Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2007
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Hall, Kenneth W.
1965-2007
Service for Kenneth W. Hall, 42, of Decatur, was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. The Rev. Gerre Joiner and Rev. Kent Watson were to officiate. Burial was to be at Claude Cemetery in Claude on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Hall died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 7, 1965, in Decatur, to Elmer D. and Patsy Loren Cummins Hall, he married Kelley Denice Davidson Aug. 1, 1999. He was a mechanic.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Kolby Hall, of Decatur; two daughters, Kelsey Hall of Decatur and MacKensey Davidson of Ponder; a brother, Mark Hall and wife, Chris, of Canyon; mother, Pat Simons and husband, Jim, of Claude; nieces, McKinsey and Kayla Hall of Canyon.
Published Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hamm, W.A. ‘Bill’
1923-2007
Graveside service for W.A. “Bill” Hamm, 84, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Rosston Cemetery in Era. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Hamm died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 1, 1923, in Estelle to Robert Edgar and Ara Maybelle Hamm, he was a retired court reporter.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hardy, Dayle Weston
1975-2007
Funeral for Dayle Weston Hardy, 31, of Plano and formerly of Wise County will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Prestonwood Baptist Church, located at 6801 W. Park Boulevard in Plano. Bill Paxton will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Visitation was to be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, located at 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen. An online registry is available at the Web site www.tjmfuneral.com.
Hardy died Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Dallas.
Born July 16, 1975, in Fort Worth to Dayle Lewis and Nancy Gwen (Pope) Hardy, he was a 1993 graduate of Boyd High School and attended Texas A&M University. He married Ashlee Dawn Cate on June 17, 2000, in Mansfield.
He began his law enforcement career with the Wise County Sheriff Department. He transferred to the Plano Police Department where he served in the motorcycle section of the traffic unit. He also served as captain of the Howe Volunteer Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Ashlee; two daughters, Cora Elizabeth and Caitlyn Jewel; his parents, Dayle and Sandy Hardy of Decatur; a sister, Leslie Maynard of Springtown; and two grandmothers, Cora Maxine Hardy of Fort Worth and Geraldine Barnes of Mansfield.
Memorials may be made to the Plano Police Association Charities, P.O. Box 861956, Plano, Texas 75086-1956.
Published Thursday, July 12, 2007

Harris, Steven Lawrence
1947-2007
Memorial for Steven Lawrence Harris, 59, of Boyd was Jan. 28 at the Faith Baptist Church in Newark with the Rev. Marlin Wisener officiating.
Harris died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 22, 1947, to John Oscar and Edna Mae Harris in Grayburg, he was a truck driver and a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Newark.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Viola Harris of Boyd; a son, Bobby Gorman and wife, Amanda, of Azle; three daughters, Ann Shannon and husband, Nathan, of Victoria, Marcy Kocsardy and husband, Atilla, of Tulsa, Okla., and Melonie Varnell and husband, Clifford, of Shawnee, Okla.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and four sisters.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

Harshman, Lillian Ruth
1956-2007
A memorial service for Lillian Ruth Harshman, 51, of Paradise, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Church of the Living God in Cottondale.
Harshman died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth.
She was born June 7, 1956, in Ithaca, N.Y.
She is survived by her mother, Lillian White; a son, Erik; two daughters, Elizabeth and Jennifer; a brother, Bobby; a sister, Loraine; and two grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 4, 2007

Harvick-Phillips, Bernice
1915-2007

Funeral for Bernice “Becie” Harvick-Phillips, 92, of Bridgeport, was Oct. 12 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with David Burrows officiating. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Phillips died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 7, 1915, in Chico, to Gayle and Annie McDaniel Wood, she was a lifetime resident of Bridgeport and a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. She was also a member of the Esther Sunday school class and the Bridgeport Senior Citizens.
Bernice was preceded in death by two husbands, James W. Harvick and C.D. Phillips; two sisters, Methel Meek and Opal Petty; and two brothers, Charles and Dalton Wood.
She is survived by her son, Lynwood Harvick and wife, Karen, of Bridgeport; grandson, Jason Harvick and wife, Dena, of Bridgeport; granddaughters, Jayme Harvick and fiancé, Jason Evans, of Fort Worth and Kasey Lynn Walraven of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were G.B. Funk, Robert Meek, Mark Cantrell, Cal Bayley, Trevor Meek and Chris Funk.
Published Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hatley, Dillard Lee
1923-2007

Graveside service for Dillard Lee Hatley, 84, of Boyd was Friday, July 20, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Darryl Hatley officiating.
Hatley died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Boyd.
Born May 19, 1923, in Boyd to John Riley and Lizzie (North) Hatley, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired bricklayer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Lee (Lankford) Hatley and a sister, Mildred Vess.
He is survived by five daughters, Judy Greer, Linda Carson of Lawton, Okla., and Nancy Hays, Melissa Hays and Anita Hays, all of Boyd; five sons, David Hatley, Alvin Hatley, Tim Hatley and Robert Hatley and wife, Martha, all of Boyd and Buddy Hatley of Azle; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Willie and Darryl Hatley; and a sister, Faye Burchfield.
Pallbearers were R.J. Hays, John Hatley, Joshua Hays, Larry McCormick, Ken Christian, Heath Roe, Jason Hays and Keith Hulsey.
Published Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hatley, Louise
1931-2007
Graveside service for Louise Hatley, 75, of Boyd was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Paradise Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Arrington officiating.
Hatley died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born August 6, 1931, in Ashville, N.C., to Robert and Nancy (Reed) Lankford, she was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hatley; six brothers, Bud, Louis, Bobby, Joe, Arnold and Vernon Lankford; and a sister, Wilma Hatley.
She is survived by a son, Jonathan Woods and wife, Bonnie, of Alvarado; a grandson, Marty Woods and wife, Kristen, of Azle; four great-grandchildren, Autumn, Marcie, Samantha and Jonathan; two brothers, Art and Ronald Lankford; and a sister, Martha Brown.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Haun, Arlis Daniel
1916-2007
Funeral for Arlis Daniel Haun, 91, of Weatherford was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Denton Funeral Home chapel in Denton. Burial was to follow at Justin Cemetery in Justin. Visitation was to be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Haun died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 in Weatherford.
Born in Frisco, on April 2, 1916, he married Johnnie Ruth Pennington on May 13, 1939. The Hauns made their home in Rhome for almost 50 years. He worked at Burris Mills and owned Haun Plumbing and Electric Company in Rhome. He moved to Weatherford in 1991.
Haun was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rhome until 1991 and was a charter member of the Fairview Community Club. He was an active member of the church and a Sunday school teacher. When he moved to Weatherford, he joined the First Baptist Church there.
Arlis was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, and a sister.
He is survived by a daughter, Dixie Henson and husband, Kenneth; a grandson, Danny Henson and wife, Kalynne; and two great-grandsons, Kale and Keaton Henson.
The family requests donations to be made to Boy Scout Troop 75 in Weatherford by calling (817) 613-9702, St. Jude’s Hospital, Alpha-Omega Hospice or the charity of choice.
Published Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hebisen, Ray Oscar
1920-2007
A private service was held for Ray Oscar Hebisen, 86, of Paradise. Burial was at Cottondale Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Hebisen died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 5, 1920, in Wichita Falls, he was retired from the military. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a longtime caretaker of Cottondale Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta May (Coffman) Hebisen.
He is survived by his companion, Ruby Farley of Decatur, and two sisters-in-law, Reba Drennan of Fort Worth and Frances Nesmith of Wichita Falls.
Published Sunday, April 8, 2007

Heithecker, Sherry Lynn
1962-2007
Graveside service for Sherry Lynn Heithecker, 45, of Decatur was Nov. 20 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Bridgeport.
Heithecker died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at her home in Decatur.
Born Nov. 4, 1962, in Lawton, Okla., to James Raney and Nancy Morgan, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Kirk Heithecker of Decatur; a son, Brenton Cook of Texarkana, Ark.; a daughter, Nichole Cook of Lubbock; and father, James Raney of Arkansas.
Pallbearers were Kirk Heithecker, Greg Pannell, Nicholas Pannell and Brenton Cook.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hensley, Riley James
2007
Private funeral services were planned for Riley James Hensley, the infant son of Blake and Heather Hensley of Denton.
Riley died Oct. 24, 2007, in Decatur. He was born the same day in Decatur.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Melvin and Jana Hensley of Odessa, Gail Matthews of Alvord and Rusty Matthews of Alabama; great-grandparents, Jane and James Colburn of Quitman, Casey O’Bannion of Alvord and Jewell Homes of Aubrey; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hesteande, Casie Jane
2007
Casie Jane Hesteande, an infant, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in Decatur. A private service was held.
Hesteande was born Sept. 11, 2007, to Cody Shay Hesteande and Tracy Marie Webb, both of Azle.
Survivors include her parents; grandparents Christy Webb, James Webb, Donna Hesteande, Rusty Hesteande all of Azle; and great grandparents Evelyn Medlin and Jo Reed, both of Azle.
Published Sunday, September 16, 2007

Hickey, Jeanne C.
1922-2007

Graveside service for Jeanne C. Hickey, 84, of Bridgeport was April 10 at Woodland Cemetery in Paris. The Rev. James McLeod officiated.
Hickey died Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 29, 1922, in Bradford, Penn., to Frank and Mildred Cristman Ludwig, she was a retired payroll clerk for the U.S. Navy in Port Hueneme, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William “Bill” Hickey; a brother, Jack Ludwig; and two sisters, Barbara Stevens and Shirley Dahl.
She is survived by a brother, Dick Ludwig and wife, Diana, of Oxnard, Calif.
Published Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hicks, Carmeletta ‘Tootsie’ O.
1958-2007

Funeral for Carmeletta “Tootsie” O. Hicks, 49, of Decatur, was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Calvary Baptist Church in Bowie, with the Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Interment was to be at Salona Cemetery.
Hicks died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in Houston.
Born March 20, 1958, to Coy and Lola Gwin Wadsworth in Bowie, she married Paul Hicks Dec. 30, 1978, at Central Baptist Church in Bowie. She graduated from Bowie High School and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Janelle Roberts.
She is survived by her husband, Paul, of Decatur; sons, Jesse Hicks of Decatur and Jeremy Hicks of Denton; brothers, Jimmy Wadsworth and Joe Wadsworth of Bowie; sisters, Sue Ann Lyons of Bowie and Merle White; grandchildren, Jesse Hicks Jr., Tyler James Hicks Jr., Kara Elaine Hicks, Kristopher Lee Hicks and Kasepine Hicks.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hicks, George
1947-2007

Funeral for George Madison Hicks Jr., 60, of Decatur is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with the Rev. Buddy Ward officiating. Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Andice Cemetery.
Hicks died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio.
Born Aug. 3, 1947, in Liberty Hill to George Madison and Juanita Nichols Martin, he was a retired union Post Office representative. He married Dianne Dryer in Houston.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by companion, Beth Ann Stutts of Decatur; a sister, Nancy Culpepper and husband, Leroy, of Azle; a brother, James Hick and wife, Melody, of Keller; step-father, Bill Martin of Saginaw; nephew, Scott Hicks of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Lindsey Boggs of North Richland Hills and Missy Harris of Azle; great-nieces Alexis and Makenzi Harris of Azle.
Published Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hicks, Robert Howard
1935-2007

Memorial service for Robert Howard Hicks, 71, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at First Baptist Church in Alvord. Bill Cleveland was to officiate.
Hicks died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 8, 1935, in Dryden, N.Y., he was a welder for Larwel Industries and Wise Welding. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Estalla Banta, and a son, James Copeland.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Charlotte Hicks; five sons, John Deweese, Karl Deweese, Jerry Copeland and wife, Jaime, Frank Copeland and wife, Linda, and Mikel Hicks; two daughters, Charlotte Steele and Charlotte Fitzgerald and husband, Billy; a daughter-in-law, Paula Talley; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 25, 2007

High, Jesse Milton
1914-2007

Funeral for Jesse Milton High, 92, formerly of Justin, will be at 10 a.m., Friday May 4, at the Justin Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Justin Cemetery. The Rev. Jason Sadler will officiate the service. Visitation will be before the funeral from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church.
High died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Southern Knights Assisted Living Home in Tomball.
Born Dec. 3, 1914, to Earl and Martha High, he had recently relocated to Tomball to be near family. He was a lifelong resident of Justin, where he spent his life operating the farm where he was raised. He was a member of the Justin Baptist Church, Farm Bureau of Denton County and the Cattleman’s Association. He attended and played football at Decatur Baptist College and was an advocate of public education and a supporter of the Northwest Independent School District.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jan Michael, who died at birth, and wife, Martha Pennington.
He is survived by two sons, Benny C. High and wife, Nancy, of Woodstock, Ga., and Manuel R. High and wife, Jackie, of Spring; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be to the Justin Baptist Church, 402 West 8th St., Justin, Texas 76247 or Metroport Meals on Wheels, P.O. 204, Roanoke, Texas 76262.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Hines, Ted Norman
1938-2007
Memorial service for Ted Hines, 69, of Rhome was Wednesday, Sept. 5. 2007, at Newark Church of Christ.
Hines died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at his home.
Born Jan. 29, 1938, in Matador to Clay and Jimmie Hines, he was a self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by his sons, Tracy Hines and wife, Debi, of Decatur, Kevin Hines of Dallas and Ty Hines and his wife, Crystal, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Kim Hines; grandchildren, A.J., Whitney, Bryce and C.C.; his sisters, Norma Bryant and Shirley Meadows, both of Dallas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hixson, Charles Oliver
1913-2007
Graveside service for Charles Oliver Hixson, 93, of Decatur will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Hixson died Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Lewisville.
Born Dec. 8, 1913, in Chalk Mountain to Anderson and Elizabeth West Hixson, he retired from the maintenance department of the San Antonio schools. He married Doris Fest May 20, 1937, in San Antonio. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wise County Veterans and the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Les Hixson of Lewisville and Chuck Hixson and wife, Roxanne, of Dallas; granddaughters Shelley Johnson, Jenni Hixson and Natalie Heskett; great-granddaughters Reese Johnson and Carly Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Johnson, Tim Heskett, Jim Richards, Roland Davis and Jim Archer.
Published Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hobbs, Donna Barbara Chambers
1933-2007

Memorial service for Donna Barbara Chambers Hobbs, 74, of Crowley was to be Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at St. Francis Village in Crowley with the Rev. Ken Parlin officiating. Her body was cremated.
Hobbs died Friday, May 25, 2007, in Crowley.
Born Febr.14, 1933, in Fort Worth, she was an x-ray technician and a member of St. Francis Protestant Church. She enjoyed reading, sewing and traveling.
She was preceded in death by husband C.A. Hobbs.
She is survived by a son, Michael Chambers and wife Jana; a daughter, Sondra Wacasey and husband Rick of Decatur; brothers, Jack, Johnny and Jimmy Rust; and grandchildren, Brian and Chris Wacasey, Zachary Lobdel and Missy Chambers.
Memorials may be sent to Sondra Wacasey at 1907 W. Bus. 380 in Decatur.
Published Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hobson, William Chandos, Jr.
1922-2007
Funeral for William Chandos Hobson Jr., 85, of Fort Worth was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rosemont Church of Christ. Burial was to follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Hobson died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 15, 1922, in Decatur, to Chan and Mattie Hobson, he graduated from Decatur High School as valedictorian and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Rosemont Church of Christ.
In 1974 he and his wife, Joyce LeFan Hobson, started Beco Service Inc., an air conditioning and heating business where he served as owner and president for 32 years. He was a certificate member of R.S.E.S. and a lifetime member of ASHRAE.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2000.
He is survived by two sons, William C. “Bill” Hobson III and wife, Susan, of Palmer and John Hobson of Perrin; a daughter, Chanda Harville and husband, Bruce, of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Bill Bell, Chris Koonce, Patrick Jackson, Jason Norris, Robert Ramos and Mike Turner and the employees of Beco Service Inc. Honorary pallbearer was to be Rick Aguirre.
Published Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hodges, Ronald Wayne ‘Ronnie’
1942-2007

Funeral for Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Hodges, 65, of Alvord was June 14 at First Baptist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Bill Cleveland officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.
Hodges died Tuesday, June 12, 2007, in Alvord.
Born May 2, 1942, in Decatur to Earl Lee and Beulah Kuykendall Hodges, he was an oilfield consultant.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Hodges, and an infant brother.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Pollard and husband, Mark, of Alvord and Janet Beard and husband, Scotty, of Tarskerwood, Ark.; a son, Len Hodges of Houma, La.; his former wife, Jan Hodges; grandchildren Adrienne Hodges, David Hodges, Paul Beard, Chris Beard, Cody Beard, Nikki Beard and Lindsey Pollard; brothers, Royce Hodges and wife, Cotton, of Alvord and Jimmy Hodges and wife, Melba, of Irving; and sisters, Thelma Clower of Alvord and Anita Hale and husband, Gene, of Jacksboro.
Pallbearers were Paul Beard, Cody Beard, Chris Beard, Rodney St. John, Johnny Baker and Mike McGar.
Published Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hogue, Glen Eugene
1936-2007
Graveside service for Glen Eugene Hogue, 70, of Bellevue was Friday at the Vashti Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Hogue died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 17, 1936, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Charles Francis Hogue and Pearl Dillo, he worked in the oilfield industry as a tool pusher.
He is survived by a daughter, Glenda Brown and husband, Mike, of Odessa; a son, Glen Hogue Jr. of Odessa; five grandchildren, Josh, Jessica, Samantha, Christy and Michelle; and several brothers and sisters.
Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Holland, William P. ‘Mr. Bill’, Jr.
1927-2007

