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Georgia F. Johnson

December 13, 1942 - September 13, 2015

Georgia F. Johnson, 72, of Garland, Texas, passed away Sunday evening , September 13, 2015, at Baylor Health Care Center in Dallas.

Graveside services celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Brown Cemetery in Aledo.

Georgia was born on December 13, 1942 in Baird, Texas.  She was one of five children born to Raymond Victor and Helen Christine Mauldin.  Georgia married Billy D. Johnson on June 9, 1980.   She graduated from Abilene -Wylie High School in Abilene in 1961. Georgia worked for 32 years in medical records at Baylor/Garland Memorial Hospital in Garland, Texas.   She enjoyed outdoor activities including camping and fishing and sports including bowling, roller skating and playing dominos.   Most of all, Georgia cherished time spent with her family – specifically her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 Georgia is survived by her husband Billy; children, Melinda (Mike) Weaver of Garland, Kenneth Edward (Carla) Smith of Prosper, TX, and Stephanie Dea (Chuck) Caskey of Garland; grandchildren, Misty, Cara, Katy, Kelsee, Corbin, Skylar, and Chandler; step-grandchildren, Cory-Ann and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Carly, Cason, Cacey and Scooter; and by her siblings,  Betty Jo Puckett of Lytle, TX, Clydene (Hearshel) Lambert of Weatherford, Wayne (Kay) Mauldin of Bandera, Texas, and Larry (Brenda) Mauldin of Wakefield, Virginia; and by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Georgia was preceded in death by her grandson, Brett Brown.    

Mary “Jo” Freeman


September 20, 1939 – August 26, 2015


Jo Freeman, 75, passed away Wednesday, August 26 at Waterford Assisted Living in College Station with her family by her side.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday August 30 at First Baptist Church in College Station. Interment will follow at College Station Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.


Jo was born September 20, 1939 in Garland, Texas the daughter of William Doyle and Tommie Charleston (Hall) Simmons. She was a member of First Baptist Church in College Station, the Winsome Sunday School Class, volunteered in the church library and volunteered many working hour at the Church Food Pantry. One thing she enjoyed more than anything was babysitting for her grandchildren. She loved taking care of them and spoiling them as a grandmother should.


Jo is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rex Simmons; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Frank Zimmer; and sister-in-law, Delores Simmons.


She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dr. Donald Freeman of College Station; daughter, Kerry Bishop and husband Billy of College Station; son, Ken Freeman and wife Cindy of College Station; daughter, Kristi Anderson and husband Lee of Guam; brother, Gene Simmons of Garland; sister-in-law, Karen Simmons of Rowlett; nine grandchildren, Kyle Freeman and wife Lindsey, Jordan York, Briana Bishop, Kevin Bishop, Jason Bishop, Zachary Anderson, Sydni Freeman, Nicholas Anderson and Eric Anderson; two great-grandchildren, Jaylyn and Addison Freeman; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Library or First Baptist Church Food Pantry, 2300 Welsh Ave., College Station, Texas 77845.

Gay Osburn Beam 

August 23, 1948 – August 20, 2015 

Gay Osburn Beam, 66, died August 20, 2015 at her home in Pelham, Alabama.

Pamela Gay Beam was born to Charles and Naomi Osburn in El Dorado, Arkansas on August 23, 1948. She was a teacher of honors English for 34 years, having taught in Fort Smith, Springdale, Fayetteville and El Dorado, Arkansas. She also taught at North Garland High School in Garland. Mrs. Beam held a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Master’s Degree from SMU in Dallas. She was a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church of Dallas.

Survivors include her mother, Naomi H. Osburn and her sister Rena Bussey, both of Pelham, AL., nephew Nicholas Charles Bussey of Alabaster, AL., niece, Mecca Murrah and great-nephew Cameron Chase Murrah of Vestavia, AL. and her caregivers, Caroline Chamberlain and Lacey, also of Pelham.

Graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas with Rev. Don Morton officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Beam family at www.fry-gibbs.com.


William Joseph Savarese


March 31, 1939 – June 11, 2015


William Joseph “Bill” Savarese had a love of cooking and entertaining and was always telling jokes. He also had compassion for all animals.


Born in Brooklyn, New York to the late Joseph & Mildred Savarese, he served in the Army National Guard.


He is survived by his three children, their spouses and their children: Deborah Savarese and Shawn Kizewski; Joe and Susan Savarese and their children Julia, Johnathan and Natalie; Pat and Trina Savarese and their children Macy and Megan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Domenic, Anthony and Lisa Localzo; Eric and Roxy Savarese; and David and Dina Vanderpoel; the mother of his children, Marilyn Savarese; and his brother Robert Savarese and sister-in-law Patricia.


Thomas Leslie Squyres Jr.


August 22, 1946 – June 6, 2015


Tom Squyres, 68, passed away after a brief but valiant fight with colon cancer. A Naval committal ceremony will be held to honor his military service during the Vietnam War as a Seabee in the Navy’s Construction Battalions. The service will be held Friday, June 12, at 3:15 pm, at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, 75211.


Tom was born in Niagara Falls, New York, to Thomas Leslie Squyres Sr. and Ehde Beth (Stamler) Parrish. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Steenburgen and grandson Xander of North Richland Hills. He is also survived by his mother, Beth Parrish of Murray, Kentucky; brother Gerald Squyres of Woodsboro, Texas; sisters Cindy Price of Houston and Becky Wojciechowski of Murray, Kentucky; and countless loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss his smiling eyes and unforgettable laugh.


Tom was well known for his work ethic. After having a paper route in grade school, he began working in construction at age 15. He was an Eagle Scout in the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Tascosa High School in Amarillo and Amarillo College, and attended Texas Tech. His passion for fitness was legendary. He managed health spas and toured Texas as Spider-man for Marvel Comics. Later he managed apartment complexes and finished out his career in security.


Tom loved life and NASCAR. He was positive and upbeat, cheerful to all, loved by many, and a friend to everyone he met. He made the world a better place by helping other people. The angels have welcomed him home as one of their own, but Tom will always be a part of those whose lives he touched, living in our hearts forever.

Charles Edward Tawwater


February 4, 1931 – May 30, 2015


Charles Edward Tawwater, 84, was born February 4, 1931 in El Paso, Texas to Clifford Jesse and Lola (Morrison) Tawwater and went to be with our Lord May 30, 2015. Charles is survived by his son Charles Eugene and wife Cindy Tawwater and daughters Mary Ann and husband Joe Zachary and Patsy Kay and husband Larry (Billy) Emerson; sister Frances Short; grandchildren Chuck and Gary Tawwater, Jason Zachary and Shanna Scott; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Saidee Anderson, Hanna, Cameron, Ethan and Andrew Tawwater and Brennan Scott; and numerous nephews and nieces.


He was preceded in death by wife Patsy Ruth Worthy Tawwater; parents Clifford Jesse Tawwater and Lola Wagoner and step-father Nathan (Bo) Wagoner; brothers Ray Morrison, Robert, Clifford, James (Dink) and Paul Tawwater; sister Mary Everett Fuller; and grandson Bryan Zachary. Charles was owner of Tawwater Wrecking in Sachse. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 441.


The family will be receiving visitors Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home with graveside services following.


Charles will be greatly missed by all those that love and knew him and was sometimes known as Dad, Pop, Papa, Pawzee, Charlie and Uncle Charlie depending on the relationship you had with him. He had a beautiful smile and unforgettable laugh and personality. Though we are being told by some that they are sorry for our loss, we know we will never lose him because he will live in our hearts forever. Though death leaves a heartache no one can heal, knowing Charles's love leaves a memory no one can take from us.

Dorothy Lee Davis Bourek


November 9, 1928 - April 5, 2015


Dorothy Lee Davis Bourek, 86, of Schulenburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Rev. John Pflug, Jr. will conduct the funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church of Winnsboro Saturday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. The church is located at 301 South Walnut in Winnsboro. A reception will be held at the church following the service. The gravesite service will be held at the Quitman cemetery in Quitman at 3:45 or 4 p.m.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her son, Joseph William (Bill) Bourek, her daughter Vicki Lynn Bourek Francoeur and her husband Paul William Bourek. She is survived by her sister Corinne Robertson and brother-in-law Bill Robertson. She is also survived by her daughter Hazel Kathleen (Kathi) Bourek Yoshii and daughter Amy Christine Bourek Vacula and sons-in-law Dennis Vacula and Robert Francoeur.


She is also survived by grandchildren Thomas Bourek; Guy Bourek; Adam Janes and his wife Ann; Lauran Janes Lambert and her husband Evan; Benjamin Vacula and his wife Veronica; and Dorothy Vacula along with two step-grandchildren Jean Paul Francoeur and Jason Francoeur and great-grandchildren Alister Janes; Maia Lambert; Madeline; Olivia; Gabriel; and Claire Vacula and step-great-grandchildren Julian; Sofia; Ethan; and Bella Francoeur, plus many nieces and nephews.


Dorothy was born in Lincoln County, Oklahoma Nov. 9, 1928. She was the daughter of Henry Davis and Hazel Kughn Davis. She met her Beloved Paul Bourek in the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma. and they married June 1, 1948.


Dorothy and Paul both graduated from Oklahoma State in Stillwater in 1948. Shortly after they married and moved to Denton her husband Paul received his master’s degree in music at the University of North Texas. They later moved to Garland. Dorothy received her master’s degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University. They both taught school in the Garland Independent School district for many years. After retirement they moved to Quitman and taught part time in the Quitman Independent School District.


Dorothy Bourek was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family. She was a devout Christian and deeply involved in her church at First Presbyterian Church of Garland and Winnsboro. She taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and had been an active Deacon and Elder in her church life. Dorothy loved art, classical music and dancing. She was well-read and had many interests. All of her children would say their mother was always a stimulating conversationalist.


If you had ever asked Dorothy Bourek how she was doing, she would say, “I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in.” She continued to keep affirming and singing “I Like Life!” even when facing great adversity. Rest in peace beloved Dorothy as you go to live with the Lord you so love.

Patricia R. Richarz services to be held in Temple


Funeral services for Patricia R. Richarz, 84 of Temple, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple with Rev. Brad St. Romain officiating.  Burial will follow at Garland Memorial Park at 3 p.m.


Mrs. Richarz died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Arbor House in Temple.


Mrs. Richarz was born in Temple, the daughter of D. C. Edwards and Marion Elizabeth Honea Edwards.  She married H. E. Richarz, Jr. December 24, 1950 in Houston.   She was an educator and worked as a teacher for the Garland School District.  She was Catholic.


She was preceded in death by her husband January 10, 2013.


Survivors include two sons Richard Richarz of Williams, AZ and Kurt Richarz of Boulder, CO; daughter Cindy Allen of Belton, five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors or St. Francis Episcopal Church.


Iona Lee Vines


July 15, 1923 – March 6, 2015


Iona Lee Vines, 91, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 in Glen Rose. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Iona was born July 15, 1923 in Lawton, OK. She married Herbert Moore Vines on Dec. 7, 1943 in Lawton. Iona was a sales manager for Lake Park Maple Shop in Dallas for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011; her parents; son, Herbert Moore Vines II; brother, Doyle B. Coppenbarger; and a sister, Lawanda Edwards.


Survivors: Son, Rick Vines of Granbury; grandchildren, Herbert Moore Vines III of Portland, OR, Laura Vines of Portland, OR and Jessica Waits of Waco; great grandchildren, Grace Lynn Waits and Ella Rose Waits; daughter-in-law, Darlene Vines of Portland, OR; and sister, Edith Moore of Lawton, OK.


Wiley Funeral Home
Glen Rose, 254-897-2288

Marvin Padgett


Nov. 25, 1930 – Feb. 4, 2015


Marvin Padgett of Cedar Park, TX, age 84, passed away on Feb. 4, 2015.


Marvin was born Nov. 25, 1930 in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1949 and went on to North Texas State University where he majored in business with a minor in hotel and restaurant management.


Marvin started his career working at Luby’s for 5 years. He then opened the Plaza Cafeteria in Garland, TX. After 10 years, he merged the cafeteria with Servomation, a vending company, where he served as vice president.


Marvin joined the Garland Independent School District as director of food service in 1970. Marvin and the food service staff were responsible for serving 30,000 students in 50 schools every school day. Marvin was a member of the Texas School Food Service Association for 14 years and served as president of the organization in 1977-78. He also served as Legislative Chairman. In addition, he was a member of the North Texas Service Association, and was active in the Garland Exchange Club and YMCA.


Marvin was a creative and humble leader at the GISD. He established student food quality councils to ensure students enjoyed their meals and to reduce waste. He also frequently said: “I’ve been told that everyone in the school district has to eat the mistakes that I make.” 


Marvin oversaw the construction and operations of the Marvin Padgett Auxiliary Services building. The building was dedicated and named for him in 1994. Marvin retired after 25 years of GISD service in June of 1995, and moved to Austin, TX.


A year after graduation, Marvin married Dorothy Stephens. They were happily married for over 60 years. They had two sons: Randy, who works for The Boeing Company in Seattle,WA and Stephen, who is the CIO for Actian Corporation in Austin, TX.


Marvin and Dorothy enjoyed planning, designing and project managing their custom homes. They constructed 6 homes in Garland and Austin, TX.


In retirement, Marvin developed wanderlust and took his wife and family on a number of cruises around the world, including Alaska, Canada, Mexico, northern Europe, southern Europe, and South America.


He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Randy and Stephen; and grandchildren, Patrick, 20, and Adriana, 14.  Services will be scheduled at a later date. 

Paolo (Paul) Siciliano


May 18, 1944 – January 4, 2015


Paul Siciliano lost his fight to cancer peacefully in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his family Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.


A resident of Farmersville at the time of his death, Paul was born May 18, 1944 in Gerace, Italy to Michelangelo Siciliano and Maria Sansalone Siciliano.


He has been the owner of Siciliano’s A Taste of Italy since 1981. He was a parishioner and member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony’s Church in Wylie.


Paul is survived by his loving wife, Frances, his nine children, Michelangelo, Carmela, June, AnnaMaria, Antonio, Domenico, Brian, Melissa and Kristen, along with 18 grandchildren.   


He was brother to Antonio Siciliano (deceased), Carmela Siciliano (deceased), Domenico Siciliano, Giovanni (Elena) Siciliano and Concetta (Mike) Cairo.


Paul was a kind, loving and generous man who never met a stranger.


Services are scheduled for:


Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue in Dallas, 972-238-7111.

Visitation starts at 3 p.m.  Rosary service at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie. Mass is at 10 a.m.


Geron Dale Birmingham


10-07-1967 - 09-13-2014


Geron Dale Birmingham, 46 of Waxahachie passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 7, 1967, in Dallas to Odell & Pat Birmingham. In December 2012 he married Doris Harrison. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and his passion was dirt bike racing.


Geron is survived by his mother & stepfather Pat & Lorne McMillan of Waxahachie; wife Doris of Waxahachie; sons Ryan and Lane; daughter Erika Birmingham; step sons: Jack and Chris Harrison; step grandchildren Annelise and Alexa Harrison; and a host of other family & friends.


Services to celebrate his life are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Farley Street Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Harris officiating. Interment will follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.


Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home.


Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Visit www.waynebozefuneralhome.com.

Sachse teen passes away; leaves legacy of faith


Kim Everett | September 13, 2014


Hudson Middle School student Isaiah Javon Forman passed away Friday, Sept. 5, but the way this young man lived will influence the lives of others for many years to come.


The eighth-grader’s legacy of courage, strength, a positive attitude and faith in God will live on in his family and friends, as well as those who had never met him but followed his story.


Isaiah fought a successful battle against leukemia as a 4-year-old after his younger brother, Xavier, 2-years-old at the time, donated bone marrow for the transplant that saved his life. He was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, which he faced with faith and courage.


Isaiah loved football and was an accomplished athlete. I had the pleasure of meeting both Isaiah and Xavier in 2009 when both of their football teams were playing in the Turkey Bowl, the pee-wee league’s championship game.


At that time Isaiah told me that his motto was “Live Strong,” and he did just that. Xavier’s message was to “Always trust God and believe in yourself.”


The brothers were raised in a God-loving home and Isaiah’s faith and love for the Lord were described as “amazing.”


Isaiah’s hope was to play football for the Garland Owls and wear #24. At the Thursday, Sept. 11, Garland High School game, Isaiah was declared the Owls’ honorary captain. He was represented on the field by his mother, April Miller and grandmother, Donna Miller during the coin toss. Xavier led the Owls onto the field wearing a #24 Owls jersey. In addition, there was a special video tribute to Isaiah.


He will be missed by many family members and friends. Isaiah is survived by his parents: Stedmon Forman and wife Jennifer of Dallas and April Miller of Sachse; brothers: Xavier Forman of Sachse and Trae Forman of Dallas; sister: Audi Forman of Dallas; grandparents: Heinz and Donna Miller of Sachse and Donny and Wanda Forman of Anna.


