ELDORADO — Mary Williamson Nolen, 62, left for her eternal home in Heaven on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Eldorado, Texas. Mary was born July 12, 1948, in San Angelo, Texas to George Williamson and Mary Katherine Camp Williamson. There she grew up and graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1966. She married the love of her life, Roger Keith Nolen, on February 9, 1970, in San Angelo.Mary was a lifelong Baptist and became a member of First Baptist Church of Eldorado shortly after moving there. She touched almost everyone’s life in Eldorado, especially children. She loved children and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Mary was a piano teacher and involved in the Mother’s Day Out program at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas.
Hal Porter, of Abilene, formerly of Cisco, went to be with his Father on June 8, 2011. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Cisco on June 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
He was born in Hammond, Indiana, on August 21, 1949. After graduating from High School in Indiana, he returned to Texas to play football at McMurry University. He spent four wonderful years in Abilene, where he met the love of his life and the most amazing lifetime friends. He married Margaret Cooper Porter on May 22, 1971 in Hamlin, Texas.
After marriage Hal began "lighting lives" of many children in numerous school districts. He was a mentor and inspiration for every child that he taught and coached.After coaching for many years, Hal began a career in administration. He was a servant leader – serving the needs of countless teachers, school staff, parents, and most of all students. He never missed a game or an opportunity to cheer on a student — often arriving hours early. During the years of 1997 - 2000 Hal served as superintendent for Schleicher County ISD. For the past 11 years, Hal served as the superintendent of Cisco ISD, and everyone knew that he was a proud Lobo.
Longtime West Texas oil and gas operator, John Q. McCabe passed away on May 24, 2011 at the age of 91. He was born January 4, 1920 in Marshall, Arkansas to William T. and Pearl (Pierce) McCabe. After the sudden passing of his father when John was just seven years old, his mother raised him and his five younger siblings in Osage, Oklahoma. In 1938 John graduated from Osage High School and then served in the Army Air Forces during WWII from 1942 to 1946. John was an Aircraft Engineering Officer and a Captain for the 43rd Bomber Group. He was a decorated soldier, earning the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze star. After discharge, he achieved the rank of Major through the Air Force Reserves.
Our dearest Dr. Jerry Blaylock went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 16, 2011 at Christopher House Hospice in Austin. Jerry was born on March 21, 1930 in San Angelo, TX. She was the daughter of the late William Arley and Alpha Spencer Blaylock of Eldorado, TX.
Dr. Blaylock enjoyed a varied and distinguished career in nursing.
She received four academic degrees including a baccalaureate degree in physical education from Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX; a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Baylor University in Waco, TX; a master’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston, TX; and a doctoral degree in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.