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Carol Lee Robinson

Funeral services for Carol Lee Robinson were held Oct. 20 at the Greenwood Community Church in Greenwood Village, Colo. Mrs. Robinson, the wife of former TPA president Roy Robinson, died Oct. 17 after a five-year struggle with dementia and accompanying diseases.

Carol Lee Peter was born Jan. 11, 1938, in rural Sherman County, Kan., to Philip Peter and Fern Johnson Peter. She attended a country school through the eighth grade and graduated in 1955 from Sherman Community High School in Goodland, Kan.

She attended business college in Denver before returning to her hometown to serve jointly as secretary of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce and as the community’s Western Union agent.

She and Roy Robinson were married July 31, 1960, in Goodland, Kan. In 1961, the couple moved to Lamar, Colo. In 1966, they purchased the weekly Ute Pass Courier newspaper in Woodland Park, Colo. Both their children, son Robert and daughter Michelle, began kindergarten and graduated from high school in Woodland Park.

They were active in newspaper publishing in Cripple Creek, Eagle, Westminster and Fort Morgan, Colo., before moving in 1998 to Graham, Texas, where Mrs. Robinson’s husband was publisher of The Graham Leader and vice president of Graham Newspapers, Inc. They returned to Colorado in 2014, when her advancing illness required more family care and assistance.

She is survived by her husband, Roy, of Denver; her son, Robert, also of Denver; her daughter, Michelle Koenig, and son-in-law, Mark Koenig, of Centennial, Colo.; a grandson, Jonathan Kopec, of Centennial; a granddaughter, Nadia Robinson, of Pueblo, Colo.; her brother, Dean Peter, of Westminster, Colo.; two sisters, Bonnie Jones of Westminster, Colo., and Kathy Schupp of Aurora, Colo.; two aunts and numerous cousins.

 

Marilyn Gwyne Johnson

Marilyn Gwyne Johnson, former newsroom secretary and contributing writer for The Dallas Morning News, died Sept. 27 at her home in Georgetown. She was 78.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 in her hometown of Temple, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery there.

Johnson was Texan to the core, according to her friends and colleagues. She adored George Strait, loved the Dallas Cowboys, was an avid two-stepper, and had a drawl that rolled off her quick tongue.

Johnson was born May 23, 1938 in Temple to Sherman and Ruby Dodd Johnson. As a student, she wrote for the Temple High School newspaper, the Wildcat Rambler, and won first place in an essay contest.

At 18, she moved to Dallas. In 1978, she took a job with The News as a switchboard operator.

She was transferred to the newsroom to work as a city desk phone receptionist and secretary. There, her aspirations to write took root.

She often wrote about the country music scene for The News, collecting a few high-profile friends along the way. Willie Nelson once called to check on her as she was recovering from a brain tumor.

Always quick with a comeback, she held her own in a newsroom full of sharp-tongued journalists. At the same time, she was known for her unwavering kindness.

She retired in 1996 and moved to Georgetown to live with her daughter, Cristie.

In her retirement, she published a novel titled Bobbie Jean McSheen the Barbecue Queen: Her Quest for Love and What She Found Instead.

She was a member of Heights Baptist Church in Temple and later First Baptist Church in Georgetown.

Johnson was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathie Chase.

She is survived by her son, Clayton Chase of Austin; her daughter, Cristie Montgomery of Georgetown; her sister, Carolyn Morris of Dickinson; and 12 grandchildren.

 

Danny Teague

Danny Teague, who guided a generation of students at Trinity Valley Community College and was a former editor of the Athens Daily Review, died Oct. 10.

He was 73.

The son of Carl Jefferson and Evelyn Stevens, he was born on June 27, 1943 in Hughes Springs.

Teague was a 1961 graduate of Lindale High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Teague’s career stops included a stint as a teacher and coach at Mineola, editor of the Athens Review and public relations at Texas Power & Light.

He taught at TVCC until his retirement in 2011.

Former Athens Daily Review Editor Jayson Larson was editor of the TVCC News-Journal for a year under Teague’s instruction. He said Teague’s approach was to let a student learn by doing, with a loving, yet firm, manner.

Athens Daily Review Sports Editor Joe Elerson held several positions with the TVCC News-Journal while at the school. “Danny Teague played a major role in my development as a journalist,” Elerson said. “I credit him for making me the journalist that I am today.”

Elerson remembers Teague’s guidance in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, sending him and other students out on campus to “spend the day talking with students, and put together a front page about the events and what people are saying.” Elerson said. Teague made sure he was taking care of major stories that arose, whether it was campus or national news.

Teague was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens. He led a men’s Bible study and sang in the choir. In his leisure time, he enjoyed golfing and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Stevens Teague, three children, nine grandchildren and two sisters.

A memorial service was held Oct. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Athens.