Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2000
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The following obituaries are in alphabetical order by last name (use the "searcher" on the Home page, or Edit/Find on this page to find other names in text):

Able, Carrol Floyd ‘Crick’
1912-2000
Graveside service was Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Sunset Cemetery for Carrol Floyd “Crick” Able, 88, of Sunset. The Rev. Doyle Wade officiated.
Able died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, in Decatur.
Born May 7, 1912, in Park Springs, he was a retired railroad switchman for the Rock Island Railroad and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice K. Armstrong and her husband Joe, of Sunset; three grandsons, Joey Armstrong of Houston, J. Lee Armstrong of Wichita Falls and Jarrett Armstrong of Keller; a granddaughter, Robin Kuntz of Houston; and a brother, Royce Able of Fort Worth. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Acker, Maggie Imogene
1911-2000
Graveside service for Maggie Imogene Acker, 88, of Kaufman was to be Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Earl W. Aldridge of Gainesville and the Rev. Charles Goady of DeSoto were to officiate.
Acker died July 30, 2000, in Kaufman.
Born Nov. 10, 1911, in Ben Wheeler, she married David Ernest Acker on Oct. 17, 1927. She was a supportive pastor’s wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Henry and Bessie Tatum.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty and husband Billy Eugene Hall of Mesquite; two grandsons, David Ernest Hall and wife Nancy of Dallas and Britton Lee Hall and wife Angie of Mesquite; seven great-grandchildren, Billy John and Tracy of Bedford, Olivia and Garrison of Dallas, and Robert, Brittany and David of Mesquite; three brothers and two sisters.

Acola, Marian Woody
1905-2000
Graveside service for Marian Woody Acola, 94, of Decatur was Monday, Feb. 7, at the Deep Creek Cemetery. The Rev. Rusty Hedges officiated.
Acola died Feb. 5, 2000 in Decatur.
Born Aug. 26, 1905 in the Deep Creek Community of Wise County, Acola was married to the late Sam Acola in 1927 in Dallas. She was the granddaughter of Sam Woody, an early settler of Wise County.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Sam Woody and Betty Acola of Fort Worth; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Acola and Richard Phelps of Conroe and Elizabeth and Harold Clevenger of Dallas; two grandchildren, Maxine Acola of Houston and Gary Phelps of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren.

Adams, Jeff
1965-2000
Service for Jeff Adams, 34, of Upton County, was Thursday, May 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Crane. Joe Bullock and Craig and Raquel Mull officiated. Burial followed at Crane County Cemetery.
Adams died Monday, May 1, 2000, at his home.
Born May 27, 1965, in Midland, he was a lifetime resident of Midland and Upton counties.
He was a graduate of Crane High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Angelo State University. He taught in the Crane and Midland school districts.
He is survived by his parents, Neal and Clair Adams of Upton County; two sisters, Stephanie and husband Kevin James of O’Donnell and Anne Marie and husband Daryl Aubin of New Braunfels; a brother, David and wife Pamela Adams of Alvord; three nieces, Menda James and Ashley James of O’Donnell, Callie Aubin of New Braunfels; three nephews, Case Aubin of New Braunfels, Aaron James of O’Donnell and Samuel Dalton Adams of Alvord and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and great uncles.

Albin, Vessie Irene Stockton
1910-2000
Graveside service for Vessie Irene Stockton Albin, 90, of Decatur was Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in the Hopewell Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Miller officiated.
Albin died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000 in Decatur.
Born June 12, 1910, in Alvord, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne and J.C. Stockton, both of Decatur; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Alexander, Dava Lou
1935-2000
Funeral for Dava Lou Alexander, 65, of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Olney. The Rev. Bill Higgins, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport and the Rev. Dennis Garner of Gunter officiated. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery.
Alexander died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 7, 1935, in Skellytown, she married Jack Alexander on June 23, 1951. She was a retired nurses aid having worked for Hamilton Hospital and Olney Nursing Center. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She moved to Bridgeport in 1996 from Olney.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Alexander; her father, Clyde Tiffany and a brother, Darrell Tiffany.
Survivors include a son, Mike of Electra; a daughter, Brenda Byers of Bridgeport; her mother, Telva Tiffany of McKinney and four grandchildren, Chrissy and Dianne Byers of Bridgeport and Kevin and Jennifer Alexander of Electra.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Olney, TX 76374.

Allen, Janice
1934-2000
Service for Janice Allen, 65, of Bridgeport was Wednesday, May 17, at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Rev. Warren Crothers officiated. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Allen died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 9, 1934, in McLean, she lived in Bridgeport 34 years. She was a retired secretary for Moore’s Business Forms in Denton. She married Billy Ray Allen on July 30, 1966, in Denton. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1999.
She is survived by her parents, Walter and Lillian Shirley; her son, Richard Ooten and wife Sharlene; her daughters, Kathy Morrow and husband Joe, Sandy Bailey and husband Rick and Tawana Cothran and husband Rick; her sisters, Carol Embry and husband Eugene and Kay Draughon; 10 grandchildren, Tiffaney, Brandey, Wes, Chad, Lori, Ryan, Mara, Garrett, Tommy and Tanner; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ryan Ooten, Garrett Reeves, Tanner Reeves, Tommy Reeves, Chad Morow and Wes Bailey.

Allen, Jasper Clay
1912-2000
Service for Jasper Clay Allen, 87, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Warren Crothers was to preside, with the assistance of Eddie Johnson. Burial was to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Allen died May 7, 2000, in Decatur.
He was born on Nov. 14, 1912, in Denison.
Allen was the owner of a freight delivery service. He married the late Alma Louise England Robinson Allen on Oct. 15, 1943, in Marietta, Okla. He served in the Army Air Corps. Allen was preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy Allen and a sister, Julia Miles.
He is survived by a stepson and daughter-in-law, Frank and Naida Robinson of Decatur; one brother, Earl Allen of Childress; one sister, Bernice Clark of Decatur; one step-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild; four step-great great-granchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Texas in Decatur or to the Gideons, P.O. Box 317 Decatur, TX 76234.

Anderson, Curtis Buchanan
1921-2000
Funeral service for Curtis Buchanan Anderson, 79, of Alvord was to be Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery. Bill Cleveland was to officiate.
Anderson died June 29, 2000, in Alvord.
Born May 12, 1921, in Bridgeport, he was a Navy veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord. He married Mary Ann “Pid” Shaunty in Weatherford in 1943. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Craig Anderson.
Survivors include his wife of Alvord; one daughter, Sandra Ann Thompson of Alvord; one sister, Faye Sweet of Amarillo; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Pallbearers were to be Ben Peace, Joe Campos, Danny Bramlitt, Tim Shaunty, James D. Anderson, Tommy Sweet, Dan Stinnett and Don Pierce.

Anderson, Ken
1931-2000
Service for Ken Anderson, 68, of Alvord was to be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Anderson died Feb. 13, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 3, 1931, in Clovis, N.M., Anderson was a welder and a foreman of a construction company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He married Beverly Gayle Miller on July 29, 1954, in El Paso. Anderson was also a member of the El Paso Masonic Lodge #130 AF and AM, and he was a member of the El Maida Temple and York Rite.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Alvord; his step-father, Eugene Walls of El Paso; two sons, Timothy Ray Anderson of Alvord and Terry Ray Anderson of Fort Worth; a daughter, Mitzee Carol Porter of Mulege, Mexico; a sister, Shirley Buie of Alvord; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Anderson, Patsy Faye
1945-2000
Graveside service for Patsy Faye Anderson, 54, of Sunset was to be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Cumby Cemetery in Wise County.
Anderson died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born Oct. 8, 1945, in Maypearl.
Survivors include her husband, Bill of Sunset; a son, Duke Pritchard, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Kristi Peat, of Nashville. Tenn.; a brother, Bob Smith, of Arlington; and six grandchildren.

Anderson, Robert William Irvin
1979-2000
Graveside service for Robert William Irvin Anderson, 20, of Boyd was to be Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Paradise Cemetery in Paradise. The Rev. Ron Graham was to officiate.
Anderson died Jan. 13, 2000, at home.
Born Sept. 10, 1979, in Carlsbad, N.M., Anderson was a member of the Rhome First Baptist Church and was in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his parents, Loyd and Peggy Anderson of Boyd; his grandparents, Margaret Cowart and Gerald Moore; his great-grandmother, Helen Langer; a brother, Lloyd Micheal Anderson; two sisters, Brandi Louise Anderson and Sherri Loveda Anderson and a nephew, Eric Dale Anderson.

Armstrong, Clayton Michael, II
2000
Graveside service for Clayton Michael Armstrong II was to be Saturday July 8, at 10 a.m. at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Michael Greenwood officiating.
Armstrong was born and died July 6, 2000.
The newborn is survived by his parents Clayton and Brandi Armstrong, a sister Brittany Armstrong, grandparents Lee and Glenda Armstrong, Sherri Strickland, Billy Cansler, great-grandparents Imogene Roe and Henry Roe and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Armstrong, Mary Nell Stanley
1931-2000
Funeral was Tuesday in the Cottondale Baptist Church for Mary Nell Stanley Armstrong, 69, of Bridgeport. Burial was in the Cottondale Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Pugh officiated.
Armstrong died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, in Decatur.
Born April 20, 1931, in Wink, she was a 1949 graduate of Wink High School and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd. She married Wade Armstrong March 3, 1951, in Lovington, New Mexico.
Survivors include her husband, Wade E. Armstrong; a son, Billy Neil Armstrong and his wife Janet; a daughter, Marsha Lee Carpenter and her husband Deaun; three grandchildren, Scott Eric and Brent Allen Carpenter and Allysa Diane Armstrong; two sisters, Mattie Evelyn Reeves and Jewel Holmes and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Scott Carpenter, Mike Smith, Brent Carpenter, Blake Hensley, David Camp and Carlton Mann.

Artmier, Mildred Louise
1930-2000
Service for Mildred Louise Artmier, 69, of Boyd was Monday, April 3, at the Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated and burial followed at Hogg Branch Cemetery in Wise County.
Artmier died March 30, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 13, 1930, in Paris, Artmier was a retired waitress and had worked in food service. She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother.
Survivors include her mother, Katherine Prunty; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Frank and Tammy Traylor, Tommy and Martha Traylor, Gary and Sonya Traylor, Sammy Traylor and Ronnie and Mary Linville; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Julia and Coy Belt; Judy and Larry McGahey, Rita Smith and Diane and Frank Bradbury; five brothers; three sisters; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Gary Traylor, Sammy Traylor, Ronnie Linville, Frank Traylor, Jr., Larry McGahey, Tommy Traylor, Coy Belt and Frank Bradbury.

Ashworth, Loval Evalena
1907-2000
Service for Loval Evalena Ashworth, 92, of Alvord was Monday, April 10, at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial followed at the Alvord Cemetery in Alvord.
Ashworth died on April 8, 2000, in Decatur. She was born on Aug. 29, 1907, in Sunset.
Ashworth was retired. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was married to the late Cloyd Leander Ashworth in Alvord in 1926.
She is survived by two sons, Earl Ashworth of Porter and Leon Ashworth of Snyder; four daughters, Lavonia Sorrell of Alvord, Lavorn Cunningham of Mineral Wells, Louise Ford of Graham and Sue Barton of Minden, La.; three sisters, Nevela Echols of Garland, Ozema Beaver and Jewell Dinnard of Waurika, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles Ford, Bill Sorrell, Charles Barton, Stacy Bassinger, Larry Bradshaw, Ray Williams, Tony Kelly and Ray Cunningham.

Athey, Cecil Clyde
1925-2000
Funeral service for Cecil Clyde Athey, 75, of Boyd was July 25 at Turrentine Jackson-Morrow Chapel in McKinney. Burial followed at Ridgeview Memorial Park.
Athey died July 23, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 27, 1925, in McKinney, he married Gracie Louise Kindle on Aug. 7, 1943, in McKinney. He was employed by Bell Helicopter as a shear operator. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Wise County Antique Auto Club and Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Reno. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Athey of Boyd; a son, Don Athey and wife Kitsy of Boyd; and a grandson, Daniel Athey of Boyd.

Autry, Cristi Sharon
1967-2000
Service for Cristi Sharon Autry, 32, of Corinth, was to be Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, (get time) at the First Baptist Church of Corinth. Burial was to follow at the Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Autry died Jan. 5, 2000, at a Dallas hospital.
Born July 31, 1967, in Bryan to Gaylon and Frieda Michael, she graduated from Madisonville High School and attended Sam Houston State University where she was a membr of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She married Lance Scott Autry on June 3, 1989, in Midway. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elwood Baptist Church in Midway.
She is survived by her husband, Lance of Corinth and formerly of Decatur; a daughter, Madison Emil Autry of Corinth; a son, Payten Bryce Autry of Corinth; her parents, Gaylon and Frieda Michael of Madisonville and a sister, Penni Amber Michael of Houston.

Bailey, Ray V.
1919-2000
Service for Ray V. Bailey, 80, of Decatur, was to be Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Bill Marion Bailey was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation was to be Saturday, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Bailey died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his home.
Born Sept. 22, 1919, in Matador, he was retired from General Motors and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He married Oma Louise Mowell on Oct. 31, 1942, in Terrell.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Bailey; a son, Bill Bailey of Rhome; two daughters, Raynell Meyers of Southlake and Linda Ozburn of Decatur and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Texas, 2201 S. FM 51, Suite 500, Decatur, Texas.

Baker, Dorothy “Dot”
1921-2000
Service for Dorothy “Dot” Baker, 78, of Irving was Sunday, Feb. 20, at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving. Skip Carrison officiated. Burial followed at Colfax Cemetery in Colfax.
Baker died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in Irving.
Born Dec. 4, 1921, in Grand Saline to Carey C. and Amelia Loper Bailey, she was employed as a secretary for Chance Vought in Grand Prairie and then as a secretary for Witte Medical Clinic in Irving for eight years, after which she retired. She was a member of the Irving Bible Church and Cedar Creek Bible Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Caren Baker of Irving and Donna Williams and husband Thomas of Boyd; grandchildren Terri Baker and husband John, Brad Williams and wife Pam, Katrina Owens, Paige Surratt, Kathryn Kirby and husband Cray, Kevin Surratt and wife Alicia, Eric Williams, Nathan Williams and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials to the Leukemia Society of America, 12850 Spurling Dr., Suite 190, Dallas, TX 75230.

Balch, Al
1911-2000
Graveside service for Al Balch, 89, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, July 25 at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth. Robert Bankes officiated.
Balch died July 23, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born April 3, 1911, in Wheatland, he was a retired master craftsman and carpenter. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America #429. He was a member of the Cates St. Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Juanita.
Survivors include a son, Marvin R. Balch and wife Janey; daughters, Jeane Slocomb and husband Vernon, Beth Tanner and husband Chuck and Sharon Rich and husband Jim; a brother, Jay Balch; sisters, Nell Wilkie and Anne Milam; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Balkey, Rosemary
1922-2000
Service for Rosemary Balkey, 78, of Dallas was Thursday at St. Monica Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Hills Cemetery. She was the mother of Dot Shannon of Decatur.
She died December 24 in a Dallas hospital.
Other survivors include daughters Mary Beth Bossart, Kath Loinette, Rosemarie DeZelle and Donna Pavel; sons John, Bob, Jim and Bill Balkey; a brother, Dick Sheehan and 19 grandchildren.
The family requests memorials, if desired, to the Make a Wish Foundation or to a charity or your choice.

Ball, Thomas Eugene
1904-2000
Graveside service for Thomas Eugene Ball, 95, of Dallas was to be Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Ball died July 18 in Dallas.
Born Aug. 27, 1904 in Decatur, he was a lawyer and also served as county judge of Johnson County for several terms before retiring in 1975. He attended Decatur Baptist College and graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He was active in the Republican party. During WWII he was a Lt. Colonel and judge advocate in the European Theater.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Crownover.
Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-laws, Thomas Eugene Ball Jr. and wife Bobbie of Edmond, Okla. and George Standley Ball and wife Elfriede of Dallas; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Barrett, Cecil Weldon
1928-2000
Service for Cecil Weldon Barrett, 72, of Chico, was to be Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the First Baptist Church of Chico. Burial was to follow at the Chico Cemetery. Billy Joe Womack and Mark Ball were to officiate.
Barrett died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000.
Born Oct. 16, 1928, in Chico, he was a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico and the Chico Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Fletta Barrett; a son, Brent Barrett and wife Lisa; a daughter, Debbie Kimbro; a brother, Harold Barrett and wife Norma; a sister, Ermal Moody and husband Emmett and four grandchildren, Jeramy, Lindsey, Will and Aubrey.
Pallbearers were Gary Moody, Ronny Cope, Brandon Barrett, Jim Duvall, Lonnie Barrett, Kinney Moody and Jeff Mack.

Barrons, Morris R., Rev.
1921-2000
Funeral for The Rev. Morris R. Barrons, 79, of Rhome, was Friday, Nov. 10, at the Rhome Assembly of God Church. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery. Michael Stephenson officiated, assisted by J.C. Hibbard.
Rev. Barrons died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, in Sacramento, Calif.
He was the former pastor of the Rhome Assembly of God Church, retiring in 1988. He had also pastored several churches in Virginia, Oklahoma, Missouri, California and in Fort Worth. He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Barrons; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Rebecca Barrons of Rhome, a stepson, Fred McCabe and wife Gail of California; four daughters and sons-in-law, Lydia West of Aledo, Martha and Larry Langford of Tennessee, Hope and Dan Wright of Fort Worth and Faith Taylor of Florida; three sisters, Barbara Hammar and Elaine Sterns of Michigan, and Joann Bradford of California; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Clyde Idell, Windell Splawn, Randy Perkins, Ray Lewis, Richard Young, Harold Norris and Lawrence Taylor.

Barton, Mary Maude
1905-2000
Service for Mary Maude Barton, 95, of Duncanville was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the David Clayton & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Duncanville. Burial was to follow at the Little Bethel Memorial Park in Duncanville. The Rev. Billy Lane was to officiate.
Barton died Feb. 3, 2000.
Born Jan. 22, 1905, in Paradise, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Barton and her son, Carlos “Chuck” Mooney.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Dorothy Mooney; two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Jimmy Mooney and Robert and Cynthia Mooney; two great-granddaughters, Andrea and Stephanie Mooney; and many other relatives.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 5001 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1050, Dallas, TX 75244.

Bass, Gene
1919-2000
Graveside service for Gene Bass, 81, of Austin, was Friday, Sept. 29, at the Chico Cemetery in Chico. The Rev. Gerald Cox officiated.
Bass died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000.
Born March 5, 1919, in Marshall to James Edward and Janie Everitt McClendon, she graduated from Marshall High School where she was the salutatorian of her class. She married Bill Bass Sr. on Dec. 27, 1941. She was a member of the Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bass Sr., in 1990.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Bill Bass Jr. of Belton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at 2415 South 47th, Temple, Texas, 76504.

Baugh, Ernest D.
1911-2000
Graveside service for Ernest D. Baugh, 88, of Runaway Bay, was Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated.
Baugh died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000 in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 2, 1911 in Bridgeport, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. He married Ruby Pearl Holt on Oct. 6, 1934 in Bridgeport. They were married 65 years.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Mable Mooney.
He is survived by three sons, Robert and wife Leah Baugh; Royce Baugh and Ronald and wife Glenda Baugh; a daughter, Ruth Ann and husband Pat Duffy; a sister, Virginia Gautney; nine grandchildren and 13 great-granchildren.

Baxter, Betty Page
1931-2000
Service for Betty Page Baxter, 69, of Chico was Monday, Oct. 16, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Rev. Kern Choate officiated. Burial followed at the Chico Cemetery.
Baxter died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in Decatur.
Born June 20, 1931, she married Fred Baxter on Dec. 3, 1981 in Decatur. She was a waitress and a member of the Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Lynn Moody; a grandson, Keith Hodge; and, two sisters, Marie Byrd and Carolyn Page.
She is survived by her husband, Fred Baxter; a son, Gerald Gaidar; three daughters, Malinda Lackey, Sandra Baer and Ruth Rice; a brother, Curtis Page; two sisters, Frances Page and Hazel McLean; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joseph Sutton, Billy Martin, Eric Hodge, Scotty Story, Wayland Moody and Alex Hasting.

Beard, S.L.
1914-2000
Service for S.L. Beard, 85, of Chico, was to be Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Joe Richardson was to preside. Burial was to follow at the Chico Cemetery.
Beard died on Feb. 6, 2000, in Chico. He was born on April 15, 1914, in Coleman.
Beard had lived in the Chico community since 1954. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II. He worked for Lone Star Industries in Chico for 21 years and retired in 1976. He was a member of the Carpenter Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport. He married Rosielee Cullins Beard on July 19, 1932, in Coleman.  He was preceded in death by his son, George Beard, a grandchild, Asa D. Grisham and a great-grandchild, Shannon Hofackett.
Beard is survived by his wife, Rosielee of Chico; three sons, Jerry L. Beard and his wife Joyce and Levert Beard and his wife Suzie, all of Bridgeport and Ronny Beard and his wife Pie of Sanger; a daughter, Treva Grisham and her husband Bill of Chico; two brothers, Cecil and Harvey Beard of Crescent Valley; a sister, Ona Mae Cullins of Bangs; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Beaver, Robert Allen “Bobby”
1966-2000
Graveside service for Robert Allen “Bobby” Beaver, 34, of Decatur, was Monday, Feb. 21, at Pleasant Grove #1 Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Johns officiated.
Beaver died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Jan.  31, 1966, in Fort Worth, he formerly worked as a supervisor at Denton State School in Denton.
He is survived by his wife, Debora Sue Beaver of Decatur; his mother, Patricia Bennett of Decatur; two sons, Keygun Bryce Beaver and Kalyb Zayne Beaver, both of Decatur; one daughter, Karly Ashton Beaver of Decatur; two brothers, Bret and wife Diane Beaver of Altus, Okla. and Dale and wife Delores Beaver of Decatur; three sisters, Lynn and husband James Richardson of Weatherford, Rebel and husband Les Williams of Peaster and Audra Bennett of Decatur and several nieces and nephews.

Belknap, Austin Wilson
1917-2000
Service for Austin Wilson Belknap, 83, of Decatur was Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Sycamore Baptist Church. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Cue officiated, assisted by The Rev. Charles Taylor.
He died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, in Decatur.
Belknap was born March 17, 1917, in Hobart, Okla. and was a retired janitor for the Decatur ISD, an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church in Wise County.
He is survived by his wife Ima Belknap of Decatur; son, Henry Belknap of Alvord; and two daughters, Ruth Ann Hardee of Alvord and Mary Loo Duke of Ringgold. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Randy, Cecil and Lenny Hardee, Shawn Belknap, Nolan and Eddie Ray Griffith.

Bell, Theresa ‘Tess’
1925-2000
Graveside service for Theresa “Tess” Bell, 75, of Decatur was Friday, Dec. 15, in Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. She died Monday, Dec 11, 2000, in Decatur.
Born May 27, 1925, she retired from Southwestern Bell after 27 years and was a member of Southwestern Pioneers.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Bell and his wife Sharon of Denver and Terry Bell and his wife Esther of Decatur; one daughter, Patricia Hope Briggs and her husband Terry of Grand Prairie; two daughters-in-law, Karen Bell of Forney and Grace Bell of New Waverly; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Bellah, Juanita
1925-2000
Service for Juanita Bellah, 75, of Lake Bridgeport, was to be Saturday, Dec. 30, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Rev. Bill Higgins was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bellah died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 10, 1925, in Nocona, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bible Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Jerry Bellah of Pampa and Dow Bellah; five daughters, Lockade Hall, DeEllen Gober, Judy Stevens, Lee Bellah and Linda Bellah; three brothers, A.E. Breeze, Preston Breeze and James Breeze; one sister, Delores Head; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be David Thompson, Danny Breeze, Bobby Stapp, Michael McBee, Ben Snodgrass, Dan Odom, Wayne Lancaster and James Hall.

Belvin, Buelah Mae
1926-2000
Service for Buelah Mae Belvin, 73, of Sunset, was to be Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord. The Rev. A.L. Milton was to preside, with burial at the Alvord Cemetery.
Belvin died Jan. 16, 2000, in Wichita Falls. She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Leflore, Okla. She was a retired retail salesperson. She married R.B. Belvin Aug. 1, 1946, in Borger. She was a member of the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord.
Belvin is survived by her husband, R.B., of Sunset; her mother, Deley Jane Brownfield of Whitewright; two daughters, Bonnie Edwards of Paradise and Lori Belvin of Houston; a brother and sister-in-law, T.J. and Doris Brownfield of Ector; and a sister, Ruthie Jean Neal of Sherman.
Pallbearers were Billy Don Morse, Shawn Cantrell, Darwin Justice, Hollis Stewart, Neal Fowler, Cliff Fuentes, Malcolm Hardy and Clayborn Young.

Bennett, Annie Maye Feagans
1938-2000
Service for Annie F. Bennett, 62, of Marietta, Ga., was Monday, Sept. 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powder Springs. Bishop Ron Cheney officiated. Burial will be in Cheatham Hill Cemetery in Marietta, Ga.
Bennett died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in Marietta.
Born in 1938 in Decatur, she had been a resident of Marietta since 1963. She was a foster parent for the Latter Day Saints social services organization. She was a consultant at the genealogical library at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powder Springs.
She is survived by her husband, Sanford Bennett of Marietta; three daughters, Lisa Ann Bennett and Melissa Janet Bennett of Marietta and Tauna B. Tucker of Ellijay, Ga.; a son, Nathan A. Bennett of Marietta; four sisters, Faye Locklear of Fort Worth, Dixie Elliott of Goree and Tommie Sue Feagans of Decatur, Ann Auburg of Midland; a brother, Robert Hammock of Texas and one grandson.

Bentley, Donald Lee
1946-2000
Graveside service for Donald Lee Bentley, 53, of Paradise was Monday, June 19, at Slidell Cemetery. Warren Chesser officiated.
Bentley died June 16, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Sherman, he was a welder for Starco Welding.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; his mother, Nell Bentley of Paradise; a son, Don Bentley of Denton; two daughters, Trisha Walker of Paradise and Diann Galvan of Slidell; a sister, Peggy Austin of Glen Heights; and six grandchildren.

Bickham, Haley Marie
1983-2000
Service for Haley Marie Bickham, 16, of Bevil Oaks was Thursday, March 30, 2000 at the First Baptist Church in Bevil Oaks. The Rev. Mel Ervin officiated and burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.
Bickham died March 27, 2000, in Houston.
Born July 7, 1983, in Birmingham, Ala., Bickham was a student at Central High School in Beaumont.
Survivors include her parents, John and Trina Bickham of Bevil Oaks; two sisters, Farris and Lisa Bickham, both of Bevil Oaks; a brother, Micah Bickham, of Bevil Oaks; grandparents, Horace and Dorothy Bickham of Deweyville and A.T. and Marie Moore of Rhome; and a great-grandmother, Lillie Mae Dickey of Rhome.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Life Skills Classes, in care of Central High School, 88 Jaguar Dr., Beaumont, TX 77701.

Bingham, Justin M.
1916-2000
Graveside service for Justin M. Bingham, 83, of Austin is Thursday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bridgeport Eastside Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker will officiate.
Bingham died June 17, 2000, in Austin.
Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Newcastle, he moved to Bridgeport at a young age. He was the son of Walter M. and Lydia Thomas Bingham. He was a veteran of World War II and a navigator on a B-26 bomber with the 386th Bomb Group, participating in 70 missions over Europe. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Air Medal. He was married to Margaret Lee Bogy for 54 years. He was a civil engineer and a retired construction administrative engineer for the Texas Highway Department. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; children, Richard Bingham of Alpine, Melinda Burch and husband Randy of Houston and Rex Bingham of Austin; grandchildren, Becky and David Youmans, both of Austin; and a sister, Margaret Roberts of Azusa, Calif.

Birlew, Monterray
1915-2000
Graveside service for Monterray Birlew, 84, of Bridgeport was Friday, Sept. 8, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Birlew died Sept. 5, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 3, 1915, in Sunset, to Glen Jones and Lori Ann (Hill) Jones, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Birlew.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Ulin of Dallas; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Blaze, Charles ‘Charlie’ Alvin
1914-2000
Funeral service for Charles ‘Charlie’ Alvin Blase, 86, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. David Blase and the Rev. John Blase were to officiate.
Blase died June 19, 2000, in Decatur.
Born April 3, 1914, in Hico, he was a member and deacon of Hopewell Baptist Church in Wise County. He married Nora Lou Patterson in Denton on Oct. 1, 1939. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Ella Blase and eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Olin and Janell Blase of Decatur and the Rev. David and Anna Blase of Nashville, Ark.; three grandsons, Curtis and wife Kim Blase of Decatur, the Rev. John and wife Meredith Blase of Arkadelphia, Ark. and Shawn and wife Tonja Blase of Texarkana; five great-grandchildren, Joshua and Kelsey Blase of Decatur, Will and Sarah Blase of Arkadelphia and Mikaela Blase of Texarkana.
Pallbearers were to be Curtis Blase, John Blase, Shawn Blase, J.W. Pinkerton, John North and Mike North.

Blessing, Dorothy Faira McCurdy
1920-2000
Funeral service for Dorothy Faira McCurdy Blessing, 79, of Decatur was Monday, July 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Burial was in Mansfield.
Blessing died July 7, 2000, in Decatur.
Born November 19, 1920, in Blewitt, she graduated from Harris School of Nursing in 1941. She received a bachelors degree from Texas Christian University and a masters degree from Texas Woman’s University. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Victoria Sue Blessing.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Ellis Blessing and wife Glenda of Paradise and John McCurdy Blessing and wife Sharon of Decatur; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Blessing and Martha Jane Blessing, both of Fort Worth; three brothers, Allan McCurdy and Elton McCurdy of Decatur and Floyd McCurdy of Rhome; two sisters, Beatrice Moore and Calva Holland of Breckenridge; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial can be sent to the United Methodist Women in Decatur.

Blythe, James Marion
1914-2000
Service for James Marion Blythe, 86, of Boyd, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Gerald Cleveland will officiate. Burial will follow at the Boyd Cemetery.
Blythe died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at his home in Boyd.
Born April 29, 1914, in Tamaroa, Ill., he had resided in Boyd the past five years. He was a retired bricklayer and a lifetime member of the Brick Masons Union #6. He married Margaret Rainbolt Jan. 30, 1936, in Crown Point, Ind. They were married 64 years. He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Blythe of Boyd; his sons, James L. and wife Ann Blythe, Lawrence and wife Leah Blythe and Robert and wife Arlene Blythe; a daughter, Carolyn and husband Alvin Bassham; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Bolin, J.T.
1916-2000
Service for J.T. Bolin, 83, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Jimmy Withers was to officiate and burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Bolin died April 17, 2000, in Boyd.
Born Nov. 19, 1916, in Justin, Bolin lived in Boyd and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was retired from General Portland Concrete Plant of Fort Worth. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau and the American Quarter Horse Association. Bolin was preceded in death by two sons, two sisters and a brother.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ethel Bolin and Richard Martinez; two brothers, Tom and Virgil Bolin; two sisters, Jessie Followville and Dorothy Palmer; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Bollinger, Weldon
1931-2000
Graveside service for Weldon Bollinger, 68, of Alvord, was Friday, March 10, at the Alvord Cemetery. The Rev. Phillip Yoder officiated.
Bollinger died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Decatur Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 15, 1931, in Rockdale, he was employed in mobile home sales and service.
He is survived by his wife Dorig Bollinger of Alvord; his sons, Leeman Ray and David Speed Bollinger; and one grandchild.

Boston, James Adler
1936-2000
Service for James Adler Boston, 63, of Boyd, will be Thursday March 2, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church #1. The Rev. Joe Stevens will preside, assisted by Darrall Akers and Sonny Smith. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation was to be on Wednesday, March 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Boston died on Feb. 28, 2000, in Boyd. He was born April 28, 1936, in Durant, Okla. He was a machinist for ATL. Boston married Joann Brasil on May 17, 1958, in Oklahoma. He was a deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church . He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Boston.
Boston is survived by his wife Joann of Boyd; four sons and daughters-in-law, James and Darlen, Rick and Barbara, Robert , Roddy and Susanne Boston; a sister, Tora Bell Duncan of Durant; eight grandchildren, James Earl and his wife Angela, Bobby Wayne, Stephanie Michelle, Dalton Cole, James Andrew, Joshua Drue, John Harvey and Caitlyn Elizabeth; and two great-grandchildren, Zander and Garvin Boston.

Boswell, Jim
1941-2000
Service for Jim Boswell, 58, of Bridgeport was Monday, Sept. 18, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Rev. Gary Demmitt officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Boswell died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at his residence.
Born Oct. 12, 1941, in Bridgeport, he married Kathy Howard on Sept. 20, 1973, in Denton County. He was a member of the Bridgeport Riding Club and owner and operator of Jim Boswell Used Cars in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Boswell of Bridgeport; three sons, Jimmie Boswell and wife Dara of Keller, Heath Boswell and wife Lisa of Bridgeport and Kelly Boswell and wife Crystal of Bridgeport; one brother, Roy Boswell and wife Gay of Bridgeport; one niece, Amy Conditt and husband Ben of Denton; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Clarence Pitts, Sonny Whitsitt, Earl Green, Bobby Slate, Richard Brown and Jerry Ireland.

Botello, Kevin
1984-2000
Service for Kevin Botello, 15, of Rhome was Friday, May 19, at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Edinburg. Internment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Botello died May 14, 2000, in south Wise County.
Born Nov. 25, 1984, in Corpus Christi, he had lived in Rhome for the last five years and was a student at Chisholm Trail Intermediate School.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Lou Botello of Rhome; a stepfather, John Kincade of Rhome; two brothers, Alfredo Botello and Arnold Tunchez; a sister, Vanessa Nichole Tunchez; and grandparents, Ezequiel and Dalia Gamez.

Boulware, J.B. ‘Booty’
1919-2000
Funeral service for J.B. ‘Booty’ Boulware, 80, of Bridgeport was Sunday, July 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Burial followed in Thomas Cemetery in Wise County. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated.
Boulware died July 13, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 11, 1919, in Bridgeport, he was a retired electrical contractor and a lifetime resident of Bridgeport. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. He served on the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Bridgeport Country Club Men’s Golf Association and belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Shriner’s and Scottish Rite organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
He married Cleo A. Poore Boulware on Aug. 18, 1946, in Bridgeport. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde, Herbert and O.L. Boulware and a sister, Mary Bowden.
Survivors include his wife, Cleo of Bridgeport; two sons, Larry Boulware of Bridgeport and John Boulware and his wife Doris of Fort Worth; a daughter, Paula Brussow and her husband Jerry of Saginaw; five grandchildren, Mary Ann, Jason, Kevin, Robbie and Marcie, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Carl Ray Jones, Charles Kaker, Miles Pearce, R.V. Martin, Von Lawson, Norris Cheves, Joe Bill Smith, Donnie Green, Leroy Sparks and Elmer White.

Bounds, Barker Ray
1932-2000
Graveside service for Barker Ray Bounds, 67, of Broken Bow, Okla., was to be March 8, at the Holly Creek Cemetery in Broken Bow.
The Rev. Melvin Gibson was to officiate.
Bounds died March 6, 2000, in Broken Bow.
He was born Nov. 20, 1932, in Broken Bow.
Bounds was an aircraft machinist for many years in Texas and returned to Broken Bow three years ago.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Broken Bow and enjoyed bowling and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Edgar Bounds and Mary Elizabeth Brewer Bounds, two sisters, two brothers and one daughter.
Bounds is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen of Broken Bow; four children, Lou Ellen Klick of Irving, Linda Sue Meador of Decatur, Barker Ray Bounds, Jr., of Boyd and Billy Joe Bounds of Eagletown, Okla.; a sister, Margie Sorrels of Holly Creek, Okla.; a brother, Delbert Bounds of Paris; and nine grandchildren.

Bounds, Hertha Lorene
1916-2000
Service for Hertha Lorene Bounds, 84, of Chico was to be Saturday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Rev. Joe Motsenbocker was to officiate. Burial was to follow at the Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Charles Blanks, Kenneth Manning, Perry Johnson, Leon Watson, Calvin Buckner and Don Robinson.
Bounds died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her home in Chico.
Born Mar. 14, 1916, in Alvord, she had resided in Chico the past 70 years. A housewife and seamstress, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bounds, and her son, Larry Don Bounds.
She is survived by a son, Jimmy and wife Shirley Bounds of El Reno, Okla.; a brother, Carroll Yale; four grandchildren, Jim Bounds, Jr., Mike Bounds, Joe Paul Bounds and Derek Minton; three great-grandchildren, Cliff Bounds, Emilee Bounds and Bailey Bounds.

Bowden, Jerry Wayne
1945-2000
Graveside service for Jerry Wayne Bowden, 55, or Ore City was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mineola. The Rev. Fred Morrow was to officiate.
Bowden died July 5, 2000, in Ore City.
Born Feb. 2, 1945, in Houston, he was an oil field worker and served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his father, Otto Bowden and mother, Hannah Marie Harvey Bowden.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Bowden of Ore City; two sons, Jesse Bowden of Ore City and Marty Bowden of Henderson; daughter, Angela Aldridge of Lawton, Okla.; brother, Herb Bowden of Paris; sisters, Nell Winkler of Denton and Joann Hart of Texarkana; and one grandchild.

Bowling, Isabelle Annie
1914-2000
Service for Isabelle Annie Bowling, 85, of Decatur, was Monday, Mar. 6, at the Fundamental Baptist Church. The Revs. Raymond Johns and James Hampton officiated. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery.
Bowling died Friday, Mar. 3, 2000, in Decatur.
Born June 28, 1914, in Decatur, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Linzley Bowling of Decatur; a daughter, Beverly Contakos of Granbury; three sons, Gary Bowling of Keller, Robbie Bowling of Hickory Creek and Ricky Bowling of Decatur; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dodd Bowling, Barry Bowling, Scott Bowling, Chris Contakos, Jr., Randy Williams and Brett Howard.
Memorial donations may be made to Home Hospice in Decatur.

Bowman, Margaret Ann
1981-2000
Service for Margaret Ann Bowman, 19, of Bowie was Friday, Dec. 29, at the Central Baptist Church in Bowie. The Revs Jerry Pittman and Paul Henderson officiated. Burial followed at Brushy Cemetery in Bowie.
Bowman died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born May 4, 1981, in Bowie, she was a member of the Pentecoastal church and worked at the Sonic Drive In in Bowie.
She is survived by her parents, Wallace and Pat Bowman of Bowie; a son, Lane Sanders of Fort Worth; a sister, Tammy Evone Sizemore of Healdton, Okla.; five brothers, Jackie Sizemore Jr. of Ardmore, Okla., Wallace Wayne Bowman Jr. of Dilley, Rickey Bowman of Hennessey, Okla., Jimmy Bowman of Bowie and Jason Lee Bowman of Bowie; her grandparents, J.R. and Ruby Richards of Bowie and Irene Jacobs of Bowie and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Boyd, Jon Michael ‘Mike’
1951-2000
Graveside service for Jon Michael “Mike” Boyd, 49, of Bowie, was Tuesday, Dec 12, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. He died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at his home in Bowie. The Rev. Gail Zoya officiated.
Boyd was born April 26, 1951, in Bridgeport. He was a longtime resident of Bridgeport before moving to Bowie six years ago. He was maintenance foreman at Pioneer Rock Crusher and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Boyd of Bowie; a daughter, Rhonda Bigley of Cleburne; two step-daughters, Stacy Smith of Archer City and Rhonda Heddins of Bowie; a step-son, Darryl Fowler of Nocona; his mother, Izella Boyd of Bowie; a sister, Jo Morton of Bowie and one niece.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas, 705 E. Greenwood Ave., Bowie.

Boydston, Charles Lee ‘Chock’
1942-2000
Graveside service for Charles Lee ‘Chock’ Boydston, 58, of Decatur was Sunday, August 6 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Charles Taylor officiated.
Boydston died August 4, 2000, in Decatur.
Born April 2, 1942, in Decatur he was a farmer and a Baptist.
Survivors include four sisters, Bernice Dinwidde of Crafton, Carolyn Sue Shaw of Sycamore, Betty Jo Johnson of Greenwood and Mary Katherine Ling of Plano.
Pallbearers were Joe Bert Roberts, Jim Bob Roberts, Jim Saunders, Charles Griffeth, James Wood, Dale Burk, Rex Maxwell, Clyde Cole and Ricky Wilson.

Brazier, Lucille
1916-2000
Service for Lucille Brazier, 84, of Chico, was Monday, Nov. 13, in the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Burial was in the Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Cox officiated.
She died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born, February 24, 1916, in Hopkins County, she was a longtime resident of Chico. She was a homemaker and a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, James B. Brazier; two daughters, Beverly Crosby and husband Bob and Marilyn Hadley; five grandchildren, Scott Hadley, Sue Ann Rohne, Jo Lynn Wilkerson, Robin Hadley and Kristen Hadley; five great-grandchildren, Michael Wilkerson, Bradley Rohne, Randal Wilkerson, Duncan Hadley and Laura Rohne.

Brown, Foy Elmer
1915-2000
Funeral service for Foy Elmer Brown, 85, of Newark was Thursday, July 27 at Newark Church of Christ. Burial followed in Pope Cemetery. Coy Porter officiated.
Brown died July 25, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 12, 1915, in Aurora, he was a lifetime resident of Newark, former mayor of Newark and a city councilman. He was a former fire chief of the Newark Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a former board member of the Newark ISD. He was retired from General Dynamics after 37 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mableane Taylor Brown.
Survivors include a son, Richard Brown and wife Sandy of Boyd; a daughter, Debbie Evrard and husband David of Newark; a brother, Robert Brown of Newark; five grandchildren, Donny and Barry Brown, Justin McConnell and Shawn and Tori Evrard; and a great- granddaughter, Ashley Nicole McConnell.
Pallbearers were Justin McConnell, David McConnell, Donny Brown, Barry Brown, Mike Boaldin and Bobby Boaldin.

Brown, Hazel K.
1923-2000
Service for Hazel K. Brown, 77, was to be Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, in the Shannon North Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born April 24, 1923, she was a member of the Baptist Church of Keeter.
Survivors include two daughters, Anita Walton and husband John of Boyd and Brenda Jones; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Phyliss Wagner.

Brown, Herbert Earl
1928-2000
Herbert Earl Brown, 72, of Springtown died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in Decatur.
A private memorial service will be held by family members after cremation.
Born May 16, 1928, in Paradise, he was a member of the Springtown Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Earl and Minnie Helen Brown of Bridgeport, and by two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by three brothers and five sisters.

Bruton, Durwood ‘Woody’
1940-2000
Graveside service for Durwood “Woody” Bruton, 60, of Dallas, was Thursday, Sept. 28, in Decatur at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Bruton died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Dallas.
Born Aug. 27, 1940, in Haskell, to Ben and Margaret Bruton, he grew up in Weinert. He was a graduate of North Texas State University and taught school in the Dallas area. He was an active member of the White Rock Rotary Club and worked extensively with the Decatur Rotary Club. He was responsible for the organization and funding of the Bachman Recreational Center’s annual chili cookoff that benefits the handicapped and mentally retarded. He was a musician. He was a co-owner of Medical Electronics in Dallas.
He is survived by his twin brother, Elwood “Drue” Bruton; his nephews, Brandon and Blake Bruton; and one cousin Nancy Jane Deaton Mares.
Donations may be made to the White Rock Rotary Club in his memory.

Buggar, Mark Wayne, Sr.
1963-2000
Service for Mark Wayne Buggar, Sr., 37, of Decatur, was Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Christian Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Revs. Keith Vaughn and Steven Bernard officiated. Burial followed at the Boyd Cemetery.
Buggar died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born June 6, 1963, in Fort Worth, he married Becky Giles Buggar on Feb. 16, 1982, in Briar Oak. He was a carpenter in commercial construction. He was a member of the Church of God in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lona Buggar.
Pallbearers were Daniel Brown, Jeremy Boatner, Kevin Martin, Andrew Bernard, William Bernard, Walter Giles, Keith Martin, Mark Peek, Weldon Rogers and Wayne Karr.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Buggar of Decatur; a son, Mark Wayne Buggar, Jr. of Decatur; two daughters, Rebekah Renee and Elizabeth Ann Buggar, both of Decatur; two brothers, James Buggar, Jr. and Brent Buggar; two sisters, Wanda Jones and Paula Lynch; his in-laws, Walter Gene and Pansy Giles and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bullard, Rachel M.
1907-2000
Service for Rachel M. Bullard, 92, of Bowie was to be Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley Chapel in Bowie. Revs. Homer Martin and Darius McKay were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Bullard died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, in Bowie.
Born Oct. 20, 1907 in Bellevue, she married J.B. Bullard Jr. on Feb. 13, 1954, in Sweetwater. He preceded her in death in 1994.
She was a retired school teacher and a longtime resident of Newport before she moved to Bowie 16 years ago. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bowie. She was also a member of the Bowie Memorial Hospital Auxillary and a member of The Order of Eastern Star, Decatur Chapter 543, for which she served as organist. She was also a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.
She attended Texas Tech University and Texas Woman’s College and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught in public schools in Clay, Montague and Wise counties until her retirement in 1968.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Hobart Bullard of Bowie; two nieces, Helen Bullard of Bellevue and Carole Greer of Mesquite; three nephews, Bill Cooper of Del Rio, David Jones of Arcadia and John E. Bullard of Bowie; one great niece, Sharon Webb of Bellevue and several other nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the Bowie Memorial Hospital Auxillary, 705 East Greenwood Ave., Bowie, Texas 76230.

Bunnell, John N.
1915-2000
Service for John N. Bunnell, 84, of Decatur, was Monday, April 10, in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Carolyn Herbert presided. Burial followed in the International Order of Odd Fellows Riverview Cemetery in Monticello, Ind.
Bunnell died on April 8, 2000, in Decatur.
He was born on June 27, 1915, in Monticello.
Bunnell was retired. He was married to the late Daphne Bunnell for 63 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Paradise and was an avid orchid horticulturalist.
Bunnell is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Raymond Polone of Decatur; two brothers, Don Bunnell of Kokomo, Ind. and Eddie Bunnell of Young Harris, Ga.; two sisters, Betty Wagoner of Lafayette, Ind. and Ellen Low of Monticello; four grandchildren, including Renee Thrasher of Decatur and Ryan and Kristi Polone of Boyd; and nine great-grandchildren, including Kristina, Tiffany, Nick and Cody Thrasher of Decatur.

Burks, Mildred L.
1912-2000
Service for Mildred L. Burks, 87, of Gainesville, was to be Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Greenwood Baptist Church. Dr. Lawrence D. Burks was to officiate, assisted by David Ruark. Burial was to follow at the Greenwood Cemetery.
Burks died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, in Gainesville.
Born Sept. 9, 1912, in Greenwood, to Robert E. and Lorenza Dow Vandiver Florida, Sr., she had lived her entire life in Greenwood and only recently moved to Gainesville. She was an artist, like her father, and devoted to reading the Bible.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dee Burks, in 1965 and by ten brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Louise and Lindsey Grigsby of Mesquite; daughter, Gloreeta Burks of Tyler; sons, Dale Burks of Greenwood, Oscar and wife Barbara Burks of Valley View, Dr. Lawrence Dee and wife Judy Burks of Gainesville; a brother, John Florida of Greenwood; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were to be Frank Maxwell, Ed Catlin, Wayman Pannell, Neal Fortenberry, Rex Maxwell and Ronnie Weber.
Family visitation was to be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 to 7 p.m. at Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Grand Avenue Baptist Church.

Burr, Janela Ruth Cox
1950-2000
Memorial service for Janela Ruth Cox Burr, 49, of Decatur, was to be Wednesday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Marcus Brecheen was to officiate.
Burr died Sunday, Mar. 12, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Mar. 24, 1950, in Belen, N.M., she married Jeff Lynn Burr on Oct. 13, 1990, in The Colony.
She was a secretary for Imperial Manufacturing in Decatur. She attended the Central Church of Christ in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Lynn Burr of Decatur; her mother, Viola Alyne Padgett of Carlsbad, N.M.; two daughters, Shannon Dee Hurley and Linzy Dawn McCawley, both of The Colony; a brother, Arthur Cox of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Carlyne Laeos of Carlsbad, N.M. and Phyllis Haas of Wagoner, Okla. and three grandchildren.

Busse, Martin Alan
1957-2000
Service for Martin Alan Busse, 43, of Sanger was to be Saturday, June 10, at Independence Chapel in Fort Worth.
Busse died June 6, 2000, in Bryan.
Born May 26, 1957, in Knoxville, Tenn., he was vice-president and co-founder of BTS Custom Stone Inc. of Haltom City. He was a Lutheran and attended Immanual Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother, June Busse.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Lynn Busse of Sanger; six children, Dawn Arlene Crawford of Decatur, Misty Renee Yant and husband Luke of Decatur, Sean Alan Busse of Greenwood and Jacob Wayne Busse of Sanger; a grandson, Nolan Wyatt Crawford of Decatur; his father, Ronald Alan Busse of Roanoke; a sister, Deborah Arlene Kirby and husband Brian of Heath; brothers Troy Barker and wife Tammy of Poetry and Choya Barker of Rowlett and his grandmother, Nancy Reeder of Garland.
Memorials may be made to Farmers Merchant State Bank of Krum in the name of Jacob Wayne Busse or Sean Alan Busse.

Byres, Dortha Ellen
1915-2000
Funeral for Dortha Ellen Byers, 84, of Bridgeport was Monday, July 31 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated.
Byers died July 28, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 17, 1915, in Park Springs, she was a Bridgeport resident the past 48 years. She was a homemaker and a member of The United Pentecostal Church of Bridgeport. She married Haskell Lee Byers in Wise County in 1936. She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, A.Z. and Clifton Kennedy; and a sister, Lometa Earp.
Survivors include a daughter, Jewell Mitchell and husband Joe of Euless; sons, Franklin Byers, Jurden Byers and wife Linda and George Byers and wife Marie, all of Chico, and David Byers of Euless; a brother, Jimmy Kennedy of Saginaw; sisters, Bertha Hansen of Weatherford, Frances Scott of Poolville and Velma Burns of Little Elm; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jake Mitchell, James Mitchell, Jon Mitchell, Clint Mitchell, Jacob Mitchell, Josh Martinez and J.W. Byers.

