Delbert “Bud” Ballard, age 80, went to see his maker on Friday, May 18, 2018. He was born to Delbert B. and Marguerite Ballard on February 15, 1938 in Effingham, IL. He passed away after a 4-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He lived in Irving, TX for 54 years and was employed as a printer for Love Envelope and American Mailwell Envelope before retiring. Delbert honorably served our country in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed spending his free time outdoors, he especially enjoyed grilling out hamburgers and steaks and eating BBQ while listening to country western music like Willie Nelson. Delbert is preceded in death by parents and two brothers Larry and Gary Ballard of Arkansas. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years Tracy; son Dwayne of Irving; daughter Lisa Johnson and husband Rex; granddaughters Cassie of Grand Prairie, TX, and Vanessa of Carrollton, TX; brother Dan Ballard and wife Janet of Herrick, IL; two nieces Charlotte Beck and husband Mike and family of IL, Debbie Horn and husband Curt and family of North Carolina; two nephews Ricky Ballard and Leslie Ballard; sisters in law Margaret Moeller and family and Evelyn Cardwell and husband Johnny and family both of Kaufman, TX. Private services will be held. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org and click on Donate.
Joe Wilson, age 61, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, after being diagnosed with advanced cancer four weeks earlier. Joe was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 13, 1957, and was a lifelong Irving resident. He played soccer for over 30 years and had many friends in the sport. He was a graduate of MacArthur High School and Texas Tech University. He enjoyed estate and garage sales and especially liked collecting clocks. He was devoted to his blind cat, Miss Kitty. Left to cherish his memory are his parents Troy and Mozelle Wilson; his companion Linda Ramsey; his brother Jay Wilson; his sister and brother-in-law Jane and Randy Cantrell; his niece Catherine and her husband Art Schmidt; and great nephews Roman and Axel Schmidt. A visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas, 75061. A private inurnment will be scheduled at a later date. No other services are planned.
Violet Amery Flores entered the gates of heaven, far too soon, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Violet was born in Irving, TX to Edwin Flores and Tania Montes. Violet’s sweet memory will be cherished by her parents; grandparents Olivia Montes and Javier and Digna Flores and husband Ramiro; as well as numerous other extended family and friends as they join in the grieving of this precious angel, gone too soon, but never forgotten.
Francisco “Frank” Espinoza Jr., age 69, died peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was born in Robstown, Texas to Francisco and Anita (Felan) Elizondo Espinoza on July 12, 1948. Frank enjoyed working outside in the yard and loved Tejano music, his favorites were El Grupo Mazz, Selena and Emilio Navaira. He was always the life of a party and will be remembered for his amazing cooking abilities, and his great tortilla soup. He was always happy and telling his funny jokes, his love of family was above everything in his life, especially his grandkids and sister in laws. He is preceded in death by both parents, brothers Jimmy and Armando Elizondo and daughter Melissa Espinoza. Left to cherish his memory is wife of 51 years Herlinda Gonzales; brother Rosendo Espinoza and wife Cynthia; brother Joe Espinoza and wife Gracie; brother Luis Espinoza and wife Helen; brother Richard Espinoza; brother Juan Manuel Perez and wife Margaret; sister Patricia Franco and husband Marcelino; sister Elida Reyes and husband Armando; sister Gloria Juarez and husband Francisco “Pancho”; sister Gloria Martinez; daughter Eliza Ragan and husband Gary; son Francisco “Frank” Espinoza III and wife Jennifer Lyons; grandchildren Dustin Brian Ragan, Derek Dillon Ragan, Anthony Taylor Ragan and wife Amanda and Joshua Ryan Ragan; his beloved furry grandchildren Molly Madison Espinoza, Otis Espinoza, Flash Ragan, Harley Ragan and Queen Xica Espinoza along with numerous additional extended loving family and friends. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018 with a Rosary to be said at 7:00pm, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the funeral home with interment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. in Irving, immediately following. The family request memorial donations to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html.
Carlo Joseph Farina Jr., age 89, died Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was born in Dallas, Texas to Carlo Joseph Sr. and Lucy (Diesi) Farina on October 17, 1928. Carlo proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a loving son, brother, husband, uncle and friend to many. Carlo enjoyed baseball, both playing and watching, especially the Texas Rangers. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Ardis Laws Farina and Freda Farina, two brothers Pete and Joe Farina and one sister Marie Raspante. He will lovingly be remembered by his nieces, nephews and dear friend Orlano Randall. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00am, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the North Mausoleum at Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Lane in Dallas, with interment immediately following.