Written by Phil Cerroni
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 972-254-4242
Frances Merrilyn Normand, 82
August 12, 1930 – January 10, 2013
Victor Fagan, 101
July 17, 1911 – January 10, 2013
Martha Aurelia Murray Dabbs, 96
March 22, 1916 – January 11, 2013
Deborah Lynn Dunlap, 48
February 10, 1964 – January 13, 2013
Arrangements made by Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 972-579-1313
James (J P) Wheless
June 28, 1923 – January 9, 2013
Rev. Charles Victor Denman
March 20, 1913 – January 9, 2013
Dr. George W. Sibley
August 8, 1922 – January 12, 2013
Charley Wayne Clarkston
On January 9th, 2013, the Lord called an Angel Home. Charley Wayne Clarkston was born to Robert V. and Leona B. Clarkston on July 6th, 1939 in Corsicana, Texas. He later lived in Irving, Texas. Charley was a gentle and kind man who is loved by all who knew him. He was always willing to sit, visit and pray for/with anyone. Charley loved “his” Texas Rangers and Longhorns. We all have a very special Angel pulling for us all now. Charley is survived by two brothers, Bob and Bill Clarkston and sister Millie Green, sister-in-laws Louise and Keli and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside going home celebration of Charley’s life will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 am at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. From a blessed and grateful family, we love you Uncle. Until we see you again, you will be missed. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.
Floyd Eugene Dixon
Floyd Eugene Dixon was born in Chesterfield Pennsylvania, to Zella Knepp Dixon and Eugene William Dixon. Mr. Dixon was born March 12, 1930 and passed away January 16, 2013. He came from a very large family of 13 children. He was the 11th born in his family. His first wife, Betty Jane Dixon preceded him and he married Ruth McKinley Dixon, she also preceded him. Others who preceded him include, his parents; daughter, Kathleen McKinley Edwards; granddaughter, Candace Smith; Brothers and Sisters, Velda Dixon, Carmel Greenawalt, Kathryn Williams, Alverta Vallalla, Virginia Fravel, William Dixon, Russell Dixon, Veranon Dixon, Grace Dunlap, Beatrice Smith and Charles Dixon. He has only one surviving brother and sister-in-law, Richard “Dick” and Demeris Dixon. He has a son, Steve Dixon, three step children, John Michael McKinley, Diana McKinley Smith and husband Joe Smith, and Kenneth Patrick McKinley. He has four granddaughters, Holly Dixon, Heather Smith, Elizabeth Stockert and Cortni McKinley and five grandsons, Brian Elliot Carter, Ken McKinley Jr., Joshua McKinley, Taylor “Tanner” McKinley, and Jordan McKinley, Also had numerous nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. He cherished his family so much! He loved his family very much and was always there to help. The highlight of his week was watching the ballgames with Joe on weekends. I know he is enjoying being with all of his loved ones that are in Heaven waiting for him. Graveside services will be held at New Salem Cemetery in New Salem, Texas, Saturday January 19, 2013 at 2:00p.m. with Pastor David Butler officiating under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Henderson. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd • Tyler, TX 75701. A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com
Richard Lee Kauffman
Richard Lee Kauffman, 46 of Irving, passed away Sunday January 13, 2013. Visitation is from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Saturday, January 26, 2013 with Memorial Service at 3:00 PM at Aria Memorial Chapel, 1820 N. Belt Line Road, Irving, 972-607-4400. Richard was born October 30, 1966 in Athens, Texas. Survived by his wife of 14 years, Jennifer Kauffman; son, Ryan Kauffman; daughter, Ravyn Kauffman; parents, Freddy & Maritta Jackson and Robert & LaVon Kauffman; brother, Cassidy Jackson; sisters, Starr Goforth and Jeannie Nolan; step brother, Jonathan Sladish; and step sister, Tiffany Sladish.
