Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2007
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Raley, Lou
1930-2007

Funeral for Lou Raley, 77, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Lucia Kremzar officiating. Burial will be at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Raley died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at her home.
Born March 14, 1930, in Bellevue to Robert W. and Mary Vaughn Kinsey, she married Vernon Raley on July 3, 1948, in Borger. They were married 47 years until his death May 4, 1996. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Pete and Mike Kinsey.
She is survived by her sons, Tommy Raley and his wife, Elaine, of Chico and Tim Raley and his wife, Sherry, of Crafton; grandchildren, Jereme Raley and his wife, Glory, of Temple and Tyler and Taylor Raley of Crafton; sister, Josephine Smith and her husband, Richard, of Monahans; brothers, Doug Kinsey and his wife, Margaret, of Tyler and Ronny Kinsey and his wife, Charolette, of Buffalo Springs; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Allen Smith, Jeffrey Smith, Wesley Kinsey, Clay Cavasos, Dickie Dunn, Mitch Arrington, Harvey Swaim and Arthur Martinez.
Published Sunday, November 4, 2007

Raley, Mabeth Robertson
1926-2007

Funeral for Mabeth Robertson Raley, 81, of Runaway Bay will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with Rev. Lucia Kremzar officiating. Burial will be at Alvord Cemetery.
Raley died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, in Decatur.
Born March 26, 1926, in Decatur to Roy N. and Lottie Mae Potts Robertson, she married Leslie W. Raley Feb. 12, 1963, in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. She was a past matron of the Decatur Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Leslie W. Raley, and special cousin, Taylor Fullingim.
Pallbearers will be Tom Raley, Tim Raley, Jim Nivens, Dustin Dobyn, Jimmy Meyers and Robbie Handlon.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ramirez, Anselma Martinez
1937-2007

Funeral for Anselma Martinez Ramirez, 70, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Margarito Lara was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Mexican Cemetery.
Ramirez died Thursday, May 12, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 21, 1937, in Bridgeport to Liandro and Felicia Davila Martinez, she was homemaker. She married Jose Ramirez on April 18, 1985, in Frederick, Okla. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Herrera; daughters, Thomasa Martinez and Alice Coleman; sisters, Juanita Padron, Amelia Nuncio and Bruno Lopez; and brothers Manuel and Freddie Martinez.
She is survived by her husband, Jose Ramirez of Bridgeport; daughters, Terry Romero of Bridgeport, Rita Granada of Fort Worth, Mona Corbin of Burleson and Rosalinda Herrera of Gainesville; sons, Ernest Herrera of Bridgeport, David Herrera of Chico, Anthony Rios of Denton, Carmen Martinez of Mineral Wells and Julio Martinez of Hondo; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Benny Martinez of Fort Worth, Joe Martinez of Bridgeport, Jessie Paul Martinez of Fort Worth and Raymond Martinez of Bridgeport; and sisters, Lola Ramirez, Lupe Silletti, Connie Silletti, Rose Ostiquin and Frances Huerta, all of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were to be Oscar Martinez, Vincent Leonard Martinez, Ruben Ramirez, Steven Silletti, Francisco (Pancho) Campos, Michael Coleman and Victor Manuel Gonzalez.
Published Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ratliff, Marvin C.
1924-2007


Graveside service for Marvin C. Ratliff, 83, of Fort Worth will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Arnold Parker and Wayne Parker will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Ratliff died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 12, 1924, in Ardmore, Okla., to Harry and Lillie (Early) Ratliff, he graduated from Boyd High School in 1941. He married Theda Ruth Madewell on Sept. 26, 1942, in Boyd. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He worked for Swift and Company for 24 years and retired as a photographer from Meisel Inc. in Dallas. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Boyd Yellowjackets.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Ratliff; and three sisters, Ivy Zucarro, Ruth Baker and Jewell Hardy.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Joyce Ann Ratliff of Denver, Colo.; two sons, Robert Ratliff and wife, Jean, of Benbrook and Larry Ratliff and wife, Joan, of Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Becky Ogilvie and husband, Chris, Tracy Schroeder, Kyle Ratliff and wife, Jennifer, Andrew, Amy and Daniel Ratliff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rawls, Pauline
1918-2007

Funeral for Pauline Rawls, 88, of Decatur was Feb. 18 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Rawls died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 16, 1918, in Locker, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Phil Rawls of Dallas; a daughter, Paula Hendrix and husband, Joe, of Waco; grandchildren, Brian Hendrix of Victoria and Carolyn Walker and husband, Van, of Crawford; and great-great-grandchildren, Kelly and Bethany Walker.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Ray, Billy V.
1945-2007
Graveside services for Billy V. Ray, 61, of Boyd, were to be private, with Perry MacFlories serving as speaker.
Ray died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 15, 1945, in Fort Worth to Albert Winfield and Ella Mae (Spears) Ray, he married Barbara Fincher April 11, 1969, in Killeen. He served in the U.S. Army and was an employee of Imperial Fabrications in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Wayne Ray.
He is survived by his wife; a son, William A. Ray and wife, Amy, of Boyd; a daughter, Wendy McGill and husband, Joe, of Boyd; grandchildren, Stephen Bowman, Jessica McGill, Caitlyn Ray, Colten Ray, Dylan McGill and Tylor Seely; mother, Mae Ray of Rendon; a brother, Joseph Henry Ray of Crescent City, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Joe McGill, William Carmichael, Jim Moody, Doug Garnett, Greg Gaunt and Claud Arnold.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Reagan, Gary P.
1950-2007

Memorial service for Gary P. Reagan, 57, of Rome, N.Y., will be held at a later date. He is the nephew of Dessie M. Thompson of Alvord and the grandson of the late Sam and Mecia Reagan and Carlos and Cecil Watts, all of Decatur.
Reagan died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in Rome.
Born Feb. 11, 1950, in Lawton, Okla., to James W. and Maxine C. Watts Reagan, he graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1968. He married Karen L. Mills on June 23, 1973, in Washington, D.C. He was an accounting technician for DFAS at Griffis Air Force Base. He was the business development director for Lawton Housing Authority from 1995 to 2006.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Stephanie N. Reagan, of Norman, Okla.; a sister, Sharon Byram and husband, Charles, of Belton, Okla.; a niece, Kim Gerard and husband, Clem, of Johnson, Kan.; a nephew Chuck Byram and wife, Wendy, of Lees Summit, Mo; five great-nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Dessie M. Thompson of Alvord.
The family requests memorials be made to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 1266, Norman, OK 73070.
Published Sunday, December 2, 2007

Rector, Sam Dale, Sr.
1926-2007

Funeral for Sam Dale Rector Sr., 81, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Revs. Craig Erb and Doug Vaughn were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Sanger Cemetery.
Rector died Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 19, 1926, in Sanger to Sam and Ruth Rector, he graduated from Sanger High School in 1944. He received his bachelor of science in agricultural education from Texas A&M University in 1948 and his masters degree from North Texas State University. He also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rector taught in Millsap and Krum before teaching 23 years in Decatur. He also pastored Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Bell Baptist Church in Decatur for 32 years.
He was a past master of masonic lodges in Millsap and Decatur. He was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, the Wise County Retired Teachers Association and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Country Club. He was also an honorary member of the Texas Future Farmers of America and Texas Vocational Teachers Association.
Rector served as dairy superintendent for 32 years at the Wise County Youth Fair. He married Bobbie Lee Lewter June 26, 1955.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Dean Rector.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Dale Rector and wife, Mary Lynn, of Crowley and Mark Rector and wife, Susan, of Decatur; two daughters, Lee Ann Arrington and husband, Mitch, of Bridgeport and Rhonda Enis and husband, Curtis, of Alvord; nine grandchildren, Lacie, Ryan, Taylor and Haley Rector, Lindsey, Emily and Blake Arrington and Whitney and Logan Enis; two brothers, Jack Rector of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bob Rector of Frisco; and a sister, Pat Blalock of Duncanville.
Pallbearers were to be Byron Blalock, Johnny Blalock, Rex Rector, Brent Williams, Ron Mosley and Joel Gann. Honorary pallbearers were to be Raymond Gann, Ray Mosley and Charlie Burns.
Published Sunday, June 10, 2007

Reid, Jeff
1978-2007

Graveside service for Jeff Reid, 29, of Rhome was March 18 at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Cates officiated.
Reid died Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Dallas.
Born March 10, 1978, in Fort Worth, he was a machinist for Del Fasco and a member of Cross Timbers Church.
He is survived by his son, Elijah Skyler Reid of San Antonio; his fiance, Natalie Latko of Hurst; his parents, Perry and Debbie Reid of Rhome; a brother, Coby Reid and wife, Jessica, of Newark; and his grandparents, Morris and Barbara Burcham of Boyd.
Honorary pallbearers were Terry Barrow Jr., Sam Barrow, David Trotter, Ricky Trotter, Dave Chapman and Craig Skinner.
Published Thursday, March 22, 2007

Renner, Martha Faye
1945-2007
Funeral service for Martha Faye Renner, 62, of Nocona was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Alvord Church of Christ in Alvord with Gentry Castleman officiating. Interment was to be in Alvord Cemetery.
Renner died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, in Nocona.
Born April 7, 1945, in Dallas to Frank Elbert Goode and Martha Faye Jeffcoat, she married Tom Renner Oct. 29, 1973, in Waurika, Okla.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Tom Renner; two daughters, Robin Dykes of Westwego, La., and Christey Sageser and husband, Mike, of Alvord; three sons, Douglas Renner and wife, Julie, of Denton, Tommy Renner of Dallas and Michael Renner and wife, Debbie, of Denton; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one sister, Elaine Dailey; and two brothers, David Goode and Dewayne Goode.
Pallbearers were to be Mike Sageser, Shannon Beggs, Randy Hozt, William Renner, Bobby Green and Charlie Green.
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rexin, Mary O.
1919-2007
Funeral for Mary O. Rexin, 87, of Burt, Mich., and formerly of Chico, was Monday, Jan. 15, with the Rev. Daniel Bowman officiating. Burial was at Christian Memorial Cultural Center Cemetery in Peck, Mich.
Rexin died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Burt.
Born May 24, 1919, in Marlette, Mich., to Lloyd and Ruby (Funk) Osburn, she married Howard Rexin on Nov. 28, 1943, in Detroit, Mich. They lived in Chico from 1980 to 1998. She was a member of the Cass City United Methodist Church, Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico, the woman’s society and the library club.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Grant Osburn.
She is survived by a son, Wayne Rexin and wife, Barbara, of Hermiston, Ore.; a daughter, Mary McAnany and husband, Mac, of Burt; a brother, Lee Osburn of Vero, Fla.; two sisters, Marian Meredit and Iva Harneck and husband, Ivan, all of Marlette; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, January 18, 2007

Rhine, Esther Caraway
1914-2007
Funeral service for Esther Caraway Rhine, 93, was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Rev. Ken May to officiate. Burial was to follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Rhine, a homemaker, died in Decatur on Oct. 4, 2007.
Rhine was born on May 14, 1914, in Decatur to Henry and Alice Young. She married Andy Caraway on Jan. 26, 1946. They spent several years running a dairy farm together before moving to town. Andy died on Dec. 8, 1985.
Rhine married Grady Rhine in 1986. Grady died on Christmas Eve of 2003.
Esther was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
She leaves no survivors in her immediate family.
Pallbearers were Andy Hawkins, Jerry Bethurum, Jerry Mara, Vic Morton, Frank Maxwell and W.M. “Doc” Lewis.
Published Sunday, October 7, 2007

Rhine, Jan
1943-2007

Funeral for Jan Rhine, 64, of Paradise was Aug. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Paradise with the Revs. Gary Demmitt and Matt Edwards officiating. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Rhine died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Celina.
Born March 19, 1943, in Wheeler to Homer and Ann Dollins Pitcock, she was a homemaker. She married Charles Rhine on July 21, 1967, in Pampa.
She is survived by her husband of Paradise; two daughters, Liz Hubbard and husband, James, of Decatur, Brandi Schedcik and husband, John, of Alvord; three sons, Bill Munday, Homer Munday and wife, Nelda, and Rodney Rhine, all of Paradise; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were James Hubbard, Cody Hubbard, John Schedcik, Rainer Mundy, Art Rhine, Jerry Rhine and Ronnie Rhine.
Published Thursday, August 9, 2007

Rhodes, Danny Allen
1963-2007

Funeral for Danny Allen Rhodes, 43, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. The Revs. Cory Wynss and Billie Fitch were to officiate. Burial was to be at Aurora Cemetery.
Rhodes died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 19, 1963, in Paducah, he was an airline electrician with Boeing/Labinol. He married Rhonda Clark on Sept. 16, 1983, in Ardmore, Okla. He was a member of Crossing Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Rhonda Rhodes of Decatur; a son, Rickey Rhodes of Decatur; a daughter, Latricia Creswell and husband, Chris, of Decatur; two grandchildren, Celeste and Christian Creswell; and his parents, Bascom and Mary Patterson of Paducah.
Pallbearers were to be Ronney Smith, Jerry Taylor, Clark Turner, Jacob Rose, Cliff Fuentes and James Nunley. Honorary pallbearers were to be Hank Patterson, Mark Patterson, James Patterson and Michael Mays.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Richard, Jimmie Faye Cline
1925-2007
Graveside service for Jimmie Faye Cline Richards, 81, of Richardson, and formerly of Decatur and Weatherford, was Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.
Richards died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007.
Born Nov. 2, 1925, in Vera to James Floyd and Maggie Dove (Moore) Henson, she was a retired elementary teacher’s aide.
She is survived by a sister, Peggy J. Miller, and a niece, Cynthia R. Mitchell and her husband, Tom.
Memorials may be made to The Senior Source, 1215 Skiles St. Dallas, Texas 75204.
Published Thursday, March 1, 2007

Richardson-Clark, Candace Marie
1954-2007

Memorial service for Candace Marie Richardson-Clark, 54, of Decatur will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Decatur High School Theater.
Clark died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, near Decatur.
Born June 6, 1954, in Houston she was known for her work with the school theater costumes and work with downtown Main Street. She was Rodeo Queen Coordinator for 12 years and will be remembered for her carriage rides for rodeos, community events and parades.
She was preceded in death by her son, Shane Eichthaler.
She is survived by her son, Steven Eichthaler of Decatur and longtime partner, Steven W. Eichthaler.
Published Sunday, December 2, 2007

Riley, Edith L.
1914-2007

Funeral for Edith L. Riley, 92, of Boyd was Jan. 23 at Briar Church of Christ. Phillip McIntosh and Kenton Harvey officiated. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2.
Riley died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 22, 1914, in Boyd, to William and Maude (Buck) Rickman, she was a retired dietician and member of the Briar Church of Christ. She married Foy E. Riley Oct. 6, 1934, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Michael; a brother, Jim Rickman; and two sisters, Edna Gant and Joann Yoder.
She is survived by a son, Gary L. Riley of Boyd; a daughter, Sue Sinclair and husband, Robin, of Ireland; a brother, Bill Rickman of Boyd; a sister, Lois Beaty and husband, Ernest, of Boyd; five grandchildren, Sarah, Jay, Amy, Scott and Shawn; one great-grandchild, Caitlan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ken Bradberry, Aaron Bradberry, Mark Bradberry, Jesse Johnson, Don Mason and Merle Stafford.
Published Thursday, January 25, 2007

Rippy, Billy Jack
1932-2007

Memorial for Billy Jack Rippy, 75, of Hurst was March 13 at the First Baptist Church of Euless.
Rippy died Thursday, March 8, 2007.
Born Jan. 11, 1932, in Decatur to Bill McBrayer and Fannie Pearl Askey Rippy, he was a 1949 graduate of Carter Riverside High School in Fort Worth. He also graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Deanna Spain Rippy; a sister, Nancy Rippy Welton; three children, Marsha Hill and husband, George, Wesley Rippy and wife, Becky, and Roger Rippy and wife, Albina; and seven grandchildren, Micah, Matthew, Molly, Travis, Jared, Dalton and Michael.
Memorials may be made to Neuro Fitness Foundation of Bedford or The Miracle Fund at the First Baptist Church of Euless.
Published Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ritz, Lyle Orlo
1933-2007

Graveside service for Lyle Orlo Ritz, 73, of Haltom City was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Bethel Cemetery. The Rev. Buddy Ward was to officiate.
Ritz died Sunday, April 22, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 31, 1933, in Pulaski, Iowa, to Hubert and Ruth Ritz, he was a retired appliance serviceman for Westinghouse.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Shelton Ritz.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan Ritz of Keller and Gail Box and husband, Curtis, of Haltom City; a son, Mark Ritz of Haltom City; two granddaughters, Deanna Clarke and Amanda Dillon; two grandsons, Jeremy Farmer and Joseph Ritz; a great-grandson, Kyle Dillon; and two sisters-in-law, Linda Morris of Decatur and Barbara Dunn of Bridgeport.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Roberts, Bulah Marie ‘Bea’
1922-2007

Graveside service for Bulah Marie (Bea) Roberts, 84, of Chico was to be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, at Lone Star Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Stanyck was to officiate.
Roberts died Monday, June 11, 2007.
Born Aug. 17, 1922, in Jacksboro to Lewis and Annie Bell Humphries Wilkinson, she married Joe Roberts Jr. on Dec. 27, 1982, in Apache Junction, Ariz. She was a retired State Farm agent.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelly Kramer and two sisters, Mary Vaughn and Betty Renfro.
She is survived by her husband of Chico; daughters, Debra Carder of Keller and Mardee Conners of Tukwila, Wash.; stepchildren, Jolene Myers and husband, Rob, of Bells, Joe Doyle Roberts of Keller, Bill Roberts and wife, Linda, of Azle, Cecil Roberts and wife, Tammy, of Azle, and Ronnie Roberts and wife, Darlene, of Arlington; granddaughter Tonya Ewalt and husband, Dana, of Keller; four great-grandchildren Geordyn, Gage, Greer and Stephanie; 12 step-grandchildren; 26 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Published Thursday, June 14, 2007

Roberts, Sammie ‘Sam’ Lee
1955-2007

Memorial for Sammie ‘Sam’ Lee Roberts, 51, of Sunset was to be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Drawing Room of the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Roberts died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Bowie.
Born Oct. 30, 1955, in Waxahachie to Robert Henry and Almeta Rae (Fowler) Roberts, he graduated high school and joined the United States Army. He married his wife, Kay, on May 21, 1988, in Wichita Falls and moved to Sunset. He worked as a truck driver for several trucking companies. He enjoyed the outdoors, specifically hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was known as ‘Pack-Rat’ by his friends.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Samuel Roberts of Sunset; his father, R.H. Roberts and wife, Jan, of Italy; his mother of Gallitin, Tenn.; a brother, Chris Roberts of Arlington; two sisters, Karen Roberts of Arlington; stepbrothers and sisters, Randy Rudd and wife, Lynn, of Italy, Tammy Dekle and husband, Ralph, of Duncanville, Vicky Compton and husband, Randy, of Waxahachie, and Hot Rod Rudd and wife, Christine, of Idaho; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to a charity of the giver’s choice.
Published Thursday, August 23, 2007

Robertson, Bera Wynell Kirkeby
1923-2007
Graveside service for Bera Wynell Kirkeby Robertson, 84, of Sanger will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Jon Eckstein will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger.
Robertson died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Pilot Point.
Born July 17, 1923, in Munday, to R.J. and Wilma Orene (Smith) Alexander, she married Marvin Kirkeby. He preceded her in death in 1987. She later married Weldon Robertson, who preceded her in death in 1998. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sanger and a retired bank bookkeeper.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Ford and husband, Kenneth, of Pilot Point; two sons, Robert L. Kirkeby and wife, Martha, of Caddo and Marvin Kirkeby and wife, Catherine, of Lithonia, Ga.; a sister, Marie Tietz of Cankey, Okla.; two brothers, Wayne Alexander of Decatur and Ray Alexander of Crawford; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 5, 2007

Robertson, Billy Ray
1955-2007

Funeral for Billy Ray Robertson, 52, of Cleburne, was Nov. 9 in Cleburne. The Revs. Jerry Lee and Jerry Melson officiated. Burial followed at Rosehill Cemetery in Cleburne.
Billy Ray Robertson died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, in Cleburne.
Born July 10, 1955, in Bridgeport to James and Ruby Martin Robertson, he married Bonnie Schandorff Sept. 16, 2007, in Cleburne. He worked as a fabricator and was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was preceded in death by a brother James Robertson Jr.
Billy Ray Robertson is survived by his wife; two daughters, Carol Sampson and husband, Jay, of Gainesville and Anne Bedard and husband, Ken, of Justin; two granddaughters, Angel and Savanah; mother, Ruby Robertson of Rhome; sisters Ruby Jo Dixon and husband, Donald, and Allie Mae Robertson, all of Rhome, and Linda Robertson of Denton; a step-son, Don Young, of Cleburne; a step-daughter, Brandi Young of Cleburne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Kevin Crecelius, Ron Beasley, Don Young, Phil Gonzales, Leonard Dixon and Aley Oritz.
Published Sunday, November 11, 2007

Robertson, Brenda K.
1951-2007
Memorial for Brenda K. Robertson, 55, of Rhome will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Fairview Baptist Church and from 2 to 6 p.m. at the VFW in Avondale. Chaplain Dale Ruble will officiate. She will be cremated.
Robertson died Friday, June 22, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 5, 1951, to Allen and Clemmie King in Whitney, she was a cashier. She enjoyed riding motorcycles.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Robertson of Rhome; four sons, William Z., Robert Jr., Nathan and William L.; two daughters-in-law, Robin and Cristal; and three grandchildren, Breanna, Devon and Amber.
The family requests memorials be made to Cook Children’s Healthcare for drug-addicted infants.
Published Thursday, June 28, 2007

Robinson, Donald Ray
1936-2007
Graveside services for Donald Ray Robinson, 71, of Chico was Oct. 2 at Chico Cemetery with James Arrington officiating.
Robinson died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 2, 1936, in Chico, to Melvin Sr. and Ruth Robinson, he was an appliance repairman and enjoyed music and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy, Charles and Joe Robinson, and sisters, Lavana Thornton and Rita Strong.
He is survived by his wife, Cozzett Robinson of Portland, Ore.; daughters, Cheri Hansen and Christi Robinson; brothers, Gerald, Melvin Jr., Paul, David, Richard and Stanly; sisters, Carolyn Thompson and Lavelle Massey; a grandchild, Jordan Hanson; and a great-grandchild, Christopher Hanson.
Published Thursday, October 4, 2007

Robinson, George Ewing
1939-2007

Funeral for George Ewing Robinson, 67, of Bridgeport will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the funeral home.
Robinson died Sunday, March 4, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 5, 1939, in South Fork, Colo., to William “Carl” and Margret Rogers, he was self-employed.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Henry.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Robinson; five sons, Kenneth D. Robinson and wife, Larise, Robby Robinson and wife, Shelly, Ricky Robinson, Tim Robinson and wife, Sheryl, all of Bridgeport and Kenny Robinson and wife, Angela, of Azle; three daughters, Belinda Wiley of Saginaw, George Ann Herron and husband, Hal, and Tina Robinson, all of Azle; a brother, Bobby Carl Rogers of Haltom City; three sisters, Joan Rowe of Stockton, Calif., Johnny Allen of Lake Whitney and Clara Benton of River Oaks; and 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 8, 2007

Robinson, LaOuida 'Mickey'
1916-2007
Funeral for LaOuida "Mickey" Robinson of Possom Kingdom Lake was Oct. 9 in the Community Church of Possum Kingdom. Burial was at Pioneer Cemetery.
Robinson died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 21, 1916, in Wortham to Charles and Lorena (Byers) Ragsdale, she married Tom Robinson in Lubbock in 1970.
She was vice president for Harry Newton Engineering and was the first woman in the state of Texas to learn how to use a computer. She was a member of the Community Church of Possum Kingdom, PK Womens Club, Fire Hall Auxiliary and Charlie's Angels.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Bill Byers Robinson; a brother, Charles Ragsdale; and sisters, Ava Rhea Edwards and Billie Jo Smith.
She is survived by a son, Tom Robinson and wife, Allene, of Bridgeport; daughters, Margaret Stockton and husband, Lee, of Center, Jayne Farrell and husband, Bob, of Nashville, Tenn., Linda Kennedy and husband, Steve, of Houston and Charlotte Robinson of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rocha, Miguel B.
1945-2007
Funeral mass for Miguel B. Rocha, 61, of Decatur was March 23 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Lauro Huerta officiated.
Rocha died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 29, 1945, in Villa De Reyes, Mexico, to Florentino and Audelia Badillo Rocha, he was a groundskeeper for Coker Funeral Home for 26 years.
Pallbearers were Fidel Cruz, Jose Cruz, Tobias Padron, Placido Padron, Flavinano Padron, Epifanio Padron and Roberto Fraire.
Published Sunday, March 25, 2007

Rogers, Teresa Jean Jeans
1957-2007

Graveside service for Teresa Jean Jeans Rogers, 49, of Weatherford was Jan. 23 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Craig Erb officiating.
Rogers died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, in Weatherford.
Born Aug. 15, 1957, in Bridgeport, she was a waitress and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Chyrel Tackett, and a nephew, Christopher Wildermuth.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Rogers, of Weatherford; a son, Jason Levi Jeans of Weatherford; two brothers, Greg and James Tackett of Azle; and sisters, Lisa Tackett and her husband, Robbie, of Weatherford and Faye Rodes of Boyd.
Published Thursday, January 25, 2007

Romine, F. Scott
1961-2007

Funeral for F. Scott Romine, 45, of Rhome was April 6 at Rhome Assembly of God Church. The Revs. Tony Handy and Michael Stephenson officiated. Burial was at Aurora Cemetery.
Romine died Monday, April, 2, 2007, in Rhome.
Born May 21, 1961, in Decatur, he was a computer technician for IBM.
He is survived by his parents, Oscar and Billie Romine of Rhome; a sister, Tamme Byers and husband, Kenny, of Aurora; three brothers, Wesley Romine and wife, Sharon, of Aurora and Mark Romine and Michael Romine and wife, Dee, all of Boyd; and a grandmother, Edith Romine of Euless.
Pallbearers were Kenny and Dustin Byers and Ed, Jon, Chris, Wesley, Mark and Michael Romine.
Published Sunday, April 8, 2007

Romines, Doug
1934-2007

Funeral for Doug Romines, 72, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Pleasant View Baptist Church. The Revs. James Arrington and B.J. Womack were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Romines died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Denton.
Born Nov. 15, 1934, in Oscar, Okla., to Luther and Mary Jane Richardson Romines, he was a retired meter technician for Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America. He married Nancy O’Dell Jan. 9, 1953, in Gainesville.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 31, 2006; his brother, James Romines; and a sister, Mildred Faulkner.
He is survived by his son, Bart Romines and wife, Wanda, of Calera, Okla.; two grandchildren, Brooke and Cody Romines; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Watson and wife, Laura, of Chico and Joe Watson and wife, Jo, of Paradise; three sisters, Lillie Ransom and husband, John, and Mary Edith Taylor, all of Decatur, and Sue Caraway of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, August 2, 2007

Roper, Billie Nell Sanders
1931-2007
Funeral for Billie Nell Sanders Roper, 76, of Boyd was Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Nordin officiating. Burial was in Garvin Cemetery.
Roper died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 15, 1931, in Clarksville to Chunnie Harris and Bonnie Ola (Brown) Sanders, she married William Ruel Roper in 1949 in Fort Worth. She was a retired bookkeeper.
Roper was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Kimberly Roper; a grandson, Antonio “Rusty” Jaramillo II; a sister, Ann Ruth Brown; and a brother, Chunnie “Coon” Sanders.
She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Lamance and husband, Harry, of Boyd, Bonnie Jaramillo and husband, Anthony, of Newark and Doll Van Schuyver and husband, Lonnie, of Boyd; son, W.R. “Rocky” Roper Jr. and wife, Janiece, of Boyd; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; sisters, Naoma Franzeo and Carolyn Sue Wright, both of Fort Worth, Mary Brannan of Bridgeport and Georgia Ann Wrey and Modrel Quatro, both of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jamie Lamance, Yancy Van Schuyver, Bobby Radado, Justin Davis and Casey Gregory.
Published Sunday, November 4, 2007

Roper, Misty Howell
1943-2007

Funeral for Misty Howell Roper, 64, of Runaway Bay was Monday, Dec. 17, at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Doug White officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Roper died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 10, 1943, in Memphis, Texas, to Clarence and Varde Spruill Melton, she was a payroll administrator and a member of the Texas Payroll Commission.
She is survived by two daughters, LeAndra Matney of Runaway Bay and LaDawn Munn of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Jason, Brook, Brittany and McKenzie; a sister, Betty Lou Herman and husband David of Tacoma, Wash.; and a brother, Clarence Meton of Denton.
Pallbearers were Blaine Addison, Chris Holland, Monty Moon, James Brewster, John Adams, Brad Hardt, Robert Ridling and Jim Wolske.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rottman, Jay W.
1920-2007
Graveside service for Jay W. Rottman, 86, of Euless was Nov. 16 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Rottman died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Born Dec. 24, 1920, in Linn County, Mo., to Oscar E. Rottman and Lizzie J. Sayers, he was a veteran of World War II. He married Mary E. Gooch June 23, 1946. The couple moved to Euless in 1957, where Rottman helped organize Little League baseball and Boy Scouts.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, a son, James C. Rottman, and two great-grandsons.
He is survived by his sons, Kennie Rottman and wife, Christi, Jary Rottman and wife, Karen, Larry Rottman and John Rottman; sister, Edith Maize; brother Darrel Rottman; grandchildren, Jason Rottman, Jenni Pharis, Jarrod Rottman, Jaime Rottman, Justin Rottman and Jonathan Rottman; numerous other family members.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ruffin, John Robert ‘Bob’
1943-2007

Funeral for John Robert “Bob” Ruffin, 63, of Boyd was Monday, Jan. 8, at Ash Creek Baptist Church. Graveside service was Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Stuart Family Cemetery in McCurtain County, Okla.
Ruffin died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born July 6, 1943, in McCurtain County to Mable and Earle Ruffin, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and received two Purple Heart medals. After retiring as a quality control inspector from General Dynamics in 1994, he continued to work as a professional horse trainer.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Earlene.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Williams Ruffin of Boyd; a son, Troy Ruffin and wife, Cara, of Mason; daughters, Nikole and Blair Douglas of Boyd; brothers, Alvin Ruffin and wife, Judy, of Burleson and Gene Ruffin and wife, Kathy, of Haslet; a sister, Mary Rutledge and husband, Randy, of Azle; and grandchildren, Price and Ryli Ruffin of Mason and Eryn Slimp of Boyd.
Published Thursday, January 11, 2007

Rutherford, Billy Kent
1949-2007

Funeral for Billy Kent Rutherford, 57, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Community Church in Decatur. The Rev. John Redfearn will officiate. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Funeral Home. Family visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Rutherford died Sunday, July 8, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 21, 1949, in Midland to Billy Moore and Mary Smith Rutherford, he served in the National Guard. He married Paula Fitts Feb. 3, 1979, in Bowie. He held a juris doctorate of law and was an accountant in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Kaleb Kent Rutherford and wife, Emily, of Decatur; a daughter, Paula-Beth Toller and husband, Michael, of Virden, Ill.; his mother of Decatur; a sister, Merrilee Morris and husband, Billie T., of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be David Denson, Chuck Smith, Alfredo Medina, Brent Wilson, Ronnie Northcutt, Tony Jackson, Dwayne Harlow and Darrell Cline. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Foster, Billy Wayne Stone, Carl Chapman, Hector Rodriguez, Fernando Cantu, Sergio Sanchez and Magdalen Onofre.
Published Thursday, July 12, 2007

Salazar, Betty
1952-2007

Funeral for Betty Davila Salazar, 54, of Fort Worth will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Ricky Vasquez will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mexican Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Salazar died Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 2, 1952, in Dallas, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Pico Davila.
She is survived by her husband, John C. Salazar Sr.; three sons, John Jr., Pete and Enos Salazar, all of Fort Worth; a step-son, John-John III of Paradise; two daughters, Sophia and Julia Salazar of Fort Worth; four brothers, Benny Davila of Bridgeport and Mundo, Juan and Martin Davila, all of Dallas; four sisters, Molly, Gloria and Delores Davila, all of Dallas and Mary Davila of California; and 13 grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, John Anthony, Raquel, Miguel, Mya, Angel, Ya-Ya, Destiny, Bryan, Willie, Candi and Carly.
Pallbearers will be Edward Martinez, Robert Vidal, Charles Davila, Adam Moncibaiz, Blake Edwards, Cilfredo Garces, Brandon Silletti and James Davidson.
Published Thursday, June 7, 2007

Saling, Yvonne Hill
1940-2007

Funeral for Yvonne Hill Saling, 66, of Bridgeport, was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Interment was to be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Saling died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 16, 1940, in Decatur to Dee and Burnie Robeson Hill, she married Lynn Saling May 8, 1959, in Ardmore, Okla.
She was a volunteer for the Bridgeport Senior Citizens and Bridgeport Youth Association and a member of Balsora Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ola Mae Schultz, and brothers, Bill and Doyle Hill.
She is survived by her husband; sons, David Saling and wife, Kim, of Decatur and Larry Saling and wife, Laura, of Owasso, Okla.; daughters, Rhonda Flores of Mesquite and Lisa Garvin and husband, Cliff, of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Brandi, Brittni, Brooke, Cassie, Crystal, Lane, Landon, Alesha and R.J.; sister, Colleen Plunk of Rockwall; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers were to be Mike Patterson, Randy Patterson, Colby McClung, Dusty McClung, Buddy White, Kenny Plunk, Larry Plunk and Kenny Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers were to be Steven Hunt, Rusty Perrin, Jeff Perrin, Tommy Thompson and Mike Plunk.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sanders, Parilee Olivia
1922-2007

Graveside service for Parilee Olivia Sanders, 84, of Rhome will be Monday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove No. 2 with the Rev. Dale Noska and Johnny Sanders officiating.
Sanders died Friday, May 25, 2007, in Rhome.
Born June 25, 1922, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist No. 2.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Hershel Sanders, and a daughter Sharon Posey.
She is survived by daughters, Sandra Ward of Texarkana, Shirley Contino and husband Charles of Rhome, and Shery Kahler and husband Charles of Rhome; eight grandchildren, Mark Posey, Chris Contino, Shannon Marney, Tonya Comer, Kevin Ward, Dusty Clark, Stephanie Kahler and Holly Franklin; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sands, Betty Parr
1927-2007

Betty Parr Sands, 80, of North Richland Hills, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Alvord Cemetery with Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Sands was born July 13, 1927, in Denton County, Texas, to Lloyd and Susie Jenette (Priddy) Parr. She married Lloyd David Sands on May 13, 1954, in Alvord.
Sands was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Lois Harbruck.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Jenette Sands of North Richland Hills and Lisa Wolfe of Benbrook; sons, Hal Sands and wife Annette of Gulfport, Miss., and David Sands of North Richland Hills; grandchildren, Hal Jr. and Samantha Sands, Lindsey and Jennifer Wolfe; sister Johnnie Lee of Odessa; brothers, Chris Parr of Knoxville, Tenn., Luther Parr of Oklahoma City and Jimmy Parr of New Iberia, La.
Published Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sanford, B.F. ‘Red’
1925-2007

Funeral for B.F. “Red” Sanford, 82, of Keller was Oct. 26 at Faith Baptist Church near Whitesboro. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery in Sunset. The Rev. Jim Hardwick and Mark Autry officiated.
Sanford died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in Keller.
Born July 27, 1925, in Mulberry to Samuel H. and Martha Dee (Starnes) Sanford, he was a retired oilfield worker. He retired from Spindletop Oil and Gas after 29 years and was honored as Roughneck of the Year. He married Helen L. Sanford Nov. 4, 1950, and Fay Sanford Feb. 2, 1985. He was a deacon at Faith Baptist Church in Sherwood Shores and a life member of VFW Post No. 8789 in Bowie where he served as post commander. He farmed and ranched in Sunset and was a golfer.
He was preceded in death by is first wife, Helen; and two brothers, J.T. Sanford and Marvin Sanford.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Tony Sanford and wife, Deborah, and Bruce Sanford and wife, Karen; a daughter, Vicki Robertson and husband, Clint; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Ann Cantrell and husband, Bill, Anita Adams, Rodney Hancock and wife, Shirley, and Willie Hodge; six stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and two brothers, Bob Sanford and wife, Betty, and Clark Sanford and wife, Salley.
Pallbearers were Paul Box, Alan Sanford, J.T. Sanford, Cassey Smith, Carl Smith, Ralph Butler, J.I. Case, Chris Sanford and Ed Gardner. Honorary pallbearers were J.C. Upchurch, Cecil Adkins, Steve Cleveland, Paul Lieble, David Riddle, Harold Payton, Paul Cash, Josh Cantrell and Brad Sanford.
Published Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sanford, David Allen
1927-2007
Funeral for David Allen Sanford Sr., 79, of Kennedale was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Emerald Hills Funeral Home in Kennedale. The Rev. Doug Greathouse was to officiate. Burial was to be at Emerald Hills Cemetery.
Sanford died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Arlington.
Born Oct. 1, 1927, in Decatur to Joseph and Addie Sanford, he was the youngest of four brothers and two sisters. He lived in Alvord prior to serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kennedale.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Faye Sanford; three sons, David Sanford Jr., Larry Sanford and wife, Pamela, and Eldon Fink; a brother, Arvil Sanford; a sister, Leola Farris; and a grandchild, Matthew and wife, Stephanie.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Schaefer, Edward J.
1920-2007

Graveside service for Edward J. Schaefer, 87, of Bridgeport was to be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Schaefer died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 31, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Edward Albert and Frances Wichtowski Schaefer, he married Christina Schatz July 22, 1978, in Upland, Calif. He served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a retired engineer for Rohr Industries in Riverside, Calif. He was also a member of the Wise County Antique Auto Club, the Friendship RV Club and the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Marie Bulmer; a son, Corey Michael Schaefer; daughters, Judith Claire Saul and Carol Sue Thornton; a brother, Julius Tee; and a sister, Frances Elizabeth Schaefer.
He is survived by his wife; sons Edward J. Schaefer and wife, Chris, of Placentia, Calif., and Thomas Kelly of Bridgeport; daughters, Kathy Lessard and husband Tom of Sebastapol, Calif., and Peggy Jo Schaefer of Bridgeport; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, November 1, 2007

Scott, Charles D.
1933-2007

Memorial service for Charles D. Scott, 73, of Decatur was July 15 at the Community Church in Decatur.
Scott died Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 11, 1933, he was a retired USAF and Braniff International captain and a member of the Community Church in Decatur and the Bridgeport Country Club. He enjoyed flying at the Decatur Airport with his son, Dennis Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Scott; a son, Dennis Scott and wife, Rosalinda, of Decatur; two daughters, Sandra Scott Dalton and husband, Craig, of Southlake and Rae Scott Craig and husband, Rick, of Keller; a brother, Jim Scott and wife, Dorothy, of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Jerihmy Dalton, Francis Dalton Hardisty and husband, Justin, Cassi Dalton, Amanda Scott, Daniel Scott, Ben Scott and Brandon Craig; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Corey Dalton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to a mission scholarship fund at North Texas Bank in Decatur.
Published Thursday, July 19, 2007

Searight, William F. ‘Bill’
1924-2007
Memorial service for William F. "Bill" Searight, 83, of Amarillo, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Polk Street Methodist Church in Amarillo. Graveside service will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
Searight died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Melissa.
Born June 11, 1924, in Dripping Springs to Gib and Irma Searight, he went through Austin Public Schools and graduated in 1941. He attended Texas A&M University before joining the Army Air Corps. and won his pilot's wings in April of 1944. He was sent to Italy in the 15th Air Force, where he flew B24 bombers until Germany surrendered.
He graduated from Saint Mary's College in San Antonio in 1949 and married Patricia Stephenson May 19, 1951, in San Antonio. They moved to Amarillo in 1956.
He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1968 as a lieutenant colonel and retired from SPS (Xcel) in 1986.
He is survived by his wife; children, Sally Rieger and husband, Tim, of Decatur, Pat Searight and wife, Susan, Gib Searight and wife, Kelly; grandchildren, Brad Rieger, Eric Rieger and wife, Marie, Whitney Cox and husband, Rusty, Kyle Searight and Tanner Searight; great-grandchildren, Gage and Mack Rieger and Paxton and Mackey Cox.
Pallbearers will be Eric Rieger, Brad Rieger, Tanner Searight, Kyle Searight, Stan Fisher, Greg Fisher, Mark Fisher and Fred Elsner.
Memorials may be made to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.
Published Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sechrist, Paul Daniel
1952-2007
Graveside service for Paul Daniel Sechrist, 55, of Sunset was to be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Sunset Cemetery.
Born July 6, 1952, in Bington, N.Y., to Say and Sylvia Brewster he died Nov. 18, 2007, in Dallas.
He is survived by his mother, Sylvia Kohut of Bingham, N.Y.; a son, Paul Daniel Sechrist Jr. of Sunset; three sisters, Laura Race, Gracie Deno and Faye Marie Belles, all of Bingham.
Published Thursday, November 29, 2007

Selensky, Mark Steven
1959-2007
Funeral for Mark Steven Selensky, 47, of Paradise was Aug. 21 at First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Ken May officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Selensky died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 23, 1959, in Houston to Bernard Selensky and Rosalie Wilder, he was a carpenter. He married Kimberly Ann Clark on Sept. 23, 1995, in Covington, La.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Seth Selensky of Paradise; his mother of Mead, Okla.; two brothers, Kenneth Selensky and wife, Lisa, of Ardmore, Okla., and Keith Selensky and wife, Elisabeth, of Collinsville, Okla.; a sister, Leisa Crum of Phoenix, Ariz.; a grandfather, Virgil Wilder of Vian, Okla.; and a grandmother, Bernice Selensky of Tomball.
Published Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sewell, Kathylan Ann McPhee
1916-2007

A private service will be held for Kathylan Ann McPhee Sewell, 91, of Fort Worth at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Sewell died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007.
Born Aug. 12, 1916, in Rochester, N.Y., to Andrew Allen and Lillian McPhee, she married Dr. Robert Loane Sewell April 18, 1942. She graduated salutatorian from Rochester High School and obtained her registered nurse degree from the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester in 1938. She gave time and assistance to the creation of Providence School to provide special education to children with learning disabilities. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, the Fort Worth Junior League and Rivercrest Country Club. She hosted touring tennis professionals and a Christian missionary to southeast Asia.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Bud McPhee; and a sister, Pluma Chapman.
She is survived by children, Robert A. Sewell and wife Susan and Michael E. Sewell and wife Carolyn Sue, all of Rhome, Dr. David Andrew Sewell and wife Debbie of Fort Worth, and Kathylan Sewell Boll and husband Mitch of Benbrook; brother, Larry McPhee; sisters, Lorraine Guino and Ollie Moore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103 or the International Exotic Felin Sanctuary Inc., P.O. Box 637, Boyd, TX 76023.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sewitsky, Cathy
1956-2007
Cathy Sewitsky, 50, of Rhome died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. Funeral was to be Saturday, Sept. 15, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville.
Sewitsky was born Nov. 27, 1956, in Denton to Clyde and Barbara (Smallwood) Lambert. She married Robert Sewitsky on May 25, 1988, in Decatur. She worked at National Bannker for 35 years and enjoyed arts and crafts. She was a pee-wee football fan and a fan of the Northwest Texans.
She is survived by her husband, Robert, of Rhome; sons Robert Paul Sewitsky and Donald Paul Sewitsky, both of Rhome, and Ricky Dean Keck and wife Kristy of The Colony; a brother, David Lambert of Lewisville; grandchildren Kiley, Kaytlin and Patrick; and many aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations are requested to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Published Sunday, September 16, 2007

Shackelford, Gene
1948-2007
Service for Gene Shackelford, 59, of Denton was Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Denton with the Rev. Steve Nilmeier officiating.
Shackelford died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Denton.
Born Jan. 10, 1948, in Knox City to Gene Shackelford Sr. and Billie Maurine Hill Shackelford, he was a coach. He graduated from Stamford High School in Stamford, Texas, and received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in economics and business administration from McMurry College and a Master’s of Education in supervision from Texas Woman’s University in 1983. He was a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, the Old-Timers Cowboys Association, Gorman’s Lion’s Club, 1977 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Selection Committee and First Presbyterian Church in Denton. He was a 1983 Class AA Football State Champion Coach with an undefeated season. In 2001, he received Mirabear B. Lamar Award of Excellence from the Masonic Lodge No. 716 in Gorman. In 2003, he was given honorary life membership to the Texas Association of School Administrators. He married Marsha Lynn Royall June 6, 1969, in Stamford.
He is survived by his wife of Denton; two daughters, Stacie Leah Stegeman and husband Josh of Wylie and Jennifer Ann Guthery and husband Blake of Early; a son, Kelly Dale Shackelford and wife Margaret of Bowie; his father; a sister, Vickie Maurine Jones of Hawley; and four grandchildren, Carter and Davis Shackelford and Zachary and Mackenzie Stegman.
Pallbearers were David Gage, Bruce Larance, Bill Reed, Jerrell Burleson, Danny Bellah, Norman Waters, Joe G. Cartwright and Brad Keck. Honorary pallbearers were John Langsford and Mike Terry.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2007

Shackelford, Jordan Lee
1988-2007

Funeral for Jordan Lee Shackelford, 18, of Perrin was Wednesday, Feb. 28, at The Church of Peaster. Burial was at Gibtown Cemetery in Jack County.
Shackelford died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 29, 1988, in Wichita Falls to Marvin and Michelle Shackelford, she was a longtime resident of Wise County. A graduate of Perrin High School, she was on a drill team since the age of 5. She was an All-American cheerleader who performed in Orlando, Fla., at the Capital One Bowl. She was a member of the dance team at Perrin High School, was named to Who’s Who in American High School Students and was on the honor roll. She was attending Weatherford College and planned to teach art.
She is survived by her parents, Michelle West of Perrin and Marvin Shackelford of Wichita Falls; two brothers, Ty West of Perrin and Blane Maxwell of Wichita Falls; a sister, Mayci Shackelford of Wichita Falls; and grandparents, Wayne and Marie King and Mildred Shackelford, all of Oklahoma, and Frank and Barbara Marcotte of Wichita Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Jordan Shackelford Memorial Fund at the First Bank in Springtown.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Shaffer, Philip Corrin
1936-2007

No services are scheduled for Philip Corrin Shaffer, 71, of Amarillo.
Shaffer died Thursday, June 14, 2007, in Justin.
Born May 2, 1936, in Beaver County, Okla., to Roger Youtsler and Mayme Marie (Stewart) Shaffer, he was a businessman. He graduated from Guymon High School in 1953 and from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., with a bachelor of science in mathematics. He served in the Air Force and Navy.
He worked at NASA as part of the Gemini program, was an Apollo Missions moon landing flight director, with Skylab and with the space shuttle program. He retired from NASA in 1976 and became a consultant for Rockwell Industries.
He received a master’s degree in advanced mathematics and a Ph.D. in psychology. He lived in Bacliff for 30 years before marrying Sue Winters Rawls on April 13, 1999, in Santa Fe, N.M. The couple moved to Amarillo.
He is survived by his wife; children, Melissa (Rawls) Huya and husband, Tim J., of Bridgeport and Tim Rawls of Guthrie, Okla.; a brother, Gene Shaffer and wife, Melva, formerly of Guymon, Okla.; a sister, Susan Crouse and husband, Steve, of Rose Hill, Kan.; grandchildren, Hanna, Dalton and Clair Elizabeth Huya; and numerous nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation P.O. Box 5312 Akron, Ohio 44334, or by calling (800) 659-1991.
Published Sunday, June 17, 2007

Shaw, Clyde Bailey
1918-2007
Funeral for Clyde Bailey Shaw, 89, of Bowie was June 19 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with the Revs. Greg Shaw and Jim Arrington officiating. Burial was at Salona Cemetery.
Shaw died Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Bowie.
Born Feb. 2, 1918, in Clyde to Herman and Virginia Jewel (Thompson), he was a former owner of Shaw Construction. He married Lucille Luna on Sept. 28, 1935. On May 1, 2000, he married Elsie Downie.
He enjoyed his ministry and had a radio program “Words of Hope” that aired each Sunday morning. He played the guitar, sang, wrote proverbs for his family and went to the zoo with his grandchildren.
He was preceded by his first wife, Lucille Shaw, in 1997 and by a son, Tex Shaw in 1996.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Clete Shaw and wife, Diane, of Alvord; a daughter, Clydena “Dena” Bryant and husband, James, of McKinney; two sisters, Faye Graham of Decatur and Earlena Watkins of Bowie; a brother, Vernon “L.V.” Shaw and wife, Gwen, of Bowie; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Compassion Ministries, P.O. Box 1478 Bowie, Texas 76230.
Published Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shawn, Gilbert Lee
1934-2007

Graveside service for Gilbert Lee Shawn, 72, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Revs. Mike Miller and Johnny Irish were to officiate.
Shawn died Sunday, June 17, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 19, 1934, in Bridgeport to Gilbert E. and Velma Quillian Shawn, he was a retired lease operator for Mitchell Energy and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. He married Glenda Sue Williams Aug. 14, 1954, in Amarillo.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Shawn Jr.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Vicki Smith of North Richland Hills; a grandson, Joshua Lee Smith; a brother, David Shawn and wife, Connie, of Runaway Bay; a sister, Teri Goss and husband, Ronnie, of Alvord; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport’s building fund.
Published Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shawn, James E. ‘Jim’, Jr.
1937-2007

Funeral for James E. “Jim” Shawn Jr., 70, of Euless was July 30 at Balsora Baptist Church with the Rev. James Rincker officiating. Burial was at Willow Point Cemetery.
Shawn died Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Bedford.
Born Jan. 24, 1937, in Bridgeport to James E. and Mary Parsons Shawn, he was an employee of Jesco Foundation and Repair. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of VFW Post 157 and the Elks Lodge.
He is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Smith of Gainesville and Vonda Shawn Joiner of Dallas; a son, James E. Shawn III, of Euless; three stepsons, David, Dean and Loyd Kirkpatrick; three grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Donny, Bobby, Billy and Jerald Shawn; and two sisters, Gracie DeLay and Linda Ferguson.
Pallbearers were Elmer Hill, Richard Shawn, Bobby Kirby, Loyd Kirkpatrick, Dean Kirkpatrick and Jamie Stanford.
Published Thursday, August 2, 2007

Shearman, Mable Lois
1917-2007

No service is planned for Mable Lois Shearman, 90, of Decatur. She was cremated.
Sherman died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 13, 1917, in Brock to James Houston and Myrtle (Williams) Hardaway, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and her husband.
She is survived by a son, Jim Nichols and wife, Rae, of Boyd; three granddaughters, Debra Stevens, Tammy Kelly and Taylor Nichols; two grandsons, David Nichols and Logan Nichols; two sisters, Donella Rodgers and Judith Davenport; three brothers, Donnie Hardaway, Bob Hardaway and Tommy Hardaway; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 10, 2007

Shelton, Thomas
1948-2007

Funeral for Thomas Shelton, 59, of Park Springs was Sept. 20 at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Autry officiated and was assisted by the Rev. Doyle Slimp.
Shelton died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 21, 1948, in Atlanta to Thomas C. and Mary Ella (Mills) Shelton, he was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Torance and Grant Shelton.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Gamage of Park Springs; two aunts, Maggie McKee of Linden and Sarah Vercher of Garland; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to Wise County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, 410 Park West Ct., Decatur, TX 76234.
Published Sunday, September 23, 2007

Shepard, Dona
1920-2007

Funeral for Dona Shepard, 87, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial was to follow at Paradise Cemetery. Rick Ross and Ronnie Hess were to officiate.
Shepard died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 20, 1920, in Paradise to Joseph Luther Fitzgerald and Callie Crawford, she was a homemaker and a member of the Decatur Church of Christ. She married Ollie V. Shepard on Nov. 20, 1942, in Grandfield, Okla.
She is survived by a son, Bobby Shepard of The Woodlands; a daughter, Callie Slagle and husband, William, of Decatur; a brother, J.L. Fitzgerald of Bridgeport; a sister, Pauline Shannon of Paradise; grandchildren, Sarah, Lara, Jennifer, Holly and Robert Bryan; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, May 6, 2007

Shepherd, Wayne Jackson
1945-2007

Funeral for Wayne Jackson Shepherd, 61, of Haslet was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Boyd. The Revs. Ken May and Bob Turk were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Shepherd died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, in Haslet.
Born Aug. 13, 1945, in Graham to Walter and Lela Shepherd, he was owner of Cowboy Vending and Coffee Service. He was a member of the Tarleton Alumni Association, Texas Merchandising Vending Association, National Rifle Association, Texas Trophy Hunters and the First Baptist Church of Hurst.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Priscilla; two sons, John Wayne Shepherd and wife, Brandy, of North Richland Hills and Clint Jackson Shepherd and wife, Rebekah, of Fort Worth; his mother of Boyd; a brother, Kenny Shepherd and wife, Dorothy, of Boyd; a sister, Leann Pierce and husband, Rusty, of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Amber, Bailey, Ashlynn and Tristan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Tony Brooks, Bill Reed, Robert Burns, John Cambell, Tom Price and Chris Newton.
Published Thursday, February 22, 2007

Shirley, Thomas Franklin
1931-2007
Funeral for Thomas Franklin Shirley, 75, of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Paradise, was Feb. 15 at Smith Memorial Baptist Church in Williamsburg. Ron Wade officiated. Entombment in a private mausoleum followed at Williamsburg Memorial Garden.
Shirley died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in Williamsburg.
Born Aug. 25, 1931, in Belton, S.C., to Fred and Minnie Shirley he married Jane Ledbetter Aug. 22, 1952. He was an Air Force veteran and a Southern Baptist minister. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Paradise from 1962 to 1967. He was also a pastor for churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He served as chaplain for the North Carolina Department of Corrections for 20 years. He retired as associate pastor of Smith Memorial Baptist Church in 2006.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Tom Shirley of Chicago and Bob Shirley of Williamsburg; three daughters, Beverly Whaley and Susan Hubbard, both of Williamsburg, and Linda Welch of High Point, N.C.; two brothers, Parker Shirley of Belton, S.C., and Jim Shirley of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two step great-granchildren.
Published Thursday, April 5, 2007

Shirley, Zelma
1909-2007

Funeral for Zelma Shirley, 98, of Chico was Oct. 23 at First Baptist Church in Chico. The Rev. Adam Hughes officiated. Burial followed in Montague Cemetery.
Shirley died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 16, 1909, in Fanchon to James K. and Rosa Lee Stephens Loring, she was a homemaker. She married Marlin E. Shirley Oct. 15, 1944, in Dallas. He preceded her in death April 16, 1983.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Chico, Woman’s Missionary Union, Friendship Club and Chico Quilting Club.
She is survived by a sister, Erma Burch of Albuquerque, N.M.; four nieces, Carol Warren, Juanita Overcast, Naomi Jones and Norma Jean Stein; and a nephew, Jack J. Burch.
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

