In Memory of William “Lee” Rice

Our Brother William “Lee” Rice, 55 years old, joined our Lord earlier this week. Lee Rice was a long time member of Council 799, having joined in December, 1993. He was a parishioner from St. Pius X who was always willing to assist anyone in need.

Lee previously volunteered with July 4th and Sisters Appreciation. He helped establish the Home-bound Ministry at St. Pius to help those in our parish that needed any type of assistance with repairs and fellowship and was a member of the Men’s Club at St. Pius where he was one of the first to step up when help was needed especially when it was in the kitchen.

Please pray for the repose of his soul. A rosary will be at St. Pius X this Monday June 24 at 11:00am.

Prayers for SK Charles Mohrle

Please see the obituary below for SK Charles D. Mohrle.   He was 92 years old, a member of the Knights for almost 67 years, and a member of the Father Abram J. Ryan Assembly.

Rosary is Sunday evening at Sparkman Crane, 7 pm.    Funeral is at Cathedral on Monday @ 10 am.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and comfort for his family and friends.

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In Memory of Deceased Brother Knight Thomas W. Hughes

Today’s Dallas Morning News carried the obituary of Thomas W. Hughes, age 89.

He joined the Knights in 1961 and was an Honorary Life Member. He was also a past president of the St. Pius Men’s Club and veteran of WWII (Marine Corps).

Rosary is this evening at Sparkman Crane at 7 pm; funeral tomorrow at 11 am at St. Pius X.


Please keep his family in your prayers and pray for the repose of his soul.


In Memory of Owen Edward Thomas

Owen Edward “Ed” Thomas, Age 89, of Dallas, TX, died on December 30, 2012.  He was a member of 799 and a Knight for 50 years (joining in March, 1962).

Rosary tonight, Wed 6:30 p.m. Sparkman/Hillcrest (7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas).  Mass Thursday 10 a.m St. Thomas Aquinas.

Here’s a portion of his obituary:

Thomas, Owen Edward Ed left this life to be with the Lord on December 30, 2012. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 27, l923, to Owen and Gertrude Marsh Thomas. Ed lived from an early age with his mother and sister in the home of his uncle, William J. Marsh (composer of "Texas, Our Texas") and his three aunts. He graduated from Laneri High School as Salutatorian of his class. He enlisted in the Army Air Force and earned a Bronze Star while serving our country in the Pacific Theater during WWII at Darwin, Australia and Bathurst Island. He graduated from TCU majoring in Math and Physics and worked for Texas Electric Company in Ft. Worth. He later accepted a job at Collins Radio Company and moved to Dallas where he met and married his loving wife of 59 years, Anne Marie Kerin. Ed then accepted a job at Texas Instruments where he gave 31 years of service. During his time at TI, he earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Administration from SMU.

Ed was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie; daughter, Mary Anne; son Paul, wife Ruth, grandchildren Jennifer, Michelle; daughter Teresa; son Ed, grandchildren, Michael, Sarah, Will; daughter Linda White, grandchildren Matthew, Amanda; daughter Jean Buys, husband Joel, grandchildren Jarrod, Jillian, Jenna, Julianna; son Jim, wife Sarah, grandchildren Annemarie, James; daughter Carolyn Murray, husband Lee, grandchildren Ryan, Katie. Six grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Ed was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church for 50 years and was active in the parish by participating in fundraising cam-paigns, school carnivals and serving on the School Board. The Rosary will be prayed on January 2nd at 6:30pm at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home after which a visitation will be held for family and friends from 7:00 to 8:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 6306 Kenwood, Dallas, on January 3rd at 10:00am. The celebrant will be Rev. John J. Libone with reception to follow at St. Ann Hall. Private family interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4144 N. Central Expy, Dallas, Texas 75204 or to the Monsignor John T. Gulczynski Endowment Fund of St.Thomas Aquinas School, 6306 Kenwood Ave., Dallas Texas 75214. For more information, please visit:

In Memory of SK Lancaster Smith, PGK

It is with regret that I inform of the death of SK Lancaster Smith,
PGK-council 799 and a member of Father Abram J. Ryan Assembly.  William
Lancaster “Lank” Smith, III (June 14, 1923 – December 17, 2012) joined our Order
December 1, 1959. He was also a PGK of the Great 799, having served from 1959 to

Rosary will be at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest
Highway, Dallas, TX 75225 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20,

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 3:00
p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church
, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244,
with Monsignor Milam Joseph presiding.

William Lancaster “Lank” Smith, III passed away peacefully on Monday,
December 17, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Lebanon, Kentucky on June
14, 1923. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and
friend. He attended high school in Lebanon, Kentucky at St. Augustine. He joined
the U. S. Army Air Force and played tailback on the Third Air Force football
team. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in
1946. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1950. While
at Notre Dame, he played football as…

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Please pray for the repose of his soul and for comfort to his
family and friends.


Phillip Cooper

Phillip Cooper passed away on December 3, 2012.  A Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, Monday at Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 12/11/12 at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church. For more information visit:

Phillip James (Phil) Cooper, after 93 years of life, left this earth to be with his Loving Father and dear son, Phillip, who he joined in heaven on December 3, 2012.

Phillip Cooper was a veteran of the Army Air Corp in WW II and was proud to have served our Country. As a founding member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in East Dallas, he humbly served his Parish, sat on many Boards, participated as a Sunday Usher, and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.  Phillip was presented the Holy Trinity Medal of Honor in 1966 by Bishop Thomas K.Gorman of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Diocese.
In 1975 Phillip received the Eddie McKevitt Award from the Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas. Phillip worked for Ford for over 40 years, winning the prestigious Grand Master Award and one of the few men in the nation to win the Ford Century Club Award. This would have been the 71st anniversary with his loving wife Jeanne. They had many wonderful adventures traveling all 48 States & 5 Provinces of Canada.
Family was always the most important and happiest part of life and Phillip loved and cherished his wife, four sons Ron (wife Kathy), Phillip, Mike (wife Jean), Mark (wife Lynn); daughter Susan; grandchildren Heather, Nathan (Lynn), Clayton (Pamela), Mike (wife Rebecca), Chris, and Phillip; and four great-grandchildren Dominic, Jacob, Grayson and Magnolia Rose.  Phillip will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and avid hunter and devoted Texas Ranger Fan!  His humor, loyalty and unconditional love will remain in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in memory of Phillip James Cooper.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church
1404 Old Gate Lane
Dallas, TX 75218
on behalf of: Phillip James Cooper

In Memory of Michael Evan Bane

Michael Evan Bane

December 16, 1987 – November 9, 2012

Michael Evan BaneMichael Bane, beloved son, brother, nephew, and cousin passed from this world into the hands of the Lord on Friday, November 9.

His ever-present smile, positive outlook, and a sincere caring for others were his hallmark.  He so truly cared for others more than himself, and demonstrated this virtue in his daily life.

Michael was born in Dallas on December 16, 1987. He attended St.Philip Catholic School, Bishop Lynch High School, South Plains College, and Texas Tech University. Michael was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 799 as well as an Eagle Scout. He is survived by his parents, John and Deborah Nickerson Bane of Dallas, and his brother Jonathan. If you were fortunate enough to know Michael, you know he had a positive influence on eveyone he met.

He fought so hard, and was so brave.

Visitation will be at 6:00 Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00.  Celebration of life Mass will be at St. Patrick’s at 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 13, with Josef Vollmer-Koenig as celebrant. Internment will be held at Restland Memorial Park. Reception to follow at the KC Lodge, 10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas 75238

“Though we can never bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, but rather find strength in what remains behind.”

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Deceased Brother Don Kemp

It is with great sadness that I report the death of PGK Don Kemp. Don Kemp was Grand Knight of Council 799 from 1965-66. He was the standard by which all Grand Knights are judged. This is a big loss.

A rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas followed by a Memorial Mass. Lunch is tentatively scheduled following the services at Council 799. We will provide details via website and Facebook once they become available.

We would like to have a large turnout of Brother Knights for this service as a showing of support for our PGK and his family. Don worked the kitchen on the Fish Fry’s and was just a huge asset to the council.



Sun. 09 Oct. 2011: 7PM Rosary @ Sparkman Crane F.H. 10501 Garland Rd., Dallas.

Mon.10 Oct. 2011: 11AM Funeral Mass @ St. Philip the Apostle 8131 Military Pkwy., Dallas, followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery 3900
Rowlett Rd., Rowlett.

There will be a reception for friends & family afterward, 2pm until about 4pm (?)  at the Knights of Columbus Council 799 hall, 10110 Shoreview Rd. Dallas Tx 75238.

Corporate Communion and Memorial Service

We really want to encourage participation of all Knights and family for this annual service on Sunday, November 7. We will begin with Corporate Communion Mass (for Knights and their families) at St. Patrick @ 8 AM. Then we will have the Memorial Service at the downstairs KC799 hall, starting approximately 9:30 AM. We will provide Brunch complimentary to all who attend the service.

The list of deceased Knights that will be honored follows:

John Benedetto
Michael Cash
Carl Colgin
Romeo Guerra
Charles Hafertepe
William Floyd Hill Jr. (Mike’s father)
William Floyd “Billy” Hill III (the Third – Mike’s brother)
Fred Kern
Joseph Lucas
Joseph Marino
Edward McCauley
Martin O’Donnell
Jack Schultz
Wilbur Wall
Walter Wenning