2012 Obituaries

 


Queva Jack Curtis, of Terrell, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012. She was born August 19, 1933 in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She was a member of First Christian Church in Irving for over 40 years prior to joining Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ in Terrell. Queva lived for her family and children. She is preceded in death by her one true love, Zelotus Woodson Curtis, Sr., and brothers James Derwood Leatherwood, Robert Lafayette Leatherwood, and Eldon Merle Leatherwood. She is survived by her children Richard Keith Curtis and wife Pam of Whitesboro, Debra Yvette Renfro and husband Robert of Terrell, Zelotus Woodson Curtis, Jr. and wife Misun of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Lori Ann Cathey and husband Butch of Quinlan, and Stephanie Lane Chandler and husband Darran of Irving; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister Patsy Marsh of Irving; brothers Weldon Earl Leatherwood and wife Evelean of Ector, and Billy Glen Leatherwood and wife Patsy of Bristow, Oklahoma; and 10 granddogs. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, January 7, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Chisholm and Rev. Deborah Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Windsor Care Center, 250 W. British Flying School Blvd., Terrell, TX 75160.

Russell Trifovesti died December 31, 2012, from complications of pneumonia. He was 85 years old. He was born Rosario Trifileti on April 16, 1927, to Frank Trifileti, an Italian immigrant, and Viola Valmont in Clearfield, PA. He was born sickly and baptized at birth for fear he would not survive. He was the middle child of five boys – Tony, Jim, Sam and Frank. At age 2, he was diagnosed with rickets. Through the charity of St. Vincent’s Hospital and her doctors, he received surgery to correct his crippled legs. Although he spent a year in a full body cast, his legs completely recovered and he enjoyed many athletic pursuits throughout his life. His father died of tuberculosis at a young age and his mother, employed as a seamstress, could not support her young sons during the depression. At the age of 5, Russ and his brothers were admitted to St. Joseph’s Home for Children. Russ shared many stories of his antics in the orphanage. He worked odd jobs in his spare time. At age 14, he was returned to his mother, the only child required to purchase his own suit of clothes and bus fare home, as he had money to do so. Russ worked as a bundle boy in the factory where his mother was a seamstress. At age 16, he persuaded his parish priest that a clerical error was made on his baptismal certificate. Armed with a certificate now showing his age at 17, he joined the Army Air Force to serve in World War II. Russ became an Air Force Mechanic and served in a number of locations during his tour. While stationed in Homer, Louisiana, he was part of the Dirigible Unit which patrolled for German U-Boats in the Gulf of Mexico. He was also quarterback and captain of the base football team. After completing his tour, he returned to Clearfield, but soon re-joined the service. He joined the U.S. Navy where he served as company clerk in the Command Offices in Tokyo. He was the Naval Boxing Champion at his station. In Tokyo he began his college education at Sophia University. He also learned to play tennis, a sport which became his lifelong hobby. Russ was one of a handful of people to witness General MacArthur leave his headquarters in Tokyo the day the General was relieved of his command. Returning home, Russ attended college at Loch Haven Teacher’s College, where he was awarded his Bachelor’s Degree in English and History. He graduated 13th in his class having entered with only a 9th grade education. He moved to Houston with his brother Tony to pursue a Law Degree, but soon decided to return to Pennsylvania. On his return trip home, Russ stopped in Dallas, curious to visit a city he might not have the opportunity to visit again. He met and married Thelma Jean Sims, and Dallas became his lifelong home for fifty-nine years. Russ began his career in Dallas as a salesman for American Screen. He later joined Whitlock American, a manufacturer of structural metal framing. At the time of the company’s sale in 1975, he was General Manager. Russ and his wife Jean founded TWA Metals, Inc. in 1975, manufacturing metal drywall trims. In 1977, they founded T-5 Distributors, Inc., one of the first building material distribution companies in DFW. Russ pioneered the use of galvanized metal in the manufacture of drywall trims and invented the beveled edge aluminum paint spray shield. Both product lines remain industry standards today. Russ and Jean later acquired T-6 Manufacturing, a paint tool line to complement their spray shield offering and T-5 Fasteners, a full line nut, bolt and screw distributorship. Over the course of 37 years, Russ and Jean have built a successful business legacy for their children, grandchildren and employees. Russ enjoyed the admiration, respect and friendship of his customers and competitors alike. Russ was a lifelong Catholic, unwavering in his faith. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving and devoted supporter of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Dallas. He was quietly generous to those in need throughout his life. Russ was a devoted husband to his wife, Thelma Jean for 57 years. He was a loving father to his daughters Mary Louise and Trish, and to his son Russell II. He was a devoted father and grandfather to his grandson Christopher Trifovesti, and granddaughter, Samantha Stowell. He was overjoyed at the birth of his great granddaughter Elena Trifovesti. The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church prior to Rosary being said at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church with burial following at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. With his passing, we reflect on his joy for life, his fortitude in work and his steadfast faith. Truly, he has fought the good fight. He has completed the course. He has kept the faith.


Bobbi Davis of Irving, Texas passed away January 2, 2013. She was born on March 21, 1960 in Webster City, Iowa to Ralph and Florence Spicer. She was a loving mother, grandmother and devoted nurse. She always put others before herself. She worked as a licensed practical nurse for 25 years. She was a member of the Woodward, Iowa Jaycees. Preceded in death by her parents and first husband Sammy Kepple she is survived by husband Dale Davis of Brooklyn, Iowa; daughters Melissa Kepple of Irving, Texas; Amber Backes and husband John of Dallas, Texas; granddaughters Epiphany and Anastasia Backes; sister Phyllis Maeder and husband Don of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM Friday January 11, 2013 at Hope Fellowship 1000 W. Crosby, Carrollton, TX. Memorial donations may be made to Refuge City at refuge-city.org.


Velma Ann Lovelace Bunn passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 in Duncanville, Texas. She was a long time resident of Irving, Texas. She retired from Hancock Fabrics, Inc. in the Plymouth Park Shopping in Irving, Texas. She was a member of the Rochelle Road and Plymouth Park Churches of Christ in Irving, Texas. Ann was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of the Bethel Grove #338 Chapter, and the Oakville #265 Chapter in Memphis, Tennessee. Velma Ann was born the daughter of the late James F. Lovelace and Nellie Hurner Lovelace on August 25, 1924 in Thayer, Missouri where she lived until she graduated from Thayer High School in 1942. After graduation, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee to begin her working career. While in Memphis, she met her future husband, Bennie E. Bunn. They were married on his birthday, September 9, 1944 and were married 52 years until his passing in July of 1997. Ann is survived by one brother Robert Lovelace and wife Betty of Rogers, Arkansas; her two sons Benny Lynn Bunn and wife Kay of Irving, Texas, Barry Layne Bunn and wife Anne of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Kendra Renae Bunn of Irving Texas, Jordan Scott Bunn of Arlington, Texas, Mason Layne Bunn of Lewisville, Texas, Tara Lyn Bunn of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Aaron Kyle Bunn and wife Lauren Michelle of Waxahachie, Texas; five great-grandsons, Peyton Christopher, Brayden Layne, Kylan Alexander, Canden Elijah, and Brennin Isaiah, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie E. Bunn; parents, James & Nellie Lovelace; two brothers, James & Billy Joe Lovelace, and one sister, Mildred McCormack. Granny, as she was known to family and friends, was an avid card player, in particular, Canasta. She also enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She was a fine gardener as well as a gifted cook. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Laurenwood Nursing & Rehab facility and the IntegraCare Hospice for their kindness and exceptional care of Granny during her final days. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Irving, with Marvin Poyner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Linda Rae Villarreal, of Dallas, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012. She was born November 24, 1938 in Beaumont, Texas. Linda worked for 40 years as a bookkeeper for Fishburn’s Dry Cleaners, retiring in 1999. She is survived by her children Robert Villarreal and wife Karen of Union, New Jersey, daughter Dorisa Villarreal-Estrada and husband Daniel of Dallas, and Chris Villarreal of Texas; granddaughter Jillian Spaur and husband Steven of Royse City; and great grandson Nicholas Spaur. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Care Fund-570, 8440 Walnut Hill Lane, Ste. 888, Dallas, TX 75231  www.txhealth.org/presbygiving


Anita G. Alaniz, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012. She was born July 25, 1925 in Santa Cruz, Texas. She is preceded in death by her sons Ruben Alaniz, Jr., Jose Rene Alaniz, and Andres Alaniz. Anita is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ruben G. Alaniz of Irving; children Rosalinda Carrasco and husband Hector of Arlington, Irma Crockett and husband Branton of Irving, Roel Roberto Alaniz and wife Cathy of Cedar Hill, Nazario Alaniz and wife Cindy of Royse City, and Richard Alaniz of Irving; 22 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Betty J. Steward, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012. She was born April 20, 1932 in Booneville, Mississippi. She is preceded in death by her husband Loyal "L.B." Steward in 2005, brothers Bob Hodges, Winston Hodges, and sister Hazel Woods. Survivors include her son Donny Steward and wife Vicki of Justin; daughter Linda Larkin and husband Jack of Irving; brother Billy Hodges of Irving; sisters Louise Modlin of Irving; Vivian Tennyson of Burnsville, Mississippi, Frances Smith and husband Jhue of Columbia, South Carolina, and Edith Gullett of Jackson, Mississippi; grandchildren Christopher Loyal Steward and wife Alexa, and Michael Brian Steward and Shelby; great grandchildren Lucas Benny Steward, and Summer Lynn Steward; many nieces and nephews, and other loving family members. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, December 28, 2012 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 Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Curtis E. Jenkins, Sr., of Irving, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012.  He was born August 17, 1933 in Alba, Texas.  He retired from Western Union Telegram Co.  PePa is survived by his wife Anita Jenkins of Irving; children Teresa Whitley and husband Paul of Justin, Curtis Jenkins, Jr. and wife Terry of Carrollton, and Lori Algood and husband Mark of Hico, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters Billie Bryant of Springfield, Missouri, Una Farley of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Mary Lewis of Sherman; and brother Mike Jenkins and wife Janie of Richardson.  Committal services with Military Honors will be held at 10 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.   All attendees must meet 15 minutes prior to service time in the assigned Lane A.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356 www.cancer.org, or Wounded Warrior Project, 12672, Silicon, Ste. 105, San Antonio, TX 78249 www.woundedwarriorproject.org.     All attendees must meet 15 minutes prior to service time in the assigned Lane A.       


Juanita Starnes Toney, of Irving for 70 years, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012. She was born November 16, 1923 in Dallas. Juanita was a riveter for General Dynamics during WWII. She enjoyed sewing and crafts. She is preceded in death by her parents Ernest E. and Ada Mae (Gossett) Starnes, and husband Sherwood "Skeezix" Toney. Survivors include her daughters Karen McKee and husband Ken of Bedford, and Kathy Tamura and husband Robert of Coppell; and grandchildren J. Matthew Baker and wife Kalena, Shelby Tamura, and Cody Tamura. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 9 AM until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of Choice.


Emanuel "Dodge" Chilelli, of Irving for 39 years, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012. He was born June 14, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. He worked for Wisconsin Steel Works as a Stationary Engineer for 33 years before retiring in 1973. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Dodge was a Past Grand Knight of Irving Council #5243. He is preceded in death by his great grandson Matthew Thomas Osburn and is survived by his wife Marie Chilelli of Irving; daughter Janet Osburn and husband Tom of Green Valley, Arizona; grandchildren Kristin Beth and husband Michael of Woodstock, Illinois, and Kerry Osburn and wife Stephanie of Deferiet, New York; and great grandchildren Nathan Osburn, Dalaney Beth, and Ethan Beth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving. 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 beginning at 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Ste. 101, Irving, TX 75060.


Juanita Grace Stevens, 101, of Irving passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Grace was born to Ruth Helen Bates-Blanchard and Jacob Eugene Blanchard in Gainesville, Texas, on July 11, 1911, then moved to Denton, Texas, where she grew up. After receiving a teaching certificate from Denton Women's College and Teachers College, Grace enjoyed a long career teaching children. Grace fell in love with the trees in Irving and moved her children there in 1944. She also had a great love of music and it was part of her life until the very end. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Stevens, son, Billy Wayne Stevens, and beloved sister, Ruby Coker. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Alma Lou Staniford, and children Lois Jackson, Marvin Eugene Stevens, and wife Margie, and John Michael Stevens, and wife Sue; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Grace had a most Godly relationship with Christ Jesus our Savior and led her family in His ways. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Brown's Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Denton. The family will receive friends 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the funeral home.


Khristi C. Bryant, of Irving, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012. She was born January 30, 1971 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Joseph L. "Granddaddy" Copeland, Sr., James R. "Papa" Bryant, Sr., and Paula J. "Big Mama" Thomas. Khristi is survived by her parents James R. Bryant, Jr., and Mary E. Bryant; children Haley A. Harpole, Haven A. Sios, and Ashton B. Sims; grandparents J.H. "Papa" Thomas, and Evelyn L. "Grandma" McGill; sister Kelly M. Bryant; nephew Christopher T. Bryant; and other relatives and friends. Your love will always be in our hearts.  Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 410 N.E. 27th St. in Grand Prairie.


Joyce Flippin, of Irving, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012. She was born September 22, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas. She is preceded in death by her father George Riley, and husband Stanley R. Flippin in 2011. Survivors include her daughter Kristi Boyett and husband Tony of Whitehouse; mother Gerry Corry and her husband Kenneth of Irving; granddaughter Riley Boyett; sister Karen Robertson of Phoenix, Arizona; and nieces and nephews Tim, Tina, and Matthew. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 5:30 – 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.


Concetta Mignogna "Tina" Starnes, passed peacefully with family  by her side in Carrollton, TX December 14th, 2012. Viewing will be held Monday December 17th at Ben F. Brown's Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A Rosary will be held during the viewing starting at 7:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church at 10:00 am with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, TX.  Gathering at Elaine Flournoy’s immediately following. Tina was born in Naples Italy to Raffaele and Concetta Mignogna on January 25, 1928.  She met her husband Wineford Starnes during WWII.  They were married in Italy and she immigrated to the US to join her husband.  She had 5 children. Tina was preceded in death by her husband,  Wineford in April of 1987.  Also preceding her were here daughters Jeanette Starnes in January of 1970 and Anna Nelson Cantrell in January of 1996.Tina is survived by her son Darrell Starnes, his wife Lynne, their 3 children and 6 grandchildren; her other son David Starnes, his wife Anne, their 10 children and 18 grandchildren; her daughter Elaine Flournoy, her husband Doug, their 2 children and one grandchild. She is also survived by 4 children of her daughter Anna Nelson Cantrell.


Ruby Faye Hayden, a life-long resident of Irving, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012. She was born December 5, 1928 in Beckville, Texas. She was a Lifetime Member of PTA and a member of Oakview Baptist Church in Irving. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Claude Hayden, Jr. in 1971 and is survived by her daughters Serena Carol Bales of Irving, Donna Leah Hayden of Irving, and Dawna Lisa Hayden Ragusa and husband Brian of San Ramon, California; brothers Hugh Reginald Plunkett, Darrell Leon Plunkett, and Vicky Lynn Plunkett, all of Carthage; granddaughter Stefany Nicole Bales of Dallas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, December 17, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 PM at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Carthage. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Oakview Baptist Church, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, 1004 S. Story Rd., Irving, TX 75060, or DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Ross Cleveland, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012. He was born October 18, 1931 in Sinton, Texas. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force. Ross had a great fondness for his hometown of Abbott, Texas and had a great love for his country. He enjoyed woodworking and the outdoors. Above all else, Ross enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and also a great friend. He is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Love Cleveland, and brothers Raymond and Richard Cleveland. Survivors include his wife Doris Cleveland of Irving; son Bradley Cleveland and wife Kathy of Irving; daughter Karen Cleveland-Hill of Irving; grandchildren Brooke Turman and husband Oscar of Dallas, Ross Cleveland of Irving, Brandon Klassen of Austin, Tyler Klassen and wife Cristy of College Station, Texas, Alex Cleveland of Irving, and Marcus Hill of Irving; great grandchildren Brennan Turman, and Matthew Klassen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Burial will follow at Bell Springs Cemetery in Bynum, Texas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Methodist Church of Abbott, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1555 Whitney, TX 76692.


Kenneth Ray Teel of Irving, Texas passed away after a long illness Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the age of 81. Kenneth was born in Vernon, Texas on January 13, 1931. He served in the Korean War as a United States Marine and was honorably discharged in 1952. Earlier that year he married Dorinda Louise Cloud. They were married for 60 years and raised 3 children together. Ken enjoyed a successful career as founder and president of American Steel and Aluminum, Inc. in Grand Prairie, TX. When he retired, he and his wife traveled all over the world in their motorhome and shared many wonderful experiences together. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Kenneth was also an active member of the Irving Rotary and a member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church. Survivors include wife Louise Teel of Irving, TX; daughter Patricia Conley and husband Roger of Rockwall, TX; daughter Kathleen Heifrin and husband Roy of Lancaster, TX; son Ken Teel of New Haven, CT and sister Sharon Young of Hugo, OK.; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-children. Family will receive friends Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00-8:00pm at Browns Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, TX. A funeral service is planned for 10:30am on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Irving. Kenneth was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.


Mark Stewart, Sr. passed away peacefully on December 6, 2012 in Irving, TX. Born September 10, 1929, in Waldo Arkansas. He has been a resident of south Irving since 1972. He was preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Ida Stewart and Brother Dan Stewart. He is survived by his loving wife Ruby Stewart of 62 years and amazing son Mark and daughter in law Paulette Stewart of Irving Texas. Also survived by his brothers Kearney Stewart of Cleburne, TX and Dewey Stewart of Texarkana, AR, Sister Dorothy McBride of Texarkana, AR. Grandchildren Casey and Christy Stewart, Mitch and Grace Stewart and great grandchildren Jacob, Sydney, Kaydence, and Abigail Stewart and many nieces and nephews. Stanley enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1946 stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California and was honorably discharged in 1948 as Corporal. Stanley owned and operated his business known as Stan’s Plating in Grand Prairie for 30 years. He later went on to work for Bell Helicopter for 10 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved to play bingo. He was also the Texas Rangers #1 fan. He was the world’s best story teller. But most of all he loved his family. He was very proud of his boys and the men that they grew up to be. Not to forget his little weenie dog Chevy. He will be greatly missed but forever loved.  His funeral service will be 12:30 PM Wednesday at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at 2:15 at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Please meet at Lane B. Visitation will be Tuesday 6 – 8 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Children’s Medical Foundation 2777 Stemmons, Ste. 1452, Dallas, TX 75207-2214


Irma Faye Hebel, of Irving, was born November 22, 1921. Born in Omaha, Texas, she grew up in Plano, Texas. Irma went to be with Jesus and loved ones who went before her on December 7, 2012 at 12:21 AM. She is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence in 2007. Survivors include her children Bob Hennig of Irving, Jim Hennig of Lewisville, and Gayle James and husband Michael of Burleson; grandchildren Sherry Lynne Parham, Bobbie D. Hennig, LeVonna Leigh Hennig, Paul Seabaugh and wife Rebecca, Michael Seabaugh and wife Carmen, Kerri Langford and husband Ashley, and Lacey Williams; 11 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, December 10, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Dr. Dan Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Oakview Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story Rd., Irving, TX 75060.


Betty Jane Broughton, of Dallas, passed peacefully into her Savior’s arms while sleeping on December 5, 2012.  She was born March 6, 1956 in Dallas to Nathaniel and Ann Broughton and grew up in Irving, where she attended Berean Christian Academy and Nimitz High School.  Betty loved the arts and she studied piano with Mrs. John A. Willis.  She loved to read and write poetry.  Preceded in death by her father Nathaniel H. Broughton, III, and sisters Marcia and Sara, survivors include her mother Ann Broughton of Garland; brother Nat Broughton and wife Jane, of Frisco, and Tim Broughton and wife Cindy, of Lucas; nephews Chip Broughton, Michael Broughton and wife Sharon, Preston Sharp, and Hunter Broughton; and niece Sara Broughton.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving with Pastor Joel Walters officiating.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Robert Anthony Fernandez was born March 23, 1923 and went to be with his Lord on December 1, 2012. Preceded in death by his son Robert, Jr. parents Anthony and Beatrice Fernandez, and brother James Fernandez,  Robert is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ada (Pete), daughter Lea Tabler, son Stephen Fernandez, daughter Suellen Lindsey and husband Ramsey. Robert adored his 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In 1943, after 2 years at A & M University, Robert enlisted in Army Corp of Engineers, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged a Master Sergeant in 1946. That same year he and Pete were married in Hillsboro, GA. After 39 years of service as a civil engineer, he retired from Austin Industries. Affectionately called B-Bob by his grandchildren, Robert lived a life full of passion and purpose. He loved the outdoors-hunting, fishing and ranching. Robert’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends. Dad, B-Bob, Daddy Bob we will love and miss you forever. Visitation will be Wednesday 6 – 8 PM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service 2:00 PM Thursday, December 6th at First Baptist Church Sanctuary 403 S. Main St Irving.  Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.


James Wade Johnson, of Irving, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012. He was born August 15, 1933 in Dallas. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Jim began his career with the Irving Police Department in 1958 as a Street Patrol Officer and retired in 1987 as Assistant Chief of Police. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Irving. He was preceded in death by his son Jay Landon James Johnson in 1960 and son-in-law Stephen McAdams in 2004. Survivors include his wife Doris Johnson of Irving; daughters Manon Johnson Kelly of Grapevine, and Angela McAdams of Coppell; grandchildren Drew McAdams, Meghan McAdams, and Jack McAdams, all of Coppell; brother-in-law Freddie Wright and family; sister-in-law Anita Smith and family; and cousins Frances and Gary Crowley and family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 AM Thursday, December 6, 2012 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Robert M. Corley officiating. Committal services will follow at 12:30 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 516 S. O’Connor Rd., Irving, TX 75061 or the Irving Police Foundation, c/o 104 West Northgate, Irving, TX 75062.


James "Jim" E. Morton, of Irving, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012. He was born May 13, 1933 in Mexia, Texas. He was a US Marine Corp. Veteran. He was a Highway Patrolman in Rockwall County and also self-employed as a commercial Kitchen consultant with Jim Morton Designs for 20 years. Jim was very active in the MacArthur Booster Club in the mid 70’s. He was a passionate Dallas Cowboy Fan. Survivors include his son Kyle Morton and wife Debbie of Irving, and Brent Morton of Houston; grandchildren Marshall Morton, Sara Morton, and Brittany Morton; sister Francis Gist; niece Gina Sawyer and husband John; and nephew Dr. Greg Gist, DDS and wife Beth. Inurnment Services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday December 14, 2012 at the  DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  Lane assignment at the cemetery will be updated here.


Joan Shetler Murphy, of Irving, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012. She was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, the Altar Society, and the Silver Seniors. Joan was a charter member of the Irving Fire Fighters Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Tom) Murphy, son John Alfred Murphy, and brothers Robert Shetler and Edgar Shetler. Survivors include her 5 children; 14 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, December 3, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday at the funeral home. A Rosary will begin at 7 PM.


Craig William League, Sr., 50, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012. He was born September 19, 1962 in Irving, Texas. As a young adult, Craig was proud to serve as a firefighter with the Goodwill Hook and Ladder Company #1 in Warwick, New York. Upon return to Texas in the early 90’s, Craig worked as a professional stuntman and was a member of the United Stuntmen’s Association. After a lengthy tenure at Jerrell Industries, Craig accepted a management position with Just Brakes, where he was a well-respected leader in his field, which included training and coaching others to excel. Craig leaves behind his wife and partner of over 20 years, Dora Krebs League. He is also survived by his sons Craig William, Jr. and Curtis Alan; two step-daughters, Jessica Hill and Rachael Henager; and four grandchildren with one more on the way. He is also survived by his brothers Gene and wife Susan of Arlington, Texas, Clifford and wife Lavetta of Sherman, Texas, and Carl, III and wife Stacy of Austin, Texas; one sister Alanna Marie of Euless, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Mildred Copeland League and father Carl League, Sr. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel in Irving, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial be made in Craig’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. www.pancan.org


Herb Neighbors, of Irving, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012. Herb, Walt, Paw Paw – these were the names of the dearest man his family will ever know. He was a lover of Oklahoma State University, where he was on a baseball scholarship, the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys, horse racing, hummingbirds -and most of all, his family. His greatest joy came from such things as watching his five-year-old great grandson play baseball or picking up his great grandsons at school and making sure they stopped for a milkshake on the way home. He was kind-hearted, funny and generous – with rarely a mention of his own cares. He loved life and touched many with his kindness and love of laughter and sharing humorous anecdotes. He left us all suddenly, and though our lives won’t be the same, we are comforted that he is now in the loving arms of the love of his life, Jeanne, whom he missed so greatly. Herb was born April 3, 1931 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his wife Wilma Neighbors in 2008, his parents Ed and Nora Neighbors and brother Pete Neighbors. Survivors include his daughter Patty Sisco and husband Chandler of Grand Prairie; sister Marlene Turner of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren Amber Sisco, Adrienne Martin and husband Jack, and Chad Sisco; great grandchildren Cadence Sisco, Jake Sisco, Eli Sisco, Juliette Hoverson, and Jack Martin, IV; nieces Deborah Elghmasi and husband Adel of Tripoli, Libya, Karen Blood and husband David of Tulsa, and Sherry June Hoffman of Owasso, OK; Gladys Valchar, devoted family friend, and a host of extended family and friends. Committal Services with Military Honors will be held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas. Persons attending the service are encouraged to arrive in Lane ‘C’ by 12:15 p.m. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.


Opal Morse Spurgin passed away November 26, 2012. She was born September 3, 1917 in Irving, Texas. She attended Calvary Church in Irving. She was preceded in death by husbands Hubert E. Morse in 1983 and James E. Spurgin in 2000. Opal is survived by sons Paul Morse and wife Darlene, David Morse and wife Cynthia; daughter, Darla Mills and husband Paul; grandchildren Brian Morse and wife Holly, Steven Morse and wife Yoshi, Jeremy Mills, April McQuagge and husband Jon, Shawn Morse; 13 great grandchildren. Funeral service  Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 AM, Brown’s Memorial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Paul Mills and Rev. Jim Thomas officiating, with interment following at the Kit Cemetery in Irving. Visitation, Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Family requests memorials to Faith Chapel, 510 Summit Ave. Arlington 76013. 


Joseph Paul Raspante completed his earthly journey on Saturday, November 24, 2012, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Celebration services will be held Wednesday, November 28th at Calvary Hill Mausoleum North Chapel in Dallas, Texas at twelve noon with graveside services immediately following. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home, 11466 Honor Lane in Tyler, Texas, officiated by The Reverend David A. Luckenbach. Joe was born on March 22, 1922 in Fort Worth, Texas to Mary Basso and Nicholas Iano Raspante, both immigrants from Sicily. He was raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. Joe served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 until 1947 on the U.S.S. Wharton, the U.S.S. Mullany, and the U.S.S. Arcadia. He received many medals of honor as a result of his faithful service. He married the love of his life, Marie Louise Farina on December 28, 1947, and they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this December. They made their home in Irving, Texas where they raised their family and made lifetime friends. Joe faithfully served as an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church for 65 years. He enjoyed serving others as a member of The Knights of Columbus. For the last 10 months, Joe happily resided at The Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler, Texas. Joe enjoyed fishing and gardening and watching the Texas Rangers, but he loved his family, friends and country most of all. Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. If you ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with him, you would say that he was one of the nicest and most energetic guys you had ever met. He was forever cheerful and optimistic and met everyone with a witty story to brighten their day. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Morris, Ross, Victor and Anthony and sisters Margaret Rogers and Genevieve Sauviac. Surviving to cherish Joe’s memory is his wife Marie; son, Donny Raspante and wife Pat; daughter, Mary Lou Walker and husband Bill; daughter, Lucy Carr and husband John; daughter, Kathy Rushton; son, Carl Raspante; grandchildren, Joseph Raspante, Chris Raspante and wife Camille; Doug Walker and wife Amy, Adria Walker Hoyle and husband Jason; Nicole Rushton; Jeanifer Raspante; Megan Carr Douthat and husband Ned, and Hunter Carr; great grandchildren, Taylor, Bobby, Landry, Colton, Aaron, and Marsh; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Pallbearers will be Joey Raspante, Chris Raspante, Doug Walker, Jason Hoyle, Hunter Carr, Ned Douthat, Gary Farina, Tim Farina and Tom Niffenegger. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Kent Davis, Dr. Bruce Harrell, and Dr. Chiagozie Nwasuruba, and his many wonderful caregivers. If desired, memorials may be given to Texas Wounded Warriors at 4301 Fillbrook Lane Tyler, Texas 75707 or Dallas Heritage Village at www.dallasheritagevillage.org.


Randy Metzler, of Gun Barrel City, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012. He was born November 29, 1967 in Lubbock. He is survived by his parents Dick and Betty Metzler of Gun Barrel City; sister Debbie Morton and husband Kyle of Irving; brother Rick Metzler and wife Misty of Flower Mound; nieces and nephews Marshall Morton, Sara Morton, Giana Vigliaturo, and Bailey Vigliaturo; and a host of other friends who cared for him deeply. Memorial services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Eston Williams officiating.


Patricia Winston Hopkins, of Irving, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012. She was born April 25, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a loving, kind, compassionate, and caring person who would help anyone she thought needed it. She always thought of others above herself. Patricia loved to dance and was a member of The Heritage Swingers for a long time. She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Irving. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Taylor of Dallas; sister Marcia Bowles of Irving; granddaughters Kelly Canchola and husband Earnest of North Richland Hills, and Sandy Hammond and husband David of Oklahoma; grandson Toby Furrh of Denton; great granddaughter Abby Canchola; and great grandsons Jonathon Hammond, Joseph Hammond, and Jacob Hammond. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, November 26, 2012 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1705 N. Irving Heights, Irving, with Pastor Kevin Weathers officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607. www.samaritanspurse.org


Ray Rushing, born on November 30, 1941, passed away at his home with his wife Dana holding his hand as he requested. Those who loved Ray will smile to know that he called all of the shots right to the end. He was born in Pittsburg, Texas to sharecropper parents, his mother dying during childbirth. He overcame unbelievable poverty to rise to the highest levels of his profession, Vice President of Operations for the Siemans Company, where his duties took him all over the world. Ray was a man of integrity, character, a powerful personality, and he had a zest for life rarely seen. He was passionate about quail hunting, bass fishing, travel, and all things Longhorn. His was a life well lived and leukemia was the only fight he ever lost. Besides Dana, he is also mourned by Gene and Dorothy Pate and Doren and Betty Ellredge, whom he called the brothers of his heart; Lisa and Doug Wiklund and her sons Rick and Matthew; Casey and Brian Gholson, and their daughters Briana and Sarah; Debbie Stiles, Jeremy Stiles; Marlene and Rhett Rushing; and Glen and Gladys Reynolds. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Robert Collins and his BMT Team at UT Southwestern for their care and compassion that exceeds words. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.


Franky Lynn Martinez, a resident of Grand Prairie for 53 years, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born March 30, 1959 in Dallas. He worked for Decibel Products for 33 years. Franky is survived by his wife Janie Martinez of Grand Prairie; children Jennifer Rodriguez of Arlington, Jonathan Martinez of Grand Prairie, Stephanie Martinez of Grand Prairie, Amanda Martinez of Grand Prairie, Nicholas Martinez of Grand Prairie, Kaylee Martinez of Grand Prairie, 7 grandchildren; parents Albert Martinez and wife Sue of Grand Prairie, sister Wanda Harris of Irving, brother Alan Martinez of Grand Prairie; and Michael Lee Runge of De Ridder, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, November 23, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Hank Freelen officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Prairie Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 8-10 AM prior to the service on Friday.


Jack Dewayne Cohea, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012. He was born July 30, 1940 in Dallas. He is preceded in death by his son James Dewayne Cohea, and is survived by his wife Rachel of Irving; son Tommy Lee Cohea of Irving; daughters Sandra Marie Cohea Monk of Ft. Worth, and Brenda Jean Cohea Jackson of Davenport, Oklahoma; grandchildren Monica Lynn Cohea Jones, Jessica Ann Cohea Osborne, Ashleigh Renae Cohea, Stacy Renae Cohea, Samantha Lee Cohea Haji, Stephanie Josephine Cohea, Shannon Kay Cohea, Ty Joshua Monk, Amy Denise Monk McCarty, Tonya Marie Monk McCarthy, James Richard Jackson, and Scott Dewayne Jackson; and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Alexander Cemetery in Anna, Texas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Silas Donald Ward, Jr., of Mesquite, passed away November 20, 2012. He was born September 13, 1918 in Gainesville. He spent his career as an accountant with TP& L, TU Electric, and TXU. Silas was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Ward. He is survived by his son Larry Ward and wife Toni from Mesquite, Bobby Ward and wife Angela of Austin, and Ronny Ward and wife Donna of Pace, Florida; grandchildren Krystal Richardson of Rowlett, Lucas Ward of Pace, Florida, and Colton and Madison Ward of Austin; great-grandchildren Tori and Michael and Trinity; sister Evelyn Sparks of Sunnyvale; and brother Bill Ward of Mesquite. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 PM at the Athens City Cemetery in Athens, Texas. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the church.


