Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2005
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Ramey, Mary
1926-2005
Funeral for Mary Jane Ramey, 79, of Van Buren, Ark.was Aug. 9, in Van Buren. Bural followed at Hall Cemetery near Natural Dam.
Ramey died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, in Van Buren.
She was born March 5, 1926. She retired as a cook at Cedarville Senior Citizens and was a member of the Shamrock Community Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershcel Ramey.
She is survived by a daughter, Bobby Cluck of Chester; a stepdaughter, Mary Springston of Jay, Okla.; a son, Dennis Jones of Van Buren, a stepson, Robert Ramey of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Ruby Starnes of Fort Worth and Helen Spanglo and Rosa Adams, both of Decatur; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, August 18, 2005

Range, Ruby Louise
1923-2005
A memorial service for Ruby Louise Range, 82, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Range died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, in Decatur.
Born April 9, 1923, in Electra, she was the oldest of two children of D.K. and Tillie Smith. She graduated from Electra High School and attended Texas Woman’s State Teacher’s College and Texas Tech where she met and married her Marine Corps husband James on Jan. 31, 1942.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from Sul Ross University and immediately began teaching at Wink Elementary School. Beginning in 1962, she taught in the American Community School and the Oil Companies elementary school systems in Tripoli, Benghazi and Marsha el Brega, Libya. She also served as head mistress of the International School in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Decatur in 1978.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her brother, Billy D. Smith of Atwater, Calif.; her children, James and Jane Range Jr. of Ashland, Ky., Al and D’Ann Range Mullis of Fresno, Calif., Fritz and Diane Range of Argyle and Michael Range of Decatur; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hoover Education Foundation Special Olympics, Hoover High School, 5550 N. First St., Fresno, Calif., 93710 or the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 South Trinity St., Decatur, Texas 76234.
Published Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ratliff, Jacqueline LaPant
1929-2005

Funeral for Jacqueline LaPant Ratliff, 76, of Runaway Bay was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The Rev. Craig Wills was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
Ratliff died Monday, July 18, 2005, in Benicia, Calif.
Born Feb. 18, 1929, in Highland Park, Mich., she was a homemaker. She was a longtime resident of Runaway Bay and an artist who painted and traveled.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Ray Ratliff.
She is survived by her son, Barry Larkin and wife, Carla; four grandchildren, Ken Larkin, Levi Larkin, Breeanna Larkin and Gracie Larkin; a brother, Roger LaPant; two stepsons, Larry Ratliff and David Ratliff; two stepgrandchildren, Whitney Ratliff and Bill Ratliff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Levi Larkin, Ken Larkin, Wayne Ginn, David Shawn, Jack LaPant and Scott LaPant.
Published Sunday, July 24, 2005

Read, Cynthia ‘Ann’
1947-2004

Funeral for Cynthia “Ann” Read, 58, of Chico was Oct. 7 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Read died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, in Chico.
Born Feb. 12, 1947, to Ralph and Juanita Chilton in Decatur she was a teacher for the Chico Independent School District.
She was preceded in death by a son, Vance Read, and a daughter, Lindsay Diane Read.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Read, of Chico; two sons, Brad Read and wife, Karla, of Springtown, and Mike Read and wife, Stacie, of Bridgeport; two granddaughters, Lexie and Taite Read; and one sister, Carolyn Cain and husband, Bob.
Pallbearers were Clint Lowrance, Cody Lowrance, Jerry Stanfield, Justin Read, Johnny Lowrance, Bodie Read, Dike Read and Derek Read.
Published Sunday, October 9, 2005

Reasoner, David Ray ‘D.J.’, Jr.
1981-2005

Funeral for David Ray “D.J.” Reasoner Jr., 24, of Paradise, was Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Revs. B.J. Rutledge and David Adair officiated. Burial followed in Chico Cemetery.
Reasoner died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in Decatur.
He was born June 27, 1981, in Fort Worth, to David Ray and Belinda Roberts Reasoner. He was an oilfield worker.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Willard Reasoner and Harold Roberts.
He is survived by his parents; one brother, Tyler Trey Reasoner of Paradise; grandmothers Dolores Butler of Paradise and Joyce Reasoner of Chico; an aunt and uncle, Steve and Judy Arnold of Fort Worth; and numerous cousins.
Pallbearers were Doug Morrow, Lance Morrow, Rodney Morrow, Brent Morrow, Brian Morrow, Brandon Hoskins and Trey Reasoner. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Woolridge, Jamie Branscum, Mikey Thomas, Brooke Reeve, Chad Hill, Brandon Morrow, and Chase Coffman.
Published Thursday, September 22, 2005

Reese, Joe Waymon
1932-2005
Graveside service for Joe Waymon Reese, 73, of Aurora was Monday, June 13, at Aurora Cemetery.
Reese died Saturday, June 11, 2005, in Aurora.
Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Aurora, he was a retired machinist. He married Katie Applegate on Aug. 6, 1982, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Wyolon Reese of Aurora and a sister, Alice Anderson of Fort Worth.
Published Thursday, June 16, 2005

Reeves, Iona
1912-2005
Funeral for Iona Reeves, 93, of California, formerly of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Thomas O. Brumett will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Reeves died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, in Belmont, Calif.
Born Sept. 22, 1912, in Pleasant View, Mo., to Charles and Neva Norman she was a retired kindergarden teacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women Organization, Order of the Eastern Star, Decatur Community Hospital Auxillary and Friends of the Decatur Public Library. She was an honorary member of the Decatur Woman’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Barton Reeves; and three brothers, Donald, Vernon and Lloyd Norman.
She is survived by a sister, Irene Fee and husband, James.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Rhodes, Iva Ruth Read
1912-2005

Funeral for Iva Ruth Read Rhodes, 92, of Paradise will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Paradise. The Rev. Walt Rowell will officiate. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Land Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Rhodes died Monday, July 11, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 17, 1912, in Paradise she was a retired secretary. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Paradise and the Paradise Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Rhodes, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by two stepchildren, Howard Rhodes of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Phyllis Testrake of Kilmarnock, Va; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Dike Read, Bodie Read, Derek Read, Michael Read, Justin Read and Reggie Read.
The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Paradise building fund.
Published Thursday, July 14, 2005

Rhoudes, Brenda Hays
1961-2005

Funeral for Brenda Hays Rhoudes, 43, of Boyd was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. The Rev. Robert D. Worley was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Rhoudes died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, near Boyd.
Born July 20, 1961, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Loyd J. Paul and Peggy Ruth Hays, she was a manager at Randy’s Super Save in Azle and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Furmin and Bruce Hays and a sister, Ruth Keller.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Rhoudes; four sons, John Hatley and wife, Sheri, of Haltom City, Robert Douglas Rhoudes of Douglass, Robert Earl Rhoudes and wife, Francis, of Pecos and Joseph Lee Rhoudes and wife, Sandy, of Odessa; three daughters, Tina Marie Bush of Nacogdoches, Connie Gene Rhoudes and husband, Randy, of Wink and Angel Levingston and husband, James, of Boyd; a brother, Raymond Hays; a sister, Glenda Aery and 23 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be R.J. Hays, Carl Tackett, Eugene Aaron, Rocky Tackett, B.J. Rhoudes and Michael Rhoudes. Honorary pallbearers were to be Wayne Redden and Andy Poolen.
Published Sunday, February 20, 2005

Richey, Kenneth Wayne
1937-2005

Funeral for Kenneth Wayne Richey, 68, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Crafton Baptist Church. The Rev. Tom Merritt was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Crafton Cemetery.
Richey died Sunday, May 29, 2005, in Decatur.
Born May 5, 1937, in Chico, to Abb and Cleta Setser Richey, he was a self-employed oilfield consultant and a member of the Crafton Baptist Church. He married Vicki Zahn Richey March 16, 1957, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Rick Richey and wife, Cathy, and Brad Richey and wife, Barbara, all of Chico, and Mike Richey and wife, Shirley, of Paradise; a brother, Rodger Richey and wife, Fredia, of Alabama; a sister, Linda Bales and husband, William, of Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were to be Nick Richey, Bubba Richey, Neil Richey, Sherrod Richey, Brandon Wyatt, Gage Lancaster, Kelly Workman and Jeremia Phillips.
Published Thursday, June 2, 2005

Richey, Opal Lee
1917-2004

Funeral for Opal Lee Richey, 87, of Crafton was Jan. 2 at Crafton Baptist Church. The Rev. Kenneth Wood and Bill Myers officiated. Burial followed at Crafton Cemetery.
Born April 25, 1917, in Crafton to John and Eithel (Jones) Warden, she was a homemaker who retired from farming and ranching. She married Gus M. Richey on July 30, 1934, in Crafton.
Richey died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000; a daughter, Judy Elizabeth Richey; a grandson, Stephen Cox; a great-granddaughter, Stacy Richey; and three sisters, Winona Hale, Johnnie Minter and Lurea Dickson.
She is survived by three daughters, Anna Hand and husband, Jim, June Cox and husband, Elmer, and Janet Myers and husband, Bill; two sons, Buddy Richey, and Bobby Richey and wife, Frances; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a sister-in-law, Ruby Collie.
Pallbearers were Bobby Richey, Billy Richey, Douglas Richey, Donnie Richey, Eric Cox, Van Cox, Chris Cox and Terry Hand.
Published Thursday, January 6, 2005

Rickman, Gladys Cash
1924-2005
Funeral for Gladys Cash Rickman, 81, of Boyd was Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Rickman died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 7, 1924, in Wise County, she retired from General Dynamics after 25 years as an aircraft electrician. She was a member of the Boyd Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, W.E. “Bill” Rickman; a son, William “Eddie” Rickman Jr. of Boyd; a daughter, Peggy Sue Caraway and husband, Eddie of Azle; two brothers, James and Winford Cash; three sisters, Jolene Franklin, Maudine Pressley and Nelda Bennett; three grandchildren, David Rickman, Diana Caraway, and Billy Caraway and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Darrel Cash, Ronnie Smith, Jackie Smith, Blaine Wilson, Tommy Bennett and Steve Bennett.
Published Thursday, December 22, 2005

Rieger, Beverly Anna
1934-2005
Funeral for Beverly Anna Rieger, 71, of Decatur was Aug. 22 in Decatur. Father Gilbert Panza officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Rieger died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 23, 1934, in Chicago, Ill., to Paul Joseph and Luella Braun she was a secretary and a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Gillingham.
She is survived by a son, Rufus High and wife, Charlotte, of Chico; a daughter, Terry Williams and husband, Johnny, of Boyd; and four grandchildren.
Published Thursday, August 25, 2005

Robbins, Michelle D’aun Zink
1972-2005
Funeral service for Michelle D’aun Zink Robbins, 32, of Alvarado was Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord. Burial followed at New Harp Cemetery in Montague County. Joe Mayo officiated.
Robbins died Aug. 15, 2005, in Venus.
Born Dec. 10, 1972, in Fort Worth, she was a member of the Assembly of God church.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck Robbins, of Alvarado; one son, Jeremiah Whalin, of Alvarado; her parents, Robert and Teresa Zink, of Fort Worth; one brother, Bobby Zink, of Burleson; two sisters, Danea Sandifield and Tracie Savage, both of Fort Worth; and grandparents Geneva Valkman of Forestburg and Juanita Black of Sacramento, Calif.
Published Sunday, August 21, 2005

Roberts, John Thomas ‘J.T.’
1913-2005

Funeral for John Thomas “J.T.” Roberts, 92, of Decatur was Dec. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. J.R. “John” Roberts, the Revs. Ken May and Jack Gatewood officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Roberts died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born July 30, 1913, in Bonham to Ellis and Maggie Roberts, he owned and operated Commerce Steam Cleaners and Laundry. He graduated from Bonham High School in 1931 and married Janie Belle Davis Dec. 1, 1940, in Bonham at the First Baptist Church. He was a past president of the Bonham Chamber of Commerce, a member of Rotary International and the Lions Club and served as a deacon for 40 years.
He is survived by his wife; a son, J.R. Roberts and wife, Eve, of Decatur; a daughter, Jan Bell and husband, Larry, of Justin; seven grandchildren, Melody Shaw, Seth Roberts, Heather Roberts, Sara Roberts, Rebecca Roberts and Michelle Roberts; three great-grandchildren, Kasey Shaw, Cody Shaw and Jessica Shaw, and a great-great-grandchild, Jolee Shaw.
Pallbearers were Larry Roberts, Dick Roberts, Seth Roberts, Larry Bell, Doyle Shaw and Cody Shaw.
Published Sunday, December 25, 2005

Robertson, J.L. ‘Rocky’
1929-2005
Graveside service for J.L. “Rocky” Robertson, 75, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. The Rev. Craig Erb will officiate.
Robertson died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in Decatur.
Born May 12, 1929, in Lawton, Okla., to James and Mary (Gannon) Robertson, he was a retired ironworker in the construction industry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth and the Ironworkers Local Union 263. He married Elsie Mikusek on Sept. 11, 1987, in Grapevine.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lee Ora Ingram Robertson.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Robertson of Bridgeport; a son, Dennis Robertson and wife, Melody, of Fort Worth; three grandchildren, Heather McDonald, Dennis Robertson Jr. and Ryan Robertson; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Kaitlyn; a sister, Evelyn Pirro and husband, Frank, of San Diego, Calif.; three stepchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, February 27, 2005

Robinson, Luther Dale
1944-2005
Graveside service for Luther Dale Robinson, 60, of Bridgeport, was to be Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at Chico Cemetery with Larry Adkisson officiating.
Robinson died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, in New Boston.
Born Oct. 9, 1944, in Fort Worth, he was a long-haul truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Ann Robinson of Bridgeport; a son, Tony Foley of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Teresa Lingle of Connelly Springs, N.C., and Trina Williams of Bridgeport; a brother, Melvin Robinson of Fort Worth; a sister, Emma Martin of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, February 27, 2005

Rogers, Minnie Mae ‘Strickland’
1922-2005

Funeral for Minnie Mae “Strickland” Rogers, 82, of Newark was Thursday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church of Newark. The Rev. Dan Hunt officiated. Burial followed at Dido Cemetery.
Rogers died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Newark.
Born May 21, 1922, in Jack County, she was a Baptist and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Betty Breedlove; and a grandchild, Robert Brann.
She is survived by a daughter, Gloria Hughes and husband, Doug, of Newark; two brothers, Troy Strickland and James Strickland; two sisters, Odessa Thatcher and husband, Bob, and Margaret Strickland; three grandchildren, Michael, Gary and Donna; and seven great-grandchildren, Matt, Lauren, Natalie, Nathan, Emily, Kathryn and Gloria Hughes.
Pallbearers were Gary Wiggins, Glenn Henry, Morris Kemp, Mike Curtis, Ken Preston and Robert Lee Cantrell.
Published Sunday, January 16, 2005

Rohus, Charles Tabor
1937-2005

Funeral for Charles Tabor Rohus, 67, of Springtown was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Ken May was to officiate.
Rohus died Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Poolville.
He was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Morton County to James and Gracie Rohus.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James “Bud” Rohus; and six sisters, Mary Rohus, Hazel Rohus, Margie Day, Billie Barnett, Alta Rohus and Cora Robertson.
He is survived by his brother, Ernest Rohus of Abilene; two sisters, Lola Faye Blanscett of Midland and Gracie Wallace of Stanton; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Published Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rose, Gene Robert
1928-2005
Service for Gene Robert Rose, 77, of Decatur was June 27 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove No. 3 cemetery. Dr. Thomas Brumett officiated.
Rose died Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Temple.
Born May 15, 1928, he retired as a clerk from Lone Star Gas. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War II. He married Dora Redwine on June 10, 1989, at Allison Community in Wise County.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Mike M. Rose of Springtown; one brother, Horace Rose of Poolville; one sister, Dorothy Blair of Midland; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rosson, Clyde J.
1921-2005
Graveside service for Clyde J. Rosson, 84, of Decatur, will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Gerre Joiner will officiate.
Rosson died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, in Decatur.
He was born August 25, 1921, in Muenster, to Clyde and Leon Rosson. He married Launa Bilyeu on Nov. 3, 1941, in Marietta, Okla., and was the owner of Rosson Salvage in Decatur.
He is survived by one son, Jerry Rosson and wife, Bonnie, of Decatur; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, September 29, 2005

Rowden, Dovie O’Dell
1922-2005
Service for Dovie O’Dell Rowden, 83, of Azle, was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Jim Herring was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Rowden died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born June 18, 1922, in Bridgeport to William and Beulah Whitsell O’Dell, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.L. Rowden; a brother, Earnest O’Dell; a sister, Janis Carlino; and a daughter-in-law, Arline Rowden.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Rowden; two brothers, Alva O’Dell of Alvord and Leon O’Dell of Bridgeport; five sisters, Anlois Knox of Dallas, Emmie Gaskel of Fort Worth, Nancy Romines of Bridgeport, Rozell Loper of Gilmer and Jo Ann Goodreau of Springtown; four grandchildren, Lee Ann Marshall, Brad Rowden, Brandon Rowden and Brent Rowden, all of Azle; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Lee, Shayna Lee and Trent Rowden; and two great-great grandchildren, Caden Lee and Hannah Dockery.
Pallbearers were Rocky Loper, Ricky Martin, David O’Dell, Ricky O’Dell, Mike Knox and Logan Tierce.
Published Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ruffin, Mable Lorene
1930-2005

Graveside service for Mable Lorene Ruffin, 74, of Boyd was Thursday, Feb. 17, at Moran Cemetery in Valliant, Okla.
Ruffin died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, in Boyd.
Born Aug. 4, 1930, in Claremore, Okla., she had been an area resident since the early 1950s.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willliam E. Ruffin, on Dec. 13, 1992 and a daughter, Earlene Oldner, on April 23, 1987.
She is survived by four children, John Robert “Bob” Ruffin and his wife, Nancy, of Boyd, Alvin Earl Ruffin and his wife, Judy, of Burleson, Mary Lorene Rutledge and her husband, Randy, of Azle and William Eugene “Gene” Ruffin and his wife, Kathy, of Haslet; a brother, Edward Bowlin of Purcell, Okla.; sisters, Elizabeth Autry of Phoenix, Ariz. and Matador Horn and Barbara Burt of Marysville, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchilden and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, February 20, 2005

Russell, Merline ‘Big Momma’
1924-2005

Funeral for Merline “Big Momma” Russell, 81, of Paradise will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the First Baptist Church of Paradise. The Rev. Matt Edwards will officiate. Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Russell died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 22, 1924, in Idabel, Okla., she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise. She married Clarence Russell on Aug. 3, 1943, in Idabel.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Beddingfield.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Linda Haggard and husband, John of Paradise and Gail Haggard and husband, Jack of Fontana, Calif.; five grandchildren, Rex, Darla, Mack, Sharon and Russell; and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be John Haggard, Rex Haggard, Mack Haggard, Albert Thorton, Jimmey Pewitt and Larry Motsenbocker.
Published Thursday, November 24, 2005

Ruth, Rick
1951-2005
Funeral for Rick Ruth, 54, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. Steve Weeks was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Ruth died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, in Lewisville.
Born April 13, 1951, in San Angelo, he was distribution manager for MBM Food Services in Lewisville, a former Boyd City Councilman and a member of the Church of Christ in Boyd.
He is survived by his wife, Gwende Ruth; a daughter, Stephanie Ruth of San Angelo; a stepdaughter, Nicky Legagneur and husband, Michael, of Round Rock; parents Norma Anderson and Billy Ray Ruth of San Angelo; two brothers, Billy Ruth and Ronnie Ruth; two sisters, Linda Pope and Cindy Miles; and six grandchildren, Slayter and Rikki Lynn Waters of San Angelo, and Alonzo Secrett, Jeremiah Legagneur, Dominique Legagneur and Maxey Legagneur, all of Round Rock; mother and father-in-law, Janice and Jackie Read of Boyd.
Pallbearers were to be Joe “T” Tomanek, Craig Wilson, Brent Wilson, Tim Taylor, Jimmy Scott and Lawrence Cleary. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Jack Cruz and Robert Willams Jr.
Published Sunday, July 10, 2005

Salazar, Maria Elena
1940-2005

Rosary service for Maria Elena Salazar, 64, of Bridgeport was July 19 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Rev. Gil Pansza officiated. The Burial followed at Panteon Municipal de Allende in Coahuila, Mexico.
Born Nov. 11, 1940, in Rio Bravo, Coahuila she was a church caretaker and a Catholic.
She is survived by her husband, Manuel Salazar; four sons, Juan Manuel Salazar and wife, Maria Antonia, Francisco Salazar and wife, Blanca Nely, Silverio Salazar and wife, Aurora, of Bridgeport and Arturo Salazar and wife, Catalina, all of Bridgeport; four daughters, Rosa Hernandez and husband, Hector, Silvia DeLuna and husband, Juan Antonio and Amalia Segovia and husband, Manuel, all of Allende, Coahuila, and Rita Munoz and husband, Jesus, of Bridgeport; 30 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, July 21, 2005

Salinas, Manuel R., Rev.
1913-2005

Funeral for the Rev. Manuel R. Salinas, 92, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Bridgeport. The Revs. Moses Perales and Juan Rodes officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Salinas died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Salinas was born June 13, 1913, in San Augustin, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He married Emma Salinas Oct. 6, 1940, in Mexico. A retired Baptist minister of 37 years, he was a member of the Primera Iglesia Bautista in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his wife, and two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his children, Manuel Salinas Jr., and wife, Donna, of Arlington, Lupe Garcia and husband, Sammy, of Bridgeport, Raol Salinas and wife, Rosario, of Fort Worth, Habier Salinas and wife, Janie, of Olathe, Kan., and Mary Ochoa and husband, Richard, of Ulysses, Kan.; 13 grandchildren, Sammy Salinas, Dianna Short and husband, Chuck, Sonya Newman and husband, James, Peter, Sammy and Paul Garcia, Emma Quiroz and husband, Salvador, Elizabeth Bench and husband, Simon, Joshua Salinas, Carol Owens, Eric Salinas, Chrystal Gill and husband, Mark, and John David Hill; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Maria de Jesus Salinas and husband, Rogelio; one brother, Derlis Salinas and wife, Georgina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Sammy Salinas, Joshua Salinas, Peter Garcia, Sammy Garcia, Paul Garcia, John David Hill and Eric Salinas. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Owens, Joseph Salinas, Jacob Salinas, Caleb Newman, Aaron Quiroz and Cooper Gill.
Published Thursday, October 20, 2005

Sample, Eric Wade
1978-2005

Funeral service for Eric Wade Sample, 27, of Bridgeport was Sept. 20, at Mims Baptist Church in Conroe. The Rev. Gene Kendrick and Sample’s uncle, Henry Buck, officiated. Burial followed in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston.
Sample died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 11, 1978, in Houston, he graduated in 1997 from Klein Oak High School. He enjoyed cooking and entertaining others.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Dan Sample; grandparents Dan and Dorothy “Dot” Sample, Elmer L. Van Meter Sr.; an uncle, Joe Ary; and a cousin, Donald “Donnie” Harridan.
He is survived by his mother, Linda McAdams and stepfather, Weldon, of Magnolia; a brother, Jason Sample of Magnolia and a stepbrother, Stephen McAdams of Texas City; and his grandparents, William and Margaret Key of Cleveland.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Stephen McAdams, Larry Dale Cudd, Clint Cudd, Nicole Cudd, Ronnie Harriman, David King, Craig Ramos, Justin Lovell, Chris Weitzel, Anthony Baldwin, and Luie Muñoz.
The family requests donations be made to Mims Baptist Church or another church of choice.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Sanders, Shirley Lee ‘Shug’
1935-2005

Funeral for Shirley Lee “Shug” Sanders, 70, of Decatur was Aug. 5 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Joe Motsenbocker officiated. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.
Sanders died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005, in Decatur.
Born June 28, 1935, in Paradise to James Leroy and Mildred Anderson, she was a retired long distance operator for AT&T. She attended Chico schools for 12 years and was a Baptist.
She is survived by two sons, James L. Sanders III and wife, Terri, of Fort Worth, and Timothy L. Sanders and wife, Teresa, of Crowley; five grandchildren, Casey R. Sanders, Lindsay R. Sanders, Tessa Cason, Terra Sanders and Trenton Sanders; a great-grandchild, Madelyn; her mother of Chico; five brothers, James Donald Anderson of Joplin, Kenneth Anderson of Mesquite, Stanley Anderson of Fort Worth, Stuart Anderson of Greenville and Wayne Anderson of Arlington; a sister, Jane Hollingsworth of Carrollton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were James Donald Anderson, Kenneth Anderson, Stanley Anderson, Stuart Anderson, Wayne Anderson and Freman Hollingsworth.
Published Sunday, August 7, 2005

Sanders, Wilma P.
1925-2005
Funeral for Wilma P. Sanders, 79, of Wichita Falls and formerly of Wise County, was Monday, Jan. 24, at Lunn’s Colonial Chapel in Wichita Falls. The Rev. Merwin Turner officiated. Entombment followed at the Crestview Memorial Mausoleum.
Sanders died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Wichita Falls.
Born Feb. 27, 1925, in Wise County, to Mallie and Nellie Smith, she graduated from Alvord High School in 1942. On Aug. 5, 1944, she married William Homer Sanders in Waurika, Okla.
Sanders worked for several years as a nurse at Decatur Community Hospital. She later worked as the office manager for A&E Venetian Blind Company. She was named “Coming Home” queen at the 2004 Alvord High School Homecoming.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 29, 2003.
She is survived by her brother, Jack Smith of Alvord; two sons, Robert Sanders of Brenham and Jim Sanders and his wife, Davida Weinberg, of Columbia, S.C.; two grandsons, Brian Sanders of New Baden and Brent Sanders of Franklin and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Manor or to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Tributes may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.
Published Thursday, January 27, 2005

Sands, Ola Mae
1920-2005
Graveside service for Ola Mae Sands, 85, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lakeview Cemetery in Marietta, Okla. Gary Don Sands will officiate.
Sands died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, in Dodge City, Kan.
Born April 15, 1920, in Enville, Okla., to Robert Fulton and Annie L. Smith Porter, she lived in Dodge City the past five years but was a former Decatur resident for 22 years. She also lived in Russell, Kan., for 30 years. A graduate of Marietta High School, she was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She married Jesse Erwin Sands on July 20, 1941, in Marietta, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Olen Ray Porter (her twin) and C.D. Porter; and a sister, Florene Dillingham.
She is survived by two sons, Lonnie and wife Rose Sands of Dodge City, Kan., and Keith and wife Beatrice Sands of Altus, Okla.; a daughter, Rebecca Sellens of Dodge City; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, December 22, 2005

Schoonover, Maudie Louada
1934-2005

Graveside service for Maudie Louada Schoonover, 70, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Jessie Ferguson will offiate and will be assisted by Fred Villa. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel.
Schoonover died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 2, 1934, in Fort Worth, she was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Richard McBride; a daughter, Regina Lynn Trussell; a brother, Robert Harris and four sisters, Nancy Drane, Beatrice Woods, Katherine Ferguson and Louise Oldham.
She is survived by her husband, Frankie Schoonover; three sons, Eugene Trussell of Fort Worth, Charles Trussell and wife, Danielle, of North Richland Hills and Frankie DeWayne Schoonover and wife, Sherry, of Decatur; two daughters, Cheryl McGuire and Brenda McGuire, both of Boyd; a brother, Orval Harris of Missouri; two sisters, Vera Barrow and Jesse Faye Golden, both of Fort Worth; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, March 3, 2005

Scott, Betty Jean Fossett
1934-2005
Funeral for Betty Jean Fossett Scott, 70, of Sweden, Mo., was April 16 in Ava. Burial followed at Ava Cemetery.
Scott died April 12, 2005, in Ava, Mo.
Born Sept. 9, 1934, in Chico to Lester and Pearl (Simpson) Haney, she married Paul Emory Fossett Aug. 4, 1951, in Eastland. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1953 in Bakersfield, Calif.
She worked in the Douglas County, Mo., Courthouse and the Missouri Department of Social Services. She retired as a caseworker in 1993 after 20 years of service.
She collected antiques, depression glassware, and enjoyed traveling and going to Mexico. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and two brothers.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Scott; two sons, Samuel Lester Fossett and wife, Terri, of Ava, and Dannie Paul Fossett and wife, Chris, of Jersey City, N.J.; grandchildren, Sammye and Delbert Helton, Gabe Fossett, Mindy and Donnie Crandall, Kirby and Tara Fossett, Jeff and Courtney Fossett-Davault, Cody and Tatum Fossett, Kasi Fossett and Staci Fossett; great-grandchildren, Allison, Ciara, Claire, Celia, Garrett-Paul, Caleb, Nate, Zoe, Tanner-Paul and Emma Jean; and her sister, Anita Dickson of Chico.
Published Sunday, April 24, 2005

Scroggins, J.E. ‘Jake’
1915-2005

Funeral for J.E. “Jake” Scroggins, 90, of Amarillo, will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Keller. Graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo.
Scroggins died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, in Grapevine.
He was born Sept. 7, 1915, to John Ed and Isa Bell Scroggins. He grew up in Wise County and married Pauline Parish in 1941. He served in the Navy during world War II as a Petty Officer in the Seabees in the Pacific Theater. He was employed by Cooper and Woodruff Highway Construction for 36 years. A resident of Amarillo for 53 years, he was a member of the Polk Street Methodist Church for 51 years.
He was preceded in death by a sibling and a son, Benny.
He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Paula Ezell; one son, James Scroggins and wife, Regina; a daughter-in-law, Rosie Scroggins; seven grandchildren, Christie Herman and husband, Tony, Eric Scroggins, Michaela Scroggins, Brian Scroggins and wife, Loren, Jodi Scroggins, Nichole Scroggins, Valerie Ecton and husband Mark; eight great-grandchildren, Blake and Haley Herman, McKenna, Jay and Regan Scroggins, Ashley, Mathew and Ben Ecton; a sister-in-law, Naoma Parish; a brother-in-law, Leon Parish; and numerous other relatives.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Cal Farley Boy’s Ranch.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Scroggins, Lillie Mae
1930-2005
Service for Lillie Mae Scroggins, 75, of Azle will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Azle Church of Christ. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery.
Scroggins died Friday, April 1, 2005.
Born Jan. 3, 1930, to James and Havana Williams in Boyd, she was a retired payroll clerk and a a member of the Azle Church of Christ. She married Ham Scroggins on June 4, 1945, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Vickie Butler.
She is survived by a son, David Scroggins and wife Paula; a brother, Jimmy Williams and wife Beth; grandchildren Michelle Stribling, Michael Butler, Joe Scroggins and Brittany Scroggins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at White’s Azle Funeral Home.
Published Sunday, April 3, 2005

Seaton, Floyd, III
1991-2005

Funeral for Floyd Seaton III, 14, of Fort Worth was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Marlin Mosley will officiate. Burial was to follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1.
Seaton died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, in Dallas.
Born Sept. 24, 1991, in Hurst he was an eighth grade student at W.A. Meacham Middle School in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Seaton.
He is survived by his father, James Seaton of Haltom City; two brothers, Brady Seaton and John Seaton, both of Haltom City; grandparents, Floyd and Dianne Seaton of Fort Worth, Leta Paddock of Springtown, Bennie John Fennell of Bridgeport, Michael Ray Paddock of Montague and Tina Fouts of Seymour; and a great-grandmother, Oleta Dethloff of Decatur.
Published Thursday, November 24, 2005

Shankles, Bobby Lee
1938-2005
Graveside service for Bobby Lee Shankles, 66, of Decatur was July 29 at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. James Arrington officiated.
Shankles died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 21, 1938, in Deerfield, Mo., to William and Leona (Simons) Shankles, he was a veteran of the United State Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Shankles; five daughters, Sharon Kay Jackson of Garland, Elizabeth Ann Thrift of Diamond, Mo., Laura Lynn Shankles of Euless, Janet Mae Stonis of Fisherville, Ky. and Robbin Lynn Wright of Carl Junction, Mo.; three sons, Bobby Glen Shankles and James Leslie Shankles, both of Shelbyville, Ky., and Harold Ray Shankles of Carthage, Mo.; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bobby Shankles, Harold Shankles, James Shankles, Lucas Buck, Aaron Jackson and Jodie Newby.
Published Sunday, July 31, 2005

Shelton, Martha Cora
1913-2005
Graveside service for Martha Cora Shelton, 92, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Jerry Stout was to officiate.
Shelton died Thursday, July 14, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born March 31, 1913, to Thomas and Maude Myers in Decatur she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Jackson Shelton; and two daughters, Patsy Ritz and Brenda Berg.
She is survived by three daughters, Wanda Curry and Barbara Dunn, both of Bridgeport and Linda Morris of Decatur; a sister, Willa Mae Shockey of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sherman, Myrtle Ramsey
1911-2005
Services were to be held for Myrtle Ramsey Sherman, 93, at 2 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home on Saturday, March 19. The Rev. Johnny Irish was to officiate. Burial was to be in Sweetwater.
Sherman died Wednesday, March 16, in Decatur.
Born March 25, 1911, in Decatur she married Lonnie Doil Sherman on March 16, 1935, in Denton. She was a homemaker.
She was preceeded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her son Jimmy and wife, Kathren, of Decatur; granddaughters Lisa and husband Billy Jack Breeze of Garland, and Sheri and husband Calvin Coursey of Bridgeport; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sherman, Sammie Lee
1926-2005

