August 16, 1922 – May 31, 2013 KRUM- Funeral services for Byrl Rockford Armel, 90, will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at New Life First Baptist Church located at 12 Gregg Rd., Krum, Texas 76249, officiated by Bro. Ed Gatlin. Interment will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum. Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday, June 3, 2013 at New Life First Baptist Church in Krum. Services are under the direction of Meador-Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Byrl passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Byrl was born on August 16, 1922 in Rippon, West Virginia to Archie Randolph and Grace Marie (Henry) Armel. He married Betty Burrow on May 19, 1945 in Marietta, Oklahoma. Byrl and Betty just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. Byrl served in the United States Army during WWII as a staff sergeant. During that time, he was stationed at Camp Howze in Gainesville, Texas and in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He was an American Defense Bronze Star recipient, an Atlantic Pacific Theater Ribbon Bronze Star recipient and was recognized with Sharp Shooter Compilation. Byrl was a 32nd degree Mason with the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #210 AF & AM. He was a master mechanic working as a foreman on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline and he also worked in South America on pipelines. Byrl enjoyed woodworking, fishing, farming and loved his family dearly.
Byrl is survived by his wife, Betty Armel of Krum; two daughters, Etta Morris and husband, Bill, of Krum and LaPage Sampley and husband, Gary, of Krum; son, Byrl E. Armel and wife Connie of Krum; grandchildren, Rodney Sampley and wife, Lorie, Lesley Tatum and wife, Neitha , Shelly Scott and husband, Chris, Daphne Arrington and husband, Chris, Rebecca Morris, Billy Morris and wife, Michelle, Cheyenne DeFee and husband, Danny and Ben Armel; 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Grace Armel; two brothers, Archie Armel and Mark Armel; and a sister, Dulcie Hobday.
Pallbearers will be: Rodney Sampley, Lesley Tatum, Ben Armel, Pat Patrick, Mike Lauderback and Ronnie Burleson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Russell Etter and Pearce Sampley.