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Sue Dunnaway 

Sue Evelyn Dunnaway, 69, of Denton died Friday, April 28, 2000, at The Vintage in Denton. 

She was born July 27, 1930, in McKinney to Stoney and Nora Knight Allen. She married James Dunnaway in McKinney on Jan. 25, 1962. 

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in McKinney. 

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Pecan Grove Memorial Park in McKinney with the Rev. Gary 
Cox officiating. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include two sons, Jim Hardin of Denton and Rick Dunnaway of Red Oak; a sister, Lois Rickman of Josephine; and three grandchildren. 

Ona Sutherlin 

Decatur -- Ona Mae Sutherlin, 89, of Decatur died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Sunny Hills Nursing Center. 

She was born Sept. 21, 1910, in Corsicana. She was retired from retail sales. 

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Cemetery. Rusty Hedges will 
officiate. Coker Funeral Home in Decatur is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Lane of Decatur; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jesse Balentine

Jesse William "Jake" Balentine, 76, of Galveston, passed away Friday, April 28, 2000, at Harbourview Care Cener in League City, Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jesse was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. John David Balentine November 27, 1923, on the Golden Hoof Stock Farm outside of Denton,Texas, where his father worked as the ranch foreman for many years.

Jesse grew up in the country where he traveled seven miles by pony or bicycle to school every day. His fondest childhood memories were of playing with friends, Buddy McSween, George Derden, Millard Spain and Don Williams, along Hickory Creek, located west of Denton. He often shared stories of his adventures with his family. Jesse graduated from Demonstration High School in Denton in 1941.

After graduating from high school, he began his career in aircraft assembly of World War II aircraft in San Diego, Calif. He served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II from 1942 until the end of the war. He sailed many waters around the world, providing supplies for U.S. troops.

After leaving the service, he took up residence in Texas City, Texas, where he established an automobile paint and body shop. He witnessed the 1947 Texas City explosion, where he volunteered many hours of rescue and recovery of victims from the disaster.

In the early 1950s, he moved to Galveston Island and established State Auto Sales, located at 37th and Broadway. Jesse progressed in the automobile business and in the late 1950s founded A-1 Auto Parts and Sales, located at 61st and Stewart Road, which he eventually moved to 61st north of Broadway where he served many customers and friends until his retirement in 1984.

Jake then assisted his wife, Joyce, and her partner, Roseanne Dawson, at Pleasure Isle Bait Camp. Jake really enjoyed walking and bicycling in his later years.

Jake and Joyce were introduced to each other in early 1959, by mutual friends, the last Van Bulgherini and his wife, Ann, of Galveston. On October 17, 1959, they were united in marriage at the Bulgherinis' home. At the time their marriage begain, Jake assumed the rule of a supportive and caring stepfather to Joyce's children, Jimmy Wayne Farnsworth and Robin Denise Farnsworth.

In 1961, Jake and Joyce were blessed with the arrival of their first so, JohnDavidBalentine, whom they named after Jake's late father and another son two years later, Jay William Balentine. Another speciasl person in Jake's life whom he treated as a son was Bernard A. "Speedy" Ward.

Jake was a many of integrity enriched with high morals, which enabled him to lead an honorable life. He especially cherished his close relationship with his brothers, John Ed Balentine and Roy Evans Balentine.

During Jake's brave struggle with his illness, he lost the love of his life, companion, and beloved wife of 40 years, Joyce, who stayed by his side until her untimely death. During this difficult period, Jesse continued to serve the Lord and his family, particularly his granddaughters, whose lives he uniquely touched forever. He enjoyed Sunday worship and visiting close family and friends, including trips to see his brothers and old friends in North Texas, and relatives of Joyce in East Texas. He celebrated his 76th birthday among many dear friends and family.

He and his family deeply appreciated the outstanding personal care he received from the staff and management of Harbourview Care Center, along with the Hospice Care Team, Dr. James Goodwin and Dr. Jay Swischenberger.

