Gainesville Daily Register

February 16, 2013

Obits 2-16


A funeral Mass for Helen Ruth Otto Arendt, 85, of Gainesville, is set for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the the Rev. Victor Cruz officiating with burial to follow in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home.

A Rosary and vigil service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Helen passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Gainesville.

Helen was born on Nov. 24, 1927, to William and Anna Reiter Otto in Muenster and was a beautician for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gainesville.

Helen is survived by daughters, Gayle Arendt and her husband William Galloway of Los Angeles, Calif., Nancy Dawdy and her husband Garry of Denver, Colo., Arlene Timmins and her husband Ronnie of Gainesville, Robbi Arendt and her husband David Donovan of Jersey City, N.J., and Claudia Laster and her finance Robert Ledford of Gainesville and son Bill Arendt and his wife Val of Gainesville; also her grandchildren, Chris and Geoff Dawdy, Darrel, G.W. and Teresa Timmins, Ginger Price, Emily, Erin, and Gabriel Arendt, Teresa McCarty, Melissa Scoggins, and Jessica and Rebecca Laster; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Herbert Otto and his wife Ruby of Arlington, Ken Otto and his wife Pat of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Virginia Dougherty and her husband Wallace of Gainesville and Pat Schumacher and her husband Jim of Plano; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Otto of Gainesville; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur "Artie" Arendt; parents; and brother, Clifford Otto.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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Funeral services for Jackie Ralph Bennett, 64, of Gainesville are set for Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Bennett officiating with burial to follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jackie went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Jackie was born on Feb. 16, 1948, in Gainesville to Jack and Sylvia Holland Bennett.

He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Jackie was an accomplished musician who most in the music community knew as �Texas Jack.� He played in various venues across North America, playing with Willie Nelson and George Strait, among many others. Jackie was of the Baptist faith and loved to travel.

Jackie is survived by his mother, Sylvia Bennett of Gainesville; son, Jack Bennett of Gainesville; two grandchildren, Nicole Bennett of Colorado and Austin Bennett of Wyoming; brothers, Robert Bennett and his wife Kathy of McKinney, Donald Bennett and his wife Cathy of Denton and Mike Bennett of Oklahoma City; and sister, Jan Robeson and her husband Bob of Gainesville. He is also survived by an uncle, Clyde Bennett and his wife Ruth of Gainesville; and several nieces and nephews including Sylvia Robeson of Gainesville.

He was predeceased by his father, Jack Bennett; sister-in-law, Beth Bennett; nephew, Cory Bennett; and great-niece, Kayla Williams.

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ARDMORE, OKLA. — Lillian Lavern Chaffin, 80, of Ardmore, Okla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Southbrook Nursing Center in Ardmore.  

She was born on Dec. 24, 1932, in Baum, Okla., to the late Henry Mayfield Green and Ettie Bearl Perryman Green.  

Lillian was raised in Mannsville where she graduated school and later lived in Ardmore where she married Calvin Chaffin on May 7, 1951.  She also lived in Paris, Texas, before moving to Gainesville where she lived for 15 years. In 1992, she moved back to Ardmore where she lived the rest of her life.  Lillian was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and she enjoyed cooking, sewing and crafts. Her greatest joy was being a wife and mother.     

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Chaffin of Ardmore, Okla.; daughters, Susan Jones and friend James Price of Gainesville, Terri LaQuey and husband Phil of Sadler; grandson, Burk Morphew and wife Misty of Sherman; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Babb of Sherman; sisters, Cora Cathern Wilson of Porterville, Calif., and Virginia JoAnn Shull of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; and one niece.

Casket bearers will be Phil LaQuey, Burk Morphew, James Price, Jake Whatley, Jack Weems and Duane Collins.

Visitation will be Monday at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a family hour from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Ardmore, Okla.  Terry Tolbert will officiate the services.

Interment will be at the Lone Cedar Cemetery in Mannsville, Okla.  

Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Oklahoma.

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LAKE KIOWA — Memorial services for Billy Bland Frazier, 76, of Lake Kiowa, are set for noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Lake Kiowa Lodge with the Rev. John Hare officiating under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

No visitation is planned.

Billy was born on Dec. 20, 1936, in Bonham to Lonnie Dee and Eunice Vassar Frazier.

He passed away in Denton on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Billy married Patricia Anne Teague on Dec. 26, 1954, and they enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Frazier of Lake Kiowa; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Ray Cataldo of Plano; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Melanie Frazier of Dallas; and grandchildren, Ben Frazier, Jessie Frazier and Matt Tutle. He is also survived by his sister, Nell Johnson of Ennis.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bobbie Dee Frazier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lake Kiowa Lodge Chapel, P.O. Box 1736, Gainesville, TX 76241.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Funeral services for Bobbie Ann Purvey-Knight are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, Okla. with Reverends Wilmer Cooper and Abraham Walton officiating.  

The family will hold a private burial.  

Bobbie was born Sept. 10, 1957, in Ardmore, Okla., to Bobby Joe and Peggy Lee Fields Purvey.  

She passed this life on Feb. 12, 2013, in a local hospital.  

Bobbie was a 1975 graduate of Ardmore High School and attended Cooke County College. She had worked for the Social Security Administration. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her parents, Peggy Lee Fields Purvey of Ardmore, Okla., and Bobby Joe Purvey of Gainesville; three daughters, Shayla Purvey of Ardmore, Okla., Wyshaunda Purvey of Ardmore, Okla., and Shalonda Purvey of Oklahoma City; a sister, Sherry Lynn Purvey of Lewisville; five brothers, Robert Keith Purvey, Vincent Purvey, Frank Purvey, Darrell Monroe and Gerald Monroe, all of Ardmore, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Shalexia, Marvin, Kobe, Shamiaya, Sha�mon, Jaquan and London; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Ethel Fields; and grandmother, Velma Ross.

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RINGLING, OKLA. — Funeral services for Mr. Donnie Ray Thomason, 61, of Gainesville, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the Church of God Fellowship of Divine Order in Ringling, Okla., with the Rev. Ellen Abshire and the Rev. Phillip Williford officiating.

Interment will follow at the Petersburg Cemetery, south of Ringling, Okla.

Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling, Okla.

Mr. Donnie Ray Thomason was born July 13, 1951, in Murray City, Tenn., to the late Mr. L. B. Thomason and Mrs. Elsie Carol (Taylor) Thomason.

He departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Corinth.

Donnie was raised as part of a migrant working family living in several communities, not settling in Ringling, Okla., until 1964. He also resided at Leon before making Gainesville his home. In Gainesville, he was employed for 16 years at Weber Aircraft. After that, he began employment with the City of Gainesville working in the water department where he retired from after 20 years of employment in 2005. Donnie enjoyed his retirement residing in Gainesville. He liked fixing up hot rod cars and cherished moments with his family.

He is preceded in death by father, L.B. Thomason and mother, Elsie Carol (Taylor) Thomason; stepdad, Gene Johnson; sister, Sharon Grimes; brothers, Ricky Thomason and James Johnson; and daughter, Julia Thomason.

Survivors include children, Jennifer Beam of Gainesville, Misty Williford and husband Dallas of Whitesboro and Cristi Booker of Ringold, all from his marriage with Ella Thomason; and Don Scott Thomason of Gainesville with his union to Monisha Ashlock; siblings, Farlin Thomason and wife Donna of Ringling, Okla., twin brother, Ronnie Thomason and wife Brenda of Gainesville, Gerald Johnson and wife Una of Lindsay, Okla., Patsy Land and husband Jeff, Debrah Bowers and husband Tommy, and Willie Thomason and wife Carol, all of Rippley, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; with numerous other family.

Pallbearers are Steven Thomason, Travis Thomason, Joe Thomason Abshire, Brian Johnson, Jimmy Don Taylor and Jeff Thomason.

Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the funeral home in Ringling, Okla.

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NOCONA — A funeral Mass for Margaret Laverne Fleitman, 71, of Nocona, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Saint Joseph�s Catholic Church in Nocona with Fr. Richard Collins officiating.

Burial will follow in Nocona Cemetery under the direction of Scott-Morris Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fleitman died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Wichita Falls.

She was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Cycle, Okla.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Fleitman of Nocona; children, Arlinda Reed of San Antonio, Tim Reed and LaCrisha Skinner of Nocona, Rusty Reed of Lindsay, Vicki Esquivel of Gilroy, Calif., and Tony Fleitman of The Colony; sister, Lola Lyssy of Lampas; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Susan B. Komen for the Cure.


Funeral services for Ola Welch, 95, are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Era United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rich McGee and the Rev. Larry Kruger officiating.

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Meador Funeral Home.

Mrs. Welch died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Denton Rehab Center.  

She was born Dec. 14, 1917, in Marysville.

Survivors include children, Wanda Luebke of Gainesville, Patricia Hammons of Krugerville and C.W. Welch, Jr. of Wylie; sister, Ruby Nell Pearson of Dallas; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four-great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, North Texas Region, 3301 West Freeway, Ft. Worth, TX, 76107; Era Fire Department, P.O. Box 103, Era, TX 76238; or Myra Fire Department.

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