Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2008
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Ahlfinger, Kathey Anna
1944-2008

Funeral for Kathey Anna Ahlfinger, 63, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 7, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Gerre Joiner will officiate.
Ahlfinger died Sunday, March 2, 2008, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 19, 1944, in San Antonio to James and Catherine Metz, she married Jim Ahlfinger in 1994 in Bedford.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Marsha Hogan; and a grandson, Jeffrey Boatright.
She is survived by a son, Floyd Boatright and wife, Debbie, of Decatur; a brother, Charles Murry of San Antonio; six grandchildren, Justin Robbins, Blair and Emma Boatright, Jaci Kidd, Jamie Hogan and Ashley Preas; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Boatright and Jaxon Preas.
Published Thursday, March 6, 2008

Albright, Lawrence 'Larry' Edward
1964-2008

Published Sunday, October 19, 2008
Memorial service for Lawrence "Larry" Edward Albright, 44, of Keller was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Albright died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.Born Sept. 21, 1964, in Grayling, Mich., to Ezra Edward and Sherry Lee (Hanke) Albright, he married Michelle Lee Flint March 21, 1989, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was a forklift operator for a warehouse district. He is survived by his wife of Keller; sons, James Carline of Pontiac, Mich., Lawrence E. Albright Jr. of Roscommon, Mich., and Aaron Lee Albright of Keller; sisters, Mary Lou and husband, Dane Scruggs, of Gainesville and Shelly Albright of Algers, Mich.; and two grandsons

Allen, Brenda Kay
1957-2008

Published Thursday, May 8, 2008
Memorial service for Brenda Kay Allen, 50, of Decatur, will be at noon Saturday, May 10, at the home of Ruby Farley, 400 CR 4374 in Decatur.
Allen died Sunday, May 4, 2008, in Decatur. Born June 27, 1957, in Downey, Calif., to Troy and Charlotte McDougle, she liked vegetable gardening and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Randy Allen of Decatur; sons, Edward and Anthony Allen of Decatur; daugther, Leslie Patzer of Decatur; mother-in-law, Ruby Farley; granddaugther, McKinsey Patzer; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrington, Edda Winna
1925-2008

Published Sunday, July 27, 2008
Graveside service for Edda Winna Arrington, 83, of Decatur was Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Revs. Ken Mary and Bill Hughes officiating.
Arrington died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in Decatur.Born April 15, 1925, in Decatur to Gilbert George and Annie Frankie (Spain) Carr, she was a businesswoman. She married G.H. "Bob" Arrington Nov. 29, 1941, in Decatur. They owned Bob & Edda's Red Wing Shoe Store in Decatur for 38 years. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur. She is survived by a daughter, Ann Sims Logue of Decatur; granddaughter, KaSondra Hughes of Decatur; grandsons, David and Danny Sims of Decatur; great-grandchildren, Breanne Fernihough, Russell Sims, Courtney and Chelsea Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Madelyn Fernihough and Bailee Sims.

Ashton, Bobbie Jean (Roberson)
1933-2008

Published Thursday, October 23, 2008
Funeral for Bobbie Jean (Roberson) Ashton, 75, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Dr. Van Gardner and Bill Hughes were to officiate. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Ashton died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in Decatur. Born April 20, 1933, in Fort Worth to William Lon and Ardella Bertha (Whetsell) Roberson, she married Thomas Warren Ashton on June 8, 1979 in Decatur and was a retired medical business office manager. She was also a member of Grace Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband; daughter, Elizabeth Wagner of Poolville; sons, Artie Green of North Richland Hills, Kenneth Green of Decatur, and Mark and David Green, both of Pittsburg; step-daughters, Tracey Bruton of Paradise, Tina West of Olathe, Kan., and Audred Safavimehr of Lubbock; sisters, LaVell Mann of Decatur and Marcine Rebstock of Carrollton; sisters-in-law, Frankie Roberson of Hurst, Phyllis Moten of Lewisville and Linda Roberson of Sherwood, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Zachary Bruton, Matthew Brannan, Nathan Ashton, Eric Evans, Jason Evans, Travis Daigneault, David Green, Robert Bruton and Clark Shahan.

Atkerson, Mary Sophia Wilson
1915-2008

A private service for Mary Sophia Wilson Atkerson, 92, of Decatur will be at the Sycamore Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Interment will be at the Sycamore Cemetery.
Atkerson died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 7, 1915, in Sycamore to Andrew and Callie Malcolm, she married G.E. “Babe” Wilson in 1930 in Marietta, Okla. They farmed and ranched in the Sycamore community until G.E. died in 1965. In 1986 she married Leon Atkerson.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, G.E. Wilson and Leon Atkerson.
She is survived by her sons, Bobby Wilson and wife, Raynette, of Decatur and Roland Wilson of Greenwood; daughters, Bernice Ashley and husband, Walter, of Corinth, Janette Pair and husband, Dale, of Tyler and Margaret Jones of Hurst; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, February 6, 2008

Atkins, Tommy Mack
1948-2008
Published Thursday, May 1, 2008
Memorial service for Mack Atkins, 59, of Bridgeport, was April 23 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel.
Atkins died Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Decatur. Born Sept. 17, 1948, in El Paso to William and Mittie Pullman Atkins, he served in the U.S. Army.He is survived by two sons, Josh Atkins and wife, Deserrae, of Paradise, and Tommy Atkins and wife, Angie, of Fort Worth; four daughters, Angie Woods of Reno, Kathy Seaton of Fort Worth, Kelly Cunningham of Granbury, and Julie White of Reno; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Atkinson, Cletus A.
1926-2008

Funeral for Cletus A. Atkinson, 81, of Springtown was March 7 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Cottondale Cemetery.
Atkinson died Monday, March 3, 2008, in Tyler.
Born Sept. 7, 1926, in Paradise to William and Litha Stinett Stevens, she was a Paradise High School graduate. She married Warren Thomas Atkinson Jan. 14, 1946, in Bowie. She was a retired secretary for the Federal Aviation Administration.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 26, 1982; five sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her sons, Zollie Atkinson and wife, Margaret, of Spring and Anthony Atkinson and wife, Tammy, of Laneville; grandchildren, Melissa, Kristin, Shane, Derick and Charlotte; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Cleo Moss of Fort Worth, Nora West of Nevada and Thelma Woods of Fort Worth.
Published Sunday, March 9, 2008

Austin, William 'Bill' Lehnolf
1956-2008
A private funeral will be held for William "Bill" Lehnolf Austin, 51, of Aurora.
Austin died Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Aurora.
Born May 31, 1956, in Atlanta, Ga., to William DeNeen and Mary Jane (Marshall) Austin, he was a rental property owner.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Anderson of Aurora; a son, Lehnolf Marshall Austin of Aurora; daughter, Cindi Lee Eastman and husband, Chris, of Scurry; granddaughters, Autumn and Haley Eastman of Scurry; his mother and her husband, George Butler, of San Angelo; his father and wife, Diane, of Sundance, Wyo.; sisters, Sarah Marshall of Aurora, Mary Beth Butler and husband, Ken Pritchet, of Denton, Nancy Scott and husband, William, of Mertzon and Barbara Ann Barnes of Houston; brothers, Thomas Philip Austin of Greenwood, S.C., Joseph Luke Austin of Mount Pleasant, Utah, and Donald Patrick Butler of Houston.
Published Sunday, April 13, 2008

Baccus, Lynette Deckert
1939-2008

Funeral for Lynette Deckert Baccus, 68, of Decatur, was Thursday, Jan. 10 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Erb officiated.
Baccus died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Decatur.
Born March 10, 1939, in Great Band, Kan., to Willard and Ruth Cunningham Ooton, she was a homemaker. She married Bobby Gene Baccus Oct. 1, 1997, in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Geri.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Kim McCarter and husband, Mark, of California; sons, Kent Deckert and wife, Cari, of Missouri, Kendall Deckert of Texas, Trevor Baccus of Saginaw and Tyler Baccus of Decatur; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Bill Ooton of Florida.
Pallbearers were Kendall Deckert, Kent Deckert, Tyler Baccus, Landon McCarter, Matt McCarter and Mark McCarter.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bailey, Craig
1967-2008

Published Sunday, August 24, 2008
Memorial service for Craig Bailey, 40, of Boyd was Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Kevin Alexander officiating.
Bailey died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, in Wise County. Born Nov. 19, 1967, in Arlington to Timothy C. and Marion Sue (Williams) Bailey, he was a truck driver for J&B Transport. He enjoyed old cars, motorcycles, playing guitars, drawing and fishing. He is survived by his fiancee, Linda Mayhue of Boyd; daughter, Amber Marie Harner of Rockdale; son, Earl Wayne Bailey of Boyd; his father of Boyd; his mother, Sue Stath of Clayton, Okla.; sisters, Patricia Bailey of Longview and Teresa Bailey of White Settlement; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bailey, Sandra Lee
1942-2008

Graveside service for Sandra Lee Bailey, 66, of Paradise will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Cottondale Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Howe officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd.
Bailey died Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Justin.
Born Jan. 29, 1942, in Gary, Ind., to Paul and Naomi (Harris) White, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dianna Taylor.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Bailey of Paradise; sons, Richard Jr. and wife, Dana, of Paradise, Dennis and wife, Carole, of Saginaw, Dewey and wife, Angela, of Fort Worth and Chris of Bedford; brothers, Paul White of Valpriso, Ind., Fred White of Indiana and Steve White of Indiana; sister, Renelle Densley of West Richland, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, April 20, 2008

Baker, Paul E.
1920-2008

Published Sunday, July 13, 2008
Funeral for Paul E. Baker, 88, was July 10 at Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan, Okla., with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Chris Brown of Full Life Fellowship of Decatur officiated.
Baker died Tuesday, July 8, 2008.Born Jan. 3, 1920, in Crescent, Okla., he was a plumbing contractor and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church and Full Life Fellowship.He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertie Baker, in 2001.He is survived by his children, Henry and Doris Baker of Waurika, Okla., Linda and Chris Brown of Decatur and Donna and Don McMahon of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.Pallbearers were Dustin Paramore, Steve Paramore, Shawn Flatford, Mike Good, Larry Good and Terry Brown.

Baker, Taylor-Rae Lenette
2004-2008
Graveside service for Taylor-Rae Lenette Baker, 3, of Fort Worth was Feb. 22 at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Taylor-Rae died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.
She was born Oct. 11, 2004, in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her father, J.T. Baker, of Fort Worth; mother, Jaclyn Pennington, and husband, Rickey, of Decatur; sisters, Triniti Baker of Fort Worth and Scarlet Pennington of Decatur; grandparents, James and Charlene Baker of Fort Worth, Tim and Diana Clarke of Watauga and Mark and Kim Holloway of Mesquite; great-grandparents, Lois Heller of Goldfield, Iowa, Harry and Betty Parkhill of Haltom City, Lenette Sadler of Dallas and Thomas Holloway of Dallas; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, February 24, 2008

Banks, Gladys Luellia
1909-2008

Published Sunday, May 11, 2008
Graveside service for Gladys Luellia Banks, 98, formerly of Decatur, will be Monday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Cottondale Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Banks died Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Bridgeport. She was born Oct. 11, 1909, in Wise County to Franklin and Mertyce Reed Martin.She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alvin Banks; son, Eugene Banks, and daughter, Luellia Banks Brewer. She is survived by daughters, Joyce Slate of Decatur, Nona Rick of Coegr D' Alene, Idaho; sons, Benny Banks of Reno, Nev., Ray Banks of Springtown, Dean Banks of Yuba City, Calif., Jerry Banks of Sparks, Nev.; a sister, Juanita Dowdy of Fort Worth; and 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Barber, Tillman W. "Slick"
1961-2008
Published Sunday, June 1, 2008
Memorial service for Tillman W. Slick Barber, 46, of Newark was to be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Flatwood Baptist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Doug Ackley was to officiate.
Born Nov. 28, 1961, in Temple to William Claude and Mary Barber, he enjoyed fishing, football, dogs, cats and his family.He was preceded in death by his brother, Kendall Lee Barber.He is survived by his wife, Gail; children, Kenneth Wayne and Dawn Marie Barber of Newark; grandson, Zack Drape of Newark; his mother; sisters, Claudette Hawkins and Karen Brune of Bowie; and grandmother, Eula Carpenter of Pinebluff, N.C.

Barnett, Bessie Amy Middlebrooks
1915-2008
Published Sunday, September 21, 2008
Funeral for Bessie Amy Middlebrooks Barnett, 93, of Bowie was Thursday, Sept. 18, at First Freewill Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Cox and Billy Waller officiating. Interment was at Vashti Cemetery.
Barnett died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008.Born April 13, 1915, in Post Oak to Atticus and Nettie Middlebrooks, she sewed at Marlin Manufacturing for 25 years. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church for 54 years. She was a gardener and grew roses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy S. Barnett; sisters, Ida Reaves, Hazel Enlow, Lora Frie and Ivy Stark; and brothers, Floyd, Robert and Oliver Middlebrooks.She is survived by her sister, Ila Page of Wichita Falls; daughter, Anita Walsh and husband, Charles, of Bowie; grandson, Chris Walsh and wife, Kelli, of Decatur; granddaughter, Stacy Lewis and husband, John, of Justin; and two great-granddaughters, Averi Walsh and Sammi Grace Lewis.Memorials may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church, 505 Strong St., Bowie, TX 76230.

Barnett, Elaine Lois
1927-2008
Published Sunday, October 12, 2008
Funeral for Elaine Lois Barnett, 80, of Saginaw was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Danny Howe officiating. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Barnett died Oct. 8, 2008, in Lewisville. Born Nov. 2, 1927, in Chico to Carl and Bessie (Flowers) Lowrey, she was a retired bookkeeper at Montgomery Wards and a member of the Eastern Star of Chico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Barnett, and her brother, Gordon Lowrey. She is survived by her son, Greg Barnett and wife, Debbie, of Plano; four grandchildren, Daniel Barnett, Greg Barnett Jr., Angela Barnett and Melain Wielken and husband, Les, of Irving; three great-grandchildren, Madeline Barnett, Parker Wielkens and Presley Wielkens; two nieces and a nephew.Pallbearers were to be Greg Barnett Jr., Daniel Barnett, Joel Lowrey and Jim Austin.

Barnett, Joseph
1991-2008

Funeral for Joseph John Barnett, 16, of Springtown was March 20 at White’s Azle Chapel. Burial was in Jaybird Cemetery.
Barnett died Feb. 25, 2008.
Born Dec. 12, 1991, in Winchester, Mass., to Jimmy and Kristina Barnett, he spent time with his family and played basketball.
He is survived by his mother and father; brothers, Anthony and Robert Rizzari; sisters, Allison and Samantha Barnett; and nieces, Katelynn Rodriguez and Caylee Hough.
Published Sunday, March 23, 2008

Barrett, Harold Ray
1926-2008

Published Sunday, July 20, 2008
Funeral for Harold Ray Barrett, 81, of Richmond, Calif., and formerly of Chico, was May 3 at Hilltop Community Church in Richmond. Barrett died April 26, 2008.
Born Sept. 24, 1926, in Chico to Tom and Nell Barrett, he graduated from Chico High School in 1944. He worked for Consolidated Aircraft Corp. before joining the Navy and serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He worked for Chevron for 36 years and retired in 1982. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce, and brothers, Weldon Barrett and T.C. Barrett.He is survived by his second wife, Norma; sons, Raymond and Thomas Barrett; stepson, Gregory Kirk; stepdaughter, Calina Anderton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Barrett, Martin Douglas
1923-2008

Published Sunday, December 7, 2008
Funeral for Martin Douglas Barrett, 85, of Decatur was Dec. 4 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Glenn Waldon and F.C. Lasater officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Barrett died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in Decatur.Born July 9, 1923, in Decatur to Clyde Vernon and Isabelle Cook Barrett, he married Doris Laverne Chandler Jan. 6, 1945, in Decatur. He served in the Army during World War II, he was a mason for more than 50 years and a member of the Oak Grove Methodist Church since 1937. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Barbara Ann Stewart and husband, James H., of Plano, Wanda Lasater and husband, Frank C., of Longmont, Colo., Chanda Smith and husband, Mark J., of Plano; grandchildren, Gwendolyn Dawn Byerly and husband, Matt, of Johnstown, Colo., Martin Barrett Lasater of Rapid City, S.D., Scott Raymond Lasater of Denver; great-grandchildren, Derek T. Bratetic, Katlin G. Byerly, Kaley-Ann C. Byerly, Ava E. Lasater and Genevieve L. Lasater.Memorials may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1259 Greenwood Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Beck, Paul Martin
1946-2008

Published Thursday, July 17, 2008
Memorial service for Paul Martin Beck, 62, of Bridgeport was Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Ruby Isler officiating.
Beck died Saturday, July 12, 2008, in Decatur. Born June 24, 1946, in Denton to Samuel Jesse and Annie Bell Beck, he married Barbara Keen July 18, 1967, in Diamond Hill. He was a truck driver for Lattimore Materials. He is survived by his wife of Bridgeport; daughter, Sandra Hill of Bridgeport; son, Wayne Beck of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Robert, Hannah and Catilyn; his mother of Samson Park; sister, Virginia Smith and husband, Max, of Blue Mound; and mother-in-law, Hanna Loper.

Beeson, John Loring
1927-2008
Published Sunday, November 16, 2008
A private family service will be held for John Loring Beeson, 81, of Azle.
Beeson died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, in Decatur.Born May 2, 1927, in Washington, D.C., to John and Henrietta (Clay) Beeson, he was a retired cartographer for National Geographic. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer (Danne) Harris and husband, Harry, of Azle and Patti West and husband, Chuck, of West Virginia; sons, Randy Beeson and wife, Tricia, of Modesto, Calif., and Brian Beeson of Vancover, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Begley, Bobi Jackson
1973-2008

Funeral for Bobina Renee Jackson Begley, 34, of Sunset will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Park Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Crafton Cemetery. Mark Autry will officiate. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Begley died Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 29, 1973, in Arlington to Malcolm and Nancy (Sutherlin) Jackson, she was a licensed vocational nurse.
She is survived by a daughter, Desarae Nicole Begley of Park Springs; two sons, William Jake and Devin Riley Begley, both of Park Springs; her mother, Nancy Kay Sutherlin Jackson of Park Springs; her father, Malcolm Jackson and wife, Daisy Mae, of Fort Worth; a sister, Tammy Hite and husband, John, of Park Springs; two step-brothers, A.W. Neathery and James Neathery, both of Alvarado; two step-sisters, Julee Pinneda and Bonnie Cox, both of Fort Worth; grandmother, Marjorie Jackson of Park Springs; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Josh Hite, James Clay, Rocky Weddel, Gary Bell, Jimmy Clay, Herman Smith, Barry Hinkle and David Jansky.
Published Thursday, April 17, 2008

Belew, Hunter Christian
2008
Graveside service for Hunter Christian Belew, a newborn, will be Friday, March 28 at the Chico Cemetery.
Belew died Thursday, March 20, 2008, in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his parents, David and Teresa Johnson Belew of Chico; brother, Larry Neal Cogdill II of Chikasha, Okla; sisters, Cierra Rene, Cheyenne Leigh Webster and Tristin S.L.M. Belew, all of Chico; grandmother, Betty F. Johnson of Chico; grandmother, Diana Mai Erwin of Corpus Christi; and grandfather, Billy Belew of California.
Published Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bell, Dorothy
1926-2008

Published Sunday, May 4, 2008
Funeral for Dorothy Bell, 81, of Hereford, formerly of Decatur, was Friday, May 2, at the Fellowship of Believers Church in Hereford with the Rev. Kevin Hull officiating. Burial was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.
Bell died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Hereford Regional Medical Center.Born Nov. 22, 1926, in Comanche to John and Ethel Auvenshine, she graduated from Stephenville High School and lived in Decatur, Colorado City and San Angelo. She married Cecil Bell Dec. 24, 1967, in San Angelo and they moved to Hereford in 1971. She was the assistant office manager for Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative, Inc. for more than 25 years and retired in 1996. She was a charter member of the Fellowship of Believers Church in Hereford.She was preceded in death by a brother.She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sharon Hutton and husband, Darrell, of Amarillo; and two granddaughters, Ashley and Dakota Hutton of Amarillo.

Bell, John Willie, Jr.
1931-2008

Funeral for John Willie Bell Jr., 76, of Fort Worth will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery and the Rev. C.D. Lockhart officiating.
Bell died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Born March 25, 1931, in Decatur to John Willie Bell and Lalla Mae Folfier, he married Dorothy Nell Brooks April 19, 1950, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Bell.
He is survived by two sons, John M. Bell and Tommy L. Bell, both of Decatur; four daughters, Joyce A. Bell, Phylis Russell and husband, Ray, Linda Bell, all of Decatur and Vanessa Bell of Denton and Patricia A. Domon and husband, Gene, of Groesbeck; a brother, Robert J. Bell of Fort Worth; sisters, Maude A. Buckley of Fort Worth, and Eva Davis of Mineral Wells and Patricia A. Domon and husband, Gene, of Groesbeck; eight grandchildren, Cedric Evans, LaToya Russell, Ray L. Russell Jr., Darryl Russell, RaShad Willis, Destinye Willis, Constance Bell and Chelsey Bell; nine great-grandchildren, Cedric Evans II, Christian Wiliiamson, Courtney Russell, Kevin Sim, Keaira Russell, Ezekiel Russell, Jasmine Russell, Hannah Russell and Tyce Willis; and a niece, Gail McKenzie and husband, Thomas, of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers will be Cedric Evans, Rashad Willis, Darryl Russell, Ray Russell Jr., Reggie Johnson and Carlton, Wesson.
Published Sunday, January 6, 2008

Bell, Shawnee and Cheyenne
1997-2007 and 1998-2007

Funeral for Shawnee Lynn Bell, 10, and Cheyenne Nicole Bell, 9, both of Decatur, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
Shawnee died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2007, in Decatur.
Cheyenne died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, in Fort Worth.
Shawnee was born Aug. 20, 1997, and Cheyenne was born July 29, 1998, both in Decatur to William David and Tammy Bell. The sisters were students at Carson Elementary.
They are survived by their mother; a brother, Cale Bell of Decatur; a step-brother, Christopher McCrory of Decatur; grandmother, Elizabeth Ballard of Haltom City; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to the benefit fund for the Bell family at any Wells Fargo bank location.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Bell, William David
1971-2007

Funeral for William David Bell, 36, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
Bell died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 7, 1971, to Cale William and Frances Ann Bell in Fort Worth, he was a welder. He married Tammy Bell Nov. 23, 1996, in Newark.
He is survived by his wife; son, Cale Bell; a sister, Patty Campbell; and stepson, Christopher McCrory, all of Decatur.
The family requests memorials be made to the benefit fund for the Bell family at any Wells Fargo bank location.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Benberg, Herbert, IV
1985-2008
Published Sunday, May 25, 2008
Funeral for Herbert Benberg IV, 22, of Boyd was May 21, at White's Springtown Chapel with burial May 23, in Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Benberg died Friday, May 16, 2008, in Boyd.Born Aug. 20, 1985, to Herb Benberg III and Julee Benberg-Miller, he worked for Apex Geo Science.He is survived by his parents and a loving family.

Bender, Oleta
1911-2008

Published Thursday, October 9, 2008
Graveside service for Oleta Bender, 96, of Wise County, was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Crafton Cemetery in Crafton with Kenneth Wood officiating.
Bender died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, in Wise County. Born Oct. 22, 1911, to Charlie and Gertie Griffis, she was a retired cashier. She traveled and danced.She was preceded in death by two husbands, Dr. Benjamin Zeldin and Jim Bender; two brothers; and two sister.She is survived by her sisters, Lela Duck, Genell Hopkins and Nelba Ruth Culverhouse; her daughter, Basha Blades; stepson Jim Bender; grandchildren, Diana Richey and Benjamin Richey and wife Ashley; a great-grandchild, Rylie Oleta Richey; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bennett, Jewel Wayne
1922-2008

Published Thursday, July 3, 2008
Funeral for Jewel Wayne Bennett, 85, of Boyd was Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial in Boyd Cemetery.
Bennett died Saturday, June 28, 2008, in Azle.Born Sept. 24, 1922, in Texas to Jewel and Amy (Jowel) Bennett, he was a retired Bell Helicopter inspector. He married Freda Wilson in Weatherford.He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Brand.He is survived by his wife; son, Johnnie Wayne Bennett of Whitney; daughter, Mary Lou of Whitney; stepson, Tony Harrison and wife, Marvene, of Springtown; three grandchildren, Kelli Clark, Denise Branson and John Bennett; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Assiter of Granbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Benson, Oleta Fay
1922-2008
Published Thursday, June 19, 2008
Service for Oleta Fay Benson, 86, formerly of Alvord, was Tuesday at Alvord Cemetery.
Benson died Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Midwest City, Okla.She was born May 13, 1922, in Alvord to George and Essie (Smith) Praytor.She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Cleo Anderson and husband, Windell, of Fort Worth; daughters, D'Alan Ann Bates and husband, John, of Euless and Carol Fay Bates and husband, Roger, of Midwest City; a stepson, Robert Alan Benson and wife, Judi, of Felton, Del.; grandchildren, Megan and Daniel Bates of Euless and Cassie, Stephanie and Allison Bates of Midwest City; and nieces and extended family.

Berg, Alfred Leon
1923-2008

Published Sunday, December 28, 2008
Funeral for Alfred Leon Berg, 85, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Tullos officiating.
Berg died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, in Fort Worth. Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Sunset to Alfred W. and Lou Emma (Taylor) Berg, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Yvonne Haynes in January of 1942 in Oklahoma. He was retired from A&P Food Store as a store manager and was a member of the Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth.He was preceded in death by his wife; and a daughter, Donna Harbour. He is survived by his son, Wendell Berg of Decatur; grandsons, Joseph Atkins of Fort Worth and Marc Young of Florida; granddaughter, Yvette Johnston and husband, Ricky, of Fort Worth; numerous great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, TX 76234 or call (800) 227-2345.

Bible, Charles Augusta, Sr.
1921-2008

Funeral for Charles Augusta Bible Sr., 86, of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Revs. C. D. Lockhart, Perry Rice Jr., Kerry Evans and Alfred Igehart will officiate.
Bible died Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 24, 1921, in Sour Lake to Charles Preston and Juno Augusta Bible, he married Esther Oliver on Oct. 30, 1937, in Meridian. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in July 1946. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, treasurer of the Brazos River Presbyterian Church, an elder of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Clifton and an honorary member of the St. John Baptist Church in Decatur. He worked as a truck driver.
Bible was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Augusta Bible Jr., and Johnathan Bible Sr.; brothers James Haywood and Edward Haywood; and a sister, Martha Bible.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Wilmer McWilliams and husband, Alfred, of Marietta, Ga., Bonnie Bible of Arlington, Martha Bible of Decatur and Anna Juno Bible of Houston; son, Johnathan S. Bible and wife, Betty, of Mexia; 38 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren; and 38 great-great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, March 23, 2008

Blagg, Glenda
1934-2008

Published Thursday, July 10, 2008
Funeral for Glenda Blagg, 73, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Blagg died Sunday, July 6, 2008.Born July 14, 1934, in Decatur to John T. and Ina Mae (Bell) Dunn, she was a first grade teacher at Decatur Elementary for 19 years and was a past Decatur School Board member. Upon retirement from the Decatur ISD, she worked with her husband, Gene, at the family-owned Dunn's True Value Hardware store located on the Decatur Square until the business sold in 1991. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority at North Texas and was a member of the Wise County Old Settler's Reunion Committee.She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gene Blagg of Decatur and daughter, Beverly Blagg Gill and husband, Robert, of Grapevine.Memorials may be made to the Oaklawn Cemetery Association or Wise Area Relief Mission (W.A.R.M.), both of Decatur.

Blair, Dylan Joseph
2005-2008

Funeral for Dylan Joseph Blair, 3, of Corinth was Feb. 15 at Boyd Church of Christ with Eddie Montgomery officiating. Burial was in Boyd Cemetery.
Dylan died Feb. 11, 2008, at Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
He was born Jan. 14, 2005, in Denton to William Joseph “Bill” and Tara Ann (Sanderson) Blair.
He is survived by his parents; a brother, David Blair; grandparents, Clinton and Mollie Sanderson of Boyd and David and Carole Blair of Gainesville, Fla.; great-grandmother, Irene Sanderson of Newark; aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Joel Davis, Edward Stover, Daniel Cox and James Engelbrecht.
Published Sunday, February 17, 2008

Blaylock, Dana Sue
1949-2008
Published Thursday, September 25, 2008
Funeral for Dana Sue Blaylock, 59, of Denton was Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Ivey Chapel For All Faiths at the Denton State School in Denton with the Rev. Marisa McNeil officiating. Interment was in the Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur.
She died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, in Denton.She was born March 1, 1949, in Bell County to William Thompson and Marjorie Dale Maeyers Blaylock.She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Ann Puckett of Rhome; a niece, nephew, uncle and several cousins and friends.

Blaylock, Stephen B.
1975-2008

Published Thursday, December 18, 2008
Funeral for Stephen B. Blaylock, 33, of Decatur will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints with Bishop Joey Harrison officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery following the service. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Blaylock died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in Decatur. Born May 1, 1975, in Bowie to Elsie Travis and Brenda Jean (Bradford) Blaylock, he married Laura Lee Bigley April 23, 1994, in White Settlement. He was a registered respiratory therapist for Wise Regional Health System for eight years and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Decatur.He is survived by his wife; sons, Brevon, Christian, Lane and Cason Blaylock; daughter, Miranda Lee Blaylock; his father of Justin; his mother, Brenda Garvin of Alvord; brothers, Chad and Brad Blaylock of Justin; grandmother, Betty Bradford of Decatur; great-grandmother, Arlie Weadur; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are T.M. Bigley, Babe Bigley, Gary Bigley, Cecil Bentley, Tim Warren and Billy Garvin.

Bost, Judy
1948-2008
Published Sunday, August 10, 2008
Funeral for Judy Bost, 59, of Blue Mound was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home with Dr. David Burrows officiating.
Bost died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, in Blue Mound. Born on Oct. 12, 1948, in Wichita Falls to Charles Emmett and Ola Tinney (Chilton) Bost, she was a registered nurse for Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Charles Emmett Bost, Jr. She is survived by her mother of Bridgeport; her brother, Jim Bost and wife, Cheryl; nieces, Melanie Bost, all of Bridgeport and Patricia Gorman of Gainesville, Ga.; and nephews, Bryan Bost of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Kevin Bost of Hull, Ga.

Bourland, James 'Dale'
1942-2008

Published Sunday, September 21, 2008
Funeral for James "Dale" Bourland, 66, of Sunset, was Monday, Sept. 15., at 2 p.m. at the Hawkins Funeral Home of Bridgeport.
Bourland died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at his home in Sunset. Born March 15, 1942, in Wichita Falls to James J. and Flossie (Helms) Bourland, he was an auto parts sales manager. He married Judy (Bell) Bourland April 1, 1981.He is survived by his wife, Judy Bourland of Sunset; sons, Brantley Bourland and wife, Gena, of Lewisville, Craig Bourland and wife, Cheryl, of Lewisville; stepson, Sammie Kessner of Las Vegas, Nev., grandchildren, Keoni, Haley, Shelby and Brooke; sister, Sandra Woodling and husband, Tom, of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Bowyer, Eugene William
1931-2008

Published Sunday, August 3, 2008
Funeral for Eugene William Bowyer, 77, of Chico was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Morris Memorial Methodist Church. The Rev. Elaine Bussey was to officiate. Burial was to follow at Chico cemetery.
Bowyer died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Chico.Born Feb. 7, 1931, to William Thomas and Helen Louise (Schroeder) Bowyer in Pawnee Rock, Kan., he was a member of the Morris Memorial Methodist Church. He was an oilfield pumper for R.H. Siegfried and moved to Chico in 1964. He a past member of the Chico ISD School Board, a past member of the Chico Volunteer Fire Department and he was confirmed in the Peace Lutheran Church.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Jones; and infant twin sons, Ronald and Donald Bowyer. He is survived by his wife, June Bowyer; sons, Bill Bowyer and wife, Laina, of Decatur, Doug Bowyer and wife, Bunny, of Chico, and Steve Bowyer of Houston; 17 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; and son-in-law, Norman Jones of Weatherford.Pallbearers were to be Scott Bowyer, Josh Bowyer, Aaron Jones, Deroy Bennett, Victor Monjaraz and Justin Engleman.

Bradley, Bonie David 'Junior', Jr.
1933-2008

Published Thursday, July 31, 2008
Funeral for Bonie David "Junior" Bradley Jr., 75, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Troy Bradley officiating. Burial was to be at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Bradley died Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Bridgeport. Born June 5, 1933, to Bonie and Minta Haney Bradley in Lewisville, he married Janice Carolyn Love May 6, 1955, in Bridgeport. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired plant operator for BP Oil and a member of the Assembly of God church. He was preceded in death by his wife; three brothers, Lowell Lynn, Henry and Floyd Bradley.He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Elaine Arwood and husband, Timothy, of Denton; grandchildren, Jacqueline Elaine France, Christina Dawn France and Christopher R. France; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Bradley of Bridgeport and Doyle Bradley of Denton; a sister, Audene Wilson of Blue Mound; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.Pallbearers were to be Jim Love, Eddie Starnes, Bobby Starnes, Billy Ince, Jack Brown and Darwin Trahern.

Branch, Flora Catherine
1912-2008

Memorial service for Flora Catherine Branch, 95, of Decatur will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Sycamore Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Gray officiating. Burial will be at Sycamore Cemetery.
Branch died Thursday, March 20, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 26, 1912, in Bowie to William and Matilda Weinman, she married J.R. Branch June 22, 1933, in Marietta, Okla. She was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Albert Hachtel, Marvin Hachtel and Melvin Hachtel; and granddaughter, Teresa Branch.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Branch and wife, Susan, of Decatur; daughters, Laune Pitts and husband, Charles, of Decatur and Judy Branch of Burlington, Vt.; grandchildren, Berdessa Saunders, LaVon Hayes, Claudioi Branch, John Branch and Chad Boyd; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian Montgomery of Decatur and Clara Doyle of Slidell.
Memorials may be made to the Sycamore Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.
Published Thursday, March 27, 2008

Brandt, Sylvia
1940-2008

Funeral for Sylvia Brandt, 67, of Boyd was Feb. 26 at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery.
Brandt died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 23, 1940, in Fort Worth to Floyd and Naomi (Cagle) Johnson, she married W.H. “Hugo” Brandt May 7, 1956, in Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Johnson.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Phillip Brandt and wife, Darlene, of Boyd; grandsons, Jason and wife, Kelly, of Boyd and Patrick Brandt of Boyd; great-granddaughter, Lauren Brandt; her mother; and a sister, Sharon Rowbottom and husband, Michael, of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were Dwain Byers, Wes Spry, Milton Johnson, Howard Doughty, Dale Wrinkle and Ben Walling.
The family requests memorials be made to the New Hope Baptist Church building fund.
Published Thursday, February 28, 2008

Brannon, Juanita
1912-2008

Funeral for Juanita Brannon, 96, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Church of Christ in Walters, Okla. Paul "Mac" Deaver of Sherman Drive Church of Christ in Denton was to officiate. Don Crow of the Church of Christ in Walters was to assist. Burial was to follow at Temple Cemetery in Temple, Okla.
Brannon died Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Bridgeport.
Born March 3, 1912, to Aubrey and Carrie (Bundy) Fortenberry in Wise County, she was a member of the Sherman Drive Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by four husbands, Kirby E. Black, Howard Pearson, Artis Tarkington and Raymond Brannon; three sisters, Monnie Dell Pannell, Bain Fortenberry and Ruth Bently; two brothers, Sloan Fortenberry and Ross Fortenberry; and a grandson, Kent Kinder.
She is survived by a daughter, Martha Knox and husband, Joe, of Decatur; a son, Jack Black and wife, Ramona, of Denton; five grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; as well as other family members.
The family requests memorials be made to any children's home.
Published Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bridges, Vickie Annette
1963-2008

Published Thursday, July 17, 2008
Vickie Bridges, 44, a homemaker, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, in Alvord.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.She was born on Dec. 23, 1963, in Hereford, to Robert Ray and Christene (Lovell) Ponder. She was a homemaker and a member of the Living Word Assembly of God church.She was preceded in death by her father.Survivors are her mother, Christene Lovell Ponder of Alvord; sons, Steven Ray Ponder of Germany, Bryan Bridges of Decatur and Tommy Bridges of Denton; a daughter, Jessica Bridges of White Settlement; brothers, Robert Neal Ponder and Jayson D. Ponder of Alvord; five grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, as well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Briscoe, J.W. 'Red'
1916-2008

Published Sunday, September 7, 2008
Funeral for J.W. "Red" Briscoe, 92, of Bridgeport will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Elaine Bussey officiating. Burial will be at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Briscoe died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in Bridgeport. Born June 26, 1916, in Graham to Thomas and Effie (Cannon) Briscoe, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He married Luella Neufeld Jan. 28, 1943, in Carlsbad, N.M. He was a retired gas meter tester for Warren Petroleum and a member of the Bridgeport Country Club. He was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Buss Briscoe; and two sisters, Alfa Bass and Opal Perdue. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Briscoe of Fort Worth; sister, Irene Johnson of Perryton; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Craig Woodard, Orrie Harris, Jimmy Bergeman, Jerry Sawatsky, Orlan Frantz and Lonnie Benham.

Brooks, Annie Lee
1910-2008

Published Thursday, May 22, 2008
Funeral for Annie Lee Brooks, 97 of Chico was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at First Baptist Church in Chico. The Rev. Larry Potts was to officiate, to be assisted by Melvin Castelberry. Burial was to follow in Chico Cemetery.
Brooks died Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Chico.Born Sept. 10, 1910, in Hopkins County, to George and Annie (McLaughlin) Davidson, she was a homemaker. She married Homer Brooks on July 25, 1929, in Sulphur Springs.She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Methel Price; three grandchildren, Melody, Jennie and David; six brothers; and three sisters.She is survived by two daughters, Lavenia Berryman of Chico and Patty Campbell and husband, Duane, of Fritch; three sons, David Brooks and wife, Carolyn, of Bridgeport, Everett Brooks and wife, Revena, of Chico and Darwin Brooks and wife, Betty, of Lake Worth; 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were to be David Brooks, Danny Price, George Price, J.D. Berryman, Billy Brooks and Ethan Jones.

Brooks, James L.
1930-2008

Graveside service for James L. Brooks, 77, of Bridgeport, was March 6 at Sunset Cemetery.
Brooks died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, in Bridgeport.
He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Newcastle to Andrew Jackson and Johnnie Lee (Yarbrough) Brooks.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Earnest Brooks; and a sister, Ophelia Jefferson Kessler.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Verna Pearl Brooks, of Sunset; a son Lon Brooks and wife, Donna, of Shreveport; two daughters, Gloretta Evans of Belen, N.M., and Michelle Ankerson and husband, Mike, of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brothers Guy Hayes Brooks of Sunset and Horace Greeley Williams of Newcastle; two sisters, Francis Marie Donahue of Breckenridge and Billie Jean Jackobson of Eden; numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, March 9, 2008

Brown, Foy
1913-2008

Published Thursday, October 16, 2008
Funeral for Foy Brown, 95, of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with Sam Starr and Jimmy Williams officiating. Burial was to follow at Paradise Cemetery.
Brown died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Paradise.Born Feb. 26, 1913, to Joe and Frances (Matzinger) Brown in Paradise, he was the retired owner of Brown Barber Shop in Bridgeport. He married Shirley Burdick Jan. 5, 1973, in Paradise. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Paradise.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fay Brown in 1964; stepdaughter, Teddy Joyce Harris; granddaughter, Niki Faye Edwards; and brothers, Alf, Albert, Tince and Paul. He is survived by his wife; sons, Alfred Brown of Paradise, Bobby Heard and wife, Rosanna, of Boyd and Johnny Heard and wife, Charlene, of Paradise; daughters, Carolyn England of Plano and Rhonda Edwards of Paradise; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Robert Crawford, Thomas Fitzgerald, Jack Richardson, Dean Meadows, Harold Read and Randal Morehead. Honorary pallbearer was to be Virgil Oates.

Brown, Frances L.
1930-2008
Funeral for Frances L. Brown, 77, of Newark was Friday, Feb. 22 at the First Baptist Church of Newark. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Brown died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.
Born Nov. 30, 1930, in Fairview to William and Docia Jackson, she graduated from Rhome High School.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; children, Bill Brown and wife, Pam, of Newark and Debbie Deavenport and husband, John, of The Woodlands; granddaughter, Jackie Deavenport; sister, Florence Webb of Amarillo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the building fund for the First Baptist Church of Newark.
Published Sunday, February 24, 2008

Brown, Geraldine
1918-2008
Published Thursday, August 21, 2008
Graveside service for Geraldine Brown, 89, of Decatur was Monday, Aug. 18, at Rosemound Cemetery in Waco.
Brown died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Decatur.She was born Dec. 25, 1918, in Billington to Jerald Gray Davis and Essie Leola Scott Davis.She is survived by her son, Terry Johnson and wife, Linda; daughters, Jane Beasley and husband, John, and Robyn Johnson; sisters, Corrine Bennett and Mary Ann Hill; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Brown, Jimmy Dwaine 'Long Beard'
1948-2008

Published Sunday, December 7, 2008
Graveside service for Jimmy Dwaine "Long Beard" Brown, 59, of Bridgeport was Dec. 5 at Jim Ned Cemetery with the Rev. Randy James officiating.
Brown died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, in Decatur. Born Dec. 26, 1948, in Bridgeport to Tomboy and Marie Brown, he married Sherry Moody in Decatur. He served in the U.S. Army and was a loader operator at Hanson Aggregates for 33 years.He was preceded in death by his brother, Mike Brown. He is survived by his wife; mother; children, Jeromy Dwaine Brown and wife, Sherri, and Cindy LeeAnn Romines and husband, Paul; sisters and brothers, Rayanne Gentry, Barbara McDaniel, Carolyn Akins, Cherry Sue Stegall, Tommy Brown, Gary Brown and Rusty Brown; and grandchildren, Jake Romines, Tyler Romines, Justin Romines, J.D. Brown, Dakota Brown, Shonda Ezzell and Aimie Ezzell.Pallbearers were Eric Brown, Billy Keith McDaniel, Billy Wayne McCasland, Brandon Hood, Jake Moody, Randy Vincent, Rusty Vincent, Rocky Vincent, Josh Gentry, Larry Moody, Jerry Hood and Chris Romines.

Brown, Mitzi Rhea
1947-2008

Published Thursday, July 31, 2008
Funeral for Mitzi Rhea Brown, 60, of Bridgeport will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Cates Street Church of Christ. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
Brown died Monday, July 28, 2008, in Bridgeport. Born Sept. 11, 1947, in Decatur to John F. and Martha Loreta Moody, she was a hairdresser for many years. She served on the planning and zoning commission and most recently had been a member of the East Bridgeport Cemetery Board. She was a foster parent to many children for five years. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Laura Paige Brown. She is survived by her husband, Beaumont Brown; mother; sister, Johnelle Reed and husband, Bill; brother, Lee Alan Moody and wife, Suzann; brother-in-law, Dwyatt Brown and wife, Joan; and sister-in-law, Pernie Moser.

Brumett, T.W. 'Bill'
1925-2008

Funeral for T.W. "Bill" Brumett, 82, of Chico will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with the Revs. David Shawver and Johnny Irish officiating. Burial will be at the Chico Cemetery.
Brumett died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at his home.
Born July 19, 1925, in San Antonio to Tom and Vadah (Brown) Brumett, he married Edna Newman Dec. 1, 1951, in Port Arthur.
He retired from General Motors and was a member of the United Auto Workers. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife; son, Thomas O. "Tommy" Brumett and wife, Eve, of Decatur; daughter, Judy Newman and husband, John, of Mesquite; grandchildren, Caitlin Brumett, Josh Brumett, Heather Hopper and John-Thomas Newman.
Pallbearers will be Joe Campbell, John Jensen, Josh Brumett, Curtis Stevens, Lloyd Newman and John Newman.
Published Sunday, April 20, 2008

Brummell, Rowena
1919-2008

Funeral for Rowena Brummell, 89, of Decatur, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Revs. Johnny Irish and Roy Spore officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Brummell died Monday, March 3, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 8, 1919, in Decatur to Norbett Apt and Mary Cates Moore, she married Gene Brummell March 16, 1940, in Decatur. She graduated from Decatur High School and Decatur Baptist College as valedictorian.
She worked as a secretary at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur for 22 years. She was one of the first Girl Scout Leaders of Decatur, as well as a past president of the Decatur Woman’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband in March of 2007.
She is survived by her son, James M. Brummell of Spring; daughters, Nancy Boyd and Jan Brummell, both of Decatur; grandchildren, Derrick Boyd, Crystal Boyd Klose, Nancy Dillard and Caley Satterfield; six great-grandchildren, Emily and Ainsley Boyd, Kyndal and Trey Klose and Brandon and Melany Dillard.
Pallbearers will be Will Klose, Derrick Boyd, Ronny Gettys, Gary Prescott, Denny Aldridge and Loyd Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Wiley, J.E. Carson, Sam Renshaw, Roy Eaton, Bobby Wilson, Billy Satterfield and Sgt. Brian Dillard.
Published Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bryan, Robert Warren
1931-2008
Published Thursday, August 28, 2008
Funeral for Robert Wayne (Bob) Bryan, 76, of Decatur was Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Central Fellowship Church, with burial at Bethel Cemetery.
Bryan died Aug. 22, 2008, at his home. He was one of the founders of the Wise County Sheriff's Posse. Born Nov. 10, 1931, in Happy to Charles and Dorothy Bryan, he was a transportation agent. He married Pollyanna Beaird Aug. 15, 1970, and was a member of Family Church in Channelview.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Bryan.He is survived by his wife; daughter, Martha Elaine Toomer and husband, Bubba, of Alvarado; sons, Robert Franklin Bryan and wife, Melissa, of Houston, Keith Dwayne Bryan and wife, Cortnie, of Decatur and Danny Paul Bryan and wife, Dana, of Crosby; sisters, Sue Fennel of Decatur and Faye Shelley of Bonham; brothers, Bud Bryan of Burleson and Webb Bryan, Doug Bryan and Kenny Bryan all of Decatur; grandchildren, Brandee Toomer, Bubba Bryan, Brittnee Toomer, Kelsea Pipkin, Jacob Bryan, Justin Bryan, Brealee Toomer, Keilie Bryan, Wyatt Bryan, Colby Bryan and Kaleb Bryan; great-grandson, Seth Bryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bryant, Kelly Renee
1978-2008

Published Thursday, November 20, 2008
Graveside service for Kelly Renee Bryant, 29, of Bridgeport was Nov. 18 at Eastside Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating.
Bryant died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, in Tyler. She was born Nov. 24, 1978, in Bridgeport to Jerry Lynn and Jeanie Lynn Bryant.She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Melvin Ludy Bryant.She is survived by her father; mother, Jeanie Lynn Miller and husband, Tom; sister, Mandy Joy Bryant; brother, Jerry Lynn Bryant Jr.; grandparents, Lawana Faye Bryant, Evelyn Stack and Bob and Joyce Stacks; numerous aunts and uncles.

Buck, Willie Mae
1917-2008
Graveside service for Willie Mae Buck, 90, formerly of Decatur, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.
Buck died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Born Dec. 18, 1917, in Boyd to John Dee and Bell (Hodge) Pitts, she married Johnnie W. Buck Nov. 23, 1946, in Decatur. He had been a member of the Lost Battalion who spent almost five years as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II.
She lived most of her life in Decatur before moving to Walla Walla in October 2007. She was a beautician in Decatur and at one time owned a hobby shop with her husband on the north side of the courthouse square.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, a founding member of the Decatur Quilting Club, a member of the Lost Battalion Association, a Wise Regional Hospital auxiliary volunteer and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She quilted, did crossword puzzles, played checkers and attended garage sales. She was a breast cancer survivor.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999 and her son, Johnnie W. Buck Jr. in 1998.
She is survived by a daughter, Paula Buck Nichols and husband, Skip, of Walla Walla; granddaughters, Paula Michelle Carpenter and Jennifer Baker Nichols of Walla Walla; grandsons, Tyson Buck of Paradise and Trey Buck of Dallas; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob Thomas Carpenter and Nicholas Reese Carpenter of Walla Walla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lost Battalion Room at the Wise County Heritage Museum.
Published Thursday, February 28, 2008

Buckingham, Jodi Sue
1966-2008

Published Thursday, November 27, 2008
Funeral for Jodi Sue Buckingham, 42, of Dallas, formerly of Chico, was Nov. 24 at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with the Rev. Elaine Bussey officiating. Burial was at Chico Cemetery.
Buckingham died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, in Fort Worth.Born April 2, 1966, in Decatur to Jerry and Beth Buckingham, she was a 1984 graduate of Chico High School. She was employed at Hines Nut Company for 17 years. She was a member of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church.She was preceded in death by her mother July 29, 2005. She is survived by her father; sisters, Jana Duke and husband, Charles, of Fort Worth and Jeri Ann Roberts and husband, Eddie, of Keller; and nephews, nieces and cousins.Pallbearers were Charles Duke, Jared Hilgendorf, Marty Hilgendorf, Eddie Roberts, Ryan Roberts, Chris Barnes and Bob Gnagy.

Bump, Catsy
1915-2008
Published Sunday, May 18, 2008
Service for Catsy Bump, 93, of Halifax, Vt., will be held in Brattleboro, Vt.
Bump died May 14, 2008, in Brattleboro.Born Jan. 2, 1915, in Brookline, Mass., she was a member of the Wise County Antique Auto Club and a fixture at the Decatur Swap Meet for many years. She is survived by her four children, Lucile Bump, William Bump, Fredrick Bump, all of Vermont, and Kitsy Athey of Boyd and three grandchildren, Caroline Bump, Kimberly Bump and Daniel Athey.

Bunata, Myrna Arlene
1916-2007

Memorial service for Myrna Arlene Bunata, 91, of Decatur will be held at a later date in Waco.
Bunata died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 6, 1916, in Topeka, Kan., to Walter Alvah Foster and Rosemary Ann Blaha, she was a retired physical education teacher in the Fort Worth school system. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1942 and trained with the prestigious Dancing Masters of America in New York. She married Victor Bunata July 21, 1950, in Denton.
She was preceded in death by her husband and sisters, Barbara Fischer and Dorothy Cogdell.
She is survived by a sister, Laveta Harris of Boerne; brother-in-law, Fred Fischer of LaMarque; nieces, Charlotte Irwin of Livingston, Renata Dempsey of Decatur, Susan McWilliams of Austin, Ellyn Bunata of Mineral Point, Wis., and Dr. Louise Heenan of Austin; nephews, Rick Fischer of Boerne and Ernest Bunata of Longview; 16 great nieces and nephews; and 23 great-great nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Burcham, J.A. 'Shorty'
1918-2008
Published Sunday, December 7, 2008
Funeral for J.A. "Shorty" Burcham, 90, of Olney was Dec. 2 at Lunn Funeral Home in Olney with Dr. Van Gardner with Grace Baptist Church in Decatur and the Rev. Andy Graham with Southside Baptist Church officiating. Burial was at Restland Cemetery.
Burcham died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, in Graham. Born Nov. 15, 1918, in Barber, Ark., to Jess L. and Rosalee (Guinn) Burcham, he married Louise Sanders Oct. 23, 1937, in Tahoka. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, serving active and reserve duty from 1944 to 1951. He moved to Olney from Abilene in 1955. He worked for Opex from 1963 to 1974, was a mechanic for Dayco Rubber and was a newspaper carrier for the Times Record News for six years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 790, A.F. and A.M. and the Immanuel Baptist Church in Olney.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Burcham; brothers, Lee, Virgil and Bill Burcham; and a sister, Daphyne Jordan.He is survived by his son, Randal Burcham and wife, Kim, of Megargel; daughters, Martha Colgan of Megargel, Patsy Bailey and husband, Tony, of Austin, Sue Herrera and husband, David, of Chico, Betty Serratt and husband, Dennis, of Fort Worth and Debbie Fulbright and husband, Ron, of Axtel; sister, Evelyn Weaver of Terra Bella, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.Memorials may be made to the Olney Cemetery Association, 908 W. Bloodworth, Olney, TX 76374.

Burns, Harold B.
1944-2008

Published Thursday, September 25, 2008
Funeral for Harold B. Burns, 64, of Alvord was Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Louis Horton and Rowland Hodge officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Burns died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Decatur.Born May 11, 1944, in Henrietta to Homer Britton and Zettie Zeola Lunday Burns, he made his career in law enforcement. He lived in Wise County for more than 51 years and was a member of the Bell Baptist Church.He is survived by his son, Britt Burns and wife, Stacie, of Decatur; daughter, Celissa Watts and husband, Dale, of Decatur; brothers, Homer Britton Burns of Wimberly and Charles Burns of Decatur; sisters, Lynda York of Keller and Dian Carter of Alvord; grandchildren, Brittany Crenshaw, Dustin Burns, Connor and Natalie Watts of Decatur; and a great-grandchild, Jamie Jean Crenshaw of Decatur.Pallbearers were Randy York, Dustin Burns, Bobby Burns, Tom Jones, Terry Boyd, Bubba Hudson and Bubba Burns.

Burns, Sandra Elaine
1962-2008

Memorial service for Sandra Elaine Burns, 45, of Brisbane, Australia, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, with Matt Edwards and Ray Cook Jr. officiating.
Born Nov. 19, 1962, in Fort Worth to Lois Nevoit, she was a 1981 Springtown High School graduate. She previously worked at Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband, Matt Burns of Brisbane; a daughter, Allison Ott of Fort Worth; her mother of Boyd; a brother, Jimmy Wilson and wife, Nan, of Paradise; a sister, Cindy Dewberry and husband, David, of Burleson; as well as nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, February 17, 2008

Burris, Aleta Kathleen Barnard
1917-2008

Funeral for Aleta Kathleen Barnard Burris, 89, of Baytown will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Navarre Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Earthman’s Memory Garden Cemetery.
Burris died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in Baytown.
Born June 29, 1917, in Pampa to former Wise County residents Harry Barnard and Lillian Williams Barnard, she was a member of the Cedar Bayou Baptist Church for more than 60 years, was a Sunday school teacher and a participant in many church functions and activities. She enjoyed sewing and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Burris; a son, Don Burris; a daughter, Susan Kates; grandson, Nathan Burris; and great-granddaughter, Danielle Burris.
She is survived by her son, Kent Burris; daughter, Linda Wilkins, and husband, Jerry; grandchildren, Anita Bishop, Brent Burris, Delia and Mikel Honovich, Daniel Burris, Denise and Tom Myatt, Michael and Kate Wallace, Dr. Cindy Kates and Eric Hammond, Donna Burris, Don Burris and Christina Burris; great-grandchildren, Camie and Randy Ford, Heather Curry, Reggie Barth, Dixie Barth, Austin Barth, Robin Barth, Lauren Honovich, Reagan Wallace, Savannah Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Cassidy Wallace, Nickolas Burris and Miranda Burris; great-great-grandchildren, Jacelyn Ford, Reese Ford and Alexander Ford.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bayou Baptist Church Building Fund, 3116 N. Alexander Drive, Baytown, TX 77521.
Published Thursday, February 6, 2008

Burroughs, Linda Kaye
1946-2008
Published Sunday, August 3, 2008
Memorial service for Linda Kaye Burroughs, 61, of Decatur was to be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Lifeway Baptist Church in Decatur.
Burroughs died Wednesday, July 30, 2008.Born Dec. 9, 1946, in Dallas to William Jack and Melba Joy (McGrew) Sanderfer, she married Billy Burroughs Aug. 2, 1976, in Dallas.She was preceded in death by her husband.She is survived by a daughter, Renee Defee of Grand Prairie; a son, John T. Deefee of Irving; grandchildren, Scott Defee and Ashleigh Defee of Hurst; mother, Melba Joy Sanderfer of Decatur; sisters, Sandra Erwin of Lewisville, Carol A. Sullen and husband, Dennis, of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Butler, Charles 'Chuck' Patrick
1925-2008

Published Sunday, May 18, 2008
Memorial service for Charles "Chuck" Patrick Butler, 82, of Decatur is at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at The Father's House in Decatur.
Butler died May 15, 2008.Born July 20, 1925, in Virginia, he was an engineer and worked at Parker Hannafin in California before he retired. He then moved to Decatur and worked in the Wal-Mart Garden Center. He was married to Lucy Decesare for 58 years. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor for six months after the initial attack.He was preceded in death by three sisters and his wife.He is survived by a son, Charles Jr. and wife, Myrtis; three step-granchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Butler, Shirley
1936-2008
Published Sunday, October 5, 2008
Funeral for Shirley Butler, 72, of Springtown was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hilltop Family Church in Springtown. Burial was to be in Springtown Cemetery.
Butler died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, in Fort Worth. Born Feb. 26, 1936, in Roscoe to John Henry and Estell Richard Hudgins, she was a 55-year resident of Springtown. She was a member of Hilltop Family Church for eight years and she enjoyed cooking and shopping. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Butler; infant son, James Henry Butler; and a sister, Martha Davis. She is survived by her daughters, Jackie Clifton and husband, Joel, of The Woodlands and Brenda Daily of Southlake; sons, Rip Butler and wife, Sonja, of Rhome and Ty Butler and wife, Ruby, of Springtown; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her mother of Fort Worth; brothers, Billy John Hudgins and wife, Sue, of Burleson and Gene Hudgins and wife, Shirley, of Abilene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Byers, Boyce Rae
1927-2008
Published Sunday, December 14, 2008
Funeral for Boyce Rae Byers, 81, of Euless, was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the First United Methodist Church of Euless. Burial was to be at Calloway Cemetery in Euless.
Byers died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in Euless.Born Nov. 12, 1927, to Joe Cook and Beatrice Bohn, she was involved in various community projects and organizations and received a Lifetime Community Volunteer Award in 2005. She was a Sunday school teacher and served on the church board. She was also a member of the Historical Preservation board and was named Volunteer of the Year by the American Red Cross.She was preceded in death by her brother, J.W. Cook.She is survived by her husband, Billy L. Byers of Euless; sons, David and wife, Shirley, of Decatur, Randy and wife, Terry, of Euless, Bill and wife, Faye, of Mililani, Hawaii; sister, Betty Mosley of Jefferson; grandchildren, Greg, David, Brett, Tricia, Brandon, Shawn, Krista, Ruth, Rebecca, Sam, Cara and Jordan; and 11 great-grandchildren.Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Euless.

Byrd, Hazel Lanell
1921-2008
Published Thursday, June 12, 2008
Graveside service for Hazel Lanell Byrd, 86, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Byrd died Monday, June 9, 2008, in Decatur.Born Aug. 2, 1921, in Smyrna to John and Dell Grimes, she was a longtime resident of Bridgeport.She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Byrd; a son, Charles Byrd; and a daughter, Jeannine Robbins.She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Lynda Byrd; son-in-law, Clifton Robbins; grandchildren, Alan Byrd and wife, Kristi, Mike Byrd and wife, Helen, Lori Coyne and husband, Michael, Kent Robbins and wife, Susan, Lisa Mewbourn and husband, Rick, and Mark Robbins and wife, Nancye; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Caldwell, Mary Beth Gibson
1961-2008

Funeral for Mary Beth Gibson Caldwell, 46, of Rhome was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Arlington Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Caldwell died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.
Born April 30, 1961, in Fort Worth to Rose Mary and Alvin Cecil Gibson, she was an assistant manager at Boyd IGA.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Edgar Gibson.
She is survived by her husband, Warren Caldwell; son, Daniel Caldwell; mother, Rose Gibson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Canales, Joe Lieja, III
1951-2008

Memorial service for Joe Lieja Canales III, 56, of Alvord, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Shepherd's House in Chico, with the Rev. Kern Choate officiating. Visitation was to be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.
Canales died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in Decatur.
Born July 20, 1951, in Detroit, Mich., to Joe Lieja Canales Jr. and Delores Lieja, he was a medical health tech at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Susanna.
He is survived by his wife, Kayla Canales of Alvord; his mother of Fort Worth; his children, Joe Canales IV and wife, Hope, of Fort Worth, Flugencio Canales of Boyd and Dahlia "Petia" Canales of Fort Worth; sisters, Elizabeth, Maria, Patsy, Monica, Norma and Yolanda; brothers, Roy, Fernandeo and Chama; grandchildren, Joe Canales V, Mario Canales, Victoria Canales, Teresa Martinez, Flugencio Canales Jr., Alyssa Canales, Shay Dahlia Canales and Randy Scheidegger Jr.
Published Sunday, January 20, 2008

Canova, Clara Belle Brown
1922-2008

Published Sunday, November 16, 2008
Funeral for Clara Belle Brown Canova, 86, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Johnny Irish, Diane Oswald and the Rev. Dana Coker officiating. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Canova died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, in Bridgeport.Born Feb. 6, 1922, in Paradise to Hubert Earl and Minnie Helen (Nall) Brown, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport and was a retired nutritional supervisor for Bridgeport Hospital.She was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo Canova; son, Duane Canova; great-grandson, Nate; five brothers; and three sisters.She is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Walker and husband, Monte, of Wichita Falls and Brenda Kennedy and husband, Gaylord, of Bridgeport; sons, Eugene Canova and wife, Janet, of Bridgeport and Kenneth Canova of Dallas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, LaVivian Meyers of Fort Worth, Naida Robinson of Decatur, Dean Whatley of Boyd and Jean Holt of Fort Worth; brother, James Brown of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport or the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.

Caraway, Laura Helen Stevens
1909-2008

Graveside service for Laura Helen Stevens Caraway, 98, of Longview was Jan. 26 at the Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County.
Caraway died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Longview.
Born Feb. 11, 1909, in Altus, Okla., to Eddie Lee and Rhoda Jane (Womack) Stevens, she was an ordained minister with the Assembly of God church for almost 60 years. She served as an evangelist and interim minister for several churches. She also served as a missionary to Haiti. She was a self-taught artist and was commissioned to paint the Jordan River baptistry mural in the sanctuary of the First Assembly of God Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by a husband, R.F. Caraway; two sons, A.E. “Gene” Caraway and Robert Don Caraway; and a granddaughter, Bobbie Jeanne Dallas.
She is survived by three daughters, Helen Dallas of Weatherford, Loretta Ann Caraway of Longview and Paula Jane Rinehart and husband, L.E., of Gilmer; 17 grandchildren, including Donna Jane Tackle and husband, Clinton, of Paradise; 29 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Fred Bell, Kevin Bell, Kynn Morgan, L.E. Rinehart, Joel Rinehart, Robert Caraway and David Caraway.
Published Sunday, February 3, 2008

Carlisle, Anna Loy
1920-2008
Published Sunday, August 10, 2008
Funeral for Anna Loy Carlisle, 87, of Bowie was Wednesday at Carter Lake Road Church of Christ in Bowie with David Hall and Lloyd Morris officiating. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Carlisle died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, in BowieBorn Aug. 22, 1920, in Prospect to Franklin Thomas and Edna Pearl (Hilburn) Wade, she married Wilber Carlisle Jan. 20, 1936, in Buffalo Springs. She enjoyed quilting, needlework, fishing and spending time in her flower and vegetable gardens. She was a member of the Carter Lake Road Church of Christ.She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Ruby Brand and Pearl Brooks.She is survived by three sons, Bobby Harold Carlisle and wife, Jo, and Jerry Lynn Carlisle and wife, Jeanie, all of Bowie and Carroll Lee Carlisle and wife, Ruth Ann, of Springtown; a daughter, Evelyn Joyce Smith and husband, Tommy, of Euless; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lloyd Wade and wife, Clyrene, of Bowie and Don Wade of Bentonville, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.Memorials may be made to Carter Lake Road Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1742, Bowie, TX 76230.

Carlton, Maurice Eugene
1928-2008

Published Thursday, December 11, 2008
Funeral for Maurice Eugene Carlton, 80, of Carrollton, formerly of Bridgeport, will be at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with Brad McKenzie officiating. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Carlton died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Carrollton. Born Feb. 11, 1928, in Breckenridge to Fred and Alma Carlton, he was a retired church administrator and member of the First United Methodist Church in Carrollton. He was a Methodist lay speaker and member of the Masonic Lodge.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Hines Carlton.He is survived by his wife, Noma Carlton; a daughter, Cindy Etier and husband, George; a son, Dr. David Carlton and wife, Karen; three grandchildren, Kyle, Emily and Elizabeth; and a great-grandaughter, Anna Claire.

Carole, Kathleen
1943-2007

A private service for Kathleen Carole, 64, of Paradise will be held at a later date.
Carole died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Paradise.
Born Sept. 11, 1943, in Bartlesville, Okla., to Ollan Allan and Pearl Williams Gulley, she was a retired Brownsville ISD high school art teacher. She was a member of MENSA and PETA.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Warren and husband, Brad, of Paradise; a son, William Donald “Bill” Lenschow of Paradise; granddaughter, Allyson Felps; and brother, Phillip Gulley of Benecia, Calif.
Memorials may be made to SPCA or PETA.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Carpenter, Wanna Faye
1926-2008

Published Thursday, June 19, 2008
Funeral for Wanna Faye Carpenter, 82, of Sunset was to be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Victory Baptist Church in Sunset with the Revs. Mark Autry and Willie Jo Haak officiating. Burial was to follow at New Harp Cemetery in Park Springs.
Carpenter died Saturday, June 14, 2008.Born Feb. 12, 1926, in Greenwood to Austin Zach and Ruby (Yar) Buchard, she was a longtime Tupperware representative. She married Edmond W. Carpenter Oct. 13, 1942, in Decatur. They spent most of their life operating a grade A dairy and dedicated their lives to ministering and pastoring small churches. They founded Victory Baptist Church in Decatur.She was preceded in death by her husband; a baby sister; two children; one grandson and two great-granchildren.She is survived by her sons, Wayne Carpenter and wife, Georgia, of Alvord and Gary Carpenter and wife, Ruth, of Park Springs; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were to be Steve Hunt, Steve Cleveland, Willie Lovejoy, David Riddles, Nelson Swaim and Paul Arrington. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of Victory Baptist Church and her grandsons.

Carr, Ynes Wilborn
1921-2008

Graveside service for Ynes Wilborn Carr, 86, of Decatur was Friday, Jan. 11 at Mount Olivet Cemetery with the Rev. Ken May officiating.
Carr died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.
Born June 26, 1921, in Hattiesburg, Miss., she was a secretary for the Wise County judge for many years before her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, the Decatur Quilt Club and the Decatur Garden Club.
She is survived by her husband, J.H. Carr; sons, William and Paul Wilborn; daughters, Janis Mason and Joan Smith; sisters, Laura Phillips and Lindy Daily; grandchildren, Cathy Whitehead, Colleen Stricklin, Carolyn Wilborn, David Wilborn, John Curtis, Timothy Lane Curtis, Timothy Layne Curtis, Jerry Curtis, Tina Anderson, Jamie Shockley, Jennifer Wilborn and Thomas Wilborn; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Carrico, Kammie Jo Gatlin
1968-2008

Funeral for Kammie Jo Gatlin Carico, 39, of Slidell was Feb. 26 at Slidell First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Cates officiating.
Carico died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in Sanger.
Born Dec. 28, 1968, in Chickasha, Okla., to James and Lois Stidham Gatlin, she married Terry Carico Aug. 24, 1990, in Slidell. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and had taught at several schools.
She is survived by her husband; parents of Slidell; daughters, Gayl Gatlin of Slidell and Jennifer Shumate and husband, Josh, of Sanger; three granddaughters, Brooke and Emily Rudder and Eden Shumate, all of Sanger; one brother, James L. Gatlin and wife, Tonya, of Greenwood; grandmother, Mable Stidham; numerous aunts, uncles and nieces.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Gatlin, Brett Stidham, Josh Shumate, Joel Carico and Dudley Carico.
Published Thursday, February 28, 2008

Caruthers, Naomi
1933-2008

Funeral for Naomi Caruthers, 74, of Paradise will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Paradise.
Caruthers died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Paradise.
Born March 15, 1933 in Paradise to Joe and Anna Atkins Potts, she was a communications manager for Bell Helicopter. She married Lellan Caruthers Nov. 18, 1959, in Paradise.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by a son, Stan Caruthers and wife, Shelly; grandchildren, Mandy Missildine and husband, Dowell; Kelly Harris and husband, Josh; Ashley and Alison Caruthers; great-grandchildren, Colton and Clayton Missildine and Kelsey Harris; two brothers, Bobby and Billy Potts.
Published Sunday, January 27, 2008

Case, James 'J.I.' Ira
1930-2008

Published Sunday, May 25, 2008
Funeral for James "J.I. "Ira Case, 77, is at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church of Sunset with burial in Sunset Cemetery.
Case died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in Decatur.Born Oct. 12, 1930, in Kamay to James Ivan and Vera Lorene (Chase) Case, he worked with J.I. Case Backhoe Service and ranched on his Turkey Creek Ranch in Sunset. He was a retired pipeline superintendent for Wichita Construction Company. He also worked for Bill Briscoe Trucking in Wichita Falls and was a truck pusher for J.B. Barber Trucking, which brought him to Bowie in 1964. He enjoyed fellowship with his friends at the Sunset Gas & Grill and the Hot Skillet.He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Price Case; brothers, Truman Case, Troy Lee Case and Carl Joe Case.He is survived by his children, James Case Jr. of Houston, Troy Case and wife, Kim, of Bowie and Angela Tallon of Sunset; grandchildren, Ginger Kacal and husband, Clint, Trenton Case, Brittany Case, Cassidi Case, Ashli Fussell, Kevin Sparks, Kanda Sparks, Jaycee Fussell, Justin Heap and Hunter Tallon; brothers and sisters, Joyce and Richard Twohatchet, Mearle and Gail Case of Kamay, Clifford and Lola Case of Holliday, Calvin and Mary Jo Case of Graham, Winnie McBride of Whitney, Billy and Pat Case of Wichita Falls, Sandra Quisenberry of Duncan, Okla., Evelyn and Tommy Pruett of Wichita Falls, Tresa and Tom Jenkins of Shawnee, Okla., Bobby and Sharon Case of Odessa and Katherine and Jim Pitzer of Weatherford, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers are Joe Armstrong, Tod DeArman, Dale Wade, Terry Cannedy, Jim Makings and Jim Boyd.

Cayce, Randall
1962-2008

Published Sunday, June 8, 2008
Funeral for Randall Cayce, 66, of Decatur was to be Saturday, June 7, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 and the Rev. A.D. Kyle officiating.
Cayce died Thursday, June 5, 2008, in Decatur.Born April 4, 1942, in Decatur to Claude Loyle and Mildred (Bingham) Cayce, he was a retired truck driver.Pallbearers were to be J.D. Coffman, Craig Hale, Corky Roberts, Rodney Lisby, Mike Coulter, Harvey Weatherly, Wayne Long and Freddy Barry. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jim Sharp, Jake Hooker, Jeff Croy, Anthony Wilson and Rick Trice.He is survived by his son, Rodney Cayce and wife, Pam, of Chico; his daughter, Brandi Cayce of Pampa; grandchildren, Pate Cayce and wife, Jade, of Bedford and Rebecca Cayce of Chico; the mother of his children, Jane Cayce of Chico; and numerous cousins.

Chambers, John
1929-2008

Graveside service for John Chambers, 78, of Decatur was Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. Don Spain officiating.
Chambers died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in Decatur.
Born March 13, 1929, in El Paso to George William and Mattie Chambers, he married JoAnne Louise Crumm May 31, 1989, in Eureka, Ark. He was a longtime member of the Wise County Antique Auto Club and was a mechanic.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Randy Chambers and wife, Kim, of Decatur; stepsons, Michael Coleman and John W. Coleman Jr.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Gene King, Dan Rhine, Wayne East, Danny Craven, Ricky Gomez and Jimmy Ford, all members of the Wise County Antique Auto Club.
Published Sunday, February 17, 2008

Chastain, Shirley Ann
1938-2008

Published Thursday, October 16, 2008
Memorial service for Shirley Ann Chastain, 70, of Calera, Okla., and formerly of Chico, was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Durant, Okla., with Anthony Williams officiating.
Chastain died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Durant.Born Sept. 1, 1938, in Colbert, Okla., to Willie and Winnie Malone, she was a longtime resident of Chico. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Marion Cordell Chastain; her brother, Billy Malone; her sister, Marylee Stanglin.She is survived by her son, Ricky Chastain and wife, Sue, of Twentynine Palms, Calif.; daughters, Donna Boehme and husband, Robert, of Calera, Debbie Grove of Calera and Tammy Bull of Alvord; sister, Linda Owens of Colorado; grandchildren, Douglas Chastain, Richard Chastain, Philip Boehme, Misty Gartman, Justin Bull and Haileigh Bull; and three great-grandchildren.

Christianson, Yvette Mary
1916-2008
A memorial service for Yvette Mary Christianson, 91, of Decatur will be held at a later date in Bella Vista, Ark. Visitation was to be from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
Christianson died Feb. 18, 2008, in Decatur.
She was born Nov. 30, 1916, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Frederick and Eleanor Bishop.
She is survived by her daughters, Jan Doyle of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Lori Griffith of Grapevine; sons, R. Craig Christianson and wife, Mary Ann, of Delano, Minn., and Kim Christianson of Chatsworth, Calif.; sister, June Qualy of Zumbrota, Minn.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, February 21, 2008

Church, Geneva Ruth Martin
1933-2008

Published Sunday, September 7, 2008
Funeral for Geneva Ruth Martin Church, 75, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
Church died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in Fort Worth. Born March 7, 1933, in Bridgeport to Virgil and Pearl Martin, she was a cook and homemaker. She read her Bible, listened to music, played cards, put together puzzles and spent time with family and friends. She watched Christian Television Networks. She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Don Church.She is survived by her sons, Don Church Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Grand Prairie, Bruce Church of Fort Worth and Mike Church and wife, Tammy, of Aledo; daughters, Sharon Duncan and husband, David, of Runaway Bay and Lisa Dunaway and husband, Robert, of Keller; brothers, R.V. and Billy Jack Martin; sisters, Marie Cobb, Bobbie Read, Shirley McNeil and Reba McKeever; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.Pallbearers will be Davy Duncan, Donnie Church, B.W. Church, Cody Church, Canton Church and Matthew Dunaway. Honorary pallbearer will be Kyle Church.

Clark, John 'J.C.' Carter, Jr.
1919-2008

Funeral for John "J.C." Carter Clark Jr., 88, of Boyd, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at White's Azle Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Azleland Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Clark died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 29, 1919, in Rosston, Ark., to John and Jewell Clark, he was a decorated veteran of World War II.
Clark went to school in Arkansas until the sixth grade, when he was put to work in the cotton fields to help his dad. At 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he trained in Tempe, Ariz. In 1942, he attempted to join the Army but was told that he didn't weigh enough to join. So he went to the store and bought bananas and ate enough to pass the weigh-in.
After training in Texas, he was stationed in Fort Dix, N.J., and deployed to Europe. He landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day. After fighting his way through to Metz, France, he was wounded and received a Bronze Arrowhead and a Purple Heart. He was hospitalized for 15 months in California.
He returned to his parent's home in Texarkana, and met his wife, Betty L. Thomas in January 1945. They were married in May of 1946.
Clark went to work for RRAD in 1946 and retired after 27 years. He then moved to North Central Texas where he lived until his death.
He was a former Scout Master of Troop 23.
He was preceded in death by siblings, R.L. Clark, Murrah Clark, and Jewell V. Reed; and a son, Jerry Clark.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Frank Clark and wife, Sharlotte, of Cottondale, and James G. Clark of Texarkana; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Clark of Texarkana, Ark.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Cherry; a sister-in-law, Sue Morrison of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, January 17, 2008

Clement, John Francis ‘Frank’
1947-2008

Funeral for John Francis “Frank” Clement, 61, of Paradise, was Tuesday in Bridgeport.
Clement died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at his home in Paradise.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1947, in Sault St. Marie, Mich., to Leonard and Margaret Woodgate Clement.
Clement was a U.S. Army veteran. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. He worked as a civil superintendent for the H.B. Zachary Construction Company. He spent his spare time fishing, “grillin” and “chillin.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Clement.
He is survived by Mary Clement, his wife of 25 years; a son, John Clement; three daughters, Jessica Clement and fiancé, Michael Elsik, of Paradise, Toni Duba and husband, Darrin, of Nebraska and Becky Shaffer and husband, Jamey, of Nebraska; five grandchildren, Dylan, Brynnan, Drew, Garrett and Madison Grace; three brothers, Paul Clement and wife, Patty, Tom Clement and Jerry Clement and wife, Linda, of Minnesota; sister Mary Ann Newcomb and husband, Andy, of Michigan; brother-in-law Jon Barger and wife, Julie, of Nebraska; sister-in-law Anna Gentry and husband, Glenn, of Paradise; and a niece, nephew and numerous family members.
Published Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clifton, Gordon
1947-2008
Graveside service for Gordon Clifton, 60, of Dallas was Feb. 6 at Cottondale Cemetery. Jim Clark officiated.
Clifton died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, in Dallas.
Born Aug. 6, 1947, in Dallas to Ashley and Fraces (Bridges) Clifton, he was a graduate of U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and a computer technician. He served his country in the Navy.
He is survived by his father; two sisters, Adrienne Faulhaber and husband, Dewey, of New Hampshire and Charlotte Chunn and husband, John C., of Hondo; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cobb, Louella Maureen
1919-2008

Graveside service for Louella Maureen Cobb, 88, of Decatur was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton. The Rev. Ken Cates will officiate.
Cobb died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in Decatur.
She was born March 5, 1919, to Garland Leroy and Buena Vista Davis in Sunset.
She was preceded in death by her sister.
She is survived by her daughter, Shari Brooks and husband, Kelly, of Paradise; son, Danny Cobb and wife, Sharon, of Decatur; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, January 10, 2008

Coe, Hazel
1916-2008

Published Sunday, July 27, 2008
Funeral for Hazel Coe, 92, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church with burial in Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Worley officiating.
Coe died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in Kerrville.Born May 20, 1916, in Athens, La., to John A. and Iva (Myers) Brown, she was a homemaker. She married Floyd Ray Coe April 17, 1935, in Petrolia. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Kenneth D. Coe. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Boyd and husband, Larry, of Junction; grandchildren, Richard Sheller Jr. and wife, Tracie, of Petal, Miss., and Stephen Sheller and wife, Maria, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Stephen Jr., Lauren, Madeline, Richard III, Olivia and Rusty.Pallbearers will be Bob Suson, Bruce Brown, Kenneth Ray Gregg, Coy Cleveland, Phillip Coe and Richard Sheller Jr.

Cole, Katlyn LaShae
2008
Published Thursday, May 22, 2008
A private service will be held for Katlyn LaShae Cole, the newborn daughter of Johnny and Alinda Cole of Boyd.
Cole died Friday, May 16, 2008, in Decatur.She is survived by her parents; brother, Nathan; grandparents, Darla and Rick Strickland of Bridgeport, Johnny Cole of Springtown and Danny Cooper of Boyd; great-grandparents, Doris Watson of Bridgeport and Willie Hatley and Vessie Adams, both of Boyd.

Collins, Bradford
1940-2008
Funeral for Bradford Collins, 67, of Decatur will be Monday, April 14, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with Mark Davie officiating. Visitation is from from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Collins died Thursday, April 10, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Born June 25, 1940, in Leake County, Miss., to Lois and Mary Louise Collins, he was a carpenter. He married Wanda Taylor Oct. 11, 1972, in Waxahachie and they were married for 35 years until her death in December 2007.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Collins.
He is survived by daughters, Debbie Swalah and husband, Bill, of Burleson, Alta Moreland and husband, Lonnie, of Nacadoches, Kathy Diffie and husband, Ricky, of Azle and Connie Smith and husband, Gary, of Newark; two sons, Raymond Collins and wife, Fran, of Decatur and Mike Davis and wife, Penny, of Joshua; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Hilda Alderman and husband, Everett, of Carthage, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, April 13, 2008

Collins, Lou 'Mema'
1934-2008

Published Thursday, June 5, 2008
Funeral for Lou "Mema" Collins, 74, of Decatur was Tuesday in Decatur with the Rev. David Isbell officiating.
Collins died Saturday, May 31, 2008, in Decatur.Born March 13, 1934, in Decatur to Curtis Onan and Vena Empra Brown Shaw Sr., she was a supervisor for GTE until her retirement. She was a charter member of Eagle Drive Baptist Church. She married John Henry Collins April 28, 1956, in Wichita Falls.She was preceded in death by eight brothers and one sister.She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Gloria Bryan and husband, Kenny, of Decatur; sisters, Dortha Anderson of Decatur and Frankie Limburg of Waco; grandson, Butch Bryan of Terral, Okla.; granddaughter, Cyndy Bryan Morton and husband, Eric, of Decatur; great-granddaughter, Maci Morton; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Monte Shaw, Tony Shaw, Jeff Shaw, Ronnie Shaw, Rusty Shaw, Scooter Shaw, James Stutt, Curtis Anderson, Sam Anderson, Layne Russell, Bill Adams, Dr. Kelley Tibbels, Marvin Darter and Dr. Jeff Alling.

Conner, Mavis
1934-2008
Published Sunday, November 2, 2008
Funeral for Mavis Conner, 74, of Springtown was Thursday, Oct. 30, at White's Funeral Home in Springtown. Burial followed at Annis Chapel Cemetery.
Conner died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, in Springtown.Born July 4, 1934, in Lela to Bryant and Ruby Johnston, she was a retired hair dresser. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeeRoy Conner, and brother, C.T. Johnston.She is survived by her son, Neal Conner and wife, Rita, of Fort Worth; daughter, Glenda Fagg and husband, Thom, of Springtown; grandchildren, Lacy Fagg, Angela Garza and Mitchell Walters; and sister, Mary Lynn Kimber.

Conrad, Shirley Edna
1920-2008
Memorial service for Shirley Edna Conrad, 87, of Sanger was March 24 at First Baptist Church in Slidell. The Rev. Bobby Cates officiated.
Conrad died Monday, March 17, 2008, in Sanger.
Born June 29, 1920, in Olean, N.Y., to Guy and Lillabell (Lockwood) Lyman she married Robert Ellis Conrad June 14, 1943.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Mitchell and husband, Cavin, of Slidell; two grandsons, Bridger and Brayden Peck; and two great-grandchildren, Treyce and Bralyn Peck.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cook, Ray ‘Big Ray’
1933-2008

Funeral for Ray “Big Ray” Cook, 74, of Paradise was March 31 at First Baptist Church of Paradise.
Cook died Saturday, March 29, 2008, in Paradise.
Born July 26, 1933, in Harlingen to Marvin and Urvel Cook, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a mason. He married Patti Palmer Dec. 24, 1954, in Dallas. He retired from the State Reserve Life Insurance Company and was owner of Cook Printing.
He was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Bobby “Big Bobby” Cook Sr.; and sister, Dorothy Wilson.
He is survived by his sons, Ray Cook Jr., and wife, Judy, of Paradise and Larry Cook and wife, Debbie, of Paradise; daughter, Melody Cheves and husband, Scott, of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Kristen and husband, Justin, Kameron, Billy, Monica, Trevor, Lauren and Kelsey; great-grandson, Hayden; brothers, Sam “Big Sam” Cook and wife, Linda, of Paradise, Bill “Mr. Bill” Cook and wife, Carolyn, of Cottondale; and two sisters, Lois Nedoit and Betty Bush, both of Keeter.
Published Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cooper, Ruth Marie
1925-2008
Published Thursday, July 31, 2008
Funeral for Ruth Cooper, 83, of Decatur was July 28 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery.
Cooper died Friday, July 25, 2008, in Decatur.Born Jan. 17, 1925, in Forestburg to Fred and Carrie Gentry Maples, she married A.B. Cooper on May 12, 1943; in Marietta, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1998.She is survived by two sons, Steve Cooper and wife, Christine, of Justin, Archie Cooper and wife, Althea, of Weatherford; two daughters, Judy Boner of Decatur, Janice Holbert and husband, Harley, of Chico; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nettie Mills of Brewster, Kan.

Cox, Betsy
1925-2008

Published Thursday, November 13, 2008
Funeral for Betsy Cox, 83, of Chico was Sunday, Nov. 9, at Hawkins Chapel with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial was at Chico Cemetery.
Cox died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at her home. Born Oct. 19, 1925, in Chico to John Q. Sr. and Katherine Lena (Belew) Cox, she was a retired bank teller for Continental Bank in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack B. and Bill P. Cox. She is survived by her brothers, John Q. Cox Jr. and wife, Donilla, of Chico and Jimmy B. Cox and wife, Gladys, of Chico and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Larry Cox, Jack B. Cox Jr., Mitch Terrell, Terry Cross, Travis Cox and Roger Beasley.

Cox, Everett
1932-2008

Published Thursday, July 17, 2008
Funeral for Everett Cox, 75, of Chico, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at First Baptist Church in Chico with Billy Joe Womack officiating. Burial will follow in Chico Cemetery. Family visitation was to be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Cox died Sunday, July 13, 2008, in Decatur. Born Aug. 28, 1932, in Chico, to Ernest Cleveland and Lennie Cox, he was a lifetime resident of Chico, a real estate broker and rancher and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by a sister, Pharine Walker. Survivors include his companion, Betty Tune of Chico; daughters, Julia Cox Wilson and husband, Kenneth, of Chico and Rebecca Cox of Lewisville; sons, Eddie Cox and wife, Carmen, of Chico, Ernie Cox and wife, Kristi, of Chico and John Cox and wife, Sandy, of Nashville, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren; sister, Betty Robinson of Chico and brother, Elmer Cox of Chico. Pallbearers are James Davilla, Raleigh Cox, Joseph South, Cody South, Brendan Cox, Will MacDonald, Wade MacDonald, Amon Cox, Ezra Cox, Avery Cox and Beck Cox. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Grooms and Larry Gardner.

Cox, Odessa
1923-2008

Published Thursday, May 8, 2008
Funeral for Odessa Cox, 84, of Alvord was Tuesday, May 6, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Revs. Percy Parrish and Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial was in Montague Cemetery.
Born Oct. 16, 1923, in Solona Community in Montague to Elijah Sherman and Anna Mae Cornelison, she married H.J. "Jack" Cox Oct. 31, 1939, in Waurika, Okla.She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Raymond Cox; granddaughter, Allison; great-grandson, Brogan; brothers, Upton, Leon, Cecil and Edward Cornelison; sisters, Reba Green, Mallie Gaskins and Evelyn Wadsworth.She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Bennett and Phyllis Parker and husband, James, of Alvord; son, Gary Cox and wife, Nancy, of Alvord; sisters, Jean Vanbebber and JoAnn Johnson of Bowie; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.Pallbearers were Deroy Bennett, Randy Hamilton, Kenny Batchelor, Robert Davila, Scotty Batchelor and Harley Davila.

Crittenden, Lori Crabtree
1969-2008

Published Sunday, August 24, 2008
Funeral for Lori Crabtree Crittenden, 38, of Richmond, Ky., was Aug. 9 at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond with the Rev. Owen Moody of the Richmond House of Prayer officiating. Burial was in Many, La.
Crittenden died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, in Richmond.Born Dec. 7, 1969, in Austell, Ga., to Carroll Jerome Crabtree and Linda Simmons Crabtree, she was a member of the Richmond House of Prayer and Victoria.She was preceded in death by her father.She is survived her sons, James Kade and Daymon Trent Crittenden of Alvord; daughter, Kresha Shay Crittenden Gifford; her mother, Linda Simmons Crabtree of Panama City, Fla.; sisters, Cindy Lusk of Richmond and Lisa Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; and a grandson, Seth Arnold Gifford of Alvord.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or W.A.R.M. in Henderson, Ky.

Cryer, Thomas Harold
1939-2008

Published Thursday, July 31, 2008
Funeral for Thomas Harold Cryer, 68, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Cryer died Friday, July 25, 2008 in Fort Worth.Born Dec. 18, 1939, in Ennis to Arie and Catherine Cryer, he was a heavy equipment operator for Precinct 4 in Wise County. He is survived by his wife, Helen Cryer; and three sons, Joel Cryer and wife, Alicia, of Amarillo, Robert DeShane of Saginaw and Keith DeShane of Ardmore, Okla.

Daniel, Roy E.
1922-2008
Memorial service for Roy E. "Buddy" Daniel, 85, of Grapevine will be held at a later date.
Daniel died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in San Leon.
Born July 9, 1922, in Grapevine to Jess and Llora Daniel, he married Mickie Crabb Feb. 23, 1943. He served in World War II with the Coast Guard. He was a carpenter and former owner of The White House Restaurant on Eight Avenue.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his brothers, J.B. and Grady Daniel; and a sister, Thelma Conine.
He is survived by his son, Roy Jr. of San Leon; granddaughter, Tammy; grandson, Roy III; brothers, Marshall of Brisbane, Australia, Jim of Kerrville and George of Baton Rouge, La.; sister, Berniece Bailey of Chico; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Davis, Alfred Lee 'A.L.'
1921-2008
Published Thursday, September 25, 2008
Funeral for Alfred Lee "A.L." Davis, 87, of Azle was Saturday, Sept. 20, at Briar Church of Christ in Azle with burial at Azleland Cemetery in Reno.
Davis died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008.Born Aug. 27, 1921, in the Smithfield community in Tarrant County to the late John Henry and Eunice Gillis Davis, he served in World War II and retired from the government. He was a farmer, rancher and dairyman and the former mayor of Briar. He was a member of Boyd Lodge No. 479 and Scottish Rite 32nd degree for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, and brothers, Troy, Allen, Howard and Lane. He is survived by his sons, Roger and wife, Sherry, and Donald and wife, Tammi; sister, Julia Cox; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Davis, David Lee
1940-2008

Funeral for David Lee Davis, 67, of Alvord will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Dan Sparkman, Dr. Darrell Horn and Dr. Jim Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Davis died Friday, March 7, 2008, in Alvord.
Born Nov. 4, 1940, in Decatur to Dewey Harrison and Ivy Lee Davis, he married Helen McDaniel April 9, 1960, in Decatur. He was a retired dairyman.
He is survived by his wife; son, Rickey Davis and wife, Toni, of Alvord; daughters, Rhonda Greer and husband, Quinn, and Dana Weaver, all of Alvord; brothers, Jerry Davis and Doug Davis of Alvord, Don Davis of Decatur and Max Davis of Haslet; sister, Carolyn Lumsden of Sulphur Springs; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Lumsden, David Watkins, Farron Davis, Brian Davis, Rodney Davis, Don McCarty, Will Turlington and Frank Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Richardson, Dennis Schroeder, Bob McGee and Mike Watts.
Published Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dawkins, M.D. ‘Dee’
1912-2008

A memorial service for M.D. “Dee” Dawkins, 95, of San Antonio will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Colonial Funeral Home in Universal City. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Dawkins died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in San Antonio.
Born Aug. 1, 1912, in Stillwell, Okla., he served in the U.S. Army before World War II and worked at North American Aviation, building P-51 aircraft during the war. He was a long-time resident of Bridgeport before moving to San Antonio and owned Dee’s Cafe in downtown Bridgeport. During the 1950s, he served as Bridgeport city secretary. He was executive vice-president and director of the First National Bank of Bridgeport, a deacon of the First Baptist Church where he served as treasurer, trustee, Sunday school director and a teacher. He was a member of the Madison Hill Baptist Church in San Antonio.
He was a member of the Lions Club, the chamber of commerce and other civic organizations, and was a 33rd Degree Mason and a member of the Moslah Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ozelle Dawkins.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Connie Dawkins of Helotes, and his grandchildren, Sherry Johnson, Cody Jamison and Jenna Jamison.
Published Sunday, January 27, 2008

Dawson, Willa Mae
1924-2008

Published Thursday, November 6, 2008
Funeral for Willa Mae Dawson, 84, of Decatur will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Johnny Irish and DeWayne Dawson officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Dawson died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in Decatur. Born Sept. 25, 1924, in Decatur to Frank and Lona Pearl Brock Ragland, she married J.C. Dawson Sept. 23, 1939. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996; sisters, Helen Rutherford and Harry Lea Walker; brother, Robert E. Hale; and son-in-law, Charles Kaker.She is survived by her daughter, Ann Kaker of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Steven "Frank" Kaker and wife, Susan, of Keller and Sharon Blake and husband, Dan, of Boerne; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kelcie Kaker and Jayci and Jared Blake; sister, Leona Tyler and husband, Lee Roy; brother, Fred Alan Hale of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be S. Frank Kaker, Brandon Kaker, Dan Blake, Kevin Hale, Dennis Harris and Cecil Dawson.

Day, Martha Marie Peel
1938-2008

Published Thursday, November 13, 2008
Funeral for Martha Marie Peel "Ree Ree" Day, 70, of Fort Worth was to be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Greenwood Chapel. Burial was to be at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Day died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.Born Aug. 23, 1938, in Boyd to Willard Lester and Sinna Marie Peel, she graduated from Boyd High School. She worked in the River Oaks area for numerous years as a hairdresser. She is survived by her son, Don H. Day Jr.; grandchildren, Jennifer Day, Christian Valle and Jessica Day; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Doug Peel, Mark Peel and Jim Peel; sister, Connie Reder; and several nieces and nephews.

Delatte, Pauline Mildred
1926-2008

Published Sunday, June 22, 2008
No service is scheduled for Pauline Mildred Delatte, 81, of Bridgeport.
Delatte died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Bridgeport.Born Oct. 18, 1926, in Alto to John and Pearlie Choate, she was a retired waitress.She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Delatte; a son, Alan Lambert; three brothers, Curtis, Bill and Frank Choate; and one sister, Juanita Lawrence.She is survived by a son, Lynn Gordon, and wife, Vicki, of Chico; a daughter, Gayle Gainer and husband, Mike, of Victoria; a sister, Jo Dove and husband, Bill; a brother, Gerald Choate and wife, Bitzy; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dennis, Joel Nathan 'Popo', Sr.
1940-2008
Published Sunday, July 6, 2008
Funeral for Joel Nathan "Popo" Dennis Sr., 68, of Cottondale was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial in Cottondale Cemetery. Charles Pugh and David Webb were to officiate.
Dennis died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in Fort Worth.Born June 22, 1940, in Wellington to Clarence A. and Flora Katherine (Cherry) Dennis, he was retired from Lockheed-Martin. He married Benita Irene Smith March 20, 1964, in Fort Worth. He lived most of his life in Fort Worth and the Springtown-Cottondale area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cottondale.He is survived by his wife; sons, Jay Dennis and wife, Shawn, and Mike Dennis; daughter, D'Ann Webb and husband, David; four grandchildren and brother, Robert Dennis.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Devol, Larry
1959-2008

Published Sunday, May 18, 2008
Funeral for Larry Devoll, 49, of Bridgeport is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery and the Rev. Brandon Peel officiating.
Duvall died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in Decatur.Born May 12, 1959, in Pampa to Ray Sr. and Lois (Todd) Devoll, he was a heavy equipment operator for Chuck Smith Welding. He married Marcia Roberts Aug. 29, 1982, in Bridgeport. He loved fishing and hunting.He was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna.He is survived by his wife; children, Kaytlyn and Hunter Devoll of Bridgeport; brothers, James Devoll and wife, Mitzi, and Vernon Devoll Jr. and wife, Twila, and sister, Belinda Thomas and husband, Rocky, all of Pampa; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Pallbearers are Chuck Smith, Scott Smith, Tim Smith, Mike Hutto, Louis Martinez and Carl Black.Memorials can be made to the Larry Devoll Memorial Fund at the Community Bank in Bridgport.

Dickson, Anita Laverne
1925-2008

Funeral for Anita Laverne Dickson, 82, of Chico was Feb. 12 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Erb officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Dickson died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Weatherford.
Born Aug. 30, 1925, in Anadarko, Okla., to Lester A. and Pearl Simpson Haney, she was a retired waitress. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lester C. Dickson and Manual Martinez; two grandsons, Stanley Poynor and Shane Layton; two brothers, Earl and Bobby Haney; and a sister, Betty Jean Fossett.
She is survived by three sons, Lester Dickson Jr. and wife, Kathie, of California, Wayne Dickson and wife, Jo, of Oklahoma and Carmen Martinez and wife, Denise, of Mineral Wells; three daughters, Linda Largent of Weatherford, Elizabeth Martinez and husband, Dempsey, of Sunset and Debbie Layton of Washington; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Carmen Martinez, Lester Dickson Jr., Wayne Dickson, Danny Fossett, Sammy Fossett and Kevin Martinez.
Published Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dillard, Jerry Stephens
1932-2008
Published Sunday, October 5, 2008
Funeral for Jerry Stephens Dillard, 76, of Odessa, was Oct. 3 at the Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa. Graveside service was to be Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Dillard died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, in Odessa.Born July 8, 1932, in Decatur to Jerry Ross Dillard and Lena Faye (Stephens) Dillard, he was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from the General Tire & Rubber Plant. He was associated with the Ector County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. He was also a scout master in the Boy Scouts of America for several years. He was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Stephens Jr. and Jerry Glenn; and sister, Martha Young. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dillard of Odessa; son, Kenny and wife, Julie of Seattle, Wash., daughters, Sharon and husband, Dwayne Day, of Odessa, Margaret and husband, Royce Senn, of Kermit, Karen and husband, Michael Hampton, of Pottsboro; sisters, Janice Sims of Lubbock, Ann Lewis of Jacksboro; grandchildren, Stephen, Chris and Jerry Senn, Amanda Rodriguez, Virginia Moore, Lauren and Will Dillard; and seven great-grandchildren. The family requests memorials be made to the Boy Scouts of America or Home Hospice.

Dinwiddie, Rondeau Borden
1911-2008
Published Thursday, June 19, 2008
Graveside service for Rondeau Borden Dinwiddie, 97, of Decatur was Tuesday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia with Pat George officiating.
Dinwiddie died Friday, June 13, 2008, in Decatur.Born March 20, 1911, in Tulia to W.C. and Ida Dinwiddie, he was a retired rancher. He married Nellavee Anderson March 24, 1936, in Tulia.He was preceded in death by his wife and five brothers.He is survived by his son, Borden Dinwiddie and wife, Bernice, of Bowie; sisters-in-law, Vi Dinwiddie of Tucson, Ariz., and Martha Anderson of Tulia.

Donald, Grovis O.
1915-2008
Published Sunday, October 5, 2008
Funeral for Grovis O. Donald, 93, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Cooper officiating. Burial was to be in Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Donald died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.Born Jan. 20, 1915, in Leak County, Miss., to Floyd and Olivia Donald, he graduated from Rayville High School in Rayville, La. He married Mary Alice Calloway Dec. 26, 1935, in Rayville. He worked for Halliburton for 14 years and also worked for the Manhattan Project in Hanford, Wash. He lived in Farmington, N.M., from 1957 to 2007, where he had an oil field fabrication business. He deer hunted and tinkered with tools.He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Seaton; granddaughter, Kailie Sitta; three brothers; and two sisters.He is survived by his wife; sons, Bill Donald and wife, Cindy, of Bridgeport and Jack Donald and wife, Sherrie, of Graham; daughters, Betty Donald of Prescott, Ariz., Marilyn Robinson and husband, Donnie, of Englewood, Colo.; brother, Jimmy Donald of Rock Springs, Wyo.; sister, Bobbie Fallin of Bastrop, La.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Doty, Jannie Marie
1937-2008

Funeral for Jannie Marie Doty, 70, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Roger Rhodes will officiate.
Doty died Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 15, 1937, to Pete and Arvilla Chance Bridges in Sulphur Springs, she was a Baptist and served as a Sunday school teacher. She married Burrell Doty Nov. 11, 1979, in Fort Worth. She visited flea markets, auctions, estate and garage sales.
Doty was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Doty, and several siblings.
She is sruvived by her husband; three daughters, Linda Chance of Seattle, Wash., Lisa Sales of Omaha, Neb., and Donna Strothers and husband, Richard, of Bridgeport; two sons, Michael Billingsley of Seattle, Wash., and Cecil Doty and wife, Susan, of North Attleboro, Mass.; a brother, Pete Bridges of Bridgeport; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, April 10, 2008

Douglas, Billy Bob
1928-2008

Published Sunday, December 7, 2008
Graveside service for Billy Bob Douglas, 83, of Decatur was Dec. 3 at Gooseneck Cemetery near Graham with the Rev. David Isbell officiating.
Douglas died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at his home.Born May 25, 1928, in Merkel to Ocie Robert and Willie Taylor Douglas, he married Frankie Louise Sharp Feb. 25, 1950, in Graham. He retired from Mitchell Energy as plant supervisor in 1994, served in the Marine Corps and was a member of Eagle Drive Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Janet Fiel and husband, Larry, of Missoula, Mont., Julie McDonald and husband, Jim, of Decatur, Jackie Irick and husband, J.W., of Slidell and Jerri Wilson of Hollywood, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeannie Meador, Jodi Metres, Mark McDonald, Kevin McDonald, Matthew Irick, Bonnie Wilson and Robert Wilson; great-grandchildren, Kiran and Talya Metres, Ian McDonald and Luke McDonald; and a brother, Donald Douglas of Abilene.

Doyle, Don Leon
1952-2008
Graveside service for Don Leon Doyle, 55, of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Doyle died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 14, 1952, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Orbie Lee and Bessie Ross Doyle, he married Becky VanMeter Oct. 7, 1972, in the Sycamore Community.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mike and Tim Doyle, both of Decatur; mother, Bessie Brassfield, and stepfather, Earl; three grandchildren, DeMarcus, Ashley and Montana Doyle; five brothers, Danny Doyle of Boyd, Dale Doyle and Rodney Frank, all of Decatur, Ricky Franks of Tennessee Colony and Harold Hemphill of Newark; a sister, Donna Rogers of Boyd; and several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, April 6, 2008

Doyle, Ettie Mae 'Billie'
1912-2008

Published Sunday, November 16, 2008
Funeral for Ettie Mae "Billie" Doyle, 95, of Greenville and formerly of Aurora, was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Williams officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Doyle died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.Born Nov. 19, 1912, in Aurora to Ezra and Addie Marshall Simmons, she married O.B. Jeffrey in 1930. During World War II, she worked at Consolidated as a "Rosie the riveter," and at 50, she became a nurse. She also fished and worked in her vegetable garden.She was preceded in death by her husband; her second husband, Fred Doyle; daughter, Barbara "Sammy" Trotter; three sisters; and three brothers.She is survived by her daughters, Margaret "Maggie" Hill and husband, Ted, of Greenville and Jeannie Jeffrey of Greenville; son, Jeff Jeffrey of Rockport; sisters, Ester Roper of Rhome and Bonnie Keen of Arlington; grandchildren, Kelly Jeffrey of Weatherford, Kim Massey and husband, Mark, of Bedford, Tony Hill and wife, Linda, of Whitehouse, Tracey Hill of Grapevine, Tammy Sisto and husband, Vito, of Greenville, Kathy Wallace and husband, Burch, Dwight Trotter and wife, Robin, Darwin Trotter, Delma Trotter and Candance Pierce and husband, Paul; and 10 great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were to be Kelly Jeffrey, Tony Hill, Ray Huse, Joe Francis, Jessie Francis and Dwight Trotter.

Dryk, Marsha
1947-2008
Memorial service for Marsha Dryk, 60, of Paradise, is scheduled for a later date.
Dryk died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Decatur.
Born July 15, 1947, to Casey and Lavern Dryk in Temple, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Angela and Jamie Arnold; three brothers, Jim Dryk of Mesquite, John Dryk of Plano and David Dryk of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dunn, Johnnie
1932-2008
Published Sunday, November 9, 2008
Funeral for Johnnie Williard Dunn, 76, of Decatur was to be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Taylor and David Shawn officiating.
Dunn died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, in Decatur.Born Nov. 2, 1932, in Decatur to Johnnie Marion and Velma Lorene (Norris) Dunn, he was a retired postal clerk at the Fort Worth Post Office. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, was a member of the Eighth Army Rangers and was a Disabled American Veteran. He was preceded in death by his son, Johnnie W. Dunn Jr., and his sister, Ruby Jo Fuqua. He is survived by his wife, Billie Dunn of Decatur; son, Bryant Dunn and wife, Cindy, of Frisco; daughter, Belinda Kathryn Dunn, of Decatur; grandson, Brandon Dunn, of Frisco; and sister, Lucille Potter, of Decatur.

Dunn, Tommy
1937-2008

Published Sunday, August 3, 2008
Funeral for Tommy Dunn, 71, of Bridgeport was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Rev. Buddy Ward was to officiate, assisted by Rev. Jerry Stout. Burial to follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Dunn died Thursday, July 31, 2008 in Decatur. Born March 12, 1937, in Paradise to David Henry, Sr. and Ida Belle (Holt) Dunn, he married Barbara Shelton May 26,1956, in Gainesville. Dunn was a heavy equipment operator for Chico Crushed Stone and a member of the Central Baptist Church in Chico. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Dunn; five brothers, Raymond, G.L., Robert, David and Kenneth Dunn; five sisters, Lorene Groves, Mildred Kaker, Virginia Zinnecker, May Shubbee and Bobbie Dickenson. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Shelton Dunn; sisters, Faye Zuber of Superior, Montana, Alice Blaisdell of Fort Worth, Ruby Hedge of Stephenville and Ann Little of Temple.Pallbearers were to be Johnny Wall, Mitch Massey, John Wall, Mark Ritz, Rodney Dunn, Jason Worther, Milford Groves and Howard Kaker. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jerry Blaisdell, Robert Dunn, Bud Young and Dickie Dunn

Eanes, Sean David
1972-2008

Published Sunday, November 2, 2008
Funeral for Sean David Eanes, 36, of Rhome was to be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial was to follow at the Aurora Cemetery.
Eanes died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in Denton County. Born July 26, 1972, in Fort Worth to George W. Sr. and Martha Mae Eanes, he was a member of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. He was a truck driver for Coffman Tank Trucks.He is survived by his wife, Lisa, of Rhome; daughter, Megan Elizabeth Eanes of Newark; father and wife, Charlene, of Newark; mother, Martha Berry and husband, John, of Alvarado; brothers, Joseph Luther Eanes and wife, Alma, of Aurora and George W. Eanes Jr. and wife, Rebecca, of Reno; sister, Ashley Berry, of Alvarado; stepsister, Kimberly M. Crumley of Newark and stepbrother, Donald Bradley Prince of Newark.Pallbearers were to be James Simpson, Roger Stice, Chris Stice, William Kennedy, Lloyd Monroe and Terry Hines.

Eavenson, Jack Wayne
1927-2008

Funeral for Jack Wayne Eavenson, 80, of Alvord will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 7 in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Bordenville Cemetery in Jefferson, Colo. Visitation will be from noon-1 p.m. Friday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Eavenson died Monday, March 3, 2008.
Born Sept. 28, 1927, in Throckmorton to Monte and Nina (Steadham) Eavenson, he served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He married Margaret Wallace Sept. 10, 1949, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was a rancher in Colorado for almost 50 years. He was a longtime member of the Doric Masonic Lodge in Colorado and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He was active in the Park County 4-H Club. He moved to Texas in 1995 and continued to ranch.
He was preceded in death by his wife in March 1986 and his son, Monte Lee Eavenson, in 1973.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice Williams and husband, Jerry, of Hamer, Idaho; grandchildren, Kami Herring and husband, John, of Stansbury Park, Utah, Chad Williams and wife Latuan of Tetonia, Idaho, Lex Williams and wife, Melissa, of Ucon, Idaho, Penny Kunz and husband, Eric, of Portland, Ore., and Tagg Williams and wife, Darci, of Rigby, Idaho; 15 great-grandchildren, Logan Jack, Kimbri, Josh, Jack, Sicilee, Haddi, Indee, Mia, Savannah, Jaxon, Maigan, Alivia, Aysia, Waklee and Reese; sisters, Elizabeth Cox of Wichita Falls, Gerald Weaver of Wichita Falls and Ann Talley and husband, Alvin, of Midland; one niece and four nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Park County 4-H Club of Fairplay, Colo., P.O. Box 603, Fairplay, CO 80440 or to the American Cancer Society.
Published Thursday, March 6, 2008

Edans, Jack L.
1929-2008

Funeral for Jack L. Edans, 78, of Azle was Friday, Jan. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Lakeside with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Edans died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Azle.
Born Dec. 22, 1929, in Wichita Falls to William P. and Laura M. Edans, he was a retired shipping and receiving supervisor for the Brownwood plant of Swift and Company. He also worked for Airborne Express and as parking manager for TCU. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Lakeside. Edans was an avid high school sports fan and a steam railroad enthusiast.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Elaine Edans; and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Claudine Edans of Azle; two sons, Pat Edans and wife, Phyllis, of Keller and Randal Edans and wife, Marilyn, of Azle; grandchildren, Robert Clark of Arlington, William P. "Trey" Edans III of Keller, Robin Clark of Watauga, Amberly Jolley and husband, Brandon, of Fort Worth and Kristy Edans of Azle; and great-grandchild, Kelsey Clark of Watauga.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Edgin, Noma F.
1922-2008

Published Sunday, December 14, 2008
Memorial service for Noma F. Edgin, 86, of Boyd, was to be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Edgin died on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, in Fort Worth.Born Oct. 16, 1922, in Wingate to John and Ruby Phillips, she was the retired Dean of Women at Decatur Baptist College.She was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Edgin; and a son, John Rudell Fleming.She is survived by five grandchildren, Rhonda Jones and husband, Mark, John Fleming Jr., Eric Fleming and wife, Angela, Shannon McWhorter and husband, Robert, and Tommy Fleming; and nine great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Marcus Jones, Ashley, Erica and Garrison Fleming, Stephanie and Sean Partridge and Jesse and Lane McWhorter.

Edwards, Evelyn L.
1962-2008

Funeral for Evelyn L. Edwards, 45, of Bridgeport will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dr. David Burrows and the Rev. Craig Erb will officiate. Burial will be at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Edwards died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 23, 1962, in Fort Worth to Doyle and June Patterson, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, William F. Edwards Jr.; a son, William Grant Edwards; a daughter, Heidi Megan Edwards; her parents, Doyle and June Patterson; a brother, Rick Patterson; and two sisters, Pamela Spivey and Martha Carrillo.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Edwards, Nila M.
1929-2008

Published Thursday, October 30, 2008
Funeral for Nila M. Edwards, 79, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Bronleewe officiating. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Edwards died Saturday, Oct. 25, in Dallas. Born March 6, 1929, in Denton to Burnley and Estalene (Ashley) Hobson, she was a retired secretary for Raytheon. She married Welcome Edwards Oct. 31, 1947, in Fort Worth and was a member of the S.E. Dallas Emergency Food Center and the Metropolitan Bible Church. She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 5, 1994, and her sister, Wanda Van Liew. She is survived by her sons, Welcome Edwards and wife, Debbie, of Sachse, Scott Edwards of Bedford, Stuart Edwards and wife, Paula, of Garland, Joel Edwards and Rhonda of Coppell and Matthew Edwards and Rachael of Hillsboro; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were to be Welcome L. Edwards, Luke Edwards, Micah Edwards, Denton Edwards, Jacob Edwards and Curtis Van Liew.The family requests that memorials be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628211, Orlando, Fla., 32862-8211.

Edwards, Wylie Lee
1940-2008

Published Sunday, December 7, 2008
Funeral service for Wylie Lee Edwards, 68, of Alvord was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord with the Rev. Glenn Randell officiating. Burial was to follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Edwards died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, in Alvord.Born May 20, 1940, in Montague to Charlie Clarence and Mandy O'Dell Edwards, he married Mary Lou Martin on July 12, 1959, in Forestburg. He retired from Lockheed-Martin Corp. in Fort Worth as a metal fitter.He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Sharon Freeman and husband, Jackie, of Alvord, Lisa Edwards of Alvord and Mary Greenfield and husband, Steve, of Decatur; a son, Charles Edwards and wife, Tammy, of Alvord; two brothers, Troy Edwards of Oklahoma and Hayward Edwards of Sunset; a sister, Hazel Evans of O'Fallon, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were to be Wesley Edwards, Troy D. Edwards, Michael Gilliland, Hunter Edwards, Cody Romines and Caleb Freeman.

Eimer, Ruth Moran
1920-2008

Published Thursday, September 11, 2008
Graveside service for Ruth Moran Eimer, 88, of Rhome was Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Eimer died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Decatur.Born Aug. 7, 1920, in Reno to Miles and Iva (Williams) Newton, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Eimer; grandson, Mike Granstaff; granddaughter, Debbie Moran; sister, Hazel Bienvenu; and her brother, R.S. Newton.She is survived by her sons, Thomas Moran of Newark, Jimmy Moran and wife, Shirley, of Newark, Wayne Moran and wife, Shirley, of Fort Worth and Kenny Moran and wife, Belinda, of Rhome; daughters, Rubye Granstaff and husband, David, of Newark and Betty McDonald and husband, Dwayne, of Newark; brother, Jay Anderson of Newark; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Moran, James Moran, Bud Moran, Scott Moran, David Granstaff Jr., Richard McDonald, Gary Bunch, Ben Earley and Robby Kosman.

Elam, Richard Carl
1956-2008

Published Thursday, July 3, 2008
Graveside service for Richard Carl Elam, 52, of Bridgeport was Monday, June 30, at Chico Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Cooper officiating.
Elam died Friday, June 27, 2008, in Decatur.Born March 1, 1956, in California to Wayne and Gloria (Allen) Elam, he was a truck driver. He married Julie Apfel July 16, 1991, in California.He is survived by his wife; son, Dennis Elam and wife, Tina, of Bridgeport; daughters, Grace Elam of the Virgin Islands and Denise Elam of Washington; stepchildren, Joseph Marrone of Decatur, James Apfel of Runaway Bay and Amy Apfel of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Haley and Taja; brother, Wayne Elam and wife, Becky, of Bridgeport; sisters, Shirley Elam, Darlene Evans, Diane Glaze, Sharon Lomas and Linda Elam; and a special nephew, Wayne Elam Jr. of Paradise.

Eldred, Elizabeth A.
1941-2008
Published Thursday, May 22, 2008
Funeral for Elizabeth A. Eldred, 66, of Decatur is at noon Thursday, May 22, at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas with burial in Laurel Land Cemetery with Jon Coe and Sherman Beam officiating.
Eldred died Sunday, May 18, 2008, in Decatur.Born Oct. 14, 1941, in Dallas to James Elliz Eldred and Susie Marie Weeks Sotvall, she worked in sales. She enjoyed taking care of animals. She is survived by a son, James David Eldred; a daughter, Ramona Lynn Hopson; a brother, Terry Claybrook; a sister, Melba Beam; grandchildren, Stewart and Christina Fain, Palmer and Amber Cherry and Jamie Kincannon; great-grandchildren, Jason, Cheyenne, Jordan and Darion Fain, Jaden Hopson and Dakota Cherry.Pallbearers are Joshua Riley, Joseph Riley, Jeremiah Riley, Stewart Fain, Billy Kitchens and Richard Cherry.

Eller, Walter Emile
1923-2008
Funeral for Walter Emile Eller, 84, of Decatur was to be at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses. Elder Juan Jimenez will officiate.
Eller died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 28, 1923, in Bordeaux, France, to Walter and Beatrice Guyader Eller, he married Frances Balveras in 1997 in Irving. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Walter A. Eller of Granbury and Daniel Eller of North Richland Hills; daughters, Maria Eller of Cresson and GiGi Thomas of Crowley; stepson, Lazaro R. Garza of Grand Prairie; stepdaughters, Angie Todd of Decatur and Gina Hernandez of Irving; grandchildren, Chris, Shawn, Brittany, Landon and Meredith; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Madleine; and step grandchildren, Steven, Nicholas and Vincent.
Published Sunday, March 2, 2008

Elliott, Wendell
1926-2008

Published Sunday, August 31, 2008
Funeral for Wendell Elliott, 82, of Alvord, was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Alvord Church of Christ with Chester Cullum officiating. Interment was to be in the New Harp Cemetery.
Elliott died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at his home.Born Aug. 2, 1926, in Forestburg to Arthur Ewing and Rosa Mae (Rice) Elliott, he married Pauline Thompson Dec. 24, 1948, in Mineral Wells. He retired from General Dynamics as director of tooling after 35 years of service. He was a cattle rancher for 47 years and served 12 years on the Alvord ISD board of trustees. He was a member of the American Cattleman's Association as well as the Alvord Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Cheryl Clark and husband, Joe, of Chico, Donna Nivens and husband, Mike, of Alvord, and Kim French and husband, Charlie, of Alvord; grandson, Clint Nivens and wife, Melissa, of Alvord; granddaughters, Catherine Kelly and husband, Kane, of Fort Worth, Jessica French of Alvord and Amanda Clark of Houston; great-granddaughter, Audra Nivens of Alvord; sister, Exa and husband, John Rief, of Katy; step-grandchildren, Shelly and Cason Rangel and Amy and Scott Hiler, all of Alvord; and step great-grandchildren, Caly, Cathleen and Cason Rangel of Alvord and Grace and Dylan Hiler of Bridgeport. Pallbearers were to be Lynn Dunaway, Bennie King, Roy King, Rex Frye, John Hunt, Kerry Clower, Russell Read, Danny Morales and Willard Howell.Memorials may be made to the New Harp Cemetery, 532 FM 1655, Forestburg, TX 76239.

Endres, Betty Jane Chase
1921-2008

Published Thursday, June 26, 2008
Funeral for Betty Jane Chase Endres, 86, formerly of Alvord will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27, at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord with the Revs. Dr. Bob Wilson and Ed Cherryholmes officiating. Burial will be in Alvord Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Endres died Monday, June 23, 2008, in Clifton.Born Sept. 24, 1921, in Yehola, Okla., to Leonard Earl and Margaret Ethel (Threadgill) Chase, she graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1939 and attended Blackwell-Davis Business College. She was employed at Southwestern Bell in Oklahoma City as a bookkeeper until 1946. She married Robert Hugh Endres of Custer, Okla., Feb. 5, 1947.She and Robert moved to Alvord in 1963, where she was a member of the Alvord United Methodist Church and was president of the United Methodist Women. She helped develop the Alvord Public Library and served as its first librarian for five years. Due to health reasons, she and Robert moved to Clifton in 2005. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.She is survived by her husband; daughters, Kathy Crosby and husband, Beau, of Woodway and Doris Flora and husband, Mike, of Alvord; sons, Marshall Endres and wife, Donna, of Decatur and Greg Endres and wife, Pat, of Alvord; four granddaughters, Lesley Goodson, Meagan and Rachel Endres and Ralene Schilt; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.Pallbearers are Jerry Matthews, Mark Matthews and Wesley Sehi.Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Alvord.

Endres, Robert Hugh
1926-2008

Published Sunday, July 13, 2008
Funeral for Robert Hugh Endres, 82, of Clifton formerly of Alvord was to be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord with burial in Alvord Cemetery and the Revs. Bob Wilson and Ed Cherryholmes officiating.
Endres died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, in Clifton.Born June 8, 1926, near Thomas, Okla., to Leo Henry and Audrey Maude (Hoyt) Endres, he graduated from Custer High School in Custer, Okla. and entered the Army in 1944 and served as a driver for the Regimental Commander during the Occupation of Japan. He married Betty Chase Feb. 5, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was recalled from reserve status to active duty in the U.S. Air force during the Korean War and was stationed at Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia. The family returned to Oklahoma City in 1952 where Bob graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1956 with a degree in industrial arts. In 1963, the family moved to Alvord where he worked with automobile and farm equipment dealerships. In 1973, Bob re-entered the Army Reserve program and was an instructor in the 4159 USAR School in Fort Worth for several years. He attained the rank of sergeant first class and retired in August of 1988 as the oldest enlisted reservist in the United States. He received two achievement awards and the Army Commendation Medal. After attending auctioneer school in the early 1980s, he became active in the local auction business and volunteered at church and school functions.He was preceded in death by his wife and his sister, Evelyn Matthews.He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Endres and husband, Beau Crosby, of Woodway and Doris Flora and husband, Mike, of Alvord; sons, Marshall Endres and wife, Donna, of Decatur and Greg Endres and wife, Pat, of Alvord; four granddaughters, Lesley Goodson, Meagan and Rachel Endres and Ralene Schlit; four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Pallbearers were to be Earl Ashford, Charles French, Brian Brookhouse and members of the Wise County Veteran's Group.Memorials may be made to the Meals on Wheels program of the First United Methodist Church of Alvord, 100 W. Washington, Alvord, Texas 76225.

Erwin, Ava Marie
1930-2008

Funeral for Ava Marie Erwin, 77, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd. Burial was to follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Erwin died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Boyd.
Born July 14, 1930, in Vernon to Efton and Ida May (Beck) Hunter, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by the father of her children, J.T. Bolin; her second husband, Tony Erwin; two sons, A.J. and Harvey Bolin; and three sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Ethel Martinez and husband, Richard, of Boyd; five grandchildren, Daniel, Amanda, Monica, Rachel and Erica; eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Jacob, April, Jordan, Reagan, Anthony and Alan; four brothers, John, Andy, Luis and Eldon Hunter; and a sister, Louise Johnson.
Pallbearers were to be Richard Martinez, Griff Methvin, John Methvin, William Haller, Kevin Castro and Gary Cooper.
Published Sunday, February 3, 2008

Escobedo, Billy Dewayne 'Bubba'
1974-2008

Published Sunday, August 3, 2008
Funeral for Billy Dewayne "Bubba" Escobedo, 34, of Decatur was Aug. 1 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sweetwater Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Taylor officiated.
Escobedo died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, in Burleson.Born May 15, 1974, in Fort Worth to Lorenzo and Renna (Hudson) Escobedo, he was a roughneck for Frelderhof Drilling in Burleson.He was preceded in death by grandparents, Billy and Susie Hudson, Luis Escobedo and Louis Moody.He is survived by his daughter, Bailey Shae Escobedo of Runaway Bay; parents, Renna Grundy and husband, Billy, of Decatur and Lorenzo Escobedo and wife, Sally, of Tahoka; grandparents, Juanita Escobedo of O'Donnell and Nona Moody of Chico; five sisters, Susan McDaniel and husband, Johnny, of Chico, Robin Stapp and husband, Frank, of Decatur, Virginia Herrera and husband, Victor, of Tahoka, Linda Moody and Billie Rawle of Decatur; four brothers, Lorenzo D. Escobedo of Tahoka and Larry Moody, Jake Moody and Eddie Grundy and wife, Cindy, all of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Frank Stapp, Billy Woods, Mike Hood, Colby Meyers, Trent Teague, Monty Forbus, Jerry Borsky and Lorenzo Escobedo.

Ettredge, Marjorie
1918-2008

Published Thursday, July 10, 2008
Services for Marjorie Dell Ettredge, 90, formerly of Bridgeport, were private and arranged by Hawkins Funeral Home of Bridgeport. Ettredge died Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Denton.
Born March 14, 1918, to James and Ernestine Ebbesen Depue, she married William Moore Ettredge Dec. 31, 1934, and was a member of the Laird Hill Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Nelson Ettredge. She is survived by daughters, Peggy Tibbs and Carrie Ettredge, both of Denton; two grandchildren, Laurie Kyle of Plano and James Neal Kyle of Austin; and great-granddaughter Camille Camacho of Plano.

Fagg, Mildred Arvina
1927-2008

Funeral for Mildred Arvina Fagg, 80, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Caddo Mills 100F Cemetery in Caddo Mills. The Rev. Mike Miller was to officiate.
Fagg died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 29, 1927, in Hunt County to John and Ruby (Lowe) Boykin, she was a homemaker and co-owner of Zero Food Locker. She married Earl Clyde Fagg Feb. 14, 1947, in Dallas. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Sue Nelms and husband, Bob, of Carrollton; sons, Danny McKensie and wife, Clarice, of Utah and Bobby Fagg of Bridgeport; 10 grandchildren, Renda, Chris, Lilly, Natalie, Josh, Tim, Jordan, Nichole, Ashleigh and Brandy; two great-grandchildren, Grace and Maggie Sue; a sister, Johnnie Wright of Lake Orion, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Donna McKibben; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are J.W. McKibben, Tim Lee, Bob Nelms, Josh Nelms, Kelly O'Donnell, Steve Nelms and Bobby Don Fagg.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2008

Farley, D.W. 'Slick'
1937-2008

Published Sunday, October 26, 2008
Funeral for D.W. "Slick" Farley, 71, of Decatur was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Therrol Dubois officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Turkey Cemetery in Turkey.
Farley died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in Decatur.Born Aug. 15, 1937, in Farmersville to Wesley Waymon and Celesta Laura (Pell) Farley, he lived in Lubbock and owned Great Plains Steel. He moved to Wise County in 1986 and began working for Perkins Construction. He began Farley Electric in January of 2002. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.He is survived by his daughters, Deanne Moyers and husband, Ricky, of Lubbock and Kecia McFarland and husband, Rick, of Jacksboro; son, John Farley of Paradise; nephew, S.R. Perkins of Decatur; grandchildren, Mandy, Amber, Jamie, Whitney, Nessa, Tray, Mattie, Kegan and Kenzie; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.Pallbearers will be David Walker, Warren Sosa, Chuck Bridges, James Williams, Steve Sosa, Craig Jackson, Josh Perkins and Jay Higgs. Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Ryan, Clyde Ding, Ron Watson and Robert Rankin. Memorials may be made to Voices Advocating for Children, 129 Bennett Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Farrar, Billie
1920-2008

Graveside service for Billie Farrar, 88, of Decatur will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Parkland Memorial Park in Plainview.
Farrar died Monday, March 17, 2008.
Born Feb. 10, 1920, in Royse City, she married Frank L. Farrar Dec. 14, 1941. Billie lived in Plainview from 1927 until she moved to Decatur in 2002.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983, three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Deanna Jackson and husband, Don, of Decatur; son, Rocky Farrar and wife, Polly, of Canadian; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Published Sunday, March 23, 2008

Faught, Jimmy Wayne
1947-2008
Published Sunday, May 4, 2008
Jimmy Wayne Faught, 60, of Decatur, died Thursday, May 1, 2008.
No services are planned.Born Nov. 11, 1947, in Blytheville, Ark., to Olen Wayne and Dorothy White Faught, he was a retired painter.He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Leino of Wisconsin; brothers, Mike, Joseph and Gregory Faught; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Finch, Earl G.
1917-2008

Published Thursday, October 16, 2008
Funeral for Earl G. Finch, 90, of Decatur will be Friday, Oct. 17, at Campbell Funeral Home in Spur. Burial will be in Spur Memorial Cemetery.
Finch died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Decatur. Born Nov. 16, 1917, in Jayton to John Henry Finch and Ida Beth Allen Finch, the family moved to Spur when he was 1. He married his childhood friend, Nelma Spraberry, in 1939. He transported fuel and ammunition for the Navy during World War II. He was a minister for 59 years with the Assemblies of God, Southern California District Council, retiring in 1989. He read, fished, hunted and restored cars. He and Nelma moved to Decatur in November of 2007.He was preceded in death by his sister, Florene; son-in-law, Frank Graham; and a grandson, Michael Braly. He is survived by his wife; children, La Juan and Bill Browning, Carolyn Graham, Larry and Maryann Finch and Sharon and Walt Peters; grandchildren, Troy and Cindy Browning, Tamy Braly Waller and Clint Waller, Jon Finch, Tamilyn and Joe Ochoa, Christian and Janice Braly and Jacob Peters; great-grandchildren, Taylor Browning, Julianna Braly, Zachery Ochoa, Laverne Marie Ochoa, Allison Waller and Micah Braly; and many other relatives.

Flack, Michael Kevin
1956-2008

Memorial service for Michael Kevin Flack, 51, of Boyd was Saturday, March 22, at his home.
Flack died Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
Born Dec. 27, 1956, in Glendale, Calif., to Robert and Carol (Hanna) Flack, he graduated from Glendale High School in 1975. He was a member of the Glendale Presbyterian Church and was active with the church in his youth.
He moved to the Mojave Desert after graduation and was a heavy equipment operator at U.S. Borax until an automobile accident in October 1980 left him a quadriplegic. During his recovery years he lived in Pasadena, Calif., and was active in various handicapped advocacy groups and MADD.
He moved to Auburn, Calif., in 1988 and co-founded Placer Independent Resource Services in 1993. He served as vice president, president and chairman of the board and was involved in services for the handicapped, including support groups, independent living skills and advocacy for the disabled at city, county and state levels.
He moved to Azle in 2006 and then to Boyd in 2007.
He is survived by his son, Joshua Michael Flack and wife, Jamie, of Boyd; grandchildren, Nina Anne Flack and Eben Michael Dean Flack of Decatur; his mother and her husband, Ron Tucker, of Meadow Vista, Calif.; his father and his wife, Irene, of Auburn; brother, David Flack and wife, Vicki, of Meadow Vista; sister, Nancy Adams and husband, Roy, of Colfax, Calif.; nephews, nieces and an uncle.
Published Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fleming, Deborah Lee Kennedy
1954-2008
Memorial service for Deborah Lee Kennedy Fleming, 54, of Delta, Colo., was Feb. 25 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta with James Gall presiding.
Fleming died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 31, 1954, in Denver to Harry Baker and Alice Marie (Heckman) Eicholtz, she graduated from Abe Lincoln High School in Denver. She had been a resident of Delta for the past nine years after moving from Bridgeport. She married Reid Kennedy in Denver and he preceded her in death in 1998. She married Willis Albert “Al” Fleming Oct. 5, 2001, in Delta. She cooked, listened to country western music, played the guitar and sang. She was learning to paint.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Shawn M. Kennedy and wife, Rachel, of Paradise and Ryan P. Kennedy and wife, Sissy, of Bridgeport; half brothers, Harry Baker “Skip” Eicholtz Jr. of Maryland and David Dishlacoff of New York; a half sister, Diane Dalmy of Denver; and grandchildren, Meagan, Reid and Connor Kennedy.
Published Thursday, February 28, 2008

Foley, Glenda Faye Ozella
1952-2008
No service is planned for Glenda Faye Ozella Foley, 55, of Boyd.
Foley died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. She was born in September of 1952 in Wichita Falls.
She is survived by her husband, Melville Ross Dewvall; son, Larry Ross Dewvall; daughters, Stacey Lynn Whitaker and Kelley Renee Stormy Dewvall; sisters, Linda Dunn, Cathy Lein and Gayle Dunn.
Published Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ford, Charles Fredrick
1942-2008

Published Thursday, July 24, 2008
Funeral for Charles Fredrick Ford, 66, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with Gerre Joiner and the Rev. Ken May officiating.
Ford died Monday, July 21, 2008. Born July 23, 1942, in Dalhart to Charles Henry and Bonnie Fay (Richey) Ford, he married Patsy Bolton Nov. 12, 1961, in Bryan. He and Patsy were owners of the Russell's Department Store in Decatur and Bowie for many years. Charles was past president and director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Texas Retailer's Association. He was active in the Decatur Retail Merchants Association and he pioneered the "Lucky 7" and "Moonlight Madness". Charles served on the Decatur water board and on the Decatur School Board.He was a deacon and a teacher of Sunday school classes for more than 30 years at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Charles also was a longtime volunteer and coach of youth sports in Decatur.He is survived by his wife of Decatur; son, Charles Russell "Rusty" Ford and wife, Johna, of Paradise; daughter, Chrystal Holson and husband, Ronald, of Decatur; grandchildren, Brayden and Addyson Ford of Paradise and Caycee and Carson Holson of Decatur; mother, Wilma Ford of Bowie; brother, Bobby Ford and wife, Beverly, of Corsicana; sister, Phyllis Maddux and husband, Donald, of Chico; mother-in-law, Esther Bolton of Decatur; brother-in-law, Doug Bolton of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.Pallbearers were to be Jody Forman, Fulton Fenner, Jerry Mara, Bob Wadsworth, Eric Vincent and Loyd Jackson.Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1200 W. Preskitt Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Forman, Joe M.
1927-2008

Memorial service for Joe M. Forman, 80, of Decatur will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Revs. Ken May and Jack Gatewood officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation was to be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Forman died Sunday, March 16, 2008.
Born Sept. 24, 1927, in Decatur to Ray Hugh Forman Sr. and Eula Daughetee Forman, he was a lifelong resident of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Ray Hugh Forman Jr.
He is survived by his daughter, LaDonna Wren and husband, Stephen, of Decatur; his son, Jody Forman and wife, Rhonda, of Corinth; his grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Wren of Decatur, Landon and Holly Wren of Corinth, Courtney Wren of Lubbock, Matthew and Becky Forman of Denton and Jeremy Forman of Denton; his three great-grandsons, Samuel Wren, Isaac Joe Wren and Riley Forman; a brother, Clint Forman of Waco; sisters, Harriett Cook of Waco and Eugenia Forman of Denton; numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, March 20, 2008

Forsyth, Maudie Bell
1931-2008

Memorial for Maudie Bell Forsyth, 76, of Bridgeport was Jan. 15 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Bill Hobbs officiated.
Forsyth died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Decatur.
Born June 23, 1931, in Electra to Willie Allen and Cleo Wright Forsyth, she was a caregiver.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Ocie Forsyth.
She is survived by two sisters, Jewell Davis of Carthage and Darlene Reid and husband, Joe, of Aurora; a sister-in-law, Charlene Forsyth of Waco; as well as four nephews and four nieces.
Published Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fortenberry, Megan Michelle
1985-2008
Published Thursday, May 15, 2008
Funeral for Megan Michelle Fortenberry, 23, of Fort Worth was Tuesday, May 12, at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Fortenberry died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.Born May 5, 1985, in Fort Worth to Tony and Rita Fortenberry, she had been a student at Tarrant County College. She graduated with honors from Fossil Ridge High School. She is survived by her parents of Fort Worth; her brother, Ryon; grandparents, Florentino and Sylvia Cortez, Paul Velasquez Sr. and Janet Fortenberry of Boyd; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Foster, Dollie Burk
1946-2008
Published Thursday, July 3, 2008
Graveside service for Dollie Burk Foster, 62, of Houston was Monday, June 30, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Foster died Monday, June 23, 2008, in Houston.Born Feb. 11, 1946, in Houston to Jesse Burk and Dollie Louise (Jones) Foster, she was a homemaker.She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Carroll of Houston; sons, Jerry Carroll and wife, June, of Magnolia, David Carroll and wife, Lisa, of Pennsylvania, and Todd Carroll of Houston; sister, Patricia Stebenne; brother, Jerry Foster; and father, Jesse Foster, all of Houston.

Foster, Paul Wayne ‘Butch’
1954-2008

Memorial service for Paul Wayne “Butch” Foster, 53, of Haslet was Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Foster died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 29, 1954, in Thomas, Okla. to Wayne Leroy and Mayme V. Walton Foster, he was an aircraft mechanic. He married Kathie Carson Sept. 19, 1981, in Canton, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Foster.
He is survived by his wife; children, Kayla Foster and Casey Foster of Haslet; his mother of Clinton, Okla.; sisters, Peggy Lash of Custer, Okla., and Sue Langley of Chester, W. Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fowler, Betty Jo
1931-2008

Published Sunday, August 24, 2008
Graveside service for Betty Jo Fowler, 77, of Boyd was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Boyd Cemetery with Dave Lester officiating.
Fowler died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, in Decatur. Born Aug. 16, 1931, in Capps to Hugh and Izora (McCarty) Johnson, she married James T. Fowler Dec. 22, 1957, in Fort Worth. She was a retired store clerk for Montgomery Ward. She was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son, James Fowler and wife, Dana, of Boyd; grandchildren, Samantha, Jacklyn, Amie and Jamie Fowler; great-grandson, Wyatt Byrd; sister, Edith Dove and husband, Sydney, of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.

Fox, Joe Lee
1916-2008

Funeral for Joe Lee Fox, 91, of Decatur was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Fox died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 3, 1916, in Decatur to Albert and Zina Fox, he married Tommie Riggs in 1938 in Decatur. He retired from General Dynamics and later from ranching. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Shirley Fox Watson and husband, Jerry, of Decatur and Neva Fox and husband, Henry, of Duncanville; son, Albert Fox and wife, Pamela, of Owensboro, Ky.; grandchildren, Dr. Jerry Watson II and wife, Jennifer, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Barry Watson and wife, Polly, of Denton, Byron Watson and wife, Heather, of Decatur, Leigh Jenai Low of Decatur and Rance Rudy and wife, Misty, of Dallas; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Jerry Watson II, Barry Watson, Byron Watson, Rance Rudy, Dale Cox and Bob Riek.
Published Sunday, March 2, 2008

Franklin, Carolyn Louise (Doss)
1951-2008

Published Sunday, December 14, 2008
Funeral for Carolyn Louise (Doss) Franklin, 57, of Campbell was Dec. 11 at the First Baptist Church in Slidell with John Payne and Stephen Howard officiating.
Franklin died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Greenville.Born Feb. 1, 1951, in Kaufman to Charlie Huston Doss and Helen (Elston) Doss, she graduated from Kemp High School in 1969 and East Texas State University in 1975. She married Strike Franklin June 6, 1969, in Kemp. She taught English and theater arts in Malakoff, Kemp, Baytown Sterling, Slidell, Princeton and Campbell. She is survived by her husband; her parents of Kemp; father and mother in-law, George and Maxine Franklin of Campbell; daughters, Jennifer Watts and husband, Brad, Stacy Turkoly and husband, David, and Carrie Beard and husband, Brady, all of Sanger; brother, Doug Doss and wife, Lisa, of Kaufman; grandchildren, K'Leigh and Brance Watts, Morgan, Maci and McKenzie Turkoly and Britton, Barrett and Baylor Beard; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Franks, Martha Raye Beauchamp
1939-2008
Graveside service for Martha Raye Beauchamp Franks, 68, of Bridgeport was Jan. 19 at Thomas Cemetery.
Franks died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 27, 1939, in Wichita Falls to Daniel and Lisa Beauchamp, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport.
She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Dean Franks; sons, Joe Dean Franks and Aubrey Ray Franks; daughters, Audrey Lynn Fair and Amy Miller; sister, Billie Simmons; brother, Butch Beauchamp; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Published Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fugate, Donna
1949-2008
Memorial service for Donna Fugate, 58, of Bridgeport was Friday, March 21 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel, with Bill White officiating.
Fugate died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Weatherford.
Born Dec. 5, 1949, in Greenville to Edward Lynn and Truetta Fox, she was a sales clerk.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Fugate III.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Fugate Jr.; daughters, Melinda Richardson and husband, Robert, of Bridgeport and Rebecca Williams of Decatur; grandchildren, Robert, Chris, Jessica, Stephanie, Anna-Maria and Amber; her mother, Trudy, of Grand Saline; brother, Donald Fox of South Carolina; sister, Trudy Shaddoux of Seagoville; and a niece and a nephew.
Published Sunday, March 23, 2008

Fuqua, Angel
1964-2008

Published Thursday, September 4, 2008
Funeral service for Angel Fuqua, 43, of Paradise will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Paradise Cemetary. The Rev. Don Caldwell will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hawkins funeral home in Bridgeport.
Fuqua died Sunday, Aug. 31, in Fort Worth.Born Dec. 28, 1964, to Walter Jr. and Gloria (Cowley) Grothe in Wichita Falls, she was a 1985 graduate of Paradise High School. She married Frank Fuqua on March 10, 2008, in Columbus, Ga. She is survived by her husband; mother, Gloria Shephard of Columbus, Ga.; grandmother, Pearl Grothe of Boulder, Colo.; sisters, Melvia Garlington and husband Gerald of Plano, June Duke and husband Bobby of Cataula, Ga., Gloria Young and husband Austin of Richardson; brothers, Walton Grothe of Columbus, Ga., Jimmy Grothe and wife Sharon of Cottondale, Rickey Shephard of Bridgeport, Jack Shephard and wife Carol of Wichita Falls, James Shephard and wife Diana of Wichita Falls.

Gage, James Roger
1923-2008

Funeral for James Roger Gage, 84, of Decatur was Wednesday at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Gage died Sunday, March 16, 2008, in Decatur.
Born May 23, 1923, in Sycamore to Elmer and Sophia Harder Gage, he was a graduate of Decatur Baptist College. He was a bookkeeper for Central Telephone and Sandford Oil Company of Decatur. He was a member of the Decatur Lion’s Club, Decatur Jaycees, past president of the Decatur Eagle Booster Club and a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Gage and Vic Gage.
He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Helen Gage of Gunter and Betty Gage of Denton; nephew, Brian Gage and wife, Laine, of Decatur, David Gage and wife, Mary, of Gunter and Brent Gage and wife, Clyde’ette of Decatur; nieces, Vicky Gage Laws of Denton and Cathy Nelson and husband, Alan, of Denton; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ross Mueller, Craig Talley, Wayne Long, Brett Shannon, John Gage, Josh Reeves, Justin Ferguson and Scott Nelson.
Published Sunday, March 23, 2008

Garrett, Mattie L.
1913-2008

Published Thursday, May 15, 2008
Funeral for Mattie Lou Garrett, 95, of Boyd will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Arlington Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Arlington Funeral Home.
Born Feb. 6, 1913, to Cleve and Mary Tillery in Mt. Vernon, she was one of 11 children. She was raised in East Texas and moved to Arlington in 1962. She quilted and sewed. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arlington, serving for more than 25 years in the preschool ministry. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Oswalt, and son-in-law, Ken Oswalt.She is survived by her children, Rosemary Fowler-Larsen of Nevada, Mo., Ray Garrett and wife, Suzie, of Boyd and Randy Garrett of Boyd; grandchildren, Merri Dennis and husband, Jay, of Euless, Stephen Johnson and wife, Tina, of Grand Prairie, Judy Kelley and husband, Wade, of Grapevine, Kristina Hays and husband, Raymond, Mark Gonzalez and wife, Michelle, and Mary Lou Myers; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.Memorials may be made to the Preschool Ministry, First Baptist Church of Arlington.

Garza, Nancy Jean Vestal
1955-2008

Published Sunday, November 9, 2008
Memorial service for Nancy Jean Vestal-Garza, 53, of Decatur was Monday, Nov. 3, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Sojan George officiating.
Vestal died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, in Denton. Born July 3, 1955, in Cameron, Mo., to Merle F. and Mary W. (Simpson) Smith, she was a registered nurse and had worked for IntegraCare Home Health for eight years. She married Cesario "Charlie" Garza June 23, 2007, in Decatur.She was preceded in death by her first husband, Danny Vestal, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband; a daughters, Jill Vestal and husband, Leslie Sanderson of Newark; and grandsons, Hunter Weil and Corbin Sanderson, both of Newark.Pallbearers were Leslie Sanderson, Colton Niblett, Cruz Niblett and Megan Scruggs.

Gilbert, W.E. ‘Cotton’
1924-2008

A private graveside service for W.E. “Cotton” Gilbert, 84, of Runaway Bay was Feb. 18 at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay, with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Gilbert died Feb. 16, 2008, in Runaway Bay.
Born Feb. 3, 1924, in Hodge, La., to William E. Sr. and Mattye Seals Gilbert, he married Audrey Lewis Feb. 2, 1946, in Bossier City, La. He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Queensboro Lodge in Shreveport, La. He was a Presbyterian. He and his wife have lived in the Runaway Bay community since 1982.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas H. Gilbert.
He is survived by his wife; son, Michael Gilbert and wife, Carolyn Sue, of Houston; three daughters, Jeannene O’Quinn and husband, Gary, of Cypress, Cindy Bullion and husband, Jack, of Decatur and Liz Dale and husband, Gene, of McKinney; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Deborah, Kathryn, Colette, Anthony, Keegan, Lewis and Nick; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Luke, Elizabeth, Liam, Brooklyn and Jordan.
Memorials in Gilbert’s name may be made to any charity.
Published Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gillespie, William Charles
1930-2008
Published Sunday, October 12, 2008
Funeral for William Charles Gillespie, 78, of Bridgeport was Friday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Gillespie died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in Fort Worth. Born March 22, 1930, in Booneville, Ark., to Herman and Elizabeth (Cline) Gillespie, he was a truck driver. He is survived by his son, Donny Gillespie of Bridgeport; granddaughter, Lori; and brothers, Gus Gillespie of Booneville and R.T. Gillespie of Waco.

Glosson, Drew Charles
2007
A private graveside service will be held for Drew Charles Glosson of San Antonio, the infant son of Edwin and Sharon Glosson.
Born Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, in San Antonio, Glosson he died the same day in San Antonio.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents, Tim and Joylynn Woodruff of Decatur and Carolyn Foster of San Antonio; great-grandparents, W.B. and Mary Louise Woodruff of Decatur, James Nobles of Fort Worth and Carlos Foster of San Antonio; and an uncle, Chris Woodruff of Austin.
The family requests memorials be made to United Way.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2008

Gonzalez, Mary Angel
1947-2008

Funeral for Mary Angel Gonzalez, 60, of Fort Worth will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Greenwood Chapel. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lockhart. Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Gonzalez died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.
She was born May 31, 1947, in Knox City to Felix and Ramona Ojeda.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Joe Gonzalez, and one brother.
She is survived by her children, Sylvia Medrano, Rachel Gonzalez, Dora Chazarreta, Jessie Gonzalez and Joseph Gonzalez; grandchildren, John Colunga, Marilyn Medrano, Casondra Chazarreta, Cathy Chazarreta, Robert Sanchez, Jacob Gonzalez, Lillie Gonzalez, Joey Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Chazarreta, Karen Chazarreta, Hailey Grove, Blake Estrello, Amanda and Trisha Soliz; great-grandson, Michael Francis; her father, Felix Ojeda; seven sisters and one brother.
Published Thursday, February 6, 2008

Goode, Donald Kennith
1938-2008

Published Sunday, July 20, 2008
Donald Kennith Goode, 70, of Decatur died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was to be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur, with Welton Watson officiating. Goode was born June 25, 1938, in Vernon to Alfred Edell and Delmar Willie Bell (Beal) Goode. He married Amy Louise Watson on Aug. 4, 1961, in Decatur. He served in Korea in the U.S. Army. He was a welder.Survivors are his wife, Louise Goode of Flatwood; daughters, LaNesa Stanley, Donna Baker and Cindy Woodruff, all of Flatwood; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Vivian Cox, Nora Hotz and LoNeta Idell.

Goodman, Charles Eugene
1940-2008
Published Thursday, August 28, 2008
Memorial service for Charles Eugene Goodman, 68, of Boyd will be Friday, Aug. 29, at the First Baptist Church of Slidell.
Goodman died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in Chico. Born April 12, 1940, in Joiner, Ark., to Amos and Jackie Goodman, he worked as a diesel mechanic. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Sue Goodman; sons, Robin and Tony Goodman; daughters, Lesa McClure, Tammy Householder and Jessica Goodman; mother; brother, Lemon Goodman; sisters, Mary Jo, Margaret, Latrease and Quila; grandchildren, Brysn Valencia, Amanda Harmon and Brock Langham; and one great-grandchild.

Grantham, Mae Bell
1930-2008

Published Sunday, August 31, 2008
Funeral for Mae Bell Grantham, 78, of Bridgeport was Aug. 28 at Balsora Baptist Church. The Rev. Sonny Smith officiated. Burial followed at Boonsville Cemetery.
Grantham died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, in Decatur.Born March 8, 1930, in Coke County to Edward and Lorena (Bagwell) Wood, she married Jessie Ray Grantham Aug. 28, 1949, in Fort Worth. She was a dairy farmer and a member of the Balsora Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Connor Grantham; two brothers, Doug and Aubrey Wood; and five sisters, Edith Boatright, Donna Atkinson, Mary Burns, Betty Myers and Sandra Tilley.She is survived by three sons, Robert Grantham, Travis Grantham and wife, Rose, and Billy Grantham and wife, Brenda, all of Boonsville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, W.G. and Doyle Wood; and two sisters, Florence McKnight and Effie Engbrock.Pallbearers were Drew Grantham, Brandon Richardson, Jason Williams, Dennis Ruhmann, Jamie Marlott and Jeremy Davis.The family requests memorials be made to the Special Olympics.

Green, Earl, Jr.
1968-2008

Published Sunday, May 11, 2008
Funeral for Earl Green Jr., 39, will be May 15 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Green died Wednesday, May, 7, 2008, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 28, 1968, in Athens, Ala., to Earl and Stella Green Sr., he was employed by IHOP for more than 10 years and was general manager of the Decatur IHOP. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Green; daughters, Tiffany, Angel and Madeline Green; and sons, Warren, Christopher and Kaleb.

Green, Florene Cunnius
1918-2008

Published Thursday, June 26, 2008
Funeral for Florene Cunnius Green, 90, of Decatur was Tuesday, June 24, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Dr. Raymond Johns and the Rev. Bud Looper officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Green died Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Bridgeport.Born June 19, 1918, in Greenwood to James Tarleton and Mary Anna (Dement) Cunnius, she married Sam Green July 17, 1937. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 10, 2005, and sister, Willie Mae Foster.She is survived by daughters, Barbara Rhine and husband, Glen, of Decatur and Van Elder and husband, Dan, of Village of Loch Lloyd, Mo.; grandchildren, Keitha Morris and husband, Tim, of Decatur, Brent Elder and wife, Lindsay, of Lees Summit, Mo., Jamye Christian and husband, Greg, of Decatur and Dana Sappington and husband, Card, of Joplin, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Cody Christian, Kayla Kelley, Carley Jones of Decatur, Justin Morris of McKinney, Ryan and Andrea Elder of Lees Summit and Lauren and Clayton Sappington of Joplin; great-great-grandchildren, Riley and Reese Christian, Macey Jones and Brody and Jadyn Kelley; brother, George Cunnius of Decatur; and a twin sister, Lorene Green, of Bridgeport.Pallbearers were Brent Elder, Tim Morris, Greg Christian, Caro Sappington, Cody Christian, Justin Morris, Ryan Elder and Clayton Sappington.

Greer, Jayden and Brayden
2008
Graveside service for Jayden and Brayden Greer, the infant sons of Tim Greer and Whitney McGar of Decatur was Jan. 20 at Hopewell Cemetery.
Born Jan. 18, 2008, they died the same day.
They were preceeded in death by grandmother Ann Greer.
They are survived by their parents; grandparents Mike and Khristie McGar and Wesley Greer; and great-grandparents, Wayne and Mary McGar.
Published Sunday, January 27, 2008

Grigsby, Bobby Lee, Sr.
1930-2008
Published Sunday, July 20, 2008
Graveside service for Bobby Lee Grigsby Sr., 78, of Bridgeport was Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Grigsby died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in Decatur. He was born June 16, 1930, in Denison to Lee and Myrtle Grigsby.He is survived by his wife, Doris Grigsby, of Bridgeport; son, Bobby Lee Grigsby of Bridgeport; daughters, Debbie Grigsby of Tyler and Carol Sharp of Bridgeport; sister, Sharon Williams; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Grimes, Coy
1934-2008

Published Thursday, July 10, 2008
Funeral for Coy Don Grimes, 73, of Decatur was to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the Greenwood Chapel with entombment in Greenwood Mausoleum.
Grimes died Monday, July 7, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Iris Grimes; daughters, Kathryn McMillan, Donna Fry and husband, Buzzy, Laurie Grimes and Sandra Lepine and husband, Joseph; son, Coy Grimes and wife, Adrian; brothers, Leland Grimes, Wilburn Grimes, Raymond Grimes and John Grimes; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Grisham, Essie Lou
1915-2008
Published Thursday, December 18, 2008
Funeral for Essie Lou Grisham, 93, of Chico was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Larry Potts and Dr. Dale Webster officiating. Burial was to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Grisham died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Bridgeport.Born Oct. 23, 1915, in Wise County to Richard and Florence (Sanders) McDaniel, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church for several years until her health started failing, and she joined the First Baptist Church in Chico. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Quannah Ward and Elbert Grisham; sons, Milard Ray, Jimmy Dow and Harold Darwin Ward; great-grandchildren, Melissa Gayle Robinson and Colby Alexander Brown; sisters, Pearl Martin, Artie May Weatherly, Gwen Parsons and Bernice Dixson; and brothers, H.R., Cecil, James (Jim), Murph, Don and Leon McDaniel.She is survived by her grandchildren, Tonya Ward, Tami Ward, Traci Brown, Eddie Ray Ward and wife, Lisa, Diana Tiller and husband, Raymond, and Melissa York; great-grandchildren, Drew and Derrick Ward, Tamara and Dakota Williams, Hunter, Alli and Tanner York, and Jordan Brown; sisters, Ann Deaton, Cora Beth Read, Bess Bode and Janice Garrett; and brother, Jack McDaniel and wife, Evelyn.Pallbearers were to be Bobby Carpenter, Larry McDaniel, Josh McDaniel, Rick Reed, Ricky Read and Wayne Mask.

Groff, Michael Wayne
1964-2008

Published Thursday, May 15, 2008
Funeral for Michael Wayne Groff, 44, of Paradise, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the home of Norma Holt in Bridgeport. Groff died Sunday, May 11, 2008, near Boyd.
Born Feb. 28, 1964, in London, Ontario, Canada, he was a painter. He is survived by his wife, Larinda; children, Valari Walton and husband, Michael, of Chico; Matthew Puckett, and wife, Shelley, of Chico; Brian Puckett of Chico; three grandchildren, Makayla, James and Tyler; parents, Mike and Patricia Mutter of Port Franks, Ontario; grandmother, Betty Bell of Canada; sister, Melissa Smith and husband, Dennis, of Port Franks, Ontario.

Guadalajara, Jose Angel
1925-2008

Published Sunday, August 24, 2008
Funeral for Jose Angel Guadalajara, 83, of Bridgeport was to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Burial was to follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday night at the Jones Family Funeral Home.
Guadalajara died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in Bridgeport. He was born May 23, 1925, in Nava Coahuila, Mexico, to Cosme and Longina Guadalajara.He is survived by his daughters, Rosa Elia and Esperanza; sons, Jose, Guadalupe and Armando Guadalajara; and 21 grandchildren