CLASS OF 1982
Kevin Kite, beloved son of Alton and Wanda Kite of Gainesville died on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the age of
45. He was born on January 3, 1964 in Denton, and was the only child of Alton and Wanda Kite. Kevin
graduated from Gainesville High School in 1982. He attended North Central Texas College and the University
of North Texas.
Kevin enjoyed a career in the hotel/motel business. Over the years, he worked at the Mansion in Dallas, the
Doubletree Hotel and the Peabody in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also spent some time working for Comcast.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas. He spent many years as a
greeter there. Kevin's ability to make that human connection with people made the job as a greeter so
perfect for him.
Kevin had a passion for current events, reading, art, and writing. He had even written a manuscript that is
unpublished. He brought much joy to those around him and anyone who ever met or spent much time with
him, could spend hours talking with him. Even though he brought so much to this world, he was still
somehow not happy here and has now gone on to a place of happiness and peace.
He is survived by his parents Alton and Wanda Kite, aunts and uncles Betty and J.E. Carson of Decatur,
LaRue Kite Rogers of Alpine, Oleta Madden of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Helen Kite of Paris, and many
A Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in
Gainesville, with a reception to follow at the church. The service will be conducted by Father Michael
Merriman of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration of Dallas, with the Rev. Don Yeager of the First
United Methodist Church in Gainesville assisting. Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll
& Son Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that you consider donations to the Episcopal Church of the
Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, Tx. 75254-8622 or the charity of your choice.
Services for Velva Koebelen, 85, will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the First
Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Hare officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the
direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be held before the service from 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, TX.
Mrs. Koebelen passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012, in Gainesville.
She was born August 28, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Bernard and Mabel Eggleston O’Hara. She
grew up in Tuttle, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, OK, where she
received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She also attended Texas Women’s University where she
pursued a masters degree. She married Lloyd Koebelen August 5, 1951, in Lone Wolf, OK. They moved to
Texas in1952 and have resided in Gainesville since 1959. Mrs. Koebelen taught high school Vocational Home
Economics for 43 years. She taught at Lone Wolf, OK, Gainesville, Collinsville, and Callisburg. She retired
from teaching in July of 1993. While living in Gainesville, she sponsored the Future Homemakers of
America, and was a teacher trainer for student teachers at Texas Women’s University and North Texas
University. She was a charter member of Vocational Home Economics Teachers of Texas and served on the
State Advisory Council for many years. Velva was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, V.F.W. Auxilliary,
Post 1922, and former Camp Fire Girls leader. She was a beloved member and faithful servant of First
Presbyterian Church. She sang in the choir for many years and was a charter member of Mariners and a life
time member of Presbyterian Women.
She is survived by daughters, Loy Ann Richardson; Jan Autry and husband Corie. Grandsons: Patrick, Ryan,
and Kevin Richardson and Matthew Autry, all of Gainesville. Brothers and sisters-in-law: Max and Florence O’
Hara of El Reno, OK and Forrest and Loretta O’Hara of Tuttle, OK; sister-in-law,Ida Lou Melot of
Weatherford, OK. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
|RACHEL KILE (1956-1991)
Services for Rachel Kile Chaney, 34, of Norman, Okla., will be Friday at 2 p.m. in Custer city Baptist Church
with the Rev. Ronnie Conyers, paster, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Mrs. Chaney died Tuesday,Feb. 12, 1991, in St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City.
She was born Feb. 16, 1956, in Gainesville to E.T. and Arindia Blankenship Kile. She was a 1974 graduate of
Gainesville High School. She married Benny Chaney on May 24, 1974, in Gainesville and moved [to] Marlow,
Okla. In recent years she had resided in Norman. She was a Baptist.
Surviving are her husband, Benny Chaney of Norman; parents Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Kile of Gainesville; sister
Equita Silmon of Gainesville; brothers James McDonnell of Joshua and Clifton McDonnell of Fort Worth;
grandmother Ela Blankenship of Gainesville; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Visitation is Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
|ALLISON EUGENE KERR
July 11, 1950
November 19, 1984
CLASS OF 1968
|RACHEL "KILE" CHANEY
February 16, 1956
February 12, 1991
CLASS OF 1974
January 11, 1950
July 8, 1984
CLASS OF 1968
September 6, 1943
June 1, 2002
CLASS OF 1962
|JAMES BOYD KING
December 4, 1948
September 5, 2007
CLASS OF 1967
August 28, 1926
August 15, 2012
November 22, 1939
August 9, 1990
CLASS OF 1957
January 3, 1964
June 4, 2009
CLASS OF 1982
July 21, 1947
NOVEMBER 19, 2004
CLASS OF 1965
|KEITH GRICE KING
October 23, 1957
February 6, 2015
CLASS OF 1976
|KEITH GRICE KING
October 23, 1957 - February 6, 2015
CLASS OF 1976
Keith Grice King, 57, of Gainesville died Friday, February 6, 2015 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.
Services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Chapel
with Rev. Don Yeager officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Graveside burial will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill King, Karl King, Dave Stark, Brian Davis, Robert Boone, Dee
Blanton, Bob Chaloupecky and Rod Tyler.
Keith Grice King was born October 23, 1957 in Gainesville to William R. “Bill” and Margaret Jo
(Lynch) King. Keith was a lifetime resident of Gainesville and Cooke County. He was the
Owner/Publisher/Editor of The Weekly News of Cooke County. He was a long-time member of
Whaley United Methodist Church, of Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1976,
where he excelled at journalism and played trombone with the marching, concert and stage bands.
He served as Drum Major during his junior and senior years. In addition, he was a member of The
National Honor Society. After high school, he attended Cooke County Junior College and North Texas
State University. Prior to launching The Weekly News of Cooke County, he was employed by
Children’s Hospital of Dallas in their Public Relations Department. He also owned and operated King’
s 1-Hour Photo for nearly 15 years in both Gainesville and Sherman. In his younger days he worked
for a variety of places like New York Life, Gainesville Daily Register, Tyler and Simpson Company,
and Gainesville Memorial Hospital.
He was President of the NCTC Ex-students and Friends Association, a current board member of the
NCTC Foundation and VISTO where he tried to give back to the community. He was a former
member of the Gainesville Downtown Merchants and the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. He had
served as Secretary of the Gainesville Optimist Club and served on the Whaley United Methodist
Board of Trustees. He loved spending time with his five grandchildren. He was an avid golfer,
accomplished musician, accomplished photographer, and a life-long fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He
enjoyed debating politics, listening to Chicago and watching Star Trek. He could recite verbatim
many popular and obscure dialogs from his favorite movies. He played Trombone in The King-Austin
trio for many years with Marcus and Jane Austin.
Keith Grice King is survived by his mother, Margaret Jo King and her husband, Richard Stark; son
and daughter-in law, Grice and Nikki King; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Latresa King; brother
and sister-in-law, Karl King and Floy Jackson; five grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins,
step-siblings, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. “Bill” King Sr.
May 9, 1963
June 13, 1980
CLASS OF 1981
|KENNETH LLOYD KING
December 20, 1934
March 20, 2007
CLASS OF 1953
|KENNETH LLOYD KING
CLASS OF 1953
KENNETH LLOYD KING December 20, 1934 - March 20, 2007 Ken died peacefully on March 20, 2007,
surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends. He was born on December 20, 1934, just
outside Pilot Point, Texas. Shortly after, he and his family moved to Gainesville, where Ken grew up and
went to school. A lover of sports, he played both basketball and football at Gainesville High School, where he
graduated in 1953. He enlisted in the army, and earned a competitive appointment to the United States
Military Academy and at West Point, New York. He graduated in 1960 as an officer in the field artillery
reaching the grade of Captain. In 1965, Ken went to the University of Virginia School of Law. He started his
law practice as a member of the law firm Donavan and Lesure on Wall Street. Following a career path, he
came to Texas as a member of Coke and Coke Law Firm. He later became a senior partner of Sullivan and
Jones Law Firm in San Diego. Kens heart has always been in Texas, especially Cooke County, so he returned
in the late 1990s and has remained with his family and friends ever since. He will always be remembered for
his compassion for the powerless, for which he gave of his time and talents to help and support, an
outgrowth of this long involvement with the Chrisian Cursillo movement. In his later years, his energy was
invested in spiritual growth and service, which he cultivated in Bible study groups, as a lector and Parish
council member at St. MaryÆs Catholic Church. Weekly, he went to the T.Y.C., where he taught the juvenile
inmates abut the Christian faith. Ken contributed his time to Rotary, North Texas Central College Board of
Regents and other contributions to his community that was never public knowledge. Ken is preceded in
death by his father, Travis King; his step-father Louis Roberg; and his son, Kenneth Jr. Survivors include his
mother, Ola Roberg; his wife, Kaye Briscoe King of Gainesville; his daughter, Kim King Bradley and
son-in-law, Allen of Gainesville; his son, Bradley Walker Hall and his daughter-in-law, LaFerne Hall; his
daughter, Kelly Glasgow and his son-in-law, William of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Kendall Pierce and his
son-in-law, John of Rockwall, Texas. Ken is blessed with ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a
multitude of cousins. At 7 p.m. Friday, there will be an informal wake service at St. MaryÆs Church. At 8
p.m., or following the Wake Service, there will be a ôCelebration of Life Receptionö at St. MaryÆs Parish Hall
where eveyone is welcome who knew and loved Ken. It will be a time to celebrate KenÆs life and share
stories and memories. The following day, March 24, 2007, there will be a funeral mass at St. Marys Catholic
Church at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll &
Son Funeral Home of Gainesville. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Pat Murphy, O.S.A. Pallbearers are
Ronnie Herr, Tommy Herr, Brad Hall, Glenn Loch, Ed Thomas, Phil Adams, Frank Morris, and Ben Hatcher.
Honorary pallbearers are Charles Draper, the Rev. Canon Ted Nelson, Judge John Morris, Eddie Hadlock, Mike
King, Terry Herrmann, Bruce Claycomb, and Bruce Turner. Memorial contributions may be made to the North
Central Texas Foundation; 1525 West California Street; Gainesville or Cooke County Friends of the Family;
114 N. Dixon St.; Gainesville or Home Hospice of Cooke County; P.O. Box 936; Gainesville.
|GRADY WAYNE KIDD
November 29, 2015
CLASS OF 1960
|GRADY WAYNE KIDD
CLASS OF 1960
Grady was born on May 16, 1942 and passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015.
Grady was a resident of Gainesville, Texas at the time of his passing.
He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1960.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Solaris Hospice 101 E. California St. Gainesville TX