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Grady William McElhannon

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Grady William McElhannon
April 12, 1938 – October 19, 2017
DALLAS – Grady William McElhannon, 79, passed away at his home on Oct. 19, 2017.
Grady William McElhannon, known as Bill, and affectionately as “Big Bill” to match his bigger than life personality, was born in Borger on April 12, 1938.
He grew up in Nocona where he played football and was active in the vocational agricultural program at Nocona High School. He went on to Kemper Military Academy in Missouri to finish high school, play football and attend junior college. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1960 and served his country until his honorable discharge.
He came to Dallas and began a lifelong career of sales. He was a top salesman and spent many years traveling the large and small towns of West Texas selling women’s dresses and sportswear to his estimated 350 plus accounts.
Upon his retirement in the late 80s, he cared for his mother, Katie until her death.
In 2005 he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and dealt with that for the remaining years of his life.
He had a wide array of friends and family and stayed in touch with them on a regular basis up to the day of his death. His booming personality, optimism and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Katie McElhannon; older brother, James McElhannon and niece, Kimbra McElhannon.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle McElhannon; grandchildren, Taylar and Darrion Collins McElhannon; and nephews, many cousins, great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to Laurel Land Funeral Home Dallas, 6000 S.R.L Thornton Fwy.
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Wanda Louise Trotter Wood

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Wanda Louise Trotter Wood
August 31, 1931 – November 29, 2023
BOWIE – Wanda Louise Trotter Wood, 92, died on Nov. 29, 2023.
The family will receive friends from from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the White Family Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with Randall Templin officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1931 in Vashti to William Lester and Lula Elizabeth (Williams) Trotter. On March 7, 1947 she married John Henry Wood Jr. in Henrietta. The couple were together just shy of 65 years, before his passing in 2012. She worked as a lifelong seamstress, sold Avon products and dedicated more than 10 years to Haggar-Slack Company making jeans.
She is preceded in death by her sisters, Lenora Trotter and Nell Jones; brothers, Odis Harold and Darrell Trotter; her husband, John Henry Wood Jr.; son, Roger Dale Wood; and grandsons, John Charles Wood and Joseph Chance Wood.
She is survived by her three sons, Clifton Wood, Riverside, CA, Kenneth Wood, Crafton and Alan Wood, Bowie; a daughter-in-law; sisters, Elaine Scruggs, Frances Richey and Margie Turnbow; brother, Carol Trotter; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Jackie Michelle Bowers

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Jackie Michelle Bowers
August 23, 1980 – November 23, 2023
CHICO – Jackie Michelle Bowers, 43, died on Nov. 23, 2023.
A graveside service took place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Rest Haven Cemetery in Barnhart, TX.
She was born Aug. 23, 1980 in Fort Stockton to Carl Gene Bowers and Greta Frances Smith. She attended Sonora High School, where she was active in the marching band, but later moved to Bowie and attended high school there. Bowers then graduated from Grand Junction Trade Institute with a certified nurse’s aide license. She later returned home to Big Lake before settling in Bowie.
She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Leona Snodgrass and grandfathers, Jackie Smith and Wesley Bowers.
She is survived by her mother, Greta St. John, Chico; father, Carl Bowers, San Angelo; brother, Randy Quick, Whitesboro; sister, Hope Hehn, Puryear, TN and grandmother, Dorothy Bowers, San Angelo.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Ernest Earl “Turk” Largent

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Ernest Earl “Turk” Largent
March 20, 1940 – November 24, 2023
BOWIE – Ernest Earl “Turk” Largent, 83, died surrounded by his family on Nov. 24, 2023 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie with the Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Turk was born March 20, 1940 in Bridgeport to Ernest and Grace Largent. From 1963 to 1966, he served as an MP in the Army and was stationed in Germany for most of his deployment. Turk retired as a car hauler and truck driver after 33 years of service with Auto Convoy in Mesquite where he held the position of Union Steward. He served the City of Bowie on the city council for several years.
Turk was an active member of First Baptist Church of Bowie and for more than 30 years and maintained the buses as well as drove for the Enerjetics department on out of town trips. For more than a decade, he was the head cook at Falls Creek for the FBC youth department and also cooked on mission trips to New Mexico. He loved serving his church and God.
Turk had a commercial pilot license and flew as a hobby. He thoroughly enjoyed motorcycle rides on his Gold Wing with friends all over Texas and occasionally across the USA.
While Turk had a successful career, was an active member of the community, and cherished his church family, his greatest honor was being a husband to wife Martha and Papaw to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Turk considered family his most valuable asset.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bob Largent and Alvin Largent.
Turk is survived by his wife of 44 years, Martha Largent, Bowie; daughters, Angelia Dean, Bowie, Taylor Short, McKinney and April Burney, Waco; four grandchildren, Malleri McGee, College Station, Miranda Stringer, Petty, Hunter Thymes, Waco and Adriana Turcu, Wichita Falls; and four great-grandchildren, Jaydon Burnett, Jackson Robertson, Kaia Short and Emerson Turcu.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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