Recent Obituaries


Linda Sue Barrett, age 73 of Irving, passed away April 16, 2014. She was born on January 31, 1941 in Dallas. Linda is preceded in death by her mother Otha Lee Hart; father James C. Hart, and sister Mary Nell Doak. She will be missed by her nieces Vicky Murray and Sherry Jessamine; nephews Joey Pike, James Pike and Jeffery Pike along with several great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM with Chaplain Dave Emler officiating.


William Kenneth (Handsome Ken) Vaden of Irving, died peacefully at his home on April 11, 2014 at the age of 90.He was born September 17, 1923 to Isham Ira and Mattie Elizabeth Vaden in Birthright, Texas. He joined the Army Air Corps on December 15, 1942 and enjoyed a long and storied career with the Air Force before retiring on April 1, 1964. He said he had a good life, been all over the world, ate lots of good food and kissed many beautiful women.In 1961, while stationed in Japan, he married Terue Matsumoto who brought into his life grace, beauty and a little girl, Tamae, whom he adopted. Together they had Theresa Yoko and they remained together until her death in 1988. He enjoyed nothing better than laughing, ribbing, fishing, traveling, camping or just telling stories with his beloved family.He was predeceased by his son William Kenneth Vaden, Jr., his brothers Isham Gaylord, Anthony Earl, Ollie Leon and Robert Beasley Vaden. He is survived by his daughters, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He’d always depart by telling people at least they got to see one good looking man that day. His larger than life presence will be greatly missed.Services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Brown Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur, Irving, Texas followed by internment with full military honors at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas. If you would like to honor him, please consider making a donation in his name to Operation Kindness where he met his last two great loves, Nikki and Marie who provided companionship, comfort, and unconditional love.


Ouida M. Shipman Banks 02-02-1915 Birth – Overbrook, Oklahoma. 04-10-2014 Death – Irving, Texas. Parents: Louisa Oakley Shipman and Calvin Arthur Shipman. Siblings: Doris Shipman Jones, Roy Shipman, and Ralph Woodrow Shipman. Nieces/Nephews: Karen Jones Jamison of Boulder, CO; Lynda Jones McKinstry and husband Jim McKinstry of Mead, CO; Roy A. Shipman and wife Joyce Rogillio Shipman of Tyler, TX; Ralph Wyatt Shipman and wife Anell Brod Shipman of Dallas, TX. Graduate from Ardmore High School in Ardmore, OK, 1933. Graduated Ardmore Business College. Married 1937 J.F. Newman, deceased 1949. Grandson Kenny Grindstaff, deceased. Grandson Kelly Grindstaff, St. Louis, MO. Married 1951 Carl Cotton, deceased. Daughter Michelle Cotton born 1952, deceased. Deputy District Clerk in Dallas County Tax Office for many years. Woman of the Year ABWA American Business Women’s Association Laurel Chapter, Perfect Attendance, Member of the Inner Circle, President of ABWA. Funeral Service at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment following service at 1:30 PM at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore, Oklahoma.


Henri Dragon Tatro, Jr., (Hank) Born May 15, 1927 in Northampton, Massachusetts to Henri Tatro, Sr. and Mary Tatro. Hank served in the US Navy in WWII. His ship was attacked by Japanese Kamikaze Pilots, and he spent some time on a life raft. After the war he returned home and graduated from high school and then from Bentley College in Boston. He came to Texas on a bus, headed for San Francisco but decided to get off in Dallas where he tried to find employment, which he did with Massey Ferguson. He later worked for Storm Vulcan, Inc. until his retirement. He and his wife sued the school district on behalf of their daughter Amber and received a 9-0 decision in her favor from the US Supreme Court. He spent his adulthood as a member of the Elks Lodge with over 50 years as a member. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bobby and sister Joan Levi. Hank is survived by his wife Mary Tatro, daughters: Amber Tatro, Mistie Ferrios, and Laura Litle, son Gary, stepdaughter, Diann Sarver, step-son Paul Ricci, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and many more step grandchildren. He has one living sister, Phyllis and husband, Val Burris in North Carolina and has many relatives in Massachusetts. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday April16, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with interment   at The Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the funeral home.


Jerry Freestone, age 34 of Irving, died April 09, 2014. He was born to Jerry Wayne Freestone, Sr. and LaCora Armstrong on July 02, 1979 in Dallas, Texas. He is preceded in death by his brother Jeremy Freestone; father Jerry Freestone, Sr. and grandmother LaVerne Armstrong. Jerry will be dearly missed by his parents LaCora and Steve McSwain of Flower Mound; brother Richard Shropshire and wife Toshia of Irving; grandfather Lee Roy Armstrong of Flower Mound and grandparents Harold and Ann McSwain along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 7 PM to 9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 PM at Fundamental Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. Dale Parkhill officiating. Interment immediately following the service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to Fundamental Baptist Church c/o Jeremy Freestone Scholarship Fund at 1119 W. Shady Grove Road, Irving, Texas 75060.


Wanda E. Lancaster, age 81 of Irving, died on April 10, 2014.  She was born in Haskell, Texas on April 22, 1932 to Audie Elmore Stocks and Ollie Lydia Dake Stocks and went to work in customer service for General Battery for 27 years until her retirement in 1982. Wanda is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Charles Hugh Lancaster. She will be greatly missed by her son Al Lancaster and his wife Debra of Irving; brothers Audie M. Stocks of Haskell; Dean Stocks and wife DeAnn of Arlington; J.D. Stocks and wife Karen of Grand Falls and Jerry L. Stocks and his wife Betty of Haskell; grandson Heath Slagle along with great grandchildren Jeffrey, Nathan, Cooper, Caroline, Carson, Mattilynn, Annabelle and Juanita. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving with Reverend Robert Corser officiating following visitation at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  The family requests memorial donations to Joy Fellowship Church at www.joychapel.org or 302 W. Sixth Street, Irving, Texas 75060.


Emily Weeks, age 71 of Irving, died on April 10, 2014. She was born in Abilene, Texas on September 1, 1942 to Ambrose David Meeks and Leafie Brown Meeks and went on to enjoy a career as a Registered Nurse. Emily is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband David Weeks; her son Steven Weeks and brother Alvin Cavaness.  A graveside funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014.


Ben Arvie Sutter III went to be with his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of April 9, 2014 surrounded by his children. He was a dignified man with tremendous strength and virtue as well as a loving father and grandfather. Ben worked as a real estate broker in Irving, Texas where he was a resident since 1969. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a submariner on the U.S.S. Patrick Henry. Ben was also a longtime member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. He enjoyed reading, gardening and playing chess. Ben is preceded in death by his father Ben Arvie Sutter, Jr. and mother Esther Elgar; stepmother Ruby Sutter; brother Carroll Sutter and Daughter Lauren Catherine Ashley Sutter. He will be dearly missed by his son Ben Arvie Sutter IV and wife Shelly of Eugene, OR; daughter Heather Elizabeth Chelsea Sutter of Arp, TX; son Andrew Winston Benjamin Abraham Sutter of Arp, TX; son Ethan Colbert Joseph Thomas Scotland Sutter and wife Jamie Marie Sutter of Arp, TX; daughter Tresa Tumlinson of San Clemente, CA; son Matthew Hendricks of Coldspring, TX; son Christopher Hendricks of Coldspring, TX; son Kyle Hendricks of Mesquite, TX; grandchildren Jordan, Nathanial, Phoenix, Brendan, Tanner, Kory, Makinsey and Eric; Sister Sylvia Wormley; sister Nancy Sutter and brother John Sutter. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday April 25, 2014 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church 202 S. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, TX  75061 with Father Richard Bezagato officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be held at 3:00 PM following the memorial service.The family requests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org/donate or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.


Dr. Monte Bill Oliver, a resident of Eufaula, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 66. He was born September 12, 1947 in Waco, TX to Wilburn W. Oliver & Evelyn (Deyo) Oliver.  Monte served during the Vietnam Era as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed his time as a medic while stationed in Korea.   His experience in the Air Force carried on with him and helped foster a love for caring for people. He became a chiropractor and always treated every patient with the highest quality of care.  Monte was a member of Endtime Revival Church in Henryetta.  He loved his family very much.  He enjoyed golfing and playing his guitar. He was an accomplished marathon runner and passed his love for running onto his son.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wilburn W. Oliver and by his infant son, Preston Oliver.  Monte is survived by his son, Steven Oliver & wife Tara of Denton, Texas, three grandsons, Mason, Kai, and Phoenix Oliver of Denton, his mother Evelyn Oliver of Caddo Mills, Texas, four sisters, Donna Oliver-Leep of Junction, Texas, Sharon Ayers of Dallas, Texas, Synthia Collard of Royse City, Texas, and Rhonda Stelley of Greenville, Texas, as well as a host of other relatives and many friends.  Locally a memorial will be held at Integrity Funeral Service Chapel in Henryetta (410 East Trudgeon St.) on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:00pm.  Funeral services will be held at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home 707 N. MacArthur BLVD, Irving, TX 75061 on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Viewing will be held from 9 to 11 AM before the service. Interment will convene at DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, TX at 12:30 PM the same day.  In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).


Zolon A. Wilkins, Sr., age 93, peacefully passed away on April 1, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Zolon was born on April 13, 1920 near Lexington, TN to Connie Gleason and Effie Wilkins. He married the love of his life, Edna Brown, who grew up in the same area of Tennessee as he did, near Lexington. They worked hard together and created a beautiful family and a life that was filled with hard work, love and joy. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage on December 26, 2014. Zolon’s resilience, inner toughness, fortitude and successful work ethic are a source of inspiration for his family and to everyone that knew him. He founded an aluminum awning company in Jackson, Tennessee and then moved that company to Dallas in 1950. A driven entrepreneur with high energy, Zolon built a 7-unit motel called Zolon’s Courts in Grand Prairie along with several apartment complexes in the DFW area. His partner in the business as well as in life, Edna, worked side by side with Zolon – serving as housekeeper and bookkeeper (as well as raising three growing boys) while Zolon ran the awning shop and continued to think about how to improve and grow the business.  In 1961, Mr. Wilkins founded Lexington Apartments and Motor Inns and then in 1982 founded Lexington Hotel Suites-an extended-stay, all-suite concept which the family owned, providing construction, development and hotel management services to over 50 properties in several states from Tennessee to California. Additionally, Zolon authored several successful patents and trademarks (e.g. “A day or a lifetime”, “Home away from home”, “A suite for the price of a room”) which have subsequently been sold to others. In 1990, Zolon co-founded and became an investor in Lexington Services Corporation. The company had over 1,000 employees with not outside equity investors and became the largest third-party representation and reservations provider in the US and the second largest in the world-representing more than 4,000 hotel properties in 70 countries. Zolon thoroughly enjoyed ranching, especially his horses and Black Angus, and owned ranches (Wilkins and Sons) with farms in both Tennessee and Texas. Mr. Wilkins was extremely successful in business but was a shy man-he never wanted publicity. He deeply loved his family and generously supported his church and community, donating several homes to a church in Bear Creek, Irving and providing many student scholarships while also contributing to the Irving Community Hospital, Dallas Baptist University along with donating the Zolon A. Wilkins Family Chapel at Baylor Healthcare Hospital.  He never forgot his Tennessee roots and provided financial support to several churches as well as the Parsons Community Hospital located in Parsons, Tennessee. Both Zolon and Edna were recognized by the honorable Senator Jennings Randolph who awarded them honorary degrees from the University of Hard Knocks in West Virginia on June 4, 1983. Zolon proudly served his country as a Navy Seabee for three years during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He was a member of the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 for 70 years along with being an active member in the Scottish Rite and Shriners.  An Irving resident since 1963, he and Edna are faithful members of the First Baptist Church in Irving. Zolon is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Clois and James Wilkins.  Mr. Wilkins is survived by his wife Edna, their three sons; Zolon, Jr. and his wife Lou Ann; Ric and his wife Janet and Michael and his wife Fern; eight grandchildren Z III, Trevor, Melanie, Tiffany, Shawna, Sara, Brian and Lauren; six great-grandchildren Zoe, Zolon IV, Cooper, Isabell, Abigail and Sophia; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the First Baptist Church of Irving Chapel with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor and memory of Zolon’s life may be made to Dallas Baptist University, Baylor Healthcare Foundation – Irving, or the First Baptist Church of Irving.


Ralph Edward Jenkins completed his earthly journey on Thursday, March 27, 2014 due to congestive heart failure. Born in Clinton, Indiana on November 5, 1924, the fourth of five sons, to Barbara Lindsay Jenkins and Carl Eppert Jenkins, he attended schools there and later in Jupiter, Florida.  An avid reader and eternal scholar, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and continued his graduate studies at several Universities in Texas and Oklahoma. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During World War II he served in U.S. Naval Intelligence in the Pacific from 1943 – 1947. A petroleum engineer, his entire career was with Core Laboratories, Inc., where in 38 years he advanced from Assistant District Engineer to a vice presidency. His work in research and development resulted in several papers and patents. He was an editor for the Petroleum and Gas Journal for several years and was on numerous committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The recipient of several professional awards and honors, there was none he prized more highly than the Silver Beaver Award he received for adult leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. In 1952, after a whirlwind courtship, he married Virginia Lee Hampton, of Worland, Wyoming. They were blessed with three children. He traveled widely throughout his career and ultimately with his wife saw all of the fifty states, half of Canada and all seven continents.  Preceded in death by his parents and all of this brothers, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, their three children, Linda Ann Schuler (David), Carl Jerome (Debra) and John Fielden (Toni), eight grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was a member and elder of St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Irving. A Memorial service will be held there on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephens Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Road, Irving, TX 75061 or the Boy Scouts of America, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Jack Zemmy Boyd, age 91, died on March 26, 2014 in Temple, Texas. He was born on May 12, 1922 in Jones County, Texas to James Boyd and Erna Sedberry. In his youth he worked as a delivery boy for a pharmacy and later on a small dairy farm and the rice fields loading rice on the wagons. In 1940, at the age of seventeen, Jack joined the United States Marine Corp, after his mother signed a waiver allowing him to do so. After spending nine months serving in Iceland, Jack was transferred to the South Pacific after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II he truly excelled at being a Marine. He was one of the first volunteers for the newly formed Carlson's Raiders doing advanced reconnaissance work. He served valiantly on the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima earning two Silver Stars for gallantry in action and two Purple Hearts for being wounded in action. Jack was also credited with the downing of a Japanese Zero plane while he was en route in a landing boat to join his outfit in the South Pacific. He earned the rank of Sergeant during his seven years in the Marine Corp. After being discharged from the Marine Corp, Jack worked as a welder and ironworker for many years. He was a member of the Twin City Ironworkers Union in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jack was always willing to help his friends when asked.  He will be deeply missed by his children Jack Z. Boyd, Jr. of Crowley, TX; Myra L. Davenport of Burleson, TX ; Merry K. Peacock of Hillsboro, TX and James D. Boyd of Euless, TX; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; sister Adeline Thompson of Houston, TX along with thirty-two nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 1:00 PM at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


Brandon Laurence Schreck, 42 years old went into God’s hands on March 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm after a year and a half battle with three types of cancer. He was born in Farmer’s Branch, Texas on September 16, 1971 to Karen and Larry Schreck. While his father was in the Navy they lived in various places in the San Diego area in California, Okinawa Japan finally settling in the Dallas area. He went to school in Dallas & graduated from Lewisville High School in 1990. Brandon joined the Navy in 1991 and was sworn in by his retired Grandfather, Milton Schreck (LCDR). He was stationed in Norfolk, VA and Rota, Spain. He was deployed to The Persian Gulf during Desert Storm and went to Italy, Arabia, France & Israel. After 8 years he had an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1998. He settled in Irving where he met the love of his life Laura and married her in 2001. Laura was his loyal companion & his rock. He was owner of his construction company. Preceded in death by Grandparents Milt & Ruth Schreck, Dain Snyder, Virginia Crockett who he considered a Grandma; cousin; Jared Buechner. Survived by loyal, devoted and loving wife Laura Schreck, loving mother Karen Schreck Snyder, father Larry Schreck, Brandon’s daughter Micaela Schreck, Uncle Emil & Aunt Judy Schreck who were his loving 2nd parents & their children Ryan & wife Heather Schreck, Colby & wife Angela Schreck, & Holly Schreck who were like siblings. Aunt Patricia & husband Bob English. Cousins: Debbie DuLaney & daughter Ashleigh Snipes & her children Kaiden & Marleigh; Mike & Yvonne Cargile; Rob & Michelle Cargile & children Sean & Brianna. Survived on Brandon’s Mother’s side: Grandmother Lyla Snyder Dye; Aunt Kaf Buechner Snyder, & son John Buechner. Uncles: Mark Snyder & children Anna & Mathew; Matthew Snyder & daughter Melissa. Survivors on Laura’s side: mother-in-law Maria Eugenia Villasana Garcia, brother-in-law Ricardo Javier Leal Villasana & his son Angel; and his precious doggie Bon Bon. Brandon enjoyed building things, collecting baseball cards, was a Dallas Cowboys fan, loved to be with family, was a good cook and enjoyed dancing with Laura & family. Brandon played the piano, violin and sang in the Navy ceremonial choir. In high school he was a cross country runner, was in plays & took drafting. He had a great sense of humor even during the hard times and had so much courage and a positive outlook even during battling the cancer. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by family & friends and went peacefully into God’s arms with a smile on his face. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Abundant Life Church; 1520 W. Wall St. Grapevine, TX 76051. Brandon gets the last laugh having his memorial service on April Fools’ Day. He is being cremated with one of Emil & Judy’s American Flags which Brandon used to see flying at their house & he even raised the flag from time to time. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.


Orville Lee Blake, age 78 of Irving, died March 28, 2014. He was born in Jacksonville, Texas to Charles Ruben Blake and Velma Lee Smith on September 25, 1935. Orville was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed working on cars as a shade tree mechanic as well as spending time with his family at Possum Kingdom Lake. Orville worked for Braniff International Airline for over 30 years. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Nelda Blake of Duncanville, formerly of Irving; sons Randy Blake and wife Kim of Cedar Hill, TX; Brian Blake and wife Rosie of Irving, TX; grandchildren Tiffany Ross, Chris Williams, Samantha Blake, and Emily Blake; great grandchildren Conner Ross, Sophia Williams and Rania McBain; brothers Charles Blake, Glenn Blake, and Fred Blake and sister Juanell Brown. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor CV Blake officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family requests memorial to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org or 322 Eight Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


Robert L. Loving, age 83, a 50 year resident of Irving, TX was born in Abilene, graduated from Mc Murray University and selected Chief McMurray his senior year.  He was also selected all conference player in football by the Dallas Morning News. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean conflict, where he was on two Marine Corp championship football teams. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting in the Texas Hill Country, golf and a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys.  After his retirement from the commercial glass construction business, he owned and operated the first one hour photo lab in Irving.  He was a long time member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Norma Loving, two daughters Paula Warren and Lisa Thompson and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Scottish Rites Children's Hospital or Plymouth Park United Methodist Church. Memorial service will be held at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church on Monday, March 31st at 2:00 PM.


Gilmer Lee Holt, Jr., age 60 of Cedar Hill, died on March 27, 2014.  He was born on May 2, 1953 in Dallas to Gilmer Lee Holt, Sr. and Marjorie Christine Brown Holt and went on to enjoy a thirty eight year career in the commercial construction industry with Austin Commercial. Gil is preceded in death by his father, Gilmer Lee Holt, Sr. and grandson Isaiah Holt. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Cyndi Holt; sons Justin Holt and wife Alathea of Dallas and Jared Holt of Cedar Hill; sisters Joyce Wallace and Cindy Duncan and her husband Jim, all of Irving; mother Christine Holt of Irving; grandsons Henry and Benjamin Holt along with numerous special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on  Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The Village Church-Dallas Northway located at 3877 Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas with Dr. Robert Sloan officiating and interment immediately following at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving from 7:00-9:00 PM on Friday, March 28, 2014 and requests memorial donations to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77030 and http://www.mdanderson.org or to a ministry of your choice.


Ihna Belle Muskopf, age 87 and a 65 year Irving resident, died on March 25, 2014.  She was born in Fort Worth on August 17, 1926 to Leman Fountain Reid and Sarah Alice Tennyson Reid and went on to become a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother who was known for being a nanny to any child she came into contact with. Ihna was also a dedicated volunteer for the Red Cross, American Cancer Society and numerous other charities while also being devoted to her church as the pastor’s wife who lent her talents there through her singing, playing guitar and even yodeling- which helped her clinch the title of Ms. Mature Irving in 1998. She also worked as an Irving crossing guard for 20 years. Ihna is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Howard Muskopf and sister, Juanita Brewster. She will be greatly missed by her daughters Alice Frazier, Darlene Soffar and Deborah Cline; son Howard D. Muskopf along with 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 29, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Irving with Pastor Joshua Price officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens and the family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday, March 28, 2014. The family requests memorial donations to the Celebration Worship Center at www.churchdonedifferent.com  located at 1809 S. Story Road Irving, TX 75060 and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or www.pancan.org or 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Richard (Dick) Burr Metzler, age 81 of Cedar Creek Lake and currently Lewisville, went to his Lord and Savior on March 25, 2014. He was born to Burr Mallett Metzler and Zaida Ash in Little Falls, New York on May 4, 1932 and married his beloved wife Betty in 1954 and had just celebrated their 60 years on Valentine’s Day. Richard was an Air Force veteran and served during the Korean War. He was an active member of Aley Methodist Church and the Log Cabin Square Dance Club. Richard helped start Toyota of Irving in 1968 and worked with them until 1981. He is preceded in death by his son Randy Metzler and will be dearly missed by his wife Betty Metzler of Lewisville; son Rick Metzler and wife Misty of Flower Mound; Daughter Debbie Morton and husband Kyle of Irving along with grandchildren Bailey, Giana, Marshall and Sara. A memorial service will be held at Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Eston Williams officiating.


Vandell Marie (Patterson) Brown, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died on March 23, 2014.  She was born December 11, 1931 to William Patterson and Vada Belle Shaddox and went on to enjoy a career as a secretary, working for both Reynord Corp. for 35 years and Bearing Chain and Supply for 18 years. Vandell married Thomas R. Brown in 1949 and together they had 4 children. She lived most of her life in Irving, until 2011, when she moved to Corinth to be closer to family. Vandell is preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life, Thomas R. Brown, and her first born son, Tommy Brown. She will be greatly missed by her daughters Cynthia Tayloe and husband Tom; Tracey Bucher and husband Rick; her son Mark Brown along with her brother-in-law, one niece, three nephews, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many wonderful friends. A funeral service for Vandell will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and would like to thank all of the nurses and physicians that that took of their mother at Denton Regional Medical Center. 


Betty Archer of Irving passed away March 22, 2014. She was born in Grand View, Texas to Robert and Iva Thomas on May 5, 1938. She graduated from Irving High School in 1956 and was a member of The Irving Girls Softball Association. Betty is preceded in death by her father; husband Gilbert Wayne Archer and sister-in-law Barbara Jenkins. She is survived by her mother Iva Thomas; daughters Julie Pendergraph; Lori Prather and husband Rick; grandchildren, Christi Jackson, Scott Seago, Brent Jackson, Nathan Jackson and Amber Green; 4 great-grandchildren; longtime best friend Marlene Jones; brother-in-laws Joe and Larry Archer; sister-in-law Lynda Archer-Walker and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. on Tuesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Rev. Wallace Philpot officiating.


Victor Lee Patino IV, "Bud", 27 years old, born, August 22nd 1986. A loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He left this world on March 19th doing what he loved and in the fast lane. He touched so many hearts and will be missed, forever loved and never forgotten.

Survived by: Daughter Bailey Patino, Parents Rhonda and Victor Patino, Sister Valori Patino, Nephew Lukas Patino and many friends.


Leslie David Jones, age 33 of Farmers Branch, died on March 15, 2014. He was born on May 21, 1980 to David and Sissy in Dallas, Texas. Leslie will be missed by his father David Jones and wife Sherrill of Irving; mother Sissy Barth of Gainesville, Florida; fiancé Amanda Frost of Dallas; sister Nikki Jones of North Carolina; brothers Trevor and Cory Jones of Irving; grandmother Ruth Hutcherson of Farmers Branch; grandfather Jim Jones of Garland; great grandfather Leslie “Squint” Jones of Gainesville, Texas along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family requests memorials in Leslie’s name towards Camp Esperanza, C/O The Bridewell Foundation, Camp John Marc, 2824 Swiss Ave Dallas, Texas 75204.


Barbara Jo Davis, age 78 of Denton, died March 21, 2014. She was born to Carl William Avrett and Pauline Ragsdale Avrett on February 11, 1936 in Dallas, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Rusty Davis in 2006. Barbara resided in Irving, Texas from 1936-1990 before moving to Possum Kingdom Lake until 2005 when she relocated to Nashville, Tennessee until 2012. She will be missed by her Husband Bobby Davis of Denton; Sons Maury Davis and wife Gail of Nashville, TN; Tony Davis and wife Jennifer of Nashville, TN; daughter Tara “Tara Baby” Riney and husband Dale of Callisburg, TX; brother Larry Avrett and wife Martha of Stillwater, OK; sister Sharon Avrett of Nashville, TN.  Barbara was also blessed with 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held at Calvary Church in Irving on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11 AM with Pastor J. Don George officiating. Interment immediately following service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Chester Abercrombie of Tyler, formerly of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away March 18, 2014. He was born October 27, 1925 in Quitman, Texas to Thomas and Magnolie Abercrombie. Chester retired from the US Postal Service and served in the Merchant Marines and US Army in World War II. He was a member of Bowles Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. Chester was an avid Bowler and fisherman. He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife Wanda; sons Chester R. Abercrombie; A. D. Wall, Jr. and daughter Sharron Lanza. Survivors include sons Jerry Abercrombie and wife Linda of Tyler; Melvin Abercrombie and wife Kathy of Caddo Mills, Texas; David Abercrombie of Irving; Richard Wall and wife Pat of Leonard, Texas; Randy Wall and wife Kathy of Alvarado, Texas; Daughter Wanda Louise Lester and husband Jerry of Leonard, Texas and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 am on Friday prior to the funeral service to be held at 11:30 am Friday, March 21, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family requests memorial donations to The Gideons International at www.gideons.org or The Gideons International P.O. Box 140800 Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800.


Sam Sanders, age 72 and 38 year Irving resident, died on March 14, 2014.  He was born on August 16, 1941 in Post, Texas to Samuel Carol Sanders and Hettie Iva Donham Sanders and went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Sam enjoyed a long career in computer operations and disaster recovery working both for Campbell Taggert and Anheuser Busch until his retirement in 2005.  He is preceded in death by his parents and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Sandra Sanders; son Steve Sanders and his wife Sharla of Wylie; daughter Shelly Bruce of Irving; grandsons Jason Sanders and wife Sierra of Grand Prairie; Chad Bruce and his wife Cireli of Dallas; Tyler Sanders of Wylie; granddaughter Rindi Sanders of Mansfield along with great granddaughter Lilah Sanders of Grand Prairie.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, March 17, 2014. 


Lance Lucas Looper, formerly of Irving, died suddenly on March 8, 2014 at his home in Houston.  He was born on January 8, 1968 in Irving to Larry Lucas Looper and Sandra Kay Coster Looper.  A Committal Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas.  The family requests memorial donations to DFW Humane Society at 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75038 or dfwhumane.com .


Sue Shafer Hart, age 70, died March 7, 2014. She was born to John P. Shafer and Nelda Tidwell on March 5, 1944 in Dallas, Texas. Sue was a loving wife, mom, and nana who always enjoyed spending time with her family that she loved very much. She was a graduate of Irving High School, a longtime resident of Irving, and a volunteer for Irving Cares. Sue retired from Lone Star Gas after 30 years of employment. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Shafer. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 44 years Chuck Hart of Irving; daughter Susan Pigrenet and husband Toy of Irving; grandchildren Blake Pigrenet; Brent Pigrenet; Brittany Pigrenet; Chase Pigrenet; great grandson Bryson Buehler; sister Ann Shafer along with numerous beloved family members. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O Box 560089, Dallas, Texas 75356.


Della Anne Mackin, age 74 of Irving, died on March 5, 2014.  She taught for 28 years until her retirement at both Sam Houston and Travis in Irving and was a longtime member of Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church. Della is preceded in death by her parents, brother Joe P. Nalley, Jr. and sister Carol Baker and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband of 41 years, Charles Mackin of Irving; sisters Frances McBride of Germantown, TN; Joyce Roberts and Margaret Anderson both of Louisville, KY; Rita Rice and Teresa Thompson both of Bardstown, KY and Debbie Portman of Lebanon Junction, KY; brothers Jackie Nalley of Cartersville, GA; Randy Nalley of Shepherdsville of KY;  Mike Nalley of Cox’s Creek, KY; Tom Nalley of Louisville, KY; Jerry Nalley of Simpsonville, KY; Pat Nalley of Garland, TX; Wayne Nalley of Bastrop, TX along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 9, 2014 with a recitation of the rosary at 7:00 PM. Mass will be celebrated by Father Albert Becher at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving.


Johnsen, Jerrold Alvin, 90, died March 5, 2014 in Irving.  He was surrounded by the warmth & love of his family & dear friends. Survivors include children Martin Johnsen, Karen & Jim Peace, Susan & Al DeSio, Judy & Jerry Shelton, Debbie & Bill Rowlett, Eddie & Bobbi Henson,  Russell & Jeanne Henson;  12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Born 7-2-23 in Oklahoma City he is pre-deceased by two wives, Mary Louise Ramsey Johnsen Campbell, wife of 23 yrs, and Mary Louise Henson Johnsen, beloved wife of 27 yrs; grandson, James W. Peace, sister Rosalie Goforth, & parents Rosa Lee Caldonia Johnsen & William McKinley Johnsen.  Jerrold graduated from OU as a civil engineer. He was enlisted & assigned to the 128th Naval Construction Batt., a part of the Seabees as a Lt.   He retired in 1984, after 38 yrs with Mobil Oil Corp. as a geophysicist. He was an active member of Master Gardeners of Dallas County & was 1st President, 1986; Governor Perry awarded him the Dallas Co. Master Gardener Assn. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2013.  He was also active with the Hosp. Dist. Neighborhood Assn. He was an active member of Irving Church of Christ. Viewing will be from 5 PM to 7 PM at Brown’s Funeral Home on Friday, March 7, 2014. Services will be at 10 AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the funeral home with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Finkenbiner, Lillian “Lilly”, 85. Mrs. Finkenbiner passed away Sunday, February 23rd in the company of her family in Dallas, Texas. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Preceded by her parents Earl and Sadie Sisley, her sisters Jeanette and Ruth, brother Mendel and her daughter Carolyn Joy Stauffer. She is survived by her husband of 64½ years, Robert Finkenbiner, sons David and Dale, daughters-in-law Tami and Ruth, grandchildren Kris, Amy, Benjy, Zachary, Jonathan and wife Julie, Victoria and husband Jesse, Elissa and Jordan, 11 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson. Her love and devotion to her Savior Jesus Christ continues to inspire all who knew her, and she is loved and will be greatly missed. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Irving First United Methodist Church Chapel with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating. Interment will be held at The Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 10:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2014.


