CARLA A. "MCCRORY" ANDERSON
1966-2011

Services for Carla A. Anderson of Falconhead, Burneyville, Okla., will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, in
Marietta’s First Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Higle officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery,
Gainesville, Texas, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marietta,
Okla.

Mrs. Anderson was born August 22, 1966, in Gainesville, Texas, the daughter of Dan and Emma Jean Tune
McCrory. She passed away Thursday, April 7, in Mercy Health Love County, Marietta,at the age of 44.

A 1984 graduate of Gainesville High School, Mrs. Anderson had been a resident of Love County since 2000.
She and Cecil Roy Anderson, Jr. were married in Woodbine, Texas, on October 17, 1997. Mrs. Anderson
received a degree in cosmetology and was taking classes toward an associate degree in business being
outdoors, taking walks, driving the tractor, water skiing, drawing and working puzzles. Mrs. Anderson was a
member of Marietta’s First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, Danny McCrory.

Survivors include her husband, Jr. Anderson of the home; mother, Emma Jean McCrory of Gainesville; son,
Jace Mast of Richards, Texas; three daughters, Sarah Mast of Amarillo, Texas, and Mary Anderson and
Rebecca Anderson of the home; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Belita and Jeff Morris of Sanger, Texas,
Pam and Paul Thurman and Gloria and Jimmy Smith of Sherman, Texas and Diana and Jerry Thurman of
Sherwood Shores, Texas; and a granddaughter,Emily Mae Mast of Amarillo. Serving as bearers will be
nephews, Scotty Thurman, Bobby Thurman, Mark Thurman, Colt Morris, Justin Morris and Derek Serna.
Honorary bearers are Winstar co-workers and beauticians.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, 100
East Main Street, Marietta, Okla.
BILLY MCNEELY
CLASS OF 1973

Birth: Apr. 8, 1955
Gainesville (Cooke County) Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 2011
Denton (Denton County) Texas, USA

Graveside services for Billy McNeely, 56, of Gainesville will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29th at Fairview
Cemetery, in Gainesville, Texas. Rev. Bill Black, Pastor of Grand Avenue Baptist church will be officiating.
No visitation is planned. Services are under the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. McNeely died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Denton Regional Medical Center.

Billy McNeely was born in Gainesville, Texas on April 8, 1955 to Orris and Rebecca (Martin) McNeely. He had
served in the National Guard. Billy was a security guard at Winstar Casino and the owner of M.C. Sand
Blasting and Painting.

Survivors of Billy McNeely include his sons and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Jessica McNeely of Valley View
and Jacob McNeely of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Jesse Birch of Aztec, New Mexico;
sisters, Barbara Cox of Callisburg and Brenda Cullum of Ozark, Arkansas and three grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Orris and Rebecca McNeely.

Clement-Keel Funeral Home 1204 E. California Street Gainesville, Texas 76240: Phone 940-665-4341
REBECCA "MCLEROY" SCHAFER
CLASS OF 1978

Funeral Services for Rebecca McLeroy Schafer, 52, of Gainesville, are set for 2:00 PM Friday, November 9,
2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, with the Rev. Don Yeager officiating. Burial will
follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be
held from 7:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Rebecca was born in Gainesville on June 11, 1960 to Robert Lee and Margaret Ann Isbell McLeroy. She
passed away on November 4, 2012 in Gainesville.

Rebecca graduated from Gainesville High School in 1978, she then went on to receive her Bachelors from
TWU. She taught at Gainesville ISD and Lewisville ISD before medically retiring. She graced the world with
her singing in many choirs and musicals. She was Co-Captain of high school drill team.

