|Willie Crim Watkins
Willie Crim Watkins, 77, of McKinney passed away on Dec. 14, 2002,
in Bonham. He was born Nov. 27, 1925, in McKinney, to Marshall and Mary
(Miller) Watkins. He married Movita Housewright on Dec. 31, 1971, in McKinney.
He was owner and operator of the B&W Construction and a member of the
Branch Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and received
the Purple Heart. He was a member of the St. Johns #51 Masonic Lodge in
McKinney and a member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Movita Watkins of McKinney; sons Van Watkins
of Celina and Terry Tidwell of Princeton, daughter Kay Nickell of Plano,
brothers Charlie Watkins of Dallas and Clifford Watkins of Garland, five
grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Rev. Earl Burgess officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview
Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. Monday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Ricky E. Williams
Ricky E. Williams, 47, of McKinney passed away Jan. 15, 2003 in McKinney.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1955 to Sidney Earl and Loretta (Bramlett) Williams
in Casper, Wyo.
He met his wife, Debbie Lytle, on the tennis courts in Seminole, Texas,
and they took their vows on Sept. 11, 1976 in Seminole. He was the Director
of Marketing with Tom Thumb for 25 years. Rick, above many things, was
a wonderful Christian man. He attended Ridgecrest Baptist Church in his
younger years and was a member of the McKinney Fellowship Bible Church.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie of McKinney; sons Ricky Jr., Shane
and Cody Williams both of McKinney; mother Loretta Williams of Frisco and
numerous other loving friends and relatives.
His father preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday at McKinney Fellowship
Bible Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Joseph Wood, 21, of Plano passed away Jan. 14, 2003 in Dallas. He was
born Dec. 16, 1981 in Corpus Christi to Laura and Joseph Wood.
He is survived by his father, Joseph Wood; mother Laura Wood and stepfather
Randy Sorrelf of Plano; son Joseph Julian Wood of Carrollton; daughter
Nina Argumenez of Dallas; brothers,Jamey Bardwell of Carrollton and Kenneth
Trey Wood of Knoxville, Tenn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Community
Church of Plano with Rev. Dennis Tollson, officiating. Visitation will
be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday at Cedar Crest Funeral Home in Plano
and the viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home in
Charles Lee Varner
Charles Lee Varner, 58, of Melissa passed away Jan. 14, 2003. He was
born July 12, 1944 in San Antonio, to Mac and Marie (Hightower) Varner.
He married Vicky McCain on May 30, 2002 in Sherman.
He is survived by his wife, Vicky Varner of Melissa; daughters Christy
McKinny of Kilgore, Debra Bates and Jennifer Milam, both of Longview and
Nada Varner of Richardson; son Chase Varner of Richardson; stepdaughters
Trina Harris and Tammie Pearson, both of Sherman; 13 grandchildren and
a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Flesher Chapel
in Van Alstyne with Al Hall, officiating. Interment will follow at Van
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday
at Flesher Chapel.
Nathan B. Carver D.D.S.
Nathan B. Carver D.D.S., 29, of Plano passed away on Jan. 12, 2003.
He was born to Larry Carver and Marsha Bonner on Jan. 18, 1973 in Corpus
Christi. He married Kelley Allen on May 20, 1995. After graduating from
the Baylor College of Dentistry in 2001, he opened a private practice in
McKinney and was a member of the American Dental Association. He was a
member of the Stonebridge United Methodist Church-McKinney.
He is survived by his wife, Kelley Machelle Carver of Plano; one son,
Bryar Bradley Carver also of Plano; parents Marsha and Bill Sadler and
Larry and Marie Carver of Howe, Texas; mother-in-law LaVaughn Allen of
Bells, Texas; sister Sarah Jo Carver of Sherman; niece Nicolette Paige
Carver of Sherman; step-sisters Melissa Gillespie, Melissa Cooper, Deanna
Self and Amanda Ruff of Sequin, Texas; step-brother Slon Ruff of Sequin;
uncles Dale Bonner of Denison and Don Bonner of Van Alstyne; aunt Janet
Vincik of Abilene and brother-in-law Mike Allen of Bells.
Family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Stonebridge
United Methodist Church-McKinney. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on
Jan. 17 at Stonebridge United Methodist Church-McKinney with Rev. Don Smith,
Rev. Ed Lantz and Rev. Karen Horan officiating, with burial at Cedarlawn
Memorials can be made to the Dental Ministry Fund. Donate to: Nathan
Carver Fund c/o Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge
Drive, McKinney, 75070.