Greg Lindsey, age 63 of Irving, died on February 24, 2014.  He was born on June 16, 1950 in Dallas to Lee Russell Lindsey and June Williamson Lindsey and went on to work in the transportation industry as a truck driver.  He is preceded in death by his parents and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 32 years Linda Lindsey; son Lee Russell Lindsey and wife Cherokee and their dog Cooper; daughter Stephanie Anne Doden Evans and her husband James Michael; grandchildren Rheanelle Murphy, Tristan Doden, Bethany, Ethan and David Evans; great grandson Joseph Murphy; brother-in-laws Bill Watson and Wesley Bonner; sister-in-laws Dena Bonner, Sharon Watson and Paulette Herschner along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and requests memorial donations to donate.heart.org or American Heart Association/American Stroke Association PO Box 841125 Dallas, TX 75284-1125


Wanda Colson, age 91, died on February 19, 2014. She was born to Perry William May and Clara Herndon on June 5, 1922, in Anson, Texas. Wanda married Barney Colson on February 12, 1946, in Gainesville, Florida and remained there until her move to Irving, Texas in 2007. She was an active member of the Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her husband Barney who died on October 21, 1998. Wanda will be missed by her daughter Bonnye Stare and husband John, sister Winona Pope of Dallas, Texas and sister Sue Love of Monticello, Florida. A funeral service will be held in Gainesville, Florida at the University City Church of Christ on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville. The family requests memorials to VNA Hospice at 1600 Viceroy, Suite 400, Dallas, TX  75235.


Ina Marie Parr of Irving passed away February 15, 2014. She was born on June 21, 1921 to Jefferson and Elizabeth Patterson. She was past president of The Irving AARP Chapter and volunteered at The Irving Heritage Center. Ina was a member of First Baptist Church of Irving where she was involved in The Bible Survey Sunday School Class. She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 45 years, Edgar Parr, Jr. of Irving; son Robert Lankford; daughter Rose Marie Williamson;step children, David; Jerry Becky and Betsy Parr; granddaughters Katherine Williamson and Elizabeth Williamson; grandson Mark West. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the Chapel of The First Baptist Church in Irving with Pastor Jason Hatch officiating. Interment at The Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.


James Turner, age 93 of Irving, died on February 16, 2014. He was born to Iris Claude and Della Cloud Turner on June 30, 1920 in Bristol, Texas and went on to serve his country in the United States Army, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central European Campaigns.  James went on to enjoy a career as an automotive mechanic.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Mary Sue and will be greatly missed by his sons Larry Turner and wife Sandra of Euless; Mike Turner and wife Tina of Whitney; Greg Turner and wife Edith of Euless; Stephen Turner and wife Cindy of Grand Prairie; daughters Susan Turner of Irving and Stephanie Palmer of Cedar Hill; sister Gladys Hefley along with 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. There will be a family and friends gathering at the funeral home from 8:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 19, 2013.  A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Chaplain David George officiating.


Nathan Fipps, 43 years old, of Grand Prairie, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. He was a service technician with Intercard Technology. Nathan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Fipps of Grand Prairie; daughters, Nicole Tran of San Diego, CA, and Elizabeth Fipps and Madison Fipps of Fort Worth; Step Children, Melody Hargrove of Dallas and Kyle Hargrove of California; two grandchildren, Evrerard Tran and Emma Hargrove; parents, Glenn and Betty Fipps of Pittsburg, TX; sisters, Gina Garza and husband David of Waxahachie, Sheila Fipps of Dallas, and Rebecca Smith and husband Shane of Denton; nieces and nephews, Ashley Norman and Brentley Norman of Irving, and Aliyah Smith of Denton. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 10:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Reverend Carl Robbins. Interment will follow at Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens in Grand Prairie, TX. A visitation is planned for Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the funeral home, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Robbie Currier, age 55 of Grand Prairie, died on February 14, 2014. He was born to Volney Ray Currier and Shirleen Maxwell on June 28, 1958 in Austin, Texas. For a living, Robbie worked in the construction industry as a Drywall Installer at Interic Specialties of Dallas. He is preceded in death by his parents and will be missed by his wife Sherry; children Tanaya Hestrin and husband Martin of Mansfield; Lucas Currier and wife Jhen of Burleson; Amy Shields and husband Matthew of California; Steven Archer of Irving; brother Ricky Currier and wife Cindy of Corsicana; sister Brenda Currier of Lancaster; brother Randall “Sam” Currier and wife Carolyn of Cedar Hill and grandchildren Trey, Zach, Isaac, Cailin, James, Khit and Lane. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Michael Postell officiating and interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Joe Nicholson, age 52 of Irving, died on February 12, 2014.  He was born in Denton to Jimmy Clyde and Anna Anderson Nicholson on January 14, 1962 and went on to serve his country in the United States Army from 1978 to 1982 with the 1st Calvary Division.  Joe was family man who loved swimming, fishing and hunting and also enjoyed a career in injection molding.  He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Rebecca Nicholson; his daughter Jennifer Nicholson Sanders and husband Kaleb Sanders of Corsicana; his son Daniel Nicholson of Greenville along with two sisters, three brothers and numerous friends.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Irving,Texas.                                  


Eliseo Ramos Flores, age 84 of Irving, died on February 12, 2014. He was born to Eliseo Flores and Aleja Ramos in Durango, Mexico on April 14, 1929. Eliseo is preceded in death by daughters Mary Gomez and Janie Castillo and will be missed by his wife Ricarda Flores; daughter Sallie Cortez; sons Mingo, Tony and Raymond Garcia; sister Belen Flores along with 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with a rosary to be said at 6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, St. Luke’s Catholic Church on Monday, February 17, 2014 with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Fowler, 90, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2014 in Irving, TX.  He was born on June 16, 1923 in Fordyce, Arkansas, to Charles and Mellie Fowler. Tommy was a veteran of the US Army, serving in World War II. He moved to Dallas in 1960 with Haverty’s Furniture Company. In 1962, Tommy opened Fowler’s Furniture in Irving and owned other retail furniture stores in the Dallas area, where he worked until 2003. He enjoyed playing golf, was very active in his church and especially cherished spending time with his beloved wife Ruth, whom he married in 1945. She preceded him in death in 2002. He is survived by two sons, Tom Fowler, Jr. of Richardson and Ron Fowler and wife Meredith of Coppell; grandson Thomas A. Fowler III “Drew,” granddaughters Rebecca Fowler and Emily Fowler. The family would like to thank the staff, nurses and caretakers at Silverado Assisted Living and Silverado Hospice for their compassion and professionalism while caring for our loved one. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or the Alzheimer’s  Association. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:00am at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.


Kary Fieseler of Irving passed away February 10, 2014 at her home. She was born on February 28, 1954 in Dallas to Walter and Dorothy Harvey. She is preceded in death by her parents. Kary is survived by her husband Joe Pat Fieseler; daughter Stephanie Brockman; son Travis Fieseler and wife Michelle; granddaughters Mackenzie and Jordyn Fieseler and mother-in-law Peggy Fieseler. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday February 13, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Andy McQuitty officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Vitas Hospice Irving In Patient Unit at 8585 N. Stemmons #200, Dallas, TX  75247 or www.vitas.com


Louise Adra, age 79 and resident of Irving for 42 years, died on February 10, 2014. She was born in Salsaw, Oklahoma on October 20, 1934 to Virgil Cornelius and Ida Pearl Wofford Cornelius. Louise loved to paint and enjoyed spending her time with her children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and her beloved husband of 57 years, Tarek Adra. Louise will be greatly missed by her sons Nabeel Adra and his wife Beverly of Irving and Rodwan Adra and wife Mishae of Peoria, Illinois; grandsons Randy Adra and wife Beth of Irving; Dakota Adra and Noah Adra both of Peoria, Illinois; brothers James, Leonard and Richard Cornelius; sisters Lucille, Melba and Sandy along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 AM prior to a funeral service held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 11:00 AM and interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family requests memorial donations to the charity of your choice.


Kennith “Kennie” Gene Endicott, age 65 of Irving, died on February 6, 2014. He was born to Clyde Endicott and Teri Graham on March 29, 1948 in Kenova, West Virginia. Kennie was a long time resident of Irving after relocating from Inez, Kentucky. He was a manager for 42 years at Warehouse Auto Supply for his good friend Max Long. Kennie loved everything about classic trucks as well as telling jokes. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Clyde Endicott Jr. and will be missed by his wife of 44 years, Alice Endicott; brother Don Endicott and wife Margaret as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10 AM with Pastor Gary Tigue officiating. Kennie was a friend to all that knew him and will be greatly missed.


