Wise County Messenger Obituaries
2009
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Rainey, Blanche Katherine
1920-2008
Published Sunday, September 7, 2008
Funeral for Blanche Katherine Rainey, 87, of Decatur was to be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Monahans Cemetery in Monahans with Bill Gaston officiating.
Rainey died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, in Decatur. Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Hickory Plains, Ark., to Cooper and Thresea Gable Polk, she attended schools in Hickory Plains and was a member of the basketball team. She married H.M. "Buster" Rainey in April 1942 and moved to Monahans in 1950. She worked for Monahans-Wickett-Pyote school cafeterias from 1965 to 1986. She moved to Decatur in 1997. She gardened, sewed, cooked and was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ.She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Lorene Berry, and brother, Charles Polk.She is survived by her sons, W.H. and wife, Frances, of Decatur and Rickey and wife Jane of Arlington; sisters, Christine Welch of Beebe, Ark., Margaret Fromby of Pasadena and Lucille Smothers of Joliet, Ill.; brothers, Bud Polk and Gene Polk of Beebe; grandchildren, Tracey Rainey of Mesquite, Laurie Brandon of Carrollton, Robby Rainey of McKinney, Susan Rush of Charlotte, N.C., Kathy Kovar of Lubbock and Kara Rainey of Decatur; and six great-grandchildren.

Ramirez, Fortino Huerta
1983-2008
Published Sunday, August 24, 2008
Funeral for Fortino Huerta Ramirez, 24, of Decatur was Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with the Rev. Sojan Jorge officiating. Burial was to be in Mexico.
Ramirez died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Decatur. Born Oct. 14, 1983, in San Anton De Lo

Rainey, Mary Henrietta
1923-2009

Published Thursday, July 23, 2009
A memorial service for Mary Henrietta Rainey, 85, of Rhome will be held at a later date.
Rainey died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in Decatur. Born Sept. 9, 1923, in Marietta, Okla., to Leroy and Amanda (Gray) King, she was preceded in death by her husband, Darwood Smith; daughter, Shirley Hampton; and sons, John Rainey and Bill Brown. She is survived by her daughters, Janie Grisham and husband, Jim, and Sammie Dolan and husband, Kevin, both of Rhome.

Randle, Mary Elizabeth
1924-2008
Published Thursday, January 1, 2009
Funeral for Mary Elizabeth Randle, 84, of Decatur was Dec. 23 at Kingdom Hall in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Meradith officiated.
Randle died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, in Decatur. Born Nov. 12, 1924, in Decatur to Roy and Mary (Minor) Ross, she was a homemaker. She married Willie Randle Jr. III Dec. 15, 1947, in Decatur. She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Randle; two brothers and four sisters. She is survived by daughters, Queen Elizabeth Randle, Mattie Randle and Marilyn Randle, all of Decatur; son, Willie Randle Jr. IV of Decatur; stepsons, Charles All Randle and wife, Lula, and Tommy Lee Randle and wife, Joyce, both of California; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frenchell Jackson and Louida Willis; brother, Ezell Singleton; two sisters-in-law, Laura Walker and Rosa Singleton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Randolph, Paul Richard
1933-2009
Published Thursday, November 26, 2009
A memorial will be held at a later date for Paul Richard Randolph, 75, of Raleigh, N. C.
Randolph died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in Raleigh. Born Nov. 15, 1933, in Paris to the Rev. G. C. and Glova Randolph, he and his wife, Loretta, owned Wordsworth Bookstore on the square in Decatur in the 1990s before retiring to Raleigh. Randolph was an engineering graduate of Arlington State College as well as a graduate of University of North Texas where he studied math, physics, physical science and secondary education. Through his working life, he owned an auto-parts company in Irving, was a mechanical engineer at LTV Aerospace Defense Co., a civil engineer in the water utilities industry and taught in Texas public schools. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy who served on the USS Lake Champlain in the Mediterranean and was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Gene Randolph; and sisters, Dorothy Louise Randolph Bookout and Betty Jo Randolph Matthews. He is survived by his wife; son, Alan Mark Randolph and wife, Diana Stone of Winston-Salem, N. C. ; daughter Jill Randolph and husband, James O. Morrison Jr. of Raleigh; and brother, George Davis Randolph of Royse City.

Rann, Maurine Van Meter
1912-2009

Published Thursday, December 31, 2009
Funeral for Maurine Van Meter Rann, 97, of Decatur was Dec. 27 at First United Methodist Church of Decatur with the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Rann died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, in Decatur. Born March 20, 1912, in Rhome to Archibald B. and Stella B. Shaw Van Meter, she was an educator. She graduated from Decatur High School and received a bachelor's degree from what is now Texas Woman's University. She married G. C. "Cleo" Rann in 1937. They lived in Chico where Cleo was superintendent of schools before returning to Decatur and living on the family farm on Deer Park Road. Maurine was a teacher at Decatur Elementary where her husband was principal. The school was renamed Rann Elementary School in recognition of their long and outstanding service to education. Rann became a member of DAR and researched her family's genealogy, which resulted in the publishing of her book, "Our Van Meter Kinsmen - 1962-1969." She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur for 79 years, the Wesleyan Service Guild, UMW, Delta Kappa Gamma and Wise County Retired Teachers. She was a 30-year volunteer at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Suzanne Zemmin; husband; sisters, Merle Renshaw and Sue Johannes; and brother, Harold Van Meter. She is survived by her grandsons, Michael and Craig Zemmin; son-in-law, Roger Zemmin; great-granddaughters, Rachael and Anna; a brother, Arch Van Meter; and nephews, Wayne and Larry Renshaw, M. D., Harold, Michael, John, David and Philip Van Meter. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Wise Regional Health System or a favorite charity.

Reed, J.W. ‘Bill’
1908-2009

Published Thursday, December 31, 2009
Funeral for J.W. "Bill" Reed, 101, of Bridgeport was Dec. 28 at the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with Jim Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Reed died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, in Decatur. Born Jan. 21, 1908, in the Hopewell community in Wise County to John William and Mary Elizabeth (Pinkerton) Reed, he was a farmer. He worked for General Dynamics and Bell Helicopter as an aircraft electrician. He married Clarice Opal Madoozie Dec. 24, 1931, in Decatur. They were married for 66 years until her death in 1997. Reed was a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and an elder. He was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Lee Roy Reed; and sister, Ida Christina Nivens. He is survived by his son, Billy D. Reed and wife, Eva, of Irving; daughter, Sandra Kay Smith and husband, A. Z., of Runaway Bay; five grandchildren, Melinda Thomasson and husband, Todd, of Allen, Laurie Davis and husband, Tom, of Alvord, Denice Prince, Angie Boyd and husband, Darrell, and Kristin Pierce; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jim Graham, Bob Houston, Richard Stothers, Ronnie Holt, Garrett Underwood and Chris Tamplen.

Reed, William H. ‘Buster’
1927-2009

Published Thursday, December 31, 2009
Funeral for William H. "Buster" Reed, 82, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p. m. Thurs., Dec. 31, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with Dr. David Burrows and Rev. Craig Erb officiating. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Jones Family Funeral Home.
Reed died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born May 28, 1927, in Bridgeport to Herman and Lucille Reed, he farmed and was self-employed in the trucking industry. He married Gwendolyn Fewell May 27, 1949, in Crosbyton. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and 32nd degree Mason. He was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Ruth Wood. He is survived by his wife; sons, Dr. Gary Reed and wife, Paula, and Glenn Reed and wife, Mary; daughter, Janie Newton and husband, Tommy; sisters, Herma Loy Farris and husband, Joe, and Roberta McClure and husband, Duane; sister-in-law, Ophelia McNeill and husband, George; grandchildren, Christopher Reed and wife, Elain, Joe Newton and wife, Kimberley, Michael Reed and wife, Jessie, Kim Raby and husband, Paul, Chelsea Harrison and Blake Harrison; great-grandchildren, Tyler Raby, Casey Reed, Allison Raby, Anna Raby, Madison Reed and Grant Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Christopher Reed, Joe Newton, Michael Reed, Paul Raby, Sam Farris, Mark Stewart, Cregg Stewart and Rodney Stewart. Honorary pallbearers are Tyler Raby and Blake Harrison. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Food Ministry, 1204 12th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Rhine, Robert Lee
1979-2009

Published Thursday, June 11, 2009
Memorial service for Robert Lee Rhine, 30, was to be at 6 p. m. Wednesday, June 10, at the home of T. J. and Jeanie Fiebich in Rhome.
Rhine died Thursday, June 4, 2009, in Decatur. Born April 21, 1979, in Redlands, Calif., to Kenneth and Jill Ann (Bunn) Rhine, he was a driver for Sandy Hill Ready Mix. He is survived by his wife, Lyndi Rhine; stepchildren, Jessica and Justin Moore; his parents of Yucaipa, Calif. ; and grandmothers, Rhoda Lee Bunn of Washington and Vina Lucile Rhine of Needles, Calif.

Rice, Leonard 'Leny'
1956-2009

Published Thursday, April 30, 2009
Funeral for Leonard "Leny" Rice, 52, of Boyd was April 27 at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
Rice died Thursday, April 24, 2009. Born Dec. 29, 1956, to Bobby Joe Rice Sr. and Jeanette (Johnson) Rice, he grew up and spent most of his life in Boyd. He was a welder, ran a business and was an outdoorsman. He was a member and deacon of Aurora Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Angie Rice of Boyd; son, Rusty Rice of Boyd; daughter, Erin Rice of Boyd; his father; sister, Melody Jones; brother, Bobby Joe Rice Jr. ; and numerous other family members. Memorials can be made to the Aurora Baptist Church.

Richardson, Mikel Lee
1942-2009

Published Sunday, December 6, 2009
Memorial service for Mikel Lee Richardson, 67, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at First Baptist Church of Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Richardson died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Born Aug. 17, 1942, in Boyd to Paul and Margy (Austin) Richardson, he graduated from Lake Worth High School in 1960. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors degree in accounting in 1966. He married Karen Anne Bruner Feb. 27, 1971, in Lake Worth. Richardson served in the U. S. Army, was an accountant for ACME Brick and Tandy Corp. and was auditor of Wise County. He was serving as Precinct 3 county commissioner at the time of his death. He was past president of Boyd School Board and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd. He also built homes and farmed. He is survived by his wife; sons, Mikel Shawn Richardson of Boyd, Branden Lee Richardson and wife, Ryli Dawn, of Boyd and Shannon Darrah Richardson of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Blake, Savannah, Connor, Noah and Myles; and brothers, Charles Richardson and wife, Jean, of River Oaks and David Richardson and wife, Barbara, of Newark. Honorary pallbearers were to be Butch Clark, Sam Connally, Katherine Hudson, Charles Richardson, David Richardson and Jimmy Wilson. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Riddle, Phyllis May Hull Goff
1931-2009

Published Sunday, February 22, 2009
Funeral for Phyllis May Hull Goff Riddle, 77, of Denton was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Aurora Baptist Church with Jimmy Withers and John Stewart officiating. Burial was to be at Aurora Cemetery.
Riddle died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, in Denton. Born July 17, 1931, in Candor, N. Y., to Harold Nathan and Golda May (Cunningham) Hull, she was a church organist, choir director, piano instructor and Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Goff and Ernest Riddle. She is survived by her daughters, Rosemary Riddle-Stewart, Marcene Scyoc, Wanda Riddle and Carolyn Wallace and husband, Bob; sons, Gene Riddle and wife, Mary, and Glenn Riddle and wife, Judy; grandsons, Tim Stewart and wife, Tammy, and Scottlan Stewart and wife, Ronette; more than 50 other grandchildren; great-granddaughters, Mackenzie, Maloney and Skyler Renee Stewart; and sister, Kathryn Robey and husband, Rex, of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.

Riggs, Jessie E.
1937-2009

Published Thursday, July 9, 2009
Funeral for Jessie E. Riggs, 71, of Cottondale was July 7 at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Burial was at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Riggs died Saturday, July 4, 2009, in Paradise. Born Nov. 17. 1937, in Decatur to Emmett and Ella Rea Riggs, he was in the U. S. Army. He was a volunteer fireman and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. He enjoyed classic cars. He was preceded in death by his brother, Emmett P. Riggs. He is survived by his sons, Cavin Riggs and David Riggs, both of Bridgeport; daughters, Christy North and Annett Meadows, both of Paradise; mother of North Richland Hills; brother, Ricky Riggs of Colleyville; sisters, Janie Riggs of North Richland Hills, Teresa Crowe of Keller, Kathy Cavender of Paradise, Regina Bolling of North Richland Hills and Glynda LaPrade of Haslet; grandchildren, Casey and Kyle Riggs and Leslie and Trevor Meadows; and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were Clifton North, Randy Eyster, Chan Horne, Buck LaPrade, Terry Meadows and Chris Petty.

Ritter, Paul Revere
1925-2008

Published Thursday, January 29, 2009
Funeral for Senior Master Sgt. Paul Revere Ritter, 83, of Park Springs will be at 10:45 a. m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Ritter died Dec. 31, 2008, in Fort Worth. He was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Poteau, Okla. He is survived by a son, Paul William Trisvan Ritter; daughter, Avan Van Haasen; brothers, Tommie, Ed, Wayne and Chester Ritter; sisters, Nellie and Mary Lois; grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Van Haasen, Ryan Revere Ritter and Jessica Malatore.

Rivera, Luis
1927-2009

Published Thursday, December 3, 2009
Graveside service for Luis Rivera, 82, of Bridgeport is at 2 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
He died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Nov. 20, 1927, to Simon Rivera and Angela Puente in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, he was a retired employee of Acme Brick Company. He married Olivia Zamarripa in Allende in 1946. He was preceded in death by daughters, Maria Rivera and Rosa Nely Rivera; and two brothers. He is survived by his wife; sons, Alberto Rivera and wife, Ester, Ismael Rivera and wife, Dolores, Merced Rivera and wife, Dora, Jose Rivera and wife, Beatriz, Rogelio Rivera and wife, Maria, Ubaldo Rivera and wife, Socorro, Mario Rivera and wife, Maria, Marco Rivera and wife, Rosa, Rolondo Rivera and wife, Amalia, and Jorge Rivera and wife, Rosa; daughter, Luz Rodriguez and husband, Jose; sisters, Eliza Rivera and Venita Rivera; 41 grandchildren; and 57 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Luis A. Rivera, Jose L. Rivera, Rogelio Rivera Jr., Adrian Rivera, Luis Antonio Rivera and Thomas L. Rivera. Honorary pallbearers are Jaime Camargo Rivera and Jorge A. Rivera.

Roberts, Charles Ray
1941-2009

Published Sunday, December 20, 2009
Funeral for Charles Ray Roberts, 68, of Boyd was Dec. 18 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kelly Roberts officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Roberts died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Boyd. Born Oct. 13, 1941, in Sugden, Okla., to Buck and Lorene (Maine) Roberts, he was a retired auto dealer. He married Leta Chance Jan. 16, 2005, in Weatherford. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Brazil; and a brother, Jackie Roberts. He is survived by his wife; sons, Michael Roberts and wife, Theresa, of Aledo, Cody Ray Roberts and wife, Christina, of Las Vegas, and Michael Heath Glass and wife, Kim, of Boyd; daughters, Tammy Tucker and husband, Randy, of Wortham, Cindy Mears of Azle and Cory Arnold and husband, Trey, of Colorado; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, David Roberts of Waurika, Okla. ; sisters, Melba Stone of Ardmore, Okla., and Nanci Swindle of Watauga; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Kyle Roberts, Tyler Tucker, Caleb Tucker, Josh Henson, Harold Williams and Danny Vincent.

Robinson, Betty Cox
1929-2009

Published Thursday, October 15, 2009
Funeral for Betty Cox Robinson, 80, of Chico was Oct. 13 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Robinson died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Chico. Born June 19, 1929, in Chico to Ernest and Linnie (Ogle) Cox, she married Alton Royce Robinson April 2, 1949, in Boyd. She retired from Bridgeport ISD as an elementary teacher and was a rancher. She was a member of the Texas Limousin Association, the Texas State Teachers Association and Chico Ex-Students Association. She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Alan Randall Robinson; grandson, Asa Royce Robinson; brother, Everett Cox; and sister, Pharine Walker. She is survived by her grandchildren, Will Robinson and wife, Jennifer, of Chico and Ashley Dunlap and husband, Philip, of Okinawa, Japan; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Braylea, Adrienne and Brianna; brother, Elmer Cox and wife, June, of Denton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Brad Farrell, Nathan McConaghie, Eddie Cox, Ernie Cox, Van Cox, Eric Cox and Alvin Boner. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Farrell, Billy Ralph Richey and Paul Simmons.

Robinson, Naida Emit
1932-2009
Published Thursday, September 17, 2009
Funeral for Naida Emit Robinson, 77, of Decatur was Sept. 15 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Worley officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Robinson died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. Born March 8, 1932, in Paradise to Hubert Earl and Minnie Nall (Brown), she married Frank Joe Robinson May 16, 1981, in Boyd. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband; son, Stayce Sampler and wife, Cindy, of Elko, Nev. ; granddaughter, Tricia Wood and husband, Derek, of Haslet; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Genevieve, Adrienne and Catherine; three sisters; one brother; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jimmy Wilson, Terry Smith, Stayce Sampler, Harold Robinson, Bill Runyon and Derek Wood.

Robles, Rowdy Slade
1993-2009

Published Thursday, February 12, 2009
Funeral for Rowdy Slade Robles, 15, of Aurora was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite. Burial was to be at Roselawn Cemetery in Seagoville.
Robles died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in Aurora. Born April 23, 1993, in Mesquite to Frankie and Jennifer Foster-Robles, he was a sophomore at Northwest High School. He hunted, fished and spent time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father in July 1996 and his grandfather, V. C. Tharp. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lewis Schultz of Aurora; brothers, Stoney Robles and Dusty and Chris Schultz of Aurora; sisters, Lacee Tharp of Aurora and Raini Schultz of Ravia, Okla. ; grandparents, Kathy Tharp of Ben Wheeler, Clara Nichols of Azle, Carl and Debbie Stanbery of Tyler and George and Susie Schultz of Quinlan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Pallbearers were to be Stoney Robles, Dusty Schultz, Robert Rothlis, John Crane, Anthony Jenkins, Kevin Stanbery, Chris Schultz and Brian Schultz. Honorary pallbearers were to be Brian Schultz Jr., Stormy Schultz, Billy Jenkins, Eric Mills and Randy New.

Rodgers, Larry 'Skeeter'
1972-2009

Published Thursday, March 19, 2009
Memorial service for Larry "Skeeter" Rodgers, 36, of Newark will be at 3 p. m. Thursday, March 19, at Grace Baptist Church in Newark. The Rev. Benson Kennedy will officiate.
Rodgers died Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Newark. Born Oct. 2, 1972, in Fort Worth to Larry D. and Linda Jo (Pannell) Rodgers, he was a truck driver. He married Lois Gayle (Krebbs) Aug. 26, 2003, in Newark. He was preceded in death by his dad, Jay Schultz. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Briana Rodgers and husband, Chris, of Amarillo and Andrea Currell and husband, Magus; three grandchildren, Heaven, Michael and Vanca; his mother, Linda Jo Schultz; his father, Larry Rodgers and wife, Pat, of Burleson; two sisters, Kimberly Delyn McIntire and Terri Buie and husband, John, of Joshua and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rogers, Dixie Lou
1931-2009

Published Sunday, March 22, 2009
Funeral for Dixie Lou Rogers, 77, of Bridgeport was March 19 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington.
Rogers died Monday, March 16, 2009. Born Nov. 16, 1931, in Wewoka, Okla., to Calvin and Mary Lou Vance, she retired from Bell Helicopter after 29 years of service. She moved to Bridgeport after living several years in Hurst. She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Jim; and one sister. She is survived by her only child, Steve Spurlock and wife, Laurie, of Decatur; three grandchildren, Mary Keith (Stephen) of Coppell, Callie Spurlock and Steven Clint, both of Decatur; two sisters, Marcel and Jodi of Oklahoma; and nieces and nephews. The family requests memorials be made to Mercy Heart, 4600 Wheeler St., Haltom City, TX 76117.

Rogers, Inez Hale
1934-2009

Published Sunday, June 21, 2009
Funeral for Inez Hale Rogers, 74, of Burleson, was to be at 10 a. m. Saturday, June 20, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Sparkman officiating. Burial was to follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Rogers died Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Born Sept. 26, 1934, in Decatur to Benjamin Franklin and Ella Hudson Hale, she was a member of Hallmark Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Vickie Lynn Lewis and Janet Leigh Mayhugh; grandson, Charles Edward Shope; sister, Lou Bowling; and brothers, B.F. Hale Jr. and Dan "Pete" Hale. She is survived by daughters, Debra Ware and husband, Dee, of Burleson, Ella Moncrief and Terry Casbeer of Mansfield and Carol Manji and husband, Alnawaz, of Crowley; son, Paul Rogers Jr. and wife, Donna, of Mansfield; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe Hale and Lee Roy Hale, both of Decatur and James Marco Hale of Henrietta; sisters, Janie Cearley of Decatur, Joyce Horton of Fort Worth, Lois Davidson of Rockdale and Pat Spoede of Denison; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Toby Lambert, Forrest Mayhugh, Jason Albert, Jordan Albert, Joshua Ware and Johnny Fernandez Jr.

Romine, Leeanne Renae
1961-2009

Published Thursday, September 10, 2009
Graveside service for Leeanne Renae' Romine, 48, of Boyd was to be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Romine died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Born March 10, 1961, in Decatur to Joe and Martha (Wittington) Crownover, she was a registered nurse for Renal Ventures of Lewisville. She was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her daughters, Courtney Romine Scantlin and husband, Bobby, of Boyd and Michelle Romine Brown and husband, Barry, of Boyd; son, Trey Keever Ross Romine of Boyd; grandchildren, Mason and Tyler Scantlin; stepfather, Terry Spradlin and wife, Candis, of North Richland Hills; grandmother, Loreta Crawford of Tijeris, N. M. ; brothers, Mike Crownover of Keller and Chris Spradlin of Houston; and a host of extended family. Pallbearers were to be Barry Brown, Bobby Scatlin, David Garcia, Mike Crownover, Chris Spradlin and Roberto Valentine. Honorary pallbearers were to be Terry Spradlin and Trey Romine.

Rose, Samuel T.
1928-2009

Published Thursday, October 8, 2009
Funeral for Samuel T. Rose, 81, of Fort Worth was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Victory Baptist Church in Haltom City with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Rose died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. Born April 23, 1928, in Decatur to Leonard and Gladys Rose, he was employed by Fort Worth ISD for more than 30 years. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eva Jo Rose. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edith Rose; son, Tommy Rose and wife, Connie; daughters, Sammye Herrod and husband, James, and Gladys Hoover and husband, Curtis; sisters, Elizabeth O'Neal and husband, Roy, and LaRue Washburn; grandchildren, Shawn Rose and wife, Christy, Chris Herrod, Cody Herrod, Julie Whitsell and husband, Matt, Tiffany Howard and husband, Josh, Elaine Schroyer and husband, Ryan, and Wendy Jackson and husband, Aaron; great-grandchildren, Alec, Jacob, Jordon, Victoria, Miah, Isaac, Gavin, Hannah, Jayden and Addison; and a host of family.

Ross, Aaron James 'Jack'
1938-2009

Published Sunday, June 28, 2009
Funeral for Aaron James "Jack" Ross, 70, of Sunset was to be at 10 a. m. Satuday, June 27, at Vashti Baptist Church in Bellevue with Jeremy Rogers and Buck Ross officiating. Burial was to follow at Vashti Cemetery.
Ross died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in Chico. Born Sept. 7, 1938, in Roswell, N. M., to Aaron F. and Martha (Smart) Ross, he owned and operated JRT Trucking beginning in 1982 and Tara Farms Trucking. He was in the U. S. Army. He was a bass guitarist and played with Buck Owens, Ray Price and Wanda Jackson. He was a motorcyclist and a member of Vashti Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Reynolds. He is survived by his wife, Terry Ross, of Sunset; three sons, Wendle Vernon of New Mexico, Dempsey Ross and wife, Elizabeth, of Sunset and Buck Ross and wife, Annie, of Bowie; two daughters, Gina Hughes and husband, Joe, of Bowie and Donna Crow of Brownsboro; grandchildren, Jennifer Ross, Skyler Ross, Megan Woods, Connor Brice, Shasta Roberts, Charles Hughes, Donnell Crow, Jonathan Crow, Jody Roberts, Savannah Clark, Trinity Ross, Daisy Crow and Daniel Hughes; nephew, Jessie Youtsey and wife, Vera, of Oklahoma; niece, Donna Jean Slaughter of Perryton; and mother-in-law, Shirley Stovall of Sunset.

Ross, Hilde I.
1929-2009
Published Thursday, September 17, 2009
Funeral for Hilde I. Ross, 80, of Alvord was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial was to be at the Alvord Cemetery.
Ross died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Decatur. Born May 14, 1929, in Germany, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Warren Ross. She is survived by her sons, Allen Ross of Fort Worth and Donald Ross of Alvord; brothers, Sigfred and Gunther Himelstoss of Munich, Germany; and five grandchildren.

Russell, Carson Mayford ‘Pops’
1936-2009

Published Thursday, December 3, 2009
Carson Mayford "Pops" Russell, 73, of Bridgeport will be at 2 p. m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Biggers Funeral Home in Lake Worth. Family visitation will be 6 to 8 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Ash Creek Cemetery. Mike Miles will officiate.
He died Nov. 30, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born March 24, 1936, in Maryville, Tenn., to Walter and Ida Russell, he joined the army in 1953. He served with honors for four years. He met his wife, Anne Natan, while stationed in Paris, France, and they married there Dec. 10, 1955. Russell was preceeded in death by a brother, Samuel Russell of Walland, Tenn., and a son who died at birth, James Edward Russell. He is survived by his wife; sons, David Russell and wife, Cathy, and Carson Russell Jr., all of Bridgeport, Kenny Russell and wife, Teresa, of Fort Worth; daughter Nancy Tidwell and husband, Scott; grandchildren RandiAnn Tidwell-Kula and husband, Gavin, Michelle Russell-Smith and husband, Brandon, Kyle Russell and wife, Amanda, Megan Russell, Tara Tidwell, Scooter Tidwell and Cole Russell-Fidler; great-grandchildren Kylie Russell and Kennedi Kula; daughter-in-law Nanci Russell of Boyd; stepgrandchildren, Rachel Reeves, Treshelle Griffith and Ciji Tidwell; step great-grandchildren Felicity Reeves and Madison Reeves, Trevor Griffith, Courtney Griffith, Amanda Griffith, Jarred Griffith, Tyler DeLap and Dominic Lokey; brothers Earl Russell and Elmer Russell of Maryville, Tenn. Pallbearers are Scott Tidwell, Scooter Tidwell, Kyle Russell, Gavin Kula, Brandon Smith, Scott Erwin, Rusty Russell and Jim Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers are Clyde Stephens, Al Coates and Jerry Jackson.

Russell, George W.
1932-2009

Published Sunday, April 26, 2009
Funeral for George W. Russell, 76, of Bridgeport was April 18 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Russell died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born June 22, 1932, in Tulsa, Okla., to Hubert and Mary Colean (Thompson) Russell, he married Ella Mae Perkins May 18, 1992, in Decatur. He was an oil well contractor for Bridwell Oil Co. and served in the National Guard. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alline Ashbrook Russell; sister, Betty Jean Wright; and grandson, Adam Jason Watkins. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Karen Russell of Bridgeport and Sharon Watkins of Runaway Bay; granddaughter, Amanda Madera and husband, Tylor, of Paradise; great-grandson, Xander Madera; sister, Mary Leach of Wichita Falls; stepchildren, Sheila Hastings, Doris Faris, Charles Warsham, Stephen Warsham, Gary Warsham and Darlene Warsham; 14 stepgrandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Justin, Alex, Kyle and Michael Hastings.

Russell, Kerri Jo Brooks
1961-2009
Published Sunday, March 15, 2009
Funeral for Kerri Jo Brooks Russell, 48, of Bridgeport, was to be at 1 p. m. Saturday, March 14, at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Burrows officiating. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Russell died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Fort Worth. She was born March 10, 1961, in Bridgeport to Harold Joe and Johnelle Brooks. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Kristi Brooks. She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Annette Rossi and husband, Tyler; son, Shad Russell; grandson, Owen Rossi; parents, Billy and Johnelle Reed; brothers, John Brooks, Scott Brooks and Mike Brooks; sister, Sherri Scott; half-sister, Wendy Buckley; grandmother, Loretta Moody; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be John Brooks, Scott Brooks, Kyle Ries, Tyler Rossi, Taylor Scott and Beaumont Brown.

Ryan, Opal Pelton
1913-2009

Published Sunday, April 12, 2009
Funeral for Opal Pelton Ryan, 96, of Bridgeport was to be at 11 a. m. Saturday, April 11, in the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Cindy Ryan and the Rev. Larry Tarver officiating. Ryan donated her body to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Ryan died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Aug. 13, 1913, near Anson to D. S. and Cordie Pelton, she was a 1932 graduate of Anson High School. She married R. Q. Ryan on Dec. 23, 1935 in Anson. She moved to Bridgeport in 2003 after 60 years living in Hawley and was a member of the Clear Fork Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Lowell and Oland; a son, Charles; and two grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Robert and wife, J'Lyn, of Runaway Bay and Harold and wife, Cheri, of Bastrop; daughter-in-law, Susan Ryan of Albuquerque, N. M. ; grandsons, Robin Ryan and wife, Cindy, of Grapevine and Derek Ryan of Austin; granddaughter Stephanie Waldo and husband, Joey, of Alvord; great-grandchildren, Daryl Leigh, Reed, Graham, Spencer and Rylan; sister, Ruth Caffey of Abilene; brother, Wilmer and wife, Geraldine, of Colorado Springs, Colo. ; sister-in-law Blue Pelton of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to Clear Fork Baptist Church in Hawley.

Sampler, Adrian Leroy 'Sonny'
1921-2009

Published Thursday, June 25, 2009
Memorial service for Adrian Leroy "Sonny" Sampler, 87, of Decatur is 2 to 5 p. m. Sunday, June 28, at the Forestburg Community Center in Forestburg.
Sampler died Thursday, June 18, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 3, 1921, near Sycamore to Ernest Guy and Florence Effie (Dockrey) Sampler, he married Margaret Ray Webb March 3, 1959, in Weatherford. He served in the Army Air Force in Europe during World War II. He was a fiddle player and a member of the Fort Worth Professional Musician's Association until his retirement in the early 1970s. He did watch and jewelry repair and had a machine shop for many years. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph, Durwood, Damon and J. C. Sampler; and sisters, Mary Faye Stevens and Meda Jones. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Keri Loveday; granddaughters, Knakiesha Scruggs and husband, Grant, of Burleson, Kelli Carillo and husband, Matthew, and Krystal Loveday; and great-grandchildren, Sean Paul and Amy Lee Carillo, all of Fort Worth; cousin, Deborah Kirbie and husband, Michael, of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

Sampler, Elsie ‘Pete’ Virginia
1928-2009

Published Sunday, November 29, 2009
Funeral for Elsie "Pete" Virginia Sampler, 81, of Decatur was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Burial was to follow at Sycamore Cemetery.
Sampler died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, in Decatur. Born Jan. 25, 1928, in Alvord to Jessie Jake and Bessie Pearl Lowery Monroe, she married John Coleman "J.C." Sampler Nov. 8, 1960, in Decatur. She was a homemaker, quilted, played cards and spent time with family. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Phillip Wayne Rackley of Gainesville and Euell Gale Rackley of Chico; daughter, Shawn Renee Barlow of Decatur; brother, Jessie Jake Monroe Jr. of Forestburg; sisters, Bula Mae Berry of Nocona, Geneva White and Louise Howard, both of Alvord; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were to be Scott Rackley, Chad Rackley, Cody Barlow, John Blackburn, Ryan Blackburn and Brian Williams. Honorary pallbearers were to be Connor Hosay, Trey Watts, Sean Watts, Mikel Watts and Stephen Privitt.

Sanders, John Reed
1923-2009

Published Thursday, October 22, 2009
Memorial service for John Reed Sanders, 86, of Boyd was Oct. 20 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. Dale Noska and Charles Pugh officiating.
Sanders died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Decatur. Born Feb. 27, 1923, in Clarendon to Reed and Della (Luttrell) Sanders, he served in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired butcher and a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for 55 years where he was a Sunday school director. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Sanders; brother, Arthur Sanders; and mother of his children, Gloria Sanders Kemp. He is survived by his son, Johnny Sanders and wife, Patricia, of Boyd; daughters, Rita Elliott and husband, John, of Decatur, Vera Rasco and husband, Bruce, of Paradise and Gloria Gray of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Jason, Joseph and Dianna Sanders and Amanda Rasco; great-grandson, Joseph Slayton Hilyard; and numerous other family members.

Sanders, Patricia Ann
1945-2009

Published Sunday, March 1, 2009
A private memorial service will be held for Patricia Ann Sanders, 63, of Decatur.
Sanders died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, in Decatur. Born Oct. 6, 1945, in Manitowoc, Wis., to John Peter and June (Prowls) Connolly, she married Paul Sanders. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Cary Brown of Decatur; sons, Paul Corniel of San Antonio and Steven Sanders of Decatur; brother, Tom Connolly of Decatur; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Sanderson, Joe
1938-2009
Published Sunday, January 18, 2009
Funeral for Joe Sanderson, 70, of Graham will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Jan. 19, in Graham with Eugene Weldon officiating. Burial will be at 2 p. m. at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Sunday at Morrison Funeral Home.
Sanderson died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in Graham. Born Oct. 29, 1938, in Hefner to Eugene Columbus and Irene Celeste Norwood Sanderson, he married JoAnn Caldwell March 24, 1956, in Ardmore, Okla. He was an inspector for Southwestern Laboratories in Fort Worth, where he and JoAnn owned and operated White's Auto. He moved to Graham in 1976 and owned Sanderson's Restaurant. He had been a pilot since 1963, and he also fished, golfed, played softball and traveled. He is survived by his wife; his mother of Newark; son, Ronnie Sanderson of Graham; daughter, Connie Boster and husband, Rollo, of Springtown; brothers, Virgle Sanderson of Newark, Clinton Sanderson and wife, Mollie, of Boyd, Gerald Sanderson and wife, Jodie, of Paradise, Ronald Sanderson and wife, Sharon, of Paradise and Mike Sanderson and wife, Sharon, of Haslet; sisters, Becky Bricker and husband, Joey, of Newark and Billie Burkett and husband, Bill, of Jacksboro; grandchildren, Jimmy Boster, Ronnie Sanderson Jr., Jessica Sanderson, Caroline Hall and Sabrina Boster; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Young County Chapter, P. O. Box 225, Graham, TX 76450; or Diabetes Association, 4150 International Plaza, Suite 125, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

Saylor, June Marie
1949-2009

Published Sunday, March 22, 2009
Graveside service for June Marie Saylor, 59, of Aledo was to be at 1 p. m. Saturday, March 21, at Green Hill Cemetery in Davis, Okla.
Saylor died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Aledo. Born Oct. 18, 1949, in Bridgeport to Willie and Nellie Rhea, she grew up in Bridgeport and graduated from Bridgeport High School. She married Gary Saylor March 18, 1988, and moved to Aledo. She is survived by her husband; children, Charles Jason Saylor of Hudson Oaks and Crystal Veretto of Palestine; mother, Nellie Clark of Lawrenceburg, Ind. ; brother, Ricky Rhea of Athens; and grandchildren, Amberly Veretto and Layton Piper.

Schilo, Johnnie Faye
1946-2008

Published Thursday, January 1, 2009
Memorial service for Johnnie Faye Schilo, 62, of Bridgeport was Dec. 29. The Rev. Craig Rolen officiated.
Schilo died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, in Bridgeport. Born March 21, 1946, in Jacksonville to Lindley and Vivian (Goodwin) Largent, she was a restaurant cashier. She married Ed Schilo in 1986 in Weatherford and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Glenda Titus, and brothers, Paul, Cecil, Charles and Jerry Largent. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Beth Kinsey and husband, David, of Bridgeport and Christie Schilo; son, Cole Hargrove and wife, Shawna, of Graford; grandchildren, Ashley Mosley, Bud Kinsey, Dustin and Tanner Hargrove and Cheyenne and Leah Davidson; brothers, Clarence Largent of Paradise and Monty Largent of Azle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Scott, Elwyn Fay
1923-2009
Published Thursday, June 18, 2009
Graveside service for Elwyn Fay Scott, 85, of Decatur was June 16 at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Ken May officiating.
Scott died Friday, June 12, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 16, 1923, in Chickasha, Okla., to Merritt and Zuma Pearl (Brown) Scott, he married Elizabeth New on May 16, 1948, in Decatur. He retired from the Texas Highway Department as a foreman in 1968, worked overseas as a construction supervisor for more than 10 years and retired from Wise County after 10 years. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002; a son, Patrick Scott; and two sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Sherrie Scott of Wichita Falls; son, Mike Scott and wife, Susan, of Westcliffe, Colo. ; grandchildren, Laura (Schroder) Melnick, Lindsey Schroder, Megan (Scott) Madden and Steven Scott; great-grandchildren, Logan and Kyle Madden, Aiden Schroder and Caroline Melnick; brother, Delwyn Scott of Fritch; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Patrick Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund through the First Baptist Church, 1200 W. Preskitt Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Sears, James 'Jim' Henry
1932-2009

Published Thursday, June 11, 2009
Funeral for James "Jim" Henry Sears Sr., 76, of Paradise was to be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, June 10, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial was to follow at Wilson Prairie Cemetery.
Sears died Sunday, June 7, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born July 28, 1932, in Greer County, Okla., to James G. and Maude Sears, he owned Sears private airstrip in Paradise and had been a private pilot for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by daughter, Cindy Francis; son, Mark Sears; brother, Milton Sears; half-brother, Edward; and half-sister, Dorothy Owen. His is survived by his wife, Dixie Sears; son, James Henry Sears Jr. ; stepson, Jason Pirtle; stepdaughters, Kinzie Baginski and Dana Cox; sister, Odean Warren; half-brother, Elmer Miller; grandchildren, James Sears III, Adrian Sears, Natalie Sears, Jessica Sears, Matthew Sears and Eric Francis; stepgrandchildren, Travis Cox, Bonnie Cox and Lacey Graham; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made for Sears' favorite charities to an account in his name at First State Bank, 1709 9th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Seaton, Alta
1919-2009

Published Thursday, June 11, 2009
Graveside service for Alta Seaton, 89, of Chico was June 9 at Cundiff Cemetery in Cundiff with the Rev. Kenneth Wood officiating.
Seaton died Friday, June 5, 2009, in Decatur. Born July 13, 1919, in Wise County to William and Lori (Colley) Collier, she married G. W. Seaton Feb. 5, 1944, in Fort Worth. She was a retired civil service CPA. She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, John Chestly Collier; and sister, Emma Lee Givens. She is survived by numerous friends. Pallbearers were Leon Moody, Gene Moody, Dale Moody and Shorty Moody, Donnie Grooms and Monte Graham.

Sellars, William Arnold, Dr.
1927-2009
Published Sunday, May 17, 2009
Funeral for Dr. William Arnold Sellars, 81, of Dallas, was May 1 at Wilson Orwasky Funeral Home in Emory with burial following at Smyrna Cemetery. A memorial service was held the following day at the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Sellars died Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Born Nov. 22, 1927, in Dallas to Rodney and Vera Arnold Sellars, he grew up in the oil fields of East Texas. He served in the U. S. Army and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and graduated from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in Rhode Island and returned to Oak Cliff, where he specialized in allergy and immunology for nearly 50 years. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. He was preceded in death by a son, William A. Sellars Jr. ; and brothers, Victor and Richard Sellars. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Minhinnette Sellars, formerly of Chico; sons, Dean Sellars and wife, Judie, of Moss Point, Miss., and John Patrick Sellars and wife, Szilvia, of Dallas; daughter, Jodi Sellars Smith and husband, Steve, of Celina; brother, Rodney Sellars of Waco; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association; Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211; or the Southwestern Medical Foundation, 2305 Cedar Springs Rd., Ste. 150, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Selz, Leo Valentine ‘Hoey’, Dr.
1921-2009

Published Sunday, December 20, 2009
Funeral for Dr. Leo Valentine "Hoey" Selz, 87, of Bridgeport was Dec. 18, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport with the Revs. Johnny Irish and Dana Coker officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Selz died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Dec. 31, 1921, in Pilot Point to Leo and Bessie Selz, he was a dentist in Bridgeport. Selz served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1946. He flew the C-46 Commander, the largest twin engine airplane in the world at the time. He earned his wings at Randolph Field in San Antonio in 1944. He served as an instructor there and at Connelly Field of Waco until his transfer to the South Pacific, where he transported men and supplies out of Japan until the war ended. Selz graduated from Pilot Point High School in 1939 and from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of arts in chemistry. He then graduated from the Texas School of Denistry in Houston in 1951. He was a member of the Lion's Club, Shriners, the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce where he was awarded citizen of the year in 1982 and was a lifetime member of the Texas Dental Association and the Methodist church. Selz served two terms on the city council from 1974-1977, planning and zoning board 1986-1988, airport board 1969-2009 and Economic Development Board 2004-2008. He is survived by his wife, Martha Selz; sons, Milton Selz and wife, Laura, Dr. Dan Selz and wife, Dr. Debbie, and Dr. Scott Selz and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Edward Selz and wife, Jennifer, Daniel, Allison, Andrea, Chet, Klent and Karli Selz.

Senderfer, Melba Joy
1927-2009
Published Sunday, September 20, 2009
Memorial service for Melba Joy Sanderfer, 82, of Decatur was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Lifeway Country Church in Decatur with the Rev. Gene Fluker officiating.
Sanderfer died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, in Denton. Born July 26, 1927, in Nocona to Martin Luther and Ella Kay (Cox) McGrew, she married William Jack Sanderfer Sept. 14, 1945. She retired from Lederle Laboratories in Dallas as a customer service representative in 1991. She was a member of the Decatur Senior Citizen's Center and the Lifeway Country Church. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978 and a daughter, Linda Kaye Burroughs. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Erwin of Lewisville and Carol Sullens and husband, Dennis, of Decatur; grandchildren; Johnny and Renee DeFee, Tina Perez, Lisa Geiger, Stephen Hammonds, Alicia Bevan, Jeremy Flowers and Tammy Sullens; sister, Reba Gail Miller of Carrollton; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shabay, Betty Jane
1924-2009

Published Sunday, August 9, 2009
Graveside service for Betty Jane Shabay, 85, formerly of Jacksboro was Aug. 7 at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro.
Shabay died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, in Alabama. She was born June 24, 1924, in Oklahoma to Bill and Margaret Nunnelee. She lived at Tannehill Haven Assisted Living facility in McCalla, Ala., for the last five years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.

Shaw, Nora Elizabeth
1911-2009

Published Thursday, December 3, 2009
Funeral for Nora Elizabeth Shaw, 98, of Bridgeport was Friday, Nov. 27, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with Roger Rhodes officiating. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Shaw died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in Winnsboro. Born Aug. 22, 1911, in Athens to J. D. and Bell (Hodge) Pitts, she was a retired nurse and a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Houston Rushin; second husband, Foster Shaw; children, Alfred Rushin and Patricia Kay Bonan; brother, Bennie Lee Pitts; and sisters, Ruth Sharp, Lucille Stanhope and Willie Mae Buck. She is survived by her son, Billie Rushin and wife, Sue, of Winnsboro; grandchildren, Carlisa, Jana, Tracy, Jarred, Phillip and Debbie; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Jean Beal and Tommie Grubbs.

Shearburn, Verlan ‘Sherb’
1925-2009

Published Sunday, December 13, 2009
Memorial service for Verlan "Sherb" Shearburn, 84, of Runaway Bay, was to be at 11 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Jones Family Funeral Home. Dana Coker was to officiate.
Shearburn died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born June 14, 1925, in El Dorado, Kan., Shearburn attended Arkansas State University where he played football. He served in the U. S. Army and was discharged in 1946. He earned a master's degree from Kansas State University. He was a teacher and coach in Snyder until 1966 when he moved to Hurst to work as a counselor at L. D. Bell High School. He later became an assistant principal at Trinity High School in Euless until he retired in 1983. He was a member of the Optimist Club and the Methodist Church. He swam and played golf. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Maurine Shearburn. He is survived by a son, Mike Shearburn of Irving; a daughter, Suzanne Smith of Runaway Bay; grandchildren, Jason and Josh Smith; and great-grandchildren, Hendrix and Harper Smith.

Shipley, Anita Joyce
1935-2009

Published Sunday, November 1, 2009
Funeral for Anita Joyce Shipley, 74, of Perryton, and formerly of Bridgeport, was Oct. 30 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Shipley died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in Perryton. Born May 14, 1935, in Decatur to Orlan and Evilla (Adams) Kaker, she married Jerry Mack Shipley May 11, 1952, in Bridgeport. She was a receptionist at the Bridgeport Clinic for Dr. Hud and Dr. Bryant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Perryton and the volunteer Ochiltree Auxiliary R. S. V. P. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son, Mike Shipley and wife, Connie, of Tularosa, N. M.; daughters, Debbie Blodgett and husband, Richard, of Perryton and Brenda Downing and husband, Billy, of Childress; grandchildren, Kacee Grover and husband, G. W., Brent King and wife, Jennifer, Jennifer Shipley, Bekah Shipley, Chesnea Davis and husband, Michael, Randy Blodgett and wife, Kris Ann; great-grandchildren, Jarah, Landen, Eddie Ray, Christina, Ryan and Chelsea; and brother, Tommy Kaker and wife, Ann, of Jacksboro. Pallbearers were Randy Blodgett, Brent King, G. W. Grover, Jimmy Newton, Clyde Gachter, Mickey Ray and Bill Ray.

Shipp, Billy Gene, Rev.
1963-2009

Published Sunday, November 1, 2009
Funeral for the Rev. Billy Gene Shipp, 46, of Newark was to be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark with the Rev. James Hurst officiating. Burial was to be at Aurora Cemetery.
Shipp died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, in Newark. Born Jan. 20, 1963, in Decatur to Barbara (Simpson) Shipp, he married Shelley Renee Hurst June 25, 1982, in Alvord. He was a member of the Abundant Life Worship Center. He is survived by his wife; sons, Clint, Brent and Bradley Shipp, all of Newark; grandchildren, Keely, Brysen, Cameron, Brailey and Braiden; mother of Sunset; brother, Monty Shipp and wife, Karrie, of Aubrey; sister, Raynae Spain and husband, Cliff, of Decatur; father- and mother-in-law, the Rev. James and Mildred Hurst of Newark. Pallbearers were to be Clint Shipp, Brent Shipp, Bradley Shipp, James Hurst III, James Hurst IV, Rodney Hurst, Buddy Harris, Chris Hobbs, Aaron Liverman and Dustin Webb.

Simmons, Hazel
1918-2009

Published Thursday, January 15, 2009
Funeral for Hazel Simmons, 90, of Fort Worth and formerly of Paradise, was Jan. 13 at the First Baptist Church in Saginaw with Dr. Danny Howe officiating. Burial was at Keeter Cemetery in Keeter.
Simmons died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Jan. 14, 1918, in Granbury to Robert and Pearl Fairman Hobbs, she married Gordon Simmons Aug. 11, 1934, in Linden. She was a housewife and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Saginaw. She crocheted, gardened, bird watched and read the Bible. She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 21, 1975; her daughter, Murlene Ohnheiser; and son, Jerry Simmons. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Hawley of Fort Worth; three sons, Tommy Simmons and wife, Melba, of Weatherford, Ronny Simmons and wife, Melinda, of Paradise and Terry Simmons and wife, Donna, of Keller; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Winnie Doss of Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Janice Hubenka of Paradise; son-in-law, Clarence Ohnheiser of Tyler; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Simms, Curtis Edward
1933-2009

Published Thursday, November 5, 2009
Funeral for Curtis Edward Simms, 76, of Alvord was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Simms died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Decatur. Born Feb. 14, 1933, in Denison to Walter Clyde and Grethal Bell (Curtis) Simms, he married Mary Beth Greenwood Oct. 14, 1970, in Waurika, Okla. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades and was deacon at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Cleo and Gordy Simms; and sister, Lois. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Cheryl Barnum and husband, P. T. of Dallas; stepdaughter, Brenda Drevicky and husband, John, of Farmer's Branch; sister, Bernice Pierce of Waco; three grandsons, Calen, Stephen and David; and granddaughter, Rhiannon.

Singleton, Faye Dean
1922-2009

Published Sunday, July 5, 2009
Funeral for Faye Dean Singleton, 86, of Decatur was to be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ty Lovell officiating. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Singleton died Monday, June 29, 2009. Born Sept. 5, 1922, in Decatur to John and Louise (Tackel) Bramlett, she married Paul C. Singleton April 11, 1941, in Decatur. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979. She is survived by her sons, Dean Singleton and wife, Janie, of Duncanville and Don R. Singleton and wife, Jerilyn, of Decatur; grandsons, Russell Singleton and wife, Annette, of Arlington, Paul Singleton and wife, Laura, of Cedar Park, Trent Sherman and wife, Belinda, and Tim Sherman and wife, Melissa, all of Decatur; granddaughter, Robin Stout and husband, Billy, of Decatur; and numerous cousins. Pallbearers were Russell Singleton, Paul Singleton, Tim Sherman, Tracy Sherman, Trent Sherman and Billy Stout. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Leake, James Woods, W. B. Woodruff, Gary Washburn, Bobby Wilson and Frank Perrin. Memorials may be made to Wise Area Relief Mission, 300 N. Trinity, Decatur, TX 76234.

Sisk, Arvil Earnest
1949-2009
Published Thursday, February 5, 2009
Funeral for Arvil Earnest Sisk, 59, of Alvord will be at 2 p. m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will be at the Alvord Cemetery. Visitation wil be from 6 to 7 p. m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Sisk died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Born May 12, 1949, in Bowie to Arvil Edgar and Francis Evelyn Grissom Sisk, he married Sallie Nellcine Brown Dec. 1, 1982, in Alvord. He worked on the assembly line at General Motors in Arlington and retired after 30 years. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David Sisk and Milton Sisk. He is survived by his wife; son, Michael Foster of Alvord; daughter, Lorie Kelsey and husband, Scott, of Alvord; sisters, Wilma Hunt of Arlington and Lois Boner of Bowie; grandchildren, D. J. McCuller, Taylor Foster, Trenton Kelsey and Cort Kelsey, all of Alvord; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Riley McCuller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sisk, Milton Edgar
1941-2009

Published Thursday, February 5, 2009
Funeral for Milton Edgar Sisk, 67, of Decatur was Jan. 31 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial was at the Alvord Cemetery.
Sisk died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in Arlington. Born May 2, 1941, in Alvord to Arvil Edgar and Frances Evelyn (Grissom) Sisk, he married Judy Gale Neal Aug. 15, 1960, in Alvord. He worked at General Motors in Arlington and retired in 2002. He attended the Decatur Church of Christ and was a longtime member of the Alvord Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Keith Sisk; grandson, Jaxon Tibbels; and brother, David Sisk. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Misti Tibbels and husband, Charlie, of Decatur and Tori Sisk of Keller; grandchildren, Zack and Marlee Tibbels; brother, Arvil Sisk of Alvord; sisters, Wilma Hunt of Arlington and Lois Boner of Bowie; and mother-in-law, Rosa Lee Neal of Decatur. Pallbearers were to be Kenny Boner, Landon Hankins, Steve Hankins, Scott Kelsey, Michael Foster, David Sisk and Jerimy Sisk.

Slate, Emma Lou
1924-2009

Published Sunday, November 22, 2009
Funeral for Emma Lou Slate, 85, of Springtown was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Springtown Church of Christ. Burial was to follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Slate died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Azle. Born in Cottondale on Oct. 13, 1924, to Robert Bruce and Lela Nevada Morehead Banks, she was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from Paradise High School in 1943 and married Earl Benjamin Slate Nov. 25, 1943. They made their home in Springtown. She was an active member of Springtown Church of Christ, and she retired from Springtown ISD in 1984 after serving as an elementary secretary for 16 years. She played the harmonica, quilted, and baked pies and cookies. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 13, 2002; brothers, Alvin, Bill, Burn, Carl, and Joe Banks; sisters, Oma B. Newby, Ruby Taylor and Renez Richardson; and grandson, Jerry Lynn Clouse. She is survived by children Earlene Clouse and husband, John , Bobby Slate and wife, Tami, all of Azle, Darlene Pennington and husband, Lee, of Springtown; grandsons, Tony Slate and wife, Lindsay, of Richmond, Dax Slate and Tracy Slate, both of Springtown, Nicholas Pennington and Chase Pennington, both of Abilene; great-grandchildren, Blake, Keanu, Shaylee, Kennedy, Kaitlyn and Jillian; and nieces and nephews. The family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Smith, James ‘Jimmy’ Harrison
1972-2009

Published Thursday, December 17, 2009
Memorial service for James "Jimmy" Harrison Smith, 37, of Decatur is 10 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Skyvue Victoria Chapel in Mansfield.
Smith died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. He was born Oct. 25, 1972, in Hurst to Jimmy and Marilyn Smith. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Whitaker and husband, Tommy; father and wife, Belle; son, Kade Harrison Smith; daughter, Hailee Michelle Smith; brothers, Tyler Smith and Daniel Whitaker; sister, Samantha Smith; grandmother, Lucille Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Smith, Michael Atle
1960-2009
Published Thursday, December 31, 2009
Graveside service for Michael Atle Smith, 49, of Conroe is 2 p. m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating.
Smith died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Born March 1, 1960, in Dallas to Lewis Edward and Ann Holden Smith, he joined the United States Air Force at 19 and served nine years as an aircraft environmental system technician. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Smith of Chico and Alicia Woods of Weatherford; mother, Anne Wheeler and husband, David, of Decatur; sister, Athena Jones of Colorado; and brother, Steven Smith of Arlington.

Smithpeter, Patsy Lou Warner
1938-2009

Published Sunday, August 16, 2009
Funeral for Patsy Lou Warner Smithpeter, 70, of Fort Worth was Aug. 13 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Smithpeter died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Oct. 20, 1938, in Decatur to Leo and Iva (Barrett) Warner, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Ann Richardson, and brother, Doyle Zuber. She is survived by her children, Bobbie Lynn Fahmy and husband, Nasr, of California, James Otis Wolfinbarger Jr. of Azle, Rosalind Rose James and husband, Jake, of Fort Worth, Marilyn Falisa Atalla and husband, Nashat, of New Jersey, Diana Marie Stewart and husband, Charlie, of Azle, Doyle Van Smithpeter and wife, Cindy, of Fort Worth and Christina Denise Quinn and husband, Tony; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers, Roy and Troy Warner.

Souther, Calvin Lee
1980-2009
Published Sunday, April 19, 2009
Funeral for Calvin Lee Souther, 28, of Chico was to be at 10 a. m. Saturday, April 18, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with the Rev. Elaine Bussey officiating.
Souther died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Sept. 18, 1980, in Decatur to Jack E. and Joyce Lee Souther, he was a member of Grace Fellowship Church and had recently worked on a ranch. He hunted, fished and played practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George John Gardinsky, Carol Gardinsky and Jack Southern Sr. He is survived by his parents; three sons, Dillon Michael Finley, Calvin Keelyn Souther and Kyle Brady Souther; a sister, Chelsea Janiece Souther; grandparents, Hellen L. and Jimmy Isibell; and two nephews. Pallbearers were to have been Joey South, Bryant Udie, Branden Kennedy, Phillip J. Karch, Josh Richey and Chris Richey.

Sowell, Frances
1937-2009

Published Thursday, July 30, 2009
Funeral for Frances Sowell, 72, of Chico was July 28 at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery.
Sowell died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Denver. Born March 7, 1937, in Midland to Herbert H. and Ina Gladys (Cates) Thornton, she was a retired jewelry store manager and a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico, the Chico Library Board and the Sand Flat Art Guild. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Sidney; sons, Terry Sowell and wife, Debbie of Hurst and Danny Sowell and wife, Judy, of Keller; grandchildren, Erica, Kara, Jake, Kacy, Clayton, Deanna and Trenton; his mother; sisters, Ada Beth Clark, Judy Darnell and Fern Foster; brothers, Harry, Roy, Tom and Dennis Thornton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Spain, Warren Douglas
1933-2009

Published Sunday, June 7, 2009
Funeral for Warren Douglas Spain, 76, of Dawson was June 3 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Revs. Ricky Woodall and Cliff Spain officiating. Burial followed at Dawson Cemetery.
Spain died Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Corsicana. Born May 23, 1933, in Decatur to Clyde Warren and Nellie Christine (Rawle) Spain, he was a retired rancher and a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. He played dominoes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; son-in-law, Bubba Davis; and sisters, Leona Burk and Alma Maxey. He is survived by daughters, Brenda Davis of Hallsville and Patti Claxton and husband, Larry, of Moore, Okla. ; son, Doug Spain of Dawson; grandchildren, Brandi Mikles and husband, Cory, Matthew Claxton and wife, Heather, Cristina Davis, Cari Claxton, Justin Spain, Jerred Spain, Jalyn Spain and Jade Spain; great-grandchildren, Bailee and Bethany Mikles; brothers, Clyde Spain and wife, Mavis, and Don Spain and wife, Dean; sisters, Emodine Boydston and Nell Stone, all of Decatur; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jamie Stone, Jerred Spain, Justin Spain, Vic Walthers, Curtis Spain and Glenn Spain. Honorary pallbearers were Richard McGriff, Hugh Warren, Scotty Anderson and Matthew Claxton. Memorials may be made to Navarro Mills Baptist Church, 1095 FM 667, Purdon, TX 76679.

Sparkman, Michael Wayne
1968-2009

Published Thursday, July 9, 2009
Graveside service for Michael Wayne Sparkman, 40, of Chico was July 4 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Miller officiating.
Sparkman died Thursday, July 1, 2009, in Chico. Born Nov. 10, 1968, in Azle to Luther Leon and Doris Jean (Young) Sparkman, he married Deyone Jones Jan. 29, 1999, in Bowie. He was a disposal mechanic for Bridgeport Tank Trucks. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Sparkman, and brother, Christopher Sparkman. He is survived by his wife; son, Michael Sparkman Jr. of Chico; daughters, Brittany Jones and Tamara Sparkman, both of Chico; brother, Jackie Sparkman of Bridgeport; sisters, Cassandra Austin of Springtown and Cynthia Burris and husband, Eddy, of Conroe; mother-in-law, Rebekah Miller of Chico; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Sparks, Nancy Pearl Erwin
1923-2009

Published Thursday, January 22, 2009
Funeral for Nancy Pearl Erwin Sparks, 85, of Rhome was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Rhome Church of Christ. Burial was to be at Aurora Cemetery.
Sparks died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, in Azle. Born Feb. 21, 1923, in Rhome to Eva Jane and Tom Erwin, she graduated from Rhome High School in 1940. She married James E. Sparks of Rhome Jan. 2, 1946. She worked in the Montgomery Wards catalogue sales department as a supervisor for 30 years. Sparks also worked as an usher for the Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, Mo. After retirement, the couple moved to Rhome and were members of the Rhome Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Janie Sparks Marino Hansen and husband, Jens, and Carol Sparks Kite and husband, Sam, both of Fort Worth; and granddaughters, Kelly Ann Marino, Jennifer Kite Gillespie and Julie Kite. Memorials may be made to any charity.

Spencer, Juanita
1924-2009

Published Thursday, July 2, 2009
Funeral for Juanita Spencer, 84, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, July 1, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Brian Hurley, Rocky Bransom and Donna Spencer were to speak at the service. Burial was to be at Boyd Cemetery.
Funeral for Juanita Spencer, 84, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, July 1, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Brian Hurley, Rocky Bransom and Donna Spencer were to speak at the service. Burial was to be at Boyd Cemetery. Spencer died Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Azle. Born Aug. 28, 1924, in Decatur to Orell Butler and Margarete (Newsome) Hague, she married Norris Spencer Feb. 17, 1942, in Boyd. She was a certified medication aide in a Decatur nursing home for 26 years and had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Boyd since 1942. She was a professional volleyball player and bowler, a member of the Boyd No. 897 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Rainbow Advisory Board of Azle Assembly. She also sewed, quilted, crocheted and embroidered. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995. She is survived by her sons, W.R. "Dickie" Spencer of Cleburne and T.K. "Tommy" Spencer and wife, Donna, of Boyd; grandchildren, Angie Branson and husband, Rocky, of Burleson, Amie Nelson and husband, Lee, of Brock, Kim Myatt and husband, Gerald, of Oklahoma, Kent Spencer and wife, Kristen, of Boyd, Brian Hurley and wife, Heather, of Saginaw and Barry Hurley and wife, Sandy, of Weatherford; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Doris Zigmunt and husband, Tom, of Hollywood, Fla. ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Kent Spencer, Brian Hurley, Rocky Bransom, Gerald Myatt, Lee Nelson and Barry Hurley. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Jack Cruz, Audie Phillips, Warren Saulter, Alvin Bassham, Raymond Jordan, Tommy Earnest and Jackie Read. Memorials may be made to the Boyd Cemetery Association.

Springer, Oneal Luther
1921-2009

Published Sunday, December 6, 2009
Funeral for Oneal Luther Springer, 88, of Decatur was Dec. 4 at Sycamore Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Gray officiating. Burial was at Sycamore Cemetery.
Springer died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Granbury. Born Sept. 6, 1921, to Luther and Mary Effie Funderburk Springer in Moresville, Miss., he married Ida Abaiy Dec. 31, 1945, in Tarry Town, N. Y. He retired from General Dynamics after 42 years as an electronic inspector. He restored airplanes for museums during his retirement. He was a member of VFW Post 8911 and Sycamore Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Neal Springer. He is survived by his wife; son, David Robert Springer and wife, JoAnn, of Decatur; daughters, Donna Lynn Alexander and husband, Lecil, of Burlington, N. C., and Karen Delaine Cross and husband, Randy, of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Gerald Springer, Jeff Alexander, Cory Alexander, Codey Cross, Trey Hale and Jacob Cornelison.

St. John, Eddie Joe
1956-2009

Published Thursday, June 4, 2009
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Eddie Joe St. John, 52, of Chico.
St. John died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Paradise. Born Dec. 22, 1956, in Bridgeport to Billie Joe and Wanda Jean (Mason) St. John, he was a graduate of Chico High School. He cooked, hunted and fished and was self-employed in oilfield services. He most recently attended Milestone Church and preached at numerous other churches. He was preceded in death by a son, Kyler Joe St. John. He is survived by his mother; children, Tricia Bowen and husband, Matthew, Tim Holland and wife, Kasey, Lisa Holland and Micheal Holland; brothers, Troy St. John and wife, Kay, Stanley St. John and wife, Diane, and Loyd St. John and wife, Tracy; grandchildren, Hanna, Kyler and Nick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stack, Bob ‘Bossman’
1932-2009

Published Thursday, July 23, 2009
Visitation for Bob "Bossman" Stack, 76, of Chico was July 19 at Jones Family Funeral Home.
Stack died Saturday, July 18, 2009, in Sanger. Born Nov. 2, 1932, in Chico to Herbert and Estella Stack, he was a retired rock hauler. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; brother, Dan Stack and wife, Shirley; children, Glenn Stack and wife, Betty, Mike Stack and wife, Debbie, Johnny Stack and wife, Cindy, Jeannie Miller and husband, Tom, Robert Williams and wife, Terri, Doug Williams and wife, Carla, Jerry Williams and wife, Kay, and Jay Williams and wife, Dee; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a niece, Frances.

Staggs, Janet Carol ‘Jan’
1949-2009

Published Sunday, November 1, 2009
Memorial service for Janet Carol "Jan" Staggs, 60, of Springtown was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Staggs died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in Springtown. Born May 5, 1949, in Slaton to Albert and Dorothy (White) Edwards, she married Kenneth Staggs Nov. 22, 1972, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a retired scan coordinator for IGA in Boyd. She traveled and gardened. She is survived by her husband; son, Mark Daniel Staggs of Springtown; brothers, Richard Edwards and wife, Sue, of Sanger and Don Allison and wife, Quata, of Midland; sisters, Barbara Dewry of Odessa and Nancy Henderson of Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stamey, Karen Sue
1954-2009

Published Thursday, December 31, 2009
Memorial service for Karen Sue Stamey, 54, of Decatur is 2 p. m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Aurora with the Rev. John Stewart officiating.
Stamey died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 27, 1954, in Topeka, Kan., to Leroy and Roberta Barrett Murren, she worked for Outreach Health Services as a community service aide and was a member of Aurora Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her sons, Ryan Stamey and wife, Crystal, of Decatur and Matthew Stamey and wife, Nicole, of Bowie; daughter, Kelly Mills and husband, Tom, of Lake Bridgeport; father, Leroy Murren of Overbrook, Kan. ; brother, Wayne Murren of Lawrence, Kan. ; grandchildren, Ava, Symphony, Brook, Xander, Laci and J. T. ; cousin, Shawna Curtis of Bowie; aunts, Winona Plummer of Lawrence, Helen May of Scranton, Kan. ; and uncle, William Barrett of Ottawa, Kan.

Stephens, Bobby Guy
1951-2009

Published Sunday, June 21, 2009
Funeral for Bobby Guy Stephens, 57, of Decatur was June 19 at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Louis Horton officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Stephens died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in Corinth. Born Dec. 23, 1951, in Fort Worth to Coy Norman and Virginia Katherine (Chipman) Stephens, he worked for Holmes Auto for more than 20 years and Sterling Heat and Air for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Wise County Sheriff's Posse. He is survived by his sisters, Coy Ann Stephens of Decatur, Stephanie Capt and husband, Emmett III, of Kilgore; brother, Kyle E. Stephens and wife, Debbie, of Decatur; aunts, Mary Greer of Decatur and Sue Steinhauser of Corpus Christi; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were James Michael Gregory, Coy Lyn Gregory, Emmett Capt IV, Kyle E. Stephens Jr., Brian Keith Freeman Jr. and Charles D. Loffler. Honorary pallbearers were Ross Mueller, Dennis Hudson, Kenny Shaw and Bill Askey.

Stewart, Louann Tadlock
1953-2009

Published Thursday, April 23, 2009
Funeral for Louann Tadlock Stewart, 55, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, April 22, at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Burial was to follow at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle.
Stewart died Sunday, April 19, 2009. Born Sept. 21, 1953, in Fort Worth to J. D. and Polly Tadlock, she graduated from Frisco High School in 1971 and worked in the Bridgeport school district for the past 11 years. She was a member of the Runaway Bay Community Church, and she participated in numerous Relay for Life and Komen Race for the Cure events. She is survived by her husband, Roy Stewart; a son, Tad Stallings and wife, Lindsay, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Tandy Stallings of Denton; a granddaughter, Katherine Louann Stallings; her mother of Frisco; sisters, Jo Kays Williams of Sulphur Springs, Connie Yates of Frisco and Marilyn Ellis of Denton; and brother, J. D. Tadlock Jr. of Pilot Point. Memorials may be made to Bridgeport High School Scholarship Fund, 1 Maroon Drive, Bridgeport, TX 76426 or Frisco Education Foundation, P. O. Box 567, Frisco, TX 75034.

Stockton, Joyce Ilene
1948-2009

Published Sunday, May 10, 2009
Graveside service for Joyce Ilene Stockton, 61, of Decatur will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Alvord Cemetery with Louis Horton officiating. Visitation is from 7 to 8 p. m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Stockton died Thursday, May 7, 2009, in Decatur. Born March 10, 1948, in Waco to Posey Everett Sr. and Ila Mae Smith, she married James Fredrick Stockton May 16, 1967, in Decatur. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of Decatur; sons, James Richard Stockton and wife, Marissa, of Bridgeport and David Glen Stockton of Decatur; daughter, Glenda Martin of Decatur; grandchildren, Lucas Stockton, Brittanie and Stephanie Martin of Decatur and Kayla Stockton; and brothers, Bob, Melvin, Jerry Gene Smith and Posey Smith Jr.

Stone, Kevin M.
1962-2009

Published Sunday, June 7, 2009
Funeral for Kevin M. Stone, 46, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, June 6, at the Boyd Church of Christ with Eddie Montgomery officiating. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Stone died Monday, June 1, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 14, 1962, in Winona, Miss., to Jack Melton and Winogene (Oates) Stone, he was an auto paint and body repairman. He was preceded in death by his father; and stepfather, George Mayfield. He is survived by his mother; sons, Kevin Stone Jr. and wife, Chelsea, and Robert, Alex and Daniel Stone; the mother of his children, Jina Stone; granddaughter, Mandy Stone of Boyd; brothers, Jackie Stone of Aurora, Doug Mayfield and wife, Cathy, of Welch, Okla., and Tim Mayfield of San Francisco; sisters, Lanai Gillott and husband, Tim, of Decatur, Dorrie Mayfield of Azle and Darla Davis and husband, Gary, of New Fairview; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Jack Stone, Jackie Stone, Craig Rasberry, Robert Reitnauer, Tim Gillott, Dennis Sanders, Robert Rowland and Mark Munn. Honorary pallbearer was to be Jeff Mayhue. Memorials may be made to the Kevin Stone Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.

Stubblefield, Ricky Franklin
1956-2009
Published Sunday, March 1, 2009
Graveside service for Ricky Franklin Stubblefield, 52, of Slidell was to be at 1:30 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Slidell Cemetery with Bobby Gates officiating. Visitation was to be from 10 to 11 a. m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Born Aug. 29, 1956, in Decatur to Henry Franklin and Bernice May (Hesteande) Stubblefield, he was a residential construction carpenter. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Beasley. He is survived by his mother of Slidell; sons, Joshua Stubblefield and Jason Stubblefield of Krum; sister, Linda Bentley of Slidell; and several nieces and nephews.

Sturdevant, George Donell
1960-2009
Published Thursday, June 25, 2009
Memorial service for George Donell Sturdevant, 49, of Decatur is at 11 a. m. Thursday, June 25, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur.
Sturdevant died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in Decatur. Born Jan. 11, 1960, in California to Charles William and Christianna (Cooper) Sturdevant, he was a truck driver for Key Energy Services. He is survived by sons, Shylo M. Sturdevant and Steely M. Sturdevant, both of Decatur; daughter, Nakyla M. Sturdevant of Bowie; stepson, Josh M. Weber of Decatur; granddaughter, Chloe R. Weber of Bowie; his parents of Camarillo, Calif. ; brothers, John Sturdevant and wife, Linda, of Huntington, Calif., Jimmy Sturdevant of Lompoc, Calif., and Chuck Sturdevant of California; and sister, JoAnn Husein and husband, Mohammand, of California.

Stutt, Wilbert Donald
1938-2009

Published Thursday, February 12, 2009
Funeral for Wilbert Donald Stutt, 70, of Paradise was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Paradise Church of Christ with Sam Starr officiating. Burial was to be at Paradise Cemetery.
Stutt died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Sept. 21, 1938, in Wise County to Robert D. and Ruby Stutt, he married Roberta French June 6, 1964. He camped and sang at church. He was a longtime member of the Paradise Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Sue Winters; sons, Scott Stutt, Doug Stutt and Tony Stutt and wife, Debby; stepdaughter, Judy Brinkley; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Melba Stutt; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Kenny Rotman, Dean Meadows, Gary Barnett, Sam Starr, Harold Read and Jamie Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were to be Leon Moody and Mike Winters. Donations may be made to an account at First State Bank in Paradise under the names of Judy Brinkley and Doug Stutt.

Sudduth, Art
1953-2009

Published Sunday, October 4, 2009
Graveside service for Art Sudduth, 56, of Bedford was to be at 11 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Aurora Cemetery.
Sudduth died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born April 13, 1953, in Fort Worth to Jim Henry and Bethel (Stepp) Sudduth, he was a retired Bedford police officer. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Sudduth. He is survived by his sons, Orlando Sudduth and wife, Adrae, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Ricky Sudduth of Bedford; daughters, Dominique Sudduth of Vermont and Shelby Sudduth of Whiteface; sister, Sharon Best and husband, Joe, of Decatur; brother, James Sudduth and wife, Peggy, of Chandler, Ariz. ; and fiancee, Blanca Jara of Bedford.

Sudduth, Jim
1924-2009
Published Thursday, July 30, 2009
Graveside service for Jim Sudduth, 84, of Decatur was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, July 29, at Aurora Cemetery with Steve Weeks officiating.
Sudduth died Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Decatur. Born July 31, 1924, in Fort Worth to Henry and Susan Ruth (Black) Sudduth, he served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bethel; daughter, Helen Sudduth; brother, H. L. Sudduth; and sisters, Ruby Levine and Jonnie Lou Wood. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Best and husband, Joe, of Decatur; sons, Artice Sudduth of Bedford and James Sudduth and wife, Peggy, of Chandler, Ariz. ; grandchildren, Joe, Steve, Dominque, Orlando, Shelby, Ricky, Skeeter, Jason, Sarah and Sandi; great-grandchildren, Jadelyn, Logan and Julie; sisters, Jauretta Francis and husband, Carl, of Azle and Nancy Harwell of Granbury; and numerous other family members.

Suihkonen, Avis Lee
1943-2009

Published Thursday, January 15, 2009
Memorial service for Avis Lee Suihkonen, 65, of Valley View was to be at 1 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Suihkonen died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Denton. Born Aug. 3, 1943, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Leland and Beryle Vermilyea Rudolph, she married LeRoy James Suihkonen Feb. 17, 1962, in Babbit, Minn. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Lori Sullivan and husband, Kelly, of Ponder and Jena McBride and husband, Kerry, of Paradise; two sisters; grandchildren, Candace Suihkonen Meadows, Amanda Garcia, Julie Acker, Ethan Paul, C. J. McBride, Bradley McBride and Erick McBride; and two great-grandchildren.

Summers, John Hugh
1939-2009

Published Thursday, February 19, 2009
A private memorial service will be held for John Hugh Summers, 69, of Decatur.
Summers died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in Decatur. Born Oct. 4, 1939, in Shreveport, La., to Milton and Nellie (Vascoe) Summers, he married Pamela Engelhart Oct. 3, 1998, in Shreveport. He retired from the city of Bossier City and moved to Decatur four years ago. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Dondi Dillon and husband, Ken, of Decatur; grandsons, Ritchie and Scott Stacey; and other family members.

Swan, Lee Walker
1935-2009

Published Thursday, June 4, 2009
Memorial service for Lee Walker Swan, 73, of Alvord is at 11 a. m. Saturday, June 6, at the Wise County Veteran's Park with Paul Duffley with the Wise County Veteran's Group and the Revs. Johnny Irish and Roy Spore officiating.
Swan died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Dallas. Born Aug. 25, 1935, in Chicago to Lawrence Sheridan and Marie Bernetta (Flam) Swan, he married Barbara Ann Mitchell July 26, 1975, in Rotan. He began working for United Airlines on Jan. 18, 1961, and retired after 30 years of service in April 1991. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years and was a member of the Wise County Veteran's Group, the United Airlines Retirees Group and the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Glenn Swan. He is survived by his wife; son, Richard Curtiss Swan of Michigan; sister, Karen Adele Parker of Gurnee, Ill. ; and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Wise County Veteran's Group, 205 N. State Street, Decatur, TX 76234 or Wise Area Relief Mission, 300 N. Trinity, Decatur, TX 76234.

Switzer, John 'Lil Abner'
1944-2009

Published Thursday, February 19, 2009
Memorial service for John "Lil Abner" Switzer, 64, of Bridgeport will be at 11 a. m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Rick Cooper officiating.
Switzer died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Sept. 10, 1944, in McLean to Forrest Glen and Rachel Lois (Stratton) Switzer, he was a retired truck driver for Durban Trucking and Pat's Trucking. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church. He is survived by his sisters, Glenda Lois Roachelle of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Laura Mae Switzer of Edmond, Okla. ; nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Damon Tucker, Chris Pewitt, Jeffrey Long, Ken Nance, Greg Orr and Kenneth Orr. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Taggart, Thomas Wren, Jr.
1928-2009

Published Thursday, June 25, 2009
Funeral for Thomas Wren Taggart Jr., 80, of Fort Worth was to be at 11:30 a. m. Wednesday, June 24, at Mount Olivet Funeral Home with the Revs. Scott Kelly and Jim Owens officiating. Burial was to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Taggart died Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born July 9, 1928, in Fort Worth to Thomas Wren Taggart Sr. and Wilma Elizabeth Plemons, he was retired from the Union Pacific Railway after 44 years of service. He began his career with the railroad at age 15 with the Texas & Pacific Railroad and in 1962 was elected general chairman of the Texas Brotherhood of Railway Clerks. He was a graduate of Texas Wesleyan College, where he majored in business and political science. He served two terms in the U. S. Army from 1946 to 1951 during the Korean conflict. He married Marjorie Fae Pace Nov. 18, 1948, in Weatherford. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 942 and the Baptist church. Upon his retirement, he and his wife traveled. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Taggart. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Shirley White and husband, Danny, of Decatur, and Deborah Hicks of Arlington; son, Gary Taggart and wife, Kelly, of Omaha, Neb. ; six grandchildren, Kimberly Brazier and husband, Eric, of Runaway Bay, Tommy Hicks of Chicago, Kayse Luecke and husband, David, of Arlington, Heath White of Cannonsburg, Penn., and Shannan and Ryan Taggart of Omaha; great-grandchildren, Jared and Landen Brazier and Katharen and Elizabeth Luecke; sister, Shirley Garrett of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Tommy Hicks, Heath White, Phillip Taggart, David Luecke, Eric Brazier and Gene Garrett. Honorary pallbearer was to be Don Gifford. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice, 2501 Parkview Dr. No. 600, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Tallant, Mertie Maye Flowers
1909-2009

Published Sunday, May 10, 2009
Graveside service for Mertie Maye Flowers Tallant, 99, of McAllen will be at 5 p. m. Sunday, May 10, at Chico Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p. m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Tallant died Sunday, May 3, 2009, in McAllen. Born Sept. 2, 1909, near Chico to Columbus Flowers and Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Flowers, she married Joseph Samuel Tallant in 1942. She was a retired teacher, a member of First Baptist Church in McAllen, Edinburg and Chico and gave to charitable organizations. She graduated from Chico High School and went on to teach school at the age of 21 in Temple. She began teaching at Edinburg High School in 1949 and taught math and typing for more than 30 years. She received a Lifetime Teaching Certificate in 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Columbus Bea, Elizabeth Thomas, Lucile Herni and Orburn K. Donations may be made to the Palm Valley Animal Center, 2501 W. Trenton, Edinburg, TX 78539.

Tankersley, Gary
1957-2009
Published Sunday, September 13, 2009
Funeral for Gary Tankersley, 52, of Saginaw, formerly of Wise County, was Sept. 9 at Lake Worth.
Tankersley died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, in Saginaw. He was born May 3, 1957, in Fort Worth to J. T. and JoAnn Tankersley. He is survived by his mother of Haslet; daughters, Amy, Jenifer and Kaitlynn Tankersley, all of Saginaw; sisters, Jemelia Cook of North Richland Hills, Karen Schluter of Haslet and Sunney Coder of Saginaw; and grandchild, Krysta Hawkins of Saginaw.

Tanner, Gracie Erwin
1921-2009
Published Thursday, June 25, 2009
Funeral for Gracie Erwin Tanner, 87, of Joplin was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, June 24, at the First Baptist Church in Joplin with the Revs. Billy Earl Rhone and Loury Drue Nero officiating. Burial was to follow at Joplin Fairview Cemetery.
Tanner died Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Nov. 13, 1921, to Joseph Henry and Jessie Hall Erwin in Joplin, she was a homemaker. She attended and graduated from the school in Joplin. She married Joe W. Tanner Jr. Dec. 7, 1939, in Jacksboro. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004; her brothers, Coy, Fred, Bert, Charlie, Herman, Thurman and R. B. ; and a sister, Letha Bell. She is survived by daughters, Joann Bishop and husband, Bob, Bonnie Carol Allin, Mickey Johnson and husband, Orvel, and Judy Kotrlik and husband, Joe; sons, Gary Tanner and wife, Bennie, Bill Tanner and Mike Tanner and wife, Donna; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Chris Kotrlik, Henry Erwin, Regulo Martinez, David Tanner, Jimmy Vestel and Stephen Mock.

Taylor, Alan S.
1954-2009
Published Sunday, May 24, 2009
There will be no public service for Alan S. Taylor, 54, of Paradise who died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at his home.
Born Oct. 11, 1954, in Arlington to Wiley and Evelyn Taylor, he was a printing press operator and hunter. He is survived by his daughters, Karen Gambrell and Rachel Taylor of Arlington; granddaughter, Qeyanna Gambrell of Arlington; mother; brothers, Wiley Taylor of Arlington and Nathan Taylor of Lake Whitney. Donations may be made to Mission Arlington, http://www. missionarlington. org/giving

Taylor, Glenn Henry 'Hank'
1960-2009

Published Thursday, April 16, 2009
Funeral for Glenn Henry "Hank" Taylor, 48, of Decatur was April 10 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with Ken May, Chris Jones and Ray Gipson officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Taylor died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Decatur. Born Sept. 14, 1960, in Fort Worth to Jimmy Carl and Mary Lou (Redmon) Taylor, he married Lisa Ellen Schaefli Aug. 7, 1993, in Decatur. He worked for Chevron in Irving for 15 years in maintenance and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Laura Dunlap and Mary Taylor of Decatur; son, Michael Taylor of Decatur; mother; brothers, David Taylor of Flower Mound, Jim Taylor of Decatur and Jack Taylor of Richardson. Pallbearers were David Taylor, Landon Taylor, Alan Taylor, Chris Redmon, Brock Taylor, Gayle Redmon, Allen Redmon and Jack Taylor. The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Youth Building Fund, 1200 W. Preskitt Rd., Decatur, TX 76234 and Raquel's Wings for Life, Attention: Fabio LaBrada, P. O. Box 1254, Decatur, TX 76234.

Taylor, Herbert 'Bee Man'
1941-2009
Published Thursday, May 14, 2009
Funeral for Herbert "Bee Man" Taylor, 67, of Decatur was to be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Billy Vernon Neal Jr. officiating. Burial was to follow at Sycamore Cemetery.
Taylor died Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Decatur. Born Sept. 2, 1941, in Pickett County, Tenn., he was a self-employed horse trader and a member of the Kentucky Town Baptist Church in Whitewright. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Malton Taylor; and two sisters, Jessie Faye Carson and Robbie Frances Chambers. He is survived by four sisters, Claudine Phillips of Killeen, Betty Knight of Tioga, Billie Jean Neal and husband, Billy Vernon Sr., and Johnnie Ward and husband, Charles, all of Bells; a brother, Charles Taylor and wife, Sylvia, of Decatur; sister-in-law, Nona Taylor of Decatur; brother-in-law, Perry Chambers of Bells; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers were to be Mark Fox, Nathan Ruddick, Bruce Neal, Danny Taylor, Shawn Phillips, Jason Phillips and Charles Ward.

Taylor, Leo
1933-2009

Published Sunday, December 20, 2009
Funeral for Leo Taylor, 76, of Newark was to be at 11 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at 2 p. m. at Dido Cemetery.
Taylor died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Born Jan. 27, 1933, in Nevada to Myrtle and William Taylor, he served in the Navy and was discharged in 1953 after serving in the Korean War. He owned and operated Irving School of Welding before moving to Newark for 24 years. He was the 100th heart recipient at St. Paul Heart and Lung Center in 1992 and lived 17 years because of a donor. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Susan McIlroy, Mildred Whitehead, Dorothy Kenney and Inez Taylor; and a brother, Roland Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Taylor; daughters, Patricia Pitts and Leslie Hipp; grandchildren, Ronnie and Matthew Pitts and Miranda and Spencer Hipp; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rance, Reece, Abigail and Kyle Pitts and Clayson Richards; brothers, Glen Taylor of Duncan, Okla., and Joe Taylor of Irving; and many nieces and nephews.

Tedrow, D.V.
1921-2009

Published Thursday, September 10, 2009
Funeral for D.V. Tedrow, 88, of Aurora was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark with James Hurst and David Wilson officiating. Burial was to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Tedrow died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, in Decatur. Born Aug. 11, 1921, to Will and Alma Logan Tedrow in Tioga, he married Frankie Lockhart June 15, 1942. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Frances Elaine Hale and husband, Wilson, of Paradise; sons, Arnold Tedrow and wife, Karen, of Aurora, Monte Tedrow and wife, Valerie, of Boyd, and Jim Tedrow of Aurora; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and sister, Alta Moore. Pallbearers were to be Rodney Tedrow, Cody Tedrow, Brandon Tedrow, Bradley Tedrow, Eric Bennett, Jordan Bennett and Roger Gober.

Terrell, Lanny Royce
1952-2009

Published Sunday, July 5, 2009
Funeral for Lanny Royce Terrell, 56, of Chico was to be at 10:30 a. m. Friday, July 3, at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Tom Merritt officiating. Burial was to follow at Crafton Cemetery.
Terrell died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Aug. 6, 1952, in Bridgeport to Royce and Dorris Terrell, he worked in the oilfield for many years. He was a horseman, reader and sports fan. He also studied history. He was preceded in death by his father; and his brother-in-law, Billy Ray Wiley. He is survived by his mother; sister, Vicki Wiley; brothers, Kent Terrell and wife, Cammy, and Mitch Terrell and wife, Janet; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Brian Terrell, Royce Terrell, Zach Terrell, Tyler Terrell, Matt Dickinson and Dale George.

Terrell, Rachel
1946-2009
Published Thursday, October 8, 2009
Funeral for Rachel Terrell, 63, of Broken Arrow, Okla., was to be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Florence Street Baptist Church in Broken Arrow with Harrell Kendrick and Dwight West officiating. Burial was to follow at Park Grove Cemetery.
Terrell died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Tulsa, Okla. Born March 6, 1946, in DeQuincy, La., to Preston West and Verdi Nipper, she graduated from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Ark., in 1964. She married Jerry Ray Terrell June 22, 1973. She sewed and worked with wood. She was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Marvin West, and stepson, Greg Terrell. She is survived by her husband; daughter, Robin Kendrick and husband, Darrell, of Broken Arrow; grandchildren, Laci Terrell and Ashley, Jenna and Brandon Kendrick; brothers, Sonny West and wife, Martha, Dee West and wife, Margaret, and Morrisy West; and sisters, Dolly Sellers, Sis Terrell and husband, Bobby, and Lou Hendrick and husband, Gail.

Thomas, Mozelle Holloway
1920-2009
Published Thursday, March 26, 2009
Graveside service for Mozelle Holloway Thomas, 88, of Potosi was March 12 in Potosi Cemetery and a memorial service followed at Wylie Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Fuller and Dr Bob Cullen officiating.
Thomas died March 7, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born August 26, 1920, near Spur, to William A. Holloway and Bera Mae Shockley Holloway, she married Hayden H. Thomas on June 16, 1942, in Abilene and moved to Potosi in 1968. She retired from the Taylor County treasurer's office in 1986 after serving 25 years. A member of Wylie Baptist Church, she did mission work and Vacation Bible School. She volunteered for groups such as the Texas Retired Treasurer's Association, Texas Extension Education Association, RSVP, Pep Club and Potosi Quilting Club. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Bryant, Doyle, Calvin and Glenn Holloway; and a sister, Francis Veazey. She is survived by her son, Russell Thomas and wife, Connie, of Owens; daughter, Marilyn Swilling and husband, Scott, of Potosi; two brothers, Max and Neal Holloway of Alvord; three sisters, Lois Lusko of Abilene, Jean Peters of North Ft. Myers, Fla., and Jane Colburn of Quitman; four grandchildren, Travis Thomas and wife, Kim, of Pioneer, Tami Hull and husband, Ted, of Early, Trent Thomas and wife, Brittney, of Austin, and Rain Davis and husband, Nick, of Potosi; two step-grandchildren, Jeremy Swilling of Greenwood and Kelly Swilling of Potosi; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter and Hannah Hull, Jurnee, Tripp and Ketch Miles Thomas and Sky and Shada Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Wylie Baptist Church Building Fund, 6097 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, TX 79606; West Texas Rehab Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; or a mission organization of your choice.

Thomas, Richard Scott, Sr.
1960-2009

Published Thursday, March 26, 2009
Funeral for Richard Scott Thomas Sr., 49, of Alvord was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, March 25, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Born Feb. 8, 1960, in Wink to Valton Sr. and Billie (Beck) Thomas, he married Carla (Mills) Thomas July 12, 2003, in Wise County. He was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Scott Thomas Jr. ; and a sister-in-law, Alice Thomas. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Linsey Thomas of Mineral Wells; sons, J. C. Rumbaugh and wife, Jackie, of Hawkinsville, Ga., and Michael Rumbaugh of Bridgeport; granddaughters, Piper Thomas, Grace Riley Rumbaugh and Justine Rumbaugh; stepfather, Bobby Manning Sr. of Bridgeport; brothers, Bobby Manning Jr. and Ronnie Thomas, both of Bridgeport, and Valton Thomas Jr. ; and sisters, Gina Richards and husband, Chris, of Rathdrun, Idaho, and Robin Russell and husband, Nathan. Pallbearers were to be Tracy Martin, Jamie Branscum, Leslie McCain, Pete Bond, Mike Thomas, Rick McCain, Danny Hughes and Kenny Mann.

Thompson, Bobby J.
1958-2009

Published Sunday, June 28, 2009
Graveside service for Bobby J. Thompson, 51, of Newark was June 25 at Aurora Cemetery with Brent Norton officiating.
Thompson died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born June 20, 1958, in Lubbock to Joe William and Barbara Jean (Nell) Thompson, he served in the U. S. Navy. He married Donna Lea (Thackerson) Nov. 24, 1993, in Fort Worth. He was a member of the River Oaks Nazarene Church and was a Mason at the Fort Worth Lodge. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Ashley Lauren DeGarmo and husband, James, of Mena, Ark., and Amber Darlene Davis of Fort Worth; stepson, Lonnie Van Schuyver and wife, Doll, of Newark; stepdaughters, Lenneica Stewart and husband, John, of Springtown, and Kelly Cook of Fort Worth; brother, Mark Lasis of Gainesville; granddaughter, Kaylee Michelle Dusek; 11 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Thompson, Nona M.
1917-2009

Published Sunday, October 11, 2009
Funeral for Nona M. Thompson, 92, of Boyd was Thursday, Oct. 8, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Thompson died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in Boyd. Born July 18, 1917, in Millsap to John W. and Josefine (Bean) Thompson, she married David Baty Thompson Dec. 24, 1941, in Decatur. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Texas Star Lunch Bunch. She crocheted and was a retired rancher. She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Richard Lee Thompson; and brothers, W. O., Codis, O. H. and Auvis Niblett. She is survived by daughters Mabel Thompson and husband, George, of Boyd, Stella Redmon and husband, Scotty, of Boyd and Yvonne Reasoner and husband, Paul, of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Michelle Thompson and husband, Randy, Alicia Nelson and husband, Paul, Greg Reasoner and wife, Candice, and Kimberly Reasoner; two great-grandchildren, Braxton and Camdyn Reasoner; and numerous other family members. Pallbearers were Scott Redmon, George Thompson, Randy Thompson, Fred Reasoner, Paul Nelson and Alvin Niblett.

Thorne-Wheatley, Margret Ann Trietsch
1941-2009

Published Thursday, March 12, 2009
A memorial service for Margaret Ann Trietsch-Thorne-Wheatley of Crowley will be at 1 p. m. Saturday, March 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Burleson.
Wheatley died Monday, March 2, 2009, in Crowley. Born Nov. 12, 1941, in Decatur to Ralph Trietsch and Arzella Harris, she was raised in Fort Worth and attended Amon Carter High School in Riverside. She pursued a career as a graphic artist and advertising designer for several publications. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a bachelor of science in psychology and a master's degree in human development. She worked as a counselor for a private psychotherapy practice in Decatur from 1995 until she retired. She also taught psychology courses for a local college. She is survived by her husband, Gene Wheatley of Decatur; mother of Decatur; father of Crowley; daughter, Torey Winkler and husband, Max, of Crowley; sons, Chris Thorne and wife, Tonja, of Haltom City and Paul Thorne and wife, Maria, of Sandia; stepson, James Wheatley and wife, Sherry, of Ardmore, Okla. ; stepdaughters, Sharrie Wheatley of Tulsa, Okla., and Kathy Crum and husband, Dean, of Colorado; grandchildren, Hannah Winkler, Lauren and Henry Thorne, Dakota Wheatley, Jerame and Jacob Nicholson, Kelsey, Rachel, Conner and Ashlyn Crum; sister, Robin May and husband, Jim, of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tiedeman, Barbara Ann
1950-2009
Published Thursday, June 4, 2009
A memorial service for Barbara Ann Tiedeman, 58, of Rhome was June 1 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Sojan George officiating.
Tiedeman died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Denton. Born Oct. 4, 1950, in Chicago to Norman and Virginia (Taylor) Sluis, she was a member of the Eastern Star in Wise County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Tiedeman. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Usher and husband, Jim, of Illinois; sons, William Connolly III of California and Jason Connolly of Illinois; grandchildren, Joshua Connolly and Tess and James Usher; sister, Deborah McKenney and husband, Tom, of Illinois; brothers, Rick Sluis of Florida and Craig Sluis and wife, Dawn, of Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tigert, William Ross
1934-2009

Published Thursday, March 26, 2009
Funeral for William Ross Tigert, 75, of Decatur was March 24 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Howard officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton.
Tigert died Saturday, March 21, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Feb. 7, 1934, in Mt. Pleasant to William Alexander and May Bell (Hill) Tigert, he married Wanda June Sprabary June 9, 1956, in Denton. He was retired welder and a member of Central Fellowship Church in Decatur. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Angela Lynn Hernandez and husband, Bobby, of Boyd; grandchildren, Christopher Allen Lynch and wife, Elizabeth, and Michael Dale Lynch, all of Decatur; a great-grandaughter, Trinity Rose Whitaker; a sister, Juanita Fulgham of Edgewood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tollerson, Perry
1950-2009

Published Thursday, September 17, 2009
Graveside service for Perry Tollerson, 58, of Springtown is 2 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Paradise Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Muller officiating. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Tollerson died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, in Decatur. Born Nov. 27, 1950, in Fort Worth to Walter and Pauline (Billings) Tollerson, he was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Smith; brothers, Clarence and Donald Tollerson; and a sister, Maxine Bostick. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Kerrie Long and husband, Dustin, of Springtown; grandchildren, David, Kourtnee, Michael, Matticen and Colton; and brother, Eugene Tollerson and wife, Barbara, of Anson.

Torson, Eugene Henry
1918-2009

Published Thursday, June 18, 2009
Memorial service for Eugene Henry Torson, 91, of Rhome is at 2 p. m. Saturday, June 20, at West Union Cemetery in West Union, Iowa.
Torson died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his home. Born Jan. 7, 1918, near West Union to Thomas Torson and Evalena (Hoover) Torson, he was the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from West Union High School and was a salesman for Watkins Co. and the McNess Co. He also farmed. He and his second wife were managers of apartments in Ames, Iowa, and he retired at 89. He moved to Rhome in October 2008. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings; first wife, Dolores Seaton; and second wife, Eunice Kugel. He is survived by his daughters, Dianna Torson of Brookings, S. D., Frances Allsup of Strawberry Point, Iowa, Marilyn Olson of Lincoln, Neb., Linda Ortberg of Rhome and Kris Stapher of Flandreau, S. D. ; stepson, Randy Kamp of Osage, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Tovar, Leon Mares
1934-2009

Published Thursday, March 19, 2009
Graveside service for Leon Mares Tovar, 74, of Mexico was March 17 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Sara Fernandez officiating.
Tovar died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Decatur. He was born May 11, 1934, in Jerez Zacatecas, Mexico, to Julian and Matiana (Tovar) Mares. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Maria, Nieves, Esperanza and Enriqueta Mares and one brother, Leandro Mares. He is survived by his wife, Raque Hernandez Mares of El Paso; two sons, Gerado and Alberto Mares of El Paso; a daughter, Nora Mares of El Paso; two sisters, Irene Mares of Decatur and Angela Mares of Jerez Zacatecas, Mexico; and a brother, Gonzalo Mares of Jerez. Pallbearers were Gonsalo Mares, Rodrigo Mares, Jesus Mares, Panfilo Fernandez, Aurelio Fernandez and David Inguazo.

Trachta, Richard H.
1915-2009

Published Sunday, December 20, 2009
Funeral for Richard H. Trachta, 94, of Muenster was to be at 10 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial was to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster.
Trachta died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in Muenster. Born July 18, 1915, in Muenster to Henry and Ida Burkhart Trachta, he grew up and attended Sacred Heart School in Muenster. He graduated high school and attended one year of college in Gainesville. While in school, Trachta worked for Shamberger Lumber Co. in Muenster. Upon graduation, he was transferred to Stamford, to be an assistant manager for Shamberger. After eight years, he transferred back to Muenster to be a manager there. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1942 and was discharged after four years of service. He married Laura Huchton Dec. 26, 1945. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, Knights of Columbus and the V. F. W. He played dominoes and fished. He is survived by his wife; sons, Wayne Trachta of Decatur and Glen Trachta of Aubrey; grandchildren, Deann, Cody, Reagan, Kendall, Nicholas, Cameron, Mackenzie and Logan; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were to be Larry Gobble, Kevin Huchton, Bob Walterscheid, T. J. Hellman, Jimmy Hellman and Hank Trachta.

Trammell, Dorothy
1925-2009

Published Sunday, December 13, 2009
Funeral for Dorothy Trammell, 84, of Bridgeport was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church, with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions was to officiate.
Trammell died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Oct. 9, 1925, in Bridgeport to John W. Ryan Sr. and Ethel (White) Ryan, she married Bennie Trammell March 13, 1943, in Grand Prairie. She was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Aug. 16, 1995. She is survived by her sons, Danny Trammell and wife, Linda, of Bridgeport and Karo Trammell and wife, Suzanne, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Steven, Whitni and Chad; great-grandchildren, Kane, Brooklyn, Bristol, Madison, Mary Claire and Katie; brothers, Robert Ryan of Lake Worth and Jimmy Ryan and wife, Dorothy, of Keller; and sisters, Pauline Hess of Fairfax, Minn., Margie Gale of Warren, Mich., and Shirley Wynns of Lake Worth. Pallbearers were to be Steven Trammell, Kane Trammell, Chad Trammell, Sherman Goines, Robbie Dunn and Rodney Dunn.

Trim, Billy L.
1970-2009

Published Sunday, October 4, 2009
Funeral for Billy L. Trim, 39, of Alvord is 2 p. m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Sunset with the Rev. Dennis Pellet officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p. m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Trim died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in Alvord. Born Feb. 6, 1970, in Leesburg, Fla., to William L. Sr. and Judy (Bradley) Trim, he graduated from Chico High School in 1989. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sunset. He was preceded in death by his father in 2002 and his stepfather, L.A. "Mac" McMullen in 2008. He is survived by his mother, Judy McMullen of Alvord; three stepbrothers, Larry McMullen and wife, Cindy, of Alvord, Ron McMullen and wife, Kelley, of Georgetown and Lynn McMullen and wife, Debbie, of Alvord. Pallbearers are Leon Gee, Ricky Connally, Johnny McDaniel, Rick Morales, Shawn Younger and Todd Low. Honorary pallbearers are Calvin Morales Jr. and Jonathan Morales.

Troxell, William H. ‘Billy’
1932-2009

Published Thursday, October 1, 2009
Funeral for William Henry "Billy" Troxell, 77, of Rhome was Sept. 29 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Troxell died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Rhome. Born March 13, 1932, in Rhome to Ellis Clyde and Katherine (Taylor) Troxell, he served in the U. S. Army as a cook. He was a retired radio/TV teacher from Northwest. He was also a Rhome city councilman during the 1950s, city secretary during the 1960s and was mayor from 1992-1993 and 1997-1998. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rhome. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ellis Clyde Troxell Jr., and sisters, Vivian Middleton and Nelma Wylie. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Ruth Troxell of Fort Worth, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Shannon Jones, Ronnie Harvey, Tony Dickey, Ned Adcock, Raymond Dickey, Don Troxell and Randy Troxell. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Childress and Kenneth Brammer.

True, Windell Calvin
1921-2009

Published Thursday, March 26, 2009
Memorial service for Windell Calvin True, 88, of Odessa, will be at 11 a. m. Friday, March 27, at Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa.
True died Saturday, March 21, 2009, in Odessa. Born Feb. 11, 1921, in Wise County to George and Nancy True, he married Nadine Gambill of Wichita Falls April 16, 1941. He began working in the oilfield supply business in Odessa in 1941 for Continental Emsco Co., which later became LTV Energy Products Co. After 45 years of service, he retired in 1986. Most of those years were spent in Odessa but included various assignments in several West Texas communities. He was a member and former deacon of Crescent Park Baptist Church. He married Elnora Marko in 1997. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nadine, in 1996 and his second wife, Elnora, in 2004. He is survived by sons, Windell C. True Jr. of San Antonio and Melvin Wayne True of Odessa; sisters, Lucille Pruitt of Slidell and Ana Cress of Mena, Ark. ; grandchildren, Mark True of San Antonio, and Todd True and Pamela True, both of Maplewood, N. J. ; and six great-grandchildren. The family requests memorials be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.

Tucker, Larie Pauline
1918-2009

Published Sunday, November 8, 2009
Funeral for Larie Pauline Tucker, 91, of Alvord was Nov. 6 in Alvord with Glenn Randal officiating. Burial followed at Jonestown Cemetery.
Tucker died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Cedar Park. Born Oct. 1, 1918, in Pruitt to Mitchell and Ethel (Gillentine) Fowler, she was an Avon representative and a member of the Living Word Assembly of God church. She was preceded in death by her husband, R. C. Tucker, and two granddaughters. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Holder of Austin and Darlene Owen and husband, Jimmy, of Waco; four grandsons and 16 great-grandchildren.

Tucker, Lola Irene ‘Susie’ Pitts
1931-2009

Published Thursday, July 9, 2009
Funeral for Lola Irene "Susie" Pitts Tucker, 78, of Chico was July 7 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial was at the Tucker Family Cemetery in Chico.
Tucker died Saturday, July 4, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born April 5, 1931, in Chico to B. L. and Emma Davidson Pitts, she married Robert Tucker Dec. 21, 1946, in Bridgeport. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Serell of Denver, and Doris Boulware and husband, John, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Robbie and Marcie Boulware of Fort Worth; brothers, J. D. Pitts of Chickasha, Okla., and James Pitts of Kaufman; and several nieces, nephews and other family members.

Turnbull, Roy B., Sr.
1960-2009
Published Thursday, September 17, 2009
Funeral for Roy B. Turnbull Sr., 48, of Springtown was Sept. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Milburn, Okla. Burial was at Condon Grove Cemetery in Milburn.
Turnbull died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. Born Dec. 22, 1960, in Colorado City to Joe Wendell Turnbull and Doris Jean Wilson, he graduted from Sonora High School. He worked at Patterson UTI for many years as a truck pusher. He is survived by his mother; wife, Shannon Smith-Green; daughters, Brandi Gibson and husband, E. J., of Tishomingo, Okla., Katrina Turnbull of Fillmore, Okla., Laura Mauldin of Frisco, Lisa Edwards and husband, Alvin, of Marshall, Ark., and Hailey Green of Springtown; sons, Roy B. Turnbull Jr. of Milburn and Troy Mauldin and wife, Melanie, of Casterville, Okla. ; brothers, Bailey Young and wife, Kathy, of Houston, and Theodore Turnbull and wife, Virginia, of Colorado City; sister, Roberta Ramsey of Colorado City; and eight grandchildren.

Turner, Pauline
1925-2009

Published Sunday, December 27, 2009
Funeral for Pauline Turner, 84, of Rhome was Dec. 23 at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Daryl Harley officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Turner died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Rhome. Born Nov. 23, 1925, in Rochester to Samuel Madison and Kathren Priscilla (Jacobs) Sprueill, she was a homemaker and a member of Aurora Baptist Church. She married George Turner Sept. 20, 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Tommy and Milton Sprueill; and sisters, Barbara Leverton and Charlene Miears. She is survived by son, Sammy Turner of Rhome; daughters, Mary Young of Rhome and Gayle Bowen and husband, Jeff, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Shane Young and wife, Melissa, and Stormie Meador and husband, Jeff, all of Decatur; great-grandchildren, Sandra, Braiden, Falon and Scotlan; brother, Roy Lee Sprueill and wife, Lily, of Joaquin; and sister, Virgie Bruce of Indio, Calif. Pallbearers were Mark Romines, Gary Mosley, Perry Reid, Jeremy Goodger, James Oaks and Minor Ray Hopkins. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Hartsell, Jimmy Wilson, Wayne Burchfield and Joe Coffee. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Unger, Rebecca Ann 'Becky'
1949-2009

Published Sunday, April 12, 2009
Funeral for Rebecca Ann 'Becky' Unger, 59, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, April 11, at Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Worley officiating. Burial was to be at Thomas Cemetery.
She died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in Boyd. Born Aug. 23, 1949, in Fort Worth to Elwood Thomas and DeAlva (Shelton) Johnson, she married Joe Bob Unger July 23, 1969, in Rhome. She was a retired dispatcher for Tarrant County College, a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. She was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Johnson. She is survived by her husband; sons, Allen Daniel Wall of Sanger and Thomas Edwin Unger and wife, Angela, of Decatur; daughter, Teresa Kay Kling and husband, Dusty, of Boyd; grandchildren, Justin, Colton, Alston, Michaela, Dylan, Tatum, Camden and Bailey; and numerous other relatives. Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

Upton, Kenneth Wesley
1931-2009

Published Thursday, July 9, 2009
Funeral for Kenneth Wesley Upton, 77, of Decatur was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Jameson officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Upton died Saturday, July 4, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 24, 1931, in Houston to Wesley Chandler and Laura V. (Brown) Upton, he attended Tulsa University and worked as a robotic engineer. He served in the U. S. Navy from Dec. 6, 1949, to Dec. 23, 1954. He married Rae Jeanine Morin Dec. 27, 1959. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, the Tulsa Letterman Club, Decatur Rotary and Lions Club, Robotics International and the First Baptist Church of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his wife in January 2004. He is survived by his daughters, Terri J. Moore of Waxahachie, Susie Jameson and husband, Barry, of Little Elm and Judy Mashburn and husband, Dennis, of Southaven, Miss. ; grandchildren, Nicole Jasien, Jason Moore, Blake, Brian, Ben and Sarah Jameson, and Davis and Ross Mashburn; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kayden and Jake Jasien; sisters, Bettye Wilford and Elaine Hazelton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Roger Zemmin, Foster Walker, James Ray Garrett, Charles Evans, Pat Miller and Don Mashburn.

Van Meter, Ruth
1927-2009

Published Sunday, December 20, 2009
Funeral for Ruth Van Meter, 82, of Decatur is 2 p. m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with Freddie Villa officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Van Meter died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, in Decatur. She was born March 7, 1927, in Boyd to Daniel and Laura Lockhart. She was preceded in death by brothers, Troy and Ward Jr. Lockhart; and a daughter, Delores Boothe. She is survived by children, Sam Van Meter and wife, Pat, of Crowder, Okla., and Debbi Morris and Becky Doyle, both of Decatur; grandchildren, Ann Moreland of Marshall, Betty Davis of Benbrook, Raymond Van Meter of Krebs, Okla., Mike Doyle of Bryan, Jamey Davis of Bedford and Tim Doyle and David, Lindsey and John Ford, all of Decatur; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, Barney and Garland; and sisters, Frankie, Ruby Jo and Marge.

Vandiver, James Burvin
1924-2009
Published Thursday, September 24, 2009
Memorial service for James Burvin Vandiver, 84, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Vandiver died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 24, 1924, in Wise County to Otha L. and Alma (Brewer) Vandiver, he was a farmer who served in the United States Air Force. He is survived by a nephew, Billy Hudson, and wife, Linda, of Electra; and several cousins.

Vandiver, Martha Raye
1941-2008

Published Thursday, January 1, 2009
Graveside service for Martha Raye Vandiver, 67, of Decatur was Dec. 30 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner officiated.
Vandiver died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in Decatur. Born May 28, 1941, in Mansfield, La., to Curtis Lee and Mattie (Gathwright) Scott, she was a seamstress. She is survived by a daughter, Tracy Lynn Vandiver of Fort Worth; a son, Robert Vandiver and wife, Cartha, of Rhome; three grandchildren, Jason Vandiver and wife, Kacie, Holly Vandiver and Heather Vandiver; four brothers, Melvin Roy, Willard, Buddy and David May Vandiver; and cousins.

Vess, James
1948-2009

Published Thursday, December 10, 2009
No service is scheduled for James Vess, 61, of Boyd.
Vess died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, in Decatur. Born July 24, 1948, in Decatur to J. A. and Mildred (Hatley) Vess, he was a roofer. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Walker. He is survived by his sister, Laverne Minton of Boyd; brothers, Don Walker of Boyd, Robert Walker of Azle, Darryl Vess of Newark and Dean, Jerry, Gordon, Royce and Ronald Vess, all of Boyd; and other relatives.

Villanueva, Martha S.
1929-2009
Published Sunday, March 1, 2009
Funeral for Martha S. Villanueva, 80, of Fort Worth was Feb. 27 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in River Oaks. Burial was at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Villanueva died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. She was born Jan. 30, 1929, to Priscilio G. and Halena Silva. She was preceded in death by her husband, G.R. "Bill" Villanueva; daughter, Eva Villanueva; grandson, Billy Villanueva III; and a sister, Toni Chavez. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Harris and husband, Charles, and Irene Darnell and husband, Dennie, all of Wise County, Bea Taliaferro and husband, Wayne, Rita Sampson and husband, Douglas, and Martha Thetford and husband, Jack; sons, G.R. "Billy" Villanueva II and wife, Kathy, and Victor E. Villanueva of Wise County; grandchildren, Terry and Lisa Wages, Eddie and Ashley Thompson, Dewey and Melisa Taliaferro, Shawn and Monica Robertson, Lloyd Jordan and Rosa Flores, Keri and Tim Decker, Jeff Jordan, Kristi and Brady Kemp, Clint and Tiffany Thetford, Jennifer Villanueva and Derek Holland, Cordero Villanueva and Kathleen Villanueva; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Abel Silva; and sister, LaVerne Garcia. Memorials may be made to Universal Health Services and Hospice, 1208 Country Club Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112.

Vise, Ella Christine Esslinger ‘Susie’
1957-2009

Published Sunday, November 29, 2009
Memorial for Ella Christine Esslinger "Susie" Vise, 52, of Springtown is 2 p. m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Vise died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, in Springtown. Born Jan. 7, 1957, in Fort Worth to Robert and Alyne Esslinger, she was a licensed vocational nurse. She is survived by husband, Ken Vise; children, Kevin Vise, Teresa Eamma and husband, Jim, Jason Vise and wife, Allison, Michael Vise, and Heather Payton and husband, Chris; brothers, Dennis Esslinger, Andrew Esslinger and wife, Jan, and Thomas Esslinger and wife, Davona; parents-in-law Harrell and Imogene Vise; siblings-in-law Lynda Vise, Carolyn and Danny Bentley and Terry and Sharon Vise; and nephews, nieces and cousins. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or M. D. Anderson Hospital for cancer research.

Voss, Charlene Winnie Clements
1922-2009

Published Sunday, April 26, 2009
Funeral for Charlene Winnie Clements Voss, 86, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, April 25, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Mark Taylor officiating.
Voss died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Aprill 22, 1922, in Headrick, Okla., to Guy William and Ethel Mary (Jones) Woolridge, she was a sales representative for Stanley Home Products for 30 years and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husbands, E. L. 'Pete' Clements and George Thomas Voss. She is survived by her son, Ronald Clements and wife, Tonya, of North Richland Hills; granddaughter, Vera Lee Terry Clements of Fort Worth; grandson, Valeriy Shulyak of Roanoke; great-granddaughters, Samantha Johnson of Azle, Crisanna and Jennifer Lee Terry of Fort Worth; and sister, Mona Lee Wells of Wichita Falls.

Waldon, Christene
1936-2009

Published Thursday, July 23, 2009
Funeral for Christene Waldon, 72, of Rhome, is 10 a. m. Thursday, July 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd with the Revs. Carroll Caddell and Glenn Waldon officiating.
Waldon died Sunday, July 19, 2009. Born Oct. 25, 1936, in Seagraves to A. E. Shepherd and Mary Shepherd, she was a member of the Assembly of God church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosalie Pinfield; and a son, William Andrew Waldon. She is survived by her son, Glenn Waldon and wife, Karen, of Bridgeport; daughter, Mary Waldon of Rhome; grandchildren, Angle Coslow and husband, Bobby, of Rhome, Billy Jo McCanless of Granbury, Laura Waldon of Bridgeport and Phylicia Waldon of New Fairview; great-grandchildren, Megan, Shelby, Jonathan and Tyler Coslow and Savanah McCanless; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Waldrop, Jean
1924-2009

Published Sunday, November 1, 2009
Funeral for Jean Waldrop, 85, of Newark was Oct. 28 at Mount Olivet Chapel with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Waldrop died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. Born Feb. 18, 1924, in Bridgeport to Columbus and Sallie Morton, she retired from Safeway after 35 years of service. She was a member of Rosen Heights Baptist Church and was active with the Good Cheer Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Waldrop, in 1956; son, John Waldrop; eight sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Stringer and husband, Larry; grandsons, Bob Harris and wife, Helena, Ted Harris and Michael Stringer and wife, Sara; three great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Walker, Agnes Viola
1912-2009

Published Thursday, August 13, 2009
Memorial service for Agnes Viola Walker, 96, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport.
Walker died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Sept. 3, 1912, in Alexandria, Neb., to Henry J. and Augusta (Bartels) Nachtigall, she married Thomas Franklin Walker Jan. 17, 1930, in Kansas. She was an accountant for RaeAnn Department Store in Austin for many years. She moved to Bridgeport in 1990. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; and son, Richard Walker. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Kemper Walker of Bridgeport; granddaughters, Jennifer Walker of Bridgeport and Laura Craft and husband, Larry, of Houston; grandsons, David Walker and wife, Christi, of Bridgeport and Kevin Green and wife, Cynthia, of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Forrest Walker of Bridgeport, Jordan and Taylor Craft of Houston, Tyler Arozamena of Bridgeport and Ben, Jenna and Caroline Green, all of Dallas.

Walker, Evelyn Winona
1928-2009

Published Thursday, March 12, 2009
Graveside service for Evelyn Winona Walker, 80, of Bridgeport was to be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, March 11, at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Walker died Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born July 1, 1928, in McCloud, Okla., to David and Edna Willoughby, she was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church and Haltom Road Baptist Church. She was also a gardener. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Walker. She was survived by her son, Billy Don Stanford and wife, JoAnn; four sisters; one brother; grandchildren, Scott Stanford and wife, Amy, Steve Stanford and wife, Tashia, Crystal Stanford, Trent Stanford and Tye Stanford; great-grandchildren, Derrick, Kaitlyn, Christian, Trey, Josh, Camden and Ashlyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walker, Jack Franklin
1931-2009

Published Sunday, March 15, 2009
A private service will be held for Jack Franklin Walker, 77, of Decatur.
Walker died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Decatur. Born May 16, 1931, in Trinity to John and Blanche (May) Walker, he married Francis Yvonne Scott Feb. 1, 1958, in Trinity. He retired from Phillips 66 after 38 years as a utility operator. He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Handley and Jerry Walker, and a sister, Etha Louise Pritchett. He is survived by his wife; son, Dr. Jon Walker and wife, Colleen, of Bridgeport; daughter, Dana Graves and husband, Brad, of Bulverde; grandchildren, Daniel and Casey Graves and Lindsey Walker; brother, Joe Sam Walker and wife, Catherine, of Crockett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Wise Regional Health Foundation, 609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur, TX 76234.

Walker, Richard ‘R.N.’
1930-2009

Published Thursday, July 30, 2009
Funeral for Richard "R.N." Walker, 78, of Bridgeport is at 11 a. m. Thursday, July 30, at Ascension and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, July 29, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Walker died Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Decatur. Born Dec. 29, 1930, in Manhattan, Kan., to Thomas and Agnes Walker, he retired from Mitchell Energy and Development Corp. in 1995. He began his 37-year career with the company in Houston in 1958 and moved to Bridgeport in 1967. He was named vice president of MND Drilling, a Mitchell subsidiary, in February 1974. Walker was one of the pioneers of the North Texas oil and natural gas industry and was instrumental in the development of the Barnett Shale natural gas field. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and became a member of the machine gun squad in October 1950. He was wounded in combat Dec. 2, 1950, and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Marines in July 1952 and remained in the Marine Corps Active Reserve until 1956. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956 with a petroleum engineering degree. His first job in the oilfield following graduation was with Unocal in Midland. He married Kemper Fall June 25, 1960, in Houston. He was inducted into the Wise County Roughnecks' Club Oct. 26, 1970. He is survived by his wife; mother, Agnes Walker of Bridgeport; daughters, Jennifer Walker of Bridgeport and Laura Craft and husband, Larry, of Houston; sons, David Walker and wife, Christi, of Bridgeport and Kevin Green and wife, Cynthia, of Dallas; and grandchildren, Forrest Walker of Bridgeport, Jordan and Taylor Craft of Houston; Tyler Arozamena of Bridgeport; and Ben, Jenna and Caroline Green of Dallas. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Wallace, George Washington ‘Bubbie’
1923-2009

Published Thursday, October 15, 2009
Funeral for George Washington "Bubbie" Wallace, 86, of Bridgeport was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Wallace died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Feb. 7, 1923, in Oklahoma to James Andrew and Bertha Lee (Isbell) Wallace, he was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zona Wallace. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be G. A. Buckner, Roy Boswell, Leon Moody, Clarence Wallace, Jimmy Wallace, Gene Moody, Shorty Moody, Bodie Brassfield and Daniel Moody.

Ward, Florence Lucetta
1938-2009

Published Sunday, March 22, 2009
Funeral for Florence Lucetta Ward, 70, of Decatur was to be at 1 p. m. Saturday, March 21, at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Ward died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Decatur. Born April 28, 1938, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles and Florence Lucetta (Seik) Butcher, she married Cecil Edward Ward on Nov. 12, 1955, in Cleveland. She retired from Seicor-Corning Inc. in 1992 and was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Keller. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Johnny Butcher. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Mark Allan Ward and wife, Karen, of Friendswood and Michael Arden Ward and wife, Stacy, of Roanoke; daughter, Melinda Anne Burkhart and husband, Randy, of Decatur; nine grandchildren, Shawn Ward and wife, Amy, Jennifer Cox and husband, Cory, Andy Ward and wife, Terah, Cody Burkhart and wife, Jodi, Brandon Ward, Erin Ward, Jansen Ward, Mindy Burkhart and Katye Shook; six great-grandchildren, Dustin, Garrett, Carleigh, Raleigh, Brennan and Jolea; and a brother, Dick Butcher of Akron, Ohio. Pallbearers were to be Shawn, Andy, Brandon and Jansen Ward, Cory Cox and Dustin Rogers.

Ware, Michael ‘Ryan’
1981-2009

Published Sunday, October 18, 2009
Funeral for Michael "Ryan" Ware, 28, of Bossier City, La., is at 2 p. m. Monday, Oct. 19, at First United Methodist Church in Jacksboro. Burial will follow at Loving Cemetery in Loving. Visitation is 3 to 4 p. m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
Ware died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Dallas. Born May 20, 1981, in Graham to Michael and Diana Ware, he received his masters in business administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He was a recruiter for medical professionals and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bossier City, La. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Dianne Ware of Bossier City; parents of Millsap; sister, Ginger Williams Terry and husband, Vincent, of Lake Dallas; grandparents, Bob and Doris Ware of Cottondale, Carl and Elaine Gates of Graham and Lillie Tidwell of Wichita Falls. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Warner, Addie Mae Dodson
1921-2009

Published Sunday, March 8, 2009
Funeral for Addie Mae Dodson Warner, 87, of Bridgeport was March 6 at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Garry Sessions officiating. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Warner died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Grapevine. Born April 3, 1921, in Bridgeport to Ben Franklin and Sarah Bell (Pearce) Albritton, she was a retired administrator for Poco Graphite. She was a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church, the Red Hatters and the Wise County Art Association. She was also a volunteer for the Pink Ladies at Wise Regional Health System, was a past president of Wise County AARP and was a greeter at Wal-Mart. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rayford Dodson; her second husband, Richard Warner; son, Garland Dodson; brother, Jr. Albritton; and sister, Doris Galloway. She is survived by her daughter, Gay Turner and husband, Tom, of North Richland Hills; grandchildren, Chris Turner and wife, Jill, of North Richland Hills and Eric Turner and wife, Kristin, of Austin; great-grandchildren, Colin Turner and Ryan Turner; brothers, Bill Albritton and wife, Dortha, of Arkansas and Ted Albritton and wife, Geneva, of Houston; sisters, Ima Anderson of Decatur and Betty Van Hoose and husband, Cecil, of Plains; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers were Chris Turner, Eric Turner, Robert Anderson, Paul Anderson, Ted Albritton and Richard Albritton.

Washburn, George William
1935-2009

Published Sunday, February 15, 2009
Funeral for George William Washburn, 73, of Runaway Bay was Feb. 10 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Washburn died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. Born Aug. 12, 1935, in Decatur to Audie and Stella Washburn, he married LaRue Rose Feb. 24, 1955. He served in the U. S. Army at Fort Polk, La., and held management jobs at the Texas Highway Department, Elcor, Reynolds Metals and oil and gas plant management at Sid Richardson. He retired in 2000 to Runaway Bay. He fished and played cards. He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Pennye of Minden, La., Lisa and husband, Tim, of Enid, Okla., and Candi and husband, Buddy, of Colleyville; grandchildren, Amber and husband, Daniel, Brandon, Heather, Gabe, Courtney, Heather, Dan and Chrissy; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Washburn, Pennye Rene
1957-2009
Published Thursday, April 2, 2009
Graveside service for Pennye Rene Washburn, 51, of Minden, La. was to have been at 2 p. m. Wednesday, April 1, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. J. R. Manning officiating.
Washburn died Sunday, March 29, 2009. She was born June 26, 1957, in Bridgeport to George and LaRue (Rose) Washburn. She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her son, Brandon Moore of Corpus Christi; daughter, Amber Moore Hillis and husband, Daniel, of Aransas Pass; her mother of Runaway Bay; sisters, Candi Clarkes of Colleyville, Lisa Copeland of Enid, Okla. ; and granddaughter, Laigen Hillis of Aransas Pass.

Watts, Mike
1940-2009

Published Sunday, December 6, 2009
Funeral for Mike Watts, 68, of Alvord was to be 2 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.
Watts died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Fort Worth. Born Dec. 31, 1940, in Wise County to Virgil Odell and Mildred Irene Claborn Watts, he married Naomi Ruth Haynes July 26, 1976, in Las Vegas. He was a dairyman, farmer and rancher and was a member of the Wise County Veteran's Group and Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was a supporter of the Wise County youth groups. Mike was preceded in death by his daughter, Penny Sue Watts. He is survived by his wife; sons, Dwayne Watts and wife, Debbie and Danny Watts and wife, Shemane; daughter, Callie Manning and husband, David, all of Alvord; mother of Alvord; brothers, Bobby Watts and wife, Estelle, of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Mike Watts Memorial Agriculture Scholarship at Legend Bank.

Weber, Artie Dell
1917-2009
Published Thursday, May 28, 2009
Funeral for Artie Dell Weber, 91, of Decatur was Tuesday at the Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home chapel in Decatur with the Rev. Bobby Cates officiating.
Weber died Saturday, May 23, 2009, in Decatur. Born June 11, 1917, in Forestburg to John Hugh and Hester Hogan Ford, she married Charlie Rudolph Weber Feb. 12, 1939, in Decatur. She was a member of the Women's Missionary Union and the First Baptist Church of Slidell. She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by sons, Ronnie Weber and wife, Melba, of Bowie and Roger Weber and wife, Carla, of Decatur; daughter, Sharon Marx and husband, Robert, of Carrollton; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother-in-law, Gus Weber of Houston. Pallbearers were Scott, Keith, Greg and Gary Weber, Damon Marx and Harry Dickens. Memorials may be made to Gideon's International, P. O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

Weesner, Robert 'Bobby' John, Jr.
1966-2009
Published Sunday, July 5, 2009
Funeral for Robert "Bobby" John Weesner Jr., 43, of Boyd was to be at 3 p. m. Friday, July 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with Dr. Van Gardner officiating.
Weesner died Friday, June 26, 2009, in Arkansas. Born Jan. 1, 1966, in Odessa to Robert J. Weesner and Marcia E. Drummond, he worked for Permian Power Tong in Gardendale, Farmington, N. M., and Woodward, Okla. He also worked for Lewis Casing, Allens Casing and Mike Byrd Casing, all of Odessa. He worked for Express Energy in Bridgeport for the last two years. He was working for CRT Tool Tech when he died. He was preceded in death by his father; and sisters, Cincy J. Weesner and Marcia E. Weesner. He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Renee Covey Weesner of Boyd; daughter, Jewel Renee Weesner of Boyd; son, Robert John Weesner III of Boyd; grandson, Grant Robert Weesner of Boyd; his mother of Odessa; sister, Della Garcia of Dallas; brothers, John Weesner and Troy Weesner of Des Moines, Iowa.

Weiss, M.E. ‘Doc’
1928-2009

Published Thursday, September 3, 2009
Memorial service for M.E. "Doc" Weiss, 81, of Rhome will be held at a later date.
Weiss died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Born July 9, 1928, in Charles City, Iowa, to Elmer Heinrich Carl and Loretta (Ehling) Weiss, he married Beth Marie Granner July 12, 1947, in Charles City. He was the owner of 5 Points Package in Haslet. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Weiss, and brother, Leland Weiss. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Jan Peek and husband, Jim, of Rhome; son, Keith Weiss and wife, Carolyn, of Plano; grandchildren, Jenny Miller and husband, Chris, of Plano, Douglas Weiss and wife, Jessica, of Pflugerville, Chris Peek and wife, Jen, of Rhome and Jessica Peek of Keller; three great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Matthew and Brady; mother, Loretta Weiss; sister, Shirle Winkler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

West, Charles E., Jr.
1925-2009

Published Thursday, September 24, 2009
Graveside service for Charles E. West Jr., 84, of Suffolk, Va., formerly of Wise County, was to be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Rosston Cemetery with the Rev. David Dunson officiating.
West died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Suffolk. Born July 29, 1925, in Pernell, Okla., to Charles E. and Ida Lou (Green) West Sr., he married Iris Christine Lucas Oct. 7, 1950, in Henrietta. He retired from Waggoner Cattle Ranches in Decatur and was a member of the Rosston Methodist Church. He served in World War II in the U. S. Navy aboard the U. S. S. Hornet. He gardened and fished. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Vicky Feliciano and husband, Ed, of Smithfield, Va. ; granddaughter, Marci Gilbert and husband, Terry; two grandsons, Jeff Feliciano and wife, Janett, and Nick Feliciano; great-granddaughter, Sara Nickerson; great-grandsons, Chris and Stephen Wallace and Christov Feliciano. He was preceded in death by a grandson; two sisters; and four brothers. The family requests memorials be made to the hospice center of choice.

Wester, Roland Byron
1938-2009
Published Sunday, February 15, 2009
Memorial service for Roland Byron Wester, 70, of Hobbs, N. M., was to be at 1 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs with Dr. Dean Mathis officiating.
Wester died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Lubbock. Born March 27, 1938, in Chico to Bruce and Clara B. (Redwine) Wester, he married Bobbie Hale Wester Aug. 18, 1972, in Hobbs. He served with the fire department for 20 years before retiring as captain and fire marshal. He served as vice president with the Kiwanis and coached soccer, softball and baseball. He was a Cub Scout den leader and hunted and camped. He is survived by his wife; son, Byron Wester of Hobbs; daughters, Kathy Smith and husband, Landry, of Springtown, Debbie Kidd and husband, Billy, of Springtown and Sheri McKay of Hobbs; father, Bruce Wester of Chico; sister, Peggy Smith and husband, Jimmie, of Azle; grandchildren, Jasen Kidd, Lisa Green and husband, Michael, Jamie Amrine and husband, Matt, and James Kidd, all of Springtown, Hollie Smith of Austin, Perry Drannon of Shallowater, Tiffany Drannon, Cooper Wester and Cadence Wester, all of Hobbs; and nephews and nieces. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave. 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

White, Charles 'Buster'
1936-2009

Published Thursday, July 16, 2009
Funeral for Charles "Buster" White, 72, of Boyd, was to be today at 10:30 a. m. at Trinity Baptist Church of Boyd. Rev. Mark Autry will officiate.
Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Buster died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at his home in Boyd. Born Sept. 14, 1936, to Orland Kermit Sr. and Agnes (Hutchieson) White in Fort Worth, he served in the U. S. Navy and was a Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. He grew up in the Masonic Home in Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Shirley Renshaw, two nephews and one niece. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lucy, of Boyd; son, Joe Carroll and wife, Christina, of Fort Worth; daughter, Shari Dempsey and husband, William, of Valley View; brother, Orland Kermit White and wife, Charlotte, of Aledo; sisters, Myra Adams and husband, Red, of Sherman, Sharon Karger of Duncanville, Linda Criswell and husband, Gary, of Arlington and Cynthia Nell Ward and husband, William, of Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Drue Reeves, Kyle Zacharias, Todd Matlock, Stewart Edwards, Tommy Eperson and Matt Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Weaver, Jeff White and Henry Hutchieson. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

White, Randy, Sgt.
1977-2009

Published Sunday, April 5, 2009
Funeral for Sgt. Randy White of Perrin will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, April 7, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The Revs. Mark Sims and Kenneth Coleman will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
White died Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born March 21, 1977, in Oklahoma City to Dewayne and Judy White, he was a sergeant for the Bridgeport Police Department. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Perrin and the Texas Municipal Police Association. He is survived by his wife, Janet White; a daughter, Jadyn White of Perrin; mother, Judy White of Granbury; father, Dewayne and stepmother, Lu White of Shawnee, Okla. ; father- and mother-in-law, Joe and Johnnie Russell of Perrin; grandmother, Norma Henley of Shawnee; sister, Angie White of Godley; brother, Michael White of Houston; brother-in-law, John Russell and wife, Loren, of Wynnewood, Okla. ; as well as nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be members of the Bridgeport Police Department.

Whitsitt, James 'Sonny'
1935-2008

Published Thursday, January 8, 2009
Funeral for James "Sonny" Whitsitt, 73, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, was Jan. 5. at the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Dale Webster and Colton Burris officiated.
Whitsitt died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Fort Worth. Born July 16, 1935, in Jacksboro to William King and Rosabel (Brownlee) Whitsitt, he was a retired oilfield production supervisor. He married Dona LaMance Dec. 7, 2007. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. He was preceded in death by his wives, Myrna Coffee and Laverne Whitsitt; a son, Sammy Williams; and a sister, Billye Jackson. He is survived by his wife; sons, Gary Whitsitt of Parachute, Colo., Mike Williams of Bridgeport, Billy Williams and wife, Robin, of Glendale, Ariz., Daniel Baker and wife, Jade, of Fort Hood and Andrew Baker of Fort Worth; daughters, Myrna Perkins and husband, Paul, of Parachute, Monette Burris and husband, William, of Bridgeport, Carol Wacasey of Bridgeport, Arlena Cook and husband, Chris, of Watauga and Debra Williams and husband, Eddie, of Sweeney; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Baggett of Markley and Annabel Jackson and Fredda Payne, both of Jacksboro; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Colton Burris, T. J. Burris, Cody Burris, Leland Whitsitt, Brandon Gentry and Nikolas Dillinder. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Pitts, Earl Green, Ron Womack, Bill Johnson, Billy Fred Walker and Lonnie Hobbs.

Wildgrube, Katherine
1913-2009
Published Sunday, March 8, 2009
Funeral for Katherine Wildgrube, 95, of Gladewater was March 6 at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gladewater with Dennis Abernathy officiating. Burial was to be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur at 10 a. m. Saturday, March 7.
Wildgrube died Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Born Nov. 21, 1913, in Decatur, she was a homemaker and a member of the White Oak Church of Christ. She is survived by daughters, Kay Abernathy of Gladewater and Jane Stegall of Tyler; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Wilkins, Ronald
1943-2008

Published Sunday, January 4, 2009
Funeral for Ronald Wilkins, 65, of Wichita Falls will be at 2 p. m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at the First Baptist Church in Chico with the Revs. Ron Redding and Larry Potts officiating. Burial was to follow at Cumby Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p. m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home.
Wilkins died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Chico. Born Nov. 1, 1943, in Fort Worth to Jesse and Jimmie (Pebworth) Wilkins, he married Beverly Whetsell on June 9, 1968, in Chico. He was in the U. S. Coast Guard and was a retired air traffic controller. He was also a Baptist. He is survived by his wife; son, Jesse Wayne Wilkins and wife, Denise, of Sunset; daughter, Angela Michelle Wilkins of Wichita Falls; two granddaughters, Priscilla and Elizabeth; his parents of Chico; two sisters, Pamela Rohr of Chico and Patti Wilkins Biffar of Krum; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Williams, Florence Evelyn
1933-2009

Published Thursday, February 19, 2009
Funeral for Florence Evelyn Williams, 75, of Boyd was Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd with the Revs. Robert Turk and Donald E. Lewis officiating. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Williams died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, in Boyd. Born July 19, 1933, in Fort Worth to Irvan Miller and Clara Barton Anglin West, she lived on a farm in Hamilton County for the first years of her life, then moved to Hawley in 1945. She graduated from Hawley High School in 1945 and from McMurray College in Abilene in the spring of 1955. She married Royce Wayne Williams March 21, 1959, in Fort Worth. The family moved to Boyd in 1970. She taught English at Handley junior and senior high schools for five years and at Boyd junior and senior high schools for 11 years. After retiring from teaching, she operated Village Flowers and Gifts in Boyd for 10 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Boyd. She and her husband traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She is survived by her husband; son, Rafe Williams and wife, Annette, of Boyd; daughter, Mary Lewis and husband, Keith, of Keller; grandchildren, Amanda and Travis Williams and Kyle and Matthew Lewis; sister, Clarita Dennis and husband, Robert, of Bedford; sister-in-law, Shirley Hutcherson and husband, Jim, of Arlington; brother-in-law, Charles Williams of Burleson; and several nieces and nephews and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Boyd building fund, P. O. Box 337, Boyd, TX 76023.

Williamson, Guinn Thomas 'Barney'
1923-2009

Published Sunday, March 29, 2009
Funeral for Guinn Thomas "Barney" Williamson, 85, of Decatur was to be at 10 a. m. Saturday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Revs. Johnny Irish and Roy Spore officiating. Burial was to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Williamson died Thursday, March 26, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Dec. 7, 1923, in Decatur to Homer and Ruth (Taylor) Williamson, he married Margaret Douglas Usry Feb. 24, 1979, in Decatur. He graduated from Texas Tech with a chemical engineering degree and was vice president for Ingersoll-Rand of Houston. He was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur and was a member of the Wise County Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Scott Williamson. He is survived by his wife; two sons, John Tally and wife, Cathy, of Decatur and Rick Tally and wife, Carol, of Fort Worth; a daughter, Sharon Cox and husband, Danny, of Arlington; three grandchildren, Jennifer Vaughan and husband, Gabe, of Little Elm, Jason Tally and wife, Crystal, of Decatur and Chris Courtright of Fort Worth; two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Ethan Tally of Decatur; and a niece and nephew. Pallbearers were to be Dwight Reeves, Gary Shelton, Mickey Doyle, Mike McQuiston, Ronnie Walker, Chuck Heaberlin, Jeremy House and Gordon Hofstra.

Wilson, Charles L.
1933-2009

Published Sunday, May 3, 2009
Funeral for Charles L. Wilson, 75, of Corpus Christi was May 1 at Lucas Hurst Funeral Home in Hurst with the Rev. Lawrence Hammond officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Wilson died Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Born Oct. 1, 1933, in Bridgeport to Claude and Ola Ogle Wilson, he lived in Chico until he went to work for Armour & Co. in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Sue, moved to Corpus Christi in 1954 with Armour & Co., and he spent 50 years working in sales. He volunteered for the Corpus Christi Chapter for Organ Donations, was a season ticketholder for the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team, traveled and spent time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years; and his brother, Doss Wilson. He is survived by his daughter, Vicky Powell of Haslet; son, Charles Wilson II of Corpus Christi; and grandsons, Stuart and Travis Powell of Haslet. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.

Wilson, Thomas Joseph, Jr.
1947-2009
Published Thursday, November 19, 2009
Memorial service for Thomas Joseph Wilson Jr., 62, of Paradise is 2 p. m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport.
Wilson died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Born July 1, 1947, in Odessa to Thomas Joseph Wilson Sr. and Nell Wilson, he served in the U. S. Army. He was a member of the East Mound Church of Christ. He is survived by his daughter, Traci Boyd of Houston; brother, Billy Wilson of California; grandson, Sonnie Potts; and granddaughter, Samantha Potts.

Wilson, Vickie Lynn Hilliard
1956-2009

Published Sunday, December 6, 2009
Funeral for Vickie Lynn Hilliard Wilson, 53, of Greenwood was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Towne North Baptist Church in Denton with the Rev. Buddy Owens officiating. Burial was to be at Sycamore Cemetery in Greenwood.
Wilson died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Greenwood. Born Sept. 22, 1956, in Denton to Billy Floyd and Betty Charlene Pearson Hilliard, she graduated from Denton High School and was a hand brazer for Victor Equipment. She married Logan Wilson Feb. 27, 2004, in Denton and was a member of the Towne North Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband; daughter, Rachel Case of Alvord; son, James Holmes of Denton; and brother, Rick Hilliard of Sanger. Pallbearers were to be Devin Wilson, Dustin Wilson, James Holmes, Clint Case, Jason Hilliard and Derek Hilliard.

Windle, Renee Anna
1923-2009

Published Sunday, June 28, 2009
Graveside service for Renee Anna Windle, 85, of Aurora is at 9:30 a. m. Tuesday, June 30, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with the Rev. John Hickey officiating.
Windle died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Denton. Born Nov. 26, 1923, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Theo and Regina (Herzing) Bender, she married Raymond Randle Windle July 12, 1945, in Altus, Okla. She was a retired clothing department manager for Monnings in Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter-in-law, Shirley Windle; and son-in-law, Ralph De Cordova. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia De Cordova of Aurora and Jana Null and husband, Leland, of Newark; son, Theodore G. Windle of Weatherford; grandchildren, Marvin, Angela, Kelli and Philip; five great-grandchildren, Amber, Taylor, Jenni, Caylee and Tressie; sister, Audrey Kimbrough of Midwest City, Okla. ; and several nieces and nephews.

Withey, James Thomas
1929-2009
Published Sunday, August 23, 2009
A memorial service for James Thomas Withey, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Withey died Aug. 17, 2009, in Decatur. Born May 2, 1929, in Williamsport, Pa., he married Helen May Howell Sept. 12, 1946, in Seymour. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joel Wayne Miears. He is survived by his wife of Paradise; daughters, Doris Miears and Patricia Dugan, both of Paradise and Ruth Goldman of Ponca City, Okla. ; sons, Bobby Withey of California, Bruce Withey of Paradise and James Thomas Withey Jr. of Shadler, Okla. ; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Witt-Wilson, Katrina Hodges
1958-2009
Published Sunday, September 20, 2009
Memorial service for Katrina Hodges Witt-Wilson, 51, of Hurst is 10 a. m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Calgary Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Witt-Wilson died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Hurst. She was born Sept. 17, 1958, to Sid and Bonnie Hodges. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Witt, and nephew, Trey Hodges. She is survived by her husband, Sonny Wilson; daughters, Shannon Neal and husband, Matt, of Bedford and Haylee Byrd and husband, Ronald, of Haslet; her parents of Bridgeport; brother, Sid Hodges Jr. of Fort Worth; and granddaughters Lauren, Athens, Brittin, Lainey and Aubrielle. The family requests donations be made to a children's cancer research center of choice.

Wood, Cecil Roy
1920-2009

Published Thursday, October 22, 2009
Funeral for Cecil Roy Wood, 89, of Decatur was Oct. 16 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Roy Spore and Chris Jones officiated. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Wood died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in Decatur. Born May 13, 1920, in Salado to Fred Bruce and Nora Lee Birdwell Wood, he was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Air Force who flew a B-29 bomber in World War II where he earned his silver wings. He married Annie Lee Reeves April 25, 1942, in San Bernardino, Calif. He was a past president of the Wise County School Personnel, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Moslah Shrine Temple, a past member of the Eastern Star and an active member of the Wise County Veterans Group. He read, hunted, fished, played bridge and golfed. He was preceded in death by a son, Cary Wood; three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife; son, Cecil Wood Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Gonzales; daughter, Sylvia Hornback and husband, Dick, of Decatur; brothers, R. L. Wood of Jacksonville, Tenn., F. B. Wood of Adona, Ark., and Lee Wood of Carrollton; grandchildren, Coleman Sterling, Clinton Wood, Craig Wood, Hunter Hornback, Justin Hornback and Elizabeth Killen; six great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Chris Jones, Dale Davenport, Bob Boyd and Gene Golden.

Wood, Norma Dee
1928-2009

Published Sunday, August 2, 2009
Graveside service for Norma Dee Wood, 80, of Decatur was to be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Smithfield Cemetery with the Rev. Craig Sims officiating.
Wood died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, in Crowley. Born Sept. 1, 1928, in Fort Worth to Rollie J. and Ora Dee (Cargill) Tallmon, she married Calvin E. Wood July 17, 1966, in Durant, Okla. She was a seamstress and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Verl Young; second husband, Herbert Stack; and third husband, C. E. Wood. She is survived by her sons, Boyd Young and wife, Paula, of Alvarado and Herbert J. Stack and wife, Rosalee, of Newton, Kan. ; grandchildren, Steven, Julie, Sarah, Brad, Wendy, Justin, Johnny, Joseph and James; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchilden; and an aunt, Frances Houlton.

Woods, Abner Lee
1963-2009

Published Sunday, July 5, 2009
Graveside service for Abner Lee Woods, 45, of Chico was to be 10 a. m. Friday, July 3, at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating.
Woods died Monday, June 29, 2009, in Chico. Born Aug. 14, 1963, in Whitewright to Roy Edward and Bernice Jean (Foshee) Woods, he worked for J. R. Thompson Co. in Gainesville as a heavy equipment operator. He is survived by his wife, Glenda Johnson of Chico; daughters, Amber Lee Howard and husband, Kenny Joe, of Decatur, Taten Gregg and Tayla Johnston, both of Chico; son, Steven Keith Goode of Decatur; sisters, Laurie Warren and husband, Charlie, of Boyd and Gayle Ann Smith of Denison; brothers, John Mitchell of Alvord, Gary Smith of North Carolina and Kenneth Smith of Jackson, Miss. ; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Workman, Mayfield
1917-2009

Published Thursday, July 2, 2009
Funeral for Mayfield Workman, 92, of Arlington will be at 10 a. m. Thursday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington with burial at Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.
Funeral for Mayfield Workman, 92, of Arlington will be at 10 a. m. Thursday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington with burial at Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation was to be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. Workman died Monday, June 29, 2009, in Arlington. Born April 1, 1917, in Decatur to Charlie May and Alice McCormack Workman, he graduated from Decatur High School. He served in the Army Air Corps, attended Decatur Baptist College and graduated from North Texas State College in Denton. He was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor in 1969 and later served on its board. He was also inducted into the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Honor, an award named after him is presented each year to the outstanding football player in the Metroplex. Mayfield Workman Junior High in Arlington ISD was named after him, and he was the head coach of the 1951 Arlington High School 2A state championship football team. He received the AHS Alumni Association Distinguished Colt Choice Award in 2006. He was a charter member and past president of the Greater Arlington Lions Club, was a Mason for more than 50 years and served as president of men's Bible class at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington. He also served on the board of directors at the church and was involved with the United Way and YMCA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Agnes Welch; brother, Calvin Workman; and son-in-law, Bryant Copeland. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sterling Goodwin Workman; son, Rusty Workman and wife, Margaret; daughters, Pam Copeland and Pat Shelton and husband, Kim; grandchildren, Chris Workman and wife, Michelle, Allison Workman, Jennifer Andrews and husband, Jason, Amy Hayes and husband, Lane, Sarah Shelton and Katelin Shelton; great-grandchildren, Jake Workman, Dane Workman, Mayfield Hayes, Taylor Hayes and Copeland Hayes; and cousin, Bill Griggs and wife, Lavada, of Decatur.

Worley, Jerry H.
1935-2009

Published Sunday, September 27, 2009
Funeral for Jerry H. Worley, 74, of Boyd was Sept. 25 at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora with the Revs. Randall Worley and Mike Torres officiating. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Worley died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Born Aug. 10, 1935, in Greenville to Carney and Halley Gatlin Fletcher, she married Robert D. Worley Dec. 20, 1957, in Dallas. She received her masters of religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. She and her husband served in the mission field in Spain and Bosnia for 33 years before returning to America and continuing their ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carmen Ella Davison. She is survived by sons, Robert Worley Jr. and wife, Maria Duarte, of Temple, Reuben Worley and wife, Jacqueline, of Plano and the Rev. Randall Worley and wife, Eli, of Crowley; daughter, Rachel Torres and husband, the Rev. Mike Torres, of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren, Debora, Naomi, Victor, Elena, Joel, Timothy, Beth and Caleb Worley and Kristen and Sabrina Torres; great-granddaughter, Maryn Thomas; sister, Nicki Belle Fletcher of Duncanville; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were Ray Gilbert, Bill Smith, Audie Phillips, Lee Waldrop, Jerry Payne, Joe Hatley, Scotty Redmon, John Moore, Logan Moore, Wesley Moss, Mike Willbanks, David Hatley, Robert Worley Jr., Reuben Worley, Randall Worley and Mike Torres. Honorary pallbearers were Larry McBride, Warren Saulter, R. H. Moss, Bill Marcum, David Van Hatley and Buddy Hatley.

Worley, Robert D.
1936-2009

Published Sunday, September 27, 2009
Funeral for Robert D. Worley, 73, of Boyd was Sept. 25 at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora with the Revs. Randall Worley and Mike Torres officiating. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Worley died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. Born July 3, 1936, in Floyd, N. M., to Willie and Lottie Capp Worley, he married Jerry Helen Fletcher Dec. 20, 1957, in Dallas. He received his doctorate from Baylor Baptist College in Waco and was a member of the Baylor Alumni Association. He and his wife served in the mission field in Spain and Bosnia for 33 years. He was the pastor at Trinity Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Truett, Ladson and Rogene Worley. He is survived by sons, Robert Worley Jr. and wife, Maria Duarte, of Temple, Reuben Worley and wife, Jacqueline, of Plano and the Rev. Randall Worley and wife, Eli, of Crowley; daughter, Rachel Torres and husband, the Rev. Mike Torres, of Barcelona, Spain; grandchildren, Debora, Naomi, Victor, Elena, Joel, Timothy, Beth and Caleb Worley and Kristen and Sabrina Torres; great-granddaughter, Maryn Thomas; sister, Freda Smith of Fresno, Calif. ; brother, A. T. Worley of Casa Grande, Ariz. ; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were Ray Gilbert, Bill Smith, Audie Phillips, Lee Waldrop, Jerry Payne, Joe Hatley, Scotty Redmon, John Moore, Logan Moore, Wesley Moss, Mike Willbanks, David Hatley, Robert Worley Jr., Reuben Worley, Randall Worley and Mike Torres. Honorary pallbearers were Larry McBride, Warren Saulter, R. H. Moss, Bill Marcum, David Van Hatley and Buddy Hatley.

Wright, Retta Evelyn
1920-2009

Published Sunday, November 22, 2009
Funeral for Retta Evelyn Wright, 89, of Chico was to be at 2 p. m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Wisenant of Granbury officiating. Burial was to be at Thomas Cemetery, and visitation was to be at 1 p. m. Saturday.
Wright died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Mesquite. Born Jan. 22, 1920, in Hood County to John and Dillie (Gibson) Collins, she married Roy Truett Wright Jan. 26, 1946, in Fort Worth. She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; a great-granddaughter, Jena; and 12 siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Dillie Gandy and husband, Charles, of Forney; son, William Wright and wife, Carol, of Mesquite; grandchildren, Ray and Amy Wright, Sheria Mastriani, Mark Nichols, Regina Collins and Tamara Fluitt; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Ray Wright, Mark Nichols, Christopher Nichols, Ethan Nichols, Michael Collins and Larry Collins. Honorary pallbearers were to be Dylan Nichols and Randy Wright.

Young, Eva Pearl Morton
1920-2009

Published Sunday, June 28, 2009
Funeral for Eva Pearl Morton Young, 89, of Bridgeport is at 2 p. m. Sunday, June 28, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p. m. Saturday.
Young died Thursday, June 25, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Feb. 20, 1920, in Bridgeport to Columbus and Elmirah (Taylor) Morton, she was a homemaker and a member of the Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church. She married V. T. Young Dec. 28, 1935, in Bridgeport. She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, John Morton; and five sisters, Jessie VanHoose, Letha Young, Edna Howard, Linnie Moody and Lannie Gray. She is survived by a sister, Jean Waldrop of Newark; and several nieces and nephews.

Young, Roy Lee
1938-2009
Published Thursday, October 22, 2009
Graveside service for Roy Lee Young, 70, of Paradise was Oct. 17 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Rick Ross officiating.
Young died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, in Bridgeport. Born Nov. 19, 1938, in Hayworth, Okla., to John Henry and Bessie Lee (Jones) Young, he was a tank manufacturer and owned and operated Young's Tanks in Boyd for 40 years. He is survived by Liz Young, his daughter, Virginia Young of Fort Worth; son, Cary Young and wife, Jonna, of Decatur; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jason, Miranda, Sutton, Chandler and Hadden; and five sisters.

Zaidle, Teresa
1967-2009

Published Thursday, March 4, 2009
Memorial service for Teresa Zaidle, 41, of Azle was March 4, at Community Bible Fellowship church in Reno.
Zaidle died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Azle. Born Oct. 25, 1967, in Azle to Edward Dale and Ella Hewitt Zaidle, she was a 1986 graduate of Springtown High School. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Dale Zaidle, and a sister, Terri Dale Zaidle. She is survived by a son and a daughter, Nicholas Nicholson and Misti Nicholson, both of Azle; mother, Ella Smith and husband, Steven, of Weatherford; sisters, Sherri Earp and husband, Jason, of Chico, Kristi Ramon and husband, Mike, and Sandy Cherry and husband, Duane, all of Azle; grandmother, Pattie Hewitt; grandparents, Wallace Smith and wife, Pat; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Zorns, Virginia Elizabeth
1911-2009
Published Thursday, February 26, 2009
Graveside service for Virginia Elizabeth Zorns, 97, of Boyd was to be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Boyd Cemetery with Craig Rolen officiating.
Zorns died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Boyd. Born June 11, 1911, in Crockett to Henry and Sally (Green) Phillips, she was a retired teacher at Boyd Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her husband, B. A. Zorns, in 1986; brother, Harris Phillips; and sister, Florence Porter. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Barber and Florence Greenfield of Boyd and Elizabeth Milner of Bedford; grandchildren, Brad, Brent, Annie and Bert; and great-grandchildren, Laura, Wyatt, Brody, Cole, Alyssa, Tessa and Jett.