Billy Cole of Sachse dies in car accident


Kim Everett | Posted August 16


Billy Cole III, former standout on the Sachse Mustangs football team, died in a car accident Tuesday, Aug. 12. Cole, who was about to begin his junior year at McMurry University in Abilene, was on his way back to school for the beginning of football practice. The accident occurred on Interstate 20 at about 6 p.m. when Cole lost control of his vehicle and overcorrected.


The running back made history at Sachse High School in 2011 as a member of the first football team in the school’s history to make it to the playoffs. That year, he rushed for 975 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He was also named 10-5A All District.


Cole played football for the McMurry War Hawks in his freshman and sophomore years.


According to the Abilene News-Reporter, officials at McMurry University have provided counselors and pastors to visit with Cole’s fellow students and team members. The first scheduled practice, which was to be Wednesday night, was canceled and team members instead spent the time remembering their late teammate.


Cole excelled in academics as well as athletics. In high school, he maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and made the dean’s list every semester at McMurry University.


Cole, son of Billy and Barbara Cole, and Tabatha Bedenbaugh, was 20-years-old.


Photo from mcmurrysports.com

JoAnn Solomon


September 20, 1954 – July 30, 2014


JoAnn Solomon, 59, of Garland, formerly of Paris, Texas passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.  Services will be held Wednesday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson, Texas with the Reverend Greg Foster officiating.  Interment will be at 4:00 p.m. at Restlawn Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Maxey Funeral Home.  A wake will be held on Tuesday Aug 5th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park.


She was born in Paris, Texas September 20, 1954 to Frankie Mae McFadden and Clema Joe Wright.She was a 1973 graduate of McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif.  She had a successful 40 year career with the Internal Revenue Service.  Joann was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother who lived life to the fullest and shared her joy and love with all those around her.  She was a positive role model that mentored and inspired many.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in Richardson, Texas.


Survivors include her parents Harold and Frankie Mae Mcfadden of Garland, Texas; son, DeMaurea Solomon (Toysha Solomon) of Katy, Texas; brother, Solomon Wright (Joyce Wright) of Duncanville, Texas; grandchildren, Keith Thomas, Jaila Solomon, and Oren Solomon; father, Clema Joe Wright of Portland, Oregon.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents Solomon and Helen Clement of Paris, Texas.

Irma Noemi Navarro


February 14, 1942 – July 31, 2014


Irma Noemi Navarro, 72, of Greenville passed away July 31, 2014. She was born February 14, 1942 in Hebbronville, Texas to Serbando & Manuela Acevedo.


Irma is survived by her loving husband, Jesus; son, Eddie Navarro; mother Manuela; brothers, Juan, Jesus and Jamie Acevedo; sisters, Aida Delgado, Sarita McLaughlin and Olivia Plant; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her father, brother Crensico and son, Mario.


Rosary service will be Monday from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at LYNCH Funeral Service, Greenville, Texas.


Please visit www.lynchfuneralservice.com to leave online condolences.               

Billy Wortham Power

September 25, 1922 – July 19, 2014

Billy Wortham Power, 91, died at his home Saturday, July 19, 2014, after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Maurine Wilson Power, and his parents Wortham Power and Frances Irene Thrasher Power. He is survived by his children Peggy Ann McCarty, Paul Wilson Power, and Dorothy Gail White; his grandchildren, Rebecca McCarty and Ashley White; and his daughter-in-law, Phyllis Bailey Power and her children and grandchildren have also lost a special part of their lives.

Billy was born in Dallas Sept. 25, 1922. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1940 and attended Texas A & M University. Billy and Maurine married July 23, 1949.

Billy was in the Army Air Corps during World War II spending most of the war in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After joining the Air Force Reserve, he was called to active duty when the Korean Conflict began and spent two years in Greenville, South Carolina. He spent two wars working on airplanes. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. Peggy was with Billy and Maurine in South Carolina. Upon returning to Garland, the family settled into the house Billy and Maurine had bought in 1950. Paul was born there shortly after they returned to Garland. Dorothy came along nine years later. Billy still lived in that house when he died. He always told his children that the only way he would leave that house would be when they carried him out feet first . . . got that right too.

During his life, Billy was known as a man who never met a stranger. He loved to tell stories and had lots of stories to tell! He was also known by his pick-up truck! Billy bought a brand new Chevy truck in 1964, which he drove until only a few summers ago. That truck has taken the Power family on great camping and exploring adventures all over the United States and is a local icon. Everyone knows that truck!

Billy enjoyed Boy Scouting as a boy, a young man and an adult. Many men at First Baptist Garland remember Billy's work with Boy Scout Troop 61. In fact, Billy has devoted much of his time and energy to many of our church's ministries since he and Maurine joined First Baptist in 1956, including Sylvia Vaughn's first grade Sunday School class, Vacation Bible School… and, of course, the Friendship House. Billy would be the first to tell you that he gained a wealth of blessings through the giving of his time, particularly after the death of his beloved wife, Maurine.

Billy's children have been blessed to have such a wonderful Daddy. And while they grieve his passing, they rejoice that he is whole and strong again in heaven and reunited with Maurine.

The funeral service was Tuesday, July 22, at First Baptist Church of Garland.

Anyone who wishes can make a donation to the Friendship House at First Baptist Church Garland in his name. The Friendship House is located at 620 West Avenue B in Garland.

Dee Ashenhurst


April 25, 1919 – June 14, 2014


Dee Ashenhurst, 95, passed away in Austin, Texas, on June 14, 2014.  Until moving to Austin, Dee was a life-long Methodist, most recently at First United Methodist Church in Garland.  He was a faithful member of the Howard Taylor Sunday School Class and served on numerous church committees through the years.  When he and his wife Dorothy moved to be closer to their daughter in Austin, they joined her church, Triumphant Love Lutheran.


Dee was born on April 25, 1919, to Curtis Diehl and Emma Marie Ashenhurst.  In 1942, he earned his BS degree at Oklahoma State University, immediately married his childhood sweetheart Dorothy, and began service in the Army-Air Force as a 2nd Lt. for pilot training. He was a squadron commander with the rank of Captain when he was discharged at the end of WWII.   He worked in retail businesses and most notably in several capacities at TG&Y stores, retiring after 36 years as an executive. 


Dee’s greatest pride was in his two daughters and their families. Known for his ability to tease without offending, he loved to work with people.  His many friends at the Summit cherished his quick wit and his friendship. 


Dee is survived by his daughter Deborah Rosenquist and son-in-law Lance of Austin; granddaughter Angela Hisanaga and  husband David of San Francisco; grandson Matthew Edel and wife  Kristen of San Antonio; granddaughter Jeanene Anthony and husband  Brett of Corpus Christi; grandson Jason Rosenquist (Father Panteleimon) of the Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery in Kendalia, Texas, and seven great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and his daughter Teresa Edel.


A family memorial service will be held to celebrate his life, with interment following.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the TLLC Endowment in Austin or the Foundation Fund at the First United Methodist Church in Garland.


Please visit Dee’s memorial at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com.

Respected Garland orthodontist passes away

Kim Everett | June 3, 2014

Dr. Robert George, born May 25, 1952, died Saturday, May 31 at Cedar Creek Lake in an apparent drowning.

George had been practicing orthodontics for more than 30 years and is responsible for many, many beautiful smiles in the Garland/Richardson area. He changed numerous lives by giving his patients the confidence that comes from having a great smile.

His patients, including children, teens and adults admired and respected him. He had a reputation for really listening to his patients, answering all their questions and addressing all their concerns.

George was known for supporting Garland ISD student activities of all kinds and at numerous campuses. In addition, he donated to programs at Lake Highlands and Berkner High Schools as well as Garland’s International Leadership of Texas Charter School. He was also an annual sponsor of a North Garland Little League team.

George also made donations to young people for summer mission trips and participated in mission trips to Mexico himself where he always served as cook.

In addition, he sponsored an annual outing to Hawaiian Falls in Garland for his patients and this year’s trip was scheduled for June 12.

He and his wife Linda were married for more than 35 years and had four sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter. He and all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts from Troop 890 in Lake Highlands.

He and Linda were active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church. George grew up in Lake Highlands and resided there at the time of his death.

He will be missed not only by his loving family and friends, but also by his wonderful office family and his current and past patients.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home located at 7405 West Northwest Highway in Dallas.

The funeral will be at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Thursday, June 5, 11 a.m.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714 or to the Highland Park UMC Mission and Outreach program, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205. Please note “In Memory of Bob George” on memo line of check.