Recent Obituaries


Morris Irving Grayson, Sr., age 91 and longtime Irving resident also formerly of Childress, Texas, died on July 29, 2014. He was born to Merton T. Grayson and Bonnie Mae Henderson Grayson in Knox City, Texas on May 3, 1923 and went on to serve his country proudly in the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II. Morris served with the Third Army under General Patton and earned a Bronze Star for his valor. He went on to enjoy a career as a machinist for Braniff Airlines until his retirement in 1985. Morris was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed snow and water skiing and just generally being outdoors. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son Freddie Paul Grayson and will be greatly missed by his son Morris “Butch” Grayson, Jr. and his wife Earnie of Irving; son Jerry Don Grayson also of Irving; daughters Teresa Diane Grayson of Bedford and Debbie Lynn Edwards and her husband Ron of Coppell; son Steve Grayson and wife Darlene also of Coppell; Sheryl Barrett and husband Dan of Corsicana; Mark Damon and wife Denise of Irving along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sisters Merle Patterson and Helen McLarty; brother Emory Grayson and numerous special nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 1, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and interment with military honors in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens will immediately follow the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


Kenneth G. Robbins, age 67, died July 23, 2014. He was born to Billie Marvin Robbins and Mary Elfredia Pond Robbins on September 4, 1946 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Kenneth was a resident of Trenton, Texas and formerly from Lewisville and Corpus Christi. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Kenneth was a member of the North Texas Hunter Retriever Association and also enjoyed being a member of CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International). He will be dearly missed by his wife Sharon Robbins of Trenton; son Barry Robbins and wife Pam of The Colony; son David Robbins and wife Tisha of Missouri City along with grandchildren Hailey Robbins, Brooke Robbins, and Kenneth Rex Robbins. A committal service with military honors will take place on August 6, 2014 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2 PM.


Audrey Grace Burkham Whitney, known by many as “Amazing Grace” or “Nena”, died at age 92 on July 27, 2014 surrounded by her family.  She was born in Camp County, Texas on September 9, 1921 to Kimp Burkham and Vira Lu Vennie Newkirk Burkham. Grace met and married the love of her life, Robert Arthur Whitney on August 26, 1937 and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage until his death in 1998. She attended Durham Business College and went on to work successfully as a lumber broker from 1937 until 1955. Grace then decided to become a real estate broker, eventually forming her own companies. She owned and operated Broadway North Management Association in San Antonio before retiring and moving to Lake Bob Sandlin and then later to Irving, and continuing her real estate brokerage well into the 1990’s. Grace was a true patriot and was proud to be a part of the Daughters of The Republic of Texas. Her family and Christian faith were important to her and she enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and was interested in genealogy. Grace was famous for her chocolate and coconut pies. She is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, five brothers, seven sisters and her grandson Timothy Redford.  Grace leaves a legacy of love and will be greatly missed by her daughter Lea Whitney; son Robert Arthur Whitney, Jr. and his wife Sharlene Whitney; grandchildren Monica Windes and her husband Aaron Frank Windes; Robert Arthur Whitney, III and wife Angie Whitney; Dannielle Whalen and husband James Patrick Whalen, Jr; David Redford; Lynne Griffin and husband Mark Griffin; great grandchildren Carter Aaron Windes, Jacob Avery Windes, Weston Anderson Windes, Taylor Grace Whitney, Robert Arthur Whitney IV, Whitney Elizabeth Whalen, William Patrick Whalen, Sarah Grace Redford, Michael Ray Redford, Leanna Elizabeth Redford, Alexis Sheed, Nathan Griffin and his wife Brittany Brown Griffin; Ashley Griffin McElroy and her husband Brandon McElroy; Daniel Griffen and Audrey Griffin along with great-great grandchildren Katie Elizabeth Redford and Paxton Griffin. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church at 1714 N. Story Road in Irving with Reverend Ken Branam officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Southern Franklin County at 3:00 PM.  The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The family requests memorials on behalf of Grace’s granddaughter Lynne Griffin in her quest for a new kidney. Memorials can be made at www.helphopelive.org {enter Lynne Griffin in the hourglass}. Words that sum up her life are: Christian, Family, Love, and Patriot.   


Opal Tipton, 91, of Irving died Saturday morning, July 26, 2014.  Mrs. Tipton was a long-time resident of Irving.  She and her husband, Clint Tipton, moved to Irving in 1949, following their favorite minister, Brother JW Lindsey, who located to Irving to Pastor the First Methodist Church – and the church was their home for the rest of their lives. Opal was born Ruth Opal Sanders in Lovelady, TX to Joseph and Sallie Sanders.  One of eight children, she is survived by one sister, Merl Foster, of Huntsville/Trinity, TX and one sister-in-law Winona Sanders of Wichita Falls, TX.  She is preceded in death by her husband, her best friend, her first and only love, her “Dear Clint”, who passed away in 2000.  She is also preceded in death by her siblings Izora Russell of San Bernardino, CA,  Stella Peterson of Kountze, TX,  Inez   Martin of Grand Prairie, TX, Ida Lewis of Tyler, TX,  Wanda Cunningham of Irving, TX, and Joseph Sanders of Wichita Falls.  Opal leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, and family who dearly love her and will miss her terribly.  She touched so many lives and loved, raised, taught, influenced so many of us… to list everyone here would take up entirely too much time and space. Opal had many talents including painting china, making candy, sewing, gardening, cooking, crochet, and knitting.  Everyone who knew Opal would remember her famous candies usually being served on one of her hand painted pieces of china.  Opal’s greatest strength, though, was her leadership.  She had a natural, internal drive to serve, take initiative, work hard, organize, lead, recruit, and delegate that naturally placed her into the role of leader.  For over 25 years, Opal was an Administrative Assistant in the IISD mostly at Farine Elementary School.  She and her husband were never able to have children of their own, but it seems their lives revolved around children none-the-less.  Opal was a dearly loved Sunday School Teacher at FUMC for many years and taught the love of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the children in the church growing up in the 1950s and 1960s.  She was a highly organized and active Girl Scout Leader for many years and later in life was inducted into the National Girl Scout “Hall of Fame” in New York City.  Because of her Scouting Leadership, she received a special invitation to the 100 year celebration in Washington DC to have lunch with First Lady, Barbara Bush.  Throughout her life she served in numerous capacities and “ministries” in her church, her community, her work, and in Girl Scouts. Her last years were hard on her as her body slowly weakened. However, the Lord provided for His faithful servant, Opal.  She so gracefully received her blessings as she was tenderly and diligently cared for by her family with the help of the team of God-sent caregivers at Avante Rehabilitation and Hospice Plus in Irving.  The kindness, compassion, and excellent nursing care she received provided her comfort in her weakened state.  Her family is deeply grateful to Phillip Prince and the entire team of high-performing nurses and caregivers at Avante.  Their superior service to our community is truly a ministry and a blessing to their patients and families.  The appreciation of Opal’s family is deeper than we are able to convey in written word. Good bye, Aunt Opal.  We can’t believe you’re gone from this Earth, but we will love you always.  You and Uncle Clint are forever in our memories and our hearts and we look forward to living out the legacy of love and service that you left for us.  Now, cross that River Jordan and Fly Away to Glory.  We will see you again someday in the Sweet By and By. Visitation will be held on Monday July 28, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at First United Methodist Church Chapel with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating. Interment will immediate follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Beth Gates, age 91 of Irving, died July 25, 2014, one day short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Charles Rozell and Mary Roberts on July 26, 1922 in Dallas, Texas. Beth is preceded in death by her husband Edwin Gates; 5 brothers; son John Michael Gates; daughter Marilyn Gates and grandson Michael Gates. She will be dearly missed by her son Rick Gates; grandchildren Chelle Trantham, Lance Wells, Tiffany Fritz, Ericka Brent, Sam Gates, William Gates, and Maegan Gates; 24 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; brother Norman Rozell and wife melody; sisters Elaine Williams, Dorothy Schmidt, and Marjie Rozell along with many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2-4 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 AM at the funeral home with Todd Peavy officiating. Interment immediately following service at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.


Jewell Kirkland, age 94 and 47 year Irving resident previously of Archer City, died on July 22, 2014. She was born on May, 8 1920 in Antelope, Texas to Allie Thomas Singleton and Victoria Francis Wallace Singleton and went on to own her own floral business for 17 years, Plymouth Park Florist, in Irving until her retirement in 1984. Jewell was also a long time member of the Oakview Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband and will be greatly missed by her son Richard Kirkland and daughter-in-laws Sue Vardiman and Cindy Kirkland; grandsons Richard Kirkland, Jr. and his wife Erin; Shawn Kirkland and wife his Shirley along with 4 great-grandchildren Jake, Cole, Ashton and Tessa. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 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 from 12:00 PM Noon from 2:00 PM just prior to the funeral service.


Joe L. Galvan, Jr, 45 of Irving, Texas passed away unexpectedly, Monday, July 21, 2014. He was born on December 15, 1968 to Joe L. Galvan, Sr. and Jannie P. Galvan and was a lifelong resident of Irving.  Always showing his Tiger pride, he graduated from Irving High school in 1987.  Joe was an avid Cowboys fan and loved the UFC recently attending live fights.  He was a member of the George B. Dealey Masonic Lodge 1312 in Oak Cliff and earned his Iron Cross for his Prison Ministry work through the Bill Glass Prison Ministry.  Joe was passionate about serving Christ and loved to do so on a Harley Davidson. Joe is survived by his prides and joy, Jose “Topper” L. Galvan III and Joshua L. Galvan and beautiful and treasured wife of 16 years, Clarissa M. Galvan of Irving; twin brother Joseph “Lee” Galvan and wife Lisa of Irving: brother Grant Morse of Irving; and sister in law Wendy Morse of Grand Prairie; brother Jason Petross and Becky; sister and brother in law Valda  and Russell New of Irving; sister and brother in law Margie and Reg Beeston of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; mother, Jannie Galvan of Irving, father Joe L. Galvan, Sr. and wife Linda of Duncanville; mother in law, Patricia Henderson of Kilgore; Aunt Maria Louisa Palomo of Irving; Uncle Miguel and Aunt Graciella Palomo of Alamo. Aunt Beatriz Chavez and family, Aunt Rose Martinez, Uncle Margarito Galvan and Maria and family. Cousins Aleida, Annabelle, Aida and Michael, Sandra, Roxanne, Gregorio, Diane and Danny along with several nieces and nephews and countless friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. Joe is also survived by his faithful Chihuahua “Cookie”. He is proceeded in death by his father in law Windell Henderson and grandparents Bernabe “uello” and Michaela “uella” Palomo. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM with the Rosary being said at 7 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be held at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 Pioneer Drive, Irving, Texas, 75061 on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11 AM.  A fund has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses: http://www.gofundme.com/bwlbf8.  Please prayerfully consider giving as any amount would truly bless the family.


Mildred Caraway, age 89 of Arlington, died on July 21, 2014.  She was born in Keller, Texas on February 2, 1925 to W.O. Steward and Emma Smith Steward and went on to enjoy a career as a payroll clerk for thirty two years until her retirement. Mildred was a member of the Oakview Baptist Church and is preceded in death by her beloved husband Bobby Caraway and her son Mike Walker. She will be greatly missed by her son Jim Walker and his wife Dortha of Arlington; step-daughter Marsha Caraway of Irving; step-son Larry Caraway, Sr. and his wife Cathy of The Colony; grandchildren Felicia and Dave Dillard and Leslie and Kory Ackermann; step-grandchildren Larry Caraway, Jr., Adam Caraway and Sarah Cummins along with great-grandchildren Chloe, Ella and Luke Dillard. A graveside funeral service will be held at 9:15 AM on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with Jim Gerlach officiating. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


Helen Marie Moore Crofford passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born Paoli, Oklahoma to Joe and Myrtle Hawkins Moore on Sunday, March 23, 1919. Helen is preceded in death by her loving husband Robert Bowie (Boozy) of almost 68 years, her parents Joe Edmond Moore and Myrtle Moore; sister Jewell Caster; brother Joe (Jr) Moore; grandson Stonie Don Croft and great grandson Memphis Calvin Barkley Croft. She is survived by daughters Roberta and son-in-law Duane Long of Fulshear, Texas and Kay Crofford of Irving, Texas; grandchildren Robert and Julie Long of Fulshear, Texas; Ron and Elaine Long of St. Pete’s Beach, Florida; Julie Croft, Rockie Croft, Darbie and Ben Hoffman all of Irving along with two great-grandsons Travis Long and Ian Hoffman. Other surviving relatives are Homer L. Moore of Kingman, Arizona; Edward R. Moore of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma; loving sister-in-law, Carrie Pearl Marshall of Irving and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church Irving and the Irving Chapter 777 Order of the Eastern Star. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Irving with Reverend Sammy Hargrove officiating and interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church at 10:00 AM one hour prior to the funeral service and requests memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Irving.


David Wayne White, 56 of Irving, Texas died as a result of a motorcycle accident on July 12, 2014 in Dallas.  He was born on July 17, 1957 to William and Loie White. David is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by daughter Shelby White; granddaughter Annabel; sister Gracie and brothers Raymond and Robbie. David was a dedicated employee at Averitt for over 17 years making many lifelong friends along the way. He loved sports, NASCAR and his daughter immensely. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Tigue officiating.


Lee Loftus, after 80 years of a life well lived, died July 13, 2014. She was born to Albert Paul Schultz and Margaret Louise Randall Schultz on January 20, 1934 in Midland, Michigan. Lee proudly served our country during her time in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1955. She was an active volunteer for Irving Cares, Baylor Hospital Animal Therapy, and the DFW Humane Society where she served on the board for 7 years. Lee will be dearly missed by her husband Jerry Loftus of Irving; daughter Teri Loftus-Emery and husband Rick of Irving; son Michael Loftus and wife Tammy of Grand Prairie; grandson Corey Loftus of Grand Prairie; sister-in-law Margie Loftus of Princeton, Kentucky; nephew John Loftus of Princeton, Kentucky; nephew Brian Ackerman of St. Augustine, Florida; niece Shannon Ackerman Cuddie of Midland, Michigan along with Paula Dimsdale and husband Greg of Waxahachie. The family invites everyone to attend the memorial service celebration wearing bright and lively colors at 2 PM on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with Mr. Chris Carathers officiating. Memorial contributions can be sent to the DFW Humane Society of Irving at www.dfwhumane.com or mailed to 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75038 or to Irving AMBUCS at www.irvingambucs.org or mailed to American Business Clubs, Irving Chapter, P.O. Box 153425, Irving, TX, 75015-3425.


Tim Noneman, of Irving for 34 years, died surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Previously from Dallas and Canton, Ohio, Tim was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to John Noneman and Marcelle (Neff) Nix on August 12, 1958.  He was a pressman and longtime employee of Riverside Press and more recently Tarrant Printing, both in Dallas.  Tim will be dearly missed by his wife Denise; daughters Jaime Kimmons and husband Kurt of Grapevine, Laura Herrera and husband Mario of Grapevine, Kimberly Kral and husband Curtis of Irving; son Andrew Noneman of Irving; grandchildren Asher Herrera, Addison Kimmons, Levi Herrera, Ian Kimmons, Scarlett Herrera, and baby Collin Kral expected in September; father John Noneman and his wife Gloria Nunez of Dallas; mother Marcelle Nix of Leonard; brothers John Noneman, Jr. of Seagoville, Thomas Noneman of Leonard, Robert Noneman and his wife Debbie of The Colony; and sisters Theresa Love and her husband Steve of Elmhurst, Illinois and Sindia Noneman and husband Aaron Watson of Houston.  The family will gather for a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., at the Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  The family requests memorials to be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.


Orville Reid “O.R. Sparky” Sparkman, age 92 of Irving, died on July 9, 2014.  He was born in Athens, Texas on August 23, 1921 to Thomas Reid Sparkman and Elizabeth Ellen Horton Sparkman and went on to serve his country proudly in the United States Marine Corp during World War II.  During his service he was captured in Japan and survived 5 years of being a prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp.  Sparky is preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret Connolly and will be greatly missed by his daughter Diana Gunstream; son Phillip Sparkman; grandchildren Paul Butler, Jennifer Harr, Jerome Gunstream and Matt Gunstream; four great grandchildren; brothers BJ, Jerry, Truett and Kenneth Sparkman along with many special nieces, nephews and cousins. An inurnment service with military honors will be held at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas at a later date.


Mildred Faye Davis Mullin, age 96 of Irving died July 10, 2014. Mildred was born on July 9, 1918 in Wills Point, Texas and was an Irving resident for 65 years and a member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Mullin. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Ann Keel and husband Jerry of Cypress, Texas; son, Lynn Mullin and wife, Linda of Irving; grandchildren Brian Keel, Melinda Ottmer, Stephanie Jordan and Jennifer Carlile; and eight great grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday July 12, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend John Mark Fowler officiating. Interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point, Texas with Reverend George Decker officiating.


John J. Kendro, age 86 of Irving, died July 8, 2014. He was born to John Kendro and Mary Kendro on November 6, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He enjoyed playing baseball and had his heart into airplanes which led to his career of 40 years as an aeronautical engineer.  John is preceded in death by his sister Mary Singer and parents. He will be dearly missed by his wife Sheila McElroy Kendro; son Johnny Kendro and wife Cindy; son Kevin Kendro; daughter Sheila Kendro and husband Gene Fischer; son Mark Kendro and wife Jackie; daughter Julie Kendro; son Brian Kendro and wife Michele; brother George Kendro and grandchildren Kristin, Kevyn; Kara, Shannon, Justin, Ethan, Rachael and Suzanne; Great-grandchildren Grace, Kayla, Jonnie, Mason, Malakia and numerous nieces and nephews. The rosary will be said at 7 PM on Thursday, July 10, 2014 with a visitation following until 9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at Calvary Hill Cemetery at 12:15 PM following the service. The family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children Hospital at www.stjude.org or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.


Lillian Inez Ricketts Connolly - A woman who had a special gift of designing clothes for any family member and cooking food the southern style that brought family back for seconds and thirds during family holiday meals and even just for everyday eats. Eighty five year old Lillian Inez Ricketts Connolly of Irving, Texas died on Sunday, but her exciting personality qualities – live on. Lillian Connolly was quite a lady, and was always remembered wherever she went in town. She had to have things just right in her own way, even if it meant having honey in her tea or softer, whipped butter on her biscuit. Her energy was exciting and non-stop. You would always find her in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, or folding clothes. Lillian and Douglas met in Selma, Alabama while he was getting ready to go to Korea to serve in the U.S. Air Force. They shared a love for life, raising two sons in Irving, Texas while Douglas worked for Dallas Air motive as a service manager. Lillian had worked for Montgomery Ward as a Bookkeeper for several years until the birth of her first son, Doug, Jr. One of Lillian’s favorite stories was telling about the year wait for Douglas, Sr. to return home from overseas to see his first son and how excited he was when he saw him for the first time. Throughout the years, Lillian served as a Sunday School Director for MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church in Irving, Texas and volunteered to help with elections for the Republican Party, attending various women republican meetings. Lillian Connolly was a sharp dresser herself and often shared this scripture, “Clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.” –Psalm 45:3 from reading it in her bible and hearing her reverend father share it with the congregation on Sunday mornings. Being from a big family of eight children during the depression, Lillian always took care of her brothers and sisters, combing their hair and fixing their clothes before they walked into school each day. She was the oldest girl and role model for the rest of the children and her mom’s best helper. As a grandmother of four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, she always had an open door and a gift of hospitality. When visiting her home you would find various framed sayings throughout the house that were gifts she received from loved ones. One of her favorite read, “Within this house may LOVE abide to bless all those who step inside.” Not only did her love shine for her family in hospitality, it shined in her cooking ability. Her kitchen Prayer began with “Bless My Little Kitchen Lord, I love its every nook- and bless me as I do my work, wash pots and pans and cook…” and ended with, “… so bless my little kitchen Lord and those who enter in – may they find naught but joy and peace and happiness there in, AMEN.” A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 10:15 AM. Arrangements especially for the Connolly family by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.


Henry Shelton Jackson, Jr., age 94 and longtime Irving resident, died on July 9, 2014.  He was born to Henry Shelton Jackson and Marvin Ellett Jackson on May 3, 1920 in Altoga, Texas and went on to serve his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army. Henry was also member of the First Baptist Church in Irving. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife and will be greatly missed by his son David Kip Jackson and his wife Barbara of Lewisville: daughter Donna Kay Jackson of Florida; granddaughters Kimberly Dye, Shannon Jackson and Erica Kothe along with three special nieces.  A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church of Irving at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 14, 2014 with Reverend Jason Hatch officiating with interment following at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.


Betty Jean Deel of Irving passed away July 6, 2014. She was born on May 23, 1928 in Lindsay, Oklahoma to H. Melvin and Bessie Holman. Betty was an Irving resident since 1942 previously of Lindsay, Oklahoma and Pleasant Grove, Texas. She was a loving mother and the best gram anyone could want. She enjoyed both square and round dancing, painting, playing bridge and bowling in leagues throughout the metroplex. Later in life she enjoyed crocheting, embroidery work and antiquing. She also loved watching All My Children, The Texas Rangers and The Dallas Cowboys. She was a lover of music from Big Band to Blake Shelton. She loved her family most of all. Betty is preceded in death by her parents and survived by daughter Brenda Deel Preston of Irving; grand-daughter Tanya Tennenbaum and husband Daniel of Irving; grandsons Barry Preston and Tyler Preston of Irving; Brother Tommy Holman of Pleasant Grove; great-granddaughters Bella Preston; Lillian Tennenbaum; and Madeline Tennenbaum and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.


Connie Lynn Cantrell, age 57 and lifelong resident of Irving, died on July 5, 2014. She was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma on December 1, 1956 to Herman Wells and Shirley Ozment Wells. Connie graduated from Nimitz High School in 1975 and went on to work for AT&T.  Along with being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother she loved to read, was an avid soap opera fan (especially the Young & the Restless) and huge Elvis fan. Connie is preceded in death by her parents, brother Scott Wells, sister Kelli Gilmore and grandparents Mary and Riley Ozment and will be greatly missed by her husband of thirty-seven years, Gary Cantrell; daughter Deborah Geiger of Irving; son Willie Gilmore of Irving; brother Jeff Wells of Fort Worth; granddaughters Chelsea Geiger and Brooklyn Gilmore; great granddaughter Isabella Geiger along with numerous special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside inurnment service will be held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving at later date.


David L. Slavik, age 61 of Irving, died July 1, 2014. He was born to David John Slavik and Gwendolyn Berry on January 11, 1953 in Dallas. David was a 1970 Irving High School graduate and an Irving resident for 49 years. He was a proud member of the Single Action Shooting Society for 15 years and an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. David enjoyed doing leatherwork, working on model airplanes, and watching movies. David loved Texas, he was a cowboy at heart. He is preceded in death by his mother and will be dearly missed by his son Mitchell Slavik of Euless; father David Slavik of Irving; sister Mitzi Slavik and husband Ricky Emmons of Irving; brother John W. Slavik and wife Karen of Highland Park; niece Erin Slavik and nephew Matthew Slavik. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service at 1 PM.


KATHRYN (MOSES) GOGALA, 32, of Cedar Park, Texas, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt & friend, died Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. She was born to Steven Moses and Marcia Creal Merboth on March 8, 1982 in Lincoln, NE. Katie graduated from Southeast High School and then University of NE, Lincoln with a BA and MBA. She married Matthew Gogala on October 21, 2011. To this union Andrew Francis was born on March 23, 2013. Katie was employed by National Oilwell Varco in Houston & Cedar Park, Texas for 10 years. Most recently as team leader for Customer Loyalty, a program she developed and initiated. She was loyal, thoughtful, kind and loving to all, but especially to her “boys”, Matt and Andrew. Katie was preceded in death by her fraternal and maternal grandparents, Richard & Helen Moses, Thomas & Kathleen Creal, and nephew Joseph Morran: She is survived by husband Matthew, son Andrew, father Steven Moses, mother Marcia & step-father, Kenneth Merboth. Siblings: sister and husband Nichole & Shane Tucker, brother and wife, Christopher & Kristin Morran. Nephews John & Michael Morran, Nieces: Mary, Sarah, Margaret, Cara & Emma Morran. Rosary: Tuesday, July 8, 6-8PM at Ben F. Brown Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving TX 75061. Memorial service: Wednesday, July 9, 10AM at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2330 Cheyenne St., Irving, TX 75062. Luncheon to follow at Hackberry Creek Country Club, 1901 West Royal Lane, Irving, TX 75063. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made for Andrew's education: c/o Matthew Gogala, 7301 Hillshire Lane, Irving, TX 75063.


William Carl Price, age 86 of Irving, died on June 29, 2014. He was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to James Franklin Price and Bertie Mae Williams Price on December 27, 1927 and went on to service his country proudly in the United States Marine Corp. William provided for his family through his career as a mechanical engineer. He is preceded in death by his parents and will be greatly missed by his wife Mary; daughter Linda Price of Irving; son Steve Price and wife Tina of Haltom City; son Tim Price and wife Kathleen of San Antonio; daughter Sharon Sosebee and husband Darren of Gilmer; brother James Price of Irving and Raymon Price of New Mexico; special grandchildren Cody, Chris, Jacob, Madison, Benjamin, Collin, Jonathan and Khyleen along with great granddaughter Texas. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Irving with Reverend Jason Hatch officiating and interment following at 1:30 PM at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.


Vivian Ruth Arnett Holmes, age 93, died June 26, 2014, in Abilene, Texas. She was born on May 3, 1921, in Anson, Texas, daughter of James Marion Arnett and Ava Cassie Haynes Arnett. V attended Anson High School where she was senior queen, and represented Jones County at the queen’s pageant at the State Fair of Texas. She went to Texas Tech for two years, then attended the Texas State College for Women in Denton, where she was president of her dormitory, on the student council, and a member of the Chaparral Club. She married the “the love of her life”, Henry Holmes, on February 8, 1941, and they were married for fifty-four years, before Henry’s untimely death from cancer in 1995 in Irving, Texas. Prior to Henry’s death, they were residents of Irving for almost twenty years beginning in the 1970s, and were very active in their community. V majored in art history and interior design in college, although she always claimed she “majored in Henry”. She loved painting with water color, and did both the exterior and interior design of the three houses she and Henry built during their marriage. V was also an extraordinary cook, and she loved having her family over for dinner, especially at Christmas. Henry always said “V likes to go,” and the two of them traveled extensively, visiting more than twenty countries on four continents. She always said she had lived a great life, her only regret being the death of her son, Jim, of cancer in 1975. Throughout Jim’s seven year ordeal, she stayed by his side day and night, in a selfless display of love. Her favorite saying was, “Do the best you can and go on,” and she certainly did her very best, always putting her family’s needs before her own. Farewell, Mom, and may the angels in heaven sing you home. Tell Dad and Jim hi. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Jim, and her sister, Rose Evelyn Jarrell. She is survived by her other sons, Ed Holmes and wife, Suzette, of Allen, Texas, and Fred Holmes and wife, Donna, of Dallas, Texas, and daughter, Ann Taylor, and husband, Jet Taylor, of Novice, Texas, plus numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who will miss her greatly. The family will receive her many friends from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 3:00 PM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, next to her beloved Henry. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway in Dallas, TX 75247.


Sandra “Sandy” B. Mills, age 75 of Irving, died June 26, 2014. She was born to August A. Behrens and Marguerite Ellen Woodberry in Detroit, Michigan on May 10, 1939. Sandra was an Irving resident for 39 years. She loved to go country dancing, enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR and a woman who especially loved her family and friends with great joy. Sandra is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Donald Behrens. She was a pistol of a woman who will be greatly missed by her daughter Cheryl Ann Seymour of Irving; daughter Cynthia Lynne Seymour of Indiana; daughter Shelly Marie Seymour Griffin of Beardstown, Illinois; daughter Kimberly Sue Brown of Irving; granddaughters Delena Vaughn, Shanna Self, Ashley June Brown, and Sandra Mary Brown; grandsons Shannon Eugene Seymour, Joshua David Mayes, and Billie Jo Surrat and great grandsons Kristopher Vaughn, Dakota Vaughn, and Oliver Rivera. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM.


Tracy Carmon, age 43 of Keller, went to the Lord on June 23, 2014. She was the oldest of three children born to Michael Willis and Alice Simril Willis on February 13, 1971 in St. Clair, Illinois. Tracy was a jubilant person, full of life and shined with the glory of Christ. Her smile and strong faith in Christ lifted spirits, even while not realizing her love has changed many people’s lives. Tracy was a positive person, seeing the good in everyone and never speaking evil of anyone. She treated everyone with sincere love.  When asked how she was doing, she would frequently respond, “FANTABULOUS!” Her big smile will truly be missed. Tracy graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia receiving her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1993 where she was also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Tracy gave her life to Christ in Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 and began her career at Associates Financial, a subsidiary of Citigroup. She was a treasury member of the Irving Girls’ Basketball League and for three years she was a coach for the “Magic Girls”. Tracy is preceded in death by her grandfathers and will be dearly missed by her husband of 7 years Timothy Carmon; parents Michael and Alice Willis; grandmothers Fannie Simril (Mama Dear) and Marian Palmer (Jeri); sister LaDonna Willis; brother Michael Willis; nieces and nephews Deontae, Michael, Justin, Kayoni, Mariah, D’Ashe (Ms. Monét), and Daeshawn (Heavy D), along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving and caring friends.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Calvary Church in Irving with Pastor Ben Dailey officiating. Visitation will occur one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be held at a later date. Tracy’s favorite scripture: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105


Martha Hancock, age 88 of Irving, died June 23, 2014. She was born to Ivan Shelby Davenport and Lois Hamilton Davenport on October 21, 1925 in Tyler, Texas. Martha worked for Walter Davis Insurance for many years before retiring in 1980. She was a proud member of both First Presbyterian Church and Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving as well as a delighted award winner and member of the Turf Turners Garden Club, a member of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club (Sisters of Saturday), a member of P.E.O., and an ambassador for Emeritus Living Facility. Martha had a love of traveling, enjoyed being an Irving Healthcare Volunteer at Baylor Medical Center for 40 years, and loved playing bridge, bridge, and more bridge. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Thad, and daughter Diane. Martha will be dearly missed by her brother Shelby Davenport and wife Barbara of Tyler; sister Sara Hightower of Bryan; daughter Lynn Barrett and husband Buck of Pollock, LA; son Don Hancock of Desoto; son Alan Hancock and wife Evette of Lindale; eight nieces and nephews, grandchildren Alicia and Taylor Hancock, grandson Ben Troy, and several cousins along with lifelong friends Skeet Hudson and Virginia Buchanan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church with Reverend Diane M. Baldwin officiating. A private family burial occurred at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the Diane Hancock P.E.O Memorial Scholarship Fund at 609 San Juan Court, Irving, Texas 75062 or the Cottey College Scholarship Fund.


Janet Sue Sticks, age 72 of Irving, died on June 13, 2014.  She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to George Thomas Durler and Dorothy Vaughn Durler on May 22, 1942. Janet moved to Irving from Indiana when she was eighteen years old while working for Indiana Lumberman Insurance Company and then went on to work for T P & L and the Irving Police Department in their records division until her retirement. She is preceded in death by her parents and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband Charles Burton; brothers Tom Durler and his wife Berit, David Durler and his wife Mary and her sister Diane Duncan and husband Steve. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. The family requests memorial donations to DFW Humane Society at www.dfwhumane.com or 4140 Valley View Lane in Irving, Texas 75038.


Edith Short Himonubbe, age 74 of Irving, died June 18, 2014. She was born to Lloyd Barkwell and Irene Ausburn on March 20, 1940 in Columbia, Missouri. Edith was an Irving resident for 48 years and worked for Target after being employed with Ikon Industries.  She enjoyed going to Winstar with her husband Jim and loved her dog Booboo dearly. Edith is preceded in death by her husband Gene Short and sister Linda Shultz. She will be dearly missed by her husband Jim Himonubbe of Irving; mother Irene Mabrey of Columbia, Missouri; 2 sons; 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10 AM at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, Texas. The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.


Steven Robert Thompson, 57, of Carrollton, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, June 16th. Originally from Oklahoma City, he was a resident of Dallas and Carrollton for 45 years. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and earned his Bachelor of Science from The University of Science & Arts in Oklahoma. He married Kate Colestock on March 19, 1983. He was owner of Discovery Air in Addison for 10 years. He most recently was in sales with The Thompson Group for 21 years and has been the recipient of the GM Mark of Excellence award for 19 years. An award-winning shooting enthusiast, he was a registered amateur member of the National Sporting Clay and Skeet Shooting Associations. As a general aviation pilot, he held multiple ratings: ATP, CFII for instruments, Commercial and Multi-Engine ratings, and certified FAA examiners. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and field training his beloved golden retrievers. He was also an amateur comedian and #1 fan of his daughter’s music career.  He is preceded in death by his mother Emma Jo, his Uncle Roger, beloved Great-Aunt Helen, and grandparents. Survived by his wife Kate, daughter Megan, parents Ken and wife Linda, siblings sister Karla and husband John Rizzuti of The Woodlands, TX., brother Greg and wife Kelli Thompson of Atlanta, GA., sister Sandy Thompson of Carrollton, TX., brother Brian and wife Marti Thompson of Carrollton, brother-in-law Paul Colestock and wife Annabelle of California; nieces and nephews Lauren and husband Dallas Patterson, Chris, John, Michael, Jordan, Amanda, Danielle, Renay, and Lauren; great nephew and niece Colton and Caycee.  A memorial service will be held at Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane in Dallas on Thursday, June 19th at 3:00pm. Reception immediately following in Family Hall.   Memorial gifts may be made to Royal Lane Baptist Church Organ Fund, Irvingchorale.org, Rescuegoldens.org (Golden Retriever Rescue), or Young Life, 11300 N Central Expy., Ste. 600, Dallas, TX 75243, https://giving.younglife.org


SAMUEL B. BASHOUR, MD, FACS went to be with his Lord on June 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his seven brothers and sisters, and will be dearly missed by his three children, Charles Allen Bashour, MD (Janie) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Sara Louise Klinke (Preston) of Memphis, TN, and Mary Ann Randolph, JD (Mark) of San Antonio, TX, and his eleven grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Sam was born to Sara and Bashour Bashour, M.D., in Safita, Syria on February 20, 1920, and raised in Safita. Sam attended Tripoli Evangelical School in Tripoli, Lebanon, and obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and General Surgery residency at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. He served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for two years at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M as the base surgeon before settling in Irving, TX where he practiced surgery for over 30 years. He devotedly raised his family and contributed many hours of service to his community. He was an Elder at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Past President of the Irving Rotary Club and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a founding member and First President of the Irving Surgical Society, a member of the Dallas County Medical Society, a 50 Year Club member of the Texas Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical School, and the third President of the Staff of Irving Community Hospital. He was a member of Las Colinas Country Club. Integrity, honor, courage, and commitment were the foundations of his character. He was generous in service to others, and loved and admired by family, patients, friends and colleagues. The Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday at Brown’s Memorial. A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 1621 West Grauwyler Road, Irving, TX, 75061 on June 21, 2014 beginning at 10AM and interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas TX, 75225. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, or to the Irving Symphony Orchestra, 225 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Suite# 120, Irving, TX, 75062. Brown-Forward Funeral Home of Shaker Heights was entrusted to assist the family in Ohio.


