June 7, 1988
June 6, 2012

A Mass of Christian Burial for Brian Allen Castillo, loving husband, father, son and grandson, is scheduled for
2:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Victor Cruz and Gelasio Garcia
officiating.  Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home, with a
vigil at 3 p.m.

Gainesville resident Brian Castillo, 24, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
He was born June 7, 1988, to Larry and Brigida (Huerta) Castillo.

He married Allisha Dawn Watson on April 14, 2007, in Gainesville.
Brian attended Gainesville schools. He was employed with Poly Pipeline Plastics in Decatur as a supervisor.
He loved to ride his motorcycle.

Survivors of Brian Castillo include his wife, Allisha Castillo of Gainesville; son, Ezequiel Castillo of Gainesville;
parents, Larry and Brigda Castillo of Gainesville; brother, Steven Lee Castillo of Gainesville; sister, Brenda
Lizett of Gainesville; grandparents, Jose Martinez of Gainesville, Nancy Castillo of Gainesville, Micaela
Huerta of Mexico and Lauro Huerta of Mexico; aunts and uncles, Lucia Huerta, Cris Vazquez, Vanessa
Vazquez, Jesus Gomez, Benjamin Huerta, Sergio Huerta, Alfredo Huerta and Jorge Huerta; and
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Allen Castillo.
April 8, 1971
October 24, 1987

Funeral services for William Robert “Billy Bob” Clawson, 61, of
Gainesville are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at First Baptist
Church with Rev. Hubert Wright officiating.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Funeral services are under
the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. Clawson died May 22, 2009 at Gainesville Health & Rehab Center.
He was born Aug. 29, 1947 in Gainesville to Homer Lloyd and Willie
Ann (Hawthorne) Clawson. Mr. Clawson was retired from Texas
Instruments, after 31 years of service. He had worked in the
shipping and receiving dept. and computer operations. He loved
collecting Christmas ornaments and photography. He was a member
of the First Baptist Church for many years.
Mr. Clawson was preceded in death by his father, Homer Lloyd

Survivors include his mother, Willie Ann Clawson of Gainesville;
sisters and brothers-in-law, Loy Riggs of Oklahoma City, Okla. and
Donna and Sam Cloer of Gainesville; nephews, Doug and Craig Riggs
of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Keith Cloer and wife, Annette, of
Marysville, Wash.; niece, Deann Paradise of Gainesville; great-
nephews, Adam Riggs of Ponca City, Okla. and Michael Paradise of
Gainesville and great-niece, Ryan Riggs of Ponca City, Okla.
Visitation is set for Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 1-2 p.m. prior to
the service held at the church.
May 27, 1944
December 31, 1999
DOB pending
November 14, 2007

Our beloved Uncle L.D. Clark, 91, passed from this life on March 19, 2014 in Gainesville, Texas. One of seven
children, he was born on October 22, 1922 on the Clark farm seven miles southeast of Gainesville to Tom and
Ruby Loyd Clark.

Raised on a farm among generations of his elders that loved to tell stories of family history and their struggles
and joys among the river breaks, streams and furrowed fields, he began his education in a one-room
schoolhouse called Six Mile (or Hog-Eye) that got its water carried in from a spring in the woods. He graduated
from Gainesville High School in 1940. After attending Cooke County College (now NCTC) for one year, L.D.
enlisted with the Army Air Corps in August 1942 and served in the Pacific as a gunner and weathercaster on
B-24 bombers running search and destroy missions.

After his discharge in 1945, he decided to take advantage of the GI Bill and studied at Columbia University in
New York City where he received a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature. There in a creative writing
class he met the love of his life, a young girl from Smithville, Texas named LaVerne Harrell. They were married
on September 15, 1951 in Smithville.

L.D. was a professor of English at the University of Arizona for thirty-three years in Tucson and also spent
time at the University of Nice, Kansai University in Japan and Korea University. Author of fourteen books, he
was an avid writer of both fiction and literary criticism and became a well-known scholar of D.H. Lawrence as
well as professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona.

He and LaVerne traveled extensively abroad and in the United States. Upon retirement, he and LaVerne
moved from Tucson to her childhood home in Smithville in 1999.  L.D. returned to his beloved Cooke County in
2010 to be near his nieces and nephews. He continued to write his last novel, a book of reminiscences and
commentary on the great changes that have taken place in our world during his long lifetime.

He was a member of the Cooke County Historical Commission, Cross Timbers Genealogical Society, Great
Hanging Memorial Foundation and the Texas Institute of Letters. He dearly loved the Mt. Springs community
and performed yearly at the Melodrama.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, LaVerne in 2008, his parents, five brothers, one sister and seven

He is survived by nieces, Carol Harshbarger, Nell Reta Johnson, Sherri Auchter, Colleen Carri, Renee Clark, and
Cindy Mangum and nephews, Miles Ray Clark, Larry Clark, Neil Clark, and Gerald Clark. Also surviving are many
great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and two great-great-great nephews.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 visitation will be at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m., followed by
Services at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the All Faiths of the Pines Funeral
Home in Smithville, Texas. The family will receive friends at the All Faiths of the Pines Funeral Home at 1:00
p.m. on Monday, March 24.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Renaissance Care Center for their kind support and
caring hands.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Great Hanging Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 461,
Valley View, TX 76272.
August 1, 1936
December 10, 2014
LOUIS NEAL CHILDERS (August 1, 1936 - December 10, 2014)

Louis “Neal” Childers of Carrollton, Texas passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the age
of 78. He was born in Hugo, OK to the late Louis Murray Childers and Kathleen Childers. He grew up in
Gainesville, TX.
When Neal was 18 he joined the Army and served overseas as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne
Division. In 1963 Neal met and married the love of his life, Ellen Scarberry after 3 short months of
dating. In June, 2013 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. At her funeral he was heard
saying, “50 years just wasn’t enough”.
He sold residential real estate around the metroplex for many years, most recently for Coldwell
Banker in Flower Mound, Texas partnered with his wife Ellen.
Neal was an incredibly talented man who loved to work with his hands. He painted beautiful pictures,
worked on cars and as a carpenter upgrading his home. He built model ships and was a handyman
extraordinaire. He could also whittle things out of tree branches with his pocket knife. Neal loved the
outdoors and enjoyed traveling, playing golf, fishing, scuba diving, skiing, boating and watching sports.
Neal was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Childers just a year prior and his sister Nana
Ansley. He is survived in death by his daughter Cindy Childers, daughter Kathy Zatorski and her
husband Troy Zatorski, daughter Christy Childers and his grandchildren Jordan, Morgan and Brendan
Neal was an incredible man but his biggest accomplishment was being an amazing father. He was
loving, encouraging, supportive and was ALWAYS there to take care of his girls. Neal was also a
faithful brother-in-law and friend who always acted from kindness when others needed a hand and will
be missed by all of us he touched.
TOMMY CLARK (November 4, 1941 - November 25, 2007)

Services for Hugh Thomas “Tommy” Clark, 66, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First
Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Hare officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the
direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home of Gainesville.

Mr. Clark died Nov. 25, 2007, at Pecan Tree Manor.

He was born Nov. 4, 1941, in Gainesville to Leeroy and Easter Fay Roark Clark. On Aug. 5, 1976, he married
Bettie Bowles in Gainesville. Tommy Clark was reared in Gainesville and attended Gainesville Public Schools.
He was a businessman in Gainesville for many years. He was a volunteer fireman for a number of years,
serving in various capacities, including Assistant Chief of Volunteers. He was a member of the Lions Club and
the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Bowles Clark of Gainesville; step-father, Leslie “Squint” Jones of
Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bruce Kullman of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Cale
and Conner Kennedy of Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Janace and John Wade of San Marcos; step-
brothers and their wives, Dan and Vicki Jones of Douglasville, Ga., Jim and Carolyn Jones of Garland, and
Leslie and Janis Jones of McDalla, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leeroy Clark; his daughter, Dainah Clark in 2001; and by his mother,
Easter Fay Jones on Aug. 7, 2006.

Pallbearers are Brian Engelbright, Steve Sparks, Bobby Anderson, Larry Blevins, Steven Matthews, Marcus
Anderson, and John Bryant.  Honorary pallbearers are Charles Brown, Winford Sherrill, Pat Price, Allen
Goldsmith, and Robert Skupin.

Visitation will be at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. today.  Memorial contributions
may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
SHIRLEY CLARK SKAGGS  (February 14, 1935 - March 9, 2015)

Funeral services for Shirley Clark Skaggs, 80, formerly of Lake Kiowa, are set for 11:00 Am Friday, March
13, 2015 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating. Burial will follow
in the Pilot Point Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, March 13, 2015 at the funeral home
one hour prior to the service.

Shirley was born on February 14, 1935 in Pilot Point to Buddy and Willie Mae Reynolds Clark. She passed
away on March 9, 2015 in Carrollton.

She is survived by her son Thomas Paul Carnes and his wife Beverly of Fredericksburg; daughter Christy
Lynn Carnes of Dallas; son John Clinton Carnes of Lewisville; and a grandaughter Emma Louise Carnes of

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her second husband Harlan.
NANA CHILDERS ANSLEY (August 26, 1935-August 23, 2010)

DENTON — Memorial services for Nana Ansley, 74, of Denton are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.
28 2010 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Mrs. Ansley died on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010.
She was born Aug. 26, 1935 in Whitesboro.
Mrs. Ansley is survived by her sons, Cary Ansley of Marietta, Okla., Barry Ansley of Temple and Robert
Ansley of Howe; brother, Neal Childers of Carrollton; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
August 26, 1935
August 23, 2010
August 8, 1935
May 6, 2006
February 23, 1935
June 11, 2001
November 7, 1931
November 6, 2014
August 29, 1947
May 22, 2009
May 20, 1940
May 31, 1999
January 27, 1984

Darwin "D.C." Caulfield, 70, of Houston passed away Monday, May 6, 2006, after a courageous battle with
cancer. D.C. was born in Plainview, Texas, Aug. 8, 1935, the son of Guy C. and Saletha Simpson Caulfield.
Mr. Caulfield was a engineer for Jacobs Engineering in Houston prior to retirement. D.C. is survived by his
loving family, wife of 27 years, Roberta Meinen Caulfield; daughters, Karen Caulfield, and Kristi Low and
husband, Jay, both of Austin, Texas; grandchild, Cassidy Low; sister, Joan Harris and husband, Yuton; niece,
Jackie Zimmerer; nephew, Dwayne Harris and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family will gather with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brookside Funeral Home in Champions.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 12 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Don Kidd,

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Valley View Cemetery, Valley View, north of Denton,
for which Mr. Caulfield served as trustee for many years.

The family requests memorials be made to Lance Armstrong Foundation or Valley View Cemetery
Association; P.O. Box 366; Valley View, TX 76272.

Birth:         Feb. 23, 1935
Death:       Jun. 11, 2001

Family links:
Dolores Ann Blundell Chapman (1939 - ____)

Oaklawn Cemetery of Mabank
Henderson County
Texas, USA
Plot: 3B
JOE V. CLARK (November 7, 1931 - November 6, 2014)

Funeral service for Joe V. Clark 82, of Gainesville are set for Monday November 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Geo. J. Carroll and Son Chapel with the Reverends Larry Kremling and Travis Flanagan officiating with burial
to follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday November 9, 2014 from at 4;00 til
5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Joe passed away on November 6, 2014 in Denton, Tx..

Joe was born on November 7, 1931 in Cooke County to Joe and Oshie Russell Clark. He was retired from
Lone Star Transportation as a driver and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Joe is survived by his
daughter Mary Hogstad of Gainesville and son and daughter in law Tommy and Janet Clark of Tulsa and Joe
was born on November 7, 1931 in Cooke County to Joe and Oshie Russell Clark. He was retired from
grandaughter Haylee Harris of Gainesville. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Stewart Clark, his
parents, grandchildren Todd Hogstead and Kelli Harris, brothers Gene and Kenneth Clark and sisters
Kathleen Rasure and Lil Clark.. You may sign the on line registry at
September 21, 1935
October 12, 2015
February 14, 1935
March 9, 2015
SCOTT THOMAS CLARK (September 21, 1935-October 12, 2015)

Funeral services for Scott Clark, 80, of Wylie, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015 at
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The family will
receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 at the funeral home.

Mr. Clark passed away October 12, 2015 in Wylie.

Mr. Clark was born September 21, 1935 in Gainesville to John Thomas and Emma Jean (Carr) Clark. He
played football for Gainesville High School where he graduated in 1955. He was the Golden Glove
Heavyweight Champion of North Texas in 1955. Mr. Clark attended the University of Houston on a football
scholarship where he majored in engineering. He began working for Texas Instruments in 1958. Mr. Clark
was instrumental in project management, team building, and leadership at TI during the years of initial
growth and throughout his career. He retired from TI in 1993. Mr. Clark was a member of the Richardson
Junior Chamber of Commerce where he was actively involved in the growth of the community. He also
participated in the neighborhood crime watch of Farmers Branch and Valwood Park Baptist Church. Mr.
Clark spent many years coaching with Richardson independent sports. Interests included golf, cards,
fishing, and hunting – especially for dove and pheasant in West Texas. He was also in charge of organizing
the annual golf tournaments for TI and Valwood Baptist for many years. A man of strong faith, he was a
regularly attending member of Valwood Baptist Church. Never having met a stranger, Mr. Clark’s
personality and spirit made him a natural coach, whether in his family, at TI, a football team, or in the

Survivors include: daughter, Susan Fort and husband, Ken of Dallas; son, Brady Clark and wife, Mary of
North Richland Hills; daughter, Lisa Dwyer and husband, Eddie of San Antonio; grandson, Kyle Fort;
grandson, Eric Fort and wife, Ashlie; granddaughter, Sara Fort; granddaughter, Jessica Ringgenberg and
husband, Adam; granddaughter, Alexandra Cohen; grandson, Eddie Dwyer, III; and great-grandchildren:
Jaxson, Hunter, Wyatt, Leo, Cassie, Jocelyn, and Bubba.
Survivors also include many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in North Texas.

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Wayne and Ronnie Clark.

The family would like to thank Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab in Wylie and Visiting Angels in Garland for their
excellent care and compassionate service, and FBC Wylie for their dedication to the Hillcrest residents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
TRUMAN JERRY CASE (February 15, 1944 -August 26, 2016)
CLASS of 1962

Celebration of Life Services for Truman Jerry Case, 72, of Whitesboro, Texas, will be held Monday, August 29, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, Whitesboro, Texas, with Rev. Mike Flanagan officiating. Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro is in charge of cremation
arrangements. He passed away at his home in Whitesboro, Friday, August 26, 2016, with his family by his side.
He was born to T. J. and Sylvia (Edington) Trammell on February 15, 1944, in Gainesville, Texas. He was raised by H. L. and Sylvia Case.
He married Sheree Shepherd Case September 26, 2004, in Whitesboro, Texas. Truman was a member of First Baptist Church,
Whitesboro. He retired from the State of Texas in Risk Management in 2005. He owned and operated the Oil Spot in Whitesboro and
loved to fish, ride his motorcycle and was an avid Texas Ranger fan. He was also a retired Richardson, Texas, firefighter.
He is survived by his wife, Sheree Case of Whitesboro; daughter, D’Ann and husband, Keith Caffey of Sadler; Baleigh White of Madill,
Oklahoma and son, Baxter White of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Justin Caffey and wife, Joezy and Jerrid Caffey and wife, Kaci;
great-grandchild, Case Caffey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, T. J. Trammell and H. L. and Sylvia Case; son, Duane Case and sister, Peggy Johns.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Home Health, 101 E. Main St., Whitesboro, Texas 76273 or Hospice Plus, 116 S.
Woods, Sherman, Texas 75092.
To sign the online registry, please go to:
February 15, 1944
August 26, 2016
CLASS of 1962
November 28, 1961
March 19, 1990
November 4, 1941
November 25, 2007
L.D. CLARK    
October 22, 1922
March 19, 2014
DOB pending
October 24, 2005
DOB pending
October 26, 1978
December 21, 1974
August 14, 2017
December 21, 1974-August 14, 2017

Gerald Ray Caudle, 42, of Houston passed away August 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am,
Friday, September 8, 2017 at Westgate Christian Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Gerald was born December 21, 1974 in Muenster, Texas. He was raised in Gainesville, Texas and Graduated
From Gainesville High School with the class of 1993. After High School he went on to achieve his Bachelor
Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M.
Survivors include the Love of his Life Kimberly Lotz; Father Jimmy Caudle and Wife Dorenda; Sisters Christy
Carroll of Grand Prairie, Debra Price of Gainesville, and Amanda Caudle of Oklahoma; 3 Step Brothers; 4
Nephews and a Niece.
He was Preceded in death by his Mother Jane Caudle of Gainesville.
September 05, 2017
September 05, 2017

Ronald Lee Cash, 67 of Libby Montana, Formerly of Gainesville passed away Monday, September 5th,
Services will be announced at a later date.
August 13, 1922
December 24, 2017
August 13, 1922 - December 24, 2017

Funeral services for Billie Christian Webb, 95, of Dallas, are set for 11:00 AM Friday, December
29, 2017 at the Rosston Methodist Church with the Rev. Doyle Henderson officiating. Burial will
follow in the Rosston Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. No
visitation is planned.

Billie Christian Webb was called by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 24, 2017 to join
her beloved husband, brothers, sisters and family in heaven. She was born on August 13, 1922 on
a farm outside of Rosston TX to Hillary (Hill) and Lounis Weaver Christian, their ninth of ten
children. Her mother, Lounis, died in child birth fourteen months later, leaving Billie to be raised
by her elder siblings and a doting community.

Billie loved to tell of riding the wagon with her father, Hill, taking all of one day into Gainesville to
buy provisions for the farm. The team and wagon left in the livery overnight as they shopped and
stayed in the hotel. Returning the next day back to the farm with their goods loaded in the
wagon, along with the medicinal provision of bootlegged whiskey procured from the wagon yard.

To have an accredited diploma, Hill sent Billie to Gainesville to high school. Here she met many
lifelong friends and would later be invited to dance at the Baker Hotel with the soldiers from
Camp Howze. As all good stories go, the rest is history. Meeting and dancing with Captain Arthur
Webb from Tampa Florida, the two wed April 9, 1944 at Camp Claiborne in Louisiana.

After WWII Billie and Arthur took up residency in Dallas and had two sons, Chipley Hill and Don
Holleman. Billie had a long career with 20th Century Fox in film distribution as Arthur worked in
commercial sales. Deciding to control their own futures, they started their business, Elect-A-Van
Service, in 1967, now known as EVS Supply.

Life long members of the Methodist Church, they were founding members of Ridgewood Park
Methodist, later moving their membership to Highland Park Methodist and always sustaining to
the Rosston Methodist.

Billie was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings and their spouses and her husband.
She is survived by her son Chip and wife Martha, son Don and wife Victoria, four grandchildren,
Stacey Bond, Vic Webb, Ana Jopling and Lindsey Webb. She has five great grandchildren,
Braxton Bond, Brynn Bond, Josh Silva, Alyssa Silva and Emma Webb. Three cherished nieces,
Nora Hudspeth, Suzanne Druss and Judy Henriksen and one beloved nephew, Fred Christian.

Always the consummate host, Billie loved to share a meal with her family and friends, making
Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas special times of treasured memories.

Although tied to the city for economic benefit, the love of the land and the Rosston community
was always her corner stone. She made certain her sons had the same childhood experiences of
growing up on the farm and to know their heritage was deeply rooted in Cooke County.

Billie will be interned in the Rosston Cemetery beside her husband Arthur and amongst parents,
siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all truly loved.
June 13, 1952
April 2, 2018
June 13, 1952 - April 2, 2018

Gainesville – On April 2, 2018, early a.m., we lost a truly great man, Rick Cashion.
He was at home, had smoked a ham and ribs on Easter, mowed his one acre yard
(on a riding mower) Saturday, but he had had pneumonia since February and
suffered bouts of very low blood pressure. Both issues caught up with him on
Monday morning. To say it was a shock is not an overstatement.

Rick was a third generation Mason.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rosemarie, two sons, Ryan and Reese , plus
daughter, Ricki Lee Hummel (Cashion)and husband, Mike and their children Revan
and Nola Rose. A contrary sister, Barbara Cashion Higgason and husband, Stan.
Sister-in-law, Bobbi Beck and husband Bob of Gainesville. Numerous cousins, a
couple of aunts, and legions of friends. He will be sorely missed by all.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Meador Funeral Home of
Gainesville, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, the memorial service, including a Mason
memorial, will begin at 2:00 p.m.
February 3, 1952
April 26, 2019
February 3, 1952-April 26, 2019

Thomas Laurence (Larry) Claxton of Gainesville passed away on April 26, 2019, at the age of 67,
after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Larry was born February 3, 1952, in Dallas and was reared in Gainesville. He was an Eagle Scout,
graduated from Gainesville High School in 1970 and received his bachelor's degree from the
University of Colorado in 1976. He attended graduate school at the University of North Texas in
Denton and received his juris doctorate degree from St. Mary's University Law School in San
Antonio in 1983. After practicing law in Dallas for two years, he returned to Gainesville in 1985
where he has remained in private practice.
He dedicated his life to trying to make life better for his clients, his friends, and his family...
much of this accomplished through community service. He served on the GISD Board of
Trustees, was past President of CASA of North Texas (Court Appointed Special Advocates),
treasurer of the Cooke County Bar Association, member of the State Bar Legal Assistants
Committee, former member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past
president and served many years on the Cooke County Child Welfare Board, and is past chairman
of the Cooke County Democratic Party. He served as both a special judge and a special
prosecutor for Cooke County, has been a municipal court judge for Gainesville and taught
paralegal classes at North Central Texas College for more than 8 years.
Growing up he loved to go camping and hunting with his dad and brother but later when he
became a champion for animals he replaced his gun with a camera. His work with Noah's Ark in
Gainesville was one of the highlights of his life. He also loved Star Trek, Marvel and all things
SciFi. As an avid golfer, he was extremely touched when his friends and colleagues honored him
with a golf tournament benefit in 2016. His legendary sense of humor never failed and continued
to comfort those around him even through his most difficult moments.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Polly Claxton. He is survived by his brother,
Chip Claxton; his sister, Barbara Chapman and brother-in-law Willie Chapman; his sister, Kim
Claxton; niece Tiffanie Claxton and fiancé Aaron Rutter; niece Casey Chapman-Ross and husband
Will Ross; his nephew Chris Chapman and wife Jennifer Risen; and an abundance of great nieces
and nephews who absolutely adored him. And last but not least, his furry kids: Katie, Rory, Ziva
and Abby who provided much love and comfort for many years.
Larry asked that we thank all of his nurses and doctors at Texas Oncology and his team at
Pathways Palliative Support Care who took such loving care of him for the past three years.
Larry chose to donate his body to UT Southwestern for cancer research. At his request a
celebration of life will be held in his honor at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made
to Noah's Ark of Gainesville or any charity of your choice.
Published on April 30, 2019