Canara ‘Cowboy’ Grayson Carruth of Irving, Texas, passed away on October 22, 2017, just a month shy of his 94th birthday. He was born in Canadian, Texas, the son of Thomas G. and Willie Lee Anderson. Growing up in the Dust Bowl era, he graduated from Miami (Texas) High School and was the last survivor of that graduating class.
After serving as a Marine on Iwo Jima, Saipan & Tinian, he returned to Miami to marry Hallie Vontell Alexander on April 28, 1943. They resided in Pampa until 1968 when they relocated to Irving, Texas. He was an extraordinary salesman of various products and earned the name ‘Cowboy’ as clients struggled with his real name. He was an active member of the Westside Church of Christ.
Canara is predeceased by his parents, his wife, Hallie Vontell Carruth; his sister, Thomasine Handley; and two brothers-in-law, Owen Handley and John C. Alexander. He is survived by his daughter, Misty Carruth of Irving; son, Tom Carruth and husband Rob Krueger of Altadena, California. Grandchildren include Michael Carruth, serving in the Army, Ashley White and Roy White of Decatur, and Stephanie Curtiss of Dallas. Three days before he departed, his eighth great grandchild was born.
A memorial service will be held on November 1 at 6PM at the Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home in Irving. To honor Canara’s love of bright colors, we ask those who are attending to wear at least one piece of brightly color clothing. The family is recommending that donations in Canara’s honor be made to the Disabled American Veterans.