FAIRFIELD - Winfred Alan Dove, 53, passed away  Wednesday, December 23, 2009 after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. He was born May 3, 1956 in Brownwood to Winfred M. and Nelda Sue Dove.

He loved to coach children, enjoyed high school football, Dallas Cowboys and also enjoyed cooking. He was a graduate of Brady High School and Tarleton State University. He lived in Hico for 21 years, Stephenville for eight years and Fairfield nine years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by father Winfred, Dove; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Wood; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Elizabeth Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sheila Dove, of Fairfield; parents, Ken and Sue Northcutt, of Sweetwater; children, Brett Dove and wife Carolyn, of Arlington, and Brady Dove, of Huntsville; sister, Connie Dove, of The Colony; sisters-in-law, Suzan Garner and husband Eddie, of Mullin, Sharon Mills and husband Randy, of Hamilton; brother-in-law, Larry Smith and wife Patti, of Clairette; grandson, Clark Dove; uncle and aunts, Don and Dannette Wood, of Stephenville, and Billie Nabors of Red Oak. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church Fairfield with Rev. Ken Northcutt and Rev. Paul Kethley officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

A memorial book is available online at  www.griffin-roughton.com

Published December 29, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune