Don Salyards “Grandpa”, age 89, died Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 18, 1928. Don served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed. Don is preceded in death by his parents, wife Patrcia Ann Salyards, sons Michael Anthony and Eddie Salyards and siblings Roy, Grace, Gene and Frank. Left to cherish his memory is son Dana Crouch and wife Lynette; granddaughter Jana Choppy; granddaughter Allison McCann and husband Terry; great grandchildren Rylee Ann, Luca Michael and Julian Augustus along with numerous extended family and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, as well as the staff of Dallas VA. A graveside service will be held 10:00 am, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Macular Degeneration at https://www.macular.org/how-donate .
Avis Jordan, age 93, died peacefully Sunday, November 12, 2017. She was born in Stephens County, Texas to Samuel and Sally (Griffin) Waters on January 12, 1924. Avis was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Virgil Jordan, brother William Melvin Waters and sister Lorene Ingham. Left to cherish and carry on her legacy is son Kenneth Jordan and wife Sue; daughter Debbie Smithey; grandchildren Brandi Smithey, Steve Jordan and Craig Jordan; great grandchildren Casey and Jessie Jordan; great great grandchild Victoria Jordan along with numerous extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., in Irving, with interment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens immediately following. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 also at the funeral home.
Paula Denise Graff, age 64, passed away at her home in Bedford, Texas on Friday November 10, 2017. Paula was born on July 19, 1953 in Belton, Texas. She was the eldest of four children born to Jim and Iva Williams. Paula was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her father, Jim; her devoted and long-time companion, Fred Hiam; her daughter, Charlene Mendiola and husband Kerry; grandchildren Kaleb, Cheyenne, Zander, and Zoella, her sisters Patti Bonlie and husband Wayne, Cathy Rose and husband Bill; and brother James Williams and fiance Candy McKenzie and numerous other relatives. Paula loved family gatherings and especially loved doting over her grandkids. Our hearts are broken over her sudden passing, but are comforted knowing she is now at peace and with our Lord. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
Lorene Preston, age 91, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Corsicana, Texas to Sidney Albert and Geneva Vera (Singleton) Martin on September 13, 1926. Lorene is preceded in death by her parents, 9 brothers and sisters and her daughter Geneva Smith. Left to cherish her memory is daughter Linda Mathis; Daughter Brenda Hodge and husband Gerald; son Johnny Hutson; daughter Debra Matlock; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 24 great great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family, leaving behind an amazing living legacy. A funeral service will be held 10:00 am, Monday, November 13, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, November 12, 2017 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Memorials can be made to Children’s Cancer Fund at www.childrenscancerfund.com.
Mary Dixon, age 86, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Mary was born in Dallas, Texas on April 30, 1931 to Ward Harmon Remele and Nell Remele. Mary was the secretary to the Manager of Operations at Braniff Airways for 15 years before retiring in 1982. She loved quilting, needlepoint, and arts & crafts. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Janet Dixon; brother Laird Remele. Left to cherish her memory are husband of 68 years, John Dixon; son Tom Dixon and wife Anne; grandchildren Lindsey Green and husband Bryce, Joshua Miller and wife Billie Joy, Jonathan Bradry and wife Sarah, Jared Miller and wife Briana, and Lara Miller; great grandchildren Gracen Green, Ryleigh Adams, Brannon Miller, and Avonlea Miller. The family will welcome friends and family from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home 707 North MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX. A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church 211 West Third Street Irving, TX with Sammy Hargrove officiating. An interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens 1413 East Irving Blvd also in Irving, TX. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children by going to their website: http://community.tsrhc.org/ and clicking on donate now.