|ROY ARMSTEAD STAMPS
July 26, 1938
November 20, 2008
CLASS OF 1956
|ROY ARMSTEAD STAMPS, JR. 1938-2008
Roy Armstead Stamps, Jr., went to join the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 40
years, Sylvia Stamps, his sons, Trey and Cayce Stamps; his daughters, Renee McClure and Kitina Reid; his
sister, Sue Goodwin; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many cousins and even more friends.
Roy was born in Gainesville on July 26, 1938, to Roy and Rita Stamps. He entered show business at the age
of five as a clown in the Gainesville Community Circus. By the age of 14 he had a daily radio show on KGAF in
Gainesville. He was working there when Elvis Presley came to the minor league baseball field in Gainesville
in 1953. He graduated Gainesville High School and entered TCU in 1956, where he worked as a weekend disc
jockey at KNOK radio in Fort Worth through 1957. He took a two week job driving Sam Cooke and Jackie
Wilson on Rock & Roll tour in 1957. He worked nighttime mobile news at KXOL radio in Fort Worth in 1958
with Bob Shellfire in the news department and with George Carlin as the nighttime DJ. He left TCY in 1958 to
take a job as advertising manager of Vandervoorts Dairy. In 1959 he accepted an account executive
position with Mercer/Stephens Advertising. Due to Tommy Mercer’s relationship with Lamar Hunt, Roy was
able to promote the very first professional football game ever played in the American Football League,
between the Dallas Texans and the Denver Broncos in 1960. Ten months later Mercer closed the ad agency
and he was offered a sales job at KXOL. In Nov. of 1963, everyone at the station who had any on-air
experience was pressed into duty and expected to cover the visit of John F. Kenneddy to Fort Worth and
Dallas. For the next 11 years Roy enjoyed a degree of success promoting many concerts for acts like
Jefferson Airplane, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, O.C.
Smith, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, just to name a few. In 1973, he was one of three co-promoters for
Willie Nelson’s first 4th of July Picnic at Dripping Springs. In 1976, he started Texas Music Magazine which
after four issues ran out of money.
Disenchanted, he started J & R Construction with his brother-in-law where his love for pool design grew over
the next 10 years. In 1986 he returned to concert promotion and organized the largest Old Time Rock & Roll
Show since the 1950s. Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, Martha Reeves, Sam the Sham, Bruce
Chanell, Jewel Akins, The Chiffons, The Marcells, The Chantells and Lloyd Price, all backed with a 16 piece
band, hit the road with shows in Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. In June of 2003, Roy
became an integral part in putting together a “Newbury Gathering” in Austin where over 125 people from all
over the world came to honor Roy’s good friend, Mickey Newbury and his family. This event has turned into
an annual affair with the attendance in 2004 growing to over 150 entertainers offering their talent as a
tribute to Mickey.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Rita Stamps and several nephews.
Roy had a passion for music and the friends that music brought. He is loved by many and will be dearly
missed. A celebratory service will be held for him on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Arlington Hilton beginning at
3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. The family requests memorial requests to be sent to John
Kanzius, Cancer Research Foundation, 915 State Street, Erie, Pa. 16501.
|KERRY MICHAEL STANLEY
August 29, 1959
September 14, 2002
CLASS OF 1977
|CLASS OF 1944
Surrounded by family and friends, Frances Ann Stevens, 85, passed away in Gainesville on Wednesday, Oct.
24, 2012. Frances Ann's parents were William Wright and Bertha Mae Camp Stevens and was their
youngest child. She was born on Sept. 15, 1927.
Frances was a Stevens before she married Harry Stevens. Her father owned and was in business with
Stevens Cabinet Shop in Gainesville and was a local builder/contractor from 1920-1944. Frances Ann's life
presented several battles for her along the way that she fought with dignity. At the age of 3, she contacted
infantile paralysis, later known as polio. The family was quarantined for three months. One doctor told her
parents that he would have to put a brace on her and another doctor advised lots of exercise rather than a
brace. Her parents chose the latter and Frances Ann, with lots of exercising from swimming, tricycle, etc.,
believed for the rest of her life that her parents’ decision helped her live a normal life with her walking
ability until many years later. At Newsome Doughtery Memorial High School, Frances met Harry Stevens.
