Written by Phil Cerroni
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242
Lorld Glen Sharp, 97
July 4, 1915 – September 21, 2012
Wanda Lou LaVarnway, 77
July 27, 1935 – September 21, 2012
James E. Winkelman, 80
December 26, 1931 – September 25, 2012
Arrangements made by Chism-Smith Funeral Home, 972-259-7644
Donald Watson, 72
April 7, 1940 - September 23, 2012
Marie Smith, 90
October 11, 1921 - September 26, 2012
Ellen Tseng, 85
April 19, 1927 - September 22, 2012
Jeff Golden, Jr., 84
February 3, 1928 - September 18, 2012
Arrangements made by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313
Calvin DeWayne Straughter, 30
November 22, 1982 – August 11, 2012
For more than forty years, Francile was the “Reading Whisperer” in the Irving Independent School District. It was often said by grateful parents and astonished students that “Mrs. Butler could teach a wall to read.” No child’s problems were too great a challenge nor too heavy a burden for Francile to bear. True to form, she ingrained in her own daughters the belief that learning was the rainbow and reading the pot of gold.
Who would have guessed the petite goldilocks born Francile Morrison on September 22, 1916 in rural Oklahoma would become the first person in her family to earn a college degree? How she loved her Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.
It was that hard-won education that took her to the oil patch in New Mexico to begin her beloved teaching career. It was there she met her Knight In Shining Armor, Nolan Butler. Nolan, Francile, and baby Alice made their way to the tiny town of Irving, Texas in 1943, where Francile Butler dedicated herself to the education of the children in a growing and diverse community. The burning commitment that every child could and should love to learn remained a driving force throughout Francile’s long and successful life, and motivated her to continue her education at Southern Methodist University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education.
Francile’s love of teaching and pride as an educator was eclipsed only by her love and dedication to her family. Francile left no one in doubt how proud she was of her “girls”, and how much they meant to her. Each of her three daughters was equally everything to her, and they knew it. She never grew tired of telling her grandchildren, Andrea and Andrew, that she loved them “more than any grandmother ever loved any grandchildren in the world.”
Several cherished members of Francile’s immediate family were waiting with joy for her to join them in Heaven as the sun dawned on the beautiful morning of September 25, 2012, including husband Nolan, grandson Andrew Hill, mother and father Viva and Lee Morrison, and brothers, Jack and Merritt Morrison.
Francile adored her “sons”, John Moseley, Ray Sanchez, and Louis Blaylock, who she entrusted to hold her precious daughters, Alice Ruth and Nolanda Sue Butler, and Mary Lou Blaylock, in loving arms.
Francile made it known to all her family, including much loved niece, Jacqualea Cooley, and nephew, Kenneth Morrison, that she hoped in lieu of sending flowers when she went to meet her longed-for Jesus, her friends would make a donation to the ALICE BUTLER THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP, through the Dallas County Community College District Foundation.
Services for the beautiful, witty, vivacious lady who charmed everyone she met were held at Ben F. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 28, 2012. Burial followed at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Hal White Payne
Hal White Payne, born on December 31, 1940, passed away September 20, 2012 in Mountain city, Tn. He was a native of Irving, Tx. Also was a veteran of the United States Marine corp, he is preceded in death by his wife, Nelda Joyce Payne of 43 years and grand daughter, Megan Boone. He is survived by his sister, Mary Alice Jones; four children, Danny Payne, Tammy Farrow and husband Danny, Kenneth Payne, Mary Morgan; eight grandchildren, Christie Miller, Brandon Payne, Danny Farrow II and wife Kayla, Misty Grisham and husband Stephen, Josh Farrow, Nicole Farrow, Charlie Payne, Maryanna Payne; one great granddaughter, Cheyenne Grisham.
Polly Warner, 98, passed away on September 26, 2012 in Irving, Texas. She was born on June 02, 1914 in Blue Ridge, Texas to Newt & Ermine (Akin) Burton. Polly had been a resident of Irving since 1946 where she was a charter member of Kirkwood United Methodist Church. She was a founding member of the Irving Book Review Club, was active in Bona Fide, Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile Shalman Chapter No. 90.
She and her husband, Everett loved traveling to all parts of the world. They were active for many years with the Hella Shrine Clowns Unit where they went to many circus', parades and hospitals putting smiles on many faces. Polly was a beautiful seamstress, making all of her daughter's and granddaughter's doll clothes and many of their dresses. Polly was preceded in death by the love of her life her husband, Everett Warner, Sr.
She is survived by her son, Everett Warner, Jr. and wife, Carol of Irving, daughter, Susan Rogers and husband, Jack of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Shari Gray of Heath, TX., Carie Sirois of Plano, TX, Grigori Rogers and Alina Rogers of Albuquerque, NM; and three great grandchildren, Brittany Gray, Corey Gray and Alexis Schaffner. The family will receive friends for visitation and funeral services on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Kirkwood United Methodist Church, 2232 W. Fifth St., Irving, TX. 75060, visitation from 10:00AM- 11:00AM and funeral services at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at Royse City Cemetery in Royse City, Texas at 2:30PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kirkwood United Methodist Church – Missions Fund. Funeral arrangements conducted under the direction of Restland Coppell Chapel.
Jerry B. Williams
Jerry B. Williams, age 79 of Irving, TX passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on his way to church. He was born in OKC, Oklahoma to Horace and Opal Williams. Jerry graduated from Warsaw High School then enlisted in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He then graduated with BA in business from Lamar University in Beaumont. Jerry owned ChemMark Services of Dallas and KwikKar of Rockwall. For the last 15 years he worked for the Dallas and Irving ISD as a Director and Routing Specialist in the Transportation Depts. The most important roles were being a father and grandfather. Survivors include daughters, Melissa Williams and husband Scott Sewell, Cindy Leal and husband Xavier; grandchildren, Casey, Taylor, Sienna, Aubrey, Matt and Samantha; sisters, Betty Miller, Lura Cone and husband Harold; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 29th at Fundamental Baptist Church in Irving.