|A.R. “BUTCH” ARMSTRONG 1935-2012
Having believed the truth of the gospel and accepted by faith Jesus as Savior and Lord, A.R. “Butch”
Armstrong slipped softly and tenderly into the arms of Jesus at 8:23 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2012. In
accordance with his wishes, Butch was interred before sundown that same day at Sunset Memorial.
Butch came into this life Friday, Sept. 13, 1935, in Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High School
and attended Texas State University in Arlington, where he met and fell in love with his bride of 55 years.
Butch was an entrepreneur and inventor. He had numerous professions, including working for the Santa Fe
Railroad as a fireman and engineer, and salesman for Montgomery Ward and International Homes Sales,
Inc. He began working as a subcontractor in 1972, for Alice Roofing & Sheet Metal Works, Inc., and in 1982,
he acquired the business.
Before retiring in 1999, Butch was passionate about the roofing industry, the safety of his employees, the
quality of the work performed and the improvement of the industry. This passion was demonstrated
through his service as president of the Roofing Contractor’s Association of Texas (RCAT); aiding in
establishing RCAT’s Roofing Certification Program; obtaining Certificate No. 1 of that program as a certified
commercial and residential roofing contractor; serving on the Board of Directors of the National Roofing
Contractors Association; and giving testimony before the Texas State Legislature regarding worker’s
compensation reform for the industry.
After retirement, Butch took great pleasure in enhancing his understanding of the Holy Scriptures and
growing in his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by attending Bible study fellowship and daily prayer
and Bible study with his wife. Some of his favorite scriptures include Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; John 10:
10; and Isaiah 41:10.
Butch is preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie; father, William; and brother, Bo.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Roger and Sidney and wife Vikki; granddaughters, Delaney and
Reagan; brothers, Gene and Glenn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen, Johnnie, Harry and Dick; cousin,
Janetta Young; nieces and nephews, Vicki Christian, Craig and Steve Armstrong, Chris Wharton, Larry and
Garry Stotts, Herbie Wagner, Marjorie Beth Taylor and Michael and Paul Stotts; and many friends.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the staff at North East Methodist Hospital and Hospice
Inspiris, especially Ms. Teresa Myers, who shines brightly the light of Christ.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
|RONNIE DALE ABBE
May 30, 1947
August 5, 1976
CLASS OF 1965
|DENNIS WAYNE ALLEN
May 28, 1960
November 3, 2010
CLASS OF 1978
March 6, 1960
November 27, 1981
CLASS OF 1978
July 16, 1964
March 7, 1988
CLASS OF 1983
|RONNIE DALE ABBE 1947-1976
SERVICES SET SATURDAY FOR RONNIE DALE ABBE
Friday, August 6, 1976
Ronnie Dale Abbe, 29, of 834 N. Morris St., died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Dallas after and extended illnes.
He was a native of Gainesville, born May 30, 1947 , a son of the late Ralph Abbe and Mrs. Abbe. He married
Judy West May 29, 1967 in Gainesville and was a 1966 graduate of Gainesville High School. He was a veteran
of the Vietnam War with the Marines. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Farmers Branch. He
was employed by Central Freight Line in Irving.
The Rev. Bill Slayton minister of the Farmers Branch Central Park Baptist Church, will officate.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Vernie Keel Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Fairview
Survivors are his wife, Judy; one son, Ronnie Abbe Jr.; two daughters, Jennifer and Michelle, all of the
home; his mother, Gladys Abbe of Gainesville; six brothers, William Lee Abbe of Denton; Leon Abbe of
Duncan, Oklahoma;Donald W. Abbe of Lawton, Oklahoma; Gary Abbe of Whitesboro; Johnny Abbe of
Carrollton and Mike Abbe of Enid, Oklahoma; and one sister, Mrs. Peggy Byrom of Allen.
|DANIEL KELLY ADAIR 1961-2011
Daniel Kelly Adair, 50, passed away suddenly in Deering, N.D. on Dec. 14.
Dan was a long-time resident of Gainesville and had recently transferred
to North Dakota, working in the oil industry.
He was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, to Harry and Collene Adair. The
family moved to Gainesville in 1969 and Dan graduated from GHS in
1979. He is survived by his son, Jody and daughter, Ryan, both of
Gainesville; brother, Bruce of Grundy Center, Iowa; brother, Darryl of
Horseshoe Bend; sister, Marsha Burney and brother-in-law, Sammy
Burney, of Center Point; sister, Laurie White of Lewisville; sister, Janis
Rowe and brother-in-law, Keith Rowe, of Plano and a large extended
Dan's sense of humor, zest for life and positive outlook will be greatly
missed by all his friends and family. Memorial services will be held at
Clement Keel Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville at 10 a.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 29, 2011, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be
held at the KC Hall in Gainesville, immediately after the services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society.
|DENNIS WAYNE ALLEN 1960-2010
LEWISVILLE — Funeral services for Dennis Wayne Allen, 50, of Lewisville, are set for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov.
8, 2010 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son
Mr. Allen died Nov. 3, 2010 in Lewisville.
He was born May 28, 1960 in Bryan.
He is survived by his daughter, Riannon Dougherty; his father and step-mother, William Ray and Beth Allen;
his brother, Will Allen; sister, Valerie Gilbreath and two grandchildren.
|PHYLLIS ANSLEY GRIFFIN 1936-2012
Funeral services for Phyllis Ansley Griffin, 76, of Denton are set for Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the
Geo. J. Carroll and Son Chapel with the Rev. Larry Kremling officating with burial to follow at Fairview
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Phyllis was born on May 4, 1936, in Frederick, Okla., to Leo and Bessie Johnson Ansley.
She grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1954. While a senior in high school,
Phyllis worked for her brother-in-law, Dr. Herbert Alston, an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor in Gainesville,
and later attended East Texas State University for a short time. Her love of politics lead her to live in Dallas
and work with the Republican party for a brief period in 1963, and later she graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in political science from North Texas State University in 1969.
She married Dr. E. Ray Griffin (deceased) on Feb. 21, 1968, and together they raised one child, Michele
Griffin Mason who was born on March 2, 1970. Phyllis had many varied interests and passions in life
including politics, writing, researching and compiling her family history, cooking, and sewing, but most of all
she will be remembered as a loving, dedicated mother, homemaker, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother and
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Michele and son-in-law Stuart Mason of Dallas; granddaughter, Ansley
Myers of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, William Edmond “Boze” Ansley and sister-in-law Letha of Garland;
brother-in-law, Dr. C.E. “Buck” Jones, husband of Marjorie Jones (deceased). She is also survived by four
step-daughters, Beverly (Mrs. Dennis T.) Riney of Krum; Mary (Mrs. Kenneth) Warren of Midlothian, Va.;
Rebecca (Mrs. Pete) Minton of Midlothian, Va., and their husbands; and Mrs. Martha Griffin Escobar of
Midlothian, Va., and numerous grand and great-grandchildren who adored her.
Pallbearers will be Barry Ansley, Stuart Mason, Ryan Redshaw, Dennis T. Riney, Blaine Rainey and Jacob
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
|MARY JANE ANDERSON
December 23, 1969
May 28, 1986
CLASS OF 1988
|DANIEL KELLY ADAIR
December 14, 2011
CLASS OF 1979
May 4, 1936
August 3, 2012
CLASS OF 1954
May 16, 1946
July 3, 1967
CLASS OF 1965
September 13, 1935
March 11, 2012
CLASS OF 1953
DOB AND DOD Pending
CLASS OF 1967
November 14, 1949
October 28, 2015
CLASS OF 1967
|ELECTA CAROL "ARRINGTON"
August 25, 1928
May 20, 2014
GISD STAFF/CLASS OF 1947
|ELECTA CAROL ARRINGTON TAYLOR (August 25, 1928 - May 20, 2014)
GISD STAFF/CLASS OF 1947
Electa Carol Arrington Taylor, loving friend and educator to many was welcomed into the arms of her
Savior Tuesday May 20 in a Fort Worth hospital after a very brief illness. The service will be graveside
on Thursday May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville with the Rev. Ken Hildebrand
officiating ,services are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home. In lieu of
flowers, please consider making a donation to M. D. Anderson, her favorite charity.
Born August 25, 1928 in Gainesville, Texas. She was the only child of Bertha Parmley Arrington and
James C. Arrington. Her early years were spent in Gainesville and then she graduated from North
Texas State in 1949. She also attended Texas University and Tulsa University. She taught in almost all
grades through 2nd year college. After a teaching career of many years in many cities and towns, she
became a counselor in the Gainesville school system. She had been a member of American Assn. of
University Women, Texas Assn.
