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Yvonne Hardenburg, DHS Graduate

Mrs. Hardenburg was born on April 2, 1922 in Collinsville, daughter of Lloyd Harrison and Gladys Saunders Harrison. She was a graduate of Denison High School. She married E.C. Hardenburg Jr. on Oct. 19, 1946 in Denison.

She was a railroad clerk for the MKT Railroad and a member of Hagerman Baptist Church. -


James Fritts, 1965 DHS Graduate

James Wiley Fritts, 66, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, December 30, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Fritts was born January 29, 1947 in Denison, the son of Earnest and Dortha (McGuirk) Fritts. James attended Denison schools where he graduated high school in 1965. James married the love of life, Mary Rucker on October 17, 1964 in Huntsville, Ark.; and the two of them shared the next 49 years of their lives together. He served the Texoma area with James Fritts Concrete Construction, through which he made lasting friendships with his employees and countless others. Aside from his business, Mr. Fritts loved spending time working with his cattle on his farm in Arkansas. He held a special interest in collecting old rarities. James was one of a kind and he will missed deeply by his family and friends.

Mr. Fritts is survived by his loving family, wife of 49 years, Mary Fritts, two sons, James Wiley Fritts II, and Jubal Fritts and wife, Sherra, daughter, Marlene Monk, five grandchildren, James Wiley "Tripp" Fritts III, Laci Fritts, Caleb Monk, Casey Monk, and Faith Fritts, mother, Dortha Fritts, brother, R.K. Fritts, sister, Sis Fritts and nieces and nephews, Rhonda, Cassie, Jimmy, Bryan, Mike and Ricky. He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Fritts, brother, Donald Fritts, nephew, Donald (Butch) Fritts, sister-in-law Hazel Fritts, and in-laws, Fred and Julienne Rucker.


Melvin "Mike" McBride, 1963 DHS Graduate

Melvin Michael "Mike" McBride passed away November 20, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born December 16, 1944 in Sherman to Mildred and J D McBride, Mike worked for the railroad for almost 45 years, first with the Katy in Denison and various other Katy depots and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska with the Union Pacific. He moved to Shreveport after retirement. Mike was a graduate of Denison High School, class of 1963. He served in the United States Army 101st Airborne, and completed a tour in Vietnam during 1969/70.He is survived by his sister Barbara Couch and husband Michael Couch of Shreveport, La.; niece, Jennifer and husband David Duhaime of Dallas; and nephew, Chris Couch and wife Sharon of New Orleans, as well as many beloved cousins and friends.

Mike loved the railroad and was a friend to all.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and J.D. McBride.


Marianne Hughes, 1953 St. Xavier Academy Graduate

Marianne Christman Hughes died Tuesday, November 26 at her home in Denison following a lengthy illness.Mrs. Hughes was born on March 20, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Leoni S. Christman and Milton L. Christman. Her beloved husband Willis Hughes and beloved brother, Jon Milton Christman preceded her in death.

Marianne Hughes grew up in the Christman family home at 931 W. Woodard Street, studied at Denison High School and graduated from St. Xavier Academy in 1953. Mrs. Hughes lived on Swiss Avenue in Dallas with her husband and mother for over 25 years until 1986 when she returned to Denison.

While in Dallas, she worked as an Assistant to the Personal Director of Wilson Sporting Goods. She was also involved with the organization of the Swiss Avenue Historical Association, the Mother's Day Home Tours and the Association's first cookbook. She possessed enormous creative talents and was an accomplished painter.


John Hart, DHS Graduate

John Grady Hart, 91, of Denison passed away November 25 at Denison Manor, Denison.

Mr. Hart was born on July 9, 1922, to E. L. "Cany" and Myra Hart in Denison. He married Anna Philips in 1967. He was a graduate of Denison High School. He worked as a wood worker for Millers Wood Work. He was a deacon at Community Baptist Church in Achille, Okla. He served his country as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his spouse of the home; his children, John Gregory Hart of Philadelphia, Pa., Dean Cany Hart of Denison, Walter E. Hart of Denison, Kim Ellen Ulam and Mark of Bells; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Douglas Bush, 1961 DHS Graduate

Mr. Douglas Arthur Bush, 70, of Denison passed away on November 4, 2013 in Plano. He was born on June 15, 1943 in Denison to Jesse Bush and Fern Giles.

He married Iola Jo Backest on September 28, 1962 in Denison. He was a graduate of Denison High School in 1961.He served in the U.S. Navy in 1962-1963. He worked many years at the Denison Press Print Shop and later at LOF before going to work for the Dept. of Homeland Security/ Citizenship & Immigration Services as an adjudications officer, retiring in July, 2012.He was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors.

Douglas was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Denison, Elks Lodge 238, and VFW 1735.He is survived by his wife Iola Jo Bush; two children, Mike Bush and Dabney of New Home, and Dea Ann Parker of Dewey, Okla.; four grandchildren, Crystal Vick and friend Tyler Crawford of Bartlesville, Okla., Peyton Bush of New Home, Shelby Bush of Port Angeles, Wash., and Gaige Bush of New Home; and two great-grandchildren, Lexi Vick and Noah Vick of Bartlesville, Okla.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Jesse and Fern Giles Bush; mother and father-in-law, Howard "Pug" and Adell Backest; and two sisters, Joy Soucy and Lois McPhail.


Carl Danielson, 1968 DHS Graduate

Carl James Danielsen, 65, of Denison passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The Medical Center of Plano from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Carl was born on April 27, 1948 in Denison to Albert B. and Murvelle Bean Danielsen. He graduated from Denison High School in 1968. Carl was a member of the First Baptist Church in Denison and previously attended the First Presbyterian Church where he was a long time member while growing up and faithfully attending with his family. He loved his church families and was very involved in helping and serving them. Carl worked at various jobs including Danielsen Construction Company, Blue Moon Antiques store and most recently, the produce department in Walmart. He was a devoted animal and music lover, and spent many evenings downtown enjoying the company of his many friends and the Music on Main festivities. He loved the Rialto Theater and also looked forward to his morning social coffee gatherings at Country Java. Carl was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all of his friends and merchants located on Main Street.

Survivors include his brother, Albert Danielsen of Plano; cousins, Michael Nix of Bedford, Tim Danielson of Cedar Creek, Jerry Danielson of Ada, Okla., Mike "Rip" Danielson of Idaho, Bill Davis of Palm Beach, Fla., Geraldine Coe of Denison; constant companion, Kasy; and a huge host of friends including his special friends, Betty and Phil Pecoraro. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Billie Easter, 1966-1969 DHS Art Teacher

Billie Jean Welch Easter of Denison passed away October 25 after suffering a stroke in June.

Billie was born on August 1, 1932 in Tyler to Cecil W. Welch and Katherine Stroud Welch. She graduated from Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma and received her master's degree from East Texas State University. She studied art under Minnie Baker, Madlyn Stevens, Ramon Froman and the internationally known Frederic Taubes. Billie married Jerry Easter 61 years ago in 1952 and they have known each other since childhood. She began her teaching career in Bokchito, Oklahoma where she taught English before moving to Denison in 1966. She taught art at Denison High school from 1966-1969. She was an independent artist who exhibited and sold art in Denison, Sherman and Dallas. Jay Buckner, Sherman artist and gallery director gave Billie her first one woman art show at Le Gallery in Sherman during the 1970's.Billie loved her 1969 Corvette and belonged to the local Corvette Club. She and Jerry enjoyed traveling to over 55 different countries and especially enjoyed river cruises. Billie enjoyed bird watching and visiting art museums in London, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Vienna, Rome, New York and Paris.

Billie is survived by her husband Jerry who was with her every day while she was in skilled nursing; daughter, Rebecca Farnsworth and son-in-law James Farnsworth of Dallas; grandsons, Zachary Farnsworth and Jackson Farnsworth of Dallas; sister, Mona Knight of Bokchito Okla.; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Paula Welch of Lake Buchanan, Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Martha Lou Easter of Bokchito; sister-in-law Jean Smith of Bokchito; many nieces and nephews.


Evelyn Deaton, 1945 DHS Graduate

Evelyn Adene Deaton, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.

Evelyn was born on Nov. 2, 1927 in the Cedar Mills Community, the daughter of George D and Vera Burns. She graduated in 1945 from Denison High School. Evelyn married the love her life, "Smokey" Deaton on Oct. 30, 1948. They were for married for 59 years and he preceded her to heaven in May of 2008.Evelyn and Smokey traveled and worked all over the United States on construction projects before settling back in Pottsboro in 1959 to raise their family. Evelyn owned and operated the "Eva-Sue Café" in Pottsboro. She worked in the food industry at Perrin Field It's BBQ, Lowe's Highport, Texoma Medical Center and Texas Instruments. Evelyn retired at the age of 79 years old from ARA food Service at Austin College after 27 years of loyal and dedicated service.

Mrs. Deaton was an avid gardener, excellent cook, faithful friend and loving mother.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Ronald Deaton and wife, Florette, Kathy Taylor and husband Rev. Keith Taylor, James Deaton, Adam Deaton, Leah Ashley and husband Mark; grandchildren: Derek Deaton, Deidra Clark, Darci Zellars, Keith Taylor Jr., Tammie Billy, Kory Deaton, Kyle Deaton, Meredith Deaton, Austin and Abby Ashley, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Clay and Ray Burns; and sister, Geneva Walker, along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Evelyn was a faithful of member of Southside Baptist Church in Denison.


Thomas "Tom" Locke, 1977 DHS Graduate

Thomas Lee "Tom" Locke, 54, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013, at his home in Richardson, Texas. Tom was born July 10, 1959, in Gainesville to Kenneth Ray and Anna Lee (Mitchell) Locke. He grew up in Denison, Texas, where he graduated from Denison High School in 1977. Tom later graduated from SMU in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He then went to work for Texas Instruments and various defense and telecommunications companies. He enjoyed playing the drums in a band with his brothers and on the praise team at his church. Tom lived life to the fullest and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving, traveling, fishing, taking his dogs to the dog park and spending time with his children. Tom was very handy and could fix anything. He was strong in his faith and was a member of Allen Family of Faith in Allen.

He is survived by his children, Craig Thomas Locke and Lauren Christine Locke, both of Allen; their mother, Patricia Ann Locke, also of Allen; mother, Anna Lee Locke of Pottsboro; and brothers, Samuel Ray Locke and wife, Dana of Richardson, Joseph Andrew Locke and wife, Cindy of Wylie, and Richard Wayne Locke of Valencia, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth; and grandparents, Dorothy and W. C. Locke and Pauline and Lynton Mitchell.


Fred Lannon, 1955 DHS Graduate

Mr. Lannom passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at Hospice HomePlace in Tyler surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 11, 1936 to Fred and Gertrude Lannom. F.H. graduated in 1955 from Denison High School. Shortly after graduating, he married the love of his life, Darleen Tignor on Feb. 16, 1956. His love for the lake and fishing lead him to pursue a career as a fishing guide for many years. He also delivered the Denison Herald for 21 years and was honored in 1972 for delivering more than 3.4 million newspapers. Finally, he owned and operated Texoma Shirt & Cap for 25 plus years, until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pottsboro and also a member of the American Legion Post #231.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 42 years, Darleen Lannom; and a granddaughter, Melanie Gatlin.He is survived by his loving family including children, David Lannom and his wife Janet of Queen City, Lisa Gatlin and her husband Mark of Tyler; grandchildren, Bryan Gatlin and his wife Shanna of Tyler, Christopher Lannom and wife Kara; and Matthew Lannom all of Texarkana, Texas; great-grandchildren, Colt and Brooks Lannom of Terarkana, Texas


Gabe Carter, 2002 DHS Graduate

Gabriel "Gabe" Heath Carter, 29, passed into eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Lake Ray Roberts.

Gabe Carter was born Nov. 29, 1983, the son of Jimmie and Toni (Wood) Carter in Denison. Gabe attended Denison schools throughout his youth and graduated from Denison High School in 2002. After graduating high school he continued his education at Texas Tech University where he earned his bachelor's degree in 2007. He supported his family through his work as a sales manager at Reinert Paper and Chemical in Denison. Gabe married the love of his life, Mallory Gibson on Oct. 8, 2011 in Sherman and they cherished every moment they shared together, especially the birth of their beloved son Bowen. Gabe loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a passion for the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved him.

Gabe is survived by his loving family, wife, Mallory Carter and son, Bowen Carter of Pottsboro; parents, Randy and Toni Reinert of Denison; three brothers, Josh Reinert and wife Beth of Denison, James Reinert of Denison, and Nicholas Carter and wife Jackie of Denison; two sisters, Danielle Mitchell and husband Edmund of Toledo, Ohio, and Mandy Carter of Kansas City, Mo.; inlaws, David Gibson of Pottsboro, and Karen Hampton and husband Steve of Pottsboro; two sisters-in-law, Allison and Katherine Gibson of Pottsboro; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Lee Carter Jr.; grandparents, Jimmie Lee Carter Sr., Willa Mae Robinson, Marian Carter Barger, Commodore and Eva Wood, Mary Reinert and Uncle Bob Reinert.


Jay Buckner, 1958 DHS Graduate

James "Jay" Washington Buckner, born on March 21, 1940, to Opal and Sterle Buckner in Madisonville, Tenn., departed this life at the age of seventy-three years on August 30, 2013 in Sherman, surrounded by his loving family.

Jay married Virginia Leon Marvin on December 19, 1958 at the First Pentecostal Church in Sherman. Married for 55 years, they are lifetime members of Faith Church of Sherman where Jay was the Treasurer for forty-five years. He taught the High School Sunday School class for many years and was always a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of all church events and activities. Faith Church singers recall that he was always present wherever they sang in the community and to him, they "never missed a note!" "Beautiful, beautiful", he always said. Many of his Sunday School students have fond memories of Jay sliding down the slopes alongside them on ski trips or lending them his restored 1955 Studebaker to take "for a spin." As recently as last month, Jay kayaked down the Mountain Fork River with the young people of Faith Church. An avid traveler, Jay was also an old car enthusiast and lover of jazz. Friends and family remember his assertion that he was "NOT RETIRED!" He truly epitomized "joie de vivre" in all that he did.

Jay graduated from Denison High School in 1958 and attended Grayson County College. He graduated from Austin College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in June of 1964. In August of 1973 he received his Masters of Science from East Texas State University. He opened, "The Gallery", the first art gallery in Sherman and was a favored Art teacher at Sherman High from 1964 to 1973. In 1973 Jay started his career as a State Farm Agent and has remained an honored and respected "good neighbor" agent for 41 years.

Jay is survived by his loving wife, Virginia, daughter Jenifer Kay Carney and husband Ben of Sherman, and son Jeffery Jay Buckner and wife Jill of Gunter.

Also surviving are his five grandchildren to whom he was "Gogs": Albert Carney, A. J. Carney, Mackenzie Buckner, and twins Macie and Peyton Buckner who shared the same birthday with "Gogs".

Jay is also survived by sisters Rhea Leslie and husband Reid of Celina, Texas, Mary Reeves and husband Jerry of Plano, Texas, Floretta Tysver and husband Dave of Vacaville, Calif. and brothers Marce Buckner and wife Arnita of Colbert, Okla., Lonnie Buckner and wife Betty of Colbert, Walter Buckner and wife Barbara of Sherman.

He was preceded in death by his mother Opal and Father Sterle Buckner.


Chad Linsteadt, DHS Graduate

Chad Carl Linsteadt, 46, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in Dallas. Chad, the son of Carl and Carole Linsteadt Richards was born March 23, 1967. Chad graduated from Denison High School, and then attended NTSU in Denton, where he majored in biology. Chad was a biology and chemistry teacher for Plano schools.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Carl.Chad leaves behind his mother, Carole Linsteadt Richards of Denton; one brother, Chris Linsteadt of Richardson; one niece, Allison Linsteadt; one nephew, Luke Linsteadt; and several cousins, Daniel Linsteadt, Dean Linsteadt and Davis Linsteadt. -


Philip Hoedebeck, DHS Graduate

Philip was born Jan. 14, 1938 in Tishomingo, Okla. to Ray and Willie (Wood) Hoedebeck. He passed this life on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in a local hospital. He and Rita Wiles married June 10, 1983 in Madill, Okla.

Philip was a long time resident of Madill, where he and his brother were co-owners of Hoedebeck Brothers Welding. He graduated from the Denison High School and was a member of the Lake Murray Golf Association. Philip enjoyed spending time with family and loved being outdoors. For many years he enjoyed training Labrador retrievers and was a member of the Sooner Retriever Club. He loved hunting, fishing, going to the horse races and playing golf.

He is survived by his wife Rita of the home; sons, Phil Hoedebeck and his wife Sara of Wichita Falls, Jason Wiles and his wife Tamiko of Grove Town, Ga.; daughters, Sandie Joy and her husband Bill of Lone Grove, Okla., Tracy Christian and her husband Joe of Lone Grove, Okla., and Dawn Hoedebeck of Ardmore, Okla.; sisters, Pat Durbin and her husband Hairrel of Farmersville, Mary Sue Wells of Farmersville, and Dianne Aynes and her husband Jessie of Lake Dallas; brother, Gene and his wife Linda of Madill, Okla.; brothers-in-law: Brian Shannon and his wife Debbie of Ada, Okla., and Charles Shannon and his wife Deanna of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew Darren Nix.


Ruth Fagan, 1950 DHS Graduate

Ruth Laverne Fagan, 80, went to be with the Lord Saturday, August 17, 2013 surrounded by her family, at her home in Bells.

Ruth Laverne Haning was born July 22, 1933, the daughter of Alfred and Nettie (Kirby) Haning in Denison, Texas. Ruth attended Denison High School, where she graduated in 1950. After graduating from high school Ruth met and fell in love with her future husband, Earl Ray Fagan, whom she married on July 26, 1952 in Denison. Mrs. Fagan attended Ambrose Baptist Church for over 30 years where she served God and the community. She worked in housekeeping at WNJ hospital in Sherman where she retired after 13 years of Employment.

Mrs. Fagan is survived by her loving family, son, Choice Fagan; sister, Mary and husband Paul Lambert, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, James Haning.


Tara Hathaway, 1997 DHS Graduate

Tara D'Ann Hathaway, 35, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma.

Tara Hathaway was born March 4, 1978 in Sherman, the daughter of Ronald Moore and Debra (Brown) Stanfield. She attended Denison High School, where she graduated in 1997. When Tara was 18, she was diagnosed with neurofibrometosis type 2, which she fought hard for the remainder of her life. Through her battles she was blessed with a son, Chase Daniel, whom she always held dear to her heart. Tara fought a good fight with a level of optimism that always brought comfort to her family. She cherished every moment that she had with her family and friends, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tara Hathaway is survived by her loving family, son, Chase Daniel; father, Ronald Moore and wife Debbie, mother, Debra Stanfield; six brothers, Ronny Moore Jr., Johnathan Moore and Mary Folmar, Joshua Moore and wife Justine, Anthony Moore, David Yonis and wife Marla, and Josh Yonis; two sisters, Nikki McIninch and husband BJ, and Caitlin Yonis; grandparents, Ralph and Margaret Moore, and Bo Brown, and a numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Nellie Sue Brown.


Heather Harlan, DHS Graduate

Heather Ann Harlan, born Jan. 1, 1991, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. She graduated from Denison High School. She was the love and joy of everyone's lives that loved and knew her. She was loved and will be missed by everyone forever.

She is survived by her father, David Harlan of Denison and her mother, Billie Kim; sister, Amber Haislett; brother, Bradley Harlan; step-father: Blake Herbert, she was his baby duck; and grandmother Louise Harlan.

May she rest in peace.


Wilson Brown. DHS Graduate

Wilson was born Oct. 7, 1938 in the Locust Community, the son of Marvin E. "Buck" and O'Letha C. Wilson Brown. He attended Willow Springs School and Denison High School. He married Patricia Sutton on Oct. 29, 1960 in Denison. She preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 2012.Wilson worked as a truck driver for Pillsbury for more than 30 years and was a member of the VFW Lakeside 7873 in Pottsboro.

He is survived by his son, Richard Brown and his wife Donna of Pottsboro; brother, Paul Brown and his wife Karen of Pottsboro and their two daughters, Kelli and Karla; and sister, Patsy Brown of Pottsboro.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia; and sister, Daisana Brown.


Charles Kuykendall, 1959 DHS Graduate

Charles W. Kuykendall, Sr., 71-year-old Denison resident, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Carrus Specialty Hospital. Charles was born on July 30, 1941 in Denison, the son of Joseph Thomas and Jewel Bailey Kuykendall. He was a 1959 graduate of Denison High School and a graduate of Texas A&M. He was a meteorologist for the United States Air Force for 20 years. He owned and operated a ranch, raising horses and cattle, and one donkey named Jasper the friendly jackass.

He married Ann Brownlee on April 15, 2011 in Sherman. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Denison Kiwanis Club, Class of 1959 Alumni and Texas A&M Alumni Corps of Cadets.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Watson and the staff of Carrus Specialty Hospital-ICU for the care given to Charles.

Charles is survived by his wife, Ann Kuykendall of Denison; sons, Charles William Kuykendall Jr. and his wife, Amy of Wylie, Michael Andrew Kuykendall and his wife Rebecca of St. Paul, Minn.; stepson, Vincent Brownlee and his wife Autumn of Denver, Colo.; stepdaughter, Carla Brownlee of Burkburnett; brothers, Thomas James Kuykendall and his wife Betty of Murphy, and Clifton Eugene Kuykendall and his wife Colette of Mesquite; sister, Kathryn Fudge of Hewitt; grandchildren, Jonathan Andrew Kuykendall, Lauren Elizabeth Dotson and her husband Nick, Corey William Kuykendall, Madison Cantrell and Noah Cantrell; and one great-grandchild, Grant Dotson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlene Baze; and brother, Royce Kuykendall.


Eugene "Gene" Carettini Jr,  1965 DHS Graduate

Eugene "Gene" R. Carettini Jr., 66, of Pottsboro died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at McKinney Medical Center.

He was born March 23, 1947 in Gulfport, Miss. to Eugene Raymond and Nora Mae Cauve Carettini. He attended elementary school in Gulfport and is a graduate of Denison High School in 1965. He married Darlene Smith on June 4, 1966 in Pottsboro.

He worked for the Pillsbury Co. for 25 years and nine months. Mr. Carettini was of the Baptist faith. He loved fishing, gardening and all sports. He volunteered to coach kids in soccer, baseball and football. He loved his dog Prissy.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Carettini of Pottsboro; sons, Eugene (Bo) Carettini and wife Rene of Rockport, Cameron Carettini of Sherman; daughters, Nora Brown and husband Greg of McKinney, Tammy Harp and husband Tim of Pottsboro, Tru N. Carettini of Pottsboro; sister, Deborah Staten and husband David of Denison; grandchildren, Brittiany Harp of Muskogee, Okla., Harley Webb and husband Alex of Oklahoma City, Okla., Baylee Brown of McKinney, Zachary Brown of McKinney, Miranda Hinklee of Denison, Tyla Carettini of Denison, Jenny Heard of Denison, Justin Heard of Rockport; six great-grandchildren; mom, Cora Anderson of Denison; and special friends, Charlie and Dena Pruett.

He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Eugene and Nora; dad, Andy Anderson; brother, Glenn Anderson; and grandson, James Chaney.


Eldorado "Cadillac" Douglas, Jr., DHS Graduate

Eldorado, Jr., was born on July 25, 1959 in Denison to the late Eldorado and Minnie Douglas, Sr. He received his formal education from the Denison Public Schools and was a graduate of Denison High School. He attended technical school where he received his Auto Technician Certification.

While in Wichita, Eldorado fellowshipped with the Mount Olive Baptist Church, and served as a Deacon with the 2nd Chance Prison Ministry.

On Friday July 12, 2013, Mr. Eldorado Douglas Jr., moved from a life of labor, to an eternal life of reward. He leaves many family members and friends, to cherish his precious memories.


Clemens McCoy Jr., DHS Graduate

Clemens F. McCoy Jr., 91, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

Clemens was born April 5, 1922 in Denison, Texas to C. F. McCoy, Sr. and Mary R. Henry McCoy. He married Mary Evelyn Forisha on Sept. 14, 1941 in Denison.

He graduated from Denison Senior High School and was the longtime owner of McCoy's Auto Parts in Denison; served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in both World War II and the Korean War and was active in the Masonic Lodge, serving in many offices including being a past District Deputy Grand Master.

Clemens is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn; daughter, Carol Washburn and husband Monty; brother, Ted McCoy and wife Nora; nephews, Marty Long, Burt McCoy and wife Sue, Mike McCoy and wife Mary; niece, Jean Merrill and husband Ralph; grandson, Brett Washburn and wife Kristy; sister-in-law, Helen Graham and son Mike.


Richard "Rusty" Clark, 1971 DHS Graduate

Rusty was born on Dec. 11, 1952 in Sherman to Richard A. and Catherine Rowland Clark. The youngest of three children, he grew up loving music, the arts, and was quite the athlete. He married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Terri Waddelow Clark on March 24, 1973 in Denison. He was adored by his three children and two grand children.

Rusty was a graduate of Denison High School, class of 1971. He knew then that his life's work would be in education. After graduating high school, he attended Austin College in Sherman. There he earned a bachelor of arts in 1975 and a Masters of Arts in 1976. He began his career in Sherman ISD as a fourth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. He then coached and taught language arts at Piner Middle School. Rusty was then led into school administration and began a lengthy career as a school principal. Fourteen years of that time was spent in Hallsville, at Hallsville Primary School. During his time in Hallsville, Rusty was a member of the First United Methodist Church. There he was a member of the Praise Band and found every opportunity to enrich the lives of others; including working with young adults as a leader with UM Army. He left Hallsville and continued his administration at Callisburg Elementary School where he retired from education in 2009. During his time there, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Kiowa, was active in many charities, and was an avid golfer. Always a teacher, Rusty began teaching educators to take control of their future financial needs by beginning a second career in 2012. He was co-founder and Vice President of Teachers Together. For this company, he was the foundation of the development of the education curriculum.

Rusty is survived by his wife, Terri Waddelow Clark of Flint; children, Amy Whittle and husband Michael of Hallsville, son Richard William Clark of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Erin Florence and husband Matt of Tyler; grandchildren, Brodie Clark Whittle and Piper Elise Florence; mother-in-law, Donna Waddelow and sister-in-law, Marian Waddelow of Sherman.He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Patsy Eyer Keller and Nancy Eyer Jackson O'Dwyer, and father-in-law William Robert Waddelow. There was no doubt a glorious celebration at this reunion.


Dr. Walter Anderson, Terrell High Graduate

Walter Lee Anderson, D.D.S, born on March 9, 1929, the fourth child to the union of T.D. Anderson and Mae Christian Anderson, died on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the age of 84.

Dr. Anderson attended Terrell High School, received his B.S. degree at American University (Washington, D.C.) and his D.D.S. degree at Howard University (Washington, D.C.). Walter served our nation as a dental officer in the United States Air Force and retired after 25+ years of service as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also had a thriving and successful dental practice for four decades serving the greater San Bernardino, Calif. community in Southern California. He was a longtime, faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Pomona, Calif.

Upon returning to Denison after retirement he resumed services in his childhood church home, Hopewell Baptist Church in Denison. He also was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. While in Washington, D.C. he met and married Kathryn L. Baldwin of Paris, Texas. To this union was born their only daughter, Beverly A. Anderson, M.D., a retired pediatrician from New York City.

Walter Anderson was known for his love of family, jovial laugh and unselfish generosity. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, Beverly, his three sisters, Mrs. Duressie Smith of Denison, Mrs. Clara Cosby of Berkeley, Calif. and Mrs. Evelyn Chandler of Carson, Calif. Also, he is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

His wife, grandson and older brother, Fred Anderson preceded him in death.


Sammy Eldredge, DHS Graduate

Sammy Joe Eldredge, who 46 years ago surrendered his life to minister in the name of Jesus Christ, went to meet his Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, June 30, 2013, from his home in Timpson.

Sammy was born June 13, 1939, at the family home in Dripping Springs, between Denison and Bells, to Joseph Orville and Leona Jones Eldredge. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Denison, where he was raised working alongside his father in the service station business. He graduated from Denison High School, participating there in football, baseball, basketball and track as well as DHS Thespians, taking part in dramatic productions.

As a teenager, among his hobbies was collecting records, and he amassed a large collection of 45 rpm singles that he still enjoyed playing in recent years. He also took up golf, and for many years could be found on the links in his spare time.

He married Betty Crawford, who only a year earlier had moved from McAlester, Okla., to Denison, on his 20th birthday, June 13, 1959, and they began their life together in Denison, joining Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. It was also in Denison where their daughters, Cynthia and Sandy, were born.

At Mount Pleasant in 1967, Sammy surrendered to preach, and he and his family moved to Henderson, where he attended Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. Following his ordination in 1969, he became pastor of nearby Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He later pastored in Sulphur Springs before moving Timpson.

Called to the pulpit of Timpson Missionary Baptist Church in 1974, he found a home where he delivered Christ's message as pastor for 34 years. After retirement in July of 2008, he continued missionary work until his health failed. A quiet man outside the pulpit, his sermons carried a passion for Christ's teaching that belied the humble and gentle manner for which he was known and loved throughout the church community and within his own family.

As the children grew to adulthood, he and Betty enjoyed vacation travels, sometimes tied to summer missions but also including numerous trips to Branson, Mo., which became their vacation destination of choice.

In recent days, after long battles with complications of diabetes, he and Betty welcomed friends and family who came to share joyful memories and thoughtful prayer. He asked to be at home with his family when Christ took him into His arms Sunday.

Sammy leaves behind his beloved wife Betty of the home; daughters and their families, Cindy and Bobby Rhodes of Timpson and their daughters Kimber Jones of Nacogdoches and Jenny Cassell of Timpson, and Sandy and Carroll Jones of Timpson and their sons, Scott Jones of Henderson and Joseph Jones and Samuel Jones, both of Timpson; along with seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Donny, of Sherman, and father-in-law, Roy Crawford of Timpson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Sammy's three grandsons, Scott, Joseph and Samuel, followed both him and their father, Carroll Jones, into the ministry, attending Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson.

Preceding Sammy in death were his parents; a brother, Jimmy, who died June 12 in Sherman; and his mother-in-law, Audrey Crawford, who died in 2012.


Billie Hart, 1950 DHS Graduate

Billie Joyce Hart, 81, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Billie, a charter member of Arborlawn United Methodist Church, was born May 3, 1932, in Coahoma. She was adopted by Tom E. and Cora Leola Martin in 1938. She moved to Denison. Billie attended schools in Denison and graduated from Denison High in the class of 1950. In 1951, she wed Billy R. Hart and they moved to Fort Worth and joined Central United Methodist Church. This year they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Billie was active in the Greenbriar Garden Club, United Methodist Women, and served as a Den Mother in the Cub Scout program. Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Cora Martin; a sister, Jenna Bonner; and a son, Dennis Ray Hart.

Survivors include husband, Billy R. Hart; son, Tom Hart and wife Glenna; daughter, Coralea Hart; grandchildren, Keisha M. Marquez, Jeff P.Hart, and Emilie Anne Harmon; and six great-grandchildren.


Abigail (Abby) Burns, DHS Graduate

Abigail Ryan "Abby" Burns, 23, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 at Medical City Dallas Hospital. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2011, and persevered through illness, a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and many complications. After a valiant fight, Abby went to our Lord peacefully with her family and dear friends by her side.

Abby was born on June 8, 1989 in Denison to Kevin Burns and Sharon Wallace. A talented athlete, her passion was softball and she was a feared left-hander. She graduated from Denison High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and earned many academic and athletic honors. She played softball at Grayson County College from 2007-09 and then transferred to Texas Woman's University in Denton. She was a major contributor for the Pioneers both in the pitching circle and as a power hitter. After a successful junior season, her collegiate softball career was cut short with the leukemia diagnosis. Abby was determined to finish her studies, and despite the intense side effects from the bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she stayed enrolled at TWU. She achieved her goal and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Walking across the stage to a standing ovation at TWU's commencement ceremony on May 11, 2012 to receive her diploma was truly a highlight in her life.

Abby wanted to be a nurse and was accepted into Grayson College's nursing program. But this was one goal she would not realize. Her health began to fail in January 2013 and she became too weak to continue the fight. She is remembered for her independence and a strong devotion to her grandmother Alice Burns who raised her. She was a big fan of the Texas Rangers and especially Ian Kinsler.

Abby is survived by her father, Kevin Burns of Denison; her mother, Sharon Wallace of Denison; sisters, Ashley Cooper of Austin, Alexia Ellis of Denison, and Alyssa Thompson of Denison; grandmother, Alice Burns of Denison; grandparents, Earl and Cathy Howard of Denison; and grandfather, Joe Burns of Ennis.

She leaves behind loving cousins, friends and softball teammates who care for her deeply. TWU Softball will retire Abby's No. 19 jersey and has dedicated the remainder of its season to her.


Frank Jacob, DHS Graduate

Frank John Jacob, 67, of Sherman passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. 

Frank was born Aug. 14, 1945 in El Paso to John Frank and Josepha Jacob. He graduated from Denison High School as well as the University of Texas-Arlington. He married Diana (Pat) Smith on Feb. 10, 1972. Frank was the Superintendent of Water Production for the City of Sherman, and retired in 2001 after 30 years. He then went on to operate, Starr Water Supply Corp for six years.

Frank was an avid gun collector and loved all things outdoors. You could always count on him to be at an antique tractor or gun show. Frank loved learning the processes and interworkings of anything and everything from ketchup to the Hoover Dam! Frank never met a stranger and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Frank is survived by his wife of 41 years Diana (Pat) Jacob; two sons, Jason and wife Paige Jacob, and Ryan Jacob all of Sherman. He is also survived by three granddaughters; Jordan, Raegan, and Madison Jacob, and one great- grandson, Brantley Smith.


Jessica Hall, 2011 DHS Graduate

Jessica passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Jessica was born July 15, 1993 in Denison, the daughter of William and Kim Hall. Jessica was a precious gift.

At the age of 7 years, Jessica was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and underwent chemotherapy and outpatient therapy for two years. She remained in remission till the age of 11, when the leukemia returned. Again she went through rigorous chemotherapy and achieved remission a second time. She remained in remission for almost six years during which time she graduated from Denison High School in 2011. Jessica was a second year college student at Grayson County College with hopes of becoming a nurse, when the cancer was diagnosed for a third time. She entered Children's hospital for treatment on March 7. Aggressive chemotherapy was started immediately with a plan in place to have Jessica undergo a bone marrow transplant with her brother Justin being a perfectly matched donor. Complications associated with the cancer treatment developed and Jessica with courage and bravery beyond her years lost the battle with leukemia.

Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents: Carl and Anita Wolfington and cousin, Tony. She is survived by her parents, William and Kim Hall of Denison; brother, Justin Hall and his wife Caitlin Hall; grandparents, Philip and Alice French of Colbert, Okla.; aunts and uncles: Tammy and Jim Watt, Bob and Barbara Choate, Mike and Peggy Allen, Scott and Abbie Gregg, Robert and Wanda Owen, and Carl Daniel Wolfington. Jessica's cousins and spouses: Chad and Genavie Hodge, Kyle Hodge, Alan and Mystika Robb, Aaron and Angela Robb, Nikolaus and Ashley Owen, Garrett Owen, Alec Gregg and Adam Gregg.


Eileen "Carol" Wayne Roman, Class of 1962

Eileen ""Carol"" Roman, age 69, passed away Saturday April 6, 2013 at Texoma Medical Center.

Eileen was born on December 11, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Chester and Nell Spencer Wayne. She graduated from Denison High School in 1962 and attended college. She married Ron Roman on April 3, 1985, in Winchester, Kentucky. Mrs. Roman retired from Wal-Mart Co. and then was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ and had a love for animals, she continuously donated to the Humane Society for their care.

Mrs. Roman is survived by her husband Ron Roman of Denison; sons Kyle Strickland of Denison, Spencer Strickland and wife Amy of Columbia, S.C.; daughter Julie Roman Dryden and husband Donny of Denison; sister Virgina Horning and husband Elliott of North Ft. Myers, Florida; grandchildren Carolina and Evie Strickland of South Carolina, Seth and Liam of Texas. She is preceded in death by her brother Jerry Wayne.

Anne Goddard, DHS Graduate

Anne Clymer Goddard passed away on Monday, April 15,  2013.

Anne was born in 1920 in Denison. She graduated from Denison High School where she achieved the honor of State Champion in Debate. In 1941 she graduated from Southern Methodist University, where she was competed on the Debate Team and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, an association she enjoyed throughout her life.

During World War II she worked in our country's domestic support effort. Upon conclusion of the war in 1945, she married returning Captain James Goddard, known to friends as "Pancho." They raised their children and lived variously in Denison, Center, Longview, Nacogdoches, and lastly at Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine.

She was valued as counsel; friends and family alike sought her advice. An avid card player and always sharply dressed, her zest for life enlivened the room wherever she was. She and her husband Pancho were expert dancers, attracting admiration at the many Big Band events they attended.

Anne Goddard was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Mavis Bryant; and her brother, Ray Clymer. She is survived by daughter, Karel Kay and husband Floyd Ciruli of Denver; son, Scott Goddard and Kay Merritt of Denison; brother, Charles Clymer and wife Francais of Dallas; her much beloved granddaughters, Elly and Ashley and their husbands, Nolan Harris of San Clemente and Bret Barker of Manhattan Beach; great-grandchildren, Jack Harris, Cole Harris, and Scout Ava Barker; and cherished nieces and nephews, Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant, James Bryant, David Bryant, Drew Wilcoxen, Francie Miller and Jim Wilcoxen.

Frank John Jacob, DHS Graduate

Frank John Jacob, 67, of Sherman passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Frank was born Aug. 14, 1945 in El Paso to John Frank and Josepha Jacob. He graduated from Denison High School as well as the University of Texas-Arlington. He married Diana (Pat) Smith on Feb. 10, 1972. Frank was the Superintendent of Water Production for the City of Sherman, and retired in 2001 after 30 years. He then went on to operate, Starr Water Supply Corp for six years.

Frank was an avid gun collector and loved all things outdoors. You could always count on him to be at an antique tractor or gun show. Frank loved learning the processes and interworkings of anything and everything from ketchup to the Hoover Dam! Frank never met a stranger and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Frank is survived by his wife of 41 years Diana (Pat) Jacob; two sons, Jason and wife Paige Jacob, and Ryan Jacob all of Sherman. He is also survived by three granddaughters; Jordan, Raegan, and Madison Jacob, and one great- grandson, Brantley Smith.


Danny Anderson, DHS Graduate

Danny was born August 15, 1952 at Madonna Hospital in Denison, the son of Dorothy Jane Goforth and the late Charles Spencer Goforth. He was a graduate of Denison High School and attended SOSU.

Danny has twin daughters, Katana Kay and Chauntay Renee Anderson; three granddaughters, Kamika, Kalika and Olivia; two grandsons, Davion and Evonte, all of Oklahoma. He also has three brothers, Stephen Michael Contreras of Ft. Worth, James Dewey Goforth of Los Angeles, Calif. and Charles Spencer of Bakersfield, Calif.; sister, Mrs. Dody Nan Sheridan of Sherman. He was predeceased in death by a sister, Charlsie Jane Colville of DeSoto, Mo.

Danny was a Merchant Marine for many years until he was forced into retirement by a bad heart. He spent many years at sea in Egypt and India. He was of the Buddhist Faith and will be cremated.


Kent Allison, DHS Graduate

Kent was born July 30, 1942 in Sherman, Texas to the late E.M. and Ina Mae (Nichols) Allison. After graduating from Denison High School, Kent studied architecture in Fort Worth and would retire as a brick mason after many years. He will be remembered as an avid reader. He also found much enjoyment boating and spending time at Lake Texoma. Kent was a founding member (#128) of the Sherman Elk's Lodge and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by one son, Lanny Allison of Kaufman, Texas; one brother, John Allison and his wife Karen of Cypress, Texas; three grandchildren; and two nieces, Melody Clark and Abbey Brewer. Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his parents, and the love of his life, Jill Stephens. He was dearly loved and is also survived by Jill's three children, Jay Stephens, Cindy Andrews, and Sara Fair.


Bobby Baldwin, Terrell High Graduate

Bobby Baldwin was born in Denison to parents Joseph and Jessie Baldwin. He attended Denison Public Schools and graduated from Terrell High School. After graduation, Bobby went on to receive a college degree from Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas. Later in his life, he moved to New York, N.Y. where he worked as a college Professor at City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College for more than 30 years.

Bobby entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers – J.W. Baldwin and William Baldwin; and sister – Thelma E. Venters.Left to cherish his memory are his son, Radames Baldwin (Denise) of Linden, N.J.; sister, Lois Patterson of Dallas, Texas; and brother, Curlee Baldwin Sr. of The Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Otney Michael "Mike" Parr, 1964 DHS Graduate

Otney Michael "Mike" Parr passed away February 23, 2013 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

Mike was born August 4, 1946 in Denison. He married Eugenia Suzanne "Suzie" Polk on August 19, 1972.He is survived by his wife, Suzie; son, David; and brother, Larry.

He graduated from Denison High School in 1964, attended Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. in 1979, with a B.A. in history. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, from 1965-1969, and served in Special Forces in Thailand. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He worked as an estimator with various companies in Maryland, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He retired in March of 2012. He was a member of the Texas Masonic Lodges in Denison, Texas and Canyon Lake, Texas and Hill Country Aero Modelers in Austin. He most enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, learning to fly his RC model airplanes, building RC airplanes, fly fishing, reading and watching the History Channel and BBC News.


Norman Talley, Class of 1956

DENISON - William Norman Talley, 74, entered into the hands of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 25, 2013 at Beacon Hill after a long illness. Norman's memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison with Dr. Chet Haney officiating.

Norman was born on December 29, 1938 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of William D. "Bud" and Pearl Eunice Talley. His family moved to Denison in 1940. He graduated from Denison High School in 1956. Some of his high school highlights include – serving as student body president his senior year, serving as Hi-Y chaplain, and attending Texas Boys State. Norman was fortunate while in the Denison High School band to participate in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1953 inaugural parade.

Growing up, his family was very active in the First Baptist Church. Norman was offered the opportunity to preach in several churches in the local area. At age 13, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. At that time, he was the youngest Boy Scout to have advanced to this rank in the district. As a Scout, he was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow and the Brotherhood. In 1953, he attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in California. After high school, Norman attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas where he graduated with a B.S. degree in English, Education and Speech in 1960. The highlight of his college career was being part of a theatre troupe that toured England and Scotland in the summer of 1959. He played "Bottom the Weaver" in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The play was unique in that the costumes and sets were West Texas Ranch Style, and the lines, while unchanged, were delivered with a Texas twang. The Governor of Texas recognized and commissioned the group as official ambassadors of Texas. While at Howard Payne, he was a recipient of The Helen Panther British Theatre Award. During his sophomore year, he pastored a small congregation in Bowser, Texas.

Norman began his teaching career at A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, Texas in 1960. After teaching there for one semester, he moved to Denison and began teaching at the newly built Dillingham Junior High School in Sherman. After receiving his Master's degree in Counseling from East Texas State University, he began his counseling career at the new Hughes Junior High School in Denison in the fall of 1964. Norman also served as counselor at McDaniel Junior High School and several elementary schools in the DISD. During his career, he sponsored many student trips to Washington, D.C. including attending the 1981 Ronald Reagan inauguration. Norman retired in 1989 after 30 years of working in public education.

Retirement from education didn't end his days of work, though. He worked for Primerica Financial Services from the early 1980s until just a few years ago. He worked with his good friend, Allan Jacobs, to spread the word - "Buy term and invest the difference."

Norman pursued many interests over the years. His activities and interests encompassed church related group and committee participation. At Parkside Baptist Church he was involved in Sunday School, church training, children's choir leadership, adult choir, church drama, Pacesetters, various committees, and youth group leadership. He served as the children's pastor when that ministry first began at Parkside. Norman also served as a member of Parkside's deacon body. Being gifted in public speaking, Norman developed and conducted seminars regarding science and creation, our American Heritage, and financial topics.

When time permitted, Norman enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, woodworking, drawing, writing/researching, acting, speaking, coin collecting, traveling, snow skiing, camping, and backpacking. He enjoyed composing poems, prose, and music, and writing about his life experiences. Norman's writings have been published in Texas Outlook magazine, Info magazine, Telling Our Stories, and the Herald Democrat. Trips with family and friends were always special to him. He enjoyed numerous vacations to Colorado, visiting Walt Disney World, and cruising. These past several years he began playing the clarinet and could also whip out a tune on the "ole harmonica." Above all, Norman enjoyed and delighted in the accomplishments of his grandchildren.

Norman is survived by his daughter, Dawn Simpson and husband, Robert of San Antonio; son, Craig Talley and wife, Kristi of Denison; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Simpson and grandson, Taylor Simpson of San Antonio; and grandson, Harrison Talley of Denison.

He was preceded in death by one month by his beloved wife of 51 years, Shirley Talley of Denison. He was also preceded in death by his father, William "Bud" Talley and mother, Pearl Talley of Denison.


Beth Fleming, 1944 DHS Graduate

Beth Fleming, 86, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Sherman, Texas. Funeral services will be held at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. with interment following at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Fleming was born Jan. 15, 1927 in Pottsboro, Texas to Alford D. Sr. and Edna B. Short Fulmer. She was raised in the Hagerman Baptist Church where she was baptized as a young girl in The Red River. She attended Hagerman and Willow Springs schools. She graduated from Denison High School in 1944, and never missed attending a class reunion - a true Yellow Jacket! She was a devoted student, and loved her teachers and classmates. Her high school days were the happiest years of her young life.

She married C.V. ""Vee"" Fleming, Jr. at Antioch Baptist Church in Bells, Texas on November 21, 1961. They were very devoted employees of GTE, now Verizon, serving for more than 50 years as a team in Texas, New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina.

Beth was an expert seamstress, sewing many clothes for herself and family, as well as a gourmet cook who loved entertaining. She loved all sports, but was a very loyal Dallas Cowboys fan, and season ticket holder for many years. She was also an avid golfer in New York, Patterson Club in Connecticut, Hope Valley Country Club in North Carolina, and after her retirement at Woodlawn Country Club in Sherman where she was a lifetime member.Mrs. Fleming is survived by her daughters: Jan Buchanan and her husband Jan Marcus of Pottsboro; Deborah Downs of Bells; Cathye Meadors of Sherman; and step children Dean Fleming of San Antonio and Janet Fleming of Fargo, N.D. She is also survived by her brother James Edwin Fulmer, and sisters Joy Logston, Martha O'Mary, Mattie Stewart, and Judy Francis as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by her grandchildren and their families: Bridgett Shields, Belenda Frailicks, Chad Buchanan, Lance Carter, Lonnie Carter, Monica Reeves and Jacob Pearson; as well as her great grandchildren - Dalton and Drex Day, Kaleb and Blaise Shields, Carter and Hogan Harris, Nicole Howell, Beau and Blake Buchanan, Jonathan Collins, Preston and Amelia Carter, Jordyn Reeves, and Avery and Andi Pearson.

Mrs. Fleming was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Vee, sons-in law Sonny Meadors and Ron Downs, and brother Alford Fulmer Jr.


