CARL RAY “KOOP” JOHNSON
Carl Ray “Koop” Johnson, of Gainesville, was born Nov. 29, 1926, in Ardmore, Okla., to Jerry Jesse and Grace Ruth (Gotcher) Johnson.
He passed away June 19, 2012, in Gainesville at the age of 85 years.
“Koop” was raised in Pauls Valley and is a graduate of Pauls Valley High School. Later he served in the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of sergeant. He served with the 45th Infantry Division as a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He attended Murray State University where he met and soon married Betty Jo Blanton in Pauls Valley, Okla., on July 4, 1949, in the First United Methodist Church in Pauls Valley. He worked in the oil and gas industry and traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally.
His home was in various places, including Oklahoma, Saudi Arabia, California, Arkansas and Texas. While in Saudi Arabia, he made the first million-dollar sale for Baker Oil in that country. After his retirement he moved to Moss Lake in Gainesville, where his home has been since 1993.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Betty Jo Johnson.
Surviving family include his two daughters, Karla Johnson of Gainesville; and Colleen Woodall and her husband, Scot, of Golden, Colo.; one brother, Gene Paul Johnson and his wife, Tommie, of Pauls Valley, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Michael Carl Johnson, Nicole Geddes, Christopher Geddes, Brock Geddes and his wife, Jaylee, Brooke Woodall and Katelyn Woodall; two great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Johnson and Donovan Johnson; nephews, Larry Copeland and Dwight Copeland and his wife, Debbie; great nephews and niece, Daniel, Eric, Corey and Leslie; and the Moss Lake cousins, Margaret, David, Denise, Jennifer, Charlie, Connie, Whitney, Rhea-Claire, and Hunter Galubenski.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Stufflebean-Coffey Chapel of Remembrance officiated by Pastor Mark Watson.
Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
LOUISE BRORMAN SPINHIRNE
Louise Brorman Spinhirne passed away Thursday, June 20, 2012, at Pecan Tree Nursing Home in Gainesville with her family at her side.
She was born March 15, 1929, in Umbarger to Henry and Anna Brorman.
Her mother died when she was very young and she was raised by her step-mother Caroline Brorman. She grew up on the family farm near Hereford and on Sept. 13, 1950, she married Walter Spinhirne. Walter and Louise lived in Vega, where they established their grocery business and started their family. They later lived in Hereford, Dimmitt, and Dumas before moving four years ago to Lake Kiowa to be closer to family.
Louise was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gainesville. She loved to garden and crochet. After raising her eight children, she began caring for children in her home for many years until she was in her 70's. Caring for children was her greatest enjoyment and she considered all of them “her babies.” Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Harry and Anne; and her grandson, Cameron Willit.
She is survived by her husband Walter; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Babette Spinhirne, Michael and Sharon Spinhirne, Kevin and Lori Spinhirne, and Marvin Spinhirne; daughters and sons-in-law, Caroline and Steve Bezner, Angela and Keith Jones, Gina and Bruce Willit, and Jackie Johnson. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, siblings Joseph Brorman, Sr. Pauline Brorman, Alphonse Brorman, Delores Frerich James Brorman; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 10 a.m in Vega at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, June 29, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church building fund, Alzheimer's research or a charity of choice.
LINDA MARIE BARRETT
A graveside committal service for Linda Marie Barrett, 22, of Gainesville, is set for 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery Pavilion with Fr. Victor Cruz officiating under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Ms. Barrett died Friday, June 15, 2012, in Gainesville.
Linda was born June 28, 1989, in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Survivors include her mother, Sharon Barrett of Muenster; siblings, Susan Collins of Gainesville, Daniel Barrett of Ohio and Hoy Barrett of Gainesville; and grandmother, Patricia Seymour of Muenster.
You may sign the online registry at www.clementkeelfh.com.
Funeral services for Eilene Martinez, 63, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Morrow officating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carrol & Son Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martinez died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Denton.
She was born in Tuscon, Ariz.
Survivors include children, Dawn Weldon, Ken Davis, Joe Welborn; father, Henry Mailloux; siblings, Betty Ann Blackmon, Doris Lynn Dobiyanski, Thomas Mailloux; and 11 grandchildren.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
RUBY RATER REYNOLDS
Funeral services for Ruby Reynolds, 80, of Gainesville, are set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2012, at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Scott Sundbye.
Burial will follow in Ringgold Cemetery under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mrs. Reynolds died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Gainesville.
She was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Antelope.
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Reynolds of Gainesville; children, Kim Reynolds of Amarillo, Bruce Reynolds of Amarillo; siblings, Lynda Thornton of Amarillo and Ronnie Rater of Mesquite; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
You may sign the online registry at www.clementkeelfh.com.
CARL RAY “KOOP” JOHNSON
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