Louise Carey, 89, of Celina passed away Jan. 13, 2003 in Celina. She
was born Nov. 22, 1913 in Dallas to Harvey and Mary L. (Clare) Comfort.
She married Haley E. Carey on May 3, 1974, in Durant, Okla. She was a homemaker
and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her daughters, Debra Martin and Sandra Welch, both
of Lewisville, Texas; sons Harvey Weldon of McKinney and George Weldon
of Alabama; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother C. C.
Comfort of Dallas; bestest neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Franklin, and
friend Mary Montgomery, all of Celina; and a host of other relatives and
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers; two grandchildren;
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Celina Church
of Christ. Interment will follow at Old Celina Cemetery in Celina. Visitation
will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral
Vivian Exa Saye Lowrey
Vivian Exa Saye Lowrey died in Plano on April 6, 2003, after a short
illness. She was born on November 10, 1911, in Blue Ridge, to Eula Elizabeth
McKelvy and Dexter Alan Saye. She graduated from Leonard High School in
1934 and lived most of her adult life in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she
was a long-time member of the 10th and Broad Church of Christ. She recently
moved to Plano to be closer to her family.
She was a devoted and caring mother and grandmother who cherished her
friends and family. She was a woman with a keen sense of humor who loved
to read and play bridge. She enjoyed telling stories of growing up on a
cotton farm in Collin County, participating in singing conventions with
her sisters and cousins and life during the depression and World War II.
She is survived by sister, Evelyn Havens and brother Glen Saye; children
Linda and Gary Halter, Harry and Diana Carlson and Mike and Elaine Lowrey;
eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. We will miss her very
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James A. Lowrey;
son William Jerry Lowrey; granddaughter Elizabeth Saye Halter; brother
William Elmo Saye and sister Myra Saye Ingram.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 9, 2003 at Blue Ridge
Church of Christ. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Gracie Ellen Box
Gracie Ellen Box, 57, of McKinney passed away April 5, 2003, at her
home in McKinney. She was born Dec. 26, 1945 in Henrietta, Okla. to Samuel
Hansley and Goldie Wills Hansley. She was married to Willie Hayes. She
was a home health care worker and a member of First Baptist Church of Melissa.
She is survived by her husband, Willie Hayes of McKinney; sons Cullen
Helms of New Hope and Jeff Helms of Wichita Falls; daughters and sons-in-law
Janette and Donald Feagan of Leonard and Ellen Box and Shaun Seegmiller
of Melissa; sisters Elsie Nagel of Scott City, Kansas and Irene Alston
of Petty, Texas; brothers John Hansley, Sr. of Whitewright and Frank Hansley
of Leonard and grandchildren Rebekah, Josiah and Linda Grace.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Funeral Home
Chapel in Leonard with Brother Morgan Malone officiating. Interment will
follow at Randolph Lindsey Cemetery in Randolph.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday
at Taylor Funeral Home in Leonard.
George Thomas Blackwell
George Thomas Blackwell, 88, of McKinney passed away April 4, 2003,
in McKinney. He was born Sept. 27, 1914, to Leo and Dolly (Bowman) Blackwell.
He married Fay Watson on March 21, 1942, in Plano. He was a mail carrier
and was of the Church of Christ faith. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps
and was a veteran of WWII.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Blackwell of Denison and Reggie
Blackwell and wife Anita of Cheyenne, Okla.; daughter Brenda Brinsfield
of Elgin, Texas; sisters Fannie Grindle, Leona Anderson and Bertha Sullens
all of Dahlonega, Ga.; brothers Carl Blackwell of Dahlonega and Robert
Blackwell of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Tom Gaumer officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview
Sue K. Stricker
Sue K. Stricker, 55, of Allen passed away on Nov. 8, 2002 in Plano.
She was born on Aug. 29, 1947 to George Anthony and Betty (Anderson) Breitenfeldt
in Rockford, Ill. On July 30, 1982 she married Roger Stricker in Benton,
Mo. She was a training coordinator for General Cologne Re and attended
St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Allen. She was a member of the Lewiston-Auburn
Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. She was also the State Director for
the State of Maine Muscular Dystrophy Association and an elected trustee
for the city of Grayslake, Ill. She was an elected city councilwoman for
the city of Auburn, Maine and a city council representative to the Auburn
School Board in Auburn. At Mid-Maine Hospital in Lewiston, she was on the
Hospital Board and a Citizen’s Advocate Member and ran as a state senate
candidate for the Lewiston/Auburn area.
