Written by Phil Cerroni
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242
Edna Jenkins, 92
11/30/1919 – 11/16/2012
Jack Dewayne Cohea, 72
7/30/1940 – 11/20/2012
Arrangements made by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313
July 22, 1952 – November 15, 2012
August 30, 1958 – November 19, 2012
December 27, 1953 – November 20, 2012
Franky Lynn Martinez
Franky Lynn Martinez, a resident of Grand Prairie for 53 years, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born March 30, 1959 in Dallas. He worked for Decibel Products for 33 years. Franky is survived by his wife Janie Martinez of Grand Prairie; children Jennifer Rodriguez of Arlington, Jonathan Martinez of Grand Prairie, Stephanie Martinez of Grand Prairie, Amanda Martinez of Grand Prairie, Nicholas Martinez of Grand Prairie, Kaylee Martinez of Grand Prairie, 7 grandchildren; parents Albert Martinez and wife Sue of Grand Prairie, sister Wanda Harris of Irving, brother Alan Martinez of Grand Prairie; and Michael Lee Runge of De Ridder, Louisiana. Funeral services were
held at 10 AM Friday, November 23, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Hank Freelen officiating. Burial followed at Grand Prairie Memorial Park.
Wendell Scott Reed
Wendell Scott Reed was born in San Diego, CA on July 11, 1962 to Waun and Pat Reed. He grew up in Irving, graduated Irving High School 1980 and attended PCI to become a Patient Care Assistant. Most recently he worked for Pate Rehabilitation. Wendell was the owner of Big Tex Power Washing and Coffee Confections. He is preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Mark and Kent. He is survived by his mother and sister, Jill. Funeral was held at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home on Nov. 19th. See www.donnellyscolonial.com for complete obituary.
Ray Rushing, born on November 30, 1941, passed away at his home with his wife Dana holding his hand as he requested. Those who loved Ray will smile to know that he called all of the shots right to the end. He was born in Pittsburg, Texas to sharecropper parents, his mother dying during childbirth. He overcame unbelievable poverty to rise to the highest levels of his profession, Vice President of Operations for the Siemans Company, where his duties took him all over the world. Ray was a man of integrity, character, a powerful personality, and he had a zest for life rarely seen. He was passionate about quail hunting, bass fishing, travel, and all things Longhorn. His was a life well lived and leukemia was the only fight he ever lost. Besides Dana, he is also mourned by Gene and Dorothy Pate and Doren and Betty Ellredge, whom he called the brothers of his heart; Lisa and Doug Wiklund and her sons Rick and Matthew; Casey and Brian Gholson, and their daughters Briana and Sarah; Debbie Stiles, Jeremy Stiles; Marlene and Rhett Rushing; and Glen and Gladys Reynolds. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Robert Collins and his BMT Team at UT Southwestern for their care and compassion that exceeds words. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Silas Donald Ward, Jr.
Silas Donald Ward, Jr., of Mesquite, passed away November 20, 2012. He was born September 13, 1918 in Gainesville. He spent his career as an accountant with TP& L, TU Electric, and TXU. Silas was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Ward. He is survived by his son Larry Ward and wife Toni from Mesquite, Bobby Ward and wife Angela of Austin, and Ronny Ward and wife Donna of Pace, Florida; grandchildren Krystal Richardson of Rowlett, Lucas Ward of Pace, Florida, and Colton and Madison Ward of Austin; great-grandchildren Tori and Michael and Trinity; sister Evelyn Sparks of Sunnyvale; and brother Bill Ward of Mesquite. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, with Dr. Jim Gerlach officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 PM at the Athens City Cemetery in Athens, Texas. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.