Gainesville Daily Register
VERNON LEE AUSTIN
Funeral services for Vernon Lee Austin, 86, of Gainesville, are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Vernon was born in Gainesville on June 12, 1927 to Raymond Etheridge and Ludell (Ford) Austin. He passed away on Dec. 29, 2013 in Sherman.
Vernon graduated from North Texas State University with a Masters in Psychology, a Masters in Education, and a BBA in Administration. After serving many positions, including that of Assistant Superintendent of schools for GISD, he retired in 1986 after 34 years with the school district. He was also an adjunct professor for Cooke County Junior College, and served as a guidance counselor for Muenster Independent School District. Vernon was an avid volunteer at North Texas Medical Center; he also served on their Foundation Board for ten years. He was a WWII veteran serving with the 15th Air Force in Alaska, and was also a Mason for over 60 years.
He is survived by his brother Charles Austin of Ft. Worth; niece Elaine Harris of Grand Junction, Colo; niece Linda Cook from Coppell; niece Diane Johnson and her husband Eric from Madison, Wis; nephew Ken Austin and his wife Mary of Nacogdoches; nephew Dale Embry and his wife Jane of Houston; niece Elaine Mullins of Robinson; nephew Ricky Austin; nephew Matt Allen; and brother in law Theo Embry and his wife Helen of Cleburne.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife Naomi; brother W. Ray Austin; sister Anita Allen; and brother Donald Austin.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, especially Judy Roberts and James Lovett, who supported him and made it possible for him to remain at home.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
ROBERT A. (BOB) STONE
COLLINSVILLE — Funeral services for Robert A. (Bob) Stone, 80, are set for 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at the Collinsville Church of Christ with Scott Sides and Ricky Patterson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Collinsville Cemetery.
Visitation is planned for 7 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro.
Mr. Stone died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
Services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home, Whitesboro.
Mr. Stone was born Dec. 29, 1932 near Kenefic, Okla.
He is survived by his son, Brad Stone of Collinsville; grandchildren, Jessica Stone of Denton and Zach Stone of Collinsville. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Collinsville Church of Christ Building Fund, P. O. Box 2, Collinsville, Texas 76233.
To sign the only registry, please go to: meadorfuneralhomes.com.
SUE LYNN RENFROW
Services for Sue Lynn Renfrow, 62, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Sue was born on Dec. 10, 1951 in Great Bend, Kan.
She died Dec. 26, 2013 in Denton.
She is survived by her husband Rick Renfrow of Gainesville.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
HUBERT PHILLIP BEZNER
Hubert Phillip Bezner of Dallas, born Nov. 11, 1925 in Gainesville passed away at the age of 88 on Dec. 28, 2013. He was a son of Joseph and Margaret Schmitz Bezner.
Hubie graduated from Lindsay High School and attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio prior to enlisting in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corps during the Korean War. Hugh graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1949 and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1980. He was employed by Exxon Company USA for 36 years and worked in many locations, both domestic and foreign. He retired from Exxon in Corpus Christi, Texas in April 1985 as their South Texas Division Drilling Manager.
He married Victoria Mary Kuntz on Sept. 7, 1954 in St. Peters Church, Lindsay.
They have one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Linda Bezner of Dallas and three daughters, Janet Bezner of Alexandria, Va; Sharon Bezner of Houston and Dolores and son-in-law Alan Hickam of Olive Branch, Miss.
They have two granddaughters, Hallie Bezner and Carla Hickam, and two grandsons, Cole Bezner and Phillip Hickam.
Mr. Bezner is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Zimmerer of Lindsay and Elsie Benenate of Farmers Branch and one brother, Joe Bezner of Lindsay. There are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Al, and Bob and sisters Cecilia Corcoran, Ann Cutaia Zamora, Albina Young, Isabel Galvan and Catherine Kelly.
Mr. Bezner was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church of Dallas, The Knights of Columbus and The Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Mass of Christian Burial for Hubert Phillip Bezner, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lindsay with Fr. Philip Petta officiating. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery. Public viewing will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville. A Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.
Donations can be made in honor of Mr. Bezner to the American Cancer Society. To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
BETHEL ACRES, Okla. — Services for Gordon Osburn, 87, of Bethel Acres, Okla. will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Bethel United Methodist Church with Reverend Chris Talley and Dr. Leslie Long-Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh, Okla.
Mr. Orsburn died Dec. 27, 2013.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1926 in Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife Ann; daughters, Dian Heffington of Menard, Donna Cole and Debra Orsburn of Bethel Acres; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild,
Memorials may be made to the Children’s Programs of Bethel United Methodist Church.
To share memories, or to sign the guest-book online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.
VIRGINIA WHITTEN DRAPER
WHITESBORO — Funeral services for Virginia Whitten Draper, 91, will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec 24, at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 2600 HWY 82 East, Whitesboro, with Reverend Allen Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at the Whitesboro Oakwood Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church after graveside services. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday Dec 23 and family visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church.
All service arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home, Sherman, Texas. Virginia Whitten Draper passed away at the North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville, Texas December 17, 2013.
She was a lifelong resident of Whitesboro, Texas, and most recently the Renaissance Care Center of Gainesville, Texas. She was born in Winthrop, Ark. to Gertrude and Tom Whitten Sept. 3, 1922 and the family relocated to Texas in the 1930s.
Although living at the Renaissance Care Center in Gainesville for the last several years, she retained her home in Whitesboro until her death and often spent time watching, from her favorite chair, birds at her many bird feeders while still enjoying the comfort of her home that she lived in for 40-plus years.
Her two surviving sons kept her home in move in and ready use condition so she could visit and still enjoy her home. Virginia thoroughly loved her home that she and her deceased husband, Lee T. Draper built next to her parent's home in 1969. Church has always been the center of her life, and she attended the Assembly of God Church at its various locations in Whitesboro for more than 75 years.
Her mother, Gertrude Whitten, founded the original church in the early 40's, and the Whitten family nurtured the church and watched it grow into the church that now stands on HWY 82 East. Mrs. Draper was a talented vocalist and for many years appeared in local gospel musical productions. She sang with her youngest sister, Janie Whitten, as part of a quartet on a radio program broadcast from Sherman, Texas in the early fifties.
Virginia, noted for her singing of ""In the Garden"", was often requested by audiences both in radio and live performances to sing this song. The quartet made a demo record but she did not pursue a professional singing career. Rather, she focused on being a mother and avid supporter of her church. God, Church and Family always were first priorities in her life.
Virginia was employed in many vocations over the years. During her early adulthood she was a waitress at cafes and restaurants in the Whitesboro area; employed by the Linda Jo Shoe Factory in Gainesville, Ben Franklin Store in Whitesboro, Whitesboro Manufacturing Company, as well as office manager and practical nurse for Dr. Fred Banfield.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband Lee Draper, youngest son Jimmie Tom Fowler, San Diego, Calif., her parents Gertrude and Tom Whitten, Whitesboro, sisters Tommie Jo Gates, Temple, Texas, and Janie Whitten, Sherman, Texas, brothers Tom Whitten, Texarkana, Texas and David Whitten, Whitesboro.
She is survived by her two sons Don Fowler and wife Diane of New Braunfels, Texas and Steve Fowler and wife Teena of Lincoln, Calif., nephew Mike Whitten of Whitesboro, five granddaughters, two grandsons, five great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters, many nieces and nephews and long time friend, Shirley Hock of Whitesboro, and lifelong friends Pamp Neely of Merced, Calif., and Pauline Beck of Dallas, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made in her name to the First Assembly of God Church, 2600 HWY 82 East, Whitesboro, Texas 76272.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman.