Gainesville Daily Register

January 31, 2008

Obituaries — Jan. 31, 2008


EARL M. “BUD” LEONARD

On January 31, 2008, Earl M. “Bud” Leonard went home to be with the Lord whom he served all his life. He was born in Gainesville on Nov. 7, 1922, to Phoebe Myers Leonard and Joe Leonard Sr. He married Mary Francis Woodruff on Feb. 16, 1957. The love of his life proceeded him in death. Except for time spent at college and in the military, Bud spent his entire life in Gainesville. He was a very active life-long member in the First Christian Church. He served many positions touching every area of the church and was named Elder Emeritus in 2007.

During early years with his father at The Gainesville Daily Register, Bud had many opportunities to experience the inner workings of the news media. This influenced his decision to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin in 1940. He withdrew in 1942 to enlist in the United States Army Air Force. He was stationed at Fort Dodge, Kan., and was the newspaper editor there until being reassigned to Japan where he served in Public Affairs with the Army of Occupation. Upon his discharge in 1946, Bud returned to UT to complete a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

During his college years, Bud held several positions of employment which included: the Texas Department of Education, the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission, the Liquor Control Board and special aide to Senator Olan R. VanZandt. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, serving as president and remained an active Alumni.

Bud returned to Gainesville, and in 1950, became part owner of KGAF radio station with his brother. He was responsible for gathering and reporting local news among other duties. In 1968, he went to work as a stock broker for A.G. Edwards and rose to Regional Manager, a position he maintained until his retirement.

Bud was very active in the community. He served as president of the Optimists Club, and served on the Board of Southwestern Diabetes Foundation, was an avid golfer and loved Tennis. He enjoyed traveling and helping others.

Bud Leonard is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Marcus and Becky Leonard of Gainesville and Lyndon and Lonnie Leonard of Thackerville, Okla.; grandchildren, Carmen Tomsu, David Leonard, and Matthew Leonard; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Ethan Tomsu; and one step-great-grandchild; brother, Joe Leonard Jr. of Gainesville; two nieces and a nephew.

Private interment will be made at Fairview Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at the First Christian Church, officiated by Rev. Mark Loewen and under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders of the First Christian Church.

The family will receive friends at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke County; P.O. Box 936; Gainesville, TX 76241-0936, or to the First Christian Church Building Fund; 401 N. Dixon St.; Gainesville, TX 76240.

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EVELYN DENNIS

Services for Evelyn Dennis, 88, of Gainesville are pending with the Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Ms. Dennis died Jan. 30, 2008, at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.



THEDA AMBURN

Graveside service for Theda Amburn, 83, of Gainesville is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Chennault officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mrs. Amburn died Jan. 30, 2008, at her residence.

She was born March 24, 1924, in Bridgeport to Charles and Martha Pierce Clay. On April 8, 1943, she married Dinzle Amburn. A former resident of Coleman, she had resided in Gainesville for a number of years. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Michael Wright of Gainesville; grandson, Scott Spoon of Lewisville; great-grandson, Scott Spoon Jr. of Lewisville; brothers, Harry Clay of Weatherford and Billy Clay of Lubbock; sister, Mary Basham of Lubbock; special sister-in-law, Janat Clay of Lubbock; loving nieces, Beth Newberry of Weatherford and Kathy Price of Graford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers; and a sister.

No visitation is planned.

You may sign the online registry by visiting our website at www.geojcarroll.com.

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OLA LEE GILLIHAN

Graveside service for Ola Lee Gillihan, 83, of Gainesville is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Valley View Cemetery with Bro. Terry Johnson of First Assembly of God in Sherman officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mrs. Gillihan died Jan. 29, 2008, at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Oneonta, Ala., to Osa Daniel and Georgia Madison (Hardman) Reeves. On Jan. 19, 1942, she married Hershel Edward Gillihan in Tate’s Gap, Ala. She was a member of Spring Grove Church of Christ. She was a homemaker and enjoyed watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners. She was an avid reader.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Norris of Gainesville and Janice Murphy of Gainesville; son, Larry Gillihan of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Wilma Green of Alabama and Ruby Putman of Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hershel Gillihan in 1995; brothers, Harrison and Earl Reeves; and sisters, Ida Hardman, Lema Puckett, Maudie Putman, Verdie Putman and Lura Putman.

Visitation will be at the Clement-Keel Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.



ANNIS MAE FORD

COLLINSVILLE – Funeral services for Annis Mae Ford, 88, are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Rev. Robert Childress officiating. Interment will follow in Macomb Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ford died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman.

She was born on June 21, 1919, in Collinsville to Earl Andrew and Martha Audrey (Meador) Varley. She married Vernon Ford on July 7, 1938, in Mariettta, Okla. She was a member of County Line Baptist Church and she was a homemaker.

Survivors include two brothers, Alvin “Pat” Varley of Shawnee, Okla., and Jack Varley of Dallas; and sister, Inez Houston of McMinnville, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Martha Varley; husband, Vernon Ford; and sisters, Ethel Walker and Maxine Ring.

To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhome.com



THOMAS EUGENE REED

GORDONVILLE — Graveside services for Thomas Eugene Reed, 78, are set for 2 p.m. today at Collinsville Cemetery in Collinsville with Rev. Rusty Waller officiating. Services are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Reed died on Jan. 28, 2008, in Gordonville.

He was born on April 4, 1929, in Collinsville to Kelly White and Agnes (Baker) Reed. He married Patsy Arnold on Oct. 2, 1948. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gordonville. He was a truck driver for Denton Brothers Trucking in Collinsville.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Reed of Gordonville; sons, Ronnie Reed of Whitesboro and Mark Reed of Seagoville; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Randy Burkhalter of Sherman; sister, Linda Reasor of Whitesboro; brother-in-law, Lynn Arnold of Gordonville; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Franky L. Denton, Keith Hughes, Norman Denton, Gary Worthington, Jimmy Turpen and Joe Young.

To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhome.com.



GERALD HENRY METZLER

LINDSAY — Services for Gerald Henry Metzler, 82, of Lindsay are set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Scheible, O.S.A., officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mr. Metzler died Jan. 29, 2008, at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

Gerald Henry Metzler was born July 9, 1925, in Lindsay, the third son of Phillip and Frances Schmitz Metzler. After graduating from Lindsay Public School in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 and served three years in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. After his discharge in 1947, he founded Metzler Bros. Drive Inn in Oklahoma with his brothers, Bill and Lee. In 1960, they moved the barbecue restaurant to Highway 82 in Lindsay, where it expanded and employed their families for years.

On October 28, 1952, Gerald married Verena Anna Henscheid, daughter of Henry and Anna Flusche Henscheid of Muenster in Sacred Heart Church. They lived in Gainesville until 1963, when they built their current home on a farm three miles northeast of Lindsay. Gerald and Verena continued to operate Metzler Bros. Drive Inn until they retired in December 1996. Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Verena Metzler of Lindsay; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tim Voth of Keller; sons and daughers-in-law, Mark and Susan Metzler of Gainesville, Jerry and Glenna Metzler of Lindsay, Roy and Sandy Metzler of Denton, and ; grandchildren, Scott, Stephanie, Allison, Samantha, Jill, Kevin and Jason Metzler, and Christina Fisher and her husband, Craig; brothers, Clarence, William, Julius, and Raymond Metzler; and sisters, Annabelle Dieter and Virginia Noggler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a brother, Leroy Metzler.

Pallbearers are Scott, Jim, Don and John Metzler; Pat Dieter; Kenny Noggler, Jeff Kelley and Curtis Henscheid.

The family will receive friends at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, to be followed by the Rosary recitation at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

You may sign the online registry by visiting our website at www.geojcarroll.com.

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NED SWINDLE

COLLINSVILLE – Graveside services for Ned Swindle are pending with Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro.

Mr. Swindle died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Gunter.



CODY DEAN CHAMPION

Gravesides service for Cody Dean Champion, infant son of Dean and Valorie Annette Spragg Champion of Gainesville, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley View Cemetery with David Simon officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Cody Dean Champion was born and died Jan. 27, 2008, at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

Survivors include his parents, Dean and Valorie Champion of Gainesville; grandparents, Laura and Harold Spragg and Richard and Sandra Champion; great-grandparents, Mary and Claude Nichols, Joy and Bernard Horsley, Melba and Curley Champion, and Janie and Darrell Johnson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.



JIMMY ROYCE CONAWAY

SHERMAN – Funeral services for Jimmy Royce Conaway, 56, are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Rev. Ed Halfast and Rev. John Wilks officiating.

A visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Kendall Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Conaway died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman.

He married Sue Grigg on Dec. 4, 1977, in Plano. He was a service manager for automobile and motorcycle dealerships. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycles.

He was a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Conaway of Sherman; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Missy Conaway of Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls; three grandchildren; parents, Boyd and Danna Conaway of Sherman; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Carolyn Conaway of Fort Worth; and sister and brother-in-law, Lucretia and Ronald Gann of Sherman.

Pallbearers will be Paul Baze, Cameron Conaway, Clayton Conaway, Anthony Ramirez, John Curry and Tanner Baze.

To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhome.com.

Meador Funeral Home, 401 Hwy. 377 N, Whitesboro, Texas.




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