DENISON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Gone, But Not Forgotten
 

As we read about these friends and family members that have passed before us, let us remember how short our time on earth is and tell our friends and loved ones how much they mean to us.   God bless---

 
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Margaret E. May, DHS Class of 1935

The Family of MARGARET E. MAY

Invite you to celebrate her life in prayerful memory

Margaret Evelyn May-May, born Dec.16, 1917 in Denison, Texas passed away May 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas where she had lived the past few years.  She was a ‘35 DHS Alumnae and worked at S&H Kress, Denison Hotel, Burtis Drug, and Dr. Levinson Optometry before marrying P.C. “Doc” May of Denison Nov.2, 1940. A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, she is survived by children Karla ( Martin) Warborg in Lucas, Texas; Philip (Cindy) May in Gun Barrell, Texas; Adre May Bower in Dallas; twelve grand-children;  fifteen great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003, her parents James Joseph (Jim) May and Margaret Evelyn (Maggie) Camp, seven older brothers, two grandsons, and an infant great-granddaughter.  Her grandparents migrated to the Denison and Whitewright area from Tennessee in 1860’s.  Having donated her body to the UT Southwestern Medical Program, her inurnment will be at Denison Calvary Hill Cemetery at a later date. The family requests memorials to the American Cancer Society, Denison Public Library, or other charities of choice.


 

 

Steven Louis Rudig, DHS Class of 1977


With great sadness, the ETSU band family acknowledges the passing of our dear friend and classmate, musician and music educator, Steve Rudig.

Steven Louis Rudig, passed from this life on 21 January 2016 in Rockwall, TX.  He was born on 3 May 1959 in Dallas, TX to Donald and Marjorie Rudig.

He was an All-State trumpet player at Denison High School and graduated with the Class of 1977.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, where he was section leader in the marching band under direction of Mr. James Keene, and played trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and various additional ensembles.

He earned a Master of Music Education with a minor in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University.  While earning his degree, he served as Director of the SMU Jazz Ensemble, Assistant Director of the SMU Wind Symphony, and Assistant Director of the SMU Mustang Band (1988-1990). 

Steve was a member, soloist, and assistant brass instructor with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and also served as the high brass coach for the Sacramento Freelancers and as horn line director for the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Schaumburg, IL. 

As a professional musician and trumpeter, Steve performed regularly with several DFW area music organizations including Doc and the Gang, The Briefcase Blues Band, Bullet Proof Brass, and Buddy’s Big Band.  As a member of the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, he was featured on multiple recordings.  He performed with and was associate conductor of the Dallas Cowboys Fanfare Trumpets and the Dallas Cowboys Band.

He performed with show business greats The Four Freshmen, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Arty Shaw Band, Joe Lewis, Mel Torme, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Spinners, Barry Manilow, The Beach Boys, The Moody Blues, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Ben Vereen, B.J. Thomas, Glenn Campbell, Tommy Loy, Don Rickles, Ed McMahon, Phyllis Diller, and many others.  He performed the Star Spangled Banner for three presidents:  Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, and Clinton.

During his thirty-year  career in Texas music education, teaching or directing bands at Harlingen, Allen, Coppell, Rockwall, Highland Park, Mt. Pleasant, and Garland, he inspired a generation of musicians to aspire to excellence.



 

Travis "Satch" Shields, DHS Class of 1959

Travis "Satch" Shields, 74 went to his eternal home on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center.

He was born on October 6, 1940 to Claude and Dorethia Walden Shields in Denison. He graduated from Denison High School and later married the love of his life, Catherine Hurst on July 5, 1963. Mr. Shields retired from Pillsbury and was a member of the Elks Lodge  #238, and The Eagles Lodge #85.

Survivors include his wife, Caye Shields; son, Travis W. Shields Jr.; and daughter, Cindy Anderson all of Denison. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Bobby and Earnest Shields.

 

Patricia Ann Sampson, DHS Class of 1959

Patricia Ann Sampson, Age 73 of Denison, Texas, passed away at her residence, surrounded by her loved ones, on September 18, 2014.  She was born on November 11, 1940 in Denison, Texas to Gaskel and Norma Barnhill. She was a loving, caring, keeper of her home.

She is survived by her children, son, Tracy Sampson & Annie of Denison and two daughters, one brother, Chuck Barnhill of Seattle, WA, grandchild, Catelin Powers and many other relatives and friends.

 

Donald K. Newby, DHS Class of 1950

 
Donald K. Newby, 82, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2014 at his home in Texas. He was born August 10, 1932 in Manley, Iowa. He graduated in 1950 from Denison High School.

Don had served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Yellow Freight after many years. Don loved freshwater fishing, bingo and being with his family. He was also an avid sports fan.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Blanche.

He is survived by his companion, Barbara Cunningham; children, David Newby and Ellen, Kenneth Newby and Margie, Dawn Marie Dye and Brian, Janis Petry, Michael Cunningham and Holli; grandchildren, Erica, Andrew, Ryan, Courtney, Tyler, Travis, Ryan, Shelbi, and Malone; great grandchildren, Nicholas, Lucas, Brayden and Emma; siblings, Robert Newby and Wanda, Beverly McEuen and many, many friends.

 

Dr. Luther Ray Gohlke, DHS Graduate

Dr. Luther Ray Gohlke went to be with God July 26, 2014 at Hendrick Medical Center at the age of 80. He was born May 6, 1934 to Arnold Herman and Carrie Mae Kusch Gohlke in Gay Hill, Texas.

Luther and Pat were married April 7, 1955. Later that year Luther graduated from Austin College in Sherman. He then went on to graduate from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1959. Luther then continued with his residency at John Peter Smith in Ft. Worth. Luther and Pat made Ranger their home July 4, 1960 where he established his medical practice. His practice was interrupted for one year, as he was called to active duty in the 49th Armored Division. Luther, also known as “Doc” served Ranger and the surrounding communities for 42 years. He has touched and influenced the lives of so many people throughout his life. After retiring from medicine in 2002 for health reasons, he focused on his cattle business and woodcrafts. Recently Luther and Pat purchased properties in Ranger to renovate in an effort to give back to Ranger for supporting him for so many years.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Duane Gohlke and sister in law Bobbie.

He is survived by his wife of 59 ˝ years, Patricia Broyles Gohlke. His son Martin and wife Carla of Ranger; daughter Carrie Teaff and husband Steve of Frisco; daughter Greta Stephens and husband Greg of North Richland Hills; daughter Amy Gohlke of Lubbock; daughter Lori Edgar and husband Kenny of Georgetown. Luther was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 5 great grand children. One brother Gene Gohlke and sister in law Judy of Denton and many nieces and nephews.
 

Betty Jo Graham Stephens, DHS Graduate

Betty Jo Graham Stephens, 82, formerly of Denison, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Piney Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kernersville, N.C.

She was born on September 20, 1931 in Denison, Texas to Richard and Josephine Brown Graham.

She graduated from Denison High School and then later married Frank Patterson Stephens on February 13, 1960 in Durant, Okla. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2001. Mrs. Stephens was an insurance agent and had a tremendous love for participating in sports and was an accomplished athlete in bowling, basketball and softball. From a very young age, she took pride in playing fastpitch softball, and she will be remembered fondly for having that passion and skill.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Mark Sunter of Kernersville, N.C. and Kathryn and Lanny Collins of Allen, Texas.; brother, Jack Graham of Denison; and grandchildren, Kristi Taylor and her husband, Jared, Michael Collins, Sammy Collins, Lauren Sunter and Austin Sunter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank; two sisters, Edith Ford and Willie Lee Fry; and two brothers, John Graham and Robert Graham.
 

 

Marilyn Dughetti, DHS Graduate

Marilyn was born in Denison, Texas to Robert B. Harris and Thelma Harris. She attended Denison High School and graduated with many honors, including being invited to attend Girls State. After graduation, Marilyn attended Trinity University of San Antonio. After college she moved to Chicago, where she began her family.

Her passions were crochet, needlework and raising her four children, who were the loves of her life. After returning to Texas she raised her family and later enjoyed a career in the medical insurance field until retiring from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Marilyn is survived by her sister Betty Ogle of Denison Texas; daughters Debbie and husband Jerry Gundersheimer of Sherman Texas and Kelli and husband Dennis Michael of Pottsboro, Texas; son Steven Dughetti of Sherman Texas; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Thelma Harris of Denison and daughter Linda Dughetti of Denison.

 

Julia L. Brouer, DHS Graduate

Julia L. Brouer, 77, of Denison passed away at Beacon Hill on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Julia was born in Denison on September 19, 1936, the daughter of Lewis P. and Yuma Prewitt Pipkin. She graduated from Denison High School and retired from Texas Instruments, where she worked on the assembly line. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

 Julia is survived by her daughter, Kathy Randolph and her husband, Tim of Denison; sister, Joyce Sikes of Denison and grandson, Travis Randolph of McKinney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Fred Pipkin and James Pipkin.

 

B.A. "Buddy" Mitchell, DHS Class of 1950

B.A. "Buddy" Mitchell, Jr., 83, of Denison, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Buddy was born in Denison on March 6, 1931, the son of Byron A. and Anne Frances Jaccard Mitchell, Sr. He graduated from Denison High School in 1950. Buddy and Shirley R. Inman were married in Sherman at St. Mary's Catholic Church on November 24, 1950. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea for 13 months. He worked for Lone Star Gas Company for 15 years, McKinney Job Corp for 17 years and was a "Jack of All Trades" for many, many years. At an early age he was interested in cars and Cushman scooters. For several years he wrote a column in the Denison Herald called "Mitch's Corner".

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mitchell of Denison; sons, Bart Mitchell and his, wife, Linda, of Sherman, Mike Mitchell and his wife, Delanna of Van Alystne, and Randy Mitchell and his wife, Kim of Anna; daughters, Cathy Harp and her husband, Kenny of Sherman, Lori Williams of Denison and Lisa Mitchell of Denison; 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his great grandson, Tyler Brown-Mitchell.

 

Bobby Ray Clontz, DHS Class of 1949

Bobby Ray Clontz changed his earthly address to a heavenly one on June 4, 2014. His wife Lois Ann was with him.

Bobby was born at home on Tuesday, October 14, 1930, the son of William Arthur Clontz and Minnie M. Davis Clontz. He married Lois Ann Means December 31, 1960 - he said he had to wait 30 years to find the right girl. Lois was 17; 53 plus years later, only death could separate them.

Bobby was #5 of six boys. Marion, Erman, Wesley and Paul Gene preceded him in death. Carlos and Loretta Clontz still live at Scurry, Texas. There are many nieces, nephews and many cousins.

He worked as a telegraph lineman for the Katy Railroad for seven years, then his first love, carpentry, working with wood. He worked for J. B. Sims Construction 33 years. He was raised Baptist and was a deacon. He believed anyone that accepted Jesus as Savior was his brother or sister in the Lord – no denominations needed.

Bobby Ray Clontz changed his earthly address to a heavenly one on June 4, 2014. His wife Lois Ann was with him.

Bobby was born at home on Tuesday, October 14, 1930, the son of William Arthur Clontz and Minnie M. Davis Clontz. He married Lois Ann Means December 31, 1960 - he said he had to wait 30 years to find the right girl. Lois was 17; 53 plus years later, only death could separate them.

Bobby was #5 of six boys. Marion, Erman, Wesley and Paul Gene preceded him in death. Carlos and Loretta Clontz still live at Scurry, Texas. There are many nieces, nephews and many cousins.

He worked as a telegraph lineman for the Katy Railroad for seven years, then his first love, carpentry, working with wood. He worked for J. B. Sims Construction 33 years. He was raised Baptist and was a deacon. He believed anyone that accepted Jesus as Savior was his brother or sister in the Lord – no denominations needed. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=bobby-ray-clontz&pid=171244649&fhid=10715#sthash.u2vHGQCd.dpuf

 

Dr. William Lee Blankenship of Denison, Texas passed away yesterday. He was born February 8, 1927 in Denison, Texas. He was married for 67 years to Virginia Lee Hair of Denison.

He earned his Doctorate from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, and worked for the Denison Independent School District for 37 years, receiving their Distinguished Educator Award.

He is survived by one sister, two brothers, five children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was a member of Waples Memorial Methodist Church, and was loved and respected by friends in the Denison area. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=william-lee-blankenship&pid=170945082&fhid=10715#sthash.B7gzVn1Z.dpuf

Dr. William Lee Blankenship, DHS Graduate and Educator

Dr. William Lee Blankenship of Denison, Texas passed away May 6, 2014. He was born February 8, 1927 in Denison, Texas. He was married for 67 years to Virginia Lee Hair of Denison.

He earned his Doctorate from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, and worked for the Denison Independent School District for 37 years, receiving their Distinguished Educator Award.

He is survived by one sister, two brothers, five children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was a member of Waples Memorial Methodist Church, and was loved and respected by friends in the Denison area.

 

Robert Eugene Geer, 1961 DHS Graduate

Robert Eugene Geer, 70, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Southeastern Medical Center in Durant, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 9 at Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B. J. Tapley officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas.

Bob was born in Denison, Texas on May 20, 1943, the son of Euwell Eugene Geer and Elizabeth Frankie Groves Geer. He had no brothers or sisters. As a child, he learned to work with the earth and animals and never, ever lost sight of the beauty of both.

Bob graduated from Denison High School in 1961 and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State College. Soon after graduation, Bob began pursuing a dream of flying. He received his first lessons from a crop-duster in Pampa, Texas in 1962 and soon graduated to larger and multiengine aircraft. Bob served his country during the Vietnam era in the United States Navy. After military service, he pursued a career in law enforcement and he went to work at the McLennan County Sheriff's Department in Waco.

Law enforcement took Bob to Houston as a special agent with the M-K-T Railroad Co. and he proudly wore the badge of a Special Texas Ranger. He moved to Brazoria County, Texas in 1972 as an investigator with the sheriff's department. Soon he was in business for himself with Gulf Coast Patrol and Security Service, which he sold in 1982. He also owned two private country western clubs and became an auctioneer so that he could help the community in fund raising projects.

Bob resumed his flying and after selling his security business, he worked as the National Public Relations Director and Air Show Coordinator for the famed Confederate Air Force. He had the honor of flying many of the World War II aircraft of both Allied and Axis nations.

Bob petitioned for the degrees of Freemasonry in 1993 and was raised a Master Mason on October 11, 1993. He received the prestigious Golden Trowel Award from Lake Jackson Masonic Lodge in 2003. He was absolutely devoted to the craft of freemasonry. His Masonic career carried him to memberships in three Texas lodges and lodges in the Grand Lodge of Idaho, Grand Lodge of Oklahoma and the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar and he belonged to Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston.

Bob returned to his roots in 1996 when he purchased a home and acreage in Rosharon and developed a highly reputable breeding program of American Quarter Horses. He knew his horse-flesh and was extremely proud of his stallion, brood-mares and their foals. In 2002 Bob and his son purchased a covered arena and acreage in Sweeny, Texas. Bob worked many long hours to make the "Rockin' G Arena" the finest in Brazoria County. He also sponsored a 4-H chapter at the arena.

He was always involved with the community and he served on many committees and boards over the years, all in pursuit of a better life for his neighbors and friends.

Bob is survived by son Joseph "Joe" Geer and wife Christina of Brazoria, Texas; granddaughter Morgan Elizabeth Geer and an adopted granddaughter Samantha Mansfield. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=robert-geer&pid=170559724&fhid=10715#sthash.mswmzbqQ.dpuf

Robert Eugene Geer, 70, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Southeastern Medical Center in Durant, Oklahoma.


Bob was born in Denison, Texas on May 20, 1943, the son of Euwell Eugene Geer and Elizabeth Frankie Groves Geer. He had no brothers or sisters. As a child, he learned to work with the earth and animals and never, ever lost sight of the beauty of both.

Bob graduated from Denison High School in 1961 and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State College. Soon after graduation, Bob began pursuing a dream of flying. He received his first lessons from a crop-duster in Pampa, Texas in 1962 and soon graduated to larger and multiengine aircraft. Bob served his country during the Vietnam era in the United States Navy. After military service, he pursued a career in law enforcement and he went to work at the McLennan County Sheriff's Department in Waco.

Law enforcement took Bob to Houston as a special agent with the M-K-T Railroad Co. and he proudly wore the badge of a Special Texas Ranger. He moved to Brazoria County, Texas in 1972 as an investigator with the sheriff's department. Soon he was in business for himself with Gulf Coast Patrol and Security Service, which he sold in 1982. He also owned two private country western clubs and became an auctioneer so that he could help the community in fund raising projects.

Bob resumed his flying and after selling his security business, he worked as the National Public Relations Director and Air Show Coordinator for the famed Confederate Air Force. He had the honor of flying many of the World War II aircraft of both Allied and Axis nations.

Bob petitioned for the degrees of Freemasonry in 1993 and was raised a Master Mason on October 11, 1993. He received the prestigious Golden Trowel Award from Lake Jackson Masonic Lodge in 2003. He was absolutely devoted to the craft of freemasonry. His Masonic career carried him to memberships in three Texas lodges and lodges in the Grand Lodge of Idaho, Grand Lodge of Oklahoma and the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar and he belonged to Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston.

Bob returned to his roots in 1996 when he purchased a home and acreage in Rosharon and developed a highly reputable breeding program of American Quarter Horses. He knew his horse-flesh and was extremely proud of his stallion, brood-mares and their foals. In 2002 Bob and his son purchased a covered arena and acreage in Sweeny, Texas. Bob worked many long hours to make the "Rockin' G Arena" the finest in Brazoria County. He also sponsored a 4-H chapter at the arena.

He was always involved with the community and he served on many committees and boards over the years, all in pursuit of a better life for his neighbors and friends.

Bob is survived by son Joseph "Joe" Geer and wife Christina of Brazoria, Texas; granddaughter Morgan Elizabeth Geer and an adopted granddaughter Samantha Mansfield.

