ARCH DALE BRITTON III
1952-2008
CLASS OF 1970
MARK BRITTON
1956-2006
CLASS OF 1975
PAULA LYNN BRITTON  
1955-1997
CLASS OF 1975
RUEL EVONNE  BROWN     
1958-1997   
CLASS OF 1977
ARCH DALE BRITTON III 1952-2008

Services for Arch Dale Britton III, 56, of Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Whaley United Methodist
Church with Rev. Rob Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.
Mr. Britton died at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev.

He was born Feb. 9, 1952, to Dale and Wanda Elkins Britton. On Sept. 20, 2003, he married Lola Khan in
Gainesville. Arch was a graduate of Gainesville High School and Tarleton State University with a degree in
Range Management. He was employed for 23 years by Britton Brangus Ranch, then by Cross Arms; Cooke
County College Security and subsequently at WinStar Casino. He was a member of the Whitesboro Rodeo
Club and the First Christian Church in Gainesville.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Britton of Gainesville; step-children, Kamran and Sabreena Khan and Nikhut
Clerie; parents, Dale and Wanda Britton of Gainesville; siblings, Ann Sorrenson Spinks of Flower Mound;
niece, Janine Blakeborough of St. Louis, Mo.; nephew, Daniel Sorrenson of The Colony; and mother-in-law,
Mrs. Donald Armstrong of Gainesville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Agnes Elkins and Arch and Edith Britton; his
brother, Mark Britton; and his sister, Paula Britton.

Pallbearers are Gene Baugh, Curtis Perkins, Trest West, Tony Plumlee, Tim Plumlee, and Nelson Newton.
No visitation is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke County; P.O. Box 936; Gainesville, TX
76241-0936 or Southwestern Diabetic Foundation; 101 S. Culberson; Gainesville, TX 76240.
MARK BRITTON 1956-2006

Services for Mark Britton, 49, of Gainesville are set for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Herman Plott officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the
direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.
Mr. Britton died April 23, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton.

He was born Nov. 3, 1956, in Gainesville to Dale and Wanda Elkins Britton. Mark graduated from Gainesville
High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Texas Tech University. He was
employed by Britton Drilling Company in Olney, Texas; Britton Brangus; Denton Independent School
District; the U.S. Census Bureau and Denton State School in the Adaptive Equipment Department, and was
a partner in the Rusty Anchor Seafood Restaurant in Grapevine.

He was an Eagle Scout and received the Order of the Arrow in 1970. He was a lifetime member of the
Whaley United Methodist Church. iIn 1985, he was named Master Councilor of the Gainesville Chapter of
DeMolay. He received the Degree of Chevalier and investiture of the Legion of Honor. He was a
representative of DeMolay for the State of Texas. He was a 32 degree Mason and was a member of the
River Valley Chapter of the Scottish Rite.
His hobbies included golf, Chess, Fishing and camping. He received his 25-year Membership Pin in the
Masonic Lodge at the same time his father, Dale Britton, received his 50-year Membership Pin.

Survivors include his parents, Dale and Wanda Britton of Gainesville; niece and her husband, Janine and
Russ Blakeborough of St. Louis, Mo.; great-niece, Ella Briarn Blakeborough; nephew, Daniel Sorrenson of
Carrollton; brother and sister-in-law, Arch and Lela Britton of Gainesville; sister, Ann Sorrenson Spinks of
Lewisville; and very special friend, Kathy Franks of Denton.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Elkins and Mr. and Mrs. Arch Dale
Britton Sr.; and sister, Paula Britton.
Pallbearers are Phillip Cheaney, Kenny Long, Eric Patterson, Ken Manthei, Jonathon Simon, and Nelson
Newton.
No visitation is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke County; P.O. Box 936; Gainesville, TX
76241-0936 or to the Salvation Army Church in Denton, Texas.
BETTY BROWNING
CLASS OF 1948
JOHNNY BROWNING
CLASS OF 1962
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JOHN ARLEY BROCK   1947-2009
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John Brock of Cedar Creek, 62, went home to be with our Lord on Dec. 23, 2009 in Hospice Austin’s
Christopher House while his loving wife, Linda, held him in her arms.