Donnie June Story, age 80 of Quitman, Texas, died on June 14, 2014.  She was born on September 3, 1933 in Holliday, Texas to Bryant Quesenberry and Beulah Looper Quesenberry and was an excellent housewife.  Donnie is preceded in death by her parents and her husband and will be greatly missed by her son Bill Story and his wife Sheryl of Irving; her brother Bill Quesenberry; two special grandchildren Patrick and Timothy along with  great grandchildren Makaela, Brenden, Liam and Rielynn.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Donnie June’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


Michael James Matthews, November 9, 1947 – June 7, 2014On the morning of June 7, 2014, Michael passed away at Baylor Hospital Irving as a result of a stroke. He was 66 years old. A Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 11, 6-8pm. The funeral service will be on Thursday, June 12 at 10am at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, TX. A military burial to follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 11:30am. Flowers may be sent to Brown’s Funeral Home at 707 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75061. Donations in his honor, can be made to the American Heart Association. Born to Hazel Hubbard Matthews and Claude James Matthews Jr. at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, TX. He lived the majority of his life in Irving, attending Irving High school. He served in the Navy as a Seabee from 1967 – 1970 during the Vietnam War. He served two tours in Vietnam (1968 – 1969 & 1969 – 1970). Upon discharge he joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union #100 as an apprentice. He joined the Local #100 in 1970 where he was also a member of the United Association. He championed the rights of union membership. In 2004 he retired due to disabilities relating to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. He continued to be treated by the VA  Hospital in Dallas until his death.He is preceded in death by his wife Kathryn D. Matthews, his parents Claude & Hazel Matthews, his  grand-parents: Claude & Regina Matthews and Harry & Ruby Hubbard, also his Uncle Joe Matthews and beloved dog Buster.He is survived by son Christopher Matthews, daughter-in-law Joy Matthews, daughter Melissa Ellison and step-son Randy Barnhardt, brothers Tim & Steve Matthews, sister Sherry Sain and husband Ray Sain and his very special grandchildren Chelsea Barnhardt, James Barnhardt, Jasmine Ellison & Kellen Matthews.


William E. Harrington, IV died at the age of 25 on Monday, June 2, 2014. He was born and resided in Irving, TX. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Kristi and Mark Duane; father and step-mother, William E. Harrington, III and Robin, brothers Christopher and John Wilson, sister Nicolette Harrington, step-brothers Michael and Maddox Duane, grandmother Shirley Wilson, preceded in death by his grandfather Roy Wilson, grandparents William E. Harrington, II and Kay Windham. He will be greatly missed by his 3 uncles, 5 aunts, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday June 10th at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Dorothy Marilynn Hamilton, age 79 passed away surrounded by her loved ones on June 8, 2014 peacefully in her home after a courageous battle with several health problems. She was born on July 1, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Floyd and Marie Flowers; whom preceded her in death along with her husband F. D. (Don) Hamilton of 52 years at the time of his death along with grandson Christopher Gunta. Survivors include son Rickey Hamilton and wife Stephanie; daughter Debbie Hamilton; son Frank Hamilton and wife Melissa; her grandchildren Gregory Gunta and wife Tamara; Amber Conwell Navarrette and husband Rene; Niki Endicott and husband Brad; Lincoln Hamilton; Caroline Hamilton; Mason Hamilton and Ford Hamilton; 2 great-grandsons Cash Endicott and Colt Navarrette; brother Floyd (Sonny) Flowers, Jr. and wife Shirley; sister Kaye Hunter; step-mother Margaret Flowers and several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a loving Wife, Mama and Grandma who’s life rotated around her family. She enjoyed reading, blue grass and country and western music, her grandkids and cooking holiday dinners for all the family. She was very creative in crafts, baking and decorating cakes, ceramics, sewing, knitting and crocheting. For many years she volunteered making hats and booties for the preemies at Presbyterian Hospital donating to the American Kidney Foundation. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the funeral service at 2:00 Wednesday 6/11/2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice Compassus and a special thank you to her weekend caregiver Denise McIntyre and to her live in caregiver and friend of over two years, Nancy Reynolds for all her selfless care and time.


Jackie Roy Tucker, "Jack", “Tucker” to those who knew and loved him passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas after suffering an injury to his hand leading to a blood borne infection, ultimately causing multiple organ failure.  He was born in Olney, Texas on June 19, 1942 and attended Spearman High School in Spearman, TX where he helped his family scratch a living out of the wind swept plains of the Panhandle for nearly 15 years.  Following high school Jack along with his father, sister, and his family relocated to Possum Kingdom Lake then eventually to Irving, Texas becoming an Irving Firefighter.  Jack proudly dedicated his life to his chosen profession on the Irving Fire Department, serving 30 years and retiring due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.  Jack had many accomplishments in life – among them the title author, songwriter, musician, chef, farmer, rancher, fisherman, jeweler, accomplished welder, loving husband, father and friend.   After retiring from the fire department, he set up residence on his acreage in Hill County.  He loved doing anything with his hands and the farm was one of his many passions.  In later years he dedicated countless hours doing what he loved at his home church Lone Star Cowboy Church writing music, playing with the church band and serving the body of Christ.  Jack was a man of service, a man who fully offered his service to all who desired it – he felt that there was no higher calling in ones life than to be of service, regardless of your station in life – he lived this mantra daily until his early departure.  Jack is survived by - His wife  Tunie Tucker, his son Jeff Tucker and his wife Tracy, his daughter Dana Enloe, his daughter Jacqueline Guzman and her husband Max, his daughter Rebecka Guzman and her husband Israel, his son Jared Tucker and his daughter Katherine Tucker.  Jack had 11 grandchildren and one great grandson.  He is preceded in death by his father Lee Roy Tucker, his mother Gertrude Anderson Tucker, his sister Linda Whitford, his brother Jimmy Tucker and his granddaughter Jesse Lynn Enloe.  A memorial service will be held in his honor at Lone Star Cowboy Church, 4495 W. Highway 22, Corsicana, TX 75110 on Monday June 9 at 11:00 am.  The family gives special thanks to the kind and dedicated caregivers at Baylor Hospital.  Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Lone Star Cowboy Church, Corsicana, TX.


Sidney G. Ranft, Jr. of Midlothian, formerly of Irving passed away June 4, 2014. He was born on January 18, 1927 to Sidney G. and Carrie B. Ranft. He loved to Hunt and fish and garden. Sidney loved his family especially his grandchildren. He was a member of The Irving Masonic Lodge 1218AF/AM. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Alice Gunter Ranft;  sisters Margie Jackson and Betty Murphy and brother Cinton David Ranft.  Survivors include Son Ronald David Ranft and wife Nora; grandchildren David Wayne Ranft and wife Bonnie; Mary Kathrine Ranft and husband Roy Sample; James Alan Ranft and wife Misty; 8 great-grandchildren and nieces Sharon Block and Glenda Hash. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with interment to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Lenona May "Todie" (Couch) Willis died at the age of 80 on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Known as "Todie" to everyone who didn't call her Mom or Grandma, she was born in Lorraine, TX on January 29, 1934. She lived in Irving since 1958. She is survived by her husband Gene Willis, daughters Sharon Eversole, Laura Couch, Debra Bimper and Dana Burk, sons Don Couch and Devon Willis, sisters Wanda McCormick, Elvie Collette and Jodie Collette, fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The pillars of Todie's life were her faith in God and the love of her family. Baptized into the Lord's church early in life she was an active member in local congregations her entire life. She has worked and worshiped with the Westside church of Christ in Irving, Texas since 1990. Her parting will leave a lasting hole in the hearts of her spiritual family there. Second only to her love for the Lord was Todie's passionate love for her family. To be part of Todie's family was to be "special" and to know it. After the death of her first husband, George Couch, she married Gene Willis in 1991 instantly doubling the size of her already large family - she loved every minute of it. Christmas Eves at Gene and Todie's when the entire extended family gathered together in their small house on Lawson Street may have been cramped but were always overflowing with warmth and joy. Her legacy is the marriage of these two pillars. She taught her children and grandchildren the Word of God from their youngest days and modeled love and faithfulness all her life. She left this world with the fervent hope that her family walks faithfully with the Lord to someday join her in His presence. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon June 8th.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday June 9th at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving immediately following.


Tina Lynn Webb was born on November 14, 1966 in Dallas, Texas to Roland and Hazel Wright. Tina passed away at the young age of 47 on June 4, 2014 in Irving, Texas after a long fight with cancer. She was a loving mother and the two things dearest to her heart was her family and the Lord. Tina was a life long gospel singer and song writer, and she loved to dance as if nobody was watching. She was a very spiritual person and wasn’t afraid to try new things. She always supported us in everything we did and was always there whether we succeeded or failed. We love and will miss you dearly. Tina is survived by her loving husband Ed Webb of Irving; beautiful darling daughters Jordan Rachell Lynn Hutchings of Bedford; Tristin Lynn Hutchings-Adams of Josephine, Texas and Jennifer Lee Webb; her devoted father and sister Roland Wright of Irving and Janet Sue Wright Mungia of Irving; nieces Dana Alexander and Francesca Riedle both of Irving; and crime fighting nephew Damien aka Batman of Irving. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5PM Sunday June 8, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 1:00 PM on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church 1705 N. Irving Heights, Irving, Texas with interment to be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Bazette Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, Texas.


Sherry Beth (Leinbach) Reid passed peacefully in her sleep Monday, June 2nd 2014 at the age of 76. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Roy M. Reid, daughters, Beth Reid Allen, Kristal Seid, Heather Reid Innes and three grandchildren, Preston Allen, Olivia Allen, and Victoria Allen. Born January 16th, 1939, Sherry’s passion for the arts carried through her life from dance to painting, to jewelry making and every facet of design in between. She tackled each discipline with the wild abandon of a true artist’s soul. As the first female sales person at Xerox, Sherry used her bright personality and creative spirit to rise to the top of the corporate ladder. A philanthropist at heart, she was general manager at Texas Civic Ballet for several years, served as founding co-chair and the creative driving force for Texas Fest which has raised over 27 million dollars since its inception for the Irving Healthcare Foundation, and traveled to Brazil with Amazon Outreach where she designed and implemented a program to educate young girls about pregnancy and sexual health. As well as an artist and philanthropist, she was a visionary business woman, specializing in special event and party planning, catering, bridal gown design, and more. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren who grew to be professional artists in their own right running the gamut of artistic disciplines from writers, artists, theatrical director, musician, and dancers. Services will be held at 2PM, Friday June, 6th at Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas 75225. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following charities and organizations that were close to her heart.


Lana Louise Turner Mosley, age 71 and Irving resident since 1943, died on June 03, 2014.  She was born to Alfred James Nixon and Dorothy Louise Kemp Nixon in Dallas, Texas on January 10, 1943 and went on to enjoy a career in the printing industry until her retirement in 2005. Lana is preceded in death by her parents and will be greatly missed by her daughters Cindy Combs Wright of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Terie Darlene Combs Nickell of Irving, Texas; granddaughters Darlene Erika Nickell of Boulder, Colorado; Bethany Morgan Wright of Fort Mill, South Carolina and Rayna Louise Marusich of Sanger, Texas; grandson Brennan Mikel Wright of Fort Mill, South Carolina along with many special friends and extended family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment immediately following at Restland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday June 6, 2014 and requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org or PO Box 841125 Dallas, Texas 75284-1125.


Rosa Lee Sweet, age 72 of Irving, died June 3, 2014. She was born to Raymond Lee Toler and Virginia Ruth Stults on April 26, 1942 in Dallas, Texas. Rosa was a caring, tender woman who loved helping anyone who needed it and was a wonderful cook. She is preceded in death by her daughter Vicky Lee Coker Atwood and will be dearly missed by her daughter Rose Rene Renner of Irving; daughter Candace Deckard of Dallas; son Kenny Coker of Irving; sister Billie Joyce Ricketts of Carrollton along with 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM with Pastor Joshua Price officiating. Interment will immediately follow service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Eva Lee Tucker, age 94 and Irving resident for over 60 years, died on June 1, 2014. She was born on March 1, 1920 in Shelp, Texas to Love Nugent Pillion and Irene Virginia Bradshaw and went on to enjoy a career in assembly at 3-M until her retirement after twenty five years of service. Eva was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and longtime member of Pioneer Baptist Church who loved to play Bingo. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, James Tucker and her dear son, Marvin Tucker. Eva will be greatly missed by her granddaughter, Brenda Tucker of Wichita, Kansas; sister Lenia Deen Johnson of Lamesa, Texas; brother Travis Pillion and nephew Jerry Johnson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at Tucker Cemetery in Chico, Texas on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM.


Dortha Silver of Irving passed away May 28, 2014 in Irving. She was born on April 30, 1917 in Comanche, Texas to Jesse and Bessy Harris. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and making knick knacks. Preceded in death by her husband Merlin Silver; son Royce Dean Silver; daughter-in-law Earlene Silver and brothers Darrell and Wade Harris. Dortha is survived by her son Lynn Silver and wife Faye of Irving; Grandson Dwayne L. Silver and wife Gennyphir of Euless; Dale Earl Silver of Irving; Preston Bradford Silver of Burleson; Great-grandsons Declan, Merlin and Daylin all of Euless; sister Arlene Durham and husband Willis of Athens, Texas; sister-in-laws Billie Harris of Granbury and Nadine Harris of Denton. The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday May 31, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jerry Power, Jr. officiating. Interment at Morgan Mill Cemetery will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 2, 2014 in Morgan Mill, Texas.


Sandy Blagburn, age 72 of Dallas, died May 29, 2014. She was born to Robert Ross and Francis Bernard on December 9, 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas. Sandy was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and loved to play the organ, piano and keyboard. She is preceded in death by her parents and will be dearly missed by her husband of 21 years Bobby Blagburn of Dallas; son Terry Jennings and wife Angie of Arlington; son Todd Jennings of Guthrie, Oklahoma, along with 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel followed by a committal service at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:00 PM.


T. J. Franklin, age 89 of Irving, died May 27, 2014. He was born to Thomas Jefferson Franklin Sr. and Viola Pauline Grimes on July 16, 1924 in Dallas, Texas. T.J. was a resident of Irving for 73 years, a member of the Dallas Model A Club, and enjoyed restoring antique bicycles. He proudly served his country while in the U.S. Army during World War II. T.J. retired from Kodak, Inc. in 1982 after 32 years as a camera repairman. He will be dearly missed by his son Tommy Franklin and wife Zona; daughter Georgia Ann Thomas; sister Polly Stamps; sister Ann McFarland and husband Clifford; grandchildren Chris Thomas and wife Tonya; Michael Franklin and wife Tamra; Steve Franklin and wife Annie; 7 great grandchildren, nephew Thomas Franklin and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family members. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 7 PM to 9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with interment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society at PO Box 560089, Dallas, Texas 75356.

       

Mr. Franklin's family arranged for the Model A Truck he restored to be part of the funeral cortege to the cemetery and carried his casket upon arrival at the cemetery to his grave for 'one last ride'....


Tita Tamayo, age 58 of Irving, passed away on May 24, 2014. She was born to Guillermo Arcea Moran and Lorenza Arcea Villegas on December 09, 1955 in San Pedro, Coahuila, Mexico. Tita started her own business and was a very proud owner. She will be dearly missed by her husband Joel Tamayo of Irving; daughter Jessica Soto and husband Raul of Dallas; daughter Diana de Almeida and husband Eddie of San Antonio; daughter Ashley Melendez and husband Emerson of Irving; son Joel Tamayo of Irving; daughter Flor Tamayo of Irving along with grandchildren Bryan, Isaiah, Donatello, and Isabella. The family will receive friends on Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Noon on Friday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Our beloved, Catherine Hardie, our Tatsy, went home to her Heavenly Father and to the joy of being reunited with her beloved Johnny on May 26, 2014. Our mother resided on the J-D Ranch in Athens, Texas for many years before making her home at the Remington in Valley Ranch. The last two years of her life were spent with her daughter, Anne, in the home in Cedar Hill where she had wonderful memories in a home that she and the Chief had built many years ago. She considered her faith in Jesus and her family to be her greatest treasure. Born on July 18, 1916 in Dallas, she was raised in Lakewood. She was a proud Woodrow Wilson Wildcat as were her brother and 2 sisters, her two sisters -in -law, her two brothers in law and her three children. She was still singing the Woodrow fight song at the age of 96. Awaiting her arrival in heaven was her husband, John Timmons Hardie, her brother, John Clifford Davis, her sister, Rebbie Margaret Lyon and her granddaughter, Kelly McClintock. She is survived by her son David Hardie and his wife Sandra, daughter Anne Hardie Bradford, daughter Marilyn Hardie Buie and her husband Vernon. Also surviving are her sister, Mary Busey and her husband Dick, 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Our mother taught bible credit in the Dallas Public schools in her home for many years and was devoted to the study of the bible all her life. She was loved and admired by all who knew her. Her sparkling, joyful personality and her great physical beauty were much admired by all who came her way. She was truly adored by her family, and we shall treasure the lessons she taught us, the joyous family times we had together, and we shall tell our many beautiful and hilarious "Tatsy and Gan Gan stories" all the days of our lives. Her lessons, her laughter, her positive, loving attitude, her sense of humor and her wisdom have blessed all our lives. She made each of us desire to be a better person. She was the ultimate Proverbs 31 woman. We are honored to have called her ours, and we cherish each of those almost 98 years. Her life made our lives special. "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I give him shall never thirst. Indeed the water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 28 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 - 8:00 in the evening. A family burial will occur Thursday morning at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas with Dr. Andrew McQuitty officiating. If desired, memorials may be sent to Coppell-Valley Ranch Young Life, PO Box 217 Coppell, Texas 75019.