Henry Grady May, Jr. (Dee)
Henry Grady May, Jr. (Dee) went home to be with the Lord on January 10, 2013. Grady was born in Caddo Mills, Texas on January 7, 1920. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. While in the service, he met Jerry Dale Lucas, and they were married by his Father at the First Methodist Church of Irving in 1944. When the war ended, Grady and Jerry lived and raised their five sons in Irving. During that time, Grady worked at Dallas Power & Light and he and Jerry started a chicken farm called “Real Fowl Eggs” which housed 10,000 chickens. In 1964, they began selling travel trailers as a side business but that business grew so large that they gave up the chicken farm in lieu of operating May Trailer Sales. Besides traveling, he enjoyed jogging, playing dominoes and 42, antique bottle collecting and searching for “buried treasures” with his metal detector. In 2000, Grady and Jerry moved to Glen Rose, Texas where Grady took up residence at Oak Dale Park and Jerry was placed in the Alzheimer unit at Glen Rose Medical Center. While living at the Park, Grady visited Jerry every day until her passing. He performed trailer repairs and warranty work, was active at the Senior Center and enjoyed being a volunteer helper during many of the Park’s events like the Blue Grass Festival. Grady was preceded in death by his wife, Jerry, his parents, Henry and Edith May and sister, Novetta Ahearn. He is survived by his brother, James L. May, his five sons, Henry Grady May III, Phillip Charles May and wife Betty, Martin Bradley May, Clinton Ryan May and wife Vicki and Jere Walker May. Also surviving him are thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, 11 nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Burial followed at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Grady was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.
Lillian Estelle Mingus
Lillian Estelle Mingus, of Irving, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013. She was born November 8, 1912 in Gentry’s Mill, Texas. She was a longtime member of MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church in Irving. At her 100th birthday celebration, she received Gov. Perry’s Yellow Rose of Texas Award, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Resolution Award, and the Texas House of Representatives’ Celebratory Recognition Award. Lillian’s husband of 54 years, Silvester O. Mingus, died in 1985. She is survived by her sons Grady A. Mingus of Odessa, and C.O. Mingus and wife Becky of Odessa; and daughter Rosa Mingus Gordon and husband Ken of Irving; 9 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 AM Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Brown’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Peter McNabb and Rev. Darrin Mechling officiating. The family received friends 6-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Graveside services were held at 1 PM Friday, January 18, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Memorial donations may be made to MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church Building Fund or MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church Boy Scout Troop #316, 8001 Mustang Dr., Irving, TX 75063.
Hilda Klingbeil Ricker
Hilda Klingbeil Ricker went to be with her Lord on January 11, 2013, at the age of 97. Hilda was born the 8th of 12 children, in Priddy, Mills County, Texas, on March 1, 1915, to Johann (John) and Amelia Sauder Klingbeil. She was baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church, in Priddy and was confirmed in the Round Grove Lutheran Church, in Coppell, Texas. She was a 55-year member of Kirkwood United Methodist Church in Irving. A 92-year resident of the Irving area, she was active in the Estelle Historical Society and a contributor to the Irving Archives. Hilda attended lower school at the Estelle School in the old Estelle Community near Irving. She had a perfect attendance record and was
double-promoted twice. She went on to attend upper school at Irving High School, where she also had perfect attendance, excellent grades and graduated in 1929, at the age of 15. After graduation, she attended business school in Dallas. In 1934, during the heart of The Great Depression, she married a former high school classmate, Roy Clifford Ricker. They were married 71 years. Survivors include a sister, Pauline Mong, of Dallas; a daughter, Norma Stewart, of Franklin; a son and daughter-in-law, Roy (Rick) and Patti Ricker, of Boerne; a grandson and his wife, Bernie (Bo) and Sarah Stewart of Austin; a grand-daughter, Cassidy Anne Ricker; and numerous nieces and nephews. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years, Roy Clifford Ricker, Sr.; six brothers—Martin, Leonard, Alfred, Edmund, Walter and a Baby Boy; four sisters—Marta Schramm, Hanna Johnson, Lydia Drew and Louise Thompson; nieces, Hilda Johnson Aldrich, Darlene Klingbeil Ceilley and Carolyn Klingbeil; and nephew, Gary Klingbeil. Hilda had been a decorator with W. A. Green’s Dept. Store in Dallas, for nine years, and a Dept. Manager with the Irving J. C. Penney’s Dept. Store, where she was employed for 23 years and was presented with an award by James Cash Penney, himself. Subsequent to her retirement, she was able to become more active in her church and she and Roy enjoyed traveling with the Bluebonnet R.V. Club of Dallas and visiting their children, grandchildren and other relatives. Hilda was loved and admired by all who knew her. She had a reputation of being very positive, self-motivated, honest, confident and cheerful, with a can-do attitude, high character and sense of humor. She had a true servant’s-heart and was always hospitable and concerned with the well-being of others, over herself. Funeral services were held at Kirkwood United Methodist Church at 2 pm, on Friday, January 18. Committal services will be held at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas on Tuesday, January 22, at 2:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a memorial in Hilda’s name may send it to Kirkwood United Methodist Church, 2232 W. 5th St., Irving, TX 75060. Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.
Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Sheppard
Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Sheppard was born and raised in Terrell, Texas on July 5, 1935. He was taught the word of God in his Christian home by his father & mother, Rev. & Mrs. Wilburn G. Sheppard. His father was pastor of the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church of Terrell, Texas until his death. Rev. Sheppard received his call/commission at an early age. He was later licensed on May 30, 1954 at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Terrell, Rev. M.L. Bradford, Pastor. June 4, 1956 he received his ordination at the Riverside Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, Rev. A.H. Haggerty, Pastor. In February 1961 he began courting the Ben Washington Baptist Church and was called in April to serve as full time Pastor. Under Pastor Sheppard’s leadership, The West Irving Improvement Association (WIIA) was organized in 1963. The WIIA was among the first in the Nation to sponsor a “Head Start” Program. Besides having served the BWBC Pastor Sheppard cherishes the memory of eight years (1973-1981) of “Sharing the Faith” on channel 8 and the receiving of his doctorate degree from Guadalupe College and Seminary. In 1992, Pastor Sheppard received Irving’s “High Spirited Citizen” Award. In October, 1995 he was awarded Irving’s “Salt & Light Award”. 2005-2006 ….Selected as an Honor Member of the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who Edition. April 25, 2010 Pastor Sheppard was featured with three other local Pastors by the Dallas Morning News Religion Section titled “Living Legends”. October 16, 2010 NAACP “Clergy of the Year Award.” April 16, 2011 Pastor Sheppard was recognized at the “Tenth Unsung Heroes Luncheon Honoring Men of Valor” by ETA PHI Beta Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Chapter. May 19, 2011 joint recognition from the Boy Scouts & Gideons at their breakfast in Irving, TX. He had been a citizen of Dallas County for 57 years. Rev. Sheppard served as a member of the hierarchy of associational leadership including the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, Inc., a member of the Baptist Training Union Board of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, Emeritus 1st Vice Moderator of the Fellowship District Association and the Irving Ministerial Association. Elected and served as Treasury of the North Zone Branch of the Missionary Baptist Convention of Texas. Rev. Sheppard died Monday, January 14, 2013 from cancer at the age of 77. The funeral is on Saturday, January 19, at Noon located at the Calvary Church.
On Saturday at 1:40 PM, Mr. Kenneth Walker Hearn, born on Dec. 24, 1935 died at the age of 77 from a long illness as a result of his esophagus exploding in 2005. Only one out of nine people who have this happen even live after the surgery but he lived for 7 more years. His last few years were a struggle just to breathe because he lived with a hole in his esophagus and COPD. He was a giant in the Irving/ Grand/Prairie Community of Bear Creek. He is one of the Founders of the Bear Creek Development Corporation and of the oldest Black non-profit in Irving, namely, the West Irving Improvement Association, (WIIA)., founded in 1964 and located at 3901 Jackson Street across the street from J. O Davis Elementary School. The Yellow Building as all the Blacks call it, would not be there if it were not for the work of Mr. Hearn. Mr. Hearn led and funded the effort to save the West Irving Improvement Association land when Greater Headstart of Dallas attempted to take the land from the WIIA The baseball field right beside the Yellow Building that butts up to the Jackie Townsell Heritage Park is named The Sott-Hearn Field. It is named after Mr. Hearn. Mr. Hearn was one of the first Black members of the Irving Jaycees. He along with Ruth Paine, the landlord of Henry Lee Oswalt, helped to found the first Montessori School in Irving back in 1964. He assisted in the campaign in the early sixties to get Blacks the right to use the Irving Public Libraries. Mr. Kenneth Walker Hearn was a hero, a mentor, a friend, a father figure, a minature Martin Luther King to so many and one of the largest landowners in the Black Community of Bear Creek