Funeral for William P. “Mr. Bill” Holland, Jr., 80, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Earth Cemetery. Dr. Thomas Brumett will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Holland died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Watauga.
Born April 21, 1927, he was a farmer. He was a member of the Lion’s Club and was called Decatur High School’s No. 1 fan by students, teachers, administrators, coaches and parents.
He is survived by a son, Craig Holland and wife, Linda; two daughters, Debbie Rife and husband, Howard, and Pam Holland; a sister, Joyce Brantley; four grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be Hal Reese, Tim Woodruff, Alan White, Eric Seal, Ronnie Walker and Mike Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the First United Methodist Church men’s Sunday school class.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.
Published Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hollis, Vera Oleta
1928-2007
Graveside service for Vera Oleta Hollis, 79, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Preskitt Cemetery with the Rev. Phillip Yoder officiating.
Hollis died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 4, 1928, in Petrolia to Benjamin and Rosie (Mitchell) Patterson, she was a homemaker. She married Amos Lee Hollis on Jan. 1, 1946, in Henrietta.
She was preceded in death by her husband; five brothers, Jewel, Lloyd, Melvin, Orville and James; and a sister, Molea.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Hollis and wife, Charlene, of Cypress and Kevin Hollis and wife, Bryann, of Weatherford; two daughters, Vicky McGuire and husband, Bill, of Burleson and Mitzi Reaves and husband, Scott, of Decatur; grandchildren, Honor Anguiano, Drew Hollis, Michael McGuire, Terry McGuire, Kevin Hollis II, Chloe Hollis, Alicia Hill, Ami Harvey, Jason Anderson, Casey Dee Anderson, Joni Reyes, and Karley and Brock Reaves; and great-grandchildren, Cooper and Mason Anguiano, Christopher and Korbin Hill, Michael Jason McGuire, Tristen Hill, Kaylee Gould, Chelsea and Rylee Harvey, Andrew McGuire, Michael Keeton, Scott McGuire, Jonathan and Jessica McGuire, and Alyssa and Christopher Jones.
Pallbearers were to be Drew Hollis, Terry McGuire, Michael McGuire, H. Tray Hill, Nick Anguiano and Mario Reyes.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Houchins, Eldon L. ‘Doc’
1910-2007
Funeral for Eldon L. “Doc” Houchins, 96, of Bridgeport was to be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial was to be at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Ray Cook Jr. and Joe Richardson were to officiate. Visitation was to be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Houchins died Monday, April 30, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 29, 1910, in Bridgeport to Henry and Olivia (Brown) Houchins, he was a retired barber who married Edith Maurine Doggett on June 23, 1956. He worked at Swift Packing Company for 20 years and when Swift sold in 1960, he went to school to become a barber. In 1978, Houchins donated the land for the Carpenter Street Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maurine Houchins of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were to be Eddie Houchins, Jim Pewitt, Leon Dethloff, Billy Boone, Robert Stanfield and Kenneth Daughtery.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Houchins, Maurine
1916-2007

Funeral for Maurine Houchins, 91, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Joe Hanley and Ray Cook were to officiate. Burial will follow at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Houchins died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born March 13, 1916, in Revenna to John Winfield and Lela Duckworth Doggett, she was a member of the Carpenter Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Leroy Houchins; two brothers, Robert L. John Worth and J.R. D oggett; and a sister, Lena Alice Head.
She is survived by a brother, Edgar Doggett of Sherman; a sister, Mary Frances Billings of McGregor; and a brother-in-law, Lowell Head of Kentucky.
Pallbearers were to be Bill Boone, Jim Pewitt, Leon Dethloff, Joe Richarson, Jeff Stanley and Randy Stanley.
Published Thursday, November 29, 2007

Howell, Eula Mae
1920-2007

Funeral for Eula Mae Howell, 87, of Denton, was Nov. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Denton, with the Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Howell died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born June 4, 1920, in Bridgeport to Thomas Robert and American Josephine Anderson, she married Earl Milton Howell Aug. 3, 1941, in Paradise.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Denton.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Bailey and husband, Pat, of Weatherford; son, Jack Howell and wife, Toni, of Denton; brothers, Ray Anderson of Granbury, Shirley Anderson of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Chris Howell and wife, Cindy, Jill Howell, Troy Mars and wife, Paula, Traci Hall and husband, Terry; five great-grandchildren, Shelby Howell, Taylor Howell, Emma Mars, Avery Mars and Ashley Hall.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

Huddleston, James Floyd
1923-2007

Funeral for James Floyd Huddleston, 83, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter. The Rev. Dale Noska, assisted by the Revs. Robert Baker and James D. Arrington, was to officiate. Burial was to be at Boyd Cemetery.
Huddleston died Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 7, 1923, in Park Springs, he was a retired furniture builder. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter, the Boyd Masonic Lodge No. 479 and the Order of the Eastern Star, Boyd Lodge No. 897. He lived in Boyd since 1960.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Cecil Huddleston and a sister, Opal Lough.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Helen Huddleston of Boyd; a son, Bill Huddleston and wife Pam of Decatur; a grandson, Chad Huddleston and wife Kristen of Decatur; a granddaughter, Kimberly Huddleston of Decatur; a brother, Richardson Huddleston of Chico; and a sister, Juanita Boyett of Wichita Falls.
Pallbearers were to be Richard Newberry, Patrick Newberry, Gus Arrington, Keith Husley, Bud Pitts and Shawn Burkett. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Pleasant Grove men’s Sunday school class.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2, P.O. Box 1539 Boyd, Texas 76023.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Hudson, Edgbert Thomas
1918-2007

He suffered daily beatings by the Japanese. He endured the pain of maggots in his toe to ward off gangrene in his ulcerated foot. After months of building a railroad and bridges by hand in the jungle, he felt his clothes disintegrate from his body. Upon his return home, he battled malaria and depression. Edgbert Thomas Hudson, 89, is now at peace.
Wise County's last surviving member of Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery of the 36th Division, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at his home on Lake Bridgeport.
The 400 soldiers from Wise County, Jacksboro, Wichita Falls and Abilene became known as the Lost Battalion. Their whereabouts was unknown for 3 1/2 years as prisoners of war of the Japanese on Java. Their experience has been chronicled in books and movies. Ed Hudson lived those experiences and was among the lucky few who returned home to tell about it. Like his comrades, he found it difficult to relive those 3 1/2 years but later found the strength to talk through annual reunions of the Lost Battalion.
In a 2005 interview in the Wise County Messenger, Hudson described his survival tactics:
"I lived it six months at a time. I survived through courage and determination...that's the key to most anything."
Hudson never took his freedom for granted.
"People talk about freedom and why we're in Iraq. You get it taken away from you and you realize how important it is to you," he said in the interview.
Hudson returned to his hometown of Bridgeport after the war, raised a family and built a successful business.
He was born Sept. 22, 1918, in Bridgeport to Thomas N. and Annie N. Woodard Hudson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Mae Green and his brother, Chesley Hudson.
He married Bettye Leonard on Oct. 30, 1992, in Fort Worth. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, the Disabled American Veterans and the Wise County Veterans Group. He was a retired 25-year member of the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department and was the retired owner and operator of Hudson Butane of Bridgeport.
His fellow veterans from the Wise County Veterans Group were to provide military honors at his funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home. The Rev. Melvin Clay was to officiate. Burial was to follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jeff Green, Tim Green, Larry Green, Gary Green, Tony Green, Todd Milligan, Lt. Col. Derek Foreman and Leslie Oates.
He is survived by his wife; sons, James Thomas "Tommy" Hudson and wife Pamela, Robert Don "Bob" Hudson and wife Marcy; grandsons, Andrew Thomas Hudson and wife Brandy, Adam Thomas Hudson and Seth Douglas Hudson; granddaughter, Meredith D'Nee Hudson; great-grandchildren, Cade and Cassidy Hudson; sister, Earline Virginia Burdick; stepson, Billy Jack Foreman and wife Sherrill; step-grandsons, Lt. Col. Derek Foreman and wife Ronda, Mike Smith and wife Tara and John Leonard Judge; step-granddaughter, Misten Elise Milligan and husband Todd; step-great-grandchildren, Andy and Vivianne Foreman, Ian and Maryn Milligan, Hayden and Dawson Smith; and numerous other family members.
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hunn, Mark William
1963-2007

Graveside service for Mark William Hunn, 44, of Houston and formerly of Wise County, was Jan. 29 at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Hunn died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in Houston.
Born Jan. 23, 1963, in Minot, N.D., to Russell and Marilyn (Davis) Hunn, he was a computer network engineer associated with Duke Energy since 1999. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Pearce High School. He attended Texas Tech University. He met his wife, Tracy Brooks Hunn in San Diego and they enjoyed traveling to the beach and mountains, restoring classic Mustangs and attending operas.
He is survived by his wife of Houston; his parents of Dallas; two brothers, John Hunn and wife, Terry, of Hickory Creek and Scott Hunn and wife, Piper, of Rowlett; a nephew, Chandler and a niece, Macyn.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

Hunter, Pauline Beulah Judge
1927-2007

Funeral for Pauline Beulah Judge Hunter, 79, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. The Revs. Rudy Alderete and Dave Lindgens will officiate. Burial will be at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hunter died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Azle.
Born April 5, 1927, in Rhome to Arch and Florence (Powers) Judge, she was a homemaker. She married John Casper Hunter on Feb. 26, 1949, in Mineral Wells. She was a member of Cornerstone Church. She taught Sunday school and worked in both the Boyd and Azle school districts.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis and Albert Judge.
She is survived by her husband of Boyd; three sons, Charles Hunter and wife, Yolanda, of San Antonio, Louis Paul Hunter and wife, Betty, and Alton E. Hunter and wife, Vicki, all of Boyd; eight grandchildren, Michael, James, Justin, Jacob, Linda, Beth, Jennifer and Jessica; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Arch Judge Jr.; and a sister, Opal Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Michael Fletcher, Justin Hunter, Jacob Hunter, Robert Rodriguez, Jeffrey Burch and Milton Heimlich.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hunter, Raymond Paul
1942-2007
Funeral for Raymond Paul Hunter, 64, of Bowie was April 6 at Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bowie. The Rev. Jeff Tackett officiated. Burial was at Briar Creek Cemetery.
Hunter died Monday, April 2, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born July 18, 1942, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Raymond and Elsie Hunter, he retired as a computer analyst with State Reserve Life Insurance. He was a member of the Wichita Falls Rabbit Club and the American Rabbit Breeders Association. He married Hazel Blackmer in 1963 in Phoenix, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Rob Hunter and wife, Trisha, Ron Hunter and wife, Dianna, and Ric Hunter and wife, Lori; a daughter, Marjorie Hunter; a brother, Carl Hunter; a sister, Ardath Hunter; and nine grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 8, 2007

Hutchison, Holly Lindsey Marie
2007
Graveside service for Holly Lindsey Marie Hutchison, infant daughter of Sgt. Donald and Alicia Hutchison of Fort Belvoir, Va., will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County with Deberry Funeral Home of Denton officiating.
Hutchison died Friday, March 2, 2007, in Bethesda, Md.
She was born March 2, 2007, in Bethesda.
She was preceded in death by an aunt, Lindsey Marie Lavender.
She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Debbie Yeary, William and Reta Owen, Butch Lavender and Sam Barkheimer; and great-grandparents, Vernon and Maggie Love, Juliet Bell, Gene and Martha Rodgers and Vernon and Marie Pollock.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Ingram, Angela
1978-2007
Funeral for Angela Ingram, 28, of Garland was April 19 at North Hills Funeral Home. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Robert Waller officiated.
Ingram died Monday, April 16, 2007, in Dallas.
She was born Sept. 16, 1978, in Fort Worth to Jan and Steve Ingram. Her family is formerly of Wise County.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Paul Wallace and Norman Ingram.
She is survived by her parents; a brother, Paul Ingram; and grandmothers, Ann Wallace and Jeanie Ingram.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2007

Ironmonger, Lee
1949-2007

Memorial for Lee Ironmonger, 58, of Decatur was to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Calvary Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Tim Staub was to officiate.
Ironmonger died Sunday, April 22, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 15, 1949, in Hugo, Okla., to Hubert Pigg and Ruby Cleary, he was a concrete superintendent. He married Valerie Tonn on Dec. 13, 1985, in Durant, Okla. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, water skiing and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Cooper, and a son, Kevin Ironmonger.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Valerie Ironmonger of Decatur; three daughters, Lynae Ironmonger of Decatur, Deana Shirley and husband, Clint, of Fort Worth, and Rachelle Moreno and husband, Chris, of Arlington; a son, Wesley Ironmonger and wife, Tammy, of Fort Worth; two brothers, Danny Pigg and wife, Pat, and Johnny Ironmonger; and six grandchildren.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Jackson, Audra
1923-2007

Funeral for Audra Jackson, 40, of Sunset was Aug. 29 at First Baptist Church in Sunset. The Rev. Charles Cleary officiated. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery.
Born Jan. 24, 1967, to Audy and Betty Andreasen Jackson in Bowie, she graduated from Bowie High School in 1985, was a secretary and a member of the First Baptist Church in Sunset.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by three children, Kasey Van Hoose, Bailie Samford and Brandon Aeling, all of Sunset; three sisters, Brenda Adams of Sunset, Pam Demases of Boyd and Lori Donald of Decatur; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, September 2, 2007

Jackson, Bobbie J.
1934-2007
Funeral for Bobbie J. Jackson, 73, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Jonas Bohlin and Robin Bohlin were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Jackson died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at her home in Boyd.
Born July 9, 1934, in Menard to Virgil and Ida Lindsey Waldrop, she married Doyle Albert Jackson Dec. 26, 1957, in Ardmore, Okla. She was a member of Fullness in Christ Church in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Orbray and Billy Wayne Waldrop; and four sisters, Dorothy Pearson, Virginia McMullen, Francis Waldrop and Juanita Pearl Myers.
Pallbearers were to be David Cansler, Bill Cansler, Pete Longton, Kevin Robinson, Allen Mitchell, Todd Webb, Steven Dove and Bill Willard.
Published Thursday, November 29, 2007

Jenkins, H.M. ‘H’
1918-2007

Graveside service for H.M. “H” Jenkins, 88, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Eddie Milligan was to officiate with a flag presentation conducted by the North Texas Honor Guard.
Jenkins died Monday, June 4, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born June 19, 1918, in Chico to Sidney O. and Gertrude Owens Jenkins, he was a retired farmer and Wise County Precinct 4 employee. He was a U.S. Army Airforce Veteran serving in WWII and a member of the Cottondale Baptist Church and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Jeep, Wesley and Jimmy Jenkins; and sisters, Vera Fay Boring and Hazel Sheffield.
He is survived by a son, Mike Jenkins of Paradise; grandchildren, Jana Worley and husband Lee of Boyd, and Matt Jenkins and wife Toni of Paradise; great-grandchildren, Kelan, Kutler, Kolson, Blane and Brock; sister, Ruth Narramoore; brothers, Red Jenkins and Bo Jenkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be David Jenkins, Bubba Jenkins, Clayton Green, Levi Taylor, Benjamin Taylor and Bud Bishop and honorary pallbearers, Kelan Jenkins, Kutler Jenkins, Kolson Jenkins, Blane Worley and Brock Worley.
Published Thursday, June 7, 2007

Jennings, Allene
1926-2007

Graveside service for Allene Jennings, 81, of Bridgeport will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. James Thompson officiating. Visitation will be Thursday before the service.
Jennings died Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 21, 1926, in Haskell County to Charlie and Ollie McDaniel Steele, she was a retired cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, R.C. Jennings; a daughter, Doris Marie Smith; a son, Robert Joe Payne; three sisters, Julia Hargrove, Lena Mae Cole and Virginia Brinegar; a brother, Charles Steele; and two grandsons.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Mireles and husband, Genaro, of Bowie, Louise Warren and husband, Freddie, of Springtown and Betty Jones of Bridgeport; and a son, Lloyd Payne and wife, Vina, of Borger.
Pallbearers will be Genaro Mireles, Valentin Mireles, Jose Mireles, Joshua Mireles, Cole Davis and Oscar Rangel.
Published Thursday, June 14, 2007

Johnson, Grover Thomas ‘Tommy’
1952-2007

Grover Thomas “Tommy” Johnson, 54, of Krum died Aug. 27, 2007, at his residence. Funeral was Friday, Aug. 31, at Bolivar Baptist Church, with burial at Jackson Cemetery.
Johnson was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Krum to Melvin and Omie Riley Johnson. He graduated from Krum High School and attended Cooke County College and Howard Payne. He married Joan Hachtel on June 6, 1970, in Slidell. He had retired from Mitchell Energy after 20 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Johnson of Krum; son, Kyle Melvin Johnson of Denton; sisters, Joyce Sauter of Krum, Wilma “Pete” Lang of Krum, Linda George of Durant, Okla., and Marjorie “Mert” Woodward of Skellytown; brothers, Donald Johnson and Raymond Johnson of Krum and Terry Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska; and one grandson, Chase Thomas Johnson of Denton.
Memorials may be made to the Krum Public Library.
Published Thursday, September 6, 2007

Jones, Carol Irene
1923-2007

Funeral for Carol Irene Jones, 84, of Decatur was Dec. 14 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Jones died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Bentonville, Ark.
Born Feb. 11, 1923, in Pierre, S.D., to Arlo and Floy Brassfield, she married John R. Jones on March 19, 1943, in Yuma, Ariz., and was a retired business woman. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Decatur and was active in the Meals-on-Wheels program in Dallas until she moved to Bentonville to be close to her family.
She is survived by a son, John S. Jones and wife, Melissa, of Bentonville; three daughters, JoLou Martinez and husband, Bob, of Parker, Ariz., Kandi Hill of Judsonia, Ark., and Tammie Heeren and husband, John, of Arlington; two brothers; two sisters; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dusty Heeren, Jason Herrington, Justin Jones, Branson Jones, John Heeren and Chris Keith.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2007

Jones, James ‘Jim’ Edward
1922-2007

Graveside service for James “Jim” Edward Jones, 84, will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Willowpoint Cemetery.
Jones died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, in Seminole, Okla.
Jones was born Sept. 18, 1922, to Clifford and Effie Jones in Bridgeport. He was a rancher and longtime resident of Wise County.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Norma Jean Jones; stepchildren, Sherril Jean, Mary Lou and Margie Sue of Texas and Jack Morgan of Oklahoma; daughter, Phyllis Eisenman of Bridgeport, son, Glen Jones of Weatherford; sister, Faye Harris of Andrews; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

Jordan, Bonnie Lee Watson
1913-2007
Funeral for Bonnie Lee Watson Jordan, 93, of Bridgeport was Tuesday, March 6, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Don Spain officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemtery.
Jordan died Friday, March 2, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 21, 1913, in Decatur, she was a homemaker. She married Clifford Herschel Watson on Sept. 26, 1931. She was a member of Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Haltom City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years and a daughter, Virginia Watson Harris.
She is survived by a son, Jimmy Watson of Bridgeport, and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 8, 2007

Jordan, Joe A.
1937-2007

Funeral for Joe A. Jordan, 70, of Boyd will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery in Parker County. Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Jordan died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.
Born March 3, 1937, in Childress to Raymond Consula Jordan and Viola Vaught Jordan, he graduated from Kilgore College with a degree in horology in 1964. As a watch maker and jeweler, he worked for Troy Vincent Jewelers and Weatherly Clocks and retired from Edison’s Jewelers. He was a past member of the Tarrant County Watchmaker’s Guild. He was also a bullrider.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Drinkard and brother, Thomas Jordan.
Jordan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Charlotte Jordan; daughter, Cheryl Jordan Pulliam; brothers, Wayland Jordan and wife, Ruth, of Guthrie and Raymond Lewis Jordan and wife, Juanita, of Fort Worth; sister, Glenda Perkins and husband, Alvie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, September 20, 2007

Joseph, Bonnie Jean
1932-2007

Graveside service for Bonnie Jean Joseph, 75, of Bridgeport will be at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Joseph died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 6, 1932, in San Antonio to Wallace and Elsie Burke Carson, she was a retired librarian. She married Marion Allen Joseph Sept. 14, 1954, in San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Dorothy Bieniek.
She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Bertaut and husband Louis of Garland, and Julie Joseph of Cartersville, Ga.; a son, John Joseph and wife Janine of Cartersville; two grandsons, Benjamin and Christopher; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Joyce, Michelle
1965-2006

Funeral for Michelle Lyenette Joyce, 41, of Denton was Jan. 2 at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Buddy Ward officiated. Burial followed at Bosley Cemetery.
Joyce died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, in Dallas.
Born Oct. 10, 1965, in Fontana, Calif., to Mickey and Linda (Bosley) White, she married Joseph Joyce Feb. 5, 1995, in Alvord. She was a cashier and bookkeeper for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by three sons, Jeremy White of Haslet, Joshua White of Argyle and Jeffery White of Hutchins, Kan.; one daughter, Jennifer Hicks of Denton; two brothers, Robert Warner of Montrose, Colo. and Jerry Lockhart of Buna; a grandmother, Peggy Tutt of Bridgeport; and five grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Keene, Gladys
1929-2007

Funeral for Gladys Wolfe Keene, 77, of Boyd was Friday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2.
Keene died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, in Boyd.
Born Sept. 11, 1929, she was a longtime resident of River Oaks.
She is survived by her husband, Spencer Keene; three daughters, Paula Moss and husband, Sam, Patti Mark and husband, Randall, and Donna Keene; two brothers, Charles F. Wolfe Jr. and George Wolfe; a sister, Mildred Hinkle; two grandchildren, Preslee Keene and Katherine “Katie” Mark.
Published Sunday, April 15, 2007

Kees, Mary Virginia ‘Ginger’
1946-2007
Funeral for Mary Virginia “Ginger’ Kees, 60, of Decatur was to be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Greenwood Chapel with entombment at Greenwood Mausoleum in Fort Worth.
Kees died Friday, June 15, 2007.
Born Oct. 17, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., she was a graduate of VTI Academy of Irving, earning certification as a medical and dental assistant. She was a member of Victory Family Church in Decatur and a professional nanny.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd A. Kees; two sons, Anthony “Tony” D. Kees and wife, Susan, and Shawn A. Kees; two brothers, Denis Luttrell and wife, Kathleen, and Glenn Luttrell and wife, Deanna; and a sister, Karen Luttrell.
Published Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kelley, Eva Jewell
1923-2007

Funeral for Eva Jewell Kelley, 84, of Cyprus was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Coker-Hawkins Chapel, with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Kelley died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Tomball.
Born May 9, 1923, in Roanoke, she and her husband of 42 years, Jim Bill Kelley, lived in Rhome until 1997 when she moved to the Houston area to be close to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her son, Michael Wayne Kelley and wife, Nancy, of Houston; granddaughter, Melissa Kelley of Houston; and sister, Idell Noah.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kernan, Jack, Dr.
1925-2007

Funeral for Dr. Jack Kernan, 81, of Decatur was Friday, Jan. 5, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel with Luke Oyler officiating. Burial followed at Justin Cemetery.
Kernan died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007.
Born Aug. 22, 1925, in Hastings, Neb., to Bartholomew and Erma Kernan, he was a general practice physician. He practiced medicine for more than 54 years in Hobbs, N.M. He was in the United States Marines and received numerous medals, including a purple heart during World War II. He married Carolyn Lee Triplett on Dec. 28, 1973, in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; daughters, Kerri Mullins of New Jersey, Lisa and Dwayne Hicks and Amy and Leslie Hester, all of Decatur; sons, Dr. John Kernan and wife, Gay, of Hobbs, N.M., David Kernan of Houston, Andy and Jason Kernan, both of Oklahoma, and John and Sonya Watkins of Duncanville; two brothers, Bart Kernan of California and Jim Kernan of Seattle, Wash.; and 12 grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Kessler, Mary ‘Kay’
1920-2007
A private service will be held for Mary “Kay” Kessler, 86, of Paradise.
She died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Paradise.
Born April 3, 1920, in Lincoln, Neb., she was a retired switchboard operator and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph D. Kessler, and her brother, Raymond.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen M. Hoffman and husband, Jeff, and Sandy Kessler, all of Paradise; and a niece, Gloria Friedrich and husband, Mike, and their son, Matthew, of Shorewood, Ill.
Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Khorsandi, Keivan
1924-2007
Graveside service for Keivan Khorsandi, 83, of Rhome, was Sept. 5 at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery in Rhome. Mobed Vakil officiated.
Khorsandi died Sept. 4, 2007, in Rhome.
Born May 21, 1924, in Tehran, Iran, to Ardeshir and Shereen Khorsandi, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jamshid Parvaresh, of Tehran; and a son, Ardeshir Parvaresh of Abilene.
She is survived by two sons, Esfandiar Parvaresh and wife, Parichair, of Tehran, and Khosrow Parvaresh and wife, Mary, of Rhome; a daughter-in-law, Marianna Parvaresh, of Abilene; two granddaughters, Maynoush and Sarah; and three grandsons Jamshid, Michael and Stephen.
Published Sunday, September 9, 2007

Kimball, Charles W. ‘Chuck’
1943-2007

Funeral for Charles W. “Chuck” Kimball, 64, of Chico will be at noon Thursday, June 14, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery.
Kimball died Saturday, June 9, 2007, in Chico.
Born June 4, 1943, in Deming, N.M., to Guy W. and Annie Hartwell Kimball, he retired from NCR and Getronics Corporation and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He married Dianne Klein June 1, 1973, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife; a son Rick Kimball and wife, Jodi, of York, S.C.; daughters, Wendy Merritt and husband, Troy, Edwards of Royse City and Melinda Merritt of Chico; grandchildren, Lorynne and Chase Edwards of Royse City and Hutcheson Cheyne of Chico; mother, Annie “Bea” Ferguson of Tampa, Fla.; brother, Gary Kimball and wife, Jauan, of Tampa; sister, Mary Ellen Hallstrom of Ridgefield, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, June 14, 2007

King, Barbara J. Fowler
1941-2007

Funeral for Barbara J. Fowler King, 66, of Alvord was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. The Rev. Dan Sparkman was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico.
King died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, in Bowie.
Born June 28, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Otto S. Fowler and Goldie Clover, she was a nurse. She married C. B. King Jr. Sept. 4, 1972, in Weatherford.
She is survived by her husband of Alvord; three sons, Chris King of Alvord, Keith King and wife, Holly, of Washington and Sammy King of San Angelo; and two grandchildren, Christopher Dalton King and Carley Danielle King.
Pallbearers were to be Brent Parker, Larry Hicks, Glenn Carlton, Roy King, Russell King and Vernon Forrester.
Published Sunday, December 9, 2007

King, John Edward
1942-2007

Graveside service for John King, 64, of Bridgeport was April 2 at Westside Cemetery in Bridgeport. The Rev. Darrell Jennings Sr. officiated.
King died Saturday, March 31, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 12, 1942, in Bridgeport to Johnnie and Lena King, he married Brenda Thomason on Oct. 26, 1958.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim King.
He is survived by his wife; two brothers, Billy King and Tommy King, both of Bridgeport; a sister, Barbara Reed of Bridgeport; five sons, Myrl Thomason of Louisana, and Edward King, Wayne King, and Danny King and wife, Sherry, all of Bridgeport, and Brian King and wife, Amy, of Euless; two daughters, Vicki King and Brandy DelAngel and husband, David, all of Bridgeport; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, April 5, 2007

Kleam, Kenneth Wayne
1940-2007

Funeral for Kenneth Wayne Kleam, 66, of Bridgeport was Friday, Jan. 12, at Jones Family Funeral Home with Chaplain Luke Oyler officiating. Burial was at East Side Cemetery.
Kleam died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born April 7, 1940, in Smith County, he was an oil and gas regional salesman. He was in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Helen Kleam.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Kleam; three sons, Donald Kleam, Ronald Kleam and wife, Betty, and William Jace Kleam; two brothers, Bob and Randy Kleam; and a granddaughter, Kenloe Marie Kleam.
Pallbearers were Waymon Lewis Jr., Doug Hudson, Willie Garrett, Alan Baker, Scotty Hale and Brandon McComis.
Published Sunday, January 14, 2007

Kostiw, Margaret G.
1923-2007
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Margaret G. Kostiw, 83, of Boyd.
Kostiw died Monday, July 23, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 8, 1923, in Duluth, Minn., to Walter and Jenny Andler, she was a retired waitress.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Lynn Scovell.
She is survived by her son, Thomas W. Kostiw of Boyd; two cousins, Patricia Ross of Chicago, Ill., and Linda Larson of Minneapolis, Minn.; a sister, Delores Boldt of Duluth; an aunt, Gladys Larson of Minneapolis; and a niece, Barbara Becker of Sacramento, Calif.
Published Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kott, Vernon, Sr.
1944-2007

Funeral for Vernon Kott Sr., 63, of Paradise, was Dec. 11 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Kott died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 22, 1944, in Austin to Vernon and Lela Hollis Herrin, he was a prayer minister for Kenneth Copeland Ministries for 27 years. He served in the U.S. Airforce from 1961 to 1965 and married Kay Smith July 23, 1963, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Vernon Kott Jr., Brandon Kott and wife, Michelle, and Travis Kott and wife, Stephanie, all of Paradise; a daughter, Laurie Kott of Fort Worth; and five grandchildren, Breana, Kaylen, Savannah, Kindal and Carter.
Published Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kurnes, Joyce Charlene
1952-2007
Funeral for Joyce Charlene Kurnes, 55, of Chico was Nov. 13 at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs. The Revs. Mark Autry and Kenneth Woods officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Kurnes died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, in Dallas.
Born Sept. 11, 1952, in Lawton, Okla., to Harvey and Hattie Workman Rosson, she was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Chris Rosson and wife, Melinda, of Crafton; two daughters, Rose Fuller and husband, Preston, and Jenny Riddles and husband, David, all of Chico; nine grandchildren, Kris, Klayton, P.J., Emily, Chase, Kyler, Michael, Rustyn and Cambryn; a great-grandchild, Logan Ray; husband, Robert Morton; mother, Hattie Sydor of Amarillo; four brothers, Roy, Stephen and Troy Rosson and Stanley Capes; and two sisters, Janet Priest and Cynthia Sydor.
Pallbearers were Greg Ames, Craig Cowley, Ed Cowley, Randy York, Chester Fuller and Butch McCain. Honorary pallbearers were Kris Anderson, Klayton Riddles, P.J. Fuller, Chase Riddles, Kyler Riddles, Michael Rosson and Rustyn Fuller.
Published Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kwiatkowski, Jesse Charles
1991-2007

Funeral for Jesse Charles Kwiatkowski, 16, of Paradise will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Burial will be at East Side Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home, 1401 Halsell St. in Bridgeport.
Kwiatkowski died Monday, May 7, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born March 9, 1991, in St. Louis, Mo., to Charles and Erica Kwiatkowski, he was a sophomore at Bridgeport High School.
He is survived by his parents of Paradise; a brother, Joshua Ledwidge; and a grandmother, Marie Achziger.
Published Thursday, May 10, 2007

Lambert, Marshall David
1977-2007

Funeral for Marshall David Lambert, 29, of Decatur was April 24 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner officiating.
Lambert died Thursday, April 19, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 18, 1977, to David Gene Lambert and Sara Lynn Young, he was a truck driver for Coffman Tank Trucks.
He is survived by his mother, Sara Young of Decatur; two children, Alex Lambert and Anna Lambert, both of Decatur; his former wife, Crystie; a son, Matthew Taylor of Cleburne; his father, David Lambert and wife, Carla, of Boyd; a brother, Jonathan Lambert of Boyd; a sister, Carol Lambert of Boyd; and a grandmother, Billie Lambert of Boyd.
Pallbearers were Forest Cartwright, Michael Minor, Roger Theayer, Tony Gildon, Andy Gildon, Lee Everton, Gene Jennings and Allen Hill.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lambert, Mildred Estelle
1922-2007
Memorial for Mildred Estelle Lambert, 85, of Alvord will be scheduled at a later date.
She died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in Alvord.
Born Feb. 9, 1922, in Terrell to Thomas David Rankin and Frances Josephine Royster, she married Ellis Lambert in 1980 in Mabank and was a homemaker.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Armstrong of Alvord; a son, Benny Halford and wife, Sabra, of Fairfield; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Genece Lunsford of Los Angeles, Calif., and Tommie Shoulders of Pleasant Grove.
Published Sunday, December 9, 2007

Lanier, Esther Marie Nall
1926-2007
Graveside service for Esther Marie Nall Lanier, 81, of Decatur was April 20 at Cottondale Cemetery.
Lanier died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born April 14, 1926, in Paradise to William “Buck” Nall and Emmie Nall, she was a retired banking secretary.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Viola Etheridge, Cleo Hayhurst and Ruby Holland; a brother, Dub Nall; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Joy Eubanks.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Lanier; three sons, Roger Read and wife, Linda, Rodney Read and wife, Robyn, and Robert Read; a daughter, Saundra Eubanks and husband, J.R.; a brother, B.F. Nall; six grandchildren, Chad Eubanks, Tracy Davis, Sarah Read, Jennifer Read, Will Read and Jake Read; and a great-grandson, Zachary Eubanks.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2007

Largent, Jerry
1953-2007

Graveside service for Jerry Lee Largent, 53, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Chico Cemetery with the Rev. John Anderson officiating.
Largent died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 24, 1953, in Fort Worth to Clarence and Vivian Goodwin Largent, he was a truck driver. He married Yvonne Elaine Collins Dec. 3, 1999, in Parker County. He was a member of The Church in Peaster.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Charles Largent and a sister, Glenda Pitus.
He is survived by his wife, Missy Largent, of Bridgeport; children, Daniel Galen Largent and Jesse James Largent and wife, Ashley, all of Azle, Thomas Lindley Largent of Bridgeport, Amanda Kay Largent of Chico, Richard A. Loller Jr. of Hudson Oaks and Amber Pullin and husband, Cody, of Winnsboro; grandchildren, Brooke, Corbitt and Katy Ann; brothers, Clarence Largent of Bridgeport and Monty Largent of Azle; and a sister, Johnnie Schilo of Bridgeport.
Published Thursday, August 16, 2007

Larson, Donald J.
1920-2007
Funeral for Donald J. Larson, 87, of Fort Worth will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Independence Chapel at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Larson died Sunday, July 22, 2007.
Larson was born June 26, 1920, in Park Falls, Wis., to Chris and Mayme Larson. He graduated from Park Falls High before attending Bradley University and later joined the Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force. Larson married his wife, Ady, in Vienna, Austria, in 1958.
Larson was proceeded in death by two sisters, Maxine Vining and Shirley Artibee.
He is survived by his wife, Ady Larson; son, Walter Larson of Vienna, Austria; daughters, Heidi Metts and husband, Daryl, of Decatur and Kris Atwod and husband, Jim, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Stephen, Shan, Sascha and Walter Larson Jr., Rebecca, Eric, Timothy and Christopher Metts and Christian and Jeffrey Atwood; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Ripken and Parker Larson; and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests donations be sent to the Cancer Education and Research Foundation of Texas, 800 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102.
Published Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lawhorn, Curtis Wayne
1952-2007

Funeral for Curtis Wayne Lawhorn, 54, of Bridgeport was Feb. 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Lawhorn died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 10, 1952, in Tyler, he was a salesman for Karl Klement Dodge in Decatur. He was also a basic police officer, certified in 1992. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University and attended the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
He is survived by a brother, James Lawhorn of Granbury, and a sister, Jean Lawhorn.
Pallbearers were Ralph Evans, Mike Wheat, Bill Moore, Gary Cox, Richie Buck and Kevin Vines. Honorary pallbearers were Eddy Grundy, Leonard Fuhrmann and Forrest Walker.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Published Thursday, February 22, 2007

Laxton, Clara Kelly
1940-2007
Memorial service for Clara Kelly Laxton, 66, of Springtown will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jim Taylor will officiate.
Laxton died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in Springtown.
Born Nov. 2, 1940, in Monroe, La., to Bernice Avery Sr. and Lillian Dunbar Kelly, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, James Troy Laxton; two sons, John Troy and Joseph Todd Laxton; and a brother, Bernice Avery Kelly Jr.
She is survived by a son, James T. Laxton and wife, Sandra, of Frisco; a granddaughter, Ashley Laxton of Frisco; and numerous nieces.
Published Thursday, January 25, 2007

Leamer, Robert Bruce
1926-2007

No service is planned for Robert Bruce Leamer, 81, of Decatur. He was cremated at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. His cremains will be scattered in the places he loved.
Leamer died Monday, April 23, 2007, at his home in Decatur.
Born April 18, 1926, in Philadelphia to Bruce and Lessie Leamer, he was a retired engineer for TRW. He was a Lutheran. He married Joan Elizabeth Leamer in La Mesa, Calif., on Sept. 10, 1949.
Leamer served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Hazelwood at the battle of Okinawa in the Pacific in World War II and later was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula. He was a certified scuba diver, avid snow skier, reader and woodworker.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Leamer Jr., of Seattle, and a brother, Bill Leamer.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; one son, Jim Leamer of Spokane, Wash.; a daughter, Sheryl Leamer of New Haven, Conn.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Letty Stearns of Boyd; a nephew, Bruce Leamer of Long Beach, Calif.; a granddaughter, Lily DiMuro of New Haven, Conn.; and a grandson, Lucas DiMuro of Wilmington, Vt.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lee, Jesse Tucker
1977-2007
Graveside service for Jesse Tucker Lee, 29, of Denton will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Bolivar Cemetery in Bolivar. Vistation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Lee died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, in Denton.
Born May 10, 1977, in Denton, he was a roofer.
He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Smith of Bowie; his mother, Marsha Smith; his father, Jesse Lee; a brother, Josh Hysom; two sisters, Christy Paddack of Krum and Jennifer Hutson of Bellevue; and his grandmother, Fern Lee.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Lee, Jesse Wayne
1980-2007

Funeral for Jesse Wayne Lee, 26, of Rhome will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Newark Church of Christ. Bobby Boaldin will officiate. Burial will be at Aurora Cemetery.
Lee died Sunday, March 11, 2007, in Denton County.
Born July 10, 1980, in Corpus Christi, he was a glazer with Haley Greer of Dallas.
He is survived by his wife, Brandy Lee of Rhome; a son, Jarred Lee of Rhome; a daughter, Megan Lee of Rhome; his parents, Jerry Wayne and Alice Lee of Rhome; a sister, Jennifer Kurtz and husband, Bob, of Rhome; and a nephew, Jason Kurtz.
Pallbearers will be Rob Kurtz, Jason Black, Steven Hogue, Jarred Robertson, Chalres Thompson and Nick Carpenter.
Memorials may be made in Brandy Lee’s name to Wells Fargo Bank in Rhome.
Published Thursday, March 15, 2007

Lefler, James Bradley
1923-2007

Funeral for James Bradley Lefler, 84, of Fort Worth was Tuesday, July 31, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery.
Lefler died Saturday, July 28, 2007.
Born Jan. 17, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to William and Ella Warne Lefler, he was a retired land title examiner. He joined the Army in May 1945 at the Amarillo Army Air Field Separation Base as a flight officer and had a great interest in geneology. He married Lillie Maye Woolaver Feb. 6, 1965, in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Joy Hoyos of Houston and Shirley Swiger and husband, Bill, of Arlington; sister, Lorraine Beadle of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Brad Swiger; granddaughters, Debbie Ford and Christina Ebrahim; and great-grandsons Justin and Daniel.
Pallbearers were Brian Ford, Brad Swiger, Mohammad Ebrahim, Wayne Woolaver, Roger Johnson and Bill Swiger.
Published Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lester, Wendell Marion
1930-2007
Private funeral for Wendell Marion Lester, 77, of Decatur was Aug. 5 at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Lester died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 15, 1930, in Comanche, Okla., to Marion and Wilma Ice Lester, he was a self-employed restaurant, hotel and laundry owner. He married Mildred Phillips in Love County in Oklahoma Sept. 22, 1997.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Lisa West and husband, Ray, and Kay Ouchtaqalla and husband, Brahim, all of Arlington; a son, Michael Lewis and wife, Kerstein, of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Edwin ‘Skippy’ Lester; a sister, Darlene Roper; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, August 12, 2007

Leverette, Jim
1928-2007
Funeral for Jim Leverette, 79, of Sherman was Thursday at Waldo Funeral Chapel in Sherman. The Revs. Kevin George, Jake Leverette and Bill Knight, officiated. Burial followed at West Hill Cemetery.
Leverette died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in Sherman.
Born Jan. 12, 1928, in Bryan County, Okla., to Otis and Zona (Rolen) Leverette, he graduated from Sherman High School and married Helen McAfee on Jan. 27, 1945. He worked in the moving business for more than 30 years as the owner of Leverette Transfer and Storage. He later worked for Johnson and Johnson, retiring in June 1993. He served as a deacon for 51 years at Calvary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason.
He is survived by his wife of Sherman; three daughters, Donna Groves and husband, T.A., of Chico, Nancy Bernard and husband, Mike, and Pam Gurley and husband, Jack, all of Sherman; a son, John Leverette of Sherman; eight grandchildren, Kristi Byrd and husband, Alan, of Bridgeport, Chad Husky and wife, Ronda, of Jacksboro, Malina Aleman and husband, Chico, Eric Bernard and wife, Hollie, Jennifer Benedict and husband, Shane, Jathan Gurley, and Dakota and Josh Leverette, all of Sherman; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Hardy and husband, Bill, of Garland and Brenda Nobles and husband, Jackie, of Sherman.
Pallbearers were Eric Bernard, Jathan Gurley, Shane Benedict, Chico Aleman, Alan Byrd, and Dakota and Josh Leverette. Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Barton, Cecil Cordell, Charles Hines, Don Dannenberg, Steve Davis and Leonard Cox.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Bible Fund at 421 W. Moore, Sherman, Texas 75090.
Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Limon, Maria Elena
1969-2007

Mass of Christian burial for Maria Elena Limon, 37, of Bowie will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Montague. The Rev. Stephen Berg will officiate. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. in the Drawing Room of the White Family Funeral Home.
Limon died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 8, 1969, in Mexico, she was employed as the head cook at the Hot Skillet Restaurant in Alvord and was known for making the hottest hot sauce around. She enjoyed listening to music and working in her rose garden.
She is survived by three children, Mellisa, Tony and Melina Limon, all of Bowie.
Memorials may be made to the Maria Limon Children’s Fund at any Legend Bank location.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Lindsey, John R.
1926-2007

Funeral for John R. Lindsey, 80, of Jacksboro was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro. Burial was to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. The Rev. David Weber was to officiate.
Lindsey died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in Wichita Falls.
Born Aug. 24, 1926, in Jack County to Dave and Mary Evelyn (Walters) Lindsey, he was a retired state district judge and a rancher. He married Carol Glendinning on July 28, 1956, in Green Valley. He was a member of the Jacksboro First United Methodist Church.
Lindsey was a World War II veteran and a founding member of the Jack County Sheriff’s Posse. He was a member of the North Texas Council of Government, the Jack County Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Association, the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce, the local VFW, the Lions Club and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He was an active supporter of the Long Horn Council of the Boy Scouts. He held public offices as county attorney and county judge of Jack County, district attorney of Jack, Parker and Wise counties, was a state district judge and senior district judge.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Lindsey of Jacksboro; a daughter, Carolyn Lindsey and husband, Walter Jones, of Cuervo, N.M.; a son, David Lindsey and wife, Pam, of Strawn; two sisters, Jean Lindsey of Jacksboro and David Marie Hunter of Jack County; and two grandchildren, Andrew Lindsey and Jonathan Lindsey.
Published Sunday, May 6, 2007

Lipstreu, Nell
1926-2007

Graveside service for Nell Lipstreu, 80, of Springtown was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Springtown Cemetery.
Lipstreu died Monday, March 5, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 9, 1926, in Goldthwaite to Gorman and Ila Knowles Baker, she grew up in Denton and was employed by the Denton Phone Company. She married Bill Lipstreu on May 23, 1947. They moved to Boyd in 1954 and to Springtown in 1970. She was an employee of Mitchell Energy in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mykel Blanchard; and a grandson, Eric Damon Gromatzky.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sandy Brown and husband, Richard, of Boyd; and grandchildren, Donny and Barry Brown, both of Boyd.
Published Thursday, March 8, 2007

Lisby, Mylas Andrew
1922-2007
Funeral for Mylas Andrew Lisby, 84, was to be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Azle. Burial was to be in Boyd Cemetery.
Lisby died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
Born Nov. 19, 1922, in Newark, Lisby lived and went to school in Boyd until he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps. After working in Colorado on the Red Rocks Amphitheater and Buffalo Bill’s grave projects, he came back to work at Burrus Mills in Saginaw.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged with the rank of sergeant in December 1945. He married Mary Wills June 2, 1946. The couple had three children and moved from Boyd to Fort Worth in 1957. He worked at Trinity Portland Cement until his retirement in 1984. He and Mary loved to go fishing and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Diane Lisby, Shirley White and husband, Paul, and Les Lisby and wife, Jan; grandchildren, Andrew White and wife, Sarah, Mark and Caleb White, Rachel Soria and husband, Victor, and Leanne Lisby; great-granddaughter, Ava Joy Soria; brother, Hershel Lisby; brother-in-law, Alfred Wenzel.
Memorials may be made to The Church in Fort Worth, P.O. Box 11221, Fort Worth, TX 76110.
Published Thursday, September 20, 2007

Loper, Linda Kay
1947-2007

Memorial service for Linda Kay Loper, 59, of San Angelo will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
Loper died Monday, July 2, 2007, in San Angelo.
Born Sept. 23, 1947, in Seminole to L.M. and Thelma McCraken Pierce, she worked in the food industry most of her life.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Pierce and a brother, Rex Pierce.
She is survived by her children, Shannon Long of San Angelo and Richard S. Dean IV of Rhome; grandchildren, Kevin Harris of Hobbs, N.M., Kari amd Kayci Long, both of San Angelo and Tara and Shelbi Dean, both of Rhome; great-grandchildren, James and Eli Harris, both of Hobbs, Alexis Long of San Angelo and Cody Landrum of Rhome; sisters, Pam Snyder of Newark and Beverly Boils of Santa Anna; brothers, Jack Pierce of Hobbs and David Pierce of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, July 8, 2007

Lopez, Jorge Luis
1985-2007
Mass for Jorge Luis Lopez, 21, of Bridgeport was to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Fr. Sojan George was to officiate. Burial was to follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Lopez died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 22, 1985, in Denton, to Jorge and Olga Lopez, he was a welder for Richey Oilfield Construction. He was a 2004 graduate of Bridgeport High School and a Catholic.
He is survived by his parents of Bridgeport; two sisters, Claudia Titus and husband, Jeff, of Loveland, Colo., and Jessica Lopez of Bridgeport; his girlfriend, Mary Moore of Chico; his Godparents, Jose and Martha Sanchez of Lake Worth; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers were to be Paco Suarez, David Suarez, Francisco Esparza, Sergio Rodrguez, Trent Mills and Victor Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were to be David Brigham, Jeff Titus and Shawn Kelly.
Published Thursday, September 27, 2007

Love, Luella
1937-2007

Graveside service for Luella Love, 70, of Decatur was to be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Love died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 16, 1937, in Bloomington, Ill., to Arthur and Lillian Lewis, she was a homemaker and a member of the House of Prayer in Girard, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Eugene Love, and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Askins and husband, James, of Chico; son, Glenn Love of Carlinville, Ill.; two grandchildren, Brittany Love and Anthony Beagle; step-grandchildren, Jesse Askins, Jimmy Askins and Elizabeth Askins; brother, Raymond Lewis and wife, Sarah, of Girard; sisters, Barbara Lewis and Maryanne Lindgren, both of Girard; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lovell, Isaiah Joel
2007
A private service will be held for Isaiah Joel Lovell, the infant son of Ty and Rachel Lovell of Decatur.
Lovell was born and died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Grapevine.
He is survived by his parents; a twin sister, Ariel Lovell, a sister, Madeline Lovell; three brothers, Samuel, Lee and Tomlyn Lovell, all of Decatur; grandparents, Lynn and Oleta Lovell and Tommy and Nedra Ashton, all of Hurst; great-grandmother, Norma Ashton of Houston; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Published Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lowe, Ryan Adam
1990-2007

Service for Ryan Adam Lowe, 17, of Springtown was Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Springtown Church of Christ with burial at Opal Cemetery in Wise County.
Lowe died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Wise County.
Born Jan. 25, 1990, in Fort Worth to Shane and Jamie Lowe of Springtown, he would have been a senior at Paradise High School where he played baseball and basketball. He was a member of the Springtown Church of Christ.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Maegan Lowe; grandparents, Lynn and Carolyn Browning and Marshall and Shirley Lowe, all of Springtown; great-grandparents, Foy and Billie Lowe, of Springtown and Dorothy Kammerer of Azle; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Thursday, August 9, 2007

Lowrimore, Mildred Juanita
1923-2007

Mildred Juanita (Anthonty) Lowrimore, 84, died Sept. 3, 2007, in Decatur. Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with the Revs. George Box and Jim Lowrimore to officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
Visitation is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Coker-Hawkins.
Lowrimore was born on Aug. 24, 1923, in Le Roy, Kan., to Anna Marie McKusker Anthony and Dewey Dale Anthony. She married Bonnie Eugene Lowrimore on June 19, 1944, in Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Bonnie Eugene Lowrimore, son Clifford Anthony Lowrimore, granddaughter Brenda Kaye Summers and brothers Dale Anthony and Jess Anthony.
Lowrimore is survived by her sons, Jim Lowrimore and wife Diane, of Krum, and Kenny Lowrimore and wife Sue of Frisco; daughters, Dianna Jean Meek and husband Dennis, of Decatur, and Beverly Kugler and husband David of Red Oak; brother Lee Anthony of Le Roy; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Clifford Box, sister-in-law Vivian Watson and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Lowrimore, Philip Stevenson, Dennis Burnhardt, Doug Box, David Kugler and Dennis Meek.
Published Thursday, September 6, 2007

Luevanos, Raquel
1946-2007

Funeral for Raquel Luevanos, 60, of Paradise was March 15 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Gonzalo Morales officiating.
Luevanos died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Paradise.
Born Aug. 9, 1946, in Jerez Zacatecas, Mexico, to Librido Fernandez and Elvira Mares, she was a homemaker. She married Jose Ruben Luevanos on Feb. 13, 1965, in Mexico. She was a member of the Catholic church.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roberto and Sabino Fernandez.
She is survived by her husband of Paradise; children, Sofia Pedroza and husband Hugo of Decatur, Librado Luevanos and wife Elvira, Ruben Luevanos and wife Laura and Oscar Luevanos, all of Paradise, and Cecilia De Hoyos and husband Emilio of Bridgeport; brothers, Aucencio, Severo, Aurelio and Panfilo Fernandez; and sisters, Hermelinda Avina Fernandez and Ema Inguanzo.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Lutenbaker, Troy Lee ‘Poppotnin’
1938-2007

Funeral for Troy Lee ‘Poppotnin’ Lutenbaker, 68, of Decatur was Jan. 29 at Community Church in Decatur. The Revs. John Redfern and Gary Sessions officiated. Burial followed at Lynn Creek Cemetery in Jacksboro.
Lutenbaker died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 22, 1938, in Bridgeport to Bryan and Quilla Mann Lutenbaker, he was a graduate of Bridgeport High School and owner and founder of Sandy Hill Redi Mix. He married Reba Jackson June 3, 1960, in Bridgeport. Lutenbaker was a founding member of Wise County Tin and Iron, a member of the Community Church and the Wise County Antique Auto Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 23, 2005.
He is survived by his son, Chris Lutenbaker of Alvord; two daughters, Tammy Coleman and Debbie Lutenbaker, both of Decatur; four grandsons, Rusty Coleman and wife, Chasity, of Bridgeport, Tye Coleman, Reese Coleman and Jackson Clements; two granddaughters, Cassie Clements and Annie Hodges; two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Emerson Coleman; and a sister, Qzella Petty of Boyd.
Pallbearers included Rocky Blaylock, Perfecto Huerta, Doug Jackson, Kenny Jackson, Todd Stokes and Jerry Taylor. Honorary pallbearers included Jerry Jackson, Roy Boswell and Bruce Rajala.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

Lynch, Roy Gene ‘Little Gene’
1978-2007
Service for Roy Gene “Little Gene” Lynch, 28, of Rhome was Feb. 27 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. The Rev. John Grogan officiated. Burial followed in Boyd Cemetery.
Lynch died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 7, 1978, in Decatur, he was a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of Western Hills Assembly of God.
He is survived by his father, Gene Lynch and fiancée, Cindy Dickey, of Newark; his mother, Paula Lynch of Conroe; a brother, Ryan Lynch of Newark; two sisters, Jessica Lynch and Jenna Lynch of Newark; step-mother, Cindy Sparks of Newark; and grandmother, Juanita McLaughlin of De Kalb.
Pallbearers will be Billy Nowlin, Johnny King, Paul King, James Cornstubble, Bubba Cornstubble and Chris Pennington.
Published Thursday, March 1, 2007

Maness, Chubby Gene
1929-2007

Funeral for Chubby Gene Maness, 78, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown. Burial was to follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.
He died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 17, 1929, in Springtown to Arrie and Ruth Byers Maness, he was a lifelong resident of Wise County. He was president of the Decatur Eagles Booster Club in 1970 and 1980. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Ola, and three brothers.
He is survived by two sons, James Maness and wife, Tiffany of Azle and Fred Allen of Springtown; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Valton Maness and Larry Maness, both of Springtown.
Published Sunday, December 9, 2007

Mangus, Brenda Gail
1946-2007
Funeral for Brenda Gail Mangus, 61, of Decatur was Aug. 9 at First United Methodist Church in Jasper. The Rev. Thomas O. Brumett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, conducted the service. Burial was in Jasper. Mangus died Aug. 4, 2007, in Fort Worth.
She was born Jan. 15, 1946, in Nederland to Earl and Lydia Spencer.
She is survived by a son, Jerod McCloud and his wife Amy; daughter Monica McCloud; son, Steven Mangus and wife, Dana; son Derrell Mangus and wife Ginger and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Gary Spencer and Berthold Spencer and a sister, Sharon Barclay.
Published Thursday, August 16, 2007

Manire, Marshall Arthur
1946-2007
A memorial service for Marshall Arthur Manire, 61, was held Sunday, Dec. 2 in Denton. He was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Born July 19, 1946, in Denton, he lived and worked in Arlington most of his life.
He is surivived by his sisters, Nancy Hickman and Mona Munn of Athens and Carolyn Andres of Mesquite; aunts, Dora Manire of Decatur, LaVerne Manire of Weatherford; step-mom, Phylis Manire Cross; and numerous cousins.
Published Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mann, Robert Jay, Jr.
1923-2007

Funeral for Robert Jay Mann Jr., 83, of Haltom City was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Haltom City. Burial was to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Drs. Jeff May and Jerry Chism were to officiate.
Mann died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in Haltom City.
Born May 19, 1923, near Sycamore, in Wise County, to Robert Jay and Rosa May Mann, he was raised and educated in Decatur. He volunteered and became an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Force during World War II. He married Ella Marie Stone on March 8, 1947, in Decatur. He retired from General Motors in Arlington after 29 1/2 yeras.
He was a 33 degree Mason and was the past master, lifetime member and Golden Trowel Award recipient of the Haltom City Masonic Lodge. He was a past patron of the Eastern Star Haltom City chapter. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a brother and three sisters.
He is survived by brothers, Billy J. Mann and wife, Lavell, of Decatur, Jackie Mann and wife, Ruth, of Mineral Wells and Ernest Mann and wife, Margaret, of Arlington; a sister-in-law, Leona Mann; and brothers-in-law, Jimmy Sherman and wife, Kathren, Don Stone and wife, Glenda, and Wayne Stone and wife, Wanda, all of Decatur.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3200 Denton Highway, Haltom City, Texas 76117 or to Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219.
Published Sunday, April 29, 2007

Manning, Carolyn Ann
1948-2007

Funeral for Carolyn Ann Manning, 59, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Wood officiating and burial at Paradise Cemetery.
Manning died Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 12, 1948, in Decatur to Loyd and Eva (Read) Moody, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by a daughter, Angie Watson and husband, Joey, of Chico; a son, Bart Weatherly and wife, Jolinda, of Chico; three grandchildren, Ashleigh Robinson and husband, Chris, of Bridgeport and Nikki and Cameron Weatherly; one great-grandchild, Adriann Robinson; a brother, Jack Moody of Paradise; two sisters, Jannie Lou Meadows and husband, Melvin, and Betty Livengood and husband, Marvin, all of Cottondale.
Pallbearers were to be Jerrod Mowery, Teddy St. John, Paul Arrington Jr., Benny Simmons, Chris Clark, Erick Blalock and honorary pallbearers Cody Burdine, Seth Weatherly, Tommy Maddux and Les McCain.
Published Sunday, July 29, 2007

