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Charles H. Blanton “Sonny”

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November 7, 1933 – March 29, 2024
BURKBURNETT – Charles H. Blanton “Sonny”, 90, met Jesus in Wichita Falls on Good Friday, March 29, 2024.
A funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on April 3 at the First Baptist Church of Bowie with Joe Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Charles was born on Nov. 7, 1933 in Caddo, TX (Stephens County) and grew up in Newcastle. He played football and was known around the area for his talent. After graduating high school, he and his best friend took off for Texas A&M. However, it didn’t take long for him to realize he wasn’t an Aggie and he and the friend left in the middle of the night. They ended up at Ranger Junior College where he played football and met his wife, Peggy Lee Russell. They were married on June 5, 1954 and would have been married 70 years this June.
Charles and Peggy moved to Lubbock where Charles again played football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and could finally claim life-long loyalty. After earning his degree in education, the Blantons found themselves in San Antonio where Charles served in the Army during peace time. Recently someone asked his rank, and his son answered ‘Half-Back’ as that is where they really needed him… on the football team. Outside of football he worked in the dermatology department.
He moved to Levelland, TX after his service in the Army where Charles got a football coaching job. Their daughter Kim was born in 1959. In 1963 they moved to Bowie where they would spend the next 50 years. Their son Rusty was born there in 1967.
Charles was an educator, football Coach and high school Principal in the Bowie school system for more than 30 years. He was a beloved part of the school and was known for his ‘hugs’. To this day, people still mention his good hugs when remembering him. He was also a ‘quarter dispenser’ as the students knew they could get some spare change if they needed it.
During his time in Bowie, Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years as well as heading numerous committees. He was a long time member of the Bowie Kiwanis Club and spent many hours at their playground mowing and trying to repair that old equipment, and probably kept many of Bowie’s children from getting life threatening injuries. After retirement, he worked as an interim superintendent of schools in and around North Texas. But his real love was working with students. He much preferred that over the business of running schools and dealing with parents.
Charles loved working with his cattle and fishing. He caught and fried many a catfish for family and friends, and made hundreds of freezers of homemade ‘Big Red’ ice cream.
In 2013, Charles and Peggy decided to move to Burkburnett, to be close to their son and his family. Their grandson was young and into all sports, and Charles was burning up the road between Bowie and Burkburnett to keep up. There, not only did they enjoy being close to Rusty’s family, but also met many new friends at the First Baptist Church of Burkburnett.
Charles was an avid sports fan but particularly enjoyed the Red Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and in later years the Kansas City Chiefs because… well Mahomes was a Red Raider too. That gave him a lot of enjoyment. We know he is looking forward to visiting with his old coaching buddies so they might finally be able to put their heads together and figure out what is wrong with his beloved Cowboys.
Charles life long faith tells his family exactly where he is kneeling today and because of his example they know they will be seeing him again someday in Glory.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Maranna Blanton.
Charles is survived by his wife of 70 years, Peggy Russell Blanton, Burkburnett; daughter, Kim Ferguson and husband Mike, Dallas; son, Rusty Blanton and wife Jamie, Burkburnett and grandchildren, Ashlee Carlson and husband Jeffrey, Dallas, Camille Blanton, Austin and Cayden Charles Blanton, Burkburnett. He is also survived by his sister, Bettye Pinkerton, Winters, TX; brother, Dan Blanton and wife Trini, Mansfield and multiple nieces and nephews who all loved ‘uncle Sonny.’
Should friends desire, memorials can be made in honor of Charles to Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Bowie Educational Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Gaynell Reynolds Truelock

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December 4, 1941 – April 16, 2024
BOWIE – Gaynell Reynolds Truelock, 82, was called home, April 16, 2024 after a long battle with dementia.
Gaynell was born Dec. 4, 1941 in New Orleans, LA to Thurston Odell and Ruth Loraine Reynolds and was raised in Houston. She graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1960.
Gaynell met her husband, Jimmy A. Truelock, her high school sweetheart, and married on Friday, May 13, 1960. October 1970, she and her husband moved their young family to the small town of Anderson, TX. She loved the rural community. Gaynell was loved by all that met her. Her greatest joys were her lord and family.
She went to work at the Anderson Shiro School District in 1973 and retired in 1987. She loved her job at the school and the friends she made. Gaynell loved her venture into the raising of ostriches for many years. She was a natural with the giant birds.
Their last move was in 1995 when she and her husband made the move to Bowie. She opened her last business, Bowie Laundry, right away and ran it for many years. In 2002 when her husband retired, they finally fulfilled a lifelong dream, bought a motorhome and hit the road. State parks were her favorite.
Gaynell is survived by her husband of 63 years; daughter and family, Gaylynn and Mark Burris, grandson, Ethan and Jessica Burris and great grandchildren Myka Mae and Elliot, all of Bowie; daughter and family, Cindy Kay Brandt, New Waverly, TX, granddaughter, Rachel and Bradley Klawinsky and great grandsons, Stanton and Colson, Montgomery, TX and grandaughter, Holly and Tim Harris and great granddaughters, Rylynn and Madilyn, College Station, TX; daughter, Sandra Bushnell and a dearly loved sister-in-law, Debbie Truelock Meier, Bowie.

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Terry Darnell Murphey

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December 21, 1952 – April 15, 2024
NOCONA – Terry Darnell Murphey, 71, died April 15, 2024 in Nocona.
A visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. on April 17 at Jerry Woods Funeral Home. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. on April 18 at Nocona Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 21, 1952, in Post, TX to Garnie Randolph and Edith Christine Cowley. She spent most of her career working with and caring for children at Nocona Independent School District in the cafeteria and as a childcare provider at Nocona DayCare Center.
She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Bobbie and Carroll Cowley and her husband of 49 years, Jerry Murphey.
She is survived by her sons, Randy Murphey, Nocona and Bill Murphey, Nocona; daughter, Robin Slowey, Lakeside City, TX; six grandchildren; sister, Linda Shaw, Nocona; one sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lucky Paws Animal Shelter in Nocona.
Arrangements entrusted to Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.

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Craig R. Kimmell

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December 31, 1953 – April 17, 2024
SAINT JO – Craig R. Kimmell, 70, died on April 17, 2024.
A visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on April 21 at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on April 22 at Red River Station in Saint Jo. Burial will follow at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1953 in Marshall, TX to Sam and Fern Kimmell. After graduating from Lake Highlands High School in 1972, he attended Texas Tech University to study construction management. He continued his studies at Richland Community College while working as an apprentice plumber. He went on to have a long and distinguished career in the commercial plumbing industry, from which he retired in January of 2020.
He married Cyndi Kimmell in 1978. Together they had two children. In 2012 he married Kimberly Kimmell. In January of 2020 the couple moved to Saint Jo.
He is preceded in death by his parents Fern Kimmell and Sam Kimmell and his stepson, Adam Croxton.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Kimmell, Saint Jo; sons Chad Kimmell, Dallas and Clint Kimmell, Plano; brother, Bradley Kimmell, Kingsland, TX and two grandchildren.
Arrangement entrusted to Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo.

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