 

Rebecca Marie Grimes, 2004 DHS Graduate

Rebecca Marie Grimes, age 28, of Van Alstyne left this world to be with our Lord Jesus in heaven on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014.

She was born to Jimmy and Eileen Grimes on February 24, 1986 in Plano, Texas. Becky had a beautiful smile. She loved life, loved people and made friends wherever she went. She graduated from Denison High School in 2004 and attended Grayson College to study Criminal Justice. She was competitive in sports and excelled in track and field. Her son, Mike was the love of her life and it was for him that she fought her illness valiantly for so many years.

Becky leaves behind to cherish her memory her son Mike Collins and his father Kyle Collins, her mother and father, Jimmy and Eileen Grimes and five brothers and sisters, Kimberly Hinson and husband Phillip, Robert Grimes, Jana Pedigo and husband Mark, Roy Grimes and Ronnie Grimes. In addition she is survived by her grandparents, Bob and Aleen Grimes and Jim and Barbara Brazeal, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Becky struggled with illness for many years. She battled sickness with incredible strength that amazed all who knew her. Throughout her suffering, she seized every possible moment to find joy in life and share it with those around her. Though we will miss her terribly we rejoice that she is well and whole now, free from all pain and suffering. We will see her smile again someday and we look forward to the day we are reunited in heaven.
 

Hairrel A. Durbin, 1959 DHS Graduate

Hairrel A. (Durb) Durbin, Sr., age 73 of Farmersville, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home in Farmersville on March 20, 2014.  Hairrel had been diagnosed in September, 2013, with Liver Cancer brought on by Hemochromatosis. 

Hairrel was born on January 31, 1941, in Atoka, Oklahoma to Gradie Lea (Hairrel) and Alfred Joseph Durbin, Jr. He was a 1959 graduate of Denison High School and attended college at LSU and Richland Community College. He married Patricia Annie Hoedebeck on May 13, 1960. He served in the 49th National Guard for 9 years of which he had active duty for 18 months.  He retired from Texas Instruments after 37 years where he was the Facilities Manager for Division I, Department of Defense Electro Optics Programs.  He later worked 8 years for the Plano Independent School District in the Facilities Department. 

He was a Master Mason of the Plano Lodge #768 for 52 years and a member of the A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA, Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas since 1967. Hairrel was a Life Member of the National Good Sam Club and a member of the Plano Good Sams for 17 years.  He served on the Board of Texas State Technical Institute for several years.  He was a past member of Church of the Holy Nativity, and was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas.

 

Eugene J. Derichsweiler, DHS Graduate

Eugene Joseph Derichsweiler (Peepaw), 82, passed away March 19, 2014. Eugene was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Bernard August and Anna Christina (Henscheid) Derichsweiler on Nov. 1, 1931. Survived by his children, Gena Ryder, Dana (Xanthe) Derichsweiler, Erik (Tammy) Derichsweiler; grandchildren, Nicholaus (Jennifer), Nichole, Seth, Megan, Joshua, Sarah, Josh; and great-grandson, Chase. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, MaryHelen Derichsweiler; son, Kirk Derichsweiler; brothers, Bernard, Leonard, and Leo Derichsweiler; sister, Beatrice M. Giacomo. Eugene retired after 40 years as Plant Manager at JM Manufacturing. He served in the Navy, was a lifetime member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and will always be remembered by his everlasting smile! The family would like to thank Bea Lobato for the special care she gave to Eugene over the last year. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, both at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr., Father William Gleeson officiating. Inurnment, Roselawn Cemetery. Celebration of life following inurnment in church hall. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to KRD Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com.
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Eugene Joseph Derichsweiler (Peepaw), 82, passed away March 19, 2014. Eugene was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Bernard August and Anna Christina (Henscheid) Derichsweiler on Nov. 1, 1931. Survived by his children, Gena Ryder, Dana (Xanthe) Derichsweiler, Erik (Tammy) Derichsweiler; grandchildren, Nicholaus (Jennifer), Nichole, Seth, Megan, Joshua, Sarah, Josh; and great-grandson, Chase. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, MaryHelen Derichsweiler; son, Kirk Derichsweiler; brothers, Bernard, Leonard, and Leo Derichsweiler; sister, Beatrice M. Giacomo. Eugene retired after 40 years as Plant Manager at JM Manufacturing. He served in the Navy, was a lifetime member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and will always be remembered by his everlasting smile! The family would like to thank Bea Lobato for the special care she gave to Eugene over the last year. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, both at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr., Father William Gleeson officiating. Inurnment, Roselawn Cemetery. Celebration of life following inurnment in church hall. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to KRD Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com.
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Eugene Joseph Derichsweiler (Peepaw), 82, passed away March 19, 2014. Eugene was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Bernard August and Anna Christina (Henscheid) Derichsweiler on Nov. 1, 1931.

Survived by his children, Gena Ryder, Dana (Xanthe) Derichsweiler, Erik (Tammy) Derichsweiler; grandchildren, Nicholaus (Jennifer), Nichole, Seth, Megan, Joshua, Sarah, Josh; and great-grandson, Chase.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, MaryHelen Derichsweiler; son, Kirk Derichsweiler; brothers, Bernard, Leonard, and Leo Derichsweiler; sister, Beatrice M. Giacomo.

Eugene retired after 40 years as Plant Manager at JM Manufacturing. He served in the Navy, was a lifetime member of the Elks and Knights of Columbus. Eugene was an avid outdoorsman and will always be remembered by his everlasting smile! 
 

Charles Earl Sampson, 1961 DHS Graduate

Charles Earl Sampson, age 71, of Denison, TX, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at his residence.  Charles was born on November 10, 1942 to E.W. and Alice Sampson in Arkansas. He was a carpenter, loved his dog and enjoyed fishing.  He was a lifetime resident of Grayson County.  He graduated from high school and attended college. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, children, Carol, Steve, Tracy Sampson & Annie of Denison, several grandchildren, sisters, Cheryl Young of Denison, TX, Terry Capshaw & Gary of Denison, TX.  Other relatives and a host of friends. 

 

Teddy R. McCoy, 1947 DHS Graduate

Teddy R. McCoy, 85, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. Teddy was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was greatly loved and will never be forgotten.

Survivors: Wife, Nora McCoy; son, Mike and Mary McCoy; stepchildren, Georgia, Rick and Randy and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

Jamie Geesling, 1993 DHS Graduate

Jamie "Daddy-O" Geesling, age 40, of Denison, Texas passed away on February 27, 2014.

Jamie was born February 15, 1974 to David Geesling and Linda Hood in Denison, Texas. He graduated from Denison High School in 1993, served his country in the United States Army and was a lifetime member of the Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge 1152 AF & AM.

He followed closely in his Grandfather Bob Geesling's footsteps as a talented artist, musician and song writer. He brought joy to every person that he came in contact with. Jamie was very generous with his heart as he helped many families by organizing charity events over the years. His passion for cars and motorcycles was indescribable, but was truly evident in the final products of his work.

Jamie was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Bob Geesling, Betty Blancett, Joseph McMenamy and Vera McMenamy.

Jamie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and is survived by his mother and step-father, Linda and James Hood, father and step-mother, David and Laura Geesling, grandmother, Nita Geesling, brother, Jon and wife Wendy, brother, Joseph and wife Jessica, sister, Angela Geesling, step brother and sister, Kevin Hood and Sherra Fritts, and nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Trent, Ryan, Faith and Taylor, along with so many of his closest friends.

 

Randolph C. Aldridge, DHS Graduate

Randolph C. Aldridge passed away on February 21, 2014 at the age of 69. He was born in Denison, Texas and attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering class of 1966. He served with the US Navy in Vietnam during the war as a carrier based pilot, completing cruises on the USS Oriskany and the USS Constellation. He received numerous awards and commendations, including 4 individual air medals and the Navy Commendation Award with combat V.

After Vietnam, he returned to civilian life but continued flying in the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. He attended the University of Texas at Dallas and received a Master's degree in International Management Science. His business career with Koch Industries included various project management, marketing, and management positions. He served as President of Koch Canada and Chairman of Koch Pipelines Canada, living and working in Calgary, Alberta Canada for over ten years. Retiring from Koch in 2001, he and his family moved to San Antonio where he continued to be involved in the oil and gas business, consulting and serving on various boards. Randy participated in a number of civic, community and other volunteer organizations including the Rotary Club, the Free Trade Alliance, the Salvation Army and Texas A&M's Chemical Engineering Advisory board.

God blessed Randy with many gifts including a humble spirit, a witty sense of humor, high moral character and wisdom in the business world. Randy loved The Lord, Jesus Christ, his wife and family, the USA, the Aggies, the outdoors, a business challenge, a competitive round of golf and the 19th hole.

He was predeceased by his father, Pat Aldridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Carol; children, Allison and Lauren; and his stepson, Grant Kirchhoff, his wife, Amy, and his children, Presley and Addie; his mother, Rebecca Aldridge; and his brother Ed Aldridge both of Houston. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Porter Loring on - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=randolph-c-aldridge&pid=169901562#sthash.uFpVibZV.dpuf

Randolph C. Aldridge passed away on February 21, 2014 at the age of 69. He was born in Denison, Texas and attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering class of 1966. He served with the US Navy in Vietnam during the war as a carrier based pilot, completing cruises on the USS Oriskany and the USS Constellation. He received numerous awards and commendations, including 4 individual air medals and the Navy Commendation Award with combat V.

After Vietnam, he returned to civilian life but continued flying in the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. He attended the University of Texas at Dallas and received a Master's degree in International Management Science. His business career with Koch Industries included various project management, marketing, and management positions. He served as President of Koch Canada and Chairman of Koch Pipelines Canada, living and working in Calgary, Alberta Canada for over ten years. Retiring from Koch in 2001, he and his family moved to San Antonio where he continued to be involved in the oil and gas business, consulting and serving on various boards. Randy participated in a number of civic, community and other volunteer organizations including the Rotary Club, the Free Trade Alliance, the Salvation Army and Texas A&M's Chemical Engineering Advisory board.

God blessed Randy with many gifts including a humble spirit, a witty sense of humor, high moral character and wisdom in the business world. Randy loved The Lord, Jesus Christ, his wife and family, the USA, the Aggies, the outdoors, a business challenge, a competitive round of golf and the 19th hole.

He was predeceased by his father, Pat Aldridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Carol; children, Allison and Lauren; and his stepson, Grant Kirchhoff, his wife, Amy, and his children, Presley and Addie; his mother, Rebecca Aldridge; and his brother Ed Aldridge both of Houston.

 

Clover Joyce Kimberling, 1953 DHS Graduate

Clover Joyce Kimberling, 78 of Denison passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Denison Church of the Nazarene, 2710 W Crawford St, Denison, TX 75020. Reverend Dave Pettigrew will officiate. Family visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at Johnsom-Moore Funeral Home, 631 W. Woodard St., Denison, Tx. 75020.

Clover was born on April 28, 1935 in Savoy, TX. to Joe C. and Georgia M. Killough Fletcher. She graduated from Denison High School, and then married Bill Kimberling on June 7, 1952 in Denison. Mrs. Kimberling was a piano teacher, she retired from Safeway as a payroll clerk, she also worked as a medical office receptionist, a music teacher at St. Lukes, and was a church pianist for 60 years. She was a member of Denison Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her loving husband, Bill Kimberling of Denison; son, Philip and wife, Kelly Kimberling of Oklahoma City, OK; daughters, Debi and husband Mike Snider of Midlothian, TX., and Becky and husband Gary Dunlap of Sherman; brother, Doug and wife RuthAnn Fletcher of Kansas City, KS.; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Georgia Fletcher; and brother, Bill Fletcher. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=clover-joyce-kimberling&pid=169628208&fhid=12125#sthash.ffHrTfKP.dpuf

Clover Joyce Kimberling, 78 of Denison passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center.