Cagle, Bernice
1924-2000
Service for Bernice Cagle, 75, of Saginaw, was Tuesday, Jan. 11,  at the Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial followed at the Boyd Cemetery.
Formerly of Boyd, Cagle died Jan. 8, 2000, in a Fort Worth hospital.
Born, May 19, 1924, to Elgin Lee and Ruthie Mae Swinney Smith, she married Lee Jackson Cagle on Aug. 30, 1946, in Newark. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one brother, Charles Ray Smith.
She is survived by two sons, Terry and wife Michele Cagle of White Settlement and Jerry and wife Nelda Cagle of Saginaw; four brothers, E.L., Jack and Ronnie Smith, all of Boyd and Billy Smith of White Settlement; three sisters, Ona Porterfield of Albuquerque, N.M., Imogene Willbanks of Boyd and Jaunell Lane of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren, Kevin, Kristopher, Michael, Rachel and Kelli Cagle.
Pallbearers were E.L. Smith, Billy Smith, Jack Smith, Ronnie Smith, Greg Lane, Kevin Cagle, Michael Cagle and Kristopher Cagle.

Campbell, William Leonard
1964-2000
Graveside service for William Leonard Campbell, 36, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Woody Godby was to officiate.
Campbell died on April 5, 2000, in Wise County.
He was born on March 31, 1964, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Campbell was a self-employed laborer.
He is survived by no immediate family members.

Campsey, Fred Allen
1900-2000
Graveside service for Fred Allen Campsey, 100, of Forestburg was Sunday, June 18, at New Harp Cemetery, near Forestburg. C.E. ‘Sonny’ Cole of Saint Jo Church of Christ officiated.
Campsey died June 16, 2000, in Bowie.
Born March 23, 1900, in Truscott, he had lived 70 years in Forestburg. He was a farmer and rancher. He married his wife, Thasia, on Dec. 18, 1923 in Quanah. He was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter, Norma Mann.
Survivors include four sisters, Velma White and Lorene Cross, both of Decatur, Sally Leonard of Quanah and Cordia Holland of Gonzalas, Calif.; one grandson, Skip Mann of Forestburg; and two great-grandchildren.

Caraway, Kate Edna
1908-2000
Service for Kate Edna Caraway, 91, of Bridgeport, was Thursday, Dec. 21, in Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Joe Richardson and Tex Monk officiated. Burial was in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
She died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, in a Decatur nursing home.
Born Dec. 25, 1908, in Marble Falls, Caraway was a homemaker and a member of Carpenter Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport. She and Pete Caraway married Sept. 17, 1926 in the Wise County courthouse and they lived in Bridgeport during their 63-year marriage. He preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1989.
Among the many memories of her family are her quilts, her chocolate fried pies, cooking on a wood stove in the middle of her kitchen, teaching her grandchildren to scale fish with a spoon, her caramel pies, her tomcat and Sunday dinners.
Survivors include a son, John Caraway of Bridgeport; three daughters, Jean O’Dell of Bridgeport, Helen Russell of Grapevine and Wanda Snow of Grapevine; one sister, Billie Arrington of Fort Worth; daughter-in-law, Sue Caraway of Bridgeport; 17 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 38 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Corky McDaniel, John D. Caraway, Clyde Matney, Jack Caraway, Lynn Caraway and Ricky Caraway. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Richardson, Johnny McDaniel and Noble Hoots.

Carson, Jessie Faye
1927-2000
Service for Jessie Faye Carson, 72, of Arlington, was  Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Charles Taylor officiated. Burial was to follow at Sycamore Cemetery.
Carson died Jan. 2, 2000, in Arlington.
Born July 3, 1927, in Marianna, Ark., she was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her mother, Maggie Lois Taylor of Alvord; a son, Wayne Morrison of Waxahachie; two daughters, Linda Langford of Royce City and Joy Kemp of Arlington; three brothers, Charles Taylor and Herbert Taylor, both of Decatur and James Taylor of Denison; four sisters, Claudine Phillips of Killeen, Betty Knight of Tioga, Billie Jean Neal of Bells and Johnnie Ward of Grand Prairie and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bruce Neal, Bill Neal, Jr., Danny Taylor, Gary Chamber, James Phillips and Lee Chaffin.

Carter, Zelma Lenora
1917-2000
Graveside service for Zelma Lenora Carter, 82, of Bridgeport, was Feb. 10, at the Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Cox presided.
Carter died on Feb. 7, 2000, in Decatur. She was born on March 16, 1917, in Texas. She moved to Bridgeport from Oklahoma in 1985. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. Carter loved to make dolls, doll clothing and her daughterÕs clothes, sewing everything by hand. Carter enjoyed giving her handmade items to others.
Carter is survived by four sons, Larry Bunch of Caneyville, Ky., Gary Bunch of Portage, Mich., James Overbay of Dallas and Ronnie Robinson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one daughter, Linda Galloway of Dallas; one sister, Dortha Peek of Chico; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cartwright, Lois ‘Dot’
1915-2000
Graveside service for Lois “Dot” Crownover Cartwright, 84, of Eastland, was Tuesday, May 9, at Garvin Cemetery in Wise County.
Cartwright died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at an Eastland hospital.
Born Oct. 18, 1915, to Hollie and Mary Crownover, she was the last surviving of nine children. She resided in Fort Worth until 1997 when she moved to Eastland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert F. Cartwright; a daughter, Myrna Lois and a son, Herbert F. Cartwright, Jr.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Funderburgh of Eastland; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Case, David Keith
1960-2000
Service for David Keith Case, 40, formerly of Chico, was Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Marcos. Burial followed at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
Case died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, in San Marcos.
Born in 1960, he was former superintendent of the Chico school district. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, James B. Case and Paul Basting, an uncle, James A. Case and a father-in-law, Gene Uhl.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; five children, Ben, Matt, Daniel, Lauren and Spencer Case of Hutto; his parents, David and Saundra Case of San Marcos; two brothers, Randy Case of Austin and Terry Case and wife Bandi and their sons Micheal Dane and Keegan of Fort Worth; one sister, Emma Llston and husband Nathan and daughters Haley and Madison of Zearing, Iowa; two grandmothers, Audrey Case of Waymoka, Okla. and Kathleen Basting of San Marcos and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Casey, Mary Virginia
1914-2000
Service for Mary Virginia Casey, 85, of Paris was Feb. 2 at the Decatur Church of Christ. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Decatur.
Casey died Jan. 31, 2000, in Midland.
Born June 15, 1914, in Paris, Casey was one of seven children of Peter Elitt Shoemate and Bessie Madding Shoemate. She married William Matthew Casey on June 4, 1938, in Paris. He preceded her in death in 1997. She taught English at Decatur High School for many years before retiring in 1972.
Survivors include her sister, Bonnie Shoemate of Paris; a brother, Jim Shoemate of Paris; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Larry Nye of Babylon, N.Y. and Mary Sue and John DeFore of Midland; a son and daughter-in-law, William Michael and Christina Casey of Decatur; and seven grandchildren, John Mark DeFore of Austin, David and Casey DeFore of Midland, Gregory and Casey Nye of Babylon and Meagan and Matthew Casey of Decatur.
Pallbearers were Casey Elizabeth Nye, John Mark, David and Casey DeFore, Mike Riney, Gregory Nye and Mike Casey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas St., Midland, TX 79701.

Cates, Charles Allen
1908-2000
Service for Charles Allen Cates, 92, of Decatur, was Friday, Nov. 17, in the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Burial was in the Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Rusty Hedges officiated.
He died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 29, 1908, in Decatur, he was the owner of Cates Title Company, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur and a World War II veteran. He was a member of the Lost Battalion, the recipient of three Purple Hearts and a graduate of Texas A & M University.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Dill Cates and a son, Charles Cates, Jr.
Surviving is one son, Cody Cates of Decatur, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Warren Cates, Lynn Pierce, Ronnie Hughes, Lloyd, Steve and David Huffman.

Chambers, Nettie
1909-2000
Service for Nettie Chambers, 90, of Dallas was Wednesday, April 26 at the Sunset United Methodist Church in Sunset. The Rev. Mary Rarden officiated and burial followed at Sunset Cemetery.
Chambers died April 24, 2000, at her home in Dallas.
Born Aug. 30, 1909, in Forestburg, Chambers was a retired teacher. She was a member of the Sunset United Methodist Church in Sunset and she grew up in Forestburg. She graduated from the University of North Texas with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She taught school at Stoneburg, Sunset, Park Springs and Chico during her 36-year teaching career. She married Darrell Ray Chambers Sr. on Dec. 24, 1934, in Stoneburg. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Ettie Smith; and two half-brothers, Hoke and Everett Medley.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Lou Anna Chambers of Dallas; two grandchildren, Scott and his wife Helen of Mansfield and Jennifer Chambers of Duncanville; two great-grandchildren, Britani and Mickey Chambers, both of Mansfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Chandler, Rhonda Suson
1961-2000
Service for Rhonda Suson Chandler, 38, of Cleburne was Sunday, Feb. 13, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Louis Horton officiated and burial followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Chandler died Feb. 11, 2000, in Cleburne.
Born July 31, 1961, in Decatur, Chandler was a nurses aid.
Survivors include her mother and father, Geneva Lynch of Chickasha, Okla. and William W. Suson of Decatur; a brother, Dwight Suson of Gatesville; a niece and several cousins.
Pallbearers were Chris Ince, Billy Ince, Dennis Hudson, Corky Roberts, Steve Gossett, Danny Owens and Jeremy Lynch.

Chavez, Pedro, Jr.
1976-2000
Funeral service for Pedro Chavez Jr., 24, of Decatur was Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Catholic Church of the Assumption. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Gonzalo Morales officiated.
Chavez died July 29, 2000, in Decatur.
Born May 28, 1976, in Decatur, he was a machinist with metal fabrication. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1994.
Survivors include his mother, Concha Chavez; a brother, Antonio ‘Tony’ Chavez of Decatur; sisters, Juana Alcaraz and Griselda Chavez, both of Decatur; and grandparents, Juana Rodriguez of Decatur and Antonio Correa of Zaratoza, Mexico.
Pallbearers were Joe Ortiz, Tony Chavez, Gerodo Zamora, Francisco Hernandez, Julian Mares and Jamie Varela.

Chesney, Jewel Ferguson
1904-2000
Service for Jewel Ferguson Chesney, 96, of Decatur, will be Friday, Nov. 24 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Taylor will officiate.
Chesney died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000 in Decatur.
Born March 9, 1904, in Alvord, she owned and operated A&J Cleaners in Decatur for many years in Decatur. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a Past Matron of Decatur Chapter 543, a member of Greenwood Chapter 1060 Order of Eastern Star, treasurer of Decatur Rebekah Lodge 183 and secretary of Ball Knob Cemetery since 1961.
She married Edward Blythe Sept. 15, 1930. He preceded her in death in 1934. She married Albert Lee Chesney March 26, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1988.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty Jean Colgrove of Decatur; two grandchildren, Dale Colgrove of Decatur and Ricky Colgrove of North Richland Hills and six great-grandchildren.

Cheves, Grace Iola
1913-2000
Graveside service for Grace Iola Cheves, 87, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Rev. Warren Crothers and B. D. Workman were to officiate.
Cheves died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her home.
Born April 10, 1913, in Savanna, Okla., Cheves was a homemaker and had lived in the Bridgeport area since 1954. She married Carl Vernon Cheves in 1935 in Yuma, Ariz. He preceded her in death in 1987. She was a Baptist.
She is survived by one son Paul Cheves and his wife Elisabeth of Pasadena, Calif.; a sister, Nell Grubb of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Lisa Knight and her husband Joel of Monterey, Calif., and Christopher Cheves and his wife Karen of San Diego, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Christian, Raleigh
1925 - 2000
Graveside service for Raleigh Christian, 75, of Sanger was Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Slidell Cemetery in Slidell. The Rev. Dickie Amyx officiated.
Christian died Feb. 8, 2000, in Denton.
Born Jan. 7, 1925 in Decatur, Christian was a delivery truck driver for J&L Butane. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, in 1975. He married Joy Moore in December of 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Christian of Sanger; a son, Steve Christian of Paradise; two step-sons, Brent Gay of Sanger and Kent Weathers of Denton; a daughter, Katie Bartholow of Utica, Ohio; a step-daughter, Melody David of Sanger; a sister, Melba Christian of Bridgeport; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Clanin, Debbie Ann
1957-2000
Memorial service for Debbie Ann Clanin, 43, of Springtown, was Thursday, Oct. 19 at Hilltop Baptist Church in Springtown. The Rev. Don Lamont officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Clanin died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, in Springtown.
Born Sept. 30, 1957, in Concordia, Kan., she had lived in the Metroplex since 1979. She was a dairy manager and also worked at various Winn Dixie stores in the area for 14 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Miranda Dawn Clanin of Fort Worth; sons, Zach, Jake and Nick Clanin, all of Paradise; seven brothers, Don Collette of Kansas City, Mo., David Collette of Omaha, Neb., Brad Collette of Port Clinton, Ohio, Tim Collette of Fishers, Ind., Alan Collette of Salina, Kan., Rod Collette of Lawton, Okla. and Arnie Collette of Bellville, Kan.; sisters, Diane Kearn, Loretta Kinder and Janet Fraizer, all of Concordia, Kan. and Tammy Carman of Indianapolis, Ind.; her fiance, William W. Brown of Springtown and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Clark, Wynona Ruth
1926-2000
Graveside service for Wynona Ruth Clark, 73, of Alvord was to be Wednesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. at Alvord Cemetery.
The Rev. Bill Cleveland was to officiate.
Clark died April 4, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 20, 1926, in Fort Worth, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include a brother, J. W. Clark of Alvord; a sister, Velma Parson of Alvord; and several nieces and nephews.

Clay, Henry
1913-2000
Service for Henry Clay, 86, of Houston, formerly of Decatur was to be Saturday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home. Burial was to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Clay died Aug. 30, 2000, in Houston.
He was born Nov. 11, 1913, in Fort Worth. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of Master Sgt.
He was a member of the Wise County Historical Society, the Decatur Garden Club, Cowtown Clowns, Wise County Clowns, Clowns of America and Texas Clown Association. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church.
Clay received a lifetime membership as a gift from the Kunitachi Lodge #4 in Japan, where he served as worshipful master.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Margaret and Michael Horan; two brothers, Bill J. Clay and Robert L. Clay; two sisters, Mary Hooe and Bernie Burress; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Henry Laurence “Larry” Clay.

Cloninger, Alyne
1918-2000
Graveside service for Alyne Cloninger, 82, of Bridgeport, was Monday, Nov. 13, in Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. She died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at a Fort Worth hospital.
Cloninger was born in Aledo and lived most of her life in Fort Worth. She was a member of Rosen Heights Baptist Church and the Texas Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include nieces Roylene Leslie and husband Bob, of Bridgeport; and Janet Williams of Fort Worth; brother-in-law D.C. “Tiny” Cloninger; sister-in law Monty Cloninger of Fort Worth and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Clowdus, W.L. ‘Bill’
1917-2000
Memorial service for W.L. “Bill” Clowdus, 82, of Runaway Bay, was Saturday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. at the Runaway Bay Community Church. The Rev. Gary Smith officiated.
Clowdus died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Born Aug. 20, 1917, in Wilson, Okla., he married Doris Lanelle Hagerty on Dec. 30, 1939, in Oklahoma City. They were married 60 years. A retired general manager of the LubriKup Company in Fort Worth, he lived in Runaway Bay 20 years.
He was a former member of the Runaway Bay city council and the Runaway Bay planning and zoning commission. He was an active member of the Runaway Bay Community Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a charter member of The Club at Runaway Bay.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Clowdus, of Runaway Bay; a son, Mike and wife Pat Clowdus of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Pat and husband Don Brownlee of Hallsville; two grandchildren, Jeff Brownlee and wife Karyn and Jenny Beaty and husband Kevin; five great grandchildren, Beau, Blake, Bradley, Blaire and Aimee; a sister, Viola Brittain of Ardmore, Okla. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cobb, Frances Irene
1921-2000
Service for Frances Irene Cobb, 78, of Bridgeport, was Sunday, Mar. 12, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Dye officiated. Burial followed at the East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Cobb died Friday, Mar. 10, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born April 5, 1921, in Bridgeport, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
She married Walter Cobb on Dec. 23, 1940, in Bridgeport. He preceded her in death on Aug. 18, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Rondah Kay Cobb and her brother, Marion Easley.
She is survived by her son, Neil and wife Wanda Cobb of Houston; her daughters, June Hill of Paradise and Jan Angelley and husband Bill of Lubbock; her sisters, Novella Denton of Bridgeport and Lucille Weatherly of Chico; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Will Angelley, Eric Angelley, Shannon Stevens, Russell Cobb, Trey Hill, Shawn Hill and Greg Hill.

Cobb, Hazel
1912-2000
Service for Hazel Cobb, 87, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.  The Rev. Ray Cobb was to officiate.
Cobb died Jan. 11, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 1, 1912, in Wise County, Cobb was a caregiver and married the late Walter Ray Cobb on Dec.  1, 1929, in Bridgeport. She was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur. She was preceded in death by a son, David Cobb.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Cobb of Abilene and Travis Cobb of Decatur; two brothers, W.D. Rawle of Decatur and Marshal Rawle of Chico; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Mike Winters, Dennis and Kenneth Cobb, Nolan and Jerry Rawle and Edwin Haney.

Cobb, Lora Mae
1939-2000
Service for Lora Mae Cobb, 61, of Bridgeport, was Monday, Dec. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated. Burial followed at the Patillo Cemetery in Mineral Wells.
Pallbearers were Stan Turner, Thomas Turner, Stanley Turner, Jr., Michael Stroud, Joey Bricker and Buddy Robinson.
Cobb died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at her home in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 19, 1939, in Hobbs, N.M. she was a member of Balsora Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Phillip Long and wife Christina and Gary Cobb and wife Tammy; a daughter, Sissy Norman; a brother, Jim Long and wife Agnes; a sister, LaVon Wolfe and huband Jimmy; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Coker, Verna Mae
1915-2000
Service for Verna Mae Coker, 84, of Bedford was Monday, Sept. 11, at Brentwood Hills Primitive Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Sammy Box and Billy Lawrence officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Coker died Sept. 8, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 22, 1915, in McCullough County near Brady, she was a housewife and a member of the Brentwood Hills Primitive Baptist Church. She lived in Paradise from 1978 to 1988.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Buster Coker in 1985 and V.J. Lowrance in 1989.
She is survived by three sons, Jim P. Coker of Wise County, Delmer C. Coker of Bedford and Jerry D. Coker of Joshua; one daughter, Mona Coker Askew of Edwards, Miss.; two brothers, R.J. Purdy of Fort Worth and Walter Purdy of Granbury; one sister, Veda Boerger of Luling; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tim Lowrance, James Gipson, Conald Cox, Bruce Gipson, Dewayne Baker, Wayne Howell and Gerald Hendrix.

Conley, Mary
1898-2000
Graveside service for Mary Conley, 102, of Dallas was to be Wednesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Ryan Morrison was to officiate.
Conley died July 9, 2000, in Dallas.
Born April 2, 1898, in Boyd, she was a member of the Church of Christ. She and her sister, Lucille, moved to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas in 1918. She was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a niece, Ruth Conley of Arizona; a nephew, Frank Conley of Illinois; several great nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Clayton Conley, Gary Conley, Jerry Conley, William H. Conley, Bruce Conley and Rod Conley.

Connally, James Ralph ‘J.R.’
1911-2000
Graveside service for James Ralph “J.R.” Connally, 89, of Boyd was to be Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Boyd Cemetery. Rev. Scott Moore was to officiate.
Pallbearers were to be James Connally, Sam Connally, Danny Connally, Ricky Connally, Joe Scott and Bill Wright.
Connally died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born May 7, 1911, in Mineola, he married Esther Martin on Dec. 22, 1927, in Hico. They had lived in Boyd since 1973. He was retired from the parts department at General Dynamics and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joe David Connally, in 1963.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Connally, of Boyd; four sons, Jim and Sam Connally, both of Boyd; Danny Connally of Lubbock and Rick Connally of Fort Worth; three daughters, Peggy Perkins of Boyd, Collene Scott of Brownwood and Linda Wright of Plains; four sisters, Ethel Rucker of Hico, Bertha Green of Stephenville, Hazel Kilgo of San Saba and Lucy Mae Burham of Brownwood; 19 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Conner, Estelline H.
1911-2000
Service for Estelline H. Conner, 88, of Bridgeport was Thursday, Sept. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Charles Cox officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3.
Conner died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 20, 1911, in Chico, she was a retired payroll clerk in the wholesale industry. She was a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Conner, in 1993.
She is survived by three sisters, Ezda Durway of Baltimore, Md., Opal Hess of New York City, N.Y. and Juanita Gibbens of Chico and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cook, Allie Wauldene Atkinson
1915-2000
Service for Allie Wauldene Atkinson Cook, 85, of Stephenville will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Stephenville. The Rev. Fred Winslow will officiate. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville.
Cook died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at her home.
Born Aug. 18, 1915, in Bridgeport, to Allie Hudson and John Atkinson, she married Stanley J. Cook in 1933. She and her husband moved to Stephenville in 1945 from Oak Ridge, Tenn. where Mr. Cook was employed as a defense worker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, in 1995; a son, Paul Cook in 1999, and three siblings, Wilford Atkinson, Warren Atkinson and Pansy Lee Lumsden Buzzo.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce E. Cook of Stephenville; a sister, Estelle Peninger of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Cynthia Parham of Stephenville, Carla Jo Cook and J. Paul Cook, both of Decatur; four great grandchildren, Matthew Parham, Webb Kittinger, Chloe Kittinger and Katie Parham; a niece, Debra Lynn Stasey of Stephenville and several nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Foster’s Home for Children, both in Stephenville.

Cook, Lyla Jane
1908-2000
Funeral service for Lyla Jane Cook, 91, of Chico was Sunday, July 9 at the First Baptist Church in Chico. Burial followed in Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated.
Cook died July 6, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born July 27, 1908, in Chico, she was a retired school teacher of 42 years, serving the school systems of Ringgold, Bridgeport and Chico. She was an active member of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, National Retired Teachers Association and a member of the First Baptist Church of Saginaw. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.H. and Joann Flowers, four brothers, six sisters and her husband, Sidney R. Cook.
Survivors include 11 nieces and nephews, Elaine Barnett and Gordon Lowrey of Fort Worth, Joyce Sellars of Dallas, Doris Harvey of Denton, Maurine Hickman of Bowie, Ione Crossland of Canyon, Mamie Day of Livingston, Hazel Flowers of Plainview, Frances Reeves of Odessa, Charles Utley of Duncan, Okla. and Roger Utley of Sherwood, Ark.
Pallbearers were her nephews.

Cook, Patti
1934-2000
Funeral for Patti Cook, 65, of Paradise, was to be Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Paradise. The Rev. Robert Owensby was to officiate and burial was to follow in Cottondale Cemetery.
Cook died April 3, 2000, in Fort Worth.
She was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Dallas. A resident of Wise County since 1973, she retired as an administrative assistant at TXI in 1998 after 22 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise, a lifetime member of the PTA and a member of the Generations Club. She married Ray Cook on Dec. 24, 1954, in Dallas.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ray Cook Sr.; two sons and daughters-in law, Ray Jr. and Judy Cook and Larry and Debbie Cook; a daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Scott Cheves; honorary mother, Lucille Schunter and her husband, Bill; and six grandchildren, Kristin, Kameron, Monica, Trevor, Lauren and Kelsey.
Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Wilson, Marty Bush, Bobby Cook, Jr., Sam Cook, Jr., Mark Wilson, Kevin Cook, Sha Clayton and Shawn Clayton.

Cooper, Gladys Marie
1908-2000
Graveside service for Gladys Marie Cooper, 92, of Bridgeport is Monday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Brushy Cemetery in Bowie. The Rev. Tom Pickett will preside.
Cooper died Feb. 3, 2000, in Decatur. She was born on Jan. 7, 1908, in Louisiana. She was a homemaker and a member of The World Wide Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Cooper in 1971, and her daughter, Doris Jean Cooper.
Cooper is survived by two sons, Del Willey and his wife Allie and Louis Cooper and his wife Wanda; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Cooper, Jerry Lee
1940-2000
Graveside service for Jerry Lee Cooper, 60, of Aurora, was Friday, Dec. 29, at Boyd Cemetery. Rev. Anthony Moore officiated.
Cooper died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 6, 1940, in Indianapolis, Ind., he was a grinder for the Ben Hogan Company. He was a member of the Keeter Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Reba; a son, Jerry Cooper, Jr. of Paradise; two daughters, Carol Womack of Maron, Cal. and Crystal Anderson of Paradise; two brothers, Danny Cooper of Boyd and Pete Cooper of Winnsboro; a sister, Linda Zimmerman of Wisconsin and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Rick Brady, Rocky Tackett, Kenneth McCauley, Stephen Horton, Rocky Cryts and Clyde Idell.

Copeland, Jewell Chapman Tackel
1910 - 2000
Service for Jewell Chapman Copeland, 90, of Florence, was Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence. Burial followed at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Bobby Gobble and Ray McDonald officiated.
Copeland died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000.
She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church of Pulaski, Tenn. She was the owner of Tackle’s Cafe in Decatur for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Leland Copeland of Florence; step-daughters, Peggy McDonald of Florence and Carolyn Hurn of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Lorene Wilburn of Florence; brothers, Bernard Chapman and James E. Chapman, both of Pulaski, Tenn. and Bobby V. Chapman of Brentwood, Tenn.; step-brothers, Leslie Tucker and Harold Tucker, both of Pulaski, Tenn.; eight step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Copestick, Stella Juanita Bryant
1943-2000
Graveside service for Stella Juanita Bryant Copestick, 56, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Aug. 5, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Louis Horton was to officiate.
Copestick died Aug. 2, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 6, 1943, in Stigler, Okla., she was a house cleaner. She was married to Robert Copestick.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Dakota Perkins of Stigler and Sidney Bryant of Decatur; four daughters, Vicki Torres, Tina Beasley and Lou Snider, all of Decatur, and Polly Monhuam of Keota, Okla.; a brother, Sonny Hale of Keota; three sisters, Anita McGuire and Sylvia Ford, both of Decatur, and Ruby McGuire of Fort Smith, Ark.; and 34 grandchildren.

Cordar, Alice Frances
1918-2000
Service for Alice Frances Cordar, 82, of Moses Lake, Wash. was Jan. 22 at the Cullman Heritage Chapel in Cullman, Ala. The Rev. Curtis Cochran presided. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Cordar was born on Nov. 14, 1918, in Cullman County, Ala. She died on Jan. 16, 2000, in Moses Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Katie Johnson Leonard and a son, Charles Cordar.
She is survived by two sons, Jerry Cordar of Decatur and Roger Cordar of Moses Lake; five daughters, Glenda Faye Kelso of Falkville, Ala., Carolyn McDowell of Moses Lake, Wanda Hampton of Decatur, Tina Powers of Brownwood, Ala., and Donna Hilton of Denton; 31 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.

Corder, Bertha Olivia
1938-2000
No service has been planned for Bertha Olivia Corder, 61, of Rhome who died June 30, 2000, in Denton County.
The family will arrange a memorial service at a later date.
Born Aug. 23, 1938, in Winding Gulf, W.Va., Corder was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, John A. Corder of Rhome; two daughters, Rebecca Lynn Lamb of Slidell and Christine Mae Corder of Cashion, Okla.; two brothers, Donald Sumner of Jacksonville, Fla. and Phillip Sumner of Pennsylvania.; two sisters, Beth Ryder of Pittsvilla, Va. and Viva Izon of North Carolina; and five grandchildren.

Cox, Gilbert Lee
1902-2000
Service was Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Mount Olivet Chapel for Gilbert Lee Cox, 72, of Fort Worth. Burial was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Cox died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his home in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 2, 1927, in Wise County, he married Charleen Loeffler Sept. 2, 1949. He retired after 40 years of service at General Dynamics and was an avid ham operator. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Charleen Cox, of Fort Worth; a son, Mike Cox and wife Lou Blanchard of Cresson; a daughter Cindy Dunham and husband Mike of North Richland Hills and grandchildren Brad Dunham, Justin Adian, Crystal Dunham and Jacob Adian

Cox, Jack B., Sr.
1927-2000
Service for Jack B. Cox, Sr., 72 was to be Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Chico. The Rev. Jason Ewing was to officiate. Burial was to follow in the Chico Cemetery.
Cox died Jan. 19, 2000, in Chico. He was born on Aug. 17, 1927, in Chico. He was a lifetime resident of the Chico community. He was a rancher and retired welder. Cox was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the First Baptist Church of Chico. He married Vivian Goode Cox in Decatur on Aug. 17, 1968.
Cox is survived by his wife Vivian; three sons, Jack B. Cox, Jr., Larry Wayne Cox and Barry Nalls and his wife, Charlette; a daughter, Carolynn Nalls DaPrile and her husband, Walt; three brothers, John Q. Cox, Bill Cox and Jimmy Cox; a sister, Betsy Cox; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Creese, Beverly Ann
1939 - 2000
A family service for Beverly Ann Creese, 60, of Alvord, was Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Justin.
Creese died Jan. 9, 2000, at her home in Alvord.
Born Sept. 3, 1939, in Oil City, Pa., she had resided in Alvord the past two years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.  She married Bill Creese on June 22, 1957, in St. Petersburg, Pa.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Creese of Alvord; her mother, Doris Moyer of Oil City; a son, Michael Creese of Springtown; four daughters, Kimberly Sanchez of Denton, Suzanne Dillard of Haltom City, Jodi McNorton of Alvord and Cathy Wyatt of Justin; four sisters and 19 grandchildren.

Crocker, Elmer Hollis ‘Tubby’
1934-2000
Graveside service was to be Saturday, Oct 28, for Elmer Hollis “Tubby” Crocker, 66, of Krum, in the Jackson Cemetery in Krum. The Rev. James Singleton officiated.
Crocker died Wednesday, Oct 25, 2000, at a Denton hospital.
Born Jan. 24, 1934, in Seagoville, he married Barbara H. Milan in Denton March 28, 1956. He was a member of the Baptist Church and following his retirement from Calvert Paving Co., he sold produce in Decatur.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his mother, Phebe Crocker of Cartwright Okla.; daughters, Barbara Halpain of Sherman, Jannie Carroll of Hiwasse, Ark, and Willie Mae Crocker of Krum, two sisters, Edith Chapman of Abilene and Effie Goldsmith of Lake Dallas, four brothers, David Crocker of Cartwright, James Crocker of Sherman, Eddie Crocker of Howe and Bill Milam of Glen Rose. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Culverhouse, Betty Myrtle
1902-2000
Service for Betty Myrtle Culverhouse, 97, of Bowie, was to be Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Carter Lake Road Church of Christ in Bowie. Burial was to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. David Hall was to officiate.
Culverhouse died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Bowie.
Born Dec. 8, 1902, in Crafton, she had been a resident of Bowie for 52 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Carter Lake Road Church of Christ.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Damron, Rita Kaye
1956 - 2000
Service for Rita Kaye Damron, 43, of Bowie, was to be Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro. The Rev. Buster Odell was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Post Oak Cemetery.
Damron died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, in Bowie.
Born June 1, 1956, in Bowie, to Ike and Norma McNeil Conner, she was a nurse and a member of the First Baptist Church of Post Oak.
She is survived by her husband, Danny Damron of Bowie; five daughters, Stormy and Lucy Miller of Decatur; Ashley Damron of Jacksboro; Amy Damron of Abilene and Samantha Damron of Bowie; two sons, Jackie Ray Little of Jacksboro and Daniel Damron of Post Oak; a brother, Kelly Conner of Post Oak; her father, Ike Conner of Post Oak and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Freddy Frazier, Clifford Koonce, Willy Lewis, Dale Lewis, David Rhoades and Shay Walker.

Davis, Darlene Womack
1938-2000
Service for Darlene Womack Davis, 61, of Decatur was Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Boyd Church of Christ. Steve Weeks officiated. Burial followed in Boyd Cemetery.
Davis died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 16, 1938, in Decatur, she was the only daughter of J.C. and Mary Rushing Womack. She was a barber and a member of the Kodiak, Alaska, Church of Christ. She lived in Kodiak for a short time after living in Boyd for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Davis and her parents.
She is survived by two daughters, Marie Peterson and husband John and Kathi Brittain and husband Steve; six grandchildren, Jessica and Jamie Tankersley, Brett and Brolan Gentry and Lukeus and Emma Peterson and one great grandchild, Cameron Osborn.
Pallbearers were Ron Choate, George Mayfield, Alvin Bassham, Ronnie Smith, Wayne Niblett and Johnny Barnard.

Davis, Donna Beth Nall
1955-2000
Memorial service for Donna Beth Nall Davis, 44, of Fritch, was Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Cottondale Church of Christ. Gerald Cleveland officiated.
Davis died Jan. 2, 2000, in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Born Sept. 28, 1955, in Borger, she was a homemaker and belonged to the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Allene Nall.
She is survived by three sons, Carey Don and wife Sandra Davis of Paradise, Michael Paul Davis and Brett Alan Davis, both of Fritch; her parents, B.F. and Joyce Nall of Paradise; four grandsons, Guy, Jay, Abi and Gio; two sisters, Carolyn Phillips of Paradise and Cynthia Warren of Borger; a grandparent, S.D. Holley of Paradise; a nephew, Erik Larson of Tulsa and a niece, Kristi Larson Dockum of Fort Worth.

