Genela Mae Cooper
Genela Mae Cooper, 82, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, in Electra.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 23, 2001, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Electra with Reverend Jack T. Riley, pastor, officiating, assisted by Reverend Charles Nichols, pastor of Southside Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Interment was in Electra Memorial Park under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cooper was born October 12, 1918, in Seymour, Texas. She and Cleo Edgar Cooper were married September 14, 1940 in Seymour, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Electra. She worked several years for Perkins-Timberlake Store in Electra. She also worked for Dickey-McGann and Rowe for several years.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Viavanettee of Burkburnett, Texas; and Sherry Gayle Clubb of Seymour; one sister, Mildred Laney of Seymour; three grandsons, Larry Dale McCubbin of Seymour; Trent Viavanettee of Wichita Falls and Joe Viavanettee of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 406 West Garrison Ave. Electra, Texas, 76360.
C.E. “Gene” Snyder
C.E. “Gene” Snyder, 70, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24, 2001.
Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at North Richland Hills Baptist Church. Burial was at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials be made in “Gene’s Memory” to Arc of N.E. Tarrant County at P.O. Box 14455, Haltom City 76117; or to one of the following funds at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 4001 Vance, North Richland Hills 76180; The Children’s Building Fund, Childrens Camp Scholarship Fund, Cornerstone Assistants Network, or Lay Witnessess For Christ.
Clinton Eugene Snyder was born September 14, 1930, in Bomarton to Charlie Daniel and Vera Joines Snyder. He was a member of the last graduating class of Bomarton Rural School in Baylor County. He married Gwendolyn LaMoyne Thomas July 2, 1950, in Bomarton. They had lived in North Richland Hills for the past 47 years. He was employed by Convair (General Dynamics) for 10 years and retired in 1995 from Bell Helicopter Textron as a Product Assurance Representative after 35 years.
He dedicated his life to his family and the work of the Lord with every ounce of his energy. He was ordained as a deacon at Springdale Baptist Church in 1954. The family joined North Richland Hills Baptist Church in 1956. He served these congregations faithfully as a teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon Chairman, children’s camp counselor, and in other leadership positions. Gene was a blessing to those whom he came in contact and his constant encouragement, positive attitude, and witty sense of humor will be greatly missed.
He was a charter member of Arc of N.E. Tarrant Co., and a prior member of the Fort Worth Garden Club.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Louis Ray Snyder.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, LaMoyne Thomas Snyder of North Richland Hills; sons, Terry Snyder of Fort Worth and Stephen Todd Snyder of North Richland Hills; daughter, Karen Pirzchalski and her husband, Stan, of Colleyville; brother, Charles Snyder of Waco; sister, Sue Yates and her husband, Carl, of North Richland Hills; granddaughters, Susan and Lisa Pirzchalski, and Lynda Blanton; great-grandson, Cameron Brown; sisters-in-law, Pat Wilkinson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sharon Elliott of Seymour; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Albert Edward Boyd, III
Albert Edward Boyd, III, age 61, of Vera, Texas, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at Wichita Falls, Texas.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the Vera Baptist Church, Vera, Texas, with Reverend Delmar McBeath and Reverend Royce Denton officiating. Burial was in the Vera cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Albert Edward Boyd, III, was born November 13, 1939, in Knox City, Texas to Albert Edward Boyd, Jr. and Alma Boyd. He attended Vera Schools and graduated from Seymour High School in 1958. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and then the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era where he was trained as a chemical staff specialist and a technical intelligence specialist until he was honorably discharged in 1965 and returned to his home in Vera. He the went to work for Carl Snyder Electric and R.T. Lewis. He worked for B-K Electric for several years before returning to Vera to own and operate Boyd Elevator in Vera and Dundee for several more years. Edward was a farmer and rancher in Vera, Texas, the place he always called home no matter where he lived. He and Tressa Nix were married July 27, 1990, in Seymour, Texas. Edward was a member of the Vera Baptist Church, the Demolay Lodge, Cattlemans Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Horse Association and the National Quarter Horse Association.
He is survived by: wife, Tressa Boyd of Vera, Texas; two daughters, Debbie Archer and husband, Benny, and Melissa Garcia and husband, Felix, of Seymour, Texas; two sons, Michael Boyd and wife, Cember, and Jesse Grimaldo both of Seymour, Texas; one step-daughter, Misti Spear and husband of Wichita Falls, Texas; one step-son B.J. Murray of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Charlotte Roberson of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Lynda Beck of Vera, Texas; one aunt, Maurine Paris of Vera, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jaci Harlan, Carli Sosa, Kayla Sosa, Kourtney Sosa, Lance Boyd, Kaegyn Spear, Kersten Boyd, Kameron Spear and Kyler Spear.
William Howard Gross
William Howard Gross, 63, of Abilene, passed peacefully in his sleep at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, April 15, 2001, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Beltway Park Baptist Church with David McQueen officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
Mr. Gross was born in El Centro, California on March 5, 1938, and was raised in Seymour, Texas, where he married Mary Lou Booein in 1959. The couple moved in 1964 to Stamford where they reared their children. Mr. Gross was instrumental in organizing the Little League Program in Stamford. In 1982, he moved to Kerrville where he lived until moving to Abilene in 1989. At the time of his death, he was employed by Hendrick Regional Laboratories. He retired in 1994 from Lone Star Gas Company as construction and maintenance supervisor after a 38 year career.
A loving father and grandfather, he was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their various sports activities. He enjoyed playing Bridge and had achieved the Bronze Life Master status.
Mr. Gross was preceded in death by his parents, William Jarvis Gross and Freida Norene Sprowles Gross, and a brother, Freddy Gross.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Gross of Abilene; sons, Tim Gross and wife Laurie, of Abilene, and Ty Gross and wife, Susan, of Northridge, CA; grandchildren, Matt Gross and Leslie Gross of Abilene, and Bryan Gross and Adam Gross of Northridge, CA; and a sister, Shirley Edwards of Greenville, South Carolina.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Vasquette, Jerry Willis, Mike Kenny, Dale Lain, Sam Harris, and Bob Young.
Memorials may be made to Beltway Park Baptist Church Building Fund, 4009 Beltway South, Abilene, TX 79606.
Frances Gafford died peacefully Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Alice Pon and her family, in Auburn California, after a long illness.
Funeral services were held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Mausoleum, followed by a requiem service at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Frances was fortunate to have spent time with all three of her daughters after the loss of her husband, Raymond, in 1990. They were married for 53 years. Raymond was a well-known and respected golf professional at Ridglea Country Club from 1950 to 1976.
Frances’ heart was in Texas, having been born in Seymour in 1916. She attended high school and then graduated from Peter Smith Nursing School in Fort Worth in 1938. She met Raymond on a blind date arranged by friends and had to wait for him to finish a round of golf before the date. She never practiced nursing but worked with Raymond at Ridglea Country Club, keeping the books and working in the pro shop. Her family and friends will always remember Frances’ warmth, humor and spirit.
Frances was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Clyde and Roger Franklin.
Survivors include: daughters and their families, Sue Piner and husband, Gary, of New Braunfels, and grandson, Paxton Piner of Dallas, Ann Bailey and husband, Frank, of Fredericksburg, and grandson, Mike Bailey and wife, Ginger, of Carrolton, and great-grandchildren, Jacob, John and Lauren Bailey, grandson, Stephen Bailey of Houston, and great-grandson, Jeremy Bailey, Alice Pon and husband, Ron, of Auburn, California, and grandchildren, Anji Pon, Gerritt Pon; and brother, Wesley Franklin of Onalaska, Wis.
Frances was a cousin to Virgil, Irwin, and Arch Hall of Seymour.
Vesta Lee Morris
Vesta Lee Morris, age 81, of Irving, Texas, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Irving. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, with Reverend Andy Mangum officiating. Services were under the direction of Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home of Irving, Texas.
Mrs. Morris was born May 5, 1919, in Seymour, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Morris.
She is survived by one son, Jim D. Moss of Irving, Texas; a daughter, Linda Morris of Irving, Texas; a sister, Wanda Kriedler of Texarkana, Texas; by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Billie L. Glass
Billie L. Glass, age 82, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the local nursing home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Seymour Church of Christ, with Bud Branson officiating. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Glass was born May 27, 1918, in Baylor County, Texas, to Lawson J. and Velma Fuller Scott. She was a retired L.V.N. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include four sons, Royce Joe Glass of Seymour, Texas, Vance Glass and his wife Peggy of Liberty, Kentucky, Troy Glass and his wife Stella of Seymour, Texas, and Bill Glass and his wife, Kim of Seymour, Texas; Three grandsons, Monty and Jason Glass of Seymour, and Jimmy Gann of Jacksboro; by four granddaughters, Jenni and Elizabeth Glass of Seymour, Texas, Vickie Sue Glass of Liberty, Kentucky, and Linda Gann of Jacksboro, Texas; by four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Tatum and Tanna; and by one sister, Frances Brook of Caldwell, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by one brother, Lawson Joe Scott, Jr.