Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1951 RJC

Florence Ashcraft Baughman FLORENCE "FLO" RHEBA ASHCRAFT BAUGHMAN, 88, of Conroe, TX passed away on June 28, 2022, with burial at Garden Park Cemetery. She was born on April 12, 1934 in Eastland, TX to Charles Pickney & Utile Buttler Ashcraft. She spent most of her years in Ranger, TX & went to Ranger High School in the Class of 1951. She was a member of the drill team and then later a cheer- leader. Like her Mother & 3 sisters, Flo was quite musical, playing the piano for church & school events. After high school, she went to Ranger Jr. College, then later Texas Tech University, majoring in Music & Education. Upon graduating from Texas Tech, she began her long, illustrious teaching career at a school in Andrews, TX. While living in Andrews, she met her future husband, the late Dennis Baughman. They dated for 5 months and were married for 58 years before his passing in June of 2015. After Andrews, Flo & Dennis moved to Houston in 1957 & then moved to Conroe in 1959. She & Dennis bought a Humble Oil station on 105 and then later built another Humble Oil station on Frazier, & yet another on the corner of Frazier and Davis. They also owned the Tastee- Freeze for a few years. After moving to Conroe, Flo continued teaching primarily Kindergarten students, first at Sam Houston Elementary, then at Classic Preparatory, then moving to Armstrong Elementary for its opening. After many years teaching Kinder- garten, she became the Music Teacher at Armstrong before retiring from teaching in 1982. Even after retirement, Flo continued to play the piano for many social & church events, including her Sunday school class. She even recently played Happy Birthday on her recent 88th birthday. As well as playing the piano, Flo also enjoyed playing games, especially Bridge & Yahtzee. She was also an avid watcher of Wheel of Fortune. She's been a member of FUMC-Conroe for 60 years. She & Dennis were charter members of the Meandering Methodists camping group as well. She is survived two sons, Chris and wife Karen Baughman of Conroe and Charlie & wife Paula Baughman of Colorado Springs. She also has a surviving brother-in-law, Robbie Baughman and his wife Antoinette Baughman, 4 grandkids, Rebecca Meienberg & husband Ted of Colorado Springs, Haley Baughman of Spring, TX, Tony Baughman of Orlando, FL & Kelsey Baughman of Houston, TX, as well as 3 grand- children, Michael, Nathaniel & Elizabeth. She is also survived by countless cousins, nieces & nephews. Her sisters were Lilian Ashcraft Cozby (RHS-1945), Margaret Ashcraft Brown (RHS-1939), and Bernice Ashcraft Ervin (RHS-1941). HUSBAND: DENNIS DEAN BAUGHMAN passed away June 23, 2015, with interment at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, TX. Dennis was born to William G. & Reba Williams Baughman on March 3, 1934, in Alba, TX. They moved to Houston, TX when he was ten years old. He attended Jefferson Davis High School, where he excelled as a basketball star and graduated in 1952. After high school, Dennis worked briefly for the Humble Oil Company before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He proudly served during the Korean War as a Classification Chief. He was released from active duty in 1955, and entered the USMC Reserves until his Honorable Discharge in 1961. While stationed in San Diego, he appeared in the movie Battle Cry. After finishing his active duty with the Marines, he returned to Humble Oil and worked there until 1963. While working for Humble Oil Andrews, Texas, he met his future wife, Florence Ashcraft, who was a school teacher in the area. They dated for five months and were married in Feb. of 1957. They initially moved Houston, but soon moved to Conroe. In 1963, Dennis bought a Humble Station on East Davis Street. He later constructed a station on the corner of Wilson Road and Frazier and owned a third station on the corner of Frazier Street and Highway 105. After leasing the stations, he also owned a Tastee-Freeze on North Frazier where McKenzie’s Bar BQ now sits. After that he spent much of his working career selling cars. He started with Max Mahaffee Ford & moved to D&D Buick-Pontiac; which later became Weisner Buick-Pontiac. He was co-owner of Standard Motor Company with the late Jimmy Copeland. Later, he worked for Clark Bottling Company, and was the area leader during the 1980 U.S. Census for the Houston region. After the census, he returned to the car industry where he worked for Jimmy Copeland at his dealerships in Navasota and Tomball. He has also driven trucks delivering Pepsi Cola, Schlitz Beer, golf carts and even bricks. Upon retirement, he stayed active and served as a member of Montgomery County Appraisal Board. He has been a member of the FUMC-Conroe for 55 years, joining on Mother’s Day. He is currently a member of the Seekers Sunday School class and the Tuesday morning breakfast Bible study. Dennis was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He has been a member of the Conroe Country Club for over 50 years. Dennis and Flo loved to travel in their RV. He was a charter member of the Meandering Methodists camping group. Dennis is survived by his wife of 58 years, Flo Baughman, two sons, Chris and wife Karen Baughman of Conroe, TX. And Charlie and wife Paula Baughman of Colorado Springs, CO. Four grandkids; Rebecca Baughman and Tony Baughman of Colorado Springs, CO; Haley Baughman and Kelsey Baughman of Conroe, TX. One brother, Robbie Baughman and his wife Antoinette Baughman, a sister-in-law Lilian Cozby and husband Reynolds of Waco, TX., as well as countless cousins, nieces and nephews.