May 7, 1978
May 26, 2008
CLASS OF 1996
|JEFFREY BRENT BOCKHORN 1978-2008
Services for Jeffrey Brent Bockhorn, 30, of Gainesville are set for 10 a.m. Friday at Whaley United
Methodist Church with Rev. Gaither Day and Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating. Pallbearers are Jason Parkhill,
Forrest Willis, Mason Winters, Dickie Williams, Jody Goss, and Chris Watson. Honorary pallbearers are
Another service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bellville Methodist Church in Bellville with Rev. Robert Stutes
officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll &
Son Funeral Home of Gainesville. Pallbearers are Greg, Jim and Jeb Brenner, Sean Rombach, Marvin
Bockhorn, and Danny Steck. Honorary pallbearers are Lisa Steck, and Kristy and Jacob Brenner.
Mr. Bockhorn died May 26, 2008, in Valley View.
He was born May 7, 1978, in Texas City to Larry and Barbara Brenner Bockhorn. He graduated from
Gainesville High School in 1996 and was employed as an extrusion operator at Petroflex NA in Gainesville
for 10 years. He was artistic and enjoyed making things with his hands.
Survivors include his parents, Larry and Barbara Bockhorn of Gainesville; and brother, Michael Bockhorn of
Rowlett; grandparents, Gladys Brenner of Bellville and Helen Bockhorn of Brenham; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Willie Brenner and Alfred Bockhorn.
Visitation will be at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mental Health Disorders, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas,
Office of Development; 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75390-9009 or Alzheimer’s Association; 2242
West Holcombe Blvd.; Houston, TX 77030 or Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue; 2501 North Weaver Street;
Gainesville, TX 76240.
Missing since Oct. 10,1979
CLASS OF 1978
|VELLA LOU BRANCH HEILMAN 1951-2007
Services for Vella Lou Branch Heilman, 56, of Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Family Life Church
with Larry Eberhart officiating. Burial will follow in the Collinsville Cemetery under the direction of the Geo.
J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.
Mrs. Heilman died July 31, 2007, at North Texas Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 29, 1951, in Gainesville to Clyde and Helen Ingram Branch. On Sept. 18, 1971, she
married Kenneth Ray Heilman in Gainesville. She was a 1969 graduate of Gainesville High School, and
continued her education at Cooke County College and Texas Woman’s University. She was employed at the
Cooke County Library, the University of North Texas, and Library of Faith Christian Academy in El Paso. She
was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Emily and Sean Cannon of Gainesville and Amber Heilman of
Gainesville; mother, Helen Branch Taylor of Collinsville; three grandchildren; brothers, Mike Branch of West
Palm Beach, Fla., and Ken Branch of Collinsville; sister, Rhonda Gonzales of Gainesville; numerous cousins;
five nieces; and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray Heilman in March 2004; father, Clyde Branch;and
grandparents, Orbie and Velma Ingram and Lee and Maggie Branch.
Pallbearers are Jerry Dale Branch, Eddie Martindale, Floyd White, George Cannon, Joe Monden, Robert
Voth, David Mann and Bee Gonzales.
Visitation will be at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
You may sign the online registry by visiting our website,www.geojcarroll.com.
|BILLY DAVID BRASWELL 1959-2010
Graveside services for Billy David Braswell, 50, of Gainesville were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
at Fairview Cemetery. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Clement
Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. David Braswell died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 at his residence. He was born Dec. 4, 1959 in Sherman.
Mr. Braswell is survived by his son, Victor Braswell of Gainesville; brothers James Lee Braswell, Jr. of
Colleyville and Jonathan Glenn of Monhans and sister Sharon Rebecca Davis of Carthage.
Visitation was held from 9 to 10 a.m. before the services at the Clement Keel Funeral Home.
David was the son of James Eudora Braswell. They were ministers of Tabernacle Baptist Church, and also
worked at the Gainesville State School as security and teacher. David earned an associate’s degree in
biology from Austin College and a bachelors in biology from the University of North Texas. He also attended
some masters level classes. He built houses for approximately 20 years and could fix just about anything.
During that time, he had a house-building business with partner David Nelson of Highlander Homes and also
worked with Walt Russell building homes. Being a highly skilled craftsman, he did plumbing, electrical and
carpentry work. Included in his work are building the Sanger Inn, Wendy’s and the Ranch House. The last
years, he worked at Peterbilt Motors in Denton. He enjoyed target practice, TV and spending time with his
|RONALD RAY BRAZELL 1959-1979
Ronald Ray Brazell, 20, of Gainesville died in a plane crash south of Gainesville early Monday morning. He
was an oil field worker and was reared in Gainesville.
Survivors are his mother and stepfather, Bessie and Stephen L. Croucher; father and stepmother, Mr. and
Mrs. Durwood L. Brazell; brother, Danny L. Brazell; sister Carol Boaz.
Birth: Feb. 28, 1959
Death: Oct. 1, 1979
Gainesville Daily Register, Gainesville, Texas
Wednesday 3 Oct 1979
|ARVIL GENE BRACKEEN
September 16, 1954
January 8, 2013
CLASS OF 1972
|ARVIL GENE BRACKEEN September 16, 1954-January 8, 2013
CLASS OF 1972
Arvil Gene Brackeen is celebrating his new life in the presence of our Lord!! Arvil passed away
peacefully at his home January 8th, 2013 at the age of 58.
He was born in Gainesville, Texas to Leeroy William Brackeen and Ruby Mae Pool Brackeen. Arvil
married Debra Lynn Cook on February 9th, 1995.
Arvil had a devoted love for God and his family. His favorite pastime was cooking and riding
He is survived by his wife Debra Lynn Brackeen of 18 yrs; sons and daughter-in-law Bradlee Gene
and Caroline Brackeen; sons Dwayne and Michael Langley; daughter Melissa Perkins; daughter
and son-in-law Alicia and Faron McElhannon; mother Ruby Mae Brackeen; brother and sister-in-
law Donald and Debra Brackeen; brother Jackie Brackeen; sister and brother-in-law Earlene and
Dub McBride; sister Wanda Smith; sister Charlotte Brackeen; sister and brother-in-law Kathy and
Clint Barker; sister and brother-in-law Amy and Rusty Mackey. He is also survived by 7
grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, his sister Laura Lee Brackeen and brother Darrel
A memorial celebration of Arvil’s life will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the
Apostolic United Pentecostal Church, Hwy 82, ½ mile east of Hwy 377 in Whitesboro, with Pastor
Kelly Gray officiating. A private visitation was held at the funeral home.
November 27, 1995
CLASS OF 1966
January 30, 1984
April 26, 2013
CLASS OF 2003
|TREY BOURQUIN (January 30, 1984 - April 26, 2013)
CLASS OF 2003
GAINESVILLE - Funeral Services for Trey Bourquin, 29, will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at
Temple Baptist Church in Gainesville, with Dr. Eddie Chennault officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview
Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville. Visitation
will be from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Temple Baptist Church.
Trey passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, surrounded by his
Trey was born on January 30, 1984 in Gainesville to John Edgar Bourquin, II and Tammy Jean (Gullett)
Bourquin. Trey was a remarkable individual who, in spite of his physical limits, had a great attitude and a
wonderful sense of humor. He was a 2003 graduate of Gainesville High School, and served as manager for
the 2002 Gainesville State Champion Basketball Team. He attended North Central Texas College in
Gainesville. Trey bled "burnt orange" and treasured his beloved University of Texas Longhorns. He was also
an avid NASCAR fan, with Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick being his favorite drivers. A fan of the outdoors,
he enjoyed hunting and camping. "Swamp People" and "Duck Dynasty" were his favorite television shows;
Trey actually got to meet Si and Miss Kay. He named his baby sister, who he dearly loved, Holly Nan
Bourquin. He loved working for GNB Bank in Gainesville as a clerk. When his health would no longer permit
him to work, he became a "stay at home kid". Most importantly, Trey trusted in his Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Trey was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He no longer needs a wheelchair and is not walking,
but "running" the streets of gold, awaiting the arrival of all who are left behind to join him at a later date.
Survivors include his parents, John and Tammy Bourquin of Gainesville; his sister, Holly Bourquin of
Gainesville; maternal grandfather, Ray Gullett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; paternal grandparents, John
and Wanda Bourquin of Purcell, Oklahoma; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Quita Gullett; and an uncle, Donnie Bourquin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital at
www.tsrhc.org/honorariums.htm, 214-559-5000 or the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas at
|PAUL ALLEN BOOKER
July 19, 1996
CLASS OF 1972
February 5, 1944
January 10, 2008
CLASS OF 1962
CLASS OF 1972
|BILLY DAVID BRASWELL
December 4, 1959
November 22, 2010
CLASS OF 1978
September 29, 1926
May 13, 2005
CLASS OF 1944
August 8, 1947
November 11, 2011
CLASS OF 1965
|DONALD BOONE (August 29, 1933-January 21, 2000)
CLASS OF 1952
Donald Thurston Boone was the son of Thurston Odell Boone and Jo Ann Weatherly Boone. He was a native
of Gainesville, Texas, and on March 17, 1956, married Clara Ann Morrison, the daughter of J. J. "Josh" and
Alice Morrison. There were two children of this marriage.
