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
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.
JOHN ARLEY BROCK   1947-2009

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 "" for
his service to and for the people of the State of Texas.  To write a memorial, go to www. 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.
DOB Pending
April 25, 2000
November 11, 1947
July 21, 1991
CLASS OF 1965/1966
BARRY BIRT BRITAIN  (December 29, 1948 - August 16, 2013)

Graveside services for Barry Birt Britain, 64, of Gainesville, will be held at
10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Callisburg Cemetery with
Ben Willingham, Callisburg Church of Christ minister, officiating, under
the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Britain peacefully passed from this life on August 16, 2013
surrounded by his loving family. He fought a brief, but very courageous
battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born December 29, 1948 in Ranger, Texas, to William Birt Britain
and Billie June Smith Britain. Mr. Britain graduated from Gainesville High
School in 1968 and Grayson County College in 1992. On September 5,
1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Paula Ann Meyer, in
Gainesville. He was a member of the Callisburg Church of Christ. He was a
Journeyman Plumber and worked for Britain Plumbing from 1968 to
1978. He was a maintenance technician for Weber Aircraft from 1978 to
1988. He then worked in maintenance for Peterbilt Motors from 1988 to
1989. He was employed by Poly Pipe, working in inside sales and
customer relations from 1989 until his death.
First and foremost, he enjoyed spending time with his children and
grandchildren. He enjoyed working on and driving his flamed 1972
pick-up truck, was an avid reader, and enjoyed vacation trips with his
wife to Sand Springs, Oklahoma, to rest and relax in a cabin on Keystone
Lake. His legacy to his family was researching and organizing a detailed
genealogy on the Britain family, which took over four years. His children,
brothers, niece, and nephew each received a copy of the completed
history contained in a four-inch binder.

Survivors include his wife of almost 44 years, Paula Ann Britain of
Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Blaine and Heather Britain; and
Clint and Tiffany Britain of Gainesville; grandchildren, Blake and Tyler
Britain; and Alexia and Jacob Britain of Gainesville; brothers and
sisters-in-law, Tommy and Mary Jo Britain of Whitesboro; and Mark and
Devone Britain of Gainesville; niece, Tambra Britain; nephew and
niece-in-law, Shane and Katie Britain; great-nephews Kolsen Morrison
and Creek Britain; and great-niece Gracie Lou Britain, all of Gainesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents.

Everyone is encouraged to please arrive driving their classic cars/hot

Honorary pallbearers are: Will Bezner, Jim Carter, Joe Case, John Clark,
Chris Clark, Earl Dozier, Dan Gaines, Van Knight, Scott Lewis, Mike
Maddux, Mark Maddux, Ken McClellan, Jeremy McClellan, Gary Norwood,
Jim Scott, and Tucker Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke
County, 316 S. Chestnut, Gainesville, TX 76240.
February 3, 1951
April 6, 2002
TOMMY EUGENE BRIGGS, JR.  (February 3, 1951-April 6, 2002)

Service for Tommy Eugene Briggs Jr., 51, of The Colony was held Friday at the First Baptist Church in
Lewisville. Burial was in McCurley Cemetery. Briggs died Saturday, April 6, 2002, in Dallas. He was born Feb. 3,
1951, in Gainesville.  He was the head football coach and athletic coordinator at The Colony High School.
He was a coach at Decatur High School in the late 1970s.
He is survived by his wife, Evy Briggs of Carrollton; two sons, Jeff Briggs and his wife LeAnn of The Colony and
Brent Briggs of Carrollton; two stepdaughters, Monica and Kim Ameen of Lubbock; a brother, Jimmy Briggs
and wife Vicki; a sister, Kathleen O’Neil and husband Pat of Dallas; and a granddaughter, Blaklee Ann Briggs.
Pallbearers were Que Brittain, Ray Broussard, Danny Coley, Craig Deans, Larry Donaldson, Rody Durham,
Ronnie Gage, Bill Williams, Mike Williams and Neal Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were Fred Matthews, Buster Leaf, Denny Foglia, The Colony High School coaching staff
and The Colony High School football team.
Memorials may be made to the Tommy E. Briggs Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund (managed by the Lewisville
Education Foundation), P.O. Box 643, Lewisville, Texas 75067.
Wise County Messenger, April 14, 2002
January 30, 1946
December 23, 2013
JO ANN BRIDGES PHELPS   January 30, 1946 - December 23, 2013

Funeral services for Jo Ann Phelps, 67, of Haltom City, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December
27, 2013 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Kremling officiating. Interment will follow at
New Resthaven Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26
at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Mrs. Phelps was born January 30, 1946 to Hilton H. and Eunice Brewer Bridges in Gainesville. She passed
away December 23, 2013 in Haltom City.

Survivors include: husband, Virgil Phelps of Haltom City; son, Brad Phelps and wife, Carla of Roanoke; and
grandchildren: Jeremy Phelps of Roanoke, Layne Brayden of Roanoke, and Megan McCoy of La Grange.

Mrs. Phelps was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Todd Phelps.
February 9, 1952
July 3, 1945
January 7, 1968
PHILIP BROOKS (December 15, 1934-November 23, 2011)

Funeral services for Phillip Ray Brooks, 76, of Callisburg, will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at the
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Loewen officiating and Rev. Paul Carpenter
assisting. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27,
2011 at the funeral home. Mr. Brooks passed away on Nov. 23, 2011 in Gainesville. Phillip was born December
15, 1934, in Gainesville, to Clayton Glenn and Glory B. Thompson Brooks. Phillip graduated from Gainesville
High School in 1952. He married Florence ôFloö Heatley on Dec. 23, 1956 in Breckenridge. He retired from
Southwestern Bell in 1993 and was able to spend more time woodworking. He enjoyed building cabinets,
hutches, and other pieces of furniture in his spare time. He had a great sense of humor which was reflected in
his love for his family. Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Florence "Flo" Brooks of Callisburg; daughter and
son-in-law, Tracy and John Waite of Callisburg; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Cheryl Brooks of Callisburg;
daughter-in-law, Cheryl Brooks of Aberdeen, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Judy Brooke of
Arlington; grandchildren, Jennifer and Matt Jeffers of Huntington, W.V., Kerry Brooks of Aberdeen, Ohio,
Logan Brooks of Callisburg, Samantha Waite of Callisburg; Clayton Waite of Callisburg; nephews, James
Brooke of Willow Park and John Brooke of Mo; great-nephews, Little Phillip and Eli Brooke. Phillip was
preceded in death by his parents and by two sons, Tim and Steve Brooks and by infant daughter, Kelly Lynn
Brooks. The family would like to give special appreciation to Cooke County EMS, Callisburg and Oakridge
Volunteer Fire Departments and Dr. Bob McLeroy. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian
Church, 401 N. Dixon St., Gainesville, TX 76240.Arrangements are under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son
Funeral Home.
JAMES RICHARD BRIZENDINE  (July 28, 1928 - March 18, 2015)

Graveside service for James Richard Brizendine 86, of Gainesville are set Friday March 20, 2015 at 2:00
p.m. at Fairview Cemetery with Jay Culpepper officiating under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll and Son
Funeral Home. No visitation is planned. James passed away on March 18, 2015 in Denton,Tx.

James was born on July 28, 1928 in Gainesville, Tx to John Henry And Emily Ellen Roarke Brizendine. He was
retired from the Ft. Worth Police Dept after 30 yrs. of service and he also served in the United States Navy.
James was a member of the Commerce Street Church of Christ and was a active member of the North Texas
Society of Gunfighters.

James is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, Son
Rodger and three brothers and four sisters. You may sign the on line registry at
June 6, 1941
May 11, 2008
January 21, 1956
February 17, 1997
August 13, 1947
December 23, 2009
February 3, 1955
September 19, 1997
November 3, 1956
April 23, 2006
December 29, 1948
August 16, 2013
LYNDA CAROLE "BREWER" JOYNER (June 6, 1941 - May 11, 2008)

GARLAND — Services for Lynda Carole Joyner, 66, of Garland are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northlake
Baptist Church with Charles Ethridge officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery under
the direction of the Williams Funeral Directors, Inc., in Garland.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Joyner died May 11, 2008.

She was born June 6, 1941.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Joyner of Garland; son, Wayne Martin Sage Jr. and wife, Sue;
daughters and sons-in-law, Denise Lynette and Doug Turner, and Kelley Felicia and Philip Forester; and
brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Louise Brewer of Gainesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Claudia Brewer; and brother, Thomas Neal Brewer.
DEBORAH "BRINKLEY" DOTSON (January 21, 1956 - February 17, 1997)

She was born 41 years ago in Gainesville to Jessie H. and Imogene Thomason Brinkley. On Aug. 5, 1978, she
married Linual O. Dotson Jr. in Callisburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gainesville Bible

Survivors include her parents, 2 sisters, Lisa and Karen and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 22, 1994.
obit (modified)

Birth:         Jan. 21, 1956
Cooke County
Texas, USA
Death:         Feb. 17, 1997
Cooke County
Texas, USA
March 15, 1925
January 22, 2016

Betty Gene Roane went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 22,
2016 at the age of 90. She was born in Gainesville, Texas on March 15,
1925 to John and Verna Brooks. Betty graduated from Gainesville High
School in 1942 and married Owen D. (Cowboy) Roane on May 22, 1943
before he left to serve his country in World War II. After his return from
the war, they purchased a farm east of Valley View. In 1948 Owen re-
entered the service for the Berlin Airlift. They traveled extensively
during his career in the Air Force, and she continued her love for travel
after he retired.

Betty was a devout Christian and served in many leadership roles for her
churches. She cherished spending time with her family and friends,
especially during holidays. She enjoyed reading, solving crossword
puzzles, and playing bridge with her friends or other card games with her
family. She looked forward to attending the 100th Bomb Group reunions
and visiting with military friends from the service.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived
by her son John Roane and wife Gail of Valley View, TX; son Tom Roane
and wife Cherilyn of Alvord, TX; daughter Martha Reedy and husband
Randy of Montgomery, TX; and daughter Carol Roane of Chesterbrook,

She leaves eight grandchildren – Cindy Chadwick and husband Bill, J. D.
Roane and wife Kay, Amy Bazemore and husband Corey, Leslie Williams
and husband Kyle, Cara Pulver and husband Evan, Amber Oglesby and
husband Matt, Jessica Roane, and Hayley Roane. She also leaves thirteen

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 6 pm to 8
pm at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the funeral home’s
chapel at 10 am on January 28, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Hospice of
Cooke County, P. O. Box 936, Gainesville, Texas 76241.
December 15, 1934
November 23, 2011
July 28, 1928
March 18, 2015
April 16, 1970
March 31, 2016
MELISSA JILL BREWER DRAKE (Apr.16, 1970 - March 31, 2016)

Services for Jill Drake will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Van United
Methodist Church with Rev. Mark McClanahan officiating. A graveside service will follow at
Union Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday
evening at Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.

Melissa Jill Brewer Drake was born April 16, 1970 in Tyler, and passed away at the age of 45,
after a long battle with illness on March 27, 2016 in Tyler. She had been a resident of Van for
2 years, formerly living in Gainesville and Tyler. She was a member of Van United Methodist
Church and a kindergarten teacher at Van ISD. She has been teaching school for over 15

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Charles Ogden; and grandparents, Willey &
Ruby Gilley.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Scott Drake of Van; three sons, Charles Drake of
Gainesville, Patrick Drake and wife, Tabatha of Van, and Nicholas Drake of Van; mother,
Joanne Ogden; father, Jack Brewer and wife, Debbie of Tyler; sister, Jennifer Brewer;
brother, Michael Brewer; step-brothers, Beau Brown and Boston Brown; and one grandson,
RJ Drake.

As an alternative to flowers, and for her love of pecans, please consider a pecan sapling to
be planted in Jill's memory.
December 15, 1934-February 01, 2017

Funeral services for Curtis Ray Brooks, 82, of Gainesville, are set for 2:00
PM Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home
with Rev. Larry Kremling officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview
Cemetery. No visitation is planned.

Curtis was born December 15, 1934 in Denton to Charlie and Leora
(Johnson) Brooks.

Mr. Brooks married Juanita Sanford on June 10, 1955 in Gainesville. He
attended schools in Gainesville.  Curtis was a member of Whaley United
Methodist Church and worked for 47 years at the Commerce Street Store
in Gainesville. He started working there while in High School and enjoyed
his adult life working with the public.  Curtis loved his family and enjoyed
the fellowships of many friends. He was always involved in all sports. His
love of fishing, as well as playing Texas Hold’em with his friends, were
highlights of his adult life.  Curtis and Juanita traveled to many countries
during their married life. Many people called him a friend and he will be
sincerely missed.

Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife Juanita of Gainesville; son Ronnie and
wife Karen of Gainesville; Son Keith of Arlington; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-
grandchildren; sister Jean Hinkle and husband Ed of Gainesville.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roy Charles

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home Hospice
of Cooke County.
November 5, 2018
Class of 1979
November 5, 2018
Class of 1979

Marcus Lyle Brooks, 58, passed away on November 5, 2018. Survived by his wife,
Mattie, 3 sons, and 2 brothers. Funeral Service 12 PM Thursday, November 15, 2018
at Southland Christian Church. Nicholasville, Kentucky. Visitation 11 AM until time of
service. Burial with military honors 2:20 PM at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
Care Cremation and Funeral Service are entrusted with final care.