Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2003
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Haak, Helen M.
1915-2003
Helen M. Haak, 87, of Decatur died Saturday, April 12, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 31, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., she was a retired secretary for a theatrical production company. She married William E. Haak on April 16, 1938, in Chicago. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, James Haak of Florida; a daughter, Joan Haak of Decatur; three brothers, Walter Alcumbrac of Decatur, Paul Hornburg of Arkansas and Ron Alcumbrac of Indiana and two sisters, Pauline Hornburg of Michigan and Sharon Tatge of Illinois.
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Hachtel, Albert J.
1910-2003
Graveside service for Albert J. Hachtel, 92, of Newark, will be Monday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Dan Hunt will officiate.
Hachtel died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Newark.
Born Dec. 23, 1910, in Bowie to Will and Matilda Hachtel, he married Jewell Kelley Sept. 1, 1934, in Denton. He was a retired driver for Dye Trucking and a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark.
He was preceded in death by his wife and a son, Jimmy Hachtel.
He is survived by a son, Donald and wife, Earlene, of Newark; three sisters, Clara Doyle of Slidell, Vivian Montgomery of Decatur and Flora Branch of Sycamore; four grandchildren, David and wife, Gaby, of Newark, Cynthia Rasbury and husband, Kevin, of Boyd and Lorie Stevenson and husband, Andy, of Boyd; five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Hachtel, Kevin Rasbury, Matt Rasbury, Andy Stevenson, Josh Stevenson and Caleb Stevenson.
Published Sunday, December 21, 2003

Hale, Georgette
1961-2003
Memorial for Georgette Hale, 42, of Haslet will be Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord.
Hale died Friday, May 30, 2003 in Haslet.
Born April 16, 1961 in Fort Worth to James Herbert and Rosie McAlister, she married Johnny Hale June 21, 1984 and worked as a postal carrier.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her husband Johnny Hale of Haslet; mother Rosie McAlister of Nocona; two daughters, Keeley and Carson of Haslet; four brothers, Michael McAlister and wife Cindy of Alvord, Gary McAlister and wife Kathy of Springtown, Randy McAlister and wife Beth of Godley and Timbo McAlister of Nocona; two sisters, Becky Sadler and husband Guy of Nocona and Sandy McGaw of Denton and many nieces and nephews.
Sunday, June 8, 2003

Hale, Shirley J.
1945-2003
Service for Shirley J. Hale, 57, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Hale died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, in Decatur.
Born May 24, 1945, in Littlefield, she was a caregiver for home health. She married Benjamin Franklin Hale III on March 5, 1965, in Boyd. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.
She is survived by her husband; her mother and step-father, Sibyl and W. B. Arrington of Bridgeport; a son, Scotty Hale and wife Wendy of Arlington; a daughter, Traci Meekins and husband Donald of Bridgeport; two brothers, Jerry Hartsell of Fort Worth and Michael Hartsell of Bridgeport and three grandchildren, Christopher and Haley Meekins of Bridgeport and Emily Hale of Arlington.
Pallbearers were to be Christopher Meekins, Johnny Hale, Danny Hale, David Donley, Jimmy Wilson and Ronnie Shockey.
Sunday, February 23, 2003

Hamer, Linnie Bruce ‘Butch’
1956-2003
Funeral for Linnie Bruce “Butch” Hamer, 47, of Lewisville was May 7, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home. Burial was at Swisher Cemetery in Lake Dallas.
Born March 29, 1956, in Marietta, Okla., to Linnie Burch and Annabell Daniels Hamer, he died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at his home. He was rock hauler from Lewisville known as “Hammer Head” on the citizens’ band radio.
He is survived by his mother, Annabell Putnam of Lewisville; a daughter, Shannon Lynn Hardy and her husband Ron of Lake Dallas; a son, Scott Hamer of Lake Dallas; grandchildren, Erica Geninatti, Devin Geninatti and Kaleigh Hardy; and step-brother, Dewey Reyonalds of Caney.
He was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Charles Hamer and a grandson, Austin Geninatti.
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Haney, Lillie Fae
1912-2003
Funeral for Lillie Fae Haney, 91, of Bridgeport was Thursday, April 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Haney died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born March 4, 1912, in Wise County, she was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport. She was a homemaker and a retired store clerk. Haney was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport and the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She married S.A. Haney Jr. on April 28, 1934, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 9, 1984, and by a great-granddaughter, Shannon Hofacket.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Beard and husband Jerry of Bridgeport; a son, Edwin Haney and wife Melba of Decatur; five grandchildren, Karen Slimp and Kevin Haney of Decatur, Melanie Harris of Chico, Laurie Lange of Wichita Falls and Dan Beard of Richmond; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Loyd Jackson, Wayne Alexander, Harold Mosley, Ronny Beard, Levert Beard and Jerry Rawle.
Sunday, April 20, 2003

Harbour, Donna Leon Berg
1943-2003
Memorial service for Donna Leon Berg Harbour, 60, formerly of Decatur will be Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. at Mid-Cities Funeral Home in Haltom City. Cremated remains will be interred at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.
Harbour died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, in Dallas.
She was born Nov. 23, 1942, in Decatur to Alfred Leon and Yvonne Hayes Berg.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1998. She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Harbour of Grand Prarie; father, Alfred Berg of Fort Worth; children, Joseph Atkins of White Settlement, Yvette Johnston and husband Ricky of Fort Worth and Mac Young of Blomingdale, Ohio; brother, Wendell Berg of Houston, and grandchildren, Katy, Andy and Guinevere.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Leukemia Association of Texas; 6060 N. Central Expressway #306; Dallas, Texas 75206.
Wise County Messenger, February 16, 2003

Hardee, Sally M.
1932-2003
Graveside funeral for Sally M. Hardee, 71, formerly of Chico was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Hardee died Thursday, June 12, 2003.
Born in Chico, Mrs. Hardee moved to Pooler, Ga. in 1992. She was a member of Cuba Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She is survived by six sons and a daughter-in-law; Robert and Anita Hardee of Eden, Ga., James Gray of Pooler and Bill, Paul, Buster and Charles Hardee of Texas; grandchildren, Robert, Jessica and Kenny and Johnny Joe Hardee, Crystal Hardee Rodriguez and Peggy Rackley all of Texas and Kathy Ann Hardee of Arkansas; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister and brothers, Lucy Hamm and Willie White of Bloomingdale, Ga. and Randy Marie White of Pooler.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 13117, Savannah, Ga. 31416.
Sunday, June 15, 2003

Hardy, Nadine
1920-2003
Graveside service for Nadine Hardy, 83, of Newark was Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Chadwick Cemetery in Lometa. David Sheppard officiated.
Hardy died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, in Newark.
She was born June 28, 1920, in Coryell County to George and Delila Delano. She married Ethan Thomas Hardy on Oct. 10, 1939, in San Saba County. Hardy was a retired newspaper carrier for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and an active member of the Apostolic Tabernacle of Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita Pope and husband, Phil; three
grandchildren, Elliot Pope and wife, Tammie, Rebecca Adelstein and husband, Tim, and Sylvia Newton and husband, Randall; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Read, Patricia Adelstein, Corinna, Allison and Elliot Pope Jr., Casey Watson, Savannah, Stage and River Spears, Seth and Colton Newton and Crystal, David and Shera Lynn Tunstall.

Published Thursday, December 25, 2003

Harlow, Byron W.
1909-2003
Service for Byron W. Harlow, 93, of Decatur was to be Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m., at the Decatur Church of Christ. Bud Hale was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Harlow died Thursday, April 10, 2003, in Decatur.
Born July 27, 1909, in Rising Star, he was a retired insurance agent and a member of the Decatur Church of Christ. He married Mary Gladys Hughes on March 30, 1930, in Shackleford County. She preceded him in death July 25, 1995.
He is survived by two sons, Hollis D. Harlow of Decatur and Johnny Harlow of Possum Kingdom Lake; three sisters, Jonnie Ward of Decatur, Faye Archer of Abilene and Mary Lee Jones of Sunrise Beach; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be J.D. Taylor, Ron Hess, Roy Oliver, Larry Wooldridge, Doyle Green and Clay Smith. Honorary pallbearers were to be W.B. Woodruff, R.A. Pinkerton and Ruben Pinkerton.
Sunday, April 13, 2003

Harrell, Jessie Bastian
1911-2003
Service for Jessie Bastian Harrell, 91, of Paradise was June 6 at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Jack Vereen officiated. Burial was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Harrell died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 3, 1911, in Decatur to John A. and Orie (Caver) Price, Harrell was a homemaker and a member of First Methodist Church in Paradise for 65 years, and the Bridgeport Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred J. Bastian; her second husband, R. B. Harrell; her parents, and her sisters, Laverne Price and Geneva Thacker.
She is survived by three sons, John Fred Bastian and wife Judi of Paradise, Richard Bastian and wife Joy of Decatur and Gerald Bastian of Paradise; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Ed Murphy, Jim Paschall, Bennie Dickinson, Ed Black, James Burns, Joe Richardson, Carl Cox, Harold Read and Truman Read.
Sunday, June 8, 2003

Harris, Rita Estelle
1958-2003
Graveside service for Rita Estelle Harris, 45, of Runaway Bay was Thursday, July 3 at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Donald McMaster officiated.
Harris died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 10, 1958, in Brownfield, she was a homemaker and a member of Grace Outreach Church in Chico.
Harris is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Hargin and husband Leslie of Chico; six grandchildren, Jeremy, Laura, Chloe, Caleb, Rachel and Michelle; her brother, Andy Crisp and her fiance, Robert Siefert.
Sunday, July 6, 2003

Hartsell, Ruth Cleo
1910-2003
Funeral for Ruth Cleo Hartsell, 93, of Arlington will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. Burial will be at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hartsell died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, in Arlington.
Born April 10, 1910, in Fife, she and her husband, Lawrence Frederick Hartsell, owned and operated family groceries in many areas including Chico. The couple also owned property there. She served as a house parent at Buckner’s Orphanage and the Methodist Home in Waco.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Bobbie Jean Jernigan and husband, Eugene.
She is survived by two sons, Fred Hartsell and wife, Alethea, of Fort Worth and Tom Hartsell and wife, Peg, of Nocona; a daughter, Glenda Keilstrup and husband, Duane, of Arlington; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, December 28, 2003

Haun, Johnnie Ruth Pennington
1917-2003

Funeral for Johnnie Ruth Pennington Haun, 85, of Weatherford, formerly of Rhome was April 1, at Schmitz, Floyd, Anderson Funeral Home in Denton.
Born Nov. 7, 1917, in Justin to John and Jessie Pennington, she died March 29, 2003, in Ft. Worth.
She married Arlis Haun May 13, 1939. They made their home in Rhome for almost 50 years prior to moving to Weatherford in 1991.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rhome, lifetime member of the Rhome Women’s Club and charter member of the Fairview Community Club. In recent years, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weatherford where she was a member of the Sweet Spirit Senior Choir and Dorcas Sunday School Class. She was also a volunteer for Weatherford’s Manna Storehouse.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Pennington and sisters, Margareet Burks and Martha High of Justin.
She is survived by her husband, Arlis Haun; daughter and son-in-law Dixie and Kenneth Henson; grandson and wife, Danny and Kalynne Henson; great-grandsons, Kale and Keaton Henson, all of Weatherford; and a brother, Hugh Pennington of Burleson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 75, Weatherford (817) 613-9702; Manna Storehouse, Meals on Wheels or the charity of your choice.
Pallbearers were Benny High, Manuel High, Wesley Sulak, Ray Bogitch, Roger Strebeck, Kirk High, Craig High and Hayden High.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Hawkins, Floyce Tally
1917-2003
Funeral for Floyce Tally Hawkins, 85, of Bridgeport was Friday, Feb. 7, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Dye and the Rev. Bo Blakey officiated. Burial followed in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Hawkins died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 29, 1917, in Joy to John and Johnnie (Alford) Tally, she was a homemaker and retired co-owner of Hawkins Funeral Home. She had lived in Bridgeport since 1938. She married Bert E. Hawkins on Oct. 15, 1938, in Decatur. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Civic Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Bobby Hawkins; a grandson, Bert Hawkins and a brother, Hoyt Tally.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane Hawkins Loper and husband Bennie of Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Ruth Cox of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Idell Hawkins of Jacksboro and Margaret Williamson of Decatur; five grandchildren, Rob Hawkins and wife Von of Bridgeport, Brant Hawkins and wife Stacey of Bridgeport, Lori Millar and husband David of Germantown, Tenn., Bennie Loper II and wife Kim of Dallas, Brook Loper and wife Marissa of Collierville, Tenn., and eight great-grandchildren, Trey, Chase, Zack, Tiffany, Raby, Barton, Piper and Braeden.
Pallbearers were Gordon Taylor, Dr. David Ray, Marc Moore, Tommy Denton, Buck Manoushagian, Pete Davidson, Fernando Cantu and Stacy Green.
Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Taylor, Howard Meyers, Carl Cox, M. L. Manoushagian, Dr. W. E. Huddleston, Les Raley, B. C. Green and Dr. Leo Selz.
Wise County Messenger, February 9, 2003

Heimlich, Dallas Leroy ‘Big Papa’
1935-2003
Funeral for Dallas Leroy “Big Papa” Heimlich, 67, of Boyd was Tuesday, April 1, at First Baptist Church of Briar. The Rev. Randall Easter officiated. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Born May 24, 1935, in Cardington, Ohio, he died Sunday, March 30, 2003, in Decatur.
He was the owner of Dallas Heimlich Custom Cabinets.
He is survived by a daughter, Pam Davis and her friend James Mikoleit; a son, Leroy Heimlich and wife Shelly; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne and Joe Heimlich; and a sister, Ida Lewis.
Pallbearers were Jerry Davis, Jeremy Sims, Ted Hodges, Todd Lance, Richard Micheletti and “Cowboy” Herman Hester.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Helms, Shirley Sue
1944-2003
Funeral for Shirley Sue Helms, 58, of Denton was May 27 at the DeBerry Funeral Chapel in Denton. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Wise County.
Helms died Saturday, May 24, 2003 at her residence.
Born Oct. 10, 1944 in Montague County to Frances Marion and Beulah Jones Frazier, she married Jimmy Helms in Bowie on June 14, 1964.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sons, Jimmy Victor Helms and Cody Wayne Helms.
She is survived by two daughters, Julie and her husband Carlos Crenshaw of Denton and Vickie and her husband Larry Gordon of Rockwall; a son, Scotty Helms and wife Robin of Dallas; two sisters, Reba Grottie of Bowie and Dorothy Huddleston of Forestburg; a brother, Jim Frazier of Krum and five grandchildren.
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Helton, Calvin E.
1924-2003
Funeral for Calvin E. Helton, 79, of Fort Worth will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at University Church of Christ in Fort Worth. Jim Smith and Curtis Ramey will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.
Helton died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born March 4, 1924, in Hugo, Okla., he was a retired machinist with General Dynamics. He served in the Army and had been a peanut farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Helton, and a brother, Lloyd Helton.
He is survived by a son, Terry Helton and wife, Dorene, of Bethlehem, Pa.; a daughter, Vickie Bowers and husband, Monty, of Forth Worth; a grandson, Zachary, of Bethlehem, Pa.; a brother, John Helton and wife, Georgie, of Chesterfield, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Danny Wesley, Lyn Wesley, Gary Wetsel, Leo Lampp, Ronnie Moore, Tex Brown, Tony Price and Al Dunlap.

Henson, John G. ‘Jack’
1935-2003
Funeral for John G. “Jack” Henson, 67, of Fort Worth was to be Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Joe Wooddell was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County.
A former resident of Decatur, Henson died Saturday, May 3, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 18, 1935, in Decatur to Claude and Lela Henson, he was retired from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Henson was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother, Lela Henson of River Oaks; two sons, John Randy Henson and his wife Andrea of Fort Worth and Patrick Henson of Irving; two brothers, Ed Henson and his wife Judy of Decatur and Jerry Henson of River Oaks; one sister, Claudette Harrell of Newark; two grandchildren, John Henson and wife Jennifer and Aaron Henson, all of Kerens; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Henson, Justin Henson and Jamie Henson, all of Kerens; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Randy Henson, Patrick Henson, Dusty Cook, Curtis Massey, Joey Dwyer, Johnny Brackeen, Robert Durham, Nathan Henson and Chris Henson.
Thursday, May 8, 2003

Herrera, Ricardo
1959-2003
Service for Ricardo Herrera, 43, of Bridgeport was to be held Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Dr. Van Gardner was to officiate. Burial was to follow at the Mexican Cemetery.
Herrera died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born March 13, 1959, in Colorado City, Ricardo was a construction worker. He married Lanie Clark Sept. 10, 1999, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife; his parents, Jose and Annselma Ramirez; two sons, Eric Herrera and Tim Perry; four daughters, Chrystal Herrera, Tiffany Herrera, Renne Perry and Toni Edwards and husband Tom; five brothers, Earnest Herrera, David Herrera, Julio Ortega, Anthony Herrera and Carmen Martinez; four sisters, Terry Romero, Alice Coleman, Rita Granada and Rosalee Herrera; grandmother, Raphaela Ramirez and five grandchildren, Heaven, Alic, Ethan, Tomy and A’liya.
Pallbearers were to be Carmen Martinez, Maurice Orocco, Rudy Martinez, John Gosverner, Gerardo Contreras, Leslie Parrish, Tom Edwards and Billy Perry.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 12, 2003

Herring, Lewis Allen, Jr.
1971-2003
Memorial service for Lewis Allen Herring Jr., 32, of Rhome will be Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May will officiate and will be assisted by Gerre Joiner.
Herring died Saturday, March 15, 2003, near Sheridan, Ark, in a plane crash that also killed his father, Lewis Allen Herring Sr.
Born Jan. 14, 1971, in Mullins, S.C., he was a mechanic for Delta Airlines and a Marine veteran. He married Tina Mari Wilcher Sept. 30, 2000, in Houston.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Janet Street of Boone, N.C. and his grandparents, Jackie Gaddy of Mullins, Edwin and Betty Hayes of Florence, S.C. and Dale Hayes of Concord, N.C.
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Hines, Kenneth Eugene
1974-2003
Memorial service for Kenneth Eugene Hines, 29, of Cocoa, Fla., formerly of Decatur, was Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Florida. He was cremated.
Hines died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in Cocoa.
Born June 19, 1974, in Decatur, he was a 1992 graduate of Decatur High School and a construction worker.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley Ashlock; three brothers, Billy Hawkins, Michael Ashlock and Jerry Smith; a grandmother Jessie Ashlock, all of Grand Prairie; two uncles, Ricky Poteet of Decatur and Ralph Ashlock of Arlington and an aunt, Melinda Taylor of Grand Prairie.
Published Sunday, December 21, 2003

Hines, Pearl F. Vickers
1931-2003
Graveside service for Pearl F. Vickers Hines, 72, of Luling, Texas, formerly of Fort Worth, was Oct. 31 at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated.
Born April 11, 1931, in Texas to George and Bertie Vickers, she died Oct. 16, 2003, in Luling.
She married Samuel Hines March 15, 1953, in Weatherford.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Eva Roop and husband, Hugh, and Cynthia Turala and husband, Mike; son, Robert Hines and wife, Martha; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a brother, James Vickers.

Hobbs, Andrya Lianne
1984-2003
Funeral for Andrya Lianne Hobbs, 18, of Bridgeport, will be Monday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Allen Henard and the Rev. Gary Demmitt will officiate. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Hobbs died Thursday, June 19, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 21, 1984, in Denton to John and Theresa Hobbs, she graduated from Slidell High School on May 23, 2003. She was a lifetime resident of Wise County and a student.
She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Barbara Long and Melba Joyce Hobbs, and step-grandmother Faye Long.
She is survived by her parents John and Theresa Hobbs of Bridgeport; a sister, Emily Hobbs; a brother Jarrett Hobbs; grandparents, Harold Long of Chico and Sherman and Kathy Hobbs of Greenwood; seven aunts, nine uncles and numerous cousins and friends.
Sunday, June 22, 2003

Holder, Allie Blanche (Carnes)
1917-2003
Graveside service for Allie Blanche (Carnes) Holder, 86, of Decatur was Monday, June 30, at the Avery Cemetery in Avery.
Holder died Saturday, June 28, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born on March 5, 1917, in Clarksville. Holder was a homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Amos Holder of Plano; two daughters, Linda Thompson of Decatur and Joyce Oates of Houston; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Thursday, July 3, 2003

Holestine, Savanna Rose
2003
Graveside service for Savanna Rose Holestine, the three-week-old daughter of Trina Holestine of Bridgeport, was Sept. 4 at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated.
Holestine died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, in Bridgeport. She was born Aug. 5, 2003, in Decatur.
She is survived by her mother; a sister, Sierra Nichole Holestine; her grandparents, Bryan Keith Holestine, Jenette Lynn Holestine and Marie Ann Holestine; and her great-grandmother, Laura Rose Holestine.
Pallbearer was Bill Holestine.

Holgate, Barney H.
1913-2003
Graveside service for Barney H. Holgate, 89, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Terry County Memorial Cemetery in Brownfield.
Holgate died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1913, in Gomez, he was retired from the Civil Service. He married Salomae Steen on March 25, 1939, in Lubbock and was a member of First Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Forrest S. Holgate of Grand Junction, Colo. and Stanley H. Holgate of Fayetteville, N.C.; one daughter, Elizabeth Young of Decatur; one sister, Kathrin Hamilton of Brownfield; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Wise County Messenger, January 23, 2003

Holland, Lloyd Emerson
1914-2003
Graveside service for Lloyd Emerson Holland, 88, of Boyd was to be Wednesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. at Keeter Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Richardson was to officiate.
Holland died Sunday, April 6, 2003, in Boyd.
Born Oct. 9, 1914, in Pottsboro, he graduated from Denison High School and attended Poly Tech in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1942, while working for General Motors in Los Angeles, he entered the military service and became a member of the Fifth Armored Division serving in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He served in seven campaigns, receiving several medals including five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
He married the former Jonivee Bynum on Nov. 7, 1945, in San Antonio. The couple moved to Tulia in 1959 where they managed Gusler Products for more than 20 years. He served as a Boy Scout leader for many years and was the troop’s liason for the Kiwanis Club. The couple operated Swisher Ambulance Service in Tulia until their retirement in 1988. They moved to Boyd in 1994. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Boyd.
He is survived by two sons, Charles E. Holland and wife Debbie of Hutto and Billy Holland and wife Melinda of Quanah; one daughter, D’Ann Johnson and husband Mark of Boyd; three granddaughters, Crimson Dawnivee Jimenez and husband Matt of Austin, Kristen Holland of Hutto and Rachel Holland of Quanah; three grandsons, Jonathan Johnson of Boyd, Kyle Johnson of Austin and Nathan Holland of Quanah; one great-granddaughter, Maya Jimenez of Austin; one brother, Frank Holland of Salem, Ore.; one sister, Marjorie Heironimus of Trinity and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Nathan Holland, Jonathan Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Ryan Bialis, Matthew Jimenez, Tom Bialis, Gerald McClanahan, Steve Heironimus, Clarke Heironimus and Robert Montgomery.
A final tribute with military honors was presented by the Wise County Veterans Group honor guard.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Holmes, Derick Thomas
2003
Service for Derick Thomas Holmes, infant son of Chris and Candice Holmes of Bridgeport, was Nov. 11 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jeff Johnson officiated. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Born June 25, 2003, in Decatur, Derick died Nov. 8, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his parents; a brother, Aleczander; grandparents, Kelly and Dorene Holmes of Decatur, Lisa Wyatt of Cleburne, Jimmy and Laura Rhine of Bridgeport and Van and Sherry Choate of Bridgeport; great-grandparents, Jimmy and Beth Moon of Hurst, Tracey and Linda Gardner of Centerville, Va., Patsy Patterson of Chico, Frances and Orville Munn of Bridgeport, Lee and Mary Argo of Graham, Okla., Haskell and Henrietta Choate of Calumet, Okla., and Kyle and Jackie Rhine of Decatur.

Holt, Leta Mae
1912-2003
Graveside service for Leta Mae Holt, 90, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, March 18, at Willow Point Cemetery in Wise County. Ray Cook Jr. and Roger Rhodes officiated.
Holt died Friday, March 14, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 26, 1912, in Wilson Prairie, she was a retired school teacher and a lifetime resident of Wise County. She was a member of the Church of Christ and past member of the Bridgeport Women’s Club and Retired Teachers Association She married Woodrow Cheves in 1931 and Alvin Holt in 1950. Both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Dalton, Don and Danny and one sister, Christine.
She is survived by three sons, Ron L. Cheves and wife Pat of Humble, Harold Cheves and wife Janice of Albuquerque, N.M. and James “Sam” Cheves and wife Allene of Bridgeport; a stepdaughter, Alva Jewel Bordner and husband Frank of Bridgeport; four grandsons, Mike Cheves of Haltom City, Scott Cheves of Bridgeport, Phil Cheves of Albuquerque and Brad Cheves of Westlake Village, Calif.; three granddaughters, Lee Ann Lukianuk of Lee, N.H., Susan Stavala of Kingswood and Melinda Manoushagian of Hurst; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nell Allen of Porterville, Calif. and a special friend, Faye Coffman of Bridgeport.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Hopson, D.F. ‘Hoppy’
1919-2003
Funeral for D.F. Hoppy Hopson, 84, of Alvord will be Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hopson died Sunday, April 20, 2003, in Alvord.
Born Feb. 16, 1919, in rural Fannin County to Bob and Mina Hopson, he was a professional dog trainer. Many of his craftsmanship skills were learned early in his career in the aircraft industry. He married Irene Magness in 1940.
He was a major supporter and competitor in the National Bird Hunters Association (NBHA), winning such titles as the National Open Championship, The National Futurity, The National Open Invitational and the Open Shooting Dog Championship. This resulted in his being inducted into the NBHA Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Field Trial Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Rob Hopson; a daughter, Susan Ervin; a sister, Jewell Harris and five grandchildren, Rhonda Torsiello, Ray Hopson, Leslie Carpenter, Nick Ervin and Angie Ervin.
Thursday, April 24, 2003

Hopson, Irene Magness
1922-2003
Service for Irene Magness Hopson, 81, of Alvord will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Dr. Larry Calvin will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Hopson died Monday, July 14, 2003, in Alvord.
She was born March 25, 1922, in Telephone, Texas, and married D.F. “Hoppy” Hopson in 1940. Hopson was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoppy.
She is survived by her son, Rob Hopson of Arlington; daughter, Susan Ervin of Granbury; brother, J.B. Magness of Sherman; sister, Lucille Magness of Sherman and five grandchildren, Rhonda Torsiello, Ray Hopson, Leslie Carpenter, Nick Ervin and Angie Ervin.
Pallbearers will be Ray Hopson, Nick Ervin, Dave Torsiello, Grady Carpenter, Paul Brown and Charles Sheffield.
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Horner, Katherine Faith and Hope Elizabeth
2003
Graveside service for Katherine Faith and Hope Elizabeth Horner, the newborn twin daughters of Blake and Tracey Horner of Denton was May 23 at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Bill Garrett officiated.
The girls died Wednesday, May 21, 2003.
They are survived by their parents; grandparents, Melton and Martha Horner of Fort Worth, Cindy and Danny Staley of Decatur, Jeff and Julie Bowman of Joshua and Trisha Bowman of Alvarado; great-grandparents, Pat Staley of Boyd, Donalda and Ivan Floyd of Bridgeport, Lasca Stephens of Aubrey, Rilda and Travis Horner of Quitman and Dois Staley of Keeter and a brother, Hunter Horner of Denton.
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Houchins, Dolly
1914-2003
Funeral for Dolly Houchins, 88, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, April 29, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joe Richardson officiated. Burial followed at Wilson Prairie Cemetery.
Houchins died Saturday, April 26, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 25, 1914, in Willow Point, she was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Wise County. She married William P. Houchins on Oct. 4, 1947, in Bridgeport. She was a member of the Carpenter Street Church of Christ of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Freeman and husband Jimmy of Bridgeport; four sons, Billy Don Cansler and wife Margaret of Weslaco, Kenneth Cansler and wife Barbara of Chico, Gene Cansler and wife Thelma of Bridgeport and R.E. Houchins of Arlington; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were David Cansler, Billy Cansler, Neil Houchins, Bryan Houchins, Freddy Winebrinner, Gary Pryor, Sammy Cansler and Ryan Mitchell.
Thursday, May 1, 2003

Houk, Douglas Dwayne
1968-2003
Graveside service for Douglas Dwayne Houk, 35, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Shannon-Rose Hill Cemetery. The Rev. James Voss will officiate.
Houk died Saturday, July 5, 2003, in Fort Worth.
He was born Jan. 25, 1968, in Fort Worth. Houk was an oil field electrician and formerly in restaurant management in Fort Worth and at The Club in Runaway Bay. He was also a member of the North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dwayne Houk.
He is survived by his mother, Beth Tanner and husband Chuck of Runaway Bay; sister, Karen Goad and husband Jon of Nashville, Tenn., and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Larry, David, Darren and Alan Houk, Craig Balch, Dean Sullivan, David Durham and Craig Antenucci.
Thursday, July 10, 2003

Howard, Clois R.
1917-2003
Funeral for Clois R. Howard, 86, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate, to be assisted by the Rev. Jack Gatewood. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Howard died Monday, May 19, 2003, in Decatur.
Born April 9, 1917, in Ennis, to Nim and Katie Roberts, she was a homemaker. She married Leo Wilson Howard on Dec. 16, 1932, in Greenwood. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Mike Howard.
She is survived by two sons, Jerry Howard and Mark Howard, both of Decatur; a daughter, Joyce Enis of Decatur; one brother, Ray Roberts of Groveton; two sisters, Bobbie Ashley of Decatur and Nemmie Roberts of Alvord; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Tad Howard, Matt Howard, Greg Enis, Curtis Enis, Billy Lee, Robert Rich, Jimmy Cox and Neal Fortenberry.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Mike Howard Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wells Fargo Bank in Decatur, 306 West Main Street, Decatur, Texas, 76234.
Thursday, May 22, 2003

Hudson, Linda Clark
1948-2003
Service for Linda Clark Hudson, 54, of Alvord will be Thursday, June 26 at River of Life Church in Decatur. Donald McMaster and Charles Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Hudson died Monday, June 23, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1948, in Gainesville and married Mike Hudson on Jan. 13, 2001, in Decatur. Hudson was a waitress at Mattie’s Restaurant in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Morris.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; parents, Willie Joe and Louise Howard of Alvord; daughter, Sharon Moorman and husband James of Garland; two brothers, Dale Morris of Boyd and Kenneth Morris of Alvord; two sisters, Shirley Massengale of Missouri and Denna Giddens of Rosston; four grandchildren, Jessica Lane, Mason, Madalyn and Christopher Moorman.
Pallbearers were Jeffery Wilson, Dale Morris Jr., Buba Hudson, Hoss Hudson, Jody Wilson, Tony Joe Morris, Daniel McCage, Anthony Wilson and Jess Tibbs.
Published Thursday, June 26, 2003

Hufines, Carolyn
1940-2003
Funeral for Carolyn Hufhines, 63, of Boyd was Monday, Nov. 3, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Steve Weeks officiated and burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Hufhines died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 25, 1940, in Decatur to James Daniel and Walcie Jones Jobe, she married James “J.B.” Hufhines on July 10, 1956. She was retired from Corning Cable Company where she worked as a telephone assembler. She had lived in the Boyd area since 1975 and was a Baptist, an active bowler for more than 40 years and a member of the Crowley Moose Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990 and a sister, Sylvia Johnson.
She is survived by a son, James Hufhines of Fort Worth; three daughters, Becky Vess and husband Jerry, Shirley McConnell and husband, Clay, and Sandy Worley and husband, Jeff, all of Boyd; one brother, Kenneth “Cowboy” Jobe and wife, Frankie, of Eagle Lake; one sister, Jody Clement, and husband, Johnny, of Crowley and six grandchildren, Jerry, Amy, Jake, Kyle, Jonathan and Tiffany.
Pallbearers were Mica Clements, Robbie Clements, Claude Scally, Randy Splawn, Jimmy Waters and Gary Splawn.

Hughes, David Corbett
1959-2003
Service for David Corbett Hughes, 44, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Dr. Paul Sands was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Hughes died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He was born May 2, 1959, in Lufkin to Jack and Willie (Little) Hughes. He was an assembly specialist for Peterbilt Motor Company. Hughes was a resident of Bridgeport for 23 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
He is survived by two daughters, Rachel Hughes of Denton and Marissa Hughes of Bridgeport; granddaughter Wynter Petrie of Denton; a sister, Jacqueline Hughes of Beaumont and two brothers, Craig Hughes and wife, Buffie, of Mauriceville and Byron Hughes of Vidor.
Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Hackler, Kyle Potts, Russ Burran, Taft Mohair, Buck Manoushagian and James Williams.

Hunley, Alta Fairbetter
1919-2003
Graveside service for Alta Fairbetter Hunley, 83, of Boyd was held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Richardson officiated.
Born Dec. 4, 1919, in Decatur to Raymond and Myrtle (Stephens) Fairbetter, she died Aug. 30, 2003, in Dallas.
A retired employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Scott and Bobby Cecil Fairbetter.
She is survived by her daughter, Saundra Keath; two grandsons, Colby Keath and Travis Keath and wife, Pattie; a great-grandson, Matthew Keath; and three sisters, Modena Naugle and husband, Robert, Marilyn Maier and husband, Howard, and Linda Tunnell and husband, Ken.

Hunter, James T.
1925-2003
Graveside service for James T. Hunter, 77, of Chico was to be Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. at Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Donald McMaster was to officiate.
Hunter died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, in Chico.
He was born April 5, 1925, in Tallahassee, Fla., and married Jean Headley on April 15, 1960, in Weatherford. He was retired from Hobbs Trailer Company and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Hunter.
He is survived by his wife; son Joe Hunter and wife, Cynthia, of Luling; three daughters, Debbie Ezzell and husband, Morgan, of Crafton, Deannie O’Dea and husband, Mike, of Bridgeport and Linda Smith and husband, Vance, of Chico; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Hunter, Samuel Ryan
2003
Graveside service for Samuel Ryan Hunter of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, March 18, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur Roy Jack Hunter, Sr. and Bob Wilson officiated.
The infant was stillborn Saturday, March 15, 2003, He is survived by his parents, Lena and Roy Hunter Jr.; brother, Joshua Hunter and sister, Lee Ann Hunter, all of Bridgeport; grandparents, Roy Jack and Barbara Hunter, Sr. of Ponder and Howard and Jean Carrell of Bridgeport; great-grandparents, Euna Hunter of Denton and Loraine Sosebee of Dallas.
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Hutchison, Jane Aleen
1926-2003
Graveside service for Jane Aleen Hutchison, 76, of Fort Worth was Tuesday, April 15, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated.
Hutchison died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Grapevine.
Born Dec. 8, 1926, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Horace G. and Edith Aleen Reed Gravelle, she was a retired saleswoman for Hancock Fabrics.
She is survived by three sons, Stephen Hutchison and wife Mimi, Barry Hutchison and wife Kehley and Kevin Hutchison; two grandchildren, Leslie and Katie; and three brothers, Bruce, Dave and Don Gravelle.
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Jackson, Katelyn Ann
2003
Graveside service for Katelyn Ann Jackson, infant daughter of Jay and Bea Kay Jackson of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, Feb. 11, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Eddy Hooker officiated.
Jackson died Feb. 8, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry T. Jackson in 2000 and her great-grandparents, Gordon and Beatrice Bell and her aunt, Tiffany Louise Jackson in 1984.
She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Sharon and Michael Fisher and Billy and Kay Bell; great-grandparents, Betty Dawson, Nina Fisher, Viola Campbell and Jackie and Jay Evans; three uncles, Timothy Fisher, Joseph Jackson and wife Alisha and Billy Bell and wife Donna; an aunt, Felicia Fisher; and cousins, J. T. Jackson and Rene Bell.
Pallbearer was Jay Evans.
Wise County Messenger, February 13, 2003

Jeffrey, John
1928-2003
Graveside service for John Jeffrey, 74, of North Richland Hills was Monday, March 31, at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. George Dixon officiated.
Born Aug. 25, 1928, in San Diego, Calif., he died Saturday, March 29, 2003, in his North Richland Hills home.
He owned and operated John Jeffrey Roofing Company in Fort Worth for more than 45 years. He had been involved with the Masonic Lodge and the Moslah Shrine. In recent years, he was adopted by the Austin/Kidd families and enjoyed gardening, yard work and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of North Richland Hills Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by his wife, Reba and his son, James, he is survived by a sister, three sons, two daughters, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to the American Heart Association by calling (800) 242-8721 or on line at americanheart-donate.org.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Jeter, Sylvia B. (Hudson)
1913-2003
Service for Sylvia B. (Hudson) Jeter, 89, of Lancaster, Calif., was Feb. 28 at McDonald’s Chapel in Redding, Calif. She was the sister of Betty Chaney of Decatur.
Born Oct. 11, 1913, in Bridgeport to S. Russell and Ruth (Bowen) Hudson, Jeter died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, in Lancaster.
She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Calvin T. “C.T.” Jeter in 1981, son, William R. Jeter in 1996, daughter, Patsey Ruth Correll in 1996 and brother, Stanley Hudson in1961.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Jean Jeter of Lancaster; grandchildren, Ruth Ann Hoheisel of Redding, Tammis and husband David Bergerson of Crestline, Calif., Jeffrey Jeter of Surrey, England and David and wife Tressa Jeter of Sky Valley, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister Betty Chaney and husband Ralph of Decatur; numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Thursday, March 13, 2003

Johnnene, Tammy Ann
1972-2003
Service for Tammy Ann Johnnene, 30, of Newark will be Thursday, March 20, at 3 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Steve Weeks will officiate. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Johnnene died Sunday, March 16, 2003, in Newark.
Born April 14, 1972, in Fort Worth, she graduated from Boswell High School in 1991. She married Jason Scott Johnnene June 6, 1992, in Saginaw. She worked as a medical assistant in Fort Worth for seven years.
She was preceded in death by an aunt.
She is survived by her husband; her father, Roger Fahlund and stepmother Bonnie of Fort Worth; her mother, Patricia Ann Troughton of Nocona; two sons, Jason Scott Johnnene Jr. and Brandon John Moro; her father- and mother-in-law, Delford and Mary Johnnene of Newark; a grandmother, Ruth Fahlund of Galesburg, Ill.; a brother, Kevin Fahlund of Fort Worth and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Pallbearers will be Paul Menton, Glenn Barrow, Corey Elling, Chad Kennan, Jason Kennan and Dickie Inman. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Fahlund and David Johnnene.
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Johnson, Faye Vaughn
1935-2003
Funeral for Faye Vaughn Johnson, 68, of Chico will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Elaine Bussey will officiate. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Hawkins Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Johnson died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, in Chico.
Born April 3, 1935, in Daingerfield, she was a retired waitress who had lived in the Chico community since the late 1950s. She married Teddy Johnson on May 29, 1965, in Chico. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Chico.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Rex Johnson of Chico; a daughter, Sheliah Potter of Madisonville, Tenn.; three brothers, Olen Vaughn of Daingerfield, Donald Vaughn of Midlothian and Neil Vaughn of Daingerfield; five sisters, Verna Lee Brantley of Daingerfield, Dorothy Lanier of Daingerfield, Patsy Brown of Longview, Zeldia Eaton of LaPorte and Bettie Ellis of Tyler; a granddaughter, Shelley Cearley of Chico; a special ‘grandson’ Wesley Moody and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Russell Johnson, Rusty Johnson, Cody Johnson, Adam Johnson, Jeff Johnson and Jason Johnson.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Johnson, John Daniel
1950-2003
Graveside service for John Daniel Johnson, 53, of Denton will be Thursday, Oct. 9, at noon at Electra Cemetery. Chaplain Dennis D. Schurter and Mike Kidd will officiate.
Born Feb. 15, 1950, to John Henry and Mildred (Rogers) Johnson in Wichita Falls, he died Oct. 5, 2003, in Denton.
He was an oilfield roughneck.
He is survived by two brothers, Ronald Johnson of Johnson City, Tenn., and Sam Kidd and wife, Kathy, of Paradise and three sisters, Bessie Kidd of Paradise, Elizabeth Bullard of Maricopa, Calif., and Mary Holt and husband, Dan, of Duncanville.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Tackel, Wayne Arthur, Kerri Schlumbohm, Terri Schlumbohm, Sam Kidd and Darryl Booth.

Jones, Ellen C.
1920-2003
Graveside service for Ellen C. Jones, 83, of Decatur, formerly of Lima, was Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima. The Rev. Richard Steigleder officiated.
Jones died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born March 21, 1920, in Milwaukee to Eugene and Gertrude Frasier Chloupek and married Lewis P. Jones on Aug. 29, 1942. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Purdue University.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis, and a son, James “Larry” Jones.
She is survived by a son, Donald L. Jones and fiancee, Penny Nicoll, of Austin; a daughter, Nancy Hart and husband, Edward, of Decatur and four grandchildren, Joi Ellen Hart, Craig Jones, Stacey Jones and Joshua Hart and wife, Mary.

Jones, John S. ‘J.S.’
1912-2003
Funeral for John S. “J.S.” Jones, 91, of Newark was to be Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Jones died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Newark.
Born Feb. 9, 1912, in Farmer, he married his wife, Lillie, on July 20, 1931, in Waurika, Okla. He retired from Armour Meat Company. He enjoyed gardening, building and inventing. He was a preacher for many years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Jones; a sister, Beatrice Ham; a brother, John Lewis Jones and a granddaughter, Janett Holloway.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Henry O. Jones and wife, Nancy, and Troy R. Jones and wife, Wanda; three daughters, Geneva D. Lunsford and husband, Herman, Inez Parker and husband, Connaly, and Martha R. Knight and husband, Thomas; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Claude Gary and three sisters, Opal Arterbury, Zena Stowe and Maggie Sanders.

Jones, Luvada
1917-2003
Service for Luvada Jones, 86, of Runaway Bay was Friday, Dec. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Bob McLean officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Jones died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, in Bridgeport.
She was born June 11, 1917, in Seminole, Okla., to John and Bertie Crownover Heath. She married Alvie Jones on Feb. 17, 1934, in Raymondville. Jones was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by two sons, William “Bill” Jones and wife, Sherian, and Raymond Jones and wife, Kathleen, all of Runaway Bay; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Chester and Monroe Heath and two sisters, Mildred White and Marie Malone.
Pallbearers were Bryant McLean, Shawn McConnell, Tommy Glass, Danny White, Mick Savage, Drew Savage and Lowell Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were Jeffrey and Derek Jones.
Published Sunday, December 14, 2003

Jones, Micah Shane
1980-2003
Service for Micah Shane Jones, 22, formerly of Decatur, who was on active duty with the Marines, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Coker Funeral Home chapel.
Visitation was to be Wednesday, March 26, 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Friends will give the eulogy. Burial to follow at Bald Knob Cemetery in Wise County.
Born July 4, 1980, in Bridgeport, he died Saturday, March 22, 2003, in San Angelo.
He is survived by his parents; Bob and Pam Fisk of Mason and David Ray Jones of Arlington; sisters, Misty Pauline Sparks of Big Sandy and Lindsay and Ashley Fisk of Mason; and grandmother, Lela Fisk of Gladewater.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Kenneth and Vera Jones and Earl and Polly Wilson.
Thursday, March 27, 2003

Jones, Naomi Faye
1921-2003
Funeral for Naomi Faye Jones, 82, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Revs. Doug Acklie, Raymond Johns and Charles Taylor were to officiate.
Jones died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, in Decatur.
Born March 30, 1921, in Silver Creek to Fount and Julie (Newsome) Wright, she married Homer Jones on Nov. 8, 1947, in Decatur. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a member of the Flatwood Worship Center for 39 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband; five brothers, Burnal, Ed, Robert, Odell and infant brother Wright; three sisters, Eunice Roberts, Dorothy Harper and Mary Lizzie Wright; and a granddaughter, Misty Walls.
She is survived by four daughters, Sylvia Arrington and husband, Paul, Annette Melson and husband, Robert, Doloris Jones and Lanora Horner and husband, Richard; eight grandchildren, Anne Wright, Lin Holt, Melissa Buckner and husband, Jeff, Paul Arrington Jr. and wife Candi, Alice Richardson and husband, Billy, Buddy Walls and wife, Cody, Danny Horner and wife, Julie and Tim Horner and wife, Shaunda; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Oleta Patrick; and sisters-in-law, Mavis Wright and Betty Wright.

Jones, Oleta Mae Hawk
1916-2003
Graveside service for Oleta Mae Hawk Jones, 87, of Paradise was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker was to officiate.
Born Feb. 18, 1916, to Glenn and Viola (Richburg) Hawk in Paradise, she died Sept. 4, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She married William David Jones on June 2, 1934, in Warika, Okla. Together they worked their farm until moving to Waxahachie for his job in soil conservation. She then worked at Kresky selling candy and peanuts. His work later took them to Bowie and Brownwood. They spent their retirement years in Granbury and Fort Worth. Mr. Jones died in 1985.
Jones was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Paradise but also attended the Baptist Church in Tolar the last six months of her life.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Hawk,.
She is survived by two sons, Roy Jones and his wife Ann and Harold Jones and his wife Pam, all of Paradise; two daughters, Peggy Phillips and her husband Harry of Arlington and Lydia Bridier and her husband John of Tolar; seven grandchildren, David and Tim Phillips, Tonya, Brad and Logan Jones and Kyle and Emily Jones; great-grandchildren, Micheal and Benjamin Phillips, Brian and Ashley Phillips, Jared and Jessica Gilliam and Hunter Jones; and two sisters, Alma Ruth Harms of Springtown and Etheline “Tootsie” Read of Houston.

Jones, Owen Russell
1953-2003
Funeral for Owen Russell Jones, 49, of Granbury, formerly of Decatur was March 3, at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs. Burial was at Chico Cemetery.
Born May 10, 1953, in Decatur to Marvin Junior Jones and Vetta Marie Jones, he died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at his home.
He married Jackie Lynn Barnett June 12, 1971, and was a plant foreman for Fort Worth Crushed Stone.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Jones of Chico; wife, Jackie Lynn Jones of Granbury; three daughters, Billie Robertson, Josie and husband, Mark Robertson and Lisa Jones, all of Granbury; son, Casey Jones of Granbury; two sisters, Maxine and husband, Glen Swafford of Park Springs and Teresa Jones of Bowie; four brothers, Melvin and wife, June Jones of Chico, Paul and wife, Janice Jones of Bowie, Tony and wife, Vonda Jones of Chico and Jackie and wife, Tammy Jones of Chico; and six grandchildren, Kelly Robertson, Casey Robertson, Rusty Robertson, Patrick Robertson, Dominique Jones Grant and Bryson Jones.
Thursday, March 6, 2003

Jones, Robert Lowell ‘Bubba’, II
1974-2003
Service for Robert Lowell “Bubba” Jones II, 28, of Fort Worth was to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Jones died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Eagle Mountain Lake.
He was born Oct. 25, 1974, in Fort Worth and was a licensed electrician.
He is survived by his mother, Paula Thomas; father, Robert Lee Jones; stepfather, Larry Funchess; brothers, James Donavan Askins and Jackie Dale Thomas; sister, Candy Jones; uncles and aunts, Orbie and Sharon Thomas, Charles Thomas, John Paul Jones, Suzie Moss and Steve Funchess; nephews, Travis Thomas and Zachary Jones; niece, Ashley Prescott; great-nephew, Colby Wayne Mead; and grandparents, Lowell and Floydale Jones and Dolly Moss.
Thursday, August 14, 2003

Jones, Shannon
1939-2003
Funeral for Shannon Jones, 64, of Dallas, formerly of Decatur, was to be Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Charles Taylor was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Jones died Thursday, July 17, 2003, in Dallas.
Born March 29, 1939, in Lamesa to Kenneth and Vera Jones, he was a unit director for Skaggs and a Baptist. He married Dorothy Roby on July 5, 2003, in Dallas. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and gardening.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Sean Jones of Carrollton and Shannon “Howdy” Jones of Dallas; two stepsons, Danny and Larry Roby of Dallas; one daughter, Stacy White of Blue Ridge; six brothers, Bobby, Mike, Jim and Keith of Decatur, David Jones of Fort Worth and Joe Jones of Palestine; four sisters, Jane Miller, Joy Litton, Julie Cottrell and Sonya Jones; three grandchildren, Tyler King, Layne Jones and Logan Jones and six step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Fred Jones, Jason Jones, Ross Jones, Keith Jones, Mike Jones and Jimmy Jones. Honorary pallbearer was to be Bobby Jones.
Sunday, July 20, 2003

Kaker, Charles ‘Chock’ Franklin
1937-2003
Service for Charles “Chock” Franklin Kaker, 66, of Bridgeport, a retired dairy farmer and rancher was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, with the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Burial was to be at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
He died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at his home, after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Born in Bridgeport Feb. 9, 1937, to Weldon Frank and Carrie May Hartsell Kaker, he lived in Bridgeport all his life. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1955 and attended North Texas State University for two years. He married the former Ann Dawson, whom he had met at a country dance in Chico in 1960, on March 31, 1961, in Weatherford.
In his early years he worked on the family dairy farm and ranch, did some work in the oilfields and enjoyed calf roping at the rodeos. He was a dairyman for more than 25 years and a rancher for more than 40 years.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the National Guard, a charter member and former director of the Bridgeport Country Club, a member of BCC Men’s Golf Association and the Senior Oil Man’s Golf Association. After retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and snow skiing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, J.C. Dawson.
He is survived by his wife Ann; son, Steven Frank Kaker and wife Susan of Keller; daughter, Sharon Lin Blake and husband Dan of Ponder; grandchildren, Charles Brandon Kaker, Jayci Danielle Blake, Kelcie Sue Kaker and Jared Eldridge Blake; sister, Darlene Bean of Bridgeport; mother-in-law, Willa Mae Dawson of Decatur; two nieces and a nephew.
Pallbearers were to be Shannon Bean, Rodney Winters, Artie Ford, Karl Black, John Kaker and Carl Kaker. Honorary pallbearers were to be Lee Roy Pierce, Fred Lawrence, Donnie Green, Lightning Wright, Carl Jones, Carl White, Billy Fred Walker, G.B. Funk, Rick Brown, Virgal Oates, Eddie Huckabee, Lawrence Holley, Thomas Wright and Von Lawson.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport Building Fund.
Thursday, March 13, 2003

King, Florence
1907-2003
Service for Florence King, 95, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
King died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 12, 1907, in St. Paul, Minn., she was a retired hairdresser and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. She married Walter King on Sept. 16, 1947, who preceded her in death in 1998.
She was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Alice Clark of Mesquite and Diane Storlien of Minnesota; four grandchildren, Deborah, Gayle, Tommy and Tim and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Juston Goodman and Toby Storlien.
Wise County Messenger, January 26, 2003

King, Loretta May
1917-2003
Funeral for Loretta May King, 85, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Dr. Rusty Hedges will conduct the funeral assisted by Dr. Thomas Brummet.
King died Monday, February 10, 2003, in Decatur.
For years, King and her late husband George King, hosted spectacular Christmas light displays at their home north of Decatur. After his death the mammoth displays were shown at the home of Hollis and Sue Jones near Decatur Golf Club and many were later given to the city.
King was the long-time owner of Fashion Coiffures, a beauty shop in Decatur. After she retired from her own shop, she worked at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur.
She is survived by a son, Charlie Young of Highland Village; three sisters, Annis Power of Houston, Wanda Reed of Fort Worth and Ruth Armstrong of California; six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Swaim of Decatur.
Pallbearers were to be Stowe Campbell, Terry Taylor, Charlie Honea, Chris Howell, Troy Mars and Jack Howell.
Honorary pallbearers were to be Marvin Swaim, Jerry Thompson, Rex Eason, Bennie Brady, Brett Shannon, Sam Power, Michael Power, Rex Gage, Jack Cox and Les French.
Family visitation was scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Wise County Messenger, February 13, 2003

Kinney, Richard John
1964-2003
Graveside service for Richard John Kinney, 39, of Springtown will be Thursday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at Annis Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. Carl Clinton will officiate.
Kinney died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Springtown.
Born Feb. 11, 1964, in Missoula, Mont., to Ronald Kinney and Barbara Caldwell, he married Brenda Chapmon on Oct. 14, 2000, in Azle. He was a machinist.
He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Clarence Kinney and Frank Michaud; a grandmother, Gladys Pringle; a sister Lisa Marie Kinney and a brother, Randolph Kinney.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Caesar and Rowdy Kinney; two daughters, Ashley and Kayla Kinney; parents, Barbara Caldwell and Ronald and Martha Kinney; seven brothers, Ronnie, Robert and Russell Kinney, Jimmy and Douglas Gollihar and Danny and Darrin Smith; five sisters, Daretta Webb, Deborah James, Shirley Kinney, Betty Kinney and Rhonda Summers and numerous other relatives.

Knight, Cynthia Ann
1950-2003
Funeral for Cynthia Knight, 53, formerly of Decatur, will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Shipman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J.W. Wallace officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Born to Alice (Henderson) and Lonnie “Jabo” Larry Jr. in Decatur on March 1, 1950, she died May 10, 2003, in Tulsa, Okla.
After graduating from Decatur High School, she attended Cook County College in Gainesville for two years.
One of the first African Americans to work in downtown Decatur, she was a communications officer for the Sheriff’s Department. She later worked for Victor’s assembling welding torches.
She married Roscoe “R.C.” Knight in Fort Smith, Ark., on Sept. 23, 1977, and moved to Ardmore, Okla., where she worked for the police department. In 1980 they moved to Wagoner, where she worked for the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department and the city.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Roscoe C. Knight Jr.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Kevin Johnson and his wife Jennifer of Decatur and Keith Wright and his wife Twana of Milo, Okla.; three daughters, Deana Wilson and Bridget Knight of Ardmore and Andrea Knight of Muskogee; a foster-daughter, Joyce Goins of Alaska; two sisters, Maxine Alexander and husband Billy and Gracie Tolbert and husband Nathan, all of Dallas; step-mother, Pat Larry of Decatur; nine grandchildren, Jarrett and Cheyenne Knight, Whittney and Keith Wright Jr., Zachary, Reagan and Jaiden Johnson, and Lawrence Stewart Jr. and Andrea Stewart; and foster grandchildren Brittany, Terrance and Alexis Goins.
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Lambert, Gladys L. ‘Granny’
1909-2003
Service for Gladys. L. “Granny” Lambert, 93, of Garland will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Abundant Life Church at 1717 Castle Drive in Garland. Glynn Davis will officiate, and burial will be at 1 p.m. at Sweetwater Cemetery near Decatur.
Visitation was to be Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Home – Rowlett Chapel.
Lambert was the sister of Ruby Scaff of Decatur.
Lambert died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003.
Born Aug. 13, 1909, in Ochiltree County to Roy and Bertha (Raymond) Teurman, she was a homemaker and a member of Abundant Life Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Marie Daniel and husband Leroy of Garland; three grandsons, Michael Daniel of Garland, Lynn Daniel and wife Kam of Carrollton and Randy Daniel and wife Cindy of Sachse and great-grandson, Ethan Chase Daniel.
Wise County Messenger, February 13, 2003

Lambert, Kenneth G.
1935-2003
Graveside service for Kenneth G. Lambert, 67, of Decatur was Friday, June 6 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Ryan Morrison officiated.
Lambert died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in Decatur.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1935, in Decatur and married Mary Ruth Lester on June 28, 1956. Lambert was a retired dairyman and a member of the Dairy Shrine of America. He was also a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Greg Lambert of Madison, Wis., Kevin Lambert of Lipan and Jeff Lambert of Decatur; daughter, Karen Fox of Bowie; and nine grandchildren, Brandy Lambert, Kendall Lambert, Krista Lambert, Garrett Lambert, Tyler Lambert, Billy Widener, Jill Fox, Chance Fox and Julie Fox.
Pallbearers were Kevin Lambert, Jeff Lambert, Greg Lambert, Kendall Lambert, Tyler Lambert, Garrett Lambert, Chance Fox, Marty Fox and Billy Widener.
Sunday, June 8, 2003

Lavender, Lindsey M.
1985-2003
Service for Lindsey M. Lavender, 17, of Slidell, will be Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Lawrence Burks will officiate. Burial will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation was to be Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel.
Lavender died Thursday, June 19, 2003 in Decatur.
Born December 12, 1983, in Gainesville to Charles “Butch” and Reta Lavender, she was to be a senior at Slidell High School. She was a member of FCCLA, yearbook staff and prom committee.
She is survived by her parents, Charles “Butch” and Reta Lavender of Slidell; grandparents, Gene and Martha Rogers of Denton, Vernon and Marie Pollock of Sherman, Madge Love of Ardmore, Okla., and Peggy Young of Nacogdoches and a sister, Alicia Hutchinson and husband Donald of Hawaii.
Sunday, June 22, 2003

Lawson, Ernest Edgar
1928-2003
Graveside service for Ernest Edgar Lawson, 74, of Chico was Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Lawson died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born May 21, 1928, in Copan, Okla., he was a retired mechanic. He married Mary Morris on April 30, 1947, in Kansas.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael and a grandson, James.
He is survived by his wife; a son, C.E. “Butch” Lawson and wife Anna of Fort Worth; a daughter, Sandra Jackson and husband Richard of Midlothian; two brothers, Charlie and Delbert Lawson; a sister, Nadine Smith; three grandchildren, Linda, Michelle and Cindie and two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Hailey.
Thursday, February 20, 2003

Lay, Harlan G.
1939-2003
Funeral service for Harlan G. Lay, 63, of Alvord was Thursday, Jan. 9 at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Glen Randel officiated and was assisted by Ken Cates. Burial was at the Turner Family Cemetery in Kaufman.
Lay died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in Alvord.
Born Aug. 14, 1939, in Kaufman County, he married Anna Sanders Oct. 2, 1979, in Kaufman County. He was retired from the Merchant Marines, was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Alvord and a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Lay of Alvord; four sons; Albert Wise of Chico, Johnny Wise of Alvord and Jimmy and Timothy Wise of Tennessee; three step-daughters, Kathy Surtain and Anne Patterson of Tennessee and Terri Giles of Louisiana; two brothers, Terry Lay of Kemp and Royce Lay of Mabank; two sisters, Jean Hammer and Ann Thompson of Kemp and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 12, 2003

Leggett, Oma LaNelle
1928-2003
Service for Oma LaNelle Leggett, 75, of Decatur was Sunday, July 6 at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Dr. Van W. Gardner and Billy Jeffrey officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Leggett died Thursday, July 3, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born on May 16, 1928, in Fletcher, Okla., and married Thomas S. Leggett on June 16, 1971, in McKinney. Leggett was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Melisa.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas; son, Larry Milligan of Henderson; daughter, Sandy Hollis of Decatur; three brothers, Buck, Curly and Johnny Young, all of Decatur; grandchildren, Dianna Tiller, Eddie Ward, Missy York, Kara Dungo and Brandon Milligan and nine great-grandchildren, Lauren, Drew, Tamara, Dakota, Hunter, Derick, Allie, Tanner and Madison.
Pallbearers were Joe Watson, Gordon Young, Rodney Hollis, Lester Hudson, Keith Jones and Ross Jones.
Thursday, July 10, 2003

Leija, Richard Banda
1951-2003
Graveside service for Richard Banda Leija, 51, of Rhome was Friday, June 27, at Boyd Cemetery. The speaker was Steve Leija.
Leija died June 24, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 7, 1951, in Paducah, Richard was a welder and a member of the Baptist church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Abel Leija.
He is survived by three daughters, Virgie Salazar and husband Sal of Brownfield, Michelle Leija of Brownfield and Stacy Leija of Rochester; four brothers, Daniel and wife Lilly, Johnny and wife Vickie, Lorenzo and wife Diane and Joe Leija; three sisters, Irene Leija, Paula Leija and Rosie Leija; companion Tonya Oliver; a grandson, Nathniel Salazar; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Dooley Williams, Mark Minze, Beau Winn, J.D. Erwin, Blake Stockard and Dickie Inman.
Sunday, June 29, 2003

Lester, Wilma Claudia
1913-2003

Graveside service for Wilma Claudia Lester, 89, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate.
Lester died Monday, April 7, 2003, in Decatur.
Born May 31, 1913, in Duncan, Okla., she was a retired restaurant owner. She married M.A. Lester in 1928 in Comanche, Okla. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Wendell M. Lester of Decatur and Edwin H. (Skippy) Lester of Burneyville, Okla.; a daughter, Darlene Roper of Fredericksburg; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Lewis, Marvin Dean
1937-2003
Funeral for Marvin Dean Lewis, 66, of Sunset was to be Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Burden Baptist Church in Kansas. Military interment rites will follow at Burden Cemetery.
Lewis died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, in Dallas.
Born Aug. 9, 1937, in Wilmot, Kan., to Emory and Dorothy Lucile (Adkins) Lewis, he graduated from Burden Public Schools in 1956. On May 18, 1956, he married Eva Marie Stewart at Burden Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was awarded a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Air Force for his performance of outstanding service to his country. In 1965, he began a full-time commercial career in flying. In 1972, the couple moved to Sunset and bought land which would become the Astronomy Ranch. He was a member of the American Brittany Club, the American Simmental Association and Texas Cattle Raising Association and BISC.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Dorothy Lewis of Winfield, Kan.; two brothers, Emory Lewis of Burden and Donald Lewis of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Virginia Atkins of Burden and Marilyn Plain of Winfield; 23 nieces and nephews; 17 great-nieces and nephews and five step-great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Believers International Fellowship, P.O. Box 1057, Decatur, Texas 76234.

Lindsey, Lillie Belle Aulick
1907-2003
Graveside service for Lillie Belle Aulick Lindsey, 96, of Henrietta was Monday, July 21 at Bellevue Cemetery.
Lindsey died Thursday, July 17, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born April 17, 1907, in Bellevue to Fred L. and Alva A. Aulick. She married Hubert Lindsey and was a retired licensed vocational nurse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert, and her son, James Rayford.
She is survived by two grandsons, Kennie Lindsey and wife, Jodi, of Decatur and Scot Lindsey and wife, Leah, of Fort Worth and three great-grandchildren, Sydne, Taylor and Blake Lindsey, all of Decatur.
Thursday, July 24, 2003

Lisby, Linda Jean
1957-2003
Funeral for Linda Jean Lisby, 46, of Boyd was Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. The Rev. Sonny Smith officiated. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Lisby died Nov. 29, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 17, 1957, to T.H. and Dorothy Lambert in Decatur, she was a lifetime resident of Wise County. She married Harold Wayne Lisby on Jan. 2, 1976, in Boyd. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd, a retired teacher’s aide for Boyd ISD and an active member of the Boyd Band Booster Club.
She is survived by her husband; son, Clay Lisby; daughter, Shasta Lisby; her parents; three brothers, John, Mark and Danny Lambert and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were J.R. Lambert, J.C. Lambert, Lenny Rice, Rusty Rice, Danny Willbank and Dustin Byers. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Lambert, Aaron Lambert, Derek Lambert, Adam Lambert and Russell Peebles.
Published Thursday, December 4, 2003

Loftis, Sara Cleo
1927-2003
A memorial service for Sara Cleo Loftis, 76, of South Carolina will be scheduled at a later date.
She died Nov. 7, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was a member of the Spartanburg, S.C., Order of the Eastern Star, a past worthy matron and a member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Converse, S.C.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Lowry and wife, Kathy; daughter, Lisa Miller and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Dylan, Rachel and Illia Lowry; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Sara Lowry, all of Paradise; brother, Woodrow Deaton of Virginia and sister, Eloise Petty of Charleston, S.C.

Logan, Ricky Lynn
1952-2003
Graveside service for Ricky Lynn Logan, 51, of Tacoma, Wash., will be Nov. 15, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Aurora Cemetery. Roy Deaver of the Rhome Church of Christ will officiate.
Born Sept. 29, 1952, in Fort Worth, Logan died Thursday, Oct. 23, in Tacoma.
He is survived by a son, Ulysses Wayne Logan and wife, Stacy, of Houston; a daughter, Patty Logan of Michigan; a sister, Vicky Ann Logan Trevino of Arlington; a brother, Nicky Glenn Logan and wife, Kathi, of Arlington; two half-brothers, Tim Logan and wife, Tina, of Krum and John Logan and wife, DaLena, of Bowie; his mother, Shirley Logan Dunaway and step-father, Billy Joe Dunaway, of Arlington; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Richard Nicholas Logan of Houston.

Lomas, Albert Caril
1937-2003
Funeral for Albert Caril Lomas, 65, of Azle, a retired mechanic, was Thursday, Feb. 20, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Cremation followed.
Lomas died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 20, 1937, in Picher, Okla., he was a retired mechanic. He had served in the Navy and Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Messer Lomas; two brothers, Lonnie and Jerry Lomas and one sister, Linda Norwood.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lomas of Azle; a son, Virgel Lomas and wife Miriam of Azle; a daughter, Carol Smith and husband David of Springtown; three brothers, Donny Lomas and Leroy Lomas of California and Billy Lomas of Missouri; four sisters, Barbara Shores of Houston, Gracie Denton of Arkadelphia, Ark., Nancy Loman of Picher, Okla. and Virginia Graff of California; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sunday, February 23, 2003

Long, Harold Dean
1932-2003
Funeral for Harold Dean Long, 71, of Chico will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Gary Demmitt and Alan Henard will officiate. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Long died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, in Chico.
Born July 4, 1932, in Chico to Hayes and Myrtle (White) Long, he was a life-long resident of the town. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a retired machinist for Bell Helicopter. He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church and the BlueGrass Association.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Bobbie Ann Baker and Faye Rochelle and a granddaughter, Andrya Hobbs.
He is survived by five sons, David Long and wife, Peggy, of Blue Mound, Kenny Kramer and wife, Mollie, of Bridgeport, Phillip Long of Hico, Terry Long and wife, Diann, of Bridgeport and Jerry Long and wife, Lisa, of Denton; two daughters, Becky Morrow and husband, Jerry, and Theresa Hobbs and husband, John, all of Bridgeport; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Long and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Keith Long, Aaron Kramer, Charles Reynolds, Brent Morrow, Perry Grooms, Josh Reynolds and Jarrett Hobbs. Honorary pallbearer will be Lester Lunsford.
Published Sunday, December 28, 2003

Love, Wilbert Coy
1926-2003
Service for Wilbert Coy Love, 77, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Jack McAsey officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Love died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He was born May 20, 1926, in Chico to Ellis and Bessie (Price) Love and married Marie Forsyth on Dec. 24, 1946, in Alvord. A lifetime resident of Wise County, Love was a retired supervisor for TXI, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II and a member of the Cates Street Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Clarice Kemp.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; three daughters, Patricia Robbins, Deborah Hartsell and husband, Lynn, and Cindy Norwood and husband, Mark; six grandchildren, Billy Jr., Blaine, Cameron, Ty, Brittany and Masen; four great-grandchildren, Beau, Christian, Brody and Nicholas; a brother, Travis Love, and a sister, Verlene Carney.
Pallbearers were Danny Hartsell, Mark Norwood, Bill McElhaney, Tim Hartsell, Lance Hicks, Oran Goode and Tracy Caywood.

Lovejoy, Claude W.
1912-2003
Service for Claude W. Lovejoy, 90, of Chico was Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Charles Cox officiated and burial followed in Chico Cemetery.
Lovejoy died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 7, 1912, in Wise County, he was a lifetime resident of Wise County. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for LeFarge Corp. in Chico, and he was a U. S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico. He married Maggie Lena Chambers on May 31, 1935, in Wise County.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years in October 1998.
He is survived by three daughters, Aneta Jane Nichols and husband Marcus of Fort Worth, Sue Black and husband Sam of Chico and Alice Solis and husband Greg of Rifle, Colo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brian Cox, Curtis Nichols, Russell Black, Shelton Ogle, Wayne Lovejoy and Wayne Ogle. Honorary pallbearers were Micheal Nichols, Andy Nichols, Braiden Black and Skylar Black.
Wise County Messenger, February 6, 2003

Lovelady, Billie Joe
1936-2003
Funeral for Billie Joe Lovelady, 67, of Euless will be Thursday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. E. Nathan Finch will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Lovelady died June 7, 2003, in Dallas.
Born July 5, 1936, in Dangerfield, he married Anita Batkin on April 7, 1989, in Euless. He was a retired machinist who served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Bedford Baptist Temple.
He is survived by his wife Anita Batkin Lovalady of Euless; a daughter, Rhonda Hogan and husband Chris of Rhome; two step-sons, Terry Ames and wife Nancy of Oklahoma and Richard Russo and wife Julie of Arlington; a step-daughter Beatrice Adams and husband Terry of Cleburne; four sisters, Lula Mae Sadler, Ruby Faye Hott, Brenda Sue Thomas and Jeanette Dishner and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Atha, Ricky Hogan, Joey Russo and Andi Hogan.
Thursday, June 12, 2003

Lozano, Mary Jane
1961-2003
Funeral for Mary Jane Lozano, 42, of Fort Worth was Friday, Oct. 10, at Christian Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. John Ziegler of Kenneth Copeland Ministries officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Lozano died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born July 2, 1961, in Brownfield, she was a housewife.
She is survived by her parents, Ovidio and Francis Lozano of Newark; two brothers, Joe Lozano and wife, Angela, and Junior Lozano and wife, Lucinda; one sister, Linda Lozano and husband, Noe; two nephews; three nieces and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers included Joe Lozano, Junior Lozano, Joe Esquivel, Jesse Esquivel, Travis Hammett and Noe Lozano. Honorary pallbearers were Juan Barrera and Roy Lozano.

