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Cunningham, Bill L. "Bulldog" May 3, 1931 - April 24, 2016 CUNNINGHAM, Bill L. "Bulldog" was born on May 3, 1931 in Dallas, Texas. He passed away on April 24, 2016 following a year-long fight with prostate cancer. Bulldog grew up in East Dallas, and was the youngest of three boys. Bulldog graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949 where he was a star on the championship football team. He went on to play football at Midwestern Texas State University for one season before he withdrew from college to join the United States Marine Corps. Upon finishing basic training, he shipped out to Korea where he served as a Master Gunnery Sargent and tank commander. During his tour of duty, he was wounded three times and awarded a Purple Heart, and was returned to the states where he finished his service as a drill instructor at Camp Pendleton. It was during his service in the Marines that he met his wife of almost 62 years, Mina Sue Pettey Cunningham. They met at Louann's dance club, which was located at Lovers and Greenville (now the site of Central Market). Upon returning to Dallas after completing his Marine Corps service, Mina and Bulldog were married on June 12, 1954. Together they raised four boys, Gregory Scott Cunningham, Sr., Vickers Lee Cunningham, Sr., William Palmer Cunningham and Michael Ross Cunningham, Sr. Bulldog is survived by his wife, all four boys, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. Bulldog made a life-long passion out of his chosen profession of insurance. Bulldog based his insurance company in East Dallas, originally located at the corner of Greenville and Richmond, and then in the Lakewood Bank Building since the mid-1980s. He was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In the last year of his life he was still a national top 10% producer for Safeco Insurance. During the latter part of his career, Bulldog was an active political volunteer, philanthropist and community organizer. He served in numerous positions of organizations as the President, Dallas Golf Association, Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, City of Dallas Planning & Zoning Commission, Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, Chairman, City of Dallas Productivity and Innovation Commission, Vice-Chairman, Dallas Citizens Review Board, Secretary of the North Texas Crime Commission and Vice- Chairman, North Texas Crime Stoppers Committee. Foreman, Dallas County Grand Jury. He was inducted into the Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame in 2004. His family will receive visitors at First Baptist Church, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas on Saturday, May 7th from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. A funeral service in his honor will be held at the same location immediately following visitation at 2:30 pm. Interment will follow a funeral procession to Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute. Everyone is invited to attend.
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COKE, Lucretia Donnell Newman Lucretia Donnell Newman Coke died on April 27, 2016 in Austin, Texas. She was 99 years young. Born March 28, 1917 in Temple, Texas to Lucretia Ayers and Earl Roe Donnell, Lucretia grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas where the family owned Donnell's Ice Cream and she was often seen riding her horse in and around town. Her one brother, Earl Roe Donnell, Jr., was an Eagle Scout, who was killed in action at the beginning of World War II piloting a dive bomber off the USS Enterprise for which he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. The naval Escort ship, USS Donnell, and a Navy Fighting Squadron were named in his honor. Lucretia, now considered an important 'early Texas artist', grew up surrounded by art and artists. Her mother, Lucretia Ayers Donnell graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton with a Fine Arts degree in 1912, and later founded the International Porcelain Painters Organization. When 'little Lucretia' was six years old, she was spotted by Frank Reaugh, 'Dean of Texas Artists', while busily drawing with pencils during one of her mother's art lessons at his Oak Cliff studio, the Iron Shed. Observing Lucretia's evident talent, Reaugh asked her mother if he could teach the little girl. From that day forward 'Mr. Reaugh' and his teachings were an important part of her life. 'Little Lucretia' became one of Reaugh's prized students and was invited to go on his month-long sketch trips camping out under the stars in West Texas and New Mexico. For ten summers, Lucretia painted in this very rigorous and disciplined program, painting four to five outdoor sketches each day in plain old Texas air along with fellow sketchers, Harry Carnohan, Lloyd Goff, John Douglass, Reveau Bassett, Josephine Oliver, Olin Travis, mother Lucretia Ayers Donnell, and brother Earl Donnell. During the 1920s, young Lucretia was a member of Mr. Reaugh's Striginian Club, where she learned the formal names of and painted such subjects as birds, spiders, grasses, plants, rocks, clouds, and night sky constellations. She kept many of the sketch trip logs and later wrote down Frank Reaugh's life story, as he told it to her. Two books, "Winged Clouds and Cobalt Skies-the 1930's Frank Reaugh Sketch Trip Diaries of Lucretia Donnell", and "From Under A Mesquite Tree-An Artist's Life on the Texas Plains", both edited by Gardner Smith and Robert Reitz, are important documents of her career. After graduating from Sunset High School, Lucretia attended The University of Texas where she became a proud lifetime alumnae and in addition, earned a degree in Art and Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1942, Lucretia married Charles Bonner Newman of Port Washington, Long Island, New York. Settling in Port Washington, Lucretia attended the Art Student's League in New York City, culminating with a one-woman exhibit in Manhasset, Long Island, New York. The family moved to Frisco, Texas in 1946 and then, after living in Terrell, Texas, built a home in Dallas' Preston Hollow. Lucretia was left with three small children after Charles Newman's unexpected death in 1954 and supported her family by painting portraits and teaching art classes at their home. In 1963, she married Jack L. Coke, a Dallas attorney. Lucretia Coke exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art with the Frank Reaugh Art Club, Texas Fine Arts, Sartor Gallery, David Dike Fine Art, Artists and Craftsmen Association, and McKinney Avenue Contemporary Art. Recently in late 2009, she was honored with a retrospective exhibit of her paintings at the downtown Dallas Public Library titled "Timeless Style". She was a member of the prestigious Pastel Society of the Southwest and in Austin, she exhibited with the Palette Club, Capitol Arts Society, Lake Travis Arts League, Austin Woman's Club Member's Exhibit, and the Warm River Gallery where she was represented. Lucretia Coke's portraits and landscapes hang in the homes of many fine people in Texas, Georgia, Montana, New York, Illinois, and other states. Two portraits she painted with Texas backgrounds are in Paris, France! Her painting "Echoes of the Comanche" hangs in the Texas Artist's Gallery of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. She is listed in the "Dictionary of Texas Artists 1800-1945", compiled by Paula L. and Michael R. Grauer. In 1990, she and her husband moved to Austin to be near her favorite portrait subjects, her grandchildren, the children of Dr. James K. Pohl and daughter, Bonnie, the former Lucretia Bonner Newman of Dallas. Also, in Austin, is the important Frank Reaugh collection "Paintings of the Southwest" which Lucretia, as one of the trustees of Reaugh's estate, was instrumental in donating to The University of Texas. This historical art treasure, housed at the Harry Ransom Center, shows the cattle drives and scenes of early Texas painted by Reaugh when the longhorn ran wild before there were many fences. Lucretia loved people and was happiest in the thick of things. She spent many happy times skiing in Aspen, Colorado, where she owned a condominium for decades. She took up scuba diving when she was 60 years old and painted the beauty of the underwater world. She played the piano and had a beautiful singing voice. She loved gardening and sponsored cricket concerts every night. In Austin, she was a devoted Mermaid in Crenshaw's Aqua Fitness Class swimming well into her 98th year. For most of her life, she had a pet dog at her feet. She was unconditionally devoted to her family and shared with them her wealth of knowledge about the natural beauty of the earth and her gratitude to God for creating it. She traveled in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, and other countries and she expressed and shared her love of the world by the portrayal of it in her exquisite painting and photography. Although Lucretia was the granddaughter of the Baptist minister, Rev. William Ayers, she was a 71-year member of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas. Lucretia is survived by her three children, Carilane Newman Vieregg (Todd), Lucretia "Bonnie" Newman Pohl (Dr. James K.), and Earl Donnell Newman; grandchildren, Katie Pohl Dahill (Steve), Ginnie Pohl Papen (Justin), Elizabeth Pohl Pauleit (Nick), Mary Caroline Pohl; great grandchildren, Ashton, Graysen, and Hattie Lane Papen, Finn, Emmaline and Mary Rose Dahill, and Anna Pauleit. The family wishes to express profound gratitude to Edith Vasquez for her loving care of Lucretia for the past several years. A memorial service will be held in Austin at Lake Travis United Methodist Church on May 3 at 3 pm, with a reception to follow. Interment and a graveside service will be held at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas on May 4 at 2pm. Honorary pallbearers are: Earl Newman, Bill Osterholm, Todd Vieregg, James Pohl, Steve Dahill, Justin Papen, Nick Pauleit, Gardner Smith, and Bob Reitz. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the non-profit documentary "Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains" by visiting http://marlafields.com/frankreaugh/ and clicking the donate button or by check, made out to 'Fractured Atlas' care of Marla Fields, 7527 Oak Street, Frisco, Texas, 75033. THE SKETCH TRIP DIARIES OF LUCRETIA DONNELL 83 On the last page of the diary Lucretia has written the following poem: Winged Clouds White Clouds drifting against a cobalt sky --- Endless masses of billowing clouds, cumulus and high; Each is softened and shaded with pearly gray And, could you, up so high, send back a message home today? Home is where the hearts of friends meet and understand; Then glow and grow, spreading and billowing Like those white clouds high above land. Dear winged clouds, relay this message out over your snowy foam: "Tell my loved ones my heart seeks home." Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis (512) 263-1511.
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REEL, Dwight Clifton Dwight Clifton Reel, fondly known as "Ike" and "Doc", age 81, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 after a long ongoing battle with lymphoma. Ike was born November 2, 1934 in Missouri Valley, IA, to Gladys and Fletcher Reel. He was the loving husband of Margaret "Maggie" Reel for almost 62 years. Ike and Maggie raised a family of three boys, and after many moves early in their marriage, settled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where they have resided for the last 40 years. They also enjoyed many summers in their New Hampshire home. Ike was a pilot in the Army, and then went on to a 30 year career as a pilot for American Airlines. He was also an avid golfer. He had many long lasting friendships in both the flying and golfing communities. Ike is preceded in death by his grandson, Dwight "Doc" Reel II; and brother, Bob Reel. Survivors: Ike is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons: Jim and wife Marlene, Dan and wife Shelly, and Craig and wife Aundrea; along with grandchildren: Aubrey and husband Sascha, Megan, Rebecca, Dan, and Andrew; and great-grandsons: Doc and Wiley. Service: 7:00 pm Monday at Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine. Visitation: The family will greet guests 2 hours prior to the service on Monday. Family interment will be at a later date in Yutan, Nebraska. Memorials: Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at lls.org or to a charity of your choice. Lucas Funeral Homes and Cremation Services 700W. Wall St. Grapevine, TX 76051 817-488-7566
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BISKAMP, Leslie Mays Leslie Mays Biskamp, age 52, of Mckinney, TX, passed away unexpectedly on April 28th. She was born on September 19, 1963 in Mt. Vernon, Texas to Gerald and Ann Mays. She graduated North Mesquite High School in 1981, and also attended Texas A&M Commerce where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, and also a Kappa Alpha Lil Sis. She married Brett Biskamp, and together they had two children Connor and Madeline, whom she adored. She was a beloved wife, and loving mother. She also had a very special relationship with her Mema, Eloise Petty, and also with her aunt and uncle, Sue and Jeff Pettay. She was a valued volunteer at In-Sync Wildlife Rescue in Wylie, TX, and trusted employee at the Heard Museum in Mckinney, TX. Leslie had a love in her heart for all animals, and especially for her birds Phoebe, Crystal, Santana, and Little Girl. She is survived by her husband Brett Biskamp, and two children Connor and Madeline; her parents Gerald and Ann Mays; her brother Jason Mays and his children Ryder Mays and Megan Buck; and her sister Laura Naimolski, Chris Naimolski, and their children Nick and Katie Beth. Preceded in death by her parents in law Bill and Mona Biskamp, and also her sister in law Carol Biskamp Pickens. Also survived by her brother in laws and their families: Bill Jr and Connie Biskamp, and their children Krista McLeod and Lauren Bowen; Mark and Miriam Biskamp, and their daughter Emily; Eric and Shakti Biskamp; Bill Pickens,and children Trey, Nolan, and Kiley; also survived by many more relatives and countless dear friends. Services will be held at 1pm at The Heard Natural Science Museum, Mckinney TX, on Saturday May 7, 2016. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her honor to In-Sync, or the charity of your choice.
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