By Martha Mericle
And so this week, our hearts are filled with memories of how these two individuals so different and yet so similar touched our lives. When news hit Groveton, no one was ready. Mr. and Mrs.Dan Dominey had recently moved to the Conroe area to be closer to their children and grandchildren so not seeing them as they walk every day gave us a false sense of security. Later we hear Mr.Dominey had a stroke and as time passed, he wasn't able to recover. The news was so unexpected. The first we heard was when we read the post on the Groveton Ex-Students Association-TEXAS Facebook page. Friend and church member, Betty Whittlesey posted the sad news and the outpouring of condolence began to flood.
Both graduates of GHS, both dedicated their life to the teaching profession. Both willing to set down with former students and lend a helping hand. Both volunteered to be references on student's job applications. Both of the finest character to be character references for us, former students joining the work force. Both were faithful members of different local churches but both following Christ's example of 'love thy neighbor as thy self". The examples these two set in our school system had boys standing a little straighter and girls showing more kindness and all knowing doing the right thing for the right reason has its own reward. Earlier it was mentioned that Mrs. Terry taught Mr. Dominey in school.Learning typing from Mrs. Terry landed more GHS boys who joined the service jobs as supply clerks than any other position therefore increasing the odds of more of our soldier boys returned home safely. How many of Mrs. Terry's students use the life skills she taught daily? An innumerable amount as as she taught over 4,500 students in her career. Math skills, typing, shorthand, effective discipline: all examples we learned from.
Their memory will live on but they will be missed.
Here are some of the comments left on Facebook in tribute to these two educators:
Betty Kennedy Whittlesey: Just received word of the death of Dan Dominey Class of 1946. Prayers for the family. Lois Ann McKinzie Baird: Great man. He said one time the DDD of his name stood for Dangerous Dan Dominey. Toni King Galvan: What a great man! My daddy always loved him. Debbie Kay Thompson-Smith: I so respected Mr. Dominey. He made me as an awkward preteen girl happy when gave me a small job helping to clean the cafeteria and thus earn some spending money. He was such a good and sweet man. He cared for his students. Thank you Lord for giving him to us!!!! He will be missed. Sharlotte Roden Schauer: Such a good man and he always would tell me how proud he was of me .....going to miss seeing him....prayers for the family. Scott Parker: He gave me my first job at the courthouse cleaning and mowing after school. No better man to look up to. Marissa Martin Hajovsky: Such a wonderful man and such sad news. Such a loss to Groveton. Jean Johnson: Mr. Dominey led me kicking and screaming through Algebra. He had to, I really hated that class, just couldn't get the concept of it then... He probably spent more time getting me to pass than he ever had to do with another kid....He was a good teacher....Bless his heart. Chris McFarland: Mr. Dominey taught me the value of a dollar. Later in life he always came to visit me at the highway dept. and every Christmas he brought me cordial cherries. I really didn't like them, I took them to be polite, and later I developed a taste for them and it's a good thing because, in Mr. Dominey's words, "people just don't like them anymore, take another box." He never failed to find me around Christmas and would bring me a years supply of cordial cherries. A good man and a dedicated neighbor. Ronnie Cannon: I can also remember Mr. Dominey giving out boxes and boxes of cordial cheeries! Just like Chris McFarland has stated. He was a firm but fair man, no matter who you were or what the circumstance was. He was a giving man, thoughtful man. He was a good, good man. He would give that as well as steel model cars. I had an El Camino for the longest! Homer Powell: Mr. Dominey was one of the most respected men to ever touch my life. He inspired me to confidence and to stand up for myself at a time when I had trouble doing so. He was also my mother's boss for years and always had time for you, no matter what he had to do. He also had the best signature ever! The cordial cherries started out as a Christmas gift for his insurance customers but he always ordered way too many. I think he actually did that on purpose as his way of making people's day. I know we always had a pretty good supply around our house as well. Fannie Callahan-Dunn: Mr. Dominey was a great man. I remember him as my Jr. High school principal. He was always on the campus yard talking to the children and play with them and encouraging them to be better. If the boys were playing football he would comment on the way they ran the ball or how they blocked. He told them "keep up the great work "and that they would be pro football players some day. He would say "boys I wish I could play that good or run that fast". If he saw the girls playing cheerleaders, he would come over and ask how you do a cheer. He would try and we would laugh at him. He says, "you girls will be great cheerleaders for the football team and you all have great sprit", and then he asks us to yell. If he saw a child a lone on the campus, he would go to that child and ask what was wrong. He had an open doors policy to his office, and always had time to talk to you. He was in the cafeteria and made sure everyone had something to eat. I could go on and on with school memories about this great man. When I was in high school, I worked for Mr. Dominey after school and during the summer. He would take the time to still teach me about finances, stock market, saving, investment, and farming. The most funniest thing I remember is when his sons had a horse show to go to and Michael did have him horse ready. So I was going to help him get ready (I didn't know nothing or what I was doing). I put the bridle, bites, saddle blanket, spurs, etc. in the washer machine to get them clean. Then Michael and I took the horse to the back yard and I washed him with the dishwasher liquid (suds every where) and water hose, braided his mane, put rubber bands on them, brushed the horse, and braided his tail and put bow and the end. Of course when Michael saw the bow that had to go but he loved every thing else. He won a trophy that day. He beat his brother Danny. But ooh, Mrs. Dominey was not happy at all when she found out I washed all that stuff in her washing machine. When she asked how I got it so pretty and clean. (Michael it was blue bridle & reins). When I needed reference, he wrote one for me. When I was in college and needed help with my business class. I knew just the person to help me with my stock purchase, Mr. Dan Dominey. My investment that he helped me with is still doing good today. I am so glad my daughter Latrinia and I stopped by to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Dominey and talk about old school days, their vacation with their granddaughter and Mr. Dominey getting lost (he said he didn't, they were to slow). But the thing I will miss about Mr. Dominey, those boxes of chocolate covered cherries he gave me for Christmas. My heart is sad over the great loss of such a great man, but I know he is at rest in Jesus arms in heaven.
We as a community had barely stopped reeling from the shock of Mr. Dominey's death when once again Betty posted: Just received word of the death of Thelma Rosser Terry Class of 1939, Life Member L-140. What a shock. We all knew Mrs. Terry was sufffering the dreaded Alzheimer's, but reality snuck up on us. Once again, sweet memories flooded our minds. began her school career in the Friday Texas School House but graduated in 1939 from GHS. She attended Sam Houston State University and finally began teaching at GISD. One of her many students was Mr. Dan Dominey. Later, he was her boss/principal! Mrs. Terry never set up a Facebook page but had her health permitted, she would have been correcting our grammar and spelling! Here are a few of the comments and memories from Ex-Students. Cathey Page: Awe! Such a blessing to so many students at GHS. May God provide peace and comfort to the family! Terrell Rasbeary: So sorry to hear about this. She was a great teacher and lady. Carol Allen Dial: Wonderful teacher and an inspiration to all. Ann Oliverio: Ms. Terry taught me many skills that I still use every day. She was a very valuable teacher to many people. Ronnie Cannon: Wow, what a teacher. They don't make them like her anymore for sure. Thank you Mrs. Terry for touching all of our lives. Lila Brooks Gressett: She was one of the sweetest people I ever knew and the best neighbor any one could have I miss her and Mr. Terry. Vicki Turner Alsbrooks: Sweet southern lady. She will truly be missed. Teresa Harrell Anderson: She was a wonderful lady & touched so many lives!! Prayers for her family!! Debbie Kay Thompson-Smith: Mrs. Terry, a wonderful lady. Sweet as all get out. She cared for and loved her students. She taught some of my aunts, my cousins that went to GHS and me. She also was a great Christian lady. She taught Sunday School, Missions Study and also at times led the singing at church. She loved her community, her school , her church and most of all her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! We will miss her, but now she is with her Lord!!! Nora L. Pennington: RIP Mrs. Terry! Jean Parker-Rasbeary We're losing so many of our great teachers/Christian examples....Mrs. Terry was a true Christian lady and such a positive role model for everyone she taught (which was many)! She has earned her eternal rest...RIP Mrs. Thelma Terry... Ward Klare Such a sad day Shirley Wooley Swain: Oh. I am so sorry to hear this. Actually, I take that back I am happy that she is home now with The Lord. No more sorrow no more pain. I learned so much from her! I know she loves her life in heaven. Donnie Welker Ward: So sorry to hear that. She was my grandmother's cousin, and she sent my mom to the principal's office. She was a sweet lady! Wendy Goodrow: Oh what a loss of a wonderful woman. Heaven gained an angel ♡ GayLynn Hudson Reynolds: Oh my, so very sorry to hear this. Several of the habits I have in my office today, I picked up from Mrs. Terry. She was a wonderful teacher and an inspiring person. Prayers for the family! Mary Miller Westfahl Sad to hear this news. She was a fine lady that taught me so many skills that helped me in all my working years. She is also the only teacher that taught myself as well as my mom. Rest in Peace Mrs. Terry. Marla Larsen: She was such a sweet lady! I have many fond memories that I spent with her and her husband growing up. She will be missed by so many. May she rest in peace! Carlton Boudreaux: I remember Ms. Terry well from when I taught at GHS. Kind, gracious, always helpful. My sincere condolences to her family. I have nothing but fond memories of her. Lisa Fails Parker: What a great teacher and I use the skills she taught me to this day. She also taught both of my parents. She was an inspiration to so many! Monica Donaldson: Such a wonderful lady who taught us with such grace. Prayers for the family. Paula Campbell: Yes of everything I've learned - I use typing everyday. I'm so glad she made me learn my numbers. She was a kind woman with great capacity for love. Christie Malone Abbot: She was a wonderful teacher. Prayers for her family. Homer Powell: Mrs. Terry was such a sweet lady and such a beloved fixture at GHS. She and Mr. Doug were always great family friends as well. I can still see her with her old timey camera taking pictures for the annual or walking the aisles of her classroom with her glasses on a chain calling out the keyboard letters with a cadence like you were marching. These are precious memories to be cherished. Sally Woods Harper: Learned so much from this excellent teacher and a very good friend to my dear Mother. Rest in peace, Mrs. Terry. Jim Coker: My Dad was the superintendent in Groveton from '64-82. He thought she was as good a teacher as there ever was and could not say enough good things about Mrs. Terry. Jerry Mangum: I too was fortunate to have been taught by this lovely lady, and am still proud to be able to call her a cousin. She's been a true blessing from God for so many of our small town folks. Betty Kennedy Whittlesey: Mrs. Terry taught my three siblings & me, then taught my three children. George & I were fortunate to have been at SHSU that night when she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. A very worthy recipient!! I am so glad to have been one of those 4500 GHS students. Cindy Eastepp: She was a great inspiration to many! Carol Allen Dial: Mrs. Terry, Mr. Dominey, and Mrs. Hendley were my inspirations to become a teacher. Jean Johnson: Aweee, that makes me so sad to loose just a wonderful person. She will be fondly remembered by many.. Deborah Oller: Ms. Terry gave so many of us so many happy memories & knowledge that I'm sure all of us use every day. No one could of given more than Ms. Terry. May God be with her family in the days ahead. Ann Jones: that makes two of the good old teachers gone. Ronnie Cannon: Everyone of us, right here and now, typing or texting this is the direct results of Mrs. Terry. She was a very kind lady, person and teacher. She has touched so many of our lifes and that in turn, has been passed down to many a generation of many families. Thank you Mrs. Terry, thank you. Fannie Callahan-Dunn: Mrs. Terry was a great teacher. When I was in high school, I took typing from her and I can still hear saying type type type space. She will be greatly missed.
My prayers to the family.