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CURTIS W. TAYLOR
CLASS OF 1953

Funeral services for Curtis Wayne Taylor, 74, of Gainesville are set for 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2009 at
Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Carlock of Bible Baptist Church officiating.   Burial will
follow with a Masonic graveside service in New Rest Haven Cemetery in Gainesville.
Mr. Taylor died Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Muenster Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 16, 1935 in Hood to Benjamin and Maggie (Cain) Taylor. He was a retired welder and
inspector with National Supply Company in Gainesville. He was a past-Shriner and a member of Burns City
Masonic Lodge #600.
He is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Tim Taylor of Gainesville and Kyle and Keri Taylor of
Gainesville; two daughters and son-in-law, Sabrina Lynn Cox of Gainesville and Lanette and Gail Garrison of
Waxahachie; companion, friend and care giver, Sharron Knabe of Gainesville; like-a-daughter, Vanessa
Knabe of Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Ginger Yvonne and Dennis Patton of Azle; nine
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his spouse, Barbara Gail Wilson in June 1984.   Pallbearers are T.D. Sieger, L. J. Sieger,
Chuck Barnard, Lee Arnett, Johnny Scott and Randy Germany.   Visitation is set for Sunday afternoon from
4-5 p.m. at Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
SCOTTIE TATE
February 18, 1947
August 2, 1973
CLASS OF 1965
CURTIS W. TAYLOR
January 16, 1935
June 11, 2009
CLASS OF 1953
JACK TATUM
CLASS OF 1955

CORSICANA — Funeral services for Jack Tatum, 77, of Corsicana are set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15,
2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Steve Orbison officiating.
Visitation is set for 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at 4 p.m.
at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Tatum died Feb. 12, 2014 in Navarro.

He was born May 24, 1936 in Gainesville.

Survivors include his wife, Annett Tatum.

Memorials may be made to North Beaton Church of Christ, 2725 N. Beaton, Corsicana, TX 75110 or the I.O.
O.F. Visual Assistance Committee Grand Lodge of Texas, 3440 W. 2nd Ave., Corsicana, TX 7511
JACK TATUM  
May 24, 1936
February 12, 2014
CLASS OF 1955
JERRY LEWIS THEOBALD  October 16, 1944-October 28, 2009
CLASS OF 1962

Funeral services for Jerry Lewis Theobald, 65, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at the
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Services are under the
direction of Geo. J. Carrol & Son Funeral Home.

Jerry was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Denison to Emmett and Ruby Davis Theobald. The family moved to
Gainesville shortly thereafter where Jerry lived the remainder of his life. He was employed as an engineer
for the Santa Fe Railroad and later Burlington Northern, for over 30 years. On Dec. 10, 1976 he married the
love of his life, Shirlene Mays in Gainesville.

The greatest joy in Jerry's life was his family. His wife Shirlene followed by his brother, children,
grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Nothing brought him more happiness than to see those nieces and
nephews at play, laughing and just enjoying being kids. He was always the first one to crack a joke and
make you laugh or smile. He just enjoyed life so much and it was all about his family. He will be so greatly
missed by his family and the many wonderful friends he's made through his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife, Shirlene Mays Theobald; daughter, Sonya Elmore, of Gainesville; step-son, Joe
LeGear of Denton; grandsons, Chaz LeGear and Brian Elmore, of Gainesville; one brother, Mike Theobald and
his wife Leta Beeler Theobald of Red Oak and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Merle and Ruby Davis Theobald.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Ochs, Paul Ritchy, Matt Pugh, David Evans, Lawrence Siger, Eric Carter, Morgan
Herd and Dwayne.  The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. this evening, Oct. 29, 2009 at the funeral
home.
THOMAS TAYLOR
March 2, 1943
June 14, 2011
CLASS OF 1962
LARRY TAYLOR
March 6, 1950
October 5, 1972
CLASS OF 1968
DENNY TAYLOR
May 4, 1967
February 9, 2004
CLASS OF 1986
JOHN F. THEOBALD   1942-2008
CLASS OF 1962

EULESS — Graveside service for John F. Theobald, 65, of Euless, formerly of Gainesville, is set for 10 a.m.
Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son
Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mr. Theobald died March 24, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

He was born Oct. 8, 1942, in Gainesville to Lewis and Ruby Bently Theobald. John Theobald was a graduate
of Gainesville High School in 1961. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam, as well as postings in
Germany, and was discharged after 15 years service, with the rank of sergeant first class.

Survivors include his sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Linden Puckett of Euless and Sandra and Bill
Puckett of Gainesville; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

No visitation is planned.
JIM THOMASON  (August 8, 1928-January 22, 2014)
GHS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Jim W. Thomason, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Abilene. A graveside service with Chris
McCurley officiating will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 27th in the Garden of Remembrance at
Elmwood Memorial Park.

Jim was born on August 8, 1928 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma the son of Claude Thomason and Eunice Hill
Thomason. Jim was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and man of great faith who influenced many
people in his lifetime as a decorated athlete and award winning coach. He was a 1946 graduate of
Holdenville High School in Holdenville, Oklahoma where he was captain of the football and basketball teams
his senior year and later selected to the Holdenville High School Hall of Fame. He went on to excel in both
football and track as he earned his bachelor’s degree at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He later
received his Master’s degree in education at Oklahoma University.

Jim’s athletic success continued when he became a coach. He served as assistant coach at Ada High School
from 1951-1957 helping lead the football team to state championships 5 of the 6 years he was there; he
served as assistant football coach at Dumas High School from 1957-1968 winning back to back state titles
in 1961 and 1962; he was head coach at Gainesville High School from 1968-1980 leading the team to state
championships in 1974, ’76, and ’78. Jim left coaching in 1980 and worked as an elementary school principal
until his retirement in 1988. He moved to Abilene in 2002.

Among Jim’s many awards, he received the 2002 Milam Award, an honor given each year to one East
Central Oklahoma University alumnus who has gone on to a distinguished career; he was named Panhandle
Coach of the Year in track and field in 1962; and was honored as a coach for the Texas team in the 1977 Oil
Bowl high school all-star football game.

Even with all of Jim’s athletic accomplishments, he was proudest of his family. He loved spending time with
his wife, children, and grandchildren fishing, camping and skiing. He was a proud spectator at his
grandchildren's many activities from ballet to choir to numerous sporting events. He had served as an Elder
at the Collinsville Church of Christ and since coming to Abilene was an active member of the Oldham Lane
Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Margaret Thomason of Abilene; his daughters, Janet Freeman and
husband Dick of Sherman, Jean Smith and husband Jack of Abilene and Lou Ann Watson of Abilene; his
grandchildren, Mark Freeman and wife Lisa, Amy Jones and husband Austin, Jay Smith and wife Julia, Jeff
Smith, Rebecca Abraham and husband Shawn, Katy Watson and Riley Watson; his great grandson, Blake
Freeman and a great grandson due in April; his sister, Norma Jean Huddleston of Katy; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents and a brother, Howard Thomason preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Hendrick Medical Center for their special care
during Jim’s illness.
JOHN F. THEOBALD
October 8, 1942
March 24, 2008
CLASS OF 1962
TIM THREADGILL
CLASS OF 1972

Memorial services for Timothy David Threadgill, 57, of Callisburg are set for 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17,
2012 at Vilott Baptist Church with Pastor David Woolsey officiating.

Mr. Threadgill died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at his home in Callisburg.

He was born August 4, 1954 in Gainesville to Darwin ‘ Bud’ Threadgill and Janelle Dillard. Growing up he was
active in 4-H and had show steers. He also enjoyed riding his horse. He married Vickie Woolsey on
November 4, 1971. They had a son Jeff in 1974. They later divorced but remained friends. He worked in the
oilfield through the 70’s and 80’s and had many stories from that time. He had a soft spot in his heart for
animals and a giving heart for those he loved. He enjoyed sitting on his porch drinking iced tea. He had a
good sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his son.

Survivors include his mother Janelle Dillard of Moss Lake, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Anita Threadgill
of Callisburg, sister and Brother-in-law Vickie and Steve Kiester of Fort Worth, sister Karen Hott of
Gainesville, nephew C.J. Lloyd of Denton, niece Carrie Foster of Gainesville, and niece Randi Hott of
Gainesville.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather John ‘Blue’ Threadgill, his dad Darwin ‘Bud’ Threadgill, and
stepfather Dutch Dillard.

Special thanks to Barbara Cox for helping care for Tim and being his friend.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org or to the Humane
Society for Animals at www.aspca.org .
CAROL THOMISON
December 5, 1963
September 2, 1984
CLASS OF 1982
RICKEY THOMAS
November 13, 1959
January 24, 1994
CLASS OF 1979
DORMA JEAN "TAYLOR"
CAMPBELL   
July 12, 1941
February 20, 1996
CLASS OF 1959
JIM THOMASON  
August 8, 1928
January 22, 2014
GHS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
JERRY THEOBALD
October 16, 1944
October 28, 2009
CLASS OF 1962
DORMA JEAN "TAYLOR" CAMPBELL   
CLASS OF 1959

Birth:         July 12, 1941
Bryson
Jack County
Texas, USA
Death:       February 20, 1996
Muenster
Cooke County
Texas, USA

Dorma was the daughter of J.L. and Melba Westerman Taylor, with 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

On Oct. 20, 1987 she married Kenny (Bubba) Campbell in Ft. Worth, Texas.

She was an assistant manager traffic controller with Presidents Bakery in Marietta, Oklahoma and was a
member of Harvey Street Baptist Church.

Family links:
Parents:
James Ira 'J.L.' Taylor (1917 - 1987)
Melba Rachel Westerman Taylor (1920 - 2006)

Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Gainesville
Cooke County
Texas, USA
JOHN W. THOMAS III
Dob Pending
February 22, 1996
CLASS OF 1947
TIM THREADGILL
August 4, 1954
July 12, 2012
CLASS OF 1972
GARY LEE THOMPSON
August 16, 1954
November 16, 1993
CLASS OF 1972
SUE ANN "TEAGUE" HAYS (September 19, 1935-December 04, 2016)
CLASS OF 1953

Funeral services for Sue Ann Hays, 81, of Gainesville, are set for 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home
with the Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview
Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 1:00 PM prior to the funeral at the
funeral home.

Sue Ann was born on September 19, 1935 in Nocona to Enloe O. and
Catherine L. (Webb) Teague. She passed away on Sunday, December 4,
2016 in Bowie.

She is survived by her daughter Cathy Yarbro and her husband Bill of
Bowie; daughter Susan Neu and her husband Kevin of Coppell; son Brad
Hays and his wife Melissa of North Richland Hills; grandchildren Jay
Yarbro and wife Nicolle, Lauren Neu, Grant Neu, Alexis Abbott, and Mason
Hays.

Sue Ann was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of
your choice.
SUE ANN "TEAGUE" HAYS
September 19, 1935
December 04, 2016
CLASS OF 1953