William (Bill) Covington, Class of 1979

William Edward Covington (Bill) of Offenbach, Germany, 52, a native of Denison, TX, died January 22, 2013. Bill was born October 30, 1960 to parents Ralph Edward and Margaret Hampton Covington.  He graduated from Denison High School in 1979 and The Denver Art Institute with a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Design in 1983. 

Bill had a successful 25-year career starting out at the Dallas Market Center.  He left his mark in Germany when his logo was patented and chosen to light up the sky over Frankfurt on the Union Investment skyscraper.  He was with Advantage Design, Barry Blau and Partners, Wonderman Cato Johnson, Gordon Waters and Advance Design Center.  A few of the campaigns he worked on were Citi Bank Visa, Ford of Germany and Ford Euro, and BASF.  As an Art Director, he did conception design, photo direction, corporate identity programs, computer graphics, annual reports, direct advertising/marketing for magazines, brochures, catalogs, and newspapers for an international assortment of clients.

Survivors include his companion of 24 years, Romana West of the home, and brother, Jay Covington of Paris, AR.  Other survivors include his mother and step-father, Margaret and Jack Wade of Paris, AR, step-sister and step-brother, Dianne Wade Fraser and Mike Wade; his aunt and uncle, Vera Anne and Roland Humphrey; cousins, Sarah and Colin Humphrey and children.  Bill was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Edward Covington, October 29, 2012,  and niece, Katherine Humphrey Omelak.


Charlie Giarraputo, 1941 DHS Graduate

Charles Paul Giarraputo, 89, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman, Texas following a brief illness. He was born on May 27, 1923 in Denison, Texas to Anthony Giarraputo and Nancy Bruno Giarraputo.

Charlie grew up in Denison, Texas, the youngest of 10 children in his family. He graduated from Denison High School in 1941. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from December 1942 through February 1946, graduating from the Rankin Aeronautical Academy in Tulare, California as an aviation cadet in 1944 and became a pilot. Flying became a lifelong love of Charlie's.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Austin College in 1950. He was the Real Property Officer at Perrin Air Force Base from 1960 to 1970 and at Sheppard Air Force Base from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1973, he was an appraiser for North American Revaluation Company. Charlie worked as a county appraiser for Grayson County from 1974 and was certified by the State of Texas as a Registered Professional Appraiser in 1979. He joined the Grayson County Appraisal District when is was formed in 1981 retiring as Director of Administration in 1993, even though he returned when asked to help out, and "retired" at least three more times.

Charlie was a faithful member of St. Mary's Parish. He was also a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, and a charter member at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum. He was passionate about all types of music, from Big Band, to Jazz, to Western Swing, and played keyboard, drums and saxophone in some Western Swing bands, including "The Texans" that regularly appeared on a local live television program in the 1960's. He played at the Pacesetters Ballroom in Madill, Oklahoma, and weekly at the SNAP Center in Denison for several years. He was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

When Charlie was attending Austin College he met the love of his life, Fredia Lee Wilson. Charlie and Fredia Lee were married in 1950 in Sherman, Texas in her mother's home, and were happily married for 46 years, until Fredia Lee's death. Charlie was always generous and tried to help people however he could. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, mentor and role model to many people and will be greatly missed.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Nancy Giarraputo; his wife, Fredia Lee Giarraputo; brothers: Louis Giarraputo, Russell Giarraputo, Steve Giarraputo, Leonard Giarraputo, and Anthony Giarraputo Jr. and sisters: Angelina Maranto, Mary Giarraputo, Jeannine Tantillo, and Leannine Debner. He was also preceded by a granddaughter, Cassandra Scott, DVM.Charlie is survived by his children, Jeannette Scott and her husband George, of Sherman, Tony Giarraputo and his wife Norma, of Sherman and Carol Butler and her husband Greg, of Denison. His grandchildren are Christopher Scott and his wife Jami, of Haslet, Texas; Kyle Butler, and Lauralee Butler of Denison, Texas. Charlie is also survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Bailey and husband Kenneth. Charlie has numerous nieces and nephews who were all special to him.


Elmer "E J" Gill, DHS Graduate

Elmer Junior "E J" Gill died Jan. 5, 2014 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born Feb, 6 1931 to Elmer Lee Gill and Sarah Elizabeth Glasscock Gill at Hagerman, Texas.

He graduated from Denison High School. He married Jessie Lou Jackson December 27, 1951 at Hagerman Baptist Church. He was a machinist for IBM moving from Sherman to Denver, Colorado and finally to Austin, Texas where he retired after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; only daughter, Diane Gill; sisters, Evelyn Kennon and Nannie Witt; brothers, Haskell Gill, Garnett Gill, R.B. Gill and Joe Gill.


Ralph Covington, DHS Graduate

Ralph Edward Covington, 82, a native of Denison, TX, died October 29, 2012.  Ralph was born December 31, 1930 to William Wilkes and Anna Mitchell Covington.  He graduated from Denison High School and Southeastern State College in Durant, OK.  He served in the United States Navy from 1950-54, during the Korean Conflict.  He was aboard the USS Boxer. 

Ralph’s father played professional baseball with the Detroit American League Team (Detroit Tigers) in 1911 and was roommates with Ty Cobb.  Ralph loved baseball and played in high school and in the Navy.

Ralph began his training with architect, Donald Mayes, in Denison and Brown and Chapman Architects in Sherman.  Ralph was certified by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.  He worked with architects Downing Thomas and Grogan and Scoggins in the Dallas area and was proud to have worked on the SMU Library.  After working in Anniston, Alabama, he opened his own office in Denison doing work for the city, county and local residents.  He worked on many churches in the state of Texas, as well as the Sherman Library and Salvation Army.    

Survivors include his son, Jay Lowe Covington of Paris, AR and the Miller Houghton family of Midland, TX.  Another son, William (Bill) Edward Covington, passed away on January 22, 2013.  Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ray Covington.


Betty Brinkley, DHS Graduate

Betty Brinkley was born May 31, 1931, the daughter of Jeff and Edith (Miller) Brown in Denison, Texas. Betty attended and graduated from Denison High School. She married the love of her life, Clyde Brinkley on September 30, 1950 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Together they shared in 58 years of devoted marriage. Mrs. Brinkley loved spending time with family and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Brinkley is survived by her loving family: three daughters, Barbara Williams and husband, Sam, Betty Brinkley and Carol Brinkley all of Bells; two sons, Michael Brinkley and wife Michele of Bells, and James Brinkley and wife, Ann of Whitesboro; six grandchildren, Robert Williams and wife, Leandra, Rachel Marsh and husband, David, Brian Williams and wife, Amber, Kevin Forsythe and wife Kayla, Matthew Forsythe, and Crista Droz and husband, Junior; 13 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Dorothy Franklin and husband Robert of Denison, Darlene Shepherd and husband Kenneth of Whitewright, and Charles Brown and wife JoAnn of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Clyde Brinkley.


Kenneth E. Kinnamon, DHS Class of 1951

Kenneth Ellis Kinnamon departed this life for a better one on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Mongomery General Hospital, Olney, Md. He is survived by a wife, Arlene E. Kinnamon, and a grandson, Darren Ellis Kinnamon, who was raised by the couple. She and Darren live in Rockville, Md. Survivors also include two sons, Jon Kinnamon of Denison, and Clark Kinnamon of Wilmington, N.C.; and a sister, Joyce McMorris of Denison. Survivors also include five other grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Kinnamon was born May 28, 1924 to Ellis and Mary Levona McGill Kinnamon in Denison and reared in the Denison-Sherman area. He finished Denison High School in 1951. He played baseball in high school, college and professionally (Kansas City Organization). He graduated from four civilian institutions of higher learning; Oklahoma State University (BS), Texas A&M University (DVM), the University of Rochester (MS) and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D.). He had appointments in three academic departments: Physiology, Preventive Medicine & Biometrics, and Radiology, at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He was the Chief Operations Officer for 11 years at the University. He was listed in Who's Who in America, American Men & Women of Science and Men of Achievement. He authored more than 100 scientific and management publication and held patents for compounds used to treat tropical diseases.

Dr. Kinnamon served with the U.S. Army for 21 years and was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. During the Vietnam War he was assigned to the U.S. Army Veterinary School where he taught troops how to defend against chemical, biological and radiological warfare agents. He retired with the rank of Colonel in 1980.

Kinnamon was a member of Redland Baptist Church, Rockville, Md. He believed that a principle by which to live is summed up in an old Spanish proverb: When we are born everyone laughs while you cry. Live your life in such a way that when you die everyone will cry while you laugh.


George Young, Class of 1957

George Franklin Young, 74, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 14, 2012, after a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy diagnosed in 2008.

George was born December 11, 1938 in Denison, Texas. He graduated from Denison High School in 1957, served his country in the US Navy and attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated from Wichita State University in Kansas.
He is survived by his wife of 47 wonderful years, Twylah; three children and their spouses, Rachel and Oscar Barron, Matthew and Eva Young, and Rebecca and Kasey Smith; and four grandchildren, Damian Crouch, Emma and Mason Young, and Kelsey Smith; all of San Antonio; sister and spouse, Margaret and Bob Derebery of Denison; younger brother's spouse, Colletta Young and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Shirley Cook Talley, Class of 1959

DENISON - Shirley Lou Talley ended a year-and-a-half battle with leukemia and entered into the hands of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 23, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center. Shirley's memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison with Dr. Chet Haney officiating.

Shirley was born on September 11, 1940 in Denison, the daughter of Cecil and Lucille Cook. She graduated from Denison High School, Grayson County College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was employed by Pillsbury, Champion Cooler, and Associates Investments. She was a teacher at Sam Houston Elementary in Denison for 12 years. She gave private piano lessons for 10 years. Loving music, she served the Lord as pianist at Parkside Baptist for 43 years, Hyde Park Baptist for more than two years, and Hyde Park Presbyterian for more than three years.

She was a member of Parkside Baptist where she taught Sunday school, directed the children's choir, and served on several church committees. She was an active member of Parkside's Pacesetters group. Shirley enjoyed traveling, attending her grandchildren's activities, gardening, reading, watching her beloved Dallas Cowboys (she shared a birthday with Tom Landry), cheering for Jeff Gordon while watching NASCAR, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Norman Talley of Denison; sister, Brenda Galgan and husband, Michael of Dallas; daughter, Dawn Simpson and husband, Robert of San Antonio; son, Craig Talley and wife, Kristi of Denison; granddaughter and texting buddy, Kaitlyn Simpson "Love you the mostest!" and grandson, Taylor Simpson of San Antonio; and grandson, Harrison Talley of Denison.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Cook and mother, Lucille Cook of Denison.


Freddie Don Cassidy, DHS Graduate

Freddie Don Cassidy, 69, entered into eternal life Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center.

Mr. Cassidy was born Feb. 11, 1943 in Denison, Texas the son of Tommy P. and Ruth Marie (Powell) Cassidy. He graduated from Denison High School. He married Glenda Means in Denison. Freddie worked for the Katy Railroad for several years as well as Butler Inc., after retiring he became a strong supporter of local activities. Freddie loved his family especially his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Freddie will always be remembered for his smile, his generosity and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.

Mr. Cassidy is survived by his beloved family; wife, Glenda Cassidy of Denison; daughters, Susan Cassidy of Royse City, Texas, Audra Cassidy of Garland, Texas and Kim Guymon Lemoult of Washington, D.C.; and sons, Greg Guymon of Colbert, Okla. and Garrett Guymon of Denison; grandchildren, Kirsten Carper, Blake Wright, Lawson Guymon and Sawyer Guymon; great-grandson, Landon Carper, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Ruth Cassidy, brothers, Tommy Cassidy Jr, Billy Cassidy, Clyde Cassidy and Jimmy Cassidy and nephew, Jamie Cassidy.

Dorothy Nell Harris, THS Graduate

Dorothy Nell was born in Denison on August 6, 1941 to the parentage of the late James Edward Lee and Sallie Thelma Roberts. She was a graduate of Terrell High School in Denison. Dorothy attended Madonna Nursing School, and in 1965 she graduated as a LVN and became employed with Texoma Medical Center. After 11 years with TMC, Dorothy decided to continue her education in the medical field, and became the first African-American Nurse in Grayson County to specialize in Hemo-Dialysis. She went on to serve in this capacity for over 29 years and received many awards and accolades for her committed service while touching the lives of many patients and their families. On Wednesday October 10, 2012, while in the comfort of her home, Dorothy Nell Harris was called to be with her heavenly father and transitioned from labor to reward.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert Harris Jr.; daughter, Tameshia Hams; granddaughter, Jetia Ewing, all of Denison; nephew, Artie Lee Jr. (Sandra) of Dallas; sister-n-laws, Lois Lee and Wanda Lee both of Dallas and Jean Riddick of Denison, along with many other relatives and friends.


Patricia "Pat" Brown, DHS Class of 1961

Patricia R. "Pat" Brown, 69, passed away Friday October 5, 2012 at Medical City of Dallas Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday October 8, 2012 at the Johnson-Moore Pottsboro chapel with Rev. Carl Bilderback officiating. Burial will be at the Georgetown Cemetery.

Patricia was born March 19, 1943 in Denison, Texas to parents Loy and Marie Bledsoe Sutton. She graduated from Denison High School in 1961, married Wilson F. Brown on October 29, 1960 in Denison, Texas. Mrs Brown was a supervisor at Blue Cross Blue Shield and then became a child care giver at home. Mrs. Brown was raised by her Uncle and Aunt, Bill and Paralee Cassell.

Patricia is survived by her aunt, Paralee Cassell; husband, Wilson Brown of Pottsboro; son, Richard Brown and wife Donna of Pottsboro; brothers, Harold Davis Sutton and wife Theresa of Denison; sister, Brenda Snavely of Achille, Okla; two godchildren, Whitney and Briana Rowland. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her mother and father; brother Richard Earl Sutton and sister Linda Schulte.


Jerry Dean Lilley, DHS Graduate

Jerry Dean Lilley of Branson, Mo., 77, a native of Sherman died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 amid the love of family and friends. Despite fighting illness the past 18 months, he was still advocating for the health of others as the director of the Free Medical Clinic of the Ozarks in Branson until his energy declined in the last few months.

As the younger brother of Jack Lilley of Denison, Texas, Lilley was born July 28, 1935, to "E. J." Earnest Jack and Eddye Badgett Lilley. He grew up working in his father's Lilley's Department Store and also with a local mortician. He attended college at the University of Texas before marrying his high school "best friend" in 1957 and accepting the administrator's position at the Denison Katy Railroad Hospital. The couple transferred to Parsons, Kan., in 1961 where he served as the administrative assistant at the Katy Hospital there until he was tapped for the administrator position at the newly established Labette County Medical Center, now Labette Health.

After spending almost 30 years as a hospital administrator in Parsons, Lilley retired to Branson in 1990 to officially help run the family's Lilleys' Landing Resort and Marina on Lake Taneycomo. But unofficially, he and his wife, Carolyn, continued their commission to live out the Biblical mandate that "whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might." (Ecclesiastes 9:10) His hands touched not only the free clinic in Branson but helped launch the Options Pregnancy Clinic in Branson and the YMCA, and back the Torchbearer Foundation to Africa, as well as multiple ministries through missions projects at First Baptist Church.

Lilley was the 2011 Don Gabriel Kingdom Builder Award recipient given annually to a person "who demonstrates a servant's heart as a servant leader, who lives by Christian principles in all situations without compromise and who lives by a vision and mission which includes praying for and working for God's perfect will to be accomplished in Ozark Mountain Country."

But most of all, Lilley offered the gift of friendship, always devoted to support those he crossed paths with, whether in encouragement, practical godly wisdom, finances or just his bridge-building humor.

He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Branson and also served on the board of directors of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, at one time as treasurer. He also was active in the international Marketplace Ministries which equips and staffs chaplains to serve in businesses and job sites, and was a former board member for Youth Horizons Ministry for youth in Wichita, Kan., directed by singer/evangelist Earnest Alexander.

In Kansas he was once president of the Kansas Hospital Association, chairman of the Kansas Blue Cross Board of Directors and the Parsons United Way and a member of the board of the Midwest Health Congress. Lilley also helped doctors start a clinic in Parsons for those who could not afford healthcare.

Lilley is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter Lisa Henderson and husband, Paul, of Harrison, Ark.; son, Phil and wife, Marsha, of Branson; and daughter Belinda Gardner and husband, Chuck, of Manassas, Va.; his brother Jack and wife, Elsie, of Denison; brother-in-law Mike Harvey and his wife, Karen, of Fair Hope, Ala.; sister-in-law Danna Harvey of Houston; and sister-in-law Joanna Drennan and husband, Dave, of Denison; his grandchildren Sara (Lilley) Clark and husband Josh of Overland Park, Kan. (their children Jeriah and Serenity); Megan (Lilley) Cummings and husband Jimmy of Rogers, Ark.; Levi Elsworth of Las Vegas, Nev. (his daughter, Justice); Caleb Lilley and his wife, Maggie, of Beverly, Mass.; Greg Lilley of Branson and Ryan Titus and wife, Caron, of Hollister; two more great-grandchildren on the way – and a host of other family and friends.


Kelcey Wilson, DHS Class of 1991

Kelcey Van Cleif Wilson, was born on August 22, 1970 in Denison, Texas to the parentage of Woodie and Linda Wilson Sr. He received his education from the Denison ISD and was a graduate of the Denison High School class of '91. Kelcey was employed with Texoma Medical Center, where he worked in different departments for over 22 years, the last as an IT Technician. He was an avid golfer and played in many charitable tournaments throughout North Texas. On Wednesday September 26, 2012, Kelcey entered into Eternal Life.

He is survived by his parents, his children: Kennedy, Kenzie and Kaleb Wilson all of Temple, Texas, his brother: Woodie H. Wilson Jr, of Kansas City, KS and a host of other relatives and friends.


Joe C. Shelton, DHS Graduate

Joe C. Shelton, 86, of Denison died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Bonham.

Joe was born the son of Tom C. and Martha J. Terrell Shelton on April 10, 1926 in Denison. He graduated from Denison High School and Draughon's Business College. He married Dorothy Cleo Kincade on May 28, 1946 in Denison. She preceded him in death on June 4, 1970.

Joe retired as front office manager for Safeway Grocery Store and served in the United States Army during World War II.

He is survived by his son, Larry D. Shelton and his wife, Sylvia of Denison; granddaughter, Jackie Lee Manning and her husband, Norman of Denison and great-granddaughter, Shelby Lena Shelton of Denison.


Billy Joe Thorn, DHS Graduate

Billy Joe Thorn, 74, a longtime area resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Fort Worth. Service: A service for family and friends will be held at a later date.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Billy Thorn; grandsons, Jeremy Neely and David Hatcher; his mother, Edith Wilkerson; father, Joe Billy Thorn; and brothers, Bobby and Richard Thorn.

Survivors: His wife, Brooxie Feazell Thorn; children, Angela Houston and husband, Danny, Angela Dodge, Brenda Thorn and husband, Johnny, Dale Thorn, Gloria Hallan and Anthony Thorn; sister, Darlene Bradshaw; brother, David Wilkerson and wife, Sandy; grandchildren, Perry Hatcher and wife, Kelley, Melissa Garrett and husband, Lloyd, Charity Edminster and husband, Rick, Jayson Hill, Brook Terry and husband, Will, Charlie Houston and wife, Ashton, and Anthony Savage Thorn; great-grandchildren, Lily and Danny Houston, Nicole Lemons, Kaitlyn and Matthew Edminster, Kaycee Neely Hayford, Chloe Neely Johnston, Jaelynn Neely, Nathanael, Bethann and Brooklyn Garrett.


Terry Simpson Blanton, DHS Class of 1982

Terry Lynn Simpson Blanton, 48, entered into eternal life Monday, September 17, 2012 at her home.

Terry was born August 20, 1964 in La Marque, Texas the daughter of Thomas Ernest and Judy (Crouse) Simpson. She graduated from Denison High School in 1982.Terry moved to Dallas and spent the last year of her life supporting and helping others at a Dallas Support Group. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, and spending time at the lake surrounded by family and friends. Terry was full of life and had a very contagious smile and laugh. She was loved by many people and will be greatly missed.

Terry is survived by her beloved family, son, Allen Blanton of Dallas; parents, Judy Vaughn and husband Jesse of Denison, and Thomas and Yvonne Simpson of Colfax, La.; brother, Tommy Simpson and wife Danielle; sisters, Tresa Simpson Ball, Dawn Conary and Lisa Simpson; stepbrothers, Donny Conary, Ronnie Conary and wife Paula, Greg Vaughn and wife Audra, Charles Vaughn and wife Sheila, Don Richards and Joshua Richards; stepsisters, Lori Vaughn Canoy, Darlene Stuardt, Debbie Conary, Kristy Simpson and Sandy Richards; nephews, Ryan Simpson Randy Simpson, Travis Ball and Kaleb McAlester; nieces, Amber Simpson, Alexis Simpson, Crista McAlester, Madyson McAlester, and Audrey Simpson; one great-niece, Lillin Jade Lopez and special friend, Anna Sotelo. She was preceded in death by her son's father, Kenny Blanton, step-father, Don Conary and step-brother, Gary Don Conary.


Sarah Blankenship Dye, DHS Graduate

Sarah Elizabeth Blankenship Dye passed from this life to the arms of her Savior Saturday, September 8, 2012, in Denison. Sarah was born May 6, 1935, the fourth child of George Warren and Emma Wiest Blankenship. She grew up in the Hyde Park area of Denison, graduated from Denison High School and earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She taught for many years in the Denison Independent School District, first as a kindergarten teacher at Central Annex, and then as computer literacy teacher at B McDaniel, retiring in 1994. Many who attended Denison schools remember her as a pioneer of local educational technology with her stories and reading lessons on television.

Sarah is survived by her three sons, Robert J. Dye of Denison, Ben Dye and Leigh of Sherman, Dr. Bill Dye and Amy of Monroe, Lq. She delighted in her 10 grandchildren, Jennifer of McKinney and Lindsey of Denison; Bentley (Brandi), Emily, Bradley and Bailey of Sherman; Billy (Catherine), Matthew, and Micah of Monroe, and Andrew (Hallie) of Baton Rouge. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: George W. (Billie) Blankenship of Austin, Bill (Virginia) Blankenship of Sherman, Marilyn Hogenson of Pottsboro, Jerry (Judy) Blankenship of Lake Whitney, and Kathy Dophied of Pottsboro, as well as a multitude of devoted nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Beverly Mitchell, 1956 DHS Graduate

Beverly Mitchell, 75, passed away August 9, 2013 due to complications from chronic pulmonary disease. She was born on December 8, 1937 in Sherman to Dale Bernethy and Catherine Payne Bernethy. She grew up in Denison, Texas, attending Denison High School, where she graduated in 1956. Beverly attended Texas Woman's University and graduated from the Registered Nurse program in 1960. She worked as an RN in several major hospitals in the Dallas area, and also as a staff nurse in Baylor College of Dentistry.

In 1960 Beverly met Fred Mitchell in a Spanish language class at the YMCA in Dallas. They married on April 15, 1961, and have resided in Farmers Branch since 1962. They have two daughters, Ellen Mitchell of Bryan/College Station, and Sara Mitchell of Austin.

Beverly is also survived by sisters, Hazel Means and husband David (Bud) of Denison, and Marty Walker and husband Joe of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and brother Robert of Denton.

Fred was a private pilot and encouraged Beverly to take flying lessons, after which she achieved her private pilot license. In later years she did a great deal of genealogy research, tracing both of their families back to the Revolutionary and U.S. Civil wars.

Donald James Nichols, Sr., DHS Graduate

MSgt. Donald James Nichols, Sr., 83, of Liberty Hill, passed away on Saturday, the 28th of July, 2012 with his family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer. Don was born in Denison, Texas on the 24th of August, 1928 to the late Holmes and Lela Nichols. Don honorably served his country in the U.S. Army for 22 years during which he served in Korea and Vietnam.

He is preceded in death by his son, Marine L/CPL Michael W. Nichols.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Robbie Jo; their two sons, Donald J. Nichols, II and wife Donna, John S. Nichols and Lynise Marshall; brother, Holmes L. Nichols and his wife, Opal of Denison. Don also leaves behind eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. He may have passed from this world, but his love, legacy and spirit will live on through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Ben Wells, DHS Class of 1957


Ben Wells, of Georgetown, formerly a long-time resident of Clear Lake, Texas died Monday, June 25, 2012, after a short bout with cancer. Ben was born in Durant, Oklahoma, spent his youth in the small towns of north Texas and graduated from Denison High School in the class of 1957. He served in the USAF, spending most of his enlistment at Whiteman AF Base in Missouri where he met and married Gloria Robb. After discharge from the USAF, Ben graduated from Central Missouri State University with a dual degree in physics and math. In 1967, Ben and his family moved to the Clear Lake/Bay Area where he was involved in the US Space Program until his retirement from United Space Alliance in 2004. In 2009, Ben and Gloria moved to Sun City Texas in Georgetown where he was able to enjoy his long-time love of golf and the Texas Hill Country.

Ben is survived and mourned by Gloria, his wife of 49 years. He is additionally survived by a son, Christopher Wells [wife, Mary (Hammond)], and grandchildren Austin, Hailey and Chloe of League City; by his daughter, Elizabeth Karleskind of Austin; and by a son, Harrison Wells [wife, Alicia (Richards)] and grandchildren Aris and Ella of Fort Worth. He will be greatly missed.


Gene Fritts, DHS Graduate

Gene Fritts, lifelong resident of the Texoma area died June 2, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center.

He was born on June 9, 1934 to Lola and Austin Fritts in Denison. He served two years in the Air Force in Japan. On his return home, he joined the family business of concrete work. The Fritts family is known for their quality concrete work. Later, he moved from Denison to the lake area, then to Colbert, Okla. to live on a ranch. He owned a pawn shop and variety store in Colbert.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Norma Worthington.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Sherry Fritts of Conifer, Colo.; son, Sonny Fritts; brother, Ray Fritts and wife Kay; nieces Brenda Stewart, Debbie Ritchie; nephew, Toby and their families; cousins and aunt, Dortha Fritts, who has been a loving substitute mother for us all.



Sammy D. Brown, DHS Class off 1953

Sammy D. Brown passed from this life into the arms of his Savior and family on Friday, May 25, 2012.

Sammy was born on July 28, 1935 at Hagerman to Winston and Flossie Gibbons Brown, the youngest of three children. He attended school at Willow Springs, Layne, and Denison High School, graduating in 1953. He graduated in 1958 from Southeastern University in Durant. Sammy married Janice Rawlings on May 2, 1957 in Denison.

In 1959 he was hired as a State Game Warden for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He received his training at Texas A&M at College Station. Upon his graduation, he was appointed to Grayson County and the Texas side of Lake Texoma. he worked this position for 35 years, retiring in 1993. He also served 10 years in the Army Reserves, attaining the grade of MSgt.

After retirement, he enjoyed time with his family, the farm and cattle, and establishing a beautiful flower garden.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice; his son, Michael D. of Sherman; his three grandchildren, who are his pride and joy, Matthew, Marcus and Mandi Brown. He is also survived by his brother, Melvin Brown and his partner, Helen Burton of Denison; his sister, Tillie Grisham and her husband, Wilburn of Sherman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, grandparents, and mother-in-law, Daphne McDanniel.


Tara Mitchell, DHS Graduate

God called home his precious angel, Tara Denise Mitchell, at the young age of 32, Friday, May 10, 2013 at her home in Denison.

Tara was born Aug. 30, 1980 in Denison, the daughter of Dennis Jones and Janna Lynn Alexander. She attended and graduated from Denison High School where she was a Stingerette for the drill team. After High School Tara attended Grayson County College where she played proudly on the Vikings volleyball team. Later she attended Barbizon School of Modeling. Her pride and joy were her two beautiful sons, Blayn and Peyton, who she loved deeply. Tara will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tara is survived by her beloved family, sons, Blayn Hubert and Peyton Hubert both of Denison; father, Dennis Jones of Sherman; mother, Janna Alexander of Denison; brother, Andrew Alexander of Denison; grandfather, Billy Mitchell of Denison; great-grandmother, Fern Oswalt of Denison; uncle, Scott Mitchell of Denison; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Dana Spencer Niec, DHS Class of 1959

Dana Spencer Niec, age 71, went home to be with Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center.

Mrs. Niec was born April 4, 1941 in Brownwood, Texas the daughter of Dan and Jean (Stevens) Spencer. She grew up in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1959 and attended Arkansas University.

Dana worked for Continental Airlines and Presidents Health Spa in Dallas before retiring. She loved gardening, decorating, her family and her sweet little dog Truffles. Dana was a loving mother, grandmother and daughter.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Mrs. Niec is survived by her loving family, mother, Jean Spencer of Denison, TX, daughters, Mishelle Thrasher of Richardson, TX and Kalae Cearley of Port St. Joe, FL, three grandchildren, Britain Cearly, John Thrasher and Leah Thrasher, one great grandson, Zaelyn Patterson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dan Spencer. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Carl Bilderback officiating.


Arby Francis Bryant, DHS Graduate

Arby Francis Bryant, 80, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ.

Arby was born July 15, 1931 in Ector to the late Raymond and Lorene (Campbell) Lorance. She graduated from Denison High school and lived in Richardson several years where she worked as a receptionist at Caldwell Banker. In retirement Mrs. Bryant relocated to Sherman. Arby loved traveling. Switzerland was her favorite place, but she showed equal enthusiasm for a drive out to Lake Texoma or an afternoon trip just riding and looking at the blue bonnets. She was blessed with good friends, great neighbors, and compassionate caregivers. Mrs. Bryant listened each week to the radio broadcast of the First Baptist Church of Sherman, and it gave her children great happiness to see her grow close to the Lord in the last few years.

Mrs. Bryant is survived by two daughters, Debra Gerard of Carrollton and Beverly Jackson of Pahoa, Hawaii; four grandchildren, including Tracy Bryant of Denison; eight great-grandchildren; and one cousin, Lena Brooks of Denison.


Robert (Bob) Gaines, DHS Class of 1959

Robert Wilson Gaines, age 72, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012 at his home. Mr. Gaines is survived by his family, son, Christopher Lee Gaines of Virginia and daughter, Julie Ann Wiliams of Florida, two grandchildren, brother, Jim Gaines and wife, Sharon of Houston, TX and sister-in-law, Gail Gaines of Pottsboro.


Wesley R. Baker, DHS Class of 1978

Wesley R. Baker, DVM (Surgeon), 52, entered into eternal life Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Mr. Baker was born October 18, 1959 in Spangdahlem, Germany the son of Albert C. and Vivian L. Baker. Wesley graduated from Denison High School Class of 1978. For the next six years he proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Later he earned his doctorate degree in veterinarian medicine at Oklahoma State University. He practiced several years in Oregon and Arizona

Mr. Baker is survived by his beloved family, mother, Vivian L. Baker of Denison, Texas, sister, Deborah Judd of Sherman, Texas, nieces, Jamie Reece and husband, Jason of Houston, Texas and Julie Prater and husband, Luke of Dallas, Texas, nephew, Joe Judd and wife, Ashley of McKinney, Texas and their families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert C. Baker, brother-in-law, Steven Judd and uncle, Robert Birchfield.


Gary Dale Bergquist, DHS Graduate

Gary Dale Bergquist, 60, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in the presence of his adoring family. Two weeks prior, he was surprisingly diagnosed with aggressive cancer which took his life a short time later.

Gary was born and raised in Denison. He and his family were converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in his youth, a decision which shaped his and countless other lives. Gary served an honorable full-time mission in the Brazil South Mission. Gary returned and met his sweetheart Lenore Richardson. They were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in 1975. Gary attended advanced schools of his choice, receiving many degrees, and awards. Gary enlisted in the United States Army and began a career as a Russian Communications Analyst.

He is the proud father of six children, Jared, Aaron, Miriam, Charity, Rachael and Rebekah.

Gary was a graduate of Denison High School and was a fighting Denison Yellow Jacket. Gary was predeceased by his father, Stanley David Bergquist.

He is survived by his mother, Marguerite and her husband James Stanley Lynch of Denison; brothers, David Bergquist and wife Cindy of Cedar Hill, and Karl Bergquist and wife Cindi of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Judith Ann Foster and husband, Glen of Denison, Linda Bennet and husband, Murray of Bryan, Texas.



Lanny Ross Bretches, DHS Graduate

LANNY ROSS BRETCHES 75, died unexpectedly on March 8, 2012, in Houston, Texas. Lanny was born May 21, 1936, in Jay, Oklahoma to Dave Price Bretches and Otis O. Bretches. He attended school in Locust Grove, Oklahoma and finished in Denison, Texas where he was an outstanding student and athlete. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of '58, where he majored in Petroleum Engineering. After Graduation, he was commissioned as an officer and served honorably in the United States Army. Lanny worked as a Petroleum Engineer for Atlantic Refining Company (ARCO) and Noble Drilling Corporation until retirement. He was also an active grandfather, worked with the Helping Hearts organization, cattle rancher, and a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sally; son, Randy; son, Clay and his wife, Amber and their children, Lamar, Porter and Bennett; sister, Beverly Arnold and husband, Ben; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bretches and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.


Eloise Lawhon Beckham, DHS 1939 Graduate

Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Eloise Lawhon Beckham Smith, passed peacefully into Heaven Sunday, January 8, 2012. We will miss her quick wit, laughter and love. She was born March 4, 1917 to Farris R. and Myrtle Morgan Lawhon. Her three older brothers, Paul, Lester, and Elwin preceded her in death.

After graduating from Denison High School in 1934, she attended business school and worked in Babcock Brothers Office Supply's home office in Denison until 1940. From 1941 -1954, Eloise was a stay-at-home mom. From 1954-1979, she was employed by Citizens National Bank of Denison. She worked in the proof department, as secretary to the bank president, and as a trust officer.

Robert (Bob) Sidney Beckham and Eloise Lawhon were married November 1939. They are survived by their children, Robert Beckham Jr. and wife Linda of Pearland, Linda Scott and husband John of Bells, Bryan Beckham and wife Pat of Bellevue, Neb., and former daughter-in-law Pam Beckham of Denison; grandchildren, Deb Beaver and husband Ted of Bells, David Scott and wife Amanda of Bells, Laura Scott of Arlington, Sydni Bamberg and husband Kyle of Albuquerque, N.M., Leigh Ann Erickson and husband Paul of Arlington, Bryan Beckham and wife Lisa of Pottsboro, Robert Beckham and wife Sarah of Omaha, Neb., Alex, Emily and Andrew Beckham of Bellevue, Neb., and 21 great-grandchildren.

Bob Beckham died in 1969. Eloise married Travis W. Smith in 1982. Travis and Eloise lived in Sacramento, Calif. for five years where they enjoyed being close to his sons, Ted and Ron Smith, and their families. Travis' daughter, Janet, and family live in Frisco. Travis and Eloise moved back to Denison in 1987. In 1989, they moved to Wesley Village in Denison, which became their comfortable home. Travis died in 2005.

Eloise was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church of Denison. She played the piano and organ for the church for many years. The family has happy memories of being very involved in the church as they grew up in that loving environment.

Rodney Earl Pirkle, DHS 1947 Graduate

Rodney Earl Pirkle passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012, in Wylie, Texas. He was born March 27, 1929, in Denison, Texas.

Rodney worked for the MKT/Union Pacific Railroad 42 years. He loved all sports, was an avid golfer, and was an active member of the Arlington Senior Men's Golf and Softball Association, and Hella Shrine Golfers.

His greatest love was spending time with family. Rodney was preceded in death by his son, Rodney Pirkle Jr.; father and mother, Wylie and Larie Pirkle; and brother, Wylie.

Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Rosemary, DHS Class of 1947; daughter, Darlene Berry and her husband, Jim; grandsons, Brian Berry and wife, Shelley, Steven Berry and wife, Katie; great-grandsons, Brady, Breck, Brooks and Logan; many nieces, nephews and friends.



Jerry Donald Harvey, DHS 1959 Graduate

Jerry Donald Harvey, a resident of Houston, Texas, passed away, at home on November 18, 2011, at the age of 70.

Jerry was born in Sherman on January 15, 1941. He graduated from Denison High School in l959 where he played football, was captain of the basketball team and served as Senior Class President. He attended Texas Tech University, graduated from North Texas University and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart, Danna Ruth Burns, the daughter of the late Daniel Bennett and Ruth Jennings Burns. Jerry and Danna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September.

Jerry was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1964. He worked for MKT Railroad and Burlington Northern Railroad. Jerry often spoke of the day his life changed on March 16, l969, when he accepted Christ as his Savior. This lead him to attend seminary and he directed a ministry called The Mustard Seed Jesus House in the Chicago area. For many years he worked for W.R. Grace and recently Chemtool.

Jerry is preceded in death by his brother, Richard Harvey, his father Marion Dain Harvey and his mother Margaret Harvey.

He is survived by his wife, Danna; his sister Carolyn Lilley and her husband Jerry; his brother Robert Michael Harvey and wife Karen. He is also survived by his children, Dr. Bryan Harvey, Dr. Benjamin Harvey and wife Dawn, Susan Rebecca Harvey, Abraham Harvey and wife Kara; his ten grandchildren, who fondly call him Papa, are Jacob, Emily, and Rachel Harvey, Jerry Bryan, Alexandra, and Keiler Harvey, Mary and John Carthew, Jonah and Lillian Harvey.

Joe Kenneth Cravens, DHS 1949 Graduate

Joe Kenneth Cravens, 79, passed away on November 3, 2011. He was born January 8, 1932, to James W. and Clara Cravens at the Cherry Mound settlement near Denison TX. He was a 1949 graduate of Denison High School and was a member of the winning Yellow Jacket football team of 1948. After serving proudly in the United States Marine Corps, Joe married his high school sweetheart, Joann Newland, on June 13, 1953.
Joe worked as an operating engineer at #2 power station of the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas for over forty years.

Survivors include his wife, Joann; daughter, Jeannette Stafford of Nederland; and son, Joe II and his wife, Felicia, of Katy; six grandchildren, Tony Stafford, Jr. and his wife, Tiffany and Toby Tabor and her husband, Brian, all of Nederland, Hannah and Chelsea Cravens of Katy; Megan Davis and Lindsey Davis of Woodlands, California; and his three great-grandsons.
Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, George Cravens and Denver Cravens; his sisters, Agnes Campbell and Katherine Brown; by his daughter, Julie Davis.


Donald Lee Wright, DHS 1949 Graduate


 Donald Lee Wright, age 79, entered into eternal life Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center.
Mr. Wright was born June 28, 1932 in Denison, Texas the son of Robert Lee and Eliza Janette (Bess) Wright. He served his country proudly as an airman in the U. S. Navy. Donald married the love of his life, Betty Landers in Denison, Texas. Later he retired from Civil Service after 37 years. He loved the Lord and attended East Baptist Church. Donald was a kind and loving man who was known for his keen sense of humor and capacity to spread laughter to whomever he encountered. He was larger than life, and anyone who ever met him would attest to that. His passing will leave a void in so many lives, but his spirit will dwell in our hearts forever.


Mr. Wright is survived by his beloved family, wife, Betty Wright of Denison, TX, son, Gary Don Wright and wife, Kimberly of San Antonio, TX, daughter, Lana Wright Thomason and husband, Robbie of McKinney, TX and daughter, Donna Blankenship of Wichita, KS, grandchildren, Taylor Jo Blankenship, Alexa Rae Blankenship, Gage Dylan Thomason, Braden Lee Wright, Seth Ryan Thomason and Alexandra Caroline Wright and great-granddaughter, Rylie Jo Blankenship, sisters, Francis Lewis and husband, Gil of Denison, TX and Pat Hedgepath and husband, Cal of Arlington, TX. Donald was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Eliza Wright, brothers, Billy Jean Wright and Robert Arthur Wright and sisters, Juanita Patrick and Mary Martha Cox.


Anne Perdue Herrshcer, DHS 1954 Graduate

Anne Perdue Herrscher, passed away on October 11, 2011, in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by husband, family and friends after a 17-day battle with complications from gallstone pancreatitis. Her illness and death were sudden and unexpected; leaving a void with many loved ones that she had filled with her grace, charm and humor. Anne will be greatly missed. Anne was born on August 16, 1935 in Marlin Texas to the late Maude Carter and Raymond Leo Perdue, both of whose parents were early central Texas Settlers. Anne grew up attending schools in Marlin and Mart and graduated from Dennison High School. Anne attended her mother's alma mater, Mary Hardin Baylor, her freshman year, then transferred to Southern Methodist University ("SMU") where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958, and more importantly met the love of her life, Rick Herrscher.

Anne and Rick were married following her graduation in 1958 at SMU's Perkins Chapel, and made Dallas their home. Together they were blessed with two sons: Richard Forrest Herrscher M.D. and William Thomas Herrscher, Esq., who survive her, along with Richard's wife Christy Barttlet and their children Alexis 18, Grayson 14, and Matthew 13, and William's wife the Rev. Leslie Herrscher, and children William Otto 14, J.T. 11, John Douglas, age 2, and Hannah Sophia, age 3 months. She is also survived by her three beloved sisters Lilah Perdue Smedley of Waco Texas, Bobbye Perdue Bell and husband Jack of Dallas, Texas, and Ilda Perdue Williams and husband Jim of Orlando Florida. In addition, she is survived by brother-in-law Barton Herrscher and wife Stephanie, and nieces and nephews, Howard Smedley Jr., Anne Smedley Rue, Jane Smedley Hart, David Smedley, Susan Bell Bullock, Mary Anne Bell Burgher, Bart Williams, Nancy Williams Schultheis, Betsy Williams VanScoter, Roger Barton Herrscher, Stephanie Herrscher Wheeler, Brenda Herrscher Hittmire, Russell Herrscher, their spouses and Tom Smedley Monet Herrscher, and Brandon Herrscher.

Anne was a caring mother, joyful wife, loving grandmother, active church member, prayer warrior, charity worker, and accomplished business professional. She worked as a teacher, mother and then executive director of Old City Park. Anne earned her Executive MBA from SMU in 1986 and retired in 1996 as a senior philanthropy officer from the Meadows Foundation. Trusted and respected, Anne held board positions with the HPPC Foundation, Dallas Woman's Club, the SMU Annette Simmons School of Education, SMU Alumni Board and Presbyterian Hospital. She made large contributions of her talent and time to Dallas Junior League, Dallas Garden Club, Dallas Historical Society and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She later worked as philanthropy consultant for the Hillcrest Foundation who honored her in 2005 with a donation in her name to SMU for education in servant leadership and learning differences. Although she loved Dallas and her friends, she also loved staying at their EngleHause on Lake Athens, where she would garden, decorate, write poetry and be at peace in the woods. She passes on, leaving us with wonderful memories and gifts of her presence.


Richard Michael Potter, DHS 1973 Graduate

Our beloved Son, Brother, Uncle, and Friend, Richard Michael Potter, 56, slipped peacefully into the arms of his heavenly father Jesus, Saturday, September 10, 2011, during his short stay at Heritage Gardens Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Carrollton, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held to honor his life Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7 p.m., at Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 West Woodard Street, Denison Texas, with Dr. Chet Haney officiating.

Rick was born in Heidelberg, Germany on June 8, 1955. He was preceded in death by his adopted Mother Hilda Potter of Denison, Texas and his birth Mother Irmgard Walter of Heidelberg, Germany who passed away on July 10, 2011.

As a child growing up in Denison, Texas, Rick attended Parkside Baptist Church from the age of 5 until he moved to Gainesville, Texas. Rick held a perfect attendance record for 14 consecutive years at Parkside.

Rick graduated from Denison High School in 1973 and continued his education at Grayson County College to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and graduation in 1974. Rick's love for nursing started at Madonna Hospital as an orderly in Denison, Texas. Rick worked in a variety of medical facilities in places such as the State School in Gainesville, Texas, the Louisiana State Prison in Angola, Louisiana and the Dallas County Jail in Dallas, Texas. He continued his nursing education at Tarrant County Junior College in Nursing Home Administration.

Rick worked as a nurse in the Vocational Counseling & Rehabilitation Services in St. Louis, Mo. He also worked in Boca Raton, Florida and Savoy Nursing Home, Savoy, Texas. Rick did a lot of private duty nursing for many of his friends. Rick loved landscaping where he worked in Dallas, Texas for many years. Rick also loved to travel, collect match box cars and antiques. Rick touched many lives during his short life and he will be missed greatly.

In 2007, Rick was reunited by telephone with his birth Mother Irmgard Walter and found out about his eight brothers and sisters and his huge extended family in Germany. Shortly after the telephone reunion with his birth mother, he flew to Heidelberg, Germany and was reunited with his mom and met his brothers and sisters for the first time. Each of Rick's brothers and sisters loved him and accepted him with open arms. Rick made several more trips to Heidelberg to get to know more about his family and German heritage.

Richard is survived by his adopted Father Jesse C. Potter Jr., his sister Linda Thomas, her husband Charley Thomas, all of Denison, Texas, his niece Allison Lee-Anne Essin, her husband Sam Essin and their daughters, Ella Grace, Kimber Faith and Logann Hope of Sherman, Texas, and Linda's Sister Angie Dennis of Pittsburg, Kansas.

Rick is survived by his brothers, Thomas, Udo Helmut, and Heiner Zimmerman, his sisters, Angelika (Geli) Wind, Dorle Gand, Engrid Zimmerman, and Rosie Fischer, Aunts Hannelor Hildebrand, and Renada, and his Uncle Dieter all residing in Heidelberg, Germany.

Rick is also survived by his Aunt Christa Murgida in Beverly, Massachusetts, Aunt Irene in North Carolina, Aunt Jessie Mae and Uncle Bob in South Carolina and Aunt Carline in Georgia. There are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in both the United States and Germany.


Charles Ray Chumley (1936-2011)

Charles Ray Chumley, age 75, entered into eternal life Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Mr. Chumley was born February 5, 1936 in Denison, Texas the son of Richard and Hazel (Green) Chumley. Charles graduated from Terrell High School. He married the love of his life, Vernetta Harian August 31, 1960 in Denison, Texas. He served his country proudly in the U. S. Army. Charles later retired from the Katy/ Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor after 30 years of service. He never met a stranger, had a wonderful personality and a big smile. Charles was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be greatly missed but will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Chumley is survived by his beloved family, wife of 51 years, Vernetta Chumley of Denison, TX., children, Janice Patten, Carolyn Harian, Gwendolyn Thomas and Jackie Don Chumley, grandchildren, Jamillah Brown, Christe (Marcus) Allen and Mignon Phradichith, great-grandchildren, Ethan Allen, Alahni Phradichith and Kingston Phradichith, siblings, Lillian Allen, Lola Johnson, Brenda Carlisle, Ernest (Nora Jean) Chumley and Hosea (Belinda) Chumley, Godchildren, Latonya Ross, Kylan Ross and Kamery Ross, lifetime friends, Robert L. Goins and Hubert Pressley.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard "Sonny" Chumley.


Dresean "D.J." Jones (1992-2011)

 Former Denison High football star D.J. Jones, 19, died Friday, August 5, 2011 morning in Cartwright.

D.J. was a four-star recruit as the 48th ranked player in the state and 27th ranked running back in the country for the Class of 2010. He was committed to Texas A&M University and also had offers from several other major programs including Florida, Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas. In his senior season at Denison High School, D.J. ran for 2,257 yards and 30 touchdowns on 268 carries and caught 30 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns as Denison went 13-2 and reached the state semifinals. He was a second team all-state selection after earning first team all-state honors as a junior, when he ran for a school record 2,646 yards and finished with 39 total touchdowns, 35 of them rushing. D.J. graduated as the school's all-time leading rusher with 5,518 yards and second in rushing touchdowns with a total 68. He had (28) 100-yard games, which is also a Jackets record. He also holds Denison single-game records for yards rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and points, after his 434-yard eight TD (seven rushing) performance.

D.J. was born on Aug. 1, 1992 in Denison. He leaves to cherish his memories are: parents; Ramon and La Tonya Walker of Denison, and Leo Jones Jr. of Sherman; sisters, Taylor Bogan Jones, Candice Walker, Montasia Jones, Mercedes Jones and Bre'Andrea Jones; brothers, Ramond Walker Jr., De'Anthony Phillips and Jace Andrews Jones; grandparents, Rev. Jimmy and Barbara Bogan of Denison, Robert and Glenda Hunter of Sherman, Granville and Marie Walker of Denison, and Leo Jones Sr. of Van Alystne; great-grandparents; Anna L. Waddles of Denison, and Marcalee Sims of Sherman; special uncle, Jimmy Bogan III of Denison. He also has many uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives, and friends who all loved and will miss him dearly.


Kevin Potts (1960-2011)

Kevin Gerrard Potts, 51, entered into eternal life Sunday, August 7, 2011 at his home.

Mr. Potts was born April 18, 1960 the son of Roscoe and Gertrude (Potts) Morrison. He graduated from Denison High School. Kevin was well rounded and skilled to do unique work with his hands, specializing in home craftsman improvements. He was always willing to help others in the community, no matter what the task was, and he did it with joy.

He enjoyed watching football, listening to old music and being with family. Kevin was employed with Tyson Foods as a machine operator. He loved the Lord and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Kevin was a loving son, father, grandfather and brother. He will continue to live on in the hearts of family friends.

Kevin is survived by his beloved family: parents, Roscoe and Gertrude Potts Morrison of Denison, Texas; son, Kent McCullum and wife, Ashley of Denison; daughters, Tonya Brigham of Houston, Texas and Shanay Stewart of Houston; seven grandchildren; brothers, Stevie Potts and wife, Elisabeth of Pittsburg, Calif., Bruce Holmes of Dallas, Texas and Tonien Hudson of McKinney, Texas; sisters, Monica Stewart and husband, Jesse of Denison, Janice Holmes and husband, Sam of Tulsa, Okla. and Cynthia Brownlow and husband, Earl of Sherman; aunts, Sellestine Kimbrough and husband, Larry of Abilene, Texas, Imogene Shaw of Denison, T.J. McNealy of Denison and Nettie Morrison of Allensworth, California; uncles, Finus Ray Potts and Harold Morrison both of Sherman; special friend, Linda Stewart of Denison; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Randell and Earnestine Bell Potts and Quincy and Okada Morrison and infant brother, Clanton Morrison.

Molly Jo Kelly Crook (1921-2011)

Molly Kelly Crook, 89, passed from this life on August 5, 2011 in Denison, Texas.

Molly was born on November 2, 1921 to Joe Clarance and Della LaVerna Ryon in Whitewright, Texas. She graduated from Denison High School in 1940 and continued her education at Austin College and Grayson County College. She was a retired chemist from the Safeway Plant in Denison and was a Realtor. She was life long member of Calvary Baptist Church in Denison.

Molly was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters, Arthur Lee Kelly, C.L. Kelly, Nora Mae Johnson, Gladys Jackson, Lucille Bailey and Juanita Wright. She is survived by her nieces and nephews. Her caregiver for several years was Genette Wheeler, niece of Denison, Texas.


Rosann Blackwell (1941-2011)

Rosann Blackwell, 70-year-old Denison resident, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Texoma Specialty Care.

Miss Blackwell was born on April 3, 1941 in Fort Worth Texas, daughter of Guy and Jennie Lee Looper Blackwell. She graduated from Denison High School.

Surviving is her cousin, Mrs. Fayden Douglas "Doll" Linderman Watson, formerly of Denison, and now of San Antonio, Texas.


Peggy Jane (Burden) Cunningham (1934-2011)

Jane Cunningham passed away August 3, 2011 at Denison Manor nursing home. She was born August 6, 1934 in Denison, to Edna Mires Burden and William M. Burden, the 11th child of 13. She attended Golden Rule School, Denison High School and loved to talk and laugh. One of her great pleasures in life was enjoying all children.

In 1956, Jane married Jack Griffith Cunningham and the couple had three children. Their married life was spent in California and Texas.

Janie is survived by daughters, Linda Zinke, Lori Allen and husband, Aaron Allen and son, Steve Cunningham; sisters, Betty Frisbie, Doris Holloway, Annette Wagener; brothers, Gordon, Don and Richard Burden; grandchildren, Jacob Zinke, Brian Zinke, Monica Bolton Whaley and husband, Cody Whaley, Ben Bolton, Brooke Bolton, Tori Allen; great-grandson, Wyatt Whaley; brother-in-law, Jesse Wagener; sisters-in-law, Mayna, Pat, Donna and Josephine Burden (a very special friend) and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jack; sisters, Mary Evelyn, Billie June and Dorothy Nell; brothers, Bobby, Jack and James Burden.


Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Smith (1956-2011)

A memorial for Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Smith who passed away suddenly July 30, 2011 will be held Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. at Red River Cowboy Church Hwy. 691 in Denison. Kenny was born in Denison on August 28, 1956 to William Kenneth and Mildred Higgins Smith. He attended schools in Denison starting first grade at Golden Rule before the family moved east of Denison. He then attended Lamar, McDaniel Junior High and graduated from Denison High School in 1974.

Kenny started his working career as a teenager cutting, baling, hauling hay. During high school he worked at Vest Brothers Grocery in the meat market. After high school he began his life long career in welding, working mostly on power plants and pipelines. He once said he had worked in every state in the United States except Hawaii. He even worked some in Jamaica. When he wasn't working he enjoyed watching the History of Discovery channel on TV or hanging out with his four legged "kids", Buddy, Levi and Moomoo (who will probably miss him the most).

Kenny is survived by his spouse Zelta of Denison, sons Tommy Smith of Durant, Timmy Smith of Seven Points, Texas; and daughter Tammy Smith of Seven Points, Texas. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Laci Smith of Gainesville, Texas, Destinee Smith, Taylor Smith and Gracie Smith all of Denison, Brandon Smith and Kailee Smith of Durant and great-grandson Isaiah Lopez of Gainesville. He also leaves behind his dad, Kenneth of Denison, sister's, Audra Burnett and husband Kurt of Denison, and Nancy Smith and husband Jerry of Pottsboro, nephew Austin Burnett, niece Macey Smith Watson and husband Bryon, great-niece Allison Watson.

He was preceded in death by his mom in April 1993.


Jerry Van Rushing (1947-2011)

Jerry Van Rushing, 64 yrs old, resident of Midlothian, passed away on July 23, 2011 peacefully surrounded by his children and friends at his home due to complications from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis otherwise known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Jerry was born on March 7, 1947 in Denison to his parents Alvie Roscoe Rushing and Ethel Beaula Rushing. Jerry went to work as a young adult at the Denison Cotton Mill with his family and was a graduate of Denison High School. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy joining on July 7, 1965 during the Vietnam Conflict as a "plank owner" serving as the original crew of the United States Aircraft Carrier Enterprise CVAN 65; at the time, the largest nuclear powered aircraft carrier on planet Earth. Jerry served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise during several missions including the extraction of numerous United States Marines during the siege of Khe Sanh. Jerry was a 3rd Class Petty Officer. He also served aboard the U.S.S Durham LKA 114. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Jerry returned to Denison and attended Grayson County Community College. He went to work for Johnson & Johnson in Denison and eventually, due to a higher calling for serving others, joined the Denison Fire Department and eventually the Dallas Fire Department.

Jerry was hired by the Dallas Fire Department in October of 1975 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He was up front during most every fire and was more concerned about the safety and well-being of his crew, than he was about his own safety. Jerry worked 24 hour shifts at the Dallas Fire Department and would them come home and paint houses on most of the days he was not fighting fire, to support his children. Jerry retired from the Dallas Fire Department in October of 2005 from Fire Station number 57.

After retirement, Jerry bought a Harley Davidson "Fat Boy" motorcycle and joined the Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club, Dallas Chapter number 8 serving as Vice-President. He traveled all across the United States with his beloved motorcycle club members having the time of his life.

Jerry was a vehement believer in his savior Jesus Christ and almighty father God. Because of his faith in Jesus, Jerry always felt compelled to give and did give to numerous organizations, from injured veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to Breast Cancer Awareness.


Kimberly Dawn Rosenow (1973-2011)

Kimberly Dawn Rosenow, 38, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center.

Kimberly was born on June 27, 1973 to Francis Dean and Margaret Gill Rosenow in Aurora, Illinois. Graduated from Denison High School in 1991 and went to Grayson County College. She worked for several restaurants in the DFW area and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are her family mother and step-father Margaret and Jerry Huckeba of Palestine, Texas; sons Evan Blake Rosenow of Denison, Parker Allen Raley of Denison; daughter Ambriehl Elizabeth Raley of Denison; sisters Stacey Lynn Beam of Van Alstyne; grandchildren Peyton Michelle Rosenow; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by her father; brother Robert Allen Gatley.

Jerry Foster Orr (1937-2011)

Jerry Foster Orr, 73, a dignified resident of Ravenna, Texas passed away at his home July 17, 2011.

Jerry was born Nov. 6, 1937 to Azel and William "Frank" Orr and grew up in Denison with his two sisters, attending Waples Memorial Methodist Church. In 1956, he graduated from Denison High School and later joined the U.S. Army. While in the service, he met Dorothy Walker, the "love of his life", and married in Pirmasens while both were stationed in Germany. On his immediate return from the service, he became employed with IBM in Sherman. Their first home was in Denison followed by several years in Georgetown and in retirement, they moved to Ravenna.

Jerry's life exemplified that of a true Texan; loyal, honest and hardworking with a strong sense of pride for family, home and country - ultimately making the world a better place for those he loved. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Masonic Lodge. In his retirement, he devoted his energy to his herd of beautiful cattle and belonged to the Beefmaster Breeder's United Association. Jerry's tender heart also rescued his dog, Annie, who will certainly miss riding with him.

Jerry is survived by his wife Dorothy of 52 years, daughter Suzanne O'Maley and her husband Jeff of Houston, daughter Becky Schroeder of Buda; four grandchildren, Casey and Jackson O'Maley and Blake and Brady Schroeder; two sisters, Kay Beggs of Friendswood and Sandy Boswell of California; a nephew Matt Beggs and a niece, Sheleigh Beggs.

Barry Don Nelson (1969-2011)

Barry Don Nelson, age 42, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center.
Mr. Nelson was born May 16, 1969 in Denison, Texas the son of Ray Don and Linda Kay (Harbour) Nelson. In 1988, he graduated from Denison High School where he was an honor roll student and enjoyed history. He also enjoyed listening to country music, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers play. Out of high school he worked for J. B. Sims for ten years in maintenance and later painting and odd and ends job. Barry was a very good hearted person, and a wonderful and caring son, brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Nelson is survived by his beloved family, mother, Linda Nelson of Denison, Texas, sister, Renae Durrett of Mansville, Texas, niece, Magan Grantland and great niece, Chloe Carpenter both of Mansville, Texas, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Barry was preceded in death by his father, Ray Don Nelson, grandparents, Wanda and Don Nelson and Ruby and Woody Harbour.


Eddy G. Nicholson, DHS 1956 Graduate

The world of art and furniture collecting lost one of its most colorful players June 16 when former Denisonian, Eddy G. Nicholson, 72, died in West Lake Village, CA.

The 1956 Denison High School graduate began collecting early American artifacts in the early 1980s. That’s the year that on Feb. 1 he was named president and chief operating officer of Congoleum Corporation, a publicly traded conglomerate involved in ship building and floor covering that was based in Portsmouth, N.H.

The company had just suffered a $10.7 million loss in 1974 when inflation skyrocketed. So when Nicholson joined the firm, his job was cut out for him. His priorities at Congoleum were clear. He wanted to clean up the corporate balance sheet and install financial and operating discipline.

By 1982 he had accomplished both missions.

Two years earlier, he and a fellow executive, Byron C. Radaker, the largest shareholders, took the company private in a $580 million buyout backed by investors, the first and largest of its kind at that time. Six years later the two dismantled Congoleum and sold its subsidiaries for a reported $850 million. After the sale he was quoted as saying he had no regrets about the sale, adding that there is “always a time to buy: and “always a time to sell.”

However he admitted that there were “always mixed feelings” as he reflected on the “wonderful team of employees” that he and Radaker had put together. Nicholson was living in New Hampshire at the time and was rocking the market for Americana by paying astronomical prices for art and antiques bought for his 1845 Federal-style farmhouse in Hampton.

When the majority of his collection was shipped to Christie’s in New York to be auctioned, after he planned a move to California, the two-day sale of 630 items brought up to $14 million with as much as $9 million from the American decorative arts. Nicholson first focused on buying paintings, then later switched to furniture. At a Christie’s sale in 1986, he paid $1 million for a Philadelphia tea table, an auction record for Americana.

Later that year after he and his partner sold Congoleum’s Bath Iron Works for $850 million, he acquired a Philadelphia wing chair with carved claw-and-ball feet for $1.1 million, raising the record for American furniture. Before that sale ended, he had purchased a Boston bombe chest of drawers for $660,000 and a 17th century Massachusetts wainscot chair for $528,000, two more record figures.

Over the next six months he continued on his buying spree and capped off the season by buying Jean-Antoine Houdon’s famous bust of Thomas Jefferson for $2.9 million, the most ever paid at auction for a pre-20th century sculpture at that time.

A death notice in the New York Times bylined by Paul Vitello reported that Nicholson would sit with his auction paddle and do all the bidding himself rather than have a surrogate bid by telephone. “If he wanted something,” he was quoted as saying, “nothing could stop him.”

In 1986 at a Sotheby’s Auction, an earlobe tug drove the cost of the Chippendale wing chair he purchased to $1.1 million, then a record for American furniture. Eddie’s parents were Voy and Doris Nicholson who lived at 505 West Hanna. In an 1981 interview in The Denison Herald while he was in Denison visiting his parents, he said that success “depends on how one is raised. My parents have a special talent,” adding that he and his brothers and sister learned respect in the home and at school.”

He was one of five children whose father worked for Levi-Straus in Denison. After graduating from Denison High School, he went to Harding College in Arkansas, then a year and a half later came back to Southeastern in Durant before receiving his business administration degree from Memphis State University. In 1955 while a student at DHS, Eddie was named the outstanding representative from some 250 boys in the House of the Hi-Y Model Legislature in Austin.

He was married in Little Rock to Linda Bennett and they had three children, Kevin, Dee Dee and Steve. He also had four grandchildren and three brothers and one sister. He was quoted in the Herald article as saying “Whatever it is (that makes a person successful), causes some children to be the best at what they do, is be prepared adequately. It also takes good fortune.”

Nicholson said that others in his peer group had the same amount of training that he had, but he had good fortune and was in the right place at the right time.” In another interview in the Herald in 1986, Nicholson was asked about the spark for his interest in collecting antique furniture. He calmly replied, “Everyone starts collecting sometime in their life,” whether it be baseball cards or whatever. Some of us just take it beyond.”

Nicholson traveled many miles in his successful climb in the business world. He worked hard, and played hard, and there is no doubt that he made his mark in business and on the world of art collecting.


Terra Dyer (1958-2011)

Terra Dyer passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 15, 2011 in her home at Lake Texoma, Texas. Born March 3, 1958 in Wichita Falls, Texas, Terra was the daughter of Robert E. and Lavada "Peggy" Grace Early. Terra graduated from Denison High School in 1976 and went on to obtain her Associates Degree in Nursing in 1978, which led her down a path that Terra was passionate about. She cared for hundreds of people throughout our country. Terra had a special interest in neonatal and pediatric care as well as adult psychiatric. By looking at her eyes in the photo, one can see the nature of her soul, which was of compassion and kindness.

Terra married Kenneth Dyer June 2, 1979 and raised two children, Patrick and Deanna. Two children that would bring out the love and pride in Terra, two children that would grow up to be successful as Patrick is an urban school teacher in a disadvantaged area of Oakland, California with a special talent for at risk children, while Deanna, a recent graduate of UC Hastings School of Law, is a human rights attorney with a focus on violence against women and women's issues in San Francisco, California. There is no doubt that Terra is now smiling down on her two children that she considered her blessings in life.

Terra's personality alone will be remembered amongst family and friends. Her laughter will be heard in the memory of family and friends, as it was one of those infectious laughs that we do not soon forget. Her quick wittedness was a rare talent and when she spoke, people listened, as it was sure to be funny and make you laugh. One of Terra's greatest joys in the world was to watch the sunset over the water. She made it a daily routine to catch the sun going down once she moved to California and lived on the coast. Terra marveled at nature and its beauty in all forms.

Terra is predeceased by her parents, Robert and Lavada Early. She is survived by her two children, Patrick and Deanna Dyer as well as countless friends and family members.

It is with the knowledge of what Terra would have wanted that the family will enable Terra's ashes to be set free in Monterey Bay at the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Terra will go with the wind and soar with the eagles to go wherever she wants to be at anytime. Being a child of the 1970s and one of peaceful nature and free spirit initiative, it is only fitting that Terra is set free in this manner.

Britton W. Swain Jr. (1930-2011)

Britton W. Swain Jr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2011 surrounded by his family in Denison.
Britt was born September 16, 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Britton W. Swain Sr. and Pauline Shields Swain. He and his family moved to Denison in 1945 where he graduated from Denison High School in 1948. After high school, he attended Rice University on a football scholarship, but after a short time at Rice was called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in support of the Korean War.

On February 19, 1951, Britt married Patsy Diane Shelton Swain. Britt and Patsy recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have three children: Reid Shelton Swain (wife Shirley Swain) of Houston, Ann Swain of Frisco and Britton "Trey" W. Swain III (wife Lisa Swain) of McKinney. Reid, Ann and Trey all graduated from Denison High School. Britt "Da" is also survived by 6 grandchildren (Tyler Shelton Swain, Morgan Elizabeth Swain, Emily Leann Swain, Micaella Ann Swain, Kimberly Ann Munson and James Allen Knierim. He was also a proud great-grand parent of 4 and is survived by many close cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family. Britt was preceded in death by his parents, older brother George William Swain, and sisters Juanita Swain David and Betty Jo Swain Wilson .

After Britt's time in the service, he spent four years with the Frisco RR in Springfield, MO. before coming home to Denison where he worked for the Katy RR while attending Southeastern State College. After graduation, he became the first paid executive of the Lake Texoma Association while also serving as the assistant manager of the Denison Chamber of Commerce. In 1965, Britt opened Armadillo Village north of Denison and operated it until it closed in 1975. He joined Bayless Insurance agency in 1974 and was associated with them until his retirement in 1997.

Britt was very proud of his Denison heritage (as evidenced by owning the same Yellow Jacket seats at Munson stadium for over 65 years) and served his community throughout his life with enthusiasm and passion. In 1972, he very successfully served as the General Chairman of the Denison Centennial Celebrations. The event is fondly remembered by many and he remained proud of the citizen's spirit of cooperation, involvement and love of Denison. Britt also held many offices in the Chamber of Commerce, including as a founding Gold Coat member, and chaired many important committees over the years. He served on the Denison School Board from 1972 through 1978 and was President of the Rotary Club he belonged to for over 30 years. He was awarded the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship and, in 1982, he received the Rotary Club Civic Award recognizing his significant contributions. Britt also served on the Fairview Cemetery board for many years and served as President of the board on multiple occasions. While serving on the Cemetery board, he was instrumental in the building of the Chapel that stands today. The Cemetery was special to him and he boasted that the first Swain was buried there in 1907.

Britt's circle of Denison friends remained large and strong his whole life. His High School buddies Roy Jackson, Bobby Noe, Jack Hicks and Ben Harmon will serve as pallbearers along with friends Horace Groff, Ralph Jones, Jerdy Gary, J.R. Saxon, John Porter and Melvin Brown.

Brian Hicks (1957-2011)

William Brian Hicks, 53, passed away at his home Saturday, June 18, 2011.
Brian was born September 16, 1957 in Denison, the son of Lindell and Ruby Hicks. He was a graduate of Denison High School where he was a top student in metal shop. Brian went to work at Reedrill (Bucyrus) not long after graduation. He continued working there as one of their best machinist until his death. Brian enjoyed riding his Harley bike and fishing. He was funny and the life of the party. Brian's sense of humor made him loved by all who met him. Called "Tiger" by his dad, his friend's continued the nickname.

Brian is survived by his beloved family, mother, Ruby Moran and step-father, Sam Moran, sister, Jana Hicks Garner, niece, Callin Rosenow, nephew, Dalen Rosenow and great-nephew, Jaxon Hale as well as numerous friends and extended family. All of whom loved him dearly.

Brian was preceded in death by his father, Lindell Hicks, grandparents, Les and Reona Hicks, Alta Faye Skiles, Frank Bryan and brother-in-law, Steve Garner.


Rev. Billy Earl Creswell (1936-2011)

Rev. Billy Earl Creswell, 75, entered into eternal life Monday, June 13, 2011 at his home in Sherman.
Rev. Creswell was born April 29, 1936 in Ferris, the son of Rev. Earl Franklin Creswell and Estella (Thompson) Creswell. After graduating from Denison High School in 1954, Bill served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. After the Army, he received his ministerial degree in music from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.

Bill's call to the ministry took his family to Missouri, Texas, Florida and Indiana, where he served as full-time music minister. Bill was also an excellent carpenter, building many homes around Denison and the Dallas area. He was a true blessing and Christian example as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Bill's passion for being an example of Christ by his actions lead him to taking care of everyone elses' needs first before his own. He lived Col. 4:17, "see that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord." Such a kind and generous man, who never met a stranger, will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Rev. Creswell is survived by his beloved family: children, Mike Creswell of Arkansas, Debra Creswell Cantrell and husband Gary of Sherman, and Rev. Scott Creswell and wife Jennifer of Griffin, Ga.; grandchildren, Tai Bailey and husband David of Frisco, Taylor Phelan of Chicago, Ill., Tarrah Phelan of Lynchburg, Va.,. Chandler Creswell and Cheney Creswell both of Georgia, LaTosha Webb and Tiffany Webb of Arkansas; brother, Glen Creswell and wife Audrey and sister, Mary Helen Creswell all of Denison, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Earl and Estella Creswell and sister, Lois Collier.

Mary Coco-Larkin (1934-2011)

Mrs. Coco-Larkin, 76, passed away Thursday, June 9th, at the Legend Oaks Assisted Living Center in Houston. She had been battling several illnesses for many years, but always kept going and never wanting to give up, even through the most trying times.

Mary was born August 12, 1934 in Pottsboro, Texas to the late Lawrence and Nancy (Heironimus) Hall. She graduated from Denison High School on June 1, 1951. She was married to Stanley Leon Coco for 24 years before his passing in 1975. They had five children together. She volunteered with schools and churches for many years. Mrs. Coco-Larkin also worked in sales at JC Penny and later as an Administrative Assistant at Grayson County College, Nursing Department. Mary married Gene Larkin on October 10, 1998 in Sherman. She and Mr. Larkin were married until he passed away on March 2, 2011. Mary was a devout Christian and a faithful, longtime member of the North Park Baptist Church.
Mary loved to travel and to be with her family and friends. She would do anything for her family, even if it meant she would have to give up something herself, in order to help her children. After her first husband died, she continued to raise her five children, working a full time job and attending Grayson County College, obtaining her Associates Degree. Not only was she determined, independent and strong, she was also very caring and loving to all those who knew her. To her children, she is a remarkable woman who they will always enjoy the fond memories they shared with their mother. Her graceful approach to living had a profound impact on many. Mary's quiet, confident, caring style will be missed greatly by her loving children as well as family and friends. Those who knew her will miss her sparkling sense of humor and friendly smile.

Mrs. Coco-Larkin is survived by four sons, Dale Coco and his wife Sandy of Prescott, AZ, Miles Coco and wife Peggy of Houston, Rick Coco and wife Bonnie of Vero Beach, FL, and Chris Coco and wife Suzanne of Little Rock, AR; one daughter, Penny Coco-Boyd and husband David of Potomac, MD; one sister, Carolyn Simmons and husband Odis Simmons; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Jessie Dee (Harris) Fields (1925-2011)

Jessie Dee Harris Fields passed away Tuesday, June 7 in San Antonio at the home of her daughter, Ann and son-in-law, John. She was surrounded by her family and passed lovingly and peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom she faithfully worshiped.

Jessie was born Sep. 20, 1925 in Denison to James Edward Harris and Lily Mae Uptegrove. She graduated from Denison High School in 1944. Jessie married Howard Herrell Fields in Grayson County in 1947. Howard preceded Jessie in death on June 29, 1982. Jessie was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Randolph Jackson Harris. Jessie retired from General Telephone Company in 1983 after 19 1/2 years of service as an operator, service assistant, and instructor. Jessie was a member of Crutchfield Baptist Church, serving the church in many ways and held fond memories of her church family and the "HAPPY HEARTS" fellowships. She also attended Victory Baptist Church in Sherman and enjoyed their loving fellowship.

Jessie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and held special affection for her siblings, friends, and neighbors. One of Jessie's greatest pleasures was playing games with her family and friends, especially "42" and Yahtzee.

She is survived by her daughters; Linda Fields of San Antonio, Ann Chappuis and husband, John of San Antonio, Sheri Perkins and husband, Curtis of Whitesboro, and honorary daughter and neighbor, Mary Lou Green of Sherman. She is also survived by her sisters; Margie Ann Davis of Irving, and Carrie Marie Meyers of Etiwanda, Calif,; a brother, Billy Lewis Harris, address unknown, and sister-in-law, Margie Fields of Inverness, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews that were very dear to her. Jessie is also survived by grandchildren; Kelly Melvin and husband Mack of San Antonio, Jessica Hudson, and husband Jerry of Grand Bay, Ala., Jeffrey Chappuis and Stacy of Austin, Adam Chappuis and Holly of San Antonio, Stacy Orsburn and husband, Rick of Kingston, Okla., Amy Heinz and husband Mike, of San Antonio, and Carly Sisemore and husband Josh of Sherman. Her great-grandchildren are; Kayla Murray and husband, Anthony of Mobile, Ala., Spc "Max" Rodriguez, serving in the US Airborne currently stationed in Italy, Belle Hoover of San Antonio, Joey and Tanner Hudson of Grand Bay, Alabama, Kennedy and Delaney Boss of Plano, Haidyn and Elizabeth Heinz of San Antonio, Micah McDonald of Pottsboro, and Layla and Cooper Sisemore of Sherman.

Hugh R. Traweek Sr. (1938-2011)

Hugh R. Traweek Sr., 72, went to be with the Lord at Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ with all of his children by his side on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Mr. Traweek was born August 14, 1938 in Denison, to parents Lonnie Russell and Jessie Merle Stanberry Traweek, Sr. Hugh was a golfer, fisherman, and loved to camp with his family on special holidays. He was retired from Fisher Controls and had many special friends from Fisher. He loved the outdoors and gardening. His very special friend most of all was his little dog ""Mandy Lulu"". He was in the high school Touch of Gold class that played at the inaugural of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

Survivors are his sons Hugh Rennie Traweek, Jr. and wife Kym, Tracy Lee Traweek, Sr. and wife Vonda K. Pfeiffer, Darren Traweek and wife Teresa; daughters Katrina Nanny, Laura Barbour and husband Joey Barbour; sister Dorris Brackett; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
Preceded in by son Hugh Russell Traweek; brother Lonnie Russell Traweek, Jr., his father Lonnie Russell Traweek, Sr. and mother Merle Traweek.


Jeanna Sue Roesler (1936-2011)

Jeanna Sue Roesler, 75, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011 at her home in Denison, Texas.

Jeanna was born in Roberta, Oklahoma on March 23, 1936, the daughter of Garland Eugene Nix and Mary Sue Melton. She married Ludwig H. Roesler in Denison in July 1955 and he preceded her in death in 1987. She was of the Baptist faith; a graduate of Denison High School, class of 1955; was a Red Hat Lady; traveled 20 years with her husband in the Air Force; 21 year survivor of breast cancer; loved to travel, do crafts, paint and bowl.
She is survived by sons Tom Roesler of Denison, David Roesler of Denison, Ludwig E. Roesler and wife Susan of Viera, Florida; daughters Cindy Woods and husband Al of Ravenna, TX, Susan Arthur and husband Art of Denison, brother Erwin Nix and wife Judy of Calera, OK; grandchildren Heather Keener, Alicia George Austin, Tiffany Sullivan, Kathleen Roesler, Thomas Roesler, Michael Mitchell, Dorian Roesler, Damian Roesler, Andrea Roesler, Roberta Sparks, Keith Woods; great-grandchildren Christina Sparks, Samantha Sparks, Erica Sparks, Aden Keener, Daxon Keener, Makayla Sullivan and McKenzie Roesler.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ludwig H. Roesler, parents Garland and Mary Sue Roesler, brother Frank L. Nix and sister Betty Henson.

Roy Garcia Martinez Jr. (1948-2011)

Roy Garcia Martinez Jr., 62, entered into eternal life Thursday May 12, 2011 at his home in Denison.
Mr. Martinez was born Dec. 20, 1948 in Denison, the son of Roy Garcia and Margaret Nealdan (Mills) Martinez Sr. Roy graduated from Denison High School and Grayson County College. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. For 30 years he was a machinist at Texas Instruments. Roy enjoyed working on cars, cooking, and family gatherings. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. Roy will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Martinez is survived by his beloved family wife, Danna Martinez of Denison; children, Melissa Greenwood and husband James of Denison, Sheri Morris and husband David of McKinney, Roy Garcia Martinez III and wife Kay of McKinney, Steven Martinez of Little Rock, Ark., and Michael Brooks of Denison; grandchildren, Seth Greenwood, Zachary Greenwood, Ryan Greenwood, Michael Brooks, Jared Morris, Justin Morris, Tori Martinez and Sarah Martinez; sisters, Linda Delores "Dennir" Neal of Sherman, and Mary Margaret Harralson and husband Ken of Denison, and Shirley Reynolds of McKinney; brothers, John Lester Martinez of Denison, and Joseph Martinez and wife Shelly of El Paso; sister-in-law, Linda Martinez and numerous nieces and nephews.


Lucille Douglas (1921-2011)

Mrs. Douglas, 89, passed away Thursday, May 12 at the Homestead of Sherman.
Lucille was born May 16, 1921, in Denison to the late Walter and Gladys (Richardson) Boatright.

After graduating from Denison schools, she married Glen Douglas on July 1, 1944, in Denison. She and Mr. Douglas were married over 62 years when he passed away in October 2006. Lucille enjoyed cooking, sewing, and loved her animals and birds. She was a Baptist.

Mrs. Douglas is survived by one son, Charles Douglas of Sherman; one daughter, Linda Jones of Sherman; two grandsons, Jason and Ryan Douglas and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Arthur, Ivie, and Michael Boatright; and three sisters, Alice Conner, Eula Faye Foster, and Lena Boatright.

Carol Owens (1944-2011)

 Our beloved mother and meme Carol Elizabeth Owens, 66, went peacefully home to our Lord's arms, Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center.

Mrs. Owens was born May 25, 1944 in Parsons, Kansas the daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Proctor) Harkness. She graduated from Denison High School in 1962 and attended North Texas and Southeastern University. Carol married the love of her life, Eugene Owens August 16, 1963 in Denison. Carol was an excellent bookkeeper, for years she was the payroll clerk for Levi Strauss and financial secretary for First Baptist Church in Denison. Later she kept the books for the Exxon Station she and her husband operated. Carol enjoyed being with her daughters and their families. She loved the Lord and attended Trinity Lighthouse Church.

Carol will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Owens is survived by her beloved family, husband of 48 years, Eugene Owens of Denison, TX.; daughters, Kristen Testerman and husband, James of Denison, TX and Melissa Welch and husband, Robert of Sherman, TX; four grandchildren, Ashlea Welch, Lynsey Testerman, Kyle Gotcher and Mikayla Testerman. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

Juanita Wilson (1920-2011)

Juanita Wilson, 90, passed away on Sunday May 1, 2011 in Allen.

Mrs. Wilson was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Pottsboro, daughter of Albert Sidney and Sallie Cowherd Brown. She graduated from Denison High School and married Nolie A. Wilson on June 29, 1940 in Durant, Okla. They were married 52 years until his death on Aug. 2, 1992.

She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ Faith. She was known by all her grandchildren as "Granny", "Granny Bitsy" or "Granny Ocars", and to her family as "Pete".

Survivors are sons Gary L. Wilson and wife Cheri Streetman, Jerry W. Wilson and wife Dawn of Allen; sister Dorothy Grimes of Pottsboro; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with one due in June of 2011.

Preceded in death by parents; husband Nolie; sisters Mary Thompson, Geneva Thomas; brothers Albert W. Brown, Jack Brown, Charles Brown and Ralph Brown.

Steve Melton (1963-2011)

Steven Lee Melton, age 47, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 21, 2011 at his home.
Mr. Melton was born December 17, 1963 in Denison, Texas the son of James Edward and Earline (Christman) Melton. Steve graduated from Denison High School in 1982. He worked for many years at LOF. Steve enjoyed sports and four wheeling; he especially loved watching the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. Steve will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Melton is survived by his beloved family, mother, Earline Burleson and husband, Dave of Denison, TX, sons, Scott Melton and Adam Melton both of Sherman, TX, daughter, Jennifer Morton and husband, Clint of Sherman, TX, granddaughter, Kaitlin Morton of Sherman, TX, sister, Jana Bishop and husband, Larry of Pottsboro, TX and niece, Whitney Farris and husband, Dustin of Sherman, TX. Steve was preceded in death by his father, James Melton and grandparents, Willie and Edith Christman and Effie Melton Spencer.


Sandra Dickerson (1925-2011)

Peggy Marie Vaughan Hahnel, 86-year-old Denison resident, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Homestead of Denison.

Mrs. Hahnel was born on March 21, 1925 in Denison, Texas, daughter of Edwin and Lillie M. Farley Bevan. She married Robert "Bob" Vaughan June 16, 1950 in Denison. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1992. She married Eugene Hahnel on Nov. 11, 1997 in Denison, and he died July 2, 2003.

Mrs. Hahnel worked for Dr. Jensen and Dr. Dickey's office and Dr. Lanny Youree DDS. She retired in 1986 and was a member of the First Christian Church for more than 73 years. She made Christmas (Chrismons) ornaments for their sales. Peggy was active in many of the women's groups at the church.

She was a graduate of DHS, May 31, 1941. Mrs. Hahnel was a founding member of the Denison High School Alumni Association and an active member of the 1941 Class Alumni Association helping to plan alumni events and contact members of the class.
Surviving are her son, Ed Griggs and his wife, RoseAnn of Pottsboro; daughters, Ellen C. Willis of Denison and Devon Armstrong and husband, Tim (T.J.) Armstrong of Denison; grandchildren, Eddy Griggs of Pottsboro, Stephanie McGehee and husband, Alan B. of Denison, Michael Savage of Colorado, Christy Vaughan of Denison, Bevan "Caden" Vaughan of Denison, Jason Armstrong of Denison. Great-grandchildren are Jordan Aynes, Kaitlyn Griggs, Luke McGehee, Ashton Savage, Austin Savage, Jaxson Cathey and Reagan Armstrong; daughter-in-law, Roeann Vaughan of Denison; and Peggy's faithful companion, Muffin, her tea cup Yorkie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bob Vaughan and Gene Hahnel; two children, Kathleen Vaughan and Bevan Clifford Vaughan.

Paul Henderson (1945-2011)

Paul Michel Henderson, 65, entered into eternal life Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WJN.

Mr. Henderson was born May 19, 1945 in Denison, the son of Clyde and Jewel (Roberson) Henderson. He graduated from Denison High School in 1965 and University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelors degree in math. Paul was an excellent computer programmer and enjoyed working on computers. He worked four years for Levi Strauss and 27 years with Texas Instruments as a computer programmer specialist. He loved watching the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, but his favorite was the Denison Yellow Jackets. Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his loving family: brother, Jerry Henderson and wife, Gwen of Denison; sisters, Lucille Boren of Richardson, Texas Imogene Gilliam of Denison and Ruth Wasden and husband, Tom of Denison; and numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Marie Caraway, Delois Chastain, Joyce Irwin, Jimmy Henderson and Johnny Henderson, Bobby Henderson and Larry Henderson.


Addison Wilkinson, DHS 1951 Graduate

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Addison A. Wilkinson, 77, who passed away on April 12, 2011 at 11:55 p.m. at his residence.

Mr. Wilkinson, a resident of Lafayette, La., was the son of the late Mason Wilkinson of Alexandria, La., and the former Janet Wyatt of Alexandria, La. After moving to Texas at age 5, he graduated high school in 1951 from Denison High School in Denison. After high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors degree in geology in 1956.

After graduation, he began working as a geologist for Plymouth and Delhi-Taylor Oil Companies. He then began a 25 year career with Tenneco Oil Co., starting as a geological engineer in South Texas. Throughout his years with Tenneco, he held many positions in many states as well as the Netherlands. Addison finished his career in Lafayette, where he made his home, as a vice president and the general manager of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Division. After his retirement from Tenneco Oil Co., he became a vice president, a board member, and a founding partner of Newfield Exploration Co. before his second retirement. He was a member of the Lafayette Geological Society, the Chancellors Council of the University of Texas, the Littlefield Society at UT, and a past member on the Advisory Council Geological Foundation at UT.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Wilkinson of Lafayette, La.; one son, Robert Wilkinson of Carlsbad, Calif.; one daughter, Elizabeth J. Wood and her husband Adam of Dallas; and two granddaughters, Allison Paige Wood and Leah Elizabeth Wood, both of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

JoAnn (Kinnamon) Gregg (1934-2011)

JoAnn Kinnamon Gregg, 76, a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, entered the gates of heaven Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

JoAnn was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Denison to Leslie Wells Kinnamon and Bernice Beatty Kinnamon. She graduated from Denison High School in 1953 and was employed as a beautician at Eads and later at Joys. On July 4, 1953, she married Leldon Gregg. They moved to Ohio while Leldon was stationed in the service, but returned to Denison after two years. In Denison, she and her family were very active members of Southside Baptist Church.

In 1966, JoAnn moved with her husband and son, Russell, to Fort Worth. Two years later, their son Jeff was born and by the late 1970s she and her family moved to Burleson, where she remained until her death. She was a faithful member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Burleson. JoAnn was employed by Edison's and J.C. Penney in Fort Worth. Her favorite pastime was baking and decorating cakes for family and friends.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Leldon, in 2007; her parents; and one son, Russell Gregg, in 1984.

Survivors: Son, Jeff Gregg and wife, Rosario; grandchildren, Andrew and Dylan Gregg and Josh and James Sirek; sister, Dora Rae Stracener and her husband, Ed; niece, Brenda Canright and her husband, Darrell; and nephew, Darrell Stracener.

Bobby Gene Koiner (1935-2011)

Bobby Gene Koiner, age 75, entered into eternal life Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center.
Mr. Koiner was born September 3, 1935 in Krum, Texas the son of James Calvin and Eunice (Story) Koiner. Bobby graduated from Denison High School in 1954. In 1966, he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Bobby married the love of his life, Mary Lucille "Mary Lou" Mead February 14, 1958. Bobby was the manager of quality control at Safeway Stores, Inc, plant. He retired after 41 years of service in 1995. Bobby was a member of the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Texoma Chordringers chapter, active member and past president, American Cancer Society , Denison Chapter, past president. He loved the Lord and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Where he formerly served as Sunday School teacher and choir member. He and his family traveled and sang in churches in area towns for many years.

Mr. Koiner is survived by his beloved family, wife of 53 years, Mary Lucille "Mary Lou" Koiner of Denison, TX, sons, Chris Koiner and wife, Donna of Keystone Heights, FL, Ron Koiner and wife, Debbie of Castle Rock , CO and daughter, Robin Verbil and husband, John of Scottsdale, AZ, grandchildren, Paul Koiner of Shreveport, LA, Kyle Koiner of Gainesville, FL, Joel Koiner of Keystone, FL, Aaron Koiner of Colorado Springs, CO, Ryan Koiner, Jonathan Koiner, Jordan Koiner and Justin Koiner all of Castle Rock, CO, Lindsay Verbil, Brian Verbil and Elliot Verbil all of Scottsdale, AZ, brothers, James Koiner of Plano, TX, Charles Koiner of Dublin, TX and Richard Koiner of Clarksville, TX, sisters, Doris O'Brien of Tom Bean, TX, Shirley Mullins of Morris Mill, TX and Betty Prewett of Sapulpa, OK. Preceded in death by his parents.

Johnnie Ray Smith, DHS Class of 1959

Johnnie Ray Smith, 70, of Denison left this world on April 4, 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ after a short battle with Alzheimers.

He was born the only son to Homer "Pappy" Floyd and Lela Mae Smith. He graduated from Denison Senior High in 1959. While in high school, he worked at Palmer's Drive-In and Smith Flooring. After high school, he worked at Sherman Foundry from 1959 until he retired in 1999. He later worked for Driggs Liquor and Main Street Lumber until he got sick.

He loved his family. His heart beat faster when his wife of 51 years, Barbara Armstrong Smith, entered the room, and saddened a little when she left it. The marriage produced four unique children and five blessed grandchildren (that made up for the children).
Johnnie had a lifelong love affair with bacon, pancakes, butter, cigars, old cars, and the original Coca Cola. When he wasn't giving people he knew a hard time, he could be found at the Denison Elks Lodge 238, playing dominoes with his Elk brothers. His hobbies included fishing, spending time with his family, and bowling for over 31 years at A1 Lanes in Denison.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by: his high school sweetheart, Barbara, of the home; his children - daughter Joy and her husband, Jerry Brooks, of Denison, son Michael Smith of Fort Worth, daughter Suzanne and her husband, Michael Cox, and daughter Michelle and her husband, Drew Alverson, all of Bells; his five grandchildren, Dakota Brooks, Shea Alverson, Cassie and Sydney Smith, and Jonathan Cox; his sister Mary and her husband, Gene, of Otego, N.Y.; his favorite aunt, Winnie Smith, of Denison; a sister-in-law, JoAnn, and her husband, Ed Aynes, and a brother-in-law, TJ, and his wife, Devon Armstrong, all of Denison; and his four-legged friends, Prissy and Killer.

Gary Lynn Cottingame (1942-2011)

Gary Lynn Cottingame, 68, of Denison died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

Mr. Cottingame was born Dec. 7, 1942 in Denison to H.E. and Reeda Childs Cottingame. He graduated from Denison High School in 1961 and married Vonda June Combs on Oct. 30, 1965 in Denison. He was a fabricator, in maintenance and a sales person. He was a member of Christ Our Savior Anglican Church and served in both the United States Navy and United States Air Force.

Mr. Cottingame is survived by his wife Vonda June Cottingame of Denison; sons Jimmie Lynn Cottingame and his wife Rochelle of Denison, Jeffrey Lynn Cottingame and his wife Janna of Durant, Okla., and Jason Lynn Cottingame and his wife Bri of Denison; daughter Kim Annette Hightower of Allen; sisters Marsha Allison of Pottsboro, Millie Miller of San Antonio and Donna Hayes and her husband Phillip of Viper, Ky.; grandchildren Haley Cottingame, Hayden Cottingame, Jordan Cottingame, Justus Cottingame, Jonas Cottingame, Jacee Cottingame, Kandice Rayford and her husband Walter, Michael Jones, Anthony Cole Jones, Phillip Hightower, Ayla Hightower and Ronald Anthony Hightower; and three great-grandchildren.

He was Papaw to dozens and Uncle Gary to many nieces and nephews.

Martha Jerrell (1936-2011)

Martha Jerrell, 74, of Denison passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

Martha was born July 13, 1936 in Denison, the daughter of Hazel (Wisdom) and Vernon McGee. She was educated in Denison, graduating from the last class in the old high school in 1954 and continued her studies with honors from Brewer State University in Alabama.
Martha had a varied work career starting with Kress's Stores in Denison, which she was most fond of. Then Johnson and Johnson, Texas Instruments and finally for many years at Goodwill Industries, both in Sherman and Denison, often signing her pay slip and leaving it for those less fortunate than her.

She met her husband Billie G. Jerrell, an Air Force Staff Sergeant from Michigan stationed at Perrin Air Force Base on a blind date and were married 51 years.

She was a wonderful friend, wife, mother, sister, aunt and cousin. She truly will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. She lived a full and happy life and was well traveled, living in Arizona, California, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana and during the 1970s in Guatemala City, Guatemala and El Estor, Guatemala.

In 1990 she and Bill moved back to Denison to be near family and friends. In her free time she loved painting and making beautiful ceramic and porcelain dolls.

Surviving her is a son, Perry M. Kinamon of Denison; a daughter Stephanie A. and husband Michael D. Murphy of Denison; a brother James R. and wife Ruby Y. McGee of Colbert, Okla.; brothers-in- law O. L. (Pete) and wife Rose Marie Jerrell of Woodbridge, Va., Michael A. and Patricia Jerrell of Ozark, Ala., along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and, of course, her husband Billie G. Jerrell of Denison.

Martha was preceded in death by a son, Phillip A. Jerrell, who sadly passed away on the day of his birth in 1961. Also by her mother Hazel M. (Wisdom) McGee and her father James V. McGee, both of Denison.


Lena Jo Burns (1928-2011)

Lena Jo Myers Burns, 82, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Owosso, Okla.
Mrs. Burns was born Dec. 12, 1928 in Sherman, the daughter of John Dillard and Lula Josephine (Shockey) Myers. Her great-greatgrandfather, Henry Shockey of Paris, was awarded a land grant in the Paris, Texas area by the President of the Republic of Texas. Her grandfather later moved to the Sherman area. She fondly remembers the family farm where she was born and lived until age 5.

The family moved to Denison where she graduated from Denison High School in 1946 and business school thereafter. Her father had several grocery stores during the years.
She married Jerome Burns Aug. 8, 1954 in Durant, Okla., and traveled to many states and countries as he served as a USAF fighter pilot. Their first move was by car from Perrin AFB, Texas up the ALCAN Highway to Anchorage in the Territory of Alaska in 1956. While in Alaska she served as secretary to the 10th Air Division Flying Safety Officer in Division Headquarters Elmendorf AFB Alaska.

She was very talented in watercolor painting and ceramics. Her beautiful art treasures can be found in many homes of family and friends. She was a loving, caring mother to her four children and they thought of her with love in their hearts.

Mrs. Burns is survived by her husband, Jerome Burns of Denison, son, Edwin "Eddie" Owen Burns and his wife, Kris and their son, Bryce Burns all of Dallas; daughter, Teresa Josephine "Terri" Cone and husband Mark of Owasso, Okla., and their son, Casey Cone and wife, Amy of Broken Arrow, Okla. and their son, Elijah; grandson, Richard J. Burns and
wife, Crystal of Burnsville, N.C. and their son, Austin and daughter, Haley; granddaughter, Christy Edwards and husband, Gary and their children, Dalton and Taven of North Carolina.
The loss of sons, Neil Carleton and Richard Jerome Burns preceded her loss to all family and friends. Preceding her in death were brothers, Clyde, Curtis JD, Hershel, OW Myers and sisters, Geneva, Helen, Mamie and Nadine.

She was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Terri and husband, Mark Cone for many months in their home.

Pat Johnson (1935-2011)

Pat Johnson was called home Friday morning, March 11, after a brief battle with cancer.
Patsy Ruth Bolen was the first born child of John and Mary Capshaw Bolen and was born on July 9, 1935 in Denison, Texas. She was the adoring and adored big sister to Virginia, Bob, Richard and Jack. The family lived out East Main in Denison and had many loving delightful times together. Pat was a good student and graduated from Denison High School in 1953. Though Pat was warned by her father not to date airmen from Perrin Air Force Base, she met and fell deeply in love with Airman William Michael Johnson. They were married in the chapel at Perrin on September 21, 1953. Mike and Pat were blessed with four wonderful children - Carl Ray, Michelle Ann, Denise Kay and David Michael. Since Mike was career military, they lived in many areas including Spain but much of their marriage was spent enjoying the beauty of Alaska. While in Alaska, Pat was an active Soroptimist. In 1998, Pat retired as a bookkeeper and Pat and Mike returned home to Denison.

Then Pat could start a delightful phase of her life called retirement. Even though professionally retired, she became more personally active. In 2001, Pat founded and became the Queen Mother of the Hyde Park Red Hatters. She was an active RVer and was a member and past officer of the Texoma Good Sam's. She was a very active member of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church and loved attending all activities. She loved antiquing, shopping, RVing, growing roses and reading but shunned needlework. She ran a beautiful home and was a most gracious hostess. She adored and doted on Mike and her family and was happiest being with them. She also loved those special times with her ornery cat, Mr. Shadow.

Pat is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Mike Johnson. She is also survived by her sons, Carl of Shiner, TX and Michael of Fairbanks, Alaska and her daughter, Denise Orris (Keith) of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Christine and Steven Paul Johnson of California, Jennifer Hamsley of Alaska, David Hamsley of Alaska, Christopher and Marianne Orris of Alaska and Elizabeth Johnson of England. Pat is survived by a great-grandson, Anthony Hattal of Alaska. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Krebs of Wichita Falls, her brothers Bob (Mary Ann) and Jack (Barbara) of Denison, her sister-in-law, Judy Bolen of Denison and her aunt, Emma Capshaw. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and numerous beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Michelle Johnson Hamsley, her brother Richard Bolen, her sister-in-law Mary Jo Bolen and her brother-in-law Ivan Krebs.


Mary (Loveless) Schnitker (1932-2011)

Mary Loveless Schnitker died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Medical Center of McKinney.
She was born on Oct. 1, 1932 in San Antonio to Luke and Margaret Loveless.
Mary was preceded in death her husband of 57 years, Clifford Schnitker.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Mayes and husband, Guion; son, Clifford Schnitker Jr. and wife, Karen; sisters, Kathryn Wurzbach and husband, Kenneth, Barbara Murphy, Patsy DeCroes and husband, Terry and Betty Werner and husband, Ken; brothers, Luke L. Loveless Jr. and wife, Yoko, Charles T. Loveless and the late Danny D. Loveless. She had four grandchildren, Matthew Mayes, wife, Lya, Nicolas Mayes and Andrea Schnitker and Chad Schnitker and wife, Jessica. She has two great-grandchildren, Madison Mayes and Lindell Schnitker and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was active in real estate for several years before retiring. She graduated from Denison High School and worked at Bear Drug Store in Denison, where she met her future husband, Clifford.


Theresa Charles (1973-2011)

Theresa Charles' time on earth was temporary. The Lord called her home on Feb. 28, 2011. She was at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton.

Theresa was born Aug. 18, 1973 in Denison, the daughter of Freddie Perkins and Karen Kerns. She was a member of Parkside Baptist Church, where she was active in the Awanas (Cubbies) and Pacesetters; was a graduate of Denison High School; completed the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas and worked for a local funeral home for a short time.

She is survived by parents Freddie and Karen Perkins of Denison; sister Kristin Fondren and husband Donald of Denison; twin sister Jennifer Ridgedell and husband Johnny of Sherman; niece Kimberly Walker; nephews Bradly Walker, Jordan Ridgedell; numerous aunts and uncles from Texas and Iowa.

Frank Nix (1939-2011)

Frank Nix, 71, of Denison passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 19, at Kindred Hospital in Dallas after a lengthy illness.

Frank was born Aug. 21, 1939 in Roberta, Okla. to Garland Eugene Nix and Mary Sue (Melton) Nix. He grew up and graduated from Denison High School. Frank worked as a carmen welder for MKT Railroad retiring in 1988. Frank married Beverly Holland on July 3, 1964 in Denison. His hobbies were his horses and cattle.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Betty Henson. He leaves behind his loving family, wife, Beverly of Denison; son, Greg and wife Cathi of Celina; brother Erwin Nix and wife Judy of Calera, Okla.; sister Jeanna Roesler of Denison; grandkids Brett and Avery Nix of Celina.

Martha Louise Wagner (1921-2011)

Martha Louise Wagner, 89-year-old Denison resident, died Thursday, Feb. 17 at Texoma Medical Center.

Mrs. Wagner was born on June 4, 1921 in Denison, daughter of Harry A. and Blanche Miller Wagner. She graduated from Denison High School in 1938 and was active in the reunion of the 1937 and 1938 classes.

Martha Louise's parents owned Wagner Greenhouses on West Morton Street. She and her sister Betty grew up in the greenhouse and both worked there. Betty married and moved to west Texas in 1953. Martha continued to work there until her parents retired in 1960. Martha then worked at Wayside Florist in Sherman for approximately 20 years and, later, for Susan Florist.

She was a member of First Baptist Church since 1932 and a Sunday School teacher there for 66 years. She volunteered at First Baptist Church Christian Life Center and Texoma Medical Center. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. She and Betty made a trip around the world. She was a member of the Herb and Old Roses Society.


Morene V. Torbett, DHS Graduate

Morene V. Torbett passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at her residence in Denison. A graveside service for Morene was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, located at 5805 Texoma Parkway in Sherman. Rev. Jim Hawthorne and Chaplain Sheryl Myers officiated.

She was born July 9, 1914 in Sardis, Tenn., the daughter of P. J. Baker and Zella Haggard. She was a graduate of Denison High School and worked as an office manager for a doctor's office. She was also a pink lady for 20 years.

Morene is survived by her daughters, Sharon Fulton and Nancy Lowry both of Denison; brothers, Moody Mack of Atlanta, Ga. and Keith Mack of Denison; sisters, Dorothy Glance of Kent, Wash. and Lynn Czekaj of Ft. Worth; grandchildren, Chris Fulton, Johnathan Lowry, and Michelle Lowry; and 5 great-grandchildren.


Ruby I. Hill, DHS1938 Graduate

Graveside services for Ruby I. Hill, 89-year-old MLK Railroad retiree, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Billy Wilder officiating. Mrs. Hill passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 in Grand Prairie
She was born on Oct. 22, 1921 in Caney, Okla., daughter of J.T. and Bertha Atkinson Singleton. She was a 1938 Denison High School graduate. On Sept. 27, 1941, she married Max Hill in Dallas.

She worked in the corporate office of the MKT Railroad in Dallas for 30 years and her last position was a manager of the Real Estate Division. She was a member of the R.R. Women's Executives, Epworth United Methodist Church in Arlington, Order of the Eastern Star, DAR and the VFW Auxiliary in Pottsboro.

Surviving are her son, Robert Hill and his wife, Nora of Arlington; daughter, Janet Osborne and her husband, Neill of Lake Charles, La.; sister, Shirley Baxter of Arlington; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max, in 1963; brother, B.J. Singleton; and sisters, Doris Culley and Zoe Palmer.



 James Lewis Pipkin, DHS Graduate

 James Lewis Pipkin, 72, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 in the hospital in Vallejo, Calif. after his battle with cancer.

 He was born June 19, 1938. He grew up in Denison then joined the Navy. When he got out of the Navy, he stayed in California to work.

 He is survived by his wife Sharon; one daughter, Cindy Frediani; and one stepson, Fritz Leesman. He had one brother, Fred E. Pipkin and two sisters, Julia Brouer and Joyce Sikes, all of Denison. He had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Yuma Pipkin. He will be greatly missed.

Edward L. Hinton (Eddie) DHS Class of 1958

Edward L. Hinton passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010, while receiving care at Cypress Fairbanks Hospital in Houston.

Ed was born to John and Roxie Hinton of Denison on October 24, 1940 in Ada, Okla. He graduated from Denison High School in 1958, before going on to attend and graduate from North Texas State University in 1962. Ed also proudly served his country as a National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth.

Ed is survived by his lovingly devoted wife of 31 years, Darlene (Wossum) Hinton. He also leaves behind a son, Robert Hinton of Dallas; daughters, Robin Hopkins of Flower Mound, Staci Cornell of Houston and Bobbi Champ of Austin. Papa Ed was also a grandfather to 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who will all miss him greatly.



Native Denison resident Joyce Bozart passed away on Friday, November 26, 2010 in her home, after several months with lung cancer. Born January 19, 1935, she was the fourth child of Stella Cox and Herman Wade (Hop) Hollingsworth. She was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church of Denison and was a life-long member. She was a graduate of Denison High School (Class of 1953). Joyce married W. H. (Herb) Bozarth Jr. on June 14, 1953.

She and Herb lived their entire lives in Denison, where they ran a neighborhood grocery store, Bozarth's Market, a true family grocery store located on Austin Avenue. All her children worked at the grocery store until they graduated from college. Joyce and Herb retired and sold their family business in 1984. They then traveled extensively until Herb passed away in October, 1994.
Joyce loved her family and friends. She had a strong faith in God and always provided a strong role model and example. She was active in PTA, Bluebirds and Cub Scouts for her children to ensure they had a great foundation for life. She enjoyed dancing ('50s music!), long walks, helping Herb with his school and city politics, traveling after retirement and most of all, just being with Herb. She loved animals and had many pets throughout her life and is survived by her dog Sam.

Joyce was a very generous and giving person, even giving less fortunate the coat/gloves/scarf off her back. She was a great caregiver to family and friends. Everyone Joyce met touched her life and we feel she touched their lives as well. She will be missed dearly.

Joyce is survived by her three children, Karen Hughes of Denison, who married Dave Hughes of Chicago, Ill.; Mike Bozarth of Austin, who married Melinda Hoyle of Junction City, Kan. and Carol (Lyndy) Harris of Plano, who married Randy Harris of Plano. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Meagan Bozarth of Austin and David Hughes of Dallas. She is also survived by her brother, Joe Hollingsworth and wife Blanche of Farmers Branch and her sister Wanda Kenney of Knox, Maine.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Herb, her mother and father and brother, Bill Hollingsworth.


John Robert Shearer, DHS Graduate

John went to be with his Lord and Savior Mon. Nov. 1, 2010. John was born May 23, 1955 in Denison to Don & Gladys Shearer. He married his grade school sweetheart Lacretia Singleton on Dec. 5, 1973.

John will be remembered as enjoying many sports including sporting clays, bass fishing, four wheeling, remote control airplanes , dirt bike riding , collecting guns, and his yellow softtail Harley motorcycle. He had a passion for mechanics and small engine repairs. John dearly loved his family and was very proud of his grandchildren and was lovingly known as "Fatpaw" by them and "Big John" by others.... He worked for over 25 years at Reedrill as a hydrolic mechanic. He touched the lives of everyone he knew in unforgettable ways. "Everyone knew John for his sense of humor." He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his loving wife, his daughter Tamara & husband Jack Hanan of Sherman daughter Brook Shearer of Denison and Bryan Bontempo, granddaughter Madeline Beck, and grandsons Jaxon & Nevin Hanan, Mother Gladys Shearer, brother Mike Shearer and wife Debbie, Rick Shearer and wife Jill, Sister Donna Watson and husband Ron, sister-in-law Debbie Nelson, Mother-in-law Louise Singleton, Sister-in-law Tanya Leonhart, sister-in-law Javana Skelton & Roger, sister-in-law Shanna Kenney & husband Jeff and many nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his father Don Shearer , brothers Larry Nelson & Darrell Shearer all of Denison, father-in-law Ray Singleton and brother-in-law Bob Skelton.


Richard Taylor Young, DHS Class of 1967

Richard was born on November 12, 1948 in Denison, TX the son of Sam and Rachel Young. He married Colletta Hogue in September 1971. Richard was a graduate of Denison High School in 1967 and Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He served his country with two tours of duty in Viet Nam as an Army Medic. Richard was a Music and Youth Director in several churches in Texas and worked as a music evangelist before becoming a music director at Driscoll Ave. Baptist Church in Spokane, WA., where he served until his early retirement because of health.

Richard is deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Colletta of Spokane, WA; 2 daughters, Alice Young of Spokane, WA and Molly Hsu and her husband Sesean Hsu; grandchildren, Elly Hsu and Isaiah Hsu all of Tacoma, WA; Brother, George Young and his wife Twylah of San Antonio; sister, Margaret Derebery and husband Bob of Denison, TX; sister-in-law, Charlotte Young of Denison, TX; nephews, Ray McCarthy and wife Loava, Franklin McCarthy and wife Jennifer, Boyd Young and wife Tina, Richard F. Young and wife Amy, Matt Young and wife Eva; nieces, Laura McCarthy, Rachel Young, Rebecca Smith and husband Kasey, Carol McNiel and husband Mark, Susan Wilson and husband Rick; numerous great nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Sam Young, Jr.


David Edwin Beugler, DHS Class of 1964

David Edwin Beugler, 64, formerly of Denison and Vian, Okla. went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at his home with his family in Plano.

David was born Jan. 30, 1946 to the late Edwin and Rosemary Beugler in Denison. He attended Denison schools, graduating from Denison High School in 1964. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Sablefish submarine. David worked for the Katy Railroad and then the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor, retiring from the railroad after more than 30 years of service.

David was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents and his best friend Jake Clayborn.

He is survived by his daughters, Kellye Denise Udden of Plano, Amy Renee Beugler of Plano, and Danielle Michelle Beugler of Plano; his daughters' mother, Cathe Beugler Green of Pottsboro; his mother, Rosemary Beugler of Lewisville; his brother, Larry Beugler and wife Kristel of Highland Village; and grandchildren, Ashlyn and Jon Udden and Jacob Beugler.

David loved his three daughters more than anything in the world, and they loved their daddy and will miss him.


Floriene Mae (Temple) Thomas, DHS Graduate

Floriene Mae Thomas, 84, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Willows in Sherman, TX.

Floriene Thomas was born in Denison, TX on February 26, 1926 to Richard and Willie Mae Temple. She was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church on April 6, 1941 and was a member from then on. A native of Denison, Texas, she graduated from Denison High School and attended Draughon's Business College and Denison Business College. After 31 years of service in various roles, she retired as the Vice President from First Republic Bank of Denison.

She was preceded in death by her children Richard Harlow and Louann Shock. She is survived by four grandchildren, Kim Kuehn, Shellye Speakman, Robin Ziemian, and Ryan Lewis; 4 great-grandchildren Ashley and Drake Kuehn, and Savannah and Parker Ziemian; a son-in-law Robert Shock and a daughter-in-law Sherry Harlow.

Eugene Barnhill, DHS Graduate

Eugene (Geno) Barnhill, 67, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ, following a lengthy illness.

Gene was born December 8, 1942 in Denison, son of Eugene and Anna Lee Willoughby Barnhill. He married his high school sweetheart, Pat Hood Barnhill, on March 3; they were blessed with 47 years of marriage.

Gene retired from MKT Railroad in 1988 and worked with American General Insurance until finding his dream job as captain of a corporate yacht for Lattimore Materials where he worked until full retirement. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Denison, CRHP team 4, and the Knights of Columbus. Gene's love of life shined in his personality. He loved to laugh and play practical jokes. He didn't have a friend that hadn't been a victim of his sense of humor. All who knew him loved him.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Pat; daughters Gina Neal and husband Tim of Denison, Melissa Ashley and husband Steven of Denison; son Scott Barnhill and wife Natalie of Van Alstyne; sister Suzann Scott and husband Tom of Astoria, Ore.; a very dear aunt and uncle, Corky and Jean Bowling of Denison; numerous cousins; and 12 very special grandchildren. Two are presently serving our country, Chance Barnhill, USMC and Jamie Brassfield, USN. Gene was very proud of them and the courage they have shown.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Anna Lee Barnhill; grandparents, John and Beulah Willoughby and Freeman and Jimella Barnhill.


Vivian Jeannine Neinast, DHS Graduate

Vivian Jeannine Neinast, 82, passed peacefully at her home on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, with her children singing at her side. 

Jeannine was born May 5, 1928, to V.S. Scoggin and Addie Myrle McElroy in Denison and was the youngest of five children. A Scotch-Irish and Swedish beauty, she graduated from Denison High School and married Claude Neinast, also of Denison, and raised five children with him. She began her PBX career in Denison at Southwestern Bell in the late '40s before becoming a full-time mom, later returning to work at Montgomery Ward.

A resident of Arlington for 55 years, Jeannine was actively involved in the PTA at schools and served as a Bluebird and Campfire girls leader. She spent the final 31 years of her career working diligently at Arlington Memorial Hospital, a community and job she loved dearly.

Jeannine was a breast cancer survivor of 42 years. Jeannine was a woman who walked with dignity and grace all of her days. She doted on her family, friends and church family, cherished life's blessings each and every day, and lived life to the fullest with endless love for those whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beautiful daughter, Cindy; dear sisters, Neta and Norene; and brother, Dale. Survivors: Daughter, Claudia; sons, John and wife, Carla, Jeff and wife, Barb, James and wife, Dina; son-in-law, Don Crowson and wife, Ginger; 13 grandchildren; sister, Frances Rheay; beloved nieces, Sharon and Dr. Betsy, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Lamont "Monty" Corwin Francis, DHS Class of 1990

Lamont "Monty" Corwin Francis, 37, of Amarillo died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Lubbock.

Monty was born Oct. 3, 1972, in Lafayette, La. He graduated from Denison High School in 1990.

He married Kristi Porter, his high school sweetheart, on May 25, 2003. He was a longtime employee of Maxor Pharmacy, where he worked for 11 years.

He loved Saints football and soccer and playing nerdy games with his friends. He was known for his loving smile and his big, giving heart.

His greatest joy in life was his family. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother who will be missed by all who knew him.

We would like to thank the caring staff and medical services provided by Northwest Texas Hospital and Covenant Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife, Kristi Francis; four children, Tyler, Kelly, Corwin and Madison, all of Amarillo; his parents, Kathleen and Moses Moore of Amarillo; his father, Amos Francis of Houston; a sister, Aurelia Moore of Amarillo; two brothers, Shawn Francis and wife Janet of New Jersey and Christopher Mitchell of Corpus Christi; his grandmother, Carol Thomas of Carencro, La.; his grandfather, Mossey Thomas of Lafayette; an aunt, Marcella Green and husband Brian of Simi Valley, Calif.; an uncle, Larry Broussard and wife Ruby of Carencro, La.; his parents-in-law, Harold and Peggy Porter of Denison; two sisters-in-law, Lisa Cobble and husband Mickey and Jennifer Fulenchek and husband Stephen, all of Denison; and numerous other family and friends.


Janet F. (Walker) Manning

During her life in Denison, she worked in retail, real estate and even for an acupuncturist. She volunteered for her parish, St. Patrick's, and was a part of many prayer groups as well as for Texoma Medical Center in floral arranging. But what she enjoyed most was family life. She was never happier than when she was on an outing with any of her family, from going to dances as a young married couple or baseball games and dance recitals when her children were young to attending her 98th birthday party at her son's home in Pottsboro with all of her children and their families present. She will be deeply missed by her family.

Mrs. Manning is survived by her sons, Martin Hagan Manning of Denison, Richard Hugh Manning of Clear Lake City and George Patrick "Pat" Manning of Pottsboro; daughter, Mary Jo Freeman of League City; brother, Charles Walker of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren, Martin Hagan Manning III and Lisa Campbell of Carollton, Jana Badgett of Pottsboro, Jennifer Jones of League City, Texas, Matthew Freeman of Pottsboro, Walker Manning, Joshua Manning and George Manning of El Lago, Texas, Logan Manning and Brady Manning of Pottsboro, Texas: nine great-grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews.


Carolyn Anne (Cline) Kinnamon-Meeker, DHS Graduate

Carolyn Anne Cline Kinnamon-Meeker passed away in Wilmington, N.C., on August 12, 2010. She is survived by sons Jon Kinnamon of Denison and Clark Kinnamon of Wilmington, N.C., and four grandchildren. A son, Keith, preceded her in death in 1996.

Carolyn was born near Houston on Sunday, April 9, 1939. She was first named Carol Annette Stewart, but was sent to an orphanage in Abilene. She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Omer Wilfred Cline, who were living in Colorado City. Mr. Cline was superintendent of schools in that city. Thanks to Carolyn's son Jon, she learned of and later met her three half brothers: Alvin Garbs, Jr.; Arnold Garbs and Harold Garbs.

These three half brothers and their families live in south Texas., Omer, his wife and Carolyn moved from Colorado City in the summer of 1944 when Carolyn's father took a teaching position in Denison High School., In 1957, Carolyn married Kenneth Kinnamon and after 22 years, they divorced. She later married Ted Meeker who is now deceased.,

Carolyn's remains will be interred at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Texoma Parkway, near the burial site of her son Keith. The family has asked that no flowers be sent or contributions made on her behalf to any charitable organization. Inquiries may be made to Jon Kinnamon (903) 465-4609.


Ray Clymer, DHS Graduate

Ray Clymer, who pio­neered a remarkable cam­paign for industrial and employment growth during difficult economic times in Wichita Falls during the late 1960s and ’70s, died at his home Monday evening after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

With his wife, Judy, and family members at his side, Clymer left behind a legacy of tireless work and ex­traordinary success in his professional life at Golden Distributing and a dogged pursuit of industrial devel­opment and new jobs for the city he loved.

Clymer was born May 18, 1925, in Wichita Falls. His family moved to Denison when he was 3. During high school he was a member of Denison’s national cham­pion debating team. He served three years in the Navy during World War II and later finished his educa­tion at Southern Methodist University.

When he returned to Wichita Falls and estab­lished Golden Distributing Co. in 1961, he proudly re­ferred to his background as a chicken rancher attempt­ing to break into the big business world. The refer­ence was the fact that he had worked alongside his dad in the poultry business.

As the principal owner of KAUZ-TV from 1978 to 1982, the beleaguered CBS affili­ate began a four-year run as the most dominant local news station in the market. The station performed, and ratings soared. It was one of the few times Channel 6 dominated longtime news power KFDX.

It became obvious that Clymer had a knack, a gift to lead, inspire, sell and serve. His business, fam­ily, friends and commu­nity were forever his pas­sion. Working to bring new business and jobs to Wichita Falls became his calling, especially dur­ing the years leading up to and following the 1979 tornado.

Although he always called industrial accomplishments a team effort, Clymer is credited for paving the way to between 10,000 and 15,000 new jobs and industrial growth that amounted to millions of dollars in expansion for the city.

For four decades, Clymer was a key figure for economic development at the Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry. His name is synonymous with the likes of Bridwell, Kemp, Howard, Kell, Prothro and others.

He helped changed the dynamics of employment in the city. As Wichita Falls began to fade as an oil and gas stronghold, Clymer helped establish diversity among job sectors. At one point Wichita Falls listed more than 9,000 industrial and manufacturing jobs — more than larger Texas cities like Lubbock and Amarillo.

The list of entities he was involved with includes Howmet, Cryovac, Sprague Electric, CertainTeed, Delphi, PPG and the James Allred Correctional Institution. One of his proudest moments was the role he played in creating a community health care center that today serves as a vital link for thousands of economically disadvantaged residents to receive quality medical care.

Once during a flight from Florida to California in 1977, Clymer introduced himself to his seat companion. They began talking, and Clymer spoke with passion about the efforts Wichita Falls was making to attract new business.

His seat companion was a man named Theodore Operhall, who turned out to be the chairman and CEO of Howmet Turbine Corp. from Muskegon, Mich. Operhall said his plant was looking to relocate. Clymer’s antenna went up. He began jotting down the geographical, economic and quality of life advantages of Wichita Falls.

At the end of the long pitch, Clymer said, “All I ask is give us a chance.”

Operhall said he would, and the result became a multimillion dollar relocation and roughly 800 new jobs.

Former Wichita Falls Mayor J.C. Boyd once said: “Ray Clymer is perhaps this city’s most public spirited person.

Everything he does is with his own time and money. His contributions to the BCI may never be matched. He is truly an extraordinary citizen.”

Clymer often said that if a city doesn’t move forward, it has no place to go but backward. “No new jobs means no new homes. Money to spend at stores and restaurants dries up. Public education and important services inevitably struggle. Nothing good comes from sitting still.”

In the same manner as former Times Record News owner and publisher Rhea Howard, Clymer considered himself a conservative Democrat. Like Howard, he believed it was important for the good of the city that Wichita Falls sustain an active voice in state politics. He had close ties to various key legislators as well as governors Dolph Briscoe and Ann Richards.

He held the vice chair of the Texas Industrial Commission and served on the board of the Texas Wildlife Commission. He served on the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education and was twice chairman of the Board of Commerce and Industry.

When the city and county quarreled, Clymer cringed. He admitted he found most conflicts between people who should be working together counterproductive and a waste of time.

“The desire to improve is the most precious asset a city or business can have,” he once said. “What makes people successful is how much pleasure they are getting out of life. To be successful, you must be a giver, not a taker. You must be willing to give more to others than focusing only on what you can take for yourself.”

Harry Truman once said that progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

In every sense of the word, Ray Clymer was a leader.


Tomi Ballou Smith, DHS Class of 1985

Tomi Ballou Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 1, 2010, after a courageous battle with brain cancer at the age of 43.

Tomi was born on Oct. 8, 1966 in Blackwell, Okla. to Harold and Mary Beth Chilton Ballou. She was the twin sister to Traci Ballou Bush, and the older sister to Laura Ballou Alvarado.

She attended Denison I.S.D. schools and graduated from Denison High School in 1985. She received her bachelor of science in education in 1988 and masters of education in school counseling in 1994 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
She was married for 20 years to Bryan Smith. They married on Dec. 16, 1989 in Denison and had two sons, Bryant and Grant Smith.

Tomi began her teaching career at Denison I.S.D. in 1988. She taught third grade at Terrell Elementary and was also a counselor at Lamar Elementary. She continued her teaching career at S&S C.I.S.D. where her children attended school. She taught fourth and fifth grade at S&S Elementary. Throughout her 22 years as an educator, Tomi earned several teaching awards for her accomplishments and dedication.

Surviving are her husband, Bryan Smith of Sherman; sons, Bryant and Grant Smith; parents, Harold and Mary Beth Chilton Ballou of Denison; sisters, Traci Ballou Bush and husband Bart of Sherman, Laura Ballou Alvarado and husband David of Georgia; grandparents, Raymond and Willa Chilton of Oklahoma City; in-laws, Richard and Lauren Smith of Sherman, Hazel Smith of Denison; sister-in-law, Rhonda Copley of Bells; nephews, Justin and Josh Copley, Davey Alvarado, and niece, Kaci Bush.

She is also survived by uncles and aunts: Stanley and Melba Ballou of Denison, Ronald and Patricia Ballou of Denison, Raymond Jr. and Charolette Chilton of Oklahoma City, and Bill and Liz Chilton of Yukon, Okla.

Surviving immediate cousins include Robbie Parks and husband Mike of Louisiana, Tonja Miller and husband Bill of Prosper, and Kristi Corcoran of Denison; from Oklahoma: Shela Chilton Harrell and husband Randy, Kyle Chilton and wife Barbara, Lance Chilton and wife Shannon, Alycia Chilton Barry and husband Bill, Brandy Chilton, Bill Chilton Jr., Staci and husband Rhappy Talaoc.

Tomi was preceded in death by her grandmother Mamie Ballou Parker; stepgrandfather George Parker, grandfather Hayston Ballou, grandfather-in-law Clayton B. Smith, grandparents-in-law Ora Bud and Mary Lou McFarland, cousin Kari Ballou, and aunt Katherine Chilton.


James Paul Bodkin, DHS Graduate

James Paul Bodkin, 78, of Pottsboro, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Bodkin was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Denison, the son of Harry and Zulah Dustin Bodkin. He graduated from Denison High School and North Texas University in Denton. He married Ann Booker May 28, 1952, and she died Dec. 31, 2001.

Mr. Bodkin sold electronics and was a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Surviving are his son, Mike Bodkin and wife Rhonda of Tyler; daughter, Cheryl Meeker and husband Mark; brother, Harry Bodkin of Fort Worth; sister, Loretta Elwood of Santa Clerita, Calif.; one grandson; and caregiver, Susan Engelback of Pottsboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann and a daughter, Charlette Bodkin.

Iwannah Mae Bailey, DHS Graduate

Iwannah Mae Bailey, age 92, entered into eternal life Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Sherman Health Care Center. She is at peace, no more excruciating pain.

Mrs. Bailey was born September 3, 1917 in Enterprise Community in Grayson County the daughter of Tom H. and Edna B. (Hodges) Brown. Iwannah attended Pottsboro Elementary School and graduated from Denison High School.

In October 1943 she married the love of her life, Raymon C. Bailey in Denison, Texas. She retired from Texoma Medical Center. Iwannah loved the Lord and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

 Mrs. Bailey is survived by her loving family, sisters, Winnie Fay Collins and husband, Otha of Fort Worth, TX and Hannah Watts of Denison, TX. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a lot of good cousins and friends.

Iwannah was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters and one brother.


Sue Ann Watts Boss, DHS Class of 1959

Sue Ann (Watts) Boss, 69, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

Sue was born on June 8, 1941 in Colbert, OK, the daughter of Linden and Doris (Austin) Watts. She graduated from Denison High School in 1959 and was a member of the Church of Christ. Sue was a fun loving person with a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan and husband David Elder of Madison, AL and Lisa Herrington of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren, Steven Highlander and his wife Amanda and Tammy Ghee and her husband John; 1 great grandchild, Payton Ghee; numerous cousins. Mrs. Boss was preceded in death by her husband Clifton Boss in 1967.

Joyce Henderson Irwin, DHS Class of 1953

Joyce Irwin, 74, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Joyce was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Pottsboro. She was loving, confident and genuinely honest. Joyce loved her family and friends, whom she loved to visit with, and all of God's creatures. Her grandchildren were her heart. She played, colored and sang with them.

Survivors: Her loving husband of 57 years, Richard; children, Janet Henson and husband, Bobby, Roger Irwin and Rick Irwin and wife, Michelle; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jerry Don Henderson, Paul Michael Henderson, Ruby Wasden, Imogene Gillian and Lucille Boren.


Sue S. Carroll, DHS Graduate

Services for Sue S. Carroll of Colbert were held June 21 at the First Baptist Church in Colbert. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Denison with Roy Vinson officiating.

She is survived by her husband, Buddy Carroll; daughters, LeAnn Day and Lynda Read, both of Orange; sister, Norma Kelly; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Charlotte Ashburn Badgett, DHS Graduate

Charlotte Ashburn Badgett, 92, passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa CA on June 25, 2010, surrounded by love.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, J R Bud Badgett and survived by daughters Patti (Dick) Farnsworth-Santa Rosa CA and Jeaneane Bishop-Soquel CA; grandchildren Jeff (Jen) Farnsworth-Rohnert Park CA, Matt Farnsworth-Seattle WA, Patrick Bishop-Santa Cruz CA and Dianne (Merrisa) Bishop-Antelope CA; great-grandchildren Charlotte Farnsworth and Sam, Bennett and Grace Bishop; and many nieces/nephews and cousins.

Born in Denison, TX, Charlotte and Bud moved to Lordsburg NM in 1952 where they owned The Fashion Cleaners for 45 years. Charlotte was active in the Humane Society, Eastern Star, the Methodist Church, its choir and MYF. In 2004 she moved to Santa Rosa CA to be closer to family.

Charlotte will be remembered for her love of animals-especially cats, her positive outlook on life, her smile, her love of people and her non-judgmental total acceptance of them, and her ability to find something to be happy about every day of her life.


Stephen Joseph Bernier, 15, passed away Wednesday, June15, 2010 in Denison.

Stephen was born August 6, 1994 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Michael Bernier and Chris Orr Bernier. He was a member of Waples Memorial United Methodist Church in Denison, a sophomore at Denison High School, a member of DHS Marching Band - selected as a section leader, ranked second in his class, member of National Jr. Honor Society and was involved in 4H for 5 years.

He is survived by his parents Michael & Christine Bernier of Denison; siblings Michelle Bernier of San Antonio & Matthew Bernier of Denison; paternal grandmother Ellen Bernier of Cleveland, GA; maternal grandmother Arlene Orr of Alpharetta, GA; aunts & uncles Wayne & Debbie Orr of Dunwoody, GA, James & Jo Orr of Rome, GA, Christopher & Gretchen Bernier of Cleveland, GA, Timothy & Colleen Bernier of Cleveland, GA, Jeffrey & Robin Bernier of Lula, GA; cousins Aaron Lewis, Alivia Bernier, Alyss Bernier, Anna Orr, Caitlin Bernier, Darren Orr, Isabella Bernier, Jarred Bernier, Jessica Bernier, Naomi Bernier & Will Orr.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers Laurent Bernier and James Orr.

Roy "Butch" Sims Goodman, Jr., DHS Class of 1957


Roy "Butch" Sims  Goodman, Jr., age 71, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Goodman was born December 3, 1938 in Cherokee, Okla. the son of Roy Sims and Rosie Goodman. Butch graduated from Denison High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Butch married Carol Huber on August 25, 1962 in Austin.

After college, Butch worked with his father at R. S. Goodman Company for 27 years. He served on the Denison School Board. Later he worked for the City of Denison in the Athletic Department for 15 years. He served as head of the board for Denison Parks and Recreation and umpired girls' softball for many years.

Butch was a lifetime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He was a faithful servant in several areas of the church for many years. Butch was always willing to serve where ever he was needed. It didn't matter if it was Junior Warden on the Vestry, hosting the youth at his home or mowing the yard. He was a great athlete and played football for UT. Butch was inducted into the Denison Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.


Mr. Goodman is survived by his loving family: wife of 47 years, Carol Goodman of Denison; daughter, Cindy Kasson and husband, Dave of Melissa and son, Dan Goodman and wife, Emily Unkefer of Broomfield, Colo.; two granddaughters, Nicole and Caroline Kasson and two grandsons, Thomas and Sam Goodman; uncle and aunt, Jason and Louise Goodman, aunt, Mary Bennett and several cousins. Butch was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul McCaughey "Pete" Hagans, DHS Graduate

Paul McCaughey "Pete" Hagans , 72, longtime Denison resident, died June 8, 2010, at Hospice of Wichita Falls after a brief battle with cancer.

Mr. Hagans was born June 21, 1937 in Denison to Lyndon Arrol and Evelyn Marcella (Wright) Hagans. He graduated from Denison High School where he received the Tri-Hi-Y Award of Complete Manhood, was elected student council president and was selected as Mr. DHS.

After high school, Mr. Hagans attended the University of Texas under the prestigious Plan II Honors Program earning his Bachelor's Degree. He then went on to graduate from the University of Texas Law School. After completing his education, Mr. Hagans served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in France and Germany. For the past twenty years, he worked with Jack Haggerton in masonry construction.

"Pete" was an avid runner and enjoyed competing in many turkey trots over the years. He will always be remembered for his brilliance, his wonderful sense of humor and his laughter. He will be missed greatly by his family and everyone who knew him.

Mr. Hagans is survived by his sister, Anne Hagans Rousey of Wichita Falls, nieces Sharon Rousey Ward and husband Martin of Garland, Lynda Rousey Fields and husband Gregory Fields of Valley Mills, Jennifer Fields Duncan and husband Zachary of Wichita Falls, Amanda Fields Bentley and husband Ian of Wichita Falls, and Sarah Ward of Garland. His nephews include Ethan Ward of Garland and Kael Duncan of Wichita Falls. Mr. Hagans is also survived by his long time friends, Jack, Janet and Chase Haggerton of Cartwright, Okla.

Mr. Hagans was preceded in death by his parents, Lyndon and Evelyn Hagans, his sister Lynda Elizabeth Hagans Stricklin, and his brother Charles William Hagans.


Jimmy Ross Richardson, Jr., Attended DHS

Jimmy Ross Richardson, Jr., age 55, entered into eternal life Friday, May 28, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center.

Mr. Richardson was born August 12, 1954 in Denison, Texas the son of Jimmy Ross and Gladys (Coffman) Richardson. Jimmy went to Denison High School. He served his country proudly in the U. S. Navy. Returning home he worked for Dottie and Carl Keber at JC Café and then thirty years for Champion Cooler. He was a longtime member of Moose Lodge, American Legion and Eagles.

Jimmy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mr. Richardson is survived by his family, daughter, Heather Ann Richardson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Tristan Lawrence and Christian Lawrence of Tulsa, Oklahoma; father, Jimmy Ross Richardson, Sr. of Kansas; sister, Barbara Moore and husband, Phil of Denison, Texas and sister, Donna Renfro and husband, Larry of Bonham, Texas.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Gladys Garner.



Mildred Morgan Doyle, born March 10th, 1924 passed away May 16th, 2010 in Denison,
TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Morgan of Balsora, TX.,
her husband Larry Doyle, of Denison, TX., three brothers and one sister.

Mildred Morgan Doyle is survived by her son John Doyle of Denison, TX., one daughter,
Debra McDonald of Colebrook, New Hampshire, four Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild,
and one sister, Emma Ruth Jones of Balsora, TX.

She served in the US Army, a dance instructor for a square dance club, as well as a retired
teacher and librarian in Denison, TX.

James Blankenship, DHS Class of 1949

Rev. James Russell Blankenship, of Lubbock, TX, passed away from this life to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 15, 2010.

Rev. Blankenship was born on January 7, 1932 in Denison, TX. At the age of 12, he preached his first sermon at First Church of the Nazarene in Denison, TX. He married his childhood sweetheart, Christine Barnard, on August 16, 1951. In 1953, he graduated from what is now Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Theology. During his pastoral career, Rev. Blankenship served at Pawhuska (Oklahoma), Tulsa Regency Park (Oklahoma), Austin Grace (Texas), and St. Louis Webster Groves (Missouri). In 1973, he became superintendent of the Northwestern Ohio District, where he served until 1980 when he became superintendent of the San Antonio District. He served in this capacity for 22 years. In 1978, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Mt Vernon Nazarene University.
Preceding Rev. Blankenship in death were his parents, Christine Weist Blankenship and Lee Harold Blankenship; and sister, Rosemary Sullivan.

Those left to cherish his legacy include his wife of 58 years, Chris; daughter, Karen Donnerberg and husband John of Lubbock; granddaughters, Emily Rowin and husband Ty of Lubbock; Amy Donnerberg of Lubbock; siblings Betty Lynch and husband WM of Nashville, TN; Harold Blankenship and wife Doris of Oklahoma City, OK; Jacob Blankenship and wife Helen of Olathe, KS; Carolyn McNeil and husband Don of Denison, TX; several nieces, nephews, and extended family.



Judge R.C. Vaughan, DHS Class of 1931

Senior District Judge (retired) R.C. Vaughan, 94, of Sherman, died early Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. Judge Vaughan served Sherman and Grayson County for more than 30 years as judge of the 15th District Court, and was a Grayson County historian, newspaper columnist, author and in more county endeavors that any other person.

Family visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedarlawn Memorial Cemetery on Texoma Parkway.

Judge Vaughan was born Nov.18, 1915, near Hollis, OK, where his parents, Samuel Benton Vaughan and Anna Armilda Hendrix Vaughan farmed for eight years before returning to Grayson County.

He attended Golden Rule, Cherry Mound and Denison schools and graduated from Denison High School in 1931 at the age of 15. He enrolled in the University of Texas in September 1932, taking pre-law courses and was a member of the Longhorn Band while a student there. He received his Law degree from UT in May 1938 and opened a law office in Denison in 1939. He was appointed city attorney of Denison in 1941.

That same year he married Ona Sutherland of Winnsboro, a registered nurse at the Katy Hospital. They had been married 65 years when she died on Dec. 19, 2006.

He enlisted in the Army as a private in 1942, then was accepted for training at the Army Counter Intelligence School and later was appointed a special agent with the CIC in South Texas, New Mexico, and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. While on the Island of Guadalcanal he was promoted to first lieutenant and later served as Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

When he was discharged from the Army in 1946 he returned to his law practice with Hal M. Rawlins in Denison. In 1948 he was elected Judge of the Grayson Court at Law, then in 1952 he was elected judge of the 15th Judicial District Court and served in that office until his retirement in 1985, the longest tenure of any elected public official in Grayson County history. Even after retirement he was a “traveling judge,” spending many days on the bench in Gainesville and Dallas.

In 1992 the Grayson County Law Library in the Sherman courthouse was named in his honor. Through the years he was active in many programs, including the Boy Scouts, the Optimist and Kiwanis clubs, Juvenile Board of Grayson County for 32 years, Juvenile Alternatives and was an organizer of the Grayson County Family Clinic. His service to the community stretches across many organizations throughout the county.

He was a past president of the Grayson County Historical Society, a member of the Grayson County Historical Commission and the Texas Historical Commission. He was a trustee of the Old Settlers Association, past president of Grayson County Frontier Village, a 50 year member of Lone Star Lodge 403, AF&AM in Denison and held district and grand lodge positions.

In 1984 he was named chairman of the Grayson County Sesquicentennial Committee and in 1989 was chairman of the county’s bicentennial celebration and later co-chairman of the county Millennium Committee. In 1990 he was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award by the Texas Bar Foundation.

Judge Vaughan began writing a weekly column in the Herald Democrat about Grayson County’s colorful history in 1985. Twenty-five years later, his column is still appearing in the newspaper and the number has grown to almost 1,000 columns.

In 2007 the Herald Democrat and the Grayson County Millennium Committee co-sponsored the publishing of a book of his columns, “The Life & Times of Grayson County, Texas.” The book sold out in one month and has been reprinted.

The Judge was preceded in death by one son, James Benton Vaughan; his parents, former County Commissioner Ben and Anna Vaughan; and one sister, Inez Vaughan Hord and his dear friend, Neilson Rodgers.

The family would like to thank his special caregiver, Nelda Burks of Sherman for her kindness with Judge Vaughan.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Susan Vaughan of Sherman; four grandchildren, Chris Vaughan of Greenville, Laura Kesler and husband, Chris of Washington, D.C., Kristi Butler and husband, Cody, of Keller, and Elizabeth Porras of Dallas; six great-grandchildren, Austin and Emily Butler of Keller, Megan, Lauryn, Cody, and Shannyn Kesler of Seattle, WA; two special nieces, Donna Hord Hunt and husband, David of Denison and Monna Hord Buckley and husband, Newton,
of McKinney; and several other nieces and nephews.

Nina Ray Edwards, DHS Graduate

Nina Ray Edwards, 90, of Calera, Okla. passed away Monday night Jan. 11, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

She was born Feb. 14, 1919 in Preston Bend, and was the daughter of the late Grover T. and Grace Jackson Caddell. She attended Denison schools and was a Denison High School graduate. She married Roger Edwards in 1938 and he preceded her in death in 1983.

She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Colbert. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Rebecca Kerney in 2005; a sister Lorene Linville in 1991 and a brother-in-law, Worley Linville in 2003.

She is survived by her son, Layne Edwards and wife Brenda of Calera, Okla.; son-in-law, Henry Kerney of Dallas; grandsons, Marcus Kerney of Dallas, and Brandon Shivers of McKinney; nephew, Danny Linville and wife Joan of Cobb, Okla., and niece, June Linville of Littleton, Colo. Numerous other nieces and nephews also survive.


Noel D. Wall, DHS Graduate

 As an executive with the federal government, a dedicated family man, and an avid rancher, Noel D. Wall never wasted a minute. He had high standards, and with every success, he looked for the next challenge. If he couldn't get something done as quickly as he'd hoped, he'd often say with a smile, "Time just ran out on me." The same could be said for the morning of New Year's day. Mr. Wall died at his home in Bells after a brave battle with ALS. Nancy (Monroe) Wall, his high school sweetheart and wife of 49 years, was by his side.

Mr. Wall was born in Sherman on Oct. 21,1938, and grew up on his parents' dairy, outside Pottsboro, milking cows every morning and evening. He met Nancy, the love of his life, at church, and they were married in 1960. To pay for her engagement ring, he joked that he had milked 12,000 cows.

After graduating from Denison Senior High School, where he was named "Most Dependable" in the senior class and received the Hi-Y Cup of Complete Manhood, he earned a business degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant, Okla., and a master's of public administration from the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla. He was later named a distinguished alumnus of both Denison Senior High and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Mr. Wall began his four-decade career with the Social Security Administration in 1960 and was appointed to his first executive level job at the age of 30. From 1985 to 1997, he served as the regional commissioner of SSA serving Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. This territory was later expanded to include Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Over the years, he won numerous honors for his leadership, including the Presidential Rank Award, which was awarded by President Bill Clinton, and the Ewell T. Bartlett Award for Humanity in Government, which he received in part for his tireless efforts after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahoma City, where sixteen SSA employees lost their lives.

His commitment to helping others extended beyond his government service. Mr. Wall was on the Texoma Regional Advisory Council on Aging and was active at Western Heights Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for nine years. Yet he was as comfortable in his Wranglers and boots as he was in a suit and tie. He had a lifelong love of horses and especially enjoyed raising and showing cutting horses. And he passed his love of the outdoors along to his six-year-old granddaughter Madeline, whose pony, Dandy, is named for Mr. Wall's father.

Mr. Wall is survived by Nancy, their daughter Shelley Parks, of Plano, their daughter and son-in-law Noelle and Brian Sweany, of Sachse; his four grandchildren, Greg Parks and his wife Andrea, of Rowlett, Dustin Mitchell, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Madeline and Colin Noel Sweany, of Sachse. He is also survived by his sister, Danna Beth Schleuse, of Denison, his cousin, Rick Fawcett, of Denison, his father-in-law, R.E. Monroe, of Denison, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Shirley Monroe, of Flower Mound, numerous nieces and nephews, and a life-long friend who was more like a brother, Frank Darrow and his wife, Irene, of Sachse. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Wall Mitchell, his son-in-law Bill Parks, and his beloved parents, J.F. (Dandy) and Mildred Wall.




Jack T. Ingram, DHS Class of 1948

Jack T. Ingram left us on the morning of Nov. 3, 2009. He was doing what he loved, walking. Jack worked for the Texas Employment Commission before becoming a professor of law at East Texas State University. It was in this capacity that he touched many lives of his students and colleagues alike and formed lifelong friendships.

Jack was born in 1930, and spent his childhood in Denison. He graduated from the University of Texas and was a lifelong UT fan, making all of the home games and many away games. Jack served as a lieutenant in the US Army and saw duty in Japan before earning his law degree from SMU.

He is survived by his cousins, Nancy Taylor and husband Baxter, Laura Baxter and husband Jerry, Marilyn Barnett and husband Jack, and Lonnie Legg and his wife Deb; and extended family and many dear friends, including Martha Young and husband Tome.


Robert L. Oram "Bob" , DHS Class of 1947

Robert L. "Bob" Oram, 79, passed into the hands of our loving Lord on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.

Bob was born Jan, 11, 1930, in Denison. He was an Arlington resident for over 50 years and a former resident of Denison. He served in the Navy and spent 30 years at Vought (LTV Aerospace). He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; son, Kenneth; and daughter, Melinda.

Survivors: Daughters, Lisa Oram and Merrilee Ebensberger and husband, Gary; son, Brian Murphy Oram and wife, Jeannie; brother, Ben Oram and wife, Faye, all of Arlington; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Zoe McCoy Kostyniak, DHS Class of 1951

Zoe McCoy Long Kostyniak, 75, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 in Denison. She was born on March 25, 1934 in Denison to Clemens F. and Mary Rebecca McCoy. She married Leo Long in 1953 and he preceded her in death in 1971. She married Ed Kostyniak in Dallas in 1973.

Zoe graduated from Southeastern State in 1955 and received a master's degree from Austin College in 1971. She worked in the Denison ISD for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Zoe spent eight years as an elementary teacher and 22 years as an elementary counselor. She was also a licensed professional counselor and a member of TSTA and Phi Delta Kappa.

Zoe is survived by her husband, son Marty Long and grandson Ethan Scott Long of Denison; stepson Larry Kostyniak and wife Gretchan of Arlington; stepgrandsons Brian and Michael of Arlington; brother Clemens McCoy Jr. and wife Mary Evelyn of Denison, Ted McCoy and wife Nora of Ft. Worth and sister-in-law Lil McCoy of Evergreen, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Tracy Long and brother Bill McCoy.


Sharon Jeanette (Jean) Cobb, DHS Class of 1984

Ms. Sharon Jeanette (Jean) Cobb was born to James and Sharon Cobb of Denison on Sept. 24, 1964. She graduated with honors in 1982 from Denison High School.

She was a cheerleader, student council officer, NIKE club and track team member. She attended Grayson County College and was an honors graduate from East Texas State University (Texas A&M University-Commerce) with a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in guidance counseling. Sharon also earned a masters degree in education administration from the University of North Texas.

She became a teacher of reading at Hutcheson Jr. High (Arlington) in 1988 and later accepted the job of assistant principal at Gunn Jr. High (Arlington), moving to Arlington High School in 1996 as assistant principal. Sharon continued her position as a dedicated assistant principal at AHS, and in 2008 moved to serve as a counselor due to failing health. The final of her 21 years, all spent in in dedicated service to the Arlington Independent School District, was 2008-2009.
Sharon often wondered why she never had children, and then said, "I guess the good Lord knew I would actually have hundreds of children!" She loved working as a teacher and 'her' children became her passion in service and purpose. She always said, "There are no bad children, but there are some 'bad' parenting skills" - and she loved each one of her students and the staff at her schools. Her special saying was, "It Is What It Is!"

Everyone who knew Sharon knew she loved to go on vacation. Her ideal getaway was checking in to a 5-star hotel, sitting in a luxurious bed - reading a good book - looking at a movie and having room service and playing board games
Sharon often opened her home to those in need and she donated to every charity that came in the mail. She was as member of AKA sorority; American Guidance Counseling, member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a dedicated member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church (MOBC) in Arlington. She will truly be missed by all.

Ms Sharon J. Cobb is survived by her parents, James and Sharon A. Cobb, Denison; sister, Triné Brown (Ulysses) of Plano; brother, James Cobb Jr. (Carolyn) of Murphy; nieces, Courtney Leazer (David) of Plano, and Mia Cobb of Murphy; nephew, Evan Cobb of Murphy; grandmother, Ophelia Cobb of Denison; aunts, Belinda Alexander of Arlington, Karen Simmons of Denison, Jennie Brown (Hershel) of Denison; uncle, Thomas Cobb (Verlinda) of McKinney; great-aunt, Alice McGee (Leroy) of Portland, Ore.; special cousins, Ryan Alexander of San Antonio, Dr. Sonya Sloan (Tim) of Humble, Tonya Cobb of McKinney, Dennis Alexander (Crissy) of McKinney, Jovan Alexander (Lori) of Carrollton; godchildren, Avery Young of Houston, Jonathan David Harrison-Holmes and a host of cousins, "special" nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.


Robert Lee Gilbreath, DHS Graduate

Robert Lee Gilbreath, 23, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.

Mr. Gilbreath was born Nov. 16, 1985 in Sherman, the son of Kenneth or Mary (Hewitt) Gilbreath. Robert was a graduate of Denison High School. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping and riding motorcycles. He also enjoyed cooking. Robert was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Gilbreath is survived by his loving family; parents, Kenneth Gilbreath of Gainesville, and Mary Smith and husband Robert of Sherman; brothers, Justin Gilbreath and wife Karla of Gap, Pa. and Drew Gilbreath and wife Aimee of Denison, and their children, Jordon and Payton Gilbreath; grandparents, Roy and Christine Hewitt of Granbury; uncle, Cleddy Gilbreath and wife Margaret of Gainesville; aunt, Nina Dalla of Kerrville; aunt, Anna Sherrill of Ft. Worth, and uncle, Ricky Hewitt and wife Kathy of Wyoming.

Virginia Dell Rushing, DHS Graduate

Our beautiful mother, Virginia Dell Rushing joined our Lord peacefully Sunday, August 30, 2009 after a lengthy illness surrounded by her children and loved ones.

Mrs. Rushing was born March 14, 1932 in Waxahchie, Texas the daughter of Clyde and Verda Mae (Price) Pitcock. Virginia graduated from Denison High School, and until recently met with her classmates for breakfast on Tuesday mornings. She loved children and devoted her life to working with her children as well as others in the community. Virginia retired from Camp Fire after 25 years of service. She was awarded a lifetime member of the PTA in Denison for her years of dedication to children. Virginia was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a vital part of her community and will be missed greatly by many.

Virginia leaves to cherish her memory five children, Priscilla Seabaugh Washington and husband, Russell of Caddo, OK, Katherine Menta Studer and husband, Kenneth of Denison, TX, Lorie Menta Tepera and husband, Bernard of Denison, TX, William “Bill” Menta and wife, Tricia of Denison, TX and Gregory Menta and wife, Gayle of Denison, TX; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella Petta and brother, Kenneth Joe Pitcock. She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers.

Cole Richard Alexander - DHS Class of 2003
Cole Richard Alexander, 24, passed away on Aug. 1, 2009 in Fallbrook, Calif. He was the son of Don R. Alexander and Gina Alexander.

Cole was born on April 16, 1985 in Sherman. He graduated from Denison High School in 2003 and entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 where he achieved the rank of Lance Corporal. Cole courageously served his country in Iraq in 2008.

He is survived by his parents, Don R. Alexander and Gina Alexander of Denison; brother, Ryan Alexander of Denison; niece, Gracie Alexander of Denison; and grandmother, Imogene Gilliam of Denison.


Mrs. Raymond Judd Sr., DHS Class of 1921

Mrs. Raymond Judd Sr., 103, longtime Grayson County resident, died in San Antonio on Friday, July 31, 2009; graveside services will be held in Sherman at West Hill Cemetery on Friday, August 7, at four in the afternoon. Porter Loring Mortuary of San Antonio will be in charge.

Mrs. Judd, the former Glenna Robinson, was born in Denison on Aug. 23, 1905, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Robinson. From a pioneering Grayson County family, her grandfather, T.W. Robinson, came to Denison when it was organized, owned Denison's first bakery and was active in musical circles in the county. Mrs. Judd was a graduate of Denison High School, class of 1921, and of Sherman's Kidd Key College, class of 1925. She served on the faculty of Our Lady of Victory School in Fort Worth.

In 1929 Mrs. Judd married Raymond E. Judd of Denison in the First Presbyterian Church; the Judds later moved to Sherman where they founded the Sherman Fuel and Feed Company. Mr. Judd was active in Sherman and Grayson County organizations, serving as chairman of Grayson County Red Cross, as mayor pro-tem of Sherman, and on the Sherman City Council. Mr. Judd died in 1963.

Mrs. Judd was named First Lady of Sherman by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in 1949. She served as organist of the Trinity Presbyterian Church for nearly 50 years and was named organist emerita by the congregation, now the Covenant Presbyterian Church, which she joined in 1931. She was active in musical circles of Sherman, serving as a past President of the Bomar Cramer Music Club, the American Guild of Organists and as a Director of the Sherman Community Concert Association and as a member of the Board of Sherman Musical Arts. She was listed in "Music and Dance in the Southwest" and for many years served as organist of the Waldo Funeral Home. In 1989 she was named a life member of the Bomar Cramer Music Club. On her 90th birthday Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Lunkley sponsored a concert in her honor for the Sherman Community Arts series.

Following Mr. Judd's death, Mrs. Judd served on the library staff of the Arthur Hopkins Library at Austin College. Later she served two years in the Peace Corps in Liberia in Africa where she taught sewing and music and served as organist in the Methodist Church of Cape Palmas where President Tubman worshipped. Upon leaving Africa the entire town gathered at the airfield to thank Mrs. Judd for her service and friendship in Cape Palmas during her two years of service. In 1974 Mrs. Judd served as a volunteer in mission for the Presbyterian Church at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. She traveled extensively in the United States, South America, Africa, and Europe and made several European trips with the Austin College Choir under the direction of the late Dr. Lunkley.

Mrs. Judd was long active in Sherman's educational and civic affairs. She served as president of the Bryant School P.T.A., as president of the Sherman High School P.T.A. and in 1955 was one of the first women jurors to be called for Federal jury duty. She was active in the Tuesday Literary Club, the Current Review Club, the Readers' Review, the Antique Club, and she served as president of the PEO sorority of Denison and served as a founding member of the Sherman PEO Chapter. In church affairs Mrs. Judd was an elder in Covenant Presbyterian Church, named an associate in Christian education of the national Presbyterian Church, served as president of the district Presbyterial, sponsor of Westminster Fellowship, as President of the Women of the Church and held various office in the Synodical Society of Texas. In 1988 the Presbyterian Women of Grace Presbyterial honored her as a Good News Woman, and in 1991 she was featured in a national publication, "Rooted In Faith: Women Who Touched The Lives Of Others." In 1993 Mrs. Judd was featured in the national publication "Horizons" in an article entitled "Woman On the Go!" She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and in 1976 she was named an Outstanding Older Texan by the Governor's Committee on Aging.

Mrs. Judd was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Charles T. Judd. She is survived by her son The Rev. Dr. Raymond Judd Jr., and his wife, the former Mary Jane Grafton, her granddaughter Jane Judd Deming, and her two great-grandchildren, Reed and Blake Deming, all of San Antonio. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of choice. Mrs. Judd cherished more than anything her God, her family, her church, and her life in Denison and Sherman as well as her life in the world which God created for her to enjoy.

D'Maris Sharpe MacPherson, DHS Class of 1953

D´Maris Sharpe MacPherson, 73, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

D'Maris was a graduate of the Class of 1953, and she will be missed by the Class of 1953 breakfast group.  She owned and operated Sharpe's Manufactured Park in Denison. Mrs. MacPherson was cremated according to her wishes.

She is survived by her children, D'Anne McFarland of Purvis, Miss., Danny Peterson of Sherman and Richard Petersen, Debbie Rice and Andy MacPherson, all of Denison; six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

D'Maris was preceded in death by her husband several years ago.


Chloe Garoutte Diaz, DHS Class of 1959

Chloe Ann Diaz, 67 year old Denison resident, passed away July 28, 2009 at the Homestead of Denison. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home.

Chloe was born on Oct. 14, 1941 in Kingsville to Harry and Catherine Engel Garoutte. Both parents preceded her in death along with her brother, Robert Garoutte.

Chloe was a graduate of Denison High School as well as the University of North Texas with a BS degree in education. She taught in public and parochial schools in Texas, Iowa, California, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Puerto Rico. She married Edward John Diaz on April 2, 1969 in Solvang, California.

Chloe was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, loved to sing and sang in several church choirs in Belgium and Puerto Rico. She also taught religious education in several parishes and touched the lives of hundreds of children in several countries. She participated in the annual Texoma Caregivers Celebration Walk with her team raising the most funds three years in a row.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Edward Diaz of Denison and son Troy and wife Becky Diaz of Sherman. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces in California and extended family throughout the U.S.

Dale Wineinger , DHS Class of 1946

Dale Wineinger, a Denison resident, passed away July 19, 2009 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Denison on Nov. 11, 1928. Dale graduated Denison High School, class of 1946.

Dale was married more than 60 years to the love of his life. He leaves behind many caring family members and many, many friends, including the Denton Lunch Bunch.

His wishes were to be cremated and requested no memorial service.

Eddie Clark Pilkilton, Jr., DHS Class of 1947

Eddie Clark Pilkilton Jr., 78, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 12, 2009, after a 23-year battle with heart disease.

Born Dec. 26, 1930, in Denison, he was the son of Eddie Clark Pilkilton Sr., and Ruth Ollie (Ashley) Pilkilton.

He graduated from Denison High School in 1947, and started his career with Babcock's Auto Sales at age 14. He married the love of his life, Jerry A. Poynor, on May 29, 1958. They started their married life in Waxahachie where Eddie took the position of manager of the Babcock's store there. Three children and 12 years later, they moved back home to Denison where he managed the store there for 30 more years. He was a member of the Denison Kiwanis Club for many years and enjoyed taking part in serving his community. He also served our country for 10 years, as a Master Sergeant in the National Guard. He was a deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and dearly loved his church family.

After his heart issues began in 1987, he focused mainly on getting better after each surgery so that he could spend time with his family and friends, enjoying traveling to Branson, Mo. with family, baking his cakes and brownies, as well as playing cards and dominos with his family and friends - to know him was to love him.

Eddie Pilkilton is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jerry; son Denis Pilkilton of Denison; daughter Lori Kremling and husband Larry of Gainesville; daughter Jana Dennis and husband Dale of Denison; grandsons Cody Kremling and wife Megan of Allen, Ryan Kremling of Gainesville and Zakariah Dennis of Denison; granddaughter Ashley Beane and husband Randy of Dallas; and great-granddaughter Audrey Mae Kremling of Allen; sister Dorothy Chambers of Del Rio, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews along with many cousins.


Larry Garvin, DHS Class of 1959

Larry Garvin, passed away Friday, July 3, 2009 at the age of 68 into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by his family and friends at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, TX after fighting a long and courageous battle with Mesothelioma.

Larry was the son of Ida Garvin and adoptive father James W. Garvin, Sr., biological father Joe Bob Vaughan, who was killed in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. Larry was born in Sanger, TX on November 8, 1940. He married Sharon Main in Racine, WI on June 11, 1960 and celebrated 49 years of marriage with a surprise celebration at daughter, Trudy Cantrell's home in Pilot Point, TX, with a carriage ride drawn by 2 Dutch Friesian horses.

Larry attended Denison schools and received his G.E.D. in the U.S. Navy, where he spent 4 1/2 years. He worked for Johns-Manville and retired from MKT/UP Railroad in 2000, after 38 years of service.

Larry was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He loved his grand and great-grandchildren so much and lived to please them in every way. He loved to drive them to school and pick them back up and always had a little treat waiting for them. He also loved going to their ball games and school functions.

Larry was an avid golfer after he entered retired life at several golf courses in the area and got his son, Scot, and other family members interested in golfing too. He also loved fishing and shared his fishing secrets and equipment with anyone who asked.

Larry is deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Sharon; mother-in-law, Myrtle Main; 3 children, Scot Garvin and fiancé Lisa Coleman of Ft. Smith, AR, Trudy Cantrell and husband Brent of Pilot Point, TX and Kelly Wheeler and husband Mark of Denison, TX and Barbie Price of Sherman, TX, mother of Marcus and Jennifer Garvin; 9 grandchildren, Marcus Garvin and fiancé Crystal Burks of Pottsboro, TX, Jennifer Garvin and fiancé Trent Rogers of Fayetteville, AR, Danielle Cantrell of Pilot Point, TX, Tyler Brooke Cantrell and fiancé Jeff Minhinnett of Pilot Point, TX, Dakota Cantrell of Pilot Point, TX, Bailey Cantrell of Pilot Point, TX, Chase Wheeler, Colton Wheeler and Camden Wheeler all of Denison, TX; great grandchildren, Jace Garvin and his mother Kourtni Long of Denison, TX, Cason Cantrell of Pilot Point, TX, Brooklyn Vorhies of Pilot Point, TX and Oliver Rogers of Ft. Smith, AR.; brother, Jim Garvin, Jr. and wife Felecia and their daughter, Tracie of Denison, TX. Also two special great friends, Gene Gharis and wife Judy of Sherman, TX and Bob White and wife Bonnie of Denison, TX. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends who he loved dearly.

Larry was preceded in death by his biological father, Joe Bob Vaughan of Sanger, TX, brother, Roger Lewis Garvin and stillborn sister, Betty Denise Garvin; adoptive father, James W. Garvin, Sr.; mother, Ida Garvin all of Denison; father-in-law, Harold Main of Racine, WI.


Gretchen E. Fields, DHS Class of 1973

Gretchen E. Fields, 54, passed away Monday, June 29, 2009. at her home after a brave battle with cancer.

Gretchen was born in Jamestown, N.Y., the first daughter of James Daniel and Ethel Virginia Furlong. She graduated from high school in 1973 in Denison, Texas, after which she attended Southeastern State University in Durant, Okla. In 1977, she met and married William George Fields of Fort Worth.

Gretchen was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She loved to laugh and make people feel at home. She shared a passion for travel with her husband and children. Gretchen was instrumental in assisting her team, as well as other teams, achieve their dreams of setting land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Gretchen loved life and all it came with. She was preceded in death by her father, James D. Furlong, in 2000; her mother, Ethel V. Furlong, in 1976; her brother, Mark Furlong, in 2000; sister, Heidi Furlong, in 1993; and aunts and uncles.

Survivors: Her husband of 31 years, W. George Fields; sons, Lewis and George and his wife, Michele, and their children, Hannah and Alex; daughter, Lydia and her husband, lee, and their children, Simon and Ellie Kate; sister, Lisa Burgess of Jacksonville, Fla. and her husband Bruce, and their son, Ben; and brother, David Furlong of Santiago, Chile, and his wife, Maria, and their children.


Teresa Gail Martinez, DHS Class of 1974

Teresa Gail Martinez, 53, passed away Monday, June 15, 2009 at her home in Denison. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2009 at Fairview Cemetery in Denison with Rev. David Pettigrew officiating. Visitation will be from 7 -8 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at Bratcher Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martinez was born on May 19, 1956 in Denison, daughter of Aubrey J. and Evie M. West. On Sept. 10, 1973, she married John Martinez in Denison. She graduated from Denison High School in 1974 and was employed by Cigna for six years.

She is survived by children: John Martinez Jr. and wife Carolina of Tulsa, Okla., and Stephanie Graham and husband Chad of Denison; sisters: Brenda Becknel of Denison, Shirley Malone of Denison, and Barbara Grubbs and husband Bryan of Kenningston, Ohio; brothers: Jimmy West and wife Liz of Denison, and Steve West and wife Mary of Sherman; brothers-in-law: Roy Martinez of Denison, and Joe Martinez and wife Shelly of El Paso; sisters-in-law: Linda Neal and husband Dennis of Sherman, Shirley Reynolds of Bells, and Mary Harrelson and husband Ken of Denison; and grandchildren: Joel, Eisa, Caleb, Erik.


Jerry W. LaLonde, DHS Graduate

Jerry W. La Londe, 73, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Hospital.

Jerry graduated from Denison High School and then, from the University of Texas at Austin. He spent a remarkable and prestigious career inventing and doing stress-analysis engineering for many diverse military projects.

During his free time Jerry enjoyed offshore coastal game fishing, boating, and wilderness camping. He loved to be in the out-of-doors.

His parents, Robert F. La Londe and Edith La Londe as well as his two older siblings, Anita Jacobs and Robert B. La Londe, preceded him in death. He is greatly missed by his surviving family.


Ralph Edmon Harlow 1926-2009

Ralph Edmon Harlow, 82, of Denison passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

Mr. Harlow was born Aug. 30, 1926 in Denison to Olin Harlow and Ruby Davis. He married Gwendolyn Wright on December 10, 1955 in Denison. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years and the MKT and Union Pacific Railroad after 20 years. He was a member of East Baptist Church in Denison.

He is survived by his wife of Denison; sons, Olen Harlow of Howe, Tim Harlow of Denison, Edward Harlow of Galveston; daughter Judith Jones and husband Kenneth of Sherman; brother, Herbert Harlow of Casa Grande, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kenneth Baker, Gary Baker, Sherman, Seth and Samantha Harlow, Marilyn and Priscilla Harlow, Michael, Kimberly and Ashley Harlow; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jerry Harlow and Sonny Harlow.


Dwight Edward “Dee” Gaines, DHS Class of 1952

Dee was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Denison, a son of Gladys M. Collins and Harry L. Gaines. He passed away April 28, 2009 in the same room of the family home where he was born.

He was a 1952 graduate of Denison High School. Immediately after graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Charleston, S.C. as a corpsman at the naval hospital.

He met the love of his life, Marie Petersen at the hospital where she was also a corpsman. They married six weeks later and were blessed to spend 54 years together.

Following their service in the Navy they returned to Texas and Dwight graduated from North Texas State College in Denton, where he earned a BS degree in Biology and worked in medical sales for many years. He returned to college in the 1970s and became a registered nurse, working in emergency rooms in Tulsa, Richardson and Irving. He was an instructor for a short time at Grayson County College in the LVN program.

His hobby and passion was bull fighting. He fought 14 bulls in Juarez and Laredo, Mexico over the years.

He was predeceased by his parents, daughter, Deann Smith; and oldest grandson, Charles Gaines Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Marie of the home; daughter, Denise Jones of Denison; son, Charles Gaines and wife, Kathy of Granbury; brother, Gary Gaines of Granbury; four grandchildren, David Jones of Denison, Christopher Gaines of Nacogdoches, Morgan Gaines of Whitesboro, and Mekyla Burt of Savoy; one great-grandchild, Britton of Savoy, and his best friend of 60 years, Gunther Reins and wife, Pat, of Plano


Janice Cornwell (1941 - 2009) DHS Class of 1959

Janice Cornwell, 68, of Carbon passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009.

She was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Greenville to Foy and Runelle Powell. Janice was a retired escrow officer in the real estate business for several years before retiring. After that, she spent much of her time gardening and doing crafts. She and her husband, Glenn, also enjoyed traveling together.

Janice was also active with Habitat for Humanity and her Bible class, the Encouragers. She was a loving "Mammaw" to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Phinis Weaver, in 1992.

Survivors: Husband, Glenn Cornwell of Carbon; sons, Neal Weaver and wife, Ellen, and Kevin Weaver; daughters, Sharon Doar and husband, Tom, and Mindi Broyles and husband, Matt; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Louis Sikes, DHS Class of 1941

Louis was born to Benjamin Sr. and Cecil Sikes on Jan. 20, 1924, at the family's home, 2328 W. Bond, Denison. Louis attended Layne Elementary and the beautiful, historic Denison Senior High School on Main.

 After graduating from DHS in 1941, he worked for a short time at Tucker Lumber Yard. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1943 and served as a radio operator and gunner and flew on numerous missions. Louis served for two years in the Air Force and returned to Denison. He married Elsie Kirschner on Jan. 3, 1948, at Dripping Springs Baptist Church.

Louis was employed with Katy Railroad (Ray Yards) as a Katy car man and wrecker engineer for 40 years, retiring in 1985. He accepted Christ as his Savior in 1947 at Dripping Springs Baptist Church and was baptized on the shores of Lake Texoma. He enjoyed several years on that same lake as the proud owner of an original Yellow Jacket Ski Boat christened "Ski Cat."

Louis enjoyed many years raising cattle and gardens. In 1954, he joined the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where he attended faithfully for more than 53 years before his declining health prevented his attendance. He remained a "true son" of his hometown. With the exception of 2 years in the service, he lived his entire life in Denison and over eighty years on the same block. He died peacefully at the same home in which he was born, 2328 W. Bond.

Louis is survived by his loving wife, Elsie, and their children: Karen Sikes Ferrier and her husband, Herb, J. Michael Sikes and his wife, Diana Pipkin Sikes, Terry Sikes and his wife, Chris Noe-Sikes, and Cynthia Sikes Sutton and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Jason Ferrier, Chris Sikes, Julie Ferrier Berghaus and her husband, Oliver, Brian Sikes, Jennifer Sikes, Janet Sikes, Robert Noe, Charles Noe, Jordan Sutton, Seth Sutton; great-granddaughter, Melody; "special niece," Connie Sikes Johnston, her husband Herb, their children; and numerous other extended family. He is also survived by the following sisters-in-law/brothers-in-law: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kirschner, Ms. Ethel Forisha, Bro. and Mrs. Lester Scally, Ms. Eleane Kirschner Lovell, and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Benjamin Sikes Jr.; sister, Diana Sikes Aldridge. He was also preceded in death by the following brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law: Richard Forisha, Willard and Evelyn Samuel, Ted Kirschner, and Jerry Lovell.


Pastor Roy Kuykendall, DHS Graduate

Pastor Roy Kuykendall, 53, of Denison went home to be with His Lord Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Pastor Roy was at home surrounded by family and friends.

Roy was born Aug. 2, 1955 in Denison to Royce Lee Kuykendall and Peggy Dunaway Kuykendall (who preceded him in death). On March 22, 1975 Roy married the love of his life, Paula Kimbrell.

Roy was a retired paramedic firefighter who spent his entire career with the Denison Fire Department. In 1995, God called Roy into the ministry where he worked with youth for three years and was ordained in 1998. He served churches in Pottsboro and Sherman.
Roy was currently serving as an associate pastor at Victory Life Church in Sherman.

Roy is survived by his wife Paula; one brother, Paul Wilson Jr. of McKinney; sisters, Pam Wilson McCuan and husband, Rick of Frisco and Debbie Kuykendall Flood of Fairview; brothers-in-law, Kenny Kimbrell and wife Mary Lou of Denison and Mike and Carie McMorris of Savoy. Roy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Audrey Moye Smallwood, DHS Graduate

Audrey Moye Smallwood, 87 was born on June 1, 1921 the daughter of John Walter and Amy Susie McKeever Moye. She was a graduate of Denison High School and Draughon's Business College. On Sept. 24, 1951 she married Clinton Smallwood in Denison. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1970.

At the time of her retirement in 1975 from M.K.T. Railroad she was administrative assistant to the comptroller.

Mrs. Smallwood is survived by her children, son Robert Smallwood of Fort Worth and daughter Debra Sikes of Fort Worth. She is also survived by three grandchildren Rick Sikes, Jr., Mark Sikes, Amy Morrison and six great-grandchildren, Alexis and Brett Morrison, Lane and Gwyneth Sikes, Kaleb and Sophia


David Ray Smith, DHS Class of 1962

David Ray Smith, 65, of Edmond, Okla. went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

David was born June 28, 1943 in Denison, where he played football for the Denison Yellow Jackets. His love for football did not stop there. After graduation he went to play football for Henderson County Junior College and then for Oklahoma State University. David married the love of his life, Adrienne (Roberts) Smith on Aug. 1, 1970. They had their only daughter, Elizabeth Ann Smith on Dec. 18, 1972.

David's greatest joys were spending time with his family, keeping up with Oklahoma State athletics, and NASCAR.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gertrude Smith of Denison; his sister Marilyn, and his beloved wife, Adrienne Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Liz Smith and grandson, Hunter Todd of Edmond, Okla.; his sister, Martyne Revelle of Oregon and many friends that loved him dearly.

Nils (Sandy) Alexander Rutherford, DHS Class of 1948

Nils (Sandy) Alexander Rutherford, 79, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Corsicana, passed away March 7, 2009, in Oklahoma City. He was born January 29, 1930 in Denison, Texas, the son of the late William Thomas and Zoe Ella Calvert Rutherford.

Mr. Rutherford was a retired teacher-coach at Corsicana Junior High School. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a 32nd degree mason and a member of East Dallas Lodge # 1200 A.F.&A.M. He was also a member of the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Mr. Rutherford also worked as a cashier for the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

Mr. Rutherford is survived by many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Charles Calvert, Nicholas C. and W.T. Rutherford, Jr. and by two sisters, Charlsie (Budd) and Zoe Ella Rutherford. 


Martha Joyce (Young) Campbell DHS Class of 1948

Martha Joyce Young Campbell, 78, was called home by her Lord and Savior on Feb. 21, 2009. Joyce was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Denison to Talmage and Martha Young. She married the love of her life, Belmont Charles "B.C." Campbell on Dec. 10, 1947.

Joyce was a woman of deep and radiating faith. She was a member of Bethesda Community Church for more than 30 years and a member of the choir for more than 20 years. Joyce was a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Christian Center School.

Survivors: daughter-in-law and husband, Lennie and Morgan Hillman; granddaughters and husband, Brittni and Kevin Cox, Bianca Campbell; great-granddaughters, Belyn Beville and Belicia Cox; brother-in-law, Bob Campbell; several nephews and cousins.


James Brannon - Class of 1949

Jim Brannon died Thursday, January 15, 2009 in Denison. Since moving back to Denison several years ago, he suffered with COPD. No memorial service was planned. Jim's ashes and Ruth's ashes were returned to Oklahoma to be interred together.


Eva Hopper Vincent Smith

Eva B. Smith, age 100, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Homestead of Denison.

Mrs. Smith was born July 21, 1908 in Pilot Grove, Texas the daughter of Sam and Ada Hopper. Eva attended school in the Cherry Mound community and during WWII she drove a Railway Express delivery truck. She lived her entire life in Grayson County, working at numerous businesses here such as Newberry’s, Avon and Gibsons. Eva was a member of First Baptist Church, then a charter member of Parkside Baptist Church and in later life, Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her loving family, son, Marvin Vincent of Pottsboro; four grandchildren, Joy Sargent and husband, Johnny of Mesquite, Jinger Bibbee and husband, Wade of Allen; Vincent Hays and wife, Terry of Denison and Cheryl Emerson of Sherman; 16 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, beloved daughter, Barbara Hays, sister, Alma Hicks and brother, Vernie Hopper.

 Patricia Joyce Corcoran, DHS Class of 1945

Patricia Joyce Corcoran, longtime Denison resident, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Texoma Medical Center at the age of 81.

Mrs. Corcoran was born Oct. 1, 1927 in Denison, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Tucker. She graduated from Denison High School in 1945 and graduated from Draughon's Business School in Dallas. Pat married Tim Miller Corcoran on Sept. 30, 1950 in Sherman. She was employed with the Katy Railroad in the accounting department for over 20 years before retiring in 1986.

Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church in Denison, a Master Degree member of the Beta Zeta Phi sorority with more than 50 years of service, a member of the Denison Service League for many years giving of her time to the Bargain Box and Meals on Wheels. Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. A devoted Christian with a heart of gold. She will be remembered and truly missed by many.

Mrs. Corcoran is survived by her loving family: son, Kenneth Corcoran and wife, Nivea of Mexico City, Mexico; son, Curtice Corcoran of Denison; daughter, Deborah Corcoran Todd of Arlington, and son, Ronald Corcoran and wife, Kristi of Denison; grandchildren, Dana and Lisa Todd of Arlington, Elizabeth and Ian Corcoran of Denison and Olivia Corcoran of Mexico City, Mexico; sister-in-law, Joyce Corcoran of Dallas. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, Tim, brother-in-law, Russell Corcoran; sister-in-law, Theresa Hopkins, nephews, Mike Corcoran and Bill Hopkins.




Mayes, Rose Marie, DHS Class of 1936

Rose Marie Katherine Riddle Mayes, who lived in Denison from the early 1930s to 1998, died in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 31, 2008. She was 90 years old. Rosie, as she was known to many friends, was born May 11, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. She moved to Denison when she was about 12 years old.

Her father Arthur J. Riddle, was sent to Denison to open and manage the southwest division of Kraft Foods, the fourth largest Kraft plant in the U.S. Rose Marie graduated from the beautiful old Denison High School on Main Street in the class of 1936 and was the first queen of DHS's fall festival, Neewollah.

Her mother, Marie Denny Riddle, was a founder of the Denison Public Library. After Arthur Riddle died, Marie Riddle married Jacob Thomas McCall. She moved back to Denison after his death in the 1950s in order to be close to her only child, Rose Marie. At Christian College in Columbia, Mo., Rose Marie won creative writing prizes. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she was named to Theta Sigma Phi, national honor society for women in journalism. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority.

On Dec. 7, 1940, she married architect and life-long Denison resident Donald Mayes, for whom Mayes Elementary School is named. He designed the house at 7 Ridgeway Circle where Rosie eventually lived for nearly 50 years. Donald died in 1966. Rose Marie helped found the Denison Service League and served as its third president. She served on the Denison Public Library Board and the board of the Sherman Community Players. She was active in the Monodrama Club and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church Altar Guild. She had many delightful experiences acting in the Denison Community Players. After Donald's death, Rosie taught English at Denison High School and at Grayson County College. She studied French cooking at La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France and then taught cooking courses at Austin College, both on campus and in her home.

As a senior citizen, Rosie authored columns in the Denison Herald and the Herald Democrat. At the age of 80, Rose Marie moved to Cokesbury Village, a retirement and nursing care community in Hockessin, Del., just a few miles from the home of her daughter's family in Wilmington, Delaware.

After a fall in 2005, in which she broke a hip, her health declined. However, less than a week before her death, she joined the family for the annual Christmas reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales." She read her passage with the same joy she always showed when reading poetry.

To the very end, she remembered Denison and her old friends there with great affection. Rosie's family will remember her tremendous vitality and keen interest in others, her love of reading and teaching and her pleasure in entertaining and cooking.

Rose Marie Mayes' survivors include her son, Lee Riddle Mayes and his wife Junie Henderson Mayes of Santa Monica, Calif., and their son Matt of Los Angeles, Calif.. Her daughter, Melinda Mayes Penn and husband Robert E. Penn live in Wilmington, Del. Their son Robert M. Penn and his wife Rosanne, along with Rose Marie's great-granddaughter Emily Penn, live in Swarthmore, Pa.


William (Bill) Darr - Class of 1949

Bill Darr died December 25, 2008. William (Bill) Darr, 76, of Las Vegas, passed away December 25, 2008. He was born July 22, 1932 in Moberty, Missouri . He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, John and Faye Darr, his brother Leslie Darr and his sister, Virginia Alexander.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Olivia Gail Darr, son William and Maria Darr, brother Weldon and Peggy Darr, sister Peggy Casavant, brother in law Guy Andrus, sister in law Ernie Cox, four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.B ill graduated from Denison High School in 1949.

He served in the navy for 22 years and retired in 1971. He moved to Arlington, Tx and was the Administrative Manager for Dixie Yarn for 23 years. He then moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2004 where he had his long battle with cancer. He is buried at the Southern Nevada Memorial Veterans Cemetery at Boulder City, NV.


Mary Ruth Mears Wall - 1949

Mary Ruth Mears Wall died December 15, 2008. Mary Ruth was living with her daughter, Cathy, and Husband, Mike Potts, of Yukon, OK since the passing of her husband in 2001. Mary had heart problems and died from complications.

Mary is survived by son, Howard C. Wall, Jr., Seattle, WA, daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Potts, Yukon, OK, sister, Wanda Jean Mears Colella and husband, Chet, St. Peter, MO, and niece Patsy and Jerald Maxwell, Apple Valley, MN, a grandaughter and a great-grandaughter. Mary was buried in Seattle, WA. She would have been 78 on December 27, 2008.


Janet "Jan" Carol Thomas, DHS Class of 1967

Denison-Janet “Jan” Carol Thomas, age 59, went home to her Lord Thursday, December 11, 2008 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Ms. Thomas was born September 2, 1949 in Denison, Texas the daughter of George and Janie Thomas. Jan attended Denison High School and graduated in 1967. She went to Grayson County College and East Texas State in Commerce, where she received her Masters Degree in Library Science. Jan worked at several schools as a librarian in the Arlington school district for 37 years. Finally retiring this year in May from Bowie High. Over the years she had served on many committees and associations for the advancement of education. Jan loved to travel, but her main passion was books. She was a loving and caring person, who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Ms. Thomas is survived by her loving family, brother, Donald Thomas and wife, Wanda of Denison, TX; brother, Bobbie Lee Thomas and wife, Bobbie Dean of Colbert, OK; sister, Ellen Thomas of Denison, TX; cousin, Judy Sanders of Denison, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved friends.


Bill "Sonny" Allison, DHS Graduate

Bill "Sonny" Allison, 66, of Pottsboro went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at Texoma Medical Center, Denison, Texas.

He was born in Denison on Feb. 20, 1942 to Bill and Lorace Allison. Sonny graduated from Denison High School and attended Arlington State College. When he joined the U.S. Air Force, electronics was his specialty. Being stationed in North Africa was very rewarding; enjoying his passion for bowling and chosen to go to a tournament in Italy. On March 9, 1963 he married Marsha K. Cottingame, his wife of 45 years.

While working for IBM for 35 years, he traveled throughout the U.S.A. and was rewarded with trips abroad. Family and community were of great interest, staying active by coaching baseball, Lake Dallas School Board member and a leader in the building of a new school.

Bill designed their retirement home in Preston Peninsula in 2000. He was a very generous person, giving of his time and resources to Toys for Tots and Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce. Operating two businesses, Allison's Boat Storage and Bill's Quality Services, planting trees, left time to cook for others. The Resale Barn, VFW and Elks Lodge 238 will fondly recall the huge surprise meals. He graduated in 1990 from the Golfsmith Center in Austin, Texas, and expertly made golf clubs while enjoying the game.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Allison and mother Lorace (Shorty) Allison; grandmother, Rose Lovell and grandfather, William Lovell. Survivors are his wife, Marsha Allison; son, Tony of Pottsboro; daughter, Becky Bucher; son-in-law, Daniel G. Bucher of Denison; grandsons, Harley Allison, Sam Bucher, Ada Bucher and granddaughter, Dani Bucher; mother-in-law, Reeda Cottingame Burk of Pottsboro; cousins, Vikki Bullock of Denison, Hoyt Pilkilton of Pottsboro, Fred Pilkilton Jr., Roger Pilkilton, Mark Pilkilton, Greg Pilkilton and their dear mother, Cathy Pilkilton of Denison.


Kenneth Don Arthur, DHS Graduate

Kenneth Don Arthur, 68, went peacefully home to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at Centennial Medical Center.

Mr. Arthur was born April 20, 1940 in Denison, the son of Earl and Alma (Farmer) Arthur. Kenneth married Barbara Jean Landers on June 13, 1959 in Denison. Kenneth worked as an engineer for the Katy and Union Pacific Railroad before retiring with more than 28 years of service. He loved his family and spending time with them. He was a loving father and poppie and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Arthur was survived by his loving family: daughters, Shelly Schumacher and husband, Jay of Frisco, and Kristin Arthur of Dallas; son, Kenny Arthur and wife, Suzie of Saginaw; poppie to Emily and Haden Schumacher, Kaetlin, Gracie and Paige Arthur. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife of 48 years, Barbara.


Grace Jennings Newland - Class of 1925

Grace Newland was born Aug. 1, 1906 and died December 5, 2008 at the age of 102. She graduated from Denison High School in 1925. She married Cecil Newland in 1926. The couple owned and operated Newland Furniture Store in Gainesville, Tx for more than 40 years.

Grace was active in the Rebecca Crockett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the EasternStar and the Gainesville Lions Club auxiliary. She enjoyed participating in the telecast of the Sunday School lesson for the homebound from First Baptist Church.

Grace Newland is survived by her brother, Henry Jennings, Jr. of Lubbock; daughter Joann Cravens and husband, Joe Cravens, of Nederland; six grandchildren,  15 great- grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Newland; daughters, Joyce Fisher and Jean Blagg and granddaughter, Julie Davis.

Mary Lou Redwine Winkowski, Attended Denison Schools

Mary Lou Redwine Winkowski, 61, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Mary Lou was born in Denison on Feb. 26, 1947, to Valton and Geraldine Redwine. She attended Denison High School and later Baylor University.

Throughout her life, she demonstrated a strong desire to help others. This was shown throughout her years as a teacher, first in Nashville, Tenn., and later in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district in Texas. After retirement, she continued to help others by volunteering and mentoring. Generous to a fault, she was never happy unless the people around her were also happy.

Survivors: Her husband of 24 years, David Winkowski of Bedford; her brother, Thomas Redwine and his wife, Donna, of Denison; her niece, Karla McConnell and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth; and her nephew, Spence Redwine and wife, Sabrina, of Denison.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/20/2008


David Ray Allen, DHS Class of 1968

David began his timeless sleep on Nov. 10, 2008. He was born on June 22, 1949 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the only child of Ray and Olga Starr Allen. The family moved to Denison in the mid 1950s and while his parents owned and operated the Allen Bait Shop, David cultivated his love of music, magic and cooking.

A graduate of Denison schools, (he was first chair flute at DHS, class of 1968), he traveled to St. Louis to further his studies. While attending the St. Louis Institute of Music, he met the love of his life, Janis Lynne Hardgrove. After a learning trip to Paris, Nice and Monte Carlo, David returned to this country and reconnected with Jan. They were married in the Garden of the Gods on June 7, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan's birthplace.

In 1979 the couple moved to Denison and David became the chef/ owner of David's, a wildly popular restaurant with a French emphasis. The high end "Bistro" received critical acclaim in Dallas and became THE place for director Mike Nichols and stars Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher (for whom David made a birthday cake) during the filming of the movie "Silkwood" in the early '80s. At this point the disease of diabetes took hold of David and became part of his life. The restaurant was closed and David devoted his time to taking care of his family. With limitless compassion, patience and love he was well suited to this task.

David is survived by his cousins, Norma in Denison, Gene in California and Bill in South Carolina, friends for life, Donnie Ray and Richard, "The Angels", Sandra, Howard and Justin, and of course Jan, who is nursing a tear in her heart that will never mend and her mourning the loss of the unbelievable love of her life, her beautiful boy David Ray Allen.


Kenneth C. Cordell, DHS Class of 1949

Funeral services for Kenneth C. Cordell, 76, of Sadler, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, in Johnson-Moore Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Paul Brooks officiated, and burial was in Akers Cemetery.

He died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at his residence.
Kenneth graduated in 1949, was an outstanding member of the 1948 Semi Finals Yellow Jacket football team and played for Angelo State after high school.  As one team member, who was himself a star in high school, college, and later a very successful coach, described Kenneth-"He was little but tough as they come on the football field." 

After college, Kenneth made some outstanding contributions to his country and in retirement renewed his friendships with his Denison buddies by attending the Denton meetings.  He and Marvin Vincent became very close after retiring to the Denison area and Marvin has provided a lot of support to Kenneth when his health began to decline.

Surviving are his sons, Steven Glen Cordell of Omaha, Neb., and Jeff Cordell of Andrews; daughters, Mary Katheryn Ferguson of Round Rock, Janis Carol Cordell of Arlington, Marci Ann Kelly of Joshua, Lynette Chastain of McKinney, Angi Proctor of Plano and KayCee Cordell-Pinales of Denison; and 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Denison Alumni Association, 1201 S. Mirick Avenue, Denison, TX 75020, Attn. Lisa Crawley.
Published in The Herald Democrat on 11/17/2008

Clyde Sherman Brinkley, DHS Class of 1946

Clyde Sherman Brinkley, 80, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

Mr. Brinkley was born June 15, 1928 in Shannon Community, near Sherman the son of Daniel and Ester (Zuver) Brinkley. He graduated Denison High School in 1946. Clyde married Betty Louise Brown Sept. 30, 1950 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He worked as a lineman for the Katy Railroad and for Texas Telephone and Telegraph Company. He later served his country proudly in U. S. Army, a member of the 412th Engineering Battalion. Following his military service, he joined his father and brother, forming D. O. Brinkley & Sons Paint Contractors.

Mr. Brinkley is survived by his loving family, wife of 58 years, Betty Brinkley of Bells; sons, James Brinkley and wife, Ann of Whitesboro, and Michael Brinkley of Bells; daughters, Betty A. Brinkley, Carol Brinkley, and Barbara Williams and husband, Sam all of Bells; grandsons, Robert Williams and wife, Leandra of Howe, Brian Williams and wife, Amber of Denison, Kevin Forsythe of Sherman, and Matthew Forsythe of Cartwright, Okla.; granddaughters, Rachel Park of Bells and Crista Droz and husband, Ed Junior of Bells; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Nicholas and Sarah Williams all of Howe, Brenna and Isabella Williams, both of Denison, Grace and Abigail Park of Bells; brother, H. L. Brinkley and wife, Mildred of Burleson; and sister, Ruth Thornhill of Pasadena.

James Earl Riley, DHS Class of 1942

Lieutenant Commander, USN (Retired) James Earl Riley, 82, of Pensacola, Florida, died Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

James Earl Riley (JJ. to friends and family) was born November 6, 1925 in Sherman, Texas to Carrie Woodruff Riley and Earl Riley. He graduated from Sherman High School and Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

His military career began in the United States Navy in September, 1943. Jim participated in the 1944 D-Day invasion piloting a landing craft at Utah Beach after WWII, Jim had a long distinguished navy career with tours of duty in the Korean & Vietnam Conflicts. He was a recipient of the Korean service medal, Vietnam campaign medal, National defense medal and Vietnam service medal.

His last tour of duty brought him to NCTC (Corry Field), Pensacola, Florida, Retiring in 1970. After Retiring from the Military, Jim worked with Leonard Bros. Trucking Company for 10 Years. Upon Retiring from Leonard Brothers, he spent time playing golf with his many friends and traveling with his wife, Wanda.

Jim was a member of the Warrington United Methodist Church, The Corpus Christi Masonic Lodge, The Warrington Elks, Avant Guarde Board, The Stardusters Dance Club and Hadji Shiners.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Earl Riley and Carrie (Woodruff) Riley and sister, Doris Jean (Riley) Vaught.

Jim is survived by his loving & devoted wife and best friend of 60 years, Wanda Lorraine (Cullum) Riley; his daughter, Pamela N. (Riley) Gilmore and husband Lonnie of Pensacola, Florida; his son, James Earl Riley, Jr. and wife Dorit of Franklin, TN; his sister, Mary D. (Riley) Thompson of Coatesville, PA; grandchildren, Aaron Scott Mears of Colorado Springs, CO, Connor and Patrick Riley of Weston, Florida, Caroline, Daniel and Liam (Riley Family) of Franklin, TN; great grandchildren, Michael E. Mears and Rheanna S. Mears of Colorado Springs, CO.; Nieces, Mary D (Thompson) Elvin and Husband Richard of Coatesville PA; Sheryl (Vaught) Sherbrook and husband Phillip of Spring Branch , Texas; his nephews, Karl Vaught and wife Pam of San Antonio, Texas and Lynn Vaught of San Antonio, Texas; as well as numerous great nieces and nephews; and a host of dear friends.


Elizabeth Geraldine Kimberling-Morrow, DHS Class of 1950

Elizabeth Geraldine Kimberling-Morrow, 75, went to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 surrounded by her children in Whitesboro, Texas.

Mrs. Morrow was born Dec. 17, 1932 in Forney, the daughter William and Beatrice (Wilson) Kimberling. Elizabeth graduated in 1950 from Denison High School. She was a professional seamstress and had a great love for music. Elizabeth loved to play the piano and spend time with her family. She leaves behind a legacy to her children of music and being a good person. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Morrow is survived by her loving family: daughters, Diann Goings and husband, Bud of Whitesboro, and Janice Taggart and husband, Jerry of Manhattan, Kan.; sons, Gerald Carender and wife, Teri of Edmond, Okla., Darrel Carender and wife, Melanie of Norman, Okla., Richard Carender and wife Joni of Henryetta, Okla. and Michael Carender and wife Roxanne of Hampton, S.C.; brothers, Bill Kimberling and wife, Clover of Denison, and Charles "Dude" Kimberling and wife, Martha of Lancaster; sister, Juadeen Wright of Denison; 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren and husband, Earnest Morrow of Denison. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, and grandson, Jon Carender.

Justin Glen May, DHS Class of 2005

Justin passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 in Denison, due to the result of an accident.
Justin Glen May was born on Oct. 12, 1986 in Denison, to Gerry Glen and Wanda Melody (Reeves) May. He graduated from Denison High School in 2005. Justin was employed for Packers Sanitation Services. He loved to draw, listening to music, riding dirt bikes, but most of all he loved to go camping and fishing with his friends.

Justin is survived by his parents; Mother Wanda May-Jacobs and stepfather Tony Jacobs of Denison and father and stepmother, Gerry and Tammy May of Woodbine; grandparents, Clarence and Erma Reeves of Sadler; God-parents, Loyde and Judy Vaughan; aunts and uncles, David and Barbara Holcomb of Gordonville, Charles and Jane Simmons of Bonham, Mike and Sharon Reeves of Gordonville, Dan and Brenda Reeves of Gordonville, John Reeves of Sadler, Danny and Cindy Carney of Denison and Ricky and Carolyn Jacobs of Denison, and Angel and Mary the family dogs. Justin also is leaving behind many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Louise May.


Ronald "David" Atnip, DHS Graduate

Ronald ''David,'' age 70 of Moore, OK passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2008. He was born January 28, 1938 in Denison, TX to Tommy and Anna (Christman) Atnip. 

David married Ann Ard and they had 3 children. He proudly served his country in the US Army. David went to work for the civil service in 1966 and retired in 1992. He loved to work on cars especially street rods.

David was a member of NRA, CC Riders, OHRA, NSRA and attended the First Methodist Church of Oklahoma City. David was much loved by all that knew him and the street rod association will not be the same without him.

He is survived by his wife, Ann and children, David Atnip, Kristi Baker and Tim Atnip, 8 grandchildren, 10 brothers and sisters and many, many friends. ''We love you David and will miss you very much.''


Benton Ross, DHS Graduate

Benton R. Ross, 73, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 28, 2008 at his residence.
Mr. Ross was born Oct. 14, 1934 in Greenville, the son of Jesse Ely and Ruby Lovita (Carter) Ross. Benton married Janet Mauldin on Aug. 22, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, retiring as Chief Petty Officer after 20 years. While serving, he and his family lived in many states, and in Japan, for two years.
Mr. Ross worked for Texas Instruments for 17 years and retired again. Benton was a member of Parkside Baptist Church and involved with the Pacesetters class and Ray Smith's Sunday School Class. He was also a very skilled craftsman, building his own home and involved in the mission construction group of Parkside Baptist Church. Benton was also a member of Lonestar Masonic Lodge. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Benton will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Ross is survived by his loving family: wife of 46 years, Janet Ross of Denison; daughter, Angie Smith of Denison and her son, Joshua Smith of Mesquite; son, Greg Ross and wife, Donna and their children, Scott, Lisa, Katie and Rachel Ross, all of Wichita Falls; daughter, Kimberly Streun and husband, Steve and their children, Sarah, Gabriel, and Rebekah Streun, all of Denison; sister, Ouida Lewis and husband, Chuck of Tulsa, Okla.; brothers, James Ross and wife, Mary of Las Cruces, N.M., David Ross of Dallas; sister, Pamela Ross of Minturn, Colo.; aunt, Maude Ross Johnson and husband, E.F.; uncles, A.C. Ross and J.D. Ross and wife, Betty; numerous nieces and nephews.

Benton was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Ruby Ross; twin sister, Betty Faye Ross Pyle; first wife, Bobby Jo (Kinnamon) Ross and their beloved children, Leigh Ann and Anna Marie Ross; uncles, Sam Ross, H.C. (Butch) Ross and Earl Ross.


Patsy Franks Ferguson, DHS Graduate

Patsy Ferguson, 66, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 13, 2008 in Broken Bow, Okla. while vacationing with her beloved family.

Mrs. Ferguson was born Sept. 15, 1941 in Denison, the daughter of Grant and Elizabeth (King) Franks. Patsy married the love of her life J.B. Ferguson Sept. 6, 1957 in Denison. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Patsy loved spending time with family and friends. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and sister. Patsy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by her loving family, son, Jim Ferguson of Denison; daughters, Terri McCrary and Nikki Burger and husband, Ron all of Denison; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Tyler Ferguson, Garrett and Payden McCrary and Justin Ferguson all of Denison; step-granddaughter, Anana Burger of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Kim Johnson of Denison, and brother, Charles "Bubba" Franks and wife, Pat of Sherman. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Grant and Elizabeth Franks, husband, J.B. Ferguson; brother, Harlan Franks, sisters, Jeannie Cook and Kathy Watson, son-in-law, Keith McCrary and brother-in-law, Frankie Johnson


Kathryn Hix, Attended Denison Schools

Funeral services for Kathryn Hix, 57, of Allen were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2008, in Johnson-Moore Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Michael Daniels and the Rev. Jeffrey Cottingame officiated, and burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  She died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Hix was born March 1, 1951, in Whitesburg, Ky., the daughter of Jimmie and Gladys Tyree Combs. She attended Denison schools and was on the drill team and also was a first chair French horn player at Denison High School. She married John W. Hix Jr. on Feb. 18, 1972, in Denison.

Mrs. Hix was an employee at T.I. in Sherman before her marriage when she became a homemaker. She was a member of the Christian Church in Allen. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in McKinney. Kathryn was a kind and loving wife and mother and also a friend to many.

Surviving are her husband, John W. Hix Jr. of Allen; mother, Gladys Dudley of Denison; daughter, Kim Annette Jones of Allen; sisters, June Cottingame of Denison, Elana Stanley of Tennessee, Jina Whitaker of Tennessee and Donna Hayes of Viper, Ky.; daugter-in-law, Rhonda Hightower of Louisville, Ky.; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Evans, Jo Ann, DHS Class of 1941

Jo Ann Evans, 83-year-old Denison resident, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008 in Houston. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12 at Calvary Baptist Church.

Rev. Sam Cotter and Donald Wilkins officiated, followed by burial at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Evans was born on Oct. 22,1924 in Denison, daughter of Guy S. and Emma Malone Baggett. She was a 1941 graduate of Denison High School and graduated from Austin College in 1969, with a BA degree in accounting and English. She married Jack Q. Evans on May 2, 1947 in Denison and he preceded her in death on June 17, 1976.

 Mrs. Evans was an English teacher in the Denison Independent School District for many years. Before her teaching career, she worked for Kraft Foods in Denison where she was a plant accountant. She also worked with her husband as an accountant for his electrical contracting business.


Rowland, Walter Fredrick "Wally," Attended Denison Schools

Walter "Wally" Fredrick Rowland, 55, of Denison passed away June 5, 2008 at Brentwood Place Nursing Home in Denison. A memorial service was held on Sunday, June 8 with a visitation prior at Bratcher Funeral Home. Chaplain Doyles Ives officiated.

Wally was born on Nov. 24, 1952 in Denison to Clarence Lee and Nadine Waymire Rowland. He attended Denison schools. Wally attended Denison Family Karate under Sam Perez and achieved several belts during his training. He loved country and gospel music, playing guitar and watching videos with Brother Bill, and friends Bill Oreck and Bryan Tate.

He loved going to dances with his girlfriend Mary. Wally will be remembered by his family as the most wonderful son, brother and uncle we could ask for. One of his favorite pastimes was attending his great-nephew Cody's ball games. Wally loved and was committed to his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his family gatherings. Wally also loved his favorite cat "Sambo".

Survivors include his father, Clarence Rowland of Denison; sisters, Katie Hamrick and husband, Charles of North Carolina, Linda Poulter and husband, Tom of Greenville, and Rosemary Householder and husband, Bobby of Denison; brothers, Bill Rowland of Denison and Tommy Rowland of Connecticut. Seven nephews, five nieces and 20 great-nieces and nephews also survive him. Wally will also be missed by his girlfriend Mary Hamill; special friends, Bryan Tate, Marge and Bill Oreck and family and special cousins Rachel and Johnny Means.


William Eugene Bullard, 1947-2008, DHS Class of 1965

Gene Bullard, of North Hollywood, Calif., precious only son of Bill and Birdie Bullard of Kerrville, passed suddenly from this life on the evening of May 7 while jogging in Los Angeles. He was 60.

 Gene was the son of a career Air Force officer and therefore grew up in various places during the postings of his father, including two overseas assignments. He attended Denison High School, graduating in the Class of '65. He then completed the course of study at Grayson County Junior College and attended North Texas State University, before choosing to join the United States Air Force. He was sworn in by his father in early 1968 and served his country four years as a meteorologist in Germany and in Spain, during which period he also participated in the Experiment in International Living in Switzerland.

Following his tour of duty he studied music and drama at the University of Texas. It was the call of a career in music which led him to Los Angeles in 1978, but he subsequently made his living there as a graphic artist and editor, working 27 years in the financial assets management sector. Gene had a lifelong interest in photography and produced an impressive body of work; in his last year he also returned to his love of music and spent much of his free time playing the piano. He is the author of one novel, "The Innocent."

Gene's golden voice, wry sense of humor, astute observations, infallible memory, gentle kindheartedness, his uncompromising commitment to excellence, joy in making others happy, and just plain goodness can never be replaced but will always light the hearts of those whose lives he touched. Gene never married and is survived by his parents and his sister, Linda Bullard.


Billy Joe Harris - Class of 1949

Billy Joe Harris died April 7, 2008. He was born December 5, 1931 and was married to Wanda Ruth Rutledge in 1952. In Decemb er of 1952, Billie Joe joined the U.S. Army where he served his time in El Paso, Tx and at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe in Paris, France. He graduated from Bethany Nazarene College in 1957. He taught school in western Oklahoma for ten years and received his Masters degree. He then moved to the State Department of Education where he was the Director of Accreditation for 25 years. Then he served as superintendent of the local school system until retirement in 2002. He was the loving father of three daughters and an "awesome" grandpa to five grandchildren and one great grandchild.



Lilly Naomi "Frosty" (Foster) Scarberry Frost, DHS Class of 1937

On April 3, 2008 Naomi Frost, known as "Frosty" to many friends and gran-gran to her family, went to be with the Lord in heaven. Naomi was born to Horace and Ona Johnson Foster on Sept. 9, 1920 in Denison. She attended and graduated from Denison High School in 1937. In 1947 she married Doyle Frost; together they had two children.

Naomi's career was always secretarial. She worked in the secretarial pool at Perrin Air Force Base and retired civil service as wing commander secretary. She served 30 years in civil service, ending her career at Sheppard Air Force Base. She began another career at Safeway Brookside Division where she retired as secretary. After two retirements, she continued to work parttime for CPA Robert J. Dye.

Naomi became a devoted member of the Pythian Sisters in 1948, where she served as Grand Chief 1975-1976; she was a member of Lily Temple No. 3 in Denison; she was an original charter member of the National Association Retired Federal Employees; served as a volunteer for many years to Meals on Wheels, Denison SNAP Center; a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star. Naomi was an active volunteer at Texoma Medical Center, where she dedicated more than 4,000 hours of time that she truly enjoyed and looked forward to each week and she had many friends that watched over her that she loved dearly.

She was a very proud member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was loved by many. But most of all she was a devoted mother and very special, loving gran-gran.

Naomi was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father and sister. She is survived by brother Earl Foster of Tulsa, Okla.; son, Doyle H. Frost of Durham, N.C.; daughter, Gayle and son-in-law, Claude Anderson of Denison; grandson, Sean Anderson and Carol Rubenstein of Denison; granddaughter, Heather and husband Joel Shilling of Denison; grandsons, Scotty and Steven Frost; great-grandchildren, Justin Anderson, Trisha and Benny Rubenstein. She was also survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces and dear friends.






                     Jackie Ray Walton, DHS Graduate

Jackie Ray Walton, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and faithful friend to many, died peacefully at the age of 75 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center. He was born on May 22, 1932 and grew up in Denison, Texas, a special place to him, where friendships were made that lasted a lifetime.

After high school, Jackie served in the Navy during the Korean War, as a crew member on the Destroyer USS Cunningham. In 1955, he embarked on a 43 year long fire service career, starting with 29 years of service with the Dallas Fire Department, where he retired as a high level chief. The final years of his career were spent as Chief of the Duncanville Fire Department, and in 1999 he retired and moved to a special home on Lake Texoma with his beloved wife, Sonja.

Jackie earned a BA degree from Abilene Christian College in 1975. He was a member of the North Central Texas Fire Chiefs Association, serving as their president from 1990 to 1992. Throughout his career he was a strong supporter and frequent instructor at the Texas A & M Fire Academy. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Missing in Action Post 231, and a member of the VFW, the Denison Elks Lodge #238, and the George R. Reeves Masonic Lodge. During his 10 years in Duncanville, he supported the city in many ways through involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, and many other organizations. For recognition of his exceptional service, the City of Duncanville declared January 14, 1999 “Jackie Walton Day.”

Jackie was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Seal Walton Cowherd. He is survived by his loving wife, Sonja Gary Walton, daughter, Dena and husband, Richard Martin; son, Gary Walton and wife, Tamara; his grandchildren, whom he loved deeply, Kyle Martin and wife Brooke, Katie Martin, Brianna Peirson, Jaclyn and Morgan Walton; his brother Kenneth Walton; and sisters Bettie Walton Watson and Betty Lou Cowherd Teachout.

In celebration of Jackie’s life, a service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Denison. Retired Chaplain of the Dallas Fire Department, Denny Burris,  officiated. Interment followed at Tioga Cemetery in Tioga.


Jerry L. Odell, DHS Class of 1958

Military graveside services for Jerry L. Odell, 68-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at Georgetown Cemetery conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Officiating was Ret. Col. Rev. Carl Bilderback.

He died Thursday, Feb.14, 2008 at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. Odell was born on Oct. 30, 1939 in Denison, son of Pierce F. and Tennie Parker Odell. He graduated from Denison High School in 1958 and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He married Linda Eldredge on Oct. 3, 1964 in Denison.

Mr. Odell worked in the Airline Industry, as a city manager and was a member of the Cookville First Baptist Church in Cookville. He was in the U.S. Navy on the USS Swordfish (SSN-579) nuclear submarine.

Pallbearers were Mark Jones, Russell Parker, Steve Parker, Danny Kiler, David Potts and Robert Stumpf.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Eldredge Odell of Omaha, Texas; son, Jeffrey P. Odell and wife, Denise of Flower Mound; sister, Brenda Carsrud of Housto; and grandchildren, triplets, Jameson Odell, Gabrielle Odell and Madelyn Odell, all of Flower Mound.

He was preceded in death by his son, James F. Odell.


Melvin L. Reddick , DHS Class of 1969

Melvin Reddick went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.

Mr. Reddick was born Aug. 9, 1951 in Rogers, Ark., the son of J.T. and Virginia Reddick. He graduated from Denison High School in the class of 1969. He later married Brenda Stewart from Whitewright n 1971. They had two children, Brandon and Jason, both of Denison.

Melvin worked at Denison Industries for 33 years and was a member of Truth Tabernacle of Denison. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa. Melvin was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. We love you, Poppy.

Mr. Reddick is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Reddick of Denison; sons, Brandon Reddick and wife Cherri, and Jason Reddick and wife Shona, all of Denison; grandchildren, Josh and Chris Armstrong, Justin Reddick, Taran Shelton, Robert Shelton and Jada Shelton, all of Denison. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia Reddick of Denison; brothers, Monty Reddick and wife Jima of Denison, and Tony Reddick and wife Sandra of Mulvane, Kan. and numerous nieces and nephews. Melvin was preceded in death by his father, J.T. Reddick.


Joseph 'Tony' Anton Baecht, DHS Graduate

Joseph "Tony" Anton Baecht passed away a little after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2008, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital. He was born on Dec. 30, 1937, in Grafton, Ill., to Myrl and Clarence Baecht. He graduated from Denison High School and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southeastern University. He married his true love, Kawatha Sue Sweet, on June 3, 1966. They lived together on a farm near Ravenna for most of their married life and had two daughters, Katrina and Kathryn Baecht.

Tony dedicated more than 30 years of his life to teaching mathematics everywhere from Beaver, Okla. to Denison. In Denison, he taught at Golden Rule, McDaniel Junior High, and Denison High School. Rarely, could Tony go anywhere in the Sherman-Denison area without running into former students full of thanks and fond memories. Tony also owned a motorcycle shop in Denison, a continuation of his love for motorcycle racing. Tony began racing motorcycles when he was 14 years old, racing all over the southwest and collecting trophies with his brother Bobby. Shortly after the birth of his first daughter, he turned to his other passion: raising cattle and farming. He was proud of introducing a new breed of cattle to Fannin County: Penzgauer. He was happiest on the farm with his cows and in the house he and Kawatha built near Ravenna.

He imparted a love of nature to his two daughters, Katrina and Kathryn, taking them all over the farm teaching them the secrets and wonder of various plants and animals. He also blessed them with a love of story, not only reading to them often as they grew up, but also making up stories of his own. He always encouraged them in their own writing and education impressing upon them the importance of striving to be true to oneself.

After the death of Kawatha in June 2005, the last two years of Tony's life were a struggle. He was beset with stroke, leukemia, heart disease, and related complications. Despite his deep grief over loss of his wife, he never completely lost his sense of humor or his love for talking to others. He made friends easily wherever he went.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrl and Clarence Baecht, his sister, Alice Holcomb, as well as his wife, Kawatha Baecht. He is survived by his daughter Katrina Baecht of Austin, her husband Dustin Parks, his daughter Kathryn Baecht of New York, and her husband Chris Voss. Also surviving are his siblings Clarence "Buddy" Baecht, Rosie Dixon, Charles Baecht, Bobby Baecht, and Nancy Richards.

John 'Jack' Burrows, DHS Graduate

John "Jack" Burrows passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at his home. He was born on Nov.11, 1927 and was married to his high school sweetheart, Tees McMains Burrows for 53 wonderful years. He attended Denison High School where he was a letterman with the Yellow Jackets. He went on to obtain a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1950 from the University of Houston.

Prior to college Mr. Burrows proudly served his country in World War II and had been stationed in France and Germany. He was a member of the U.S. Army-1st Infantry Division. He was especially proud of his service during the Nuremberg War Trials where he served as a military guard. Mr. Burrows served a second round of service during the Korean War and returned home in 1953. Upon his return he entered into the oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer. After working with the Phillips Petroleum company in Southern Oklahoma, Mr. Burrows and his family moved to Salvadore, Brazil where he worked as an exploratory geologist in the Reconcovo and Amazon Basin for a couple of years. Moving back to the states in 1963, he then set up as a geological consulting company and developed many oil operations within Texas. The family moved to Gainesville in 1970 after Mrs. Burrows had accepted a teaching position at the North Central Texas College. Mr. Burrows was very active with the V.F.W. Post 1922 in Gainesville and served as the Commander from 2000 to 2004.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Nikki Sue and husband, Tim Addison of Coppell, and his sister, Donna Waddelow of Sherman. He had three grandchildren, Stacy Maxwell of Gainesville, Dylan and husband Shannon Gotcher of Denison, and Jordan Walker of Dallas. He had three great-grandchildren, Trace Maxwell, Brandi Anderson and James Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eunice and John A. Burrows and his sister, Janie Yeargan.

Sylvia Chloe Burgin, Class of 1944

Sylvia Chloe Burgin, 80, of Denison, music teacher, performer and song writer, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 at Texoma Medical Center.

 Stella was born on Feb. 27, 1927 in Denison, daughter of Homer and Stella Combs Bothe Sr. and was a 1944 graduate of Denison High School. She received her associate’s degree in music and elementary education from Grayson County College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. On July 4, 1946, she married J.L. Burgin in Denison.

She was a well known music teacher, performer and song writer throughout the North Texas area and Southern Oklahoma for a number of years. She was a member of Harless Methodist Church in Denison, and a lifelong member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 2773 and the American Legion Post 62. Sylvia and J.L. were inducted into the Texoma Music Association Hall of Fame in 1984-85. They gave numerous performances and received awards from “That Country Music Place” in Mead, Okla. In 1968-1969 they placed second in the national finals in the “Ted Mack Amateur Hour.” They also made an appearance on the “Merv Griffin Show” with their well known yodeling dog Hortense. J.L. and Sylvia performed with well-known artists such as Ernest Tubb and George Jones.

Surviving are her husband, J.L. Burgin of Denison; daughters, Kay Raper of Denison and Jan Pannell and husband, Keith of Gordonville; grandchildren, Clayton Cunningham, Holly Nunley and husband, Steve, Shandi Morris and husband Kennon, Jihl Davee, Jacob Mathews and wife, Mandi, all of Denison, Keith Pannell Jr. of Austin, Deidra Pannell of Lewisville, Angela Williams and husband, Troy of Denton; eight great-grandchildren, Asa Hall, Dylan Davee, Jada Mathews, Zadrian Morris, Chris Nunley, Jesse Nunley, Jorja Pannell and Evan Williams; numerous nieces and nephews; and two lifelong friends, Mary Williams and Janiece Wilson.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Ainsworth and Bernice Russell; one brother, H.E. “Buddy” Bothe Jr., and son-in-law, Freddie Raper.


Michael D. West , Class of 1972

Mike was born on June 1, 1954 in Denison. He passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Denison. He was the son of Aubrey and Evie West. Mike attended Denison schools and graduated from Denison High in 1972. He had been a truck driver for many years.

Mike loved fishing and hunting, being with family and visiting with his friends. He was a very special person that was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. He is survived by sisters Teresa Martinez and husband John of Denison, Shirley Malone and Brenda Becknel of Denison, Barbara Grubbs and husband Bryan, Kensington, Ohio; brothers Steve West and wife Mary, Sherman, Jimmie West and wife Elizabeth, Denison; nieces Kelly Garrison, Kim Hudgins, Kathy Haines, Stephanie Graham, Pam Clark, Becky Watkins, Marcella Chapman, Mellissa Brown, Rhonda West, Brenda Robinson, Marsha Rutledge, Melody Lowery; nephews John Martinez Jr., Kenny Spears, David Spears, Terry Stowers, Rusty Grubbs, Michael Dean West and numerous great nieces and nephews; special friend Kim Scott and lots of good friends.

J. Oliver Jackson, DHS 1939 Graduate

J. Oliver Jackson, a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame who coached track and field athletes from Abilene Christian University who set or tied 15 world records and won four gold medals in the Olympic Games, died Dec. 26, 2007 at 87 years of age.

Jackson's survivors include his wife, Bridget Marie (Biddie) Rowland Jackson, of Abilene, and three daughters and their husbands, Sara Brumit of Hutto, Rolanda Fulham and husband Paul of Abilene, and Lola Barnes and husband Terry of Comanche.

Survivors also include grandchildren Wes Anderson of Hutto, Blaine Anderson of Arlington, Paul David Fulham, III and his wife Lindsey of Houston, Jackson Fulham of Plano, Bridget and Zane Barnes of Comanche and Lubbock and great-grandson Karsen Macias of Arlington. Several nieces and nephews including Otis Williams and Sheryl Clapp of Denison also survive Coach Jackson.

Born in Denison on July 17, 1920 to O.I. and Jo Moore Jackson, he was the eighth of nine children. Preceding Jackson in death are his parents and siblings.  His siblings included three brothers and five sisters: Roy, Robert and Hulen Jackson, Elsie Williams, Lula Mae Pogue, Lottie Beggs, Adelaide Alpha and Lena Lovelace.  Jackson and Biddie Rowland, a 1939 graduate of Denison High School, were married Dec. 14, 1944, in Denison and were married 63 years prior to his death.

Jackson graduated from Denison High School in 1938. A three-sport letterman, he played basketball and football and won the Texas high school state championship in the long jump as a senior in track and field. He held that record for more than 50 years. In 2002, he was inducted into the Denison High School Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Class of 1942 at Abilene Christian University, but his graduation was delayed until 1946 (bachelor of science degree in education) because of four years of service in World War II. Entering military service in January 1942 in Lubbock, he served as a USAF captain and as a combat intelligence and executive officer of the 321st Bombardment Group in the 12th Air Force in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Corsica and France.

He also received a master of education degree from University of North Texas in 1953. Jackson served on many national boards and was a life member of the Old Guard.

Jackson also served as a coach for the U.S. team on its pre-Olympic tour in 1964.

After his coaching career ended in 1963, he served 20 years as senior vice president and director of Marketing for American Founders Life Insurance Co. in Austin after managing its agency in Lubbock.

An honorable Christian family man, coach and business executive, he was known for his positive attitude and as an encourager to achieve greatness. His infectious smile and twinkle in his blue eyes will be remembered by all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.


Franklin W. Lawrence, DHS 1950 Graduate

Funeral services for Franklin W. Lawrence, 74, were held Monday Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison with Rev. Mark Mitchell and Jim Cragg officiating. Graveside Masonic service followed. Family visitation was Sunday Dec. 30 at Bratcher Funeral Home. Frank went to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2007 after a brief illness.

Frank was born April 5, 1933 to Adeline Harvey Lawrence and Wade Lawrence. Frank married Jo Karlene McCraw on Sept. 12, 1953. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2004. Frank wed Barbara Ratliff on Oct. 13, 2006 in Denison Texas. Frank was a 1950 graduate of Denison High School. He played trumpet with the band for 4 years. After graduation Frank joined the Air Force where he was a mechanic on C-130s. On his departure from the Air Force Frank went to work for the United States Postal Service retiring from Richardson in 1990 as a supervisor.

Frank was an avid fly fisherman and was a member of the Red River Fly Fishers. Frank was a Master Mason and member of Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge No. 1152 in Denison. Frank was a tinkerer of cars and enjoyed going to the car races and custom car shows. Frank also enjoyed hunting.

Frank was known as Frankie to his longtime friends, and later in his life was known affectionately as Pops.

Frank is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Nancy Lawrence and son Curtis Dain and wife Stephanie of Denison and grandchildren Cheyenne and Jenna Lawrence. Stepdaughter and husband, Valerie and Bob Followell, stepgrandchildren Eddie Christman and wife Kristine, Kathy and Alisa Christman and great-grandchildren Savanna, Samantha and Kaden, all of Denison.

Charles N. Knight, DHS Teacher

Funeral services for Charles N. Knight, 82, of Denison, were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, in Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Greg Smith  officiated, and burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery in Van.

He died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Brentwood Place. Mr. Knight was born April 4, 1925, in Whitesboro, the son of William Ross and Lettie Knight. He married Virginia Hines on Nov. 27, 1946, in Grand Saline. He was a former member of Denison Kiwanis. He was a life member of Vocational Agriculture Association and Toast Masters Club. He graduated from Texas A&M and received his master’s degree from A&M in 1952.

Mr. Knight was an agriculture teacher at Denison High for 36 years.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Knight of Denison; daughter, Charla Specht and husband Steve of Lindale; brother, W.A. Knight Jr. and wife Peggy of Luella; sister, Velma Mayo of Whitesboro; and grandchildren, Preslie Specht and Jordan Specht.

Ronald (Ronnie) Henson, Class of 1954

Ronnie Henson, 1954 graduate of Denison High School died Sunday after a lengthy illness. Funeral was held Dec. 12 in Denison with burial at Cedarlawn Memorial Cemetery.

Ronnie married Donis Kay McBee, a 1954 graduate of DHS, on Jan. 31, 1957 in Denison. He retired in 1996 from the Texas Department of Human Services after 35 years. He received a BA degree in sociology from Texas Wesleyan University in 1968, Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M Commerce in 1979 and a
Masters of Religious Studies from Nations University in 2004.

He was a minister for 50 years, serving churches in Troy, Sherman, Denison and Gober, Texas and Achille, OK. He was a member of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Donis Kay; daughter, Melanie Suzanne Hartford of Georgetown; and grandsons, Ryan Matthew Hartford and Alex Steven Hartford of Austin.


Vincent De'Paul Moore, DHS Class of 1983

Vincent De’Paul Moore was born in Denison, Texas on February 17, 1965. His parents are Lucille McShan-Edwards of Denison, Texas and Frank Moore of Los Angeles, Calif. He was educated in the Denison public school system and graduated from Denison High School in 1983.

He was called home to be with God on Nov. 9, 2007 in his home in Los Angeles, Calif. at the age of 42 years old. While attending Denison High School, he was a 6’5” star, slam dunking basketball player that always motivated the basketball fans and players. He still holds the track and field high jump record for highest jump in DHS history at 6-8. He was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church where he was a member of the Sunday School Department, the Sheppard Boys, and a soloist in the youth choir, which his grandmother was very proud of. He received a basketball scholarship to Ranger College and then transferred to West Angeles College in Los Angeles where he met and married Adrianne Wooten. They have five children, La’wren Moore, age 19; Vincent Moore Jr., age 16; Arianna Moore, age 15; Blake Moore, age 13; and Adrian Moore, age 8. Vincent graduated magna cum laude from ITT with a 3.9 GPA. He attended the Los Angeles Police Academy and became a Los Angeles County Sheriff, and then retired from duty after 13 years. He then became a basketball mentor for children under the Los Angeles Clippers and also in his neighborhood where he started a Pro-Club Mentorship and even handed out T-shirts to the children. When his mother asked him what the children called him, he said, “Mom, they call me 'Coach’.” She said that she then wondered if they even knew his name. He always strived to keep the neighborhood safe for the children.

He also owned and operated their family cookie company, “Vincent Moore-Cookieman”, where he perfected his own chocolate-chip cookies and the neighborhood favorite, his mom’s chess cake from an old family recipe that she made for her children. He became a member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where he worked in the children ministries.

He truly loved his Denison High School classmates and they loved him as well. He was fun and a true joy to be around. His last visit to Denison was Christmas of 2006. His mother said he could light up a room just by walking in with his great, big smile.

Vincent, we will miss you so much and will send you hugs and kisses to heaven until we meet you there. Your love will always warm our hearts.

Honorary pallbearers will be Keith McShan, Lyndon Butler, Barry Malvern, Ronnie Wimbush, Reggie Cameron, Ronald Wilson, Tommy Roberts and Richard “Catnip” Roberts.

He leaves in love his parents; his wife; his children; his sisters, Tasha Moore-Mitchell of Denison, Texas and Kristen Moore of Los Angeles, Calif.; his brother, Stacey “Tiger” Moore of Sherman, Texas; his grandmother, Louise McShan-Williams of Denison, Texas and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and five nieces, who still call him their hero. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Evelyn Moore and his grandfathers, John McShan and Charlie Moore.


Mary Frances Rutherford, DHS Class of 1944

Mary Frances (Little) Rutherford, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007.  She was born May 30, 1926 in Denison, Texas to Robert E. Little and Lillian Stevens Little. Mary graduated from Denison High School in 1944. In 1964, she received her LVN license and worked 25 years as a medication and charge nurse, including 18 years with the Katy Hospital, and later with local nursing homes.

She was married to Nicholas C. Rutherford Aug. 10, 1952 until his death in December 1991. Their infant son, N.C. Rutherford Jr. and her brother, R.E. Little Jr. preceded her in death.

Surviving her are brother, Eugene H. Little of Denison and brother-in-law, Nils (Sandy) Rutherford of Corsicana, Texas and many nephews and nieces.


Justin Dea Wayne Easley, DHS Class of 2007

Justin Dea Wayne Easley, 18, of Denison, Texas passed away October 6, 2007 in Van Alstyne, Texas. Justin was born on May 28, 1989 in Denison to Garland and Misty McGee Easley. He graduated from Denison High School in 2007 and was attending DeVry Institute of Irving. Justin was working as a customer service tech for Verizon. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Denison. He enjoyed playing computer games and playing in his band.

Justin is survived by his father, Garland “Ernie” Easley and Laura Gray of Denison; mother, Misty Watson and husband, Ron of Denison; grandparents, Garland E. and Ellen Easley and Sue McDonald of Denison, Dewayne Johnston of Oklahoma and Sharon Watson of Midlothian, Texas; sisters, Ashlyn Flinn and Krista Houston of Denison, Tarryn Russey of St. Charles, Mo. and Shelbi Easley of Austin; brothers, Anthony Hess. Chris Gray, Michael Gray, all of Denison; aunts and uncles, Tammy and Butch Cole of Denison, Gene and Lisa Easley of Pottsboro and Larry and Debbie Hitesman of Union City, Tenn., Gay and Randy Watson and Tracy and Russell Hays, both of Arlington, and Heather Clark of Achille, Okla.


Carl Robert Linsteadt, DHS Graduate

Carl Robert Emil Linsteadt went to meet the Lord on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at his home after an extended battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2007 at First Baptist Church in Denison with Rev. Mark Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Denison. The family will be at the funeral home from 7-8 Thursday. Pallbearers will be Horace Groff, Dale Gouge, Joe Clapp, Daniel Linsteadt, Don Herd, Bill Pyle and David Maddox.

Carl is survived by his wife Carole of 46 years and two sons Chris Linsteadt and his wife Anne and their two children Luke and Allison all of Richardson and Chad Linsteadt of Dallas. Carl is also survived by his brother Terry Linsteadt and his wife Sandy and nephews Daniel, Dean and Davis. Other nieces and nephews include Charlotte, Ginger, Henry and Robert. Carl was born on February 18, 1940 in Denison, Texas to Thomas Carl and Juanita O’Neal Linsteadt. While in school Carl lettered in every sport every year and was voted Best All Around Athlete. He continued his love of sports throughout his life by playing baseball for Safeway, basketball for Gouge Contractors, Tennis at the Racquet Club and golf at Rod and Gun Country Club.

Carl dearly loved the First Baptist Church and all of its members. He found great happiness in doing work for the church and was always uplifted by the wonderful fellowship. After graduating from Denison High School he attended Grayson College and SOSU majoring in business administration. Carl actively participated in a variety of civic activities and organizations during his lifetime including: President and coach of Boy’s Club football and basketball, President and coach of Little League, Cub Master for Layne Cub Scouts pack 604, Lions Club and De Molay. Carl enjoyed these activities for at least 20 years and he felt truly enriched from the experiences of working with young children.

Carl’s working career included a long stint as transportation manager for Safeway, Conway Oil and Nabisco. After retiring, Carl enjoyed working part time in Food Distribution and Marketing for Wal-Mart and Frito Lay and Mrs. Baird’s Bread. He always looked forward to staying active and busy every day. Carl loved to be around his many friends and family. Some of Carl’s proud moments in life were: marrying his high school sweetheart, Carole, the birth of his sons, Chris and Chad and his two grandchildren, Luke and Allison.

Carl, Poppy, to his grandchildren, was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He dearly loved his family and some of his greatest joys in life included the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren. His grandchildren visited him often and they spent many hours playing together, fishing, bike riding and traveling. He counted this time as some of the happiest days of his life. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.


Joseph E. Duggan - Class of 1949

Joseph Emmett Duggan, age 75, passed away Friday afternoon, September 28, 2007 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

Joe was born February 16, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Joseph and Delorous (Sharp) Duggan. After graduating in the class of ’49 from Denison High School, he entered Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, graduating in 1953. While attending Southeastern, he served as president of three national fraternities: Blue Key, Phi Sigma Epsilon and Alpha Phi Omega. He was also president of the Interfraternity Council at the school. As an art major, he won first place for his mural at the Beaux Artes Ball. Joe married the love of his life, Jacquelyn McKay on February 21, 1953 in Denison, Texas. In 1953, he was also selected for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” and won the Lion’s Club Award for Outstanding Student.

He resided in Richardson, Texas from 1958 to 1981. He was one of the original members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and designed the cross that still stands in front of the church. He was involved with the church sports program and coached the “Packers” to a very successful season. He served as President of the Men’s Club at the church.

He always had an interest in politics and served as the regional campaign manager for Frank Crowley in his first run for the U. S. Congress in the 1960’s. Joe was elected to the Richardson City Council in 1975 and served until 1981. During his tenure on the Council, he had a leading role in planning the present City Hall.
His interest in art led him into a 34 year career with Sears, Roebuck & Co. where he served at first as a store designer and planner. In the concluding years of his career, he was assigned a similar position in Chicago. He was asked to return to Dallas in 1971 where he served as Facilities Planning Manager (involving the selection of shopping center sites, designing the interior and exterior of the stores in 11 southwestern states). When the Southwestern division closed in 1981, he assumed the same position of Facilities Planning Manager in theWestern Territory of Sears located in Los Angeles, California (serving 20 states). He retired from Sears in 1987.

This gave him more opportunity to serve in many important volunteer positions for Goodwill Industries. He was Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Agency in 1996-1997. In 1999 he was invited to sit on the Board of Directors of the International Goodwill in Bethesda, Maryland.

He and his wife returned to live in Denison in 2005. His volunteerism continued here where he served on the Board of Directors of the Denison High School Alumni Association and also, on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas, Inc.

Joseph is survived by his loving family: wife of 54 years, Jacquelyn of Denison, Texas; children, Debra Duggan Gregg and husband Ronald of Los Angeles, California, Patricia Duggan Eassa and husband Charles of Boston, Massachusetts and Julia Dian Duggan, who preceded her father in death. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Ashley Gregg and Reggie Gregg of Los Angeles, California, Hannah Eassa and Grace Eassa of Boston, Massachusetts. His beloved brother Dr. Jerome L. Duggan and wife Nancy of Denton, Texas and beloved sister, Patricia Duggan Davey and husband Tom of San Antonio, Texas. Eight nieces and nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews also survive him.

His family is a very close and loving large group of people who always cherish their time together.

Walter H. ‘Gabe’ Clark, DHS Graduate

Walter H. “Gabe” Clark died September 14, 2007 in Denton Regional Medical Center at the age of 90. He was born August 2, 1917 to John H. Clark and Della Dee (Dunn) Clark in Denison, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pauline, and his son-in-law Tom Joslin.

Walter graduated from Denison High School. In 1936 he went to work for the Cox Oil Co. driving a gasoline truck out of the “Sugarbottom” warehouse. A few years later he became the owner of the service station at that location. On September 24, 1939 Walter married the love of his life, Pauline Sykes. They had one daughter, Paula. He served in the U.S. Army and was sent to the Philippines in 1945-47. After returning home he continued operating his service station until 1977. After his retirement he continued to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone and Automotive. Walter never met a stranger, he loved to talk and joke, he would help his customers any hour of the day or night, and most of all, he loved his family. Walter also loved his church family at First Presbyterian Church in Denison, and for the past four years, his church family at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton. Over the years he served as a Deacon and an Elder at First Presbyterian.

After almost 64 years of marriage, Walter’s beloved wife died in 2003. Walter lived in Denison for over 86 years, but following Pauline’s death, he moved to Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village in Denton to be near his daughter.

He is survived by his daughter Paula Joslin Blind and son-in-law, Walter Blind of Denton; his sister, Margaret Ganter of California; three grandchildren, Mark Joslin of Houston, Michele Joslin Adams and her husband, Jimmy of Sanger and Scott Blind and wife, Jenifer of Euless. He is also survived by his six great-grandchildren, Tanner, Hayes and Haley Adams of Sanger, Jordan and Haylee Blind of Euless, and Dakoda Rollins Joslin of Tennessee.


Jeanette Wallis Dennis,  1931 graduate

     Jeanette W. Dennis, 92, died Aug. 19, 2007, in Denison. Memorial service was held Aug. 23 in Kerrville with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Denison at a later date. She was born in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1931 and from Austin College in
1935 with a BA degree in chemistry.

     She married Joe Dennis and they live in Galveston before moving to Lubbock in 1938, where he taught chemistry at Texas Tech. They moved to Kerrville in 2000 to be near family.

     She served 30 years as a volunteer in the Presbyterian Center at Lubbock She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Lubbock, where she was a deacon.

     Survivors include three daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Laura Jane Fish Letz, DHS Graduate

Laura Jane Fish Letz went home to be with the Lord, August 14, 2007. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Southside Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Taylor officiating.

Laura was born February 28, 1935, in Denison, Texas. Laura was God’s gift to Sidney L. Fish and Zella M. Fish and she had one brother, Wilson Claude Fish. Laura graduated high school in Denison, Texas. She became a nurse’s aide before she married Walter Letz Sr., becoming a military wife and mother to four children. Laura served as a nurse’s aide at Madonna Hospital and some other nursing homes in our community. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Denison.

She is survived by Walter Letz Sr. of Denison, Texas; brother, Wilson Fish and his wife, Carmen of Denison, Texas; daughter, Donna and her husband, Randy Starks of Brookston, Texas; son, Keith Letz and his wife, Valerie of Denison, Texas; son (Chip) Walter Letz Jr. of Denison, Texas; son, Lee Letz of Forest Hill, Texas. Grandchildren are Jenice and Carrie Starks of Brookston, Texas, Douglas, Vanessa and Jarod Letz and Amanda Malaney of Denison, Teas

Alex C. Morales, Class of 2005

Funeral services for Lance Corporal Alex Clay Morales will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 13 at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison, Texas. Alex passed away on August 4, 2007 in Fairfax, Va. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.

Alex was born on September 18, 1986 in Sherman, Texas. He attended Denison schools and graduated from Denison High School in 2005, where he participated in the band and was a member of the photo journalism team. Alex followed his dream and enlisted in the Marines before graduation. At the time of his death he was assigned as a member of the Special Guards Unit, stationed in Washington D.C. Alex’s kind heart left an impression on everyone who met him.

He is survived by his parents, Cathy Booher of Denison, Texas and Rafael Morales, presently of Fairfax, Va.; one sister, Rachel Morales of Austin, Texas; grandparents, Bill and Josephine Booher of Sherman, Texas and Maria Morales of Denison, Texas; aunts and uncles, Raul and Dala Morales of Kaufman, Maria Wells of Sherman, Anna and Charlie Wolfe of Denison, Ginger and Ronnie Lansdell of Florence, Ala., Rhonda Jay of Sherman, and Becky Ragland of Pottsboro; 15 cousins ; and a host of friends of which he treasured. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raul Morales.


Jerry Don Montgomery, DHS Graduate

Memorial service for Jerry Don Montgomery, 23-year-old Denison resident, was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 2 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Jerry died Monday, July 30, 2007 at Baylor Medical Center.

Jerry Don was born October 7, 1983, in Denison, son of Donna Dalrymple and reared by Don and Florence Hix. He was a graduate of Denison High School.

 Surviving are his fiance, Vanessa Wester of Denison; mother, Donna Dalrymple of Sherman; aunts and uncles, Debra and Don Thomas Hix Jr. of Sadler and Cheryl and Hal Hargis of Denison; uncle, Henry Wren of Dallas; cousins, Don Thomas Hix III, Timothy Hix, Jessica Hix, Baylee Hix, Hallie Hargis and Heryl Hargis.


Sharon Gray Nicholson - Class of 1962

Sharon Gray Nicholson, formerly of Denison, passed from this earth on July 29, 2007 in the comfort of her home due to complications of lung cancer.

Sharon was born on March 8, 1944 to Evelyn and Ray Gray and preceded in death by her parents. Sharon was raised in Denison, Texas and graduated from DHS in 1962.

She lived in Carrollton with her husband for the past 43 years. She worked for Coldwell Banker in Irving.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Gerald; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Jennifer Nicholson of Farmersville, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Bernice Gray of Sherman and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, which she loved dearly. She is also survived by her loving caregiver, Jennifer Adams.

A celebration of her life was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Rhoton Funeral Home in Carrollton with the Rev. Kevin Higgins officiating. Burial  followed at Hilltop Cemetery.


Joe Cox Burtis Jr., Class of 1975

Joe Cox Burtis Jr., 50, of Denison passed away July 24, 2007 at TMC. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2007 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. A visitation was held Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Ricky Bates, Terry Wright, Brian Hicks, Joseph Monfette, Clint Evans, Danny Conner and Dennis Conner. Honorary pallbearer was Kenny Early.

Jody was born on November 17, 1956 in Denison, Texas to Jeanne and Joe Cox Burtis Sr. He graduated from Denison High School in 1975. Jody spent 30 years in the construction and roofing business and the last 20 years as co-owner of B&B Roofing and Sheetmetal. Jody is survived by his mother, Jeanne Burtis; father, Joe Burtis and wife, Terry Burtis of Denison; daughters, Kristen and Katie Joe Burtis of Denison; stepdaughter, Nicole Garza of Denison; sisters, D’Ann Ellis and husband, Larry of Pottsboro, Dana Farley and husband, Kevin of Denison; stepsister, Kelli Gobel of Savoy. Jody was deeply loved by his nieces and nephews, Cole Gatlin, Emilee Ellis, Canaan Farley and wife, Katrina, Christopher Gatlin, Candace Farley and Larry Ellis Jr.; uncles, John Austin Burtis and wife, Pam of Irving and Don E. Lankford of Sherman; aunts, Jean Dunkle and husband, Dave of Irving, Annette Tilley of Fredricksburg, Donna Lankford of McKinney. Also surviving him are cousins, Julie Green and husband, Stacy, Kathy Spann and husband, David, Austin Burtis and wife, Michelle, Ginger Burtis, Karen Jones and husband, Bobby, Jeff Cantrell, Kelly Hamon, Lisa, Leanne, Gaynel and Michael Lankford, Melanie Farmer and husband, Chuck.

Jody was preceded in death by grandparents, L.E. and Coke Lankford, P.W. “Boots” and Mildred Burtis and Uncle Pleasant Word Burtis.


Franklin "Dean" Bryant

Franklin “Dean” Bryant, age 53, died Monday, July 23, 2007 in Houston. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Bethel Community Baptist Church in Denison. Officiating will be the Rev. Micheal Braxton, pastor of the church. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.

Dean was born on Feb. 19, 1954, in Denison, son of Milk Thomas and Aline Bryant and attended Denison Public Schools.

He was employed in grounds maintenance for the City of Lufkin. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Denison.

Left with precious memories are his sons, Jerry Robbins of Sherman, Chris Edwards of Denison and Joseph Wallace of Houston; daughters, Enga Bryant, Franchesca Bryant and Marva Bryant, all of Houston; brother, Steve (Francenia) Bryant of Denison; sisters, Claritha Bryant of Marshall and Darline Waddles of Sherman; special friend, Angela Roberts of Lufkin; and three grandchildren


Audra Fae Crowell

Funeral services for Audra Fae Crowell, 75, of Denison, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Woodlawn Baptist Church. The Rev. Kevin Higgins officiated, and burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  She died Monday, July 16, 2007, in Texoma Medical Center.

Mrs. Crowell was born May 8, 1932, in Ambrose, the daughter of Jessie and Mamie Horner Stapp. She attended school in Bells and graduated from Denison High School. She married Calvin Crowell on Nov. 26, 1949, in Durant, Okla. Mr. Crowell died March 21, 1992.

