A graveside service with military honors for Bill Gregory, 81, of Gainesville, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Mark Wascom officiating.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Mr. Gregory passed away March 3, 2013, in Gainesville.
He was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Longview to Jewel and Rowena Gregory. Mr. Gregory earned a degree in agronomy from Texas A&M in 1954. In 1961, he completed his law degree at Baylor. Mr. Gregory enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954, and was a reconnaissance pilot until 1957. In 1964, he married Maurine Elkins in Irving. Mr. Gregory was an attorney in the state of Texas for 51 years. He became an oil operator in 1982. Retiring only recently, Mr. Gregory would fish anywhere water could be found.
Survivors include stepson, George Bond and wife Dawn; stepdaughter, Gail Newton; grandchildren: George Bond II and wife Tina, Emily Bond, Laura Lawhon, Jennifer Belleau and husband Stephen and Joe Hoedebeck; great-grandson, George Bond III; and sister, Doris Neal and husband Fred.
Mr. Gregory was predeceased by his parents; and wife, Maurine Gregory.
Honorary pallbearers will be George Bond, Joe Hoedebeck, Tommy Ellender, George Bond, II, Zeb Baker and Wayne Hathaway.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gainesville Bible Church, 601 Radio Hill Rd., Gainesville, TX 76240.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
ELAINE BOYD TRUITT
Elaine Boyd Truitt died on March 1, 2013, surrounded by members of her loving family.
Elaine was born on Dec. 30, 1920, the youngest of the children of George Taylor and Lela Boyd.
Elaine was athletic as a child and excelled in softball and basketball through her years in high school. She even participated in interscholastic tournaments at what was then North Texas State Teachers College, which was a special accomplishment for a young girl in those days.
As a young freshman at North Texas State University, Elaine was swept off her feet by Price Truitt and they ran away to Oklahoma and married on June 2, 1939. Elaine returned to continue her studies at North Texas State and receive her degree from there.
In 1945, Price joined the chemistry department at North Texas State Teachers College while he and Elaine settled down to spend the rest of their lives in the North Texas area. Elaine and Price operated a chicken farm just west of Denton from 1947 through 1955, while Price continued to develop an honored position in the college’s chemistry department.
Elaine and Price shared their love of the active life and took their family on camping trips when he had the summer off from teaching. For more than 45 years, they had many outdoor adventures ... doing everything from vacationing out of the trunk of the car to enjoying the comparative luxuries of a self-contained recreational vehicle while traveling, camping and fishing through the Rockies. From 1963 to 1968, they owned and operated a store three months of the year called “Top of The World,” located near the northeast gate of Yellowstone Park.
Elaine was an active servant to her community both as a volunteer Pink Lady for many years at Flow Hospital and as an enthusiastic Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troops.
The past few years, Elaine has shown her creative side by becoming an accomplished quilter. In the early 70s, she helped to found the Denton Quilt Guild. She has continued to be a regular contributor and has shown many pieces of her beautiful work at local quilting exhibitions.
After 69 years of marriage, Price preceded Elaine in death in 2008.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Truitt Creagh of Denton (partner Scott Lent) and Sharon Gail Truitt (husband Jack Truitt) of Forestburg; four grandchildren, Laura Creagh (partner Katherine Brown) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Shelley Cross Anthony (husband Dean Anthony) of Denton, Jack C. Truitt (wife Cindy Truitt) of Oak Point, and Catherine Truitt Castle (husband Dan Castle) of Moscow, Idaho. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Lauren Cross of Austin, Creagh Cross of Dallas and Truitt Cross (wife Shelby Cross) of Lubbock, as well as Slade, Leifur, Wynd, Milena, Canyon, Ceri and Saxon Castle of Moscow, Idaho. Finally, she was great-great-grandmother of Kenadee and Covin Cross.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to UNT via The Price and Elaine B. Truitt Endowment Fund, UNT Division of Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203.
A remembrance gathering was held for friends and family at the DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 4 p.m.
Online condolences can be made at www.DeBerryFuneralDirectors.com.
BILLY RANDALL WAGGONER
Billy Randall Waggoner was born Nov. 27, 1932, in Gainesville.
He passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Conroe at the age of 80.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Sharon in 2009.
He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14, 2009.
He is survived by son George and his wife Sheila Waggoner of Conroe, daughter Debra Peter and her husband Louis of Cedar Lane, and his grandchildren, Randall and wife Abbey Waggoner, Rachael Waggoner, Kay Peter and Becky Peter.
Bill served his country with a career in the military. He was in the Army and was a Korean War Veteran. He also served in the Air Force for 22 years. Bill held to the values of duty and service throughout his life. After retirement from the Air Force, he worked for many years as a machinist for Texas Instruments in Sherman.
Bill was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had many hobbies including fishing, gardening, coin collecting and building model airplanes and puzzles. Bill especially enjoyed working out with his friends at the North Texas Medical Center’s Rehab Center. He will be missed by family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Chapel with lay pastor Craig Waggoner officiating.
Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Texas Medical Center Foundation at 1900 Hospital Blvd., Gainesville, TX 76240.
You may sign the online register at www.geojcarroll.com.
FRANK C. ERWIN
LAKE KIOWA — Memorial services for Frank Chiles Erwin, 83, of Lake Kiowa, were Monday, March 4, 2013, at Allens Point Baptist Church in Honey Grove.
Mr. Erwin died Friday, March 1, 2013.
He was born July 21, 1929, in Ladonia.
Survivors include wife, Dee Erwin of Lake Kiowa; children, Sharon Robinson of Honey Grove and Lisa Holley of Heath; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Gainesville.
VALLEY VIEW — Memorial services for Phil Leonard, of Valley View, are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Leonard died Friday, March 1, 2013, in Valley View.
JOHNNY LEWIS “BUTCH” MOORE
Funeral services for Johnny Lewis “Butch” Moore, 62, are set for 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Moore died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at North Texas Medical Center.
Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the funeral home.
CURTIS ALLEN HOWELL, SR.
VALLEY VIEW — Curtis Allen Howell, Sr., 54, of Valley View, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas after a brief illness.
Curtis was born on Dec. 15, 1958, in Liberty, Ky., to Alvin and Grace Belden Howell.
Curtis retired from the United States Army with 20 years of service and received many service medals and commendations during his service. He also was employed by Acme Trucking Company.
Curtis is survived by his family and friends, Jennifer Howell, Billy Gray, Trenton and Trevor Cusumano, Dawn and Kenny Mayes, Trey and Amber Mayes, Kagan and Karson Mayes, Jorden Mayes, Addyson Mayes, Logan Mayes, Gail Bray, David Martin, Mitzi Martin, Tessa Reynolds, Gerry Steidham and Nancy Hawes, Kayla Phelps, P.J. and Makayla Voelkel, Devin Whetzel, Taylor Boaz, Mikey Taylor, Shelby Ward and the employees of Acme Trucking Co.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Curtis Howell Jr.
Funeral services for Curtis will be Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 9 a.m. in the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with military honors under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.