David Earl "Toby" Narramore, Sr., 90, of Greenville, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Greenville.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Roy Youngblood and Pastor Carlos Mendoza officiating. Burial will be in Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
David was born on May 8, 1927, in Greenville, to William Oscar Narramore, Sr. and Blanche Alice Narramore.
After high school, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in Germany. He graduated from Baylor University and married Frances Marie Youngblood (also a Baylor graduate) in August of 1950. Together they taught public school in Brownsville.
Eventually, he was the business owner and operator of Memoryland Memorial Park and DEN-CO Memorials Monument Company. His work there started with drawing for the monument artwork and sales, for what was then Youngblood Memorial Company.
David Earl was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.
David's artistic talent, Christian faith, and connections with school children as a teacher in Brownsville led him to create a book called "Adventures of Jose' Stories about an Imaginary Little Boy Who Loves Jesus."
The Jose' book was used in the children's ministry of a First Baptist Church mission which eventually became New Life at Lakeside/Nueva Vida Church. David continued to delight in giving away many copies of this book to families with children, wherever he encountered them until the end of his life.
He is survived by his son, David Narramore, Jr. and wife, Diane of Fairview; daughters, Rebecca Kobylecky and husband, Steve of Greenville, Jaynie Ringman and husband, Philip of Wichita Falls, and Cathleen Narramore and husband, George J. Martinez of Euless; brother, James Narramore and wife, Grace of Greenville; grandchildren, Alicia Kobylecky of Waco, Laura Kobylecky of San Marcos, Heather Ringman of Houston, Matthew Ringman and wife, Melanie of Denton, Jonathan and Tyler Narramore of Fairview; and great-grandchildren, Elijah and Joshua Ringman of Denton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2015 after 64 years of marriage; parents, W.O. and Blanche Narramore; and brother, Bill Narramore.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Ringman, Jonathan Narramore, Tyler Narramore, Jimmy Narramore, Steven Scott, Jorge Mendoza and Joshua Mendoza.
Published on November 28, 2017