He was a Leopard first-string tight end and senior class president who was working at Leazer-Keel Funeral
Home part time and he won her heart. Frances Ann was in the Maroon Band. He graduated from Gainesville
High School in 1943 and she graduated in 1944. After graduation, she entered Draughon Business School in
Dallas in order to become a secretary at the age of 17. Harry joined the Army Air Corps.
Harry and Frances married in San Antonio where Harry was stationed at Lackland AFB, on San Jacinto Day,
April 21, 1945. They danced the night away in San Antonio to "San Antonio Rose," which became their
song. As World War II was gearing down, Harry was transferred to Alabama with the Army Air Corps and
Frances applied for a position with Governor Folsom of Alabama and got the job. She always spoke so highly
of her time with Governor Folsom and treasured the job reference he wrote for her the rest of her life.
However, at that time it was important to both of them to return to their roots in Gainesville as Harry had a
job waiting for him at Leazer/Keel Funeral Home.
He soon enrolled at Dallas School of Embalming to become a funeral director. Frances obtained a job with
Central Freight Lines as secretary. After their children Carol Ann and William Scott (Bill) were born, Frances
and Harry joined Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. Later, Frances worked for Odessa College, Tarrant
County Junior College, and North Central Texas College before retiring. She also served as President of the
Women's Rotary in Odessa. Upon retiring in 1994, Frances Ann and Harry moved to Lake Kiowa. Frances
loved to play bridge, and many of her former bridge players at Kiowa called her a bridge guru. She also
loved the gourmet cooking club and her gin rummy club while living there. Frances loved cooking for her
family and friends. Throughout her life she was an avid reader and worked daily crossword puzzles. She also
participated in the Ladies Swim Club in Gainesville. Frances, Harry and family were longtime members of
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. It can be said that Frances Ann Stevens never chose to tout any
accomplishments for herself. Success for her came wrapped in the accomplishments and successes of her
family. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Frances will always be remembered for her priceless
laugh. It made you laugh even if you did not know what was funny.
Frances Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, James and Carol Ann Stevens Hess of Muenster;
son-in-law, Bob Henley of Gainesville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Rob and Gina Henley, Kate
Raelyn and Lauren Elaine Henley of Lindsay; Jon and Helene Henley, Ava Nicole and Jon Wright Henley, Jr.;
Kathleen and Gary Muller, Garrett Kade and Trenton Jace Muller, all of Muenster; son and daughter-in-law,
Bill and Cindy Steven of Katy; grandchildren; Elizabeth Ann Stevens, and Lauren Michelle Stevens; her sister
Carol Kathleen Stevens Coughtry of Fort Worth; niece Carol Coughtry Sutton of Louisiana; nephew Lloyd S.
Coughtry, Jr. of California, great nephew, Steven Sutton and great niece, Jessie Sutton of Louisiana; close
family friends Jan VanHoorebeke of Collinsville; Connie and Dennis Neu, Lori Neu, Aston Neu, and the late
Brad Neu, and all the staff and friends of the Wheeler House, all of Gainesville.
The family expresses much gratitudefor the loving care Frances Ann received for several years from the
Wheeler House Assisted Living and Home Hospice. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Harry W.
Stevens, Jr. in 1997; her parents Wright and Bertha Stevens; and her brother William Wright (Bill) Stevens,
Jr., (First Gainesville boy to lose his life in World War II on the USS Houston on March 2, 1945).
Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. Family visitation is
1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, with the service at 2 p.m. with burial to follow in the Fairview
Cemetery. In her last years, Frances fought a very courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease and the
family request that any memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4144 Central Expressway, Suite
750, Dallas, TX 75204, Home Hospice of Cooke County or Saint Paul's Episcopal Church.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
|CLASS OF 1975
Funeral services for “Charlie” Charles G. Steed, 54, of Gainesville will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 at 10 a.
m. in the Geo J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Don Westbrook officating. Interment will follow in
Fairview Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening, Dec. 13, 2010 at the funeral home.
Charlie passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at the Wilson & Jones Hospital in Sherman.
Charlie was born April 26, 1956 to Tom and Edalou Steed in Gainesville. He was a member of the Ducks
Unlimited Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and was a fishing guide for many
years. Charlie spent many hours doing what he loved which was his taxidermy work. He worked earlier for
many years at the Commerce Street Store. He was currently employed at the Walmart Distribution Center.
