The Yellow Jacket (Brownwood, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 14, Ed. 1, Friday, February 5, 1999 Page: 1 of 12
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Bf HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY
The Yellow Jacket
VOLUME 89 ISSUE 14
FEBRUARY 5 1999
BROWNWOOD TEXAS 76801
HPU mourns the
loss of Dr. Al Tucker
QcUhei at the (liu&i
YJ STAFF WRITER
Howard Payne University
faculty students and administration
are mourning the loss of Dr. Al
Tucker who suffered a massive
heart attack on January 22 while in
San Marcos with other HPU fac-
ulty. The group had planned to at-
tend an education conference that
Dr. A I
Tucker was born in
San Marcos on
March 18 1938
and spent his
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school in bl Paso
Tucker went on to
continue his edu-
cation at HPU. He
Univeisity in 1959
and married his
wife. Jan. on June
2n of that year.
The two then
moved to San
nia where Dr. Tucker later re-
ceived a master's of religious edu-
cation in Music in 1962 from
Golden Gale Theological Seminary.
Dr. Tucker and Mrs. Tucker also had
their first son. Rob. The family
moved to Fresno where Dr. Tucker
served as Music and Youth Minis-
ter at a Southern Baptist church in
By 1966 the family which
now included Jelf Dr. Tucker's sec-
ond son moved back to El Paso
where he became a public school
music teacher. Dr. Tucker was pro-
moted to assistant principal and also
served as a church music minister.
He was involved in many organi-
sations but also remained devoted
to his family.
"He was my father my au-
thority figure and my best friend"
said Rob Tucker HPU's band di-
rector. Dr. Tucker loved camping
and often took
the family and
other friends on
sions. He was
known for his
what he be-
lieved; he loved
he wasn't afraid
Tucker. "He had
T u c k e r
was a man of
and talents. He
was a com-
poser writer teacher musician re-
searcher and at one time owned his
own publishing company. One of
Dr. Tucker's hobbies was collect-
ing cow boy memorabilia and mov-
ies. He loved B-Westem movies
and the values they portrayed.
Eventually Dr. Tucker chose
to continue his education and went
on to receive a masters degree in
education from the University of
see TUCKER page 12
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photo by Katherine Morrison
Jimmy Pruitt pours coffee at the new coffee house
"The River." It opened in conjunction withThe River
of Life Church. seepage 11 for story
250 students and
faculty to participate
in progressive dinner
YJ STAFF WRITER
Howard Payne's all-school
formal the Snowball will be
held on Saturday February 6
with a sell-out crowd attending.
The Snowball which is
being organized by Student Gov-
ernment and the Student Activi-
ties Council will begin at 5 p.m.
in Phelps Chapel.
A charter bus will take
groups to Dr. and Mrs. Gregory's
house for appetizers and social-
izing. The formal will then pro-
ceed to the newly remodeled
train depot where dinner will be
held. The entertainment will in-
clude motivational speaker Dr.
see SNOWBALL page 12
Junior Jeff Taggart released from hospital Wednesday
YJ PHOTO EDITOR
Jeffrey Taggart Howard Payne
University junior was released late
Wednesday afternoon from Univer-
sity Hospital in San Antonio for an
Taggart noticed abnormal
symptoms January 2 1 .
"First I started losing feeling in
my jaw" Taggart said. "Later 1 lost
sensation in my right hand then right
leg and foot."
Since January 21 Taggart has
lost most feeling on the right side of
his body. He also experienced tun-
nel and double vision. In addition
he lost his appetite and had trouble
breathing and swallowing and was
put on a liquid diet.
Taggart was first taken to
Brownwood Memorial Hospital;
however last Friday night he was
transported to University Hospital
where a better facility could help
determine his condition.
After numerous tests doc-
tors said an infection affected
some chemicals in his brain.
Then the chemicals affected his
nervous system which caused
his unusual symptoms.
Now Taggart is staying at
his grandparents' house in San
Antonio. "I plan to come back to
Brownwood in a few days" said
Although Taggart still shows
symptoms doctors expect that they
will eventually diminish.
"It may be one week or six
months until all the symptoms go
away. I have to start physical and
occupational therapy to help with
the loss of feeling" said Taggart.
Also a neurologist as well
as a psychiatrist will observe
Taggart expects to make a
"1 will be back on my feet and
dancing" Taggart said.
He still welcomes letters
phone calls and visitors.
Taggart says that visitors like
his girlfriend Lindsey Newhouse
have helped him though this expe-
rience. To make recovery more en-
joyable Taggart also welcomes
things like coloring books or mov-
see TAGGART page 12
Give your Sweetie a diamond necklace from
Beginning Feb. 6th registration forms available at any
mall merchant. One form per every $5 purchase only.
Drawing to be held on
Saturday Feb. 13th. Value: $200
JCPenney Styling Salon
15 OFF ANY SERVICE WITH HPU ID
heartland Mall 915-646-0605
c. New phone system
4 Student profile
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