BLANCHIE MYRLE McWHIRTER PURGASON
Blanchie Myrle McWhirter Purgason, 83, passed away on Sept. 4, 2012.
She was born in Gainesville on Feb. 22, 1929, to Wana and Arthur McWhirter, and graduated from Gainesville High School.
Blanchie was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Carrol Purgason; and by her brother, Arthur McWhirter.
She is survived by her sons, Ken Purgason and wife Edie, Bob Purgason and wife Cyndy and daughter Karen Purgason Tracy; and grandchildren, Meredith Purgason, Maddy Purgason, K.C. Purgason and wife Tiffany, George Purgason and wife Missy, Anne Purgason, Kendal van Egmond, Scott van Egmond, Charlie Tracy and Maddy Tracy.
Blanchie’s passions in life were her family, her music and her church. She was a talented pianist and enjoyed sharing her beautiful voice with others. Blanchie sang in church choirs and was an active member of the Tulsa Newbelles for many years. She also served as president of the Alpha Tau Omega Mother’s Club and was a charter member of the Saint Francis Auxiliary. Blanchie was a longtime, active member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed.
Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Moore Funeral Home, Southlawn Chapel, 9350 E. 51st Street, Tulsa, Okla., 74145.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in the Asbury United Methodist Church Chapel, 6767 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, Okla., 74133 with Rev Bill Mason presiding.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville with Rev. Don Yeager presiding.
Memorial contributions in Blanchie’s name may be made to the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Attn: Finance Director, 6655 S. Yale Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74136-3326.
Moore’s Southlawn (918) 663-2233; share memories at www.moorefuneral.com.
CHRISTOPHER DARYL EPPERSON
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at First Baptist Church Valley View for Christopher Daryl Epperson.
Christopher passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at North Texas Medical Center at the age of 41.
He was born in Gainesville on Sept. 6, 1970, to Billy Ray and Gladys Lucile (Hassenpflug) Epperson.
He was a Valley View High School graduate. Chris married Lori Diane Alexander on Aug. 19, 1989, in Valley View. He was a loving husband, father, son and uncle who loved spending time with this kids.
Chris is survived by his wife, Lori Epperson of Valley View; sons, Clint Epperson of Valley View and Aaron Epperson of Valley View; parents, Bill and Gladys Epperson of Valley View; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Victor Epperson; sister, Debra Williams; and grandparents, Henry and Dora Hassenpflug and Tommy and Lula Cheaney.
Cremation services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
To sign the online registry, go to www.clementkeelfh.com.
RADONNA GAY FORD
Radonna Gay Ford, born in Houston on 12/29/55 to Lyndia Hamm Lane and Vernon Lane, passed away in her home on 9/4/12 from complications of Alzheimers Syndrome. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was a graduate of Lake Dallas High School in 1974, and was a member of Lake Cities United Methodist Church. Her interests include grandchildren, Texas Rangers baseball, softball (where she met Jim, the love of her life), Yellowstone National Park, photography and dog obedience training. She also served as past president of the Lake Dallas FFA Booster Club and as past secretary and treasurer of the Lake Cities Baseball Association.
Radonna was preceded in death by her mother; and is survived by her husband of 20 years, Jim Ford of Corinth; children, Rick Cox and his wife Christal of Muenster and Ryan Cox and wife Tori of Sanger; grandchildren, Abby, Ben, Gracie and Laney; brothers, Mike Lane and wife Brigitt of Willis, Mark Lane and wife Morna of Houston and Mitch Black of Collinsville; sister, Lyndia Hale of Newkirk, Okla.; mother and father in-law, Jim and Connie Ford of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law, Kim Johnson and husband Fred of Fort Worth, Shelly Ferguson and husband David of Gainesville and Lori Richardson of Haslet; as well as her faithful canine companion, Kay; and several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Cindy Davern, Frank and Judy Graham, Ann Shay, the Thursday night Survivor group, and Odyssey Hospice (Connie, Christy, Corrine and Lynne).
In lieu of flowers, our family asks that you help us defeat this disease. Please consider donations of dementia research in Radonna’s memory to one of the following: Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s (www.alzinfo.com); Alzheimer’s Association-Dallas Chapter (www.alz.org/greaterdallas); Cure PSP Organization (www.psp.org); or UT Southwestern Medical Center (email@example.com) at 2305 Cedar Springs Rd., #150, Dallas, TX 75201.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville.
A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Lake Cities United Methodist Church in Lake Dallas.
To sign an online register or convey condolences, please visit www.daltonandson.com.
GARY “MIKE” HENDRICKS SR.
Gary "Mike" Hendricks, Sr. went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 61 after a long illness.
He was born Dec. 5, 1950, in Gainesville to Frank Johnson and Ada Grace Hendricks.
Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a supervisor with the Texas Highway Department. He married Nedra Scott on Feb. 7, 1973, in Gainesville.
Funeral services for Mike Hendricks, Sr. are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Lorne, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church, officiating.
Pallbearers are Melton Stone, Larry Hennesy, Ronnie Hubbard, Tyrone Kelly, Jerry Don Henderson and Donald Manuel. Ed Orona, Delbert Hamilton, Tommy Scott, Ricky Scott and Charlie Scott will serve as honorary bearers. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Nedra Hendricks of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, LaCreasha and Royce Stille of Andrews; son and daughter-in-law, Gary Hendricks, Jr. and Mia of Killeen; grandchildren, Tajh Kelly, Torey Kelly, Trayle Kelly and Garrett Stille; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy Don Hendricks of Gainesville, Jerry and Carolyn Hendricks of Gainesville, Aaron and Doris Mims of Gainesville and Ricky and Regina Hendricks of Wichita, Kan.; sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Wichita, Kan., Janice Barlow of Wichita, Kan., Alice Jackson of Gainesville and Cheryl Franklin of Dallas; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Taden Kelly; sister, Clementine Dean; and brothers, Willie "Pug" Mims and Charlie Mims.
Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
To sign the online registry go to www.clementkeelfh.com..
MACK DORMAN MAXWELL
Mack Dorman Maxwell, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., following a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Kanita Beavers Maxwell; son, Keith Maxwell and wife Cheryl; daughter, Elizabeth and husband Robert Lee; son, Mark Maxwell and wife Karen; step-son, Allen Davis and wife Renee; and 12 grandchildren, Garrett Lee, Travis Lee, Alex Maxwell; Zachary Maxwell, Isaac Maxwell, Andrew Maxwell, Rebecca Lee, Mason Davis, Parker Davis, Stephanie Zwinggi, Elizabeth Zwinggi and Kyle Zwinggi. He is also survived by brother, Raymond Maxwell and wife Olene; sister, Gladys Wright; and brother, Paul Maxwell; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, UD Maxwell and Annie Lee Faust; younger brother, David Bruce Maxwell; his wife of 31 years, Nelta Pearl Maxwell; brother-in-law, Ortis Wright; and sister-in-law, Annita Benningfield Maxwell.
He was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Turnersville. He was a graduate of the Gatesville High School. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, he went on to complete the following degrees: a B.S. in history/education, M.S. in history/education and an administrative certificate in education. He went on to become an educator and principal and was employed with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (previously known as the Texas Youth Commission) for more than 26 years.
Mack was committed to serving his community with over 50 years of service in the Lions Clubs of both Gatesville and Gainesville. While living in Gatesville, he was a member of First Baptist Church and taught the pre-schoolers Sunday School class. After moving to Gainesville, he became a member of the Temple Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Dan Holder “Old Goat” Sunday School Class.
Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Temple Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be held the following morning at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at the Levita Cemetery (north of Gatesville).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gainesville Lions Club to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Mack D. Maxwell. (Memorials may be mailed to the Gainesville Lions Club in care of Clem Steubing at 2012 Greenbriar, Gainesville, TX 76240.)
BILLY FATE BARNETT
Funeral services for Billy Fate Barnett, 76, of Gainesville, are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Commerce Street Church of Christ with David Gray officiating.
Burial will follow in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. Barnett died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Dallas.
He was born Sept. 22, 1936, in Beaumont.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Barnett of Gainesville; son, Gregory Craig Barnett of San Antonio; brother, Jack Barnett of Pittsburg, Kan.; and two grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Commerce Street Church of Christ, 602 N. Commerce St., Gainesville, TX 76240. You may sign the online registry book at www.clementkeelfh.com.
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