RICHARD EMMITT FRENCH, JR.
STERRETT, Ala. — Richard “Rich” Emmitt French, Jr., 72, went to meet his Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home in Sterrett, Ala.
He was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, Ala., where he and his wife led Bible studies focusing on marriage.
He was predeceased in death by parents, Richard and Virginia (West) French; and aunt, Mary Belle Frost.
Rich was born in Dallas, spent his early years in Gainesville and lived many years in Austin, and then moved to Alabama in 2008. He graduated from Gainesville High School and attended the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. His career was spent in the printing industry with Eastman Kodak, and he retired from International Paper Company, where he was sales manager.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Woolfolk French; brothers, Ed (Pat) French of Arlington and Steve French of Denison; stepdaughter, Angela (William) Charnes and stepson, Sean Harris of Austin; son, Richard E. French III, also of Austin; and daughter, Kim Wood of Marshall; uncles, Charles (Clarice) French of Dallas and Elmo (Tulu) Frost, and aunt Polly Faulkner of Gainesville. Grandchildren include Adam and Alex Charnes and Rushdie Harris of Austin, and Hunter (Stacia) Shoults of Marshall. He is also survived by cousins Susie (David) Reed of Gainesville and Paul (Judy) Faulkner of Yorktown and Jack (Debbie) Frost, Bill (Rita) Frost and Dan Frost; a precious great-granddaughter, Cooper Shoults; plus several nieces and a host of friends.
He loved scuba diving and made more than 500 dives throughout the Caribbean and in Palau, Indonesia. A lifelong interest was flower gardening and he spent many hours planting and caring for God’s beautiful creations. With his partner Miguel Gonzales, he raised Boer goats and was proud to own and show a national champion.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, 11050 Chelsea Road, Chelsea, AL 35043.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Liberty Baptist Church for its DivorceCare ministry.
DOROTHY “DOT” LINN
Heaven has just been blessed with another angel from Renaissance Care Center on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
Dorothy “Dot” Linn was 90 years old.
She was born Sept. 2, 1923 to W.A. “Bill” and Nellie Mathews on the family farm southwest of Myra.
Dot helped on the farm, working side by side with her father, picking cotton, etc. She finished all 11 grades at Myra School, then went to Gainesville High School by bus her senior year. Dorothy enjoyed tennis, volleyball and going to market with her father so she could get some candy. She also loved gathering with friends. While working for Kress' Department Store, she married Thomas “Tommy” Linn on April 14, 1946. Later she went to work at Linda Jo Shoe Factory lacing shoes and after having her son, Jerry she worked from home lacing shoes. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and outdoor activities.
Dorothy Linn is survived by one sister, Katy Morrison of Dallas; granddaughter, Brenda Linn of Gainesville; eight great-grandsons, Matt Linn of San Antonio, A.J. Harris of Monahans, Johnny Harris of Pilot Point, Westin Linn of Denton, Michael Wheeler of Denton, Timothy Wheeler of Denton, Ethan Wheeler of Denton and Ryan Wheeler of Denton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy; son, Jerry; granddaughter, Tresa Harris; three brothers, Ray, Reeves and Bob Mathews; and sister, Thelma Burke.
Graveside services for Mrs. Linn are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at New Resthaven Cemetery with the Rev. David Morris officiating.
She will be in state at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, for viewing.
Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
EDWIN EARLE WRIGHT, JR.
Memorial services for E.E. "Ed" Wright, Jr., 86, of Gainesville, are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Loewen officiating.
A visitation is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the funeral home.
A private burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery.
Ed was born on Dec. 14, 1926, in San Angelo to E.E. Wright, Sr and Geneva Hodges Wright.
He passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Gainesville.
He attended undergraduate school at Texas Christian University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in commerce. World War II interrupted his graduation plans. He served honorably in the South Pacific, primarily on Okinawa. He was a navigator on B-29s and always had an excellent sense of direction. When he returned to TCU he lettered in football. He also met the love of his life, Ona Roberts. Ed and Ona were married over 64 years. Their marriage produced two children, Edwin E. Wright III, and David Roberts Wright. Ed then obtained a masters degree in business administration from North Texas State University.
Using his degrees he managed Hesperian Savings for many years. He and his son David owned the Wright & Wright Insurance Agency and were partners for over 30 years.
Ed was extremely active in civil affairs. He was past president of the Kiwanis Club and past president of the United Way. He received a Silver Beaver from the Big 10 Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was past president of the Gainesville Memorial Hospital Board. He was a charter member of Toast Masters. He helped found Dollars for Scholars for Cooke County Community College. He then served as president of the foundation at North Texas Community College, raising more than $6.7 million and awarding over $4 million in scholarships. He and Ona also endowed five scholarships for NCTC. He also gave generously to the athletic program at TCU as well as University of Texas where his son, Ed Wright, attended undergraduate school on a track and field scholarship. He was an elder in his church and taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church in Gainesville for 50 years.
He is survived by his son, Ed Wright III and his wife Josie of Dallas; daughter-in-law, Crystal Wright of Gainesville; grandchildren, Natalie Wright, Winn Wright and Victoria Wright; and sister, Joy Craig of Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ona; and his son David.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edwin E. Wright IV, Michael Cavazos, J.C. Flowers, Larry Lewis, Doyle Roberts and Glenn Thurman.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
JERRY WAYNE MITCHELL
COLLINSVILLE — Funeral services for Jerry Wayne Mitchell, 73, of Collinsville, are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Meador Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Kersey officiating.
Burial will follow in Collinsville Cemetery under the direction of Meador Funeral Home.
Mr. Mitchell died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Denton.
He was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Collinsville.
Survivors include children, Suzan Heydenreich of Muenster, Carrol McKnight of Collinsville, Jennifer Tipps of Sanger, Kristil Mitchell of Searcy, Ark., and Robert Mitchell of Brownwood; siblings, Connie E. Webb and Alan Ray Mitchell; 20 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhome.com.
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