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Julian Winchell Oates
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Obituary for Julian Winchell Oates

Julian Winchell Oates, of Waco, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 7, 2018. After a long and honorable life, he joined the Lord, his beloved wife, Betsy, and daughter, Meg. By his side were family and friends. Services will be 11:00 a.m., January 13, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Raymond Joe Waldon officiating. There will be no scheduled visitation.

Julian was born September 4, 1931, in Waco, to Emmett and Gladys Oates. Julian grew up in Waco and attended Waco public schools. From an early age, Julian excelled in tennis and played on the Waco High tennis team, winning the city championship in doubles.
Julian went to the University of Texas (UT) on a tennis scholarship; he played on the tennis team under Dr. Daniel Penick from 1950–1952. He was a member of the Southwest Conference (SWC) championship tennis team, SWC singles runner-up and UT team captain in 1951, SWC doubles champion in 1951 and 1952, and was runner-up in 1950. In 1953, Julian joined the UT golf team, played under Harvey Penick, and won the 1953 SWC individual golf championship. In recognition of these achievements, Julian was inducted into the UT Hall of Honor in 1982 and the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in Waco. Throughout his life, Julian loved the University of Texas; he enjoyed serving on the UT nominating committee for the Hall of Honor and attending football games with his family.

During the years at UT, Julian spent time off the court/course with Betsy Oates. In 1956, Julian and Betsy married and remained devoted to one another throughout their fifty-eight years together. They deeply loved their family; they enjoyed their dear friends, church, community, and travel. Summers were filled with fly fishing in Colorado, golfing at Sea Island, and boating on Lake Waco.

After college, Julian began a career as a stock broker with Merrill Lynch. This became his lifelong career and one he enjoyed until his last days. Even in the end, he would ask, “What is PEP trading at today?” Julian helped form a brokerage firm, Schneider, Bernet, and Hickman, and managed the Waco branch for many years. When the company sold, Julian moved the group to Payne Webber, now UBS.

Julian was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the T-Association, and Ridgewood Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betsy; his daughter, Meg, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Oates, and his sister, Kay Barrett.

He is survived by his daughter Julie and her husband, David Wallace; his son, Hal and his wife, Kirsten; his grandchildren, Will Bauer, Philip, and Hal Koelsch; and his nieces, Della Thomas, Elizabeth Wicklund, and their families.

Sincere thanks to the staff at Right At Home—especially owners, Jon and Terri Searles; and the staff from Providence Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church

515 Columbus Avenue
Waco, TX 767101


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