She is survived by her son Keith Grice King II of Callisburg and his wife Nikki; son Dalton Lee Schafer of
Houston and his fiance'e Jolie Graf; brother Dr. Robert Reagan McLeroy of Gainesville and his wife Melodye;
sister Kathleen McLeroy of Gainesville; sister Patty M. Poore of Arlington and her husband Ralph; sister
Le'Ann Santone of Madison, CT and her husband Ken; grandsons Dane and Cole King of Callisburg; nephews
Barton McLeroy, and Robert Santone; nieces Mary Margaret McLeroy, Susan Poore, Amanda Poore,
Elizabeth Santone.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National M.S. Society in FT Worth 4086 Sandshell Dr., FT Worth,
TX 76137
CARLA "McCRORY"
ANDERSON
August 22, 1966
April 7, 2011
CLASS OF 1984
LEEANN "McCOOL"
GOSDIN
October 10, 1949
December 18, 2006
CLASS OF 1968
DAVID MCFARLIN  1961-JUNE 12, 1978

Services for David Craig McFarilin, 16, of 1905 Maplewood Drive were held at 2 pm today in the First Baptist
Church.  Dr. Harry Roark officiated, followed by interment in Valley View Cemetery, directed by George J.
Carroll & Son.

Bearers were Andy Nichols, Kirk Holderman, Eddy Robeson, Craig King, Jeff Aston, Phil Groves.

David was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday night north of Whitesboro.  He was a junior at Gainesville
High School and a member of the Gainesville Ski Club.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. McFarlin Jr.; one brother, Don McFarlin of Gainesville; his
grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. McFarlin Sr. of Valley View and Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Spindle of Rt. 1, Valley
View.
DANNY MCCRORY
August 28, 1949
August 8, 1973
CLASS OF 1967
PATRICK MCCRARY
1943
2012
CLASS OF 1962
ROBERT MCGEEHEE
DOB pending
August 11, 2003
CLASS OF 1965
DAVID CRAIG McFARLIN
July 29, 1961
June 12, 1978
SHERRIE MCELREATH
WOLFE
May 11, 1962
July 10, 2000
CLASS OF 1980
LEEANN "McCOOL" GOSDIN
CLASS OF 1968

MARIETTA, OKLA. — Memorial services for Leeann M. Gosdin, 57, of Marietta, Okla. are set for 2 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 22 at Covenant of Grace Church in Marietta with Sister Angela Harrison officiating under the
direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home.
She died Dec. 18, 2006 at Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, Okla.
She was born Oct. 10, 1949 to Lee Sterling and Oleta Duncan McCool. A resident of Love County since 2001,
she lived previously in Gainesville and had been a licensed practical nurse since 1982. She was also a
licensed massage therapist. She loved Native American History and was of the Protestant faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include son, Brandon Wayne Gosdin of Gainesville and daughter and son-in-law Dawnyelle and
Todd Wickware of Marietta, Okla; two grandchildren and a sister, Shirley Ward of Gainesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral
Home, 100 E. Main, Marietta, Okla., 73448.
WILLIAM JOSEPH
MCINTOSH JR.
December 26, 1938
September 18, 2009
ROBBIE SUE "McCOY"
December 3, 1948
August 19, 2013
CLASS OF 1967
ROBBIE SUE "McCOY" MARGOT  (December 3, 1948-August 19, 2013)
CLASS OF 1967

ROYSE CITY — A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at First Christian Church of
Commerce for Robbie Sue McCoy Margot.

She died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at her home in Royse City.

The daughter of Robert J. and Bonnie McLerran McCoy, she was born Dec. 3, 1948, in Gainesville.

She attended public schools in Gainesville and was salutatorian of the class of 1967. She attended Cooke
County Community College (formerly Cooke County Junior College). Robbie graduated from Texas A & M
University — Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) with a BS in journalism in 1971. During her
college years she was an intern at the Gainesville Daily Register. After college, she was editor of the
Commerce Journal. From 1979 to 1993, she was a clerk for the United States Postal Service in Commerce.
She married Louis Margot III on June 14, 1970. She is survived by her husband; a son and his wife, Robert
Matthew and Kelly Margot; and three grandchildren, Ethan, Gus and Lucy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her name to First Christian Church memorial fund, 1101
Sycamore St., Commerce, TX 75428.  Coker-Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements.                                                     
JUDY KAY "MCKNIGHT"
AITCHISON
March 2, 1947
October 31, 2014
CLASS OF 1965
JUDY KAY MCKNIGHT AITCHISON  (March 2, 1947 - October 31, 2014)
CLASS OF 1965

Graveside services for Judy K. Aitchison, 67, of Gainesville, is set for 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 4, 2014
at the Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll &
Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be held Monday, November 3, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral
home.

Judy was born on March 2, 1947 in Gainesville to Thomas "Tommy" Martin and Agnes Lucile (Knight)
McKnight. She passed away at her residence in Gainesville on October 31, 2014.

She is survived by her daughter Sheila Bush and her husband Tim of Gainesville; daughter Tina Harrell and
her husband Terry of Gainesville; son Terry Aitchison and his wife LeighAnn of Clarksville, AR; brother Ronnie
McKnight and his wife Fannie of Gainesville; brother Larry McKnight and his wife Tammy of Gainesville;
grandchildren Thomas Smith, Briana Smith, Torrie Harrell, Abbie Aitchison, Chris Aitchison, and Debra
Aitchison; great-grandchildren Kielynn Moore, James Moore, Elizabeth Frizzell, Emily Aitchison, and two
more on the way. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and great friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents.
HELEN "MCCOY" BARRY  
September 3, 1941
December 26, 2002
CLASS OF 1959
REBECCA "MCLEROY"
SCHAFER
June 11, 1960
November 4, 2012
CLASS OF 1978
HELEN MCCOY BARRY
CLASS OF 1959

Birth:         Sep. 3, 1941
Seminole County
Oklahoma, USA
Death:       Dec. 26, 2002
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Father: Raymond C. McCoy Mother Helen Alexander

Married John "Jack" Barry IV in 1964

Occupation: Homemaker

Funeral Service: First Baptist Church

Burial: Antelope Cemetery, Antelope, Texas, Jack County

Survivors; Husband, John "Jack" Barry 2 daughters; Helen I. Barry and Shirley E. Barry
2 Sons; Waymon Barry and John Barry V Brother James McCoy

Family links:
Spouse:
John Barry (1939 - 2014)*

*Calculated relationship
PAMELA "MCENTIRE"
FACTOR  
October 16, 1939
November 9, 2014
CLASS OF 1957
PAMELA "MCENTIRE" FACTOR  (October 16, 1939 - November 9, 2014)
CLASS OF 1957

A Resident of Santa Cruz, California
Pamela Factor, 75, passed away at her Santa Cruz home Sunday after a lengthy illness. She is survived by
her husband of 51 years, Doug, her two daughters, Stephanie (Dan) Mayfield and Shama (Jeremy) Ball and
her 4 grandchildren, Kyle, Alethea, Bret and Kaden, all of Santa Cruz.
A native of Gainesville, Texas, she graduated from nursing training at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, CO,
where she received her RN credentials. She worked at Community Hospital in Cheyenne, WY where she met
her future husband, Doug. After marrying in 1962, they moved to Santa Cruz where she worked as a nurse
for Dr. Sedgewick in Capitola. Pam volunteered at her daughters' school in Scotts Valley and was later hired
as a librarian at Scotts Valley Middle School. Pam loved gardening and enjoyed motor-homing, and together
with Doug, logged in over 366,000 miles traveling across the country. Most of all, she enjoyed spending
time with her grandchildren.
At Pam's request, no services are to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Hospice of Santa
Cruz, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. If you would like to send your condolences to Pam's family,
share your memories, view or post photos, or light a candle, please visit www.scmemorial.com.
WILLIAM JOSEPH MCINTOSH, JR.  (December 26, 1938-September 18, 2009)
CLASS OF 1957

Funeral service for William Joseph "Pappa Joe" McIntosh, 70, of Gainesville was held with Bro. Todd Gray,
Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church, officiating.

Mr. McIntosh was born Dec. 26, 1938 to John and Evelyn McIntosh in Gainesville.

Mr. McIntosh served in the Marine Corp. for six years and retired from National Supply Company after 30
years. He loved to fish and collect his "unique fortunes."

Mr. McIntosh is survived by his mother, Evelyn McIntosh; 2 brothers, daughter and son-in-law, and 3
grandchildren, Mr. McIntosh was preceded in death by his father, John McIntosh, Sr.
KENT MCKEE
October 10, 1942
February 29, 2016
CLASS OF 1961
KATHY ELAINE
"MCGOWAN" ULLMANN
October 20, 1947
March 7, 2016
CLASS OF 1966
BILLY McNEELY
April 8, 1955
June 26, 2011
CLASS OF 1973
PHILLIP MCMAHAN
October 20, 1946
September 11, 2009
CLASS OF 1965
MARYLYN  "McKENZIE"
HURLEY
October 5, 1944
December 25, 1973
CLASS OF 1962
KENT MCKEE (October 10, 1942-February 29, 2016)
CLASS OF 1961

Funeral services for Marshall Kent McKee, 73, of Gainesville, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday,
March 3, 2016 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with Ben Willingham officiating. Interment will follow
at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at
the funeral home.

Mr. McKee passed away February 29, 2016 in Denton.

Kent was born October 10, 1942 in Gainesville to Alvin E. and Etna Gertrude (Smith) McKee. He was raised in
the Woodbine community and graduated Gainesville High School in 1961. Kent married Shirley Magers on
December 8, 1962. He spent most of his career in law enforcement, graduating from the Dallas Police
Academy in 1964. He retired from the Denton County Sheriff's Department in 2004. Kent loved to play golf
and had many great golfing friends. He was a member of the Callisburg Church of Christ and loved his
church family. He was a loving husband and father, and a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. He will
be missed by all.

Survivors include: wife Shirley McKee of Gainesville; daughter Kenni Hamilton and husband Jerry of Corinth;
son Todd McKee and wife Gina of Corinth; grandchildren: Collin, Cade, Caroline (Josh), and Blair (Zac);
great-grandchildren: Addisyn and Jorgia; sister-in-law Saundra Westfall and husband Jim of Collinsville;
sister-in-law Billie Miller and husband Dave of Arlington; brother-in-law Brent Magers and wife Jennifer of
Lubbock; and numerous special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to Callisburg Church of Christ.
KATHY ELAINE "MCGOWAN" ULLMANN (October 20, 1947-March 7, 2016)
CLASS OF 1966

Long time Gainesville resident Kathy Elaine Ullmann passed away Monday March 7, 2016 at Denton Regional
Medical Center at the age of sixty-eight. She was born October 20, 1947 to M. L. and Neely Mae (Lawson)
McGowan in Gainesville, Texas. Kathy married Fred Ullmann, Jr. July 16, 1966 in Gainesville. She had worked
in Fort Worth for the Tarrant County Clerk's Office and in Gainesville at the Cooke County Auditor's Office
and County Clerk's Office. Kathy was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church of Gainesville

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 11th at Meador Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville
with Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Matthew Brown, Cody
Brown, Steven Gore, Dale Wallace, Corey Fischer and Jeff Price will serve as pallbearers. Honorary bearers
will be J.D. Blankenship and Richard Shaver. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday evening from
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Survivors include her daughter, Lori Olson of Gainesville; son, Jason Ullmann of Denton; sisters, Sharon Nutt
of Waco, Jean Helton and husband, John of Gainesville and Judy Price and husband, Bob of Pilot Point;
brother, M.L. McGowan and wife, Cathy of Gainesville and grandsons, Matthew Brown and Cody Brown. She
was preceded in death by her husband, parents and granddaughter, Amber Brown.
KIMBERLY DIANN MCELREATH (June 12, 1961-May 18, 2016)
CLASS OF 1979

Funeral services for Kimberly Diann McElreath, 54, of Gainesville, are set for 10:00 AM Saturday, May 21,
2016 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tom Payton officiating. The family will
receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Ms. McElreath passed away May 18, 2016 in Gainesville. She was born June 12, 1961 in Gainesville, to Joe
Carroll and Betty May Sutton McElreath.

Kimberly graduated from Gainesville High School in 1979. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a
Petroleum Engineering degree in 1986. She worked for the U.S. Department of The Treasury for 23 years.
Kimberly loved spending time outdoors and especially with her family, friends and animals.

Kimberly is survived by her spouse Sherry Wright of Gainesville; step-son Shane Wright and his wife
Tommie Jay Kukes and her husband Troy of Springfield, MO; step-sister Dorian Ortowski and her husband
Ronny of Fort Worth; step-sister Debbie Denny and her husband Reggie of Austin; father Joe McElreath and
his wife Judi of Gainesville; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ms. McElreath was preceded in death by her mother Betty May Lucas; sister Sherrie Lynn Wolfe; nephew
Jimmy Wolfe; uncle Robert McElreath; paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Community North Texas at
www.cancersupporttexas.org or by mail to P.O. Box 601744 Dallas, TX. 75360.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Hunter, Barry Hunter, Shane Hunter, Troy Kukes, Ralph Garrison, Steven
Gates, and George Sanchez.
McELREATH
June 12, 1961
May 18, 2016
CLASS OF 1979
WELDON McCORD
December 27, 1934
August 13, 2017
GHS COACH
WELDON McCORD
December 27, 1934 - August 13, 2017
GHS COACH

Graveside services for James Weldon McCord, 82, of Gainesville, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Trinity
Cemetery in Wilmer, TX, located at North Goode Rd and Cottonwood Valley Rd, with great-nephew Shane Reed officiating. Mr. McCord
will lie in repose at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 16.

Weldon was born on December 27, 1934 in a dugout at his family home in Lamb County, TX to James S. and Johnie Ray (Wood)
McCord. He passed away at his home in Gainesville, TX on August 13, 2017.

Dad impacted many, many, young men and women during his long career as a coach, including coaching both of his kids, Gayla and
Jeff. His successful coaching career began in Linden, but also included stops in Trinity, Silverton, Lindsay, and Gainesville. In each of
these towns, Dad left a legacy of love, compassion, and patience for all the students he encountered.

This love and compassion continued into his retirement years. Dad loved to build bird houses to give to family and friends; as well as
deep-fry turkeys for his friends during Thanksgiving season. Dad was the happiest when he was with the McCord clan, especially his
siblings - Sam, Barbara, and Mackie - and all their extended families. Dad was a proud graduate of East Texas State University, where
he played football alongside his brother Sam.

Weldon was preceded in death by: parents James S. and Johnie Ray McCord; brother-in-law Ted Reed; great-grandson Kelby Lewis
Barthold; and great-granddaughter Rhyder Justis Swenson.

Survivors include: wife Lesley McCord of Gainesville; daughter Gayla Powell and husband Yardy of Colorado City; son Jeff McCord and
wife Shannon of Houston; stepson Doug Patterson of Austin; grandchildren: Krista Barthold and husband Justin of Gainesville; Josh
Ziegler and wife Ashley of Granbury; Karter Swenson and husband Justin of Stephenville; Courtney McCord of Houston; Kate McCord of
Houston; and Kyle Patterson of Snook; great-grandchildren: Kaleb, Jayden, and Kylie Barthold of Gainesville, and Maddux and Myles
Swenson of Stephenville; brother Sam McCord and wife Barb of Commerce; sister Mackie Sewell and husband Don of Nocona; sister
Barbara Carpenter and husband Leon of Arlington; nieces and nephews: Lynn McCord and wife Debby, Carla Hancock and husband
Jack, Michael McCord and wife Rena, Mindy Gallegos and husband Miguel, Karen Johnson and husband Chuck, Janna Fenoglio and
husband Larry, Sanda Fenoglio and husband Donnie, Cheryl Reed, Rhonda Reed; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boys & Girls Club of Cooke County.
PAT MCKEE
August 01, 1933
December 01, 2017
CLASS OF 1952
PAT MCKEE
August 01, 1933 - December 01, 2017
CLASS OF 1952

Graveside services for Patricia Jean McKee, 84, of Sherman, were held at  2:00 PM,  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Fairview
Cemetery in Gainesville, with Rev. Larry Kremling officiating, under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.

Ms. McKee passed away December 1, 2017 in Gainesville.

