Mark G. Akin, age 57 died on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Mark was born on November 21, 1960 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Leonard Everett Akin and Wilma Jean (Hamman) Akin. Mark was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. Mark loved old black and white movies, fishing, and barbeque. He had a great sense of humor and was a big Dallas Cowboys fan. He had an excellent memory and knew any and all classic rock songs. Mark also attended Irving First Church of the Nazarene. Mark is preceded in death by his parents; his sister Janet Lynn Akin; and brother in law Marc Gaona. Left to cherish his memory are brother Steve Akin and wife Lisa of Irving; sisters Cynthia Turner and husband Steve of Grand Prairie and Carla Akin of Grand Prairie; daughter Amanda Sue Akin of Southlake; grandson Jack Richmond; as well as numerous other extended family and loving friends. A memorial service will be scheduled and we will post the finalized information to our website as soon as the family as made the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the church. You may make a donation or leave the family a note by visiting our website at www.brownmem.com.
Doris M. Alexander, age 100, died on October 15, 2018. Doris was born on November 21, 1917 in Hollister, California to John Edmund Richardson and Hermine (Shumacher) Richardson. As a child Doris lived in her great grandmother’s house, Lucile Forbes. The house was on Hillcrest road on the east side of Hollister adjacent to Calvary Cemetery, where the family remembers burying many birds. In 1944, Doris moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Then in 1955, after several other moves, they settled in Irving, Texas, where they remained for the rest of Doris’ years. Doris loved to read books of all kinds including westerns, mysteries, and anything by her favorite author James Patterson. She was the voice recorded, reading novels for North Lake College. Doris was a part of the Northgate Socialite, played bingo, and made the best Mississippi Mud cake you had ever eaten. She was an amazing baker, and some of her most enjoyed treats were Pumpkin Pie and homemade bread. Doris was a long-time resident of Irving since 1955, working at the Skillerns Drug Store as a cosmetologist for twenty years. As an honorable mention, Doris also won a Crochet contest at the Texas State Fair. Doris is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Carol Louise Allen; grandson Theron Wayne Johnson; and son-in-law Henry “Hank” Nastasi. Left to cherish her memory are sons Clyde Coffman and wife Lynda and Wayne Alexander and wife Ruby; daughters Linda Coffman and Alva Lee Nastasi; grandchildren Denise (Jackie) Lederle, Keith Allen, Julie Hill, Renee Alexander-Garland, Kevin Alexander, and Kiley Nastasi; eight great grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and loving friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75061. A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX 75060. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation be made to a charity of your choice in Doris’ name. You may make a donation or leave a note for the family by visiting our website at www.brownmem.com.
Marta Joy Bailey, age 58, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018. She was born in Pittsburg, Texas to Joe and Norma (Baumgardner) Bailey on Tuesday, May 31, 1960. A firm altruist, she cared deeply for all, stranger or not. If you needed help she would do whatever she could to provide it, whether you were family, friend, or someone she had just met. She will be greatly remembered as a loving mother, and Mimi, who would rather do nothing more than spend time with her family and love on them grandbabies. She is preceded in death by her father Joe Bailey and nephew Trenton Bailey. Left to cherish her memory are mother Norma Bailey; sister Dana Mullennix and husband Ray; sister Lorna Bailey; brother Rocky Bailey and wife Alysia; son Collin Bailey Randle and wife Samantha; son Garret Ray Randle and fiancé Ellie Espinoza; grandchildren Loralie, Cerenity, Ricky Raelee and SkylarFaye; beloved dog Cookie along with numerous extended family and loving friends. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00pm on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. The family request memorial donations to the SPCA of Dallas or to Children International, you can do this by visiting our website at www.brownmem.com and choosing donations.
Dovie Eldine Elliott-Barnes of Irving passed away October 13, 2018. She was born on March 8, 1921 in Forgan, Oklahoma to George Washington Elliott and Lottie Belle (Schaffenburg) Elliott. Dovie will be remember as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to dance and ride horses. She enjoyed spending time with her family and shopping. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Chester James Barnes in 1974. Left to cherish her memory are son Cleberne Barnes and wife Esparanza of Irving; daughter Frances Lawrence of Mesquite; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of extended family members and friends. A private memorial service will be held by her family members. Memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile at operationsmile.org.
Marjorie Beth Bennett, age 89, died peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018. She was born in Dukedom, Tennessee to Henry C. and Stella (Farmer) Austin on Thursday, August 8, 1929. Marjorie graduated from Palmersville High School, 4th in her class. She continued her education and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin then on to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in home economics. After college, Marjorie made the decision to put her focus on family and became a full-time wife and mother, as well as volunteering her time with the mission printing at the church. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 51 years Raymond Osborne Bennett, and her four siblings, brothers Leonard, Herbert, Alfred and Douglas Austin. Left to cherish her memory are son David Bennett and wife Amy; son Richard Bennett; son Stephen Bennett and wife Terri; daughter Kathy Bennett; grandchildren Chris (Megan), Kara (Thomas), Cassidy (Kyle), Casey (Jessica) and Matthew (Natalie); great grandchildren Thurston (Shea), Nolan, Nathan and Justine; great great grandchildren Ashlynn and Adalynn, along with numerous extended family and loving friends. The family will receive friends between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. A funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Beltline Road Church of Christ, 1202 North Beltline Road in Irving. A committal service at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery will be held at 1:00 p.m. the same day. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the service and line up in lane ONE.