Shoecraft, Daryl Matthew
2007
Graveside service for Daryl Matthew Shoecraft, a newborn, of Springtown was May 25 at Willow Point Cemetery.
Shoecraft died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in Decatur.
Born May 22, 2007, he was the infant son of Wes and Michelle Shoecraft of Springtown.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Eisenman; and a brother, Zachary.
He is survived by his parents; brothers, Isaac and Zane; sister, Shayla; grandparents, Gwen Mills and Leroy Shoecraft and Phillis Eisenman of Willow Point; great-grandmothers, Ruth Jones, Lucille Townsley and Irene Cooper; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, May 27, 2007

Short, Virgil L.
1930-2007

Graveside service for Virgil L. Short, 77, of Runaway Bay will be Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with Craig Willis officiating.
Short died Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Tyler.
Born May 9, 1930, in McCamey to Les and Georgia (Moser) Short, he owned Short/Field Chevrolet in Denver City for more than 24 years. He was a member of the Runaway Bay Community Church and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gwenette Glover Short of Runaway Bay; three sons, Gary Short and wife, Dana, of Cedar Park, Gregg Short of Tyler and Van Short of Austin; four grandchildren, Steve, Sarah, Brooke and Blair Short; and one great-grandchild, Trevor Short.
Pallbearers will be Danny Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Miller, Heath Johnston, Richard Whitfield and David Lomax.
Memorials may be made to Runaway Bay Community Church.
Published Thursday, June 7, 2007

Shriver, George ‘Babe’
1928-2007

Funeral for George “Babe” Shriver, 79, of Sunset was April 24 at White Family Funeral Home. Burial was at Sunset Cemetery. Charles Reed officiated.
Shriver died Friday, April 20, 2007, in Sunset.
Born Feb. 12, 1928, in Clarence, Iowa, to Jesse Eugene and Ethel (Reid) Shriver, he graduated from Clarence High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Barbara Blake on Nov. 5, 1953, in Nashua, Iowa. He owned and operated Sander and Shriver Trucking for 18 years and Le-Hi’s restaurant in Clarence, Iowa, for eight years. He was a member of the American Legion in Clarence for 56 years.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell and Bob Shriver.
He is survived by his wife; children, Murray Shriver and wife, Darlene, of Krebs, Okla., Marty Shriver and wife, Mary, and Michelle Weaver and husband, Larry, all of Sunset; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Avis Claeys and husband, Norb, of Tuscon, Ariz.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Rural Texas in Bowie.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Shurbet, Leta Mae
1930-2007
Funeral for Leta Mae Shurbet, 76, of Iowa Park, formerly of Sunset, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the First Baptist Chuch in Sunset with the Rev. Kerry Finley officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Heritage Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Shurbet died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, in Wichita Falls.
Born Sept. 17, 1930, in Crafton to Vernon and Willie Trout she was a resident of Sunset for 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sunset.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Shurbet; a son, Clay Shurbet; a daughter, Belinda Ann Smith; and a brother, Billy Terrell Trout.
She is survived by two sons, Steven Shurbet of Chico and Tony Shurbet of Alvord; a daughter, Tracy Swank of Iowa Park; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Joy Clayton of Bowie and Verna Pickren of Wichita Falls.
Published Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sides, Lovdia
1916-2007

Funeral for Lovdia Sides, 90, of Runaway Bay will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug 13, at Runaway Bay Community Church. The Rev. Christy Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Sides died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 7, 1916, in Hollis, Okla., to Edward and Amy Sypert Thompson, she married John Austin Sides Aug. 24, 1936, in Dallas. They were married 66 years until his death in 2002. Sides lived in Runaway Bay since 1975 and was a member of Runaway Bay Community Church.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Will Merchant, and eight siblings, Sypert, Bill, Buck and Pete Thompson and Ruth Wood, Amy Rackley, Rachel Haydon and April Royal.
She is survived by two sons, Ron Sides and wife, Martha, of Krum and Ken Sides and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport; a daughter, Tanya Harrison of Sasche; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eddy Thompson of Bryan.
Pallbearers will be Austin Sides, Ryan Sides, Brian Sides, Hunter Sides, Drake Sides and Baine Rydin.
Published Sunday, August 12, 2007

Simmons, Cecil Russel ‘C.R.’
1920-2007

Graveside service for Cecil Russell “C.R.” Simmons, 86, of Aurora will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Boldin will officiate. Visitation was to be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Simmons died Monday, March 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 29, 1920, in Rhome to Ezra and Addie (Griffin) Simmons, he was a retired welder and part-owner of Boyd Tank. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Simmons; a granddaughter, Deanna Simmons; his wife of 48 years, Lorain Simmons; and his wife of 13 years, Wanda Simmons.
He is survived by a daughter, Lana McKenzie and husband, Hewitt, of Haslet; a granddaughter, Andrea Powell and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth; two grandsons, Russell Jennings and wife, Marla, of Granbury and Jason Jennings of Haltom City; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Jennings, Deanna Powell, Jared Jennings and Peyton Jennings; and three sisters, Ettie Mae Doyle, Esther Roper and Bonnie Keen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jared Jennings, Jason Jennings, Russell Jennings, Joshua Jennings and Mark Powell.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Simons, Eva
1913-2007

Graveside service for Eva Simons, 94, of Chico was Oct. 23 at Ringgold Cemetery in Ringgold. Jonathan Johns and Dutch Yates spoke.
Simons died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, in Chico.
Born March 22, 1913, in Sunset to Finest and Carrie Hamilton Walker, she was a retired nurse.
She was preceded in death by two sons, James and Ronald Pugh; a daughter, Bulah Mae Pugh; a grandson, Cary Dale Pugh; and a granddaughter, Joe Ruby Pugh.
She is survived by a son, J.R. Pugh and wife, Gail, of Bridgeport; two daughters, Doris Doty of Chico and Mary Johns and husband, Johnny, of Morgan; 18 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and 61 great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, October 25, 2007

Singleton, Comora
1913-2007
Funeral for Comora Singleton, 94, of Decatur was Nov. 15 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Singleton died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Born March 30, 1913, in Forney, she married Ernest Singleton.
She is survived by three nieces, Louida Willis, Elizabeth Randle and Franchell Jackson, all of Decatur; a nephew, Ezell Singleton; and a host of great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ronald Willis, Donald Willis, Ray Russell, Weldon Dawson, Ray Russell Jr. and RaShad Willis.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sipes, Eddie
1947-2007

Eddie A. Sipes died doing something he loved: Working with his cattle and horses with his wife at his side.
Sipes, manager of Wise Electric Cooperative, died Saturday, July 14. His funeral was Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Sipes and his wife of 38 years, Sharon, were loading livestock on their place south of Decatur when he suddenly collapsed. Sharon Sipes performed CPR on her husband until Wise County Emergency Medical Service arrived, but they were unable to save him.
In addition to his love of cattle and horses, Sipes was deeply involved in his work.
Sipes was named general manager for Wise Electric in 2006, succeeding his friend and mentor, Loyd Jackson.
“I knew Ed for 37 years,” said Jackson. “He didn’t say much, but when he did, you better listen. He worried about the co-op’s employees and members. He also had a great sense of humor.”
Sipes went to work at the cooperative in 1970 in member services after graduating from North Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was promoted to member services director in 1975 and was named assistant general manager in 1992.
Sipes was the state president of Texas Cooperative Member Services Association and received its lifetime achievement award in 2005. He served two terms as board director for the association, an organization representing rural electric marketing and communications personnel. He was past editor of the Wise Electric’s local pages in the Texas Co-op Power magazine and was author of the monthly manager’s column.
Sipes also served his community and church in a wide number of important roles.
He was elected to two terms on the Decatur ISD school board and served two terms on the Decatur Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He was active in Wise County United Way, serving as a director from 1981 to 1983 and received the United Way’s fund drive special award in 1980. Sipes was currently serving as secretary of Wise County Sheriff's Posse and was president of the Wise County division of the American Heart Association. Sipes also was president of the Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association and chairman of the Wise County Youth Fair executive committee. A 4-H leader, he was general superintendent of the Wise County Youth Fair for seven years.
Sipes was an adult Sunday School teacher at both Pleasant Grove Baptist and First Baptist Decatur and was currently serving on the budget and finance committee at FBC where he had been a member for 25 years.
Sipes was born June 28, 1947, in Weatherford to Dr. D.C. and Wanda Waters Sipes. He was an outstanding athlete at Bridgeport High School, competing in track and earning all-district football honors in 1965. He was a Future Farmer of America member and earned a Lone Star farmer degree at BHS. He was also voted “most likely to succeed” in high school.
Sipes is survived by his wife of Decatur; one son, Joe Sipes of Boyd; a daughter, Shelly Vinzant and husband, Travis, of Decatur; grandchildren, Trinity and Wyatt Vinzant; his mother, Wanda Sipes of Bridgeport; one sister, Jackie Hutto and husband, Mike, of Bridgeport; nephews, Bobby and Brodie Doherty; and numerous cousins.
Published Thursday, July 19, 2007

Skinner, Joe Henry
1918-2007
Funeral for Joe Henry Skinner, 88, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Sweetwater Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Skinner died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 10, 1918, in Era to William and Naomi (Snell) Skinner, he was a farmer and rancher. He married Dessie Louise Hudson on July 26, 1944.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Monnie, and two brothers, Grant and Doug.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur and a special son, Bill Fennell of Decatur.
Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Smith, Arminta
1922-2007

Funeral for Arminta Smith, 85, of Bridgeport will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro with burial at Truce Cemetery.
Smith died Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 6, 1922, in Grayson County to Archie C. and Georgie (Doye) Brown, she was a homemaker and a member of Memorial Christian Church in Jacksboro. She married Weldon R. Smith Oct. 9, 1938, in Lawton, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Betty Smith Lassiter; and a grandson, Lee Turner Jr.
She is survived by a daughter, Jewell Turner Lewis and husband, Ken, of Mountain Home, Ark.; a son, Weldon D. Smith and wife, Janie, of Chico; grandchildren, Tressa Blevins and husband, Bobby, of Weatherford, Kevin Lassiter and wife, Robin, of Fort Worth, Angie Tucker and husband, Jimmy, of Paradise, Sarah Smith of Roanoke and Timothy Smith of College Station; a sister, Louise Wigington and husband, Doc, of Jacksboro; a brother, Herman Brown and wife, Flora, of Newport; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials may be made to Compass Hospice, Inc., 125 CR 3051, Decatur, Texas.
Published Sunday, July 22, 2007

Smith, Barbara Jean
1972-2007

Graveside service for Barbara Jean Smith, 35, of Paradise, was Oct. 2 at Paradise Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Henson officiated.
Smith died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, in Paradise.
Born May 13, 1972, in Fort Worth to William and Patricia Shockley Tollerson, she married David Leon Smith Jan. 18, 1997, in Wise County and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, David Leon Smith II and Michael Shane Smith of Paradise; her parents; a sister, Kerrie Pauline Long of Springtown; nieces, Kourtnee and Matticen Smith; and a nephew, Colten Tollerson.
Published Thursday, October 4, 2007

Smith, Ben M.
1931-2007

Funeral for Ben M. Smith, 75, of Bridgeport was May 29 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Rhodes officiating and burial at Paradise Cemetery.
Smith died Sunday, May 27, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 14, 1931, in Dallas to Benjamin M. and Alice Taylor Smith, he was a retired salesman for Dresser Industries. He married Patricia Gayle Hartsell Jan. 21, 1966, in Richardson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the First Christian Church of Paradise.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years; daughters, Cynthia Park and husband, Doug, of Austin and Julie Adkins and husband, Cary, of Justin; grandchildren, Hunter and Breck Adkins; sister, Patricia Hines; sister-in-law, Norma Beville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Scottie Duncan, Jim Duncan, Roland Davies, Danny Neighbors, Bucky Carpenter, George Armstrong and Jimmy Lloyd Carpenter.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, May 31, 2007

Smith, Bill L.
1937-2007
Bill L. Smith, 69, of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 6, in Decatur. He was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver.
The funeral was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Sam Redfern was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Sycamore Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Ralph May, Carl Edward Benner, Barrett Lockwood, Bobby Baccus, Donny Dickerson and Blake Ness.
Smith was born Sept. 20, 1937, in Pilot Point to Archie Loyd and Myrl Lorene (Thoms) Smith. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church. He married Norma Latham on July 30, 1998, in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by two children, William Cody and Tristen Thomas Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Smith of Decatur; son, Britain Loyd Smith of Red Oak; granddaughter, Brandi Nicole Lockwood of Stephenville; and his mother.
Published Sunday, June 10, 2007

Smith, Billie Mack
1926-2007
Visitation for Billie Mack Smith, 80, of Bridgeport was to be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007, at 1608 Mockingbird Lane in Bridgeport.
Smith died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Decatur.
She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael L. Smith.
She is survived by her husband, David L. Smith; a daughter, Sharon Rutherford and husband, Bruce; sons, Mark Smith, Bob Smith and wife, Diane, and Randy Smith and wife, Lisa; 10 grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren
Published Sunday, July 8, 2007

Smith, Clifford ‘Smitty’
1942-2007
Memorial service for Clifford “Smitty” Smith, 64, of Boyd, will be Sunday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Carter officiating.
Smith died Thursday, June 14, 2007, in Boyd.
Born July 18, 1942, in Buffalo, Wyo., he was a business and restaurant owner.
He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
He is survived by three daughters, Cassie Maya and Tammie Burnell, both of Kaycee, Wyo., and Ranae Diaz of San Antonio; a son, Rob Lang of Moorcroft, Wyo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Eunice Johnson of Wheatfield, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, June 17, 2007

Smith, Randall Brett
1958-2007

Funeral for Randall Brett Smith, 49, of Runaway Bay was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Revs. Brandon Peel and Mike Miller were to officiate. Burial was to follow at East Side Cemetery.
Smith died Thursday, July 15, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 12, 1958, in Bridgeport, to David and Billie Smith, he was a plant operator for Hanson Aggregates. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1976.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Smith; a daughter, Blakely Smith of Runaway Bay; his father of Bridgeport; two brothers, Bob Smith and wife, Diane, of Jacksboro and Mark Smith of San Antonio; and a sister, Sharon Rutherford and husband, Bruce, of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were to be Karl Black, Tommy Van Hoose, Kenneth Reid, Lon Shields, Steve Watson, Kent Wright, Bran Roberts, Mark Romine and Allan Lack.
Published Thursday, July 19, 2007

Smith, Richard W., Jr.
1955-2007

Memorial service for Richard W. Smith Jr., 51, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd with Robert Worley officiating.
Smith died Oct. 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 21, 1955, in San Marcos to Richard W. Smith and Carrie Smith, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a cabinet maker.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith of Boyd; a son, Travis Clifford Smith of Odessa; a daughter, Casey Jo Smith of Amarillo; his mother; two brothers, Donald Smith and wife, Terri, of Azle and Tommy Smith and wife, Shana, of Azle; two sisters, Beverly Pinkston and husband, George, of Rockhill, S.C., and Patty Beck and husband, Bill, of Springtown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, November 1, 2007

Smith, Rochelle
1938-2007

Funeral for Rochelle Smith, 69, of North Richland Hills, formerly of Decatur, was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Interment was to be at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial park.
Smith died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 .
Born Nov. 8, 1938, she was with Shelton Ogle Enterprises for 23 years, serving as artistic director and director of education. She enjoyed oil painting and leading a weekly Bible study group for the last 15 years.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Henry “Hank” Smith; daughter, Ronda Geri Boyd of Hurst; Freddie Richard “Rick” Boyd and wife, Faith, of Sarana, N.Y., and James Blake Boyd of North Richland Hills; stepchildren, Hank Smith Jr. and wife, Tricia, of Carrollton, Kimberly Pizzurro of Melbourne, Fla., Larry Lee Smith of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, November 25, 2007

Smith, Ruby Lee
1909-2007

Funeral for Ruby Lee Smith, 98, of Decatur, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Grace Baptist Church with Revs. Van Gardner and Bill Hughes officiating. Interment will be in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Smith died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, in Denton.
Born July 28, 1909, in Waxahachie to William Stanley and Minnie Holleman Lambert, she was a longtime member of the Grace Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Smith; a son, James William Smith; and two grandchildren, Jimmy Preston Smith and David Weber Smith.
She is survived by a grandson, Michael Smith of Arizona; three great-grandchildren, Carrie Lavohn, Joe Smith and David Shane Smith; 10 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Cliff Lambert, Ronald Lambert, Rodney Lambert, Joe Smith, Terry Del Rio and Jacky Del Rio.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Smith, William Thomas ‘Tommy’
1942-2007
No service is scheduled for William Thomas “Tommy” Smith, 65, of Rhome. He was cremated in Decatur.
Smith died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Rhome.
Born on March 14, 1942, in Portland, Ind., to Samuel and Edith (Brown) Smith, he was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his lifelong companion, Merline Bouldin, and a son, Billy Smith.
He is survived by his children Christina Smith of Garland, Wayne Smith and Gary Smith, both of Collinsville, Harvey and Mildred Bouldin, and Kenny and Sissy Foster; a daughter-in-law, Carol Smith of Collinsville; three brothers, Terry Smith of Sunset, Eddie Smith of Krum and Floyd Smith of Garland; four sisters, Lynda Simpson of Decatur, Elsie Nugent of Denton, Ina Cundiff of Collinsville and Carolyn McClain of Gunner; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, Clayton Hammons.
Published Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sparks, Scott Michael
1964-2007

Memorial for Scott Michael Sparks, 42, of Arlington was Jan. 29 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Ed Milligan officiating, assisted by Ted Maxwell.
Sparks died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, in Arlington.
Born March 7, 1964, in Los Angeles, he was a diesel mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha (Wickham) Sparks and a brother, Ricky Sparks.
He is survived by his parents, Bill and Maxine Sparks of Paradise; a son, Christopher Scott Sparks and wife, Dana, of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Scot Kennedy of Rockwall; and three sisters, Deborah Wheeler of Springtown, Karen Chatham and husband, Troy, of Paradise and Kristi Kennedy of Morganton, N.C.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

Spears, Paul ‘Rusty’
1964-2007

Memorial for Paul “Rusty” Spears, 42, of Springtown will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at Hilltop Family Church in Springtown.
Spears died Thursday, April 12, 2007, in Bridgeport.
He was born June 9, 1964, to Paul and Judy Deel Spears in Clinton, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dustin.
He is survived by his wife, Bambi Spears of Springtown; a son, Randy Spears of Springtown; his mother Judy Deel and husband, Orris, of Springtown; his father, Paul Spears and wife, Sherri, of Azle; a brother, Gene Spears of Tyler; and four sisters, Paula Gonzales of Fort Worth, Julie Hutcheson of Reno, Lisa Whitten of Azle and Kim Deel.
Memorials may be made to the Paul Russell Spears Memorial Fund at First Bank in Springtown and Azle.
Published Sunday, April 15, 2007

Speir, Linnie Esther
1913-2007

Funeral for Linnie Esther Speir, 93, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Brown Trail Gospel Assembly in Hurst. Burial was to be at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Speir died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 1, 1913, in Austin, she was a retired seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin “Bud” Speir; a daughter, Susan Gregory; and a great-grandson, Sebastian Speir.
She is survived by a brother, the Rev. J.D. Jones of Rocky Creek; a sister, Freda Gilmore of Azle; sons, Philip Speir and wife, Diane, of Paradise and Leslie G. Speir and wife, Sula, of Espanola, N.M.; grandchildren, Aleata Mae Raymond, Vonnie Hawkins, Shelley Caballero, Kathy Wilson, Tony and Yancey Speir, Shaun and Shane Gregory, and Shaelyne Wright; great-grandchildren, Trey and Chase Hawkins, Jared Raymond, Kendall and Kanyen Wilson, Paige and Alex Caballero, Tori Speir, Jaden, Hannah, Brantley and Kaitlyn Gregory, Caroline Barksdale and Emma and Anna Wright; and a great-great-grandchild, Camryn Hawkins.
Published Sunday, March 11, 2007

St. John, Glenda Gayle
1946-2007
Funeral for Glenda Gayle St. John, 61, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
St. John died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, in Denton.
Born Feb. 26, 1946, in Jack County to Robert S. and Doris Conner Walker, she married Jerry Don St. John Aug, 12 1965, in Bridgeport. She was a retired school teacher having taught at Paradise Elementary School for six years and 26 years at Bridgeport Elementary and Middle School.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Monty St. John and wife, Kathy, and Kevin St. John, all of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Amy, Keaton, Keisha and Micah St. John and Rowdy Parker; a brother Billy Fred Walker and wife, Sandra, of Bridgeport; a sister, LaDarla Keith and husband, Clarence, of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Dan St. John, Bobby St. John, Terry Reynolds, Chris Bradford, Teddy St. John and James St. John. Honorary pallbearer was to be Raymond St. John.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Stanfield, Odetta
1922-2007

Funeral for Odetta Stanfield, 84, of Bridgeport was March 27 at Cates Street Church of Christ. Ray Cook and Joe Richardson officiated. Burial was at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Stanfield died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born July 26, 1922, in Burkburnett to William and Jessie Shannon Grote, she was a homemaker and a caregiver. She married J.Q. Stanfield on Nov. 24, 1938, in Bridgeport. She was a member of the Carpenter Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; a daughter, Allie Louise Roberts; a sister, Ora Cavaness; a granddaughter, Patricia Pewitt; and a son-in-law, Claude Pewitt.
She is survived by a daughter, Patsy Pewitt of Mineral Wells; two sons, Jerry Stanfield and wife, Pam, of Chico and Robert Stanfield and wife, Jan, of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Sharon Garcia, Gayle Smith, Amy Bryan, Tammy Barkley, Jason Roberts, Aaron Stanfield, Bryan Keener, Jana Worley, Matt Jenkins and Chelsie Stanfield; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sophie McGowan of Burleson and Eunice McWilliams of San Antonio; a brother, William Grote of Burleson; and three sisters-in-law, Lorene Denton, Mildred Matzinger and Juanita Stanfield.
Pallbearers were Jason Roberts, Aaron Stanfield, Brian Keener, Matt Jenkins, Leon Dethloff and Kendall Dethloff. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Smith, Terry Garcia, Robert Bryan, Dale Barkley and Lee Worley.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Starnes, Larry Clayton
1925-2007

A military graveside service for Larry Clayton Starnes, 81, of Fort Worth and formerly of Bridgeport was to be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur.
Starnes died Monday, April 30, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 25, 1925, in Tarrant County, he served in the Navy during World War II. He was baptized at an early age in Oliver Creek.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Starnes; a son, Larry D. Starnes and wife, Mary, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Lisa Smith and husband, Randy, of Runaway Bay; a brother, Bill Starnes and wife, Darlene, of Fort Worth; a sister, Gerldine Richardson of Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Blakely Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Stevens, Bessie Ellen
1914-2007
Funeral for Bessie Ellen Stevens, 92, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur. Burial was to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur. The Rev. Charles Taylor was to officiate.
Stevens died Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 24, 1914, to Buck Andrew Harvey and Sarah Lee Anderson, she was a homemaker. She married Raymond Stevens on Sept. 26, 1942, and was a lifetime resident of Wise County.
She is survived by a son, James Harvey Steven and wife, Carolyn, of Decatur; a sister, Jean Williams and husband, Jimmy, of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Cindy Andrews, Tammy Stevens, Sarah Stevens and Joshua Stevens; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Andrews.
Pallbearers were to be Bill Lampman, Dennis Edwards, A.C. Griffin, Jack Tennison, Jake Jegelewicz and Joshua Stevens.
Published Thursday, April 19, 2007

Stewart, Dorothy Lee
1928-2007

Funeral for Dorothy Lee Stewart, 78, of Newark was June 12 at the First Baptist Church in Newark. Burial was at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. The Rev. Dan Hunt officiated.
Stewart died Friday, June 8, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, to Charles and Alice Wilkerson Zimmerlee in Mountain View, Okla., she was a homemaker. She married Jack Stewart on July 3, 1945, in Baird. She attended the First Baptist Church in Newark.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra West and husband, Joseph, of Bedford and Linda McKnight and husband, Mike, of Newark; a son, Jack Stewart Jr. and wife, Becky, of San Angelo; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
Pallbearers were Kim Stewart-Lee, Shelley Stewart, Jennifer Moon, Mathew Thompson, Shawnya Farris and Derek McKnight.
Published Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stice, Roberta
1942-2007
Graveside service for Roberta Stice, 65, of Paradise was May 14 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Craig Erb officiating.
Stice died Friday, May 11, 2007, in Denton.
Born Jan. 18, 1942, in Rhome to Jim and Mary Stanford Hines, she was a homemaker. She married Thurman Roger Stice Sr. on Feb. 21, 1959, in Ardmore, Okla. She was a member of Aurora Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; a brother, David Hines; and and sister, Beverly Pollard.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Stice and wife, Barbara, and Chris Stice, all of Paradise; a daughter, Alisha Harper and husband, Daniel, of Paradise; two brothers, Tobby Hines and wife, Patty, of Wichita Falls and James Hines and wife, Dean, of Diboll; three sisters, Nita Hardy and husband, Mike, of Alvord, Martha Berry and husband, John, of Alvarado and Linda Bunch of Granbury; and five grandchildren, Stacy Stice, Kevin Stice, Brenton Stice, Rayawna Harper and Sara Harper.
Pallbearers were Sidney Hines, Kevin Stice, Terry Hines, Lloyd Monroe, Randy Simmons and Luther Eanes.
Published Thursday, May 17, 2007

Stockard, Wysonda
1929-2007

Funeral for Wysonda Stockard, 78, of Crafton was at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Home, with the Revs. Kenneth Wood and Kern Choate officiating. Burial was at Crafton Cemetery.
Stockard died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, in Crafton.
Born Jan. 4, 1929, to Johnny and Lillie Mae Farar Clifton in Newport, she married Nelson C. Stockard April 19, 1947, in Chico. She was a homemaker, a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the New Hope Fellowship in Chico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Carl Wayne Stockard, and her brother, Jesse Clifton.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce McDaniel and her husband, Harold, of Crafton; two sons, Ricky Stockard and wife, Sue, of Crafton and Wendell Stockard of Crafton; four grandchildren, Traci Davidson, Carl McDaniel, Bobby Stockard and Stephanie Salazar; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alma Sparks of Chico and Nita Ogle of Decatur; and two sisters-in-law, Kay Clifton and Jo Mercer, both of Chico.
Pallbearers were Heath Sparks, Todd Low, Eddie Rogers, Jerry Rogers, Johnny Clifton, Marty Swartfager and Gary Shield.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stockton, Sheila Mae
1927-2007

Graveside service for Sheila Mae Stockton, 80, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Alvord Cemetery with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coker Hawkins Funeral Home.
Stockton died Monday, June 11, 2007, in Decatur.
Born March 8, 1927, in Newmarket, England, to George W. and Maude Goodfellow Lucas, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Richard L. Stockton III and wife, JoAnn, of California, Robert Stockton of Texas and James Stockton and wife, Joyce, of Decatur; five daughters, Judy Nex and husband, Ken, of Mississippi, Maureen Navarro and husband, Oscar, and Kathy Hernandez and husband, Esmely, all of Killeen, Sharon Lawrence of Indiana and Nora Barber and husband, Eddie, of Phoenix, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stokes, Linda
1954-2007
No service is planned for Linda Stokes, 53, of Rhome. She was cremated at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Stokes died Monday, April 30, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 18, 1954, in Denton to Billy and Naoma Mitchell, she lived in Rhome for 15 years. She owned her own cleaning company and was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Troy Allen Mitchell.
She is survived by her son, Michael Roberts of Rhome; a daughter, Melissa Roberts of Rhome; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother, Naoma Beckett and husband Lloyd; father, Billy Mitchell and wife Dorothy; two brothers, John and Donnie Mitchell; stepbrothers and stepsisters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, Texas 76234.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Stone, Bobbie Ruth
1931-2007

Funeral for Bobbie Ruth Stone, 76, of Decatur was Dec. 9 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur.
Stone died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in Plano.
Born Oct. 7, 1931, in Decatur to Floyd D. Meador and Margaret Elizabeth Caraway, she married H. L. “Shortie” Stone Jr. on Oct. 14, 1951, in Decatur. She was employed by Justin Boot & Belt Company for 18 years and retired in 1976.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Vera Moore.
She is survived by four brothers, James Meador and wife, Evelyn, Wiley Meador and wife, Suzette, Donald Meador and wife, Barbara, Roy Meador and wife, Linda, all of Decatur; three sisters, Dorothy Lambert and husband, T.H., of Boyd, Bonnie Holland and husband, Steve, of Decatur and Joyce Rich and husband, Curtis, of Paradise; as well as many nieces, nephews.
Pallbearers were John T. Lambert, Ricky Meador, Kirk Holland, Dalton Rich, Thad Meador and Donald Wayne Meador.
Published Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stone, Bobby
1957-2007

Service for Bobby Stone, 49, of Paradise will be Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Randy James will officiate. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Stone died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in Paradise.
Born Nov. 5, 1957, in Weatherford to Donald and Reese Linehan Stone, he was an auto mechanic. He was a member of Cates Street Baptist Church. He married Cynthia Taylor on Aug. 14, 1987, in Grand Prairie.
He is survived by his wife of Paradise; a son, Steven Stone of Paradise; his parents of San Antonio; and a brother, Billy Stone and wife, Joyce, of Amarillo.
Pallbearers will be Randy Taylor, Red Thomas, Stan Combest, Bob Kelly, Bobby VanHoose and Eddie Belcher.
Published Sunday, January 28, 2007

Stone, Herman Alexander
1922-2007

There will be a private funeral for Herman Alexander Stone, 82, of Keeter.
Stone died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at his home in Keeter.
Born May 1, 1922, in Fort Worth to James Oscar and Josephine Frances (Johnson) Stone, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Cherie Courtney on Feb. 2, 1947, in Weatherford. He was a lifetime member of the Azle Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2137, and a member of the plasterers union.
He was preceded in death by a brother, B.H. Stone; and three sisters, Vivian Dorsey, Rachael Ellard and Mabel Jones.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Scotty Jack Ousley of Fort Worth and James Alexander Stone of Azle; a daughter, Cherie Lee Stone of Keeter; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy Stone of Boyd; a sister, Evelyn Russell of Lakeside; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Stone, Mondenia Joann
1936-2007
Funeral for Modenia Joann Stone, 71, of Newark, is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at First Baptist Church in Newark with Rev. Dan Hunt officiating. Burial will be at Dido Cemetery.
Stone died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at her home surrounded by family. She was born March 3, 1936, in Davis, Okla., to John and Betha Woods. She married Tommy Stone Oct. 31, 1951, in Shamrock.
She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark and a member of the Newark Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Stone; a sister, Bernice Taylor, and brothers, Jack, Bobby and Woody Woods.
She is survived by her sons, Mike Stone and wife, Linda, of Haltom City and Gayland Stone of Fort Worth; daughters, Tanya Howard and husband, James, of Alvarado and Cathy Spurgeon and husband, Greg, of Newark; grandchildren, Shelly, Charla, Chris, Amanda, Bobby, Whitney, Gregory, Cary, Taylor, Emily, Tommy and Garrett; great-grandchildren Jacob, Carson, Cailee, Caylee and Alyssa; sisters, Sugar Moose of Amarillo and June Ogle of Richardson; a brother, Roy Woods of Amarillo.
Pallbearers will be Greg Spurgeon, Bobby Williams, Gregory Spurgeon, Taylor Spurgeon, Cary Stone, James Howard, Chris Stone and Gayland Stone. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Ashford and William Thompson.
Published Sunday, October 7, 2007

Stone, Syble Lou
1937-2007

Funeral for Syble Lou Stone, 70, of Chico was Nov. 21 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dennis Kitzmann officiating.
Stone died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Travis Sharp.
She was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Aday, Ark., to Dallas Arlington and Eunice (Wilkerson) Sharp. She married Robert Stone on Oct. 16, 1958, on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. She was a homemaker involved with her childrens’ activities such as 4-H and sporting events. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Rita Benham and husband, Lonny, of Bridgeport; son, James Stone of Lewisville; grandson, Dylan Benham of Bridgeport; two brothers, Melvin Sharp of Rule and Roger Sharp and wife, Karen, of Bryson; three sisters, Susie Goetz and husband, Marvin, of San Angelo, Stella Nichols and husband, Flan, of Mound, and Helen Jean Bowling and husband, Ricky, of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 133, Bowie, TX 76230.
Published Sunday, November 25, 2007

Stone, Tiffany Jo
1987-2007

Service for Tiffany Jo Stone, 19, of Paradise will be Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Randy James will officiate. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Stone died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 22, 1987, in Irving to Bobby and Cynthia Taylor Stone, she was a student at Bridgeport High School and a member of Cates Street Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Cynthia Stone of Paradise; a brother, Steven Stone of Paradise; her grandparents, Donald and Reese Stone of San Antonio, Evelyn Taylor of Cottondale and Bill and Vicki Taylor of Burlington, N.C.
Pallbearers will be Paul Preston, David Beatty, Jeremy Stone and Gary Kraatz.
Published Sunday, January 28, 2007

Stout, Lynn
1938-2006
Funeral for Lynn Stout, 68, of Bowie was Jan. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Bowie with the Rev. Ben Wiseman officiating. Burial followed at Montague Cemetery.
Stout died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, in Bowie.
Born June 5, 1938, in Sanderson, he was a heavy equipment operator for Hanson Building Materials America and had been a resident of Bowie since 1958. He married Gerry Middleton on Jan. 5, 1961, in Nocona. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Elnora Stout; three brothers, J.C., Glenn and Harold Stout; and a sister, Melva Johnson.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Michaela Caudell of Alvord, Rhonda Joyner and husband, Ken, of Grand Prairie and Janyth Arbeau and husband, Donnie, of Wichita Falls; three sons, Darwin Stout of Richland Hills, Gaylynn Wayne Stout of Tennessee Colony and Micah Stout of Bowie; 12 grandchildren, Seth, Brianna, Sarah and Sharaia Stout, Adrian Johnson, Mariah and Caleb Brooks, Nadia and Geriah Caudell, Jaida Joyner, Kandy Jennings and Greg Belz; and a brother, Harvey Stout of Odessa.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Straley, Ivy Hale Covington
1912-2007
Graveside service for Ivy Hale Straley, 95, of Fort Worth was June 8 at Sand Hill Cemetery in Decatur. Eulogy was given by grandson, Danny.
Straley died June 6, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 19, 1912, in Decatur to William Alfred Hale and Amanda Lurraine McDaniel, she was the last of 16 children born to W.A. Hale.
She was preceded in death by her husband and and her only child, Douglas Convington.
She is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stransky, Emilie
1944-2007
Emilie Stransky, 62, of Decatur died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, in Decatur. Graveside service was to be Monday, Sept. 17, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Father Sojan Jorge to officiate. Rosary will be Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with visitation at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Stransky was born Nov. 23, 1944, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Josef Schejbal and Anna Schejbalova. She married Josef Stransky on Aug. 8, 1968, in Prague.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Jarmila Sticha.
She is survived by her husband, Josef, of Decatur; her daughter and son-in-law Eva and Troy Moore of Rhome; a son, Joseph Stransky Jr. of Decatur; four grandchildren, Jennifer Rodriguez, Taite Moore, Miranda Moore and Dixie Moore; and two nephews, Tony and Joe Sticha.
Published Sunday, September 16, 2007

Stricklin, J.W.
1919-2007

Funeral for John William Stricklin, 88, of Alvord will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Alvord Living Word Assembly of God. The Rev. James Cox will officiate. Burial will follow at Alexander Cemetery in Morton. Visitation was to be from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Stricklin died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born June 1, 1919, in Van Zandt County, to Audie Stricklin and Willie Mae Wilkerson, he was a rancher and farmer. He married Katherene Parrish March 14, 1941, in Dallas. He was a member of Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord and the Quarter Horse Association.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny and Edwin Stricklin; one sister; and one brother.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Tommy Stricklin of Alvord; a daughter, Lyndia Alexander of Morton; a sister, Jean Jones of Weatherford; a brother, Elsford Stricklin of Slayton; a sister, Lylene Lectral of Duncanville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, August 23, 2007

