Virginia Lee Lauderdale
March 24, 1932 - November 25, 2015
Virginia Lee Lauderdale, age 83 of Irving, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She was born in Fallis, OK on March 24, 1932 to John and Elsie Russell. Virginia married Charles Lauderdale on November 15, 1952 in Wichita, KS, he preceded her in death in 2009. She was a woman who could turn a dime’s worth of food into a feast. Virginia had a love for knowledge, traveling, plants and nick nacks. She so often said “anyone can have a house but mine is a home” and she took pride in her home. Virginia cherished her family, each person knew how much she cared for them. Survivors include, daughters, Charlene Grant and husband Robert, Janet “Sissy” Goodwin; son, Chuck Lauderdale; brother, Donald Garrett and wife Kay; grandchildren, Joshua Jenkins, Misty Goodwin, Jennifer Jenkins, Bradly Grant, Michael Goodwin and Michelle Goodwin; 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 27th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
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December 29, 1930 - November 21, 2015
Connie O’Canas, age 84 of Irving, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 21, 2015. She was born on December 29, 1930 in Edinburg, Texas to Santiago and Jesusa Davila. Connie married Foster O’Canas, he preceded her in death in 2003, her son Jimmy also preceded her in death. She was a strong woman that adored her family especially her grandchildren. Survivors include, son, Foster O’Canas, Jr. and wife Erma; daughters, Lupe Gonzalez, Maria Longoria and husband Raymond, Janie Carabajal, Melissa Drury and husband James, Julie O’Canas; 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 23rd at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24th at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving,TX.
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Francis "Buck" Howard Bogden
June 28, 1942 - November 2, 2015
Francis “Buck or Bucky” Howard Bogden, age 73 of Dallas, TX passed away on November 2, 2015. He was born on June 28, 1942 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Francis and Hazel Bogden. Buck was an Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He married Carrie Middleton and was an amazing husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and always put them first. Bucky was known for his sense of humor, quietness and love for airplanes and trains. He will always be in our hearts and will truly be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include, wife Carrie Bogden; daughter, Jackie; step-daughter, Lillian; six grandchildren; and numerous other family members and loving friends. A Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX, Lane “C”
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Ruth Naomi Caster Allen
October 26, 1917 - October 31, 2015
Ruth Naomi Caster Allen departed this world for
a better home in heaven on October 31, 2015.
Her parents were William Andy Caster and Liddie Elizabeth Smith Caster,
and she was born on October 26, 1917, at her parents’ home in Irving. She is
survived by her two sisters, Mary Caster Rickett, of Arlington, and Eileen
Caster Houck, of Irving; one brother, Charles M. Caster, of Mena, Arkansas,
survive her. There are five deceased
brothers: John F. Casters; William P “Buster”
Caster; George Caster; Huitt D. Caster; and Ralph M. Caster.
On December 20, 1936, Ruth married Neiman Marcus
Allen (deceased). She is survived by her
children, Jane Allen Allen married to
Bobby J Allen; Eleanor Allen Williams (married to Alex “Bud” Williams, Jr.,
deceased); Wayne Allen; and her daughter-in-law Nelda Davis Allen (married to
Neiman Marcus Allen, Jr., deceased). She
also had a son, Bobby Allen, who died when only three days old.
She is survived by 10 grandchildren and their
respective spouses: Alex Williams; Chris
and Karen Allen; Jayna and Rodney Wortham; Jason and Cindy Allen; Marcus and Darcie
Allen; Clifford and Michelle Allen; Bradley Allen and Korie; Curtis and Sharen Allen;
Dustin and Becky Allen; Eric and Kristina Allen.
She is survived by 22 great grandchildren: Karissa (husband John), Courtney, Krystal,
Kayla, Kelsey, Rudy, Kyle, Kailee, Marcus, Joey, Abigail, Nathanial, Ryleigh,
Macey, Piper, Regan, Ian, Kinsley, Audrey, Annabelle, Nicholas, and Hailey.
Ruth was a resident of Irving, Texas, for 98
years. She graduated from Irving High
School in 1935. She was first and
foremost a loving Mother and Wife. She was
involved in the PTA for all four of her children. She was a member of Chatter Box, a group who
quilted by hand. She took care of her
mother and grandkids when needed. She
had four different grandsons live with her.
She worked at elections. She
belonged to the Irving Garden and Arts Club and the Book Club, and was also a
member of the Eastern Stars in Irving.
has done many things at Church. One of
her favorites was the years she made flower arrangements for the auditorium,
chapel, and offices. She also made
quilts, some of which were auctioned at the Church’s chili suppers, and others
she gave to family and friends. She
prepared food for others whenever needed.
was a wonderful seamstress making everything from wedding dressing, formal
dresses, square dance outfits, children’s clothes, and suits for women, men,
and little boys. She made baby blankets
for all the great grandchildren until she could no longer. She enjoyed traveling and vacations. Before her husband died, there was a family
vacation every year by car. They
traveled to New York and to California and many places in-between. After his death, she flew to Europe and
traveled on the train while there. She
went on a cruise to Alaska, and she flew to Hawaii.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on November 5th from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be at 10 am on November 6th at Christ Church in Irving. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
Allen was loved and respected. She was a
very independent person as long as she could be. We, her family, will miss her very much.
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Bettye G. Langley
June 21, 1932 - October 23, 2015
Bettye G. Langley, 83, of Grand Prairie, Texas, passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born on June 21, 1932 in Ennis, Texas the daughter of William B. and Woodie Lee Wood.
Bettye grew up in Ennis, Texas. In 1950 she married the love of her life Kenneth Paul Langley. After 33 years Bettye retired from Ennis Business Forms. She enjoyed traveling in their RV with her beloved husband and their beagle, Sundae. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Bettye was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. The family would like to thank Amity Hospice for all of their help and kindness.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Langley; parents, William and Woodie Wood; siblings, Ruth Moore, Blossom Moore, Jean Burkhead, Annie Spencer, Billy Ray Wood, Herman Wood, and Pinky Barber.
Bettye is survived by her son, Wayne Langley and wife, Martha; grandchildren, Adrienne White, and Randy Langley; great grandchildren, Bailee Gaddis White, and Bentley White; among numerous other family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 26th from 6-8 p.m. at the Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, October 27th at The Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane B.
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Barbara Ann Doyle
March 28, 1942 - September 19, 2015
Barbara Ann Doyle, age 73, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 in her Irving, Texas home.
Barbara Doyle was born on March 28, 1942 to Irene and
If my mother were writing this obituary she would probably
begin by saying, “It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I’ve passed away.
Once again I didn’t get things my way! And I didn’t get to finish everything I
She would then add, “So, I was born; I blinked; and it was
over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor. But I DID
have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family
members. How much more could a person ask for? Please don’t cry for me. Today,
I am happy, healthy and dancing, probably naked, in heaven.”
Being her daughter I would agree with everything she “would”
have said, but I would also add the following. Barbara was one of the most
loving, kindest, generous, honest, straightforward, funny, beautiful mother’s
God put on this earth. She never met a stranger, and rarely said “no” to help
anyone she knew. She never wanted to disappoint. What she didn’t realize was
how many people looked up to her. She was a mentor to many and had a love of
life like no other. She was an angel in life and now an angel looking down
guiding and watching over us. She has left a hole that will never be filled.
Barbara was actively involved in the community. Most
recently she held the position of President, League of Women Voters and held
many positions as a longtime member of ABWA.
Barbara is survived by her brother, Emil Jay (EJ) Stehli,
children, Karen Yells, Wendy Doyle, Michael Doyle and Lois Doyle. Grandchildren,
Bryan and Emily Fritz and great grandchildren, Owen and Olivia Fritz.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grand daughter,
A celebration of her life will be 2pm on Friday, November
20, 2015 at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
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David Elijah Williams
January 6, 1956 - October 1, 2015
David Elijah Williams, age 59 of Grand Prairie, TX went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 1, 2015 due to heart complications. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on January 6, 1956 to James C. Williams and Ola Mae Gilbert, they both preceded him in death. David graduated from Camden High School then attended Southern Union Junior College and Regis University. He served in the U.S. Army as a Medic and was in the Special Units 7th Infantry. Mr. Williams received two Good Conduct Medals, an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Service Ribbon. David was a certified Bio-Medical Engineer. In his spare time, he enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family, playing chess and watching the Dallas Cowboys play. He loved spaghetti, Earth, Wind and Fire music, golfing and feeding ducks at the park. David was a giving friend and a loving father. Mr. Williams is survived by wife, Brenda, daughters Mary Story and her husband Andy Story, Bonnie Lunsford and her husband Kevin Lunsford, Dizaree Williams, Jennifer Williams, Demetria Martin and her husband Raphael Martin, his grandchildren Wade Story, Wesley Story, Macy Story, Kaylee Lunsford and Kameron Lunsford and his siblings Betty Jones, Clara Marshall, Jonathan Williams, Diana Bess-Kozlowski and Marian Herring. He also had many nephews, nieces and numerous friends. David will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6th at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 7 at Chism-Smith Funeral Home with interment following at Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery.
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Sharon Kelly Strycker
March 30, 1961 - August 29, 2015
Sharon Kelly Strycker was born on March 30, 1961 in Atlanta, GA but grew up a Texas girl. Kelly passed away on August 29, 2015 peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She graduated from Weatherford Community College in August 1983 earning her Associates Degree as an LVN. She then continued her education earning a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Management in January, 2012. While fighting cancer she received her Masters degree in November, 2014 from Kaplan University where she was on the President’s List of Honors. Survivors include, children, Jan Aboudara, Misty Brown, Sarah York, Christopher York and Diana Strycker; brothers, Rusty Malaspina, Jimmy McCord, Johnny Malaspina, Jerry Malaspina; sister, Margie Meyers; 12 grandchildren; her faithful dog, Charolette; and numerous, other brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Kelly’s life will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 10th at the home of Mike and Margie Meyers, 929 West Main Street, Crowley, TX 76036
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April 4, 1931 - September 26, 2015
Isidra Rodriguez, age 84 of Irving, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2015. She was born on April 4, 1931 in Welder, Texas to Victor Rodriguez and Domitila Hinojosa, her parents preceded her in death along with her brother, Jose Rodriguez and sons, Blas and Raymond Ramirez. Isidra raised her family in Slaton, TX where she was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. When she moved to Irving she became a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, her faith in God was a big part of her life. She adored her family and looked forward to family gatherings and just spending time with them all. Survivors include, daughters, Oralia Arreguin, Maria Ramirez and husband Paul Garcia; sons, Tony Ramirez and wife Lynn, Fernando Ramirez; sisters, Aurora Sauseda, Pauline Peralez, Maria Perez and husband Geronimo; brothers, Celestino Rodriguez and wife Cruz; Francisco Rodriguez; grandchildren, Brenda Aguirre (Paul), JoAnn Salinas (Jerry), Steven Bouldt, Richard Diaz, Zachary Ramirez, Zane Ramirez, Maclovia Ramirez; 7 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Rosary will be 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 1st at St. Luke Catholic Church with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, TX.
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Vicente Garcia Lopez
December 31, 1960 - September 6, 2015
Vicente Garcia Lopez, age 54 of Irving, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015. He was born on December 31, 1960 in Mexico to Vicente Garcia and Hilda Lopez, they both preceded him in death. Vicente was a family man who enjoyed visiting and conversating with everyone. He was passionate about tejano music and dancing. Survivors include wife, Laura Tristan; children, Alan Garcia, Luis Garcia, Laura Garcia, Raul Garcia; granddaughter, Selina Garcia; siblings, Carolina Garcia, Raul Garcia, Juana Garcia, Gabriela Garcia, Petra Garcia, and Fidel Garcia. Rosary will be 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 10th also at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
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Dana William VonVoss
May 13, 1954 - September 3, 2015
Dana William VonVoss, age 61 of Irving, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 3, 2015. He was the son of Robert and Alice Voss and was born on May 13, 1954 in Buffalo, NY. Dana married Carla Brown on February 14, 1998 in Irving, where they were members of First Baptist Church of Irving. Dana loved life, he loved people. Carla teased him that he was always picking up strays - including her. He did window tinting for 37 years and worked for the Lord doing mission work, which was his true passion. Dana loved his many dogs and was always kind to a stranger. He was unconventional, which was one of the many things we all loved about him. His long flowing locks endeared him to people even those who would usually disapprove or feel threatened by a man with long hair. He did not have an enemy, he always saw the best in people. Dana was so funny and could make Carla laugh hysterically. He loved his motorcycle and rode until he was too sick to do so. Dana also loved flowers and made sure that anyone who passed by his house could enjoy them through their car windows. He was kind, sweet, thoughtful, generous and always eager to help people out. Dana loved the Lord and ran the house always asking God's direction and will. He read the Bible and began his days in the word. He loved his church and all that it stood for. Dana loved our three sponsor kids and even made a special trip to Uganda to meet with them and their families. Dana fought his battle with cancer with dignity and grace, some who knew him didn't even know he was sick - at least not as sick as he really was. He showed us the glory of God even as he battled for his life. I believe God greeted him saying, well done good and faithful servant. Survivors include, wife Carla VonVoss; mother, Alice Voss; brother, Dale Voss and wife Vicky; brother-in-law, Juan Brown and wife Annie; nieces and nephews, Jed Martinez, Sara Voss, Melaine Voss, Amber Brown; 4 furry kids, Wolfgang, Ivan, Grady and Andy. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 10th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 11th at First Baptist Church of Irving with the Rev. John Durham officiating.
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Nancy Ellen Coplen
October 6, 1937 - August 31, 2015
Nancy Ellen (Davis) Coplen, 77 passed away Monday, August
31, 2015 in Irving, Texas. She was born October 6, 1937 in Dallas, Texas to
Archie and Lillie Mae Davis who preceded her in death along with her sister
Evelyn Schuler. Nancy’s humorous sarcasm
would put a smile on your face. Her favorite personal item was her IPAD and
with that she kept up with family and friends through social media after her
illness took a toll on her getting out. Nancy cherished her family and always looked
forward to their visits. Survivors include, daughter, Susan Brothers and
husband Pete of Joshua, TX; sons, Stephen Moody and wife Susan of Grapevine,
TX, Bruce Moody and wife Pam also of Grapevine, TX; brother, Jerry Davis of
Blessing, TX; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will
be at 3:30 p.m, on Thursday, September 10 at Chism-Smith Funeral
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Wanda June Armstrong
June 5, 1941 - August 18, 2015
Wanda June Armstrong, 74, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Baylor Medical Center of Dallas, with her daughter, Kathy by her side. She was born June 5, 1941 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Jessie Armstrong. Wanda June later moved to Pleasant Grove to live with Milford and Nell Lee. In 1957 she graduated from the original Dallas High School, Crozier Technical High School in Dallas. That year Wanda June, also married Tommy Ray Hamilton. They moved to Mesquite, Texas, and blessed with two daughters, Kelly Denise Hamilton in 1959, and Kathy June Hamilton in 1962. Wanda June later married William Cecil Whatley, after 7 years they separated, but remained very close till her last days. She enjoyed being at stay at home mother and loyal caregiver in the home and to her family. Wanda kept a clean home with tireless energy and she attended Mimosa Lane Baptist Church. She had a loving heart, and she will always be remembered for that by her family and friends. Wanda June is survived by her daughters, Kelly Denise Salit and, Kathy June Hamilton Lerich; granddaughters, Sophie Estelle Lerich, and Olivia Nell Lerich; special friend, William Cecil Whatley; Among numerous family and friends. She will be dearly missed. Graveside services will be at 10 am on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery in Elkhart, TX.
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Sunrise: October 17, 1964 Sunset: August 28, 2015
Vincent Reed born in New Orleans Louisiana to Mae Frances and James Reed,Jr.
He moved to Irving, Texas in 1999 which became his new home. He is survived by his wife Maricella Reed and his daughters Marianna Elise and Christina Reed; also by his siblings: Sarah Dumas, Freida, Glenda, Linda Reed, and Catherine Wilson and his brothers Anthony and Kendrick Reed. Beloved by all his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins and his in-laws who he held very dear to him. He was loved by all who knew him. Always willing to lend a helping hand and lift you up in your time of need. May his soul rest in peace, he surely will be missed.
Vince spent his dash of his life with his family and friends always having a good time, with a beer in his hand and a beautiful smile on his face. Always celebrating life, so in his honor we will party in his absence and have
a good ol'time. Eat up, drink up, and Party Hard!!
We will have a memorial moment followed by a PARTY for Vincent Reed
When: Saturday 9/5/15 4:00PM
Place: 2605 Entrada Blvd. (his home)
Irving, TX 75038
God looked around his garden
and saw an empty place
He then looked down from heaven
And saw your tired face
He knew that you were suffering
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
And whispered "Come with me"
With tearful eyes we watched you
as you slowly slipped away
And though we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay
Many times we've needed you
And many times we've cried
If only Love could have saved you
You never would have died.
- selected by Maricella Reed
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Dorothy Agnes Tidwell
December 21, 1925 - August 30, 2015
Dorothy Agnes Tidwell, age 89, of Irving, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015. She was born on December 21, 1925 in Saint Gabriel, Texas, the daughter of Charlie and Mary Vanek. Dorothy grew up on a cotton farm, and at 18 she left to go to Temple where she worked in a diner. Dorothy had 2 sons, Ricky and George. In 1954 they moved to Irving, Texas and became very dedicated members of First Baptist Church in Irving. Dorothy loved to be around people and loved the various cafeterias and cafes she worked in. from 1964-1969 she owned "the coffee shop" it was very successful. Dorothy later went to work for Irving Community Hospital where she was a Dietician for 10 years. After leaving the workforce she worked odd and end jobs ironing, babysitting, and in hospice. She loved gardening, but most of all Dorothy was a loving and devoted mother and wife. She will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends. Survivors include, Ricky, and George Ingram, Carolyn, Jim, Helen, and Payton Machock. Visitation will be held at Chism Smith Funeral Home from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Funeral Services will be at First Baptist in Irving, at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Irving.
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Dwight "Butch" Courtney Reding
February 1, 1945 - August 24, 2015
Dwight "Butch" Courtney Reding, age 70, of Irving, Texas, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015. He was born on February 1, 1945 in Dallas, Texas, the son of J.B. and Lillie Mae Reding.
Dwight enlisted in the Navy in 1962. He was on the U.S.S. DeHaven DD-727 as an under water rescue diver and U.D.T. and a participant on the Project Mercury. Dwight then completed 3 tours in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Navy Seal Team One. In 1967 he returned to Irving, Texas, where he married the love of his life Diana Dolski. Dwight started school at El Centro College for 2 years then transferred to the University of North Texas in Denton where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts in 1972. He taught Industrial Arts/wood shop for Irving High School, and at Bowie Junior High from 1972-1980. Dwight also taught at the Dallas County Community College at Seagoville Prison for several years, in addition to being a general contractor. He later retired in the 1990's. Dwight loved to do wood working, motorcycle trips, camping, and traveling. Most of all he loved being a "Nanner" to his grandson Dylan. Dwight has been a member of Kirkwood Methodist Church since 1978. Dwight also participated in the production of the Last Super Tableau for 20 years, and was the Quartermaster for V.F.W Post 2494.
Dwight is preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Lillie Mae Reding; son, Dwight "Corky" Reding; and brother, Robert Reding.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Diana Reding; son, Christopher Reding and wife, Sharon; sister, Jean Williams; grandchildren, Dylan Reding, and Amanda Smith; among numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 27th from 6-8 pm at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 am on Friday, August 28th at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas.
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William Henry Keller
January 18, 1927 - July 24, 2015
William Henry Keller, 88 passed away July 24, 2015. He was
born January 18, 1927 in Chicota, TX to
Jess and Dora Keller. Most people knew him as Bill, his sisters and
brothers called him “Nug”. He farmed and tamed horses as a young man. He served
in the US Army and US Army Reserve from 1950 to 1956. He loved life, being
outdoors and in the country where he was raised. He loved dogs, animals and
wildlife. He was a simple man and many would say “He Never Met a Man He Didn’t
Like”. He is survived by his two sisters Merilou Owens and Helen Frierson,
sons; William Keller II and wife Janice, Steven Keller and wife Anna, Robin
Keller, daughters; Janeatha Barnes and husband Walter, Lisa Keller, 6 grandchildren
and 6 great grandchildren. William Keller was laid to rest along his wife
Lillian Keller at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving TX.
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Daniel David Hope
May 1, 1929 - August 10, 2015Rev Daniel David Hope was born May 1, 1929, in Bartlesville, OK, to the late John K Hope and Grace Wimberley Hope Curtis. He started at a very young age singing in a trio with his brother and sister. Dan could pick out a melody on the piano at the age of three. He became known for his soft touch and harmony. Many times he was the accompanist for Gospel artist of the day. He attended South Western Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, TX and started his ministry as a traveling evangelist toting his trombone. He was a missionary to the Philippines, Korea, Mexico and many others. His travels were all over the world. Among them, Ghana West Africa where a school was named after him in his honor ‘Hope Institute of Theology’. He was the pastor of Faith Temple Church of Lamesa, TX and established a private school ‘Faith Christian Academy” he was President of World Bible Way Fellowship for over 38 years. Dan preceded by his brother John K Hope, his sister Mary Frances Cover, daughter, Danna Kay Hope Hale. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Carmel Lynn Hope, son from Austin, TX, Dan Kelly Hope, 2 grandchildren, Josef Harrison Hale and Briana Hope- Hale. There is a host of nieces and nephews.Dan was a dream to live with. The very words in his music defined him and reflected what was in his heart. “Singing through the Shadows”, “Our Redeemer Liveth”, “The God of all Comfort” and many more. He was very careful with his words. Dan was slow to anger and swift to answer with a kind word. Many have said that he had an anointing of peace. When he walked in a room or on to a platform he would change the atmosphere to a serene peaceful state. People are better off for knowing him. Dan demonstrated consistently all nine fruits of the Spirit. He had no gaps. (Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Gentleness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Long Suffering and Self Control) Dan had them all!
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Barbara Kirk Meadows
Michael Scott Hernandez
Michael Scott Hernandez, age 34 of Rowlett, Texas, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 2, 2015. He was born in Dallas on June 6, 1981 and grew up in Irving. Michael was a tattoo artist and was a member of the Black Rhino Motorcycle Club. He always had a smile on his face and liked to make people laugh and came off as a tough guy but really he was a softy that was very protective of his family. Michael enjoyed all kinds of music but his favorite was heavy metal. He was a mechanic by trade and had a dream of building a classic race car. Survivors include, mother, Terri Britton and husband Mark; father, Martin Hernandez and finace Beatriz; daughter, Maliena Hernandez; girlfriend, Jennifer Nguyen; sisters, Kristina Nigo and husband Ryan, Melissa Trevino and husband Gil, Aligha Hernandez, Gabby Hernandez, Cassie Britton and Elizabeth Britton; brother, Doug Hernandez and Chris Britton; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Julie Mares; paternal grandmother, Martina Hernandez; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 6th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 7th at Oakview Baptist Church in Irving with interment following at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
December 16, 1928 - August 2, 2015
Lira Alarcon, age 87, of Irving, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2015. She was born in Cerro Largo, Uruguay, on December 16, 1928, the daughter of Noe Viera and Felipa de Brito. Lira was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved to sew, crochet, and garden. Lira was a fabulous cook, and a loyal companion to her precious animals. She was a kind woman with many creative ideas. Lira will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Angel Alarcon; and son, Richard Alarcon. Lira is survived by her children, Maria Collier and husband, Rodney, and Miguel Alarcon; sister, Luz Macedo; grandchildren, Alicia M. Collier, Clarrisa A Collier, Lindsey N. Molina, Madeline A. Alarcon, Sophia A. Alarcon, Clara E. Montiel; among numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be on August 4th from 6-8 pm at Chism Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on August 5th at 10:00 am in the Chism Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow the funeral services at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas. A funeral Mass will be held on August 5th at 5:00 pm at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Irving, Texas.
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November 14, 1947 - July 29, 2015
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July 6, 1922 - July 20, 2015
Ralph is pre-deceased by his daughter Susan Marie and three brothers, Herman, Orville and Wayne. He is survived by his loving wife Hazel, one sister Marcine Volder, three sons Thomas, James and Dan, and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Beginning with Hester's Office Supply in Lubbock, Texas, Ralph had a successful career in the office products industry, culminating in 1978 with the founding of E. Ralph Wallace, Inc. ERW, Inc. was a wholesale distributor of office equipment and supplies. Working with his wife Hazel and his son Dan, his company provided sales and technical support to independent office machine dealers for 30 years.
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September 23, 1966 - July 14, 2015
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February 4, 1925 - June 17, 2015
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February 18, 1987 - July 11, 2015
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August 7, 1950 - July 4, 2015
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Evelyn Jane Caldwell
Evelyn Jane Caldwell, age 60 of Irving, Texas went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. She was born on February 23, 1955 in Texas City, TX to John and Joyce Peeples. Evelyn was a member of both the concert and marching band and was in the All State Band several years then graduated in 1973. She was in the Golden Wave Marching Band at Baylor University and graduated in 1977. After college she took a job as the High School Music Director in Somerville, TX for several years before returning to Irving. Evelyn then joined Sherwood Park Baptist Church and sang in the choir and then taught music for their school. She then worked for Dallas County Independent School District driving a bus in Irving for special needs children. She has worked for Coldwell Banker as an office administrator for the last ten years. Evelyn grew up going to Oak View Baptist Church and she went back and joined Oak View a few months ago. Survivors include her parents, John and Joyce Peeples; brother John Peeples, Jr. and wife Shirley; nieces, Gale Permenter, Debbie Giles and Ellen Peeples; nephew, John Peeples III. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., on Tuesday, July 7th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 8th at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving with interment following at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
Richard Ronald "Ronny" Hill
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Bobbie Iris Davis
Bobbie Iris Davis, age 87, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Thursday, June 25, 2015. She was born on May 18, 1928, in Ralls, Texas, to Alonzo and Jessie Jackson. On December 27, 1949, she married the love of her life, Delwin Dean Davis; he preceded her in death, along with her parents. Bobbie was a farmer and lived most of her life in Olney, Texas. She was a strong Christian woman and was the song leader at her church. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Hicks and husband, Charles; sons, Lon Davis and partner, Robert Streams, Michael Dean Davis, and Robert Lynn Davis and wife, LaDonna; grandchildren, Kevin Hicks and wife, Kimberly, Koby Hicks, Kassandra Davis, Perry Davis and Justin Davis; and great-grandchildren, Alani Hicks and Travis Davis. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28th at Lunns Funeral Home in Olney, TX. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Shelly Lynn Shockley-Martin
September 26, 1955 - June 16, 2015
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March 1, 1923 - June 22, 2015
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Theodora Louise Wicks
Theodora Louise Wicks, passed from this life into her life eternal with Jesus Christ in the Church Triumphant on June 20, 2015. She was born on a rural homestead in Fannin County, Texas to parents Walter Ray and Myrtle Birdie Echols on November 2, 1925 and was the eldest of four siblings. Louise is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilburn Eugene Wicks; brothers, Coleman and Walter Echols; and grandson, Brad Arthur. Upon graduating from High School during World War II, she moved to Dallas and went to work, then met and fell in love with Wilburn, the love of her life in late 1945. She and Wilburn married in January of 1946 and not only was it a marriage of the two, but a marriage into two loving growing families. In the seasons of her life she enjoyed dancing with her husband, raising her family, family get togethers, her pets, camping, cooking, knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, reading the Word of God and being a child of God. Louise had a sharp wit, a good sense of humor and a quiet, blunt manner of speaking her truth. She was sincere, faithful and gracious. Louise Wicks, you were loved deeply, and you will be dearly missed until we meet again. Survivors include, daughter, Cheryl Arrington and husband William; sons, Gary Wicks and wife Sherre, Mark Wicks, Kirby Wicks and wife Peggy and Daryl Wicks; brother, David Echols and wife Patricia; 13 grandchildren and numerous, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 24th at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving with Rev. Terry Jordan officiating. Loved ones are invited to the home of Kirby and Peggy Wicks immediately following the service to exchange and participate in fond memories of a life well spent. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or The Boys Town of Nebraska.
January 20, 1972 - June 7, 2015
Jeannie Justina Naomi Atchley
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Carrol Diane Burgess:
Carrol Diane Burgess, age 62, of Euless, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 8th, 2015. She was born on August 15th, 1952 in Travers City, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Maxine Sutton. Carrol was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She Loved to sing karaoke, she sounded just like pasty cline. Carrol also loved to play bingo, and whenever she had the chance she loved to do anything that involved nature, including camping and fishing. Her family and her grandchildren were her whole life. Carrol could hardly wait till she could finally get her whole family together and cook Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. She would take care of anyone if they needed it, no matter how poor she was at the time. Carrol had a big heart and had many friends that were considered her extended family. She was the most fun loving, caring, and one of the strongest women you'd ever meet. Carrol is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Dorothy Gilbertson, Shari Striter, Robert Sutton, and Helen Karr. She is survived by her loving husband, William Burgess; children, Nicole Burgess and husband, James Robles, Gareld Gere; siblings, Darlene Gohmert and husband, Val, Ted Striter, and David Sutton; grandchildren, Kiera Robles, Ian Robles, Brianna Robles, Angelica Gere; great granddaughter, Ava Hall; among numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Carrol will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
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Dorothy Marie Cox
January 29, 1941 - May 25, 2015
Carol Elizabeth Lee Bartlett, 74, of Cedar Hill, died Thursday, May 25, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was born on Jan. 29, 1941 in Hutchinson, KS, the daughter of John and Mary Lee. Carol loved to read and collect jewelry. She was a huge fan of sports, The Cowboys, The Mavericks, The Rangers, The Stars, and Jeff Gordon were her favorite to watch. Carol was an unapologetic home team girl. She raised her children in Irving, TX and was very active in the community during the 60's, 70's and 80's. Carol was a social butterfly and fluttered to many cities in the metroplex including, Irving, Grapevine, Lewisville, Fort Worth, Cleburne, and Cedar Hill. She retired as an accountant from J.A. Majors Scientific Books in 2006. Carol was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and, friend. She will be dearly missed. Carol is survived by children; Michael Bartlett, Jack Bartlett, Lori Milholen; siblings, Jane Wooters, George Lee, John Lee; 5 grandchildren; many friends at Crestview Court in Cedar Hill, TX; and numerous other family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on June 13, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
July 14, 1927 - May 31, 2015
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Maria Teresa Narvaez
Maria Teresa Narvaez, age 80, of Irving, Texas, passed away on June 1, 2015. She was born on September 12, 1934 in Mexico City, Mexico to Rodolfo and Maria Pertzel. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Carlos Narvaez and son, Mickey Narvaez. Maria was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and attended Mass at University of Dallas. She cherished her family and always loved when her family and friends came to visit. Survivors include daughters, Neomi Chinchilla and husband Mario, Elizabeth Forrest and husband Barry; step-children, Carlos Narvaez, Martha Narvaez, Victor Narvaez, Rebecca Cobb, Maurico Narvaez; brother, Jorge Pertzel and wife Luz Maria; grandchildren, Karen, Mario, Matthew, Sara, Veronica, Karla, Sara O., Gabriel, Ben, Anna, Kristi; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Lucy, Lenox and Isabella. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3rd at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 4th at the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
November 24, 1934 - May 25, 2015
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May 4, 1958 - May 13, 2015
Richard Lynn Hodges, age 57 years and 9 days, of Irving, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. He was born on May 4, 1958 in Dallas, Texas, the son of Clarence Henry and Helen Christine Hodges. On December 27, 1996 Richard married the love of his life Teresia Young. He was a loving son, brother, and father. Richard was a scenic carpenter in the movie industry for 30 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Helen Hodges; sister, Denise Bolt; brothers, Charles Hodges and Larry Hodges. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Teresia Hodges; son, Cody Ryon; sister, Sharon Brazzell and husband, Vic; among numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 2-4 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
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Dyllis Jean Underwood
Dyllis Jean Bird Underwood, age 80 of Justin, TX passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015. She was born on May 31, 1934 in Mountainview, OK to Leon and Faye Bird. Dyllis graduated from Dumas High School in 1952 and married Travis Underwood on September 3, 1955 in Dumas, TX. Her life was centered around her love for The Lord, church, family and friends and she was always with her beloved husband Travis. She baked cakes from scratch and chocolate was her favorite. Dyllis was an avid shopper, always enjoying a good sale, and loved dressing nice. She had a passion for music, she sang duets with her sister and had a piano in her home where she collected sheet music. Dyllis enjoyed her collection of dolls, reading, sewing and crocheting with her family and friends that shared her interest in them. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Faye; her beloved husband, Travis; siblings, Charles and Barbara. Survivors include, daughter, Joy Fish and husband Pat; son, Dewayne Underwood and wife Laura; grandchildren, April Schlick and Michael Fish. The family would like to thank Rhonda and Sylvia from Harris Hospice and especially EY who cared for Dyllis during her illness, your compassion and kindness meant the world to us. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 30th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be 11:15 a.m., Friday, May 1st at DFW National Cemetery, Lane B.
Danny Coleman Roden
Danny Coleman Roden, age 51 of Euless, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. He was born on June 10, 1963 in Dallas to David and Ruby (Sloan) Roden. Danny was well known as “Dan Dan the maintenance man”. He was passionate about the Dallas Cowboys, beer and rock and roll. Danny loved his family and will be greatly missed. Survivors include, wife, Melissa Keene; mother, Ruby Wilson; father, David Roden; daughters, Ruby Legaria, Misty Roden; siblings, Diana Finch, Robert Roden (Michelle), Russell Roden (Leslie); grandchildren, Andrew Legaria, Dominic Legaria, Chase Legaria and Dallas Brashears; and numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
Jorge I. Piña Assaf, MD
Jorge Ignacio Piña Assaf, 72, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. Piña specialized as a general surgeon in Wichita, KS from 1971 to 1975. During this time, they had three more children – Jorge, Lloyd, and Spencer. He and his family later moved to El Paso, TX where he taught an intensive anatomy program at the University of St. Lucia while working at a plasma center and later opened his own practice. They had their fifth child, Wesley, in 1981. Around the mid 1990s, Dr. Piña returned to practicing family medicine and relocated to Falfurrias, TX in 1998. A year later, his family settled down in Irving, TX where he worked in his beloved profession as a family doctor with Family Medical Clinic of North Dallas while also working as an on-call physician for the West Texas Counseling drug rehabilitation clinic in the Dallas/Irving area. From time to time, he also served as a ringside doctor for various MMA and boxing sporting events.
Dr. Piña -- loving companion, husband, father, son, brother, mentor, role model, and best friend, is survived by his wife Maria Silvia Piña, daughter Sylvia E. Gendron, sons Jorge I.C. Piña, Lloyd C. Piña, Spencer F. Piña, Wesley W. Piña and wife Yazeth, granddaughter Sophia C. Gendron, soon to be born granddaughter Elena A. Piña, his mother, five sisters, and one brother. He is loved and will be remembered always with the fondest of memories by his family and friends. Our beloved father and his comforting soul will be very sorely missed and never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation in memory of Jorge I. Piña, MD to the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES or http://diabetes.org/.
Dwight "Corky" Reding II
Dwight “Corky” Courtney Reding II, age 47 of Irving, Texas, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was born on January 28, 1968 in Irving to Dwight “Butch” and Diana Reding. Corky graduated from Irving High School in 1986 and then was selected to play soccer on an All American Team that went to Germany. He was granted a scholarship in Soccer to Latourneau University in Longview, Texas where he attended for a year. Corky then went to work at Mountain View College and worked there for ten years. After he left the college he opened his own smoke shop in Decatur, TX that made the best beef jerky in town. On July 22, 2004 Corky was electrocuted and that resulted in a brain injury which necessitated his living in a nursing home until he passed away. Survivors include, his beloved parents, Butch and Diana Reding; brother, Christopher Reding and wife Sharon; niece, Amanda Smith; nephew, Dylan Reding; aunt, Jean Williams; and numerous cousins. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 31st at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 1st at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
August 12, 1938 - March 18, 2015
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Ryleigh Amoy Wiggins
Before she came into this world Ryleigh Amoy Wiggins was destined to bring love and to bring people together. Ryleigh was born on February 25, 2015 at Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, TX. She was then transferred to Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX. where she quietly formed a bond with all of her caregivers and doctor. She was a requested patient with each shift. Love and prayers were sent not only from here in the DFW area but from Virginia, Washington, D. C., Maryland, Florida, Houston, and Trinidad West Indies as well. Such a tiny little girl had made an impact on so many lives. She brought family members and friends who haven’t spoken to each other in years together. Ryleigh was called home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2015 while lying in her mother’s arms. She was at peace and content and free from machines. She is survived by her mother Sanita Wiggins; Grandparents, Seyon and Charmaine Julien, William and Anderlene Wiggins; Uncles Richard Williams, Chris White, and Andre White; Aunt, Margaret Wiggins; Four great aunts and one great uncle; Godmothers and aunts, Renise Johnson, Janell Land and Blythe Townsend; as well as a host of honorary aunties and uncles from Christus Health. We all love Ryleigh dearly and know that God loves her more. Until we meet again my sweet angel.
Mary Jack Ingle
Mary Jack Edwards Ingle passed away peacefully with family at her side on Thursday afternoon, March 5, 2015 at Ashford Hall Long Term Care in Irving, Texas after her lengthy hospice battle with C.O.P.D. She was 80 years old.
The family invites all to celebrate her special life at a memorial service at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at First Christian Church, 104 W. Grauwyler Road in Irving.
Mary Jack was born on September 29, 1934 in Marfa, Texas to the late Jack and Mary Louise (Bennett) Edwards. A gregarious only child, she made friends easily and became popular during school and college. Those early friendships endured throughout her life. Her close friends became her extended family, easily attracted to her sense of humor, loyalty, positive outlook and willingness to help others in need.
For over three decades, Mary Jack taught at Bowie Middle School in Irving educating thousands to use a computer, type and relive Texas History. She took a personal interest in her students; they admired her for her skills and though she was only five feet tall, her reputation for ‘no nonsense’ commanded respect before the start of each school year.
A resident of Irving since 1966, Mary Jack graduated from Marfa High School in 1952. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech and graduated from Sul Ross in Alpine, Texas in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 1999, Mary Jack authored Just Gimme a Zero! Teaching from the Trenches; an anecdotal book about humorous, humbling yet true teaching experiences that exposed the reality of public schools. A voracious reader, Mary Jack also loved to write poetry (and perform when coaxed) and was always thinking of a new novel or story especially about the plight of a single working mother or teacher.
She was passionate about animals but fervent about her three Yorkshire Terriers; her “Yorkies” gave her great comfort in her later years. Mary Jack felt fortunate to have grown up in the 1950’s in the Big Bend area and was very proud of her west Texas roots. Her familiar drawl was one of her many enduring qualities.
Survivors include children Christopher Edwards Ingle of Irving and James Paul Ingle, Jr. and wife Nita of Bullard, Texas; grandchildren Geoffrey Ryan Ingle and Taylor Leigh Ingle of Sarasota, Florida and great grandchildren Jaxon and Austin.
The family would like to thank Esteem Hospice for their commitment and dedication plus Mary Jack’s many lifelong friends that provided extraordinary care and support over the years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Doris Day Animal League (ddal.org) or the SPCA of Texas (spca.org.)
Mary Frances Kirksey
Mary Frances Kirksey, age 73 of Irving, TX passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015. She born on November 22, 1941 in Boonville, MS to Luther and Addie (Harris) Reece and was one of ten children. Mary married Billy Frank Kirksey 31 years ago on November 18, 1983 in Dallas, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Nettie Taylor, Ervin Rickett, Luther Jody Reece, Beatrice Beckworth, and Glades Roden; sons, Edward Lee Henderson, Melvin Ford Henderson, and Samuel Roy Henderson. Mary Loved to bring a smile to anyone's face, She worked in the clothing industry for 30 plus years and retired in Irving Texas. Mary enjoyed gardening, fishing, catching her grandkids sporting event's, and winning at Casino's. She could put a dead stick in the ground and it would grow in to a beautiful plant. Mary's smile could light up room. She is survived by husband, Billy Kirksey; children, Lloyd Wane Henderson, Polly Henderson, Rebecca Henderson, and her stepson Billy Kirksey Jr.; siblings, Alma Reece, Sonny Reece, Connor Reece and Emmer Simpson; grandchildren, Joshua Henderson, Robert Allen Henderson, Jacob Henderson, Brandon Henderson, Austin Kirksey, Sophia Kirksey, Madison Wells, Hannah Wells, Christina Wells, and Marie. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Friday, March 20th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 21th at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Prairie with the Rev. Joshua Price officiating.
Benito Garcia, age 70 of Dallas, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015. He was born in Raymondville, Texas on January 2, 1945 and was raised by Jose and Isabel Vitela on January 2, 1945. Benito had a passion for music and could sing and play the guitar. He would watch sporting events on TV but always loved to watch cartoons. Benito enjoyed giving the neighborhood kids cookies and candy when they came to visit him. He is survived by daughters, Corinna Cano, Selena Gatica and husband Michael; sisters, Pat Serna, Frances Castillo; grandchildren, Adan and Izan Gatica; and numerous, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, March 10th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
June 20, 1945 - March 5, 2015
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March 29, 1963 - February 25, 2015
She was blessed with the most contagious smile, and extremely witty sense of humor. If she was in a room full of people, that room was hers through pure presence. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed, and no replacement for her kind touch. She left us with many great memories and so many inspirational quotes one of which is "if you do it right, it will turn out right."
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Theda Lavonne Smith
Theda Lavonne Smith, age 79 of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015. She was born on March 31, 1935 in Dallas, Texas to Arlie and Katie Hackett. Theda enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and would go fishing whenever the opportunity came her way. She loved her family and was the best grandmother and great-grandmother ever. Theda was like a shepherd of God. She helped others when they lost their way or were thrown away by others. She would lead them back into mainstream so they could have quality of life. Theda provided shelter and emotional support to all who needed although it sometimes was a burden on her. She never gave up on anyone. We should all strive to be like her and love and care for others unconditionally thru the way Theda lived her life. She demonstrated and mentored many thru her actions and ways to love, live and care for others. Theda was always kind, strong, ready to help unconditionally. She always said, “I love you” every time she spoke to you. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include, daughter, Theda Stacks and husband Lonnie; sons, Bruce Smith II and wife Brenda, Roy B. Smith and wife Lisa; brother, David Hackett; her soul mate, Danny Martin; grandchildren, Bruce Smith III, Kristopher, Cody, Lindsay, Michael, Chelsea, Sadie and Robert; 7 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Monday, March 2nd at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3rd at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
July 6, 1918 - February 22, 2015
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February 22, 1920 - February 17, 2015
Lotis Edmond “Eddie” Talbert, age 95, of Irving, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. He was born on February 22, 1920 in Augusta, Georgia the son of Edmond and Susan Talbert, they preceded him in death. Eddie was a loving husband, and father. His career as Master Sergeant in the United States Army lasted for a span of 30 years. When Eddie retired in 1961 he moved to Texas, where he spent the majority of his life. He later went into the private retail industry. Eddie was a good Christian man, a faithful sherpard to his family and all in need. He leaves behind his loving wife of 73 years, Helen Talbert; children, Renea Talbert, Sharyn Talbert-Carvalho and husband, Ivo, Lewis Talbert, and Larry Talbert; among numerous other family and friends. Eddie lived a long and happy life…”SOLIDER JOB WELL DONE!" Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2015 in the Chism-Smith Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11:15 am at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Lane B.
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December 25, 1931 - February 13, 2015
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Pedro Tarango Martinez
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January 25, 1950 - January 16, 2015
The third out of four children born to Joe & Emma Lee, he was a little brother to Emma Jo and Lucian and a big brother to Christie. Emma Jo and Lucian lived with him as a baby and little boy, and Christie as a pre-teen and teenager.
Lynn was a special soul, quiet and reserved, but he loved his family very much, the love was there all along. He lived at home all of his life, though not the typical scenario, for Lynn is was what he wanted and during the last years of his mother’s life, he took very good care of her and loved her dearly. He made sure she never missed a dose of her medication or doctor’s appointments. When she passed away in March of 2013, Lynn was heart broken. He said at the time “no one ever loved as much as Mother did”.
Lynn had many loves: photography, trains, skateboarding, surfing, WWF Wrestling, his biggest love of all was music and his guitar. He could tell you any band, its members, and years certain songs were recorded. Lynn was a walking encyclopedia and definitely the guy you wanted on your team for music trivia. He took his music seriously and felt the lyrics and the soul of the music. Something not all people feel, but if you are a musician, then you know this feeling.
Wilma Frances Cothren
Wilma Frances Cothren, age 73 of Irving, TX passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 10, 2015. She was born on January 12, 1941 in Farmersville, Texas to Herbert and Dorothy Taylor. Wilma graduated from Irving High School and then started working for Texas Instruments where she later retired. She enjoyed square dancing where she spent several years as NORTEX area VP. Wilma was an avid bowler, bowling in tournaments and several leagues. Her family was the apple of her eye and she enjoyed spending as much time with them as she could. Survivors include, daughter, Stacy Bennett and boyfriend, Erin Pickens; sister, Frances Patrick and husband Raymond; grandson, Ryan Walker and wife Ashley; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Baira Sky Walker; numerous, nephews and one niece and a host of friends. A Memorial Service will be 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 15th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
Pamela Eilleen Taylor
Pamela Eilleen Ivy Taylor, 62, of Georgetown, Texas passed away on December 31, 2014 in Georgetown. She was born July 25, 1952 in San Angelo, TX to James W. and Cora Maudie Ivy, they preceded her in death. She grew up in Irving where she attended Irving High School graduating in 1970. Pam was a member of the Irving High School Toy Tigers drill team, elected sweetheart of the Track Team and chosen class beauty. She was on the Debs Softball Team in the IGSL who took the Texas State Title and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Irving. She enjoyed listening to music, dancing and playing softball as a teenager. Pam loved her children and family and found joy in the simple things most of us take for granted like a touch or a smile. Pam especially loved a visitor and the sound of laughter was music to her ears. She had great purpose in this life teaching us all the importance of loving and caring for each other. Pam loved life all the way to the end, we are all so blessed to have had her in our lives. Survivors include daughters, Tracy Brown and partner Chris Coldiron, Brandy Taylor Igo and husband Nathan; sister, Patricia Kinney(Gordon); brothers, Jim Ivy (Karen) and Jeff Ivy; Grandchildren, Amanda Brown, Courtney Whitten, Harmony Coldiron, Heather Taylor and Tori Igo, Great-Grandchildren, Cadence Wagoner, Johnna Coldiron, Carter Whitten, Carmella Esparza and Hector Jimenez; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
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Martin J. Yunk, Sr.
Martin J. Yunk, Sr. age 85 of Lewisville, TX passed away on December 20, 2014. He was born on January 25, 1929 in Dear River, MN to Felix and Ruth Yunk, they preceded him in death along with son, Joe; siblings, Bob, Dorothy, Leo, Fred, Albert, Ed and Gene. Martin married Jeanette Benson on April 1, 1950 and had 64 blessed years of marriage. Survivors include, wife Jeanette Yunk; children, Sherie and husband Jim, Margaret and husband Jim, Rick and wife Robin, Pam and husband Ron, Kimberly and husband Cecil; brothers, Bill and wife Netta, Jim and wife Geri; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; and numerous, nieces, nephews and friends. Martin had worked in the construction business all his life from the ages of 15 until 62, building custom homes all the way up to high-rise buildings. He had a love for going to the casino and was always up for a good argument! Martin was loved and missed by all. A Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 28th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Vitas Hospice at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton.
October 25, 1934 - November 30, 2014
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February 25, 1926 - November 30, 2014
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December 21, 1926 - November 15, 2014Bert Wayne Walthall, Sr., age 87 formerly of Irving, passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014. He was born on December 21, 1926 in McKinney, TX to William Stanley and Dora Lee Wheeler-Walthall. Bert was a United States Navy veteran serving just after WWII. He was a long time active member of First Baptist Church of Irving and started the Videos for the Homebound ministry there. Bert enjoyed mentoring others and had the gift of never forgetting a face. He worked for TXU as Supervisor of Transmission, retiring in 1984 after 43 years of service. Bert loved his family and was always up for a good game of dominos. He is preceded in death by Geraldine, his loving wife of 55 years, who passed away in 2004, and by his brothers Ernest, Raymond, and Alvin Walthall. Survivors include, sons, Bert Wayne Walthall, Jr. and wife Peggy, Terry Lynn Walthall and wife Marcia; sister, Faye Nell Marshall; grandchildren, Kevin Walthall, Brooke Walthall, Bradly Walthall, Jennifer Walthall; great-grandchildren, Cortland Walthall and Grahm Walthall. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 21st at Chism-Smith Funeral Home with visitation being held one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at 2:30 on Friday at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Texas with Military Honors. The family requests charitable donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Bob Doyle White
Bob Doyle White of Irving, Texas passed away on November 4, 2014. He was born on August 20, 1929 in Benton, Arkansas to Doyle and Myrtle Treece White. The family moved to Leslie, Arkansas until he was 9 years old. Bob enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1948 and served for two years. In 1950, he met the love of his life, Melba Felty, with whom he was married for 57 wonderful years. In 1951, he re-enlisted in the Navy and served an additional 3 years. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and in 1963 became a Professional Engineer. Bob worked for several defense contractors, including Bell Helicopter and Vought Aerospace, from which he retired.
Bob and Melba had 4 children: Barry, Diane, Mark and Leland. They were also blessed with 5 grandchildren, Angela Gilland, Brad Golightly, Ashley, Brittany and Camryn White and 1 great granddaughter, Parker Gilland, all of whom he was immensely proud. Bob and Melba attended the First Baptist Church of Irving for over 50 years and provided endless contributions to the church family. He loved being active in the church and his extended family there. Bob was a very loving and Godly man, who taught his children strong Christian values. He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher and role model. He loved to travel with his family and share his time and engineering skills with anyone who needed him. He was our dad.Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at First Baptist of Irving. Interment will be at 10:15 am in Lane B at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery on Friday, November 7, 2014.
B. Dewayne Shaw of Irving, Texas moved to heaven on October 28, 2014 at the age of sixty-six after a sudden heart attack. He was born on October 10, 1948 to Naomi Beatrice Luttrell and Ernest Franklin Shaw on the Dexter Boggle Farms in southeastern New Mexico and he remained a farm boy at heart his entire life. Dewayne was one of six children and the oldest son. He began working at the age of ten, hoeing cotton, and swiftly moved into upper management following a hostile takeover on his part, but he and his sister reconciled before dinner.