Pat was born August 1, 1933 in Gainesville to Walter Ervin and Ruby Hazel (McKinley) McKee. She attended Gainesville schools and
earned a nursing degree from Grayson County College. Ms. McKee resided in Sherman for most of her life and was passionate about
her career as a nurse.  Ms. McKee will be remembered by those that knew her for her adventurous and mischievous nature that
would always put a smile on your face. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, fishing, and camping in her time of leisure.

Survivors include: sister Carma Boaz of Gainesville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ms. McKee was preceded in death by: her parents; brother Carroll McKee; sister Billie Majors; and sister LaTeka Haas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke and Grayson Counties or a charity of one’s
choosing.
MARY E "McMAHAN" FRIDDELL
December 05, 1928
January 04, 2018
CLASS PENDING
MARY E "McMAHAN" FRIDDELL
December 05, 1928 - January 04, 2018
CLASS PENDING

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Friddell, 89, of Gainesville, are scheduled for 11:00 AM on Monday, January 8,
2018 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Black officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview
Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Sunday, January 7 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Friddell passed away January 4, 2018 in Denton.

Mary was born December 5, 1928 in Waco to Robert Lee and Nonah Juel (Tatum) McMahan. She was Valedictorian
of her graduating class from Junior High and High School in Gainesville. Mary married Clyde Allen Friddell on
October 25, 1947 in Denison. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, and spending time
with her grandchildren.

Survivors include: son Bill Friddell and wife Mary Ann of Gainesville; daughter Naomi Graham of Denton; five
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Friddell was preceded in death by: her husband; parents; daughter Cherry Friddell; and brother Robert
McMahan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Avenue Baptist Church.
WILLIAM "BILL" KIRBY
MCPHERSON
June 06, 1951
January 03, 2018
CLASS OF 1969
WILLIAM "BILL" KIRBY MCPHERSON
June 06, 1951 - January 03, 2018
CLASS OF 1969

Funeral services for William “Bill” Kirby McPherson, 66, of Lindsay, are set for 2:00 PM Monday, January 8, 2018 at the First
Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Loewen officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J.
Carroll & Son Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the funeral home.

Bill was born on June 6, 1951, in Gainesville to Clark and Jean (Lemon) McPherson. He passed away on January 3, 2018, at his
home.

Graduating from Gainesville High in 1969, Bill went on to college to major in photojournalism at East Texas State University
and tooled jewelry up until his death. His primary occupation was construction, working with BJ Company (Gainesville) for 23
years, yielding over 50 structures in and around Cooke County. In the late 1970’s, Bill worked for Showco/Dallas, and enjoyed
the life of being behind the rock ‘n roll scenes, building stage sets and lighting structures for Paul McCartney, The Rolling
Stones, Led Zepplin, Peter Frampton, ELO, The Who, and countless more. Quite the color was added in these years, but the
depth of Bill’s life was yet to come.

Bill began his family in 1980 when he married the love of his life, Margaret Burkhart. To their marriage, two children were born
-- Ashley and Matt, born in 1986 and 1990. Upon Margaret’s passing in 1999, Bill’s steadfast devotion to raise their children
was his first priority and a blessing to witness.

In addition to his family and dogs, Bill loved his church. A lifelong member of First Christian Church, Bill was a elder for 21
years, and a deacon for 13 years prior. He held chairmanships of the general board, elders, and several committees. His
competitive spirit during the annual Coats for Kids Chili Throwdown not only won his team, The Greybeards, the coveted “Best
Chili” award several years, but it was one with which to be dealt and conquered. Some believe and fear the best chili recipe is
with Bill forevermore.

Bill is survived by his daughter Ashley Elizabeth Rayner and her husband, Paul, of Denton; son, Matt McPherson, of Lindsay;
grandson, Lucas Rayner; sister, Vicki Curry, and her husband, Bruce, of Allentown, PA.; and sister, Cheryl Wheelock, of
Austin. His church will always remember his loving sense of humor, dedicated service, and his Sponge Bob tie.

Bill was preceded in death by his his beautiful wife, Margaret, and loving parents, Jean and Clark McPherson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Gainesville “Coats for Kids”.