Davis, Edwin
1935-2000
Service for Edwin Davis, 64, of Bridgeport was held Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery. The Rev. M.L. Milton officiated.
Davis died Sunday, Oct. 22, in Decatur.
Born October 27, 1935, in Comanche, he married JoAnn Stone on June 6, 1954, in DeLeon.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn; sons Kent Dwayne Davis and wife Jo and Jeffery Ace Davis and wife Pattie; a daughter, Eddi Carpenter and husband Bucky. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Jason, Jamey and Ashley; and a sister, Leona Chrabasz and husband Frank.

Davis, Harold G. ‘Chief’
1929-2000
Graveside service for Harold G. “Chief” Davis, 71, of Ardmore, Okla., will be Monday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at the Boyd cemetery. Roy Hannah and Dr. Virgil Trout will officiate.
Davis died Thursday, May 11, 2000, in Ardmore, Okla.
Born May 8, 1929, in Chickasha, Okla., to William and Idora Adams Davis, he married Doyle Hodge on July 25, 1959, in Springtown. He had lived in Ardmore since 1969, having moved there from Tulsa. He was a truck driver by trade and at one time was the Chief of Police in Azle. He also worked for General Dynamics for 13 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Maxwell Avenue Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Doyle Davis; his sons and daughters, Marla Davis Rodgers of Deale, Md., John A. Davis of Watauga, Glenda K. Anderson of Helena, Mont., Linda F. Gober of Paradise, Brenda M. Kelley of Benbrook, Larry G. Davis of Watauga, step-daughter Anita Clark of Huntington Beach, Calif. and his stepson Terry Holladay of Raleigh, N.C.; brothers and sisters, Lorena Johnson of Tulsa, Jerald Davis of Fort Worth, JoAnn Simpson of Fort Worth, Volena Yandell of Watauga, Ruth Autry of Lake Worth; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Davis, Ivy Lee
1914-2000
Funeral for Ivy Lee Davis, 86, of Decatur was Monday, Aug. 21, at Coker Funeral Home. Dan Sparkman officiated assisted by Terry Bryan. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery.
Davis died Aug. 18, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 30, 1914, in Gardenville, she was a homemaker. She married Dewey Harrison in 1933 in Waurika, Okla.. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include five sons, Jerry Davis, David Davis and Doug Davis, all of Alvord, Max Davis of Fort Worth and Donnie Davis of Decatur; a daughter, Carol Lumsden of Sulphur Springs; a brother, Austin Hogue of San Antonio; a sister, Elizabeth Smith of Oildale, Calif.; 19 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers were grandsons Kevin Lumsden, Farion Davis, Bryan Davis, Rodney Davis, Macky Davis and Jeremy Davis.

Dawson, R.C.
1924-2000
Service for R.C. Dawson, 75, of Decatur, will be Friday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. C.D. Lockhart will preside. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Dawson died on April 3, 2000, in Decatur.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1924, in Clarksville.
Dawson was a retired carpenter. He married the late Louise P. Lowry on July 13, 1946, in Decatur. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of St. John Baptist Church in Decatur.
Dawson is survived by three sons, Weldon Dawson of Decatur and Ronald and Donald McDade of Denton; two daughters, Sharon Dawson of Decatur and Tammy Harris of Pilot Point; a brother, Chancy Dawson of Pomona, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

De Vera, Cyril
1922-2000
Service for Cyril De Vera, 78, of Rhome, will be held at a later date following cremation.
De Vera died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Denton.
Born July 7, 1922, in Melebonn, Philippines, he worked in machinery sales. He married Dorothy Skoberg in Shanghai, China on Sept. 26, 1951. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Elk’s Club and the American Legion. He was a Roman Catholic.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; one daughter, Judy Shaw and husband Mark of Rhome; three sisters, Gertrude Barnes of Australia, Teresa Gutierrez and Frances De Vera, both of the Philippines and six grandchildren.

Dean, Altha Mae
1920-2000
Service for Altha Mae Dean, 80, of Boyd was Sunday, April 9, at the Boyd Church of Christ. Steve Weeks presided. The eulogy was given by Guinn Arrington. Burial followed in the Boyd Cemetery.
Dean died on April 7, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born on March 12, 1920, in Springtown.
Dean was the daughter of Jim Morrow and Amanda Robinson Morrow of Springtown. She married Alvin “Dizzy” Dean on Dec. 1, 1939, in Marietta, Okla. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1995.
Dean is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Pam Dean of Boyd; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Sam Connally and Judy and Jimmy Wilson, all of Boyd; a brother, Hershel Morrow of Granbury; two sisters, Gladys Coleman and Ellen Hutcheson of Springtown; several nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Stacy Connally, Jody Wilson, John Dean, Mark Lyon, Jerry Pipes and Joe Arrington.

Demers, Frances Lucille
1924-2000
Graveside service for Frances Lucille Demers was Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Laurel Land Cemetery in Fort Worth.
She died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, in a Plano hospital.
Born Sept. 20, 1924, in Pauls Valley, Calif., she was a retired, self-employed seamstress and member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Lee McLeister and wife Mary Ann, two daughters: Linda Gail Woodall and husband Daley, Coy and Sue Ann Dixon, two brothers Jodey Lee Headrick and Raymond Don Headrick; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Denton, Dorothy Chritine
1922-2000
Service for Dorothy Christine Denton, 77, of Balsora was Monday, Jan. 31 at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Dye officiated and burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery near Balsora.
Denton died Jan. 28, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 30, 1922, in Fort Worth, Denton was a homemaker. She previously worked at Bridgeport Middle School Cafeteria and the Corner Drug Store for 12 years. She married Burlon John Denton on Oct. 3, 1952, in Fort Worth.
Survivors include her husband, Burlon John Denton of Balsora; two sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Joann Denton and Charles and Helen Denton; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jerry Hearrell; two sisters, Rosemary Eden and Eleanor Kennedy; six grandchildren, Carolyn, John, Jennifer, Alicia, Kelly and Kristi; and seven great-grandchildren, Erin, Anthony, Blake, Hutton, Jacob, Jesse and Amanda.
Pallbearers were John Denton, Bill Gilliand, Joey Boyd, Dan Olson, Tommy Denton, Byron Denton and Sam Denton.

Dethloff, Rhea Bowlin
1902 - 2000
Service for Rhea Bowlin Dethloff, 97, of Paradise was to be Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Tex Monk and Joe Richardson were to officiate and burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Dethloff died Jan. 26, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 6, 1902 in Bridgeport, Dethloff was a lifetime resident of Paradise. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Carpenter St. Church of Christ of Bridgeport. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; three brothers, Drewie, Jesse and Marvin; and a sister, Ethel Pitts.
Survivors include three nieces, Ita Petty, Mavis Erwin and Barbara Reece; a nephew, Gewan Dethloff; and several other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Robert Stanfield, Jack Richardson, Claude Pewitt, Leon Dethloff, Mike Richardson and Alvin Dethloff.

Dickinson, Vaughn Eldie
1912-2000
Funeral for Vaughn Eldie Dickinson, 87, of Paradise was Friday, Aug. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Jack Vereen and the Rev. Keith Chapman officiated.
Dickinson died Aug. 2, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 17, 1912, in Park Springs, he resided in Paradise the past 60 years. He was retired from the Fort Worth ISD. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Paradise and was active in the Wise County Methodist Men’s Organization. He married Lola Mae Hill in Paradise on June 2, 1934. He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Peggye White; a grandson, David Dickinson; two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include a son, Bennie Dickinson and wife Nancy of Chico; a daughter, Anita Chapman of Fort Worth; a sister, Doyle Sue Warren of Irving; a sister-in-law, Nettie Dickinson; nine grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joel Dickinson, Steve Everhart, Carl White, Russell Chapman, Richard Chapman and Kevin Simms.

Douglas, Odetta Mae
1933-2000
Service for Odetta Mae Douglas, 67, of Rhome was to be Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jimmy Withers was to officiate. Burial was to be in the Aurora Cemetery.
Douglas died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, in a Fort Worth hospital.
She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Arcadia Parish, La., and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband Roy Douglas of Rhome; two sons, Joe Pratt of Rhome and Ted Smith of Hurst; two daughters, Cindy Dacus of North Richland Hills and Sandy Harrison of Little Elm; a brother, Floyd Miller of Myrtle Beach, N.C.; two sisters, Carol Sarah of Rowlett and Bonnie Vincent of Churchpoint, La. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Drinkard, Jackie Lee
1931-2000
Jackie Lee Drinkard, 68, of Decatur died Jan. 28, 2000, in Decatur. No service is planned at this time.
He was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Fort Worth and was an aircraft maintenance foreman for Southwest Airlines. He was a Methodist and a member of the Mensa organization.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Drinkard, of Decatur; two sons, Jackie Lee Drinkard Jr. of Hurst and Michael James Drinkard of Terlingua; a step-son, Wayne Worthem of Irving; a daughter, Michelle Evans of Fort Worth; a step-daughter, Debbie Bryant of Roanoke; two sisters, Betty Coomer of Fort Worth and Bonnie Jo Opitz of Colleyville; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Dumas, Iva Cheves
1902-2000
Graveside service for Iva Cheves Dumas, 97, of Bridgeport was Friday, Feb. 4 at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated.
Dumas died Feb. 2, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 13, 1902, in Willow Point, Dumas owned and operated Cheves Grocery Store in Bridgeport from 1939 to 1944. She moved to Fort Worth and returned to Bridgeport in 1987. She was a member of the South Fort Worth Baptist Church. Dumas was a bible scholar and enjoyed crafts. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.R. Dumas, in 1964.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Norris and Joyce Cheves of Bridgeport; a daughter and son-in-law, Donilla and John Q. Cox of Chico; a sister, Vera Lummas of Dallas; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Dunn, David Henry, Jr.
1932-2000
Funeral service for David Henry Dunn, Jr., 68, of Azle was to be Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Burial was to follow in Thomas Cemetery. The Rev. Ronnie Rogers and the Rev. Joe Motsenbocker were to officiate.
Dunn died July 13, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born July 4, 1932 in Paradise, he resided in Azle the past 32 years. He retired from General Dynamics after 32 years. He was a veteran in the US Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of The Lighthouse Baptist Church in Azle. He married Gwendolyn Joyce Reed on Aug. 4, 1955, in Fort Worth.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years; sons, Mark Andrew Dunn and wife Judy of Azle and David Henry Dunn, III of Fort Worth; a daughter, Cheryl Lyn Worthen and husband Tim of Azle; a brother Tommy Dunn of Bridgeport; sisters, Faye Zuber of Superior, Mont., Anna Lee Little of Temple, Ruby Nell Hedge of Stephenville, Alice Inez Blaisdell of Azle and Virginia Zinnecker of Fort Worth; 5 grandchildren, Jason Worthen and wife April, Amanda Lyn Worthen, Amelia Michelle Worthen, David Henry Dunn, IV and Madison Paige Dunn; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Robert Dunn, Jimmy Dunn, Dickie Dunn, Milford Groves, Howard Kaker, Jerry Blaisdell, Gary Little and Joel Dickenson.

Earnest, James Earl
1910-2000
Service for James Earl Earnest, 90, of Boyd, was Monday, March 13, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. The Rev. Bill Wilson officiated. Burial followed at the Boyd Cemetery.
Ernest died Saturday, March 11, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 4, 1910, in Hickory Valley, Tenn., he married Opal E. Halford Earnest on May 3, 1933, in Hickory Valley. They moved to Boyd in 1935. He worked for Convair and later became a dairyman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Boyd for more than 50 years. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Earl Earnest, in 1989 and a step-daughter, Evoil Lipford, in 1948.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Opal Earnest of Boyd; his sons, Tom and wife Nell Earnest of Boyd and Mel and wife Karen Earnest of Arlington; a daughter, Jeanie and husband Bill Wilson of Springtown; a sister, Lucy Clark of Tennessee; nine grandchildren, Kelly Padgett, Dori Blume, Matt Earnest, Robin Evetts, Lark Little, Wren Husley, Treva Hill, Tiffany Fontenot and Will Fontenot; 12 great-grandchildren, Kirk, Brooke and Chase Blume, Zachary, Blake and Brooke Evetts, Alexis Langham, Taran, Bailey and Lauren Husley, Amy and Kate Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Michael Hulsey, John Little, Kim Evetts, Will Padgett, Matt Earnest and Lester Richie.

Eaton, Mary Louise
1933 - 2000
Service for Mary Louise Eaton, 66, of Decatur, was to be Saturday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m., at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Jerry Stout was to officiate.
Eaton died Jan. 5, 2000, at her home in Decatur.
Born Mar. 3, 1933, in Fort Worth, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her mother, Evalyn Hefley of Decatur;  sons, Billy Eaton of Bedford, Raymond Eaton of Fort Worth and Orrbie Dalton of Fort Worth; daughters, Cathy Lacey and  Carolyn Peterson of Decatur and Beverly Hoover of Fort Worth; a sister, Myrna Joy Kezerly of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Ebner, Leona Bell
1926-1999
Service for Leona Bell ÒGranny LeeÓ Ebner, 73, of Boyd, was to be Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Christian Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Sharon Jardon was to provide the eulogy.
Ebner died on Dec. 28, 1999, in Boyd. She was born on Sept. 13, 1926, in Fort Worth. She married Royce Arlington Ebner in Yuma, Ariz. on May 30, 1965. She was a housewife and had lived in Boyd for 25 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jack V. Lane; and her grandson, Colton Allen Ebner.
Ebner is survived by her husband of 34 years, Royce of Boyd; a son, Guy Ebner of Boyd; a sister, Alice Allred of Cleburne; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Guy Jr. and Clayton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Edelbrock, Robert Gerard ‘Bob’
1945-2000
Funeral for Robert Gerard (Bob) Edelbrock, 55, of Springtown, was Aug. 21, at White’s Funeral Chapel in Springtown. Burial followed at Goshen Cemetery in Parker County.
Edelbrock died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in Azle.
Born June 14, 1945, in Fort Worth, he was a master electrician and supervisor of maintenance at Gate Gourmet/Dobbs Services at DFW International Airport for 15 years. He attended school in Midland and lived in Fort Worth for 20 years. He was also an Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; five children, DeAnna Jackson of Fort Worth, Tim Ray of Waco, Jerilynn Roberson and Rebekah Edelbrock of Azle and Sarah Edelbrock of Springtown; two grandchildren, Wesley and Abeigh Jackson; two brothers, Joe Edelbrock and Bill Edelbrock, both of Austin; a sister, Beth Flood of Nashville, Tenn., and three nieces.

Ellis, Easter Elizabeth
1907-2000
Easter Elizabeth Ellis, 93, of Decatur died on May 7, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born on March 31, 1907, in Lancaster.
She was a retail clerk for Gibson’s department store and a Baptist.
No service has been set at this time.
Ellis is survived by two sons, John Ellis of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Carl Ellis of Gulfport, Miss.; six daughters, Charlotte Johnson of Decatur, Arah Putter of Houston, Deanna Lander of Canton, Bettie Ann Sloan, Ina Banford and Illona Ellis, all of Dallas; a brother, Marian Bass of Glen Rose; three sisters, Lorena Roome of St. Petersburg and Margaret Susong and Laura McIntire, both of Dallas; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Ellis, James, Rev.
1925-2000
Service for Rev. James Ellis, 75, of Alvord, was held Friday, Dec. 22, in the First Baptist Church of Chico. The Revs. Gerald Cox and Joe Motsenbocker officiated. Burial was in the Chico Cemetery.
He died Tuesday, Dec. 19, in a Decatur hospital.
Rev. Ellis was born March 21, 1925, in Buena Vista. He was a retired minister and truck driver and had resided in rural Alvord for the past 28 years. A member of the First Baptist Church of Chico, he was also a member of the Chico Men’s Domino Club and a past president of Chico Senior Citizens.
Survivors include his wife, Nettie Ellis; two sons, Cecil E. Ellis of Cleburne and James E. Ellis and wife Janet of Crosby; sister, Dorothy Louise Russell of Granbury; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were G.A. Buckner, James Caldwell, Richard McLeod, Eugene Grooms, Bob Brown and Lynn Mowery. Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Wester, Travis Manning, Lee Roy Hand, Clayton Wood, and Jack Garrison.

Ellison, Shirley
1938-2000
Service for Shirley Ellison, 61, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Gary Sessions was to officiate.
Ellison died March 2, 2000, in Decatur. She was born Oct. 5, 1938, in Alconbury, England.
Ellison was a homemaker who married Ray Ellison on Sept. 12, 1957, in Huntington, England. She resided in Bridgeport since 1985.
Ellison is survived by her husband, Ray of Bridgeport; a daughter, Bonnie Marlow; a brother, Johnny Teat; a sister, Angela Price; and two grandchildren, Mica and Corey.

