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Bobbie D. Hurt, of Irving, passed away Friday, December 30, 2011. She was born October 22, 1930 in Littlefield, Texas. Bobbie is survived by her husband C.A. Hurt, Jr., and son Charles Hurt, both of Irving. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, January 2, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

 

 


Martha Nan Wynne was born July 3, 1940, in Dallas, to Jack O. and Reba Lamb Young. She passed away into glory with our Savior Jesus Christ on December 29, 2011. She was a graduate of El Centro College with a degree in Psychology and retired from the State of Texas in 1996 after 26 years as a Social Worker II. She served as a liaison to the Kuwait people coming to Texas during the Gulf War. She leaves behind her brother Thomas Joseph Young (Karen Harris); sons Edgar Earl Wynne III (Nena), Steven Scott Wynne (Tracie), and George Garnett Wynne III (Debbie); daughter Melissa Michelle Wynne Chewning (Ken Bushheit); 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a nephew; and a great niece. The visitation will be held January 1, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and the Funeral service will be held on January 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The unconditional love she always showed will be carried in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. We love you momma.


Marvin L. Tucker, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011. He was born April 8, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a former member of Westwood Park Baptist Church. Marvin was a loving father and son with a love of music and joking around. He was talkative with his friends and family and loved his cat Goldie. He is preceded in death by his father James E. Tucker, and survived by his mother Eva Tucker of Irving; daughter Brenda A. Tucker of Attica, Kansas; brothers and sisters in Kentucky; and cat Goldie. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Tucker Cemetery in Chico, Texas, with Rev. Bobby Joe Raper officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX 75244.


Annie Laura Bond, of Mt. Vernon, and a prior longtime resident of Irving, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011. She was born February 22, 1919 in Dangerfield, Texas. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, a member of Presbyterian Women’s Association, DAV Auxillary in Grand Prairie, and past secretary and treasurer for the Irving Garden and Arts. She is preceded in death by her husband Wilson Hartwell Bond and daughter Laura Ann Bond and is survived by her son Louis Bond and wife Vicki of Mt. Vernon; grandchild Timothy Louis Bond, of Chesapeake, Virginia; great grandchild Nick Bond of Chesapeake; sister Betty Queen; and husband Boyd; step-grandchildren Charles Atkison of California, Chad Atkison of North Richland Hills, and Kelli Webb of Mt. Vernon; step-great grandchildren Ashley Nicole Barnett and Landon Blake Atkison. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Friday, December 30, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 11 AM-1 PM Friday, prior to the funeral.


RoseAnn (Vrla) Parma passed away peacefully in Dallas, TX on December 26, 2011.  She was born in Dallas at the old St. Paul Hospital on November 30, 1929, the daughter of Helen Matous Vrla and Joe E. Vrla.  RoseAnn lived in Irving many years, caring for her husband, Eugene, and their six children. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, and sister, Helen Jo Vrla. She is survived by her daughters Marilyn Fulbright and husband Ed of Dallas, Patricia Jenkins and husband Bill of Dallas, Leanne Cannon and husband Terry of Dallas; sons Daryl Parma and wife Teresa of Uniontown, Ohio, Scott Parma and wife Lisa of Keller, and Anthony Parma of Glenn Heights; seven   grandchildren, and four  great-grandchildren who affectionately called her Babi. RoseAnn grew up on pastureland at the corner of Knox Avenue and Keating which is now Knox and Central Expressway. She graduated from N. Dallas High School in 1948 where she was an accomplished gymnast and competed with the Sokol Gymnastics Team nationally. She attended North Texas Agricultural College (UTA) and received an Associate degree in Business. She met her husband, Eugene Clayton Parma, from Ennis, at an A&M College of Texas mixer and later was married on July 17, 1950 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas. RoseAnn began her career in 1951 in Longview, TX, and retired from Allstate Insurance in Irving. RoseAnn was a devoted Girl Scout Leader at Immaculate Conception in Grand Prairie and St. Luke’s in Irving where she served as Sacristan, officer for the Altar Society and Extraordinary Minister. She was elected Diocesan Woman of the Year in 2007.  Her hobbies included camping, baking her family Czech recipes, sewing party dresses for her daughters and dancing the Beseda with her family and friends in special events throughout the US and overseas. She and her husband celebrated their Czech heritage as members of  S.P.J.S.T. Lodge 130 & 84, the Catholic Czech Club, and the Dallas Beseda Dancers. RoseAnn was under the loving care of the Sisters of Bethlemite at St. Joseph’s Residence in Dallas before Hospice. The family will receive guests at 6 PM prior to a Holy Rosary Service held in her honor at 7 PM, on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the funeral home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., (so. Of Hwy 183), Irving, TX.  A Requiem Mass will be held at 10 AM on Friday, December 30, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur, Irving, 75060; with burial to follow at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Joseph’s Residence, 330 W. Pembroke, Dallas, Texas 75208.  


Dwight Garland, a resident of Irving since 1961, passed away December 27, 2011. He was born on July 26, 1922 in Grayson County, Texas to John and Edna Garland .  He was a member of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years. He was Warehouse Manager for Progress Lighting Company until his retirement in 1982. He served his country in WWII in the US Army and Airforce.  Preceded in death by wife Marzell Garland, his parents, and nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by son Doug Garland and wife Judy of Elgin, Oklahoma; daughter Kim Waldrum and husband Garry of Irving; grandchildren Allison Ritter and husband Matt; Brent Waldrum; Blake Waldrum and wife Ali; Meredith Liming and husband Troy; Matt Garland and wife Erin; five great-grandchildren; Taylor, Kylie and Madeline Garland; Maddox and Mason Ritter; sisters Frances Bush of Whitewright, Texas and Ina Langford of Van Alstyne, Texas and brother Doug Garland of Sherman, Texas. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church 8001 Mustang Drive, Irving, TX  75063.


James Ellis Jennings, 48, of Irving passed away suddenly on December 23, 2011.  He was born in Perryton, Texas on December 31, 1962.  James was a 1981 graduate of Seminole High School and was employed as an electrician with Humphrey and Associates.  James is survived by his wife, Michelle, his three stepdaughters, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Rachel and his granddaughter Madison Elizabeth Adams.  He was a loving son to his mother, Margarett Joyce Jennings of Seminole, Texas and a loving brother to Joyce Marie Jennings Garcia of Seminole and Dennis Wayne Jennings of Silverton, Texas.  James was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Ellis, and his three brothers, Ricky Lee, Robert Alan, and Edwin Doyle.  James had a large extended family with numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  James was a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather; he leaves behind many good friends from throughout his life and will be remembered for his laid back demeanor and beautiful smile.  He will be greatly missed, and the Hennigh family's annual reunion in Pagosa Springs, Colorado will not be the same without him.  James had attended the reunion, known to the family as "FR", 47 years in a row.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, December 27 at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home in Irving with burial at Fairmont Cemetery in Follett, Texas on Wednesday, December 28 at 3:00PM.   The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 


Doug Price, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011. He was born December 21, 1950 in Irving. He was an Irving High School graduate and retired as a supervisor with the City of Irving Water Utilities Department. Doug was an avid hunter, fisherman, and rancher. He was preceded in death by his parents Rube and Belle (Gragson) Price, and brothers Thomas Price and Elbert Price. Survivors include his children Denise Caldwell and husband Keith of Conway, Arkansas, Doug Price of Irving, and Laura Price of Irving; grandchildren Camryn Caldwell and Cole Caldwell; and sisters Lola Bell Holloway of Irving, Doris Minor of Alvarado, Lillian Dykes of Azle, and Dorothy VanBerg of Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 3 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. in Irving.


Willie D. Moreland, a resident of Irving since 1952, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011. She was born November 27, 1926 in Overton, Texas. She retired from IISD in 1980 after many years of service in the food service department. She was a member of Westside Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her husband Hubert Moreland and son David Moreland and is survived by her children Harold Adams and wife Jeanne of Chicota, Texas, Becky Norton and husband Jim of Pottsboro, Texas, Gary Moreland of Irving, and Sandra Loyd and husband Kevin of Grand Prairie; 9 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Mark Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.


Opal Adamson, a resident of Irving for 60 years, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011. She was born September 6, 1922 in Longview, Texas. She is survived by her children Ellen Lavallee and husband AJ of the Village, Florida, Wanda King of Campbell, Texas, Rachel Vogt of Arlington, George Adamson and wife JoCarol of Irving, and Kathie Savage and husband Van of Belton;18 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren and siblings Charlie Hill and wife Barbara of Maybank, Robert Hill and wife Pattie of Payne Springs, Joe Hill and wife Nancy of Murchison, Floyd Hill of Seven Points, Juanita Hutson and husband Jack of Austin, Bill Hill and wife Pattie of Lindale, Jane Gordon of Red Oak, and Linnie Browning of Plano. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, December 19, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Irving with Rev. Sammy Hargrove and Rev. Russell Floyd officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 PM prior to the service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church/Building Fund, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060, or Tender Heart Hospice, 3210 West Park Row Dr., Arlington, TX 76013.


Dorothy J. Ingram, an Irving resident since 1974, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011. She was born April 2, 1934 in Clarendon, Arkansas. She was a loving mother grandmother, and great grandmother. Preceded in death by her parents Leroy and Lettie Ellen (Thompson) Dyer, husband Benny Ingram, and sister Jacquelyn Sirany, she is survived by her children Brenda Ingram Hale of Gun Barrel City, Eva Ingram Lewis of Irving, Rhonda Ingram Poe and husband Don of Whitewright, and Benny Ingram Jr., III of Malakoff; grandchildren Alisha Gayle Pack, Brandie Grogan Williams, Michael Edward Grogan, Benjamin Dyer Grogan, Taryn Lowery, Robbie Tedder, Jr., Shelby Lynn Poe, Kristi Ingram, and Cameron Ingram; 6 great grandchildren; sister Biller Schrieber of Hinsdale, Illinois; nieces and nephews Tommy Schrieber, Candi Schrieber, Roger Sirany, Susan Sirany, and Steven Sirany; and dogs Quigley and Sissy. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 678456, Dallas, TX 75267-8456.


William “Bill” Carter Dodson, of Irving, passed away December 8, 2011. He was born on September 11, 1926 to William “Potter” Carter Dodson and Beatrice (Rugg) Dodson in Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked as an engineer for DuPont for thirty-five years; enjoyed flying airplanes and gliders, sailing, and was an avid astronomer. In his early years, he sang in church choirs and barbershop quartets. Bill was in the U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School during World War II, a member of the Soaring Clubs of America, the Astronomical Society, invented practical uses for geodesic structures, and also an active member of the Unitarian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Swan Dodson Nisbet; and is survived by his sons, Russell Dodson of Irving and William Dodson IV and his wife Claudia from Chesapeake, Virginia; grandchildren, Tara and Carter Dodson of Chesapeake, Virginia, Matthew Dodson of Irving and Nathan Dodson of Leawood, Kansas; and a sister, Eve Dodson Oehrle of Pennsylvania.  Memorial services are to be held in North Carolina. Please recheck this Web page for time, place and date of services once set. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate or any local affiliate of Public Broadcasting System (PBS).


William E. "Bill" Black, a long-time resident of Irving, passed away December 6, 2011. He was born on November 16, 1926 to Arthur Thadius Black and Metta (Terry) Black in Abbott, Arkansas and raised in Hatch, New Mexico. Bill served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in a special unit called The Naval Armed Guard. He was a member of the Latter Day Saints Church, owner of Belco Electrical Company for over thirty years, Past President of the Dallas County Electrical Contractors Association, a former long-time member of the Irving Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 A.F. & A.M., Vickery Masonic Lodge #1351 A.F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia Black and daughter, Perianne Smith and a son, Davin P. Black. He is survived by his wife, Jill Brannock Black of Irving; daughters, Cathy M. Hamel and husband Rick of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada and Avin W. Morgan of Dallas; a son, Kevin A. Black and wife, Justine of Irving; nine grandchildren, Lisa Van Mantgem and husband Mark, Joe Hamel and wife Lisa, Joshua Black and wife Kristina, Brent Black, Karrah Black, Chelsea Smith, Greyson Morgan, Travis Morgan and Jack Morgan; four great grandchildren, Hannah Van Mantgem, Chance Van Mantgem, Evan Black and Jack Hamel, and many other loving relatives. A funeral service is planned for Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Cal Palmer, Al Shelley, and Roberta Roberts, followed by Masonic services at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 11:30 AM. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


George T. Miksovsky, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was born June 6, 1921 in Malin, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Miksovsky in 1997 and is survived by his son George Michael Miksovsky and wife Amanda of Tyler; daughter Marcia Brodt of Ovilla; grandchildren David Brodt, Marc Brodt, Shannon Honea, Jason Miksovsky, Tim Miksovsky, Blayne Jackson, and Kasey Bower; 13 great grandchildren; brothers Arthur Mikles of Coronado, California, and Ted Miksovsky of Seattle, Washington; and a very special friend Dixie Dykes. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Patsy (Pat) Ruth Sawyer Johnson, of Irving, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.  She was born November 19, 1932 in Galveston to Jack and Maggie Sawyer.  Pat was a very devoted and caring wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a an elementary physical education teacher with the IISD for 26 years before retiring in 1994 to spend time with her children and grandchildren, traveling, reading, and gardening.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving.  Pat was known for being the best delegator in the world.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, A.B. Johnson of Irving; daughters Edie Miller and husband Ed of Hickory Creek, Phyllis Hamblen and husband Hal of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Wanda Brumit and husband Roy of Garland; son Dale Johnson and wife Connie of Arlington; and grandchildren Trey Miller, Andrew Miller and wife Teresa, Ashley Miller-Niland and husband Jamey, Brad Hamblen, Holly Hamblen, Sarah Brumit, and Kelly Brumit.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, December 9, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Durham officiating.  Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church/Childrens Ministry, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060.


Roy J. Wilson, a lifelong Irving resident, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. He was born November 17, 1928 in Irving. He was a 1945 graduate of Irving High School. Roy was an Air Force veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years as a security guard and was a member of South MacArthur Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents John Dawson Wilson and Lola Mae (Pendergrass) Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Wilson of Irving; children Brenda Fulmer of Irving, Dianne Branch and husband Jim of Jackson, Mississippi, Kevin Wilson and wife Rosemary of Frisco, Kristi Harrington of Irving, and Leigh Anne McNeese and husband Shane of Grand Prairie; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brothers Joe Wilson and wife Kaye of Palestine, and Don Wilson and wife Marilyn of Irving; and sister-in-law Hazel Collins of Yantis,Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Mr. Tim Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Andy Campbell, a resident of Irving for 49 years, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. He was born February 14, 1961 in Akron, Ohio. He was a member of Bethel Temple. Andy was an avid golfer, enjoyed being outdoors, smoking a good cigar while watching the sunset, and loved his dog Bismark. He is survived by his Son Stuart Campbell of Colleyville; Daughter Allison Campbell of Colleyville; Parents Charles R. and Carolyn S. Campbell of West Virginia; Sister Julie Campbell Turner of West Virginia;  and Aunt Patty Gregory and Husband Bernard of Virginia. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, December 9, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Edward Davis officiating. The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Clydene Bradford, a resident of Irving for over sixty years, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  She was born February 27, 1933 in Delta County, TX to Robert Clyde Millard and Zelcie (Marsh) Millard.  She was a member of Oak View Baptist Church.  Clydene was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Bradford and is survived by sons, Gerry Bradford of Irving, Jackie Bradford and wife, Ana of Duncanville, and James Bradford and wife, April of Duncanville; grandchildren, Stephanie, Daniel, Jason, Joshua, and Taylor; great grandchildren, Starla, Miranda, and Coy; and a brother, Raymond Millard of Irving. A graveside service is planned for Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM.


Gretchen “Greta” Block, of Irving, died December 2, 2011. She was born August 28, 1967 in Irving to Howard Walter Block and Nancy (Dillon) Block. She was a graduate of Irving High School in 1985 where she was a flag captain in the band. She attended and worked at Northlake College, and was a graphic artist. She was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her parents; sisters, Elizabeth Treat of Irving, Rachel Smith and husband Brooks of Little Elm, TX; Nieces Rose Treat of Irving, Chloe Smith and Samantha Smith of Little Elm, TX; grandmother Margaret Dillon of Irving and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  Memorial donations may be made to www.diabetes.org.


Johnnie Ruth King, of Irving, died December 2, 2011. She was born December 23, 1921 in Atlanta, TX to John N. Herron and Ruth (Law) Herron. She worked as a Library Clerk in public schools. Johnnie is survived by her son, Jay Shelton King and wife Elizabeth of Houston; daughter, Julie Ann Vance; grandson Brandon Vance; great grandson, Brayden Jones Vance; and sisters Marsolete N. Davis of Dallas, and Quincy Leach and husband Powell of Kilgore. A family service was held at 9:30 AM, Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, officiated by Reverend Dr. John Wilkey, and followed by a Committal Service at 3:00 PM in Laws Chapel. Cemetery in Atlanta, TX.


Clydene Bradford, a resident of Irving for over sixty years, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  She was born February 27, 1933 in Delta County, TX to Robert Clyde Millard and Zelcie (Marsh) Millard.  She was a member of Oak View Baptist Church.  Clydene was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Bradford and is survived by sons, Gerry Bradford of Irving, Jackie Bradford and wife, Ana of Duncanville, and James Bradford and wife, April of Duncanville; grandchildren, Stephanie, Daniel, Jason, Joshua, and Taylor; great grandchildren, Starla, Miranda, and Coy; and a brother, Raymond Millard of Irving. A graveside service is planned for Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM.


William Albert “Bill” Stramp, of Irving, passed away Friday, December 2, 2011.  He was born May 26, 1927 in Perryton, Texas.  He was a US Navy Seabees veteran.  Bill established Plymouth Park Carpets in the 1950’s.  He coached Little League Baseball and was an avid golfer.  Preceded in death by his parents William “W.R.” and Frances Pachner Stramp, he is survived by his wife Kathy Stramp of Irving; daughter Jeanne Elliot of Lolo, Montana; son Rob Stramp and wife Andrea of Keller; step-daughter Sheila Barga of Irving; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Irving with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating.  Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Wednesday Work Crew, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060. 


Clarence H. Brooks, of San Antonio, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011. He was born August 1, 1923 in Muncie, Indiana. He earned a Bronze Star for his service as a Marine in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. Clarence retired from Westinghouse after 21 years of service. He loved flowers. He is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Bessie M. Ricketts, and step-daughter Connie Anderson, and is survived by his wife of 23 years, June Brooks of San Antonio; children Clarence A. Brooks and wife Sharon of Muncie, Betsy M. Bourff and husband Joe of Gaston, Indiana, Harold A. Brooks and wife Kathy of Farmers Branch, and Francis H. Brooks and wife Peggy of Clermont, Florida; step-children Dora June Thomas of Grand Prairie, Theresa L. Woods and husband Keith of Bedford, and Vicki E. Ogden and husband Steven of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and step-son-in-law Homer M. Anderson of Irving. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Arthur "David" Dixon, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011. He was born February 1, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama. David was a 1976 graduate of Irving High School. He was formerly employed by Irving Auto Supply, Freeman Mazda, and U.S. Compressor. He is survived by his wife Rosemary Milazzo-Dixon of Irving; daughters DeVin Dixon, Alexis Dixon, and Brittnee Dixon, all of Irving; mother Billie "Judy" Dixon of Irving; brothers Eric Dixon of Irving, and Craig Dixon of Edgewood, Texas; sister Traci Foley of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, December 5, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Bob Stith officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Patricia B. Miller, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011. She was born August 12, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by her husband Donald J. Miller of Irving; son Christopher J. Miller of Dallas; daughter Kathleen N. Kuiper and husband Ben of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; grandchildren Thomas Barker of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Samuel Kuiper and Chelsea Kuiper, both of North Kingstown; and brother Kenneth Bechke of Parma, Ohio. Mass Of The Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Church Of The Incarnation in Irving. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home with a prayer service beginning at 3:30 PM.


Randy Don Lane, of Winnsboro, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2011. He was born November 4, 2008 in Durant, OK to Leon Don Lane of Winnsboro, TX and Randella Evelyn JoAnn Phillips of Irving. He is survived by his parents, Leon and Randella; maternal grandparents, Laura Phillips and husband Jerry of Irving; paternal grandparents, Sandra Self and Jerry Don Lane of Winnsboro; great grandparents, Mildred and Leon Coker of Winnsboro; grandmother, Nora Phillips of Irving, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM in Brown’s Chapel, officiated by Mr. Jim Stambough. Burial will follow at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite, TX. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. Family requests memorials be made to The Gastroenterology Department of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas via online to: https://netcommunity.childrens.com/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=987


Richard J. Cuff, of Irving, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011.  He was born October 8, 1923 to Michael Patrick Cuff and Bernice Mildred (Kanney) Cuff in LaPorte, Indiana. He was a WWII veteran and served in the U. S. Army Infantry. He received two bronze stars and a WWII victory medal during his tour of duty in the Pacific. He was employed in sales in the chemical industry. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Mildred Cuff, also of LaPorte and is survived by his four children, Michael Cuff, Dana Cuff, Colleen Easley and Raymond Cuff, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  A Graveside service is planned for Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.


Mary Annette Julian, of Irving, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011. She was born February 28, 1930 in Anton, TX to Archie Eugene and Grace Scarbrough. Mary was a long-time resident of Grand Prairie, TX and retired from the Dallas County Tax Assessor’s Office after many years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Chuck” Julian; and son-in-law, Austin Raney; and is survived by her daughter, Sherry Raney of Irving; sons, Rev. Mark Julian and wife Teresa of Fairfield, TX and Rev. Jeffrey Julian and wife Tonda of Mt. Pleasant, TX; grandchildren, Amy Dee Roach and Megan Marie Julian, both of Irving; Wes Stephen Julian and Conner Thomas Julian, both of Lubbock, TX; Arin E. (Raney) Blackwell of Crowley, TX; Chelsea Annette Julian of Mt. Pleasant, TX; and Stephen James Julian of Waco, TX; one great grandchild, Austin Cooper Blackwell of Crowley, TX; and brother, Archie Scarbrough and wife Joy of Abilene, TX. A graveside service is planned for Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Lion Hospice Foundation, 2208 N. Highway 121, Suite 180, Bedford, TX 76021.


Billie F. Kennedy, of Irving, died November 22, 2011. He was born January 27,1924 in Putnam, TX to Clyde Bearden Kennedy and Mattie Ione (Stansbury) Kennedy. Billie retired after 33 years as a crew chief at American Airlines. Additionally, for 56 years, he spent his vacation working in security at the Fort Worth Stock Show. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Bettye; two sons, Clyde G. Kennedy and Donald F. Kennedy; and grandson, Matthew Wilkerson. Billie is survived by his son, Kevin Kennedy of Bedford; daughters, Dianne Hanson and husband William of Irving, Addie Brown and husband Floyd of Fort Worth, and Lori Wilkerson and husband Steve of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and many great great grandchildren. A private service for the immediate family only will be held on Monday, November 28, 2011 prior to burial. A committal service with military honors will follow at 1:30 PM at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive visitors from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home Monday morning. The family would like to thank Dallas Vitas Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to The Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, TX 75204 or the charity of your choice.


Thomas Harral Kiker, 90 of Irving passed away November 21, 2011 in Irving. He was born on April 25, 1921 in Fisher County, Texas to Thomas and Minnie (Whitfield) Kiker. He was a resident of Lindale, Texas for 33 years until moving to Irving this past year. He retired from the Dallas Fire Department after 21 years of service in 1969. In his later years he worked as a builder and rancher. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served in WWII; was a member of First Baptist Church of Lindale; and T. R. Bonner Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #764 for over 50 years. He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Patricia Ann Whitfield. He is survived by wife Lois Kiker of Irving; daughter Annette Marie Everheart of Irving; 5 grandchildren, Robin Hurt and husband, John; Rhonda Brown and husband, Mitchell; Bill Sparks; Judy Hauge and husband, Eric; and Harland Whitfield. Ten great–grandchildren, Heather, Lauren and Kaitlyn Hurt; Jered Brown and wife, Lauren; Jennifer, Brittany and Brooke Brown; Jaclyn Sparks; Tommy and Danny Hauge. Two great-great grandchildren, Noah and Makinzee Brown. The family will receive friends at 10:00 am prior to the celebration of life services beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Edward Nix officiating. Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery at 12:45 pm.


Georgia De La Torre, of Euless, died Thursday, November 17, 2011. She was born on August 4, 1953 to Rudy Saucedo and Juanita (Zamora) Saucedo. She was a loving wife, mother and “Ma;” an excellent cook, extremely generous, loyal friend, Godly woman, and was very active in the More 2 Life Church.  She was a member of the first graduating class of Nimitz High School, and employed as the Human Resource Director of a window manufacturing firm. Georgia was married to her husband, Benjamin De La Torre for 38 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gilbert Saucedo; and sisters, Cathy Jobe and Mary Guzman; and is survived by her husband, Benjamin De La Torre of Euless; daughter Amanda Smith and husband Darren of Denton; son, Isaac De La Torre and wife Melissa of Irving; and grandchildren, Camryn Cecily Smith, Joshua Daniel Smith, Malachi Benjamin De La Torre, and Micah Timothy De La Torre.  A funeral service is planned for Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Heartland World Ministries Church, 6300 N. Beltline Road, Irving. Officiant will be Reverend Gerald Patterson.  Visitation will be on Sunday, November 20, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home.


Charles Lester Stevens, of Irving for sixty years, died November 17, 2011. He was born July 29, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Given M. Stevens and Marie (Charleville) Stevens. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps and later retired from Peerless Manufacturing as a Vice President after 20 years of service. He then began a second career in real estate where he worked for Lou Smith and Henry S. Miller as a Broker, and served as Past President of the Irving Board of Realtors. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Norma. He is survived by his son, Marc Stevens and wife Nancy of Bedford; grandson, Lyle Stevens and wife Diane of Hurst; granddaughter Vanessa Gabel and husband Joseph of Grapevine; and great grandchildren, Skyler Stevens, Carter Stevens, Jackson Gabel and Hudson Gabel. Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel followed by burial in the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 1:30 PM. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 21 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family requests memorials to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project online at: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 6675-8517; telephone: 1-877-832-6997.


Gwendolyn Berry Slavik, a resident of Irving since 1965, died November 14, 2011. She was born September 23, 1934 in Dallas, TX to Goodwin Conrad Berry and Pauline Lenice (Green) Berry. Gwendolyn graduated from  Sunset High School in 1951, and was a long-time accounting administrator. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Donald Berry and James Berry. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty years, David John Slavik; sons, David L. Slavik of Irving and John W. Slavik and wife Karen of Flower Mound; daughter, Mitzi Slavik and husband, Ricky Emmons of Irving; and three grandchildren, Mitchell D. Slavik of Irving, and Erin M. Slavik and Matthew K. Slavik of Flower Mound.  Funeral services are planned for Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Rev. Keith Smith.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. A visitation is planned for Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Agnes Clara Jacobs, 83, passed away on November 09, 2011 in Irving, Texas. She was born on July 05, 1928 in Wallace, South Dakota to Thomas Thompson and Eula (Kettering) Thompson.  Agnes had been a resident of Irving for the past 45 years. She was a factory worker for Glitsch, Inc. for 27 years retiring in 1993.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, SD.  Agnes was also a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Wayne Jacobs, parents, and brother, Orland J. Thompson. She is survived by her sons, Larry Thompson and wife, Gail of Grand Prairie, Bobby Jacobs and wife, Trudy of Irving, Doug Jacobs and wife Lupe of Franklin, Texas, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two sisters, Gloria Alaniz of Scroggins, Texas, and Helen Griffin of Phoenix, Arizona, and brother, Fred Thompson of Grand Prairie. Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:30AM at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery. 


Avery Wadsworth Bowen a resident of Irving for the past 44 years passed away November 14, 2011. He was born on August 23, 1929 in Roanoke, Alabama to Avery Welch Bowen and Julia (Wadsworth) Bowen. He was a graduate from The University of Texas with a degree in Architecture in 1958 and served in the US Air Force in the Korean Conflict. He was associated with HKCP, WZMH, and RTKL, for many years as a commercial architect. He worked on the architecture of the building of Dallas City Hall and many other buildings throughout the City of Dallas and all over the nation. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Ruth Bowen of Irving; son Clate Bowen and wife Amanda Dalton Bowen of Dallas; and sister Jo Ann Bowen of California. Graveside services will be held at 1:15 PM on Monday, November 21, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas


Mina Jeffery a resident of Mesquite since 2000 passed away November 13, 2011. She was born on November 12, 1911 in New York. Prior to moving to Mesquite, she lived in Horsehead New York for many years working as a cashier for A&P Grocery store .She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Richard Jeffery. She is survived by daughter Janet Macy of Mesquite; Jeanne Comfort of Westminster, South Carolina; grandchildren Lori and Ray Comfort and 3 great-grandchildren. Graveside services are pending at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York.


Clinton Vernon Lynch, of Irving for 58 years, died Friday, November 11, 2011. He was born on June 17, 1917 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to William Gilmer Lynch and Florence Ida (Baker) Lynch.  He served in the U. S. Army in WWII, and worked for Standard Brands, Inc. in Dallas as a foreman until he retired in 1979.  Clinton was preceded in death by his wife, Tsilta Lynch. He is survived by his daughters, Sherron Baker of Lewisville and Donna Bergene of Weatherford; son, Steve Lynch of Irving; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A graveside service is planned for Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Rito Martinez an Irving resident since 1963 passed away November 6, 2011. He was born on January 5, 1929 to Gregorio and Ignacia Martinez in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a technician for Smith Corona for over 30 years retiring in 1984. Preceded in death by his parents and wife Dolores Martinez. He is survived by daughter Maria Frank and husband Walter of Irving; son Rito Martinez, Jr. of Irving; son Anthony Martinez and wife Tammy of Burleson; grandchildren Nicolas Frank of Raleigh, North Carolina; Lena Frank of Irving; Jared Gaskin and wife Meridith of Arlington; and Jenna Martinez of Burleson; brothers Filberto Martinez and wife Edith of Dallas; Freddie Martinez and wife Margerit of San Antonio; sisters Carmen Islas of Dallas; and Sister Mary Martinez of Techny, Illinois. The family will receive friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Thursday with Rosary Services at 7:00PM. A Mass Of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 11, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving with burial to follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.


Ruth Stewart Hogue, a resident of Irving, TX, for the past 36 years, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011. She was born July 8, 1928 to Paul and Margaret (Mueller) Stewart in Lincoln, NE.  Ruth attended the University of Nebraska and a member of Alpha Phi sorority.  Ruth was a flight attendant for American Airlines for many years. She was a flight attendant when ladies could not be married, or over the age of 30, must be attractive.  She retired in 1983 after 18 years, from the customer service department.  She was also a member of KIWIS. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty Sutton and Marjorie Butler.  She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years John Hogue of Irving, TX; son Robert Stewart Hogue and wife, Suzanne of San Luis Obispo, CA; daughter Anne M.H. Jones and husband, Thomas of Paradise Valley, AZ; granddaughters Stewart and Sydney Jones, of Paradise Valley, AZ; grandson, Harry M. Jones IV, of Paradise Valley, AZ; granddaughter Eva Hogue, of San Luis Obispo, CA;  twin brother, Richard Stewart of Carefree, AZ. Family to receive friends Tuesday November 8 , 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at Browns Memorial Chapel. Family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society.


Mike “Dr. K” Keglovits, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  He was born April 24, 1921 in Northampton, Pennsylvania to Josef Keglovits and Mary Keglovits. Dr. Keglovits was a General Practioner in Irving and retired in 1994 after serving his community for forty years. He was a graduate of Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Keglovits was a member of the American Medical Association and the Knights of Columbus in Irving. He served in the United States Army in the 308th Medical Battalion from 1942 to 1946. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 2004 and his infant son Phillip Edward in 1960.  He is survived by his daughter Ann Bell and husband Ron of Irving; daughter Mary Keglovits of Carrollton; son David Keglovits and wife Monica of Irving, daughter Kathy Toman and husband Loren of Euless, daughter Janet Walker and husband Stephen of Irving; grandchildren John Bell, Amy Bell, Jason Keglovits, Christine Lyman, Sheridan Keglovits, Kathleen McElyea, Michael Keglovits, Adam Toman, Jared Toman, and Kegan Walker; great grandchildren Dylan Keglovits, Grayson Keglovits, Rosemary Keglovits, Sheridan Keglovits II, Julian Lyman, and Jackson Lyman.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM, followed by burial in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 3, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with a Rosary to be said at 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.


Ann Condray Edge was a true “Texas Centennial Baby” born on March 2, 1936 in Paris, Texas to Jesse and Vera Condray.  She was the youngest of their eight children.  She grew up most loved by her older six brothers and sister and nurtured by her Mom and Dad. She graduated from Paris High School and attended Paris Junior College.  She transferred to UNT (then North Texas State College) where after about six weeks, met Murray, the love of her life.  They were married the following October.  Ann and Murray had two sons, Pastor Jim Edge of Mercedes and John David Edge (deceased).  She pursued an interesting career in higher education at the University of Indiana/Purdue/Indianapolis; the University of Chicago Health Sciences Center, Chicago and the University of Tennessee, retiring as its Assistant Director of Corporate Affairs in 1999.  She and Murray, who also was at the University of Tennessee, moved back to Irving, Texas in 1999 to be with family and love ones. Ann is survived by Murray after 55 years of love; her son Pastor Jim Edge; his wife Dena; two grandchildren, Lydia (Mrs. Chris Spotts) of Conway, Arkansas; grandson James Claybourn Edge of Austin, Texas; and a great granddaughter, Kathleen Spotts. Ann was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Irving and was a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary and Las Colinas Country Club. She will always be remembered by her glowing smile, wonderful laugh and love of people and dogs. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday November 2, 2011 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Irving. Funeral services to be held at 10:00 am Saturday November 5, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran School in Mercedes with burial following at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School, 703 W. 3rd Street, Mercedes, TX 78570,  attn:  Pastor Jim Edge.


Michael Tuscana, of Irving since 1966, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2011. He was born June 28, 1940 in Nacadoches, TX to Manuel Tuscana and Mary (Poskey) Tuscana. Michael was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. He retired from Owens Corning in 2007 in the maintenance department after having worked there for 28 years. Michael was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Tuscana and a sister, Lorene Nowell.  He is survived by his wife Patsy; daughters Barbara Murphy and husband Glen of LaRue, TX; Mary Tuscana, Deanna Tuscana, and Kathy Tuscana, all of Irving; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three sisters, Irene Cook, Marie Whitaker and Delores Tomlinson, all of Tyler, TX.  Funeral services will be held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Deacon Daniel Segovia, on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM; followed by burial in Bear Creek Cemetery in Euless, TX. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Tuesday, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Willie Mae Childers a 70 year resident of Irving passed away October 26, 2011 in Irving. She was born on February 24, 1918 in Kiowa, Oklahoma. She was a long time member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Preceded in death by husband Russell Burton Childers and son-in-law Billy F. Jones, she is survived by daughter Debra Jones of Irving; granddaughter Mandy DeCola and husband James of Humble; grandson David Jones and wife Christi of Irving; granddaughter Lindsey Wood and husband Dustin of Irving; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Hannah, Savannah, Ryan, Nathaniel, Rachel, Sarah, Tayshaun, Rebekah and Elizabeth. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Interment will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.


Linda Kay Woodruff, of Irving, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2011. She was born on December 21, 1944 to William Ben Pennington and Emma Nelcean Trent-Pennington in Deport, TX and raised in Clarksville. She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, David Ray Pennington. Linda is survived by her husband, Raymond Woodruff; daughter, Tammy Woodruff; son, Todd Woodruff; brothers, James Darrell Pennington and Benny Ray Pennington; several nephews; her cherished dog, Sam and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Grace Pointe Church, 208 S. Story Road, Irving, 75060.  Pastors Patrick Wooten and Gary Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends on Friday, October 28 from 6:00 PM to  8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Tompkins, Leslie W. “Tommy,” longtime resident of Irving, Texas passed away on Monday, October 24, 2011 in Durant, Oklahoma.  He was born on Monday, July 03, 1916 in Cheney, Washington to Joseph William and Alice (Patterson) Tompkins.  He attended public school and college at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.  His great desire to fly led him to the U.S. Navy where he received flight training in Pensacola, Florida.  During World War II, commissioned as a Lt. Commander, he flew reconnaissance missions in the Atlantic Theater.  He met and married Catherine O’Neal in Wolfe City, Texas.  They had two sons, Leslie William Tompkins, Jr. and Jerry Brian Tompkins.  They lived in Irving where Leslie “Tommy” worked for the U.S. Post Office as a supervisor, retiring in 1975.  The Tompkins were founding members of Kirkwood United Methodist Church of Irving.  He was active with the Boy Scouts, serving as an Assistant Scout Master and was active with NARFE.  After the passing of Catherine in 1976, Leslie “Tommy” met Janet Jo McMeans.  Leslie “Tommy” and Janet met in Sunday school at Kirkwood United Methodist Church and were married on October 22, 1977.  They enjoyed traveling and hobbies during their retirement.  Spending time with family and friends, especially their grandchildren, was a priority. Leslie “Tommy” was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Catherine and son-in-law, Dr. Jack R. Robinson, and sister, Ruth Adley. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his sons, Leslie and wife, Dana of Phoenix, Arizona, Jerry and wife, Carol of Grand Junction, Colorado; children by marriage, Wayne McMeans and wife, Linda of Colleyville, Texas; Sharon Robinson of Durant, Oklahoma; and Diane Kreger and husband, Gary of Bennington, Oklahoma, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday evening from 2:00PM-4:00PM and Monday from 9:30AM-10:30AM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Military honors will be held on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:30AM at Dallas- Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. Memorials may be made to the charity or foundation of your choice.


Dorothy Lamb a longtime resident of Irving passed away October 23, 2011 in Grapevine. She was born on June 6, 1921 in Tyler, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Irving and retired in 1975 after many years of service with Irving Bank & Trust. She is preceded in death by husband Calvin “Chet” Chester Lamb; son Dr. Donald Lamb; brothers Richard “Buck”;  Nolan “Tiny”;  Roland ; and J. W. Higginbotham; sisters Juanita Ward; Helen Chastain; and Dovie Lamb. She is survived by daughter Carolyn Smith and husband John of Irving; daughter-in-law Kathy Lamb of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandson Scott Smith of Houston; granddaughters Jennifer O’Neal and husband Ben of Coppell; Heather Terry and husband Glenn of Forston, Georgia; grandsons Keith Lamb and wife Kelley of Wichita Falls; Kent Lamb and wife Amy of Apex, North Carolina; great-grandchildren Mackenzie Smith; Connor Smith of Houston; Grant O’Neal; Bella O’Neal of Coppell; Savanah Stowe; of Forston, Georgia;  Madeline Stowe; Katie Lamb, Kourtney Lamb of Wichita Falls, Texas; Cole Lamb, Mitchell Lamb and Logan Lamb of Apex, North Carolina; sisters Lillian Meriwether of Arlington, Texas; Edna Mullins of Grapevine, Texas; brothers Charles Higginbotham and wife Pat of Tyler, Texas; Vernon Higginbotham of Timpson, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. John Durham officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Vernon College Foundation, Attention Michelle Alexander at 4400 College Drive, Vernon, TX  76384 or First Baptist Church 403 S. Main Street, Irving, TX  75060.


Jean Kelly of Irving passed away October 23, 2011 in Irving. She was born on January 12, 1936 in Whitney, Texas. She has been an Irving resident for 49 years. Preceded in death by parents, Gilbert and Mildred Caudle; brothers Charles Caudle and Jimmy Caudle and sister Wanda Best; she is survived by husband of 54 years, Glen Kelly of Irving; son Gary Kelly and wife Mindy of Mesquite; son David Kelly and wife Marayette of Ft. Worth and 5 grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Beltline Road Church of Christ in Irving with Don Hatch officiating. Interment will follow at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas. If desired, memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association or The Alzheimer’s Association.


Charles Douglas Matthews, 69, passed away on October 23, 2011 in Grand Prairie, Texas.  He was born on December 28, 1941 in Brady, Texas to Benjamin Franklin Matthews & Iva LaVona (Owens) Matthews Pannel.  Mr. Matthews had been a prior longtime resident of Irving and was presently residing in Grand Prairie.  He had worked as a carpenter for most of his life and was a veteran of the US Navy.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Matthews and parents.  He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Fairris of Grand Prairie, two grandchildren, Malachi Fairris and Mackenzie Adkins, four sisters, Iva Phifer and husband, Bill of Grand Prairie, Geraldine Bass of Spring, Texas, Jean Hatheway of Overton, Texas, and Verna Dean Kraum and husband, Lynn of Rockledge, Florida.  Committal services with military honors will be held at 10:15 A.M. Friday, October 28, 2011at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.


Dial Ryder, of Irving, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011. He was born June 12, 1938 in Claremont, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his wife Peggy Ryder in 2006 and is survived by his daughter, Angela Harroff and husband Brandon of Lewisville; grandson, Darren Harroff of Lewisville; granddaughter, Madeline Harroff of Lewisville; sisters, Isoephine Kutz of Socorro, New Mexico, and Velma Douglas and husband Doug of Killeen; brother-in-law, Thomas Jones of Irving; and sister-in-law, Sandy Rodgers of Irving. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, October 24, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Ellamae F. Russell, of Irving, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011. She was born April 5, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. She is survived by her husband Wally Russell of Irving; son Kim Russell and wife Michele of Little Elm; daughter Susan Dorety and husband Michael of Burleson; sister Doris Goff and husband Henry of Irving; grandchildren Michael Dorety and wife Crystal of Waxahachie, Heather Ehmer and husband Jonathan of Euless, and Thor Russell of Wylie; great grandchildren Colton Vowell of Waxahachie, and Tyler Ehmer of Euless. Committal services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, October 29, 2011 at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 2250 W. Pioneer Dr. in Irving.


Keith Whitley, of Irving, passed away October 19, 2011. He was born July 19, 1958 in Taylor, Texas. He was a 1976 graduate of Nimitz High School, attended University of Dallas, where he played baseball, and graduated from North Texas University. He ran several strength and conditioning football camps with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and worked with the youth all over the DFW Metroplex.  Keith competed professionally in several body building

competitions, accomplishing the titles of Mr. LA and Mr. California and ranked 5th in the Mr. Universe competition. He was a personal trainer and had taught school for the Irving IISD at The Reassignment Center for the past 2 years. His passion was studying History and especially the American Civil War. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Irving. Keith is survived by his daughter Kate Elizabeth Lee Whitley of Lewisville; parents Max and Jacquelyn "Jackie" Whitley of Irving; sister Taryn Perkins and husband Lowell of North Richland Hills; nephews Garrett and Grant Perkins of North Richland Hills; and numerous relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, October 22, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Irving. Burial will follow at 2:30 PM in Perryville Cemetery in Perryville, Texas. The family will receive friends 9-10 AM Saturday at the church prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church General Building Fund, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060.

 


Inez Mathews Darby, of Irving, passed October 18, 2011.  She was born July 1, 1911 in Donnelly County, Texas.  She was a longtime resident of Sulphur Springs until moving to Irving in 1996.  Inez was a member of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs.  She worked as a buyer for Federated Department Store for 30 years.  She is preceded in death by her husbands John Harry Mathews, and J.D. Darby and is survived by her daughters Linda Johnson, of Irving, and Nanette Williams and husband Charles of Irving; sons J. Harold Mathews and wife Chris of Austin, and Travis Mathews and wife Mary Ann of Beaumont; 7 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 9 step-great grandchildren; and brother Cecil McBride of Canyon, Texas.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Sulphur Springs.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to The Gideon’s International at P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN  37214-0800.   


Clayton E. Dobson, Jr, of Irving since 1954, died Friday, October 14, 2011. He was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania on April 25, 1928 to Clayton Earl Dobson, Sr. and Ruth (Johns) Dobson. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and also served in the U. S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Korean War. Clayton retired from Proctor & Gamble after 36 years in management. Clayton has been a key contributor to the Irving business community by holding a number of important leadership roles. These include serving on the Board of Directors for the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1986-1992 and chairman from 1990-1992 and director of the Irving Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to receiving the City of Irving’s High Spirited Citizen Award, Clayton has been very active in a variety of community organizations, having served as the president of the Irving Friendship Foundation, director of the Irving Community Concerts, trustee and director for the Irving Symphony Orchestra and director of the Irving Heritage Society.  Clayton’s countless volunteer activities have included a number of other organizations, as well, including president and treasurer of the Irving Rotary Club, vice chairman of the DART advisory committee, president of Irving Toastmasters, chairman of the National Museum of Communication and chairman of the Irving Arts Board. Clayton was a past president for the Irving Sister Cities International and has been awarded the distinguished Lone Star District Award of Merit for his extensive involvement with the Explorer Scouts, and was the Incorporating Director of the Irving Community Development Corporation.  Additional acknowledgements bestowed upon Clayton include the American Cancer Society’s Community Service Award, and Best Supporting Actor by an Appointed or Elected Official.  He was a lifetime member of the Irving Heritage Society and Friends of the Library, served on Mayor Bobby Raper and Mayor Morrish Parrish’s Ethics Committees, Mayor Parrish’s Committee for Dart Service and the Downtown Funding Task Force.  He was a member of the Henry Holmes Breakfast Forum. Clayton enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family.  He and Shirley traveled to many countries all over the world.  He also was a gourmet cook and enjoyed trying out new recipes.  He was a member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church for over 50 years.  Clayton was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Roy Dobson. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Sherry Uhl and husband Mike of Dallas; son, Clay Dobson of Irving; grandchildren, Riley and Robert Uhl; brother, Duane Dobson and wife Nancy of Lake Travis, Texas, and nephews, Duane Dobson, Jr. and wife Karin of Vienna, Virginia and Earl Dobson and wife Michelle of Pilot Point, Texas.  Funeral services are planned for 9:30 AM, Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, with Rev. Ken Branam officiating, followed by a committal service with Military Honors at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 11:30 AM. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Irving Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 153705, Irving, TX 75015-9942, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, 1714 N. Story Rd., Irving, TX 75061, or to a charity of your choice.


Jeannie Edwards Filter, 74, of Irving died Saturday October 15, 2011. She was born on August 2, 1937 to Lyman and Nellie Juanita (Cummings) Edwards. She was a former teacher in the Irving Independent School District. Jeannie is survived by husband Earnest Filter, Irving; daughters Susan Stout, of Bedford, Karen Sheer, of Irving; and granddaughters Emily and Natalie Sheer of Irving. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

 


James “Jim” Edwin Witthuhn, of Irving, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2011. He was born on July 10, 1933 to Harold E. Witthuhn and Ruth Irene Lewis Witthuhn in Deer Creek, Minnesota.  He was married to Neva Dell Baker of Irving for 57 years. He was an avid gardener, and would give vegetables to everyone in the neighborhood. Jim served in the U. S. Air Force and later was an aircraft mechanic in the aviation industry. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ted Lee Witthuhn. He is survived by his wife Neva Witthuhn of Irving; son, Kenneth Wayne Witthuhn; granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Witthuhn; grandson Andrew Justin Witthuhn, all of Irving; sisters, Laverne Nickels of Brainerd, MN; Iris Katzke of Underwood, MN; Mavis Becker of Wadena, MN; Debbie Anderson of MN; Marlis Palan of Parker, CO; and Karleen Witthuhn of Lakewood, CO; brothers, Karl Witthuhn of Deer Creek, MN and Steve Witthuhn of MN.  Committal services with Military Honors will be held at  DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.


Davis H. Fischer, of Irving, went peacefully into the arms of his Lord on Friday, October 14, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 25, 1917 in Dallas. He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Elizabeth Austin Fischer, brother Austin Fischer and wife Peggy, and daughter Joan Hatcher. He is survived by his wife Juanita Fischer of Irving; son Jerry Fischer and wife Marilyn of Lufkin; daughters Judy Jones of Terrell, Linda Fischer and Sheila Fischer, both of Irving; daughter by choice Delores Norris and husband Mark of Irving; grandsons Adam Fischer of Waco,, Austin Fischer and wife Allison of Waco, Curtis James and wife Julie of McKinney, and Michael Harris and wife Carrie of Magnolia and five great grandchildren. Dave’s early years were spent in Dallas until moving with his family to Gainesville when he was 13 where he finished high school.  He was a graduate of North Texas State College (now University of North Texas) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry.  Dave’s first paying job was teaching math in Big Spring, TX where he taught for several years.  He was a dedicated teacher and was well-liked by both students and faculty, so much so that other teachers brought him their more challenging students for counseling and tutoring. When World War II came along, Dave proudly served his country by moving to Long Beach, California to work as a welder in a shipyard where military vessels and equipment were built in support of the war effort.  When the war ended, he returned to teach in the Rad Ware school system near Gainesville until he moved to Dallas in 1953.  In the early ‘60s Dave moved to Irving with his family where he and his wife Juanita opened a Century 21 real estate office where they both worked until his retirement in 1985. Dave’s favorite pastimes were fishing with his family on one of our Texas lakes, watching baseball or basketball with his children and grandchildren, doing all kinds of woodwork in his shop, and playing the guitar.  Dave’s passion for guitar music covered a broad range of artists from Carlos Montoya to Stevie Ray Vaughn in more recent years.  In addition to his love for guitar music, he had a life-long passion for learning, reading, and problem solving. To his friends and family members, he was known as the man who could fix anything and usually did.  The family would like to thank the special friends in Dave’s life who have shared in this journey the past few years. You have made our grief a little easier to bear, and you will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Although we will sorely miss him, we know that Dave is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior where we will one day be with him again. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Dave’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.


William Edgar Brown, Jr., 91, passed away on October 10, 2011 in Cedar Hill, Texas. He was born on October 08, 1920 to William Edgar "Billy" and Tommie Faye (Cook) Brown in the Estelle Community of Irving, Texas. Edgar attended the Estelle Community School and Irving High School. Because of his intelligence and perseverance for an education, he was double promoted twice and had perfect attendance all through his school years.  He graduated from high school at the age of 15 in 1935.  He then attended North Texas Mechanical College, now the University of Texas Arlington. Following college, he served in the United States Navy. Upon discharge from the Navy, he began working at S.H. Lynch & Co. in sales and service of coin operated record players, or “juke boxes” as they were called. After a few years, he formed a partnership with H.D. Pinkerton called Brown and Pinkerton for the operation of coin-operated Seeburg “juke boxes” in cafes and restaurants. When “Pinky” left, Edgar formed Music Supply Company and supplied background music (think elevators) and office communications for stores and office buildings. After supplying communications systems for major southwestern U.S. shopping centers for a number of years, he slowed the pace for retirement and changed the company to a mail order company selling tools and aides for installation, many of which he designed and patented. In the 1990’s he spent two years in libraries copying addresses from major U.S. cities’ yellow pages to develop a customer base. Music Supply Company continues today, under another owner, using that basic list and, of course, the internet. Edgar became a baptized believer when he was about 28 years old, while attending Cedar Crest Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas. He served as a deacon with much zeal. He was asked, along with 3 other families to go to the west part of Dallas and plant a church there. It was named West Illinois Church of Christ (now Mountain View Church of Christ). He served as elder there for about 20 years. He later moved to Cockrell Hill Church of Christ on Jefferson Blvd. in Oak Cliff, where he served for many years. His plea was to teach the bible to the Hispanics and Blacks in the area. He loved the Sunday lunches where there was always a varied group of people serving and fellowshipping together.  He became very interested in health and he co-wrote, along with his daughter, Kaye Behrens, a book called Your Body’s Response in 1985, about how to test oneself for allergies. He was a founder of the Estelle Historical Society, now part of the Irving Historical Society, and he was very active with the Irving Archives and Historical Society. Because of his efforts, there Is now a historical marker on the grounds where the Estelle Community School was.  Edgar was a man of great faith and strong morals – one of the last of “the greatest generation” that Tom Brokaw wrote about in his book. He was very respected and loved by his wife, children and grandchildren and other relatives and friends.  Edgar was preceded in death by his parents, William Edgar “Billy” Brown, Sr. and Tommie Faye Brown, daughter, Gail Iranece Brown Holder and husband, Edison Wayne Holder, brother, Joseph Arthur “J.A.” Brown, and sisters, Hazel Tennie Brown Hines, Velma Ozell Brown, Elvie Doris Brown Davis, infant sisters, Ethyl, Gladys and Lorena Brown.  He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Zuma Elizabeth (Way) Brown of Cedar Hill Texas. One son, William Edgar “Bill” Brown , III, and his wife, Linda Harper-Brown of Irving, Texas, daughter, Kaye Behrens and husband, Joe Behrens of Cedar Hill, Texas, four grandchildren, William Craig Brown and wife, Julie Brown, of Plano, Texas, Joie Elizabeth Behrens Capps of Argyle, Texas , William Bryan Ablett of Beeville, Texas, and Benjamin Joseph Behrens and his wife, Jacy J Behrens of Dallas, Texas. Five great grandchildren, Haleigh Nicole Brown and William Harrison Brown of Plano, McKenzie Elizabeth Capps, Mason Alexander Capps and Madison Kaye Capps of Argyle, Texas.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, October 14, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 am to 10 am Friday, October 14, 2011 before the funeral service. Interment will follow at Old Kit Cemetery in Irving , Texas.  Edgar was a man of great faith and strong morals – one of the last of “The Greatest Generation” that Tom Brokaw wrote about in his book. He was very respected and loved by his wife, children and grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. The family wishes to thank Sterling House Assisted Living in Cedar Hill, Texas and Crestview Court Nursing Home in Cedar Hill for the loving care they provided during his illness.


Robert “Bob” Armstrong, a resident of Irving since 1966, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011.  He was born on January 16, 1926 to Elba M. Armstrong and Delda (George) Armstrong  in Mattoon, Illinois.  He was a member of First Baptist Church Irving, where he served as a Deacon for many years.  Bob was an avid golfer and he was a marshal at Twin Wells Golf Course for 20  years. He also loved to play bridge.  Bob served in the U. S. Army Air Corp during World War II, obtaining the rank of S/SGT, 398th Bomb Group Ball Turret Gunner, 603rd Squadron, 8th Air Force.  He had been an electrical estimator with Cox Electric.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Claire Barker.  He is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” Armstrong of Irving; Daughter Susan Etter and husband Gary of North Richland Hills; son, Philip Armstrong and wife Tonya of Irving; grandchildren Jason Armstrong of Dallas, Joshua Armstrong and wife Melody of Grand Prairie, Meredith McCown and husband Mark of Keller, Matthew Etter and wife Sarah of Magnolia, Texas, Mitchell Etter and wife Amanda of Abilene; six great grandchildren; brother, Richard Armstrong of Detroit, Michigan; brother-in-law, Larry Lyon of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service is planned for 2:00 PM Friday, October 14, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Irving, officiated by Rev. John Durham and Rev. Wayne Watkins. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  Visitation is planned for Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the chapel at the funeral home. The family requests memorials to be made to First Baptist Church of Irving, c/o General Fund, 403 S. Main Street, Irving, TX, 75060.


Kenneth Ray Murray, Sr., 82, of Irving, affectionately known as "Pops", passed away Sunday, October 9, 2011. He was born October 9, 1929 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. While he was still young, his family moved to the small town of Wortham, Texas, and it was there that he grew up on the family’s small homestead with his brothers. In 1947 Pops joined the Coast Guard and spent his military years all over the United States and completing his "Call-To-Duty" in Galveston, Texas. He was the owner of Phillips 66 Gas Station in Irving from 1955 – 1973. In 1976, he co-founded Ken Murray’s Air Conditioning along with Ken Murray Custom Homes with his son Kenneth Ray Murray, Jr. who survives him. He is preceded in death by his wife Linda Joan Murray in December, 1996, parents L. E. Murray and Juanita Murray Wasson and brother Albert Edwin Murray. Survivors include his daughter Melissa Prior and husband Kyle, and their daughter Monica Thompson, son Bruce Burns and wife Mihaela, their daughter Elianna, and son Michael McCollum and wife Rubi, their children Dylan and Adalyn; son Kenneth Ray Murray, Jr. and wife Melissa, their son Kenneth Ray Murray, III, and daughter Michelle Murray; daughter Melanie Murray and her daughter Brooke; Chris Murray and daughters Kallie and Savannah Murray; brother Benny Murray, wife Barbara. Nephew Paul Murray, wife Leena, and children Gavin and Ryan. Niece Laurie Williamson, husband John. Pops fought the "good fight" right up until his last breath. As hard as it seems at this moment, the family realizes that they are the benefactors of a great man whose legacy will not be forgotten. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Dr. Grady King officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Hattie "Mae" Roberts, of Ft. Worth, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011. She was born February 26, 1925 in Marshall, Texas. She was a nurse in hospitals throughout the DFW area for over 20 years. Mae loved playing Football Boards and watching football games and also enjoyed gardening. She was the last surviving sibling in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son Paul Roberts of Arlington.

 

 


Virginia Dee (Coyle) Crockett, known to most as ‘Ginny’ was born August 9,1930 in San Francisco, CA , passed into God’s loving arms on October 8, 2011 at age 81 from renal disease, surrounded by family and friends while living in Irving.  A graduate of Polytechnic High of San Francisco in 1948 and was raised in an era when she would never have gone shopping downtown San Francisco without gloves and high heels.   While dancing with servicemen at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco she met a Navy man Gene Crockett from Dallas, they married December 28, 1952 and settled in Irving in 1958. In 1967 Gene & Ginny started Crockett Engineering and in 1973 changed the name to Crockett Southwest where she served as Vice President & Office Manager for many years.  Without any training or college Ginny devised the entire office accounting and bookkeeping for the company, posting it all by hand until 2000 when Ginny entered the computer age at age 70. Ginny was preceded in death by parents Charlotte Almyra & Harry Coyle; her sisters Velma and Vivian; and husband Gene Crockett who passed away February 7, 2002.  She is survived by son Daniel Crockett & wife Becky of Buda, daughter Judy Schreck & husband Emil of Irving, who Ginny considered a son; grandchildren Ryan Schreck & wife Heather, Colby Schreck, Holly Schreck, Chad Crockett; step-grandchildren Mike, Chris & Jennifer Murphy; and Brandon Schreck & wife Laura who she also considered her grandchildren; brother Donald Coyle of Concord, CA; sister-in-law Dorothy Crockett of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews, several who considered her Grandma. Funeral services to be held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel, Pastor Everette Pafford to officiate.  Family requests memorials to The National Kidney Foundation, 5429 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas 75210 or to the Oak Cliff Woman’s Club  Trust Foundation  3555 West Kiest Blvd., Dallas 75233.


Cameron Guy Mears, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011. He was born April 29, 1988 in Irving. He graduated from The Academy of IISD in 2006. He was a networking engineer for C.H. Reynolds since 2009 and was a member of Community Church. He was a Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow. Cameron volunteered for R.A.C.E.S. with the City of Irving and also with the Juvenile Diabetes Association. He is survived by his mother Ranette Mears of Irving; father William Keith Mears and wife Deena of Ft. Worth; grandparents Richard and Rosemary Stearns of Irving, and William Guy and Gloria Mears of Baldwin, Mississippi; sisters Kelsi Mears of Irving, and Courtney Mears of Iowa City, Iowa; aunts Retta Williams of Navarro Mills, Texas, Ranelle Martinez of San Antonio, and Lisa Roth of Watauga, Texas; nephews Alex, Hector, and Manny; and numerous friends. Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Steve Nutter and Royal Farris officiating. Memorial donations may be made to JDRF, Greater Dallas Chapter, 9400 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1201, Dallas, TX 75231, or American Red Cross, Dallas Area Chapter, 4800 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235-7717.


Pat Parks, an Irving resident for 38 years and previously from Benton Harbor, Michigan, passed away Monday, October 3, 2011. She was born November 24, 1937 in Benton Harbor. She worked for Kroger as a clerk and bookkeeper. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81, VFW Auxiliary Post 2494, and was a volunteer at DFW National Cemetery. She is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Evelyn Daisy Ellis Abbott. Pat is survived by her husband Ward Parks of Irving; children Denise Welch of Trinidad, Texas, Dennis Lambrecht and wife Colleen of Argyle, and Sally Love of Euless; granddaughters Heather Dollison of Mabank, Patricia Huddleston of Blue Ridge, Stephanie Jackson of Rhome, Kristine Sawyer of Irving, Shannon Lambrecht of Argyle, Melissa Lambrecht of Justin, and Whitney Scoggins of Euless; step-daughters Belinda Katz of Garland, LeaLanda Kaeferbeck of Austria, Heather Schwind of Plano, and Valerie Caviness of Plano; 10 great grandchildren; and brothers Walt Abbott of St. Joe, Michigan, and Bill Abbott of Garland. Funeral services will be held at 9:45 AM Thursday, October 6, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Joseph Daniel Silva, of Irving, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011.  He was born to Joe Carrillo and Barbara Silva on October 19, 1969 in Dallas.  Joseph was employed at Holt Caterpillar.  He is survived by wife Rachell Lynn Silva of Irving; his mother, Barbara Gramaldo of Irving; sons Michael Silva of Krum and Joseph Silva of Irving; daughter Jessica Silva of Irving, grandmother Alice Silva of Dallas; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  A funeral service is planned for Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM at  Calvary Church, 4401 N. Highway 161, Irving, TX,  followed by burial at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.  The family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the funeral home.


Robert Andrew Taylor, 84, a longtime resident of Irving, TX was born on April 22, 1927 in Groesbeck, TX.  He went peacefully to his heavenly home on September 30, 2011 with his family near his side.  Robert loved fishing, baseball, and being with his family.  He had a tremendous love for his wife, children and grandchildren, who will miss his laughter and smiling blue eyes.  Robert was an honorable veteran of the US Army serving in World War II in the 3000 110th Signal Service Battalion during the Allied Occupation.  He then retired from the Teamsters Union local 745, working for Transcon Freight Lines after a 45 year career.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew J. & Mary R. “Mason” Taylor, six brothers and two sisters.  Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Bobbie Jean Taylor of Irving; Son, Robert A. Taylor, Jr. and wife Julia E. of Irving; Daughters, Celia Givas and husband Nicholas of Lewisville, Susie Seace and husband Kirk of Irving; 5 grandchildren, Misty Myrick-Favors and husband, Jacob, Phillip Taylor, Patrick Taylor, Cara Taylor and Cassie Givas; sister, Esther Coker of Houston.  Graveside Services will be held Wednesday October 5 at 10AM at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, burial will follow.  Visitation will be Tuesday, October 4 at Browns Memorial Funeral Home from 6PM to 8PM.The family would like to express their thanks and grateful appreciation to the care and support provided by the entire staff of the CCU unit at Baylor Medical Center at Irving.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery Flag Program.


Orland Craft "Gus" Seeley, USN LCDR (Ret.), Pearl Harbor survivor and beloved father, died Wednesday, September 28 in Irving, TX. He was 89. Born in Evarts, KY, O.C. Seeley joined the US Navy in 1940, where he was assigned to the light cruiser USS Honolulu at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, young Seeley was a Yeoman Third Class. The Honolulu sustained damage but there were no casualties. In the European theatre, he was assigned to an LST group and participated in the invasion of Sicily, Salerno and Normandy. He then went on to the Pacific and invasions of the Philippines and Okinawa. Assignments in China, Korea and the Aleutian Islands followed until the end of WWII, when he returned to Hawaii. In May of 1948 O.C. Seeley married Mattie Camilla Brimmage of Petty, Texas at the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu. They were married 56 years before her death in 2004. During this time they continued to travel extensively with the Navy, enjoying such exotic stations as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Taipei, Taiwan and Saigon, Vietnam. In 1970, after 30 years of service and earning numerous medals and commendations, Seeley retired from the Navy. After the Navy retirement, Seeley was employed with the City of Dallas, making his way to the position of City Marshall. During this time, he also earned his BS degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University and volunteered with the City of Dallas Employees Credit Union, serving a 3 year term as Director. O.C. Seeley has been an active member of several organizations, including the Military Order of World Wars, the Fleet Reserve and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, among others. He has volunteered and participated in a number of oral history projects regarding his experiences during WWII, and most notably the attack at Pearl Harbor. He is survived by his children, Melanie Brown of Richardson, TX, James Seeley of Reston, VA, Lori Seeley of Great Falls, VA; sons-in-law Steven Brown and Paul Cox; granddaughters Mary Elizabeth Cox, Lucille Cox, Claire Brown and Julia Brown; sisters Helen Joyce Seeley and Mary Elizabeth Seeley of Corbin, KY and brother Joseph Seeley of Mechanicsville, MD. Visitation will be held at Brown's Funeral Home in Irving, TX on Sunday, October 2, from 2 - 4 PM. Services will be held at the Dallas Fort-Worth National Cemetery on Monday, October 3, at 11:15 AM.


Sylvia Callaway Gebert, of Flower Mound, and formerly of Irving, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was born October 30, 1921 in Addison. She was a past member of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving and a lifelong member of the Texas Rangers Fan Club. She was preceded in death by her husband John Gebert and is survived by her daughters Emilie Parrott and husband Edd of Irving, and Regina Miller and husband Max of Flower Mound; son Dr. John W. Gebert of Malone, New York; grandchildren Steven Bunch of Cedar Hill, Eddie Parrott of Plano, Rachael Davis of Lewisville, Ellen Hutley of Addison, Jack Reinhard, and Sam Reinhard, both of Flower Mound; and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Dorothy Perry, of Irving, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011. She was born October 15, 1932 in Fort Worth. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving. She is survived by her husband Edwin Perry of Irving; daughters Shirley Russell and husband Lewis of Irving, Edna Maxwell and husband Ron of New Braunfels, and Jennifer Camp and husband Jim of Virginia; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother Johnny Smith of Tennessee; and sisters Bertha Perry of Pittsburg, Texas, and Diane Bullon of Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, September 26, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Martin Fisher Condor, a resident of Irving for 35 years, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011.  He was born May 25, 1938 in Durant, Oklahoma.  He was a member of Community Bible Church in Irving, Vought Fisherman’s Club, and Richland Chambers Bass Club.  He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence J. and Ocie Clarabelle Page Condor, and survived by his wife Joyce Condor of Irving; children Larry Cross of Tyler, Gary Don Condor of Garland, Lorrie Lowe of Irving, Lonnie Hill of Prosper, Donnie Condor of Dallas, and Donna Haglin of Dallas; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister Shirley Sudduth of Lewisville; and brother Boniar Condor of Eustace.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Steve Nutter officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Community Bible Church Youth Programs, 2301 Texas Dr., Irving, TX 75062 or KIDFISH Foundation. 


Martha Lou Willcox, of Irving for 52 years, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011. She was born October 24, 1918 in Panola, Texas to parents James Bruce and Ollie May Bowen Steed. She was a member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Waid Oscar Willcox, and son-in-law Ernest Gallatin, and is survived by her son Mark Willcox of Irving; daughters Judy Gallatin of Irving, and Vicki Miller and husband Todd of Carrollton; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; and brother Glen Steed of Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Frank G. Asbeck, of Irving for the past 45 years, passed away Friday, September 16, 2011. He was born January 4, 1928 in Independence, Missouri. He was a US Air Force retired Master Sergeant. Frank retired from Braniff Airlines after many years of service as an aircraft mechanic. He later worked for the Dallas County Sherriff’s Dept. as a jail supervisor. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Irving and was a member of Irving Masonic Lodge, #1218, A.F. & A.M. and Hurst Masonic Lodge, #1387, A.F. & A.M. for over 50 years. Survivors include his wife Phyllis Asbeck, daughters Carol Lynch, and Nancy Webb, sons David Asbeck, and Steven Asbeck, all of Irving; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Tom Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Irving Masonic Lodge, #1218, A.F. & A.M, 132 E. 2nd St., Irving, TX 75060.


Fayrene Rozell made a choice to spread her wings and take that heavenly flight on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at one month short of 84 years of age. She passed at home while awaiting surgery for a mass in her stomach to be removed. She had been a vibrant, healthy woman who was involved in Jazzercise classes, bowling, gardening, Sunday school, and church activities where she was a longtime member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. She was born on a cotton farm outside of Hillsboro, Texas and then moved to Oak Cliff, Texas where she was raised and attended school until she met her husband of more than 60 years, Charles A. Rozell. They resided in Irving and raised a family together. They loved and nurtured children Patricia Keen and Brent Rozell; grandkids Heather Rutter and Charlton Kendrick; and great grandkids Lauren and Shae Rutter. She will be greatly missed, but now she is with her husband Charlie, bowling and dancing together again in each other’s arms. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, September 19, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Charlotte Hough, of Irving, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011.  She was born November 19, 1953 in Waterloo, Iowa.  She was an active member of Gateway Church in North Richland Hills.  She was preceded in death by her parents Emery E. and Carol Nead Smith and is survived by her brother Dana Smith of Irving.


Robert A. Moerbe, of Irving, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011. He was born September 26, 1937 in Wilbarger County, Texas. He worked at Vought for 33 years until retirement. Robert was a member of Irving VFW Post 2494. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Geneva Gardner Moerbe, and brothers Billy Moerbe and Gary Moerbe, and is survived by his wife Sue Moerbe of Irving; sons Glenn Moerbe and Gary Moerbe, both of Irving; granddaughters Alex Moerbe and Annie Moerbe, both of Gun Barrel City; sisters Wanda Jordan of Tennessee and Joann Nelson of Houston; brother Steve Moerbe; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Wallace Philpot officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 11 AM - 1 PM Wednesday prior to service.


Kenny Weg, of Irving, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2011. He was born May 23, 1946 in Denver, Colorado. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Inurnment services with Military Honors will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2011 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.


Pauline Tamayo Scott, passed away September 7, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born March 8, 1957 to Ray and Santos (Rodriguez) Tamayo in Dallas, Texas.  Pauline was a 1976 graduate from Nimitz High School.  She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Johnny Ray Tamayo, and sister Dolores Combs, and is survived by her husband of 32 years, Gerald Scott; son Adam Scott; brother Daniel Tamayo; sisters Linda Villarreal and husband Rick, Margaret Guzman and husband Pablo, and Cindy Reyes and husband Ray. Pauline worked in retail for many years and with special needs children.  She enjoyed making crafts.  Anything Pauline made was unique, with special attention given to details.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2011 at Brown's Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Kenneth "KB" Barger, Jr, of Elkhart, Texas, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011. He was born February 12, 1943 in Corpus Christi. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Juanita English Barger, and brother Ronald Wayne Barger, and is survived by his daughters Keri Barger of Irving, and Kara Barger of Elkhart; granddaughter Kadence Barger of Elkhart; and sisters Sharon Grady and husband Frank of Bedford, Raenell Sandercock of Arizona, and Kaylyn Barger of Dallas. Memorial services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Dexter Benage, of Irving, passed away September 6, 2011. He was born on March 29, 1941 in Clarkfield, Minnesota. He lived in Irving for the past 12 years and was formerly of Longview, Texas. He worked as a jeweler for 40 years and was a jewelry instructor for Kilgore College for 15 years, retiring in 1999. He was a US Army paratrooper and a member of the Longview Rotary with the honor of being a Paul Harris Fellowship. Dexter loved singing and playing guitar with different groups and also just by himself. He is preceded in death by his parents George S. and Annie Chistine Hatlen Benage, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, and is survived by wife Gayle; son Mark Benage; son Daniel Benage and wife Amy; son Jeff Nye and wife Theresa; grandchildren, Madalyn, Jack,  Jolia, Justin, and Jeremy; brothers George, Jim, and Robert; sisters Juanita and Jackie; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 3:00 p.m. with Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dean West officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Water For Life-Life Outreach International, P.O. Box 982000, Ft. Worth, TX 76182-8000.


Bonnie Lee Robins of Irving passed away September 6, 2011. He was born on July 3, 1933 in Whitewright, Texas. He was plant manager at Bordens, Inc. for 27 years retiring in 1990 and was an Irving resident for 60 years. Survived by wife Thelma; daughter Tricia Robins; son, Ron and wife Shelley Robins all of Irving; granddaughter Julie Robins; grandson Jeffery Robins and great-grandson Kailen Robins and numerous nieces and nephews including Jack Robbins and Guy Robbins of Irving. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7th at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 8th at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Richard Lee Meloon, Jr. ,a resident of Irving since 1982, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011. He was born November 2, 1960 to Richard Lee Meloon, Sr. and Alice Elkins of Terre Haute, Indiana.  He was employed by Maner Fire Equipment for eight years; was a member of the Death Metal Club, and his favorite quote was, “Shake-N-Bake.”  He was preceded in death by his mother Alice and grandmother “Nana” Sabra Meloon.  He is survived by his wife, Daffney; father, Richard Lee Meloon, Sr. and wife Sandra Le; brothers Mike, Kevin, Matt, Eugene, and Kenny; sisters Lisa, Sue, Diane, Crystal, Victoria and Tammy; mother-in-law Virginia Vaughn; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A funeral service is planned for Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Brother William Few and followed by cremation.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home, prior to the service, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The family requests memorials to The DFW Humane Society at 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Anna Marie Hilton of Irving passed away September 3, 2011. She was born on February 3, 1934 in Middletown, Ohio. She was a 50 year resident of Irving and a member of Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving. Preceded in death by husband Harold Wade Hilton; brother Tony Rossi and sister Susan Fisher. She is survived by son Tony Hilton and wife Becky; son, Thomas Hilton; grandchildren Brian Hilton and Julie Hilton; sisters Yolanda Scott, and Dora Rinck and husband Clyde; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with a Rosary beginning at 6:30.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association.


Doris Marie Youngblood Williams, known to her family lovingly as Nana, died on Saturday, September 3, 2011.  She was a gentle, kind, wonderful person and will be missed beyond measure.  We are all blessed to have had her in our lives. Doris was born on November 6, 1920 in Crowell, Texas to Julian Peter and Freda (Swink) Youngblood.  She married Matthew ‘Pete’ Williams on May 31, 1947 in Dallas.  She worked as a hairdresser and many years at Taylor Publishing Company in Dallas as a yearbook designer.  Doris is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years and by her parents.  Survivors include daughters Brenda Ann Jenkins and her husband Terry, and Patricia Davis and her husband Don; granddaughter Christi Diehl and grandson Dakotah Jenkins; and three great grandchildren Serenity Diehl, Elizabeth Jenkins and Trinity Jenkins.  Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.


Charles Elliott, of Irving, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011. He was born to Joseph Leslie and Delta Minnie (Lockett) Elliott on January 23, 1935 in Van Alstyne, Texas. He was a graduate of Austin College in Sherman, served in the U. S. Navy, was a Master Toastmaster, and a member of several Masonic Lodges, most recently of Irving Masonic Lodge # 1218 A.F. & A.M., and was retired from Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Elliott of Irving; son Fr. Mark Elliott and wife Patti of Huntington, West Virginia, and their sons Matthew Elliott and Andrew Elliott; and daughter Roslyn Teutsch and husband Bob of Memphis, Tennessee. Masonic Graveside services are planned for 11 AM, Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Elliott Cemetery in Van Alstyne.


Edith Mildred Macek, of Irving since 2003, and former life-long resident of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011. She was born January 28, 1916 in Rosenberg. She was a member of First Christian Church in Freeport, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents Beecher Cochran and Emma Stout Cochran, and husband Joseph Wesley Macek, and survived by her daughter Jo Ann Shelton and husband Joe of Irving; son Joseph Wesley Macek, II, of Freeport; and grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Jackson, Texas. Burial followed at Rosenberg Cemetery in Rosenberg. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 226 W. Fourth St., Freeport, TX 77541.


John Alfred Murphy, 54, of Dublin, Texas, passed away Monday, August 29, 2011. He was born December 5, 1956 in Dallas to Tom and Joan Murphy. John lived and worked in Irving before retiring from the City of Irving. A dedicated family man leaves behind his beloved wife of 15 years, Brenda Murphy and children Kelly, Michele and husband Josh, Brad and wife Rachel, and Johnny; mother, Joan; grandchildren Conner, Karissa and Bryce; brothers Joe, James, and Jeff; and sisters Judy and Janice; and numerous extended family and friends. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday September 3, 2011 at Murphy Ranch in Dublin. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday at the funeral home.


Sylvia Luker, or Penny as she was known to most of us, went to be with the Lord on August 27, 2011.  She has begun that glorious life with Jesus that she has longed to have for many years.  Penny was a loving and faithful wife to Mark Luker for over 63 years when he passed away in 2009.  She worked for the Texas State Department of Child Welfare for over 20 years and truly gave her heart to her co-workers and their charges.  Penny was a wonderful and generous cook.  She took food to people like others send cards.  The old family Italian meals were the best.  In his youth, Dr. Criswell came to our little church in Fabens, Texas to do a revival.  He came home with us to eat lunch after church and we had mom’s famous Italian sauce with spaghetti and meatballs.  Dr. Criswell sat down to eat and after prayer was said to ask Penny if she had any ketchup.  She got the requested ketchup and placed it next to Dr. Criswell and mumbled, “Well, the least you can do is taste it before you ruin it!”  That was Penny!  Alzheimer's took Penny down a road that was hard to walk, but she did it with grace and beauty.  She is survived by her daughters Deanna L. Ward of Dallas, Jeannie M Hardman and husband Jack of Arlington, and Gail P. Goodwin and husband Gary of Kerrville, Texas; son Mark V. Luker of Grand Prairie; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and brother Vincent Rosselli.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Park Springs Bible Church in Arlington.  Burial will follow at 1:30 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 Pm Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, 4144 N. Central Expy., Ste. 750, Dallas, TX 75204-9627, or Park Springs Bible Church, 5515 Park Springs Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017 www.psbible.com   


Royce Lynn Hogue was born to Faye Eloise Lemmons Hogue and Howard Lynn Hogue on February 19, 1929, in Brownfield, Texas. He passed from this life, escorted by angels, and into the arms of Jesus Christ at 1:17 a.m. on August 25, 2011. His family lived in Brownfield until he was in the 8th grade. His parents moved to Snyder, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He served in the US Army from 1950 to 1952. He then went to Texas Tech College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1956. During his working career, he worked for Traveler’s Insurance as a claims adjustor. From there he sold life insurance for Cal Western Life. Additionally, he started a phone contracting company, and eventually purchased Terrell Beverage and David’s Vending. He married Venita June Harper on June 11, 1955 in Monahans, Texas. They had two children, Rex and Jon Hogue. Rex and his wife Dottie, of Little Elm, have three children, David, Laura, and Stephen. Jon and his wife Carmen, of San Antonio, have two children, Joshua, and Sarah Chiccoine and husband Ryan, and their two children Emma, and AlecZander. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Oak View Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story Rd. in Irving with Chaplain Ed Sample and Tony Cocarelli officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Forgotten Saints Ministry at 3625 Swallow Lane, Irving, TX 75062 or Oak View Baptist Church.


Beatriz H. Vanegas, an Irving resident since 1973, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  She was born January 12, 1943 in Dallas.  She was a homemaker for most of her life.  She is preceded in death by her husband Eleodoro Demas Vanegas, and is survived by her son Ernest Vanegas of Irving; daughter-in-law Angela Gerant; daughter Sylvia Rodriguez; grandchildren Calin Eli Vanegas, Nathan Vanegas,  Dominque Rodriguez, April Rodriguez; Alexis Rodriguez; and Nicholas Rodriguez; 2 great grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law Frank Vanegas, Neto Vanegas, Domingo Vanegas, Margaret Aredondo, Victoria Aquia, Rosario Garfias, Betty Martinez, and Ramona Vanegas.  A Rosary will be held at 7 PM Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the funeral home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, August 29, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur in Irving with burial to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. 


Nora Alcorn, loving wife, mom, Granny, Great Granny, and loving sister, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2011.  She was born October 29, 1946 in Oak Cliff.  She is survived by her husband Alan Alcorn of Irving; daughters Cindy Kirby of Emory, Betty Meeks and husband Les of Argyle, and Gloria Martin and husband Jeff of Irving; Kyle Kirby of Irving; grandchildren Tera Barnes and husband Tarren, Amber Alcorn, Kyle Kirby and wife Cecily, Sarah Meeks, Jake Meeks, Erika Martin, and Jeffrey Martin; and great grandchildren Bentley Barnes, and Greenlee Moore.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, August 26, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Dallas Office, 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75244.   


Carol Najar, of Grand Prairie, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011.  She was born November 30, 1943 in Atlana, Texas.  She was a volunteer at Baylor Medical Center at Irving and a member of Heritage Senior Center in Irving.  Carol loved life.  Preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Essie Lumas Wall, son Chris Reeves, and granddaughter Lenea Woodruff, and is survived by her husband of 10 years, Jim Najar; son Cirby Reeves and wife Shelly of Midland; daughters Lynn McMahon of Grand Prairie, Laura Najar of Abilene, and daughter Christine Najar of Dallas; grandchildren Nikki, Stormie, Sasha, Caitie, Isaah, Ethan, and Damian; great grandchildren Shianne, Brynlee, Tatum, and Emma; and brothers Sonny Wall and wife Janis, and Carl Wall and wife Francis.  Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Memorial donations may be made to Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson, Irving, TX 75060.


Johnnie “Corky” Rexroat of Irving passed away August 23, 2011. He was born on November 7, 1926 in Gordon, Texas to Hershel and Jessie Rexroat. He is survived by daughters Nadine Heflin and Margaret Rexroat both of Irving and Linda Haynes of Leonard, Texas; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2011 at New Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Texas.


Ray Darrel Albertson, age 86 of Irving, Texas passed away Monday August 22, 2011. Ray was born in rural Republic, Kansas on July 25, 1925 to Roy and Celia Albertson. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Reba; daughters Rebecca Whitfield of Irving and Catherine McShane of Graz, Austria; grandson Jason Whitfield and wife Kathleen of Bowling Green, Ohio; brother Ron Albertson and wife Doris of Wichita, Kansas and several nieces and nephews. Ray was employed by American Airlines as a mechanic and flight engineer for 49 years. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with internment to follow at DFW National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX  75038.


Pearl Jordan, of Irving for 65 years, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011.  She was born December 22, 1921 in Dallas.  She worked for Bender School & Daycare as a Director for 28 years until her retirement in 2006.  She was a member of Grace Baptist church in Euless.  Pearl is preceded in death by her husband Cooper Jordan and son Michael Jordan, and is survived by her daughters Lois Reynolds and husband Calvin of Cedar Creek, and Dede Reed of Irving; grandchildren Brian Douglas of Golinda, Texas, Tracie Gondola of Grand Prairie, Alan Hawkins of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Sarah Reed of Ft. Worth, and Keri Patterson of Irving; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dan Hockmeyer officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Leonard “Andy” Anderson, of Springtown, TX died August 20, 2011. He was born February 7, 1927 in Irving, and was a resident of Irving most of his life until moving to Springtown in 2004.  He was employed as a security guard at the Imperial Courtyard Apartments for many years.  Andy was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II.  He was preceded in death by his parents John Anderson and Maudie Anderson Roseberry; brothers, Bobby Roseberry and Bill Anderson; and son, Terry Jackson.  He is survived by his wife, Rose Anderson of Springtown; daughters Chrumaine Chowdhury and husband Bacchu of Arlington, Belinda Pope of Waco, Jackie Furr and husband Bryan of Irving, Sheila Ann Helms and husband Phil of Springtown, and Melissa Kay Jackson of Dallas; son, King Lee Anderson and wife Tiffany of Springtown; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; brothers, Buddy Anderson and Floyd Anderson; longtime friend Weldon Price of Ft Worth; and his precious Tinker Bell Anderson.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 3:30 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Carl Robins. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the funeral home, prior to the service.


William “Bill” R. Rose a resident of Dallas for 37 years passed away August 18, 2011. He was born on July 2, 1934 in Hooks, Texas to Melvin and Ora Rose. He retired from Turner Passon Cartage Company in 2009 after many years of service. He is preceded in death by step-son Larry Reynolds. He is survived by his wife Nellie Sue Reynolds of Dallas; sons Jammy Rose, Kenneth Rose and Michael T. Rose all of Hooks, Texas; step - daughter Susan Chism of Crandall, Texas; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving.


Clyde Story, of Quitman, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  He was born August 1, 1927 in Irving to one of Irving’s Pioneer families and lived most of his life there.  He was employed with the City of Irving.  He is preceded in death by his twin brother Claude Story, and is survived by his wife of 61 years Donnie Story; son Bill Story and wife Sheryl; grandsons Patrick Story and wife Shannon and Timothy Story; great grandchildren Maykala and Brendon; and brother Frank Story.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Larry Gilliam officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. 


Rosemary Anne Anderson, a life-long resident of Grand Prairie, passed away August 14, 2011. She was born to Elisha Edward Anderson and Lillie Stover on January 16, 1955 in Irving.  Rosemary was a member of New Beginnings Church in Arlington and very active with the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie. She is survived by her sons, David Isbell, and Jeremy Isbell and wife Jessica; three grandchildren; brother, Edward Anderson; sisters Gracie Teubner and Becky Hutson.  A funeral service is planned for Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with James Benson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorials to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie, Parc Oak Plaza, 2305 Oak Lane, Building 4B, Suite 101, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, phone 972-642-3877.


Rodney Craig Reynolds, of Temple, passed away August 10, 2011. He was born on May 23, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and the Marines.  Preceded in death by his father David Reynolds, Jr., Rodney is survived by his mother, Doris Reynolds of Irving; sons, Rodney Reynolds, Jr. and Nathan Reynolds both of New Orleans; and brothers, Shelton Reynolds of Irving and Eric Reynolds of New Orleans. The family will receive friends from 10 am to 12 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Brown's Memorial Chapel, with  inurnment to follow at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, with military honors at 12:45 pm.

 


Raymond "Ray" Ritch, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. He was born March 20, 1930 in Hubbard, Texas. He was a 4 year US Navy veteran. He worked for Vought for 20 years and Lockheed Martin for 14 years. He retired as a school crossing guard after 13 years. Ray loved to witness and spread the Word of God and talk about his "little monster" Braydon. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Florence McGinnis Ritch, 1 son, and 1 brother and is survived by his wife Peggy Ritch; children Teresa Hulsey, James Ritch, Vickie Carter, and Gail Spatter; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; and 4 sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Robert Corser officiating. Burial will follow at 12:30 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 Pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


Juanita Saucedo Torrez, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 13, 2011 at the age of 88. She died after an illness while in the hospital. She was born on November 29, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas to Feliciano and Eliza Saucedo. She was one of 11 children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Feliciano and Eliza; her beloved husband of 64 years, Henry; and her siblings, Candelaria, Mary, Martha, Jimmy, Isabel, Felix, Eva, Felicitas, Nora and Edelmira and is survived by daughters Rachel T. Moon, Irene T. Guajardo (Dario "Ray"); grandchildren Alexia, Adrian, Andrea and Rachelle; great-grandchildren are Abigail, Anissa, Lauren, Emily, James, Joseph and Molly. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Juanita was a loving, caring and devoted Christian wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She loved the Lord and taught her children and grandchildren Bible verses and to love and care for each other. Her strong Christian beliefs were the foundation for her close relationship with the Lord. She was a member of Calvary Church in Irving for many, many years and took great pleasure in singing praise & worship songs with her Sunday School class members. She was an exceptional seamstress and took great pride in the items she made. She always wanted to teach her grandchildren to sew. She thought it would be a good idea to purchase sewing machines for the granddaughters so she could teach them as well as spend time with them! She also loved her flower garden. She leaves numerous plants to care for, especially her 10-foot high gardenia bush!  She was a devoted fan of the Texas Rangers. Michael Young #10 was her favorite player. Once baseball season started, she kept up with the games, the statistics on the players, and especially the pitchers. If she was alone at home watching the games and a Ranger player made an outstanding play, she would immediately call her daughters to comment on the play. She also loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys. She loved having the family at home to watch the games with her. She was an exceptional cook, always trying new dishes with vegetables. Having survived The Great Depression and WWII, she was always aware of how to spend time and money wisely. Often, she talked about her family life while growing up in Dallas and reminisced about the adventures she and her sisters experienced just to get by daily. She missed talking to her sisters since she was the last surviving member and having her morning coffee with her husband. She leaves a legacy of love, patience, and fellowship with family. She is already missed greatly. We would like to thank mother’s neighbors who helped in taking care of her and her pets, especially Sylvia, Bobby, Shirley, Zona and Billy. Each of you had a special place in her heart. We also want to give a special thank you to Dr. Michael Witt at Baylor Hospital for his sincere compassion and daily care of our mother. We always knew he was doing everything possible to make mother comfortable. We know that now she is walking hand in hand with our dad and talking about the wonders of heaven and their heavenly mansion. They loved each other and the Lord and were always meant to be together forever. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Calvary Church in Irving. Burial will follow at 1 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home with a Wake Service beginning at 6:30 PM.


Jimmy E. Nielsen, a resident of Irving for 20 years, passed away August 13, 2011.  He was born in Monroe, Louisiana to Jimmy Nielsen and Nelda Gay Davis on July 25, 1967.  He was a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service Branch in Grand Prairie, was previously employed by Silver Leaf Sales Group, and also served in the U. S. Navy.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Nielsen and daughter, Heather Nielsen, both of Irving; parents, Jimmy Nielsen and wife Brenda of Wichita, KS; mother Nelda Nielsen of Lewisville, brother Tim Nielsen and wife Daphine of Red Oak; sisters Angel Robinson Nielsen and Karen Nielsen, both of Wichita, KS; and step-brothers, Jesse and Jared Shelton-Nielsen of Wichita, KS; and step-sister, Mandy Webb of Pittsburg, PA.  A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 1:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Carolyn Sample Pierce, of Irving, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. She was born March 6, 1937 in Calera, Alabama. She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert Timothy Pierce, Sr., and is survived by her children Robert Timothy Pierce, Jr. and wife Debra Pepper of Plano, Cindi Edwards and husband Jon of N. Richland Hills, and John Pierce and wife Donna of Irving; sisters Myrtle Key and Mattie Sexton, both of Birmingham, Alabama; 12 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.


Mollye Joan Rousseau went to be with the Lord on August 10, 2011 in Lewisville, TX, at home with loved ones at her side. She was born to Vera Odell Turnbow and Earl Turnbow on September 4, 1924 in Haskell, TX. She married Frank William Rousseau Jr. on August 18, 1950 in Sweetwater, Texas, the town in which they met. Joan devoted her life to her husband, daughters, extended family and friends. She was an accomplished seamstress, quilter, bridge partner, and tennis player. Her spirit, energy, and love for people were an inspiration and touched all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, and brother Carroll Eugene Turnbow. She is survived by daughters Lisa Freeman (Roger) of Silverton, Oregon; Lana Wyatt (Gary) of Lewisvile, Texas; grandchildren Andy Freeman (Danielle), Rachel Duerst (Alex), Savannah Bradshaw (Lewis), Jamie Wyatt, and Ashley Norton (Jonathan); great-grandchildren Bayli and Riley Norton, and Hailey Duerst. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 pm at Plymouth Park Methodist Church 1615 W Airport Fwy, Irving, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plymouth Park Methodist Church.


Stephanie White Morrel, a resident of Irving for most of her life, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2011. She was born May 24, 1958 in Dallas. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving. She was a 1976 graduate from MacArthur High School in Irving and a 1980 graduate from Baylor University. She was active in both marching bands, and was a teacher at Lamar Middle School in Irving for the past 17 years. Stephanie is survived by her husband Robert Morrel of Irving; parents Arthur Joe and Marion White of Irving; son Joe Morrel of Irving; step-children Robert Louis Morrel and wife Courtney of Marietta, Georgia; and Nicole Leigh Bradley and husband Michael of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren Chase Morrel of Marietta, and Daniel Jeffrey of Dayton; sister Robin Pickens and husband John, and niece Emily Pickens all of Frisco. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Friday, August 12, 2011 at First Baptist Church with Rev. John Durham officiating. Memorial donations may be made to UTSW-Willed Body Program, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9143 or Future Generations, % First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060.


Arthur "Art" Beam, of Irving passed away August 5, 2011. He was born on May 21, 1940 in Tyler, Texas. He retired from General Motors after 35 years of service and was a US Army Veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sonja Beam, and brothers H.M. Beam and Don Beam and is survived by daughters Janna Weaver and husband Glenn; Brenda Hammonds and husband Paul; Lori Fitzgerald and husband Mike; grandchildren Megan, Jarrod, Connor, Aidan, and Kaylyn; and sisters Lavern Cotton and husband Coy; Lynda Wadley and husband Joe. Inurnment services will be held at 9:00 AM, Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.


Mary Jackson, of Irving, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2011. She was born May 17, 1939 in Irving. She worked for the IISD for 33 years until her retirement last year and enjoyed her time working for Bill McAlister. She is preceded in death by her parents John B. Taylor and Jennie Ottinger Taylor, and husband Bob Jackson, and is survived by her children Vickey Nix and husband David of Irving, Ricky Jackson of Irving, and Tina Woodford and husband Craig of Garland; brothers Bob Taylor, and Tom Taylor; grandchildren Jennifer Nix, Bryan Nix, Cody Schultz, and Chase Woodford; numerous nieces and nephews; and dog Misti and cat Stormi.  Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.


Chief John Blount, III, of the Apalachicola Band of Creek Indians, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2011. He was born January 9, 1946 in Mabank, Texas, son of Fay Leon and Ethel Cook Blount, grandson of John William and Dover Hyde Blount. He held an AA Degree from LA City College, BA in Theater Arts from UCLA and a MBA from Pepperdine Univ. John was an active member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, a collectible artist, musician, accomplished actor, and playwright. For 20 years, he worked as Public Guardian for LA County, and later as a computer consultant for TI, IBM, and Sears. He is survived by his children Michael Anthony Blount, and Rebecca Blount-Chastain and husband Josh; sisters Dr. Mary Blount, Dr. Dixie Blount Noble, and Gleni Blount-Rueff; and 20 nieces and nephews. Christian man, loving father and brother – John, you will be missed. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 N. O'Connor Rd. in Irving. Burial will follow at 3 PM at Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Martha Vela Lyshol, of Ketchikan, Alaska, passed away Monday, August 1, 2011. She was born December 16, 1956 in Dallas. She is preceded in death by her brother Manuel Vela, Jr., and is survived by her husband Michael Lyshol; daughter Christine Palmer and husband Jim; son Michael Lyshol, Jr. and wife Elizabeth; parents Manuel and Mary Vela; brother Guadalupe Vela and wife Edna; grandchildren Isabel, Christen, and Noah; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5605 Bernal St. in Dallas with Father Mario Garcia as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home with a Rosary to begin at 6:30 PM.


Mary Ann Krause, of Hurst since 1994, and previously a longtime resident of Irving, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011. She was born October 26, 1944 in Dallas. Preceded in death by her husband Larry Dale Krause and daughter Irene Smith, survivors include her sons Lewis Krause and wife Donna of Burleson, Jerry Krause and wife Linda of Hurst, Larry Krause and wife Suzi of Grand Prairie, and Raymond Krause of Hurst; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and sister Glenda Krause of Hurst. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 5, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


William A. Shaw, Sr., of Irving passed away July 31, 2011. He was born on March 13, 1922 in Preston County, West Virginia. He worked for DISD for 13 years; was a US Army Veteran serving in WWII and was a member of the Irving Moose Lodge #1818 and VFW Post 4477. Preceded in death by wife Bertie Guinn Shaw; he is survived by son William "Bill" A. Shaw, Jr. of Irving; daughter Sarah Gilley and husband Tom of Detroit, Michigan; daughter, Lesta Johnston of Paducah, Kentucky; sister Kathryn Shaw of Mississippi; brothers Ray Shaw; Howard Shaw and George Shaw all of West Virginia and brother Lyle Shaw of Detroit, Michigan; 6 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:15 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.


William "Bill" Edward Revis, Jr., longtime resident of Irving, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011. He was born October 23, 1924 in Dallas. He was a WWII Navy veteran and retired from Braniff Airways as a Senior Aircraft Mechanic after 31 years. Bill was a member of Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Zeta Chapter, SMU Alumni, Northlake College Alumni, Irving Masonic Lodge, #1218, Scottish Rite Club, Hella Shriners-Garland Chapter, American Pilots Association, American Legion, and a Church Deacon at Irving Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents William Edward Revis, Sr. and Irene Elenora Davis Revis, wife Eva Fern Revis, son Randle Revis, sister Betty Jean Gwendolyn Hollingsworth, sister-in-law Ruth Reed, and brother-in-law Rev. Dan Albert Hollingsworth. Survivors include his daughter Shirley Ruth Brickhouse and husband Larry of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; grandsons Tracy Brickhouse of Ft. Worth, Jeremy Ringler and wife Christy of Ft. Worth, and Joshua Revis of Plano; 5 great grandchildren; niece Laura Forslund and husband Jim of Irving; and nephew Paul Hollingsworth of Grand Prairie. Masonic graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10 AM Monday, August 1, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219.


Ben Dawson Morris, II, of Irving, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011. He was born May 14, 1946 in Bay City, Texas. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He proudly served in the US Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the VFW and Harley Owners Group and was an avid golfer. Ben was a member of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Irving. He is survived by his wife Linda Morris of Irving; sons Ben D. Morris, III and wife Robyn of Gainesville, Georgia, and William Jeb Morris and wife Alyssa of Caddo Mills, Texas; granddaughter Everett Morris of Caddo Mills; sisters Jane Taylor and husband Charles of Palacios, Texas, and Rae Robinson of Lafayette, Louisiana,; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.


Alvin L. Turner, of Grand Prairie, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  He was born March 7, 1934 in Kaufman, Texas.  He was a US Army veteran from 1957-1958 in Peacetime Post Korea Conflict.  Survivors include his wife Billie Turner of Grand Prairie; daughters Phyllis Spurgeon and husband George of Irving, and Rhonda Laffoon and husband Mark of Lantana, Texas; grandchildren Dugan Spurgeon, Travis Spurgeon, Claire Laffoon, and Gabriella Laffoon; sisters Mary Ethel Jordan of Arlington, and Reubine King of Baytown; brother Tommie Turner of Baytown; and sister Renee Cook of Midlothian.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, July 30, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. John Durham officiating.  Burial will follow at 2 PM at Kemp Cemetery in Kemp, Texas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Future Generations of Irving, @ First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060.


Shirley Faye Denney, of Irving, passed away July 25, 2011. She was born to Wilton Homer Allen and Ila Faye Redden in Evant, TX on August 8, 1938. She was preceded in death by her husband Walton B. Denney in 2009. She is survived by her son Gregory Allen Denney and partner Charles Levrett Cox; and grandsons Wilton Benjamin Cox and Gregory Edward Cox, all of Irving. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, officiated by Reverend Diane Baldwin.  Burial will be at Cottage Hill Cemetery in Shive, TX at 10:00 AM on Friday, July, 29, 2011. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 28, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  The family has requested that memorials be made to the DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Charlotte O’Neil Smith, of Irving for 35 years, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011. She was born March 13, 1949 in Pecos, Texas. After moving from Lubbock years ago, she worked at the Four Seasons Hotel. She was an active member of Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving where she was also a member of the Altar Guild. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Annie Brocat O’Neill, and sister Theresa Floyd, and is survived by her son Captain Edward Smith and wife Captain Sylvan Smith, both of the US Army; and numerous cousins. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Jerome Duesman as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 PM.


Bobby Caraway, of Irving for 52 years, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011. He was born March 25, 1926 in Newton, Mississippi. He was a US Army veteran and worked for Sunbeam Baking Co./Orowheat as a production superintendent for 41 years and was a member of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving since 1998. He was preceded in death by his daughter Gloria Sams and granddaughter Angela Cummins, and is survived by his wife Mildred Caraway; daughter Marsha Caraway, son Larry Caraway, Sr. and wife Cathy Zhao; grandsons Larry Caraway, Jr., and Adam Caraway; granddaughter Sarah Cummins; step-son Jim Walker and wife Dortha; step-granddaughters Leslie Walker, and Felicia Dillard and husband Dave; and step-great grandchildren Chloe, Ella, and Luke Dillard. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Steven Richard Wagner, born December 12, 1954 in Peoria, IL, died July 11, 2011 in Mansfield, Texas. Steven is survived by his wife, Ellen Marie Wagner; sons Christopher Matthew Wagner and wife Jessica, and Nicholaus Anthony Wagner; daughters Traci Mahan Phipps and husband Rocky  and Wendy Kathleen Mahan and fiancé Jeffrey Johnson; grandchildren Derick, Dillon, and Steven Wagner and Reagan and Lincoln Phipps.  A memorial service was held Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Committal Services with Military Honors will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, July 27, 2011 DFW National Cemetery, Lane C, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.


Betty G. Duncan, of Irving for 50 years, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She was born March 2, 1925 in Dallas. She is survived by her sister Martha Derrick of Fort Worth, and sister-in-law Pat Griffin of Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, July 25, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

 

 


Revis Dean (Hank) Henry, of Irving for 49 years and previously from Park Forest, Illinois, passed away July 16, 2011. He was born September 29, 1924 to Rupert Henry and Laura Dively in Vandalia, Ilinois. He joined the Navy in 1942 and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945. He worked as an Aircraft Designer for Chance Vought for 20 years and Mostek for 10 years, from which he retired in 1989. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Irving; and his hobbies included flying, restoring antique aircraft, woodworking and writing. Hank is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gerry; children Sandy Westmoreland and husband Dennis of Southlake, Carol Lawler and husband Richard of Irving, Debbie Seay and husband John of Little Elm, Texas, Jenny Carney and husband Kerry of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Christy Holland and husband Jim, Kim Westmoreland, Brad Seay and wife Jesi, Aaron Lawler, Bryan Seay and wife Roann, Meredith Lawler and Brittany Seay; great grandchildren Jessica and Anthony Seay, and Ryder and Madiliene Holland; sister Joyce Brumaster of Indialantic, Florida; and brother-in-law John Holder of Hideaway, Texas. A funeral service is planned for Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third St. in Irving with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating, followed by interment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday evening, July 18, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Mary Louise Draper of Euless for 43 years, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011.  She was born August 22, 1945 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to parents Floyd and Mary Ann Dickerson. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of North Euless Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; and is survived by her husband Roy Don Draper of Euless; sons Brien Lee Draper of Euless and Ryan Don Draper and wife Sherrie Ann of Hurst; grandsons Tristen Scott and Wyatt Don Draper of Hurst; brothers Floyd Dickerson Jr., Clyde E. Dickerson and Daniel E. Dickerson. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at North Euless Baptist Church. Burial will be at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving, TX. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Monday, July 18, 2011 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to North Euless Baptist Church.


Imogene Riddle, a resident of Irving for 65 years, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. She was born October 3, 1914 to John Price Stevens and Stella Gipson in Stone County, Missouri. Imogene was a member of and an organist for the First Christian Church, Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home and the Irving Hospital Chapel.  She was a Founding Member of the Irving Community Concert Series, the Bona Fide Book Club, Eastern Star, Silvertones, and the Irving Women’s Choral Club.  She was preceded in death by husbands Kenneth Cunningham in 1941 and Earnest “E. H.” Riddle in 1999. She is survived by sons George Cunningham and wife Barbara of Harper, TX, Phil Riddle and wife Pat of Irving, and Don Riddle and wife Nancy of Denison,TX; daughter Barbara Lee and husband Robert of Irving; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and sister Mary Reynolds of Joplin, MO.  A private burial is planned for Monday, July 18, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, to be followed by a public Memorial Service at 10:00 AM at First Christian Church, Irving.  Rev. Deborah R. Jones will officiate.  The family will be receive friends on Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the funeral home, and requests that memorials be made to the First Christian Church, 210 E. Sixth Street, Irving, 75060.


Mildred Grimes, of Krum, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011. She was born April 14, 1913 in Sodville, Texas. Survivors include her granddaughter Amanda Thomas and husband Bob; great grandchildren Rylee Thomas and Brady Thomas; grandsons Hien Nguyen and Rit Tran; granddaughter Mary Nixon and husband Steve; great granddaughter Lauren Blankenship; great-great grandson Kaiden Blankenship; sister Norma Tischoff; niece Mabel Simpson; and daughter-in-law Janie Grimes. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Winnie Lou Zook, a longtime resident of Irving, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. She was born September 14, 1915 in Hughes Springs, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving and the Daughters of the American Revolution, White Oak Chapter. Preceded in death by her husband Myron Zook, son David Zook and wife Bernice, survivors include her granddaughter Donna Rolater of Irving; grandsons Steve Zook of Irving, and Tom Zook of Plano; granddaughter Tina Jackson of Terrell; 9 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and sister Anna Myrle Zook of Delphi, Indiana. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 9:30-10:30 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Donna Holland died peacefully in her home Sunday July 10, 2011 surrounded by family.  She is preceded in death by her beloved daughter Deborah Fay Eilers and husband Leroy Holland.  She leaves behind a son, William Kelly Jamison of Madison, Wisconsin, a daughter, Staci Jamison Tidwell of Dallas Texas, Grandsons, Jeremy  Eilers of New York  NY, Matthew Eilers of Dallas Texas, David Tidwell II of Dallas Texas, and Zachary Tidwell of Austin Texas.  Born in Longview, Texas on April 25, 1933, Donna lived in Shreveport until she graduated from Byrd High School and returned to Texas to attend Baylor University and TCU, where she studied business.  After moving to Irving in 1965, she worked as an employment recruiter/counselor for 25 years.  Donna cherished her family and friends.  Everyone loved to be around Donna; she was an avid traveler and member of the Irving Senior Arts Program for many years.  But above all, Donna Holland was a devoted Mother and Grandmother, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Please join us in the celebration of her life. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 13th at 6 PM, followed by a Rosary at 7 PM at the funeral home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 14th at 10 AM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving with Father Leonardo Rocha as Celebrant.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Friday at Cisco Cemetery in Cisco, Texas.  Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.


Kwang Chou Hwang of Irving passed away July 10, 2011. He was born on May 27, 1932 in Tainan, Taiwan. He is survived by wife Ming-ing Hwang of Irving; sons Bobby Hwang of Plano and Fred Hwang of North Richland Hills, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Wilbur Walter "Ernie" Ernsting, a resident of Irving since 1949, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011. He was born April 4, 1923 in Craig, Missouri to parents Erich and Emma Kriebel Ernsting. He was a veteran of the US Navy, having served in WWII. Ernie was an Electronics Serviceman with Delta Airlines for more than 39 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a longtime member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Irving. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lola Lenore Ernsting and sister Elvera "Rusty" Ernsting, and is survived by his sons Edward Ernsting and wife Cindy of Lewisville, and Kenneth Ernsting and wife Janice of Sparta, New Jersey; daughter Lesley Carney and husband Harry of Irving; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister Miriam Devine of Springfield, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend Bobbie "Who" Heinen. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St. in Irving with Rev. John Durham officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home. A special thanks goes to the staff of Hearthstone Assisted Living at Irving.


Henry Buchanan “Buck” Wiley, II, of Irving, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011.  He was born December 6, 1989 in Dallas.  He lived in Irving for most of his life and attended Nimitz High School.  Henry was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his mother Nelma Wilson of Irving; father Tommy Wiley of Eustace; sisters Victoria Wiley, and Amanda Wilson, both of Irving; and niece Raina Wilson.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, July 8, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


C.D. Norman was born to Benjamin and Henrietta Norman on February 28th, 1924 in Gainesville, Texas. His desire to lead a meaningful life began early; he earned the designation of Eagle Scout and lived the rest of his life according to the Boy Scout Oath. AT 17, C.D. enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and upon completion, joined the Marine Corps. He attained the rank of Captain and served in Peiping during WWII. He stayed in the Reserves while attending Texas A&M, and his studies were interrupted when he was called up to serve in Korea. He joined VMF-312, the Checkerboard squadron. He finally graduated with a BS in civil engineering, class of ’45. C.D. was a risk taker, so he traded a career in the Marine Corps for the West Texas oil business. He was an independent oil operator for dozens of wells near where he was raised in Olney, aka “ the Big O”. He married the love of his life, Lenore Joan Rogal, in 1953 and together they raised four children, seven dogs, two cats, some horses and hamsters. Amongst his many adventures and accomplishments, C.D. flew Corsairs, piloted sailboats, authored 5 books, and played tennis with Lenore in an Irving league. On July 1st 2011, C.D. Norman was cleared for his final take off. He is survived by his devoted wife Lenore, children Debbie, Audrey, Susan and Bill, and four-legged companions Atlas and Bambi. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for a modest contribution to the Semper Fi Fund., 825 College Blvd., Ste. 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.  


O. W. “Dub” Summers, loving father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011. Born on June 20, 1930 to Oliver Wendell Summers, Sr. and Pearl Summers, he was a resident of Irving for 55 years, and an avid outdoorsman, gun collector, fisherman, and lover of animals all of his life.  He was preceded in death by his wife Betty.  He is survived by his children, Wendell Summers, Beverly Rasco, and Wendy Watson; grandchildren Aaron Rasco, Rachel Hickey, Jonathan Rasco, Rebekah Stull, Anna Dyer, James Rasco, Jennifer Watson Wiley, Angela Watson Mendez, and Tommy Dean Watson; and four great grandchildren.  He was a dedicated family man and believed in honor, truth, and morality, and was a member of the  Masonic Lodge of Oak Cliff No. 705 for over 50 years.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 2:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Interment to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Hazel Parrent, of Irving, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011. She was born on September 21, 1937 in Douglassville, TX; the third child of ten children, to Henry Tadlock and Myrtle Ross. Hazel was a longtime resident of Irving and had retired from Sage Technologies after many years of service. She married Frank M. Parrent on July 11, 1969. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Frank Parrent; brothers James and Jerry Tadlock and half-brothers Eugene, J. B. and Harold Tadlock; and half-sister Lorene Laramore. She is survived by her daughters Loretta Butchko of Irving and Katie Burkhart and husband Jon of The Colony, TX; and son, Terry Mathis and wife Laura of South Korea; seven grandchildren Lotis “L. J.” Butchko and wife Yulie, Shannon Mathis, Jeffery Mathis and Callie Mathis, Zachary Burkhart, Jared Burkhart and Mackenzie Burkhart; brothers Densil Tadlock, Travis Tadlock, John Tadlock and Robert Tadlock, and three sisters, Wanda Davis, Mamie Cook and Ophelia Godwin. A memorial service is planned for Friday, July 8, 2011 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 10:00AM. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Lymphoma Society.


Ella Mae “Sally” Macon born April 14, 1928 in Waynoka, Oklahoma  passed away July 3, 2011 in Irving. She is survived by husband Owen Macon of Irving. Private services were held by family. Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Raymond Martin Groezinger,  was born August 6, 1920 in Denison, Texas, the second of four children, and the son of Martin and Marie Groezinger.  Graduated from North Dallas High School and volunteered for service in the Air Corps of both the Navy (’42) and Army (‘45), and served in the Air Force Reserves through 1957.  This World War II veteran developed a lifelong passion and love for flying and airplanes.  After his military service, Ray returned to the Dallas area and lived in Richardson for more than 20 years. He has been a resident of Irving, Texas for the past 29 years. He was a basso chorus member of the Dallas Civic Opera throughout the 1960s, in theatrical productions at First Baptist Church of Dallas, a charter member of the Royal Lane Baptist Church and member of the Cantata Singers. Ray has been an active member of the Irving Bible Church since 1985, participating in choir, mission trips, and teaching Vacation Bible School among many other activities. For several years he and his wife volunteered their time and energy traveling the country for Shepherd Ministries’ Dawson McAllister Student Conference. He died on July 3 in Irving, TX, one month shy of his 91st birthday. Ray is survived by his wife Betty Kerss Groezinger, daughter Connie Cherry-Jackson (Tom), Jupiter, FL; Thomas Groezinger (Pam),  Abilene, TX; stepdaughters Kimberly Clark (Robert), Dallas, TX; and Teresa Kerss, Irving, TX;  seven grandchildren Donnie, David, Rich, Patrick, Lauren, Aaron, Ashley; and nine great grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Edwards  and Toni Pardee of Minden, NV, and Milli Ruwaldt, Richardson, TX. The family to receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. A memorial service to occur 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, TX.  Graveside service to follow at 2:30pm at Van Alstyne Cemetery, Van Alstyne, Texas


Jerry A. Sauer, recently of Whitney, and formerly of Irving for 51 years, passed away Friday, July 1, 2011. He was born July 17, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked for TXU/Lone Star Gas, and retired as a Regional Supervisor after 48 years. Survivors include his wife Charlene Sauer of Whitney; daughter Sherri Lynn Albers and husband Gerald of St. Louis, Missouri; sons Michael Rae Sauer and wife Caryn of Brock, Texas, and Clifford B. Sauer and wife Donita of Irving; daughter Nancy Doll Reed and husband Malcolm of Irving; son Ken F. Doll and wife Gretchen of San Antonio; grandchildren Scott, Chris, Matt, Natalie, Brittni, Melissa, Jaeci, Mikayla, Michael, and Julie; great granddaughter Emma Leigh; and brother Jack R. Sauer and wife Mary of Mineola, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Oak View Baptist Church, Irving. Dr. Jim Gerlach and Rev. Wallace Philpot will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Monday, July 4, 2011 at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Oak View Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story Rd., Irving, TX 75060, or Brock Christian Learning Center, 2111 FM 1189, Brock, Texas 76087


Dr. Alfred F. Schram, Sr., of Irving, passed away July 1, 2011. He was born July 9, 1919 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was the first math and chemistry PHD Graduate from Oklahoma University, having received a double Doctorate. He was a Chemistry Professor at the University of Dallas, where he retired. Prior to that, he was a Professor at Texas A&M University. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Elizabeth Schram, son Ray V. Schram, and daughter Karen Ann Schram. Survivors include his son Alfred F. Schram, Jr.; daughter Margaret Schram Hodgkins; grandchildren Kerry Anne Hodgkins and Sean Michael Hodgkins; sister Genevieve Hickman; and niece Kathy Hickman. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. Entombment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Jack Alvin Carver, of Irving for the past 10 years, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011. He was born in Antlers, Oklahoma. He served in the US Air Force in the Korean Conflict and obtained the rank of Captain. He was a longtime apartment property manager. He is survived by his daughter Tammy Dammer and husband Jimmy of Irving; son Jack Carver, Jr. and wife Jackie of Cypress, Texas; step-daughter Donna Paradise of Idaho; and grandchildren Brett and Ty Carver of Cypress, and Amber Lee of Irving.


Amber Nicole Mullinax of Irving passed away June 26, 2011. She was born on May 18, 1981 in Dallas. She lived in Irving for 26 years.  She loved life, loved everyone, loved the color purple and was always happy. She enjoyed shopping bowling going to camp and collecting purses and flying. She is survived by her father Michael Mullinax of Grand Prairie; mother Dee Mullinax of Irving and numerous aunts and uncles. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday, June 28th at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to Challenge Air For Kids & Friends 8008 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX  75235 or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 2222 Welborn, Dallas, TX  75219.


Horacio Nunez  of Irving, Texas passed away June 25, 2011 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 9, 1938 in Camajuani, Las Villas, Cuba. He came to the United States in 1964 from Cuba, married Caridad Nunez in 1965 and moved to Irving in 1972. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horse racing. He is survived by wife Caridad Nunez of Irving; Niece Gladys Casper and husband Trey of Tyler; sister Cereida Nunez; brothers Orbelio and Valentin Nunez all of Cuba; nephew Ivey Diaz of Miami, Florida; sister-in-law Gladys Del Risco of Miami; niece Susanna Ginart of Miami and numerous other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens followed by a 3:00 P.M. memorial service at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association.


Joyce Marie Baxter died June 24, 2011. She was born on March 28, 1929 in East Palestine, OH and adopted at the age of three by Theora and Marion Wilcox of Sharon, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, William E. Baxter. Survivors include sons, Wayne E. Baxter and David L. Baxter; brother, Dr. Lyle S. Wilcox of Vail, AZ; four granddaughters; two grandsons; and seven great grandchildren. She graduated with the class of 1947 from Sharon High School, Sharon, PA; attended Shenango Valley Commercial Institute and was employed by GATX Corporation. She owned and operated J & B Ceramics in Masury, OH for thirteen years and owned and operated Designs by Joyce as a commercial artist.  She was currently active in the Dallas Needlework and Textile Guild. Her artistic accomplishments won her numerous ribbons at the Texas State Fair. Many of her fellow members considered Joyce an expert in the needlework field. Joyce and her husband had been tour escorts for the Warren, OH AAA and traveled to various parts of the world.  She was also a past member of Rowlett Arts & Humanities Board.  She was an awesome mother and grandmother. The family wishes to give special thanks to Brentwood Hospice in Mesquite, TX.  Funeral services are planned for Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM at First Christian Church in Rowlett.  The family will receive friends Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Williams Funeral Home in Garland, TX.


Johnnie Sedberry of Irving passed away June 22, 2011. He was born on April 29, 1986 in Dallas, Texas. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Mildred Willis; grandfather, Gladden Ellis Sedberry; father, Gladden Sedberry and uncle Jimmy Isbell;  survivors include his mother Barbara Lee and husband James Lee of Irving; brother Chris Willis of Louisiana; aunts, Betty Jones and husband Paul of Grand Prairie; Tinie Gerber of Alabama and Betty Lou Isbell and numerous cousins.


Henry T. "Jack" Bramblett, of Irving, and previously of Spring Branch, Texas, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011. He was born January 29, 1927 in Amarillo, Texas. He was a Fireman 1st Class in the US Navy for 19 months. Henry was very proud of his service as an Amarillo Firefighter for 10 years. He was a 25 year member of Toastmasters and also enjoyed square dancing for 27 years. He was a member of ASRDA and the State Federation of Square Dancers. He was preceded in death by his parents Odie Franklin Bramblett and Bernice Sparks Bramblett, brother Harry Bramblett, and sister Betty Jo Salmon, and is survived by his wife Imogene Bramblett of Irving; daughters Carrolyn Cannon and husband James of Fritch, Texas, Teresa Clemons and husband Ronney of Whistler, Alabama, Linda Montgomery of Carrollton; son Jack Bramblett and wife Sharon of Grand Prairie; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 4034 W. Pioneer Drive in Irving. Burial will follow at 12:30 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, 4144 N. Central Expy., Ste. 750, Dallas, TX 75204-9627.


Dorothy Ann Shepherd, a life-long resident of Irving, passed away June 18, 2011.  She was born in Irving on November 17, 1944. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Shepherd; and sister, Delane Looney.  She is survived by her son John Shepherd and wife Keri of Irving; granddaughter, Alana Shepherd and her friends, the staff at Irving Nursing and Rehabilitation.  A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Gary Edward Dodson, long time resident of Irving, passed away on June 20, 2011.  He was born February 20, 1954 in Dallas to John Henry Dodson and Francis Evelyn Epley Dodson.  Gary was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. He was an Automotive Service Advisor and an avid car enthusiast. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Catherine Heithecker. He is survived by his son John Dodson and wife Rachel of Lake Dallas; daughter Julia Myers and husband Jason of Wichita Falls, TX; grandchildren Hannah and Luke Dodson of Lake Dallas; brother Greg Dodson and wife Bobbie of Wolfe City, TX; and sisters Gina Dodson of Wolfe City, TX and Tammy Dodson-Hite Cran of Kaufman, TX; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Family requests memorials to Special Olympics, 400 South Zang, Suite 926, Dallas, TX, 75208 or American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Suite #100, Dallas, TX 75244.


Bonnie Jane Ewing, a long-time resident of Irving until moving to Denton in 2009, passed away June 19, 2011.  She was born July 7, 1925 in Harlan, Iowa to George Christian Wilder and Maude Emma Neideigh. She worked as a bookkeeper for Guardian Realtors for many years, taught Accounting at Northlake College for over 15 years and retired in the mid 1990’s.  Bonnie was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Turf Turners Garden Club, where she held many offices over the year.  She was a long-time active member of South MacArthur Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, helped with Champs, and enjoyed many hours of volunteering in numerous capacities.  Bonnie was preceded in death by her son, Mort Ewing, Jr.; her parents; brothers Bud Wilder, Bob Wilder, Keith Wilder and sister Myrna Wilson.  She is survived by her husband Mort Ewing of Denton; sons Price Ewing and wife Brenda of Grapevine, Neil Ewing and wife MaryAnn of Burleson; grandchildren Audra Ewing Nelson and husband Jeff of Keller, Chase Howard and wife Michelle of Burleson, Connor Ewing of Grapevine; four great grandchildren, Levi and Luke Nelson, and Cayden and Tristyn Howard; twin sister Betty Gage of Denton, and numerous nieces and nephews.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2 PM at South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving, with Rev. Tim Lewis officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Roxie M. Drake, 82, passed away on June 19, 2011 in her Grand Prairie home. She was born on August 20, 1928 in Dallas, Texas to Grady Martin & Gaudie (Cook) Martin.  She was retired from Kroger Food Stores after 24 years and was a resident of Grand Prairie.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gill Drake; daughter, Debra Tooke; grandsons Timothy and Robbie Tooke; and granddaughter, Amy Tooke. She is survived by her son, Gillis Drake of Irving, Texas; granddaughter, Melissa Weaver of Indiana; grandson, Donnie Tooke of Ft. Worth, Texas; son-in-law, Don Tooke of Arlington, Texas; five great grandchildren, Dylan, Natalie, Matthew, Aimee and Lylly; nephew, Thomas Kirkland and wife Joyce of Grand Prairie; and great niece Felicia Richardson of Bedford, Texas.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas.


Georgia Cantrell, of Irving, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011.  She was born July 8, 1928 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert B. Cantrell in 1997 and is survived by her daughters Deborah Cook of Amelia, Ohio, and Melissa Bush of Irving; sons Barry Cantrell of Irving, Robert B. Cantrell, Jr. and wife Michelle of Middleton, Ohio, and James Cantrell of Irving; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brother Charles Ramey; and sister Ada Faye Stoltz.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.


Ken Stone, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011. He was born February 15, 1931 in Frederick, Oklahoma. Ken served in the Air Force during the Korean War and received his wings on June 19, 1952, the same day he married his wife Laquita. He moved to the Northeast to help plant a church in Princeton, New Jersey and lived there for 14 years. He loved to play tennis and enjoyed reuniting with his 319th Fighter Squadron. Ken was an elder in three different Churches of Christ for 38 years and lived in the metroplex area for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie Elmer and Hazel Naomi Morris Stone, and brother Thomas Morris. Survivors include his wife Laquita Stone; daughters Paula Purser and husband James, and Lisa Evans and husband John; son Craig Stone and wife Kellye; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Riverside Church of Christ in Coppell with Art McNeese and Jarrod Robinson officiating. Private graveside will be held at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Mission Alive, % Riverside Church of Christ, 150 E. Beltline Rd., Coppell, TX 75019, Teen Lifeline, P.O. Box 10745, Phoenix, AZ 85064-0745, or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.


Susanna J. English, known affectionately to her family and friends as "Susie", of Irving, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Susie was born in Crystal City, Texas in 1931 to Reynaldo and Concepcion Jimenez. Susie was the first in the Jimenez family to graduate from high school and proudly wore her Eagle Pass High School class ring throughout her entire life. She graduated from Business College in San Antonio, Texas. Susie's legacy was her strong work ethic and her unwavering commitment to meeting all of life's responsibilities head-on. Susie enjoyed her early career work at various military bases. This work ethic continued in the other Texas companies. Susie was the quintessential "big" sister who was a mentor and a role model to her younger siblings, and who always kept abreast of everyone's birthdays, anniversaries and other important and special events in their lives. Her family and friends could count on receiving greeting cards with typewritten notes and letters. The typewritten notes and letters were because she was very conscious of her unique handwriting. A phone conversation with Susie meant that you could count on her updating you on other family members. A true Texan, she loved football and you could expect her to comment on how her Texas Longhorns performed. Susie fought a long and brave fight against cancer, facing it with great poise and humor and with a lot of love and help from her beloved sisters-in-law, Virginia and Betty, and niece Julee. Susie's family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the love, kindness, medical and spiritual care that Susie received from her Hospice care team (Susie, Shannon, and Bonnie) at Avante in Irving. Susie married George R. English, who preceded her in death in 1995. Susie is preceded in death by her parents, Reynaldo and Concepcion Jimenez. Susie is survived by her siblings, Armando Jimenez, Hector Jimenez, Rosa Jimenez-Randolph, and Gloria Jimenez Hernandez.  Visitation was held at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home on June 15, followed by a gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life at her favorite Mexican restaurant, La Margarita. Mass was on June 16 at St. Luke Catholic Church, and burial was at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Norma Stevens, of Irving for over 60 years, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011. She married Charles Stevens on November 19, 1945 in Fort Worth. Norma worked in real estate for more than 20 years and was associated with Mabel Cooper, Lou Smith and Henry S. Miller. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irving for over 50 years. She is survived by her husband Charles; son Marc Stevens and wife Nancy of Bedford, TX; grandson Lyle Stevens and wife Diane of Hurst, TX; granddaughter Vanessa Gabel and husband Joseph of Grapevine, TX; and great grandchildren Skylar Stevens, Carter Stevens, Jackson Gabel and Hudson Gabel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at 1:15 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. She will be in state from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.


Wanda Jo Stewart, 80, was born to eternal life at 9:15 PM on June 10, 2011 in Dallas, TX. She was born on September 03, 1930 in Irving, Texas to Joseph Gresham and Viva (Justus) Gresham.  She was a longtime resident of Irving and Lewisville and retired from Eastman Kodak Company after many years of service.  She was preceded in death by her husbands; Jack E. Dilord, Jr. and Robert Stewart, parents, and brothers, William Gresham, Cletus Gresham and Dale Gresham.  She is survived by her children, Brenda Dilord Rowe of Dallas, Texas, and Jack E. Dilord, III of Lewisville, Texas; grandson, Jeffery R. Rowe of Burleson, Texas, the Koonce grandchildren Mindi, Aaron and Eric; sisters-in-laws, Doris Dilord of Irving, and June Gresham of Euless, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Lola Lenore Ernsting, 85, passed away on June 07, 2011 in Sparta, New Jersey. She was born on December 24, 1925 in Maryville, Missouri to Leslie Klopp & Effie (Wieser) Klopp. She had been a resident of Irving since 1949 where she served as a substitute teacher for Irving ISD for 30 years and was a Lifetime Member of Barton Elementary School PTA. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Irving Book Review Club and the Bernina Inspiration Club. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Wilbur Walter "Ernie" Ernsting of Irving, Texas; sons Edward Ernsting and wife Cindy of Lewisville, Texas, and Kenneth Ernsting and wife Janice, of Sparta; daughter Lesley Carney and husband Harry, of Irving; seven grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; godson Erich Heinen; special friend Bobbie Heinen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Monday, June 13, 2011 at First Baptist Church Sanctuary in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Donald Everett Nelsen, 91, of Irving, went to be with his Heavenly Father on June 9, 2011. Don was born to Ned and Anna Nelsen on August 5, 1919 in Minnesota and was a full blooded Dane. He was the 8th of 12 children. Don worked on the family farm thru his teenage years. Don married his wife Gladys in 1944 while serving in the Army. Don served in WWII, was a farmer, a pastor, a carpenter, a mailman, and a post master. After his retirement, they traveled the world and enjoyed dancing together. He was loved by his children and a testimony to many in his church and community. Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Gladys Nelsen; children Lassie Smith and husband Johnny of Carrollton; Jesse Nelsen and wife Carole of Farmersville, Faye Anderson and husband Steve of Carrollton, Janie Merritt and husband Jim of Irving, daughter Loretta Geyer and husband Karl of Midlothian, Virginia, Jack Nelsen and wife Laurie of Anderson, Missouri, and daughter LaVee Collingsworth and husband Zeb of Bentonville, Arkansas; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sisters Nina Bernard of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Vera Larson of Westbrook, Minnesota, and Ardys Dennis of Saltillo, Texas; and brother Jim Nelsen of Minneapolis. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 10 AM Monday, June 13, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 9:15 AM Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356, or American Diabetes Association, Dallas Office, 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75244.


Arthur A. "Art" Hodge, of Irving for 51 years, went to be with the Lord June 7, 2011. He was born August 8, 1931 in Bardwell, TX to Robert L. Hodge and Sallie McCullough. Art graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from the University of North Texas in 1952. In 1953, he married his beloved wife, Joan. She preceded him in death in 2005. Art began his career as a teacher and coach at Milford High School. He then moved to the business arena by working for Texas Power and Light Company (now TXU Energy). He worked his way from field offices to become the Manager of Training at the corporate office in Dallas. He retired from that position in 1992. Retirement provided Art with time to volunteer with the Baptist Convention of Texas in a variety of ways including Secretary to the Corporation and Interim Director of Human Resources. Art and his family were long time members of Plymouth Park Baptist Church where he served in many capacities ranging from teacher to deacon. Art was also a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Waxahachie Lodge #90, Weatherford Chapter and Council, Southside Commandery #83, Knights Templar and The Order of the Eastern Star. Art is survived by his daughter, Beth Ward and husband Al; grandchildren Katie and Sam; many cousins; and a host of friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 17th at 2:00 pm at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, with Reverend Ken Branam officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Plymouth Park Baptist Church, 1714 N. Story Road, Irving, TX 75061.


Johnathan Michael Boyle passed away May 30, 2011. Johnathan was born on December 16, 1973, the son of John and Kitty Boyle. Johnathan is survived by his parents and his siblings Fitz, Ben, Eileen, Rebecca, and Matthew, along with many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved and cared for him deeply. He is also survived by his beloved dogs Tag and Tess. No memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Irving Cares, P.O. Box 177425, Irving, TX 75017-7425, or Irving Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 75015-9942. Johnathan was laid to rest at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Roy W. Terry, RN, of Irving for 25 years, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011.  He was born December 28, 1955 in Denver City, Texas.  He served in the US Army for 8 years.  Roy loved coaching for the Irving IBBA and IBFA Associations for years.  He loved motor cycles, and enjoyed working puzzles, and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth Wayne and Betty Joe Lankford Terry, and brothers Alan Joseph Terry, and Danny Ray Terry, and is survived by his sons William Terry, and Mark Terry; Ruth Ann Terry; brother Jerry Don Garvin; uncle Eddie Terry; aunt Van Burks; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jody Nichols officiating.  Burial will follow at 12:30 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.    


Joseph Raven, 84, of Irving for 47 years, died June 3, 2011. He was born August 19, 1926 in New York City. He was self-employed as the owner/operator of Raven Machine Works. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lula M. Raven, of Irving; daughter Julia R. Glasgow-Johns and husband Glen of Grand Prairie; sisters Luisa Raven and Yolanda Raven of New York; brother Charles Raven of New York; former son-in-law, David T. Glasgow; granddaughters Crystal R. Glasgow of Arlington, Amber M. Adcock and husband Matthew of Arlington, Danielle T. Ackerman and Husband Will of Colorado Springs; and great granddaughter Emma R. Adcock. Funeral services will be held at Rock Church, 205 E. Mitchell Street, Arlington at 12 PM on Friday, June 10, 2011. Burial will follow at 2:15 PM at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 6-8 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Camille Kosko Colbert, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011.  She was born December 4, 1957 in Dallas.  She was an experienced dive master and loved her animals.  Preceded in death by her parents Joseph Kosko and Pat Lile, niece Kim Lile, and nephew Brad Lile, survivors include her daughter Melissa Miller and husband Mike of Scurry, Texas; and brothers Charles and Nora Louise Lile of Irving, and James and Betty Lile of Missouri.  Memorial services will be held at 12 PM Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  


Myra Harrod, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011.  She was born April 12, 1931.  She was a longtime Irving resident and retired from the IISD after 34 years of service.  Myra was an Administrative Assistant for Dr. John Townley and also for Dr. Jack Singley.  Preceded in death by her parents Wesley Esco and Verda Eudora Hearon, husband Red Harrod, and brother I.B. Hearon, survivors include her son Mike Harrod of Huntsville; granddaughters Ashley Mosby, and Wendy Harrod; great granddaughters Taylor Muhle and Madison Muhle, both of Spring, Texas; former daughter-in-law Beverly Harrod of Montgomery, Texas; and brother Pat Hearon and wife Janet of Tyler.  Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 9:30-11:00 AM Saturday at the funeral home.


Robert L. Leatherwood, Sr., of Weatherford, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011.  He was born November 16, 1934 in Fannin County.  He served his country in the Air Force.  He was the former pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Irving, member of Pleasantview Baptist Church in Arlington, the BYKOTA Singing Association, Baptist Benevolence of Irving, and Storehouse of Grace in Arlington.  Preceded in death by his brothers Eldon Leatherwood and Derwood Leatherwood, daughter Irene Powers, and grandson Bryan Leatherwood, survivors include his wife Ruth Leatherwood of Weatherford; son Robert Leatherwood and wife Carol of Spring, Texas; stepson Lowell Hyman and wife Nancy of Tomball, Texas; stepdaughters Rita McNew of Midland, and Donna Teston and husband Jim of Apache Junction, Arizona; brothers Bill Leatherwood and wife Patsy of Bristow, Oklahoma, and Weldon Leatherwood and wife Evelean of Ector, Texas; sisters Queva Curtis of Terrell, and Pat Morris of Irving; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jimmy McNeil of Pleasantview Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association-Greater Dallas Chapter, 4144 N. Central Expy, Ste. 750, Dallas, TX 75204-9627.   


Marguerite Chambers, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011.  She was born July 10, 1917 in Stephenville, Texas.  She was a seamstress, sewing uniforms for soldiers.  She was also an expert quilter.  She was preceded in death by her husband Ira Chambers, and is survived by her daughter Bobbie Randle and husband Marvin of Irving; and also nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Gustine United Methodist Church, 101 W. Main St. in Gustine, Texas.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Gustine.  The family will receive friends 9-10 AM Thursday at the church prior to the service.  Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving


Jo Ann Okle, 71, of Irving, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in Nowata, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1940, to Emmett Franklin and Ava Dell Brown, she was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who was known for her sweet, gentle spirit.  Preceded in death by her loving parents, her brother, John Brown, and sisters, Donna Miller and Rose Keith, she is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Clifford R. Okle of Irving; son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Debbie Okle of Irving; granddaughters Niki Okle and Lindsay Okle of Irving; brothers Emmett Brown of Aurora, CO; Buddy Brown of Collingsville, OK; Elbert Brown of Georgetown, TX; sister Sibbie Sams of Amarillo, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends on Monday, May 30, 2011, from 6-8pm at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX.  Funeral services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Wallace Philpot officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family requests memorials go to the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org).


Anita Jane Thomas, of Grand Prairie, passed away Friday, May 27, 2011. She was born September 16, 1919 in Nebraska. She enjoyed volunteering for the VA. Preceded in death by her husband Paul Thomas, and daughter Gloria Roddam, survivors include her daughters Nancy Peters and husband Don of Irving, and Judy Spaccamonti and husband Joe of Pueblo, Colorado; son Jerry Hughes and wife Julie of Goodyear, Arizona; sister Gwenda Beasley; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Betty Jo Mayhall, lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011. She was born January 13, 1927 in Irving. She was in the restaurant industry for many years. Preceded in death by her husband Edgar Lloyd Mayhall, and son William Lloyd Mayhall, survivors include her daughter Etta Marie Rose of Irving; son William Carl May of Pasadena; grandchildren Dena Kay Clemens of Mesquite, Eddie Mayhall and wife Jennifer of Carrollton, Mary Ann Green and husband William Cape of Irving, Alicia Ann Morrison and husband William of Frisco, and James Harold Green of Irving; 7 great grandchildren; brother Billy Robert Hendrix of Irving; and sister Evelyn Fort of Austin. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Freeman and Alvin Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Gene McGee, of Irving for 2 years, and previously of Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011.  He was born April 4, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, Arkansas.  Preceded in death by his parents Roy and Evelyn Sade McGee, daughter Teresa McGee, and brothers Vernon McGee and Jimmy McGee, he is survived by his wife Rosemary McGee, children Bill McGee of Irving, Shannon Schanz of Irving, and Beth Landrum of Grand Prairie, and their mother Rebecca Coats; sons Mason Zeigler of Arkansas, and Drue Zeigler of Colorado; daughter Tamie Vickers of Alaska; sisters Kathrine Wilson of Cabot, Arkansas, Linda Cook of Cabot, and Brenda Kay Billingsley of Danville, Arkansas; grandchildren Jenna  Braddy, Stephanie McGee, Larry Joe Caraway, William McGee, Adam Caraway, and Bradley Schanz, all of Irving, and Samantha and Madisyn Zeigler of Russellville, Arkansas; and great grandchildren Rylee and MaKenna Braddy of Irving.  Memorial services will be held at 4 PM Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Western Heritage Church, 525 N. Sowers in Irving.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356. 


Louise Marie Davis, of Dallas, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011.  She was born April 21, 1939 in Gladewater, Texas.  She loved crafting.  Preceded in death by her husband Roosevelt Davis, survivors include her daughters Donna Miller of Smackover, Arkansas, and Carol Brown and husband Barry of Royse City; grandchildren Rusty Davis of Dallas, Melissa Moyer of Royse City, Christopher Taylor of Kissimmee, Florida, Lonny Sheffield of Spring, and Dillon Purvis of Smackover, Arkansas; great grandchildren Haley Davis and Matthew Davis of Benton, Arkansas, Avery Moyer and Liam Moyer of Royse City, and Connor Taylor and Caitlyn Taylor of Kissimmee; sister Ann Westbrook of Sulphur Springs; and brother Walter M. White of Bedford.  Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Muse Cemetery in Muse, Oklahoma.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 31954, Jackson, MS 39286 or www.disaster.salvationarmyUSA.org.  Please designate “Mississippi Flood Relief”.


Alva Bell Curry, of Irving, passed away on May 21, 2011. She was born in Dallas on February 16, 1918 to William Asberry Johnson and Rene Armstrong. Alva was in retail sales and a longtime employee of Kmart. She is survived by her sons Charles William Helton, Jr. and wife Donna of Alvarado, and Michael Stephen Helton of Grand Prairie; eight grandchildren:  Will Helton, Charles Helton, III, Liz Bryant, R. C. Keaton and Connie Pitman,  Susan Graham, Billy Keaton of Burleson and Michael Helton.  A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home, prior to service.


Ruby Davis Gragg, a long-time resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away in Grapevine, TX on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the age of 96.  She was born April 4, 1915, in Mt. Pleasant, TX to John Willis Davis and Irene Mosley Davis.  At age 7, the family moved to Alabama, where she resided until 1999.  In 1985, she retired as an administrative assistant from the Air University at Maxwell.  She is survived by a niece, Fran Johnson, and husband Jim of Winchester, TN, and a nephew, Earl Davidson and wife Jill of Irving, TX.  Other survivors include three great nieces Angie Cole, Cheryl Stringfield, and Paige Robinson, and one great nephew, Brett Davidson.  Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 21, at the Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Montgomery.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org>Tribute>Ruby Gragg or your local Alzheimer’s Association.


Ramona I. Bevier, of Irving, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011.  She was born January 12, 1929 in Connersville, Indiana.  She was a renowned Civic Volunteer, having served on the American Cancer Society Board-Irving Chapter from 1991-1993, Our Children’s Center Board from 1998-2001, and the Irving Cares Board from 1997-2001.  She was the 1994 Chairman of Irving Healthcare System’s TexasFest Crystal Jubilee.  Ramona received the “Best Actress” Award from the Irving Academy of Community Services in 1997, and in 2008 received a Special Recognition Award from Irving Cares for 20 years of volunteer service and board work. Ramona is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Bevier of Irving; daughter Jeanne Marie Botts and husband Michael, and granddaughters Lauren and Katherine Botts, all of Carrollton; and nieces Babette and Nicole Marsee, both of Irving.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at University of Dallas – Church of the Incarnation.  Private burial will follow.   The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday, May 23rd at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Irving, TX 75060 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.  


Robert Cline Mears, 53, passed away on May 15, 2011 at his home in Irving, TX.  He was born on October 24, 1957 in Dallas to Harry Cline Mears, Jr. and Iva Marie Roebuck Mears. Robert had been a long time resident of Irving where he was a member of Oak View Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and worked as a computer programmer. Robert is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother William A. Mears and wife Glenda Morrow of Houston; sister Teresa M. Box and husband Frank of Irving; brother Daniel C. Mears of Irving; nephew Ian Daubach, his wife Jenifer and their children Shawn, Haley and Garin of Mesquite; niece Hazel Rawlinson and her children Dylan and Lauren of Mesquite; grandnieces and grandnephews Madison, Lance and Zachary Morrow of Houston; uncle Tommy and Aunt Jimmie Wilkerson of Magnolia, TX; aunt Mildred Thompson of Meridian, MS; many cousins, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and his beloved pets Spencer, Misty and Hilary.  Robert enjoyed his life and his many friends at church. He loved his family and his pets. He enjoyed his hobby of remote-control vehicles which he loved to share with the children in his life. Robert “Bobby” will be remembered with great fondness and love.  Committal Service at 2:15 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, Lane B, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.  Memorial Service to be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 24, at Oak View Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story in Irving. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to DFW Humane Society No Kill Shelter, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Carla Hardy Corry Smith, 67, passed away on May 12, 2011, in Irving, Texas, after a long and courageous 5 year battle with lung cancer.  Born in Santa Monica, California on January 15, 1944, she lived most of her life in Irving.  She attended Crockett Junior High School in Irving, graduated from Newell High School in south Dakota, and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma.  She married her husband Sam on May 28, 1965, after meeting him at the Dallas Times Herald, where they both worked.  Shortly thereafter, she and Sam moved to Irving.  She is survived by her husband Sam, her daughters Trinka and Christina, her son Craig, step-father Ken Corry, and grandchildren Jordan, Joshua, Kyle, Katie, Amber, and Zach, as well as great grandchildren Kiah and Noah.  Her mother Catherine Hardy Corry and father Sidney Tillman Hardy preceded her in death.  Carla loved life and had a beautiful soul, which now rests in heaven.  She loved her family and her community and had a long and distinguished Civic Career, including serving three terms on the Irving Parks and Recreation Board, and two terms on the Irving Arts Board, including one term as Vice-Chairperson.  During her tenure on the Parks and Recreation Board, they began many new programs including the Senior Citizens Center and the Tennis Center.  She served on the M.C. Lively PTA Board as President, and also on the Irving City Council of PTAs as a board member.  She enjoyed the arts and served as a board member, and also as President of the Irving Symphony League, as well as the Chairperson of the Symphony League Ball.  She was one of the original board members of the Cultural Affairs Council, and was a life member of the Irving Friends of the Library.  Carla loved animals, and was a member of the DFW Humane Society.  She loved to garden, and was a member of the Turf Turners Garden Club for many years.  She served her community through the Irving Women of Rotary, and also as the President on two occasions of the Irving League of Women Voters, as well as the Irving Schools Foundation where she was a board member and two times Chairperson of their “Breakfast with the Stars” Fundraiser.  She was a member of the Lyric Stage Board, and a founding member of the Irving Community Service Board for United Way, as well as a member of Irving Cares and the Las Colinas Women’s Club.  She loved the city of Dallas also, volunteering at the Dallas Museum of Natural History and the Dallas Theatre Center.  She will be remembered by her many friends as a generous, energetic, and caring person and by her children as their teacher, friend, and mentor, whom they loved dearly.  Her grandchildren will always remember her as their beloved “Mimi”.  She will be remembered by her husband as the only love of his life and his true life partner.  We know that God has already welcomed her into Heaven, and is holding her in the palm of His loving hand.  May her beautiful soul rest in the peace and grace of His love for all eternity.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3 PM Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Frwy. in Irving.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356, in her honor.


Zelma D. McGee, of Arlington, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011.  She was born March 9, 1920 in Celina, Texas.  She worked in downtown Dallas during WWII at the 8th Service Command.  Zelma later worked for the Irving School System for 15 years.  She was a member of South MacArthur Church of Christ for 50 years and volunteered many hours there.  She loved sewing clothes and shopping.  Survivors include her husband of over 62 years, John McGee; daughters Janet Stephens and husband Mike, and Jennee McHenry and husband Bill; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister Kenny Shelton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina’s Children’s Home, 21300 State Hwy. 16 N, Medina, TX 78055.


Ella Mae Loomis, 94, formerly of Irving, died May 10, 2011 at Homestead North of Olathe in Olathe, Kansas.   She was born March 25, 1917 in Kansas City, MO to George and Ina May Dickinson.  Ella Mae lived most of her life in Irving, Texas where she was married to James Ervin until his death in 1993, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.  Ella Mae was a loving mother and enjoyed volunteering in school activities, dance and almost everything her daughter Patty was involved in.  She was a sweet lady who had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh.  Later in life, Ella Mae belonged to a dance troupe called the Lively Swingers.  She danced in many local dance shows and state fairs.  She also loved to sing.  Her favorite song was “On Moonlight Bay” and would sing it for anyone.  We love you Ella and hope you are sailing along on Moonlight Bay in heaven.  Ella Mae was preceded in death by her husband James Ervin Loomis, daughter Patricia Corbett, granddaughter Amanda, brothers Leo, Fred, George, Frank and Johnny, and sisters Lucille and Alma. She is survived by brothers Rollie and Jim, and sister Ruth.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, May 16, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Rev. Julie Riley officiating.  Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Citizen Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO. 


Joe Lowe, of Irving, passed away May 6, 2011. He was born July 24, 1938 to Jack and Mary Nell Lowe, in South Fulton, KY.  He worked for the Irving Police Dept. from 1961-1981. He was self-employed as a landscaper from 1981-1999 and mail order business from 1990-2011. He is survived by his wife, Beth Lowe; daughter Gretchen Cox, step-daughters, Cindy Garth and LaQuita Craft; step-son Keith Knight, step-daughter, Kendale Dickerson; and grandchildren Brent Lowe, Katrina Cox, Amy Cox, Tyler Craft, Carita Smith, Skyla Garth, Jared Dickerson, Melissa Hodge, Les Garth, Melissa Wiggins, and 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Ferguson. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 12PM, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Irving. Visitation on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 6-8 PM


Hazel Shockley, lifelong resident of Irving, passed away on May 6, 2011.  She was born to Fillmore Brown and Emma Wagner on June 28, 1913 in Dallas.  She loved gardening and sewing. She was a member of Hilltop Dr. Baptist Church.  She is survived by her daughter, Maretta McCutchon and husband Bill of Covington, WA; grandsons Patrick McCutchon and his wife Bev of Aurora, CO, Michael McCutchon and wife Jeanne Evans, of Lacoste, TX, great-grandchildren Connor McCutchon, of Aurora, CO, Brian McCutchon of Lacoste, TX; sister, Catherine Abbot of Princeton, Texas,  nieces, Cathy Abbott, of Princeton, TX, and Barbara Brantly and her husband R.M., of Irving; and several other nieces and nephews.Graveside services will be held Tuesday, 10AM, May 10, 2011 at Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas. Family to receive friends and family, Monday 6PM-8PM at Browns’ Memorial Funeral Home.


William Cooper, of Irving, passed away April 29, 2011.  He was born October 9, 1935 in Johntown, Texas.  Survivors include his wife Annie Cooper; daughters Linda Seargeant, and Anita Clark; grandchildren Will Seargeant, Kelly Clark, and Jennifer Seargeant, great grandchildren Zane Seargeant, and Asher Seargeant; and sister Imogene. Memorial services will be held at 6 PM Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Will Seargeant officiating.     


Betty Lou McDonald Voirin, of Irving since 1954, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011.  She was born March 25, 1931 in Carrollton.  Betty Lou loved the Dallas Cowboys.  She was preceded in death by her parents George Elmer “Jake” and Nora Angelina Keener McDonald, and is survived by her husband Glen R. Voirin of Irving; son Michael Glen Voirin and wife Betty Johnson of Irving; daughter Michelle Lynn Voirin and husband Larry Caffey of Waco; grandchildren Christopher Michael Voirin of Irving, Rebecca “Becca” Christine Voirin of Bedford, and Madison Riley Caffey of Waco; brother Billy Paul McDonald of Gainesville; and sisters Georgia Mae “Joy” Hood of Lewisville, and Sarah Ellen Harwell of Seattle, Washington.  Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, May 2, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 3-5 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Patsy Ann Miller, of Euless, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011.  She was born April 2, 1930 in Del Rio, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her husband Garland Miller in 2010, and is survived by her son Clint Miller and wife Anita of San Antonio; daughter Lee Ann Perry and husband Hal of Mansfield; son Rusty Miller and wife Melinda of Euless; daughter Lisa Jan Crane and husband Charles of Euless; grandchildren Alicia Williamson and husband Lt. Tim, USN, Mark Miller and wife Meghan, Justin Perry, Tyler Perry, Jeff Miller and wife Courtney, Cliff Miller, Harley Crane, and Chloe Crane; great grandchildren Mark Garrett Williamson, Luke Williamson, and Caroline Grace Williamson, and soon to be born Oliver Miller; and twin brothers Lloyd Pirtle and Floyd Pirtle.  Funeral services will be held at 5 PM Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Mr. Mark Roberts officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 9 AM Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 7-9 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Evelyn T. Clifton, lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011.  She was born January 20, 1929 in Bessemer, Pennsylvania.  After completing Bessemer High School in 1947, Clifton enrolled in Slippery Rock State Teachers College. Balancing a schedule between home and school, she earned a Masters in Education degree in Elementary School Supervision from North Texas State University in 1966. Later she completed graduate work and obtained administrative certification. Following college graduation, she began teaching first grade in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1951.  In 1954, she began teaching second grade at Schulze Elementary School in Irving ISD.  She also taught first grade for 10 years at Barton Elementary School.  In 1970, Clifton was one of the first kindergarten teachers in Irving ISD teaching at Schulze.  She completed her classroom teaching experience in 1975 at John Haley Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher.  From 1975-1986 Clifton served as an elementary consultant for the Irving ISD.  When she became principal at Brandenburg Elementary School in 1986, Clifton was able to concentrate on providing the best instructional program possible for the students at Brandenburg.  During her time at Brandenburg, she implemented, with the assistance of her staff, a bilingual program at the school.  She retired from the Irving ISD in 1994 with 37 dedicated years of service plus five years out of state experience for a total of 42 years in the field of education.  Today she is actively involved in the community and in various organizations.  The Evelyn T. Clifton Early Childhood School in Irving is named in her honor.  During her childhood, there was never any doubt in Clifton’s mind that she wanted to be a classroom teacher. At an early age she became interested in “playing school” and being the teacher’s helper. Survivors include her daughter Donna Thurman and husband Dean of The Colony; son Clif Clifton and wife Patti of Coppell; grandsons Brian Robinson and Craig Clifton; granddaughters Britney Hamilton and husband Kyle, and Jennie Clifton; and great grandson Grant Hamilton.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, May 2, 2011 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving.  Burial will follow at 3:30 PM at Restlawn Memorial Park in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Communities & Services Foundation at Grace Presbyterian Village, 550 Ann Arbor Ave., Dallas, TX 75216.


Russell “Rusty” Vinzant, of Irving, for 45 years, and previously from Wichita Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011.  He was born January 11, 1921 in Groesbeck, Texas.  He was a US Navy Veteran.  He was the owner of Shady Grove Feed Store in Irving for 37 years, having retired in 2007.  Rusty was an avid fisherman and deer hunter and trained bird dogs.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Johnny, Evert, and Paul; and sister Loraine, and is survived by his wife Earlene Vinzant of Irving; son Tim Vinzant of Irving; daughter Lindy Vinzant of Dallas; son Jeramy Bostick of Irving; son David Vinzant of Dallas; brother James Vinzant; sister Glenda Williams; grandchildren Mirinda Pruiett, and Rebecca Vinzant; and great grandchildren Emily Pruiett, and Austin Pruiett.  Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, May 2, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.


Benny Jay Conn, of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011.  He was born August 8, 1964 in Falfurrias, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his brother Roy Conn, III, “Toy”, and is survived by parents Roy and Linda Conn of Dallas; sisters Reinna Wikoff and husband Steve of Dallas; Elma Delagarza of Corpus Christi; and Paula Chambers of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five aunts and uncles; and six nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 Pm Friday at the funeral home.


James T. Mizell, of Irving, for 50 years, and formerly of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011.  He was born April 4, 1932 in Dallas.  He worked for National Sheet Metal in Dallas for 25 years and retired as Vice-President in 1994.  James was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Assoc. and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  At the age of 48, he obtained his private pilot’s license.  He enjoyed traveling with family and friends.   Preceded in death by his parents James Thomas, Sr. and Bessie Holland Mizell, survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Betty Mizell; son Rick Mizell and wife Sue; daughter Beverly McMullin and husband Doug; 1 grandson; 5 granddaughters; 2 great grandchildren; and sister Jerri Moser.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, April 29, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Keith Sanders officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:30 PM at Granbury City Cemetery in Granbury.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.   Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.


Lucy Ann Woeber, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  She was born February 13, 1930 in Marshall, Texas.  She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, and loved by all who crossed her path.  Lucy served as coordinator of the Dallas Council of Camp Fire Girls throughout the childhood of her 4 daughters.  She gave her time and talent to St. Luke’s Catholic Church, serving as head of the Eucharistic Ministry, President of the Legion of Mary, and Wedding Coordinator for many, many years.  She is survived by her husband James W. Woeber, Sr.; children Jimmy Woeber and wife Jodi, Ann Nix, Cathy Kolker and husband Mike, Lynn Muras and husband Andrew, and Laurie Linderman; grandchildren David Nix, Elizabeth Nix, Paul Kolker, Maresa Kolker, Matthew Kolker, Kevin Kolker, Theresa Muras, Kelsea Linderman, Kristen Linderman, and Tyler Linderman; sisters Charlotte Smith, and Linda Gough; and numerous cousins.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving.  Burial will follow at 1:45 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7 PM.      


Maudine Booth, of Washington, Missouri, previously of Irving, passed away  on April 17, 2011.  She was born January 17, 1917 to Ocie Cobb and Ida Grimes Cobb of Wood County, Texas. She was a practical nurse in a doctor’s private practice.  She was preceded in death by husband, Jesse Booth in 1998 and is survived by her son Ron Booth and wife Sylvia of Lake Sherwood, Missouri; grandchildren Monica McFarland of Irving; Jennifer Kaul and husband Tim of Wichita, Kansas; great-grandchildren Kayla Kaul; Ainslee McFarland and Delaney Kaul; and sister Darlene Kerwin of Dallas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday April 21, 2011 at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, April 22, 2011 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jody Nichols officiating.  Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.


Floyd A. Hanson, of Irving, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011.  He was born February 3, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Texas during high school.  Floyd served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and attended East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science (Economics) Degree.  He worked as an Insurance Broker for Employer’s Insurance of Texas, and Swett & Crawford for over 50 years, and still worked as a consultant for AmWINS Brokerage of Texas.  He was an active member of the Irving Jaycess and a dedicated member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for over 50 years.  He volunteered for Baylor Hospital driving the Senior Van on Fridays and volunteered in many ways through his church.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, LaWanda Hanson, and survived by his daughters Holly Hanson of Irving, and Laurie Roberts and husband Bill of Frisco; brother Roger Hanson and wife Delores of Pennison; sister Shirley Menasco of Kemp; and grandchildren Dawn Dippel and Matthew Dippel, both of Spring, and Jacob Roberts of Frisco.  The family will receive friends 6-9 PM Thursday, April 28, 2011 at their residence.  Memorial services will be held at 10 AM Friday, April 29, 2011 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving with Dr. William E. LaBarr and Rev. Dana Norton officiating.  Memorial Donations may be made to PPUMC/Music Ministry, 1615 W. Airport Frwy., Irving, TX 75062. 


Betty Jo Aston, of Irving, passed away April 17, 2011. She was born on February 26, 1934 in Ennis, Texas. She was a member of Oak View Baptist of Irving. Preceded in death by her brothers Claude Davis, Hugh Davis, Randall Davis, and Henry Davis, and sisters Kathryn Foster, and Emma Mae Brown, she is survived by her husband Randell W. Aston of Irving; daughter Gayle Averitt and husband Rusty of Irving; grandson Michael W. Averitt of Dallas; brother Ronald Davis of Dallas and sister Jean McBroom of California and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Oak View Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gerlach and Rev. Wallace Philpot officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Betty Eileen Stinson, of Irving, passed away April 15, 2011. She was born August 21, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan to Walter Ford Hamilton and Margaret Dolly Gary.  Betty worked as a Data Entry Supervisor for Chevrolet, a Division of General Motors. She is survived by her husband John T.  Stinson; children Mark Stinson, David Stinson and Patti Koym; grandchildren CPL Michael Stinson and wife Sgt. Renee Stinson, PFC Joshua Stinson, Tiffany Stinson, Tommy Frank, Adam Stinson, Roger Stinson, Melissa Yupit, Tracy Stinson, Ryan Koym, and Megan Koym; great grandchildren Jessika Stinson, Jazmyn Hicks and Jordin Hicks. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel followed by burial in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Martin E. McMahon, of Irving, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011.  He was born December 15, 1933 in Bronx, New York.  He retired from General Electric in 1992.  Preceded in death by his son Kevin, survivors include his wife Barbara; children Sean, Brian, Christopher, and Mary Beth; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother Vincent; and sisters Julia Hannah, and Frances Buchholz.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving with Rev. Msgr. Jerome Duesman as officiant.  Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday at Brown’s Memorial Chapel followed by a  Rosary at 7 PM.


Ruth I. Carter Briggs, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, departed this life on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 to be with her Lord and Savior.  She was born April 21, 1929 in Lucas County, Iowa.  Ruth loved to listen to music.  She is preceded in death by her parents Rex and Mary Briggs, brothers Earnest and Rex Briggs, sisters Donna Briggs, and Yvonne Rutledge.  Ruth is survived by her husband Robert Carter, daughter Helen Marshall; sons Cliff Briggs, Kenny Hibbets, Larry Hibbets, and Mike Justice; sisters Louise Parker, Waunita Jones, and Colene Reynolds; brother Gene Briggs; 22 grandchildren; and 35 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 3-5 PM Monday, April 18, 2011 at the funeral home.


Mildred B. Brandon, an Irving resident since 1945, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011.  She was born February 13, 1923 in Colorado City, Texas.  She was an electrician for Collins Radio in Rockwall International for 35 years, retiring on August 17, 1988.  Mildred was a 25 year member of the Irving Chapter AA Compass Group.  Preceded in death by her husband Marvin Brandon, parents James Jefferson and Lovie Elizabeth Nichols Barlow, brother James “Sonny” Barlow, survivors include her son Ernest Brandon of Irving; grandsons Joey Brandon, and Aaron Brandon; sister Lynn Campagna of Irving; nephews Jeb Barlow of Oklahoma, and Jeff Weaver and wife Lyn of Irving; nieces Karen Miller of North Richland Hills, and Kathy DeBussman of Lake Whitney; and grandniece Mary Weaver of Irving.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, April 15, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Forreston Cemetery in Forreston, Texas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Gayle Rainbolt, of Carrollton, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011.  She was born December 9, 1937 in Dallas.  Survivors include her sons Rusty Rainbolt and wife Janice of Frisco, and David Wayne Rainbolt of Commerce; daughters Dede Dozier of The Colony, and Delisa Britt and husband Paul of Paris, Texas; brother Fred Palmer and wife Mary of Carrollton; grandchildren Alicia Christensen and husband Adam, Samantha, Preston John, Jeffrey, and Matthew Rainbolt, Brandon Wayne Rainbolt and wife Kaylin, Christi, Joe, and Preston Dozier, Ryan, Kyle, and Reid Britt; and great grandchildren Tyler Christensen, and Payton Rainbolt.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  


James Edward Rose was born October 13, 1950 in Elkins, W. Virginia.  He passed away April 11, 2011 in Irving, where he was resident since 1955.  He joined the Marine Corp. in 1968 at the age of 17 and served in the Vietnam War, receiving 11 Medals of Honor.  He is preceded in death by his parents John and Helen Pettit Rose.  He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda; son James Edward Rose, Jr.; grandson James Edward Rose, III; sisters Jeanette Burgess and husband Mike, and Helen Johnston and husband David; brothers Johnny Rose and wife Brenda, and Bill Gray and wife Lynn; brothers-in-law Donnie Martin and wife Donna, and David Edmiston and wife Christy; nephews James Flowers, Kenny Edmiston, George Rose, Sam Rose, Nathan Riley, William Mosley, and Eric Gray; and nieces Angela Mosley, Kristin Edmiston, Jordan Tedder, Taylor Tedder, Sara Gray, Stephanie Martin, Sonya Martin, and Rachelle Salle.  Graveside services will be held at 11:15 AM Thursday, April 14, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas with Deacon Ron Morgan officiating.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. 


Amber Dawn Williams Etzell, of Austin, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.  She was born October 21, 1963 in Houston.  She is survived by her mother Pat Parker of Irving; brother Damon Parker of Taylor, Texas; sister Luressa Parker Smith of Austin; niece Megan Young; and nephews Preston Young, and Haden Smith.  Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jody Nichols officiating.


Frances Marie Hudson, of Dallas, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011.  She was born August 30, 1924 in Myrtle, Mississippi.  Survivors include her husband Kelly Hudson; daughter Mary Williams, 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and brother Bobby Joe Kiddy.  Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Christian Center Church, 13505 Josey Ln., in Farmers Branch with Rev. Weldon Burchett officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. 


Betty Jane “Queenie” Davis, of Irving, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.  She was born August 19, 1932 in Longdale, Virginia.  She enjoyed volunteering at the People That Care Center.  Preceded in death by her husband Roy Henry Davis, Jr., survivors include her daughter Carol Davis of Irving; son Roy Henry Davis of Irving; brother Cecil Puckett and wife Margaret of Virginia, and Allan Puckett and wife Frieda of Virginia; sister Laura Brooks of Virginia; and brother-in-law Tanny Lee Davis and wife Irma of Connecticut.  Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Chaplain Bill Cox officiating.


Sharon Marie Donahue, of Irving, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011.  She was born September 28, 1956 in Ohio.  She married her husband Tom Donahue 30 years ago in Ohio.  Sharon worked for Neiman-Marcus for 15 years.  Her parents William and Helen Marie Benn Gabrowski preceded her in death.  She loved her family and grandkids very much and is survived by her husband Tom; daughter Kelly Donahue and children Nya, Nathan, Nicholas, and Neleha; son Billy Donahue and children Seth, Anthony, Will, and Cara; brother James Sapio; and sisters Rita Knight, Virginia McGee, and Patricia Lewis.  The family will receive friends 2:30-5 PM Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  The funeral services will follow at 5 PM.  Private graveside services will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. 


Orville Ray Davis, of Irving, passed away on April 8, 2011. He was born July 11,1928 in Old Glory, TX to Pearl Davis and Nora Ellen Wood.  Orville was an engineer in the construction industry and was a member of Operators Local 714. He served as President of the Dallas Water Ski Club, President of the Irving Bow Hunters, and President of the Sportsman's Archery Club in Addison.  He was a good bow and gun hunter, fisherman, and loved the outdoors.  He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, John Ann Davis; sons Larry Dean Davis and wife Beverly, and William Ray Davis and wife Amy A. Smith-Davis; daughter Rebecca Ann Long and husband Randy; grandchildren Jeffery Long, Dena Bell, Jonathan Davis, and Lauren Andrino; five great grandchildren; brothers Raymond Davis and A. J. Davis and numerous nieces and nephews.  A graveside service is planned at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens for Tuesday, April 12, 2011. His son, Reverend Larry Davis, will be officiating.  The family will receive friends Monday evening, April 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


James Randall Galloway, of Coppell, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  He was born January 11, 1943 in Houston.  He attended UT Austin and studied Pharmacology.  James married his wife Kathy on June 30, 1978 and they lived in Arlington, Virginia, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Coppell.  They were members of Church of the Apostles in Coppell.  He is survived by his wife Kathy Galloway; daughter Elizabeth Ann Wood and husband Chris; son Randall Lee Galloway and wife Regina; son James Ryan Galloway and wife Erinn; daughter Kathryn Marie Galloway; son Scott Clark Galloway; grandchildren Christian, Cameron, Collin, and Hannah; brothers Butch Galloway, and Lane Galloway and wife Colleen; sister-in-law Suzanne Schade and husband Jim; and brother-in-law Richard Martin Ornburn.  The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Church Of the Apostles, Music Department, 322 South MacArthur Blvd, Coppell, Texas 75019.


Irena (Kusinskis) Racinskas, of Coppell, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011.  She was born April 1, 1922 in Lithuania.  She is survived by her sons Dr. John Racinskas, and Rick Racinskas; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.  She will lie in state 2-4 PM Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the funeral home.  Irena will be buried at St. John’s Lithuanian Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Alys Marie Key, of Barry, Texas, and formerly of Grand Prairie, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011.  She was born June 18, 1914 in Toledo, Ohio.  Alys and her husband Robert were the founders of the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Dallas in the 1940’s.  She attended Northside Assembly Church in Corsicana.  Preceded in death by her husband Robert Key, daughter Patricia Ingram, and great grandson Brandon Bamburg, survivors include her daughter Marie Bamburg and husband Arvie of Barry; and grandson Robert Bamburg and wife Amy of Barry.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Sowers Cemetery in Irving. 


Chaz Greene, of Bedford, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 2, 2011.  He was born March 4, 1979 in Bedford.  Chaz enjoyed a career in restaurant management and was excitingly working towards the opening of a new venture.  He is preceded in death by his sister Melanie Greene and brother Kenny Greene and survived by his wife Avril Greene; son Aidan Christian Greene; parents Vicki Lorraine and Kenneth Case, William Clark Greene, and Carol and Tom Paonessa; sisters Amberly Nicole Case, and Sean Greene; grandmother Lawayne Green; nieces Amanda Paige Hendricks, and Madeleine Greene; nephews Zachary Taylor Bustillos, and B.B. Greene; and brother-in-law Chris Paonessa and wife Roscell, and their children, Brandon, Meranda, and Melanie.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


James Edward Richards, James Edward Richards, an Irving resident since 1957, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011.  He was born January 12, 1921 in Mt. Pleasant. He retired from the US Air Forceent since 1957, passed away Friday, April 2011.  He was born January 21, 1921 in Mt. Pleasant.   where he obtained Rank as M/SGT. James taught Auto Mechanics at Nimitz High School and retired in 1989 after over 20 years’ service. He was a member of Irving Masonic Lodge #1218, A.F. & A.M. and Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Dallas. Survivors include his wife Beverly Richards of Irving, son Marc Richards and wife LeiLane of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter Linda Nearn of Irving; and grandsons Kennethchards of Irving, son Marc Richards and wife LeiLane of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter Linda Nearne of Irving; and gra Nearn of Irving, Brad Edward Richards of Atlanta, Georgia, and Gregory Allen Richards of Tampa, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.y Allen Richards of Tampa, Florida.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Brown'


Grace J. Dickey, of Bedford for 15 years, and previously of Palestine, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011.  He was born April 11, 1921 in Palestine.  She loved the Lord and was a true Prayer Warrior.  Preceded in death by her husband Wayne Maurice Dickey, she is survived by her daughter Sylvia Harr Caudle and husband Harold; grandson David Wayne Harr and wife Allyson; new great grandson Thomas Patric Harr; and 2 nieces.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine.      


Helen Hardee, longtime resident of Irving, and dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011.  She was born December 12, 1923 in Greenville.  She was a member of Village Baptist Church of Irving for many years.   Helen made local commercials and loved to play Bridge.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 24 years and former Mayor of Irving, C.B. Hardee,  granddaughter Teresa Hackett, and daughter-in-law Sondra Hackett.  Survivors include her children Charles Hardee, Jr., Sandra Martin, Steve Hardee, and Gene Hackett; grandchildren Adam Martin, Allison Hendrick, Tamera Maxey, Kelly Alford, Emily Richards, and Andrea Hardee; and 9 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, April 4, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Private Entombment will follow the services.  Visitation will be held at 5-8 PM Saturday at the funeral home.


Rosie Baty, of Irving, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011.  She was born June 26, 1922 in Gillette, Texas.  She is survived by her husband Floyd R. Baty; children Floyd R. Baty, Jr. and wife Irina, and Mary Irene Van Alstine; grandchildren Simon Ray Baty, Paul Ray Baty, Andrey Saparov, and Jacob Michael Van Alstine; and sister Frances Adamez.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving.  Burial will follow at 1:15 PM at DFW National Cemetery.  A rosary will be held at 7 PM Sunday at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. 


Hazel Warne Morris, of Irving, and previously of Lamesa, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011.  She was born June 14, 1920 in Municipality of Murwillumbah, Australia.  She retired as a Librarian for Dawson County Public Library in 1980.  Hazel was a Lifetime Member of Disciples of Christ and a member of First Christian Church.  She was a member of Lamesa Women’s Club and enjoyed reading, cooking, walking, knitting and needlework.  Survivors include her daughters Lesley Morris Meyer and husband B.J. of Irving, and Margaret Morris Greenleaf, also of Irving; grandchildren Trey Greenleaf of Rockwall, Lesley Greenleaf Brenner and husband Ryan of Mayhill, New Mexico, and Lauren Meyer of Irving; great grandchildren Collin D. Brenner and Cooper F. Brenner, both of Mayhill; and sister-in-law Edith Warne of Dicki Beach, Queensland, Australia.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at First Christian Church, 210 E. 6th St. in Irving.  Burial will follow at 12:30 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.  


Stan Flippin, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011.  He was born March 31, 1943 in Enid, Oklahoma.  He was an Airforce veteran.  Stan was the Educational Director for Independent Electrical Contractors-Dallas for 18 years, as well as a teacher, retiring in May, 2010.  He was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of Irving Elks Lodge #2334.  Preceded in death by his parents Paul and Neva Chesney Flippin, and brothers Rusty and Joe Flippin, survivors include his wife of 42 years, Joyce Flippin; daughter Kristi Boyett and husband Tony; mother-in-law Jerry Corry; and stepdad-in-law Kenneth Corry.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM Monday, April 4, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at 11:30 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Assoc.-Dallas Office, 4425 W. Airport Frwy., Ste. 130, Irving, TX 75062, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356, or Irving Elks Lodge #2334, 2015 N. Britain Rd., Irving, TX 75061.


Damacio “Pancho” Martinez, of Irving since 1967, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011.  He was born November 11, 1932 in Poth, Texas.  He worked for Bankston Nissan in Irving for 33 years.  Pancho loved to fish and play Bingo.  Preceded in death by his wife Magdalena Martinez and daughter Anna Anita Martinez, survivors include his sons Damacio Martinez, Jr., Abraham Martinez and wife Valerie, Frank Martinez and wife Cassie, and Job Mario Martinez; daughters Magdalena Martinez, and Mary Martinez-Vanegas and husband Grant; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor George Martinez officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 12-8 PM Friday, 10 AM-8 PM Saturday, 1-4 PM Sunday, and 10 AM-8 PM Monday.   Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Foundation-Dallas Office, 4425 W. Airport Frwy, Ste. 130, Irving, TX 75062.


Russell Edwin Baggeson, of Irving went to be with the Lord on March 29th, 2011 at the age of 92.  He was born in Hinsdale, IL on February 15, 1919 and moved to Irving in 1958.  Russ proudly served as an Automotive Mechanic in WWII under General Patton in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received three overseas service bars, an American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, with four Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct medal and a WWII Victory Medal. Russ retired from Burgess Industries after a lifetime career of 43 years of service; was a brilliant acoustical design engineer and has several patents. He enjoyed painting, bowling, music, and dancing; along with trains and boats. Always the inventor, Russ was curious about how things worked, how to improve, and he could fix anything. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth G. and also wife of nine years, Bette Z.  Russell is survived by his daughter Sharyn Joy Baggeson Kerns and son-in-law Terry Madison Kerns of Canton, Georgia.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service is planned for Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Dovie K. Huckabay, an Irving resident since 1946, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011.  She was born January 22, 1926 in Emory, Texas.  Dovie played a vital part in getting the City of Irving to build Irving Community Hospital.  She saw the need to have  the hospital and went door to door asking for donations to get the hospital built in the early 1960’s.  She was a member of First Baptist Church and Irving Book Review and a volunteer at Baylor Medical Center for over 25 years.  She retired from Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in 1999 after working there for 20 years, where she also served on the Board of Directors.  Dovie is preceded in death by her husband Joe Kenneth Huckabay and survived by her son Justin Edward Huckabay of Louisiana; daughter Kathy Jo Huckabay Brown and husband Doug of Carrollton; grandchildren Kevin Hoelting of Lake Jackson, Texas, Kelly Hoelting of Southlake, Kari Sanders of Killeen, Ron Wallace of Addison, and Ken Wallace of Lindale; step-grandson Michael Brown of Okinawa, Japan; 17 great grandchildren; and sister Vernie Craven and husband Hershell of Kilgore.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. John Durham officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060. 


Charles A. Rozell, 86, of Irving, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011.  He was born October 10, 1924 in Dallas.  Charles served in the Marine Corp. during World War II during the Southeastern Conflict.  He was a graduate of Texas A&M and part of the Engineering Corp. there.  He was President of the Parks & Recreation Dept. in Irving for 4 years as well as the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for 2 years.  Charles was the owner of Industrial Arts & Design for many years until it was purchased by General Devices, Inc. in the mid 70’s where he continued as the Southwest Regional manager until his retirement in the late 80’s.  He and his wife Fayrene were avid dancers, enjoying their years of dancing together and were members of a local Ballroom & Square Dancing Assoc.  He is survived by his wife Fayrene Rozell; children Patricia Keen-Kendrick and Brent Rozell; brother Norman Rozell; sisters Beth Gates, Dorothy Schmidt, and Elaine Williams; granddaughter Heather Rutter; great granddaughters Lauren Rutter and Shane Rutter; and a host of many more family members and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church Sanctuary, 1714 N. Story Rd. in Irving with Rev. Ken Branam officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  


Anthony “Tony” Neil Kuhn was born June 28, 1961 in Maidstone, Kent, England and died March 18, 2011 in the Tonto Mountains in Arizona while hiking. According to officials he was well equipped for the ascent up the mountain. It appeared he fell and could not get up, therefore died of hypothermia. Tony owned and operated Tony’s Auto at 400 East Irving Blvd, Irving for 25 years. He left behind a son, Christopher Neil Kuhn of Keller, TX and a stepson, Steven Bennett also of Keller; father Robert Neil Kuhn and wife Joan of Oshkosh, WI; mother Jean Kuhn of Plano, formerly of Irving; sister Dorothy Kuhn of Argyle, and children Stefan and Simone; brother Michael J. Kuhn of Paris; sister Linda Kuhn Williamson and husband Michael of Garland and children Anna and Luke; aunt and uncle Gary and Marilee Kuhn of Pflugerville; cousins Chandler Kuhn of FL. and Jennifer Kuhn Hubert and husband Pierre and their sons Owen and Ben. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Alicia Thompson-Summers officiating.


Lydia Mott Webster of Irving passed away March 22, 2011 in Irving. She was born on November 11, 1923 in Bristow, Oklahoma. She is preceded in death by husband Leonard Webster. She is survived by sons Calvin Webster and wife Diane; James Webster; daughters Jan Reznicek and husband Charlie; Marcie Pierce and husband Matt; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and sister Nina Bonner; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Jody Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery Cemetery in Dallas. The family request memorial donations to The Susan G. Komen for the Cure at P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX  75265-0309.


Harry H. White, Jr., longtime resident of Irving, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011.  He was born November 2, 1928 in Dallas.  He was a veteran of the US Army and also the US Navy.  Harry was the owner of White’s Construction Company and White Realty Company for many years.  He is survived by his wife Marie White of Irving; son Phillip White and wife Angela of Justin; daughter Phyllis Farish of Irving; and grandchildren Trae White, Stephanie Farish, Garrett White, Brady White, and Aaron Strain.  Inurnment Services will be held at 10:15 AM Thursday, March 24, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas with Rev. Ron Kurt officiating.


Lowassa “Doris” Rush, of Irving, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011. She was born April 14, 1936 in Tokio, Texas to parents Robert and Hattie Wauson. She is survived by her husband, Rufus Rush, son John and wife, Marie of Round Rock, TX. ; daughter Linda Gayle Bryant of Albuquerque, NM. ; daughter Carol Jane Dodson and husband Les of Flower Mound;  daughter Joyce Kay Lowe and husband Edwin of Cushing, OK.; daughter, Alice Maria Samsky and husband Greg, of Denton, TX;  Nine grandchildren, four great -grandchildren. Sister, Ita Grigsby of Lubbock, Texas. She was a member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church, and International Mission Friends. Graveside services will be held Monday, March 21, 2011, 1:00 PM, at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving. Visitation will be Sunday March 20, 2011, from 2 PM to 4 PM, at Browns Memorial Funeral Home.


Mary Dean “NaNa” “Mom” Canady Redding, of Mexia, Texas, and previously of Irving, ean Redding, of Mexia, Tpassed away Thursday, March 17, 2011.  She was born December 20, 1933 in Wortham, Texas.  She enjoyed crocheting and latch hooking and being with her kids and family.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Canady, son Jerry Dean Canady, brothers Billy Cole and Bobby Cole, sister Edna Cole Lane, great granddaughter Chloe Robinson, and several nephews and cousins.  Survivors include her husband Larry Redding of Mexia; son David Canady and wife Kim of Ennis; daughters Vicki Turnbow and husband Craig of Wortham, Terri Conrad of Irving, and Susan Smith and husband Kip of Paradise; grandsons Eric McQuade and wife Christina of Waco, David Robinson of Irving, Matt Robinson of Teague, Daniel Robinson of Irving, Cole Canady of Huntsville, Zachary Smith of College Station, Jacob Smith of Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico, granddaughters Laura Hammer and husband Charlie of Techuacana, Kayce Canady of  Bryan, and Sarah Canady and Amanda Canady, both of Ennis, and Juilanna Smith, of Paradise; great grandsons Gage McQuade, of Saginaw, and Toby Robinson of Keller, great granddaughter Gabby McQuade, of Waco; brother Clovis Cole of Krotz Springs, Louisiana; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, March 21, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jody Nichols officiating.   Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  Open visitation will be held 1-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Mamie LaFontain Medina of Irving passed away March 12, 2011. She is survived by husband Robert Medina; children Melinda Sampson and husband Michael; Carmen Medina; grandchildren Jessica; Meagan and Dillion Sampson and Catherine Medina; great-grandchildren Presley Beck; sister Diane Gonzalez; and brothers Duane and Devon Baptiste.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home in Marietta, Oklahoma with interment to follow at McAlister Cemetery in Overbrook, Oklahoma.


James Edwin Williams passed from this world on March 3, 2011 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born March 10, 1935 in Millersview, Texas to Olen and Jimmie McNeely Williams. James was an electrical technician and a fireman for 10 years.  He was a loving, kind man who will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife Pat of Grand Prairie; three daughters, Kathy Bouldin of Abilene; Lisa Sorrells and husband of Maryneal; Tricia Sutton and husband of Kingsland; and son Tony Williams and wife of Grand Prairie; 5 grandchildren; two sisters Rosemary Wheeler; of Medford, Oregon and Leeann Dillman of Oregon, Wisconsin. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2001 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital.


Pascuala Pauline Castro, a resident of Irving since 1962, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011.  She was born May 17, 1923 in Fredericksburg, Texas.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and making tortillas for her family.  Pascuala was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Preceded in death by her husband Benny Castro, daughter Ida Laurenzana, and 5 brothers and 4 sisters, survivors include her daughter Helen Morales and husband Amadieo of Irving, and Eliria Gallegos and husband Tom of  Rio Rancho, New Mexico; sister Maria Torrez of Lampasas; grandchildren Amadieo Morales, III and Jennifer of Rockwall, Michelle McAdams and husband Aaron of Keller, Carlos Morales and  Rachel of Dallas, Vanessa Dodson and husband Clif of Portland, Oregon, and Maria Miller and husband Blake of Dallas; great grandchildren Taite and Tristan Dodson, Marshall and Isabella McAdams, and Jacob and Alexander Morales; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Prayer Service will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Graveside Services following at 2 PM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.    


Lawana Williams Buckner, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011.  She was born July 28, 1937 in Texas.  She married Robert “Buddy” Buckner on October 11, 1954 in Levelland, Texas.  He precedes her in death.  Survivors include her brothers Clifford Ray Williams of East Flat Rock, North Carolina, and Vernon Don Williams of Jacksonville, Florida;   nephews Vernon Williams, Jr., and Dwayne Burton Williams, and niece Candace Ray Strongsky.  Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Levelland Cemetery, in Levelland.


Ann M. McDonald, of Irving died on March 4, 2011.  She was born March 6, 1937 in Milford, Massachusetts to George Moore and Catherine Naughton.  She worked for the Zales Corporation as a data entry clerk.  Ann is survived by her husband, J. D. McDonald; daughters Debbie Taylor of Irving, Donna Fowler of Chandler, Arizona, Marcia LaRue of Waxahachie, and Jeni Marie Roberts of New York; son Scott McDonald of Lewisville, brother Jim Moore of Irving; sister Beverly Alba of Mesquite, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  A graveside service and inurnment is planned for Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10:15 A. M. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, with Dr. James Hennessey officiating.


David Reynolds, Jr. of Irving, passed away Monday, March 7, 2011.  He was born September 15, 1933 in Waterproof, Louisiana.  He was preceded in death by his parents David, Sr. and Clara Anderson Reynolds, brother Solomon Smith, and sister Delsey Donald.  Survivors include his wife Doris Reynolds; sons Sheldon Reynolds, Rodney Reynolds, and Eric Reynolds; 10 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.  Inurnment services will be held at a later date at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.


Edward Joseph Yuzbick, an Irving, TX resident since August 1966, was deceased Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 5:15 a. m. at the Dallas VA North Texas Health Care System. He was born August 7, 1936 in Lubbock, TX.  He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1955.  He served in the US Navy as a Radarman from July 23, 1957 to July 22, 1963.  He married Margaret Joan Andrews on January 15, 1964.  He was a member of First Baptist Church Irving since 1972. He retired from Earthgrains Company as a Merchandiser on September 1, 1999.    He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Yuzbick, in 1963; by his dad, Ollie Salem Yuzbick, in 1972; by his siblings Joseph Francis Yuzbick in 1924; Mary Adell Henderson in 1996;  Raymond James Yuzbick in 1998; and Norma Jean Stallings in 1999.  He is survived by wife, M. Joan Yuzbick of Irving; daughter Mary Ann McMahon and spouse Curren and their sons Dane Curren and Chase Edward of Carrollton, TX; son Lance Ellis and spouse Heather and son Hayden Edward of Corinth, TX; son Edward Joshua of Plano and fiancé Lorena Jimenez of Dallas, TX; brother Roy William Yuzbick and spouse Lillie of Albuquerque, NM; sisters-in-law Peggy Marie Hicks of Denton, TX; Wanda Sue and CSM (Ret.) Gary Brazil of Lubbock; brother-in-law Fred Thomas Andrews of Denton.  Nephews and nieces include Rev. Jimell Badry and spouse Carolyn of Forney, TX; Farris Badry and spouse Pat of Oklahoma City, OK; Deborah Ann Chandler and son Bobby James Payne of Corpus Christi, TX; Ronald Edward Stallings and spouse Viola and son Samuel James of Corpus Christi, TX; Clark Oneal Brazil and spouse Sandy of Castroville, TX and their daughters, Amanda Sue and Farrah, and Malila O’Neal and spouse Skyler and children Aiden and Natalie of Wahiawa, HI; Chad Lynn Brazil and spouse Stacy of Waxahachie, TX and children Amber Bell and spouse Coray of Nebraska City, NE and Jason Griffin of Bryant, AK; Carrie Denise Brazil and children Ashley Brianne Brazil and Justin Campbell Owen of Lubbock; Christopher Andrew Hicks and spouse Trish and children Katelin and Drew of Denton; Vernon Lee Hicks and spouse Cara and children Declan, Caleb, Avelinn and Brennan of New Braunfels, TX; Benjamin Levi Hicks and spouse Brande and children Jacob and Jacquelyn of Middletown, RI.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at First Baptist Church, 403 South Main, Irving with Rev. John Durham and Rev. Bill Ehrke officiating.  Pallbearers are Ronald Edward Stallings, Yuzbick nephew; Clark Oneal Brazil,  Andrews nephew; Chad Lynn Brazil,  Andrews nephew; Christopher Andrew Hicks, Andrews nephew; Vernon Lee Hicks, Andrews nephew; Andrew Samuel Hudgens, Yuzbick family friend.Interment will follow at 2:30 p. m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX.


Everd Cormier passed away March 4, 2011, in Irving, TX. He was born on September 18, 1916 in Ged, LA to Jacques and Evelyna Cormier.  He was a veteran of World War II and was in the Air Force. He worked for American Airlines until he retired in 1980 as a Flight Engineer. He is survived by his wife Christine, his son Everd Max of Irving; his brother, Earl Cormier of Bridge City, TX; 1 great-grandchild, Tristan David Vinson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Funeral Services will be 2 PM Monday, March 7, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home and interment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

 


Rev. Kevin D. Colbert, of Irving, passed away Friday, March 4, 2011.  He was born June 21, 1988 in Dallas.  Survivors include his mother, Margaret Hamilton; sisters Stephanie Anlasha Colbert and Karen Nacole Colbert, both of Irving; grandparents Freeland and Mary Colbert and Will and Maple Hamilton, all of Oklahoma; and niece Gianna Nacole Colbert.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday, March 11, 2011at Greater New Hope Church in Dallas.  Funeral services will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 12th at Reaper Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at Leader Cemetery in Pontotoc County. 


Mary Kathryn Lively Clyatt, of Irving, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Friday, March 4, 2011. She fought a long, courageous fight against COPD.  She was born in Irving on January 15, 1923 to Leo L. and Mary Fields Lively. Her family was early settlers, dating back to the 1850’s. Her great-grandfather built the first school, her mother was Irving’s first music teacher.  She was an excellent student and a cheerleader at Irving High with 50 in her class. She continued her education at the University of Texas. She married the love of her life, Bill Clyatt, November 8, 1943 and had recently celebrated their 67 anniversary.  She then devoted herself to her husband and their three daughters.  Kathryn was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Irving and was proud that five generations of her family were members. She was a founding member of the Irving Woman’s Club, a charter member of PEO chapter DV and the Heritage Society.  She belonged to many bridge clubs and played for over 50 years in a couples duplicate club. They were faithful supporters of the Dallas and Irving Symphonies.  They took wonderful trips with the FUMC Travel Club, traveling by train over the Canadian Rockies, visiting London, Ireland, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and more. They loved spending time at their second home in Woodland Park, CO, at the bottom of Pikes Peak Mountain.  She was sassy, sweet, and had a great sense of humor. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and was well known for her beautiful letters that she sent faithfully. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who loved and was loved and remembered by many.  Survivors include her husband Bill Clyatt of Irving, daughters Kathie Rankin and husband Dan of Post, Texas, Nancy Smith and husband Hans of Irving, and Cindy Wiley of Irving; grandchildren Bill Rankin, Molly Jordan, Kelsie Jordan, Nic Wiley, Shane Wiley, Brian Smith, and Rhonda Smith; 5 great grandchildren; aunt Charlene Fields; and numerous cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at First United Methodist Church Sanctuary.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday, March 7, 2011 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060 or to a charity of one’s choice.  We would like to extend a very special thanks to our dear daughter and sister, Nancy Smith, for her love, devotion and care that made Mom’s last year’s more comfortable. 


Ruby Juanita Reynolds Erwin Reed was born November 13, 1923 in Wapanucka, OK, and passed away on March 1, 2011 in Irving.  She grew up in the Iowa Park, Wichita Falls area of Texas.  She married William Crawford Erwin at age 16.  They had 11 children.  They moved back to the Irving area and lived until 1970, then returned to Wichita Falls where William Crawford died in 1972.  Ruby Juanita moved back to Irving to be close to her children.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Adaline Powell and Robert Jackson Reynolds; brothers Ardith J. and Patrick M. Reynolds, and sister Mary Ruth Reynolds; children Robert Lee and Marvin E. Erwin; and husband Elmer Reed.  She is survived by sons William, Larry, Ricky and Glenn Erwin; daughters Barbara Shaffer, Shirl Turpin and Bonnie Erwin; and numerous grandchildren.  A private ceremony was held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Emery E. Smith of Irving passed away March 1, 2011. He was born on June 22, 1918 in Centerville, Iowa. He worked as a Tool & Die Maker in the Aerospace industry and was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. serving from 1943 to 1945 in the South Pacific. He is survived by son Dana Smith; daughter Charlotte Hough; and sister Mildred Gladfeller. A memorial service will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 1:00 P.M.


William “Billy” Riley of Irving passed away March 1, 2011. He was a resident of Irving for 58 years. He was born on February 4, 1932 in Mesquite Texas. He worked for The Irving Police Department as a school crossing guard at Grauwyler and Britain for 13 years. He is survived by wife of 58 years Estelle Riley of Irving; daughter Debra Kimberlin and husband Glen of Irving; Sons Waylon Riley; Clifton Riley, and Philip Riley all of Irving and son James Riley of Eastland, Texas; grandchildren Preston, Stacie, Wesley, Amanda and Ronnie and 11 great-grandchildren. Sisters Maydene Hanes of Lubbock; Betty Johnson of Farmersville and Barbara Burkes of Lampassas and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3rd at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Peter Weiss, Sr., 64, of Irving passed away February 22, 2011 in Grapevine, TX.  He was born January 15, 1947 in Indiana, PA.  He graduated from Marion Center High School in Clymer, PA in 1965, with the proud achievement of only missing one day out of twelve years of school.  Later he joined the Marine Corps on September 15, 1966 and served in the military conflict of the Viet Nam War. Pete fought along side of his brother who later was killed in action. Pete felt it was his duty to escort his brother and brother in arms home to their parents.  He was honorably discharged in June 1968 to Philadelphia N. B. PA.  He is preceded in death by his parents C. Oren and Wilda Ann Weiss; brothers Frank and Jim Weiss; sister Sharon Truitt.  He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Brenda Weiss of Irving; son Peter Weiss, Jr.; daughters Rachel Weiss of Irving and Kirsha Mitchell of PA; step-daughter Lisa Gayarski; stepson Terry Kerry of Fort Worth; sisters Barbara Lipise and husband Tom, Betty Dalton and husband John, and Connie Alexander and husband Jed, and Debbie Coffman and husband Joe; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 3304 Herring Avenue, Irving, 75061 officiated by Dr. Dan Jackson.  Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM (Lane C). Friends may visit on Tuesday, from 11:00 to 11:30 AM prior to burial at the funeral home.  Donations may be made to:  Dignity Foundation, 1100 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013, Attn: Sue for Peter Weiss, Sr.


Grady Birdwell, of Irving, passed away February 23, 2011 in Irving. He was born on May 22, 1924 in Lamesa, Texas.  He graduated from Ceres High School, Ceres, CA in 1941 and later joined the Army Air Force in February of 1943, serving with the 1347th Army Air Force Base Unit in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  He attended Union College in TN.  He went to work for the Texas Department of Safety in 1951 as a state trooper, retiring August 1982.  He is preceded in death by his parents Demus and Dillena Birdwell; daughter Patti Rollins; and brothers Lester and Jack Birdwell. He is survived by wife of 64 years, Nell Birdwell of Irving; daughter Lynda Johnson and husband Bill of New Jersey and Hawaii; sons Jimmy Birdwell and wife Sandra of Irving, and Johnny Birdwell of Irving; son-in-law Ron Rollins of Sanger; brothers Sam Birdwell and wife Jean; Tom Birdwell and wife Lynelle; and Dan Birdwell; sister Jayne Willis and husband Byron; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and expecting 1  great-grandchild soon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday February 25, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 28, 2011 at Oak Haven United Methodist Church with Rev. John Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  Family requests memorial donations to The Memorial Fund @ Oak Haven United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Irving Heights, Irving, TX  75060.


Jean Ann Gardner, of Irving, beloved friend and family member, passed away at her home on February 16, 2011.  She was born on September 17, 1956 at the Air Force Base in Pampanga, Philippines.  As a child, she traveled the world with her family who were both employed by the Air Force.  After graduating from high school in South Carolina, she eventually moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and created a life for herself.  She was a very outgoing person.  She loved to cook, always trying new recipes and going to restaurants to try new dishes.  She enjoyed bowling in several leagues throughout her life including a travel league.  She loved to play bingo and try her luck on the lottery.  She also found time to crochet blankets and doilies for family and friends.  Jean was a receptionist in the Night Clinic at the Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving since 1998.  She worked at Parker Chiropractic College and a few years ago became a certified pharmacy technician working at Pharmacy Plus in Irving and Coppell and Walgreens in Irving.  She was an animal lover, doting on her cats and dogs with constant love and attention, always spoiling them with treats.  She was a great friend who loved life and never met a stranger.  She will always be remembered by her constant smile and loving nature and will be deeply missed by her friends and co-workers.   Jean was preceded in death by her mother, Silveria Villarta Canale of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1996 and her father Albino Louis Canale of Arlington, Texas, in 2002.  She is survived by her aunt Nancy Laprade of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; uncles Ronald Canale of Arizona, and Richard Canale of Tennessee; great uncle Alfred Canale and wife Rita of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; great aunt Sarah Santandrea of Massachusetts, step-mother Lilo; step-sister Tanya, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She will be cremated and Memorial Services will be held at 6 PM Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving, 3rd Floor Conference Room.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Irving Animal Care Campus, 440 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.   


Catherine Liguori, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away at her home in Irving on Feb. 17, 2011, after a brief illness. “Catty,” as she was known to her family, was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York, to Martin and Christina Rafferty. She grew up in Brooklyn, on the same block as her future husband and constant companion of 63 years, Vinny. During WWII, Catty was an enthusiastic volunteer in the war effort, frequently visiting injured soldiers in hospitals and writing letters to family members on their behalf. After the war, she married Vinny and they raised two children, Ken and Chris, before retiring to Texas in 1978. In Irving, they made many wonderful friends and were active in numerous senior functions. Catty was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed having family and friends in her home. A selfless individual, she was happiest when she could serve others. In her later years, Catty took great joy in spending time with her granddaughters. Even until the end, she was always young at heart, with a mischievous attitude. She will be greatly missed. Catty is survived by her devoted husband, Vinny; her son, Ken, and daughter, Chris, and their spouses, Natalya and Al; three granddaughters, Emily, Claire, and Ana; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved greatly. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Marguerite, Margie, and Rose, and brothers Jimmy and Marty. Visitation will be at Ben Brown Funeral Home in Irving from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Rite of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving, followed by burial at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.


Billy Ray Cross, 70, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011, after a valiant battle with brain cancer that lasted almost two years.  Bill was born February 3, 1941 in Quanah, Texas to Velviebelle Holland Cross and John David Cross.  He attended Quanah schools.  He retired after 33 years of service with the United States Postal Service.  He enjoyed gardening, grilling, his dog Bubba, and spending time with loved ones.  He loved the Dallas Cowboys!  He loved cars.  Bill had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh with friends and family.  He was honest, kind, and gentle.  He did volunteer work at Harris Methodist Hospital Fitness Center and Handley United Methodist Church.  Bill battled his illness with dignity, grace and courage.  He was always hopeful and optimistic.  A special thank you to the Webb family for their love and support during his last illness.  Preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Bobby Cross, and his second wife of 32 years, LaVerne Webb Cross, survivors include his wife Anita Flinn Cross; daughter Laura Cross, step-daughters Denice Bocock, and Danielle Ammeter; step-grandson Jeremy Evans; sisters Freida Kelly, and Joy Taylor; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a host of friends.  Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Monday, February 21, 2011 at Handley United Methodist Church, 2929 Forrest Ave. in Fort Worth.  The family will receive friends 9-10:30 AM prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Legacy Brain Foundation, 1325 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 690, Fort Worth, TX 76104www.legacybrainfoundation.org, National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Ste. 3H, Watertown, MA 02472-2500 www.braintumor.org, or to a charity of your choice. 


Lillian Cummings Wright, of Irving passed away Sunday, February 13, 2011.  She was born September 25, 1914 in Hartford, Kentucky.  She was born in the church in Kentucky and a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle.  She lived in Gary, Indiana for over 30 years.  Preceded in death by her parents, and husband Chester Wright, survivors include her sons Pal T. Wright and wife Beverly Wright, and Glen Wright; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held at 11:15 AM Friday, February 18, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  Memorial donations may be made at Ohio County Senior Services, 2320 Hwy. 69 N., Hartford, KY 43247.  


Doyle Everett Tipping, of Irving, for 52 years, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  He was born December 7, 1929 in Raleigh, Texas.  He served in the US Army from 1948-1953.  He worked for Airmec, Inc. for 10 years until retirement in 1993.  Doyle was a member of Oakview Baptist Church since 1999.  Preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, 2 brothers, and 1 granddaughter, survivors include his wife Betty Tipping, whom he married on Christmas Eve, 1952, in Blytheville, Arkansas, children, Earnest Doyle Tipping and wife Vivian, Deborah Kaye Phillips and husband Glen, Janice Faye Seydel and husband Steve, and son Coy Earl Tipping and wife Lori; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and siblings Dorothy Fletcher, Donald Tipping, and Shirley Brown.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, February 18, 2011 at Oakview Baptist Church in Irving with Dr. Jim Gerlach and Rev. Ken Kurtz officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.       


Mary Jo Sinclair, After a distinguished career, years of devoted volunteer service, and the raising of five rambunctious kids under challenging conditions while traveling about as a military wife,   peacefully passed away and became heaven’s newest angel on February 14, 2011.  Mary Jo was born July 29, 1930, in Grand Prairie, to C.C. and Exie Waggoner. She attended Irving schools, graduating from Irving High School.  Mary Jo married Robert Sinclair in June 1948.  They  moved to Port Hueneme, California, where Bob was stationed in the U.S. Navy.  Their first daughter was born there in October 1949.  The military kept them on the move for the next 20 years, during which time they had four more children:  A daughter born in Greenville, South Carolina; a son born in El Paso, Texas; a son born in Denver, Colorado; and a daughter born in Seville, Spain.  Living accommodations in these far-flung places varied from half a Quonset Hut, to hotel rooms, to basement motel apartments, to military single family housing.  Mary Jo rose to the occasion time after time, to meet the needs of her young children in the family’s nomadic and sometimes downright crazy life.  Mary Jo was too full of energy and purpose to stop at being a wife and mom.  She was also employed outside the home, working her way up the ladder and achieving great success in everything she tackled.  Her hard work and continuing self-education ultimately resulted in her commencing work for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Board before DFW Airport opened.  Her skills, work ethic and continued outstanding performance led to her appointment as Director of Purchasing for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Board, the position from which she retired in 1995.  Mary Jo did not go quietly into retirement.  Freed from paid employment, she tackled full-time volunteer work with a passion, devoting countless hours to service at Baylor Hospital in Irving, AARP senior services, patient needs and assistance at Pioneer Nursing Home in Irving,  and her church, First Baptist Church of Irving.  She was also a generous financial contributor to charity and her church.  Most of all, she was a selfless, giving and loving mom to her kids and a friend to all she encountered.  Mary Jo is survived by her children, Linda Sinclair, Peggy Sinclair, Tom Sinclair, Brian Sinclair and Sharon Page; her grandchildren, Michelle Fitzgerald, Jennifer Sinclair, Melanie Sinclair and Adrienne Sinclair; her great-grandchildren, Maddy Fitzgerald, Emma Fitz-gerald, Marissa Sinclair, Lilly Sinclair and Dylan Sinclair; and her brother, Craig Waggoner, and sisters,  Gwen Simpson and Tommie Sue Mayfield.  At Mary Jo’s request, her life will be celebrated with a graveside service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 East Irving Boulevard, Irving, Texas.  The service will be held on February 16, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, Mary Jo asked that upon her passing, donations be made to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or the SPCA of Texas.  Mom:  We love you and miss you.  Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


William (Bill) Tarver, a resident of Irving for over 60 years passed away peacefully at his home after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.  Born December 4, 1947, he was the son of TB and Myrtle Tarver.  He married the love of his life, Connie, in 1968.  Bill was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army’s 1st Infantry and was awarded both a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He worked for Minyard Food Stores for 37 years.  Bill was an avid motorsports fan and participant in both dirt track and drag racing for over 50 years.  A most wonderful hero, husband, father, brother and friend; he will be greatly missed.  Bill is survived by his wife Connie, brother Joe and wife Eloise of Irving; sons BJ and wife Melissa of Flower Mound, Scott and wife April of Euless, grandsons Zach, Jacob, and Skylar. Funeral services are planned for Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM in Temple Baptist Church in Flower Mound. Reverend Bob Farrell and Dr. Richard Wallace will officiate. A committal service with military honors will follow at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home.


Jack Sloan Rolf was born in 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a descendant of American colonists and pioneer Dallas County settlers.  From the age of 8, he was raised in the Texas Panhandle, graduating from Clarendon High School in 1941. Following graduation, Jack joined the United States Marine Corps, and served 32 months in the Pacific during WWII.  He became a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve in 1950.  After his tour of duty with the Marine Corp, Jack went to college at SMU in Dallas.   Following graduation from SMU in 1949, he became a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and was an organizer for the Dallas Press Club. He was its first membership chairman, and a member of the first nominating committee.  He was active in the public affairs of the Texas oil and gas industry for 34 ½ years.  Retiring in 1985 from Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, he was Director of Operations of the Oil Information Committee, which carried out the organized public affairs program of the industry in Texas from 1962-1985.  Jack was a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, Navy League of the United States, and the National Rifle Association.  Jack was married to the love of his life, Wanda, for 62 years. Together they raised three daughters. The oldest, Laurie Neill, married Col. John Michael Neill, USAF retired, and they live in Florida. The middle daughter, Justice Lana Myers married David Myers, and they live in Coppell. The youngest daughter, Virginia, (also known as Ginny), married Dr. A. Jay Burns, and they live in Dallas.  Jack leaves behind four grandchildren: Sean Neill and his wife Joni, who live in Florida; Jennifer Davis Sobon and her husband Rob, who live in England; Hunter Burns, who lives in Dallas; and Molly Burns who is finishing her medical degree in San Antonio.  Jack’s great-grandchildren are Jackson B. Davis and Austin John Neill.  Jack died at the age of 86, having lived a full and wonderful life. His legacy lives on through his family, his friends, and through the memories we made together.  Committal services with Military Honors to be held at 9:15 AM Monday, February 21, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery followed by Memorial Services at 11 AM at Brown's Memorial Chapel, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethel Methodist Church, P.O. Box 93537, Southlake, TX 76092. 


Myrtle E. Shepherd Klokau, of Irving, passed away Sunday, February 13, 2011. She was born November 3, 1921 in Denton. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husbands J. W. Shepherd and Albert M. Klokau; her parents Otis and Sally Smith; and eleven brothers and sisters. Survivors include her son Jerry A. Shepherd and wife Sheila; grandson James Shepherd; and sisters Laura Catherine Smith, and Jeanette Walters. The family wants to give special thanks to Alice and Bobby Cobb for their loving kindness. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Harold Wayne Gatlin, a resident of Irving for 42 years, passed away February 7, 2011. He was born December 30, 1935 to Edgar Webster Gatlin and Mary Lee Smith Gatlin in Crawford, TX. He worked as a locksmith at Irving Community Hospital and retired in 1993. Harold was an active member of Grace Pointe Church in Irving. He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Keith Gatlin; his sister Mary Sorrells; and a brother Glenn Gatlin. He is survived by his wife Kay Gatlin of Irving; daughter Karen Gatlin of Fayetteville, AR; son Ken Gatlin and wife Darla of Fayetteville, AR; Grandchildren Aimee and husband Jason, Jennifer and husband Joey, Krystal and husband Jeremell, Nicki and husband Demeon, and Kyle and wife Lexi; Great Grandchildren Jay, Jayden, Alyssa, Payton, Kyrstyn, Brayden and Jaxon; brothers Charles and wife Nell of DeSoto, TX, Ed and wife Bobbie of Krum, TX, Travis and wife Emma of Duncanville, TX; a sister Beverly Belvin of DeSoto, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service is planned for Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Grace Pointe Church in Irving. Reverend Patrick Wooten will officiate.  Interment will be Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM, at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving. The family requests memorials to Grace Pointe Church Benevolence Fund, 208 South Story Road, Irving, TX 75060.


Janice Kennedy, of Irving, died February 3, 2011.  She was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Anthony and Katherine (Burgett) Comito on May 2, 1937.  She had worked as an Administrative Assistant for twenty years at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas and was a member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving.  Survivors include her son Alan Keith Kennedy and his wife Terri, of Irving, daughter Kristin Ann Drost and her husband Tom, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and son William Shermann Kennedy and his wife Kathi, of Euless; grandchildren Trevor Kennedy and Audrey Kennedy; and sisters Virginia Snow, Tennessee, Barbara Pennington, of Iowa and Katherine Ames, of Nevada.  Memorial services are to be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Mike Thompson officiating.


B.T. Cannon, of Lubbock, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011.  He was born November 3, 1928 in Chillicothe, Texas.   He had spent many years living in Irving and only recently moved back to Lubbock.   He was recently self-employed as Cannon Courier Service for many of the tractor trailer dealerships after many years as a mechanic.  He enjoyed mechanics as a hobby as well.  He is preceded in death by his wife Ivy May Cannon.  He is survived by his children, son Jimmie Cannon and wife Pat of Lubbock, son Wayne Cannon and wife Sherri of Forney, daughter Karen Kinder and husband David of Irving, and daughter Sharen Cannon of Lubbock.  He has 6 grandchildren Craig Kinder and wife Angie, Jimmy Dale Cannon and wife Sarah, Tiffany Koob, Shawn Cannon, Jeff Kinder and wife Antoinette, and Craig D Kinder and wife Lana.  B.T. had 6 great grandchildren, Tyler, Braden, Cheyenne, Logan, Brayden, Brooke, and Jase.  Surviving siblings are Homer, Cecil, Jean and Velma.  Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 10-11 AM prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.


Garland G. Tackett, of Irving, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011.  He was born April 3, 1927 in Purcell, Oklahoma.  Preceded in death by his wife Reta Tackett, survivors include his daughter Glenda Judkins and husband Mike of Irving; sons Larry Tackett and wife Jean of Katy, and Gary Tackett and wife Kathy of Keller; sisters Ruby England and husband Lonnie of Richardson, Rosemond Cross and Marie Lemons, both of Wylie, and Betty Atkins and husband Don of Lone Oak; brothers Truman Tackett of Wylie, and David Tackett and wife Shannon of Murphy; and 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, whom he greatly loved.  Rosary services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, February 26, 2011 with Funeral services to held at conclusion.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, 861 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine, TX 76051.


Gayla Shough, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  She was born September 19, 1921 in McLouth, Kansas.  Gayla worked for Avon as a District Manager for 30 years and retired in 1986.  Survivors include her son Jerry L. Jackson and wife Trudy of Irving; brother Paul Moses and wife Joyce of Boise City, Oklahoma; granddaughters Tamara Petrino and husband Paul of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Cynthia Peterson and husband Gary of Orinda, California; and grandsons Brian Jackson of Dallas, Jerry V. Jackson of Irving, and Taylor Jackson and wife Crystal of Sachse, Texas; and 9 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 1 PM Thursday, February 10, 2011, at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Taylor Jackson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.      


Sandra Pierce, of Fort Worth, passed away Sunday, January 30, 2011.  She was born October 6, 1947 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  She is survived by her sister Linda Kester and husband Earl; aunt Wilma Fletcher; and nieces and nephews M. Keith McWilliams, Billy Kester, Cindy Nix, Mary Kester, and Richard Fletcher.  Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving with Chaplain Joel Watson officiating.


Serenity Taylor Reyes went back home Sunday, January 16, 2011.  She was born the same day.  She is survived by her mother Margaret Contreras; father Urbano Reyes; sisters Valerie Contreras and Sara Contreras; and brother Gaberial Contreras.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Friday, January 28, 2011 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. 


Jerry Mahan, of Irving, and previously of Ponder, passed away January 24, 2011.  He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on November 25, 1924  to Dearyes Fulmore Mahan and Minerva Josephine Thomas.  Jerry served in the Marines as an aircraft and auto mechanic, and later became the owner of Jerry’s Automotive from which he retired.  He is survived by his wife Georgia; children Gerald E. Mahan, Michael T. Mahan, Dickie D. Mahan, Sharon R. Boyd, Patricia M. Allen, Jackie Jaco, Tim McDaniel and Glen McDaniel; grandchildren Michael R. Allen, Timothy E. Wall, Tammy R. Wall, Christina Sawvell, Cady Alaredo, Wendy Mahan, Traci Mahan, Alicia Mahan, Chris Taylor, Sean Ingram, Tray McDaniel and Angela Blackmore; brother Delton “Junior” Mahan; and sister Billie Ogal.  A funeral service is planned for Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Mr. Mark Roberts officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Interment will be at DFW National Cemetery on a date to be determined.


Beatrice “Bea” Browning, of Marysville, KS, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011.  She was born December 9, 1910 in Albuquerque, NM.  Bea lived most of her life in Dallas.  She was blessed with the gift of joy which she shared with everyone around her.  Her warm and giving spirit touched many through her volunteerism in her community.  She was a strong, independent woman, knowledgeable of the surrounding world because of her love for travel and current affairs.  She was the heart, pillar, and protector of the family and will be missed by all of us.  She is preceded in death by two husbands, Thomas Canafax and Boyd Browning; and son Thomas D. Canafax.  She is survived by daughter Carol Phillips and husband Lonnie, of Marysville; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Services will be at 3’oclock Wednesday, January 26th, at the Abbey Chapel at Restland Memorial Park. 


Elizabeth “Lillian” Diaz, of Dallas, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2011.  She was born December 22, 1920 in New York.  She is survived by her daughters Charolette D’Angelo and husband Mario of Dallas, and Maria Elena Boza and husband Al of Cooper City, Florida; son Ralph Diaz, II and wife Cheryl of Blue Ridge, Georgia; sisters Evelyn Dickinson of Leesburg, Florida, and Barbara Reedy of Monroe, Washington; brother Richard Shewak and wife Barbara of The Villages, Florida; grandchildren Lisa Bulloch and husband Mark of Plano, Leeann Mansker and husband Jimmy of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Christina Boza of Charleston, South Carolina, Samantha Welch and husband Jason of Boynton Beach, Florida, Andrew Diaz of Blue Ridge, and Katie Thornton and husband Eliot of Atlanta, Georgia; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Joseph Diaz of Hollywood, Florida.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Chaftain Memorial Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Georgia.    


Alyne Herron Meads, of Tyler, died January 22, 2011.  She was born on March 5, 1927 in Aquila, Texas to parents Cliff and Hulda Jay Minnix Lowery.  She worked in Customer Service at Texas Commerce Bank.  She was preceded in death by husbands Mordis G. Herron and Charles H. Meads, and is survived by her son Jerrell Herron and wife Debbie; granddaughter Taylor Herron Fretoloso; and brother Charles Ray Lowry.  Funeral services to occur at 2 PM Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM Monday. 


Altoona Sparkman, Jr. was born May 8, 1924 in Malden, Missouri to A.P. and Minnie Mae Sparkman and left this earth on January 20, 2011 to be with his Lord while surrounded by family and friends.  He had a quick wit and good sense of humor.  He was survived by Gloria and Ken Kopilec and Billy and Margie Reed.  Elizabeth Reed, granddaughter, who will always remember him as her “Aggie Papa”.   “Al”, as we knew him, touched many lives and souls with his presence on earth.  He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.  He was a life member of the Sam R. Hamilton Masonic Lodge #1031, and Kansas Lions Club.  He was also a  member and usher at Calvary Church of Irving, and veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate, First Class.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and was employed with the Pet milk company for over thirty years where he retired.  He is survived by his many friends, nephews and nieces.  We want to thank the doctors, nurses, and aides at Northgate Plaza Senior Care Center and Season’s Hospice for their heart warm care and assistance. 


Harold Wayne “Boogie” Johnston, of Stillwell, Oklahoma, and only recently residing in Irving, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011.  He was born June 4, 1938 in Stillwell, Oklahoma.  He was retired from the US Air Force and was a Life Member of the DAV Bluebonnet #20.  He was a Life Member of VFW Post 7674 FL and also an American Legion member.  He is survived by his wife Susan Johnston of Irving; children Amber Sebastian and family of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Michael Johnston and family of San Antonio, and daughter Melissa Elders and family of Allen; step-children Terry Long of Irving, Deanna Long and family of Springdale, Arkansas, and Patricia Caviness and family of Westville, Oklahoma; dearest sister Wanda Thomas and family of Stillwell, brother Leon Gowen of Alexandria, Louisiana; a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and dear friends and classmates that Harold cherished over the years.  Inurnment services with Full Military Honors will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.         


Alice Gunter Ranft, of Midlothian since 1965, and formerly of Irving, passed away Friday, January 21, 2011.  She was born May 21, 1927 in Perry, Arkansas.  In her youth, she loved to skate.  Alice was crazy about the Dallas Cowboys, loved to fish when she had the time, and enjoyed sewing.  Her favorite saying was “Pretty Good”.  She was preceded in death by her parents James Thomas and Lula Baker Gunter, 1 brother and 7 sisters.  Survivors include her husband of 58 years Sidney Ranft, Jr.; son Ronald David Ranft and wife Nora; grandchildren David Wayne Ranft and wife Bonnie, Mary Katherine Ranft and husband Roy Sample, and James Alan Ranft and wife Misty; 8 great grandchildren; sisters Lula Gee and Bea Sain; and nieces Sharon Block and Glenda Hash.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, January 24, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 10 AM Monday until time of service. 


Reggie Jeyarajah, of Irving, and previously of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011.  He was born July 18, 1928 in Jaffna.  He is survived by his wife Felicia Jeyarajah of Irving; daughter Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent and husband Mark of London, UK, and sons Arjun Jeyarajah and wife Jennifer of London, and Rohan Jeyarajah and wife Shemara of Coppell.  Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Church of the Apostles in Coppell with Fr. Tim Cherry officiating.  The family will receive friends 7-9 PM Friday at the funeral home.


James Nicholas (Nick) Mabry, 75, of Irving, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at Northgate Plaza in Irving after a lengthy illness.  Born in Bardwell, Kentucky, on September 14, 1935, Nick was truly one-of-a-kind.  Most of his career was in sales, working the last 20 years in car sales before retiring in 2000.  After retirement he enjoyed working in the yard, traveling and watching his favorite team, the Texas Rangers, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family to whom he was so devoted and he dearly loved.  He was also a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, Irving as well as the Pathfinders Sunday School Class and the Wednesday Work Crew.  He was preceded in death by his loving parents and mother and father in-law.  Nick is survived by loving friends and family including his devoted wife of 53 years, Norma Chambers Mabry; three daughters, Debbie Okle and her husband Dennis of Irving, Vicki Witt and her husband Mark of Haslet, and Alissa Mabry of Irving; brother-in-law and wife, Wayne & Sandy Chambers of Mansfield and their children; his Kentucky cousins who were more like brothers & sisters, Nell, Onie, Jean, Jane and Lee and his dearest childhood friend, Phillip.  Nick delighted in his 5 grandchildren for whom he was most grateful and proud and they lovingly called Papa. They are Niki and Lindsay Okle of Irving and Jared, Hunter and Makenzie Witt of Haslet and one great-grandchild, Emerson Witt of Haslet. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers at Northgate Plaza as well as the aides and nurses from Hospice Compassus.  Nick was known for his great sense of humor which he maintained even during the most difficult times at the end. He did not enter a room without humor in his wake. He touched the lives of so many. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 4-8pm at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX.  A private graveside service will be held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate his life at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third, Irving, TX 75060. The family requests memorials go to the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church, Irving.


John Hambrock, of Bedford for 9 ½ years, and previously from Rochester, New York, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011.  He was born April 26, 1944 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.  He served in the US Army in the Exhibit Unit from 1962-1966.  John was self-employed in Small International Business for 25 years and his passion was collecting automobile literature.  He is survived by his wife Denise Hambrock of Bedford; daughters Jena Christine Hambrock of Lewisville, and Shelley Ann Fuller of Plano; sisters June Akeo of Pueblo, Colorado, and Laurie Riber and husband Thomas of Ft. Pierce, Florida; brother Thomas Hambrock and wife Jeanette of Manchester, Tennessee; grandson Christian Hambrock; and granddaughter Hailey Fuller.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 22, 2011 with Rev. John Durham officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.   


Evelyn Quiroz, infant, passed away on January 18, 2011 in Irving, TX.  She was born January 14, 2011 in Dallas.  She is survived by  her mother Juanita Quiroz; grandparents Santiago and Blanca Quiroz; aunt Aracely, uncles Santiago, Jr. and Eric; and brother Alex.  A graveside service will be held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM.


Dorothy Ellen Warren, a resident of Irving since 1978, passed away Monday, January 17, 2011.  She was born May 28, 1929 in Owatonna, Minnesota.  She was a 20 year member of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving.   Dorothy enjoyed the internet and also loved to read.  She was a good woman who loved her family.  Preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Ellen Hardis Saxon, and sister Janet, survivors include her husband of almost 32 years, Dennis, and children Terry, Sandra, and Mike.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Grove Hill Memorial Park with Rev. Wallace Philpot officiating.  Visitation will be held 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284.


Petra “Betty” Garza, of Irving, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011.  She was born October 19, 1931 in Dallas.  She was preceded in death by her husband John Garza and is survived by her children Greg Garza, Rachel Mendietta, Mary Ybarra, and John Garza, Jr.; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.  Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 6 PM.


Doris Walsh Killian, 77, of Irving, TX, surrounded by her loved ones, went to be with the Lord on the January 12, 2011.  Doris was born on September 23, 1933 in Texarkana, TX.  She was a loving mother, known as Nana to all.  She was caregiver to not only her own family, but cared for many others in her home as well.  Nana touched our lives and souls.  Her presence in our life is a gift we will always be thankful for.  She is survived by her son Scooter Walsh and wife Barbara, daughter Lisa Walsh Anderson, her grandchildren Scott Walsh, Brad, April, and Ashley Anderson, Brandon and Allison Christian, and her great-grandchildren Paxton, Savannah, and Phoenix Walsh, and Josh and Katelyn Holderby. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  The funeral services will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, TX on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11 AM.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. 


Nola Ruth Scott, of Irving, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2011.  She was born September 14, 1923 in Simpson, Oklahoma.  She was a 50 year member and Sunday School Teacher at Faith Temple Baptist Church in Irving, now Western Heritage Church.  Nola enjoyed embroidering dish towels for people and loved her family with a passion.  She is preceded in death by her parents,  husband Alvie Elgie Scott, 3 sisters, and 1 brother.  Survivors include her daughters Shirley Padgett of Euless,  Barbara Hicks and husband George of Bonham, and Rita Markham of Hurst; sister Ola Faye Higgins of Philadelphia; grandchildren Ronald Padgett, Randall Padgett, Danny Boswell, Dana Taylor, Tina Williams, Greg Gilmour, Tania Vanmeter, Becky Wingo, Russell Hicks, and Jacquie Tracy; 19 great grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday, January 14, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM. Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Assoc., Dallas Office, 4425 W. Airport Frwy, Ste. 130, Dallas, TX 75062. 


Laverne Ira Bynum passed away at this home in Irving on January 10, 2011 surounded by his family and friends.  He was born August 26, 1925 in Henderson, Texas to James Elijah and Mary Kathryn Pool Bynum and attended Henderson schools, graduating from high school in 1942.  He joined the Navy in 1943, where he served aboard the Aircraft Carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He was Honorably Discharged after WWII in 1946.  He attended SMU where he received his degree in 1950.  Thereafter he was employed at Vought Aircraft, working as a design engineer, and retired in 1982 after a 30 year career.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Paula; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Maria Bynum; son and daughter-in-law Peter and Gaye Bynum; 5 grandsons, Matthew, Eric, Nicholas, and Christopher Bynum, and Roel Lopez; and one great granddaughter Madyson Bynum.  Visitation will be held 2-4 PM Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  Committal services with Military Honors will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas at 3:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Kidney Fund or charity of one’s choice.  “He was a unique and valuable man.”


Rev. David R. Brauchler of Euless, formerly of Irving passed away January 8, 2011. He was born on April 2, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by wife of 53 years, Mary E. Brauchler of Euless; daughter Debra Watkins and husband Tim of Tulsa; son David Brauchler II and wife Sherry of Euless; daughter Rhonda Appenzeller and husband Phil of Mesquite; grandchildren Lauren, Nathan, Jordan, Brock, Zack, David III, and Rhett; great-grandchildren Jaxon and MaKenzie; brothers Phillip and Ben Brauchler; and sisters Ilene Karney and Joan Laury.  Rev. Brauchler was a pastor, missionary and evangelist with the Assemblies of God for 55 years. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13th at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bethesda Community Church in Ft. Worth. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Teen Life Challenge at P.O. Box 18174, Dallas, TX  75218.


Aurora “Rory” Irene McPeters was born February 18, 1941 and passed away January 9, 2011 at the age of 69 in Ft. Worth.  She was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and graduated from Villa Maria Academy.  She married James O. McPeters, Jr. in 1961 and moved to Irving, TX.  She was an active member and volunteer at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and School for many years before being diagnosed with MS.  She is preceded in death by her parents Myron and Irene Longeway and survived by her ex-husband and dear friend Jim; her children Renee Stevens and husband Craig, Tommy McPeters and wife Paula, and Joey McPeters; grandchildren Shaun, Shannon, and Dawson McPeters, and Hunter Stevens; brother Tom Longeway and wife Terri; and sister Linda Juelich and husband Tom.  Rory is now at peace with her Heavenly Father.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the funeral home.  A Rosary Vigil will be held at 7 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter, 8111 N. Stadium Dr., Ste. 100, Houston, TX 77054.


Federico Camacho Jr. of Irving, Texas, passed away, Friday, January 7, 2011.  He was born in McQueeney, Texas on November 10, 1943. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elodia Camacho.  He is survived by his sons Robert and Fred Camacho; daughter Frances Camacho.  Brothers Abel, Adan, Samuel; sisters, Naomi Medina, Patricia Quinonez. Grandchildren Manuel, Dustin, and Gabriel. Seven great grandchildren.  Fred lived in Irving, Texas. Funeral services will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home chapel on Monday, January 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the funeral home.


Rebecca Aguero, of Dallas, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2011.  She was born April 11, 1921 in Monkstown, Texas.  She is survived by children Linda Colmenero, Jesse Rodriguez, Johnny Rodriguez, and Esperanza Gonzales; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Southland Memorial Park in Grand Prairie.  The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Friday, January 7, 2011 at the funeral home with a Prayer Service beginning at 7 PM.


Marian Denton, of Grapevine, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2011.  She was born October 7, 1919 in Dallas.  Preceded in death by her husband Alvin Reagan Denton in 2005, survivors include daughters Martha McNutt of Grapevine, Lynda Lane of Brentwood, Tennessee, Janette Fuller of Euless, and Marie Neal of Irving; sister Lynn Hesley of Dallas; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Center Cemetery in Smith County, Texas.  The family will receive friends 9-11 AM Saturday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Tommy W. Adams, of Irving, passed away January 3, 2011.  He was born October 26, 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Tommy was a machinist and a Pro-Mod Drag Racer.  He was well known in the Drag Racing World.  He leaves behind his sister Lynda Adams, his dog Thumper, and many good friends.  Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Friday, January 14, 2011 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church Chapel in Irving with Pastor Bob Harper officiating.  Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Sandra K. Bednar, a resident of Irving since 1978, passed away January 4, 2011.  She was born March 30, 1946 in South Bend, Indiana.  Sandra worked for Mary Kay for 18 years and retired in 2010.  She loved photography, crafty projects, and more than everything, loved being with family.  She was preceded in death by her husband Buford Bednar, and step-son Christopher Bednar, survivors include her daughter Stephanie Danbom; sons Leo Landrum, II and wife Cristy, and Lucius Landrum; step-sons Russell Bednar and wife Nancy, Tony Bednar and wife Megan, and Jessie Bednar and wife Carol Lynn; brothers Stanley Libertowski, and Jerry Dickson and wife Kathy, sister Beverly Dickson; grandchildren Ryan , Tyler, Brendon, Brianna, Arianna, Desarae, April, Tony, Priscilla, Christian, Audrianna, Alexander, Bobby, Breanna, Carmen, Alyssa, Christopher, and Caitlyn; and great grandchildren Camdyn, and Brayten.  Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.