Deans of Women, Soroptimist, Official Board of 1st United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma
Society, Charter Member of Cooke County Heritage Society, American Heart Assn., Former President
and life member of Texas State Teachers Assn., Texas Personnel and Guidance Assn. Disabled
American Veteran’s Auxiliary, held many offices in the Business & Professional Women Assn.. High
School Honors: Sophomore Class Secretary, Cheerleader. College: Student Body Secretary,Class
Favorite, CheerLeader, Dormitory President, Dean’s Club. She married her husband Richard G. Taylor
in 1953 and they made many moves due to his job. He passed away in 1963 from a Service connected
injury which caused him to have Multiple Sclerosis. Electa had moved back to Gainesville to be near her
Electa is preceded in death by her father, James C. Arrington, mother Bertha Parmley Arrington her
husband Richard G. Taylor, special friend Bill Ritchey, her beloved dog Patty and other close family
members. Electa is survived by Yvonne Patterson Harpole, surviving wife of Electa’s only cousin,
James P. Harpole and their children and grandchildren and many close loving friends who will miss her
very much. You may sign the on line registry at geojcarroll.com
|MARTHA ELAINE "ALLBRITTON" GOODE (November 14, 1949-October
CLASS OF 1967
GOODE, Martha Elaine Born November 14, 1949 in Gainesville, TX and
passed away October 28, 2015 in Dallas, TX. Preceded in death by
parents, Larry and Muriel Allbritton. Survived by loving husband of 40
years, Richard Wayne Goode; sister, Sylvia Deadwyler and husband
Earnest; and many other close and loving relatives. Elaine was a creative
writer at Electronic Data Systems and more recently at Mary Kay
Cosmetics Company. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm on
Monday, November 2, 2015 at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial Service
will take place at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at First United
Methodist Church, 503 N. Central Expwy., Richardson, TX 75080. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society .
Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 1, 2015
|RONNIE JOE ARMSTRONG
August 19, 1954
October 20, 2016
CLASS OF 1972
|LARRY ROYCE AMOROSO
June 12, 1942
November 21, 2016
CLASS OF 1960
|RONNIE JOE ARMSTRONG (August 19, 1954-October 20, 2016)
CLASS OF 1972
Gainesville resident Ronnie Joe Armstrong, 62, passed away Thursday,
October 20, 2016 at his residence, surrounded by loved ones. He was
born August 19, 1954 in Gainesville, Texas, to G. C. & Juanima (Barnett)
Armstrong. Ronnie married Debbie Call Reed, June 7, 2008 in Gainesville.
He was the owner/operator of a service station.
Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 26th at
Meador Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating.
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. There will be a visitation from
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 25th at Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Armstrong of Gainesville; daughters,
Nicolette Medlock of Gainesville and Emily Armstrong of Gainesville; son,
Chris Reed of Gainesville; brother, Carlton Armstrong of Richardson and
grandchildren, Isaiah, Kaylin, Jordon and, Major Medlock and Claire,
Chloe and Clint Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents and
|LARRY ROYCE AMOROSO
CLASS OF 1960
Funeral services for Larry Royce Amoroso, 74, of Gainesville are scheduled for 11:00 am on Wednesday,
November 23rd, 2016 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry Way, James Baldwin
son-in-law, and Rev. Randy Taylor officiating. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday at the
funeral home, one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.
Larry passed peacefully in his sleep Monday, November 21, 2016.
Larry “Papa Grouch” was a wonderful husband, he was great provider and his first priorities was his wife
Carolyn and their children. He was a good father and enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He attended
Crossroads Baptist church.
He was born in Gainesville, Texas on June 12, 1942 to Ray Amoroso and Eva Mae Arnold Amoroso. Larry
attended Gainesville schools, and was a life-long welder and retired from Trinity Industries. He married the
love of his life, Carolyn Joy Young on February 27, 1970 and is survived by his wife of Gainesville, sons Clark
Dishman Jr and spouse Lanna, Scott Dishman and spouse Cindy; Daughters: Kim Ferrell and spouse Bryan,
Shelli Baldwin and spouse James, Traci Skinner and spouse Kenneth, Wanda Myers and spouse Steve;
Siblings: sisters Diane McMahan, Kathy Culp, Lisa Amoroso; brothers Tony Amoroso and spouse Joanie,
Elgin Amoroso Jr.; Larry known as “Papa Grouch by his 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by: his parents; brother; Mike Amoroso; sisters: Raye Dale Owen, Rocky
Broyles, and Mary Luna. Pallbearers are his grandsons; Clark Dishman III (Trey); Joshua Baldwin; Daniel
Dishman, James Ferrell, Taylor Dishman, Steven Dishman and Travis Skinner.