Funeral for Sammie Lee Sherman, 79, of Ontario, Oregon, formerly of Alvord, was Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. The Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated. A graveside service was to be Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Hopewell Cemetery.
Sherman died Friday, Oct. 25, 2005, in Ontario.
She was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Archer County to Sam and Myrtle Binion. She was a former houseparent for Denton State School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Sherman; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann McMullen; and a sister, Billie Dean Smith.
She is survived by a son, Michael Sherman, and wife, Kathy, of Fruitland, Idaho; four grandchildren, Sarah Sherman, Doyle Wayne Johnson, Stacie Lee Johnson and Terry Michele Johnson; a sister, Bobbie Jean Goodger of Decatur; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, November 3, 2005

Shetter, Braylon Scott
2005
Graveside service for Braylon Scott Shetter, the infant son of David Shetter and Amanda Read of Decatur, was Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at Cottondale Cemetery. Sam Starr officiated.
He died Saturday, August 13, 2005, in Decatur. He was born June 23, 2005, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Shetter.
He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Aaron and Bryce Shetter, and two sisters, Haleigh Maxwell and Jordan Shetter, all of Decatur; grandparents, Jo and Clis Fowler of Cottondale, Mitchell Read of Paradise, Cheryl Shetter of Cottondale and Roy and Renee Cook of North Richland Hills; great-grandparents Willard and Frances Gentry of Cottondale, Dot and Harold Read of Paradise and Loretta Daughtery of Grand Prairie; and great-great-grandmother, Evelyn Hayes of Paradise.
Pallbearers were Josh Gentry and Eddie Herrington.
Published Thursday, August 18, 2005

Shiflett, Louise
1922-2005
Funeral for Louise Shiflett, 82, of Denton was May 24 in Denton. Burial followed at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Shiflett died Sunday, May 22, 2005 in Denton.
Born Nov. 3, 1922, in Itasca to Cecil and Dena Martin Davis, she married Elvin Shiflett June 10, 1946, in Denton. She graduated from Itasca High School and the University of North Texas. She retired from Krum Independent School District as a teacher and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Don Shiflett, and an infant son.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Launa Wilhite of Decatur; a niece, Dena Silvers and husband, Ron, of Decatur; a great-nephew, Stacy Silvers of Dallas; a great-niece, Lauren Silvers of Denton; and a nephew, Charles Wilhite and wife, Sherilyn, of McKinney.
The family requests memorials be made to Asbury United Methodist Church food pantry or the building fund at 117 Hercules Lane, Denton, Texas 76209.
Published Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sigsbee, Jim W.
1941-2005
Funeral for Jim W. Sigsbee, 63, of Bowie was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Carter Lake Baptist Church in Bowie. The Rev. Kevin Johnson was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Newport Cemetery in Newport.
Sigsbee died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Bowie.
Born July 1, 1941, in Navasota, to John and Gloria (Tillery) Sigsbee, he was a truck driver and a member of the Carter Lake Baptist Church. He married Illona Wiley April 24, 1973, in Waurika, Okla.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Neil Sigsbee and wife, Mary; a daughter, Melissa Bell; a brother, David Sigsbee and six grandchildren, Robert, Jaimes, Candice, Dustin, Wesley and Jason.
Pallbearers were to be Bobby Lee Shytles, John Shipp, Leon Moody, Larry Weaver, Dale Moody and Bill Parker.
Published Thursday, January 13, 2005

Silver, Ralph N.
1918-2005
Funeral is pending for Ralph N. Silver, 86, of Belmont, Calif., father of Nancy S. Martin of Paradise.
Silver died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, in San Mateo.
Born Sept. 7, 1918, in New Jersey to Philip and Bessie (Chapensky) Silver, he was a native of New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was a member of Jewish War Veterans and the San Francisco Vanguards. He retired from American Airlines after 33 years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Harriet; a daughter, Nancy S. Martin of Paradise; a son, Donald M. Silver of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Tengood of Maryland and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, February 17, 2005

Simpson, Jimmy Glen
1949-2005
Graveside service for Jimmy Glen Simpson, 56, of Newark was March 8 at Aurora Cemetery. Luke Oyler officiated.
Simpson died Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Newark.
Born Jan. 24, 1949, in Fannin County, he was self-employed as a landscaper.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Simpson; six sons, Albert and Dewayne Simpson of Paris, Jimmy and Dustin Simpson of Honey Grove, Waylon Baker of Newark and Junior Baker of Colorado City; two daughters, Bonnie Simpson of Honey Grove and Jessie Baker of Newark; a brother, Charles Simpson of Honey Grove; a sister, Evelyn Nelson of Windom; and four grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 10, 2005

Sims, Pearl Edwards
1926-2005

Funeral for Pearl Edwards Sims, 79, of Newark was Sept. 30 at the First Baptist Church of Newark. The Rev. Dan Hunt officiated. Burial followed at Dido Cemetery.
Sims died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, in Newark.
Born June 3, 1926, in Gilmer she was a retired licensed vocational nurse and a member of the First Baptist Church of Newark. She married Charles Roland Sims Oct. 31, 1966, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Williams; a daughter, Charlotte Sims; three brothers, Leo, Elvin and Earl Edwards; and a sister, Ruby Herring.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Larry Williams of Newark and Tim Williams of Springtown; three daughters, Elaine Cohen and husband, Jerry, of Springtown, Sherry Hamilton and husband, Robert, of Halton City, and Rita Gailbreath and husband, Gary, of Newark; a brother, Hubert Edwards of Chandler; Ethel Austin of Chandler; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Pallbearers were Robert Davis, Jerry Norris, Jim Lightsey, James Edgeton, Cokey Kelly and Larry Williams.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Newark building fund.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Sitzes, Stacey Lynn
1981-2005

Funeral for Stacey Lynn Sitzes, 24, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. Ben Young will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sitzes died Monday, June 20, 2005, in Dallas.
Born April 19, 1981, in Houston she was a retail salesperson.
She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Roger Maynard.
She is survived by her daughter, Cameron Morgan Miller; her father, Roger Maynard and wife, Julie; her mother, Perry Miller and husband, Richard; two brothers, Travis Maynard and Mack Miller; two sisters, Stormy Miller and Lucy Miller; and grandparents Jimmie Ann Olene Reeves of Shephard and Marilyn Rice of Houston.
Pallbearers will be Forest Cartwright, Travis Maynard, Toren Bretlinger, Mack Miller, Matt Greanead and Mark Ary.
Published Sunday, June 26, 2005

Skoglund, Raymond Harold ‘Daddy Ray’
1957-2005
Memorial for Raymond Harold “Daddy Ray” Skoglund, 48, of Stanwood, Wash., and formerly of Boyd, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on the fourth floor of the Speedway Club at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Skoglund died Aug. 26, 2005, in Stanwood.
Born May 30, 1957, in Minnesota, to Carl and Dorothy Parsons Skoglund, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and formerly worked at TMM Fabrication as a shop foreman. He married Jean Hanson March 3, 2003, at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He enjoyed working in his shop with his family restoring and rebuilding cars, yard work, racing, farming and iron works.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Barb, and a brother, John Skoglund.
He is survived by his wife; a step-daughter, Tanya Lindberry; and two grandsons, Nathaniel and Gavin, of Stanwood.
Published Thursday, October 6, 2005

Smiley, William D., Sr.
1921-2005
Memorial for William D. Smiley Sr., 83, of Chico was Feb. 5, 2005, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel.
Smiley died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Decatur.
Born June 22, 1921, to Dewey Smiley and Annie Adams Walters in Altus, Okla., he was a furniture refinisher.
He was a resident of North Richland Hills until five years ago when he moved to Chico to be close to family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa M. Smiley.
He is survived by his children, Thomas Smiley and wife, Ursula, of Tampa, Fla., Audrey Muse and husband, Jim, of Fort Worth, and William Smiley and wife, Peggy, of Chico; sisters Erma Jo Byrd and Sina Lou Savage; a brother, Jack Smiley; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, February 10, 2005

Smith, Billy G.
1936-2005

Funeral for Billy G. Smith, 69, of White Settlement was Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Smith died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in White Settlement.
Born Feb. 29, 1936, to Elgin and Mae Smith in Decatur, he married Dorothy Gallaway in March of 1967 in Fort Worth. He worked for General Dynamics as a machinist and a union representative for 21 years. In 2004, after 50 years as a machinist, he retired from the Fore Machine Shop in Haltom City.
Smith served as president of the National Association of Riding Clubs and Sheriff Posses for the years of 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989. He was also on the board of White Settlement Civil Service.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, infant Joyce Smith, Bernice Smith Cagle and Imogene Smith Wilbanks and two brothers, Charles and E.L. Smith.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Billy G. Smith Jr. and wife, Masaka of Prince George, Va.; two daughters, Elaine Smith Conger of Bridgeport and Lori Smith of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Jackie Smith and wife, Jennie and Ronnie Smith and wife, Loveta, all of Boyd; two sisters, Onavelle Smith Horn of New Mexico and Juanell Smith Lane of Louisiana; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jay Gallaway, Jeff Gallaway, Jimmy Gallaway, David Gallaway, Steve Lewis, Scott Lewis and Brent Stone.
Published Thursday, December 1, 2005

Smith, Charles Michael
1958-2005
Funeral for Charles Michael Smith, 46, of Saginaw and formerly of Decatur, was Jan. 19 at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Smith died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born May 23, 1958, in Fort Worth, he was an avid hunter, involved in Boswell FFA and graduated from Decatur High School.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Smith; and a grandfather, Donald D. Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Smith; a son, Corey Smith of Saginaw; a daughter, Caylee Smith of Saginaw; his mother, Panzy Flenner and husband, Henry, of Haltom City; stepmother, Joey Smith of Springtown; three sisters, Donna Fanning and husband, Jerry, of Artesia, N.M., Summer Smith of Springtown and Kerri Kelly and husband, Phillip, of Saginaw; a brother, Buddy Hewitt and wife, Carol, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a grandmother, Opal Smith of Benbrook; and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers were Dale Burk, Blake Fanning, Ronnie Burk, Lane Minyard, Jason Werry and Phillip Kelly.
Published Sunday, February 13, 2005

Smith, E.L., Jr.
1930-2005

Funeral for E.L. Smith Jr., 74, of Boyd was July 22 at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated and Robert Howard assisted. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Smith died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in Boyd.
Born July 27, 1930, in Boyd he was a farmer and rancher. He was a lifetime resident of Boyd and a member of the Aurora Baptist Church. He was a former governor of the Briar Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by a daugther, Becky Fite; three sisters, Joyce Smith, Berniece Cagle and Imogene Wilbanks; and a brother, Charles Ray Smith.
He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Mary Stephenson of Boyd; three daughters, ReDeanna Hines and husband, Alvin, and Nancy Berry, all of Rhome, and Bobbi Liles and husband, Mark, of Manteca, Calif.; step-children, Cathy Stephenson, Ben Stephenson and Lisa Remmele; three brothers, Billy Smith of Fort Worth and Jackie Smith and Ronnie Smith, both of Boyd; two sisters, Juanell Lane of New Orleans and Ona Horn of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Sidney Hines, Jennifer Smith, Mikeul Site and Ronnie Site; eight great-grandchildren, Tony, Chaz, Areanna, Miranda, Bailey, Makayla, Mikella and A.J.; and one great-great-grandchild, Heather.
Pallbearers were Terry Cagle, Jerry Cagle, Greg Lane, Clint Wolfe, Bud Smith, Rusty Smith and Brent Stone. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Goode, James Cash, Dee Otterman, Labe Hawkins and Curtis Spivia.
Published Sunday, July 24, 2005

Smith, Gordon Lee, Jr.
1942-2005

Memorial service for Gordon Lee Smith Jr., 62, of Springtown will be Sunday, June 5, at 187 Classic Country Court in Springtown. He donated his body to University of Southwestern Medical Center of Texas, so there will be no burial.
Smith died Monday, May 23, 2005, in Springtown.
Smith was born Aug. 22, 1942, in Worcester, Mass., to Gordon Lee Smith and Elizabeth Putnam Smith. He lived in Aurora nine years before moving to Springtown. He was a maintenance worker at McDonalds in Azle before becoming ill.
He graduated from North High School in Worcester and later attended college at Windham College of Business in Putney, Vt. He was a sports fan – particularly of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He loved his pets.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a step-mother, Ester Wahlstrom.
He is survivored by his wife of 29 years, Deborah M. Smith of Springtown; four sons, Michael Smith of Rutland, Mass., William Smith of Holden, Mass., Joel David of Springtown and Justin Donald Robert of Decatur; two daughters, Stacy Lee of Boyd, and Cheryl-Ann Elizabeth of Decatur; a half-brother, Jeffrey Smith of Holden; two sisters, Deborah Morrissey and husband, Robert, of Rutland, and JoAnn Colbert and husband, Robert, of West Virginia; and 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Brandon, Kirsten, Halley, Shyla, Tyler, Courtney, Garrett, Paiten and Cheyenne.
Published Sunday, May 29, 2005

Smith, Naomi C.
1925-2005
Graveside service for Naomi C. Smith, 80, of Springtown was Aug. 17 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Billy Fillibrand officiated.
Smith died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born July 8, 1925, in Honey Grove, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Randy Smith of Newark and Rusty Owens of Springtown; four daughters, Debbie Smith of Granbury, Toni Owens of Springtown, Hope Rigger of College Station and Lola Smith of Newark; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 21, 2005

Smith, Ralph Howard
1925-2005
Funeral for Ralph Howard Smith, 79, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate and Steven Starnes will assist. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Smith died Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 24, 1925, in Callison, S.C., he was a retired heavy equipment operator. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Holiness Church of God.
He was preceded in death by Patsy Young-Smith.
He is survived by four sons, Daniel Smith and wife, Denise, of Tuttle, Okla., Edward Smith and wife, Teresa, of Mesquite, and Floyd Smith and Joe Don Smith, both of Bridgeport; two daughters, Mary Smith Burdette of Iva, S.C., and Sandra Stump and husband, Charlie, of Salisbury, N.C.; three brothers, Leroy Smith, Walter Smith and Arthur Smith, all of South Carolina; two sisters, Lunette Gibson and Helen Jernigan, both of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joe Smith, Edward Smith, Billy Young, John Gober, Jacob Young, Kenny Butler, Tim Butler and Stephen Currier.
Published Sunday, May 29, 2005

Smith, William D.
1957-2005
Funeral service for William D. Smith, 48, of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., was Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Demmitt officiated.
Smith died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Harpers Ferry.
He was born July 7, 1957, in La Mesa, Calif., to William David and Joyce (Townsend) Smith. He served in the United States Army and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. He enjoyed drag racing and fishing and was a Civil War history buff.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Holland, of Harpers Ferry; three daughters, Wendy Smith of Santa Fe, N.M., and Emily Smith and Sandra Smith, both of Harpers Ferry; a stepdaughter, Sue Love, of Ellicott City, Md.; a stepson, David Jenkins of Santa Fe; granddaughters Sarah Oyenque of Santa Fe and Brittani Love of Ellicott City; a brother, David E. Smith and wife, Judy, of Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Laurie Smith of Bowie, Amy Boyse and husband, Jim, of Phoenix, and Diana Schmitt and husband, Gary, of Glen Cove, N.Y.
Published Thursday, November 3, 2005

Smyth, Patricia Ann
1953-2005
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Patricia Ann Smyth, 51, of Alvord.
Smyth died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, in Alvord.
She was born Nov. 10, 1953, in Port O’Connor, to Earl and Alda Smyth.
She is survived by a friend, Tom Tuohy of Decatur.
Published Sunday, October 23, 2005

Snodgrass, Robert Allen
1925-2005
A private service will be held at a later date for the family of Robert Allen Snodgrass, 79, of Rhome.
Snodgrass died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 23, 1925, in Weirton, W. Va., he was an equipment salesman.
He is survived by two sons, James Snodgrass of Arkansas and Paul Snodgrass of Colorado; a daughter, Rutha Drake of South Korea; and seven grandchildren.
Published Sunday, February 6, 2005

Songer, Richard Herman
1928-2005
Graveside service for Richard Herman Songer, 77, of Decatur was March 25 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Songer died Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 16, 1928, in Brookville, Pa., to Herman Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (Snippe) Songer, he was a retired lawnmower mechanic.
Published Sunday, March 27, 2005

