Obituary: D.B. Pirtle

Pirtle, DBFuneral Services for D.B. Pirtle, 82, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frank Upchurch and Bro. Bill Newman officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Mr. Pirtle passed away on June 30, 2014 in Athens, Texas.

Durward Belmont Pirtle was born March 5, 1932 in Malakoff, Texas the son of Oris H. Pirtle and Elizabeth Bass Pirtle. D.B. was a member of the Church of Christ and a devoted family man. Papaw loved spending time with his grandchildren watching them play ball. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing, gardening and watching the birds and squirrels. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sherry Lynn Rush and two brothers, Alvin “A.G.” Pirtle and James “J.R.” Pirtle.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruby Brown Pirtle of Athens; three daughters, Donna Weaver and husband Benny of Athens, Linda Morton Calhoun and husband Charles of Athens, Delana Newman and husband Scott of Athens; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers serving will be Chad Rush, Kyle Rush, Bud Morton, Ty Turner, Blake McCracken, Trey Turner, Keyton Splawn and Tommy Spann.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses that have taken care of Papaw over the years. A special thanks to Dr. Curran and Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the Pirtle family would like for donations to be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Family of Athens, Texas.

You may write condolences or light a memorial candle at: www.hannigansmith.com.

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