She is survived by her husband, Roger Stricker of Allen; sons Mark
Weiskircher and wife Jennifer of Okinawa, Japan, and Paul Weiskircher and
wife Evangeline of Wichita Falls; daughter Jill Pyland and Sam Britton
III of The Colony; step-children Deborah Gehrke and husband Doug of Grand
Forks, N.D., Janet Funk and husband Doug of Huntley, Ill., Jean Stephens
and husband Gary of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Roger J. Stricker of Los Angeles;
12 grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
Her parents and granddaughter Kylie Weiskircher preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at St. Jude’s Catholic
Church in Allen with Father Tim Church officiating. A rosary service will
be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Mckinney.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society; Save the Children
Fund in Bannockburn, Ill.
James B. “Jim” Deur
James B. “Jim” Deur, 63, of McKinney passed away on Nov. 9, 2002 in
McKinney. He was born on May 8, 1939 to James D. and Esther P. (Fiene)
Deur in Denison, Iowa. He served in U.S. Air Force and was of the Catholic
He is survived by his mother Esther Deur of McKinney; sister,Jaynie
Burns of McKinney; nieces Julie Guerra of McKinney and Amber Deur of Dallas;
nephew Jeff Burns of Lufkin; numerous great nieces and nephews and other
A graveside service was held this morning at 11 a.m. at Ridgeview Memorial
Park with Rev. Dick Russell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction
of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Lewis Meadows, 86, passed away on Nov. 10, 2002 in McKinney. He was
an Air Force Veteran serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He retired
from the Air Force after 20 years of service and also retired from Wyatts
Cafeteria where he worked as a chef. After his retirement he enjoyed working
in his garden and being a handyman.
He is survived by his children Sherry A. Meadows of Arlington, Bonnie
Waechter and husband Ed of Lowry Crossing and Robert Lewis Meadows and
wife Jolyn of Kerrville; grandchildren Robert Lewis Meadows Jr., Andrew
Ryan Meadows, Christopher James Meadows and Marcus Waechter; sister-in-law
Hazel Harris; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jo Powers Meadows in Oct. of 2000
and granddaughter Amy Michelle Meadows in April of 1975. Graveside services
will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at Old Arlington Cemetery. Visitation with
the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Belew Funeral Home
The family would like to thank Dr. Jan and Dr. Henderson and the staff
of North Central Medical Center for their tireless efforts of the last
J.A. Hackney, 76, formerly of McKinney, passed away at his home in
Kirtland on Oct. 31, 2002. He was born in Melissa on Aug. 31, 1926. He
retired from teaching at the Grace B. Wilson Elementary School in Kirtland.
He is survived by his wife Billie Hackney of Kirtland; son Ronald Hackney
and wife Trish of Rio Rancho; daughters Janie Flack and husband Alan from
Flora Vista and Melody McKibben of Mesa, Ariz.; his special children Mike
and Cynthia Davidson; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two
sisters and four brothers.
Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the First Baptist Church
in Kirtland with the Rev. Joe Byers officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Navajo Missions
Inc., 210 W. Main St., Farmington or the Hesperus Baptist Camp, 22265 Hwy.
140 Hesperus, Colo. 81326.
Cremation was provided by the Alternative Society.
Lisa Garman Cieminski
Lisa Garman Cieminski, 36, died Dec. 7, 2002, in McKinney, the result
of an automobile accident involving a drunk driver. She was born July 16,
1966, in Oklahoma City, the daughter of Richard C. and Maryella Garman.
She was a 1984 graduate of Norman High School and she graduated from Central
State University in Edmond, Okla.
Lisa was a compassionate, funny, nurturing and creative person, a great
storyteller, and always positive and empathetic to others. Her hobbies
included sewing, decorating, planning activities with her family, shopping
with her sister, Missy, visiting with her wonderful neighbors, and working
with preschool children.
Her greatest joys were caring for her husband and two children, family,
church and planning home decorating projects. She touched our lives with
her beauty which was not only on the outside. She was able to make each
of us see the beauty in every day. Her compassion for life was emulated
through her two beautiful children.
Survivors include her husband, Michael; a son, Michael; a sister, Melissa
and husband, Dr. Sean Whisler, and nephew, Carson Whisler, all of Norman,
Okla.; grandmother, Freda Garman of Oklahoma City; aunts and uncles, Steve
Garman of Decatur, Ill., Donald Mapes of Oklahoma City, Donna Garman of
Pensacola, Fla., Lucille Mapes of Oklahoma City, Margie Horany of Oklahoma
City; and 25 Cieminski nieces and nephews.
An Evening Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday at Smith
& Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Mass of Christian
Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at the Church of the Epiphany of
the Lord. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, Oklahoma
A Memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2002 at St. Gabriel
the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney.
Molly Mary Cieminski
Molly Mary Cieminski, 6, died Dec. 7, 2002 in McKinney, the result
of an automobile accident involving a drunk driver. She was born Nov. 26,
1996 in Plano, the daughter of Michael and Lisa Garman Cieminski.
She was a kindergarten student at Eddins Elementary School. Molly was
a precious, beautiful, assertive, funny, outgoing child with a bubbly personality.
Her favorite activities included shopping, eating at Taco Bueno, holidays
with her cousins, cheer class, playing dress-up, and taking charge of her
She loved her parents, playing with her brother and all of her cousins,
decorating with her mother and visiting her grandparents and “Aunt Missy.”
She brought joy in each of our lives because of her beauty, precious voice,
mannerisms and innocent personality.
She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Max Cieminski.
Survivors include her father and a twin brother, Michael, both of McKinney;
grandparents, Richard C. and Maryella Garman of Norman, Okla., and Margaret
Cieminski of Oklahoma City; great grandmother, Freda Garman of Oklahoma
City; aunts and uncles, Melissa and husband, Dr. Sean Whisler, and their
son, Carson, Mary and Mike Stovall, Laura Howells, Karen and Bill Nashert,
Kathy and Daria Butler, Jean and Bill Smith, Max and Cindy Cieminski, and
Teresa and Paul Harp, and 25 Cieminski cousins.
An Evening Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday at Smith
& Kernke Chapel, 14624 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Mass of Christian
Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday at the Church of the Epiphany of the
Lord. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma
City. A Memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m., December 17, 2002 at St.
Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in McKinney.
Don Splettstosser, 62, of Eustace, Texas, passed away December 10,
2002, in Athens, Texas. He was born July 23, 1940, in Corrigan, Texas,
to Ernest Melvin and Jimmie Beatrice (Norman) Splettstosser. He married
Carla Pittman on February 20, 1986, in McKinney. He served in the U. S.
Army and was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He worked
for Electrotex, Inc. for 15 years and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist
Church in Kemp, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy, Norman and
He is survived by his wife, Carla Splettstosser of Eustace; daughters,
Leslie Lehde and husband, Mark of Sugarland, Texas, Kaylynn Splettstosser
of Houston, and Christie Bentle & husband, Joel of McKinney; son, David
Stroup and wife, Christy of Friendswood, Texas; 7 grandchildren; and brother,
J. R. Splettstosser of West Plains, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Rev. Jim Addison officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview
Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Tommie Jefferson, 39, of Princeton passed away at his home March 17,2003.
He was born Dec. 7, 1963 to Murphy D. Jefferson. He accepted Christ
at an early age and joined St. Paul CME church in Belcher, La.
Tommie later moved to Texas and married Connie Rawlings Jefferson.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Connie Jefferson; step-son Patrick
Vasquez; mother Murphy D. Jefferson; sisters Jackie Jefferson of Monroe,
La., and Diane and Theresa Jefferson of Belcher; nephews Travis and DeMario
Jefferson; nieces Rachel and Jasmine Jefferson; and a host of family and
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Moses Jefferson, and grandmother,
Katie B. Jefferson.
Pallbearers will be Alonzo Lee, Donnie Edwards, Rickey Flatters, Ron
Price, Gene Hacket, John Haley and Michael Holmes.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., March 22 at Belew Funeral
Home with Rev. Franklin D. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at
Fitzhugh Cemetery in Lucas. Visitation with the family will be held from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21 at Belew Funeral Home.
Wallace Dillard, 88, of McKinney passed away on July 7, 2002. He was
born on Aug. 7, 1913 to James Z. and Frances (Samples) Dillard in Anna.
On Dec. 29, 1967, he married Mollie Frederick in Sherman. He was a machinist
for McKinney Cotton Mill for 20 years. He also worked for 22 years at Stewart
Engineering. During WW II he worked in the Defense Plant in California.
He was a member of the Faith Memorial Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mollie Dillard of McKinney;
sons Shorty Dillard and wife Linda and Michael Hocker and wife Vicki all
of McKinney; daughters Norma Ruth Baxley of Garland and Donna Sisk of McKinney;
9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Z. and Frances Dillard,
two brothers, six sisters; son Walton Dillard and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., today at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel. Chaplain Robert Scott officiated. Interment followed at Ridgeview
Ora Nell Barefield
Ora Nell Barefield, 91, of McKinney passed away July 6, 2002, in McKinney.
She was born Nov. 5, 1910, in Magnolia, Miss., to Charlie and Elizabeth
(Thompson) Loving. She married Jesse Barefield on Sept. 18, 1934, in Magnolia.
She worked for Texas Textile Mill as an inspector and for U.S. Brass. She
was a member of the Bible Missionary Church in McKinney.
She is survived by her daughter Nan Elizabeth Roberts and husband Jerry
of Greenville; son John Charles Barefield and wife Frances of The Colony;
grandsons Jerry Dale Roberts, Jr. of McKinney and John Michael Barefield
of Havelock, N.C.; granddaughters Robin Dawn Bailey of Jackson, Miss.,
and Shiela Ann Patton of Jonesboro, Ark.; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., July 10 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Rev. George Mullins and Rev. John Michael Barefield officiating.
Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Carol Kruckeberg, 60, of Anna, passed away July 6, 2002 at her home.
She was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Farmington, Mo., to Harold McNew and Alta
Marie (Cowley) Moore. She married Bruce Kruckeberg on Jan. 8, 1966, in
Florissant, Mo. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Anna.
She is survived by her husband Bruce Kruckeberg of Anna; daughters
Laurie Powell and husband Brent of Houston and Nikki Efurd and husband
Steve of Plano; sons Colter Kruckeberg of San Marcos and Chace Kruckeberg
of Anna; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 9 at the First Christian
Church in Anna with Rev. Jeff Foster and Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Interment
will follow at Highland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Samuel Maddage, Jr.
Samuel Maddage, Jr., when to be with the Lord on Oct. 30, 2002, at
his home. He was born on Aug. 18, 1959, in Pennsylvania, where he graduated
from high school. He moved to Texas in 1978. He loved wood working and
was employed by Nortex Millwork of Plano. He was a member of Cottonwood
Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by his father, Samuel Maddage, Sr.; wife Donna of McKinney;
mother Patti Maddage of Wylie; sisters Tracy Maddage of Plano and Maria
Maddage of Plano; brothers Michael Maddage and wife Christy of Plano, Scott
Maddage and wife Kristy of Branch, Texas; step-brother Tommie Webber and
wife Hilce of McKinney; step-sister Tammy Brown of McKinney and several
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2002, at Cottonwood
Creek Baptist Church.
Billy (Ila Mae) Biggar
Billy (Ila Mae) Biggar, born Dec. 27, 1910, passed away in McKinney
on Oct. 29, 2002, at the age of 91 years. She was of the Methodist faith,
a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebecca Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hoss (John Wesley) Biggar
and son Jack Biggar. She is survived by her son Bud Biggar of Princeton;
17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Cemetery
in Bowie, Texas. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. Friday at Belew Funeral Home in McKinney, 601 S. Tennessee St.,
Harry E. Lair
Harry E. Lair, born Aug. 31, 1929, passed away Oct. 30, 2002, in Dallas
at the age of 73. Harry was an Army veteran stationed in France following
World War II. He was an ordained Baptist minister graduating from Golden
Gate Seminary in California. Living in Arizona for 30-plus years, he ministered
at many churches throughout northern Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl E. Lair and Myrtle Cooper
Lair; brothers John Lair, who was killed during the Normandy Invasion,
and Carl “Buster” Lair, Jr. and sister Clarece Carver.
He is survived by his children Patricia Niemann and spouse Richard
of Anna, Texas, David Lair and spouse Cindy of Peoria, Ariz., Linda Lair
of Phoenix and Barbara Hendricks of Mesa, Ariz.’ grandchildren: Aaron,
Rhea, Candice, Michael and Kurtis; brothers David Lair and spouse June
of Celina and Kenneth Lair and spouse Billie of Aubrey, Texas; sisters
Kay Graves of Sherman, Thelma Rollins of Richardson, and Lena Tucker and
spouse Raymond of Richardson.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 2002, at First Baptist Church
of Celina, with Rev. Jerry Carver officiating. Interment will follow at
Highland Cemetery in Melissa. Visitation with the family will be from 7
p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Belew Funeral Home.
Dezmond Christopher Raney
Dezmond Christopher Raney, born July 25, 1993, in McKinney, passed
away suddenly Oct. 26, 2002, at the age of 9 years. He was a student at
Malvern Elementary School. He enjoyed many hobbies such as soccer and playing
video games. He was also a proud big brother to Ethan.
He is survived by his parents Gus N. Raney and Christina Berrios; brother
Ethan Berrios; grandparents Ruby Berrios and Martin Hernandez, Domingo
and Yolanda Berrios, Sr.; aunts and uncles: Jessie Berrios, Paul Berrios,
Domingo Berrios, Jr., Cynthia Berrios and Esmerelda Berrios; cousins: Jesse
Berrios, Jr., Savanah Berrios, Paul Berrios, Jr. and Miranda Berrios. He
is also survived by many friends and classmates at Malvern Elementary.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2002, at Belew Funeral Home
Chapel with Pastor James Haynes officiating. Interment followed at Ridgeview
Cemetery in Allen. Visitation with the family was Tuesday at the funeral
A memorial fund has been established at Bank Texas in Dezmond’s name,
sponsored by Malvern Elementary School.
Juanita Cook Tobin
Juanita Cook Tobin, 85, of Arkadelphia, Ark., passed away Dec. 5, 2002
at the Twin Rivers Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec.
17, 1916, in Frisco, the daughter of George and Ida Mae Turner Cook. She
was a retired Sears employee where she worked as a receiving clerk. She
was a pianist and organist for the Weston Baptist Church. She was a member
of Park Hill Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert B. Tobin; and other
close family members Randy and Glenetta Turner and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Ruggles-Wilcox
Chapel with Rev. Blake McKinney officiating. Interment will follow at Rest
Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held from 6
to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Park
Hill Building Fund.
Matthew Brian Wiginton
Matthew Brian Wiginton, 20, of McKinney passed away on Jan. 3, 2003.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1982 to Jeffrey Dean and Elizabeth Sue (Wiley)
Wiginton in Dallas. He was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and graduated from
Allen High School in 2000. He worked for Countrywide Mortgage Company in
Plano and attended New Hope Christian Church in Wylie.
He is survived by his father, Jeff Wiginton and wife Laurie of Sachse;
sister Amy Freeman and husband Mark of McKinney; niece Hannah Nance; nephew
Mark Freeman III; grandmother Gertrude “Mema” Wiginton of Waxahachie; uncle
and aunt George F. Wiley, Jr. and wife Beth of Dallas and cousins Katie
and Jake Wiley.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Wiley Baker in 2001;
grandfather Larry Wiginton in 1995 and cousin George Michael Wiley in 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Pastor Keith Spurgin officiating. Interment will follow at
Ridgeview Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Scottish
Raymond Morgan Davis
Raymond Morgan Davis, 95, of Princeton, Texas, passed away March 11,
2003, in McKinney. He was born June 4, 1907, in Hico, Texas, to John Henry
and Hattie (Pittman) Davis. He married Teresa Mae Lamb on Dec. 24, 1939,
in Wichita Falls, Texas. Davis served in the U.S. Army Medical and was
a veteran of World War II. He was a salesman in the food business.
He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn McSpadden and husband George
of Gadsden, Ala.; grandsons Glenn McSpadden and wife Angie of Nashville,
Tenn. and Paul McSpadden of North Bay, Canada; great-granddaughter Dottie
McSpadden of Nashville; great-grandson Dawson McSpadden of Nashville; niece
Dottie K. Lackie and husband Dave of McKinney; and nephew Mike L. Malone
and wife Nancy of McKinney.
Davis was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. March 15, 2003, at Ridgeview
Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Gomer R. Wheeler
Gomer R. Wheeler, 98, of McKinney, passed away March 10, 2003, in Carrollton,
Texas. He was born June 21, 1904, in Dodd City, Texas, to Thomas Marley
and Pearl (Fletcher) Wheeler. On Feb. 14, 1945, he married Joretta Spears
in Tioga, Texas. He retired from the U. S. government as a construction
inspector. He was also a member of the First Christian Church in McKinney.
He is survived by his son, Bill Wheeler and wife Connie of Carrollton;
granddaughter Whitney Jo Wheeler and grandson Clayton Bradley Wheeler both
also of Carrollton, and sister Ethel Richardson of Bryan, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 15, 2003, at Ridgeview
Memorial Park in Allen. Visitation with the family will be held at 12:00
noon Saturday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Bronislaw “Duke” Mayzurk
Bronislaw “Duke” Mayzurk, 80, a loving husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather, passed away March 10, 2003 after a brief, courageous
battle with lung cancer. Duke celebrated his 80th birthday on March 1,
2003 with his family. Duke was a member of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic
Community where he was an usher. He was also a 4th Degree Knight with the
Knights of Columbus. Duke served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Murphy during
World War II. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane T. Mayzurk; son James
T. Mayzurk and wife Diane and daughter Barbara Cooper and husband Donald.
“Grandpa” is also survived by seven grandchildren: Ken and Kevin Cooper,
Kelly Gonzalez, Todd and Ty Mayzurk, Jeffrey Mayzurk and Jennifer Marusa,
as well as seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Martin Baron Mayzurk.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Gabriel
the Archangel Catholic Community in McKinney. “HOPE FOR THE BEST AND COPE
WITH THE REST.”
Gracie Robbins, 74, of McKinney passed away on Nov. 7, 2002 in McKinney.
She was born May 13, 1928 to Willie and Buella (Gilmore) Martin in Hobert,
OK. She married Cleave Robbins in Dallas in 1947. She was a homemaker and
was a member of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister; four brothers;
and her parents.
She is survived by her sons, Donnie R. Allen of Anna, Robert Lee Robbins
of McKinney, Eugene D. Robbins of Anna, Michael C. Robbins of Farmersville,
Milton J Robbins of Princeton, and Jimmy W. Robbins if McKinney; 17 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren; brother, Coy Martin of Eustes, TX; niece, Ruth
Beck of Dallas; and a number of loving relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 10, 2002 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Chapel with Rev. Robert Terrell officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview
Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.,
Saturday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Johnnie V. Langford
Johnnie V. Langford, 69, of Rowlett died Wednesday, October 30 in Dallas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 2 in Greenville.
Johnnie was born Dec. 31, 1932 in Blue Ridge, the daughter of the late
A.A. and Leslie Myrick.
She was a 1951 graduate of McKinney High School. She is survived by
her husband, Joe Langford of Rowlett; and daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa
and Neil Murphy, Amy and Kevin McGuffey, and Andrea and Larry Hiney; and
Sue K. Stricker
Sue K. Stricker. 55, of Allen passed away Nov. 8, 2002 in Plano. Arrangements
are pending with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
Pearl Lena Renfro
Pearl Lena Renfro, 94, of Balch Springs passed away Nov. 7, 2002 in
Balch Springs. She was born Aug. 24,1908 to Jim and Charity (Wright) Barnes
in Collin County. She married Loyd Renfro on April 21, 1928 in Collin County.
She was a homemaker and a member of Waddill Street Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers; two sisters;
and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Bob Renfro and wife Sidney of McKinney;
grandchildren, Russ Renfro and wife Teresa of Garland, and Kurt Renfro
of Costa Mesa, CA; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Trevor Renfro.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m.. Nov. 11, 2002 at Ridgeview
Memorial Park with Rev. Hubert Long officiating. Visitation with the family
will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral
Eber Ray Hartley
Eber Ray Hartley, 85 of McKinney passed away Nov. 8, 2002 at his home./
He was born Oct. 6, 1917 in Chambliss, TX to Elmer Dennis and Laura Geneva
(Davis) Hartley. He served in the U.S. Army 12th Armored Division, and
was a veteran of Word War II, European Theater. He married Elga Higginbotham
in McKinney on July 11, 1941. He was the owner of Hartley Construction
Company and was a member of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Elga M. Hartley of McKinney; son, Gary
L. Hartley and wife, Ellen K. of Melissa; daughter, Gayla Scalf and husband
Durwood E. of McKinney; grandchildren, William G. Hartley, Holley Ella
Hartley, Valorie Janik and Derrec Scalf; great-grandchildren, Kinley and
Christopher Janik; brother, Houston Lee Hartley of Sun City West, Arizona.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 11, 2002 at North Baptist
Church in McKinney, with Rev. Leonard Hartley of San Angelo officiating.
Interment will follow at Stoney Point Cemetery. Visitation with the family
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral
Memorials may be made to the 12th Armored Division Museum, 1289 N.
2nd Street, Abilene, TX 79601.
Dorothy O. Thompson
Dorothy O. Thompson, 79, of McKinney, passed away Nov. 7, 2002 in McKinney.
