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RALPH B. COLE
CLASS OF 1951

Funeral services for Ralph B. Cole, 78, will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Faith
Lutheran Church in Gainesville with the Rev. Scott Sundbye officiating. Interment will follow at Nelson Grove
Cemetery in Cooke County. Services are under the direction of Meador Clement-Keel Funeral Home in
Gainesville. There will be no formal visitation.

Mr. Cole passed away on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Denton at Integrity Transitional Hospital (Seasons
Hospice Unit.)
Born July 27, 1934, in Fort Worth, he was a 1951 graduate of Gainesville High school and Texas A & M
University in 1956. He was in the U.S. Army airborne in 1957 and was editor of The Hondo Anvil Herald in
1956-57, The Alice News 1957-59 and was city editor of the Gainesville Daily Register from 1959-61, when
he reentered the U.S. Army a commanding officer of the Gainesville National Guard Unit.

He returned to the Gainesville Daily Register in 1961 as city and farm editor of the local newspaper. In
1969, he was named an editor with The Associated Press in Oklahoma City, where he covered the House of
Representatives.
He was publisher of the Sanger Courier and the Pilot Point Signal for several years before joining the
Postal Service in 1978 as a rural letter carrier. He retired from the Postal Service in 1996 in Sanger.
He was a member of the Sanger Independent School District Board of Trustees. He served as mayor of
Sanger after leaving the board of trustees from 1976 to 84. Ralph married Carole D. Sluder Gonzilas on
August 9, 1993, in Gainesville, and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Henson and husband Edward of Plano; a son, Thomas Edward Cole
and wife Tina of Azle; sister, Eva Lela King and brother, Dr. James R. Cole of Gainesville; stepsons, Jimmy
Gonzilas and Michael Gonzilas of Gainesville; several nieces and nephews; and grandchildren, Cole, Marshall
and Tyler Henson and Annie Cole.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Lonnie L. Cole; and wife, Carole D. Cole.
His grandsons and stepson will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association,
135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 or apda@apdaparkinson.org.
To sign the online registry, go to www.meadorfuneralhomes.com.
PHILLIP D. "CHANCE" CLINKENBEARD
CLASS OF 1964

After a lengthy battle with lung cancer, Phillip D. "Chance" Clinkenbeard,
66, of Gainesville, died and passed into peaceful rest. He was born in
Lawton, OK to M.A. and Eva W.Clinkenbeard. He was reared in Gainesville,
graduating from high school before entering the United States Army. Phil
served in Vietnam as a Green Beret and was awarded the Purple Heart
Medal.

Survivors are his mother, Eva Clinkenbeard of Gainesville, a brother,
Michael Clinkenbeard of Gainesville, a sister, Susan Smith and husband,
Purcell of Plano, an aunt, Carolyn Jones and husband, Robert of Flectcher,
OK, many cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, M.A.
Clinkenbeard and a younger brother, Stephen.

at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville. Services are under the direction of
Meador - Clement - Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville. No formal visitation is
planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials contributions be made to
the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK
73123-1718.
STEPHEN "MACK" McDONALD COLE
CLASS OF 1955


U.S. Veteran
Funeral services for Stephen "Mack" McDonald Cole, 78, of Gainesville, are set for 11:00 AM Tuesday,
November 18, 2014 at the Whaley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Jones officiating under
the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will take place on
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, OK. A visitation
will be held at the Geo. J Carroll & Son Funeral Home on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 6:30 - 7:30
PM.

Stephen "Mack" was born on July 25, 1936 in Valley View, TX to David LaFayette and Velma Orene
(Stephens) Cole. He passed away on November 14, 2014 in Bonham, TX. at the Clyde Cosper Texas
State Veterans Home.

Mack was a member of the Whaley United Methodist Church, a life member of the VFW, founding
member of the Cooke County Republican Party, served on the board of the Cooke County Appraisal
District, served on the board of the Woodbine Water Supply, a life member of the Military Order of the
Purple Heart, member of the Lions Club, member of AMBUCS, and was a square dance caller. He was
active in the Boy Scouts of America, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He entered the United
States Army in Dallas, TX on April 1, 1955, and retired as Command Sergeant Major in Ft. Carson, CO.
on October 31, 1979. He was a recipient of a Purple Heart, and made two tours in Vietnam. He married
Sylvia Maxine McCraw on August 1, 1956 in DeRidder, LA.

He is survived by his wife Maxine of Gainesville; son Benjamin Cole and his wife Nancy of McKinney, TX;
son Stephen D. Cole of Thackerville, OK; son Bobby Cole and his wife Rhonda of Sadler, TX; daughter
Veronica Cole Harper and her husband Bill of Tucson, AZ; brother David Charles Cole and his wife
Carolyn of Amarillo, TX; sister Virginia "Ginger" Grant and her husband Bob of Plano, TX; sister Janet
Morris and her husband Frank of Gainesville, TX; sister-in-law Cassie Shelley of Leesville, LA; and
sister-in-law Dale Fiesel of Quitman, LA. He is also survived by grandchildren William Harper, Daniel
Harper and his wife Dawndi, Amie Jordan, Julie Cummings, Jesse Cole and his wife Desirae, Kacie Cole,
Chasity Raney, Micheal Whittington and his wife Sarah, Ashley Toler and her husband Jimmy, and
Kevin Cole; great-grandchildren Levi Henry, Xzandra Herrera, Jadyn Raney, Devin Raney, Jordon
Wooten-Toler, Cerenity Toler, Lily Cole, Emma Cole, Anna Cole, Kaelynn Harper, Kayland Whittington,
and Micah Whittington; and Godson David Zingraf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Maydene and Francis Earl Dietz;
and a sister Ruby Awanda Cole.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Gainesville, Texas,
Salvation Army of Gainesville, Texas, or the Wounded Warrior Project.
RALPH B. COLE
July 27, 1934
October 11, 2012
CLASS OF 1951
STEPHEN THOMAS
CLINKENBEARD
February 14, 1955
November 25, 1975
CLASS OF 1973
MICHAEL R. COMER
CLASS OF 1977

Michael R. Comer died Friday, December 19, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Sherman, Texas
at the age of 56. He was born January 10, 1958 in Gainesville, Texas to Gus and Georgia (Cox) Comer.
Michael had worked as a trackman and in maintenance for the railroad for a number of years.
Michael's family will hold a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 23rd at Southside Baptist
Church with Bro. Duke Dowling officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at
the church.
Survivors include his parents, Gus and Reba Comer of Gainesville; sister, Pam Comer of Gainesville; 3
children and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Comer.
JANICE M. "COLEMAN"
ORSBURN
May 14, 1964
November 4, 1983
CLASS OF 1982
PHILLIP D. "CHANCE" CLINKENBEARD
June 6, 1946
January 24, 2013
CLASS OF 1964
CARROLL COGBURN
August 24, 1935
June 16, 1989
CLASS OF 1953
STEPHEN "MACK" MCDONALD
COLE
July 25, 1936
November 14, 2014
CLASS OF 1955
CARROLL RAY COGBURN
CLASS OF 1953

Birth: AUGUST 24, 1935
Death: JUNE 16,1989

h/o Doris married 24 Aug. 1979

Family links:
Parents:
Austin E Cogburn (1900 - 1980)

Siblings:
Jo Ann Cogburn Fenley (1924 - 2009)*
Peggy Jean Cogburn (1932 - 1933)*
Carroll Ray Cogburn (1935 - 1989)

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Linscomb Cemetery
Orange
Orange County
Texas, USA
DAVID LEON COLWELL
August 11, 1956
March 12, 2016
CLASS OF 1974
MICHAEL R. COMER  
January 10, 1958
December 19, 2014
CLASS OF 1977
DAVID LEON COLWELL
CLASS OF 1974

A memorial service for David Leon Colwell, 59, of Gainesville, are set for 10:00 AM Monday, March 21, 2016
at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with the pastor Dennis Perry officiating.

David was born on August 11, 1956 in Gainesville to William Douglas and Leona M. (Henson) Colwell. He
passed away March 12, 2016 in Denison.

He is survived by mother Leona Pardus of Gainesville; daughter Sharon McKinney and her husband Quintin
of Gainesville; son David Colwell and his wife Lindsay of Gainesville; step-son George Gilbert and his wife
Christie of Callisburg; twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother
Bill Colwell and his wife Debbie of Gainesville; brother Michael Colwell and his fiance Tammy Price of
Gainesville; sister Juanita Barnett and her husband Juan Alba of Reno, NV; former wife Heidi Bevers of
Lubbock; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother Darrel Colwell; and brother Jerry Colwell.