Maxine Barnett Wiggins of Irving passed away May 24, 2014. She was born on February 10, 1936 in Mineola, Texas to Jessie and Elsie Barnett. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be remembered as a quiet, private person who was cherished by her family. Maxine is survived by her husband of 58 years Don Wiggins, Sr. of Irving; son and wife Don, Jr. and April Wiggins of Crandall;  son Mike Wiggins, Sr. of Irving; daughter Angela Williams of Grand Prairie; grandchildren Michael Wiggins, Jr. of Irving; Amber Wiggins of Austin; Jennifer Wiggins and Carrie Wiggins both of Crandall; great-grandchildren Emma Driscoll and Logan Driscoll; brothers Paulden Barnett, Davis Barnett, Allan Barnett and Jessie Barnett. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday May 30, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving. A Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens 1413 E. Irving Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75060. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice.


Carl Kaylor, 69, of Irving, died Sunday, May 25, 2014.  He was born November 26, 1944 in Newton, North Carolina to Dewey and Maude (Shook) Kaylor.  A Brick Mason by trade, Carl was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army.  He will be dearly missed by his wife Margaret; step son John Peeler and wife Ginnyann and their child Carter; step daughter Daisy Peeler and her son Warren Andrew Shaw; sister Kandy Rich and her husband Glenn; brother James Allen Kaylor; and a host of nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Burial ceremonies will be conducted with Military Honors at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.


Gloria Morris, 81, an Irving resident for over 53 years, died at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014 surrounded by her family.  She was born on May 3, 1933 in Chihuahua, Mexico and formerly worked for Treasure City for fifteen years and more recently for the Irving Independent School District for ten years before retiring in 1995.   She was known for loving her family, crocheting and watching her soap operas.  Preceding Gloria in death was her husband Barton Ray Morris who also died in the month of May of 2012.  She will be dearly missed by her children Ray Morris and his wife Revonda, Michelle Haley and her husband Willie and Erica Llorente and her husband Michael; grandchildren Cody Haley, Tanner Haley and his wife Megan and Reagan Haley; one great grandson Kace Haley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.  The Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. After the visitation everyone will gather at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday for a Graveside Service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 East Irving Blvd. in Irving.  The family is requesting memorials to be given in Gloria’s name to a charity of your choice.


LaVerne Bailey, age 89 of Irving, died May 21, 2014. He was born to Oran Wesley Bailey and Alma Bernice Johnson on April 5, 1925 in Rhonesboro, Texas. LaVerne served his country while in the Navy and later retired from General Motors. He is preceded in death by his wife Marie Bailey and will be dearly missed by his daughter Tanya Baugus and husband R.V. of Grand Prairie; sister-in-law Carrie Marshall of Irving; sister-in-law Helen Crofford along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 12 PM with Reverend Larry McGuire officiating.


Eddie V. Nelms, age 80 of Irving, died May 19, 2014. He was born to Otis Nelms and Agnes Leon Nelms on November 14, 1933 in Texola, Oklahoma. Eddie was the owner and founder of Metalrite, Inc. of Irving as well as a charter member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters and daughter Carol Ann. Eddie will be dearly missed by his wife Mollie B.; daughters Leona Baley and husband Bill of Irving; Beth Cavazos and husband Cesar of Euless; Julie Rose of Rowlett; grandchildren Jennifer Casaubon and husband Garrett; Christy Wright and husband Aaron; Rev. Catherine Renken and husband Brad; Chris Cavazos; Caleb Cavazos; Travis Rose; Ashley Rose; Justin Rose and Kaitlin Kelley along with great grandchildren Cadee, Ryan, Savannah, Austin, and Rylie. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. A memorial service will be held on May 23, 2014 at 11AM at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church with Dr. George W. “Hank” Hunt officiating. A private interment will take place at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the Minuteman Fund at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 N. O’Connor Road, Irving, Texas 75062.


Ida Mae Janzen, age 100 of Irving, died May 16, 2014. She was born to Frank Bales Kile and Mary Jeanetta Burns on August 31, 1913 in Gainesville, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband Jona Janzen and daughter Fern Jeanetta Janzen. Ida will be dearly missed by her daughter Joan Doris Corser and husband Robert of Irving; son Herman Lee Janzen and wife Judy of Little Elm; grandson Robie Gene Corser and wife Erica of Columbus, OH; granddaughters Julie Suzanne Brister of Cedar Hill, Stephanie Sharie Ashlock and husband Brandon of Aubrey, Gina Renee Corser of Irving; along with great grandchildren Caden Danae Holton, Kaylee Elise Blasche, Isaac Brandon Ashlock, Kaylin Mackenzie Ashlock, Levi Mac Brister, Brynn Suzanne Corser, Koryn and Kara Hungaski, and Dani Marie Blasche. An inurnment service will be held at Ochiltree Cemetery in Ochiltree County, Texas at 10 AM Saturday, May 24, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 4 PM at Joy Fellowship Church in Irving with Pastor Sydney Westbrook officiating.


Eula Scott, age 89 of Irving, died May 16, 2014. She was born to Joseph Van Wade and Georgia Elizabeth Bradford on November 11, 1924 in Frisco, Texas. Eula worked at Plymouth Park Day Care for 19 years and was an active member and volunteer at First Baptist Church of Irving. She is preceded in death by her husband, O.R. Scott and daughter, Linda Scott. Eula will be dearly missed by her son James Scott and wife Robin of Cedar Hill; daughters Mary Wasserman and husband David of Plano; Karen Sego of Irving; Susan Reis of Irving; son Joe Scott of Plano; brother Richard Wade of McKinney and sister Margaret Benton of Irving as well as 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held of Monday, May 19, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Irving at 2 PM with Reverend Wayne Watkins officiating. Interment will be immediately following the service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Mary E. Jones, age 64 of Irving, died on May 15, 2014. She was born in Abilene, Texas on January 10, 1950 to John Easton and Mary Lunn Easton and went on to earn her degree at Hardin Simmons University in 1972. Mary used her education to enjoy a career as an elementary school librarian for the Abilene, Irving and Dallas Independent School Districts until her retirement. She is preceded in death by her mother and will be greatly missed by her beloved husband Perry Jones of Irving and her father John Easton of Plano. A time of gathering and remembrance to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at her residence at a later date.


David Monroe Kern (26 June 1948-12 May 2014) It is with a heavy heart and an ocean of tears that I mourn the loss of my beloved husband, David Monroe Kern. It was in the wee hours of 12 May 2014 that David passed from this world to journey on to the next. With his passing, the world lost a man of honor; a man of integrity. Dozens lost a wonderful, caring friend. I lost my best friend, my lover and my confidant. No matter the situation, I could always count on David to make me laugh. And, not a single day went by when he didn’t ask “Have I told you I love you today? I love you today!” David loved living on the lake (Lake Vilbig). He loved all his friends from the “hood” and he really loved fishing (and, we all know he was quite the competitor). His favorite time for being out on the lake was early in the morning; the sun just rising, a thermos of hot coffee, saltine crackers and Vienna Sausage. His world was good! David loved spring-it was his favorite time of year: everything coming back to life after sleeping through the winter. David loved planting and gardening and got to be quite famous for his annual tomato crop. David loved music and had an amazing sense of tone. He was an accomplished musician, although he would tell you that he simply “tried”. He grew up with a passion for classical music and was an accomplished classical flutist by age eighteen. Later, his instrument of choice was the classical guitar. Several years back, he decided it was time to expand his repertoire and picked up the acoustical guitar and expanded into country music. By then, there was no stopping him. The dulcimer came next, followed by the ukulele, followed by the banjo. And every once in a while I could get him to sit down and play the piano for me. But always, always-his first love was his classical guitar. Diagnosed with IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) in 2003, David always told me that he felt blessed to have been given so many years of health before going into decline and then blessed further when given a new set of lungs in April. When I would ask David what was most important to him he would tell me: “To live life with honor; respect everyone; always speak the truth; and most importantly, be trustworthy.” For David it did not matter how much education a person had, what job they held, or where they lived. What was important was how that person lived their life; how that person cared for family and friends. David lived his life with honor and integrity. He loved his family and he loved his friends. We all will miss him so, so much. David Monroe Kern of Irving, Texas was born 26 June 1948 in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Lawrence Eugene Kern, Jr. and Shizuchiyo Takahara Kern. He is survived by his mother; his loving wife, Carol Mullins Kern; children Erik Harrington, Kate Welder, Michael Harrington, Matthew Kern and Megan Stricklen; nine grandchildren; two siblings; numerous extended family and many, many wonderful and loving friends.


