Written by Phil Cerroni
Winda Juanelle Adair
Winda Juanelle Adair, age 65 of Irving, Texas passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
DeeDee Lynn Driggers
DeeDee Lynn Driggers, age 40 of Irving, TX passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
Carolyn Frost Lee
Carolyn joined the Lord on June 24, 2012, at the age of 71. At the time of her passing, Carolyn lived in Irving, TX. She was born to Nonnilee and Roy Frost in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on November 14th, 1940. She spent much of her childhood in Long Island, NY, where she met many of the people she called friends for her entire life. As a wife and mother, Carolyn and her husband, David Lee of Little Rock, AR, spent the 1970s and early 1980s raising their family in Hot Springs, AR, where she worked for the criminal investigators at the U.S. Forest Service. The last 30 years of her life were spent in and around Dallas, TX, where her entrepreneurial spirit led her into many business ventures. It was during this time that she met her beloved husband, Ron Wert, who preceded her in death. Besides Ron, the happiest moments for Carolyn revolved around her granddaughters, family, church, and politics. In addition to her passion for dance, the arts, charity, and entertaining friends and family, she enthusiastically served her community on the Irving Parks Board and Valley Ranch Flood Control Board.
Carolyn is survived by her son Gregory S. Luse, daughter Julianne M. Lee, and granddaughters Morgan N. Luse and Rachel T. Luse all of Plano, TX; her sister Norma Jean McCall of Edmond, OK, and brother Carl Stanley Frost of Metairie, LA; her close friend/cousin Phyllis White of OKC, OK; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and her church family at St. Ann Catholic Parish, Coppell, TX.
In her true fashion, Carolyn’s desire to help others resulted in her choice to donate her body to UT Southwestern Medical Research. Afterward, she will be laid to rest with family members in OKC, OK. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Friday, July 27th, 2012, at 2:00 pm at ST. ANN CATHOLIC PARISH located at 180 Samuel Blvd., Coppell, Texas, 75019 with a reception to follow until 4:00.
Although Carolyn was a fan of flowers, her wish was that anyone who so chose would make a financial donation to either ST. ANN CATHOLIC PARISH or UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL SCHOOL.
Phillip Jackson “Jack” McGee
Phillip Jackson “Jack” McGee, 82, passed away on Sunday July 22, 2012 following a life of service to others. Jack was born on October 25, 1929 to Stonewall Jackson and Pauline Morris McGee in Wetumka, OK. He graduated from Wetumka High School in 1947 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1954.His education was interrupted by his service in the U S Army during the Korean conflict where he attended Officer Candidate School and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1954 Jack opened one of the first Dairy Queen franchises in the Southwest. McGee Dairy Queen celebrates 58 years in business this month. He was appointed Postmaster of the USPS by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 which made him the youngest Postmaster in the country at that time, retiring in 1989. Jack served on numerous city and state boards including the Wetumka Industrial Foundation, Hill-Burton Regional Hospital Board, the Oklahoma State Development Board for the building of Lake Eufaula. He also held top leadership positions in the American Legion, the Wetumka Chamber of Commerce and being a Founding Member of the Wetumka Kiwanis Club. Jack, a recognized Kiwanis International leader, was elected in 1989 as Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District. Following his term, he and his wife Shirley moved to Irving, TX when he accepted the position of TX-OK District Secretary. Later he was elected Kiwanis International Trustee where he served for 3 years. Recognizing his extensive work with high school students, the TX-OK Key Club inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1997. Loyal to the United Methodist Church for over 60 years, Jack served 2 different churches. In Wetumka, he taught Sunday School, and served as chaired Administrative Council and District Lay Leader. His contribution to the Methodist Church at the conference level was exemplified by membership on Oklahoma Conference Boards of Evangelism and Communications, and Trustee for the Oklahoma Boy’s Ranch. In Irving he was active in the life of First United Methodist Church and regionally served as the President of the North Texas Conference of United Methodist Men, and served on the board of Promise House, a home for at-risk-youth in Dallas. His passions included traveling the world with his wife Shirley, attending OU football games, dining on gourmet food and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley; his 3 sons Greg McGee and wife Ramona, Tyler, Texas, Chris McGee, Dallas, Texas, Brent McGee and wife Donna, Wetumka, Oklahoma. He is also survived by five grandchildren Lacey, London , Greyson, Nicholas and Jackson McGee, all of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Pat Perrin and husband Paul, Tulsa, Oklahoma; uncle Richard Morris and wife Beverly, Carrollton, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the First United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas on Thursday, July 26 at 9:00 a.m., with the funeral following at the church at 10:00 a.m. A second service was held Thursday at the Wetumka Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. with interment immediately following. Donations may be made to TX-OK Kiwanis Foundation, 3010 W Park Row Dr. #100, Pantego, TX 76013 or First United Methodist Church, 211 W. 3rd St, Irving , TX 75060.
Margie Lee Mathis-Smith
Margie Lee Mathis-Smith, age 71 of Quinlan, TX, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home.
Baby Krish Jatin Thacker
Baby Krish Jatin Thacker, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home.