HOWE — Services for Donal Gene Gilstrap, 84, of Howe were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the First Baptist Church in Howe. A private family burial followed at the Hall Cemetery in Howe. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne. Pallbearers were Sam Haigis, Buddy Baker, Ray Bledsoe, Charles Farris, Charles Loftice and Bill Loftice.


Donal died Sunday, March 25, at the Homestead of Sherman. He was born July 14, 1933 in Breckenridge, Texas, the son of Edmund and Martha Gilstrap. He enlisted and served in the United States Army becoming a first lieutenant. He met Barbara Helen Mahan while at Fort Sill, and they married August 8, 1959 in Madill, Oklahoma. Donal received his Bachelor’s degree from Hardin Simmons University and later earned his Master’s Degree at Texas Tech. He taught and coached in Memphis, Texas and Lubbock, before moving to Howe to serve as a principle for Howe Schools from 1972 until his retirement in 1993. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Howe.


Donal was preceded in death by his parents, and then his wife, Barbara Helen Gilstrap.


He is survived by his daughter, Catherine Gilstrap; son, Patrick Gilstrap and wife, Loretta; granddaughter, Dallas Wilburn and husband, Lonnie; great-granddaughter, Zoey Wilburn; step-grandsons, Aaron Williams and Colton Williams; brother James Gilstrap and wife, Delores.


The online register book may be signed at www.scogginsfunealhome.com