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LISA "MURRAY" NEU
June 1, 1961
April 23, 2003
CLASS OF 1979
RHONDA K. "MURRAY"
SIMMONS
June 14, 1962
October 29, 2008
CLASS OF 1980
RHONDA K. "MURRAY" SIMMONS
CLASS OF 1980

Whitesboro — The Angels came for Rhonda today, Oct. 29, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. She was a
loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, but her
memory will remain in our hearts for a lifetime. Rhonda was born June 14, 1962 in Gainesville to Ronnie and
Nancy (Melton) Murray. She was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker.

She leaves behind daughters, Kadi Jo Tolleson of Whitesboro and Tanner Jo Tolleson of Whitesboro;
husband, Cotton Simmons of Whitesboro; grandchildren, Lisa, Lexi and Levi; parents, Ronnie and Nancy
Murray of Gainesville; grandmother, Kathleen Melton of Gainesville; special niece, Lyndsy Murray of
Gainesville and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lisa Murray Neu, grandmother, Jewell Murray
grandfathers, Billy Melton and Osie Murray.

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Clement-Keel Chapel with Brother Joe Patterson of Central Baptist Church
in Whitesboro officiating.Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be tonight from 7 to 8 p.m.
at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Truman Case, Kenny Ing, Nathan Weddel, Randal Hall, Darrin Smith and Billy Joe Paueur.
ROBERT DALE MURRAY
November 19, 1964
June 24, 2003
CLASS OF 1982
ALMA LOU "NELSON" HILL
CLASS OF 1951

HOUSTON — Alma Lou Nelson Hill, 78, of Houston, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.  She was born Nov.
20, 1933, and was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Michael Hill; parents, J. R. and Eunice Nelson of
Woodbine; and brothers, Robert Irving Nelson, James Edward Nelson and Carroll Everett Nelson.

Alma graduated from Gainesville High School in 1951, and North Texas State University in Denton, with a
Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1963.  Alma married Jack Michael Hill on Sept. 20, 1951, in
Gainesville. They moved to Houston in 1964, where they raised their children and celebrated 52 years of
marriage.  Alma’s first teaching position was in Argyle. Once in Houston she taught at Spring Branch
Elementary where she touched children’s lives for over 35 years, including substitute teaching after
retirement. Her enthusiasm for reading and nature was a blessing for Spring Branch Elementary gardens
and habitats. Her kind guidance and patient way of leading children to do the right thing will be remembered
by many. She earned the designation of “Master Teacher” and received numerous awards and recognitions,
including “Teacher of the Year” and lifetime membership awarded by the
PTA.

Alma devoted countless hours of faithful service to many organizations, including belonging to the Lottie
Moon Chapter of Eastern Star in Gainesville; being a Chapter Mom of her son’s DeMolay chapter in Houston;
membership to the Rebecca Crockett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and being a
longtime Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Spring Branch.
Her appreciation of life and simple beauty of nature brought those around her to see the grandness of
simplicity. She taught us all to be giving, loving and more accepting. She always left a place better than
when she entered it, usually with a grace for gardening. Poetry writing was a special insight into her
appreciation of life and will stay as a legacy for her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren for many
years to come.

Alma, a loving and devoted mother, is survived by two children, daughter, Cathy Hill Gabriel with son-in-law
Larry Gabriel, and son, Michael Nelson Hill with daughter-in-law Janice Petty Hill. Three grandchildren were
honored with her love: Christina Gabriel Hattenbach and her husband Sean Hattenbach, Robert Michael Hill
with fiancé Kaitlin Speer, and Thomas Nelson Hill; and one great-grandson, Robert Ahren Hattenbach. Sister-
in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins are all grieving her passing.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Terrace United Methodist Church
on Wirt Road in Houston. A visitation will be held at Geo. J. Carroll and Son funeral home in Gainesville,
Texas from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb.
16, 2012, with interment to follow at the Nelson Grove Cemetery in Woodbine.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Nelson Grove Cemetery, 7729 FM 678,
Gainesville, TX 76240.
BRADLEY J NEU 1973-2011

Bradley J. Neu formerly of Gainesville passed away on August 26, 2011 at UMC Lubbock, TX at the age of
38. Brad was born on April 6, 1973 in Gainesville to Denis and Connie Van Hoorebeke Neu.

