2010-2013 TX, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net

 

SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi , TX, Transcribed by Jim @ Blankenshipweb.com

Blankenship, Donald Dale 81, 26May1929 - 03Dec2010, (Texas), KS-509-22-5406

Blankenship, Laura Ruth 36, 03Dec1974 - 11Mar2011, (Texas), DE-222-58-2080

Blankenship, Martha Corrine 79, 09May1931 - 14Jan2011, (Texas), TN-412-44-2275

Blankenship, Robert J. 60, 08Mar1950 - 17Mar2010, (72), TX-460-84-9181

Blankenship, Susan Lynn 52, 19Feb1958 - 23Aug2010, (Texas), TX-451-15-9882

Blankenship, Theresa Anne 56, 02Jan1955 - 01Apr2011, (Texas), TX-449-04-5513

 

Anderson

 

2013, Frankston, Anderson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 12, 2013

Johnny Mack Caveness was born in Jacksonville on March 28, 1948. He retired from U.N.R.M.W.A. of Lake Palestine. He was a member of William Foster Lodge No. 312 and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 1113 of Frankston. He died at his residence in Frankston on June 10, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Buster and Kathryn Caveness; and an infant sister, Linda Caveness.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Joy Caveness; son, Robert M. Caveness and wife Stacie Caveness, of Frankston; daughter, Alisha Tarrant and husband James Michael Tarrant, of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Caitlyn Matejka, Westin Matejka, Maggie Caveness, Klara Caveness, Michael Jack Tarrant and Makayla and husband Justin Hamman; a sister, Donna Blankenship and husband Larry Blankenship, of Navasota; one nephew, John W. Wren, of Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers for his services will be all Masons of William Foster Lodge No. 312 and Eastern Stars of O.E.S. Frankston Chapter 1113 and family and friends too numerous to name. Family and friends are invited to attend Masonic graveside services officiated by Bro. David Moore on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville at 10 a.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Angelina

 

2011, Ewing, Angelina Co., TX, Obituary

The Lufkin Daily News, (TX) - April 21, 2011

Memorial Services for Gena Walton, age 41 of Ewing 4:00 p.m. April 20, 2011 at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Ewing with Pastor Eric Ford, Officiating. Another memorial will be held for Gena at First Baptist Church, Zavalla, TX in May for her family and friends in Texas.

Gena Sheffield Walton was born on June 21, 1969 in Lufkin, Tx to Wanda (Stanley) and Gene Sheffield and passed to her new life with Christ on April 18, 2011.

At 11 years of age she made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ at Zavalla First Baptist Church and attended United Methodist-Presbyterian of Ewing while living there. Gena attended Zavalla Tx schools and graduated high school in 1987. While playing basketball for the Zavalla Eagles she was named to All District Team twice and chosen for girl athlete of the year her senior year. Gena joined the US Air force as a medical technician in 1990 and served in Germany during Desert Storm. While stationed at Carswell AFB in Ft. Worth, Tx she met and married Gordie Walton from Nebraska on July 18, 1992.

She leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Gordie of Ewing, Ne. Beloved sons, Joshua and Jacob of Ewing, Ne. Mother and step-father: Wanda and Don Blankenship of Broaddus, Tx. Father and step-mother: Gene and Bobbie Sheffield of Kirbyville, Tx. Sister, Wendy Sheffield of Zavalla, Tx. Nieces: Jenna Sheffield and Brianna Cowan of Zavalla, Tx. Nephew: Samuel Syzdek of Lufkin, Tx. Mother-in-law Darlene Walton of Fremont, Ne. Aunts and Uncles: Phyllis and Johnnie Davis of Lufkin, Tx, Ann Cheney of Zavalla, Tx, Jay and Sue Hess of Huntington, Tx, Dorothy Basham of Beaumont, Tx, and Dell Stringer of Vidor, Tx. Uncle: Bennie Sheffield of Zavalla, Tx. Step brothers: Marcus Beaver of Port Arthur, Tx and Michael Beaver of Kirbyville, Tx. Sisters and Brother-in-laws: Garlen and Marcia Thurlow of Newport, NE and Sedina Benitz of North Platte, Ne. Brother and Sister-in-law: Mark and Teresa Walton of Ewing, Ne. Numerous other relatives. Special people in her life were: Tracie Marshall, Tx., Angie Hlavaty, Fla., Sunny Day, Tx., Sherry Hess, Tx. The George and Elaine Ramold family who claimed her as one of their own, Jen Cunningham, Tracie Jussel, Colleen Ramold (her sister from another mister) Jamie Graber-Hartigan, Idella Tuttle and Shannon and Tracie Drobny, and friends too numerous to list. Also cherishing her memory is her beloved cockerspaniel, Barkley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Huntington, Angelina Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.dibollfreepress.com/news/2010-04-07/Obituaries/Charles_Robert_Bob_Blankenship.html

Graveside services with military honors for Charles Robert Bob Blankenship, 83, of Huntington were held Monday, April 5, 2010, at Huntington Cemetery, under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home. Mr. Blankenship was born October 12, 1926, in West Hamlin, West Virginia, and died Friday, April 2, 2010, at a local hospital.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Donna Blankenship of Huntington, Texas, and Ronnie E. and Natasha Blankenship of Huntington, West Virginia; daughter, Jean Blankenship Castro of Beach Fork, West Virginia; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Huntington, Angelina Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Lufkin Daily News on February 16, 2013

Services for Emily Jane (Forrest) Stanbery, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Salem Baptist Church in Huntington, with Bro. Brian Williams and Bro. Greg Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in the Treadwell Cemetery in Huntington. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Dwayne Fuller, Josh Stanbery, Joseph Johnson, Chris Stanbery, Jake Stanbery and great-grandson, Aaron Anderson.

Mrs. Stanbery was born January 20, 1926 in Huntington, the daughter of the late Travis and Novie Forrest. She went to be with her Lord and savior on Thursday, February 14, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Sharon Stanbery of Huntington, Ronnie and Linda Stanbery of Lufkin; and John and Holly Stanbery of Huntington; daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and Travis Fuller of Lufkin, Patsy Jackson of Huntington and Beverly and Tim Johnson of Huntington. Mrs. Stanbery was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving Emily are her sisters, Nona Cartwright of Huntington and Marciel Waltman of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Lou and Doug Blankenship of Kingwood; brother and sister-in-law, Jessie and Betty Forrest of Lufkin; brother-in-law and wife, Bobby and Joyce Stanbery; sister-in-law and her husband, Manell and Ross McClain, all of Lufkin; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stanbery was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, A. J. Stanbery; brothers, Eugene Forrest and Garland Forrest; grandchildren, Shara Joy Stanbery and James Carroll Stanbery; son-in-law, Lonnie (Pete) Jackson; daughter-in-law, Tina Marie Stanbery; granddaughter-in-law, Krystal Stanbery; and grandson-in-law, Eric Willmon. Emilys most important possessions were her family and her strong faith in God. She loved to cook and sew for them and many friends and acquaintances. She was also an avid '42' player and was pretty good at it. She spent her life encouraging family and friends with her favorite phrase 'Keep looking up', in reference to the love and faith she had for Christ. She was fondly known as 'Mamaw Em'. Emily was a faithful member of Salem Baptist Church for many years and was loved by all who knew her.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Angelina Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, C. R. 83, 11Oct1926 - 02Apr2010, Huntington, Angelina, TX, WV-234-40-2383

 

Austin

 

2010, Sealy, Austin Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on July 11, 2010

Sherby Blankenship, born in Wichita, KS. January 20, 1939 passed away peacefully at his home in Sealy, TX. on July 8, 2010.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet, sons Lee Blankenship and wife April of Cat Spring, TX., and Dale Blankenship and wife Ginger of Austin, TX., daughters Lisa Sinsabaugh and husband, David of Katy, TX. and Kami Krause and husband, Randy of Katy, TX. He was the proud grandfather of ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves one brother Ron Blankenship and wife, Marsha, of Houston, TX. two sisters, Judy Marshall and husband, Johnnie, of Broken Arrow, OK. and Gayle Miller and husband Jim of Kansas City, KS, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.

His service will be held at Knesek Funeral Chappel in Sealy, TX., on Wednesday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

Austin Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Sherburne Lee 71, 20Jan1939 - 08Jul2010, Cat Spring, Austin, TX, OK-441-36-4548

 

Bastrop

 

2011, Elgin, Bastrop Co., TX, Obituary

Flower Mound Leader (TX) - December 6, 2011

Arthur Earl Arnold passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 82, on November 29, 2011. Born in Fort Worth, Texas to John Earl Arnold and Rosanna Virginia Jones,

Arthur he grew up around the Dallas area, graduated high school in Carrollton, TX and played football for Texas A&M for two years. He joined the United States Marine Corps. in 1947, to serve his country and support his family. Arthur honorably served his country, spending over twenty years in military, which involved wartime tours of duty in both Korea and Vietnam.

Following his U.S. Marine Corps. service from 1947 until 1956, Arthur continued his active duty service with the U.S. Air Force, until retiring in 1969, with his wife and two children at Travis Air Force Base, California. After a long career with the military, he began working for the Southern Pacific Railroad for another twenty years; finally retiring in 1989. Art was a rodeo champion bull rider in his youth; he loved to rope and ride. Car racing had his interest for a brief period, but he was more at home in the rodeo. He was a large man in stature, tough on the outside and stubborn to the core, yet loyal to his family and utterly in love with his wife, Lillian until her death in 2003. She always understood Art's spirited nature. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and sportsman until well into his seventies. Lillian encouraged his outdoor pursuits; his passion for the challenges of nature was unquenchable and she was happiest when he was happiest.

Four years after Lillian's passing, Arthur came home to Texas to be with his daughter, Artice in Elgin, TX. There they owned a small ranch, where he enjoyed his remaining years watching his daughter train horses and riders.

He is preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Ruby Lillian Arnold; his only son, Orrington Lynn Arnold of Suisun City, CA; his elder sister, Suidie Negley of San Diego, CA.

He is survived by his only daughter, Artice Earleen Arnold, of Elgin, TX; his two younger sisters, Virginia Nutter of Riverside, CA and Zonella Blankenship of Carrolton, TX.

A funeral service will be conducted at Elgin Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Friday, December 9th with the Bishop Orlando Kelm officiating. Interment is scheduled at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery Friday, December 9th at 1:30 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bee

 

+2013, Beeville, Bee Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.gallowayandsons.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2326473&fh_id=11807

Sarah Helen Pledge Blankenship, 84, passed away on November 13, 2013. She was born on September 4, 1929 in Texon, Regan Co., Texas to John Varney and Carabel (Graves) Pledge.

She was the youngest of 5 children. She married Cicero Jourdan Smokey Blankenship on December 1, 1945 in Eldorado, Schleicher Co., Texas. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She retired from N.A.S. Chase Field civil service as a bookkeeper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 siblings and 1 grandchild.

She is survived by her husband, Cicero Jourdan Smokey Blankenship; children, Darlene Walser, Ed Blankenship, Alan Blankenship and Carol Bridger; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bexar

 

+2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Express-News on January 17, 2012

Etta Alberta Blankenship born to Charlie Gage and Sara Ellen in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma on July 4, 1932 went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2012 at the age of 79.

She is survived by her loving husband Robert Wood Blankenship married to him for 60 years. Daughter, Katherine Blankenship, Sons; Ronald Charles Blankenship (Camille), Robert Woods Blankenship Jr. (Terri), Sister, Louise Lair (Morris), Grandchildren; Etta, April, Ronald Jr., and Clarence, Great grandchildren; Sara, Etta, Russell, Jonathan, she also left behind numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Shelton, her sister, Mary Ruth and brother Johnnie.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Mission Park South at 1PM followed by interment at Mission Burial Park South.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

Omaha World-Herald (NE) - June 6, 2012

Janice Carter Oldfather was born November 8, 1930, in Topeka, Kansas, the only child to Thelma Frances Chalfant Carter and James Wilbur Carter. Jan's mother died when Jan was eight years old, and four years later, her father married Suzanne Baxter. She died peacefully at home on June 3, 2012, at age 81, surrounded by her family.

Jan was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and after high school, she received her degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While at the University of Nebraska, Jan was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. While at the University, she met her future husband, Dr. Richard Oldfather, on a blind date, and they married in 1953. After graduation from dental school, Dr. Oldfather enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served as a Captain and dentist in Japan.

After the War, they relocated to the University of Iowa where Dr. Oldfather obtained his advanced degree in orthodontics. Upon graduation, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, with their six-month old daughter, Anne. Their two sons, Mike and Tom were born shortly after arriving in San Antonio. Upon settling in this city, the Oldfathers joined University Presbyterian Church in 1957, where they remained active members for the remainder of their lives. Jan was also an active member of the Junior League of San Antonio for many years as well as the Dental Auxiliary. She was devoted to her husband of 50 years, Dr. Richard Oldfather, their three children, Anne, Mike and Tom, their spouses and their grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as their extended family members. Jan was a committed Christian, a Child of God, and a dedicated member of University Presbyterian Church. She loved being with her family, working in the garden and spending time at their vacation home on South Padre Island. She had a passion for the peace and tranquility of the seashore and the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan is now in the presence of God, healed and free of cancer. She is on the other side of the horizon, just beyond the limit of our human sight, and joyfully worships and praises God in His Eternal Kingdom along side all of those she loved who have gone before her, especially her husband, Dick. Jan is predeceased by her parents, her step-mother, her beloved husband, Dr. Richard "(Dick") Harold Oldfather, who died in 2003, her brother-in law, Charles Oldfather, her mother-in-law, Marcia Hazlett Oldfather and father-in-law, Harold Oldfather.

Jan is survived by her three children: Anne Oldfather Blankenship, her husband, John William Blankenship, their son, Samuel Harrison Blankenship, their daughter, Sarah Scott Blankenship Dewey, her husband, Guillermo Dewey, their son, Maximiliano Dewey; Michael Harold Oldfather and his wife, Valerie Kay Ovenden Oldfather, and their children, Eric Carter Oldfather and Matthew Carson Oldfather (all of San Antonio); and Thomas Edward Oldfather and his wife, Maritza Flores Oldfather (of San Antonio). Jan is also survived by her sister-in-law, Diane Oldfather (Mrs. Charles Oldfather), her brother-in-law, Alan Oldfather, and his wife, Germaine Oldfather. She is also survived by several cousins, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Graveside Service Friday, June 8, 2012, 9:30am, Mission Burial Park North 20900 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257. Memorial Service to follow 11am, University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to University Presbyterian

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Express-News on November 15, 2012

James N. Blankenship, 70, died on Monday, November 12, 2012. James was born on September 3, 1942 in Cincinnati, OH. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963. James served honorably until 1991, when he retired as a senior master sergeant. After retiring, James earned an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. He later worked in the Business IS department for St. Phillip's College.

James married his wife, Evelyn Butler on November 2, 1968 and recently celebrated their 44-year anniversary.

James is survived by Evelyn, his two children Kimberly and Jamal; grandchildren Benjamin, Isaiah, Jacob, and Michael; two brothers Norman and Bernard, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church at 3:00 P.M. Interment will be at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Death

The Daily Independent, (Ashland, KY) - December 22, 2012

Margaret Blankenship, 89, of San Antonio, Texas, died Saturday in Vital Hospice Center in San Antonio.

Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home in Ironton is in charge of arrangements, which are pending.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

 

+2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

http://dailyindependent.com/obituaries/x1303503409/Margaret-Blankenship-1923-2012

Margaret Blankenship, 89, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Ironton, died Saturday in Vital Hospice Center in San Antonio. She was born Oct. 9, 1923.

She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Blankenship.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Funeral

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - December 29, 2012

Margaret Leonda Blankenship formerly of Ironton, 11 a.m., Woodland Cemetery, Ironton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.tracybrammerfh.com/obituaries/Margaret-Blankenship/

Margaret Leonda Blankenship, 89, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Ironton, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Vital Hospice Center in San Antonio. The Ashland, KY native was born October 9, 1923, a daughter to the late Conrad and Chlora (Johnson) Hampton.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 70 years, Robert M. Blankenship of San Antonio, Texas. Margaret was a 1941 graduate of Ironton High School. She went on to work as a hair stylist and later become manager of Joskes Hair Salon. She was of the Baptist faith and loved her family dearly.

In addition to her husband, Margaret is survived by: A son: Robert M. (Janie) Blankenship II of Beeville, Texas; A daughter: Rhonda Jo (Charles) Tyson Smith of Houston, Texas; A grandson: Charles Tyson Smith IV of League City, Texas.

In addition to her parents, Margaret is preceded in death by: 3 brothers: Joe Hampton, G. E. Hampton, and Charles Hampton; 3 sisters: Gladys Wilcoxin, Lucille Byrnes, and Mary Elizabeth Fosson

A graveside service will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton with Rev. Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, San Antonio, Bexar, TX Obituary

Published in Express-News on June 9, 2013

Lt. Col. William Leslie Blankenship, Ret., beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, died on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, in Richardson TX. Born in Cleveland Ohio on December 24, 1925, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife Mary and his parents Leslie and Martha Blankenship.

During his military career, he proudly served his country in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He attended Kent State University in Ohio and graduated from Texas Lutheran College, in Seguin TX. He is fondly remembered in the football world for coaching the San Antonio Toros, and at Trinity University. He served as Athletic Director at St Mary's University, Director of Player Personnel for the San Antonio Riders and as a scout for the NFL. Throughout, the military remained an important part of his life as he served as liaison between military bases and universities to support troops seeking higher education.

He is survived by daughters Polly Shah, of San Diego California, Robin Neely, of Richardson, TX, Sons-in law, Habib Shah and Locke Neely, Grandchildren, Morod (wife Adrienne) and Masood Shah, Preston (wife Katie) and Brittany Neely (fianc Justin Miller), Graham Fontes (wife Bess) and Margaret Fontes Gregg (husband Justin) and Scott Davis (wife Linda), great grandchildren Henry and Mary Miller Fontes, Mary Elise,and Hailey Gregg, Ali and Ben Davis, former son-in-law and wife, Billy and Jodi Fontes, longtime friend and companion, Sandra Smith and her family, Terrance Smith, Juretta, John, Kyle and Keith Zalaznik.

The funeral will be Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 pm at Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Mary D., 65, 10Apr1930 - 05Sep1995, San Antonio, Bexar, TX, TX-458-46-8930

 

2013, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Advocate on September 1, 2013

Barbara Jean Rogers Blankenship; A retired City of Baton Rouge employee, she died August 25, 2013. She was 78 years old. She was a resident of San Antonio, TX and was a former resident of Zachary.

A memorial service was held in San Antonio and she will be buried in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary.

She is survived by her children, Karen Sue Gross and husband, Jeff, Littleton, CO and George "Randy" Blankenship and wife Gay, San Antonio. She has 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Mable M. Rogers, father, Harry Lee Rogers, brother, Allen Lee Rogers and sister, Joyce R. Martin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bexar Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Romanko Lee 67, 03Jan1943 - 22Apr2010, San Antonio, Bexar, TX, KS-509-44-6197

Blankenship, Etta Mae 92, 11Nov1918 - 20Dec2010, Somerset, Bexar, TX, TX-453-30-4558

 

Bosque

 

2013, Clifton, Bosque Co., TX, Obituary

Meridian Tribune (TX) - January 23, 2013

Funeral services for Cleo Ellingson, 83, of Clifton were held Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Joan Iker officiating. Interment was at the Rock Church Cemetery. Pallbearers included Bob Parrish, Ross Flint, Glenn Flint, David Johnson, Wayne Munn and Todd Munn.

Cleo Jeanette Parks was born on Jan. 1, 1930, in Fairy, the daughter of Ercie and Mrytle Parks. Ellingson, a resident at the Sunset Home, passed away at the hospital on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. She attended the Fairy public schools. On June 29, 1946, she married Belford T. Ellingson in Cranfills Gap. The couple had one son. They lived in Wichita Falls for 28 years, and in Clifton since 1979. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the VFW Post #8553, American Legion Post #322, and Sunset Auxiliary. She volunteered for many organizations and worked on the annual quilt auction for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Belford T. Ellingson and son, Larry K Ellingson.

Survivors include a sister, Jo Olsen; grandson, Kenneth Ellingson and wife, Nicole; granddaughter, Amanda Price and husband, Billy; great-grandchildren, Jordan Ellingson, Leighton Blankenship, Tyler Price, Lauren Price, and daughter-in-law, Kayanne and husband, Johnny Smith.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bowie

 

2013, Texarkana, Bowie Co., TX, Obituary

http://texarkanafuneralhome.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1186299

Kade Zachary Stewart, infant son, of DJ and Tiffanie Stewart died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. Kade was born December 8, 2013 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his great grandmother, Dorothea Bleam and his great-great grandmother, Oklahoma Granny.

Other survivors include his grandparents: Herbert and Julie Huntley of Texarkana, Texas; David and Trisha Stewart of Wake Village, Texas; his great grandparents: William and Mary Bleam of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Donna Stewart of Texarkana, Texas; Larry and Janis Stewart of Wake Village, Texas; Michelle Fetner of Wake Village, Texas; four aunts and three uncles; Lindsey and Chris McFaul, Lauren and Randall Blankenship, Madison Stewart, Jacee Stewart, and William Spriggs and a number of cousins.

Funeral services will be 3:00 P. M. Friday at Chapelwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Chaffin officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Wake Village, Bowie Co., TX, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - April 14, 2012

Kathy Jean Allen, 57, of Wake Village, Texas, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in a local hospital. Mrs. Allen was born Aug. 12, 1954, in Magnolia, Ark. She was a retired truck driver and member of Faith Harvest Pentecostal Church, Sweetwater, Texas.

Survivors include four daughters, Buffie Carrigan of Clinton, Ark., Shelena Dick of Genoa, Ark., Amber Brown of Texarkana, Texas, and Jessica Treaster of Wake Village; one sister, Tammy Blankenship of Wake Village; one brother, Ronny Downs; 11 grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today in Godley Prairie Cemetery, New Boston. Burial will be under direction of Comforter Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Brazoria

 

2012, Alvin, Brazoria Co., TX, Obituary

The Brazosport Facts, (Clute, TX) - April 3, 2012

Joseph Norman Schibi, age 76, of Alvin, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Clear Lake Regional Heart Hospital in Webster[Harris Co., TX]. Joe was born March 8, 1936, in Pharr, [Hidalgo Co.]Texas. He worked construction in the pipeline industry and was a man of strong faith and convictions.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marie Schibi; son, Ronny Griffin; one sister, Regina Story, and three brothers, Bob Schibi, Don Schibi and Richard Schibi.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Schibi; sons, Joe Schibi, Jr. and wife, Brenda, Bobby Griffin and wife, Toni, David Griffin and wife, Joleta; daughters, Thelma Knight and husband, Richard, Teresa Blankenship and husband, Delmer, Belinda Knight and husband, Dwight, Brenda Wissner and husband, Dave, Robin Kirk and husband, Ricky, Rhonda Feely and husband, Nathan; daughter-in-law, Kathy Griffin, along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joe's passions in life were his dearest wife, family, his precious little dog COCO, his beloved Garden Lounge that he owned and operated since the early 70's where he enjoyed the fellowship of countless friends, old and new. Joe loved the pipeline industry and dirt business of which the largest portion of his life was attributed to. Joe is especially remembered for his love of life, he was a friend to all, he was cheerful in all weathers, he never met a stranger or anyone that he did not leave a lasting impression in their hearts and in their lives, an impression of joyfulness, kindness, graciousness, honesty, integrity and strength. All will miss Joe, his memory and spirit shall live within all that knew and loved him, an impression that will endure for all times.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Heights Baptist Church, County Road 144, Alvin, Texas 77511. (281) 331-8201. Interment will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Angleton, Brazoria Co., TX, Obituary

The Brazosport Facts, (Clute, TX) - April 3, 2011

Theresa Anne Linton Blankenship, 56, of Angleton, went to be with the Lord April 1, 2011. She was born January 2, 1955, in Three Rivers, Texas, to Tom and Phyllis Linton.

She graduated in 1973 from La Marque High School. Theresa was a Senior Administrative Assistant at RiceTec. She enjoyed gardening, camping, motorcycle riding and her grandchildren. Theresa was involved in a variety of organizations. She was a member of the Life Foursquare Church in Angleton, Texas.

Theresa was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Linton and a grandbaby, Graceon.

She was survived by her husband, Bruce Blankenship of Angleton; her father, Tom Linton Sr. of Sante Fe, Texas; three daughters, Rebekah Blankenship and husband, Justin, of Angleton, Rachel Montealegre and husband, Albert, of Lake Jackson and Ruthie Gundy and husband, Stephen of Rosharon; five step-children, Therl Gould and wife, Laura of Evansville, Indiana, Thea Gould of Evansville, Indiana, Dwayne Blankenship and wife, Kandis of Friendswood, Texas, Darbi Blankenship (Matt Harris) of Dickinson, Texas and Bobby Blankenship of Dickinson, Texas; 15 grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Linton (Rebecca Baker) of Austin, Texas, Tommy Linton Jr. and wife, Jessica of Santa Fe, Texas, and Ted Linton and wife, Cheri of Alvin, Texas, and several nephews and nieces.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Life Foursquare Church, 501 Karankawa, Angleton, Texas 77515 with Cere Muscarella officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Blankenship, Albert Montealegre, Stephen Gundy, Dwayne Blankenship, Bobby Blankenship, Judy and Sonny Bowman, Susie and Chris Montealegre and the LMHS GNO of 1973.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Angleton, Brazoria Co., TX, Obituary

http://thefacts.com/obituaries/article_140d4286-f30d-11e1-9dc1-0019bb2963f4.html

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:00 am

Beulah Mae Blankenship Weathers, 901⁄2, the greatest, most loving, and generous-hearted mother in the world, left this life peacefully on August 29, 2012. She was born to Dee Murray and Della Anderson Murray in Choctaw, Oklahoma on February 15, 1922.

Beulah was orphaned at nine, and she and her siblings were then raised by her grandmother and grandfather Anderson. She met and married James William "J W" Blankenship in Muskogee, Oklahoma on February 25, 1940

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Angleton, Brazoria Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.palmsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/EFuyFuApFVWdxRJZLy.html

Beulah Mae Blankenship Weathers, 90 1/2, the greatest, most loving, and generous-hearted mother in the world, left this life peacefully on August 29, 2012. She was born to Dee Murray and Della Anderson Murray in Choctaw, Oklahoma on February 15, 1922. Beulah was orphaned at nine, and she and her siblings were then raised by her grandmother and grandfather Anderson.

She met and married James William "JW" Blankenship in Muskogee, Oklahoma on February 25, 1940. After 43 years of a loving marriage and four children, JW passed away in 1983. She re-married in 1991, Harvey C. Weathers.

Some called her "Beulah Mae, JW called her "Bootsie Mae," and her friends called her "Boots," a nickname she had since her childhood because she loved wearing boots. A wonderful homemaker, she loved to dance, visit with friends, play dominos and cards, read and spend time with her family, enjoying the grandchildren most of all.

Left to honor her life are her four children and their spouses: Donna Mae Blankenship Jablecki (Larry), James "Jim" Franklin Blankenship (Barbara), John Lee Blankenship (Maggie) and Karen Suzanne Blankenship Terrell (Jim); also seven grandchildren: Dr. Jason Blankenship, Mindy Blankenship Burch (Jeremy), Dr. Nathaniel Jablecki (Myla), Sarah Jablecki, Cara Blankenship Drenner (Rick), Corey Terrell (Misty), and Amy Terrell; four great-grandchildren: Lane Burch, Maddie Drenner, Mylie Drenner and Tynlee Burch; and her husband, Harvey Weathers.

A private family graveside service will be held in Angleton Cemetery on Saturday, September 1, 2012. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Father Andrew Parker, of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Lake Jackson. Boots' beloved grandsons will act as her pallbearers, Dr. Jason Blankenship, Dr. Nathaniel Jablecki, Rick Drenner, Jeremy Burch, Corey Terrell and Lane Burch. A Celebration of Life for Boots will be held in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Parish Hall on 200 Oyster Creek Drive in Lake Jackson, TX at 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 1, 2012. All friends and family are welcome.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, James, 62, 19Feb1921 - ??Apr1983, (not specified), OK-442-12-7037

Son of William Franklin Blankenship

 

Brazoria Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Joanne 74, 16Sep1936 - 06Aug2011, Rosharon, Brazoria, TX, TX-453-48-1739

 

Briscoe

 

2013, Quitaque, Briscoe Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on January 10, 2013

Snow Irene Grundy, 94, of Quitaque passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Quitaque. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery in Quitaque.

Snow was born to Vaughan and Grace Chandler on Jan. 21, 1918, during a snow storm in Gasoline, Texas. She had 13 brothers and sisters. She married Charley Grundy on Feb. 16, 1946. Snow lived in Quitaque until she moved to Tulia in 1989. She was best known by everyone for her lifelong love of musical instruments and amazing piano talent. She played solo at public functions and jamborees. She performed with the Tule Creek Band while in her 80s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley in 1989; her parents; and 11 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one sister, Inetha Blankenship of Quitaque, and one brother, Jack Chandler of Tulia.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she spent loving times with as Snowbird, Snooper, and their surrogate mom/grandma. Her nearest living nieces are Karol Pigg in Quitaque and Barbara Scroggins in Amarillo.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Brown

 

2011, Blanket, Brown Co., TX, Obituary

Brownwood Bulletin (TX) - December 26, 2011

Graveside services for Delia Pierce Fulcher Blankinship, age 84, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas, with Brother Ruben Packer officiating. Davis-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She went home to be with Jesus, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Abilene Regional Medical Center. Delia was born on Jan. 17, 1927, to Virgil and Rose Ettie Pierce. She was married to Walter Fulcher and had six children. On July 12, 1962, she was married to Raymond Blankinship and they had one son, Michael. They were married 45 years. Delia and Raymond raised seven children in Brownwood and had moved to Blanket a few years ago.

Raymond passed away on Jan. 5, 2007. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and had attended Salt Creek Baptist Church. Delia was the name she was known by but, her family knew her as "Momma" and "Granny". She loved her kids and grandkids. She will really be missed by all of us.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Lorah and husband Robert of Bangs; six sons, Tommy Fulcher and wife Donna of Blanket, Lynn Fulcher and wife Rindy of Bangs, Billy Fulcher and wife Sherry of Brownwood, Joe Fulcher of Brownwood, Jimmy Fulcher and Michael Blankinship of Blanket; 14 grandchildren, Stefanie, Cassidy, Shae, Brad, Gary, Sunshine, Stephen, Erik, Chad, Tonya, Aaron, Priscilla, Jennifer and Lisa; 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, O. V. Pierce and Calvin Pierce.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Brownwood, Brown Co., TX, Funeral

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - January 8, 2013

Larry D. Blankinship, 71, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Graveside service 2 p.m. today at Greenleaf Cemetery. Burial to follow. Arrangements by Netherton Funeral Home & Cremation.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+Brownwood, Brown Co., TX, Greenleaf Cemetery

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103335201

Blankinship, Larry Dennis, 05Dec1941, TX, 05Jan2013, Brownwood, Brown Co., TX,

S/o Ernest Elige Blankinship (1911 - 1965) & Ruth Pauline Langford (1916 - 1972),

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+Early, Brown Co., TX, Eastlawn Memorial Park

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=83047189

Blankinship, Cordelia Fulcher "(Delia)" Pierce, 17Jan1927, TX, 25Dec2011, Brownwood, Brown Co., TX,

D/o Ollie Virgil Pierce (1901 - 1963) & Rose Ettie Egger Pierce (1886 - 1968), W/o Earnest Raymond Blankinship (1932 - 2007),

Obituary;

Graveside Services were held at 2pm Thursday. Dec 29 2011 in Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early Texas with Brother Ruben Packer officiating.

Her first marriage was to Walter Fulcher and they had six childran. Later She married Raymond Blankinship and they had one Son. Raymond and Delia was married for 45 years. Raymond and Delia raised seven childran in Brownwood Texas and Later they moved to Blanket Texas just a few years ago. Raymond passed away Jan 5 2007. She was a member Victory Baptist Church and attended Salt Creek Baptist Church. Delia was the name She was known by, but Her Family knew Her as (Mommy) and (Granny) She Loved Her Kids and Her Grand Kids and She will be missed by all who knew and Loved Her.

Survivors include one Daughter, Barbara Lorah and Husband Robert of Bangs Texas. Six Sons, Tommy Fulcher and Wife Donna of Blanket Texas. Lynn Fulcher and Wife Rindy of Bangs Texas. Billy Flucher and Wife Sherry of Brownwood Texas. Joe Fulcher of Brownwood Texas. Jimmy Fulcher and Michael Blankship of Blanket Texas. She had 14 Grand Childran, Stefanie, Cassidy, Shae, Brad, Gary, Sunshine, Stephen, Erik, Chad, Tonya, Aaron, Priscilla, Jennifer and Lisa. She also had 28 great-grandchildran. five great-great grandchildran. and several nephews and nieces. She also leaves behind countles Friends.

She was preceded in death by Her parents, Her Husband and two brothers. O. V. Pierce and Calvin Pierce.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Burnet

 

+2013, Granite Shoals, Burnet Co., TX, Obituary

The Highlander, (Marble Falls, TX) - September 20, 2013

Glen Dale Blankinship: March 29, 1945 ~ Sept. 13, 2013

Glen Dale Blankinship, 68, of Granite Shoals, left this earth to be with Christ, Friday, Sept. 13. He was born in Houston on March 29, 1945 to Oran Lee Blankinship & Ruby (Nettles) Blankinship.

He worked and lived in many different places over the years. Many of those years were in Odessa, Texas. He worked as a journeyman plumber much of his life. He was highly respected for his knowledge in that field. He married Joyce Ann Tiner, in 1964, and together they raised four children. Later he moved to Marble Falls. He was employed by the Burnet CISD, from where he eventually retired in 2010.

He is survived by his sister, Wanda (Ben) Wickliff of Odessa and his brother, Keith (Deborah) Blankinship of Livingston, as well as, the mother of his children, Joyce, their four children, Lorrie (Jimmy) Norris, Glenda (Kenny) Vardeman, Shelia (Rodney) Fryou, and Todd (Jeannie) Blankinship all from Odessa. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, ex-wife, Jan, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Roy Blankinship and Dub Blankinship and his sisters, Nancy Hawkins, Ruby Clark and Carol Humphrey. He will be greatly and deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.

Glen worked hard his whole life; supporting his wife & children to the best of his abilities. But as anyone could tell you, he had an unending passion for the outdoors. He would rather be off hunting, fishing or tromping around in the woods than anything else. It had been said of Glen many times, that he should have been born 150 years ago, as that time period would have been better suited to his lifestyle. Glen did not meet many strangers. He talked to everyone he met. He was quick to lend a hand and would give the shirt from his back if he felt that you needed it more.

Graveside service will be Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Marble Falls City Cemetery with Charles Waugh officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Spicewood, Burnet Co., TX, Obituary

Austin American-Statesman (TX) - August 5, 2012

Thomas Joseph Hannafin, 71, of Spicewood, Texas, passed away suddenly on August 2, 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Anne, and their five children and spouses, Thomas D. Hannafin, Meghan and Robert Blankenship, Colleen Hannafin and fianc, Abraham Barker, Allison and Garrett Hall, Jessica and Daniel Hannafin. He was also the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren; Riley, Caden, and Bailey Blankenship , Bella and Sofia Pistone, Harper Hall, and Gabriel and Quentin Barker. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Hannafin-Tyrrell, John Hannafin, and Eileen Van Artsdalen.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Verdon and Jeremiah Joseph Hannafin, and sister, Anne Katherine Hannafin.

Tom retired from Kitz Corporation of America after 25+ years and continued to serve the company in a consulting role. He most recently served as Board President of Manufacturers' Standards Society (MSS) and was a long-standing member of American Petroleum Institute (API). A loving husband, father and grandfather, Tom enjoyed spending quality time with his adoring children and wife. Tom was an avid golfer, whose favorite pastime was teaching the game of golf to his grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Anne over the years, across the world, especially to Ireland, his beloved heritage country. He recently re-discovered volunteerism, whether it be organizing a charity golf tournament for Down Home Ranch, helping at a Spicewood Arts Society function, or pitching in at the Spicewood Library.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11AM on Monday, August 6, 2012, at Queen of Angels Chapel, 20600 Siesta Shores Drive in Spicewood, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Caldwell

 

2013, Lockhart, Caldwell Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Austin American-Statesman on February 1, 2013

Carolyn (Holder) Blankenship of Lockhart, TX, age 68, passed away peacefully in her home on January 29, 2013. Born in Sweetwater, TX, she was a longtime resident of Austin.

After graduating from Travis High, she worked for the City of Austin for more than a decade. She then served as Volunteer Coordinator and Education Director for the Austin Center for Attitudinal Healing for another decade. Building on her experience there, she later facilitated groups in Writing, Poetry, Story Telling, the Empowerment of Women, and Feminine Spirituality. She was also a gifted amateur sculptor, artist, and handcrafter.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, James and Gesna Holder.

She is survived by her husband, Monty Northrup; her siblings, Cheryl Taylor and James Holder; her daughters, Gina Harris and Julie Hardy; her step-son, Tony Northrup; her beloved grandchildren, Sophie, Sydney, and Riley; and a host of extended family and dear friends.

Family and friends will celebrate her life in a Private Memorial Service at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX, 2-4 pm Sunday, Feb 3.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cameron

 

2013, Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Valley Morning Star on Oct. 28, 2013

Richard (Dick) Eugene McVeigh, 78, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Harlingen. He was born on September 1, 1935 in Souix City, Iowa to Raymond and Faye McVeigh.

Dick was very well scholared earning a B.A., M.A. and a Ph. D. all in education. Dick worked as a Secondary School Administrator in California, Guam and throughout South East Asia all in American Schools overseas. He also was at ASFM in Monterrey, Mexico and at U.T.P.A. in Edinburg, Texas. He was involved with many organizations which included the University of Washington Alumni Organization, Chair of the Riverbank, California Wine & Cheese Expo, former President of the Chamber of Commerce also in Riverbank, California from 1975 to 1982, and a member of ACSA (Association for Credentialed School Administrators. He was a member of the Naval Air Reserve in Seattle, Washington and a School Board Member at St. Alban's Episcopal Church School in Harlingen, Texas.

Dick is survived by his wife, Dianne McVeigh of Harlingen; children, Suzan (McVeigh) Blankenship of Compton, CA, Richard McVeigh of Long Beach, CA, Martin McVeigh of Long Beach, CA and Chad Cottrell of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Stephen Guerrero of San Antonio, TX, Crystal Guerrero of Long Beach, CA and Corbin McVeigh of Anaheim, CA; uncle, L.G. Vigie of Huntington, CA; cousin, Patricia (McVey) Stickman of Temecula, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Wayne McVeigh and step-son, Troy Cottrell.

Memorial services will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Harlingen, 4:00 PM, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 with Fr. Scott Brown officiating. Services and burial will follow at the All Souls Cemetery & Mausoleum in Long Beach, CA at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Camp

 

2011, Leesburg, Camp Co., TX, Obituary

Longview News-Journal (TX) - January 25, 2011

Services for Herman L. "Flip" Byrd, 81, of Leesburg, will be 2 p.m. today, January 25, 2011, at Erman Smith Funeral Chapel, with Bro. Kyle Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Leesburg Cemetery.

Mr. Byrd died Saturday, January 22, 2011, in Pittsburg. Born November 18, 1929, in Graham, he served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for Bell Helicopter.

Survivors include his sons, Dan Byrd, Barry Lester Byrd and Michael Wayne Byrd; brother, Raymond Blankenship; and sisters, Anita Rogers, Joyce Sweeney, Earlene Smith and Janice Atchley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Pittsburg, Camp Co., TX, Obituary

Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune (TX) - February 18, 2011

Mystie M. Warnell, 84, of Pittsburg died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Tyler. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Lafayette Cemetery in Upshur County under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home. Bro. Holland Atchley officiated at the service.

Mrs. Warnell was born on Dec. 13, 1926, in Wayne, W. Va., the daughter of Richard and Mary Frances Triplett. She was a Baptist.

She is survived by two stepdaughters, Sarah Collins of Kilgore and Janet Rose Wedin of Gilmer; and one grandchild; and two sisters, Barbara Blankenship and Nancy Pritt, both of West Virginia; two sisters-in-law and spouses, Janet and Joe Powell of Gilmer and Carolyn and John Gilliam of Azle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. "Freddie" Warnell Jr. on Jan. 8, 2011; and her parents; and two brothers, Charles Triplett and Nathan Triplett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cass

 

2011, Hughes Springs, Cass Co., TX, Obituary

Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune (TX) - April 3, 2011

Maybelle Taylor, 97, of Hughes Springs, died Friday, April 1, 2011 at her residence. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Bradfield Chapel Cemetery near Hughes Springs under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

Mrs. Taylor was born on April 16, 1913, in Idabel, Okla. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Zelma and the Rev. Bill Greer and Anna Blankenship; one son and a daughter-in-law, Gerald and Jamie Taylor, all of Hughes Springs; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Hughes Springs, Cass Co., TX, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - October 3, 2012

William Robert Greer, 51, of Hughes Springs died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at his home. Mr. Greer was born Nov. 16, 1960, in Linden, Texas.

Survivors include his parents, the Rev. Billy and Zelma Greer of Hughes Springs; one sister, Susan Greer of Hughes Springs; one aunt, Anna Blankenship of Lone Star, Texas; one uncle, Gerald Taylor of Hughes Springs; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Burial will be under direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Hughes Springs, Cass Co., TX, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - October 19, 2013

Gerald Wayne Taylor, 76, of Hughes Springs, Texas, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Hughes Springs. Mr. Taylor was born Feb. 20, 1937.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie Taylor of Hughes Springs; two sons, Mickey Keasler of Longview, Texas, and Marty and Sissy Keasler of Hughes Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Misty and John O'Donnell of Longview, Texas; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Zelma and Bill Greer of Hughes Springs and Anna Blankenship of Livingston, Texas; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Concord Cemetery. Burial will be under direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cherokee

 

+2012, Black Jack, Cherokee Co., TX, Death

Published in The Daily Sentinel on February 22, 2012

Novis M. Blankenship, 93, of Black Jack; died Feb. 21, 2012, in Nacogdoches;

Laird Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Black Jack, Cherokee Co., TX, Funeral

Published in The Daily Sentinel on February 23, 2012

Graveside service for Novis M. Cade Blankenship, 93, of Black Jack will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Black Jack Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Sevar officiating.

Mrs. Blankenship died Feb. 21, 2012, in Nacogdoches. She was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Nacogdoches.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Laird Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Black Jack, Cherokee Co., TX, Obituary

http://everythingnac.com/?p=23314

Funeral service for Mrs. Novis Cade Blankenship, 93, of Black Jack, Texas will be held 10 AM on Saturday, 25 February 2012 at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Sevar officiating. Burial will follow at Black Jack Cemetery.

Mrs. Blankenship was born on August 24, 1918, in Nacogdoches, Texas to the late Elton and Bennie Cade. She passed away on February 21, 2012, in Nacogdoches.

Novis grew up in Nacogdoches County. She was a farmer by trade. Mrs. Blankenship loved to quilt, walk to the store and visit and call all her friends on the phone. When she had the chance she liked to play 42. She was a member of Chireno Baptist for many years as well as Attoyac Baptist Church in Black Jack, Texas and loved attending church services and listening to Gospel music on the radio.

Novis is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Langston and Jan Blankenship and Winston Blankenship; one sister, Billie Fae Cade Anderson of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Kenneth and wife Tabatha, David and wife Lesa, Cathy Myers and husband Wesley, Rachel Rowin, Donna Tubbe and husband Shane, and Cindy Jones. Great grandchildren, Dusty Blankenship, Michael Blankenship, Madeline, Tanner and Taylor Myers, Ashley Ghant, Misty and Hank Curbow, and Darius and Zoie Tubbe. and two great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews; Miriam Cade Nichols of Beaumont, TX, Patricia Cade Nolan of Bedford, TX, and Terri Cade Verde of Beaumont, TX; and nephew, Ben Cade Anderson of Houston, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Elton and Bennie Cade and her husband, George Blankenship as well as a brother, George E. Cade, Jr.

Pallbearers will be Randy Clary, Kenneth Blankenship, Hank Curbow, David Blankenship, John Bob Cody and Charro Madden.

 

Coleman

 

+2013, Coleman, Coleman Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on February 9, 2013

Dava Lois Lawrence Blankenship died on February 7, 2013 in the Coleman County Medical Center after a bout with double pneumonia. Dava was born May 16, 1919 in Mullin, Texas. Her parents settled on the McCoy farm along Mullin Creek at Mullin, Texas. Dava's mother died in childbirth when Dava was 17. Dava helped care for her younger siblings and graduated from Mullin High School in 1937.

On September 28, 1937 Dava married the love of her life, Narvin Lynn Lawrence. They lived in Brownwood until 1943 when they moved to Fisk and bought the family farm where they resided until 1980 when they moved to Coleman and retired. Dava was a housewife and Narvin's helper on the farm. She was a devoted mother and cared for her four daughters tirelessly. She was always at Mozelle helping with school activities for her girls. Dava was a member of First Baptist Church and the Auditorium Sunday School class. She volunteered and served as chairman of the Coleman County Blood Drive, volunteered at Coleman County Medical Center Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), volunteered to assist with Coleman Commodities distribution and taught Sunday school for many years at Harmony Baptist Church. After she broke her hip, Dava resided at Holiday Hill for 7 1/2 years.

Three daughters, Linda Williams and husband Donald of Midland, Billie Goodwin and husband Bill of Livingston and Judy Rowe and husband Byron of Midland survive her as does her sister, Billie La Bounty and husband Charles of Rockport. Her grandchildren include Gaylon Williams of Port Neches, Debbie Oliver of Midland, Murry Lynn Burkhart of San Antonio, Beth Burkhart of San Antonio, Jeff Burkhart of Wichita Falls, Renee Vailes of Livingston, Kim Faris of McKinney and Sandy Wilcox of Grand Prairie, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive her.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Narvin Lynn Lawrence, her husband, Albert Wayne Blankenship, daughter, Margaret Ann Burkhart, parents, Hershel Scott and Alva Myrtle McCoy, brothers Hershel Lynn McCoy and H. S. McCoy and sisters Joy Elizabeth Petty and Dealva Chapman.

The services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Stanislaw officiating. Interment will be in the Coleman City Cemetery. Pallbearers are her grandsons and great-grandsons, Gaylon Williams, Murry Lynn Burkhart, Jeff Burkhart, Blake Burkhart, Zachary Howard, Lawson Faris and Zachary Faris.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Albert W., 88, 16Dec1913 - 24Aug2002, Coleman, Coleman, TX, TX-450-24-0983

 

Collin

 

2011, Allen, Collin Co., TX, Obituary

Coppell Gazette (TX) - October 19, 2011

Adrian Jon Jones, 31, of Allen, TX passed away on October 12, 2011. He was born on August 18, 1980 in Abilene, Texas.

Adrian is survived by his daughter, Alissa Marie Jones; son, Timothy Jones; parents, Mary Ochoa and Wess Jones; sister, Shanna Alysa Jones; brother, Wess Hunter Jones; and grandparents, Donald & Sue Blankenship and Gabriel & Mobesta Ramirez.

A visitation was held for Adrian on Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home with funeral services on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Rockpoint Church in Flower Mound, TX.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Allen, Collin Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 17, 2013

Rev. William B. Bill Brown, was born March 5, 1926 in Beaumont, Texas to George E. Brown, Sr. and Edith Hill Brown. He married Dorothy Lee Southerland, also of Beaumont, June 22, 1946. They have 4 grown children, Sherilyn Lee Hall, William Baxter Brown, Jr., Robert Kent Brown and Barbara Eileen Blankenship, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. They resided in Allen, Texas for the last 20 years, where Bill went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday afternoon, December 13th, surrounded by his loving family.

He was called to the ministry through a vision at age 13 and began preaching at age 24. His first pastorate was in DeQuincy, Louisiana for 4 1/2 years. Bill later moved to Shreveport, LA and pastored Shreveport Tabernacle for 7 years. He founded Faith Fellowship Church in Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana in 1967 where he served as Pastor for 32 years. Bill was founder of World Ministry Fellowship in 1963 and served as President several times. WMF has grown to over 2,000 members worldwide. Faith Bible College of Shreveport - Bossier City, Louisiana was also started by Bill in 1976 where he served as President. In the course of his ministry several churches were began under his leadership. Bill was also very successful in the area of Pastoral Counseling. He was currently the founder and President of Bill Brown Ministries, an evangelistic ministry with a vision to help pastors and congregations become more unified. Bill has an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from North American Bible College and an Honorary Doctor of Christian Ministry degree from The Seminary for Theological Missions in Guatemala.

Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 17th at Victory Church, 6301 E. Parker Rd, Parker, TX from 6pm-8pm with a Celebration Service to be held at Victory Church Wed. at 10am. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Allen, Collin Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 22, 2013

Rev. William B. Brown Bill was born March 5, 1926 in Beaumont, Texas to George E. Brown, Sr. and Edith Hill Brown. He married Dorothy Lee Southerland, also of Beaumont, June 22, 1946. They have 4 grown children, Sherilyn Lee Hall, William Baxter Brown, Jr., Robert Kent Brown and Barbara Eileen Blankenship, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. They resided in Allen, Texas for the last 20 years, where Bill went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday afternoon, December 13th, surrounded by his loving family.

He was called to the ministry through a vision at age 13 and began preaching at age 24. His first pastorate was in DeQuincy, Louisiana for 4 years. Bill later moved to Shreveport, LA and pastored Shreveport Tabernacle for 7 years. He founded Faith Fellowship Church in Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana in 1967 where he served as Pastor for 32 years. Bill was founder of World Ministry Fellowship in 1963 and served as President several times. WMF has grown to over 2,000 members worldwide. Faith Bible College of Shreveport - Bossier City, Louisiana was also started by Bill in 1976 where he served as President. In the course of his ministry several churches were began under his leadership. Bill was also very successful in the area of Pastoral Counseling. He was currently the founder and President of Bill Brown Ministries, an evangelistic ministry with a vision to help pastors and congregations become more unified. Bill has an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from North American Bible College and an Honorary Doctor of Christian Ministry degree from The Seminary for Theological Missions in Guatemala.

Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 17th at Victory Church, 6301 E. Parker Rd, Parker, TX from 6pm-8pm with a Celebration Service to be held at Victory Church Wed. at 10am. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Farmersville, Collin Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - February 4, 2012

Mrs. Ella Marie Reames of Farmersville passed away Feb. 3, 2012, in Farmersville. Mrs. Reames was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Joy, Texas, to William and Josephine Smith Seigler. She was a homemaker and loving wife throughout her life.

Surviving are her children, Shirley Spralding of Farmersville, Jim Reames and wife Reba of Rowlett, Johnny Reames and wife Jeanette of Justin, Donald Blankenship and wife Monica of Merit, and Wendell Reames and wife Nicole of Poinciana, Fla.; step children Phama Fitzgerald of Dallas, Roxann Reames of Dallas and Sabrina Walther and husband Gerry of Dallas; two sisters, Louise Blakemore and Earnestine Wilson; one brother, James Siegler; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at noon Monday in the Hurst Fielder-Baker Funeral Home chapel in Farmersville.

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Collin Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Homer Ray 87, 08May1922 - 06Apr2010, Farmersville, Collin, TX, TX-467-58-2557

 

Comals

 

2013, New Braunfels, Comals Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Express-News on Nov. 10, 2013

Judy Lynn (Acord) Salesberry, 60, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, the 4th of November at her home in New Braunfels.

She is survived by her husband, James Salesberry; her children, Gary (Melissa) Edenburn, Jr. of New Braunfels, Daryl (Shirl) Tutt, Jr. of San Antonio, and Amy (Harold) Blankenship of New Braunfels; eleven grandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous brothers and sisters.

Judy's memorial will take place at Cross Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, Texas on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10am.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cooke

 

2011, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - March 2, 2011

Funeral services for Margie Patterson Hale will be 9 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jordan Johnson, pastor of Harvey Street Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Hale passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at East Texas Medical Center in Quitman. Margie was born Feb. 3, 1920 in Valley View to George and Pearl (Blankenship) Lewis. She married Loy Patterson March 10, 1937 in Marietta, Okla. Loy preceded her in death Dec. 14, 1972. Margie married Billy Lee Hale Jan. 23, 1976 in Gainesville. Billy died in November 2004. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors of Margie Patterson Hale include her sons, Kenneth Rodney Patterson of Gainesville and Wilbert Hale of Oxnard, Calif.; daughters, Nancy Hayes of Winnsboro, Darlene Vanlandingham of Oxnard, Calif. and Juna Lee Armstrong of Goodlettasville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Loy Patterson and Billy Hale; sons, Larry Patterson and Loy Lee Patterson and a grandson, James Patterson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - June 1, 2012

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Neva Gilbreath, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Pecan Tree Health and Rehab Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1941, in Valley View to Virgil and Sina (Camp) Carriker.

Neva married Cody Gilbreath on June 26, 1958, in Ardmore, Okla. She was a pharmacy tech at Gainesville Memorial Hospital and later volunteered as a "Pink Lady" when the hospital became North Texas Medical Center. Neva enjoyed gardening, crocheting and fishing.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gilbreath are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Meador-Clement-Keel Chapel with the Rev. Hollis Parsons, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery will follow with grandsons and a nephews serving as pallbearers.

Survivors of Neva Gilbreath include sons and daughters-in-law, James William and Valerie Gilbreath of Gainesville and Robert "Allen" and Tammy Gilbreath of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Jim Trisler of Gainesville; mother, Sina Covington of Gainesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Genevieve York of Whitesboro, Gloria and Vernon Morrison of Sherwood Shores and Linda and Gary Connor of Sherwood Shores; grandchildren and their spouses, Wes and Hayley Trisler of Sherman, Eddie and Jaime Trisler of McKinney, Amy and Stan Blankenship of Gainesville, Lindsey and Josh Swirczynski of Gainesville, Brittany Gilbreath of Las Vegas, Cody Gilbreath of Gainesville, Mandy and Colby Long of Sanger and Lauren Gilbreath of Denton; ten great-grandchildren; longtime friend, George West; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Carriker; and brother, L. B. Carriker.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - August 11, 2012

Funeral services for Arindia Blankenship Kile, 91, of Gainesville, are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Arindia was born on July 26, 1921, in Leonard to Elzie and Ely Evan Blankenship. She passed away in Gainesville on Aug. 10, 2012.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Equita and Tom McElvain of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, James and Delores McDonnell of Joshua; son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Rosalea McDonnell of Fort Worth; and son-in-law, Benny Chaney of Oklahoma City. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, E. T. Kile; daughter, Rachel Chaney; son, Grady Lloyd Kile; and granddaughter, Sarindia McDonnell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - March 16, 2013

Funeral services for Jewel Hazelrigs are set for Monday, March 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Davis of Collinsville officating with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mitch Tooley, Marl Tooley, David Burgess, Mark Reeves, Jared Forrester and Zack Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Beaver, Gus Arterbury, Aiden Reed and Davis Burgess.

Jewel passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Renaissance Care Center in Gainesville. Jewel was born on Dec. 23, 1926, in Paris, Texas, to L. O. and Lola Blankenship Cockrum. She married J. D. Hazelrigs on Feb. 28, 1944, in Paris. They moved to Gainesville in 1946, where they spent the remainder of their lives.

Jewel retired from the G.I.S.D., employed in food service. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she had the honor of serving for more than 60 years. Jewel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and was loved and respected by many.

Jewel is survived by daughters, Carolyn Brock, Marilyn Burgess, Linda Tooley and husband Don and Denise Evans and husband Lee; grandchildren, Mike and DeeDee Beaver, Marisa and Mark Reeves, Dina Arterbury, Meredith and Craig Reed, David Burgess, Mitch Tooley and Mark and Mindy Tooley; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband J. D. Hazelrigs; her parents; a brother and a sister; and a grandson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Rosston, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - April 16, 2013

Loving father and grandfather Dee Ross "Shorty" Sutton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning, April 15, 2013. He died at the age of 73 at Integrity Transitional Hospital in Denton. Shorty was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Muenster to Anderson Paul and Delia Mae (Richardson) Sutton.

He and Brenda Kay Poynor were married Nov. 2, 1957, in Gainesville. Mr. Sutton served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a machinist for Northrop Grumman in Grand Prairie and was a union representative for 12 years. Shorty was the owner of Hobby Artistic Creations and Wood and was best known for his wooden boxes. He was a member of Prairie Point Church of the Nazarene where he served as a board member.

Funeral services for Dee Ross Sutton will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Prairie Point Church of the Nazarene in Rosston with the Rev. Larry Wright and the Rev. Ricky Kerr officiating. Interment will follow in Rosston Cemetery under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jace Sutton, Tristin Middleton, Zac Presley, David Bennett and Darrel Sutton.

Survivors of Shorty Sutton include his son, Brian Sutton and his wife Debbie of Forestburg; daughter, Jalise Middleton and husband Mark of Forestburg; brother, Travis Sutton of Forestburg; 10 grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Patsy Sutton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, Darin Sutton and Bradley Sutton; and sisters, Juanita Cote, Johnnie Ruth Blankenship and Callie Presley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Valley View, Cooke Co., TX, Obituary

Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) - November 3, 2011

Siddle (Ruby) Blankenship Smith, housewife, passed away Tuesday November 1, 2011 in the home of her daughter in Valley View, Tx. She was born on October 17, 1932 to Wise Murphy and Rosa Mildred Blankenship in Farmersville, Tx.

She married B. L. Smith on April 9, 1949 in Merit, Tx. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, and a granddaughter, Stacy Carlton.

She is survived by daughter, Ann Carlton; son-in-law, Terry Carlton; granddaughter Judy Carlton-Thompson; great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Handley and husband, Chad; great grandson Justin McWhorter, great great granddaughters, Brooklyn & Lillie Handley, 1 brother, and 5 sisters.

No service is planned.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Coryell

 

2012, Purmela, Coryell Co., TX, Obituary

San Angelo Standard-Times (TX) - March 5, 2012

Debra Lynn Byrd, of Purmela, died Friday, March 2, 2012, in Goldthwaite [Mills Co., TX].

Service is at 10 a.m. today at Purmela Baptist Church with burial in Live Oak Cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Willie Jones and Patricia Jones; husband Travis Byrd; daughter Dee Dee Lyn Gilstrap; step daughter Melanie Blankenship; stepson Travis Thurmond; sisters Jeanine Merisch and Julie Metheny; and brother Michael Jones.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Dallas

 

2013, Carrollton, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Olivia-Gonzalez&lc=4581&pid=167661666&mid=5708198

Olivia Gonzalez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to Alfonso and and Luz. Olivia eventually moved to Carrollton, TX along with her daughters and family.

Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Luz, her brothers, Jaime and Javier, and her sister Eliza Orozco De Marin. Her legacy lives on through her daughters Yvonne Blankenship, Yvette Gonzalez, and Yvechelle Sorrano. She is also survived by her grandkids, Warren Fulfer, Courtney Fordyce, Grant Blankenship and Ryan Blankenship, as well as her great grandson Mark Fordyce III.

The family will be holding a private service on their own.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - January 2, 2011

L. Ray Ward, who was born on April 1, 1929, in Dallas, died in his Dallas home on December 27, 2010.

Ray attended North Dallas High School and graduated from SMU in 1950 with a B.S. in Journalism. Shortly thereafter Ray joined the Galveston Daily News as a cub reporter. In Galveston, Ray trained under two outstanding news-papermen, Jack D'Armand and Tom Mulvaney. The Korean war interrupted Ray's newspaper days. He joined the army and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso and in Germany. After the war, Ray was a reporter for the San Antonio Light. Thereafter, he embarked on a career in public relations and advertising in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and St. Louis. From 1962 until 1992, Ray held executive positions with Dallas Power & Light and with Texas Utilities. Active in numerous trade associations, Ray also served as president of the Dallas Press Club and chairman of its Gridiron Committee. He also was president of the Dallas Advertising League and a recipient of its Anvil Award for excellence in public relations. The Texas Public Relations Society honored Ray with its Silver Spur Award for distinguished service. Ray also was a board member of the Texas Tech University Foundation and the Mass Communications Advisory committee. Ray was a loyal member of the Preston North Lions Club. Ray was described by a friend as a "great guy and a great friend". Ray was a lifelong devotee of classical music and a regular at performances of the Dallas Opera. Ray passed his love of opera to his children and grandchildren who each attended several operas with him.

In 2005, Ray's wife of 52 years, the former Betty Blankenship Ward, died.

Ray leaves his son, James Stephens Ward of Garland; a daughter, Catharine Louise Ward of Dallas; and grandchildren James Michael Ward, 25, of Dallas; Jenna Marie Ward, 22, of Norman, OK; and Cameron Ronald Ray Sanders, 20, of Dallas.

Services will be on Wednesday, January 5th, at 1:30 pm at Lover's Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, corner of Inwood Rd and Northwest Hwy.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - April 8, 2011

Blankenship, Dorothy Marie Gibson Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on April 6, 2011, and has gone to be with her Lord. Dorothy was born on May 19, 1930, in Dallas, Texas, to L. R. Gibson and Mary Melton Gibson and grew up in the Park Cities.

She was a lifelong scholar who was dedicated to teaching and learning. Dorothy graduated with High Honors from Highland Park High School in May of 1947. She attended Baylor University before later graduating from SMU with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education. In the summer of 1965, she studied Classics as a Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Rome. She pursued further graduate coursework in Classical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Education at Columbia University. For many years, Dorothy taught Latin and English at several high schools and community colleges in the Dallas area, including Highland Park, Ursuline, Plano East, Richland College and Brookhaven College. She was a Charter Member of Park Cities Baptist Church, joining in December of 1939. Dorothy was unwaivering in her faith and spent her life as an active member of PCBC, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. She also belonged to many literary and philanthropic organizations, including the Hanover Book Club, Front Row Center Book Club, Shakespeare Club and the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary.

In 1968, she married William F. Blankenship Jr, and had two sons: William F. Blankenship III of Dallas and Stephen M. Blankenship of Atlanta. Dorothy is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Howard Blankenship, two grandchildren, Will and Caroline Blankenship, her sister, Nancy Witt of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, her brother, Bob Gibson of Dallas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, April 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. On Saturday, April 9th, there will be a graveside service at 10:00 am at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Funeral

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - May 11, 2011

Blankenship, Jr., Kenneth E. Age 64, of Dallas, Tx, passed away on 05/09/2011. Open vis.Wed. Serv. 3:30 PM, Wed. 05/11/2011, Laurel Land Memorial Park

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - June 3, 2011

Grundeman, Wallace F. Wally passed away peacefully on June 1, 2011 after a hard fought battle with pneumonia. Wally was born on Oct 19, 1928 in Holton Kansas to Ed and Laura Grundeman.

He grew up in Kansas served in the military, and graduated from the University of Kansas. He was married to Evelyn Grundeman for 42 years and after moving from Kansas City, they made their life together in Dallas, Texas. They were life long members of the North Dallas Supper Club, active members of King of Glory Lutheran church and enjoyed entertaining friends at their home. Wally retired as a partner from Ernest and Young in 1986 after dedicating his entire career to the firm. He has many life long friends from E&Y that he loved to reminisce with. He retired "as soon as I could" from E&Y and he and Evelyn enjoyed an active retirement filled with travel and new adventures, living in Sun City West during the winter and San Louis Obispo, California during the summer. Eventually their grandchildren, Kelsey, Connor and Kaitlyn brought them back to Dallas. "Papa" was famous for playing with his grandchildren, getting them to eat strange and exotic foods, and spoiling them rotten.

Following the death of Evelyn, Wally became active in the "WPS" Widowed Persons Service and there he met, Sandra Courie. They were married in 2005 and were two of the happiest newlyweds in town. They both hoped for 10 years together and Wally was heartbroken when she passed away in July of 2008.

His grandson, Connor, his wife Evelyn and wife Sandra, preceded Wally in death.

He is survived by his Daughter, Pam Blankenship, Grandchildren, Kelsey and Kaitlyn, Brothers and Sisters-in Law Fred and Jan Grundeman, and Arnold and Sandy Grundeman, Step-daughter Diane Carleton, Step-son Eli Courie, Step-son-in-law Bruce, and Step-daughter-in-law Sherri. Step-grand-children; Laura Fields and Husband Micah, Jill and Stephen Carleton, Rachel, Natalie, Zachary, Anastasia Courie and three Great-grand-children, Sam, Will and Carly Fields, plus Nieces Kyra Grunde-man, Erica Johnston, nephews Fred and Eric Grundeman, and lifelong friends.

The memorial service to celebrate his life will be on June 4, 2011 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX. At 11:00 am

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - February 4, 2012

John McKnight Blankenship, Born Sept. 1, 1930 at St. Paul Hospital, Dallas. John McKnight Blankenship passed away Jan. 28, 2012 in his home of lung cancer.

He was a graduate of Wilmer Hutchins High School Class of 1947 and served 4 years in the Navy during the Korean War. Retired from Eastman Kodak after 32 years and also retired from Carrollton Post Office. John played baseball and fast pitch softball in Dallas area. He met Jean in 1946 at Rivercheon Park during an American Legion Baseball Tournament. They married in 1950 and had 61 years of love and laughter.

He is survived by Wilma Jean Miller Blankenship, wife, and daughter Janet May Blankenship. He is also survived by Wm. C. "Bill" and Doris Miller of Irving, Sam and Judy Miller of Malakauf, Bob Miller of Waxahachie, Jim and Johnnie Lynn Miller of Mineola, and Mike and Gina Nelson of Lewisville; four cousins and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.

A private burial will be held in Ferris, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - March 9, 2012

John Henry Clark, 88, of Dallas, Texas, peacefully joined his Lord and Savior on March, 7, 2012. He was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on December 7, 1923 to the late Julius McNeil and Cordie Eller (Williams) Clark. John grew up in Wilkesboro and after serving in the US Navy during World War II moved to Dallas, Texas in 1948. He retired from Vought Aeronautics after 45 years of service.

John married Paulynn Foster July, 17 1946 who preceded him in death after 47 years of marriage. John's three brothers, Anthony, Julius and Robert, also preceded him in death. While visiting his sisters, John was introduced to Lillie (Crysel/ Blankenship). After a short courtship they were married December 10, 1994 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

John is survived by his present wife (Lillie) of 17 years. John is survived by his daughter Connie Lane and husband Charles; his son, Robert Clark and wife Linda; and Lillie's daughter, Patricia Knowles and husband Whit; grandchildren: Lee Lane and wife Fhebe, Craig Lane and wife Janie, Keith Lane and wife Tina, Shana Ford and husband James, Kristi Walker, Courtney Lane and husband Gordon, Jonathan Clark and wife Gerilynne; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Flossie Johnson of Ronda, NC, and Frances Clark and Betty Mastin, both of Wilkesboro, NC; and a host of dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Grove Hill Funeral Home's Chapel with Harry Long officiating. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be: Lee Lane, Craig Lane, Keith Lane, Jonathan Clark, Gordon Lane, Clark Mastin, Josh Boyd, and Andrew Lane. Honorary Pallbearers are: Dane Mastin, Mark Call, Trevor Ford, Trent Ford, Tanner Ford, Calvin Walker, Davin Lane, Matthew Montgomery, and Dallas Montgomery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - May 13, 2012

Elizabeth Ann Credille, 68, was born in Gainesville, TX and went to be with our Lord on May 10, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Credille, daughter Kimberly Watson, step-son Michael Credille, sister Anita McCall, brother Richard Blankenship and two granchildren Amanda and Dwayne Morton.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Mae Blankenship, and her grandson Derrick Morton.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm Monday at Grove Hill with a visitation tonight from 6-8pm also at the Grove Hill Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Funeral

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - January 11, 2013

William (Buddy) Blankenship went to be with the Lord Jesus on January 8, 2013. Devoted husband, father and grandfather who served others with great joy.

Memorial Service Sat, Jan 12, 10 am at Park Cities Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.williamsfuneral.com/sitemaker/sites/Willia7/obit.cgi?user=877067Blankenship

Richard Blankenship, age 60 of Dallas, Texas passed away on January 20, 2013. Dick was born on January 24, 1952 to Melvin and Zonella Blankenship in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by his daughters, Connie Blankenship and Leslie Boyd; parents, Melvin and Zonella Blankenship; granddaughters, Tayla Page, Kaylee Hendrix, Olivia Nese, and Ava Boyd; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dick is preceded by his wife, Susan Blankenship; and brother, John Charles Chuck Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held for Dick on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Williams Memorial Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, John Charles, 52, 13Jun1956 - 29Nov2008, (Texas), TX-466-11-1817

 

+2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - May 4, 2013

Jan H. Blankenship, Born February 8, 1929 in Lubbock, TX and passed away April 25, 2013 in Dallas, TX.

Jan is survived by her husband, Royce Blankenship; brother, Louis Howard of Gordon, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Dana Blankenship; son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Janice Blankenship; granddaughter Alice and husband, Steven Peters; and granddaughter, Annie Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Death

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ernest-Blankenship&lc=0754&pid=165013497&mid=5544915

Ernest Bayne Blankenship, October 10, 1922 - May 20, 2013

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - September 8, 2013

Margaret Durbin LaBrot, 91, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Sept. 1 in Dallas. She was born and lived in Little Rock most of her life.

She was married to the love of her life, Emory LaBrot, for 68 years. She graduated as an RN from St. Vincent Infirmary and worked there for many years. She was active as a founding member of Christ the King church. She was known for her wit and love of dancing and enjoyed many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Emory; daughter, Glenda and husband, Michael Blankenship; grandchildren, Heather Abbott and Shayne Blankenship; as well as six great-grandchildren and very close niece, Mary K. Ruble of Maryland.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Dallas on Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to her husband at 6212 Fox Trail, Dallas, Texas 75248.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Duncanville, Dallas Co., TX, Obituary

The Dallas Morning News, (TX) - July 2, 2013

Patsy "Pat" A. Blankenship of Duncanville passed away June 30 2013. She was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Cass County, Texas, the daughter of James Riley & Delia Nelson Leftwich.

A beautician for over 40 years, Pat loved to square-dance with her husband Tom, and belonged to the Nortex Square & Round Dance Association. Her passion was cooking, through which she expressed her love for family.

Beloved wife, mother & "Gran", Pat is survived by her husband of 60 years, William "Tom" Blankenship; daughter, Vanessa Red & husband, Richard; son, Thomas Blankenship & Nancy; daughter, Pennie Milligan & husband, Raymond; grandchildren, Ben Kilpatrick & wife, Katie, Taylor Kilpatrick, McKenzie Blankenship & Dillon Blankenship; brothers, Carol Leftwich, Hunter Leftwich & wife, Reba, Jerry Bob Leftwich & wife, Pat along with many nieces & nephews.

Funeral Service is 11 AM Wed. July 3, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Duncanville. Burial follows at 11:30 AM Friday at Cornett Cemetery in the Hughes Springs area.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Irving, Dallas Co., TX, Death

http://northdallasfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1572292&fh_id=11643

Lisa Ann Blankenship passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Irving, Texas at the age of 50 years old. She was born on August 26, 1962

Please send the family condolences and sign the guestbook on this site.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Seagoville, Dallas Co., TX, Death

http://northdallasfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1573081&fh_id=11643

Marvin Lee Blankenship of Seagoville, Texas, was born on December 13, 1947, died August 25, 2012. He was 64 years old.

Please send family condolences and sign the guestbook on this website.

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+2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, Find-A-Grave Memorial

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSob=c&GSlh=1&GRid=103423901&

Blankenship, William Buddy, 27Jan1933, 08Jan2013, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX,

Eagle Scout, just completed his Wood Badge training. Devoted husband, father and grandfather.

 

Dallas Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Margaret Azelle 97, 17Feb1914 - 25Jul2011, Addison, Dallas, TX, TX-456-84-8979

Blankenship, Dorothy Gibson 80, 19May1930 - 06Apr2011, Dallas, Dallas, TX, TX-456-52-5568

Blankenship, Kenneth Edwin 64, 07Oct1946 - 09May2011, Dallas, Dallas, TX, TX-450-74-4025

 

Deaf Smith

 

+2011, Hereford, Deaf Smith Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - August 19, 2011

Jewel Blankenship, 97, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Central Church of Christ with Jared Blankenship and Jason Blankenship, grandsons, officiating. Burial will be in West Park Cemetery under the direction of Parkside Chapel Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blankenship was born August 21, 1913, in Justin to Lee and Beulah Brown Brooks. She married M. W. "Webb" Blankenship on October 8, 1938, in Denton. Jewel was co-owner of Simms Grocery and Farm Supply and was a member of Adrian Church of Christ and Simms Study Club.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers, Homer Brooks, Robert Lee Brooks, James Brooks and Bill Brooks.

Survivors include two sons, Morris Blankenship and wife Sondra and Sidney Blankenship, both of Hereford; one brother, Joe Brooks of San Antonio; one sister-in-law, Mary Lyle Brooks of Ponder; four grandchildren, Jared Blankenship and wife Sheri of Hereford, Jenna Howard and husband Mark of Fort Worth, Jason Blankenship and wife Kristen of Throckmorton and Jenise Lawhorn of San Antonio; and nine great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Deaf Smith Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Ruby Lee 82, 06Oct1928 - 18Apr2011, Hereford, Deaf Smith, TX, TX-450-32-0570

Blankenship, Violet Nell 72, 15Sep1937 - 27Jan2010, Hereford, Deaf Smith, TX, TX-460-60-3542

 

Delta

 

+2013, Cooper, Delta Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - March 19, 2013

Anna Beth Mora, 81, of Cooper passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Regan officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Delta Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mora was born in Cooper on March 17, 1932, the daughter of Daniel Henry "Buck" Blankenship and Coma Mae Daniel Blankenship.

She married Carl Marshall Mora on April 29, 1952, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 2001. She had lived in Fort Worth until 1990 when she moved back to Cooper. She was a member of Westberry Church of Christ and the South Fort Worth Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 835. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Aaron Blankenship.

Survivors include a sister, Gwen Wood, of Cooper; a sister-in-law, Mattie Blankenship, of Denton; nephews, Grover Quentin Pickering and wife, Karen, of Charleston and Danny D. Pickering and wife, Jennie, of Charleston; nieces, Janet Wissel and husband, Randy, of Denton and Janie Bremer, of Austin; and many great nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Coma 81, 16Jul1900 - ??May1982, Cooper, Delta, TX, TX-451-40-8661

SSDI; Blankenship, Daniel, 80, 22Feb1894 - ??Jun1974, Cooper, Delta, TX, TX-449-24-7325

 

Denton

 

2013, Carrollton, Denton Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Oma-Wilson&lc=4581&pid=165291087&mid=5564264

Oma Marie Wilson, 86, of Carrollton, TX, went to be with her lord and savior on Monday June 10, 2013. She was born to the late John and Georgia Renfro on Nov. 03, 1926, in Kernes, TX.

She married the late Caril West in 1943, together they had 3 daughters and 2 sons. She later met and married John Davis Wilson and with this union two sons were born. Marie worked at General Aluminum where she retired after 29 years of employment. She was an active member of Miracle Tabernacle Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Marie was preceded in death by daughter Carolyn Blankenship; sons J L and Robert West and Charles Wilson; and 8 brothers

Left behind to cherish memories are daughters Glenda Mason and Patricia Aguilar and son Johnny Wilson, fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral service is on Friday at 10.a.m. with the burial to follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Corinth, Denton Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1831050&fh_id=13043

Deanna Joy Heineman, 4, of Corinth, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2012. She was born on December 10, 2007 in Chattagooga, Tennessee to Richard Heineman and Kimberly Armstrong Heineman and resided in Corinth, Texas with her family.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, the 26th at 7:00 pm at Cross Timbers Community Church in Denton (312 W McKinney St.).

Deanna is survived by her parents, Richard and Kimberly Heineman; sisters, Alexandra, Courtney, and Miranda Heineman; grandparents, Eugene and Cindy Armstrong, Mary Ann Srock, Kathleen Blankenship, and Wayne Heineman.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Denton, Denton Co., TX, Obituary

Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) - April 26, 2011

James Daniel Schell, AKA Dad, Papa, Dan or Sarge, passed away April 16th, 2011. His memorial will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX on April 29th at 11am. He was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to Howard Schell and Helen Gaffeny Schell on October 10th 1924.

He is survived by a sister Mary Helen Schell-Smith; his wife, Paula Ann Kirk-Schell; three sons, Daniel Micheal Schell, Timothy Patrick Schell, Jonathan Paul Schell; three daughters, Kathryn Ann Schell-Crater, Mary Camille Schell- Blankenship and Paula Kathleen Schell; twelve grandchildren, Camille Ann Crater, Nicholas Schell, Geneva Schell, Ian Schell, Kristen Schell, Trixie Lea Woods, William Edward Blankenship, Jessica Jaurez, Anna Kirk Agbedanu, Kristofer Schell, Jonathan Schell Appleby and James Schell-Kindle and twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends.

He served in the Army in WW2, with the 145th field battalion. He battled in Germany, France and Italy from December 2, 1942 to October 25, 1945. He was a forward observer and a staff sergeant. He was a war hero. He was a P.O.W. for 19 days in Munich, Germany at the end of the war. He was an alumni graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1947. He married Paula Ann Kirk, Dec 28th 1948. He worked for the American Crayon Company for 40 years. He taught Art at various schools around the country as he demonstrated art supplies. He transferred to Kansas City, MO in 1962 and then to Denton, TX in 1978. He was an outstanding artist specializing in watercolor paintings. He also had a love for gardening and woodworking/carpentry. He retired in 1987 and then worked for Vista lights and his last job was as a security guard. It is too hard to sum up his life in words as he had a very full life and did many great things. He was always his Irish self and always made us laugh. He was loved and admired by all of us. He was a strong man and and a very true man all the days of his life; always a constant in our lives. He loved his family unconditionally. He was the greatest dad ever. He is Greatly missed by all of us and will never, ever be forgotten.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Denton, Denton Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1836969&fh_id=13043

Dr. Robert Bittle Curry of Denton, TX, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 26 after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Z. Curry; daughter Sharon L. Hibbard and husband Gordon of Highland Village, TX; son Robert Gregory Greg Curry of Denton, TX; daughter Suzanne P. Smith and husband John of Frisco, TX; and step-daughter Kristie B. Lensing and husband T. J. of Austin, TX. He also leaves behind five grandchildren; Lauren H. Blankenship of Flower Mound, TX; Sarah Hibbard of Highland Village, TX; Kyle, Blake and Kaitlyn Smith of Frisco, TX. He is survived also by a sister, Rita C McCall of Fort Worth, TX, a nephew, Mike McCall of Arlington, TX; and two nieces, Kay Mann of Old Lyme, Ct and Lisa Clark of Austin, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe W Curry and Alma Jones Curry of Belton, TX.

Dr. Curry was born in Three Forks (Bell County) TX on March 21, 1931. He attended Three Forks and Belton, TX schools where he graduated in 1948 and entered Texas A & M University. At Texas A & M he was in the Corps of Cadets and a Lt. Col where he was second in command of the Artillery Brigade. He was also an honor academic and Military Science student and President of the Bell County A & M Club. He was commissioned there as a Second Lt. in the U.S. Army Artillery. After his studies at TX A&M, he entered the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. After graduating from medical school in 1957 he served an internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport, LA. After internship, he entered the Army Medical Corps and served two years at 97th General Hospital in Germany during the Cold War. After his military service, he returned to Louisiana where he served an Internal Medicine Residency under Tulane University. He moved to Dallas, TX in 1961 where he practiced Internal Medicine at Chester Clinic and Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Dallas. In 1979 he joined the Texas Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and practiced at Denton State School until he retired in 2001.

He truly enjoyed his patients and the practice of Internal Medicine for 44 years. He was a member of the Denton County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was a dedicated Christian and life- long member of the Methodist Church. He truly loved his children and grandchildren and family. He loved the state of Texas and enjoyed Texas history and picture taking while traveling around the state.

Funeral Service will be at Cole Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Denton , 201 S Locust, on Thursday, November 29 at 11am. Burial will be at North Belton Cemetery in Belton, TX

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Krum, Denton Co., TX, Obituary

http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/389988/Grimes-Sadie.php

(Sadie) Mildred Grimes, of Krum, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011. She was born April 14, 1913 in Sodville, Texas.

Survivors include her granddaughter Amanda Thomas and husband Bob; great grandchildren Rylee Thomas and Brady Thomas; grandsons Hien Nguyen and Rit Tran; granddaughter Mary Nixon and husband Steve; great granddaughter Lauren Blankenship; great-great grandson Kaiden Blankenship; sister Norma Tischoff; niece Mabel Simpson; and daughter-in-law Janie Grimes.

Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Browns Memorial Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Eastland

 

2012, Ranger, Eastland Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - January 16, 2012

David Johnson, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Ranger, Texas. Memorial services will held be 2 p.m. Monday at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home. Mr. Johnson was a detail manager in the auto business.

Survivors include wife, Lisa Stephens Johnson of Ranger, Texas; daughters, Sarah Jo Johnson of Seymour, Tracee Blankenship of Norman, Okla.; one brother, Phil Johnson of Norman; one sister, Laura Stovall of Knox City, Texas; and four grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

El Paso

 

2011, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX, Obituary

Published in El Paso Times, from February 27 to March 1, 2011

Richard S. Blankenship, 75, passed away on February 23, 2011. He served in the United States Army for 22 years. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 36 as well as Disabled American Veterans.

Richard is survived by his wife, Linda D. Blankenship, sons, Richard E. (Judy), Bruce A. (Karen), Ronald D., Don J., daughters Paula J. Smith (Chuck), Mary L. Rayos, and Susan M. Burkey (Jeff), his step daughter, Teri N. Sears and step son, Michael Sears, his sisters, Joyce Ann and Rosemary Blankenship, his brother, Bill Blankenship, his aunt, Kay Kirksey, as well as eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, A. O. Blankenship, his mother, Ethel Rogers, his stepfather, Clarence E. Rogers, his brother, Earl D. Blankenship, and his son, David E. Blankenship.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Funeraria Del Angel Martin East. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with interment to follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

El Paso Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Richard S. 75, 16Jun1935 - 23Feb2011, El Paso, El Paso, TX, KY-402-42-9132

 

Ellis

 

Midlothian, Ellis Co., TX, Obituary

The Waxahachie Daily Light, (TX) - September 16, 2013

Lela Linda Byous Sept. 29, 1945 Sept. 13, 2013

Lela Linda Byous, 67, was born Sept. 29, 1945 to Marvin and Velma Morris. She passed on to be with her Savior on Sept. 13, 2013.

She was married to the love of her life, J.C. Byous, and together they raised the five luckiest children in the world. In her life, Lela lived in several states and became proficient in many trades, but her passion and priority was to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a loving support to the rest of her family.

She is survived by her husband, J. C.; children, Sheila Blankenship and husband, Thomas, Linda Babineaux and husband, Mike, Jimmy Bellew and wife, Rose, Dana Ames and husband, Scott and Jeremiah Byous and wife, Jennifer; brother, Jimmy Don Morris; 14 loving grandchildren; 20 beautiful great-grandchildren and a great number of wonderful nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Her commitment to Christ and her family has forged an immovable heritage. She taught us to be strong, to love, to laugh and make the most of every moment. Her faith, hope and love left a legacy for us all. We will be forever grateful.

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 and services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Midlothian Funeral Home 200 E. Avenue E, Midlothian, TX. Interment follows at Midlothian Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., TX, Obituary

The Waxahachie Daily Light, (TX) - March 17, 2012

May Evelyn Sims Lasswell was born Nov. 17, 1917 in Waxahachie to Wilson Dabney Sims and May Rena Sims. She died March 11, 2012 at the Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility in Waxahachie. She was raised in Waxahachie with her sister, Edith, and brother, Wilson Dabney Sims Jr.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Lynn and Joan Lasswell of San Antonio, Texas; and her daughter, Evelyn Blankenship of Bradenton, Fla.; two grandsons, Chris Green of Arlington, Texas and James Green of Waxahachie; three great-granddaughters; her brother, Dabney; three nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister; and her husband of 57 years, Lynn D. Lasswell Jr.

May graduated from Waxahachie High School and attended Trinity University. She and Lynn led active civic lives with membership in numerous Ellis County and Waxahachie organizations and were involved in cultural affairs including service to the First Christian Church. She was an avid bridge player for more than 60 years and was a talented artist, world traveler and hospital volunteer with the Pink Ladies at Baylor Hospital. She loved crossword puzzles, cooking, sewing and knitting when at home. May and Lynn enjoyed many years of playing golf, tennis and especially dancing.

Her family would like to express its thanks to the Care Partners at Buffalo Creek, employees with Lighted Pathways Hospice and her primary care giver for the last five years, Rena McNeil.

The family received friends from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Inurnment followed at 12:15 p.m. at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Falls

 

2011, Lott, Falls Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.isurftemple.com/obituaries/6854.html

Paula L. Blankenship, age 71, of Lott died Thursday, January 6, 2011 in a local hospital. Services and burial will be held at a late date.

Mrs. Blankenship was born on June 17, 1939 in Carlinville, Illinois to John and Lynette Gray. She had been a resident of Falls County for the past 23 years.

Survivors include her husband, Roy E. Blankenship, one daughter, Pamela K. Brown both of Lott and one grandson, John Jason South of Belton.

 

Falls Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Paula Lynette 71, 17Jun1939 - 06Jan2011, Lott, Falls, TX, IL-333-30-2337

 

Fannin

 

2013, Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on January 4, 2013

Freda Jo Tiberghien, 56, of Honey Grove, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, [Lamar Co.], Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cooper-Sorrells Chapel with Adam Barker officiating. Burial will be in Vineyard Grove Cemetery in Allens Chapel Community, Texas.

She is survived by her mother, Minnie Ryser of Honey Grove; children, Travis Heflin of Paris, Tasha Hearn of Bogata, Amanda Blankenship of Dallas, Jeremy Blankenship of Bonham; sisters: Lee Ann Haley of Honey Grove, Tina Andrews of Honey Grove; brothers, Billy Kennedy of Arlington, Charles Carter of Dodd City; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Ivanhoe, Fannin Co., TX, Obituary

Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) - July 13, 2011

Imogene Lucille Kroeger, 91, of Ivanhoe, Texas, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at her residence. She was born on Friday, Sept. 5, 1919 in Edwardsville, Ill., the daughter of Jonah Blaine and Laura Palmer (Manning) Haynes.

On Sunday, Mar. 24, 1940, she married Edward Karl Kroeger, who passed away on Apr. 27, 2000. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Allens Chapel, Texas. She was a former member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill.; a former member of the Ladies Aid at the church; a former member St. Paul's Golden Agers and a former member VFW Auxiliary Post 1241in Staunton, Ill. She worked as a cashier at various supermarkets in Illinois, California and Kentucky for 28 years. Before her husband passed away, they did volunteer work at Hitz and Hampton Homes in Alhambra, Ill. for eight years. She moved to Texas in 2001 to be closer to her son and daughter- in-law.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sherron Fay Kroeger, of Ivanhoe; a son-in-law, Robert L. Stine, of Flora, Ill.; five grandchildren, Penny Lee Bauer, Dell Ray Kroeger, Donde Kray Kroeger, Galen Lee Stine and Donald Ray Henson; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Kay Stine on Mar. 11, 2011; one son, Thomas Lane Kroeger on Mar. 13, 2006; three brothers, George Wesley Haynes, Edmund Calvin Haynes and Albert Elsworth Haynes; and seven sisters, Mary Jane Kohler, Thelma Irene Haynes, Nellie Mae Blankenship, Minnie Wieduwilt, Lillie Belle Pratt, Margaret Marie Prior and Cynthia Hope Dalton.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church Hamel with the Rev. William Weedon, pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hamel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Leonard, Fannin Co., TX, Obituary

McAlester News-Capital & Democrat (OK) - November 12, 2011

Cheryl Renee Tipsword, 48, of Leonard, Texas, formerly of McAlester, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at her home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Brumley-Mills Chapel in McAlester with the Rev. Jarrod Cloud officiating.

She was born Dec. 7, 1962, in Sonora, Calif. to Claude F. Miller and Sue (Cloud) Miller. She married Virgil L. Tipsword on Oct. 5, 2002, at Justin, Texas. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and working with charities.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil L. Tipsword; mother, Sue (Cloud) Blankenship; sister, Angela Sue (Miller) Criner, and three stepsisters, Theresa, Sandra and Joyce.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claude F. Miller, and brother, Jerry Eugene Miller.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Fannin Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, B. J. 94, 23Sep1915 - 07Mar2010, Honey Grove, Fannin, TX, TX-450-09-7220

 

Fayette

 

Fayette Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Doris Oneita 95, 14Dec1914 - 29Mar2010, La Grange, Fayette, TX, TX-455-14-9606

 

Fisher

 

2011, Roby, Fisher Co., TX, Obituary

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - December 15, 2011

Ilene (Smith) Hale, 89, died Monday December 12, 2011 at an Abilene hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Roby. Born November 1, 1922 in Grayson County, Texas, Ilene was a daughter of the late Clifton Lewis and Hazel Gay (Blankenship) Smith.

Ilene moved to Roby after she married Silas Bertram "Bert" Hale on November 2, 1940 in the Hobbs Community. Ilene was employed by Fisher County as a three term county treasurer, in the Judges office and as the first lady deputy for the Sheriffs Department. She loved cooking, visiting with people and traveling. Ilene was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Roby.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, (Charlie Smith, Royce Smith and C.L. Smith, II) and one sister, (Dovie Freeman).

Ilene is survived by her daughter, Linda Rembert of Roby; two grandsons, David Shane Rembert and Blandon Hale Rembert; one brother, Millard Smith of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Geneva Perkins of Roby; numerous nieces, nephews, and greatnieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

1920 Census, Nolon Co., TX, Hazel is 30, TX-MO-KY Clifton is 31 TX-TX-TX

 

Galveston

 

+2013, Dickinson, Galveston Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 26, 2013

Jo Ann Strickler, 81, of Dickinson, Texas, passed away on December 22, 2013. She was born in Barnsdall, OK to Lester Paul and Anna Crystal Blankenship on January 1, 1932.

Her family moved to Houston when she was a teenager and she went to Reagan High School where she was a Reagan Red Coat. She was an avid college sports fan and loved to watch the Texas A&M Aggies. She enjoyed reading, word puzzles and John Wayne movies. In her later years she spent time observing wildlife with her son and grandchildren and spending time with her grand dogs Cabo & Zuppa. Jo Ann was a member of the Lakewood Yacht Club and cruised to the Bahamas on 3 different occasions.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Marcus Reeves Strickler.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her children Paul Dale Strickler and wife Mary, Marcus Burdette Strickler, and Susanne Gann and husband John Christopher, grandsons Marcus Reeves Strickler, Jakob Dale Strickler, Jordan Grant Gann and Dustin Chad Gann as well as her sister Martha Groth and her husband Steve.

A visitation will take place on Saturday December 28, 2013 from 9-11am and a funeral service will follow at 11 am at Forest Park Lawndale.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Friendswood, Galveston Co., TX, Obituary

Friendswood Journal (TX) - January 9, 2014

Sandra Kay Dalton Prill, 65, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. She was born on September 15, 1948 to Augustus T. Blankenship and Audra J. Blankenship in Charleston, W.V. Sandra was a Clear Creek ISD elementary school teacher for over 25 years before retiring.

She leaves to celebrate he life her sons, Raun Prill and wife Erica, and their daughter, Isabel, and Dustin Prill and wife Amanda, and their son, Nolan; her stepfather William B. Dalton; her brother Ted Dalton; her sisters, Barbara Mason and Penny Harris.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Chris Norton officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, Obituary

The Galveston County Daily News, (TX) - April 5, 2012

Elizabeth "Beth" Velasco Clay, age 74, a longtime resident of the Galveston area, went to be with our Lord on Monday, April 2nd, 2012. She was born on January 4th, 1938 in Pasadena, TX.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Friday, April 6th at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City with Dr. Robert Miller, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery in Alvin, Texas. Pallbearers will be Aaron Velasco, Adolph Velasco, Jr., George Velasco, Abel Velasco, Daniel Velasco and Adolph (Corky) Velasco, III

While Elizabeth attended Ball High School in 1956, The Ball High choir, band and orchestra attended the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in Dallas. She was chosen as one of the four first altos in the region. She graduated from Ball High in May, 1957. She attended Sam Houston State College, 1957 through 1959. She started working for Walgreen's back in 1954, in the soda fountain department; she later became the book keeper, then was given the "Most Courteous Employee Award in 1965 while working in the drug department at the post office location in Galveston, Texas. She later became the Manager for several of the surrounding Walgreen Stores. She retired after serving 45 years with Walgreen's Inc. Elizabeth enjoyed going out to eat and shopping. She also enjoyed a Fred Astaire movie every once in a while. She loved listening to Christian music too. The one thing she treasured and was very close to her heart, was her family. She loved them all, dearly. She cherished every moment she spent with them, whether it was through visiting, going out to eat or shopping. She was an amazing lady. Our "One In A Million". She was our "angel", sent from God. She was never too busy to spend time or help out in any way she could. She was always there. Our love for her will never end, we loved her deeply. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her father, Rev. Adolph Velasco, Sr.; mother Theodora "Dora" Esquivel Velasco; husband Bernard C. Clay; brother, Emilio Velasco; nephew, John Truesdale Jr.; great nephews, Hector Rodriguez Jr. and Bradley Miller Jr.

Survivors include her brothers, sisters and their families, Aaron Velasco, Adolph Velasco, Jr. and wife Molly, Daniel Velasco and wife Janie, Abel Velasco and wife Wynn, of Texas City; Angelina Stillinger and husband Richard, Sarah Remollino and husband Joseph of Alvin, Ruth Bobbitt and husband John of Weches, Texas, George Velasco and wife Barbara of Friendswood; Patricia Rojas Velasco, sister-in-law of Groves, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews, Deanna Cheney, Carlene Trujillo, Debbie Trujillo, Aaron Dwayne Trujillo, Moses Velasco, Melinda Perales, Adolph Velasco III, Amanda Ewer, Amy Riser, Alicia Velasco, Elissa Gorom, Ashley Bedard, Richard Stillinger, Jr., Lisa Macias, Marie Hundley, Natasha Simmons , Melissa Price, Christopher Velasco, Christina Rodriguez, Heather Velasco, Joshua Velasco, William Blankenship , Paul Garcia, Erica Arabie, Ashley Quinn, and Danielle Quinn.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, League City, Galveston Co., TX, Obituary

The Galveston County Daily News, (TX) - June 30, 2011

Molly Jane Pizanie, 58, of League City, passed away Friday, June 24, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, July 1, at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Mrs. Pizanie was born May 12, 1953 in Richland, Washington. She worked as a substitute teacher and teacher's aide.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Anna Barnes, and daughter, Stephanie Pizanie.

Survivors include her husband, Daryl Pizanie, of League City; daughter Shelly Hinojosa and husband Robert; father, Dr. Charles Barnes; brothers Dr. John Barnes and wife Karen and James Barnes and wife Alicia; sister Polly Blankenship and husband Bill; grandchildren, Sydni Pizanie, Lance Hinojosa, and Alina Hinojosa; numerous other relatives and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Santa Fe, Galveston Co., TX, Obituary

The Galveston County Daily News, (TX) - October 23, 2013

Marvin "Dale" Beanland of Santa Fe went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the age of 71.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City, Texas.

Dale was born in Altus, OK on September 21, 1942, to Marvin and Arleta Beanland. On June 9, 1962, he married his wife of 51 years, Rose Calhoun Beanland, and they made their home in the Texas City / Santa Fe area.

Dale retired from BP/ Amoco Chemicals after 33 years in the Accounting Department and Warehouse. Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, attending sports events and other activities in which they participated. He believed in the beauty of nature and spent many, many hours working in his vegetable gardens and flower beds. Dale looked forward to the Humming Birds' migrations every summer. He took care of all God's little creatures.

He is preceded in death by an infant sister and his parents.

He leaves behind the following survivors to cherish his memory: His loving wife, Rose, sons, Chris Beanland and wife Julie of Santa Fe, Tim Beanland and wife Barbie of Texas City; daughter Kim Blankenship of Santa Fe, six grandchildren and a sister, Brenda Horrell, from Mounds, OK. He also leaves behind numerous family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Grayson

 

2012, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Herald Democrat (Sherman, TX) - July 15, 2012

Eileen Nichols, 97, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Beacon Hill in Denison. Eileen was born on June 19, 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. McMahan in Danville, Ill.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Less Nichols and grandson Roy Blankenship and great-granddaughter Kendra Blankenship.

She is survived by her daughter Grace Blankenship and husband Ted Sr.; three grandchildren, Ted Blankenship and wife Tina, Debbie Jacobs and husband Jim, Alan Blankenship and wife Tammy; five great-grandchildren Melissa Tally and husband Barry, James Jacobs, Josh Jacobs and wife Teresa, Nathan Blankenship, Alicia Blankenship and three great-great-grandchildren, Oscar Tally, Hodge Tally and Davis Tally.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday July 14, 2012 at Chapel of the Memories at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman with Randall Foggle officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Herald Democrat (Sherman, TX) - September 10, 2012

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.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 at Calvary Baptist Church in Denison with Dr. Bill Dye and Reverend Danny Broughton officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Georgetown Cemetery.

A staunch advocate of all children, Sarah was passionate about helping her special needs granddaughter, Lindsey. She spent lots of time with her Lindsey, content to watch the same musicals over and over, listen to the same songs a thousand times, and flip through magazines searching for daddy-pictures as long as Lindsey wanted her to. She enjoyed making Lindsey's lunch each day for school, and took pride in being the one who could get Lindsey to swallow her medicine when nobody else could. Sarah was an ardent student of Grayson County History. She loved visiting with Judge R. C. Vaughan and other knowledgeable enthusiasts, researching historical events, and cataloguing old cemeteries. She was primarily responsible for the donation of several buildings to Frontier Village at Loy Lake, where for years she was an active supporter in preserving the heritage of this area. She researched her own family background, compiling information on Blankenships and Bradleys, and wrote several pieces of historical fiction centering around her ancestors. She particularly enjoyed sitting on the porch of the Sallie B, looking over land that has belonged to her family since 1836.

In addition, Sarah rescued numerous dogs over the years, some from the shelter and some who just appeared on her doorstep, and she cared for them as if they were her children, taking them for rides and visits to the drive-by window at McDonald's. Sarah was a strong, capable woman with a lively wit and boundless curiosity. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, and was never too busy or tired to offer a listening ear, a helping hand, a comforting word when she was needed.

A loving, indulgent grandmother, she could make any celebration joyful, never forgetting children's birthdays. While she was frugal in providing for herself, Sarah loved giving to her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, welcoming her sons' friends into her home-in their youth, at all hours of the day and night. She was the hub of her family, the woman everyone turned to for support and guidance, and she will be sorely missed, even as they rejoice that she has no more pain.

While her severe rheumatoid arthritis curtailed many activities, Sarah chose not to complain or take to her bed, but continued to maintain her home and her independence, turning her efforts to becoming a prayer warrior for her family and friends, devoting hours to her ministry.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on January 3, 2013

Charley Edward Schumpert, 66, of Denison went to be with our Heavenly Father, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne, Texas. Mike Hermanson will officiate.

He was born Oct. 24, 1946 in Sherman to William Edward and Eunice Marshall Schumpert. He married his loving wife Anne on April 19, 1996. Charley served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and 10 months. He was a retired aircraft mechanic for Cherry Air in Addison.

Charley is survived by his wife, Anne Schumpert; son, and his wife Chad and Monica Schumpert; daughter, Rhonda Kieth; step-son, Eric Ramos; step-daughter, Stephanie Ramos; brother and his wife, Leo and Jean Schumpert; nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Billy Joe and grandson Nathan Blankenship.

Charley was an amazing man, loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He loved to be host no matter if he was in his home or yours. He always made sure that you were ok and didn't need a thing. Charley had a heart of Gold and will be missed but never forgotten!

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on January 16, 2013

M. Kathryn Blankenship of Denison passed away Wednesday, Jan.9, 2013 at Homestead Nursing Home of Denison. Kathryn was a member of Park Ave. Church of Christ.

She is survived by her children, Dale Blankenship and wife Nancy of Corsicana, Sandy Chancellor of Plano, Shirley Wilkins of Tomball, Teand Eddy Blankenship and wife Jackie of Wylie. She is survived also by six grandchildren, Debbie Still, Diane Henderson, Andrea Ferreira, Angie Kelly, and Barrett and Dustin Blankenship; seven great-grandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Ricki Moss, Jayne Lundell; and brother, William Ricks.

She was preceded in death by husband Evert L. Blankenship, son Bobby Joe, and brother Ellie Ricks.

Her body was donated to science.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Evert L., 75, 24Jan1919 - 23Mar1994, Denison, Grayson, TX, OK-444-09-6302

 

2013, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - April 13, 2013

Della H. Green 85, of Denison, died on April 12, 2013, at the Texoma Healthcare Center [Sherman, Grayson Co., TX]. She was born on Aug. 13, 1927, in Wolfe City to Lloyd and Evie L. Lumpkin Henslee. Mrs. Green worked as a registered nurse for many years and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Blankenship and husband Roger of Sadler; son Charles Cook of Mesquite; sister Reon Pelton of Greenville; brother Joe Charles Henslee of Wolfe City; three grandchildren, Matthew and Brandon Blankenship and Sandra Shockley; and seven great-grandchildren.

Her parents, four brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

A private graveside service will be held Tuesday at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City with Brother Tim Hearn officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Denison, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on Nov. 18, 2013

On Saturday, November 16th, 2013, James Weldon Reynolds, fondly known as "J W", went to his permanent home with Jesus. J W had enjoyed 85 years of life with his many friends and family. J W was born Tuesday, February 7, 1928 in Kemp, Okla. to Colbert and Zelma (Fleming) Reynolds.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married his bride of 67 years, Lora Faye Blankenship on April 24, 1946 in Sherman. J W was member of the Morton Street Church of Christ, a 32nd degree Freemason, and a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. "Poppa" enjoyed tending to his cattle, and honky tonkin' around the states seeing some of country music's greatest "stars," just to spin his sweetheart around the dance floor. Weldon loved to travel with his children and grandchildren. He liked taking his RV's on trips but his favorite hobby was trying his luck at craps at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

J W is survived by his wife, Faye Reynolds of Denison; son, Jimmy Reynolds of Sherman; daughter, Linda Sinor and husband Sammy of Denison; grandchildren, Ashley Reynolds Nolan and husband Jimmy, and Jeremy Reynolds, both of Austin; Shawna Baio and husband Tony of Wichita Falls, Tina Rowland and husband Ronnie of McKinney; and three great-grandchildren Taylor Rowland, Ronnie Thorne Rowland, both of McKinney, and Mitchaletti Baio of Wichita Falls.

James Weldon is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 19 at Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jerry Spradling officiating. Pall bearers will be Jeremy Reynolds, Ronnie Thorne Rowland, Mitcheletti Baio, Tony Baio, Jimmy Nolan, Ronnie Rowland, and Kyle Stubbs. Burial will follow at Kemp Cemetery, Kemp, Okla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Pottsboro, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Marilyn-Hogenson&lc=1759&pid=161268777&mid=5320126

Funeral for Marilyn Emma Blankenship Hogenson, 82, passed from this life, Sunday, November 25, 2012 at her home. Graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Georgetown Cemetery, 207 Georgetown Rd., Pottsboro, TX 75076.

Marilyn was born Friday, November 7, 1930 in Denison, Texas the third of six children born to George Warren and Emma Wiest Blankenship. She married Hershel M. Hogenson on March 23, 1953.

She was a lifelong resident of Grayson County. She graduated from Denison High School and attended Southeastern State College. She was employed in the circulation department of the Denison Herald for two years, and then interrupted her career to raise a family. She was a devoted mother to her four children and after her husband death she was employed with the Denison ISD and retired.

She is survived by her two sons Hershel G. Hogenson of Pottsboro, Texas, Joel Hogenson and wife Rebecca of Denison, Texas; daughter Janey Hogenson of Pottsboro, Texas; sister Kathleen Dophied of Pottsboro, Texas; brothers George Warren of Austin, Texas, William Lee of Denison, Texas, Jerry Van of Irving, Texas; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Mr. & Mrs. George Blankenship; Sister Sarah E. Dye, husband Hershel Hogenson and son Dusty Hogenson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Pottsboro, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on June 2, 2013

Services for Scott Allen "Bucket" Hall will be held at 10 a.m, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Eddy Johnson.

Scott passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 at his home after a courageous 15 year battle with cancer. Scott was born February 17, 1958 in Sherman to Richard G. and Mildred S. (Andrus) Hall.

He graduated from Sherman High School and worked at Texoma Medical Center as a maintenance supervisor until his health forced him to quit. He enjoyed his time umpiring for high school softball, volleyball and basketball games. His love, other than family, was his motorcycle. He was in charge of and participated in the ABATE toy run and cook out for the SNAP Center. Scott will be remembered for helping others, even through his illness, others came first.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his daughters Emilee Ann Hall and Sheena Johnson, brother Guy S. Hall, sisters Debbie A. Blankenship and husband Pervis and Judy Debous, grandson Nolan Braxton Ewing, uncle Guy Andrus, cousins Jan Bateman and husband Tommy and Mike Reynolds and wife Terri, other relatives and numerous friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.meadorfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1319254&fh_id=13153

Funeral services for Leta Pauline Kizer, 74, Will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro, Texas with Rev. John Reynolds officiating. Services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro, Texas. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Sandusky, Texas.

Leta passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at her residence. She was born on June 8, 1937 in Glen Rose, Texas to Phipps Camp and Alpha (Gartrell) Camp.

She is survived by her spouse, Danny Blankenship of Sherman, TX; a son, Cecil Don Britton of Benbrook, TX; two daughters: Vickie and Judy Bingham; a brother, Dennis Camp of Eddy, TX; four sisters: Nelta Ballinger of Burleson, TX; Patsy Ellis of Neosho, MO; Linda Yarbrough and Phyllis Martin of Ft. Worth, TX and many precious grandchildren. Leta was a loving wife, mother, sister and a friend to everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Joe Donal Camp and Bobby Earl Camp; a son, Jimmy Bingham; and former spouse, Cecil Britton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on March 25, 2012

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Terry Blankenship, 55, of Sherman, will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2012 in Waldo Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Harold Wagoner officiating. He will be laid to rest in West Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fuzzy Martin, Stinky Ray, Mike Littrel, Russell Taylor, Brian Blankenship, and Chris Nelson.

Terry was born September 14, 1956 in Sherman to Cletus Russell Blankenship and Carmanleta (Swindel) Blankenship and passed from this life on Friday, March 23, 2012 in Sherman. Terry was a wonderful man who never met a stranger. He loved people and animals, and he enjoyed drinking coffee with his many friends.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, and his grandparents.

He is survived by his son, Brian Blankenship and wife Alia, and their daughter, Sidney, of Spring, Colorado, brother, Gary Russell and wife Pat, and their son, Jason and his wife Jami, all of Denison, sister, Judy Taylor and husband Richard, and their children, Russell and his wife Shelly, all of Sherman, and Heidi Nelson and husband Chris, and their children Ella and Owen, of Van Alstyne, a dear friend, T. J. Brimer, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Herald Democrat (Sherman, TX) - October 11, 2012

Graveside funeral services for Lyle Hubert Wiser will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Akers Cemetery. Pastor Keith Taylor of the Southside Baptist Church will officiate.

Mr. Wiser, 80, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian- WNJ Medical Center. Lyle was born Sept. 15, 1932 in Branch County, Michigan to the late Alva and Lottie Wiser. Mr. Wiser worked for Dodge Manufacturing in Mishawaka, Ind. and retired from Texas Instruments in Sherman, Texas. In his free time, he enjoyed camping, baseball and watching his children and grandchildren compete.

He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Blankenship and husband Kennis of Sherman and Janis Wiser of Sherman; two sons, Dennis Wiser and wife Sherry of Buchanan, Mich. and Jeff Wiser and wife Anne of Sherman; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Georgia Wiser; two brothers, Lloyd and Bud Wiser; and grandson, Denny Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on February 27, 2013

Walter Leon Blankenship died at Texoma Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. He was 56 years of age.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday at Dannel Funeral Home Chapel at 7 p.m. with Doug Walker officiating.

Surviving is his wife, Belinda; brothers, John Blankenship and Perry Murbarger; and a sister, Mary Cook.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Van Alstyne, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/375980/Cupit-Shirley.php

Shirley Thomasine Cupit entered into eternal salvation surrounded by her family on July 15, 2011 at WNJ- Texas Health Resources. Our mother, known to most as Thomasine, was born on June 13, 1928 in Cannon, Texas to the parents of Mose and May Dicken Rigsby.

Mama, as she was affectionately called by her children, resided in Van Alstyne or the immediate surrounding area her entire life. She attended Van Alstyne Public Schools and married our father Grover K. Cupit on March 8, 1947. She spent a major portion of her working career employed as a seamstress at Double B Manufacturing Co. in Van Alstyne. Even though her wages were small, she always made sure her kids had spending money. She loved garage sales, word search puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She loved her family with all her heart and was always there with a big hug and a word of encouragement. She was a member of the Elmont Baptist Church.

Mama leaves behind our dad and her husband of 64 years Grover K. Cupit, daughters Linda (Ted) Cherry of Navasota, TX, Connie Blankenship of Howe, Lori Stevens of Van Alstyne, sons Robert (Lynn) of Martinez, CA, William (Vicky) Cupit of Van Alstyne and step-son Kenneth (Sharon) Cupit of Van Alstyne. She was known as Mema by her grandchildren and they include Scotty Cupit of Waco, TX, Daniel Cherry of Washington, TX, Angela Dee of Yulee, Fl., Kayla Rogers of West, TX, Tara Meza of Anna, TX, Tamara Spencer of Harrod, Ohio, Brian Wallis of Howe, TX, Bethany BuShea of Palm Harbor, Fl., Amanda Endsley of Canyon, TX, Kevin Stevens of Prosper, TX, and Kelsea Stevens of Van Alstyne. She is also survived by 20 great grandchildren as well as brothers Raphael Rigsby of Van Alstyne, Phil Rigsby of Greenville, TX and Johnny Rigsby of Haynesville, LA, as well as sister Mickey Hix of Tahlequah, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother in-law Clara and Emmett Cupit, and brothers Billy, Ronald, and Everett Rigsby.

She also leaves behind sister-in-laws Imogene Montgomery of Ft. Worth, Erma Cupit of Garland, Dot Rigsby of Van Alstyne, Lena Rigsby of Plano, Pat Rigsby of Denison, and Juanita Cupit of Weatherford. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as very special friends Veda Davis and Sarah Burk.

The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowbrook Care Center for the care they have given Mama the past 3 plus years. Mama sustained a severe brain injury on December 15, 2007 and although she had some memory issues, she never lost her sense of humor, nor her jovial and loving ways.

Visitation will be held at Flesher Funeral Home in Van Alstyne on July 17 at 1 pm with funeral services to follow at 2 pm. Services will be conducted by Bro. Jim Poole. Interment will follow at Van Alstyne Cemetery. Scotty Cupit, Daniel Cherry, Brian Wallis, Kevin Stevens, Bruce Stevens, and John Meza will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Gainesville Daily Register (TX) - March 27, 2012

Funeral services for Anthony Mundell, 54, of Whitesboro, are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Elder Marlin Harp officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.

Mr. Mundell died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Minneapolis, [Hennepin Co.] Minn. He was born Jan. 10, 1958, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Survivors include his mother, Joanne Mundell of Whitesboro; and siblings, Robert Mundell of Houston, Catherine Blankenship of San Antonio, Karen Harp of Ethel, Elizabeth Harp of Collinsville and Barbara Schneider of Sibilo.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Herald Democrat on April 11, 2013

Funeral services for JoAnne Marie (Mundell) Murray, 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro, Texas with Elder Marlin Harp officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas.

JoAnne died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - WNJ in Sherman.

Survivors include a son, Robert Charles Mundell of Houston; daughters, Catherine Blankenship of San Antonio, Karen Harp of Ethel, Elizabeth Harp of Collinsville and Barbara Schneider of Cibilo; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Grayson Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Gary Ronald 62, 30Mar1948 - 06Dec2010, Sherman, Grayson, TX, CA-569-68-9215

Blankenship, Irene A. 84, 16Jul1925 - 08Apr2010, Sherman, Grayson, TX, WV-236-36-7978

 

Gregg

 

2013, Longview, Gregg Co., TX, Obituary

Longview News-Journal (TX) - January 17, 2013

Betty Jean Brown, 81, of Longview, passed away January 14, 2013, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. She was born July 17, 1931, in Victoria, Texas, to Edgar and Mary Todd.

At age 5, the family moved to Kilgore, Texas, where Betty attended local schools growing up and graduated from Kilgore High School. Betty was a graduate of Beauty College in Longview and founded and operated Betty's Beauty Shop in White Oak for more than 40 years. Betty met Robert Brown and on June 10, 1977, they were married and spent the next 35 years together as a loving family. Betty loved to cook and was very good at it. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love and highlight of her life.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Robert Brown of Longview; son, Arnold "Bubba" Eudy of Longview; stepdaughters, Martha Blankenship and her husband, Jerry, of White Oak, and Sherry Lunstedt and her husband, Glenn, of White Oak; grandchildren, David Quinn, Lacey Quinn, Jordan Eudy, Dillon Eudy, Todd Blankenship, Craig Blankenship, Grant Lunstedt, Amber Lunstedt and Audrey Lunstedt; and great-grandchildren, Mason Quinn and Autumn Lunstedt.

Betty's daughter, Terri Quinn, precedes her in passing.

Funeral services will be starting at noon today, January 17, 2013, at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, with the Rev. Bill Voss officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Park in Longview.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, White Oak, Gregg Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Longview News-Journal on June 27, 2013

Please join the family for visitation for Doyle Leon "Bud" Darden, 79, 6-8 p.m. today, June 27, 2013, at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at East Mountain Baptist Church, East Mountain Road.

Mr. Darden was born October 31, 1933, in Overton, Texas, to the late Freeman Darden and Nellie C. Darden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Horace, Carl, and Charley, and a son, Doug Darden.

Mr. Darden graduated from Leverettes Chapel High School in 1952, where he remained an active alumnus. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Mr. Darden was a 32nd degree Mason and a dedicated member of East Mountain Baptist Church since 1970. Bud enjoyed traveling and square dancing and telling jokes. Nothing made him happier than exploring the country in an RV surrounded by good friends and having them laugh at one of his entertaining stories or jokes.

Mr. Darden made his home in White Oak, Texas. He died quietly at home Monday, June 24, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mellye Densman Darden; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jimmy and Gina Hasley, Mickey and Leigh Ann Bryce and Jon and Dee Laine Harshaw; grandchildren, Danny, Katie, Justin Darden, Ginger Hasley Davis, Jeremy, Jaron, Joel Hasley, Hanna Bryce Hannes, Bekah Bryce Bauman, Leah Bryce and Holly Harshaw; and great-grandchildren, Haylee Blankenship and Thomas Davis.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Guadalupe

 

2011, Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX, Obituary

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, (TX) - April 19, 2011

Josephine Grein-Glenewinkel died April 18, 2011 at the age of 91. A rosary will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday April 21, at 11 am with a funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. with Msgr. Dennis Darilek presiding. Interment will follow at St. James Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Glenewinkel was born on April 5, 1920 in Guadalupe County to Alfred and Hilda Muehl-Grein. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and St. Ann Circle.

Survivors include her sons Lynn Glenewinkel and wife Clarissa, Michael Glenewinkel and wife Cindy, Paul Glenewinkel; daughters Rebecca Dietz and husband Wayne, Susan Kees and Ann Hartmann and husband Jeff; brother George Grein; sister Erna Winsauer; grandchildren Elizabeth Glenewinkel, Chad Dietz, Stacy Foster, Cheuran Blankenship, Todd Glenewinkel, Wendy Elder, Shelly McDermott, Lauren Kees, Grace Glenewinkel, Grant Glenewinkel, Emma Hartmann and Lily Hartmann; great-grandchildren Margot Johnson, Colby Foster, Megan Foster, James Foster, Tanner Dietz, Colton Dietz, Connor Blankenship, Madison Blankenship and Gigi Glenewinkel.

Mrs. Glenewinkel was preceded in death by her husband Henry Glenewinkel; brother Van Grein; sister Adolphinia Kirchner and daughter-in-law Leta Glenewinkel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hale

 

2010, Plainview, Hale Co., TX, Obituary

http://amarillo.com/obituaries/2010-11-26/nell-p-blankenship

Nell P. Blankenship, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Bartley Memorial Chapel with Dr. Max Browning officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park by Bartley Funeral Home of Plainview.

Mrs. Blankenship was born to James and Ruby Pritchett on Jan. 23, 1934, in Abilene. She was married to her beloved husband O.C. "Bo" Blankenship on April 19, 1952.

Survivors include her husband of Plainview; a son, Michael Blankenship of Austin; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hale Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Nell P. 76, 23Jan1934 - 24Nov2010, Plainview, Hale, TX, TX-451-76-9157

 

Hardin

 

2013, Silsbee, Hardin Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 26, 2013

Joe Frank Hignett, 82, of Silsbee went to heaven on November 24, 2013. Born September 24, 1931 to Floyd and Gertrude Hignett of Colmesneil, where Joe grew up and graduated from high school.

Joe earned his Master's Degree in Education from SFA. He worked for over 30 years for Silsbee ISD, where he was a coach, teacher and counselor, retiring in 1990. Joe was a member of First Baptist Church, Silsbee for more than 55 years where he was a deacon. Joe spent 13 years as a Boy Scout Master mentoring young men in his local community.

Joe is survived by his adored wife of 55 years, JoAnne Sarver Hignett of Beaumont; his daughter Gina Anne, her husband Brad Blankenship; his sons, Jack Karl and James Kent and their wives, Christine and Kimberly; his ten grandchildren Angela, Cally, Craig, Jason, Ally, Daniel, Stephen, Kevin, Kenton and Sarah and three great- granddaughters Addison Kenlie, Molly Mae and Glory Ann.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Silsbee, 350 Hwy 96 South at 10:00 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 with a graveside service at 1:00 pm at Colmesneil Cemetery on FM 256 East in Colmesneil, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Harris

 

2011, Baytown, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

The Baytown Sun, (TX) - November 2, 2011

Mervin Everette Owens, Jr.; A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 2:00PM at Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 5901 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521. ".J. B." Owens Jr, 59, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, was born Friday, December 14, 1951 in Houston, Texas to Mervin Everette Owens Sr. & Alfreda (Joslin) Owens and went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 30, 2011 in Baytown, Texas with his loving family by his side.

Mervin, or better known by his family and friends as "J.B." is a native Houstonian. He attended M.B. Smiley High School in Houston, Texas and later received a degree from Texas A & M University. J.B. worked for a number of years as a high voltage lineman for Brown & Root and later ITI out of Deer Park before his retirement. He attended Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Baytown. J.B. enjoyed many things in his free time such as fishing, hunting, working on boats and fixing up old things for resale; what he loved most of all were the times he shared with his beloved family and friends. Fond memories of his love of being on the water, how he always provided for his family and his natural salesman abilities will always be cherished. J.B. will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

J.B. is preceded in death by his loving parents, Mervin Everette Owens Sr. & Alfreda Owens; his beloved wife of twenty-eight years, Pamela Joy (Blankenship) Owens and his brother-in-law, Donald Ray Potts.

He is survived by his three loving children, Barbie Braud & husband Brett, David Owens & wife Teresa and Paul Owens; grandchildren, Ethan, Ashlyn, DJ, Abigael, Kaylee, Blake, Trace, Alexa, Tait, Blair and Bryer; sisters, Paula Owens, Jeanett Minefee & husband Melvin and Janell Halmagean & husband Stefan; close friend, James Keith; nephews, Rodney Allsbrooks, Chris Halmagean and Brian Halmagean and numerous other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 2:00PM at Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 5901 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.knesekfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/Knesek1/obit.cgi?user=257900Blankenship

Ron Blankenship, June 29, 1941 - October 7, 2010. Funeral Services for Ron Blankenship, 69, of Houston, Texas at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 11, 2010, Knesek Bros. Hwy 36 Chapel, 1140 Meyer St./Hwy36, Sealy, TX 77474 with Rev. Clyde Drake officiating.

Survivors: His wife, Marsha Blankenship, son, Ronald Hunter, Jr., step-son, David Stiles, sisters and spouses Judy and Johnnie Marshall, Gayle and Jim Miller, sister-in-law, Janet Blankenship, grandchildren, Daniel and Kayla Stiles, Conner and Cayden Hunter and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, Ray and Estella Blankenship and brother, Sherby Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Houston, Harris Co., TX Obituary

Houston Chronicle (TX) - December 15, 2011

Cynthia (Hudek) Blankenship a loving wife, mother, and mimi passed on December 11, 2011.

She is survived by her loving husband David, daughter Michelle, brothers Jimmy and Trey Hudek and daughter-in-law Candi Balch, granddaughters, Crystal, Katelynn, Beldaryn and grandson, Alex Balch.

Cynthia joins her son Kenneth and brother David in Heaven. Cynthia was an active member of the Houston bowling community. She was the founder of the TCBA Houston North Women's League. Cynthia had contagious laugh and was quick with a smile. Cynthia valued her family and found strength in the teachings of Christ. She will be greatly missed by her family, and extended bowling, and ERT families, and many friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 from 6:00-8:00PM at Klein Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM at Klein Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories. Mark Klein officating

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Cecil Whig (Elkton, MD) - February 9, 2012

John Franklin Blankenship, 75 yrs, of Houston, TX, died Sunday, February 5, 2012, at his residence. Born May 14, 1936, in Hagerstown, MD, he was a son of the late John Collie and Carolyn Volland Dawson Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife of 37 years, Freda Fortuna Blankenship of Houston, TX; daughter, Suzanne Elizabeth Blankenship ; sons, John Franklin Blankenship II, and wife, Sandy, and David Edsel Blankenship and wife, Sherrie; sister, Mary Leu Rowe and husband, Nelson; nephews, Donald Sean Knight, William Nelson Rowe, II, Stephen Colley Rowe, and Thomas Edward Rowe and wife, Tracy, and their children Gracie and Jean Marie; niece, Leuretha Gainey and husband, John, and their children, Jonathan, Kyle and Justin.

Mr. Blankenship is a graduate of the former Jacob Tome Institute of Port Deposit, MD, Class of 1955. He attended the University of Maryland, Wesley College of Dover, DE, and Johns Hopkins University. He was a member of Masonic Union Lodge No. 40 of Danbury, CT. Mr. Blankenship worked for Westinghouse in the Baltimore area before moving to Consolidated Controls Corporation in Bethel, CT. He moved to Houston, TX, and worked for Brown & Root in contract management before starting his own business manufacturing components for oil wells, and somewhere along the way started a small ranch near Gonzales, TX. He was also an avid hunter and loved to hunt large game in the Canadian Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Montana Rockies, New Mexico, and of course, Texas.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jean Knight.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2012, 11:30 AM, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Perryville, MD. Father Robert R. Smith of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Perryville, MD, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mark's Cemetery, Perryville, MD.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Houston Chronicle (TX) - February 12, 2012

Margaret Belle Anderson Ross, 80 went to be with the Lord February 7, 2012. Margaret was born in Arkansas and attended Arkansas University, where she met G. G. After they married, they moved to Pasadena, TX and became members of First Methodist Church in 1955. Margaret loved "hog" football and socializing with her friends in the Adelphi Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her son, David and his wife, Mary; grandsons Nathan Lightfoot, Grantham Ross, and James Ross; sister, Joan Blankinship of Alaska, and sister-in-law Clarita Ross of Dallas.

We will celebrate her life in music and remembrances on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 1320 Main St., Houston, TX 77002.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle from August 18 to August 19, 2012

Perry Lee Blankenship, Sr. 81, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Houston from a battle with cancer. Perry was born in Plainview, TX. on September 2, 1930 and came to Houston as an infant. Perry married his high school sweetheart, Margie Yvonne Gabriel in 1951 at Shepherd Drive Methodist Church. Perry graduated (old) Sam Houston High School in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Navy he attended the University of Houston. Perry worked many years in television production starting with University of Houston Channel 8. He loved music from the "Big Band" era and old classic movies. Perry loved shopping, collecting and restoring antiques.

Perry was preceded in death by parents, Jesse Lee and Perry Scott Blankenship, brother Robert S. Blankenship and sister Dorothy Ater.

He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Gabriel Blankenship; children, Perry Blankenship, Jr. & wife Margaret, Lisa Blankenship and Carol Jewel; grandchildren, Aaron Blankenship, Adam Blankenship, Lauren Walla, Hannah Walla and Morgan Jewel; brother-in-law, Clifford Ater as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of D.M. Dettling Funeral Directors, 14094 Memorial Drive @ Kirkwood. Entombment will follow via motorized cortege to Memorial Oaks Cemetery Mausoleum.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Robert S., 70, 10Feb1927 - 22Dec1997, Houston, Harris, TX, TX-454-34-3647

SSDI; Blankenship, Jessie, 87-88, 08Dec1894 - ??Dec1982, Houston, Harris, TX, TX-460-17-9200

SSDI; Blankenship, Perry, 75, 27Mar1895 - ??Dec1970, Houston, Harris, TX, TX-460-05-8217

 

2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on October 7, 2012

Edith Evelyn (Kennedy) Jamison, 88, died peacefully about 7 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Silverado (Emerus) Hospice in Sugar Land, Texas, after a brief illness.

A memorial service is planned for 1:00 pm Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Westbury Baptist Church, 10425 Hillcroft Street, Houston, TX 77096, with Jeff Berger, Pastor, officiating, followed by graveside services and interment at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077. Pallbearers: Terry Delahoussaye, James Devall, Alex McConnell, Samuel McConnell, Allen Stowe, and Carsten Stuckenholz.

Evelyn actually was born on July 18, 1924, but her birth certificate says July 17, 1924, as the doctor filled it out before he came, and she wasn't born until after midnight. She was born in the family home on Huckleberry Hill (now called McCullough Road) near McLemoresville, TN, the second of six children, to Hersey Glenn Kennedy and Alice (West) Kennedy.

She attended Biggart School, a one-room school, where she was well-known for her art work, and later the Minneapolis Art Institute (Rochester, MN), the Memphis Academy of Arts (Memphis, TN), The Texas Academy of Art (Houston, TX), and the Glassell School of Art (Houston, TX), where her emphasis was commercial (fashion) art. Several times she was told by instructors that her art skills were beyond what was being taught, and she should just go get a commercial art job. She moved to Houston, TX in November 1950.

She married Emmitt Elsworth Jamison on July 14, 1951. He preceded her in death on February 3, 1979. She was a wonderful mother, raising not only her own two children, Shirley Evelyn Jamison Star, a violinist and teacher, Ottawa, KS, and Emmitt David Jamison, a pharmacist, Katy, TX, who preceded her in death in May 2004, but also four of her husband's brother's children. Many other people also called her "mom." Evelyn quit a fashion art job when she found out she was expecting her daughter, and she was a stay-at-home mom for many years.

Following the death of her husband, she returned to the work force, and since any commercial art jobs would entail a move to Dallas or New York City, she learned how to do photographic retouch, working first at Hagio's Photomurals, then at two other photographic labs, and finally at Houston Photolab, where she worked for four years and became head of Quality Control. She was considered a Charter Member of Westbury Baptist Church, being part of the church since its early beginnings at Parker Elementary School. She also taught Preschool 4-5 year old Sunday School for many years, and was well-loved by many children and their parents. She delivered Meals on Wheels for five years with her friend Dale Davidson. She was a Volunteer in Public Schools for many years. Evelyn liked to make others smile and laugh, and she was witty to the end. She was a talented seamstress, taking many tailoring classes and making her own and her daughter's clothes. She loved to read, travel, and take photographs. She liked to talk to people, and they liked to talk to her. She wrote letters that people kept. She had her daughter's Suzuki violin studio in her home for 19 years. She was a great cook and was famous for her potato salad and her banana pudding. She wrote three (as yet unpublished) children's books. One of her favorite memories was getting to go to Paris on her 82nd birthday, where she climbed the 328 steps of the Eiffel Tower and saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Jamison Star, Ottawa, KS; her daughter-in-law, Julie Wright Jamison, Katy, TX; two grandchildren, Parker and Sydney Jamison, Katy, TX; two sisters, Dorothy White, Helena, AR, and Helen Blankenship, Cedar Grove, TN; one brother, Clifton Kennedy and his wife, June, McLemoresville, TN; nieces and nephews: Dona Wooten and her husband, Chuck, Bartlett, TN; Gena Lavery and her husband, Michael (and their daughter, Anna), North Lake, IL; Karen Schultz and her husband, Steve (and their children, Matthew and Jennifer), Arlington, TX; Pam Soto and her husband, Frank (and their children, Frank and Amanda), Franklin Park, IL; Vickie Townsend and her husband, Ed (and their children, Kelly Todd and her husband, Derek, and their daughter, Tristin; and Will Townsend), Cedar Grove, TN; and Sheila Browning and her husband, Mike (and their children, Brent Martin and his wife, Kelly, and their daughter, Kacey; Michael Lee Browning, and Matt Browning), Huntingdon, TN. She also is survived by four great friends who helped her be able to stay in her own home: Jan Morris, Beth Routzon, Dale Davidson, and Diane Thompson, and by many wonderful neighbors, especially Alex and Evelyn McConnell and their children, Samuel, Joseph, and Madelyn, who she considered to be her other grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her dear friend of many years, Dr. Carsten Stuckenholz, of Pittsburgh, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brothers, Eugene Kennedy and his wife, Lucille, and Thomas Kennedy, all of McLemoresville, TN.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on October 23, 2012

Alva Lee Brumlow, Sr., born to W. L. Brumlow and Nancy Elizabeth Campbell on August 10, 1918 in Hempstead, Texas.

He is preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Alva leaves to cherish his memories: loving wife of 77 years (YES 77 years!), Kathryn C. Brumlow; sons: Alva Lee, Jr. (Jeanette), Allen Wayne (Linda); grandsons: Allen Wayne, Jr. (Miroslava) and Lee, III (Margarita); granddaughters: Beverly Blankenship (David), Delena Anderson; great grandchildren: Tristan Brumlow, Amanda Blankenship, Brittany Copeland (Chase), Travis Blankenship and Mia Brumlow. The children and grandchildren are blessed to have their christian influence and prayers guided by Alva.

Alva Lee was employed for 40 years and retired to enjoy his horses in Tomball and later in life he was diagnosed with dementia and was comforted by his loyal companion and pet, Pam.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2PM on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Brookside Funeral Home with visitation to begin at 1PM followed by interment in Brookside Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on October 29, 2012

Jerry Lee Harris, age 80 of Houston, Texas died Friday, October 26, 2012. He was born on August 15, 1932, in Hobart, Oklahoma. J

erry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and served in Korea, as an Airman, First Class. After serving his country, he had a successful career as a Draftsman with Exxon Corporation, retiring after 35 years. He was a member and deacon of Spring Woods Baptist Church of Houston, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his father, W. T. Harris; mother, Myrtle Harris; and brothers, William and Lewis and sister, Norma Blankenship.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, of 60 years, Gayle; son Terry and daughters, Debbie Bentley and husband Mark and Cathy Kendall and husband Craig; grandchildren, Matt Mann, Kristopher Cook, Melissa Mann, Megan Eustes and husband Wes, Marcus Bentley, and Andrew Kendall. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston, Texas 77065, officiated by Pastor Jerry Mayfield.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Examiner-Enterprise from December 12, 2012 to January 11, 2013

Cora LaVola LaRue, 81, former resident of Bartlesville, died Saturday December 8, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012, in the Adams Boulevard Church of Christ with Mr. David Hammonds officiating. Interment will be in the Dewey Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.

Cora LaVola LaRue was born November 30, 1931 at Jerusalem, Arkansas to Samuel Elmer and Ora Elizabeth (Reid) Blankenship. She was raised and received her education in Jerusalem, Arkansas graduating high school there. Mrs. LaRue worked as a secretary for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a brief time. She met and married Harold Eugene LaRue on December 30, 1950 at Tulsa. They lived in Tulsa and Texas before moving to Bartlesville in 1957. She lived in Bartlesville until moving with family in Houston, Texas in 2008. Mrs. LaRue attended the 6th and Dewey Church of Christ, Limestone Church of Christ, Dewey Church of Christ, Adams Boulevard Church of Christ and the Nowata Church of Christ where she was very active in Bible study classes. Mrs. LaRue was also a member of the Oklahoma Writers Guilds and produced Poetry. She was strongly dedicated to the Lord and her family.

Survivors include; three sons James Lowell LaRue and his wife Dianne of Newark, Arkansas, Mark Edwin LaRue and his wife Patricia of Houston, Texas and Paul Francis LaRue and his wife Becky of Lawton, Oklahoma; one daughter LaVola Jeanette Bielert and her husband Tim of Spring, Texas; fourteen grandchildren; Rebekah Ann LaRue, Leia Lynn LaRue Parks, Jamie Elizabeth LaRue Robinson, Lyle Hedgecock, Mark Samuel LaRue, Nathan LaRue, Bethany Frances LaRue Mire, Dean Alan LaRue, Devin Paul LaRue, Amber Nicole White, Lanay Bielert, Melody Bielert, Travis Bielert, Nicholas LaRue and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. LaRue was preceded in death by her husband.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Houston Chronicle (TX) - January 2, 2013

Richard Joseph Frank of Houston, Texas, born December 23, 1950 went to be with his family in Heaven late evening, Monday December 10, 2012.

He attended St. Rose of Lima Church and School and graduated from Waltrip High School. Richard worked many years as a Sign Erector and Service Electrician in and around the Gulf Coast Area and was a member of Knights of Columbus 2917 and IBEW Union 716 of Houston, Texas. In his early years, he spent many Saturday nights at the drag strip where he did what he loved; drag racing. After starting his family he took on safer sports of hunting and fishing. He lived for that next trip to Colorado and shooting ""The Big One"". As many of us know, he lived and breathed all there was about Clint Eastwood. We all heard more than once, ""A Man's Got to Know His Limitations"". His hero, like Richard was for us. He too, was a very good shot till the end. Richard beat the cancer, but lost the battle from complications after surgery. He will surely be missed by all.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Ely and Mary Frank and his brother, Norman W. Frank.

He is survived by his brother, Joseph R. Frank of Bellville, Texas; Two Daughters: Sheri L. Blankenship and husband, Kyle; Charlotte S. Russ and husband, Jimmy along with their mother, Martha Woods-Caudle. Richard was blessed with five grandchildren: Corylee Melanson, Bethany Plunkett and husband, Dillon, Taryn Loveday, Shelby Varner and August ""Jake"" Kovach; two precious great- grandchildren; Bradlee Melanson and Kyleigh Melanson. Other family includes Aunt Martha and Uncle Al Bayer; niece, Michelle Goedrich and family; nephew, John Frank and family and their mother, Betty Hollowell. Left behind are many cousins from both The Frank and The Petrvalsky families which he shared his years. Remembering many numerous friends and acquaintances that have fond memories of Richard; aka ""Chainsaw"". We dedicate ""Beer With Jesus"" sung by Thomas Rhett in his memory with a salute from ""Ole Milwaukee,"" his best friend.

Arrangements for a memorial celebration are being planned for early next year.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Brownwood Bulletin (TX) - January 24, 2013

Graveside services for Martha Jo Wells, 86, of Houston will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Live Oak Cemetery, with the Rev. Mike Cave officiating.

She died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Houston. She was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Kingsville, to Vernie Vesta Cave Sr. and Jessie (Gautier) Cave. She was married to Courtney Duwain Wells on June 4, 1950, in Brady. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Phillips United Methodist Church in Houston.

Survivors include her husband, Courtney Wells of Houston; son, John A. Wells and wife Karen of Lawrenceville, Ga.; daughters, Bonnie Blankenship and husband Robert of Rusk and Nancy Lemke and husband John of Richmond; sisters-in-law, Barbara Cave and Shirley Cave; seven grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernie Cave Jr. and Winston Cave; and a niece.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Houston, Harris Co. TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on February 17, 2013

Bertie Lee Blankenship, 85, a resident of Houston for 63 years went to be with our Lord on Feb 13, 2013.

She is survived by her three sons, Bert Allen, Walter Bruce, and Bobby Lynn Blankenship, Brothers William (Slim), I.C. (Shorty), Bobby, Billy Ferguson, Sister Ruth Richards, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Bertie was born in Flippin, Arkansas on November 19, 1927. She moved to Houston in 1951 and worked for Galena Park ISD at Cimarron Elementary and Weingarten's Grocery until she retired.

Visitation is Sunday, Feb 17 from 4:00-6pm and services are Monday, Feb 18, at 1:00pm Brookside Cemetary 13747 Hwy 59 N.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Humble, Harris Co., TX, Funeral

http://www.rosewood.cc/book-of-memories/1495850/Blankenship-Robert/service-details.php

Robert Victor Blankenship, Date of Birth Friday, May 22nd, 1953, Date of Death Friday, February 8th, 2013

Service; Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 1:00pm, VFW POST 10352, 16035 Waverly Dr., Houston, TX

Rosewood Crematory, 2602 Old Humble Road, Humble, TX

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Humble, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Houston Chronicle on March 31, 2013

Myrtle Lois Reeves "Mert" Blankenship was born on March 11, 1939 in Houston, TX to the late Bill and Myrtle Reeves. She passed away on March 26, 2013. Mert had one sister, Alice Mae Reeves Fink, who is also deceased.

Left to cherish her memory is her nephew, Kenneth Roy Essman and wife, Shannon and children, Cory, Brittanie, Kendra and Kenneth Wayne; niece, Rebecca Ann Essman and children, Shelly and Brandon Burns. Mert had a special relationship with her double 1st cousins, Charlotte "Charly" Reeves Dempsey and husband, Don and daughter, Brandy Dempsey and her children, Ryan and Zoe and Margaret Reeves and children, Kaaren Hataway Lucas and Scott Hataway. Also left to mourn her loss are special friends and family of the heart, Shane, Kim and Dennis Allen and Robby Wallace.

The Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10-11 AM at Rosewood Funeral home in Humble, TX. The Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11 AM at Rosewood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Pasadena, Harris Co., TX, Obituary

Deer Park Broadcaster (TX) - June 20, 2011

Kelvin E. "Gene" Dunn went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born on September 8, 1926 in Carmona, Texas to Orville and Lillie Dunn.

Gene joined the United States Navy and served his country proudly during World War II. After the war, Kelvin began his career as an operator at Armco Steel in Houston, Texas and remained a loyal employee until his retirement.

Gene is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Anita Dunn; his only daughter, Kathy Keith; and his parents.

Kelvin is survived by his son, Richard "Buddy" Dunn and his wife E'Laine. To his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kelvin was known as PawPaw Dunn. PawPaw was blessed to have 5 grandchildren, Jennifer E'Layne Dunn; Natalie Jo Blankenship and her husband Robert; Dwight Eugene Dunn and his wife Lauren; Robin Heather Fielder and her husband Daniel; and Christine Holly Keith and her fianc Stephen Siebel. PawPaw was further blessed to have 6 great grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Bryce Nicole Holt; Madison Simone Fagan; Kayla Nicole Blankenship; Robert Gage Blankenship; Gabriel Keith Fielder; and Nathaniel Fielder. Kelvin is also survived by many nieces; nephews; relatives; and many friends that love him and will miss him very much.

Funeral services will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in The Chapel of Grand View Funeral Home. Gene will be laid to rest in Grand View Memorial Park with military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Harris Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Ronald Leon 69, 29Jun1941 - 07Oct2010, Houston, Harris, TX, TX-449-66-0150

Blankenship, Juanita 80, 12Dec1929 - 14Oct2010, Humble, Harris, TX, TN-410-52-5140

Blankenship, William Lee 66, 15Sep1943 - 11Jan2010, Spring, Harris, TX, IN-312-44-0537

 

Harrison

 

+2012, Waskom, Harrison Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Longview News-Journal on August 29, 2012

Services for Nancy Carol Thames Blankenship, 69, of Waskom, will be 10 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2012, at Downs Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Blankenship was born March 23, 1943, in Brownwood, and died August 27, 2012, in Shreveport, [Caddo Parish] La.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012, at the funeral home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hays

 

+2012, San Marcos, Hays Co., TX, Obituary

San Marcos Daily Record (TX) - October 3, 2012

Buford Edward Carnes of San Marcos, passed away on Oct. 1, 2012, at the age of 98. He was born on March 6, 1914, in Milam County, to the late Roscoe K. and Helen (Blankenship) Carnes.

He received his B.S. degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College where he was active in the college players and was a letterman on the Bobcat Football Team. He received his M.Ed. degree from the University of Houston. He was a former classroom teacher and football coach before working for Brown and Root as an office manager for eight years. In 1949 he returned to his chosen profession and became principal of the La Ward Elementary School. He was then principal of Industrial Junior High School for 27 years until his retirement in 1979. Carnes was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Bible Class. He was ordained a deacon in the Crowley, La Baptist Church in 1942.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Lee Carnes; son Ron Carnes and wife Glenda; granddaughter Rhonda Swenson and great-grandsons John Eric and Jake Swenson.

Family will receive friends at 9 a.m. and funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Calvary Baptist Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Dennis Spire officiating. Interment will follow in San Marcos City Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Henderson

2010, Seven Points, Henderson Co., TX, Funeral

Athens Daily Review (Texas),

Services for Glynn L. "Blackie" Blankenship, 87, of Seven Points are scheduled for Friday at Eubank Memorial Chapel, Mabank at 2 p.m., with Chaplain Mike Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at King Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.

Blankenship died on Jan. 25, 2010, in Tyler. He was born on Sept. 13, 1922, in Seymour. Visitation was held at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home, Mabank on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Henderson Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenshi, Glynn Loman 87, 13Sep1922 - 25Jan2010, Kemp, Henderson, TX, TX-460-24-6778

 

Hidalgo

 

+2011, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.gbtribune.com/section/3/article/11715/

Tribune, (Great Bend, Kan.) April 3, 2011

Leona M. Wess Blankenship, 92, died April 1 at the Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mission, Texas. Born April 27, 1918, in Great Bend, was the daughter of Theodore P. and Sarah Ellen Gilbert Wess.

Leona Wess and Donald Carroll Blankenship were married on Oct. 11, 1935, in Great Bend. She was a homemaker on the farm until the girls started high school. She worked for Honaker Drilling Inc. and moved first to Oleander Acres and then to Enchanted Valley Ranch in Mission, Texas. Mrs. Wess was a member of the Central Christian Church in McAllen, Texas and the Soroptimist Club in Great Bend.

Survivors include daughters, Carol Simmons of Mission, Texas, and Lois Crump of Tuscan, Ariz.; grandsons, Donald Simmons of Mission, Texas, Ronald Simmons (Brenda) of Alamosa, Colo., and Nathan Crump (Laura) of Falls Church,Va.; granddaughters, Adrienne Crump (Gary Roberts) of Tuscan, Ariz. and Laura Crump Green (Tim) of Alexandria, Va.; eight great-grandchildren; three nephews and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Gibert Wess and Lavern Wess; niece, Janice McLeland; and son-in-law, Wm. Jerry Simmons.

The body will be cremated and there will be no memorial services.

 

+2011, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX, Death

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/themonitor/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=149990502

Published in The Monitor on April 5, 2011

Leona Marie Blankenship, 92, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mission. Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission is in charge of funeral arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Monitor on September 11, 2012

Inocencia "Ino" Sanchez, born March 13, 1935, daughter of Rio Grande Valley and Weslaco pioneers, Jose Carmona and Maria Vallejo Sanchez, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Sept. 9, 2012.

Sanchez was a longtime employee of McManus Produce Co. and built her very own floral design business from her home, where she decorated and sold Homecoming Mums. She was very proud to be a lifelong registered Democrat and attended many Democratic State Conventions as a State Delegate. She worked tirelessly in support of her brothers' campaigns. She will be remembered for her lifelong dedication to her Weslaco Panthers football team, supporting all of her Sanchez nephews/nieces' school activities. She strongly supported American Cancer Society and Relay for Life fundraising events. She also worked for many decades as a personal sitter at John Knox Village Retirement Home in Weslaco, TX.

She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Jose Carmona and Maria Vallejo Sanchez; her beloved sister, Esperanza S. Martinez, and niece, Ana Maria Sanchez Gandara.

Surviving her are her sisters: Anita S. (Luciano G. Jr.) Garza, Graciela Sanchez (her lifelong companion and caregiver) of Weslaco, and Maria Belinda S. (John, Jr.+) Blankenship, of Irving, Texas. Also, her brothers: Weslaco Mayor Joe V. (Elida R.) Sanchez, Judge (former Hidalgo County Pct. 1 Commissioner) Samuel V. (Victoria R.) Sanchez, and Roberto Enrique V. (Bersaida L.) Sanchez, all of Weslaco, TX. Also surviving her is a maternal aunt, Lesbia Vallejo Sepulveda, of Weslaco, TX and numerous Vallejo and Sanchez relatives. "Cota", as her family endearingly called her, as well, was a maternal figure to her sisters'/brothers' children and her Great-Nieces/Nephews.

A Funeral Mass in celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco, TX where Sanchez was a lifelong parishioner and was Baptized, Confirmed and received her Holy Communion Sacrament.Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Pallbearers will be her Sanchez nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hidalgo Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Leona Marie 92, 27Apr1918 - 01Apr2011, Mission, Hidalgo, TX, KS-515-34-3495

 

Hill

 

2013, Covington, Hill Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - December 31, 2013

Graveside service for Terri Lynn Meadows, 61, of Covington will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in the Rio Vista Cemetery. Pastor Rick Douglas will officiate.

Terri Lynn Meadows passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Keene [Johnson Co., TX]. She was born June 15, 1952, in Dallas to Jerry and Catherine Blankenship Brown. She married her soulmate, Wiley Meadows on June 4, 1983, in Arlington. Mrs. Meadows was a dedicated and loving wife and homemaker. She was a fun loving, spunky lady who was smiling all the time and known as jokester. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds and reading. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Wiley Meadows; father, Jerry Brown; children, Michael Martin, Sieglinda Perkins and husband, James, and Alfred Meadows and wife, Angela; five grandchildren; siblings, Mike Brown, Mike Mullins, Jesse Brown, Sheri Latimer, Patti Sullivan and John Mullins; several generations of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and a sister, Debra Bertran.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hockley

 

2011, Levelland, Hockley Co., TX, Obituary

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) - June 5, 2011

Funeral services for Don Martin, 58, of Levelland will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lubbock, Texas. Burial will be in City of Levelland Cemetery under direction of George Price Funeral Home, Levelland, Texas.

Don was born on Nov. 4, 1952, in Pampa, Texas, to Morris and Wanda (Buckner) Martin. He married Connie Sue Blankenship on Jan. 11, 1981. He was the owner of Levelland Floor Covering and a financial advisor. He presently was employed as an insurance adjuster and was the owner of Star of Texas Show Pigs.

Survivors include his loving wife, Connie Sue Martin of Levelland, Texas; three sons, Clayton Martin and his wife Casey of Kyle, Texas, Joel Martin and his wife Mandi of Ruidoso, N.M., and Kevin Martin and his wife Danielle of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Kelsey Martin Pape and her husband Adam of Grapevine, Texas; seven grandchildren, Kailey, Colton, Gracie, Emma, Easton, Chloe and Madelyn; his mother, Wanda Martin of Roswell, N.M.; a brother, Jeff Martin and his wife Dorothy; and a sister, Marsha Robertson and her husband Donnie, all of Roswell, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Jerry Martin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hood

 

2011, Granbury, Hood Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Lufkin Daily News on December 7, 2011

Joaquina Lynn Kirk, resident of Granbury, was born Jan. 23, 1941 in Shattuck, OK to Willard and Pauline Schultz, and passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at the Chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney. Burial will be at Newcastle Cemetery in Newcastle, Texas.

She is survived by her beloved spouse Melvin Lee Kirk of 47 years; devoted daughters: Twyla Tibbertsma, spouse Ritske, and sons Ritske Jr. and Cees; Kristina Wood and son Devin, Betsy Pokluda, spouse Bryan and children Brian and Brooke; loving brother Donavon Schultz and wife Mary, and niece Dori; brother in-law Donald Kirk, cherished nephews Charles Blankenship, Gene, Stephen and Michael Kirk and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Pauline, second daughter Kimberly Fleck, nephews: Jay Schultz, Dennis Blankenship, and son-in-law Mike Wood.

Mel and Jo enjoyed raising show pigeons, fishing, and family camping trips. Joaquina also relished the shopping expeditions she and her daughters enjoyed to the fullest and absolutely loved antique and garage sale shopping and selling. Throughout Mels work in the oilfield and their ownership of the Horizon Lure-Tackle Company; the family lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona, and England. Moving was always an adventure for the family! Joaquina touched the lives of many people with a smile, wit, and generosity!

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Granbury, Hood Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 26, 2013

Raymond (Ray) Roberts Darby, Jr., 75, passed away on May 23, 2013 in Granbury, Texas after an extended illness. Born May 15, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pa., Ray was a graduate of Kent State University and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Proceeded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ardel Darby; and his brother, Kenny;

he is survived by his wife, Brenda; sons, Mark (Vanessa) and Michael (Valerie) Darby, and Scott (Aimee) McCollam; daughters, Kelley Darby and Kristin (Karen) McCollam; grandchildren, Alec and Madison Darby, Lee Burgess, Taylor and Jesse Blankenship, Marlie and Marin McCollam; brothers, Ned, Don and Joe Darby; and sister, Margaret Everett.

Before retiring to Granbury, Texas in 1999, Ray was a resident of Silver Lake, Ohio for over 30 years, where he worked for the Campbell Soup Company, the Burger Iron Company and in real estate. His retirement years were spent traveling, playing bridge, golfing and cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Private services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Howard

 

+Big Spring, Howard Co., TX, Trinity Memorial Park

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67622098

Strickland, Billie Ruth Blankinship, 08Jan1944, Big Spring, Howard Co., TX, 29Mar2011, Big Spring, Howard Co., TX,

D/o Ernest Elige Blankinship (1911 - 1965) & Ruth Pauline Langford (1916 - 1972), W/o Roy Eugene Strickland (1941 - 1995),

Obituary;

Billie Strickland, 67, of Big Spring, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with L. C. "Trip" Gibbs, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

She was born on January 8, 1944, in Big Spring, Texas and married Roy "Gene" Strickland on October 27, 1961 in Forsan. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1995.

Billie was a waitress at the Forsan Cafe, Joe Boys and Cowboys. She loved working in her yard, spending time with her grandkids and fun trips to the casino.

Survivors include two daughters, Genia Phillips and husband, Marcus and Connie Strickland all of Big Spring; one sister, Verna Jo Gray of Odessa; one brother, Larry Blankinship of Brownwood; two grandsons, Andy Neel and Jake Moore both of Big Spring; one great granddaughter, Tatum Neel of Big Spring; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Raymond Blankinship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hunt

 

+2010, Greenville Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

http://heraldbanner.com/obituaries/x2014325183/Ruby-Jo-Warren , August 29, 2010

Ruby Jo Blankenship Warren, 97, passed away Aug. 26, 2010, at home in Greenville in Hunt County. Mrs. Warren was born in Celeste, Hunt County, Sept. 29, 1912, to the late E. Harley and Hattie Johnson Blankenship.

Her parents moved from Lebanon, Tenn., to Hunt County in 1906. Mrs. Warren was graduated from Celeste High School in 1935. She was on the girls basketball team and remained active in the Celeste school system throughout her life. She wed Lemuel Raymond Lem Warren on April 11, 1935, at Munger Church in Dallas; and they had four children, Jerry Ray, Harley Joe, Don Jackie and Sarah Catherine.  She stated on many occasions her longevity is explained by her active lifestyle and her dedication to her four children, seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great friends. Mrs. Warren was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church of Celeste and the oldest living person raised in Celeste. She was a homemaker and wrote for the Celeste Courier and the Greenville Banner. She was an active member in the Celeste Thursday Club (50 years) and the Celeste Coffee Club (20 years). She was a longtime political activist.

Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her parents, Hattie Johnson Blankenship in 1953 and E. Harley Blankenship in 1975; her husband, Lemuel Raymond Lem Warren in 1977; her sister, Irene Blankenship in 1911; her son, Jerry Warren in 1987; and her grandson, Bradley Todd Warren in 1981.

She is survived by sons Harley Joe Warren of Naples, Fla., and Don Jackie Warren and wife Marilyn of Greenville; a daughter, Sarah Catherine Warren Davis of Greenville; grandchildren Jeffrey Warren and wife Lori of Rockwall, Rachel Warren Carr and husband Franklin of Mesquite, Wesley Warren of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Amy Louise Warren Boyd Brierton and husband Dennis of Greenville, Anthony Tony Warren of Commerce and Ginger Denise Davis Gardner and husband Craig of Weatherford; and great-grandchildren Zachary Warren, Tyler Warren, Dallas Warren, Dalton Warren, Zo Gardner and Bailey Warren.

So when her eulogy is being read with her lifes action to rehash, she has to be proud of the things that are said and how she spent her dash (the poem The Dash by Linda Ellis). It is not the things that we have but the people in our lives and how we treated them, with respect and love. We all are a part of the family of our Lord.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel with Brother Bob Layman and Brother Kelly Reagan officiating. Her spirit is with the Lord and her earthly body will reside next to her husband Lem Warren in Hogeye Cemetery, Celeste, Hunt County. Pallbearers are Jeffrey Warren, David Warren Jr., David Warren Sr., Wesley Warren, Mike Warren and Phillip Warren. Honorary pallbearers are the Honorable U.S. Representative Ralph Hall, Honorable Judge Joe Bobbitt, Deborah Hughes, Dr. Thomas Craven, Don Armstrong, Chris Barnard and Glen Butch Mitchell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - July 2, 2011

Raymon D. Johnson, 79, entered eternal rest June 15, 2011. Born in Hunt County to Claudie Raymond and Virgie Blankinship Johnson, he attended schools in Twin Elm, Donaldson and Lone Oak and graduated from Royse City High School in Royse City. After his service in the United States Air Force, he met and married his sweetheart, Ann Moorman, on June 28, 1958, and moved to San Antonio in August 1958. With a great eye for detail, he retired from Kelly AFB in 1990 as a quality assurance specialist with 33 years of service.

Raymon's interests included being a member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, Kelly 1131; The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA; Shriners International and The Alzafar Shriners where he was a charter member and past president of the Mini-Wheels Unit. Driving his half-scale replica 1910 Model T with the Mini Wheels gave him great joy at parades and competitions. He especially enjoyed participating in the Fiesta Flambeau and Poteet Strawberry Festival parades where he loved to wave and interact with the crowds. His love and devotion was not only to his family and friends, but also to animals of all kinds, with a special fondness for dogs and cats. Raymon was a car enthusiast, known for the care, upkeep and appearance of his family's Ford cars. He took pleasure as well in maintaining his yard and pool and was a general handyman, gifted in working with his eyes and hands. His sense of humor and East Texas sayings, as well as his laugh, funny stories and gentle soul will be forever remembered.

Raymon is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ann Johnson; a son, Alan Johnson; daughters Teresa Dion and husband Don and Vanessa Johnson; a brother, Dwaine Johnson and wife Pat; cousin Peggie Hooten; a nephew, Jeff Johnson and family; and a niece, Karen Lamberson and family.

A service was held June 21 at Porter Loring Chapel in San Antonio. A Masonic service was also held at Mission Burial Park North Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - September 23, 2011

Chester Vaughn Harris, 81, of Greenville passed away the morning of Sept. 22, 2011, at his home in Greenville. Mr. Harris was a skilled mechanic and was a member of the Christian faith. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Survivors are his daughters, Vickey Blankenship and husband Keith of Greenville and Susan Vaughn Rees and husband George of Greenville; a sister, Betty Jean Eubanks; four grandchildren, Clinton Keith Blankenship, Christy Lynn Gray, Makeesha Kay Rees, and Keegan Thomas Rees; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn Harris, in January 2008 and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Lynch Funeral Service chapel in Greenville. Interment will follow in Lynch Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - January 22, 2012

Aaron Edwards, 88, of Greenville died Saturday, Jan, 21, 2012, at Hunt Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2012, at First Assembly of God Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Brent Grissom and Rev. Jason Hammack will officiate. Burial will be in Memoryland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Justin Arrington, Jonathan Melcher, Landon Melcher, Evan Melcher, Glen Cagle and Randy Steen.

Mr. Edwards was born in Leonard on July 12, 1923. He was the son of John Edwards and Dussie Hart Edwards. On June 29, 1944, he married Billie "Sugar" Wright. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church and was retired from Henson-Kickernick after 45 years service.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Billie "Sugar" Edwards of Greenville; daughter, Janice Melcher and husband, Dennis of Cypress; brother, Bill Edwards of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalind Blankenship on May 13, 2003; grandson, Ashley Arrington, on Oct. 4, 2009; his parents; sisters, Vera Evans and Hazel Cagle; and brothers, Clarence Edwards, Buck Edwards and Ray Edwards.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - September 7, 2012

Marvin C. Isham, 81, of Greenville passed away Sept. 6, 2012, at his residence.

Services are at 2 p.m. today in the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel with Dr. James Ralson officiating. Interment follows at Shady Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Isham, Jeff Isham, Chad Blankenship, Troy Blankenship, Gary Walls and Jerry Lewis.

Born Nov. 2, 1930, in Greenville, Marvin was the son of Sam and Florance (Stover) Isham. On Oct. 7, 1949, he married Betty McFarlin in Oklahoma. He served his country in the United States Army for two years serving in the Korean War. After 37 years, he retired from Lance as a truck driver. He was a longtime member of Lamar Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of Greenville, son James C. Isham and wife Jeannie of Greenville, daughter Debbie Isham Blankenship and husband Steve of Greenville, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret Daniel, brother J. L. Isham, and great-granddaughter Chasta Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Wolfe City, Hunt Co., TX, Obituary

Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) - March 14, 2012

Ruby Jean McCarley passed away the morning of March 9, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born March 8, 1923, in Hickory Creek. Ruby Jean attended the Hickory Creek School during her elementary years and graduated from Bailey High School where she was voted "Best All 'Round Girl." Since she was so young when she graduated, she spent an extra year at Celeste High School to sharpen her secretarial skills. Ruby Jean married E. J. McCarley of Leonard in 1941 and became a mother to Dianne in 1944.

She lived in Dallas and Arlington for many years where she worked at LTV Aerospace Corporation. During her 30 years with the company, she worked in the Aerospace Engineering Department, and during the 1960s worked in the Flight Simulation Department directly with the original seven astronauts. After retirement in 1981, she continued to live in Arlington and then moved back to Dallas in 2008. For those who may not have known Ruby Jean, they may have known her brother, R.W. Browne, who learned to fly in the Hickory Creek area during the 1930s and trained British pilots in Terrell for the military service in World War II. Ruby Jean mother, grandmother, aunt and friend will be greatly missed, but all should be comforted by the fact she loved them and is at rest after several years of poor health.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton R. and Jessie Blankenship Browne of Hickory Creek; her husband of 34 years; her brother, R. W. Browne; and sister-in-law Willena West Browne.

Ruby Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne McCarley and Barry C. Smith of Dallas; her granddaughter, Rebecca Ross Morningstar of Arlington; and her nieces, Gloria Browne Floyd and family of Rotan and Bonnie Browne McKeller and family of Midland.

Friends and family will gather at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home at 200 S. Santa Fe Street, in Wolfe City, at 11 a.m. Friday and a procession will leave for a graveside service at Moun. Carmel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hunt Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Carl 63, 02Oct1946 - 08Apr2010, Greenville, Hunt, TX, OK-446-44-7110

 

Hutchinson

 

2012, Fritch, Hutchinson Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - July 3, 2012

Sandra Kay Tennell, 69, of Fritch died Saturday, June 30, 2012. No services are scheduled. Cremation and arrangements are by Brown Funeral Directors of Borger. Mrs. Tennell was born Nov. 11, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla. She married Alton Lee Tennell on April 13, 1978, in Stratford.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Eddie Quesada of Borger; two daughters, Theresa Ann Sullivan of Amarillo and Tamara Blankenship of Fritch; a sister, Sharon DaSilva of Orlando, Fla.; three grand- children; and four great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fritch, Hutchinson Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - July 24, 2012

Alton Lee Tennell, 72, of Fritch died Saturday, July 21, 2012. Mr. Tennell was born March 25, 1940, in Vernon to Edward Tennell and Lucille Hallmark Tennell. He was a heavy equipment operator for Zachry.

Survivors include a son, Eddie Quesada of Borger; two daughters, Theresa Sullivan of Amarillo and Tamara Blankenship of Fritch; a brother, Wayne Tennell of Electra; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Directors of Borger.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fritch, Hutchinson Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - May 29, 2013

Terry Wayne Blankenship, 52, of Fritch died Monday, May 27, 2013. Mr. Blankenship was born June 25, 1960, in Borger to Bud and Laverne Blankenship. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Highland Park Cemetery in Borger. Arrangements are by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Fritch.

Survivors include two sons, Ty and Tyler Blankenship , both of Fritch; two daughters, Melissa Blankenship of Amarillo and Hannah Parker of Borger; five grandchildren; two brothers, Larry and Randy Blankenship ; and two sisters, Cheryl Brown and Tammie Alejandro, both of Fritch.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fritch, Hutchinson Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - November 7, 2013

Nita June Ausbrooks, 72, of Fritch died Monday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bunavista Baptist Churchin Borger with Danny Courtney, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fritch, officiating and Connie Moore, pastor of Bunavista Baptist Church, assisting. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Nita was born June 7, 1941, Okmulgee, Okla., to Eugene and Margaret Stowers. Nita loved to eat cookies, travel, clothes, shoes and purses, but most of all her granddaughter.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Ausbrooks of Fritch; a sister, Alta Russell of Pineville, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Carl Ausbrooks of Amarillo; two sisters-in-law, Erma Blankenship of Stinnett and Judy Stowers of Borger; a granddaughter, Shalea Ausbrooks of Amarillo; and seven nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jefferson

 

2010, Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.timeformemory.com/fh_obituary.cfm?obitid=34403&fhid=375

Carolyn Jo Blankenship Lee, 82, passed away November 29, 2010 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. She was born in Gainesville Texas August 10, 1928.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Sarah Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband Charles W. Lee a retired Sante Fe Trainmaster of Silsbee and one daughter Carol and Son-in-law Dan Strouf of Beaumont; sister Kathryn Mann and Dr. Jimmy Mann of Henderson; brother Jim Blankenship and wife Suzy of Dallas and several nieces and nephews.

Carolyn married Charles W. Lee November 28, 1958 in Gainesville, Texas.

She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1945 and from Texas Woman's University (TSCW) in 1949 with a degree in education. She taught physical Education and biology in Dallas, Mercedes and Gainesville. She was also a counselor at Camp Waldemar in Kerrville, Texas. Carolyn was an avid golfer winning Women's club Championship at Silsbee Country Club eight years in a row. She was also a member of the women's area golf associations and First Methodist Church of Silsbee. Carolyn had a great zest and love of life. She always had a smile and friends were drawn to her. In addition to golf she enjoyed the game of bridge and the camerade of her friends. Carolyn was on the Silsbee Parks Board and instrumental in obtaining the Knupple Park and was proud of her efforts in doing so. She had a deep and abiding love for her family and always appreciated the values of growing up on a farm.

Funeral services will be held 10:00am in the Chapel at the funeral home December 2, 2010 with burial in R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery at Silsbee, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on October 7, 2013

Finis David Bean, 83, was born March 20, 1930 in Votaw, TX to Hudson and Carrie Musgrove Bean and passed away October 5, 2013 in Beaumont, TX. Mr. Bean was a long term resident of Beaumont and self-employed as a barber and owner of Headmaster's Barber Shop for many years.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, October 8 at Ridgewood Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Votaw Cemetery at 4:15 PM. Mr.

Bean is survived by his wife, Johnnie Elliott Bean; his son, John David Bean and wife, Judy; grandchildren, Kenneth David Bean (Christy), John Matthew Bean (Marilyn) and Kimberly Dale Wilson (Eric); his great-grandchildren, Natalie, Eli and Cooper Bean and Lauren Wilson and his sister, Alice Blankenship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 24, 2013

Robert Allen Bobby Marsh, Sr. passed away quietly in the early morning of October 21, 2013. He was a member of Pipefitters Local 195. Bobby was born June 10, 1952 in Kingsville, TX to James Oscar and Mary June Chapman Marsh.

He is survived by his wife, Becky; son, Robert Allen Marsh, Jr.; step daughters, Audrey Crawford and her husband, Michael, of Nederland, Sarah Blankenship and her husband, Adam, of Vidor, Leanna Ward and boyfriend, Sean Bishop, of Bridge City, and Tara Hardy; seven step grandchildren; and brother, Kent Marsh and his wife, Susan, of Houston.

A service celebrating Bobby's life will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Claybar Kelley Watkins Funeral Home. Bobby will be missed by many who knew and loved him.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Groves, Jefferson Co., TX, Obituary

The Beaumont Enterprise, (TX) - January 13, 2012

Emilio Velasco, 67, of Groves, died January 10, 2012, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, in Beaumont. Born January 28, 1944, to Dora Esquivel and Adolph Velasco, Sr., in Port Lavaca, he was a resident of the area for the last forty years. Emilio was owner and operator of a local industrial services company. He enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, and was a very business oriented individual. His greatest loves were his wife, family, and his business.

Emilio is survived by his wife, Patricia Garcia of Groves; sons, Christopher Velasco of Sour Lake, William Blankenship of Beaumont, Paul Garcia of Port Neches, and Josh Velasco of Houston; daughters, Christina Rodriguez of Beaumont, Erica Arabie and her husband, James of Port Neches, Ashley Quinn of Port Neches, Heather Velasco of Nederland, and Danielle Quinn of Port Neches; fourteen grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Clay of Texas City, Angie Stillinger of Alvin, Ruth Bobbitt of Lufkin, and Sara Remollino of Alvin; brothers, Aaron Velasco of Texas City, George Velasco of Friendswood, Adolph Velasco, Jr., Abel Velasco, and Daniel Velasco, all of Texas City. He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolph Velasco, Sr. and Dora Esquivel; grandsons, Hector Rodriguez, Jr. and Brad Miller, Jr.

His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland, with interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Nederland, Jefferson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on September 28, 2012

Michael Mike James Bonsall, 59, of Nederland, Texas, passed away at his home on September 26, 2012. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on October 12, 1952, to the late Melvin and Imogene Blankenship Bonsall. He retired after 24 years of service in the maintenance department for Port Arthur I.S.D.

Funeral services will be held at Melancon's Funeral Home, 1605 Avenue H, in Nederland, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., Msgr. Dan Malain officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

Michael is survived by his wife, Darlene Bonsall of Nederland; daughters, Rhonda Brown and husband, Chuck of Nederland and Christy McGraw and husband, Danny of Grandbury; sister, Stacy Dean and husband, Terry of Warren; brother, Scott Bonsall and wife, Darlene of Nederland; grandchildren, Morgan Brown, Jake McGraw, Harlee Brown, and Demi McGraw; and his faithful companion, Ricky.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Ester Blankenship; son, Michael Bonsall, Jr.; and daughter, Michele Bonsall.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Sabine Pass, Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., TX,

Port Arthur News (TX) - September 10, 2012

Leo D. Fairchild, Jr., 50, of Sabine Pass, Texas passed away at his home on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was born on March 14, 1962 to Viola Blankenship Fairchild and Leo D. Fairchild, Sr. in Port Arthur, Texas.

Hap was a lifelong resident of the area. He worked as a dealer and Pit boss for Harrah's Casino in Lake Charles for over two years. He was a member of Sabine Pass Christian Fellowship Church.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, September 13, 2012 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson with Rev. Ken Barker, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo D. "Champs" Fairchild, Sr.

Hap is survived by his wife, Tori Jordan of Sabine Pass, Texas, his daughter, Celina Fairchild of Nederland, Texas, his mother, Viola Fairchild of Sabine Pass, Texas, his sisters, Sharon Casagrande and husband Tom of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Darlene Whitlock of Ladson, South Carolina, Leola Gravelle and husband Tim of Portland, Oregon, several nieces and nephews.

 

Johnson

 

2011, Burleson, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - January 10, 2011

Kathryn Lucille Wickline, 84, of Burleson, a retired secretary, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at her home in Burleson. Celebration of life: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the home of her brother, 2528 Castle Rd. Burleson. Funeral: At a later date through Broyles McGuire Funeral Home, Union, W.Va. Interment: Carmel Cemetery, Gap Mills, W.Va.

Kathryn Lucille Wickline was born May 10, 1926, in Lewisburg, W.Va., to George Dewey Edward and Pauline Blankenship Wickline. She graduated from Rainelle High School in 1944 and then from Charleston School of Commerce. Her first job was with the Infantile Paralysis Association and she also worked at the National Bank Of Commerce. She retired from Union Carbide Corp. in 1988 as a chemical secretary after 28 years of service. She was a member of Alpha Iota Sorority and Covenant Methodist Church of Port Orange, Fla. Kathryn was always involved in the church choir and church functions.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George Marvin Wickline; and sister, Margarette Adell Wickline.

Survivors: Brother, Thomas Monroe Wickline and wife, Brenda Gayle, of Burleson; nieces, Juanita Kathryn Vandersaul of Burleson, Jennifer Ost of Cresson, Tammy Stone of Burleson; and nephew, Michael Tallent of Burleson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - February 17, 2011

Graveside services for Robert Lee Wise, 74, of Cleburne, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Greenacres Memorial Park. Mr. Wise passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Cleburne. He was born to Robert Vernon and Velma Blankenship Wise on March 9, 1936, also in Cleburne.

He married Rosa Ellen Bullard Wise on Nov. 26, 1954, in Cleburne. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired after 21 years as a welder with Martin Sprocket in 2001. He was an outspoken man who enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. Robert looked forward to his evening outings, riding around town. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.

Robert was preceded in death by his father; and brothers, Jimmy Wise and infant, Darrell Wise.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rosa Wise; mother, Velma Wise; children, Charlotte Wise, Robby Wise and his wife, Melissa, and Courtney Hughes and her husband, Scott; grandchildren, Justin Wise and Loren Hughes; siblings, Richard Wise, Marie Wright, Laverne Pervis; numerous nieces, nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - February 8, 2012

Service for Uberta Doty Reed, 90, of Cleburne will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Mr. Roger Stewart will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jeff Dugger, Chad Dugger, Casey Dugger, Jordan Reed, Adam Hutto, Clint Davis, Garrett Davis, Steve Swager and John Pantoja. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Singletary and Doug Dugger. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Mrs. Reed passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Azle [Tarrent Co., TX]. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Cleburne to Rudy Smith Doty and Georgia Ann Walker Doty. She married Travis Reed on June 14, 1941, in Glen Rose. Mrs. Reed was a homemaker and a most loving Christian mother and grandmother. She was known as "Ma-Maw Bertie," and she lived her life as an example to others. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

Survivors include her son, Ronald B. Reed and wife, Sandy, of Cleburne; daughters, Ann Dugger and husband, Doug, of Longview and Kathy Singletary and husband, Rick, of Cleburne; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Mary Fogarty and husband, Fred, of Cleburne; brothers, Jake Doty of Fort Worth and Burl Doty of Bridgeport; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis Reed on Oct. 6, 2006; brothers, Bill Doty, Arthur Doty and Buddy Doty; and sisters, Jewel Blankenship and Pearl Fuller.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Godley, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - April 5, 2012

Jane Susanne Meadows, 59, of Godley, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in Fort Worth, [Tarrant Co.] Texas. A private graveside service will be held at Caddo Cemetery.

Miss Meadows was born in Alexandria, Va., on May 7, 1952, the daughter of Frances Jane (Reynolds) and Oliver E. Meadows. She was an attorney and was of the Baptist faith.

Miss Meadows was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Oliver E. Meadows of Godley; sister, Sylvia Blankenship of Apex, N.C.; and nephews, Lee and John Blankenship, both of Raleigh, N.C.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Joshua, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - November 25, 2012

Lottie Mae "Sis" "Nana" Blankenship, 90, of Joshua passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Fort Worth [Tarrant Co., TX].

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Cleburne Memorial Cemetery.

Lottie Mae was born May 18, 1922, in Cleburne to the late Robert Clinton and Fannie Mavornee Belle Johnson Cummings. She was always very proud of her large family, as she and her twin, Lester Ray "Son" Cummings, were two of 10 children.

Lottie Mae married David G. Blankenship on March 29, 1941. She loved her family, staying very involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She greatly enjoyed being outside tending to her flowers and garden, always talking and telling stories of her life as a twin, being one of 10 children and of her marriage with David.

Survivors: daughters, Julie Hollaway, and husband, Phillip, of Joshua and Joyce Short, and husband, John, of Crowley; grandchildren, Jason and Ashley Hollaway, Joseph Kuenz and Cassondra Singleton, all of Joshua, Robert Gray of Fort Worth, David Short of Godley and Alan Short of Lake Worth; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jeffrey, Aaron, Chris and Shawn Singleton, all of Joshua, David and Kayla Short of Burleson and Kaitlyn Short of Godley; and brother, R.L. Cummings, of Harrell, Ark.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Joshua, Johnson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on May 23, 2013

George Washington Blankenship Jr., 71, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday at Open Door Ministry in Joshua.

Survivors: Wife, Margaret Lee Blankenship; sons, Wayne, Darin and Tracy; and three grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jones

 

2013, Anson, Jones Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on March 11, 2013

Peggy Mckeever, 77, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Abilene [Taylor Co., TX].

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Anson Church of Christ with Joe Hailey officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Peggy was born September 3, 1935 in Stamford. She was the only child of Orville and Freeda (Williamson) McKeever. She graduated from Anson High School in 1953 and Abilene Christian University in 1957. Because of the influence of her first grade teacher, she chose elementary education as her career. Peggy taught first and fourth grades for 39 years in Abilene at Travis and Reagan schools. She always felt honored when one of her ex-students remembered her, and she was always eager to help any child that needed help. After retirement from teaching, Peggy started volunteering at Abilene Regional hospital. She looked forward to her days to work. Peggy enjoyed traveling with her family and she was always planning another trip. Her favorite destination was Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Survivors include his aunt, Mary Jo Blankenship; cousins, Steve Blankenship (and wife, Lee Anne), George Blankenship (and wife, Louise), Scott Blankenship, Don Williamson (and wife, Rochelle), Gerald Williamson (and wife, Winola), Viva Turnbow, Craig McKeever, Ricky McKeever, Billy Joe McKeever, Mike and Andy.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Kaufman

 

2010, Kaufman, Kaufman Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.kaufmanherald.com/articles/2010/11/05/obituaries/doc4cd41710091d0405619567.txt
Published: Friday, November 5, 2010

Jerry D. Blankenship, 70, of Kaufman passed quietly away on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Jerry was born in Ravenna, Texas to Samuel and Clara Blankenship on February 29, 1940.

Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1957-1963 with distinction and honor. He never lost his love of flying obtaining his pilots license in civilian life. Jerry also enjoyed reading and was always ready to deal, trade or barter anything of value just for the opportunity to talk to people.  Jerry's greatest pride and joy are his grandchildren. He would always include them in every conversation.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Clara, his sister Nona Gayle and his brother Gaylon.

He is survived by his children, Jimmy, Jeff, Tawny, Shawn, Vonne and Shayne; as well as his sister, Bonnie, and brother, Mike.

A celebration of Jerrys life was  held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home, 305 N. Jackson Street, Kaufman, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Kaufman Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Jerry Delton 70, 29Feb1940 - 01Nov2010, Kaufman, Kaufman, TX, TX-467-54-6718

 

Kerr

 

2013, Kerrville, Kerr Co., TX, Obituary

Kerrville Daily Times (TX) - April 25, 2013

Kenneth J. Way, 83, of Kerrville, went peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was born in Snyder, Texas, on June 27, 1929, to John and Ethel Way. He was owner of Way's Trading Post for more than 25 years. He was a God-fearing man who loved life, music, fishing and above all, his family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Way; one sister, Sylvia and Roger Casavant of Kerrville; four children, Jane Way of Kerrville, Kathy and Cecil McGehee, Twila and Ronny Rotge of Kerrville and Bonnie and Jimmy Crider of Oxford, Ark.; five grandchildren, Buddy McGehee of San Antonio, Tammy and Robert Haney of Kerrville, Scott and Brooke Rotge of Ingram, Christi Crider of Melbourne, Ark., and Sean Rotge of Kerrville; seven great-grandchildren, Dustin McGehee, Tori McDaniels, Amber Haney, Brittany Haney, Jaxson Rotge, Bennett Blankenship and Carly Jane Blankenship ; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack Way, Eldon Way and Edward Way; one sister, Evelyn Morgan; and a granddaughter, Jimmie Michelle Crider.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Grimes Funeral Chapels, officiated by Pastor Del Way. Burial will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Buddy McGehee, Scott Rotge, Sean Rotge, Robert Haney, Dustin McGehee, Shane Morris and Corey Walden.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lamar

 

2011, Paris, Lamar Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - December 5, 2011

Gladys Magnuson went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec 2, 2011, at Legends Healthcare Center. Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Michael officiating. Interment is to follow at Pyles Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Glen Michael, David Michael, Mitchell Nava, Kyle Mitchell, David Mitchell and Steve Lewis.

Gladys Magnuson was born July 10, 1921, in Maxey, the daughter of Doc and Cora Owens Mitchell. She married Eugene "Buster" Magnuson on Sept. 4, 1941, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2000. She was a longtime member of the Direct Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert Benjamin Mitchell, Odie Elmer Mitchell and Roy Elton Mitchell; two sisters, Retha Mitchell Mae and Peggy Mitchell Nava; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Kunkel Magnuson.

She is survived by her sons, Sam Magnuson and wife, Eva, of Sumner, Haston Magnuson of Sumner, Ty Magnuson and wife, Linda, of Sumner; brothers, Bob Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, Joe Mitchell, Buck Mitchell; sisters, Bess Mitchell Knight, Floise Mitchell Hickey; grandchildren, Rhonda Magnuson Foreman, Carol Magnuson, Sammie Magnuson Jr., Tammy Magnuson Enloe, Rodney Daniels, Patti Johnson, Brad Blankenship and Natasha Norman; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Paris, Lamar Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - May 7, 2013

Imogene Bratcher Tomblin, 87, of Paris, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mrs. Tomblin, the daughter of John and Arra Trapp Bratcher, was born Jan. 30, 1926, in Lamar County. She married Marion Adrain Tomblin on Nov. 5, 1948, building 59 years of family and memories before his death on Dec. 5, 2007. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and an avid cook. Her career as an aid with the North Lamar ISD at the Cecil Everett Elementary campus spanned 20 years before her retirement in 1989. On Wednesday afternoons, her camping friends always came to her house to play Canasta.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one sister, Dovie Dell Byas; four brothers, William "Bill" Bratcher, Ollie "Red" Bratcher, Leonard Bratcher and Haskell Bratcher.

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Marshall and husband, Kenneth, of Hopewell; granddaughter, Kelli Mallicote and husband, Grant, of Tigertown; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeanie Bratcher, Wayne and Ann Tomblin, Faye Caviness, Thomas and Rita Tomblin, Madge Tomblin and Herschel Blankenship ; along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Casket bearers will be Larry Bratcher, Richard Bratcher, Gerald Wayne Byas and David Issac Power.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Paris, Lamar Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - July 17, 2013

Herschel E. Blankenship, 90, of Paris, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Heritage House in Paris.

Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home will conduct graveside service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Randall Scott officiating.

He was born July 28, 1922, the third son born to Luther and Willie Allen Blankenship. He was born in the Atlas community of Lamar County. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and after basic training in Waco, he was transferred to Seymour, Ind. In 1943, he came home on furlough and on Aug. 20, 1943, he married his school days sweetheart, Dorothy Tomblin. When he returned to camp, he made arrangements for Dorothy to come to Indiana. They had lots of good times together until 1944 when he was sent overseas and she returned home. On May 8, 1945, he was going through Munich, Germany with 2,000 gallons of aviation fuel when he was stopped by hundreds of people celebrating the surrender of the Germans to the U.S. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon returning home, he farmed for several years, then worked for Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., as a route salesman until B & W came to Paris and started employment there January of 1953. He worked there for 30 years until his retirement in February of 1983. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where he was a member of Adult 6 Sunday School Class.

He was preceded in death by his mother when he was 18-months-old; his father; three older brothers, Vernon, Weldon and Fred "Ted" Blankenship; stepmother, Stella Bramlett Blankenship; daughter, Rexann and husband, John Mallory; and by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Blankenship.

He is survived by a brother, J. H. Hack Blankenship ; two grandsons, John Mallory and wife, Joy, and Jeff Mallory and wife, Sarah; three great-grandsons, Keaton, Kyle and Cannon Mallory; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and neighbors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Paris, Lamar Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - July 26, 2013

Bessie Pauline Tigue, 82, formerly of Bugtussle, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Funeral services have been set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Tigue officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City. Serving as pallbearers will be Shannon Tigue, Dewayne Flanery, Marcus Green, Jeremy Blankenship, Bear Tigue, Lance Barrera and Derrall Crain.

She is survived by her children, Gary Tigue and wife, Rosie, Glenda Green and husband, Ray, Pattie Blankenship and husband, Jerry, Pauletta Barrera and husband, Tony, Nancy Crain and husband, David; 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Tigue; parents, A. B. and Beulah Mae Tiffee; daughter, Sharon Dickerson; great-grandson, Cody Morgan; three brothers; and three sisters.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Paris, Lamar Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - November 10, 2013

Reba Jane Ryan, 93 of Paris, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Gardens.

Mrs. Ryan, the daughter of Francis Marion and Martha Blankenship Stokes, was born July 11, 1920, in Ava, Ark.

During World War II she taught school and later owned and operated the Karmel Korn Kandy Store in California. When she moved to Paris, she owned and operated Ye Ol' Candy Shop. Following retirement she continued to work by running the caf at the Paris Livestock Commission. Reba was an outgoing person and never met a stranger. She had been a member of East Paris Baptist Church and attended until her health began to fail.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. Ryan on Dec. 27, 1992; a granddaughter, Cecilie Carlow; a son-in-law, W. C. Carlow; a daughter-in-law, Victoria "Chris" Ryan; and her seven half siblings.

Survivors include her children, Linda Carlow of Paris, Fonda Carlow of Gladewater, Sandra Bratcher and husband, Troy of Paris and Rio Hondo, Harris F. Ryan of Healdsburg, Calif., Carolyn Deal and husband, Robert of Paris, Nelda Ryan of Healdsburg, Calif., and Candy Ryan of Irving; grandchildren, Alan, Cheryl, Lisa, Clayton and wife, Kim, Kevin, Shannon, Michelle, Alicia, Chantel, Nicholas and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Michael, Erin, Ryan, Kolbie, Sierra, Megan, Joanna, Dometreus "Trey" Portia, Braelin and Emma; great-great-grandchildren, Casyn, Alexia, Hanna, Haily, Damagah and Dareginald; along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1920 Census, McCool, Perry Co., AR,

Stokes, Frances M. 57, M, AR, Head,

Stokes, Mattie 41, F, AR, Wife,

Jones, Virgil 11, M, TX, GSon,

Hightower, Ellis 11, M, AR, SSon,

Hightower, Clay 08, M, AR, SSon,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDF3-L3H

 

Llano

 

2013, Kingsland, Llano Co., TX, Obituary

The Highlander, (Marble Falls, TX) - October 29, 2013

Verba Lucille Klueh, 95, of Kingsland passed away on Oct. 24, 2013. She was born to Ray and Dona (Hendricks) Hilliard on June 24, 1918 in Killeen.

Mrs. Klueh grew up on a farm in Killeen, Texas during World War II and loved to ride horses. She was the wife of the Reverend J. Ray Lawler who pastored at the Kingsland Community Church in the 1970s. She knew how to keep a neat house for the many church gatherings that were always there. She was an avid reader and started to go to college while her children were young. It was always a challenge going to different colleges as the Reverend Lawler would move to a different church every three or four years, but she persevered. Mrs. Klueh graduated the same year, at the same time as her daughter, Leta from ECU in Ada, Oklahoma. She went on to become a school teacher. Verba was a 50+ year member of PEO.

Klueh is survived by her son, Art Lawler, of Ada, Okla., sister, Frances Reaves of Elgin, grandsons, Brien Lawler of San Antonio, and David Govett and wife Cathy Junell of Georgetown; a granddaughter, Analisa Lawler of Boise, Idaho; step-grandchildren, Serita Lee Blankenship , Steven Robert Klueh, and Andrew Allen Klueh; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her first husband of over 30 years, Rev. J. Ray Lawler, her second husband of over 30 years, Lloyd Klueh, a sister, Leta Mae Marshall, daughter Leta Govett and granddaughter, Shari Lawler-Miller.

A memorial service was held at the Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at 3 p.m. with the Reverend Dick West officiating. Cremation arrangements were made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematorium in Kingsland.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lubbock

 

2010, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX. Death Notice
http://www.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=JAMES-BLANKENSHIP&lc=0753&mid=4224094

Blankenship, James Russell

Born: January 7, 1932

Died: April 15, 2010

Arrangements under the direction of Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/041810/obi_611298551.shtml

Avalanche-Journal, Sunday, April 18, 2010

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, and Carolyn McNeil and husband Don of Denison, TX; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Family and friends will gather in celebration of his life on April 19, 11:00 a.m. at First Church of The Nazarene, 6110 Chicago, Lubbock, TX. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - January 4, 2011

Nancy Jeanne Blankenship Grisham, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on January 1, 2011. Nancy leaves a long legacy of caring and love and a life shared with her loving husband of 65 years, Rufus. Nancy was born in Abilene, Texas on June 6, 1924 and is preceded in death by her parents Benjamin Roscoe Blankenship and Jeanne Jennings Blankenship.

Nancy was raised in Abilene and educated at Abilene High School, graduating in 1940, where she met Rufus. She then attended McMurry University and later transferred to the University of Texas, graduating in 1944 with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Nancy was a proud leader in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. After serving his country in the US Air Force in World War II, Rufus returned to Texas to marry Nancy on November 24, 1945.

Nancy and Rufus then began their life together in Houston, moving several times and raising their three active and athletic boys. Nancy was an active booster for her boys' sports but had a heart for service in her church and community. Nancy was a leader and Board member of United Methodist Women in each community in which she has lived but particularly in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Lubbock, Texas. During her ten year stay in Vicksburg, Nancy was on the board of the Junior League, the Vicksburg Garden Club, the Ladies Golf Association and the First United Methodist Church of Vicksburg Women's Guild. She was also a Certified Tour Guide for the Antebellum Home Association. She and Rufus moved back to Texas in 1979 where she again became a leader in her community. She served on the Boards of the Junior League and Garden Club of Lubbock, the Symphony Guild and active member of Lubbock Country Club and Ladies Golf Association. Nancy spent most of her time in the service of her church, First United Methodist Church of Lubbock, the UMW, and a member of the Questors Sunday School Class. She was on the Board of Directors and Secretary of Methodist Hospital and on the planning committee for the annual Methodist Hospital Gala. She was a Board member and active supporter of the Wesley Foundation and of the Methodist/Covenant Hospital School of Nursing.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Rufus William Grisham; affectionately called "Ther-Ther" by her sons, William Ray Grisham of Lubbock, John Robert Grisham and wife, Debbie, of Dallas; and Thomas James Grisham and wife, Julie, of Dallas. Nancy was grandmother, "Memaw", to eight grandchildren: Kelli Grisham Goldston and husband Jeff, of Lubbock; Benjamin, Matthew, Nicole and John Grisham, of Dallas; and Tyler, Caroline and Anna Grisham of Dallas. Nancy is also survived by her brother, Ben Blankenship , and wife, Carol, of Falls Church, Virginia, and nephews, Buddy and Bobby, and niece, Jeanine. Nancy also leaves her relatives the Jennings, Compere, Williamson and Pierson families in Abilene, TX.

A celebration of life for Nancy will be held Tuesday, January 4th, at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Lubbock, with Interment Service following the Memorial Service at Resthaven.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) - April 8, 2011

Billy Marion Lively, 79, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Services will be held at South Plains Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2011, with burial to follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Sanders Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Sanders on Friday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bill was a devout Christian and a member of the South Plains Church of Christ.

He had two professions in his life. Bill was a water well driller for 20 years and helped set up guidelines for acquiring licenses to drill water wells. At the age of 40, he was called into service of God by being a houseparent and maintenance man at Christ's Haven and The Children's Home of Lubbock for a total of 31 years. Bill and his Wanda spent 12 of those years as houseparents. Bill is famous for the ability to fix anything and his dry humor.

Bill was born in Baylor County on July 4, 1931, the son of Rube Lively and "Nannie" Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wanda Lively of Lubbock; sons, Billy Lively of Breckenridge, Michael Lively and wife Cindy of Stephenville, and Stephen Lively and wife Susan of Keller; daughters, Sue Bouchillon and husband Willie of Burleson, and Carol Bertrand and husband John of Lubbock; a foster daughter, Dyona Phillips and husband Ron of Yorktown, VA; a brother, Jack Lively and wife Joline of Kalispell, Mont.; and sister, Lorene Lambert and husband Bill of Hobbs, NM. Bill leaves behind 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nephews and nieces

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) - June 12, 2011

Charles Ray Hedges, son of Rudy Chalker Hedges and Charles Ford Hedges, passed away on June 10, 2011. He was born April 27, 1918, in Brookston, Texas. His family moved to West Texas in 1925.

After graduating from Anton High School, he began farming with his father in 1937. On May 1, 1938, he married Kathlyn Hope Caraway. Charles and Kathlyn had three daughters, Dona "Beth" (Seale), Judy Carrol (Leonard), and Cheryl Hope (Blankenship).

After many years of farming near Shallowater, he retired in 1993. During his career he served on the Citizens Coop Gin Board for 12 years and was a supporting member in the founding of the American Museum of Agriculture. He was a charter member of Saint John's United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed fishing in Colorado and supporting Red Raider football and basketball. He loved a good laugh and being with family and friends. He particularly enjoyed being with his grandkids and attending their activities.

Charles was preceded in death by both parents; a brother, Harold; and two of his daughters, Beth in 1999 and Judy in 2008.

He is survived by daughter, Cheryl (Bruce) of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren, Brian Blankenship (Victoria) of Colorado Springs, Kevin Blankenship (Katie) of Los Angeles, Belinda Seale Johnson (Terry) of Menard, Texas, and Ray Seale (Diedra) of San Angelo; four great-grandchildren, LaTosha Glenn White (Donovan), Bethany Johnson Crisp (Grant), Jason Johnson and Asyna Seale Yancy; and six great-great grandsons, Parker White, Kohlton Brown, Zayne Crisp, Rylen Crisp, Logan Yancy and Liam Yancy.

Private graveside services were held on Saturday under the direction of Rix Funeral Directors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) - November 16, 2011

Family and friends of Lanette McClain will celebrate her life of 78 years at 10 a.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. MST at Memory Gardens in Hobbs, N.M.

Mrs. McClain left to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. Wanda Lanette was born in Spur, Texas, to Baker and Vera Bristow on May 8, 1933. She graduated from Hobbs High School in 1951. She married Howard McClain on July 26, 1952, in Las Cruces, N.M., and gave birth to their only son, Weldon Marshall, in 1954.

Lanette had a productive career in the insurance industry. After retiring from Crum & Forster, she started her own sewing business. She was an active member of the Insurance Women of El Paso, The Society of CPCU, and the Women Entrepreneurs of Lubbock. Lanette was also a member of New Horizon Baptist Church, where she found great joy from the fellowship of her church family.

Lanette was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Howard; her son, Weldon; her brother, Baker Bryant Bristow Jr.; and her parents.

She will be missed by her granddaughter, Trina Crockett of Austin; sister, Sylvia Goodrum of Houston; great-niece, Stephanie Strother; nieces and nephews, Steve Goodrum, Debbie Blankinship and Mark Goodrum, and their families; caregiver, Cristina Garza; and many dear friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - July 19, 2012

Rufus William Grisham was born on September 6, 1920 and died on July 15, 2012, a faithful Christian servant, devoted family man, war hero and generous and involved civic leader. He offered humor, humility, authenticity and compassion to those whose lives he touched; and they felt blessed by a relationship with him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Nancy Blankenship Grisham, his sister, Lillian Nichols, and his parents, Rufus W. and Lillian D. Grisham.

This Godly father and grandfather, "Grandy", has left a legacy in the life of his three sons: William Ray Grisham; John Robert Grisham and wife, Debbie; and Thomas James Grisham and wife, Julie; and to his eight grandchildren: Kelli Grisham Goldston and husband Jeff; Ben, Matthew, Nicole and John Grisham; and Tyler, Caroline and Anna Grisham.

Rufus was born in Hillsboro, Texas and graduated from Abilene High School. He attended Hardin-Simmons University and Texas Tech University until he was called to service in the United States Army Air Corps. On November 24, 1945, he married the love of his life, Nancy Jeanne Blankenship. Rufus served as a B-17 pilot in the 303rd Bomb Group, stationed in Molesworth, England, and flew 35 missions over Germany during World War II. Most of these missions over Germany were flown in a B-17G named Princess Pat II. Through his distinguished and heroic service, he was awarded the Air Medal 5 Oak Leaf Clusters Award, 3 Bronze Stars in the EAME Campaign, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Distinguished Service Award.

Returning from service, Rufus was employed by Anderson Clayton and Company for 44 years, retiring as the President of the Texas Oilseed Processing Division. He had been the corporate manager in Elk City, Oklahoma; Memphis, Texas; Osceola, Arkansas; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and finally returning to Lubbock, Texas where his life of service continued. He gave his time, talents and resources to many civic, social and religious groups to help those in need. Among his offerings, he was the Charter President of the Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club, Chairman of the Board of Methodist Hospital, Chairman of the Board of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, President of the Texas Cottonseed Crushers Association, board member of the National Cottonseed Products Association, Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock, South Plains Food Bank, First National Bank of Vicksburg Mississippi, First Federal Savings Bank of Lubbock, and President of the YMCA of Lubbock, Texas. The Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club, for his outstanding service to the community, awarded Rufus the Roy Bass Memorial Award. The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Business Person Hall of Fame. He was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a Life Board Member, and member of the Rafters Sunday School Class, who will miss and treasure his faith, devotion, wit and wisdom. Rufus was a member of the Lake Ridge Country Club and Lubbock Country Club, where he was an enthusiastic and talented tennis player, golfer and friend.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Lubbock on Friday, July 20th, at 11:00 am, after which family will receive friends at the church's parlor.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on January 28, 2013

Jewell R. White, 94, of and formerly of Post died Saturday Jan. 26, 2013, at the Heritage Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock. Jewell was born to Huey Arthur and Viola (Gray) Roberts Sept. 13, 1918, here in Garza County, Texas. She attended school at Grassland and graduated from Tahoka High School.

The former Jewell Roberts married Dariean White Sept. 28, 1941, in Tahoka. Just after their marriage, Dariean went into the service. He preceded her in death June 1, 1984. They farmed in Garza County until retirement in 1978. Jewell was a member of the Post Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Blankenship, Nov. 1, 2003; son-in-law, Don Blankenship, Aug. 16, 2003; and by two sisters and four brothers.

Survivors are a daughter, Jan Blankenship of Lubbock, and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Grassland Cemetery, Grassland. Charles McCook and Noel White will be officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lubbock Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, James Russell 78, 07Jan1932 - 15Apr2010, Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, TX-457-40-4851

Blankenship, Loyd Jefferson 55, 04Jul1954 - 21Mar2010, Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, TX-460-98-8080

Blankenship, Natalie Marie 93, 16Sep1916 - 12Apr2010, Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, TX-467-26-2835

Blankenship, John Edward 53, 20Mar1958 - 11Aug2011, Shallowater, Lubbock, TX, LA-435-06-1221

 

Lynn

 

2010, Wilson, Lynn Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/041410/obi_606796557.shtml
Avalanche-Journal
, Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Natalie (Tye) Blankenship of Wilson passed into her Lord and Savior's loving arms on Monday, April 12, 2010. Tye was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Jewett, TX, but grew up in Wilson. Her parents were Howard and Hildra (Trautwein) Crosby. She married Elmer Blankenship, who preceded her in death in 1997. Tye taught school for 30 years in Wilson ISD. She graduated from Texas Tech and was a member of the Koshari Social Club which later became Pi Beta Phi sorority. Tye was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Wilson. She accepted Christ at age 12 and was baptized in a dirt tank. Tye was one of the first women to join the Wilson Lions Club, was a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years, and was in the teachers' sorority of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Tye is survived by her two children, daughter Judy Bryant and her husband Joe and son Jim Blankenship and his wife Sherry all of Lubbock. She also leaves behind a sister, Marjorie Burns of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, James Bryant and wife Kathy of San Francisco, CA, Jennifer White and husband Mark of Carrolton, Brandi Blankenship of Dallas, and Trudy Rice of Lubbock; 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She moved to Lubbock in 2006 and lived in Wedgewood South until her death.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010 at Wilson's First Baptist Church with interment following in Green Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Matagorda

 

2010, Blessing, Matagorda Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.funeraldigest.com/obituaries/2010/07/30/gene-vyvial/144360416

Gene Vyvial, 67, of Blessing, passed away July 28, 2010. He was born May 31, 1943, in Jackson County, to the late Roman Alvin and Annie Kazmir Vyvial.

Survivors include daughters, Joy Langley of Downsville, La., Tara Blankenship of Blessing, and Katina Langley of Monroe, La.; son, Roman Vyvial of Mountain Home, Idaho; sisters, Janet Harvey of El Campo, Joyce Rozner of Bay City, Ramona Hahn and husband James of Lolita, and Andrea Chambless and husband Bobby of Ganado; and grandchildren, Christopher Collins, Klye Accardo, Victoria Reed, Tye Langley, Roman Vyvial and Allan Thompson.

His siblings, Gladys Ann Berger and Leo Vyvial, preceded him in death.

Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

McLennan

 

2011, Bellmead, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Waco Tribune-Herald on April 20, 2011

Bonnie Parker Blankenship, 76, of Bellmead, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at her residence. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Ara Rauls officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Bellmead Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blankenship was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Love Lady, Texas, to L. B. and Ruby Robertson. She was a Homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jim Blankenship in 2008; four sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia Kinchen of Bellmead, Brenda Burney and husband, Charles, of Bellmead, and Bonnie Boorman and husband, Steve, of Winnsboro; son, James Roland PenaDela and wife, Kim, of Waco; grandchildren, Joel, Dustin, Howard and wife, Bryony Sewell, Logan and wife, Mary Ann, and Justin PenaDela, Jacob and Derik Cordona, Christal Hardy, Tami Young, Georgie Sanders, William Smith, Amanda Clark and James Smith; 18 great-grandchildren and two on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lorena, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

The Duncan Banner, (OK) - November 27, 2013

Gwindolyn Newton Boory went home to be with her Lord, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Gwindolyn was 89, born April 13, 1924, to Robert and Eunice Newton of Duncan. She lived in Duncan, marrying John Boory on Dec. 25, 1940, graduated from Duncan High School in 1942, and left her hometown that same year. She relocated from San Antonio, Texas, to Lorena, Texas in 1979, and remained there.

She had a great love for dolls from an early age. She founded and was active president of The Central Texas Doll Club in 1982, sharing her passion and love with many members to present. The theme of the club is "Love, Understanding And Peace In All Things" with yearly projects for, Toys For Tots and Tea Party with Girl Scouts.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by cousin Hester Murphree Blair, Hester's two sons: Billey R Blankeship, Gaylan Blankenship, and cousin Haskell Murphree, all of Duncan; cousin Roy Murphree of Tulsa, and Roy's brother, Carl Murphree of Chico, Calif.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Carter-Smart Funeral Home Duncan, OK. Interment will be in Duncan Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from March 16 to March 17, 2010,

Richard L. Blankenship, 60, of Waco, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2010, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial to follow at Mart Cemetery.

Richard was born April 13, 1949, in Odessa, Texas, to F. L. and Margaret Blankenship. Richard was preceded in death by his father, F. L. Blankenship; mother, Margaret "Nikkie" Jansen; brother, Steven Brady; and sisters, Barbara Moody and Karen Jensen.

Those left behind to cherish Richard's memory are his son, Paul Engelke; daughters, Julie Ratcliff and husband, Justin, and Rebecca Hughes and husband, Wesley; brother, Michael Blankenship and wife, Helen; sisters, Sandra Brooks and husband, Leslie, and Kathy Owen and husband, Dudley; grandchildren, Breanna Pickens, Kelby Sultemeier and Lexie Hughes; a cousin, who was like a brother to him, Danny McCorkle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - March 25, 2011

Patricio Trevino Escalona Sr. passed away March 23, 2011, peacefully with his wife and family by his side. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Turning Point Church in Robinson. Burial will be 3 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

Patricio proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1967.After leaving the Navy in 1967, he resided in Victoria, where he worked as a carpenter until moving to Waco in 2008. He was a member of Turning Point Church in Robinson.

Patricio was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Celestina Escalona.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Irma; his daughter, Rose Blankenship and husband, Randy, of Waco; son, Patricio Escalona Jr. and wife, Lisa, of San Diego, Calif.;three sisters, Cecilia, Narcissa, and Irene; two brothers, Evaristo and Paul, all of Victoria; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - April 4, 2011

Billy G. White, of Waco, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Billy was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Bynum, Texas, to Lauren and Athalea (McMurry) White.

He was active in the Buick dealerships in Waco for over 30 years. Billy has been a lifelong Baptist and an active member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco. He was a caring son, father, grandfather, and a friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Andrew Varnell.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bernice Darden White; daughter, Jerre Varnell and husband, Maurice, of Florence, Texas; grandchildren, Amy Hanson and husband, Travis, of Georgetown, John Varnell and wife, Carrie, of The Woodlands, and Lauren Williams and husband, Aaron, of Georgetown; great-grandchildren, Hailey Hanson, Daniel Varnell, and Aaron Williams III; sisters, Nina Blankenship of Ft. Worth, and Sue Dossey of Arlington; and sister-in-law, Jerre Morse of Waco.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Frank Wilson Men's Sunday School Class of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - December 13, 2011

Kathryn Ann Justice, 47, of Waco, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at a local hospital with her parents by her side. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Pastor Stephen B. Collins will be officiating.

Kathryn was born Nov. 28, 1964, in Dallas, Texas, to Brady and Sandra Justice. She loved her family and friends, but truly enjoyed her nieces and nephews. Her dogs were another love of Kathryn's. She had the reputation of never turning away a stray. Also, Kathryn was the happiest when she could help others.

Kathryn is survived by her parents, Brady and Sandra Justice of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, David Justice and wife, Vicki, and Mike Justice; a sister, Lori Blankenship and husband, David, all of Indianapolis, Ind.; seven nieces and nephews; two great-nieces; and a great-nephew.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - May 1, 2012

Sandra "Sandy" Bardin Kirk, 65, of Waco, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Howard officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, Deward "Jack" Bardin.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer Abney and husband, Troy, of Oklahoma City, Lynn Collins and Scott Thomas of Waco, Shannon Smith and husband, Randall, of Bruceville, and Sheila Gosselin and husband, Marc, of Robinson; son, Shane Kirk and wife, Staci, of Bellmead; mother, Dorothy Blankenship of Rockdale; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and best friend and companion, Carroll Kirk of Cego.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - February 6, 2013

Arthur W. "Buddy" Engelke, 80 of Waco, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lester Adams officiating. Burial will be at Friedens Cemetery in Riesel. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cody Moore, Jeremy Sterling, Paul Engelke, Adam Hinkley, Cody Rieger and Joey Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Engelke, William Engelke, Christopher Svrcek, Jason Walpole and the Rev. Dan Lane.

Buddy was born Dec. 25, 1932, in Riesel, to Henry and Helena (Lange) Engelke. He married Janie Ryno on Dec. 18, 1953.

He was a retired Engineer from the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked for over 20 years. Buddy started playing guitar at age of seven and had a great love for music. During his music career he played with Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, etc. Buddy enjoyed the outdoors. He never met anyone who didn't soon become his friend, was loved by all who knew him and loved his family, especially his great-grandbabies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janie Engelke; daughters, Kathy Strickland and husband, Will, of Clifton, Nancy Blankenship of Whitney, Brenda Ellis and husband, Karl, of Gholson, Peggy Buzbee and husband, Tommy, of Gholson, Christine Young and husband, Dwayne, of West, Judy McCartney Davis and husband, Jack, of Eddy, and Margaret Engelke and Jeff of Gholson; son, Buddy Engelke Jr. and wife, Tish, of Whitney; sisters, Helen Doyle of Houston, and Sissy Uptmore of Waco; brother, Louie Engelke of San Antonio; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - June 9, 2013

Danny Russell McCorkle, 63 of Waco, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013, at a local hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Fort Parker Cemetery with Bro. Roy Watson officiating.

Danny was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Waco, to Walter and Ernesdine (Blankenship) McCorkle. He was a plumbing salesman for Waco Winnelson.

He was preceded in death by his father; his father-in-law, Morris Outlaw; and his nephew, Kevin Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Outlaw McCorkle of Waco; his mother, Ernesdine McCorkle of Hewitt; daughters, Mindy Sams and husband, Mike, of Lorena and Angela Flores and husband, Mark, of Bellmead; son, Craig Boothe and wife, Melanie, of Waxahachie; sisters, Dianna Davis and husband, Willard, of Lorena, Judy Gommert and husband, David, of Temple, and Deidra Kroll and husband, Glen, of Waco; brother, David McCorkle and wife, Dorothy, of China Spring; grandchildren, Kyle, Victoria, Brittany "Sugar Bear", Cody, Chelsea, Gabby, Cameron "Skeeter" and Makayla; and numerous nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Waco, McLennan Co., TX, Obituary

Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - July 26, 2013

Fred Edwin Payne, 79, of Waco passed away July 25, 2013 in Waco.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, Texas with the Rev. Michael King officiating.

Fred was born November 30, 1933 in Streetman, Texas to Charlie Hallie Payne and Polly Mae Bryson. Fred attended schools in Mexia. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and traveled extensively around the world. He had tours of duty in Texas, Okinawa, Japan, Alaska and Ankara, Turkey. He attended Baylor University and later received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 to live in Waco. Fred worked for Goodwill Industries as a Rehabilitation Director. Later, he also was employed by Baylor University as a Police Officer. Fred's passion was to ride a bicycle around Waco. He could have frequently been seen riding between Waco and Kirvin. He would also assist other bicyclists when they were having difficulty due to extreme heat. He also enjoyed growing an extensive garden, producing blackberries, watermelon, cantoloupe, squash and a wide range of other fresh vegetables.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billie and Orville; and a sister, Bobbie Walker.

Mr. Payne is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doryce Payne; children, Patricia Payne Parker and husband, Michael, of Montclair, Virginia, Jo Nell Payne Blankenship and husband, Johnny, of Tyler; son, Mark Edwin Payne and wife, Melinda Bearden Payne, of Kilgore, Texas; seven grandchildren, Scott Parker, Jennifer Parker Guercio, Cindy Blankenship Walker, Christy Blankenship Fowler, Brian Blankenship , Hunter Edwin Payne and Grant Payne; three great-grandchildren, Conner Walker, Cayden Walker and Preston Guercio. He is further survived by five sisters, Tiny Robinson of Streetman, Jimmie Posey and husband, Bennie, of Mexia, Vallie Griffin of Streetman, Nancy Yanca and husband, Chuck, of Parker, Colorado and Doris Cooper and husband, Richard, of Rosenburg, Texas; and one brother, Frank Payne and wife, Helena, of Houston; he also is survived by his three four legged family members, Rose, Suzy and Puddin. He truly loved pets and took excellent care of them.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

McLennan Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Bonnie Parker 76, 09Nov1934 - 19Apr2011, Waco, Mclennan, TX, TX-460-54-9082

Blankenship, Richard Lynn 60, 13Apr1949 - 14Mar2010, Waco, Mclennan, TX, CA-548-72-3058

 

Midland

 

2012, Midland, Midland Co., TX Obituary

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on December 25, 2012

Mary Francis Hillger passed away on Friday, December 22, 2012, at the age of 80. Mary was born on December 24, 1931, to W. L. and Bertie Robinson, in Howard County.

Mary was raised and educated in Garden City, Texas. She married George Hillger on July 27, 1949. Mary took care of the children at Mother's Day Out, First Baptist Church, for many years. She kept the nursery and taught the Keenagers Class at Kelview Heights Baptist Church. Mary had love and a heart for children.

Mary was predeceased by her grandparents; her parents; her brother, Bill; and her husband, George.

Mary is survived by her four children: sons, James Hillger and wife, Nancy of Tallahassee, Florida, Billy Hillger and wife, Valerie of La Vernia, Texas; daughters, Mary Eschberger and Patty Edens, both of Midland; her 8 grandchildren: Jennifer George and husband Terry; Chris Guthrie and wife, Kristeda; Sean Eschberger and wife, Jennifer; Eric Eschberger; Mandy Blankenship; Nathan Hillger; Matt Hillger; and Randy Hillger.

Mary is also survived by five great-grand-children; Elizabeth George, Haylea George, Ben Eschberger, Berkley Eschberger, and Gracey Eschberger. Mary is survived by her sisters: Viola Hillger; Bertie Wooten and husband, Ervin; Deanie Craft; Betty Davis and husband, Wayne; Deborah Robinson; Becky Curnett and husband, Fred; her brothers: John Robinson; Jim Robinson; Kenneth Robinson and wife, Karen; Loren Robinson and wife, Faye; Gary Robinson and wife, Tomiko; Richard Robinson and wife, June; Melvin Robinson; and Jerry Robinson.

The funeral service will be on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., in the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., at the Garden City Cemetery. Pallbearers for Mary will be Sean Eschberger, Eric Eschberger, Chris Guthrie, Matt Hillger, Randy Hillger, and Terry George.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Montague

 

2011, Bowie, Montague Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - April 25, 2011

Michael Wayne Blakenship, 68, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Bowie. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Drawing Room of the White Family Funeral Home with Lonnie Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie. Mr. Blakenship served in the Army. He was a truck driver and retired from Central States Freight Company after 32 years.

Survivors include wife, Helen Blankenship of Bowie; son, Tim of Galena, Mo.; two stepsons, Michael Smith of Bowie, Terry Smith of Austin; five grandchildren; and four sisters, Sandra Books, Sherry Mann and Kathy Owen, all of Waco, and Judy Crow of Austin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Montague Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Elizabeth May 97, 02Aug1913 - 15Apr2011, Sunset, Montague, TX, NY-127-01-9825

Blankenship, Margaret Rojean 85, 04Sep1924 - 17Mar2010, Saint Jo, Montague, TX, TX-454-30-1088

Blankenship, Michael Wayne 68, 17Jul1942 - 23Apr2011, Bowie, Montague, TX, TX-455-68-2828

 

Montgomery

 

2012, Conroe, Montgomery Co., TX, Obituary

The Courier, (Conroe, TX) - November 22, 2012

Funeral services for Christine Melissa Duncan will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:00am in Cashner Colonial Chapel with burial following in Garden Park Cemetery.

Christine Melissa Duncan, born February 6, 1936, went to meet her Lord and Savior, November 20, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Mary Jo Hewitt; sister, Bonita (Fritzi) Thompson; grandson, Anthony Wesley Duncan.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton Duncan, who she married January 16, 1953 and was totally devoted to for 59 years and 10 months. She had four children, William C Duncan "Snooks", Carlton W. Duncan (Sue), Gerry E, Duncan (Melissa) and Marion Blankenship Norris (Frank); 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; twin sister, Ernestine J Pitts; brother, William Hewitt (Sharon).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, New Caney, Montgomery Co., TX, Obituary

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Kathryn Wilganowski, age 60, of New Caney, Texas, passed away Friday, March 01, 2013. She was born in Jasper, Texas on September 06, 1952 to parents Buddy and Tommie Jean Burns who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Bruno Frank Wilganowski; daughters, Charlotte Wilganowski and Laura Lee Rhodes; sons, Marvin Aaron White, Richard Ray White and Michael Wade Wilganowski; sisters, Billie Jean Spurlock, Mary Shoemaker, Martha Kelly, Belinda Meehan, Pennye Blankenship; brothers, Willie Gilbert Burns, Jr. and Jerry Field, Buster Field; grandchildren, Lauren McDonald, Reagan McDonald, Collin Rhodes, Clayton Rhodes, Cheyenne White, Cameron White, Haylee White, Preston White, Cody Brown, Casey Brown; Many other family members and caring friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, 5:00 p.m. at Pace Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Morris

 

2013, Daingerfield, Morris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Longview News-Journal on January 31, 2013

Memorial services for Wanda Merleen Nix, 73, of Daingerfield, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Lilley's Chapel Church of Christ, with Kenny Shaver officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nix was born May 26, 1939, in Morris County, and died Monday, January 28, 2013, in Arp. She was a member of Lilley's Chapel Church of Christ and a homemaker.

Merleen was preceded in death by her parents, C. L. and Winnie Lou Nix; son, Kelly Dee Weeks; sister, Della Jean Bonds; and brother, Winford Nix.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lorri and Danny Connor of Arp and Shelly and James Blankenship of Katy; sister, Geraldine Turner of Daingerfield; brother, Waple D. Nix of Lone Star; grandchildren, Lana Woodley of Lindale, Shawna Weeks of San Antonio and Clent Weeks of Hunt; great-grandson, Chase Woodley; and great-granddaughter, Madison Claire Woodley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lone Star, Morris Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Longview News-Journal on October 10, 2013

Waple Dee Nix passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013, at his home in Lone Star. Dee was born June 11, 1923, in Daingerfield, Texas.

He graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1940 and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. After the war, he was an analyst for ARCO. After retiring to his home in Texas, he attended Lilly's Chapel Church of Christ in Daingerfield.

He requested no memorial service. His body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered. Dee was a loving husband, wonderful father figure and great family patriarch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clenton and Winnie Lou Harris Nix; sisters, Wanda Merleen Nix and Della Jean Nix Bond; brother, Winfield Nix; first wife, Catherine Truccio Nix; second wife, Judy Beechler Hinshaw Nix; and nephew Kelly Dee Nix.

He is survived by sister, Geraldine Nix Turner; nieces, Teresa Kay Sampson, Patricia Turner Traxler, Kim Bonds Scott, Dawn Bonds Shell, Lorri Weeks Connor, Shelly Weeks Blankenship and Jena Wynn; nephews, Jimmy Turner and Craig Nix; stepdaughter, Donna Hinshaw; step son, Jerry Hinshaw; dear friends Peggy Wooten and Karen Joiner; and his beloved poodle, Nanette. He enjoyed traveling and toured the world.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Nacogdoches

 

2010, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., TX, Death

Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 13, 2010

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailysentinel/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=144058993

Jimmy Blankenship, 85, of Nacogdoches died Monday, July 12, 2010.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 15, 2010

Funeral service for Mr. J. D. Blankenship, 85, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home with Randy Harshbarger and Jay Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Blankenship passed away Monday, July 12, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born October 14, 1924, in Attoyac, Texas, to the late Ellis E. and Lela F. Roy Blankenship.

J. D. married the love of his life, Laura Layton, November 6, 1943, in Chireno, Texas. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He became a Christian in 1943 and was a member of Stallings Drive Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Laura Layton Blankenship; son, Don Blankenship and wife, Gail; grandsons, Casey Blankenship, Jon Blankenship and wife, Lori, and Jess Blankenship and wife, Shara; granddaughters, Jamie Shelton and husband, Atticus, and Janet Perkins and husband, Clayton; fourteen great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Buford Blankenship and wife, Ava, and Kenneth Blankenship and wife, Mary.

J. D. was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jim Blankenship; grandson, Kyle Blankenship; great-grandson, Mason Shelton; sister, Bonnie Daniels; and a brother, Charles Blankenship.

Pallbearers will be the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Casey, Jon, Jess, Jamie, Janet, Caleb, Jason and Macy. Honorary pallbearers will be the great-grandchildren, Collin, Kalli, Call, Mason, Jake, Josh, Sealy, Jeremy, Olivia, Briana and Morgan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Patsy-Williams&lc=1787&pid=161153438&mid=5312289

Mrs. Patsy Marie Williams, age 86, of Nacogdoches passed away Monday, November 19, 2012, at Rock Haven Nursing Center. Mrs. Williams was born September 15, 1926, in Nacogdoches County to her parents, the late William Rufus Sitton and Nora Rogers Sitton.

She was a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches County and a member of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Williams worked many years with Cason, Monk, & Company. Patsy was married to Cecil C. Williams on April 1, 1950, and he preceded her in death on January 22, 1983.

Survivors: son, Bobby Glenn Williams of Nacogdoches; sisters-in-law, Nara Williams of Nacogdoches and Ruth Daniels of Lawrence, Kansas; nieces, Carolyn Blankenship of Nacogdoches and Theda Martin of Jacksonville; and nephews, James Brightwell of Garland, and Kenneth Fincher and Bubba Sitton, both of Nacogdoches.

Graveside rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Park, 5127 North St. in Nacogdoches. Pallbearers: Scott Weems, Jacob Weems, Bubba Sitton, Kenneth Fincher, David Weems, Doyle Lucas, Jared Lucas, and James Brightwell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Kenneth-Turner&lc=1787&pid=166044313&mid=5613270

Kenneth D. Turner, age 84, passed away on July 25, 2013 in Nacogdoches, TX. Kenneth was born on September 20, 1928 to parents Henry Turner and Pauline Collier Turner in Nacogdoches.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Dr. Johnny Dammon officiating and Bro. Dale Weir assisting. Interment will follow at Nat Cemetery. Navy Military Rites will be rendered. Pallbearers will be Randy Black, Don Blankenship, Cody Muller, Joe Williams, David Rideout, Gary Nix, and Glenn Collier

Kenneth D. Turner was an "oldtime" Christian man who was not afraid to get on his knees and pray. He was a member of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church. He attended Sunday School regularly. He served our country during WWll in the United States Navy. He worked as a millright for Brown and Root and retired after 25 years. He loved his family and they knew it and they loved him right back. He will be missed.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Michael David Turner and wife Mary Catherine "GiGi" of Henderson, Kenny D. Turner and wife Tammy of Henderson; daughters, Mickie May of Houston, Dianne Stripling of Cushing; grandchildren, Casey Blankenship of Santa Fe, Kenneth Stripling and wife Tara of Cushing, Jeffery Stripling and wife Carolyn of Cushing, Kory and April Turner of Dallas, Whitney Turner and husband Clinton Guth of Henderson, Shelby Turner of Henderson; great grandchildren, Jake and Josh Blankenship of Santa Fe, Shawn Stripling of Cushing, Lindsey, Logan, Emma, Hannah Stripling of Cushing, Hannah Turner of Dallas, Tucker and Kolbie Guth of Henderson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Nacogdoches Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Jimmie Dale 85, 14Oct1924 - 12Jul2010, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches, TX, TX-458-32-2644

 

Navarro

 

2010, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX, Obituary

http://corsicanadailysun.com/obituaries/x1910024036/William-Alfred-Bill-Blankenship-Jr
Corsicana Daily Sun
, June 2,

William Alfred Bill Blankenship Jr., 56, of Dawson passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Corsicana. He was born Nov. 1, 1953, in Dallas.

Survivors include his children, Jonathan Blankenship, Kellye Blankenship Martinez and Amanda Blankenship Curtis; grandchildren, Kellcye Blankenship Lackland, Trace Nevin Fisus Blankenship, Christian Martinez, Karlye Martinez, Mateo Martinez, Maria Martinez and Michael Garretson; and siblings, Debra Blankenship Davenport, Donna Blankenship Arnett, Patricia Blankenship Berry, Helen Blankenship Rhodes and Dan E. Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Nueces

 

2013, Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., TX, Death

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Earl-Blankenship&lc=2493&pid=164433101&uuid=43b05f09-1031-4800-9224-2948c3be72bd

Earl Preston Blankenship, August 13, 1945 - April 22, 2013

Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria del Angel, Corpus Christi, TX

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Nueces Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Billy Jim 82, 13Feb1928 - 22Oct2010, Corpus Christi, Nueces, TX, TX-453-30-0577

 

Orange

 

2010, Bridge City, Orange Co., TX, Obituary

http://panews.com/obituaries/x1897231642/Dorothy-Dot-Elise-Blankenship-Quigley

The Port Arthur News, Tue Mar 09, 2010, 04:25 PM CST

Dorothy Dot Elise Blankenship Quigley, 83 of Bridge City passed away on March 6, 2010 at St. Marys Hospital after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. Born July 9, 1926 in Youngsville, Louisiana to Ozick Simon and Emedia Baudoin.

Dot moved to the area in 1948 where she worked at the Texaco Island, and retired as head cashier at St. Marys Hospital. Dot was not only a great mother to four sons, but also a good friend who would unselfishly give to one in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Cremation will be handled by Levingston Funeral Home.

Dot was preceded in death by sons; Mark Blankenship and Glenn Parker, sisters; Felicia and Amy, brothers; Alfred, Alton, Alto, Clarence, Galvay and Lovelace.

She is survived by husband Richard (Rusty) Quigley of Bridge City, brothers Wallace Simon and wife Joan of Port Neches, Morris Simon and wife Anna Mae of New Orleans, sons Harvey Blankenship and wife Merle of Beaumont, Dirk Blankenship and wife Sarah of Huffman. Grandchildren Keegan, Brixey and Jake Blankenship, Lorene Baker and Kathy Parker. Step-son Mike Quigley of Bridge City, step-daughter Pat Burton and husband Steve of Austin, step-grandchildren Jeff Quigley, Lisa Scott and husband Patrick, Jeremy, Cory and Cody Quigley and ten great grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bridge City, Orange Co., TX, Obituary

Port Arthur News (TX) - February 20, 2013

Wilda Martin, 84, of Bridge City, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont [Jefferson Co., TX]. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on December 24, 1928, Wilda was the daughter of Edward and Olive Maloz Rau.

She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated in 1947. Wilda then married Lewis Martin of Port Arthur on February 24, 1951. They celebrated 61 years together. Wilda and Lewis built their home in Bridge City, Texas in 1953. She was a homemaker and very involved in her children's activities. Wilda was a Room Mother and also a Campfire Leader. She enjoyed camping with her family for many years. Wilda and Lewis enjoyed traveling and took many train trips. She was a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church in Bridge City since 1953 and belonged to the Alter Society for many years. Lewis and Wilda were most proud of volunteering for the 1983 church remodeling. Wilda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Francis Edward Martin; sisters, Verna Blankenship and Velma Majors; and daughter-in- law, LuAnne Martin.

Wilda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Conrad Graffagnino; son, Willie Ray Martin of Streator, Illinois; grandchildren, Rachel Bowden, Michael Graffagnino, Grace and Marguerite Martin; great - granddaughters, Aireana, Destiny, and Sadie; sisters-in-law; Claire Daigle and Lucille Dionne; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be 2pm, Friday, February 22, 2013, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Steven Leger. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Conrad and Michael Graffagnino, Mike Guidroz, Willie Martin, Charles and Gerald Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Orange, Orange Co., TX, Obituary

The Orange Leader, (TX) - December 5, 2012

The Celebration of Life for Mr. Ronald C. Foster, 49, of Orange, will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Sparrow Funeral Home. Cremation is scheduled.

He died November 28, 2012. A native of Beaumont, MS, he was a graduate of West-Orange Stark High School.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Foster of Orange, son, Raphael Blankenship of AR, daughter, Kenneyita Watson of Orange, brothers, Donald, Clifford, and Clifton Foster of Orange, and Jerry and Kevin Foster both of Beaumont, sisters Vivian and Bridgette Foster of Orange, and Anastasia Foster of Beaumont and 3 grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Vidor, Orange Co., TX, Obituary
http://www.therecordlive.com/article/Obituaries/Obituaries/James_C_Blankenship/55837

James C. Blankenship, 63, of Vidor died Friday, June 4, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

A lifelong resident of Vidor, he was a self-employed carpenter. He served his country in the Army during Vietnam.

James was preceded in death by his son, James C. Blankenship Jr.; father, Eugene Clifton Blankenship; brothers, Jessie Harold Blankenship, Jerry Eugene Blankenship and Samuel Ray Blankenship.

He is survived by his son, James Clifton Blankenship; daughter, Melissa Missy Bland; mother, Lillie Blankenship, all of Vidor; brothers, William David Blankenship of Kingwood, Paul Daniel Blankenship of Vidor, Thomas Mark Blankenship of Kountze and Patrick Timothy Blankenship of Vidor; sisters, Lillie Jane Master of Lumberton, Mary Ella Hammock of Silsbee, Nancy Carol Vercher of Vidor, Rebecca Faith Markham and Sarah Rachel Jones, both of Lumberton; and four grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Vidor, Orange Co., TX, Obituary
http://www.memorialofvidor.com/?siteid=86&action=1&value=12&obituaries_action=2&obituaryid=49785

James Clifton Blankenship, Sr. September 02, 1946 - June 04, 2010, James C. Blankenship, Sr., 63, of Vidor died Friday, June 4, 2010 at his residence. A lifelong resident of Vidor, he was a self-employed carpenter. He served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

James was preceded in death by his son James C. Blankenship, Jr., father Eugene Clifton Blankenship brothers Jessie Harold Blankenship, Jerry Eugene Blankenship, and Samuel Ray Blankenship.

He is survived by his son James Clifton Blankenship, III., mother Lillie Blankenship all of Vidor, brothers William David Blankenship of Kingwood, TX., Paul Daniel Blankenship of Vidor, Thomas Mark Blankenship of Kountze, and Patrick Timothy Blankenship of Vidor, sisters Lillie Jane Master of Lumberton, Mary Ella Hammock of Silsbee, Nancy Carol Vercher of Vidor, Rebecca Faith Markham, and Sarah Rachel Jones both of Lumberton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Vidor, Orange Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.memorialofvidor.com/?menuitem=652&siteid=86&action=1&value=12&obituaries_action=2&obituaryid=137283

Faye Aline Blankenship, 84, [April 12, 1928-February 4, 2013]of Vidor died Monday, Febrauary 4, 2013 at Senior Nursing and Rehab Nursing Home in Port Arthur. A lifelong resident of Vidor, she was a great seamstress and homemaker. Faye was a longtime member of First United Pentecostal Church of Vidor, and well known for her three-wheeled bike she rode to and from Vidor.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor.

Faye was preceded in death by her husband George Leon Blankenship, sons Thomas W. Blankenship and Ronnie D. Blankenship, parents Monroe and Ethel Perkins, brothers Bernice Perkins, Chester Perkins, and Tommy Perkins, and her sister Dorothy LaCour.

Faye is survived by her son Jesse L. Blankenship of Fannett, TX., sister Joy Poston of Port Arthur, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Service: 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home 1750 Hwy 12 Vidor Texas 77662 Cemetery: Del Rose Cemetery Vidor Texas 77662

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, George L., 77, 05Jan1925 - 21Dec2002, Vidor, Orange, TX, TX-456-12-9040

 

Orange Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, James Clifton 63, 02Sep1946 - 04Jun2010, Vidor, Orange, TX, TX-461-72-0230

 

Palo Pinto

 

2012, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., TX, Obituary

Mineral Wells Index (TX) - September 26, 2012

Carol "Mac" McAtee, 78, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. No service is planned. Friends and family may come and celebrate Mac on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the McAtee home, 2001 S.E. 22nd Ave., in Mineral Wells.

Carol was born Jan. 29, 1934, to Donald and Ovella McAtee in Carter, Okla. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Carol worked for many years as a compressor mechanic until he retired in 2002. He was also in the United States Army and fought in Korea. Carol was married to his loving wife, Laura McAtee, for 59 years.

Survivors include his wife, Laura McAtee; daughter, Lisa Blankenship; son, Karol McAtee; son, Mark McAtee; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. White's Funeral Home

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Panola

 

2011, Carthage, Panola Co., TX, Obituary

Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) - August 3, 2011

James Mark McNatt, 68 years, Carthage, TX passed away July 31, 2011 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, TX. James was a resident of Carthage for 28 years. James was born in Denton, TX to James Arby and Margaret Revell McNatt.

He was married to Judy Blankenship on May 21, 1976. James served in the US Army in Germany for two years. He retired in 2007 from East Texas Medical Center in Carthage after 25 years. He was a member of New Life Baptist Church and also a member of Gideons International.

James is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy McNatt; daughters, Jennifer Mattingly and husband, Chris, Jessica Huff and husband, Bill and son, Michael McNatt and wife, Melinda. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Molly and Riley Mattingly, Baylee, Kennedy, Cooper, and Hadley Huff, and Lani McNatt. In addition, James is survived by sisters, Fran Ryals, Sissy Frady Hamlin and brothers, Buster McNatt and Bill McNatt. Finally, James left behind numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at Belew Cemetery in Pilot point, TX at 7:30 pm.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Old Center, Panola Co., TX, Obituary

The Panola Watchman, (Carthage, TX) - November 9, 2011

Graveside services for Pastor Clara Mae Sepulvado, 83, of the Old Center Community were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Ramah Cemetery in Teneha with Bro. Oliver Anderson officiating.

Pastor Sepulvado passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in Teneha. Pastor Sepulvado was the pastor of the Holy Temple Church for many, many years.

She is preceded in death by parents Clarence and Ivy Brown; brother, Cleveland Brown; and sister, Jene Blankenship.

Pastor Sepulvado is survived by her husband of 55 years, Monroe Sepulvado, Sr. of the Old Center Community; daughter, Paulette Coleman of the Woods Community; sons, Nathan Joseph Bergeron and wife Mary of Hammond, Louisiana, Paul Wayne Bergeron of the Old Center Community, Monroe Sepulvado, Jr. of Marshall, Tracy Sepulvado and wife Evelyn of Marshall; step-daughters, Becky Long and husband Jimmy of Conroe, Lou "Sweetheart" Bienvenu of Cypress; twenty grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and brother, C. B. Brown of Saline, Louisiana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Potter

 

2011, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - March 20, 2011

Roger Paul Boggs, 54, of Amarillo died Monday, March 14, 2011. A time of remembering and sharing will be at 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Burial will be in Boot Hill Cemetery at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Roger was born in the area and was raised at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. He worked at the First Baptist Church and had been pursuing a career in nursing. He was a simple man who lived a simple life. He was known to be very kind-hearted and spent much of his time sharing his love for his Lord to others and bringing them to church. He also had a great love for singing and had a beautiful voice. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Ann Boggs.

Survivors include a daughter, Christina Boggs of Plano; a grandson, Miles Blankenship of Plano; and a brother, Gary Boggs of Amarillo Amarillo Globe-News, March 20, 2011

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - March 6, 2012

Randy Michael Knierim, 56, of Amarillo died Saturday, March 3, 2012. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Charlie Cox officiating Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Randy was born Sept. 17, 1955, in Amarillo to Medford and Lera Knierim. He was a lifelong resident of Amarillo. He attended Caprock High School, where he played on the men's golf team. He married Diane Hanson on May 9, 1975, in Amarillo. He worked as a machinist for many years and worked for Tascosa Brick for the past six years. Randy loved the outdoors. Golf was a great part of his life for 40 years. He loved taking his family on camping trips and many trips to Greenbelt Lake to ski. He had a special love for being PaPa to his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Diane of Amarillo; two daughters, Jennifer Blankenship and husband Billy of Waynoka, Okla., and Robin Bockelman of Amarillo; two sisters, Judy Edwards and Pat Edwards; two brothers, J. D. Anglin and wife Ann and Hank Anglin; and six grandchildren, Dylan, Dakota, Brady, Madison, Lexi and Hagan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - December 14, 2012

Cynthia "Diane" Knierim, 54, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Charlie Cox officiating.

Diane was born Aug. 23, 1958, in Amarillo to Forest and Rebecca Hanson. She attended Palo Duro High School before marrying Randy Knierim on May 9, 1975. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2012. Diane was a loving mother who had a huge heart. She enjoyed spending time with her family at the lake on the weekends. She patiently cared for her plants and her animals. She was strong-willed and known to be a bit feisty.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Randy Knierim; and a brother, John Richard "Rick" Hanson.

Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Blankenship and husband William of Waynoko, Okla., and Robin Bockelman of Amarillo; two sisters, Rebecca Ellen Dixon and husband James of Atlanta and Barbara "Jeanie" Henson and husband Larry of Fritch; two brothers, James Michael Hanson of Amarillo and William Frank Hanson and wife Tracy of Arlington; six grandchildren, Dylan Knierim, Dakota Blankenship, Brady Blankenship, Madison Blankenship, Lexi Bockelman and Hagan Bockelman; and her best friend.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - March 24, 2013

Terry Wayne Hearn, 56, of Amarillo died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Lifeway Fellowship Baptist Church with Randy Davis, pastor, officiating.

Terry was born Aug. 24, 1956, in Clovis, N.M., to James and Ethel Hearn. He was an auto mechanic.

Survivors include two sisters, Lynn Bruffy and husband Carl of Ball Ground, Ga., and Vicki Blankenship and husband Don of Amarillo; and two brothers, Lee Coursey of Buford, Ga., and James Hearn Jr. Amarillo Globe-News, March 24, 2013

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - May 16, 2013

Mildred "Mickey" Eads, 73, of Amarillo died Monday, May 13, 2013.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at Eastridge Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Garman officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.

Mickey was born to John De Hay and Ada Lucille Nation on August 10, 1939 in Malakoff, Texas. She lived in Littlefield and Lubbock before moving to Amarillo in the late 1980s. There, she worked as a cook and a waitress in truck stops until her retirement in 1998. Mickey will be remembered for her love and compassion for her 10 children and others. She enjoyed Bluegrass and Classic Country music. Among her favorites, were Willie Nelson and John Wayne movies. Scavenging for discarded treasures was one of her favorite past times. She was especially thrilled when she found a doll to add to her collection. Above all else, Mickey loved being surrounded by her great granddaughters in the middle of her bed, playing dress up with all of the dolls. Mickey felt privileged and found great joy in raising her 8 year old great grandson, Jayson Daniels that she cared for since he was 1 month old. She lived life with a capital L and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Elbert (Cowboy) De Hay and wife Pam De Hay of Lubbock, Debbie Sills, Diane Sills and Tammie Eads of Amarillo; Teresa Yule and spouse Edwin of Amarillo, J. W. Baker and fiance Nancy Morrison of Amarillo, Penny Wilson and spouse Sam Bryan of Amarillo, Vince Eads and spouse Lorrie of Friona; daughter-in-law, Lupe Sills of Amarillo; son-in-law, Pat Blankenship of Denver, CO; brother, Don De Hay and wife LouElla of Amarillo and sister, Fran Phillips and spouse Bill of Fort Worth; 45 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John De Hay; big mama; 2 spouses, John Sills and Ed Eads, son, Roger Sills and daughter, Brenda Blankenship and 2 granddaughters, Nikki Sills and Tonya Sloan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - November 2, 2013

William "Bill" Walter Matlock, 72, of Amarillo died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Goodnight Cemetery in Goodnight with the Rev. Rob Blum, pastor of Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, officiating.

Bill was born July 10, 1941, in Pampa to Spencer and Nelda Matlock. At age 10, the family moved west of Claude to farm. He was a 1959 graduate of Claude High School, where he was blessed with friendships that lasted all his life.

He proudly served in the Army 82nd Airborne division from 1959 to 1962. He married Sandra Weatherly on June 4, 1967, in Canyon. He retired from Cenex Lubrications after 40 years of service. Bill loved hunting, shooting and any activity outdoors. He had a great appreciation for God's creation of nature and wildlife. He was fun-loving and adored his family, especially his precious grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Matlock of Amarillo; a daughter, Mandy Evans and husband Lane of Sunnyvale; a son, Matthew Matlock and wife Nikki of Lawton, Okla.; two sisters, Myrna Knierim and husband Jerry of Carrolton and Ann Blankenship and husband Wayne of Kansas City; a brother, Don Matlock and wife Shirley of Fritch; his granddaughters, Haley Evans and Claire Matlock; his grandsons, Spencer Evans and Cameron Matlock; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Randall

 

2010, Canyon, Randall Co., TX, Obituary

http://amarillo.com/obituaries/2010-12-06/dd-don-blankenship

D.D. "Don" Blankenship, 81, of Canyon died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in Amarillo. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Gene Jones, associate pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery.

Don was born on May 26, 1929, in Wichita, Kan., to Horace and Clara Buchmeir Blankenship. He was a graduate of Wamego High School in Wamego, Kan., and began work with Santa Fe Railroad. Because he was only 18 years old, he received his minor's release in order to continue working. He left Santa Fe to join the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He returned to Santa Fe and worked until his retirement in 1987. Don married Corrine Yarbrough on July 1, 1965, in Amarillo. He was a member of Canyon Lions Club, Masonic Lodge No. 730, and a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Canyon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife, Corrine Blankenship; six children, Milton Paul Lauer Jr., of Paris, Tenn., Virginia Bonstaff of Houston, Sheri Rios of Canyon, Gary Lamont Jenkins of Lake Tawakoni, Melvin Neal Lauer of Indiana and Martin Jenkins of Seabrook; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Canyon, Randall Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - January 4, 2011

James Ervin Yarbrough, 69, of Canyon died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Brooks Chapel with the Rev. Patrick Six, associate pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon.

James Ervin Yarbrough was born March 16, 1941, in Brazil, Miss., to Wesley Ervin and Lida Burke Yarbrough. He married Helen Leona Ussery in Canyon on Oct. 7, 1958.

He had been a resident of Canyon since 1975, and worked for Randall County Road as a truck driver for more than 25 years. James loved country music and was a talented singer and musician. He learned to play the guitar from his brother-in-law, Otis Gaston, while a teenager in Mississippi. He moved to Texas and began playing in his first country band. He and his band played local venues including VFW, Moose Lodge, Elk Lodge, and special events throughout New Mexico and Texas. He was instrumental in passing along the love of music to his nephew, Alec Gordon, his son, Kris Gordon, as well as two grandsons, Jeremy Poort and David Borchers. He continued playing and singing throughout his life until 2009. He also loved fishing and camping.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on June 4, 2010; his parents; two brothers, Lawrence Yarbrough and Wesley Burton Yarbrough; and three sisters, Audrey Dunn, Maxine Jennings and Ora Gaston.

He is survived by two daughters, Valerie Poort and husband Arthur of Sedalia, Mo., and Myra Borchers of Canyon; four sisters, Helen Bradsher, Corrine Blankenship and Ruby Criddle, all of Canyon, and Billie Avent of Webb, Miss.; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Allison Poort, Marcus Borchers, and Elizabeth and Aaron Garrigus, all of Missouri, David Ervin and Mindy Borchers, Russell Borchers and Andrew Borchers, all of Canyon; and five great-grandchildren, Braxton Poort, Ruby Poort and Conner Garrigus, all of Missouri, and Jonathon Borchers and Auston Borchers, both of Canyon.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Canyon, Randall Co., TX, Funeral

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - January 16, 2011

Corrine Blankenship, 79, of Canyon died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Brooks Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Canyon, Randall Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - January 17, 2011

Corrine Blankenship, 79, of Canyon died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Canyon. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Brooks Chapel with the Rev. Gene Jones, associate pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery by Brooks Funeral Directors.

Corrine Blankenship was born May 9, 1931, in Webb, Miss., to Ervin and Lida Burk Yarbrough. She married Don Blankenship on July 1, 1965, in Amarillo, and she resided in Canyon since 1965. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2010. She was the manager of Cowboy Cafe in Canyon and a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed women's bowling and fishing. She also loved working with ceramics and entered her pieces in the Tri-State Fair, winning first place numerous times. She always had a smile on her face.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers; and four sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Sheri Rios of Canyon; two sons, Lamont Jenkins of Dallas and Marty Jenkins of Seabrook; three sisters, Ruby Criddle and Helen Bradsher, both of Canyon and Billie Aven of Drew, Miss.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Randall Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Jerrie 75, 25Jul1934 - 09May2010, Amarillo, Randall, TX, NY-119-26-6910

 

Red River

 

2013, Avery, Red River Co., TX, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - October 18, 2013

Mary Frances Phelps McPeak, 82, of Avery, Texas, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in a local hospital. Mrs. McPeak was born March 27, 1931, in Bowie County, Texas. She was a member of Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odeas McPeak; one son, William McPeak; and one daughter, Frances Phelps.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jearl and Audrey McPeak of Avery; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Joe Haddock and Judy and Frankie Phelps of Avery; three sisters, Faye Scott of Avery, Jean Goodwin of Clarksville and Juanita Blankenship of Bella Vista, Texas; nine grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Clarksville Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilson Weed officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Clarksville, Red River Co., TX, Obituary

The Paris News, (TX) - September 18, 2012

Pauline McDonough, 90, of Clarksville passed away, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at ETMC Clarksville.

Graveside services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. James Brown officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

Mrs. McDonough was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Clarksville to Arley C. and Velma Blankenship Bean. She worked at Blackmon Pharmacy in Clarksville for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McDonough; her brothers, George Mack Bean, Cecil Bean and Bobby Bean; her sisters, Hazel Porterfield and Sarah Conway; and a daughter in law, Cherie McDonough.

Survivors include her son, William M. McDonough, Jr. of Arlington; her grandchildren, Amy McDonough of Frisco and Michael McDonough and wife, Amanda, of Hernando, Miss.; and her grandchildren, Max and Ben McDonough.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rockwall

 

+2010, Rockwall, Rockwall Co., TX, Obituary

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - December 30, 2010

Rockwall -- Juanita Blankenship Cumby, 74, formerly of Tuscola, died, December 28, 2010. Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2010 at Oldham Lane Church of Christ in Abilene. Burial will follow at Tuscola Cemetery. Services officiated by Lowell Maxey.

Laura Juanita Blankenship was born October 26, 1936 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Harold and Mildred Blankenship. They moved from Port Lavaca to the Runnels and Taylor County area when Juanita was very young allowing her to start school at Lawn, and then later attend school in Novice and Goldsboro. Her parents then moved to the Rogers Community when she was in the third grade. After the closing of the Rogers School, she attended school at Ovalo until Ovalo and Tuscola consolidated. She graduated from South Taylor High School in Tuscola. After high school, Juanita enrolled and graduated from Scoggins Beauty School of Cosmetology in Abilene. She owned and operated Juanita's Beauty Shop in Tuscola. She married James Cumby December 26, 1958 in Tuscola. While he was away in the military, she continued to operate her beauty shop in Tuscola until his military service was completed. Her years after that were spent being a loving, faithful housewife, and raising three beautiful daughters. Juanita watched their daughters grow, seeing their families grow and then enjoying their eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was active in their church and was a bible teacher, she enjoyed her hobby of painting, becoming a talented artist.

Survivors include her husband, James of 52 years, daughters Pamela Steele and husband Allen of Garland, Sandra Edison and husband Paul of Rockwall, Jamie Calkins and husband Todd of Rowlett, brother Don Blankenship of Clyde, Sisters Anita Evans of Arlington, Iona Ernest of Abilene, 8 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild, along with a great family of aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many other family members and many, many good friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister Jeanette Pittman.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rusk

 

2013, Easton, Rusk Co., TX, Funeral

Published in Longview News-Journal on March 22, 2013

Services for John Louis Blankenship, 69, of Easton, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Bethel Temple of Longview. Burial will be in Kennedy Memorial in Easton. Arrangements are by Stanmore Funeral Home of Longview.

Mr. Blankenship was born December 5, 1943, in Marshall, and died March 17, 2013, in Longview.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Easton, Rusk Co., TX, Funeral

Published in Longview News-Journal on September 20, 2013

Services for Willie B. Blankenship, 69, of Easton, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Union Grove First Baptist Church in Easton. Burial will be in Kennedy Cemetery.

Mr. Blankenship was born May 18, 1944, in Tyler, and died September 14, 2013, in Longview.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sabine

 

2011, Hemphill, Sabine Co., TX, Obituary

Jacksonville Daily Progress (TX) - March 9, 2011

Hemphill Phyllis Ray Meyers, 76, died in her home after an illness Saturday morning. She was born in Bristow, OK, to George Ara and Della Marie Blankenship Taylor.

Phyllis has lived on Toledo Bend near Hemphill for 20 years coming there from Vidor. She attended the Bethany Baptist Church in Milam, TX.

Mrs. Meyers is survived by her husband William "Bill" Meyers of Hemphill, three sons; Jimmy and Tony Bobbitt both of Vidor and Gary Meyers of Sour Lake, two daughters; Jodie Simon of Frankston, TX, and Sherry Ladd of Mauriceville. She is also survived by her sister Bonnie Taylor of China, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2011, in the Ramada Inn, 239 E. Gipson St., Jasper, Texas. Family and friends will be welcomed.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

San Augustine

 

2012, San Augustine, San Augustine Co., TX, Obituary

The Baytown Sun, (TX) - June 28, 2012

A memorial is planned for Silvia Chisholm Duncan in San Augustine, TX. at Bethel Baptist Church, located at 4839 FM 1992 on July 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Silvia Chisholm Duncan was born on February 9, 1947 in Monroe, La. After living in northwest Louisiana and then in southeast Texas, she settled in San Augustine Texas in 1999.

She is preceded in death by her parents Alton and Ella Chisholm, as well as, three of her siblings, sister Margie Bogie and brother Robert Chisholm, both of Highlands, Tx. and brother John Chisholm of Kingsville, Tx.

She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Neathery and Nancy Hall, both of Highlands, Tx. She is also survived by her two children and six grandchildren; her son Matthew Willis and his three children, Dustin, Kyle and Amanda all of Shreveport, La. and her daughter Kimberly Blankenship of Shreveport, La. and her three children Mindy, Savannah and Jennifer all of Austin, Tx.

She passed away on June 15, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Her body will be donated to cancer research in the belief she can continue the fight towards a cure for cancer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Shelby

 

2011, Bagdad, Shelby Co., TX, Obituary

Sentinel-News (Shelbyville, KY) - March 10, 2011

Ullman Lee Waits, 92, of Bagdad died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville.

He was a member of Indian Fork Baptist Church. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a charter member of the Bagdad Ruritan Club. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Johnson Waits; his parents, Curtis Austin and Molly Blankenship Waits; his sisters, Florence Thurman and Annie Tyre Lee; and a brother, Frank Waits.

He is survived by his sons, Garry Waits (Elaine) of Shelbyville and Steve Waits (Jennifer) of Bagdad; 3 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and brother, Stewart Waits (Irene) of Frankfort.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Shannon Funeral Home with Dr. Greg Earwood and Rev. Jim Cavender officiating. Burial will be at Bagdad Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Smith

 

+2013, Arp, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on March 12, 2013

Glenice Blankenship joined her Lord on March 9, 2013, at the age of 91. She was born on Aug. 17, 1921, in Lithia Springs, Ga., to Emory and Lillian Allen and was the eldest of nine children.

Glenice married Nelson "Cotton" Blankenship on Jan. 10, 1942, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Arp Emmanuel Baptist Church. She served in various departments, including being the outreach leader of Lydia Ruth's Sunday school class, and a cradle roll leader of newborns.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Cotton Blankenship; parents, Emory and Lillian Allen; sisters, Irene Swinney and Lynn Holcomb; brothers, Harold J. Allen, Dana Allen and Robert Lee Allen.

She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Baird and Ann Williams (husband, F.T.); two grandchildren, Todd Williams (wife, Teresa) and Tara Lemmel (husband, Chad); three great-grandchildren, Johnathon and Noah Williams, and Liam Lemmel; brothers, Billy W. Allen, Willie F. Allen, Jimmy C. Allen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Burrows Overton Funeral Home in Overton at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Bro. Tommy Harden of Arp Emmanuel Baptist Church. Final resting place will be in Mason Cemetery in Arp.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Nelson, 80, 08Oct1920 - 25May2001, Arp, Smith, TX, TX-462-09-8875

 

2011, Tyler, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

Athens Daily Review (TX) - December 14, 2011

Services for Cherry Carroll, 71, of Tyler, will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Kim Beckam officiating. Burial will follow in Athens City Cemetery at 2 p.m. under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Blake Carroll, Cody Carroll, Daniel Carroll, Brandon Carroll, Joe Wilson and Phil Kahler. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Fellowship Class of Central Baptist Church and the Ramblers Camping Club.

Mrs. Carroll passed away, Dec. 13, 2011 in Tyler. She was born Dec. 3, 1940 in Collinsville to Carl Douglass and Estelle Davis Vannoy. Cherry graduated from Collinsville High School, and later moved to Dallas. It is there she met the love of her life, William. They later moved to Athens in 1964, staying there until 1988, when they moved to Tyler. Cherry worked for Southside State Bank until her retirement in 2002. After her retirement, she spent time traveling with her husband, as well as numerous hours reading as she was an avid reader. Cherry was a member of Central Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Bobby Vannoy.

Cherry is survived by her loving family including her husband of 51 years, William "Bill" Carroll of Tyler; son, Larry Carroll and wife Theresa, of Natchitoches, La. and their children, Blake and Cody Carroll and Brittany Prewitt; son, Lynn Carroll and wife Christy of Whitehouse and their children, Daniel and Brandon Carroll; sisters, Wanda Blankenship and Carlyene Andrews; and two great-grandchildren, Coby Carroll and Kylee Carroll.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Tyler, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

Longview News-Journal (TX) - November 23, 2012

On Wednesday morning, at a Kilgore nursing home, Mr. Nabors Brewer, of Tyler, Texas, found Victory in Jesus. He was born June 28, 1917, in Winnsboro, Texas, to A. I. Jr. and Lola Bell Colwell Brewer. Most people knew him as Mr. Brewer of "Brewer's Motorcycles," his livelihood for 50 years. Nabors had a sense of humor until the end. He was a member of the Henderson Primitive Baptist Church and loved the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Gordey Brewer; his last love, Louise Henderson Brewer; his son, James "Jimmy" Brewer; and his siblings, June Brewer Carter, Bill Brewer and Joyce Brewer Beall. Later in life, he was lovingly reunited with his siblings, Jack, Bill, Bob and Tom Brady, Bonnie Moore and Dolly Mohr.

Mr. Brewer is survived by his son, Jack Brewer Sr. and his wife, Zoe Brewer; his grandchildren, Jack Brewer Jr., Penny Brewer Blankinship, Amy Brewer and James David Brewer; two daughters-in-law, Sue and Sarilee Brewer; great-grandchildren, Grant R. Daniel and his wife, Natalie Daniel, and Morgan E. Blankinship; and great-great-grandchildren, Sienna Williams and Maggie and Finn Daniel; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Old Bethel Cemetery in Frankston, with Jessee Davis officiating, under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Tyler, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.ermansmithfuneralhome.net/obituaries.html

Keith Blankenship - Tyler, Texas

Services for Keith Blankenship will be 10:00 AM Monday, August 5, 2013 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with burial to follow at Reeves Chapel Cemetery in Pittsburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 P.M. till 6:00 P.M. Sunday.

He was born September 12, 1966 in Pittsburg and passed away August 2, 2013 in Henderson [Rusk Co., TX].

He is survived by his wife: Lisa Blankenship of Tyler; son: Aaron Blankenship of Pittsburg; daughters: Cyndi & Chase Petree of Pittsburg and Cortney Blankenship of Tyler and her fiance Justin Ralson of Flint; parents: Buddy & Janet Blankenship of Pittsburg; grandchild: Cattibrie Petree of Pittsburg; and sister: Jeanette & Chad Severson of Carrollton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Tyler, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 13, 2013

Funeral services for Marylea Jones, 88, of Tyler will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Darryle Dunks officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Marylea passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at her residence. She was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Hainesville to William Elbert and Minnie Lee Sparkman Lindley.

Marylea was raised in the Mineola area and was valedictorian of her graduating class at Mineola High School. She was a resident of Tyler for many years and was a faithful member of Green Acres Baptist Church. She was the beloved mother of Linda Ann Sumpter and Bill Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde M. "Bud" Jones; and a sister, Ann Ray.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Ann Sumpter and husband Dale, of The Woodlands; son, Bill Blankenship and wife Jean, of Schertz; six grandchildren, Ronald Blankenship, Christopher Sumpter, Dennis Blankenship, David Sumpter, John Hanna and Melissa Kelly; and five great-grandchildren, Collin Sumpter, Nicholas Blankenship, Julia Blankenship, Kyle Kelly and Vaughn Hanna.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Whitehouse, Smith Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.gsbfuneralhome.com/obituaries/MaryElizabethBlankenship-Richards-370/#!/Obituary

Mary Elizabeth Blankenship Richards, age 98, of Whitehouse, TX and formerly of Preble County, OH went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 7, 2011. She was born on February 23, 1913 near Brookville, OH. She was the 12th of 17 children born to Owen and Melissa Blankenship.

Mary was a 1931 graduate of Jefferson High School in New Paris, OH. She was an inspector at Clifton Shirt Company in Eaton for 20 years. Mary was a member of Prices Creek Church of the Brethren for 60 years, where she was involved in all activities of the church, especially the ministry at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Esta L. Richards, who passed away in 1968; and all her siblings: William, Daniel, George, Lulu, Katie, Charles, David, Walter, Mildred, Joseph, Alfred, Ruth, Bertha, Evelyn, Winnard and Betty.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Beth Ellen and Joe Whitten and grandson Jeremy Whitten all of Whitehouse, TX where Mary lived the last 7 years of her life; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Prices Creek Church of the Brethren, 8578 Monroe Central Road, West Manchester, OH 45382 with Pastor Donald King officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Township Cemetery, Eldorado, OH.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Smith Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Thomas L. 66, 07Jan1945 - 23Jan2011, Tyler, Smith, TX, TX-459-70-3833

 

Tarrant

 

2012, Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - May 30, 2012

Dorothy D. Spraberry, 83, of Arlington died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at an Arlington hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

Graveside service: 10:30 a.m. Friday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.

Dorothy was born June 9, 1928, in Anson, to Joe and Edith Harris. She was raised in Anson and attended Anson schools. She grew up surrounded by a loving family of six brothers and sisters. On March 9, 1946, Dorothy married the love of her life, Marvin L. Spraberry. They remained in love until Marvin's passing 57 years later. Dorothy loved to quilt and she loved her sports. The Rangers and the Cowboys were her favorite teams. She loved her family with all her heart. She will be dearly missed.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin.

Survivors: She is survived by a son, Michael Spraberry and wife, Judy, of Dallas; daughter, Brenda Barnes and husband, Joe Brent Barnes, of Arlington; grandchildren, Kelly Fulton and husband, Robert, of Arlington, Lindsey Blankenship and husband, Ryan, of Wichita Falls; and great-grandsons, Zachary and Jacob Fulton of Arlington.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on August 22, 2012

Kathryne Cox Barnes, 97, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, with Dr. Eugene Robertson officiating. Interment: private family burial in Thorndale.

Kathryne was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Bryan to Joseph MacDaniel and Neva Power Cox. She was raised in Austin and graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas. She married her husband, Lyngle Dudley Barnes Jr., in 1940 and they moved to Thorndale to raise their family. Kathryne enjoyed traveling the world and visited all the continents, except Antarctica.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors: Sons, Lyngle Dudley Barnes III and wife, Ann, of Arlington and Joe Brent Barnes and wife, Brenda, of Arlington; grandchildren, Julie Nors and husband, Matthew, of Keller, Brad Barnes and wife, Claudia, of Keller, Kelly Fulton and husband, Robert, of Arlington and Lindsey Blankenship and husband, Ryan, of Wichita Falls; and great-grandchildren, Allison and Garrett Nors of Keller, Isla and Oliver Lyngle Barnes of Keller, and Zachary and Jacob Fulton of Arlington.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on March 6, 2013

Edward Thomas Culver, 78, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his home in Arlington.

Graveside service: 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas (Lane C by 11:15).

Ed was born April 9, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was raised until he joined the Marine Corps at age 16. He was discharged six months later for being underage but joined the Air Force at 17. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 as a master sergeant, having served at bases in the United States, Korea, Japan, France, Germany and the Philippines. He served two tours in Vietnam where, as a C-130 flight engineer, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, the Bronze Star for valor in combat and the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters for outstanding airmanship and courage under extremely hazardous conditions. He later flew with the "Hurricane Hunters" flying into the eyes of hurricanes to collect data.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Joseph Sandusky; his mother, Dorothy Ruth Maloney Culver; and his sister, Charmaine Flaherty Smith.

Survivors: He is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife of 44 years, Pat; son, Bobby and wife, Tiffany; daughters, Desi Hoskison and husband, Skip, Denise Blankenship and husband, Bob, and Diana Galyen and husband, Phillip; stepdaughter, Vicki Sappington; grandchildren, Brandi Dooley and husband, Reagan, Chelsea Collier and husband, Brant, Mary Hoskison, Robi Blankenship, Nathalie Galyen and Michael Galyen; sisters-in-law, Sue Reeves and Jamie Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Azle, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Oct. 24, 2013

Terry Harris, 62, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, October 21, 2013, in Azle.

Graveside: 9:30 a.m., Friday at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Terry was born November 1, 1950 in Sweetwater to Lloyd Harris and Vivian Viola Blankenship, both of whom preceded him in death along with one brother, Weldon Harris.

He served in the Army and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. Terry was a welder by trade and worked for Lone Star Gas and later Lauren Engineers and Contractors, Inc.Terry left a lasting impression in the hearts of those who were fortunate to meet him and will be missed greatly.

Survivors: Children, Amanda Menefee and husband, Keith and April Ward and husband, Jason; grandson Trevor Ward; brothers, Billy Harris and Ralph Harris and wife, Connie; sisters, Susan Buckalew and Beth Hart; several nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Colleyville, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on November 4, 2012

Ima Orvig Hare went peacefully to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel with visitation one hour prior. Interment: D-FW National Cemetery.

Ima was born Feb. 14, 1929, and was loved by all who knew her. She was baptized Dec. 6, 1959. She enjoyed fishing, playing board games with friends and family and bingo. She was fun to be with and all will miss her dearly.

Ima was preceded in death by her husband, retired 1st Sgt. Raymond Hare.

Survivors: Children, Ron Sommerfeld and wife, Suzanne, Deloris Pate and husband, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond; grandchildren, Danny Pate and wife, Monica, Janet Horn, Angela Blankenship and husband, Boe, Lori Glassey and husband, Andre; five great-grandchildren; twin sister, Uma Lee; brother, Norman Orvig and wife, Connie; sister-in-law, Betty Jean Orvig; numerous other family members and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Colleyville, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 24, 2013

Aurelia Dale Blankenship, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Colleyville.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney.

Survivors: Son; daughter; brother; sister; and nine grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Colleyville, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

http://www.lunnfuneralhome.com/services.asp?locid=1&page=odetail&id=565#.UmkDj1O2LMU

Aurelia Dale Blankenship, age 91, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Silver Ridge Assisted Living in Colleyville, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in the Chapel of Lunn Funeral Home with Scotte Clark, of Olney, officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.

Aurelia was born September 3, 1922 in Seymour, Texas to the late Hardy W. and Emma Leona (Hutchison) Wall. She moved from Seymour to Fort Worth, Texas in 1945 and was retired from A.T. Sellers at Western Homes Company as their bookkeeper. Aurelia was a member of the Churches of Christ.

She and Van Earl Blankenship were married on October 4, 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas. He preceded her in death on December 18, 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Weldon Wall, Ralph Wall, and Dalton Wall; and two sisters: Peggy Curtis and Carla Hughes.

Aurelia is survived by her son, Van Earl Skipper Blankenship, Jr. and wife Sharon of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Tanya Aurelia Blankenship of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Clyde Eugene Wall and wife Kay of Haslett, Texas; sister, Naomi Bagley of Crowley, Texas; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Crowley, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

The Ada Evening News, (OK) - April 2, 2013

Services for Opal O. Boswell, 98, of Crowley, Texas, formerly of Ada, are 1 p.m. Thursday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Bob Langston will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery.

Mrs. Boswell died Friday, March 30, 2013, at a Fort Worth, Texas, nursing center. She was born Jan. 9, 1915, south of Ada, to Charles and Retta Jane White Blankenship. She attended grade school in Pontotoc County and graduated from Central High School in Tulsa She received a bachelor of science degree from East Central State Teacher's College.

She married James Lewis Boswell. He preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Boswell worked in the business office of East Central University until her retirement. She was a member of the First Christian Church and served as secretary at the church. She was active in numerous study clubs.

Survivors include a son, John Winston Boswell and his wife, Alice, of Crowley, Texas; a daughter, Mary Jane Lillis and her husband, Tom, of Upper Marlboro, Md; four grandsons; three great-grandsons and five great-granddaughters.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on June 20, 2010

Pauline "Polly" Blankenship, 91, passed away in her sleep, very peacefully, on Friday, June 18, 2010. Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Polly was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Courtney, Okla. She was the middle child of six children born to Willie Mae and Arthur Ray. Raised on a small farm she excelled in school, was the captain of her high school's basketball team and was the first of her immediate family to go to college. She left college to marry her high school sweetheart, Roy Blankenship, and moved to California where they lived in Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and San Diego. Polly enjoyed an adult lifetime of world travels. She and Roy lived for six years in the Panama Canal Zone. Later she traveled with friends to New York City, Mexico and Great Britain. In 1998 she was one of eight women honored for her work with The March of Dimes. She traveled to San Diego to receive her award. Pauline was one the last of the original Martel Avenue matriarchs with whom she loved, laughed and lived side by side with her cherished neighbors. She was a faithful member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Fort Worth where she was a Sunday school teacher for both children and adults. Everyone always commented on how sweet Polly was. She was not only sweet, but tender, caring, and blessed with a great sense of humor which saw her through both good and challenging times. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, in 1992.

Survivors: Children, David Blankenship and wife, Janie, of Fort Worth, Gail Stoorza-Gill and husband, Ian Gill, of San Diego, Calif., and Joan Schaat of Houston; grandchildren, Cortney and Karrabi Blankenship, Alexandra Gill and Greg Schaatt; sister, Jo Fennema; brother, Don Ray; and her loving caretaker, Juanita Castenada.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram, on September 17, 2010

Cecil Ogden Blankenship, 88, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Saturday in Aledo Cemetery, Aledo. Cecil was born May 30, 1922, in Jackson Parish, La., to the late Ida and John Blankenship.

Ida and John had two sons of whom Cecil was the youngest. Cecil married Marie Clark on Sept. 16, 1944. They were together for 66 wonderful years and lived most of that time in Marshall where Cecil worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 37 years until his retirement. Cecil graduated from Ruston High School in Louisiana on May 24, 1940. For over 50 years he was a member of the Marshall Masonic Lodge #22. In his retirement years Cecil loved to play golf and you would find him at the golf course at the Marshall Country Club.

Cecil and Marie had one child, William Blankenship of Fort Worth. Cecil and Marie moved to Fort Worth in September 2005 to reside with their son and daughter-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and John Blankenship; and his brother, Clarence Edward Blankenship.

Survivors: His loving wife, Marie; son, William and his wife, Nancy; grandchildren, Brian Blankenship and Amy Williams and their spouses, Kellie Blankenship and Chris Williams; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Natalie Blankenship, and Emma and Avery Williams; sisters-in-law, Olive Lee Stephens and Juanita Nowlin; brother-in-law, Charles Clark; and many nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on March 8, 2012

Ronald Fred "Ronnie" Blankenship, 79, a loving and supportive father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Fort Worth. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday in White's Chapel of Memories, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford. Interment: East Greenwood Cemetery.

Ronald Fred Blankenship was born Dec. 6, 1932, in Fort Worth, the only child of the late Bowen and Ruby Blankenship. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. Ronnie loved real estate and the stock market and made his career in real estate. Football and the beach were also two of Ronnie's passions in addition to farming and ranching in Montana and Minnesota, where he had ranches.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; and loving companion, Edris "Sam" Cogburn, in 2009.

Survivors: Daughter, Kathy Blankenship Buckley of Dallas; son, Beau Blankenship and wife, Jeannine, of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Aidan Lane Buckley and Hannah Blythe Buckley of Dallas and Ryan Blankenship of Anchorage, Alaska; dear, loving, trusted friend, Helen Cerventes and husband, Dan, of Fort Worth; and their children, Daniel, Immalynn "MM" and E. J.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Cleburne Times-Review (TX) - April 5, 2012

C. R. Shaw, 81, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Funeral: 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth with the Rev. Kenneth Stevens officiating.

C. R. was born in Whitney on Nov. 19, 1930.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Shaw in 1987; brothers, Duel and Donald Shaw; and sister, Imogene Dyer.

Survivors: wife, Billie Shaw; son, Mike Shaw; daughter, Kay Holliday; step-children, Jim Blankenship, David Blankenship, Kammy Rogers and Richard Blankenship; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethelene Dennis, Willie Mae Worley and Anita Brown; and brothers, Jerry Shaw and Benny Shaw.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on September 4, 2012

Phillip H. Houston, 45, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Fort Worth. Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Olivet Funeral Home Chapel.

Phil was born March 7, 1967, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Billie Blankenship and Gregory Houston. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1985. Phil attended Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. and later transferred to the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in 1989. At the University of Wyoming, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Phil began playing football in high school and continued to play through college. Upon graduating, Phil went to work for the Lanier Corp. as an Account Executive. In 2000, Phil took a position as an Account Executive with EMC and was later promoted to Global Account Manager. In 1993 Phil married Mary Beth Murray.

Phil was preceded in death by a sister, Anita Hamilton and a brother, Greg.

Survivors: Wife, Mary Houston; daughters, Meaghan, Colleen and Moira; other survivors are Billie Blankenship and husband, Chuck, Sacramento, Calif; Gregory Houston and wife, Terry, Davidson, NC; sisters, Ila Baker and husband, Mike, Burlingame, Kan, Susan Dunnaway and husband, Mike, Perry, Kan., Marilyn O'Brien and husband, Mark, Sacramento, Calif; brother, Bill Houston and wife, Sara, Overland Park, Kan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on September 5, 2012

David Stuart Gibbs, 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, after a brief illness.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3701 Birchman Ave., with visitation to follow.

David was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Fort Worth and chosen by Frank Bo Gibbs and Esther Camp Gibbs, to be their only son. David graduated from North Side High School in 1957. Through a program in high school he volunteered to be an usher at Will Rogers Coliseum during the rodeo. Thus began a longtime career and passion for livestock and youth exhibitors. David worked in the arena director's office and commercial exhibits at the Stock Show. He became the livestock show manager at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in 1977, retiring in 2004 and continuing as a consultant until April of this year. David was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M College, where he graduated in 1962. As a loyal and enthusiastic Aggie, his blood was maroon through and through. Whoop!!

Survivors: Wife, Becky; daughter, Misti Owens and husband, Frank, of Sugarland; stepson, Todd McMahon; and step grandchildren, Kristin (Wes) Owens, Krysteena (Eric) Segovis and Colby Blankenship; sisters-in-law, Sherry (Bob) Ferguson and Debbie Isaacs; and several nieces and nephews. David had many friends throughout Fort Worth and the state of Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on November 15, 2012

Betty Ann Kepler, 95, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

Graveside service: 3 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Betty was born March 10, 1917, in Okmulgee, Okla. Her husband, Wilbur George, was employed by Exxon and they traveled the world together. She enjoyed arts and crafts. Betty loved her grandchildren dearly and lived her life to the fullest. She spent her last four years as apartment manager for MDRD, LLC, in River Oaks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur George Kepler; her sisters, Leona Gibson, Louise Abbott and Virginia Graham Neptune; and one granddaughter, Summer Little.

Survivors: Daughter, Margaret Wood; grandchildren, Steven Little and wife, Becky, and Debbie Donley; five great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and step grandchildren, Leslie Wood and Larry Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

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Robert Eugene Phillips, age 90, passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 25th, surrounded by his family.

Graveside Service will be Thursday, November 29, at 2 pm at Southland Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Robert was born August 15, 1922 in Aubrey, TX, to George and Lennie Phillips. Later the family moved to Dallas, where Robert grew up and married his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Clanton, in 1942. After serving in the Marines in WWII, Robert made a career in the defense industry for 34 years before retiring in 1984. Robert and family moved from the DFW area in 1966 to rural northeast TX near Sulphur Springs in 1966 and lived there for 39 years before moving back to Fort Worth in 2005 to be closer to their daughters. Robert was devoted to his wife and family and a devout Christian. He was kind, loyal, generous and always helping others. He will be dearly remembered and greatly missed.

Survivors: Wife, Dorothy Phillips, Fort Worth; Daughters, Sandra McQueary, Arlington; Teresa Holton, Fort Worth; Brother, William Phillips, DeSoto Grandchildren, Kellie Blankenship and husband Brian; Melissa Brown and husband Kevin; Christopher Holton; Great-grandchildren, Zachary and Natalie; and other family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on June 5, 2013

Dorothy Margaret Phillips, age 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Friday in Southland Memorial Park, 1205 Southwest 3rd St., Grand Prairie.

Dorothy was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Corsicana to James Clanton and Louise Clanton Thomas. Dorothy grew up in Dallas with her mother, Louise, and stepfather, A. E. Thomas, attended school there, then met and married her husband Robert in 1942. Dorothy raised a family along with Robert, and worked in the Sulphur Springs school district for 20 years before retiring in 1986. Dorothy, Robert and family moved from the DFW area to rural Northeast Texas near Sulphur Springs in 1966 and lived there for 39 years before moving back to Fort Worth in 2005 to be closer to their daughters. Dorothy was devoted to her husband and family and a wonderful person and friend. She had a warm heart and cheerful personality and was a joy to be around, until Alzheimer's disease struck her several years ago.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Phillips, and a daughter, Pamela J. Phillips.

Survivors: Daughters, Sandra McQueary of Arlington, Teresa Holton of Fort Worth; sister, Joyce Ellington of Owasso, Okla.; grandchildren, Kellie Blankenship and husband, Brian, Melissa Brown and husband, Kevin, and Christopher Holton; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Natalie, Kooper, Keira, Kaley; and many other family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX) on September 5, 2013

Jerry Gunter Bransford passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, 509 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, Father David L. Bristow officiating.

Jerry was born Feb. 10, 1947, to the late James and Mary Bransford. He graduated from Nolan Catholic High School and attended Arlington State College, later starting his own business, Bransford Mechanical Contractors. During his early years, he taught at-risk children at Bishop Cassata Learning Center.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Vivian Leigh Bransford; his stepchildren, Debi Blankenship and her husband, David, Cecil Vossler and his wife, Alisha, Vallorie Zettler and her husband, Steve, Brooks Vossler and his wife, Tiffany; sisters, Jackie Bransford and Cathie Cullen; brothers, Jim Bransford and his wife, Patty, and Ron Bransford and his wife, Terise, of Schertz; and his German Shepherd, Ernie.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 20, 2013

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Sharron LeDale Campbell went home peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the age of 68.

Memorial service: Private.

Sharron was born Oct. 25, 1944, to the late Herman and Delina West in Paris.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years, Bert Campbell; children, Michael Johnson, Rhonda Denson, Denise McDonald, Shirley Sears and husband, Ron, and Sheila Ivings and husband, Bryce; brother, Edward West; sisters, Deloris McCullough and Juanita Blankenship; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; extended family, Elaine Digaetano and Sandra Henson; and many friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 22, 2013

Maxine M. Blankenship, 84, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Memorial service: to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 9000 White Settlement Road.

She was born in Van Buren, Ark., in 1929. As a young girl Maxine skipped two grades and graduated at 16 from Fort Smith High School. She moved to California with family friends at 17 and began working as a secretary, and ultimately the executive secretary for the vice president of Monarch Steel Co. in Oakland, Calif. As a single woman, she loved to dance, took lessons and co-taught for several years. The fact that she married a confirmed flatfoot was a testament of her love for him. She cherished her three children, enjoyed and supported their various activities. No matter where the family moved, she made friends and they became lifelong friends. Most were from church, neighborhood Bible studies, and wonderful neighbors. She was a faithful Methodist, loved the Fort Worth Christian Women's Club and its outreach to women alcoholics, whom she counseled and taught life skills. She was often an officer in the UMW, and a regular Sunday school teacher. In addition to her homemaking and church activities, she was an artist, an antique finder, and an amazingly funny storyteller. She could entertain with self-deprecating humor and have people howling with laughter. Her wide range of travel and family antics provided a lot of material for stories. But no matter how funny she was, she loved the Lord and quietly helped many people discover their faith and the strength that came from that. A life well-lived, well-loved, and now with her family and friends who have gone before her. She is in the presence of the Lord and we are comforted by that.

Survivors: Her beloved husband of 61 years, Ray Blankenship; her three children, Jan, David and wife, Debbie, Alan and wife, Michelle; and five grandchildren, Don and wife, Jamie Vesta, Nikki and husband, Adam Bruster, and Joshua, Aly and Katy Blankenship; beloved sisters-in-law, Wilma Gaye Harper, Laura Clark; and nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Haltom City, Tarrant Co., TX,

Published in Star-Telegram on August 18, 2012

Albert Dwaine Gregory of Haltom City passed away Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2012. He was 86 years old.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday at Point Enterprise Cemetery near Mexia, the Rev. Bill Wright Sr. officiating.

Albert was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Mexia [Limestone Co., TX], to William and Mattie Gregory. He served the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Albert retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 31 years of service. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Among those preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Ernest and Haskel Gregory; and Uncle Jack Gregory and wife, Ida Bell, of Mexia.

Survivors: Left to remember Albert are his wife of 64 years, Bette Gregory of Haltom City; daughter, Teresa McCoy and husband, Doug; son, Jack Gregory and wife, Judi, and daughter, Cindy Suda and husband Ed. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Surviving sisters are Virginia Clark, Dorothy Peavyhouse and Brenda Kennedy, all of Mexia, Ruby Blankenship who lives in France, Tina Pearson of Georgetown; and numerous extended family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Haslet, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on January 3, 2013

JoAnn Warren Tankersley, 77, passed from the Earth on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Fort Worth.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Davis St. Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.

She was born to J. F. and Loriene Warren on June 16, 1935, in Houston. She had four siblings: Bill Warren, Harry Warren, Jerry Ray Warren and Linda Boisjolie. She married J. T. Tankersley at the age of 16, and was married to him for 32 years. She resided in Haslet and enjoyed her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her former husband, J. T. Tankersley; son, Gary Tankersley; brother, Jerry Ray Warren; grandsons, Dustin Cook, Bobby Cook II and Ryan Cook.

Survivors: Daughters, Jean Cook and husband, Bobby, of Colleyville, Karen Schluter and husband, Mark, of Haslet, Sunney Coder and husband, Kevin, of Saginaw; grandchildren, Eric Schluter, Virginia Blankinship, John Durant, William Durant, Crystal Crouch, Shannon Strange, Amy Hausey, Jenifer Tankersley, Kaitlin Tankersley and Ryan Cook II; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Mansfield, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - July 5, 2012

Mansfield - Donald C. Redman, 80, went to be home with the Lord on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at an Arlington hospice.

Service: 12:30 p.m. Friday at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington 76012. Monsignor Francis Boakye Tawiah from St. Vincent Catholic Church will preside over the service.

Donald was born April 6, 1932, to Carl and Isabell Redman in Emporia, Kan. He graduated from Emporia High School and attended Emporia State College. He went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. His career was in the aerospace industry and he retired from General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin. Donald loved his family, and he will be missed.

Mr. Redman was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Laws Porter.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife, LaVada; his children, Rene Farkas, Chris Redman, Gerard and his wife, Diana Redman, Mary and her husband, Michael Alcalan, Tim Redman and Elena Redman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, William Farkas, Valerie, Fred, Josh and his wife, Sabrina Alcalan, Charlotte, Curtis and Sean Redman, and Amy and Jeremy Whitson; and great-grandchildren, Lana, Tristin, Kaleb and Ashton Whitson. His wife gave him stepchildren, Walt and Betty Mills, Daniel and Marilyn Mills, James and Geraldine Mills, Thomas and Elizabeth Mills, Vernon and Sharon Barcroft, LaVerna and Mike Smith, Pamela and Jerry Carr, Otis and Ruth Mills, Sandra and Jerry Blankenship , and Richard and Michelle Mills; many step grandchildren; step great-grandchildren; and step great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Redman also had many nieces and nephews of Kansas. His dog, Kaytee, and family will miss him dearly.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, North Richland Hills, Tarrant Co., TX Obituary

Published in Star-Telegram on July 26, 2013

Linda Carlene Yates Calaway Blankenship Mullins, 66, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral: Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. in Shiloh Cemetery in Flower Mound. Memorials:

She was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Fort Worth. She ran the social service agency N.E.E.D. (North East Emergency Distribution) for 15 years.

Survivors: Carlene is survived by her husband, Robert Mullins; her children, Thomas, Patrick, Kelly and Christa Blankenship; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; step daughters, Kim and Kathy Blankenship; and two step grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Southlake, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Tulsa World (OK) - March 10, 2011

Betty Dell West, 84, housewife, passed away February 18, 2011, in Southlake, TX. Betty was born October 16, 1926, to John Oliver and Beaulah Alma (Shelton) Stevens in Kaw City, OK.

She graduated from Central High School (OKC) in 1943. Betty was a phenomenal housewife, mother and grandmother.

Betty is survived by husband of 66 years, John F. West; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy-Jo and Scott Lucarellie; grandchildren, Molly and Jeff Cline, Shandra West, and Gabriella Lucarellie; great-granddaughter, Jaycee Cline; nephew Bobby Connelly and wife Celia; niece Elizabeth Riggs-Blankenship and husband Jim.

She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley James West.

Memorial Service will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Watauba, Tarrant Co., TX, Obituary

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 28, 2010

James Shelton passed from this life surrounded by his loving family in Fort Worth on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the age of 76. Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday in Restland Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Restland Funeral Home.

He was born in Garland City, Ark., on Nov. 12, 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Lois Shelton; and his wife, Noretta Shelton. James retired from the SMU Printing Department. He served as a deacon at the Austin Street Church of Christ. The family would like to express deep appreciation to the caring staff of Autumn Leaves at Fossil Creek and Vitas Hospice.

Survivors: His wife, Patricia Glover Shelton; children, Sharon Paxton and husband, Bill, Cathey Dalton and husband, Keith, James D. Shelton and wife, Robin, Tonya Main and husband, Danny, Mary Blankenship and husband, Buddy, David Glover; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Lenitta Lansford and husband, Charles; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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Blankenship, Cecil Ogden 88, 30May1922 - 15Sep2010, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, LA-433-28-3003

Blankenship, Pauline R. 91, 01Jan1919 - 18Jun2010, Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX, CA-547-22-6836

 

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+2011, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, Obituary

Abilene Reporter-News (TX) - May 5, 2011

Abilene - Elsie Zadie Allen Hargrove died at a local hospital on May 3, 2011, at the age of 91 years. Graveside services will be held at 10:00a.m. this morning, May 5, 2011 at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Chaplain E. J. Chafin officiating under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Pallbearers will be the grandsons and greatgrandsons.

Elsie was born in the Elmdale community, Taylor County, TX on January 9, 1920 to William Perry and Mallie Woody Blankenship. She grew up and attended school in the Potosi community and married Lester Lee (Pete) Allen on November 2, 1937 in Abilene. Pete died December 1, 1941 in an accident at Paymaster Feed Mills. As a widow, Elsie proudly worked for a short time as a welder in a Georgia shipyard during World War II, along with many other women who were later identified as "Rosie the Riveter." She later married Leslie Hargrove, January 4, 1954. He died June 9, 1979. Elsie worked at Timex Corporation for 13 years, Alieens for 5 years and in housekeeping at Hendrick Hospital for a few years. Elsie dedicated her life to her family. She loved and was loved by all who knew her. She accepted Jesus as her savior when she was a teenager in the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hargrove was predeceased by her parents, six sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include two children, Valda Deshazo of Abilene and Vernon Allen and wife, Pat of Eastland, TX; along with nine grandchildren and sixteen greatgrandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on August 30, 2012

Iona Earnest, 73, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in Abilene, TX.

Funeral service will be 1:30 PM, Friday, August 31, 2012 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow the service at Texas State Veteran's Cemetery.

Iona was born August 19, 1939 in Ovalo, TX to Harold and Mildred Gill Blankenship. She attended South Taylor High School and married D. R. Earnest in 1956. They moved to El Paso, TX where D. R. was stationed in the United States Air Force. After being stationed in Japan, they moved back to Abilene where she worked as a cosmetologist. She worked most of her career at Arties Cameo and Leggett Salon. She served as a Deacon at Brookhollow Christian Church, enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. Spending time with and taking care of her family was the thing that brought her the most joy.

Iona is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dinzel Ray Earnest; three children, Gale Barnhill and husband Ken of Lake Dallas, Diana Walker and husband Steve of Tuscola, Danny Earnest and wife Debbie of Frisco; ten grandchildren, Iona Shaye Robinson, Kenneth Barnhill, Robert Barnhill, Rebecca Barnhill, Kari Barnhill, Jeremy Walker, Lyndi Manning, Lacey Gaffney, Ryan Earnest, Garrett Earnest; eight great grandchildren, Kenneth Robinson Jr., Iona Keeley Robinson, Kealey Barnhill, Kenneth Barnhill III, Andrew Ryan Barnhill, Hannah Walker, Maggie Walker, Madelynn Manning; one sister, Anita Evans; one brother, Don Blankenship; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Juanita Cumby and Jeanette Pittman.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on September 21, 2012

Velda Sellers, 66, passed away on Wednesday September 19, 2012.

A memorial service, for family and friends, will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4018 Maple, Abilene. Girdner Funeral home arranged the cremation in accordance with her wishes.

Velda was born May 25, 1946 in Matador, TX. to Frank and Vernice Sellers who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters Katrina Smith and Sarah White, three brothers Melvin Sellers, Jeff Sellers and Ray Sellers.

She is survived by two children Sara Stine and Russell Bennett, six brothers J.D. Sellers, Paul Sellers, Charles Sellers, John Sellers, Floyd Sellers and Mike Sellers, five sisters Evalina Sellers, Viola Sellers, Ada Schuhardt, Melody Garson, Louise Blankenship, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - March 19, 2013

James Jerry (Jerry or JJ) Tucker, 75, passed away at home on March 17, 2013, in Abilene, Texas, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born the only child of Roy and Bessie Blankenship Tucker in Benjamin, Texas on August 25, 1937.

He attended school in Seymour and was a member of the Class of 1955 of Seymour High School. Shortly after high school he met his future wife, Barbara Thurman. Jerry spent his early work life in the oil fields near Holliday, Texas, before deciding to go into the restaurant business. He and Barbara owned and operated several restaurants including the famous Dixie Dog in Seymour and the Knox City Caf in Knox City. After a few years serving food, he decided to join the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and graduated recruit school in 1964. His 1st assignment was as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper in Breckenridge, Texas. Jerry, Barbara and their three children moved around during his career with the DPS. From Breckenridge to Brownwood to Albany to Abilene to Fort Worth to Midland and to Wichita Falls where he retired after 30 years as a Lieutenant. His fellow workers at the DPS knew him as "JJ" or Lieutenant Tucker. After retiring from the DPS, he became an independent contractor for them inspecting State Vehicle Inspection locations all over North Texas.

During his life, he and Barbara bought several of the family farms near Seymour and rent houses in Abilene. He spent the time farming and being a landlord. Being on his tractor and mower were some of his happy times. Being an avid reader, he spent much of the evening hours reading about music and music history. He was self-taught on the guitar and enjoyed playing. He spent the last few years in Abilene to be closer to his children.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Thurman Tucker, of Abilene; son, Jerry Lance Tucker of Abilene; son, Roy Dewayne Tucker and wife Louise of Abilene; daughter, Alesia Lutke and husband Jeff of Weatherford, Texas; four grandchildren, Aimee Howard and husband Josh of Lindale, Texas, Kristen McGuire and husband Trevor of Abilene, Jordan Lutke of Denton, and Kathryn Lutke of Weatherford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, 420 N. Washington Street in Seymour, Texas, 76380.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on June 14, 2013

Kelsey J. Starks, 56, a longtime resident of Abilene, Texas, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at a local medical center. Born in Burkburnett, Texas on December 21, 1956, he was the son of Elizabeth (Reynolds) and Odis Starks. He was a graduate of Cooper High School in Abilene, and married Sharon Musick in Abilene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Darrell Starks and Odis Starks; and a sister, Sharon Witt.

Kelsey is survived by his wife, Sharon Starks of Abilene; sons, Brent Blankenship and wife Amanda of Rockwall, Texas, Brandon Blankenship and wife Kierstn of Abilene, and Brody Johnson of Abilene; and a grandson, Hudson Blankenship. Survivors also include one brother, Bill Starks and wife Robin of Abilene; four sisters, Dianne Boysen, Shirley Davila, Margaret Brazee and husband Steve, and Elizabeth Heneger and husband Bruce, all of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at a visitation on Saturday morning, June 15, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. in The Hamil Family Funeral Home Chapel, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene. Mike Hill will be officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Throckmorton

 

2013, Throckmorton, Throckmorton Co., TX, Obituary

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Lanelda Charliese Noles, 50, passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 in Throckmorton, Texas. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Lanelda was born September 22, 1962 in Throckmorton, Texas to Ester Louise (Blankenship) and Charlie Raymond Noles, Jr.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Louise; and a brother, Donnie.

Lanelda is survived by her father, C. R. Noles of Throckmorton; daughter, Charlie Rogers of Throckmorton; son, John Christian Rogers of Graham; 2 brothers, Chuck Noles and wife Sherry of Graham, Johnnie Noles and wife Kenda of Throckmorton; and sister, Cammie Williamson of Graham.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Tom Green

 

2011, San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX, Obituary

San Angelo Standard-Times (TX) - June 12, 2011

Wanda Lou Young, 64, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, in a local hospital.

Service is at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson's Funeral Home.

Survivors include her sons, Monte Nordin of San Angelo and Nathan Nordin of Abita Spring, La.; and daughter Kimberly Blankenship of San Angelo.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Edward-Jennings&lc=7512&pid=161281243&mid=5321363

Edward B. Jennings, 76 of San Angelo, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012 at a local hospital.

A Celebration of his life will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Jim Benson officiating. Burial will follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.

Edward was born June 6, 1936 in Oswego, New York to Alice Jennings and Harold Mike Jennings. Edward attended Greene High School in Greene, New York. He graduated from said school in June 1954. Shortly after, he joined the Air Force where he spent the next 21 years. He was a veteran of Vietnam.

Edward had two children from a previous marriage, Edward "Bart" Jennings and wife Tonia and Gena Rae Sauls. Edward married Patsy Sue Davis in January 1968. He had two step-children, Debbie Blankenship and husband Rod who lives in Christoval, Texas, and Gene Boudreau and wife Sherry of Ada, Oklahoma.

Edward's wife Patsy Sue preceded him in death in November 2006. Edward had two sisters, Audrey Beadle and husband Tom of Hibbing, Minnesota and Mona Chapman and husband Burney of Greene, New York. He had 15 grandchildren and at last count, 10 great-grandchildren.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1975, he became a Juvenile Probation Officer for the next 23 years. Edward used to tell his family and friends that we spent too much time on one or two percent of the bad kids and not enough time on the 98 percent that never get into trouble. He loved being a Probation Officer and his last few years he was an officer in six counties. He loved to laugh and pull jokes, and he loved everyone. He loved to fish, to hunt and he loved to bowl.

He used to say that he never spent time enough with his children, but he loved them and never told them enough. He was a family type person that enjoyed being around his relatives. He had several nephews and nieces and loved them all. He will be missed but will be remembered always. He now is with his wife, parents and relatives laughing and smiling down on us.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX, Obituary

Published in GoSanAngelo from August 18 to August 19, 2013

Virginia Shaw Black Fikes, a thoughtful, persevering, and adventurous soul with a wide range of interests has left us after making the world a happier place for those around her for 97 years. Virginia died in Robert Lee, [Coke Co.], Texas on August 16, 2013.

While mourning her loss, family and friends give thanks for the joy that her wit, intelligence, goodness, generosity, and grace brought to their own lives. She remained independent and active until her last week and left this life in the same manner in which she lived it.

A memorial service will be at Robert Lee Baptist Church on Tuesday morning, August 20th at 11:00 AM. Arrangements are with Robert Massie Funeral Home.

Born October 25, 1915, Ginny was the second daughter of Ollie and Dixie Blankenship Shaw. Her early childhood was spent in Kaufman, Texas. The family later moved to Palestine, TX, where she was a 1933 PHS graduate. Virginia attended Howard Payne, and then San Angelo became her home.

Virginia and Ed Black married March 18, 1939. Ginny worked for San Angelo National Bank until moving to Big Spring. She served as Howard County Auditor for thirteen years. Later Ed and she moved to Austin where she worked for Bob Bullock in the State Comptroller office. After Ed's death, Virginia retired and moved back to San Angelo where she was active in volunteer work for Immanuel Baptist Church and various agencies in San Angelo and Concho Valley. Virginia was elected and served four years as one of the first Silver Haired Legislators from San Angelo. She then served on the Silver Haired Legislature Foundation Board for the next twelve years. Baptist Memorials also benefited from her service on their Board of Directors.

Virginia and Weldon Fikes married April 4, 1996, and thus she acquired three chosen daughters. After living in Robert Lee for several years, Weldon and Ginny moved to San Angelo. They enjoyed their Baptist Memorial neighbors on West St. and Immanuel Baptist Church family before health issues necessitated a move back to Robert Lee.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ed Black and Weldon Fikes, parents, sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Watson, and her nephew, Ben Watson.

Survivors include her three chosen daughters and sons-in-law; Elaine and David Miller of Abilene, Marion and Jimmy Stewart of Midland, Farrell Jean and Wes Washam of Robert Lee, and their children. Ginny was blessed with a plethora of special friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Travis

 

2012, Austin, Travis Co., TX, Death

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - January 28, 2012

Robert Dale Blankenship Sr., 75, of Austin, Texas, and Tallahassee, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Austin, Travis Co., TX Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on January 31, 2012 Print

Robert Dale Blankenship, Sr.; Former Tallahassee Democrat Executive Sports Editor Bob Blankenship died January 27, 2012 in Austin, TX after a brief battle with cancer.

After serving in the US Air Force, he followed his passion for sports into a career as a sports writer for several newspapers. He began with the Beckley (WV) Register-Herald in the early 1960's then moved to covering Marshall University sports for the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch. As a sportswriter for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, FL, he was courtside at the NCAA Final Four while covering Jacksonville University basketball when they lost in the 1970 title game. Later that year, he covered the College World Series when the Florida State baseball team was in the finals.

In 1971, he became the Executive Sports Editor for the Democrat. One of his most vivid assignments was the Championship game that pitted the FSU basketball team against UCLA in the 1972 Final Four. Bob later joined the staff of former Florida Agriculture Secretary Doyle Conner as a media liaison. After his retirement from the State of Florida, Bob spent many years traveling to Virginia be with his great grandchildren. He also was an avid fan and devoted follower of the FSU women's basketball team.

Bob was born January 10, 1937 in Sandstone, WV.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Lea Ann Blankenship, his parents W. Basil and Lucille Blankenship and his beloved dog Ring.

He is survived by his children, son Bob Blankenship and wife Anne, son Mike Blankenship, and daughter Karen L. Blankenship, all of Tallahassee, FL, a sister Patricia A. Weeks of St. Augustine, FL and his companion Patricia Iacovazzi of Austin, TX, granddaughters Nikki Midkiff and Sheila Blankenship both of Wytheville, VA, grandsons, Brian Blankenship of Tallahassee, FL and Michael Blankenship of Charlotte, NC, great-grandchildren Hannah, Madison, Audrey-Kate and Trey, nephews John Weeks and Mark Weeks of Florida and nieces Kim Parker and Tabbi Brownschidle of Virgina.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday February 4th, 2012 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, WV with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery near Hinton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Austin, Travis Co., TX, Obituary

Albuquerque Journal (NM) - May 13, 2012

Johniece Evonell Powers Age 72, of Austin, TX died April 27, 2012 surrounded by her family. Johniece (Jony) was born July 6, 1939 in Portales to Woodrow Farrell and P. Elvira Pritchett.

She attended Albuquerque High School. She enjoyed opera as well as riding her motorcycle along with other motorcycle enthusiasts. She travelled around the world to Eqypt, Malaysia, Japan, Great Wall of China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Alaska, Hawaii, and Vietnam. Her family was the highlight of her life. She was a volunteer fireman for many years and worked at her local water district.

She is survived by her husband, Lee A. Powers; her daughters, Karolene E. Pittman (Randy), Tammey L. Bratcher (Steve), Johniece E. Blankenship (Donnie), and Myra L. Powers; brother, Tom Pritchett; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Jony loves the Lord, loved her family, friends, the LDS church, the missionaries, dogs, cats, music and life. She was a longtime accomplished artist.

She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Farrell Pritchett; and mother, Patsy Elvira Stork; and step-daughter Debra Powers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Austin, Travis Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 2, 2013

Andrew Walker Hawkins, Jesus called his good and faithful servant Andrew Walker home on 12/29/12. Born to G. Eugene and Bette Smith Hawkins in Houston, TX on 7/4/58, he grew up in Austin and Dallas, graduated from Richardson High School in 1976, attended Texas State University and finally made his home again in Austin. Andy pursued everything with passion and gratitude; his Lord, his family, water-skiing, and his life-long career in the bottle water business. He was active in Covenant Presbyterian Church and several other churches in Austin. He helped establish Movin' and Groovin, a ministry of Covenant which was given the Spirit of Compassion Award by the Foundation for the Homeless in 2010.

Andrew was predeceased by his mother Bette Place, and father, Eugene Hawkins.

He is survived by brother David and wife Christi, sister Mimi and husband Matt Blankenship, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Andrew's life will be held January 5th at 10:00 A.M. at the Blankenship residence.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Austin, Travis Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Austin American-Statesman on February 28, 2013

Leslie Ann Buttler-Fojtik our beautiful daughter, wife, mother, and sister went to be with our Lord, Jesus, on Sunday February 24, 2013. It was much too soon for all of us left to grieve our loss. Truly all who knew her loved her. A light here on earth went out. Leslie was born on June 7, 1968 in Austin, Texas. She was the Daughter of Georgia Ann and Larry Jack Buttler.

The whole Buttler family joined Riverbend Church in the early 1980ties and were very much active members. Leslie was baptized after following Christ when she was 9 years old along with her Daddy Larry. Leslie is the youngest of the three daughters. Kathy Moore and Shari Buttler her two older sisters loved her very much. She will be greatly missed by her only surviving grandparents, George and Marion Shell of Georgetown. Her Aunt Lynn and Uncle Morris Hoover were always there with love and kindness. Her first cousins Lindsey and Creighton Hoover were a very big part of life. Kathy's daughters Courtney and Rachael and Shari's daughter Elizabeth also love Leslie very much. She lived most of her life in Austin, having lived about four years in Sherman, Texas with her parents and sisters and the last four and a half years in Katy with her loving husband Steven and her precious daughter Alexis Ann Fojtik. Sister-in-Law Paulette Hendrix and her daughter Erica Blankenship were a loving part of her life in recent years.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Edna Shell (her Mimi), Jack and Vera Buttler. After graduation Leslie accepted a teaching job with A.I.S.D. at Winn Elementary School in N.E. Austin. During her time at Winn she was a very successful teacher with many parents requesting her for their children. It was at Winn that she was nominated as "Teacher of the Year." During her time there is when she met and married the love of her life Steven Fojtik. With this marriage she gained three sons, Matt, Kyle and Cody, now that these boys have become wonderful men, she loves very much Matt's wife Katie and Kyle's wife Madeline. She later transferred to Highland Park Elementary in West Austin. While there she gave birth to their beautiful daughter Alexis Ann. Highland Park Elementary was a school that her Aunt Lynn Hoover taught at for many years and where later her sister Shari worked in the school's office.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Riverbend Church in the Smith Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Austin, Travis Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from October 2 to October 5, 2013

On the afternoon of September 23, 2013, Stephen (Steve) Lee Saylor passed away at Magnified Health & Rehab in College Station after a long, strong- willed fight against cancer and complications from surgeries. Steve was 63 years old and despite his many tribulations, he committed his life to Jesus Christ. He was born on December 20, 1949 in Brownwood Memorial Hospital servicing Goldthwaite, Texas to Walter (Spot) Glen Saylor and Mary Francis Campbell Saylor.

He graduated from Milby High in Houston in 1968, moved to Austin and retired after 25 years of service for The City of Austin Parks & Recreation. Some of his favorites included camping with dog Gilligan, the Cowboys, the Longhorns, the Cubs, the Braves, Clint Eastwood, Tremer and other sci-fi movies and poker games with the guys from work.

Steve is survived by brothers Charles Hollis Saylor, Gary Jacobs and James Jacobs and sisters Jan Saylor Coleman, Martha Ann Saylor Blankenship, Stephanie Saylor Head and Sally Saylor Reid. Steve is also survived by Nancy Saylor, his former spouse and true friend.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1515 S. College Ave, Bryan. His resting place will be at Bryan City Cemetery, 1111 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, Texas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Texas, Birth Index; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V8HN-5NP

Martha Ann Saylor, F, 28 Dec 1947, San Patricio Co., TX, D/o Walter Glenn Saylor & Patricia Jeanette Shaw

 

Texas, Marriages; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VY96-CXQ

Blankenship, Edward G., 41 - Saylor, Martha A., 29 - 12 Nov 1977, Galveston Co., TX,

 

Public Records Index; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KPNY-ZTF

Blankenship, Edward Gus b. 09 Apr 1936, Residence 01 Oct 1994; Baytown,TX

 

Travis Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Katherine 63, 10Jun1947 - 12Dec2010, Spicewood, Travis, TX, LA-437-68-5334

 

Tyler

 

2013, Spurger, Tyler Co., TX, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on March 18, 2013

Joye Jordan, 77, of Spurger passed away March 16, 2013. Born in Zavalla, Texas to Wilie and Jewel Lowery, she lived in Spurger most of her life. She was the owner and operator of Joye's Beauty Shop in Spurger.

She is survived by her loving husband, Billy Jordan; son, Donald Jordan and wife, Donna of Spurger; daughter, Doniece Hutto of Silsbee; grandchildren, Craig Blankenship of Silsbee, Damon Jordan and Cody Jordan both of Spurger and Hali Whittemore of Warren; great grandchildren, Alexa Jordan of Spurger and Hayden McCollum of Warren.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 10 am at the First Baptist Church in Spurger with burial to follow at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Upshur

 

+2011, Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX, Obituary

Longview News-Journal (TX) - January 4, 2011

Gilmer - A celebration of life service for Irene Sue "Susie" Ferguson, 76, of West Mountain, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Zappa officiating. A 10 a.m. burial at Union Grove Cemetery will precede the service

Mrs. Ferguson was born July 14, 1934, in Ada, Oklahoma, to Homer and Alma Blankenship, deceased, and passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011, in Longview. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Susie was a homemaker, but also worked at a Gilmer sewing factory for many years. She was known for her "Nana meals" and her love of nature, especially birds.

"Mom" is survived by her daughters, Cyndi King and husband, Will, of Rosewood, Debra Cline and husband, John of White Oak, Brenda Cooper and husband Ralph of Pritchett, Katie Landrum and husband Willie of West Mountain; son, Cody Ferguson and wife Cyndi of West Mountain; and a dear friend, Margie Hicks of Lott, Texas. "Nana" will also be greatly missed by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Wheeler

 

2011, Shamrock, Wheeler Co., TX, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News (TX) - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Loren Jones, 80, died Sunday, July 3, 2011. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bible Baptist Church in Shamrock with the Rev. Kelly Raymond officiating. Burial will be in Lela Cemetery in Lela by Wright Funeral Directors.

Loren Roosevelt Jones went to Heaven a shoutin' on July 3, 2011. He was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Almon, Mo., to John Sterling and Lela Ruth Plummer Jones.

On June 8, 1953, he married Dorothy Jean Moore in Logan, N.M. They were married for 52 years when she went to be with Jesus on April 22, 2006. Loren grew up in the Almon and Hermitage, Mo. area, where he graduated high school in 1949. Shortly afterwards, he became a sergeant in the U.S. Marines and was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., proudly serving his country. During his time in the military, Loren became a depot operator for the Rock Island RR working in Logan N.M., Amarillo, Eldon, Mo., San Jon, N.M., Vega, Texhoma, Okla., and Dalhart before retiring from the Cottonbelt RR in 1985.

A devout Christian, he and Dorothy brought numerous people to know the Lord. He was a fun-loving, always laughing and telling jokes or some silly stories. Some of the fondest memories created were of Loren strumming his guitar as Dorothy played piano while their children sang along and giggled! As owner of Jones' Honey & Bee Apiary, he and his son Duane raised honey bees together and produced the best honey anyone ever ate! Through many camping and grass-roots honey trips, Loren and Dorothy became a source of strength, wisdom, confidence, inspiration and just plain silliness for their grandchildren. Loren was a kind man who would do anything for anyone, never met a stranger, teaching his kids how to pray, laugh, love and live.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in April 2006; a daughter, Rita Cheryl Jones; a grandson; a great-grandson; and his parents.

Survivors include a son, Duane and wife Joyce Jones of Shamrock; two daughters, Patty and husband Bob Blankenship of Bartlesville, Okla., and Dixie and husband Roger Pace of Shamrock; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Wichita

 

2012, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - September 29, 2012

Celine "Penny" Allison, 88, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home Chapel.

Celine was born in Detroit, Mich. to Benjamin and Cecelia Ruehle. She was the fifth of six children and lived her life in Wichita Falls and Burkburnett.

Celine married George Glover Allison on Nov. 3, 1945 in Ft. Jackson, S.C. She was a member of Floral Heights Methodist Church in Wichita Falls where she was involved in the nursery and the latch key program. She enjoyed playing bridge with her lady friends and she served in the Woman's Auxillary Core from 1943 to 1945. Celine was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband George, two brothers, Raymond and Richard Ruehle, two sisters, Marianne Abraham and Delores McCracken.

She is survived by her four children, George Allison and wife Dana, Joan Alexander and husband Richard, Terry Wray and husband Perry and Pat Baggs and husband Tim, eight grandchildren, Shay Minter and husband Greg, Michael Allison and wife Marcia, Jennifer Dunn and husband Judd, Patrick Blankenship and wife Janiece, Jamie Pickering and husband Terry, Ryan Adams, Timothy Baggs and Kaylee Baggs Lunn and husband Adam, one sister, Florence Krawczyk, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Jerry-Simmons&lc=1806&pid=164419569&mid=5507971

Jerry Kimes "Jed" Simmons, 72, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 in Wichita Falls. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home. Graveside Services will follow at Highland Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park.

Jed was born September 11, 1940 in Wichita Falls to Curtis P. and Rosanna (Hendricks) Simmons. He married Maggie Dale Kenyon on November 13, 1963 in Henrietta, Texas. She passed away on July 22, 2011. He was a veteran, serving in the US Army. Jed worked for 16 years as a Horse Jockey and has worked for 49 years as a Truck Driver. He married Lois Money on March 16, 2012 in Pleasant Valley, Texas.

Jed is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maggie Simmons; one son, Kenneth Simmons; two brothers, Pete and Dean Simmons; and his sister, Sue Lee.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Lois Bolding-Simmons of Wichita Falls; daughter, Pamela Bell; daughter, Janice Mowery; and son, Keith Simmons, all of Iowa Park; son, Michael "Ed" Blankenship of Seattle, Washington; daughter, Tiffany C. Blankenship of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Zach D. Bolding of Wichita Falls; brother, Freddie Simmons of Iowa Park; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - May 16, 2013

Luella Lowder, 94, of Wichita Falls, peacefully slipped away into the loving arms of Jesus on Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013. Lue, as she was affectionately known, was born in Vincent, Oklahoma on September 2, 1918. Moving to Wichita Falls as a child, she became a beautician and managed Lue's Beauty Shop and later, the beauty shop at the Presbyterian Manor in Wichita Falls.

She was married to William Arthur (Bill) Lowder who died in 1961. Lue was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was acknowledged by all who knew her to be one of the most cheerful, encouraging, loving and straight-talking people around, with an ability to maintain her great sense of humor in all circumstances. She loved her work so much she took early retirement at the tender age of 87. She was an outstanding model of faith, courage, honesty, loyalty and hard work. For many years she was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, which her father helped found.

She leaves behind two daughters, Cathey Fields and husband Joel of Wichita Falls, Patsy Jackson and husband Chuck of Possum Kingdom Lake, and son, Tom Lowder and wife Iris who live in Beijing, China; five grandchildren, Jathan Fields and wife Keli, and Shannah Blankenship and husband David all of Wichita Falls, Lewis Lowder of Nashville, Logan Lowder and wife Kristy of College Park, Maryland, and Jody Jackson of Possum Kingdom; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Those who knew her are convinced she has now heard those extraordinary words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord."

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX, Obituary

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX) - November 28, 2013

Loretta Smith, 59, of Wichita Falls, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Lawson, officiating.

Loretta was born November 5, 1954 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Howard and Ruth Higginbotham. She was a devoted mother and a loving sister and aunt.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth Higginbotham.

She is survived by her father, Howard Higginbotham of Wichita Falls; her daughter, Melissa Renee Smith and Jill Johnson of San Diego, California; companion, Steven Hill a sister, Carol Gunsolus and husband Larry of Paradise; a brother, Robin Dale Higginbotham of Wichita Falls; nieces, Rachelle Shelton and husband Jeff of Wichita Falls, Larissa Chase and husband Lester of Iowa Park, and Brandie Blankenship of Wichita Falls; nephews, Brent Higginbotham of Wichita Falls, James Higginbotham and wife Nurten of New York, and Brian Higginbotham and wife Melissa Kay of Wichita Falls; as well as great-niece, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephew.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Williamson

 

2013, Leander, Williamson Co., TX, Obituary

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Kenneth Ray Nitsche, November 15, 1941 - August 25, 2013

Kenneth Ray Nitsche was a retired "Ma Bell" / AT&T employee. He loved his job selling and installing communications systems, and particularly enjoyed solving communication problems. In retirement at his five-acre "spread" in Leander, Ken really appreciated birds (especially hummingbirds) and varmints that shared his cedars, oaks and rocks. He took great delight in observing and photographing nature. He took even greater pleasure in explaining in detail what he had observed and photographed.

Ken had his first hot-rod when he was in high school and was always interested in cars and motors. During retirement he became an avid "Z" car fan, and drove many miles with a group called "Capital Z of Texas". Ken really enjoyed the people he met through a mutual love of fast cars, exhaust fumes and parking lots.

Special thanks to Ken's neighbors, Rick and Brenda Gattis. They became his Leander family. Ken loved being around friends and family. He was part of a large group of cousins that remained in touch.

Ken is also survived by his sister, Kay Alley, and brother-in-law, David Alley. Jenny Griffin and Karen Blankenship are the nieces from Ohio, who thought Uncle Ken was special.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Round Rock, Williamson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 20, 2011

Our beloved Laura Ruth Blankenship, 36, of Round Rock, passed on March 11, 2011. Laura was born on December 3, 1974 to Theodor and Barbara (Boynton) Stoltenberg in Wilmington, Delaware.

She graduated from Georgetown High School where she enjoyed singing and dancing in the show choir and acting in school plays. Laura earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in education from the University of Texas.

Laura is survived by her husband, Gregory Blankenship of Round Rock; parents, Theodor and Barbara Stoltenberg of Georgetown; brothers, Kenneth Stoltenberg and wife Patty of Tampa, Florida, Wayne Stoltenberg and wife Karen of Westlake, Paul Stoltenberg of Georgetown and Daniel Stoltenberg of Austin; niece and nephew, Cassie and Blake both of Westlake; and great aunt, Emma Tufft of Aiken, South Carolina.

Laura will be remembered for her artistic talents in music composition, playing the piano, creative writing, and acting. Her dinner guests always enjoyed her culinary skills and gracious hospitality. Laura was filled with compassion and genuine concern for the well-being of others. Her beautiful smile radiated love and warmed the hearts of all around her. Laura displayed incredible courage when facing challenges in her life. She remained steadfast, loyal and committed to her family, friends and especially to Greg, her beloved husband. Laura's family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Regalado-Ellis, her friend and employer and her husband. Dr. Christopher Ellis. Their children Brooke, Lauren and Rendal filled a special place in Laura's heart.

In addition, we appreciate the prayers, generosity and support extended by Patricia Blankenship of Longmont, Colorado, Laura's mother-in-law. Services will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Laura Ruth, 36, 03Dec1974 - 11Mar2011, (Texas), DE-222-58-2080

 

2012, Round Rock, Williamson Co., TX, Obituary

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Shirley Janet Blankenship was born on August 29, 1940 in Davenport, Oklahoma. On April 26, 2012 after a courageous fight with a long standing illness, she passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in Round Rock, Texas. She was one of five children born to the late Donald and Lilly Bearden.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Don and Laurie Shelton, her daughter and son-in-law Sharla and Brad Smith, her step-daughter Denise Dunn, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shirley loved life and looked for the colorful and fun aspects in everything she did. She had a passion for crafts and particularly loved to sew creating everything from clothes for her children to colorful quilts for her friends.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Parks Brothers Funeral Home at 617 Manvel Avenue in Chandler, Oklahoma with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be at the Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler, Oklahoma.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Sun City, Georgetown, Williamson Co., TX, Obituary

Midland Reporter-Telegram (TX) - March 20, 2011

Kathleen Bunch, 85, of Sun City Texas, formerly of Midland, Texas, passed away in The Woodlands, Texas on March 14, 2011 after a brief illness. Mrs. Bunch was born on December 15, 1925 in Hardeman County, Texas to John Muncie Phillips and Norma Beatrice Linville Phillips. She married her husband of 54 years, John Emmett Bunch, in Amarillo, Texas on December 30, 1950.

Mrs. Bunch is survived by her daughter, Norma Kay Glenn and husband Bob, of The Woodlands, Texas; a son, John Mark Bunch and wife Rosemary of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kathleen Glenn Blankenship and husband Anthony of Seabrook, Texas, Robby Glenn of The Woodlands, Texas, Daniel Bunch of Houston, Texas, and Victoria Bunch of Houston, Texas; close family friend, Nancy Houston of Levelland, Texas; sisters Loraine Minshew of Forney, Texas and Evelyn Jenkins of Bowie, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John Emmett Bunch, and granddaughter, Hailey Kathleen Bunch.

Mrs. Bunch graduated from Quanah High School and moved to Amarillo, Texas to work for Southwestern Public Service. After marrying Mr. Bunch and raising her two children, she worked as a substitute secretary in the Midland schools. She and Mr. Bunch retired to Sun City, Texas where they enjoyed traveling, square dancing with the Sundancers, and attending their grandchildren's activities. Active in the Joy Life Group, Mrs. Bunch loved the First Baptist Church of Georgetown. She sang in the Voices in Praise Senior Adult Choir and served on the Bereavement Committee. Her greatest joys in life were serving the Lord in her church and spending time with her family. The family would like to thank her neighbors and friends in Georgetown, Texas for their love and support during her illness.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 1333 West University Avenue in Georgetown with Dr. David Griffin and Dr. John Duncan officiating. Internment services will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Wilson

 

2013, Poth, Wilson Co., TX, Obituary

Published in Express-News on July 24, 2013

Etta Marie Keetle-Lehner passed away Friday July 19, 2013. She was born to Russell E. and Ethel (Kidd) Keetle Sr. on May 18, 1960 in San Antonio, TX. Etta grew up and resided in and around the San Antonio area her entire life.

During her time here on earth she married Russell G. Vincent Sr. and had three children. Her oldest Russell Glenn Jr. married to Bridget (Heimann) their children Kolby, Clay and Casey, of Center Point, TX. Her only daughter Jeannie Lynn (Vincent) married to Bobby Blankenship Jr. and their children Cheyenne, Bobby III and Allison. Etta's baby was Randy Alan married to Christie (Guidry) their children Kaylee, Summer and Addison of Gueydan, La. Russell Sr. is now married to Rhonda (Silkey) of Elmendorf, TX.

Later in life Etta married Harold Lehner and had many adventures. She ended her life living with and loving Robert Landa Sr. his children Robert Jr. married to Natalie (Trevino) and their children Robert III, Jordan and AnnaMarie of San Antoino, TX. Youngest of the pack and the last to live with mom Brian Landa of Poth, TX.

Etta is preceded in death by both of her parents and her sister Alice Cynthia.

She is survived by her little brother Russell E. Keetle Jr. engaged to Kathy Kin Cannon of Decatur, TX. Her three children, twelve grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

Services will be held @ Franklin Funeral Home in Floresville tomorrow @ 2pm.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Wood

 

2012, Mineola, Wood Co., TX, Obituary

Mineola Monitor (TX) - November 27, 2012

Marion Warren Winkle,1960-2012.

No services are scheduled at this time for Marion Warren Winkle, 52, Mineola.

Mr. Winkle was born Oct. 13, 1960 in Ft. Worth and died Nov. 24, 2012. He was the son of Aaron and Juanita Kennemer, who preceded him in death. He was a machinist for the bowling alley. Mr. Winkle moved to Mineola 18 months ago from Longview.

He is survived by one brother, Anthony Winkle of Mineola and an aunt, Katie Blankenship, in Quitman, as well as several nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Young

 

2011, Olney, Young Co., TX, Obituary

The Olney Enterprise, (TX) - June 23, 2011

Dr. Jack "Don" Rux, Jr. age 63, of Texas, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Hospice of Wichita Falls, Texas. Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Olney with Keith Davidson of the First Christian Church officiating and Scotte Clark of the Hamilton Street Church of Christ assisting. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.

Don was born Jan. 4, 1948, in Olney, Texas, to the late Jack Donald and Lillian Blanche (Sparks) Rux, Sr. He and Jerry Blankenship were married on Aug. 16, 1991, in Seymour, Texas. Don graduated from Olney High School in 1966. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station, and received his bachelor of science degree in animal science in 1970. He continued his studies, and received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1973. Don served as a devoted veterinarian in Olney and the surrounding areas for many years.

Don was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of former Students of Texas A&M University. He was also a member of the American Legion and was the recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Olney Chamber of Commerce for his 30 years of dedicated and loyal service to the community. Don served as a captain in the United States Army from 1972-1976. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Olney.

Don is survived by his wife, Jerry Rux, of Olney, Texas; two daughters, Meredith Sanders and husband David of Graham, Texas, Cayleigh Anthony and husband Cody of Paradise, Texas; two stepdaughters, Carrie Jackson of Columbus, S.C., Cathy Simek and husband Jimmy of Seymour, Texas; eight grandchildren: Marleigh Sanders, Sarah Sanders, Hunter Anthony, Hadleigh Anthony, Hayden Anthony, Jacob Simek, Jessica Simek and Jordan Simek; two sisters, Linda Gilliam and husband Frank of Jacksboro, Texas, and Jackie Koetter of Wichita Falls, Texas; two stepbrothers Robert Millican and Lowell Millican.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com