Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2006
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Adams, Sandra Sue
1940-2006
Graveside service for Sandra Sue Adams, 66, of Decatur was Sunday, Nov. 19, at Long Branch. Cathi Neal and Mike Godsey officiated.
Adams died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 22, 1940, in Carbon to Clinton Coy Milford and Minnie J. Evans Morgan, she was an administrative assistant.
She is survived by her mother, Minnie J. Evans Morgan of Cleburne; a daugther, Terri Adams of Denton; two sons, Clint Adams of Bridgeport and John E. Adams Jr. of Perrin; two sisters, Cathi Neal of Paradise and LaNell Adams of Woodberry; and a grandson, Taylor Adams of Decatur.
Published Thursday, November 23, 2006

Anderson, Ervin Jasper, Jr.
1957-2006
Graveside service for Ervin Jasper Anderson Jr., 48, of Sunset was Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Cumby Cemetery, north of Chico. The Rev. Thomas E. Clark officiated.
Anderson died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in Park Springs.
Born Sept. 17, 1957, in Fort Worth, he was a construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin J. and Willie L. Anderson; two sisters, Rebecca Bridges and Brenda Dingler; two nephews, Robert Anderson and Clint Bagwell; and two nieces, Lynn Long and Dora Bagwell.
He is survived by a sister, Lovedia Ford of Sunset; two brothers, Lloyd Anderson and wife, Peggy, of Rhome, and William Anderson of Sunset; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, August 17, 2006

Anderson, Luther M.
1914-2006
Funeral for Luther M. Anderson, 91, of Keller was Friday, March 17, in Hurst. Jim Hackney of Heritage Church of Christ officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Anderson died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in Keller.
He was born born March 20, 1914, in Fort Worth, to Fred and Dora Dudley Anderson.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Faye “Polly” Anderson; three sons, Ray Anderson and wife, Cathy, David Anderson and wife, Donna, and Charley Anderson and wife, Dinah, all of Fort Worth; two daughters, Beverly Spradlin and husband, Joe, of Springtown and Sandy Richards and husband, Dennis, of Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Ima Anderson, Peggy Anderson and Dorthy Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, March 19, 2006

Archer, Abbie F.
1923-2006

Memorial service for Abbie F. Archer, 82, of Lefors was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel in Pampa. The Rev. Lewis Ellis was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Memorial Heights Cemetery in Lefors.
Archer died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, in Amarillo.
Born Oct. 18, 1923, in Ranger, she was a homemaker who married John J. Archer on May 27, 1946, in Pampa. She was a Baptist and a member of the Moose Lodge in Pampa where she was a post senior regent.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and a brother, Floyd A. Turner Jr.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ince of Alvord and Sherry A. Roberts of Lefors; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to BSA Hospice P.O. Box 950 Amarillo, Texas 79176 or to the Lefors Volunteer Fire Department 107 N. Main Lefors, Texas 79054.
Published Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ashlock, Jessie Mae
1921-2006
Graveside service for Jessie Mae Ashlock, 84, of Grand Prairie will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Gerre Joiner will officiate. Visitation is from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Ashlock died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Grand Prairie.
She was born Nov. 20, 1921, in Alvord to Virgil and Cora Tow.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by two sons, Ricky Poteet of Decatur and Ralph Ashlock of Mansfield; three daughters, Melinda Taylor and Shirley Hon, both of Grand Prairie, and Barbara Cruz of Longview; three brothers, Earl Tow of Saginaw, Elvis Tow of Granbury, and J.C. Tow of Arlington; a sister, Betty Baker of Arlington; and 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 30, 2006

Askey, Mary Jane
1931-2006

Graveside service for Mary Jane Askey, 74, of Decatur was March 10 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Rob Walls officiated.
Askey died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, in Denton.
Born September 18, 1931, in Marlin to Thomas and Nola Johnson, Askey was a seamstress. She married Vernon Douglas Askey on August 9, 1987, in Decatur. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Johnson and a sister, Ludie Woodward.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Lynn Oates of Abilene, Kenneth Oates of Oklahoma, Lavoy Oates and wife, Barbara, of Eulogy and James Askey and wife, Melissa, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Karen Singletary and husband, Thurman, of Walnut Springs; two brothers, Herbert Johnson, and wife, Margaret, of Arkansas, and Mitchell Johnson and wife Marsha of Colorado; and six grandchildren, Jennifer, Tad, Jody, Wesley, Cory and Renee.
Published Sunday, March 12, 2006

Austin, Don, Sr.
1935-2006

Funeral for Don Austin Sr., 71, of Bridgeport will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. James Arrington and Joey Vick will officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at D/FW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Austin died Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born June 20, 1935, in Springtown, he retired from the U.S. Navy where he was a gunners mate. He married LaRae (Hall) Austin on July 9, 1989, in Bridgeport. He was a member of the Family Worship Center.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Austin; a brother, Woody Austin; and a grandson, Don Austin III.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Don E. Austin Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Chico; two step-sons, Jeff Struthers and Cliff Coan; a daughter, Eva Dee Lorenz of Rio Linda, Calif.; two step-daughters, Lera Calhoun and husband, Dean, and Kay Weaver and husband, Johnny, all of Katy; his mother, Sue Smith; a brother, Ted Austin; two sisters, Mary Ann Austin and Evelyn Austin; and 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Triplett, Taylor Calhoun, Coy Tackett, Doug Hughes, Stephen Calhoun and Sidney Fallin. Honorary pallbearer will be Jeff Struthers.
Published Thursday, September 7, 2006

Austin, LaRae Coan
1936-2006

Funeral for LaRae Coan Austin, 70, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. James D. Arrington and Bill Walles were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Austin died Nov. 25, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born July 14, 1936, in Corrigan to Tom and Lerah (Woltz) Hall, she was a retired business owner and a member of Family Worship Center Assembly of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Chuck Coan; her husband of 17 years, Don Austin; and a son, Charles Ray Coan.
She is survived by three daughters, Becky Vasquez and her husband, David, of Bridgeport, Kay Weaver and her husband, Johnny, and Lera Calhoun and her husband, Dean, all of Katy; a son, Cliff Coan and his wife, Tessa, of Eugene, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Teri, Stephen, Jennifer, Lacey, Stephanie, Taylor, Amber, Garrett, Jerrod and Dayton; and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Tristan.
Published Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bailey, Pamela Jane
1947-2006
Graveside for Pamela Jane Bailey, 58, of Plainview, a former Bridgeport resident, was April 10 at Plainview Memorial Park.
Bailey died April 5, 2006, in Plainview.
She was born April 29, 1947, in Matador, to Earl and Nora Meacham Buchanan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Joe Bailey; her father; a brother, Lee Buchanan; and a granddaughter, Kristen Nicole Bailey.
She is survived by her mother; two daughters, Misty Cantu of Plainview and Tammy Beaudert of Cape Coral, Fla.; one son, Kurt Bailey of Bridgeport; one sister, Joan Martin of Amarillo; one brother, Lynn Buchanan; and four grandchildren, Cal Smith, Courtney Cantu, Christian Cantu and Philip Beaudert.
Published Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ballenger, George Edward
1922-2006

Memorial service for George Edward Ballenger, 83, of Bridgeport will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Stephenville Funeral Home in Stephenville. Ty Lovell will officiate. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville.
Ballenger died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born March 25, 1922, in Kansas City, Kan., he married Wilma Marshall on Aug. 4, 1956, in Kansas City. He retired as a switchman for the Union Pacific Railroad and served in the U. S. Navy on the USS Saratoga during WWII. He was a member of the Crossroads Church, and he lived most of his life in Kansas City, later moved to Stephenville, and was presently living in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Donna Valdez and husband, Marty, of Bridgeport, Madeline Ballenger of Kansas City, and Sylvia Balke and husband, Otto, of Warsaw, Mo.; four sons, Lewis Starkey and wife, Pam, of South Dakota, Chris Ballenger of Pennsylvania, Bill Edward Ballenger of Montana, and Larry A. Ballenger of Ohio; a sister, Darlene Maring of Boyd; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 2, 2006

Banks, Joe Reagan, Jr.
1943-2006
Graveside service for Joe Reagan Banks Jr., 63, of Fort Worth was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Banks died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 28, 1943, in Paradise, he was a retired electrical maintenance employee for General Motors. He served in the Air Force and married Carol Ann Askey on May 30, 1965, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Joe David Banks of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a grandchild.
Published Sunday, August 13, 2006

Barclay, Teddy Albert
1949-2006
Funeral for Teddy Albert Barclay, 56, of Valley View, son of Pete and Ina Barclay of Alvord, was April 10 at Bolivar Baptist Church. The Rev. Dickie Amyx officiated and burial was at Valley View Cemetery.
Barclay died Friday, April 7, 2006, at his residence from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Born Dec. 18, 1949, in Decatur, he was employed by Victor Equipment for 34 years. He married Linda Kay Barclay on Oct. 2, 1976.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Kenny Barclay of Springtown, Casey Barclay, Penny Juarez and husband, Roman, and Dee Dee Peterson and husband, Scott, all of Sanger; his parents; a brother, Michael Barclay and wife, Toni, of Alvord; two sisters, Ann Phillips and husband, Danny, of Burleson and Betty Slovechek of Richardson; five grandchildren, Trent Tipton, Clint Tipton, Drew Juarez, Kristina Juarez and Kayli Peterson.
Pallbearers were Jackie Mills, David Grahl, Bill Halloway, Bruce Nivens, Dennis Hewlett and Mitchell Hayes. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Madewell and Bobby Smith.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, http://www.alsanorthtexas.org or Home Hospice, P.O. Box 936, Gainesville, Texas, 76241, http://www.homehospice.org.
Published Thursday, April 13, 2006

Barnes, Amy René
1985-2006
Funeral for Amy René Barnes, 20, of Decatur was March 21 at the First Baptist Church in Lindsay, Okla. The Rev. Randy Allen officiated. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay.
Barnes died Friday, March 17, 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 9, 1985, to Brenda Akins Patterson and Tony Barnes, she graduated from Lindsay High School and was a student at Weatherford College.
She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Carolyn Akins; and a grandfather, C.C. Meyers.
She is survived by her parents, Brenda and Dale Patterson of Decatur and Tony Barnes of Umpire, Ark.; three brothers, Austin of Decatur, and Zachary and John of Weatherford, Okla.; grandfathers, Lloyd Akins of Lindsay, and Jimmy Barnes of Nashville, Ark.; and grandmother, Judy Meyers of Nashville.
Pallbearers were John Patterson, Zachary Patterson, Jared Scyrkels, Nathan Scyrkels, Kyle Akins and Kristopher Akins. Ricky Rushing was honorary pallbearer.
Published Thursday, March 23, 2006

Barnes, William Wilson ‘Bill’
1942-2006

Funeral for William Wilson “Bill” Barnes Sr., 63, of Oakland Park, Fla., formerly of Alvord, was March 29 at Kraeer Funeral Home Chapel in Oakland, Fla. Order of the Eastern Star, Pompano Masonic Lodge 263 and a local veterans group conducted the service.
Barnes died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Oakland Park.
Born Dec. 22, 1942, in Alvord to Marvin and Beve Allen Quarles Barnes, he and the former Mary Eleanor “Ellie” Fessenbecker, were married Dec. 5, 1964, in West Chester, Pa. He served aboard a nucleur submarine in the U.S. Navy and earned an electrical engineering degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Survivors include his wife; sons, William Wilson Barnes Jr. and wife, Tina, of Fulda, Germany, and John Barnes of Oakland Park; daughter, Mary Ault of Amsterdam, N.Y.; brother, Bob A. Barnes and wife, Lenda, of Irving; sister, Sarah E. Kaps and husband, Steve, of Orlando, Fla.; aunt, Libby Hancock of Decatur; and two granddaughters, Mary E. and Melissa Barnes of Fulda.
Published Sunday, April 9, 2006

Barnett, Bill
1946-2006

Funeral for Bill Barnett, 59, of Paradise was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Ken Cates was to officiate. Burial was to follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Barnett died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 13, 1946, in Kilgore, to John L. Sr. and Mary McFarlin Barnett, he retired from Mitchell Energy and was the owner of Bill’s Marine Service. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the B-52 Bomber Mechanics. He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his daughter, Romney Barnett Forsythe and husband, Billy, of Alvord; two grandchildren, William Allen Bartoo and Tristen Joe Forsythe; his mother, of Bridgeport; a brother, Johnny Barnett Jr. and wife, Betty, of Irving; two sisters, Mary Howard and husband, Paul, and Cindy Wood and husband, Walter, all of Decatur; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were to be the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery Honor Guard: Paul Simmons, Bob Erwin, Scott Cantrell, Bill Admire, Tommy Weatherly and Charlie Grill.
Published Thursday, February 16, 2006

Barnett, Peggy
1948-2006

Service for Peggy Barnett, 58, of Paradise was Nov. 17 at the Paradise Church of Christ. Sam Starr officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Barnett died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, in Paradise.
Born Aug. 2, 1948, in Bridgeport, she was an licensed vocational nurse. She was a member of the Paradise Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Elmer Shawn, and a brother, Donald Ray Shawn.
She is survived by her husband, James Barnett of Paradise; three sons, Jimmy Hendrix of Paradise, Thomas Hendrix and wife, Jennifer, of Bowie and J. Paul Barnett of Paradise; her mother, Mary Jo Shawn of Bridgeport; a brother, Robert Shawn; a sister-in-law, Brenda Shawn; a granddaughter, Brittany Hendrix; and a grandson, Noah Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be James Barnett, Jimmy Hendrix, Thomas Hendrix, J. Paul Barnett, Gary Barnett and Jennifer Hendrix.
Published Sunday, November 19, 2006

Battaglia, Joseph John
1940-2006

Services for Joseph John Battaglia, 65, of Denton will be held in Waynesville, N.C.
Battaglia died July 11, 2006, in Denton.
Born August 20, 1940, in Buffalo, N.Y., Battaglia was a commercial real estate broker for 42 years - in Florida, North Carolina, and in the Denton and Decatur area since 1980. He had been a member of the Greater Denton-Wise County Board of Realtors since 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Merleen Battaglia; his son, J. John Battaglia and wife, Christine, of Lewisville; and his daughter Joleen Wilson and her husband, Chris, of Fort Worth.
The family requests donation in John Battaglia’s name be made to Ann’s Haven Hospice, 216 Mulberry Street, Denton, Texas 76201.
Published Sunday, July 16, 2006

Batterton, Richard Doyle
1947-2006

Funeral for Richard Doyle Batterton, 59, of Aurora was June 15 in Bridgeport. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. James R. Lampin officiated.
Batterton died Monday, June 12, 2006, in Azle.
Born Jan. 29, 1947, in Denton, he was an owner and operator of Tri Star Metals in Boyd. He was a member of Metroplex Family Worship Center.
He is survived by his wife, Lupe of Aurora; a son, Richard Batterton Jr. and wife Tiffany of Newark; two daughters, Wendy Biondolillo and husband Bryan of Coppell, and Cindy Powers and husband Kenny of Rhome; grandsons, Reece and Elliot Batterton, and Tyler and Dylan Powers; brothers, Ray and David Batterton and Ron Kerley; a sister, Joyce Echols; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bill Jackson, James Matthews, Craig Tuggle, Jeff King, Alan Lampin and Jerry Crawford. Honorary pallbearers were James Weston and Ray Tapp.
Published Sunday, June 18, 2006

Bays, L.D.
1929-2006

Graveside service for L.D. Bays, 76, of Fort Worth was to be Saturday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. at West Bridgeport Cemetery. The speaker was to be his grandson, Joshua Bays.
Bays died Tuesday, May 23, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Knox County, he was a retired maintenance mechanic at Texas Christian University. He married Ola Mae Furr on Nov. 9, 1949, in Indiahoma, Okla., and he served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Cindy Bays, and his granddaughter, Beverly Bays.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Dennis Lee Bays of Fort Worth, Danny Lynn Bays and wife, Cathy, of Burleson and Larry Dwayne Bays of Joshua; three sisters, Jean Norris of Fort Worth, and Winnie Jones and Judy Bays, both of Angleton; and six grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 28, 2006

Beckham, Royce Clayton
1929-2006
Funeral for Royce Clayton Beckham, 77, of Greenwood was May 12, 2006, at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsburg with Rev. Kim Beckham officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery in Camp County.
Beckham died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, in Tyler.
Born April 25, 1929, in Pittsburg, to Homer and Jewel Marshall, he served in the Air Force, retired from the post office and was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Frazel and Ruby Mae Attaway.
He is survived by his wife, Adele Beckham of Greenwood; three sons, Donny Beckham of Irving, Kim Beckham of Tyler and Rick Beckham of Mesquite; a daughter, Tracey Oney of Greenwood; a brother, Harold Beckham of Pittsburg; four sisters, Myrtle Hilton and Fayrine Applegate, both of Pittsburg, and Dorothy Howle of Marshall and Peggy Crosson of Bowie; and nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Clay Beckham, Eric Beckham, Robert Oney, Clint Slayton, Joel Byers and Charley Kennedy.
Published Sunday, May 21, 2006

Benoy, Loren Lee
1960-2006
Funeral for Loren Lee Benoy, 46, of Rhome will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Seven Hills United Methodist Church. The Rev. James F. Dean will officiate. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Benoy died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in Wise County.
Born March 3, 1960, in Elgin, N.D., he was an employee of the city of Southlake maintenance department. He was a member of Seven Hills United Methodist Church and had been a Mason for 12 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Fairley Sr. and Esther Benoy.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lorna Lewis Benoy of Rhome; a daughter, Kayla Nicole Benoy of Rhome; two brothers, Edgar Lamont Benoy and his wife, Valerie, and Thomas Fairley Benoy Jr.; a sister, Michelle Shear; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Brummett, Trey and Wayne Warren, Jason Shear, Cory and Lamont Benoy.
Published Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bethel, William Elbert
1926-2006
William Elbert Bethel, 79, of Rhome died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, in Justin. He was cremated.
Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Nebraska, he was a truck driver.
He is survived by his son, William C. Bethel of Rhome; two brothers, Clifford Bethel of Missouri and Dale Bethel of Hawaii; a sister, Pearl Shipp of Iowa; and three grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bible, Bob, Sr.
1939-2006

