Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – Volume XV, Issue No. 38

Olga Jean Courtney

1933 – 2015

Funeral services for Olga Jean Courtney, 81, formerly of Emory, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory.

Bro. Billy Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Clifton Cemetery.

Mrs. Courtney died on January 25, 2015, at Wood Memorial Nursing Home in Mineola. She was born on March 15, 1933, in Arbala to Ernest Murl and Lora Rae Scott Cooke. She married Edwin Courtney in Wichita Falls on January 18, 1954, and worked in human resources for the State of Texas.

Mrs. Courtney is survived by a brother, Billy Cooke; step-daughter, Dorothy Robinson and husband Roy of Keene; and step-sons, Jim Courtney and wife Parnell of Abilene, Raymond Courtney and wife Dianna of Pottersville, Missouri, and Roy Courtney and wife Brenda of Cedar Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; step-son; Ima Jean Fisher; and several uncles and aunts.


Patricia Ann Oler Day

1938 – 2015

Patricia Ann “Pat” Oler Day, 76, died on January 9, 2015, in Point. She was born on September 5, 1938, in Point to Joe Dale and Margaret Love Oler and married Jimmie J. Day on September 27, 1973. She was a Methodist.

Survivors include her husband; brother, Joe Keith Oler and family; children, Tina Koenig, Jimmy Day, Michelle Hawkins-Wertheim and Luann Crawford; and 10 grandchildren.


Burl Leon Pruitt Sr.

1928 – 2015

Funeral services for Burl Leon Pruitt Sr., 86, of Yantis will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, at Freedom Church of God in Emory. Bro. David Hamm will officiate.

Interment will be on Friday, January 30, at 11:15 a.m. in the DFW National Cemetery.

Mr. Pruitt died on January 25, 2015, at his residence. He was born on July 14, 1928, in Tree City, Louisiana, to John Allen and Nora Paraelie Hatfield Pruitt. He married Tannie Castillo in Plano on May 21, 1988.
During his first U.S. Navy enlistment, he served sea duty and received a National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal. He served aboard the USS Forrestal for four years in 1967 in his second enlistment.

During that enlistment, he served sea duty and received the China Service Medal.

He worked for, and retired from, DFW Airport as an electrical maintenance supervisor.

Mr. Pruitt is survived by his wife; sons, Burl Pruitt Jr. of Winnsboro and Mark Ulibarri of Fort Worth; daughters, Beverly Mercer of Lipan, Janyce Stone of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bridgett Armistead of Liberty, Missouri, and Bianca Cox of Plano; sister, Minnie Denney; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Byron Richard “Poncho” Pruitt; and seven brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral services, which are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.