Strong, Rita
1928-2007

Funeral for Rita Louise Strong, 78, of Chico was Friday, Jan. 5, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Ford McElroy officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Strong died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 22, 1928, in Chico to Melvin and Ruth Robinson, she attended school in Chico. She married Raymond E. Strong III of Boston, Mass., in 1945. After spending many years traveling as a military wife, she returned to Chico. She enjoyed antiques and opened the business, “New Song Antiques” on the Chico square.
She was preceded in death by brothers, John Marcus, Joe Frank, Charles and Jimmy Lee Robinson, and a sister, LaVana Thornton.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna R. Hardin and husband, James; a son, Thomas J. Strong and wife, Alison; a grandson, Scott Hardin and wife, Brenda; three grandsons, John T., Joel D. and Stephen P. Hardin; two great-granddaughters, Audrey and Ava Hardin; brothers, Gerald, Melvin Jr., Donald Ray, Paul, David, Richard and Stanley Robinson; and two sisters, Lavelle Massie and Carolyn Thompson.
Pallbearers were Scott, John, Joel and Stephen Hardin and Sonny and Greg Graham.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Stutt, Ted Raymond
1943-2007
Graveside service for Ted Raymond Stutt, 64, of Paradise, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Paradise Cemetery with the Rev. Fred Villa officiating.
Stutt died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born June 1, 1943, to Robert D. Stutt and Ruby Watson-Stutt in Decatur, he married Melba Stutt Oct. 30, 1992.
He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Thomas Glassy, and an infant son, Timothy Stutt.
He is survived by his wife; son, Richard Kenyon Jr. of Dallas; daughters, Christy Howard of Grapevine, Hope Sherrod of Keller and Katesa Tidwell of Alvord; six grandchildren, Brick Howard, Summer Sherrod, Callie Sherrod, Katlin Cohoon, Corbin Cohoon and Laramie Tidwell; and brother, Willbert Stutt and wife, Roberta, of Paradise.
The family requests donations be made to All Saints Health Foundation, 1400 8th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76014.
Published Thursday, October 18, 2007

Suter, Chuck ‘C.W.’
1920-2007

Funeral for Chuck ‘C.W.’ Suter, 86, of Decatur was April 30 at Immanuel Baptist Church. The Rev. Louis Horton officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Suter died Friday, April 27, in Decatur.
Born April 30, 1920, to Joe Suter and Viola Hammett in Blue, Okla., he was a mechanic for Bell Helicopter, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. He married Dollie Imogene Jackson Sept. 17, 1943, in Decatur.
Suter was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters: Connie Jones and husband, Elvin, Glenda Perkins and husband, James, and Beverly Coffey and husband, Jimmy, all of Decatur; nine grandchildren, Charles, Brian, Mark, Kimberly, Curtis, J.R., Lisa, Bobby and Jason; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, May 3, 2007

Swan, Al
1937-2007

Funeral for Al Swan Sr., 70, of Boyd was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at White’s Chapel in Springtown. Burial was to follow at Annis Chapel Cemetery in Springtown.
Swan died Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Boyd.
Born June 22, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Walter and Irene Swan, he retired from the United States Marine Corps. after more than 30 years of service. He was a member of Annis Chapel Baptist Church and served on the Springtown city council and Parker County utility district.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clorus Mae Swan in 1972; and a sister, Judy Cupp.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Swan; a brother, Joseph Swan; sons, Allan Swan Jr. and wife, Lynn, Mike Swan, Robert Swan and wife, Joanna, and Marc Swan; grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Swan, Jessica Gideon and husband, Steve, Joey Swan, Robert Wayne Swan, Jennifer Swan, Ricky Swan, Sarah Swan, Mikie Swan and Marshall Swan; and great-grandchildren, Korbin and Christian.
Published Thursday, July 19, 2007

Swart, Viola Pearl
1922-2007
Chapel service for Viola Pearl Swart, 85, of Decatur was Friday, June 29, 2007, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at the Alvord Cemetery with Dan Sparkman, Charles Taylor and Bill Cleveland officiating.
Born June 16, 1922, in Alvord to Jess Jones and Gertie Lee Baker, she was a retired bookstore manager and a longtime member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She married John Swart June 6, 1958, in Hillsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Charlotte Goff of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister-in-law Laverna Jones of Alvord; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers were Ricky Tow, Douglas Jones, Pat Campbell, David Goodwin, Robert Bull and Gary Handshumaker.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tage, Sadie Leona
1923-2007
Funeral for Sadie Leona Tage, 83, of Bowie will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Carter Lake Road Church of Christ with David Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Tage Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at White Funeral Home in Bowie.
Tage died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, in Bowie.
Born Aug. 27, 1923, to Archie and Ettie (Read) Hicks Sr. in Jack County, she married Noble Tage on Nov. 29, 1942, in Wise County. She worked in the cafeteria of the Bowie school district for 26 years until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, canning and being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Carter Lake Road Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children, Curt Tage and wife, Shirley, of Great Falls, Mont., Bill Tage and wife, Jeri, of Greenwood and Judy Parrish and husband, Walter, of Bowie; grandchildren, Kim Cunningham and husband, Kyle, of Bowie, Corrine Brandvold and husband, John, of Snohomish, Wash., Todd Tage of Great Falls, Mont., and Kyle Tage and wife, Wendy, of Bozeman, Mont.; seven great-grandchildren; a foster daughter, Rhonda Morton of Bowie; a foster granddaughter, Ashley Hagan of Bowie; a foster grandson, John Hagan of Tennessee; sisters, Janie Ford, Florine Deweber and husband, Newton, all of Bowie, and Mary Mitchell of Bridgeport; and a brother, Archie Hicks Jr. and wife, Joyce, of Newport.
Published Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tarpley, Catherine Ellen
1953-2007
Graveside service for Catherine Ellen “Jarrett” Tarpley, 54, of Chico, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at Chico Cemetery. Visitation was to be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 at Jones Family Funeral Home.
Tarpley died Dec. 26, 2007, in Chico.
Born Feb. 11, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Eva Caron and James Williams, she was a housewife.
She is survived by her husband, Terry Tarpley of Chico; son, Donald Jarrett and wife, Florencia, of Justin; daughter Heather Swatsworth and husband, Randy, of Boyd; stepdaughters Debra Tarpley of Seattle, Wash., and Trish Graham of Bowie; brother, Shelby Williams and wife, Trina, of Bridgeport; half-brother Wayne Braisher of Alaska; sister Marie Byers and husband, George, of Chico; five step-grandchildren; four nephews and one niece.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tate, Jerry Hugh
1931-2007

Funeral for Jerry Hugh Tate, 76, of Paradise will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at White’s Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown. Burial will follow at Springtown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
He died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in Paradise.
Born July 20, 1931, to Arvil R. and Lula Boyd Tate in Borger, he was a longtime resident of Parker and Wise counties. As an avid cowboy, Jerry enjoyed a life of riding, roping and rodeos. He served his country in the U.S. Army and Navy.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Tate Moore.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tate; two sons, Jerry Dan Tate of Weatherford and Jessie Wayne Tate and wife, Gina, of Rockdale; two daughters, Cherry Lynn Tate Watson and husband, Kenny, of Sunset and Michelle Tate Seay and husband, Chancey, of Rio Vista; two sisters, Margaret Phillips and husband, Bill, of Weatherford and Shirley Madderra and husband, Harold, of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, December 9, 2007

Taylor, Theda Lequita
1942-2007
No services are scheduled for Theda Lequita Taylor, 64, of Newark. She will be cremated at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Taylor died Sunday, May 20, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born December 24, 1942, to Virgle Frank and Helen Hamilton Holley, she was a waitress and a member of the Trentmon Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
She is survived by three sons, Ray Cain of Newark, Bobby Cain of Dallas and Darrell Cain of Tyler; three sisters, Ruby Busby of Fort Worth, Martha Sipes of Orange and Myrtle Jordan of Venus; and two brothers, Robert and Jim Holley, both of Bridge City.
Published Thursday, May 24, 2007

Teague, Sylvia Lorene
1924-2007
Sylvia Lorene Teague, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, in Decatur. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur. Burial will be at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Teague was born June 12, 1924, in Calico Rock, Ark., to Oliver Critten Smith and Mittie Angeline Collins. She married Walter A. Teague Feb. 4, 1950, in Arkansas.
She was a dietitian with the Denton State School for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by three sisters, Oletia Hendzel and her husband, Steve H., of Maud, Okla., Eldean Gibson and her husband, Richard, of Oklahoma City and Della Argustia Thomas and her husband, Roy Gene, of New Castle, Okla.
Published Sunday, September 9, 2007

Terry, Timmy ‘Bo’ David
1960-2007
Funeral for Timmy David Terry, 46, of Bowie will be at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Heritage Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bowie. Burial will follow at Ringgold Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home.
Terry died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, in Bowie.
Born June 26, 1960, in Decatur, he was a member of the Holiness Church and lived in Bowie most of his life.
He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Elsina Terry of Bowie; a son, Phillip Terry of Bowie; and four brothers, Micky Terry of Chico, Jim Terry of Newport, Rex Terry of Weatherford and Bobby Terry of Bellevue.
Published Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thompson, Gerald Rex
1920-2007

Funeral for Gerald Rex Thompson, 87, of Springtown was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the First Baptist Church in Grandview. Interment was to be at Grandview Cemetery.
Thompson died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at his home.
Born June 8, 1920, in New Edinburgh, Ark., to Roland and Maggie Lee Thompson, he graduated from Warren High School in Arkansas. He married Delia Dee Bishop, April 11, 1942, in Wimberly.
Thompson served in the United States Army Air Force and retired in 1982 from Bell Helicopter, where he had worked as an experimental test flight mechanic. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Grandview for 24 years.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Orland Thompson, and brother-in-law, John Marshall.
He is survived by his wife; children, Bonnie Larreau and husband, Carl, Bettye Beard and husband, Don, Mary Arledge and husband, Monte, and Johnny Thompson and wife, Gay; 11 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, Camrin Joseph Beard; a sister, Katherine Marshall; sister-in-law, Lavone Thompson; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Published Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thornburg, Bonnie Gail
1944-2007
Funeral for Bonnie Gail Thornburg, 62, of Bryson was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jermyn Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Thompson officiating. Burial was to be at Jean Cemetery.
Thornburg died Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Bryson.
Born Dec. 22, 1944, in Henrietta to John A. and Elberta Jared Thornburg, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Worthington and Patsy Bruton.
She is survived by a son, Tim Coufal and wife, Melissa, of Jermyn; two daughters, Christy Gilbreath and husband, Horace, of Arlington and Missy Farley and husband, Robert, of Childress; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five brothers, Johnny, Jerry, Troy, Stanley and Tom Thornburg.
Published Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thornton, Joe
1926-2007
Funeral for Joe Thornton, 80, of Fort Worth and formerly of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at First Baptist Church of Boyd. The Rev. Jim Watson will officiate. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel.
Thornton died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born March 22, 1926, in Seagraves, he was a retired pipe fitter (Local 146), a U.S. Army veteran who served as a paratrooper in World War II, a member of Trinity Baptist Church and a Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Thornton of Fort Worth; two sons, Joseph Thornton Jr. of Euless and Bobby Thornton and wife, Kathy, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Kathy Sherrill and husband, Dennis, of Springtown; six grandchildren, Patrick, David, Connie, Holly, Adam and Sara; five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kendall, Nate, Cambell and Caroline; a sister, Bessie Strickland of Dimmitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Patrick and David Sherill, Bart Bearden, Adam Thornton and Ricky and Randy Wilson.
Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tiller, Jan Stanford
1947-2007
Graveside service for Jan Stanford Tiller, 60, of Fort Worth was March 16 at Boonsville Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Tiller died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 10, 1947, in Waurika, Okla., she was a key punch operator for Tandy Corporation.
She is survived by two daughters, Kim Arnold and husband David and Denise Morrison and husband Wesley, all of Springtown; four grandchildren, Ashley, Thomas, Amanda and Lynnie; two sisters, Kim Van Hoose and husband Tommy of Runaway Bay and Bettey Murray and husband Billey C. of Comanche, Okla.; three nephews, four nieces and two great-nepews.
Pallbearers were David Arnold, Wesley Morrison, Thomas Morrison, Jimmy Van Hoose, Billey Lee Murray and Ace Murray.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Todd, Monte F.
1928-2007

Funeral for Monte F. Todd, 78, of Boyd will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at the First Baptist Church of Springtown with the Rev. Hal Kincaid officiating. Burial will be at Garvin Cemetery.
Todd died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 29, 1928, in Ranger to William Ray and Lorene Todd, he was a retired machinist at General Dynamics. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Springtown. He married Dorothy Jo Read on June 1, 1962.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Patty; and two sisters, Trophy and Elizabeth.
He is survived by four sons, Lynn Todd and wife Charlotte of Fritch, Jesse Pierrard of Fort Worth, James Davis of Azle and Terry Davis and wife Christy of Crowley; a daughter, Janice Woodyard and husband Mike of Ohio; three sisters, Mary Jane Hale, Jean Griffith and Connie Johnstone; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Elizabeth and Nicole.
Pallbearers will be Larry Johnstone, Rusty Johnstone, John Jackson, Monte Jackson, Darrel Neely and Craig Harrison.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Todd, Neil Thomas
1957-2007
Funeral for Neil Thomas Todd, 50, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur. Father Sojan George will officiate. Visitation was to be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, with rosary at 7 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Todd died Monday, July 30, 2007, in Decatur.
Born April 3, 1957, in Gardner, Mass., to Harold Morris Todd and Janice Lee Davenport, he was an aircraft maintenance technician. He married Katherine Marie Flusche on Feb. 19, 1977, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by in-laws, James and Sally Flusche, and a sister-in-law, Cindy Flusche Savage.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Angela Bartel and husband, Shane, and Kimberly Todd, all of Lewisville, Sarah Todd and Woody Mallett of Houston and Megan Todd of Pensacola, Fla; grandchildren, Jacob and Emma Bartel and Jade Mallett; brothers, Bruce, Gary and Eric Todd; a sister, Lisa Upton; and parents, Harold and Janice Todd of New Port Richey, Fla.
Pallbearers will be Shane Bartel, Woodrow Mallett, Benjamin Todd, Mateo Nunez, John Price and Brandon Deck. Ushers will be Victor Schmidlkefor and Darwin Sicking.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to Compass Hospice.
Published Thursday, August 2, 2007

Toups, Mildred Gober Gruber
1926-2007

Funeral for Mildred Gober Gruber Toups, 80, of Chico was March 20 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. The Rev. Mike Miller officiated. Burial followed at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Toups died Friday, March 16, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 20, 1926, in Bridgeport to Tom and Nettie Maynard Gober, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Toups, in 1993; her grandson, Daniel; a sister, Auggie Stokes; and four brothers, Hubert, Roy, Elmer and Vernon Gober.
She is survived by three sons, Tommy Gruber and wife, Debra, of Iowa Park, Carey Gruber and wife, Sue, of Orange and Marlan Gruber of Wichita Falls; three daughters, Ethel Henderson and husband, Bill, of Wichita Falls, Peggy Banner and husband, John, of Richardson and Belinda Gruber of Chico; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Willow Deene Griffith, Leatrice Denton and Lorene Long; and a brother, Troy Gober.
Pallbearers were Tim Green, Tony Green, Jeff Green, Steve Stokes, Jesse Denton and Michael Freeman. Honorary pallbearer was Lary Gober.
Published Thursday, March 22, 2007

Town, Dale
1961-2007

Graveside service for Dale Town, 46, of Bridgeport was to be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at East Bridgeport Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating.
Town died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 3, 1961, in Cheyenne, Okla., to Donald and Margaret (Heinsohn) Town, he was an oversize load escort.
He is survived by his son, Matthew Deering of Bridgeport; parents, Donald and Margaret Town of Bridgeport; sisters, Debbie King and husband, Skip, of Bridgeport and Jolene Skaggs of Amarillo; brothers, Danny Town of Bridgeport; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ed King, Wayne King, Daniel Gonzales, Glen Canova, Brent Bolen and Randy Smith.
Published Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tucker, Betty Lou
1931-2007

Funeral for Betty Lou Tucker, 75, of Rhome was April 6 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Joe Cross officiated. Burial was at Wizard Wells Cemetery.
Tucker died Monday, April 2, 2007, in Rhome.
Born June 4, 1931, in Bridgeport, she was a retired administration clerk with CCA and was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Joe Tucker, and two brothers, Tommy and C.W. Boner.
She is survived by three daughters, Jerrie Anderson and husband, Monty, of Rhome, Joe Lou Mathis of Godley and Judy Lynn Kenney and husband, Walker, of Springtown; a grandson, Michael Joe Griffin; and three granddaughters, Julie Mathis, Lindsey Keeney and Madison Keeney.
Pallbearers were Bill Boner Jr., Robert Earl Boner, Terry Boner, Donald Boner, Ty Kennedy and Ramond Earl Kennedy.
Published Sunday, April 8, 2007

Tucker, Denise Beverly McCauley
1951-2007
Funeral for Denise Beverly McCauley Tucker, 55, of Alvord was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur with Jim Taylor officiating. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Tucker died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, in Denton.
Born Dec. 13, 1951, in Warren, Ohio, to Willard Clyde McCauley and Beverly Ann Younger, she was a homemaker. She married Bobbie Dale Tucker on Aug. 16, 1974, in Waurika, Okla.
She is survived by her husband of Alvord; her parents of Niles, Ohio; four daughters, Melissa Tucker of Alvord, Christina Tucker of Denton, Bobbie Jean Buckner of Little Elm and Elizabeth Whitaker of Decatur; sisters, Alicea and Georgia Tucker of Newton Falls, Ohio, Sharon Nichols of Girad, Ohio, and Carol Foster of Warren, Ohio; a brother, Roger McCauley of Azle; and three grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tuggle, Amy Nicole
1978-2006
Funeral for Amy Nicole Tuggle, 28, of Wichita Falls was Thursday, Dec. 28, at Coker Funeral Home Chapel. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Tuggle died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, in Wichita Falls.
Born Feb. 1, 1978, in Denver, Colo., she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her mother, Tammy (Perkins) Stanley and her husband, Roy; her step-father, Steven Archuleta of Taos, N.M.; a daughter, Frankie Mae Green of Fort Worth; two sons, Frank Jay Green IV and Jerimieah Justin Xavier Green, both of Fort Worth; a sister, Nichi Stanley of Bowie; and two brothers, Jeremy Archuleta of Denver, Colo., and Justin Archuleta of Bridgeport.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Turner, Carson Adrian
1921-2007

Funeral for Carson Adrian Turner, 86, of Chico was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Cates officiating.
Turner died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, in Chico.
Born Feb. 13, 1921, in Vernon to Charles H. and Mary Walker Turner, he was a retired chart changer fro Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II, a member of the Chico Masonic Lodge and a Methodist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Merle Gideon Turner in 1971.
He is survived by sons, James Turner of Austin, Wesley Turner and wife Margarita of Dallas, Brian Turner and wife Susan of Georgetown, and Kurt Turner and wife Sharon of Granbury; nine grandchildren, Synthia, Jamie, Chad, Jeff, Kyle, Lauren, Lindsey, Thomas and Berry; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Cleo Hewgley of Fort Worth, Peggy Jo Eubank of Snyder, Norma Ruth Hodge of Gallup, N.M., LaRue James of Altus, Okla., Rhoda Waloston of Aledo; brother, Charles Larry Turner of Throckmorton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Chad Turner, Thomas Turner, Berry Turner, Larry VanHoose, Richard Huddleston and Adam Stachowiak.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Turner, Jimmy Lee
1939-2007
Graveside service for Jimmy Lee Turner, 67, of Decatur was Monday, Jan. 8, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Louis Horton officiated.
Turner died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007.
He was born May 22, 1939, in Screven, Ga., to James and Johnnie Elizabeth (Odum) Turner.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Tracy Turner, and a sister, Martha Greer.
He is survived by three brothers, Raymond and Richard Turner, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Jerry Turner of Anchorage, Ala.; and a sister, Frances Flyer of Jesup, Ga.
Published Thursday, January 11, 2007

VanDyke, William Henry, Jr.
1945-2007

Funeral for William Henry VanDyke Jr., 61, of Rhome will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Coker Funeral Home chapel in Decatur. He will be cremated.
VanDyke died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 12, 1945, to William Henry VanDyke and Launay May Burrnett in Orlando, Fla., he was a diesel mechanic. He married Peggy Lou Lang Dec. 31, 1966, in Lubbock.
He is survived by his wife; his mother; two daughters, Jady Harris of Rhome and Jennifer Oliver of Lewisville; two sons, Michael VanDyke of Abilene and William VanDyke III of Edgewood; a sister, Marcia Moyers of Abilene; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Published Sunday, January 21, 2007

Vaught, Rosie
1907-2007
Funeral for Rosie Vaught, 99, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Burial was to be at East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. B.J. Rutledge and Dr. Raymond Horne were to officiate.
Vaught died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born June 4, 1907, in The Osage Nation, Indian territory in Oklahoma, to John Andrew and Rosa (Nantz) McCurry, she graduated from Burbank High School in 1925. She married Lyn Vaught on May 29, 1933. She had a special love for street children and orphans and requested that upon her death, her house be sold and the money given to orphans and missions.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, George Washington McCurry, Edward McCurry and Rolland McCurry; and a sister, Laura McCurry.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Marc Moore, Bucky Manoushagian, Russ Burran, Bill Thetford, Royce Baker, Dwight Horne, Matthew Horne and Alvin Peyton. Honorary pallbearers were to be Harry Bradley, Roy Peyton and Larry Morrow.
Published Sunday, May 6, 2007

Veach, Sarah
1942-2007
Burial service for Sarah Veach, 64, was held on Oct. 3 at Alvord Cemetery.
Veach died on Oct. 1, 2007 in Dallas.
Veach was born on Nov. 23, 1942, in Columbus, Ohio, to Lewis (Banjo) and Lula Veach. She was raised in Alvord. She later lived in Denton State School and in several community group homes.
Veach was born with mental and physical disabilities. She loved music and dancing. She also enjoyed petting animals and feeding apples to horses.
She is survived by a brother and a sister.
Published Sunday, October 7, 2007

Vera, Timoteo
1922-2007
Graveside service for Timoteo Vera, 84, of Decatur was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Manuel Rodriguez was to officiate.
Vera died Friday, June 22, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 22, 1922, to Hose and Marie Garcza in Skidmore, he married Filomena Cabrera June 6, 1945, in Goliad.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Robert Vera of Bridgeport and Tim Vera and wife, June, of Decatur; four daughters, Elva Escamilla and husband, Fidel, and Louise Guillermo, all of Fort Worth, Amparo Lopez and husband, Louis, of Angleton, and Jordana Martinez and husband, Ruben, of Stockdale; a sister, Guadalupe Vera; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Che Escamilla, Anthony Escamilla, Robert Vera, Jorome Vera, Michael Vera and Eric Guillermo.
Published Thursday, June 28, 2007

Vernon, Mildred Janet Davis
1928-2007
Graveside service for Mildred Janet Davis Vernon, 78, of Fort Worth and formerly of Chico, was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Chico Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb was to officiate.
Vernon died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 2, 1928, in Chico to Carl and Tommie Cox Davis, she was a homemaker and a member of The First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. She married William N. Vernon Jr. Sept. 14, 1974, in Dill City, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006; two sisters, Mary Thetford and Polly Konige; and a brother, Herbie Davis.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Young and husband, Billy, of Fort Worth; a son, Robert Harold Ogletree of Fort Worth; a brother, Jim Davis of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, February 8, 2007

Walker, Jimmie ‘J.J.’, Jr.
1983-2007
Funeral for Jimmie “J.J.” Walker Jr., 24, of Chico was Aug. 28 at Chico Cemetery. Tom Merritt officiated.
Walker died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, in Paradise.
Born July 3, 1983, to Mike Shinn and Valerie Walker in New Braunfels, he was a diesel mechanic. He graduated from Chico High School in 2001 and was a member of Crafton Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and working on large trucks.
He is survived by a son, Colton Tollerson; his parents; five brothers, Raymond Walker, Duston Walker, Jimmy Shinn, Jason Shinn and Zack Shinn; and grandparents, Frank and Connie Sasse Price.
Pallbearers were Raymond Walker, Adam Buice, Chad Patterson and Richard Elliott.
Published Thursday, August 30, 2007

Walker, Jimmy Joe
1933-2007

Funeral for Jimmy Joe Walker, 73, of Paradise was March 1 at Decatur Church of Christ. Rick Ross and John Scott officiated. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Walker died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 15, 1933, in Boonsville to George Washington and Mary Fitzgerald Walker, he was a postal carrier. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ where he served as an elder. He married Velda Mae Lynch on Oct. 17, 1959, in Springtown.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Steve Walker of Bridgeport; a daughter, Sarah Hickman of Paradise; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Roger Armstrong, Joe Ed Murphy, H.L. Ross, Pat Collins, Mark Short, Ron Hess and Bob Hussey.
Published Sunday, March 4, 2007

Walls, Walter
1922-2007
Graveside service for Walter Walls, 84, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Alvord Cemetery. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate.
Walls died Sunday, April 22, 2007, in Decatur.
Born June 5, 1922, in Blum to Edgar Allen and Sarah (Teague) Walls, he was a retired salesman. He married Gladys Tatum on July 22, 1939, in Haskell. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a granddaughter, Misty Deann Walls; four sisters; and four brothers.
He is survived by a son, Richard Walls of Alvord; a daughter, Marie Morris of Alvord; three grandchildren, Mimaalice Richardson, Edgar Morris and Buddy Walls; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Fronia Terrell of Fort Worth.
Honorary pallbearers were to be J.C. Winters, Billy Ray McIntire, Ed Morris, Buddy Walls, Jason Walls, Marcus Walls and Dakota May.
Published Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ward, Pauline
1926-2007
Funeral for Geneva Pauline Ward, 81, of Aurora was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial was to follow at Bethel Cemetery.
She died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 19, 1926, in Ponder to Joseph Briton Norris and Hettie May Roberts, she married Short Ward on March 16, 1950, in Denton. She was a member of the Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Short Ward; and five sisters.
She is survived by a brother, Harold J. Norris and wife, Charlene, of Decatur; a brother-in-law, Clyde Idell of Aurora; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Pete Potter, Randy Potter Sr., Randy Potter, Jr., Tom Hall, Michael Phelps, Bill Shea and Ricky Potter as honorary pallbearer.
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ward, Toni Harris
1972-2007

Funeral for Toni Harris Ward, 35, of Paradise, was Friday, Sept. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with the Revs. Terry Terry and Charles Pugh officiating. Burial was in Paradise Cemetery.
Ward died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, in Decatur.
She was born Aug. 10, 1972, in Bridgeport to John Harris and Debbie Read. She married James Jeffrey Ward on April 9, 1999, in Decatur.
She was a clerical employee at Family Clinic. Ward was a member of the AWANAS and she taught Cubbies.
She is survived by her husband; mother, Debbie Read of Paradise; father, John Harris and wife, Gail, of Justin; children, K.D. Rose Robinson, Kenneth Lee Robinson and Skylar Jene Ward, all of Paradise; brother, Eric Len Harris and wife, Nadine, of Paradise; grandparents, Bill and Bobbie Read of Paradise; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Terry Harris, Craig Utley, Michael Taylor, Kenny Robinson, Tim Robinson and Ryan Robinson.
Published Sunday, September 30, 2007

Waters, Arle L.
1930-2006
Funeral for retired staff Sgt. Arle L. Waters, 76, of Springtown will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White’s Funeral Home in Azle.
Waters died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Plano.
Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Van Buren, Ark., he enjoyed gardening and learning about ghost towns. He had been a member of the VFW in Arizona. He enjoyed antique cars and owned a 1937 Oldsmobile. He had been a resident of Springtown for 17 years.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Boyd Waters and two brothers, Darryl and Hugh Waters.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Pressley and husband, Elvis, of Springtown; two sons, Billy Loar and wife, Brandi, of Saginaw and James Waters of Fort Worth; two daughters, Shelly Waters of Granbury and Tina O’Hara and husband, Jack, of Tucson, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Watson, Jessie ‘A.J.’
1922-2007

Funeral for Jessie “A.J.” Watson, 84, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Jones Family Funeral Home with Kern Choate and Charles Stephens officiating. Burial was to be at East Side Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Watson died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 9, 1922, in Haskell to Jess Franklin and Addie Ann Watson, he was a plant manager for Mesco Metal Buildings. He was a long-time member of The Shepherd House in Chico.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessa Sharon Watson; four brothers, Reuben Watson, Chester Watson, Alva Watson and T.P. Watson; a sister, Lillian Cromeans; and a granddaughter, Tracy LeAnn McKee.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Watson; a son, Wayne Watson and wife, Fern, of Van Alstyne; three daughters, Cheryl Tackett and husband, Coy, Karen Brady and husband, Robert, of Bridgeport and Darla Strickland and husband, Rick, of Bowie; a sister, Joy Meeks of Springtown; grandchildren, Carolyn Barkhurst, Tammy Musser, Terri Moore, Tonya Watson, Dianne Wolf, Glenda Kay Breeze, Coy Glenn Tackett, Joni Watkins, Toni Hodges, Courtney Brady, Allen Cole and Aaron Cole; 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Jack Meeks, John Meeks, Arly Watson, Robbie Meeks, Allen Cole, Matt Shelton and Aaron Cole.
Published Thursday, August 2, 2007

Watson, Jimmy ‘Bub’
1933-2007

Funeral for Jimmy “Bub” Watson, 74, of Runaway Bay was Aug. 9 at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. David Burrow officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Watson died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Runaway Bay.
Born March 7, 1933, in Decatur to Clifford H. and Bonnie Hix Watson, he was a retired airline fleet service worker. He married Marian Hill on Dec. 16, 1950, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Harris.
He is survived by his wife; a son, David Watson and wife, Denise, of Hot Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Bonny Williams of Wizard Wells; five grandchildren, Robin Fennema, Amy Cox, Jimmy Watson, Andrew Watson and Kyle Hunter; and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, August 12, 2007

Watson, Wiley Thomas ‘Tommy’
1919-2007
Graveside service for Wiley Thomas “Tommy” Watson, 88, of Decatur was June 29, 2007, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Watson died Monday, June 25, 2007.
Born March 17, 1919, in Decatur to Thomas and Lillie Mae Whitaker Watson, he was a retired railroad switchman and World War II Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Velma Watson.
He is survived by a daughter, Tommie Lee Combs and husband, Richard, of Haslet; two sons, Bobby Watson and wife, Alice, of Hahira, Ga. and Bruce Watson and wife, Claudette, of Fort Worth; a sister, Myrtle Lathrop of Haltom City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit.
Published Sunday, July 1, 2007

Waynen, Patrick
1966-2007

Graveside service for Patrick Waynen, 40, of Runaway Bay was Friday, Jan. 5, at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. The Rev. Johnny Irish officiated.
Waynen died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007.
Born Sept. 29, 1966, in McHenry, Ill., to Clarence E. and Loretta Sink Waynauskas, he graduated from Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Ill., and earned an associate’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He was a private pilot and A&P mechanic with an inspector authorization. He owned and operated Westosha Aviation Inc. in Wilmot, Wis. He enjoyed flying, fishing and gaming.
He was preceded in death by his father in June 2006.
He is survived by his mother of Runaway Bay; a brother, Michael Waynen and wife, Denise, of Runaway Bay; a niece, Kaitlyn Waynen; and a nephew, Christopher Waynen.
Published Sunday, January 7, 2007

Weatherford, George Euford
1913-2007

Funeral for George Euford Weatherford, 93, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Jones Family Funeral Home. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery. Craig Erb was to officiate.
Weatherford died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Quint, he was a brakeman for the railroad. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Weatherford of Bridgeport; a son, Joe Paul Weatherford of Dimmitt; a daughter, Trudy Nicholson of Plano; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Solaris Healthcare 2201 Farm Road 51 South, Suite 400 Decatur, Texas 76234 or to Integracare Home Health 1402 Halsell Street Bridgeport, Texas 76426.
Published Sunday, May 13, 2007

Weldon, Robert E., Sr.
1925-2007

Memorial for Robert E. Weldon, 81, of Decatur will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Visitation was to be Wednesday, May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Weldon died Sunday, May 20, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 23, 1925, in Port Arthur, to Leo P. Weldon and Mary Irene Campbell Weldon, he lived in the Port Arthur and Mid-County area until moving to Decatur after his home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in September of 2005. He was a 1943 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Corpus Christi Junior College and Lamar State College.
He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and spent his three-year Navy career at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. Following his discharge, he married Peggy Jackson on Sept. 14, 1946. He went to work at the Texas Company in 1947 and retired as a supervisor in the shipping department in 1982.
He was a member of Proctor Baptist Church in Port Arthur, the El Mina Temple of Galveston and Nederland Masonic Lodge No. 1368. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Mid-Jefferson County Shrine Club and Nem Loof Shrine Clowns.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Weldon Demler; a brother, A. Jack Weldon; and an infant daughter, Pamela Jean Weldon.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Robert E. Weldon Jr. and wife, Linda, of Port Neches, David Weldon and wife, Pamela, of Decatur, Gary Weldon and wife, Jacqueline, of Houston, and Kevin Weldon and Shana Weldon of San Antonio; eight grandsons; three granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Cleo Weldon Phillips and husband, Raymond; three sisters-in-law, Winnie Hilton Weldon, Mary Jackson Forsythe and Janice Jackson Byram and husband, Bud; and a brother-in-law, Harold Jackson and wife, Barbara, of Richmond.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Donations may be made to Shriners Burn Hospital for Children, 815 Market St., Galveston, Texas 77550-9969.
Published Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wellen, Donald
1924-2007

Funeral for Donald Wellen, 83, of Alvord was Oct. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. The Rev. Carroll Caddell officiated. Burial was at Alvord Cemetery.
Wellen died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in Midland.
Born June 16, 1924, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Naomi Bassford and Fred Wellen, he attended schools in Des Moines, Iowa, and entered the U.S. Army after graduation, serving in the European Theater of World War II.
He married his wife, Melva, on Aug. 14, 1949, in Fort Worth. He worked in the grain industry and the couple lived in Fort Worth and Port Arthur. They retired in Alvord, where Wellen enjoyed woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Fred Wellen and Bob Wellen; and a granddaughter, Karen Eason.
He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Eason and wife, Shirley, of Irving and Mark Wellen and wife, DeLayne, of Midland; four granddaughters, Shelly Groves and husband, Todd, of Dallas, Erin Wellen of Washington, D.C., Blair Wellen of Austin and Emma Wellen of Midland; two great-granddaughters, Natalie and Claire Groves of Dallas; two brothers, Melvin Wellen of Des Moines and Bill Colwell of Altoona, Iowa; and a sister, Maxine Gray of Grand Saline.
Pallbearers were Billie Pigg, Damon Pennington, Odell Evart, David Nivens, Bruce Nivens, Bill Spain, Charlie French, Larry Foreman, John Peterson and Al McNeil.
Memorials may be made to the Alvord Cemetery Association, 1214 N. FM 1655, Alvord, TX 76225, or Hospice of Midland, Inc., P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702.
Published Thursday, October 11, 2007

Whiddon, W. Roger
1929-2007

Private graveside service for W. Roger Whiddon, 78, of Decatur was held Oct. 8 at Cottonwood Cemetery in Decatur.
Whiddon died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, in Decatur.
He was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Markham.
He is survived by three children, Susan Martin and husband, Roland, of Dallas, Debra Burns and husband, John, of Arlington and Steve Whiddon and wife, Poppy, of Carrollton; a sister, Joan Dickerson and husband, John, of Bay City; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, October 11, 2007

Whitson, R.E. ‘Whit’
1921-2007

Funeral for R.E. “Whit” Whitson, 86, of Alvord will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur. Burial will follow at Fairy Cemetery in Hico. The Rev. Dan Sparkman will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Whitson died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 27, 1921, in Fairy he was a retired machinist. He married Catherine Smith on Jan. 27, 1944, in Dallas. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Toni Davis and husband, Rick, of Decatur, and Karen Adams and husband, Steve, of Granbury; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Richard Whitten, R.C. Whitten, Aaron Tarver, Jeremy Davis, Mike Inman, and Steve Adams.
Published Thursday, April 12, 2007

Whittington, Anna Belle ‘Granny’
1904-2007

Graveside service for Anna Belle “Granny” Whittington, 102, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Boyd Cemetery. Steve Weeks will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Whittington died Friday, May 18, 2007.
Born Nov. 27, 1904, to Tom and Ora Belle Spencer, she was a homemaker. She married Claude Whittington on Dec. 26, 1923. She was a lifelong member of the Rhome Church of Christ. She enjoyed singing hymns in her alto voice.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three daughters, Wanda Wise Oxford, Claudia Whittington and Martha Spradlin; a granddaughter, Tammy Gillespie; and two brothers, Carl and Norris Spencer.
She is survived by a son, Stewart Whittington and wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Juanelle Gillespie; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mark Gillespie, Mike Crownover, Jamie Pegues, Jeffrey Rasbury, Terry Spradlin and Chris Spradlin. Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Dennis, Don Patterson, Ed Whittington and Kenny Rasbury.
Published Sunday, May 20, 2007

Wilde, Alice Jean
1937-2007

Mass of Christian burial for Alice Jean Wilde, 70, of Decatur will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Rosary will start at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. The Rev. Sojan George will officiate.
Wilde died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, in Dallas.
Born in Wichita Falls, May 27, 1937, to Albert Jacob Pennartz and Irene Amalia Berend, she married Joseph Leroy Wilde on June 21, 1958, in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Pat Wilde and wife, Lynn, of Wylie, Rick Wilde and wife, Kris, of Cedar Hill, David Wilde and wife, Michelle, of Lucas, and Thomas Wilde and wife, Jan, of Hurst; three daughters; Karen Briggs and husband Jeff, of Dallas, Diane Bashaw and husband, Frank, of Garland, and Valerie Tenhet and husband, Shane, of Plano; five sisters, Virginia Redder of Fort Worth, Ruth Redder of Rhineland, Dorothy and Ethel Pennartz of Decatur, and Claudia Carnahan of Arlington; two brothers; Julius Pennartz of Rhineland and Clarence Pennartz of Decatur; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Wilde, Thomas Wilde, Michael Wilde, Nicholas Wilde, Gregory Wilde and Johnathon Wilde. Honorary pallbearer will be Dennis Muir.
Published Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wiley, Jeana R.
1926-2007
Funeral for Jeana R. Wiley, 80, of Bridgeport will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Chris Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Wiley died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 23, 1926, to Warren W. and Emma Sanders Marney in Marlow, Okla., she was a retired insurance clerk. She was a member of Eagle Mountain International Church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Ramirez.
She is survived by a brother, Bill Marney and wife, Marieta, of Bridgeport; nephews, Scott and Eric Marney; and nieces, Carolyn McComis, Toni Logan and Teresa Graves.
Pallbearers will be Michael and Jared McComis, Aaron, Jordan and Gideon Logan, and Nathan Graves.
Published Sunday, February 11, 2007

Williams, Alta
1909-2007
Funeral for Alta Williams, 97, of Boyd was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. The Rev. Robert Howard was to officiate. Burial was to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Mansfield Cemetery.
Williams died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Boyd.
Born July 18, 1909, in Lillian, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robin Williams; a daughter, Patsy Singleton; and three sisters, Thelma Fitzgerald, Alma Munn and Edna Arber.
She is survived by two grandchildren, Robin Kim McMillen of Boyd and Kevin Singleton of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Adella, Joshua and Jeremy McMillen; two nieces, Barbara Jean McCoy and Margarie Cain; a nephew, Tom Arber; and a son-in-law, Ralph Singleton.
Pallbearers were to be Johnny Pack, Audie Phillips, J.C. Shuttlesworth, Kent Parish, Harold Lisby, Tommy Spencer, Larry McBride and Tommy Stephens.
Published Sunday, February 11, 2007

Williams, Donald Spencer ‘Sarge’
1923-2007
Funeral for Donald Spencer “Sarge” Williams, 83, of Texarkana and formerly of Decatur was March 17 at Texarkana Funeral Home with the Rev. John Miller officiating. Burial was in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Williams died Tuesday, March 13, 2007.
Born March 23, 1923, in Wichita Fall
s to Charles Joseph and Ella Williams, he attended Texas Tech University and Decatur Baptist College. He retired from the U.S. Army and from Cooper Tire and Rubber Plant Company. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of Church on the Rock in Texarkana.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Bennye Ruth Watkins Williams in 2005; a brother, Charles Joseph Williams Jr.; and two sisters.
He is survived by two sons, Gary Mack Williams and wife, Felicia, and Joe Kirk Williams and wife, Lynna, all of Texarkana; two daughters, Donna Ruth Lyle and husband, E.L., of Atlanta and Pamela Ann Hagen and husband, John, of Kissee Mills, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, March 22, 2007

Williams, Raymond L.
1919-2007
Graveside service for Raymond L. Williams, 87, of Paris was April 17 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Williams died Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Paris.
Born Dec. 22, 1919, he was an engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. serving as a B-24 Pilot in World War II for the 450 Bomb Group. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and air medals. He was the author of four patents on mining equipment. He attended Calvary United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sibyl Lee Williams, two brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his wife, Celia Thrower Williams; two children, Charles Lee Williams of Willis, Allen Ray Williams and wife, Laurie, of Morrison, Colo.; a step-child, Patricia Ann Pope of Long Beach, Miss.; four grandchildren, Daniel Patrick Williams, Samuel Charles Williams, Jacob Paul Williams and Cierra Rayne Williams; three step-grandchildren, Justin Pope, Cynthia Hill and Pricillia Little; and five great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, April 19, 2007

Willis, Betty Jean Pelt
1941-2007
Graveside service for Betty Jean Pelt Willis, 65, of Grapeland, formerly of Bridgeport, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Grapeland Cemetery. Tommy Pelt will officiate.
Willis died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in Grapeland.
Born Aug. 22, 1941, to Floyd Pelt Sr. and Retha Unive Pelt, she grew up in Waco and was a certified activities director and certified food service director. She worked in long-term care facilities in Wise and Tarrant counties for more than 25 years. She married Donald Willis on April 4, 1958.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Virgian Ann Farmer, and a brother, Floyd Pelt Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Willis; three sons, David Willis and wife, Jeannie, of Crockett, Paul Willis of Grapeland and John Willis and wife, Jennifer, of North Dakota; a daughter, Melinda McLen Dickson and husband, Donnie, of Grapeland; two brothers, Billy Ray Pelt and wife, JoAllen, of River Oaks and Doug Pelt and wife, Sherry, of Crowley; seven grandchildren, Lane Hestilow of Grapeland, Angelica and Kristanna Willis of North Dakota, Chris and Benji Boyd of Lake Dallas, Clinton Fisher of Fort Worth, Teresa Wright and husband, Gary, of Grapeland; and two great-grandchildren, Retha May Hestilow of Keller and Jonathan Hestilow of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, February 25, 2007

Wilson, Richard Dale
1947-2007

Memorial service for Richard Dale Wilson, 59, of Boyd was Jan. 30 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Jake Wilson officiated.
Wilson died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, in Boyd.
Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Gorman to Ira A. and Emma Wilson, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by a son, Kenneth Wilson and wife, Genevieve of Utah; two daughters, Jennifer Wilson of Boyd and Emma Wilson of Denton; his father of Boyd; a brother, Jake Wilson and wife, Nelda, of Boyd; two sisters, Gladys Lambert of Boyd and Beth Hines of Sherman; and four grandchildren, Zebin, Lily, Hope and Amelia.
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007

Winder, Aaron Riley ‘A.R.’, Jr.
1923-2007
Funeral for Aaron Riley (A.R.) Winder Jr., 83, of Houston was May 17 at Jersey Village Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Hogan officiating. Burial was at Brookside Memorial Park.
Winder died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Houston.
Born Aug. 21, 1923, in Oklahoma to Aaron R. Winder Sr. and Helena Seibold Winder, he served during World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Unit. He received seven bronze stars and a good conduct medal, distinguished unit badge with one oak leaf cluster.
He graduated from North Texas Teachers College and began a career in education in Texas City in 1946. He and his family were founders and original members of St. John’s Methodist Church. He retired from the Arlington school district in 1982 and began a woodcraft business.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy McKay Winder in 2001 and two brothers, John A. Winder and Reuben Winder, both of Decatur.
He is survived by two daughters, Sue Ellen Berry and husband, Rick, and Nancy Bromley and husband, Craig; a son, Allen Winder; and grandchildren, Shane Berry, Leah Jordan and husband, Ben, Amy Owen and husband, Richie, and Elissa, Garrett, Christian and Zoe Winder.
Pallbearers were Rick Berry, Craig Bromley, Shane Berry, Garrett Winder, Richie Owen, Ben Jordan, John A. Winder, Rick McKay, Joey McKay and Allen Winder.
Memorials may be made to the Jersey Village Baptist “His House” campaign, 16518 Jersey Drive, Houston, Texas 77040.
Published Sunday, May 20, 2007

Winder, Joy Cousins
1915-2007

Funeral for Joy Cousins Winder, 91, of Decatur was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The Rev. Ken May was to officiate, to be assisted by Grady Barton. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Winder died Thursday, May 17, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 24, 1915, in Walnut Springs, she was a retired teacher who taught for 27 years at schools which included Decatur, Chico and Paradise. She was a member of the Eastern Star Decatur Chapter No. 543 for more than 50 years and an honorary member of the Decatur Woman’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Judge John Winder.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Kathleen Bilderback and husband, Billy, of Arlington and Jane Annette Rose of Colleyville; a son, Dr. John A. Winder and wife, Marion, of Decatur; three grandsons, Timothy and Michael Bilderback and Terry K. Wood; one granddaughter, Dr. Paige L. Winder; a sister, Gladys Cousins Sellars; a sister-in-law, Mattie Bea Cousins; and two great-grandsons, Logan Evans and Landry Kenton Woods.
Pallbearers were to be Jerry Watson, Stephen Wren, Don Ogle, Jimmy Cunnius, Jay Davidson, John McCormick, Gene Blagg, Tom Woodard, Geary Washburn and Jerry Mara. Honorary pallbearers were to be Joe Forman, Gordon Lovell, Dr. W.M. Lewis, Bobby Wilson and Charles Long.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Decatur Library or the Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
Published Sunday, May 20, 2007

Wine, Marion L. ‘Rocky’
1959-2007
Memorial for Marion L. “Rocky” Wine, 47, of Denton and formerly of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, 610 W. Windsor Drive in Denton.
Wine died Friday, March 16, 2007, in Denton.
Born April 23, 1959, he was a Jehovah’s Witness.
He is survived by his wife, Susan P. Vega, and two sons, Skeet and Floyd Wine.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Winters, John ‘Randy’
1954-2007
Funeral for John “Randy” Winters, 52, of Paradise was June 26 at Springtown Church of Christ. Burial was at Cottondale Cemetery. Bill Paxton officiated.
Winters died Thursday, June 21, 2007, in Granbury.
Born Nov. 2, 1954, in Shawnee, Okla., to John Franklin Jr. and Mary I. (Davis) Winters, he was a mechanic at Quicksilver. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Springtown Church of Christ. He married Bety Alcansia on Dec. 7, 2004.
He is survived by his wife of Paradise; a daughter, Audrey Whitefield and husband, Ronnie, of Lufkin; grandchildren, Kevin and Cecilia Servin and Elizabeth Whitefield; his mother, Mary Winters of Paradise; his father, John Winters Jr. and wife, Pat, of Mingus; a brother, Robert Goforth of Mingus; a sister, Marsha Ward of Paradise; and several nephews.
Pallbearers were Jason Ward, David Evans, Robert Goforth, Chip Foster and Ray Showers.
Published Thursday, June 28, 2007

Winters, Ricky Lanier
1958-2007
Funeral services are pending for Ricky Lanier Winters, 48, of Des Moines, Iowa.
Winters died Sunday, April 15, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born July 24, 1958, in Fort Worth to Rita and Pete Winters, he was a ceramic tile cutter.
He is survived by a daughter, Ricki Lauren Winters of Rhome; a son, Robert Hayden Bennett Winters of Rhome; his former wife, Terri Troxell of Rhome; and two sisters, Debbie McDonald of Iowa and Darla Goins of California.
Memories or stories of Winters may be e-mailed to memoriesofrick@yahoo.com for a scrapbook that is being compiled for his children.
Published Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wolf, Mary L.
1908-2007

Memorial for Mary L. Wolf, 98, of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. She was cremated.
Wolf died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Decatur.
Born July 14, 1908, in Brushy Mountain, Okla., to William Rhett Mott and Mary Melonie Carlile, she was a retired hotel manager and a Methodist. She had lived in Decatur for the past nine years.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Leo M. Wolf, Lewis W. Miller and Neil S. Taylor; a daughter, Joy; a grandson, Ole; four sisters; and two brothers.
She is survived by two sons, J.K. Miller and wife Linda of Decatur and Bill Miller of Decatur and Honduras; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.
Published Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wolfe, Henrietta Fowler Stout
1936-2007
Graveside service for Henrietta Fowler Stout Wolfe, 71, of Weatherford and formerly of Jacksboro, was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Oakwood Cemetery with B.J. Nunley officiating.
Wolfe died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 20, 1936, in Oakland City, Ind., to Edwin Henry and Lucille Margaret (Westall) Herbert, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Terry Stevens of Paradise and Margie Morgan of Houston; three sons, Donnie Fowler of New Mexico, Tony Fowler of Jacksboro and Joe Stout of Weatherford; four sisters, Judy Hayhurst and Mary Beth Andreas, both of Weatherford, Shirley Franklin of Perrin and Barbara Tingley of Connecticut; a brother, Bud Herbert of North Carolina; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 700 Broadway, Suite 80, Denver, Colo. 80203-3442.
Published Thursday, March 1, 2007

Womack, Jessie Elizabeth
1934-2007

Funeral for Jessie Elizabeth Womack, 73, of Bridgeport was Thursday, Dec. 27, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.
Womack died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born May 19, 1934, in Detroit, Texas, she married Oscar Womack March 11, 1961.
She is survived by her husband; daughters, Mary Ann Phillips of Florida and Dorothy Womack of Bridgeport; and a grandson, Chris Downs of Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Suite 500, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Published Sunday, December 30, 2007

Wood, Lewis W.
1933-2007

Funeral for Lewis E. Wood, 74, of Paradise was Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Wood died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, in Weatherford.
Born Jan. 16, 1933, to Lila Mae and Leonard Wood, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired accountant and owner of Cottondale Grocery and Deli.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Wood; two daughters, Jackie Taylor and husband, Cliff, and Debra Wood and husband, Ernest; three grandchildren, Jessie Joiner and husband, Chance, Joseph Wood and Clayton Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Cooper Joiner; a brother, Kenneth Wood and wife, Cheri; a niece, Julie Stapleton; and a nephew, Jason Wood.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3301 West Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
Published Thursday, March 1, 2007

Woods, Jerald Mitchell ‘Radar’
1945-2007

Graveside service for Jerald Mitchell “Radar” Woods, 61, of Boyd will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. David Lindgens will officiate. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel.
Woods died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, in Boyd.
Born April 21, 1945, in Decatur to Mitchell “WM” and Bunita Woods, Woods was a retired welder from Boyd Industries. He served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his parents of Boyd; a brother, Ricky Woods and wife, Cindy, of Boyd; and two nieces, Courtney and Danielle Woods of Boyd.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Fuller, Jimmy Farquhar, Tim Bailey, Thomas Lee Wilson, Jeff Mayhue and Sammy Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Kenny Sheperd, Scott Nelon, Jason Nelon, Rusty Nelon, J.D. Niblett and Ronny White.
Published Thursday, January 18, 2007

Worley, Leon
1923-2007

Funeral for Leon Worley, 83, of Decatur will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Worley died Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 3, 1923, in Fort Worth to Hazel and O.L. Worley, he was a retired roofing contractor. He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a swing musician.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Worley, and a sister, Mary Frances Worley.
He is survived by two daughters, Alice Pepper and Katherine Webster; a son, Lee Worley; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, Avalon, James V. and Raymond W. Worley; and a sister, Rona Jo Ward.
Published Sunday, May 6, 2007

Wright, Mavis
1920-2007

Funeral for Mavis Wright, 87, of Justin will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Justin Church of Christ with Shane Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Springtown Cemetery in Springtown.
Wright died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 21, 1920, in Briar to Charlie and Nellie Person Newby, she was retired from Mrs. Baird’s Cake Plant. She married Edwin Wright Nov. 10, 1936, in Weatherford. She was a member of Justin Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 4, 1974.
She is survived by a daughter, Doris Williams of Justin; a son, Loyd Wright of Flower Mound; a brother, Milas Newby of Fort Worth; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Danny Roberts, Doug Wallum, Gary Wallum, Del Jones, John Bailey and Mickey Reid. Honorary pallbearers were to be Ray Henderson, Bob Knox, Dan Mosley and David Newby.
The family requests memorials be given to In Search of Lord’s Way, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, OK 73083-9901 or Christ’s Haven for Children, P.O. Box 467, Keller, TX 76244.
Published Thursday, December 27, 2007

York, Raymond
1935-2007
Funeral for Raymond York, 71, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Paradise Cemetery.
York died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.
Born Feb. 2, 1935, to Clyde and Opal York in Roswell, N.M., he was self-employed and was a Vietnam veteran.
He was preceded in death by a son, Teddie Ray.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie Darlene York; sons, Sandy Lee, Gary Carl and Dewayne Lee; daughters, Cathy Ann, Debra Kay, Shirley and Shelly; stepchildren, Renee, Eric, Steven and Crystal Sass; a brother, Jackie York; sisters, Betty Lou Males and Sara Francis Perkins; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, January 18, 2007

Young, Doris Ida
1923-2007
Funeral for Doris Ida Young, 84, of Decatur was Dec. 18 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. The Rev. Heath Marion, Rev. Sonny Smith and Verl Young officiated.
Young died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Springtown.
Born March 14, 1923, in Baltimore, Md., to Albert Pizzica and Maria Mirto, she married Vern Lee “Curley” Young March 13, 1946, in Decatur. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Gordon Young and wife, Patty, of Springtown and Verl Young and wife, Pat, of Denton; grandchildren, Shane Young and wife, Melissa, and Stormie Meador and husband, Jeff, all of Decatur, Deana Melancon and husband, Ben, of Gainesville and Kimberly McDaniel of Denton; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Ola Martin of New Windsor, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Shane Young, Jeff Meador, Ben Melancon, Walter Hollis, Jimmy Miller and Philip Askey.
Published Thursday, December 20, 2007

Young, Letha Lucille
1915-2007

Funeral for Letha Lucille Young, 92, of Bridgeport, was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Twin Oaks Assembly of God in Bridgeport, with Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Interment was to be at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Young died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, in Bridgeport.
Born May 22, 1915, in Bridgeport to Columbus and Sally Taylor Morton, she married Cecil Albert Young Oct. 9, 1933, in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, John Morton; daughter, Patsy Ann Smith; and five grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Claborn Young and wife, Pat, of Decatur, Delbert Young and wife, Tammy, of Bridgeport and Jimmy Young of Rhome; daughters, Annie Walker of Burleson, Ruth Starnes of Bridgeport, Jean Jenkins of Springtown, Kathy Butler of Bridgeport and Teresa Goley and husband, Mike, of Decatur; sisters, Eva Young of Bridgeport and Allie Waldrop of Rhome; 26 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Billy Young, Jacob Young, Jeremy Young, Stephen Starnes, Kenny Butler and Tim Butler.
Published Thursday, October 11, 2007