Spangler, Mary Inez
1925-2005
Graveside service for Mary Inez Spangler, 79, of Decatur was Aug. 8 at Chico Cemetery. Louis Horton officiated.
Spangler died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 9, 1925, in Lone Grove, Okla., she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by two sons, Jimmie Lee of Decatur and Tracy Lee and wife, Liz, of Conroe; a daughter, Bobette Bennett of Decatur; a brother, George Wallace of Chico; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, August 11, 2005

Spann, Edna Lorene
1919-2005
Funeral for Edna Lorene Spann, 85, of Bowie will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Amon Carter Church of Christ near Bowie. Burial will follow at Old Alton Cemetery at 2 p.m. The family was to receive visitors Wednesday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home.
Spann died Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 25, 1919, in Bartonville to Alvin and Anna Madewell, she was a licensed vocational nurse. She married Charles V. Spann in 1935 in Denton County.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Spann of Midland and Joel Spann of Ponder; three daughters, Virginia Parish of Lone Oak, Charlotte Walker of Decatur and Teresa Looney of Bowie; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, May 5, 2005

St. John, Annie Lou Emma
1916-2005

Graveside service for Annie Lou Emma St. John, 89, of Chico was Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Cumby Cemetery near Chico. The Rev. Sam Campbell officiated.
St. John died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, in Bowie.
Born June 2, 1916, in Amity, Ark., she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by seven sons, Raymond St. John and wife, Cora, James St. John and wife, Lana, Rubin St. John and wife Janice and Alvin St. John, all of Chico, Dan St. John and wife, Carolyn and Jerry St. John and wife, Glenda, all of Bridgeport and Bob St. John and wife, Delanine of Alvord; seven daughters, Mary Hukill of Crowley, Shirley Blake of Alvord, Helen Johnson and husband, Russell of Collinsville, Linda Trahern and husband, Boyce of Bowie, Ethelene Perry of Geronimo, Okla. and Wanda Maxwell and husband, Don and Lois Story and husband, Roy, all of Joshua; a brother, J. W. “Uncle Chink” Rich of New York and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, December 15, 2005

Staderman, Orville Paul
1920-2005
Graveside service for Orville Paul Staderman, 85, of Sugar Land was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Dr. Thomas O. Brumett was to officiate.
Staderman died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, in Sugar Land.
Born Feb. 18, 1920, in Freeport, Ill., he was the oldest child of Paul and Elta Staderman. He attended the University of Illinois at the age of 16 and received a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Iowa. He began work on his doctorate and then joined the Army in 1943. He met and married Lela Kincaid of Decatur while stationed in Midland before being stationed in Panama as a meteorologist. He had a long career in the computer field before changing careers and retiring from the Fluor Corporation where he was a project manager in various locations including the Middle East. His post-retirement career through 2003 was teaching math in junior college.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Barbara and husband, John Cleary of Irvine, Calif. and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Brown of Irving.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published Sunday, November 20, 2005

Stapp, Rickey Melvin, Jr.
1984-2005

Funeral for Rickey Melvin Stapp Jr., 20, of Newark was Thursday, March 3, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 2, 1984, in Fort Worth, Stapp died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Dovie Stapp.
He is suvived by his parents, Connie and Gary Smith of Newark; his father, Rickey Stapp of Chico; a brother, Wesley Galttana of Newark; and grandparents, Bobby and Linda Hobbs of Newark and Brad and Wanda Collins of Decatur.
Published Sunday, March 6, 2005

Steele, Melvin Homer
1920-2005
Funeral for Melvin Homer Steele, 85, of Paradise was Nov. 22 in Paradise. Dan Rhoads officiated. Burial followed in Paradise Cemetery.
Steele died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born June 19, 1920, in Paradise, he was a caretaker and a member of the Bridgeport Masonic Lodge and the Odd Fellows Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Wade Steele.
He is survived by his daughter, Sue Ham of Belton; a sister-in-law, Alice Foy Molsbee of Hurst; four grandchildren, Trisha Taylor of Clear Lake, John Ham of Conroe, Duane Ham of Louisville, Tenn., and Christy Akin of Dallas; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ed Black, Lupe Diaz, Jim Murray, Richard Peyton, Bobby Potts and Randy Wise.
Published Thursday, November 24, 2005

Stephenson, Lanny
1925-2005
Funeral for Lanny Stephenson, 80, of Runaway Bay was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. There will be no burial.
Stephenson died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at her home in Runaway Bay.
Born Sept. 6, 1925, in Illinois to Noble and Reva Johnson Thomas, she was a retired justice of the peace for Llano County. She was a juvenile officer for the Houston Police Department from 1951 to 1960 and a homicide detective from 1961 until her retirement in 1973. She was an elected justice of the peace in Llano County in 1978 and served until Jan. 31, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Stephenson.
She is survived by her daughter, Kay Swaim and husband, Harvey, of Chico; a granddaughter, Tera Huffman and husband, Joe, of Brenham; a grandson, Bryan Swaim and wife, Crystal, of Chico; four great-grandchildren, Dylissa, Christopher, Ciara and Kalyn; and a brother, John Thomas and wife, Claire, of Pearland.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Stewart, Juliette
1918-2005

Memorial service for Juliette Stewart, 86, of Benbrook was Friday, Jan. 14, at Sandy Lane Christian Church in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Ga.
Stewart died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2005, in Benbrook.
Born Aug. 27, 1918, in Fayetteville, N.C., to George Scott Turner and Mary Ethel Turner, she was a retired school teacher who taught kindergarten, first and second grades. She was raised in several small towns between Raleigh and Fayetteville. She attended Campbell College and graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College.
She married John W. Stewart Sr. April 9, 1944. She and her husband shared in ministry serving churches in Duncanville, Carrolton, Sachse, Fort Worth and Crockett. In 1957, the couple moved to Fort Worth. They also served as tour guides throughout the Holy Land and the Mediterranean.
Her hobbies included painting, poetry and writing.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Oliver Ernest Turner and Mary Gertrude Horton and her husband.
She is survived by two siblings, George Turner and Hazel Cotton; a son, Dr. John W. Stewart Jr. of Brady; a daughter, Mary Scott Daniel of Alvord; four grandchildren, Julie Vidrine, Jack Stewart, Ginny Wiley and Daniel Stewart and six great-grandchildren, Allison, Addison, Anderson and Aaron Vidrine and Duncan and Wynn Wiley.
Published Sunday, January 16, 2005

Stierwalt, Ben
1988-2005
Service for Ben Stierwalt, 17, of Saginaw will be Tuesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Newark. Burial will be in Poolville Cemetery in Poolville.
Stierwalt died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, in Saginaw.
Born Jan. 29, 1988, he was a junior at Boswell High School. He loved baseball and art and was active in the youth department and children’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Newark. He was a partner in his father’s garage door business.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Kimberly Burney Stierwalt; his grandmother, Delores Stierwalt; and his grandparents, Leslie and Carrie Burney.
He is survived by his parents, Rusty and Jamie Stierwalt of Saginaw; a brother, James Stierwalt; four sisters, Tiffany Stierwalt, Taylor Stierwalt, Kaitlyn Merck and Skylar Stierwalt; grandparents, Arnold and Joyce Stierwalt of Fort Worth; and a great-grandmother, Lorene Myers of Fredonia, Kan.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 2401 Scott, Fort Worth TX 76103.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, April 24, 2005

Stockard, Margaret Nell
1940-2005
Graveside service for Margaret Nell Stockard, 65, of Crafton was April 25 at Crafton Cemetery. Gerald Cleveland officiated.
Stockard died Friday, April 22, 2005, in Azle.
Born Feb. 24, 1940, in Bridgeport to Johnny and Willie McDaniel Alexander, she was a nursing home caregiver. She was a member of the Crafton Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Stockard; a son, Steven Ray Ward; and two brothers, Johnny Leroy Howell and Randy Howell.
She is survived by two brothers, Phillip Howell and wife, Bernice, of Azle, and Jack Howell and wife, Teddy, of Bowie; two stepsons, Darrell Stockard of Bowie and Gerald Stockard of Oklahoma; and a stepdaughter, Patricia Ann Cunningham of Fort Worth.
Published Thursday, April 28, 2005

Stokes, John Morgan ‘Chic’
1919-2005
Funeral for John Morgan “Chic” Stokes, 86, of Rhome was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Aurora Baptist Church. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery. Lee Roy Jackson and Jimmy Withers were to officiate.
Stokes died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Decatur.
Born May 10, 1919, in Rhome, he was a rancher and manager.
He is survived by three sons, Robert Morgan Stokes of Boyd, Ricky A. Stokes of Krum and Jim Tom Stokes of Olney; a daughter, Mary Ruth Shifflett of Krum; a brother, Bill Stokes of Johnson City; a sister, Mattie Faye Baker of Rhome; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were to be Danny Stokes, David Stokes, George Mayfield, Bobby Anderson, Nathan McClary and Bobby Waters.
Published Thursday, November 24, 2005

Stone, H.L., Jr.
1930-2005
Funeral for H.L. Stone Jr., 74, of Rhome was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Kenny Cates was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Stone died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 3, 1930, in Fort Cobb, Okla., he was a lineman for Southwestern Bell Telephone and an Army veteran serving in World War II. He married Bobbie Meador Oct. 14, 1951, in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife; a brother, Wade Stone of Decatur and a sister, Syble Burris of Whitehouse.
Published Thursday, January 13, 2005

Stone, Jason Todd
1985-2005

Funeral for Jason Todd Stone, 19, of Alvarado was Saturday, Aug. 27, at Victory Tabernacle in Wautaga. The Rev. David Uselton officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Point Cemetery.
Stone died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, near Aledo in an automobile accident.
Born Sept. 29, 1985, in Cleburne, he was a minister and worked in construction. He was a member of Gospel Lighthouse in Alvarado and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Heather Dea-Loris Stone; a daughter, Janis Keilah Stone; his parents, the Rev. Alan and Nancy Raper and Todd Stone; in-laws, the Rev. Steven and Bobbie Bernard; a brother, Sgt. Alan Raper Jr.; brothers-in-law, Wes Gilbert, Will Anson, Josh Neagle, Dean Smith, Emmaus and Cyrus Bernard and James Dooley; five sisters, Rhonda Gilbert, Jackie Anson, Amanda Neagle, Christina Smith and Stacey Dooley and sisters-in-law, Rushell, Hannah, Annabeth, Sarah, Prentiss and Eylon Bernard.
Published Sunday, September 4, 2005

Storey, Jack
1933-2005

A memorial service for Jack Storey, 72, of Springtown will be held at a later date.
Storey died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 12, 1933, in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the owner of Efluent Waste Water Treatment Services. He married Colleen Ashley March 24, 1955, in Fort Worth and was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Lawrence Randall Storey and wife, Pamela, of Saginaw; two grandchildren, Randall Dustin Storey and Garrett Ryan Storey; and a brother, Ron Storey.
Published Thursday, November 24, 2005

Strine, Fred Wayne
1945-2005

Funeral for Fred Wayne Strine, 60, of Paradise was Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Bridgeport. Sgt. John Stuard and Rev. Bobby Miller officiated. Burial followed in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Strine died Satuday, Sept. 24, 2005, in Paradise.
He was born April 17, 1945, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Fred E. and Georgia Peak Strine. A machinist and roofing contractor, he married Barbara Jean O’Bryant on Sept. 2, 1983, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Strine, two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Melissa Bitner and husband, Zack, of Dewitt, Ark., and Sherri Ramsey and husband, Gary, of Bridgeport; six grandchildren, Amanda and Chris Ramsey, Dee Dee and Daniel Carder, Maddison Strine and Tanner Armstrong; two sisters, Georgia Gross of Overton and Barbara Stuard and husband, John, of Granbury; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Billy Gardner, Don Moose, Billy Carl Strine, Donnie Wilkerson, Fred Moose II, Danny Fleetwood, Corky Wilkerson and Gary Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Melvin Seay, Jake Taylor, Jimmy Seay, Darrell Owens and Lonnie Wilkerson.
Published Thursday, September 29, 2005

Stubblefield, Bill
1924-2005
Funeral for Bill Stubblefield, 81, of Westland, Mich., was Aug. 1 in Westland. The Rev. William Kren officiated. Burial followed at Romulus Cemetery in Romulus, Mich.
Stubblefield died July 27, 2005, in Superior Washtenaw Township, Mich.
Born May 28, 1924, in Spur to Robert Lee and Lillie Belle (McKay) Stubblefield, he was raised in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Stubblefield.
He is survived by his wife, Verna Buckberry Stubblefield; two daughters, Gayle Gipson and husband, Ray, of Westland, and Sue Marianacci and husband, Richard, of Wayne, Mich.; a brother, Johnnie K. Stubblefield; four grandchildren, Donna Hicks and husband, Jamie, Rachael Freitas and husband, Jimmy, Julie Diamond and Phillip Marianacci; and five great-grandchildren, Kayla, Brittney, Samantha, Kristina and Emma.
Published Sunday, August 14, 2005

Summers, Glenn E.
1941-2005
Funeral for Glenn E. Summers, 63, of Bowie was Feb. 3 at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie. The Revs. Steven Glenn Summers, Eddie Johnson and Jerry Jones officiated. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Summers died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Wichita Falls.
Born Sept. 6, 1941, in Bowie, he was an assembly line worker for Lockheed Martin. He married Verta Stockard on July 11, 1959, at Southside Baptist Church in Bowie. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Bowie and was a Mason.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Summers.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Steven Glenn Summers and wife, Lori, of Louisiana, Mo., and David Neil Summers and wife, Patty, of Bowie; a daughter, DeeDee Geisinger and husband, Chuck, of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Wanda Sue Wheelis of Alvord and Shirley Neth of Rumph, Nev.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were David Neil Summers II, Chadlee Glenn Summers, James Earl Dominy, Gaylynn Wayne Wheelis, Henry “Butch” Neth, Jeremy Wade Brown and Jases Ryan Brown.
Published Sunday, February 6, 2005

Sweetland, James Edgar
1932-2005
No funeral is planned for James Edgar Sweetland, 72, of Decatur.
Sweetland died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, in Denton.
Born Oct. 31, 1932, in Roseville, Mich., to Richard and Mildred (Pugh) Sweetland, he was a retired salesman for Poco Graphite.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Terri Lynn and Cheryl Ann Sweetland; a sister, Eileen Lowen; and two brothers, Robert and Stanley Boyd.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Sweetland; two daughters, Sandra Louise Stankiewicz of East Point, Mich., Tamara Jean Vivier of Montreal, Canada; a son, Steven James Sweetland of Denton; two brothers, Vaughn Boyd of Oregon and Bruce Sweetland of Nevada; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 28, 2005

Swindle, Jack Dempsey
1926-2005

Funeral for Jack Dempsey Swindle, 79, of Bridgeport was Nov. 7 at Pleasant View Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Demmitt officated. Burial followed at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Swindle died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, in Bedford.
He was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Celeste, to the late Kail and Bertha McCarty Swindle. He married Idell Bailey on May 4, 1946, in Dallas. A United States Navy veteran, he served in World War II. He later worked in the warehouse at Western Electric in Dallas. A member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church, he was a lifetime member of the Chico VFW and a member of the Masonic Estelle Lodge of Euless, the Masonic Lodge of Chico and the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Swindle, and two sisters, Jan Beall and Lela Mann.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Cordell Swindle and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport; a daughter, Evelyn Edington and husband, Wilton, of Bridgeport; seven grandchildren, Melissa Swindle of Dallas, Kail Swindle and wife, Amber, of Corpus Christi, Julie Edington of Bridgeport, Kathleen Siek and husband, Scott, of Hurst, Aaron and Curt Edington of Grand Prairie and Michael Swindle of Bridgeport; two great-grandchildren, John Simpson and Claire Hill, both of Bridgeport; two brothers, Ray Swindle of Alvord and David Swindle and wife, Jeanne, of Weslaco; two sisters, Betty Belfiore and husband, Tony, of Gilbertsville, Penn., and Delores Stevens and husband, Travis, of Howe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant View Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.
Published Sunday, November 13, 2005

Tackel, Ray
1932-2005
Memorial service for Ray Tackel, 73, of Bridgeport, will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at Hawkins Funeral Home. The Rev. Mike Miller will officiate.
Tackel died Monday, March 21, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born January 26, 1932, in Bridgeport, he was a self-employed oil pumper and a member of the Cuba Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Glen, and a sister, Ann.
He is survived by his wife, Opal; stepsons Lance of Gorman and James of Denton; daughter Phyllis and husband, Van, of Fort Worth; a grandson, Mark; a brother, Roy and wife, Betty, of Bridgeport; sisters Lou Etta of Paradise, Dean and husband, Vance, of Springtown, and Audrey of Bridgeport; a sister-in-law, Faye, of Paradise and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Munn, Bill Long, Billy Fred Walker, David Smith, Jerry Long and Sam Erwin.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, March 24, 2005

Tackett, Albert Jefferson, Jr.
1943-2005

Funeral for Albert Jefferson Tackett Jr., 62, of Boyd was Thursday, Oct. 6, at Corinth Baptist Church. Jeff Tackett officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Tackett died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, in Boyd.
Born Jan. 12, 1943, in Graham, he was a long haul truck driver. He married Charlotte Burks Oct. 4, 1981, in Rhome.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Annie Campbell and husband, Bill, of Avondale; three sons, Randy Tackett of Graham, Russell Burks of Euless and Steven Tackett of Boyd; two daughters, Rhonda Williams of Graham and Sheryl Smith of Boyd; six brothers, Jimmy Tackett of Cottondale, Tommy Tackett of Boyd, Wesley Campbell of Bridgeport, Alan Campbell of Sunset and Billy Campbell and Edwin Campbell, both of Bowie; two sisters, Marie Kemp of Newark and Joann Reed of Boyd; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Bobby Tackett, Kenneth Earl McCauley, Mike Tackett, Darrin Tackett, Jake Tackett and Wallace Snodgrass.
Published Sunday, October 9, 2005

Tage, Noble William
1918-2005
Funeral for Noble William Tage, 86, of Bowie was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the drawing room of the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. Billie Fowler was to officiate.
Tage died May 8, 2005, in Bowie.
Born July 3, 1918, in Tage to John and Anna (Connell) Tage, he married Sadie Leona Hicks Nov. 29, 1942, in Wise County. He was a dairy farmer and was an active 4-H leader for many years. He worked for 19 years as a bus driver for the Bowie Independent School District.
He is preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Curt Tage and wife, Shirley, of Great Falls, Mont., and Bill Tage and wife, Jeri, of Greenwood; a daughter, Judy Parrish and husband, Walter, of Bowie; granddaughters, Kim Cunningham and husband, Kyle, of Bowie, and Corrine Brandvold and husband, John, of Snohomish, Wash.; grandsons, Todd Tage of Great Falls, and Kyle Tage and wife, Wendy, of Bozeman, Mont.; seven great-grandchildren; a foster daughter, Rhonda Morton of Bowie; two foster grandchildren, Ashley Hagan of Bowie and John Hagan of Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Wadsworth, Chris Hughes, Les Baxter, Dennis Workman, Eric Heddins and Jimmy Woolf.
Published Thursday, May 12, 2005

Talley, Bueal Asko
1918-2005
Funeral for Bueal Asko Talley, 87, of Corinth was June 19 at Saint Jo Church of Christ. C.E. Cole and Chester Cullum officiated. Burial followed at Center Point Cemetery.
Talley died Friday, June 17, 2005, in Denton.
Born June 4, 1918, in Bonita, he married Dee Lorraine Hanks March 15, 1941. He served as a deacon at Saint Jo Church of Christ, worked as an oil field driller, farmer/rancher and owned and operated the Gulf Service Station in Saint Jo.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Larry Talley of Chico; a daughter, Bevla Lamb of Corinth; a sister, Adis Blakely of Saint Jo; four grandchildren, Kristen Tribe of Decatur, David Lamb of Denton, Jennifer Rakowitz of New Braunfels and Tiffany Dunaway of Arkadelphia, Ark., and four great-grandchildren, Emma Lamb of Denton, Gracie Dunaway of Arkadelphia and Luke and Allie Tribe, both of Decatur.
Pallbearers were Clinton Talley, Gerald Talley, Alford Talley, Don Miller, William Talley, Jimmy Brown and Don Castle. Nephews also served as honorary pallbearers.
Published Thursday, June 23, 2005

Taylor, Hazel Ann Worley
1903-2005

Funeral for Hazel Ann Worley Taylor, 101, of Bridgeport was March 8 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated. Burial followed at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Taylor died Saturday, March 5, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born April 4, 1903, in Cloudchief, Okla., to A.B. and Janie (Prichard) Gregory, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, O.L. Worley Sr. and Lee Taylor; a daughter, Mary Frances Worley; two granddaughters, Linda Faye Tunnell and Angel Marie Kain; a grandson, Michael Worley; four brothers, R.C., Jeff, Charlie and Roy Gregory; and two sisters, Jewel Hines and Opal Mitchell.
She is survived by five sons, Leon Worley Jr. of Decatur, Roy Worley of Sacramento, Calif., Avalon Worley and wife, Wynonna, of Weatherford, James V. Worley and wife, Peggy, of Springtown, and Raymond Worley and wife, Darline, of Bedford; a daughter, Rona Ward and husband, Loyd, of Jacksboro; 24 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-granchildren.
Pallbearers were Larry Treadway, Jacky Worley, Tony Steed, Bud Marsh, Justin Ward and Jack Rose. Honorary pallbearers were William Trudgen, Brendon Eaton, Chris Eaton, Clifton Scroggins, Hayden Steed, Bud Ward, Billy Eaton and Rocky Roper.
The family requests memorials be made to Solaris Hospice.
Published Thursday, March 10, 2005

Taylor, Lawrence ‘M.L.’
1934-2005

Funeral for Lawrence “M.L.” Taylor, 71, of Boyd was Aug. 23 in Boyd. Doyle Slimp officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Taylor died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in Decatur.
Born March 29, 1934, in Decatur, he was a welder and a member of Bridgeport Baptist Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Ola Taylor; three sons, Dawayne Taylor and wife, Betty, of Decatur, Ronnie Taylor and wife, Tina, of Azle, and David Taylor and wife, Sherri, of Boyd; a brother, Walter Taylor of Sunset; a sister, Lillie Sherman of Decatur; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Sergio Davila, Jerry Taylor, James Taylor, Jerry Don Solley, Carmen Muscara and Vernon Harwell.
Published Thursday, August 25, 2005

Teague, Dorothy May
1908-2005
Funeral for Dorothy May Teague, 97, of Bridgeport, was Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the United Pentecostal Church in Bridgeport. Michael Wilshire officiated. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
Teague died Oct. 30, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 24, 1908, she was a member of the Bridgeport United Pentecostal Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Norreca Joy Ince and Bennie Jane Garcia, both of Bridgeport, Margie Dewveall of Azle and Loretta Mae Keller of Alvord; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lendon Kerr, James Moyers, Richard Keller, William Ince, George Ince and Chris Ince.
Published Thursday, November 3, 2005

Tennison, Emma Virdie
1929-2005
Graveside service for Emma Virdie Tennison, 76, of Alvord was Monday, Oct. 3, at Alvord Cemetery. Kenny Cates officiated.
Tennison died Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, in Decatur.
Born May 6, 1929, in Benjamin, she was a homemaker and a member of the Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Edward Tennison.
She is survived by a son, Bill Tennison of Alvord; a daughter, Pat Evans of Alvord; three sisters, Carol Large of Knox City, Janie Reid of Shamrock and Rosie Reynolds of Haskell; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Sergio Talamentes, Lenny Hardee, Mike Hardee, Doyle Johnson, Scott Huckabee and Coley Frye.
Published Thursday, October 6, 2005

Thomas, Mary D.
1912-2005
No service has been set for Mary D. Thomas, 92, of Decatur.
She died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 19, 1912, in Berwyn, Ill., to Clyde and Sarah (Boyd) Dugan, she married G.W. Thomas in LaGrange, Ill., June 21, 1934, and was a homemaker. She worked as a beautician and was a partner in the Purina Feed Dealership in Corydon, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband in June of 1996 and seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Briney and husband, Stan of Bowie; grandchildren, Jeffrey Briney and wife, Sue of Oak Point, Kristi McQuiston and husband, Michael of Decatur and Gregory Briney and wife, Carrie of Sanger; two great-granddaughters, Cassidy and Carlye of Decatur; and three great-grandsons, Garrett, Grant and Grayson of Sanger.
Published Thursday, December 1, 2005

Thomas, Scott
1983-2005
Funeral for Richard Scott Thomas, 21, of Chico was June 10 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Sessions officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Thomas died Monday, June 6, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 27, 1983, in Llano, he was a rig operator for Williams Water Well Service.
He was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Billie Manning and Dorothy Ladine Cox; and a grandfather, Valton Thomas.
He is survived by his father, Richard Thomas of Chico; his mother, Shelly Thomas Pearcy of Mineral Wells; two sisters, Lindey Thomas and Alex Pearcy, both of Mineral Wells; a grandfather, Bob Manning of Bridgeport; a grandmother, JoAnn Thomas of Houston; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, June 12, 2005

Thompson, Amye Amanda
1983-2005

Funeral for Amye Amanda Thompson, 22, of Fort Worth will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Central Baptist Church in Mansfield. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Azleland Cemetery in Reno. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Blessing Funeral Home in Mansfield.
Born Jan. 31, 1983, in Fort Worth, Thompson died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, John Burt, formerly of Bridgeport.
She is survived by her parents, Ken and Lisa Burt Thompson; a son, William Ed Adams Jr.; grandparents, Harold and Lois Starks; and numerous extended family members.
The family requests memorials be made to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Published Sunday, September 4, 2005

Thompson, Geraldine M.
1920-2005
Funeral for Geraldine M. Thompson, 85, of Alvord was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bowie. The Rev. Darius McKay was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Cumby Cemetery in Park Springs.
Thompson died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Alvord, she lived in Alvord most of her life. She graduated from Park Springs High School and married Harold Thompson in Wise County.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by a son, Jerry Thompson of Alvord; a sister, Bobby Jett of Bowie and two grandchildren, Brad Thompson and Andy Thompson, both of Alvord.
Published Sunday, October 23, 2005

Thompson, Marvin A.
1922-2005

Funeral for Marvin A. Thompson, 83, of Paradise was July 26 at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery in Boyd. Rob Walls and Matt Edwards officiated.
Thompson died Saturday, July 23, 2005, in Fort Worth.
He was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Sweetwater, Okla., to Jim and Mary Ella Thompson. A retired salesman for Graco Supply in Fort Worth, he married his wife Allene, Oct. 4, 1946, in Fort Worth. He was a United States Air Force veteran and served in northern Africa, Sicily and Italy in World War II.
He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Paradise and a member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge No. 479, a past patron of Boyd Chapter No. 897 Order of the Eastern Star, Moslah Temple of Fort Worth and the Scottish Rite of Dallas. He was also a former member of the Paradise School Board.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brenda, six brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Max Thompson and wife, Kerry, of Redwater; two grandchildren, Allen and Kevin Thompson of Redwater; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Tim Matheus, Don Jackson, Jerry Lynn Swendell, Chance Allen, Dale Dunlap and Darren Dunlap.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Paradise, grand piano fund, P.O. Box 73, Paradise, Texas 76073.
Published Thursday, July 28, 2005

Thompson, Shirley Ann
1935-2005
Memorial for Shirley Ann Thompson, 69, of Euless will be Monday, Jan. 10, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel.
Born Aug. 25, 1935, Marshall, Minn., Thompson died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Bedford.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gene Thompson; two sons, Pat Thompson of Bedford and Ricky Thompson and wife, Lana, of Haslet; three grandchildren, Trenton Thompson, Garrett Thompson and Avery Thompson; two brothers, Butch Boerjan and Donald Boerjan and a sister, Diane.
Published Sunday, January 9, 2005

Tillery, H.L. ‘Hoot’
1934-2005
Funeral for H.L. “Hoot” Tillery, 71, of Poolville was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at First Baptist Church in Jacksboro. Loury Nero was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Gibtown Cemetery in Jack County.
Tillery died Saturday, May 28, 2005, in Mineral Wells.
Born Jan. 23, 1934, in Perrin, to Marion Frank and Lara Fay (Riley) Tillery, he was self-employed with Hoot’s Gravel Service. He married Wanda Gale Brandon Jan. 29, 2003, in Tulsa, Okla. He was a member of the Joplin Baptist Church, Jack County Rough Riders and Jack County Sheriff’s Posse.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lee Montgomery; a son, Billy Harold Tillery; a sister, Frankie Ilene Uptergrove and a brother, Ples Ronald Tillery.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Gale Tillery of Poolville; three daughters, Lenora Ann Tillery of Valley Mills, Natacha Dyess of Colorado and Tammy Williams of Wichita Falls; two sons, Lloyd Dwayne Tillery of Jacksboro and Jerrit Engledow of Gibtown; two sisters, Lola May Rowe of Iowa Park and Ola “Peewee” Parker of Jacksboro; four grandchildren and numerous step-children.
Pallbearers were to be members of the Jack County Sheriff’s Posse.
Published Thursday, June 2, 2005

Titus, Sue R.
1907-2005

Memorial service for Sue R. Titus, 97, of Runaway Bay will be next week at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Leesburg, Fla.
Titus died Monday, May 30, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 5, 1907, in Otsego, Mich., to Frank and Mary Frey Reed, she was a homemaker. She married Stephen Titus on Oct. 5, 1927.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Barbara Beckmann.
She is survived by three grandchildren, Gary Beckmann of Blacklick, Ohio, Chris Beckmann of Keller and Janet Glonek of Fort Worth; five great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Charles Beckmann and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 5, 2005

Tollerson, Sydney Louise ‘Sis’
1921-2005
Graveside service for Sydney Louise “Sis” Tollerson, 83, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle. Gentry Castleman will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Coker Funeral Home.
Tollerson died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 8, 1921, in Milford, to Rolughie and Ida Turpin, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Tollerson, and four brothers, Buck Turpin, Roland Turpin Jr., Roy Gene Turpin and Richard Lee Turpin.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, May 12, 2005

Tonn, Violet May
1926-2005

Funeral for Violet May Tonn, 79, of Decatur was to be at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Tim Staub was to officiate and the Rev. Don Spain was to assist. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Tonn died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 5, 1926, in London, England, she was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur. She married James Tonn on Oct. 6, 1945, in Comberwell, England.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Gladys Sargant and Ilene Flesher; and a brother, Al Hartnug.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Tonn and wife, Joy, of Fort Worth, and Mike Tonn and wife, Marilyn, of Benbrook; two daughters, Pat Andris of Horseshoe Bay and Valerie Ironmonger and husband, Lee, of Decatur; two sisters, May Rickman and Dollie Guy; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Jay Tonn, Michael Tonn, Jamin Tonn, Jesse McClure, Chris Moreno and Clint Shirley. Honorary pallbearers were to be Lee Ironmonger and Jake McClure.
Published Thursday, March 3, 2005

Traister, Robert Lee
1930-2005
Graveside service for Robert Lee Traister, 74, of Lake Bridgeport was April 29 at Chico Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Traister died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born May 20, 1930, in Chico to Charles and Letha Traister, he was a landscaper.
He is survived by his son, Robert Traister of Bridgeport, and two grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 1, 2005

Turley, Rosemary Louise
1943-2005
Funeral for Rosemary Louise Turley, 62, of Rhome was June 28 in Decatur. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Turley died June 26, 2005, in Decatur.
Born March 2, 1943, to Frank and Agnes Robinson in Indianapolis, she was an administrative assistant.
She is survived by her lifelong partner, Ron Hon of Rhome; daughter, Danetta Turley of Rhome; a brother, Richard Robinson of Gold Coast, Australia; and a sister, Donna Miller of Carrollton.
Published Thursday, June 30, 2005

Turlington, Jean
1924-2005
Memorial service for Kathryn Jean Brown Turlington, 81, of Mineola was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the First Christian Church in Mineola. The Rev. James Tingle was to officiate with the assistance of Father Thomas A. Pantle.
Turlington died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, in Tyler.
She was born May 4, 1924, in Longview to the John Garland Brown and Hazel Kirk Barr Brown. A Mineola resident most of her life, she was also a member of the First Christian Church of Mineola. Turlington worked as a bookkeeper for First State Bank of Hawkins and was a 1941 graduate of Mineola High School.
She is survived by three sons, James David Turlington of Tucson, Ariz., Joe Edd Turlington of Decatur, and Jon Kirk Turlington of Mineola; two daughters, Jeanne Greenawalt of Mineola and Linda Phelps of Arlington; and 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 209 N. Pacific, Mineola, Texas 75773.
Published Thursday, October 6, 2005

Turner, Phillip Dale
1937-2005

Service for Phillip Dale Turner, 67, of Chico was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial was to be in Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Stout was to officiate.
Turner died Monday, July 25, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 21, 1937, in Holtville, Calif., to Hugh and Lavada Turner. He was a loader/operator at Vulcan Materials in Chico. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Methodist.
He was preceded in death his wife, Betty Lou Turner; a sister, Josie Turner; and two brothers, Wayne and Ray Turner.
He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Workman and husband, David, of Chico, and Geneva Grimm and husband, Bill, of Hurst; a brother, John Turner; six sisters, Phillis Morris, Carol Moore, Mary Boydston, Norma McCandless, Eunice Oster and Zona Cox; and five grandchildren, Stacy, Kelly, Wesley, Kimberly and Nick.
Pallbearers were to be David Workman, Kelly Workman, Bill Grimm, Jerry Workman, Christopher Workman, Wayne Morris and Brent Workman.
Published Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ulin, Sandra Diana
1943-2005
Graveside service for Sandra Diana Ulin, 61, of Frisco was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at Oaklawn Cemetery. David Dickerson was to officiate.
Ulin died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Farmers Branch.
Born April 16, 1943, in Decatur she was a retail manager. She married Michael Stephen Ulin Sept. 4, 1999, in El Paso.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Bobby Trail of Fort Worth and Rodney Trail of Craig, Colo.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 27, 2005

