Gainesville Daily Register

May 31, 2013

Obits 5-31


On Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2013, Emma Bell Rosson Gilbert, 83, passed away peacefully to Heaven. 

Waiting there for her was her beloved husband, Wayne. Heaven got another angel that afternoon. She will be truly missed and always loved by those who knew her.

Emma Bell Gilbert was the youngest of seven children born in Montague County on Dec. 12, 1929, to the parentage of W.B. and Cliva (Coursey) Rosson. On March 23, 1951, in Gainesville, Emma married the love of her life, Wayne Gilbert. Emma was an avid bowler beginning in 1960, thru the 1980s, having received many trophies for her skills. In the late 1950s, Emma and Mr. Bud Leonard were instrumental in organizing the first girls softball league in the City of Gainesville. She played catcher for the Women’s Softball League.  She was the consummate homemaker, housewife and house mother.  Like all mothers, she welcomed everyone into her home for a nourishing meal and friendship.

Those left to cherish her memory are Debra and Ronny Trammell of Gainesville, Terry and Marci Gilbert of Gainesville, and Kim Gilbert Novoa of Dallas; grandchildren, Lance and Jennifer Trammell, Jeremy Trammell, Christopher Wallace and Stephen and Taylor Wallace; great-grandchildren, Mason and Landry Trammell; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; parents; one sister; and five brothers.

Those honoring the family as pallbearers are Jeremy Trammell, Christopher and Stephen Wallace, Gary Hillis, Tom Parker and David Tharp. Honorary pallbearers are Lance Trammell, Elbert Rosson, George Rosson, W.L. Rosson, James Wilson, Bobby Jobe and Bobby Tharp.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Loewen officiating. 

A visitation was 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family request memorials are made to the First Christian Church Quilt Ministry.



Evelyn “Joanne” Jones passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the age of 79.

She was born on Christmas Day 1933, to William Otis and Sadie Lester in Gainesville. 

She was a graduate of Gainesville High School and attended Cooke County College. She married Jack Jones on Dec. 12, 1954.  She was employed at National Supply for 27 years and she and Jack were owners of the La Casita Restaurant.

Services will be held at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. with a graveside interment following at the Fairview Cemetery.

Family visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family thanks the caregivers Pat, Ginger and Verta. Our gratitude also goes to the home hospice staff that helped her and the family during her transition to Heaven.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kreager of Carrollton; her son, Kevin Jones and his wife Bobbietta of Gainesville; and stepson, Stephen Jones of Palm Desert, Calif.; her sister, Fleta Deen of Azle; three grandchildren, Joshua Kreager, Courtney Kreager and David Jones; great-grandchild, Kelsie May; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many lifelong friends, and will be missed so very much.  

Pallbearers will be Bill Burkhart, Mike Burkhart, John Morrow, Jeff Burkhart, Mason Morrow, Jim Allard and Tim McLaughlin.

Honorary pallbearers are lifelong girlfriends from Robert E. Lee and Gainesville High School: Lila Beth Davis, Wilda Amoroso Terry, Patricia Martin Smallwood, LaQueta McCollum Fischer, Letha Ansley and Carolyn Mossman.

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LAKE JACKSON — Funeral services for Kenneth Mearl Youngblood, 77, of Lake Jackson are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Chapel with the Rev. Larry Kremling officiating. 

Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. prior to the service.

Mr. Youngblood went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 28, 2013. 

He died of surgical complications.  He was surrounded by his family and his loss will leave a hole in their lives forever.

Kenneth was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Sunset to Joseph and Viola Youngblood. 

The sixth of seven children, he lived on a farm in Hood until the family moved to Gainesville.  While at Gainesville High School he met his first and only girlfriend, Wanda Gayle May. They married in 1956, and eventually settled in Lake Jackson where Kenneth was employed by Dow Chemical Company.  He retired from Dow in 1993, after 37 years of service.  After his retirement, he honed his woodworking skills in his home workshop.  He crafted beautiful boxes and pens from exotic woods and loved seeing the joy they brought to others.  He was happiest when he was covered in sawdust.

Kenneth was a good, hard-working man who loved his family and was well loved by them.  Husband, father, grandfather, beloved brother, uncle and cousin are all roles he embraced with enthusiasm and joy.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gayle May Youngblood; two daughters, Rhonda Youngblood Hearne and husband David and Lesia Youngblood of Lake Jackson; and two grandchildren, Katherine and Kevin Hearne, both of Houston. He is also survived by his sisters, Bonnie Hand of Chico, Marjorie Tune of Gainesville and Elaine Mitchell of Indio, Calif.; brother, Bobby Youngblood of Allen; sister-in-law, Sue Cullum and husband Don of Gainesville and many other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, Deborah Kay Youngblood; stepbrother, William Cobb; and sister, Venita Jo Hillis.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Habitat for Humanity or the Pregnancy Help Center.

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Funeral services for Mary Louise Childress, 82, of Gainesville, are set for 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Lorne officiating. 

Burial will follow in New Resthaven Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mrs. Childress died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Gainesville

She was born Feb. 1, 1931, in Clarksville.

Survivors include children, Alice Rambo of Marietta, Okla., and Lilton Lawson. Paul Lawson and Joyce Manuel of Gainesville; sister, Ruth Nicholson of Gainesville; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

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Memorial services for Carl Wesley Duncan Jr., 70, are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Whitesboro.

Mr. Duncan died Monday, May 27, 2013.

He was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Harvey Parish, New Orleans, La.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Johnson Duncan; children, Lisa Duncan-Fontaine of Flower Mound; Carl W. “Trey” Duncan III of Aubrey and Derek Duncan of Flower Mound; sister, Lena Brookshire of Democrat; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society at 

Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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