He was born Aug. 13, 1947 to Donald and Thelma Dunagan Brock in Olney, Texas; delivered by the same
doctor who delivered his Mom. John graduated from Gainesville High School in 1965; his first job was as a
lifeguard. John joined the Army on February 14, 1966 and was stationed in Germany and France. After
leaving the Army on Feb. 13, 1969, he moved to Denton and worked for Brown Express while attending
college part time at North Texas State University (NTSU). John graduated from NTSU in 1978 with a degree
in education and industrial arts. After graduation, he moved to the Dallas area and continued working for
Brown Express and was in the Teamsters Union for 20 years until he suffered a major back injury in 1988.

Due to the injury, John had to change the direction of his life so he moved to Snyder . While living in Snyder,
he attended the Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) in Sweetwater and graduated in 1991 at #1 in his
class with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, thus beginning a new career. After graduating from
TSTI, John made his move to Austin and began work on May 15, 1991 for the Texas Department of Human
Services (DHS), (now the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, HHSC) as a programmer
apprentice. This was his true calling which he loved more than any other job.

His work at DHS/HHSC was a very important calling to him. It was while working at DHS John and Linda met,
fell in love, and married on June 29, 2002. Although both had previous marriages, this was the happiest and
most rewarding relationship either of them had ever had and both looked very forward to Aug. 31, 2009
which was supposed to be his day of retirement and celebration.  According to Doug Park, John’s supervisor
and friend at HHSC “John was a cherished State of Texas employee who was the epitome of the kind of
public servant that every tax payer hopes for and every colleague respects and appreciates. He never lost
sight of the constituency he was dedicated to serve. He never stopped caring for the citizens of the State of
Texas, especially those less fortunate. John knew he was blessed and knew that others needed his service
to get by. He worked tirelessly to do his part to ensure that benefits were delivered on time, every time.
For him, that meant arriving before his appointed time and staying after his day should have been
completed, virtually every day. The State of Texas lost a champion on Dec. 23, 2009. We will miss him.”
Being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and farming was the joy of his life. With his cows, donkeys, and other
farming activities, his days were spent to the fullest; John really enjoyed life and all it had to offer. John
was confident that his beloved son-in-law Ruben will be very capable and willing to complete John’s dream
on the farms. Ruben is truly the son John never had.

John was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Linda, daughter
Lisa Ann Lopez and son-in-law Ruben Lopez, two grandchildren Amanda Marie Brock and Sterling Brock
Lopez, two great-grandchildren Riley Patrick Brock and Priscilla Joyce Brock. John is also big brother to
Davey and Bill (wife Penny) Brock who live in Arizona who will always cherish and be grateful for the time
they spent with John this past year. Also left with many cherished memories are his mother-in-law Opal
Powell, his brother-in-law Buddy Powell, his nephew Charlie Powell, and great-niece Raymie Ross. He is also
survived by many precious cousins and a vast number of friends from all walks of life; many of whom took
the walk through his illness with John and Linda.

The family would like to express sincere love and gratitude to our friend Harvey Carter in charge of valet
parking at Seton Hospital. What a joy and help he was on every visit to Seton Main. Also, to all the staff at
Seton Main on 7th floor north, the staff at the Bastrop Lakeside Hospital Lab & Registration, the staff at the
Bastrop Cancer Treatment Center, the staff at Bastrop Physical Therapy and Fitness Center, and Hospice
Austin’s Christopher House. A very special expression of gratitude to his doctors who helped John over the
years and through these last 6 months; Dr. David Garza, Dr. Robert Dougherty, Dr. Matthew Hummell, Dr.
Michael Kasper, Dr. Jeffery Chen, and Dr. Rick Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at the new Bastrop Providence Funeral Home, Hwy. 71 East on January 22,
2010 at 3:00 p.m.  A tribute to John has been placed on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
web site at HYPERLINK "http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/newsletter/" http://www.hhsc.state.tx.
us/newsletter/ for his service to and for the people of the State of Texas.  To write a memorial, go to www.
providencefuneralhome.com and click on Visit A Memorial Current Services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent in John’s name to Hospice Austin’s
Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759.