Written by Staff
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242
Beatrice “Josie” Bailey, 79
September 24, 1933 – May 01, 2013
William Benjamin Simmons, 93
April 18, 1920 – May 07, 2013
Arrangements by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313
Rebecca Alice Puryear
January 12, 1943 – May 1, 2013
Marvin Ray Reynolds
October 3, 1939 – May 4, 2013
Gary “GWW” Whitehead
September 9, 1965 – May 6, 2013
Rev. J. C. Mitchell
August 16, 1930 – May 8, 2013
Karen Lucas Cowley
Karen Lucas Cowley, of Irving, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013. She was born October 5, 1950 in Irving. She graduated from MacArthur High School in 1967. Karen was a cosmetologist with CVS Pharmacy, formerly Page Pharmacy and Eckerd Drug. She is survived by her husband Bill Cowley of Irving; daughter Rachel Portillo and husband Matthew of Rowlett; son Nicholas Cowley and wife Dayna of Dallas; mother Imogene Cline Lucas of Irving; brother Rodney Lucas and wife Wanda of Irving, and Gary Lucas of Seaside, Oregon; grandchildren Ethan Villanueva, and Tyler Portillo; nieces and nephew Andrea Lucas, Kristina Lucas, and Allen Lucas, Hannah Summer, Holly Lucas, and Lydia Berman; and numerous great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Arlene Harris, a resident of Irving, went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2013 at the age of 91. Born April 16, 1922 in Salem, Arkansas to William B. Wilson and Mary Lou Warren Wilson, she was the widow of James L. Harris. They married on May 11, 1940 in Caddo, Oklahoma. Arlene was a housewife, church worker and her husband’s helpmate in the grocery business. Her greatest commitment and love were to the Lord, her family, her friends and her church. Included in the many lives she has touched, she leaves behind 4 children, Peggy Davis and husband Leon, Patricia Echols and husband David, Janie Wheless and husband Garry, and James Harris and wife Tamara; 10 grandchildren, Shelley Davis-Crutsinger, Scott Davis and wife Ginger, Steve Echols and wife Kim, David Alan Echols and wife Tracey, Shane Echols and wife Stefanie, Laura Wheless, Kimberly Slaughter and husband Scott, Brandon Harris and wife Lindsey, Preston Harris, and Halston Harris; and 10 great grandchildren, Taylor, Nicki, Shelby, Cody, Kinnsey, Ethan, Christopher, Faith, Ethan, and Leighton; and many extended family members including her best friends, James Brandenburg, Lori Byrd, and Rick Noland. A visitation was held 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home. The funeral service was 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8 at First Baptist Church, 403 South Main Street, Irving, TX with Pastor John Durham and Wayne Watkins officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
Marvin Ray Reynolds
Marvin Ray Reynolds, born October 3, 1939, went to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior on May 4, 2013. He was 73. “Big Marvin” became a Christian during VBS at Hempridge Baptist Church in Waddy, KY. He graduated from Waddy HS, KY, 1957. Served honorably in the Navy from 1957-63. A skilled athlete who enjoyed playing basketball and baseball, but loved playing golf best. Marvin was a Royal Ambassador leader, guiding his RA’s to grow into strong Christian men. Retired from TP&L/TXU after 40 yrs, never missing a day of work. Spent his retirement fishing with his grandchildren at the back pond. Marvin loved to tell of his boyhood days catching catfish with his bare hands down in the “crik”. He could spin a yarn that would make hairs stand on end and send tingles down the spine. He was an ace mechanic and plumbing enthusiast; a man who could repair anything with some spit, elbow grease, and a good amount of duct tape. An amateur barber whose artistic works are chronicled through his sons’ elementary school photos. Always made sure his shoes were polished until they shined and never went anywhere without a comb and handkerchief in his back pocket. He had a huge sweet tooth which included his favorites: cokes, sweet tea, chocolate pie, twinkies, crackerjack, and chocolate malt milkshakes made with vanilla ice cream. Preceded in death by parents William and Louise, eldest son Marvin Ray II, brothers Terry, Butch, James, sisters Tina, Betty. Survived by Susie Gaye, his loving wife of 46 yrs, children, grandchildren, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was held on May 9, 6-8PM at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home. Service was May 10, at 10 AM at FBC Irving, 403 S. Main St, Irving. Laid to rest with military honors at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.