Donald Thurston Boone served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
Social Security Death Index for: Donald T. Boone
Last Residence: 76240 Gainesville, Cooke, Texas, United States of America
Born: 29 Aug 1933
Died: 21 Jan 2000
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (1952)
Donald is buried in Nelson Grove Cemetery, Oak Ridge, Cooke County, Texas. He shares a gravestone with
Clara Ann Boone, his wife.
August 29, 1933
January 21, 2000
CLASS OF 1952
|RONALD RAY BRAZELL
February 28, 1959
October 1, 1979
|VELLA LOU "BRANCH
January 29, 1951
July 31, 2007
CLASS OF 1969
November 15, 1946
November 26, 2014
CLASS OF 1965
|VELMA EARLENE BRACKEEN MCBRIDE (November 15, 1946-November 26, 2014)
CLASS OF 1965
Velma Earlene (Brackeen) McBride was born November 15, 1946 in Gainesville, Texas. She married WJ
“Dub” McBride on December 29, 1966 and they became the proud parents of two children. They made their
home and raised their children in Saint Jo. Velma died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Denton.
Velma is survived by her husband, Dub McBride of Saint Jo; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Mike
Barnett of Springfield, MO; grandchildren: Byron and Bailie Aston; great grandchildren: Bentley, Brison and
Michael; her mother Ruby Brackeen of Gainesville; and several brothers and sisters. She was preceded in
death by her father, LeRoy Brackeen, son, Eric McBride, and brother, Arvil Brackeen.
|JOE C. BOWDEN
February 02, 1940
August 11, 2016
CLASS OF 1959
|JOE C. BOWDEN (February 02, 1940-August 11, 2016)
CLASS OF 1959
Joe C. Bowden passed into the arms of his Lord on August 11, 2016, in
Gainesville, Texas. He was born on February 2, 1940, in Tom Bean, Texas,
to Lizzie and W. H. (Pete) Bowden. His family moved to Gainesville in
Joe was a graduate of Gainesville High School, Class of 1959. He earned
an Associate’s Degree from Cooke County Junior College. He was
employed at National Supply Company for 27 years. He then was a
supervisor at Weber Aircraft for several years and lastly was employed
as a tool design engineer at Bell Helicopter from which he retired in 2012.
Joe proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine
Corps Reserve. He was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church of
Joe had many interests throughout his life; he loved bass fishing,
rattlesnake hunting, salt water fishing, playing league darts,
woodcarving, reading and traveling. Being a member of the Boy Scouts
as a young boy, he became a Boy Scout leader for his son’s troop.
Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years Patricia Keil Bowden, his daughter
and son-in-law Carrie and Jake Fontenot of Little Elm, his son William Keil
Bowden of Arlington, sisters-in-law Nancy Keil of Rockwall and Mary
Margaret Keil of Forney, an aunt Dorothy Sprinkle of Las Cruces, New
Mexico, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in
death by his parents, his brothers W.H. and Don Bowden, and a sister
Melba Jean Campbell.
Memorial services will be held Monday, August 15 at 10:00 A.M. at Faith
Lutheran Church of Gainesville with Pastor Scott Sundbye officiating.
Visitation will follow the service in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made in Joe’s
memory to Faith Lutheran Church of Gainesville or the Medal of Honor
Program or any charity of your choice.
|EDITH "BOND RUTLEDGE (January 29, 1926 - December 30, 2016)
CLASS OF 1943
Edith Rutledge of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully on December
30th, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born on January 29, 1926 to George
(Bob) and Hattie Bond in Gainesville, Texas.
Edith started with South Western Bell in 1943 and retired in 1986 with
AT&T. During her 43 year career, she was an admired and respected
leader to both men and women which lead to her nick name "Leader".
Before and after retirement she spent time on the beaches of Mexico,
traveling with family and friends and watching her "Dallas Cowboys" as a
season ticket holder for many years. Edith was a member of Saint James
Episcopal Church where she had a stained-glass window added in honor of
her husband and a tree was planted in Honor of her dear friend, Ed
Schmock "Bud", who was also a member of the church.
Edith is preceded in death by her husband Keith Raymond Rutledge
(1994) and survived by her Sister Laveta Schmitz, sons Mike Cravens,
Keith Rutledge Jr. and wife Nancy ,Randy Rutledge and wife Paula, and
daughter Kim Hansard and husband Kane and 5 Grandchildren Joey, Ty,
Logan, Kacie, and Chelcie.
A special thank you for all of Edith's care givers at Care Serve, Churchill
Senior Living, Hospice team, Heart to Heart and Silver Creek Assisted
Living, truly Angels on earth. Edith's memorial was held 10:30 January 21,
2017 (Saturday) at Saint James Episcopal church located at 9845 McCree
Rd. Dallas, TX 75238. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to
Saint James Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.
|EDITH "BOND" RUTLEDGE
January 29, 1926 - December 30, 2016
CLASS OF 1943