New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ralph Gillespie passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2005 in New Braunfels, at the age of 75 years.
Services will be Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 11:30 a.m. at The Lighthouse Full Gospel Church of New Braunfels, with interment to follow in
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Couple met while playing intramural basketball
workdays separate members from one another, die Boehles’ coaching situation allowed Donna and Bobby to spend time with one another and their two children, Ricky and Becky.
“We were fortunate that we could coach together and raise our kids together,” Donna said.
The pair met while playing intramural basketball at Southwest Texas State University.
“I knew he was the one when I walked in the door,” Donna said.
Bobby agreed, saying he interrupted a conversation Donna was having with another male player.
“I said move over, she’s mine,'” Bobby said, chuckling. (
The college sophomores began dating soon after.
“I invited him to play coed volleyball so I could find out who he was,” Donna said. “Neither of us had a car, so we would meet at the gym and shoot baskets.”
Mer just three months of dates on the court, Bobby proposed.
“It was my 21st birthday,” Donna said . “I saw a box in his pocket and I thought he had bought me this star sapphire necklace I wanted."
Never one to play coy, Donna reached up and grabbed the package.
, .f^hen Idealized it was ring-sfiufred box!” Donna said.
The couple was married after graduation. Right out of college, Donna began teaching at Canyon Middle School. She stayed there for three and a half years before moving on to Canyon I Ugh School — where she would spend the remainder of her teaching career.
The transition allowed Donna to follow one class of
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students from junior high through graduation.
“The class of ’77 never played for anyone but me,” Donna said proudly.
Donna said she enjoyed teaching high school because those four years represent the time in students’ lives when they can make decisions on their own.
“I love teenagers — they’re such wonderful people,” Donna said.
Bobby began teaching one year later. Although he majored in agriculture in college, die 22-year-old graduate began substituting because of the lack of available civil service jobs.
When a physical education position opened up at Goodwin Elementary midway through the year, Bobby took it. While teaching full time, Bobby returned to Southwest to complete 57 more hours needed for certification.
“And its been worth every minute,” Bobby said. “I don’t think we ever had a bad kid.”
Donna nodded in agreement.
Before their retirement, Bobby and Donna consistently attended Canyon Lake basketball, football, volleyball and soccer games. They plan to continue their active involvement in the NBISD sports community.
“All the kids that have played for us have become family,” Donna said.
The Boehles’ endless summer will also give them time to explore other interests. Donna plans to spend time painting abstract art and landscapes and Bobby expects to work on his ranch located west of San Antonio.
Referring to Bobby as her best friend. Donna said there was never any question about whether the two would stop teaching at the same time.
“We have very much done everything as a team,” Donna said. “We wanted to retire together.”
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District 6 councilwoman Lynn Limmer, whose district encompasses the length of Walnut Avenue under consideration, said she already had received telephone calls and e-mails from citizens who live along the street.
“They basically want us to leave it alone, but it is a main artery in the city,” she said. “It definitely needs some attention.”
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Friends remember Cole for work in Bulverde
the crossing of Texas 46 and U.S. 281 will set the course of its growth and development for decades.
Cole’s service carne at a tumultuous time in the history of Bulverde. He served out the term of Bev Lemes, who resigned in 2002 with three other officials after a protracted budget battle, and then was elected to a full term of his own, which he was unable to complete.
But those who worked with him didn’t talk politics Monday. Instead, they recalled their friendships with a citizen who only reluctantly became an unlikely politician late in life because of his conviction that he could help his neighbors.
Former alderman Warren Alston worked in the late 1990s to help merge the four subdivisions that became Bulverde.
Alston allied (]ole a thoughtful man who listened to people and stuck to his principles.
“Bill was a man who set goals. He was a man who listened to everyone—to all kinds of problems — and steered the course,” Alston said. “He believed in what he was doing and did a good job.”
Former alderman, mayor and mayor pro tem lunies said she felt her loss in Cole’s passing was nearly as great as Buiverde’s loss.
“We’ve been close friends," Lemes said. "I feel like I’ve lost a dear brother instead of just a mayor.”
Cole, she said, had an unlikely personality for a politician.
"Bill was extremely positive about everything,” Lomes said. “He was honest, sincere and all those things we so often heal-— he had great integrity. To me, Bill
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Deputies were working to determine what had happened, he said, although he noted there is hydraulic action commonly called an "undertow” at that spot.
Language barriers between local officials and members of the tubing party made it more difficult to understand precisely what had happened, he said.
"We’re understanding there were several children who were rescued from an island out there,” Reynolds said.When die children had been rescued, LMS personnel saw a life jacket down bi die undertow. They latched onto die jacket and pulled the deceased out of die water."
No other information was available Monday.
“Its unfortunate,’’ Reynolds said. “Its just one of those unfortunate dibigs that happen and nobody can really explain it.”
Eight people drowned in Canyon I .ake or Comal County rivers in 2004.
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personified all those things.”
She recalled when Cole, early bi 2002, approached her after a city meeting. He was planning and zoning chair and she was an alderman who, at the time, was much opposed to the city’s “no growth” stance.
“He said, ‘I’ve heard you’re thinking about naming for mayor,’” Lemes recalled, “and he told me he’d had the same thoughts. He said, If thats what you wa.it to do, I’ll back off and support you IOO percent.’ That points up exactly what I’m trying to say about Bill. He had values he stuck with, and he would not change those for political gam.”
Lemes had a difficult tenure with a divided council marked by political infighting with her predecessor.
In July 2002, the city administrator resigned, bi August of that same year, after passing a city budget in a heated and marathon meeting that ran until nearly midnight, Lemes, Alston, Road Commissioner Philip Thomason and City Financial
Officer Molly Martin all resigned their posts bi frustration.
The city turned to Cole to pick up the pieces of government and move Bulverde forward.
In contention with a faction that wanted to restrict the size of government and growth bi Bulverde, Cole got a subdivision ordinance through the infant city’s planning commission and council, butting heads for years over the need for the city to create and adopt a comprehensive plan for growth and development.
“I can’t tell you how many hours Bill must have spent away from home and family,” Lemes said. “He really pushed hard for the comprehensive plan. It nearly didn’t happen. I would almost call it the Bib Cole Comprehensive Plan.’”
Cole and his wife, Pam, devoted much time to the Bulverde/Spring Branch Area Scholarship Foundation.
“They worked hard for the kids in our community, and they didn’t even have children,” Lemes said.
Sunday’s story about a recent lawsuit filed against the City of Bulverde misidentified the library benefiting from a land gift from S.C.C. Development. The library should have been referred to as the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library.
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