Deison, Harriet Jane Shoellkopf

Master Gardener Was Involved In Multiple Gardening Organizations

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Harriet Deison
Harriet Deison
Harriet Jane Schoellkopf Deison died on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Harriet was born in Dallas, Tex., to Mary Virginia Arnold Schoellkopf and Hugo (Buddy) William Schoellkopf, Jr. on February 6, 1947. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother, Hugo William Schoellkopf III.

She attended Highland Park High School and the University of Texas where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi.
She married the love of her life, Reverend Peter (Pete) Van Deison, on June 15, 1968. Together they shared 43 years of ministry, most recently serving at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas, and formerly at the First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga.
She partnered with him in every way. Harriet often said, "When you look into the face of a flower, you see the love of our Creator, God." She saw flowers as a way to exalt God. In keeping with her love for flowers, among her many achievements she was a Master Gardener, Garden Club of America Judge, and National Garden Club Life Judge.
Harriet was a member of Junior League of Dallas, Founder's Garden Club of Dallas, Designers and Diggers Garden Club, Dallas Garden Club, and Dallas Womans Club.
Passion characterized Harriet's life. She was passionate about her faith, family, friends, and flowers. Through her many activities, she was always eager to share her Christian faith.
She was beloved by countless people who grieve the loss of her presence here with them, even as they anticipate a grand reunion with her in Heaven. She led, taught, inspired, mentored, encouraged, prayed, loved, and cared deeply for her family, church, and large circle of friends.
Harriet's gift of compassion and empathy caused her to feel deeply for others in pain. She struggled with her own pains and was able to use what she learned to comfort others.
The words that describe her perfectly are found in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation: if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same suffering we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."
Harriet, "Mumsie," delighted in creating lasting, joy-filled memories for her grandchildren. In addition, she enjoyed fly fishing, travel, good books, games, and entertaining with grace and warm hospitality.
She is survived by her devoted husband; her daughters, Mary Virginia (Ginny) Deison Huntress, husband Peter W. Huntress, and children: Cecelia Elizabeth, Lydia Florice, Anna Leigh Huntress, and William Carroll of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Helen Ann (Ann) Deison Drexler, husband, David M. Drexler, and children: Storm Issac, Donovan Loch, Marnix Gale, and Bowie Felix of Atlanta.

Her sister-in-law, Gail Obenchain Schoellkopf and nephews, Hugo William (Will) Schoellkopf, IV and wife Sarah and Justin Arnold Schoellkopf also survive her. 

A celebration of Harriet's life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 4 p.m. at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, Tx. 75219.

Contributions would be welcome in her memory to The Dallas Arboretum (Deison Memorial Fund), 8617 Garland Rd. Dallas, Tx. 75218.

Griffin, Claudette

Claudette Griffin, 53, of Chattanooga, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road,  Chattanooga, Tn. 37421. (click for more)

Stephens, Curtis Quincy "Steve" Jr.

Curtis Quincy “Steve” Stephens, Jr., 71, of Hixson, Tennessee, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in a local health care facility. He was a former employee of Southeast Flooring and Walden Security and he was of the Church of Christ faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Christine Stephens, Sr. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Chris ... (click for more)

Bearden, Donald Lee (Summerville)

Donald Lee Bearden, 57, of Summerville, Georgia, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Bearden was born January 5, 1958, in Rome, Ga., the son of the late D.A. and Sarah Ruth Rollins Bearden.  He was   employed with Frank Bearden Logging. Survivors include his children, Donavaughn Bearden, Maekayla Bearden, sister, Virginia Stratton, brothers ... (click for more)

Wallace, William "Billy" Franklin Jr. (Dunlap)

William "Billy" Franklin Wallace Jr, 81, of Dunlap, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at his home. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, William and Inez Wallace Sr.; sons, Jeff and Butch Wallace; and brothers, Glenn and Bobby Wallace.  Survivors include ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Sets Course Record; Talansky Is Men's Winner

Two-time Olympic goal medal winner Kristin Armstrong won the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship in a record time at the Volkswagen course on Saturday morning. She finished the 19.2-mile course in 42 minutes, 8 seconds. The time trial victory assures the 41-year-old Armstrong of a spot as one of three American women to compete in the world championship time trial ... (click for more)