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2011
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The following obituaries are in alphabetical order by last name (use the "searcher" on page http://www.wisecountytexas.info , or Edit/Find on this page to find other names in text):

Adams, Carrol Anne Weatherly | 1945-2011
Published Sunday, July 3, 2011
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She died Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 3, 1945, in Duncan, Okla., to Robert and Louise (Tomlinson) Weatherly, she was a nurses’ aide.
She is survived by son Roscoe Walker of Chico; grandson Colton Walker of Bridgeport; great-grandson James Walker of Bridgeport; brother Bobby Lee Weatherly and wife, Kathy, of Washington; and other family members.

Admire, Billy C. | 1933-2011
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Billy C. Admire
Funeral for Billy C. Admire, 78, of Bridgeport was Dec. 12 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Admire died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 25, 1933, in Bridgeport to Clarence and Audri (King) Admire, he served in the U.S. Army and married Elizabeth Hicks June 28, 1958, in Bridgeport. Admire was a tool pusher at MND Drilling and worked the farm that has been in his family for 140 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and was a mason for 50 years.
Admire was preceded in death by grandson Michael Anthony “Tony” Pearce; sister JoAnn Admire; and brother Robert C. Admire.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Kelli Cook and Kimberly Ann Roe of Bridgeport, and Vanessa Pearce and husband, Michael, of Chico; grandchildren Landon, Ashley, Billy, Marissa and Felisha; great-grandchildren William, Byron, Aiden, Amy, Hannah, Jasper, Haley, McKenzi and Brayden; sisters Rosetta Richards of Arlington, Lola Neil of Benbrook and Helen Fisher of Arkansas; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Ron Womack, Lonnie Hobbs, Jimmy Kay, David Puckett, Landon Puckett and Billy Cook

Allen, Danny Ray | 1953-2011
Published Sunday, February 13, 2011
Memorial service for Danny Ray Allen, 57, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Harvest Time Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Fred Villa officiating.
Allen died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 28, 1953, in Clinton, Okla., to Everett and Lillie (Jantz) Allen, he was a fork lift driver and a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, and father.
Allen is survived by daughter Melinda Allen of Bridgeport; adopted daughters Melissa and Cynthia; adopted son Bubba Allen; his mother of Sunray; sister Linda Wilson of Sugarland; brother Jimmy Allen of Dumas; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Allen, John Richard | 1961-2011
Published Thursday, June 2, 2011
Funeral for John Richard Allen, 50, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Heritage Funeral Home in Bowie with Fred Ferren of Central Baptist Church of Chico officiating. Burial will follow at Cumby Cemetery.
Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the funeral home.
Allen died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Chico.
Born Jan. 8, 1961, in Bowie to Jack William and Juanita Fern (Mauldin) Allen, he was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Allen was preceded in death by his father; brothers Kenneth Allen, Herman Allen, Jack Allen and Jake Allen; and sisters Savanna Fullbright and Linda Seeley.
He is survived by his wife, Tonya Allen; daughters Elisha Warnack of Colorado and Kela Allen of Chico; son John Allen of Chico; grandchildren Raul, Ryan and Jana Nava of Colorado; his mother of Bowie; and sisters Emma Riddles and Lou Ann Gregory, both of Sunset, Doris Scroggins of Myra, Rebecca Posey of Archer City and Francis Morgan of Bowie.

Allison, Harold Eugene | 1939-2011
Published Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Allison died Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 18, 1939, in Paradise to O. C. and Movelda Lila (Read) Allison, he was a retired truck driver who hunted, fished and watched horse racing. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960 and received an honorable discharge in 1962 after remaining on reserve status for two years.
Allison was preceded in death by brothers Billy Bob Allison, Richard Allison and Floyd Allison.
He is survived by daughter Tennille Green and husband, Buddy, of Bridgeport; stepdaughter Debra Muhle of Norman, Okla.; sister Helen Stamper and husband, Dudley, of Clarksville; and grandchildren Brett Stuart, Tori Green and Tylie Green, all of Bridgeport.

Anthis, James P. | 1937-2011
Published Thursday, February 10, 2011
Memorial for James P. Anthis, 73, of Alvord will be held at a later date.
Anthis died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 19, 1937, in Chicago to Bramblett and Agnes (Barton) Anthis, he married Rhonda Darlene Armstrong in June 2003 in Mineola. He served in the United States Army.
Anthis is survived by his wife of Alvord; daughter Maria Huffman; son James P. Anthis Jr.; sisters Kathleen Shafer and Coleen Anthis of Chicago; and four grandsons.

Aragon, Paula Leija | 1946-2011
Published Saturday, December 10, 2011
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Paula Leija Aragon
Funeral for Paula Leija Aragon, 65, of Paris, formerly of Bridgeport, is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home with Thomas Sanders and Steven Leija officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Aragon died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Paris.
Born April 5, 1946, in Knox City to Joe and Inez Banda Leija, she was a homemaker and member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Aragon was preceded in death by brothers Able Leija, Daniel Leija and Richard Leija.
She is survived by children Silvia Moen, Lisa Smith, Ernest Rodriguez and Tracy Rodriguez; grandchildren Erick Moen, Isaac Moen and BrieAnn, Anthony and Isabel Rodriguez; great-grandchildren Micheal Powell and Brayden and Bently Rodriguez; brothers Joe Leija Jr., Johnny Leija and Lorenzo Leija; and sisters Mary Valencia, Rosie Leija and Irene Leija.
Pallbearers are Erick Moen, Isaac Moen, Anthony Rodriguez, Scott Wells, Clint Summer and Fredy Arenas.
Online condolences may be made at http://fry-gibbs.com.

Argo, Patsy A. | 1937-2011
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011
Funeral for Patsy A. Argo, 73, of Roanoke will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico with Dewayne Tracy officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3.
Argo died Monday, March 21, 2011, in Roanoke.
Born Sept. 12, 1937, in Dallas to Noble and Opal (Payne) Howard, she was a homemaker who fished, played bingo and gambled and, when she was younger, danced. She collected porcelain dolls and coins and watched John Wayne movies.
Argo was preceded in death by brother Charles Howard; son James Mays; and granddaughter Cristan Argo.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert Argo; daughters Deborah Pearson and husband, Carl, Sandra Farrell and husband Raymond, and Donna Mumma and husband George, all of Sunset, and Marsha Argo and husband Roger of Gadsden, Ala.; son Kenneth Mays of Roanoke; sisters Judith Bell and husband, Bob, of Plano, and Charolett Howard of Frankston; brother Don Howard and wife, Deborah, of Palestine; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Arias, Hazel Marie | 1924-2011
Published Saturday, November 26, 2011
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Arias died Nov. 22, 2011, in Keller.
Born Nov. 3, 1924, in Ravenden Springs, Ark., to Jim and Ida (Overman) Marriott, she was a sous chef. She was president of Keller Oaks Red Hat Club and Keller Oaks Garden Club and a member of Living Word Assembly of God.
Arias was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; daughter Debbie Fields; great-granddaughters Paige Nicole Witham and Candice Fields; brother William Baker; and sister Helen Genola.
She is survived by daughters Carolyn Schroder and husband, Dick, of Alvord and Eleanor Pickett of Saginaw; sons Tommy Harlan and wife, Ann, of Amarillo, Kenny Harlan and wife, Pat, of Boyd and David Harlan and wife, Dubbi, of North Richland Hills; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and other family members.
Pallbearers are Breen Harlan, Brandon Pickett, Michael Witham, Justin Coon, Kenny Harlan and Keith Harlan

Armes, Jimmie Gene | 1929-2011
Published Thursday, June 9, 2011
Armes JimmyGraveside service for Jimmie Gene Armes, 81, of Decatur was to be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Memorial service was to follow at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Roy Spore and Rick Ross officiating.
Armes died Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 24, 1929, in Boonsville to Chester Cheves and Vera Beatrice (Jennings) Armes, he graduated in 1947 from Bridgeport High School, where he was president of his senior class.
He married Marye Nella Brooks of Decatur June 17, 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy before attending college on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Texas in 1956.
Armes retired in 2001 as plant manager for Eaglemotive Industries Fort Worth. He also worked for General Tire and Rubber Co., Collins Radio Co. and Poco Graphite.
He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church and later a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church.
Armes served two terms on the Decatur School Board and was appointed to the Decatur District Water Board and the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission. He also volunteered with Wise Area Relief Mission, serving on the board of directors for many years and as board president for one term.
Armes is survived by his wife; daughter Lori Armes of Frisco; son Joseph Armes and wife, Kelly, of Dallas; sister Joyce Cheves and husband, Norris, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Benjamin Lamm and wife, Rebekah, of Austin and Annie and John Armes of Dallas; and nieces.
Pallbearers were to be Gene Blagg, Charles Burton, J.E. Carson, Bonnie Cocanougher, Joe Lambert, Gay Leake, Ray Leake, Truitt Leake, Paul LeBoeuf, Charles Long, Dan Maeyers, Royce Raven, Glenn Smith, Alford Talley and Bill Wiley.
Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Men’s Sunday School class.
Memorials may be made to Wise Area Relief Mission, 300 N. Trinity St., Decatur, TX 76234.

Armstrong, Joe Harvey | 1938-2011
Published Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Armstrong died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Sunset.
Born Jan. 3, 1938, in Wise County to Dwight H. and Vivian Alma (Baldwin) Armstrong, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Janice Able Aug. 9, 1958, in Durant, Okla.
They lived in western Oklahoma and Fort Worth before moving to Venezuela to work in the oilfields. The couple moved to Crafton, where they ranched, farmed and operated a dairy farm. Later, they moved to Sunset where they continued farming and ranching.
He was preceded in death by brother Alfred Lee Armstrong.
Armstrong is survived by his wife; sons Joey Carroll Armstrong and wife, Karen, of Richmond, J. Lee Armstrong of Sunset and Jarrett Harvey Armstrong and wife, Cheryl, of Keller; grandchildren Dana Madden and husband, Mike, of Richmond, Joseph Armstrong and Ian Armstrong, both of Houston, and Scott Armstrong, Reece Armstrong, Jace Armstrong and Mitch Armstrong, all of Keller; great-grandchildren Savannah Madden, Emery Madden and Greyson Guy Madden; sister Rhonda Branstetter of Oklahoma City; stepfather Lyndie Branstetter of Oklahoma City; and extended family members.

Ashley, Nim Marshall | 1958-2011
Published Sunday, March 13, 2011
Ashley NimGraveside service for Nim Marshall Ashley, 52, of Sanger was March 11 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Walter Ashley, his uncle, officiating.
Ashley died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Sanger.
Born Dec. 11, 1958, in Denton, to Joe H. and Bobbie (Roberts) Ashley, he was a graduate of Denton High School and the University of North Texas in 1983. He owned A&W Productions in Sanger.
Ashley is survived by his daughter, Caitlyn Ashley of Denton; mother of Greenwood; sisters JoAnne A. Humes and husband, Craig, of Hickory Creek and Debbie A. Porter of Greenwood; in-laws Buddy and Bessie Lou Dobson of Denton; and nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials may be made to the Denton Humane Society, P.O. Box 1972, Denton, TX 76202.

Atkins, Gordon Douglas | 1937-2010
Published Sunday, January 2, 2011
Funeral for Gordon Douglas Atkins, 73, of Schertz, formerly of Decatur, is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Day Spring Christian Church in New Braunfels with burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemtery in San Antonio.
Atkins was born Sept. 23, 1937 and died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Schertz.
He is survived by wife Pat Atkins; sisters Donna Atkins Eaton of Decatur, Judy Pouncy of Sun City and Mary Nunn of St. Charles, Mo.; brothers Mike Atkins of Azle, Kenneth Atkins of Decatur and Steve Atkins of California; nephews Wesley Ott, Joshua Nunn and Danny Atkins; nieces Jill Pouncy, Nancy Cates and Chrissy Atkins; and other relatives.

Bailey, Millie Marie | 1941-2011
Published Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bailey MillieMemorial service for Millie Marie Bailey, 69, of Blue Mound is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Bailey died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born March 17, 1941, in Bowie to Leslie and Juanita (Isaac) Gifford, she married Edward Earl Bailey Sept. 12, 1959, in Weatherford. Bailey was a machinest at Valoe in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by brother J.R. Gifford.
Bailey is survived by her husband; daughters Marlene Rachuig and husband, David, of Blue Mound and Rena Garrett and husband, Marlin, of Aurora; sons Edward Bailey Jr. and wife, Kim, of Arlington, and Edwin Bailey of Blue Mound; grandchildren Jason, Brandi, Malinda, James, Chris, Edward (Eddie) III, David and Daniel; great-grandchildren Cade, Shane and Shyanne; brother Ray Gifford of River Oaks; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bailey, Patrick D. ‘Lucky’ |
Published Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Bailey died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 14, 1948, to Vernon and Nadine (Easley) Bailey in Carthage, he was a truck driver.
Bailey is survived by brother Mike Bailey and wife, Cindy, of Carrollton; niece Stephanie Gray and husband, Gary, of Pilot Point; great-nephew Bryce Durrett of Pilot Point; and other family members.

Ballard, Kari Francis | 1962-2011
Published Sunday, July 10, 2011
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Ballard died Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Paradise.
Born Oct. 26, 1962, to Roger Sr. and Wanda (Cambell) Klause in Borger, she married Tuxie Ballard Feb. 19, 1999, in Borger. She served her country in the U.S. Air Force and was a registered technical nurse.
Ballard was preceded in death by her father in 2008; and her brother, Roger Klause Jr. in 2007.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Kathryn “Liz” Wolk and husband, Andrew, of Portales, N.M.; sons Stephen Williams of Lubbock and Garret Alexander “Booboo” Ballard of Paradise; two grandchildren; mother; brother Kevin Klause of Philadelphia, Pa.; sister Shari Klause of Seattle; and other family members.

Banks, Ray Alton | 1933-2011
Published Sunday, June 5, 2011
Banks Ray CMYKFuneral for Ray Alton Banks, 77, of Springtown was to be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at White’s Azle Funeral Home with burial at 1:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Banks died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 5, 1933, in Paradise to James Alvin Banks and Gladys Louella Martin, he was a general contractor for 43 years. Banks served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of VFW Post 2137 in Azle and the Clown Unit of Shriners.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Banks, in 1985; sister Lou Ella Brewer; and brother Gene Banks.
Banks is survived by children Landon Banks and wife, Nita, of Fort Worth, Robert Banks and wife, Rhonda, of Springtown and Rhonda Dyer and Marco Cardena of Lipan; grandchildren Randy Lindsey, John Kemp, Moses Kemp, Barry Dyer, Corey Banks, Chad Banks, Colton Banks, Logan Banks, Lyndsi Rowell and Lauryn Banks; six great-grandchildren; and special friend Sharon Williams.
He is also survived by brothers Benny Banks, Dean Banks and Jerry Banks; and sisters Joyce Slate and Nona Rick.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, James L. West, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104 or the American Cancer Society, 3301 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Barboza, Jose Luis | 1960-2011
Published Sunday, April 24, 2011
Mass of Christian burial for Jose Luis Barboza, 50, of Decatur was April 21 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Sojan George officiating.
Barboza died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 15, 1960, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico, to Leopoldo Barboza Valdez and Barbarita Rivera, he married Argelia Alcaraz Oct. 17, 1978, in Zaragoza. He was employed by Hudd Welding and Construction in Mineral Wells and was a member of the Catholic church.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Norma Leon, Barbara Barboza and Abigail Barboza, all of Fort Worth; brothers Jose Barboza, Raul Barboza, Reginaldo Barboza, Sergio Barboza, Leopoldo Barboza and Romeo Barboza; sister Elva Varela of Decatur; and his mother.
Pallbearers were Romeo Barboza, Raul Barboza, Sergio Barboza, Reginaldo Barboza, Jaime Varela and Jose L. Barboza Jr.

Barclay, Ina Pearl | 1921-2011
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Barclay died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 11, 1921, in Van Zandt County to Marvin Watson and Lois Etta (Bunch) Palmer, she married Pete Barclay May 9, 1944, in Waxahachie. She was a member of the Alvord Church of Christ and a was retired seamstress.
Barclay was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 10, 2010; son Teddy Barclay; and two brothers.
She is survived by daughters Ann Phillips and husband, Danny, of Burleson, and Betty Slovacek and husband, Robert, of Mabank; son Michael Barclay and wife, Toni, of Alvord; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Jerry Palmer and Larry Palmer; daughter-in-law Kay Barclay; and extended family.
Pallbearers are Sam Phillips, Kenny Barclay, Casey Barclay, Jody Barclay, Curtis Barclay, Mason Barclay and Kaleb Bryant.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas, 7610 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 600, Dallas, TX 75247-9952.

Barnes, Dorothy Jane | 1924-2011
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Graveside service for Dorothy Jane Barnes, 87, of Alvord was Nov. 7 at Alvord Cemetery with the Rev. Earnie Patterson, Barnes’ nephew, officiating.
Barnes died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Decatur.
She was born July 5, 1924, in Pettus to John William Barnes and Mary Henderson Barnes.
Barnes was preceded in death by sisters Helen Barnes, Bertha Barnes and Leona Milberger; and brothers Billy Barnes and Johnnie Barnes.
She is survived by brother J.B. Barnes of Alvord and sister Frances Patterson.

Barnett, Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann | 1945-2011
Published Thursday, January 20, 2011
Barnett_Patricia.jpgFuneral for Patricia “Pat” Ann Barnett, 65, of Paradise was Jan. 15 at Hawkins Funeral Home with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Blair officiated and Jack Watson assisted.
Barnett died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 4, 1945, to Harvard and Mary (Richardson) McWilliams in Pittsburg, she married Charles Barnett March 3, 1973, in Dallas. She was a co-owner of Charlie’s Transmission and a member of the First Baptist Church of Runaway Bay.
Barnett was preceded in death by brothers Paul and Mickey McWilliams.
She is survived by her husband; twin sons, Noel Harvard Williams and wife, Jacque, of Franklin, Ky., and Loydd Ervin Williams and wife, Bridget, of Bridgeport; grandchildren J.C., Hayden, Hayley, Hadley, Harvard, Holden and Hudson Williams; brother Red McWilliams and wife, Asia Jane, of Hawkins; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Charles Williams, Hayden Ervin Williams, Hadley Reginald Williams, Harvard Peyton Williams, James Alpfonchus Brogan and John Neal Brogan.

Barnett, Virginia Gelories | 1940-2011
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Barnett died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
Born Dec. 19, 1940, in Arkadelphia, Ark., to Roy and Trula Eden, she was married to Gus Barnett for 43 years. She spent time outside, cooked and fished.
Barnett was preceded in death by brothers Dennis and Charles Eden; sisters Dorthy, Dorlis, Sue, Shirley and Sharon Eden; and grandson Dakota Barnett.
She is survived by her husband; sons Michael Cooper and Bubba Barnett; daughters Lelia Eden, Kathy Willis, Jackie Rennels, Pamela Cooper, Paula Cooper and Patricia Barnett; brothers Jerry Eden and Bill Eden; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Memorials may be made to the Barnett family in care of White’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Springtown, TX 76082.

Barton, Debbie | 1956-2011
Published Thursday, April 14, 2011
Barton DebbieFuneral for Debbie Barton, 54, of College Station, formerly of Decatur, is 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur with Ken May officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Barton died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Austin.
Born May 14, 1956, in Fort Worth, she was raised by her mother, Kathleen Ashley, and Robert “Bob” Ashley. Barton rode horses and competed in barrel racing as a young woman. She owned a dog kennel business where she bred a variety of registered dogs before selling her horses and dogs to serve the Lord.
She was preceded in death by Robert “Bob” Ashley.
Barton is survived by her mother of Decatur; sons Travis Davidson and wife, Patty, of Fort Worth and Shawn Belknap and wife, Maria, of Livingston; seven grandchildren; and sister Cheryl Tamez and husband, Louis, of College Station.
Pallbearers are Shawn Belknap, Zachary Belknap, Isaiah Belknap, Travis Davidson, Louis Tamez and LRay Barton.

Beach, Michael James | 1954-20011
Published Sunday, February 27, 2011
Beach Michael JamesMemorial service for Michael James Beach, 56, of Aurora was to be 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Beach died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Aurora.
Born Oct. 11, 1954, in Decatur to Raymond Sr. and Mary (Neel) Beach, he was a self-employed welder.
Beach is survived by brother Raymond L. Beach Jr. of Bogart, Ga.; sister Lin Gallman of Aurora; nephews Robert, Lucas and Dean; nieces Melanie, Stephanie, Kim and Lacy; and great-nephews and nieces.

Bell, Evelyn Annette | 1930-2011
Published Thursday, February 17, 2011
Funeral for Evelyn Annette Bell, 80, of Denton was Feb. 13 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with Weylan Deaver officiating. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Bell died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Denton.
Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Bowie to Ernest and Grace Bowling, she married Raymond C. Bell Feb. 12, 1949, in Bowie. Bell was a member of the Sherman Drive Church of Christ. She cooked, sewed and spent time with family.
Bell was preceded in death by her husband; sister Ruth Bushnell; brothers R.L., Dewey, Alton, O’Neal, Virgil and Glenn; and great-grandson Brayden Foster.
She is survived by sons Danny Bell and wife, Debra, of Denton and Gary Bell of Runaway Bay; daughter Cathy Atchison and husband, Norman, of Gallup, N.M.; grandchildren Michael Bell, Krystal Foster, Jeremy Richardson, Jennifer Stites and Austin Bell; stepgranchildren Daniel and Samuel Atchison; great-grandchildren Dakota Bell, Nolan Richardson, Carter Richardson, Makayla Foster and Alyssa Stites; and sister Juanita Cromer of Saginaw

Benham, Frank ‘Ellis’ | 1925-2011
Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Frank 'Ellis' Benham
Funeral for Frank “Ellis” Benham, 86, of Bridgeport was Dec. 26 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Cox officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
Benham died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Hamlin to Clyde and Mary (Carnes) Benham, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman for two and a half years and was stationed in Guam. He married Peggy Lemens Dec. 7, 1952, in Glen Rose.
Benham went to Weatherford Junior College and to North Texas University, where he earned his master’s degree. He taught in Glen Rose, El Dorado and Weinert and at Weatherford Junior College and Lon Morris Junior College. He was a teacher and then a principal in Byers, a counselor in Henrietta, superintendent at Bellevue for seven years and a counselor at Bridgeport High School until he retired in 1988. Benham was in education for 37 years.
He was preceded in death by brothers Stanley, Gailord and Kenneth Benham; sisters Vera Profitt, Myrtle Hester Evatt, Marie Maddox and Vada Lisenbee.
He is survived by his wife; sons Craig Benham and wife, Phyllis, and Lonny Benham and wife, Rita, all of Bridgeport, and Steve Benham and wife, Tammy, of Henrietta; daughter Treva Byrne and husband, Jimmy, of Iowa Park; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Ellis Benham, Rob Ratliff, Dylan Benham, Colt Langford, Adam Benham and Rusty Benham.

Bennett, T.J. | 1926-2011
Published Sunday, March 13, 2011
Bennett TommyGraveside service for T.J. Bennett, 84, of Newark was March 10 at Restland Cemetery in Boswell, Okla., with the Rev. Dale Randolph officiating.
Bennett died Friday, March 4, 2011, in Newark
Born June 27, 1926, in Bennington, Okla., to John and Vesta (Faulkner) Bennett, he graduated from Bennington High School and married Mildred Buford Jan. 11, 1947, in Texarkana, Ark.
Bennett served in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Philippines during World War II and as an honor guard for General Douglas MacArthur. In 1983, he retired as a salvage repairman for General Motors after 30 years.
He was preceded in death by sons Randy Bennett and Tommy Ray Bennett.
Bennett is survived by his wife; sons Larry Bennett and wife, Patricia, of Denton and Steve Bennett of Newark; brother John Bennett and wife, Betty, of Bennington; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and other family members.

Berryhill, Mary Ann | 1939-2011
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Mary Ann Berryhill
Memorial service for Mary Ann Berryhill, 71, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Berryhill died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 15, 1939, in Sibley, Iowa, to Orval and Nora Anne (Molitor) Parkhurst, she retired from the Civil Service Department of Defense of the U.S. government.
Berryhill was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
She is survived by daughters Brenda Berryhill-Jabs and husband, Randy, of Alberta, Canada, and Deborah Mann and husband, Robert, of Paradise; and grandchildren Justin, Jared and Shaelynn Jabs and Trae and Kalynn Mann.

Birchfield, Margaret Ann | 1941-2011
Published Thursday, April 21, 2011
Birchfield MargaretFuneral for Margaret Ann Birchfield, 70, of Decatur was April 18 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. David Isbell officiating.
Birchfield died Friday, April 15, 2011, in Denton.
Born Jan. 5, 1941, in Edna, Kan., to Orval C. and Mary Ellen (Bendure) Martin, she was a retired office administrator for Austin Power Energy. She married James Douglas Birchfield in 1967.
Birchfield was preceded in death by her husband; son David Birchfield; brother Larry Martin; and sister Shirley Ungles.
She is survived by daughters Charlotte Puga and husband, Jose, of Houston and Sarah Jane Rodriguez of Ponder; granddaughters Gwen Stevens and Tiffany Rodriguez; grandsons Craig Rodriguez, Francisco Gaytan and Alex Gaytan; great-granddaughter Jordan Richards; and sisters Cherry Forkner, Pat Uhrich and Virginia Ness.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alfa Road, Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75244.

Bishop, Rita Dempsey | 1930-2011
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/rita-bishop.jpg Funeral for Rita Dempsey Bishop, 81, of Denton is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Denton with the Rev. Dewey Lang and Harvey Junker officiating. Burial will follow at Sanger Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bishop died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Denton.
Born Aug. 30, 1930, in Slidell to Jack and Opal (Cearley) Dempsey, she went to Slidell High School and Decatur Baptist College. She married W.O. Bishop May 16, 1949, in Sanger. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Commercial Travelers.
Bishop is survived by her husband; daughter Ellen Long and husband, Calvin, of Ponder; sons Rick Bishop and Chuck Bishop and wife, Susan, all of Sanger; brother Charles Bishop and wife, Shirley, of Denton; sister Joan Mackey and husband, Howard, of Gainesville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren,
Pallbearers are Chad Bishop, Billy Ray Pryor, Rusty Mackey, J.R. Mackey, Buford Cogdell and Hunter Gay.
Online condolences may be made at http://mulkeymason.com

Blackwood, Roy Malcolm | 1927-2011
Published Sunday, February 13, 2011
Blackwood RoyGraveside service for Roy Malcolm Blackwood, 83, of North Richland Hills was to be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth with the Rev. Lloyd McCutchen officiating.
Blackwood died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Bedford.
Born April 12, 1927, in Fort Worth to Doc and Mary (Smith) Blackwood, he was a retired machinist. He married Bettie Forrester Feb. 12, 1999, in Newark.
Blackwood was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lee (North) Blackwood; son Lee Roy Blackwood; sisters Fannie Neal and Margie Lea; and brother Freeman Blackwood.
He is survived by his wife; sons Willie M. Blackwood and wife, Pam, of Pottsboro and James Blackwood and wife, Jo Ann, of Decatur; daughter Mary J. Looney and husband, Delmas, of Alvord; daughter-in-law Terry Blackwood of Forney; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Survivors also include brothers George Blackwood of Fort Worth, Dub Blackwood of Haltom City and Mabern Blackwood of Mineral Wells; sisters Lillie Hilliard of Decatur, Lena Ary of Keller and Dora Young of Hurst; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Looney, Ricky Looney, Brian Moore, James Blackwood Jr., Chris Blackwood and Chase Ashworth.

Blalock, Buddy | 1935-2011
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Blalock died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 23, 1935, in Quitman to Jack and Maggie (Searcy) Blalock, he married Carnelia Grace Tackel May 2, 1959, in Bridgeport. He was a tool pusher and retired from MND Drilling. Blalock was a member of the Roughneck Club and First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by son Buddy Erik Blalock and sister Jo White.
Blalock is survived by his wife; son Jeff Blalock and wife, Shanna, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Amanda Handley, Ericka Blalock-Barboza and husband, Sergio, of Woodward, Okla.; great-grandchildren Jalyn, Dane and Rayli; sister Mary Kate Kirby of Quitman; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jerry Stinnett, Don Stinnett, Bob Tucker, Grant Mitchell, Jimmy Kay and J.P. Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Maxfield and Jim Duncan.

Blanks, Linda Ann | 1959-2011
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Blanks died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Chico.
Born Aug. 23, 1959, in Fort Knox, Ky., to Ralph and Ann (Prause) Carter, she was a secretary at Coffman Tank Trucks. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Chico.
Blanks was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Carter.
She is survived by daughter Kelcey Blanks of Chico; sons Jeremy Blanks and Jerod Blanks, both of Chico; her parents; sisters Wendy Denney and companion, Jeff, of Chico and Joyce O’Dell and husband, Wayland of Balsora; father of her children, Keith Blanks of Chico; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Jace Halter, Danny Tolliver, Bradley North, Kyler Hale, Billy Garza, Terry Hand, Kevin Wiley and J.D. Coffman

Blevins, Billy H. | 1940-2011
Published Thursday, June 30, 2011
Funeral for Billy H. Blevins, 71, of Weatherford, was to be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford with burial to follow at Wilson Prairie Cemetery in Wise County.
Blevins died Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 5, 1940, to Ralph and Eleanor Blevins, he was a retired maintenance supervisor for the Texas Department of Transportation in Palo Pinto County who traveled.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Anita Blevins Bailey and Willa Dean Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Maria Ragle of Paradise and Kathy Fowler of Graford; sons Bobby Blevins of Weatherford, David Allan Blevins of Weatherford, Tommy Blevins of Weatherford, Billy Blevins of Poolville and David M. Watkins of Fort Worth; sister Betty Blevins Wagner of Red Oak; brothers Eugene Blevins of San Antonio and Richard Blevins of Weatherford; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bloomer, Dorothy Mae | 1924-2011
Published Sunday, March 13, 2011
Bloomer DorothyFuneral for Dorothy Mae Bloomer, 86, of Chico will be held at a later date.
Bloomer died Friday, March 11, 2011, in Chico.
Born June 7, 1924, in Chico to John and Ivy (Denny) O’Kelley, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Bloomer, in 2007; and brother J.W. O’Kelley.
She is survived by son Stan Bloomer of Chico; daughter Brenda Cox and husband, Eric, of Chico; and other relatives.

Bobo, John A. | 1932-2011
Published Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bobo JohnFuneral for John A. Bobo, 79, of Blue Mound was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Hawkins Funeral Home with Roger Rhodes officiating. Burial was to follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Bobo died Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Blue Mound.
Born Feb. 9, 1932, in Elmore, Okla., to Lester and Oma (Romine) Bobo, he retired as a machinist from Lockheed Martin and served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Sara Alice Carpenter Jan. 15, 1954, in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his wife; sons Philip of Arlington and Stephen of New Orleans; daughters Cindy, Karen and Leslie, all of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were to be the North Texas Honor Guard.

Bobo, Sara Alice Carpenter | 1934-2011
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011
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Bobo died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 25, 1934, in Bridgeport to Jess and Della (Green) Carpenter, she married John Bobo on Jan. 15, 1954, in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker.
Bobo was preceded in death by her husband on April 16, 2011.
She is survived by sons Philip of Arlington and Stephen of New Orleans; daughters Cindy, Karen and Leslie, all of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other family members.
Pallbearers were to be Chris Moreno, Aaron Moreno, Zachery Bobo, Della Bobo, Jesse Aguila and Nick Carpenter.

Bogard, Edna Pearle | 1927-2011
Published Saturday, November 5, 2011
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Bogard died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Denton.
Born March 21, 1927, in Slidell to Jesse and Lena (Lyle) Fellers, she married Lenard Claude Bogard May 22, 1953. Bogard was a retired secretary and worked for Grandy’s Restaurant many years. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
Bogard was preceded in death by her husband in 1980; sisters Louise Kelley, Ruby Fellers, Mary Fellers and Mildred Mara; and brothers Jesse Fellers, Robert Fellers and Ernest Fellers.
She is survived by sisters Jimmie Woolaver and husband, Calvin, of Decatur and Betty Bailes of Sanger; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Wayne Woolaver, Ricky Mara, Bratton Williams, Richard Mara, Shane Mara, Todd Mara, Champ Bailes and Luke Wilkinson.

Boldyreff, Nina Valintinovna | 1926-2011
Published Sunday, July 17, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/boldyreffobit.jpgFuneral for Nina Valintinovna Boldyreff, 85, of Chico was July 12 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless with burial in Spring Valley, N.Y.
Boldyreff died Friday, July 8, 2011, in Chico.
Born March 22, 1926, in Paris, France, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in French literature. She also earned a master’s degree in romance languages.
At the age of 19, she passed language proficiency exams in French, Russian, German and English for the U.S. Army in Paris, and with a special age dispensation, worked as a translator for General Dwight D. Eisenhower, classified information and grave records for U.S. soldiers.
Boldyreff immigrated to New York on President’s Day 1951 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. She worked as a bilingual executive secretary in New York City for businesses such as McNally and Olin Industries.
She was also an international Trans World Airlines flight attendant, Fairfield County, Conn., school system language teacher for 15 years, an employee of the U.S. Department of State for 10 years, a New York City court interpreter and a traveling escort interpreter for agricultural, medical and cultural delegations.
Boldyreff was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Barbara’s Orthodox Church in Fort Worth.
She is survived by daughters Eugenia Larsen and Ludmilla B. (Lucie) Muns; grandchildren Matthew Muns, Anne Muns, Christine Amanda Muns, Sgt. John Muns, Lance Cpl. Luke Muns, Mark Gryzbowski, Melissa Gryzbowski and Zachary Larsen; and great-granddaughters Genevieve Hartfield and Elizabeth Muns

Bolin, Virgil Lee | 1935-2011
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Virgil Lee Bolin
Funeral for Virgil Lee Bolin, 76, of Newark, was Dec. 12 at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial followed in Aurora Cemetery.
Bolin died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 19, 1935, in Blewett to Alfred and Lela (Shelburne) Bolin, he married Leita Mae Chafin March 17, 1956, in Marietta, Okla. He was a retired installer for AT&T and a member of Aurora Baptist Church.
Bolin was preceded in death by brothers Tom, T and Jr.; and sisters Fredia, Ethel and Jessie May.
He is survived by his wife; sons Gary Joe Bolin and wife, Sherrie, of Weatherford, Larry Lynn Bolin and wife, Frankie, of Aurora and Carroll Craig Bolin and wife, Kathalinia, of Aurora; daughter Cheryl Lee Austin and husband, Clyde, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Shelly Dorsey and husband, Darin, Steven Bolin and wife, Nicole, Ashley Gresham and fiance, Josh Parsons, Blake Bolin and wife, Jennifer, Dustin Bolin and wife, Kristin, Scott Bolin and wife, Ashley, Caty Roberts and husband, Brandon, Calder Austin, Keesha Bolin, Bobby Reed and Billy Reed; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Palmer of Fort Worth; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Steven Bolin, Blake Bolin, Dustin Bolin, Scott Bolin, Calder Austin and Rusty Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Smith, Gordon Young, Dennis Elam, Marvin Winslanger, Harlond Dennis and Roger Berg.

Boultinghouse, Teresa Lynn | 1958-2011
Published Sunday, January 16, 2011
Boultinghouse_Teresa.jpgFuneral for Teresa Lynn Boultinghouse, 52, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church with the Rev. Tim Jenkins officiating. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan 15 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Boultinghouse died Thursday, January 13, 2011, in Boyd.
Born June 26, 1958, in Elizabethtown, Ky., to Delbert Vernon and Evelynn Jane (Cole) Ballenger, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Boultinghouse was a retired retail store manager and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Nathan Reeves; and brother Reginald Dale Bagwell.
Boultinghouse is survived by daughter Melina Reeves and husband, Donald, of Saint Jo; son Randall Boultinghouse and partner, Julio Olguin, of Grand Prairie; granddaughters Leasha, Chelsea and Kyla Reeves of Saint Jo; brothers Marc Bagwell and wife, Lynn, of Raleigh, N.C., and John Cawyer and wife, Jeanette, of Joplin, Mo.; sister Pam Jenkins and husband, Tim, of Paradise; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Donald Reeves, Ronnye Owens, Julio Olguin, Randall Boultinghouse, Waylon Wiley, Jake Ellingwood, Nick Jenkins and Jason Johnson.

Bourne, Arita | 1933-2011
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Bourne died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
Born Jan. 10, 1933, in Achille, Okla., to J.W. and Avis Pierot, she was married to Charlie Glenn Bourne for 60 years. She attended Walnut Creek Baptist Church and sang in the choir.
Bourne was preceded in death by brother Jimmy Dale Pierot.
She is survived by her husband; son Steve Bourne and wife, Debra; daughter Karen Hale and husband, Buddy; granddaughters Christina Hart and husband, Josh, Cynthia Cowan and husband, Robert, and Amanda Bourne; grandsons Dusty Hale and wife, Kelly, Gregory Bourne and wife, Jackie, and Kevin Bourne; great-grandchildren Cooper, Alyssa, Arianna, MaKaylia and Levi; and sister Irene Pierot.

Bowling, Lawrence Linzley | 1916-20011
Published Sunday, August 21, 2011
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Bowling died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Decatur.
Born March 25, 1916, in Little Elm, he married Isabelle Annie Teague in October 1935 in Decatur. Bowling was a rancher and retired from Lockheed Martin after working 39 years. He was a lifetime member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge and a member of the Countryside Baptist Church.
Bowling was preceded in death by his wife in March 2000.
He is survived by daughter Beverly Contakos; sons Gary Bowling, Robby Bowling and Rickey Bowling; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Scott Bowling, Tony Jackson, Chris Contakos Jr., Barry Bowling, Dodd Bowling and Tom Talley.
Honorary pallbearers are Elton McCurdy, Bob Huggins and Eric Staton.

Bradford, James Louis | 1928-2011
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011
BradfordGraveside service for James Louis Bradford, 82, of Savoy was March 25 at the Edna Everheart Chapel at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bells with Billy Neal Jr. officiating.
Bradford died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Savoy.
Born Nov. 30, 1928, in Wise County to James Louis and Effie Myrtle (Dunaway) Bradford, he retired from the railroad and was a former farmer and rancher. He also refereed basketball, baseball and football in Fannin and Grayson counties.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; and brothers Jack Bradford and William “Willie” Bradford.
He is survived by daughter Eva Lois North and husband, Russell, of Decatur; sons Murry Wayne of Decatur and Jeff Bradford of Sherman; grandchildren Shawn Grundy and wife, Brenda, of Decatur, and Ryan and Rachel Bradford of Dallas; and great-grandchildren London and Hunter Grundy of Decatur.

Bradford, Janice Lee | 1947-2011
Published Sunday, February 13, 2011
Bradford JaniceFuneral for Janice Lee Bradford, 63, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Terry Mitchell officiating.
Bradford died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 17, 1947, in Bowie to James H. and Mary Prater Landes, she was a licensed vocational nurse.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Don Bradford, and a brother, Jimmy Landes.
She is survived by husband Jerry Bradford; her parents; son Anthony Bradford of Paradise; daughter Melissa LeAnne Bradford of Bridgeport; brothers Joe Landes and Andy Landes, both of Eunice, N.M.; sisters Jennette Boozer of Eunice and Jamie Wilson of Perrin; grandmothers Holly Prater and Zelma Prater, both of Bowie; and grandchildren Hayden Bradford of Paradise, Bayley Bradford of Peaster and TJ Bradford of Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Chris Ledbetter, Manuel Sanchez, Don Stoner, Michael Adcock, Mike Wylie, Ray Wright, Bill King, Mark Arnett and Craig Goen.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Bradish, Barbra | 1932-2011
Published Sunday, June 19, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Bradish-Barbara1.jpgFuneral for Barbra Bradish, 79, of Alvord was to be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Kelly Hobbs was to officiate. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. prior to the funeral.
Bradish died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 17, 1932, in Chico to William Joseph and Audrey Ethel (Reeser) Anderson, she was a homemaker who read western books and fished.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Bradish; son Paul Gene Bradish; and granddaughters Pamela Bradish and Terry Joe Bradish.
She is survived by daughters Brenda Martin and husband, Dwayne, of Decatur, Sharon Gannon of Shawnee, Okla., and Barbara Ward of Alvord; sons Bobby Bradish and wife, Melanie, of Bridgeport, Clyde Bradish of Oklahoma, Grady Bradish and wife, Ronda, of Billings, Mont., Jessie Bradish and wife, DeeDee, of Weatherford and Jerry Bradish and wife, Judy, of Wyoming; sister Patricia Hobbs; brother Joseph Anderson; 32 grandchildren; and 70 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were to be Clayton Green, Richard Ramsey, Jerry Bradish, Jerry Phipps, Robert Ramsey and Dennis Martin. Honorary pallbearers were to be Lonnie Hameister, Jeremy Whitbeck and Michael Dobyns.

Brannan, Mary Sanders | 1939-2011
Published Sunday, June 26, 2011
Graveside service for Mary Sanders Brannan, 71, of Ada, Okla., formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Brannan died Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Ada.
She was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Tarrant County to C.H. (Doc) and Lucille Sanders.
Brannan was preceded in death by sisters Anna Ruth Brown, Billie Nell Roper and Georgia Ann Wrey; and brother C.H. (Coon) Sanders Jr.
She is survived by sons Tom Shaw and Carrie Harris of Ada, Brent Shaw of New Orleans, La., and Mike Fulton III and wife, Genice, of Hawaii; daughter Alied Johnston and husband, Tommy, of Fort Worth; sisters Noama Franzeo, Modrel Kissenger and Carolynn Wright, all of Fort Worth; sister-in-law Carol Sanders of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews

Branson, Nancy Denise | 1946-2011
Published Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Branson died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Alvord.
Born May 18, 1946, in Indiana to Daniel Bruce and Urzela Elmira (Edwards) Whitesell, she married John Edward Branson May 30, 1967, in West LaFayette, Ind. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and The Hills Church of Christ.
Branson is survived by son Robert Branson and wife, Chansomatha “Kristi,” of Newark; brother Bud Whitesell of Terre Haute, Ind.; sister Pat Rippee of San Francisco; and grandchildren Aydan and Zoe Branson.
Pallbearers were David Johnson, Jason Bond, Larry Dixon, Don Bassham, Carl Sisk and Jim Withers.

Brazeau, Samuel Curtis, Sr. | 1938-2011
Published Saturday, December 31, 2011
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Samuel Curtis Brazeau Sr.
Funeral for Samuel Curtis Brazeau, Sr., 73, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at the funeral home.
Brazeau died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 28, 1938, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., to Eugene Phalen and Mary Isabelle (Shafer) Brazeau, he was a heavy equipment operator for 43 years and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 178 in Fort Worth. He married Dorothy Jean Bishop June 16, 1960, in Gainesville, and he restored pickups, focusing on 1955 and 1956 models.
Brazeau is survived by his wife; son Sammy Brazeau and daughter Pam Climer, both of Decatur; brothers Leo Brazeau, Max Brazeau and Dan Brazeau, all of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; sisters Edith Parr of Beloit, Wis., and Diane Bishael of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; grandchildren Curtis Barclay, Brandon Climer and Dustin and Bailey Brazeau.
Pallbearers are Randy Bramlett, Curtis Barclay, Brandon Climer, Dustin Brazeau, Jim Bob Hampton and Wendell Cauthan. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Womack and Paul Wager.
Memorials may be made to any of the Wise County veterans organizations.

Brewer, Charles Roscoe ‘Chuck’ | 1950-2011
Published Thursday, May 19, 2011
Brewer ChuckMemorial for Charles Roscoe “Chuck” Brewer, 61, of Florence, Ariz., formerly of Bridgeport, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Dana Coker will officiate.
Brewer died Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Apache Junction, Ariz.
Born Jan. 31, 1950, in Bridgeport to Elmer Joseph “Bill” Brewer and Nellie Katherine “Mollie” Dethloff Brewer, he attended Bridgeport schools and Weatherford College. He was a Vietnam veteran who served his country as a U.S. Marine for four years.
After the Marine Corps, he began his aggregate career working for companies such as TXI, Tradco Vulcan, Gifford Hill, Lattimore and Hanson, where he spent more than 30 years. He worked in Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas.
Brewer sometimes rode bulls when he was younger and supported the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.
He is survived by his mother; brothers Billy Jay Brewer and wife, Leanne, and Jimmy Dale Brewer, all of Bridgeport; sisters Nellie Faye Brewer Redwine and husband, James, of Chico and Roxie Luella Brewer Rumbaugh and husband, Joel, of LaGrange; nephews Christopher Brewer, James Dale “Pancho” Redwine, Joe Redwine and Stephen Rumbaugh; nieces Kathy Redwine and Melissa Grimes; nine great-nephews; five great-nieces; one great-great-niece; and extended family Ernie Garcia, Henrietta Garcia, Ashley Garcia, Aryka Garcia, Alysha Garcia, Jerry Barker and Darren Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are Lewis Ruder, Bill Winters, Ernie Garcia, Larry McDougal, Tommy Weatherly, David Carlton, Tim Nichols, Bob McLaughlin, Joel Howard, W. B. Warner, Terry Fulgham, Edwin Chavez, Louie Raines, Tom Ivey, Justin Sicking, Darren Smith and Jerry Barker.

Brewer, Nadyne | 1923-2011
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/nadyne.jpgFuneral for Nadyne Brewer, 88, of Lubbock is 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock.
Brewer died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.
Born June 8, 1923, in Dickens County to Olan and Willie Brewer, she graduated from Spur High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. She attended Wayland Baptist College and graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of science in applied arts. Brewer also received a master of arts in religious education and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
She was a missionary in Brazil for 20 years, serving in Campins, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Curitiba, and spoke Portuguese and Spanish. Brewer taught school in Dickens, Idalou, Shallowater and for 17 years in Boyd. She returned to Boyd from Brazil in 1990 to care for her mother. After Brewer retired, she moved to Lubbock in 2000 to care for her sister. She was a member of Idalou Baptist Church.
Brewer was preceded in death by sister Frances Allen; brother Harold Brewer; and nephew Ronny Casey.
She is survived by nephews Wayne “Tad” Casey and wife, Carolyn, of Lubbock, Jim Casey and wife, Janie, of Keller, Paul Brewer of California and Olan Brewer of Fort Worth; niece Carolyn Baker Casey of Lubbock; and great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to a mission project of choice.
Online condolences may be made at http://memorialdesigners.net.

Brewer, Nellie Katherine ‘Mollie’ | 1925-2011
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Brewer died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born July 15, 1925, in Bridgeport to Charlie and Louella (Coleman) Dethloff, she was one of 10 children. She was given the nickname “Mollie” from an uncle who said she reminded him of their Aunt Mollie. She married Elmer Joseph “Bill” Brewer and was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport. Brewer was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport and kept the nursery for 25 years. She was a custodian for Gifford-Hill Co. for 10 years and a homemaker. She cleaned homes and took care of the elderly until 2001.
Brewer was preceded in death by her husband; son Charles Roscoe Brewer; brothers Chris Dethloff, Kozie Dethloff, Herschel Dethloff, Homer Dethloff, Virgil Dethloff, Raymond Dethloff and Leo Dethloff; and sisters Bertha Byrd and Mary Dethloff.
She is survived by sons Billy Jay Brewer and wife, Leanna, and Jimmy Dale Brewer, all of Bridgeport; daughters Nellie Faye Brewer Redwine and husband, James, of Chico and Roxie Luella Brewer Rumbaugh and husband, Joel, of LaGrange; grandchildren Christopher Brewer, James Dale “Pancho” Redwine, Joe Redwine, Stephen Rumbaugh, Kathy Redwine and Melissa Grimes; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister-in-law Oleta Dethloff of Decatur; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Brewer’s grandsons Joe Redwine, Stephen Rumbaugh, Bryan Redwine, Chris Brewer, James “Pancho” Redwine, J.D. Redwine, Drew Redwine, Stryker Redwine, Phoenyx Redwine, Anthony Rumbaugh, Cade Rumbaugh, Jimmy Rumbaugh and Colton Grimes. Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Dethloff and Leon Dethloff.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Britton, Gary Dale | 1943-2011
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011
BrittonNo service is planned for Gary Dale Britton, 68, of Chico.
Britton died Friday, April 1, 2011, in Decatur.
Born March 13, 1943, in Wort, Okla., to Dennis and Lucille Beach Britton, he was a retired mechanic.
He was preceded in death by brother James M. Britton; and sister Bertha Ann Hatchett.
He is survived by sister Josephine Bross of Chico; longtime friend Katharine Etherton; daughters Gayle Britton and Chrystal Britton; and grandchildren Alyssa Preskitt, Mark Preskitt and Angela Lezotte.

Broeker, Iva Jean | 1920-2011
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Broeker-Iva-Jean.jpgGraveside service for Iva Jean Broeker, 90, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls.
Broeker died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 16, 1920, in Buckholtz to George Henry and Edna (Dodd) Reynolds, she married Ernest H. Broeker Aug. 6, 1952, in Wichita Falls. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Broeker was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her niece, Rita Haley and husband, Garry, of Paradise and extended family.

Brooks, Barbara Gail | 1946-2011
Published Thursday, January 27, 2011
Brooks_Barbara.jpgFuneral for Barbara Gail Brooks, 64, of Decatur was Jan. 11 at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross and Jim Taylor officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Brooks died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 16, 1946, in Bowie to William and Clemma (Chesher) Mitchell, she married J.M. Brooks May 28, 1976, in Montague. She was a retired licensed vocational nurse and a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by brothers Robert Mitchell, Billy Mitchell and Weldon Mitchell; and sisters Evelyn Weatherford and Mertie Ellen Terry.
Brooks is survived by her husband; daughter Deneise Walker and husband, Clay, of Bridgeport; stepchildren Ray and Julie Brooks; grandchildren Cory Brooks-Rendon, Maegan Flavin and Kaetlyn Flavin; god-grandchild Ashley Luther and fianc , Matt Bush; brother Tiney Mitchell and wife, Evelyne, of Port Isabel; sisters Mildred Bullard and husband, Bob, of Livingston, Ann Gomillion and husband, Howard, of Graham and Kay Dennis of Saint Jo; brother-in-law Ken Weatherford of Midland; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Cory Brooks-Rendon, Keven Herndon, Shawn Herndon, Austin Hicks, Wade Gomillion, Wayne Weatherford, Randy Weatherford and Keith Bullard. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Weatherford, Bob Bullard, Howard Gomillion and Tiney Mitchell.

Brown, Bobby Joe | 1936-2011
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Brown-Bobby-Joe.jpgGraveside service for Bobby Joe Brown, 74, of Paradise, was Oct. 24 at Cottondale Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Brown died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Paradise.
Born Oct. 29, 1936, in Paradise to Henry and Virginia (Adams) Brown, he served in the U.S. Army and was a retired steel worker.
Brown is survived by son Bobby Joe Brown Jr.; daughter Debra Lynn Brown; brother Leon Brown and wife, Francis, of Cleburne; grandchildren; and extended family.

Brown, Patricia G. Sanders | 1970-2011
Published Sunday, September 18, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Brown-Patricia.jpgFuneral for Patricia G. Sanders Brown, 41, of Rowlett, formerly of Chico, is noon Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 11 a.m. to noon before the service at the funeral home.
Brown died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in San Antonio.
Born July 3, 1970, in San Diego to David W. and Guadalupe Sanders, she joined the U.S. Army in 1994. Her assignments included Fort Sam Houston, Korea, Fort Polk, La., and the Military Entrance Processing Station in Dallas. She worked as a health care specialist.
Brown was preceded in death by brother Jaime D. Sanders.
She is survived by husband Jimmy D. Brown; sons Kenneth W. Corniel, Christopher J. Corniel and Nicholas D. Brown; her parents of Chico; sisters Alma Sanders Danks and husband, William, of San Antonio, Nancy Sanders Maxson and husband, Michael, of Decatur and Kay Sanders Taylor of Lubbock; and grandson Erick Corniel

Brune, Gary Gene | 1961-2011
Published Sunday, February 20, 2011
Brune GaryFuneral for Gary Gene Brune, 49, of Fort Worth was to be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Flatwood Baptist Church in Decatur. Douglas Acklie was to officiate.
Brune died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 7, 1961, in Palacios to Laverne Brune and Margeret Dols, he was a mechanic.
He is survived by wife Karen Brune; sons Gary Brune and Buck Brune; daughters-in-law Desiree and Corine; brothers Terry Brune and Ricky Brune; and grandchildren Leona, Hannah, Pheonix, Ricky, Justin, Faith, Bailey, Tommy and Destiny.

Bryan, Robert Eugene | 1941-2011
Published Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bryan_Robert.jpgMemorial for Robert Eugene Bryan, 69, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date.
Bryan died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born April 17, 1941, in Miami, Fla., to Frederick and Elizabeth (Pitts) Bryan, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and owned Bryan Enterprises.
He is survived by daughters Beth Coombs of Sullivan, Maine, and Lynsey Marion of Sidney, Neb.; sisters Sandra Dwyer of Beavercreek, Ohio, Patricia Bryan Wilcox of Missouri, Sharon Bryan Young of Memphis, Tenn., and Susan Bryan Campbell of Holly Springs, N.C.; brother Frederick Cook Bryan Jr. of Millington, Tenn.; special friend Charlene Blaylock of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Bullard, Mike | 1959-2011
Published Thursday, May 5, 2011
Bullard MichaelMemorial for Mike Bullard, 51, of Rhome was April 30 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Bullard died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Rhome.
Born July 10, 1959, in Fort Worth to Phillip and Veada (Buckmaster) Bullard, he was a construction worker.
He is survived by his parents of Rhome; sisters Karen Stokes and Mona Hankins and husband, Tooter, all of Boyd; nephews Joshua Smith, Jason Stokes, Kyle Hankins, Nicholas Wheeler and Jeffrey Hankins; and aunts and uncles.

Burris, Syble Stone | 1928-2011
Published Thursday, June 16, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Burris-Syble.jpgGraveside service for Syble Stone Burris, 83, of Tyler was to be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. Michael Fleming officiating.
Burris died Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Tyler.
Born Jan. 1, 1928, in Oklahoma to Herman and Ruby (Martin) Stone, she was a member of Whitehouse First Assembly in Whitehouse for eight years. She was formerly a member of Fairpark Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Burris was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Paul Burris, in 1998; brother H.L. Stone Jr.; and sister-in-law Bobbie Stone.
She is survived by sons Danny Burris and wife, Teresa, of Whitehouse and Bob Burris of Fort Worth; grandchildren Stephanie and Chad Tomlin of Whitehouse, Stephen and Laura Burris of Colorado and Kristi and Kyle Casey of Tyler; brother Wade Stone and wife, Shirley, of Decatur; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Burrows, Charles David Tiyi | 1948-20011
Published Sunday, February 27, 2011
Burrows CharlesMemorial service for Charles David “Tiyi” Burrows, 62, of Bowie is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at East Side Baptist Church in Bowie with the Rev. Jamie Reed officiating.
Burrows died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 17, 1948, in Kermit to Leslie “Cotton” Harding and Lucille Gaines Burrows, he was a rancher and a cowboy.
Burrows was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother; sisters Dianne Adams of Fort Worth and Sherry Barfield and husband, Dean, of Oklahoma; brothers Gary Burrows and wife, Donna, of Chico, and Steve Burrows and wife, Susan, of Bowie; and nieces and nephews

Burtis, Thomas R. | 1918-2010
Published Thursday, January 6, 2011
Memorial for Thomas R. Burtis, 92, of Lubbock was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock with the Rev. Archie Echols officiating.
Burtis died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.
Born May 26, 1918, in Decatur to Frederick William and Etta Mae (Hill) Burtis May, he married Pansy Eaves Young March 20, 1948, in Houston.
He enlisted in the National Guard in 1935 while still in high school and joined the U.S. Army in 1936 after graduating from Decatur High School. He served in the Army as an enlisted man for six years, as a warrant officer for 21 years and retired as a chief warrant officer-4 Dec. 31, 1962.
After retirement, he attended Texas Tech University where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree and later earned a master of arts degree. He also completed all but a dissertation for a doctoral degree, dropping out for health reasons.
Burtis was active in Union of Concerned Scientists, Center for Defense Information, Arms Control Association, National Peace Foundation, Peace Action, Council for a Livable World, Physicians for Social Responsibility and other public service organizations.
He was a longtime member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Aldersgate Sunday school class and the ministry at St. John’s. He was also a life member of the Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Friends of the Lubbock Library, Knife and Fork Club and League of Women Voters.
Burtis was former vice president and longtime executive committee member of the Lubbock Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and former president of the Lubbock Ecumenical Council on Social Concerns.
He was preceded in death by son Thomas Ray Burtis Jr.; sister Naomi Ada Russell; half sister Anne Lorene Burtis; and half brother Bobby Burtis.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Tommie Jean Klise and husband, Bill, of Ruidoso, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister Mary Ruth Burtis of Sherman; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Lubbock Meals on Wheels, St. John’s United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Byers, Franklin Lee | 1937-2011
Published Saturday, December 3, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Byers.jpgMemorial for Franklin Lee Byers, 74, of Bridgeport will be at a later date.
Byers died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Decatur.
Born April 22, 1937, in Chico to Haskell Lee and Dortha Byers, he was a rock hauler.
Byers is survived by daughters Brenda Lee Miller of Newark and Doris Diane Byers of Boyd; brothers Jurden Byers, George Byers and David Byers; sister Jewel Mitchell; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Calhoun, Danny | 1948-2011
Published Thursday, January 13, 2011
Funeral for Danny Calhoun, 62, of Lake City, formerly of Jacksboro, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at First Baptist Church in Jacksboro with Bill Walles officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
Calhoun died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, in San Antonio.
Born May 14, 1948, in Wichita Falls to Juanita (Shields) Calhoun and James Calhoun, he married Pamela Ann Monts Nov. 9, 1977, in Liberal, Kan. Calhoun was a fishing tool specialist.
He was preceded in death by brothers Doyle Calhoun and Dwayne Calhoun.
He is survived by his wife of Lake City; son Brandon Calhoun of New York City; daughter Brandi McFerrin and husband, Chip, of Sanger; mother Juanita Calhoun; brothers Dale Calhoun of Fairbanks, David Calhoun of Wichita Falls and Dean Calhoun of Dayton; sisters Doris Ware of Paradise and Dorcas Kirk of Mansfield; and two grandchildren.

Calkins, James Shelby | 1922-2011
Published Sunday, June 5, 2011
Memorial for James Shelby Calkins, 89, of Decatur was to be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Decatur.
A second memorial service is 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tularosa, N.M.
Calkins died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 24, 1922, in Oklahoma City to Roy and Wenona (Davis) Calkins, he grew up in Sacramento, N.M., and married Dorothy Dean Chandler March 27, 1961. She preceded him in death Aug. 4, 1989.
He established Basin Pipe and Metal in Alamogordo, N.M., in 1967. When he retired in 1984, he began making violins and received awards for his craftsmanship.
Calkins was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses Oct. 1, 1969, and presided as an elder for many years.
He moved to Denton in 1990 to help in the construction of an assemby hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses where he met his second wife, Lillian Pauline Geist. They married Sept. 5, 1992, and moved to Decatur.
Calkins was preceded in death by his first wife; and brothers Bruce Calkins and Homer Calkins.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Robin Geist and husband, Lance, of Tularosa, N.M.; grandchildren Britney Giest and Trevor Giest; stepchildren Larry Davis of Decatur, Toni Wood of Dallas and Michele Martinez of Irving.
Calkins is also survived by his sister, Frances Fenimore, of Alamogordo; and nieces, nephews and other family members

Campbell, Thomas H. | 1944-2011
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011
Memorial service for Thomas H. Campbell, 66, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Springtown Assembly of God.
Campbell died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, in Springtown.
Born Nov. 22, 1944, in Borger to Arthur and Minnie Palmer Campbell, he was a truck driver.
Campbell was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Campbell; sons Don Campbell and Aaron Campbell; daughter Lisa Hamrick; three brothers; three sisters; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

Cannon, Buck Wayne | 1942-2011
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011
CannonMemorial for Buck Wayne Cannon, formerly Hilleary Wayne Beck, 69, of Bridgeport, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The Rev. Dana Coker will officiate.
Cannon died Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 25, 1942, in Cleburne to Hillary Holland and Eula Mae Sweeney Beck, he lived in Bridgeport for the last 23 years. He was a former resident of Paradise and Briar and was a member of the Briar City Council.
Cannon drove trucks cross-country and a rock truck in Texas. He was part owner of Wagging Tails Pet Salon, a former Boy Scout leader in Wise County and a member of First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia P. Cannon (Manual); and brother James M. Beck.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rosemary “Rosie” Cannon; grandson Arthur Wayne Manual and wife, Ida; sisters Mary Dowd and husband, Roy, and Kay McCready and husband, David; brother David Hadley and wife, Kim; and sister-in-law Lilly Beck.

Caraway-Landin, Dianna | 1970-2011
Published Sunday, March 13, 2011
Caraway DiannaFuneral for Dianna Caraway-Landin, 40, of Marlow, Okla., was March 10 at Ash Creek Baptist Church in Azle with Dr. G. Wesley Shotwell officiating. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Caraway-Landin died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born June 7, 1970, in Fort Worth to Edward and Peggy (Rickman) Caraway, she was a homemaker and a member of Ash Creek Baptist Church. She married Carl Landin Oct. 12, 2000, in Decatur.
Caraway-Landin is survived by her husband; daughter Leanne Duffey of Arlington; grandson Aden James of Arlington; her parents of Azle; brother Billy Caraway of Haltom City; uncle Eddie Rickman; nephew David Rickman; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Mark Barnes, Jeff Carroll, Mike Carroll, Russell Barrington, Mike Huff and Louis Hornsby. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Gathright and Edsel Dodge.

Carpenter, Katherine Leona | 1962-2011
Published Saturday, October 15, 2011
Funeral for Katherine Leona Carpenter, 49, of Weatherford is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Weatherford with Carrol Herring officiating.
Carpenter died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Weatherford.
She was born Oct. 8, 1962, in Roswell, N.M., to Perry and LaDora Carpenter.
Carpenter was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Chloe.
She is survived by daughters Deana Brooker of Decatur and Amber Feight of Weatherford; partner Earl Evans of Weatherford; her parents of Weatherford; brothers David Carpenter and wife, Maria, of Azle, Johnny Carpenter and wife, Dena, of Indiana, and Grady Carpenter of Weatherford; and grandchildren Kasey, Kaylee, Katie, Keira and Marshall.

Carter, Bob | 1943-2011
Published Thursday, February 3, 2011
Carter BobFuneral for Bob Carter, 67, of Chico was Jan. 31 at Hawkins Funeral Home with Eddie Bo Johnson officiating. A private burial followed.
Carter died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born April 1, 1943, in Wichita Falls to Jim and Mary (Bonds) Carter, he married Linda J. Parker June 1, 1964, in Wichita Falls.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sister Linda Moore; and brother James Bonds.
Carter is survived by daughter Evette Sampson and husband, Gary, of Chico; son Allen Carter of Chico; grandchildren Blake, Torie and Carra; great-grandchild Braisey; sister Keitha Musick of Vernon; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Blake Sampson, Glen Christopher, Bobby Ray, Robert Cox, Don Taylor and Clay Martin.

Cassity, Don | 1935-2011
Published Thursday, February 10, 2011
Cassity DonFuneral for Don Cassity, 75, of Decatur, was Feb. 7, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. The Revs. Glenn Waldon and Don Spain officiated, and burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Cassity died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 28, 1935, in Foss, Okla., to Henley Zay and Vera Maurine (Strealy) Cassity, he graduated from Decatur High School in 1954. He married Shirley Jean Atkerson Jan. 22, 1955, in Gainesville. The retired dairyman traveled and was a member of the Wise County Antique Car Club, Chisolm Trail Antique Farm Equipment Club and Oakgrove United Methodist Church. Cassity served in the Texas National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his brother and a nephew.

Castillo, Jackie June | 1950-2011
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011
CastilloGraveside service for Jackie June Castillo, 60, of Bridgeport, was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Chico Cemetery. Gary Sessions was to officiate.
Castillo died Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 22, 1950, in Jacksboro, to Jessie A. and Alma Clifton Sparks, she was a certified nurse’s aide employed by Senior Care Assisted Living.
Castillo is survived by daughter Tonja Bagshaw of Bridgeport; her mother; brother James David Sparks and wife, Annie, of Chico; and grandchildren Bryson Bagshaw and Kayla Albert, both of Bridgeport.

Castruita, Dora Elia | 1953-2011
Published Thursday, August 25, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Castruita-Dora.jpgFuneral for Dora Elia Castruita, 58, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Juan Rodas officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Castruita died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Feb. 23, 1953, in Madero de Rio, Jimenez, Coahuila, Mexico, to Jorge and Cruz Ramirez, she married Donaciano Castruita June 3, 1972, in La Muralla, Jimenez, Coahuila, Mexico. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista.
Castruita is survived by her husband; son Steven Castruita and wife, Diana, of Bridgeport; daughters Sylvia Reyes and husband, Miguel, of Decatur, Nora Rivera and husband, Jose, of Paradise, and Dellanira Rodriguez and husband, Eduardo, Yoelda Reyes and husband, Hector, and Rosa Reyes and husband, Sergio, all of Bridgeport; grandchildren Alexandria, Angelica, Beatrice, Mariah, Eduardo Jr., Jacqueline, Gisselle, Josiah, Jasmine, Camille, Aleayah, Jennifer, Sylvia and Sergio Jr.; great-grandson Anthony Colorado; and other relatives.
Pallbearers are Ruben Ramirez, Jose Ramirez, Javier Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez Jr., Nolberto Paniagua, Victor Ramirez, Marcos Hernandez and Noe Carrisalez.

Chambers, Rosemary Jones | 1928-2011
Published Saturday, October 8, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/chambers001.jpgFuneral for Rosemary Jones Chambers, 83, of Paradise, is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Stephenville Funeral Home with burial to follow at West End Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the funeral home.
Chambers died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 18, 1928, in Mercury to John Hubert and Vida Mae Ferguson Jones, she married Carl Chambers in December 1946 in Stephenville. She was a member of the Paradise Baptist Church and served two terms as Worthy Matron of the Boyd chapter of the Eastern Star. Chambers worked as a department store clerk, graphite plant worker and in food services. She lived in Stephenville, Arlington and, for the last 46 years, in Paradise.
Chambers was preceded in death by her husband on March 23, 2009.
She is survived by sons Rodney Carl Chambers and wife, Linda Jo, and James Donald Chambers and wife, Bonnie Lynn; grandchildren Kristina Dawn Rhoades and husband, Chuck, James Brandon Chambers and Veronica Rheyes, and Amber Rose Chambers; great-grandchildren Jayson Richard, Zoe Elizabeth, Julian, Luis, Savannah and Brianna; sisters Johnnie Marie (Jones) Chancellor and Clara Joyce (Jones) Baker.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.stephenvillefh.com.

Chaney, Brenda Carol | 1954-2011
Published Sunday, April 10, 2011
Graveside service for Brenda Carol Chaney, 56, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery in Keeter with the Rev. Tim Stevens officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Chaney died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Azle.
Born May 18, 1954, in Carlsbad, N.M., to Dayton and Jessie May (Smith) Hardage, she was a member of the Assembly Of God Church.
She was preceded in death by sister Patsy Manning; and brothers Billy Biffel, Buddy Biffel and Barry Biffel.
Chaney is survived by her husband, Roger Glen Manning; daughters Jessica Clark-Gallagher and husband, Michael, and Crystal Chaney, all of Fort Worth; grandchildren Breanna, Andrew and Stephanie; stepmother, Ina Hardage, of Fort Worth; brother Bobby Biffel and wife, Lena, of Fort Worth; sisters Mavine Meason, Martha Frame, Linda Jenkins and husband, Louis, all of Boyd, and Beverly Harvey and husband, Kenneth, of Azle; and other family members.
Pallbearers are David Burke, Terry Smith, Scott Manning, David Johnston, Rudy Boddie and David Berry.

Cheatham, Joseph Aaron | 1923-2011
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011
Cheatham JosephFuneral for Joseph Aaron Cheatham, 87, of Decatur will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial following at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Miller will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Cheatham died Monday, March 21, 2011, in Decatur.
Born April 4, 1923, in Chillicothe to Walter L. and Lee Anis (Davis) Cheatham, he married Carolyn Joy Bricker April 25, 2003, in Decatur. Cheatham retired from Gulf Insurance Group as an insurance underwriter. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Cheatham is preceded in death by five sisters, three brothers and his first wife, Dorothy Cheatham.
He is survived by wife Carolyn Cheatham of Decatur; son Joseph Aaron Cheatham Jr. of Calvert; grandsons Chris and Michael Cheatham; granddaughters Carrie Hill and Ashley Cheatham; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ken Cheatham, Bob Cheatham, Ken Thompson, Eddy Lynn Cheatham, Darwin Cheathem and Bill Crow.

Chester, Dolly Marie | 1928-2011
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Chester-Dolly.jpgGraveside service for Dolly Marie Chester, 82, of Decatur was to be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Shelley Brooks and the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating.
Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Davidson, Okla., to Lucas Clell and Ione Elizabeth (Ridenour) Watkins, she married John Drew “Sam” Chester July 15, 1947, in Electra.
She worked as a dental assistant and a medical office assistant at Central Supply at Denton Regional Westgate Campus. She retired from Decatur Community Hospital in 1996 after working 15 years as a ward clerk.
Chester read and did needlework, including embroidery, crochet and quilting. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.
Chester was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 11, 1988, and an infant child.
She is survived by daughters Johnnie Pettigrew and Peggy Cundiff, both of Decatur, and Kathryn Sisk of Little Elm; son Terry Chester of Decatur; grandchildren Jan Pettigrew-Wilde and husband, Thomas, of Hurst, David Len Sisk of Carrollton, Jerimy Sisk and wife, Nicole, of Cross Roads and Cheyanne Smith of Lewisville; great-grandchild Audrey Grace Sisk of Cross Roads; sisters Agnes Moore of Bellevue, Bettie Wylie of Arlington, and Lucille Stephens and Louise Lee, both of Decatur.
Pallbearers were to be Johnny Barnard, Todd Fletcher, Gene Van Baale, Larry Whitaker, Thomas Wilde and Jeff Hoots.
Memorials may be made to Wise Area Relief Mission (W.A.R.M.), 300 N. Trinity, Decatur, TX 76234.

Cheves, Rondal L. ‘Ron’ | 1932-2011
Published Thursday, July 28, 2011
Memorial for Rondal L. “Ron” Cheves, 79, of Humble will be held at a later date in Ennis.
Cheves died Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Houston.
Born April 4, 1932, in Willow Point to Woodrow and Leta Cheves, he hitchhiked to Texas A&M where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then led troops during the Cold War in Germany and returned stateside to earn a master’s degree in entomology in 1958. Cheves became a vice president of Fison’s Chemical Corp. in the 1980s. He has donated his body to Baylor Medical Center.
Cheves is survived by his wife, Patsy Vinson; daughters Lee Ann Lukianuk and husband, Rick, and Susan Stivala and husband, Tom; brothers Harold and wife, Jan, of Alburquerque, N.M., and James of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jordan Lukianuk, Kyle Lukianuk, Leah Stivala and Thomas Stivala.

Childers, Tommy H. | 1935-2011
Published Sunday, March 6, 2011
Private graveside service for Tommy H. Childers, 75, of Decatur is Sunday, March 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Charles Taylor officiating.
Born Dec. 15, 1935, in Decatur to Eddie Cole and Loma (Lowance) Childers, he married Dorothy Gotcher March 5, 1955. Childers retired after 20 years as a mailman for the Decatur Post Office and raised cattle.
He is survived by his wife; sons Dale R. Childers and Mike Childers and wife, Chari; sister Cynthia Weaver; granddaughters Kristol Gardner and husband, Matt, and Kendall Childers, all of Decatur; and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to Sweetwater Cemetery, care of Pat Fennell, 401 N. Miller, Decatur, TX, 76234, or Oaklawn Cemetery, 413 Cemetery Road, Decatur, TX, 76234.

Claborn, Kenneth | 1925-2011
Published Thursday, June 2, 2011
Claborn KennethFuneral for Kenneth Claborn, 86, of Decatur was May 31 at First Baptist Church in Decatur with Ken May and Dan Hunt officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Claborn died Friday, May 27, 2011, in Decatur.
Born April 19, 1925, in Wise County to Prince Avitt and Elma (Ray) Claborn, he married Venita Merle King Nov. 5, 1949, in Electra. Claborn retired from Wise Electric Co-op in 1989 after 14 years as a groundman.
Claborn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur and the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Builders.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Pinckard.
Claborn is survived by his wife; daughters Jenny Brown and husband, Lawrence, of Plano, and Janet Johnson and husband, Randell, of Moore, Okla.; grandchildren Kenneth Mark Brown, Matthew Ryan Brown and wife, Jessica, and Michelle White and husband, Bobby; great-grandchildren Courtney Brown and Caleb Brown; and sisters Marie Dodge of Azle and Louise Choate of Krum.
Pallbearers were Lawrence Brown Jr., Matthew Brown, Randell Johnson, Jerry Brooks, Josh Brooks and Loyd Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers were the Adult 6 Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of Decatur – Kenneth Mark Brown, Edsel Dodge, Glenn King, Raymond Gann, Edwin Haney and A.C. Griffin.
Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Decatur Building Fund or to the Texas Baptist Men Association, 5351 Catron Drive, Dallas, TX 75227.

Clark, Betty Lou | 1929-2011
Published Thursday, April 28, 2011
Clark BettyFuneral for Betty Lou Clark, 81, of Boyd, was April 26 at White’s Funeral Home in Azle. Burial followed at Azleland Cemetery.
Clark died Friday, April 22, 2011, in Denton.
Born Dec. 28, 1929, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Harold W. and Myrtle R. Hopkins Thomas, she was a longtime resident of Boyd, member of Trinity Baptist Church, painter and seamstress.
She was preceded in death by a son, a brother, and her husband, John C. Clark.
Clark is survived by sons Frank Clark and wife, Sharlotte, of Paradise and James G. Clark and wife, Debra, of Texarkana; sister Sue Morrison and husband, Leon, of Florida; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Billie Lambert.

Clifton, W.A. ‘Ashley’ | 1919-2011
Published Thursday, January 13, 2011
Clifton_WA.jpgFuneral for W.A. “Ashley” Clifton, 91, of Paradise was Jan. 10 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with speaker John Chunn. A private burial followed.
Clifton died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 8, 1919, in Quanah, to Frank and Geona (Pippin) Clifton, he married Frances Wynelle Bridges Oct. 28, 1946, in Irving. He was a carpenter and a member of the Highland Oaks Church of Christ. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Clifton was preceded in death by his wife; son Gordon Ashley Clifton; and brothers Walter Clifton and Billy Gordon Clifton.
He is survived by daughters Charlotte W. Chunn and husband, John, of Tarpley and Adrienne Faulhaber and husband, Dewey, of Paradise; grandchildren Amy, Alyssa, John Ashley and Emily; great-grandchildren Grayson, Jack, Madlyn, Chandler and Evelayne; brothers Art Clifton of Dallas and Davis Clifton of Gun Barrel City; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Honorary pallbearers were Randall Clark, John Ashley Chunn, Larry Pippin, Nate Pearson, Walter Clifton, Jim Clark, Vincent Shilling and John Cox.
Memorials may be made to Solaris Hospice, (940) 627-1011.

Clower, Charlotte I. | 1930-2011
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Clower died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 31, 1930, to Richard and Ruth Rebecca (Smeal) Hummel, she married Johnnie Clower Dec. 31, 1954, in Winchester, Va. Clower retired from working on the assembly line at General Dynamics. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvord.
Clower was preceded in death by her husband; son Jimmy Mayes; and brothers Harold and Merrill Hummel.
She is survived by son Dennis Mayes of Alvord; sister-in-law Thelma Clower of Alvord; brother-in-law Garvin Clower and wife, Mildred, of Velma, Okla.; and nieces and nephews.

Cobb, Billy Whitaker | 1965-2011
Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Billy Whitaker Cobb
Funeral for Billy Whitaker Cobb, 46, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Visitation is prior to the service.
Cobb died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 23, 1965, in Fort Worth to Roy William and Jane Ann Garrison Cobb, he was a sales representative for Sun State Equipment Sales and Rental. He married Diane Leigh Jenkins Dec. 31, 2003, in Weatherford. He was a member of the Fort Worth Anglers Club.
Cobb is survived by his wife; daughters Mari Cobb of Oregon, Aubrey Spaeth and husband, Jason, of San Antonio, and Autumn Haire and Amber Uran, both of Alvord; son James Haire Jr. of San Antonio; mother Jane Grant and stepfather, Terry, of Euless; sister Melissa Sizemore and husband, Michael, of North Richland Hills; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are James Haire, Jimmy Sizemore, Kasey Sizemore, Steven Grant, Michael Spurfera and Allen Sizemore.

Cocanougher, Sue Jean | 1930-2011
Published Sunday, February 6, 2011
Cocanougher SueFuneral for Sue Jean Cocanougher, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at First United Methodist Church of Decatur with the Rev. Roy Spore officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Cocanougher died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Decatur.
Born July 3, 1930, in Decatur to Gordon Daniel and Jennibelle (Renshaw) Roberts, she was a teacher for 26 years. She was vice president and salutatorian of the Decatur High School class of 1947.
Cocanougher attended Decatur Baptist College and graduated from Baylor University, before earning a Masters of Arts degree in history from Texas Woman’s University in 1969. She taught in the Fort Worth school district for several years and volunteered as a counselor at a Girl Scout Camp in Alpine during the summers.
She married Allen Howell Cocanougher July 5, 1958, in Decatur and began teaching fourth grade in the Decatur school district. She was a participant in the Federal Migrant Program in Decatur, supporter of the Decatur Community Hospital and volunteer at the Decatur Public Library.
Cocanougher wrote “The Social History of Wise County, Texas, Between 1880-1910,” and served on the Decatur Main Street Historical Committee that produced the book “A Walk Through Time, The Decatur Square.”
She visited assisted-living residents and homebound seniors. Cocanougher was a bird watcher and a member of the Wise County Historical Society, the Oaklawn Cemetery Board, First United Methodist Church and two bridge clubs.
She is survived by her husband; sons Robert Cocanougher and wife, Terri, of Southlake and Daniel Cocanougher of Justin; sister Sheri Roberts of Decatur; grandchildren Jennifer Cooper and husband, John, of Keller, Bobby Cocanougher of Southlake, Danielle Cocanougher of New York City and Ellen Cocanougher of Justin.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Public Library and the Wise County Heritage Musuem.

Colburn, James C. | 1931-2011
Published Saturday, December 31, 2011
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James C. Colburn
Graveside service for James C. Colburn, 80, of Quitman is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Pumphrey Cemetery in Winters.
Born Sept. 24, 1931, in Winters to Calvin and Willie Pearl Colburn, he died Dec. 28, 2011, in Quitman.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Holloway Colburn; sons Greg Colburn and wife, Cherie, of The Woodlands, Scott Colburn and wife, Karen, of Bridgeport, Rusty Matthews and wife, Kathey, of Daphne, Ala., and Charlie Matthews and wife, Cheryle, of Alvord; daughter Patti Ackley of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters Nell Bowen of Winters, Neva Puckett of Abilene and Deulah Howard of San Angelo; and 11 grandchildren.

Cole, Jackie Donald | 1945-2011
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011
Jackie ColeFuneral for Jackie Donald Cole, 65, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown. Visitation will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. before the service. Burial will follow at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle.
Cole died Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Azle.
Born Aug. 9, 1945, in Paris to Drury Jackson and Vera Burchinal Cole, he was a retired police officer of 31 years and served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by son Jackie Donald (Donnie) Cole II.
He is survived by wife Connie Cole; daughter Constance Siegel and spouse, Jo, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Channah, Asher, Matthew, Seth, Hadassah and Chavah Trinkman; great-grandchild Daniel Ruehle; sister Joretta Lanier and husband, Bill, of Azle; brother Johnny Cole of Springtown; sisters- and brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Cole, Willie Clyde | 1926-2011
Published Sunday, March 6, 2011
Cole WillieFuneral for Willie Clyde Cole, 85, of Greenwood was March 3 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Bob Ross officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.
Cole died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 11, 1926, in Martha, Okla., to Walter Samuel and Nettie Mae (Bledsoe) Cole, he married Jessie Mae Hardee Sept. 6, 1947, in Decatur. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Hopewell and was a member of Greenwood Church of Christ.
Cole was preceded in death by brothers Milliard Cole, Bob Cole and George Cole; and sister Lucille Grimes.
He is survived by his wife; sons Sammy Cole and Clyde Cole, both of Greenwood; sisters Ruth Phillips of Corsicana and Edna Windsor of Florida; granddaughter Courtney Fletcher and husband, Chris, of Greenwood; grandson Bodie Cole and wife, Shannon, of Greenwood; great-grandchildren Mylee Fletcher and Cash Cole, both of Greenwood; and nieces and nephews

Collins, Ann | 1934-2011
Published Sunday, April 10, 2011
Funeral for Ann Collins, 76, of Bowie was April 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Bowie with Scott Melton and Mike Henson officiating. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Collins died Friday, April 1, 2011, in Bowie.
Born Nov. 17, 1934, in Bowie to Wincy and Corie (Robertson) Sanders, she married Beno Collins March 1, 1950, in Waurika, Okla. Collins owned and operated Alvord Drug Store in the early 1960s and moved to Bowie in 1965. She worked for the Bowie Clinic in the insurance department. In the ’80s, she owned the Alvord newspaper and finished her career at the Montague County Shopper.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and granddaughter Sunny Leigh Griffin.
Collins is survived by daughter Bena Ann Fincher and husband, David, of Bowie; son Tommy Collins and wife, Jennifer, of Chicago; grandchildren Rob Collins and wife, Beth, of Champaign, Ill., Todd, Tristan and Trayton Collins of Chicago; Ty Collins and wife, Laura, of Chicago and Hayley Richey and husband, Skye, of Bowie; great-grandchildren Noah Collins, Olivia and Griffin Richey, Mickey Collins and Josie Ryann Collins; sister Donna Cowden of Bowie; and brother-in-law David Cornelius of Bowie.

Combs, Lucy Lee | 1916-2011
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011
Graveside service for Lucy Lee Combs, 95, of Burkburnett, formerly of Wise County, is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Combs died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in Wichita Falls.
Born Feb. 20, 1916, near Sycamore to Samuel C. and Lou E. (Madden) Mann, her family moved to Decatur when she was a teenager. She graduated from Decatur High School and was a member of the former Fundamental Baptist Church.
In 1938, she moved to Kamay and worked as a cafe cook. In 1965, she moved to Burkburnett and worked as a seamstress until her retirement in 1981. She read and did needlework.
Combs was preceded in death by son Billy D. Combs, two brothers and a sister.
She is survived by grandson Bill Combs of Burkburnett; granddaughter Kathy Combs of Ryan, Okla.; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and extended family

Combs, Tommy Lee | 1967-2011
Published Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Combs died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 24, 1967, in Celina, Ohio, to Tom and Patricia (Hilbert) Combs, he married Michelle Lewis April 16, 2004, in Decatur. He was a master carpenter and worked for Combs Construction.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Payton Combs of Bridgeport and Randi Combs of Arlington; sons Brendon Johnson of Bridgeport and Spencer Combs of Arlington; granddaughter Haily Martinez; mother Patricia Combs of Ohio; sisters Tonya Combs of Fort Worth and Laura Kane of Illinois; and brother Steve Jacobs of Boyd

Cone, Susan Kay | 1949-2011
Published Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Cone died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in Dallas.
Born Feb. 11, 1949, in San Antonio, to Wendell and Nancy (Fallberg) Abbott, she married Thomas King Cone III Dec. 10, 1976, in Dallas. She was a wife and mother.
Cone is survived by her husband; son King Cone and fiance, Andrea, of Houston; mother Nancy Fallberg of Dallas; sisters Linda Tilford of Plano and Cindy Austin of Mesquite; and nieces and nephews.

Cooper, Elizabeth Clara ‘Mitzi’ Summers | 1930-2011
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Funeral for Elizabeth Clara “Mitzi” Summers Cooper, 81, of Weatherford was Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with the Rev. Charles Pugh officiating. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Cooper died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Weatherford.
Born Sept. 12, 1930, in Ada, Okla., to William and Clara May (Teal) Summers, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Cottondale for 22 years and took care of her family.
Cooper was preceded in death by siblings Billie Bartoo, Cletus Summers, Stanley Summers and Clarence Wayne Summers.
She is survived by daughter Jackie Sue Cooper Long of Cottondale; grandchildren Joseph Long and wife, Theresa, of Springtown, Adam Long and wife, Heather, of Mililani, Hawaii, and Jackie Jackson and husband, Olen, of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Aisley, Austin, Madison, Ethan, Micah, Aerial and Gwen; and sister Mary Taylor of Ada, Okla.

Cotton, Cynthia Lee ‘Boo’ | 1964-2011
Published Thursday, July 28, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Cotten-Cynthia.jpgA private memorial for Cynthia Lee “Boo” Cotten, 46, of Decatur will be at a later date in Wolfforth.
Cotten died Monday, July 18, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 17, 1964, in Lubbock to Jack and Barbara (Bruton) O’Neal, she was a graduate of Lubbock High School and American Commercial College.
She married Robert Dan Cotten July 26, 1992, in Dimmitt, and was a senior claims processor for Allstate Dallas Market Claims Office. Cotten rescued and adopted animals.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Caylla Breann Cotten of Decatur; son David Brandon Wages of Wichita Falls; brothers Bryan Jackson and Ronald Burt O’Neal, both of Lubbock and Tommy Heath of San Angelo; sister Barbara Diane Abel of Orlando, Fla.; nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be made to an animal charity of choice.

Counts, Trula | 1915-2011
Published Thursday, March 10, 2011
Counts TrulaFuneral for Trula Counts, 95, of Azle, formerly of Bridgeport, was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Gary Sessions officiating. Burial was to follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Counts died Monday, March 7, 2011, in Azle.
Born Oct. 2, 1915, in Oklahoma to P.A. and Minnie Pearl Melton, she was a cook at the old Bridgeport hospital. She painted and was a longtime member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Counts; daughter-in-law Irene Counts; great-grandson Randy Robbins; five brothers and a sister.
Counts is survived by sons Garry Counts and wife, Helen, and Jerry Counts; grandchildren Rondal Counts and wife, Aelanda, Joyce Hawley and husband, Kevin, Sheri Smith and husband, Jim, Kim Robbins and Mike Counts; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister Geneva Cargal; and brother Robert Melton, both of Oklahoma.
Memorials may be made to Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church, 300 Cates St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.
Pallbearers were to be her grandsons.

Coursey, Brenda | 1956-2011
Published Saturday, December 10, 2011
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Funeral for Brenda Coursey, 55, of Bridgeport was Dec. 9 at Jones Family Funeral Home with David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Coursey died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born May 3, 1956, in Paris to Harvey Gene and Lola Maxine (Smith) Johnson, she was a homemaker. She read, gardened, crocheted and was an Elvis fan.
Coursey is survived by her husband of 28 years, Larry Hudson Coursey; sons Ty Coursey and wife, Cathy, of Merit, Jamie Smith of McKinney and Jodey Smith of Irving; daughter Tiffaney Nickell and husband, Paul, of Laredo; sister Jackie Johnson of Paris; grandchildren Larry Rey, Chase, Meghan and Ryan Coursey, Madison, Liberty, Halie Marie, Case Hudson and Trinity Nickell, and Kristen, Alexis and Presley Smith; and great-grandchild Addison Elizabeth Parker.
Pallbearers were Lance Parker, Paul Nickell, Larry Rey Coursey, Ty Coursey, Jodey Smith and Jamie Smith.

Cox, Lexie Mae | 1914-2011
Published Saturday, November 5, 2011
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Cox died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 21, 1914, in Wise County to Ben Lincoln and Leanna (Thorp) Peyton, she married E.T. Cox May 21, 1932, in Waurika, Okla. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord and a homemaker.
Cox was preceded in death by her husband in 1971 and her son, Ben Cox Jr.
She is survived by grandson Brad Cox and wife, Kim; granddaughter Kaylah Johnson and husband, Jef; great-grandchildren Shay Cox, Kendra Morgan, J.L. Johnson and Bradley Johnson; and great-great-grandson Kalven Cox, all of Arlington.
Pallbearers are Dwain Jones, Melton Neighbors, Walter Bull, Jay Houston, David Goodwin and Larry Nivens.

Cox, Mary Louise | 1928-2011
Published Thursday, June 23, 2011
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Cox died Saturday, June 18, 2011.
She was born June 24, 1928, in Davis, Okla., to Velma Edith and Henry Leslie Warren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond G. Cox; grandson Brandon Cox; and six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by children, Linda Geron and husband, Bill, of Decatur, Michael Cox of Fort Worth, Gary Cox and wife, Susan, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Theresa Self and husband, Ray, of Saginaw; brother Garland Warren; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Crow, Kenneth ‘Skeeter’ | 1935-2011
Published Thursday, August 18, 2011
Funeral for Kenneth “Skeeter” Crow, 76, of Newark is 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst. Dan Hunt will officiate. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the funeral home.
Crow died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 30, 1935, in Marietta to John and Mary (Barron) Crow, he retired from Anchor Metals in Hurst after 36 years. He also worked at Fort Worth Tower and repaired classic cars.
Crow is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Crow; daughters Debbie Crow and Angie Crow; grandchildren Michael, Leigha Kline and husband, Michael, Jessica and David; great-grandchildren Shelby, Michael, Madison and Alexa; brother J.L. Crow; sisters Mary Helen Watson and Jackie Sue Palmer; and extended family.

Culverhouse, Nelba Ruth | 1924-2011
Published Thursday, September 1, 2011
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Culverhouse died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 27, 1924, in Crafton to Charles and Gertie (Stockard) Griffis, she was a cafeteria manager for the Chico Independent School District. She married Ed Culverhouse March 20, 1943, in Wise County and was a member of Crafton Church of Christ.
Culverhouse was preceded in death by sons Donald Edward Culverhouse and Ronald Hubert Culverhouse; brothers Carrol Griffis and Horace Griffis; and sisters Oleta Bender, Elsie Griffis and Reba Richey.
She is survived by her husband; son Billy Culverhouse and wife, Becky, of Eastland; daughter Janice Jones and husband, Danny, of Woodson; grandchildren Emily and Alan Bailey, Amanda and Casey Adams, Robert and Tessa Culverhouse and Carol Anne and Mikeal Priddy; great-grandchild Ella Jane Adams; sisters Lela Duck of Chico and Genell Hopkins of Park Springs; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Mikeal Priddy, Casey Adams, Robert Culverhouse and Alan Bailey.

Cunningham, Gary C. | 1943-2011
Published Thursday, June 23, 2011
Memorial service for Gary C. Cunningham, 67, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Cunningham died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 28, 1943, in Pine Point, Maine, to Clinton and Dorothy (Lothrop) Cunningham Jr., he graduated from Scarborough High School in 1962. He married his high school sweetheart Gilberta Grace Hatch in 1964 at Pine Point Congregational Church.
Cunningham owned and operated SeaCoast Tile in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for 25 years. He was an avid race car fan, visited NASCAR tracks and in his early years owned race cars.
Cunningham is survived by his wife; daughter Dorothy (DeeDee) Hayes and husband, Thomas, of Decatur; son Gary Clinton Cunningham II and wife, Sherri, of Sanger; grandchildren Josh Cunningham, Lori Hayes, AnnMarie Croteau and husband, Kevin, Thomas II and wife, Charity.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Eric, Carl, Chace, Tyler, Nicholas, Ashley and Adrian; half-brothers Glenn and Neil Cunningham; brother-in-law Davis Crowell; nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorials may be made to a local animal shelter.
Condolences may be mailed to 118 Harvey Lane, Decatur, TX 76234.

Davidson, Alton Wayne, Jr. | 1952-2011
Published Sunday, July 3, 2011
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Davidson died Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Granbury.
Born April 1, 1952, in Decatur to Alton and Dora (Caraway) Davidson, he married Diane Marie Woodard May 9, 2008, in Ardmore, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army and was a truck driver for Loves. He was a member of The Church at Azle.
Alton was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Tanya Davidson of Granbury and Brittney Myers of Groves; sons Travis Davidson and wife, Patricia, of Fort Worth, Shawn Belknap and wife, Maria, of Livingston and Trent Myers of Sulphur, La.
Davidson is also survived by grandchildren Sabrina Davidson, Zachary, Isiah, Joel and Adam; brothers Raymond Davidson of Bowie and Bobby Davidson of Bridgeport; sister Reba Powers of Duncan, Okla.; former wife and friend, Karin M. Davidson; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Shawn Belknap, Alton Castleberry, Michael Castleberry, Bobby Guinn, Raymond Davidson and Daniel Davidson. Honorary pallbearers were Travis Davidson and Bobby Davidson.

Davidson, Melton Lee | 1936-2011
Published Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Born June 18, 1936, to Jack and Madeline (Byers) Davidson, he was a lifetime resident of Wise County. He married Lois Mae Johnson Dec. 11, 1981 in Decatur. Davidson served in the U.S. Army and retired from TXI in Chico after working there 26 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife and brother Tommy Wayne Davidson.
Davidson is survived by sons Bobby Davidson and wife, Sylvia, of Irving, Michael Davidson of Wichita Falls, Billy Davidson and wife, Melinda, of Minden, La., Loren “Eddie” Nielsen of Alvord and Scott Nielsen of Alma, Neb.; daughters Linda Davidson and husband, Charlie, of Tecumseh, Okla., and Faith Ward and husband, Kevin, of Decatur; brother Billy M. Davidson and wife, Mildred, of Bridgeport; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Robert Davidson, Jeffry Davidson, Marc Davidson, Tony Davidson, Terry Davidson and Billy Mac Davidson

Davis, Flora ‘Dutch’ | 1920-2011
Published Sunday, April 10, 2011
Davis FloraGraveside service for Flora “Dutch” Davis, 91, of Fort Worth was to be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth with David Strunk officiating.
Davis died Monday, April 4, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 29, 1920, in Hill County to Joseph and Lillie (Haynes) Worlow, she married O.L. Davis April 1, 1940, in Weatherford. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kennedale.
Davis was preceded in death by her husband April 13, 2010; brothers Elmo Worlow and George Worlow; and sisters Pearl Lowrey, Sally Bourland and Johnnie Record.
She is survived by daughters Loretta Strunk and husband, David, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Connie Williams and husband, Stan Sr., of Fort Worth; grandchildren Starla, Shelly, Shuan, Andy and Melissa; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters Florence Hand of Azle and Junie Record of Waco; and other relatives.
Donations can be made to First Bible Baptist Church, 209 West 3rd St., Kennedale, TX 76060.

Davis, Floyd ‘Shorty’ Homer | 1932-2011
Published Thursday, February 17, 2011
Davis FloydNo service is planned for Floyd “Shorty” Homer Davis, 78, of Edgewood.
Davis died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Tyler.
Born April 25, 1932, in El Dorado, Kan., to James Otis and Etta Grace Davis, he had lived in Edgewood about 14 years, moving from Broken Bow, Okla., his home of 15 years and Tucumcari, N.M., his home of 28 years.
Davis served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later worked as an auto and truck mechanic for Southwest Motors in Tucumcari, where he also was a volunteer firefighter for the city.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.
Davis is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Davis; son Dale Davis and wife, Lisa, of Bridgeport; daughters Phyllis Bailey and husband, Jerry, of Bolton, Miss., and Patti Michels and husband, Tim, of Edgewood; grandchildren Liberty Hawkins and husband, Jeffrey, Lance Bailey, Jason Davis and wife, Brandy, Jeff Davis, Kristi Michels, T. K. Michels and Drew Michels; great-grandchildren Ashley Nicole Martin, Garrett Hawkins, Johanna Bailey, Lance Montana Bailey, Dakota Bailey, Tryston Bailey, Max Bailey, Helen Davis, Maddyson Davis and Braedon Davis; brother Bob Davis and wife, Helen, of Tucumcari; sister Rose Mary Bouffard of North Carolina; and nieces and nephews.

Davis, LaVaughn V. | 1922-2011
Published Thursday, May 5, 2011
Davis LaVaughnGraveside service for LaVaughn V. Davis, 88, of Decatur is 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the DFW National Cemetery, and a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The Revs. Roy Spore and Johnny Irish and Bill Liggett will officiate. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Davis died Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 27, 1922, in Prospect to Buster and Ollie (Bell) Davis, he was a civil service compliance officer for the Department of Labor. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Davis married Mary Elaine Suggs March 22, 1963, in Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ovella Davis; and brother Lavern Davis.
Davis is survived by his wife; sons Larry Davis and wife, Linda, of Tyler, Tony Davis of Austin and Sam Davis and wife, Nina, of Leander; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Leo Bell, Gene Bell, Sidney Brantly, Gary Liggett, Christopher Davis and Robert Davis. Honorary pallbearers are Leo Liggett, Geary Washburn, Hugh McCarary, Don Kliwer and Eric Carroll.

Dawson, Jimmy Wayne | 1949-2011
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Dawson.jpgFuneral for Jimmy Wayne Dawson, 62, of Bridgeport was Dec. 6 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Glenn Connell officiating. Burial followed at Dawson Family Cemetery near Chico.
Dawson died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 17, 1949, in Bridgeport to Eunice Marie (Mathews) and Calvin Monroe Dawson, he was a lifelong resident of Wise County. He was a mechanic for I.E. Miller Services in Odessa and a member of Balsora Baptist Church.
Dawson was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; brothers William Calvin Dawson and Jerry Lee Dawson; and sister Darlena Dawson.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Evelyn; sisters Glenda Brooks of Kemp, Barbara Moore of Chico, Tracy York of Buffalo Springs and LeAnn Stack of Chico; stepson Jason Jones and wife, Mary, of Peaster; granddaughters Kaycee, Kallie and Jodi; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jason Jones, Jody Baird, Porter Hodgson, Ed Tillman, Don Brooks and Garry Holt. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Stack and John Gibbs.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

De Ortiz, Teresa Pasillas | 1924-2011
Published Thursday, March 17, 2011
Ortiz TeresaFuneral for Teresa Pasillas de Ortiz, 86, of Plan de Carrillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, was to be Wednesday, March 16, in Monte de los Garcias, Mexico, with burial at Pante n de la Soledad. A memorial service was to be held at 6 that night at Covenant Word Church in Paradise.
Born May 19, 1924, in Monte de los Garcias to Manuel Pasillas and Tibursia Fernandez, she died Monday, March 14, 2011, in Monte de los Garcias.
She is survived by sons Eliceo, Cen, Pablo, Ignacio, Isaias, Ismael, Delfino, Isidoro, Angel and Daniel Ortiz; daughters Sara Fernandez and Reyna Ortiz; brothers Santos, Natividad, Nasario and Pedro Ortiz; sisters Cenaida, Rita and Maria Ortiz; 98 grandchildren and 160 great-grandchildren.

Deaton, Doris Vestal Briley | 1926-2011
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/DeatonD.jpgFuneral for Doris Vestal Briley Deaton, 85, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home in Fort Worth with the Revs. Lynn D. Moore and Verne Fuqua officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Chico Cemetery.
Deaton died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 7, 1926, in Chico to Bessie Lorene Goad and Mert Clarence Briley, she graduated in 1943 from Chico High School. She married John Carlyle Deaton in 1945 and worked as a medical assistant for Dr. Walter Petta for 35 years.
She was a member of St. Paul and Edgepark United Methodist Churches and was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. Deaton sewed, bowled, did crossword puzzles and spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deaton was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years; son John Carlyle Deaton Jr.; sister Venita Briley Lukens; and twin grandchildren Noah and Sharon Mendias.
She is survived by daughter SuzAnn Gardner and husband, Spencer, of Millsap; grandchildren John Gardner and Tami of Vilonia, Ark., Kelli Mendias and husband, Michael, of Fort Worth; Aaron Deaton and fiancee, Katie Smith, of Arlington and Briley Deaton of Parker, Colo.; great-grandchildren James and Jessica Gardner, Zachary and Peyton Mendias, Chloe and Gavin Deaton; brother-in-law Jim Deaton; and extended family.

Del Angel, Judith A. | 1944-2011
Published Thursday, March 17, 2011
Del Angel JudithMemorial for Judith A. Del Angel, 67, of Granbury will be at a later date.
Born Jan. 11, 1944, in Roswell, N.M., to John and Ethel Minton, Del Angel died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Granbury.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Gregorio Del Angel; son Bret Rhine and wife, Christie, of Decatur; daughter Ronda Minor and husband, Charles, of Decatur; stepchildren Julio and Magada Del Angel and Jose L. and Teresa Del Angel, all of Irving, Alma Del Angel of Worcester, Mass., Jose A. and Melinda Del Angel of Haltom City and Janett Del Angel of Arlington; brother Johnny Minton of Lake Bridgeport; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Del Rio, Jose, Jr. | 1975-2011
Published Thursday, September 15, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Jose-Del-Rio-Jr.jpgFuneral for Jose Del Rio Jr., 36, of Waynesburg, Pa., formerly of Bowie and Decatur, was to be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at St. William Catholic Church in Montague. Burial was to follow at Hopewell Cemetery near Bowie.
Del Rio died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in Waynesburg.
Born Feb. 9, 1975, in Decatur to Jose Del Rio Sr. and Maria Del Socorro Del Rio, he graduated from San Diego State University and the police academy in Austin. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Texas State Trooper for seven years. Del Rio was the owner of PA Energy Service Co. in Waynesburg and worked as a requisitions manager for Rice Energy.
He lived in Waynesburg for the past four years. He was active in community organizations and served on the board of directors for local groups. Del Rio was affiliated with the Greene Community Church in Waynesburg.
Del Rio is survived by his parents; stepmother Debbie Del Rio of Bowie; fiance Pamela Blaker of Waynesburg; son Gunner Del Rio of Odessa; paternal grandparents Jose and Amelia Del Rio of Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico; sisters Susi Del Rio Rinck of Dallas and Flor Del Rio of Houston; and brother Valentin Del Rio of Bowie.
Condolences may be offered at http://behmfh.com

Delgadillo, Sofia | 1940-2011
Published Sunday, May 1, 2011
Delgadillo SofiaMass of Christian burial for Sofia Delgadillo, 70, of Bridgeport was April 29 at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Sojan George officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Delgadillo died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 18, 1940, in Rancho Viejo, Mexico, to Bibiano and Maria Silbinia (Gonsales) Martines, she was a member of St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church.
She is survived by sons Jose Zacarias Delgadillo and wife, Reina, Juan Delgadillo and wife, Magdalena, and Jesus Delgadillo and wife, Leticia, all of Bridgeport, Gabino Delgadillo and wife, Josefina, of Bakersfield, Calif., Leonardo Delgadillo and wife, Hilaria, of Paradise, Refugio Delgadillo and wife, Maria Guadalupe, of Pasco, Wash., Francisco Delgadillo and wife, Maricela, of Lynnwood, Wash., and Israel Delgadillo and wife, Maria Elena, of Oklahoma City. She is also survived by daughters Hilaria Gonzales and husband, Vale, of Sylmar, Calif., Veronica Gonzales and husband, Domingo, and Maria De Los Angeles Delgadillo and husband, Nestor Mendoza, all of Fort Worth, Josefa Delgadillo De Santiago and husband, Jose, of Mechuacanejo, Jalisco, Mexico, and Maria De Lourdes Garcia and husband, Julio, of Bridgeport; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other family members.
Pallbearers were her sons Jose Delgadillo, Gabino Delgadillo, Juan Delgadillo, Leonardo Delgadillo, Jesus Delgadillo, Refugio Delgadillo, Francisco Delgadillo and Israel Delgadillo

Dennis, Davis Stanford, Jr. | 1948-2011
Published Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Dennis died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Saint Jo.
Born Dec. 23, 1948, in Port Clinton, Ohio, to Davis and Marie (Frushour) Dennis, he married Shirley Ann Harris June 13, 1998, in Bridgeport. He was a retired maintenance worker for Correctional Corp. of America.
Dennis was preceded in death by son Tony Dennis; and granddaughter Taylor Lee Dennis.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Rachel Zarantonello; sisters Sandy Brimer and Linda Miller, both of Saint Jo; brother Elvin Dennis of Krum; 14 grandchildren; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Clinton Lee Dennis, Rodney Hall, Marvin Brimer, Jack Andrew and David Andrew.
Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Zarantonello, Dewayne Zarantonello, Christian Everton, Tim Dennis, Todd Dennis, Matthew Dennis, Colton Harris, Corbin Harris and Logan Harris.

Dickerson, Ruth A. | 1920-2011
Published Thursday, June 23, 2011
Graveside service for Ruth A. Dickerson, 91, of Bridgeport was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Eldorado Cemetery in Eldorado, Okla. Bill Osborne was to officiate.
Dickerson died Monday, June 20, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 14, 1920, in Eldorado to Archie and Sadie (Starwall) Goss, she was involved in politics as a Republican.
Dickerson was preceded in death by husband Bill Dickerson; four sisters; and four brothers.
She is survived by son Bill Dickerson and wife, Alicia; daughter Katrina Cox and husband, Cary; brother Fred Goss; grandchildren Tracie Finstad, Brian Cox and wife, Amanda, and Marissa Jones; great-grandchildren J.T. Cox, Hunter Ross, Emma Jones and Sophie Jones; and nieces and nephews.

Dinwiddie, Rondeau ‘Borden’ | 1937-2011
Published Sunday, August 7, 2011
Graveside service for Rondeau “Borden” Dinwiddie, 74, of Bowie was Aug. 4 at Newport Cemetery in Newport.
Dinwiddie died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 20, 1937, in Tulia to Rondeau Borden and Nellavee (Anderson) Dinwiddie Sr., he graduated from Slidell High School. Dinwiddie married Bernice Boydston March 2, 1971, in Bowie. Dinwiddie ranched in Wyoming and later moved to Bowie, where he operated Dinwiddie Ranch.
He is survived by his wife.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society

Donovan, Jim | 1936-2011
Published Thursday, August 25, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Donovan-James.jpgMemorial service for Jim Donovan, 74, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Donovan died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 27, 1936, in Chicago to Charles and Marcelline (Collins) Donovan, he was an instructor at Weatherford College. He earned his master’s degree in education from East Texas State University and married Carol Stout May 18, 1974, in Alvord.
Donovan served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with 39 years of service after two tours of duty in Vietnam and activation during Desert Storm.
He taught for 20 years and upon retirement, he began teaching history at Weatherford College. Donovan was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Wise County Veteran’s Group and Second Batallion, Third Marines (2/3) Association.
He was preceded in death by brothers Charlie Donovan and Tom Donovan.
Donovan is survived by his wife; son Brad Donovan and wife, Annie, of McKinney; and granddaughter Jilian Grace Donovan.
Memorials may be made to Alvord Veterans Park, 340 Greathouse Village, Decatur, TX 76234.

Doty, Sadie ‘Doris’ Pugh | 1938-2011
Published Wednesday, November 2, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Doty-Sadie.jpgGraveside service for Sadie “Doris” Pugh Doty, 72, of Chico, is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Ringgold Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Howard officiating.
Doty died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Chico.
Born Nov. 30, 1938, in Bryson to Edward and Eva (Walker) Pugh, she was a caregiver for Quality Home Health Care.
Doty was preceded in death by her husband, David Doty; brothers James Pugh, J.R. Pugh and Ronald Pugh; and sister Beulah Mae Pugh.
She is survived by sons Wayne Bentley and wife, Sherry, of Bridgport and Len Armstrong and wife, Tonya, of Chico; daughters Sue Yates and husband, Dutch, of Saginaw and Sarah Yates and husband, Ronnie, of Fort Worth; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Johns of Morgan; sisters-in-law Sarah Armstrong of Burleson and Gail Pugh of Bridgeport; and other family

Doyle, Laura Louise | 1929-2011
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Laura Louise Doyle
Memorial service for Laura Louise Doyle, 82, of Fort Worth was Dec. 13 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Doyle died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 19, 1929, in Fort Worth to Joe Womack and Hazel Womack Perry, she was a teacher, coach and administrator in Fort Worth ISD. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur, the Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Texas Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She was a former Girl Scout leader. Doyle also spent time outdoors and went on canoe trips, sailed and camped.
She was preceded in death by sister Betty Jo Womack and husband Louis W. Doyle.
She is survived by children Pam Marsh and husband, Tom, Ann Brown and Caroline Deford, Rick Doyle and wife, BJ, and Mickey Doyle and wife, Leigh Ann; grandchildren Phillip Marsh, Melanie Marsh, Isaac Doyle, Aaron Doyle, Lyndsey Doyle, Tyler Doyle and Brittany Doyle; brothers Don Womack and Dan Womack and sisters Barbara Williams and Dale Reed, and their families.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Decatur or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Drake, Ernest R. ‘Pops’ | 1939-2011
Published Thursday, September 22, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Drake-Ernest.jpgFuneral for Ernest R. “Pops” Drake, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Assembly of God Church in Rhome with the Rev. Mike Stephenson officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Drake died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Decatur.
Born July 8, 1939, in Fort Worth to Iranus and Maudie (Reynolds) Drake, he married Mary Stevens Oct. 1, 1966, in Hurst. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Rhome. He was a self-employed contractor in the painting and drywall industry. Drake also worked and retired from Boyd Hardware, where everybody knew him as “Pops.”
He was preceded in death by his brother David Drake.
He is survived by his wife; sons Richard Drake and wife, Debra, and Kevin Drake and wife, Ann; daughters Mert Warner and husband, Andy, Pam McGauley and husband, Shannon, and Misty Drake, all of Boyd; grandchildren Josh and wife, Brittany, Scott and wife, Erica, Robin and husband, Eli, Samantha and husband, Mark, Ashley and husband, Dan, Kevin R. and wife, Leah, Alisha, Eric and Torie; great-grandchilden Madison, Stetson, Peyton, Hayden, Riley, Kaydence, Tyler, Brylon, Kaylee, Jasper and Ryder; sisters Maudie Brown of Boyd and Geneva Compton of Waxahachie; and other family.
Pallbearers are Joshua “Stud Duck” Drake, Kevin R. “Little Man” Drake, Richard S. “Stump” Warner, Eric A. “Scooter” Warner, Eli Nobles and Mark Bradberry.

Driskill Ethel Mary | 1921-2011
Published Sunday, February 27, 2011
Services will be held at a later day for Ethel Mary Driskill, 90, of Alvord.
Driskill died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 16, 1921, in Los Alomos, Colo., to Carl and Evelyn (Setchfield) Pruitt, she married Lonzo Franklin Driskill in 1947 in Hawthorn, Nev. She was a homemaker.
Driskill is survived by sons Wesley Franklin Driskill and wife, Sharon, of Alvord, and William Dale Driskill and wife, Susan, of Burkburnett; daughters Barbara Jean Ross and husband, Burl, of San Jacinto, Calif., and Linda Michelin of Alamogordo, N.M.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Duff, Stephen Don | 1968-2011
Published Sunday, July 24, 2011
Memorial for Stephen Don Duff, 42, of Decatur was to be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at First Baptist Church of Decatur with Rev. Ken May officiating. Visitation was to be 9 to 10 a.m. before the service.
Duff died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 22, 1968, in Decatur to Larry Don and Linda Louise Stutt Duff, he was a driver for Pat’s Trucking Co. in Bridgeport.
Duff was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by sister Stephanie Duff Martinez of Decatur; stepfather Tom Brown of Decatur; stepbrother Tony Brown of Fort Worth; stepsister Shelby Ivy of Ponder; nephew Zachary Martinez of Krum; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, TX 76234.

Duncan, David ‘Big D’ | 1964-2011
Published Sunday, May 29, 2011
Duncan DavidFuneral for David “Big D” Duncan, 46, of Bridgeport was May 27 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Duncan died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 3, 1964, in Bridgeport to Ervin and Mary (Maples) Duncan, he was a maintenance worker for the city of Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Michelle Lee, and his father.
Duncan is survived by daughters Brandy Michelle Duncan and Brittany Isabella Duncan, both of Bridgeport; his mother of Bridgeport; and sisters Pam Martin of Decatur and Sharla Duncan of Bridgeport.

Durand, Tammy Janice | 1963-2011
Published Sunday, May 1, 2011
Durland TammyFuneral for Tammy Janice Durand, 48, of Sunset was April 29 at Victory Family Church in Decatur with the Rev. Allen Bates officiating.
Durand died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Grapevine.
Born Jan. 6, 1963, in Oxnard, Calif., to J.E. and Waunie Ezell (Pearson) Loper, she married Michael Ernest Durand March 21, 1998, in Cozumel, Mexico. She was a stock broker for Ameritrade in Fort Worth, a certified dive master and a member of Victory Family Church.
Durand is survived by her husband; daughters Jennifer Durand of McKinney and Micah Durand of Sunset; sons Michael Durand of Allen and Taylor Durand of Sunset; brother Randy Loper of Winnsboro; sisters Darlene Laner of Nebraska, Susan Mize of Hatfield, Ark., Lynda Taylor of Locksburg, Ark., and Debbie Ediaston of DeQueen, Ark.; and grandchildren Kayla, Hunter, Chelsea and Grant.

Early, Thomas Vernon | 1933-2011
Published Thursday, April 21, 2011
No service is planned for Thomas Vernon Early, 77, of Bridgeport.
Early died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born June 25, 1933, in Falls County to George Luther and Elsie (Denman) Early, he served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a brakeman for the railroad.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
He is survived by wife Helen J. (Morrison) Early; sons Ken Early and wife, Sherrie, and David Early; brother Gary Early and wife, Jean; sister Janice Brazier; grandchildren Nikki Jo and husband, Doug; and nieces and nephews.

East, Linda G. | 1947-2011
Published Thursday, September 15, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/East.jpgMemorial service for Linda G. East, 63, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date in Kentucky.
East died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 4, 1947, in Somerset, Ky., to Bessie Irene Jones Simpson and George Gale Thomas, she was a retired home health aide and a beautician. She sewed, read and made candles.
East was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Simpson; and her mother.
She is survived by husband Gregory East; daughter Lisa Gadberry and husband, Sam, of Bridgeport; her father; brother Scott Simpson; and sisters Louis Garner and husband, Danny, and Twyla Carr.

Ebert, Mary Anne Carter Duke | 1908-2011
Published Saturday, October 8, 2011
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Ebert died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Denton.
Born May 26, 1908, in Balsora to Robert Anderson Carter and Martha Carolina Newsom Carter, she grew up in rural Wise County near Boonsville and Balsora. Her parents moved the family to Denton so their children could attend high school, as Wise County did not have a high school at the time. She graduated from Denton High School and North Texas State College in Denton. Ebert taught school and coached volleyball in the North Texas area and worked as a home demonstration agent in Mason.
She married Earl Taylor Duke April 30, 1938, near Boonsville. Her only child, Martha Anne Duke, was born in 1941 in Lubbock while Ebert’s husband was an instructor at Texas Tech University.
Ebert returned to college to complete her master’s degree in foods and nutrition at Texas State College for Women in Denton. She worked to establish nursery schools for working women in Lubbock during World War II, taught home economics at West Texas State College in Canyon and returned to work as a home demonstration agent in Pampa. In 1950, she studied family life education at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She was supervisor of all home economics instructors in the Arlington, Va., public schools and became coordinator of family life education for the Asheville, N.C., school district.
Ebert was preceded in death by her first husband in 1942; husband Charles William Ebert in 1992; brothers Marvin Carter and James Daniel Carter; and sister Roberta Annetta Carter Jennings.
She is survived by daughter Martha Rogers of Decatur; grandchildren Bruce Buckholtz, Katherine York, Bob Rogers, Philip Rogers and Timothy Rogers; and great-grandchildren James Buckholtz, Patricia Embley, Brigitte Buckholtz, Michelle Buckholtz, Brennan Rogers, Noah Rogers, Joshua Rogers, Coen Rogers, Eli Rogers and Magdalyn Rogers

Edwards, John | 1924-2011
Published Sunday, September 18, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Edwards-John.jpgFuneral for John Edwards, 87, of Decatur was Sept. 12 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Bob Lane officiating. Burial followed at Vashti Cemetery.
Edwards died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, in Decatur.
Born May 1, 1924, in Trinidad, Colo., to John Liberty and Othella (Humphries) Edwards, he married Emma Elizabeth Lane Sept. 17, 1949, in Montague. He was a retired loan officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the First Christian Church.
Edwards was preceded in death by daughter Pamela Sue Edwards; brothers Horace, George and Jimmie Edwards; and sisters Violet Echols and Marjorie Stennett.
He is survived by his wife; sons Dennis F. Edwards and wife, Charla, of Decatur and John K. Edwards of Lake Dallas; granddaughters Mandi Anderson and husband, Kent, of Lake Dallas and Lindsi Haynes and husband, Gerritt, of Springtown; and great-granddaughter Karley Anderson of Lake Dallas.
Pallbearers were Troy Dobyns, David Kollman, Donnie Hancock, Paul Lloyd, Gerrit Haynes and Kent Anderson.

Egner, Hubert B. | 1945-2011
Published Thursday, July 28, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Enger-Hubert.jpgFuneral for Hubert B. Egner, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Calvary Baptist Church in the John T. White community in Fort Worth. Sonny Smith and James Chase will officiate.
Egner died Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Decatur.
Born March 28, 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to J.B. and Ruby Egner, he donated his body to Life Legacy for scientific study. He was a retired truck driver and a Baptist who served in the U.S. Army, gardened and worked in his woodshop.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Earlane Egner; sons Stephen Troutt and wife, Alicia, and Anthony Troutt and wife, Joy, all of Fort Worth, and Huey Egner, Ben Egner and Wallace Hatcher, all of Kentucky; daughters Gina Egner and Anna Egner, both of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; father of Kentucky; brothers Bill Egner and wife, Cathy, of Washington and Edward Egner and wife, Peggy, of Ohio; sister Gracie Norton and husband, Kenny, of Indiana; mother-in-law Edna James; brother-in-law Mark James; and nieces, nephews and other family members.
Memorials may be made to an account in his wife’s name at CitiBank.

Eldridge, Ruth Dillon | 1920-2011
Published Thursday, January 20, 2011
Eldridge_Ruth.jpgFuneral for Ruth Dillon Eldridge, 90, of Forestburg was Jan. 15 at Forestburg Baptist Church. Burial followed at Perryman Cemetery near Forestburg. Bert Dominy and the Revs. Bill Kimbley and Jerry L. Miller officiated.
Eldridge died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Decatur.
Born April 16, 1920, to Joe and Nancy Dillon in Ringgold, she married Lewis Martin Eldridge May 11, 1940, in Waurika, Okla. She attended school in Ringgold and attended a technical school in Fort Worth where she majored in business and commercial art.
She and Lewis moved to Forestburg in 1946 where they were longtime farmers and ranchers. They retired shortly before Lewis’ death Feb. 25, 1998. She was the last of the charter members of the Forestburg Baptist Church, where she served as clerk, Sunday school teacher and volunteered with the vacation Bible school. Eldridge was president of the parent/teacher association and worked with her daughters in 4-H. She played guitar and helped raise her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sister B.B. Mantor; brothers Joe Dillon, Maxie Trammell and Farrell Dillon; and great-granddaughter Audrey Rose Dill.
Eldridge is survived by daughters Sharon Ruth Dill and husband, Kent, of Gainesville and Linda Kay Stevens and husband, Richard, of Decatur; son Lewis M. Eldridge and wife, Mary, of Era; seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Marty Eldridge, Brian Dill, Kris Dill, Michael Stevens, Mark Stevens, Ryan Eldridge and Chase Dill. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Tharp, Gary Ratliff and Joe Eldridge.

Ellison, Jamie | 1952-2011
Published Thursday, June 30, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Ellison-James-2newspaper.jpgFuneral for Jamie Ellison, 58, of Runaway Bay was June 28 at Runaway Bay Community Church with the Rev. Ollin Collins officiating. Graveside service was to be Wednesday, June 29, at Glen Rest Cemetery in Big Lake. Mike Elkins was to officiate with Buddy Helms assisting.
Family was to receive friends at the VFW Hall in Big Lake following the graveside service.
Ellison died Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 14, 1952, in San Angelo to Oma and Deenie (Wright) Ellison, he married Marsha Proffitt Aug. 22, 1970, in Big Lake. He was a self-employed contract pumper and a member of Runaway Bay Community Church.
He was preceded in death by son Jason Beryl Ellison; and brother Gaylon Ellison.
He is survived by his wife; sons Jeramie Ellison and wife, Lynae, of Dallas, and Jefferie Ellison and wife, Kala, of Arlington; grandchildren Travis, Aley, Charlie and Joss; sisters Patsy Pope and husband, Billy, of Comanche, Carolyn Drennan and husband, Wayne, of San Angelo, and Linda Low and husband, Wayne, of Sterling City; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations may be made to charities of choice.

Ellison, Marilyn Sue | 1959-2011
Published Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ellison_Marilyn.jpgFuneral for Marilyn Sue Ellison, 51, of Decatur was Jan. 25 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Davis officiating. A private burial followed at Rory S. Ellison Family Cemetery in Decatur.
Ellison died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Denton.
Born June 22, 1959, in Houston to Stephen B. Jr. and Mary (Beall) Tucker, she married Rory Ellison Dec. 21, 1997, in Decatur. Ellison was a registered nurse.
She was also an equestrian trainer, explorer, hiker, gardener and photographer.
Ellison is survived by her husband; sons Josh Ellison and wife, Erica, of Krum, and Jason Ellison and wife, JayLynn, of Sanger; daughter Laura Raulston and husband, Robert, of Van Alstyne; granddaughters Layla and Lyrik Ellison; sisters Martha Vincent, Kay Pannell and Molly Prince; brother Steve Tucker; and eight nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Justin Pannell, Jarret Pannell, Ben Tucker, Ross Tucker, Ty Tucker and Stan Gertz.

Emrick, Robert Elliott | 1953-2011
Published Thursday, July 7, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Robert-Elliott-Emrick.jpgA private memorial for Robert Elliott Emrick, 57, of Decatur was July 2 in Decatur.
Emrick died Friday, April 22, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 4, 1953, in Minnesota to Eli and Ida Mae (Ivy) Emrick, he graduated from Lufkin High School in 1973 and earned a bachelor of science degree in cinematography and photojournalism from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. He gardened, researched butterflies and Texas-native plants and worked with leather. He was a photographer and a member of Word of Life in Lufkin.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Emrick.
Emrick is survived by son Timothy Emrick; daughters Joy LaDue and husband, Jeffery, Tiffany Emrick, Bethany Emrick, Bonnie Emrick and Ashley Shafer; the mother of his children, Cathy Emrick; grandchildren Noah LaDue and Taylor Pruner; brother Eli Emrick Jr.; and sisters Rachel Emrick and Ida McAlister.

England, Joseph Robert | 1917-2011
Published Sunday, February 6, 2011
England JosephFuneral for Joseph Robert England, 93, of Greenwood was to be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Greenwood Church of Christ with Bob Ross officiating. Burial is at Greenwood Cemetery.
England died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 11, 1917, in Greenwood to Felix Johnson and Danny Brewer England, he retired from General Dynamics after 32 years of service. He married Wilema Howard Dec. 24, 1941, and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. England was an aircraft assembly man, farmer, rancher and a member of the Greenwood Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alma Allen.
England is survived by his wife; sons Robert Thurman England and wife, Janie, of Denton and Terry Don England and wife, Pat, of Ponder; sisters Nina Robinson, Marie Hill and Fern Mann, all of Decatur; grandchildren Wesley Don England and wife, Rhonda, Paige Wells and husband, Todd, and Joel England; great-grandchildren Randall England and Taylor, Tate and Ryder Wells.
Pallbearers were to be Wesley England, Todd Wells, Joel England, Harold Ray Robinson, Rick Duwe, Roland Walker, Wayne East and Frank Robinson.

Englehart, Shanyn Suzette | 1969-2011
Published Thursday, April 14, 2011
Englehart ShanynFuneral for Shanyn Suzette Englehart, 41, of Arlington, the wife of David W. Englehart, formerly of Decatur, is 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Englehart died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Arlington.
Born Sept. 15, 1969, in El Paso to David Kauble and Charolyn Word, she graduated from Richland High School in 1988 and married David Englehart April 13, 1995. She camped, rode four-wheelers and read.
Englehart was preceded in death by brother Jon Bryan.
She is survived by her husband; daughters Stormie Whiting and husband, Jerid, Bailey Ogle and Logan Englehart; mother Charolyn Proffitt; sister Christy Shae Ball; grandchildren Lexi and Hagean; brothers-in-law Jim Englehart and wife, Dana, and Tim Englehart and wife, Lisa; sister-in-law Barbara Bonnett; and other family members.

Esquivel, Salvador Antonio | 1958-2011
Published Sunday, April 24, 2011
Funeral for Salvador Antonio Esquivel, 52, of Poolville is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport followed by a memorial mass at 6 p.m. with Father Sojan George officiating.
Esquivel died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 1, 1958, in Santa Rosa de Lima, El Salvador, to Ramon R. and Carlota (Hernandez) Esquivel, he took one year of accounting at San Salvador University after high school, and in 1978, he was the lead dancer in the Balet Folkl rico of El Salvador.
He later worked in real estate property maintenance and construction, specializing in custom constrution and remodeling. He played soccer, rode motorcycles, farmed and spent time with family.
Esquivel was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
He is survived by wife Beatriz Martinez-Esquivel; sons Jose Esquivel, Manuel Esquivel and Sebastian Esquivel; daughter Beatriz Haydee; brother Monsenior Rogelio Esquivel; sister Maria Clara; grandchildren Nayelia Noemi Esquivel Macias and Kyle Allen Esquivel Stone.
Memorials in his name may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Derrick Lee, associate director of Programs for Services Department, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Etheridge, Catherine Ann | 1936-2011
Published Sunday, September 25, 2011
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Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
She died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 23, 1936, in Fordoche, La., to Tony and Jenny (Congelosi) Colletti, she married Leon Etheridge June 15, 1954, in DeRidder, La. She was a retired nurses aide.
Etheridge was preceded in death by three brothers.
She is survived by her husband; son Anthony Etheridge and wife, Charlene, of Graham; brothers Joe and Anthony Colletti; and other family members

Evans, Effie Mae | 1923-2011
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/evans.jpgFuneral for Effie Mae Evans, 88, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Heritage Funeral Home in Bowie with Joe Cabellero officiating. Burial is at 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.
Born July 23, 1923, in Plainview to Joseph Hugh and Rebecca Mae (Near) McLaughlin, she married James Marvin Evans Jan. 27, 1944, in Lubbock.
Evans was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Myron McLaughlin, Alvin McLaughlin and James McLaughlin; sisters Mabel Boussom, Vivian Lindsey, Lorena Malcom and Laura Stevens; daughter Orlee Taylor; and grandson Jimmy DePalma.
She is survived by daughters Christine DePalma of Lubbock, Janie Mae Moore of Odessa and Mattie Parrish of Sunset; brother Martin McLaughlin; sister Florence Furra; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Evans, Michael MJ Jeffery | 1983-2011
Published Sunday, July 24, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Evans-Michael.jpgGraveside service for Michael MJ Jeffery Evans, 27, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Jeff Williams officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Evans died Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Alvord.
Born Oct. 8, 1983, in Dallas to Garry and Rachel Darlene (Krantz) Evans, he was a certified pipe inspector.
Evans is survived by daughter Kamryn Walton of Haltom City; mother Rachel Chapman of Alvord; grandfather Herman Evans of Eastland; and brothers Jerry Chapman and Ricky Evans, both of Alvord, Joe Chapman of Rhome, and Randy Evans of Denton; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Tyler Chapman, Charles Wright and his brothers.
Memorials may be made to Solutions of North Texas, P.O. Box 448, Denton, TX 76202.

Farwell, Effie Irene | 1916-2011
Published Thursday, March 3, 2011
Farwell IreneFuneral for Effie Irene Farwell, 94, of Burley, Idaho, was to be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Burley with burial following at Gem Memorial Gardens in Burley.
Farwell died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Burley.
Born April 30, 1916, in Decatur to Samuel Corles and Mary Ida (Erwin) Applewhite, she married William Albert Farwell June 20, 1950, in Boyd. Farwell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Decatur Baptist Teacher’s College and taught at Westbrook School in Westbrook, Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie and schools in Boyd. She moved to Idaho in 1950 and helped her husband manage a farm and taught at Paul Elementary School.
Farwell was a member of the Christian Center Assembly of God Church in Burley, did needlework, quilted, took photos and wrote.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and sister Pauline Applewhite.
Farwell is survived by foster-daughter Carol (Duncan) Johnson of Lewiston; foster-granddaughter Stacey Vantrease; foster-grandsons Eric Johnson and Nathan Johnson; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch.

Felty, Patricia | 1970-2011
Published Sunday, May 29, 2011
Felty PatriciaNo service is planned for Patricia Felty, 40, of Weatherford, formerly of Alvord.
Felty died Monday, April 4, 2011, in Weatherford.
Born July 6, 1970, in Lubbock to Bobbye and Patsy Felty, she lived in Alvord from August 2006 to July 2010.
She is survived by brothers Steve Felty, Tim Felty and Bobby Felty; declared sister Jennifer McBride; and godchildren Zachary McBride, Elias Green and Hosanna Cyr.

Fitzgerald, Betty Sue Palmer | 1936-2011
Published Thursday, July 7, 2011
Memorial service for Betty Sue Palmer Fitzgerald, 75, of Bridgeport was July 5 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Rusty Hudson officiating.
Fitzgerald died Friday, July 1, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 22, 1936, in Panola County to Mae (Simon) and Calvin Palmer, she was a retired licensed vocational nurse who worked at the old Bridgeport Hospital and various nursing homes in Wise County. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, and she spent time with her family and pets.
Fitzgerald is survived by sons Randy Fitzgerald and wife, Tami, of Fort Worth and David Fitzgerald and Tommy Fitzgerald and wife, Marieanna, all of Bridgeport; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Flick, Donald Ray | 1942-2011
Published Thursday, August 11, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Flick-Donald.jpgMemorial for Donald Ray Flick, 69, of Decatur was July 22 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Flick died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 10, 1942, in Sand Spring, Okla., to Reles and Blanche (Ryan) Flick, he was a retired aircraft mechanic for Trans World Airline and Boeing Aviation. While at Boeing, his team helped build Air Force One for President George H.W. Bush. He married Shirley Stoneking Feb. 20, 1987, in Wyandotte, Kan., and served in the U.S. Army, earning diplomas from the aviation school.
He was preceded in death by daughter Donnette Flick; brother Reles Flick Jr.; and sister Frieda Allen.
Flick is survived by his wife; daughters Sanja Rawson of Bedford and Rebecca Flick of Lewisville; grandchildren Christopher Flick, Alisha Flick, Donna Smith, Stephanie Smith, Cassandra Smith, Brandon Smith and Blaine Schoch; five great-grandchildren; brother Butch Flick; sisters Jewell Williams and Betty Ann Little; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice

Florance, Carol Ann | 1939-2011
Published Saturday, October 22, 2011
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Florance died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Paradise.
Born Nov. 29, 1939, in Sydney, Neb., to Clarence and Dorothy (Morris) Caine, she married Kenneth Florance Sept. 25, 1959, in Kimball, Neb. Florance attended Cates Street Church of Christ and was a member of the church’s Sewing Circle. She was involved with the Wise County Quilt Guild and was a housewife.
Florance is survived by her husband; daughter Leslie LeeAnn Florance of Lewisville; son Bryan Lynn Florance of Denton; sister Janice Gumbir of Sterling, Colo.; and other family members.

Ford, C.I. ‘Ish’ | 1921-2011
Published Sunday, April 17, 2011
Funeral for C.I. “Ish” Ford, 89, of Bridgeport was April 14 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. David Burrows officiating and Craig Erb assisting. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Ford died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born June 2, 1921, in Holliday to Charlie and Alpha (Fox) Ford, he married Billie Doris Erwin June 22, 1947, in Holliday. He was a construction supervisor for 37 years at Warren Petroleum, Gulf and Chevron and a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport since the 1950s where he taught high school boys Sunday school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 82nd Paratrooper. He was a member of the Bridgeport Masonic Lodge and a 32nd-degree mason.
Ford was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Ford; and sister Agnes Benham.
He is survived by his wife of Bridgeport; daughters Cindy Vest and husband, Ocie, and Brenda Kay Phillips Lowry, all of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Tresha Massey and husband, Brent, Tracy Baskin and husband, Wade, and Kaycee Hazel and husband, Scott; great-grandchildren Konner, Roan, Hailey, Brayden and Reese; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Brent Massey, Wade Baskin, Scott Hazel, Ocie Lee Vest, Gary Everett, Bruce Arrington, Mitch Arrington and Jerry Cox.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and Sunday School class.
Donations may be made to the food pantry at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

Foster, Luther Wayne | 1936-2011
Published Thursday, March 31, 2011
Foster WayneFuneral for Luther Wayne Foster, 75, of Decatur was March 29 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Van Gardner officiating. Burial followed at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Foster died Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 21, 1936, in Bridgeport to Luther Alexander and Lona (Wages) Foster, he married Shirley Elaine Caraway Sept. 4, 1955, in Ardmore, Okla. He worked for Burris, Swift and Worley’s Feed Mills for more than 30 years and retired from ABF Trucking after seven years of service. Upon his retirement, he became a greeter at Walmart. Foster was a life member of Elk Lodge No. 1172 in Tucumcari, N.M., where he served as port exalted ruler and treasurer.
He was preceded in death by sisters Hazel Foster and Louise Roberts.
Foster is survived by his wife; daughter Vonya Placek and husband, Jack, of Decatur; son Klent Foster and wife, Michelle, of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Justin and wife, Brittany, Shellie, K.W., Krishana and Bryce; great-grandchildren Alexa and Jaxtin; and sister Helen Conley of Denham Springs, La.
Pallbearers were Joe Richardson, K. W. Foster, Justin Placek, Bryce Placek, Bobby Hale and Craig Conley. Honorary pallbearers were Gilbert Womack and Mark Cockfield.

Fox, Howard Glen | 1930-2011
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011
Fox HowardGraveside service for Howard Glen Fox, 80, of Decatur was to be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle with Ken May officiating.
Fox died Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 31, 1930, in Hawkins to Elmer Carl and Ollie Hester (Gaskey) Fox, he married Imogene Thomas Aug. 27, 1949, in Fort Worth. He was a retired machinist from O.B. Macaroni in Fort Worth.
Fox was preceded in death by sons Jeffrey Fox and Donald Fox.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Barbara Foster and Lisa Fox, both of Decatur; sons Steve Fox of Decatur and Alan Glen Fox of Mansfield; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sister Betty Smith; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Michael Fox, Scott Fox, Donald Fox, James Johnson, Jay Johnson, Jeffrey Fox, Matt Fox and Eric Fox.

Freeman, Kenneth Cordell | 1926-2011
Published Thursday, June 9, 2011
Freeman Kenneth 3Funeral for Kenneth Cordell Freeman, 84, of Decatur was to be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Charles Taylor and Glenn Knox officiating. Burial was to be at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Freeman died Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 30, 1926, in Milburn, Okla., to W. Price and Flossie B. (Williams) Freeman, he was a retired high school principal and teacher. After serving as a U.S. Navy Seabee during World War II, he married Martha Castleberry Dec. 17, 1948, in Weatherford.
Following 30 years of employment at General Dynamics, he became an educator. He earned a Master of Education from North Texas State University and also attended Texas Wesleyan College and Texas A&M.
Freeman was a Cowboys and Mavericks fan, a Master Mason, a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite, a Shriner and a member of Allison Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by sisters Ruby Fay, Bayra Dean, Helen and Ruth; brothers Winfred and Louis Boyd; and great-grandchild Ian Blake Wojtaszek.
Freeman is survived by his wife; daughters Frances Freeman Kupka and husband, Joe, of Fort Worth, Teresa Freeman Barnes and husband, Lonnie, of Decatur and Carolyn Freeman Champ and husband, Russ, of Los Angeles; grandchildren Kenneth Lee Finch of Granbury and Angela Hardwick of Temple; sisters Gaylon Merton of Arlington and Edith Harris of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Jacob Freeman Knight, Michael Barnes, Phillip Boucek, David Martin Jr., Matthew Martin and Michael Tucker

French, Doris M. | 1929-2011
Published Sunday, March 6, 2011
Private memorial service for Doris M. French, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
French died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Decatur.
Born May 16, 1929, to Lester Marshall and Bessie Mae (Braden) Smith, she was a graduate of Paschal High School in Fort Worth. She worked in the book and tape ministry and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Dallas.
French was preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, and son Benjamin Dale Davis.
She is survived by daughter Jan Davis of Decatur; sister Vivagene Wilhite; sister-in-law Cathy Smith; nieces and nephews

Gage, Rex Allen | 1919-2011
Published Thursday, June 23, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Gage-Rex.jpgFuneral for Rex Allen Gage, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Gage died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Decatur.
Born March 25, 1919, in Decatur to George Thomas and Eunice (Mauldin) Gage, he married Saralu Smith Aug. 28, 1944. He was a retired U.S. Navy Commander and businessman.
Gage attended Decatur Baptist College and earned a master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology. He served on the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission for 25 years and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 571 for more than 65 years. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his wife June 16, 2006.
He is survived by daughter Cynthia Fernihough and husband, Bill, of Decatur; grandsons Trey Fernihough and wife, Breanne, and Chris Fernihough and wife, Micah, all of Decatur; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Scout and Kai Fernihough, all of Decatur; nieces, nephews and a brother-in-law.
Pallbearers are Trey Fernihough, Chris Fernihough, Thomas Steffen, Michael Snell, J. W. Hudson and Rodney Terrell. Honorary pallbearers are members of the United Methodist Men’s Sunday School Class.

Gage, Winfred Donald | 1940-2011
Published Sunday, March 6, 2011
Gage WinfredFuneral for Winfred Donald Gage, 70, of Blue Mound was March 4 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.
Gage died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 21, 1940, in Decatur to Odessa and Steve D. Gage, he was preceded in death by grandchildren Lindsleigh and Kassidy.
Gage is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivian Nadene Gage; daughters Denise Gage and DeAnn Gage; son Gary Don Gage; grandchildren Bobby, Jason, Patrick, Jordan, Jennifer, Teia and Cameron; great-grandchildren KayZee, Easton, Damian and Malachi; and brother Glenn Gage.

Gardner, Bobby Jack | 1932-2010
Published Thursday, January 6, 2011
Gardner_Bobby_Jack.jpgMemorial for Bobby Jack Gardner, 78, of Bridgeport was Jan. 2 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Gardner died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 9, 1932, in Bowie to Jack and Ova (Stockard) Gardner, he married Doris Howell Jan. 7, 1956, in Gainesville. Gardner owned Wise Paint and Body.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Ann Gardner; son Ricky James Gardner; and brother Don Gardner.
He is survived by his wife; son Billy Jack Gardner and partner, Will Boren, of Plano; daughters Bobbie Gonzales and husband, Al, of Moultrie, Ga., Brend Howell of Bridgeport and Sandra Hillary and husband, Pat, of Decatur; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers Charles Gardner and Gary Gardner; sisters Glenna Essory, Carolyn Howard and Mary Robertson; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Garlock, Norma Marie | 1926-2011
Published Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Garlock died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 12, 1926, in Rockford, Ill., to Walter and Eva (Taylor) Young, she married Dalbert Dale Garlock Sept. 13, 1943, in Portland, Ore. She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge.
Garlock was preceded in death by her husband and son Butch Garlock.
She is survived by daughter Dulcena McCune and husband, Robert, of Boyd; grandsons Ronald Ray McCune and wife, Stacey, and Rodney McCune and wife, Dana, all of Boyd; granddaughter Dawnetta Robinson and husband, Andrew, of Bossier City, La.; great-grandchildren Jason, Jeffery, Matt, Maggie, Kody, Marley, Jimmy and Macey; great-great-grandchild Indie; daughter-in-law Patricia Garlock of Grants Pass, Ore.; sister Shirley Tinney of Seattle; and other family members.

Garrett, Alice Lorene | 1921-2011
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Garrett died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Decatur.
Born April 1, 1921, in Oklahoma to James Franklin and Jetty Keys Wood, she married Paul Wayne Garrett Aug. 13, 1938, in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Garrett was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 4, 2011.
She is survived by son James Ray Garrett and wife, Karen, of Decatur; daughter Paulette McCormick and husband, John, of Decatur; sister LaVerne Manire of Weatherford; brother James Wood and wife, Shirley, of Decatur; grandchilden Brad McCormick, Todd McCormick and wife, Angie, and Tiffany Garrett; and great-grandchildren Colton, Brandon, Jack and Allie McCormick.

Garrett, Grayson Conner | 1999-2011
Published Sunday, August 21, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Garrett-Grayson.jpgFuneral for Grayson Conner Garrett, 12, of Bridgeport was to be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with the Rev. Rick Cooper and Mark Moore officiating. Burial was to follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Garrett died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born April 7, 1999, in Decatur to William and Robin (Kelton) Garrett, he was a student at Bridgeport Middle School. He was a member of Bridgeport FFA and played football.
He is survived by his parents; brother J.D. Garrett of Bridgeport; grandparents Butch and Janet Garrett of Bridgeport and Randy and Corinne Kelton of Boyd; great-grandmothers Inez Kelton of Tennessee and Frances Force of Bridgeport; and aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
Pallbearers were to be Jason and Cotton Paradise, Alvin and Aaron Peyton, Doug and Dalton Hudson, Scotty Ford and Mo Coffman, Tommy and John Freeman, Kenny, Quinton and Brady Hudson and Bill, Mason and Caleb Cline.
Honorary pallbearers were to be Klayton Canova and Wise County firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical services personnel.
Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund at The Community Bank in Bridgeport.

Garrett, Marlin Ray | 1955-2011
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Garrett-Marlin-Ray.jpgFuneral for Marlin Ray Garrett, 56, of Rhome was Nov. 20 at Life Community Church in Haslet.
Garrett died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Rhome.
Born Feb. 2, 1955, in Bridgeport, to Stan and Ethel Stankewitz, he was a computer programmer for Ben E. Keith for more than 10 years. He served in the U.S. Army and married Rennetta Bailey April 11, 1981, in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Lee Garrett.
He is survived by his wife; son James Ray Garrett of Plano; daughters Brandi Garrett Ingram and husband, Aaron, of Fort Worth and Malinda Marie Garrett of Rhome; father-in-law Edward Bailey Sr. of Fort Worth; brothers-in-law David Rachuig and wife, Marlene, and Edwin Bailey, all of Fort Worth, and Eddie Bailey and wife, Kim, of Arlington; and other family members.

Garrett, Wayne | 1920-2011
Published Saturday, October 8, 2011
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Garrett died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Decatur.
Born July 20, 1920, in San Augustine to Willie and Annie Love (Thacker) Garrett, he married Alice Lorene Wood Aug. 13, 1938, in Bridgeport. He retired after 40 years of service as superintendent of Avondale Shipyards in Louisiana.
Garrett is survived by his wife; son James Ray Garrett and wife, Karen, of Decatur; daughter Paulette McCormick and husband, John, of Decatur; brothers Melton Garrett of Dallas and Kirksey Garrett of Metairie, La.; sisters Anita Starnes of Fort Worth, Vernell Roe of Cleburne and LaJuana Ryan of Fort Worth; grandchildren Brad McCormick, Todd McCormick and wife, Angie, and Tiffany Garrett; and great-grandchildren Colton, Brandon, Jack and Allie McCormick.

Garza, Aurora | 1931-2011
Published Sunday, June 26, 2011
http://www.wcmessenger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Garza-Aurora.jpgMemorial for Aurora Garza, 80, of Decatur was June 24 at Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Decatur.
Garza died Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Rhome.
Born March 8, 1931, in Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Manuel Garza and Francisca Aguilar Vega, she was a retired nurse. She married Juan Davila May 31, 1950, in Piedras Negras and was a Jehovah’s Witness.
She was preceded in death by a son, Juan Manuel Davila.
She is survived by sons Jorge A. Davila, Gerardo Davila, Luis A. Davila and Carlos A. Davila; daughters Isabel Salinas, Laura P. Ramos, Beatriz E. Martinez, Gabriela G. Davila and Thelma C. Puente, all of Decatur.

Gaskie, Nellie Furrh | 1919-2011
Published Sunday, February 20, 2011
Gaskie NellieFuneral for Nellie Furrh Gaskie, 91, of Bridgeport was Feb. 17 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Keith Gaskie spoke. Burial was Feb. 18 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Houston.
Gaskie died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born April 18, 1919, in Wood County to George and Flora (Baker) Furrh, she was a homemaker and a member of the Spring Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by husband A.J. Gaskie in 1976; and brothers and sisters Roy Furrh, Myrtle Skinner, Valta Frachetto, Leora Dobbs, James B. Furrh, Georgia Gaskie, Woodrow Furrh and Andrew Furrh.
Gaskie is survived by sons Greg Weldon Gaskie and wife, Sheryl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bart Gaskie of Fort Worth; daughter Valita Gaskie of Houston; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives

Geiser, Paul M. | 1940-2011
Published Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Paul M. Geiser
Funeral for Paul M. Geiser, 70, of Runaway Bay was Dec. 23 at Runaway Bay Community Church. The Rev. Ollin Collins officiated and was assisted by Berry White.
Geiser died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 24, 1940, in Longmont, Colo., to Paul John and Margret (English) Geiser, he retired as corporal from the Texas Highway Patrol Department. He also worked for the Wise County’s Sheriff’s Department. Geiser was a member of the Texas Masonic Lodge and Texas Highway Patrol Association.
He is survived by daughters Libby Geiser Havard of Mineola, Annie Harper of Abilene and Melissa Underwood and husband, Jonathan, of Bridgeport; sons Dory Paul Geiser of Runaway Bay and Scott Allen and wife, Devon, of Chico; grandchildren Ryan, Katie, Jordan, William, Jacob, Rachel, Hailey and Payton; great-grandchild Jada; brothers Bob Geiser of Fort Worth and Tom Geiser of Denver; and other family members.
Honorary pallbearers include members of the Bridgeport Masonic Lodge, other Masons throughout the state and highway patrol.
Memorials may be made to Runaway Bay Community Church in Geiser’s name.

Godwin, Ida Marie | 1955-2011
Published Thursday, March 24, 2011
Graveside service for Ida Marie Godwin, 56, of Jacksboro was March 20 at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro with Jimmy Spalding officiating.
Godwin died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Plano.
Born Feb. 7, 1955, in Lubbock to Earnest H. and Claudetta (Warneke) Clemmer, she married Robert Leo Godwin in Odessa in 1978 and worked as an LVN at the Henrietta Healthcare Center.
Goodwin was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by sons Jason Godwin and wife, Amy, of Graham, and Kyle Godwin of Jacksboro; sister Susan Houser of Jacksboro; and brothers Mack Clemmer and Rodney Ashinhurst, both of Jacksboro, and E. H. Clemmer.

Gonzalez, Jose Luis, Sr. | 1961-2011
Published Sunday, June 5, 2011
Gonzalez JoseMass of Christian burial for Jose Luis Gonzalez Sr., 49, of Paradise was June 3 at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Sojan George officiating. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Gonzalez died Friday, May 27, 2011, in Frio County.
Born Oct. 15, 1961, in Alice to Desiderio and Emilia (Escobar) Gonzalez, he was a fishing tool supervisor. He spent time with his family, cooked out and played video games.
Gonzalez was preceded in death by sister Christine Gonzalez.
He is survived by his father of Paradise; his mother of Alice; wife Lisett (Urbaez) Gonzalez of Paradise; sons Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr. and Joe Vicent, both of Paradise, and Servando Gonzalez of Pasadena; and daughters Nehomarlis Camily Nicole Gonzalez of Paradise and Stephanie Gonzalez, Samantha Gonzalez and Sidney Gonzalez, all of Pasadena.
Gonzalez is also survived by brothers Jonathan Gonzalez and wife, Yvonne, of Palmdale, Calif., David Gonzalez and wife, Linda, of Corpus Christi, Daniel Gonzalez and wife, Cecilia, of Alice and Roland Gonzalez and wife, Heather, of Denver; sisters Leticia Pena Gonzalez and husband, Leo, of Del Rio, Melinda Chapa and husband, Raul, of San Diego, Texas, and Celina Gonzalez of Alice; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Roland Gonzalez, David Gonzalez, Luis Paz Jr., Servando Gonzalez, Christopher Montan, Eldon Marshall and honorary pallbearer D.L. Gonzalez

Goodwin, Kenneth D. | 1948-2011
Published Thursday, April 7, 2011
Goodwin KennethFuneral for Kenneth D. Goodwin, 63, of Boyd was April 5, at the Western Star Cowboy Church with Bobby Bowden officiating. Burial followed at Hog Branch Cemetery.
Goodwin died Friday, April 1, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Born March 14, 1948, in Fort Worth to Curtis and Mary (Sanders) Goodwin, he married Sheila Kinser May 10, 1971, in Fort Worth and was a retired auto body technician. He was a member and an elder of the Western Star Cowboy Church and a member of Grapevine Masonic Lodge No. 288.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Gilbert.
He is survived by his wife; son Jeff Goodwin and wife, Amy, of Cleburne; daughters Amy Peebles and husband, Bubba, of Boyd, and Sara Atkinson and husband, Steven, of Wharton; grandchildren Hayden, Casen, Cole, Landrey, Cody and Logan; his mother; brothers Rusty Goodwin and wife, Jo, and Don Goodwin and wife, Lilace, all of Paradise; sister Tammie White and husband, Timmy, of Saltillo; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Brian Alexander, Brian Roach, Brandon Goodwin, Bradley Goodwin, Mark Wallen, Lynn Sanders, Tye Kinnibrugh and Jim Farrar.

Gookwin, Gordon Gene ‘Rusty’ | 1951-2011
Published Saturday, October 1, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Goodwin.jpgMemorial service for Gordon Gene “Rusty” Goodwin, 60, of Paradise, is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Western Star Cowboy Church in Springtown. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the church.
Goodwin died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Paradise.
Born June 21, 1951, in Grapevine to Curtis and Mary (Sanders) Goodwin, he married Jo Martin Dec. 19, 1982, in Saltillo. He worked for Toyota of Irving for 25 years as an auto body technician. Goodwin was an elder and founding member of Western Star Cowboy Church. He camped and went trail riding around the country with family and friends and served as the camp cook.
Goodwin was preceded in death by sister Linda Gilbert of Houston and brother Kenneth Goodwin of Boyd.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Angie Brown and husband, Robert, of Tyler, Whitney Ferrell and husband, Chad, of Grapevine, and Kylie Jimenez and husband, Michel, of Farewell; son Tye Kinnibrugh and wife, Niki, of White Settlement; nine grandchildren; mother Mary Goodwin of Boyd; brother Donnie Goodwin and wife, Lollie, of Paradise; sister Tammy White and husband, Timmy, of Saltillo; sister-in-law Sheila Goodwin of Boyd; brothers-in-law Jimmy Gilbert of Winnsboro, Len Martin of Weatherford, and Chuck Martin and wife, June, of Frisco; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Western Star Cowboy Church.

Gowin, James E. ‘Jim’ | 1948-2011
Published Thursday, March 10, 2011
Gowin JamesFuneral for James E. “Jim” Gowin, 63, of Boyd was March 8 at the Church of God in Boyd with the Revs. Bradley Mayhan, Andrew Parker and Steven Barnard officiating.
Gowin died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Denton.
He was born Jan. 3, 1948, in Matador to James and Juanita (Reed) Gowin.
Gowin was preceded in death by brother Doug Gowin and sister Betty Ann Johnston.
He is survived by daughter Tammy Posey and husband, Woody, of Rhome; son Charles James Peters; granddaughter Moriah Posey of Rhome; sister Linda Fowler and husband, Wayne, of Plainview; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Andrew Parker, Bradley Mayhan, Colton Cravatt, Larry Johnson, Jimmy Reed and Isom Cecil “Butch” Reed.
Honorary pallbearers were Matt Cuny and Timothy Hunt.

Graves, Dixie Karolyn | 1940-2011
Published Thursday, September 15, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Graves.jpgMemorial service for Dixie Karolyn Graves, 70, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Community Room at Bridgeport Estates.
Graves died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 14, 1940, in Ada, Okla., to Florine (Elrod) and John B. Graves, she beaded clothing, cooked and spent time with her family.
Graves was preceded in death by daughter Melanie Suzanne Buford and granddaughter Amanda Brittany Gray.
She is survived by daughters Stephanie Defee and husband, James Swank, of Fort Worth and Valerie Kilgore and husband, Allen, of Haslet; grandchildren Amy Buford, Chase Buford, Adam Defee, Taylor Wood, Channing Kilgore, Jonathan Kilgore, Brandon Kinslow, Courtney Baker and Clifton Messman; great-grandchildren; and sisters Marianne Hinson and husband, Larry, and Alison Lane.

Graves, L. Clair | 1937-2011
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2011
http://d2k4r05eujhsxi.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Graves-Clair.jpgFuneral for L. Clair Graves, 74, of Arlington was Oct. 11 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial was at Aurora Cemetery.
Graves died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Arlington.
Born Aug. 2, 1937, in Montgomery, Ala., to Charles and Doris (Evans) Graves, she served as an Air Force wife. Graves later had a career in accounting for several Tarrant County firms. She was a member of the Republican Women of Arlington. Graves read, watched football, took care of her dogs and sent greeting cards to friends and family.
Graves is survived by her father and stepmother, Elsie Graves; stepbrother Olin Bray and wife, Jan; her children’s father, Van Hunn; son David Hunn and wife, Kay; daughters Becky Hunn and Jennifer Hunn; second children Megan, Todd and Tony; grandchildren Dayton and Kellie; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Van Hunn, Russell Hunn, Todd Burnett, Tony Rawlins, David Hunn, Robert Rose and Dayton Hunn.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Texas at chot.org or (800) 226-0373 or to Arlington Humane Society at http://arlingtonhumanesociety.org

Greene, Sheryl Ann Sewell | 1959-2011
Published Saturday, November 26, 2011
Memorial service for Sheryl Ann (Sewell) Greene, 52, of Tulsa, Okla., is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Greene died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Tulsa.
Born Nov. 19, 1959, in Dallas, to Jerry Neal and Mary Jane (Nyenhuis) Sewell, she attended Decatur High School and the University of North Texas. She married Joseph Greene Jr. Oct. 31, 1985, in Gonzales, La. She was a homemaker, worked with stained glass and gardened.
Greene is survived by her husband; sons Joseph Lee Greene III and fiancee, Erin Watts, and Bradyn Greene of Kiefer, Okla.; her mother of Dallas; brother Terry Sewell and wife, Tricia, of Denton; and other family members.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.schaudtfuneralservice.com.

Gregg, Jack D. | 1927-2011
Published Thursday, May 5, 2011
Gregg JackFuneral for Jack D. Gregg, 83, of Bridgeport was April 30 at Jones Family Funeral Home. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Gregg died Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Bridgeport.
Born Oct. 7, 1927, in Balsora to James Webster and Beulah Armstrong Gregg, he graduated from Bridgeport High School and married his high school sweetheart, Helen Bailey, July 2, 1948, in Weatherford. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and served in the U.S. Navy.
Gregg lived in Dallas for more than 50 years before returning to Wise County in 2003. He was a retired accountant who worked more than 30 years at the Sam P. Wallace and MMR Wallace Co. in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sister Florene Thomas; and brother Buford Gregg.
Gregg is survived by sons Grady G. Gregg and wife, Suzie, of Aledo and Jeff W. Gregg of Nashville; daughter Barbra Ann Pullen and husband, Craig, of Ponder; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Mike Thomas, Trent Thomas, Joe Burnett, Keith Stack, Dan Stack and David Barr. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bridgeport.
Memorials may be made to the Bridgeport Historical Society, 1720 Lanice St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Griffitt, Sara Jo Cozad | 1961-2011
Published Sunday, June 5, 2011
Griffitt SaraVisitation for Sara Jo Cozad Griffitt, 50, of Azle was June 1 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Griffitt died Friday, May 27, 2011, in Azle.
Born Jan. 14, 1961, in Iowa City, Iowa, to William and Betty (Blackman) Cozad, she was a homemaker. She lived most of her life in Muscatine, Iowa, before moving to Texas in 1998. She married Larry Brent Griffitt March 7, 2006, in Fort Worth.
Griffitt spent time with her husband and grandchildren, fished, shopped and played games on Facebook.
She was preceded in death by sister Sheila Gray; brother-in-law Randy Gray; and sister-in-law Kimberly Butler.
Griffitt is survived by her husband; daughters Christina D. Huber of Boyd and Trisha Huber Aguirre of Muscatine; stepchildren Amber Griffitt, Stacey Griffitt and Jennifer Griffitt; grandchildren Zachary, Samantha, Braelyn, Martaviuz and Russhell; and nine step-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her mother, Betty Mae Browning; sisters Carolyn Hidlebaugh and husband, Butch; brothers Rick Cozad, William Cozad, Jack Cozad and Raymond Cozad and wife, Cindy; and nieces, nephews and other family members.

Griggs, Lavada Lee Gage | 1917-2011
Published Thursday, June 9, 2011
Griggs LavedaFuneral for Lavada Lee Gage Griggs, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Monte Tuttle officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation was to be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Griggs died Monday, June 6, 2011, in Decatur.
Born June 18, 1917, in Sycamore to Merlin Monroe and Buna Lee (Griffeth) Gage, she was a retired teacher.
After graduating from Slidell High School, she attended and graduated from North Texas Teacher’s College in Denton.
Griggs began her teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse in Allison, and two years later began teaching in Decatur, where she taught before and during World War II.
She married William Lunsford Griggs March 1, 1946, after he returned from the war.
Her teaching career took her to Oklahoma, Granbury and Irving, where she taught for more than 30 years before retiring in 1984.
After retirement, the couple returned to Decatur, where she was a life member of the PTA, an active member of the Decatur Women’s Club, the hospital auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association.
Griggs was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Ralph and J.G. Gage; and sisters Merlyne Hunt and Roberta Buchanan.
She is survived by daughter Melinda Reeves and husband, Jack, of Decatur; grandsons Josh William Reeves of Dallas and Jase Ryan Reeves of Huntsville; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Brent Gage, Brian Gage, David Gage, Andrew Gage, Zach Gage and Eric Gage. Honorary pallbearers are Monte Shaw and Mac McCrary.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Education Foundation, 503 E. Collins, Decatur, TX 76234.

Grothe, Walton Eugene | 1954-2011
Published Thursday, February 3, 2011
Graveside service for Walton Eugene Grothe, 56, of Columbus, Ga., is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Paradise Cemetery.
Grothe died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Victoria.
Born Sept. 23, 1954, to Walter and Gloria (Shephard) Grothe, he was a construction worker. He served in the U.S. Marines and was a Baptist.
Grothe was preceded in death by a sister, Melody Grothe Fuqua.
He is survived by daughter Amy Grothe of Lolita; son Keith Grothe of Holliday; sisters June Duke and Gloria Young, both of North Richland Hills; brothers Jimmy Grothe of Paradise and Ricky Shephard of Columbus; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Austin Young, Austin Young Jr., Robert Grothe, Mark Martin, Rocky Cowley and Rockey Cowley Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Grothe, Jimmy Grothe and Michael Grothe.

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