Mary Elizabeth Perkins, of Irving, passed away November 17, 2012. Mary was born December 1, 1918 in Del Valle, Texas. She is survived by her sons, Charles Perkins and wife Sherry of Saratoga, California, Henry Perkins and wife Cheryl of Ennis, Texas, and John Perkins of Irving; daughter Katherine Perkins of Addison; sister Lucille Baumgartner of Dallas; brother  William Baumert and Ann of Ennis; grandchildren Sarah and Jake Hudgins and Greg and Phil Perkins; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-8 P.M. Monday, November 19, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church,3330 Cheyenne St. in Irving. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, 3900 Rowlett Rd in Rowlett.


Edna Jenkins, of Irving, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012. She was born November 30, 1919 in Alta, Iowa. She loved her little Dachshunds and enjoyed caring for her houseplants. Edna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank Jenkins, granddaughter Sandra Todd, and sister Ester Kline. Survivors include her children Judy Hoyack of Irving, Jerry Jenkins of Irving, and Janyce Kelly and husband Mike of Plano; granddaughters Sheryl Pasley and husband Gaylon of Trenton, TX, Kathy Care and husband Dave of Dallas, and Kristie Adair and husband Lee of Little Elm, Texas; great grandchildren Chad Pasley, Sabrina Vaughn, Holly Hancock, Aiden Adair, Anna Care, and Lucy Care; and 9 great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Otis Rains, of Irving, passed away November 14, 2012. He was born May 14, 1920 in Jacksonville, Texas, and was raised in Stamford, Texas. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Otis served as a radio operator for the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He was an over-the-road truck driver and was retired from Darr Equipment. He was a member of the Village Baptist Church in Irving, where he served as an ordained deacon. Otis was preceded in death by his parents George and Cora Ann (Vest) Rains; brothers Walter Rains, and Ferrell Rains, and sisters Lee, Uvalde, Juanita and Josie. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Ethel Rains, daughter Annetta Frost and husband Gary Sr; grandsons Gary Frost, Jr, and Geoffrey Otis Frost; and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Mark Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at 1 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Village Baptist Church Building Fund, 224 E. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, TX 75061.

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Mary Bounds Turner, of Irving, passed away November 12, 2012.  She was born July 12, in Richland, Texas to Clinton and Sarah (Baltzegar) Bounds.  She graduated from Corsicana High School and spent many years in the banking and insurance industries and was a loving wife and mother.  As a mother, she supported her children’s interests in sports, music and art. She was also committed to her children’s education and an active PTA member.  Mary was a devout Presbyterian and longtime member of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church and a patriotic member of the DAR. Mary enjoyed Wednesday bridge clubs and celebrating birthdays with her beloved birthday club.  She exuded Southern hospitality in both her etiquette and culinary skills – her homemade chocolate cake was a particular favorite.  Mary was known for her trustworthy nature and her ability to offer sound advice to those in need.  She was our beautiful Yellow Rose of Texas and she will live on in our hearts, forever. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William Dunn Turner.  She is survived by son David Dunn Turner;  daughters Sally McGilberry and husband Steven, and Mary Anne Turner; grandchildren Laura McGilberry,  Sara  Bagby and husband Joel,  and Jason McGilberry;  sister Carol Pierce and husband Cub; and  great grandchildren Emma and Abby Bagby. Memorial services will be held at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, with Dr. Ron Salfen officiating. Committal services will be held at 9:15 a.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas (all should meet in Lane B by 9AM). Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, P.O. Box 177425, Irving, Texas 75017-7425, or St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, Texas 75061.


Viola “Vicki” Gonzales of Irving passed away November 13, 2012 in Irving. She was born on September 20, 1952 in Linton, North Dakota. She was a 40 year resident of Irving and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marie Grenz; and son Elias Gonzales. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Diana and Tony Waldroup of Irving; aunt Vera Parsons of Irving; grandchildren Steven and Christi Waldroup; Dustin Calvert; Christian, Marissa and Alyssa Gonzales. A memorial service will be held from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. Friday November 16, 2012 at 1909 Kris Street, Irving, Texas.


Richard R. “Dick” Wadsworth, of Irving, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012.  He was born May 30, 1928 in Dallas, to parents Roy Bowie and Lucy Burt Wadsworth.  Dick is survived by his sons Rick of Alexandria VA , Randy and Ron of Irving, as well as 6 grandchildren, Trey, Alexis, Jenny, Jeff, Chris, and Chad. Dick was the youngest of 5 children (Roy, Naida, Jack, and Vivian).  His father retired from Browning-Ferris in Dallas and bought the old Oak-A Farm at 183 and N. Britain next to the railroad tracks where Dick grew up and “walked the railroad tracks to school and sports activities.” He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly McCaslin before he shipped out to serve in WWII.  To originally join the war, Dick convinced the Navy he was a year older than he was and memorized the color charts because he was color blind.  He went to the Navy’s Radio School and basic training in San Diego and shipped out of San Francisco as a radioman on CSV USS Chenango, a support group carrier. His ship and crew were involved on many of the well known battles in the South Pacific.  He was honorably discharged and returned home in 1946.  After he returned from the South Pacific campaign, he and Bev had their first son Rick on her 19th birthday, in January, 1947.  Randy was born in 1950, and Ron in 1953.  Beverly passed away in January 2003, just after her 75th birthday.  After graduating from Irving High School and attending Arlington State College, Dick became involved with his father in Wadsworth Manufacturing Co. making heavy equipment for road and pipeline construction.  He later joined Parker-Ford & Assoc. and became a licensed stock broker.  Thereafter, he worked for Ling & Company and A.G. Edwards during his brokerage career then turning to sales with his own advertising specialty company he operated for many years. Dick received his 60 year Masonic Service Award on August 6, 2009 from the Grand Lodge of Texas #1218 A.F. & A.M. and remained a member until his death. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Order of the DeMolay then, at 21, was raised a Master Mason.  He was an active, committed and proud Free Mason.  Continuing his commitment to service, Dick joined the Irving Junior Chamber of Commerce, the JayCees, taking many responsible positions and advancing the work of the JayCees throughout the World.  He became a State Director and President of the Texas JayCees.  His activity and work continued as National Chaplain of the US JayCees and an International Senator.   Beverly was also involved in the Ladies JayCeeEttes, becoming their State President as well.  Dick was a Charter Member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving and made sure that his sons were also Charter Members.  He has served the church throughout his life as Elder, Clerk of Session, and in many activities in and around the church.  Dick touched many lives and many touched him.  He was a remarkable husband, father and friend.  He was committed to serving his God, family, country and  his fellow man.  He was a committed patriot and truly part of the Greatest Generation.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 N. O’Connor, Irving, TX 75062.  Memorial donations may be made to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church or Irving Heritage Society, P.O. Box 171572, Irving, TX 75017.      


Nan Bailey Anderson of Plano, Texas went to her heavenly home on November 11, 2012. She was a native Texan who was born in Detroit, Texas to A. S. (Mack) and Robbie Dowlen Bailey on July 29, 1917. She was a long time Irving, Texas resident and lived there most of her life. All that knew her loved her spirit and determination. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be missed by many friends all over the United States, and her family. Nan was a retired Executive Secretary of Texas Power & Light Company for 25 years. Her hard work and loyalty to that company was appreciated by many of her former supervisors who kept up with her over the years.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ray L. (Babe) Anderson and great granddaughter Meredith Lynn Thomas. She is survived by her daughter Linda Avery; son Michael Anderson and wife Carmen; grandchildren Randy McAllister and wife Misty, Lisa McAllister Wood and husband Michael, Kelly Thomas Lyon and husband Tim, Nicole Medina and husband Joe; and great grandchildren Sara Strube, Austin Strube, Allison Strube, Jordan Jackson and husband Jon, and Bailie McAllister. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel, 707 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving. Burial will follow at Sowers Cemetery in Irving.


Robert "Bobby" Heflin, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. He was born August 2, 1946, in Harlingen, Texas. He was the greatest husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. He loved working on classic cars and going to classic car shows and had a one of a kind, purple, 1955 Chevrolet Johnny Cash Truck. He was preceded in death by his parents Emory Wayne and Hazel Imogene (Emery) Heflin, and brothers Bill Heflin, George Heflin and Ralph McCammon. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Heflin of Irving, son Robert Lee Heflin, Jr. and wife Kara of Willis, TX; daughters Cindy Lee Heflin and Alfonso of Irving, Melody Ramos and husband Robert of Ft. Worth, and Tammy Lynnette Heflin of Irving, sons, Michael Heflin of Irving, and Anthony Heflin and wife Cayla of Irving; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers Lester Heflin and wife Carol of Lewisville; David Heflin of Mabank; sisters-in-law Nadine Heflin, Ann Heflin, and Pat McCammon, and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be Friday, November 9, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Thursday November 8, 2012, at Browns Memorial Funeral Home.


Paul Lawrence Dorsey, of Waxahachie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2012.  He was born June 23, 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was a US Air Force veteran.  Paul is survived by his sons William Cecil Dorsey and wife Debbie of Waxahachie, and Lary Paul Dorsey and wife Lisa of Irving; grandchildren Kristofer Michael Dorsey, Michele Rene Sullivan, Lary Paul Dorsey II, David Alan Dorsey, and Thomas Davis; 8 great grandchildren; and brother Fred Alan Dorsey of Cape Coral, Florida.  He is also survived by Ruby Dorsey, mother of his children, and Marilyn Dorsey, who cared for him until his death.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday November 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Shelia Webb Shepherd left this earthly world to be with the Lord in Heaven on November 2, 2012, at the age of 54. She was born Shelia Marie Webb to Talmedge and Yoshiko (Kimura) Webb in Ft. Benning, Georgia on September 22, 1958. She married Jerry Shepherd on November 4, 1978 and they had 1 son, James. Shelia is survived by her husband Jerry; son James and wife Jennifer; mother Yoshiko; brother Bobby; nieces; nephews; and many friends who she always felt were family. Shelia was a longtime Irving resident, and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1976. She was active in sports. She had a great love of people, and her kindness and care for the elderly was always with love and an open heart. Shelia touched the hearts of any that knew her. She will surely be missed and will not be forgotten. Her love of animals knew no boundaries. We will always love you. Thanks to our friends for all the prayers through this difficult time. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. In honor of Shelia, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Roger Gregg, of Irving for 27 years, passed away November 3, 2012. He was born April 26, 1952 in San Angelo, Texas. He was a US Air Force veteran. Roger was a consultant in the Telecommunications Industry for 20 years. He loved to read science fiction. He is preceded in death by his parents Winston Warren and Helen Francis (Yount) Gregg and sister Carol Ann Owen, and is survived by his brother Larry Gregg and wife Irene, niece Christy Mason and husband Ken, and nephews Todd Owen, Press Owen, and Scott Owen, all of Texas. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Gary A. Wilson, of Irving, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012. He was born August 5, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He served 4 years in the US Navy, serving as a Meteorologist aboard ship and once helped divert the ship he was on away from a hurricane. He retired from the Birmingham, Michigan School District after teaching there for several decades. Gary enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels while living in Florida. He loved old cars, birds, teaching, and doing artwork. He was the best Daddy in the world. Gary is preceded in death by his brother Craig Wilson and is survived by his daughter Cindy Ferguson of Irving; son Daren Wilson of California; and brothers Tom Wilson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Alan Wilson of Arizona. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels Association of America, 203 S. Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.


Ricky Dewayne Clanton, of Corinth, TX, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012. He was born November 21, 1960 in Shreveport, LA to Roy Clanton and Georgia Higgins. He was the true meaning of a great man, husband, father, son, brother, Papa, and a Dallas Cowboys fan until the day he died. Ricky was employed in the security industry. He is survived by his wife, Terri of Corinth; sons, Jeffrey Clanton and wife Sara, and Jermey Clanton; daughter, Amanda Stone and husband Ryan; grandchildren, Nathanael Stone, Bryan Stone, and Gavin Clanton; brothers, Ronnie Clanton and Tim Clanton and wife Chelly; sister, Sheila Hubbard and husband Don;  and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Steve Hamm. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, on Monday, October 29, 2012 at the funeral home.


Aleen Mae Philpot, of Grapevine, and formerly a longtime Irving resident, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012. She was born April 10, 1937 in San Rafael, California. Aleen was a public school educator for over 50 years, and a preacher’s wife for over 52 years. She is survived by her husband Rev. Wallace Philpot of Grapevine; son Wayne Philpot and wife Wendy of Santa Anna, Texas; daughter Lisa Jones and husband Steve of Haslet; and grandchildren Cassie Philpot, Rylie Philpot, Luke Pinkston, Dawson Jones, and Sawyer Jones. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, October 29, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving. Graveside Services will be held at 9:15 AM Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Linda Gayle Seargeant, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012. She was born June 6, 1953 in Dallas County. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted wife. Linda loved having a neat and tidy house and enjoyed fishing, knitting and macramé. She is preceded in death by her father William K. Cooper and mother-in-law Mattie Campbell. Survivors include her husband Kenneth Seargeant of Bedford; son William Seargeant and wife Lori of Denver, Colorado; daughter Jennifer Seargeant of Irving; grandchildren Zane Seargeant and Asher Seargeant; mother Annie Cooper of Irving; sister Anita Clark and husband Billy of Euless; and niece Kelly Clark of Euless. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dan Stevens officiating.


Kenneth (Ken) Earl Cockrell, 61, of Irving, passed away October 23, 2012. He was born December 30, 1950, in Ralls, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Geneva (Connelly) Cockrell, and is survived by his wife Jackie of Irving, his daughter, Michelle Cockrell Mayo and husband Gary of Irving, son, Bryan Cockrell of Irving; and 2 grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Mayo; sister Janie Presson and husband Paul of Lubbock; cousin Glea Adams of San Antonio; mother-in-law Evalee Nichols, formerly of Floydada; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Graveside Service will be held Monday, October 29, 2012, at 9:15 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation will be Friday, 6–8 PM at the funeral home.


Larry (Major Lawrence or "ML") Davis, 82, lost his battle with heart failure on October 23, 2012 in Irving, Texas. Larry was born to Major and Mary Davis on June 9, 1930 in Tyler, Texas and was raised in Chandler, Texas where he graduated from Chandler High School in 1947. He received a BBA degree in Accounting from Texas A&M Commerce in 1951, and completed his graduate studies at SMU. He was married to Bettye Sue Saylors (aka, "Soupy") in 1950. Larry served as the Vice President of Finance for Southland Financial Corporation for 15 years. After retirement, he started a CPA firm and became a trusted advisor to many clients. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and collecting stamps. His children were the light of his life and he was so proud of their accomplishments – Dana as the owner of a successful dance studio and John as an honor graduate from Texas A&M and employed by Lockheed Martin as an engineer. Larry leaves this personal message to his friends and associates, "I send a heartfelt goodbye to all that I’ve had the privilege of knowing, many of which I still fondly remember your names, but I lost contact through the passage of time. I hope to see you in the dimension not comprehended by the human intellect." Larry is survived by his bride of 62 years, Bettye Sue Davis; his daughter and her son in Irving, Dana Davis-Bailey and Benjamin Bailey, his son and his family in Keller, John Davis, Clare Davis, and Caitlin Davis; his brother, Keith Davis of Chandler, Texas; and by his cousins, Dr. William and Lenora Clyde of Tyler, Texas and Joe Royce of Houston, Texas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2323 Cheyenne St. in Irving. A Rosary will be held at 6 PM Thursday at the funeral home and the family will continue to receive friends until 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas, TX 75235, or Season’s Hospice Foundation, 8610 Greenville Ave., #200, Dallas, TX 75243.


Phillips Rae Grabbe, 87, of Irving, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012. He was born in Lilbourn, Missouri, on April 19, 1925 to parents Lucy and Lowell Grabbe. He is survived by his wife Virginia; two daughters Phyllis Lusby and Bette Messmer; four grandchildren Abbey Messmer, Lee Lusby, Brandy Travis, and Carley Messmer; and two great grandchildren, Camdin and Song Travis. Phil was a soldier of the Lord, his country, and his family. He served honorably in the United States Army Air Corp from 1943-1946 and was a tail gunner on B25 bombers in the 345th Bomb Group during WWII. He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1946-1950. He also served in the National Guard beginning in 1950 and retired as a Captain in 1965. He was an artist, an avid sportsman, a proud deacon, big helper during work trips, and a Master Mason. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, October 19, 2012 at First Euless Baptist, 1000 W. Airport Freeway in Euless, followed by burial services at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas at 12:30 PM. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Brown's Funeral Memorial Home.


Lora Josephine Sutter, of Irving, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012. She was born May 5, 1926 in Dallas. She is preceded in death by husbands Roy Joe Avrett and Edward Sutter, son Roy Lee Avrett, and 3 brothers. Survivors include her daughters Pam Deskin, and Kathy Troutman; grandchildren Roy Joe, Denise, Shannon, Chase, and Lora Melissa; 10 great grandchildren; and sister Ann Hambrick. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Dorothy Novella Stanley, of Irving, and formerly a longtime resident of Ft. Worth, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012. She was born April 15, 1922 in Dallas to parents Robert Miller and Bertha (Carmack) Johnson. She is preceded in death by her husband Claude E. Stanley. Survivors include her daughters Dawn Durham and husband David, and Fawn Taylor and husband Larry; son Dee Stanley and wife Bendy; grandchildren Denise, Ronny, April, Keith, Brent, Tiffanie, Samantha, and Candice; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pat Garner officiating. Burial will follow at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Ft. Worth. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Paul Henry Larmon, of Irving, died at home Sunday October 14, 2012.  He was born on November 7, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky to Lucian McCoy Larmon and Gladys Christine (Snedegar) Larmon.  He was an Army veteran, retired Safety Engineer and member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church.  Paul is survived by his wife Nancy; children Alison Lee deCadenet and husband Alain, Robert McCoy Larmon, Matthew James Hicks and wife Rhonda, and Sharon Elizabeth Ryan and husband Lance; grandchildren Thomas Ray Larmon and wife Alisa, Samantha Rose Larmon, Aidan Vincent deCadenet, Kendall Rachan Lawson, Trevor Matthew Hicks, Sean Christopher Hicks, Kyrsten LaBri Mason and Ella Elizabeth Ryan; brothers Ed and Bob Musselman; and sister Susan Herring.  Burial will occur at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Alvaton, Kentucky.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 North O’Connor Road, Irving with Rev. Diane M. Baldwin and Rev. Mike Thompson officiating.  The family requests Memorial donations be made to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, or Mary Crowley Medical Research Center, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 1100, Dallas, TX 75201.


Gerald Dean Harvey, of Irving for 48 years, and previously of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012. He was born November 24, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, TX to W. M. Harvey and Mary Leola Harvey. Gerald was the owner of H & H Construction Company. He survived by his wife, Mary Harvey of Irving; sons Todd Harvey and spouse Jana of Midlothian, Paul Harvey and spouse Kelly of Dallas; daughter Sara Abbott and spouse Lance of McKinney, seven grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry Harvey and wife Jane of Granbury. A funeral service is planned for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, with Mr. Greg Beauchamp officiating.  Graveside services will take place later that day at 3:00 PM at Cooper’s Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. The family requests memorials to Medina Children’s Home, 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, Texas  78055.


Samuel C. Smith, of Irving, was born to George and Bennie Smith on August 12, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He attended Catholic High School and graduated in 1954.  He attended school at SMU, after he moved to Dallas at the age of 18.  He began his career at the Dallas Times Herald in the advertising department, and there he met the love of his life Carla and married her in 1965.  They moved to Irving shortly after and raised their family. Sam had a long career in the advertising industry and in the mid 1980's opened his own executive search agency. He and Carla loved Irving and worked hard to make it a strong community.  After retiring, Sam served on the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and was elected to two terms on the Irving City Council.  He served on various boards and was a member of many organizations including Irving Rotary, The Arts Council Board and the Baylor Irving Hospital Board.  He also served as a deacon at his church for many years. Sam joins his wife Carla, who preceded him in death last year. Sam is survived by his brother George, and his children, grandchildren and  great grandchildren who loved him dearly. Memorial Services to be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 West Airport Freeway, Irving.  Family requests memorials to American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org


Billy Jack Turner, of Irving, passed away October 9, 2012. He was born on July 23, 1928 in Hermitage, Arkansas to Otis C. and Bertha L. Turner. He was a veteran of the US Army and was a retired sales associate. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include niece Pam Turner; nephews Larry, James and Wade Turner. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday October 15, at Irving North Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Hale and Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 AM prior to the service. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Clay Manning Grimes was born May 30, 1921, near Melvin, Texas.  He died on October 6, 2012 in Irving, Texas.  Preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Jennie V. Warren and his wife of 12 years, Dolores Smegie Schlief, Clay is survived by daughter Sharon and son-in-law George Bakos of Irving, and grandsons Nathan and Brian, both of Denver, Colorado, along with a multitude of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.  Clay was an Eagle Scout and a Sea Scout, held the marksmanship record for the Del Rio National Guard Unit, served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps in the European Theater during World War II, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1949 with a degree in accounting. Employed for thirty-two years by Mobil Oil Corporation in Midland, Texas, Clay retired to Lake Buchanan in 1981, and moved to Lake Whitney in 1996, and to Irving in 2011.  Always an avid fisherman, upon retirement, Clay became an accomplished welder and avid traveler, taking many RV trips across the country with family and friends.  A graveside memorial service will be held on December 1st at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park near Burnett.  Memorial gifts can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney, Texas.


Mort Ewing, a long-time resident of Irving until moving to Denton in 2009, passed away October 5, 2012. He was born in 1916 in Rio Vista, Texas to WMJ Ewing and Ora Price. He was a store manager at Sears where he retired after 29 years of service. He was a long-time member of South MacArthur Church of Christ and a former Irving School Board member. Mort was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Bonnie Ewing; son Mort Ewing, Jr.; his parents; brother John Price Ewing; and sisters Maurine Barnett and Loyce Elder. He is survived by his 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; five great grandchildren Cayden and Tristyn Howard, and Levi, Luke and Grayson Nelson; sisters Ruth Dawkins and Eloise Boyd, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 3 pm at The Vintage Retirement Community, 205 N. Bonnie Brae St., Denton, TX.


Genoveva Coronado, of Dallas for over 50 years, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012. She was born January 3, 1919 in Lacoste, Texas. She is preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters, and survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving with Fr. Richard Bezzegato as officiant. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7 PM.


Johnny King, of Irving, passed away on October 9, 2012. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at Brown's Memorial Chapel.  A Graveside Service will be Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM at the City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock. Johnny King is survived by his mother Wanda King, sister Rhonda Johnson and husband Dr. Bill Johnson, niece Meredith Wharton and husband David, and nephew Will Johnson and wife Amanda. Johnny King was preceded in death by his father Frank King. Johnny King was born on November 30, 1949 in Lubbock and was raised in Lubbock. Johnny King worked for Goodwill Industries with their first road crew. Johnny King enjoyed bowling with First Baptist Church bowling leagues for many years and was a long time fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnny never missed watching a Dallas Cowboy game and now he will be watching the Cowboys from Heaven’s sidelines.


Nel Baldwin, of Irving, has ended her journey on this earth. Her weakened heart finally stopped beating on Monday, October 8, 2012. She was born the youngest of 6 children on September 20, 1925 in Smithfield, Virginia. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In her younger years, Nellie was a ballerina. After moving to Texas to start a family, she lived in Houston, Dallas, and Irving. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Baldwin; sons Peter Buhmann, and David Buhmann; daughter Suzanne Collins; the grandchildren she was so proud of, Courtney, David, Sarah, Andrew, Cameron; and also great granddaughter Taylor.  Memorial Mass to be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2;00 p.m. at the Church of Incarnation at the University of Dallas, 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas.   Memorial donations may be made to SPCA of Texas, 362 S. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207.


Georgia Lee Baxter, passed away October 3, 2012. She was born December 24, 1937. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linden Baxter, and grandson Aaron Chaffin. Georgia is survived by her mother, Alta Elmore of Haslet; daughter, Luann Chaffin of Mesquite; son, Buddy McLain of Irving; granddaughters, Lindy Jolly and spouse Phillip of Gunter, Jessica and Amanda McLain, of Dublin, Conn; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Raeden, and Zakary Jolly and Jordan McLain. Luncheon will be served at 12:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2012, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, in Gunter, TX.  Memorial donations may be made to Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 104 E. Pecan St., Gunter, TX 75058.


Larry Wayne White, 72, of Irving, passed peacefully on Thursday, October 4, 2012. He was born September 4, 1940 in Dallas. Larry served as Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving two terms. He loved fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Wade Hampton White and Benda Laverne White Calendine, and his daughter Sandra White. Survivors include his wife Cheryl Miller White; children Rebecca Bates and husband Bill of Irving, Wade White of Irving, Regina Sorensen and husband Mark of Euless, and Rachel Ervin and husband Wayne of Irving; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandsons. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10 AM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Patrick Wooten officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356  www.cancer.org


Virginia Langston, of Irving for 71 years, and previously of Bridgeport, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012. She was born May 4, 1918 in Bridgeport. She was a devoted catholic and a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. She enjoyed playing dominoes and cards. Virginia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents James Earl and Katie (Conner) Butler and her husband Doyle Langston. Survivors include her children Eugenia Collinsworth of Irving, Doyline Gresham and husband Larry of Grapevine, Billy Langston of Irving, Jackie Panfilli of Galveston, Linda Clancy of Bedford, Eddie Langston and wife Debra of Lake Dallas, Larry Langston and wife Janet of Irving, Debbie Skinner and husband Jerry of Lewisville, and Karla Langston of Corinth; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 5, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-7 PM Thursday at the funeral home. A Rosary will be held at 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75060.


Dr. Jack T. Humphries, Lt. Col. USAF, Ret., passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012. He was born May 7, 1929 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He served in Vietnam where he helped chronicle the historical events of the Vietnam War and retired from the US Air Force Academy in 1973. Jack was a member of the Charter Faculty of the US Air Force Academy and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He retired from the University of North Florida after 32 years of teaching. He was a member of Civitan in Florida. He was a deacon at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville and also a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Jack enjoyed woodworking, model trains, and reading. Preceded in death by his parents T. G. and Anna M. (Harber) Humphries, Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Millie Humphries; son David Humphries and wife Linda of Marietta, Georgia; daughter Jackie Clayton and husband Walter of Irving; and grandson Grant Clayton of College Station, Texas. Graveside honors with full military honors will be held at 12:30 PM Monday, October 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

 

Silas Donald Ward, Jr. passed away November 20, 2012. He spent his career as an accountant with TP& L, TU Electric and TXU. He was born September 13, 1918 in Gainesville. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Ward. He is survived by his son, Larry Ward and wife Toni from Mesquite, Bobby Ward and wife Angela of Austin, Ronny Ward and wife Donna of  Pace, Florida; grandchildren Krystal Richardson of Rowlett, Lucas Ward of Pace, Florida, Colton and Madison Ward of Austin; great-grandchildren Tori, Michael and Trinity; sister Evelyn Sparks of Sunnyvale; brother Bill Ward of Mesquite. Family will receive friends one hour before the funeral at the church. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday at Oak View Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating.  Burial will be Saturday 3:00 Pm at the Athens City Cemetery.


Mary Elizabeth Perkins, of Irving, passed away November 17, 2012. Mary was born December 1, 1918 in Del Valle, Texas. She is survived by her sons, Charles Perkins and wife Sherry of Saratoga, California, Henry Perkins and wife Cheryl of Ennis, Texas, and John Perkins of Irving; daughter Katherine Perkins of Addison; sister Lucille Baumgartner of Dallas; brother  William Baumert and Ann of Ennis; grandchildren Sarah and Jake Hudgins and Greg and Phil Perkins; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6-8 P.M. Monday, November 19, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church,3330 Cheyenne St. in Irving. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, 3900 Rowlett Rd in Rowlett.


Edna Jenkins, of Irving, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012. She was born November 30, 1919 in Alta, Iowa. She loved her little Dachshunds and enjoyed caring for her houseplants. Edna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank Jenkins, granddaughter Sandra Todd, and sister Ester Kline. Survivors include her children Judy Hoyack of Irving, Jerry Jenkins of Irving, and Janyce Kelly and husband Mike of Plano; granddaughters Sheryl Pasley and husband Gaylon of Trenton, TX, Kathy Care and husband Dave of Dallas, and Kristie Adair and husband Lee of Little Elm, Texas; great grandchildren Chad Pasley, Sabrina Vaughn, Holly Hancock, Aiden Adair, Anna Care, and Lucy Care; and 9 great-great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Otis Rains, of Irving, passed away November 14, 2012. He was born May 14, 1920 in Jacksonville, Texas, and was raised in Stamford, Texas. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Otis served as a radio operator for the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He was an over-the-road truck driver and was retired from Darr Equipment. He was a member of the Village Baptist Church in Irving, where he served as an ordained deacon. Otis was preceded in death by his parents George and Cora Ann (Vest) Rains; brothers Walter Rains, and Ferrell Rains, and sisters Lee, Uvalde, Juanita and Josie. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Ethel Rains, daughter Annetta Frost and husband Gary Sr; grandsons Gary Frost, Jr, and Geoffrey Otis Frost; and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Mark Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at 1 PM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Village Baptist Church Building Fund, 224 E. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, TX 75061.

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Mary Bounds Turner, of Irving, passed away November 12, 2012.  She was born July 12, in Richland, Texas to Clinton and Sarah (Baltzegar) Bounds.  She graduated from Corsicana High School and spent many years in the banking and insurance industries and was a loving wife and mother.  As a mother, she supported her children’s interests in sports, music and art. She was also committed to her children’s education and an active PTA member.  Mary was a devout Presbyterian and longtime member of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church and a patriotic member of the DAR. Mary enjoyed Wednesday bridge clubs and celebrating birthdays with her beloved birthday club.  She exuded Southern hospitality in both her etiquette and culinary skills – her homemade chocolate cake was a particular favorite.  Mary was known for her trustworthy nature and her ability to offer sound advice to those in need.  She was our beautiful Yellow Rose of Texas and she will live on in our hearts, forever. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William Dunn Turner.  She is survived by son David Dunn Turner;  daughters Sally McGilberry and husband Steven, and Mary Anne Turner; grandchildren Laura McGilberry,  Sara  Bagby and husband Joel,  and Jason McGilberry;  sister Carol Pierce and husband Cub; and  great grandchildren Emma and Abby Bagby. Memorial services will be held at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, with Dr. Ron Salfen officiating. Committal services will be held at 9:15 a.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas (all should meet in Lane B by 9AM). Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, P.O. Box 177425, Irving, Texas 75017-7425, or St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, Texas 75061.


Viola “Vicki” Gonzales of Irving passed away November 13, 2012 in Irving. She was born on September 20, 1952 in Linton, North Dakota. She was a 40 year resident of Irving and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marie Grenz; and son Elias Gonzales. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Diana and Tony Waldroup of Irving; aunt Vera Parsons of Irving; grandchildren Steven and Christi Waldroup; Dustin Calvert; Christian, Marissa and Alyssa Gonzales. A memorial service will be held from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. Friday November 16, 2012 at 1909 Kris Street, Irving, Texas.


Richard R. “Dick” Wadsworth, of Irving, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012.  He was born May 30, 1928 in Dallas, to parents Roy Bowie and Lucy Burt Wadsworth.  Dick is survived by his sons Rick of Alexandria VA , Randy and Ron of Irving, as well as 6 grandchildren, Trey, Alexis, Jenny, Jeff, Chris, and Chad. Dick was the youngest of 5 children (Roy, Naida, Jack, and Vivian).  His father retired from Browning-Ferris in Dallas and bought the old Oak-A Farm at 183 and N. Britain next to the railroad tracks where Dick grew up and “walked the railroad tracks to school and sports activities.” He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly McCaslin before he shipped out to serve in WWII.  To originally join the war, Dick convinced the Navy he was a year older than he was and memorized the color charts because he was color blind.  He went to the Navy’s Radio School and basic training in San Diego and shipped out of San Francisco as a radioman on CSV USS Chenango, a support group carrier. His ship and crew were involved on many of the well known battles in the South Pacific.  He was honorably discharged and returned home in 1946.  After he returned from the South Pacific campaign, he and Bev had their first son Rick on her 19th birthday, in January, 1947.  Randy was born in 1950, and Ron in 1953.  Beverly passed away in January 2003, just after her 75th birthday.  After graduating from Irving High School and attending Arlington State College, Dick became involved with his father in Wadsworth Manufacturing Co. making heavy equipment for road and pipeline construction.  He later joined Parker-Ford & Assoc. and became a licensed stock broker.  Thereafter, he worked for Ling & Company and A.G. Edwards during his brokerage career then turning to sales with his own advertising specialty company he operated for many years. Dick received his 60 year Masonic Service Award on August 6, 2009 from the Grand Lodge of Texas #1218 A.F. & A.M. and remained a member until his death. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Order of the DeMolay then, at 21, was raised a Master Mason.  He was an active, committed and proud Free Mason.  Continuing his commitment to service, Dick joined the Irving Junior Chamber of Commerce, the JayCees, taking many responsible positions and advancing the work of the JayCees throughout the World.  He became a State Director and President of the Texas JayCees.  His activity and work continued as National Chaplain of the US JayCees and an International Senator.   Beverly was also involved in the Ladies JayCeeEttes, becoming their State President as well.  Dick was a Charter Member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving and made sure that his sons were also Charter Members.  He has served the church throughout his life as Elder, Clerk of Session, and in many activities in and around the church.  Dick touched many lives and many touched him.  He was a remarkable husband, father and friend.  He was committed to serving his God, family, country and  his fellow man.  He was a committed patriot and truly part of the Greatest Generation.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 N. O’Connor, Irving, TX 75062.  Memorial donations may be made to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church or Irving Heritage Society, P.O. Box 171572, Irving, TX 75017.      


Nan Bailey Anderson of Plano, Texas went to her heavenly home on November 11, 2012. She was a native Texan who was born in Detroit, Texas to A. S. (Mack) and Robbie Dowlen Bailey on July 29, 1917. She was a long time Irving, Texas resident and lived there most of her life. All that knew her loved her spirit and determination. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be missed by many friends all over the United States, and her family. Nan was a retired Executive Secretary of Texas Power & Light Company for 25 years. Her hard work and loyalty to that company was appreciated by many of her former supervisors who kept up with her over the years.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ray L. (Babe) Anderson and great granddaughter Meredith Lynn Thomas. She is survived by her daughter Linda Avery; son Michael Anderson and wife Carmen; grandchildren Randy McAllister and wife Misty, Lisa McAllister Wood and husband Michael, Kelly Thomas Lyon and husband Tim, Nicole Medina and husband Joe; and great grandchildren Sara Strube, Austin Strube, Allison Strube, Jordan Jackson and husband Jon, and Bailie McAllister. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel, 707 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving. Burial will follow at Sowers Cemetery in Irving.


Robert "Bobby" Heflin, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. He was born August 2, 1946, in Harlingen, Texas. He was the greatest husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. He loved working on classic cars and going to classic car shows and had a one of a kind, purple, 1955 Chevrolet Johnny Cash Truck. He was preceded in death by his parents Emory Wayne and Hazel Imogene (Emery) Heflin, and brothers Bill Heflin, George Heflin and Ralph McCammon. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Heflin of Irving, son Robert Lee Heflin, Jr. and wife Kara of Willis, TX; daughters Cindy Lee Heflin and Alfonso of Irving, Melody Ramos and husband Robert of Ft. Worth, and Tammy Lynnette Heflin of Irving, sons, Michael Heflin of Irving, and Anthony Heflin and wife Cayla of Irving; 27 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers Lester Heflin and wife Carol of Lewisville; David Heflin of Mabank; sisters-in-law Nadine Heflin, Ann Heflin, and Pat McCammon, and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Services will be Friday, November 9, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Thursday November 8, 2012, at Browns Memorial Funeral Home.


Paul Lawrence Dorsey, of Waxahachie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2012.  He was born June 23, 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was a US Air Force veteran.  Paul is survived by his sons William Cecil Dorsey and wife Debbie of Waxahachie, and Lary Paul Dorsey and wife Lisa of Irving; grandchildren Kristofer Michael Dorsey, Michele Rene Sullivan, Lary Paul Dorsey II, David Alan Dorsey, and Thomas Davis; 8 great grandchildren; and brother Fred Alan Dorsey of Cape Coral, Florida.  He is also survived by Ruby Dorsey, mother of his children, and Marilyn Dorsey, who cared for him until his death.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday November 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Shelia Webb Shepherd left this earthly world to be with the Lord in Heaven on November 2, 2012, at the age of 54. She was born Shelia Marie Webb to Talmedge and Yoshiko (Kimura) Webb in Ft. Benning, Georgia on September 22, 1958. She married Jerry Shepherd on November 4, 1978 and they had 1 son, James. Shelia is survived by her husband Jerry; son James and wife Jennifer; mother Yoshiko; brother Bobby; nieces; nephews; and many friends who she always felt were family. Shelia was a longtime Irving resident, and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1976. She was active in sports. She had a great love of people, and her kindness and care for the elderly was always with love and an open heart. Shelia touched the hearts of any that knew her. She will surely be missed and will not be forgotten. Her love of animals knew no boundaries. We will always love you. Thanks to our friends for all the prayers through this difficult time. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. In honor of Shelia, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Roger Gregg, of Irving for 27 years, passed away November 3, 2012. He was born April 26, 1952 in San Angelo, Texas. He was a US Air Force veteran. Roger was a consultant in the Telecommunications Industry for 20 years. He loved to read science fiction. He is preceded in death by his parents Winston Warren and Helen Francis (Yount) Gregg and sister Carol Ann Owen, and is survived by his brother Larry Gregg and wife Irene, niece Christy Mason and husband Ken, and nephews Todd Owen, Press Owen, and Scott Owen, all of Texas. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Gary A. Wilson, of Irving, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012. He was born August 5, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He served 4 years in the US Navy, serving as a Meteorologist aboard ship and once helped divert the ship he was on away from a hurricane. He retired from the Birmingham, Michigan School District after teaching there for several decades. Gary enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels while living in Florida. He loved old cars, birds, teaching, and doing artwork. He was the best Daddy in the world. Gary is preceded in death by his brother Craig Wilson and is survived by his daughter Cindy Ferguson of Irving; son Daren Wilson of California; and brothers Tom Wilson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Alan Wilson of Arizona. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels Association of America, 203 S. Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.


Ricky Dewayne Clanton, of Corinth, TX, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012. He was born November 21, 1960 in Shreveport, LA to Roy Clanton and Georgia Higgins. He was the true meaning of a great man, husband, father, son, brother, Papa, and a Dallas Cowboys fan until the day he died. Ricky was employed in the security industry. He is survived by his wife, Terri of Corinth; sons, Jeffrey Clanton and wife Sara, and Jermey Clanton; daughter, Amanda Stone and husband Ryan; grandchildren, Nathanael Stone, Bryan Stone, and Gavin Clanton; brothers, Ronnie Clanton and Tim Clanton and wife Chelly; sister, Sheila Hubbard and husband Don;  and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Steve Hamm. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, on Monday, October 29, 2012 at the funeral home.


Aleen Mae Philpot, of Grapevine, and formerly a longtime Irving resident, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012. She was born April 10, 1937 in San Rafael, California. Aleen was a public school educator for over 50 years, and a preacher’s wife for over 52 years. She is survived by her husband Rev. Wallace Philpot of Grapevine; son Wayne Philpot and wife Wendy of Santa Anna, Texas; daughter Lisa Jones and husband Steve of Haslet; and grandchildren Cassie Philpot, Rylie Philpot, Luke Pinkston, Dawson Jones, and Sawyer Jones. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, October 29, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving. Graveside Services will be held at 9:15 AM Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Linda Gayle Seargeant, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012. She was born June 6, 1953 in Dallas County. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted wife. Linda loved having a neat and tidy house and enjoyed fishing, knitting and macramé. She is preceded in death by her father William K. Cooper and mother-in-law Mattie Campbell. Survivors include her husband Kenneth Seargeant of Bedford; son William Seargeant and wife Lori of Denver, Colorado; daughter Jennifer Seargeant of Irving; grandchildren Zane Seargeant and Asher Seargeant; mother Annie Cooper of Irving; sister Anita Clark and husband Billy of Euless; and niece Kelly Clark of Euless. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dan Stevens officiating.


Kenneth (Ken) Earl Cockrell, 61, of Irving, passed away October 23, 2012. He was born December 30, 1950, in Ralls, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Geneva (Connelly) Cockrell, and is survived by his wife Jackie of Irving, his daughter, Michelle Cockrell Mayo and husband Gary of Irving, son, Bryan Cockrell of Irving; and 2 grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Mayo; sister Janie Presson and husband Paul of Lubbock; cousin Glea Adams of San Antonio; mother-in-law Evalee Nichols, formerly of Floydada; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Graveside Service will be held Monday, October 29, 2012, at 9:15 AM at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation will be Friday, 6–8 PM at the funeral home.


Larry (Major Lawrence or "ML") Davis, 82, lost his battle with heart failure on October 23, 2012 in Irving, Texas. Larry was born to Major and Mary Davis on June 9, 1930 in Tyler, Texas and was raised in Chandler, Texas where he graduated from Chandler High School in 1947. He received a BBA degree in Accounting from Texas A&M Commerce in 1951, and completed his graduate studies at SMU. He was married to Bettye Sue Saylors (aka, "Soupy") in 1950. Larry served as the Vice President of Finance for Southland Financial Corporation for 15 years. After retirement, he started a CPA firm and became a trusted advisor to many clients. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and collecting stamps. His children were the light of his life and he was so proud of their accomplishments – Dana as the owner of a successful dance studio and John as an honor graduate from Texas A&M and employed by Lockheed Martin as an engineer. Larry leaves this personal message to his friends and associates, "I send a heartfelt goodbye to all that I’ve had the privilege of knowing, many of which I still fondly remember your names, but I lost contact through the passage of time. I hope to see you in the dimension not comprehended by the human intellect." Larry is survived by his bride of 62 years, Bettye Sue Davis; his daughter and her son in Irving, Dana Davis-Bailey and Benjamin Bailey, his son and his family in Keller, John Davis, Clare Davis, and Caitlin Davis; his brother, Keith Davis of Chandler, Texas; and by his cousins, Dr. William and Lenora Clyde of Tyler, Texas and Joe Royce of Houston, Texas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2323 Cheyenne St. in Irving. A Rosary will be held at 6 PM Thursday at the funeral home and the family will continue to receive friends until 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas, TX 75235, or Season’s Hospice Foundation, 8610 Greenville Ave., #200, Dallas, TX 75243.


Phillips Rae Grabbe, 87, of Irving, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012. He was born in Lilbourn, Missouri, on April 19, 1925 to parents Lucy and Lowell Grabbe. He is survived by his wife Virginia; two daughters Phyllis Lusby and Bette Messmer; four grandchildren Abbey Messmer, Lee Lusby, Brandy Travis, and Carley Messmer; and two great grandchildren, Camdin and Song Travis. Phil was a soldier of the Lord, his country, and his family. He served honorably in the United States Army Air Corp from 1943-1946 and was a tail gunner on B25 bombers in the 345th Bomb Group during WWII. He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1946-1950. He also served in the National Guard beginning in 1950 and retired as a Captain in 1965. He was an artist, an avid sportsman, a proud deacon, big helper during work trips, and a Master Mason. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, October 19, 2012 at First Euless Baptist, 1000 W. Airport Freeway in Euless, followed by burial services at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas at 12:30 PM. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Brown's Funeral Memorial Home.


Lora Josephine Sutter, of Irving, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012. She was born May 5, 1926 in Dallas. She is preceded in death by husbands Roy Joe Avrett and Edward Sutter, son Roy Lee Avrett, and 3 brothers. Survivors include her daughters Pam Deskin, and Kathy Troutman; grandchildren Roy Joe, Denise, Shannon, Chase, and Lora Melissa; 10 great grandchildren; and sister Ann Hambrick. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Dorothy Novella Stanley, of Irving, and formerly a longtime resident of Ft. Worth, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012. She was born April 15, 1922 in Dallas to parents Robert Miller and Bertha (Carmack) Johnson. She is preceded in death by her husband Claude E. Stanley. Survivors include her daughters Dawn Durham and husband David, and Fawn Taylor and husband Larry; son Dee Stanley and wife Bendy; grandchildren Denise, Ronny, April, Keith, Brent, Tiffanie, Samantha, and Candice; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pat Garner officiating. Burial will follow at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Ft. Worth. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Paul Henry Larmon, of Irving, died at home Sunday October 14, 2012.  He was born on November 7, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky to Lucian McCoy Larmon and Gladys Christine (Snedegar) Larmon.  He was an Army veteran, retired Safety Engineer and member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church.  Paul is survived by his wife Nancy; children Alison Lee deCadenet and husband Alain, Robert McCoy Larmon, Matthew James Hicks and wife Rhonda, and Sharon Elizabeth Ryan and husband Lance; grandchildren Thomas Ray Larmon and wife Alisa, Samantha Rose Larmon, Aidan Vincent deCadenet, Kendall Rachan Lawson, Trevor Matthew Hicks, Sean Christopher Hicks, Kyrsten LaBri Mason and Ella Elizabeth Ryan; brothers Ed and Bob Musselman; and sister Susan Herring.  Burial will occur at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Alvaton, Kentucky.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 North O’Connor Road, Irving with Rev. Diane M. Baldwin and Rev. Mike Thompson officiating.  The family requests Memorial donations be made to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, or Mary Crowley Medical Research Center, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 1100, Dallas, TX 75201.


Gerald Dean Harvey, of Irving for 48 years, and previously of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012. He was born November 24, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, TX to W. M. Harvey and Mary Leola Harvey. Gerald was the owner of H & H Construction Company. He survived by his wife, Mary Harvey of Irving; sons Todd Harvey and spouse Jana of Midlothian, Paul Harvey and spouse Kelly of Dallas; daughter Sara Abbott and spouse Lance of McKinney, seven grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry Harvey and wife Jane of Granbury. A funeral service is planned for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, with Mr. Greg Beauchamp officiating.  Graveside services will take place later that day at 3:00 PM at Cooper’s Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. The family requests memorials to Medina Children’s Home, 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, Texas  78055.


Samuel C. Smith, of Irving, was born to George and Bennie Smith on August 12, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He attended Catholic High School and graduated in 1954.  He attended school at SMU, after he moved to Dallas at the age of 18.  He began his career at the Dallas Times Herald in the advertising department, and there he met the love of his life Carla and married her in 1965.  They moved to Irving shortly after and raised their family. Sam had a long career in the advertising industry and in the mid 1980's opened his own executive search agency. He and Carla loved Irving and worked hard to make it a strong community.  After retiring, Sam served on the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and was elected to two terms on the Irving City Council.  He served on various boards and was a member of many organizations including Irving Rotary, The Arts Council Board and the Baylor Irving Hospital Board.  He also served as a deacon at his church for many years. Sam joins his wife Carla, who preceded him in death last year. Sam is survived by his brother George, and his children, grandchildren and  great grandchildren who loved him dearly. Memorial Services to be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 West Airport Freeway, Irving.  Family requests memorials to American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org


Billy Jack Turner, of Irving, passed away October 9, 2012. He was born on July 23, 1928 in Hermitage, Arkansas to Otis C. and Bertha L. Turner. He was a veteran of the US Army and was a retired sales associate. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include niece Pam Turner; nephews Larry, James and Wade Turner. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday October 15, at Irving North Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Hale and Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 AM prior to the service. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Clay Manning Grimes was born May 30, 1921, near Melvin, Texas.  He died on October 6, 2012 in Irving, Texas.  Preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Jennie V. Warren and his wife of 12 years, Dolores Smegie Schlief, Clay is survived by daughter Sharon and son-in-law George Bakos of Irving, and grandsons Nathan and Brian, both of Denver, Colorado, along with a multitude of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.  Clay was an Eagle Scout and a Sea Scout, held the marksmanship record for the Del Rio National Guard Unit, served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps in the European Theater during World War II, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1949 with a degree in accounting. Employed for thirty-two years by Mobil Oil Corporation in Midland, Texas, Clay retired to Lake Buchanan in 1981, and moved to Lake Whitney in 1996, and to Irving in 2011.  Always an avid fisherman, upon retirement, Clay became an accomplished welder and avid traveler, taking many RV trips across the country with family and friends.  A graveside memorial service will be held on December 1st at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park near Burnett.  Memorial gifts can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney, Texas.


Mort Ewing, a long-time resident of Irving until moving to Denton in 2009, passed away October 5, 2012. He was born in 1916 in Rio Vista, Texas to WMJ Ewing and Ora Price. He was a store manager at Sears where he retired after 29 years of service. He was a long-time member of South MacArthur Church of Christ and a former Irving School Board member. Mort was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Bonnie Ewing; son Mort Ewing, Jr.; his parents; brother John Price Ewing; and sisters Maurine Barnett and Loyce Elder. He is survived by his 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; five great grandchildren Cayden and Tristyn Howard, and Levi, Luke and Grayson Nelson; sisters Ruth Dawkins and Eloise Boyd, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 3 pm at The Vintage Retirement Community, 205 N. Bonnie Brae St., Denton, TX.


Genoveva Coronado, of Dallas for over 50 years, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012. She was born January 3, 1919 in Lacoste, Texas. She is preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters, and survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving with Fr. Richard Bezzegato as officiant. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7 PM.


Johnny King, of Irving, passed away on October 9, 2012. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, October 12, 2012 at Brown's Memorial Chapel.  A Graveside Service will be Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM at the City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock. Johnny King is survived by his mother Wanda King, sister Rhonda Johnson and husband Dr. Bill Johnson, niece Meredith Wharton and husband David, and nephew Will Johnson and wife Amanda. Johnny King was preceded in death by his father Frank King. Johnny King was born on November 30, 1949 in Lubbock and was raised in Lubbock. Johnny King worked for Goodwill Industries with their first road crew. Johnny King enjoyed bowling with First Baptist Church bowling leagues for many years and was a long time fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnny never missed watching a Dallas Cowboy game and now he will be watching the Cowboys from Heaven’s sidelines.


Nel Baldwin, of Irving, has ended her journey on this earth. Her weakened heart finally stopped beating on Monday, October 8, 2012. She was born the youngest of 6 children on September 20, 1925 in Smithfield, Virginia. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In her younger years, Nellie was a ballerina. After moving to Texas to start a family, she lived in Houston, Dallas, and Irving. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Baldwin; sons Peter Buhmann, and David Buhmann; daughter Suzanne Collins; the grandchildren she was so proud of, Courtney, David, Sarah, Andrew, Cameron; and also great granddaughter Taylor.  Memorial Mass to be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2;00 p.m. at the Church of Incarnation at the University of Dallas, 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas.   Memorial donations may be made to SPCA of Texas, 362 S. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207.


Georgia Lee Baxter, passed away October 3, 2012. She was born December 24, 1937. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linden Baxter, and grandson Aaron Chaffin. Georgia is survived by her mother, Alta Elmore of Haslet; daughter, Luann Chaffin of Mesquite; son, Buddy McLain of Irving; granddaughters, Lindy Jolly and spouse Phillip of Gunter, Jessica and Amanda McLain, of Dublin, Conn; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Raeden, and Zakary Jolly and Jordan McLain. Luncheon will be served at 12:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2012, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, in Gunter, TX.  Memorial donations may be made to Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 104 E. Pecan St., Gunter, TX 75058.


Larry Wayne White, 72, of Irving, passed peacefully on Thursday, October 4, 2012. He was born September 4, 1940 in Dallas. Larry served as Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving two terms. He loved fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Wade Hampton White and Benda Laverne White Calendine, and his daughter Sandra White. Survivors include his wife Cheryl Miller White; children Rebecca Bates and husband Bill of Irving, Wade White of Irving, Regina Sorensen and husband Mark of Euless, and Rachel Ervin and husband Wayne of Irving; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandsons. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10 AM at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Patrick Wooten officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356  www.cancer.org


Virginia Langston, of Irving for 71 years, and previously of Bridgeport, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012. She was born May 4, 1918 in Bridgeport. She was a devoted catholic and a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. She enjoyed playing dominoes and cards. Virginia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents James Earl and Katie (Conner) Butler and her husband Doyle Langston. Survivors include her children Eugenia Collinsworth of Irving, Doyline Gresham and husband Larry of Grapevine, Billy Langston of Irving, Jackie Panfilli of Galveston, Linda Clancy of Bedford, Eddie Langston and wife Debra of Lake Dallas, Larry Langston and wife Janet of Irving, Debbie Skinner and husband Jerry of Lewisville, and Karla Langston of Corinth; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 5, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-7 PM Thursday at the funeral home. A Rosary will be held at 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75060.


Dr. Jack T. Humphries, Lt. Col. USAF, Ret., passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012. He was born May 7, 1929 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He served in Vietnam where he helped chronicle the historical events of the Vietnam War and retired from the US Air Force Academy in 1973. Jack was a member of the Charter Faculty of the US Air Force Academy and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He retired from the University of North Florida after 32 years of teaching. He was a member of Civitan in Florida. He was a deacon at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville and also a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Jack enjoyed woodworking, model trains, and reading. Preceded in death by his parents T. G. and Anna M. (Harber) Humphries, Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Millie Humphries; son David Humphries and wife Linda of Marietta, Georgia; daughter Jackie Clayton and husband Walter of Irving; and grandson Grant Clayton of College Station, Texas. Graveside honors with full military honors will be held at 12:30 PM Monday, October 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.


Rebecca Mary Breedlove, of Paris, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012. She was born June 21, 1931, in Board Camp, Arkansas. Rebecca enjoyed signing gospel hymns and sharing family stories. She also enjoyed coloring. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry Harmon and Margaret Caroline (Johnson) Breedlove of Irving, TX, brother Henry Johnson Breedlove and wife Agnes, and sisters Roxanna Louise St. George and husband Harold, and Eunice Ray Bender and husbands Harlan Ray and John Bender. Survivors include her nieces Virginia Degnan and husband Chuck of Unalakleet, Alaska, and Nancy Ballard and husband David of Pattonville, Texas; nephews George St. George and wife Janice of Bluffton, South Carolina, John St. George and wife Nell of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, and Dan Ray of California; and many great nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with David Ballard officiating.


Sandra L. Coe, of Grand Prairie, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012. She was born January 1, 1940 in Mineola, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Coe in 2010, and brother Michael. Sandra is survived by her children Ginger, Vicki, Russell, and Kelli; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and sister Billye. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, October 1, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.

 


James E. Winkelman, an Irving resident since 1980, died Monday from smoking complications.  He was born December 26, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Illinois and served in the US Army as a 1st Lt.  James worked as a geologist in Lafayette, Louisiana until 1962 when he chose life insurance as a business in Lafayette, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Dallas.  He served many years as a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed camping and also auto racing with Sports Club of America.  James is survived by his wife Eileen H. Winkelman; 4 sons; a daughter; 6 grandchildren; and a great grandchild.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, September 28, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving.      


Francile Morrison Butler,  For more than forty years, Francile was the "Reading Whisperer" in the Irving Independent School District. It was often said by grateful parents and astonished students that "Mrs. Butler could teach a wall to read." No child’s problems were too great a challenge nor too heavy a burden for Francile to bear. True to form, she ingrained in her own daughters the belief that learning was the rainbow and reading the pot of gold.

Who would have guessed the petite goldilocks born Francile Morrison on September 22, 1916 in rural Oklahoma would become the first person in her family to earn a college degree? How she loved her Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.

It was that hard-won education that took her to the oil patch in New Mexico to begin her beloved teaching career. It was there she met her Knight In Shining Armor, Nolan Butler. Nolan, Francile, and baby Alice made their way to the tiny town of Irving, Texas in 1943, where Francile Butler dedicated herself to the education of the children in a growing and diverse community. The burning commitment that every child could and should love to learn remained a driving force throughout Francile’s long and successful life, and motivated her to continue her education at Southern Methodist University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education.

Francile’s love of teaching and pride as an educator was eclipsed only by her love and dedication to her family. Francile left no one in doubt how proud she was of her "girls", and how much they meant to her. Each of her three daughters was equally everything to her, and they knew it. She never grew tired of telling her grandchildren, Andrea and Andrew, that she loved them "more than any grandmother ever loved any grandchildren in the world."

Several cherished members of Francile’s immediate family were waiting with joy for her to join them in Heaven as the sun dawned on the beautiful morning of September 25, 2012, including husband Nolan, grandson Andrew Hill, mother and father Viva and Lee Morrison, and brothers, Jack and Merritt Morrison.

Francile adored her "sons", John Moseley, Ray Sanchez, and Louis Blaylock, who she entrusted to hold her precious daughters, Alice Ruth and Nolanda Sue Butler, and Mary Lou Blaylock, in loving arms.

Francile made it known to all her family, including much loved niece, Jacqualea Cooley, and nephew, Kenneth Morrison, that she hoped in lieu of sending flowers when she went to meet her longed-for Jesus, her friends would make a donation to the ALICE BUTLER THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP, through the Dallas County Community College District Foundation.

Services for the beautiful, witty, vivacious lady who charmed everyone she met will be held at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 28, 2012. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.


Lorld Glenn “Red” Sharp, of Irving passed away September 21, 2012. He was born July 4, 1915 in Soloman Rapids, KS, but grew up in Artesia, NM where his parents had the only grocery store for many years. Red worked his way through college and graduated with a Master’s Degree in chemistry from Texas Tech University. He had a fabulous career with Mobil Oil as a research chemist for forty years and holds numerous patents for procedures he developed for the recovery of oil. After retirement, Red greatly enjoyed singing and performing on the guitar and dancing with the Irving Lively Swingers. Red was married for 47 years to Fanylouise McMullan until her death and was married for 15 years to his second wife, Mickye Davis.  He was a kind, generous, funny, and brilliant man with many friends throughout his long life who will miss him and remember him always.  Red was preceded in death by both of his wives and is survived by his step-daughters Karen Sharp, Joan Carlile, and Linda McCoy; niece Ludean Belle; nephew Edward Sharp, and special friend, Joyce Lovell, who lovingly nursed him in his last illness; many grandchildren, great great grandchildren; great nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Wanda Lou LaVarnway, of Dallas, passed away September 21, 2012. She was born July 27, 1935 to John Ted Jackson and Josie Justice in Artesia, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene in 2001; her daughter, Karen in 2012; her parents and four brothers.  She is survived by sons, Mark LaVarnway and wife Lydia of Dallas, Michael LaVarnway and wife Cyndi of Aloha, Oregon; daughters, Laura LaVarnway and Julie LaVarnway of Glenn Heights; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and brothers, Jack Jackson of Durant, OK and Rick Jackson of McAlester, OK.  A graveside service and burial is planned for Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Tannehill Cemetery in McAlester, OK, officiated by Craig Roberts.


Beverly Elin Johnston Jones, of North Richland Hills, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012.  She was born December 2, 1941 in White Plains, New York. Beverly enjoyed gardening, loved her cats, and was an avid reader of mystery novels. She loved to bowl and was a long time member of the Buzzard Club. Bev liked to travel and by combining that with her enthusiasm for the Dallas Cowboys, she was able to attend their first two Super Bowl wins. Beverly always remembered her family on special occasions and took great pride in finding unusual gifts that confused, yet amused, all of us. Beverly (Granny) will be remembered and missed greatly by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Richard G. Johnston, and is survived by her mother, Evelyn Johnston; her son Mike McBride and wife Katherine; grandchildren Drew McBride and wife Mandy, Aaron McBride, Anthony McBride and wife Johnele, Allison McBride, Melanie McBride, and Matthew Brockett; great grandchildren Blake McBride and Noelle McBride, brother Rick Johnston and wife Jo Ann; nephew Chris Johnston; niece Jennifer Spitzer and husband Rich; and great nephews Ryan Spitzer, and David Spitzer.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


Ressie Allen Haile, 99, of Irving, TX, and formerly of Texarkana, TX, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012. She was born February 1, 1913 in Marshall, TX to Charles Edgar and Bertha (Gaither) Allen. Until her recent illness, she lived independently at the Remington of Valley Ranch in Irving and was in her words "still kicking, but not so high". She learned to cook as a small child after her mother died, and loved to cook for her husband Vonie, son Alan and his family, and her church family of 69 years, Walnut Street Church of Christ. In addition to her husband of 53 years, Vonie Haile, she was preceded in death by her twin sister Bessie Moseley, and the Allen brothers, Monroe, Monk, Walter, Loyce, Pete, and Fred. She is survived by her son Alan Haile and wife Ginny of Irving; grandsons Jeremy Haile and wife Jennifer of Washington, D.C., and Scott Haile and wife Beth; and great granddaughter and namesake Ressie of Helena, MT. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Judy Moseley Marino of Fayetteville, AR. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Friday, September 21, 2012 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Texarkana, officiated by Dr. John H. Cannon, Jr. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.


Reverend Howard E. Muskopf, a resident of Irving for 62 years and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 14, 2012. He was born June 1, 1924 in St. Louis to Charles Ludwig Muskopf and Carolina Marie Schneider. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II, was a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain, a member of the American Legion, The Disabled American Veterans, and an ordained minister. Reverend Muskopf worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas for 35-1/2 years, retiring as a Senior Machinist in 1986. He was a pastor for 20 years, helping organize Emmanuel Baptist Church in 1958 in Irving , TX. He then served as a pastor for two years at a little country church in Mansfield; then he spent thirteen years at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. He is survived by his wife, Ihna; daughters, Alice Frazier, Darlene Soffar, and Deborah Cline; a son, Howard D. Muskopf, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and five great, great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Irving, and Reverend Joshua Price will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the funeral home, and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Celebration Worship Center, 1809 S. Story Road, Irving, TX.


Damacio Martinez, Jr., of Lubbock, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2012. He was born May 29, 1958 in Lubbock. He was an automobile painter for 20 years. Jr. enjoyed playing poker and listening to Elvis. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and his great granddaughter. He was very close to his brother and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents Damacio and Magdalena (Rodriguez) Martinez, and sister Anna Anita Martinez, and is survived by his wife Brenda Martinez of Cedar Hill; daughters Christy Martinez and husband Richard Gonzales of Grapevine, Jennifer Baldivia and husband Robert of Hurst, Desiree Gonzales and husband Chris Campbell of Grand Prairie, and Courtney Martinez and husband Timothy Tolentino of Arlington; grandchildren Nena, Vincent, Joseph, Jacob, Anita, Alissah, Matthew, Shane, and Iviee; great granddaughter Alena; brothers Abraham, Frank, and Job; and sisters Magdalena and Mary. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 PM Monday, September 17, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. in Irving. The family will receive friends 10AM until noon Monday at the funeral home before leaving for the cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Dallas TX Office, 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75244. www.diabetes.org/honor


Barbara Violet Cox, passed away peacefully, Monday, September 10th. She is survived by her son, Mikel; granddaughter, Rachel; brother, Edwin; and sisters, Glenda and Debra Sue. Barbara grew up in Irving and was happily married to Ray Cox for 54 years until his passing. She was a true Southern lady in style and grace. She will be dearly missed, but lives on in our hearts forever.  A graveside service is planned for Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Kim Alan Wolfe, of Irving, passed away September 3, 2012.  He was born January 16, 1960 in Dallas.  The family will receive friends 1-3 PM Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the funeral home.  Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.


Lisa Lea Collins Ferguson, 52, of Fort Worth, passed away September 3, 2012. Lisa was born September 27, 1959 in Fort Worth, TX. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend with a big heart. Her greatest loves were her family and friends, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos football, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and music. Lisa is survived by her mother Virginia Collins, her sister Marla Mayo, brother-in-law Tracy Mayo, nephew Aaron Mayo, three daughters, Kathy Tbaba, Sarah Ferguson, and Becky Ferguson, son-in-law Abe Tbaba, and two granddaughters, Jasmine Tbaba and Hannah Tbaba. She is preceded by her father Harold Collins and her husband Douglas Ferguson. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home in Irving on Friday, September 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Graveside Services will be held at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving on Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 am. The family requests any donations in her memory be made to: STAR Council http://www.starcouncil.org


John W. Beckett Jr., 77, died August 31, 2012, with his family by his side in Irving, TX. John was born May 12, 1935, in Englewood, NJ. He graduated from RPI in Troy, NY with a Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering and held a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from SMU. He also held a Masters in Business Administration degree from UD. He retired after 40 plus years from Lockheed Martin where he was a Flight Test Engineer. He was an active member and officer in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club-USA, and past president of the Irving Soccer Association, held multiple offices in the North Texas Soccer Association, and he was admitted to the status of Fellow (1998) in the Society of Flight Test Engineers. He moved to Irving, TX 54 years ago where he made his home with his beloved wife of 57 years, Alice Beckett. He is survived by his wife, his brother, Alan Beckett; 4 children and their spouses, Jane and Tom Moore, Craig and Jonna Beckett, Jim and Toni Beckett, and Susan and Scott Kilpatrick; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Visitation is from 6-7 with Rosary following at Ben F. Brown Funeral Home (Irving) on Monday, September 3, 2012. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10 AM at St. Luke Catholic Church in Irving, TX.