Paul J. Jones, age 60 of Irving, died on May 7, 2014.  He was born in Dallas, Texas on December 7, 1953 to Matthew Farrar Jones and Doris Walker and went on to a career in the transportation industry as a truck driver for Old Dominion Freightliners. Along with being a loving husband, father and grandfather, Paul was a faithful Jehovah’s Witness. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Marilyn V. Jones of Irving; daughters Sonja Wolfe of Irving and Angelic Sykes of Keller; his son Anthony Harris of Lexington, Kentucky along with six special grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 2804 Rock Island Road in Irving with Rajesh Chacko officiating.


James Louis Scardino Jr., beloved son of Shirley Scardino and James Louis Scardino, was born on September 13, 1973 in Augusta, Georgia. James, age 40 of Floresville, died on May 9, 2014. Along with many talents and interests, James worked as an oil-field worker for various oil companies since the year 2007. He will be dearly missed by his mother Shirley Scardino of Euless; brother Robert Kelly Touchstone of Denton; father James Louis Scardino of Virginia and grandparents Neva Goff and Jack of Bogalusa, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church, 8001 Mustang Drive, Irving, Texas 75063. James touched an untold number of lives in his 40 year life and will be remembered as a joyful and caring soul by all who knew and loved him. He was a dear son, brother, and friend to a great many people and will be sorely missed by all. He will never be forgotten.


James Robert Brown, age 80 of Irving, died May 6, 2014. He was born to Guy T. Brown and Ida Porter on January 20, 1934 in Poteau, Oklahoma. James spent many years working as a machinist in the food industry and loved his home state of Oklahoma as well as the Sooners, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, MacArthur Cardinals, and Poteau Pirates. He is preceded in death by his father Guy Brown; mother Ida Brown; sisters Juanita Peters, Wanda Austin, and Ida Marie Reed and brother Guy L. “Buddy” Brown. James will be dearly missed by his wife Myrtle Ann Brown; daughters Pamela Richter and husband John of Natrona, PA; Kimberly Brown Anderson of Irving; Jamie Carrera and husband Grant of Carrollton, TX; Roxann and husband Scott of Enid, OK; Diane of Crandall, TX; Lisa of Crandall, TX; sisters Mary Powledge and husband Henry of Granbury, TX; Anna Creamer of Sapulpa, OK; Nancy Montoya of Sapulpa, OK along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 to 11 AM with a funeral service immediately following at 11 AM.


Michele Sloan, age 56 of Carrollton, died on May 3, 2014. She was born in Dallas, Texas on February 17, 1958 to Charles Richard Sloan and Melba Nadine Milligan and went on to enjoy a career in accounting. Along with being a loving mother, Michele was a caring, selfless and upbeat person who found peace with her Lord and was strong in her faith, even during her prolonged illness. Her favorite hobby was spending time with her daughter. Michele is preceded in death by her parents Richard Sloan and Nadine Bennington and her sister Pat Lindloff. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Brooke Baczkowski of Coppell; brothers Richard, Michael and Robert Sloan; sisters Mary Hall, Suzanne Read and Dee Dee Prikryl; step-father William Bennington and numerous special nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Sloan and Mike Read officiating. The family requests memorial donations to the National Fibromyalgia Association at 2121 South Towne Centre Place Suite #300 Anaheim, CA 92806 or www.fmaware.org .


Donna Sue Goff, age 53 of Irving, passed away April 27, 2014 after a long illness. Donna was born on September 17, 1960 in Sherman, Texas to William and Lena Goff. She graduated from MacArthur High School and later worked in accounting for a security firm for 11 years. She will be remembered for her contagious smile and laughter. Donna loved pizza and could eat it three times a day. Her favorite pizza restaurant was Mammas Pizza. She is survived by her mother Lena Goff and husband Joe Medellin; sons Johnny Armstrong and Dakota Armstrong; brother Bill Goff and wife Cheryl of Irving; sister Tina Ross and husband Herman of Delaware and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews in the Dallas Ft. Worth Area. A memorial service will be held at Noon on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Story Road Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Craig officiating. Memorial donations may be made to The American Lung Association, 1341 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 950W, Dallas, TX  75247.


Barbara Ann Ruiz, age 57 of Irving, died on May 3, 2014. She was born on September 8, 1956 in Stevens Park, Texas. Barbara will be dearly missed by her sons Jason, Richard, and Wesley Ruiz; parents Richard and Sue Ziegenhain and her nine grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 to  8:00 PM with inurnment to follow on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.The family requests memorials to Vitas Hospice, 8585 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite #200 in Dallas, TX 75247 or to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


 LTC (R) George R. Nelson was born in Houston and spent his childhood years in Madisonville, Texas. He graduated from Sam Houston State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. As a Master Aviator, fixed wing and rotary aircraft, George served in a variety of field artillery and aviation assignments throughout the United States, Germany and two tours in Vietnam. During his time of service he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, four Bronze Stars, one with valor, and eighteen awards of the Air Medal. George loved flying helicopters and planes for his country, but everyone knew he loved the Caribou best. George retired with his first wife, Judy Nelson, in Lawton Oklahoma.  After her death from Breast Cancer, he eventually married Carolyn Robertson Nelson and relocated to Flower Mound, Texas and later to Irving. He enjoyed a lifetime surrounded by five children (Gene Nelson, Karen Laster, Fritz Diehm, Chenoa Diehm Morris, and Chana Morgan Flieg), 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Always the military man he was active in several military organizations including Military Order of World Wars, Quad A, Army Otter Caribou Association, and charter member of MOAA. George also served in his community through his church, Plymouth Park Baptist Church. As a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner George flipped pancakes to support children with disabilities. Little did he know his efforts would someday benefit his own grandchild. Last, George was a member of the local Elks Club and especially loved their facility in Hawaii. George endured his first heart surgery in 1991. He was later diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2003. Over the years his pace slowed a bit, but George continued to travel and enjoy his passion for golf. The ability to keep going was in large part to the care given by the Baylor Heart Transplant team when George was implanted with an LVAD, Left Ventricular Assist Device, one of only a few patients fortunate enough to have benefited from the device. It was a great day to fly and on Friday May 2nd, Caribou Driver George R. Nelson took off into the big blue as the sun was rising on a beautiful day. He left this earth peacefully and surrounded by his family at home. A funeral service will be held at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens located in Lawton, OK will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.


Bobby L. Thomas, age 73 of Irving, died May 2, 2014. He was born to Alvin Thomas and Margaret Hatfield Thomas on June 24, 1940. Bobby worked as a performer in the music and entertainment industry and was also a pilot for 30 years. He will be dearly missed by his wife Janice McCoy Thomas; sons Chuck Carnahan, Mark Thomas, and Steve Thomas; daughter Lisa Thomas; brother Gary Thomas; brother Mike Broughton; grandsons Alex Carnahan, Wesley Nolan, and Drew Carnahan; granddaughter Tiffany Nolan; grandson Chris Thomas; granddaughter Tierney Thomas; great grandson Luke Nolan and great granddaughter Haley Carnahan. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home from 7 PM to 9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 2 PM with interment immediately following at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas. The family requests memorials to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.


Bibiche Ramazani, age 41 of Dallas, died May 1, 2014. She was born to Gaereza Ramazani and Bi Furaha Ndarabu on February 19, 1973 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She will be missed by her husband Raymond Wafodi; daughter Kethia Wafodi; son David Wafodi; son Isaac Wafodi, and daughter Fideline Wafodi. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Northwest Bible Church, 8505 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, Texas at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow the service at noon at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dallas.


Virginia H. Appling, age 85 and twenty-one year resident of Irving, died on April 26, 2014.  She was born in Spartanburg, North Carolina on March 19, 1929 to F.O. Hand and Ruby Wilson Hand and went on to enjoy a career in education as an elementary teacher. Virginia had previously resided in Decatur, Alabama and retired in 1987 after teaching for twenty years. Along with being a teacher, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Virginia was also an active member of Unity Church in Irving and volunteered her time and talents to Baylor Medical Center of Irving.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Marvin “Joe” Appling, Jr. and her son Charles Daniel Appling, her sister Betty Gintell and her parents. Virginia will be greatly missed by her son Tom Appling and his wife Jan of Hartselle, AL; daughter Cathy Todd and husband Mike of Irving; granddaughter Rachel Appling of Longmont, CO; grandson David Appling of Hartselle, AL; granddaughter Ashley Todd of Irving; Vicki Middleton and husband Ben of The Colony and great grandson Aeddan Appling of Longmont, CO.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving with visitation from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM just prior to the service. A private family interment will take place at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. The family requests memorial donations to the DFW Humane Society at www.dfwhumane.com or 4140 Valley View Lane in Irving, Texas 75038.


Robert Morrow Croston died April 20, 2014 under the care of Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Dallas. No formal services planned. A private inurnment to be performed at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.


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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