A memorial service for Carl (Buster) Stringfield, 87, of Poynor, will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Poynor Baptist Church with the Rev. J.A. Griffin, the Rev. Fred Neal, and the Rev. Jeff Godwin officiating. Burial will take place at Poynor City Cemetery under the direction of Autry Funeral Home of Frankston.
Mr. Stringfield passed away March 4, 2013, at 6:40 a.m. under the care of The Hospice of East Texas. He was born Sept. 23, 1925 in Poynor to Doc and Jewel Stringfield.
Carl lived all of his life in the Poynor community. He graduated from LaPoynor School and Henderson County Junior College and then went into the Air Force and was stationed at Iwo Jima. He was recently featured on KLTV’s Freedom Fighters program with Joan Hallmark. He enjoyed being interviewed and featured on the program as he talked about his war experience. He was very proud of his service to his country.
Carl returned to LaPoynor schools after his military service and became the head maintenance and bus mechanic for 45 years and was a valuable asset to them. He retired from the school, but not the community. Carl continued to be a service to the Poynor community by repairing appliances, etc. in his workshop behind his home. He worked on a variety of things from a 100 year old pendulum clock for the school, a doctor’s hydraulic chair, to a solar fish feeder. He was a talented man who will be tremendously missed in his community.
Carl was an avid gardener, who grew the finest tomatoes in East Texas. He enjoyed talking with others about his secrets to a successful garden.
On Aug. 12, 1946, Carl married the love of his life, Marie Murphy, and they had three children and have been married for 66 years.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Dock and Jewel Stringfield; his brother, Harrison Stringfield; his sister, Bonnie Bayless; and his daughter, Belinda Hardman.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Stringfield of Poynor; daughter, Debbie Coker and husband David of Bullard; son, Wendell Stringfield and wife Bonnie of Poynor; son-in-law, Johnny Hardman of Eastland; granddaughters, Juli and Jessica Hardman of Eastland, Jennifer Montoya and husband Chris of Abilene, Christi Coker of Flint, Stephanie Mahler and husband Jorden of Katy, Lindsey Almeida and husband Anthony of Poynor; great-grandson, Evan Almeida of Poynor and great-granddaughter, Bea Hardman of Eastland.
Carl was raised in a large family and is survived by his sisters, Alyne Oden of Palestine, Nell Owen of Magnolia, Ark., Janie Berry of Palestine, and Jo McCalister and husband Bill of Lufkin; brothers, Gayton Stringfield of Palestine and Robert Stringfield and wife Sue of Whitehouse; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ben Haynes, John Pagitt, Jimmy Westbrook, Joe Dale Dickerson, Jamey Hyde and Thomas Ray Pagitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Holcomb, Richard Palmer and Bennie Douglas.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 411 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
The family wished to thank all their friends and family for the calls, cards, food, flowers and concern during Carl’s illness. A special thanks to the Hospice nurses, Alice Gracey and Donna White, and Dr. Gross and Dr. Dickson.
“Carl will be missed by all who knew him and especially his loving family. Now he is at rest with his Lord and Savior working in that heavenly garden.”