Brad attended St. Mary's from kindergarten through 8th grade graduating from GHS in 1991. During high
school he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1996 he received his BS from Texas Tech followed by an MBA
in 2001, a Master of Science in 2002 and a Master of Education from Lubbock Christian in 2008.
Brad has been the recipient of many awards for his teaching efforts including: The Albert Einstein
Distinguished Educator Fellowship Award in 2002, Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science
Teaching in 2003, Texas Outstanding Science Educator Award in 2007, The Texas Society of Professional
Engineers Visioneer Award in 2008 and the Beaumont Foundation Excellence in Education Award in May of
this year.
Passionate is the word we use for the way Brad regarded education especially the sciences. At the time of
his death he was teaching physics, astronomy and robotics at Lubbock High. He loved his fellow teachers
and his students and they loved him as evidenced by all the visits, messages and cards he received during
his brief illness.

Bradley is survived by his parents Denis and Connie, his sister Lori Neu and beloved nephew Ashton Neu.
Also surviving him are aunts and uncles Jeanne and Rupert Hoenig, Helen Jones, Patsy and Maurus Rohmer,
Clara Mae Taylor, Stella and Wilson Stinnett, Shirley and Bob Dorsch, David and Phyllis Neu, Donna and Bob
Boschert , Jan Van Hoorebeke, and a whole host of cousins. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents
George and Jimmie Van Hoorebeke and Ted and Agnes Neu, uncle Michael Neu and aunt Carol Ann Neu.

A Rosary and visitation will be at 7PM on Mon. Aug. 29th at Geo J Carroll Funeral Home with funeral services
to be held on Tues. Aug. 30th 10AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jim
Pemberton and Fr. Victor Cruz. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.Pallbearers will beLouie
Hilliard,Colby Sharp, Brad Herr, David Mark Rohmer, Keith Hoedebeck and Ronnie Prescher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brad Neu Scholarship Fund at the First State Bank, PO Box 10,
Gainesville, TX 76241-0010. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student with an interest in
science.
MICHAEL G. NEWTON
CLASS OF 1965

G. Michael Newton passed away on November 5, 2008. He was 62 years old.

Mike attended Gainesville High-school, lettering in football, basketball and track and graduated in 1965. He
attended East Central University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship and graduated in 1969 with a BS in
Business Administration. He later attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

Mike enjoyed a 28 year professional career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and
enjoyed his consulting work after his retirement. He was able to enjoy travel with his job and on motorcycle
trips throughout the US, Canada, Alaska and Europe.

He is preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Jack and Mildred Newton and two brothers, Jackie and
Larry Newton. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy Newton of Plano, his son, Jeff of San Antonio, his daughter
Amy also of Plano and his brother Danny Newton of Denison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for G. Michael Newton may be made payable to: MDA-ALS Research Fund,
Methodist Neurological Institute, 6560 Fannin, Suite 802, Houston, TX 77030.
BILLY NEAL
September 6, 1939
April 1977
CLASS OF 1957
SANDRA LEE "NEAL"
WALKER
November 23, 1939
July 1, 2008
CLASS OF 1957
SANDRA LEE "NEAL" WALKER
CLASS OF 1957

SULPHUR, Okla. — Sandra Lee Neal-Walker, a resident of Sulphur, was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Gainesville to
Margie Belle Starns Neal and Robert Oscar Neal. She died July 1, 2008, at Sulphur, Okla., at the age of 68
years, seven months and eight days.

She grew up and attended schools in Gainesville. She became interested in nursing and became a candy
striper at age 12 at the old M&S Hospital in Gainesville. After high school, she attended M&S Nursing School
with her mother and they received their LVN degrees. She furthered her education at Murray State College
in Tishomingo, Okla., where she received her RN degree. She was a nursing supervisor in Durant, Okla., and
then worked at the Veterans Hospital in Sulphur, the health department in Tishomingo, was head surgical
nurse in Oklahoma City and was head nurse in the physical and surgery unit in Springfield, Mo. Recently, she
worked for the Area Council on Aging and spent her time volunteering for the local hospital in Gainesville,
North Central Texas College as well as Home Hospice of Cooke County.

She enjoyed many hours of cameraderie with her many friends at her apartment community, Summit
Senior Village. She had great appreciation for travel and was always ready to share her many treasured
memories, and was eager to hear about others’ travels. She was a voracious reader and spent many days
and nights lost in one story line or another. She was proud of her family and loved hearing about each of
their lives. Every phone call or visit from her family brought a smile to her face. She also had an amazing
knack for remembering names, places and events. She was not only blessed with a gift to gab, being able to
talk to anyone about anything, but she was an attentive listener who would make anyone feel special.
Memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church, Home Hospice of Cooke County, Indian Territory
Hospice in Sulphur, Okla., First Baptist Church in Roff, Okla., or the charity of their choice.

She is survived by: Sons and their wives, Stanley and Kerri Day of Talequah, Okla., and Kevin and Vickie Day
of Tishomingo, Okla.; daughter and her husband, Kandy and Todd Byrd of Sulphur, Okla.; sister Barbara
Harden of Gainesville; sister and her husband Dot and Joe Jirasek of Midwest City, Okla.; brother and his
wife, Don and Judy Neal of Lake Kiowa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-grandchild
due in September; and many loving family and friends too numerous to list.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Monday at Temple Baptist Church in Gainesville with her nephew,
Randy Harden, officiating. Music is to be provided by her nephew, Ronnie Harden.
RICHARD NARRAMORE
DOB pending
October 20, 1989
CLASS OF 1966
JIMMY NEELY
February 29, 1944
November 16, 1965
CLASS OF 1962
BRADLEY J. NEU
April 6, 1973
August 26, 2011
CLASS OF 1991
BRANDY MICHELLE NEU   
September 10, 1974
January 7, 2012
CLASS OF 1995
BRANDY MICHELLE NEU  (September 10, 1974-January 7, 2012)
CLASS OF 1995

Funeral arrangements for Brandy Neu, 37, of Gainesville, are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral
Memorial services for Brandy Neu, 37, of Gainesville are set for Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation to follow the service.

She is survived by her father Glenn Neu of Azel and her mother Gloria Neu of Gainesville.

Log on to geojcarroll.com to view the full obit and sign the online registry.
JEAN "NEWLAND" BLAGG
CLASS OF 1957

LEWISVILLE — Memorial service for Jean Blagg, 67, of Lewisville is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clement-
Keel Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville with Rev. J.L. Williams, of Pastoral Ministries and First Baptist
Church in Gainesville.

Mrs. Blagg died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at Gainesville Convalescent Center.

She was born March 25, 1939, in Denison to Cecil and Grace (Jennings) Newland. She graduated from
Gainesville I.S.D. and later Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She worked for more than 20 years in
Dallas for Harris Corp. in Human Resources.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Kathy Blagg of San Marcos, Jeff Blagg of
Watauga, and Randy Blagg of The Colony; four grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Joyce Fisher of
Brenham, and Jo Ann and Joe Cravens of Nederland.

Visitation will follow the memorial service at the funeral home.
JEFF NEU
October 29, 1960
April 19, 1997
CLASS OF 1979
SALLY "NELSON"  O’BRIEN
CLASS OF 1978

Sally Nelson O'Brien, 53, passed away at home on
Friday, November 22, 2013 in Durham, NC.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday,
December 1, at 2 o'clock p.m. at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd.,
Durham, NC 27705. After the service, there will
be a gathering for fellowship, remembrance, and
reflection at Metro 8, 743 Ninth Street, Durham,
NC 27705.

Sally was born in Wooster, OH on August 2, 1960
to Maxine and Tom Nelson, of Ludlow, Pa., who
survive. Also surviving is her husband, Larry
O'Brien and her two daughters, Jessica Blakely
and Amy Blakely, also of Durham, NC; two
sisters, Gwen Nelson (Mike) Bengfort of The
Woodlands, TX and Patty Nelson (Chris) Merrifield
of Atlanta, GA; and niece, Maggie Merrifield.

She attended schools in Charleston, WV,
Gainesville, TX, and Houston, TX. She received
her B.A. degree in Modern Dance from Sam
Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Sally was a certified personal trainer and fitness
coach. She enjoyed her music, literature,
cooking, and being with her family and her many
dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial
contributions in Sally's name be made to the
YMCA Lakewood, 2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham,
NC 27707 or to a church or charity of the donor's
choice.
SALLY "NELSON"  O’BRIEN
August 2, 1960
November 22, 2013
CLASS OF 1978
DENIS A NEU
July 31, 1952
November 16, 2013
CLASS OF 1970
DENIS A NEU  (July 31, 1952 - November 16, 2013)
CLASS OF 1970

Denis A Neu passed away Nov 16, 2013 at Renaissance Care Center after a 41/2 year battle with cancer.
Denis was born July 31,1952 to Ted and Agnes Hermes Neu. He attended Subiaco Academy graduating from
GHS in 1970. He married Connie Van Hoorebeke and to that marriage was born two children Brad and Lori
Neu. Denis was an employee at National Supply until the plant closed and at the time of his death had been
employed 27 years at Bell Helicopter.

Denis is survived by his loving wife Connie, daughter Lori and grandson Ashton. Also surviving are siblings
Jeanne Hoenig, Patsy and Maurus Rohmer, Stella and Wilson Stinnett, Shirley and Bob Dorsch, David and
Phyllis Neu, Donna Boschert, sister-in-laws Jan Van Hoorebeke and Clara Mae Taylor and numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents, his son Brad Neu, brother Michael Neu,
sisters Carol Ann Neu and Helen Neu Jones, nephews Jeff Neu and Bobby Hoenig.

The Rosary and visitation will be held at 6:30 Monday evening at George J Carroll with funeral services to be
held at 10 a.m. Tuesday November 19, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jim
Pemberton. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers are David Mark Rohmer, Brad Herr, Keith Hoedebeck, Chris Jones, Scott Hoenig and Danny
Hoenig. Memorial contributions in Denis Neu's name can be made to the Bradley J. Neu Memorial
Scholarship fund at First State Bank.
LARRY PAUL NEWTON
January 26, 1960
February 17, 1999
CLASS OF 1979
JEAN "NEWLAND"
BLAGG  
March 25, 1939
June 11, 2006
CLASS OF 1957
KELVIN GLENDALE NELSON
September 27, 1985
April 16, 2004
CLASS OF 2005
JUDY ANN NEELY BROCK
June 25, 1948
May 8, 2015
CLASS OF 1967
MICHAEL G. NEWTON
1945
November 5, 2008
CLASS OF 1965
ALMA LOU "NELSON" HILL
November 20, 1933
February 9, 2012
CLASS OF 1951
JUDY ANN NEELY BROCK
CLASS OF 1967

Judy Ann Brock went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, May 8, 2015. Judy was a lifelong resident of
Gainesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney M. Brock, Sr., and her parents, Ralph and
Frankie Neely. Judy is survived by her son Rodney M. Brock, Jr., and wife Tara, of Columbia, S.C., and son
Kevin Brock, wife Shana, and 3 grandchildren of Gainesville, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of
Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the entire
staff and management of River Valley Health and Rehab for the exceptional friendship, love, and care they
shared with Judy during her 12 years as coworker and employee and during her brief stay as resident these
past few weeks. Together with Dr. Sears, Solaris Hospice, Texas Oncology, and Gainesville Memorial, they
gave Judy a lovely foretaste of how it feels to be surrounded by angels. Memorials may be made to the
River Valley Helping Friends Foundation 1907 Refinery Rd. Gainesville, TX 76240. The online registry may be
signed at geojcarroll.com.
BARBARA ANN NEAL
HARDIN
December 2, 1933
October 11, 2016
CLASS OF 1952
BARBARA ANN NEAL HARDIN
CLASS OF 1952

Gainesville resident, Barbara Ann Hardin, passed away Tuesday, October 11,
2016 at Pecan Tree Health and Rehab Center. She was born on December 2,
1933 in Sherman, Texas, to Robert Oscar and Margie Bell (Starnes) Neal.
Barbara worked for many years at Joe Walter Lumber Company and was later
employed by Gainesville Memorial Hospital/North Texas Medical Center. She
was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church. Barbara loved her family and
enjoyed reading and traveling.

Funeral services are set for 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13th at Temple
Baptist Church with Dr. Eddie Chennault and Rev. Brandon Neal officiating
Interment will follow in New Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of
Meador Funeral Home, Gainesville. David Hardin, Trey Hardin, Alan Webster,
Cory Murphey, Brandy Hardin and Jeana Hardin will serve as pallbearers. There
will be a visitation from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. before the service at the church.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Charlene Hardin
of Pottsboro and Randy and Kathy Hardin of Gainesville; brother and
sister-in-law, Don and Judy Neal of Lake Kiowa; seven grandchildren, Amy
Webster of Pottsboro, David Hardin of Sulphur, OK, Brandy Hardin of
McKinney, Jeana Hardin of Gainesville, Trey Hardin of Gainesville, Kaitlynn
Hardin of Gainesville and Cory Murphey of Gainesville and thirteen
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters,
Dorothy Jirasek and Sandra Day and a grandson, Chad William Murphey.

Memorial donations may be made to Cooke County Home Hospice PO Box 936
Gainesville, TX
WILLIAM "BILL" CARROLL
NEELY
March 12, 1937
December 23, 2016
Class of 1955
WILLIAM "BILL" CARROLL NEELY (March 12, 1937-December 23, 2016)
Class of 1955

William "BILL"  Carroll Neely, class of 1955, Gainesville High School, passed away December 23, 2016 in
San Antonio, Texas.  He is survived by his wife, Betty, of only one month shy of their 60 year
anniversary.  Also survived by daughters, Carol Brown Dinkheller and Colleen Neely, and son Will Jr., 7
grandchildren and 6 great grand children .  No services planned
CORY PAUL NEILL
November 29, 2016
CLASS OF 2014
CORY PAUL NEILL
CLASS OF 2014

Memorial services for Cory Paul Neill, 21, of Goodrich, Texas, will be held
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in
Livingston, Texas with Bro. Steve Waldrep officiating.

Cory was born January 30, 1995 in Springdale, Arkansas to parents, Rodney
Neill and Deborah (Arnold) Freeman, and passed away November 29, 2016 in
Livingston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his aunt, Katie Arnold; and uncle,
Daniel Arnold.

He is survived by his mother and step-dad, Debbie and Joe Freeman of
Gainesville, Texas. His brothers Tyler Neill and JJ Freeman of Gainesville,
Texas, Blake Freeman of Marietta, Oklahoma and his sister Jasmine Freeman
of Marietta, Oklahoma. Maternal grandparents, Denise Arnold of Springdale,
Arkansas, and Perry Arnold of Mt Vernon, Missouri. Grandparents, Cindy and
James Freeman of Marietta, Oklahoma. His aunts Kimmie Arnold of
Springdale, Arkansas, Lynn Arnold of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Sarah
Chambers of Marietta, Oklahoma. His uncles Jimmy Freeman of Overbrook,
Oklahoma and Devin Chambers of Marietta, Oklahoma. His father, Rodney
Neill of Goodrich, Texas; paternal grandmother, Shirley Condel of Zavalla
Texas. Uncles Jimmy Neill of Montgomery, Texas and Cory Condel of
Livingston, Texas. Along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online
guestbook at www.cochranfh.com

There is a celebration of life being held on Saturday, January 21st from noon
to 4pm at the KC Hall in Gainesville at 1725 I-35. Everyone is welcome.
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