The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 14, 2006


Death notices

Tommie L. Arnold, 74, of Commerce died Dec. 12, 2006 at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Commerce, with interment in Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce.

Charles Hamm, 73, of Lone Oak died Dec. 13, 2006, in Dallas. Services are pending with Lynch Funeral Service.

Lucretia Johnson, 86, of Greenville died Dec. 13, 2006, in Briarcliff Health Center. Services are at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Central Christian Church. Visitation is today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

Bradford Morgan, 89, of Jacksonville, Texas, died Dec. 12, 2006. Services at 2 p.m. today in Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel. Burial is in Shady Grove Cemetery. Family visitation is today at 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Birchie Currin

Funeral services for Birchie Lee “Bill” Currin, 91, of Greenville are at 10 a.m. Friday at Ridgecrest Baptit Church, with Pastor Kevin Herbert officiating. Burial will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

Mr. Currin passed away on Dec. 10 in Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.

He was born Oct. 5, 1915, in Hopkins County to William Walter and Maggie Adair Currin. He married Ruth Wooten on Sept. 19, 1943, in Greenville.

Bill was retired from the Greenville Fire Department with 30 years of service. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and on the Advisory Board of Caprock Electric. He served in the 8th Cavalry and U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Wooten Currin; son, Mike and wife Linda of Alto, N.M.; grandchildren Deanna and Larry Johnson of Deer Park, Texas, Anne and Eric Drager of Minnesota and Steven Currin of Tucson, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren, Gary and Mitchell Davidson of Deer Park; a sister, Mildred Luttrell of Greenville, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Earl Currin.

Pallbearers are Joe Little, Ronnie Lyons, Jerry Swindell, Bobby Pickle, Bart Sherer and Joe Horton.

Leon DeVeny

Leon Richard DeVeny, 74, died Dec. 10, 2006 at his home in Greenville.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Gould officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Alexander DeVeny, and his two children, Dianne DeVeny and David Richard DeVeny. He had one grandchild, Shannon Nichole DeVeny, and a beloved little dog, Pixie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Gene Arlene DeVeny.

Leon was born on Aug. 25, 1932, to Joseph Seymour DeVeny and Betty Jo McCutchen in San Angelo. He moved as a small child to Waco, where he graduated from Waco High School. He attended Arlington State University and the University of Texas in Austin.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan.

He met and married Patricia Alexander on June 20, 1959, while working in Greenville at Temco Aircraft. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked at Goodyear Aerospace. In 1972, they returned to Greenville to work in the family business. He was vice president of the Greenville Coca Cola Bottling Company until it was sold in 1989.

Leon was a loyal member of the Greenville Rotary Club. He was the recipient of Rotarian of the Year in both 1985-1986 and 1995-1996. He served on several boards and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Artistic talent ran in the DeVeny family. Leon’s brother Gene was noted for his work in bronze, and Leon had the honor of designing the Greenville Sesqui-Centennial Flag in 1985. He was also an avid collector of Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Pallbearers are Joe Williams, David Williams, Lee Clark, Julius Nussbaum, Tom Curtis, Charles Shirey, Perry Smith. Honorary pallbearer is Harold Curtis.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jeffrey Gaffney

LADONIA — Funeral services for Jeffrey Lynn Gaffney are at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. C.W. Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Grace and Mercy Funeral Home in Greenville, followed by a wake from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church of Ladonia.

He departed this life on Dec. 12.

He was born May 29, 1966, to the parentage of Johnnie Greene Gaffney and Doretha Ford Gaffney. He received his education from Fannindel High School and Paris Junior College. His church affiliation was Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Ladonia.

Cherishing his memory are brothers, John L. Gaffney and Myrl of Bonham, Moses C. Gaffney of Ladonia and Roy C. Gaffney and Tina of Norfolk, Va.; sisters, Deborah Gaffney, Dorothy Harrison, Delores Jones and Jimmy, Theadora McFail and Rodney, Juanita Brown and Michael, all of Ladonia, and Lenora Alexander and Donald of Paris; uncles Harden Ford of Ladonia and Rev. Thomas Ford of Artesia, N.M.; aunt, Vennie C. Swain of Greenville.

Regina Harvill

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Funeral services for Regina “Reggie” Nichols Harvill, 31, are at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Rose-Neath’s Southside Chapel, with Rev. Clarence Chism officiating.Interment will follow in Forest Park West Cemetery.

Family visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Harville died Dec. 10 at her home after a sudden illness.

She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, and a special friend to many. Reggie was always there for those who needed her.

Survivors are her husband, Randy Harvill; sons, Nick Campbell and Collin Crouch; mother, Renee Hedrick; stepdad, Gip; father, Wayne Nichols; and stepmom, Susan; grandparents, Bobbie Marzula, Alva Nichols and Tommie Credeur; brother, Brandon Nichols; stepsister, Colleen Free; close friends Becky Marin, Bart Harvill, Christopher Crouch and Brent Reeves; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joe Marzula.

A memorial scholarship fund for her children has been established at Capitol One Bank.

Frances Kirk

Funeral serevices for Frances Evelyn Moore Kirk, also known as Nonnie, 80, areat 10 a.m. Friday at Abundant Life Church in Greenville. A committal service will be at 2 p.m. at Laurel Oak Memorial Park in Mesquite.Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Abundant Life Church.

Mrs. Kirk died Dec. 10 at her Greenville home.

She was born March 15, 1926, in Clarkesville, Texas, to Ernest Moore and Lizzie Bumgardner Moore. On April 7, 1943, she married GW Kirk in Greenville. A member of Abundnt Life Church, she was very involved in church and helped with Angel Food Ministries.

Survivors are her children, Rev. Wayne Kirk and wife, Pat, of Sweetwater, Paula Davis and husband, Larry, of Greenville, and Phillip Kirk of Dallas; grandchildren, David Kirk and wife, Denise, of Krugerville, Cheryl Kirk of Sweetwater, Krystal Davis of Greenville, Timothy Davis of Grenville; a special friend she considered a grandchild, Aleksander “Sasha” Tomica; great-grandchildren Jami Kirk, James David Kirk, Andrew Kirk, Shannon Kirk, Ashlyn Alexander and Dacia Alexander; three sisters, Gloria McClain of Rockwall, Ruby Wewe of Lewisville, Reba Newby of Bakersvillle, Calif.; and one brother, David Moore of Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two brothers, Glen Moore and Irvin Moore; and one sister, Cornealia Grey.

Pallbearers are Timothy Davis, David Kirk, Shawn Green, Tony McClain, Aleksander “Sasha” Tomica, Craig Shoemaker and Leon Morgan.

Memorial donations may be made to Angel Food Ministries, in care of Abundant Life Church, 6212 Live Oak, Greenville, 75402.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce.