WANDA ELKINS BRITTON
Born to George and Agnes Elkins on Nov. 19, 1928, and passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Gainesville at the age of 84.
She graduated Gainesville High School in 1946. After attending business college in Dallas, she worked at the Haggar Company. Upon returning to Gainesville, she became a legal secretary for the late Judge Carroll Sullivant until 1951. She married Arch Dale Britton, Jr. on Nov. 15, 1950, in Gainesville where she resided the rest of her life. She and Dale raised four children, Arch Dale Britton III, Ann Sorrenson Spinks, Paula Lynn Britton and Mark Lamar Britton.
Wanda was a member of Whaley Methodist Church. The Brittons were named “Family of the Year.” She served on the Board of Education; as a Sunday School teacher; and Vacation Bible School director. She was the secretary for the Pines and Plains Brangus Breeders Association for 10 years.
Wanda was very active politically for many years. She became the Cooke County coordinator for the following state campaigns: Gov. Dolph Brisco, the Rep. Charles Stenholm and State Sen. Jay Brummett. From 1972 — 1978 she served in the 22nd senatorial district for the State Democratic Executive Committee. She was also a member of the following Texas state committees: the Rules Committee, Resolutions Committee, Affirmative Action Sub-Committee and as vice-chairperson of the State Credential Committee. From 1997 — 1998, she was Democratic chairperson for Cooke County. She was vice-president of the Texas Democratic Women for one term.
Wanda was also a past member of the Garden Study Club, the Thursday Book Club and the organizational committee for the Littlest Angel program. She was president of the PTA for McMurry Elementary School.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann: grandchildren, Janine Blakeborough and Daniel Sorrenson; and great-grandchildren, Ella Briann and Connor Reed Blakeborough.
Services were held privately on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Chapel. ADV.
SAMUEL JOE NORTON
GORDONVILLE — Memorial services for Samuel Joe Norton, 78, are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with Mike Bentley and Rick Ramsey officiating.
Mr. Norton died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Denton.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1935, in Clay City, Ill.
Survivors include wife, Norma June Norton of Gordonville; children, Alan Norton of Brenham, Leah Daily of Krum and Neal Norton of Plano; sister, Jean Ann Foster of Clay City, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation is set for 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P. O. Box 4777, NY NY 10163-4777 or go to https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/donation.html.
You may sign the online registry, please go to www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
Funeral services for Milton Pledger, 86, are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Graves and the Rev. Eddie Ramsey officiating.
Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. Milton died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Gainesville.
He was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Tyler.
Survivors include children, Marnie Greathouse of Gainesville, Zack Milton Pledger, Jr. of San Angelo, Patricia Bassett of Healdton, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and 22-two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at the funeral home.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
BILLY EUGENE SMITH
Funeral services for Billy Eugene Smith, 80, of Gainesville, are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Mr. Smith died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Denton.
He was born April 26, 1933, in Van Alstyne.
Survivors include children, Carla Smith, Gregory Smith and Jeffery Smith, all of Gainesville; siblings, Dortha Leach, David Smith of Fort Worth, Teddy Smith of Garland and Roy Allen Gray of Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
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