Jake is survived by his sons, John David Balentine and Jay William Balentine and wife Dotsy of Galveston; stepson, Jimmy Farnsworth; stepdaughter, Robin Everett and husband, Eddie, of Dripping Springs; brothers, John Ed Balentine and wife Jeanette of Gainesville, and Roy E.Balentine and wife Rosemary of Plano; granddaughters, Ashley Balentine of Mobile, Alabama, and Lauren Anne Balentine of Galveston; Wehtahnah Tucker of Washington, D.C.; nephew, David Balentine of Plano; nieces, Becky Jones and husband Terry of Hickory Creek, and Rita Hogan and husband David of Waco; and many other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers will be Dickie Fletcher, Johnny Warren, Rev.Early Dousay, Billy Dousay, Speedy Ward and Glen Bulgherini.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bubba Cleary, D.Gale Rogers, Buddy McSween, John Yancey, Read Derden and John Benson.

Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. today, Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston. A Prayer Service will be held at 6 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Dowdy officiating. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church of the Living God Building Fund, 3315 Seven Mile Road, Galveston, Texas 77554.

Della Lyles

Della Lyles, 94, of Denton died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Denton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Dr. James Singleton officiating. 

Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Lyles was born July 11, 1905, in the Cooper Creek area of Denton County, to John Henry and Maudie (McDaniel) Norris. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and a homemaker. 

She was survived by close friends. 

Paul Fennell

Decatur - Paul Edwin Fennell, 18, of Decatur died Sunday, April 30, 2000, in an auto accident in Wise County. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in Coker Funeral Chapel in Decatur. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Monday, May 1, at the funeral home. 

Mr. Fennell was born March 13, 1982, in Decatur. He was a painter. 

Survivors include his father, Carl Fennell of Decatur; mother Mary Taylor of Decatur; three brothers, Michael Fennell, Dustin Fennell and Steven Fennell, all of Decatur; sister, Jennifer Gonzalez of Decatur; and grandparents, Mary Edith Taylor and John and Callie Fennell, all of Decatur. 

Opal Lee Oswalt

DeSoto - Opal Lee Oswalt, of DeSoto and widow of H.C. Oswalt, died Saturday, April 29, 2000. 

Service was 10 a.m. today, Monday, May 1, in West/Hurtt Funeral Chapel in DeSoto with Dr. C.E. Colton officiating. 

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today, Monday, in Fort Parker Memorial Park in Groesbeck. 

She is survived by four children, Herbert Oswalt of Dallas, Janet Williamson of DeSoto, Helen Yarbrough of Denton and Doris C. Durham of Mineola; and numerous grandchildren, great-
grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2000

Bill Midgett 

Bill Midgett, 72, of Denton died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Plunkett officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. 

The family will be at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz & Son Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, for visitation. 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Denton Division, P.O. Box 100, Denton, Texas 76202-0100, or charity of choice. 

Mr. Midgett was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Grayson County to Roy T. and Orah (Crider) Midgett. 

He was married to Katherine Jo Fincher on July 5, 1952, in Denton. 

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was founder and owner/operator of AMMCO Moving and Storage of Denton. After his retirement he was interested in furniture restoration. 

Mr. Midgett was an elder and member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. 

He was a Shriner, a member of Stanfield Masonic Lodge No. 217, and past-president of Denton High School Band Booster Club. 

Survivors include his wife of Denton; son, Scott Midgett of Austin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Bessie Cowan

Fort Worth - Bessie Cowan, 98, of Fort Worth, formerly of Tioga, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Fort Worth. 

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Tioga Cemetery, Tioga. 

Huff/Slay Funeral Home of Pilot Point is in charge of arrangements. 

She was born Sept. 24, 1901, in Honey Grove to James Ellis and Mary Emma (Thompson) Cowan. 

