RANDY JOE BEAVERS
DENTON — Randy Joe Beavers, 65, of Denton, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
He was born on May 8, 1947, in Corpus Christi. He married Janet Marie Dimmitt in Durant, Okla., and served in the United States Navy. He was the manager of the Charcoal Broiler in Denton for 15 years before he went to work for Kraft Food Service as a sales manager.
Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the Cross Timbers Church on McKinney Street in Denton with the Rev. Glenn Kersey officiating.
Burial will be 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Randy is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Shannon Wilkerson and husband Joe; son, Christopher Beavers and wife Donna; sisters, Marsha DeGraffenreid and Linda Clements; brothers, Billy Beavers and Dennis Lee; granddaughter, Riley Nicole Wilkerson; and mother-in-law, Margaret Winefred Dimmitt.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernst Cleve Beavers and Rebecca Jane Davis Beavers; his birth father, Robert Lee; brother, Bobby Beavers; and father-in-law, William Lyle Dimmitt.
MARCIA ANN CLIFTON
Services for Marcia Ann Clifton, 70, are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Valley View United Methodist Church with the Reverends Cheryl Murphy, Vic Casad and Larry Kruger presiding.
Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the funeral home.
Marcia Clifton died on Feb. 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Methodist Hospital Dallas with her family at her side.
She was born on Oct. 21, 1942, in Muenster to Samuel “JT” and Carrie Barker.
She graduated as the valedictorian from Era High School in 1961, before marrying David Clifton in her parents’ home on Jan. 23, 1965, in Hood. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas Magna cum laude in home economics in 1964. She later received her Ph.D. cum laude in biochemistry in 1969, after which she worked for several laboratories including the USVA hospital and the U.S Department of Agriculture while her husband worked in the nuclear industry.
Marcia worked as a dietitian for the University of Michigan and later taught at NCTC. She worked many years for the State of Texas at the Denton State School for MHMR as a dietitian, from which she later retired. In recent years Marcia served as a substitute teacher for Valley View, Era and Gainesville schools. Otherwise, she helped manage their family ranch in Valley View. She was very active in the Valley View United Methodist Church serving on numerous committees and in the choir.
Marcia was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, David Sherman Clifton of Valley View; two children, David Ashley Clifton (wife Elizabeth) of Valley View and Dabney Ann Swaidner (husband Major Scott Swaidner, serving in the Arabian Peninsula) of Woodbine. Also surviving is one granddaughter, Payton Clifton.
Pallbearers will be Gary Don Fenley, Bradley Fenley, Dwayne Fenley, Billy Vann, Mike Mason, Jack Smith, Worth Gragg and Scott Swaidner. (honorary pallbearers Jack Thayer & Jerry Flowers).
Memorial gifts can be made in her name to either the Valley View United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Era Methodist Church.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
VELMA RUTH GIBSON
Velma Ruth Gibson, 84 years of age, passed peacefully into the arms of Christ Jesus at her home in Gainesville on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
A celebration of her extraordinary life will be officiated by Rev. Floyd Loven, pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Trinidad at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, 6000 South R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m.
From an early age, the Lord gifted Velma with a beautiful singing voice and the ability to play the piano. Much of her adult life these talents were used in His service as church pianist and choir member. Velma married her childhood playmate, sweetheart and friend, George Harvey Gibson, Jr. on Dec. 22, 1943, in Dallas. She was deeply devoted to him and their children, and was an exemplary Christian model of “love without ceasing” to all her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, George H. Gibson III of Lake Kiowa; her daughters and husbands, Carolynne and David Priore of Lake Kiowa, Barbara and James Barnett of Gainesville and Kathy and Jeff Stewart of Wills Point; nine grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, a sister, La Verne Bolen of Waxahachie; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 64 years, George; her parents; three siblings; and one granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cooke County Home Hospice, 316 S. Chestnut St., Gainesville, TX. 76240.
BONITA BOYD GRESHAM
Funeral services for Bonita Boyd Gresham are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Rosston United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Kruger officiating.
Burial will follow in Rosston Cemetery under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gresham died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Gainesville.
She was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Rosston.
Survivors include children, John Grisham of Gordonville and Sally Ford, Chris Grisham and Tammy Reynolds of Rosston; siblings, Norris Boyd of Rosston, Ray Boyd and Dawna Vann of Forestburg, Doyle Boyd of Waller, Rama Lee Barker of Bowie and Bobbie Mitchell of Georgia; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is set for 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the church before service time.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
PILOT POINT—Funeral services for Floyd Jackson, 69, of Pilot Point, are set for noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Midway Baptist Church in Pilot Point.
Mr. Jackson died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at North Texas Medical Center.
He was born April 6, 1943, in Pilot Point.
Survivors include children, Vincent Manuel of Arlington and Victor Manuel, Rodney Jackson, Dalton Jackson, Vickie Manuel, Valorie Manuel, Janice Nicole Jackson and Christy Jackson, all of Gainesville, Wendy Jackson of Lewisville, Valerie Jean Becknell of Denton and Doris Becknell of Corsicana; siblings, Early Jackson Jr. of Denton, Hulbert Jackson of Gainesville, Robin Jackson, Betty Allen, Sharon Fry, Janice Henderson and Kathy Holoway, all of Fort Worth, and Brenda McBride of Pilot Point; 32 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
JAMES KENNETH SPURGEON
January 23, 1946 - February 3, 2013
WINNSBORO — Mr. James Kenneth Spurgeon, age 67, of Winnsboro, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Tyler.
James was born on Jan. 23, 1946, in Gainesville to the late Adolph and Louella McBroom Spurgeon.
James proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He was a retired programmer for Haliburton, a Mason and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, James Aaron Spurgeon.
He is survived by his wife, Loutrissa “Faye” Spurgeon of Winnsboro; daughters, Amber Spurgeon Maynard and husband Brian of Sulphur Springs and Becky Jinright of Tyler; son, Billy Jinright and wife Phyllis of Flint; brothers, Robert Spurgeon and wife Janice of Golden and John Spurgeon and wife Gina of Whitesboro; sisters, Sonia Vaughn and husband Don of Enid Okla., Sharon Dettling and husband Joe of Cleveland and Sue Dedek and husband Mike of Marietta, Okla.; and five grandchildren, Ryan, David, Cayla, Chad and Chase.