Manning, Patsy C.
1951-2007

Funeral for Patsy C. Manning, 55, of Pelican Bay was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at First Assembly of God Church in Azle. The Rev. Tim Stevens was to officiate. Burial was to be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Keeter.
Manning died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in Pelican Bay.
Born May 29, 1951, in Seminole to Dayton and Jessie Hardage, she was a beautician. She married Ronnie Manning on Jan. 18, 1987, in Boyd. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Azle.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Manning of Pelican Bay; five sons, David Smith of Palestine, Sammy Smith and wife, Cindy, Terry Smith and wife, Angie, and Michael Manning, all of Pelican Bay, and Ronnie Manning Jr. of El Paso; two daughters, Vicki Fisher and husband, Chester, of Burleson and Christy Manning of Granbury; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five sisters, Mavine Meason of Azle, Martha Frame and husband, Melvin, and Linda Jenkins and husband, Louis, all of Boyd, Brenda Chaney and husband, Glen Manning, and Beverly Harvey and husband, Kenneth, all of Azle; a step-mother, Ina Mae Hardage of Fort Worth; and two step-brothers, Billy Biffel and wife, Cathy, and Bobby Biffel and wife, Lena, all of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were to be Danny Rogers, Timothy Rogers, Jonathon Rogers, Jon Jon, Paul Gomez, Ricky Sisk, John Clark and Ronny Blackwell. Honorary pallbearers were to be Steve Hunt, Mike Gallagher, Stacey Johnson, Lee Flournoy and Justin Meason.
Published Sunday, April 8, 2007

Martin, Clydene
1942-2007

Funeral for Clydene Martin, 65, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at the Balsora Baptist Church in Balsora with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.
Martin died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born June 15, 1942, in San Saba to Eva May and Elmer Vernie Tinney, she retired as secretary for the Bridgeport Independent School District after 27 years.
She was preceeded in death by a brother, Harmon Tinney.
She is survived by her husband, Rufus Martin; daughters, Edie McDonald and husband, Mike, Tina Love and husband, Jimmy, and Cindy Lawson; grandchildren, Aaron Munn, Derek McDonald, Taylor McDonald, Chad Love and Kaylee Love, all of Bridgeport; and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Balsora Baptist Church or www.the3day.org donated in the name of Cindy Lawson in memory of Clydene Martin.
Published Sunday, August 19, 2007

Martin, James Taylor ‘J.T.’, Sr.
1934-2007

Funeral for James Taylor “J.T.” Martin Sr., 72, of Boyd will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Greenwood Chapel. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Greenwood Funeral Home.
Martin died Thursday, March 8, 2007, in Azle.
Born Sept. 1, 1934, in Cooper, he and his wife, Letha, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. He worked for American Manufacturing for 38 years and at Trinitiy Industries for five years before his retirement. He enjoyed traveling the U.S. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Letha Martin of Boyd; two daughters, Deborah Blue and husband, Ronnie, of Aledo and Hadie VanDeren and husband, Joseph, of North Richland Hills; sons, Donald C. Mitchell and wife, Shirley, Johnny Max Martin and wife, Autumn, and Ronnie Mitchell Jr., all of Boyd, James T. Martin of Poolville, Chester L. Martin of Weatherford and Joel Martin and wife, Joyce, of Azle; two brothers, Houston Martin and Willie Joe Martin; three sisters, Jewel Salgada, Dorothy Garcia and Shirley DeQuay; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 11, 2007

Martinez, Diana Iris Medina
2006-2007

Funeral for Diana Iris Medina Martinez, 8 months, of Irving was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur with Father Sojan George officiating. Burial was to be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Martinez died Sunday, March 4, 2007, in Dallas.
She was born June 10, 2006, in Dallas to Elia Martinez Bermudez.
She is survived by her mother; and grandparents, Ignacio Martinez, Eva Bermudez, Jose Medina and Rosa Romero.
Published Sunday, March 11, 2007

Martinez, Javier Eduardo Medina
2003-2007

Funeral for Javier Eduardo Medina Martinez, 3, of Irving was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur with Father 0Sojan George officiating. Burial was to be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Martinez died Monday, March 5, 2007, in Dallas.
He was born Nov. 4, 2003, in Dallas to Elia Martinez Bermudez.
He is survived by his mother; and grandparents, Ignacio Martinez, Eva Bermudez, Jose Medina and Rosa Romero.
Published Sunday, March 11, 2007

Masten, James E.
1922-2007
Graveside service for James E. Masten, 84, of Decatur was to be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Era Cemetery. Kevin Moore was to officiate.
Masten died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Decatur.
He was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Era to James E. Masten and Mary Elizabeth Brewer.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Roberts; a son, Danny Masten and wife, Karen, of Alvord; a grandson, John Masten and wife, Stacy, of Alvord; a great-grandson, Cooper Masten of Alvord; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published Thursday, September 20, 2007

Masten, Jesse E., Jr.
1922-2007
Graveside service for Jesse E. Masten Jr., 84, of Decatur was Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Era Cemetery. Kevin Moore officiated.
Masten died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Decatur.
He was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Era to Jesse E. Masten Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Brewer.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Roberts; a son, Danny Masten and wife, Karen, of Alvord; a grandson, John Masten and wife, Stacy, of Alvord; a great-grandson, Cooper Masten of Alvord; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published Sunday, September 23, 2007

Matthews, Regina Kay
1957-2007

Graveside service for Regina Kay Matthews, 50, of Newark was Dec. 14 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bryans Mill.
Matthews died Monday, Dec. 11, 2007, in Newark.
Born Nov. 12, 1957, in Dallas to Charles Lloyd and Helen M. (Ponder) Matthews, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Reese Dale Morphew, Lloyd Wayne Matthews and Michael Charles Matthews.
She is survived by her husband, Aron Ray Cain of Newark; two daughters, Tericia D. Pena and husband, Donald, of Tyler and Tina Ann Cannon of Grand Prairie; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Madison, Khyra, Ray, Melvin, Christopher and LeOra; her mother of Mena, Ark.; three brothers, Ovid E. Morphew Jr. of Grand Prairie, Roger K. Morphew of Mena and Jimmy L. Matthews of Detroit, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 16, 2007

Matzinger, Alan
1945-2007

Funeral for Alan DeWitt Matzinger, 61, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with George Gray officiating. Burial was to follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Matzinger died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born March 11, 1945, in New Orleans, La., to Irv D. and Mildred Stanfield Matzinger, he worked for Ideal Printers. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his mother of Bridgeport; a brother, Dan Matzinger and wife, Leah Nan, of Paradise; and three nieces, Melissa, Savannah and Joni.
Published Thursday, January 18, 2007

Matzinger, John Dewitt, Jr.
1914-2007

Funeral for John Dewitt Matzinger Jr., 93, of Burnet was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery and Dr. David Burrows officiating.
Matzinger died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, in Cedar Park.
Born Feb. 28, 1914, in Paradise to John Dewitt and Mary Golda Hawk Matzinger, he was a retired elementary and secondary school principal. He was raised in Bridgeport and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1932. He attended Decatur Baptist College from 1932 to 1934. He received a bachelor of science degree in government from North Texas State Teachers College in 1936 and a Master’s degree in elementary school administration from North Texas in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and served as a Rotarian and on the board of the Education Service Center, Region II. He enjoyed golfing. He married Roberta Johnson Pate Aug. 22, 1988.
Matzinger was preceeded in death by his first wife, Virginia Johnson Matzinger in 1978 and three sisters, Zelda Inez Liles, Tim Matzinger and Maude Muriel McCarty.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Linda Kay Hartig and husband David of Burnet; a son, John Delmo Matzinger and wife Charlotte of Cedar Park; two granddaughters, Amy Matzinger DeGroat and husband Jim of Cedar Park and Joy Matzinger Schranghamer and husband Jeff of Boston; a great-grandson, Nash DeGroat of Cedar Park; a step-daughter, Anamary Pate Tinar and husband Morgan of Bridgeport; a step-granddaughter, Catherine Carroll and husband Warren; a step-grandson, Dr. Martin Turman and wife Pamela; two step-grandsons, Ryan and Ethan Carroll; two step-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Alexandra Turman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2007

Maxey, Alma Spain
1935-2007

Funeral for Alma Spain Maxey, 71, of Decatur was April 24 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery. Clyde Spain and Don Spain officiated.
Maxey died Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 23, 1935, in Decatur to Clyde Warren and Nellie Christine Rawle Spain, she married David Maxey on March 30, 1956, in Decatur. They owned and operated Wise County Equipment in Decatur for many years.
She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Phyllis Elenburg and husband, Brad, Becky Swan and husband, Ken, all of Jacksboro, and Joy Addington and Mark Howell of Decatur; grandchildren, Kagen, Kelli and Kane Elenburg, Kasey Swan and wife, Stephanie, Kori Swan, David Paul Addington and wife, Casey, and Colby and Merrick Addington; great-grandchildren, Davy Addington, Kasey Ray Swan II and Kyler Swan; three brothers, Clyde Spain and Don Spain, both of Decatur, and Warren Spain of Corsicana; and two sisters, Emodine Boydston and Idnel Stone of Decatur.
Pallbearers were nephews David Paul Addington, Kasey Swan, Colby Addington, Kagen Elenburg, Merrick Addington and Kane Elenburg.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

McCauley, Kennith, Sr.
1944-2007

Funeral for Kennith McCauley Sr., 63, of Graham was Nov. 20 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Tackett officiating. Burial was at Cottonwood Cemetery in Bryson.
McCauley died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Denton.
Born Feb. 24, 1944, in Center to O.B. and Ruth Ennis McCauley, he was a retired machinist and a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby McCauley; daughters, Denise Tucker and Sandra Kay McCauley; great-grandson, Nicky Winder; brothers, James Carol and Eugene McCauley; and sisters, Tootsie Faulkner and Jimmie Dee McCauley.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Helen Petty of Boyd; a son, Kennith Earl McCauley and wife, Petey, of Paradise; daughters, Reba Horton, Joy McCauley and Kim Brady, all of Boyd; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margie Bowlin of Center, Ida Weatherford of Graham and Ruby Eanes of Bryson; two brothers, Preston McCauley of Decatur and Obie McCauley of Olney; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were J.J. Cooper, Steven Edward, Kennith McCauley, Stevie Brady, Charlie Winder, Robert McCauley and Larry McCauley.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

McClary, Willis Hayes
1927-2007

Willis Hayes McClary, 80, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, in Fort Worth. Funeral services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Cates Street Church of Christ, with burial officiated by Roger Rhodes and assisted by Michael Orr, at Jim Ned Cemetery.
McClary was born May 8, 1927, in Bridgeport to George Hood and Ella Priscilla (Hayes) McClary. He married Mary Alice Warner Dec. 26, 1953, in Waurika, Okla. He was a retired aircraft electrician for Vought Aerospace in Grand Prairie and a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife; son, Mark McClary of Rhome; daughters, Loyce Stewart and husband, Joel, of Fort Worth, Joyce McDonald of Fort Worth and Nina Moore and husband, Ken, of Saginaw; grandchildren Sula McCuiston and husband, Kelly, of Saginaw, Denisha Shipman and husband, Thad, of Saginaw, Matt Presley of Austin, Zack McClary of Rhome, Ross Moore of Saginaw, Amy Clayton of Fort Worth and Tracy Blalack of Longview; great-grandchildren Willis McCuiston, Madison Shipman and Shelly McCuiston, all of Saginaw, Elizabeth and Halie Curley of Fort Worth and Mitchel Cresse, Mia and Riley Blalack, all of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers will be Thad Shipman, Kelly McCuiston, Nolan Warner, Sharky Nelson, David Warner, Jim Warner, Norman Warner, Ross Moore and Willis McCuiston.
Published Thursday, September 6, 2007

McCurdy, Allan Chambers
1932-2007

Funeral for Allan Chambers McCurdy, 98, of Decatur was Dec. 21 at Coker Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated.
McCurdy died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at his home in Decatur.
Born April 2, 1909, in Fort Worth to Rufus Cal McCurdy and Ava Elizabeth Chambers, he was a farmer and rancher. He married Ruth Taylor on Dec. 25, 1932, in Seymore.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Blessing and Beatrice Moore.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Barbara Ann Adair; two brothers, Elton McCurdy of Decatur and Floyd McCurdy of Rhome; a sister, Calva Holland; three grandchildren, Mark Allan Starnes, Tamra Fay Stephens and Sheryl Jean Adair; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Pat McCurdy, Bill McCurdy, K.C. McCurdy, Kyle McCurdy, Rocky Holland, and Tommy Blessing, Johnny Blessing and Bobby Downe.
Published Thursday, December 27, 2007

McKee, James
1942-2007

Funeral for James McKee, 64, of Gainesville was May 3 at Aurora Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Withers officiated. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
McKee died Monday, April 30, 2007, in Gainesville.
Born July 31, 1942, in Decatur, to L.E. Pete McKee and Opal Harwell, he was an electrician. He married Evelyn Garrett May 2, 1964, in Rhome. He was a member of the Aurora Baptist Church and the Rhome Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Melissa Rhodes and husband, Randy, of Decatur and Debbie Knabe and husband, Mark, of Rosston; a son, Ronnie Shockey and wife, Penny, of Rhome; a brother, Larry McKee and wife, Vickie, of Aurora; a sister, Janelle Blasé and husband, Olin, of Decatur; six grandchildren, Jonathan Shockey, Matthew Shockey, Ashley Rhodes, Ryan Rhodes, Blake Knabe and Shae Knabe; a brother-in-law, James P. Garrett; and several nieces.
Published Thursday, May 10, 2007

McKelleb, Richelle Tarace
1966-2007

Memorial for Richelle Tarace McKelleb, 41, of Rhome will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at North Point Christian Church in Lewisville. The Revs. Mike Farrah and Gary Riker will officiate.
McKelleb died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Grapevine.
Born Jan. 18, 1966, in Marion, Ind., to Richard and Janice McKelleb, she was a member of North Point Christian Church.
She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Sherri Phillippe and Angela Lee McKelleb; two nieces, Leah Rodriguez and Shehan Phillippe; a nephew, Ryan Phillippe; two great-nephews; a great-niece; and two great step-nieces.
Memorials may be made in McKelleb’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

McKenzie, Jake
1985-2007

Funeral for Jake McKenzie, 21, of Paradise was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial was be at 2 p.m. at Grapevine Cemetery.
McKenzie died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, in Denton.
Born Nov. 28, 1985, in Bedford, he was an auto inspector for Quick Lube in Saginaw. He attended school in the Northwest school district and was a 2004 graduate of Winfree Academy in Grapevine.
He is survived by his father, Thomas McKenzie and wife, Mary, of Keller; his mother, Candy McKenzie and fiancé, James Williams, of Paradise; an aunt, Susan Messick and husband, Bruce; and two uncles, Mike Evans and fiancee, Linda Powell, and Jim McKenzie and wife, Jean.
Pallbearers were to be Eric, Kalo and Jason Evans, Lee Lovato, Alan Messick and Shannon Keener.
Published Sunday, February 4, 2007

McKinley, Clara LaVon
1931-2007

Memorial service for Clara LaVon McKinley, 75, of Los Lunas, N.M. will be Friday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks Assembly of God in Bridgeport with Gary Sessions officiating.
McKinley died Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 1, 1931, in Mountainair, N.M., she was a certified jailhouse minister in for more than 30 years and a member of the Belen Christian Church of New Mexico. She loved to help underprivileged families, quilt, work puzzles and was an avid antique collector.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew McKinley; sons, Kein McKinley and wife Carlyne of Chico and Faron McKinley of Los Lunas, N.M.; a daughter, Sherry Smith and husband Tommy of Santa Fe, N.M.; brothers, Floyd Galloway of Bridgeport and Oscar Galloway of Belen, N.M.; grandchildren, Jacque Martin of Bixby, Okla., Daniel, Rebekah and Naomi McKinley of Bridgeport, Sarah Atkinson of Marble Falls, Deborah Sellards of Rhome, Abraham and Rachel McKinley of Chico, Kimberlee Kali and Eddie Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Mandy Isaacson of Keller, Heather Lara and Melissa Tyron of Oologah, Okla., and Pam Ledbetter of North Richland Hills; and 12 great-granchildren.
Published Thursday, May 31, 2007

McMurry, Randy
1949-2007

Funeral for Randy McMurry, 57, of Runaway Bay will be Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with Gary Wilson and the Rev. Joe Tom Bement officiating with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
McMurry died Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 28, 1949, in Dumas to David E. “Gene” and Lou Thomason McMurry, he was business manager for Transocean Offshore Drilling Co. for 24 years. He attended the University of North Texas with a major in business. He was married to Rhonda Lynn Bement for 10 1/2 years.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey David McMurry.
He is survived by his wife; children, Kasi Lenan Fagan of Bridgeport, Suzanne Largent and husband, Brad, of Bridgeport and J.T. Stockton and wife, Jodie, of Bridgeport; five granchildren, Madalynn Fagan, Austin Largent, Hunter Largent, Jaden Stockton and Brody James Stockton; a sister, Rowena Wilson and husband Gary of Madisonville; a brother, Dennis McMurry and wife Tonya of Chico; father and mother-in-law, Mike and Sylvia Bement of Runaway Bay; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brett Bement, Steven Bement, J.T. Stockton, Dennis McMurry, Brad Largent and Dave McMurry.
Published Thursday, May 31, 2007

McNutt, Helen Katherine Fair
1907-2007

Funeral for Helen Katherine Fair McNutt, 100, of Olney was Monday, Aug. 6, at Lunn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Johnny Irish, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, officiating. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery.
McNutt died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 27, 1907, in Bowie to Jacob Harvey and Lucy (Brumfield) Fair, she married Charles McNutt in January of 1931 in Dallas. She was the Olney Chamber of Commerce Board of Industry secretary for 15 years, a founding member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher and a member of St. Anne’s Guild, a member of the Amity Club for 40 years and had been active in the PTA during her children’s school years. She moved to Olney from Dalles in 1946.
She was preceeded in death by her husband on Sept. 20, 1957.
She is survived by two daughters, Melinda Helen Ferrell of Austin and Lucy Anne Slaten and husband, Dwayne, of Lake Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Doug Ferrell of Austin, Mark Ferrell and wife, Betty, of Pana, Ill., Carter Slaten and wife, Jody, of Alvord and Kelly Slaten and wife, Kylie, of Sunset; eight great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Douglas, John and Allyson Ferrell and Katie Anne, Parker, Paige and Presley Slaten.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Olney, Texas 76374.
Published Thursday, August 9, 2007

