March 11, 1945
June 6, 2007
CLASS OF 1963
CLASS OF 1963
Graveside services for Wayne Eaton, 62, of Gainesville is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery
with Rev. Duke Dowling officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son
Funeral Home of Gainesville. Mr. Eaton died June 6, 2007, at his residence.
He was born March 11, 1945, in Muenster to Lee Roy and Lillie Cagle Eaton. He was a graduate of Gainesville
High School and was a participant in sports activities at the Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of the
Gainesville Riding Club and was an honorably discharged member of the Texas National Guard. He owned
and operated his own business, Wayne Eaton Construction Company.
Survivors include his daughters, Judi Eaton Kemp and Juli Eaton, both of Gainesville; six grandchildren;
brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Linda Eaton of Gainesville; and sister, Mollie Eaton of Gainesville.
Wayne leaves other family members and friends in Henderson to cherish his memory. Visitation will be at
the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club Athletic Program; 315 E. Hird St.; Gainesville,
|JOE ELZIE EDINGTON
August 3, 1945
October 6, 1990
CLASS OF 1964
|MELVIN RALPH EDINGTON
October 27, 1938
May 25, 2005
CLASS OF 1957
|BRYAN MACK ELDREDGE
November 27, 1965
June 21, 2012
CLASS OF 1984
|MELVIN RALPH EDINGTON 1938-2005
Melvin Ralph Edington, 66-year-old Gordonville resident, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at his home. He
was born October 27, 1938, in Coatsville, Texas, the son of Elzie and Grace Edington. On January 9, 1986,
he married Alicia Martinez of Gordonville. He has been a beloved father, husband, and papa to his 6
children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A 1957 graduate of Gainesville High School, he worked
in the oil field for 45 years and enjoyed being outdoors, and working in his garden. He was a devoted
Christian, and attended services at the Spring Grove Church of Christ in Gainesville.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. in Huff Funeral Home. Graveside
followed at Mt. Tabor in Gordonville with Billy Miller officiating. Arrangements were under Huff Funeral
Home in Whitesboro.
Survivors include his wife, Alicia Edington; children, Mark Edington of Sherwood Shores; Lori Noggler and
husband, Bobby of Callisburg; Mike Edington of Sherwood Shores; Matt Edington and wife, Amy of
Thackerville, Oklahoma; Pamela Penn, and husband, Justin of Iowa Park; Anette Edington of Gordonville; 8
grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was from 7-8 p.m. Friday at Huff Funeral Home.
|BRYAN MACK ELDREDGE 1965-2012
GAINESVILLE - Funeral services for Bryan Mack Eldredge, 46, will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012, at 10
a.m. at the Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Whitesboro, with Rev. Rick Carney and Rev Roy Duff officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Sadler Cemetery.Family visitation will be held on Sunday, June 24, from
6 -7 p.m. at the funeral home. He passed away on June 21, 2012 in Plano.
Bryan was born on November 27, 1965, in Sherman to Jimmie Mack and Pat (Harshbarger) Eldredge of
Sadler, Texas. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1984. He was also a graduate of the
Automotive Technology Program at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas. Bryan was a hard
worker throughout his lifetime. He began working with a paper route at the age of 11 and also mowed
lawns. He also worked at service stations for many years. Following his graduation at U.T.I., he worked for
Johnson Motor Co. and Glen Polk Auto Company. For three years he worked with his father at the Shallow
Well oil field company in Electra, Texas. He was currently employed at the Chaparral Energy Oil Company.
He was a natural mechanic and loved working on cars. He was a long-time resident of Gainesville, Texas with
the exception of his employment in Electra. He was a member of FBC Gainesville.
He is survived by his parents, Jimmie Mack and Pat Eldredge of Sadler; siblings, Sheryl Voth and husband
Glenn, Terry Eldredge and wife Debi, Lyresa Descoteau and husband Bernie, and D'Andrea Haydel and
husband Dave; 13 nieces and nephews; 17 great-nieces and nephews; and one great-greatnephew.
