Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2004
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Abbott, Catherine Elizabeth
1911-2004
A memorial service for Catherine Elizabeth Abbott, 93, of Bridgeport will be held in Victorville, Calif.
Abbott died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 25, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Natale and Rosaria (Otere) Cannistracci, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; a granddaughter, Danielle Hines; two brothers, Paul Carr and Charlie Comistaci; and three sisters, Augie Blue, Geneva Bates and Lillian Cannistracci.
She is survived by three daughters, Phillis Birks and Marilyn Roddick, both of California, and Bette Hines of Boyd; a son, Richard Abbott of Maryland; five grandchildren, Dale, Dean, Dawn, Douglas and Danon; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan, Dylan, Shayla and Alexa.
Published Thursday, December 23, 2004

Admire, Joan
1932-2004

Funeral for Joan Admire, 71, of Fort Worth was to be Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker was to officiate. Burial was to be at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Admire died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, in Fort Worth.
She was born April 1, 1932, in Bridgeport to Clarence and Audrie (King) Admire. She was a retired office manager for Cockrell Printing in Fort Worth and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert C. Admire.
She is survived by three sisters, Rosetta Richards and husband, James, of Arlington, Helen Fisher and husband, Carroll, of Lakeside and Lola Neil and husband, Bob, of Benbrook; brother, Billy Admire and wife, Nell, of Bridgeport and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were to be Mike Pedigo, David Pedigo, Samuel Smith III, Robert Fisher, Shane Miles, Mike Pearce, Patrick Talley and Micah Yarbrough.
Published Sunday, January 26, 2004

Alcumbrac, Walter Joseph
1917-2004
Walter Joseph Alcumbrac, 87, of Bridgeport died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 11, 1917, in Chicago, Ill., he was a retired warehouse manager.
He is survived by a niece, Joan Haak of Decatur, and a sister, Pauline Hornburg of Michigan.
Published Thursday, December 9, 2004

Aldridge, Brenyn Lee
1999-2004

Service for Brenyn Lee Aldridge, 4, of Fort Worth was March 9, 2004, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Aldridge died Saturday, March 6, 2004, in Dallas.
He was born Sept. 17, 1999, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his parents Chris and Misty Aldridge of Fort Worth; brother, Kasyn Aldridge; grandparents, Roger and Waltraud Aldridge of Watauga, Larry and Debbie Rasbury of Boyd and Donna Aldridge and Marilyn Stokes of Chandler, Ariz.; and great-grandparents, Plum and T.J. Rasbury of Boyd and Darwin Cocker of Alvarado.
Memorials may be made to the Make-a-Wish foundation; 5005 LBJ Freeway; Dallas, Texas 75244, (972) 450-9474.
Published Thursday, March 11, 2004

Allen, Audie Cecil
1922-2004
Funeral for Audie Cecil Allen, 82, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Charles Wetherbee was to officiate, to be assisted by Billy Don Workman. Burial was to follow at Willow Point Cemetery.
Allen died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 5, 1922, in Boonsville, he was a retired aircraft worker at Bell Helicopter, farmer, rancher and carpenter. He was also a private first class in the Army. He was a member of the Gibtown Baptist Church and a deacon since 1959.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard, Clifford and Link Allen; four sisters, Lucile McClarendon, Jewel Gary, Trecie Laird and Lessie Fitzgerald and one granddaughter, Angela Alcorn Wallace.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Angie Ilene Allen; three daughters, Ila Alcorn and husband, Don, of Bridgeport, Sharon Kay Taylor and husband, Mike, of Weatherford and Karen Gay May and husband, Jim, of Conway, Ark.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Ronald Acorn, Matt Taylor, Patrick May, Chuck Stevens, Carroll Franklin and Pat Counts.
Published Thursday, October 7, 2004

Almonrode, June Laraine
1947-2004

Funeral for June Laraine Almonrode, 57, of Haslet will be Monday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Chisholm Trail Baptist Church in Rhome. The Rev. Ron Graham will officiate. Burial will follow at Blue Bonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel.
Almonrode died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Rhome.
Born July 23, 1947, in Fort Worth, she was a homemaker and an active member of Chisholm Trail Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy John Almonrode.
She is survived by two sons, John Almonrode of Hurst and Chris Almonrode of Bedford; a daughter, Julie Boaz and husband, Paul, of Rhome; four grandchildren, Christian, Kayla, Alyssa and Meagan; her parents, James and Vivian Landrum; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gale and Mary Streety of Hurst; two sisters, Linda Smith of Watauga and Susan Howeth of Fort Worth and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be deacons and elders of Chisholm Trail Baptist Church.
Published Sunday, September 19, 2004

Amaya, Francisco Omar
1977-2004
Service for Francisco Omar Amaya, 26, of Bridgeport was Monday, Jan. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Father Gil Panza officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Amaya died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, in Wise County.
He was born June 18, 1977, in Rodeo Durango, Mexico. He lived in Bridgeport for the past three years and worked as a painter for Crisp Industries. He was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Del Pilar Ivanez Amaya, and three brothers, Catalino, Venustiano and Ventura Amaya.
He is survived by his father, Catarino Amaya; five sisters, Ma. Elena Amaya and husband, Isauro Renteria, Gloria Amaya and husband, Mario Sarmiento, Senobia Amaya, Maria Davis and Hermelinda Amaya and husband, Paulo Perez, and three brothers, Silvestre Amaya and wife, Arsenia Soto, Ever Alan Amaya and wife, Alma Villa, and Avid Ahnuar Amaya and wife, Aida Santos.
Pallbearers were Isauro Renteria, Jesus Fraga, Hever Amaya, Pablo Perez, Salomon Perales and Fernando Ortiz.
Published Thursday, January 22, 2004

Anderson, Ann
1936-2004

Memorial service for Ann Anderson, 68, of Alvord was to be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport.
She died Wednesday, June 3, 2004, in Alvord.
Born March 4, 1936, in Decatur to Glenn and Jackie Arnette, she was a longtime Episcopalian who served on the church vestry and as a delegate at Episcopalian conventions over the years.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Anderson; three sons, Steve and Mary Anderson of Keller, Clay and Betty Anderson of Decatur and Blake and Robyn Anderson of Dalhart; a daughter, Janan and Larry Miller of Alvord; a brother, David Arnette of Dallas; and seven grandchildren, Whit Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Katy Anderson, Robert Brasher, Rachael Brasher and Carter Anderson.
The family requests memorials be made to the Ascension of St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport.
Published Sunday, June 6, 2004

Anderson, Hazel May
1943-2004

Graveside service for Hazel May Anderson, 61, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Tackett was to officiate.
Anderson died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in Decatur.
Born March 25, 1943, in Wilmount, Ark., she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Anderson; a son, Hunter Williford; a great grandson, Nicki Winder; and two brothers, R.B. and George Dean Farmer.
She is survived by two sons, Kerry Anderson of Fort Worth and Bennie Anderson of Paradise; four daughters, Mildred Hendon, Merle McCauley, Margaret Tackett, and Julie Carter, all of Paradise; three brothers, Joe Farmer and Robert Farmer, both of Huntsville, Ark., and David Farmer of Rosebud, Ark.; two sisters, Elaine Davis of Belton and Pat Briggs of Cottondale; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, December 23, 2004

Arant, Allen ‘Moe’
1928-2004
Graveside service for Allen “Moe” Arant, 76, of Bridgeport, was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Jim Ned Cemetery. The Rev. Donald Stone was to officiate.
Arant died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, in Dallas.
Born Jan. 13, 1928, in Brownwood to David and Iva (Goddard) Arant, he retired from LaFarge Industries in Chico. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Navy and a member of the Cates Street Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Annie Arant and a brother, David Arrant Jr.
He is survived by his wife of five years, Evelyn Rose (Kraatz) Arant; two daughters, Brenda Bynum and husband, Barry, and Shelia Woodworth and husband, Archie; a son, Mark Arant and wife, Diane; two step-sons, Roy Provence and wife, Sharon, and Travis Provence and wife, Carla; stepchildren, Linda, Randy, Cynthia and Donna; 14 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, November 18, 2004

Archa, Kathy DeLane McElroy
1956-2004
Funeral for Kathy DeLane McElroy Archa, 48, of Alvord was Dec. 21 at the Decatur Church of Christ. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Archa died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, in Decatur.
Born April 1, 1956, in Searcy, Ark., she worked for the Denton County Sheriff’s Department.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Angel Kathleen Carlisle.
She is survived by her husband, William Gary Archa; her mother, Margie McElroy of Bridgeport; three sons, Jeremy Lyn Carlisle of Woodstock, Ga., William Garrett Archa and Colton Douglas Archa, both of Alvord; two brothers, Bill McElroy of Alvord and Leo McElroy of Sunset; and three sisters, Glenda Betz of Fort Worth, Virginia Bauer of Burleson and Shirley Freeman of Gainesville.
Published Thursday, December 23, 2004

Armstrong, Julia K.
1922-2004

Graveside service for Julia K. Armstrong, 82, of Newark was Wednesday in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Armstrong died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, in Decatur.
Born June 22, 1922, in San Antonio, she resided in Fort Worth from 1950 until moving to Wise County in October 2003. She was a retired beautician and had worked for Yellow Cab Company for more than 10 years and Holiday Inn for more than 10 years. She was also a freelance artist.
She is survived by her two daughters, Peggy and Sherie; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, November 21, 2004

Arnold, Jesse Connally “JC”
1908-2004
Graveside service for Jesse Connally “JC” Arnold, 96, of Blacksburg, Va., formerly of Alvord, was Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Newport Cemetery. The Rev. John Edwards, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, officiated.
Arnold died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Blacksburg, Va.
Born May 9, 1908, in Halsell, to Jesse L. and Lillian (Connally) Arnold, he worked for many years as civil servant at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. He was married to Lillie Christine Stark for 69 years. Arnold was a longtime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, a Master Mason for 57 years and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Luther Arnold; a sister, Helen Cowen and a grandson, James R. Arnold Jr.
He is survived by two sons, Jesse Arnold and wife, Peggy, of Blacksburg, Va., and James “Jim” Arnold and wife, Joyce, of Houston; one brother, Robert Arnold and wife, Laverne, of Wichita Falls; one sister, Birmah Malone of Wichita Falls; three grandchildren, Christa Arnold of Gainesville, Fla., Jess “Chuck” Arnold of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and David Arnold of Houston; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Elks Children’s Services Memorial Fund at TEEI, 1961 Farm Road 1586, Gonzalez, TX 78629 or to The Kroontie Health Care Center, 1000 Litton Lane, Blacksburg, Va. 24060.
Published Thursday, December 30, 2004

Arnold, Kimberly Leann
1971-2004
Funeral for Kimberly Leann Arnold, 32, of Mineral Wells was Tuesday at the Baum-Carlock Bumgardner Chapel in Mineral Wells. The Rev. David McIntire officiated. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur.
Born June 29, 1971, in Azle to Jimmy and Brenda Phipps Brewer, Arnold died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, in Mineral Wells.
She is survived by two sons, Michael J. Massie and Jordan K. Massie of Mineral Wells; a daughter Ciara Jane Arnold of Mineral Wells; mother and dad, Brenda Phipps and Bennie Harkins of Mineral Wells; father, Jimmy Brewer; a sister, Lisa Payne and husband, Roger, of Azle; step-sister Rhonda Bigby and husband, Robert, of Springtown; a step-brother, Reese Harkins and wife, Teri, of Fort Worth; a grandmother, Mary Jane Phipps of Mineral Wells and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Published Thursday, January 22, 2004

Arrington, Betty Ruth
1939-2004
Graveside service for Betty Ruth Arrington, 65, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Lone Star Cemetery in Wise County. Tim Staub was to officiate.
Born April 29, 1939, in Clinton, Tenn., she was a housekeeper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Arrington.
She is survived by a brother, Roy Murray of Springtown, and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, December 16, 2004

Arthur, Michael Wesley
1955-2004
Funeral for Michael Wesley Arthur, 49, of Boyd was Dec. 6 at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. The Rev. Sonny Smith officiated. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Arthur died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born in 1955, he was a rancher.
He is survived by a step-son, Keith Loucks; his mother Helen Arthur Cooper and step-father, Donald A. Cooper; a sister, Karen Ratliff and husband, Wayne; two nieces, Laura and Katie Ratliff and other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Large, Doyle James, Wayne James, Curtis Brown, Wayne Ratliff and Steve Cooper.
Published Thursday, December 9, 2004

Ashley, Joe Harold
1920-2004
Graveside service for Joe Harold Ashley, 84, of Decatur was Aug. 8, 2004, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Walter Ashley officiated.
Harold Ashley died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, in Dallas.
Born June 21, 1920, in Sanger to Arthur and Bessie Ashley, he was a retired carpenter. He attended Sanger and Slidell schools and served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Vernon, Mack, Robert and J.C.; and a sister, Elizabeth Harper Campbell.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Faye Ashley; a son, Nim Ashley of Sanger; two daughters, Debi Porter of Decatur and JoAnn Humes and husband, Craig, of Lake Dallas; a brother, Walter Ashley and wife, Bernice, of Denton; three sisters, Reba Mercer of Farmersville, Mary Ruth Wood of El Dorado, Ark., and Birdie Taylor and husband, Bud, of Arlington; two granddaughters, Caitlyn Ashley of Denton and Marla Hill of Decatur; four grandsons, Todd Porter of Troup, Brad Porter and wife, Tara, of Decatur, Jon Humes and Josh Humes, both of Lake Dallas; and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, August 12, 2004

Atchison, George R. Ray
1923-2004

Funeral for George R. Ray Atchison, 81, of Fort Worth was Nov. 29 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Tom McClintock officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2.
Atchison died Thursday Nov. 25, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born March 5, 1923, in Paris, Ark., he was a retired electrician for Textron in Fort Worth and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, Ranelle Willis, and a stepson, Earl Peters.
He is survived by a son, David Atchison and wife, Nancy, of Arlington; a daughter, Diane McGee and husband, Emmett, of Fort Worth; two stepdaughters, Linda Colvard and Sharon Shipley; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brian Tate, David Smith, Landon Atchison and Ed Stephens.
Published Thursday, December 2, 2004

Baker, Glenn G.
1917-2004
Funeral for Glenn G. Baker, 87, of North Richland Hills was Dec. 17 at Richland Hills Baptist Church. Burial followed at Moore Memorial Gardens.
Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, in North Richland Hills.
Born Aug. 28, 1917, in Watauga, he was ordained to the gospel ministry June 19, 1949. With his family and about 20 friends, he led in organizing and becoming pastor of Brown Trail Baptist Church of Hurst on the first Sunday in 1953. During the next 35 years, he served several small congregations.
He also worked as an engineering designer. After retiring in 1982, he continued to do volunteer work at several churches.
He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was awarded life membership in 1987 and the Golden Trowel in 1997 by Richland Hills Lodge No. 1348 A.F.& A.M. for continous service as lodge chaplain since June 1981.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ina Lou Hand Baker, and his second wife, Ruth Loyd Baker.
He is survived by a daughter, Wanda Fitzgerald and husband, Jack, of Bedford; a son, Calvin Marshall Baker and wife, Jeanette, of Alvord; two sisters, Helen Yelenich of North Little Rock, Ark., and Rebecca Smith of Lewisville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the building fund at the First Baptist Church of Alvord, P.O. Box 25, Alvord, Texas 76225.
Published Sunday, December 19, 2004

Ball, Christi Michele
1969-2004
Graveside service for Christi Michele Ball, 35, of Decatur, was Oct. 25, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Charles Williamson and Gene Fluker officiated.
Ball died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born May 6, 1969, in Fort Rucker, Ala., she was a lab technician for Analytical Food Labs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She is survived by her parents, Michael Dean of Fort Worth and Connie Jaynes of Decatur; a sister, Tiffany Dean of North Richland Hills and grandparents, Betty Williamson of Fort Worth, Wanda Cox of Clifton, Wayne Dean of Granbury and Ted Prater of Muskogee, Okla.
Published Thursday, October 28, 2004

Ballard, Ruby Ethel
1914-2004
Graveside service for Ruby Ethel Ballard, 89, of Decatur was to be Oct. 13 at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Staub was to officiate.
Ballard died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, in Henrietta.
Born Nov. 5, 1914 in Wise County, she was a retired public childcare giver.
She is survived by two great-nieces, Jerri Sullivan of Henrietta and Melodie Berry of Wichita Falls, and a great-nephew, James Gardner of Houston.
Published Thursday, October 14, 2004