Unruh, Dianna Lynn
1963-2005
Dianna Lynn Unruh, 41, of Rhome died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Rhome. No service was held.
She was born July 3, 1963, in Washington, Ind.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Unruh; her parents, Bob and Vivian Woodbridge of Rhome; a son, Joseph Michael Williams of Rhome; a brother, Robert Gene Woodbridge of Hillsboro, and a sister, Delila Fogle of Rhome.
Published Sunday, March 27, 2005

Valcik, Elizabeth
1919-2005
Cryptside service for Elizabeth Valcik, 85, of Decatur will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.
Valcik died Sept. 5, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 14, 1919, in Wynnewood, Okla., to Zach and Gertrude (Carpenter) Cooper, she was a retired registered nurse. She graduated from Baylor University and married Dr. John Valcik May 13, 1942. She was an avid gardener, musician and artist.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Dr. John C. Valcik; and two brothers, Z.T. Cooper Jr. and James S. Cooper.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Valcik of Flower Mound and Joe Valcik of Lewisville; two brothers, John L. Cooper of Gordonville and Paul E. Cooper of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Gertrude C. Bernauer of Slidell, La., and Ruth Danielson of Fort Walton Beach; six grandchildren, Nick and Erik Valcik of Plano, Heather Bollengier of Plano, and Jason, Jerad and Jamee Valcik of Flower Mound; and one great-grandson, Aidan Bollengier.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Published Thursday, September 8, 2005

Vasquez, Trinidad Camacho
1932-2005

Funeral for Trinidad Camacho Vasquez, 72, of Bridgeport was Jan. 10 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Father Gilbert Pansza officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Vasquez died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born June 22, 1932, in Colonia Esperanza, Mexico, to Genaro and Maria Vasquez, he retired from Gifford-Hill in 1997. He married Rosa Emma Lopez Dec. 15, 1960, in VanHorn and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Crusillistas Trinidad.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jamie Salcido.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Raul Salcido and wife, Irene, Trinidad Vasquez Jr. and wife, Christie, and Ricky Vasquez; daughters, Lucy Mixon, Rosa Isela Vasquez, Mariana Hernandez and husband, Hector, and Christina Taylor and husband, Rufaro; 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Francisco Gonzalez, Fernando Cantu, Armando Ortiz, Modesto Romero, Daniel Mancilla, Jesus Aldape, Juan Lara and Marcos Martinez.
Published Sunday, January 16, 2005

Vickers, Robert Leroy
1949-2005
Funeral for Robert Leroy Vickers, 78, of Lubbock, was Sept. 12 in the Sunset Church of Christ Chapel. Nat Cooper officiated. Burial followed at Sudan Cemetery in Sudan.
Born Dec. 30, 1926, in Clovis, N.M., Vickers died Sept. 10, 2005.
He worked for General Telephone and Electronics as the chief engineer of GTE Southwest until his retirement in 1987. He married Barbara Jean Rogers May 16, 1949, in Portales, N.M., and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Michael Vickers and wife, Kathy, of Battle Creek, Mich., Lonnie Vickers and wife, Debbie, of Brady, and David Vickers and wife, Daphne, of Decatur; a daughter, Connie V. Jackson of Lubbock; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Frances Rodriguz and husband, Manuel, of Canton; two brothers, Jim Vickers and wife, Eloise, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bill Vickers and wife, Margaret, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
The family requests memorials be made to the Lubbock Children’s Home, 4404 Idalou Highway, Lubbock, Texas 79410; the American Heart Association, 4630 50th St., Suite 400, Lubbock, Texas 79414; or the Muscular Dysstrophy Association, 8212 Ithaca Ave., Suite D, Lubbock, Texas 79423.
Published Sunday, September 18, 2005

Vincent, Jerry Don
1959-2005

Graveside service for Jerry Don Vincent, 46, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Steven Bernard and Chaplain Luke Oyler were to officiate.
Vincent died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, in Boyd.
Born Aug. 25, 1959, in Olney, he was a utility pole climber.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Faye Vincent.
He is survived by his father, Samuel Dennis Vincent of Boyd; a brother, Samuel Daniel Vincent and wife, Darla Jean of Springtown; his ex-wife, Belinda Kathryn Dunn of Decatur; a special friend, Juanita Bullard and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Juanita Bullard, Lynn Dunn, Karen Erwing, Lori Dickinson, Melissa Dowell, Tammy Caldara, Lyn Pierce and Kaye Vincent. Honorary pallbearers were to be Starla Dawson, Patty Fortenberry, Eurlene Flowers and Kathryn Ransom.
Published Thursday, December 15, 2005

Walbridge, Lane Monroe
2005
Memorial service for Lane Monroe Walbridge, infant son of Lance and Steffany Walbridge of Paradise, was Monday, Sept. 19, in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Brandon Ohman officiated and was assisted by the Rev. Ken May.
He was born June 3, 2005, in Fort Worth, and died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, in Decatur.
He is survived by his parents; three sisters, McKayla Walbridge of Paradise, and Kascedy and Kaitlyn Walbridge, both of Mt. Vernon; grandparents Monroe “Skip” and Patti Walbridge of Fort Worth and J.R. and Linda Chase of Edna; and great-grandparents Lee and Bobbie Meyers of Runge and Ruth Chase of Inez.
Published Thursday, September 22, 2005

Waldrip, Raymond Austin
1921-2005
Funeral for Raymond Austin Waldrip, 84, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Lyle Asbill and David Henry were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Waldrip died Sunday, April 10, 2005, in Sulphur, La.
Born April 10, 1921, in Alvord, he was a retired aircraft maintenance worker for American Airlines and served in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil; a son, Charles; and a brother, Ernest.
He is survived by two sons, Raymond Waldrip and wife, Anita, and J.T. Thompson and wife, Joyce, all of Boyd; two daughters, Shirley Smith of Argyle and Helen LaDoux and husband, Danny, of Sulphur; two brothers, Albert Waldrip of Fort Worth and Willie Waldrip and wife, Honoria, of Irving; two sisters, Vessie Adams of Boyd and Velma Hammond and husband, Floyd, of Odessa; and 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Brian Smith, Danny Benton, Raymond Benton, Robert Thompson, Shawn Waldrip and DeeJay Waldrip.
Published Thursday, April 14, 2005

Waldrop, James Everett
1946-2005
Memorial service for James Everett Waldrop, 59, of Rhome will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. R.A. Smith will officiate. He was cremated.
Waldrop died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 29, 1946, in Richmond, Va., he worked in the construction field.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Peggy Waldrop.
He is survived by his three sons, James Waldrop III of Rhome, David Waldrop of Houston and Adam Waldrop of Irving; a daughter, Daphne Waldrop of Washington; a brother, Michael Waldrop of Virginia; two sisters, Deborah Stevens of Virginia and Donna Waldrop of Virginia; and seven grandchildren.
Published Sunday, December 18, 2005

Walker, Clarence ‘Rip’
1916-2005
Service for Clarence “Rip” Walker, 88, of Rhome, was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Dewayne Adams was to officiate. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Walker died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 28, 1916, in Deep Creek in Wise County, he was a mechanic.
He was preceded in death by a son, Fred Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dell; one son, Ed Walker of Fort Worth; and eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Tony Dickey, Allen Dickey, Monty Anderson, Mays Fuqua, Jack Lewis and Ronnie Harvey.
Published Thursday, August 18, 2005

Wallace, Helen Ruth
1917-2005
Graveside service for Helen Ruth Wallace, 88, of Decatur will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner will officiate.
Wallace died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 21, 1917, to Piner and Ruth Stephens in Greenwood she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Quilla Ford Wallace; and a son, Jimmy Wallace.
She is survived by one sister, Mary Phillips of Benbrook; a brother, Alvis Stephens of Benbrook; two grandsons, Rick Wallace and wife, Anna, of Decatur, and Robby Wallace of Fort Worth; and two great-grandchildren, Trinity Autumn Wallace of Fort Worth and Victoria Wallace of Decatur.
Published Thursday, July 21, 2005

Wallace, Joan ‘Miss Jackson’
1929-2005

Funeral for Joan “Miss Jackson” Wallace, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. The Rev. Carson Whitehead will officiate. Burial will follow at Keeter Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Wallace died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at her home in Keeter.
Born Aug. 26, 1929, to Otho Neal and Thelma Faye (McDaniel) Lisby in Decatur, she was a retired school teacher who taught three generations of children in Boyd and Newark. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Keeter, a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 897, and a lifetime member of the Texas State Teacher’s Association. She was also a charter member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Neal Lisby; and her first husband of 46 years, Virgil Jackson.
She is survived by her husband, James Wallace; a son, Don Jackson and wife, Karen, of Boyd; two daughters, Paula Sydow and husband, J.C., of Boyd and Pam Galloway; seven grandchildren, Ben Cozby and wife, Amie, John Jackson and wife, Kelly, Christopher and Corey Feldhaus and Sarah, Allie and Samuel Galloway; six great-grandchildren, Austin, Ashtin, MacKindsey, Jackson, Jacklon and Ashley; three brothers, Ben Lisby of Grayford and Jerry and Gerry Lisby, both of Fort Worth; three sisters, Martha Choate of San Angelo, Rumell Culp of Paradise and Gwen Comb of Decatur; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ben Cozby, John Jackson, Christopher Feldhaus, Corey Feldhaus, Sarah Galloway, Allie Galloway and Samuel Galloway.
Published Sunday, October 16, 2005

Ward, Jonnie
1907-2005
A private service is being held for Jonnie Ward, 98, of Decatur at Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Ward died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Decatur.
Born June 26, 1907, in Brown County, she was a retired nurse.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, October 27, 2005

Washburn, Rebecca DeAnn
1983-2005

Funeral for Rebecca DeAnn Washburn, 22, of Bridgeport, was Monday, Sept. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Don Wirsdorfer officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Washburn died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, in Decatur.
She was born June 28, 1983, in Memphis. A graduate of Bridgeport High School, she was a medical assistant.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Oliver N. Patterson.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Washburn of Bridgeport; three sisters, Donna Lutz of Victoria, Apryl Lovell and husband, Justin, of Krum and Rhonda Lee and husband, Wesley, of Bridgeport; grandmothers Dorothy Patterson of Bridgeport and Patsy Patterson of Chico; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Chris Stone, Van Choate, Kelly Choate, Oliver Patterson, Wayne Elam, Billy Choate, Justin Lovell and Daniel Clark.
Published Thursday, September 22, 2005

Watkins, Fay
1921-2005

Funeral for Fay Watkins, 84, of Bridgeport was to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. David Isbell was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Watkins died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, in Decatur.
Born March 5, 1921, in Atoka, Okla., she was a homemaker and a member of the Balsora Baptist Church. She married Roy L. Watkins on Dec. 12, 1937, in Anton.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Guy Elkins and two sisters, Gladys Williams and Virginia Ezell.
She is survived by a daughter, Delaine Watkins of Las Cruces, N.M.; three sons, Roy L. Watkins Jr. and wife, Linda of Decatur, Robert Watkins and wife, Judy of Bridgeport and Ed Watkins and wife, Cynthia of Colfax, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Kevin Watkins, Billy Shurbet, David Garic, Johnny Garcia, Zachary Bracken and J.K. Cortez.
Published Thursday, December 8, 2005

Watson, Kennith Weldon
1930-2005
Funeral for Kennith Weldon Watson, 74, of Lincoln, Ark., formerly of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Sycamore Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Watson died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, in Fayettville, Ark.
Born Oct. 6, 1930, in Whitewright, he was a retired truck driver, a minister from the Decatur area and a member of the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Watson; a son, Weldon C. Watson of Navasota; two daughters, Katherine Sue Pennington and Virginia Nichols, both of Denton; four brothers, Wayne Watson of Joshua, David Watson of Grand Prairie, Glen Watson of Oklahoma City, and Donald Watson of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Willie Fay Craver of Howe; five grandchildren, Clinton Pennington, Dustin McConnell, Cory McConnell, Andrea Hurban and Carrie Watson; one great-grandchild, Andrea Pennington; eight stepsons, Gary L. Waldrop and Daniel W. Conner, both of Lincoln, Michael J. Waldrop, Terry L. Waldrop and David C. Waldrop, all of Burleson, Ronnie Guess of Grand Prairie, Gayle Guess of Gainesville and Arthur Guess of Boyd; and several step-grandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dustin McConnell, Cory McConnell, Clinton Pennington, Bill Nichols, Michael Waldrop and David Waldrop.
Published Thursday, September 8, 2005

Watson, Virginia Jean
1928-2005

Graveside service for Virginia Jean Watson, 76, of Aurora was June 27 at Aurora Cemetery. Roy Deavers officiated.
Watson died Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Aurora.
Born Sept. 27, 1928, in Ely she was a retired childcare teacher and a member of the Church of Christ in Boyd.
She is survived by her husband, C.G. Watson; two daughters, Jerhea Nail and husband, Jim, of Aurora, and Marquita Pack and husband, Britt, of Boyd; two grandchildren, Michael Nail and wife, Christi, and Farah Nail, all of Aurora; and three great-grandchildren, Trevor Nail, Olivia Nail and Tyler Nail.
Published Thursday, June 30, 2005

Webb, Lillian M.
1922-2005

Services for Lillian M. Webb, 82, of Bridgeport, were Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. The Revs. Mike Miller, Johnny Irish and Joe Newton officiated.
Born September 23, 1922, to John and Mary (Burkmier) Beauchamp in Lott, she died March 27, 2005, in Bridgeport. She married J.T. Webb on January 18, 1943, in Marlin. She was a licensed vocational nurse and sang in various choirs.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children, Linda Coffman and husband Jerry of Cottondale, Sandy Hostetter and husband Paul of Bridgeport and Jay Webb and wife Tammy of Randlett, Okla; a brother, John Beauchamp of Cleburne; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 31, 2005

Webb, Nellie Ruth
1917-2005
Graveside service for Nellie Ruth Webb, 88, of Decatur, was Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Don Spain officiated.
Webb died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 25, 1917, in Grapevine, she was a homemaker and a retired medical secretary at Houston Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton E. Webb, and two sisters, Rosa Lee Mosley and Beulah Long.
She is survived by a sister, Zelma Plumley of Coppell; and a brother, Joe Simmons of Fox, Ark.
Published Thursday, December 8, 2005

Webb, Nola Rae
1924-2005
Funeral for Nola Rae Webb, 80, of Alvord, was to be Saturday, March 26, at First Baptist Church of Alvord. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Cleveland was to officiate.
Webb died Thursday, March 24, 2005, in Decatur.
Born August 27, 1924, in Wichita Falls, to Jewell and Richard Stockton, she married O.L. Webb in Oakland, Calif., during World War II. She was a homemaker, a member of Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, R.L. Stockton II.
She is survived by three children, Jana Raymond of Bryan, Alan Webb of Decatur, and Sandra and husband John French of Decatur; grandchildren Curtis Blasé of Decatur, Kristi French of Denton, Casey French of San Marcos, Sam Webb and Crystal Webb, both of Columbus, Ga.; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise Regional Health System or First Baptist Church of Alvord.
Published Sunday, March 27, 2005

Webster, Melba Lou
1940-2005

Funeral for Melba Lou Webster, 64, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bible Baptist Church. Dr. Dick Webster and Dennis Webster were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Concord Cemetery in Omaha.
Webster died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 11, 1940, in Omaha to Marvin and Dovie McCollum, she was a pastor’s wife and a member of the Bible Baptist Church. She married Dale Webster in 1966 in Kilgore.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Bobby, Gregg and Timmy Webster, all of Mount Pleasant and Kenny Webster of Flower Mound; a sister, Dorothy Gaddis of Duncanville; a brother, M.D. McCollum of Mount Pleasant; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, December 11, 2005

Wells, Joseph Claude
1918-2005

Funeral for Joseph Claude Wells, 87, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Coker Funeral Home. Don Spain will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker Funeral Home.
Wells died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in Decatur.
Born July 20, 1918, in Riverland, he was a retired baliff for the Wise County Court at Law and a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur, the Sheriff’s Posse, the volunteer fire department and the Lions Club.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jana and Bud Pitts of Irving; two grandchildren, La Tauna Burgess of Lake Worth and J. Jean Barnard of Hurst; four great-grandchildren, Levi Barnard, Josh Burgess, Lacy Barnard and William Burgess; and one great-great-grandchild, Joshua Robert Burgess.
Published Thursday, November 3, 2005

West, James Willard
1936-2005
Funeral for James Willard West, 69, of Boyd was Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Silver Creek Baptist Church in Leesville, La. The Rev. Malcolm Jeane officiated. Burial followed at Silver Creek Cemetery.
West died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at Trinity Care Center in Bridgeport.
Born March 23, 1936, in Vernon Parish, La., he lived most of his life in Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene West; one brother, Ralph West; a sister, Reba Faye Jeane and one grandson, Jimmy Wayne West.
He is survived by four sons, Roger West of Red Oak, Jerry West of Lewisville, Don West of Alvord and Kenneth West of Bridgeport; two daughters, Darla Mann of Arlington and Paula Patrick of Alvord; two sisters, Carolyn Coriell and Marilyn Corill, both of Leesville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 13, 2005

Westbrook, Jesse Lee
1947-2005
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Jesse Lee Westbrook, 58, of Alvord. He died Friday, July 29, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 28, 1947, in Wetumpka, Ala., he was a restaurant owner and operator.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Jean Gault Westbrook; his father, Leroy Westbrook of Alvord; a son, Jerry Westbrook, of Granbury; a daughter, Tammy Blassingame, of Tolar; two brothers, Terry Westbrook of Colorado City and Ernest Westbrook of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Margie Cress of Granbury; and four grandchildren.
Published Thursday, August 4, 2005

Wheat, John Eric
1960-2005
Memorial service for John Eric Wheat, 44, of Bridgeport will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Calvary Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Wheat died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 4, 1960, in Gregg County to Samuel and Helen (Haddock) Wheat, he had lived in Bridgeport since 2001 and was a petroleum engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kassie Wheat, and a sister, Mary Lynn Nerren.
He is survived by his wife, Kim; a son, Jamie David; two daughters, Kimberly Cara and Sarah Jean; mother and father-in-law, Paul and Louanne Lane of Bridgeport and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, March 3, 2005

Whitaker, William Bryant
1940-2005
Funeral for William Bryant Whitaker, 64, of Bowie was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at St. Jerome Catholic Church of Bowie. The Rev. Stephen Berg was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Whitaker died Sunday, June 12, 2005, in Bowie.
Born Aug. 23, 1940, in Alvord, to Ira Paschal Whitaker and Ruie Golda (Head) Whitaker, he worked for Carter and Whitecotton Grocery for 28 years. He married Carla Klein on June 15, 1967, in Henrietta.
In 1980, he and his late brother, James Wheelis, founded Pac-A-Sac grocery stores in Alvord. He remained actively involved in the grocery business until his retirement in 1999, operating additional stores in Bowie, Chico, Bellevue and Saint Jo. He also operated a fruit and vegetable brokerage and catering business. He received numerous awards for his cooking at cook-offs across the country.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, L.C. Wheelis, James Wheelis, Joe Whitaker, Glen Whitaker and Chestal Whitaker and five sisters, Jimmie (Wheelis) Chambers, Mauguerite Wheelis, Mryle (Whitaker) Wilcox, Pearl (Whitaker) Steiner and Joy (Whitaker) Walker.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Scott Whitaker and his wife, Kathryn, of Austin and Cory Whitaker and his wife, Jennifer, of New York, N.Y.; three grandchildren, William Nicholas Whitaker, John Paul Harris Whitaker and Anna-Laura Grace Whitaker; two brothers, Ira Whitaker of Sterling, Okla. and Troy Whitaker of Alexandria, La., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Bowie FFA Alumni Fund, 800 N. Mill, Bowie, TX 76230.
Published Thursday, June 16, 2005

White, John Franklin, Jr.
1945-2005
Memorial service for John Franklin White Jr., 59, of Lansing, Mich., will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, at DFW National Cemetery.
White died Dec. 7, 2004, in Lansing.
Born May 15, 1945, in Houston, he was a carpenter. He left Chico High School his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. He earned an air combat medal in Vietnam, liked to cook and was a musician and songwriter.
He is survived by two sons, Darwin Lee White and wife, Brenda, of Chico, and John Franklin White III and wife, Julie, of Fort Worth; two daughters, LeAnn K. Huddleston of Austin and Melissa Jean White of Denver, Colo.; his father, John Franklin White Sr. of Freeport; seven grandchildren Brandon Wasson of Alvord, Delise and Bryan White of Chico, Brian Quarnstrom of Austin, and Rachelle, Sarah and Matthew White of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, May 8, 2005

White, Lillie Corene Endsley
1919-2005
Graveside service for Lillie Corene Endsley White, 85, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate.
White died Wednesday, May 25, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 9, 1919, in Atlanta to George and Ammie Endsley, she married Wylie White July 2, 1942, in Rockwall. She worked for Wise County for 15 years in the county judge’s office and as secretary to the commissioners.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by a daughter, Debbie White Moore of Decatur; four grandchildren, Glenn Putnam, Jeffrey Keller, Corey Chabert and Laura Leigh Johnson and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Compass Hospice in Decatur.
Published Sunday, May 29, 2005

Whitehead, Sherry Elizabeth
1920-2005

Funeral for Sherry Elizabeth Whitehead, 85, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Craig Erb was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Whitehead died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born April 17, 1920, in Sulphur, Okla., to Charles and Iva Driskel Brown, she married Dr. Dan Whitehead on Sept. 6, 1946, in Dallas. For 50 years, she worked with her husband in his general practice and surgery practice and also on their Circle W Ranch. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 30, 2002; a brother, Jack W. Brown Sr. and a sister, Lena Wilkerson.
She is survived by a son, Doug Whitehead and wife, Beverly of Bridgeport; two daughters, Sherry Whitehead and friend, Bobby Murphrey of Bridgeport and Dana Whitehead Rigg of Dallas; seven grandchildren, Kim Evans and husband, Jay, Carri Hyde and husband, Kip, Sabrina Polk and husband, Jeremy, Carol Bush and husband, Paul, Keilly Johnson and husband, Rex, Scott Stanford and wife, Amy and Steve Stanford and wife, Michelle; and 14 great-grandchildren, Kristyl, Jason, Haley, Mason, Kat, Emily, Tripp, Jordan, Brianna, Ethyn, Ashlyn, Derrick, Kaitlyn and Trey.
Pallbearers were to be Scott Stanford, Steve Stanford, Jay Evans, Jason Evans, Jeremy Polk and Kip Hyde. Honorary pallbearers were to be Steve Sparks, Bobby Murphrey, Paul Bush and Rex Johnson.
The family requests memorials be made to the Wise County Crime Stoppers.
Published Sunday, November 20, 2005

Whitsitt, Laverne ‘Bone’
1935-2005

Funeral for Laverne “Bone” Whitsitt, 70, of Bridgeport was Monday, Sept. 12, at Bible Baptist Church. Dale Webster officiated and was assisted by William Higgins. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Whitsitt died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born March 29, 1935, in Decatur to James and Ella Roberts, she was a homemaker. She married James “Sonny” Whitsitt and was a member of Bible Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Sammy Williams, and two brothers, Gerald and Sammy Dale Roberts.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Mike Williams of Bridgeport and Billy Williams and wife, Robin, of Arizona; a step-son, Gary Whitsitt of Bridgeport; two daughters, Carol Wacasey and Monette Burris and husband, William, all of Bridgeport; a step-daughter, Myrna Perkins and husband, Paul, of Bridgeport; one brother, Donald Wade Roberts of Lake Bridgeport; two sisters, Janice Phillips and husband, Jackie, of Bridgeport and Lucille Smith and husband, Homer, of Decatur; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Benny Roberts, Travis Roberts, Jimmy McCarley, Corky Roberts, Clarence Pitts and Jimmy Hale. Honorary pallbearers were Cotton Roberts, Bobby Deaton, Earl Green, Billy Fred Walker, Jerry Stinnett and Bill Johnson.
Published Thursday, September 15, 2005

Whittington, Claudia Jean
1932-2005
Graveside service for Claudia Jean Whittington, 73, of Decatur was Friday at the Boyd Cemetery.
Whittington died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Decatur.
She was born to Claude and Anna Belle Whittington on April 22, 1932, in Rhome. She was preceded in death by her father and three sisters.
She is survived by her mother; a brother, Stewart Whittington; a sister, Juanelle Gillespie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wilcox, Barbara Ann
1944-2005

Funeral for Barbara Ann Wilcox, 61, of Boyd was Friday, Nov. 25, at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. The Revs. Robert Worley and Nickie Johnson officiated. Burial followed at Snyder Cemetery in Snyder.
Wilcox died Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, in Dallas.
Born Sept. 26, 1944, in Snyder, to Robert Greer and Carrie Estelle (Roe) Lee, she was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Iva Nell Lee, and a brother, Roy Gerald Lee.
She is survived by her husband, Oscar Wilcox; two sons, Steve Wilcox and wife, Delores of Elon, N.C., and Michael Wilcox and wife, Christine of Oakdale, La.; a daughter, Laura Ann Riggall and husband, Marvin of Nevada, Texas; four sisters, Mary Runnels of Abernathy, Bobbie Junek of Odessa, Betty Elam of Snyder and Nancy Townsend of Burkburnett; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Craig Townsend, Eric Wilcox, Adam Wilcox, Stacy Morris, Chris Wilcox and Kenneth Wilcox.
Published Sunday, November 27, 2005

Wiley, Kenneth Wayne
1928-2005
Memorial service for Kenneth Wayne Wiley, 77, of Denton was Sept. 4 at First United Methodist Church in Denton. Interment was at the church’s columbarium.
He was a former partner in Wiley Hardware and Supply in Chico.
Wiley died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, in Denton.
Born July 23, 1928, in Slaton to Claude and Bessie Wiley, longtime residents of Decatur, he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1950 and served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton.
He worked for many years in the produce industry, handling shipments from Texas and Mexico to Safeway stores nationwide. He was also manager of a potato growing and shipping operation in Hereford and a produce growing and shipping operation in McAllen.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Nolen Wiley, in 1970. He married Elsie B. Brennon in 1972. In later years, he became a partner in Wiley Hardware and Supply and remained in the hardware industry until his retirement.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wendell Wiley and Claude Wiley Jr.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Lynn Wilson and husband, Carl, of Canyon and Janet Bennett and husband, Alan, of Texarkana; a son, Robert of Vancouver, Wash.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust, Denton, Texas 76201 or the Salvation Army, 1508 E. McKinney, Denton, Texas 76205.
Published Thursday, September 8, 2005

Williams, Annie Mae
1917-2005

Service for Annie Mae Williams, 87, of Whitney, was Monday, July 25, at Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur.
Williams died Friday, July 22, 2005.
Born Dec. 18, 1917, in Bell County to Whiteford and Elizabeth Rawlins, she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur until she moved to Whitney in 2000. A past member of the Shiloh Woman’s Club, she worked in the kitchen at Sunny Hills Nursing Home for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Denver Williams; and a son, Kenneth Don Williams.
She is survived by two daughters, Geanie Burns and husband, Michael, of Irving, and Beverly Thornton of Whitney; five grandchildren, Samantha Burns, Brittany Thornton, Danny Williams, Mickey Williams and Dusty Jackson; a sister, Verda Taylor; daughter-in-law Barbara Williams; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, July 28, 2005

Williams, Bennye Ruth
1932-2005
Funeral for Bennye Ruth Williams, 72, of Texarkana was March 17 at the Texarkana Funeral Home. John Miller officiated and the Rev. Gordan Graham delivered the eulogy. Burial followed at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens in Nash.
Williams died Monday, March 14, 2005, in Texarkana.
Born September 17, 1932, in Decatur to W.B. and Vina Watkins, she married Donald Spencer Williams of Decatur Dec. 24, 1949. She was a member of the Church on the Rock in Texarkana and was a retired licensed vocational nurse.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Gary Williams of Texarkana and Joe Williams of Tulsa Okla.; daughters Donna Lyle of Atlanta and Pamela Hagen of Kissee Mills, Mo.; a sister, Mary Jo Amos of Denton; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 20, 2005

Williams, Dean
1930-2005

Graveside service for Dean Williams, 74, of Poolville was Tuesday, July 12, at Boonsville Cemetery. Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
He died Friday, July 8, 2005, in Decatur.
Born October 25, 1930, in Farmer, to Andy and Annie Moreland Williams, he married Barbara Brown on March 1, 1970, in Fort Worth. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Lori Adamo and husband, John, of Boonsville, Renee Canright and husband, Billy, of Agnes, Marcie Bills of Alvarado, Barbara Williams of Fort Worth, David Williams and wife, Susie, of Dublin, Jon R. Williams and wife, Jana, of Fort Worth, Kellie Cooper and husband, Michael, of Joshua, Karen Webster of Irving and Chuck Williams of Fort Hood; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, July 14, 2005

Williams, Ruth L.
1917-2005

Graveside service for Ruth L. Williams, 87, of Decatur was Feb. 1 at Garvin Cemetery. Brian Lambert officiated.
Williams died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 11, 1917, in Hamlin she was a nurse’s aid at Sunny Hills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; two sons, Clifford and John Williams; three sisters, Lillie Belle Berkley, Wanda Meyner and Lynora Grimes.
She is survived by a son, Steve Williams of Boyd; four daughters, Nelda Lavado and husband, Luis, of California, Rita Simpson and husband, Fred, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Becky Williams and Cindy Bounds, both of Denton; two brothers, Elbert and John Grimes; four sisters, Elizabeth Pilley, Dollie Bond, Dora Ann Gardner and Margie Ikler; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Chris Williams, Chad Williams, Trinity Bounds, Jonathan Lambert, Forrest Villarreal and Tim Lambert.
Published Thursday, February 3, 2005

Williams, Steven Roy
1952-2005
Graveside service for Steven Roy Williams, 52, of Boyd, was held March 25, 2005, at Anneville Cemetery between Boyd and Decatur. Brian Lambert officiated.
Born April 13, 1952, to Roy and Ruth Williams in Weatherford, Williams died Monday, March 22, 2005, in Decatur.
He retired from Peterbilt as a machinist and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, his parents and two brothers, Clifford and John Williams.
He is survived by sons Chris Williams of Boyd and Chad Williams of Lake Worth; daughters Carolyn Barkhurst and husband Curt of Arlington, Tammy Musser and husband Garlan of Bridgeport, Terri Moore and husband Ricky of Fort Worth and Tonya Boehnike and husband Michael of Whitesboro; sisters Nelda Lavado, Rita Simpson, Becky Williams and Cindy Bounds; and eight grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 27, 2005

Williams, Walter Earl
1928-2005
Funeral for Walter Earl Williams, 76, of Fort Worth was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Dido United Methodist Church. The Revs. Thomas Childs, Katy Long and Keith Murray were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Mount Olivet Cemtery.
Williams died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 19, 1928, to Nix and Elsie Williams, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and a member of the B.P.O.E. of Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Zona (Gail); a sister, Doris Clayborn and a brother, Clarence.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; a daughter, Dolores Ables and husband, Gilbert; four step-children, Brenda Grant and her husband, Ron, of Atchison, Kan., Donald Walker of Houston, Shirley (Tina) Tamayo and husband, Ernest, of Fort Worth and Suzanne Christian of Fort Worth; five sisters, Betty Opal Pruett, Norma Jean Linegar, Elsie B. Lee, Wanda Nell Stephens and Emma Hopkins; three brothers, Kenneth (Tommy), Ray Nix and Jerry Dean; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Published Sunday, May 22, 2005

Wilson, Anita
1951-2005
Graveside service for Anita Wilson, 54, of Cottondale was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. David Daniel Wilson was to officiate.
Wilson died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, in Cottondale.
Born May 16, 1951, in Tucumcari, N.M., she was a homemaker and a Catholic. She married Ronny Wilson June 19, 1992.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Juanita Faye Davis.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Jacob Ramero of Albuquerque, N.M., and Brandon Len Ramero of Cottondale; a daughter, Victoria Viola Grace Wilson of Cottondale; three brothers, Michael Davis, Terry Davis and Chris Davis; three sisters, Patty Coats, Jo Evelyn Smith and Brenda Hill; her mother, Mildred Coats and husband, Bob; her father, Robert Davis and wife, Helen; and four grandchildren, Nicole, Jackie, Ruben and Julian.
Published Thursday, December 1, 2005

Wilson, David Daniel, Jr.
1975-2005

Graveside service for David Daniel Wilson Jr., 30, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Boyd Cemetery. Doyle Davis was to officiate.
Wilson died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, in Irving.
Born Jan. 11, 1975, in Azle, he was a newspaper delivery man and a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club.
He is survived by his parents, David and Cynthia Wilson of Cottondale; two sisters, Esther Wilson and Rebekah Wilson, both of Cottondale; a brother, Joseph Wilson of Cottondale; a grandmother, Sue Turnipseed of Agnes; a nephew, Nathan Wilson of Cottondale; a niece, Sarah Wilson of Cottondale; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wilson, Glen Lee
1939-2005
Service for Glen Lee Wilson, 65, of Decatur will be Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church. Louis Horton will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation was to be Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Funeral Home Chapel.
Wilson died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, in Denton.
Born Nov. 11, 1939, in Dallas to Howard and Leola Wilson, he was a retired aircraft machinist and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He married Mary Alice Magaha on Oct. 15, 1976, in Ardmore, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Magaha of Decatur; four sons, Ronald Wilson of Port Isabel, Steve Wilson of Decatur, Dennis Wilson of Red Oak and Phil Carney of Perrin; three daughters, Rebecca Aherns of Arlington, Dana Wilson of Fort Worth and Karen Kee of Sunset; two brothers, Jimmy Wilson of Irving and Dewayne Wilson of Lancaster; three sisters, Ruby Nichols of Dallas, Marie Mays of Dallas and Delores Green of Dallas; and 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Charles Harris, Miles Bivins, Ben Colson, Billy Sims, David Sims and Jerry Brooks.
Published Sunday, October 2, 2005

Wilson, James Henry ‘Papa’
1933-2005
Funeral for James Henry “Papa” Wilson, 71, of Paradise was Aug. 12 at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. The Rev. Charles Pugh officiated and Terry Terry assisted. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Wilson died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 3, 1933, to Charlie and Jewel Wilson in Wilberton, Okla., he was retired from the Fort Worth water department.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Mae Smith; six brothers, J.C. Wilson, Jimmie Wilson, Franklin Wilson, Billy Wilson, Issaac Wilson and Floyd Wilson; and a grandson, Trey Hodges.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wilson; a son, Kelly Wilson of Paradise; three grandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Steven Wilson and wife, Ashlee, and Heath Wilson, all of Paradise; five great-grandchildren, Shawn Carter, Cheyenne McNeil, Steven K. Wilson Jr., Ethan Wilson and Joseph Wilson; a brother, Marvin Wilson and wife, Betty, of Newark; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were John Boyle, Marty Boyle, Rickey Blackwell, Christopher Blackwell, David Ramsey and Steven Lara. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Hobbs Jr. and Ben Griffin Jr.
Published Sunday, August 14, 2005

Wingate, Vernon Allen, Sr.
1940-2005
Funeral for Vernon Allen Wingate Sr., 65, of Azle will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. James C. Terry will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemtery.
Wingate died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, in Azle.
Born Jan. 28, 1940, in Sycamore, he was a construction welder.
He is survived by his wife, Laveta Kay Wingate of Azle; a son, Vernon Allen Wingate Jr. of Bridgeport; two sisters, Laura Wingate of Caddo, Okla. and Violet Wingate of Paradise and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Caleb Van Brunt, Joshua Brunt, Roger Brunt, Robert Smith, Tony Henry and Greg Panzino.
Published Sunday, January 30, 2005

Wise, Denzil Fern
1919-2005
Funeral for Denzil Fern Wise, 86, of Irving was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Brown’s Memoral Funeral Home in Irving. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Wise died Monday, July 18, 2005, in Irving.
Born March 5, 1919, in Bridgeport, she was a member of the Westside Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wise; two daughters, Emma Jo and Jennie; and a son, Jimmy.
She is survived by five sons, Robert Wise and wife, Zelma, of Canton, Larry Wise and wife, Melinda, of Wolfe City, Clinton Wise and wife, Pennie, and Ronnie Wise, all of Irving, and Roger Wise and wife, Awhawanna, of Red Oak; four daughters, Marie Clements, Wanda McPherson and husband, Eddie, and Peggy Umsted, all of Irving, and Gloria McRae and husband, Jimmy, of Angleton; a sister, Mary Wise of Irving; 33 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, July 21, 2005

Wolfe, Jon Edwin
1956-2005

Funeral for Jon Edwin Wolfe, 46, of Boyd was March 15 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Raymond Henson officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2.
Wolfe died Saturday, March 12, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 9, 1956, in Decatur, he was a disabled truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was a graduate of Boyd High School and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Jeanne Wolfe of Boyd; a brother, Steve Wolfe and wife, Sarah, of Boyd; a sister, Noelle Holmes and husband, Rodney, of Boyd; a grandmother, Orel Griffith of Bridgeport; as well as nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Chris Wolfe, Curtis Peters, Randy Hinkle, Randall Mark, Sam Moss and Jerry McEntire. Honorary pallbearer was Terry Hinkle.
Published Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wood, Kevin Heath
1973-2005
Funeral for Kevin Heath Wood, 31, of Bowie was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Eastside Baptist Church. The Rev. Jamie Wood was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Elmwood Cemetery.
Wood died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 9, 1973, in Odessa, he had been a resident of Bowie for 10 years. He attended school in Odessa and married Rhonda Willett on March 25, 2000, in Bowie.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Cameron Wood of Bowie; his parents, John and Martha Wood of Odessa; a sister, Rhinda Wood of Odessa; a grandmother, Dorothy L. Franklin of Odessa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, October 30, 2005

Wood, Loyd R.
1918-2005

Funeral for Loyd R. Wood, 87, of Denton was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Mike Miller was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boonsville Cemetery.
Wood died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, in Denton.
Born Aug. 19, 1918, in Mallard, to Nathan and Mary Ella Thompson Wood of Montague County, he graduated from Bowie High School in 1936 and North Texas State Teachers College in 1941. He served in the Foreign Ferry Command of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He taught school and coached in Bowie following his military service.
Wood married Willine Gadberry in 1948 and moved to her family’s ranch in Wise County in 1949 where he was involved in the Boonsville and Bridgeport communities for 48 years. He was a rancher and received numerous awards in soil conservation and agriculture including Texas Agriculture Extension Agency’s Agricultural Man of the Year. He was named “Bridgeport’s Outstanding Citizen of 1972.”
He served on the Bridgeport ISD school board for 12 years, the Wise County Farm Bureau board of directors and was a founding member of the Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department. He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. He and his wife moved to the Denton Good Samaritan Village in 1996.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Paul Wood and wife, Debra of Boonsville; three grandchildren, Jody Wood, Andy Wood and Megan Wood; a brother, Baker Wood and wife, Evelyn of Fort Worth; two sisters, Hazel Frazier of Denton and Alma Porter and husband, Walter of Madison, Miss.; two sisters-in-law, Idell Campbell and Rexie Wood; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Jody Paul Wood, Andrew Loyd Wood, Mark Wood, Billy Wood, Doyle Frazier and Jim Frazier.
Published Thursday, December 8, 2005

Wood, Richard Maudy
1923-2005
Graveside service for Richard Maudy Wood, 81, of Bridgeport was Saturday, Aug. 13, at Greenwood Cemetery. Mike Miller officiated.
Wood died Aug. 11, 2005, in Fort Worth.
He was born Dec. 11, 1923 in Tool, to Jesse Mason Wood and Cauie Pierce.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and was honored for his service by the Lodge in Malakoff. He was also a member of the Moslah Temple Shrine in Fort Worth and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Dallas. He worked in oilfield supply sales.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Wood of Bridgeport; a son, Craig Wood, of Bridgeport; and one granddaughter, Leah Wood Wilson of Chico.
Pallbearers were Doug Bridwell, Roy Stewart, Bruce Arrington, Mitch Arrington, Chris Tackle, Paul Cantrell, Joey Wilson and Gary Potts.
Published Thursday, August 18, 2005

Woods, Beary Allen ‘Blackie’
1908-2005
Memorial service for Beary Allen “Blackie” Woods, 97, of Van Horn will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Van Horn.
Woods died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, in Lubbock.
Born Oct. 10, 1908, in Stevens County, to John and Eva Woods, he and his wife of 69 years, Lottie Evans Woods operated the family ranch (EV) at Van Horn until his retirement in 1976. He was known for his lion hunting expertise.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Tim Woods and wife, Betty of Chico, Beary Woods of Van Horn and John Paul Woods and wife, Susan of Austin; two daughters, Chance Hart of Albuquerque, N.M., and Judy Roach and husband, Monte of Lubbock; two sisters, Mary Bell and Faye Read, both of Trinity; grandchildren, Tracey Woods of Benbrook, Britt Woods and wife, D’Layna of Runaway Bay, Bob Woods of Dallas, Billy Woods of Richland Hills, Carolyn Edwards of Kingston, Okla., Victoria Miller of Corinth, Steven Gilstrap of Mexia and Deborah Jespersen and husband, Bill of Madill, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Seth and Garrett Woods of Chico, Gunner, Tucker and Ramsey Woods of Runaway Bay, Tyler Woods of Grapevine, Will and Sam Shepard of Arlington, Angela, Chastity and Krystal Edwards of Kingston, Okla., Justin Miller of Corinth and Kyle Gilstrap of Madill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to Bloys Campmeeting Association, Box 127, Valentine, TX 79854, or First Baptist Church, Box 777, Van Horn, TX 79855.
Published Thursday, December 8, 2005

Wright, Jeremy
1978-2005
Funeral for Jeremy Wright, 26, of Boyd was held Friday, Feb. 25 at Hilltop Family Church in Springtown. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Wright died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 in Wise County.
Born, April 1, 1978, in Ft. Worth to Bo and Vicki Wright, he graduated from Springtown High School in 1997. Wright was employed with Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of Hilltop Family Church.
Wright is survived by his wife, Rebecca Wright of Arlington; two daughters, Destiny Nicole Wright of Boyd and Larkyn Christine Wright of Arlington; his parents, Bo and Vicki Wright of Boyd; a brother, Ben Wright, and wife, Paula of Ft. Worth; a grandmother, Mary Nell Wright of Springtown; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, February 27, 2005

Wright, Jonathan Travis
1979-2004

Graveside service for Jonathan Travis Wright, 25, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Walter Gaddy was to officiate.
Wright died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, in Tarrant County.
Born Nov. 27, 1979, in Decatur, he was a certified nurse’s aid at August Health Care. He graduated high school and attended college in Weatherford. He was a Baptist and a graduate of Life Christian Academy.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Katlin Amber Wright; and grandparents, Alvin and Margaret Tune and Betty Stanfield.
He is survived by two daughters, Falicia Amber Wright and Hayley Elizabeth Wright; his parents, Danny Ray and Medy (Tune) Wright; two brothers, Jeromy Carl Wright and Kevin Wright; a sister, Tina Wright and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Daniel Alvarez, Brandon Ash, David Byford, Chris Casteel, Stoney Croxton and Mark Urango. Honorary pallbearers were to be Terry Hines, Paul Hopkins, Chase Howell, Jimmy Roberson and Bobby Rosado.
Published Sunday, January 2, 2005

Yale, Richard Michael, Sr.
1942-2005

Funeral for Richard M. Yale, 62, of Alvord was March 15 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Kevin Moore officiating. Burial followed at Jonestown Cemetery.
Yale died Friday, March 11, 2005, in Alvord.
Born May 30, 1942, in Arlington to William “Bill” and Marjorie Yale, he was retired from Dana Corporation after 30 years. For the last few years, he had been farming and raising cattle.
He married Catherine Bartlett Yale May 25, 1963, in Ardmore, Okla. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, past officer of Jonestown Cemetery Association, the National Rifle Association and past member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Terrance Yale.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Richard M. Yale Jr. and wife, Gayla, of Justin; a daughter, Cheryl Bruedigam and husband, Bill, of Portales, N.M.; a brother, Larry Yale and wife, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Brent Hall, Sarah Bruedigam, William Bruedigam and Harrison Yale; and two nephews.
Pallbearers were Bobby Watts, Chuck Oates, Dale Watts, Donald McCullough, Terry Keck, James Yale, Bill Yale and Buck Cope.
Published Sunday, March 20, 2005

Yarbrough, Faye
1933-2005
Graveside service for Faye Yarbrough, 72, of Boyd will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Sonny Smith will officiate.
Yarbrough died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Boyd.
Born May 5, 1933, in Rhome to Clarence and Lillie (Vess) Yarbrough, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd. She married Bobby Joe Yarbrough in July of 1956 in Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Bobby and Gary Yarbrough; a grandson, Bobby Lynn; and a sister, Doris Bentley.
She is survived by a son, Craig Yarbrough of Boyd; a daughter, Gwende Wilmot and husband, Don, of Argyle; five grandchildren, Meranda, Ariel, Dylan, Keaton and Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, December 29, 2005

York, Roy Leon
1939-2005
Funeral for Roy Leon York, 66, of Keller will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Bell Baptist Church. John P. Lee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
York died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, in Keller.
Born Jan. 24, 1939, in Henrietta, he was in sales marketing and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Flower Mound. He was also a veteran of the Air Force.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert York; and a brother, Jerry York.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda York; a daughter, Connie (York) Marwitz of North Richland Hills; a son, Randy York of Paradise; a sister, Pat Wilson of Archer City; a brother, Bobby York of Wichita Falls; and two grandchildren, Shelby and Slayter Marwitz both of North Richland Hills.
Published Thursday, August 11, 2005

Young, Estelle Donald
1918-2005
Funeral for Estelle Donald Young, 86, of Sunset was Thursday, Nov. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Sara Hardaway officiated. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Young died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, in Sunset.
She was born Dec. 13, 1918, in Newport to Lilburn and Roxie Hayes Catlin. She married Cecil V. “Cy” Young in March of 1980. She was a homemaker and was involved in managing real estate and ranching. In the 1960s, she was precinct chairman for Montague County.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Donald, and a brother, Ernest Catlin.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Robert Donald and his wife, Mary Nell, of Sunset; three step-children, Jan Reddick and husband, Richard, of Ada, Okla., Kay-Lynn Lyon and husband, Rick, and Randy Young, all of Dallas; two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; a brother, L.E. Catlin and wife, Nina, of Jacksboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas, 705 East Greenwood Ave., Bowie, Texas 76230.
Published Sunday, November 13, 2005

Young, Johnny Floyd, Sr.
1930-2005
Graveside service for Johnny Floyd Young Sr., 74, of Decatur was to be Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. at Chico Cemetery. Doyle Slimp was to officiate, to be assisted by Ben Young.
Young died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 in Decatur.
Born Oct. 6, 1930, in Tuttle, Okla., to Omer and Emma Young, he was a retired plumber.
He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Floyd Young Jr.
He is survived by a son, Billy Young of Cottondale; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Young of Decatur; a daughter, Debra Kay Smith and husband, Bobby, of Waco; two brothers, Curtis Roy “Buck” Young and “Curley” Vernon Lee Young, both of Decatur; six grandchildren, Crystal, Jeremy, Shalean, Ben and Brandon Young and Jordyn Smith and six great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 28, 2005

Young, Linda Jean
1960-2005
Graveside service for Linda Jean Young, 45, of Newark was Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Weaver officiated.
Young died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, in Newark.
Born April 4, 1960, in Dallas, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvey and Eva Bamberg, and a brother, Johnny Bamberg.
She is survived by her husband, Reggi Corsi of Newark; five sons, DeWayne Corsi of Colorado, Daniel Young of Florida, and Alex Young, Jonathen Young and Christopher Young, all of Newark; two daughters, Brandy Brunko of Dallas and Krystal Corsi of Roanoke; two brothers, Danny Bamberg and Lee Bamberg of Corsicana; four sisters, Shirley Miller, Louise Anders and Wanda Long, all of Corsicana, and Patricia Claxton of Milford; and six grandchildren.
Published Sunday, December 18, 2005

Young-Smith, Patsy Ann
1944-2005
Service for Patsy Ann Young-Smith, 60, of Bridgeport was April 11 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Wingrove officiated. Burial was in West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Young-Smith died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, in Bridgeport.
Born December 20, 1944, in Bridgeport, she was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Smith of Bridgeport; a daughter, Misty Gober and husband, John, of Paradise; a son, Joe Don Smith of Bridgeport; her mother, Letha Young of Bridgeport; five sisters, Ann Walker of Burleson, Ruth Starnes, Jean Jenkins and Kathy Butler all of Bridgeport and Teresa Goley of Decatur; three brothers, Claborn Young of Decatur, Delbert Young of Bridgeport and Jimmy Young of Rhome; and three grandchildren, John, Melissa and Brandon.
Pallbearers were Joe Don Smith, John Gober, Brandon Gober, Tim Butler, Billy Young, Jacob Young and Jeremy Young.
Published Thursday, April 14, 2005