Krum - Andy Roman Gibbs, 66, of Krum, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Denton Regional Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 26, 1933, in Dinsmore, Ark., to Thomas S. and Martha Baughman Gibbs. He married Ruby J. Davis Nov. 19, 1953, in Anadarko, Okla.
Mr. Gibbs retired from Peterbilt Motors, Denton, and was a member of Plainview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Revs. Patrick Berry and Nolan Partridge officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery, Denton County.
Survivors include his wife of Krum; daughters, Linda Noland of Plano, Patricia Gibson of Sanger and Reta Capps of Sanger; son, Larry Gibbs of Alvord; sisters, Zula Walker of Huntsville, Ark., and Dorothy Moppin of Hindville, Ark.; brothers, Omer Gibbs of Justin and Amos Gibbs, Roy Gibbs and Luther Gibbs, all of Springdale, Ark.; and eight grandchildren.
Arlington - Vera Leola Highfill, 86, of Arlington, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 10, 1914, in Pilot Point, to Alex and Mae Jones Smith. She was married to Olen Doyle Highfill. Mr. Highfill is deceased.
Mrs. Highfill was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Huff/Slay Funeral Home with the Rev. Luther Slay officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Point Community Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Clifton Irick, Finley Miller, Bill Hilz, Alfred Coleman and Roy Timms.
Survivors include her son, Doyle Eugene Highfill of Arlington; daughter, Louise Batchelor of Arlington; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Krum - Jeirenne B. Jones, 81, of Krum died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Brookhaven Care Center in Carrollton.
She was born May 26, 1919, in Kopperl, to James Robert and Sadie Driver (Jackson) Bunyard.
Services will be held at a later date.
Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Plano - Mildred Lewis McDonnell, 73, of Plano, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, in Richardson.
She was born May 29, 1927, in Sanger, to Roy and Alva Snider.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Calvary Hill Memorial Chapel in Dallas. Burial will follow in Calvary Hill Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 6, at Dalton and Son Funeral Home.
Survivors include her sons, James Schranz and Ralph McDonnell; daughters, Judi Chadwick and Lori Kercho; brothers, Henri, James and Pete Snider; sisters, Billie Lou Hale and Jeanette Lindsey; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Clara Bell Williams, 90, of Denton, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Denton.
She was born Dec. 18, 1909, in Emory, to James and Florence Donely Jackson.
She was a member of Morse Street Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Morse Street Baptist Church with the Rev. A.R. Stokes officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Houston National Cemetery.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Timothy Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif.
Peoples Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Oliver Thomas "O.T." Lawhorn, 93, of Denton, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 28, 1907, in Rockwall, to Thomas and Virginia Spong Lawhorn. He married Jennee Wright on Aug. 23, 1930, in Ardmore, Okla.
Mr. Lawhorn was a graduate of the University of North Texas and was retired from the field of oil exploration geophysics. He was a member of the S.E.G. and A.A.P.G.
He was a member of First Christian Church.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Denton. Dr. Oran Nabors will officiate. DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of Denton; two sons, William S. Lawhorn of Dallas and Thomas W. Lawhorn of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Virginia Rice of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Ona Mae Skipper
Ona Mae Skipper, 72, of Denton, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.
She was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Weatherford, to William P. and Linnie Lee (Burke) McCarty. She married R.L. Skipper on July 25, 1943, in Jacksboro. He died in 1986.
Mrs. Skipper was a homemaker.
She was a member of Welch Street Church of Christ.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Welch Street Church of Christ. Terry Collins will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Davis, Brandon Davis, Warren Clark, Larry Kelly, Jason Yarbrough and Dennis McCall.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7, at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home.
Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Lowery of Hammond, N.Y., Sheila Yarbrough of Sanger, Candye LaGone of Denton, and Donna Jones of Denton; one son, Donald Skipper of Lubbock; one sister, Mildred Rhea of Lemoore, Calif.; one brother, Tom McCarty of Odessa; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Juanita Stockslager
Sherman - Dorothy Juanita Stockslager, 81, of Sherman, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at Community Medical Center of Sherman.
She was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Delaware Bend, to Bill and Birtie Phelps Barnes. She attended Dexter schools and graduated from Whitesboro High School. She was the widow of David Thomas Stockslager.
Mrs. Stockslager retired from the Medical Arts Clinic where she worked as a bookkeeper for over 25 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 2000, in the chapel of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman. The Rev. Ken Hildebrand of Waples United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chad, Eric, Jeremy and Tommy Stockslager.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch or Billy Graham Crusades.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David Hale and Pat Stockslager of Terrell and Thomas William and Tish Stockslager of Caddo, Okla.; a daughter-in-law, Susan Stockslager of Lewisville; six grandchildren, Thomas and Sally Stockslager of Carrollton, Chad, Eric and Anna Stockslager of Terrell, and Jeremy Stockslager of Sherman; and three sisters, Jiggs Elliott of Whitesboro, Peggy Welch of Duncanville, and Evelyn McElroy of Sherman. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Holt and Allen Reeves Stockslager, and a daughter, Neva Ann Stockslager.
Richard A. Gibson
Sanger - Richard A. Gibson, 57, of Sanger died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, in Denton Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 1, 1943, in Denton to Burtle Harville and Wylene Gibson. He married Janice Carolyn Barlow in Denton on Nov. 22, 1963.
He was a 1962 graduate of Denton High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in education in 1965, a master's degree in education and supervision degree in 1972, and an administrative certification in 1979, all from North Texas State University in Denton.
Mr. Gibson was the manager of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce from 1968 to 1969. He taught speech in Texas high schools and was a school principal in Henrietta, Windthorst, and Saint Jo. He retired in May 1995. He was named Principal of the Year for Region IX in 1995.
He was a licensed Methodist pastor and a certified Methodist lay leader and had been pastor of Montague United Methodist Church and Slidell United Methodist Church. He served the Wichita Falls Methodist District as district lay leader and trained lay speaker for the Methodist Conference.
Mr. Gibson's body was donated to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas for research at his request.
A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Sanger. The Rev. Larry Krueger will officiate.
A second memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Oak Tree Assisted Living Facility in New Braunfels. The Rev. William Ervin, of Believers Baptist Church of New Braunfels, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 505, Sterling, Va. 20167-9050; or to the American Heart Association, North Texas Region, P.O. Box 143089, Austin, Texas 78714-3089.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Scott Gibson of Krum and Lance Gibson of Lexington; his mother, Mary Wylene Gibson of New Braunfels; a sister, Carolyn Gibson Sparks of Canyon Lake; and one grandson.
John Hill Speer, 86, of Denton died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Cottonwood Manor in Denton.
He was born June 4, 1914, in Miami, Okla., to John Losson Speer and Sarah Esther Hill Speer. He married Kathryn Abernathy in Denton on June 4, 1982.
Mr. Speer was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a master's degree in geology and petroleum engineering. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by Noble Oil Company in Ardmore, Okla., and later taught geology at the University of Oklahoma and East Texas State University.
He attended First United Methodist Church in Denton.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. The Rev. William C. Crouch will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Survivors include his wife of Denton; and three stepchildren, Lewis McLaurine Abernathy Jr., Marifrances Abernathy, and Matthew Rodgers Abernathy.
Rita Jean Pilkey
Rita Jean Pilkey, retired professor of health, physical education and recreation at the University of North Texas as passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at the Vintage Health Care Center in Denton. She was born July 31, 1909, in Buffalo, N.Y. to Thomas Levi Pilkey and Jenny Hendren Pilkey. Following her graduation from Bryan High School
in Dallas in 1926, she entered North Texas State University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in 1929. She then taught physical education at North Dallas High School and at Long Junior High.
In 1943, during World War II, she volunteered to serve abroad in the American Red Cross as a recreation worker and established clubs for U.S. Army artillery and Air Force troops in Kunming and Luliang, China, amidst dangerous and difficult conditions. After the war she earned her master's degree at Columbia University in 1946, and immediately joined the faculty at NTSU where she taught classes in recreation theory, camp leadership, tumbling, square dancing, and served as sponsor of Green Jackets. She was honored as a Distinguished Professor at NTSU and the
award for the most outstanding recreation student is named for her. At her retirement in 1974 she was made a member of the President's Council.
For many years she directed several summer camps, especially Camp Fern near Marshall, Texas. She was an active member for more than 50 years at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, where she served as a ruling elder. She was an active member of the Shakespeare Club and volunteered many hours at the Denton Senior Center.
She is survived by an older sister, Dorothy Cole, and nieces and nephews: Tom Cole, Nancy Cole Keef, Orrin Pilkey Jr., Walter Pilkey, George Pilkey, Rita Pilkey Sciallo, Martha Cole Abbott and Peggy Cole Jones. To her many friends in Denton and throughout Texas, she left an inheritance of love, fun and fellowship.
She donated her body to Southwestern Medical School. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak Street, in Denton at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000. The Rev. Steve Plunkett and the Rev. Clint Loveall will officiate. Memorials may be made to the University of North Texas Foundation for The Rita Pilkey
Scholarship, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, Texas 76203-1250, or to the Memorial Fund, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak Street, Denton, Texas 76201.
Billy F. Masten
Grapevine - Billy F. Masten, 62, of Grapevine, died Wednesday Dec. 6, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Sanger, to Charlie and Leona Masten. He married Dayona Terry Dec. 21, 1956, in Ponder.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 10, at Martin-Thompson Funeral Home, Grapevine. No other services are planned.
Survivors include his wife of Grapevine; two sons, Joe Rex of Anchorage, Ala. and Michael Andrew of Norman, Okla.; his sister, Joy Wilson of Dallas; two brothers, Terry of Denton and Wiley of Cerritos, Calif.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.