June 5, 1945
July 7, 2012
CLASS OF 1967
|CHARLIE DOYLE CHAD
June 21, 1967
March 17, 2006
CLASS OF 1985
December 9, 1957
January 23, 2010
CLASS OF 1974
August 26, 1955
CLASS OF 1973
|GINGER GAYLE "ROBERTS" QUEZADA
CLASS OF 1974
Ginger Gayle Quezada, 52, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 23, 2010 in Denton, TX at the Denton
Regional Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a 2 year battle with breast cancer.
Ginger was born December 9, 1957 in Gainesville, TX to Thomas and Beth (Watson) Roberts. She met her
soul mate Alex Quezada in high school. Eight years later they were married on December 28, 1979 after
graduation from Pan American University with degrees in Accounting. Two weeks later they found
themselves in what Ginger thought was one of the most isolated parts of the United States - Naval
Weapons Center, China Lake, CA. She grew to love this thriving desert oasis and especially the surrounding
mountains. During the 20 years there, she achieved a distinguished career and made many life-long friends.
Yearning to be closer to family, Ginger and her family moved to Denton, TX in 2000.She closed out her
federal career working for 7 years as an accounting supervisor for the Dallas Finance Center under the
Department of Homeland Security. With a twinkle in her eyes and an infectious smile she continued to
make many friends and earn kudos from her supervisors.
Ginger was a Girl Scout Leader for 7 years and the treasurer of her neighborhood’s Home Owner’s
Association for 5 years. She loved people, entertaining, genealogy and travel. She enjoyed watching classic
movies with her husband, and she especially enjoyed watching popular teen shows with her children for
some magical bonding time.
She is survived by her husband Alex; daughter Chanelle, son Marcus; mother Beth and her husband John
Sellers of Gainesville, TX; father Thomas and his wife Mel Roberts of Brownsville, TX; sister Kim Hardie and
her partner Don Funk of Eastlake, OH; brother Thomas Roberts Jr. of Gainesville, her dear friends
Charmaine and Jerry Franck of Alexandria, VA; family friends Carin and husband Jason Driskill and children
of Sanger, TX; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased in death by grand parents Harvey and Elva Watson of Gainesville, TX and Truitt and
Elarene Roberts of San Benito, TX.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on February 5, 2010 at St Mark’s Catholic Church, 2800
Pennsylvania Lane, Denton, TX.The family would like to extend an invitation for a celebration of Ginger’s life
immediately after the services. Celebration will be at 2020 Mark Twain Lane, Denton, TX.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Cancer
CLASS OF 1981
Blake Rose 39, of Sanger died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002 at
Denton Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 19, 1962 in Nocona to Arvil L. and Mary Ann
Elliott Rose. On Oct. 9, 1999 he married Beth Broussard in
Mr. Rose was an on-the-job trainer for Boeing Aircraft in
A service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the First
Baptist Church in Gainesville. The Rev. Reginald Logan, pastor
of Galilee Baptist Church of Sanger will officiate. Burial will be
in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Hendricks, Jimmy Morgan, Tim
McCullough, Eric Hernandez, Greg Burkhart and Jamie Milam.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Hardy, Jeff Perry and Brett
The family will be at 313 Rosedale, Gainesville, on Wednesday
to receive friends.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Rose of Sanger, his parents of
Gainesville, one step-son, Ryan Mason of Sanger, one
step-daughter, Ashley Mason of Sanger; and two sisters and
brothers-in-law, Lauri and Tim Tracy of Gainesville, and Carla
and David Clark of Sanger.
Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville is in charge of
|EDNA RUTH "SAMEK" BARKER
CLASS OF 1944
Funeral services for Edna Ruth Barker, 85, of Ft. Worth will be 2:00pm Monday, October 8 at Geo. J. Carroll
& Son Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Eaves officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation
will be October 8 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.
Mrs. Barker passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Edna was born November 14, 1926 to John & Myrtle Samek in Gainesville. She married Richard D. Barker
June 20, 1948 and they had two sons together. She was a nurse at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for
37 & 1/2 years, retiring in 1998.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard; son Randall Ray Barker; and stillborn
granddaughter Jessica Barker.
She is survived by her son Richard D. Barker, Jr. & wife Colleen; granddaughter Melyssa Puente & husband
John; grandson Tristan Barker; and three great-grandchildren: Ilandrin, Matthew, & Lilyanna Puente. She is
also survived by sister Theresa Stevens; three brothers: John Samek & wife Barbara, Charles Samek & wife
Donna, and Joe Samek & wife Wanda; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
|THOMAS "TOMMY" ROLSTON 1945-2012
Memorial services for Thomas Rolston, 67, of Gainesville, are set for a later date.
Cremation is under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home.
Mr. Rolston died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Pecan Tree Health and Rehab Center.
He was born June 5, 1945, in Gainesville.
Survivors include siblings, Perry Lee Rolston of Sherman, Bobbie Jean Rolston of Gainesville and Frankie
Marie Harcrow of Palestine.
You may sign the online registry at www.clementkeelfh.com.
October 19, 1962
February 25, 2002
CLASS OF 1981
|JEWEL ROWLAND SHARP
August 16, 1948
November 19, 2008
CLASS OF 1966
|JEWEL ROWLAND SHARP
CLASS OF 1966
Memorial services for Jewel Rowland Sharp, age 60, of
Friendship Baptist Church in Gainesville with Brother Jimmy
Davis and Brother Larry Huffman officiating.
Mrs. Jewel Sharp died Nov. 19, 2008 at Renaissance Care
Jewel Rowland Sharp was born Aug. 16, 1948 in Marietta, Okla.
to Dessie Lester and William King Rowland. She married Glen
Dale Sharp on June 17, 1966 in Gainesville. She was a
Survivors include her spouse, Glen Sharp of Gainesville; sons
and daughter-in-law: Glen Sharp, Jr. of Dallas and John and
Rachel Sharp of Gainesville and one grandchild, Briyana Sharp
Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents Dessie Lester
and William King Rowland.
Proceeds for flowers can be donated to Baylor Health.
April 8, 1961
August 6, 1979
CLASS OF 1980
|WILLIAM FRANK BILL
June 19, 1949
July 25, 2014
CLASS OF 1967
|WILLIAM FRANK BILL RUSSELL
CLASS OF 1967
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – William Frank (Bill) Russell formally of Gainesville, Texas passed away on
July 25, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born June 19, 1949.
Bill was a graduate of Gainesville High School in 1967. He also attended what was then Cooke County Jr.
College. As a young man he worked for his father Orris Russell, who owned an oil field drilling company.
Bill learned a great deal about the oil field, and used that experience to pursue other opportunities later
in life. He became involved in both the oil and gas industry, as well as the construction business. Bill was a
craftsman who took great pride in his work, whether it was a repair job or the construction of one of his
homes. If it was broken, Bill could fix it. Bill was meticulous by nature. This is one of the reasons why Bill
became such a good pilot. He could fly nearly anything. He flew float planes in the Gulf of Mexico making
deliveries to oil rigs in all kinds of weather conditions. He also flew corporate jets taking executives to
their destinations. Bill liked to stay busy and loved the outdoors. One of his many trips was an African
safari with his wife Cheryl where he hunted big game. His hobbies included shooting rifles, pistols, and
shotguns of which he was an excellent marksman. He also enjoyed traveling with his family in their RV,
as well as fishing, hunting, and playing golf. He also loved cars and was known on occasions to have some
of the fastest in Gainesville, Texas.
Bill married the love of his life, Cheryl, in 1974, and would have been married 40 years this November.
Their home for the past 12 years is located near Canyon City, Colorado.
Bill was both kind hearted and generous, and his friends were for life. He was a dedicated husband and
father. He will be missed by his family and all of his many friends, past and present.
Bill is survived by his wife, Cheryl Faulkner Russell; son, Adam Russell; son, Joe Russell and his wife,
Randi. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Orris Russell, and Dorothy Trachta Russell.
August 28, 1951
April 16, 2016
CLASS OF 1969
|EDNA RUTH "SAMEK"
November 14, 1926
October 2, 2012
CLASS OF 1944
|FRANKIE MARIE ROLSTON (August 28, 1951-April 16, 2016)
Funeral services for Frankie Marie Rolston, 64, of Gainesville, are set for 10:00 AM Friday, April 22, 2016 at
the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Chapel with Rev. Hollis Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview
Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thurday from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
Ms. Rolston passed away April 16, 2016 in Dallas. She was born August 28, 1951 in Gainesville to Frank and
Vera Marie Blackerby Rolston.
On February 29, 1961, Frankie accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was baptized at Central Baptist
Church in Gainesville. After graduating from Gainesville High School in 1969, Frankie attended business
school in Dallas. She began her secretarial career at Blue-Cross/ Blue Shield Insurance. She went on to
work at Lone Star Gas Company for 14 years, and then moved to Denton where she was employed with TX
MHMR Denton State School for 8 years. Starting in 2001, Frankie served 4 years as assistant deputy
registrar and voter registration clerk at the Collin County Elections in McKinney. In September 2014 she
retired as deputy county clerk at the courthouse in Palestine in Anderson County after serving 7 years.
Frankie enjoyed crocheting, reading mystery books, visiting the local library, travel and studying her bible.
Survivors include her precious daughter Rebecca Marie Griffith; one brother Perry Rolston; one sister
Bobbie Jean Rolston; her childhood friend of 40 plus years Sandra Griffith Carrigan.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Thomas Rolston; her sister Vera Farley.
|CLARICE ROBERG RICHARDS
October 20, 1941
July 23, 2016
CLASS OF 1959
|VIRGINIA "ROBERTS" ARCHER
October 25, 1931
January 26, 2017
CLASS OF 1948
|LARON DALE ROBINSON
September 10, 1945
August 12, 2016
CLASS of 1964
|LARON DALE ROBINSON
CLASS of 1964
Laron Dale Robinson of Bellaire, Texas passed away peacefully in his
sleep on August 12, 2016. Born in Morrilton, Arkansas and raised in
Gainesville, Texas, Laron worked hard to provide for his family, making
his own way from humble beginnings growing up in a small town fire
station to become an accomplished Houston trial attorney.
Laron is survived by the love of his life, Jana Robinson, with whom he
enjoyed 43 love-filled years of marriage, as well as their adult children,
Andrew and Lauren Robinson. Laron is also survived by his beloved aunts,
Anna Robinson and Mattie Crockett, and by his three brothers, Herbert,
Larry, and Charles Robinson.
Laron lived life guided by his core values of honesty, loyalty, and justice.
He loathed hypocrisy and those who would take advantage of the
He believed that we are all responsible for doing the necessary work to
better oneself, achieve one's goals, but never to do so at someone else's
expense. He taught that although this does not come easy, each person
has the strength and resources inside themselves to accomplish their
goals. He often conveyed this humorously to his family, quoting from the
movie The Last Detail, "You ARE the shore patrol!"
He approached challenges with a constant, energetic pursuit of
knowledge and self-education. He demanded excellence from himself
and encouraged it in others. Laron was born with the desire to achieve
great things and with the will to make them possible and to make the
world a better place.
After graduating from Gainesville High School in 1964, Laron immediately
entered the U.S. Army. He began his higher education at what is now
North Central Texas College and received his B.A. from North Texas State
University in 1970. Laron then attended the University of Houston Law
Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. As a lawyer, Laron
spoke on behalf of citizens who were damaged by misconduct and
negligence. With his friend and partner, William Michael Leebron II, he
founded the law firm Leebron & Robinson. Laron worked hard to reach
great success, overcame many obstacles, and yet never forgot where he
came from. He was a generous man of great integrity. He possessed an
uncommon intellect and memory. Laron also had a gift for helping and
educating others, he taught his friends, colleagues and family the value
of hard work and the crucial need for fairness. His life demonstrated that
integrity brings its own rewards, adding value directly to the world by
helping others, and indirectly by inspiring others to be their best selves.
As one of his oldest friends said, "Laron was my hero." Laron was in
many ways an intellectual, solitary, singular man. Yet his deep capacity
for empathy and his genuine concern for the welfare of others created
networks of rich relationships. He built friendships with people from all
walks of life. Laron enjoyed spending time with his wife, traveling with his
family, reading the histories of great leaders, studying American and
European history, listening to his children's musical endeavors, playing
the lottery, the piano, and volunteering his great story-telling gifts as a
docent at the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Laron is buried at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery and donations in his
memory can be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. We love and miss
you, Laron, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.