Mrs. Crowell was homemaker and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. She was a member of Gate City Chapter No. 77, Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her stepmother, Ethel Stapp of Fort Worth; sons, Tommy Crowell of Denison, Tim Crowell and wife Leaneasha of Ector; daughters, Donna Moody and husband Garry of Denison, Lawanna Hagan and husband Kenny of Allen and Debra Blevins and husband Jamie of Howe; brothers, Thomas Stapp and wife Rosie of Destin, Fla.; sisters, Hattie Baugh and husband Steve of Pottsboro, Retha Perdue of Savoy, Geneva Griffith and husband Ronnie of Grandbury; grandsons, Brian Ross and wife Marcy of Howe, Michael Ross and wife Shellie of Sherman, Johnny Moody and wife Melanie of Allen, Jeffrey Crowell of Denison, Jacob Crowell of Ector and Zachary Blevins of Howe; granddaughters, Tammy McCord of Allen, Lori McCord of Allen, Jennifer Crowell of Denison, Morgan Crowell of Ector, Jami Blevins of Howe, Brittney Crowell of Ector and Isabell Blevins of Howe; and five stepgrandchildren, Brian and Michael Hagan, Kimberly Carmichael and Missty Squyres; 21 great-grandchildren; and one stepbrother and three stepsisters.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Stapp.


Jewel McKnight , DHS Teacher

Jewel McKnight, long-time English teacher in the Denison Independent School District, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 14, 2007.

Mrs. McKnight was born July 25, 1928 in Houston, Texas to Paul and Thelma Adams. She attended Jack Yates High School, then went to Prairie View University where she earned her B.A. degree in English. To further her education, she earned her M.E. degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Her 48 years of teaching included instruction at Terrell High School, McDaniel Jr. High, and Denison High School. Honors she received during her tenure were: Secondary Teacher of the Year — 1989-1990, and Teacher of the Month in 1993.

Jewel married D.D. McKnight on June 19, 1949 at Williams Temple Church of God in Christ, Houston, Texas. Out of this union two children were reared in a Christian home. She was virtuous woman who loved God, her church, and her family. Her price was far above rubies, according to her husband. Jewel served most of her married life as church secretary, Sunday School teacher, and gifted pianist.

Jewel is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Drewey D. McKnight, Jr.; Beloved daughter and son, Pamela Polk (Ben) and Steven McKnight, both of Sherman; Grandson, Ben Steven Polk (Kim) of Dallas, and a host of relatives and friends.

Mrs. McKnight is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Thelma Adams; Sister, E. Elizabeth Murphy; Grandmother, Priscilla Yancy; and her brother, Paul Lawrence “Bubba” Adams, Jr.


Claude Clift , DHS Graduate

BELLA VISTA — Claude Clift, 84, of Bella Vista died July 14, 2007, at Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville. He was born March 30, 1923, to Marion A. and Jessie Cook Clift.

He graduated from high school in Denison, Texas. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to be a gunner on a merchant ship. After his discharge from the Navy he went to school to become a photo engraver for a newspaper. He married Martha Hatchell on March 30, 1957. He moved to Bella Vista in 2003.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, in 1985, his brothers, Robert Clift Sr., Gene Clift and John Clift, former employee of the Denison Herald.


Mary Elizabeth Morrison, DHS Graduate

Mary Elizabeth Morrison, 91, of Denison, died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center of Sherman. Preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Bertha Tignor, brother, Alvin Tignor and sister, Marguerita Tignor Borum.

Wife of philanthropist Ray Morrison of Denison who died in January of 2005, Mrs. Morrison was born on May 29, 1916, in Denison, Texas, daughter of Chester and Bertha Tignor. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Denison.

After graduating from Denison High School, Mrs. Morrison worked for several retail businesses, primarily Madden’s Department Store in Denison. She married Ray Morrison in 1945, and they operated a grocery store at 1530 W. Morton for many years. During the 1960s, the couple sold the grocery store and moved seven miles east of Denison, eventually building two homes on the property. They moved into one, and in 1974, Mrs. Morrison’s sister, Marguerite and her brother-in-law, Paul Borum, the retired Denison Chief of Police, moved into the other. Mr. Borum helped Mr. Morrison with his farming and ranching businesses until his death in 1978.

Mrs. Morrison was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Women’s Circle Four. Along with her husband, she created the Ray and Mary Morrison Endowment at Texoma Medical Center for the benefit of the Morrison Medical Building. The couple also created the Ray and Mary Morrison Scholarship Fund at Grayson County College.

Surviving are a niece, Elayne Tignor Vick of Irving; two nephews, Bill Borum of Tulsa, Okla. and Jerry Borum of Cape Coral, Fla.; Mr. Morrison’s niece, Norma Allen of Denison; nephew, Gene Allen of Rolling Hills Estate, Calif.; nephew, Ron Burleson of Denison; and Betty Lacy of McKinney.


James David Hester, Class of 1960

Services for James David Hester, 65, of McKinney were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Sherman, TX with Dr. Kris Segrest officiating. Mr. Hester passed away on June 30, 2007 in McKinney, TX. Burial was at the Friendship Cemetery in Sherman, TX.

James was born on Sept. 21, 1941 in Denison, TX the son of William and Bertie Hester. He lived most of his life in Denison before moving to West Texas and later to McKinney. He married Patsy Sue Hester. She preceded him in death in 1998 and he later married Sue Hester.

He is survived by his wife Sue Hester; five sons, William Charles Hester of St. Louis, MO., James David Hester Jr. of Kansas City, MO, John Timothy Shafik of Plano, TX, Matthew George Shafik of Plano, TX, William Wagdy Shafik of Plano, TX; two daughters, Angela Lynn Medrano of Wylie, TX, Lori Leigh Posey of Sachse, TX; one brother, Andy Hester of Raytown, MO. He is also survived by four sisters, Doris Smith of Hugo, OK, Fleta Duncan of Lee Summit, MO, Juanita Wood of Dallas, TX, Betty Modica of Beaumont, TX, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other friends and family.

James was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Patsy Sue Hester, and one sister Billie Jean Reynolds


Wanda Mae Murray James, DHS graduate

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2007 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for Wanda Mae James, 76, of Howe, Texas who passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Meadowbrook Care Center in Van Alstyne. Chaplain David Petrash of Grayson County Home Hospice officiated.

Mrs. James was born on August 24, 1930, the daughter of Ernest Murray and Anna Andrews in Denison, Texas. She was a graduate of Denison High School. On September 13, 1947 in Denison, Texas she married Robert James. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2004 after 57 years of marriage.

Mrs. James was an avid reader and shopper. She worked for Littles Pharmacy in Sherman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children: Kathy Rivard and Michael of Howe, Texas, Steve James and David of New York, New York, Richard James and Julie of Pensacola, Florida; three grandchildren: Christine Frazier, Jennifer Eads, Chris Suttlehan; three great-grandchildren: Katie, Emma and Brendan.


Bevan Vaughan - DHS graduate

Bevan Vaughan, 52, died on Father's Day, June 17, 2007, after a long illness. Funeral was Thursday, June 21, 2007,in Denison with burial in Fairview Cemetery.  Bevan graduated from Denison High School in 1974 and married Roeann West in Denison. He worked for Safeway Corp. for 10 years and TXU for 18 years. He was an avid Harley Davidson man and riding his Harley was his therapy.

Survivors include his wife, daughter, Christy Ann, and son, Bevan Caden and mother, Peggy Vaughan Hahnel of Denison, twin sister, Davon Ann Armstrong, brother, Ed Griggs of Pottsboro and sister, Ellen Willis of Denison.


Larry E. Ertel

Larry Edward Ertel, 63 year old owner and operator of Larry's Liquor, died June 13 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas of CLI Leukemia. Funeral was June 16 and burial was at Fairview Cemetery.

Ertel attended Denison High School and at American High of Barcelona, Spain. He served on the USS Enterprise with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and received an electronics degree from DeVry Institute in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Sallie, one daughter and one son.


John C. Johnson, DHS Class of 1959

TUCSON, Ariz. — John C. Johnson died June 6, 2007 in Tucson. Memorial services were held June 22 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen. Ashes will be in columbarium at that church.

Surviving are sister, Pat Wilke of Port Lavaca, Texas; sons, Charles F. Johnson and John C. Johnson Jr. of Plano; daughters, Anita Sheridan of Parker, Texas and Alice Rosales of Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

B.R. "Bill" Kinamon, DHS Class of 1953

B.R. "Bill" Kinamon, 71, or Denison died June 4, 2007 at Homestead of Denison. Graveside service was held June
5 at Fairview Cemetery.

Bill was born in Denison and graduated from Denison High School with the class of 1953. He attended Southeastern State University in Durant and served in the 101st Army Airborne for six years, obtaining the rank of sergeant.

He was self-employed with Kinamon Service Center in Denison for about 35 years and was a Baptist.

Survivors include his mother, Thelma Kinamon ofDenison; son, Perry Mark Kinamon of Denison; and sister, Lucille Shelton of Denison.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Betty June Samford, DHS Class of 1944

Betty June Samford, 79, died June 4, 1007, in Galveston. Funeral was June 7, 2007 in Galveston. She was born in Denison and graduated from Denison High School in 1944. She taught preschool in Galveston from 1970 to 1982, then was employed by UTMB in the Physician Billing Service from 1982 until she retired in 1991. She was the daughter of Lloyd and Mae Rich of Denison.  Survivors include three sons.

Joe Neal Lewis

Joe Neal Lewis, age 73, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Texoma Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.  Joe was born on September 28, 1933 in Allen, Oklahoma son of R. V. and Orvetta (Trowbridge) Lewis.  Joe married Mary Lou Wilson on March 9, 1953 in Portland, Maine. He served his country in the Coast Guard and National Guard. Joe had a great love for children. He enjoyed working at camps, serving as house parent and other activities with children. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Lewis of Pottsboro, TX; sons, James Lewis and wife, Cynde of Denton, TX and Dennis Lewis and wife, Mary Jane of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Christi Gideon and husband, Jeremy of Denton, TX, Diana Lewis of Denton, TX and Jessica Lewis of San Antonio, TX; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kaylee Gideon and Abrum Mitchell all of Denton, TX; sister, Linda Cooper of Runaway Bay, TX; three nieces and three nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jimmy and grandson, Michael Lewis on May 26, 1996.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Fisher Funeral Chapel with Pastor Carl Bilderback officiating. The ashes will be buried at DWF National Cemetery at a later date.

Herbert Richard Gentry, Class of 1936

Herbert Richard Gentry died on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the age of 88, in Austin, Texas. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was born in Denison, Texas, to Lula (Richard) Gentry and Herbert Lee Gentry. He graduated from Denison High School in 1936. He later attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Harold Paul Gentry and wife Maxine, and sister Hazel (Gentry) Fawcett.

After having "aced" the Civil Service exam in 1938, he boarded a bus with $10 in his pocket, and headed to Del Rio, Texas to work for the U. S. Border Patrol. After the end of World War II, he moved his family to Austin. It was a beautiful city with libraries, tennis courts and the University of Texas. For the next 36 years, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service where he retired as a section chief at the Data Processing Center. In a governmental career of some 41 years, he won the admiration of his colleagues and numerous service awards. An avid reader and story teller, he lived a vigorous life of intellectual curiosity. His love for writing was resumed upon his retirement and culminated in his leadership of a writing class of his fellow seniors. He had a great appreciation of his family and his love for them was obvious each and every day. As a child of the depression, he learned early in life the value of a dollar and encouraged his children to obtain as much education as they possibly could. His advice to his family was simple and practical and included such admonitions as "you don't want to grow old and be poor," "learn to type and you'll never be without a job," and "love to read and you can go anywhere in the world." He leaves behind many friends and a legacy of kindness and civility for which he will be long remembered. In sum, he was an honorable man who was loved by many and in so many ways played his own important role as a member of "the greatest generation."

Surviving him is his wife of 67 years Emma Gene (Seale) Gentry; daughter Barbara Ann Sunday; son Rick Gentry and wife Sharon, all of Austin; and son David Gentry and wife Liza of Lago Vista. He is also survived by grandchildren: Karen (Sunday) Gillum and husband Dub of Granbury, Steve Sunday and wife Michelle of Fort Worth, and their father Michael B. Sunday of Fort Worth; Paul Gentry of Sterrett, Alabama; Mark Gentry and wife Stacey of Lubbock; Mary (Gentry) Salakka and husband Mika; and Richard Seale Gentry and John Shadid Gentry of Austin, and their mother Martha E. Smiley; and great-grandchildren Erica and Lauren Gillum of Granbury. He is also survived by niece Gloria (Fawcett) Watson and husband Dr. Clyde Watson of Charlottesville, Virginia and nephew Ed Fawcett and wife Donna (Roach) of McKinney, Texas.


Christopher Paul Epley, DHS class of 2006

Christopher Paul Epley, 19, a 2006 graduate of Denison High School, died April 24, 2007, in an auto accident on East Main Street Road.  Christopher played trombone in the high school marching band. He was employed at DeVolli's Restaurant and had planned to enlist in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst.

Survivors include his parents, Harold and Michele Epley III of Denison and two brothers, Mike and Jeff Epley.

Edward Gene Crouse, DHS graduate

Edward G. Crouse, 75, died April 22 in Haslet, TX. An honor guard from Fort Hood conducted military honors.  He was a two-time POW during the Korean War and had four Bronze Stars along with an honorable discharge.  He received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from North Texas State and had a 20-year career with the Office of the Inspector General for Housing of Urban Development. He was a candidate twice for mayor.

Survivors include four children and a number of grandchildren.

Edwardine Cordell McCoy Fox, DHS Teacher

Edwardine Cordell McCoy Fox, formerly of Denison, Texas, died at the age of 88 on April 15, 2007 at her Dallas home after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

"Dena" was born in Colbert, Oklahoma, on April 1, 1919, the daughter of the late Arling Lyndon Cordell and the late Lela Hill Cordell. She touched the lives of thousands of public school and college students during her 47-year teaching career, which she began at the age of 18 in a one-room school near Colbert. She was an elementary teacher, principal, and basketball coach at Platter and taught English and speech at Colbert High before moving to Denison's Central Elementary School. In 1953, she became Denison Senior High School's speech teacher and drama and debate coach, where she and her students maintained an active schedule of drama productions and successful speech, drama and debate competitions. She became elementary supervisor for Denison ISD in 1963, remaining in that capacity until 1969, when she joined the faculty of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) at Durant, where she became a full professor and Head of the Elementary Education Department.

During this period, she also served as an education columnist for The Denison Herald. She retired from teaching in 1984. A lifelong learner, she graduated valedictorian of Colbert HS at the age of 15, subsequently earning a BS from SOSU, an MS from North Texas University, and an Ed.D from Texas A&M University, Commerce. She earned her last degree, a BS in criminal justice, from SOSU at the age of 65. After retirement, she continued her long-standing interest in owning and racing quarter horses and participated in a wide variety of community activities and projects.

She became active in Denison city politics, and was elected to the City Council, subsequently serving as Denison's Mayor Pro Tem. An avid golfer, she was a long-time board member and supporter of the Denison Country Club and an officer of the DCC Women's Golf Association. She was an Elder in Denison's First Presbyterian Church and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

She was married to Charles Edward McCoy from 1941 until his death in 1972. She was married to James B. Fox, Jr., from 1977 until his death in 1988. She is also preceded in death by her brothers Arling L. and Sylvester B. Cordell and her sisters Loretta Cordell Phelps and Mabel Cordell Scott.

Survivors include daughters Charla and Melanie McCoy of Dallas; son Robert A. McCoy of Denison; and stepchildren Charles E. Beckelman of Denison and Tony Fox and Carolyn Fox Beckham of Houston.


Shirley Taylor Ridinger, DHS Class of 1962

Shirley Ridinger age 63, of Denison, went to her heavenly home on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, while surrounded by her family and her familiar treasures, at her residence. She was born in Denison to Sherwood and Peggy Wilson Taylor on October 24, 1943.

Shirley married William (Bill) Ridinger, December 9, 1961, in Madill, Okla. They had one son, Troy Don Ridinger. She graduated from Denison High School in 1962. She was a member of East Baptist Church. Shirley worked 24 years at State National Bank, later known as Bank of America. She later worked for Pro-Med Diversified. Shirley loved her family and friends, and especially enjoyed her association with the NewComers Club. She loved to entertain and was known for the seasonal changes of decor in her home. She invited friends, individually, each season for lunch and to enjoy the beautiful array of her collections and seasonal decorations. She loved crafts and attending craft shows everywhere.

She collected many things. It was not unusual to find her table set with beautiful dishes and table linens. She will always be remembered for the vast number of rooster and chicken displays in her home. Also, an entire room in her home was set aside for her doll collection. She loved candles and to enter her home, one was surrounded by wonderful fragrances. Shirley was known for her love of the color red, her beautiful manicured fingernails, and her beautiful hair (always done to perfection).

Shirley is survived by her husband of Denison; one son, Troy and wife Melodye of Allen, Texas; grandson, Dennis Tittle of Ft. Smith, Ark.; one sister, Brenda and husband Dave Darling of Ripley, N.Y. and their two daughters and families; Uncle Paul and wife Dovey Wilson of Denison, Aunt June and husband, Jack Carroll of San Diego, Calif.; aunts, Betty and Marilyn Taylor of Denison; three brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, and their families, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.


Dickey Thomas, Denison High graduate

Charles Richard "Dickey" Thomas, 47, formerly of Denison, died at his home in Taylor April 5, 2007. A private family service was held Aptil 16 at the home of his parents, Charley and Treva Thomas in Denison.  While in high school Dickey was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He joined the Navy when he was 18 and also served in the Merchant Marines. He was a plumber by trade and most recently worked in Austin.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Aubrey Charles Thomas Jr., of Denison and Audrey Thomas Flood of Round Rock.


James S. "Jamie" Cassidy, DHS class of 1974

James S. (Jamie) Cassidy, 50-year-old Denison resident, died Monday, March 26, 2007 at Texoma Medical Center.  Mr. Cassidy was born on July 31, 1956, in Denison, son of Jimmy Lee and Mary Buccigrossi Cassidy. He was a 1974 graduate of Denison High School.  Jamie was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Denison. He was an avid sports fan. He loved his Denison Yellow Jackets, Texas Longhorns, Notre Dame and Dallas Cowboys. He also loved his animals Majic, Dee Dee and C.J.

Surviving are his mother, Mary E. Butcher of Stuart, Florida; sister, Mary Ellen Kessler and husband, Charles of Roebling, N.J.; two nephews, C.J. and Chad Kessler of Roebling, N.J.; very special aunts, Patsy Owens and Ellen Rinaldi; uncles, Puggy Cassidy and Freddie Cassidy; and numerous cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Lee Cassidy.


Stanton V. Wimbish, DHS Class of 1998

Services for Stanton V. Wimbish, 28-year-old Denison resident, were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30 at New Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Denison. Mr. Wimbish died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Texoma Medical Center.  Mr. Wimbish was born on Aug. 7, 1978, in Denison, Texas, son of Rev. Stanley Brown and Nelda Wimbish. He was a Denison High School graduate, class of 1998. He married Jessica White on Feb. 28, 2004 in Denison.  He was a former member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Jessica Wimbish of Denison; grandmother, Larena Wimbish of Denison; father, Rev. Stanley Brown of Denison; mother, Nelda Wimbish of Denison; brothers, Lester Hunter of Sherman, Trent Brown and Tristan Brown, both of Denison; sisters, Tara Wimbish, Fanchon Wimbish, Shanice Wimbish and Brooklyn Brown, all of Denison; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

Evelyn Cornell Carletti, DHS Class of 1933

Evelyn Cornell Carletti, 91, died March 19,2007.  Funeral was in Grand Prairie with interment in the Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens.  She was born in Denison Feb. 19,1916,to Edna Baucom Cornell and Albert Lee Cornell. She graduated from Denison High in 1933 and from Southeastern Oklahoma University in 1937 with a BA in math.  She taught high school in Oklahoma and completed her Master's degree in math at TWU, then moved to Texas in 1958 and joined the Grand Prairie High School staff as a math teacher. She taught there for 25 years.  An avid traveler and visited all 50 states, Europe four times and completed an extensive trip through Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong.  She is survived by two daughters, Kay Hendrix of San Antonio and Christi Austin of Austin; two granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, sister, Dr. Frances C. Willis of Denison and brother, Leland Cornell of Mesa, AR.


John "Mike" Wheeler - 1941 DHS graduate

John "Mike" Wheeler, 81, of Denison died March 16, 2007, in a Flower Mound nursing home. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Denison.  Mike was a 1941 graduate of Denison High School and attended North Texas and Texas A&M. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II, where he flew B-24s, then went on to serve in the Korean War. He retired from the MKT Railroad after 41 years. His wife, the former Sophie Elizabeth Redondo, died in 2004.Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Phillips of Mason, Susie Killough of Denison and Annett Phillips of Hurst; sons, Mickey of Arlington and Mark of San Antonio, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 


Mickey Murphy Wood - 1947 DHS graduate

Mickey Jean Murphy Wood,76, of Sadler died March 6,2007. Burial was in the Sadler Cemetery.  Mickey was born in Hoover, TX and was so tiny she wasn't named for three months because doctors didn't think she would life. The family returned to Grayson County in 1935 and she attended school through the eighth grade in the Sadler area. She graduated from Denison High in May 1947 and married Norris Kinion Wood that summer. They resided on the Wood family farm near Sadler.  Survivors include a daughter,  Brenda Stanberry of Whitesboro, a sister and three grandsons, two granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.

Louise Gregg Painter - Denison graduate

Virginia "Louise" Gregg Painter died March 5, 2007, in Denison. She was born in Denison and married Billy C. Painter here in 1956. She was a life-long resident of Denison.   Survivors include two sons, Dennis Gregg and Steven Gregg and a daughter, Lisa McBride and Rhonda Youngblood, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mary Frances Gladen. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Cemetery.


SFC James F. Hogan - Denison High graduate

SFC James F. Hogan, 50, died Feb. 27, 2007 in an Oklahoma City Veteran's Hospital.Burial was at Cherry Mound Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Fort Hood Honor Guard.  James was a graduate of Denison High School. He was a retired sergeant first class with the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty during Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Calm.   Survivors include three sons, Jimmy of Birmingham, AL, Kurt of Waller, TX and Eric of Fairbanks AL, and the mother of his children, Marsha Henson Cook of Sherman.


Terry Hall Rodgers, 1966 DHS Graduate

Terry Hall Rodgers, 58-year-old Denison resident, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 at his home. Memorial services were held  Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Denison Church of the Nazarene. Officiating was Rev. Dave Pettigrew, pastor of the church, and Larry Eastman, a lifelong friend.

Mr. Rodgers was born on June 17, 1948 in Denison, son of Harold and Dickie Rodgers. He was a 1966 graduate of Denison High School. He also graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and did graduate studies at East Texas State University in Commerce. On March 21, 1970, he married Floretta Buckner in Denison.  He had lived in New Jersey and California and returned to Denison in April 2006.

Surviving are his mother, Dickie Rodgers of Denison; wife, Floretta Rodgers of Plano; two daughters, Valerie Rhea Rodgers of Elk Grove, Calif. and Whitney Michelle Rodgers of West New York, N.J.; and one brother, Donald Rodgers and his wife, Sherry of Beaumont, Calif.

Marvin F. Hunt Sr.

Marvin F. Hunt Sr. of Denison passed away Friday morning, February 23, 2007 at the Mullican Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Bratcher Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy York Hunt of Denison; children, Dusty Hunt and wife, Ann of Denison, Joe Lee Hunt and Paulette Williamson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Noel Hunt and wife, Renee of Plano, Patricia Hunt Matthys and husband, Michael of Lyons, New York, Kelly Hunt McClafferty and husband, Kevin of Flower Mound; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and brother, J.J. Hunt and wife, Mary of Dallas; one sister, Wilma Hunt Creech and husband, Louis of Pottsboro; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Marvin was born January 22, 1929, the 11th of 13 children born to Luke and Zelma Hunt. He attended Denison schools before serving a two-year stint in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. Subsequently, he was employed by three railroads — MKT, Union Terminal and Amtrak for over 30 years.

For 18 years, he devoted every possible hour as a Reserve Deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff’s office, serving in many capacities and he particularly enjoyed his duties as transportation officer. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Marvin was loved and cherished by many people throughout his active life, and he continued to impact people after his illness. His family, in particular, will always miss his devotion and humor. To us, he was truly larger than life.


Scott Thomas Badgett , Class of 1978

Scott Thomas Badgett 47, of Denison passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at TMC. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2007 at Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Rev. Greg Smith officiated.  Scott was born on January 6, 1960 in Denison, Texas to Larry and Jeanette Winnett Badgett. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and also worked in the Maintenance Department at Wilson N. Jones.

Scott is survived by his mother, Jeanette Badgett; daughter, Morgan Badgett both of Denison. Scott is also survived by a sister, Mitzi Massie of Oklahoma City, Okla. Scott was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Jill Carpenter.

Jimmie Gray Lorentzen - Class of 1949

Jimmie Gray Lorentzen died February 19, 2007. Jimmie was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend to many. She was born November 8, 1931 in Arkansas, grew up in Denison, Texas and was a long-time resident of South Milwaukee, WIS before moving to Sun City, AR. She married her Air Force sweetheart, Fritz, of Perrin Field in 1954. Jimmie was a graduate of Methodist School of Nursing in Dallas. She was a dedicated Registered Nurse and loved helping others.

Jimmie was active in the American Lutheran Church and was elected the first woman President of Trinity Lutheran in South Milwaukee. She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Fritz; sons, Christopher of West Milwaukee and Mark and wife of Cudahy, WS; sister Billie Smith and husband and brother Roy Gray, all of Denison.

Fred R. Pilkilton - DHS graduate

Fred R. Pilkilton, 81, long-time Denison businessman and president of Fred Pilkilton Motors, died Feb. 7, 2007 in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  Mr. Pilkilton was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Denison, Texas, son of Willie and Rosa Lee Pilkilton. He graduated from Denison High School and attended Austin College in Sherman. He and his wife, Cathy, had been married 55 years.  He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Denison. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and was stationed in Siapan. He had been president of Fred Pilkilton Motors since 1955, following in his father’s footsteps. He was a member of Billie Mosse Lodge #1152 in Denison, Dallas Consistory of Scottish Rite and Grayson County Scottish Rite Association. He was a life member and past president of North Texas Shrine Association and member of Eastern Star Gate City Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; two sons, Fred Jr., and Roger, both of Denison; three grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Steve Garner - 1973 DHS graduate

Stephen Eugene “Steve” Garner, age 52, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at his residence.  Steve was born on October 6, 1954 in Tacoma, Washington to Arther and Frances(Coble) Garner. He was a 1973 Denison High School graduate and attended Grayson County College and Southeastern University. Steve currently was employed by Ruiz Foods and had previously retired from Pillsbury after 27 years of service. At Pillsbury he was known as “Pard.” He also enjoyed working two years for the Federal Courthouse in Sherman. Steve was a kind, loving man with a wonderful sense of humor although he could be a little stubborn at times. Since he could repair anything, he was also affectionately known as Mr. Fix-It.

Steve was a natural computer “Geek” because he loved the challenge and was willing to try anything at least once. He was a gifted musician and his guitars were his prized possessions. In his younger years, he was a member of a Rock-n-Roll band at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky called “Pheasant Under Glass.” Later when he moved to Denison, he was a part of another band known as “Boogie Blues Band.” He loved fishing, was a huge Cowboys fans and was devoted to his family. Steve was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother-in-law and will be dearly missed by all.

Steve is survived by his wife “The Love of His Life,” Jana Garner of Denison, Texas; children, Maury Garner Rodgers and husband Kim of Denison, Texas, Lindsay Garner and Jason Thompson of Oklahoma City, Okla., Callin Rosenow of Denison, Texas and Dalen Rosenow of Denison, Texas; his mother, Frances Coble Garner of Denison, Texas; sisters, Donna Garner LaPee and Mike Christian of Louisville, Ky., Suzann Garner Montgomery and husband, Dennis of Denison, Texas; nieces, Alyssa and Taylor Reedy of Denison, Texas; nephew, Trevor Montgomery of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren, Riley Degraffenreid of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jaxon Hale of Denison, Texas and Austin Rodgers of Denison, Texas; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruby and Sam Moran of Denison, Texas and brother-in-law, Brian Hicks of Denison, Texas.  Steve was preceded in death by his father, Arther Garner, his grandparents, Rachel Coble Norris, John Coble, Dan Norris and Willie and Ruth Tollison Garner.

Joyce Newland Fisher - DHS graduate

Joyce Newland Fisher died Jan. 28, 2007, in Brenham.  Burial was in Prairie Lea Cemetery there.  Joyce grew in Denison and at the age of nine learned  to drive a 12-geared family farm truck. As a youth she  piloted a passenger boat for her father's summer business and performed with his magic shows. She excelled in oil painting, flower arranging, sewing, knitting and embroidery. She married John Clinton Fisher on Dec. 28, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Denison.  For the past 19 years they had been owners of Seek and Find Antiques, The Lamplighter Shop and Texas story in downtown Brenham.

Survivors include her husband; her 102 year old mother, Laura Grace Newland of Gainesville; three daughters, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three more great-grandchildren expected; and sister, Joann Cravens and husband Joe of Nederland.


  The Rev. James Douglas Knight, Class of 1958

Reverend James Douglas Knight, 66, of Prague, Okla. died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in Norman, Okla. A Prayer/Vigil was held at 7 p.m. Monday evening, Jan. 15, 2007, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3214 N. Lake Ave., Oklahoma City, Okla. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Road, Norman, Okla. Services were under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Father Knight was born March 7, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas to Joseph D. and Rachel Augusta (Hollingsworth) Knight. He attended and graduated from Denison High School in Denison, Texas. In June of 1961, he married Dolores Elizabeth Knight in Corpus Christi, Texas. He later attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1975. In 1978, he received a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas, in 1989, a Bachelor of Arts from Kansas Newman College and a Master of Divinity from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in 2001. He received his Ordination on May 25, 2001, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. Father Knight served in the United States Navy 20 years before retiring on Nov. 1, 1979. From 2001 until 2002, he worked as administrator for Saint Peter Church in Woodward, Oklahoma, Saint Frances Church in Beaver, Okla., Saint Joseph Church, in Buffalo, Okla., Sacred Heart Church in Mooreland, Okla. and Holy Name Church in Shattuck, Okla. He served as Pastor of Saint Peter Church in Woodward, Okla. and Missions, Saint Frances Cabrini Church in Beaver, Saint Joseph Church in Buffalo, Sacred Heart Church in Mooreland and Holy Name Church in Shattuck from June 2002 until 2006. He served as Administrator of Sacred Heart Church in Alva, Okla. and Missions Saint Cornelius Church in Cherokee and Our Mother of Mercy Church in Waynoka, Okla. from 2002 until 2006. He was currently serving as Pastor of Saint Wenceslaus Church in Prague, Okla. and Saint Michael Church in Meeker, Okla. Father Knight held the offices of Chaplain for Knights of Columbus Council 2974 and Mother Teresa Assembly 2572 in Woodward and Vicar of Region VI . He was also Chairman of the Board of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma.

Father Knight was preceded in death by his parents; wife, and son, Daniel Terrance Knight. He is survived by sons, Roger C. Knight of Noble, Okla. and Peter D. Knight and wife, Rhonda of Norman, Okla., daughter, Georgia D. Knight, of Norman, Okla.; brothers, William R. Knight and wife, Jane, of Frisco, Texas and Michael Graham Knight and wife, Valerie, of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren; Joseph D. Knight and Cassandra Knight, of Noble, Okla.; and Daniel J., Hannah N. and Chloe E. Knight, of Norman, Okla.; nephews, Cristopher Knight and wife, Kimberly, of West Hills, Calif., Michael Graham Knight, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Commerce, Texas, Kevin Knight and wife, Sarah, of Spring, Texas and Brian Knight and wife, Donna, of Canyon, Texas and nieces, Sunnye Childers and husband, Ryan, of Carrollton, Texas and Jennise Ann Knight of Rock Hill, S. C.


John Sullivan Bishop - 1955 DHS graduate

John Sullivan Bishop died Jan. 10, 2007.  A memorial service was held at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Dallas on Jan. 13.  John was born in Denison to a pioneer Texas family.  His great-grandmother was the first recorded birth in Grayson County.  He graduated from Denison High School in 1955 and from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a long-time Dallas property and casualty insurance agent, owning J.S. Bishop and Co., IMA Insurance Agency and IMS Mortgage.  Survivors include his wife, Barbara, sister, Carol Ross Bishop of Houston, and two step-sons.





Charles Gerard, Class of 1959

GERARD, CHARLES, Born October 10, 1940 in Denison, TX and passed away December 25, 2006 in Dallas, TX. Memorial service was held 3:00PM, Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Restland Abbey Chapel.


Ronald Gene Griffith, 1965 Terrell High graduate

Ronald "Ronnie" Gene Griffith died Dec. 24, 2006 in DeSoto, Texas. He was the son of Timothy and Vivian Griffith and a 1965 graduate of Terrell High School.  After school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1965 to 1969, traveling the world He was a head chef at Wyatt;'s cafeterias for a number of years.  Funeral was held Dec. 29, 2006, with burial in the DFW National Cemetery.  Survivors include his parents, four sisters and two brothers.

Marion Carl Cunningham, Denison student

Marion Carl Cunningham, 63. died Dec. 10, 2006, in Carrollton. He was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Grayson County and lived most of his early life in Denison. Known as M.C., he lost his eyesight due to a retina disease. He attended Houston School as long as his sight allowed.  He taught himself to read and write Braille and earned his GED before attending Grayson County College. He went on to North Texas State University and received his Bachelor degree and an M.B.A. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service almost 30 years.  He was a member of the American Council of the Blind and in spite of numerous health issues in recent years, he traveled alone to several ACB National Conventions.  He was a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, where a memorial service will be held at a later date. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Denison.

Connie Louise Davis Ard, Class of 1966

Funeral for Connie Ard, 58, of Denison was held Dec. 14, 2006, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  She was the daughter of Andy and Betty Martin Davis and was an honor graduate from Denison High in 1966. She received her Associate of Science degree from Grayson County College and her BA in Education and Master of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She taught art from 1979 to 1986 in Denison schools.  She married Timothy David Ard II in 1976 and he died in 1994.  In 1986 she organized the Denison Chapter of Recovery Inc., and served as Group Leader and an active member for the last 20 years.


Jerry Whitfill - Class of 1949

Jerry K. Whitfill died November 13, 2006.  Full military honors were accorded to Mr. Whitfill at D.F.W. National Cemetery. Jerry was born August 23, 1932 and served in the U.S. Air Force for over 26 years, retiring in October, 1976, as Master Sergeant. He married Philene Harris February 2, 1952. After retiring from the military, he farmed at his home in Denison.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Philene, son Jerry K. Whitfill, Jr and wife of Dallas, son Gerald Robert Whitfill and wife of Humble, Tx; daughter Phyllis Ann Hamilton and husband of Edna, Tx and daughter Patricia Sue Fox and husband of Houston; brother Kenneth Whitfill and wife of Houston, brother James Ray Whitfill and wife of Pasadena and brother John Whitfill of Dallas; sister Mary Reesby of Sherman and sister Billye Burke and husband of Dallas. He is also survived by six grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Evelyn Irene McGuire, Class of 1933

Evelyn Smith McGuire died Nov. 17, 2006, in Denison. Funeral was Nov. 21 and burial was in Hagerman Cemetery.  She graduated from Denison High School in 1933 and attended Southeastern State Teachers College in Durant, then North Texas State Teachers College. She was an elementary teacher and taught in the Basin Springs School in Grayson County. She also taught kindergarten and retired from the cotton testing lab of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They returned to Denison in 1984.  She married Nathan Bedford Forrest McGuire in 1937 and they were married 62 years before his death in 1999.


Robert A. Gatley II, Class of 1986

Robert A. Gatley II (Rosenow), 39-year-old Denison resident, died Nov. 20,2006, at Cancer Treatment Centers in Tulsa, OK. Funeral was Nov. 24, 2006, in Denison with burial at Fairview Cemetery with military honors by the Marine Corps.  Robert was the son of Robert and Peggy Gill Gatley. He was a 1986 graduate of Denison High School and attended college while in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Kathy Pierce in Denison.  He worked for Ratheon as a technical engineer for four years and was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and nuclear biological specialist. He was stationed in Okinawa for four years.  Survivors include his wife of Denison, parents, grandmother, two daughters, and two sisters.

Carolyn (Carrie) Monroe, Class of 1934

Carolyn (Carrie) Monroe died Nov. 17, 2006. She was the daughter of Elva and Violet Preston and graduated from Denison schools in 1934.  Carrie married Sam D. Turner Jr., a pilot instructor for student pilots during World War II. After his death in 1974 she married Robert E. Monroe.  Survivors include her husband, daughter, Carolyn Keitz Ratcliff; son, Samuel D. Turner; stepchildren Nancy Wall and Bobby Monroe, seven grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.  According to her wishes there was no funeral or memorial service.

Helen Wineinger, 1934 graduate

Helen Wineinger, 90, a 1934 graduate of Denison High School, died Nov. 17, 2006, in Denison. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Mrs. Wineinger, a daughter of Robert and Mamie Howard Young, was a homemaker and taught Sunday school for many years.  She is survived by a son and a daughter, two brothers and one sister, Mildred McCune of Denison.

David Witts, DHS graduate

David Witts, a Dallas attorney who helped start the famed Terlingua Chili Contest, was reared in Denison and graduated from Denison High School .
Witts and his friend, Carroll Shelby tried to market the 150,000 acres of land they owned in the middle of nowhere along the Rio Grande River in Brewster County and held their first chili cook-off there in 1967. The Terlingua Chili Cooking Contest has become a tradition.  Witts, 85, died Oct. 25 in Dallas .

He had said that at the age of 16, he worked as a day laborer helping build the Denison Dam and decided right then that he didn’t want to do that the rest of his life, so he decided to go to school and become a lawyer. After graduating from DHS as Aaron Witz, he went to the University of Texas and earned a bachelor’s degree then worked as an agent in the FBI before going into military service.  He later wrote a book, “Forgotten War, Forgiven Guilt” about his experiences in the South Pacific with the 13th Air Force during World War II.  After graduating first in his law school class as SMU in 1948, he built a prestigious law career in Dallas and was one of 14 people selected by former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson to draft Goals for Dallas .

His father was Phillip Witz, who owned a department store in Denison as David was growing up. His mother worked as a saleslady at K. Wolen’s Department Store here.


Roy Clark, DHS Class of 1955

Roy Clark, 69, of Little Elm died Oct. 13, 2006, in Carrollton. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park at Sherman.  Roy was born in Denison, the son of George LeRoy and Amy Opal Clark. He graduated from Denison High School in 1955 and later earned his degree in electronics. He served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1965 and owned and operated Clark Motel until 1977.  An avid bowler, he bowled two 300 games in his career and in 1955 was televised in the finals of a bowling tournament along with Hall of Famer Earl Anthony.  He is survived by his son, Russell, of Little Elm and daughter, Amy Clark of Howe.


Albert W. Brown, Class of 1935

Albert W. Brown, 88, died Oct. 2, 2006.  Funeral was held Oct. 4 at the First Baptist Church.  A Denison CPA, Brown was very active in the Lion's Club, having served in almost every capacity on the local and district level. He was a founder, director, president and life member of Lion's District 2-E-2 Organ and Eye Bank and the Lion's Julian C. Hyer Youth Camp. He and his wife, Viola, in 2003 were honored when a Humanitarian Award was established in their honor, recognizing 50 years of service to the Lions.  He is survived by his wife, Viola, son, Al, who carries on the business, and daughter, Carol Brown Light, administrator in the Plano Independent School District. He also is survived by four grandchildren.


Virginia Simms Norman, DHS graduate

Virginia Ann Simms Norman DENISON — “Ginny” Norman passed away peacefully at Texoma Medical Center surrounded by her family and friends Thursday September 21, 2006. Mrs. Norman was born November 16, 1928 to B.B. and Martha (Armstrong) Simms, Jr. in Denison, Texas. Ginny grew up in Denison and finished High School in Denison after being a majorette with the Denison High School band for 2 1/2 years. Ginny married Herman K. Norman Jr. September 3, 1946 and had two sons.

Mrs. Norman is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Herman K. Norman Jr. of Denison, Texas; son, Ken Norman and wife, Sue of Lenexa, Kansas; son, Jerry Norman of Denison, Texas; sisters, Martha Jane Lewis of Houston, Texas and Joanna Drennan and husband, Dave of Denison, Texas; sister-in-law, Peggy Stephenson of Fort Worth, Texas; three brother-in-laws, W.F. Norman of Houston, Texas, M.E. Norman and wife, Betty of Stringtown, Texas, and E.A. Norman and wife, Paula of Florida and numerous nieces, nephews, and a four legged friend named, Kacey. Ginny also left her dearest friend, Mrs. Imanelle Howell of Denison, Texas to cherish her memories.


Nick Ciaccio - 1935 graduate of St. Xavier's Academy

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Francis Ciaccio DENISON — Nicholas (Nick) Francis Ciaccio joined his Heavenly Father on September 21, 2006 at TMC surrounded by his family. Mr. Ciaccio was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Denison, Texas, the son of Guiseppie (Joe) Ciaccio and Lena Siragusa Ciaccio. He married Aletha Mae O’Bar on July 28, 1951, and was married for 51 years until her passing Feb. 14, 2003. He graduated from St. Xavier’s School in 1935. He was self-employed and operated Nick Ciaccio & Son Sand Plant for 53 years. He was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a veteran of WWII.

Nick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was well known throughout Grayson County for all of his involvement in the community. He participated in and taught the Dale Carnegie seminars held in the county from 1979 through 1993. He was also known as the Sandman who wrote heart-touching articles in the “Weekend Bandit.” He was a musician and actor at heart. He participated several years in the Follies. He loved county music and singing.

Surviving are his son, Mike and Judy Ciaccio; daughters, Carol Gibson, JoAnn Ciaccio Nichols and Teresa and Gary Hall of Denison, Nicki and Scott Wedell of Sherman. Grandchildren are Justin and Nicholas Gibson, Shane Nichols, Adam and Emily Ciaccio, Ryan and Tana Hall, Jordyn and Walker Wedell and great-grandchild, Taylor Gibson; brothers, Bonnie Ciaccio and Salvador Ciaccio; and sisters, Josephine Hutchman and Georgia Schmidt, also of Denison.

Preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, George Ciaccio, Phillip Ciaccio, John Ciaccio; sister, Carmen Hood; and son-in-law, Frank M. Gibson.


James Allen Crabtree - DHS graduate


James Allen Crabtree, 48 of Denison died Sept. 8 in Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery.
He was born in 1958 in Denison and was employed at Kaiser Aluminum in Sherman. He was an auctioneer and loved Denison High School football.  He is survived by his wife Bessie Donihoo Crabtree of Denison, and his mother, Alice Crabtree of Denison.

Lue Corbett Nicholson - DHS graduate 1954

Funeral was held Sept. 7 in Sherman for Lue Corbett Nicholson, 70 of Sadler, who died Sept. 4, 2006 after a battle with cancer.  She and her husband, J.B. Nicholson, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Lue had a paper route in the west Denison, Pottsboro, Sadler, Whitesboro and Gordonville area for nearly 18 years. She only missed one day of work during that time.  She and J.B. have three daughters.


Mary Pat Ross Craft - DHS Class of 1959

Mary Patricia Craft of Denison passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 at Texoma Specialty Care. She was 65. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Surviving are her daughters, Jayme Craft of Denison and Carolyn Hester of Dallas; sister, Donna Garrett of Denison; brother, Billie Allison Ross Jr. of Denison; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Marjorie Nell Lovett - DHS graduate
Marjorie Nell Lovett died Sept. 4, 2006 in Tyler of congestive heart failure. Funeral was Sept. 7 in Denison with burial in the Georgetown Cemetery.  Marjorie was the daughter of Henry L. and Alma Ruddell. She was born in 1918 in Pottsboro and graduated from Denison High School and Draughan's Business College.


Paul D. James, DHS Class of 1959

PAUL DEURALL JAMES, JR., Age 65, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2006 at his residence in Plano. Mr. James was born on March 25, 1941 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Paul and Mary (Hundley) James, Sr.  Paul graduated from Denison High School in 1959. He attended Paris Junior College and North Texas University.  Paul enjoyed the outdoors, especially golf and hunting with his buddies. Paul owned his own roofing company. Paul was a loving son, father and grandfather. He is survived by his mother, Mary E. James of Denison, Texas; daughters, Faith Baker and husband, Anthony of Bowling Green, KY and Hope Erickson and husband, Jeff of Mission Viejo, California; grandchildren, Tyler, Payton, Griffin and Garrett Baker and baby Erickson due in October; sister, Joyce Cobb and husband, John of Collinsville, Texas. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Waples Memorial United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim Bowden officiating. There was a short reception after the service until 2:30 p.m. with interment following at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul's name to Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, 830 West Main Street, Denison, TX 75020.


Ruth Simmons Richardson, DHS Class of 1926

Ruth Simmons Richardson, 98, died August 15, 2006. She was a 1926 graduate of Denison High School and married D. A. (Jack) Richardson.  Geology was her primary interest for 35 years, and she also loved writing. Her stories are included in five of Dr. Jerry Lincecum's books.  Ruth was a "Real Granddaughter" of the American Revolution and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.  She is survived by her daughter Jean , two grandsons, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held August 19 in Denison.




Billie Lee Moore, 1931 - 2006

Bill Moore, 74, a retired systems analyst, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at White's Chapel of Memories in Weatherford. Burial: Memory Gardens Cemetery, Weatherford. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White's Funeral Home in Weatherford.

Billie Lee Moore was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Denison, the son of Emery and Bethel Jackson Moore. Mr. Moore received an MBA from North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a long time employee with the General Services Administration working as a systems analyst. Mr. Moore attended the Senior Singles group at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and was an avid square dancer, belonging to many square dance organizations in the area. He was also a volunteer for the Parker County Meals on Wheels program.  Mr. Moore was preceded in death by Doris
Stringer Moore, his beloved wife of nearly fifty years, in July of 2000.

Survivors: Daughter, Sondra Petit and husband, David, of Fort Worth; son, Jimmy Moore and wife,  Flo, of George West, Texas; grandchildren, Kristi, Michael, Steven, Jonathan, Cameron, Mason, and Colton; brother, Thomas Moore and wife, Mattie, of Arlington; sister, Ann Baransy and husband, Marvin, of Pensacola, Fla.; and special friend, Rose Ann Crawford of Fort Worth.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/16/2006.     

James "Buzz" Busby, DHS Class of 1969

James Franklin "Buzz" Busby, 55, died August 4, 2006, in Denison.   Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Buzz graduated from DHS in 1969 and completed Grayson County College and El Centro College. He was a chef and skilled restaurant manager at the Hyatt Regency and Century Crown Plaza Hotels in Dallas and was affiliated for years with Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texoma.
He is survived by a brother, Benny, and two sisters, Charlotte Maggard and Diana Bruno.


Ralph Mosley Jr., DHS Class of 1965

Ralph T. Mosley Jr., 59, died July 24, 2006.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  Ralph was born Nov. 28, 1946, in Denison during the Thanksgiving Day Sherman-Denison football game. He graduated from DHS in 1965 and played the organ for the first graduating class in Eisenhower Auditorium in 1964.  He married Elaine Milliken in 1969 in Denison. He worked for the U.S. Postal service for over 37 years and part-time for the Herald Democrat for 28 years. He drove the TAPS bus for the last two years.  He was a devoted Yellow Jacket fan and was active in school activities with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, two children and four grandchildren.


Bill Holt, Denison High alumni

Bill Holt, 82, life-long Denison resident died Friday, July 21, 2006 in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  Bill was born in Denison on June 14, 1924, a son of William Grady and Nellie Holt. He married Ruby Rowland. He was a World War II Army veteran and retired from the M-K-T Railroad.  He is survived by his wife, Ruby, three sons, three brothers, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Alma "Amy" Rowland Bryant, Denison High alumni

Amy Rowland Bryan, 81, died July 19, 2006, at her home in Denison. Graveside service was held at Fairview cemetery. She was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Denison to James Arthur and Stella Elmore Rowland.  She was a Denison High graduate and married Harold Bryan on Feb. 21, 1942. He died Oct. 17, 1991.  Survivors include one daughter, Ellen Bryan Volezke, sister, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Jamie Scott Walker - Denison High alumni

Jamie Scott Walker, great-granddaughter of pioneer Denisonians, died June 29, 2006, in Denison. Jamie was born July 18, 1920, at her parents home at 601 West Chestnut. She married Mickey Walker in 1937.  She and Mickey made many trips with the Denison High band on trips to football games and contests. She worked with her husband as business manager and in sales for the advertising agency he started, Southwestern Associates that published Texoma Holiday, Southwest Holiday and All Outdoors magazine.  A gifted poet, she received the Golden Poet Award for a 1988 poem, The Great Northwest" in a ceremony in Washington D.C.  Survivors include one son, one daughter and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Ronnie Brooks, Class of 1959

Ronald Stuart Brooks was born April 7, 1941 and passed away June 28, 2006. Ronnie attended Central Ward school and was a graduate of the DHS Class of 1959, where he was a member of the school's golf team.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carolyn Brooks; son, Jon Brooks and wife, Claire; daughter, Jennifer Brooks. Grave side services were at 10:00AM, Monday, July 3, 2006 at Restland Memorial Park. The family received friends from 2:00 until 4:00PM, Sunday, July 2, 2006 at Restland Funeral Home.


Connie Swenson Mihalakis- Class of 1977

Connie Swenson Mihalakis, 47, of Sherman died June 28, 2006, at her home. She was born in Grand Rapids, MN and was a 1977 graduate of Denison High School. She married Allen Mihalakis in Sherman. Connie rescued and raised animals and had seven Dachshunds.  She is survived by her husband, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother and four grandchildren.


O.D. Bretches - Class of 1949

O.D. Bretches died June 24, 2006 of an apparent heart attack. He was born in OK and was a 1949 graduate of Denison High School. He attend Texas A&M University, where he was a Commanding Officer his senior year.  After graduation, he married Elizabeth Davis, class of 1948 at DHS, his high school sweetheart, and went into the Air Force as a second lieutenant. He served in Korea for one year. After his discharge, he began working for ARCO Oil and Gas as a petroleum engineer, where he worked for 32 years. O.D. and Elizabeth have lived in Midland for over 30 years.

O.D. is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, two daughters and four grandchildren, brother, Lanny Bretches, class of 1954, and sister, Beverly Bretches Arnold, class of 1947.


Forrest H. Taylor, Class of 1938

Forrest H. Taylor, 85, died June 21, 2006, in Denison. He was born in Bonham and graduated from Denison High School in 1948 and married Marilyn Housley in 1942.
He was retired owner/operator of Taylor Printing Company in Denison. He was a combat engineer for the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star and attained the rank of Battalion Sgt. Major.
Survivors include his wife, one son, a sister, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Tommy Martin, DHS graduate

Tommy Martin passed June 15, 2006 at his sister’s residence. As Tommy requested, there will be no formal services. Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard St., Denison, Texas 75020 will handle all arrangements.  Tommy was born August 30, 1943 in Denison, Texas to Frank and Martha Martin. Tommy was a graduate of Denison High School. Tommy grew up and lived in Denison and always said this area left nothing to go seeking. Tommy was dearly loved by his family and many friends, several of them life long. Tommy loved life and people and nature, hunting, fishing, swimming and music. A man of many talents.

Tommy is survived by sisters, Jerry Muth Sr. and husband, Gordon of Lubbock, Texas and Frankie Whaley of Denison; niece, Stormie Caplinger and husband, James of Gober, Texas and many other friends, especially our new friend, Raija Peippo, RN of Home Hospice who was a comfort to Tommy and family these past few months


Mildred Ethel Stapp, DHS graduate

DENISON — Mildred Ethel Stapp, age 67, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at her residence surrounded by family.  Miss Stapp was born on March 15, 1939 to Marion and Eunice (Hollowell) Stapp in Denison, Texas where she had lived all of her life and graduated high school.  Mildred was a member of the Business and Professional Women. Also, she was a secretary and treasurer for Truth Tabernacle Church, where she was a member for many years. She had a great love for the Lord and loved her Pastor and church family.  Mildred loved her family dearly. Although she never married and had no children of her own, she was like a Mother to her many nieces and nephews. She stayed close to her brothers and sisters. She was a very giving, kind and compassionate person who made a huge impact in our lives. We will miss her greatly.

She is survived by three brothers, Carl Stapp and ex-wife, Betty Catherine Stapp, Richard Stapp and wife, Linda, Donald Stapp and wife, Saundra; two sisters, Nadine Woods and Velma Watkins and husband, Frank; sister-in-law, Lois Stapp. She was Mil Mil to 14 nieces and nephews and their spouses, many great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-nephew. She has a large host of family and friends that loved her dearly. Preceded in death by her Dad, Marion Stapp and Mom, Eunice Stapp; her brother, Leslie Stapp and brother-in-law, Tom Woods.


Lillian Hamblett Jones, DHS graduate 


 Lillian Hamblett Jones, 92, died May 17, 2006, at The Homestead of Denison. Burial was at Georgetown Cemetery in Pottsboro.    Mrs. Jones was born in Riverton, LA and graduated from Denison High School and Draughon's Practical Business College. She married Harold Jones in Durant and he died April 9, 2003.   She worked for the Corps of Engineers at Perrin and retired as a secretary for the MKT Railroad.   She is survived by her daughter, Frances Bayman of Dallas, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Sue Campbell Langdon - 1950 DHS graduate

Sue Nelle Campbell Langdon, 73, died May 16, 2006, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Graveside service was held May 18 at Georgetown Cemetery.  Sue was born in Sherman and graduated from DHS in 1950 where she lettered in basketball. She had worked for Denison Realty and Coldwell Banker Benchmark Realtors until she retired in 1999.  She is survived by her daughter, Vivki, of Denison.

Mary Ida Stanberry - DHS graduate

Mary Ida Bobbit Stanberry, 85, died April 30, 2006, in Denison. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Mary was born in Denison, a daughter of Robert and Ida Bobbitt and graduated from Denison High. She married Alford Stanberry in 1969 and was a lifelong Baptist. Survivors include her husband, son, two daughters, three stepdaughters, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

Edward A Butler Jr., Terrell High graduate

Edward A. Butler Jr., 74 of Union City, CA, died April 26, 2006, at the VA hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Edward was inducted into the Denison Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was born in Denison in 1931, the son of Edward A. and Louise Butler. He was a multi sports star of the Terrell High School Dragons in the late 1940s and graduated with the class of 1949. He was an avid fisherman. Edward was a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict and a retired postal and auto parts employee. Survivors include three sons. two daughters one brother, five sisters. He was known as "Lil Ed" by some and "Junior" by most.

Arthur Melton, DHS Class of 1959

LTC Arthur Robert Melton, U.S. Army (ret), age 65, passed away April 15th, 2006. He was born in Denison, TX on September 18th, 1940 to Leo and Doris Melton. "The Colonel" was a decorated 20-year veteran of the US Army, having served in Viet Nam, and received numerous commendations and medals, including the Bronze Star. He shall be remembered as a loving husband and father who immensely enjoyed life, laughter, and the company of friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Regina, his mother, Doris, his sister, Doris Anne, his daughter, Shannon Lyn (Harris), son, Ryan Arthur, grandson Riley Harris, stepsons, Henning Kennedy, James Kennedy, Sr., SFC Terry Kennedy, stepdaughter Petra Seipert, step-grandsons Florian Seipert, James Kennedy, Jr., Jeremy Kennedy, Brandon Kennedy, and step granddaughters Nichol Kennedy, Jasmine Kennedy, and Caitlin Kennedy. The Graveside Service with military honors was at 10:15 AM, Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the to the ALS Association, 6800 Park Ten Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78213, Please visit to leave the family a personal tribute. Sunset Funeral Home.

Nancy Sue Scott Crown, former DHS teacher

DENISON — Former Denison resident Nancy Sue Scott Crown, 59-year-old school teacher, passed away Monday, April 17, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Fairview Chapel with Rev. Joan Humphries officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Crown was born on Dec. 25, 1946, in Denison, daughter of James Dick and Marguerite Bemis Scott. She had a master’s degree in library science from East Texas State University in Commerce. On July 16, 1994, she married Basil Crown in Pottsboro, Texas. She taught second grade at Golden Rule School for 27 years. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Gate City Eastern Star and held several offices in the Classroom Teachers Association. Mrs. Crown was a Methodist.
Surviving are her husband, Basil Crown of Bandera, Texas; brother, John Scott and his wife, Linda of Denison; nieces, Debra Noyes and Laura Broseh, both of Bells, and Cathey Hanners of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and nephews, David Scott of Bells and Matthew Bryant of Illinois.

Charles W. Powell, DHS graduate

Charles W. Powell, 74, died April 3, 2006, in Granbury. Funeral was held there on April 6. Charles was born in Sherman and married Pauline Lee in 1949 in Gainesville. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He earned his BA from Texas A&M University at Commerce and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton. He was dean of students for five years, director of student services for 10 years and director of veterans' and handicapped services at Texas A&M University in College Station. Survivors include his wife of Granbury, three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Marcella Coffmen - DHS graduate

Marcella Mosse Coffman, a graduate of Denison High School, died Friday, March 24 in Denison. Burial was in Coffman-Layne Cemetery. Marcella was the daughter of Arthur and Maude Stout Mosse. She married Lee Coffman July 4, 1938. He died in 1994. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Coffman and John Coffman and families.


Brandon Scruggs, attended Denison High

Brandon Scruggs, 23, of Denison died March 20, 2006, at TMC in Denison. Funeral was March 25 and burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Brandon attended Denison schools and Kilgore Junior College. He was a member of the Golden Glove Boxing Team at West Academy and an All State Defensive Football Player at Denison High. He is survived by his parents Karen Simmons of Denison and Joe Scruggs of Sherman, grandparents and two brothers.

Carl "Cotton" Hill, 1948 DHS graduate

Carl "Cotton" Hill, died Wednesday, his 75th birthday, after being hospitalized since December when he fell and broke his hip. Funeral was held March 5, 2006 and burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Cotton was born in Dallas, a son of Carl and Nobie Hill of Garland. He married Virgil Dean McVay and she died in June 2003. He is survived by a son and daughter, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He graduated from Denison High, where he played football. He also played football at Texas A&M and the Air Force. He worked his entire career for Kraft Foods.

Mary Moody - former Denison teacher

Mary Meador Moody, 86, died Feb. 22, 2006, in Denison. Burial was in Columbus, MS, Mrs. Moody, a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women and Austin College, where she received her Master's degree, taught in Denison schools.  She is survived by one son, John M. Moody Jr., six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marion Edward Harris - DHS graduate 

Marion Edward Harris, 85, died Feb. 22, 2006 in Denison. He was the son of Lester and Mary Dodderer Harris and married Jeanette Jay Glesin in 1944. He graduated from Denison High School where he played football. He was a Denison Police officer and later retired from Lockheed as a security guard. He and Jeanette were the parents of a son and a daughter, three grandchildren and five great-grand children. Funeral was Feb. 25 with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Farmersville.

Danny Ray Polk - attended Denison High

Danny Ray Polk, 52, died Feb. 13. He was the son of Eluster and Cleo Polk of Denison and attended Denison High School. He formerly was employed by Texas Instruments and TXU and presently was an independent contractor. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Polk and five daughters.

Sarah Jean Phillips - DHS class of 1948

Sarah Jean Phillips, 74, of Denison died Feb. 13, 2006 in Sherman. Burial was in Ceorgetown Cemetery. She was the daughter of Irvington and Liddie Lindsey and married Howard Dewey Phillips in 1948 in Denison. She was employed for 20 years at the Citizens National Bank, where she retired in 1980. Survivors include her husband, and two grandchildren.

Terry Glen Shelby - 1967 DHS graduate 

Terry Glen Shelby, 56, died Feb. 5 at his home in Waxahachie. He was born in Denison, a son of Jimmy Leroy and Doris Louise Perrin Shelby. He graduated from Denison High in 1967 and served in the U.S. Army 173 Airborne during the Vietnam War. He was an Emergency Management Supervisor for TXU Energy.  Among survivors are his son, Jason, who officiated at the celebration of his life, and two grandchildren.

Mary Lou Clay - DHS graduate

Mary Lou Clay, 77, died Jan. 28, 2006, at her home in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Cemetery. Mary Lou was born in Denison, a daughter of Robert and Vera Mae Ware Bippus. She married James E. "Buddy" Clay and worked with him for many years in the family convenience store business then helped her daughter Barbara at Kiddie Kampus, where she was lovingly known as Nana. She is survived by her husband, stepfather, son and and daughter.

Mike Walker - DHS graduate

Mike Walker 58, died January 23 in the Dallas VA Hospital. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Denison. Mike was born Oct. 15, 1947 in Denison, a son of W.T. and Wilma Lee Fain Walker. He graduated from Denison High and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, then received his RN degree from Grayson County College. He was working as a registered nurse at Texoma Medical Center at the time of his death. Survivors include two sons and one daughter.

Alma Janetta Bates - former Denison student

Alma Janetta Bates died Jan. 15, 2006. Burial was in Georgetown Cemetery. She was born Oct. 12, 1918, in Tupelo, OK and the family moved to Denison when she was five years old. She attended Denison schools until her dad was laid off from the Katy Railroad during the Great Depression and the family moved to the mountains of Northeastern Oklahoma. When he was called back to work the family moved back to Denison and Alma went back to school here. She married Amos William Bates in Denison. She worked for Levi Strauss Company for 25 years before retiring in 1972.   She is survived by three sons and many other relatives.

Fred Finke, 1943 Denison High graduate

Fred Leon Finke, 81, of Canyon, TX., died Jan. 4 in Amarillo. He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Pottsboro to Fritz George and Hattie Kyker Finke. Fred served as a pilot in the Navy for two years and later graduated from Texas A&M with a BS degree in dairy manufacturing. He married Ruth Darlene Fisher in 1947 in College Station. She died Nov. 21, 2005.

Maxine Petty Stonecypher - DHS graduate 

Maxine Petty Stonecypher, 58,  died Jan. 2, 2006, at the Homestead Nursing Center in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Maxine was born in Denison, the youngest child of Coy and Ruby Petty. She graduated from Denison High and married A/1C Calvin Stonecypher of Toccoa, GA in 1965 in Denison. Most recently she was a Coffin Street crossing guard for Golden Rule School for several years. She is survived by her husband, mother, daughter and sister, Louise Singleton.


Delbert Loyd Duncan - 1949

Delbert Loyd Duncan died December 17, 2005, after a lengthy illness with emphsema.   Delbert was an Arlington resident since 1963 where he worked for Richmond Lumber until retiring. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  Delbert loved travel, hiking, reading history, big band and jazz.

Survivors: Wife Darlene Duncan of Arlington; daughters, Debbie Nelson and husband of Mansfield, Cindy Knott and husband of North Richland Hills and Heather Thompson and husband of Newman, Georgia; brother, Truman Duncan, sisters, Lavonia Lepard, Linda Carr, Carlene Leatherwood and Sharon Parker; and nine grandchildren.

Celia Sue Raridon Bathurst - DHS class of 1969

Celia Sue Raridon Bathurst, 54, of Denison died Dec. 17, 2005. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  Celia was the daughter of Clyde and Dixie Nelson Davis. She married Delbert Raridon Sept. 1, 1979. He died Oct. 4, 1997. She married Jay Bathurst Sept. 23, 2000, in Denison. She was a practice administrator for Texoma Health Care Systems.  She is survived by her husband, one son and one daughter.

Terri Ann Lamb - Denison High graduate 

Terry Ann Blackburn Lamb, 59, of Sherman died Dec. 17, 2005, in a Sherman hospital. Burial was in Willow Wild Cemetery.  She was the daughter of Boyd and Virgie Perkins Blackburn and was a graduate of Denison High School. She worked at the Burlington Factory for over 30 years. Survivors include her husband, John, one son and three daughters.

Richard Taylor - Denison High graduate

Richard Taylor, 64, a native of Denison, now living in Rockwall died Dec.13, 2005, in Rockwall. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park at Sherman. Taylor's late father, William Richard Taylor Sr., was a long-time principal at Peabody Elementary School. He was the step-son of the late Claud Easterly, long-time editor of The Denison Herald. His mother, Ophelia Easterly, resides in Durant. She taught at Peabody School for many years.  He is survived by his wife, Carol, two sons and three grandchildren in addition to his mother and sister, Carolyn Arnett of Durant, and stepbrother, David Easterly of Atlanta, GA.

Roy Louis Ross - Denison High graduateRoy Louis Ross, 56, died Dec. 11, 2005, in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Cemetery.  Ross was born in Denison Apil 1, 1949, a son of Louis and Eloise Ross. He worked at Safeway Brookside in Denison until he retired with 24 years service. He was financial secretary of the Mathinist's Union for 16 years. Survivors include two sons.

Jimmie Phillips Delara - DHS class of 1958

Jimmie Phillips Delara, 65, of Glenn Heights, TX was called home to be with her Lord, loving husband Ben and precious daddy James Phillips on November 21, 2005.  She was raised in Denison, TX, was a Realtor in the Dallas area for over 30 years and was voted as one of the best Residential Realtors in the Dallas area by her peers.  Jimmie was creative and full of flair, a skilled artist, poet and song writer.  As an active member at Southwest Baptist Church, she was a Children's Church teacher and lover of children of all ages. Funeral services were held November 23, 2005.

Pauline Natgrass Smith - DHS class of 1937

Pauline Natgrass Smith, 86, who lived in Denison for 85 years, died Nov. 12, 2005, in Springtown, where she resided with her daughter. Graveside service was held Nov. 15, 2005, at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.    She was born in Denison and graduated in 1937 from DHS and married the "love of her life" Loyd Robert Smith in 1940 in Denison. She lived at 2401 Juanita Drive for most o the 60 years she was married.    She is survived by one daughter, Judy Wise of Springtown.


Yolanda Payne Littlejohn - Class of 1949

Yolanda Payne Littlejohn died November 12, 2005 from a heart condition. Her service was at the Dallas and Fort Worth National Cemetery on November 17, 2005.

Mildred Glynn Dishman - DHS graduate

Mildred Glynn Dishman, 98, died Nov. 11, 2005, in Denison and burial was in Fairview Cemetery.    Miss Dishman attended Pottsboro Elementary and graduated from Denison High School with the highest grade point average but was denied Valedictorian because she had only attended DHS for three years. Lingo Leeper Lumber still awarded her $25 for the highest grade point average.    She taught school for 28 years, after starting her career at Layne Community School, finishing her career in West Texas.

Joyce Lanelle Cherry Crawford - DHS graduate

Joyce Lanelle Cherry Crawford, 68, a graduate of Denison High School, died Oct. 19, 2005, in Denison. Funeral was Oct. 21 and burial was at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta, TX.    She was the daughter of Robert Loyd and Mildred Turpin Cherry and was a self-employed paperhanger.

Sister Mary Charles Payne, St. Xavier's alumni

Sister Mary Charles Payne, 91, a retired educator, died at Our Lady of Victory Center Oct. 19, 2005. Funeral Mass was held in Fort Worth on Oct. 22.    Born Hortense Ruth Payne in 1914, Sister Mary Charles attended St. Xavier Academy in Denison. Inspired by the example of the Sisters of Saint Mary, Hortense entered the Novitiate in 1934, joining the community of which her sisters, Sister Theresa Maarie and Sister Mary Elizabeth were members. They taught at St. Mary's School for 25 years, retiring together in 1991.    She was honored during the 2004 Jubilee Celebration at Our Lady of Victory School for her faithful 70 years as a Sister of Saint Mary.

Elmer James Smathers - DHS graduate

Elmer James Smathers died Oct. 15, 2005, after a lengthy illness. He was  born June 4, 1930, in Pottsboro and married Zelta Ruth Jennings in 1950. Funeral was Oct. 20 at Calvary Baptist Church.    Elmer was employed by the Frisco Railroad from 1950 to 1969 and was an agent for Farmer's Insurance. He owned and operated a franchise for Hale Trailer Sales in Billings, Mont., then sold real estate in Sherman until he retired in 2002.

Jack W. Shelton - DHS class of 1942

Jack W. Shelton, 80,  president of Cole Lumber Company in Denison, died Oct. 12, 2005, at his home. Jack was a 1942 graduate of Denison High School and attended Mississippi Southern College and Army Administration School.    He was a tireless worker at the Lions Club toy shop. He was an Army veteran, having served in Pelileu, Leyte and Okinawa during World War II. He married Lola McEver in Denison on April 20, 1946.    Funeral was Oct. 14, 2005 and burial was in Fairview Cemetery. 

Mary Eva Ross - 1939 DHS graduate

Mary Eva Wade Ross died Oct. 11, 2005, in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Cemetery. Mary was born Dec. 17, 1921, and married Billie A. Ross in 1939. She was a charter member of Parkside Baptist Church.

Carrie Ann Brown Hicks - DHS class of 1972

Carrie Ann Brown Hicks, 52, died in Paris, TX Oct. 8, 2005, after battling a serious lung disease. Funeral was Oct. 11 and burial was in Goodland Cemetery near Hugo.    Carrie graduated from Denison High in 1972 and Grayson County College in 1974. She was an accomplished artist and designed the cover for the 1972 Denison High annual. She also sang with the school's "Hanson's Headaches."

Roy Garvin - 2000 graduate of DHS

Roy Garvin, 23, of Denison died Oct. 3, 2005 at Texoma Medical Center of injuries received in a one-vehicle accident. Roy was born in Fort Smith, AR, a son of Dr. David and Barbara Garvin. He was a 2000 graduate of Denison High and was attending Grayson College. Funeral was Oct 7, 2005 and burial was in Fairview Cemetery at Denison.

Danny Allen Crouse - 2000 class at DHS

Danny Allen Crouse, 23, died Oct. 2, 2005. Graveside service was Oct. 6 at Oakridge Cemetery in Denison. Danny was born in Denison, a son of Danny Glenn Grouse and Julie Ann Cowden.

William Charles Petty - DHS Class of 1969

Bill Petty died Oct. 2, 2005, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas after a brief illness. A memorial service was held Oct. 5 at Wesley Village in Denison. He graduated from Austin College in 1973 and was employed at Golfsmith  and then was employed at Sign Warehouse until the time of his death.

Charles Sheppard Sherrard - attended Denison Schools

Charles Sheppard Sherrard died Sept. 22, 2005, at his home in McKinney after a two year battle with cancer. Memorial service is to be held Oct. 2 at the Inn of Many Faces in Denison.  The family has requested that friends stop by The Inn of Many Faces,  412West Morton,  Denison, Sunday,  Oct 2 at 7PM to share stories of Charles.

Charles grew up in Denison and attended Denison High and Kemper Military Academy.  He attended Texas A&M and graduated from East Texas State University in Commerce before entering the Navy.  He operated the family business, Sherrard Motor Co., and Sherrard  R. V. and KOA for 25 years.  He married Jerri Jane Treadway of Denison, and they had been married for 47 years. They have two sons and a daughter, all born on Feb. 5.   Memorials are suggested to M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston.

Jennie F. Perrin  - DHS Graduate

Jennie F. Perrin died Sept. 18, 2005 in Denison. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. She was born Jan. 15, 1920 in Pottsboro, the daughter of Thomas H. Brown and Edna B. Hodges and married Robert L. Perrin in 1942 at Hagerman. She was a homemaker.

Jimmy Lee Cassidy - Class of 1949

Jimmy Lee Cassidy, 75, died Sept. 17, 2005, at his home in Denison. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.  Jimmy, a 1949 graduate of Denison High School, was the son of Tom and Ruth Cassidy. He was a retired switchman or the M-K-T Railroad and a Navy veteran.   He was an avid Yellow Jacket fan with season tickets on the 50-yard line for 40 years.

James (Jim) W. Brown - DHS alumni

James (Jim) W. Brown, 80, died Sept. 9 in Celina, TX. He was the son of Clyde and Zelda Brown and served in the Army during World War II. He was a technician in communications with AT&T. Funeral was Sept. 13 in Celina and interment was at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Prosper.

Thomas Justin Barr - Class of 2002

Thomas Justin Barr, 21, died Aug. 29, 2005 at his residence in Denison.  Funeral was Thursday with burial in Garden of Memory in Colbert.   Thomas was the grandson of Denison School Superintendent Henry and Inez Scott. He was the son of Suzanne M. Holley. Thomas was very artistic and loved to draw, write stories and poetry. He liked to hunt, fish and collect things.

Doyle Kerley - Class of 1950

Doyle Kerley,  73, died Friday night, August 26, 2005  in an accident on his farm on DesVoigne Road.  Funeral was held Wednesday at the Chapel on the Hill Mausoleum with burial in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.   Doyle retired from Johns-Manville and Kaiser Alumninum as a maintenance mechanic. He was a member of the Denison Alumni Association, Cushman Club of America and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956, having served during the Korean War.  He married Gladys Thomas in Denison in 1956.

W. T. "Dub" Walker - Attended Denison schools

Funeral was Aug. 22, 2005, in Denison for W.T. "Dub" Walker. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Dub attended Denison schools before joining the army in 1936. He went to work for the MKT Railroad in 1932 as a coal shoveling fireman and was a fireman on the troop trains and the train that brought President Franklin D. Roosevelt through Denison. He was promoted to engineer and served until he retired in 1981. He was active in Masonic organizations. He married Frankie Guynes in Denison in 1986.

Gerald "Jerry" Meador - Class of 1955

Jerry Meador of Pottsboro died Aug. 16 at Medical Center of Plano. Funeral was Aug. 20 in Denison with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Jerry was a custom home builder and an Army veteran. He was the son of Leon and Helen Johnson ad was born July 23, 1937, in Bells.

Joe Stephen Marchant - Son of Joe Frank Marchant - Class of 1951

Joe Stephen Marchant, 46, formerly of Denison, succumbed to an automobile accident during a heavy rainstorm on Monday, August 15, 2005, in Dallas.  With him was his beloved constant companion and service dog, "Princess".  They slipped the surly bonds of this earthly life and into the safe and loving arms of Jesus.  He was residing in Carrollton at the time of the accident.

Funeral services were held at the Fairview Cemetery Chapel Denison at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 18 with his friend, Rev. David Gilbert of Truth Tabernacle of Denison officiating.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Joe Stephen was born on December 5, 1958, in Okinawa, Japan.  He graduated from Uniondale High School, N.Y. and attended Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas.  He recently had received training to become a Minister and had almost completed online courses for a degree.

He was an entrepreneur in Lubbock, St. Louis, Mexico and Florida.  He currently had a charity-based computer ministry in the Dallas area, dedicated to helping the homeless and medically needy children.

He is survived by his parents of Richardson, Joe Frank (DHS Class of 1951) and Clara Marie Marchant, daughters Jennifer Holly Marchant and Jessica Stephanie Marchant, sister Loumay Marchant of Richardson, brother Michael Drew Marchant of Grapevine, aunt Patty Melander of Bowdoinham, Maine, uncle John Jeanes of Richardson, maternal grandmother Clara Mae Perkins of McKinney, aunt and special mentor Mary Lou King of Denison, a niece, Brianna and nephew, Cody of Richardson and a number of cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his much-loved grandparents A.D. (Drew) and Nanie Lou Marchant of Denison and Tom Perkins of McKinney, aunt Sally Jeanes of Richardson, and uncle Roy L. King of Denison.

Services are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home of Denison. - Clifton Weaver

Robert Potts - DHS Graduate

Robert Potts died Aug. 5, 2005 in Community Specialty hospital in Sherman. Burial was in Cedarlawn Memorial Park.   Robert was born in Bonham, the son of Grady Lee and Zenobia Allen Potts. He married Maurine Cottrell, also a DHS graduate and a member of the Denison Alumni Board of Directors.. He was active in many Masonic groups.   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II. Robert and five of his Army buddies and family visited the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. in 2004.

Jerry Carroll - Class of 1959

Jerry Carroll, a 1959 DHS graduate, passed away this morning, August 5, 2005 in Las Vegas,  Nevada.   He was 64 and a long time friend of mine and next door neighbor when we were kids growing up.  He requested that he be cremated, but a memorial service may be held here in Denison at a later date.  It is not known for certain at this time.  Ron Ballou


Billie Louise Dixon Westbrook - Class of 1943

Billie Louise Dixon Westbrook, 78, died July 26, 2005. Graveside service was held in Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.   Billie was born in Little Rock, AR to Thomas and Marie Dixon.  She married her Denison High School sweetheart, James R. Westbrook.  She worked for 20 years for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth as a secretary.

Lois Buford Calamas - DHS Graduate

Lois Buford Calamas, 73, died July 24, 2005, at Lexington, S.C.. Burial was in Bush River Memorial Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the American Breast Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, S.C. 20210. She was born in Denison, a daughter of the late Carl T. and Flossie Buford and was married to Peter J. Calamas.

Virginia Clayton Douglas -  Class of 1935

Virginia Clayton Douglas died July 19, 2005 in Denison. She was the daughter of W. H. and Elizabeth Clayton.  After graduating from Denison High School in 1935, she earned a BS from Texas Woman’s University in 1941 and a Master’s of Education degree from North Texas State University in 1957, and a degree from Duke University as a Medical Records Librarian.  She worked as a medical records librarian and elementary school teacher and was an accomplished pianist and organist.

Luther Irvy Tatum - Class of 1957

Luther Irvy "Bud" Tatum, 66, Denison High graduate of 1957, a nuclear engineer with the Navy and the Energy Department, died of brain cancer July 12 in Arlington, VA. Interment was in Columbia Gardens Cemetery at Arlington.   Bud moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1961 as a Navy officer on the staff of Adm. Hyman G. Rickover. He was an engineer who helped design nuclear reactors for submarines.  In 1966 he left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant, but continued to work for the Navy as a civilian nuclear engineer.  Later in his career, he held a duel appointment with the Navy and Energy Department. He retired in 1999. His honors included the Energy Department Exceptional Service Award.  He graduated in 1961 from the University of Oklahoma and received advanced training at the Navy's Bettis Reactor Engineering School in Pittsburgh in 1962.  He lived in Arlington for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sally Tuomaia Tatum.

Joe C. Young -  Terrell High graduate

Joe C. Young, educator, principal and director of transportation for the Fort Worth ISD, died July 12, 2005 in Fort Worth.  Funeral was July 18 in Fort Worth, burial at Cedar Hill Memorial Park.  A graduate of Terrell High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees from Prairie View A&M.  He retired from Fort Worth schools after 47 years of service.

Claude H. Organ Jr., MD, Class of 1944 -  Terrell High graduate

Dr. Claude H. Organ Jr., prominent surgeon and medical educator, died June 18, 2005 of heart-related problems in Berkeley, CA.  Dr. Organ was born in Denison and attended Anderson School before graduating from Terrell High in 1944.  He was president of the American College of Surgeons and Emeritus professor, Department of Surgery, University of California at San Francisco.  He was named a Distinguished Alumni by the Denison Alumni Association in 2004.  A private memorial service was held in California.

Reba Joyce Isaacs - Class of 1958

Reba died June 3, 2005, at Texoma Medical Center. Funeral was at Calvary Baptist Church and burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  She was born Sept. 29, 1939, in Denison to John and Frances Choate Isaacs. She retired from Grayson Motor Co. She was a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school.

Billy Eugene Whaley - Class of 1953

Bill died May 31, 2005, and graveside service was held in Georgetown Cemetery at Pottsboro.  He was born April 26, 1935, to William Clarence Whaley and Oleta Littleheart Hardy Whaley in Pottsboro. He went to Pottsboro schools in grades 1 through 8 and was valedictorian of his 8th grade class. He graduated from Grayson County College in 1974. He was stationed with the U.S. Army in Waynesville, MO and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a Mason.  He worked for Johnson & Johnson in Sherman for 38 years, retiring in 2000. He married Frankie Martin Cox on Jan. 17, 1992 in Denison until his illness of leukemia and congestive heart failure when he moved back to Pottsboro.

Margaret Bush Sampson -  DHS graduate

Margaret died May 31, 2005, at her home. Funeral was at Fairview Cemetery Chapel with burial in Fairview Cemetery.  She was born in Denison April 5, 1917, a daughter of Walter Hewett and Fannie Pearl Tibbetts Bush. She married A.Z. Sampson Sept. 2, 1938, in Durant. She was a nurse’s aide at TMC for 16 years and retired in 1982. She was a Baptist.

Cleo Crittenden - Class of 1942

Cleo Crittenden died Dec. 12, 2004, in Arlington where he was cared for by a daughter after suffering from Alzheimer's. Graveside service was held at Fairview Cemetery.  Cleo was publisher of The Denison Herald after serving as business manager, advertising director and general manager. He served in many Denison leadership positions through the years.  He was married to Joyce K. Hale of Denison ih 1945.

Bill Herriage -  Class of 1953

Bill Herriage died Dec. 8, 2004 in Oklahoma City. He was born July 5, 1935 in Denison to Cliff and Roetta Vincent Herriage.  He was employed with Oklahoma Drug Sales for 30 years and Anderson Wholesale for over 20 years as a salesman before retiring in 1997.  Funeral was held Dec. 10 in Oklahoma City with interment in Resthaven Memory Garden.

Gaylene Huffman Mawrey - Class of 1949

Gaylene Huffman Mawrey died November 14, 2004. She would have been 73 on November 27th. Gaylene (Gay) was the Denison High School mascot in 1940 and 1941 when Mr. Neal Shirley was the band director. Gay grew up in Denison and graduated from DHS with the class of 1949. She was married to Charles Mawrey in Dallas, and they had two girls and one boy.

Ruth Moore Thompson -  DHS Class of 1947

Thompson, Ruth Moore Born in Denison, Texas on November 5,1929 to Emery and Bethel Moore. The sister of Bill Moore of Weatherford, TX, Thomas Eugene Moore of Arlington, TX and Julia Ann Moore Baransy of Pensacola, Florida. She is missed by numerous friends and family and special friend, Bob Early of Dallas, Texas. Ruth was a member of Dallas Arboretum and Dallas Museum of Art. Services were held at Grove Hill Chapel 10-27-2004.

Betty Ross Pyle – Class of 1952

Betty Ross Pyle died Sept. 6, 2004, at her home in Denison. She was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Greenville, a daughter of Jesse and Ruby Carter Ross, who moved to Denison in the early 1940s. She earned varsity letters in both tennis and basketball at Denison High School.  She married James R. Pyle in 1956. In 1968 Betty began her lifelong passion for art and studied under some outstanding artists while she was showing and selling her work.

Carl W. Nichols – Class of 1953

Carl W. Nichols of Irving and Beaumont, died July 31, 2004. He was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Denison. In 1959 he graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and moved to Beaumont as a partner in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery. He resided in Beaumont until 2001 with his service for the funeral home spanning 54 years.  At the time of his death he was active in management at Brown’s Memorial Funeral home in Irving. He married Lois Hughes, who died in 2000, then married Jeanne Brown of Irving.

Ralph Oscoe Raper -  DHS graduate

Ralph Oscoe Raper died July 30 2004, at the Denison Manor Nursing Home. Private graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery.  Ralph was born Aug. 3, 1942, in Marfa, the son of Orbie T. and Virginia Watts Raper. He worked for Johns-Manville Pipe for 24 years, then for K Mart Super Center until it closed.

Dorothy Ann Floyd – Class of 1953

Dorothy Ann Floyd of Irving, a retired elementary teacher, died July 12, 2004, in Fort Worth. Funeral was held in Irving and graveside service was held at Fairview Cemetery in Denison.  Dorothy was born July 3, 1935, in Denison, a daughter of Robert and Esther Richard. She lived in Brazil for several years, but spent most of her adult life teaching in West Texas for 41 years. She retired in 2001 and moved to Irving.

Max Wright – Class of 1953

A memorial service was held in Richardson for Max Wright, who died July 10, 2004, at his home in Richardson. Max was married to Shirley Burns.   He was retired from sales and marketing.

Jackie Edwin Smith – Class of 1953

Jackie Edwin Smith, died suddenly May 26, 2004, in Arlington. Funeral was May 29 in Springtown with burial at Jaybird Cemetery.  Jackie was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Denison to Carl and Ruth Bulloch Smith. He was a graduate of the University of North Texas and was an Army veteran. He was employed with GMAC for 29 years and retired in 1992.

Dr. Bill Jacobs - Class of 1947

Dr. Bill Jacobs, long-time superintendent and educator in Denison, died April 27, 2004, from complications of cancer       Dr. Jacobs graduated from Denison High in 1947. He taught at Layne and Raynal elementary schools before becoming principal of his alma mater at Denison High. He was instrumental in developing the school's first remedial reading program in 1966. He was named superintendent in 1981 and served in that post until he retired in June 1993.  He married Laura Payne Jacobs, also a Denison High graduate.

Robert Andy Duckworth – Class of 1953

Robert Duckworth died Jan. 15, 2004, at the Dallas VA Hospital. Graveside service was held at Fairview Cemetery in Denison.Robert was born July 29, 1935, in Jacksboro, a so of Jackson Tidwell and Beulah Stratton Duckworth. He was an air conditioning repairman and served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Bonnie Faye Beasley -  DHS graduate

Bonnie Faye Beasley died Jan. 2, 2004, at The Homestead of Denison. Funeral was Jan. 5 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  She was born March 17, 1900, in Denison, a daughter of Bruce Fletcher and Lucy Mozelle Hyde Mauk. She married Fred Beasley on Dec. 31, 1921 in Denison.

Jennifer I. Guthrie -  DHS graduate

Jennifer I. Guthrie died Jan. 1, 2004, at Texoma Medical Center. Funeral was Jan. 6 in Denison with burial in Fairview Cemetery.  Jennifer was born Jan. 8, 1981, in McKinney to Pamela Owens. She attended Grayson County College for two years and married Nicholas Lee Guthrie in Sherman.

Lynn Bailey Holland – Class of 1970

Lynn Holland died July 11, 2003, at her home in Sherman. Memorial service was held July 15 at Grace United Methodist Church in Sherman.  Lynn was born May 7, 1952, in Denison, a daughter of Robert E. Bailey Jr., and Frances Johnson Bailey. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1974 with a BA in English and Journalism. She was a reporter at The Denison Herald and the Galveston Daily news then graduated from SMU School of Law in 1985 and went on to practice law for 15 years. She taught English at Grayson County College.

David Lloyd Scoggins – Class of 1968

David Lloyd Scoggins died June 22, 2003, in Denison. Graveside service was held at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.  David was born Dec. 31, 1949, in Denison, a son of L.A. and Dorothy Scoggins.

Helen Everheart -  Class of 1939

Military graveside service was held for Helen Hodges Everheart, 81, of Sherman who died May 23, 2003 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery. She died May 20, 2003 at her home.  She was born Dec. 12, 1921 in Denison, a daughter of William Everett and Ruth Reynolds Hodges. She graduated from Denison High, North Texas University and New York University. She was a gym teacher at DHS in the 1950s and retired as vice principal and dean of girls in 1979 from J.I. Carter Junior High School in Arlington. She served in the Women’s Army Corp as a staff sergeant and worked at Perrin Air Force Base as a civilian employee, where she managed the service club.

Shirley Jo Leth -  Class of 1953 

Shirley Jo Jackson Leth, of Sherman died May 14, 2003 in a Sherman hospital. A memorial service was held at a later date.  Shirley was born July 5, 1935 in Denison, a daughter of Mainess and Blanche Pence Jackson. She was employed by Amoco Oil from 1963 until her retirement in 1996.

Robert L. "Bob" Cherry, DHS Graduate

Robert L. “Bob” Cherry passed away February 23, 2003, at Texoma Medical Center.

Bob was born Luther Fount Cherry, Jr., on May 23, 1926 in Sherman, Texas to Luther Fount and Mary Elisabeth (Alexander) Cherry but chose the name Robert Luther Cherry at age 16.  He was christened on Easter Sunday, 1927, in the First Presbyterian Church of Denison by Rev. J. S. Hodges, and, as his mother said, “Behaved beautifully.” Four years later, his brother, Dawn Milliken Cherry, was born, but died the same day. Bob attended Denison Public Schools, graduating from Denison High School in 1942.

Bob’s mother was a great cook, and took great joy in feeding him. This resulted in his being very overweight.  As a matter of fact, he was picked-on at Central Ward School for being fat.  He soon got tired of this, and discovered the “Charles Atlas course” in a magazine.  He sent off for the course and in no time lost the extra weight and became very strong and fit.

Bob did not tell his mother when he started boxing in high school.  In 1941, at age 15 and technically not old enough to box, he fought an exhibition match during the Golden Gloves tournament.  Impressed after watching Bob fight, Denison’s football coach, Pat Patterson, approached him and said, “Bobby, I will guarantee you a letter jacket if you will come out for football in the fall.”  Bob regretted telling him “no” but said his mother wouldn’t let him play football. She thought it was "too rough."

Bob went on to become a Golden Gloves champ, as well as the Corps champion at Texas A&M.  He also boxed for the US Navy.  He never lost a fight in his boxing career.

In 1942, the entire A&M football team left school to serve their country during World War II.  Legendary A&M coach H. H. Norton announced to the student body that he needed a replacement football team, and Bob was among the 30 Aggies that responded.  This team was known as the “Kiddie Korps” because of the youth of the majority of its volunteers.  They performed so well that they played in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1944.

Bob served two years, two months and 13 days active duty in the United States Navy receiving an American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal.  He was discharged with an Honorable Discharge on July 4th 1946.  He returned to A&M and graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  At his mother’s request, he came back to Denison to help with the family business, Snow White Laundry, and has been a prominent figure in Denison ever since.

His dedication to the community was evidenced by his service to the citizens of Denison.  He was elected to the Denison City Council for two terms, from 1969 to 1972, and served as Mayor for both terms. He was also elected to the Denison School Board, serving as President.  He was on the Board of Directors for the Retail Merchants Association, serving as President for two years, and was an original “Gold Coat” for the Denison Chamber of Commerce.

In 1999, the Denison Business & Professional Women’s Club selected him to receive their Distinguished Service Award. He received the Denison High School Alumni Service Award in 2002, and was a member of Rotary International for almost 50 years.

       A few days before his death, when asked how many children he had, he said, “I have three kids that I am very proud of.”  

He is survived by his son Steve Cherry of Denison, and two daughters, Lisa Cherry Wright and husband Larry of Centerville, Utah and Catherine Cherry Wenger and husband David of Austin, Texas.   He was also very proud of his 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

       Bob's outward expressions of love and service to his family, friends, neighbors and community, reflected his inward commitment to live a Christ-like life.  In Saint Matthew, Chapter 25, verse 40 we read, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have adone it unto one of the bleast of these my cbrethren, ye have done it unto me."


Jacqueline Largent -  DHS graduate

Jacqueline Barbara Hughes Largent of Dallas died April 16, 2003. Graveside service was April 19 at Calvary Cemetery in Denison.  She was born Jan. 25, 1938 in Pottsboro.

Billy Jack McKee -  Class of 1953

Billy Jack McKee was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Sherman. He died July 17, 2002, in Roseville, CA. A memorial service was held in Sacramento, CA on July 21. A second memorial service was held for relatives and friends at Loy Lake Park where Bill spent many happy days growing up.  Bill served in the U.S. Navy and worked for many years in California as an appliance salesman.

James Hunt - Class of 1957

"Our beloved James was called home after fighting a hard fight and running a good race to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 14, 2002 at his home. We will miss you dearly, but we will see you again someday."  He was born Oct. 8, 1938 at Gunter, Texas, the son of James M. and Ann Morrison Hunt. James graduated from Denison High School in 1957 and graduated from the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He played on the 1956 Yellow Jacket football team that beat the Sherman Bearcats, 49-0. This was the worst defeat for Sherman during the Sherman/Denison rivalry. He was quarterback for the Denison Yellow Jackets in 1955 and beat the Sherman Bearcats 14-28. These were special memories for our dad. In 1955 he threw three touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown, making a total of 28 points.

James started as a Street Runner for State National Bank in 1957, working his way up to be Senior Vice President of the Bank.  He married Lois Means on Dec. 6, 1958 in Denison. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission; the Denison Yellow Jacket Board; the Chamber of Commerce Board; Served as one of the original directors of the Boys and Girls Club, serving as president for the Girls Club for several years. He was elected to the Board of Trustees for DISD for 12 years, four years as president. He also served as Chaplain for the Denison Jaycees. After a career in banking he secured his Real Estate License, working in this field until his health failed.

James was a member of East Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School in his early years. He thought his Church was the sweetest and most loving church family in the world.

James is survived by his wife, Lois Hunt of Denison; mother, Ann Hunt of Denison; daughters, Leslie Nunley and her husband, Charles of Denison, Cari Ricks of Denison, Kellie Doshier and her husband, Doss of Caddo, Okla.; brothers, Jackie Hunt, Bobby Hunt, Roger Hunt, all of Denison; sister, Reba Hunt Odle of Denison; aunts, Edna Ferguson of Van Alstyne, Janice Smith of Howe; grandchildren, Justin Pennington, Emily Nunley, Tabitha Ricks, Amber Doshier, D.J. Doshier.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2002, at East Baptist Church under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home. The Rev. Brett Castle, Rev. Danny Wood and Rev. Carol Manrey officiated. Burial followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park.

Claud Easterly - Class of 1925

Claud Easterly, editor of The Denison Herald for 30 years, died March 15, 1999, after a brief illness. He was 91. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.  During his 47 years in the newspaper business he covered many of Grayson County's biggest stories of the century, including John Phillip Sousa, the Red River Bridge war, construction of the Denison Dam and the Denison butane explosion that killed 13 people. He interviewed five U.S. presidents, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, magician Harry Houdini, Father Flanders of Boys Town, New York Mayor LaGuardia, heavy weight boxing champion Joe Louis and many other state and national dignitaries.

Yvonne Taylor Pitman - Class of 1953

Yvonne Taylor Pitman died Nov. 8, 1997, in Methodist Hospital in Lubbock .  Burial was in Resthaven Crematory in Lubbock.      She was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Mena, Ark.,  and married her high school sweetheart and 1953 classmate,  Bob Pitman.  She had been employed by Service Air, Inc., in Lubbock.


In remembrance of one of our fallen soldiers killed in action during the Viet Nam war. Sent in by his loving sister, Linda Garland.

Larry D. Neasbitt, 1963 DHS graduate

Larry Neasbitt was my brother. He was Killed in Action in Viet Nam Fighting for your Freedom in 1968. He was 22. He graduated from DHS in 1963. He was married to Vonna Ramey. She was a graduate from DHS in 1962.