VERNA ALBERTA KELLOGG EDWARDS
GRAND PRAIRIE — Verna Alberta Kellogg Edwards was born on Jan. 21, 1920, in Flint, Mich., to Orin A. Kellogg and Eleese L. Hovey Kellogg.
Verna grew up and studied music in the Genesee and Flint Michigan area and was a proud graduate of the Flint Central High School Class of 1938. She was an accomplished cornetist and received the title of Michigan’s Champion Cornetist in 1939.
Verna married Joseph (Joe) Wesley Edwards on May 14, 1942, and together, they played in the Flint Citadel Band of the Salvation Army. For a time, Verna was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Flint and additionally stayed involved with her music while husband Joe served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Verna began her family in 1945, with the birth of their first son, Joseph (Joe) Robert Edwards, and then their son Charles William (Chuck) Edwards was born in 1947. The family returned to Flint after a tour of duty in the Air Force on Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, N.M. The Edwards’ moved to Grand Prairie in 1956.
Verna continued her music activities and was active around Grand Prairie in the Methodist Church and the Grand Prairie Music Club. Verna worked for a short time as a salesclerk for J.C. Penney Co. in downtown Grand Prairie and eventually earned a retirement from the Texas Employment Commission as a telephone receptionist.
Verna and Joe moved to Lake Kiowa in 1984, and enjoyed their retirement and activities around First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. Verna traveled across North Texas for cornet solo appearances and became well known for her ability and incredible tone on the horn.
She returned to Grand Prairie in 2005, and has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Prairie until her death on Jan. 10, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; and son, Joe Jr.; and is survived by her son Chuck; daughter-in-law, Dana C. Edwards of Grand Prairie; grandson, Chad Edwards of Arlington and his wife Colleen; and great-grandsons, Charles W. Edwards III (Trey) and Cameron Edwards. She is also survived by granddaughter, Sarah Teubner, and her husband, Christopher Teubner of Grand Prairie; and two more great-grandchildren, Keegan Christopher Teubner and Addyson Carol Teubner. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Mr. Gale Ward of Michigan; and numerous nieces, nephews; and very dear family friends.
Memorial services are set for 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Center St. in Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home on Beltline Road.
JAMES THOMAS FARRIS
LAKE KIOWA — Funeral services for James T. Farris, 65, of Lake Kiowa, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, with Lee Henry officiating.
Burial will follow in the New Resthaven Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Mr. Farris passed away on Jan. 16, 2013, at Lake Kiowa.
James was born March 6, 1947, in Lubbock to Marion Hezekiah and Valree Sumpter Farris.
Mr. Farris married Carolyn Burton on May 29, 1970, in Lubbock. He always took pride in doing yardwork. He was also a baseball fan and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
James is survived by his wife, Carolyn Farris of Lake Kiowa; son, Kevin Farris of Wichita, Kan.; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Stacey Farris of Lake Kiowa; and grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Lauren, Shelby and Aiden Farris. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Sandra Farris of Beaverton, Ore.,; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Farris is preceded in death by his parents.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
BILLY BOB “BILL” NARRAMORE
NOCONA — Billy Bob “Bill” Narramore, 90, of Nocona, was born June 22, 1922, in Mt. Pleasant.
He died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Kremling officiating.
Visitation is set for 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Geo J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Cleo Brown Narramore; brother, Eugene; sons, Billy Bob, Robert and Danny Jones; and daughter, Linda Pope.
For the better part of Billy's life, he worked as a crane operator building roads and bridges. He served our country in the United States Air Force in World War II as an aerial gunner, receiving the American Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Billy is survived by wife, Estelle; daughter, Rita and Bill Glenn of Allendale, Mo.; daughter, Carol and Ralph Draper of Little Rock, Ark.; son, Johnny and Linda McConnell of Broken Arrow, Okla.; daughter, Diane Morris of Kingman, Ariz.; daughter, Lynnette Stevenson and family of Texarkana; daughter, Linda and Tim Ewing of Arlington; son, Donald and Kathy Jones of Electra; and daughter-in-law, Joanie Jones of Gainesville; and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carpenters Workshop (Senior Citizen Center), 400 Boston St., Nocona, TX 76255.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
LAVERA FRANCES BAUGH
Funeral services for Lavera Frances Baugh, 82, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hubert Wright and Rev. Ray Richey officiating.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home
Mrs. Baugh died on Jan. 15, 2013, in Gainesville.
She was born on Jan. 3, 1931, in Cooke County.
Survivors include children, Jerry Baugh of Wylie and Robbie Baugh of Gainesville; brother, Gordon Orsburn of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
MAURINE BLAKEY WILLIAMS
Memorial services for Maurine Blakey Williams, 89, of Gainesville, are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ in Gainesville with Arthur Green officiating under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home.
STEPHEN LYNN WINKLER
SANGER — Visitation services for Stephen Lynn Winkler, 53, of Sanger, are set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Valley View United Methodist Church.
Mr. Winkler died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
He was born Nov. 19, 1959, in Sacramento, Calif.
Survivors include wife, Susan Winkler; daughter, Vanessa Winkler; eight siblings; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Nutrition Science Initiative, Department of Development, 6020 Cornerstone Ct. W. Ste 240, San Diego, CA 92121 or at http://nusi.org/donate/.
You may sign the online registry at www.deberryfuneraldirectors.com.