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Gerald Lee “Jerry” Levine

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Gerald Lee “Jerry” Levine died at 5:20 a.m., June 27, 2009 at Titus Regional Medical Center of Mt. Pleasant.  West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., June 30, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., June 29, 2009 at West Oaks Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs.  Burial will be at  Tira Cemetery in Hopkins County.   Graveside services by Masonic Lodge #221. Funeral services will be conducted by ministers of First United Methodist Church  Rev. Russell Floyd and by the associate minister, Debbie Riggsby. Dr. Danny Bonner will also officiate at the services.  Music will be provided by Ace Hamner, vocalist, and Mark Beggs, organist.

Mr. Levine was born December 21, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of David and Lila Johnson Levine. He married Jo Elizabeth Chapman on June 5, 1955, at First United Methodist Church, Sulphur Springs.  His loving wife of 54 years survives him. Mr. Levine received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, where he had also done work toward his Doctorate.  He was a teacher and an administrator in the public schools of Texas for 32 years.  He taught for 10 years at Lamar Elementary in Sulphur Springs and was an administrator in Richardson ISD for the last 22 years of his career. He opened Canyon Creek Elementary and Northwood Hills Elementary in Richardson in 1965-66.  He served as principal of Northwood Hills Elementary until 1978.  He then served as principal at Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Levine was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs and was a charter member of the Messengers Sunday School Class.  He served on the Administrative Board and numerous committees of the church.  He was a member of Retired Teachers Assn., National Association of Retired Teachers, National Education Assn., National Elementary Principals and Supervisors Assn., Texas State Teachers Assn., Texas Elementary Principals Assn., Dallas County Administrators, North Texas Schoolmasters Assn., Richardson Education Assn., Past President of Richardson Elementary, Principals Assn., Past President of Sulphur Springs Classroom Teachers Assn., Board member of Placement Committee for Special Education in Richardson; Life Membership Texas PTA;  Phi Delta Kappa; Charter Member of Richardson Noon Lions Club; Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221 (Received his 50 year Masonic pen in 2005); Dallas Scottish Rite Association; Hella Temple Shrine Dallas.  He is listed in the book “Personalities of the South”.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Levine is survived by two sons, Gerald Lee Levine, Jr. of Dallas and by David Chapman Levine and his wife Barbara, and one granddaughter Emma Elizabeth Kay Levine.  He is also survived by a brother Alan Levine and his wife Hope of Dallas; and a sister Janice Nichols and her husband Wilburn of Mesquite; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and Jerry Don Gillem; a sister-in-law, Billie Rose Chapman, all of Sulphur Springs, and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Browning, Morris Wayne Abercrombie, Bob Gideon, John Hipkins, Stephen Bonner, George Davis Gideon and Dick Melby.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gale Gabriel, Verne Olson, Dr. Darren Arnecke, Messengers Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, all former and present Administrators in Richardson ISD and the Masonic Lodge #221.

Mr. Levine was preceded in death by his parents David and Lila Johnson Levine.  Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221 will be in charge of graveside services.  Memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, Dallas, or First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas. www.westoaksfuneralhome.com

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