Gainesville Daily Register

April 24, 2014

Obits 4-24


 On April 17, 2014, just before 9:00 p.m., Chilitia "Ann" Parker slipped peacefully from this life to receive her heavenly reward.  Her wishes were met, as she passed without suffering, her precious daughter Paula at her side.

Ann was born July 12, 1936 to Bennie and Pearl Stephenson in Whitesboro, Texas.  As a small child she was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl.  Later, Bennie married Rose Stephenson who became Ann's mother through the most significant portion of Ann's life.

Ann attended school in Whitesboro where she graduated.  After graduation, she joined the workforce and worked many jobs throughout her life.  She was in retail a significant portion of her life where her magnetic and effervescent personality served her well.

On November 3, 1964, Ann married Mac William Parker of Healdton, Oklahoma.  They were married in Gainesville by Rev. J.R. Smallwood in a small private ceremony.  They resided in Whitesboro where Mac worked in the oilfield and Ann set about making their small house on Union Street a home.  In September of 1965 Ann gave birth to their only child, a little girl named Paula Michele.  It was immediately apparent that Ann was forever committed to loving and caring for the small baby girl as she never went a day without worrying over and blessing Paula.

Except for short stays in Duncanville, Texas and in Whitesboro, Ann was a lifelong resident of Gainesville.  Working at several local businesses, she used her radiant personality and love of life to amass an incredible amount of friends and acquaintances.  Never meeting a stranger was a way of life for Ann.

Music was at the center of her interests.  She enjoyed listening to live bands, dancing and singing karaoke.  She was a good dancer and had just been enjoying a practice session of her favorite local band and dancing to their music the night she was stricken with the illness that eventually extinguished her vivacious life.  It was rare to see her not being active and enjoying life, and in fact, worked occasionally for friends who owned a local cafe.

Ann was preceded in death by her mother Pearl Glass Stephenson of Whitesboro; father, Bennie Kyle Stephenson of Whitesboro; stepmother, Rose Stephenson of Whitesboro; nephew, Jamie Womack of Whitesboro and her husband of 49 years, Mac William Parker of Healdton, OK and later of Gainesville.

She is survived by her only daughter, Paula Michele Clements and her husband Johnny Duane Clements of Gainesville; a sister, Patsy Womack of Whitesboro and nieces, Jaci Baze of Sherman and Jeana Arnold of Colbert, OK.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating.

Join family and friends for this celebration of a life well lived.



Funeral services for Gainesville resident, Gloria June Sexton will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Meador-Clement-Keel Chapel, with Rev. Bill Black officiating.  

Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Jackson Davis, Richard Coffey, Cody Freeman, Cody Coffey, Val Long and Gary Wilhite will serve as pallbearers.  

Family visitation will be 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  

Mrs. Sexton passed away April 23, 2014 at North Texas Medical Center at the age of 88.

Gloria was born September 29, 1925 to Leo A. Bodovsky and Edna (Suter) Bodovsky in Gainesville, Texas.  She married Douglas Alexander September 14, 1945.  They had a son, Pat D. Alexander on September 9, 1948.  

She remarried on September 2, 1969 to John Sexton.  Gloria was a bookkeeper for many years in Texas and California.  She enjoyed searching for ancestors and compiled a family tree on the Bodovskys and Suters.   Gloria liked computer games and word search puzzles.  She was also still active in planning her class reunions.  Gloria liked to read the Bible and was very religious.  

She was a great mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include son, Pat Alexander and wife, Delane; daughter, Yvonne Lowe;  grandchildren, Amy Cantu, Elizebeth Padgent, Robin Davis, Richard Coffey and Val Long and twelve great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke County,  P.O. Box 936, Gainesville, Texas 76241.  To sign the online registry, go to



Funeral services for Ann Susanna Arendt Herr, 90, of Muenster are set for 10 a.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster.

Visitation is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Herr died April 18, 2014 in Muenster.

She was born September 10, 1923 in Lindsay.

Survivors include her daughter, Marlene Fisher; siblings, Lou Voth, LuElla Zimmerer, Marie Metzler and Joanie Bauer; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


WHITESBORO – Funeral services for John Thomas Sanders, Jr., 95, are set for 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Gene Deckard officiating.  

Burial will follow at Dixie Cemetery in Whitesboro.  

Mr. Sanders died April 21, 2014 in Sherman.

He was born Dec. 4, 1918 in Hagerman.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda Sanders, of Whitesboro; children, John M. Sanders, Jerry T. Sanders, Donna Harris, siblings, Opal Crain and Estelle Vance, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.

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