were achieved in spite of an abnormal heart not discovered until his mid-30’s.
He was also a Gospel quartet baritone and composer, a poet, and a Baptist deacon.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 38 years, Sandy Bingham Alexander, also a White Oak and Baylor grad, BA ‘63, and by a granddaughter, Ali Alexander. Among his survivors are his second wife of nearly 18 years, Virginia, his daughter Milli Jacks, Baylor BA ‘90 and JD ‘93, and her husband, David, his son Greg, NASA computer scientist, and his wife, Cathy, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 2 step-children, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, and many cherished relatives and friends.
His biography, The Moon and More, The Story of David Alexander and His Family and Friends, is obtainable via the internet.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Perkins Partnership Ministries or Mobberly Baptist Church.
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