Shirley Ann Wilson
November 24, 1934 - May 25, 2015
Shirley Ann Wilson, age 80 of Irving, Texas passed away Monday, May 25, 2015. She was born on November 24, 1934 in Dallas to Vascar and Jewel Renfrow, they preceded her in death along with her husband, Roy Wilson and grandson WIlliam Harrington, IV. Survivors include, children, Kevin Wilson (Rosemary), Leigh Anne McNeese (Shane), Kristi Duane (Mark), Dianne Branch (Jim), Brenda Fulmer; siblings, Hazel Collins and Milton Renfrow; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28th from 6-8 p.m. at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 29th also at the Funeral Home with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
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Richard Lynn Hodges
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
May 31, 1934 - April 23, 2015
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.
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Danny Coleman Roden
June 10, 1963 - April 7, 2015
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.
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Jorge I. Piña Assaf, MD
January 26, 1943 - April 5, 2015
Jorge Ignacio Piña Assaf, 72, passed away peacefully on
April 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Jorge Ignacio Piña Assaf was born January 26,
1943 in Mexico City, MX to Elena Assaf Elias and Ignacio Piña Duran. He began
his medical education at the Military Medical School in Mexico City and received
his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara in 1969. That same year,
Jorge Piña Assaf married Maria Silvia Galindo on December 26 in
Manzanillo, MX whom he had met a year earlier on June 1, 1968. On October 22 of
the following year, they had their first born, Sylvia, soon after moving to El
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 was a life-long knowledge
seeker and never passed up an opportunity to share his wisdom. He enjoyed
reading, especially about his roots, and learning new things. He also enjoyed
traveling and was able to visit several locations around the world including Europe,
Turkey, Jordan, Jerusalem, Petra and Egypt. Another one of his passions was
photography and photo restoration, which he would do as a hobby on his spare
time, along with listening to music and tinkering with odd jobs around the
house – he was very good at learning anything he set his mind to. Dr. Piña
loved being involved and was always eager to help people to the best of his
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/.
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Dwight "Corky" Reding II
January 28, 1968 - March 28, 2015
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.
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Norman Kenneth Sharp
August 12, 1938 - March 18, 2015
Norman Kenneth Sharp, age 76 of Irving, TX went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. He was born on August 12, 1938 in Marlington, WV to Woodrow and Lula Sharp. Norman spent the first part of his life around Cass, WV where he was the oldest of ten chilren. He then went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1956 - 1960. In 1959 he moved to Texas and married Ethel, she preceded him in death in 1993. Norman was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed racing stock cars, hunting and fishing. He loved his family and was especially fond of his sidekick, L.C. a little black and white chihuahua. Also preceding Norman in death is his parents, Woodrow and Lula Sharp; siblings, James and Steve Sharp, Linda Mathaney; granddaughter, Rebecca Ray; great-grandson, Cole Childress. Survivors include, daughter, Mickie Ray and husband Roger; sisters, Connie Privitt, Helen Coleman and husband Gary, Leona Sharp; brothers, Alvin Sharp and wife Gloria Jean, Paul Sharp, Ivan Sharp and wife Reba; granddaughter, Candis Sharp-Ray and husband Zack Morris; great-grandchildren, Landon, Maci and Madelyn Morris. Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 22nd at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 23rd at the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Parkhill officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
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Ryleigh Amoy Wiggins
February 25, 2015 - March 15, 2015
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.
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Mary Jack Ingle
September 29, 1934 - March 5, 2015
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
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.)
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Mary Frances Kirksey
November 22, 1941 - March 16, 2015
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.
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January 2, 1945 - March 7, 2015
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.
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Eldon L. Stewart
June 20, 1945 - March 5, 2015
Eldon L. Stewart, age 69 of Midlothian, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was born on June 20, 1945 to Robert and Lillie Dee Stewart, they both preceded him in death along with daughter, April and brother, Robert. Eldon grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene High School in 1964 then later moved to the Dallas area where he worked and retired from the Dallas Morning News. He adored his family and insisted that they visit with each other regularly. Eldon was an avid Dallas Cowboy and Texas Ranger fan and would watch any old Western movie that came on TV. Survivors include, daughters, Laurie McDonald and husband Paul, Sarah Larsen and husband Kyle; son, Russell Stewart and wife Donna; sister, Vickie Landry; grandchildren, Meghan Johnson, Katy McDonald, Sebastian Larsen, Zackary McDonald, Kaleb Stewart, Gretchen Larsen, Kirstin Larsen; great-grandchildren, Mason and Aubrey Johnson. The family will be accepting guests from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 8th to celebrate Eldon’s life at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
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Dolores Marie Klonek
March 29, 1963 - February 25, 2015
Dolores Marie Klonek, has passed on to the next life peacefully on February 25, 2015. Known by many as Lola, she was a loving mother, sister, daughter, aunt and great aunt and friend. There were many that knew her and her love was never held back for the ones that she shared it with. She was a unique, thoughtful, caring, strong, and loving person, if you had something and needed it, it was yours. She was the most giving person we had ever known. Dolores doesn't leave too much in this world, as she would always say "you can't take it with you."