Banks, Mildred Leah
1919-2004
Graveside service for Mildred Leah Banks, 85, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Joe W. Richardson was to officiate.
Banks died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Denton.
Born April 25, 1919, in Livingston, Tenn., she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by a son, Joe R. Banks of Fort Worth; a grandson, Joe Davis Bank of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a great-grandson, Andrew Banks of Colorado Springs.
Published Sunday, December 5, 2004

Barker, Richard Eugene
1937-2004
Memorial for Richard Eugene Barker, 67, of Alvord was Nov. 7, at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. The Rev. Merwin K. Turner of Wichita Falls officiated.
Barker died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, in Alvord.
Born Aug. 25, 1937, in High Island to William F. and Agnes Barker, he was the owner of a commercial fruit orchard. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bowie and had lived in Alvord since 1985.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Barker and two sisters, Frances Cooke and Carolyn Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Barker; two sons, Richard Franklin Barker of Saginaw and David Christopher Barker and wife, Laurie, of San Antonio; a daughter, Gwen DaLynn Barker of New York, N.Y.; a brother, Alvin Barker and wife, Jerry, of Keller; and two sisters, Harriet McGee and husband, Bobby, of Bowie, and Kathryn Chapman of Odessa.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Montague Unit, P.O. Box 9652, Fort Worth, Texas 76147.
Published Thursday, November 11, 2004

Barnett, Bonita P.
1920-2004
Graveside service for Bonita P. Barnett, 84, of Alvord was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at Perryman Cemetery in Montague County. Charles Taylor was to officiate.
Barnett died Monday, July 19, 2004, in Decatur.
Born March 11, 1920, in Montague County, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Bates of Houston and Jesse Barnett of Dewey, Ariz.; a daughter, Anne Wheeler of Decatur; a sister, JoAn Vallandigham of Costa Mesa, Calif.; a brother, Jim Poteet of Palm Springs, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, July 25, 2004

Barnett, King, Jr.
1931-2003
No service is scheduled for King Barnett Jr., 72, of Slidell. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Barnett died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, in Dallas.
Born Feb. 15, 1931, in Denton to King and Lucille Barnett, he spent his childhood in Decatur and Denison where he graduated from high school. He attended Stephen F. Austin and Arlington State College and became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He married Patricia J. Ary March 9, 1963, in Gainesville. He worked for many years for Blair Electric in Denton before obtaining his master electricians license and opening his own company, King Barnett Electric. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Kathy Spriggs and husband, Neil, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Sandra Musick and husband, Kenneth, of Springtown and four grandchildren, Kristian, Alastair, Andrew and Ashley.
Memorials may be sent to The American Lung Association, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 202, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761-6186.
Published Thursday, January 1, 2004

Barnum, Hoyt Valentine
1917-2004
Graveside service for Hoyt Valentine Barnum, 87, of Decatur was to be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Sycamore Cemetery in Decatur.
Barnum died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 23, 1917, in Pilot Point, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had a career in the aviation industry for over 40 years as a pilot and airplane mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edna Earl Barnum and his step-daughters Patsy Ann Barnum and Dolores Johnson-Vaughan.
He is survived by relatives Gary Johnson, Lane Johnson, Scot Johnson, Justin Bond, Eric Bond, Harrison Bond, Ava Bond, Brennan and Irina Johnson, Jo Ann and Bill Hanes, Jeannine and Bob Baker and Charles and Pat Johnson.
Published Sunday, November 28, 2004

Beavers, Jackie Huse
1930-2004
Service for Jackie Huse Beavers, 74, of Bedford was Saturday, June 5, 2004. Dr. Jeff Burnett officiated. She was buried at Aurora Cemetery.
She died Wednesday, June 2, in Bedford.
She was born Jan. 14, 1930, to Richard L. Huse and Estelle Simmons in Rhome.
She graduated from Rhome High School in 1947, Brantley Draughon Business College with an associate of applied science degree in 1948 and Tarrant County Junior College in 1982. She was named to the dean’s list at TCJC.
She married N. Ray Stockard in 1948.
She retired from Bell Helicopter in 1990 after 25 years of service and was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, where she served as the annual tea chairman.
She was preceded in death by her second husband, Chuck Beavers.
She is survived by her son, Alan Stockard and his wife, Kathy, of San Marcos; daughters, Cindy Hiller of Amarillo and Cathy Blood and her husband, Jerry of Arlington; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, June 10, 2004

Beavers, Janice ‘Jann’ Colleen
1945-2004
Service for Janice “Jann” Colleen Beavers, 58, of Bowie was to be at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Victory Family Church in Decatur. The Rev. Allen Bates was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Beavers died Friday, April 9, 2004, in Bowie.
She was born Jan. 31, 1945, in Decatur to Everett Cage and Frances Bradshaw. She married Doyle Beavers on April 10, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a member of Victory Family Church. Her hobbies included home decorating, shopping and working in her flower garden.
She was preceded in death by her son, Casey Matthews.
She is survived by her husband; son, Randy Polk and wife, Ramonna, of Bowie; three daughters, Cherissa McConnell and husband, Michael Herrijgers, of Sunset, Shannon Edwards and husband, Troy, of Coppell and Courtney Matthews and friend, Chad Stark, of Springtown; two step-sons, Shane Beavers of Bowie and Spencer Beavers and wife, Peggy, of Bowie and nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas in Bowie.
Published Sunday, April 11, 2004

Beckmann, Barbara
1929-2004

Service for Barbara Beckmann, 75, of Keller will be Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. at Hillside Community Church in Keller.
Beckmann died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, in Keller.
Born Feb. 8, 1929, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Beckmann was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles Beckmann; mother, Sue Titus of Bridgeport; two sons, Gary Beckmann and wife, Diane, of Gahanna, Ohio, and Christopher Beckmann and wife, Denise, of Keller; daughter, Janet Glonek and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth and grandchildren, Ross, Patrick, Chase, Taylor and Stephen.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 6100 Western Place Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104 or to Cancer Care of Tarrant County, 623 S. Henderson, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104.
Published Thursday, February 26, 2004

Beitel, Jane Ann Cornelius
1930-2004
Memorial service for Jane Ann Cornelius Beitel, 74, of Bridgeport, was July 22, 2004, at the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Burial was to follow at the Beitel Family Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Cornelius died Friday, July 16, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born May 15, 1930, to Paul Dean Cornelius and Bertha Jean Benson in St. Louis, Mo., she married George Henry Beitel on Oct. 30, 1948 in Yuma, Ariz. She graduated from Huntington Park High School in Hollydale, Calif., in 1947. She was a homemaker, artist, singer and musician who enjoyed square dancing and traveling.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Patti Farris; a brother, Thomas Joshua, and an infant son.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Candace Arnette and husband, Shelley, of Decatur; two sons, Geoffrey Bietel and wife, Rhonda, of Telephone, and James Beitel of Bridgeport; four granddaughters, Jessica, Lindsay and Amanda Beitel of Telephone, and Ashley Beitel of Bridgeport; a sister, Micki Verns, as well as a niece and nephew.
Published Sunday, July 25, 2004

Bell, Harold
1917-2004

Funeral for Harold Bell, 86, of Haltom City, formerly of Decatur, was to be Wednesday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Bell died Sunday, April 4, 2004, in Haltom City.
He was born Nov. 29, 1917, in Juno.
He is survived by his wife, Lou; a son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Brenda and two grandsons, Tyler and Grady.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Fort Worth, 76107.
Published Thursday, April 8, 2004

Berg, Edd C. ‘Eddie’
1917-2004
Graveside service for Edd C. “Eddie” Berg, 87, of Decatur was Thursday, Dec. 2, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family and friends officiated.
Berg died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 14, 1917, in Sunset, he was a retired mechanic.
He was preceded in death by infant twins, a son and a daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Veda, of Decatur; two sons, Chuck Berg of Chico and Donnie W. Jolley of Lubbock; two daughters, Judy Adkins of Paradise and Brenda Stevens of Cleburne; two brothers, Alfred Berg of Fort Worth and Billy Joe Berg of Denton; a sister, Louise Toten of Decatur; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, December 5, 2004

Berg, Virgie
1915-2004
Service for Virgie Berg, 88, retired cook for Decatur ISD, will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Louise Horton will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.
Berg died Oct. 7, 2004, in Denton.
She was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence William Berg.
She is survived by her sons, Wayne Berg of Decatur and Allen Berg of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughters, Lois Berg and Geraldine Amonett, both of Decatur; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, October 10, 2004

Bird, Raymond W.
1925-2003
Funeral for Raymond W. Bird, Jr., 78, of Bridgeport was Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Fordham McElroy officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bird died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 18, 1925, in Bridgeport to Raymond and Stella (Brazier) Bird, he was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport. He married Margaret Russell on Nov. 14, 1953, in Bridgeport. He was a retired foreman for Gifford Hill and served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific from July 1943 to March 1946. He owned and operated the Bird Texaco in Bridgeport for 12 1/2 years. He was on the Bridgeport City Council and was mayor pro-tem. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1989.
He is survived by two sons, Randy Bird and wife, Janice, and Ricky Bird; two daughters, Becky Bowyer and husband, Bill, Linda Sue Grill and husband, Charlie; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Stacey, Scarlet, Amber and Jurice; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Alice Hobbs and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Tommy Weatherly, Dan Selz, David Garrison, David Sparks, Marc Moore and Mike Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Brazier and Jimmy Meyers.
Published Thursday, January 1, 2004

Bishop, Joe
1916-2004
Funeral for Joe Bishop, 88, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 2004, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to follow at Bethel Cemetery. Mike Bolton officiated.
Bishop died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1916, in Garvin County, Okla. to Ollie Ellis and Jennie Mae Bishop, he was a rancher. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of the Bible Way Church of Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Bishop and a daughter, Janice Griffin.
He is survived by five sons, Troy Bishop of Fort Worth, Sonny Bishop of Bedford, Tommy Bishop of Decatur, Joe Bishop of Decatur and Charlie Bishop of Bridgeport; a daughter, Doris Schwieger of Rhome; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bryan Schwieger, Freddy Schwieger, Keith Schwieger, Tory Bishop, Tracy Bishop, Jim Bob Bishop, Wade Bishop and Tommy Throckmorton.
Published Thursday, August 12, 2004

Bishop, Richard Waldon
1947-2004
Graveside service for Richard Waldon Bishop, 57, of Decatur was Nov. 15 at Bethel Cemetery. Charles Taylor officiated.
Bishop died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1947, in Plainview, he was a security officer and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by two sons, Richard Bishop of Fort Worth and Raymond Bishop of Decatur; two sisters, LaWanda Lynch of Kerrville and Dorothy Brazeau of Decatur; a granddaughter, Lindsey Bishop of Fort Worth and a grandson, Dillon Bishop of Fort Worth.
A final tribute with military honors was presented by the North Texas Honor Guard.
Published Thursday, November 18, 2004

Bolton, Stella
1920-2004
Service for Stella Bolton, 83, of Aurora was Jan. 16, 2004, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial was at Aurora Cemetery.
Born Oct. 14, 1920, in Santa Anna, she died Jan. 15, 2004, in Decatur.
She was a member of Aurora Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.L. Bolton, and her sister, Mary.
She is survived by her sons, Floyd Bolton and wife, Charlotte, and Louis Bolton and wife, Susan; three grandchildren, Pauline, Candy and Brandy; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 18, 2004

Boner, Hubert Lee
1916-2004
Funeral for Hubert Lee Boner, 87, of Alvord was Monday, Aug. 30, at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord. The Revs. Bob Wilson and Charles Taylor officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Boner died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, in Alvord.
Born Dec. 31, 1916, in Chico, he was a retired helicopter maintenance supervisor and married Edith Mae Rowe Nov. 18, 1935 in Alvord.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Hubert Ellis Boner of Bowie; a daughter, Mary Lee Creighton of Mineral Wells; a sister, Evelena McKeever of Chico; a brother, O.W. “Bus” Boner of Decatur; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, September 2, 2004

Bowden, Billye H.
1928-2004
Service for Billye H. Bowden, 76, of Denison was to be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Gary Mahan and David Mahan officiated. Burial was to be at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bowden died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in Denison.
Born Jan. 28, 1928, in Jacksboro, she was a retired dental assistant. She married James Bowden on Oct. 27, 1944, in Breckenridge. He preceded her in death March 26, 2002.
Pallbearers were her nephews.
She is survivored by are two sons, Jackie Bowden and wife, Ginger, of Fort Worth and Dickie Bowden and wife, Angie, of Arlington; three grandchildren, Brook and Kevin Bowden and Ginny Freeman; and two great-grandchildren, Aydan and Ethan Freeman.
The family requests memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Published Sunday, November 21, 2004

Bowman, Minnie Ethel
1903-2004
Funeral for Minnie Ethel Bowman, 101, of Bowie and formerly of Alvord was Tuesday, Dec. 14, at First Baptist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Charles Taylor, associate pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Alvord, officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Bowman died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Bowie.
Born July 3, 1903, near Emery to Andrew Johnson Spencer and Susan Byrd Grantham, she married George Brit Bowman Jan. 28, 1923, in Alvord. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Alvord and had lived in Alvord 90 years before moving to Bowie 11 years ago.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Gladys.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Rick Davis, Allen Pitman, Audie Barclay, Leslie Hale, Lee Roy Hale and Billy Patterson.
Published Thursday, December 16, 2004

Boyd, Eva Jo
1921-2004

Funeral for Eva Jo Boyd, 83, of Decatur, was July 9, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. The Rev. Thomas O. Brumett officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Boyd died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, in Decatur.
Born May 13, 1921, in Decatur, to J.A. and Emma Fowler Carl, she married Billy Gene Boyd on April 11, 1941. She worked at the Wise County Clerk’s Office for many years and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Decatur.
She is survived by two sons, Bill and wife, Cyndi Boyd, of Houston and Mike and wife, Maureen Boyd, of Bourne, Mass.; three grandchildren, Chad Boyd of San Diego, Lambert Boyd and wife, Sarah, and Austin Boyd, all of Houston; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Sam Renshaw, Willard Howell, Lambert Carl Boyd, Austin Paul Boyd, David Boyd and Charlie Long.
Published Sunday, July 12, 2004

Boydston, Patsy Jean
1939-2004

Service for Patsy Jean Boydston, 65, of Decatur was Thursday, March 25, at Victory Family Church in Decatur. Allen Bates and Don Spain officiated. Burial followed at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Boydston died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, in Fort Worth.
She was born March 14, 1939, in Wise County. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Family Church.
She is survived by her husband, Bubba Boydston; daughter, Pam Wood and husband, Raymond; sister, Barbara Williams of Sweetwater and two grandchildren, Micki and Natalie Wood.
Pallbearers were Olan Eakman, Leroy Ashcraft, Michael North, Tim Jones, Richard Ivy and Jack Leake.
Published Sunday, March 28, 2004

Boykin, Ruby Dessie
1907-2004
Graveside service for Ruby Dessie Boykin, 97, of Bridgeport was July 13 at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren officiated.
Boykin died Sunday, July 11, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born July 18, 1907, in Culleoka to William and Martha Ann (Short) Lowe, she was a retired nanny and a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by seven brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by two daughters Johnnie E. Wright of Lake Orion, Mich., and Mildred A. Fagg of Bridgeport; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Gar Thomas, Bobby Fagg, Bob Nelms, Josh Nelms, Tim Lee Fagg and L.J. Nelms.
Published Thursday, July 15, 2004

Branch, J.R.
1912-2004

Funeral for J.R. Branch, 92, of Decatur was Monday, July 5, at Sycamore Baptist Church. Kevin Moore officiated and was assisted by Chuck Eubanks. Burial followed at Sycamore Cemetery.
Branch died Saturday, July 3, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 17, 1912, he was one of five children born to Lenora Kelly and John M. Branch.
He married Flora Catherine Hachtel on June 22, 1933. They kept their marriage a secret until Flora was reappointed teacher of a one room school with seven grades in the Cottonwood community.
Branch was elected sheriff of Wise County in 1960 after defeating Rook Ramsey by 22 votes in the Democratic Primary. He served as sheriff until 1972.
In the 1960s, the Wise County jail was located where the Wise County Sheriff’s Department’s temporary administration office is on North State Street. Sheriffs and their families also lived at the jail at that time.
Branch was not the first in his family to hold the office of sheriff in the county. From 1906 to 1910, his father, John M. Branch, was sheriff and J.R. Branch’s brother, Malcom, was sheriff from 1942 to 1947.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Branch was also a farmer and a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Teresa Branch.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Kenneth of Decatur; two daughters, Judy Branch of Burlington, Vt., and Laune Pitts of Decatur; five grandchildren, Claudio and John Branch, Berdessa Pitts Saunders, LaVon Pitts Hayes and Chad Michael Boyd; seven great-grandchildren, Dee, Jake and Kelsey Hayes, Ben, Chase and Chris Saunders and Riley Branch and two step-grandchildren, Sean and Ryan.
Published Thursday, July 8, 2004

Brandon, James Leroy, Sr.
1922-2004

Funeral for James Leroy Brandon Sr., 82, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial was to be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Brandon died Sunday, June 27, in Bridgeport.
He was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Granbury to Daniel and Minnie (Shelton) Brandon.
He was a retired city bus driver for Fort Worth and Los Angeles, Calif., and a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. He married Martha Peterson May 15, 1943, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by seven sisters.
He is survived by his wife; a son, James L. Brandon Jr. and wife, Jeanie, of Bridgeport; a daughter, Millie Mauck and husband, Bill, of Redding, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lola Boyd of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were to be Michael Beaty, Wayne Addamz, Fred Sheppard, Ross Jones, Kevin Jones and Christian Von Atzigen. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Weatherly, Bob Little, Lawrence Bowling, Joe Skinner, Stanley Kemp and John Bobo.
Published Thursday, July 1, 2004

Bratcher, Nita Marie (Jones)
1934-2004
Service for Nita Marie (Jones) Bratcher, 69, of Arlington, formerly of Alvord, was Friday, Jan. 16, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Don Foster officiated. Burial followed at Jonestown Cemetery in Wise County.
Bratcher died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Arlington.
She was born April 29, 1934, in Decatur to William and Dora Jones. She married John Bratcher in 1987 in Parker County. Bratcher was a secretary and a member of the Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, William Earl, James Delton and Basil Neil Jones and a sister, Virgie Upchurch.
She is survived by her husband, John, of Arlington; daughter, Cherilyn “Cheri” Hanson and husband, Harvey, of Rusk; step-son, Victor Scott of Fort Worth; brother, Elvin “Casey” Jones and wife, Connie, of Newcastle; two sisters, Arlene McLellan and husband, Jim, of Fort Worth and Veda Berg and husband, Eddie, of Decatur and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jordan Hanson.
Published Sunday, January 18, 2004

Brazier, James B.
1910-2004
Funeral for James B. Brazier, 94, of Chico was Sept. 21 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Charles Cox officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Brazier died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Arlington.
Born May 2, 1910, in the Sand Flat Community in Wise County, he retired from General Dynamics as an aircraft mechanic. He married Lucille McDonald April 22, 1938, in Wichita Falls. He was a member of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nov. 11, 2000.
He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Crosby and husband, Bob, and Marilyn Hadley; five grandchildren, Scott Hadley, Sue Ann Rohne, Jo Lynn Wilkerson, Robin Scichili and Kristen Hadley; six great-grandchildren, Michael Wilkerson, Bradley Rohne, Randal Wilkerson, Duncan Hadley, Laura Rohne and Hadley Scichili; and three sisters Julia Strandtman, Mattie Brazier and Eloise Brazier.
Pallbearers were Arlon Morris, Tom Stephens, John Collins, Scott Hadley, Bob Crosby and Michael Wilkerson.
Published Thursday, September 23, 2004

Breeze, Adrian ‘Fat’
1923-2004
Funeral for Adrian “Fat” Breeze, 80, of Chico was Jan. 8, 2004, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Higgins officiated. Burial was at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Born July, 31, 1923, in Nocona to Johnny and Ollie (Elrod) Breeze, he died Jan. 6, 2004, in Decatur.
Breeze was a retired truck driver and a member of the Bible Baptist Church. He married Peggy Babcock Oct. 28, 1955, in Thermopolis.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Otis Breeze; a sister, Juanita Bellah; one son, Dennis Breeze, and a daughter, Jaque Lynn Breeze.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Breeze; one son, Danny Breeze and wife, Nichole; four daughters, Gay Presley, Pearlene Love, Sue Balog and husband, Lyndale Hicks, and Ollie Horton and husband, Richard Jack; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, James “Corky” Breeze and wife, Clara, and Preston Breeze and wife, Claranel; and sister, Deloris Curnetta.
Pallbearers were Billy Story, John Story, David Story, Brandon Perry, Jacob Horton, Jerry Stinnett, Keith Stinnett, Charlie Gamble and honorary pallbearers Jordan Shear and Buddy Blalock.
Published Sunday, January 11, 2004

Brinkley, Joyce Ann
1936-2004
A memorial service for Joyce Ann Brinkley, 67, of Decatur will be Monday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Central Fellowship Church in Decatur. Larry Calvin will officiate.
Brinkley died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 5, 1936, in Gainesville, she was a homemaker. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
She is survived by her husband, Harry Brinkley; five sons, Nelson Monroe of Winnamucca, Nev., Daniel Whitworth of Baldwyn, Miss., Joel Sandifer of Newalla, Okla., Edward Budack IV of Tacoma, Wash. and Robert Budack of Tulsa, Okla.; four daughters, Ruby Moore of Valley View, Pam Lucassen of West Branch, Iowa, Betty Jean Murphy of St. Charles, Mo. and Amanda Wolf of Hickory, Mo.; a sister, Lois Smith of Gainesville; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, July 12, 2004

Bross, Benny Fred
1940-2004
Graveside service for Benny Fred Bross, 63, of Chico was to be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Hedstrom was to officiate.
Bross died Jan. 8, 2004, near Boyd.
Born July 27, 1940, in Bokchito, Okla., to Carl and Audie Coker Bross, he owned and operated the Cut-n-Corner Quicky Store at the Wise County Park. He married Josephine Britton on Nov. 14, 1969, in Brownfield. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Melton Bross.
He is survived by his wife and brother-in-law, Gary Britton.
Published Sunday, January 11, 2004

Brown, Colby Alexander
2003-2004
Funeral for Colby Alexander Brown, infant son of Dwayne and Traci Brown of Chico, was to be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. J.D. Coffman was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Born Dec. 19, 2003, in Arlington, Colby died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at his home in Chico.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Jordan Nicole Brown; grandparents, Janie Ward, Shirley and Jim Runsey and G.L. and Janice Brown; and great-grandparents, Paul Grubbs, Essie Grisham and Grace Harrell.
Pallbearers were to be Clay Martin, Allen Carter, Cole Hargrove, Mauricio Harrison, Todd Hass and Todd Jones.
Published Sunday, March 1, 2004

Brown, Edith May Stroud
1908-2004
Graveside service for Edith May Stroud Brown, 95, of Aurora was Friday, May 21, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Lee Roy Jackson officiated.
Brown died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 25, 1908, in Rhome, she was a cook and a member of Aurora Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Shaw of Aurora; a sister, Naomi Ward of Rhome; a grandson, Bobby Shaw of Aurora and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, May 23, 2004

Brown, H.M.
1912-2004

Funeral for H.M. Brown, 92, of Paradise, will be Sunday, Aug. 28, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the funeral home.
Brown died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 25, 1912, in Boyd to Tom and Annie (Porter) Brown, he was a retired miller for Trinity Portland Cement Plant. He was a Methodist and a member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge No. 479. He married Virginia Lois Adams March 30, 1936. They were married until she died April 1, 2004.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Porter and Oswald Brown and a sister, Nettie Morton.
He is survived by two sons, Bobby Joe Brown and Leon Brown and wife, Mary Francis; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Forrest Brown and two sisters, Clara May Tingle and Virginia Brown.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Wayne Adams, Tom Jones, Gordon Odom, Jim Slaton, John Poole and Daniel Adams.
Published Sunday, August 29, 2004

Brown, Paul T.
1911-2004

Memorial for Paul T. Brown, 92, of Decatur was Tuesday, April 20, at Corinth Baptist Church. Jeff Tackett officiated.Brown died April 18, 2004, in Decatur.He was born July 15, 1911 in Wellston, Ohio. He worked as a steel manufacturer.He is survived by his son, Gene Brown of Decatur; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Published Thursday, April 22, 2004

Brown, Virginia Lois
1915-2004

Funeral for Virginia Lois Brown, 89, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions was to officiate. Burial was to be at Cottondale Cemetery.
Brown died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in Bridgeport.
She was born Feb. 8, 1915, to Elonzo and Marinia (Young) Adams in Wise County. She married Henry Morton Brown March 30, 1936, in Rhome. She was a homemaker and a member of Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Lillian Bell Campbell and Beulah Hays and brother Garland Adams.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Bobby Joe Brown and Morton Leon Brown and wife, Mary Francis; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a brother, William Adams.
Pallbearers were to be Lonnie Wayne Adams, Gordon Odom, John Poole, Tom Jones, Jim Slaton and Daniel Adams.
Published Sunday, April 4, 2004

Brown, William Looney, Jr.
1944-2004

Funeral for William Looney Brown Jr., 60, of Rhome was Friday, Aug. 6, at noon at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Brown died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, in Mesquite.
Born June 29, 1944, in Fort Worth to William Looney and Mary Brown, he was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Rainey; his father and a step-father, Durwood “Smitty” Rainey.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Brown; six children; several grandchildren; eight siblings, Shirley, Barbara, Janie, Sammie, Bonnie, Floyd, Lonnie and Tracey; his mother; three step-children, Lawrence, Yagla and Michelle George; two step grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, August 8, 2004

Bruster, Vella
1919-2004

Funeral for Vella Bruster, 85, of Bridgeport was Nov. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bruster died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 17, 1919, in Story, Ark., she married A.B. Bruster Feb. 16, 1941, in Madill, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband June 21, 2003; two brothers Clyde and Clayton Riddles, and a sister, Mamie Pruitt.
She is survived by three daughters, Jane Kasner and husband, Robert, of Runaway Bay, Sue Massingill and husband, Cliff, of Aurora and Judy Bruster and husband, Steve Trammell of Krum; five grandchildren, Robby Kasner, Angie Picha, Melissa Bunaine, Shaunda Keller and Marsha Taylor; six great-grandchildren, Matt Kasner, Amanda Kasner, Kane Trammell, Jade Keller, Kobe Keller and Gabe Taylor; two brothers, Morris Riddles and D.T. Riddles and three sisters, Mae Riddles, Roxie Savage and Bonnie Bruster.
Published Thursday, November 25, 2004

Bryant, Melvin L.
1926-2004
Graveside service for Melvin L. Bryant, 77, of Bridgeport will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Demmitt will officiate.
Bryant died Thursday Aug. 19, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Morris County and married Lawana Harris there on April 16, 1946.
He worked for Bedford Kennedy Trucking Company of Bridgeport.
We was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.
Bryant is survived by his wife; sons, Delwyn Bryant, Jerry Bryant, Doyle Bryant and wife, Johana, and Johnny Bryant and wife, Martha; nine grandchildren, Rolph, Bettina, Peggy, Jason, Amanda, Jerry Jr., Kelly, Brad and Brittany; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Green, Tommy Romines, Glenn Romines and Paul Romines.
Published Sunday, August 22, 2004

Buggar, Margie Lee
1935-2004

Graveside service for Margie Lee Buggar, 68, of Decatur was Friday at Boyd Cemetery. Bennie Baze officiated.
Buggar died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, in Wichita Falls.
She was born Oct. 17, 1935, in Bryant, Ark. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Phillip Brown; three stepsons; four stepdaughters; four brothers, Finos Hill, Wayne Hill and Doyle Hill of Benton, Ark., and Glen Hill of Alexander, Ark.; four sisters, Jewel Chism, Nadine McCutcheon, Linda McDermott and Doris Stuckey, all of Benton, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, June 13, 2004

Burnes, Cleo
1941-2004

Funeral for Cleo Burnes, 62, of Rhome was Friday, March 12, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Jerry Moody officiated. Burial followed at Loco Cemetery in Loco, Okla.
Burnes died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 1, 1941, in Atoka, Okla., he was a truck driver for Petro-Chemical Transport Inc. of Addison.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Burnes; his mother, Olla Burnes of Little City, Okla.; five sons, Ronny Burton of Greenfield, Okla., Jackie Dale Burnes of Rhome and Jimmy, Doyle and Donald Burnes, all of Oklahoma; a daughter, Robin Thomas of Krum; four grandchildren; three brothers, Doyle, Leo and Andy Burnes and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, March 14, 2004

Burns, Micky ‘M.B.’
1921-2004
Service for Micky “M.B.” Burns, 82, of Cottondale was to be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Cottondale Church of Christ. Gerald Cleveland and Ray Foster were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Burns died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born April 2, 1921, in Fort Worth to John and Julia (Brown) Burns. He married Margureite Roberts on Aug. 10, 1988, in Bastrop, La. Burns was a retired U.S. postal carrier, a U.S. Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Cottondale Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ola Mae Cleveland Burns; son, Michael Burns; three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Margureite; daughter, Pam Simmons and husband, James; grandson, Anthony Vardiman and step-son, Larry Robinson and his son, Jason.
Pallbearers were to be Brian Burns, Coy Cleveland, Grover Cleveland, Michael Glover, Virgal Oates and Hulen Morris. Honorary pallbearers were to be Sam Erwin, Ray Hebisen and Foy Lowe.
Published Sunday, February 1, 2004

Burns, Treailla Olene
1929-2004
Funeral for Treailla Olene Burns, 75, of Decatur was Sept. 21, 2004, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial followed at Preskitt Cemetery. The Rev. Owen Barger officiated.
Burns died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 13, 1929, in Denton, she was a nurse.
She is survived by a son, Kevin Burns of Decatur; a daughter, Denise Clark of Longview; four brothers, Monroe Pugh of Denton, James Pugh of Decatur, G.C. Pugh Jr. of Denton and Elmer Pugh of Aledo; two sisters, Coleta Stacks of Granbury and Betty Richards of Dallas; and four grandchildren.
Published Thursday, September 23, 2004

Butler, John ‘Steve’ Steven
1959-2004
Graveside service for John “Steve” Steven Butler, 44, of Poolville, was to be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Boonsville Cemetery.
Born Dec. 8, 1959, in Alabama, Butler died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Butler Jr. and a brother, Eugene Butler.
He is survived by his wife, Flora Butler; a daughter, Danise Lackey and husband, Danny; two sons, Steven Butler and wife, Shaunda, and Jessie Butler and wife, Kristina; mother, Joyce Calvert; stepmother, Cheryl Butler; three brothers, Randy Butler, Timmy Joe Butler and Johnny DeWayne Butler; and six grandchildren, Eugene, Pam, Jessica, Janie, Joseph and Jessie James.
Published Sunday, September 5, 2004

Cairns, Darin Thomas, Lt. Col.
1938-2004

Service for Lt. Col. Darin Thomas Cairns, 66, of Newark will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Rhome United Methodist Church. The Revs. Phil Hirsch and James Hurst will officiate. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Cairns died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Cairns was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Van Dyke, Mich., to Lea and Minerva Stauffer Cairns. He married Cora May Lindsay on Sept. 27, 1961, in Yuba, Calif. As a member of the U.S. Air Force, he served in the Vietnam War. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and former commander of the Wise County Veterans Group. He was a member of the Rhome United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife; son, Roger Cairns and wife, Shari, of Newark; daughter, Diana Thorton of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Cassy, Christopher, Jonathan, Daniel, Rachel, Michael and Thomas; three great-grandchildren, Jazmyne, Alex and Gabrielle; brother, Bill Cairns of Michigan; two sisters, Betty of California and Beverly Cairns of Florida and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be members of the Wise County Veterans Group.
A final tribute with military honors including a 21-gun salute will be presented by the U.S. Air Force honor guard along with the Wise County Veterans Group honor guard.
Published Thursday, January 29, 2004

Campbell, Joan Park
1920-2004
Funeral for Joan Park Campbell, 83, of Shepherd, formerly of Decatur, was Jan. 27 in Denton. Her nephew, Dan Sparkman, officiated. Burial followed at Green Valley Cemetery.
Campbell died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in Cleveland, Texas.
Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Krum to Hugh Raymond and Mary Elizabeth (Wilson) Park, she was the youngest of 11 children. She married Ernest Wiley Campbell on Oct. 16, 1937, in Marietta, Okla. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, a homemaker and retired from sales.
She is survived by two sons, Joe Campbell and wife, Sue, of Aubrey, and Cecil Campbell and wife, Patricia, of Shepherd; five grandchildren, Page Wimmer of Krum, Chris Campbell of Aubrey, April Campbell of Sanger, Hope Madonna of Dickinson and Teresa Slafka of McDonough, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren, Joseph Campbell of Aubrey, Caitlin Campbell and Dylan Stubblefield of Sanger, Jena and Abby Wimmer of Krum, Michelle Mayo of Humble, Charles Mayo of Shepherd and Chloe Slafka of McDonough and numerous nieces and nephews in Decatur, Denton and Shepherd.
Pallbearers were Dudley Sparkman, Cecil Park, Milton Coffer, Brian Park, Mike Sparkman and Clint Koiner.
Published Thursday, January 29, 2004

Campbell, Johnnie
1937-2004

Funeral for Johnnie Campbell, 67, of Paradise, was to be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church of Paradise. The Rev. Robert Owensby was to officiate, the Rev. Rob Wall was to assist and Donald Norris was to read the eulogy. Burial was to follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Campbell died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 25, 1937, in Paradise, he taught math and science for 16 years and then was principal for 16 years at Paradise High School. He also taught math for 13 years at Haltom Middle School.
He was the president of the Paradise Cemetery Association, secretary of the Paradise Historical Society and a member of the Wise County Rock and Fossil Club as well as a lifetime member of the Texas Teachers Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah Ross and Lillian Bell (Adams) Campbell.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Roberta Campbell; a son, Kevin Campbell and wife, Cindy; two grandchildren, Dustin and Laney; an aunt, Ruth Adams and several cousins.
Pallbearers were to be Bob Bouchillon, Phil Haynes, Donald Norris, David Hadley, Dallas Teeters and David “Link” Lindquist.
Published Sunday, October 10, 2004

Canova, Duane
1940-2004

Memorial for Duane Canova, 63, of Bridgeport was July 12 in Bridgeport. Todd Reed officiated.
Canova died Saturday, July 10, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 31, 1940, in Paradise, he was a veteran of the United States Army and a welder.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Canova of Bridgeport; a son, Klayton Canova of Bridgeport; three daughters, Debbie Delgado and husband, Steve, of Katy, Angie Kramer and husband, Rob, of Angleton and Kristin Canova of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Amanda, Taniesha, Elizabeth and Stevie; mother, Clara Bell Canova of Bridgeport; two brothers, Eugene Canova of Bridgeport and Kenneth Canova of Dallas; two sisters, Joann Walker of Holliday and Brenda Kennedy of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were Sam Stegall, Beverly Lamber, Lannie Foreman and Charlie O’Dell.
The family requests memorials be made to the children’s fund of the American Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, July 15, 2004

Carlisle, Julia Anna
1929-2004
Funeral for Julia Anna Carlisle, 75, of Chico was Dec. 23 at Cates Street Church of Christ. Tom Adams and Roger Rhodes officiated. Burial followed at Norwood Cemetery in Crafton.
Carlisle died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born March 25, 1929, in Decatur, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Angel Carlisle and two brothers, Omega Walker and G.A. Walker.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edwin Carlisle; a son, Edward Carlisle and wife, Paulette, of Dallas; a foster son, Robert Norman; a daughter, Edna Ann Barnes and husband, Stanley, of Horseshoe Bay; four grandchildren, Jeremy Carlisle, Tiffany Barnes, Jessica Harbour and Breanna Carlisle; one great-grandson, Alec Harbour and a sister, Euphama Stout of Beltsville, Md.
Pallbearers were O.W. (Buzz) Boner, Mark White, George Cowley, Eugene Grooms, Carroll Collier and Don Niblett.
Published Sunday, December 26, 2004

Castle, Bobby Ray
1939-2004

Graveside service for Bobby Ray Castle, 64, was April 15 at the East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Kenny Cates, Pastor Bo Johnson and Associate Pastor Benny Bejaran officiated.
Castle died Monday, April 12, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born May 14, 1939, in Oak Grove, La., he was the retired owner and operator of Hilltop Nursery in Bridgeport. He was a member of the Living Word Tabernacle of Bridgeport where we served as a trustee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel (Brown) Castle; life-long companion, David Fawvor; two sisters, Katheryn Strickland and Irene Conn and two brothers, Billy and Joe Castle.
He is survived by a brother, George “Buddy” Castle of Hempstead and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Henry S. Conn Jr. and Lee Alan Moody.
Published Sunday, April 18, 2004

Cates, Frank Cody
1938-2004

Service for Frank Cody Cates, 65, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Ponder Baptist Church. The Revs. Kim Broardstreet and Sonny Smith were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Eakins Cemetery.
Cates died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in Denton.
He was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Powell, Okla. Cates was raised by Charles Allen and Ethel Dill Cates in Decatur. He married Jo Ella Malone on Sept. 30, 1974, in Roanoke. He served in the U.S. Navy. After serving overseas in the oilfield industry, he retired and became a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of Comal County Fair Association, past member of Comal County Junior Livestock Association and Canyon FFA Booster Club. He also served on the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Frances Hughes and husband, Ronnie, of Springtown and Christy Cates and husband, Mike Moore, of Fort Worth; three sons, Scott Cates of Atlanta, Lynn Pierce and wife, Candy, of New Braunfels and Warren Cates and wife, Connie, of Reno; seven grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Corky Roberts, Jerry Taylor, Jerry Coffman, Roy Mara, Benny Roberts and Toney Kemp. Honorary pallbearers were to be Randy Tice, Shane Thompson, Gary Nollhamper, Johnny Ezell, Bud Pinkerton, Clem Deussen and Bubba Deussen.
Memorials may be made to the Eakins Cemetery or Boyd Baptist Church building fund.
Published Thursday, April 1, 2004

Cathey, Roberta C.
1941-2004

Graveside service for Roberta C. Cathey, 62, of Decatur was Jan. 8, 2004, at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle. The Rev. Louise Horton officiated.
Born May 31, 1941, in Blackwell, Okla., to Robert and Lola Logans, she died Jan. 5, 2004, in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her son, Curtis Wade Cathey.
She is survived by a daughter, Laura Hudson of Decatur; three grandchildren, Ashleigh Portales of Decatur, Marsha Hafer of Fort Worth and Sherry Shelton of Haltom City; three great-grandchildren, Stockton Portales, Kreid Hafer and Sandon Shelton; and two sisters, Margaret Lowen of Midwest City, Okla., and Linda Boyer of Blackwell.
Memorials may be made to JPS Healing Wings Cancer Center, 601 West Terrell, Fort Worth, Texas, 76104.
Published Sunday, January 11, 2004

Chancellor, Lonnie Warren
1933-2004

Service for Lonnie Warren Chancellor, 70, of Jacksboro, formerly of Alvord, was Friday, Jan. 23, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Barry Jameson officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Chancellor died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, in Dallas.
He was born Oct. 18, 1933, in Harrold to Charles and Edna Bell Chancellor. He was a barber and an Army veteran. Chancellor was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alvord.
He is survived by two sons, DeWayne Chancellor of Royse City and Ronnie Chancellor of Mesquite; daughter, Cindy Chancellor of Rowlett; two brothers, Crawford Stark of Granbury and Charles Chancellor of Bowie; three sisters, Estelle Watts, Rosemary Miller and Margaret Anderson, all of Decatur, and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jason Chancellor, Clint Wheat, Bobby Watts, Curtis Anderson, Pat Miller and Chuck Oates.
Published Sunday, January 26, 2004

Chapman, Clara Mae
1910-2004
Service for Clara Mae Chapman, 93, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Louis Horton will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Chapman died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, in Decatur.
She was born Oct. 6, 1910, in Decatur to Dick and Eifel Ray Reeves and married Earl C. Chapman. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Kaywin Blankmeyer and husband, Oscar, and one granddaughter, Shelly Padilla and husband, Don, all of Denton.
Published Thursday, January 15, 2004

Chapmon, Paul Clint
1961-2004

Graveside service for Paul Clint Chapmon, 42, of Weatherford, was Oct. 5 at Annis Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. Don Smith officiated.
Chapmon died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, in Weatherford.
Born Oct. 24, 1961, in Lynnwood, Calif., he was a shop mechanic and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a Baptist and a member of Annis Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Junior Chapmon, and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Rose (Hodge) Chapmon; a son, Clinton Lee Chapmon; two daughters, Sharla Nicole and Elina Mishay Chapmon; mother Margaret Faye (Campbell) LaFountain; a brother, Clifton Lee Chapmon; two sisters, Paula Duncan and husband, Cliff and Brenda Harris and husband, Dennis.
Published Thursday, October 7, 2004

Christmas, Dorothy Rose
1915-2004

Service for Dorothy Rose Christmas, 88, of Waxahachie was Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Whitney. Stanley Christmas officiated. Burial followed at Whitney Memorial Park.
Christmas died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, in Waxahachie.
She was born June 10, 1915, in Edmond, Okla., to Charles Fred and Ohla Kathryn (Hunt) English. She married John Robert Christmas on April 10, 1948, in Oklahoma City. Christmas and her husband helped start South Plains Junior College in Levelland and San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena. She established and was the head of the food service department. She lived in Oklahoma and Texas and had lived in Waxahachie for the past six years. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters.
She is survived by four children, Margaret Bailey of Slidell, La., Stanley Christmas and wife, Judy, of North Richland Hills, Mary Ray of Bridgeport and Jan Christmas of Waxahachie; nine grandchildren, Jim Bickerton, Cheryl Bickerton Louviere, Kirk Bailey, Gwynn Stancil-Christmas, Jenny Ray Stilwell, Autumn Ray Rizzi, Laura Sulak Hancock, Sandra Sulak Plumb and Drew Christmas and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a library or Whitney Memorial Park Cemetery, P.O. Box 889, Whitney, Texas 76692.
Published Thursday, January 29, 2004

Christopherson, Paula Anne Hill
1951-2004

Service for Paula Anne Hill Christopherson, 52, of Decatur, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Christopherson died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, in Dallas.
Born Aug. 17, 1951, to William T. and Emma Hill, she was a flight attendant. She also had careers as a computer assembly manager and sales associate. She volunteered for various school and community activities and was an avid scuba diver, attaining the level of master diver.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by a son, Bryan Christopherson of Decatur; her mother of Decatur; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and William Rose of Fort Worth; niece Elizabeth Rose of Fort Worth; and nephew Will Rose of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers are Eugene Wood, Rick Woods, Jim Woods, Biff Hayes, Teddy Taylor and Gary Morris.
The family requests donations be made to the Decatur Animal Shelter or All Church Home for Children, 1424 Summit, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Published Sunday, July 12, 2004

Church, Bennett Thomas
1918-2004

A private service will be held for Bennett Thomas Church, 86, of Runaway Bay.
He died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in Decatur.
Church was born Jan. 5, 1918, in Stillwell, Okla. He was an all-state fullback in high school in Michigan, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from McNeill Corp. Air Conditioning as vice president of marketing and the sales manager. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by a son, Tom Church and wife, Carol, of Longview; a daughter, Connie Lee of Little Compton, R.I.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, Fla., 33136-1494.
Published Sunday, March 7, 2004

Clark, Kathryn Workman
1940-2004

Funeral for Kathryn Workman Clark, 64, of Willow Point was to be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Balsora Baptist Church. Matt Norton was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Willow Point Cemetery.
Clark died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Born Jan. 18, 1940, in Vineyard to Calvin and Esther (Pewitt) Workman, she owned the Showboat Catfish Restaurant in Elko, Nev.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil Clark; two daughters, Cindy Sampler and husband, Stacy, and Brenda Adair and husband, Richard; a granddaughter, Kacie Adair and a sister, Barbara Peel and husband, Kenneth.
Published Sunday, September 19, 2004

Clegg, Charleen Daniel
1921-2004

Memorial service for Charleen Daniel Clegg, 82, formerly of Boyd will be Monday in Arlington. Burial will be at a later date at Boyd Cemetery.
Clegg died Thursday, June 17, 2004, in Arlington.
Born July 22, 1921, in Boyd, she lived in Arlington and was a member of the St. Barnabas United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Clegg of Arlington; a son, Ned Webster and wife, Mary, of Arlington; a daughter, Susie Carlton and husband, Alan, of Fort Worth; a sister, Betty North of Boyd; four grandchildren, Kenny, Matt, Andy and Elizabeth.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Barnabas United Methodist Church of Arlington.
Published Sunday, June 20, 2004

Clower, Vernon Leon ‘Doodle’
1930-2004

Funeral for Vernon Leon “Doodle” Clower, 74, of Alvord was Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Alvord. Charles Taylor and Kenneth Whitt officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Clower died Nov. 17, 2004, in Alvord.
Born Sept. 17, 1930, in Alvord, he was former Precinct 2 Wise County Commissioner.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Tommy Clower, Johnnie Clower and William Clower.
He is survived by his former wife, Thelma Clower; two sons, Kerry Clower of Alvord and Jeff Clower of Oakhurst, Calif.; a daughter, Brenda Baker of Alvord; and a brother, Garvin Clower of Velma, Okla; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, November 25, 2004

Cofield, Jason Wayne
1978-2004
Memorial service for Jason Wayne Cofield, 25, of Decatur was Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Coker Funeral Home. Charles Hakes officiated.
Cofield died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Wise County.
He was born Feb. 19, 1978, in Fort Worth. He was a service technician.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Smith.
He is survived by his mother, LaDonna McDaniel and husband, Dub; two brothers, Jeron Smith and Joshua Cofield; four step-brothers, Scott, James, Michael and Chris McDaniel; step-sister, Laura Jackson; girlfriend, Kim Vick, and grandmother, Elizabeth Smith.
Published Thursday, February 12, 2004

Coggin, Martha Jane
1919-2004
Funeral for Martha Jane Coggin, 85, of Brady was Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brady. The Rev. Michael W. Merriman officiated. Burial followed at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.
Coggin died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, in Menard.
Born Jan. 18, 1919, in Brownwood to Aaron V. and Ethel (Neal) Yeager , she was a teacher at Bridgeport High School for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brady.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Wayne Coggin.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Bruce Coggin of Brady; a daughter, Nita Coggin Hall of Denton; a sister-in-law, Lettie Belle Morgan of Seguin; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the McCulloch County Helping Hands, Brady, Texas 76825.
Published Sunday, September 12, 2004

Colgrove, Tom
1929-2004

Memorial service for Tom Colgrove, 74, of North Richland Hills was Thursday at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.
Colgrove died Friday, July 23, 2004, in Bedford.
Born Nov. 25, 1929, in Carson County, he spent most of his life as a real estate broker. After retirement, he served with both the Tarrant County and Wise County sheriff's departments.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Dean Colgrove, in 1976, and a sister, Patricia Ann Kozak, in 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Colgrove; two sons, Dale Wayne Colgrove and Ricky Lee Colgrove and wife, Iris; a sister, Juanita Parks; and six grandchildren.
The family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.
Published Thursday, July 29, 2004

Collier, Calvin Guy
1970-2004

Funeral for Calvin Guy Collier, 34, of Paradise, will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Bill Taplin and Ed Cate will officiate. Burial will follow at Chico Cemtery.
Collier died Thursday, May 27, 2004, in Aurora.
Born Feb. 21, 1970, in Bridgeport to Carroll and Jean Collier, he was in the landscape and nursery business. He graduated from Chico High School in 1988 and was a member of Alvord Church of Christ.
He is survived by his parents; a sister, Jeannelle Shaw and husband, Mike, of Bowie; a nephew, Brent Shaw; a niece; Kelsey Shaw and several aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pewitt, Kevin Pewitt, Clay Martin, Ted St. John, Jason Younger and Glen Canova.
Published Sunday, May 30, 2004

Collins, Tom W. ‘Buddy’
1935-2004

Graveside service for Tom W. “Buddy” Collins, 69, of Decatur was to be Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at Parkdale Cemetery. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate.
Collins died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, in Denton.
Born May 26, 1935, in Arlington, he was a rancher/farmer.
He is survived by a niece, Denise Hudson of Decatur; a nephew, Doug Reynolds of Decatur and a brother-in-law, Burrell Reynolds of Decatur.
Published Thursday, November 18, 2004

Cook, Mary Jane
1916-2004
Funeral for Mary Jane Cook, 88, of San Antonio, was to be Saturday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Decatur Church of Christ. Roger Rhodes was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the funeral.
Cook died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, in San Antonio.
Born Jan. 31, 1916, in Mangum, Okla., to J.H. and Emma (Wallace) Sullivan, she married Roy Franklin Cook in 1933 in Mangum. She was a member of the Greenwood Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980.
She is survived by five sons, Tom Cook of Decatur, Darwin Cook of Skamania, Wash., Chuck Cook of Davenport, Iowa, Carl Cook of Upland, Calif., and Allen Cook of Krum; three daughters, Linda Wiltse of San Antonio, Cheryl Green of Palm Dale, Calif., and La Donna Griffith of Ranier, Ore.; a sister, Dorris Goodbary of Carney, Okla.; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, September 5, 2004

