Mrs. Eddie Lake Bunton, 91, passed away on Sept. 9, 2007, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls with Dr. William M. Pinson, executive director emeritus of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Rev. Lloyd L. English officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas.
Arrangements are under direction of Lunnís Colonial Funeral Home.
Her primary passions were teaching children, supporting Baptist mission programs throughout the world, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ through her gift of music.
Eddie Lake was born on Oct. 20, 1915, in Brownwood, Texas, to Thomas Lake Tate and Eula Lee Smith Tate. Eddie Lake was an honor graduate of Brownwood High School in 1932. She entered Howard Payne College at 16 years of age, where she was selected as a member of the outstanding students in American Colleges and Universities. While at Howard Payne College, she was the accompanist for chapel services and a member of the Howard Payne orchestra and the Three Clover Leaf Girls Trio. She graduated from Howard Payne College in 1936 with a major in music education and English, and minors in history and math. She completed her Masters in Music Education at Midwestern University in 1957.
She taught music and English at Rising Star, Richland Springs, and Rock Springs, Texas, before coming to Wichita Falls in 1941 to teach music at Huey and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools. Friends recall that she was remembered for her piano playing as well as her batting average, since she was also at home on the playground with her students.
In 1945, her longtime fianc/ returned from the Pacific Theater of Operations, and Eddie Lake Tate was married to 1st Lt. James (Jim) Carroll Bunton on Feb. 1, 1945, in Brownwood, Texas. Eddie Lake and Jim moved to Waco so that he could attend Baylor University. While there, Eddie Lake taught music until he graduated in 1947. Their son, Scott, was born in 1949 in Waco.
Eddie Lake, Jim, and Scott moved back to Wichita Falls in 1950 where Jim began to work as the business manager for Southwestern Glass and Paint Co. In 1951, their second son, Fred, was born in Wichita Falls. In 1954 Jim became ill with nephritis caused by the malaria he contracted in the South Pacific. He died on Jan. 23, 1955.
Eddie Lake and her sons continued to live in Wichita Falls, and she began teaching at the Episcopal Day School in 1955. The next year she began teaching at Alamo Elementary School. In August 1958, Eddie Lake was appointed as the music supervisor for the WFISD, where she organized and conducted 20 annual music festivals for sixth graders. In 1962, she was appointed to the Texas State Textbook Committee, which evaluated and selected textbooks used statewide. She retired in July 1978 from the WFISD, although she continued to do what she loved by teaching many classes at Midwestern State University.
She served in numerous capacities at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, where she was a member during her entire residence in Wichita Falls. She was active in the Womenís Missionary Union, and there was rarely a Sunday that Eddie Lake was not playing the piano in some Sunday school class. She exemplified the caring and compassion for which she had been known by working in support of the Baptist ministry for disaster relief. After retirement, Eddie Lake used her wonderful musical skills as a missionary for various Baptist organizations. She taught at the Baptist Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco, at the invitation of the president, Dr. William M. Pinson. After those two years she had the opportunity to serve in the Baptist Volunteer Mission Corps. She taught childrenís music workshops in numerous churches and seminaries in California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Canada, Brazil, England, and Switzerland.
She received numerous awards for her education activities and was named woman of the year by Delta Kappa Gamma in 1986. She was inducted into the North Texas Womenís Hall of Fame for education in 1987, and served two terms as the state elementary chairperson for the Texas Music Educators Association.
She and her sons enjoyed annual trips to New Mexico, where she enjoyed the Santa Fe Opera. She served on the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra board and was honored with the Symphony Golden Baton Award. She also served on the Wichita Falls Ballet Theater board.
Eddie Lake is survived by her son, Scott, and wife, Linda, of Arlington, Va., and their children, Austin and Andrea Bunton, and Chandler Moore; her son, Fred, and his wife, Connie, of Wichita Falls and their children, Alise and fianc/ Tyler Dray, Keyli Bunton McEwen and her husband, Dee, and Claire and Ben David Hicks; her sister, Aleene Early and her children, John, Evelyn and Jim Early; and special nieces, Pat Locks and Barbara Rodgers and her husband, Royce, of Brownwood, Texas; and many other loving family members and friends too numerous to list.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, at Lunnís Colonial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Eddie Lake Bunton Memorial Scholarship through the WFISD Foundation Inc. for music education; First Baptist Church childrenís music ministry; Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund; Hospice of Wichita Falls; or charity of your choice.
Tributes may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com