Funeral for Bob Bible Sr., 67, of Bridgeport will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Henderson Funeral Home in Santa Anna. Burial will follow at Whon Family Cemetery near Santa Anna. Larry Whitaker will officiate. Visitation will be at noon until service time at the funeral home.
Bible died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 22, 1939, in Santa Anna to Roy and Mettie Walters Bible, he retired from lawn care services and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, E.W., Wilburn, I.O. and Thomas Bible; and five sisters, Doris Harvey, Dimples Looney, Mildred Carter, Lillian Siler and Loraine Shipman.
He is survived by two sons, Bobby Bible Jr. of Chico and Robbie Bible and wife, Anna, of Bridgeport; two daughters, Jeannie King and husband, Mark, and JoAnn Bible, all of Bridgeport; two sisters, Neva Byrd of Odessa and Cassie Bible of the Metroplex; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Bill Harwell, Robbie Bible, Bobbie D. Bible Jr., Trent Mills, Jim Dickenson, John Mitchell and Mark King.
Published Thursday, December 28, 2006

Bible, Charles, Jr.
1938-2005
Service for Charles Bible Jr., 67, of Decatur was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at Victory Family Church. Charles Smith was to officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Bible died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, in Denton.
Born March 2, 1938, in Clifton, he was a school bus driver and was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church in Decatur. He was a member of the U.S Army Reserve.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Decatur; his parents, Charles and Esther Bible of Decatur; two sons, Dalane Bible and wife Tessa of Decatur and Dean Bible and wife Joanne of Crawford; five daughters, Cyril Bible of Oakland, Calif., Darlene Bible of Bridgeport, Darenda Kirby and husband Jack of Arlington, Deanna Delgado and husband Luis of Decatur, Debbie and Darrin Karch of Chico; a brother, Johnathan Bible of Mexia; four sisters, Wilmer McWilliams of Atlanta, Ga., Bonnie Bible of Arlington, Martha Bible of Decatur and Juno Bible of Houston; and 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 1, 2006

Biffar, James Dean
1964-2006

Graveside service for James Dean Biffar, 42, of Omaha, Neb., will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Adam Hughes will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Biffar died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Omaha.
Born Feb. 7, 1964, in Blair, Neb., he was a job foreman for Quality Pork International.
He is survived by his parents, Clyde and Corinne Biffar of Chico; a brother, Charles Biffar and wife, Mary, of Omaha; two sisters, Looie Biffar of Lewisville and Penny Pierce of Nevada; six nieces and nephews and three great-nephews.
Published Sunday, March 19, 2006

Biggs, Billy Wayne
1942-2006
Graveside service for Billy Wayne Biggs, 64, of Boyd was Friday, Dec. 8, at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Biggs died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, in Boyd.
Born May 8, 1942 in Fort Worth, he was a truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Biggs; two sons, Michael Hilterbran and wife, Joanna, and Aron Biggs; a daughter, Tricia Hilterbran; two sisters, Sandra Biggs and Judy Duckworth and husband, Paul; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bingham, Evaletha Riddle
1928-2006
Funeral for Evaletha Riddle Bingham, 77, of Vernon was June 6 at First Assembly of God in Vernon. The Rev. Philip Weitner officiated. Interment was in Bell Cemetery.
Bingham died Saturday, June 3, 2006, in Lawton, Okla.
Born Aug. 16, 1928, in Vernon to Odis Lee and Sallie Pearl Sherrill Riddle, she was a third-grade teacher in the Anadarko school system for 26 years. She married Kenneth Bingham on Dec. 26, 1947. She and her husband served in the ministry for 50 years. She also taught piano in Crowell and Anadarko and was a church pianist for 34 years. She was a member of First Assembly of God and had lived in Vernon since 1995.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Riddle; and a sister, Helen Casey.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; two sons, Clyde Bingham of Chickasha, Okla., and Allen Bingham of Decatur; a daughter, Loretta Butler of Anadarko; a sister, Amaryllis Lewis of Iowa Park; two brothers, Bill Riddle of Ringling, Okla., and Terry Riddle of Wynnewood, Okla.; six grandchildren, Michelle Stevens, Bridget Mowery, Greg Butler, Sara Thrasher, Rebekah Bray and Emily Bingham; and two great-grandchildren, Mercy Stevens and Zane Thrasher.
The family requests that memorials be made to First Assembly of God Church.
Published Thursday, June 8, 2006

Binyon, Paul
1953-2006
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Paul Binyon, 52, of Chico.
Binyon died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, in Chico.
Born Jan. 27, 1953, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., to Bernard and Katy Binyon, he was a collector for a vending company. He married Sharon Cox Dec. 11, 1993, in Chico.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dianne Day.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Brad Clampitt and wife, Connie and Brian Clampitt and wife, Christi, all of Chico; five granddaughters, Courtney, Aundie, Morgan, Abby and Kayla; his stepfather, Tom Bills of Fort Worth; and a niece.
Published Thursday, January 12, 2006

Black, Dusty James
1987-2006

Graveside service for Dusty James Black, 18, of Newark was Friday, Oct. 20, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. John Stewart officiated.
Black died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, in Wise County.
Born Dec. 1, 1987, in Bridgeport, he was a student at Northwest High School.
He is survived by his mother, Pam Snyder of Newark; his father, Mike Black of Mississippi; three brothers, Clinton and Chris Snyder and Billy Wade Black; two sisters, Lisa Snyder and Jennifer Gaught; five nephews, Camerron, Shawn, Shane, Clinton Jr. and Allen; and three nieces, Michelle, Bailey and Haley.
Published Sunday, October 22, 2006

Blackmon, Robert L.
1925-2006

Funeral for Robert L. Blackmon, 80, of Springtown was Tuesday, March 7 at the Paradise Church of Christ. Sam Starr officiated and was assisted by Scott Stripling. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery.
Blackmon died Saturday, March 4, 2006, in Decatur.
Born May 13, 1925, in Park Springs, to Alonzo and Lona Mae Blackmon, he was a retired supervisor for General Dynamics. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a long-time farmer and rancher. He married Margaret Jane Lamb April 19, 1975, in Farmers Branch.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons, Alan Blackmon of Lake Kiowa, Monty Blackmon of Bayfield, Colo. and Scott Stripling of Hungerford; a daughter, Ronette Stripling of Springtown; a brother, Paul Blackmon of Pinetop, Ariz.; two sisters, Ruby Allen of Bowie and Gladys Mills of California; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Alex Blackmon, Troy Blackmon, Jason Blackmon, Jeffrey Blackmon, Clinton Blackmon, Robert Lindley, Cary Beard and Scotty Stripling.
The family requests memorials be made to the World Bible Translation Center in Fort Worth, P.O. Box 820648, Fort Worth, Texas 76182.
Published Sunday, March 5, 2006

Blaylock, William Lewis
1936-2006

Memorial for William Lewis Blaylock, 70, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Johnny Irish, Dr. David Ray and Dr. David Blaylock will officiate.
Blaylock died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Born Feb. 12, 1936, in Maple to Ottis Lee and Agnus Hicks Blaylock, he was a park ranger at Buffalo Lake and an electrician who worked in Muleshoe, Bridgeport and Bowie. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who attended West Texas State University in Canyon. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Church of Christ. He married Winnie Charlene Volkman on June 15, 1960, in Muleshoe.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dabney and Gordon Blaylock.
He is survived by his wife of Bridgeport; three sons, David Blaylock and wife, Brenda, of Decatur, Bill Blaylock and wife, Leisha, of Chico, and John Blaylock and wife, Cindy, of Harlingen; a daughter-in-law, Monica Blaylock; two sisters, Marie Robinson and Marita Wilkenson; a sister-in-law, Frances Blaylock; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. David Ray, Andy Longbine, Albert Thomas, John Williams, Joe McMurry, Charles Lanfear and Dean Ezell.
Memorials may be sent to Bridgeport Doctors’ Hospital Account at the First Financial Bank.
Published Thursday, August 17, 2006

Blum, Bee
1907-2006
Graveside service for Bee Blum, 98, of Decatur was Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Blum died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 30, 1907, in Waco, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by a nephew, Dr. Richard Fleming of Wichita Falls, and a niece, Patsy McCauley of Decatur.
Published Thursday, March 2, 2006

Bolton, Clarence G.
1917-2006
Graveside for Clarence G. Bolton, 89, of Sunset will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Heritage Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Bolton died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Bowie.
Born Jan. 16, 1917, in San Saba to G.A. and Martha Bolton, he married Flora Irene Massey on April 14, 1936, in Richland Springs. He lived in Sunset since 1985.
He was preceded in death by his wife and three brothers, Emett, Howard and Hubert Bolton.
He is survived by two sons, Danny L.A. Bolton of Sunset and Alvin G. Bolton and wife, Sharon, of Baton Rouge, La.; a daughter, Martha Drulene Legate of Sunset; five grandchildren, Jeffery K. Bolton and wife, Mellissa, Julie D. Bolton, and Jon F. Bolton, all of Baton Rouge, Michael A. Legate of Sunset, and Sallee A. Garland and husband, Wesley, of Bowie; and four great-grandchildren, Jonathan G., Austin I., Elizabeth I. and Justin (Boots) Bolton, all of Baton Rouge.
Published Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bouchillon, Audrey Dean
1944-2006

Graveside service for Audrey Dean Bouchillon, 62, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Matt Edwards will officiate.
Bouchillon died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, in Paradise.
Born July 26, 1944, in Bridgeport to Jessey T. and Ima Rose Gilley Williams, she was a cafeteria supervisor for the Paradise Independent School District. She married Robert Newton “Bob” Bouchillon on Dec. 24, 1964, in Bridgeport. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Paradise where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was also a member of the Quilting Club.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Alfred Williams.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years; a daughter, Debra McKelvain and husband, Randy, of Alvord; a son, Kerry Scott Bouchillon of Paradise; four grandchildren, John Cody, Casey and Kelsi McKelvain and Taylor Bouchillon; sisters, Vonciel Cash, Mary Cash, Vada Skiles and Trula Verner; and a brother, Grady Williams.
Memorials may be made to Paradise Cemetery Association, in care of Roberta Campbell, 4170 Farm Road 2123, Paradise, Texas 76073.
Published Sunday, September 3, 2006

Bowyer, LaVern G.
1933-2006
Funeral for LaVern G. Bowyer, 72, of Great Bend, Kan., was to be Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Peace Luthern Church in Albert, Kan. The Rev. Robert Krier was to officiate. Burial was to be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery. He was the brother of Eugene Bowyer of Chico.
Bowyer died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Great Bend.
Born Feb. 28, 1933, to William Thomas and Louise Bertha Schroeder Bowyer in Pawnee Rock, Kan., he married Jane Homburg on June 5, 1955, at St. John Luthern Church in rural Ellis, Kan. He was a retired farmer and dairyman and former owner of the Jayhawker Motel. He had lived in Great Bend since 1987. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he served as church council president, Sunday school superintendent and was a Luther League sponsor. He was a former member of the Great Bend Convention Bureau and Chamber of Commerce and was a former board member of the Farmer Grain in Pawnee Rock, Kan.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Vernie Bowyer and Ernie Bowyer of Great Bend; his brother, Eugene Bowyer and wife, June, of Chico; a grandson, B.J. Bowyer of Great Bend; nephews, Bill Bowyer and Doug Bowyer of Chico; niece, Sandra Jones of Runaway Bay; and one aunt.
Published Thursday, February 16, 2006

Boyd, Minnie Beatrice
1919-2006

Service for Minnie Beatrice Boyd, 86, of Slidell was Feb. 17 at Slidell Baptist Church. Mark Mohler officiated. Burial was in Slidell Cemetery.
Boyd died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, in Slidell. Born July 1, 1919, in the Sycamore Community to William and Sarah Hesteande, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Boyd.
Survivors are her brother, J.L. Hesteande of Decatur; and her sister, Bernice Stubblefield of Slidell.
Pallbearers were Junior Boyd, John Hesteande, Tim Fletcher, Ricky Selder, David Burrows and James Burrows.
Published Sunday, February 19, 2006

Boyd, Nellie Pauline
1939-2006

Funeral for Nellie Pauline Boyd, 66, of Sunset was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Jimmy Davis was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Boyd died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 17, 1939, in Vaiden, Miss., to Leving and Margaret Holland, she was employed by Wal-Mart.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Boyd; a daughter, Shellye Boyd of Fort Worth; six sons, William Holland of Lakeside, Calif., Ray Holland of Keller, Roy Holland of Soda Springs, Idaho, Lloyd Holland of Azle, Larry Holland of Aledo and Kenneth Holland of Divide, Colo; seven sisters, Estelle Gilmore of Benbrook, Pat Taylor of Aledo, Jane Burton of North Richland Hills, Lynn Engasser of Haltom City, Suzie Holland of Haltom City, Martha Turner of Southlake and Linda Shackleford of Centerville, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Morgan and Emilee Hicks, both of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, March 26, 2006

Boyd, Ollie Maud
1910-2006

Funeral for Ollie Maud Boyd, 95, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Fundamental Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Coker Funeral Home.
Boyd died Friday, July 21, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 6, 1910, in Flatwood, to B.F. and Pearl (Young) Walker, she was a retired homemaker. She married J.R. Boyd Sept. 29, 1929.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Harold and wife, Pop Boyd and Scott Boyd; two brothers, Troy and J.W. Walker; and two sisters, Floe Goodger and Jewel Womack.
She is survived by a son, Jackie Boyd of Decatur; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Boyd of Decatur; and 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Rich Boyd, Dwain Bates, Derrick Boyd, Will Klose, Rick Boyd, Randy Lambert, Bob McLeroy, Jed Boyd and Joe Boyd.
Published Sunday, July 23, 2006

Bradford, Charles William ‘Willie’
1930-2006
Graveside service for Charles William “Willie” Bradford, 76, of Decatur was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Bethel Cemetery. Bill Hughes was to officiate.
Bradford died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 15, 1930, in Wise County, to Lewis Bradford and Myrtle Dunnaway, he was a self-employed truck driver. He married Betty Tadlock on March 1, 1951, in Wichita Falls.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Bradford.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Brenda Garvin and Cindy Bradford, both of Decatur, and Dana Fowler of Boyd; a son, Charles David Bradford of Decatur; a brother, Lewis Bradford of Savoy; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, November 26, 2006

Brandenburg, Robert Wayne
1982-2006

Memorial service for Robert Wayne Brandenburg, 24, of Aurora will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
Brandenburg died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, in New Jersey.
Born July 28, 1982, in Grapevine, he was a 2000 graduate of Decatur High School.
He is survived by two children, Portia, 4, and Logan, 3; his mother and stepfather, Sandra and Brian Mattingly of Aurora; his father, Robert Brandenburg of New Jersey; a stepfather, Tim Michel of Fort Worth; three sisters, Grace Brandenburg and Shea Mattingly, both of Aurora, and Brooke Brandenburg of New Jersey; two brothers, Chris Flick of Hurst and T.J. Michel of Fort Worth; and grandparents, Rose Royals of Decatur, Robert Lawhon of Gordonville, Charles and Mary Brandenburg of Illinois and Richard and Janis Mattingly of Dallas.
Memorials may be made to a trust fund for Portia and Logan Brandenburg at Wachovia Bank.
Published Thursday, September 14, 2006

Brandon, Martha M.
1924-2006

Funeral for Martha M. Brandon, 81, of Decatur was Friday, Feb. 24, at Pleasant View Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Dimmit officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Brandon died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Mary 3, 1924, in Fort Worth, she married James L. Brandon Sr. on May 15, 1943, in Texas. She then moved to California where she was custodial manager for campuses at the University of California at Los Angeles. She was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her son, James L. Brandon Jr. and wife, Jeanie, of Bridgeport; a daughter, Mildred Mauck and husband, Bill, of California; three grandsons, Scott and Jeb Brandon and Michael Mauck; four granddaughters, Eleanor Proutt, Maribeth Munoz, Lisa Mauck and Autum Beaty; five great-grandchildren, Jewel, Madison, Andrew, Reyanna and Daylynn; two sisters-in-law, Lola and Louise; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Steve Bobo, Delbert Thornhill, Michael Beaty, Eric vonAtzigen, Christian vonAtzigen and Kevin vonAtzigen. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Don Howell, John Bobo, Hans vonAtzigen, Floyd Houtz, Billy Pon, Keith Jones, Lawrence Bowling and Jim Taylor.
The family requests memorials be made to Compass Hospice, P.O. Box 1147, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Published Sunday, February 26, 2006

Brazier, Mattie M.
1915-2006
Funeral for Mattie M. Brazier, 90, of Bridgeport was June 1 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. The Rev. Elaine Bussey officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Brazier died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Chico to John William and Alma (Strain) Brazier, she was a retired accounting clerk.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, George, Wesley and James Brazier; and two sisters, Mae Crawford and Mertie Brazier.
She is survived by two sisters, Eloise Brazier of Chico and Julia Strandtmann of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers was Adam Barkley, Harry Barkley, J.H. Brazier Jr., Billy Brazier, Bob Crosby and Scott Hadley.
Published Sunday, June 4, 2006

Bridges, Farley Dean
1957-2006

Service for Farley Dean Bridges, 48, of Boyd will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Hilltop Family Church in Springtown. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Biggers Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Bridges died July 10, 2006, in Boyd.
Born Oct. 17, 1957, Bridges was a transportation supervisor for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin. He graduated from Springtown High School in 1976 and married Regina Leigh Kirk on May 22, 1981, in Springtown. Bridges was a former county commissioner of Precinct 3 in Wise County and was involved with the Springtown Lions Club and its youth sports programs, coaching baseball, football and basketball. He was a member for 15 years at Hilltop Family Church, where he served as an elder and taught the youth Sunday school class.
Survivors include his wife, Regina Leigh Bridges of Boyd; two sons, Chase C. Bridges of Boyd, and Chance D. Bridges of Bangor, Wash.; his father, Bennie C. Bridges of Boyd; three sisters, Neva Gail Bridges of Fort Worth, Tina Morrow and husband, Jay, of Springtown, and Nita Banks and husband, Landon, of Fort Worth; brother, Floyd Gene Bridges of Cleburne; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to the New Building Fund at Hilltop Family Church, Box 530, Springtown, Texas 76082.
Published Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bridwell, Rosemary Terrell
1924-2006

Funeral for Rosemary Terrell Bridwell, 82, of Bridgeport was Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Revs. Mike Miller, Johnny Irish and Kevin Casey officiated.
She was the wife of retired Bridgeport Index publisher Harlan Bridwell and the mother of currrent Index publisher Keith Bridwell. She died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in a Bridgeport care center after a five-year bout with Alzheimer’s disease
Mrs. Bridwell was a talented writer whose feature stories appeared regularly in the Index for more than 30 years. She was honored by the North and East Texas Press Association with the Sam C. Holloway Memorial Award in 1994 for her contributions to the newspaper industry.
She was born in Post, Texas, the daughter of Methodist minister Rev. Benjamin Terrell and Dora Malone Terrell. She attended 10 different schools in 12 years and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1942. She married Harlan Bridwell in 1943. The Bridwells moved to Bridgeport in 1966. The Bridwells were members of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years; sons Keith Bridwell and wife, Karen, and Doug Bridwell and wife, Lynda; one daughter, Melanie Fair and husband, Larry; a sister, Dene Terrell Boggs of Plainview and two brothers, Malone (Moe) Terrell and wife, Wanda, of Georgetown and Jack Terrell and wife ,Earlene, of Grapeland; grandchildren Jay and wife, Tricia; Randall, Reid, Whitney, Morgan and Mason Bridwell; Laura Moore and husband, Scott, and Stacy Bost. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Joshua and Lauren Bridwell and Bella Moore.
She was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Malone Bridwell, a sister Martha (Marty) Frampton and by three brothers, Edward, Paul and Harold Dean Terrell.
Pallbearers were Dana Cobb, Kay Simmons and grandsons Jay, Randall, Reid and Mason Bridwell.
Published Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bridwell, Stanley Malone
1954-2006
Funeral for Stanley (Stan) Malone Bridwell, 52, of Forestburg was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Revs. Mike Miller and Kevin Casey were to officiate.
Burial was to follow at 2 p.m. at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg with the Rev. Sam Campbell officiating. Visitation was to be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
Bridwell died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 6, 1954, in Bowie to Harlan and Rosemary Bridwell, he lived in Bridgeport during his teenage and early adult years, and later moved to Forestburg.
He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Keith Bridwell and wife, Karen, and Doug Bridwell and wife, Lynda; a sister, Melanie Fair and husband, Larry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be nephews, Jay, Randall, Reid and Mason Bridwell, Tony Desmuke and David Heller.
Published Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bright, Mary Ellen
1925-2006
Funeral for Mary Ellen Bright, 81, of Stephenville was Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel in Stephenville. Derwood Holloway officiated. Burial followed at Nancy Smith Cemetery in Glen Rose.
Bright died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, in Denton.
Born Feb. 19, 1925, in Glen Rose, she was a retired nurse and a member of the Baptist church.
She is survived by a son, Derwood Holloway and wife, Tanya, of Decatur; two daughters, Annon Spann of Mansfield and Donna Rejsek and husband, Frank, of East Bernard; three sisters, Wanda Mason of Garland, Barbara Luttrell of Morgan Mill and Opal Phillips of Bedford; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, December 28, 2006

Brimble, Shirlene
1932-2006
No services have been set for Shirlene Brimble, 74, of Decatur.
Brimble died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, in Decatur. Her remains will be cremated.
Born July 5, 1932, in Douglas to Jewel Goff and Nine Frank Musick, she was a homemaker. She married Michael Terry Brimble in Baytown.
She is survived by a son, Brian W. Brimble of Decatur, and two grandchildren, Michael and Daniel Brimble.
Published Thursday, August 24, 2006

Brimmer, Alice Adeline
1920-2006
Funeral for Alice Adeline Brimmer, 86, of Lone Star was Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Davidson Cemetery in Strawn. Father Ambrose officiated.
Brimmer died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Longview.
Born June 8, 1920, in Barre, Vt., she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Daingerfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Brimmer.
She is survived by a son, William H. “Bill” Brimmer and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport; two daughters, Juanita Alice and husband, Carl Ellis, of Pittsburg, Pa., and Darlene M. Freeman and husband, Dan, of Lone Star; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bill Ellis, Mark Slagle, Michael Compton, Sam and Justin Winkles, and Tyler Harris.
Published Thursday, December 21, 2006

Brown, Darlene
1954-2006
Graveside service for Darlene Brown, 51, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Brown died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 11, 1954, in Santa Cruz, Calif., she was a cashier in the food service industry.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce; a cousin, Jackie Rhine of Decatur; and four daughters and one son.
Published Thursday, February 2, 2006

Brown, Kenneth Douglas
1939-2006
Memorial service for Kenneth Douglas Brown, 65, of Alvord will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at First Baptist Church in Alvord.
Brown died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Dallas.
Born Dec. 16, 1939, in Pensacola, Fla., he was a certified public surveyor for more than 30 years. He also served as a sharpshooter in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. Brown was also a professional rodeo cowboy for several years.
He is survived by two daughters, Faye Elizabeth Brown Romero and husband, Thomas, and Teresa Lynn Brown; a son, Robert Edward (Bo) Brown; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Flowers may be sent to the church.
Published Sunday, August 27, 2006

Brown, Kenneth Ray
1930-2006

Service for Kenneth Ray Brown, 76, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Aurora Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Withers will officiate and be assisted by Dr. Johnnie Ramsey. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Brown died Wednesday, Nov. 15. 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 30, 1930, in Lindsey, Okla., he was a retired quality control supervisor for the Army at Bell Helicopter. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a Baptist and a member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Eastern Star and the Oppossum Club.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Wayne Brown; a grandson, Joshua Wayne Brown; and a sister, Wanda Kearns.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maudie Brown of Boyd; a son, Phillip Ray Brown and wife Christine of Montrose, Colo.; a daughter, Lisa Brown and significant other Jeff Vanderwall of Reno, Nev.; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Al Fulton, Al Fulton Jr., Ricky Drake, Kevin Drake, Jimmie Harris, Todd Skinner, Sammy Marlow and Bobby Joe Leslie. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Taylor, Buster Reynolds, Ernest Drake, David Drake, Ernie Morvan, Raymond Jordan, Ralph Inman, Andy Warner and Jeff Vanderwall.
Published Sunday, November 19, 2006

Brown, Linda Stutt
1944-2006
Service for Linda Stutt Brown, 61, of Decatur was Feb. 14 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Ken May officiated.
Brown died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 8, 1944, in Jacksboro, Brown was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Brown; a son, Stephen Duff of Decatur; a daughter, Stephanie Duff Martinez and husband, Cande, of Krum; her brother, James Stutt and wife, Linda Kay, of Decatur; her grandson, Zachary Martinez; and numerous other family members.
Published Thursday, February 16, 2006

Brown, Mike
1955-2006

Graveside service for Mike Brown, 50, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, Feb. 21, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Miller officiated.
Brown died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born March 25, 1955, in Bridgeport to Bonnie Foster and Marie Preskitt Brown, he was a carpenter and a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Lilly, of Bridgeport; two daughters, Christi Oates and husband, Pat, of Bridgeport and Haley Brown of Decatur; a granddaughter, Taylor Oates; his mother, Marie Brown of Paradise; four brothers, Tommy, Jim, Gary and Rusty Brown; four sisters, Barbara McDaniel, Cherry “Sissy” Steagall, Carolyn “Tiny” Akin and Rayanne Gentry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, February 23, 2006

Brown, Nona Ruth
1918-2006
Funeral for Nona Ruth Brown, 88, of Nocona was to be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the First Baptist Church in Nocona. Dave Woodbury was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Nocona Cemetery. She was the mother of Brenda Rotramble of Decatur.
Brown died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in North Richland Hills.
Born Jan. 19, 1918, in Belcherville to Alvie Roberson and Cecil McGee, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nocona, the Nocona General Hospital Auxiliary and the Red Cross Blood Bank.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rowe Martin Brown; a son, Brent Brown; a sister, Nellie Novell; and brothers, Ray, Billy, Buster and Bobby Roberson.
She is survived by her daughter of Decatur; a grandson, Che Rotramble and Deborah Jagai of Fort Worth; two sisters, Marjorie Grisham and her husband, Jay, and Doris Rogers and her husband, Virgil; two brothers, Gary Roberson and his wife, Dot, and Kenneth Roberson; sisters-in-law, Marjorie, Joann, Lois, Delano and Dorothy Roberson.
Published Sunday, October 15, 2006

Brown, Patsy Sue
1937-2006

Graveside service for Patsy Sue Brown, 69, of Bridgeport was Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Miller officiated.
Brown died May 9, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born March 22, 1937, in Holdenville, Okla., to V.E. and Beatrice Hale Stickler, Brown was a retired secretary and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. She married Wiiliam Guy Brown on Aug. 28, 1958, in Bridgeport.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Rickanna Lambert, and Penny Sue Brown, both of Fort Worth; three sisters, Billie Dunn, and Linda Ransom, both of Decatur, and Connie Shawn of Bridgeport; a brother, Leonard Stickler of Arkansas; a grandson, Christopher Wright of Bowie, two great-granddaughters, Rachael and Taya; a niece, Robyn VonRee of Bridgeport, and several other nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, May 14, 2006

Brown, Thermon Ben
1918-2006
Funeral for Thurmon Ben Brown, 88, of Marlow, Okla., was Dec. 21 at the Eastside Baptist Church in Marlow. The Revs. Chris Brown and Jerry Couch officiated. Burial followed at the Marlow Cemetery.
Brown died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, in Marlow.
Born Oct. 12, 1918, in Marlow to Ben Patrick and Eula Mae (Sessum) Brown, he married Ruby Edna English Oct. 14, 1939, in Marlow. He retired in 1980 from the City of Marlow as a superintendent of the water and sewer department. He was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother and four grandsons.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Rev. T. Chris Brown and wife, Linda, of Decatur; a daughter, Ruby Paullette Bishop and husband, Roy, of Marlow; four grandchildren, Terry Brown and wife, Jeanette, Matt Shaw and wife, Michelle, Dale Bishop and wife, Annie, and Tressa Kendall and husband, Mark; and six great-grandchildren, Terren and Jilena Brown, Nicole Shaw, Whitney Shaw, Darshell Kendall and Dewayne Kendall.
The family requests memorials be made to the Eastside Baptist Church building fund.
Published Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bruggink, Damian J.
2006
Graveside service for Damian J. Bruggink, infant son of Jacob and Lorena Bruggink of Bridgeport, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Father Sojan and the Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate. Rosary was to be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Bruggink was born and died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, in Decatur.
His parents attend St. John’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Marco and Rosalinda Rivera and Harold and Sue Bruggink, all of Bridgeport; great-grandparents, Elmer and Myrna Hicks, Louis and Olivia Rivera and Olga Ramirez; three uncles, Luis, Jorge and Nathaniel; an aunt, Teresa; a cousin, Alexander; godparents, Beatrice Rivera and Luis Rivera; and numerous other cousins.
Published Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bryant, Medna (Wright)
1923-2006
Funeral for Medna Bryant, 83, was April 23, 2006, in Lakewood, Wash.
Bryant died April 17, 2006.
Born Feb. 9, 1923, to Jack and Lela Wright in Slidell, she was a seamstress and avid gardener.
She married Robert Wendell Bryant on Dec. 6, 1941. They were married 53 years when he preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Berneice Stiefer, Jackie Jones and Ruth Williams.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Hill of Glen Rose and Donna Carlson of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, Herbert J. Wright of Decatur; three sisters, Oleta Horner of Alvord, Fran Pate of Fairfield, Calif., and Iona Lindsey of Sanger; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, June 1, 2006

Buckner, Marshall Ray
1931-2006

Funeral for Marshall Ray Buckner, 74, of Bridgeport was April 3 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Jerry Stout officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Buckner died Friday, March 31, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born June 10, 1931, in Park Springs to Luther and Beulah Buckner, he was the owner of Buckner Heating and Air. He was a lifetime resident of Wise County and a member of the Park Springs Baptist Church. He married Betty Lee Smith Oct. 9, 1993, in Bowie.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Omega Buckner, and two sisters, Marjie Brown and Reba Jo Buckner.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Wilford Buckner and wife, Fredda, of Roby and Jeff Buckner and wife, Melissa, of Chico; a daughter, Marsha Deering and husband, Robert, of Paradise; four brothers, Harlan Buckner of Bridgeport and Calvin, Kenneth and G.A. Buckner, all of Chico; a sister, Dorothy VanArsdale of Davenport, Fla.; three stepchildren, Valera Hudson, Buzz Mattix and T.L. Mattix; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Todd Buckner, Patrick Buckner, David Deering, Klint Buckner, Ryan Buckner and Maury Martin.
The family requests donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels program in care of the Wise County Committee on Aging, P.O. Box 903, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Published Thursday, April 6, 2006

Bullard, Faye
1940-2006

Service for Faye Bullard, 66, of Newark was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at First Baptist Church in Newark. The Rev. Dan Hunt was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Bullard died Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Newark.
Born April 8, 1940, in Paris to “Preach” and Blondie Meredith, Bullard was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Meredith, and a granddaughter, Ashley Newman.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Bobby Bullard of Newark; her son, Derrick Newman and wife, Kim, of Lebanon, Mo.; a stepson, Johnny Bullard and wife, Susie, of Azle; two daughters, Debra Patterson and husband, Gary, of New Jersey, and Pixie Rippy of Newark; a step-daughter, Barbara White and husband, Jack, of Weatherford; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Bill Wright, Joe Stevens, Randy Jackson, Bard Therrel, Gene Pruitt and Curt Schmidt.
Published Thursday, May 18, 2006

Burch, Leroy Eugene
1954-2006

Services for Leroy Eugene Burch, 51, of Fort Worth will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2006 at Aurora Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery. Mike Boaldin will officiate.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel.
Burch died June 8 in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 17, 1954, in Roswell, N.M., to Bill and Delores Burch, he was a former sheriff in Wise County. He was a member of Newark Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Burch, and brother-in-law, Chris Batterton.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Burch of Fort Worth; his son, Dakota Burch; four daughters, Traci Moore, Keri Stump, Amy Wilson and Brittany Burch; his parents of Newark; three brothers, Troy, Jimmy and Lesley Burch; three sisters, Sherry Underwood, Shirley Jones and Sharon Batterton; five grandchildren, Logan, Ethan, Mia, Cohen and Reade; and numerous nieces nephews, cousins and friends.
Published Sunday, June 11, 2006

Burch, Theodore Simon
1916-2006

Burial for Theodore Simon Burch, 90, of Decatur, will be at Greenlawn Chapel in Bakersfield, Calif.
Burch died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 1, 1916, in Chicago, he was an auto body worker and served in the 5th Division with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He is survived by a son, Jim Lawless of Keller; a daughter, Theodora Murray of Decatur; four grandchildren, Vernon Parker, Tiffany Allen and William and Scott Allen; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Published Sunday, April 16, 2006

Burdine, Jeanne Marie
1946-2006
Funeral for Jeanne Marie Burdine, 60, of Alvord was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at First Baptist Church of Alvord. The Revs. Kevin Moore and Bill Cleveland were to officiate. She will be cremated.
Burdine died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 29, 1946, in Columbus, Ohio, to William Murry and Edna Earle (Thornton) Williams, she was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. She married Donald Ray Burdine on July 16, 1966, in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband of Alvord; two daughters, Cristen Monett and Heather Burdine of Alvord; a son, Scott Burdine of Alvord; a brother, Michael Williams of Alvord; and a grandson Wesley Monett of Alvord.
Published Thursday, October 26, 2006

Burdine, Ora Bell
1926-2006

Funeral for Ora Bell Burdine, 80, of Decatur was Friday, Nov. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Burdine died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 19, 1926, in Emerson, Ark., to Anderson and Jewel Butler, she worked for Denton State School until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alvord.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Norman and Jimmy Burdine, a daughter-in-law, Jeanie Burdine, a nephew, Allen Butler, six brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane Blake and husband, Josh, of Alvord; three sons, Earl Burdine of Denton and Donald and Larry Burdine, both of Alvord; grandchildren, Cristen Monett, Scott, Heather and Jonathon Burdine, Joshua Blake, Cody Yapit and Linda Moody, all of Alvord, Cody Burdine and Kalin French of Bridgeport and Tim Burdine of Texas City; and great-grandchildren, Joseph Talamantes, Emily and Colby Burdine, and Wesley Monett, all of Alvord, Ben Burdine and Shelby Barclay of Bridgeport.
Published Sunday, November 12, 2006

Burkhart, Donnie Ray
1946-2006
Graveside service for Donnie Ray Burkhart, 60, of Thackerville, Okla., was to be Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Thackerville. Glenn Goode was to officiate.
Burkhart died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born May 14, 1946, in Gainesville, to General Lee Todd and Dottie Mae Acrea Burkhart, he was a former Bridgeport resident and minister of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Decatur. He was a graduate of Thackerville High School and married Mary Ann Griffith in Gainesville in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army six years and was a manager for Rite-Weld.
He was preceded in death by his wife and three brothers, Kenneth Colston, Glester Burkhart and J.D. Burkhart.
He is survived by four sisters, Patty Abney and husband, J.C., and Connie Burkhart, all of Ardmore, Okla., Velma Murry and husband, Don, of Thackerville, and Dorothy Durbin and husband, Jack, of Vandalia, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Irene Colston of Hot Springs, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, May 28, 2006

Burnes, Jackie Dale
1972-2006
Services for Jackie Dale Burnes, 33, of Loco, Okla., and formerly of Rhome, was to be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Loco. The Rev. Don Hankins was to officiate.
Burnes died May 4, 2006, in Loco.
Born June 1, 1972, in Grapevine to Cleo and Billie May Burnes, Jackie Burnes was an oil field worker.
Survivors include his mother; a grandmother, Ruby May Cross, of Loco; a sister, Robin Thomas and husband, Joseph, of Krum; a half-brother, Ronald Lee Burton, and wife, Jessica, of Velma; a nephew, J.T. Thomas; three nieces, McKayla Thomas, Misty Burton and Lakota Burton; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Published Sunday, May 7, 2006

Burns, Dorothy ‘Dot’
1941-2006

Funeral for Dorothy “Dot” Burns, 65, of Chico was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Mike McInerney was to officiate. Visitation was to be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. She was to be cremated.
Burns died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Chico.
Born Feb. 4, 1941, in Oxford, England, she was a care worker for IntegraCare Home Health. She married Thomas Ray Burns on Aug. 1, 1986, in Azle.
She is survived by her husband of Chico; sons, Tommy Mac Burns and his wife, Linda, of Alba, Todd Burns and his wife, Vicki, of Haltom City, and Steven and Richard Hearn, both of England; five grandchildren, Dustin, Cody, Samantha, Alex, Melissa and her husband, Daniel; three great-grandchildren, Chandler, Bethany and Breana; a niece, Sue Watts and her husband, Barry, of England; and a nephew, Dale Deaton of England.
Published Sunday, November 5, 2006

Byerly, Orval Gerald
1936-2006
A graveside service for Orval Gerald Byerly, 70, of Bridgeport was July 15 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Byerly died Thursday, July 13, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born April 18, 1936, in Vanoss, Okla., he was an artist and a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by two brothers, Kenneth Byerly of Comanche, Okla., and Nelson Byerly of Springtown; sisters, Carolyn Brindley and Betty Harvey Pritchett, both of Cleburne, and Joan Weaver of Temple, Okla.
Published Thursday, July 20, 2006

Cagle, Henry Fred
1912-2006
Memorial service for Henry Fred Cagle, 94, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Coker Funeral Home. Tim W. Woodruff will officiate. Ashes will be interred at Flat Rock Cemetery at a later date.
Cagle died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 29, 1912, in the Audubon Community in Wise County, Cagle was a local car salesman, dairyman and cattle trader. He enjoyed yearly hunting trips to Colorado with his longtime friends for as long as his health would allow. He married Lee Carleton in 1934. She died in 2002.
He is survived by a daughter, Elaine Cagle Covert and husband William L. Covert of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Frances Perkins of Duncanville; a grandson, Jefferson C. Covert of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests that contributions be made to American Heart Association, American Stroke Association or any children’s charity.
Published Thursday, June 1, 2006

Campbell, Annie Pearl White
1924-2006

Service for Annie Pearl White Campbell, 81, of Newark was April 14 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery.
Campbell died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 12, 1924, in Decatur to John Irvin and Ivey Pearl Baker White, she was a retired seamstress and member of the Friendship Missionary Church in Blue Mound.
She was preceded in death by a son, Albert Tackett.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Gene of Newark; a daughter, Marie Kemp and husband, Morris, of Newark; six sons, Jimmy Tackett and wife, Nelda, of Paradise, Tommy Tackett and wife, Rhonda, of Boyd, Wesley Campbell and wife, Miki, of Bridgeport, Billy Ray Campbell and wife, Debbie, and Edwin Campbell and wife, Ann, all of Bowie, and Alan Campbell and wife, Pam, of Sunset; and 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Published Sunday, April 16, 2006

Cantrell, Gary Douglas
1954-2006
Memorial service for Gary Douglas Cantrell, 52, of Alvord will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Bill Cleveland will officiate.
Cantrell died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, in Decatur.
He was born Jan. 17, 1954, in Grand Prairie to Warren Cantrell and Mary Beth (Greenwood) Simms.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Beth Simms and her husband, Curtis, of Alvord; and a sister, Brenda Drevicky of Farmers Branch.
Published Sunday, December 10, 2006

Caraway, Betty
1927-2006
Graveside service for Betty Caraway, 79, of Midland was Sept. 25 at the Sweetwater Cemetery. The Rev. Darrin Caraway officiated.
Caraway died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in Odessa.
Born Feb. 5, 1927, in Decatur to William and Minnie Lambert, she was a homemaker who married Robert Caraway in 1941.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979.
She is survived by a son, Bob Caraway and his wife, Gayle, of Midland; two grandsons, Damon Caraway and his wife, Donna, of Austin and Darrin Caraway and his wife, Cheryl, of Round Rock; two great-granddaughters, Chyler and Callie Caraway of Round Rock; and a sister, Ruby Smith of Denton.
Memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published Sunday, October 1, 2006

Carney, Curtis Roy
1978-2006
Service for Curtis Roy Carney, 27, of National City, Calif., was June 6, at Lake Bridgeport Baptist Church. Craig Rolen officiated.
Carney died Monday, May 29, 2006, in San Diego.
Born Sept. 16, 1978, in Decatur to Jack Phillip Carney and Jeanita Jennings, Curtis Carney graduated from Bridgeport High School and served in the Navy. He married Angelica Lesoma Sept. 11, 1998, in Pensacola, Fla.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Curtis, Charles, Calvin and Chad, all of National City; his mother and step-father, Jeanita and Sylvester Vanderlee of Bridgeport; four brothers, Benjamin Carney of Bridgeport, Phillip Carney of Perrin, William Jennings of Bridgeport, and Andy Vanderlee of Austin; and three sisters, Kristina Barnes of Ohio, Karen Kee of Sunset and Nicole Chappier of Illinois.
Published Thursday, June 8, 2006

Carpenter, Harold
1915-2006

Memorial Service for Harold L. Carpenter, 90, of Bridgeport was Jan. 22 at Pleasant View Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Demmitt and the Rev. Tom Warren officiated.
Carpenter died Sunday, Jan. 22 in Bridgeport.
Born May 18, 1915, in Sedan, N.M., he a veteran of the Army during World War II, was a retired farmer. He married Bettye Jo Fine Aug. 24, 1946 in Enochs. He was also a deacon at Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Carpenter was preceded in death by his sons, Harold Wayne and Donnie Bruce Carpenter; his parents, Morton Lewis and Minnie Elizabeth, and Lizzie Mae Ransom; and his brothers, Donnie Ray and Bobby Carpenter
He is survived by his wife, Bettye Jo Carpenter of Bridgeport; his son, Deaun Carpenter and wife, Marsha, of Bridgeport; his daughter, Patricia Pearl Camp and husband David of Missouri; his grandchildren, Scott Eric Carpenter, Brent Allen Carpenter, David Jeremy Camp and Virginia Dawn Force; his great-grandchildren, Ryan Tyler and Conner Vinson; his brothers, Loyd Carpenter, Newell Carpenter and wife, Ruth, and Jim Carpenter and wife, Frankie; his sisters, Jerry Warren and husband, Tom, Bonnie Ruth Carpenter, Eva Dell Carpenter, Hazel Bradley and husband, Sam; and his sisters-in-law, Barbara and Oleta Carpenter.
Published Sunday, January 29, 2006

Carpenter, J.N.
1931-2006
Graveside service for J.N. Carpenter, 75, of Decatur was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Charles Taylor will officiate. Visitation was to be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. before the service at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Carpenter died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 18, 1931, in Decatur to Jesse and Velma Carpenter, he was a rancher who served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Methodist.
He is survived by a daughter, Ann Carpenter of New York City, N.Y.; two sons, John Carpenter of Decatur and Charlie Carpenter of Darien, Conn.; a brother, Bob Carpenter of Bridgeport; and grandchildren, Ben and Carolyn Carpenter of Darien, Conn.
Published Sunday, September 10, 2006

Carter, Lorene
1920-2006

Funeral for Lorene Carter, 86, of Graham was Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. The Rev. Bill Fitch officiated. Burial followed at Azleland Memorial Park.
Carter died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, in Graham.
Born Sept. 10, 1920, to Oscar and Gladys Parker Hughes, in Mexia, she was a cook and caregiver. She was a member of Hilltop Assembly of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Roy Carter and her twin sister, Florence Goree.
She is survived by a daughter, Diana Guhl and her husband, David, of Graham; a son, Jim Carter of Azle; granddaughters, Dedra Rupard and her husband, Allen, of Murphy, Darla Underwood, Renne’ Underwood and Barry Unkart, all of Graham; and great-grandsons, Aaron Slay and Brady Rupard.
Pallbearers were Allen Rupard, Clint Carter, Barry Unkart, Dewayne Morris, Terral Witt and Wade Carter.
Published Thursday, November 9, 2006

Casillas, David Richard
1962-2006

Funeral for David Richard Casillas, 44, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Johns Catholic Church. Father Gonzales Morales was to officiate. Burial was to follow at the Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Casillas died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, in Decatur.
Born March 6, 1962, in Bridgeport, he was a cook at Casillas Mexican Restaurant and a member of St. Johns Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing pool, listening to music and watching the Dallas Cowboys.
He was preceded in death by Juanita Salas.
He is survived by his parents, Martin and Ruth Casillas, of Bridgeport; two brothers, Martin Casillas Jr. and wife, Mary Helen, of Bridgeport and Charlie Casillas and wife, Cecila; five sisters, Mary Martinez and husband, Jessie, and Josephine Morales and husband, Joe, all of Fort Worth, Ida Gonzales and husband, Santos, of Alvarado, Helen Casillas of Bridgeport and Pauline Ramos and husband, Robert; and a fiancee, Lois Simon of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were to be Marty, Jesse and Charlie Casillas, Robert Gonzales, Joseph Morales and Dennis Salas Jr.
Published Sunday, September 24, 2006

Cate, William E.
1927-2006
Funeral for William E. Cate, 79, of Newark was to be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Springtown Church of Christ. Burial was to follow at Mount Olivet in Fort Worth. John Anderson and Jerome Williams were to officiate.
Cate died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, in Newark.
Born Sept. 8, 1927, to R.L. and Mary Cate, he was a retired Fort Worth firefighter. He was a 1945 graduate of Birdville High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Cate.
He is survived by his wife, Melba F. Cate of Newark; two sons, Edward L. Cate of Decatur and Garry Cate of Newark; a daughter, Saretta Rowland of Haltom City; a sister, Margie Gibbs; and grandchildren, Heath Roberson, Kass Kube, Karri Bennington, Ashlee Hardy, and Ryan, Rebecca, Rachel and Cody Cate; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be his grandsons.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, December 14, 2006

Causey, Shirlene Tate
1929-2006

Funeral for Shirlene Tate Causey, 76, of Granbury was Aug. 18 in Stephenville. Gary Williams officiated. Burial followed at the Huckabay Cemetery.
Causey died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Glen Rose.
Born Nov. 13, 1929, in Huckabay to Homer and Myrtle (Farrar) Tate, she was a telegraph operator for Western Union and a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by four daughters, Judy Peters of Boyd, Janet Everette and husband, Rudy, of Meridian, Sherry Jean Neal and husband, Jeff, of Quinlan, and Janey Howard and husband, Gene, of Glen Rose; two sons, Jerry Don Causey of Godley and Joe David Causey of Fort Worth; a brother, Bill Tate and wife, Mary Lou, of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the Huckabay Cemetery in care of Lousie Wooley, 4979 N. Texas 108, Stephenville, Texas 76401.
Published Sunday, August 20, 2006

Cheek, Charles Chelice
1959-2006
Funeral for Charles Chelice Cheek, 47, of Alvord was May 24 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Rev. John Conway officiated.
Cheek died May 22, 2006, in Alvord.
Born Jan. 2, 1959, in Lubbock to Lavinda Suson and Troy Cheek, Charles Cheek worked in oil field construction.
He is survived by his parents; his son, T.J. Cheek; two daughters, Denise and Tiffany Cheek of Alvord; a brother, Jimmy Cheek; two sisters, Karolyn Self of Briar, and LaNisha Stagg of Sunset; grandmother, Delma Davis, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were to be Dee Penny, Tommy Miles, Greg Cartwright, Mike Raborn, Clinton Clark, Bobby Brock and John Sharpe.
Published Sunday, May 28, 2006

Choate, Burnice ‘Bernie’
1921-2006
Funeral for Lt. Col. Burnice “Bernie” Choate, 85, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Dale Shorter was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery with military graveside honors conducted by the Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Choate died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 10, 1921, in Lockesburg, Ark., to Gui H. and Clara Booth Choate, he was a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force who served during World War II and was a pilot. He was a member of Harvest Assembly of God. He married Flora Latham on May 24, 1943, in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Gui Choate.
He is survived by his wife of Chico; a daughter, Donna Thomas and her husband, Keith, of Chico; two grandchildren, Lindsey and Kristopher Thomas; and a sister, Agnus Hoover of Paris.
Pallbearers were to be Gary Choate, Frank Crowethea, Floyd Bradley, Dub Baker, Alba Walker and Cooper McClung.
Published Thursday, October 19, 2006

Christian, Melba Joyce
1929-2006

Graveside service for Melba Joyce Christian, 77, of Bridgeport, formerly of Slidell, was Friday, June 16, at Slidell Cemetery. Sam Starr officiated.
Christian died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born April 9, 1929, in Slidell to Bernice D. and Ola V. Hayes Christian, she was a homemaker and president of the Residents Committee for Rights at Trinity Care Center in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Ray, Raleigh, Robert, Charles and Hayes Christian.
She is survived by 49 nieces and nephews, 24 great-nieces and -nephews and 13 great-great-nieces and -nephews.
Published Sunday, June 18, 2006

Chumley, Thelma
1922-2006
Graveside service for Thelma D. Chumley, 84, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Gerre Joiner officiated. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.
Chumley died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, in Bonham.
Born Sept. 24, 1922, in Audobon, she was a sheetmetal worker for General Dynamics, where she worked on the “Texas Air Craft” project. She was a World War II veteran and a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, quilting and dancing.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Horace Chumley, and two sisters, Sybil and Lois.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Miller and his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Delaine Lyle and her husband, Rick Spears; a brother, Danny McWhirter and his wife, Shirley; sisters, Gene Slayton and Ruth Guinn; two grandchildren, Sean Lyle and his wife, Rene, and Ewan Lyle and his wife, Marianne; and three great-grandchildren, Noah, Josh and Sarah Lyle.
Military graveside services will be performed by the North Texas Honor Guard.
Published Sunday, November 12, 2006

Clausen, Dorothy
1936-2006

Graveside service for Dorothy Clausen, 69, of Sand Springs, Okla., and formerly of Boyd, was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Sonny Smith was to officiate.
Clausen died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Tulsa, Okla.
Born Aug. 31, 1936, in Fort Worth, to Robert E. and Bertha Hamm, she was a homemaker. She married Albert B. Clausen on March 10, 1973, in Sand Springs. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.
She is survived by her husband; three brothers, Robert Hamm and wife, Charlotte, of Boyd, Richard Hamm and wife, Dorothy, of Euless and Jimmy Hamm and wife, Janice, of Keller.
Published Thursday, February 9, 2006

Clement, Wilma Juanita ‘Susie’
1914-2006
Services for Wilma Juanita “Susie” Clement, 91, of Hollis, Okla., were to be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Stewart Funeral Chapel in Hollis. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2006, at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Clement died Thursday, July 13, 2006, in Hollis.
Born July 14, 1914 in Belcherville to John and Mary Ellen Henry, Clement was a homemaker.
She married Selma Clement on Feb. 14, 1934, in Bowie. They lived in Bowie until moving to Hollis in 1941. They lived in Hollis until 1959 when they moved to Decatur. She moved back to Hollis in 1998.
Clement was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, J. C. Henry; two sisters, Lois Taylor and Fay White; three granddaughters, LaDeana Johnson, Ashley Clement, and Kylie Martinez; and a son-in-law, Paul Ellis.
Survivors include four sons, Donald Clement and his wife, Pat, of Hollis, James Clement, all of Hollis, Dwayne Clement and his wife, Sue, of Gainesville, and John Clement and his wife, Jody, of Crowley; one daughter, Wilma Ellis of Midland; 21 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Published Sunday, July 16, 2006

Clements, Durant
1924-2006
Memorial service for Durant F. Clements, 81, of Runaway Bay will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 22 at Hawkins Funeral Home. The Rev. Craig Wills will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Clements died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in Runaway Bay.
Born June 11, 1924, in Mankato, Minn., to Francis Braden and Clara Durant Clements, he was a retired lawyer and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He married Tomi Moore July 7, 1990, in Bridgeport.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Kasner, Larry Hodges, Braden Clements and Stuart Clements.
He is survived by his wife; seven children, F. Braden Clements and wife, Bonnie, Ava Jan Morrison, Julianne McCabe and husband, Richard, Susan Cunningham and husband, Greg, Theresa Lemman and husband, Tom, Peggy Duffy and husband, Chris, and Stuart Clements; 18 grandchildren; two step-children, Donna Sherman and husband, Jody, and Larry Weiner and wife, Bev; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, May 21, 2006

Clevenger, Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Acola
1940-2006

Graveside service for Elizabeth “Beth” Acola Clevenger, 66, formerly of Decatur was Monday, Nov. 13, at Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur.
Clevenger died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in Dallas.
Born Feb. 25, 1940, in Fort Worth, she grew up in Decatur and in 1962 received a bachelor of science degree in education from Texas Christian University. She married Thomas J. “Buddy” Hoyt in 1971. He preceded her in death in 1990. She married Loyd Harold Clevenger in 1995.
She was employed by Texas Instruments in Dallas for more than 20 years in the geophysical services area. In 1990, she retired from the law firm of Carrington, Coleman, et al, following 10 years of service as a legal secretary.
She is a descendant of Sam and Emile Woody, who settled in Wise County in the early 1840s.
She is survived by her husband; a brother, Sam Woody Acola and his wife, Betty, of Fort Worth; a sister, Carolyn Acola Phelps and her husband, Richard, of Conroe; a stepson, Marc Clevenger and his wife, Ann, and their daughters, Katie and Jessie.
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center P.O. Box 4464, Houston, Texas 77210, or Deep Creek Cemetery Association of Decatur or a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, November 16, 2006

Clifton, John R. ‘Catfish John’
1911-2006

Service for John R. “Catfish John” Clifton, 95, of Chico was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Craig Erb will officiate. Burial will be in Chico Cemetery.
Clifton died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 11, 1911, in Rainbow to Wiley and Lori Green Clifton, he was a retired roustabout. He was a member of the Rainbow Baptist Church. He married Louise Riddle on June 5, 1977, in Graham.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Horace Rural and John Royce Clifton; a brother, W.L. Clifton; and three sisters, Faye, Jimmie and Doris.
He is survived by his wife, Louis Clifton of Chico; two sons, Donald Clifton and wife Barbara of Chico and C.S. Barker and wife Faye of Graham; two daughters, Janet Gregg of Fort Worth and Wanda Slattery and husband Jim of Woodward, Okla.; grandchildren, Everett Ray, John David and Dennis Wayne Clifton, Dana Loomis, David Clifton, Bryan and Leann Younger, Brandi, Joann Lovern and Johnna Langley, Keith and Scott Barker, Sherri Goodger, Bran, Breck and Jeannie Roberts; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bryan Younger, Jimmy Langley, Bran Roberts, David Clifton, Sergio Gonzalez, Doug Chitwood, Keith Barker, John Clifton, Chad Clifton and Eric Clifton.
Published Sunday, November 19, 2006

Clower, Christine
1923-2006

Funeral for Christine Clower, 83, of Alvord was to be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Bill Cleveland was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Clower died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in Alvord.
Born April 22, 1923, in Alvord to Warren Peter Sisk and Ruth Evalina Worthen, she married Curg Thompson Clower March 4, 1948, in Alvord. She owned Clower Grocery in Alvord and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord. She served and volunteered in church and community organizations since she retired from working at the store.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by three daughters, Glenda Goodwin of Alvord, Donna Endres of Decatur and Carol Wise of Justin; five grandchildren, Shelly Tefertiller, Meagan Endres, Brittany Hammel, Rachel Endres and Kayla Wise; and three great-grandsons.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church building fund and the city of Alvord library fund.
Published Sunday, July 16, 2006

Cobb, Travis
1935-2006
Funeral for Travis Cobb, 70, of Decatur was April 24 at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Ray Cobb, Jerry Stout, Don Spain and James Singleton officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Cobb died Saturday April 22, 2006, in Decatur.
Born May 11, 1935, in Decatur to Walter Ray and Zelpha Hazel (Rawle) Cobb, he was a farmer. He married Verona Marie Gage on June 18, 1953, in Decatur. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Cobb.
He is survived by his wife, Verona of Decatur; a son, Randy Cobb of Justin; a daughter, Tamie Winters of Decatur; a brother, Ray Cobb of Springtown; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dennis Cobb, Larry Gage, Matt Gage, Wayne Morris, Frankie Claborn and Nolan Rawle. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Shipley, Joe Hale, Butch South, A.C. Miller and Bill Grandon.
Published Thursday, April 27, 2006

Coffee, Myrna Joyce
1935-2006

Funeral for Myrna Joyce Coffee, 70, of Bridgeport was April 4 at Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport. The Rev. Dale Webster officiated. Burial followed at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Coffee died Saturday, April 1, 2006, in Denton.
Born Dec. 26, 1935, in Bridgeport to Wesley O. and Tressie Hobbs Deatherage, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Truman Deatherage.
She is survived by a daughter, Myrna Perkins and husband, Paul, of Paradise; a son, Gary Whitsitt of Paradise; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Lester Deatherage of Paradise, and Travis Deatherage, Robert Deatherage and Donald Deatherage, all of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers were Bryson Robinson, Ryan Robinson, Colton Burris, T.J. Burris and Tommy Marshall. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Gentry and Leland Whitsitt.
Published Thursday, April 6, 2006

Coffman, Edith Fay
1916-2006

Graveside service for Edith Fay Coffman, 90, of Bridgeport was to be Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Roger Rhodes was to officiate.
Coffman died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born July 18, 1916, in Cottondale to Robert L. and Myrtle Lawrence Coffman, she was a homemaker and a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. and Cheatum Coffman, a nephew and a great-great nephew.
She is survived by nieces, Paula Buckner and husband, Calvin, of Chico and Janie Ward of Chico; a nephew, Jimmy Coffman and wife, Elaine, of Decatur; and a niece of Fort Worth.
Published Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cole, James Clevan ‘JC’
1944-2006

Funeral for James Clevan “JC” Cole, 61, of Decatur was Friday, Sept. 1, at Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Fort Worth. Burial followed at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Cole died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 30, 1944, in Winnsboro, La., he was a professional truck driver for more than 28 years and a dispatcher for Fort Worth, Liberty and Dalworthington Gardens police departments. He was a member of Holiness Church of Jesus Christ in Decatur and Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Nancy M. Pixler Cole.
Published Thursday, September 14, 2006

Coleman, Alice Linda
1953-2006

Funeral for Alice Linda Coleman, 52, of Decatur was Sept. 22 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Kenneth Whitt officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Coleman died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, in Denton.
Born Dec. 22, 1953, in Bridgeport, she was a homemaker. She married Michael “Whitey” Coleman on April 1, 1974, in Ryan, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fernando and Ruby Martinez, a brother, Leonard Silletti, and a niece, Debbie Silletti.
She is survived by her husband of Decatur; a brother, Tony Silletti and wife, Lupe, of Bridgeport; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Joanne Chambers of Decatur; and a sister-in-law, Connie Silletti of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were Randy Chambers, Lance Coleman, Dustin Wyatt, and Jeff, Anthony and Richard Silletti. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Silletti and members of the Wise County Antique Auto Club.
Published Sunday, September 24, 2006

Collup, Margaret Elizabeth
1937-2006
Graveside service for Margaret Elizabeth Collup, 68, of Paradise will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 4 from noon to 8 p.m.
Collup died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Paradise.
Born Dec. 28, 1937, in Borger, she was a payroll clerk for Sunbelt Nursery Group and a Presbyterian.
She is survived by one daughter, Marcia Collup Furguson of Farmers Branch; two sons, Robert Collup and Michael Collup, both of Paradise; one sister, Glenda Sheperd of Paradise; and one brother, Jack Hernupont of Watauga.
Published Sunday, September 3, 2006

Cook, Carla Jo
1961-2006
Funeral for Carla Jo Cook, 45, of Fort Worth was April 24 at Central Fellowship Church. Larry Mitchner officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Cook died Saturday, April 22, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born April 2, 1961, in Cleburne to Harvey and Rose Farr, she was a teacher.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Emerick of Fort Worth; her parents of Fort Worth; a son, Webb Kittinger of Fort Worth; a daughter, Chloe Kittinger of Fort Worth; and two brothers, J. Cook of Denton and Kevin Farr of New York.
Published Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cooper, Douglas R.
1932-2006

Funeral for Douglas R. Cooper, 73, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Max Smiley will officiate and will be assisted by Raymond Johns. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel.
Cooper died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, in Decatur.
Born June 4, 1932, in Slidell, to Cecil Cooper and Alba (Loter) Cooper, he retired from General Dynamics as a member of management after working 41 years. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Willidean Cooper; two sons, Derek Scott Cooper and wife, Sharon of Denton and Kristian Douglas Cooper and wife, Jennifer of Abbott; four sisters, Rita Godwin of Arlington and Veda Sherman, Ima Ruth Sherman and Bobbie Rhine, all of Decatur; one brother, Kenneth Cooper of Decatur; and five grandchildren, Devon, Blake, Zane and Reid Cooper and Jon Harris.
Published Sunday, January 8, 2006

Cooper, Kenneth Dale ‘Sug’
1936-2006
Funeral for Kenneth Dale “Sug” Cooper, 70, of Decatur was Monday, Aug. 14, at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur. David Isbell officiated. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Cooper died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, in Decatur.
Born March 30, 1936, in Slidell to Cecil Clyde and Alba Elnora (Loter) Cooper, he was a retired maintenance employee for Poco Graphite and served in the National Guard. He married Sharon Joyce David on Dec. 14, 1960, in Weatherford.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Deborah Joyce Cooper of Decatur; sisters, Veda Cooper Sherman, Ima Cooper Sherman and Eloise “Bobbie” Rhine, all of Decatur.
Pallbearers were Dexter Agee, Bert Caraway, Richard Ivy, Joe Evans, Randy Sherman, Scott Sherman, Allen Cooper and Robert Rhine.
Published Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cordell, Leona Idora
1931-2006
Graveside service for Leona Idora Cordell, 75, of Azle will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Azleland Cemetery. Visitation will follow the service at the Cordell home.
Cordell died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, in Azle.
Born Sept. 3, 1931, in Fort Worth, to Lawrence and Ella Lee Lewis, she was a longtime resident of Azle.
She was preceded in death by her husband and six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by five sons, Lynn Cordell and wife, Susie, of Boyd, Elton Cordell and wife, Lisa, of Oklahoma, Ronnie Cordell and wife, Johnnie, of Azle, Frankie Cordell and wife, Vickie, of Fort Worth and Arvin Cordell and wife, Tanya, of Azle.
Published Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cox, Bill P., Sr.
1929-2006
Memorial service for Bill P. Cox Sr., 76, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Adam Hughes was to officiate.
Cox died Thursday, March 2, 2006, in Chico.
Born Aug. 31, 1929, in Chico, he was a welder and farmer. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of First Baptist Church in Crafton.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Cox.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Annie Cox of Chico; two sons, Terry Cross and wife, Kathy, of Bridgeport and Bill P. Cox Jr. and fiance, Annette, of Chico; a daughter, Shelley Boyd and husband, Homer, of Aurora; four grandchildren, Sheila Barker, Tanya Niccum, Lance Goode and Terry Cross Jr.; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, J.Q. Cox and Jim Cox; a sister, Betsy Cox; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, March 5, 2006

Cox, Clinton Matthew
1981-2006

Funeral for Clinton Matthew Cox, 24, of Chico was Jan. 27 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Wood officiated.
Cox died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in Decatur.
Born April 21, 1981, in Denton, Cox was a heavy equipment operator for Chico Limestone.
He is survived by his daughter, Emily Cox of Bowie; his parents, Eric and Brenda Cox of Chico; his grandparents, Elmer and June Cox of Denton; his grandparents, Priscilla Moreland and husband, Harold, of Chico; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Justin Cox, Jacob Cox, Steven Cox, Amon Cox, Brandt Richey and Sammy Smith.
Published Sunday, February 5, 2006

Cox, Pearl (Adams)
1917-2006
Funeral for Pearl (Adams) Cox, 88, of Springtown will be Monday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Smithfield Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Withers will officiate.
Cox died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, in Decatur.
Born December 27, 1917, in Chico to William and Margaret Adams, she was a retired aircraft production assembly worker and daycare worker. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. She married William J. Cox on June 22, 1947, in Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Lela B. McNeiley and Urvel Cook; and brothers, Louie Cecil, Barney, Acie Dee and Charles Adams.
She is survived by a sister, Bettye Hale of Springtown and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Hale, Sam Cook, Billy Cook, Louie Adams Jr., Bobby Adams and Don Adams.
Published Sunday, June 25, 2006

Cravens, D.R.
1920-2006
Funeral for D.R. Cravens, 85, of Decatur was June 25 in Decatur. Burial was at Yarnaby Cemetery in Achille, Okla. Kenny Cates and Gerre Joiner officiated.
Cravens died Friday, June 23, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 21, 1920, in Yuba, Okla., he was a retired chief inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and he was an honored elder who received the Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation in 2005.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Ross Cravens.
He is survived by his wife, Maurine, of Decatur; a son, Dennis Cravens of Cloudcroft, N.M.; a daughter, Leesa Walker, of Decatur; a brother, John Thomas Cravens of Ridgecrest, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Memorials can be made to The Yarnaby Cemetery Fund, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 309, Durant, Okla., 74702.
Published Thursday, June 29, 2006

Crawley, James Gilbert
1935-2006

Funeral for James Gilbert Crawley, 70, of Decatur was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial was to follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Ray Cobb was to officiate.
Crawley died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 3, 1935, in Chicago, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. He was a home builder and owner of Crawley Contruction.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, William Crawley, Darrell Crawley, Donald Crawley and Robert Crawley, and two sisters, Dorothy Crawley and Marion Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki Crawley of Arlington; two sons, James Gilbert Crawley of Runaway Bay and Thomas Crawley and wife Theresa of Mansfield; two daughters, Elaine Cobb and husband, Dennis, of Decatur and Debra Wilson and husband, Gary, of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Randi, Natalie, Clint, Brandon, Charissa, Eillischa, and Jared; two sisters, Doris Culpepper and Betty Dolenchek; and the mother of his children, Ingrid Crawley.
Pallbearers were to be Craig Haile, Robert McCoy, Gary Hendrix, James Culpepper, John Juarez and Les Porter.
Published Sunday, January 29, 2006

Crenshaw, Bennie Braselton
1914-2006
Graveside service for Bennie Braselton Crenshaw, 91, of Bridgeport was Jan. 26 at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hobbs officiated.
Crenshaw died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born May 31, 1914, in Bridgeport to George and Alice Hembree Crenshaw, he was a retired farmer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Bridgeport chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Lavina Coleman of Bridgeport; two nephews, Johnny Coleman of Decatur and Randy Coleman of Bridgeport; and two nieces, Sheri Coleman of Galveston, and Ann Roberts.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
Published Sunday, January 29, 2006

Crenshaw, Joshua Leon ‘Tex’
1985-2006
Funeral for Joshua Leon “Tex” Crenshaw, 21, of Lathrop, Mo., formerly of Paradise, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel in Iowa Park. The Rev. Darwin Stroud of First Assembly of God in Electra will officiate. Burial will follow in New Electra Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Crenshaw died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, in Boonsville.
Born Jan. 29, 1985, in Odessa, he was employed as a construction engineer for L&L Communication Services. He was also a member of the volunteer fire department in Lathrop.
He is survived by his mother, Sherri Myers of Paradise; his father, Thomas Crenshaw of Lathrop; his step-mother, Lisa Miller of Skieston, Mo.; his step-father, Leonard Myers of Paradise; two sisters, Trina Crenshaw of Bridgeport and Misty Crenshaw of Decatur; a brother, Eric Crenshaw of Lathrop; a step-brother and step-sister, Anthony and Ashley Miller of Skieston; his grandmother, Tommie Crenshaw of Odessa; his grandparents, Gary and Nell GoForth of Electra; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Published Thursday, September 28, 2006

Crownover, Eleanor May
1916-2006

Service for Eleanor May Crownover, 89, of Boyd will be Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Garvin Methodist Church in Boyd. The Revs. Terry Kizer and Carl Gardner will officiate. Burial will follow in Garvin Cemetery.
Crownover died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born May 9, 1916, in Artesia N.M., she was a retired employee of Poco Graphite, a computer department supervisor and the former owner of a beauty shop in Boyd. She married James Melvin Crownover in 1940 in Wise County.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Sally Whiteknight; and three brothers, Charles, Junior and John Clemans.
Survivors are her son, Joe Crownover and wife, Becky, of Arlington; grandson Todd Crownover and wife, Debra, of Boyd; three great-grandchildren, T.J., Crystal and Christine; brother, Richard Clemans and wife, Janette, of Missouri; her sister-in-law, Opal Clemans of Paradise; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Vess, Gary Munn, Bobby West, Eddie Leavell, Jessie Pierrard, Samie Erwin, Coy Cleveland and Larry McBride.
Published Sunday, February 12, 2006

Curley, Muriel A.
1921-2006

Service for Muriel A. Curley, 85, of Runaway Bay will be Friday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport.
Curley died Thursday, May 4, 2006.
Born March 15, 1921, in Johnson County to Jessie Frances and James Madison Atkins, Curley was a retired executive secretary for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Stephen Curley.
She is survived by her son, Michael Curley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to the memorial fund at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport or to a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, May 18, 2006

Davis, Florine ‘Flossie’
1915-2006

Funeral for Florine “Flossie” Davis, 90, of Denton was March 21 at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Thomas O. Brumett and Johnny Irish officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Davis died Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Denton.
Born May 19, 1915, in Hosston, La., to Thomas and Nina Eubanks, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Texas Department of Transportation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Gordon Davis.
She is survived by three daughters, Sarah J. Jorgenson of Decatur, Linda J. Valcik of Plano and Florence Davis-O’Bryan and husband, Charles, of Denton; seven grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.
Pallbearers were Tony Brown, Curtis Perrymore, Nick Valcik, Eric Valcik, Stephen Reeves, James Bollengier and Rick Ivy.
Published Thursday, March 23, 2006

Davis, Hoyt W.
1925-2006

Graveside service for Hoyt W. Davis, 80, of Paradise was Jan. 5 at Cottondale Cemetery in Cottondale. Dr. Robert Worley officiated.
Davis died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 7, 1925, in Waco he was a machinist and was involved in construction and demolition. He served in the Navy during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise; and a daughter, Beverly Taylor.
He is survived by two daughters, Diane Adams and husband, Lonnie, of Paradise, and Shirley Edwards and husband, Ronnie, of Bridgeport; and five grandchildren, Wendy and Daniel Adams, and Blake, Jason and Trena Edwards.
Pallbearers were Daniel Adams, Blake Edwards, Jason Edwards, Terry McBride, Michael McBride and David McBride.
Published Sunday, January 8, 2006

Davis, Lois Thomas
1917-2006

Funeral for Lois Thomas Davis, 89, of Newark was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the First Baptist Church in Newark. The Rev. Dan Hunt was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Dido Cemetery.
Davis died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 6, 1917, to Clifford and Gertie (Hodges) Thomas in Dallas County, she was a homemaker who married Bill Davis on May 24, 1937, in Smithfield. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Newark.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Ann Hall.
She is survived by a son, Alan Davis of Newark; two daughters, Carolyn Krebbs and her husband, J.W., and Patricia Lewis, all of Newark; two grandsons, Michael and Mark Davis; five granddaughters, Gayle Rodgers, Darlene Trumble, Sharon Thompson, Melanie Childers and Martha Davis; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Claude Thomas.
Pallbearers were to be Scott Davis, Jerry Patton, Cokey Kelley, Dennis McCreary, Rusty Stierwalt and James Edgemon.
Published Sunday, November 5, 2006

Davis, Stephen Ray
1949-2006
Graveside service for Stephen Ray Davis, 57, of Perrin was June 2 at Perrin Memorial Gardens in Perrin.
Born March 27, 1949, in Kermit, Davis died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in Jacksboro.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Davis; two sons, Daniel Davis and Danny Davis and wife, Jaime, of Bridgeport; two brothers, Stanley and James Davis; a sister, Lydia Moore; and four grandchildren, Courtney, Skylar, Carra and Aimee Davis.
Published Sunday, June 4, 2006

De Prisco, Salvatore
1923-2006

No service has been set for Salvatore De Prisco Sr., 82, of Decatur.
De Prisco died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, in Decatur.
Born May 14, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., De Prisco owned Smith Town Roofing.
He married Carmela (Banbara) De Prisco Jan. 26, 1947, in Hollis, N.Y.
He is survived by Carmela De Prisco of Decatur; a son, Salvatore De Prisco Jr.; a daughter, Roseann Schaub of Decatur; a brother, Matt De Prisco of New York: three sisters, Mae Mowti of California, Ann Skeen of Florida and Rea Geronimo of Florida; and three grandchildren.
Published Thursday, February 23, 2006

Defrates, Doris Jean Burk
1939-2006

Service for Doris Jean Burk Defrates, 66, of Bowie was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to be in Sweetwater.
Defrates died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Bowie.
Born April 28, 1939, in Rhome, she was a teacher.
She was preceded in death by a son.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Defrates of Bowie; five sons, Tommy Wright of Boyd, Tim Wright of Hurst, Scott Wright of Houston, Mike Collins of Crowell and Guy Collins of Huntsville; five step-children, Marty Defrates of Manchester, Ill., Tom Defrates and Deb Treece of Waverly, Ill., Harold Collins of Woodson, Ill., and Darlyn Bruton of Cleburne; a brother, Sonny Burk of Decatur; a sister, Colleen Arnold of Bowie; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, February 5, 2006  

DeLeon, Donna Marie Burrows
1964-2006

Service for Donna Marie Burrows DeLeon, 42, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Margarito Lara was to officiate. Burial was to be at Thomas Cemetery.
Burrows DeLeon died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 2, 1964, in Tahlequah, Okla., to Donald McClane and Ruth Horah she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Laisa Ann Burrows.
She is survived by her husband, Santos DeLeon of Bridgeport; a son, Cerjio Guadalupe of Guatemala; her mother of Bridgeport; a brother, Rollie Dean Burrows of Bridgeport; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Silvester and Maria DeLeon of Guatemala; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Jesus Delgado, Luiz Amador, Elijico Campos, Homer Lara, Roman DeLeon and Roger York.
Published Sunday, July 9, 2006

Denton, Novella Ruth Easley
1943-2006
Memorial service for Novella Ruth Easley Denton, 83, of Weatherford was Friday, Aug. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Raymond Horne officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Denton died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in Weatherford.
Born July 27, 1923, in Bridgeport, she was a retired school secretary for the Bridgeport Independent School District. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Denton.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Read and husband, Truman, of Paradise and Paula Reed and husband, Glenn, of Decatur; three grandchildren, Reggie and wife, Shellie, Randy and wife, Christi, and Monty and wife, Tessa; seven great-grandchildren, Justin, Reese, Ryhan, Vanessa, Daxen, Paige and Kylie; a sister, Lucille Weatherly; and sisters-in-law, Leatrice Denton, Lorene Denton and Joyce Easley.
Pallbearers were Harvey, Johnny and Mike Weatherly, Pat Denton, Tommy Denton IV and Justin Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Chad Easley, Neil Cobb, and Quanah, Bob, Gene, Steve, Stan, Don, Byron, Tommy, Johnny, Jimmy and Jessie Denton.
Published Sunday, August 27, 2006

DePrisco, Carmela
1925-2006
A memorial for Carmela DePrisco, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
DePrisco died Saturday, May 20, 2006, in Decatur.
Born March 7, 1925, in Jamaica, N.Y., she was the owner and business manager of Smithtown Roofing. She married Salvatore DePrisco Jan. 26, 1947, in Hollis, N.Y., and attended the Brown Business School in Jamaica.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her son, Salvatore DePrisco Jr. of Westchester, Pa.; a daughter, Roseann Schaub of Decatur; two brothers, Frank Bambara of Islip, N.Y., and Joseph Bambara of Bohemia, N.Y.; and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Published Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dixon, Tammy Denise
1958-2006
Funeral for Tammy Denise Dixon, 48, of Granbury was Friday, Nov. 24, at Crossroads Prayer Center in Granbury. Burial followed at Granbury Cemetery.
Dixon died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, in Granbury.
She was born Nov. 5, 1958, in Cleburne to Louise May and D.C. Webb.
She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Don “Rock” Webb.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Dixon; a daughter, Tina Miachel and her husband, John; her father and stepmother, D.C. and Marcia Webb; four brothers, Roy Roberts, Eddie Roberts and his wife, Cathy, Cody Roberts and his wife, Marcy, and Buddy Webb; three sisters, Dee Ann, Serena and Hope Webb; and a grandchild, James Miachel.
Published Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dixson, Bernice
1929-2006
Graveside service for Bernice Dixson, 77, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Dixson died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 18, 1929, in Bridgeport to Richard McDaniel and Florence Sanders, she was a waitress who attended Bible Baptist Church. She married Wiley Dixson in August 1968.
She is survived by three sons, Jackie Teague of Bridgeport, Jerry Teague and wife, Marsha, and Roy Teague and wife, Pattie, all of Chico; five sisters, Essie Grisham, Ann Deaton, Cora Beth Read, Bess Bode and Janice Garrett; a brother, Jack McDaniel of Bridgeport; six grandchildren, Colleen, Jackie Jr., Tammy, Christi, Trent and Kerri Teague; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, December 24, 2006

Doyle, Nelda Catherine Flowers
1941-2006
Graveside service for Nelda Catherine Flowers Doyle, 64, of Fort Worth will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Boyd Cemetery.
Doyle died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 17, 1941, in Decatur to Ernest and Bertha Flowers, she was raised in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, E.J. “Tex” Flowers and Harvey Flowers.
She is survived by her husband, James; two daughters, Melissa Flanagain and husband, Duane, and Tina Goree and husband, Eric; two grandchildren, Karlie Flanagain and Erika Goree; a brother, the Rev. H. Laverne Flowers; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Texas in Fort Worth.
Published Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dukes, Clyde ‘Red’
1919-2006

Services for Clyde “Red” Dukes, 87, of Bridgeport were Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport and at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Allison School Gym in Allison. Burial was at Wheeler Cemetery. Ray Cook, Britt Doty and Joe Wayne Richardson officiated.
Dukes died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 26, 1919, in Jack County, he was the owner and operator of Allison Implement. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He married Anna Furter on July 2, 1977, in Paradise.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Dukes; two sons, Jimmie Dukes and Claude Pewitt; a grandson, Johnny Wayne Dukes; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Terrell.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anna Dukes of Bridgeport; four daughters, Dianna Chatham and husband, Tom, of Halfmoon Bay, Calif., Cindy Starnes and husband, Jim, of Destin, Fla., Adeline Hammer and husband, Jack, of Panhandle, and Sylvia Richardson and husband, Joe, of Paradise; five sons, Johnnie Dukes and wife, Nelda, of Fort Worth, Bob Dukes and wife, Peggy, of Amarillo, Clyde Dukes Jr. and wife, Jane, of Briscoe, Melvin Pewitt and wife, LaNell, of Bridgeport, and Jim Pewitt and wife, Shirley, of Paradise; a brother, Jim Dukes; a sister, Minnie Belle Vinson; 24 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Greg Smith, Terry Garcia, Robert Ryan, Leon and Kendall Dethloff, Colter Dody, Wayne Terrell, Joe Bruce, Heath Turner, Jacob Morris, and Ronnie, Kevin and Jimmy Pewitt.
Published Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dukes, Mary Christine
1921-2006

Funeral for Mary Christine Dukes, 84, of Bridgeport will be Monday, June 26, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in Fort Bliss. The Fort Bliss chaplain will officiate.
Dukes died Monday, June 19, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Dukes was born August 23, 1921 in Brantley, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Dukes.
She is survived by a daughter, Marguarette Roberts and husband, Travis, of Decatur; grandchildren, Deborah Whitaker of Seattle, Wash., Tamara Grall of Amarillo and Sonja Scanlan of El Paso; and great-grandchildren, Madeline Grall and Justin Scanlan.
Published Thursday, June 22, 2006

Duncan, Rena ‘Bo’
1911-2006

Graveside service for Rena “Bo” Duncan, 94, of Bridgeport was April 28 at Wimberly Cemetery in Shelby County.
Duncan died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 3, 1911, in Shelbyville, to Eli and Azlee Furlow Cassel, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Duncan, and her son, Jack Duncan Sr.
She is survived by her grandchildren, P. Jack Duncan Jr. of Carrollton, Karen Robertson of Princeton, Sharon Talley of Midland, Judy Gail Duncan of Odessa and Danny Harper of Tyler; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 30, 2006

Eagan, Mary Opal
1911-2006
Graveside service for Mary Opal Eagan of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Ken May was to officiate. Visitation was to be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Coker Funeral Home.
Eagan died Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 2, 1911, in Hico, Eagan was a retired retail salesperson. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Odessa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Leslie Eagan.
Survivors include a daughter, Joette Davis and husband, Roland, of Granbury; brother, Charles Hixson of Lewisville; two granddaughters, Deeann Archer of Decatur and Nancy Skodack of Bartonville; and two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 9, 2006

Eakman, Terra Lynn
1991-2006

Funeral for Terra Lynn Eakman, 15, of Decatur was Wednesday, April 19 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Bill Hughes officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Eakman died Saturday, April 15, 2006, in Azle.
Born March 7, 1991, in Denton, she was a student at Boyd High School and a member of Grace Baptist Church.
She is survived by her parents, Terry and Debbie Eakman of Decatur; two brothers, Jay Eakman of Arlington and Terry David Eakman of Decatur; two sisters, Christina Moyers of Decatur and Angela Naron of Conroe; her grandparents, Olan and Charlene Eakman and Anita McGuire, all of Decatur; and a great-grandmother, Vivian North of Decatur.
Published Sunday, April 23, 2006

Edwards, F.W. ‘Freddy’
1920-2006

Graveside service for F.W. “Freddy” Edwards, 85, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Deacon Barney Rodriguez was to officiate.
Edwards died Thursday, July 13, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born July 22, 1920, in Eddy, he was a retired Air Force master sergeant. He enlisted in the Air Force on Sept. 20, 1941, and retired on Oct. 31, 1963. He was a Methodist and married Paula Ball on April 3, 1983, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Fred Edwards Jr. of Temple; a stepdaughter, Jerry Mullins of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Robyn, Gregg, Shannon and Heather; and great-grandchildren Noah, Nicholas, Brooke and Bailey.
A flag presentation was to be conducted by the Wise County Veterans Group.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Scholarship Fund.
Published Sunday, July 16, 2006

Eisenman, Frank Albert, Jr.
1947-2006

Service for Frank Albert Eisenman Jr., 58, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Balsora Baptist Church. The Rev. Matthew Norton was to officiate. Burial was to follow in Willow Point Cemetery.
Eisenman died Saturday, March 4, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 15, 1947, in Fort Worth to Frank Sr. and Nettie Marie Eisenman, he was a machinist. He served in Vietnam in 1967. He was a talented and accomplished musician, horseman and computer technician. He loved animals.
He married his wife Phyllis on June 22, 1980, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Don Eisenman, and a grandson, Zachary Flores.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Michelle and partner Tim; two sons, Ricky and wife Angel, and Joe Bob and wife Jeanette; six grandchildren, Shayla, Isaac, Zane, Lainey, Cole and Destiny; five honorary grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Josh, Mackenzie and Jayce; a brother, Gerald Eisenman and wife Joyce of Danville, Ky.; a sister, Ann Purselley and husband C.D. of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ricky Townsley, Joe Bob Townsley, Tim Windham, Jim Hughes, Jody Baird, Gerald Eisenman, C.D. Purselley, Jeremy Windham and Glen Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Jones, Porter Hodgson and Jimmy Dawson.
Published Sunday, March 5, 2006

Eison, Ann North
1957-2006

Service for Ann North Eison, 48, of Decatur was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate. Burial was to be at Pleasant Grove No. 1.
Eison died Monday, March, 6, 2006, in Denton.
Born Dec. 22, 1957, in Decatur, she was a self-employed graphic designer. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur.
She married Ronald Ray Eison on July 12, 1979, in Abilene.
She is survived by her husband of Decatur; her mother, Eva Jo North of Decatur; a daughter, Erica Eison of Decatur; three sons, J. Bart, Garrett and Adam Eison of Decatur; a brother, Gregg North of Brownwood; a sister, Neysa Harris of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Robert Gage, Danny Whitaker, Preston Cocanougher, Robert Cocanougher, Tim Woodruff, Jim Morgan and Joey Christian.
Memorials may be to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church mission fund.
Published Sunday, March 5, 2006

Englehart, Deleda ‘Dee’ Mae
1938-2006

Funeral for Deleda ‘Dee” Mae Englehart, 67, of Arlington was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. Burial was to follow at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville.
Englehart died Friday, March 31, 2006, in Arlington.
Born May 23, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., to Walter James and Ruby Mae Walsh, she moved to Decatur in 1974 and opened D&K Upholstery in 1977. She renamed the shop Decorator’s Choice Upholstery and moved it to Euless and then to Grapevine. When she retired in 2003, she sold her shop and spent time RVing. She was a member of the Lone Star Single Sams RVing club. She spent one weekend a month camping and the others with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading as well as playing card games and slot machines.
She was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Cynthia Dee in 1968 and a sister, Pat Hargrove in 1995.
She is survived by three sons, Jim Englehart and wife, Dana, of Decatur, Tim Englehart and wife, Lisa, of Arlington, and David Englehart and wife, Shanyn, of Arlington; a daughter, Barbara Bonnet of Grapevine; eight grandchildren, Chris Englehart, Jay Eakman and wife, Shelley, Brandi Bonnet, Denarae “Corki” Torres and husband, Bobby, Wade Englehart and wife, Cindy, and Stormie, Bailey and Logan Englehart; two great-grandchildren, Jessinia Torres and Haylie Eakman; two sisters, Ann Embry and husband, Bill, of Lewisville and Mary Sprinkle and husband, Ralph, of Carrollton; as well as other family members.
Published Thursday, April 6, 2006

Evans, Peggy Joan
1931-2006
Memorial service for Peggy Joan Evans, 74, of Paradise was Aug. 22 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated. Burial followed at Hope Cemetery in Henrietta.
She died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Paradise.
Born Oct. 15, 1931, in Azle to Jesse and Hattie Blackwell Holmes, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Grapevine. She married Walter Loil Evans on Aug. 11, 1949, in Grapevine.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Dorothy Bailey.
She is survived by a son, Mike Evans and his partner, Linda Powell, of Paradise; two daughters, Susan Messick and husband, Bruce, of Paradise and Candy McKenzie and fiance, James Williams, of Paradise; five grandchildren, Eric, Candi, Jason, Lee and Jake; three great-grandchildren, Teresa, Erika and Seth; and a sister, Rhea Brickell of Weatherford.
Pallbearers were Eric Evans, Lee Lovato, Jake McKenzie, Jason Evans, Shannon Keener and Kalo Evans.
Published Thursday, August 24, 2006

Evans, Richard G.
1920-2006
Graveside service for Raymond G. Evans, 86, of Alvord will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Alvord Cemetery. Gerre Joiner will officiate.
Evans died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Richardson.
Born Feb. 10, 1920, in Alvord, he was a retired mechanic for Hobbs Trailers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Louise in March 2004.
He is survived by a great-niece, Amanda (Amy) Rollins.
Published Thursday, August 31, 2006

Falsey, Donald Patrick
1942-2006

No service is scheduled for Donald Patrick Falsey, 63, of Newark.
Falsey died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Decatur.
Born July 20, 1942, in Courtland, N.Y., to Donald Matthew and Florabelle Falsey, he worked in drywall construction.
He married Anne Snyder Falsey on Sept. 30, 1961, in Syracuse, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Donald Robert Falsey and Mike Falsey and his wife, Kandy, all of Newark; two daughters, Gail Kathleen Shepperd and her husband, Bradley, of Euless, and Angela Marie Brogdon of Newark; his mother; his brother, Lawrence Falsey; two sisters, Barbara Millitello and Rosemary Hough; and five grandchildren Kit, Brittany, Tiffany, Samantha and Zach.
Published Sunday, February 5, 2006

Farley, Bobbie Elaine
1927-2006
Graveside service for Bobbie Elaine Farley, 78, of Newark was Jan. 17 at Mount Olivet in Fort Worth. Zachery Henry officiated.
Farley died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 30, 1927, to Robert and Lois Haley Jemison, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, Terry Constant of North Richland Hills and Jim Farley of Newark.
Published Thursday, January 19, 2006

Farquhar, Ruth G.
1919-2006
Funeral for Ruth G.Farquhar, 86, of Lampasas will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at the First Street Church of Christ in Lampasas. The Rev. Kevin Haynes will officiate. Interment will follow at Straley Cemetery in Adamsville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas.
Farquhar died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 30, 1919, in Sulphur Springs to William Franklin Green and Ruby Alice Ward Green, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Street Church of Christ. She married Ruben Claude Farquhar on May 28, 1936, in San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, six sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by a daugher, Nell Cook of Decatur; a son, Jerry Farquhar of Lampasas; sisters, Floy Caudle of Sulphur Springs and Verna Wood of Temple; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fine, Calvin Dale
1952-2006
Funeral for Calvin Dale Fine, 54, of Milsap was Sept. 13 in Decatur. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Fine died Sept. 10, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born July 23, 1952, in Amarillo to Clifford and Wanda Fine, he was a truck driver and a member of the Baptist Friendship Church of Amarillo.
He is survived by his parents; a son, Chris Fine of Tacoma, Wash.; two daughters, Shawna Raby of Seattle, Wash., and Regina Rea Fine of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Tom Fine of Decatur; and seven grandchildren.
Published Thursday, September 14, 2006

Finley, Michael David
1949-2005
Graveside service for Michael David Finley, 56, of Arlington was Monday, Jan. 2 at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Finley died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, in Fort Worth.
Born May 14, 1949, in Paradise to James and Kathryn Read Finley, he was a truck driver and served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his father; his brother, James Eugene Finley, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Finley.
He is survived by his companion, Debbie Taylor of Arlington; two sons, Michael John Finley and Mark Finley, both of Paradise; a stepson, Todd Messenger of Alabama; his mother; two brothers, Bill Finley and wife, Sheila of Bluff Dale and Stephen Finley and wife, Tonya of Lake Kiowa; two sisters, Janet Cottle of Chandler and Sharon Hunter of Murchison; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published Thursday, January 5, 2006

Fisher, Nellie Glassie Shuptrine Ivey
1914-2006
Funeral for Nellie Glassie Shuptrine Ivey Fisher, 92, of Bridgeport was Sept. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Belton. The Revs. Darren Walker and Johnny Irish officiated. Burial followed at North Belton Cemetery.
Fisher died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born June 28, 1914, in Jonesboro to John Earl and Clara Lillian (Reynolds) Glassie Sr., she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport and was a retired civil service employee.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Ernest Shuptrine, Burtram Ivey and the Rev. William S. Fisher; three brothers, Lee Glassie, John Earl Glassie Jr. and Walter Glassie; and a son-in-law, George Moore.
She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Culpepper and husband, Evan, of Decatur, Patricia Moore of Belton and Susan Peters and husband, Charles, of League City; a son, Ernest Ivey and wife, Joan, of Surprise, Ariz.; two stepchildren, Bliss Fisher Dodd of Hurst and William Stanley Fisher and wife, Ella, of Los Gatos, Calif.; and 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, September 17, 2006

Flanary, Eva
1921-2006
Service for Eva Flanary, 85, of Alvord will be held in Idaho following cremation.
Flanary died Friday, Sept.1, 2006, in Decatur.
Born March 8, 1921, in Berry County, Mo., to Ranson and Ola Blades, she married Carl Leon Flanary on May 4, 1940.
She is survived by a daughter, Anna Cardova of Alvord; a son, Troy Flanary of El Sonora, Calif.; two brothers, Burton Blades of Nampa, Idaho, and Wayne Blades of Verona, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, September 3, 2006

Flusche, Regina Anna
1916-2006

Funeral for Regina Anna Flusche, 90, of Decatur was Dec. 2 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lindsay. The Rev. Ron Scheible officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Flusche died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, in Muenster.
Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Lindsay to John P. and Maria (Mary) Sandmann Neu, she was a homemaker. She was 2 1/2 years old when her mother died in 1918 in the flu epidemic. Her father married Margaret Schmidlkofer Neu, who was the only mother she knew. She attended Lindsay School.
On Feb. 26, 1935, she married Conrad Max Flusche in St. Peter’s Church in Lindsay. They lived in Muenster for one year then moved to Decatur. Conrad Flusche and his brothers Al and Lawrence brought their Flusche Brothers partnership to Decatur from Muenster as Ford dealers and bus depot managers.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing and working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur and its Ladies Altar Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad, in 1972; two sons, James and Jerry; a daughter-in-law, Sally Flusche; three granddaughters, Cynthia Savage, Joyce Knabe and Julia Schmidlkofer; a grandson, Mitchel Hurley; a great-granddaughter, Kayla Sicking; a great-grandson, Lucas Krahl; infant sister Elise Neu; sisters Bernadine Schmidlkofer, Sister Mary Olive Neu, C.D.P. and Elizabeth Green; and brothers John Jr., Frank and Herman Neu.
She is survived by two daughters, Viola Schmidlkofer and husband, Joe, of Lindsay and Evelyn Sicking and husband, Jerry, of Muenster; a daughter-in-law, Judy Flusche of Decatur; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Stephen and Victor Schmidlkofer, Darwin Sicking and Carl, Conrad and Richard Flusche.
The family requests memorials be made for research to prevent blindness or to cure diseases.
Published Sunday, December 10, 2006

Forbes, Nellie ‘Eileen’ Reeves
1915-2006

Funeral for Nellie “Eileen” Reeves Forbes, 90, of Kennedale, formerly of Decatur, was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Rusty Hedges and Thomas O. Brumett were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Forbes died Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Kennedale.
Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Potomac, Ill., to Clell and Hazel Reeves, she was a graduate of Potomac High School and attended nurse’s training in Danville, Ill., and business school. She was employed by the Illinois Office of Defense Transportation during World War II.
She met her husband, William Stephen Forbes, while he was stationed at Chanute Air Field and they were married Oct. 20, 1946, in Potomac. They moved to Decatur in 1968 and joined the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Decatur Woman’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by three sons, William Forbes Jr. of Dallas, Dan Forbes and wife, Cathy, of Arlington, and Kris Forbes and wife, Mary, of Lexingtion, Ky.; two grandchildren, Alan Forbes and Leslie Forbes, both of Lexington; and a sister, Ardith Orr of Gifford, Ill.
The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Decatur or to a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ford, Dorothy
1925-2006

Memorial service for Dorothy Ford, 80, of Azle was Feb. 25, 2006, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Kenneth Jones officiated.
Ford died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Weatherford.
Born Dec. 6, 1925, in Wichita Falls, she was a long-time employee of Decatur Laundry and Cleaners before moving to the Azle area. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.G. “Boots” Ford; a son, Floyd Ford; a daughter, Faye Dugan; grandsons Chuck Ford and Doug Dugan; and a great-grandchild, Dallie Tackett.
She is survived by her son, Tommy Ford and wife, Sheila, of Azle; five daughters, Frances Bennett and husband, Eddie, Elaine Hearn and Pearl Martin and husband, Danny, all of Azle, Diann Tackett-Cole and husband, David, of Bridgeport and Peggy Kirkpatrick and husband, John, of Fort Worth; her brother, the Rev. Kenneth Jones of Arlington; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bert Ryan, Greg Jones, Tommy Dugan, Dean Meadows, Roger Mercer, and Kent Scott. Honorary pallbearers were Alan Parr and Cliff Lambert.
Published Thursday, March 2, 2006

Foreman, Travis E. ‘Chuck’
1944-2006
Service for Travis E. “Chuck” Foreman, 62, of Richardson was May 30 at Veterans National Cemetery in Dallas.
Foreman died Sunday, May 21, 2006.
Born Feb. 4, 1944, in Paradise to Ruth and Travis D. Foreman, he was valedictorian of his Bridgeport High School graduating class. He received a BBA degree from the University of North Texas and after serving in the U.S. Air Force, he began a career in banking as vice president of acquisitions for Mercantile Bank in Dallas. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family at the lake and in Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Leon.
Survivors include his daughter, Kim Wenshau and husband, Mark; his son, Steven Foreman; former wife, Kerry McMillen; brother, Lannie Foreman; two sisters, Neta Briggs, and Betty McKinnie; grandchildren, Chase and Blake; brother-in-law Steve McMillen; and mother-in-law, Twila McMillan.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of choice.
Published Sunday, June 4, 2006

Franks, Anthony Dale ‘Tony’
1967-2006
Funeral for Anthony Dale (Tony) Franks, 38, of Valley View and formerly of Decatur, was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the chapel at the Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton. The Rev. Carl Robertson was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Franks died Sunday, July 30, 2006, in Springtown.
Born Aug. 27, 1967, in Denton to Charles Sidney Franks and Julia Ann Stuckey Franks, he was a roofer with the Lake Kiowa Roofing Co.
He is survived by a daughter, Cathleen Ruth Franks of Denton; two sons, Charles Anthony Franks and Benjamin Dale Franks, both of Springtown; his mother and stepfather, Judy and Anthony Garcia of Krum; his father, Charles Franks, of Gainesville; two sisters, Shelly Franks of Gainesville and Karen Vess of Krum; and three brothers, Wayne Vess of Krum, Gene Franks of Springtown and Gary Don Franks of Beaumont.
Published Sunday, August 6, 2006

Freeman, Noble Dean
1940-2006
Funeral for Noble Dean Freeman, 66, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Jones Family Funeral Home with Kenny Cates officiating.
Freeman died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, in Boyd.
Born March 17, 1940, in Colbert, Okla., to Charles Lester and Grace Lee Helton Briscoe, she was a licensed vocational nurse who enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Harrisville, Mich., and the Fort Worth Anglers Club of Azle.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Sonny Briscoe; three sisters, Charlcie Garner, Mandy Mayes and Dolly Zito; and a son, Charles Arron Freeman.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Crowson, of Boyd; two daughters, Linda Cole and Didra Lee, both of Paradise; a stepdaughter, Becky Huckabee of Grapevine; two brothers, Lester Briscoe of Euless and Jack Briscoe of Petty; four grandchildren, Casey and Cory Cole and Justin and Jonathan Lee; and four stepgrandchildren, Adam, Jason and Micah Huckabee and Shelby Crowson.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, December 28, 2006

Frymyer, Gaynell Holmes
1948-2006

There will be no funeral for Gaynell Holmes Frymyer, 58, of Newark.
Frymyer died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in Newark.
Born Dec. 11, 1948, in Arab, Ala., she was a bartender.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Frymyer of Lake Worth; son, Robert Scott Shufeldt and wife, Tina, of Fort Worth; two daughters, Kimberly Jacob of Fort Worth and Dawn Baucom of North Richland Hills; and three grandchildren, Jerry, Michael and Anthony.
Published Sunday, December 31, 2006

Gage, Billie Glenn
1927-2006
Funeral for Billie Glenn Gage, 79, of Decatur was Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Jack Gatewood officiated. Interment followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Gage died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 6, 1927, in Sycamore, he was a home builder.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Gage, of Decatur; three sons, David Gage and wife, Mary, of Gunter and Brian Gage and wife, Laine, and Brent Gage and wife, Clydette, all of Decatur; a brother, Roger Gage of Decatur; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Craig Talley, Danny Whitaker, Robbie Hanlan, Brett Shannon, Lynn Hachtel, Forest Fritcher, Hoss Hudson and Bobby Terrell.
Published Thursday, September 7, 2006

Gage, Donnie Jean
1932-2006
Graveside service for Donnie Jean Gage, 74, of Decatur was Monday, Oct. 9, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Gage died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, in Decatur.
Born May 1, 1932, in Decatur to Johnnie Hays and Leona (Pounds) Crowder, she was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was a volunteer at Wise Regional Health System. She enjoyed the outdoors and spent countless hours at the nature conservatory at Mad Island in Matagorda County.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Rohus.
She is survived by a son, Steven Gage of Fort Worth; a daughter, Marsha Gage of Decatur; and two grandchildren, Tiger Rohus and Whitney Gage.
Pallbearers were Scott Gates, Richard Brown, Marshall Fox, Terry Coffey, Jess Meador and Robert Mote.
Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy (Matagorda Island) 4245 Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, Va. 22203.
Published Thursday, October 12, 2006

Gage, Lena Luellen
1920-2006

Memorial service for Lena Luellen Gage, 85, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Gage died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 17, 1920, in Boyd, she worked in human resources for the State of Texas. She married Buddie Gage and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen McGraw and husband, Pat, of Bridgeport and Kathy Switzer and husband, Robert, of The Colony; two sons, Ronnie Gage and wife, Stephanie, of Sherman and Robert Gage and wife, Leisa, of Decatur; a brother, Grady Lewis and wife, Maxine, of Phoenix, Ariz.; ten grandchildren, Zachary and Tara Switzer, Justin and Jordan McGraw, Lindsay Banks, and Chris, Drew, James, Jessica and Julianne Gage; and two great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 5, 2006

Gage, SaraLu
1921-2006

Funeral for SaraLu Gage, 84, of Decatur was Tuesday, June 20, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Johnny Irish officiated. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetry.
She died Friday, June 16, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 13, 1921, in Lilly, Ga., to Vaudry and Georgia Smith, she owned and operated Chalet of Jewelry. She married Rex Gage Aug. 28, 1944, in Orlando, Fla.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Cyndi Fernihough and husband, Bill, of Decatur; a sister, Charlotte Haight of Bedford Hills, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Trey Fernihough and wife, Breanne, and Chris Fernihough and wife, Micah, all of Decatur; and one great-grandchild, Madelyn Fernihough of Decatur.
Pallbearers were Chris Fernihough, Trey Fernihough, Chaz Deaton, Warren Thompson, Sam Renshaw, Jimmy Cunnius, Jimmy Armes and Joe Sloan.
Published Thursday, June 22, 2006

Galloway, Leon
1927-2006
Funeral for Leon Galloway, 79, of Boyd was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Van Gardner was to officiate, assisted by Marqus Wilson. Burial was to be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dixie Cemetery in Whitesboro.
Galloway died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, in Boyd.
Born June 10, 1927, to Carl and Reda (Sasser) Wilson in Cooke County, he was a retired sheet metal worker at LTV and was a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received a Victory Medal. He married Geneva Wilson on Aug. 26, 1950, in Arlington. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and of the American Quarter Horse Association.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth Galloway and an infant son; and two brothers, Clifford and Renea Galloway.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geneva Galloway of Boyd; two sons, Lonnie Galloway and wife, Linda, of Newark and Joe Lyn Galloway and wife, Carolyn, of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Sharlene Sims and husband, Danny, of Decatur; a daughter-in-law, Pam Galloway of Keeter; seven grandchildren, Christian, Brandy, Cody, Sarah, Mary, Allie and Samuel; six great-grandchildren, Lauren, Zachary, Catherine, Nicholas, William and Lillian; and a sister, Margaret Stone of Arkansas.
Pallbearers were to be Tommy Galloway, Dan Kelly Jr., Judge James Wilson, Ric Wilson, Nolan Warner and David Kiepee.
Published Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gamble, Danny George
1952-2006
Graveside service for Danny George Gamble, 54, of Decatur was Thursday at Chico Cemetery. Tim Staub officiated.
Gamble died July 17, 2006, in San Antonio.
He was born Feb. 18, 1952, in Chochilla, Calif., to James Ray Gamble and Lillian Erma Armstrong Gamble.
Survivors include three sisters, Helen Thorp of Mcqueeney, Nell North of Fort Worth and Nancy Osborn of Marion; and two brothers, Glen Gamble of Marion, and Billy Gamble of Bridgeport.
Published Sunday, July 23, 2006

Gammage, Mae Pitts
1926-2006
Memorial service for Mae Pitts Gammage, 79, of Bridgeport was to be Saturday, May 20, at Twin Oaks Assembly of God in Bridgeport. Les Diviney was to officiate.
Gammage died Monday, May 1, 2006, in Decatur.
She was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Bridgeport to Everett and Myrtle Pitts.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Norma Jean Shaw of Bridgeport, and sister-in-law Bobbie Pitts of Lake Bridgeport.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Clarence Gammage of Bridgeport; two sons, Johnny Gammage and wife, Patricia, of Granbury, and Jimmy Gammage and wife, Wanda, of Palestine; four grandchildren, Angie Walters and husband, Donny, of Palestine, Rob Gammage and wife Bridget of Chico, Mendi Stewart and husband, John, of Bismark, Ark., and Greg Gammage and wife, Phoebe of Granbury; two brothers, Carlos Pitts of Lake Bridgeport, and Clarence Lee Pitts and wife, Elaine of Willow Point; sister-in-law, Rumell Culps of Decatur; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Published Sunday, May 21, 2006

Gann, Dorothy ‘Dottie’
1924-2006

Funeral for Dorothy “Dottie” Gann, 81, of Chico will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church in Chico. The Revs. Herschall Reed and Adam Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Gann died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born May 29, 1924, in Hillsboro, she was a bookkeeper. She married Eldred D. Gann Feb. 13, 1950, in Fort Worth and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico and the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Cindy, and husband, Luke McKittrick; her son, Mickey Sims; and a grandson, Michael Sims.
She is survived by her grandson, Luke McKittrick and wife, Bobbie, of Bridgeport; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Sims of Whitney; three granddaughters, Deborah McConnell of California, Michelle Otterson and husband, Ted, of Fort Worth and Krissy Sims of Whitney; three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Luke and Brenna McKittrick; and a brother-in-law, George Gann and wife, Sissy, of Granbury.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Wilkins, Lynn Mowery, Roy Teague, Arlon Morris, Eugene Grooms, David Harless, Kenneth Buckner and Gary Britton. Honorary pallbearers will be William McDaniel and Butch South.
Published Thursday, February 9, 2006

Garcia, Bioleta
1987-2006

Service for Bioleta Garcia, 19, of Decatur was April 10 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Gilberto Pansza officiated.
Garcia died Thursday, April 6, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 11, 1987, in Bowie to Severiano and Josefa Garcia, she was a medical receptionist and a 2005 graduate of Bridgeport High School.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sofia Garcia, and grandfather, Ismael Vidal.
Survivors include her fiancé, Teodoro Padron of Decatur; her parents, of Bridgeport; her brother, Samuel Garcia of Bridgeport; her sister Sofia Garcia of Bridgeport; her grandparents, Ruperto Garcia and Angela Bonilla of Mexico; and several aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers were Adam Padron, Rolando Guadalajara, Santos Vidal, Pedro Vidal, Joaquin Pineda and Alex Perez. Honorary pallbearers were Teddy Padron and Samuel Garcia.
Published Thursday, April 13, 2006

