Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Darryl Keith Simmons Darryl Keith Simmons

Darryl Keith Simmons, 55, of Argyle, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012. He was born on July 2, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska to Moses Simmons and Bartumn Marshall Simmons.He married Connie Rhodes on August 6, 1994. He graduated from Denton High School and Dallas Baptist University.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 6-8 pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A funeral service will be on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Highland Baptist Church.

Darryl is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Katey Carter, Kelly Simmons, and Regan Simmons; one grandchild, Selena Simmons; mother, Bartumn (Bea) Simmons; sisters, Sharon Simmons and Alfreda Walls; brother, Karl Michael Simmons; sister-in-law, Crystal Bowlby Simmons; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy Phil and Wanda Rhodes. He is preceded in death by his father, Moses.



Gary Wayne Sims Gary Wayne Sims

Gary Wayne Sims, 67, of Ponder passed away February 5, 2012 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 29, 1944 in Denton to Leonard and Nathalie Sims. He grew up in Argyle and graduated from Denton High School in 1962. Immediately after graduation, he joined the Air Force and served in the Vietnam War.

Gary married JoAnn Lawson on September 8, 1967 in the home of the late "Doc" and Margie Pitner in Denton.

Immediately after discharge from the service in January, 1967, he began his long career in the concrete business. He worked in various capacities from loader operator, truck driver, to vice president of operations. Except for a brief time in Oklahoma, he worked mainly in the Denton and Lewisville area. Many considered him to be one of the most knowledgeable men in the business. While working full-time, Gary obtained his college education on the GI Bill at what are now NCTC and UNT.

Gary was a member of First Baptist Church, Denton, where he and JoAnn taught Children's Sunday School for many years.

Gary is survived by his wife JoAnn. They have three children, Ashley Sims of Denton, Joshua Sims of Ponder and Jeremy (Whitney) Sims of Tioga. He is also survived by his three precious grandchildren, Bailey Holliman, Cameron Cummins, and Olivia Sims. Also surviving are two brothers, Nubbin and Tommy Sims, and four sisters: Pat, Nancy, Wanda, and Susan.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6-8 pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 10, 2012 with Reverend Lewis Coomer officiating.

Gary's wish was that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Kanakuk Ministry, K Seven, in care of Mark Webster, 1353 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, MO 65616. Please note: In Memory of Gary W. Sims. This Christian camp is very special to the Sims' family because Bailey attends each summer.



Reder Jo McAdams Reder Jo McAdams

Reder Jo McAdams, 73, of Denton, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2012 in Denton.She was born on July 2, 1938 in Denton to Jimmy Dee Sims and Bernice Taylor Sims. She was employed with Flow Hospital for thirty years and North Texas State University for ten years. Also, she was a member of Mt. Pilgrim CME Church of Denton.

 Visitation will be held from 5-7 on Friday, February 10, 2012 at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. Mark R. Chew officiating.

Reder is survived by her aunt, Florence Hope of Wilmington Deleware; uncle, Lesley Taylor of Los Angeles California; goddaughter, Regina Williams of Lancaster Texas; sister-in-law, Elaine Ekpe and brother, Norvell McClure both of Denton.She is preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Dee Sims; mother, Bernice Parks and brother, Oliver Sims.



Ema Ruth Russell Ema Ruth Russell

Ema Ruth Russell, died peacefully, on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the age of 103. She resided at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village in Denton, Texas.She was born Ema Ruth Lindsey on March 18, 1908, in Texoma, Texas, to Walton Howard Lindsey and Ethel Fannie Jackson.She was married to the late Lawrence "Larry" Russell.

She is a member of Saint Andrew Presbyterian church.

Amemorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 West Oak on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 3 P.M. A reception will immediately follow the service.There will be visitation on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 5 P.M. until 7 Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust,Denton. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation instead to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, The Greater Denton Arts Council, The Denton Public Library, or your charity of choice.



Frances Imogene Riney Frances Imogene Riney

Frances Imogene Riney, 92, of Denton, passed away on February 6, 2012. She was born on November 20, 1919 in Lewisville, TX to Fred and Annie Minton Stover. She graduated from Denton High School, was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and served many years in the Altar Society. She was married for 57 years to L.D. Riney who served in WWII. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother and devoted her time and energy to her family.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6-8 pm at DeBerry Funeral Directors. A funeral service will be on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Richard Kirkham officiating.Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will include Blaine Riney, Robert Koller, Tony Lewis, Tommy Riney, Mike Fritcher, and Mark Riney.

Frances is survived by her sons, Fred Riney and wife Kathleen of Flower Mound, TX, and Dennis Riney and wife Beverly of Krum, TX; sister, Margaret Braswell of Montezuma, NC; grandchildren, Ray Riney and wife Mary of California, Christie Benedict and husband Allan of New York City, Blaine Riney and wife Norma of Plano, TX, Robert Koller and wife Perry of Lewisville, TX, Kelly Riney of Flower Mound, TX, Casey Axelson and husband Doug of Carrollton, TX; 9 great-grandchildren; one niece, Olivia Tate of Spencer, NC; and one nephew, Edward Braswell of Montezuma, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband, L.D., who passed in 1998; her parents; and her sister, Louise Cottle of Fort Worth.



Robert Bryan 'Bob' Lang Robert Bryan 'Bob' Lang

Robert Bryan 'Bob' Lang, age 87, of Denton passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2012.

Bob was born on April 12, 1924 in Pheba, Mississippi.A true Southern gentleman he married the love of his life Juanita Shepherd on August 2, 1946.Living most of his life in the state of Mississippi he relocated to Denton in 2005 to be closer to his daughter.Bob was a retired major in the U.S. Army with 21 years of service including World War II, the Korean War and The Mississippi National Guard.He also retired after 25 years of service from International Harvester Co. Bob was an expert on farming and farming equipment.He was a member of The Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS.Bob was a faithful member of the Chapel Services at Good Samaritan Denton Village.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Simeon and Alma Cameron Lang; brothers, Herman Lang, Jack Lang, William Lang and S.G. Lang; sisters, Kate Lang, Ruby Lang, Mary Washington, Lois Aiken, Sara Griffith and Helen Shirley; his beloved wife of 65 years, Juanita S. Lang and son, Robert B. Lang, Jr.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Cynthia Skrhak and her husband Michael of Denton, daughter-in-law Jean Lang of Albuquerque , NM, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

The world has never known a more generous loving husband, father, son and brother.Our dearest one, we will love you always and anticipate with joy meeting you again.You will live on in our hearts of the many you touched.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Dr. Timothy Harris and Southern Care Hospice for their loving care and concern for Bob.We also express thanks to the staff of Good Samaritan Denton Village.

A private funeral for the immediate family will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with Chaplain Bill Bennett officiating, followed by a graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Park. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date to be held at Good Samaritan Denton Village.

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand".



Henry Coy Fagan Henry Coy Fagan

Henry Coy Fagan passed away Sunday February 5, 2012 at the age of 81 in Denton, Texas. Coy was born on September 23, 1930 in Wellington, Texas to parents Henry and Verna Fagan. He was one of four children along with his siblings Audrey Dolores, Ola Joy (his twin sister), and Barney Cecil Fagan.

He graduated from Sunset High School in 1948 and then served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. When he returned from his military service, Coy attended North Texas and graduated in 1958. After his graduation, he began working for Texas Instruments. Coy then left and began working for Bell Helicopter as a contracts administrator, a career he held for over 30 years before retiring.Even after retiring, he worked for James Wood by ferrying vehicles between dealerships.

He married Suan Porter on September 9, 1955 and their daughter, Earlayne Suan, was born in 1961. He was a charter member of the Triangle Squares Square Dance Club and enjoyed traveling.He is greatly remembered for his extensive storytelling and his great love for his family.

Coy is survived by his wife, Suan Fagan, daughter Earlayne Martin and husband Joel, his granddaughter Chelsea Alvarado and husband Chris, and granddaughter Lindsey Martin.He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Verna Fagan Mikeska and siblings Ola Joy and Barney Cecil. The visitation will be held at DeBerry Funeral Home from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday February 9, and the funeral will be held at Trinity Methodist Church on Friday February 10 at 2 PM. Henry Coy Fagan was immediately loved by any person who met him, and he will be greatly missed.



Billy Joe Harrison Billy Joe Harrison

Billy Joe Harrison, 74, of Sanger, passed away at a hospital in Plano on Sunday, February 5, 2012.

He was born on April 12, 1935 in Wells, Texas to Jessie James and Kate (Rogers) Harrison.He served his country in the United States Air Force for 22 years and twenty three days until his retirement on August 31, 1974.After his retirement from the military, he worked for the Andrews Corporation in Denton, Texas.On December 5, 1996, he married Nell Rita (Moore) Eggert.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Bolivar Cemetery.Rev. Donna Sutton will officiate the services.

He is survived by his wife, Nell Rita, of Sanger; son, Phillip Wade Harrison of Dallas; step-daughter, Amy Gray and husband, Billy of Sanger; step-son, Mark Eggert and wife, Linda of Sanger; brother, Armon A. Harrison of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Myrtleen Harrison of San Augustine; grandchildren, Spencer Wade Harrison and wife, Tarah of Dallas,Gregg, Matt, Jake, and Ben Gray ofSanger, Joshua Lanningham and wife, Shelli of Sanger, Jonathan Lanningham and wife, Jen of Hershey, PA; three great-grandchildren, Tori, Talon, and Logan.



Charles Thomas "Tommy" Davis Charles Thomas "Tommy" Davis

Charles Thomas "Tommy" Davis, 70, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Seasons Hospice in Denton, TX from multiple cancers and strokes. He passed peacefully with his daughter Julie by his side.

He was born in Denton, TX on February 10, 1941 and continued to live in Denton most of his life, when he wasn't traveling with the Army. He graduated from North Texas State University in 1964. During this time he met Nancy Jones Davis and married her on February 6, 1965.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was very active in the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) in Denton and took pride in welcoming returning troops home at DFW Airport.

He owned and operated Davis Brothers Construction after his father, Tom W Davis, retired, until the 1990s and later worked for other local construction companies. He took pride in having built and remodeled so many buildings around the city of Denton. He retired in 2010, but still offered his expertise to the organizations he was a part of.

He was also a long time member of the Searchers Class at First United Methodist Church, Denton Rotary, VVA, and volunteered as a driver for cancer patients for the Road to Recovery through the American Cancer Society.

Tommy loved spending time at the lake, fishing, and aggravating anyone who would take it! He traveled with Nancy often to visit family, friends and fun places. He also loved spending time with family and was so proud of his daughters and their families. He was known to brag about his grandchildren on occasion - and those grandchildren loved their Poppy so much. He could usually be found in the crowd at his granddaughter's activities. At first look, he was a big man, but was so caring and open and always had a way to make people around him smile. He never met a stranger and would start up a conversation with anyone. He was such a special man who was loved by so many relatives and friends.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 47 years Nancy; daughters, Julie Hill and husband Lewis Hill of Denton and Laurie Brage and husband Anders Brage of Greenwood Village, CO. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren Emily, Meredith and Elizabeth Hill and Boden, Xander and Niklas Brage. He is also survived by his brother Gene Davis of Gainesville; cousin Charlie Davis and wife Lynn Davis of Denton; niece Kimberly Morgan Braack and husband Andy Braack of Denton; as well as numerous other in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Tom W. Davis and Eleanor Locke Davis of Denton, TX. and sister Beverly Davis Tilley of Fredericksburg, TX.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:00pm in the main sanctuary of First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Denton, TX. Reception immediately following the service will be held in Flinn Hall in FUMC.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the following groups: Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) Chapter 920 - PO Box 241 - Denton, TX 76202,; 940.387.9920 or Tommy Davis Memorial Fund @ FUMC - Denton - 201 S. Locust - Denton, TX 76201; 940.382.5478.

DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.



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