Having believed the truth of the gospel and accepted by faith Jesus as Savior and Lord, A.R. “Butch”
Armstrong slipped softly and tenderly into the arms of Jesus at 8:23 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2012.
In accordance with his wishes, Butch was interred before sundown that same day at Sunset Memorial.
Butch came into this life Friday, Sept. 13, 1935, in Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High
School and attended Texas State University in Arlington, where he met and fell in love with his bride
of 55 years.
Butch was an entrepreneur and inventor. He had numerous professions, including working for the
Santa Fe Railroad as a fireman and engineer, and salesman for Montgomery Ward and International
Homes Sales, Inc. He began working as a subcontractor in 1972, for Alice Roofing & Sheet Metal
Works, Inc., and in 1982, he acquired the business.
Before retiring in 1999, Butch was passionate about the roofing industry, the safety of his
employees, the quality of the work performed and the improvement of the industry. This passion was
demonstrated through his service as president of the Roofing Contractor’s Association of Texas
(RCAT); aiding in establishing RCAT’s Roofing Certification Program; obtaining Certificate No. 1 of
that program as a certified commercial and residential roofing contractor; serving on the Board of
Directors of the National Roofing Contractors Association; and giving testimony before the Texas
State Legislature regarding worker’s compensation reform for the industry.
After retirement, Butch took great pleasure in enhancing his understanding of the Holy Scriptures
and growing in his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by attending Bible study fellowship and
daily prayer and Bible study with his wife. Some of his favorite scriptures include Luke 23:43; 2
Corinthians 5:8; John 10:10; and Isaiah 41:10.
Butch is preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie; father, William; and brother, Bo.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Roger and Sidney and wife Vikki; granddaughters, Delaney
and Reagan; brothers, Gene and Glenn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen, Johnnie, Harry and Dick;
cousin, Janetta Young; nieces and nephews, Vicki Christian, Craig and Steve Armstrong, Chris
Wharton, Larry and Garry Stotts, Herbie Wagner, Marjorie Beth Taylor and Michael and Paul Stotts;
and many friends.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the staff at North East Methodist Hospital and
Hospice Inspiris, especially Ms. Teresa Myers, who shines brightly the light of Christ.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
|RONNIE DALE ABBE
|RONNIE DALE ABBE 1947-1976
SERVICES SET SATURDAY FOR RONNIE DALE ABBE
Friday, August 6, 1976
Ronnie Dale Abbe, 29, of 834 N. Morris St., died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Dallas after and extended illnes.
He was a native of Gainesville, born May 30, 1947 , a son of the late Ralph Abbe and Mrs. Abbe. He
married Judy West May 29, 1967 in Gainesville and was a 1966 graduate of Gainesville High
School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War with the Marines. He was a member of the Central
Baptist Church in Farmers Branch. He was employed by Central Freight Line in Irving.
The Rev. Bill Slayton minister of the Farmers Branch Central Park Baptist Church, will officate.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Vernie Keel Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in
Survivors are his wife, Judy; one son, Ronnie Abbe Jr.; two daughters, Jennifer and Michelle, all of
the home; his mother, Gladys Abbe of Gainesville; six brothers, William Lee Abbe of Denton; Leon
Abbe of Duncan, Oklahoma;Donald W. Abbe of Lawton, Oklahoma; Gary Abbe of Whitesboro; Johnny
Abbe of Carrollton and Mike Abbe of Enid, Oklahoma; and one sister, Mrs. Peggy Byrom of Allen.
|DANIEL KELLY ADAIR 1961-2011
Daniel Kelly Adair, 50, passed away suddenly in Deering, N.D. on Dec. 14.
Dan was a long-time resident of Gainesville and had recently transferred to North Dakota, working in
the oil industry.
He was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, to Harry and Collene Adair.
The family moved to Gainesville in 1969 and Dan graduated from GHS in 1979.
He is survived by his son, Jody and daughter, Ryan, both of Gainesville; brother, Bruce of Grundy
Center, Iowa; brother, Darryl of Horseshoe Bend; sister, Marsha Burney and brother-in-law, Sammy
Burney, of Center Point; sister, Laurie White of Lewisville; sister, Janis Rowe and brother-in-law,
Keith Rowe, of Plano and a large extended family.
Dan's sense of humor, zest for life and positive outlook will be greatly missed by all his friends and
Memorial services will be held at Clement Keel Funeral Home chapel in Gainesville at 10 a.m. on
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the KC Hall in Gainesville, immediately after the services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
|DENNIS WAYNE ALLEN 1960-2010
LEWISVILLE — Funeral services for Dennis Wayne Allen, 50, of Lewisville, are set for 10 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 8, 2010 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son
Mr. Allen died Nov. 3, 2010 in Lewisville.
He was born May 28, 1960 in Bryan.
He is survived by his daughter, Riannon Dougherty; his father and step-mother, William Ray and Beth
Allen; his brother, Will Allen; sister, Valerie Gilbreath and two grandchildren.
|PHYLLIS ANSLEY GRIFFIN 1936-2012
Funeral services for Phyllis Ansley Griffin, 76, of Denton are set for Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at 2 p.m.
at the Geo. J. Carroll and Son Chapel with the Rev. Larry Kremling officating with burial to follow at
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Phyllis was born on May 4, 1936, in Frederick, Okla., to Leo and Bessie Johnson Ansley.
She grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1954. While a senior in
high school, Phyllis worked for her brother-in-law, Dr. Herbert Alston, an eye, ear, nose and throat
doctor in Gainesville, and later attended East Texas State University for a short time. Her love of
politics lead her to live in Dallas and work with the Republican party for a brief period in 1963, and
later she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from North Texas State
University in 1969.
She married Dr. E. Ray Griffin (deceased) on Feb. 21, 1968, and together they raised one child,
Michele Griffin Mason who was born on March 2, 1970. Phyllis had many varied interests and
passions in life including politics, writing, researching and compiling her family history, cooking,
and sewing, but most of all she will be remembered as a loving, dedicated mother, homemaker, wife,
sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Michele and son-in-law Stuart Mason of Dallas; granddaughter,
Ansley Myers of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, William Edmond “Boze” Ansley and sister-in-law
Letha of Garland; brother-in-law, Dr. C.E. “Buck” Jones, husband of Marjorie Jones (deceased). She
is also survived by four step-daughters, Beverly (Mrs. Dennis T.) Riney of Krum; Mary (Mrs. Kenneth)
Warren of Midlothian, Va.; Rebecca (Mrs. Pete) Minton of Midlothian, Va., and their husbands; and
Mrs. Martha Griffin Escobar of Midlothian, Va., and numerous grand and great-grandchildren who
Pallbearers will be Barry Ansley, Stuart Mason, Ryan Redshaw, Dennis T. Riney, Blaine Rainey and
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
|JUSTIN WAYNE ASHLOCK (1994-2010)
Funeral services for Justin Wayne Ashlock, 16, of Gainesville, are set for 10:00 AM Saturday, July 3,
2010 at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will be private. A visitation will
be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, July 2, 2010 at the funeral home.
Mr. Ashlock passed away June 28, 2010 in Gainesville.
Mr. Ashlock was born April 19, 1994 in Gainesville.
Justin is survived by loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Justin Ashlock Memorial Fund at the
First State Bank, 801 E. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240.
|NAOMI AUSTIN 1929-2007
Services for Naomi Austin, 78, of Gainesville are set for 11 a.m. Friday 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.
Mrs. Austin died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at her residence.
She was born April 20, 1929, in Gainesville to Starling Jefferson and Winnie Milburn Embry. On May
26, 1951, she married Vernon Austin in Gainesville. During Naomi’s early years, the family lived in
Sivells Bend. Her formative years were centered around those activities in ranch living in Sivells
Bend, where she rode horseback to school. She attended Gainesville Junior High School and
graduated from Gainesville High School. She graduated from Gainesville Junior College with an
Associate of Arts Degree. She then attended North Texas University where she obtained a Bachelor
of Science Degree. She then graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, earning a Master
of Science Degree. Naomi was a teacher for 36 years. She taught homemaking at Callisburg and
She was recognized as an outstanding Alumni by the Education Foundation of Gainesville.
Naomi has been very active in the activities of the community and her church. She is a member of
the Spirit Sisters (an organization of ladies who particpated in the “Walk to Emmaus”). She was a
member of the Garden Club, Gleaners Church Circle and the Garden Study Club. Along with Vernon,
she had been a member of the community the majority of her life. They are also members of the
Gainesville Hospital Auxiliary, and the Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon Austin of Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Theo and
Helen Embrey of Cleburne; aunt, Cleo Cook of Andrews; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and
She was preceded in death by her father, Starling Embry in 1990; and by her mother, Winnie Embry
on April 6, 2007.
Visitation will be at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8 pm. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund, Whaley United Methodist Church or
Cooke County Home Hospice; P.O. Box 936; Gainesville, TX 76241-0936.
|MARK SAMUEL ASKEW 1969-2005
Mark Samuel Askew, 36, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 at UCSD Medical Center of natural causes.
Born Nov. 21, 1969 at Gainesville, Texas, he lived in San Diego a short time. and was project manager
for a construction company for six years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a graduate
of Texas A&M and a member of Men's bible study at Maranatha Chapel.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Lisa Askew of San Diego; mother Margie Askew and Carl Askew
of Gainesville, Texas; daughters Anna Askew and Abigail Askew of San Diego; brother Howard Askew
of Gainsville, Texas and sisters and brothers-in-law Rachel and Larry Kirby and Holly and Jack
Davidson of Gainesville, Texas.
A memorial is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 2 in Texas with interment at Fair Avenue Cemetery,
Gainesville, Texas. The family suggests memorial donations to the Pulmonary Hypertension
Association or charity of choice. Mc Leod Mortuary is handling arrangements.