She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Fannin County to Lester M. and Beulah Lee
(Lindsey) Morris. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; and brother, James
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Pat Kanive of Princeton, Donna
Gene Reed of McKinney, Paula Ann Lee Norton of Grand Prairie, and Cindy
Duncan of Bonham; sons, Ronald Paul Durrett of Seagoville, and David Durrett
of Sachse; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several other
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 10, 2002, at Ridgeview
Memorial Park in Allen, with Rev Weldon Harris officiating. Visitation
with the family will be held form 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow
Robert Morris Wheeler
Bob was born in Joliet, Ill. on May 10, 1905. His father was a newspaper
man and his job took him to several cities, so Bob grew up in several Ohio
locations: Cincinnati (his favorite), Columbus and Cleveland. He married
Margaret Montague and they had four children, Bob, Don, Peggy and Dorothy.
Margaret died in 1937 and Bob was devastated by the loss. He could
not function until he attended a religous retreat and his strong Catholic
faith sustained him. Bob remained an eligible batchelor for 14 years when
he found another Margaret.
He followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the newspaper business
with stints at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal and
the Detroit Free Press. He was the Classified Advertising Manager at the
Akron Beacon Journal for 30 years, winning many national awards for advertising
His family essentially grew up in Cuyahoga Falls and Akron. He frequently
gave instruction to Jack Knight (owner of Knight Ridder Newspapers) regarding
direction of the publications. Jack repeatedly asked Bob to take on a role
of greater responsibility, and Bob finally accepted the position of Director
of Advertising at the Detroit Free Press, where he worked until retirement.
He was very active in family, church and civic activities. He became
a graduate of the Dale Carnagie curriculum and became a popular after-dinner
speaker in Akron. His talks were usually directed at imroving Akron as
a place to work and play. He was a dapper dresser and was refered to as
“Suits” Wheeler in the local newspaper.
Bob always loved the outdoors and “Dutch,” as the other children called
him, often organized baseball games in his youth. He developed Pleurlsy
and had to attend an outdoor school in Columbus, which he believed to cure
him and contributed to his love of the outdoors. He had to take two trolleys
to get to and from the school.
He would take his daughter and her friends ice skating at an Akron
park near their home, where he managed to break his leg twice. (He must
not have been a Brian Botoglio)
Bob began running long before it became popular. He would leave work
at the Akron Beacon Journal and run at noon at Virginia Kendall Park. He
was still jogging in his eighties before he began taking three brisk walks
each day. He also followed the Canadian Air Force exercise routine well
into his nineties. He was a ladies man as he was very close to his mother
and was always respectful to women, tipping his hat as he passed. His early
adult years were spent working in Cleveland during pre-Depression days
when ballroom dancing was at its’ height with five large ballrooms along
Euclid Avenue. He would dance every dance at children and grandchildren
wedding receptions and was known to dance at every opportunity at Appletree
Court. Bob Wheeler was known as one of the most enthusiastic, positive
people on Earth. He was a diplomat, reader, sports enthusiast, gregarious,
witty, cheerful and kind (but no, he was not a Boy Scout). He loved people,
especially his family, and people loved him. He was known as Gramps to
his 19 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Gabriel’s
Catholic Church in McKinney. Arrangements are under the supervision of
Sparkman Funeral Home.
Wilford J. Morrison
Wilford J. Morrison, 86, of Princeton passed away Nov. 7, 2002 at North
Central Medical Center in McKinney. He was born Oct. 29, 1916 in Collin
County, the son of Henry and Martha Thomas Morrison. He married Jannie
Corrine Mounger July 9, 1937 in McKinney. He was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Princeton and a lifelong carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jannie; his parents; sisters,
Lola Mae Fort and Ethel Key; brother Ova Lee Morrison; one son; and one
HE is survived by a son, Ricky Morrison and wife Carolyn of Princeton;
daughter, Nelda Milam and husband, Lloyd of Spokane, WA.; grandsons, Johnny
Morrison and wife Tammie of Princeton, Billy Don Morrison of Princeton,
William Milam and wife Nikki of Princeton, Victor Milam and wife Rusty
of Montana, Clint Milam and wife Chris of Merit; granddaughter, Laurie
Turner and husband, Bruce of Merit; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Howard
Morrison and wife Alma of McKinney, Leroy Morrison and wife Dessie of McKinney
and Henry Morrison, Jr. and wife Dot of Oklahoma; sister, Bea Love of McKinney;
a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and close
Graveside Services, under the direction of Belew Funeral Home, will
be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, 2002 at Princeton Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth