June 20, 2024
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Jack Runnels

1941 – 2022

Jack Runnels, 80, of Emory, died on October 7, 2022, at Wesley Oaks Memory Center of Sulphur Springs. He was born on October 28, 1941, to Cyril Runnels and Clayta DeLozier Runnels in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Mr. Runnels married Ruth Alumbaugh on October 19, 1984, in Dallas. They were married 38 years and raised their four children together. He began his career as a Graphic Arts Technician/Printer at Texas Instruments. He was a kind and quiet man with a loving heart, and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed working outside in his yard. In his free time, he loved to sit back and enjoy watching his favorite John Wayne movies and boxing. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Lake Fork Baptist Church.

Mr. Runnels is survived by his wife of Emory; daughters, Jennifer Lorbach and husband Rob of Argyle, and Gina Verbal and husband Rich of Plano; stepdaughter, Debbie Talley and husband Chris of Rockwall and his stepson, Blake Hartley and wife Corinna of Fate; grandchildren, Kristen Selby, Cody Selby, Cole Clary, Sydney Clary, Caleb Hartley, Chloe Hartley, Derrick Fife, and Jason Nicholson; sister, Sharon Wallace and husband Ron of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother, Norman Runnels and wife Lynn of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Merrill Runnels and Neville Runnels; sisters, Carmen Shurley, Charlotte Hennigh and Faye Garrison. 

Memorial donations may be sent to Lake Fork Baptist Church located at 9483 FM 515, Alba, Texas 75410.

Arrangements were under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs.