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Mark your calendars! The February meeting will be on February 26th, 11AM at Furr's Cafeteria in Garland

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By Eileen Wahlstrom

January 29, 2020

Present: 38

First Time: Sharla (Black) Johnson

Long Time: Norm Dixon, Boyd Low

Guest: Marian Parsons (Terry)


Kevin Tensley Knee replacement went well and he is getting around great.

Mike Donohoe: Also had a knee replacement. He is doing well.

Dottie Vaughn Dottie was missing today so Pat Bryner called to check on her. Dottie wasn’t feeling well so didn’t want to get out. Get better soon


Bill Cox

June 1934 - December 2019

Billie L. Cox, born June 28, 1934 in Celina, Texas to Olin L. Cox, Sr. and Willie Leona Cox, passed away December 27, 2019 in Dallas.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Olin Cox, Jr. Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 61 years, Linda; daughter, Billinda and husband Brian Matusek; grandson, Matthew Matusek; son, James Cox; sister, Vera and husband Johnny Jinks; many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 2, 2020 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 8787 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX at 2pm. A private inurnment will be held in the columbarium at St. Johns Episcopal Church.

Donations may be made in honor of Billie to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Bill Cox worked for E-Systems in the 70’s.

Obituary: Click here

Don Schools

October 1931-January 2020

Donald (Don) Schools passed in his sleep January 9, 2020. His health had been failing for the last few years. He and his wife Janie Schools moved from their home in Garland to be closer to their two daughters who live in Lakeway outside of Austin. Don worked at E-Systems for many years, mostly in the Antenna Group, until his retirement in 1992. Don and Janie were heavily involved in the Employees' Club, specifically Softball. They spent many a night on the ball field serving as commissioners, score keepers, and players. Don previously requested no funeral service or memorial. If you would like to send a sympathy card to Janie email me and I’ll give you her mailing address. emmawahlstrom@aol.com

Deloris Dell Corder

November 05, 1937 - November 13, 2016

Deloris Dell Corder was born November 5, 1937 in Dallas, TX to Waymon Wooldridge & Hazel Scarborough Wooldridge and passed away November 13, 2016 at home in Garland, TX. Deloris was a loving mother and avid fisherwoman who loved raising her children, reading, cooking and her Rangers Baseball. She is survived by her loving husband, Alvin Douglas Corder; children: Steven Corder & wife Mary, Chris Corder & wife Traci; grandchildren: Max Corder, Adam Corder, Megan Roddy, Kimberly Corder, Kendal Corder, Zachary Corder, Madison Corder, Taylor Welch, Ashley Welch, Connor Welch; great-grandchildren: Collyns Corder, Owen Roddy, Drew Roddy, and one on the way; brother, Dr. Douglas Wooldridge. Deloris was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cheryl Corder; brother, Gaylan Wooldridge.

She was the admin for the MIS Department programmers in the 80s to early 90s.

James B. "Jim" Wheatley

March 22, 1941 - December 24, 2019

James B. “Jim” Wheatley, age 78 of Rockwall, TX, went to be with his Lord on December 24, 2019. He was born March 22, 1941, in Northville, MI, to Jesse James Wheatley and Frances Roberta (Sutzer) Wheatley. Jim grew up in Colorado, where he became an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain, and continued working as an electrical engineer in the defense industry, retiring from Raytheon in 2009.

Jim met the love of his life, Lana Kaye Korth, in 1968, and they married on August 22, 1970. They moved to Rockwall 33 years ago and have been members of First Baptist Church of Rockwall for 32 years. While serving there, Jim became a deacon and his son-in-law, Mike, participated in his ordination. He was also a Mason for over 50 years. Jim was an amazing husband, father and Papa. He and Lana held strong beliefs about married couples learning to stay together for a lifetime. They became involved in Better Marriages, an organization that provides support for couples. Jim and Lana served on the Board of Directors on the national level for eight years, serving as President Couple for four of those. They were also active on the state level for 14 years, serving as President Couple for one year. They were involved in helping couples with premarital counseling, as well as other activities. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed travel, especially cruises, reading, fishing and mechanics.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years: Lana Wheatley; son: Jeffrey Wheatley; daughter: Melanie McCarthy and husband Mike; grandsons: Liam and Noah McCarthy; father-in-law: Larence Darrel Korth; brothers-in-law: Darrel Korth and wife Carol, and John Pearson; and two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Martha Pearson; and mother-in-law: Clarella Korth.

Funeral services will be held 1:00pm, Monday, December 30, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 610 S. Goliad Street, Rockwall with Pastors Steve Swofford and Jesse Crouch officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday afternoon at The Gathering at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Location from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Better Marriages at www.bettermarriages.org.


Thank you for the donations for the website hosting fees. We have funds for two years now!

Historical Marker Update:

Jim Gray told me he has made a connection, Mitch Bates – Asst. City Manager, that could open doors for our marker. Stay tuned for more info!

I have name tags for the following people. One line tags are $4.00 and two line tags are $5.00. If anyone needs a name tag, please send your name (as you would like it on the name tag) to me, emmawahlstrom@aol.com or text it to me at 469-475-4884. A second line is optional if you want to include your service dates.

  • Gene Carlton
  • Sam Wilson
  • Chris Berry
  • Rick Lowe
  • Rich Marks

Mark your calendars! The next meeting will be on February 26th.

I’m still collecting eye glasses for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Eileen Wahlstrom

Note: We are an independent group of Garland E-Systems/Raytheon retirees and not affiliated with the Raytheon Corporation in any way.