Copeland, James Dee
1969-2004
Memorial for James Dee Copeland, 35, of Newark was Oct. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Tim Staub officiated.
Copeland died Oct. 5, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born April 4, 1969, in Oceanside, Calif., to Frances and Jerrell Lee Copeland, he was a 1988 graduate of Decatur High School and a carpenter for Lindell Construction Company.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Jones Copeland; a daughter, Melissa Jones; mother and step-father, Robert Hicks; four brothers, John Deweese of Dallas, Karl Deweese of Wilmington, N.C., Jerry Copeland and wife, Jamie, of San Antonio and Frank Copeland and wife, Linda, of Burleson; a sister, Charlotte Fitzgerald and husband, Billy, of Alvord and grandparent George Herr of Glen Rose.
Published Sunday, October 10, 2004

Corlett, Frank Mathew, Jr.
1925-2004
Service for Frank Mathew Corlett Jr., 79, of Runaway Bay will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Runaway Bay Community Church. Dr. Charles Holland will officiate. Burial will follow at Eternal Oaks Cemetery.
Corlett died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Beaumont and married Kate Senning on Aug. 3, 1943, in Wichita Falls. He served in the U.S. Navy as E-6 First Class Petty Officer. He retired as a civil land surveyor. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 587 and a member of the Runaway Bay Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years and two sons, Frank Corlett and wife, Nancy, and Ledru Corlett.
Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge No. 587.
Published Thursday, February 19, 2004

Cornstubble, Bobby James
1931-2004
Graveside for Bobby James Cornstubble, 72, of Fort Worth was June 21 at Bethel Cemetery. James Hurst officiated.
Cornstubble died June 17, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 16, 1931, to Clyde W. and Pearl Cornstubble, he was a retired superintendent employed by Chickasaw Lumber Company and a U.S. Navy veteran. He married Lottie Norris Sept. 25, 1952, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his wife in July 1993 and a son, Jackie Ray Cornstubble.
He is survived by three daughters, Bobbie Kayleen Hendrix, Deedra Lucus and C. Kay Cornstubble, all of Forth Worth; four sons, James Cornstubble of Newark, Steve Cornstubble and Ira James Cornstubble of Fort Worth and Mark Cornstubble of Joshua; two brothers, Ira Cornstubble and Clyde Cornstubble, both of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, June 24, 2004

Crabtree, Ramona Louise
1935-2004
Graveside service for Ramona Louise Crabtree, 68, of Haltom City, was Friday at Aurora Cemetery.
Crabtree died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Haltom City.
Born Dec. 18, 1935, in Electra to Nolan and Pearlie (Smith) Hale, she was a resident of Wise County before moving to Haltom City.
She is survived by her mother, Pearlie Hale of Cleburne; a son, Michael Crabtree of Haltom City; a daughter, Shari Syrus and husband, Ricky, of Haltom City; former husband, Harold Crabtree of Okla.; a brother, Gene Hale of Jacksboro and two grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 18, 2004

Creamer, Alice Fern
1937-2004

Funeral for Alice Fern Creamer, 67, of Springtown was Tuesday, June 22, 2004. The Rev. Gene Creamer officiated.
She died June 19, 2004, in Springtown.
She was born May 20, 1937, in Haslet.
She was a retired typesetter.
She married Calvin Louis Creamer July 5, 1957, in Haslet. He preceded her in death April 2003.
She is survived by a son, Tracy Creamer and his wife, Candy of Springtown; two daughters, Mary Carnes of Springtown and Shelley Gilliland and her husband, Terrell, of Springtown; seven grandchildren; a brother, Fred Melear of Boyd; and a sister, Jeanie Kirk of Springtown.
Published Thursday, June 24, 2004

Crenshaw, Virginia Lee
1927-2004

Service for Virginia Lee Crenshaw, 77, of Decatur, was to be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Dr. Bill Higgins was to officiate. Burial will be in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Crenshaw died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 6, 1927, she was a retired delivery clerk for Montgomery Ward in Fort Worth. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean conflict and was a member of Bible Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen Crenshaw.
Pallbearers were Alan Green, J.R. Moody, Jim Hays, Chris Tackel and Jerry Jernigan.
Published Sunday, November 21, 2004

Creswell, Leona Mae
1916-2004
Funeral service for Leona Mae Creswell, 87, of Decatur was Jan. 16, 2004, at Frazer’s Chapel in Arkansas with Rev. Greg Stanley officiating. Burial was in Moseley Cemetery in Arkansas.
Born Feb. 20, 1916 in Banks, Ark., to Charles Victor Miller and Idella Davidson Miller, she died Jan. 13, 2004, in Bridgeport.
She was a housewife, homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church in Warren, Ark. She married Hoyt Creswell on Oct. 11, 1951. He preceded her in death April 24, 1987.
Surviving are two sons, Curtis Creswell of Decatur and John Creswell of New Edinburg, Ark.; a brother W.T. Loomis; two sisters, Jewel St. John and Reba Gates, all of Arkansas; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Steve Harrelson, Ricky St. John, Cliff St. John, Christopher Creswell, Randy Ayres, Patrick Harrelson and Jerry Harrelson.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Warren, Ark., or the Moseley Cemetery Association.
Published Sunday, January 18, 2004

Crosby, Peggy Jean
1930-2004
Funeral for Peggy Jean Crosby, 73, of Flower Mound was Monday at the Shiloh Church in Flower Mound. Burial followed at the Flower Mound Cemetery.
Crosby died May 7, 2004, in Dallas.
Born Oct. 15, 1930, she was an original member of the Flower Mound Volunteer Fire Department. She and her family have lived in Flower Mound since 1964.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Crosby.
She is survived by longtime friend and companion John Travelle; two daughters, Debora Ryan and husband, Dan, of Decatur and Linda Gournay of Lewisville; four grandchildren, Wendy Davis and husband, Ryan, of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Melissa Upchurch of Winchester, Va., Donnie Ray Upchurch of Decatur and Trey Ryan of Bandera; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Lenae Davis.
Pallbearers were Dan Ryan Jr., Donnie Upchurch Sr., Ryan Davis and Don Culmer.
Published Thursday, May 13, 2004

Cummings, Betty E.
1928-2004

Funeral for Betty E. Cummings, 75, a retired Decatur school administrator, was to be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Coker Funeral Chapel. Gerald Cleveland was to officiate.
She died Aug. 18, 2004, in Decatur.
She was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Ranger.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Cummings, and a daughter, Suzanne Cummings.
She is survived by her mother, Sarah Johnston Wallace, brother, Edwin Johnston, and sister, Eugenia Pierce, all of New Mexico.
Pallbearers were to be Jim Freeman, Lance Trammell, Kyle Johnston, Morris Berend and Bill Pierce.
Published Sunday, August 22, 2004

Currie, Glenda Darlene
1947-2004
Service for Glenda Darlene Currie, 56, of Rhome was to be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers was to officiate. Burial was to be at Aurora Cemetery.
Born May 14, 1947, in Clifton, she died Jan. 29, 2004, in Rhome.
She married Jason Currie on July 8, 1964, in Decatur. She was an active member of the Aurora Baptist Church and was a teacher of the Awanas.
She is survived by her husband; son, John Currie and wife Susie; three grandchildren; brothers, Donald, Richard and David Sanders; and sisters Pat Goines and Barbara Eckard.
Pallbearers were to be David Smith, Craig Smith, Kevin Howard, Aaron Henke, Jackie Smith and Doyle Jennings. Honorary pallbearers were to be Albert Timms and Charlie Carey.
Published Sunday, February 1, 2004

Dacken, Lester Jerry
1905-2003
Service for Lester Jerry Dacken, 98, of Tahlequah, Okla., formerly of Boyd, will be Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2:30 p.m. at Go Ye Village Chapel in Tahlequah. The Rev. Paul Tavener and Dr. David Blake will officiate. Burial will be Friday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. at Garvin Methodist Church Cemetery in Wise County.
Dacken died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, in Tahlequah.
He was born May 28, 1905, in Lone Rock, Iowa, to Frank and Marie (Helgens) Dacken. He married Gladys Hall and lived in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. In 1942, Dacken entered Moodys Bible Institute. After graduating from Wheaton College in 1946, he graduated from McCormick Seminary in 1949. In 1976, Dacken lived in Boyd where he served as a circuit minister for five rural Methodist churches. He did this for 12 years until he retired at age 83. After the death of his first wife, Dacken married Ruth Hall in 1981 and in 1988 moved to Go Ye Village where he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tahlequah and served on the board of directors for Hope House.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Esther Lindgren and husband, Jim; two grandchildren, Sarah Fravel and husband, David, and Rebekah Davis and husband, Mike, and six great-grandchildren, D.J. and Christine Fravel and Rachel, Shannon, Carolyn and Abigail Davis.
Pallbearers will be Ross Smith, Wayne Gute, Jim Lindgren, Jay Porterfield, Wes Weldon and Ben Segerstrom.
Memorials may be made to the Go Ye Assistance Society Team Evangelical Alliance Mission, Wheaton, Ill., P.O. Box 969, Carol Stream, Ill.
Published Thursday, January 1, 2004

Dameron, W. Frank
1920-2004
Graveside service for W. Frank Dameron, 83, of Midland was to be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Arlington. Drs. Tommy Potter and Ray Bristol were to officiate.
The father of Teresa Sattawhite of Decatur, Dameron died Tuesday, May 25, 2004.
Born Dec. 24, 1920, to William Franklin Dameron and Isa Bel Bratcher Dameron in Lee Ray, he was raised and educated in Fort Worth. He served the United States in World War II and the Korean War and was discharged with the rank of captain.
He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Texas Christian University and in 1966, he formed The Canyon Co., which we was still operating when he died. He also invented the Gamma Ray Core Logger.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Midland, a charter member of the Ranchland Hills Country Club, the Petroleum Club and the West Texas Geological Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Larry Dameron and his brother, Jack Dameron.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Dameron of Midland; daughter, Teresa Sattawhite and husband, Melvin, of Decatur; a son, Rodger S. Dameron and wife, Marsha, of Midland; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two stepchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Christian Church, Chalice Fund, 1301 W. Louisana, Midland, Texas, 79701 or Medina Children’s Home, HCR 16 Box 75, Medina, Texas 78055.
Published Sunday, May 30, 2004

Daniels, Joseph
1954-2004
Graveside service for Joseph Daniels, 50, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, at Paradise Cemetery. Bob Ware was to officiate. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Born Jan. 21, 1954, in Newton, Daniels died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, in Decatur.
He is survived by a daughter, Shanna Daniels of Rendon; two brothers, Harold Daniels and wife, Brenda, of Cleburne and James Daniels and wife, Linda, of Hico; three sisters, Barbara Lofton and husband, Michael, of Paradise, Sandra Daniels of Decatur and Eunice Daniels of Waco; and two grandchildren.
Published Thursday, November 11, 2004

Davenport, Fred A.
1924-2004
A memorial service for Fred Arnold “Jack” Davenport Jr., 79, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Decatur, will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 3601 Taft St., in Wichita Falls with Dr. Isaac Butterworth officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park.
Born Feb. 11, 1924, in Decatur to then county Judge Fred A. Davenport and Velma Carpenter Davenport, he died Jan. 23, 2004, following complications from a stroke.
Davenport served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II. After returning home, he completed a bachelor’s degree and post graduate work at the University of Texas. He moved to Wichita Falls in 1951 where he met and married his wife, the former Lou Ann Karr. She preceded him in death in 2003.
Davenport enjoyed a long career in civil service and was chief of civilian personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base until his retirement in 1983. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Wichita Falls Symphony Board.
Survivors include his daughter Dr. Ann Lucas and husband, Michael, of Morro Bay, Calif.; two grandchildren, John and Christina, also of Morro Bay; and a sister, Mrs. Charles Hull of Denton.
Published Thursday, January 29, 2004

Davis, David E., Sr.
1955-2004
Funeral for David E. Davis Sr., 49, of Rhome was to be Wednesday at Fairview Baptist Church. Ben Phillips was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Davis died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, in Grapevine.
Born May 10, 1955, in Fort Worth, he was a retired bus driver for Northwest Independent School District. He married Susan Hienton Davis July 24, 1982, in Arlington.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, David Davis Jr. of Fort Worth, Grant Davis of Rhome and Ben Davis of Bowie; two daughters, Kristina Cooper of Justin and Kate Davis of Rhome; two brothers, Clint Davis of Azle and Calvin Davis of Fort Worth; and six grandchildren, Ashley, Kaylee, Chance, Alyssia, Cheyenne and Jazmine.
Published Thursday, September 2, 2004

Davis, Krystal Lynn
1977-2004
Funeral for Krystal Lynn Davis, 26, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Decatur Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur, Okla. Visitation was to be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Chapel in Decatur.
Davis died Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, near Decatur.
Born Nov. 30, 1977, in Ponca City, Okla., she was a Wal-Mart employee.
She is survived by her parents, Randy and Linda Davis of Decatur; five cousins; grandparents, T.C. and Maxine Davis of Elk City, Okla. and aunts and uncles Becky and Marty Shelton of Dallas, Leland and Charlotte Weeks of Wynnewood, Okla. and Bobby and Lynda Weeks of Edmond, Okla.
Published Thursday, September 23, 2004

Deaton, Johnny Wayne
1945-2004

Service for Johnny Wayne Deaton, 58, of Bridgeport was Thursday, April 1, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Luke Oyler officiated. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery near Balsora.
Deaton died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, in Bridgeport.
He was born June 3, 1945, in Bridgeport and married his wife, Jackie, on July 17, 1999, in Wise County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, a truck driver and a member of the Assembly of God Church and VFW of Wise County.
He is survived by his wife; brother, Bobby Deaton of Bridgeport; sister, Sharon Daves of Bridgeport; five aunts, Ann Deaton, Opal Connors, Billy Jo Hollowell, Alma Sparks and Minnie Sparks and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Christerson, Wesley Bo Hall, Charlie Deaton, Warren Blount, Tolo Gutierrez and Mike Deaton. Honorary pallbearer was Billy Garner.
Published Sunday, April 4, 2004

Deaton, Lotella Sparks
1924-2004
Service for Lotella Sparks Deaton, 79, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Jay VanZandt officiated. Burial followed at Willow Point.
Deaton died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, in Decatur.
She was born April 26, 1924, in Chico and married John Deaton on April 8, 1944. She was a lifetime resident of Wise County and a retired licensed vocational nurse and ambulance driver for Decatur Hospital. Deaton was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Chico.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, Cotton, Ode and Bud Sparks and two sisters, Jettie Sanders and Rhoda Fields.
She is survived by two sons, Johnny Wayne and Bobby Deaton; daughter, Sharon Gail Daves; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Opal Conners and Billy Jo Hollowell.
Pallbearers were Leroy Sparks, Warren Blount, Wesley Hall, Thurman Sparks, Ronnie Sparks, Gary Hollowell, Eddie Hollowell and Danny Ray Sanders.
Published Thursday, January 22, 2004

Demases, Johnny
1927-2004

Funeral for Johnny Demases, 76, of Boyd will be Friday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Steve Weeks will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Demases died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 10, 1927, in Fort Worth, to James and Velma Coggins Demases, he was a farmer and a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. He married Dessie Vardas on Aug. 25, 1955, in Hurst.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Robert Demases and wife, Pam; a daughter, Marilynn Davis; a brother, Tony Demases and wife, June; two sisters, Helen Farlow and Mary Ann Weaver and husband, Richard, and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Chance and Christopher.
Pallbearers will be Monty Davis, Robert Inman, Ralph Inman, Jim Driskill, Donald Cox and Jimmy Smith.
Published Thursday, January 15, 2004

Dey, Thomas L.
1939-2004
Mass of Christian burial for Thomas L. Dey, 65, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m., Sept. 15, at the Catholic Church of the Assumption. Father Gilbert Pansza was to officiate. Rosary was to be at 9:30 a.m. the same day at the church.
Dey died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, in Decatur.
Born June 12, 1939, in Glendive, Mont., he was retired from the Air Force. He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Assumption, Disabled Veterans, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Chloe Drucilla Hampton Dey.
He is survived by a son, Thomas L. Dey Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Decatur; a daughter, Valerie Bolejack of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three brothers, John Dey and Paul Dey, both of Billings, Mont., and Frank Dey of Glendive; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were to be Kevin Dey, Bobby Hampton, Joe Hampton and Jim Bob Hampton.
Published Thursday, September 16, 2004