He is survived by his mother, Edalou Steed; sister and brother-in-law, Kevin and Vickie Camp; daughters,
Becki and Kelli Steed; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Alicia Steed; grandchildren, Skylar Nottingham,
Jaden Murrell, Braden Wetmore and Ryleigh Steed and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded
in death by his father,Tom Steed; brother, Keith Steed and grandparents, Sam and Thelma Smith.
Pallbearers will be Jim Lundberg, Rob Ferrell, Curtis Brooks, Ronnie Brooks, Bud Peters and Eugene
Gilliland. Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Bellows, Chuck Gamble, Jeff Hellman, Evan Purvis, Eric Ramsey
and Cavin King.
October 11, 1947
September 29, 1994
CLASS OF 1965
December 28, 1945
June 24, 1967
CLASS OF 1965
|KERRY MICHAEL STANLEY
CLASS OF 1977
GALVESTON - Services for Kerry Michael Stanley, 43, of Galveston, are set for 1 pm Saturday, September
21, 2002 at the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herman Plott, pastor of Eastside
Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetary in Denison under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral
Home of Gainesville.
Mr. Stanley died Sept. 14, 2002, in Houston. He was born August 29, 1959, in Wichita Falls to William and
Nona White Stanley. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1977, and Texas A & M at, Galveston in
1987, with honors in marine biology. He was a biologist in the Regulatory Branch and Evaluation Section of
the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District from 1987, until the present.
Survivors include his parents William and Nona Stanley of Gainesville; grandparent, Velma Ruth White of
Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Scott Allen and Krista Stanley of Hayward, California; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Karen and Sam Leach of Uzbekistan and Rebecca and Todd Horton of Italy; two nieces; and
The family will be at the funeral home from 7 pm to 8:30pm Friday, Sept. 20.
Individuals wishing to make memorial gifts can contribute to the Kerry Michael Stanley Scholarship Fund, N.
Central Texas College Endowment Fund, 1525 West California, Gainesville, 76240.
|JO JEAN MYERS "STEVENS
June 21, 2003
CLASS OF 1965
|FRANCES ANN STEVENS
October 24, 2012
CLASS OF 1944
|KEITH W. STEED
December 28, 1957
June 24, 1990
CLASS OF 1976
|CHARLES "CHARLIE" G.
April 26, 1956
December 9, 2010
CLASS OF 1975
|THOMAS MCCRARY STARK
January 16, 1955
May 20, 2014
CLASS OF 1974
|THOMAS McCRARY STARK
CLASS OF 1974
Tom Stark, born Thomas McCrary Stark, passed away May 20, 2014. He was born January 16, 1955, to Dick
and Jane McCrary Stark at the Gainesville Sanitarium. He was the first grandchild to Tom and Dorothy
McCrary of Waverly, TN, and held his position as angel until their death. He was also adored by his
Grandmother Lucy Stark with whom he often fished and hunted.
Tom gave with a golden heart seeing to it that those he loved and even stumbled upon were taken care of.
He understood and always had compassion for those less fortunate.
Known for his love of the outdoors, Tom was an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated Gainesville High
School in 1974, and completed the Farm and Ranch Management Program at TCU. Tom was co-owner and
operator of Miller's Cleaners for almost 20 years.
Tom was father to beautiful daughters Carly Kaye and husband, Kyle McKamie, and Hayley Jill and husband,
Sean Loftice produced from a loving marriage to Tracy Ann Sluder Stark. Richard and Margaret Jo Stark,
Dave and Leslie Ann Stark, Holly Stark, Lucy and Steven Sutton, several nieces and a nephew also survive
him as does dear friends Shirley Paclik, Rudy Paclik, Roger Martin and Wally Cox. Preceding him in death
are Jane Stark, Tom and Dorothy McCrary, Lucy Stark, Michael David Stark, and Randy Scott Sluder.
Services are Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10a.m. at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with interment following
at Fairview Cemetery. Reverend Mark Loewen of First Christian Church will officiate. No visitation is planned.
Pallbearers are Wally Cox, Rudy Paclik, Ryan Cox, Steve Moore, Ken Fisher, and Derrick King. Honorary
pallbearers are Shirley Paclik, Roger Martin and Bill King. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Home Hospice of Cooke County or Noah's Ark.