Gainesville Daily Register

December 19, 2012

OBITS 12-19


WHITESBORO — Billy Joe Johnson, age 89, entered into eternal life Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Clyde Cosper State Veterans Home in Bonham.

He married the love of his life, Rosalie Davidson, on Nov. 17, 1943, in Astoria, Ore., celebrating 69 years together Nov. 17, 2012.

Mr. Johnson was born May 13, 1923, in Tonkawa, Okla., the first child and son of Emmit Etta and Margaret (Knight) Johnson.

Billy Joe proudly served his country 1941-1949, during World War II in the Navy on the U.S.S. Enterprise CV-6, the most decorated battleship of that war exceeding any warship in history (and will probably never be equaled). He was commemorated for his participation in TASKFORCE 16 on April 18, 1942. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1949, he then joined the Air Force, finally retiring in 1962 as senior master sergeant first class in the Strategic Air Command, totaling 21 years of U.S. military service. Following military retirement, he sold insurance for a brief time, owned a Chevron gas station in Abilene for a year, drove a truck for North American Van Lines for a year and then took a job at Texas Instruments in Richardson, serving as a mechanical engineer for 20 years.

Billy Joe Johnson is survived by his family: his wife of 69 years, Rosalie Johnson of Sherman (formerly of Gainesville where they met in high school); daughters, Paula Johnson of Whitesboro, Pamela Alexander and husband Jimmy of Gainesville and Patricia Eagle and husband, Bill, of Alamosa, Colo.; grandsons, Jason Alexander of Midlothian and Nathan Alexander of Colleyville; granddaughters, Samantha McKenney of Germantown, Md., and Jennifer Wright of Galveston.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Emmit and Margaret Johnson; and three sisters and one brother, with one sister, Bobbie Teague, still living in Sacramento, Calif.

Mr. Johnson was cremated according to his wishes. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the activity center of Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham with Jimmy Alexander officiating.

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In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in his name to the National World War II Museum, P. O. Box 97336, Washington, DC 20090-7336.

Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home in Denison.



Funeral services for Georgia Ann Insel, 83, of Gainesville, are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the Commerce Street Church of Christ with Jay Culpepper officiating.  

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

Mrs. Insel died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Dallas.  

She was born Nov. 10, 1929.

Survivors include husband, William Insel of Gainesville; children, Sandy Whittle of Irving, Cindy Uptmor of Carrollton, Linda Tenute of Columbia, Mo., and Ed Insel of Muenster; sister, Marge Wylie of North Richland Hills; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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SADLER — Funeral services for Letrice June McClane, 85, of Sadler, are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with the Rev. Rusty Waller and the Rev. Rick Carney officiating.  

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

Mrs. McClane died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Gunter.

She was born June 25, 1927, in Dixie.  

Survivors include her husband, Weldon McClane of Sadler; children, Linda Crane of Blue Ridge, Vicki French of Bells, Mike McClane of Tomball and Mark McClane of Sadler; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the funeral home.

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Funeral services for Helen Marie Wyatt, 82, of Gainesville, are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jordan Johnson officiating.  

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Wyatt died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in Era.

Survivors include children, Linda Vaughn of Abilene, William Eugene Wyatt of Denton, Ron Wyatt of Gainesville and Nancy Murray of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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