Lawrence Leonard Jennings passed away August 27, 2012. A funeral will be held Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: The Wednesday Work Crew, First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060.


Nancy Kay Farina, surrounded by loving family and friends, Nancy Kay Farina passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Joseph P. Farina and her stepfather, Burnis Deel, both of Irving. She is survived by her mother, Sylvia Deel of Irving; sister Melissa Anne Farina of Dallas; brother Timothy Joseph and sister-in-law, Mary Farina of Southlake; nieces Chesley, Lucy and nephew Henry Farina of Lantana, Texas. She is also survived by numerous cousins and extended family. Nancy was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 17, 1958. She attended high school at Ursuline Academy in Dallas, where she graduated in 1977. Nancy cultivated many lifelong friendships while at Ursuline, and remained a dedicated alumnus. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1981 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Nancy also forged lifelong bonds and friendships with many of the people whose lives she touched attending the university. In 1991 joined the Dallas Heritage Village as Vice-President of Development and Capital Giving, a position she held until the time of her death. During her 21-year tenure she was instrumental in reviving this 1876 historical landmark for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Texas. Spirituality was a cornerstone of Nancy’s life, and she was an active parishioner at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for many years. Nancy enjoyed music, art, books, politics and travel. One passion that eclipsed all others, however, was Texas Rangers baseball. Her home was filled with books, pennants and player memorabilia. She never missed a televised game and frequently attended games with friends or family Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas. Reception following in church’s fellowship hall. Subsequent graveside service at Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas. Donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org/index (will create a url specific to Nancy’s name) or Dallas Heritage Village at http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/DonationsSponsorships.aspx


Paul Ray Mason passed away August 23, 2012. He was born on January 19, 1927 in Randolph, LA to Lucius and Ethel Mason. He owned Mason’s Pharmacy in Irving until his retirement in 2005; he was a US Navy Veteran and a member of Hackberry Creek Church. He is survived by wife Mary Jo Mason of Flower Mound; son David Mason and wife Carol of Flower Mound; son Don Mason and wife Debbie of Coppell; daughter Jane Gilbert and husband Mark of Argyle; sister Gladys Beal of Little Rock, AR; grandchildren Kim, Brian, Jordan, Meredith, Caroline and John and great-grandchildren Brad and Kara. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday August 26, 2012 at Hackberry Creek Church with Dr. Dale W. Patterson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Hackberry Creek Church 2000 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, TX  75063.


Dale Stowe of Irving passed away August 15, 2012. He was born on May 1, 1919 in Rock Creek, Ohio to Ernest and Esther Stowe. He retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years serving in WWII, The Philippines; Occupied Japan, Germany and Turkey. He later retired from Vought Corporation in 1982 after working 15 years as a machinist. He is preceded in death by his parents, and daughter Vicki Lynn Stowe. He is survived by daughter Valerie Kennison and husband Bruce of Vero Beach, Florida; daughter Mary Sue Moerbe of Irving; grandchildren Michael D. Kennison and wife Ronda; Craig R. Kennison and wife Kara; Mark C. Kennison; Stacey Munger and husband Monte; Gary Moerbe and Glen Moerbe; sister Barbara Rand; great-grandchildren; Teresa Munger; Tyler & Shayne Kennison; Cory Childers; Alexandra and Ann Marie Moerbe.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 21 2012 at DFW National Cemetery with Chaplain Yoo officiating.


James Burt Achee, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He was born March 27, 1920 in Plaquemine, Louisiana. After serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II, he retired as a Captain from Delta Air Lines in 1976. He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Ann Achee in 2007, daughter Sheila Achee in 1963 and great granddaughter Allison McNutt in 2004. Survivors include daughter Coleen Couch of Irving; grandchildren Chad McNutt, Justin McNutt and Kimberly McNamara; and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 17, 2012 at Brown's Memorial Chapel with Gerald Schwalb officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Dovie Jean Bales, a resident of Irving since 1962, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012.  She was born March 23, 1928 in Abilene.  She enjoyed quilting, painting, and was an accomplished  musician.  Dovie is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 63 years, Alfred Tennyson Bales, son Gerald Bales, and grandson Brian Ward, and is survived by her children John Bales of Hico, Diana Bales of California, Edwin Bales of California, Amy Ward of Royse City; 15 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers Kokey Ohlhausen and David Ohlhausen; and sisters Flora Bird, Betty White, and Dolly Ostlien.  Graveside inurnment services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie with Dr. Grady King officiating.


Clovie Alex Kile, of Euless, passed away Monday, August 13, 2012. He was born December 28, 1942 in Diboll, Texas to Clovie Robert Kile and Inez Lazelle Raye.  Clovie served in the Army, and subsequently was employed as a supervisor and painter in the construction industry. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Douglas Kile of Euless; daughters, Deborah Tabor and Angela Winsett of Euless, and Jessica Garringer of Irving; grandchildren, Leslie Neice of Ohio; Lindsay Kile, Connor Garringer, Raelei Garringer of Irving; and Brandon Flores, Joseph Kile, and Elizabeth Winsett of Euless; and great granddaughter, Landry Neice of Ohio; brothers, Willard Kile of Justin and Willis Kile of Sherman. A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel at 1:00 PM, followed by interment at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 2:30 PM. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:00  PM at the funeral home.


Hurd Timmons Bennett, Jr., a resident of Irving for 54 years passed on from this world to be with his wife and son in heaven on Saturday, August 11, surrounded by his loving family. He was born, January 16, 1945 to Becky Smith and Hurd Bennett Sr. in Houston, Texas. He married the love of his life, Patricia Zimmerman, in December of 1963 where they created their home and raised their three children. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Union and retired from Yellow Freight and also owned his lawn service business for many years.  He was a member of North Pointe Baptist Church in Hurst where he liked to volunteer. He also enjoyed music, westerns, attending  plays and his sports; Cowboys football, Rangers baseball, high school football and NASCAR, and it wasn’t surprising to find him yelling at the television screen or stomping his feet in the stands in excitement. However, his greatest joy and love in life was his family. He had so much joy and happiness traveling and exploring while on family trips and attending family get-togethers and his grandchildren’s school and club events. If you look up family man in the dictionary you would find his picture.  He is survived by his son, Ricky Bennett and wife Pamela of Arlington; daughter, Brenda Heidemann and husband Daniel of Irving; daughter-in-law, Julie Bennett of Trophy Club, grandchildren, Shawn Bennett, Shelby Bennett, Jamie Bennett, Brendan Heidemann and Brett Bennett; sister, Vera Rawlins of Irving; and many loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Patricia Bennett; son, James Bennett; mother, Becky Smith; father, Hurd Bennett Sr.; and sisters, Jean Harrington and Sue Lewis. Visitation will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 15, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Services will be held at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, Thursday, August 16 at 10:00 AM.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.


Maurice "Bud" Nichols, of Irving, and formerly of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012. He was born March 30, 1933 in Woodbury, Tennessee to parents Eddie Alanzo and Gurtie Viola (Kymes) Nichols. He served as a medic with the Army Medical Corp MASH Unit from 1953-1956 during the Korean Conflict. He was a former Past Master of Masonic Lodge #62 in Hot Springs. Bud was a manager at Lone Star Cadillac before retiring in 1997. He is survived by his wife Bertha Nichols of Irving; sons Barry A. Nichols of Irving, and Bryan E. Nichols and wife Michelle of Boyd; daughter Kelli Foote and husband Troy of Spotsylvania, Virginia; granddaughters Laura Nichols of Corpus Christi, and Dallas Foote of Spotsylvania; grandsons Christopher Gazalski and wife Amanda of Ft. Worth, and Bobby Nichols and wife Lacy of Aledo; great grandson Carson Gazalski; and brother Glen Nichols and wife Vickie of Hot Springs. Funeral services with Military Honors and Masonic Rites will be held 10 AM Tuesday, August 14, 2012 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 Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. www.stjude.org


Kenneth Wayne Palmer, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012. He was born June 23, 1934 in Amarillo. He served his country in the US Marine Corps. Kenneth was a devoted member and Deacon at his church home, King Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. Kenneth is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, and 2 daughters. Those left to cherish his precious memory and his sense of humor include his devoted wife Jessie L. Palmer; children Pamela March, Willis Patterson, Cheryl Patterson, and LeDora Patterson; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; sister Mary Brown; sister-in-law Vandora Palmer; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, August 13, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Bobby Hastings, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012. He was born August 1, 1967 in Irving. He graduated from Nimitz High School in Irving in 1986. Survivors include his mother Brenda Barker and husband Butch of Irving; father Danny Hastings of Roanoke; sisters Dawn Loos and husband Ron of Roanoke, and Terron Russell and husband Travis of Irving; step-brother Neal Barker and wife Shannon of Dallas; grandmother Bea Richardson; uncles Billy Hastings and Sammy Hastings; nephews Bump Cash, Chris Brown, and Shawn Brown; and nieces Kyndle Hastings, Lori Cash, and Crystal Cash. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Felix Flores officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Philip Wylie York, of Irving, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012. He was born January 2, 1942 in Dallas. He was a graduate of South Oak Cliff High School and was a Scientologist for 50 years. Philip was a recording engineer/producer and owner of Yorktown Digital Works, Inc., in Irving and Big Y Productions for 53 years. Philip was a three time Grammy winner and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He had recorded tens of thousands of hours in Texas recording studios, including his own. He recorded the musical numbers to Universal Pictures’ feature film Tender Mercies, which was nominated for four Academy Award Oscars and won two of them. He has recorded a No. 1 national chart hit single in five major music styles: Pop, Country, Rhythm & Blues, Hispanic, and Contemporary Christian. He recorded the No. 17 Billboard disco hit single, Coming out of Hiding, sung by Pamela Stanley. He has recorded three Grammy Winners and about 40 Grammy contenders that didn’t win. The most recent Grammy received was in 2003. Philip wrote and directed the TV movie Waiting for the Train for Paragon Cable, which included an original Ron Dilulio music score. He recorded four of Willie Nelson’s hit albums, Red Headed Stranger, The Sound In Your Mind, Family Bible, and Face of a Fighter, with Willie as producer on all, and Phil as recording engineer. Red Headed Stranger contained the classic, Grammy winning hit single, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. In 1983-90, he co-hosted The Texas Toast radio show with Foxy Jan on KNON-FM in Dallas, playing only Texas music. He has recorded hundreds of national commercials for companies such as Gulf Oil, Igloo, Texaco, Chrysler Corporation, Fuddruckers’ Restaurants, IBM, Datashred, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Chase Manhattan Bank, Republic National Bank, The Dallas Morning News, and many others. Phil had recorded hundreds of talented artists in his career as recording engineer. Among them are Ann-Margaret, Jewel Akens, Chelsey Austin, Jim Batchelor, Belinda B, B-Square, David Cline , Dallas Coleman, Brave Combo, Bruce Channel, King Cone, Crawfish Band, Floyd Dakil, T. Bob Davis, Lonnie Dean, Nokie Edwards, John Gary, Art Greehaw & The Light Crust Doughboys, Paul Harrington, Johnnie High, Engelbert Humperdinck, Carroll Hubbard, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kalinka, Kenny & The Casuals, Shannon Kincaid, Von Lightfoot, Jesse Lopez, Trini Lopez, Delbert McClinton, The Moondogs, Willie Nelson, The North Texas Lab Band, Tommy Overstreet, Larry & Linda Petty, Charley Pride, Helen Reddy, Dan Roberts, The Rolling Stones, Ray Sharpe, Shotgun, B.W. Stevenson, Vern Stovall, Gene Summers, Shoji Tabuchi, Dave Tanner, Larry Joe Taylor, Susie Taylor, Marc Toussaint Combo, Dwight Townsend, Ross Vick & TrueHeart, The Van Dykes, Jimmy Velvit, Jerry Jeff Walker, Debbie White, Lew Williams, Don Zimmers, and many, many more. Phil had also restored and remastered for re-use record labels in the US and Europe, using CEDAR & Sonic Solutions with NoNoise, over 550 CDs from old analog sources. Vintage artists include Rex Allen, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Lightning Hopkins, Glenn Miller, Elvis Presley, Della Reese, Kay Starr, Sunny & the Sunglows, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Guitar Watson, Andy Williams, YALE Whiffenpoofs and many more. He knew how to fix gooey tapes, and regularly performed those services for individuals, too. Bing Crosby, one of the most loved and respected entertainers who ever lived, recording more recordings than anyone else, said this about Phil York’s work restoring some early recordings to higher quality: "The tapes are truly remarkable. The quality is unbelievable. Thank You." He is survived by his son Jason, sister Sharon; grandson Michael; granddaughter Chauni; nephew Steve; niece Stacey; great nieces April, Autumn, and Alex; great nephews Morgan and Conner; numerous other family members; and many members of the music industry whom Phil considered his family, including several best friends that he loved dearly. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 10, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Jean Hutchins of Irving passed away August 7, 2012 in Irving. She was born on November 11, 1920 in Hopewell, Texas. She was also known as Mother, Mama and BeBe. She was a member of The Irving Women’s Bowling Association, enjoyed gardening, boating with her husband John at Cedar Creek Lake and Lake Grapevine and riding horseback in rodeo parades. She is survived by her son Gary Hutchins of Irving; daughter Cindy Robin Hutchins of Euless; grandchildren Kristie Wheeler and husband Al Gibbons and Scott and wife Kristen Wheeler; Skip and Mary Hutchins; Tricia N. and Mark Croarkin; Tim Hutchins and wife Cindy;  Sarah Cathleen Reed; and 10 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday August 9, 2012 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday August 10, 2012 at Browns’ Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Perrill officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at 8150 Brookriver Drive, S-102, Dallas, TX  75247 or www.lungusa.org.


John Lawrence Scott, Jr., of Irving, passed away Monday, August 6, 2012. He was born December 9, 1940 in Greenville. He enjoyed traveling to see his children and grandchildren and also visiting Civil War battle fields. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cheryl A. Scott of Irving; daughter Janette Scott Patten of Kansas; son Jeffrey Knox Scott of Arkansas; 6 grandchildren; and sisters Wanda Skidmore of Irving, Bobbie Lytle of Connecticut, and Pamela Watts of Greenville. Memorial services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.

 


Ed Sissom, a resident of Irving since 1940, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012. He was born March 15, 1918 in Bell County, Texas. Ed was an avid fisherman, hunter, Dallas Cowboy fan, and Texas Ranger fan. Above all, he loved Stock Car racing and enjoyed restoring old vehicles and was once the president of the Dallas Racing Club. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis Preston and Molly (Parker) Sissom, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Sissom of Irving; son Buddy Sissom of Irving; daughters Betti Gregory of Grapevine, and Sherry Black and husband Terry of Carrollton; grandchildren Greg Chappell, Jud Chappell, Buddy Sissom, Jr., Kim Dwyer, Jason Black, and Amy Black; 7 great grandchildren; sister Evelyn Snodgrass; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Earl L. Sanders, a resident of Irving, Texas for the past fifty years, died on Friday, August 3, 2012. Earl was born in Colbert, Oklahoma on July 24, 1935. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Freda Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Sanders; two sisters, Mary Hockett and Clara Schimmel; children, Dianna Kuhn and husband Steve, Debra Shea and husband Mike, Barbara Mury and husband Todd, Brian Sanders and wife Sharon, Kevin Sanders and wife Christine. He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren as well as nine great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends Monday  from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and a Rosary from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


John Wesley James, of Irving for 54 years, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012. He was born June 7, 1924 in Mountain Springs, Texas. He was a World War II US Army Veteran. John is survived by his son Gary James; grandson Curtis James and wife Julie; great granddaughters Grace James and Teagan James; and brothers Ruben James, Nathan James, David James, and Joe James. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, August 6, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

 


Trancito Corral-Montenegro passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was born July 23, 1914 in Carreras, Durango, Mexico. She is survived by her sons Enrique Corral and wife MA. deJesus, Camerino Corral and wife Graciela, and Eloy Corral and wife Thelma; daughters Atanacia Corral Alvarez and husband Roque, Teresa Corral Esparza, and Micaela Corral Guzman and husband David; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great–great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 3, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. There will be a Prayer Service at 7 PM Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the funeral home.


Billy Thomas "B.T." Sheets, of Irving, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer Sunday, July 29, 2012. Born June 8, 1932 to William Henry and Mary Emaline (Kennedy) Sheets in the small Burkburnett Oil Field town of Thrift, TX, he graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1949 where he met the love of his life, Annie Marie (Recie) Sparks. Bill called Irving home for fifty years after moving his family there in 1961. Bill led an adventurous life. In his youth he became fascinated with airplanes and that fascination would stay with him his entire life. Possessing a remarkable mechanical ability, Bill was involved with many projects designing and developing industrial manufacturing processes and equipment and restoration. Bill restored some of the WWII vehicles used in the filming of the 1966-1968 TV program The Rat Patrol. He spent time overseas in France to assist in the development of a manufacturing process that produced liners used in oil supertankers, he worked on research and development for an oil refinery with the King and Government of Tonga in the South Pacific. Bill spent his spare time rebuilding, restoring and flying airplanes. Over a lifetime he restored several airplanes as well as cars. Bill was also a dedicated little league baseball and football coach.  He is preceded in death by his parents William Henry and Mary Emaline (Kennedy) Sheets, and wife Annie Marie Sheets. Survivors include his daughter Debbie Maness and husband Mike of Irving; sons Billy Sheets and wife Cindy of Garland, and Kyle Sheets and wife Susan of McKinney; grandchildren Grant Hertzog of McKinney, Morgan Maness of Irving, Michael Maness of Irving, Charissa Trovinger and husband Mark of Temple, Brandy Morris and husband Ryan of Temple, Jacelyn Sheets of Garland, and Jillian Sheets of Garland, great grandsons Coby Trovinger, Mason Trovinger, and Parker Morris; great granddaughter Chloe Morris; sister Sharon Blackburn and husband Pat of Wichita Falls; and brother Keith Sheets and wife Pat of Argyle. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel, followed by Inurnment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Wichita Falls Faith Mission, 1300 Travis, Wichita Falls, TX 76301. www.faithmissionwf.org


Kristan Ann Adkins-Murden, of Grand Prairie, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012. She was born December 28, 1979 in Butler, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her husband Keith Murden of Grand Prairie; parents Steve and Lisa Noel of Keller; children Grant Adkins, Teagan Ray, and Charlee Ann Sophia Johnson; and sisters Stephanie Noel Webb and husband Daniel of Carrollton, and Sarah Noel of Ft. Worth. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Bear Creek Cemetery in Euless.


Mae "June" Rodgers, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012. She was born December 31, 1928 in McGee, Arkansas. June loved to crochet, and was a lover of animals. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents H.R. and Laticia (Linden) McElroy, son Danny R. Rodgers, brothers Buddy McElroy, Tom McElroy, Louis McElroy, and M.D. McElroy, and sister Mabel Lonyou. Survivors include her children Robert Rodgers, Jr. and Patricia Rodgers of Mabank, Phyllis Rodgers of Irving, and James Rodgers and wife Cathy Rodgers of Vader, Washington; 4 granddaughters; and 10 great grandchildren. A private family Memorial Service will be held at 3 PM Friday, July 27, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Ln., Irving, TX 75038.


Phillip Jackson “Jack” McGee, 82, passed away on Sunday July 22, 2012 following a life of service to others. Jack was born on October 25, 1929 to Stonewall Jackson and Pauline Morris McGee in Wetumka, OK. He graduated from Wetumka High School in 1947 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1954. His education was interrupted by his service in the U S Army during the Korean conflict where he attended Officer Candidate School and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1954 Jack opened one of the first Dairy Queen franchises in the Southwest. McGee Dairy Queen celebrates 58 years in business this month. He was appointed Postmaster of the USPS by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 which made him the youngest Postmaster in the country at that time, retiring in 1989. Jack served on numerous city and state boards including the Wetumka Industrial Foundation, Hill-Burton Regional Hospital Board, the Oklahoma State Development Board for the building of Lake Eufaula. He also held top leadership positions in the American Legion, the Wetumka Chamber of Commerce and being a Founding Member of the Wetumka Kiwanis Club. Jack, a recognized Kiwanis International leader, was elected in 1989 as Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District. Following his term, he and his wife Shirley moved to Irving, TX when he accepted the position of TX-OK District Secretary. Later he was elected Kiwanis International Trustee where he served for 3 years. Recognizing his extensive work with high school students, the TX-OK Key Club inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1997. Loyal to the United Methodist Church for over 60 years, Jack served 2 different churches. In Wetumka, he taught Sunday School, and served as chaired Administrative Council and District Lay Leader. His contribution to the Methodist Church at the conference level was exemplified by membership on Oklahoma Conference Boards of Evangelism and Communications, and Trustee for the Oklahoma Boy’s Ranch. In Irving he was active in the life of First United Methodist Church and regionally served as the President of the North Texas Conference of United Methodist Men, and served on the board of Promise House, a home for at-risk-youth in Dallas. His passions included traveling the world with his wife Shirley, attending OU football games, dining on gourmet food and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley; his 3 sons Greg McGee and wife Ramona, Tyler, Texas, Chris McGee, Dallas, Texas, Brent McGee and wife Donna, Wetumka, Oklahoma. He is also survived by five grandchildren Lacey, London , Greyson, Nicholas and Jackson McGee, all of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Pat Perrin and husband Paul, Tulsa, Oklahoma; uncle Richard Morris and wife Beverly, Carrollton, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas on Thursday, July 26 at 9:00 a.m., with the funeral following at the church at 10:00 a.m. A second service will be held Thursday at the Wetumka Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. with interment immediately following. Donations may be made to TX-OK Kiwanis Foundation, 3010 W Park Row Dr. #100, Pantego, TX 76013 or First United Methodist Church, 211 W. 3rd St, Irving , TX 75060.


Rogelio Sanchez, Jr., of Arlington for thirty years, previously from Port Huron, Michigan, died July 20, 2012.  He was born in Mercedes, TX on May 4, 1957 to Rogelio A. Sanchez, Sr. and Antonia Alvarado Sanchez.  He was an Assistant Manager for Delaware North Companies, Inc.  Preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jose Sanchez, Rogelio is survived by his daughter Adrianne N. Sanchez-Zendejas and her husband Victor of Grand Prairie; his seven brothers Jaime Sanchez, Henry Sanchez, Humberto Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez, Uvaldo Sanchez and Julio Sanchez; two sisters Seberiana Cross and Teresa Sanchez Castillo; and his grandson Alejandro M. Zendejas. A funeral service will be held in Brown’s Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM followed by burial at Grand Prairie Memorial Park, Grand Prairie, Texas.  Officiating will be Deacon Manuel Sanchez.   The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Elsie Coward, of Irving, passed away July 15, 2012. She was born January 1, 1911 in Illinois. She is survived by her sons Neil Coward of Irving, and George Coward of Sacramento, California; and 18 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 21, 2012 in the Mausoleum Chapel at Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Ln. in Dallas. Interment will follow.


Nancy Louise Money Acuff went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 14, 2012. She and her twin sister Mollie Lucille Money Givens of Memphis, Tennessee were born to Theo and Med Smith Money of Waldron, Arkansas on June 3, 1921. She met Dale Clifton Acuff of Booneville, Arkansas, who would become her devoted husband for sixty-four years, while attending Arkansas Tech College in Russellville, Arkansas. Their marriage in June of 1942 was followed by the birth of their only child, George, in October of 1943. Dale was a pilot for American Airlines for 37 years, so their marriage followed his career, from Fort Worth, to Memphis, then to Long Island, New York in 1947. They lived first in Levittown, New York, then Merrick on the south shore, then Great River in Suffolk County. Louise, nicknamed "Money" by her friends in New York, led an active life, enjoying the shows of Manhattan, the beaches and waterways of Long Island, and her membership in the Bellmore Methodist Church, playing piano for the youth choirs and singing in the adult Chancel Choir. Summers were spent plying the inland waterways of the island with friends or enjoying the sun and surf of Jones Beach. In 1965, as a part of American’s relocation to DFW, Louise and Dale moved to Irving, Texas where they were among the first residents of Las Colinas and where they built their dream home on the twelfth hole of Las Colinas Country Club. Louise and Dale loved their home overlooking the course and were always going out onto the porch to wave at their friends as they passed by. Once in Texas, Louise discovered golf and she and Dale enjoyed many rounds together. She was especially proud of her hole-in-one on Number Seventeen and her involvement with the Las Colinas Women’s Golf Association. Louise and Dale became long-term members and supporters of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church where there was a pew seat that seemed reserved for her. Louise was also an avid bridge player, and long after the move to Texas she would return to New York to visit her bridge buddies and attend Broadway shows. She loved to cook, especially for her many friends and her grandchildren who eagerly looked forward to her holiday feasts. Music was another passion of hers, as she played the piano for youth choirs, sang in adult ones, and played her piano and organ at parties in her home. She loved to sing and particularly liked gospel music. She was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister Muriel Money Baber, and Dale in 2006. Louise is survived by her son, George, daughter-in-law Karla Key Acuff, and her grandchildren, Matthew and Kathleen Acuff. She is also survived by her twin sister, her niece Molly Givens Tracy of Memphis, and nephew Mitchell Stanley Givens of Johnson City, Tennessee. Her boundless enthusiasm, energy, and love will be greatly missed; she enriched many lives. For the last five years she has been a resident of Signature Pointe on the Lake in Dallas, Texas. The family would like to thank the administration and staff at Signature Pointe for the loving care provided Louise during this period. Graveside service Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas; followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, TX. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Plymouth Park United Methodist Church.


John Henry Smith, Jr., of Irving, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012. He was born December 16, 1952 to parents John Henry and Evelyn Jeannette Wheeler Smith. God called him home to join his mother and father in Heaven. Henry was born with severe cataracts, causing blindness, but was raised to be independent. By the time he was 18, he could do almost anything he wanted to. He worked for several years at the Lighthouse for the Blind. His brothers and sisters will always have Henry in their hearts. Survivors include sisters Carolyn Harris and husband Jimmy Dexter of Marysville, Washington, Katherine Harris and husband Hilary of DeKalb, Texas, Patricia Blankenship and husband Kenneth Fronterhouse of Irving, and Michelle Mexia and husband Larry of Irving; brother Ricky Lee Smith of Texarkana, Texas; 7 nieces; 10 nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday, July 16, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Saturday at the funeral home.


Everd "Max" Cormier, of Irving, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2012. He was born in Irving, TX on December 17, 1946 to Everd Cormier and Ila Ree Pickens. He is survived by his step-mother, Christine Cormier of Irving; aunts, Ruby Moore of Fort Worth, Martha Ann Tow of Amarillo, TX, and Jane Cowan of Gardendale, TX; uncles, Warren Pickens of Canadian, TX, and Earl Cormier of Bridge City, TX; and numerous cousins. A funeral service is planned for Saturday, July 14, at 11: AM in Brown's Memorial Chapel, burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Irving.


James Marek, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012. He was born November 22, 1956. He graduated from MacArthur High School in Irving. He was a veteran of the US Navy. James loved to ride his Harley Davidson Fat Boy and also enjoyed his Budweiser and Jack Daniels. He was a loving son, father, and grandfather, and a great friend. He is preceded in death by his father Albert Marek and brother William Marek, and is survived by his daughter Jami Webb and husband Cody of Irving; son Michael Hines of Arlington; and sister Dannette Erwin and husband Rory Don of Texas. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Billie Sue Yancey, of Irving passed away Saturday July 7, 2012.  She was born June 10, 1930 in Sicily Island, Louisiana and was resident of Irving from 1958 to 2010 when she moved to Granbury, Texas.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, W. Kenneth Yancey, originally of Brookhaven MS. She is survived by her son W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr. and wife Alicia of Ashburn, Va.; daughter Karen Yancey Wilson and husband Walter of Granbury; three grandchildren W. Kenneth Yancey, III, Heath A. Yancey and Sarah Grace Wilson and a sister-in-law  Mignonne White of Baton Rouge, LA as well as many close friends.  Mrs. Yancey moved to Irving when her husband joined Southwest Bank and Trust in Irving in 1958. He retired as Chairman and CEO of InterFirst Bank Irving, Las Colinas and DFW Freeport. More recently he was Vice chairman of Bank of the West.  She was very active socially including Past President of the Women’s Club, member of Rotary Anns, supporter of the Irving Symphony and Irving Community Hospital.  She was a long time member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church.   A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday July 11, 2012 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Irving Healthcare Foundation, Plymouth Park United Methodist Church or the cancer charity of your choice.


Lotus Juanita Gadd, of Irving, passed away July 7, 2012. She was born January 12, 1928 in Dallas, Texas to Martin Luther Childers and Mary Uckert.  Lotus graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. She painted landscape paintings both in oil and water color, crocheting and gardening; and she was a born again believer in Jesus Christ. Lotus was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Gene, her parents, and a sister, Amelia Fielder. She is survived by her son, Donald Gadd of The Colony; daughters, Cathy Richards of The Colony and Dena Estes of Irving; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sisters, Sarah Fijewski of Arlington and Elaine Battenfield of Rowlett. A Graveside Service is planned for 11:30 AM, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas.


James Dean Pinkerton, of Irving, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012. He was born November 25, 1952 in Dallas. He is survived by his wife Maria Chavez Pinkerton of Irving; sons Candelario Chavez, Jr., and Jonathan Chavez, both of Irving; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brother Gary Armor of Hugo Oklahoma; sister Georgia Kelly of Mesquite; Jessie and Ryan Ennis; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, July 9, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitations will be 10 AM-5 PM Saturday, and 1 PM-5 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Matthew Michael Whitfield, a 4 year resident of Irving, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012. He was born August 14, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. He was a 2012 graduate of Nimitz High School. Matthew was a Hell of a Gamer, loved to spar with his friends, collect bladed weapons, and loved to go fishing. He was a jokester, peace maker, and comedic relief for all who knew him. Matthew was always there to help a friend out and knew the meaning of loyalty. He is preceded in death by his great grandfather Tod Pierce of Chicago, Illinois, and uncle William Hoage of Irving. Survivors include his parents Michael and Tonee Whitfield of Irving; grandparents Jesse and Marilyn Whitfield of Henderson, Nevada, and Patrick and Debra Hoage of Irving; and uncle Patrick Savea of Banger, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Monday, July 9, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to Suicide & Crisis Center of N. Texas, 2808 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX 75204 or online at: www.sccenter.org


Esther Lou Lewis, of The Colony, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012. She was born May 17, 1938 in Dallas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her friend Patricia. She enjoyed watching old movies and listening to old music, and also Josh Groban and Alan Jackson. She is survived by her husband Harold of Highland Village; son Clint Lewis and wife Marcia of Arlington; grandchildren Rebecca Lewis, Matt Lee, Shawn Lewis, Josh Lee, Jessica Lewis, and Andy Lewis; and great grandchildren J.T. Lockett, Hailey Lockett, Kaitlynn Lee, and Grayson Lee; and cat Tara. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, July 9, 2012 at Restland Memorial Gardens in Dallas with Pastor Bobby Bridges officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 4300 MacArthur Ave., Dallas, TX 75209.


Janice Eddy Pace Tucker, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away and went home on July 1, 2012. Our hearts are filled by all our wonderful memories and fun times we had with her. She was born to Fannie Elizabeth Welborn Pace and George L. Pace, Sr. in Athens, Texas on August 22, 1919. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Presley N. Tucker, and precious son Anthony "Tony" P. Tucker. Janice is survived by her two sisters, Martha Elizabeth Patten, and Joanna P. Partain; children, Martha Jo Arwine and husband Eddie, and Karen Sue Frettoloso-Kidwill and husband William; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren, who loved and treasured their "Bobo" very much. They will always remember "Bobo" for the loving times she spent with each of them playing Dominoes, Uno, Bingo, and taking them to "The Big Toy" playground; loving times and memories that will last forever. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM Friday, July 6, 2012 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.


Edward M (Eddie) Holland, of Irving died surrounded by family Tuesday evening, July 3, 2012.  He was born on October 25, 1917, in Erick, Oklahoma, to Luther Powers and Daisy Lorena Cravens Holland. Eddie began painting signs at the early age of 14 and made that his lifetime profession.  As a self-employed sign painter he painted signs in every state except Hawaii.   Eddie was preceded in death by his brother, sister and two sons.  Survivors include his wife Lana Caroline Valentine Holland; children Judy Corley and husband JT of Terrell, Eddy Holland, Jr. and wife Peggy of Euless, Karen White and husband Ben of McKinney and Maurya Lynn Patrick and husband Kevin of Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.    Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday July 6, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will take place at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. The family requests memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75204.


Patricia Jo “Patty” Palmer, of Irving, passed away July 2, 2012.  She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 1, 1937 to Richard Emmit Conine and Glennalie Scott. She is survived by her husband, Calvin Palmer; sons, Scott Parks of Garland, Richard Palmer and wife Camille of Irving; daughters, Jenifer Cantrell, Julianne Reinhard and husband Aaron of Irving and Carolyn Stroud and husband Danny Joe of Bonham; brothers Joe Kelley and wife Debbie and Richard Conine; sister, Teri Collier; twelve grandchildren; two great grandsons and one great granddaughter.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints at 1553 South Story Road, Irving, with Bishop Daron Janis officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the funeral home.


Sally Trimble.  On the final note of Immaculate Mary, the day after her 81st birthday, in a beam of radiant light, Sally Anderson Trimble went to heaven on June 18, 2012, surrounded by loving family. (Truly, the darkened room lit up with sunlight the moment Mom went to Heaven!) "Mimi," to her nine grandchildren, was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 17, 1931 to Mary Barber and Logan Ballance Gosnell, originally from Springfield, Kentucky. There were grand tales of our mother’s love of her Kentucky kin and summer adventures, especially with Uncle Ham, Sister Jean, Aunt Sarah, Mary Martha, Prucie, Hattie, Felton and many others. A California girl at heart, Sally grew up in San Mateo, California. At 81 years old, many of her closest friends were those she met in San Mateo in her childhood and as a new teacher. A graduate of Berkley in Economics and the College of Notre Dame with a teacher’s certificate, she taught for many years and was very much loved by her students. In the summers and her early years of marriage she traveled the world from Rome to Puerto Rico. She married her prince charming, handsome Texan Robert Ewing Trimble, on July 15, 1961 at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church in San Mateo. They had many adventures taking them to New York City, North Carolina, Washington State and finally Texas. Right after Mt. St. Helens blew, the Trimbles moved to Washington, where they raised their children. Sally was the ultimate "soccer mom" and school volunteer. She was very active in her church, St. Michael’s, and especially loved her prayer group. Mom, a woman of great courage and perseverance and an advocate for life, put her Roman Catholic faith and family first. Devoted to community, she could strike up conversations with anyone anywhere, teaching us the importance of people and friendship. She loved entertaining, the arts and culture, books, and shopping with a regard for the finer things, often recalling her work at the Lancome counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and enjoying coffee at Nordstrom’s. A woman of conservative values, Mom said what she thought and meant what she said. Her positive attitude and zest for life inspired many. Sally is survived by her eldest daughter Mary (Michael) Butler and their children Sarah Anne, Andrew, Paul, Peter, James, Johnny, and Raphael, her daughter Sarah (Kellen) Kooistra, her son Joseph (Sarah) Trimble and their little ones Verity and Hannah, also by her brother John (Carol) Gosnell and dear friend and sister-in-law Janine Gosnell, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert and brother Lee Gosnell. On Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas, 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas, 75062. Time for reflection and rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow. Services will also be held in Olympia, Washington at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1055 Boundary St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., with a rosary and reception to follow. The burial will take place in San Mateo, California. Mom’s favorite charities are St. Anthony’s Shelter for Renewal, 410 E 156th St. New York, NY 10455 and the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, PO Box 11321, St. Louis, MO 63105.


Patricia "Patty" Kline of Farmers Branch, Texas passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the age of 68. She is survived by her 3 children: Eric Kline and his wife Suzanne of Coppell, Texas, Chris Kline and his wife Denise of Upland, California, and Marilie Coulson and her husband John of Cypress, Texas. Patty is also survived by her 7 grandchildren whom she adored immensely. Patty worked for over 20 years in the field of cardiac testing at hospitals in the Dallas area including Irving Hospital, Medical City Dallas Hospital and St. Paul Hospital. A memorial service will be held at Hackberry Creek Church located at 2000 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, Texas 75063 at 11:00 am on Friday, June 29, 2012.  Please join us to pay tribute at the memorial service and to share memories during the reception at the church immediately following the service.


Carrel "Woody" Wood, a resident of Irving for 50 years, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012. He served in the Army National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was once the owner of Woody’s Restaurant in Irving. His favorite pastime was drinking coffee and enjoying the company of friends and neighbors in Irving. Woody was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores Ann Wood and is survived by his children Kelly Norris and husband Buddy of Cleburne, David Wood of Irving, and Jennifer Tullis and husband Craig of Pilot Point; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother G.L. Wood and wife Alice of Dallas; and sisters Geneva Chapin of Allen, and Peggy Jean Livesay of Wills Point. Other loving family members include Carol Wood of Irving, Tammy Cain of Irving, Bobby Lavender and wife Jackie of Mansfield, Eddie Lavender and wife Patti of Irving, Lacey Humelsine and husband Rick of Irving, and many other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 AM Monday, June 25, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends 9-11 AM Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.


James Hunter Goodwin was born May 20, 1925 to Emmitt and Georgie Goodwin in Deport, Texas, and passed from this life on June 19, 2012 in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Wanda Claudine Goodwin, 3 children, Vicki Rasberry, Mikki Harris, and Jeff Goodwin and one step-daughter Tammy Brown, five grandsons, five granddaughters and seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Jimi Goodwin. Jim served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943-1946 as a tank mechanic, having fought at Iwo Jima. He worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. for 37 ½ years before retiring. Since retirement, he has enjoyed square dancing, wood working, carving, fishing at Rockport, traveling in his motorhome, and cruising on ships. He especially loved his trip to Panama Canal and Niagra Falls in 2008. He was a kind, sensitive, soft-hearted, hard-working man that sacrificed his desires for his family and friends. We will all miss him and love him forever. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Committal services with Military Honors will be held at 1 PM Monday, June 25, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, Lane A, in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 8111 LBJ Freeway., Suite 425, Dallas, TX 75251.


Kathy Lee Norman, 56, of Irving, died suddenly at her home on Friday June 15, 2012.Kathy was born on December 9, 1955 in Dallas TX to Henry and Merriam Kokojan. She grew up in Irving and graduated from MacArthur High School.  Kathy attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. After college she worked as a medical technician at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. She put her career on hold to happily raise a family and finished her career at IDEXX Laboratories in Dallas.  Kathy was a fun-loving, down to earth person with a strong work ethic. She enjoyed reading and cooking, shopping, outings to Lone Star Park and family gatherings at the beach as well as visiting Marshall and Caddo Lake. Kathy was an animal lover and leaves several pets behind. She was the "Rock" of her family and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all those who love her. Kathy is survived by her children; Kristy Norman of Marshall, TX, John Norman of Irving, TX, and Kimberly Norman of Irving, TX; her father, Henry Kokojan of Irving; her brother, Lawrence Kokojan and his children: Chrystal, Andre, Chamille, Loren and Lance of Euless, TX; her sister, Teresa Kokojan of Denton, TX; her niece, Allison Kokojan of Euless, TX; and her nephew Justin Kokojan of Euless, TX. She was preceded in death by her mother, Merriam Kokojan, and her brother, Tim Kokojan. Services will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX on Sunday June 24 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the DFW Humane Society, www.dfwhumane.com/Donate.shtml


Maria Cruz Armenta, of Irving, formerly of Arlington and El Paso, passed away June 19, 2012. She was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico July 20, 1932 to Teodosio and Maria Ortiz Ramirez. She worked at Peyton Meat Packing Company for 25 years and retired in 1990. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Armenta, Sr. of Arlington; son, Jonathan Armenta, Jr. and wife Lucy of Irving; daughter, Ruth Cope and husband Paul of Irving; grandsons, Eddie Armenta and wife Christine of Colleyville, Tommie Armenta and wife Lulu of El Paso; granddaughters, Rachel Armenta of Dallas and Cynthia Daly of Denton; great grandsons, Ethan and Levi Armenta of Colleyville and Jaden Armenta of El Paso. There will be a graveside service on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 9:15 AM. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the funeral home.


J.T. Hartness, of Irving since 1954, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012. He was born June 11, 1928 in Farmersville, Texas. He was a longtime member of MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting miniature cars and airplanes, but golf was his passion. He was a loving son, husband, father, and Pop. He is preceded in death by his parents W.D and Sereniah Webb Hartness, brothers Otis Hartness, D.E. Hartness, Aaron Hartness, and Durward Hartness, sister Addie Wilcox, granddaughter Alissa Parshall, and great granddaughter Michelle Parshall. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wanda Hartness of Irving; sons Larry Thomas Hartness, and Garry Joe Hartness, both of Irving; granddaughters Shana Mohr and husband Josh, Dana Hartness, and Kayla Hartness, all of Irving; grand son-in-law Kevin Parshall; great grandson Jack Parshall. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, 8001 Mustang Dr., Irving, TX 75063.


Mamie Agler, of Irving for 47 years, and before that Amarillo, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012. She was born November 7, 1929 near Booker, Texas. She was an elementary school teacher for the Dallas Independent School District and retired after 23 years of service. She was a member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving since 1965. She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William Wesley Agler. Survivors include children Wes Agler and wife Teresa of Colleyville, Karen Agler of Lubbock, and Richard Agler and wife Susan of Grapevine; granddaughters Amanda Florence and husband Zach of Tomball, Texas, Audra Agler, Michelle Agler, Danielle Agler, and Jeanne Wehde; grandson Wesley Wehde; and great granddaughter Vera Florence. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving with Dr. Bill LaBarr officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Frwy., Irving, TX 75062.


Mac Spruce, of Irving for 61 years, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was born November 3, 1924 in Mulberry, Arkansas. He was a US Army Air Force veteran of WWII, serving in the 15th Air Force. He was Manager of Transportation for Atlantic Richfield Co. (Arco Oil & Gas), retiring in 1985 after 25 years. Mac was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Irving. He was a teacher in the Keystone Sunday School Class, volunteer for the Methodist Hospital gift Shop for 27 years, and a member of the Wednesday Work Crew at First United Methodist Church. Mac also helped establish the Travel Fellowship of First United Methodist Church in Irving, and was active in the Golden Age Fellowship. He was a Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 184. Mac was an officer for SOFTA (Shippers Oilfield Traffic Association), and an officer for ETA (Energy Traffic Association). He was a member of NITL (National Industrial Traffic Association), Oil Field Haulers Association, and Greater Dallas Transportation Club. Mac also held a leadership position in developing truck, rail, barge, and ship operations for the construction and ongoing support of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline. He was a member of the original SAM Group (Shell, Arco, Mobil) for the initial studies regarding the feasibility for construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He represented ARCO during the 1970’s, developing the "Sea Lift" barge shipping service which pioneered seasonal barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska’s North Slope drilling operations at Prudhoe Bay and other remote sites. This concept continues to be utilized today in the ongoing support of those operations. He was preceded in death by his parents William Everett and Fannie Mae Spruce, brothers Everett, Hubert, George, and Henry, and sister Mildred. Survivors include his wife Jackie Spruce of Irving; son Bill Spruce and wife Janet of Mansfield; daughter Karen Ivy and husband Jim of Murphy, Texas; grandchildren Kim Rodgers and husband Steve of Keller, Todd Spruce and wife Julie of Flower Mound, Justin Rivette of Waxahachie, Greg Spruce of Euless, Grant Spruce of Mansfield, Laura Blessing and husband Chad of Cedar Park, Texas, and Ashley Ivy of Cedar Park; great grandchildren Kaitlyn Spruce, Kamryn Spruce, Katherine Spruce, Jacob Spruce, Kaci Rodgers, Tyler Rodgers, and Fincher Blessing; brother-in-law Fred Duncan and wife Mary; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday at First United Methodist Church in Irving. 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 First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 311 W. Third St., Irving, TX  75060.


Patsy Marie Cooper, of Irving, died June 9, 2012. She was born on May 31, 1929 to John and Lillian Drake in Dallas.  Patsy was preceded in death by her son David Cooper.  Survivors include her husband Herbert; son Steve Cooper of Round Rock; daughter-in-law Carolyn Cooper of Parker, Colorado; brother Ronald Drake and wife Dixie of Fort Worth; sister Susie Smith and husband Gary of Midlothian; granddaughters Angie Young of Arlington, Julie Weninger and husband Brett, of Castle Rock, CO; grandson Cory Cooper of Kaufman; and four great grandchildren.  Funeral services to be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Irving, Rev, Sammy Hargrove officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday.  The family requests memorials to The Building Fund at First United Methodist Church, 211 West Third, Irving, Texas 75060.


David Maurice Wheat, 88, of Mabank, Texas, passed away June 8, 2012. He was born August 29, 1923 in Sulphur Springs, TX to Valentine Wheat and Minnie Taber.  He served in WWII with the U. S. army Air Corp in the Pacific Theater. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and avid hunter and fisherman. David was preceded in death by his parents; and his wives Leona Blanche and Ida Elizabeth, and is survived by his daughters Ilaine Lulloff and husband Doug of Mabank, TX, Judy Heady and husband Carl of Irving, TX, Patsy Bartmess of Kentucky, Karylene McWhorter of Mabank, TX, and Sandy Trevino and husband Johnny of McKinney; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services are planned for Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Reverend Dewey Wheat. The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Memorials may be made to the organization of your choice.


Mary Gardner, loving wife and mother, passed away on June 5. Mary was born on September 8, 1924 in Smithfield, Texas, the daughter of Rosa (Stephenson) Langford and Hiram Langford. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and was a resident of Irving, Texas for the past 59 years. As a young woman, Mary worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad in several cities in Texas. In 1960, she left the railroad to complete her education and pursue her passion: teaching. For 27 years she taught in the Irving Independent School District, retiring in 1987. Her special interest was Texas history, and she worked to instill that interest in her students. Mary also loved gardening, cooking, and travelling. She was very active in the Irving Heritage Society, and was a member of the West Side Church of Christ. Mary was married to James Gardner for 55 years until his death in 2007. She is survived by her son, Grant Gardner (Laura), and two grandsons, Daniel and Philip Gardner. A memorial service is planned for 11 AM, Tuesday, June 12 at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, Texas. This will be followed by a brief graveside service at the DFW National Cemetery. There will also be a public viewing at Browns from 6-8 PM on Monday, June 11.


Mary Ann Curington Slimp, 83, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012, at her home in Irving, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Irving North Christian Church, 2901 N. MacArthur Blvd. Graveside services will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. Visitation will be held at Ben F. Brown Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd. Irving Texas, on Friday, June 8 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Mary Ann was born on October 17, 1928, in Corsicana, Texas, the third of four children to Cap and Ann Curington, and the only girl. She adored her three brothers and they adored her too. This deep affection continued throughout their lives. Mary Ann was a graduate of Corsicana High School. She attended North Texas State University (now UNT) in Denton, where she met her future husband, Landon Clyde "L.C." Slimp, Jr. They spent most of their years together in Irving, raising their four girls there, and eventually celebrating over 50 years of marriage. Mary Ann is survived by her daughters: Mary Ann Slimp of Irving; Susan Lawrence and husband Ray of Irving; Jeanne Kaster and husband Michael of Corsicana; and EllenYancey and husband Mike of Dallas; four beloved grandchildren: Tim Lawrence and wife Caren; Amanda Sanchez and husband A.J.; and Lauren and Leanne Yancey; one great-grandchild, J.W., and one on the way. Many loving nieces and nephews are among those who already miss her.  She is preceded in death by her husband, L.C.; her parents, C.O. "Cap" Curington,Sr., and Annie Irene Williams Curington; and her three brothers and sisters-in-law: Jim & Mildred Curington; Bud and Helen Curington; and Paul & Jane Curington. Called "the original sweetie," and "one swell gal," by members of the family, Mary Ann was also known as Mamaw, Ain’t May, Legs, Mabs, and Bones. Over the last few years, she was our matriarch, showering us with her love and constant thoughtfulness. She was expert at mothering us all; there was room in her heart for everyone. Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Assoc., 8150 Brookriver Dr., Ste. S-102, Dallas, TX 75247, or American Diabetes Association, 4425 West Airport Freeway, Suite 130, Irving, Texas  75062.


Daniel D. Carmody, 80, of Irving, TX. died Saturday, June 2, 2012 at his home. He was born in Galesburg, IL. on Oct. 4, 1931, the son of Martin Clement and Anna (Jacobsen) Carmody. He was united in marriage December 1, 1990 to the former Georgia A. Stiarwalt. He retired from Ingersoll Rand/Bearing Division in Carrollton, TX after 27 years as warehouse foreman. He was a member of the St. Andrew United Methodist Church and had sung in the choir for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George and John Carmody. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Georgia; a stepson, Kenneth R.(and Mareile) Williams, Ebersburg, Germany; two sisters, Ruth McCarthy, Richmond, VA; Esther Hoover, Pittsburgh, PA.; three grandchildren, Alena, Danny and Samantha Williams; one great grandson. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 2 P.M. at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX. 75061. Reverend Robert Hasley, from St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Plano, TX. will officiate. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave, 7th fl., New York, NY 10001 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Gilbert Jacobson, of Irving for 50 years, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012. Gilbert was born July 4, 1925 in Iron River, Michigan. He retired from the Army in 1966, and was a Deputy Sheriff in Dallas County for 18 years until he retired in 1990. He enjoyed bowling with the Irving Senior Bowling League and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Eva; daughter Sybille Galosy and granddaughter Marilyn Galosy; daughter Sylvia Bradford and son-in-law Brian Bradford; sister Nancy Shepich and family of Michigan. Memorial services will be held at 11 am Friday, June 8, at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Henry G. Ayala, of Irving for 33 years, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012. He was a loving father, devoted husband, brother, friend, and a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He is preceded in death by his parents Enrique and Susie Guerrero Ayala, his wife of 26 years, Cheryl A. Ayala, father-in-law Dilvan Gorham, and aunt Manuela Molina. Survivors include his daughter Jessica Janscha and husband James of Rowlett; sons Enrique "J.R." Ayala of Irving, and Michael Ayala of Irving; sister Virginia Rivera and husband Louie of Coolidge, Arizona; mother-in-law Anita Gorham of Irving; brothers-in-law Keith Gorham and wife Korine, and Kevin Gorham and wife Samantha; nieces Shelly Rivera, and Kayla Gorham; nephews Louie "Sib" Rivera, Justin Lane and wife Courtney, Brian Lane, and Kyle Gorham; and numerous other family members. Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Monday, June 4, 2012 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Irving.


Richard Edward "Rich" LaTour, of Dallas, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012. He was born July 10, 1981 in Dallas, to Larry and Cindy LaTour. Richard earned his GED in the Seaborne Challenge Program in Galveston, and then went on to serve in the United Sates Navy, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles. Richard was a free spirit who loved Jesus and others passionately.  We all heard it: "Wait, you gotta hear this," Richard would look at you with his big blue eyes and serenade you.  "Crucified with Christ," "Beauty and the Beast" or the latest song he loved.   His scruffy good looks got calls of, "It's Ryan Gosling!" Handsome, magnetic. He would rather have been Michael Jackson.  He loved to dance.  The outdoors is where he came fully alive. The water and waves of the surfer life in Hawaii while stationed at Pearl Harbor were some of his favorite experiences. Hence a wardrobe of Hurley, Billabong and Quicksilver apparel. In the mountains of Estes Park, he would say to his roommate and best friend, Brent, "What adventure do you want to have today?" They would pick a trail but never stayed on it – typical Richard.  He always led the way, thrilled at the challenge of being lost, enjoying the adventure of finding his way back again.   He was a brother, a son, a cousin, a nephew, a grandson and a best friend who, on Sunday night, found his way home. He is finally in peace, eternally, with our Father in Heaven. He will be missed forever by his angel and best friend Brent Hall; his mother Cindy, father Larry, sister Kendra and husband Shawn Wallace, brother Jeffrey and wife Jaimee; Grandparents Billy and Nancy Welborn; Aunts and Uncles Trish and Ed Harrison, Rick Roman, Mike and Nancy Roman, Kathy LaTour, Marylee and John Garcia; Cousins Brent and Kelsi, Shaun, and Daniel Garcia, Kirtley, Brian, Brad, Kari and Kelly Perkins, Brian and Tara Harrison, Kari, John, Emma and Micah Rhodes, Kelly and Mark Howe, Chris, Daniel and Rebecca Roman, Reid, Cassie and Caroline Roman. Nieces/Nephews: Hallie, Natalie and Nicholas Wallace. Richard was also loved, cared for and treasured by many others along the way.  Enjoy dancing with our Lord dearest one!  The family will receive friends 5:30-8:30 PM Friday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  Memorial Services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Fellowship Bible Church-Dallas, 9330 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. A Committal Service and burial with Military Honors will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.


Charles Rodney Hershberger, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012. He was born April 3, 1955 in El Paso. Survivors include his mother Dottie Lee of Irving; and brothers Steve Hershberger of Midland, and John Hershberger of Framers Branch. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Friday, June 8, 2012 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cleburne.


William Wicks, age 88, longtime Irving resident passed away on May 29, 2012. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. He was in the first ROTC graduating class at the University of Notre Dame. During WWII he was a Lt Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy stationed in the Pacific aboard the PC824. It was a very proud and memorable time in his life. On November 29, 1947 he married Frances Horner and they spent nearly 65 happy years together. He had a long career in Public Relations and spent the last 18 years of his career with Kimberly Clark Corporation as Vice President of Public & Investor Relations. He is survived by his wife Frances, 2 daughters, Barbara Little and Christine (William) Stender and 2 grandchildren, Kimberly & Paul Stender. Visitation will be held on May 31, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held on June 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at The Chapel of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas, 1845 E. Northgate Dr. Irving, 75062. Burial will be following at Dallas Fort-Worth National Cemetery. Donations in his name can be made to, "Wreaths Across America" P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, Maine, 04623.


Nancy Lou Key died peacefully on Monday, May 28, 2012 in Plano, TX. She was born on February 26, 1939 in Greenville, TX to Cleo Webb and Gertrude Christine Key. She is survived by her brother Bill Key of Irving, TX, and her sister Sue Key Kirkpatrick of Allen, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Nancy Key taught math and served as department chair at MacArthur High School for 32 years. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.; funeral service will be on Friday, June 1, at 1:00 p.m., both at Ben Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org/greaterdallas.


Mary Ruth Shanz, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away on the evening of May 22, 2012. Born in Irving, Texas on January 6, 1929, she was the daughter of J.W. and Mary Burkhalter. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernest P. ‘Pat’ Shanz and son Jimmy Shanz. Survivors include son Dan Shanz of Berlin, Maryland; daughter-in-law Sharon Shanz of Jauquin, Texas; brothers Johnny Burkhalter of Whitewright, Texas and Kenneth Burkhalter of Valley View, Texas; five grandchildren Dan Shanz, Jr., Anthony Shanz, Trina Kirchner, Rachel Shanz and Tyler Shanz; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family will gather to receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a graveside service following the conclusion of the visitation at Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas, officiated by Rev. Ernie Woody.


Nannette Dillard Simpson, 87, passed away in her home on Thursday, May 17, 2012. She was born February 5, 1925 in Navarro County, Texas to Legro Dillard and Ruther Roller Smith. Ms. Simpson was a retired freelance journalist, and held a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She spent her life traveling the world and was passionate about the arts, entertainment and music. Over the years she wrote countless articles for publications such as Texas Monthly Magazine, Southwest Art, Gourmet Magazine and the Dallas Morning News. Early in her career she had a once in a lifetime chance to interview a young Frank Sinatra while he was still in Tommy Dorsey’s Band. She also wrote the cover story article of the December 1980 issue of Gourmet Magazine featuring the San Antonio River Walk. She collected art from many of the artists featured in her Southwest Art articles. Ms. Simpson was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Akin Monteville Simpson, Jr., and is survived by her sister Evalyn Heiser; sons, Dale Bullough of Dallas and David Simpson of Big Spring; daughter, Melissa Simpson of Montgomery, IL; grandchildren, Tiffany Roseberry of Memphis, TN, Dale Clay Bullough of Dallas, Christie Allen, Ashley Bohner, and Robert Simpson of Big Spring; and six great grandchildren. Services will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, May 24 at 10:00 AM. Graveside Services for the family will be held in Fairfield at the Fairfield Cemetery at 2:30 PM.


Chris Martin, of Lewisville, and a former resident of Irving for 45 years, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012. She was born January 24, 1924 in Decatur, Texas. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Irving and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She is preceded in death by her husband of 10 years, J.D. Martin, sister Fidella Gage, and brother Carlton Mann, and is survived by her brothers Bert Mann and wife Dorothy of Odessa, and L.W. Mann of Alvord; sister Mary "Frankie" Miliara and husband Joe of Lewisville; and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave/Bob Hope Rd., Miami, FL 33136-1494.


Ruby Dodson was born on June 6, 1918 in Stroud, Oklahoma to Jimmie Anna and Calvin Jefferson Jackson, and passed away May 20, 2012. Ruby had two older sisters, Maud and Elizabeth. She grew up in Gainesville, Texas, where she graduated from high school. She entered nurse’s training in Dallas where she later met and married William Leonard Jernigan on December 4, 1937. Ruby and Bill had four children; two daughters, Anna and Francine and two sons, Bill Jr. and Garry. Bill and Ruby enjoyed fifty-four years of marriage, but Ruby was widowed in 1991. Ruby married Forest Pierce Dodson in 1993. They were married for seven years before she was widowed again in 2001. Ruby has a stepdaughter, Patsy Wilson who lives in Prosper. Ruby is the grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of eleven. She lived at Hearthstone in Irving from April of 2005 until April 2009. She has lived at Avalon Alzheimer’s Home in Irving most recently. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.


Walter Wesley Prater, Sr., a resident of Irving for 57 years, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012. He was born November 16, 1926 in Meadow, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Kathryne Prater; son Walter Wesley Prater, Jr.; daughters Sherry Jones and husband Gene, and Sandra Fong and husband Bobby; son Bryant Prater and wife Pat; step-daughter Pamala Morse; step-son Randy Morse; grandchildren Angel Prater, Shawn Terry, Amy Prater, Aaron Prater, and Julia Jewett; and great grandchildren Alexis Prater, Jayce Jewett, Nate Paxton, Austin Terry, and Alex Terry. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


James Forrest Widener Jr., 88, of Irving, Texas died on May 17, 2012. He was born September 2, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri to James Forrest Widener Sr. and Flora Mackay Turner. Due to the Depression, the family moved to the Trinity Heights area of Oak Cliff in Dallas where his father bought a Sinclar Service Station. One of the best parts of his life came in 1930, when because of the Depression, he was sent to live with his Aunt Gertrude Dill, a grade school teacher at Mitchell Elementary in Little Rock, Arkansas. She taught him living and study habits with loving discipline, which served him well throughout his lifetime. Jim began his working career at age six by selling “The Saturday Evening Post” and “The Country Gentleman” door-to-door in St. Louis.  During high school and junior college in Dallas, he could be found working at the family filling station while keeping a Dallas Morning Newspaper route.  He had the most eye-popping experiences while working as a bellboy for two summers at the old Sanger Hotel in Dallas.  The Texas Centennial at Fair Park came to Dallas in 1936. His mother got a job distributing student tickets to all six Dallas High Schools. She bought hundreds of regular ticket books paying $3.00 per book that sold for $6.50, which included the entrance fee and six shows.  All summer he bought three books from her each day, rode the street car from home to Fair Park, stood outside the gate until they were sold, then enjoyed the park for the day with $19.50 in his pocket (an immense sum at the time).  In Dallas, Jim attended Trinity Heights Grade School, Boude Story Junior High, and graduated from Sunset High School.  He entered North Texas Agriculture College, in Arlington, in the fall of 1940.  When Jim’s father died in January 1942, it was necessary to postpone further education to support his mother and two siblings. WWII started in December and Jim received a draft deferment because he worked as a roadman and chainman on a survey crew in Lake Charles, LA.  Jim was drafted on August 23, 1943. With his engineering and surveying experience he was assigned to First Army, Company B, 164th Division, Combat Engineers serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany.  He received his Honorable Discharge from the US Army on February 20, 1946 from William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Jim graduated from SMU in 1950, obtaining degrees in business and law. He practiced law while representing the Dallas Title Company in Irving, Texas for the next 38 years. At age 32, he resided as Municipal Judge in Irving for three years.  He felt that he did a good job as a judge due to his unwavering enforcement of the law, particularly regarding the School Board strikes in the 50s. Jim married Betty Grace Bell of Irving, Texas in 1949 and they had two children. He married Helen Marie Ogden Browning in 1971 and they had one child. Helen had three children by a previous marriage.  Both Jim and Helen treated all the children as if they were their own while enjoying over 40 years of marriage.  Jim & Helen owned and operated a mare farm and raced horses professionally in Texas, Louisiana & Arkansas.  Their love of horses kept this operation going for over 20-years in Frankston, Texas.  They spent many proud moments in the Winner’s Circle.  When Jim moved to Irving in the late 1940’s the population was around 2,500. He was one of the leaders in Irving whose foresight, determination and imagination helped form the city in which he lived until his death.  His positive and creative outlook helped to improve the City of Irving. During his life and career, he attended countless meetings, took numerous trips on behalf of Irving Chamber to politic for transportation and other critical city needs.  He maintained communication with Senators, Congresspersons, Representatives, Legislators, Board Members and, most importantly, many people who had constructive input but no voice.  He was a Co-Developer for Sherwood Forest residential sub-division and Central Park Shopping Center (the largest shopping center in Irving at the time) and other developments. His wit and charisma promoted cooperation between people of differing opinion helping the city move forward into the future.  During his life, Jim was a world traveler, served as Chief Justice of his Legal Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, Secretary/Treasurer of Barristers Honorary Legal Organization, Charter Member and President of Irving Jaycees, Director/President/Committee Chairman of Irving Chamber of Commerce, Member of Eastern Board of Lone Star Transportation Authority, Zoning Commission/Zoning Board of Adjustment of City of Irving, Treasurer for the Legal Sale of Mixed Beverages of Irving, City Judge for the City of Irving (1952-1955), Director of Irving Bank & Trust Company, Director of American Bank & Trust Company (Irving, TX), Special Director of Independent American Savings Association, appointed after its failure to determine if and how any value could be recovered.  Additionally, he was a Director of TIF, Director of DCURD, a Member of Irving Board of Realtors, Irving Home Builders Association, JUNTO, Las Colinas Country Club, a regular attendee at the Henry Homes Breakfast Forum (House of Lords) and lifelong participant of the Coffee Shop Round Table discussions (House of Commons).  Jim is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Helen Ogden Widener of Irving; son James Forrest Widener III of Irving; daughter Stephanie Widener Hendrie and husband, Christopher Pennywitt Hendrie of Tujunga, California; son John Mackay Widener of Frankston, Texas; stepchildren Samuel David Browning of Frankston; Sonya Annette Jester of Irving; and 1SG Tad A. Browning and wife, Ki Steelman Browning of Georgetown, Texas. Grandchildren James Forrest Widener IV and Josey Curtsinger of North Richland Hills, Texas; Zachery Warren Widener of San Marcos, Texas; William Wolfgang Widener, Whitney O Widener both of Irving; Alyssa Belle Hendrie and Tessa Marie Hendrie of Dana Point, California; and step-grandchildren, Scott Christopher Hendrie of Garland, Texas; Aloria Selene Browning of Dallas, Texas; Shaun William Jester Jr., Cordia Marie Jester and Chloe Michaela Jester (who Jim personally named) all of Irving; Tad Alan Browning, Jr. of Temple, Texas; Heather Lynn Browning of Frankston; and the latest edition to the family, Jim’s great grandson, James Forrest Widener V of North Richland Hills, Texas.  Funeral Services to be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012 in the Trinity Ballroom at the Westin DFW Hotel, 4545 John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.  Burial with honors presented by the Irving Fire Department Honor Guard to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery in Euless.


Gladyce “Midge” Hutcheson, of Irving, previously of Richardson, passed away May 18, 2012 at 101 years of age. She was born March 2, 1911 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to Robert A. Hanks and Laura May Braymer. She was a wonderful, thoughtful, caring lady who enjoyed life; and just her presence blessed many lives. Midge was a member of Eastern Star Chapter 219 and kept busy with hobbies, of which there are too many to list.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hutcheson and her beloved poodle, Babbette; and is survived by her daughters, Julia Deakin, Diane Tutterow, and Joanne Hutcheson, all of California; nieces, Kathy McFadden of Alaska and Joyce Blakeslee of Pennsylvania; nephew, Larry Stearns of Pennsylvania; numerous grandchildren, great nieces and nephews; and her Texas family, Karen Hogue, Timothy Hogue, Elaine Butler, Bill and Rosemary Conoley, Katie Vogle, and numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, prior to the service.


Stephen James Burnett, a lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012. He was a loving father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents James Leroy and Mary Francis Morris Burnett, grandmother Dorothy Anderson, and brother Kenneth Burnett, and is survived by his daughter Melissa Burnett of Irving; son Michael Burnett and wife Crystal of Irving; wife Tammie Burnett of Irving; grandchildren Jordan Burnett, Devon Dorough, Breeanna Dorough, Cambria Burnett, and Caden Burnett; brothers David Burnett of Wills Point, and Rocky Burnett of Irving; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, May 26, 2012 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 American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 1010, Rockville, MD, 20852-3914.


Marian Whitten, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012. She was born March 7, 1916 in Hancock County, Georgia. She is survived by her son Wilbur Coyle Whitten and wife JoAn of Irving; daughter Josephine Whitten Mitchell and husband Mike of Picayune, Mississippi; sister Edna Dickson Lamar of Tignall, Georgia; grandchildren Keith Mitchell of Houston, Lisa Mitchell LeFevre of Corinth, William Coyle Whitten of Highland Village, Jennifer Whitten Espinosa of Coppell, and Kimberly Whitten Lancaster of Cypress Springs; and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday, May 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Patsy Gibson, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012. She was born June 27, 1947 in Indianola, Mississippi. Patsy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Allen Gibson, parents Pat and Margaret Smith, and sister Diane Sullivan, and is survived by her daughters Kathryn Campbell of Grand Prairie, and Kay Sanderford and husband Brian of Irving; son Kinne Gibson of Irving; grandchildren Victoria Campbell, Meagan Campbell, Allen Campbell, Ashley Maloney, Hunter Maloney, and Natalie Maloney; and great grandchildren Braiden Lohden, and Jon Allen Grace. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Barton Ray Morris, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012. He was born August 31, 1934 in Blue Ridge, Texas. Barton was a truck driver for Riteway Trucking in Dallas for 52 years. He served in the Army from 1951-1952 and then in the Air Force from 1953-1957. He loved fishing and hunting, and being with family and friends. Barton also loved his 3 dogs. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria Torris Morris of Irving; son Ray Morris and wife Revonda of Irving; daughter Michelle Haley and husband Willie and their children Cody Haley, Tanner Haley, and Reagan Haley of Rowlett; and daughter Erica Morris and husband Mike of Waxahachie. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 3 PM Monday, May 21, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends from 12 PM-2 PM at the funeral home on Monday before the service.


Ina Mae Kemp Schreiber, 91, passed away May 12, 2012. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home, with visitation at 9:00 AM prior to service. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Ina was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Schreiber. She is survived by her sister, brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.


Sweet Isaiah Benjamin Holt arrived at 5:45 on May 9, 2012 and went home to be with our Great Redeemer at 10:39 the same evening.  He was nineteen inches long, and weighed five pounds, fifteen ounces.  He is survived by his parents, Alathea and Justin Holt, big brother Henry Lee Holt, grandparents Robert and Sue Sloan, Gil and Cyndi Holt, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was a beautiful baby boy, and an overwhelming source of joy and happiness in the lives of his family and friends. God answered so many prayers through his little life and through the time that he spent here with us. His family was blessed to spend almost five hours holding, talking to, and loving him. We his family are so grateful for him and for the time we had and the memories we were able to create with him while he was with us. We know that he is healed now, safe in the arms of our Lord, where we will see him again very soon.  Our lives are forever changed by little Isaiah, and we know that God will do a great good through Isaiah's life that he so graciously entrusted to us.  In lieu of flowers, his parents would ask that you please make a donation in Isaiah's name to Orphan Outreach (In Memory of Isaiah Benjamin Holt (www.orphanoutreach.org) or to support the mission work of Sarah and John Herrington through CAM International (www.caminternational.org).


Jean Alley, of Irving, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012. She was born February 12, 1923 in Chanute, Kansas. She taught Sunday School at numerous churches in town and enjoyed Southern Gospel Music. She loved to take all who wanted to go roller skating on Monday nights. Jean enjoyed sewing, and crocheting, and watching The Disney Channel movies. She loved to help all of those she met. Jean is Heaven bound and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Roy Alley, Sr., and granddaughter Barbara Alley, and is survived by her daughter Betty Weatherly of Ferris; sons Roy alley, Jr., of Irving, and James Richard Alley of Cedar Creek; daughter Connie Hughes of Irving; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, May 14, 2012 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.


Michael George Whalen II, 38, passed away on May 8, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Michael was born January 17, 1974 in Columbus to Michael George and Dianne Sue Whalen. He moved from Ohio to Euless, Texas where he has resided for the past 22 years. He is preceded in death by his mother and grandparents Martin W. Whalen, William and Evelyn Counts and his beloved companion Abigail. Michael is survived by his father, Michael G. Whalen and wife Reylinda; brother Anthony C. Whalen; sister Anna Rabe and husband Kevin; grandmother Mildred L. Whalen; nephew Jayden S. Rabe; uncles Patrick W. Whalen and wife Shirley, Raymond T. Whalen, Joseph L. Whalen, Robert W. Counts and wife Elaina; cousins Timothy Whalen, Daniel Whalen, Debra Whalen, Paula McCoy, Joseph M. Whalen and other family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM at St. Michael Catholic Church, Bedford, Texas. Inurnment at Bear Creek Cemetery, Euless. Arrangements under the direction of Anthony C. Whalen - Funeral Director.


Lupe A. Garza, of Balch Springs, went to heaven on May 7, 2012. He was born April 19, 1929 in Irving, and was married Clara Seals Garza. He is survived by his wife, 4 Sons, 3 Daughter in-laws, 3 Step-Daughters, 1 Son-in-law, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 4 sisters and numerous nephews and nieces. His Celebration of Life will be at 3:00 PM, May 16, 2012 at Calvary Hill Baptist Church, 3300 LaPrada Dr., in Mesquite.

 


Alma Louella Baker, 95, of Irving since 1946, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in her residence at the Emeritus retirement Community, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born November 6, 1916 in Hunt County, Texas to parents Barney B. and Stella F. Clark Barron. Alma, or MeeMaw, as she became known in recent years, was a housewife, mother, and culinary wizard. She was an accomplished seamstress and worked many hours plying her talents in the family’s home at 1003 Harlan in Irving. Alma and Wallace were married in 1934 and first moved to Irving in 1946. They built the home on Harlan in 1949, and it was the Baker family home for the next 5 ½ decades. She was a member and founding force of First Baptist Church of Irving and also the Bible Survey Class. Alma was also a member of Order of Eastern Star, 777, of Grand Prairie. She is preceded in death by her husband of more than 54 years, Wallace Wendell Baker, daughter Ileeta Baker Watson, and sister Bonnie Maroney. Survivors include her daughter Luquitta Fisher and husband Bill of The Colony; granddaughters Danna Oxford, Robie Dodson, Candace Gilbert, and Natalee Watson; and great grandchildren Peyton Oxford, Logan and Cameron Gilbert, and Owen, Ellie, and Rosamund Dodson.  A third Gilbert child is due to arrive in September. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, May 11, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. John Durham and Pastor Jonathan Dodson officiating. 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 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Leukemia & Myeloma Dept., P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 in memory of Alma Baker and Ileeta Watson, or Odyssey Hospice, 5440 Harvest Hill Rd., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75230.


Thomas Aubry Vawter, of Irving, passed away on May 7, 2012. He was born March 26, 1933 in Washington, Oklahoma to Aubry Barney Vawter and Lula Dean. Thomas was a truck driver for over forty years. He is survived by his wife, Margie; sons, Tommy and Terry; daughter, Cheryl McLaughlin; a sister, Sandy Kluge Wendell; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. A funeral service is planned for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the funeral home.


Cynthia Lynn Donahue, of Irving, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012. She was born July 19, 1952 in Wichita, Kansas. She is survived by her daughter Cary D. Harris of the Colony; mother Dottie Lee of Irving; brothers Charles Hershberger of Irving, Steve Hershberger of Midland, and John Hershberger of Framers Branch; and 3 grandchildren. Committal services will be held at 11:30 AM Monday, May 14, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.


Lois Nadine King, of Irving, passed away on May 5, 2012. She was born July 25, 1939 in Sacramento, California to Robert Trocke and Viola Butts. She and Bobby King were married on April 7, 1959 in Midland, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Bobby; her son Kevin of Arlington; daughter, Kristina Reaves of Irving; her sister, Mary Stover of Texas; and five grandchildren, Kaylee, Brittany, Brandon, Joshua, and Jacob. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Dr. Brady Blevins officiating. Lois will be buried at Red Star Cemetery in Leedey, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Gene Gadd, of Irving, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012. He was born April 20, 1923 in Commerce, Texas. He is survived by his wife Lotus Gadd of Irving; son Donald Gadd of The Colony; daughters Cathy Richards of The Colony, and Dena Estes of Irving; 6 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Committal services with Full Military Honors will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas.


Timothy (Tim) Perez was born on January 31, 1954 in Dallas, Texas, and passed away on May 1, 2012 after a brief illness. Timmy is survived by his loving parents, Jeannine and Andy Perez; three sisters, Anne, Belinda, Julie; two brothers, Terry and Tommy; two brothers-in-law, Gary Carpenter and Joel Forgus; nieces, Jessie Doyle and Tessa Carpenter, and nephew, Bailey Forgus. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Timmy was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Richland College for two years. He worked as an auditor at Excel Traffic Consultants for over thirty years. Timmy was a lifelong Rangers fan and was happy to see the Rangers go to the World Series. He also liked watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and Cowboys’ games. Timmy liked playing poker, reading Stephen King books, and fishing with his best friend and brother, Tommy. Timmy will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 12:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. in Irving. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Joseph Bryan Coe, of North Richland Hills, went home peacefully after a long 2½ year fight with cancer on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  He was born December 20, 1951 in Houston, Texas.  He was a loving husband, father, and Grandpa.  His life revolved around his family and grandkids.  He will be loved and missed by those who knew him.  Joseph is preceded in death by his father Joseph Thomas Coe, grandson Nicholas Joseph Coe, and nephew Danny Joseph Moore.  Survivors include his wife Beverley Coe of North Richland Hills; daughters Stacy Denise McGowen and husband James of Athens, and Toni Ann Owens of North Richland Hills; son Joseph Thomas Coe of Itasca; grandchildren Cody Carson, Zachary Carson, Taylor Carson, Sydney Owens, Tatum Coe, Alicia McGowen, Chelsea McGowen, Ivy McGowen, and Jacob McGowen; mother Ruth Coe of Chandler, Texas; sisters Charlotte Hamilton, and Donna Braquet; and brother Clifton Coe.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, May 7, 2012 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.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.   


Javier Maldonado, of Dallas, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012. He was born May 17, 1959 in Michoacan, Mexico. He was employed by Carta Mundi, USA. Survivors include his wife Graciela Maldonado of Dallas; daughter Elizabeth Maldonado of Irving; son Eric Maldonado of Dallas; mother Juliana Maldonado of Dallas; father Augusto Maldonado of Dallas; sisters Socorro Maldonado of Mexico, Sara Maldonado of Mexico, Elvia Maldonado of Dallas, and Maria Guadalupe Maldonado of Dallas; brothers Joe Maldonado of Rowlett, Onorio Maldonado of Dallas, Galdino Maldonado of Dallas, Eloy Maldonado of Dallas, and Jesus Maldonado of Dallas; grandsons Andrew Maldonado, and Christian Farias, both of Irving; granddaughter Kimberly Farias of Irving; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 PM Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 231 N. Marsalis, in Dallas. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park, in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday, May 4, 2012 at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7 PM.


Robert McCormick, a resident of Irving for 53 years, and previously from Mundelein, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012. He was born February 26, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Robert started work with VANEC as a salesman and worked his way up to President of the company before retiring of 1992. He was a private pilot and belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association. He is survived by his wife Rosemary McCormick of Irving; son Michael McCormick of Waller, Texas; and daughter Robin Ann McCormick and husband David Davies of Savannah, Georgia. Inurnment services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, May 10, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.


Jean Burtis Dunkle, of Irving, passed away April 30, 2012. She was born October 19, 1936 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois to Floyd Perryman Johnston and Daisy Inez Moore. She was a founding member of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, a former volunteer at Irving Hospital Auxiliary, P. E. O., and a life-time member of the PTA.  She is survived by her daughters, Julie Green and spouse Stacy of Bridgeport, TX, and Kathy Spann and spouse David of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Lauren Green of The Colony, Jon Green of Dallas, Brian Spann and Bethany Spann of Allen, and Chris Strait and spouse Blythe of The Woodlands, TX; great grandchildren, Keaton Strait and Finley Strait. Burial will be at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving or Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Dallas.


Nell McGowan, of Terrell, and a longtime former resident of Irving, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012. She was born February 2, 1928 in Emory. Survivors include her sons Mark McGowan of Terrell, Gary McGowan of Lewisville, and Ricky McGowan of Irving; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Billy Gene Wilson, In Teague, Texas on January 16th, 1930 it was a bitterly cold night and still holds the record cold temperature for that date.  The young woman was little more than a girl herself and had had a long hard labor because her pelvis had not spread like they should have.  At long last, toward morning the tiny child (only 6pounds) was born but was still in trouble.  You see, the umbilical cord was entangled around his neck.  Quick work by the good doctor and the child was crying as he should.  That tiny baby grew up to be a fine young man, president of his high school class, most popular, most handsome and well loved by family and friends.  He spent a short period in the Air Force and received a hardship discharge right before the Korean War began in 1950.  In January 1950 he went to work at SWBT Company, first as a lineman, and then went to Harwood Office in Dallas.  He took an early retirement in 1987, partly because of changes in the company.  In June of 1950 he met his future wife Pat, and at the time of his death they had just celebrated their 60th anniversary.  He and she liked to tease each other and said they had 25 years of wedded bliss.  He was a wonderful husband to Pat, a wonderful father to his four children, Kathi Hodges, Mike Wilson, Becky Schieler and Mary Hart; a wonderful grandfather to his 14 grandchildren and a wonderful great grandfather to his 11 great grandchildren.  He was loved by all the above and also his three sons-in-law James, Dennis and James, and daughter-in-law Patti.  He was 82 and will be missed most of all by his wife Pat and Lilly, his cat.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday. The family requests memorial to either American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-3914 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, TX 75204-9627.


Pauline Faulkner passed away on April 28, 2012 at the age of 90 years and eight months.  She was born in Whitesboro, Texas on August 20, 1921 to Alice and General Thompson. She married James Riley Faulkner on July 18, 1940; and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1995. Pauline was also preceded in death by her six sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her three children, Fay Smith and husband Bill of Lufkin, Texas, James Faulkner and wife Sandi of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Kay Kimberlin and husband Johnny of Irving, Texas; a granddaughter, Jamie White and husband Tim of Jasper, Texas; three grandsons, Ken Faulkner of Phoenix, Arizona, Jim Faulkner and wife Teresa of Sedona, Arizona, and Matthew Kimberlin and wife Araceli of Dallas, Texas; three great grandsons, Justin and Jayden White of Jasper and Aiden Kimberlin of Dallas.  Funeral Services are Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral from 11:00 AM on Wednesday  until time of service.  Interment to follow service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas


"Big Mike" Michael Olivas Enriquez, 73 years old, of Irving, graduate of Crozier Tech 1957, our beloved dad was called home to Heaven on 4/23/12. He is gone but will never be forgotten. He taught his kids & grandchildren the meaning of respect, discipline & hard work. He was loved by many and respected by all. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann, sons Mike, Arthur, & daughter Marisa Christine Guevara, daughters-in-law Lisa & Denia Enriquez, son in law Joey Guevara & 4 grandchildren: Chris, Sara, Jonathan & Ethan Enriquez, his sister, Connie E Herrera, brothers Santos (JR) Enriquez, & Manuel Ramirez. Michael enjoyed time with his family, working on his cars, his yard, & tinkering in his garage. On Fri., 4/27, Services will be held at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Viewing will be from 5-7 pm & Service 7-8 pm. On Sat., 4/28, we will depart @ 10 am from Brown's Funeral Home then proceed to Oak Grove Memorial Gardens – 1413 E. Irving Blvd. in Irving to lay our dad in his final resting place. Please join us in celebrating the life of a man that touched so many lives.


Deacon Roger L. Gette, of Irving, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012. He was an attorney for Legal Aid of North Texas, a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, National Legal Aid Defenders Association, and Dallas Area Social Security Claimants Attorneys. Roger was a 32 year member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving, serving as a deacon since 2006, and was involved in the Marriage Ministry for the Diocese of Dallas, and was a member of Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed helping people in need and viewed everyone as equals. He became a member of PMP Pals, an International support group for patients with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei after his 2002 diagnosis. Roger showed a strong love of nature and believed in taking care of the environment. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Stars fan. Roger was a loving husband, father, and proud grandfather. He is preceded in death by his mother Rose Gette and is survived by his wife Marilyn Gette of Irving; daughters Jennifer Pettis and husband Robert of Baltimore, Maryland; Sarah Pope and husband Nakia of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Leanna Andrews and husband Bobby of Arlington; father Leo Gette and wife Ruby of Devils Lake, North Dakota; grandchildren Kaytlyn Andrews, Mikayla Pettis, Eleanor Pope, Landon Pettis, and Emerson Pope; brother Ron Gette and wife Nancy of Gainesville; sisters Janice Weiss and husband Tim of Corpus Christi; Judy Gette and Ike King of Wasilla, Alaska, and Darlene Smith of Fargo, North Dakota. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Thursday, April 26, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Wednesday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church with a Vigil beginning at 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to PMP Pals, City Square, 511 N. Akard St, Ste. 302, Dallas, TX 75201, or St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 202 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75060.


George Dade, of Irving, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012.  He was born December 8, 1953 in Virginia.  There will be no local services.


Joe Havres Patrick, at the age of 55, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. He was at his home in Red Oak, with his beloved wife, Jean, his sister, Riche, and brother, Anthony, by his side. Joe was diagnosed with Sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma in his right lung and melanoma cancer in his brain on March 8, 2012. While undergoing radiation treatments for the brain cancer, it was determined that the lung cancer was extremely aggressive and had spread into his liver and bones. Joe was born on September 30, 1956 to Charles Havres and Jo Ann Bright Patrick in Morton, MS. At the age of 12, Joe moved to Irving, TX with his family. Charles and Jo Ann still reside in Irving in the same family home. Joe met the love of his life, Paula Jean Weber, shortly after moving to Irving as they were neighbors. On January 10, 1975 they were married and began their life together in Irving, moving to Red Oak in 1982. Joe is also survived by his sister, Riche Patrick Louviere, her husband Ason and their 2 children Thomas and Amber Louviere-Johnson; his brother, Charles Anthony Patrick, his wife Beth and their 2 sons Riley and Reese; his mother-in-law, Beverly Gumpert and husband Jerry; his brother-in law, John Weber, wife Melanie and 4 sons, Allen, Mason, Hunter and Austin. His brother-in-law Patrick Weber preceded him as did his father-in-law Jack Weber. During Joe’s 55 years, he touched many lives. He had some of his best memories being with his adopted family The Browns. He found great comfort sitting and talking with Ma Brown. He was happiest with his friends at the Pow Wows. He loved music, all music! He always wanted music playing; music to work to, music to help Jean clean house or just to sit and relax to. He would always break out with a funny dance to hear Jean’s laughter; this was Music to his Heart and Soul. He always had time for a dance with Jean. You never saw one without the other! They are soul-mates. Joe would call their friends and have to say this is Joe, you know Jean & Joe!! They were never apart in their 37 years of marriage. They were best friends. They are One. Joe worked in the glass industry for a number of years and also as an auto mechanic. In 2005 he retired due to his disability from various injuries over the years. Anthony said Joe’s real career was that of a "tradesman extraordinaire." Joe loved to work on the home that he and Jean had which started as a simple house trailer. Using his carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills, Joe built a home that clearly shows the unique sense of style that he and Jean have. Joe and Jean both shared a love for animals and through the years have cared for and loved numerous cats, dogs, and horses. Joe has bottle fed squirrel babies, named Oscar and Louise and successfully returned them to their native environment. His faithful companion was his dog, Jack, a bull terrier. Joe has for many years cared for numerous animals and had a special place in his heart for feral cats. He has taken care of numerous even bottle feeding them to keep them alive after birth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the "Joe Patrick Memorial Feral Cat Fund" established at the Pet Medical Center of Duncanville. If you would like to donate using a check, following is the mailing information. Please note on your check that this is a donation to the "Joe Patrick Memorial Feral Cat Fund," Pet Medical Center of Duncanville, 720 West Center Street, Duncanville, TX 75116. If you prefer to use your credit card, please call the Center at (972)298-4993 and explain to the office staff that you wish to donate to the "Joe Patrick Memorial Feral Cat Fund."  A memorial service will be held for Joe on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in the Chapel at 1PM.  A graveside service will follow immediately at Oak Grove cemetery, both in Irving.


Cory Glen Zablosky, of Corpus Christi, and formerly of Irving and Benbrook, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was born July 21, 1977 in Irving. He was a loving husband, son, and incredible family man. Cory enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hanging out with family and friends and was an extremely proud graduate of Texas A&M. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jack Zablosky and also grandparents Jerry and Alice McMillan. He is survived by his wife Michele DeWitt Zablosky of Corpus Christi; mother Mary Alice McMillan and Jennifer Croson of Irving; father Ronnie Zablosky of Irving; sisters Meagan Zablosky and April Zablosky, both of Irving; grandmother Glyndel Zablosky of Keller; father-in-law Mike DeWitt of Raymondville, Texas; mother-in-law Kathleen DeWitt of Chicago, Illinois; aunts Betty Albee Gribble of Irving, and Janice Zablosky Byrne of Bonham; uncle Steve "Butch" Zablosky of Keller; numerous cousins; and his dog Willie Mack. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Monday, April 23, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Carroll West officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9 AM Monday until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush, College Station, TX 77840.


Anna Medich Allen, of Irving, passed away gracefully and gently on April 18th of 2012 at 12 AM.  She was a 25 year veteran of the Irving Police Department, a beloved grandmother, and a charitable pillar in the community.  She has touched the lives of many.  Anna is survived by her grandchildren Alexander Cline, Dianna Hornsby, Anna Cline, Joseph Cooper, Christopher Lovell, Angelina Acevedo, and Christopher Akins; and great grandson Moses Avan Akins.  Memorial services will be held at 5 PM Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  The family will be receiving friends beginning at 1 PM.  She will be missed by all and forgotten by none.


Dorothy Bess Jones Ditterline went to be with her two best friends; her Lord and her husband, Bob Ditterline, on Friday, April 13, 2012.  She was born in DeSoto, Texas on January 16, 1930.  Dorothy was a loving wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, & great grandmother. She loved being a Methodist minister’s wife and enjoyed making a home wherever the Lord took them – Nebraska, New Mexico & Texas.  When her earthly best friend left to be with the Lord in 2008, Dorothy came to live in Whitney, Texas to be close to family.  She was a resident of Country Club Retirement Center and later Town Hall Estates.  She is survived by a sister, Ann and husband Ted Goodman of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; a son, Gary Wayne Ditterline of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a daughter, Sheri and husband Randy Hayes of Whitney, Texas; a granddaughter, Chelsei and husband Noah Vigil of Waco, Texas; a great granddaughter, Madison Cambria Vigil of Waco; “adopted” daughter Mary Husa of Irving; “adopted” son, Jed Powell of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Thursday, April 19 at First United Methodist Church, Main Sanctuary, 211 W. Third Street in Irving.  Burial will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.  Visitation will be 5-7 pm Wednesday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving. 


Anna Walker Kirkland, lifelong resident of Irving, passed away Friday, April 13, 2012. She retired from the IISD after 30 years of teaching at Nimitz High School and MacArthur High School. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Irving. Anna had also been active in the Common Bond Bible Study, BSF Bible Study, and Irving Retired Teachers Association. She was a volunteer with the Irving Arts Council, and was also an active fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Anna is preceded in death by her parents, Adolphe and Elise (Vitz) Walker, and son Sean Kirkland. Survivors include her cousins Charlotte Vitz McCraw and husband John of McKinney, Beverly McFall and husband John of Dallas, William Vitz and wife Judy of McKinney, and Thomas Vitz and wife Joanne of Friendswood, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at First United Methodist Church Chapel with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 3102 Maple Ave., Ste. 120, Dallas, TX 75201 or First United Methodist General Fund, 211 W. Third St., Irving, TX 75060.


Gary Michael Jones, age 59, beloved husband, son, brother, father and Gampa went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 13, 2012. Gary was born on April 3, 1953 in Lubbock, TX to Norman and Edna Jones. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, daughters Robin Bowyer and Jessica Jones, father Norman Jones, sister Debby Rudd and grandsons Logan Jones and Rhett Bowyer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Jones and his grandparents, Ben and Helen Wendt and Jesse and Olive Jones. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Roberta Phillips and husband Jimmie of Shreveport, LA; brother-in-law James L. Richards and wife Lori of LeRoy, KS; nephew Rorry Phillips, wife Kristi, and children Reid and Elizabeth of Irving, TX; niece Laura Martin, husband Ken and daughter Emma of Mascoutah, IL; niece Trista Edwards, husband George and children Caidynce and James of Haysville, KS; nephews Landon McQuilliams and Dalton Clifton of Haysville, KS, aunt Mary Lou Reichert and husband Bill of Ponca City, OK; uncles Paul Jones of Fraser, CO and Bernard Jones of Phoenix, AZ and many cousins. Gary lived in Lubbock and Shreveport, LA as a child and moved to Irving in 1965. He was among the first attendees at Travis Junior High and a proud graduate of MacArthur High School. He was active in Boy Scouts and at his church earning many Sunday School perfect attendance awards. Gary was proud to join the Navy to serve and defend his country and boldly continued to honor that privilege. Gary loved planes, trains, and automobiles (as in racing). He shared that love with his family as they attended air shows, planned vacations around train rides and attended NASCAR events together. He was musically talented and graced us with his beautiful bass voice. He played the guitar, piano, and percussion. He also loved acting and participated in many events. Gary was Lay Leader at First United Methodist Church in Irving where he was a long-time member who taught children, youth and adult Sunday School classes over the years, sang in the choir and participated in many youth events including choirs tours which covered many states. He was an active band parent when his daughters attended Nimitz and he and Bonnie were very involved in the Walk to Emmaus movement. He was a funny man and made people laugh. His hearty laugh could be heard clear across the room when he enjoyed what he was hearing or seeing. He was a Godly man and his faith was apparent in his words and actions and he immediately made friends wherever he was. Gary was a long time employee for MorphoTrust as a service engineer in an industry that helped protect and secure the identities of the American people. During his time there, he met many people within law enforcement agencies and many other businesses in North Texas and surrounding states that he respected and enjoyed working with. Interment will be at a later date at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. A college scholarship fund for Logan and Rhett has been set as a memorial and donations can be sent to the following: Gary M. Jones Memorial Fund, c/o Las Colinas Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 630347, Irving, TX 75063.


Geraldine Rose Nicholas, of Irving, was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on October 18, 1926. She finished her mission on earth on April 12, 2012, and now resides in Heaven with Her heavenly Father, Savior and Lord. She is survived by two sisters, Rose McDonald and Mary Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown, MD; her brother, George Hoover of Fallingwaters, WV; her two sons, David Zacharias of Virginia Beach, VA and Robert Nicholas of Oak Leaf, TX; three daughters, Sandra Johnson of Grand Prairie, TX, Susan Bailey of Middletown, VA and Julie Friedel of Sapulpa, OK; grandsons, Austin Johnson, Jordan Nicholas, William Friedel, and Mark Nicholas; granddaughters, Amy Johnson, Christina Croft, Devon Zacharias, and Darin Zacharias; two great granddaughters, Cloey Croft and Lillian Johnson. Geraldine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond Nicholas and her granddaughter, Jessica Hannin. Geraldine has dedicated her life to spreading the good news of salvation through handing out gospel tracks and delivering Bibles to Israel, Russia, China and other distant lands. She had logged 35 trips to Israel throughout her life with her last trip in October of 2011. Her last track was handed out 12 hours prior to her passing. A viewing will be at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Monday the 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a celebration of her life at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 17th in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to; "Jews for Jesus", "The Christian Jew Foundation", or any other Christian Jewish mission.


E. Arlene Worden 93, formerly of Irving, Texas died Tuesday at her son Mark’s home in Lillian, Alabama after a long illness. Arlene is survived by her three sons; Bill Jr., Kirk (wife Hallie Roberts), and Mark; five grandchildren: Melissa Worden Thornton, Bradd Worden, Kale Worden, Cody Fethkenher and Aidan Worden; two great grandchildren; Caroline Thornton and Warren Worden; and former daughter in law Theresa Worden. Arlene was born on January 15, 1919 in Cadillac, Michigan to Carl T. and Laura S. Rauch. She graduated from Mercy Central School of Nursing Grand Rapids, and married Lt. William Lee Worden in 1942. She was preceded in death by her late husband William L. and a brother Dr. Carl T. Rauch. Arlene was an avid bridge player, sports fan and golfer throughout her life and even recorded a hole-in-one at the Cadillac, Michigan Country Club. In Texas, she served as chair for the ladies tournaments at the Las Colinas Country Club and was the LCCC Female Golfer of the year in 1982. Arlene volunteered her time to the Byron Nelson Golf Classic for more than 25 years and she once had the pleasure of playing golf with Mr. Nelson himself in the Lady Nelson Tournament. She was a fervent Cowboys fan, a season ticket holder for over 30 years and went to 3 Super Bowls. Her favorite players were Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 6 to 8 pm at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday April 13, 2012 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.


Eileen Stewart, of Irving, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012.  She was born February 26, 1924.  She is survived by her husband Bill Stewart of Irving; and a host of loving friends.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.  Her family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.     


Gilbert Louis DeHaes, of Irving, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012. He was born March 4, 1924 in Irving to parents William Octavious and Louise Adrienne (Jeannet) DeHaes. He is preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Maurice DeHaes, brother Marcel DeHaes, and great grandson Kyle Patrick Duke. Survivors include his daughter Sheri DeHaes Duke and husband Larry of Red Oak; sons David G. DeHaes of Irving, and Gregory K. DeHaes and wife Linda of Red Oak; sister LaVern DeHaes Pannell of Irving; grandchildren Chris Duke and wife Heather of Katy, Troy Duke and wife Kim of Celina, Sarah DeHaes Dodson and husband Noman of Euless, Brian DeHaes of Grapevine, and Taeler DeHaes of Irving, currently residing in Columbia, Missouri; and 6 great grandchildren. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, with Rev. John Durham officiating. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060.


Lewis "Buddy" Tidwell, of Grand Prairie, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012. He was born January 18, 1924 in Hamlin, Texas. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Buddy was a Boy Scout Leader for 21 years. He is preceded in death by his parents Mitt and Effie (Lewis) Tidwell, and sisters Nita Perryman and Jessie Mayo. Buddy is survived by his wife Marion Tidwell of Grand Prairie; sons Mitt Tidwell and wife Sheila of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Steve Tidwell and wife Susan of Temecula, California; grandchildren Russell Tidwell, Mittsy Tidwell, and Kevin Tidwell; and many nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. John Durham officiating. Burial will follow at 12:30 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 First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., Irving, TX 75060.


Wayne Burden, of Corinth, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012. He was born September 21, 1938 in Dallas. He is survived by his spouse Connie Burden, of Irving; son Mark Burden and wife Paula, of Lake Dallas; daughter Debbie Niemirowski and husband Chris, of Corinth; brothers Jean Shaddox, of Gun Barrel City, Earl Shaddox of Tyler, and Douglas Burden, of Gun Barrel City; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, April 6, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Joshua Price officiating. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills in Colleyville. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


Rebecca Mary Sue Turner, of Irving, passed away on April 2, 2012, just shy of her 70th wedding anniversary to her beloved husband James. She was born April 10, 1923 to Samuel Martin Nichols and Ellen Birdie Mitchell in Sherman, Mississippi. Mary Sue was a former kindergarten teacher and full-time homemaker and mother. She also was a member of the Garden Club and a Cub Scout Den Mother. She is survived by her husband, James Turner; sons, Larry Turner and wife Sandra of Euless, Mike Turner and wife Tina of Whitney, Greg Turner and wife Edith of Euless, Stephen Turner and wife Cindy of Grand Prairie; daughters, Susan Turner of Irving and Stephanie Palmer of Cedar Hill; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service is planned for 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with burial at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 9, 2012 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2012.


Clara K. Morton, 96, of Irving, Texas, formerly of New Castle, PA, died March 31, 2012 in Irving. Clara was born on November 12, 1915 in New Castle, PA. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church of New Castle. She was the daughter of the late Michael Jozefczyk and the late Karoline Jozefczyk. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin N. Morton. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Jozefczyk. She was a graduate of New Castle High School in 1933. She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn L. Kuttesch and son-in-law George A. Kuttesch of Irving; two grandsons, George B. Kuttesch of Great Falls, MT and Craig A. Kuttesch; and one great-granddaughter. A Graveside Service is planned for 2:00 PM at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012; and a visitation at Brown's Memorial Funeral Home in Irving, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday evening.


Billie Jo Dorety, 82, of Irving, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at Baybrook Village Nursing Home in McKinney, Texas.  She was born January 12, 1930 in Dallas, Texas to Enoch B. Lester and Nora Lois Witherspoon. Billie Jo was a loving mother, and worked as a nurse at Irving Community Hospital for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clarence J. Dorety; her parents; four brothers and two sisters. Survivors include son, Michael Dorety of Burleson; daughters Cynthia Dean of Lewisville, Deborah Johnson of Eastland, Vicki Stover of Van Alstyne, and Lisa McDonald of Wylie; brothers-in-law Carl Dorety of Ben Wheeler and Walter Dorety of Grand Saline; 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A 1:00 PM Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving. Reverend Wallace Philpot will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Old Kit Cemetery in Irving. The family has requested that memorials be made to The Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or http://www.alz.org


Estelee Statler, of Carrollton, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012. She was born April 27, 1918. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Irving. Estelee was preceded in death by her husband Tom Statler. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Survivors include her children Kent Statler and wife Marilyn, of Carrollton, Jane Ellen Wilson and husband Chappell, of Cadiz, Kentucky, Rebecca Armstrong and husband Clark, of Corinth, Texas, and Kirk Statler and wife Jayne, of Parker, Colorado; sister Madge Boydt, of Minnesota; 9 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning before the service. Memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Rd., Irving, TX 75061.


Earl Wells, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012. He was born May 31, 1927 in Iola, Texas. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Earl was a loving husband of 63 years to his wife Dorothy Wells, who passed away in 2010. Survivors include his sister-in-law Marjorie McAnulty and husband Charles, of Irving; nieces Ann Blake and husband Michael, of Grand Prairie, and Elizabeth Lanzafame and husband Scott, of Mansfield; 2 great nephews; and 1 great niece. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356.


Audrey Fay “Tess” Currie, of Weatherford, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012.  She was born December 31, 1916 in Mertens, Texas.  Survivors include her daughter, Carrell Ann Porter of Weatherford; son, Thomas Scott Currie of Irving; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ronald L. Ebert officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.


Geneva F. "Jean" King, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was born January 28, 1930 in Blooming Grove, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband Leonard King in 1996, and eight brothers and sisters. Survivors include her daughters Lucretia Kilborn of Austin, and Venica Horn and husband Rick of Arlington; sister Kathryn Mobley and husband Bob of Missouri; grandchildren Meagan Kilborn and Mike Rodriguez of Austin, Caleb Kilborn, Camden Horn and wife Nikki of Dallas, and Carly Horn and Jessie Cavazos of Arlington; great grandson Axton Cavazos of Arlington; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Old Kit Cemetery in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Creda Frances Burch, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was born July 27, 1916 in Abbott, Arkansas to Benjamin Aaron & Sophia Lucretia (McNeely) Cravens. Frances was a member of First Baptist Church of Irving since 1952, where she was very involved in the Music Ministry and also teaching Sunday school. She is preceded in death by her husband W.W "Woody" Burch, Sr., brothers John Cravens and Howard Alexander, daughter Martha "Susie" B. Welch, and grandson Scott Burch. She is survived by seven children, Wilson Burch and wife Jerry, Joanne Wineinger and husband Kenneth, Ruthie Hinson, Louis Burch and wife Linda, Louise McCourt and husband Ray, Charlotte Newsom and husband Tommy, Beki Lowry and husband Robert; brother Jim Alexander; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 10 AM Monday, March 26, 2012 at First Baptist Church-Irving, with Rev. John Durham officiating. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Lexington Place in Richland Hills, and Seasons Hospice for their care of Frances. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church-Irving, Music Program.


Tommy Kane, born June 29, 1928 in Dallas, passed away March 17, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Irving.  He opened his own radio and television repair shop at age 16, on Irving Boulevard in the back of Spann Brothers Gas Station and later moved Kane Radio & TV to Shady Grove Road where he remained until retiring in 1991. He was a private pilot and member of The NRA. He is preceded in death by his mother Hazel Mullen and daughter Hazel Stacy. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Kane of Irving; daughter Brenda Martin and husband Richard of Possum Kingdom Lake; son Gerald Kane and wife Diane of Grand Prairie; daughter Sherry Johnson and husband Rick of Irving;half-brother Glenn Mullen and wife Yvonne of Irving; grandchildren Laurie Hendricks, Tammy Hooten; Jeffery Stacy; Jeremy Kane; Amanda Cuellar; Erin Dewbre; Wesley Martin; Jacob Johnson and Katlin Johnson; 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, Aiden Puryear and AJ Harris. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday March 23, 2012 Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday March 24, 2012 with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Oak View Baptist Church General Fund.


Ruth Taylor, a resident of Irving for over 60 years, passed on March 16.  She was born September 12, 1912 in San Augustine, Texas.  She was 99 years old and still independent and strong.  Ruth was married to John W. Taylor (who passed in 1978). She is survived by her son, Thomas Neal Taylor and her daughter, Dorothy Taylor Bauer.  She has three grandchildren; Scott Bauer of Beaumont, TX; Kimberly Bauer Burke of Dallas, TX; and Tiffany Bauer Campbell of Austin, TX.  She has enjoyed her five great-grandchildren; Sydney Bauer, Ava and Chloe Burke; and Jackson and Samantha Campbell.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ruth Taylor was active in various organizations in Irving including PTA, Green Thumb Garden Club (as a charter member), the White Oak Chapter of DAR and the Confederate Dames.  She was a Girl Scout leader. She was an executive secretary for Equality Paper Box in Dallas, Pollock Paper Company in Dallas and Federal Printing Company in Irving. She was a Charter Member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Irving, TX. A private burial was held. Memorial services to be 11:00 am Monday, March 26, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Col. Frederick C. Bauer, USAF (Ret) officiating.


D’Lyn Elder, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012. She was born January 7, 1978 in Dallas. She is survived by her husband Monty Elder, of Irving; sons Allen Elder, and Alex Elder, both of Irving; parents Kathy and Paul Coats, of Irving; sisters Kristi Coats, and Brittany Estre and husband, Chad, all of Irving; brother Ryan Coats, of Irving; grandparents Gran-Gran Cameron, of Granbury, and Grandma Coats, of Irving; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, March 19, 2012 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.


Edith Imogene Bramblett, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012. She was born November 26, 1928 in San Diego, California. Imogene graduated from Amarillo High in 1946 and at a much later time in her life, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She then earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Our Lady of the Lake and applied it to her teaching as Librarian of the Middle School in New Braunfels. She also taught private piano lessons. After retirement, she worked with Henry, filing income taxes for others. She is preceded in death by her husband Henry T. "Jack" Bramblett, and brother Albert Loftus Pearce, and is survived by her daughters Carrolyn Cannon and husband James of Fritch, Texas, Teresa Clemons and husband Ronney of Montgomery, Alabama, and 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 9 AM Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Irving with Rev. Bobby Joe Raper officiating. Burial will follow at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday at the funeral home.


Robert S. "Bob" Buzard, of Irving, passed into the merciful arms of the Lord on Monday, March 12, 2012, in a Dallas area hospital with his loving family present. He was born April 17, 1924, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Benjamin and Catherine Buzard. Bob was a long time resident of Irving. He served in the US Army during World War II, leaving the service as a Field Artillery Captain. Following his service in the Army, Bob completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University in 1949 and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1956. He was named a Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1980 and in 1992, received an Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award from Purdue. Bob played a key role in the aerospace industry through both his technical contributions and his management talents. He joined LTV Aerospace (later known as Vought) in 1950 and ultimately served as Senior Vice President. Bob had a broad range of experience, including product engineering, logistics, research and program management on several aircraft development projects at LTV/Vought – including the A-7 Corsair II. Under Bob’s direction, the first U. S. military systems were developed which successfully integrated digital navigation and weapon systems with heads-up display. He was also responsible for the conception and implementation of the AirTrans System at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. After 30 years of employment with Vought, Bob was named Vice President of Marketing of E-Systems Commercial Division in 1980. In 1983, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas-based firm, ElectroCom Automation Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed document processing systems. Following his retirement, Bob remained a member of the ElectroCom Board. He was also active in his community – serving on the Irving Hospital Foundation Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors of the Irving Symphony Orchestra. A favorite pastime was traveling in his motorhome with his family on many enjoyable trips. He is preceded in death by his brother, Frank. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Patricia; brothers Don and Phil; daughters Denise Snipes and husband David, and Jeannie Williamson and husband Darrell; and his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas and Brandon Williamson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Jerome Duesman at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, Irving. Entombment will follow the Mass at Calvary Hill Catholic Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation will be held at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 6:00 PM with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 PM. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Irving Healthcare Foundation, 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75061 or a charity of one’s choice.


Blanche Keen Sewell, formerly of Bonham, Texas, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 in Allen, Texas. She was born July 22, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois to William Keen and Margaret Stewart Keen. She is preceded in death her husband Alex G. Sewell, and survived by sons, Robert Auston of Pinedale, Wyoming and John R. Sewell and wife Cindy of South Fork, Colorado; daughter Debra Warnell and husband Steven of White Oak, Texas; grandchildren, Bryan Auston of Irving, Tunya Green and husband David of Lucas, Timothy Warnell and wife Jennifer of White Oak, Leslie Warnell of White Oak, Alex B. Sewell of College Station, and Kristi D. Sewell of Denton, Joey Ganem and wife Alberta of College Station, Greg Ganem and wife Marissa of Bryan, and Melissa James and husband Rueben of Buda; great grandchildren, Joshua Green of Lewisville, Tanner Giardina of Lucas, Cody Ganem of College Station, Ian and Luke Ganem of Bryan, Christopher and Audrey James of Buda. A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel followed by burial in Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie. The family will receive friends Friday evening, March 16, 2012 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Memorials may be made to Rendezvous Point Senior Center, P. O. Box 804, Pinedale, WY, 82941.


Lillian Guy Wehrmann Torti was born April 21, 1919 in Honey Grove, Texas to Winifred May and Henry Louie Wehrmann. She passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012. Lillian graduated from Bonham High School in 1936. She obtained employment at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. After the hotel changed hands several times, she worked at the Whitley Drugstore on Hemphill Street, where she subsequently met and married Charles Gilbert Torti in September of 1950. She and Charles opened Bargain House Furniture on Vickery Street in Fort Worth in 1952. Lillian took special pride in her rich heritage and maintained close relations with her many relatives on both sides of her family, often corresponding and traveling to visit them. She also maintained a lifelong love for gardening and always took pride in her ability to cultivate flowers. She lived with her husband and fulfilled her desire to remain independent until the very end when a brief illness took her life. She is preceded in death by parents, and brother Henry Luther Wehrmann, and is survived by her husband Charles G. Torti; son Russell G. Torti and wife Sonya; step-children Charles W. Torti and Sandra Jo Torti; grandchildren Frederick R. Torti and Alexa R. Torti; cousins David Wehrmann and James Wehrmann; German cousins Frederick Wehrmann and wife Erna, Frieda Kolthoff, Luise Goeker, Anna Goeker, Elfriede Wittler; and a host of other relatives with whom she kept in contact with over the years. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Friday, March 16, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Irving. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.


William "Bill" Madison, of Irving, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012. He was born September 13, 1921 in Randolph, Texas. He was a Teamsters Union member. Bill is preceded in death by his wife Jewel Madison and daughter Jane Munch, and is survived by his son Marcus Madison and wife Tammie of Tioga; daughter Elaine Madison of Denton; grandchildren Belinda Edwards and husband Brad of The Woodlands; Michael Campbell and wife Valerie of Telephone; and Mindy Reeves and husband Brandon of Bedford; and great grandchildren Elizabeth Campbell, Devon Campbell, Cade Edwards, Chase Edwards, Brayson Reeves, and Landon Reeves. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Lindsay Randolph Cemetery in Randolph. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Meals On Wheels Assoc. of America, 203 S. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or Alzheimer's Assoc./Greater Dallas Chapter, 4144 N. Central Expy., Ste 750, Dallas, TX 75204.


George Wesley Woods, died peacefully in the early morning of Friday March 9, 2012, in Irving Texas. George was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 30, 1928, to Dr. Lewis Edgar Woods, and Hazel Ellen Chism, at Henry Ford Hospital where his father was in medical residency. Soon after, the family returned to Oklahoma, settling in Chickasha where they could be close to family, and here George was raised and received his schooling. Growing up, George developed seeds of interests that would follow him throughout his life, among which was his love and appreciation for music. Music was a big part of his family life and in addition to being the bugler for his Boy Scout Troop, he played the French Horn and lead the high school band, as drum major his junior and senior years. Chickasha was quite aviation minded since the family of famous aviator Wiley Post resided in nearby Maysville. He was exposed to airplanes before he could read, and that love of airplanes and aeronautics would stay with him both as a personal interest and throughout his working life. While in high school, George joined the Aviation Club, and took an aeronautics class taught by his high school math teacher, who also taught preflight aeronautics to cadets at the Navy base at Norman. It was in that class where he learned the principles of vectors and navigation, and was set on the path for a career in engineering and aeronautics. He won eight hours of flight training as top student in the class and accumulated about 25 hours of dual and solo flight time, subsequently logging enough hours to earn his pilot’s license. After graduation from high school in 1946, George attended the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Society. He then spent a year at Tulane, exploring the idea of becoming a doctor, but returned to OU in 1951, where he returned to his love of physical science and completed a second degree with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, was a member of Pi Tau Sigma honorary society and joined the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. Armed with his degrees, George went to work as an engineer for Phillips Petroleum in Goldsmith, Texas until he joined the Army, in May, 1953. He was stationed at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama to and assigned to the 9330 Tech Service Unit, where he served as a manufacturing liaison engineer for the Missile Fabrication Group headed by Mr. Otto Karl Eisenhardt under the leadership of Werner von Braun. In 1955, George was released from active duty and went to work at Chance Vought Aircraft in the Servo Group supporting the XF8U-1 which had just had first flight at Edwards AFB. For many years, while in the Servo Group, George also worked on many roundbreaking projects for military and space applications, including an inlet control system for supersonic cruise missiles, a network to distribute pointing data to steerable antennas on an Apollo reentry guidance ships, and as an avionics field engineer for A7-D/E computerized attack aircraft avionics. In 1972, George went to work for Recognition Equipment, where he was systems engineer on an automated mail sorting system for the U.S. Post Office and then Docutel, where he was a systems engineer on the automatic baggage handling system for American Airlines and Braniff at D/FW airport, ultimately bringing the systems into operation for the airport opening. In 1973, George returned to Vought to work in the Logistics Group, serving as avionics engineer for the Navy’s A-7 airplane, specializing in Navigation/Weapons Delivery systems and later expanding to installation and verification the operation of computerized test equipment for the computer, inertial navigation set and radar. This testing and troubleshooting work sent him to ports of call all over the world, even to aircraft carriers deployed at sea. George continued working a variety of avionics projects, including a B-2 Aircraft weapons loading system, and then transferred to Vought Missiles to support control systems design for the Multiple Launch Rocket System launcher upgrade and fire control system. The MLRS was heavily employed during the First Gulf War, playing a significant role in bringing the conflict to a quick and decided conclusion. Outside of his professional career, George was an extremely devoted family man and pursued a wide ranging variety of hobbies including being a Ham Radio Operator, a member of the Sports Car Club of Dallas, where he drove in rallies across the US, with his friend Bob Warren, and judging Engineering and Science Fairs for DISD. In 1994, George retired after 37 years of service. In retirement, George remained an active participant in the Quarter Century and Management Clubs, meeting for luncheons, and staying in touch with his former workmates. An avid reader, he continued to follow developments in aerospace and technology, science and computing. In 2001, George received a special recognition from ASME, for 50 years of membership. George is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Sara Jane Perper. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Wanda Louise (Housewright) Woods, his son Bill and daughter in law Melissa, and two grandsons. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service to honor George will be held at Plymouth Park Baptist Church, in Irving, Texas, at 12:00 noon, Monday March 12, 1714 North Story Road, Irving, TX 75061.In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in George’s honor to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: ASME Foundation 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 906 Washington, DC 20036 OR Donate by telephone: Dora Nagy Development Associate ASME Foundation (202) 785-7385


Allene A. Riggs, of Irving, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012. She was born July 30, 1931 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She married Leo Riggs in 1948 and moved to Odessa in 1954. Allene worked for several years at The JoAnn Shop in Odessa. She is preceded in death by her husband Leo, in 2005, sisters Evelyn Walls of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Della Peppers of San Antonio, brothers Kenneth Holmes of Odessa, and Ray Homes of Enid, Oklahoma, and sister Retta Holmes Back, of Billings, Oklahoma. She is survived by her sister, Viola Stephens and husband Jim of Irving; brothers, Dave Holmes of Irving, and Lonnie Holmes of Grand Prairie; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa.


Velma Louise Darnell Key was born June 20, 1932 to Carl and Velma Darnell in Dallas, and moved to Irving at 4 years of age.  She graduated from Irving High School in 1949.  She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Irving.  She departed this life on Friday, March 9, 2012, to be with her father and mother and Jesus Christ her Savior.  Velma was a good child, great wife, great mother, and a wonderful grandmother.  She leaves behind her husband, the only love of her life, Bill Key, to whom she was married to for 62 years.  The officially met on a blind date on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1949.  Bill brought her a box of chocolate candy.  This was a far cry better than stealing her towel like he used to do when he was a life guard at the Grand Prairie Public Pool.  This made Velma quite angry at the tall, rather arrogant young man.  They were married on June 30, 1950.  Velma leaves behind one daughter, Paula Gail Key Connell and husband Michael, and two fine grandsons, Adam, age 24, and Marshal, age 17, whom she adored.  She also leaves behind her two sisters, Patsy Ruth Hawkins and Sandra Jo Simon, as well as several nieces and nephews.  She will be missed by her numerous friends, whom we would like to thank for their support and prayers during this difficult time.  Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Porphyria Foundation, 4900 Woodway Drive, #780, Houston, TX 77056.       


Lawayne Clark Greene, age 90, of Irving, passed peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Emeritus at Oak Hollow in Bedford.  She was born January 24, 1922 in Paris, Texas, the only child of Hogan and Esta Clark.  After graduating high school in Texarkana, Texas, she attended North Western State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she met her future husband, Bill Greene.  They were married on Christmas Day, 1941.  While her husband served on the Battleship Texas during WWII, Lawayne aided the war effort, working at Lone Star Arsenal outside of Texarkana.  After the war, she, Bill, and their five children lived in Wake Village, Texas, Marshall, Texas, and in 1957, moved to Dallas.  Lawayne was manager of the first Manpower Inc. office in Dallas when it opened in the late 1950s.  Subsequently, she and Bill started their own companies, Greene’s Temporaries and Jobs Unlimited.  Lawayne was preceded in death by her husband of almost sixty years, Bill Greene, and her daughter Susan Money Strunk.  She is survived by her four children, Billie Porter and husband Skip, Cindy Greene, Bill Greene, and Bob Greene and wife Corinne.  She was the proud grandmother of thirteen and a great grandmother of eight.  She and Bill loved to dance and play bridge.  She also loved reading, crossword puzzles, watching Fox News, and camping with friends and family at Camp Albert Pike in Arkansas.  She was a professional woman working in a man’s world before women in business became the norm.  In the 60’s and 70’s, she did radio talk shows about topics such as politics and professional women.  We will miss her.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Sammy Hargrove officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral.


Jimmy Parsons, of Irving, went to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  He was born March 6, 1941 in Gorman, Texas.  He was a US Navy veteran and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Jimmy served as President of the Irving Buffalo Pop Warner Football Team.  He enjoyed fishing, eating at El Chico’s and especially spending time with his family.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, hero, and a great companion to all who knew him.  Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents Ervin Ivy and Eva Lena (Childress) Parsons, and brothers Sherrell Parsons, Ivy Parsons, and C.J. Parsons, and is survived by his wife Billie Parsons, of Irving; sons Ronny Parsons and wife Diana, of Irving, Donny Parsons and wife Martha, of Roanoke, and Phillip Parsons, of Irving; daughter Shannon Jordan and husband Jon, of North Richland Hills; sister Anna Mae McCollum, of Irving; 7 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM Wednesday, March 14, 2012 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 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.       


Oscar Gomez, of Irving, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012.  He was born April 11, 1994 in Mexico.  He is a 2012 graduate of Irving High School and enjoyed playing football and soccer in school.  Oscar is survived by his mother, Lucila Mendoza of Irving; father, Jose Gomez, Sr. of Dallas; sisters, Diana Gomez and Marina Gomez, both of Irving; brothers, Eduardo Gomez and Jose Luis Gomez, Jr., both of Irving; grandmother, Cliofas Rodriguez of Mexico; and grandfather, Santiago Mendoza of Mexico.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, March 12, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story Rd. in Irving.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  


Laura W. Turner of Grand Prairie passed away March 4, 2012. She was born on November 16, 1952 in Dallas, Texas to Wayne E. and Mildred Louise Hartgrove. She is survived by husband, Lance Turner of Grand Prairie; sons Steven Stevens of Irving; Brian Stevens of Flower Mound; daughter Jessica Buitron of Wills Point; and brother Scott Hartgrove of Beeville, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Carl Carlson officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Kevin Davis, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, march 6, 2012.  He was born April 4, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Christine Davis of Irving; parents, Pete and Carolyn Davis of Wilmington, North Carolina; loving sister, Emma Davis of Wilmington; mother-in-law, Beth Williams of Raleigh, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Roger Williams of Raleigh; and many friends.  Memorial donations may be made to DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving, TX 75038.


Janice Osmundsen, of Irving passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was born September 6, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was a longtime Avon Representative. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Irving and currently of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving. Janice is preceded in death by her son Steve, and is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bob Osmundsen of Irving; daughter Kathi Skinner and husband Chris of Flower Mound; grandchildren Jake Skinner and Sam Skinner of Flower Mound; brother Max VanCamp; and sister Phyllis Beck, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, March 9, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Dr. Truman Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday, March 8, 2012 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.


Earnest Filter, of Irving, died Tuesday, March 6, 2011. He was born August 15, 1937 in Dallas to Earnest Arthur Filter, Sr. and Excel (Fisher) Filter. He was an agent in the Real Estate industry. Earnest was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannie in October 2011. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Stout of Bedford, Karen Sheer of Irving; and granddaughters Emily and Natalie Sheer of Irving; and a sister, Loma Vanderslice of Dallas. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2011 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. A visitation is planned for Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. 


Laura Wayne Turner, of Grand Prairie, passed away March 4, 2012. She was born November 16, 1952 in Dallas to Wayne Edward Hargrove and Mildred Louise (Cooper) Hargrove. Laura worked in the child care industry as a day care worker. She is survived by her husband, Lance Turner. Arrangements are pending.


Asagiri Wibisono, of Euless, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2014. He was born July 14, 1935 in Peoples Republic, China. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ronny Sarworwora officiating. He will be buried in Indonesia.


Virginia Osborne, of Irving, passed away on March 3, 2012. She was born on January 19, 1927 to John William Dunn and Nannie Rebecca Eldrith Dunn in Peebles, Ohio. Virginia enjoyed fishing, shopping and eating out. She was a loving wife, mother, Mamaw and great Mamaw. She and Amos "PaPaw" Osborne were married for forty-nine years. He was owner of Amos Plumbing of Irving and she worked as his secretary. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her daughter, Linda Ruyle of Irving; grandsons, Tony Ruyle and wife Doris of Irving, Terry Ruyle and wife Teresa of Euless; granddaughter, Wendy McClure and husband Charles of Grand Prairie; great grandsons Anthony Ruyle and Trey Underwood; and great granddaughters, Lauren McClure, Tori Ruyle, and Kaylea McClure. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Janice Wagner and Charles McClure officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family and friends may visit on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Audrey Ann Black, of Irving, died early March 3, 2012 at UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born August 20, 1966 in Irving. Audrey is survived by her mother Delores White, of Irving; grandmother Imogene Pope, of Irving; sisters Vickie Hammer and her husband Dennis, of Irving, and Amy Turner and her husband Doug, of Lewisville; niece Mackensie Turner; nephew Joshua Turner; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other family.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Grace Pointe Church in Irving with Rev. Patrick Wooten officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.  The family will receive friends 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


Daniel Eugene Erickson, formerly of Irving, and beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend, was born July 17, 1982 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He passed away and started his new journey on February 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM at the age of 29. He is survived by mother & father, Christina Terry and Johnny Terry; brothers Edward P. Weibye, Kenneth Terry, and Allen Terry; sisters Sandra Hawkins, and Patty Terry Eash; 5 cherished aunts & uncles; 15 nieces and nephews; 16 cousins; and many loving relatives & friends. Daniel is remembered as a compassionate man who blessed many people’s lives with his presence, sense of humor, knowledge, and adventures. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, March 5, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 2-4 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Baptist Benevolent Ministries of Irving, 114 E. Second St., Irving, TX 75060.


Morris Frank Taylor, 96, went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2012, at his home in Irving.   He was a life-long resident of the DFW area and lived most of his life in Irving.  Born November 12, 1915 in Estelle, Texas, which was incorporated into Irving.  Preceded in death by his parents, Ocie and Vergie Taylor, his brother James (Zip) Taylor and his infant brother, his first wife Helen (Ramsey) Taylor, and second wife Thelma (Allen) Taylor.  Morris graduated from Grapevine High School, served in the U.S. Army (Infantry) throughout World War II, and was a 60-Year Master Mason and Worshipful Master at the Estelle Lodge 582, A.F & A.M.  He owned and managed the first Tom Thumb-affiliated grocery store in Irving (Sower’s Food Market).   One of his great joys was helping to organize and manage the rescue and restoration of the Bear Creek Cemetery (established in the 1800’s) on the western edge of DFW International Airport. He was a founder of the Bear Creek Cemetery Association, and served as a Trustee and volunteer with the Association until his death. He was instrumental in helping to have the cemetery declared an official Historic Texas Cemetery.  Morris is survived by his daughter Era Mae (Shirley) Stanford and husband Bill; grandchildren Matthew Stanford, Suzanne Penn and husband Jody, and Karen Howard and husband Sam; great grandchildren Faith Holden, and R.J. Rhynes; sister-in-law Gay Lynn Taylor, and nieces and nephews Lanette Carpenter, Peggy Price, Brian Harris, Craig Harris, Larry Taylor, Tim Taylor, and Todd Taylor.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Saturday at the funeral home.  Family and friends remembered Morris as an honorable, kind, respectful, empathetic, and deeply spiritual gentleman.


Henry Nathan Hall, of Irving, passed away Friday, February 24, 2012.  He was born September 5, 1920 in Stubbs, Texas.  He retired from Continental Airways after 27 years of service. He was a member of South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving.  Henry loved being outside and working in his yard.   His main hobby was his family and he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  He is preceded in death by his parents Henry Clay and Lenner (Johnson) Hall, brothers James Hall, and Billy Joe Hall, and sisters Nita Mayes, and Evelyn Hansen.  Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Maudie Lee Campbell Hall; son Mike Hall, of Bloomfield, New Mexico; daughters Carolyn Saxon and husband Jim, of Argyle, and Sandy Beggs, of Irving, sister Linda Voyles, of Fairview, Texas; brother Jerry Hall and wife Linda, of Milan, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Tim Lewis officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.   


Walter “Keith” Clymer, Jr., of Grand Prairie, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012.  He was born September 16, 1943 in Grand Prairie.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Keith and Goldie Pauline (Lasater) Clymer, sister Betty “Turkey” Silva, and daughter Sherri Louise Murray, and is survived by his son Christopher Keith Clymer, of Grand Prairie; grandson Andrew Reed and wife Melanie, of Grand Prairie; granddaughter Emily Murray of Grand Prairie; sisters Pauline Howard and husband Milton, of Midlothian, and Ann Ragsdale and husband Carl, of Marble Falls; brother Crit Clymer and wife Linda, of Grand Prairie; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held at 6:30 PM Monday, February 27, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.


Paul W. West, longtime resident of Irving, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012. He was born April 12, 1938 in Smithville, Arkansas. He was a member of Colonial Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. He is preceded in death by his parents Orville and Anna (Milligan) West and brother Bill West. Paul was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and is survived by his wife Jane West of Irving; son Michael Andrew West and wife Sherry, of Grand Prairie; daughter Cynthia Young and husband Bobby, of Quinlan; grandchildren Bobby Young, Celeste Young, Allison West, and Madison West; brother William West and wife Linda, of Kansas; sister Mary Lou Brown of Irving; and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor George Jainchill officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Colonial Baptist Church General Fund, 1514 Bardin Rd., Grand Prairie, TX 75050.


Robert Cary Moon, Jr., of Irving, passed away February 20, 2012.  He was born to Robert Moon, Sr. and Jessie Rou Moon on November 22, 1942 in Tallahassee, Florida. He retired from Trans World Airlines (formerly Ozark Airlines) after 30 plus years of service and was presently a crossing guard for the Irving Independent School System. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandchildren Ethan Logan and Abigail Faith Moon, and is survived by his wife Carol; sons Robert Moon and wife Rachel, Cary Moon and wife Melissa; grandchildren Elijah Levi and Joshua Peyton Moon; sister Linda Presnell and husband Frank; and brother Stephen Moon and wife Nancy; one niece and several nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Gregg Headley. Visitation for family and friends is planned for Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks memorials be made to the Education Fund for grandson Elijah Levi Moon, Credit Union of Texas, 2828 Prince George, DeSoto, Texas 75115.


Lois Mae Campbell, of Irving, for 58 years, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012.  She was born April 5, 1926 in Zak, Texas.  She retired from Irving Community Hospital.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving.  She is preceded in death by her husband William E. Campbell, Sr., son Charles Campbell, and daughter Maggie Emerine, and is survived by her daughter Rebecca Emerson and husband Don of Iowa Park, Texas; son Bill Campbell and wife Pam of Irving; 8 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.  Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, February 22, 2012 at Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.  The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 560089, Dallas, TX 75356, or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.        


Martha "Susie" Burch Welch, 68, of Irving, passed away on February 14, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born November 21, 1943 in Dermott, Arkansas to Woodrow and Francis Burch. She moved to Irving  as a child, graduating from Irving High School in 1961, remaining in Irving until her passing.  Susie was one of eight children who enjoyed spending time with all of her siblings every Sunday raising their children together and taking annual Sister Trips to locations all over the world. She married Charles "Richard" Welch in 1967 and had two sons, Bryan and Darrell. Susie loved nothing more than spending time with her granddaughter and six grandsons who knew her as their Nonna.  She is survived by her sons Bryan, wife Beth, and Darrell, wife Shay; seven grandchildren; mother Creda "Francis" Cravens Burch; brother Wilson Burch, wife Jerry; sister Joanne Wineinger, husband Ken; sister Ruth Hinson; brother Louis Burch, wife Linda; sister Louise McCourt, husband Ray; sister CharlotteNewsom, husband Tommy; sister Beki Lowry, husband Robert; 13 nieces and nephews; and 18 great nieces and nephews.  Susie was preceded in death by her father Woodrow Wilson Burch, Sr., and nephew Scott Edward Burch.  Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Irving, Rev. John Durham officiating.  The family would like to thank Lexington Place and Seasons Hospice for their loving care of our Mother, Sister and Nonna.


James "Jinx" Jenkins, of Grand Prairie, passed away Monday, February 13, 2012. He was born April 6, 1965 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife Tammy Jenkins of Grand Prairie; son Joshua Jenkins of Grand Prairie; parents Jim and Phyllis Jenkins of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania; brother Jonathan Jenkins and partner Kean of Austin; sister Jenifer Bevans and husband Dave of Fredericktown; uncle and aunt David and Rosemari Trump of Irving; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Memorial donations may be made to the Joshua Jenkins Trust Fund @ BB&T Bank.


Doris Fay Turner Lamb of Euless, Texas passed away February 13, 2012. She was born on September 11, 1926 in Edgewood Texas to William Henry Turner and Augusta Fay Hitt. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert of 64 years, Albert Lamb; her parents and grandchild, Laura Lamb. She is survived by children Jerry Lamb; Becky Lamb Smith and Stan Lamb; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday February 17, 2012 at Brown’s  Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


Margaret Adelaide Knight Dillon, age 95, a resident of Irving for 60 years, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012.  She was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to D. W. and Olivia Knight on August, 18, 1916.  She married Paul Dillon in 1938 and they moved to Irving, Texas in 1952.  Margaret stayed busy rearing their six children.  She loved doing for others and was devoted to her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Dillon, her three sons, John Patrick Dillon, Michael Williams Dillon, Ross Paul Dillon, her granddaughter, Gretchen Block and her six sisters and two brothers.  She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Block and husband Howard of Irving, Paula Thompson and husband John of Keller, Daisy Haley and husband Chris of Lake Dallas, daughter-in-law, Susan Dillon, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  The family would like to thank her special caregivers at V.I.P. Living Center.  Margaret will be greatly missed by all. The family will receive friends at 1:30 on Thursday prior to the funeral service which begins at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.


Lawrence C. Wilcoxen, of Gainesville, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012. He was born July 17, 1923 in Cottonwood, Texas. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars while serving in the US Army in the South Pacific during WWII and participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands. He was a member of Irving Masonic Lodge 1218, A.F. & A.M. and the NRA. Lawrence was extremely proud of his Native American Heritage. He worked for Darr Equipment for 28 years before retiring and loved to fish and hunt. He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Louise Wilcoxen, son Lawrence Calvin Wilcoxen, Jr., and daughter Claire Mae Watson, and is survived by his children Walter Wilcoxen, Nancy Hall, Eleanor Prince, Blanche Mote, Arthur Lowery, George Lowery, Audrey Warren, and Robert Lowery; brother Adrian Wilcoxen; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held at 9 AM until time of service on Wednesday.


Linda Day, of Irving, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012. She was born February 8, 1944 in Avery, Texas. She loved fishing, fishing, fishing, and gardening. She is survived by her husband David R. Day, daughter Wendy Dear; son Boyd Day, mother Della Cox, grandson Calvin Dear; granddaughter Carlena Day; and brothers Kenneth Cox, Jimmy Cox, Wayburn Cox, and Aubrey Cox. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Avery Cemetery in Avery. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Josephine Anguiano Romo, of Dallas, TX, went to heaven to Our Lord on Friday, February 10th due to heart complications.  Josephine was born on July 11, 1936 to Arthur Anguiano Sr., and Felicitas Anguiano in Dallas, Texas. She was raised in West Dallas and graduated from Crozier Tech High School.  She married her husband, Samuel Glasgow Romo in 1958 and they were married 53 years. According to Samuel, it was her endless patience that kept them together all of those years, and they loved each other very much.  She was a loving mother and devoted wife. Over the years she worked as a secretary in the banking industry, with her husband at their trophy and awards business for several years, and lastly as a cafeteria assistant for Dallas ISD for ten years; from where she retired. She was known for her loving and giving spirit. She was kind to all and had the ability to make each person feel as if they were the most important person in the world.  She was a devout Catholic and Christian, and a faithful church participant. Both she and her husband worked hard to ensure that all of their children received a private Christian education.  Josephine was a huge Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Ranger's fan and followed all of their games. Fashion and style were important to her. She never left the house without her signature red lipstick, brightly colored and coordinated outfits, and berets.  She is survived by her husband, Samuel Romo, and children; Russell Romo and wife, Nancy, Elizabeth Randall and husband, David, Catherine Muller and husband Chris, Christina Smith and husband Dave; brother, Robert Anguiano and his wife Mary, sister, Florence Arista and husband Felix. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chelsea Romo, Joanna Romo, Russell Romo, Amanda Trousdale, William Trousdale, Wyatt Randall, Isaac Alexander Muller, Jared Christopher Muller, Ruben Tobias, Jr., and Jacob Tobias. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul who touched numerous lives with her kindness. She will always be missed. Josephine will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew her forever.


Laura Jean Oates, of Ft. Worth, passed away Friday, February 10, 2012.  She was born March 13, 1936 in Dallas.  She was a member of Life Tabernacle in Watauga, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her mother, Villar Gertrude West, father, Joseph J. East, and brother Leo Franklin East.  Laura was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and is survived by her husband Cecil Comer Oates; children Dennis Hammond, Dawn Whitman, Stevan Hammond, Cyndi Martinez, and Eric Hammond; sisters Gladys Gertrude East and Julia Ada East; and grandchildren Nick Crapanzano, Mike Crapanzano, Nathan Martinez, Michelle Sipla, Rebekah Johnson, Isaac Martinez, Aaron Martinez, Ashley Hammond, Hannah Hammond, and Sarah Hammond; and great grandchildren Cade, Corban and Ariel.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, February 13, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Pratt Cemetery in Clearwater, Louisiana.  The family will receive friends 2-4 PM Sunday at the funeral home.   


Katherine Bliss, of Twentynine Palms, California, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012. She was born December 23, 1927 in Arkansas. She is survived by her sisters, Joyce Range of Irving, and Mary Reid of Twentynine Palms. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Restland Memorial Park, 9220 Restland Road in Dallas. No visitation will be held.


Wanda Fay Pryor, of Irving, passed away on February 4, 2012. She was born on November 17, 1945 in Wolfe City, Texas to Eddie Eli Potter and Lillian Juanita (Cotton) Potter. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jimmy Potter. She is survived by daughters, Linda Salazar, Carol Lee, and Vickie Maska and spouse Hassan , all of Irving, and Terry Gilliam of Grand Prairie; sons, Roy Lee of Grand Prairie, and Bobby Spillar of Tyler; sisters, Lillian Sue Shipp of Duncanville, and Brenda Watson of Oklahoma; ten grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 10, 2012 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends at the funeral home between 6:00 and 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2012.


Geneva Stewart Allred, of Irving, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012. She was born September 2, 1925 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She graduated from School of the Ozarks in 1946. Geneva married John after his return from Europe following WWII. They moved to Dallas County where she worked at Montgomery Wards. While she was working, she received her BA and Masters in Education. She was an Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher at John Haley Elementary and retired from the IISD in 1990 after 44 years. Geneva was preceded in death by her parents Jack Calvin and Matilda (Craddock) Stewart and 7 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Rev. John H. "Ha Ha" Allred, son John Michael Allred, and granddaughters Ann Allred and Karis-Meagan Allred, all of Irving. Committal services will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, Lane B, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., in Dallas. Dr. Randy Rudisell will officiate. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the funeral home.


Ross Hugh Spicer was born in Patalka, Florida on January 11, 1926. He passed away peacefully on February 3rd in Temple, Texas. He will be sorely missed, but the family rejoices he is with God and so many loved ones in Heaven. Ross’s brother, Captain Hugh J. Spicer and his sister, Elizabeth Brown predeceased him. Ross was a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, in the V-12 program during World War II. After serving as a commissioned officer in the Navy, Ross joined Western Electric in New Jersey. He was then transferred to Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1949. There he met and married a native Dallasite, Nancy Ann Crump that year. They had two sons, Ross H. Spicer, Jr. and John Crump Spicer. They then had two daughters: Suzanne Spicer deLarios and Cheryl Spicer Hutchinson. Sadly, son John predeceased his father in 2008. Ross enjoyed 43 years with Southwestern Bell, serving 18 of those years as an officer. Prior to his retirement he was honored to serve as founder and President of Southwestern Bell’s new subsidiary, SBC Technology Resources, Inc., now part of AT&T labs. Ross and Nancy retired to Irving, Texas in 1991. There they enjoyed family and friends for many years. He was active in Civic life: Rotary Club, Irving Symphony, Lyric Stage and Irving Baylor Healthcare Foundation. Ross loved gardening, golf and antiquing. He had a great and mischievous nature, always surprising his family with his timely sense of humor. Ross is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nancy Crump Spicer of Temple, TX; son Ross Spicer Jr., daughter Suzanne Spicer deLarios and husband Patrick; Cheryl Spicer Hutchinson and husband Lewis; two loving daughters-in-law; Donna Tish and Kathy Spicer also survive him. He adored his seven grandchildren: Emily deLarios, Kelly Spicer Bennet, Kimberly Spicer, Alicia deLarios, Grace Hutchinson, Paul Spicer Hutchinson and Abigail Spicer. The newest addition, Ian Patrick deLarios is their first great grandchild, welcomed in March 2011. His loving sister-in-laws, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends throughout the country also survive him. Ross will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful husband and father, a responsible and generous member of his Church and Community, as well as a patriotic American. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, February 10th at 1:00 pm, First United Methodist Church Irving, in the Chapel, 211 West 3rd Street, Irving 75060. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Scott & White Development Fund, 2401 S. 31st Street, Temple TX 76508-reference the Ross H. Spicer Research Fund.  Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving Texas, www.brownmem.com.


Shawna Renee Graham-Herring, 34, of Irving, a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many, passed away Friday February 3, 2012 after a courageous 3rd battle with cancer.  Shawna was born January 30, 1978 to Mike and Johna Graham in Irving. She worked as a Senior Billing Specialist at A T & T. She married the love of her life Justin Herring on September 17, 2011. Shawna loved life, she loved watching her son Ryen's sporting events, adored watching her son Jude Michael's everyday achievements, she loved watching her Dad's drag racing and loved specialty shopping.  Shawna was preceded in death by grandmother Eleanor Valla, grandfather Charles Graham and dear friend Misty.  Survivors include her husband Justin D. Herring, son Ryen Sanchez, son Jude Michael Herring, stepson Justin W. Herring, father Mike Graham, mother Johna Graham, brother Michael Graham, sister Rachel Graham, niece Caitlyn Gaston, grandfather John Valla, grandmother Helen Graham, and Neo. Family to receive friends  2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.  Funeral services to be held 11:00 am Monday, February 6, 2012 at Oakview Baptist Church 1004 S. Story Rd. in Irving.  Family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society


Cecil W. Moore, Jr., of Irving, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012.  He was born October 28, 1930 in Cross Cut, Texas.  Cecil served in the Navy from 1948 to 1952, including service during the Korean Conflict, and participation at the Inchon landings (Sept. 1950). He graduated from Howard Payne College in 1957 and retired from a 24 year career at PepsiCo in 1989. Cecil was an avid poultry fancier and was a long time member of the American Poultry Association. He was well known for breeding champion Orpingtons and developing the Delaware bantams. In his later years he returned to the Brownwood area and devoted his time to raising cattle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil White Moore, Sr. and Mattie Belle (Minica) Moore; siblings, Pat Ratliff, Joyce Fowler, and Robert Moore; and is survived by his wife, Marie Moore of Irving; daughters, Alice Collini and husband Wayne of Mansfield, and Melinda Garza and husband Pete of Irving; son, Cecil J. Moore and wife Marsha of Garland; siblings, Mike Ratliff of Blanket, Texas, Herman Moore of Brownwood, J.C. Elkins of Austin, Dorothy Jean Hemphill of Brownwood, Helen Denison of Brownwood, and Lawrence Elkins of Brownwood; grandchildren, Renee, Anthony and Melissa Collini, Rebecca (Chris) Tilley, Rachel, Robbie and Ryleigh Moore; and great grandchild, Jackson Tilley and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Cross Cut Cemetery in Cross Cut, Texas at 2:00 p.m. Visitation with the family receiving friends will occur prior to the graveside at Blaylock Funeral Home in Brownwood, Texas. Family requests memorials to the U.S. Navy Memorial, Howard Payne University or the American Cancer Society.


Willie "Bill" Green, of Irving, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012. He was born September 29, 1929 in Dallas. He was a US Air Force veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. Bill retired from the Dallas County Schools Transportation Dept. as a bus driver. He was an active member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Irving and a life member of the D. A.V. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Smith Green of Irving; son Earl Mark Green; daughters Sarah Salazar and husband Andrew of Corpus Christi, and Joanna Stuntzner and husband Mark of Grand Prairie; grandsons David Parker, Jathan Salazar, Scott Stuntzner, Joshua Stuntzner, and Matthew Stuntzner; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Travis and Ann Smith of Duncanville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Friday, February 3, 2012 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Joe Raper officiating. Committal services will follow at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to DAV, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301


David B. Appleby, longtime resident of Irving, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2012. He was born February 17, 1938 in Dallas to parents Alton and Doris (McKnight) Appleby. He was a US Navy Veteran. David retired from Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 100 in 2000. He is survived by his wife Ginny; daughters Candace A. St. Clair, and Leslie Sullivan; son Ty Carroll; 7 grandchildren; sisters Dianne Harris, and Amy Jo Appleby; uncle Leland Appleby; and numerous cousins and other relatives. Committal services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery, Lane A, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy. in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Irving Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 153705, Irving, TX 75015-9942, or CareFlite, 3110 S. Great Southwest Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75052.


Nathan Leon Ray, Jr., of Grand Prairie, TX, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away January 28, 2012. He was born on August 7, 1949 in Dallas to Nathan Leon Ray, Sr. and Clara Louise Blaylock Ray. He worked in the commercial sign industry, enjoyed target shooting and caring for his dog, Damit. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Daisy and Ike Blaylock. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Ray of Grand Prairie; sons Robert Ray and wife Ashley of Grand Prairie, Jon Ray and wife Jessica of Arlington, and Nathan Leon Ray III of Alabama; daughter, Polly Griffith and husband Jimmy of Mississippi; grandchildren, James Griffith, Justin Griffith, Joseph Griffith, Brayden Ray and Keegan Ray; brother John Ray and wife Becky of Arlington, sister-in-law, Julie Ray of Arlington; and niece, Allison Ray Lee of Arlington. A funeral service is planned for 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 8200 Brookriver Drive, Suite N-100, Dallas, TX 75247; online at: http://www.heart.org/dallas.


Gary W. Brunkhorst, of Irving, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. He was born April 5, 1939 in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He joined the Navy to see the world and all he saw was Fallon, Nevada. Gary loved to build model and remote control airplanes. He enjoyed golf, hunting, archery, and camping. He was a Scout Master for many years and also helped with his wife’s Girl Scout Troop activities. Gary was so loved by everyone he met and had a great love for all. He was very active in his church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irving. He is preceded in death by his parents William Dreves and Leah (Fuss) Brunkhorst, and brother-in-law Tom McKenzie and is survived by his wife Charlotte Brunkhorst of Irving; sons William Dreves Brunkhorst and wife Sylvia of Caddo Mills, Texas, and Gary William Brunkhorst, Jr., of Irving; daughters Paula Diane Canyon of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Terri Bollé of Knoxville; granddaughters Alicia, Diane, Jennifer, Bobbie Kaye, Caressa, Sophia, Kirsten, and Kaylee; grandsons Matthew, Clayton, Sean, Lane, and Will; 7 great grandchildren; sister Marcella McKenzie of LaMirada, California; and other extended family members. Memorial services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 N. O’Connor Rd. in Irving with Pastor Norma Cooper officiating. Memorial donations may be made to CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, 10109 E. 79th St., Tulsa, OK 74133, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Irving, or Tribe Lakota (Sioux) Children @ St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326 www.stjo.org 605-234-3300.


William E. Bassell, of Irving, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. He was born October 12, 1922 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was a US Army veteran of WWII and Lifetime Member of VFW Post 2494 in Irving. William is preceded in death by his wife Louise Bassell and son William E. Bassell, Jr., and is survived by his daughter Donna Cox and husband John of Irving; son Ronnie Bassell and wife Susan of North Highlands, California; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Monday, January 30, 2012 at the funeral home.


Melba Lucille Woodson, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012. She was born February 11, 1921 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a high school counselor and mathematics teacher for the IISD for 28 years before retiring in 1988. She was a member of White Oaks Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution, James River Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Retired Teachers Association of Irving, and of Texas, and a life member of Huguenot Society of Maniken Towne. She Melba was also a member of First Baptist church of Dallas. She is preceded in death by her husband Marion Woodson in 2009, son Wallace Marion Woodson in 1960, and brother William Wallace Grimes, Jr., and is survived by her daughter Nona Ruth Foster and husband Raymond of Stafford, Virginia; grandchildren Faith Elizabeth Amelia Hilsinger and husband John, Nathaniel David Faunce Foster, and Reid Matthew Woodson Foster, and great grandchildren Eric Matthew Woodson Hilsinger, and Riley Amelia Elizabeth Hilsinger, all of Stafford. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.


Bobby Joe Southwood, of Irving, retired educator and advocate for senior citizens, departed this life January 23, 2012 in  his 80th year. Born August 25. 1931 in Plano he was the only child of Wayne and Bertie Toler Southwood. A graduate of Plano High School, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce). He later attended the University of Texas in Austin and received his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. He devoted his life to his Lord and his family, his profession and to serving others. He began his teaching career in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas where he taught the children of migrant farm workers. A teacher and administrator for 40 years in Harlingen, Arlington, and Irving he retired in 1991. Active in community, political and educational activities, he was concerned with issues concerning senior citizens. Currently he was serving his sixth term as a member of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature representing Dallas County. As a member of AARP, he served in numerous AARP volunteer capacities in the Dallas metro area and in North Texas. He was awarded the National Community Service Award from AARP. He was a life member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, Texas State Teachers Association, and the National Education Association. He is a past president of The Irving Retired Teachers Association, The Irving Education Association, and The Retired School Personnel of Dallas. He was also a life member of The Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers and The National PTA. An adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America he had served as a scout master, commissioner and in other scouting capacities. He was proud to be a life long Democrat and participated in many party activities and projects and served as a precinct chair for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by numerous cousins and friends. He worshipped at Oak View Baptist Church where he was an active member and servant of the Lord for nearly forty years. “Rise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Kurtz  officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Entombment will follow the service at Abbey Mausoleum at Restland Memorial Park  in Dallas. Pallbearers will be members of the King’s Men Bible Class of Oak View Baptist Church. If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


Diane Garcia, of Irving, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012. She was born July 15, 1959 in San Antonio. She was the owner of V&B Appliance in Irving. She was preceded in death by her parents Bonifacio G. and Angelita R. Garcia, son Jesus Barboza, and brother Tomas Garcia. She was a loving mother and grandmother, sister, and friend, and is survived by her son Greg Barboza of Irving; daughters Stephanie Flores and husband Raymond, of El Paso, and Veronica Barboza and husband Michael Olguin, of Irving; common law husband Raymond DelGado, of Irving; sisters Hortencia Nino, of San Antonio, Linda Parra, of San Antonio, Angelita Spencer, of Houston, Carrie Marin, of San Antonio, Ida Galaviz, of San Antonio, and Janie Muniz, of Houston; brothers Joe Garcia, of San Antonio, and Abel Garcia, of San Antonio; grandchildren Selena Barboza, Marc Barboza, Madison Barboza, Delilah Flores, Natalia Flores, Ricky Olguin, Monique Olguin, and Donnavin Olguin; and dogs Daisey, Browsy, and Princess. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday, January 27, 2012 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-7 PM Thursday with a Rosary beginning at 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Assoc., 4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75244.


Bailey Espinosa, of Irving, passed away January 21, 2012. She is survived by her parents, Rosemarie Amaro Espinosa and Richard Espinosa and grandparents, Genoveva Nateras and Alonso of Irving.


James M. “Zip” Taylor, longtime resident of Irving, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  He was born June 27, 1924 in Dallas County.  He was a 1943 graduate of Irving High School and also a US Navy veteran.  He was a member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, the Irving Jaycees, Independent Electrical Contractors Association, Irving Masonic Lodge 1218, A.F. & A.M., Shriners, Optimist Club, and Golden Triangle Saddle Club.  Zip is survived by his wife Gay Taylor; brother Morris Taylor; children Peggy Price and husband Bob, Larry Taylor and wife Fawn, Tim Taylor and wife Gloria, and Todd Taylor and wife Gina; Lisa Taulbee and husband Dale, and Kelly Dean and husband Mike; grandchildren Rayanne Trimble and husband Keith, Susan Rubac and husband Russell, Tiffanie Taylor, Candice Waugh and husband John, Britney Hamilton and husband Kyle, Nick Owen, Brian Robinson, Danielle Taylor, Dixie Taylor, and Delaney Taylor; Lexa Taulbee, Rylie Dean, and Maggie Dean; great grandchildren Heather Rangel and husband Vincent, Christen Kelley and husband Jason, Ryan Rubac, Preston Rubac, Molly Rubac, Maddyn Waugh, and Grant Hamilton; great-great grandchildren Vincent Keith Rangel, Logan Rangel, and Christopher Kelley. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service to be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Bear Creek Cemetery in Euless.


Harry Howard passed away January 19, 2012.  He and his wife Ava had been married over 50 years.  A private graveside service will be held at 12 PM Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Comanche Cemetery in Comanche, Texas.


Don "Eddie" DeAnda of Irving passed away January 18, 2012. He was born on May 27, 1960 to Jesse DeLaRosa DeAnda and Ninfa Mireles. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and loved sports. He was a resident of Irving since 1965 and attended Irving Schools. He is preceded in death by his father and brother Larry DeAnda. He is survived by his mother Ninfa DeAnda and Tony Flores of Irving; brother Jesse DeAnda, Jr. of Southlake; sisters Elizabeth Solis and husband Mauricio of Irving; Laura DeAnda-King of Irving; Christina Maldonado and husband Joe of Rowlett; nephews Joey DeLos Santos of El Paso; and Anthony DeAnda of Irving; niece Angela DeAnda of Irving; nephews R. Carlos DeAnda of Irving and Jesse “Boomer” DeAnda III of Dallas; niece Crystal Maldonado of Rowlett; nephews Manie  DeAnda of Irving; Dylan F. DeAnda of Southlake; Romelo DeAnda-King of Irving; great-nieces Makayla Taitt of Irving and Daisy Marie of Rowlett. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral service beginning at 5:00 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home.


William “Bill” D. Turner of Irving passed away January 17, 2012. He was born on July 20, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to Frances Dunn & Paul Tye Turner. He graduated from Corsicana High School, and later earned a degree in Accounting from Baylor University. He served in the US Navy during WWII.  He worked at Magnolia Petroleum/Mobil for 13 years and then worked at Employers Casualty and Southwestern Life Insurance.  He then started The William D. Turner Insurance Agency. He also held a real estate brokers license. He was a long time member and Elder of St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Irving. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Paul Tye Turner, Jr., and is survived by his wife Mary; son David Dunn Turner; and daughters Sally McGilberry and husband Steven, and Mary Anne Turner; grandchildren Laura McGilberry; Sara McGilberry Bagby; Jason McGilberry; sister Paula Earl; cousin Ned Humphrey and great-grandchildren Emma and Abby Bagby. Memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday January 20, 2012 with Dr. Ron Salfen officiating.  Committal services will be held at 11 AM Monday, January 23, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.  Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, P.O. Box 177425, Irving, TX 75017-7425, or St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Rd., TX 75061.


Ruthie Partain, of Irving, passed away January 16, 2012. She was born September 6, 1934 to Dewie E. Boyd and Carrie Mae (Benton)  Boyd in Crossroads, TX. She worked as a beautician for 37 years, with the last 11 years at Chez Marie in Irving; retiring in 2006. Ruthie enjoyed cooking for her family and doing word puzzles. Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband Behrl, and son Rickey. She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Partain, and Steve Partain and his wife Kathie;  daughter, Janet (Partain) Cryer; brother, Donnie Boyd; sister, Sandra (Boyd) Johnson; five grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. A graveside service is planned for Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Pastor Mike Blalock will officiate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 6PM to 8PM at the funeral home. Memorials to be made to either the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247 or the American Lung Association, 8150 Brookriver Drive, Suite 102, Dallas, TX 75247.


Dorothy Davis, formerly of Irving, died Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Wichita Falls at her home. She was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on March 2, 1931 to parents Raymond G. and Zula Mae (Record) Mansell. For many years, Dorothy worked in the cafeterias of the Irving Independent School District. She is preceded in death by her children Joe Alan Shaffer and Marty Robin Mitchell, one brother and two sisters. Surviving are sons Darell Shaffer and wife Barbara, of Midlothian, Rodger Shaffer and wife Karen, of Alvarado, Micheal Mitchell and wife Carol, of Desoto, and Danny Vauble and wife Lori, of Alvarado; daughter-in-law Jennifer Shaffer; sister Jeannette Shradley, of Wichita Falls; ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Please direct memorials to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75219-9300.


Tessa L. Williams, of Kennedale, Texas passed away January 13, 2012.  She was born December 31, 1966 in Grapevine, Texas to Jimmy Lee Ruyle and Venita Joyce (Jenkins) Ruyle.  She worked as a mortgage officer in the finance industry. Tessa was preceded in death by her mother Venita Ruyle, and is survived by her husband Brian; daughter Talour Williams of Boyd, TX; son Austin Williams of Kennedale; sister Penny James and husband Chuck of Boyd; brother Jimmy Ruyle, Jr. and wife Glenda of Newark, TX; and father Jimmy Ruyle, Sr. of Irving. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Bryan Eason. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 16, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Enrique "Ricky" Everardo Mata, of Irving, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012.  He was born August 10, 1979 in Dallas. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout, a member of a Break Dancing Crew, and enjoyed dancing, fishing, and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, father, brother, uncle, and friend, and a man with a big heart.  He was also considered the “Life of the Party”. He is survived by his mother Beatrice Hood of Irving; grandfather Gabby Valdez and wife Martha of Irving; grandmother Elnora Mata of Mesquite; father Willie Mata and wife Sylvia of Terrill; children Marissa Mata of Forney, Enrique “Ricky” Mata, Jr. of Forney, and their mother Candice Duran and daughter Sierra Alonzo of Lewisville, and her mother Michelle Alonzo, and Faith Mata of Irving, and her mother and his fiancé Monica De La Rosa of Irving and her children Alexandra and Giovonni; brother Andrew Mata of Irving, and his children Angelica, Alexis, Andrew Jr., and Jasmine, sister Jeanette Reyes of Irving, and other brother Christopher Reyes of Irving; aunt and uncle Sylvia and Rick Hart of Irving; numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Thursday, January 12, 2011. Fr. Clair Orso will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM, led by Deacon Daniel Segovia. Memorial donations may be made to the Bank of America to the Gavino Valdez Special Account in Memory of Ricky Mata.  


Judy Green Caudle, resident of Irving for 48 years, and previously of Waxahachie, passed away January 8, 2012. She was born May 26, 1939 in Waxahachie. She worked as an accountant for K-Wolens for five years. She is preceded in death by her parents Geta Lynn and Mamie Evelyn (Parten) Green and is survived by her husband Furman Smith, Jr., of Irving; daughter Robin Davenport and husband Chuck of Flower Mound; sister Margaret Martindale and husband Danny of Ennis; Brother Michael Green and wife Wanda of Alabama; grandson Travis Davenport of Flower Mound; step-father F.C. Griffith of Ennis; step-granddaughters Lindsi Gjetley and husband Jamey of Abilene, and Amanda Robertson and husband Justin of North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial donations may be made to American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-3914.


Deborah Jean Stowell, of Irving passed away January 4, 2012.  She was born July 22, 1960 to Adrian Eugene and Joan (Dreitlein) Stowell. She had a big heart, a loving personality and cared for everybody. Preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, John and Edna Dreitlein; sister, Dianna Jean Stowell; she leaves behind her common-law husband, Joseph Gibbons, of Irving, TX; brother, Michael Stowell of Dallas, TX; daughters, Joanne, Ashley Kate, Brittany Stowell, all from Dallas, TX; uncle, Artie and Regina Boos, of Long Island, NY; nephew, Devin Stowell, of Dallas, TX and numerous cousins. The family requests memorials/general contributions be made to Baylor Hospital, online: https://give.baylorhealth.com


Marjorie Cave was born in Cleburne, Texas; however, she raised in Corsicana, Texas. A 1939 graduate of Corsicana High School, she was an expert Rodeo Barrel Racer from the age of 6 years. During her high school years she hosted a weekly KAND talk show called "Tiger Talk." She interviewed students, teachers, and distinguished visitors from Corsicana. After High School, she graduated from Draughons Business College with a diploma in Accounting and Business Management and later attended SME, majoring in Bible History and Christian Education. For 30 years, she taught Old Testament High School Bible Credit for Dallas Independent School District through various churches in the Metroplex. Marjorie married Jim Cave in 1940 and had three children. Following his tenure in the Armed Forces, the Caves moved back to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. In 1946, Marjorie was the first wife of a WWII Veteran to be elected President of the John Lowe-Joe Smartt American Legion Auxiliary #54, the largest Auxiliary in the World at the time. For many years, she was Women’s Director of the Oak Cliff YMCA, where she increased the number of Adult Education Classes from 2 to 22; all with certified teachers. During this time, Marjorie assisted her husband Jim in the founding of the Jim Cave Funeral Home and Insurance Company. In 1957, she took over as President of the insurance company and made it into one of the state’s strongest mutual companies. After 27 years as Company President, she stepped down to facilitate a merger with an "old line" insurance company. As a National Parliamentarian, she was very active in club work and politics. She served on the speaker’s bureau for Dallas and Oak Cliff and was a favorite after dinner speaker. She served as president of the Oak Cliff Business & Professional Women’s Club, American Business Women’s Association, and the Altrusa club of Oak Cliff, and organization of Executive Women. For 10 years, she served on the State Board of Directors for Altrusa International and was elected to two terms as Governor of District Nine, Texas, Mexico, and Guatemala. Because of her work with Mexico and Guatemala, she was invited in 1969 by the US Army Air Defense Command to attend a training session at NORAD in Colorado Springs and was appointed Ambassador of Air Defense Artillery. Mrs. Cave was twice elected as "Woman of the Year" by Oak Cliff B&PW Organization. She was also the recipient of the coveted Edith DeBusk "Most Outstanding Presidents Award." Upon retirement in 1984, the Caves made their home at Hide-A-Way Lake where she was active in women’s golf and was instrumental in organizing the Ladies Tournament Assoc. and served as their first President. For several years, she was the Volunteer Patient Advocate for Texas University Health Science Hospital in Tyler. The Caves moved to Irving in 1999 where she volunteered at Baylor Health Center Irving-Coppell and Lively Senior Center. Mrs. Cave remained in the area until her death at the age of 90. Mrs. Cave was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jim Cave, and mother, Madalyn Huffman. She is survived by her children, James Gordon Cave of Haywood, California; Sharon Rebecca Kilmer of Santa Barbara, California, and Marjorie Camille Vinson of Irving; grandchildren Susan Scurlock, Wayne Wickliff, Kris Vinson, Kevin Vinson, and Karla Vinson; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.


Reverend Myron Corser, of Irving, passed away January 2, 2012 .  He was born September 2, 1932 to Myron Merril Corser, Sr. and Sylva (Hucke) Corser in Mound Valley, Kansas. He was a minister for almost 59 years, 12 years as Assisting Minister at Joy Fellowship Foursquare Church in Irving.  He is survived by his wife, Elaine and son, Mark Corser, both of Irving; daughters, Loyce Lackey and husband Mark of Midlothian, Melody Weatherby and husband James of Victorville, California, Connie Cantrell and husband Rick of Denton, TX and Jan Aldridge and husband Doug of Columbus, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Morgan, Tyler, Dusty, Austin and Hunter; brothers Rev. Robert Corser of Irving, Carl Corser of McDonald, Tennessee, Steven Corser and John Corser, both of Coffeyville, Kansas; sisters, Elaine McAfferty of St. Louis, Missouri and Karen Bliecher of Cherryvale, Kansas; and his aunt, Vivian Ruth Hucke of Cherryvale, Kansas. A funeral service is planned for 10:00 AM Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Brown’s Memorial Chapel, officiated by Dr. Sidney Westbrook. Burial is planned for 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 7, 2012 in Highland Memorial Park, Weslaco, Texas, officiated by Reverend Robert Corser. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 4, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family asks that memorials be made to The Gideons online at http://www.gideons.org or Joy Fellowship Foursquare Church, 302 W. 6th Street, Irving, TX 75060.

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