David Earl “Toby” Narramore, Sr., 90 of Greenville,
passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017, in Greenville. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M.,
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 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, November 29, 2017, from
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
David was born on May 8, 1927, in Greenville, Texas to
William Oscar Narramore, Sr. and Blanche Alice Narramore. Following 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,
Texas. 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 little
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 Narramore continued to delight in
giving away many copies of this book to families with children, wherever he
encountered them to 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; 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 is preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2015 after
64 years of marriage; parents, W. O. and Blanche Narramore; and brother, Bill
Pallbearers will be Matthew Ringman, Jonathan Narramore,
Tyler Narramore, Jimmy Narramore, Steven Scott, Jorge Mendoza, and Joshua