Clover was born on April 28, 1935 in Savoy, TX. to Joe C. and Georgia M. Killough Fletcher. She graduated from Denison High School, and then married Bill Kimberling on June 7, 1952 in Denison. Mrs. Kimberling was a piano teacher, she retired from Safeway as a payroll clerk, she also worked as a medical office receptionist, a music teacher at St. Luke and was a church pianist for 60 years. She was a member of Denison Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her loving husband, Bill Kimberling of Denison; son, Philip and wife, Kelly Kimberling of Oklahoma City, OK; daughters, Debi and husband Mike Snider of Midlothian, TX., and Becky and husband Gary Dunlap of Sherman; brother, Doug and wife RuthAnn Fletcher of Kansas City, KS.; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Georgia Fletcher; and brother, Bill Fletcher.

 

Helen P. Cole

Ms. Helen P. Cole was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas (Bowie Co.) to the parentage of the late Helen V. Cole and Otha Perry and not long after her birth, she and her mother moved to Denison, Texas (Grayson, Co.). She attended Anderson School and later moved to the original Terrell High School where she graduated with the Dragon class of 1943. At the age of 17, shortly after graduation she enrolled at the Prairie View College (now Prairie View A&M University) where she pursued a degree in business with a major in accounting. She then became a member of the Prairie View College Coeds and was referred to as part of the "Terrell Contingent" having been from Denison which formed the backbone of the all-female musical and touring group. By 1946 the group disbanded and Helen decided to take a leave of absence from school and pursue her career interests in music as a master drummer.

For the next 25 years she traveled all over the United States and to as many as 14 foreign countries touring with the likes of the Duke Ellington orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tiny Davis' Hell Divers. She even made an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The last years of her performing career were spent in a group headlined by Helen and her band mate Maurine Smith. Upon the death of Maurine in 1971, Helen moved back to Denison and took a position as the switchboard operator at the Memorial Hospital (now Texoma Medical Center). Soon after this, she was able to complete her last year of college and earn her business degree in accounting. She then accepted a position as an accountant with the Citizens National Bank (now Chase Bank of Denison) from which she retired in 1986.

Ms. Cole received both state and national recognition for her pioneering efforts in the music and performing arts industry during a time when blacks were often looked upon as uneducated second class citizens. In 2002 the Texas House of Representatives presented her with one of the state's highest honors the Dream Maker award. Not long after in 2007, she was presented the U.S. Army's Commanders Award, given in recognition of her efforts during WW II both in the U.S. and Europe. And most recently, she was presented and recognized as a living legend by the Terrell High Alumni Foundation during their reunion weekend in July 2011. She was due to receive the Legacy Award as a musician and black history legend at the black history family and friends day to be held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church on February 23, 2014 but due to her unfortunate death this recognition has been given posthumously.

Ms. Helen was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Denison and a past member of the Texoma Business and Professional Women's Club. She leaves to cherish her memory beloved and special daughter Karlotta Swinger-Hunt (Wesley), special grandsons Randon Swinger of Denison and Corporal Tyrin Swinger of Ft. Bragg, NC along with special great-grandson Kanye Swinger of Denison as well as a host of friends and believers in Christ. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=helen-p-cole&pid=169801612&fhid=19321#sthash.BKFOE17L.dpuf
Helen P. Cole

Ms. Helen P. Cole was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas (Bowie Co.) to the parentage of the late Helen V. Cole and Otha Perry and not long after her birth, she and her mother moved to Denison, Texas (Grayson, Co.). She attended Anderson School and later moved to the original Terrell High School where she graduated with the Dragon class of 1943. At the age of 17, shortly after graduation she enrolled at the Prairie View College (now Prairie View A&M University) where she pursued a degree in business with a major in accounting. She then became a member of the Prairie View College Coeds and was referred to as part of the "Terrell Contingent" having been from Denison which formed the backbone of the all-female musical and touring group. By 1946 the group disbanded and Helen decided to take a leave of absence from school and pursue her career interests in music as a master drummer.

For the next 25 years she traveled all over the United States and to as many as 14 foreign countries touring with the likes of the Duke Ellington orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tiny Davis' Hell Divers. She even made an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The last years of her performing career were spent in a group headlined by Helen and her band mate Maurine Smith. Upon the death of Maurine in 1971, Helen moved back to Denison and took a position as the switchboard operator at the Memorial Hospital (now Texoma Medical Center). Soon after this, she was able to complete her last year of college and earn her business degree in accounting. She then accepted a position as an accountant with the Citizens National Bank (now Chase Bank of Denison) from which she retired in 1986.

Ms. Cole received both state and national recognition for her pioneering efforts in the music and performing arts industry during a time when blacks were often looked upon as uneducated second class citizens. In 2002 the Texas House of Representatives presented her with one of the state's highest honors the Dream Maker award. Not long after in 2007, she was presented the U.S. Army's Commanders Award, given in recognition of her efforts during WW II both in the U.S. and Europe. And most recently, she was presented and recognized as a living legend by the Terrell High Alumni Foundation during their reunion weekend in July 2011. She was due to receive the Legacy Award as a musician and black history legend at the black history family and friends day to be held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church on February 23, 2014 but due to her unfortunate death this recognition has been given posthumously.

Ms. Helen was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Denison and a past member of the Texoma Business and Professional Women's Club. She leaves to cherish her memory beloved and special daughter Karlotta Swinger-Hunt (Wesley), special grandsons Randon Swinger of Denison and Corporal Tyrin Swinger of Ft. Bragg, NC along with special great-grandson Kanye Swinger of Denison as well as a host of friends and believers in Christ. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=helen-p-cole&pid=169801612&fhid=19321#sthash.BKFOE17L.dpuf

Helen P. Cole, 1943 Terrell High Graduate

Ms. Helen P. Cole was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas (Bowie Co.) to the parentage of the late Helen V. Cole and Otha Perry and not long after her birth, she and her mother moved to Denison, Texas (Grayson, Co.). She attended Anderson School and later moved to the original Terrell High School where she graduated with the Dragon class of 1943. At the age of 17, shortly after graduation she enrolled at the Prairie View College (now Prairie View A&M University) where she pursued a degree in business with a major in accounting. She then became a member of the Prairie View College Coeds and was referred to as part of the "Terrell Contingent" having been from Denison which formed the backbone of the all-female musical and touring group. By 1946 the group disbanded and Helen decided to take a leave of absence from school and pursue her career interests in music as a master drummer.