Embry, Carl Dewey
1944-2000
Funeral service for Carl Dewey Embry, 55, of Newark was to be Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd. A graveside service was to follow at 3:30 p.m. at Dye Mound Cemetery in Saint Jo. The Revs. Bill May and Marsha Engel were to officiate.
Embry died Aug. 12, 2000, in Newark.
Born Aug. 19, 1944, in Gainesville, he was an army veteran. He married Mary Lee Moore Aug. 1, 1974 in Fort Worth. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Union 2409 and worked for Burlington Northern as a machine operator. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ora Embry.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Mary Lee Embry; his father, J.P. Embry; one son, Josh Embry; one daughter, Nelia Embry; one sister, Gayle Edwards and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Ronnie McNutt, Larry Abshire, Roger Crawford, Teddy Johnson, Kevin Deal and Kelly Box.

Enis, Larry Don
1938-2000
Service for Larry Don Enis, 62, of Boyd will be Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd. The Rev. Bill May will officiate. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Enis died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, in Dallas.
Born March 11, 1938, in Drop, he was a graduate of Krum High School and graduated from North Texas State University in 1968 with a master’s degree. He was a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Boyd Lions Club and the First United Methodist Church in Boyd. He worked for the Boyd School District for 40 years, including 30 years as superintendent.
He is survived by his wife, Sharrlyn Enis of Boyd; his mother, Hazel Enis of Krum; three sons, Don Enis of Dawson, Douglas Duvall of Dallas and Darren Duvall of Fort Worth; two daughters, Tonya McCurdy of Rhome and Shelley Mitchell and husband Barry of Bedford; two brothers, Bennie Enis and wife Kay and Gary Enis, all of Krum; one granddaughter, Andrea McCurdy; two nephews, one niece and numerous cousins.
The family requests that donations be made in Enis’ memory to the pew fund at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd.

Enochs, Joe W., III
1935 - 2000
Service for Joe W. Enochs III, 64, of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, Jan. 25,  at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Mark Miller and Dr. Bill Dye officiated. Burial followed at the East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Enochs died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at his home in Bridgeport.
Born April 20, 1935, in Temple, Okla., he was formerly of Richardson and married Ilene Ray Enochs on Sept. 3, 1960, in Bridgeport. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe W. Enochs II; his son, Joe W. Enochs IV and a sister, LeNell Enochs McCollum.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ilene Ray Enochs; his mother, Blair Stokes Enochs; a son, Jarrett Wilson and wife Laura Enochs; a sister, Lynne Enochs Prueitt and four grandchildren, Austin, Nicholas, Averyl and Taylor.
Pallbearers were G.B. Funk, Billie C. Green, Bob Holton, Lloyd Miller, Eddie Prough, Bill Schramm and Bill Lane.

Etheridge, Alta Mae
1916-2000
Service for Alta Mae Etheridge, 84, of Haltom City was Friday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
She was the mother of Claudine Mitchell of Paradise.
Etheridge, a retired nurses aide, died December 24 in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her husband Claude Etheridge in June of this year.
Other survivors include daughters Shirley Ferguson of Richland Hills, Wilma Marshall of Watauga, Nelda Ring of Hurst and Velda Elliott of Watauga; a son, Ernest Etheridge of Watauga; a brother, Henry A. Tallant of Richardson; a sister Vera Etheridge of Hurst; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Etheridge, Claude E.
1912-2000
Service for Claude E. Etheridge, 87, of Haltom City was Saturday, June 10, at Shannon North Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 3, 1912, in Chico, he was retired from the Haltom City Water Department. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Alta Etheridge; a son, Ernest Etheridge and wife Barbara of Wautauga; five daughters, Claudine Mitchell and husband Bobby of Paradise, Shirley Ferguson and husband Jerald of Richland Hills, Wilma Marshall and husband Curtis of Watauga, Nelda Ring and husband Jim of Hurst, Velda Elliott and husband Jim of Watauga; a sister, Velma Shults of Wichita Falls; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Eudaly, LaRoy James
1930-2000
Graveside service for LaRoy James Eudaly, 70, of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date at the West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Eudaly died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 6, 1930, in Chico, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He is survived by a son, David Wayne Eudaly of Mason; a daughter, Louette Rodriquez of Odessa; a sister, Reba Fowler of Bridgeport; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Evans, Delores Aleene
1937-2000
Memorial service for Delores Aleene Evans, 63, of Granbury was to be Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. at Luby’s in Grapevine.
Evans died Aug. 3, 2000, in Granbury.
Born March 28, 1937, in Tulsa Okla., Evans was a postal clerk.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip Evans of Fort Worth and Zanath Evans of Weatherford; two brothers, David Lee Day of Austin and Greg Strout of Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Womens Shelter, P.0. Box 1207, Arlington, TX 76004.

Evans, Verl D.
1921-2000
Service for Verl D. Evans, 79, of Runaway Bay was to be Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Larry Grubb was to officiate. A private graveside service was to follow.
Evans died Sept. 4, 2000, in Runaway Bay.
Born June 20, 1921, in Garnett, Kansas, he married Alma Walter on Aug. 24, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Lockheed Martin Management Retirees Association.
He is survived by his wife, Alma F. Evans; three daughters, Joann Perry and husband Bill, Patricia Slayton and husband Monty and Claudia Rouse; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Evartt, Sylvia D. McAdams
1941 - 2000
Service for Sylvia D. McAdams Evartt, 58, of Wichita Falls, was Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Wichita County Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lupardus officiated.
Evartt died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000.
Born July 24, 1941, in Fort Worth, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Dean Evartt in 1984. She was a housekeeper and had resided in Wichita Falls 11 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Robbie Driver and Kathy Evartt, both of Fort Worth and Cindy Evartt of Wichita Falls; six sons, Herman Driver of Fort Worth, Edward Evartt of Dallas, Jimmy Evartt of Las Vegas, Roger Evartt, Tommy Evartt and Jason Evartt, all of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Emmy Lou Busby of Dallas and Mary of Calif.; two brothers, William Jack McAdams and Robert Franklin McAdams of Decatur; 27 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2304 Midwestern Parkway, Ste. 206, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

Fagg, Earl Clyde, Jr.
1926-2000
Graveside service for Earl Clyde Fagg, Jr., 73, of Bridgeport was Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Caddo Mills IOOF Cemetery in Caddo Mills. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated.
Fagg died Feb. 1, 2000, in Denton.
Born Dec. 19, 1926, in Greenville, Fagg had lived in Bridgeport since 1946. He married Mildred Boykin on Feb. 14, 1947 in Dallas.  He owned and operated the Zero Food Locker in Bridgeport for 30 years until 1977. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Fagg; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Danny and Clarice Fagg and Bobby Fagg; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Bob Nelms; and nine grandchildren, Renda, Christopher, Lilly, Natalie, Josh, Timothy, Jordan, Nicole and Ashleigh.

Fairbetter, Brenda Rebecca ‘Becky’
1952-2000
Memorial service for Brenda Rebecca “Becky” Fairbetter, 48, of Boyd was Friday, June 30, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. James Hurst officiated.
Fairbetter died June 28, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born May 20, 1952, in Tarrant County, she was a cook at Briar Short Stop in Briar. She attended the Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark.
Survivors include two sons, Mikeul D. Fite and Ronald L. Fite and his wife Lynn of Boyd; one daughter, Beth A. Fite of Decatur; her mother, Doris Jackson of Rhome; her father, E.L. Smith, Jr. of Boyd; five grandchildren, Tony, Chaz, Aroana, Miranda and Mikella; two sisters, Nancy Berry and RoDeanna Hinos of Rhome; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Farrington, Darlena Kay Dawson
1974-2000
Funeral was Saturday, Nov. 4, for Darlena Kay Dawson Farrington, 26, of Chico at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Stout officiated.
She died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, in Timpson, Texas.
Born February 13, 1974, in Bridgeport, she was a 1992 graduate of Bridgeport High School. She also attended Chico High School where she participated in the drill team, marching band and was an active member of the Future Homemakers of America. She served as an FHA officer her junior year. She was in her third year at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches working toward a degree in education.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Calvin and Jerry Lee Dawson.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Farrington; father, Calvin M. Dawson and wife Evelyn; mother, Marlene Hill and husband James; brother, Jimmy Wayne Dawson; four sisters, Glenda Ann Brooks, Barbara Sue Moore, Tracy Lynn Dawson and Bonita Leann Dawson; grandparents, M.L. and Delores Davis, Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

Faulkner, Lorene Nelon
1914 - 2000
Service for Lorene Nelon Faulkner, 85, of Boyd will be Monday, Jan. 31, at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Lake Worth at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Shannon-Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Faulkner died Jan. 27, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 9, 1914, in Wynnewood, Okla., she was a homemaker and lived in the area since 1945. Her family operated a dairy business in Boyd and, in 1963 moved to Azle where they operated a dry cleaning business until 1971. In 1974, she married Clay Faulkner and they moved back to Boyd. She attended Evangel Temple in Azle and Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George E. Nelon, in October 1970.
Survivors include her husband, Clay Faulkner of Boyd; three sons, Arlen Howard “Smokey Joe” Nelon and Alfred G. “Rusty” Nelon of Boyd and Darrell Lee “Bub” Nelon of Azle; a daughter, Fannie Elaine “Lou” Autry of Azle; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Feazell, Lorine Bell
1897-2000
Lorine Bell Feazell, 103, of Decatur died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, in Decatur. At her request, there will be no service; however, friends may give memorial gifts to the Wise County Historical Society or the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. According to her wishes, she left her body to science.
Born Sept. 16, 1897, in Fort Worth, she was a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University. She taught history in McKinney for a number of years.
After retirement, she moved to Wise County to be near friends, the Merlyn Dahlin family.
She loved concerts, musicals and museum events. She was a member of the Wise County Historical Society and served as librarian at the Heritage Museum. She was known for her interest in using natural remedies, exercise and diet to remain healthy.

Felix, Jose Manuel
1962-2000
Graveside service for Jose Manuel Felix, 38, of Rhome was Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Rev. Art Casias officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Felix died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000.
Born Nov. 5, 1962, in Durango, Mexico, he was a dairy worker and a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Felix of Rhome; his parents, Demencio and Bernanda Felix of Mexico; two sons, Jose M. Felix, Jr. and Aaron Felix of Rhome; a daughter, Veronica Hernandez of Mesquite; seven brothers, Juan Castillo, Juan, Pablo, Demencio, Roberto, Eduardo and Porfiro Felix, all of Mexico, and two sisters, Elvira and Sara Felix, both of Mexico.

Fellers, Ruby Alice
1915-2000
Service for Ruby Alice Fellers, 84, of Decatur was Friday, April 7 at the Fundamental Baptist Church in Decatur. James Ernest Fellers officiated, assisted by Raymond Johns. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery.
Fellers died April 5, 2000, in Denton.
Born Dec. 20, 1915, in Illiopolis, Ill., Fellers was a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church and the Decatur Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Jessee L. and Ernest Fellers; and two sisters, Mary Fellers and Louise Kelley.
Survivors include four sisters, Mildren L. Mara, Jimmie J. Woolaver and Edna P. Bogard, all of Decatur and Betty J. Bailes of Sanger; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Fennell, Paul Edwin
1982-2000
Service for Paul Edwin Fennell, 18, of Decatur was Tuesday, May 2, at Coker Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery.
Fennell died April 30, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 13, 1982, in Decatur, Fennell was a painter.
Survivors include his father and mother, Carl Fennell of Decatur and Mary Taylor of Decatur; three brothers, Michael, Dustin and Steven Fennell, all of Decatur; a sister, Jennifer Gonzalez of Decatur; and his grandparents, John and Callie Fennell of Decatur and Mary Edith Taylor of Decatur.

Fife, Charlie, Jr.
1923-2000
Service for Charlie Fife, Jr., 77, of Granbury was to be Saturday, Dec. 16, at Martin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Granbury. The Rev. Jay Conway was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Holly Hills Chapel of Faith Mausoleum.
Fife died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, in Granbury.
Born May 7, 1923, in Germania, Miss., he was a retired supervisor for LTV. He married Claudia “Tommie” Ross in Arlington in 1969. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and had lived in Granbury for the past 12 years. He formerly owned a trucking company in Wise County.
He is survived by a brother, Thomas Fife of Haltom City; one sister, Kara Mae Lewallen of Granbury; a step-daughter, Tomi Rea Siddon of Virginia; three nieces and three nephews.

Fletcher, Frances
1911-2000
Service for Frances Fletcher, 88, of Bridgeport, was Sunday, April 30, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish presided. Burial followed at the East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Fletcher died on April 27, 2000, in Sherman.
She was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Greenwood County, Kan.
She moved to Bridgeport from Kansas in 1960. She was a piano instructor for 34 years. She was a graduate of Emporia State College in Emporia, Kan. She was an active member of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. She married Tom Fletcher on Aug. 14, 1939, in Madison, Kan. They were married 52 years prior to his death in 1991. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth in 1985, and brother, Kenneth Hamer.
Fletcher is survived by her son and his wife, Dr. Tom and Janet Fletcher; a daughter and her husband, Jeanne and Gary Dawkins; and four grandchildren, John, Bryan, Laura and Sherry.
Pallbearers were Dr. William Huddleston, Embry Hines, Aaron Green, Bill Johnson, Bob Carpenter and Alan Green.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Flippin, Helen Loraine
1922-2000
Graveside service for Helen Loraine Flippin, 78, of Decatur was Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. A memorial service followed at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Miller officiated.
Flippin died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, in Decatur.
Born June 3, 1922, in Wagoner, Okla., she married Carl Flippin on Oct. 5, 1940, in Eufaula, Okla. She worked for the National Weather Service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Flippin of Decatur; a son, Jerel Flippin of Decatur; three brothers, Frederick Schmelzla of Wilcox, Ariz., Franklin Schmelzla of Bayfield, Colo. and Roger Schmelzla of Silver City, N.M.; one sister, Leola Murdock of Chandler, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Josh and Mitchell Flippin and Erin Stevens.
Memorials may be made to foreign missions or to the First Baptist Church building fund.

Flores, Mario Alberto
1958 - 2000
Service for Mario Alberto Flores, 41, of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Catholic Church of the Assumption  with Rev. Gonzo Morales officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
A prayer service will be held Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home.
Flores died Jan. 28, 2000, at his home.
Flores was born Aug. 15, 1958 in Soto La Marina, Mexico. He married Magdalena ÒMaggieÓ Amador Sept. 1, 1979 in Decatur. He was a machinist for Mitchell Energy for 22 years.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie; two sons, Jesse and Erick; one daughter, Patricia; his parents, Oscar and Rosa Flores; five brothers, Oscar, Juan, Sergio, Carlos and Jose Flores, all of Decatur; two sisters, Dora Lara of Decatur and Vilma Galvan of Grand Prairie; and grandparents Rosa Noriega Flores and Fidenci Gallegos, both of Mexico.
Pallbearers include Oscar, Juan, Jose, Carlos, Sergio and Jess Flores, Francisco Amador Jr. and Andrew Lara.

Florida, Etta Mae
1910-2000
Service for Etta Mae Florida, 89, of Greenwood, was to be Thursday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Rev. David Raurk was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Bolivar Cemetery in Bolivar.
Florida died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 7, 1910, in North Carolina, she married Tennis Florida, who preceded her in death. She was retired from the Denton State School.
She is survived by a son, James Hargrove of Greenwood; four daughters, Margie Bradshaw of Decatur, Joye Covington of Fort Worth, Paula Head of Lynnhaven, Fla. and Jo Faulkner of Lake Kiowa; one brother, Roy Winstead of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Ford, Charles H.
1921-2000
Funeral service for Charles H. Ford, 78, of Bowie was June 21, at the First Baptist Church of Bowie. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Dr. Larry Cox officiated.
Ford died June 19, 2000, in Bowie.
Born July 4, 1921, in Bowie, he was retired owner of Russell's Department Store in Bowie. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bowie where he was a member of the Gideon Sunday School class and served several years as a trustee of the church and taught a boy's Sunday School. He coached little league baseball and was a member of the Bowie Masonic Lodge #578 AF & AM. He served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard on a supply ship during WWII. After returning from service, he worked in the oil fields before becoming a long time district salesman for Lone Star Gas Co. In 1971 he became a part of the Bowie business community when he purchased Walker's Variety Store and later Russell's Department Store. He married Wilma Cook on Feb. 2, 1977, in Bowie.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Charles F. and his wife Patsy Ford of Decatur and Bobby G. and his wife Beverly Ford of Corsicana; a daughter, Phyllis and her husband Donald Maddux of Chico; two brothers, Pete Ford of Arcadia, La. and Lewis Ford of Mart; five sisters, Altonette Wood of Bowie, Elizabeth Blackborn of Vequita, N.M., Beatrice White and Faith Kirksey, both of Tulsa, Okla. and Freeda Harlow of Wichita Falls; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Forrester, Shirley
1937-2000
Graveside service for Shirley Forrester, 63, of Bowie, was to be Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Rev. Buddy Ward was to officiate.
Forrester died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000 in Denton.
Born Jan. 8, 1937, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, she married Glen Forrester on March 31, 1986, in Decatur. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church.
She is survived by her husband, Glen Forrester of Bowie; three daughters, Kim Parker and husband Marshall of Sanger, Ski Pugh and husband Coy of Milano and Penny Jones of Dallas; one step-daughter, Glenda Lawrence and husband Gary of Wichita Falls; step-sons Stephen Forrester and wife Debbie of Bridgeport and Bryan Forrester of Bridgeport; her mother, Mary Harvey of Prince Albert; three brothers, Al Boback and wife Maureen of Quebec, Canada, Larry Boback and wife Marie of British Columbia, Canada, Vick Boback and wife Betty of Prince Albert; a sister, Evelyn Boback of Prince Albert; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

Forsythe, Cecil L.
1917 - 2000
Service for Cecil L. Forsythe, 82, of Bridgeport, was Monday, Feb. 21, at White’s Funeral Chapel in Azle. Burial followed at Smithfield Cemetery in North Richland Hills.
Forsythe died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 4, 1917, in Hartshone, Okla., he was a resident of Bridgeport the past 10 years. He worked as a custodian for Birdville ISD from 1961 to 1983. He enjoyed tending his chickens and flower gardens, working in the yard and was a fan of the Texas Rangers.
He was preceded in death by a son, Milton Forsythe earlier this year and by a brother, Waymon Forsythe in 1997.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Forsythe of Bridgeport; a daughter, Christine and husband Shannon Puckett of Bridgeport; a son, Don and wife Karen Forsythe of Fort Worth; a daughter-in-law, Marty Forsythe of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Foster, Willie Mae
1908-2000
Graveside service for Willie Mae Foster, 91, of Decatur was to be Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Jerry Miller was to preside, assisted by the Rev. Jack Gatewood.
Foster died on April 14, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born on July 7, 1908, in Stoney.
Foster was a secretary for Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She married the late W.L. Foster on Sept. 29, 1929, in Decatur. He preceded her in death in 1948.
Foster was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Foster is survived by a brother, George Cunnius of Decatur; two sisters, Florene Creen of Decatur and Lorene Creen of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.

Frank, Speed T.
1917-2000
Graveside service for Speed T. Frank, 83, of Denton, was Friday, Aug. 18, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Bill Smith officiated.
Frank died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, in Justin.
Born April 8, 1917, in Decatur, he married Mary O. Coffman on Nov. 29, 1945. He was a World War II veteran. He owned many businesses, including two furniture stores, a car dealership and a laundry. He was also a real estate investor.
He is survived by his wife, Mary O. Frank of Denton; a son, Tom Frank of Shreveport, La. and one granddaughter, Andrea Carlson of Denton.

Franklin, Howard Wade
1937-2000
Service for Howard Wade Franklin, 63, of Bridgeport was Thursday, April 27, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Ryan Reed officiated.
Wade died April 23, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 5, 1937, in Marietta, Ga., he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Georgia Tech. He was a retired systems consultant for NCR Corp. and a member of the MENSA Society.
Survivors include a son, Michael Wade Franklin; a daughter, Sarah and husband Christopher Van Vlake; a sister, Edwina Franklin and a grandson, Michael Wade Franklin, Jr.

Freeman, Geneva Mae
1922-2000
Geneva Mae Freeman, 78, of Azle died Sunday, July 16 in Azle.
Graveside service was to be July 19 at 10 a.m. in Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur.
Freeman was a former Boyd resident, who had lived in Azle since 1980. She managed the Boyd High School cafeteria in the 1960s. She worked seven years for Winn Dixie.
She was preceded in death by three daughters, Mary Francis Freeman in 1945, Wanda Jo Rose in 1985 and Dorothy Webb in 2000, and a sister, Loretta Savage in 1965.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon Freeman of Azle; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Vicki Freeman of Fort Worth, George and Mitzi Freeman of Garland and Hal and Gloria Freeman of Azle; two sisters, Edna McMurtrey of Fort Worth and Evelyn Presley of Mansfield; a brother, Raymond Elrod of Louisiana; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Freeman, Hazel Ruth
1908-2000
Graveside service for Hazel Ruth Freeman, 91, of Decatur was held Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerald Cleveland officiated.
Freeman died Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 21, 1908, in Springtown, she married Ray Freeman in 1926 in Weatherford and was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Ray Freeman of Parker County, and a daughter, Patricia Ruth McQuinn of North Richland Hills, eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Freeman, Jewell
1905-2000
Service for Jewell Freeman, 95, of Bowie, was Thursday, Oct. 12 at Burgess Fry Owens-Brumley Chapel in Bowie. The Rev. Dwayne Lamberson officiated. Burial followed at the Freeman Cemetery in New Harp. She died Oct. 9, 2000.
Born Sept. 28, 1905, in Forestburg, she was a homemaker. She was a member of The Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. She married L.V. “Vie” Freeman on Dec. 19, 1919, in Rush Springs, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1974. She wrote poetry and was published in the National Library of Poetry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Annie Harrison; a son, J.V. Freeman; a daughter, Wanda Shelton; two brothers, Hollis and Roy Harrison and two sisters, Trula Simmington and Lee Etta Freeman.
She is survived by a daughter, Louella Griffin of Bowie; two sisters, Elvena Gaylor of Garland and Vesta Howard of Atkins, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Lodema Jones of Harper, Troy Griffin of Southlake, Tom Griffin of Cleburne, Gina Griffin of Bedford, Jimmy Don Freeman of Bedford, Billie Jean Brown of Grand Prairie, Carrol Mazzola of Greenville, Jay Freeman of DuQain, Ill. and Darrell Lison of Fairbanks, Ala.; 17 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Gage, Ralph Monroe
1913-2000
Service for Ralph Monroe Gage, 87, of Fort Worth was Saturday, Dec. 2, at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial followed at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Gage died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 30, 1913, in Wise County to Merlin and Buna Gage, he established Gage Chemical and Equipment Company in 1956, now owned and operated by his son, James Gage. He was a member of the Southside Church of Christ for 33 years and was a deacon. He graduated from North Texas State College.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Merlyne Hunt of Houston and a brother, J.G. Gage of Denton.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Gage; his sons, James Gage and wife, Barbara of Fort Worth and Wayne Gage and wife Lou of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Linda Miller and husband Floyd of Dallas; his sisters, Roberta Buchanan and Lavada Griggs, both of Decatur and seven grandchildren.

Galttana, Blake Edward
1966-2000
Service for Blake Edward Galttana, 33, of Boyd, was Friday, Jan. 21, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Henry A. Geeo officiated. Burial followed at the Boyd Cemetery.
Galttana died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in Azle.
Born May 26, 1966, in Fort Worth, he had lived in Boyd 25 years and attended the Cornerstone Church in Newark.
He is survived by two daughters, Celeg Nicole and Kalan Lucretia Galttana; their mother, Pat; his parents, Billy and Donna Galttana of Boyd; his grandparents, Henry and Ethel Geeo of Saginaw and Bill and Mary Galttana of Azle; two sisters, Sherry Cochran of Rio Vista  and Tonda Johnson of Franklin, Tenn.; a nephew, John and nieces Kelly, Kandice and Tatiana.
Pallbearers were Paul Crow, Mark Lyons, Mike Roberts, Mark Whitehead, Andy Bray and Jeff Melton.

Gamble, Lillian
1909-2000
Service for Lillian Gamble, 91, of Decatur was to be Thursday, Oct. 12, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tim Staub was to officiate. Burial was to follow at the Chico Cemetery.
Gamble died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Decatur.
Born March 1, 1909, in Bowie, she married James Ray Gamble on Aug. 7, 1927, in Alvord. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Glen Gamble of Marjon, Billy Gamble of Bridgeport and Danny Gamble of Fort Worth; three daughters, Nell North of Fort Worth, Nancy Osborne of Marion and Helen Thorpe of Eugene; two sisters, Bonnie McCrary of Decatur and Mary Adair of Duncanville; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Garrett, Nita
1925-1999
Service for Nita Garrett, 74, of Bridgeport, was Friday, Dec. 31,  at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Dye presided. Burial followed at the West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Garrett died Dec. 29, 1999, in Denton. She was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Dallas. She had resided in Bridgeport since 1946. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. She married Jimmie Garrett on Jan. 18, 1946, in Dallas. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1995.
Garrett is survived by one son, Butch Garrett and his wife Janet of Bridgeport; a grandson, Willie Garrett and his wife Robin of Bridgeport; a granddaughter, Betty Wilks and her husband Tony of Antelope; two great-grandsons, J.D. and Grayson; a brother, Billy Beaumont of West Minister (check spelling); and a nephew, John Noe of Anna.
Pallbearers were David Carlton, Rick Foster, Wayne Steward, Jack Weiland, Doug Ward, Charles Trail, Jimmy Harmes and Wesley Cantrell.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Bridgeport building fund.

Gentry, Glenda Louise
1936-2000
Service for Glenda Louise Gentry, 63, of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, May 2, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gary Demmitt officiated. Burial followed at the East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Gentry died Sunday, April 30, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 5, 1936, in Cottondale, she was a lifetime resident of Wise County. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Womack Trucking in Bridgeport for 43 years and worked for Dr. William E. Huddleston two years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Eula Mae Gentry and her sister, Bobbye Harms.
She is survived by a nephew, Jimmy Harms of Bridgeport; a niece, Darla Daniel and her sons, Bryant and Jordon of Bridgeport and numerous cousins.
Pallbearers were Joe DeLuna, Butch Garrett, Charles Kaker, Eldon Kaker, Mark Grote, Carl Ray Jones, Lawrence Holley and Carl White.

George, James Sanford
1942-2000
Service for James Sanford George, 57, of Decatur was to be Sunday, June 11, at 4 p.m. at his residence. Rev. Warren Carruthers was to officiate.
George died Friday, June 2, 2000, in Decatur.
Born July 22, 1942, in Seymour, he was employed in roofing construction.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey George of Decatur; his father, Dale Heard of Olney; three sons, Bobby Copeland, James Copeland and Dale George, all of Decatur; one daughter, Robin Hamilton of Decatur; three brothers; three sisters and two grandchildren.

Gill, Rachel Mirandy
1939-2000
Graveside service for Rachel Mirandy Gill, 61, of Bridgeport was Thursday, July 27 at Pleasant Grove #1 Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated.
Gill died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, in Bridgeport.
Born June 10, 1939, in Winona, she was a nurses aide. She married James Edward Gill in August of 1957 in Decatur.
Survivors include her husband, James Edward Gill; a son, John Gill of Bridgeport; two daughters, Sandra Gill of Bridgeport and Denice Metzger of Fort Worth; a brother, Henry Eldridge of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Martha Jane Gereth of Waco; and one granddaughter, Rachel Williams of Bridgeport.

Gomez, Amada Jauregui
1920-2000
Mass of Christian burial for former Bridgeport resident Amada Jauregui Gomez, 80, was Nov. 22 at the Holy Family of Nazarene Church in Irving. Graveside service was at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Father Donnavan officiated.
Gomez died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, in Irving.
Born Sept. 13, 1920, in Fort Worth, she was a retired nurse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Gomez in 1977; three sons, Johnny, David and Wally Gomez; three brothers and one sister.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ray and husband Lanny, Linda Gomez and Angie Gomez; one son, Domingo Gomez and wife Linda; one brother, Tive Jaurequi; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Gordy Jauregar, Jeff Guidry, Richard Floyd, Denis Cranford, Craig Henderson and Ray Rosales.

Gonzales, Catherine Alice
1917-2000
Service for Catherine Alice Gonzales, 82, of Rhome was to be Wednesday, May 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Rhome. The Rev. Jim Spencer was to officiate. Burial was to follow at the Aurora Cemetery.
Gonzales died May 1, 2000, in Decatur.
She was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Rhome.
Gonzales was the daughter of Jim Troxell and his wife Rena Morris Troxell. She was a graduate of Texas Tech University and of North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas. She retired after 35 years as a public school teacher. She was an author of 17 historical fiction and historical books. Her favorite was “History of Rhome.” She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the Confederacy, the Wise County Historical Commission and the First United Methodist Church of Rhome. She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Cynthia Ann Hastings.
Gonzales is survived by a son, David Hastings and his wife, Elizabeth Ann.

Goodger, Evelyn Lavelle
1925-2000
Service for Evelyn Lavelle Goodger, 74, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, April 19, at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. The Rev. Bill May and Jackie Smith were to officiate and burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Goodger died April 16, 2000, in Boyd.
Born Oct. 27, 1925, in Boyd, Goodger was a lifetime resident of Boyd, a homemaker and a retired clerk for Continental State Bank of Boyd. She married Pat Goodger on March 18, 1945, in Boyd. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, W.L. “Pat” Goodger of Boyd; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sherri Goodger; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tim Taylor; a brother and sister-in-law, T.J. and Patricia Rasbury; a sister, Ruby Compton; two sisters-in-law, Emily Ann Tatum and husband O.T. and Nelda Bassham and husband Don; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Shelley, Kris, McKinley and McCade; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers were to be Gary, Larry, Kenny and Kevin Rasbury, Jimmy Etter and Jorge Patino.
 

Green, Robbie Lee
1957-2000
Service for Robbie Lee Green, 43, of Decatur was Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. Jessie Simons officiated.
Green died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2000, in Grapevine.
Born July, 7, 1957, in Decatur, Green was a member of Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Keller and was employed at Boeing Aerospace Manufacturing.
Survivors include his step-father, Walter Hollis of Decatur; brother, Rodney Hollis of Decatur and his grandmother, Leatha Watson of Decatur.
Pallbearers were Bruce Brassfield, Chuck Jobe, Jeremy Metcalf, David Sherman, Todd Gilbert and Scott Jobe.

Greer, Jonnie Mae Askey
1927-2000
Service for Jonnie Mae Askey Greer, 73, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jerry Miller was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Greer died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, in Decatur.
Born April 23, 1927, in Decatur, she was retired after serving as a librarian for Boyd High School. She married Carl Thomas Greer on Feb. 13, 1948, in Decatur. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Thomas of Decatur; two daughters, Sue Newcomb and Cara Gail Willis, both of Decatur; two brothers, Bill Askey of Decatur and Bob Askey of Delhart; four grandchildren, Tracie Tucker, Briana Melendez and Whitney and Devon Willis and one great-grandchild, Raeli Tucker.
Pallbearers were to be Bobby and Jimmy McClure, Claude Elsom, Max McDonald, Mitch Barker, Dub Hobbs, Larry Schneider and Ira Scott.

Gregg, Idus
1908-2000
Service for Idus Gregg, 91, of Bridgeport was Friday, June 9, at Twin Oaks Assembly of God in Bridgeport. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery. Brother Gary Sessions officiated.
Gregg died June 7, 2000, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 5, 1908, in the Willow Point Community in Wise County, Gregg had lived in Bridgeport since 1950. She was a homemaker and a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; a grandson, Don Billington and; a granddaughter, Darlene Dunn.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Jean and Barbara Gregg; and three daughters, Billie Billington and her husband Wayne, Mary Shellnut and her husband Bill and Lena McWilliams; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Russell Gregg, Jody Gregg, Randy Dunn, Reggie McWilliams, Greg McWilliams and Paul McWilliams. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Billington, Mark and David Helton, Kenneth Ray Dunn and Donny Bush.

Grider, Rickie Edward, Sr.
1953-2000
Graveside service for Rickie Edward Grider, Sr., 47, of Euless was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Boyd Cemetery. Rev. Bill May was to officiate.
Grider died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at his residence.
Born March 2, 1953, in Dallas, he was the owner of a commercial remodeling company.
He is survived by his wife Ann of Euless; two sons, Rickie E. Grider, Jr. and Patrick Lloyd Grider, both of Euless; one daughter, Kimberly Gail Grider of Euless; four brothers, Elton Calvery of Grand Prairie, William Grider of Irving, Jerry Grider of Springtown and Jackie Grider of North Richland Hills; one sister, Patsy Jeanette Davis of Euless; 14 nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews.

Groves, Elsie Geneva
1908-2000
Service for Elsie Geneva Groves, 92, of Bridgeport was Friday, Sept. 15, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated, assisted by Dr. Bill Dye. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy L. Carpenter, Nolan Bishop, Bobby Carpenter, R.V. Martin, J.P. Carpenter and Billy Jack Martin.
Groves died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in Decatur.
Born July 26, 1908, in Azle to Walter and Amanda Cooper Martin, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Groves Sr. in 1991.
She is survived by two sons, R.L. Groves Jr. and wife Gussie and Winford E. Groves and wife Betty; five sisters, Agnes Carpenter, Ola McDaniel, Faye Bishop, Abby Fritz and Alva Lee Measell; four grandchildren, Glenn, Larry, Karen and Chryl; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren.