Gainesville Daily Register

March 17, 2008

Obituaries — March 17, 2008


WHITESBORO — Funeral services for Donney Lee Duke, 51, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Duke died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at his home in Whitesboro.

He was born Jan. 12, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Editha and Mozelle Mize. He moved to Whitesboro from Dallas in 1969. He was a Christian and a church member. He was a truck driver and pawn shop manager.

Survivors include his father, E.O. “Pete”; mother, Mozelle Mize, sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Randalyne Duke of Gainesville and Anthony and Amber Duke of Collinsville; daughter, Lavonda Templin of Marietta, Okla.; sisters, Georgia Andrews and Violet Mae Smith both of Coleman, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Ella Mae Heath and Barry and Beatrice Duke.


Services for Briannon Cleveland, 6, of Gainesville are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Briannon Cleveland died March 16, 2008, at her home.

She was born Nov. 18, 2001, in Sherman to Troy and Christy Williams Cleveland.

Survivors include her parents, Troy and Christy Cleveland of Gainesville; siblings, Justin and Nicholas Grazino of Joshua; grandparents, Lorena Simmons of Gainesville, Rita Colwell of Whitesboro, and Kenneth Williams of Gainesville; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, George Cleveland in October 2005; and brother, Tyler Cleveland in June 2002.

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HOUSTON — Aldia May Estes, 90, was born on September 18, 1917, to Jesse William and Aldia May Fox in Grandfield, Oklahoma, and passed away on March 12, 2008. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Victor Henry Estes, Sr. of Houston; 2 sons, Bob Barrett and wife Celeste of Austin and Vic Estes, Jr. and wife Helen of Houston; 5 grandchildren, Rob Barrett and Allison Barrett of Houston, Leigh Estes of Foster City, Calif., Amy Estes Blazer of Nashville, Tenn., and Ashley Estes of Houston; 2 great-grandchildren, Sarah and Katherine Blazer of Nashville, Tenn.; and her sister, Charm Fox Amador of Savannah, Ga. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Fay Temple Fox Anderson of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Fairie Belle Fox Clark of Tucson, Ariz.

In 1948, Aldia May and Vic Sr. moved to Gainesville and resided there until 1969. She taught seventh grade Texas history at Gainesville Junior High from 1955 until they moved to Ft. Smith, Ark. They were members of First Baptist Church of Gainesville throughout their stay in the city. Aldia May and her husband were able to enjoy a life that their parents a generation earlier could only have imagined. One of her passions was travel, and together they visited most of the countries of Western Europe, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska and from coast to coast in the USA. In retirement, they loved spending the summers in Colorado where she became quite a fisherman.

Aldia May was a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, a faithful member of the Baptist church each place she lived, and an avid supporter of Baylor University. She will never be forgotten by her family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at Jersey Village Baptist Church; 16518 Jersey Dr.; Houston, TX. Burial will follow at the Houston National Cemetery with a Gatetime of 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made in Aldia May's memory to Jersey Village Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home; 9926 Jones Rd.; Houston, TX 77065 (281-897-9823). Online Guestbook and Tributes @



Mass of Christian burial for Anna Catherine Sandmann Bayer, 92, of Muenster, is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Sacred Heart Church in Muenster. Fr. Ken Robinson will celebrate the mass. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster. Services are directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster.

Mrs. Bayer died Thursday, March 13, 2008, in her home.

Anna Catherine (Sandmann) Bayer was born in Lindsay on June 11, 1915, to Ben and Catherine (Hermes) Sandmann, the second of 13 children. Anna attended St. Peter’s School where she was an excellent student. Her interest in learning continued throughout her life.

She married George Bayer in St. Peter’s Church on May 10, 1938. They resided on a farm east of Muenster. They farmed and dairied for 52 years, after which they moved to Muenster.

She was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Parish, having moved to the Muenster area in 1938. She was a past member of St. Ann’s Society and a long-time and current member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sister Jeanette Bayer, OSB, of Muenster, Ruth and Jim Schwab of Austin, and Cheryl and Bill Russell of Dallas; sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence and Frieda Bayer of Arlington, Cletus Bayer and Cynthia Conrad of Houston; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Gene Schmidlkofer of Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Lorene Sandmann of Valley View, Herman, Clem, and James Sandmann of Lindsay, Max Sandmann of North Richland Hills and Bernard and Joan Sandmann of Sherman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bayer on Oct. 9, 2003; daughters, Georgia Bayer Norvell and Dorothy Bayer; sisters, Mary and Agnes Sandmann and Rose (Sandmann) Klement; and brothers, Julius and Joe Sandmann

Pallbearers will be Ben Bayer, A.J. Schwab, Adam Bayer, Emily (Schwab) Rowland, Travis Bayer, and Casey Schwab.

Family requests memorials be made for Masses or to Sacred Heart Trust Fund.


Services for Henry Davis, 95, of Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. today at Clement-Keel Chapel with Rev. Todd Gray of Gethsemane Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mr. Davis died March 13, 2008, at Gainesville Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Oct. 2, 1912, in Gainesville to Wade Barton and Lucy E. (Green) Davis. On Feb. 2, 1963, he married Winnie Capps in Valley View. He was a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Church. He was a carpenter and farmer and had worked at the John Deere House in Gainesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winnie Davis in 1993; and one brother.

Pallbearers are William Baldwin, Wesley Smith, Eric Miller, Johnny Capps, Neil Tibbets, and Steve Cibbs.


Services for Harold Dean Montgomery, 74 of Eastman Community, are set for 10 a.m. today at Eastman Baptist Church, in Eastman Community with the Rev. Jim Duck, Rev. Roger Klopfenstein, Sister Zedna Moore and Rev. Les Russel officiating. He will be buried in Eastman Cemetery with military honors, under the direction of the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home of Marietta, Okla.

Mr. Montgomery died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

He was born June 9, 1933, in Sentinel, Okla., to William Millard and Elsie Lou Willis Montgomery. He married Rhoda Carlene Keltner in Ardmore, Okla., on Dec. 2, 1960. A resident of Love County most of his life, Montgomery was a farmer/rancher. He was a 1953 graduate of Meadowbook High School and he attended Southwestern Bible College in Oklahoma City, as well as area vocational schools. He worked in the oil fields while in school, then in later years returned to that field of work. A veteran of the Korean conflict, he served three years in the United States Army. He worked in telecommunications while stationed in Korea. He also was stationed in the states of Washington, New Jersey and Texas during his years of service and was awarded the marksman (rifle) medal, expert (carbine) medal in addition to the good conduct medal. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Although he followed several lines of work, his love was farming. He enjoyed having contact with the people of his community and as the first firechief of the Eastman Volunteer Fire Department. A deacon, he was a longtime member of the Abner Pentacostal Holiness Church on Oswalt Road, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marietta and was currently attending the Marietta Assembly of God Church. He was able to go on a mission trip to Venezuela to help ministers build a church. He was also an organ donor.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Miram and Thomas Ashley of Pryor, Okla., Monica and Greg Parker of Rubottom, Okla., and Melba and Brad Thurman of Sherman; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene Montgomery of Ardmore, Okla., Carroll and Lorene Montgomery of Marietta, Okla., and Randy and Mary Lou ‘Cookie’ Montgomery of Ardmore, Okla.; sisters and brothers-in-law; Billie Ward of Sivells Bend and Jana and Harold Willingham of Lone Grove, Okla..

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Montgomery; brother-in-law, Thurman Ward; and a great grandson, nephew and niece.

Pallbearers are Jeff Willingham, Robert Williams, Ronnie Peoples, Jerry Montgomery, Terry Ward, Jimmy Greenwood and Larry Don Hull.

Honorary pallbearers are Meadowbrook class of 1953, Calvin Montgomery, Pat Hockersmith, Harold White, Buford Rackley, Terry Hyman, John Kennedy, Don Jackson, and Wayne Allison.

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

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