Ms. Cowan was a clerk with the U.S. Postal Service and taught school at the Tioga Independent School District for many years. She was a member of Tioga Methodist Church. 

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Cowan and Edythe Cowan of Fort Worth, and eight nieces and nephews. 

Reba M. Warren

Carrollton - Reba M. Warren, 88, of Carrollton died Monday, May 1, 2000.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, ``come to me.''

Reba will best be remembered for her many years serving children and their parents in the infants and children's clothing business at The Rock-a-Bye Shop, The Strawberry Patch and The Gingerbread House.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Tollyne Fischbach, T. Robert Warren, Jim and Aubrey Brooks, sisters, Lovoydia Hilburn, Jo Bartlett and all other friends and family.

Special thanks to all the aides and nurses at Heritage Gardens for their love and support, especially her blessed angel Ammini Phillips and her nurse Susan George.

Her life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the Cantrell Funeral Home, 8520 Main St., Frisco, Texas, 75034.

Donations to the Parkinson's Society in her remembrance will be greatly appreciated.

Steven Allen

Steven Raymond Allen, 41, of Denton died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center. 

He was born Dec. 16, 1959, in Kingsville. 

He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God. 

Service was 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 4, in Ivey Chapel of Denton State School with Dr. Dennis D. Schurter officiating. Burial was in State School Cemetery.

Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his mother, Carol East of Tulsa, Okla.; brother, Kevin East of Glenpool, Okla.; and three sisters, Kim Ford of Tulsa, Okla., Debra Reed of St. Clair, Minn., and Kristen Allen of Los Angeles, Calif.

Clara M. Christy

Clara M. Christy, 74, of Denton died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at her daughter's home following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Christy was born Aug. 10, 1925, to Grover and Fannie Denison. and was one of 12 children. She was educated in Denton public schools, and attended Midland College in Midland.

Mrs. Christy worked as a bookkeeper in the exploration department of the Permian Corp., and later Shell Pipeline, until she retired in the mid 1970s.

She married George B. Christy Aug. 15, 1970, in Midland. Until her illness, she was an avid golfer for many years. She and her husband were active members of several senior golf associations during their retirement.

Mr. and Mrs. Christy moved to Denton County in 1990 and were active in Asbury United Methodist Church. Mr. Christy died in 1996.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jerry Putnam officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight, Thursday, May 4, at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice, Houston; St. Paul's Hospice, Fort Worth; or Asbury United Methodist Church, Denton. Survivors include three sisters, Jean Miller of Aubrey; Alta Rasco of Bonham, Violet Watkins of Mabank; a daughter, Susan Costin of Houston; four sons, Jimmy Williams of Brownwood, Mark Williams of Denton, Brian Williams of Austin, and Gene Christy of Arlington; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ernest Griffin

Dr. Ernest Ray Griffin, retired professor of political science at North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas, and Texas Woman's University, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

He was born and reared in Grayson County, and following his graduation from Sadler High School in 1938, he entered NTSU, where he earned a degree in 1942, and a master's degree in 1947.

In June 1942, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, was assigned as a Naval aviator and commissioned as a second lieutenant in July 1943. He was released from active duty in December 1945, but remained in reserve status until 1964, when he retired with the rank of major.

In 1947, he joined the faculty of the government department at NTSU, where he continued to teach until his retirement in 1982. During his tenure, he served as associate professor and director of the graduate program in public management. Following his retirement, he became an adjunct at Texas Woman's University in the department of government and history, where he taught until he retired in 1993, due to ill health.

Dr. Griffin married the former Phyllis Ansley of Gainesville on Feb. 21, 1968. 

He is survived by his wife; one sister, Chloe Parker of Arlington; five daughters, Martha Escobar, Mary Warren and Becky Minton, all of Midlothian, Va., Beverly Riney of Krum and Michele Randall of Jacksonville, Fa.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Dr. Griffin donated his body to medical science, and a memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton, where he was a charter member.

When asked why he chose to donate his body, he replied, "After having spent the biggest part of my life in a classroom, I figure if anyone could learn anything from this old worn out body, that's what I want to do."

Memorials may be made to E. Ray Griffin Scholarship in Public Administration, c/o the Department of Public Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76203, or to the Government/History Department of Texas Woman's University to establish a scholarship.

Ray Massey

Ray Massey, 80, of Denton died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Denton Good Samaritan Village. 

He was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Lake Dallas to John and Stella Massey. 

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and attended the University of North Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Mr. Massey was a retired banker. He was vice president of Denton County National Bank. 

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Cindy Nichols Chapel of First Baptist Church with the Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at DeBerry Funeral Directors. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Massey of Denton; one stepdaughter, Nan Travis Johnson of Arlington; one son, Skipper Massey of Temecula, Calif.; and one stepson, Dan F. Travis of City Bell, Argentina.

Robbie Gentle

Dallas - Robbie Mae Gentle, 94, of Dallas, formerly of Sanger, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000. She was the widow of Ben F. Gentle, former Dallas County Tax Assessor.

Survivors include a sister, Alice F. Waide; three children, Bennie R. Ross, Bobbie J. Odom and Jack W. Gentle; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas with Dr. W.W. Shelley officiating.

Harold Lee Sadau

Paris - Harold Lee Sadau, 76, of Paris, formerly of Sanger, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris. 

Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Valley View Cemetery, Valley View. 

Pallbearers will be Ralph Amyx, Charlie Belz, Frank Belz, Ray Belz, Jim Gill, Sam Jones, Roger Morgan and Ernest Sadau.

Coker Funeral Home of Sanger is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Cleburne. 

Mr. Sadau served in the Army during World War II and was a farmer. 

Survivors include three sons, Noel Sadau of Paris, and Joe and Kevin Sadau of Sanger; and five grandchildren.

Rickey Sproles

Justin - Rickey Lee Sproles, 38, of Justin, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Justin. 

He was born July 18, 1961, in Lubbock, to Benjermin Franklin and Ruby Jewel (Stone) Sproles. He was a mechanic.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 4, for visitation. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 5, in the chapel of Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton. The Rev. Buddy Owens will officiate. Burial will be in Justin Cemetery, Justin.

Survivors include his wife, Tracey Lanette Sproles of Justin; two daughters, Crystal and Rachel Sproles, both of Denton; a son, Mathew Fisher; mother, Ruby Sproles of Justin; brother, Benny Sproles of Azle; six sisters, Brenda Devine, Shirley Sons and Lorene Johnson, all of Justin, Juquita Cates of Argyle, and Dean Roberts and Stella Webb, both of Justin.

John A. McRae 

John Alexander McRae, age 63, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at his home, Deussendale in Ponder, Texas, after a short illness. 

John was a fourth generation descendant of Jeremiah Burnett, who with his son, Burk Burnett, in 1858, settled the 333.8 acres which form the nucleus of the present Deussendale Ranch. John Devoted his life to his family land and to the memory of his grandparents, Susan Campbell Deussen and Alexander Deussen. 

A recipient of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, Alexander Deussen was the second president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, which recently, named him one of the most influential figures of the past century in the oil industry. 

Inspired by his Texas heritage, John served as a dedicated board member of The Texas Historical Foundation and the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. 

He was the proud owner of renowned quarter horse, Oh Jet Van, and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. His lifelong commitment to animals was reflected in his sponsorship of The Great Bear Foundation and The American Humane Society. 

John attended St. John's School, Houston, and graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin. After attending Washington and Lee University in Virginia, he graduated in 1960 from Trinity University in San Antonio. He was a member of Mu Chapter, Kappa Sigma fraternity, and belonged to St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton. 

John was predeceased by his father, John Fred McRae, in 1973, and by his mother, Lucile Elizabeth Deussen McRae, in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Karen Elizabeth Benbow McRae; his daughter, Susan Elizabeth McRae; his stepdaughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Leach of Houston; his stepson, Wade Stevens Leach of Houston; and his beloved pets, Chi Chi, Annie and Coco. 

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Deussendale with the Rev. Roy Baines of St. David's Episcopal Church officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Dr. William S. Banks, III, of Houston; Roy Blackbird of Hunt; C. Stacey Eastham of Houston; Wade Stevens Leach of Houston; Donald Moore of Tyler; John S. Neilson of Golden, Colo.; and Ward Williams of Houston. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Denton Humane Society, P.O. Box 1972, Denton, Texas 76202, or any other organization dedicated to the care and protection of animals.

Anna K. Shivers

Anna Katherine Shivers, 22 months, was born July 28, 1998, to loving family and friends in Denton, Texas.

She left us to live with our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 30, 2000. Though little Anna was only with us a short time, she deeply touched the lives of many people. The power of her life and passing is becoming a testimony in other's lives to the real power of God to save and restore lives. 

Anna didn't have many accomplishments in this world, the way people measure, but her fruit in God's Kingdom is more than many will achieve. As she goes on to fulfill God's purpose for her life, let all who know Jesus as Lord be assured that we will be reunited with Anna to live in His Kingdom forever. 

Baby Anna: Daddy, Mommy, Sara and Molly and the children yet to come love you forever and we can't wait to see you again. 

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 tonight, Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home, 120 S. Carroll Blvd., Denton, Texas. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2000, at Gribble Springs Baptist Church. 

Funeral arrangements by Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. 

Donations to Anna Shrivers Medical Fund, Bank of America, 1851 I-35E, Denton, Texas 76205, Acct#004774721815. 

Edith L. Dugger

Valley View - Edith Lorean Dugger, 78, of Valley View died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at her home. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Gunter Assembly of God in Alba with the Rev. Jim Herriage officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. 

The family will be at Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville from 7 to 8 tonight, Friday, May 5, for visitation. 

Viewing will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church before the service. 

She was born Oct. 2, 1921, in Alba. She married Loys R. Dugger Dec. 26, 1939, in Alba. 

Mrs. Dugger was a member of Gunter Assembly of God. She was a carrier for the Denton Record-Chronicle for 10 years before her retirement. 

Survivors include sons, Larry Dugger of Flower Mound, David and Bernard Dugger of Valley View, Calvin and Vernon Dugger of Gainesville, and Richard Dugger of Marietta, Okla.; daughters, Wanda Pierce of Ratliff City, Okla., Odelia Doughty of Valley View and Dolly Hobbs of Gainesville; brothers, Elmor Ragsdale and Walter Ragsdale of Alba; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Harold L. Sadau

Paris - Harold Lee Sadau, 76, of Paris, formerly of Sanger, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris. 

Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, May 5, at Valley View Cemetery, Valley View. 

Pallbearers will be Ralph Amyx, Charlie Belz, Frank Belz, Roy Belz, Jim Gill, Sam Jones, Roger Morgan and Ernest Sadau. 

Coker Funeral Home of Sanger is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Cleburne. 

Mr. Sadau served in the Army during World War II and was a farmer. 

Survivors include three sons, Noel Sadau of Paris, and Joel and Kevin Sadau of Sanger; and five grandchildren. 

Alvin Turner Sr. 

Lewisville - Rev. Alvin Turner Sr., 62, of Lewisville died Sunday, April 30, 2000. 

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Lewisville, T.J. Denson, pastor. 

Wake will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight, Friday, May 5, at the church. Interment will be in Flower Mound Cemetery, Flower Mound. 

Golden Gate Funeral Funeral Home of Dallas is in charge of arrangements. 

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Ruthie Turner; four sons, Alvin Turner, Jr., Kelvan Turner, Carlyle Turner and Stanford Turner; daughter, Beverly Turner, all of Lewisville; brother, Constance Tolbert of Fort Worth; sister, LaVerne Jones of Frisco; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and his Solid Rock Church Family. 

Dr. Ernest Griffin 

Dr. Ernest Ray Griffin, retired professor of political science at North Texas State University and Texas Woman's University, passed away May 3, 2000, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born and reared in Grayson County, Texas, and following his graduation from Sadler High School in 1938, he entered North Texas State University, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in 1942. 

In June 1942, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, as a naval aviator and was assigned as a Naval aviator and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1943. He was released from active duty in December 1945, but remained in Reserve status until 1964, when he retired with the rank of Major. 

In 1947, he completed his master's degree, at which time he joined the faculty of the government department at North Texas State University, during which time he earned his doctoral degree from Duke University in 1965. He continued to teach at North Texas until his retirement in 1982. During his tenure he served as associate professor and director of the graduate program in public administration. Following his retirement he became an adjunct professor at Texas Woman's University in the department of government and history, where he taught until he retired in 1994, due to ill health. 

Dr. Griffin married the former Phyllis Ansley of Gainesville, Texas, on February 21, 1968. He is survived by his wife; one sister, Chloe Parker of Arlington, Texas; five daughters, Martha Escobar, Mary Warren and Becky Minton, all of Midlothian, Va., Beverly Riney of Krum, Texas, and Michele Randall of Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Dr. Griffin donated his body to medical science, and a memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton, where he was a charter member. When asked why he chose to donate his body, he replied, "After having spent the biggest part of my life in a classroom, I figure if anyone could learn anything from this old worn out body, that's what I want to do." 

Memorials may be made to E. Ray Griffin Scholarship in Public Administration, c/o the Department of Public Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76203, or to the Government/History Department of Texas Woman's University to establish a scholarship.

Ray Massey 

Ray Massey, 80, of Denton died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Denton Good Samaritan Village. 

He was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Lake Dallas to John and Stella Massey. 

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and attended the University of North Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church. 

Mr. Massey was a retired banker. He was vice president of Denton County National Bank. 

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Cindy Nichols Chapel of First Baptist Church with the Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 tonight, Friday, May 5, at DeBerry Funeral Directors. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Massey of Denton; one stepdaughter, Nan Travis Johnson of Arlington; one son, Skipper Massey of Temecula, Calif.; one stepson, Dan F. Travis of City Bell, Argentina; two sisters, Roxie McNeely of Denton and Idell McFerrin of Commerce; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

W.B. Holley

W.B. "Bill" Holley, 81, of Denton, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

He was born Dec. 9, 1918, in Quanah to William E. and Artie Ethel Pitt Holley. 

Mr. Holley was the owner of Modern Floor Covering Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2205. 

Service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in the chapel of Schmitz-Floyd-Andersen Funeral Home. Mr. Holley's son-in-law Bobby Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 6, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gulightly Holley of Denton; two daughters, Jeanette Williams of Denton and Judy Frank of Lake Dallas; a son, Randy Holley of Lake Dallas; a sister, Cora Lou Holley of Roseburg, Ore.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Samuel R. Lilly

Samuel Richmond Lilly, 82, of Denton, died Friday, May 5, 2000, in Denton. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Huff-Slay Funeral Chapel in Pilot Point with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Graveside service will be at a later date. 

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Sunday before the service at the funeral home. 

Mr. Lilly was born May 10, 1917, in Etna, Ohio, to Samuel and Jennie Richmond Lilly. He was sales manager with Borden Milk Co. 

Mr. Lilly was Lutheran. 

Survivors include sons, Douglas Lilly of Atlanta, Ga., daughter, Sharon Boley of Brighton, Mich.; three grandchildren, Robin Wilkinson and husband, Bryan of Denton, Kim Beadle of Titusville, Fla., and Michelle Knight of Titusville, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; and many friends.


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