FREDERICK J. SCHMITZ
Frederick J. (Freddy) Schmitz, longtime resident of Gainesville, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 90.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and interment followed at Fairview Cemetery.
A Rosary service was Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Geo. J. Carroll Funeral Home.
Freddy was born April 14, 1922, in Lindsay to Mary Bezner and John Schmitz. He attended school in Lindsay. He was inducted into the Army Air Corps on Dec. 27, 1942, at Camp Wolters, Texas. He served at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas, and received advanced training in Florida and New Mexico.
As a waist gunner on a B-24 bomber, he flew 30 missions in Northern France, the Normandy invasion and Central Europe. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, EAME Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the service at Keesler Field, Mississippi, on Oct. 20, 1945.
After his discharge, he purchased Embry Coin Machines which he named Schmitz Coin Machines, and operated the business for more than 50 years.
He married Oleta Rosson Bezner on Nov. 15, 1950. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and golf.
Freddy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Oleta; two sons, Buster Bezner and wife Marcy and Mike Schmitz and wife Marcia; four grandchildren, Rae Ann Gerken (Jeff), Robby Bezner (Carmen), Melinda Schmitz and Justin Schmitz (Karah); and six great-grandchildren, Sarah, Hannah and Mary Gerken, Madison and Blake Bezner, and Harper Grace Schmitz. He is also survived by two sisters, Rosalee Cox and Marcy Wilde of Muenster; brother, Leroy Schmitz of Valley View; sister-in-law, Treba Dobkins; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and John; and two sisters, Sally Theimer and Gertie Horn.
Nephews Danny Wilde, Tommy Schmitz, Bobby Schmitz, Joe Schmitz, John Schmitz and Steve Schmitz will serve as pallbearers.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s School, 931 N. Weaver, Gainesville, TX 76240.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
TOMMIE OLETA (TRAMMELL) HARRELL
Gainesville resident Tommie Oleta Harrell, 90, died Dec. 6, 2012, at Muenster Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 10, 1922, in Sivells Bend to Doffie L. and Mary Belle (Bryant) Trammell.
She married Henry Delbert Harrell on Sept. 11, 1942. Tommie was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother.
Funeral services for Mrs. Harrell, are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Meador-Clement-Keel Chapel with Rev. David Whittington, Pastor of Bear Head Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in New Rest Haven Cemetery.
Grandsons Terry Harrell, Jerry Harrell, Newt Call Langston, Baylee King, Joey King, Wesley Daubenspeck and Mike Daubenspeck will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at the funeral home.
Tommie Oleta Harrell is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Sandra Harrell of Gainesville and Guy and Janice Harrell of Thackerville; daughter, Mary Ann Sims and companion James Courtney of Gainesville; sister, Mary Ellen Suggs of Whitesboro and Katie Bell Dougherty of Gainesville; grandchildren and their spouses, Terry and Tina Harrell of Gainesville, Jerry and Joye Harrell of Gainesville, Michelle Harrell of Thackerville, Dawn and Joey King of Lantana, Stacey and Mike Daubenspeck of Carrollton, Christy and Steven Hentel of Seattle, Wash., and Julie Sims of McKinleyville, Calif.; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and four brothers.
Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhome.com.
MARGARET CHRISTINE LUNSFORD
WHITESBORO — Funeral services for Margaret Christine Lunsford, 82, of Whitesboro, are set for 2 p.m. Monday Dec. 10, 2012, at the Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro with the Rev. Dave Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Lunsford died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 14, 1930, in Sherman.
Survivors include children, Cliff Lunsford of Pilot Point, Cathy Trujillo of Noble, Okla., and Connie Lunsford, Cindy Lunsford and Christy Shelley of Sherman; brother, John Reynolds of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
You may sign the online registry at www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
Funeral services for Pearl Wagner, 80, of Gainesville, are pending with Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wagner died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Gainesville Health and Rehab Center.
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