Pallbearers will be Chris Jones, Cory Jones, Cody Bradshaw, Caleb Bradshaw, Tim Eldredge, and James
|VEDA "ELLIOT" SIMMONS 1947-2007
Veda Simmons was born on January 8, 1947, in Gainesville, Texas, to proud parents, Tom and Dorothy
Elliott. She attended Gainesville High School where she graduated in 1965 and continued her education at
the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated in 1969 and began work at Gainesville
Memorial Hospital. In 1974, Veda wed Larry Simmons, also of Gainesville. Mrs. Simmons died on July 31,
2007, at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Tom and Dorothy Elliott; sister, Dorothy “Porky”
Elliott; grandmother, Ethel Hale; two uncles, R.S. Hall and Duane Robison; aunt, Paulene Robison; cousins,
Bonnie Brooks, W.B. Hodgkinson and Mark Robison. Survivors include her husband, Larry Simmons;
daughter, Sherida Hibbard; brother, Merlin “Shorty” Wilson and his wife, Lorene of Gainesville; brother-in-
law, John Simmons and his wife, Shirley; two uncles, Donald Robison and Dale Robison and his wife, Bobby
of Sanger; two aunts, Delphi Hall and Mary Lou Robison; five nephews, Randy Wilson and his wife, Robin,
Kenny Wilson, Donny Wilson and his wife, Darla, Thomas Wilson, Lacy Shotwell and his wife, Karen; one
niece, Sharon Forney and her husband, Dean; nine great-nephews, Kasey Kuykendall, Dustin Wilson, Colton
Wilson, Kirk Wilson, Kinzy Wilson, Damon and Brent Foster, Brian and Doug Shotwell; two great-nieces,
Cheyenne and Demi Wilson; three great-great-nephews, Seth and Dawson Foster, Rowdy Kuykendall and
Veda was active in the nursing community through the Texas Nursing Association where she served as
President of District 13, as well as serving as president of her college alumnae association at St. Joseph.
She also served as president of the Cooke County RN/LVN Society for several years. She was involved with
the PTA at McMurray Elementary, as well as Gainesville Junior High and High School, Site-Based Decision
Making Committee at Gainesville Junior High, supported the Band Boosters and the Electric Red Dance
Team parents, as well as being the “drama mama” for the UIL One Act Play students. She touched
countless lives through her work in the emergency room at Gainesville Memorial Hospital, now North Texas
Medical Center. She served as the night supervisor at Gainesville Memorial Hospital prior to the move to the
new location. She loved spoiling all of her great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nephews. Her
generosity overflowed into the surrounding area each Christmas when she organized and collected gifts for
needy families. Anyone who knew Veda would undoubtedly say that she had a heart for helping people. She
was greatly loved by many and will be missed not only by family and friends, but also by the patients,
nurses and doctors at the hospital as well.
Services for Veda will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Whaley United Methodist Church.
Former hospital chaplain Rev. Hubert Wright will be conducting the service under the direction of the Geo. J.
Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in
Veda’s name to the St. Joseph Alumnae Association Nursing Scholarship fund. Donations can be made out
to St. Joseph Alumnae Association and sent to 3574 Cromart Court North; Fort Worth, TX 76133.
January 8, 1947
July 31, 2007
CLASS OF 1965
|WANDA ELKINS BRITTON
November 19, 1928
August 13, 2013
CLASS OF 1946
|WANDA ELKINS BRITTON (November 19, 1928-August 13, 2013)
CLASS OF 1946
Born to George and Agnes Elkins on Nov. 19, 1928, and passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in
Gainesville at the age of 84.
She graduated Gainesville High School in 1946. After attending business college in Dallas, she worked
at the Haggar Company. Upon returning to Gainesville, she became a legal secretary for the late
Judge Carroll Sullivant until 1951. She married Arch Dale Britton, Jr. on Nov. 15, 1950, in Gainesville
where she resided the rest of her life. She and Dale raised four children, Arch Dale Britton III, Ann
Sorrenson Spinks, Paula Lynn Britton and Mark Lamar Britton.
Wanda was a member of Whaley Methodist Church. The Brittons were named “Family of the Year.”
She served on the Board of Education; as a Sunday School teacher; and Vacation Bible School director.
She was the secretary for the Pines and Plains Brangus Breeders Association for 10 years.
Wanda was very active politically for many years. She became the Cooke County coordinator for the
following state campaigns: Gov. Dolph Brisco, the Rep. Charles Stenholm and State Sen. Jay
Brummett. From 1972 — 1978 she served in the 22nd senatorial district for the State Democratic
Executive Committee. She was also a member of the following Texas state committees: the Rules
Committee, Resolutions Committee, Affirmative Action Sub-Committee and as vice-chairperson of
the State Credential Committee. From 1997 — 1998, she was Democratic chairperson for Cooke
County. She was vice-president of the Texas Democratic Women for one term.
Wanda was also a past member of the Garden Study Club, the Thursday Book Club and the
organizational committee for the Littlest Angel program. She was president of the PTA for McMurry
She is survived by her daughter, Ann: grandchildren, Janine Blakeborough and Daniel Sorrenson; and
great-grandchildren, Ella Briann and Connor Reed Blakeborough.
Services were held privately on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Geo. J. Carroll & Son
|BAILEY MARCUS ELY
CLASS OF 1970
Birth: December 13, 1951
Death: December 24, 2001
D: Ft.Worth, Tx. Buried: 12/28/01
Note: Survived by wife Kathy Ely
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Maintained by: David McConnell
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Feb 17, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6190822
September 17, 1949
July 1, 2009
CLASS OF 1969
|BAILEY MARCUS ELY
December 13, 1951
December 24, 2001
CLASS OF 1970
September 13, 1949
March 23, 1997
CLASS OF 1968
|DEAN LESLIE EIKMAN
CLASS OF 1969
Birth: Sep. 17, 1949
Death: Jul. 1, 2009
Dean was 59, of Sherman, a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, who died at his
Survivors include his daughter, mother, sister and brother-in-law, and several nieces, aunts and uncles.
December 4, 1935
September 19, 2002
|MARION WENDELL EDINGTON (December 4, 1935 - September 19, 2002)
Birth: Dec. 4, 1935
Death: Sep. 19, 2002
Linda Kay Edington (1950 - 1993)
Plot: Division G, lot 79
|BILLY PAT EBERHART
July 13, 1955
July 3, 2016
CLASS OF 1973
May 09, 1950
January 02, 2017
CLASS OF 1968
|BILLY PAT EBERHART (July 13, 1955-July 3, 2016)
CLASS OF 1973
No services are scheduled for Billy Pat Eberhart, 60, of Leon, OK who passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at
A lifelong cattle rancher, he was born July 13, 1955 in Gainesville, TX, the son of Walter Anthony Eberhart
and Billie June Lambert Eberhart.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
He is survived by a son, Roudy Eberhart of Gainesville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Sue
Eberhart, also of Gainesville, and Tim and Erin Eberhart of Canton, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Joanie and
Jon Price, also of Canton; and two grandchildren, Molly Eberhart and Abby Eberhart of Callisburg, TX.
Arrangements are under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, Marietta.
Online guest book: Wattsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Gainesville Daily Register
Services by Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home
|GEORGE ELLIS (May 09, 1950 - January 02, 2017)
CLASS OF 1968
George was born on May 9, 1950 in Gainesville, TX to George Ellis Sr. and Mary Hedrick. He passed away in
the hospital on January 2, 2017.
He was a Vietnam Veteran and truly our hero. He enjoyed fishing and working with computers. He loved his
children more than anything in this world and his grandchildren even more. The world isn't going to be the
same without him, he will be truly missed.
He is survived by his four children whom all reside in Gainesville, TX: Daughter Brenda Smith and her
husband Jeff Smith, Son Christopher Ellis and his wife Rachel Ellis, Son Eric Ellis and his fiancé Lynda Joyce,
Daughter Melissa Ellis and her fiancé Craig Krones; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is
also survived by his brother Lester Ellis and his wife Debbie of Lake Charles, LA; and numerous Aunts,
Uncles and Cousins.
with Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating.A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21,
2017 at Tabernacle Baptist Church