McWhorter, Daniel Ray
1952-2007

Daniel Ray McWhorter, 55, of Olden, known to his friends and family as “Danny Mac,” died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, near Bridgeport.
Funeral was Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Eastland. Interment followed at Eastland Cemetery, with Roy Hailey officiating.
McWhorter was born in Amarillo July 13, 1952, to Merle Chester McWhorter and Druzella Rasco. He attended schools in Eastland and Olden. He married Annette Cummins on Jan. 13, 1990, in Olden.
He is survived by his wife, Annette, of Olden; his daughter, Melissa Sue Elnora McWhorter of Olden; sons, Jeffery Ray McWhorter, Michael Dean McWhorter, Jeremy James McWhorter, Merle Dewayne McWhorter and Norman Dean McWhorter, all of Abilene, and Nathan Daniel McWhorter of Olden; sister, Sheryl McWhorter Weatherford of Eastland; and brother, Bobby Gene McWhorter of Amarillo.
Published Thursday, September 13, 2007

McWilliams, Lena JoAnn
1913-2007
Funeral for Lena JoAnn McWilliams, 94, was Friday, Dec. 21, at the Drawing Room of the White Family Funeral Home with Jerry Jones and Ron Abbott officiating.
McWilliams died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, in Bowie.
Born Nov. 18, 1913, in Park Springs to Samuel L. and Inis Lasiter Earp, she was a homemaker. She graduated from Park Spings High School and married Garland McWilliams Dec. 24, 1932, in Sunset. She worked in the airfield industry in California during World War II. In 1947, her family moved to Bowie where she worked as a tool and dye maker for General Dynamics. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband.
She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her children, Bob McWilliams and wife Beverly and Garlene Frazier and husband Don, all of Bowie; grandchildren, Marlyn Shirley and husband Wayne of Bowie, Brett McWilliams and wife Anna of Albuquerque, N.M., J.P. McWilliams and wife Rosa, Kathy Davis and Rhonda Reed, all of Bowie; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Morgan, Maverick and Maci Lynn McWilliams; sister, Laverne Studebaker; brothers, Claude, Carol and Jimmie Earp, all of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas in Bowie.
Published Sunday, December 23, 2007

Meadows, Ruth
1936-2007

Funeral for Ruth Meadows, 71, of Paradise was Aug. 29 at the Cottondale Church of Christ. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery. Gerald Cleveland and Danny Russell officiated.
Meadows died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 28, 1936, in Denton to Virgil and Carrie Mae (Powell) Sutherland, she married Raymond Meadows on Feb. 7, 1959, in Hurst. She was a member of the Cottondale Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Ronnie Meadows and wife, Dianne, of Seguin; two grandchildren, Wesley and Kelby Meadows of Seguin; two brothers, Jack Sutherland of North Richland Hills and Jerry Sutherland of Fort Worth; and two sisters, Peggy Williams of Hurst and Margie Boyels of North Richland Hills.
Pallbearers were Joe Bolin, Otis Chitwood, Terry Self, Lonnie Adams, Jay Foster and David Pearson.
Published Sunday, September 2, 2007

Merrifield, John Jefferson, Jr.
1918-2007
Funeral for John Jefferson Merrifield Jr., 88, of Decatur, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Thursday.
Merrifield died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007.
Born Oct. 28, 1918, in Dallas to John Jefferson Merrifield Sr. and Mary Sue Rudd, he married Cora Elizabeth Smith Sept. 13, 1952, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Littlejohn and husband, David, of Rhome; four grandchildren, Rachel L. Thomas of Haltom City, Amanda Littlejohn of Arlington, Melanie Littlejohn and Scott Littlejohn of Rhome; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Caleb and Hannah Thomas of Haltom City.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Meyer, Arnold Albert
1940-2007

Funeral for Arnold Albert Meyer, 66, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Sojan George will officiate. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday.
Meyer died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, in Arlington.
Born Dec. 4, 1940, in Fonda, Iowa, to Walter and Reka Schultz Meyer, he was a retired pilot for United Airlines. He married Nancy Stein on Sept. 5, 1964, in Manson, Iowa. He was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam. He was active in the VFW, the OV-10 Bronco Association and the River Rats Association. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; two sons, Aric Meyer of Decatur and Brad Meyer and wife, Lauren, of Round Rock; a brother, Elmer Meyer and wife, Janice, of Pomeroy, Iowa; a special aunt and uncle, Eileen and Albert Meyer of Albert City, Iowa; as well as nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Published Thursday, February 22, 2007

Miller, Barbara Kay
1945-2007
Service for Barbara Kay Miller, 61, of Bowie was Feb. 3 at Southside Baptist Church. The Revs. John Robles and David White officiated. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery near Decatur.
Miller died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, in Bowie.
Born Aug. 6, 1945, in San Diego, Calif., to Joe and Angie (Belle) Hill, she was a 1963 graduate of Bowie High School. She worked 18 yeas as a supervisor for the Haggar Slacks Company in Bowie and 10 years with the office of Dr. Rebecca Bradford in Decatur. She enjoyed card games, reading, working crossword puzzles and going to church activities at Southside Baptist Church, where she was a member.
She married Jerry Miller on June 5, 1998, in Sunset. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Calvin Hodges.
She is survived by her husband of Bowie; a son, Brian Hodges and wife, Julie, of Fort Worth; three daughters, Khristie McGar and husband, Mike, of Decatur, Stefanie Halford and husband, Stephen, of South Haven, Miss., and Melanie Spikes and husband, Kendall, of Bellevue; two brothers, James Hill and wife, Charlotte, of Mountain City and Bob Hill and wife, Linda, of Grand Prairie; a sister, Dorothy Fielder of Decatur; her mother-in-law, Jorene Miller of Bowie; and eight grandchildren, Brandon and Whitney McGar; Chelsea, Kaylea and Morgan Halford; and Kenton, Kason and Kaylie Spikes.
Published Thursday, February 8, 2007

Miller, Berneice
1925-2007
Berneice Miller, 82, of Wichita Falls died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in Wichita Falls. She was a former resident of Greenwood.
Born Jan. 9, 1925, in Childress to Earl and Ruby Simpson, she was preceded in death by a son, Mikel Earl Miller.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Cagle; two grandchildren, Michelle Cagle Grant and Rachel Michelle Tonips, both of Fort Worth; and five great-grandchildren, Mikel and Courtney Grant, and Kelsi, Karli and Gavin Tonips, all of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2007

Miller, William Marion
1926-2007

Memorial service for William Marion Miller, 80, of Fort Worth was held Friday, Oct. 19, at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Private entombment was at Greenwood Mausoleum.
Miller died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at his home.
Born Dec. 7, 1926, on a farm near Terral, Okla., to Henry and Elsie Miller, he graduated from high school in Union Valley, Okla., and attended the University of Texas at Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. After serving in the Merchant Marines, he established Miller & Miller Auctioneers, Inc., in 1954.
He was an avid cattleman with ranches in Rhome and southern Oklahoma.
He was a member of the National Auctioneers and Texas Auctioneers Associations, Associated General Contractors, All Saints Health Foundation, The Beavers, Worth Commandery No. 19, Knights Templar, Moslah Shrine Temple, Fort Worth Court No. 32, Royal Order of Jesters, Fort Worth Chapter and Council, Ridglea Country Club and City Club, as well as other clubs and organizations.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bill Jr., and a great-granddaughter, Mary Howard McKee.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judy; three sisters, Edna Hennessee, Mary Kaiser and Sue McNair; his three daughters, Shirley Orman and husband, Stanley, Nancy Kay Howard and husband, Stan, and Lisa Mills and husband, Don; several grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be sent to the Jewel Charity Ball Inc., benefiting Cook Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 9800, Fort Worth, TX 76147 or All Saints Health Foundation, P.O. Box 31, Fort Worth, TX 76101-9988.
Honorary pallbearers included members of “The Swing” at Shady Oaks Country Club, “The Gangsome” at Rivercrest Country Club and all employees of Miller & Miller Auctioneers, Inc.
Published Sunday, October 21, 2007

Milligan, Edith
1917-2007

Funeral for Edith Milligan, 90, of Bridgeport, was Dec. 7 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Heath Marion and Dr. Larry Cornell officiating. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery.
Milligan died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, in Bridgeport.
She was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Decatur to Robert H. Rich and Gertie Mae Foster.
She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Leslie Milligan Sr.; a brother, Robert Lee Rich; and a sister, Mae Noise.
She is survived by a son, Leslie Milligan Jr. and wife, Kay, of Azle; two granddaughters, Suzanne Stewart and husband, Woody, of Azle, Sonya McClanahan and husband, Mark, of Decatur; four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Aaron, Breann and Hunter; three sisters, Mildred Kasner, Virginia Rich and Bettye Huggins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 9, 2007

Mills, Lonnie
1933-2007

Memorial service for Lonnie Mills, 74, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Chaplain Luke Oyler and the Revs. Dennie Jackson and Emma Gene Jackson will officiate.
Mills died Monday, May 21, 2007, in Paradise.
Born Feb. 16, 1933, in Westbrook to James and Minnie (Simer) Mills, he married Rosemary Schmidt Oct. 26, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by a son, Howard Mills; five brothers, Paul, Sylas, Aubrey, Joe and Henry Lee; and three sisters, Ruby, Lily and Ruth.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, James Mills and wife, Kathy, and Thomas Mills and wife, Kelly, all of Bridgeport; a daughter, Carla Thomas and husband, Richard, of Bowie; two step-sons, Jim and Jeff Doolittle of Phoenix, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jean Mills; and a sister, Mary Ann Dail and husband, Allen Michael.
Published Thursday, May 24, 2007

Mitchell, Alice Williamson
1944-2007

Graveside service for Alice Williamson Mitchell, 63, of Krum, formerly of Decatur, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Mitchell died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Krum.
Born Sept 16, 1944, in Spur to Guy and Nora (Smith) Williamson, she married M.J. Mitchell July 8, 1963, in Hereford. She was a retired precision pattern maker for aircraft parts.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Williamson.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Mike Mitchell and wife, Dorothy, of Ponder, Steve Mitchell and wife, Johnette, of Collinsville and Jim Mitchell and wife, Crystal, of Krum; three daughters, Veta Ferguson and husband, Lee, of Melrose, N.M., Lynn Redder and husband, Eric, of Lindsay, and Jean Harlow of Decatur; 15 grandchildren; a sister, Jane Williamson; and five brothers, Glen, Howard, Tom, Neal and Wayne Williamson.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Molloy, Alice Marie
1918-2007
Funeral service for Alice Marie Molloy, 89, of Chico was held Nov. 29 at the Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated and Molloy’s brother, Dr. John Hartsell, presented the eulogy. Burial was at Lone Star Cemetery.
Molloy died on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, in Weatherford. Born Aug. 17, 1918, in Decatur to Richard and Lillie Carpenter Hatsell, she married Herman Molloy on Sept. 22, 1939, in Bridgeport. They were married for more than 44 years until his death on May 12, 1983.
Molloy was a member of First Baptist Church in Chico. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Wise County. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and working in her flower garden.
Molloy was proceeded in death by her husband; three brothers, Charles Houston Hartsell, Pete Hartsell and Bill Hartsell; two sisters, Betty Mowery and Florene Spencer.
She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Rankin and husband Ray of Chico, Pat Younger and husband Don of Chico and Cathy Van Hoose and husband Larry of Decatur; eight grandchildren, David Rankin and wife Julie of Plano, Debbie Fuller and husband Rusty of Midland, Mark Rankin and wife Helen of Bridgeport, Kim Gideon of North Richland Hills, Shawn Younger and wife Amy of Park Springs, Holli Morgan and husband Sean of Bowie and Daniel and Grant Van Hoose of Irving; 10 great-greatchildren, Leslie Rankin, Todd Sliger, Jennifer and James Fuller, Aaron Gideon, Evan Younger, Everett and Pryce Rankin, John Morgan and Hayley Rankin; one brother, Dr. John Hartsell and wife Pat of Denison; two sisters, Inell Hailey and husband George of Haltom City anf Melba Whitaker of Denton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were David Rankin, Mark Rankin, Shawn Younger, Sean Morgan, Daniel Van Hoose and Grant Van Hoose.
The family ask memorials be made to Peach Tree Place Alzheimer’s Care Center, 315 W. Anderson, Weatherford, TX 76086.
Published Sunday, December 2, 2007

Mondrick, Marcella
1917-2007

Funeral for Marcella Mondrick, 90, of Rhome was Sept. 25 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.
Mondrick died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2007, in Weatherford.
Born April 1, 1917, in Collin County to Horace and Fanny (Dodd) Scroggins, she was a retired bookkeeper and lived in the Rhome area for 80 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rhome.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Mondrick; five brothers; a sister; and a nephew.
She is survived by a daughter, Althea Cooper and husband, Archie, of Weatherford; two granddaughters, Lori Legate and husband, Bruce, and Donna Black and husband, Mike, all of Weatherford; a grandson, Josh Cooper and wife, Sasheen, of Weatherford; and seven great-grandchildren, Hayden, Gator, Gunner, Mikenna, Saylor, Ali and Maycee.
Published Sunday, September 30, 2007

Moody, Earldine Harms
1929-2007

Funeral for Earldine Harms Moody, 78, of Hurst was to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The Rev. Don Ashley was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Moody died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Hurst.
Born June 4, 1929, in Decatur to Earl and Emma (Hartsell) Harnes, she married Joseph Moody March 23, 1946, in Paradise. She was a retired beautician and a member of the First Christian Church in Paradise.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Christian Anthony DeMaio.
She is survived by two daughters, Merilynn Batchelder Howard of Hurst and Rhonda DeMaio Riese of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, Darius DeMaio and wife, Michelle, Doug DeMaio, Travis Batchelder and wife, Michelle, Donvan DeMaio, Joseph Bathchelder, Frank Riese IV and Garrett Riese; a brother-in-law, Emmett Moody; a sister-in-law, Ermal Moody; as well as other relatives.
Published Thursday, December 13, 2007

Moody, Emajean Margaret ‘Jean’
1931-2007

Funeral for Emajean Margaret ‘Jean’ Moody, 75, of Paradise was Jan. 19 in Bridgeport. The Revs. Gerald Peterman and Stanley Geisler officiated. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Moody died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born July 18, 1931, in Albany to Bernhard Herman and Alma Minnie Marie Handrick Schkade, she graduated from the Albany Independent School District and attended Draughn’s Business School in Abilene. She married Harold Eugene ‘Jack’ Moody April 1, 1950, in Fort Worth and moved to Paradise. She retired as an assistant administrator from the Bridgeport Hospital and as an administrative assistant for Wackenhut Correction Corporation in Bridgeport. She was a Lutheran and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport.
Moody was the first woman honored as “Lady of the Year” by Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority for her service and dedication to her community. She was the first woman to serve on the Paradise Independent School District board, a seat she held for nine years. She enjoyed needlework and quilting. Every year, she made quilts and Christmas ornaments to give to her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Gosler; and a brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Schkade.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Mark Moody, and wife, Teresa; three grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew and Bethany Moody; a sister, Alice Remmele; a brother, Marvin Schkade; three sisters-in-law, Jannie Meadows and husband, Melvin, Betty Livengood and husband, Marvin, and Carolyn Manning; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were her nephews, Bennie Schkade, Bill Boyd, Jarrett Blessing, Jay Foster, Zack Gosler and Todd Meadows. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Norris, Sam Erwin, Merlin Remmele and Bill Paschall.
Published Sunday, January 21, 2007

Moore, Beatrice McCurdy
1911-2007
Service for Beatrice McCurdy Moore, 95, of Breckenridge was March 24 at First United Methodist Church in Breckenridge. The Rev. Steve Nance and K.C. McCurdy officiated. Graveside service was March 25 at Thurmond-Fairview Cemetery.
Moore died Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Breckenridge.
Born Aug. 22, 1911, in Fort Worth to Ava and R. Cal McCurdy, she grew up in Wise County and attended Blewett schools and graduated from Decatur High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. She started her teaching career in Wise County in 1931. She later taught in Oldham, Lamb County, Corpus Christi, Olney and Breckenridge. She retired in 1976. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Breckenridge.
She married Robin A. Moore on Feb. 15, 1946, in Lamb County.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Dorothy Blessing.
She is survived by three brothers, Allen McCurdy and wife Ruth of Decatur, Elton McCurdy and wife Wanda of Decatur and Floyd McCurdy and wife Peggy of Rhome; and a sister, Calva McCurdy Holland of Breckenridge.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene or the First United Methodist Church Library Fund.
Published Sunday, April 1, 2007

Morris, Bessie ‘Evel’ Pruett
1905-2007

Graveside service for Bessie “Evel” Pruett Morris, 101, of DeQueen, Ark., and formerly of Decatur, was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Morris died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in DeQueen.
Born Sept. 15, 1905, in Slidell to Alfred and Ida Hullett Pruett, she was a retired school teacher with 31 years of service. She was a member of the DeQueen Church of Christ. She enjoyed working in the yard, sewing and gardening.
She is survived by two sons, Joe L. Morris and wife, Wanda, and Tony Morris and wife, Dona, all of DeQueen; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 6, 2007

Morris, Joe Lee
1933-2007
Funeral for Joe Lee Morris, 74, of De Queen, Ark. was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen with graveside service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Morris died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007.
Born April 21, 1933, in Slidell to Jesse Lee and Bessie Evel Pruett Morris, he was a section supervisor retired from Shell Oil Company. He was a member of De Queen Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He enjoyed playing music, fishing and sitting on his dock.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Fay McClure of De Queen; two sons, Jerry Lee Morris and wife, Kemberly, of Richmond and Don Kevin Morris and wife, Heather, of De Queen; a daughter, Breanda Kimbro and husband, Van, of Dallas; six grandchildren, Ryan, Kelli, Jeff, Amy Beth, Haley and Jesse; a brother, Tom Morris and wife, Dona, of De Queen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, August 16, 2007

Morris, Marie
1941-2007
Graveside service for Marie Morris, 66, of Alvord was Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Ken May officiating.
Morris died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, in Alvord
Born Aug. 11, 1941, in Cleburne, to Walter and Gladys Tatum Walls, she was a retired nurse’s aide and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cleo Louise.
She is survived by a son, Ed Morris of Alvord; a brother, Richard Walls of Alvord; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Jerry Bethurum, Craig Johnson, Frank Maxwell, Reyburn Ruhl, Tommy Shumate and Jim Stowe.
Published Sunday, August 19, 2007