Garcia, Maria Carmen
1927-2006
Graveside service for Maria Carmen Garcia, 75, of Bridgeport was April 18 at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Gilberto Pansza officiated.
Garcia died Friday, April 14, 2006, in Bridgeport
Born June 16, 1930, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Valente Mireles.
She is survived by two sons, Jose Mireles and wife Adelaida Martinez and Genaro (Henry) Mireles and wife Mary; a daughter, Maria DeJesus; six brothers; two sisters; seven grandchildren, Theresa, Tammy, Valentin, Joshua, Brenda, Marisol Mireles and Marisa Isabel Castillo; one grandson-in-law; three great-grandchildren; six brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers were Jose Mireles, Felix Oliva, Martin Oliva, Fortino Castillo, Valenten Mireles and Ray Chamberlain.
Published Thursday, April 20, 2006

Garner, Frances L.
1928-2006
Memorial service for Frances L. Garner, 77, of Bridgeport was Jan. 31 in Bridgeport. The Rev. Randy Hardisty and David Kurtz officiated.
Garner died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, in Decatur.
Born March 17, 1928 in Lucedale, Miss., to Charles and Bevie Wynn Yother, Garner was a homemaker and a member of the Zion Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chico. She married Billy Garner Feb. 2, 1957, in Pascagoula, Miss.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Yother.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Debra Ann Wright and husband, Anthony, of Weatherford, and Shay Lynn Beavers and husband, Benny, of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Christina, Jeniffer, John and Crystal; three great-grandchildren, Jenna, Shaya, and Cody; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bob Bible, David Barnes, Leonard Denney, Bob Watkins, Jimmy Kay and Donnie Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Wright, John Wright and Michael Cordell.
Published Thursday, February 2, 2006

Garrett, Eddy Ray
1959-2006

Funeral for Eddy Ray Garrett, 47, of Alvord will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Bill Cleveland and Darrell Shaw will officiate.
Garrett died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 8, 1959, in Decatur to Pat and Loyce Garrett of Alvord, he was a car salesman for James Wood Motors. He married Zenna Lynn Rice on Sept. 27, 1997, in Eureka Springs.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Taylor Cheyenne Garrett.
He is survived by his wife; his parents; sons, Lariat Garrett of Alvord, Chance Garrett of Dallas and Brad and Andy Thompson, both of Alvord; a sister, Mary and Tommy Hampton of Alvord; a niece, Leslie Hampton; and a nephew, Travis Hampton.
Published Sunday, August 6, 2006

Gayan, Robert Dale
1956-2006

Funeral for Robert Dale Gayan, 49, of Paradise was Tuesday, April 25, at First Baptist Church in Cottondale. Charles Pugh officiated. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Gayan died Saturday, April 22, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born July 31, 1956, in Fort Worth, he was an oil field consultant and a dairy farmer. He married Kimberely Marie Adair on April 5, 2002, in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife of Paradise; his parents, Bob and Donna Gayan of Paradise; four daughters, Misty McWilliams of Stephenvllle, and Melaine Tittor, Mindy Cox and Marcy Gayan, all of Paradise; a brother, Michael Gayan of Decatur; a sister, Dianna Banda of Denton; and four grandchildren, Ty Cox, Colby Cox, Emma Tittor and Kooper McWilliams.
Pallbearers were Michael Tittor, Scott Cox, Kyle McWilliams, Willie McCann, Kevin Davis and Tony Rogers. (COMPANY BLAMES EMPLOYEE — XTO Energy said in a press release Tuesday that employee error caused the accident that killed Robert Gayan, 49, of Paradise in Forest Hill on Saturday. The company said there was no equipment malfunction and that Gayan “removed a safety plug from within a valve port in error, while there was pressure on the well head. The safety plug should not have been removed.” The company said “an unexpected blast of water and natural gas escaped from an access point on the well head, fatally striking Mr. Gayan.” Gayan had worked for the company since August.)
Published Thursday, April 27, 2006

Gee, Jerry ‘Tater’
1948-2006

Service for Jerry “Tater” Gee, 57, of Chico was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Crafton Baptist Church. The Revs. Tom Merritt, David McEntire and Kenneth Wood were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Crafton Cemetery.
Gee died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2005, in Wichita Falls.
Born Nov. 28, 1948, in Wichita Falls, he was the owner of D.J.’s Welding. He was a member of Crafton Baptist Church, serving as a church deacon.
He married Jean Maddux on July 22, 1972, in Ryan, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orcle and Lenora Jackson Gee; a sister, Sharon Skidmore; and three nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Gee of Chico; a daughter, Kathy Fisher of Wichita Falls; five sisters, Helen Isabell and husband Jim of Chico, Sylvia Meador and husband Jim of Springtown, JoAnn Tucker and husband Nobie of Chico, Sandra Davis and husband Keith of Weatherford and Pam Cole and husband Tony of Holiday; and a brother, Leon Gee and wife Paulette of Chico.
Pallbearers were to be Jackie Souther Jr., Jeff Meador, Leon Gee Jr., Jerry Gee Jr., Carl Davis and Rickie Fisher. Honorary pallbearers were Kent Davis, Eli Cole, Eric Cole, Adam Cole and David Davis.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
Published Sunday, January 15, 2006

Gibson, Alvin C. ‘Hoot’
1930-2006
Funeral for Alvin C. “Hoot” Gibson, 75, of Crowley was to be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Hallmark Baptist Church of Fort Worth. Burial was to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Gibson died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, in Crowley.
Born Sept. 22, 1930, in Douglasville to Alvin and Lone Gibson, he was a longtime member of Hallmark Baptist Church. He was a master Mason, Scottish Rite, Texarkana Chapter and Council and a past worshipful master of Deer Creek Lodge No. 510. He was a member of Sunrise Daylight Lodge No. 1433. He retired from Wonder Bread Co.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Edgar Gibson and two sisters, Dorothy Tanner and Myra Griffin.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose Mary Hester Gibson; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Caldwell and husband, Paul; a grandson, Daniel Cole Caldwell of Boyd; a sister, Bobbie Jean Scott and husband, Bill, of Texarkana; a sister-in-law, Sue Williams and husband, Jim; a brother-in-law, Herb Hester and wife, Judy; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, February 2, 2006

Gober, Ladean
1918-2006
Funeral for Ladean Gober, 88, of Bridgeport will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Revs. Mike Miller, Johnny Irish and Bill Sublett will officiate. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday prior to the service.
Gober died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 31, 1918, in Chico to Arther and Millie Karnes James, she was a waitress for Hoefle Corner Drug. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1964; a daughter, Glenda Gober; a grandson, Michael Gober; and four brothers, Oscar, L.Z., Ray and Frank James.
She is survived by three sons, Lary Gober and wife, Cynthia, of Bridgeport, Gary Gober of Cleburne and Bob Gober of Keller; grandchildren, Gary, Leo, Leann, Karrie, Ryan and Michelle; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Austin Eustace, Tim and Jeff Green, Mike Pearce, Jesse Denton and Michael Freeman.
Published Thursday, November 23, 2006

Goddard, Beverly Ann
1933-2006
Beverly Ann Goddard, 72, formerly of Chico died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Phoenix, Ariz. Burial will be at Chico Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Rochester, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Goddard; and a granddaughter, Emily Grace Wilson.
She is survived by four daughters, Dianna Dever and husband, Richard, of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Cherri Wilson and Jean Marie Rudd, both of Phoenix, and Reneé Fowler and husband, William, of Merkel; and eight grandchildren, Lena Moffett, Walker Moffett, Tyler Moffett, Rachel Boner, Sarah Fowler, Heather Caldwell, Clark Dever and Grant Dever.
Published Sunday, March 5, 2006

Godwin, Reta
1925-2006
Funeral for Reta Godwin of Arlington, formerly of Decatur, was March 21 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel in Colleyville. Burial followed at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
Godwin died Friday, March 17, 2006, in Arlington. She was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Slidell.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Godwin and William Lands Godwin III, and six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Sue Tatge and husband, Bob, Linda Bounds and husband, Bill, and Jean Richardson and husband, Carl; one son, David Godwin; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Veda Sherman, Ima Ruth Sherman, and Bobbie Rhine; one brother, Kenneth “Sug” Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Robert Rhine, Darrell Rhine, Randy Sherman, Scott Sherman, Allen Cooper and Ken Seifert.
Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice Health Care, 1200 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Published Thursday, March 30, 2006

Goforth, Julia Mae
1926-2006

Funeral for Julia Mae Goforth, 80, of Bridgeport was May 23 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Joe Richardson and Ray Cook officiated. Burial followed at Wilson Prairie Cemetery.
Goforth died Friday, May 19, 2006, in Bastrop, La.
Born Jan. 13, 1926, in Louisiana, she was a homemaker and a member of the Carpenter Street Church of Christ and the Bridgeport Senior Citizens Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleburne Goforth; six brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Pewitt and husband, Jim, of Paradise; three grandchildren, Teresa Bruce and husband, Joe, of Alvord, Robin Dethloff and husband, Leon, of Paradise, and Jimmy Pewitt of Denton; six great-grandchildren, Danielle Morris, Jacob Morris, Kendall Dethloff, Kelton Dethloff, Travis Bruce and Nick Bruce; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Leon Dethloff, Kendall Dethloff, Jacob Morris, Melvin Pewitt, Britt Doty and Jack Richardson.
Published Thursday, May 25, 2006

Goodger, Harris R.
1932-2006
Funeral for Harris R. Goodger, 74, of Parsons, Kansas, and formerly of Decatur, was to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial was to follow at Oswego Cemetery.
Goodger died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, in Parsons.
Born Feb. 6, 1932, in Decatur to Ira Harris and Ethel Florine (Walker) Goodger, he grew up in Decatur and graduated from Decatur High School in 1949. He moved to Fort Worth and graduated from Trinity Valley Baptist Seminary in 1963. He married Frances A. Murray in 1954 and later married Maxine (Forkner) Wiseman in 1976 in Parsons.
He served as pastor of the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Independence, Kan., and moved to Parsons in 1974. He worked for the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant as a production worker until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Parsons.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bryan Ward Goodger; a stepson, Jim Wiseman; and a stepdaughter, Dixie Wyrick.
He is survived by a sister, Delois Ivy of Decatur; his wife, Maxine Wiseman of Parsons; a son, Tim Goodger of Lake Quivira, Kan.; a stepson, Dan Wiseman of Parsons; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 20 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 112 N. 26th, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, Kan. 67357.
Published Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gorham, Calvin Charles, Sr.
1921-2006
No funeral service is scheduled for Calvin Charles Gorham Sr., 85, of Bridgeport.
Gorham died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Bridgeport.
Born June 26, 1921, in Franklin, Neb., to Van Fleet and Ethel Merrick Gorham, he was a retired civil service inspector for the U.S. government. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who flew more than 140 missions during World War II and was in combat in more than 70. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Paducah.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Gorham; and a brother, Bob Gorham.
He is survived by two daughters, Rinda Carroll and husband, Rick, of Bridgeport and Annette Hildebrand and husband, William, of Ardmore; two sons, Calvin Charles Gorham II of Lubbock and Bryan Gorham and wife, Regina, of Dumas; 11 grandchildren, Gigi, Matt, Shawn, Tracy, Joshua, Jennifer, Aaron, Elizabeth, Andrew, Lincoln and Lilly; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Tom and William Gorham.
Published Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gose, Alpha Jean
1929-2006
Funeral for Alpha Jean Gose, 76, of Alvord was Feb. 24 at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord. Dan Green officiated. Burial was in Alvord Cemetery.
Gose died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, in Alvord.
Born Dec. 27, 1929, in Alvord to Homer and Dixie Hancock, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Gose; two sons, Ronald Gose and James Patrick, both of Alvord; two sisters, Agnes Raley of Fort Worth and Lola Mae Fugate of Decatur; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, February 26, 2006

Graham, Margy Austin Richardson
1915-2006

Funeral for Margy Austin Richardson Graham, 91, of Lake Worth was Monday, Dec. 11, at First Baptist Church of Lake Worth. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 near Keeter in Wise County.
Graham died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 19, 1915, in Fort Worth to Darwin F. and Mary Elizabeth Austin, she and her husband, Glen Graham, operated River Oaks Shoe Repair until retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Worth for 60 years.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Robert Fox, Paul Devoe Richardson and Glen Graham.
She is survived by three sons, Mikel Lee Richardson and wife, Karen, of Boyd, David Devoe Richardson and wife, Barbara, of Newark, and Charles Clifton Richardson and wife, Jean Marie, of Fort Worth; a sister, Nell Taylor of Valley View; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, December 14, 2006

Graves, Irene Margaret Sparling
1965-2006

Funeral for Irene Margaret Sparling Graves, 41, of Rhome was Sept. 8 at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. The Rev. Michael Stephenson officiated.
Graves died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, in Rhome.
Born June 3, 1965, in Ruston, La., her family moved to Texas in 1969. She grew up in Arlington and in 1983 she graduated from Bowie High School. She worked in a clerical position for American Airlines. She married Carey Ballard Graves on May 10, 1986.
She is survived by her husband of Rhome; a son, Kendall Ballard Graves of Rhome; her parents, George and Sherry Sparling of Arlington; a sister, Jessica Ann Sparling of Haltom City; and a cousin, Thomas Walton Jones of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Published Sunday, September 10, 2006

Graves, Thomas
1943-2006

Graveside service for Thomas Graves, 63, of Decatur was Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Preskitt Cemetery. Rick Ross officiated.
Graves died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, in Decatur.
Born May 20, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., to Milford Graves and Margaret Patrick, he was a pharmacist and a member of the Church of Christ. He married Emily Jo Haynes Dec. 16, 1988, in Plano.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Gwen Brill; a sister, Carole Dorrell of Kansas City, Mo.; and a grandchild, Erin Brill.
The family asks memorials may be made to Preskitt Cemetery, 2112 Preskitt Road, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Published Sunday, November 19, 2006

Greeley, Dorothy Vivian Tarlton
1919-2006
A wake was held for Dorothy Vivian Tarlton Greeley, 86, of Runaway Bay, who died Monday, April 17, 2006, in Plano. Her body was donated to science.
Greeley was born Oct. 28, 1919, in Mokane, Mo.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, R. Gordon Greeley; a son, Ronald Lee Greeley and wife, Vicki; and grandsons, Ronald Kyle and Eric Shane and his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Sloan, all of College Station.
Published Sunday, April 30, 2006

Green, Ora M. Shannon
1932-2006

Graveside service for Ora M. Shannon Green, 74, of Greenville and formerly of Paradise, was Friday, Aug. 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Green died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, in Dallas.
Born June 2, 1932, in Paradise to Armon and Mary Shannon, she was a retired bank teller who attended Highland Terrace Baptist Church. She was also an artist.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Wylie Shannon, and a sister, Leona Shannon.
She is survived by three daughters, Sharon K. Armstrong and husband, David, of Petal, Miss., Patsy Kennard and husband, Les, of Wiggins, Miss., and Hope Dodson and husband, Larry, of Utica, Miss.; a son, Jacky Leron Green and wife, Melody, of Louisville, Miss.; three brothers, Bobby, Ronnie and David Shannon; three sisters, Peggy Green, Priscilla Pickard and Paula Copeland; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 6, 2006

Greger, Jannetta Marie McCauley
1971-2006

Service for Jannetta Marie McCauley Greger, 34, of Decatur will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Grace Baptist Church. Dr. Van Gardner and Preston McCauley Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Greger died Friday, July 14, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 9, 1971, in Bridgeport, to Preston McCauley and Annette Burnett McCauley, she was a certified nursing assistant at the Decatur Convalescent Center. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She married Paul Wayne Greger on Feb. 21, 2003, in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband of Paradise; her parents of Decatur; a son, Bradly Christiansen of Decatur; a brother, Preston McCauley Jr. of Decatur; and grandparents, Margie and Leroy Bowlin of Center.
Visitation was to be from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Coker Funeral Home.
Published Sunday, July 16, 2006

Griffin, Kenneth Frank
1932-2006

Funeral for Kenneth Frank Griffin, 73, of Rhome was May 4 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Robie Holder officiated. Burial was in the Boyd Cemetery.
Born Sept. 20, 1932, in Sabine, he was a retired employee for the U.S. Post Office. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He married Mary Jo Clark on Sept. 23, 1957, in Silver City, N.M.
He is survived by his wife of Rhome; one son, Kenneth A. Griffin of Rhome; a daughter, Mary Ann Pepper and husband, Keith, of Rhome; two brothers, T.J. Griffin of Roosevelt, Ariz., and Harold Griffin of Silver City, N.M.; two grandchildren, Michelle and Keith II; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Autumn and Aurora; and an uncle, Harry Bell of Bisbee, Ariz.
Pallbearers were Jim Ross, K.C. McCurdy, Dale Hodgkins, Monte Tedrow, Jimmy Tedrow and Larry Randolf.
Published Sunday, May 7, 2006

Groat, Robert Michael ‘Crane Operator Mike’
1954-2006

Memorial service for Robert Michael “Crane Operator Mike” Groat, 51, of Aurora was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Mel Hutzler was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Groat died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, in Dallas.
Born Dec. 16, 1954, in Wichita, Kan., to Robert and Mary Bestgen Groat, he was a crane operator for Austin Commercial in Dallas and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 178. He was a heavy equipment operator, specializing in heavy cranes, for 33 years.
He fought fires in the early 1990s with Red Adair and Company in the oil fields of Kuwait and decided to return to the states after running over a missed mine. He was an avid fan of music and a gifted guitar player. He loved unicorns, travel, people and animals.
He married Pamela Green Daggett on March 20, 1999, in Houston.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Charlotte Kay Groat Batts and husband, Brent, of Houston; grandchildren Lauren and Madison; stepdaughter Kristi Daggett of Aurora; stepson Laurence Daggett of Garland; two sisters Sheryl Jean Groat-Krogsgaard of Victoria TX and Joann Walsworld and husband, Vick, of Wichita, Kan.; and mother-in-law and father-in-law Harrell and Deanna Green of Aurora.
Pallbearers were to be Wayne Scanlon, Michael LaCaze, Andy Ayala, John Sanchez, Dan Wortham, Billy Frazier, Beth Ennis, Harlem Ennis and Jan Klein.
Published Thursday, January 19, 2006