Tommy Endicott of Irving passed away February 6, 2014 in Plano. He was born on January 31, 1945 in Job, Kentucky to Frank and Lizzie Endicott. Tommy worked for ABF Truck Lines in Dallas for 16 years retiring in 2007. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War and was a member of Teamster Union Local 745 and the Irving Elks Lodge. He was an avid drag racer and enjoyed riding his Harley, and playing in shuffleboard tournaments at the Elks Lodge. Survivors include wife Ronna Endicott; son Frank Endicott; and daughter Dana Endicott all of Irving; sisters Orthea McReynolds of Dayton, Ohio; Naomi Graham of Irving; brother Darrell Endicott and wife Yvonne of Porum, Oklahoma; granddaughter Audrey Suzanne Endicott of Bivens, Texas and grandson Michael Thomas Endicott of Irving. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 10, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Pauline Marie Biven, age 87, died February 1, 2014. She was born to William Thomas Barber and Era Marie Blakely on January 30, 1927 in Hope, Arkansas. Pauline was a resident of Hillsboro, Texas after relocating from Irving, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to spoil her grandchildren. In her free time, Pauline enjoyed gardening, singing, playing the piano, cooking, and was always full of life. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Donivan Biven, and sister Juanita Chunn. Shed will be missed dearly by her daughters LaDonna Lewis of Hillsboro; Rebecca Kajs of Millersville, MD; Sharon Simons of Irving; grandchildren Kenneth Lewis; Holly Schatte; Sara Kajs; Natalie Lovejoy; Kerry Simons; Paula Simons; brothers Jerald Barber; Jesse Barber; William Jasper Barber and sister Louise Fowler. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas 76051 from 10 AM to 1 PM on Thursday, February 6, 2014. A funeral service will follow immediately after the visitation. The Biven family requests memorials to the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125 or www.donate.heart.org.


Charles Ray Oldham, age 84, went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2014. He was born to Samuel Houston Oldham and Clarice Marie Brown on December 22, 1929 in Dallas, Texas.  Charles was a resident of Euless for 50 years after relocating from Dallas. He served his country while in the Army during the Korean Conflict and later retired from Bell Helicopter in 1991 after 32 years of employment. Charles was an avid sports fan, a big fan of the Texas Rangers and a very loving father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents and will be dearly missed by his sons Kevin Oldham and wife Melissa of Colleyville; Keith Oldham and wife Karen of Trophy Club; daughter Lisa Rachal and husband Chuck of Gonzales, LA; sister Barbara Brantley and husband R.M of Irving; grandchildren Britni and Ryan Rachal; Amanda, Bailee, Hannah, Rachel, and Sarah Oldham along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Irving, Texas on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10 AM. Committal service with military honors will be held immediately following the service.

 


John David Walker, age 60 of Irving, died January 30, 2014. He was born to James C. Walker and Carolyn Walker in Dallas, Texas on April 27, 1953. John was a long time resident of Irving, a graduate of Irving High School, and attended Stephen F. Austin University. In his free time, John enjoyed the outdoors of East Texas and fishing. He is preceded in death by his parents and will be missed by his brother Justin Walker; niece Kristin Walker Pangle; nephew Michael Walker along with many close friends and cousins. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas at 11:00 AM. The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association sent to Justin Walker, P.O Box 1236, Grapevine, Texas 76099-1236.


Gilmer Lee Holt Sr., age 86 of Irving, died on Thursday, January 30, 2014. He was born to Ernest Holt and Neva Thomas in Malvern, Arkansas on January 1, 1928. Gilmer served his country while in the Navy and later was employed as a Warehouse Worker for Allis-Chalmers Tractor Company. He will be missed by his wife Christine; son Gil Holt and wife Cyndi of Cedar Hill; daughters Joyce Wallace of Irving; Cindy Duncan and husband Jim of Irving; Grandchildren Justin Holt and wife Alathea of Dallas; Jared Holt of Cedar Hill; Jonathan Wallace of Irving; Brian Wallace of Forrest Hill; Nicolas Wallace of Fort Worth; Joel Duncan of Irving; eleven great grandchildren; brother Gene Holt and wife Mona of Katy; sister and brothers in law Janice Wagner and Jackie and Albert Brown; along with numerous nieces and nephews and other loving family members. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 6 PM to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 10 AM with Pastor Leon Adkins officiating. Interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the Recorded Media Ministry at Berean Memorial Church, 1000 East Sixth Street, Irving, Texas 75060.


John Ellingson was born on July 25, 1957 to Jack and Wanda Ellingson of Irving, Texas.  He passed away on January 29 at his home in Irving of a heart attack.  John formerly worked at U-Haul. He attended Nimitz High School, attended Bible Classes at Dallas Theological Seminary’s Lay Institute, and was a former certified scuba diver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. John was preceded in death by his father Jack Ellingson and his sister Jackie Ellingson. John is survived by his wife, Patsy; his mother Wanda; his ex-wife Cheryl Ellingson of Irving and their son John Brody Ellingson and wife Angela of Irving, son Matthew; daughter Ashley Soderstrom and husband Derek of Coppell, children Taylor and Madison; sisters Juanita Ellingson of Irving, Connie Cloer of Keller; and brother Mike Ellingson. John is also survived by nieces, nephews, step children, in-laws, and host of friends. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, Texas.


Richard Allen Short, Husband, Father, Friend, Veteran. Born 8 December 1926 to father Charles Spurgeon Short and mother, Helen Myers Short in Oklahoma City, OK; died on 26 January 2014 due to complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder [COPD] at home in Irving, TX, aged eighty-seven [87] years, forty-nine [49] days.  Pre-deceased by: his wife, Lois Rhodes Short, his father, Charles Spurgeon Short, his mother Helen Myers Short; two nephews, Huntington Wolcott Rhodes and Christopher Lee Rhodes IV; and grandson Kenneth Edward Rawlins. Survived by: his son, Charles Grant Short and wife, Patricia Faye Short of Collierville, TN; his daughter, Melissa Short Reeves of Irving, TX; his brother-in-law, Christopher Lee Rhodes III and wife Judith Peirsol Rhodes of Tulsa, OK; Granddaughters Rachel Brynnen Short of Frisco, TX; Jessica Ruth Short of Coppell, TX; Rebecca Christine Reeves of New Orleans, LA; Molly Kathleen Reeves of Fort Smith, AR; and Michelle Faye Brown and husband Wesley Adam Brown of Irving, TX; and a significant extended family.  Mr. Short grew up in Newkirk, OK.  He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 17 [after securing the approval of his father] to serve in the Second World War, and was posted in the Pacific.  After the conclusion of the war and his pre-separation service in the Philippine Islands, he returned to the United States and attended Tulsa University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Air Force ROTC unit, graduating in 1952. At Tulsa, he met and courted Lois Ann Rhodes, the love of his life, marrying her on 21 December 1951. They honeymooned in Joplin, Missouri [the honeymoon capital of the world].  Shortly after they were married, he was again posted in the Pacific for the duration of the Korean War, where he served as a pilot.  Upon his return from Korea, he and Lois were posted in succession to Air Force bases in Houston and Lubbock. He left the Air Force in 1956, taking a sales engineering position with Horner Boxes, Inc., from the fourth successor of which he retired in 1989. He moved his family to Irving in 1957, where he and Lois remained until death. He and his family were faithful members of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, where he served as the chair of many committees of the Administrative Board, and most especially, as a long-term member and bass section leader of the Chancel Choir. A thespian at heart, Mr. Short was a member until he died of the Irving Community Theater [ICT] Troupe, having performed the lead role of the first-ever ICT presentation, “Visit to a Small Planet,” in 1968.  During this extended association, he crewed, acted-in and produced many ICT projects.  A celebration of his life shall be performed on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m at the Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Organ Fund at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX.


Billy Wayne Dulworth of Grand Prairie, Texas went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2014. He was born in Anadarko, OK on October 23, 1932 and went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Billy was the owner of Dulworth Back Hoe for over forty years, an almost fifty year member of Irving Masonic 1218 A.F. & A.M. and Lifetime 32 Degree Member of Scottish Rite.  He is survived by his beloved wife Glenda Maxine of Grand Prairie; son Ron Dulworth of Irving; daughter Michele Owens and husband Rick of Grand Prairie; granddaughters Rena Dulworth of Fort Worth; Amanda Dulworth of Irving and Brittany Owens of Granbury; grandson United States Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Clint Owens and wife Jennifer of Triangle, VA; great grandson Cooper; brother Roy Dulworth and wife Linda of  Grapevine along with sister-in-law Marzie Butler and husband J.M. of Burkburnett, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the funeral home. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Oak View Baptist Church with interment immediately following at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie. The family requests memorials to be sent to the Legacy Scholarship Program at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St. Dallas, Texas 75219 or the Greater Dallas Chapter of Alzheimer’s, 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750,  Dallas, TX 75204.


Edith “Anice” Price, 86, passed away on January 24, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Winters, TX to Floy and Roy Baley, she attended Sowers’ schools, graduated from Irving High in 1945, and worked for and retired  from the City of Irving.  Anice has been a faithful member of Pioneer Drive Baptist church for 76 years.  She is survived by her sisters, Rita Woodruff and Jennie Fitch and her brother Pete Baley;  her husband of almost 67 years and the “love of her life,” James Price;  her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Steve Candelaria, Carol and Ronny Powers, and Kathy and Jeff Bongfeldt; adoptive son, Emile Brikha; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandkids.  Funeral services will be held at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 W. Pioneer Dr., Irving on Wednesday, January 29, at 10:00 a.m.  The family will receive friends at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Sheldon Charles Reynolds, Sr., of Irving, passed away on January 21, 2014. He was born on April 10, 1964 in New Orleans, LA to David Reynolds and Doris Bankston Reynolds and went on to serve his country in the United States Army. Sheldon worked for United Stationers for over five years and loved to tinker and fix things along with spending time in the “man cave” he built for himself. He is preceded in death by his father David Reynolds and brother Rodney Reynolds. Sheldon will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Fonya Reynolds; his mother Doris Reynolds; brother Eric Reynolds; daughters Lauryn and Londyn Reynolds of Irving; sons Sheldon Reynolds Jr. and Josh Reynolds along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Irving. A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at later date.


C A Hurt, Jr., of Irving died January 18, 2014 at the Las Colinas Medical Center of Irving.  He was born on May 20, 1932 in Hale Center, Texas to his parents Charley A. Hurt, Sr. and Mae (Adams) Hurt.  Many in Irving remember him from his long and prestigious career as a Barber for over 40 years.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Bobbie and daughter Debbie.  Surviving C A is his son Charles Hurt of Irving, sisters Wanda Hale, of Littlefield, Texas, Mary Emma Matthews of Dimmit, Texas and Helen Patterson of Littlefield, Texas; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014, with Pastor Jody Nichols officiating.


Tex Cory Jennings of Irving passed away January 19, 2014. He was born on August 24, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to Tex and Juanita Jennings. Tex Cory was a retired firefighter and paramedic for the City of Addison. He loved to hunt, ride his Harley and spend time with his two daughters. He is survived by his mother Juanita Jennings of Irving; and daughters Stacy and Paige both of Irving. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday January 21, 2014 at The First United Methodist Chapel in Irving with Reverend Chris Allen officiating.


Marvina Alice Krueger, born December 7, 1941 in Dallas, TX, passed away on January 18, 2014. Marvina was a lifelong resident of Irving and graduated from Irving High School. Her career spanned four decades in the fields of insurance and accounting, including several years with the City of Irving, until she retired in 2006. She is survived by her husband, James T. (Jim) Krueger; brother, John W. Jones of Irving; stepsons David and Mark Krueger; grandsons Cody Bellah of Kansas City, MO, and Vince Remedez of Grand Prairie. She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Dorothy Jones; brother David Jones and stepdaughter Jill Ann Krueger-Johnson. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:30, at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane C, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX.


Robert Lavins Blevins, age 93 of Irving, died on Saturday, January 18, 2014. He was born to James H. Blevins and Mary L. Neil on February 1, 1920 in Decatur, Tennessee. Robert was retired from Trinity Portland Cement after 45 years of service where he worked as a chemist. He was very proud of his work at DFW International Airport where he was the leading chemist for quality control for all cement work there. Robert served in the US Army during World War II and earned two bronze stars in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Irving and part of their Wednesday Work Crew. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He is preceded in death by his sisters Reba; Ruth; Margaret; Sara; Lucy and Betty; brothers Jim and Neal and his parents. Robert will be missed by his wife of 70 years Agnes Blevins; sons Allen Blevins and wife Debra; Steve Blevins and wife Ginger; grandchildren Katharine Ramirez and husband CJ; Josh Blevins and Zachary Blevins; great grandchildren Ryan Ramirez and Haley Ramirez along with numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church in Irving with Sammy Hargrove officiating. Interment is at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving immediately following the service.


Jacob Hollings, born August 9, 1993, passed away tragically on January 16, 2014. Jacob graduated from South Grand Prairie High School in 2011. He was passionate about dirt bike and mountain bike riding and physical fitness. He started his career with Southwest Greens last February and was excited about his future. He always had a smile on his face, lived life to the fullest and was taken from us way too soon. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Robert Corbin and John Hollings. He is survived by his parents Phil and Debbie Hollings, brother Matthew Hollings, grandmothers Barbara Corbin and Esme' Hollings, aunts and uncles David and Suzanne Corbin, Harold and Diane Lawrence, Morris and Deanna Hollings, Russell Hollings and cousins Jennifer and Jason Lawrence and Craig Hollings. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, at Plymouth Park Methodist Church, 1615 West Airport Freeway in Irving. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the services from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.


Rose Margaret Cooper, age 94 of Irving, died January 14, 2014. She was born to Edward Frank Graney and Margaret Sidey Graney in Akron, Ohio on January 27, 1919. Rose is preceded in death by her beloved husband Elbie W. Cooper and will be missed by her sons Dr. Wesley Edward Cooper, Charles John Cooper and her daughter Lyndon “Lyn” Cooper along with four grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Gerardo Gonzalez, age 73 of Irving, died on January 13, 2014. He was born to Manuel Gonzalez and Rafaela Cantu on July 20, 1940 in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Gerardo was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a very religious man who cherished serving the Lord and loved spending time with his family. Gerardo will be missed by his wife Esparanza Gonzalez of Irving; sons Gerardo Gonzalez and wife Araceli; Hector Gonzalez and wife Joanne; Alberto Gonzalez and wife Lupita; daughters Alicia Gonzalez; Norma Montealvo and husband Ricardo; son Jesus Gonzalez; daughter Veronica Yruegas and husband Edward; son David Gonzalez and wife Julie; grandchildren Nallely, Gerardo, Gerardo Daniel, Oslan, Jesus, Cecilia, Yari, Justin, Alysen, Jecob, Kelsey, Karina, Sebastian, Ricardo, Leonardo, Osvin; sisters Maria, Teresa, and Loreta and brothers Manuel, Abel, and Fernando. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10 AM with a service at 5 PM the same day. Interment will be on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens at 2 PM.


Harold Gene Ferrell, age 84 of Irving, died January 14, 2014. He was born to Wiley Forrest Ferrell and Athlene Marie Perry on April 25, 1929 in Itmann, West Virginia. Harold retired from being a Heavy Equipment Mechanic at Darr (Holt) Equipment Company in Irving. He served as a United States Air Force Staff Sergeant from 1950-1954. Harold was a member of the Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. He will be missed by his wife Anne Ferrell; sons Forrest Ferrell of Dallas and Bruce Ferrell of Irving; and sister Janet Crabtree of South Carolina. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 2 PM to 4 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Private committal service with military honors will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held for the general public at a later date.


Harold W. Keller, age 79 of Irving, died January 13, 2014. He was born to Elzie Keller and Eva Mae Bowers in Dennison, Texas on January 31, 1934. Harold was a member of the Beltline Road Church of Christ. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Edith Keller. He will be missed by his children Sandi Parker and husband Wes; Mike Keller and wife Debbie; Glen Keller and wife Susan; Robin Croley and husband Chris; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11AM in the Brown’s Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.


Gladys Eloise Henderson, age 93 of Irving, died on January 11, 2014. She was born on September 22, 1920 in Athens, Louisiana to Cratie Lee Van Hooser and Ida Gladys Cobb Van Hooser. Eloise is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband and will be greatly missed by her daughter Angie Krause of Irving; her son Cecil Floyd Henderson of Montgomery, Texas; her grandchildren Ashley Henderson; Sean, Collin and Kevin Krause; great grandchildren Alison, Emily, Angelica Day, Lucy, Nicole and Bailey Ella Krause. A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas.  


Imogene Pope, 85, received her wings as she was surrounded by her family at her home on Sunday morning January 12, 2014. Sadly we've lost our earthly jewel, yet grateful she is no longer suffering. She was born March 28, 1928 in Dallas, Texas to George Williams and Nobie O’Neal Williams. A loving wife, mother and homemaker Imogene was also a caregiver for many for several years well into her seventies. She was preceded in death by her husband Homer Pope in 1991, son Larry Odell Pope in 2010 and granddaughter Audrey Ann Black in 2012. Imogene is survived by her children Delores White, Zona Franklin and her husband Tommy, Lavinia Harrison, Marilyn Nemec and Darryl Pope, all of Irving; her brother George ‘Sandy’ Williams of Grand Prairie; and thirteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Grace Pointe Church, 208 South Story Road, Irving , Pastor Patrick Wooten officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Family requests memorials to Grace Pointe Church, 208 North Story Road, Irving, Texas 75060.


Ollivene “Ollie” Glavin, age 93, died on January 8, 2014. She was the eldest of eight children born to Homer Schlegel and Kathryn Steckley on February 24, 1920 in Albany, Oregon. Ollie married Harold Paul Glavin in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Hitchin’ Post and later moved to Irving in 1958. Before working at Chase Bank, she was employed with Irving Bank and Trust. Ollie was fondly known by her grandkids, great grandkids and many friends as Ninnie Ollie. She loved dancing and attended the dances at the Irving Heritage Center where she would dance with several partners who would take her on the dance floor in her wheel chair. After spending many years teaching Sunday school at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, she transferred her membership to Calvary Church where she was a member of the Primetimers. Ollie is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold Paul Glavin, and son, Gregory Glavin. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Candace Kinsey; grandchildren Kevin Miles, Jason Miles, Angela Smith and husband Zane and Jennifer Sheffield; great grandchildren Dylan Miles, Fielder Smith, Kline Smith, Jason Sheffield, Cody Sheffield, and Tyler Sheffield; sister Doris Harvey; sister-in-law Louise Schlegel; great great grandchild Jackson Sheffield, and had a special relationship with many of her nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Brown's Memorial Chapel at 2:00 PM.


Maggie Emily Gideon, age 99 of Irving, died on January 7, 2014.  She was born on July 4, 1914 to W.A. Riek and Julia Tennessee “Tennie” Riseden Riek in Moore, Oklahoma.  Maggie loved sewing and gardening, especially flowers.  She also enjoyed upholstery work and refinishing furniture. Maggie was an active church member and an Eastern Star who loved gospel music and piano.  Her love of piano inspired her to play piano for the Southside Baptist Church while she was a member there. Maggie also ran their Children’s Church until later when she became a member at Trinity Baptist Church and then most recently, Oak View Baptist Church.  Maggie is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Carl Cleon Gideon, son Charles Cleon “Charlie” Gideon, daughter Carol Ann Foster and all of her siblings. She was the last surviving child of W.A. and Tennie Riek.  Maggie will be greatly missed by her son Glenn L. Gideon and wife Clara; daughter- in- laws Karmie Gideon and Janie Foster; grandchildren Robert Foster and wife Becky; Sharon Foster; Bobby Coomer and wife Jullie; Becky Steelman and husband Roger; her caregiver Jackie Cramer along with eight great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and treasured friends.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Janet Rae Bailey, age 73 of Irving, Texas, passed away Saturday January 4, 2014. Janet Rae Moore was born in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 1940 to James Medford Moore and Lola Maxine (Rudel) Moore. Janet grew up in a town outside Oklahoma City called Wellston. After graduating college in 1962 from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmund, she came to Irving to teach elementary school. It was here she met William Guy "Bill" Bailey. The two were married on June 20, 1964 and went on to have two boys, Guy William (born 1967) and Brett James (born 1969). Janet completed a Master's degree in counseling from the University of North Texas in 1969 and took a job as a high school counselor at Irving High School. While at Irving High School, she touched the lives of many young people. During the last few years before retirement, she served as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor. Janet excelled at supporting and encouraging people without judging them. This talent served her well during her more than thirty years of service to Irving Independent School District. Janet's hobbies including singing in the church choir at First United Methodist Church in Irving and genealogy. Janet traced her family roots back to the American Revolutionary War and was very active with the Daughters of the American Republic. Janet was preceded in death by her brother Gary Moore, MD. Janet is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, William Guy "Bill" Bailey (Irving), her son Guy William Bailey (College Station) and her son Brett James Bailey (Irving). A memorial service will be held Thursday 4:00 PM at First United Methodist Church located at 211 West 3rd Street in Irving, TX 75060. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Chancel Choir.

 


Faye Mullins Pardo returned to the Lord on January 5, 2014 at the age of 82. She was born in Hearne, TX on July 19, 1931 and was raised during the Great Depression. After marrying her high school sweetheart, William Roland Pardo, Jr. (who died on 8/30/2008), she lived in Hearne and Fort Worth before moving to Irving in 1964. She is survived by her children, Connie Smart-Baker (Jeff Baker) of Irving; Cynthia (Raymond) Rehberg of Erie, CO; and William R. Pardo III, AKA Bubba, of Irving. Mrs. Pardo is survived and will be dearly missed by grandchildren Becky (Phillip) Davis of Colleyville, Sam (Jennifer) Smart of Allen, and Ben Rehberg of Alfred, NY. She is also survived by sisters Grace Schulze of San Antonio and Edna Vinton of Franklin, along with numerous nieces and nephews and four great-grandchildren—McKeylee Smart, Abby Davis, Madeline Davis, and Ethan Smart. In addition to her devoted and beloved husband of almost 60 years, she was predeceased by her parents, Francis and Sarah Mullins; ten brothers and sisters; and grandson Rob Rehberg. Mrs. Pardo was first and foremost a wife and homemaker, but after raising her children she took a job in the school cafeteria and rose to a supervisory position at Irving School Food Service, from which she retired with distinction. A proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas since 2011 (her ancestor Edward McMillan fought at the Battle of San Jacinto), Faye attended the First United Methodist Church of Irving during her later years. She will be remembered as a kind, funny lady who was a skilled seamstress, an excellent cook and baker, a knowledgeable and avid antique and “junk” collector/seller, and a lover of garage sales. Her friends and family will miss her wit and compassion. Friends may call at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, on Thursday, January 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service to be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, at the Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home in Hearne, followed by burial locally in Hearne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 West Third Street, Irving, for their community outreach efforts.


Lena “Nana” Thompson of Irving passed away January 1, 2014. She was born on August 20, 1935 in Brownsboro, Texas to Marion and Shirley Anderson. Nana will be remembered for her passion and devotion to taking care of children at her home daycare in Irving for over 30 years. They truly became her kids. She was A firecracker of a woman who had a big heart and even bigger hair. Her main hobby in life was her “kids.” She was a loving wife, mother sister and grandmother to her family. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 46 years Thomas Thompson, son Timothy Thompson and brothers Willie and Owen Anderson. She is survived by her daughter Angie and husband Ryan Graves; daughters Donna Kay; Vallie; Frankie; Sue; Lisa; son Tommy; brothers Richard Warren Anderson and Jerry Anderson and wife Linda. and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 6, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Interment will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at Clairette Cemetery in Erath County, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Hospital; Scottish Rite Hospital or The American Diabetes Association.


Lloyd Wayne Cunningham of Irving passed away January 1, 2014 in Irving. He was born on August 17, 1960 to Lloyd Delbert and Sarah Alice Morgan Cunningham. Lloyd attended Nimitz High School and liked playing cards, going to casinos and buying and selling on Ebay and Craigslist. He is survived by his daughter Sueann Lyon of Irving; Mother Alice Cunningham of Irving; sisters Patricia Sisk and Sarah Harris both of Irving and Judy Insel of Grand Prairie; granddaughters Taylar Perez and Hayleigh Lyon and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday January 5, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday January 6, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


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