WOODROW MELTON “CURLY” KIRK
Woodrow Melton “Curly” Kirk, 77, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at his residence in Gainesville.
Woodrow was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Rosston to Woodrow and Birdie (Roper) Kirk.
He was an operator for Mercer Oil Service for 36 years before retiring. Curly served in the National Guard and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Luke Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Priddy, Jesse Gonzales, Albert Arenas, Steven Arenas, Jonathan Gonzales and Brian Kirk. Michael Thomas Kirk, Cody Kirk, Benjamin Gonzales and Joshua Michael Kirk will serve as honorary bearers.
Visitation will be Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. until service time. Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Survivors of Woodrow Kirk include his wife of 52 years, Imogene Kirk of Gainesville; son, Michael Kirk of Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Jack York of Longview, Vickie and Robert Priddy of Valliant, Okla., Jerri Kirk of Gainesville, Melinda and Ben Gonzales of Gainesville, Wendy Kirk and Fernando Arenas of Gainesville and Kristi Kirk of Gainesville; 19 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jimmy Kirk; sister, Bernice Kirk; and grandchild, Bobby Lee Priddy.
To sign the online registry, go to www.clementkeelfh.com.
VELVA MARIE O’HARA KOEBELEN
Services for Velva Marie O'Hara Koebelen, 85, were held 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Hare officiating.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
A visitation was held before the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.
Mrs. Koebelen passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Gainesville.
She was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Oklahoma City to Bernard and Mabel Eggleston O’Hara.
She grew up in Tuttle, Okla. She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla., where she received a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She also attended Texas Women’s University where she pursued a master’s degree. She married Lloyd Koebelen on Aug. 5, 1951, in Lone Wolf, Okla. They moved to Texas in 1952, and have resided in Gainesville since 1959.
Mrs. Koebelen taught high school vocational home economics for 43 years. She taught at Lone Wolf, Okla., Gainesville, Collinsville and Callisburg. She retired from teaching in July of 1993. While living in Gainesville, she sponsored the Future Homemakers of America, and was a teacher trainer for student teachers at Texas Women’s University and North Texas University. She was a charter member of Vocational Home Economics Teachers of Texas and served on the State Advisory Council for many years. Velva was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, V.F.W. Auxilliary, Post 1922, and former Camp Fire Girls leader. She was a beloved member and faithful servant of First Presbyterian Church. She sang in the choir for many years and was a charter member of Mariners and a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women.
Velva had a great love for life and cherished every moment with her family. She had a deep-rooted loyalty to her Irish heritage and upheld those beliefs in her everyday life. Velva was always freely giving of her time and talents, whether it was for her family, students or anyone in need. She touched the hearts of many and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by daughters, Loy Ann Richardson; Jan Autry and husband Corie; grandsons, Patrick, Ryan and Kevin Richardson and Matthew Autry, all of Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Max and Florence O’Hara of El Reno, Okla., and Forrest and Loretta O’Hara of Tuttle, Okla.; sister-in-law, Ida Lou Melot of Weatherford, Okla. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Koebelen; her parents; son-in-law, Danny Richardson; and several brothers and sisters in law.
Pallbearers were her grandsons and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
VALLEY VIEW — A memorial Mass for Lee Lefever, 79, of Valley View, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jim Pemberton officiating under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, with visitation to follow at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment of cremains will take place at a later date at the DFW National Cemetery.
Lee was born on Jan. 29, 1933, and passed away Aug. 15, 2012, after a courageous battle with bone cancer.
He was originally from Oklahoma, lived in Missouri, and moved to Texas in 1963. He held a degree in mechanical engineering and was employed by other companies before he started his own business, Lead Enterprises Inc. in 1984, subcontracting mechanical assemblies, located in Irving. He later branched out and formed Interfast Inc. in Carrollton as a distributor for fasteners and electronic hardware. He retired in 1996.
Lee moved to Valley View in 1983, and thoroughly enjoyed his country living until his death. Lee loved history, sports, fishing and flying. At one time he held a private pilot license and owned a couple of small antique airplanes. He could talk airplanes for hours. He served the U.S. Air Force from 1950 through 1952.
He was a member of St. Mary''s Catholic Church for 25 years, and also a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Darlene; his three sister-in-laws of Missouri; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Although he never had any children of his own, he was “Grandpa” to several and loved it.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School in Gainesville.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
WESLEY BRACK LOCKHART
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — A military graveside service for Wesley Brack Lockhart, 79 of Riverside, Calif., is set for 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at March AFB, Riverside National Cemetery.
A private visitation service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, at Pierce Brothers-Crestlawn Mortuary in Riverside, Calif.
Visitation is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wesley passed away on Aug. 14, 2012, in Riverside, Calif.
Wesley was born in Riverside on Sept. 22, 1932, to Joseph and Annie Lockhart.
He joined the USAF in 1950, and was stationed at Sheppard AFB. He married Joyce Rider Lockhart in 1953 in Wichita Falls.
After settling back in Riverside, he served as a Riverside County sheriff deputy before going to work for the Civil Service at Hughes Aircraft and Safety Flight. He was a C141 flight simulator engineer at Norton AFB - San Bernardino, Calif.; March AFB - Riverside, Calif.; and Wheeler Army Airfield - Island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was also an adjunct instructor at Riverside Community College teaching aviation weather, non-visual flight and instrument reading classes.
Wesley married Lola Gerhardt in 1979, in Las Vegas.
Wes was a wonderful cook. He enjoyed working on cars and canning fruit and olives from the various trees on his family’s homestead in Riverside, Calif. He always kept his yard and cars in immaculate condition.
He is survived by his wife Lola Lockhart of Riverside, Calif.; brothers, Alfred Lockhart of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and Delbert and Sherline Lockhart of Creston, Calif.; children, Doug and Dulcie Lockhart of Gainesville, John Lockhart of Denton, and Mark and Teresa McElreath of Gainesville; stepchildren, Carolyn Morrissey of Anaheim, Calif., Matt and Annette Gerhardt of Fontana, Calif., and Cheri Terlecki of Upland, Calif.; grandchildren, Ragon McElreath, Reese Anne McElreath and Samantha Lockhart of Gainesville, David Templeton, Michael Morrissey, Johnny Gerhardt, Cody Gerhardt, Kasey Hoth, Arianne and Johnny Cortez, Jessica Gerhardt, Angela Gerhardt, Nicole Hubble and Michelle Terlecki, all of the Inland Empire area in California; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Johnny Gerhardt; and sister, Delores MacPeters.
Children and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Louise Daniel, 84, of Gainesville, formerly of Camden, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Signature Point on the Lake in Dallas.
Mrs. Daniel was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Camden, the daughter of Monroe and Ila Knight Pierce.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a Baptist.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl Daniel. Survivors include her sons, James Larry Daniel and wife Kay of Frisco and Timothy Allan Daniel and wife Robin of Sugarland; sisters, Billie Wallace and husband Emmit of Garland and Deborah Sommer and husband Craig of Leander; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Daniel were 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Proctor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Craig Sommers officiating.
Burial was in Bethesda Cemetery. Proctor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com.
WHITESBORO — Funeral services for Maurene “Grams” (Rogers) Blevins, 82, are set for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Martin Carmichael officiating.
Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Meador Funeral Home.
Mrs. Blevins died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Denton.
She was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Denison.
Survivors include children, Beth Corbett of Whitesboro, Vicki McNairn of Gainesville and Richard Blevins, Jr. of Whitesboro; sister, Marvis Blevins of Muskogee, Okla.; five grandchilden; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is set for 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at the funeral home.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhome.com.
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