Morris, Samuel Gary
1953-2007
Graveside service for Samuel Gary Morris, 53, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sycamore Cemetery. Allen Bates was to officiate.
Morris died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 24, 1953, in Decatur to Samuel Berry Morris and Margie Ruth (Hargrove) Bradshaw, he was a road construction driver. He married Phyllis Rhea Taylor on Oct. 3, 1970.
He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Dusty Morris; and a grandson, Zechariah Morris.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; his mother, Margie Bradshaw, of Decatur; a son, Caleb Morris and wife, Rachael, of Euless; a sister, Pam Waldon and husband, David, of Decatur; and two grandchildren, Christian and Asher Morris of Euless.
Published Sunday, February 11, 2007

Morris, Willie B.
1912-2007
Funeral for Willie B. Morris, 94, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Rusty Waller will officiate. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Morris died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 14, 1912, to Sallie Carlton Morris and Joseph C. Morris at Grays Chapel, Ala., he moved to Texas at the age of five and attended school in Slidell. He married Dorothy Lee Roberts in Marietta, Okla., on Nov. 20, 1931. He was a farmer and a dairyman and worked for Bell Helicopter before retiring. He served as a city councilman for Alvord and was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Cynthia Chisum; brothers Calvin, George, Jake and twin Billie T. Morris; a grandson, Russell Don Morris; and a great-grandson, Joseph Alan Morris.
Survivors include sons and wives, Willie Dale and Melvadean Morris of Alvord, James Leroy and Sylvia Morris of Gordonville, Jack Darwin and Delores, of Odessa; a sister, Betty Ballard of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 5, 2007

Morrison, Jackie
1940-2007

Graveside service for Jackie Morrison, 65, of Fort Worth was to be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Morrison died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born July 13, 1940, to Leon and Edna Morrison, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired truck manager for Metro Truck Sales. He participated in the Cowtown 10-kilometer marathon for 24 years and enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol Morrison; a son, David L. Morrison of Fort Worth; a daughter, Gayla M. Warner and husband, Tom, of Palestine; grandchildren, Abigail and Noah Warner of Palestine; and two sisters, Judith Utley and husband, Jerry, of Decatur and Billye Johnson of Arlington.
Published Thursday, January 11, 2007

Morrison, Thomas A.
1943-2007

Funeral for Thomas A. Morrison, 63, of Chico will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at 1:20 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane B.
Morrison died Tuesday, July 24, 2007.
Born Oct. 12, 1943, in Pasadena, Calif., he served in the U.S. Navy and was a former manager of Chandler Auto Parts and O’Reilly’s in Springtown.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Morrison; children, Matt Morrison and wife, Tina, Heather Morrison and Kellie Fredericksen and husband, Donovan; grandchildren, Bobby Winkler, Rowan Holt and Annie Holt; stepchildren, Stephanie Bechthold and husband, Ken, T.J. Swafford and Jennifer, Amberly Swafford and Yvonne Smart; brothers, Jim Morrison and wife, Jan and Ken Morrison and wife, Jan; sister, Mary Jo Keith and husband, Ed; grandchildren, Chrysanne Barrow and husband, Jeff, Christopher Fredericksen, Andrew Fredericksen, Lauren Fredericksen, Lee Morrison, Alexandra Morrison, Kendra Beahrs, Aaron Beahrs, Samantha Bechthold, Evee Limski, Ari-elle Holt and Mystery Swafford.
Published Sunday, July 29, 2007

Moss, Morgan Elisabeth
1992-2007

Funeral for Morgan Elisabeth Moss, 14, of North Richland Hills was to be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Burial was to follow at Azleland Memorial Cemetery.
Moss died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Wise County.
Born Aug. 26, 1992, in Fort Worth to Scott and Lisa Moss, she was to be a sophomore at Richland High School in North Richland Hills this fall. She was an A honor roll student, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Dixie Belles Drill Team, sang in the choir and ran track.
She was preceded in death by great-grandfather, Wayne Harris; grandfather, Wayne Moss; and a brother, Kenneth Peebles.
She is survived by her parents of North Richland Hills; a brother, Russell Peebles and wife, Brandi, of Boyd; a sister, Amanda Dovers of North Richland Hills; grandparents, June Moss of Lawton, Okla., and Zane and Bernice Gray of North Richland Hills; great-grandmothers, Patsy Harris and Brigitte Harris, both of Lawton; a nephew, Brylan Peebles of Boyd; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Thursday, August 9, 2007

Mowery, James Dwayne
1963-2007
James Dwayne Mowery, 43, of San Francisco, Calif., died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in San Francisco. He was a former resident of Bridgeport and Decatur.
Mowery was born July 4, 1963, in Fort Worth to Betty Jo and Butch Mowery. He was a former junior grand champion bull rider and served in the San Francisco chapter of the Guardian Angels.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Daryl.
He is survived by his father; two daughters, Jordanna Mowery of bowie and Rachel Marrujo of Arlington; two Brothers, Randy and Steve, both of Fort Worth; and a grandmother, Dovie Mowery of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2007

Munson, Claudette Lucille
1937-2007

No funeral services are scheduled for Claudette Lucille Munson, 70, of Slidell.
Munson died Monday, April 9, 2007, in Slidell.
Born Jan. 19, 1937, in Ames, Iowa, she was a homemaker. She married Charles Munson on May 3, 1968, in Claremore, Okla.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Allen Munson, in 1984.
She is survived by her husband of Slidell; a son, Randell Nix and wife, Tonya, of Mesquite; three daughters, Cheri Lynne Harper and husband, Bill, of Duncan, Okla., Karen Arlene Moore and husband, Brian, of Slidell, and Pamela Jo Nix of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 22, 2007

Myers, Frances
1914-2007
Frances Myers, 92, of Colorado City died Sunday, Aug. 19, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Colorado City Cemetery.
Myers was born on Aug. 26, 1914, in Sweetwater. She was a member of the Colorado City Garden Club, First Baptist Church Basic Club and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Colorado City. She was also the former owner of C.C. Printing in Colorado City.
Survivors include daughters Janice Sivley and husband, Robert, and Nancy Simmons and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Rob Sivley, Shelle Pitman, Scott Simmons and Sally Mason; and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, August 23, 2007

Natale, Geraldine A.
1926-2007

Memorial for Geraldine A. Natale, 80, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur with Father Sojan George officiating.
Natale died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 19, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., to William and Florence Ougle Ebler, she was a homemaker and a member of Assumption Catholic Church. She married Vincent A. Natale on July 29, 1946, in Chicago.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ebler, and two sisters, Mary Winge and Phillis Orsula.
She is survived by a son, Joe Natale and wife, Lelia; four grandchildren, Tara Ann, Tori Rae, Vinnie and Joey, all of Decatur; two brothers, Tom Ebler of Chicago and Russell Todd of Alaska; and four sisters, Margaret Ramel, Florence Drab, Lillian Jegminas and Linda Shultz, all of Chicago.
Published Sunday, June 3, 2007

Neal, Geneva Faye
1936-2007
Funeral for Geneva Faye Neal, 70, of Granbury will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Church of God in Granbury.
Neal died Sunday, March 11, 2007.
Born Oct. 11, 1936, to Charlie and Opal York in Kinnifick, Okla., she was the former owner of Lone Star Resale Shoppe in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Utah York of Lamesa, and a grandson, Mark Chad Wilson of Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Aubrey Neal; her mother, Opal York of Lubbock; a son, Alan Neal of Fort Worth; four daughters, Charlotte Crawford and husband, Jimmy, of Azle, Brenda Chambless and husband, Kenny, of Sunset, Paula Robinson and husband, Davie, of Lipan and Tammy Smith of Fort Worth; five sisters, Ramona Goolsby and husband, Don, of Granbury, Pat Crutcher and husband, Sonny, of Dublin, Carolyn Gwinn and Cathy Ownes and husband Kenny, all of Lubbock, and Charleen Raines of San Angelo; a sister-in-law, Beth Crow of Lamesa; and a mother-in-law, Inis Graves of Lamesa; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 15, 2007

Neighbors, William A. ‘Tony’
1947-2007

Funeral for William A. “Tony” Neighbors, 60, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Neighbors died Monday, April 16, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 19, 1947, to Ret. Lt. Col. William Regan Neighbors and Bennye Marze Heathington, he owned Neighbors Oil Company for more than 25 years. He married Carolyn Joy Remmele on Sept. 7, 1969, in Decatur. He was the President of Charter, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and a longtime Decatur volunteer fireman.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jonnathan Neighbors, and a sister, Terry Grace Krogstead.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Neighbors of Decatur; a daughter, Cynnara Bivin and husband, Jay, of Keller; and two granddaughters, Remelee and Jayden Bivin.
Pallbearers were to be Richard Brown, Sonny Gasperson, Heath Krogstead, Scott Williams, Jarrett Blessing, Roy Eaton, Wilis Puffer and Russell Reynolds.
Memorials may be made to the Jonnathan Neighbors Scholarship Fund at any Legend Bank location.
Published Thursday, April 19, 2007

New, Oleta
1917-2007

Graveside service for Oleta New, 90, of Denton was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Brown was to officiate.
New died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Justin.
Born Jan. 22, 1917, in Alvord, to John and Johnnie (Austin) Samples, she was a retired bookkeeper for the Bridgeport Clinic and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.V. New and a daughter, Linda Ryan.
She is survived by three daughters, Margie Jones and husband, Virgil, of Blue Mound, Trish New of Decatur and Reba Brown and husband, Jimmie, of Denton; a son, Tommy New and wife, Lynn, of Lewisville; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, June 24, 2007

Niblett, Sandy
1959-2007

Funeral for Sandy Niblett, 47, of Boyd will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.
Niblett died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 5, 1959, in Alamogordo, N.M., she attended school in Boyd and was a 1977 graduate of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst.
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Laura Manley and husband, Maurice, of Garland; her father and step-mother, Alvin Niblett and Patricia Rodgers of Boyd; two sisters, Robyn Knapp and husband, Nick Ebraham of Bentonville, Ark., and Ashley Ragsdale and husband, Ben, of Fayetteville, Ark.; two brothers, Richard Niblett and wife, Shiela, of Comanche and Randall Niblett and wife, Barbara, of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 24, 2007

Nicholds, Patricia Ann
1954-2007

Memorial for Patricia Ann Nicholds, 53, of Bridgeport will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec.15, 2007, at Living Waters Fellowship Church in Chico. The Rev. Robert Cox will officiate.
Nicholds died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in Plano.
Born March 21, 1954, in Caldwell County to Floyd B. and Barbara Carol (Dansby) Monk, she was a homemaker. She married Roy Eugene Nicholds on April 9, 1996, in Coleman.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Floyd Monk and wife, Dawn, of Granbury; two daughters, April Monk of Clarksville, Tenn., and Jeanie Monk and husband, Michael, of Bridgeport; three grandchildren; her parents; three sisters, Kathy Harmsem and husband, John, of Tennessee, Mary Hefferkemp and husband, Dwight, and Rebecca Monk, all of Evant; and three brothers, Richard Monk and wife, Melissa, of Bridgeport, Terry Tullos of Austin and James Monk and wife, Patricia of Fredericksburg.
Published Thursday, December 13, 2007

O’Neal, Elmer Eugene
1929-2007

Graveside service for Elmer Eugene O’Neal, 78, of Watauga was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at New Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Noska officiating.
O’Neal died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in Watauga.
Born March 29, 1929, in Bluett to Earl and Florence Shelby O’Neal, he was a retired truck driver. He married Faye Arlene Stout Feb. 15, 1970, in Madill, Okla. He served two years in the U.S. Army and six years in the National Guard. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Earl O’Neal.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Mike Stack and wife Debbie of Paradise; three daughters, Brenda Pearson of Eagle Mountain Lake, Sandy O’Donnell of Granbury and Vicki Burch and husband Jackie of Boyd; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Starnes of Rhome and Ann Lloyd of Virginia; a brother, Billy Clyde O’Neal of Newcastle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

O’Neill, Patsy G.
1935-2007
Funeral for Patsy G. O’Neill, 72, of Newark will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
O’Neill died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Newark.
Born June 6, 1935, she was a seamstress and a gardener.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon D. O’Neill, and two infant sons.
She is survived by a son, William O’Neill and wife, Sue; three daughters, Elizabeth Homan and husband, Bill, Suzanne Forxworth and Lisa Brogan and husband, Keith; and seven granddaughters, LeighAnne and Hailey Foxworth, Jessie and Madison O’Neill, Samantha and Megan Homan and Payton Brogan.
The family requests memorials be made in her name at Solaris Healthcare Hospice, 2250 S. FM 51, Suite 400, Decatur, TX 76234.
Published Thursday, September 13, 2007

Obenour, William L.
1927-2007

Funeral for William L. Obenour, 80, of Rhome was to be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial was to follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Obenour died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 20, 1927, in Van Wert, Ohio, to Estelle and James Roscoe Obenour, he graduated with a bachelors of education degree from Manchester College in Manchester, Ind., and received a master’s degree in education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He retired from teaching at Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. in Mishawaka, Ind., after 30 years. He was a member of the National Education Association. He then established and owned Avenue Floral Shoppe in South Bend, Ind., for 20 years. He was a member of the Baptist church.
He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Obenour; two sons, James Theodore Obenour and wife, Christy, and William Obenour Jr. and wife, Sara; a daughter, Debbie Wright and husband, Frank; 11 grandchildren; and one niece and one nephew.
Published Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ogle, Edna
1929-2007
Graveside service for Edna Ogle, 78, of Chico will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007, at Scrougy Cemetery in Sunset with the Rev. Brandon Dunn officiating.
Ogle died Sunday, July 1, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 3, 1929, in McQueen, Okla., to Samuel H. and Birdie Caswell Williams, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Della Mae Richardson, and two brothers, Calvin and Johnnie Williams.
She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Worthen and husband, John, of Houston, Diann Isaacs and husband, John, of Thornberry and Kaylean Ashley and husband, Donnie, of Chico; five grandchildren, Chris, Cara, John, Ricki and Kyla; a great-granddaughter, Shelly Brooke Isaacs; five sisters, Chella Hawthorne of Iowa Park, Vaulta Eskridge of Katy, Laverne Mitchell of Wichita Falls, Ozella Cash and Effie Hill, both of Burkburnett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Chris Isaacs, Nathan Apple, John E. Worthen, Tony Ward and Chris Collis.
Published Thursday, July 5, 2007

Ojeda, Elizabeth Thompson
1955-2007

The family of Elizabeth Thompson Ojeda, 51, of Runaway Bay will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Ojeda died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 21, 1955, in Sisseton, S.D., to Nathan Sr. and Susan Nelson Thompson, she was a truck driver for MB Transportation. She married Rodolfo Ojeda May 15, 1993, in Sisseton.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Michlle Lawson of Louisiana; sisters, Mary Lou, Ann Marie and Christine Thompson; and brothers, Gerald, James, Floyd, Harold, Nathan Jr., John and Francis Thompson.
Published Sunday, July 22, 2007

Owens, Wanda Jane
1928-2006
Graveside service for Wanda Jane Owens, 78, of Alvord was Jan. 3, at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville. Mike Hogg officiated.
Owens died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 27, 1928, in Alvord to William “Buck” and Myrtle Jane (Justice) Burris, she was a retired bookkeeper for Lack’s Furniture in Port Lavaca. She married A.D. Owens on May 5, 1950, in Dallas. She was a member of The Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harmon, A.L. and Edward Burris, and by a son, Larry Dale Owens.
She is survived by a son, Randy Dee Owens of Telferner; a daughter, Linda Starkenburg of Alvin; a brother, Harold Gose of Alvord; a sister, Eula Faye Hunter of Springtown; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Parrish, Eileen
1938-2007

Funeral for Eileen Parrish, 69, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Pleasant View Baptist Church, with the Revs. Kenneth Woods and Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial was to be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico.
Parrish died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 21, 1938, in San Francisco, Calif., to Daniel and Mary Currivan Flaherty, she married Oscar C. Parrish May 6, 1958, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, David Joseph Baxter.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Michael Parrish and wife, Kat, of Chico, and Andy Parrish and fiancé, Deanna, of McKinney; three daughters, Janet Sturch and fiancé, James Messick, of Chico, Marianne Scheller and husband, Michael, of Bridgeport and Vicki Baxter and husband, Danny, of Richardson; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dan Flaherty and Jim Flaherty; and a sister, Geri O’Neil.
Pallbearers were to be Douglas Baxter, Dan Baxter, Michael A. Scheller, Jeremy Sturch, Matt Green and Steve Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers were to be Steve Sewell and Kenneth Godsey.
Published Thursday, November 8, 2007

Parsons, Earl Wayne, II
1942-2007

Service for Earl Wayne Parsons II, 64, of Chico was March 15 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial was at Dido Cemetery.
Parsons died Saturday, March 10, 2007, in Coffeyville, Kan.
Born Sept. 25, 1942, in Baird, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended Grace Fellowship Church. He was once a drilling superintendent who worked internationally and for the last 15 years had been a pipefitter, working all over the country. He enjoyed fishing, restoring classic cars, bird watching and gardening.
He married Phillis Barnes on June 10, 1964, in Big Spring.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Elizabeth Parsons.
He is survived by his wife, Phillis Parsons of Chico; three daughters, Traci Parsons-Holder and husband, Rusty, of Aledo, Lorrie Galliher and husband, Dave, of Lewisville and Peggy Taglienti and husband, Michael, of McKinney; a son, Earl Wayne Parsons III; his mother, Jo Elizabeth Parsons of Alpine; three sisters, Olyse Whitley, Anna Anderson and Floyce Ricketts; grandchildren, Brieann, James, Jake, McKinzie, Whitney, Phillip, Michaela, Savanna, Montana, Cheyenne, Courtney, Skylar and Jacob.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Patel, Hiraben Jagjivandas
1929-2007
A private graveside service for Hiraben Jagjivandas Patel, 77, of Bridgeport was held March 3 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport.
Patel died Friday, March 2, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 10, 1929, in Umta, India, to Chhaganbhai and Raiben Patel, she was a retired accounting clerk.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jagjivandas Patel.
She is survived by a son, Kenny Patel and wife, Renu, of Bridgeport; a daughter, Ila Patel and husband, K.C., of Fremont, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Nirali, Shilpa, Krunal and Khush.
Published Thursday, March 8, 2007

Patterson, Albert
1922-2007
Funeral for Albert Patterson, 84, of Alvord was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Voice of Triumph Assembly of God. Burial was to be in Alvord.
Patterson died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 5, 1922, in Dodd City to Luther and Clarasey Patterson, he was a carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Patterson of Alvord; two sons, Ray Patterson of Decatur and Earnest Patterson of Sunset; a sister, Frances Layton of Arlington; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, February 11, 2007

Patterson, Bobby W.
1930-2007
Funeral for Bobby W. Patterson, 77, of Lawton, Okla., was May 1 at Cameron Baptist Church. The Revs. Mike Teel and Bob Jones officiated. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Patterson died Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Lawton.
Born Feb. 22, 1930, in Chico, to L.B. and Della Lyles Patterson, he graduated from Chico High School in 1948. He married Faye Watts on June 27, 1950, in Lovington, N.M. He worked in the oilfields in West Texas and served in the Army Air Corps from 1948–50. He moved from Decatur to Lawton in 1951. He was employed as a truck driver for serveral trucking companies. He retired from ABF in Dallas in 1986. After moving back to Lawton, he was employed as a school bus driver for Lawton Public Schools from 1987 until his death. He had been a member of Cameron Baptist Church for 53 years where he had served as a deacon, trustee, a training union director and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Ed, Paul and Charles; and three sisters, Edith Belew, Clara Belew and Bertha Manning.
He is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Brenda Patterson of Lawton; two daughters, Pam Jordan and husband, James, of Cache and Dee Ann Patterson of Lawton; two grandchildren, Mike and wife, Jennifer, of Stillwater and Rachelle of Lawton; a foster daughter, Kim McConnell; a brother, Raymond, of Allentown, Pa. and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Paul, Matthew
1955-2007

Service for Matthew Paul, 51, of Austin was March 29 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Interment was at Hoffman Cemetery. A memorial service will be held later in Austin.
Paul died Sunday, March 25, 2007.
Born Dec. 2, 1955, in Victoria to Dorothy and Jesse Paul, Paul grew up in Lubbock and attended Lubbock Christian High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Abilene Christian University and a J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law. He was appointed state prosecuting attorney in 1996. He enjoyed playing the flat-picking guitar, chess, photography, reading and writing and was an avid Texas Longhorn fan.
He married Lisa Hoffman on Aug. 30, 1986.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Paul, and a sister, Pamela Webb.
He is survived by his wife; his mother, Dorothy Paul of Decatur; his siblings, Mark Paul and wife Sandy of Stevensville, Mont., Lauren Groves and husband Greg of Canberra, Australia, Holly Standley and husband Kirk of Plano and Amy Garrett and husband Rick of Decatur; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Webb of Austin.
Memorials may be made to Texas District & County Attorneys Association in Austin.
Published Sunday, April 1, 2007

Payne, Barbara Sue
1947-2007
Funeral for Barbara Sue Payne, 60, of Mineral Springs, Ark., was at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the First Baptist Church in Forestburg. Burial followed in the Freeman Cemetery.
Payne died Nov. 9, 2007, in Mineral Springs.
Born March 6, 1947, to R.C. Greanade and Juanita Freeman in Salinas, Calif., she was a hairdresser and a member of the National Cutting Horse Association.
She is survived by her fiancé, Don Howard, of Mineral Springs; a son, Trey Payne of Arlington; two brothers, Ran Greanade and Gary Greanade and wife, Brenda, all of Burleson; as well as nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pegues, Cecil H.
1920-2007
Funeral for Cecil H. “Hugh” Pegues, 87, of Decatur will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross officiating. Interment will be Sunday, Nov. 18, at Dido Cemetery.
Pegues died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, with his family at his side.
Pegues was born Sept. 10, 1920, to George and Etta Pegues. He graduated from Newark High School in 1938 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He spent the war in the Pacific as an aircraft mechanic, left active duty in 1945 and remained a reservist until 1952, retiring as chief petty officer.
He worked for the FAA from 1947 until his retirement in 1972. Pegues has worked on his farm in Decatur for the last 35 years raising Herefords.
He served as scoutmaster of Troop 2 in Oklahoma City, was a member of the Albert Sidney Johnston Camp 983 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Decatur, was a life member of the Wise County Veteran’s group, was a life member of the Eagle Mountain Memorial VFW Post 2137-Azle, a member of Newark Lunch Bunch, a board member of the Dido Cemetery Association and member of the Wise County Historical Society.
He was preceeded in death by a son, Alan.
He is survived by his wife; son, Gary and wife, Irene, of Plano; daughters, Sara Gibson and husband, Mark, of Maryland, Cecily Pegues and husband, John Sharpe, of Bedford and Amy Walrath and husband, Brian, of Arizona; daughter-in-law Linda Gilbert of Austin; brothers, Godfrey of Newark and Ted of Lakeside; a sister, June Taliaferro of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Amanda; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials in Pegues’ name may be made to the Wise County Historical Society.
Published Sunday, October 7, 2007

Penny, Jimmy Charles
1944-2007

A private memorial for Jimmy Charles Penny, 62, of Newark was held by his family. Burial was at Venus Memorial Park.
Penny died Monday, March 12, 2007, in Newark.
Born March 22, 1944, in Alvarado to Leland and Annie Penny, he was a roofer. He married Judith Ann Martin on April 2, 1965, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Leon Penny and Bobby Wayne Penny.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Penny of Newark; a son, Charles Scott Penny and wife, Elva, of Ball Ground, Ga.; a brother, Glen Penny of Forney; and a sister, Martha Jo Davis of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, March 25, 2007

Perkins, Essie Pearl
1918-2007

Funeral for Essie Pearl Perkins, 89, of Justin was May 25 at the Sage Meadow Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. Joe Bushwell, Windell Splawn Jr., and Wendell Lillard officiating with burial at Justin Cemetery.
Perkins died Tuesday, May 25, 2007, in Denton.
Born April 5, 1918, in Clarendon to Van Dale and Pearl May (Perdue) Roy, she worked in child care and was a member of the Sage Meadow Christian Fellowship Church. She married Frances Taylor Perkins on Oct. 26, 1942, in Clarendon.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Roy.
She is survived by three daughters, Nadine Baker of Justin, Faye Snyder of Arlington, Wash. and Lanell Burchett of Gainesville; two sons, Calvin Perkins of Rhome and Marvin Perkins of Sanger; a sister, Ila Wood of Sherman; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 27, 2007

Perkins, Frances Victoria
1910-2007
Funeral for Frances Victoria Perkins, 96, of Cedar Hill was Friday, Jan. 26, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel with James Wood officiating. Burial was at Cottonwood Cemetery.
Perkins died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, in Duncanville.
Born Oct. 11, 1910, in the Audubon community to Robert Lee Cagle and Mary Elba Elson, she was a homemaker. She married Henry Clay Perkins on June 14, 1930, in Fredricksburg, Okla.
She was preceded in death by a son, Clay Dean Perkins, two sisters, four brothers and two grandchildren.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary Burkett of Decatur, Geneva Golden of Cedar Hill, Maggie Louise White of Palmer and Carol Potter of Dickenson; two sons, John Thomas of Grand Prairie and James Perkins of Decatur; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 28, 2007

Peters, Florence
1951-2007

Funeral for Florence Peters, 56, of Boyd was March 14 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd. The Rev. Bill Fitch officiated with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
Peters died Sunday, March 11, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born March 8, 1951, in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Terry Peters of Boyd; a daughter, Diane Henke of Boyd; five sons, Ernest Partin and wife Tracey and James Partin and wife Cecilia, all of Boyd, Freddy Partin and wife Jennifer of Springtown and Damon and Drew Peters of Archer City; three brothers, Bruce and Bobby Click and Randy Farmer; a sister, Patty Logan; and eight grandchildren, Britney, Michael, Cierra, Gunner, Zachory, Dakota, Cheyenne and Taylor Jo.
Pallbearers were Seferino Cardona, Shae Mayo, Damon Peters, Drew Peters, Scott Moran, Willie Bean, Carey Price and Brady Davis. Honorary pallbearer was Elvis Peters.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Peters, Joanne
1929-2007
Funeral for Joanne Peters, 77, of Decatur was to be at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Fairview LDS Chapel in Layton, Utah, with Bishop Figgins officiating.
Peters died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in Layton.
Born October 12, 1929, in Speedway, Ind., to Vivian Gwin and Fred Maxwell Seward, she was a retired medical secretary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Peters.
She is survived by three children, Karen Fry of Riverton, Utah, Michael Fry of Indianapolis, Ind., and Suzanne Doyle of Riverton; and five grandchildren Stacey Morgan, Erin Doyle, Ryan Doyle, Katie Doyle and Daniel Romney.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Peters, Velma
1923-2007

Memorial for Velma Peters, 83, of Poolville was Friday, March 2, at the home of Lucille Chaffin in Poolville. The Rev. Doug Acklie officiated.
Peters died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Poolville.
Born Dec. 4, 1923, in Childersburg, Ala., she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She is survived by her niece, Lucille Chaffin of Poolville.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Petrie, Joshua ‘Josh’ Wade
1980-2007
Funeral for Joshua “Josh” Wade Petrie, 27, of Weatherford was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. Burial was to be at Fairview Cemetery in Millsap.
Petrie died Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Fort Worth.
He was born May 24, 1980, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife, Candee; two daughters, Haylee and Samee; his mother, Debbie Hopton-Jones and husband, Ted, of North Richland Hills; his father, Mark Petrie and wife, Karen; three sisters, Kristen Roberts and Megan and Lindsey Petrie; a brother, Garrett Hopton-Jones; grandparents, Clay and Carolyn Dent of Runaway Bay and Lorean Petrie; and great-grandparents, Irene and Orville Churchwell.
Published Thursday, May 31, 2007

Petty, Mildred Inez
1922-2007

A memorial service for Mildred Inez Petty, 85, of Boyd is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Central Assembly in Arlington.
Petty died Nov. 7, 2007, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Born July 23, 1922, in Colorado City to David and Lela Stanley, she married Winfred Petty Aug. 9, 1941. She raised four children and lived in the Hurst and Mansfield areas before moving to Boyd.
She is survived by her husband, Winfred D. Petty; sons, Royce Derrell Petty and Doyle Ray Petty; daughters, Glenda Jealine Kellum and Sylvia Jeanell Todd; grandchildren, Oteaka Saenz, Royce Petty Jr., Ron Petty, Daren Petty, Gregg Petty, Totter Todd, Nathan Todd and Teri Todd; great-grandchildren, Lela Saenz, Beja Todd, Sage Todd, Summit Heino, Boji Todd, Kamalei Todd, Shelby Petty, Stacey Petty, Richelle Petty, Colton Petty and Britton Petty.
Published Sunday, November 11, 2007

Phillips, John Henry
1929-2007
Funeral service for John Henry Phillips, 78, of Brownwood was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Delta Funeral Home in Cooper with Ryan Jespersen officiating. Burial was to be at New Klondike Cemetery.
Phillips died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, in Brownwood.
Born Feb. 22, 1929, in Dickens, Phillips retired from Continental Trailways in 1985 and served in the military.
He was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Phillips; sons, Toyce Phillips and wife, Wincie, of Honey Grove and David Phillips and wife, Lisa, of Paradise; daughters, Ragena Jespersen and husband, Randy, of Duncanville, Rhonda Kirbie and husband, Matthew, of Decatur, Patricia Elmore and husband, Tim, of Huntsville, Ala., and Laquina McElroy of Portland, Ore.; stepdaughter, Terry Corrales and husband, Manuel, of Brownwood; grandchildren, Melissa Minor, Mark Kirbie, Merrick Kirbie, Miles Kirbie, Ryan Jespersen, Ricky Jespersen, Rachel Arteaga, Joshua Elmore and Jacquelyn Elmore; great-grandchildren, Madison, Maliah and Mikena Minor, Mariah and Maci Kirbie and Leigh Jespersen.
Pallbearers were to be his grandsons, Miles Kirbie, Merrick Kirbie, Ricky Jespersen, David Arteaga, Mark Kirbie and David Minor. Honorary pallbearer was to be Joshua Elmore.
Published Sunday, November 4, 2007

Pierce, Edward Metcalf
1940-2007

Edward Metcalf Pierce, 67, of Paradise died Sept. 7, 2007, in Decatur.
Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at East Mount Historic Cemetery in Paradise, with the Rev. Matt Edwards with the First Baptist Church of Paradise officiating.
Pierce was born in Shreveport, La., on June 30, 1940, to Edward Jarvis Pierce and Florabelle Metcalf Pierce.
Pierce graduated from Midland High School in 1958 and Texas Tech in 1963. He married Jan Payne from Richardson their senior year in college and the couple was married for 45 years.
He worked as a salesman in the membrane lining business in the greater Houston area for 40 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise.
He enjoyed fishing and golf and won numerous awards in amateur golf.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Edith Erin Pierce Webber and husband, Brian, of Paradise and Doreen Kay Levin Laurie and husband, Lawrence, of Katy; sons, Chad Edward Pierce and wife, Lori, of Magnolia and Derek Daniel Pierce and fiance, Andraya Bason, of Austin; mother, Florabelle Metcalf Pierce; grandchildren, Hudson, Matthew and Cody Webber of Paradise, Justin and Carlynn Laurie of Katy and Madison and Rylee Pierce of Magnolia; and brothers, Albert S. Pierce and wife, Carol, of Kerrville, and David J. Pierce of Dallas.
Pallbearers will be Chad Pierce, Derek Pierce, Hudson Webber, Matthew Webber, Cody Webber and Justin Laurie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to East Mound Historic Cemetery Association.
Published Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pierce, Jane Tipton
1930-2007

Service for Jane Tipton Pierce, 77, of Denton will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust in Denton. The Rev. Buddy Owens will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pierce died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in Denton.
Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Chico to James Ervin and Edna Faye (Gill) Tipton, she married Allen Pierce on Feb. 14, 1973, in Denton.
She is survived by her husband, Allen Pierce of Denton; three daughters, Gayla Stone and husband, Don, of Little Elm, Candy Kersten and husband, Dick, of Shady Shores and Dawn LaPorte and husband, Bill, of Denton; a son, Ross Skeet and Vicki Shepherd of Decatur; two stepchildren, Valerie Constentino of Waretown, N.J., and Bob Pierce of Houston; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Larry Smith, Larry Richter, Jerry Todd, Zach Stone, Josh Lee and Brian Doyle.
Memorials may be made to the Emily Fowler Public Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton, Texas 76201.
Published Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pirie, Charles A. ‘Cap’, III
1944-2007
Funeral for Charles A. “Cap” Pirie III, 62, of Newark was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Biggers Funeral Chapel. Cremation was to follow.
Pirie died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, in Newark.
Born Nov. 30, 1944, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Charles A. Pirie Jr. and Virgina Hummel Pirie, he was a heavy machinery mechanic. He served in the U.S. Navy for 12 1/2 years including more than three years in Vietnam. He married Glenda Jones on April 18, 2002, in Decatur. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans and The House of Prayer in Newark.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Bonner.
He is survived by his wife; children, Charles “Skip” Pirie IV, Samuel Brooks and wife, Rachel, Mike Pirie and wife, Brandi, Mark Musick, Corey Musick, Delisa Helvie and husband, Bill, Rhonda Naron and husband, Rich, and Georgia Moss; a brother, William Pirie and wife, Carol; a brother-in-law, Paul Bonner; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to a charity of choice.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Placker, Jason Hightower
1955-2007
Funeral for Jason Hightower Placker, 52, of Galveston will be held at a later date.
Placker died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, in Texas City.
Born Nov. 16, 1955, in Alamogordo, N.M., to Leonard V. and Cleo Placker, he was an off-shore oil worker/ship engineer.
He is survived by two brothers, Leonard Placker Jr. of Newark and Roy Placker of Los Cruces, N.M.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pleasant, Ira Ogle
1912-2007

Funeral for Ira Ogle Pleasant, 94, of Bridgeport was Monday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Roger Rhodes, assisted by the Rev. Johnny Irish, officiated. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pleasant died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 23, 1912, in Chico, he retired from Conoco Inc. after working 26 years as a gas plant operator. He was an amateur radio operator for 60 years. He served in the National Guard and was a member of Cates Street Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Pleasant; a brother, H.A. Pleasant; and three sisters, Inez Stack, Wilda Thorne and Bennie Watson.
He is survived by a daughter, Wanda Stone and husband, Wayne, of Decatur; two grandchildren, Curtis Stone and wife, Regina, of Decatur and Landon Stone and wife, Melissa, of Keller; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Alissa and Jacie Stone.
Pallbearers were Carroll Collier, Melvin, Ronnie and Kevin Pewitt, John Barnard and Jimmy, Tommy and Toby Pleasant.
Published Thursday, February 22, 2007

Prevatle, Betty Louise
1931-2007

Betty Louise Prevatle, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Rhome. A memorial service was held at Aurora Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
She was born Nov. 17, 1931, in Vienna, W.Va., to Robert E. Williams and Mary Abigail Williams. She was a member of Aurora Baptist Church in Rhome.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Kenneth Meeks Sr.
Survivors include son Raymond K. Meeks Jr. and wife Marcella of Rhome; daughters Judy Ann Riser and husband Larry of Ellen Bura, W.Va., and Martha Louise Poole and husband Tommy of Bay Saint Louis, Miss.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, September 2, 2007

Putman, Ozella ‘Rusty’
1929-2007
Funeral for Ozella “Rusty” Putman, 77, of Forestburg was Feb. 6 with the Rev. David Gray, of Hillcrest Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.
Putman died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, in Grapevine.
Born April 18, 1929, in Moran County to James and Mamie Pearl Cooke Haley, she lived in Gainesville most of her life.
She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Halsey and husband, Don, of Highland Village and Connie Williams and husband, Jeff, of Lewisville; grandchilden, Shannon Brougher and husband, Aric, of Richardson, Leigh Ann Harrel and husband, James, of Sanger and Rusty Lynn Comer of Lewisville; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Ryan, McKenzie and Rebecca Brougher, Haley Harrel and Leslie John Comer; a sister, Bonnie Smith of Gainesville; and a brother, Manuel “Tot” Barron of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.R. “Bill” Putman in 1996 and four brothers, Leonard and Elroe Barron and Bernel and Billy Jack Haley.
Published Thursday, February 8, 2007

Quillin, Hortense Pearl
1923-2007
Graveside service for Hortense Pearl Quillin, 83, of Graham was Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Bridgeport. The Rev. Gary Riley officiated.
Quillin died Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Graham.
Born Aug. 3, 1923, in Bridgeport to Joseph and Ruth Nall Thomas, she was a homemaker and a member of Jean Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Loyd Quillin; sons, Leon and Jack Quillin; sisters, Flora Boring, Imajean Boring and Maudie Virginia Thomas; and brothers, James Loyd Thomas and James Donald Thomas.
She is survived by a daughter, Lois Kempenich of Graham; sons, James Quillin and wife, Maria, of Hemet, Calif. and Bill Quillin of Graham; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Published Thursday, July 26, 2007