Ludlam, A. Chester, III
1944-2003
Memorial service for A. Chester Ludlam III, 58, of Alvord was Monday, Aug. 4 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Ludlam died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at a hospice center in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 14, 1944, in Wichita Falls, he was the son of Jacqueline Ludlam and the late A. Chester Ludlam Jr. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University with degrees in electrical engineering. He was an engineer with Texas Instruments and an investor in real estate. He had retired to his ranch in Alvord.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, two granddaughters, his mother and his sister.
The family asks that donations be made to the J.L. West Center, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454.
Thursday, August 7, 2003

Luther, Cora
1914-2003
Service for Cora Luther, 89, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Sheppard’s House in Chico. Kearn Choate was to officiate, and burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Luther died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 10, 1914, in Pella to George and Myrtle Moss, she was a candy and vegetable producer in Wise County for more than 40 years. She was a member of The Sheppard’s House and donated the building where services are held.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Dow Luther in 1962; a daughter, Colleen; a brother, George Moss and a sister, Edna Reynolds.
She is survived by one son, Charles Bradley Luther and wife Darlene of Chico; three daughters, Mattie McConnell of Quinton, Okla., Dr. Vera Luther of Hemphill and Angel Ritchey of Bridgeport; one brother, Willie Howard Moss of Chico; one sister, Fay Weatherford and husband Buford of Bridgeport; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Craig Moss, Ronnie Jordan, Don Meurer, Mike Maddux, Randy Moss, Mike Moss, Gary Sampson, Kent Luther and Robert Sparks.
Wise County Messenger, February 16, 2003

Luxton, James T.
1913-2003
Graveside service for James T. Luxton, 89, of Bridgeport was Sunday, April 27, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Ernie Patterson officiated.
Born Nov. 3, 1913, in Austin, he died Friday, April 25, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He was a retired welder and blacksmith and a member of the Cuba Road Baptist Church. He married Gertie Hutchinson Sept. 8, 1935, in El Paso. She preceded him in death in 1974.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Money; three sons, Lynn Luxton, Ernest Luxton and Charley Luxton; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucyle Dean and Nell Tisdale.
Thursday, May 1, 2003

Lyle, John Emett
1910-2003
John Emmett Lyle, 93, a former Texas congressman and state representative, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003. Burial was to be Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Born Sept. 4, 1910, in Wise County, he served as a second lieutenant in the Army from 1942 to 1944 during World War II.
He graduated from Wichita Falls and later attended the University of Texas at Austin and the night school branch of the Houston Law School. While attending the university, he worked as a night watchman in the basement of the state Capitol. In 1934, he moved to Corpus Christi and began practicing law. Five years later, he was elected to the state Legislature, representing a district comprised of Nueces, Duvall and Jim Wells counties. During his service in the Army, Lyle experienced combat in North Africa, Malta, Sicily and Italy. He was awarded a Purple Heart in the Anzio campaign. In 1944, he was elected to Congress, representing the 14th District of Texas. He served five terms and then returned to South Texas to continue his law practice. In 1963, he moved to Houston.
Lyle served on presidential commissions under Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan. In 1994, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the federal council on aging. On Oct. 21, he was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas State Cemetery Committee.
In addition, he was a longtime board member at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston and was active in the Texas State Bar Association.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Nadine, a niece and nephew, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mackey, Clara Mae Pinkerton
1934-2003
Funeral for Clara Mae Pinkerton Mackey, 69, of Waxahachie was Monday, April 21, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Jim Donnolsen officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Mackey died Friday, April 18, 2003, in Dallas.
Born Jan. 20, 1934, in Decatur, she was custodian supervisor for the Waxahachie school sytem. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Waxahachie.
She is survived by a son, Carl Mackey and wife Serena of Ferris; two daughters, Kathryn Garcia and husband David of Waxahachie and Lanell Mackey of Haltom City; a nephew; a sister, Edna Melton and husband Kenneth of Irving; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were David Garcia, Kenneth Melton, Carl Mackey, Dustin Brock, Steven Braudrick and Sean Madsen.
Thursday, April 24, 2003

Maddox, Movelda Holt
1924-2003
Graveside service for Movelda Holt Maddox, 78, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Gene Chamness was to officiate.
Maddox died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in Decatur.
Born July 29, 1924, in Decatur to Clyde and Ethel Holt, she married Ed Maddox, D.V.M., on Aug. 3, 1952, in Decatur. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. After retirement from the Texas Highway Department, she assisted her husband with his veterinary practice.
She was preceded in death by a step-son, Edward P. Maddox and a brother, Clyde Holt Jr.
She is survived by her husband; a son, John E. Vanetten and wife June of College Station; a daughter-in-law, Anita Maddox of Temple; a step-daughter, Celia Ann Parsons and husband Vernon of Temple; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Wise County Messenger, January 23, 2003

Madrid, Nancy Orona
1935-2003
Memorial service for Nancy Orona Madrid, 68, of Bridgeport was to be Wednesday, July 9 at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Steve Armitage was to officiate.
Madrid died Friday, July 4, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was born March 18, 1935, in Colorado City to Juan and Agripina Anaya Orona and married Jose Madrid on Feb. 13, 1953. Madrid was a volunteer at the Trinity Independent Living Center and a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose, her brother Dario Orona and her sister Mary Lara.
She is survived by five daughters, Cynthia Madrid, Mary Ann Madrid-Walters and husband Kimble (Buck), Toni Madrid-Gaines, Elia Madrid Witten and Lori Madrid Menzel and husband, Robert; seven grandchildren, Justin, Jonathan, Brandon, Darin, Joe, Starla and Nichols; three brothers, Joe, Jesse and Pete Orona and three sisters, Lola Herring, Lupe Goates and Josephine Anaya.
Thursday, July 10, 2003

Males, John Richard
1929-2003
A private family service will be held for John Richard Males, 73, of Decatur. Males died Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 28, 1929, in Soper, Okla., he was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Males.
He is survived by four sons, Michael L. Males and wife Marsha of Loveland, Colo., Richard L. Males and wife Sheri of Oklahoma City, Okla., Randy D. Males and wife Gayla of Jacksonville, Ark. and Steven D. Males and wife Debbie of Decatur; three sisters, Mildred, Lucille and Evelyn; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Sunday, March 30, 2003

Malone, Rebecca Park
1913-2003
Service for Rebecca Park Malone, 89, of Decatur will be Tuesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. Bob Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home.
Malone died Friday, April 11, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 23, 1913, in Paris, to Joseph and Fannie Park, she was a retired home economics teacher who taught at Alvord High School. She was a graduate of North Texas State Teachers College and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvord and the First United Methodist Womens Club. She married Jimmy Malone on June 2, 1950.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by a son, Gerald “Rusty” and wife Cindy Brown of Lake Monticello, Va.; three grandchildren, Susan, Lisa and Russell and four great-grandchildren, Reanne, Shay, Neveen and Mickey.
Pallbearers will be Don Wellen, Charlie French, Bill Spain, Tom Robinson, Glenn Waldon and Damon Pennington.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Mann, Ella Marie
1926-2003
Funeral for Ella Marie Mann, 76, of Haltom City was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5 at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Haltom City. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Mann died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in North Richland Hills.
Born Dec. 16, 1926, in Wise County, she was a homemaker. She had lived in the Fort Worth area for 50 years and was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Haltom City Order of the Eastern Star No. 982.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Mann of Haltom City; two brothers, Don Stone and wife Glenda and Wayne Stone and wife Wanda; a sister, Kathren Sherman and husband Jimmy, all of Decatur, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church.
Sunday, July 6, 2003

Mann, Ida Belle
1918-2003
Graveside service for Ida Belle Mann, 84, formerly of Wise County, was March 1, in Paradise Cemetery.
Born Ida Belle Trammer Nov. 7, 1918, she died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003.
She married Orval N. Mann Jan. 17, 1942, in Paradise and was a homemaker and a Jehovah’s Witness.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Orval N. Mann; daughters, Orvella Horton and husband, Micheal, and Ida Nell Robertson and husband, Mike; son, Rondal Mann and wife, Sue; grandchildren, Brandon, Chelsea, Chandra and Larissa; great-granddaughter, Kristin; sisters, Minnie Cook and Dollie Powers and brother, Winford Trammell.
Thursday, March 6, 2003

Maratea, Leona Collins
1914-2003
Graveside service for Leona Collins Maratea, 88, of Wichita Falls will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Lone Star Cemetery in Wise County.
Maratea died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003.
She was born Nov. 30, 1914, in Decatur. She retired from the Singer Sewing Machine Co. and was a member of the Lady Elks.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Collins, in 1980 and her second husband, Anthony Maratea, in 1998.
She is survived by her daughter, Dolores Wright of Wichita Falls; sons, Ronald Collins and wife, Terry, of San Marcos and Michael Collins and wife, Carol, of Wichita Falls; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Taggert of Decatur and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.

Marburger, Janet Hufhines
1921-2003
Service for Janet Hufhines Marburger, 82, of Chico was Friday, June 27, at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. James Arrington officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Marburger died Sunday, June 22, 2003, in Decatur.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1921, in Jack County and married Monroe Marburger on Dec. 20, 1940, in Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe.
She is survived by her son, Milton Marburger and wife Janie of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Monette Tawbush and husband Joe of Chico; her sister Maxann Hancock of Abilene; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Monroe Marburger, Ashley Marburger, Scott Huckabee and Joe Tawbush.
Sunday, June 29, 2003

Margerum, Eldona Jan Kaker
1957-2003
Burial for Eldona Jan Kaker Margerum, 45, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Bridgeport, will be at a later date off the coast of Cape May, N.J.
Margerum died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003.
She was born Feb. 14, 1957, in Denver, Colo.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph J. Margerum of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a son, Matthew Hawkins and wife Christie of Allenton, Pa; her parents, Eldon and Janis Kaker; a sister, Teresa Winters and husband Pete and two brothers, Carl Kaker and John Kaker and wife Lisa, all of Bridgeport.
The family requests memorials be made to the Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla., 34238 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, Texas, 76234.
Wise County Messenger, February 13, 2003

Martin, Bruce Lynn
1952-2003
Service for Bruce Lynn Martin, 50, of Watauga, formerly of Briar, was Friday, Jan. 24 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Larry Hood officiated. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Martin died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in Watauga.
Born Dec. 26, 1952, in Harlingen, he married Verena Hood Martin on Sept. 27, 1980, in Smithfield. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas William Martin.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Alpha Martin; one son, Berry Martin; one daughter, Lexa Martin; two brothers, Gene Martin and Eddie Martin and two sisters, Vikki Woodruff and Cathie Perkins.
Pallbearers were David Martin, Kevin Martin, Thomas Martin, Phillip Johnson, Ray Woodruff and Tommy Woodruff. Honorary pallbearer was David Welch.
Wise County Messenger, January 26, 2003

Martin, Peggy
1941-2003
Graveside service for Peggy Martin, 62, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Forestburg, was to be Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Hardy Cemetery in Forestburg.
Martin died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, in Greeley.
She was born July 12, 1941, in Sanger to Audie Monroe and Eloise (Harris) Evans. Martin grew up in Forestburg and moved to Sterling, Colo., in 1969. She moved to Fort Worth in 1980, and after she became ill, she moved back to Greeley to be near her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by four sons, James Winters of Roggen, Colo., Michael Winters of Sterling, Bill Winters of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Dale Martin of Fort Worth; daughter, Kim Winters of Bogata; brother, Lynn Underwood of Queen Creek, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and three daughters-in-law.
Memorials may be made to the American Society for Huntington’s, Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Published Sunday, December 7, 2003

Martin, Varey G. ‘Trey’, III
1945-2003
Memorial service for Verey G. “Trey” Martin III, 57, of Paradise was Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Dr. Thomas Brumett officiates.
Martin died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, in Paradise.
He was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Bowie to Verey and Margaret Martin. He married Nora Jean Kimmons on Nov. 24, 1969, in Fort Worth. He was a Marine veteran and a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University.
He is survived by his wife, Nora; son, Benjamin of Decatur; daughter, April Suzanne Bridges of Austin; sisters Margaret Cooper of Sherman, Robin Barnes of North Richland Hills, Mary Fuller of Hurst, Patti Hummel of Weatherford and Ginger Lance of North Richland Hills; brother, Bill Martin of Fort Worth; and granddaughter, Margaret Bridges of Austin.
The family requests memorials be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas, 12850 Sturling Drive, Dallas, TX 75230.
Sunday, August 10, 2003

Martinez, Blaza Garcia
1955-2003
Funeral service for Blaza Garcia Martinez, 48, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gil Pansza was to officiate. Burial was to be at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Born April 10, 1955, to Lorenzo and Guadalupe Gonzales Garcia in Mexico, she was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport. She married Humberto Martinez in 1992 and worked as a cook for the Methodist Camp of Bridgeport.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Eddie Cortez and Daniel Cortez and wife, Aliza; four brothers, Juan, Arnold, Oscar and Juan Angel Garcia; two sisters, Amparo Barrera and Jovita Roman and grandchildren Cameron and Casey.
Pallbearers were to be Daniel Cortez, Eddie Cortez, Humberto Martinez, Juan Garcia, Arnold Garcia and Oscar Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were to be Amparo Barrera, Jovita Roman, Juan Angel Garcia, Nana Pecina, Chela Salinas, Maria Herrera, Juanita Chavez and Felix Roman.
Published Thursday, December 4, 2003

Martinez, Ruby Marie
1921-2003
Service for Ruby Marie Martinez, 82, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ken Whitt officiating. The family was to receive friends Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 18, 1921, in Oklahoma, she died Monday, March 10, 2003, in Bridgeport.
She was a Baptist and retired as an LVN. She married Fernando Martinez Sept. 9, 1949, in Fort Worth and had lived in Bridgeport since that time.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her son, Leonard Eugene Silletti; granddaughter, Debra Leann Silletti; and brother, Jack Rottger.
She is survived by a daughter, Alice Coleman and her husband, Michael of Chico; son, Anthony Silletti and his wife Lupe of Bridgeport; eight grandchildren, Steven and Curtis Stilletti of Bridgeport, Jeffrey Sillletti of Decatur, Richard Silletti of Fort Worth, Diane Taylor of Bridgeport and Eugene, Anthony and Tammie Silletti, all of Chico; 13 great-grandchildren and daughter-in-law Connie Silletti of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers will be Steven, Jeffrey, Anthony, Richard and Eugene Stilletti, Tommy Taylor and Dustyn Bible.
Thursday, March 13, 2003

Mason, Kenneth Ray
2003
Service is pending for Kenneth Ray Mason, infant son of Bryan Lee Mason of Newark and Toni Mason of Fort Worth.
He is survived by sisters Ashley Mason of Newark and Delissa McMurray of Fort Worth and grandparents, Kenneth and Shirley Mason of Newark and Maggie and Bob Porter of Fort Worth.
Sunday, May 25, 2003

Matzinger, Irv D. ‘Jiggs’
1922-2003
Service for Irv D. “Jiggs” Matzinger, 80, of Paradise was Monday, Jan. 6 at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. George Gray and Ryan Morrison officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Matzinger died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Paradise.
Born Aug. 13, 1922, in Paradise, to Irv. F. and Mary (Meadows) Matzinger, he was a salesman for Olmsted Kirk Paper Co. for 26 years.
He also purchased Ideal Printers, which he operated until his retirement. He served three years in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He married Mildred Stanfield of Bridgeport in 1942. He was also a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Alan Matzinger and Dan Matzinger and wife Leah Nan and three granddaughters, Melissa Ann, Savannah Leigh and Joni Mae.
Pallbearers were D.W. McDonald, Charles Ferguson, Ray Cook, Sam Cook, Gib Lewis and Lee Seeton.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 9, 2003

Mayberry, Colton Ely
2003
Graveside service for Colton Ely Mayberry, the newborn son of Jacob and Amanda Mayberry of Cottondale, was May 3 at Paradise Cemetery. Albin Greenwood officiated.
Mayberry died Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Jerry and Teresa Mayberry of Paradise and Bob and Rhonda Greenwood of Cottondale; great-grandparents, Mary Lou Mayberry of Wichita Falls, Vinny and Earldean Pastore of Bedford, Tom and Lavada Tennery of Oklahoma and Don and Patsy Watson of Hurst.
Sunday, May 11, 2003

McBride, James V.
1935-2003
Funeral for James V. McBride, 68, of Chico was Wednesday, July 30, at Hudson Funeral Home in Post. The Rev. Lloyd Stice officiated and burial followed at Terrace Cemetery.
McBride died Monday, July 28, 2003, in Chico.
Born July 8, 1935, in Anton, he was a hairdresser and a Marine veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife Louise McBride of Chico; a daughter, Tina Sims of Post; a son, Curtis McBride of Lubbock; two sisters, Mary Cowan of Bryan and Janie Beard of Belton; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Sunday, August 3, 2003

McCasland, Pike
1942-2002
Memorial service for Pike McCasland, 60, of Midland was to be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Midland. The Rev. Bob Hopkins was to officiate.
McCasland was the brother of Gail Seerey of Bridgeport, and he taught school in Paradise for five years.
He died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, in Midland.
Born Dec. 5, 1942, in Center, he attended many schools in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Illinois, and he graduated from high school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin. During his career he was employed by Robert H. Ray, Globe Exploration, Rogers Geophysical, United Geophysical and Seis Com Delta. Pike worked across Australia and managed crews in Chad, Kenya and Sudan. He was head of operations in Singapore covering Yemen, Sumatra, Java and New Guinea. After returning to the United States in 1986, he taught school in Presidio, Iraan and Paradise.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Mark McCasland and Bruce McCasland.
He is survived by his parents, Barney Jr. and Frances McCasland of Midland; two stepsons, Calum McCasland of El Paso and Ewan McCasland of Midland; one granddaughter, Whitney McCasland of Lubbock; one sister, Gail Seerey of Bridgeport and three brothers, Barney McCasland III of Mineral Wells, Scott McCasland of Meadows Place and Ross McCasland of Lubbock.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, Texas, 79701.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 2, 2003

McCleskey, Paul Herbert
1918-2003
Service for Paul Herbert McCleskey, 85, of Newark will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Andy Walters will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
McCleskey died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in Azle.
He was born Jan. 30, 1918, in Woodland, and married Myrtle Hallum on Nov. 12, 1940, in Idabell, Okla. McCleskey was a retired carpenter for McCleskey Framing and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Newark.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle; three brothers, T.C., Bryan and Floyd McCleskey and a sister, Ines Tisdale.
He is survived by sons, Lenard McCleskey Sr. and wife, Paula, of Newark, Cecil McCleskey and wife, Bernadine, of Newark and Paul Wayne McCleskey and wife, Linda, of Azle; daughter, Barbara Killough; brother, Wayne McCleskey; sister, Bessie Massey of Alvarado; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Billy Myers, Clifford Killough, Jay Killough, Mark Killough, Lenard McCleskey Jr., Keith McCleskey and Roy Abshier.

McCoy, George M.
1922-2003
Service for George M. McCoy, 81, of Hamlin, formerly of Wise County, was to be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Santo. Burial was to follow at New Gordon Cemetery.
McCoy died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, in Hamlin.
He was born March 21, 1922, in Hillsboro to Willie and Dotty (Marlow) McCoy. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 and was awarded five bronze stars for his efforts during World War II in the American Theater Campaign, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and Philippine Liberation. During the 35 years he worked as a lease operator for Texaco/Shell, he moved to various locations including Boyd, Decatur and Paradise.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Amos, Webster and Wilford McCoy, and a sister, Cressie Duggar Reesing.
He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Denise Haynes of Odessa and Deborah Lynn Perry of Abilene; three granddaughters, Cristy Haynes of Tyler, Cary Haynes of College Station and Lindsay Perry of Abilene; three sisters, Lela Olson of Stephenville, Mildred Choate of Abilene and Hilda Rucker of Denver City and 10 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Texas Baptist Men’s Retired Church Builders, 333 N. Washington, Dallas, Texas, 75246.
Published Thursday, December 4, 2003

McDaniel, James ‘Jim’
1924-2003
Service for James “Jim” McDaniel, 79, of Bridgeport was to be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Jim Ned Cemetery.
McDaniel died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He was born March 4, 1924, in Bridgeport to Richard and Florence (Sanders) McDaniel and married Mary Alice Howell on Oct. 5, 1944. He was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport, a retired rancher and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jimmy Wade McDaniel and wife, Sue, of Weatherford and Charles Ralph McDaniel of Bridgeport; daughter, Virginia Lee Powers and husband, Sonny, of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Kathie Lea Wilson, Jimmy Wade McDaniel Jr., Stefanie Lea Hicks and Christy Sue McDaniel; six great-grandchildren, Kandi Michea Wilson, Charles Dustin Wilson, Tifani LeAnn Hicks, Bailey Jean Stanford, Jimmy Wade McDaniel III and Madison Maggie May McDaniel; a brother, Tommy Jack McDaniel; six sisters, Essie Lou Grisham, Anna Lee Deaton, Florence Bernice Dixon, Cora Beth Reed, Bessie Nell Bode, Janice Faye Garrett and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Larry McDaniel, Jerry Teague, Roy Lynn Teague, Blake Chapman, Wayne Mask and Rick Reed. Honorary pallbearers were to be B.J. Martin, Roger McDaniel, Paul Ed Chapman, Bill Winn and Bud Kerr.
Published Thursday, December 4, 2003

McDonald, William Lowery ‘Bill’
1913-2003
Masonic graveside service for William Lowery “Bill” McDonald, 89, of Denton, formerly of Decatur, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
McDonald died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, in Denton.
Born Sept. 12, 1913, in Wise County, he was a retired customer service representative for Texas Power and Light. He married Mallie Ruth Wilson on Oct. 3, 1936, in Oklahoma. He graduated from Decatur High School and attended Decatur Baptist College, Tulsa University and the University of Texas. He was a member of the Decatur Lions Club, First Baptist Church in Decatur and a 50-plus year member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 447.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Mary Ruth Denton; two brothers, John M. McDonald and Preacher Gose and three sisters, Gene Williams, Reak Hubbard and Leck Fox.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Barbara McDonald of Denton and two nephews, John McDonald and wife, Darline, of Denton and Joe Max Wilson of Justin.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Decatur Masonic Lodge No. 447.

McGee, Eric Anthony
1964-2003
Service for Eric Anthony “Tony” McGee, 39, of Boyd, was to be May 21 at Springtown Church of Christ. Bill Paxton officiated. Burial followed in Cottondale Cemetery.
McGee died Sunday, May 18, 2003, in North Richland Hills.
Born on April 8, 1964, in Odessa to Virgil R. and Mary Ruth Apple McGee, he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and re-enlisted after Sept. 11, 2001. He was a Xerox employee and a member of Springtown Church of Christ. He was also a multi-champion go-cart racer in both sprint and road racing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David McGee and a nephew, Don Baugh.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Pearson McGee; two daughters, Carrie Taylor McGee and Erin Mallory McGee; two sisters, Teresa Baugh and her husband Sonny of Odessa, Karan Rogers and her husband C.T. of Avery; father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Margie Boyles of North Richland Hills; two brothers in-law, David Pearson and wife Candice of Boyd, Tony Pearson and wife Shelley of Paradise and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thursday, May 22, 2003

McGuire, Robert
1919-2003
Graveside service for Robert McGuire, 84, of Burleson was to be at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24, at Bellwood Memorial Park in Temple.
McGuire died Thursday, May 22, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 8, 1919, in Rockdale, he married his wife Ethyl on July 2, 1949, in Temple.
She preceded him death in 2002.
He is survived by two daughters, Lynnda Roselle of Weatherford and Kathleen Kallus of Victoria; a brother, A.C. McGuire of Temple; and two sisters, Fern Wolf of Temple and Dorothy Carden of Dallas.
Sunday, May 25, 2003

McKee, L.E. ‘Pete’
1918-2003
Service for L. E. “Pete” McKee, 84, of Rhome was Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated, and burial followed in Aurora Cemetery.
McKee died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, in Decatur.
Born July 13, 1918, in Rhome to Lonnie and Pearl (Slimp) McKee, he retired from General Dynamics in 1980 after 37 years of service. He was a lifetime member and deacon at the Aurora Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal McKee; a granddaughter, Tracy McKee and a sister, Bernice Stokes.
He is survived by two sons, James McKee and wife Evelyn and Larry McKee and wife Vicki, all of Rhome; a daughter, Janelle Blase and husband Olin of Decatur; a sister, Dorothy Jackson and husband Leroy; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Shockey, Jonathan Shockey, Matthew Shockey, Curtis Blase, Mickey Reed and Julius Henley.
Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Howard, Wendelle Worthington, Bob Slimp, Ned Adcock and Wendell Reid.
Wise County Messenger, February 9, 2003

McKittrick, Saundra S.
1943-2003
No service has been scheduled for Saundra S. McKittrick, 59, of Rhome. Visitation was Friday, Sept. 26 at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
McKittrick died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 26, 1943, in Fort Worth to Charles E. and Audrey Ruth Stewart, she was a teacher. She married Roy McKittrick in 1977 in South Dakota. She was a member of Golden Circle, Wise County Wranglers Riding Club, American Quarter House Association and a charter member of the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband; her father, Charles E. Stewart of Rhome and a daughter, Deborah Deloof of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Northwest Texas Chapter, 3001 West 5th St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76107.

McMaster, Kenneth Webb
1935-2002
Service for Kenneth Webb McMaster, 67, of Decatur was Thursday, Jan. 2 at River of Life Church in Decatur. The Rev. Greg Mohr officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
McMaster died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, in Decatur.
Born June 3, 1935, in Abernathy, he was the chief executive officer and owner/operator of McMaster New Holland Farm Implement Co.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Renee Phillips.
He is survived by four sons, Rick, Mickey, Steve and Donald McMaster, all of Decatur; one sister, Doris Dykes of Wylie; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Chris McMaster, Lance McMaster, Rusty McMaster, Matt Lavender, Jerry Owen, Mike O’Conner, Troy Manire and Larry Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Elick Cox, Danny Key, Billy D. Carter, Don Smart, Kirby Lackey and Tony Jenkins.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 5, 2003

McNeely, Rossie Beam
1921-2003
Graveside service for Rossie Beam McNeely, 82, of Irving was Sept. 8, 2003, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Dan Hunt officiated.
She died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, in Irving.
Born July 3, 1921, in Rome, Ga., to John Henry Beam and Amanda Jane Cox Beam, she was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Irving and was a volunteer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and VA hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Coleman McNeely, and eight brothers and sisters.
She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Fletcher of Krum and Juanita Earles of Ravenden Springs, Ark.
The family requests memorial donations be made to VFW Post 4477 in Grand Prairie.

McReynolds, Ora Mae
1919-2003
Service for Ora Mae McReynolds, 83, of Decatur was Sunday, March 30, at Alvord Church of Christ. Ed Cate officiated. Burial was at Alvord Cemetery.
Born Nov. 11, 1919, in Rockwall to H.E. and Fannie (Clower) McReynolds, she died Friday, March 28, 2003, in Decatur.
Retired from General Dynamics, she was a member of the Alvord Church of Christ.
Preceded in death by her brother Everett McReynolds and sister, Everetta McReyonlds, she is survived by numerous cousins.
Pallbearers were Garvin Clower, Vernon Clower, Jeff Clower, Kerry Clower, Kenneth Clower and Johnny Baker.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

McWilliams, Valeta ‘Molly’
1923-2003
Funeral for Valeta "Molly" McWilliams, 79, of Bridgeport was Saturday, March 8, at the First Christian Church in Putnam, Okla. with burial in the Independence Cemetery near Custer City, Okla.
McWilliams died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, in Weatherford. She was born June 9, 1923, near Putnam, the oldest child of Lester and Ester (Faris) Hanks.
After moving to Bridgeport in 1946, Molly and her first husband, Leathen (Shag) McGee opened the Red Star Cafe in Chico. She also owned and operated Shag’s Butane and Propane in Bridgeport from 1953 to 1976.
After McGee died in 1958, Molly married Haskell Lee (Mack) McWilliams in 1959. They were active members of the Bridgeport Riding Club for many years and she worked as a waitress in several cafes.
Preceded in death by her brothers, Tommyie and Carl Ray Hanks, she is survived by her second husband, Haskell McWilliams of Bridgeport; son Jerry McGee and his wife Betsy of Weatherford; sister, Frances Seiss of Choctaw, Okla.; brother, Delbert Hanks and his wife, Wanda of Putnam; granddaughter, Teri Stout and her husband, Joe of Weatherford; grandson, Danny McGee of Azle; and four great-grandchildren, Brittnay, Lindsey, Garrett and Taylor.
Thursday, March 13, 2003

Meador, Vernia Lou
1918-2003
Service for Vernia Lou Meador, 84, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Van Gardner was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Meador died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, in Gainesville.
Born Dec. 30, 1918, in Decatur, she was the retired owner of M&M Food Mart in Decatur. She was married to t he late Jeff David Meador. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Decatur and the Order of Eastern Star, Decatur Chapter No. 543.
She is survived by a son, David Meador and wife Barbara of Arlington; two daughters, Donna Jones and husband Phil of Decatur and Debra Smith and husband Bill of Gainesville; four brothers, Billy Joe Mann of Decatur, Ernest R. Mann of Arlington, Robert J. Mann Jr. of Haltom City and Jackie E. Mann of Mineral Wells; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Masonic Lodge members Jim Sweetland, Bill Whiddon, Paul Gilbreath, David Miles, W.B. Arrington, Jimmie Gage and Johnny Wall.
Wise County Messenger, January 19, 2003

Meek, Catherine Ross
1915-2003
Funeral for Catherine Ross Meek, 87, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Elaine Bussey was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Meek died Monday, July 14, 2003 in Bridgeport.
Born August 4, 1915, in Chico to Edgar and Alta (Booth) Ross, she married John Meek on July 30, 1933, in Bridgeport and was an active member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; six brothers, Randall, Raymond, Booth, J.W., Owen and Fred Ross and a sister, Mary Corbin.
She is survived by two daughters, Sue Robinson and husband, Jack, and Beth Buckingham and husband, Jerry, all of Chico; five granddaughters, Cathy Fostel and husband, John, of Bridgeport, Suzanne Gardner and husband, Bill, of Keller, Jeri Ann Roberts and husband, Eddie, of Keller, Jana Duke and husband, Charles, of Saginaw and Jodi Buckingham of Dallas; nine great-grandchildren, Justin, Chris, Ryan, Meagan, Jamie, Emily, Jaclyn, Jessica and Jared; three step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, three great-great- grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Grace Clayton and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be John Fostel, Bill Gardner, Eddie Roberts, Charles Duke, Chris Gardner, Ryan Roberts, Justin Cortez and Jared Hilgendorf.
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Melton, Elsie Loren (Cowley) Peterson
1910-2003
Service for Elsie Loren Melton, 92, of Waurika, Okla. was to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the United Methodist Church of Waurika. Reed Montgomery was to officiate, and burial was to follow at Waurika Cemetery.
Melton was the sister of George Cowley of Chico.
She died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, in Jefferson County.
Born June 29, 1910, to M. M. and Fannie Cowley in Sunset, she was the oldest of eight children, and she grew up on the family farm. She went to school at Sunset, graduated high school and married Cale Peterson in Ringgold where they farmed until 1945. He died in 1959 in Waurika. She later married A. J. Melton of Hastings, Okla. and lived there until he died. She was a member of the Ferguson Home Demonstration Club, the Eastern Star of Duncan Chapter 214 and a member of the United Methodist Church in Waurika.
She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Jim Welsh; three brothers, T. G. “Doc”, James and Curt Cowley and a sister, Della Mae Dye.
She is survived by one daughter, Margaret and husband Junior Richardson of Waurika; three stepsons, Mike Melton of Oklahoma City, Gary Melton of Duncan, Okla., and Thomas Melton of Merryland; two sisters, Barbara Montz of Dallas and Lucy Wines of Oklahoma City; three grandsons, Mark Welch of Byers, Tommy Richardson of Waurika and Jeff Richardson of Medicine Park, Okla., and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Richardson.
Sunday, March 2, 2003

Miller, Jeffrey Lynn
1961-2003
Funeral service for Jeffrey Lynn Miller, 42, of Cottondale was Dec. 2, 2003, in Springtown.
Miller died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, near Cottondale.
He was born March 5, 1961, in Weatherford to William R. and Florence E. Miller. He attended schools in Weatherford and Azle. His family operated Barnes Lakeside Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. He married Sheril Mills on June 4, 1982, in Azle. They lived at the resort and near Azle. Both were journeymen electricians who traveled extensively working at construction sites. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 116 and Local 20.
He is survived by his wife; a step-son, Richard Rasberry; his parents; two sisters, Kathleen J. Lowry and husband, Bruce, and Amanda N. Burkhalter and husband, Greg; one brother, W. James Miller and wife, Lisa, and his maternal grandmother, Hettie M. Skinner.
Donations and tributes may be made online to http://www.lungcanceronline.org/foundation/donate.html or sent to the Lung Cancer Online Foundation, P.O. Box 762, East Setauket, NY, 11733.
Published Thursday, December 4, 2003

Miner, Nelson L., Jr.
1929-2002
Graveside service for Nelson L. Miner Jr., 73, of Alvord was Thursday, Jan. 2 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Miner died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 22, 1929, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Nelson L. Miner Sr. and Genevieve Miner, he was retired from Rockwell International as director of material. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1950 until 1955. He attended Wheaton College in Illinois and the University of Iowa earning his masters degree.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia M. Heaton and Enid J. Wilske.
He is survived by a son, Thomas Miner and wife Ann of Decatur; three daughters, Becky Irland and husband Mark of Decatur, Mona McCullough and husband Tony of Missouri and Gina Walters and husband Kelly of Florida; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Wise County Messenger, Jan. 5, 2003

Mishnick, Robert Allen
1928-2003
Memorial service for Robert Allen Mishnick, 74, of Runaway Bay will be at 6 p.m., Friday, June 6, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Deacon Casias will officiate.
Mishnick died Thursday, May 29, 2003, in Runaway Bay.
Born Oct. 17, 1928, in Chicago, Ill. to Sidney Mishnick and Dorothy (Knight) Mishnick, he married Marty Masloski Jan.15, 1955, in Minnesota. He was a retired land salesman and an artist.
He was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter, Gail Mishnick.
He is survived by two sons, Mark Mishnick of Comfort and Todd Mishnick and his wife Raquel of Fort Stockton; a daughter, Lynn Mishnick of Crafton and four grandchildren, Todd Jr., Kyle, Nichole and Stormy Mishnick.
The family requests contributions be made to the Robert Mishnick Memorial Fund at First National Bank in Runaway Bay.
Thursday, June 5, 2003

Mitchell, Gene
1920-2003
Funeral for Gene Mitchell, 83, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mitchell died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1920, in Dallas, he graduated from Sunset High School and following his time in the Army during World War II, graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1950 with a degree in journalism. He served as editor of several local newspapers and magazines, as well as contributing articles and news stories to many local and statewide newspapers. He married Dorothy Lynelle Hancock of Dallas, in 1942.
As a life-long member of the national journalism fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, he performed for many years in the annual Fort Worth Gridiron Show. He served as the executive secretary of the Fort Worth Home Builders Association, where he was both the editor of the “Home Builder” magazine, and also produced and directed the annual Fort Worth Parade of Homes.
In recent years, he became an advocate for health care reform in Texas, lobbying in Austin for passage of consumer-oriented health care initiatives. In 1998 and 2000, Gene was on the ballot as the District 98 Democratic candidate for State representative, losing each year to Vicki Truitt.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannie Pirtle; a brother, Cleve; and a sister, Elaine.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Robert Mitchell and wife, Gilda, of Rhome and William Mitchell and wife, DeNell of Shreveport, La.; a daughter, Rosalie Mitchell; a son-in-law, Tom Pirtle; two sisters, Ione Hayward of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Gloria Ganaway of Richardson; eight grandchildren, Corby Self Sr., Candace Self, John Pirtle, Chris Mitchell and wife, Monica, Kyle Mitchell, Heather Willden and husband, Cory, Theresa Mitchell and Matt Mitchell; and five great-grandchildren, James Self, Corby Self Jr., Pierce Mitchell, Grace Schneider and Sariah Willden.
Published Sunday, December 14, 2003

Moncrief, Emma Mae
1908-2003
Graveside service for Emma Mae Moncrief, 94, of Justin was to be Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Justin Cemetery.
Moncrief died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born May 30, 1908, in Dallas ,to Matt and Bertie Thomas Dardeman, she was the valedictorian in 1925 at Ponder High School. She married Floyd Burch Moncrief on July 15, 1926, in Rhome. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Justin and a homemaker. Moncrief was a member of the National Poetry Society and won several honors in a national writing competition, including publication.
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 17, 1993.
She is survived by two daughters, Mickey Logan and Jherrie Logan, both of Justin; three sons, Leland Moncrief, Bobby Moncrief and Kelly Moncrief all of Justin; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Justin Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 811, Justin, Texas, 76247.
Wise County Messenger, January 26, 2003

Mongold, Ronald Dean
1956-2003
Graveside service for Ronald Dean Mongold, 46, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, July 8 at Halls Cemetery in Natural Dam, Ark. The Rev. Gary Mullen officiated.
Mongold died Saturday, July 5, 2003, in Bridgeport.
He was born Aug. 15, 1956, in Prairie Grove, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Vaughn.
He is survived by his mother, Freda Blount, and her husband, Bill; three sisters, Dorthea Solomito, Glenda Hale and Patricia Sidebottom; two brothers, Donald Mongold and Ricky Barnes; a stepbrother, Kenny Blount, and two stepsisters, Debbie Jones and Kathy Carlson.
Pallbearers were Daniel Hale, Daniel Hale Jr., Nick Smith, Kirk Spencer, Earl Swaim and Lawrence Swaim.
Sunday, July 13, 2003

Moore, A.T.
1925-2003
Funeral for A.T. Moore, 78, of Rhome was Friday, May 30, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Aurora Cemetery. John Bickham officiated.
Moore died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, in Denton. He was a welder. He was born May 6, 1925, in Decatur. He married Marie Dickey on Feb. 5, 1944, in Fort Worth. He was a member of the North Baptist Church in Rhome.
He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Dale Moore; a brother, Leonard Moore; a granddaughter, Haley Marie Bickham and an infant great-grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Marie of Rhome; a son, Ronnie Moore of Ferris; a daughter, Katrina Bickham of Orange; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Allen, Tony, Bobby and Raymond Dickey, Dalton Gilbert, J.P. and Joel Moore and George Ray Hines.
Sunday, June 1, 2003

Moore, Fred James
1939-2003
Funeral for Fred James Moore, 64, of Rhome will be Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Curtis Morton will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel.
Moore died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in Rhome.
Born Jan. 29, 1939, in Dunn, to Fred James and Ethel Audie Moore, he was a truck driver for Charley’s Concrete and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He married Patricia Tucker in Fort Worth in 1962. She preceded him in death on July 10, 2003.
He is survived by two sons, Gerald Moore and Jimmy Moore, both of Rhome; a daughter, Michelle M. Garvin of Fort Worth; three sisters, Dellas Mae Cain, Sue Rowlens and Selma James and 10 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Don Bollings, Rick Gilbreath, Jay Jackson, David Henson, Don Willis, Dusty Bays and J.R. Isbell.
Published Sunday, December 28, 2003

Moore, Hope Marie
1965-2003
Funeral for Hope Marie Moore, 37, of Decatur, was Friday, Aug. 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The Rev. Kern Choate officiated. A graveside service was to be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Anderson McLerran Family Cemetery in Yoakum.
Moore died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 7, 1965, in El Paso to Virgil Ray and Loraine McLerran, she was a Licensed Vocational Nurse at Trinity Care Center in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her father and brother-in-law, Kenneth Anderson.
She is survived by her mother, Loraine McLerran of Yoakum; a son, Nathan Allan Laney; two daughters, Kathrine Lee Moore and Natasha Loraine Laney; two brothers, Danny McLerran and wife, Suzanne, and Kim Roy McLerran and wife, Kelly; and a sister, Dr. Saundra Anderson.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Care for the benefit of Hope Moore’s Children at the First National Bank of Bridgeport, account number 1213909, P.O. Box 37, Bridgeport, Texas 76426.
Sunday, August 10, 2003

Moore, Patricia Louise
1945-2003
Service for Patricia Louise Moore, 58, of Rhome will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Robert Reid Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2.
Moore died Thursday, July 10, 2003, in Rhome.
She was born April 7, 1945, in Fort Worth and married Fred James Moore on May 4, 1962, in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Aurora Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Gerald Moore of Weatherford and Jimmy Moore of Rhome; daughter, Michelle Garvin of Rhome and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tommy, Daniel and Nick Davis, Rene Harelle, Fred Moore and Ricky Lee.
Sunday, July 13, 2003

Morgan, Ronald Franklin
1954-2003
Service for Ronald Franklin Morgan, 49, of Huntsville, Ala., will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Sanger. Ron Abbott will officiate, and burial will follow at Bolivar Cemetery. Visitation was to be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Morgan was the son of Peggy Morgan of Alvord.
He died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, in Huntsville, Ala.
Born Jan. 7, 1954, in San Antonio, he was the owner of Morgan Pest Controls. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1973 to 1984 in the special intelligence division.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Morgan, in 1985.
He is survived by his mother; three sons, Frank Morgan of Denison, Kenneth Morgan of Hawaii and Brian Morgan of Sherman; two brothers, Roger Morgan of Sanger and Gordon Morgan of Alvord; three sisters, Linda Agin of Tennessee, Wanda Solano of Alvord and Marjorie Troglen of Elora, Tenn.; three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Isbell, Daniel Hunter, Russell Hunter, Kristopher Morgan, Brandon Morgan and Cody Morgan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Van Isbell and Charles Agin.
Sunday, February 23, 2003

Morton, Thomas Allen
1935-2003
Graveside service for Thomas Allen Morton, 68, of Paradise was Friday, Dec. 5, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Bishop Blankenfeld officiated.
Morton died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in Paradise.
He was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., to Hubert and Ruth (Rushing) Morton. He married Sandra Cook on March 6, 1974, in Dallas. He was a self-employed sales consultant and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, son, Danny Joe Morton, and Robin Morton.
Published Sunday, December 7, 2003

Moyers, Lou Ivie
1923-2003
Funeral for Lou Ivie Moyers, 80, of Fort Worth was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Roger Rhodes was to officiate. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Moyers died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 6, 1923, in Navarro County to Ruben and Beulah (Ellis) Ivie, she married Eldon D. Moyers on Jan. 11, 1946, in Weatherford. She was the retired owner and operator of Moyers Furniture in Bridgeport and a member of Cates Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years; and three brothers, Raymond, Elgin and Warren Ivie.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Weldon Moyers and wife, Jo, and Darrell Andrew Moyers; a daughter, Frances Drew Carwyle; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pallbearers were to be Lance Turner, Jeremy Carwyle, John Shue, Brian Sellers, Darrell Moyers and Charles Moyers.
Sunday, August 10, 2003

Munn, Alma ‘Whoppie’ Thomas
1909-2003
Funeral for Alma Munn, 93, of Boyd was May 12, 2003, at First Baptist Church of Boyd. The Rev. Sonny Smith officiated. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Born July 18, 1909 in Lillian, Texas, to James William Thomas and Adella Richards Thomas, she died May 8, 2003, in Boyd.
Alma retired from the Boyd Post Office and was a member of First Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Daniel Munn, in 1973, and a sister, Thelma Fitzgerald.
She is survived by her twin sister, Alta Williams; another sister, Edna Arber; two nieces, Jean McCoy and Marjorie Cain; two nephews, Thomas Arber and Larry Munn; a great-niece Robin Kin McMillen and her children, Adella, Joshua and Jeremy.
Sunday, May 18, 2003

Murphy, Mary Ann Kathyarne
1924-2003
Memorial service for Mary Ann Kathyarne Murphy, 79, of Decatur will be Sunday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Father Gil Pansza will officiate.
Born May 3, 1924, in Michigan, she died Oct. 13, 2003, in Decatur.
She was a Catholic. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Murphy.
She is survived by her sons, David Murphy of Wister, Okla., Danny Murphy of Decatur, Pat Murphy of Fort Worth, Larry Murphy of Arlington and Sean Murphy of Terrell; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas, 7610 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 600, Dallas, Texas 75247-9952.

Nash, Billy Tom
1930-2003
Funeral for Billy Tom Nash, 71, of Fort Worth was Oct. 21, 2003, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Revs. Jimmy Withers and Dan Hunt officiated.
Born Oct. 9, 1930, in Honey Grove, the son of Raymond and Bernice (Ramsey) Nash, he died Oct. 18 in Fort Worth.
Nash served in the U.S. Navy earning the awards of United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Korean Service Medal. He was a retired tour bus driver and a member of the Aurora Baptist Church.
Nash married Helen Goodman June 22, 1979, in Era, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Nash.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Mike Nash and Chris Kinney and wife, Kerry; daughter, Shannon Masters; five grandchildren, Timothy, Randy, Tommy, Steven and Chyanne; and a brother, Jody Nash.
Pallbearers were Frank LaGrassa, Don Chambers, Doyle Jennings, Gary Bolin, Jim Hickinbotham and Leny Rice.
The family requests memorials be sent to the National Cancer Society.

New, Margaret Evelyn
1918-2002
Service for Margaret Evelyn New, 84, formerly of Decatur, was Nov. 9, 2002, at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Denison.
New died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Denison.
Born Dec. 15, 1918, in Newton, Miss., She married Charles New of Decatur on Oct. 14, 1940. When he went to work for the Katy Railroad, the couple moved to Denison.
She was preceded in death by her son, Paul.
She is survived by two sons, Charles New Jr. and wife Paula and Jim New and four grandchildren, Andy, Nathan, Sarah and Paula McDowell.
Wise County Messenger, January 19, 2003

Niedzielski, Clifford Thomas
1920-2003
Mass of Christian burial for Clifford Thomas Niedzielski, 82, of Newark, will be Thursday, May 29, at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur at 10:30 a.m. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at the church. Father Gilbert Panza will officiate. Burial will follow in Post Oak Cemetery in Corsicana, Thursday.
Niedzielski died Monday, May 26, 2003 in Newark.
Born Sept. 23, 1920, in Foley, Minn., he married Glenalma Rodgers on July 21, 1988 in Decatur.
He was a member of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Clifford T. Niedzielski of Port Angeles, Wash. and several nieces and nephews.
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Noble, Kaci Leigh
2001-2003
Funeral for Kaci Leigh Noble, 2, of Paradise was Monday, Nov. 3, at White’s Springtown Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Born Feb. 8, 2001, Noble died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in Paradise.
She is survived by her parents, Jonathan and Angelia Noble; a brother, Dylan; grandparents, Lonnie and Tracy Noble, Jack Morgan and Linda and Don Whitley; great-grandparents, Wally and Mimi Carlson, Esther and Lloyd Pennington and Wendell and Clara Norris.
Memorials may be made in Noble’s name at State National Bank, 150 Industrial, Azle, Texas 76020.

O’Dell, Jess Lee
1984-2003
Service for Jess Lee O’Dell, 19, of Springtown will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Springtown High School football field. Burial is at Springtown Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.
O’Dell died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, in Fort Worth. He is the son of Billy Ray O’Dell Jr. of Bridgeport.
He was born Oct. 17, 1984, in Azle to Billy Ray O’Dell Jr. of Bridgeport and Julie Leverett of Springtown. He graduated from Springtown High School in 2002 and was a student at Cisco Junior College. He played football throughout high school and was a member of the Cisco Junior College football team.
Friends wishing to send tributes or messages to the family may do so at http://www.whitesfuneral.com.
He is survived by his parents; brother, Casey O'Dell and wife, Angela, of Springtown; sisters, Carrli and Kristyn O'Dell, both of Bridgeport; grandparents, Sam and Glenda Kirk of Springtown and Floyd and Yvonne Leverett of White Settlement; and many aunts and uncles.

O’Dell, Vernon A.
1923-2003
Service for Vernon A. O’Dell, 80, of Bridgeport was Friday, April 4, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Randle Rawle officiated. Burial followed in Thomas Cemetery.
O’Dell died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in Dallas.
Born March 6, 1923, in Wise County to K.H. and Edith O’Dell, he served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
O’Dell was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Don O’Dell, brother Billy Ray O’Dell and his parents.
He is survived by his daughter Waynda Hogue and husband George of Bridgeport; two brothers, Earl O’Dell Jr. of Fort Worth and Bobby O’Dell of Bridgeport; four sisters, Virginia Laird of Phoenix, Ariz., Ruth Fellers of Decatur, Faye Guthrie of Sun City, Ariz. and Margaret Wilson of Boyd; granddaughter Jenny Kimball of Bridgeport and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Billy O’Dell, Buddy O’Dell, Robert O’Dell, Brent Wilson, Brian Wilson and Tommy Weatherly.
Honorary pallbearers were Charlie O’Dell, Jim O’Dell, Leon O’Dell, Roy Boswell, Darrell Marlett and Larry Marlett.

Sunday, April 6, 2003

O’Neal, LaVerne
1926-2003
Service for LaVerne O’Neal, 76, of Decatur was Friday, Feb. 7, at the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Ryan Morrison officiated and was assisted by Ken Burnett and Robert Isham. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
O’Neal died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 28, 1926, in the Sycamore community in Wise County, she was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ, Decatur Garden Club and the Sunshine Band. She married Coy Henry O’Neal on March 11, 1961 in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine and Christine Harder.
She is survived by her husband, Coy.
Pallbearers were Mike O’Neal, John Moore, Don O’Neal, Ray O’Neal, Carl Low, Eric Vincent, John Scott and Don Niblett.
Honorary pallbearers were B. D. Lowe, Jerry Myers, Joe Forman, Bobby Wilson, Tom Thompson, Ron Hess and Craig Jordan.
Wise County Messenger, February 9, 2003

Odom, Shasta Barbara
1943-2003
Graveside service for Shasta Barbara Odom, 60, of Chico will be Monday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Bill Jeffrey will officiate.
Odom died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Britton, Okla. to Eugene and Imogene Cantrell. She was a retired truck driver and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Marie Roberson.
She is survived by three sons, David Odom, Gregg Roberson and wife, Lorraine, and Frank Roberson; daughter, Kathryn Knox and grandchildren, Tiffeny, Steven Jr., Mikey, Jessica-Ann and Amber Frances.
Pallbearers will be Welli Winterfield, John Reed, Tracy Romines, Gregg Roberson, Andy Perrish, Toni Romines, Wesley Bell and Frank Roberson. Honorary pallbearer will be David Odom.

Ogletree, Caroll C.
1932-2003
Graveside service for Carroll C. Ogletree, 70, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Everman Cemetery. Rex Clayton was to officiate.
Ogletree died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 8, 1932, in Georgia, to Abbie and Mantha Ogletree, he was a retired truck driver for Albertson’s. He married May Ellington in 1968 in Fort Worth. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife; a son, David Ogletree; three daughters, Sue, Joanie and Laurie; two stepdaughters, Sharon Pustejovsky of Crowley and Connie Wilson of Decatur; two sisters, Mattie Bell Walz and Nadine McBurnett; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Olvera, Hermenegildo
1960-2003
Services for Hermenegildo Olvera, 43, of Decatur will be in Mexico.
Rosary was Oct. 16, 2003, at Coker Funeral Home.
Born April 13, 1960, in Mexico, he died Oct. 13, 2003, in Decatur. He was a farmworker.
He is survived by his wife, Juana; sons, Hector, Mitchell and Allen Olvera; and daughter, Martha Olvera, all of Mexico; brothers Celso, Gabriel, J. Felix and Felix Olvera; and sisters, Pauline Vicenta and Laura Olvera.

Parizon, Kelly
1967-2003
No service is scheduled for Kelly Parizon, 36, of Rhome, who died Nov. 12, 2003 in Rhome.
Parizon was born April 18, 1967, to Kenneth and Brenda Fasnacht in New Orleans. She married Mark R. Parizon on Aug. 18, 1990, in Hurst. She was a sales associate for Wal-Mart.
She is survived by her husband; two brothers, Kraig Fasnacht of Conroe and Ken Fasnacht Jr. of Billingham, Wash., and two sisters, Kendra Wolf and Kristy Robinson, both of Conroe.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, Texas, 76234.

Patterson, June
1926-2003
A memorial service for June Patterson, 76, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The Rev. Charles Prince will officiate.
Born Dec. 2, 1926, in Claude, Okla., to Clarence and Ora (Ferguson) Goodwin. She died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, in Paradise.
Patterson was instrumental in starting the Campbell Memorial Hospital in Weatherford and trained LVNs at their nursing school. She was director of nursing at Leisure Lodge Retirement Center and the supervising nurse at Fort Walters Army Base Mineral Wells. She retired as the pediatric nurse for Carswell Air Force Base Hospital.
June attended the Church of God in Weatherford.
Patterson married Robert A. Patterson on May 29, 1947, in Dallas. He preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2000.
She is survived by daughters, Cathy Lowery, and husband, Preston, of Paradise and Beth Umholtz and husband, Alan, of Crowley; sons, Mike Patterson and wife, Jacque, of Aledo and Ed Patterson and wife, Diana, of Houston; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Gene Goodwin of Hobbs, N.M.

Patterson, Oliver Newton ‘Junior’, Jr.
1928-2003
Service for Oliver Newton “Junior” Patterson Jr., 74, of Chico was Monday, Jan. 13, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Charles Cox officiated.
Patterson died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, in Bowie.
Born May 5, 1928, in Hedley, he was raised in the Clarendon area. He married Patsy Jo Pointer July 8, 1970, in Amarillo and moved to Wise County in 1979.
He was a former stationary fireman for Sante Fe Railroad and was a member of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church in Amarillo. He was the retired co-owner and operator of Pat’s Trucking in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patsy Patterson of Chico; three daughters, Rebecca Elam and husband Wayne of Bridgeport, Susan Murray of Chico and Mary Washburn of Bridgeport; four sons, Oliver Newton Patterson III of Bridgeport, Kelly Choate and wife Kim of Bridgeport; Van Choate and wife Sherry of Bridgeport and William Choate and wife Bennie of Childress; a sister, Inez Hill of Amarillo; 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Wise County Messenger, January 16, 2003

Payne, Minnie Lee
1910-2003
Service for Minnie Lee Payne, 93, was Friday, June 27 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Dr. Raymond Horne officiated the service and the Rev. Duane Bidwell officiated the graveside service. Burial followed at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Payne died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 23, 1910, in Hill County to William and Addie (Dickerson) Gentry, she married Sam Houston Payne on July 20, 1925. She was a homemaker who had lived in the Bridgeport community since 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and the Kraz-z Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, who died on Oct. 31, 1995; two brothers, Jimmy and Luther Gentry and two sisters, Renner and Ophelia Underdown.
She is survived by two daughters, Addie Marie New and husband Bob of Bridgeport and Dr. LouAnna Fink of Lafayette, La.; three grandchildren, Dwight New, Terry Shook and Larry Miller; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Corine Butcher of Hillsboro.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Home Hospice of North Texas, 2201 S. Farm Road 51, Suite 500, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Thursday, July 3, 2003

Pearce, Tony
1987-2003
Memorial service for Tony Pearce, 16, of Chico was Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Dr. Paul Sands officiated.
Pearce died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, in Fort Worth.
He was born Jan. 8, 1987, in Fort Worth to Mike and Vanessa Pearce. He was a junior student at Chico High School. Pearce was a musician who loved to sing and play the guitar, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his parents; sisters, Tanya Vidal and husband, Josh, of Bridgeport, and Tousha Ferguson and husband, Shawn, of Chico; grandparents, Billy and Nell Admire of Bridgeport and Miles and Marcy Pearce of Bridgeport; great-grandmother, Clara Hicks of Bridgeport; godfather, Bob Gober of Lewisville and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Michael Anthony Pearce Memorial Fund, in care of the First State Bank of Chico.

Peek, Lucille Bell
1923-2003
Graveside service for Lucille Bell Peek, 80, of Clinton, Mo., will be held at a later date at Park's Chapel Cemetery in Coal, Mo. She was the mother of Lewis Peek and Trudy Anders of Decatur.
Peek died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 8, 1923, in Osceola, Mo., to Jesse and Maggie Cameron-Obanion, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Peek, and a daughter, Becky Puckett. She is survived by 15 children, Randy Peek of Fort Worth; Lewis Peek and trudy Anders of Decatur; Barbara Maddux, Carolyn Rhoads, Bonnie Houk, Vicki Farrow, Charles Peek, Hank Peek , Mickey Peek, Robbie Peek, all of Missouri; Erma Johnson of Kansas; Judy Whitchurch of Colorado; Gerri Routon and Jeff Peek of Virginia; and 90 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Published Thursday, December 25, 2003

Peel, Sinna
1920-2003
Service for Sinna Peel, 83, of Fort Worth and formerly of Decatur, will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Peel died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Gravely, Ark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard L. Peel, and a grandson, Brandon Peel.
She is survived by three sons, Jimmy Ray Peel and wife, Evelyn, of Fort Worth, Doug A. Peel and wife, Sharon, of Fort Worth and Marcus L. Peel and wife, Jeanie, of Burleson; two daughters, Martha Marie Day of Fort Worth and Connie Reeder of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pelton, Clarence Arthur
1932-2003
Graveside service for Clarence Arthur Pelton, 71, of Bowie was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Elmwood Cemetery. The Rev. Larry Cox was to officiate.
Pelton was the brother of Deanna Gilbert of Boyd.
He died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, in Bowie.
Born Sept. 11, 1932, in Dallas to Clarence and Daisy Pelton, he was a retired electrician for TI and a former Marine. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Leontine Conway and a brother, James N. Pelton.
He is survived by his children, Monte D. and Joyce Brooks and Benny R. and Mary Brooks, all of Bowie; three sisters, Opal Morris of Fort Worth, Edna Smith of Twin Bridges, Mont., and Deanna Gilbert of Boyd; a brother, Durwood Pelton of Laredo; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sunday, March 2, 2003

Pence, David Riley
1943-2003
A memorial service will be held at a later date for David Riley Pence, 60, of Krum.
Born March 4, 1943 in Sherman, he died May 13, 2003, in Denton County.
He worked for RMI-T as a purchasing agent-production coordinator in Gainesville and was a member of the Triangle Squares Square Dancing group and the Woodcarver Society.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith of Krum; a daughter, Robin Dee Neal of Decatur; a son, Matthew David Pence of Denton; and three step-sons, Louis Violetta of Fairfax, Va., Gregory Violetta of San Diego, Calif. and Jeffrey Violetta of Berryville, Va.
Sunday, May 18, 2003

Perez, Sandra
1988-2003
Mass of Christian burial for Sandra Perez, 15, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Tuesday, Sept. 2. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1 at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Salitrreal Cemetery in Mexico.
Perez died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 17, 1988, in Salitrreal de Carrercs, Mexico, she was a freshman at Decatur High School and a member of the Assumption Catholic Church.
She is survived by her father, Eleazar Perez; two brothers, Juan Jose Perez and Eleazar Perez Jr., both of Decatur; two sisters, Anna Rosa Perez and Maria Guadalupe Perez, both of Decatur and grandparents, Petra Ortiz and Juan Perez, both of Mexico.

Perkins, Earl Henry, Jr.
1958-2003
Service for Earl Henry Perkins Jr., 45, of Rhome was to be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Fairview Baptist parsonage. Ben Phillips was to officiate. Burial will be at a later time at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.
Perkins died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in Beeville County.
He was born May 10, 1958, in Montgomery, W.Va. He was a truck driver for Star Transportation for many years. He died while trying to help another truck driver on his way to Corpus Christi.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Perkins Sr.
He is survived by his fiance, Cynthia Martin of Rhome; mother, Elaine McKee, and sister, Patricia Bunker, both of Washington.
Published Sunday, December 14, 2003

Perrenot, Bobbie
1936-2003
Funeral services for Bobbie Perrenot, 67, of Paradise will be held Monday, May 12, in Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport at 2 p.m. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Perrenot died Friday, May 9, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 5, 1936, in Rochester to James and Alta Bass, she married Travis Perrenot on Oct.18, 1961, in Aransas Pass and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years and a son, Travis Perrenot Jr.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Shirey and her husband Steve; a son Elvin Lindsey; four grandchildren, Chelsee Hughes and her husband David, Shane Lindsey, Chris Shirey, Eric Shirey and Lynette Lindsey; three great-grandchildren and mother-in-law Peggy Perrenot.
Pallbearers will be Steve Shirey, Chris Shirey, David Hughes, Shane Lindsey and Eric Shirey.
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Perry, Gus D.
1930-2003
Graveside service for Gus D. Perry, 73, of Paradise was to be Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. at De Leon Cemetery. Kenneth Wilson was to officiate.
Perry died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, in Paradise.
Born March 10, 1930, in Hood County to William Walter Perry and Mary Ellen Smith Perry, he was a retired foreman for Farmers Milling Company and a former gate attendant at PAR Corps of Engineers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise where he had lived for the past two years. He married Nelda Ruth Crowder March 7, 1950, in De Leon.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife; one son, William Perry of Kilgore; three daughters, Nelda McMillan of Corpus Christi, Judy Buffington of Paradise and Becky Perry of Austin; one brother, Walter Perry of Dallas; one sister, Mary Lou Weaver of Cleburne; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Petty, Goldie E.
1914-2003
Goldie E. Petty, 88, of Alvord died Tuesday, April 2, 2003, in Decatur. A memorial service will be scheduled.
Born Oct. 6, 1914, in Hillsboro, Mo., Petty was a retired nurse. She attended nursing school at All-Saints Hospital in Fort Worth where she later worked for 17 years as a licensed vocational nurse.
She married David S. Petty in 1972 in Azle and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara King of Alvord, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sunday, April 6, 2003

Petty, William Carroll “Bill”
1931-2003
Funeral service for William Carroll “Bill” Petty, 72, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. Burial will be at Boyd Cemetery.
Born Sept. 25, 1931, in Johnson County to Thomas Armstrong Petty and Maggie Jane (Worlow) Petty, he died Oct. 5, 2003, in Fort Worth.
He was an Army veteran who served in Korea. He was a Baptist. He married Margaret Helen Tackett April 29, 1972, in Boyd. He retired as a truck driver and rancher.
He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Petty.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Petty of Boyd; three sons, Jay Petty and wife Pam of Powell, Ted Petty and wife Heather of Waxahachie and Kenneth McCauley and wife Merle of Paradise; five daughters, Carolyn Allen and husband Jerry of Colleyville, Debbie Moser and husband Richard of Jacksonville, Reba Cooper of Boyd, Joy McCauley and husband Bobby of Boyd and Kim Brady of Boyd; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Petty of Aurora, Marion Petty of Granbury and Weldon Petty of Kennedale; and two sisters, Evelyn Petty Peacock of Woodbury and Linda Petty Stewart of Covington.
Pallbearers will be Steven Edwards, J.J. Cooper, Steven Brady, Brandon Withers, Joey Winder, Charlie Winder, Kenneth McCauley and Preston McCauley.

Phillips, Billie E.
1930-2003
Graveside service for Billie E. Phillips, 73, of Hurst will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. A memorial will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Hurst. The Rev. Steve Jester will officiate. Visitation will be prior to the graveside service at 9 a.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Phillips died Oct. 16, 2003, in Fort Worth.
She was born Sept. 21, 1930, and married Guinn W. Phillips. She was a retired teacher for Birdville schools and a member of the St. Philip Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her son, Martin Phillips and wife, Shawna, of Southlake; sisters, Mary Frances Claunch and Tommie Brey; and two grandchildren, Walker and Hallie Phillips.

Phillips, Jeanette
1915-2003
Service for Jeanette Phillips, 88, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, Oct. 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Revs. Johnny Irish and Karen Taliesin were to officiate. Burial was to follow at the East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Phillips died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, in Bridgeport.
She was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Bridgeport to Lee and Mattie Barnett Phillips. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1932 and Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., in 1936. She taught home economics for 40 years, the last 36 in Bridgeport. During her life, she received many honors, including the dedication of the 1960 school annual to her, teacher of the year in 1954, homecoming queen for ex-students at Bridgeport High School, lady of the year by Psi Psi Upsilon Society, Past Worthy Matron, 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the wall of fame for Exes of BHS.
She is survived by nieces Martha Brewer, Virginia Thurman and Mary Lerch; nephews, Darrell Phillips, Ron Phillips and Walter Phillips Jr. and 10 great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Doug Bridwell, Dan Selz, Bob Carpenter, Gaylord Kennedy, Roy Dick and Bill Jones. Honorary pallbearers were to be Dr. Leo Selz and Dr. W.E. Huddleston.

Pickard, Mary Leona
1918-2003
Graveside service for Mary Leona Pickard, 85, of Bridgeport was Friday, July 18 at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Randell Rawle officiated.
Pickard died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in Texas City.
Born Feb. 11, 1918, in Cedar Key, Fla., to Grover and Leona (Hogan) Hudson, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Howell of Bridgeport, Frankie Glenn of Pensacola, Fla., and Jane Gibbs of League City; a brother, Frank Hudson of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Danni, Chad, Chase and Sharlynn Howell of Bridgeport, Tate Brown of Pensacola, Lee Glenn of Pace, Fla., Edmund Brown of Milton, Fla., and Burke and Maggie Gibbs of League City and two great-grandchildren, Chancy Glenn of Pensacola and Trevor Martinez of Bridgeport.
Sunday, July 20, 2003

Pierce, Flo
1926-2003
Graveside service for Flo Pierce, 77, of Jacksboro was Friday, May 16, at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. B.J. Nunley officiated.
Pierce died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in Jacksboro.
Born March 24, 1926, in Murray to William Edward and Rosie Otha (Hann) Cook, she was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church of Jacksboro.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by a daughter, Jenell May and her husband Larry of Jacksboro; a son, Kenneth “Husky” Morrow and his wife Jan of Decatur; three sisters, Jessie Jessup of Irving, Fay Otts of Throckmorton and Rudine Long of Oregon; a brother, Willard Cook of Roswell, N.M.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Sunday, May 18, 2003

Pinney, Florence Emmily
1917-2003
Florence Emmily Pinney, 85, of Bowie died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, in Bowie. Private service will be held at a later date.
She was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Brigham City, Utah. She was a retired cook and waitress. She was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Thompson; her daughter, Carol Marie Thompson and her husband, Edward Earl Thompson.
She is survived by six sons, Eldon Thompson and John Thompson of California, Fred Thompson of Houston, Larry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dale Thompson of Georgia and Steven Thompson of Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Barbara Hartsell of Bowie, Sharon Smith of Tucson, Ariz., Shirley Moffitt of Salt Lake City and Carolyn Louise Owen of Clearfield, Utah; a sister, Donna Morgan of Clearfield; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Sunday, March 9, 2003

Pitts, Bobbie Ruth Southall
1928-2003
Service for Bobbie Ruth Southall Pitts, 74, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Kenneth Wood officiated. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery near Balsora.
Pitts died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, in Denton.
Born Oct. 9, 1928, in Humphrey, Okla., to Robert and Ruth (Grey) Southall, she married Carlos Pitts on June 3, 1976, in Oklahoma. She was the retired owner of Bobbie’s Unique Boutique in Decatur and a member of the Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Katherine Hudson and a brother, Glenn Southall.
She is survived by her husband; seven daughters, Pam Trantham of Aurora, Paula Geiser and husband Paul of Runaway Bay, Patti Madewell and husband Tommy of Argyle, Lisa Valliant and husband Kim of Decatur, Rhonda McIlroy of Cottondale, Jayne Green and husband Larry of Boyd and Connie Wood of Paradise; a son, Joe Morgan of Roswell, N.M.; a sister, Pauline Pool; a sister-in-law, Ida Jo Southall; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Butch Selby, Wiley Meador, Jim Coffman, Cody Bryant, Mark Sanders, Jim Bob Little and Bob Basham.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force, Box 491, Bridgeport, Texas, 76426.
Wise County Messenger, January 30, 2003

Price, Earnest
1914-2003
Graveside service for Earnest Price, 89, of Whitney was Friday, Oct. 17, at Bethlehem Cemetery in Whitney. He was the father of Gerald Price of Decatur.
Price died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, in Waco.
Price was born July 20, 1914. He was a World War II Army veteran. He also received a sportsman of the year plaque and certificate of recognition for 50 years as Houndsman of Texas from the 50th annual Texas Coonhound Championship.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Murphy “Butchy” Price.
He is survived by his wife, June Price of Whitney; five children, Gerald Price of Decatur, James Price of Mineral Wells, Tamar Trumbo of Las Vegas, Mary Mabry of Whitney and Tressa Price of Whitney; four step-children, Gail Treida of Grand Prairie, Lana Barrow of Austin, Diane Roseman of Whitney and Cathy Teague of Whitney; one sister, Nellie Mae Bray of Irving; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Price, Jimmie ‘J.C.’
1933-2003
Service for Jimmie Price, 69, of Chico was Monday, March 31, at First Baptist Church of Chico. The Revs. Ken Hedstrom and Joe Motsenbocker officiated. Burial was at Chico Cemetery.
Born May 22, 1933, in Pittsburg, he died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Decatur.
He was retired from Mitchell Energy. He married Mary Maddux Feb. 11, 1991, in Wise County.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Methel Price; his son, David Berryman; brothers, Bud and Babe Price; and sisters Amy Dee Neighbors, Mozelle Raney, Fayrene Nolan and Edna French.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Price; two sons, Danny Price and George Price and his wife, Marlisa; three daughters, Annette Price, Cathy Price and Delores Jones and husband Kenny; nine step-children, Perry Deering, Clyde Deering and wife Carla, Robert Deering and wife Marsha, John Deering and wife Sharla, Gary Deering and wife Charlene, Elizabeth Long and husband Blake, Stella Davidson and husband Raymond, Elaine Vislosky and husband Jay, Sherry Skelton and husband Chris; 37 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bessie Buck.
Pallbearers were Bill Admire, John Hobbs, Bill Brooks, Gary Deering, Eddie Cowley, Tom Covey, Jerry Whatley, Buddie Blalock, John Brooks, Harold Moreland and C.W. Deering.

Proctor, Abbie Evelyn
1919-2003
Service for Abbie Evelyn Proctor, 83, of Boyd was Friday, Feb. 28, at Boyd Church of Christ. Steve Weeks officiated, and burial followed at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Procter died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 7, 1919, to William G. and Mary G. McDougle Butler in Ardmore, Okla., she married Bryl Proctor June 4, 1957, in Wichita Falls. She was a retired cosmetologist and a member of Boyd Church of Christ. She enjoyed traveling and camping.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Grover Butler.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Butch Proctor; three sons, Jerry D. Morse, James E. Morse Sr. and wife Sharon and Gordon D. Morse and wife Myrna; a daughter, Carolyn B. Bliss and husband Jerry; a brother, Forrest Butler; four sisters, Mildred Minter, Oleta Spoon, Fern Turner and Maxine Dyer; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Sunday, March 2, 2003

Pruett, Charles Elmer
1923-2003
Funeral for Charles Elmer Pruett, 80, of Slidell was Monday, Nov. 10, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Bill Slayton officiated. Burial followed at Cogburn Cemetery in Cooke County.
Pruett died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, in Slidell.
Born Oct. 12, 1923, in Slidell to Walter C. and Beulah Slayton Pruett, he married Janet Denise Heron on July 3, 1980, in Fort Worth. He worked in construction and was a fisherman and gardener.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Charles Pruett of Cottondale; a step-son, Paul Walker of Bedford; a daughter, Irene Wilson of Slidell; two step-daughters, Nancy Rasmussen of Missouri and Anna Kaszyeki of Kansas; a sister, Ima Mae Rhine of Willow Park; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Matthew Weathers, Jimmy Meyers, Cody Wilson, Bert Pruett, Stanley Pruett and Steven Pruett. Honorary pallbearers were Waymon Pannell, Joe Ashley, H.R. Pruett, Raymond Sherman and Wayne Moss.

Pyron, Debbie
1953-2003
Funeral for Debbie Pyron, 49, of Bridgeport will be Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation was to be Wednesday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Pyron died Sunday, May 11, 2003, in Decatur.
Born May 27, 1953, in Dallas, to J.B. and Eldene Clayton Wadsworth, she was a secretary. She married Steve Pyron on Nov. 17, 1979, in Grand Prairie.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Shonna Samuel of Decatur and Kelli Alvarez and husband Salvador of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Mikhalia Hockenhull, D’Antae Bible and Ramiro Alvarez; a mother-in-law, Onia Pyron of Grand Prairie and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Loyd Wadsworth, Tommy Denton, Jim Steagall, Daniel Coursey, Randy Fancher and James Sidwell.
Thursday, May 15, 2003

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