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."
Please forward any donations of any kind to a local epilepsy foundation. She is survived by her two children, Ernesto Varela, Jr. and Vanessa Marie Arestad. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5th with Funeral Mass being said following the visitation at 5:00 p.m. all here at Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
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Jon Mark Monzingo:
April 5, 1961 - February 25, 2015
Jon Mark Monzingo, 53, of Bedford, Texas, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 5, 1961 in Lubbock, Texas, the son of O.G. and Ardis Monzingo. Mark was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He had many loves in his life, his dogs, motorcycles, cars, music, and his Budweiser. Mark always had a project going on whether it was fixing a car or motorcycle, building or fixing things around the house, or doing one of his many puzzles. He was a master at writing songs or making up unique names for each one of his dogs. No one will forget the all of his favorite movies or the movie quotes he used in his everyday life. Mark had a big heart and Lubbock held a huge place in his heart along with his family. Family was the most important thing to him, and they loved him. Mark's family went beyond just his blood, many people could call him a second dad. You could always count on him to be there whether it was for advice or to help fix a car problem. Who could forget, "Its too cold/hot for man or doggie."; "Pull over who's driving."; "Do you smell that? That's Pain."; "I'll put this foot on that side of you face."; "What'll you give me? What will you take? Pop off!" Just to name a few. Mark will be dearly missed for all of his song lyrics, and movie quotes that will live on in our hearts and mind forever. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Monzingo; children, Heather Moffat, Jeremy Monzingo and wife, Tammy, Matthew Talamini, Justin Monzingo, Ashley Bonicelli and husband, Nick, Mark Talamini and wife, Sabrina, Johnny Talamini; siblings, Mike Monzingo and wife, Susan, Michelle; niece, Misti Duffey and husband Corey; nephew, Chris Monzingo and wife, Emily; grandchildren, Matthew Jr., Hanleigh, Kylie, Lilian, Adrien, Hope, Kendall, Kaleb, Chloe; among numerous other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Mark will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Theda Lavonne Smith
March 31, 1935 - February 27, 2015
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.
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Lottie Marie Hall
July 6, 1918 - February 22, 2015
Lottie Marie Hall (aka, Little Granny), age 96 of Irving, TX went to her heavenly home on Sunday, February 22, 2015. She was first and foremost a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Lottie spent her life as a housewife, and in her house they served the Lord. In her earlier years, her sisters and her traveled, played and sang for the Lord at different churches. In 1936 she met Clifford Hall, the love of her life and they married on April 2, 1938, he preceded her in death on October 13, 1993. They spent 55 years attending churches and giving their talents for the work of the Lord. The song “Jesus love the little children” is the song Lottie lived her life by. Not only did she teach the song to children, she loved the children. She would make sure the kids memorized Psalm 100 and the Ten Commandments. Each child would get a special prize when they could recite them both. She adored her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and she would teach the great-grandchildren exercises and would even get on the floor with them at 85 years old to do flips. Family meant everything to Lottie, and in her 96 years, she made sure each and every one of them knew how much she loved them. Survivors include, daughter, Lottie Ilene Graves, grandchildren, Lora Donell Campbell and Clifford “David” Graves; great-grandchildren, Cassie Martinez, Candice Stephens, Brandy Mellott, Andrea Graves, Amanda Hale and Alex Choate; and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 12:30 p.m., on Thursday at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Interment will be at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
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Lotis Edmond "Eddie Talbert
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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Barbara Joan Martin
December 25, 1931 - February 13, 2015
Barbara Martin of Coppell, TX, passed away on February 13, 2015. She was born on Christmas Day to Edmund and Christine Tefft in Council Bluffs, IA. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Monte Martin, and son, Monte Martin, Jr.. Monte and Barbara had 7 children, Sondra Krueger of California, Christina Lawson of Dallas Texas, Marcus Martin of Prosper Texas, Kylun Martin of Lewisville Texas, Trophy Martin of Apollo Beach Florida, Melody Staats Turner of St Petersberg Florida; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kylun Lawson, a grandson lived with her since birth and is now 15 years old. Barbara served the community of Tampa Florida as a geriatrics and hospice nurse for 25 years. She moved to Texas to be with her immediate family, having traveled between Florida and Texas in retirement years. In lieu of flowers, Barbara would want people to donate to their local church groups and/or 501c3 in lieu of flowers.
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Pedro Tarango Martinez
December 10, 1947 - January 26, 2015
Pedro Tarango Martinez, age 67 of Irving, TX went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 26, 2015. He was born in Mexico to Pedro Martinez and Conception Tarango. Pedro loved life and put God first and foremost above anything. He had a passion for music and played the guitar. Pedro adored his family and loved them all unconditionally. Survivors include, daughters, Louanna Reyna (Joe), Monica Martinez-Herrera (James), Patricia Gonzalez (Pedro Jr.), Maria Martinez (Carlo Camarillo), Norma Escobedo (Rosario); sons, Herman Martinez, Michael Martinez (Mary), Pedro Martinez (Salina), Steven Gonzales, Pedro Enrique Martinez, James Martinez, Roland Martinez; partner for over 25 years, Guadalupe Martinez; 4 brothers, 1 sister; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29th at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 12:00 noon on Friday, January 30th at the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
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Lynn Brooks Savage
January 25, 1950 - January 16, 2015
Lynn Brooks Savage, age 64,
passed away Friday, January 16, 2015. He was born on January 25, 1950 in
Dallas, Texas, to parents Charlie Joe Savage and Emma Lee (Brooks) Savage.
Except for the nine years he lived in Houston, and a brief stay in Rhome, Lynn
lived in the same house at 301 West Shady Grove in Irving for his entire life.
This was his home and Irving was his town. Lynn was loyal to this town and
spent the past year and a half try to find a way to move back and be “at home”
again. He was a true “Irvingite”,
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 went to John Haley
Elementary in Irving, but then went to junior high and the beginning of high
school in Houston. Lynn then returned to Irving and graduated from Irving High
School in 1968.
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”.
He moved in with his sister
and brother-in-law for what he had planned on being a short time, only until he
could find a way and means to get back to Irving. Lynn ended up living out the
remainder of his life there, that being a year and a half from the time he was
first diagnosed with CHF.
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.
Lynn never married and didn’t
have any children of his own, but he did love all of his nieces and nephews,
more than they could know. He is survived by his siblings, Emma Jo Massengale
and husband, Wayne, Lucian Savage and wife, Linda, Christie Gentry and husband,
George; among numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will always be loved
and missed by all. We take comfort in knowing that his “precious soul” is now
in heaven with our Lord and Savior, and that his parents have welcomed him home
with outstretched arms. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Shady Grove Cemetery, Grand Prairie, Texas.
Rest in peace sweet brother………….
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Wilma Frances Cothren
January 12, 1941 - January 10, 2015
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.
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Pamela Eilleen Taylor
July 25, 1952 - December 31, 2014
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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October 2, 1932 - December 30, 2014
Marie Lawson. age 82 went to sleep on December 30, 2014 and woke up in the arms of Jesus. She was born on October 2, 1932 to Frank and Ethel Cole, they preceded her in death along with her ten siblings; son, John Lawson; great-grandsons, Matthew and Christopher. Marie put her love of God, her family and her country first and foremost. She enjoyed doing crafts, playing cards with friends, traveling (as long as it didn't involve going over bodies of water or in the mountains), flowers and anything purple. She could do laundry like no one else, and took pride in her unique ability to do so. Memaw adored her grandchildren and great-grandchilen, she worried about them, prayed for them and set a fine example of what a Godly woman was. Survivors include, children, Carol Davis and husband Dick, Cathy Brown and husband Greg, Debra Falls and husband Steven, Lisa Stanberry and husband Rodger, Kevin Lawson; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 3rd at Grace Pointe Church in Irving with the Funeral Service following at 1:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held on Monday, January 5th at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
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Martin J. Yunk, Sr.
January 25, 1929 - December 20, 2014
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.
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Charlene "Smokey" Tormolen
October 25, 1934 - November 30, 2014
Charlene “Smokey” Tormolen went to be with the Lord on November 30, 2014. She was born October 25, 1934 in Sherman, TX to Charlie and Jesse Jenkins. Smokey grew up in the Dallas area and showed artistic talent at a young age. After graduating from High School, Smokey worked at Wilson Engraving Company as an artist designing packaging for major products. It was at this time that she met her husband, Hans. Smokey was very involved with the art community in Irving, Brownwood and other art associations around the world. She served as president of the Southwest Watercolor Society and other art associations and won many competitions over the years. She was widely known for her ability to see fine detail in animals and flowers and was able to transform her vision into remarkable paintings. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hans Tormolen; sister, Linda Joyce Voss and brother, Parkland “Parkey” Jenkins. Survivors include, brothers, M.L. “Buddy” Jenkins and wife Joyce, Don Jenkins and wife Donna; many nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends and associates involved with the art community. There will be a Graveside Service at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 3rd at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, TX.
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John R. McVay
February 25, 1926 - November 30, 2014
John R. (JR) McVay, age 88 of Irving, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He was born on February 25, 1926 in Archer City, Texas to John H. and Ruth McVay. John grew up in Sulphur Springs, TX and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School then went to SMU where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He was a United States Navy veteran serving during WWII. John was employed by Bell Helicopter and LTV before owning his own heating and air-conditioning business, then retiring from Lennox. John was a devout Christian who loved reading his bible and being a good Christian example for his family that meant the world to him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Annette Glover McVay; son, John Glover McVay; granddaughter, Melissa Ann McVay. Survivors include, daughters, Molly Campbell and husband Jim, Ruth McVay-Autry and husband Utah, Laurie Rogers and husband Randy, and Scott Dean and Ann Burks; grandchildren, Wes Campbell, Jessica Campbell, Jacob Rogers, Joey Rogers; great-grandchildren, Daci Darling and Anndi Jones. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 3rd at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 4th at First Baptist Church of Irving with interment at 3:00 p.m., at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Texas.
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April 6, 1934 - November 17, 2014
Jane Barker age 80 of Irving, TX, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was born in Lanai, Hawaii on April 6, 1934 and married Bennie B. Barker on July 6, 1953. Jane was a sport enthusiast and could name any score to any given game. She was passionate about her family and enjoyed having get togethers consisting of food and playing cards. Jane is preceded in death by children, Patricia Barker-Bowen and Bennie Barker, Jr. Survivors include, husband Bennie Barker; daughters, Ann Rogers, Sandra Waltman; sisters, Sybil Whitaker, Kay Ito; brother Howard Nakamura; grandchildren, Ben Wolf, Kelly Green, Jeff Wolf, Chris Rogers, Crystal Waltman, Andrea Rogers; Great-grandchildren, Leslie, Zachary, Kayman, Joseph, Alexis and Jacob. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 19th at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be , Thursday, November 20th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home with interment following at Restland Cemetery.
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Bert Wayne Walthall, Sr,
December 21, 1926 - November 15, 2014
Bert 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.
Margaret Faye Alcorn
October 30, 1933 - November 8, 2014
Margaret Faye Alcorn , age 81, of Burleson, Texas, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014. She was born on October 30, 1933 in Pecan Gap, Texas, the daughter of Elmer and Mamie Newman. Margaret kept score and coached for the Irving Girls Softball League. In 1966 she coached the first team in IGSL to become the State Champions. Margaret devoted her life to her family, and she loved her life. She was a fighter till the very end. Margaret is preceded in death by her loving husband of 30 years, Robert M. Alcorn; and parents, Elmer and Mamie Newman. She is survived by her children, Dolores Martin, Robert W. Alcorn and wife, Patricia, Aaron W. Alcorn and wife, Vicky; grandchildren, Shauna Daubenspeck, Tiffany Savory and husband, Daniel, Marc Alcorn, Travis Alcorn, Justin Graves and wife, Sam, Ryan Graves, Noah Alcorn; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Caitlin, Riley, Raiden, D.J.; among numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in the Chism-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Bob Doyle White
August 20, 1929 - November 4, 2014
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.
Boyce Dewayne Shaw
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.
After graduating from Hagerman High school, he traveled to Canada and had many other adventures with his childhood best friend, Frank Green. Dewayne joined the National Guard and served in the Army Reserves as a staff sergeant while working for the Artesia, New Mexico Police department as a patrolman. One day, he met a bell-bottom-wearing hippie girl in the park and fell in love. So, he married Vicki Clem on April 11, 1971 at the First Baptist Church in Artesia and they moved to Roswell where he continued working for the local Police Department before becoming a Sherriff’s deputy in Chavez County. Dewayne concluded his New Mexico law enforcement career as an Investigator for the State of New Mexico’s Fraud and Abuse department.