For the next 25 years she traveled all over the United States and to as many as 14 foreign countries touring with the likes of the Duke Ellington orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tiny Davis' Hell Divers. She even made an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The last years of her performing career were spent in a group headlined by Helen and her band mate Maurine Smith. Upon the death of Maurine in 1971, Helen moved back to Denison and took a position as the switchboard operator at the Memorial Hospital (now Texoma Medical Center). Soon after this, she was able to complete her last year of college and earn her business degree in accounting. She then accepted a position as an accountant with the Citizens National Bank (now Chase Bank of Denison) from which she retired in 1986.

Ms. Cole received both state and national recognition for her pioneering efforts in the music and performing arts industry during a time when blacks were often looked upon as uneducated second class citizens. In 2002 the Texas House of Representatives presented her with one of the state's highest honors the Dream Maker award. Not long after in 2007, she was presented the U.S. Army's Commanders Award, given in recognition of her efforts during WW II both in the U.S. and Europe. And most recently, she was presented and recognized as a living legend by the Terrell High Alumni Foundation during their reunion weekend in July 2011. She was due to receive the Legacy Award as a musician and black history legend at the black history family and friends day to be held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church on February 23, 2014 but due to her unfortunate death this recognition has been given posthumously.

Ms. Helen was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Denison and a past member of the Texoma Business and Professional Women's Club. She leaves to cherish her memory beloved and special daughter Karlotta Swinger-Hunt (Wesley), special grandsons Randon Swinger of Denison and Corporal Tyrin Swinger of Ft. Bragg, NC along with special great-grandson Kanye Swinger of Denison as well as a host of friends and believers in Christ.

 

Helen P. Cole

Ms. Helen P. Cole was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas (Bowie Co.) to the parentage of the late Helen V. Cole and Otha Perry and not long after her birth, she and her mother moved to Denison, Texas (Grayson, Co.). She attended Anderson School and later moved to the original Terrell High School where she graduated with the Dragon class of 1943. At the age of 17, shortly after graduation she enrolled at the Prairie View College (now Prairie View A&M University) where she pursued a degree in business with a major in accounting. She then became a member of the Prairie View College Coeds and was referred to as part of the "Terrell Contingent" having been from Denison which formed the backbone of the all-female musical and touring group. By 1946 the group disbanded and Helen decided to take a leave of absence from school and pursue her career interests in music as a master drummer.

For the next 25 years she traveled all over the United States and to as many as 14 foreign countries touring with the likes of the Duke Ellington orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tiny Davis' Hell Divers. She even made an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The last years of her performing career were spent in a group headlined by Helen and her band mate Maurine Smith. Upon the death of Maurine in 1971, Helen moved back to Denison and took a position as the switchboard operator at the Memorial Hospital (now Texoma Medical Center). Soon after this, she was able to complete her last year of college and earn her business degree in accounting. She then accepted a position as an accountant with the Citizens National Bank (now Chase Bank of Denison) from which she retired in 1986.

Ms. Cole received both state and national recognition for her pioneering efforts in the music and performing arts industry during a time when blacks were often looked upon as uneducated second class citizens. In 2002 the Texas House of Representatives presented her with one of the state's highest honors the Dream Maker award. Not long after in 2007, she was presented the U.S. Army's Commanders Award, given in recognition of her efforts during WW II both in the U.S. and Europe. And most recently, she was presented and recognized as a living legend by the Terrell High Alumni Foundation during their reunion weekend in July 2011. She was due to receive the Legacy Award as a musician and black history legend at the black history family and friends day to be held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church on February 23, 2014 but due to her unfortunate death this recognition has been given posthumously.

Ms. Helen was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Denison and a past member of the Texoma Business and Professional Women's Club. She leaves to cherish her memory beloved and special daughter Karlotta Swinger-Hunt (Wesley), special grandsons Randon Swinger of Denison and Corporal Tyrin Swinger of Ft. Bragg, NC along with special great-grandson Kanye Swinger of Denison as well as a host of friends and believers in Christ. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=helen-p-cole&pid=169801612&fhid=19321#sthash.BKFOE17L.dpuf
Helen P. Cole

Ms. Helen P. Cole was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas (Bowie Co.) to the parentage of the late Helen V. Cole and Otha Perry and not long after her birth, she and her mother moved to Denison, Texas (Grayson, Co.). She attended Anderson School and later moved to the original Terrell High School where she graduated with the Dragon class of 1943. At the age of 17, shortly after graduation she enrolled at the Prairie View College (now Prairie View A&M University) where she pursued a degree in business with a major in accounting. She then became a member of the Prairie View College Coeds and was referred to as part of the "Terrell Contingent" having been from Denison which formed the backbone of the all-female musical and touring group. By 1946 the group disbanded and Helen decided to take a leave of absence from school and pursue her career interests in music as a master drummer.

For the next 25 years she traveled all over the United States and to as many as 14 foreign countries touring with the likes of the Duke Ellington orchestra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tiny Davis' Hell Divers. She even made an appearance at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The last years of her performing career were spent in a group headlined by Helen and her band mate Maurine Smith. Upon the death of Maurine in 1971, Helen moved back to Denison and took a position as the switchboard operator at the Memorial Hospital (now Texoma Medical Center). Soon after this, she was able to complete her last year of college and earn her business degree in accounting. She then accepted a position as an accountant with the Citizens National Bank (now Chase Bank of Denison) from which she retired in 1986.

Ms. Cole received both state and national recognition for her pioneering efforts in the music and performing arts industry during a time when blacks were often looked upon as uneducated second class citizens. In 2002 the Texas House of Representatives presented her with one of the state's highest honors the Dream Maker award. Not long after in 2007, she was presented the U.S. Army's Commanders Award, given in recognition of her efforts during WW II both in the U.S. and Europe. And most recently, she was presented and recognized as a living legend by the Terrell High Alumni Foundation during their reunion weekend in July 2011. She was due to receive the Legacy Award as a musician and black history legend at the black history family and friends day to be held at the Bethel Community Baptist Church on February 23, 2014 but due to her unfortunate death this recognition has been given posthumously.

Ms. Helen was a lifelong member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Denison and a past member of the Texoma Business and Professional Women's Club. She leaves to cherish her memory beloved and special daughter Karlotta Swinger-Hunt (Wesley), special grandsons Randon Swinger of Denison and Corporal Tyrin Swinger of Ft. Bragg, NC along with special great-grandson Kanye Swinger of Denison as well as a host of friends and believers in Christ. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heralddemocrat/obituary.aspx?n=helen-p-cole&pid=169801612&fhid=19321#sthash.BKFOE17L.dpuf

Jackie Means, 1969 DHS Graduate

Jackie Lynn Means, age 62, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian WNJ hospital in Sherman.

Jackie Means was born January 30, 1951 in Denison, the son of Jack and Florene (Park) Means. Jackie attended and graduated from Denison High School in 1969. Two weeks after graduation Jackie married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Peggy Minyard in Denison. Jackie worked as a plumber from the time that he was in school, and achieved the status of a master plumber during his 44+ years in the profession. When not at work he enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, fishing, hunting and being outdoors in general. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, and he loved to attend their sporting events to cheer them on. Above all he simply enjoyed being surrounded by his family, and his cooking was the best excuse to get them together under one roof. Jackie was a special person, and he will be missed beyond measure by those who knew and loved him.

Mr. Means is survived by his loving family: wife of 44 years, Peggy Means; three children, Stacy Means, Charlie Means and wife Lauren, and Jesica Thompson and husband Matt; three grandchildren, Jacob "Buddy" Means, Easton Means, and Madden Means; brother, Johnny Means and wife Rachel; two sisters, Glenda Cassidy and Vicki McCarter, all of which reside in Denison; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jackie was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sandy Young.

 

Dequita Lichnovsky, DHS Graduate

Dequita Steward Lichnovsky went to her Heavenly home on January 14, 2014.Dequita was born on December 21, 1947 in Denison, the daughter of Ara T. and Wanda Steward. She attended Golden Rule School and Denison High School, and spoke just recently of the many kind and caring teachers who guided and nurtured her. Throughout her early years she was an active member of Epting Memorial Baptist Church, where she accepted the Lord and followed Him in baptism. While health issues prevented her from attending church services for the past several years, her faith remained strong.

Dequita enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her dear cousin, Lera Gaines. Her greatest joy, though, was always her sons Brian and Matt. She was a precious mother, sister and friend. We will miss her gentle touch and beautiful blue eyes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob Steward; her niece, Carolee Smith; and many well-loved aunts and uncles.She is survived by her sons, Brian Dumas and Matthew Lichnovsky; her brother, Kenneth Steward and wife, Brenda; her sister, Denise Blount and husband, Lewis. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Dequita Virgin, Kenny Smith Cindy Steward, Chris Steward, Jeff Steward and Shawn Edwards, along with Shelby Morrison, Justin Morrison, Caleb Steward, Makayla Virgin, and many friends who were like family.

Michael Engelhaupt III, 1993 DHS Graduate

Michael Andrew Engelhaupt III of Calera, Okla. went to be with his savior January 10, 2014 at the young age of 39 years. Michael was born August 26, 1974 to his mother Vicky Thurston in Ft. Worth.

Michael was a dedicated employee of the Sam's Club in Sherman, Texas. Michael graduated high school from Denison in 1993. He loved playing football there, he continued his football career and attended Southeastern University. Michael was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed guns, fishing and hunting. Michael's truest love was his family. He was a member of Grace Indian Baptist Church.

Although Michael is no longer with us, his memory will be kept alive through the family and friends he leaves behind which include:His loving parents, Vicky and Gary Thurston of the home; six cousins, Cody Brown, Carissa Tatum, Sheldon Brown, Darlene Tatum, Toshia Cook, Sally Clark; two aunts, Donna Brown and Aunt "Boo" Sue Clark; two uncles, Richard Brown and Gene and wife Niki Clark; one great aunt, Ardell Brown; and a host of other loving relatives and longtime friends.

 Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bonnie and Loren Pete Brown; one uncle, Charles H. Brown.

 

Chanel Renee Bolen, 2006 DHS Graduate

Genesis 50:20: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good; the saving of many lives"

Proverbs 3:5,6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths."

Luke 6:21: "Blessed are you who weep now for you will laugh."Matthew 19:26: "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

Luke 1:37: "For no word from God will ever fail."John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that Whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 16:20: "You will grieve but your grief will turn to joy!"John 10:28: "I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand."

Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God is working together for Good for those who love Him and have been called according to His Purpose."

John 15:17: "Love One Another."

On Friday, January 10th, 2014, Chanel Renee Bolen, 25, went to heaven to be with her LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born on July 19, 1988 in Denison to parents Joe Lee and Denise Elizabeth Lee Bolen. Chanel graduated from Denison High School in 2006 with honors. She also graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in December 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education.

Chanel was employed at North Texas Children's Dentistry in Gainesville, and Logan's Roadhouse Restaurant of Sherman. She completed her student teaching requirements at Pottsboro Elementary School.

She is survived by: her parents; her sister, Tiffany Diane Bolen; and partner, Jimi Drosche; her brothers, Mark Sergey Bolen and Timothy Alexander Bolen; and sisters, Jessica Lee Bolen and Mary Elizabeth Bolen. Chanel's grandparents are, Bobby Ray Bolen and Mary Ann Nichols; uncle, Barry Dale Bolen and Sherry Kelton; aunt, Karen Loretta Boddy and husband Todd Boddy of Princeton; uncle, Gregory Darrell Hendrix and wife Nancy Hendrix of Omaha, Neb.; nephews, Jordan Marsoux Marrow and Jager Bates Drosche; and niece, Jameson Cate Drosche.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Edgar Lee and Mildred Carlene Hendrix; grandparent, Mary Jo Bolen; and niece, Hudsyn Dee Drosche.

 

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