Dickenson, Gary Lee
1944-2004

Funeral for Gary Lee Dickenson, 60, of Chico will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 26, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Melvin Dickenson will officiate with Cycle Dickenson assisting. Burial will follow at Lone Star Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004.
Gary Dickenson died Aug. 23, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born March 1, 1944, in Decatur.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, graduated from East Texas State University, taught school at Decatur and Boyd and was a past president of the Future Farmers of America.
He is survived by a sister, Bettye Rigdon of Fort Worth; a nephew, Matthew Rigdon of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a niece, Stephanie Sutton and husband, Jared, of Denton.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lambert, Loyd Dickenson, Tom Tumelty, Gary Potts, Gary Green, Charles Cooper, Robert Van Fleet and Monte Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Coursey, Eddie Berry, Jerry Stanfield, Jim Cull, Floyd Davis, Mike Riney and Donnie Dickenson.
Published Thursday, August 26, 2004

Dickey, Lillie Mae ‘Doodle’
1907-2004

Service for Lillie Mae “Doodle” Dickey, 96, of Rhome was Friday, Jan. 16, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. John Bickham officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Dickey died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Rhome.
She was born Feb. 1, 1907, in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) to Henry and Ada Anderson. She married Merlin Henry Dickey on Jan. 24, 1925, in Decatur. She was a chef at Harvey’s Cafe in Rhome and a member of the First Baptist Church in Rhome.
She was preceded in death by her husband and son Wayne Dickey.
She is survived by four sons, Jimmy Dickey of San Angelo, Allen Dickey of Boyd and Tony and Raymond Dickey, both of Rhome; three daughters, Berta Gilbert of Crowley, Jackie Malone of Roanoke and Marie Moore of Rhome; one brother, George Anderson of Saginaw; two sisters, Ada Belle Peel of Fort Worth and Pauline Walker of Saginaw; 25 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tony Ray Dickey, Tommy Dickey, Tony Rhett Dickey, Bubba Dickey, Ronnie Moore and Darrell Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were Barry Dickey, Joey Dickey, Guy Dickey, Jimmy Dickey, Ronnie Dickey, David Dickey and Bobby Dickey.
Memorials may be made to any charitable organization.
Published Sunday, January 18, 2004

Diffenderfer, Hazel Beatrice ‘Bea’
1925-2004

Funeral for Hazel Beatrice “Bea” Diffenderfer, 79, of Paradise was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Hawkins Funeral Home. The Rev. Dwayne Lamberson was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Cundiff Cemetery.
Diffenderfer died Wednesday, Dec. 15, in Decatur.
Born March 12, 1925, in Midnight, Miss., she was a retired certified nurse’s aide for Bellmire Home in Bowie and a Baptist.
She is survived by Paul Diffenderfer and wife, Kieron, and John Diffenderfer and wife, Carolyn, all of Paradise; a brother, Clarence Warren of Haltom City; three sisters, Betty Black of Azle, Kathy Nesmith of Azle and Ruth Holmes of Joshua; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Roy Harris, L.J. Kotlarich, Shiloh Shannon, Lance Diodato, Mark Martin and Paul Murphy.
Published Sunday, December 19, 2004

Dillard, Gladys
1907-2003
Graveside service for Gladys Dillard, 96, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. at Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington.
Dillard died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 2, 1907, in Rising Star, she retired from LTV of Grand Prairie after 20 years of service. She lived many years in Arlington before moving to Decatur to be near family after her retirement. She was a member of various Nazarene churches during her life.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Eleanor Nichols and three brothers, Wade Hash, Bert Hash and Lee Hash.
She is survived by a daughter, Jerry Whiddon and husband, Bill, of Decatur; three grandsons, David Whiddon of Decatur, Scott Whiddon of Durham, N.C., and Avian Whiddon of Watauga; four great-grandchildren, Luke DeLong, Nathan, Kyle and Alicia Whiddon and three step-great-grandchildren, Kerrie and Justin Barnhill and Kammie Balch.
Published Sunday, January 4, 2004

DoByns, Charles LeRoy
1932-2004
Funeral for Charles LeRoy DoByns, 72, of Garland, Kan., was Nov. 30 at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. He was the father of Troy DoByns of Paradise and the brother of Addis Cecil DoByns of Chico. The Revs. Jack Bankhead and Chris Bearden officiated. Burial followed at Lath Branch Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan.
DoByns died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004.
Born Jan. 23, 1932, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Wallace C. and Ella Fair (Harper) DoByns, he grew up in Nevada. He married Betty Rich April 5, 1950, in Nevada, Mo. He retired in 1992 as a forklift operator for Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth. He was a member of the Oskaloosa Freewill Baptist Church and Fort Worth Riverside Lodge No. 1194 A.F. and A.M. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Terry DoByns and wife, Lisa, of Columbus, Kan., and Troy DoByns and wife, Mary, of Paradise; one brother, Addis Cecil DoByns of Chico; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, December 2, 2004

Dodd, Ola Mae
1912-2004

Service for Ola Mae Dodd, 91, of Alvord was Friday, Jan. 30, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Dodd died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, in Bridgeport.
She was born Jan. 31, 1912, in Wise County. She married Alvis Thomas Dodd on July 24, 1931. She was a lifetime resident of Wise County, a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord and the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Alva Dean Denney; a sister, Chrystine Dunnigan; two brothers, Clois and Amos Hanner and a grandson, Bret Dodd.
She is survived by two sons, James Dodd and wife, Bobette, of North Richland Hills and Pat Dodd and wife, Carla, of Enid, Okla.; five grandchildren, Peggy Bradley, Bobby Lynn Denney, Christopher Dodd, Brandon Dodd and Dena Worlund; seven great-grandchildren, Stephanie Bradley, Nicole Dodd, Jessica Denney, Dustin Dodd, Drew Dodd, Colton Dodd and Sheldon Worlund; brother, Jay Hanner of Baird; sister, Melba Jeane Keith of Amarillo and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brandon Dodd, Greg Worlund, Leonard Denney, Bruce Nivens, Pat Garrett and Melton Neighbors.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alvord Building Fund.
Published Sunday, February 1, 2004

Doty, Aaron Glenn
1962-2004
Graveside service for Aaron Glenn Doty, 42, of Dallas, formerly of Bridgeport, was Friday, June 18, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Roger Rhodes officiated.
Doty died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in Dallas.
Born March 2, 1962, in Bridgeport, he was an asphalt contractor. He was a 1978 graduate of Bridgeport High School and was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his father, Burl Doty and wife, Jannie, of Bridgeport; his mother, Canetta Calloway of Frisco; one brother, Cecil Doty and wife, Susan, of North Attleboro, Mass.; three sisters, Donna Stothers and husband, Richard, of Fort Worth, Debra Suggett and Cindy Dunn and husband, Bryant, of Frisco and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 27, 2004

Doyle, Dale Malcolm
1975-2004

Graveside service for Dale Malcolm Doyle, 28, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Tucker Cemetery in Chico. The Rev. Larry Calvin officiated.
Doyle died Thursday, March 4, 2004, in Bridgeport.
He was born Sept. 27, 1975, in Fort Worth. He was a welder for Nava-S Roustabout in Jacksboro and a member of the Central Church of Christ.
He is survived by his mother Betty Doyle and step-father Junior Davidson of Bridgeport; father Dale Doyle of Decatur; sisters Judy Tidwell of Alvord and Tina Willis of Jacksboro; brother James Davidson of Bridgeport; and grandmother Bessie Hemphill of Springtown.
Published Thursday, March 11, 2004

Drennan, William ‘Bill’ Coy
1937-2004

Funeral for William “Bill” Coy Drennan, 67, of Springtown will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16, at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown. Burial will follow at Garvin Cemetery in Springtown. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at White’s Funeral Home.
Drennan died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born April 10, 1937, in Springtown to Olin and Florence Drennan, he graduated from Paschal High School and Texas Wesleyan College. He was a baseball player in high school, college and the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served four years. He later shared his love of baseball as the coach of numerous youth baseball teams in Fort Worth. He was a sales representative before starting his own business in 1989. He enjoyed golf, state parks, sports and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Eric Phillipson.
He is survived by his wife, Sammye Drennan; a son, Terry Lamar Drennan and wife, Paula; two step-daughters, Judy Phillipson and Suzanne Phillipson; seven grandchildren, Chad and Michael Drennan, Kristen and Marianne Tarbox, Christopher Phillipson, Christina Lyons and Misty Mayfield; three sisters, Darlene Morgan, Flodeen Mullins and husband, J.W., Yvonne Pewitt and husband, Jimmy; a brother, Grady Varnell Drennan and wife, Lois; an aunt, Monna Brown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 3301 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 or the charity of your choice.
Published Sunday, August 15, 2004

Duncan, William ‘Bill’ DeVee
1968-2004

Service for William “Bill” DeVee Duncan, 35, of Fort Worth will be Friday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Southlake. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville.
Duncan died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in Fort Worth.
He was born May 20, 1968, in Lubbock.
He attended Southlake Carroll High School and Tarrant County College.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jack Waddell, William B. Duncan and Helen Duncan.
He is survived by his mother, Judy D. Lambert and husband, Thomas, of Decatur; his father, William W. Duncan; sister, Diane D. Baxley; brother, London Duncan; grandmother, Mildred Waddell; two aunts and uncles and many cousins.
Published Thursday, February 5, 2004

Eason, Charles Olis ‘Pinkie’
1914-2004
Service for Charles Olis “Pinkie” Eason, 89, of Moore, Okla., formerly of Alvord, was to be Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Charles Curtis Eason was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Eason died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, in Moore.
He was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Decatur to Charles and Lulu Eason. He married Jessie Belle Bock in 1953. Eason worked in the pipeline industry in the local pipe fitters union Local 324, Engineering Union. He served in the Army in the 358th Infantry during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife; step-son, Charles Bock of Morrisdale, Penn.; and two brothers, Alvis and Newell Eason.
He is survived by two daughters, Juanita Lois Kyler of Moore and Kathy Pernell of Morrisdale; step-daughter, Dorothy Turner of Morrisdale; two step-sons, Walter and James Bock of Morrisdale; sister, Dora E. Tabb of Mineral Wells and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Lawrence and Franklin Kyler, Chuck McGuire, Mike McDonald, Roger Jones and Douglas Jones.
A military tribute was to be provided by the Wise County Veterans Group.
Published Thursday, February 26, 2004

Eaton, Billy L.
1957-2004

Memorial service for Billy L. Eaton, 46, of Chico will be Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at 306 N. Mount St. in Chico.
Eaton died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, in Chico.
He was born Feb. 24, 1957, in Lake Worth to Norman and Mary Eaton. Eaton was a lifelong resident of Bedford before moving to Chico in 2003 due to an illness. He was a member of the Christian Church and Masonic Lodge No. 918 in Fort Worth. For 10 years, he was a master plumber and tradesman for Strain Plumbing.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his son, Jordan Eaton; sisters, Cathy Lacey of Chico, Carolyn Matzinger of Decatur and Beverly Davis of Bedford; brothers, Orrbie Dalton and Raymond Eaton, both of Fort Worth; nephews, Shawn Greer-Lee, Michael Hover, Robert Dalton, Johnny Moore and Stephen Clowers; nieces, Susan Dooling and Rachael Eaton; great-niece, Ashlee Dooling and great-nephew Brandon Clowers.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas, 705 E. Greenwood Ave., Bowie, Texas, 76230.
Published Thursday, January 8, 2004

Eblen, Sharalyn Lee
1943-2004
A memorial service for Sharalyn Lee Eblen, 61, of Rhome was Monday, May 24, 2004. She died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, in Galveston.
She was born Jan. 30, 1943, in Madison, Wis., to Floyd S. Mink and Evangeline Grace Mraz Mink.
She married Jimmy Lynn Eblen June 4, 1976, in Dayton, Ohio.
She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington as a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and worked as a nurse trainer for Justicorp. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband of Rhome; daughter, Susan Kasper of Garland; son, Scott Smith of Fort Worth; and six grandchildren.
Published Thursday, May 27, 2004

Eckstein, Joseph John
1919-2004
Graveside service for Joseph John Eckstein, 85, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Wise County, will be Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Deep Creek Cemetery in Boyd. Visitation was to be Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton.
Eckstein died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Clearwater.
Born March 19, 1919, in Meriden, Conn., to Frederick and Rita Commeford Eckstein, he attended Bluefield College in West Virginia and Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged at the rank of chief petty officer. He was an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He married Ann Catherine Fitch Nov. 25, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 1999.
He is survived by four daughters, Joanne Arrington and Jane Fry, both of Denton, Dr. Jorge Neuhaus of Norman and Mary Eckstein of Lenexa, Kan.; a son, Dr. Jon Eckstein of Krum and eight grandchildren.
Published Thursday, September 2, 2004

Edgin, Olin Wayne
1930-2004

Funeral for Olin Wayne Edgin, 73, of Boyd was Monday, May 3, 2004. Dr. Hal Kincade officiated.
Edgin died Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Fort Worth.
He was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Fort Worth to Edward and Olivia (Robinson) Edgin. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 1184, the Shriners and the Drum Corps. His hobbies included hunting, collecting knives and music. He had a love and desire for helping children.
He married Noma F. Phillips Nov. 1, 1967 in Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John L. Edgin Sr.
He is survived by his wife; one son, John R. Fleming Sr.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, May 6, 2004

Edwards, Frona Lyon
1919-2004

Funeral for Frona Lyon Edwards, 85, of Runaway Bay was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. David Hall was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Edwards died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, in Bowie.
Born Sept. 21, 1919, in Montague County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Evert Lyon and Truman Edwards; three brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Skidmore of Bowie and Kay Stanfield of Bridgeport; two sisters, Faye Meyer of Bowie and Pauline Johnson of Nocona; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special niece Billie Rolls of Bowie and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Gary Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Dean Meyers, Heath Meyers, Jason Meyers, Grant Meyers and Gentry Meyers.
Published Sunday, November 28, 2004

Elizondo, Rosendo Aranda
1940-2004
Mass of Christian Burial for Rosendo Aranda Elizondo, 64, of Bridgeport was Nov. 16 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Father Gilberto Panza officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Elizondo died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, in Eastland.
Born March 1, 1940, in Purisima Coah, Mexico, she was a retired woodcutter and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by five sons, Manuel Aranda and wife, Juana, Miguel Aranda, Reynaldo Aranda and wife, Margarita, Rogelio Aranda and wife, Monica, and Severo Aranda and wife, Barbara Palacios, all of Bridgeport; five daughters, Patricia Rangel and husband, Eliseo, Maria Guadalupe Lopez and husband, Eduardo, Fabiana Perez and husband Nicolas, Erlinda Huerta and husband, Martin, and Antonia Valdez and husband, Miguel Angel, all of Bridgeport; a brother, Antonio Aranda of Del Rio; and two sisters, Angelina Aranda of Del Rio and Socorro Villa of Purisima Coah, Mexico.
Pallbearers were Manuel Aranda, Severo Aranda, Rogelio Aranda, Reynaldo Aranda, Antonio Aranda and Miguel Aranda.
Published Thursday, November 18, 2004

Elrod, Harold Ray
1949-2004

Funeral service for Harold Ray Elrod, 55, of Paradise will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 5, at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church in Weatherford with burial in Cottondale Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.
Elrod died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born March 26, 1949, to Raymond and Janette Durfee Elrod in Fort Worth. He married Paulette Putzler on August 29, 1987.
He is survived by his wife and children, Mark Elrod, Carleen Dooley and husband, Larry, Lisa Hasty and husband, Joe, Marc Clawson and wife, Julie, and Paula Johns; nine grandchildren, Jason and Amber Leahy, Caitlin Dooley, Whitney and Justin Hasty, Ashley Alley, Skyler Clawson, Tristan Griffin and Celeste Johns; great-grandson, Bryson Leahy; four brothers; four sisters; an aunt, Doris Samuels and husband, Loyd, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, April 4, 2004

Erwin, Derwin L. ‘Buddy’
1940-2004

Funeral for Derwin L. (Buddy) Erwin, 64, of Denton, brother of Jo Hensley of Bridgeport, will be Sunday, Aug. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Chapel in Denton. The Rev. Randy Snow will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Joplin. Visitation was to be Saturday, July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Erwin died Thursday, July 29, 2004, in Denton.
Born Jan. 6, 1940, in Olney to Frank and Lessie M. Hall Erwin, he married Ruth Robinson Oct. 17, 1956. He graduated from Denton High School and owned Erwin Machine Shop.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Bud Erwin of Ponder; two sisters, Jo Hensley of Bridgeport and Frankie Sprabeary of Krum; three brothers, C.S. Erwin of Denton, John Erwin of Graham and Bill R. Erwin of Denton; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to American Hospice, 1410 N. Elm, Denton, Texas 76201.
Published Sunday, August 1, 2004

Eubanks, Mattie Heard
1905-2004

Funeral for Mattie Heard Eubanks, 98, of Haltom City was Friday, April 9. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Eubanks died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in Haltom City.
Born Dec. 17, 1905, in Wise County to John William Heard and Ester Cagle, she was a retired nurse of the Tarrant Hospital District at John Peter Smith for more than 20 years. She was a member of a non-denominational church.
She is survived by a son, Ernest W. Eubanks; two daughters, Mary Rettig and husband, Mike and Velma Kemp and husband, Willis; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and two nephews.
Published Thursday, April 15, 2004

Evans, Annie Pearl
1920-2004

Graveside service for Annie Pearl Evans, 84, of Newark will be Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Wise County. The Rev. Dan Williams will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.Evans died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in Newark.She was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Justin to Raleigh and Alice Garrett. Evans was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Newark.She was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Evans, and a daughter, Francis Thiemer.She is survived by her grandson, Willie Bell; granddaughter, Patty Campbell; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.Pallbearers will be William Bell, Larry Hunter, Ken Davis, Jimmy Campbell, Shane Wolf and Chris Evans. Honorary pallbearer will be Roger Kennedy. Published Sunday, March 7, 2004

Evans, Melba Louise
1918-2004
Graveside service for Melba Louise Evans, 85, of Fort Worth was Monday, March 15, at Alvord Cemetery. Bob Wilson officiated.
Evans died Thursday, March 11, 2004, in Haltom City.
She was born June 7, 1918, in Ridgeway and married Raymond G. Evans on June 5, 1937, in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published Thursday, March 18, 2004

Evans, Walter Loil
1931-2004

Service for Walter Loil Evans, 72, of Paradise will be Thursday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Ken Cates will officiate. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta.
Evans died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, in Dallas.
He was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Iredell and married Joann Holmes on Aug. 11, 1949, in Grapevine. Evans was a retired heavy equipment operator for Wise County Precinct 4 and a member of the First Baptist Church of Grapevine.
He is survived by his wife; son, Mike Evans of Paradise; two daughters, Susan Messick and husband, Bruce, of Paradise and Candy McKenzie of Grapevine; five grandchildren, Eric, Jason, Lee, Jake and Candi; three great-grandchildren, Teresa, Erika and Seth; brother, Doil Evans of Paradise; sister, Bea Shipman of Kaufman and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Eric Evans, Jason Evans, Lee Lovato, Shannon Keener, Jake McKenzie and Butch Bouldin.
Published Thursday, February 26, 2004

Fennell, Jeulia Bell
1897-2003
Graveside service for Jeulia Bell Fennell, 106, of Olney, formerly of Decatur, was to be Saturday, Jan. 3, in the Sweetwater Cemetery near Decatur. The Rev. Art Brown of Madill, Okla., was to officiate.
Fennell died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in Wichita Falls.
Born June 6, 1897, in Denton County to John A. and Ida Bell (Boydston) Brown, she married Jeff David Fennell July 21, 1918, in Decatur. She was a homemaker and a member of the Southside Baptist Church. She moved from Electra to Olney in 1968.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1968.
She is survived by two nieces, Imogene Jadloski of Dean and Elane Crawford of Phoenix, Ariz.; five nephews, J.R. Stewart of Emory, Ronnie Stewart of Megargel, John Lloyd Brown of Burkburnett, Floyd Brown of Duncan, Okla., and Elmer Lee Brown of Davis, Okla.
Published Sunday, January 4, 2004

Ferrell, Fred
1924-2004

Funeral for Fred Ferrell, 80, of Paradise was Oct. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will be held in West Virginia. The Rev. Steven Bernard officiated and was assisted by the Rev. Jack Skidmore.
Ferrell died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, in Paradise.
Born April 5, 1924, in Breeden, W. Va., he was a retired agent for Continental Airlines and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a square dancer and started square dancing clubs. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Gideon.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Bettsy M. Ferrell; two sons, Dennis Alan Ferrell and Michael Ray Ferrell and wife, Vickie; three stepsons, Dr. Moumin M. Quazi, Rahim H. Quazi and wife, Michele and David Fidler and wife, Rifat; four daughters, Carol Ann Ferrell, Barbara A. Price, Dorothy L. Ferrell and Elizabeth A. Ferrell; three brothers, William Earl, Johnny and Richard David Ferrell; a sister, Iota Gail Kennedy; 17 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Earl Ferrell Jr., Jessie Riggs, Troy “Shorty” Horton, Jeremy Price, Carl Rusty Powers, Jason Brown, Tim Skidmore, Donald Haines, David Haines, Lewis Wood, Sam Nesmith and Chip Foster.
The family requests donations be made to the Church of God building fund or the Gideons.
Published Sunday, October 31, 2004

Fincher, Clifton Ray
1921-2004
Graveside service for Clifton Ray Fincher, 82, of Boyd will be Monday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. at D/FW National Cemetery. Chaplin Gentry Castleman will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Fincher died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, in Boyd.
Born Oct. 31, 1921, in Slayton, he served in the Army Aircorp and was a prisoner of war during World War II. He was a retired business owner and operator of the Ace Mattress Factory in Fort Worth.
He is survived by two sons, John Fincher and wife, Jean Vance-Fincher, of Weatherford and Paul Fincher of Fort Worth; two daughters, Barbara Ray and husband, Billy V., of Boyd and Linda Morrison of Fort Worth; one sister, Opal Turner of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, January 4, 2004

Flake, James Kirkland ‘Jim’
1948-2004

Funeral for James Kirkland “Jim” Flake, 56, of Chico was Oct. 31 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Bill Hughes officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Flake died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Fort Worth, he was the store manager for Alvord Building Center. He married Linda Marie Faulkner Nov. 8, 1968, in Fort Worth and was a Methodist.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Burleson Flake.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years; four sons, Randy Flake of Chico, Robby Flake and wife, Janette, of Decatur, Keith Flake and wife, Jessica, of Bridgeport and Kevin Flake and wife, Rachel, of Chico; grandchildren, Brandi, Chloe, Lexi, McKenna, Kaitlyn and Kaleb; his mother, Dorothy Flake and a sister, Jana Padgett and husband, Bill, all of San Antonio.
Pallbearers were B.J. Hood, Gustavo Patino, Steve Hesteande, Jeff Hughes, Jacob Hughes and Jose Vargas.
Published Thursday, November 4, 2004

Fleming, John Rudell
1942-2004

Funeral for John Rudell Fleming, 61, of Boyd will be Monday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Dr. Hal Kinkeade and the Rev. Ken Cates will officiate. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home
Fleming died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 12, 1942, in Levelland, he was a retired U.S. Navy veteran who served as a machinist’s mate first class in Vietnam. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Springtown and the Decatur Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Fleming and his stepfather, Olin Edgin.
He is survived by three sons, John Fleming Jr. of Fort Worth, Eric Lee Fleming and wife, Angela, of Fort Worth, and Tommy Fleming of Fort Worth; two daughters, Rhonda Jones and husband, Mark, of Alvarado, and Shannon Partridge of Fort Worth; his mother, Noma Edgin of Boyd and seven grandchildren, Stephanie and Sean Partridge, Ashley Fleming, Erica and Garrison Fleming and Cheyenne and Marcus Jones.
Pallbearers will be the North Texas Honor Guard.
Published Sunday, August 8, 2004

Flores, Helen
1943-2004

Graveside service for Helen Flores, 60, of Alvord, will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004.
Flores died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, in Alvord.
She was born April 8, 1943, in Royal Oak Township, Mich.
Alvord Independent School District presented Flores with a retirement plaque honoring her 20 years of service at a special reception on Jan. 15. Flores taught high school art and supervised the alternative education program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Bickham Sr. and a grandson, Kyle Benton Nivens.
She is survived by her mother, Naoma Wickham of Florida; four daughters, Linda Stutt of Hearne, Martha Nivens of Alvord, Amanda Neill of Garland and Debbie Taylor of Bridgeport; a son, Pablo W. Flores and wife, Amy, of Abilene; a brother, Walter L. Wickham Jr. of Florida; a sister, Patricia Myers of Florida; and six grandchildren, Shannon Linda Stutt, James David Stutt, Thomas Shaw Stutt, Kendall Lynn Nivens, Leileena Marie Neill and Matthew Blake Necessary Flores.
Pallbearers will be Monty Nivens, James Stutt, Joshua Neill, John Peterson, Jesse Peterson and Don Wellen.
Published Sunday, February 1, 2004

Flusche, Jerry Lawrence
1947-2004

Service for Jerry Lawrence Flusche, 56, former county commissioner and owner of the Flusche Company, of Decatur was Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary church. Father Gilbert Pansza officiated. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Flusche died Sept. 22, 2004, in Decatur.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Vikki Flusche of Chico; his mother, Regina Flusche of Muenster; sons Christopher Flusche of Decatur, Andrew Flusche of Charlottsville and Richard Flusche of Chico; and sisters Evelyn Sicking of Muenster and Viola Schmidlkofer of Lindsay.
Published Sunday, September 26, 2004

Flusche, Kathy
1943-2004
Funeral for Kathy Flusche, 61, of Fort Worth will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home. Burial will be at noon at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born Jan. 23, 1943, in Fort Worth to Laverne Brantton and Jimmy Lyons, she died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Larry Flusche, a former Decatur resident; three daughters, Paige Heiser, Tami Tolle and Pam Thompson and her husband, Dan; seven grandchildren, Sidney Flusche, Cody Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Carley Heiser, Alex Tolle, Jesse Tobey and Caleb Tobey; two brothers, Cecil Lyons and Marlin Lyons, both of Decatur; and a sister, Patricia Lyons.
Published Thursday, November 25, 2004

Fortenberry, Ras
1909-2004

Service for Ras Fortenberry, 94, of Slidell was Monday, April 5, at Rosston United Methodist Church. David Dunson officiated. Burial followed at Rosston Cemetery.
Fortenberry died Friday, April 2, 2004, in Decatur.
He was born June 5, 1909, in Rosston. He served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a rancher and a member of the Slidell United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Otella Baxter Fortenberry, sister Kathryn Fortenberry and brother James Fortenberry.
He is survived by one brother, Henry Fortenberry of Henrietta, and two sisters, Helen Holden of California and Ann Hancock of Slidell.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Shaw, Elbert Ray Forman, Neal Fortenberry, Don Hickey, Blake Fortenberry, Joe Knox, Ed McCormick and Joe Steadman.
Published Thursday, April 8, 2004

Foster, Naomi Aileen
1917-2004
Funeral for Naomi Aileen Foster, 87, of Alvord will be Thursday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker Funeral Home.
Foster died Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tulsa, Okla.
Born Feb. 26, 1917, in Alvord, she was a homemaker. She graduated as valedictorian in 1935 from Forestburg High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. She enjoyed cooking, bird watching and crocheting. She was also a seamstress. She married Merritt Preston Foster in 1938, and he preceded her in death in 1977.
She was also preceded in death by four siblings, Eldon Lee Watts, Cleo Lucille Watts, Georgia Emma Watts Hogan and Raymond Howard Watts.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Sid Foster of Owasso, Okla.; a sister, Frances Simpson of Decatur and two grandchildren, Michael Foster and wife, Jennifer, of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Patricia Golightly and husband, Ryan, of Owasso.
Published Thursday, April 29, 2004

Fox, Margaret Shoemaker
1911-2004
Graveside service for Margaret Shoemaker Fox, 92, of Decatur was Sept. 20 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated.
Fox died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 29, 1911, in Decatur, she was a retired teacher and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Fox and Peggy Fox Lewis, both of Decatur; a grandson, Jeff Tindall of Decatur; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Thursday, September 23, 2004

Fox, Ruby E. Moore
1950-2004
Funeral for Ruby E. Moore Fox, 54, of Paradise will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Walter M. Beard will officiate. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Fox died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 6, 1950, in Fort Worth, to Lewis and Lillie Morvesc Moore, she was a homemaker. She married Elvin Fox on Aug. 17, 1985, in Paradise.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis Moore Jr.
She is survived by her husband; a son, James Chandler and wife, Donna; a daughter, Marsha Hardin and husband, Carol; four grandchildren, Amanda, Krystal, Lauren and Stetson; three brothers, Leroy Moore, Henry Paul Moore and James Moore; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Allan Sanders, Josh Sanders, Red Lambert, Bobby VanHoose, Mike Miller, Larry Miears, Earl Sanders and Mark Young.
Published Sunday, December 12, 2004

Franks, Theola Daniel
1920-2004

Service for Theola Daniel Franks, 83, of Decatur will be Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Franks died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004.
She was born July 15, 1920. Franks was a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Archco Machine Shop in Southlake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie M. Franks; sons, Norman Larry Franks and Howard Lynn Franks and a grandson, Thomas Martin Franks.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary Franks of Rhome; two grandchildren, Mary Beth Starr and husband, Robert, and Lorie Frederick and husband, William; four great-grandchildren, Lora Landers, Chrystal Carr, Deewayne Hedrick and Thomas Carr Jr.; one great-great-granddaughter, Loren Landers; three sisters, Illa May Leonerd of Houston, Christine Tharp of Bridgeport and Glenda Lee of Wichita Falls; and a niece, Maggie Currier of Southlake.
Published Thursday, February 19, 2004

French, Leslie Ferris
1920-2004

Funeral for Leslie Ferris French, 84, of Decatur was to be Saturday, March 20, at 4 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
French died Thursday, March 18, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 3, 1920, in Saint Augustine, he was a retired assistant district engineer/chief engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. He married Myrle V. Hinshaw Feb. 28, 1942, in Lebonon, Mo., and was a World War II Army Corp. veteran. He attended Abilene High School and Texas A&M, graduating in 1941 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He was a member of the Decatur First Baptist Church and a registered professional engineer.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Allen French.
He is survived by his wife, Myrle, of Decatur; two sons, Robert L. French of Keller and John A. French of Decatur; a sister, Lillian Wood of Galveston and four grandchildren, Stephen Wade French of Allen, Stefanie Peterson of Keller, Kristi Lyn French of Denton and Casey Allen French of San Marcos.
Published Sunday, March 21, 2004

Freudiger, Randy Lee, Jr.
1965-2004
Funeral for Randy Lee Freudiger Jr., 38, of North Richland Hills was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate. Burial was to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Freudiger died Saturday, May 22, 2004, in North Richland Hills.
Born July 7, 1965, in Fort Worth, he was an interior design contractor. He graduated from Richland High School and attended the University of Houston.
He is survived by a son, Connor Preston Freudiger of Lake Charles, La.; a daughter, Randi Lea Freudiger of Las Vegas; his mother, Betsy Murphy of North Richland Hills; his father, Randy Lee Freudiger Sr. of Arlington; a brother, Bart Freudiger of Richland Hills; and a grandmother, Victoria Freudiger of Fort Worth.
Published Thursday, May 27, 2004

Fuqua, Ruby Jo
1936-2004

Funeral for Ruby Jo Fuqua, 68, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Paradise Monday, Oct. 4. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Fuqua died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Decatur.
Born March 13, 1936, in Decatur to Johnnie and Lorene (Norris) Dunn, she was a homemaker and a retired waitress. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise, the American Association of Retired Persons and had a part in forming the Wise County Special Olympics.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Ward, in 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd Fuqua; two sons, Kenneth Fuqua and wife, Cristy, and Frank Fuqua, all of Paradise; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Potter of Decatur; and a brother, Johnnie W. Dunn and wife, Billie, of Decatur.
Published Sunday, October 3, 2004

Gann, Richard ‘Dean’, Rev.
1934-2004

Funeral for the Rev. Richard “Dean” Gann, 69, of Fort Worth, was to be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Veale Creek Cemetery in Stephens County near Graham.
Gann died Tuesday July 13, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 28, 1934, in Loving, he was pastor of Fundamental Baptist Church in Decatur from 1965 to 1969 and pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Jacksboro from 1972 to 1980. He was married to Dorothy Gann Faulkner from 1952 until 1991.
He is survived by two daughters, Lynete Phelps of Lewisville and Tammy Gann Schuester of Fort Worth; a son, Daren Gann of Burleson; six grandchildren, Charles Phelps, Ashley Phelps, Jennifer Riley, Steven Warden, Whitney Gann and Conrad Schuster; and two brothers, Gordon Gann and Galen Gann of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, July 18, 2004

Garrett, William Travis ‘Ted’
1931-2004

Funeral for William Travis “Ted” Garrett, 72, of Alvord was Thursday, Aug. 19, at First Baptist Church in Alvord. Bill Cleveland officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Garrett died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 20, 1931, in Seminole, Okla., to Valton Travis (Red) Garrett and Mary Lee Redwine Garrett, he was a farmer and rancher. Garrett graduated from Alvord High School in 1950 where he was a member of Coach Ted Averitt’s football team. He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 7, 1952, and served as a private first class in the military police at Fort Belvoir, Va., until Dec. 6, 1954. Garrett married Belva Anne Leitner on Jan. 25, 1957, in Alvord. He served on the Alvord school board for nine years.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Alvord for 50 years, was a dairyman during his early years and raised beef cattle since retirement in 1995.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Lynda Gail Bruner and husband, Greg, of Stephenville and Lisa Anne Watkins and husband, Matt, of Alvord; one brother, Pat Garrett and wife, Loyce, of Alvord; one sister, Helen Roloff and husband, Bill, of Mineola; eight grandchildren, Courtney and Kyle Bruner, Holly and Jonathan Shinpaugh, Shane, Kailey, Lacey and Logan Watkins and several cousins, niece and nephews.
Pallbearers were Melton Neighbors, Ben Peace, Eddy Ray Garrett, Tommy Hampton, Terry Brown and Randy McDonald. Military honors were provided by the Wise County Veterans Group Honor Guard.
Published Sunday, August 22, 2004

Gasperson, Adrian
1920-2004
Service for Adrian Gasperson, 83, of Marshall, formerly of Wise County, was Friday, April 2, at the Travis Street Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home in Marshall. Don Laughlin, Hollie Atkinson and Bob Bryant officiated. Burial followed at Colonial Gardens Mausoleum.
Gasperson was born July 25, 1920, east of Alvord to John and Laura Gasperson. He graduated from Alvord High School in 1937, received a bachelor’s degree in public school administration from North Texas State University in 1941 and earned a master of education degree in 1946 from the University of Texas. He married Pat Smith in 1984. Gasperson worked as a public school administrator for 42 years, beginning in Brafton School in Wise County. He also served as principal at Paradise. After serving in the Army, he worked in the Weatherford schools, then Mission, Waco and Marshall school districts. He retired in 1987. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Scottish Rite, a 32nd Degree Mason, the Methodist church, the Texas State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
He is survived by his wife; sister, Betty Massey of Denton; two nieces, Barbara Massey and Ann Davis, both of Denton and four nephews, Bill, Bob, Jim and Sonny Gasperson, all from the North Texas area.
Pallbearers were George Fitts, Kenneth Goolsby, Bill Hatfield, Bob Hogberg, Allen Martin, Robert Page, Bryant Perkins and Doug Williamson. Honorary pallbearers were George Bennett; Jack Berry; Gary Closkey; Ned Dennis; Bill, Bob, Jim and Sonny Gasperson; Mike Hallum; Bill Hendry; Roger Jones; Louis Kariel; Ronnie Matthews and J. Brian Nichols.
Memorials may be made to the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Fund, 2815 Mary Mack, Marshall, Texas, 75672; the First Baptist Church, 405 East Austin, Marshall, Texas, 75672; Hearts Way Hospice of North East Texas, 1306 Pine Tree Road, Longview, Texas, 75604 or to a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, April 8, 2004

Gayoso, Bennie ‘Poet’
1953-2004
A memorial service for Bennie “Poet” Gayoso, 50, of Flower Mound, will be held at his home.
Gayoso died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in Flower Mound.
He was born August 28, 1953, in Dallas to Bennie Lee and Josephine (Patterson) Gayoso. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Ghostriders Motorcycle Club
Gayoso is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Gayoso and her son Kelton, both of Rhome; five sisters; and three brothers.
Published Sunday, April 25, 2004

George, Glen Harold
1912-2004

Funeral for Glen Harold George, 91, of Chico will be Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker will officiate. Burial will follow at Lone Star Cemetery.
George died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, in Lawton, Okla.
Born Dec. 27, 1912, in Alvord he began his career as a farmer and cattleman in 1934. He married Etoy Deloris Cox in 1938 and served on the Chico School Board. He also served as deacon of First Baptist Church and on the Wise County Water Board and the Farm Home Administration Board.
He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharron Nichols and husband, Lonnie, of Lawton; two grandchildren, Sunni Stringer and Kristi Klein and five great-grandchildren, Brayden and Ashton Stringer and Connor, Carter and Collin Klein.
Pallbearers will be Todd Buckner, Grant George, Brayden Stringer, Chad Cox, Clint Cox and Dale George.
Published Sunday, January 26, 2004

Geppelt, Richard
1928-2004
Graveside service for Richard Geppelt, 75, of Decatur was Thursday, March 11, at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Geppelt died Saturday, March 6, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, he was an Air Force veteran.
Published Sunday, March 14, 2004

Gilliand, Dorothy Mildred
1900-2004

Memorial for Dorothy Mildred Gilliand, 104, of Boyd will be held in Madison, N.J., at a later date. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Chatham, N.J.
Born Feb. 15, 1900, in New Brunswick, N. J., she died Dec. 1, 2004, in Decatur. Her ancestors came to America from the Netherlands in 1660.
During her teens and early 20s she was active in Campfire Girls.
She graduated from New Brunswick High School and was employed as a legal secretary until marrying Dr. Harry E. Gilliand in 1927. She raised a family while working as the receptionist for his in-home osteopathic practice in Madison, N.J.
She attended the First Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school and was secretary of the Church League Service. Later she became secretary of the home economics department at the New Jersey College for Women.
She moved to Texas in 1977, five years after she was widowed. In 1983 she went to live with her eldest son and his family. For the last 14 months of her life, she lived at Trinity Care Center in Bridgeport.
Her hobbies were playing piano, working puzzles and participating in table games.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bill Nunamacher of New Hampshire; son and daughter-in-law, Harry “Ned” and Sunny Gilliand of Texas; son, Donald Gilliand of California; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Grace G. Wyckoff.
Published Sunday, December 5, 2004

Goad, Mary Alice
1909-2004
Memorial for Mary Alice Goad, 95, former owner and manager of Jeter’s Liquor Store near Rhome, will be held in Glasgow, Kentucky. She died Thursday, June 3, 2004, in Fort Worth.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church, served on the residence association of Trinity Terrace for many years and volunteered with the Republican Party of Fort Worth and Presbyterian Night Shelter.
She is survived by her son, Bob Goad and wife Janett; granddaughter, Kristina Higgins; great-granddaughter Mary Katherine; brother, Calvin Jester of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Lola Patterson of Eugene, Ore.
Published Thursday, June 10, 2004

Goodger, Bryan Ward
1926-2004
Funeral for Bryan Ward Goodger, 78, of Decatur was Friday, May 21, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Goodger died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 4, 1926, he was a rancher and had worked in the telephone industry. He served in the Navy and was a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Goodger; a son, Brent Goodger of Laguna Vista; a stepson, Chuck Holloway of Decatur; a daughter, Camille Beville of Hereford; a stepdaughter, Lynn Holt of Decatur; his parents, Ira Goodger and Floe Walker Goodger; a brother, Harris Goodger of Parsons, Kan.; a sister, Delois Ivy of Decatur; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, May 23, 2004

Goodwin, Allen J.
1924-2004
Graveside service for Allen J. Goodwin, 80, of Boonsville, was Sept. 5, 2004, at Gober Cemetery in Gober. Dr. Paul Sands and the Rev. Cody Nelson officiated.
Goodwin died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Boonsville.
Born June 4, 1924, in Fannin County to James White and Mamie Sue (Rogers) Goodwin, he was a retired Federal Aviation Administration supervisor and associate municipal judge for the city of Lake Bridgeport.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy his senior year of high school in Bonham and was stationed in Pearl Harbor three days after it was attacked. He served three years during World War II and was discharged in June 1945. He also served in the Air Force reserve during the Korean conflict.
In 2002, he received an honorary diploma from Bonham High School.
He married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Wynell (Carpenter) Goodwin, and started his career with American Airlines. Then he went to work for the FAA as an air traffic controller and went on to be an instructor. He worked for the FAA for 30 years and received commendations for his service until he retired in 1979.
When he moved to Lake Bridgeport, he served on the city council, then as mayor and eventually as municipal court judge until he stepped down this June. He also served on the Boonsville Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Edward Goodwin.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Gerald Goodwin and wife, Mia, of Coppell; two daughters, Susan Gossett and husband, Ken, of Comanche and Von Hawkins and husband, Rob, of Bridgeport; five grandsons, Shane and Allen Eaton, Blake Allen Goodwin and Trey and Chase Hawkins; two great-grandchildren, Colt and Alyssa Eaton; a brother, Gene Goodwin and wife, Betty, of Wakeman, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Aline Goodwin of Haltom City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Don McAfee, Rollins Bilby, Don Penney, Paul Wood, Bobby Rogers, Jack Weiland and Jim Wilson.
Published Thursday, September 9, 2004

Graves, Winifred ‘Wini’
1913-2004

Funeral for Winifred “Wini” Graves, 92, of Aurora was Monday, Oct. 4, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Graves died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 4, 1913, in Waverly, N.Y., she was a retired registered nurse and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Newark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Graves Sr.; three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Olen Graves and wife, Brenda, of Aurora and William Earl Graves and wife, Doloris, of Melrose, N.Y.; a daughter, Buna Mae Boor of Horseheads, N.Y.; a sister, Vida Earl and husband, Red, of Toledo Bend; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bobby Greenwood, Greg Gregory, Chris Hall, Brad Hall, Steve Buyers and Blake Tuggles.
Published Thursday, October 7, 2004

Graybill, Harold L.
1924-2004
Memorial service for Harold L. “Tex” Graybill, 79, of Gainesville, Fla., was to be Saturday, March 20, in Gainesville. Burial of the cremated remains with military tribute was to follow at Forest Meadows Military Garden of Honor.
Graybill died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, in Gainesville.
He was born May 21, 1924, in Brownsville. He was an Air Force veteran of 30 years and retired as lieutenant colonel. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1948 and was recalled to active duty in April 1948. The Air Force sent him to Michigan University where he graduated with honors in 1950. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Gainesville where he led many causes to preserve the beauty of Alachua County. He was honored by the Gainesville Sun newspaper as Person of the Year, Citizen Activist in 1992. He was editor in chief of the FACT newspaper for 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Graybill.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth (Armstrong) Graybill; two sons, Paul Graybill of Gainesville and Mark Graybill of Bridgeport; sister, Mary Beth Tooms of Bridgeport; brother, Herbert Graybill of Texas; four step-daughters, Cyndi Kirts of Melbourne, Fla., Lisa Wall of Deltona, Fla., Eleanor Pojer of Seoul, Korea, and Debbie Cunningham of Madison, Fla., and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL, 32606.
Published Sunday, March 21, 2004

Green, Lena Faye
1922-2004

Funeral for Lena Faye Green, 81, of Arlington, formerly of Wise County, will be Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Johnny Irish and John McAleer will officiate. Burial will follow at Willow Point Cemetery.
Green died Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Greensboro, N.C.
Born Sept. 22, 1922, in the rural Wise County community of Vineyard to James L. and Zora (Minor) Shawn, she was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, Eastern Star, Arlington Women’s Club and the United Methodist Women. She married Warren S. Green June 19, 1952, in Weatherford. She was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Arlington Downtown Rotary Club and Citizen of the Year Award from the Arlington South Rotary Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Lanna W. Moxley of Greensboro, N.C. and Pam Kennedy of Plainview; four grandchildren, Laurie Anne Moxley, Lindsey Shawn Granger, Ashley Elise Moxley and Renata Leigh Kennedy and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Arlington Rotary Club or a local hospice.
Published Thursday, April 29, 2004

Greetan, Margaret Ruth
1918-2004

Service for Margaret Ruth Greetan, 85, of Bridgeport, was Friday at Trinity Independent Living Center in Bridgeport with the Rev. Wes Spry officiating. Burial will be at a later date, in Pikeville Cemetery in Pikeville, Tenn.
Greetan died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 11, 1918, to John and Hixie (Swafford) Daffron in Pikeville, she was a retired payroll programmer for the Civil Service. She traveled to more than 25 countries in her lifetime.
She was preceded in death by a son, Chip Taylor; and a grandson, Rusty Riley.
She is survived by a daughter, Marie Riley and husband, Jimmy, of Runaway Bay; a stepson, Tye Taylor of Florida; two brothers, John Herbert Daffron and Tommy Daffron; two sisters, Willie Mae Barnett and Mary Morgan; four grandchildren, A’Donna Geddes, Y’Vonne Wilson, Monique Brown and John Riley; and six great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to Balsora Baptist Church Building Fund, 108 County Road 3623, Bridgeport, Texas 76426.
Published Sunday, June 20, 2004

Griffin, John Byrd
1912-2004

Graveside service for John Byrd Griffin, 91, of Paradise was Sunday at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Born May 8, 1912, in Haskell, he died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in Bridgeport.
A retired truck driver, he had lived in Paradise since 1972 and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. He married May Holiday on Nov. 24, 1934, in Roswell, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his son, Harvey Byrd Griffin, a brother and nine sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, May Griffin of Paradise; son, Ben F. Griffin and wife, Dean, of Paradise; daughters, Rosie Marie Harris of Amargosa, Nev., and Ruby Lee Ashcraft and husband, John, of Las Vegas, Nev.; 26 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, 38 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Boyd Griffin of Lovington, N.M., and Frank Griffin of Park Springs and a sister, Jewel George of Roswell.
Published Thursday, January 8, 2004

Grissom, Bonnie Lee
1919-2004
Funeral for Bonnie Lee Grissom, 85, of Alvord was Nov. 30 at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Bill Cleveland officiated. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Grissom died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in Bowie.
Born April 14, 1919, in Alvord to Ed and Hattie (Smith) Grissom, he married Velma Marie Frye Aug. 6, 1938, in Alvord. He farmed on the land next to his birthplace all of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Clifton Grissom and Willie Haynes Grissom; and a sister, Dorothy Nivens.
He is survived by two daughters, Jeanette Morrison and husband, Talmage, and Bonnie Kay Saunders, all of Alvord; granddaughters, Angela Tamborello and husband, Sam, of Highland Park and Sheila Miller and husband, Rod, of Justin; and one sister, Evelyn Sisk of Alvord.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Alvord or the Alvord Cemetery Association.
Published Thursday, December 2, 2004

Groves, F.K. ‘Bill’
1911-2004

Graveside service for F.K. “Bill” Groves, 92, of Paradise, was to be Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m., at Lone Star Cemetery in Point. The Rev. Gary Sessions was to officiate.
Groves died Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Plano.
Born Sept. 29, 1911, in Hopkins County, he was a retired street foreman for the City of Greenville.
He is survived by his daughters Nina Sue Beatty of Richardson and Diana Harvey of Plano; five grandchildren, Marsheila Whitehead, Jennifer McCoy, Gayle Jean, William McGregor and Tina Candida; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Ida Brown of Fort Worth and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, April 18, 2004

Groves, Lola Keye
1956-2004
Memorial service for Lola Keye Groves, 47, of Decatur will be at a later date.
Groves died Friday, March 19, 2004, in Decatur.
She was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Seymour to J.B. and Dorothy Helen (Gibson) Harvey. She was a custodian for Decatur High School.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by two daughters, Lurenda and Tonya Groves, both of Decatur; brother, Richard Harvey and wife, Jean, of Decatur; and two sisters, Letha Barker of Little Elm and Arlene London of Azle.
Published Thursday, March 25, 2004

Guerra, Arturo ‘Trey’, III
2004
Graveside service for Arturo “Trey” Guerra III, the newborn son of Arturo Guerra Jr. and Misty Rose Chancellor of Springtown, was Sept. 7 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gary Veazy officiated.
Guerra died Sept. 2, 2004, in Decatur.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Auturo Sr. and Lisa Guerra of Springtown, Margie Muniz of Fort Worth, Richard Chancellor and Mildred Hendon, both of Paradise, Darla Ary of Florida and several great-grandparents.
Published Thursday, September 9, 2004