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2012
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Aaron, Rusty Laray | 1986-2012
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rusty Laray Aaron
Rusty Laray Aaron, 26, an oilfield production and sales manager, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Kendall County.
Funeral was Oct. 16 at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pastor Joe Caballero and Gerre Joiner officiated. Pallbearers include Colby Williams, Greg Glover, Travis Wilson, Jack Sandford, Dillon Erwin and Kyle Hopf. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Taylor, Bud Enis, James McGilvray, John Brown, Brad Richey, Ronnie Erwin, John Dunlap, Jeff Webber, Reggie Hickerson, Steve Hollinsworth, Kyle Allison, John Carpenter and John Teague.
Rusty was born Aug. 11, 1986, to Ray and Melinda (Pannell) Aaron in Fort Worth. He was a graduate of Slidell High School in 2005 and Tarleton State University. Rusty was a member of the Montague County Cowboy Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Bennie Merle Pannell and Imogene Aaron; his grandfather, Ray Aaron Sr.; and his uncle, Clinton Pannell.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his parents, Ray and Melinda Aaron of Decatur; his sister, Randi Anderson of Forestburg; his grandfather, Waymon Pannell of Decatur; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to Clinton Pannell Memorial Scholarship Fund, 403 S. Washburn Street, Decatur, TX 76234 or Montague County Cowboy Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1536, Bowie, TX 76230.

Acuff, Denise Lynn | 1961-2012
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Graveside service for Denise Lynn Acuff, 50, of Bridgeport was April 6 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with Larry Cox officiating.
Acuff died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 21, 1961, in Ardmore, Okla., to Betty (Simpson) and Joseph L. Smith, she was a licensed vocational nurse. She once sang with The Sweet Adelines, an international singing group. She also read, crocheted, fished and cooked.
Acuff was preceded in death by brother Don Smith.
She is survived by children Nicole Acuff of Fort Worth, Michelle Acuff of Decatur and Cody Acuff and wife, Janiet, of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Dawn, Destiny, Da Kota and Matthew.

Adams, Henry | 1922-2012
Published Saturday, June 2, 2012

Henry Adams
Graveside service for Henry Adams, 89, of Justin was June 1 at Justin Cemetery.
Adams died Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Born Sept. 16, 1922, in Oakhurst to George and Ethel White, he served in the U.S. Army on the Mars Task Force, 124 Calvary in the China, Burma and India Theater, where he received four Bronze Stars. Adams raised doves and built things.
He was preceded in death by brother James Taylor; sister Delois McDaniel; and grandson Mark Pitts.
Adams is survived by his wife of 63 years, Peggy; son James Clinton Adams and wife, Ginger, of Burleson; daughters Carolyn Pitts and husband, Lloyd, of Rhome, Nancy Adams of Justin, Darlene Faught of Keller and Gaylon Stuebing and husband, Glen, of Flower Mound; sisters Tinnie Cross of Henderson, Nev., and Tina Young of West Linn, Ore.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Adams, Jimmy ‘Mack’ | 1961-2012
Published Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jimmy 'Mack' Adams
Graveside service for Jimmy “Mack” Adams, 50, of Elbert, formerly of Bridgeport, was Jan. 24 at Edsall Ranch Cemetery in Elbert with Marty Light officiating.
Adams died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
Born Sept. 29, 1961, in Olney to Wanda Edsall Adams and L.Z. Adams Jr., he was a farmer and rancher.
Adams is survived by his wife, Cindy Manuel Adams; his mother; sister Kim Mercer Newsom; niece Madeline Mercer; and nephew Ben Stelter.
Pallbearers were Tripp Frost, J.D. Bruton, Dwayne Dennis, J.C. Lewis, Ricky Byrd, Terry Smith, Juan Mercer and Jamey Thompkins. Honorary pallbearers were Lyndel Manuel and Wilton Cantrell.

Al Ramahi, Rhonda Kaye | 1968-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rhonda Kaye Al Ramahi
Rhonda Kaye Al Ramahi, 44, a housewife, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Liberty Cemetery near Morgan Mill, with the Rev. Oma Coker officiating. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Hull, David Hull, William Hull, Aaron Jones, Danny Tolliver and Tommy Allen.
Rhonda was born Oct. 29, 1968, in Jacksboro to Raymond and Nona Jane (Adams) Hull.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jacob Allen Jones.
She is survived by her daughters, Brandy Jones and husband, Aaron, of San Antonio, Melanie Gates and fianc , Danny, of Chico, Jessica Roseneau of Fort Worth, and Emily Glavac of Fort Worth; her parents, Buddy and Jane Hull; grandson Aiden Jones; her sister, Terri Allen and husband, Tommy, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brothers David Hull and wife, Sue, of Burleson and William Hull and wife, Anna, of Paradise; her very special friends, Ron Johnson, Michael Malone and Jeff Lindteigen; other family members and a host of friends.

Arant, Diane Young | 1960-2012
Published Saturday, October 6, 2012

Diane Young Arant
Memorial service for Diane Young Arant, 52, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Westside/Old Town Cemetery.
Arant died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in San Antonio.
Born April 5, 1960, in Bridgeport to Robert Owen and Marjorie Louise (McInroe) Young, she earned an associate degree from Western Oklahoma State College in 1993 and a registered medical assistant certificate from ATI Career Training Center in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Thomas “Tommy” Young.
Arant is survived by her sons, Dewayne Arant and wife, Courtney, and Anthony Arant and wife, Jennifer, all of Paradise; daughter Tabetha Barker and husband, Chase, of Floresville; brother Melvin Young and wife, Pette, and Bobby Young and wife, Brenda; sister Sharon Throneberry and husband, Harmon; and nine grandchildren.

Arnn, Donna K. | 1944-2012
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012
Graveside service for Donna K. Arnn, 68, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Monday, May 22; at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo.
Visitation is noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo.
Arnn died Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Corinth.
Born July 16, 1944, in Oklahoma City to Ernest Elton and Recie Loreda (Fox) Jay, she was a homemaker. She married Bill Arnn July 19, 1963, in Shamrock.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Cody Arnn.
Arnn is survived by her husband of 48 years; daughter Shelly Jenson and husband, James, of Taos N.M.; son Chris Arnn and wife, Tammy, of Balch Springs; grandson Dakota Harris of Sherman; brother Ernest Jay of Allen; her mother of Sherman; nieces and nephews.

Ashley, Donald Ray | 1949-2012
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Donald Ray Ashley
Donald Ray Ashley, 63, of Chico, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Dallas. A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at Cumby Cemetery at Chico.
Ashley was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Wichita Falls to Melba Lucille (Jones) and Donald Leon Ashley. He was a retired teacher and coach in the Chico school district who received his bachelor’s degree in education from Midwestern University. He spent six years in the National Guard.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kaylean; daughters Ricki Ward and husband, Tony, of Rowlett and Kyla Collis and husband, Chris, of Frisco; mother Melba Ashley of Wichita Falls; brother Gary Ashley of Alameda, Calif.; sister Phyllis Litteken and husband, Frank, of Wichita Falls; and grandchildren Bailey and Jake Ward.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials can be made to the Chico Athletic Booster Club, P. O. Box 95, Chico, TX 76431.

Askey, Vernon Douglas | 1935-2012
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012

Vernon Douglas Askey
Graveside service for Vernon Douglas Askey, 76, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Van Gardner and Bill Hughes officiating.
Askey died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Decatur.
Born June 8, 1935, in Decatur to Thomas Vernon and Beatrice Lou (Jobe) Askey, he was a machinist. He married Betty Jo Shurbet July 28, 2007, in Decatur. Askey graduated from Decatur Baptist College with a major in history. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife; son James Askey of Benbrook; stepsons Lavoy Oates and Lynn Oates, both of Eulogy, and Kenneth Oates of Oklahoma; stepdaughter Karen Dee Singletary of Walnut Springs; sister Carol Banks of Colorado; brothers Jerry Askey of Decatur and Gene Askey of Keller; six other stepchildren; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Avina, Kaylee Marie | 2009-2012
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kaylee Marie Avina
Kaylee Marie Avina, 3, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Kaylee is survived by her mother, Maria Avina of Decatur; father Armando Luna of Decatur; brother Armando Luna of Alvord; grandparents Ma de Jusus Castandeda and Martin Avina, both of Jerez Zac, Mexico.

Baisden, Mary Lois ‘Penny’ | 1939-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mary Lois ‘Penny’ Baisden
Mary Lois “Penny” Baisden, 73, a tax appraiser, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Rick Ross officiating. Pallbearers include the members of the 301st Fuels Management Flight of the Air Force Reserve. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery.
Penny was born July 25, 1939, to William and Nettie (Kitchens) Smith in Carlsbad, N.M. She married Clarence Douglas Baisden May 27, 2000, in Decatur. Penny was a member of the Tennessee Genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Norm Holland; granddaughter LaTisha Holland; brother David Smith; and sisters Annie Mae Smith and Edna Fay Smith.
She is survived by her husband of 12 years, C.D. Baisden of Decatur; sons Robert Holland and wife, Laraine, of Chico, James Holland of Azle, Steven Camp of Corinth and Randal Camp of Corinth; daughters Barbara Rumer and husband, Boyd, and Jan Newton and husband, Robert, all of Sunset; 34 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Dwana Holland of Midred; brothers Winston Smith and wife, Barbara, of Winnsboro and Andy Smith and wife, Janett, of Decatur; sisters Rosetta Jennings of Decatur, Jennie Perkins of Lewisville and Sandy Rowland and husband, Jack, of McAlester, Okla.; sister-in-law Jo Smith of Bowie; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Baker, Edith Estelle | 1921-2012
Published Saturday, July 21, 2012

Edith Estelle Baker
Graveside service for Edith Estelle Baker, 91, of Kempner, formerly of Chico, was July 20 at Chico Cemetery with Larry Whitaker officiating.
Baker died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Harker Heights.
Born March 7, 1921, in Bowie to Myrtle Ann (Turnbow) and Johnny Ray Stephens, she married Louie Elston Baker Aug. 31, 1941. She was a Chico ISD volunteer and held local, district, state and national offices of the Parent Teachers Association. Baker was solicited by President Jimmy Carter to be a voice for his progressive National Education Bill.
She was involved in the Texas Historical Commission, Federated Women’s Study Club, Texas Commission on the Arts and was a Red Hatter (Diva Dames). She hosted the Chico High School Senior Girls Luncheon from 1975 to 2007 and facilitated the organization and development of the first Chico community library with Lavonia Hawkins.
Baker received the Angel Among Us Award in 2005 and the City of Chico Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Baker organized large social gatherings with family and friends, read, attended school events, scrapbooked, sewed, wrote, gardened, collected antiques, cooked and played canasta, 42 and Scrabble.
She was preceded in death by her husband; oldest son Randall Glenn; a daughter-in-law; a sister; and a great-grandchild.
Baker is survived by children Elston Dale, Tommy Durrett, Beverly Jane and StanLee Ray; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 West Freeway Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Ball, Brett Dewain | 1955-2012
Published Saturday, March 24, 2012

Brett Dewain Ball
No service is planned for Brett Dewain Ball, 56, of Bridgeport.
Ball died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 24, 1955, in Bridgeport to Wanda Jean (Huggins) and Billy Dan Ball, he lived in Bridgeport his entire life. He was a driver for Pat’s Trucking and served in the U.S. Army. He was a Methodist.
Ball is survived by son Brian Ball of Karnes City; daughters Kristina Ball of Bridgeport and Katrina Ball of Benbrook; brother Bobby Ball; and four grandchildren.

Ballew, Roy Eldon ‘Bud’ | 1928-2012
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Roy Eldon 'Bud' Ballew
Funeral for Roy Eldon “Bud” Ballew, 83, of Springtown was Jan. 16 at White’s Funeral Home followed by burial at Springtown Cemetery.
Ballew died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.
Born May 10, 1928, on the family cotton farm in O’Donnell to Raymond and Ruth Ballew, he served in the U.S. Air Force four years. He worked for General Dynamics for 26 years until he retired in 1988. Ballew gardened, bowled and took care of his dogs.
He was preceded in death by brother Marion Raymond Ballew.
Ballew is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gerry; son Roy Michael Ballew of Springtown; daughter Judi Conger and husband, Bob, of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Dustin Smalley and wife, Ashley, and Stacey Smalley, all of Runaway Bay, and Bobby Conger and Crystal Conger, both of Weatherford; and great-granddaughter Aubrey Smalley of Runaway Bay.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or the United Methodist Church of Springtown.

Balthrop, Maggie Sue | 1921-2012
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Maggie Sue Balthrop
Maggie Sue Balthrop, 91, a manager in retail sales, died, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
The funeral was Nov. 1, at the First Baptist Church of Slidell with the Rev. Alec Haigood officiating.
Pallbearers were Tim Fletcher, Sam Dunlap, Steve Pruett, James Sitz, Roger Weber, Bert Pruett and Billy Jack Maxwell.
Sue was born June 2, 1921, in Myra, to Luther and Vada (Anderson) Ballinger. She became a Christian when she was 11 years old and became a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church. Sue was united in marriage to Frank Rives Balthrop Dec. 27, 1940, in Greenwood. She and Frank moved their church letter to the First Baptist Church in Slidell where she remained until her death. She was a faithful member of the church’s single club. Sue worked mostly for Ben Franklin’s but worked for Bodine’s Hallmark Store in Denton until her retirement.
She is survived by her son, Steve Balthrop and wife, Kay, of Electra; brother Bill Ballinger and wife, Ann, of Amarillo; grandchildren Kerri Haigood and husband, Alec, of Wichita Falls and Steven Balthrop and wife, Chris, of San Antonio; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Heath Haigood of Wichita Falls and Dawson and River Balthrop of San Antonio; nephew Ronnie Pierce and wife, Brenda, of Jacksonville; great-nieces Reggie Ballinger of Plainview and Memorie Reseman of Greenwood; and great-nephew Clint Pierce of Denver.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister Lesena Tapp; and nephew Randy Ballinger.
Memorials may be made to the Slidell/Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Bert Pruett, P.O. Box 11, Slidell, TX 76267 or to Hospice of Wichita Falls Inc., P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.

Bassham, Alvin Ray ‘Red’ | 1936-2012
Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Alvin Ray 'Red' Bassham
Funeral for Alvin Ray “Red” Bassham, 76, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Boyd Church of Christ with David Hall officiating. Burial is at Boyd Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Bassham died Monday, May 28, 2012.
Born May 4, 1936, in Decatur to Chester L. and Edna Hunley Bassham, he grew up in Boyd. He played football and graduated from Boyd High School before going to work for Texas Electric Service Co. in 1954.
Bassham married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Blythe, Jan. 1, 1955. They lived in Haltom City, raised their three children and returned to the Boyd area in 1984.
He retired in 1992 after 39 years, and he and Carolyn became clowns, entertaining children for 15 years and played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 20 years. They also had a mini-farm with many animals.
Bassham was preceded in death by sister-in-law Nelda Bassham and brother-in-law Jack Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years; sons Alvin Ray Bassham Jr. and wife, Patty, and Brian Bassham; daughter Rebecca Bishop and husband, Robert; mother-in-law Margaret Blythe; grandchildren Michael Bassham and wife, Lene , Michelle Hughes and husband, Johnny, Misty Spring, Cody Webster, Brian James Bassham, Nathan Ritz, Kristy Kelley and husband, Patrick, Mark Gober and wife, LaVeda, Michael Gober and wife, Misty, Lisa Gober and Joshua Bassham; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Donald Bassham; and twin sister Evelyn Martin.
Pallbearers are James “Bing” Carmichael, Sam Connally, Les Daigh, Victor Mu oz Sr., Victor Mu oz Jr. and Ronnie Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Randy Cole, Sam Kiker, Clyde Slimp and Ronnie White.
Memorials may be made to the Alvin “Red” Bassham Memorial Account benefiting children with cancer at First Financial Bank.

Basting, John M. ‘Jack’ | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012

John M. 'Jack' Basting
Mass of Christian Burial for John M. “Jack” Basting, 82, of Mineral Point, Wis., is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary’s-St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mineral Point with Father James Hinnen officiating. Burial with military graveside rites by the Mineral Point American Legion will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Basting died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Mineral Point.
Born Oct. 11, 1929, he attended Mineral Point public and Catholic schools, playing football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school. He graduated from Mineral Point High School in 1949 and joined the U.S. Army. He served in Korea from 1951 through 1953 and married Doris McDermott Sept. 26, 1953.
Basting was an alderman, president of the Mineral Point Booster Club, Little League coach and St. Mary’s-St. Paul’s Catholic Church parish council member. He was also a member of the Iowa County Airport Board, the Mineral Point Park Board, the Knights of Columbus, the Association of Retarded Citizens, the V.F.W. and American Legion Post 170 in Mineral Point and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
He was named the American Legion Outstanding Citizen in 1981, and he and his wife were designated the Mineral Point schools’ 1995 Homecoming Grand Marshalls.
Basting was a master plumber and worked on various hospitals in Madison, Wis., Camp Randall, Wis., and the power station in Cassville, Wis.
He watched his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews participate in sporting and other school events and listened to Patsy Cline or Lorrie Morgan on his trips back-and-forth from Madison for work.
He was preceded in death by granddaughter MacKenzie MacGilvra.
Basting is survived by his wife; children Colleen Weier, Maureen Kolwicz, Mark Basting and Teresa MacGilvra and husband, Kent, all of Mineral Point; and John Basting and fianc , Kelly, of Boyd; grandchildren Jason Basting and wife, Kanndie, Erin Berget and husband, Scott, Emily Basting, Jackson Basting, Dylan MacGilvra and Trevor MacGilvra; great-granddaughter Bella Basting; sister, Louise Schwartz; sisters-in-law JoAnne Basting and Eileen Cooney; and nieces and nephews.

Beard, Jerry Lee | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, November 24, 2012
Jerry Lee Beard, 78, of Bridgeport died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at his home in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Jones Family Funeral Home, and the funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Jack McAsey will officiate, and burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Jerry was born July 25, 1934, in Coleman County to Rosie Lee (Cullins) and Solomon Luther Beard. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and he married Joyce Haney Dec. 21, 1957. Jerry was a retired plant manager at Gifford-Hill/Beazer/Hanson Aggregates from 1956 to 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters Melanie Harris and husband, Coit, of Chico, and Laurie Lange and husband, Mark, of Wichita Falls; son Dan Beard and partner, Jack Crutchfield Jr., of Richmond; a special “adopted” daughter Colonel Regina Draper of Davenport, Iowa; brothers Levert Beard and wife, Suzie, of Bridgeport, and Ronny Beard and wife, Pie, of Sanger; a sister, Treva Grisham and husband, Bill, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jeremy Lange, Jessica Mowery, Matthew Lange, Jon Harris, Jack Crutchfield III, Shiloh Hofacket, Jon Crutchfield and Jordan Crutchfield; and great-grandchildren Logan Mowery and Lillie Mowery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Beard and granddaughter Shannon Hofacket.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Beaver, Claude Harold | 1953-2012
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Graveside service for Claude Harold Beaver, 59, of Crafton was Feb. 7 at Crafton Cemetery with Carl Pearson officiating.
Beaver died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 28, 1953, in Bowie to Harold and Ava (Dowis) Beaver, he married Cindy Gardner July 31, 1974, in Bowie. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.
Beaver is survived by his wife; sons Clayton Beaver of Bowie, and Sheldon Beaver and Harold Don Beaver, both of Crafton; his mother of Bowie; sisters Torchy Teague of Bowie and Penny Lee and husband, James, of Oklahoma; and other family members.

Beaver, LaDonna Ruth | 1922-2012
Published Saturday, July 14, 2012

LaDonna Ruth Beaver
Memorial service for LaDonna Ruth Beaver, 90 of Decatur will be held in California at a later date.
Beaver died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Decatur.
Born June 9, 1922, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to John William and Ethel J. (Kemper) Clipston, she moved to Spokane, Wash., for high school, then to Lawton, Okla., where she married William George Beaver in 1944.
They moved to Yucaipa, Calif., in 1944 where she lived for 63 years before moving to Decatur in 2010. She worked for Hale and Greenslate Hardware, the Department of Forestry and as a purchasing agent at McNally Egg Ranch in Yucaipa for 30 years. Beaver raised Dachsunds.
She is survived by sons William Harold Beaver and wife, Suzanne, of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and David Alonzo Beaver and wife, Karen, of Decatur; grandsons William Clark Beaver of Germany, Edward Ellis Beaver of Arizona and Stephen Alonzo Beaver of Decatur; and great-grandchildren Justin Alonzo Beaver of Banning, Calif., Jeremy Arthur Beaver of San Bernardino, Calif., and Elias Germayer Beaver and Cheyenne LaDonna Beaver, both of Germany.

Beck, Jon Waymond | 1935-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jon Waymond Beck
Jon Waymond Beck, 77, of Justin died in a Dallas hospital Friday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Justin United Methodist Church with burial at Justin Cemetery. The Rev. Buster Noah and the Rev. Mel West will officiate.
The family requests memorials be made to the Justin United Methodist Church, 205 North Jackson, Justin, TX 76247.
Beck was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Fort Worth and served as mayor of Justin from 1997 to 2001 after 12 years on the city council. He was Justin’s first Economic Development director and was a member of the Justin Business Association and the Justin Civic Foundation. In June of this year, a pavilion at a Justin city park was named in honor of Beck and his wife, Mary.
Beck moved to Justin in 1971 and purchased the Justin Lumber Co. He was a past president of the Fort Worth Lumbermen’s Association.
He was a graduate of Northside High School in Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan University. He was a longtime member of the Justin United Methodist Church where he held many offices, including chairman of the Administrative Board, chairman of Trustees and chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee. He was a Sunday school teacher at the church.
Beck served as a director of the Denton County Central Appraisal District from 1984 to 1993. He was a director of the Northwest ISD Community Partnership and was the Northwest High School football stadium announcer for a decade. An avid golfer, Beck enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He coached little league baseball for many years.
He was a member of the Justin Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances Beck; sons Robert Samuel Beck and his wife, Becky, of Krum and Jon Bradley Beck of Justin; and grandchildren Luke Denton of Nashville, Tenn., and Emily and Allison Beck of Krum.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Beck Denton of Nashville, Tenn., and his parents, Sam and Owyeda Beck of Fort Worth.
Pallbearers will be Ken Kirkham, Jeff Eaton, Barry Eaton, Brian Eaton, Greg Shannon, Curt Shannon, Erle Nye and Roy Eaton. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the Justin United Methodist Church.
Lucas Funeral Home in Justin is handling arrangements.

Bennett, Renee Downey | 1949-2012
Published Saturday, July 14, 2012

Renee Downey Bennett
Memorial service for Renee Downey Bennett, 63, of Chico was July 13 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Larry Whitaker officiating.
Bennett died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Chico.
Born May 21, 1949, in Piqua, Ohio, to Harold “Jack” and Oletha (Hardman) Downey, she married Billy Eugene Bennett May 7, 1991, in Decatur and worked for Wal-Mart.
She was preceded in death by brother James “Jim” Downey.
Bennett was survived by her husband of 21 years; daughter Christine Neagle and husband, Michael, of Chico; son Rodney Hall and wife, Victoria, of Chico; stepdaughter Audra Bennett of Weatherford; grandchildren Tyler, Jordan, Haley, Makinzy, Tanner, Miranda, Jesse and Kristy; sister Gail Winters of Michigan; sister-in-law Janice Rowland and husband, Jim, of May; and other family members.

Berman, Eric Michael | 1983-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Eric Michael Berman
Eric Michael Berman, 29, a sous chef and culinary student, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Boyd.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Rosston Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Autry will officiate. Honorary pallbearers are Ben Lopez, Chris Raney, D.J. Marshall, Eric Williams, Justin Jones and John Raney.
A memorial service is noon Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Boyd.
Eric was born April 30, 1983, to Patrick and Debbie (Raney) Berman in Portsmouth, Va. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Ellen Raney and his grandfather, Joseph E. Berman.
Survivors include his parents of Boyd; his brother, Ryan Berman and wife, Elaine, of Paradise; his grandfather, Jim Raney of Rosston; his grandmother, Lorraine Berman of Vienna, Mo.; seven aunts and one uncle; other family members and a host of friends.

Betty, Winfred Wayne ‘Wimp’ | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Winfred Wayne ‘Wimp’ Betty
Funeral for Winfred Wayne “Wimp” Betty, 80, of Decatur was June 25 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Jim Gogniat officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Betty died Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 13, 1932, in Waurika, Okla., to Otis Earl and Lena (Kaiser) Betty, he married Joyce Nell Overton March 24, 1962, in Frederick, Okla. He retired from Bell Helicopter as machinist after 35 years. Betty moved to Decatur after retiring in 1998.
He hunted, fished and was a Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan. He was a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church in Hurst.
Betty was preceded in death by son Cary Betty.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Katrina Modisett and husband, Damon, of Keller and Lisa Grantham and husband, Roger, of Whitney; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Lois Gillespie and husband, Charles, of Beaumont; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were David A. Drummond, Dustin Modisett, Michael Modisett, Kevin Overton, Andrew Gogniat and Kyle Overton.
Honorary pallbearers were Paul Beavers, Jim Schindler, Dennis Sullens, Lindsey McNeely, Tabetha Collins, Katie Grantham, Aimme Grantham, Valerie Faris, Dave Beavers and Steven Overton.

Beville, Norma Ruth Hartsell | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Norma Ruth Hartsell Beville
Funeral for Norma Ruth Hartsell Beville, 85, of Bridgeport was Feb. 27 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Beville died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 30, 1926, in Wise County to Lovard and Nora (Harris) Hartsell, she married Tennis Adams “Junie” Beville in 1957. Beville worked as an oil-and-gas office assistant, florist and homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Beville was preceded in death by her husband and sister Pat Smith.
She is survived by daughters Teresa Parrish Webb and husband, Taylor, of Pilot Point, and Angie Beville Tyson and husband, Kyle, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jarrett Webb, Blaine Webb and wife, Sally, Zane Tyson and Rachel Tyson; great-granddaughter Taylor June Webb; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Cary Adkins, John Brogan, Marc Moore, Doug Park, Jarrett Webb and Blaine Webb.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, 1204 12th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426, the American Heart Association at heart.org or the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Bezy, Virginia Kay | 1949-2012
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Virginia Kay Bezy, 63, a homemaker, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Dec. 11 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial was under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Virginia was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Dallas to Raymond and Louise Bridges (Swaney) Martin. She married James Michael Bezy Sept. 2, 1983, in Denton. She was a veteran and a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years; son Raymond Denton of Rosewood; daughter Jami Bezy of Slidell; sister Neta Redmon of Ponder; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Richard Martin.

Billington, Wayne | 1926-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wayne Billington
Funeral for Wayne Billington, 86, of Bridgeport was May 11 at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Billington died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Childress to Minnie (Mullennix) and Elsie (E.E.) Billington, he was a retired City of Bridgeport employee and owned Billington Grocery for 22 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God. He raised chickens and visited Branson, Mo., 24 times.
Billington was preceded in death by son Don Billington, two sisters, a brother and a grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie (Gregg) Billington; daughter Louise Miller and husband, Charles, of Bridgeport; sister Lorene Stanford of Azle; grandchildren Emily Boyd and husband, Kevin, of Columbia, Md., Sandra Thornhill of Austin, Carol Thornhill and husband, Jason, of San Angelo and Jason Billington of Denver; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Don Wilson, Russell Gregg, Jodi Gregg, Paul McWilliams, Ronnie McDonald and James McWilliams. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Dunn, Bennie Chaffin and Bradley Boyd.

Bishop, Nina | 1923-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Funeral for Nina Bishop, 88, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Visitation will be at the church before the services.
Bishop died Monday, March 5, 2012, in Denton.
Born July 7, 1923, in Shelbyville, Mo., to Willis Henry and Mabel Recca (Boyles) Mitchell, she married Alec Bishop in 1942 in Marietta, Okla. She was a cosmetologist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
Bishop was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by daughters Barbara Monk and husband, Ronnie, of Krugerville and Brenda Kubicek of Denton; son George Bishop and wife, Nancy, of Denton; sisters Mary Kay Copp of Denton and Betty Jane Self of North Richland Hills; brothers Willis Mitchell and Bob Mitchell of Denton; grandchildren Todd Bishop, Shelby Kinsall, Tina Kubicek, Jim Monk, Jay Monk and Jessica McCullough; and great-grandchildren Ryan Bishop and Addison McCullough.
Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeymasondenton.com.

Black, Pam Snyder | 1959-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pam Snyder Black
Graveside service for Pam Snyder Black, 53, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Black died Monday, May 7, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born May 4, 1959, in Odessa to L.M. and Thelma (McCracken) Pierce, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by son Dusty James Black; sisters Judy and Linda; and brother Rex.
Black is survived by husband James Black of Granbury; sons Clinton Snyder and wife, Candace, of Aurora and Chris Snyder of Rhome; daughters Lisa Tucker of Newark and Jennifer Gaught and husband, James, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Camerron, Clinton Jr., Shawn, Michelle, Bailey, Shane, Allan, Haley, Lacy and Riley; brothers Jack Pierce of New Mexico and David Pierce of Arizona; sister Beverly Boiles of Sweetwater; and other family members.

Blackwell, Mildred Watson | 1914-2012
Published Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mildred Watson Blackwell
Graveside service for Mildred Watson Blackwell, 97, of Fort Worth, formerly of Wise County, was June 26 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
Blackwell died Thursday, June 21, 2012 in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 10, 1914, in Lillian to James and Della Watson, she owned a beauty shop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Blackwell.
Blackwell is survived by daughters Shirley Hanna and husband, Donald, of Fort Worth and Sharon Ward and husband, Garland, of Ocean Isle, N.C.; grandson Alan Hanna and wife, Shari, of Flower Mound; granddaughters Kimberley Hanna of Allen and Kirstin Ames and husband, Alan, of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren Laura Hanna, Nolan Ames, Landen Ames and Jake Hanna; and sisters-in-law Margie Wills and Evelyn Watson.
Memorials may be to a charity of choice.

Bland, James ‘Jim’ | 1938-2012
Published Saturday, April 7, 2012

James 'Jim' Bland
Funeral for James “Jim” Bland, 73, of Chico is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Bland died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 29, 1938, in Fort Worth to Elmer and Ollie Bland, he graduated from North Side High School in 1957. He was owner/operator of Jim Bland and Son Trucking, specializing in rock hauling.
Bland is survived by his wife, Gayle Bland; son Brad Bland and wife, Diane; grandchildren Holly Haralson and husband, Jonathon, and Ryan Bland; great-granddaughter Callie Gayle Haralson; sisters Dale Anna Ballard and Debbie Gayle Young; and other relatives.

Blanks, Keith | 1958-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Keith Blanks
Funeral for Keith Blanks, 53, of Chico was Feb. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Chico with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Blanks died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Chico.
Born Oct. 10, 1958, in Bridgeport to Viva (Potts) and Charles “Chuck” Blanks, he worked in the oil industry. He went bird hunting and farmed.
Blanks is survived by daughter Kelcey; sons Jeremy and Jerod; his parents; brothers David Blanks and wife, Theresa, and Doug Blanks; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Rusty Hand, Jack Keller, Jack Watson, Alvin Boner, Mike Bounds and Eddie Cox.

Boaldin, Emory Everett | 1931-2012
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Emory Everett Boaldin, 81, a retired supervisor for General Dynamics, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 30 at Newark Church of Christ with burial in Dido Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jason Boaldin, Sean Boaldin, Sammy Wager, Nathan Boaldin, Grand Jones and Kris Barber.
Emory was born May 19, 1931, in Elkhart, Kan., to Emory and Helen (Neal) Boaldin. He married Myrtle Christine Massey on Christmas Eve in 1949 in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Boaldin of Newark; sons James Russell Boaldin and wife, Debbie, of Denton, Michael Wayne Boaldin and wife, Janice, of Newark, and Bobby Brent Boaldin and wife, Michelle, of North Little Rock, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Dixie Cotton; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of freinds.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Gloria Blasingame.

Bohling, John Richard, Jr. | 1946-2012
Published Saturday, March 17, 2012

John Richard Bohling Jr.
Funeral for John Richard Bohling Jr., 66, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Bobby Cox officiating. Graveside service is 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Bohling died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born March 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John Bohling Sr. and Lovina (Clouse) Bohling, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and was a navigator and bombardier of B52s. Bohling survived 198 combat missions and received the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross before he was discharged in 1974.
He married Frances Benosky Sept. 2, 1967, in Amsterdam, N.Y. He retired from Acme Brick and Delta Airlines.
Bohling is survived by his wife; daughter Desir Beavers and husband, Mark, of Denton; son John Richard Bohling III and wife, Betty, of Highland Village; grandchildren Brady, Alexis, Jordan, John-Geoffrey, Makenzi, Jet and Lyndsay; sister Doris Picco and husband, Frank, of North Carolina; nieces and nephews.

Bollman, Orville Ray | 1944-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Orville Ray Bollman
Funeral for Orville Ray Bollman, 67, of Chico is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Bollman died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 16, 1944, in Chickasha, Okla., to Joseph and Ada (Tompkins) Bollman, he was the southwest region resident engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration and a construction inspector for Alliance Airport. He was also a master electrician.
Bollman served as an airman in the U.S Navy.
He was preceded in death by brothers Odis and Elmer Bollman; and sister Geneva Chadwick.
Bollman is survived by daughter Denise Harrison and husband, Todd, of Fort Worth; sons Joe Bollman and Bobby Bollman, both of Springtown; grandchildren Courtney Brooke Bollman McFadin, Chelsea Nicole Harrison, Samantha Emily Bollman, Madison Isabel Bollman, Clayton Todd Harrison, Christopher Colton Harrison, Conner Bailey Bollman, Jarrett Robert Bollman and Chandler Justice Bollman; and great-grandchild Bradley Tanner McFadin.
He is also survived by brothers Wade Bollman of Grapevine and Joe Bollman of Pennsylvania; sisters Clara Downs of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Viola James of Chickasha; and other family members.

Boothe, Jim R. | 1942-2012
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Funeral for Jim R. Boothe, 70, of Keller was July 30 at First Baptist Church of Keller.
Boothe died Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Keller.
Born Feb. 17, 1942, in Ballinger to Harmon Foster Boothe and Willie Odessa Boothe, he graduated from New Deal High School and enrolled in Texas Tech University. He served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant in Germany.
Boothe was a bank examiner, bank vice president and president of First National Bank of Rhome. He opened an insurance agency in 1989 and was ordained a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Keller in 1984.
He watched granddaughter Madeline perform, drove a golfcart with grandson Nicholas and spent time outdoors with his dogs and horses.
Boothe is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue Alice Willett Boothe; daughter D’Ann Burrow and husband, Steve; grandchildren Madeline Burrow and Nicholas Burrow; his mother; brother Kenneth Boothe and wife, Earlene; and extended family.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Top Therapy Center, 660 Keller Smithfield Road, Keller, TX 76244.

Bost, Doris Gene | 1927-2012
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Doris Gene Bost
Funeral for Doris Gene Bost, 84, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Boyd Church of Christ with Dave Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Bost died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 3, 1927, in Rhome to S.R. and Maudie (Evans) Crumpton, she was a retired registered nurse. She attended Rhome High School and Boyd High School her senior year. After graduating high school, Bost earned her R.N. degree from the Harris School of Nursing in September 1947.
She married her high school sweetheart, Harold Richard Bost, after he returned from the U.S. Navy, on Jan. 1, 1947. They lived in Fort Worth until 1994 and returned to Boyd to live on their family’s land. Bost was an active member of Boyd Church of Christ. She gardened, canned and read.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; brothers Lloyd Crumpton, Bo Crumpton and Charles Crumpton.
Bost is survived by son Richard Bost and wife, Linda, of Boyd; daughter Leeann Brinsfield and husband, Brooken, of Bristol, Ohio; grandchildren Blake, Chad, Shawn, Samantha, Steven, Jay, Mindy and Jessica; nine great-grandchildren; sister Charlene Morgan of Fort Worth; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Gene Dillashaw, Don McKinnon, Clinton Sanderson, Ronnie Smith, Rick Hamilton, David Ford and Terry Ford.

Bouchillon, Kerry Scott | 1971-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kerry Scott Bouchillon
Kerry Scott Bouchillon, 41, a railroad switchman, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Paradise Cemetery with Bro. David Kelly officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Kerry was born July 3, 1971, in Grand Prairie to Robert and Audrey (Williams) Bouchillon. He married Lisa Dawn Stanford Dec. 20, 2009, in Decatur. Kerry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Dean Bouchillon.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Bouchillon of Decatur; daughter Taylor Bouchillon of Ponder; father Robert Bouchillon of Paradise; sister Debra McKelvain and husband, Randy, of Alvord; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to Paradise Cemetery, 4170 FM 2123, Paradise, TX 76073.

Boyd, Bobby Lee | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bobby Lee Boyd
Bobby Lee Boyd, 82, of Decatur a retired manager, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Fort Worth.
A graveside service was Sept. 7 at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating.
Pallbearers were David Boyd, Johnny Schumacher, Michael Schumacher, C.J. Schumacher, Johnathan Schumacher and Dr. Kelley Tibbels. Honorary pallbearers were members of the adult men’s class at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Boyd was born Sept. 29, 1929, to Odie and Edith (Myers) Boyd in Decatur. He married Mary Helen Duncan Jan. 6, 1950, in Fort Worth. Bobby served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Decatur Golf Club, Runaway Bay Country Club, Masonic Lodge, JSR Alcohol & Drug Abuse and the First United Methodist Church.
Boyd worked in the aerospace industry for 40 years, including 38 years for Convair/General Dynamics in Fort Worth on the B-36, B-58, F-111, F-16 and other miscellaneous development programs. He worked for two years on the Atlas Missile Program in Abilene, and for two years he worked for Hyler Aerospace Division with NASA in New Orleans on the Saturn Apollo first mission to the moon. He retired as a manager of manufacturing engineering.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ann Vanderventer; his sister, JoAnne Grissom; and his brother, Bill Boyd.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Helen Boyd of Decatur; son David Boyd of Crowley; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Jack W. Boyd of Plano; sister Helen Ruth Paschall of Denton; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Brandon, George Ann | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, January 28, 2012

George Ann Brandon
Funeral for George Ann Brandon, 83, of Decatur was Jan. 24 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Brandon died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 11, 1929, in Decatur to George and Willie Pearl (McCracken) Elder, she married Clayton L. “Shorty” Brandon in 1959 in Oklahoma. She retired from Wise Electric Co-op after 25 years. She later worked with James Wood Motors as an accountant and retired there after 17 years last March.
Brandon was preceded in death by her husband in 1988; brother Billy Jeff Elder; and sister Martha Jo Keown.
She is survived by sons Russell Reynolds of Decatur and Craig Brandon of Keller; and grandchildren Brandon Reynolds, Rayne Reynolds, Ridge Reynolds, Carolyn Eurto, James Brandon and Eric Brandon.
Pallbearers were Brandon Reynolds, Ridge Reynolds, James Brandon, Eric Brandon, William Eurto and Zach Delgado.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1200 Preskitt Road, Decatur, TX 76234.

Bridges, Darla Kay | 1966-2012
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012
Darla Kay Bridges, 46, of Paradise, died Dec. 17, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Funeral was Dec. 20 at Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mineral Wells with burial at Cottondale Cemetery under the direction of Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.
Kay was born in Mineral Wells, the daughter of Carroll and Bobbie (Masterson) Cox. She is survived by her husband, Robert Bridges; parents Carroll and Bobbie Cox; sons Scott Nesky, Tyler and Cody Bridges; daughter Sydney Nesky; and brothers Bobby and Billy Cox.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Carla Gay Cox, and sister-in-law Linda Grines Cox.

Brooks, Stuart Ray | 1988-2012
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stuart Ray Brooks
Stuart Ray Brooks, 24, of Decatur died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Bonham.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Baptist Church with burial in Lone Star Cemetery. Brothers Louis Horton and Zach Burns will officiate.
Pallbearers include David Murphree, Blaine Smith, Kasen Gentry, Ethan Alexander, Tyler Armitage, and William Cryer. Honorary pallbearers are Lesley Head, David Head, Adam Vermillion, Andrew Brooks and Justin Brooks.
Stuart, also known as “Pandaman” and “Uno,” was born on the Fourth of July in 1988 to Jerry and Barbara (Crunk) Brooks in Decatur. He graduated from Decatur High School in 2006 and worked as an installer of storm shelters.
He enjoyed playing paintball on a professional level, which is where he got his nickname “Pandaman” because of panda beanie he wore in all of the tournaments along with his bright pink and green outfits.
Survivors include his parents; sister Melissa Stastny and husband, Craig, of Decatur; brothers William Brooks and wife, Jessica, of Arthur City, and Joshua Brooks and wife, Jennifer, of Decatur; grandmother Annie Mae Brooks of Decatur; nieces and nephews Corbin and Cooper Stastny, Dylon, Elayna, Micah, Mackenzie, Kelton, Analee, and Jaxen Brooks; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Leita Alene Crunk and his grandfather, Marshall Edward Brooks.

Bross, Josephine | 1941-2012
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Josephine Bross
Graveside service for Josephine Bross, 70, of Chico was Aug. 9 at Chico Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Bross died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 20, 1941, in Oklahoma to Marion and Opal (Beach) Britton, she was a homemaker. She married Benny Bross Nov. 14, 1969, in Brownfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband in January 2004; son Carl Bross; and brother Gary Dale Britton.
Bross is survived by son Ronald McCurley of Lake Bridgeport; grandchildren Joseph McCurley and wife, Amanda, of Chickasha, Okla., and Opal Perkins and husband, Robert, of Missouri; and other family members.

Brown, Barry Gene | 1958-2012
Published Saturday, March 31, 2012

Barry Gene Brown
Graveside service for Barry Gene Brown, 53, of Decatur was March 30 at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville with the Rev. Charles Pugh officiating.
Brown died Monday, March 26, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 6, 1958, in Grapevine, to Dowden Brown and Billie Cole, he was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by daughter Tabatha Brown and brother Gary Brown.
Brown is survived by daughters Tiffany Anderson of Chico, Tonya Redmon of North Richland Hills and Tosha and Terra Brown of Washington; son Timmy Brown of Oklahoma; brothers Tim Brown and Larry Brown and wife, Donna, of Decatur; sisters Terry Hamm and husband, Raymond, Sandy Cornell and husband, Keith, of Decatur, Debra Lester of Denton, Sondra Roubion and husband, Steve, of Paradise and Druanna Baker and husband, Todd, of Sanger; 12 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Brody Brown, Jeremy Brown, Phillip Brown, Cody Cornell, Bo Waggoner and Ray Hamm.

Brown, Katie Pearl Wilson | 1918-2012
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Katie Pearl Wilson Brown
Funeral for Katie Pearl Wilson Brown, 93, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Steve Weeks officiating.
Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service.
Brown died Monday, July 30, 2012, in Mesquite.
Born Sept. 30, 1918, in Cottondale to D.J. and Lula (Wright) Wilson, she was a homemaker. She married O.P. Brown Dec. 24, 1938, in Boyd. Brown was a member of Boyd Church of Christ and was a former employee of the Fort Worth school system.
She was preceded in death by her husband Nov. 2, 1989; brothers Tom, Dick, Harry and Bill Wilson; and sister Ruby Wilson.
Brown is survived by daughters Anita St. Clair of Dallas and Emily Robinson and husband, Richard, of Coppell; grandchildren Renee Lindsey and husband, Byron, and Mark Robinson and wife, Kristin; great-grandchildren Peyton and Lawson Floyd and Violet Robinson; and other family members.
Pallbearers are J.W. Fuller, Jim “Biff” Brown, Tom Wilson, Ronnie Smith, Gary Arnold and Dave Clark.
Memorials may be made to the Boyd Church of Christ.

Brumbalow, Ernest Lee | 1931-2012
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ernest Lee Brumbalow
Graveside service for Ernest Lee Brumbalow, 81, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Last rites will be performed by Southside Masonic Lodge No. 4111 of Fort Worth.
Brumbalow died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Feb. 2, 1931, in Fort Worth to Harvey Grover and Alma Josephine (Evans) Brumbalow, he retired as a firefighter from General Dynamics after 30 years of service. He was a member of Southside Masonic Lodge No. 4111 and the Baptist church.
Brumbalow was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda Joy, April 29, 2003.
He is survived by daughters Deborah L. Fry and husband, Paul P., and Dorcas L. Thornton and husband, William, all of Fort Worth; grandchildren Deborah Ann Thornton, Christine Lee Thornton, Paul P. Fry Jr., and Adam A. Fry; great-grandchildren Adam Harvey and Paisley Jane Fry; sisters Winona Batten of Valley View, Marion Burch of Arlington and DeeAnna Smith of Granbury.

Bryant, Aisha Sheaona Sidney | 1995-2012
Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aisha Sheaona Sidney Bryant
Funeral for Aisha Sheaona Sidney Bryant, 16, of Alvord was May 28 at Sunset Assembly of God Church with Ernie Patterson, Chad Patterson and Mickey Terry officiating. Burial was at Alvord Cemetery.
Bryant died Friday, May 25, 2012, in Decatur.
Born June 2, 1995, in Denton to Sidney and Shonda (Mathews) Bryant, she was a student at Alvord High School, where she was in band, athletics and FCCLA. She worked at Sean’s BBQ and Plaza Cinema IV and was a member of Sunset Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her mother, Shonda Stroud and husband, Kenneth, of Alvord; her father of Decatur; sisters Ava Shanea Mathews Bryant and Dayssi Tyne Memphis Hall, both of Alvord; grandparents Sheryl and Steve Zwahr, and Wade and Tammy Mathews of Alvord; great-grandparents J.B. and Jean Barnes of Alvord, Cynthia and Tom Dooley of Bowie and Melton and Peggy Zwahr of Houston; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Josh Jones, Trevor Chandler, Bryant Stanridge, Steven Zwahr, Avery Barnes and Jon Zwahr.

Buckingham, Jerry Curtis | 1936-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jerry Curtis Buckingham
Jerry Curtis Buckingham, 76, a farmer and rancher, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Chico.
Funeral was Nov. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Chico with Bro. Ken Hedstrom officiating, and burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Curtis Ryan Roberts, Jared Curtis Hilgendorf, Andy Hardee, Bob Gnagy, Chris Barnes and Darryl James.
Jerry was born March 12, 1936, to Charles and Ruth (Hunter) Buckingham in Chico. He married Beth Meek July 21, 1961, in Chico. Jerry served his country in the Navy Reserves. He was plant manager for Gifford Hill for more than 20 years and was also a farmer and rancher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beth; daughter Jodi Sue Buckingham; and sisters Virginia Barnes and Charlene Gnagy.
He is survived by his daughters, Jeri Ann Roberts of Chico and Jana Ruth Duke of Fort Worth; grandchildren Curtis Ryan Roberts and wife, Brittany, of Keller, Jamie Lee Roberts of Chico, Jaclyn Elizabeth Hardee and husband, Andy, of Springtown, Jessica Dawn Roberts of Chico, and Jared Curtis Hilgendorf of Fort Worth; other family members and a host of friends.

Buie, Hal Glendell | 1932-2012
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hal Glendell Buie
Hal Glendell Buie, 80, a retired welder, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Mr. Buie was born July 3, 1932, in Wilmington, N.C. He married Shirley Jeanette Anderson in 1952 in El Paso, and they had been married 50 years at the time of her death on March 27, 2003.
Mr. Buie retired from Texaco Refining in El Paso as a welder after 28 years of service. He moved to Alvord in 1992 where he worked as a self-employed welder for mechanical contracts.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord since 1992. He was chairman of the deacons.
He is survived by sons Joel Buie and wife, Jackie, of Crowley, Donald Buie and wife, Shanna, of Idaho, Hal W. Buie and wife, Muriel, of Everman, and John Buie and wife, Terrie, of Joshua; daughter Jeanette Roberts and husband, Mike, of Grand Prairie; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Hoyl Alexander Buie of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Burress, Laura Bernice | 1923-2012
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Laura Bernice Burress
Laura Bernice Burress, 89, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Grapevine.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Laura was born in Wise County to Frank and Eva (Sexton) Clay. She married Neil Burress and was a homemaker. Her husband preceded her in death Nov. 17, 1983. Laura was also preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Christie Thornton; six brothers and four sisters.
During World War II, Laura worked as secretary to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Walburg and husband, James, of Southlake; grandchildren James Thornton and wife, Kerrie, of Decatur and Lauren, Alissa, Chloe and Jared Walburg, all of Southlake; great-granddaughter Dylan Thornton of Decatur; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76103.

Burton, Kenneth Wayne | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

Kenneth Wayne Burton
Kenneth Wayne Burton, 78, of Roseburg, Ore., died Oct. 27, 2012, in Roseburg after a lifelong struggle with muscular dystrophy.
Kenneth was born June 16, 1934, in Decatur to Charlie and Beatrice Burton.
He is survived by his wife, Norma of Roseburg, Ore.; son Kenny Burton of Maryland; daughter Rhonda Anderson of Blueridge, Ga.; sisters Barbara Burton Munn and Peggy Burton Payne, both of Keller; three grandchildren and three great-grandsons.
His service was to be held in Dallas under the direction of Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.

Bush, Tammy Rae (Kenyon) | 1962-2012
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tammy Rae (Kenyon) Bush
Memorial service for Tammy Rae (Kenyon) Bush, 50, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Bush died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Jan. 24, 1962, in Berkeley, Calif., to Vera E. “Rocky” (Bennett) and Sterling Ray Kenyon Sr., she was a retired licensed vocational nurse. She watched sports and played with her granddaughter.
Bush was preceded in death by brother Eddie Lee.
She is survived by son Justin Levi Bush; granddaughter Aurora Pinta; parents Rocky and Glenn Lee; brother Sterling Ray Kenyon Jr.; and sister Stacey Giddens.

Byford, Loyd | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Loyd Byford
Funeral for Loyd Byford, 80, of Decatur was June 9 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Ray Cobb officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico.
Byford died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 9, 1932, in Duncan, Okla., to Louie S. and Mamie (Forrester) Byford, he was a retired truck driver. He married Margaret Phillips June 2, 1967, in Decatur and was married 36 years at her death Feb. 13, 2003.
He was also preceded in death by brothers Hugh Byford and Donnie Byford; sister Maedell Simpson; and stepson Jessie Simmons.
Byford is survived by son David Loyd Byford of Springtown; daughter Diane Wright of Oklahoma City; sisters Imogene Hesteande and Jewell Hesteande, both of Decatur and Joann Lambert of Boyd; stepsons Johnnie Phillips and wife, Katie, of Sanger and Leroy Dewitt of Wichita Falls; stepdaughters Louise Champion and Earlene Champion, both of Lake Worth, Ann Flusche and Sarah Salther, both of Lake Worth and Barbara McClung of Fort Worth; 26 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Byrne, Linda Fayrene | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Private graveside service for Linda Fayrene Byrne, 69, of Haslet, formerly of Rhome, was June 11 at Aurora Cemetery.
Byrne died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Haslet.
Born May 5, 1943, in Lamesa to Joe and Myrene (Davis) Bevel, she was a retired school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Bruce Byrne.
Byrne is survived by son Jack Byrne; grandchildren Bailey Danielle and Brayden Mitchell Byrne, all of Haslet; brother Leon Bevel of New Mexico; and sister Carolyn Bevel of Abilene.

Cage, Wanda June Hodge | 1936-2012
Published Saturday, April 21, 2012
Funeral for Wanda June Hodge Cage, 75, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Alvord, was April 20 at Falls Funeral Home in Wichita Falls with burial at Alvord Cemetery.
Cage died Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
Born May 30, 1936, in Duncan, Okla., she was a home health care provider, factory worker and homemaker.
She was preceded in death by grandson Timothy Shotts.
Cage is survived by her husband of 49 years, Odis Joe Cage; children Eugene Cage and wife, Linda, Vernon Cage and wife, Suzanne, Joe Wade Landreth and wife, Tammy, and Duwayne Cage; grandchildren Stacy Poole, Jason Streeter, Nathan Cage, Ashley Martinson, Shiloh Davenport, Joshua Cage, Taylor Christopher, Benjamin Cage, Tonia Landreth, Shannon Landreth and Shaylee Landreth; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be made online at www.fallsfuneralhome.com.

Calvert, Charles F. | 1936-2012
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Charles F. Calvert
Charles F. Calvert, 76, of Decatur died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 31 at Immanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating. Burial was at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Jim Henderson, Bob Stallard, Rick Read, Dennis Hudson, Robert Troxell and Ralph Smith.
Charles was born Feb. 10, 1936, in Wise County to Claude Card and Elva (Parr) Calvert. He married Peggy Joyce Read Jan. 21, 1956, in Bridgeport. Charles was owner of Calvert Electric for 42 years.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Peggy Joyce Calvert; daughter Pam Horton and husband, David; and son Mark Calvert, all of Decatur; brother Shelton Calvert of Chandler; sister Mattie Herrin of Plano; grandchildren Brenden Horton and Misty Meyer; great-grandchildren Lane and Aaron Meyer and Quinnten Gober.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 106 S. Lane, American Cancer Society, Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, or Wise Area Relief Mission, 300 N. Trinity, all in Decatur, 76234.

Campbell, Mary | 1924-2012
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell, 88, a retired account clerk, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Rhome.
No service is scheduled.
Mary was born Jan. 21, 1924, to James and Irma (Gray) Petty in Kayford, W. Va. She married Walter Paul Campbell Sr. June 14, 1944, in Charleston, N. Va.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter, and grandson Brian Timm.
She is survived by sons Walter Campbell Jr. and wife, Veda, of Bryan and Michael Campbell of Oklahoma City; daughters Sharon McDannald and husband, Brad, of Rhome and Jane Barrett and husband, Robert, of Moncks Corner, S.C.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother John Petty of Brooksville, Fla.; other family members and a host of friends.

Carpenter, Agnes Martin | 1912-2012
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Agnes Martin Carpenter
Funeral for Agnes Martin Carpenter, 99, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Dimmitt officiating. Burial is at Thomas Cemetery.
Carpenter died Monday, April 16, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 23, 1912, in Azle to Walter and Mary Ann (Cooper) Martin, she was co-owner of Carpenter Lumber Co. She married Jim Carpenter Feb. 17, 1932, in Bridgeport and was a member of Pleasant View Baptist.
Carpenter was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; son Harold Ray “Red” Carpenter; grandsons Vance Read and Jacky Carpenter; brother Virgil, Arvie and Ovey Martin; and sisters Etta Ethridge, Elsie Groves, Ola McDaniel and Fay Bishop.
She is survived by sons Jimmy Loyd Carpenter and wife, Dean, Bobby C. Carpenter and wife, Jenetta, and Jesse Paul Carpenter and wife, Judy, all of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jennge Flowers, Bucky Carpenter, Michael Read, Leisha Blaylock, Wendy Carpenter and Vicky Carpenter; great-grandchildren Jason, Jamey, Cullen, Jessi, Josh, Lexi and Taite; and great-great grandchildren Brendan, Maddee and Logan; and sisters Abbie Fritz and Alva Lee Measell.
Pallbearers are Jason Carpenter, Josh Blaylock, Gary Green, Grady Cowling, Nolan Bishop and Mike Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Darlick and Billy Morrow.

Carr, J.H. | 1920-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012

J.H. Carr
Graveside service for J.H. Carr, 91, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Bill Hughes officiating.
Carr died Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Decatur.
Born July 25, 1920, in Decatur to Gilbert and Annie Frankie (Spain) Carr, he was a retired farmer and dairyman. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Carr is survived by daughters Jayanna Kelly of San Antonio and Sonia Lee and husband, Dennis, of Decatur; grandchildren Michelle Pettit, Jay Kelly, Stephanie Avance and Christopher Lee; great-grandchildren Amanda Pettit, Michaela Pettit, Jameson Pettit and Jackson Kelly.

Cate, Melba Fay Stowe | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, July 7, 2012

Melba Fay Stowe Cate
Funeral for Melba Fay Stowe Cate, 83, of Newark was July 5 at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth with David Bennett officiating. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Cate died Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Newark.
Born April 14, 1929, in Everman to Foy Edgar and Biddie Jewel Hunt Stowe, she retired from banking in 1990.
Cate was preceded in death by her husband, William E. “Bill” Cate, in 2006; and son-in-law Gerald Rowland.
She is survived by daughter Saretta Cate Rowland; sons Ed Cate and wife, Cheryl, and Gary Cate and wife, Betty; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ben Bennington, Cody Cate, Ryan Cate, Joe Don Kubes, Rusty Miller, Tommy O’Kelly and Heath Robertson.
Memorials may be made to Christ Haven for Children.

Cearley, Lara Geneva | 1917-2012
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Lara Geneva Cearley, 95, of Denton, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. She was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Leo to Robert Dempsey and Clara Landford Dempsey. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Slidell.
Visitation is 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Slidell. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Slidell Cemetery with the Rev. Bobby Cates officiating.
Geneva is survived by her son, Delwin Higgs; sister Bonnie White; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Frank Higgs and Cleo Cearley; and her parents.

Chambers, William M. | 1937-2012
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012

William M. Chambers
A private memorial was held for William M. Chambers, 74, of Paradise.
Chambers died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Decatur.
Born June 1, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jesse and Guinevere Chambers, he retired as police officer of the Village of Glendale Heights Police Department in Glendale Heights, Ill., after 20 years.
Chambers was preceded in death by son Jacob Chambers and wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Chambers.
He is survived by daughter Julia Wolfe and husband, Frederick; grandchildren Chloe Lynn and Daphne Ann; and brother David Chambers and wife, Stephanie.

Cheek, Julie Rene | 1962-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Julie Rene Cheek
Graveside service for Julie Rene Cheek, 49, of Rhome will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, at New Hope Cemetery.
Cheek died Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Rhome.
She was born June 6, 1962, in Fort Worth to Larry and Elsie (Porter) Cockerham.
Cheek is survived by parents Elsie and Troy Cheek of Rhome; children Johnny Faglie and Tara Faglie, both of Burleson; sister Janice Lutz of Fort Worth; aunt Gladys Beam of Gainesville; uncle Terry Canada of Kingston, Okla.; nieces Jessy, Andrea and Grace; nephew John; and other family members.

Chivers, Billy Ray | 1935-2012
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Billy Ray Chivers
Billy Ray Chivers, 77, of Grapevine, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2012.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine, followed by a graveside service and burial at 2:30 p.m. at Willowpoint Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine.
Chivers was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Willow Point to James Ralph and Ruby Barefield Chivers. He attended Decatur Christian College before starting a 39-year career with T.I./Ratheon as an environmental test lab technician. Billy Ray was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Grapevine Ward.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Joe Chivers, James Stegall, Steven Hendrix, David Blount, Noah Hatfield, Nicholas Hatfield, Steven Ray Jr. and Nicholas Hatfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Myrna Loy Heatherwick Chivers; brother James Robert Chivers; and his stepbrother, Kelly Stegall.
He is survived by his wife, Vanita Jane Chivers; stepmother Jackie June Johnson; stepson David Lee Blount of Grapevine; daughters Dana Lynn Chivers of Carrollton, Melany Jane Hendrix and husband, Steven Ray, of Fort Worth; stepdaughter Brenda Sue Field of Hurst; brothers Tommy Joe Chivers and wife, Lorez, and James Floyd Stegall and wife, Pat; grandchildren Hailey Renee Chivers, Noah Ray Hatfield, Amber Rose Hatfield, Nathaniel Paul Hatfield, Nicholas Ashton Hatfield, Alexis Sue Field, Steven Ray Hendrix Jr., Lucas Ray Hendrix and Daniel Arthur Hendrix.

Choate, Opal Louise | 1916-2012
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Opal Louise Choate
Graveside service for Opal Louise Choate, 95, of Krum was Jan. 4 at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Choate died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Denton.
Born Oct. 9, 1916, in Decatur to Prince Albert and Elma (Ray) Claborn, she married E.D. “Red” Choate in 1937 in Paris. She was a member of Open Range Cowboy Church in Krum.
Choate was preceded in death by her husband; sister Maxine Pinkard; and brother Kenneth Claborn.
She is survived by daughters Margie McCormick, Jeanette Scott and husband, Jerry, and Ann Porter and husband, Scott; grandchildren Stacy Hacker and husband, James, Lisa Nack and husband, Stephen, Tammy McCormick, April Moren and husband, Dustin, David Scott and wife, Brandy, and Pete Porter and wife, Melissa; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Marie Dodge; and sister-in-law Merle Claborn.
Pallbearers were Pete Porter, Chad Nack, Stephen Nack, David Scott, James Hacker and Dustin Moren.

Chrismon, Mary Martha | 1922-2012
Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mary Martha Chrismon
Mary Martha Chrismon, 89, of Sunset, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 23 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Rick Ross officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Jonathon Horton, Sam Major, Phil Major, Johnny Jeter, Scott Chrismon and Darryl Miller.
Mary was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Doyle, Okla., to Lonnie Guy and Molly (Jolley) Kennedy. She married Vearl Chrismon April 17, 1941, in Anadarko, Okla. A homemaker, Mary was a member of the Decatur Garden Club and the Decatur Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lee Vardas and husband, Steve, of Sunset; son Kenny Vearl Chrismon and wife, Shelly, of Lakeside City; grandchildren Lesa Major and husband, Phil, of Decatur, Kevin Vardas and wife, Melissa, of Denton, Crystal Horton and husband, Jonathon, of Sunset, Scott Chrismon and wife, Marci, of Dallas and Stacey Hughes and husband, Cameron, of Killeen; great-grandchildren Sam, Breanna, Jakob, Isaac, Nathon, Hap, Cooper, Jack and Theo; and brother Lloyd Kennedy and wife, Mary, of North Richland Hills; other family members and a host of friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Pansy Chrismon, Bonnie Miller and Molly Ann Dennis; and brothers Virgil and Floyd Kennedy.

Church, Donald Dale, Jr. | 1950-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Donald Dale Church Jr.
Funeral for Donald Dale Church Jr., 61, of Grand Prairie, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Charles Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at Thomas Cemetery.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. before the service.
Church died Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Grand Prairie.
Born Sept. 20, 1950, in Bridgeport to Geneva (Martin) and Donald Dale Church Sr., he attended Fellowship of the Parks Church in Grapevine. Church’s hobbies included motorcycle riding, Nascar, dirt track racing and shooting guns. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and owned and raced his own stock car.
Church is survived by his wife, Lisa; son Donnie Dale Church III and wife, Natalie; daughters Donita Tiffee and husband, Chad, Samantha Cates and husband, Justin, and Chasity Escobar and husband, Sam; brothers Bruce Church and wife, Charlotte, and Mike Church and wife, Tammy; sisters Sharon Duncan and husband, David, and Lisa Dunaway and husband, Robert; grandchildren Tyler, Brandon, Jake, Garrett, Bailey, Brylan, Leighton and J.W.
Pallbearers are Bronc Parsons, Little Bill Martin, Dennis McMurray, Lydon Smith, Conway McConnell and Johnny Mack Martin.

Clark, Pauline Mattie | 1927-2012
Published Saturday, April 14, 2012
Funeral for Pauline Mattie Clark, 85, of Bowie was April 13 at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with Morris Freeman and Jay Webb officiating. Burial followed at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg.
Clark died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Bowie.
Born Jan. 30, 1927, in Forestburg to Sim and Nocona Freeman, she retired from Haggar Slacks after 25 years.
Clark grew up in the New Harp community and married Oliver Moore of Greenwood in 1944. After his death in 1952, she married Emery Clark, also of Greenwood, in 1959, and they moved to Bowie in 1967. She was a member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bowie.
Clark was preceded in death by brothers Bennett Freeman, Bob Freeman, Willard Freeman and Junior Freeman; sister Maxine Howard; her husbands; son Ernest Moore; grandchildren Wayne Moore, Tanya Chancellor and Amy Robinson; and great-grandchildren Ethan Chancellor and Morgan Clampitt.
She is survived by children Connie Browning and husband, Edward, of Chico, Paul Moore and wife, Sylvia, of Sanford and Margaret Hunt and husband, Elmer, and Gail Robinson and husband, James, all of Bowie; grandchildren Ricky Pigg, Terry Harris, Missy Duncan, Monnie Jo Hunt, John Hunt, Staci Masten, Micki Russell, Tracy Pollard, Paula Smith, Tammie Klein, Connie Clampitt, Jamie Jimenez, Brian Moore, Jace Robinson and Jared Robinson; great-grandchildren Felicia and Frankie Pigg, Holly, Haylee and Hunter Harris, Chasen and Brandon Duncan, Shane Hunt, Brian Rater, Phylicia Gibbs, Brayden Hunt, Cooper Masten, Kelcie and Autumn Russell, Jude Pollard, Coby and Casey Smith, Paige, Jacob and Ransom Klein, Courtney Stark, Kayla Clampitt, Faith and Emma Jimenez and Jesse Moore; and great-great-grandchildren Lane and Kamden Smith and Kenzlie Stark.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Smith, Jerry Klein, Monnie Jo Hunt, Scotty Duncan, John Hunt and Shane Hunt.

Clay, Clara Charlotte | 1917-2012
Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

Clara Charlotte Clay
Clara Charlotte Clay, 94, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Houston.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Clara was born Nov. 1, 1917, in Providence, R.I., to Carl H. and Selma C. (Pilblad) Johnson. She married Henry Clay Aug. 15, 1947, in Massachusetts, and they were married for 53 years until his death in August 2000. Clara was also preceded in death by her son, Henry Laurance Clay.
She was librarian at Dallas Baptist College.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Margaret Horan and husband, Michael, and granddaughter Meghan C. Horan, all of Houston; numerous cousins and a host of friends.

Clifton, Cindy | 1942-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Funeral for Cindy Clifton, 69, of Bridgeport was Feb. 17 at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport with the Rev. David Rucker officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery.
Clifton died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 20, 1942, in Olney to Alice Bernice (Carrol) and Charles H. Clarida, she was office manager at State Farm for 10 years. She spent time with family and cooked for them.
Clifton is survived by husband Ronnie Clifton; son Kyle Clifton and wife, Lorrie, of Aledo; daughters Kala Walsh and husband, Paul, and Kayce Keener and husband, Bryan, all of Bridgeport; brother Ricky Clarida and wife, Sharon; sisters Jan Taylor and husband, Jim, and Barbara Tiger and husband, Pem; grandchildren Hayden, Hunter, Landrie, Logan, Tyler and Taryn; and nieces and nephews.

Cloud, Robert Lee ‘Bob’ | 1931-2012
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Cloud
Robert Lee “Bob” Cloud Sr. died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral services were Sept. 25 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with Brother Doug Ackley officiating. Burial was in Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Shane Cloud, Jesse Cloud, Tyler Cloud, Byron Cloud, Jeff Brown and Rick Taliaferro. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Morales and Chris Taliaferro.
Bob was born June 26, 1931, to Early Clay and Ada Lucille (Kizer) Cloud in South Plains. He married Barbara Linsenbigler in Hurst. He was an avid craftsman of all trades and enjoyed traveling across the nation collecting rocks to make jewelry. He spent a lot of his time growing his own vegetables in his garden and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Cloud of Newark; sons Robert Lee “Corky” Cloud Jr. and wife, Donna, of Godley, Ronald Lynn Cloud and wife, Pamela, of North Richland Hills, Steven Brian Cloud and wife, Cindy, of Burleson, and Kenneth Ray Cloud and wife, Arlene, of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Donald Cloud and wife, Fern; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie “Belle” Pat Cloud, his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Cobb, Ema Lunette ‘Lue’ | 1945-2012
Published Saturday, August 25, 2012
Memorial service for Ema Lunette “Lue” Cobb, 67, of Azle, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Cobb died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born May 18, 1945, in Borger to Earsel Allen and Gracie Lee (Howell) Weaver, she married John R. Cobb Sr. They were married 43 years at his death in April 2007.
Cobb is survived by sons Lee Cobb and wife, Cyndi, of Azle and John Cobb Jr. of Tennessee; grandchildren Adyson, Cyndi, Heather, John and Tasha; and sister Sue Boyter of Colorado.

Coffer, Bill | 1925-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bill Coffer
Funeral for Bill Coffer, 86, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Lewis Coomer officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Coffer died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Newark.
Born April 5, 1925, in Gatesville to Morrison Lee and Pearl (Blazes) Coffer, he was a retired truck driver. He married Mary Lee Pendley April 24, 1946, in Lubbock. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the House of Prayer Church.
Coffer was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife; son David Coffer and wife, Ronda, of Nemo; daughters Connie Young and husband, Harold, of Lubbock and Jemmie Blackburn and husband, Jackie, of Hamilton; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Mary Duff of Lubbock; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Brent Young, Don Tyson, Harold Young, Jackie Blackburn, Cory Stigall, Jeremy Watson and Josh Watson.

Collie, Debbie | 1956-2012
Published Saturday, March 17, 2012

Debbie Collie
Graveside service for Debbie Collie, 56, of Paradise was March 15 at Rubottom Cemetery in Marietta, Okla., with Floyd Cabler officiating.
Collie died Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Paradise.
Born Jan. 12, 1956, in Lubbock to Leonard and Pauline (Bilbrey) Rushing, she was a homemaker. She married Steve Collie June 28, 1975, in Plainview.
Collie was preceded in death by brothers Tutor, PeeWee, Bo, Chuck and Dinky Rushing.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Staci Collie of Paradise; sons Aaron and Nicholas Collie of Paradise; grandchildren Hannah Collie and Aiden Hernandez; stepdaughter Keisha Harrison of Big Spring; sisters Helen Newsome, Shirley Cline and Linda Cate; brothers Butch and Mikey Rushing; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Aaron Collie, Nicholas Collie, Dennis Cate, Chad Rushing, Michael Cate and Jason Rushing.

Collins, Guy L. | 1923-2012
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guy L. Collins
Guy L. Collins, 89, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Guy served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He retired from Lone Star Gas after 33 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Collins and son, Richard R. Collins.
He is survived by his wife, Neoma Collins; daughters Paulette Hart and husband, Terry, Gail Kapavik, Jean Fox and husband, Henley, and Alice Sherrod; son Larry Morrow and wife, Judy; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Conklin, Melvin Larry | 1946-2012
Published Saturday, June 16, 2012

Melvin Larry Conklin
Private burial for Melvin Larry Conklin, 65, of Decatur is at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Conklin died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 15, 1946, in El Paso to William L. and Verda Mae (Green) Conklin, Sr., he married Diane Greaton Oct.18, 1986, in Lytle. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and retired after 20 years of service. Conklin worked for FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), retiring in 2007.
He is survived by his wife; son Robert Conklin and wife, Alison, of Thomasville, Ga.; daughters Kimberly Bursek and husband, Gary, of Washington and Stephanie Keel and husband, Brian, of Ohio; eight grandchildren; brother Bill Conklin and wife, Linda, of Orlando, Fla.; an aunt, a niece and nephew.

Connally, Esther | 1910-2012
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Esther Connally
Graveside service for Esther Connally, 101, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Boyd Cemetery with Ron Ebert officiating.
Connally died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Azle.
Born July 2, 1910, in Duffau to Thomas and Ida (Taylor) Martin, she was raised in the Hico area where she met and married James Ralph Connally Dec. 22, 1927. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Connally was preceded in death by her husband in 2000; sons Joe David Connally in 1963 and James Ralph Connally Jr. in 2002; granddaughter Brenda Swindell in 1968; brothers Don Martin and Thomas Martin; and sisters Kay Welch and Betty Tarno.
She is survived by sons Sam Connally and wife, Patricia, of Boyd, Ricky Connally and wife, Dana, of Lake Worth, and Danny Connally and wife, Susan, of Lubbock; daughters Peggy Perkins of Azle, Collene Scott and husband, Joe, of Brownwood, and Linda Wright of Plains; sister Billie Davis and husband, Joe, of Haslet; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Honorary pallbearers are Ricky Connally, Stacy Connally, Greg Wright, Shane Wright, Rick McKay, Mark Lyon, Kevin Connally and Terry Don Scott.

Cook, Harriett Lee Forman | 1921-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Harriett Lee Forman Cook
Funeral for Harriett Lee Forman Cook, 90, of The Woodlands is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano with burial at Plano Mutual Cemetery.
Cook died Saturday, May 5, 2012, in The Woodlands.
Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Decatur to Ray Hugh and Eula Daughetee Forman, she graduated from Decatur High School and Texas State College for Women, now Texas Woman’s University, in 1942. She worked at Humble Oil Co. and taught business classes at Robert E. Lee High School, both in Baytown, until moving to Waco where she taught at Connally High School until her retirement. Cook lived in The Woodlands for the last three years.
She was preceded in death by brothers Ray Hugh Forman Jr. and Joe M. Forman and his wife, LaVerne.
Cook is survived by sons Ray Holton Cook and wife, Carolyn, of The Woodlands and Donald Edward Cook of Covington, Ky.; brother Clint M. Forman of Waco; sisters Eugenia Forman of Denton; sister-in-law Kathleen Brown Forman of Denton; grandchildren Travis Cook of Atyrau, Kazakhstan, Allison Cook Milstead and husband, Greg, of Cumming, Ga., Hillary Cook of San Marcos and Connie Rodriguez Cook of Corpus Christi; and great-grandchildren Alyssa, Megan and Holton Milstead of Cumming and Isaac Saucedo and Brianna Saucedo of Corpus Christi.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Cook, Norma Christine (Boyd) | 1928-2012
Published Saturday, July 28, 2012

Norma Christine (Boyd) Cook
Funeral for Norma Christine (Boyd) Cook, 84, of Saint Jo was July 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with the Revs. Larry Kruger and Larry Coleman officiating. Burial followed at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.
Cook died Monday, July 23, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
Born April 10, 1928, in Saint Jo to Robert Paul and Lillian Hurley Boyd, she married Fred Wayne Cook Oct. 18, 1947, in Saint Jo. He preceded her in death in 1969 at age 42, and she was then faced with raising and caring for their five children and fully providing for them.
She graduated Saint Jo High School in 1945. Soon thereafter, she received a temporary Civil Service Rating as a clerk-typist and became a filing clerk at Camp Howze in Gainesville and then a clerk-typist in the administrative office in the hospital at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls.
Cook later served as deputy clerk for Glen Pribble in the Montague County Clerk’s Office from 1946 until 1949. She then worked in the Russell-Newman Lingerie Factory from 1970 until 1976 and was deputy clerk for Lynn Grey in the Montague County Clerk’s Office from 1976 to 1979.
Cook was elected and served as Montague County Clerk from 1979 to 1993.
She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Saint Jo, United Methodist Women, Saint Jo Order of the Eastern Star, Saint Jo Friendship Club and the County and District Clerk’s Association. She was a past member of the First United Methodist Church of Forestburg and the Saint Jo 20th Century Club. She was active in these organizations until declining health prevented further participation.
She met monthly at the Saint Jo Dairy Queen with her friends and classmates from her graduating class. Cook was inducted into the Saint Jo High School Ex-Students Hall of Fame.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and grandchildren Stella Cook and Nathan Cook.
She is survived by daughters Frieda Talley and husband, Larry, of Chico and Deanna Sauer and husband, Mark, of Lewisville; sons Larry Cook and wife, Phyllis, Doyle Cook and wife, Mary Lou, and Ricky Cook and wife, Nancy, all of Saint Jo; and brother Gerald Boyd and wife, Billie, of Saint Jo.
Survivors also include grandchildren Kristen Tribe and husband, Shane, of Decatur, Jennifer Rakowitz and husband, Kody, of New Braunfels, Brandi Gutzler and husband, Jeff, of Krum, Jason Cook and wife, Mary, of Saint Jo, Jacob Cook and wife, Magan, of Saint Jo, LeAnn Hoover and husband, Chris, of Saint Jo, Brent Sauer and wife, Erica, of Frisco, Bridget Sauer of San Antonio, Daniel Cook and wife, Kaci, of Justin and Stefanie Cook of Lewisville.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Luke Tribe, Allie Tribe, Jarrett Gutzler, Jackson Gutzler, Courtney Shipman, Tyler Cook, Cooper Cook, Kaylin Cook and Logan Hoover.
Pallbearers were Jason Cook, Jacob Cook, Daniel Cook, Brent Sauer, Shane Tribe, Kody Rakowitz, Chris Hoover and Jeff Gutzler.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Saint Jo, 306 W. Boggess, Saint Jo, TX 76265.

Cordar, Jerry Wayne | 1947-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012
Funeral for Jerry Wayne Cordar, 64, of Cullman, Ala., formerly of Decatur, is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home with burial at Mount Zion Cemetery.
Cordar died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Cullman.
Born Dec. 6, 1947, to Clarence and Alice Leonard Cordar, he was a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by brother Charley Cordar.
Cordar is survived by daughters Darlene Chastain, Jerri Barnett and Chanda Avery; sisters Faye Kelsoe, Carolyn Greenway and husband, Joe, Wanda Hampton and husband, Jim, Tinia Powers and husband, Billy, and Donna Jo Hilton; brother Roger Cordar; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Cortez, John G. | 1934-2012
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012

John G. Cortez
John G. Cortez, 78, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at home.
Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 3 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Father Jacob Alvares officiated. Burial was in East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home.
John was born March 20, 1934, in Winters to Carlotta Govea and Juan Villanueva Cortez. He married Juanita Martinez of Ballinger July 11, 1954.
He was a retired contractor. When he and his family moved to Bridgeport in 1969 from Plainview, he brought seven other families with him to help with his construction business.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; son John K. Cortez and Amberly of Bridgeport; daughters Margaret G. Cortez of Dallas, Sandra Burson and husband, James, of Bridgeport, and Christina Zielinski and husband, Henry, of Prosper; grandchildren Jonathan Clay Cortez and wife, Michelle, Kandace Lee Cortez, Olivia Nicole Burson, Nathan Todd Burson, Madison Nicole Cortez, Mackenzie Ryan Cortez, Alexa Brynn Zielinski, Kevin Jeyton Cortez and Maxim John Zielinski; and great-grandchild Kaiden Sean Cortez.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Macario.

Coursey, Mary Elaine | 1936-2012
Published Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mary Elaine Coursey
Memorial service for Mary Elaine Coursey, 76, of Bridgeport was June 1 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with Rick Cooper officiating.
Coursey died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born April 19, 1936, in Wichita, Kan., to Betty R. and Leon Larson, she moved to the Bridgeport area in 1976. She was employed by the Bridgeport and Decatur school districts.
Coursey served on the Bridgeport Public Library Board of Directors for 22 years and was a member of various riding clubs and Grace Fellowship Church.
She is survived by sons Lee Scott Coursey and wife, Darla, of Bridgeport, Keith Coursey and wife, Roxann, of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Chris Coursey and wife, Tracy, of Gatesville; daughter Joanna Garner and husband, Mike, of Ardmore, Okla.; sisters Helen Osborne of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Shirley Fortner of Chula Vista, Calif.; grandchildren Joshua, Jordan, Hannah, Joel, Ethan, Ian, Jill, Macie, Colten, Kaylyn and Cayleigh; great-grandchildren Emily, Zane and Kynnleigh; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Grace Fellowship Church or the American Diabetes Association.

Cox, Gerald Joe | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Funeral for Gerald Joe Cox, 82, of Tolar is 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Martin’s Funeral Home in Granbury with burial at Tolar Cemetery. Visitation is 1:30 to 3 p.m. before the service.
Cox died Monday, March 12, 2012, in Granbury.
Born Aug. 1, 1929, in Ranger to Awdia Roland and Flossie (Walker) Cox, he was a retired U. S. Postal Service employee.
Cox is survived by daughters Vickie Atkins and husband, Terry, of Decatur, and Donna Fultz and husband, Tony, of Irving; grandchildren Amy Atkins, Jack Fultz and Kyle Fultz; and nieces and nephews.

Cox, James | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Graveside service for James Cox, 85, of Bridgeport was May 24 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating.
Cox died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 1, 1926 in Lamesa to Margaret (Drennon) and James A. Cox, he was a member of the Bridgeport Riding Club. He fished and played golf.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Cox; two brothers and two sisters.
Cox is survived by sons Al Cox and wife, Brenda, and Cary Cox and wife, Katrina; daughter Patsy Stinnett and husband, Don; brothers Gary Paul Shipley and Pete Cox; grandchildren Curt Anderson, Brian Cox, Tennille Hammonds, Tracie Finstad, Jerald Stinnett, Jimmy Stinnett, Bucky Stinnett and Kelli Stinnett; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Cox, L.F. ‘Furman’ | 1941-2012
Published Saturday, September 22, 2012

L.F. ‘Furman’ Cox
L.F. “Furman” Cox, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at A Neighborhood Church, 6700 Denton Highway, in Watauga. Visitation is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church.
Pastor Joseph Canfield will officiate.
Furman was born Oct. 22, 1941, to Roy and Nevie (Crider) Cox in Fort Worth. He married Rebecca Cardwell April 9, 1976, in Fort Worth. He retired from TU Electric in Fort Worth and then worked as a sales representative for Wise Electric.
He was an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing as often as possible. He rode and trained horses all his life and enjoyed team roping, penning and sorting in his younger days. He always had a good dog by his side whether outdoors or sitting by the fireplace.
He was also a sports fan, rooting on TCU, UT, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. Furman was always up for a game of dominoes, Wahoo, horseshoes or washers, if anyone dared to play him.
In high school, he played tightend for the Lake Worth Bullfrogs and was voted Ranch Foreman. He later played softball, golf and bowled. He was a member of Cowboys for Christ, and a past-member of Saginaw Kiwanis and Optimist clubs, but his passion was for his family.
Furman was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Cox of Boyd; his children, Melissa Massey and husband, Van, of Weatherford, Darren Cox and wife, Gina, of Saginaw, Wendy Holloway and husband, Lynton, of Fort Worth, Coy Cox and wife, Sarah, of Fort Worth; his grandchildren, Jordan, Keith, Jacob, Jared, Hunter and Trace; his brother, James E. Cox of Granbury; his sister, Naomi Flory of Keller; other family members and friends.

Cox, Ruth Tally | 1919-2012
Published Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ruth Tally Cox
Graveside service for Ruth Tally Cox, 92, formerly of Decatur was April 27 at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Cox died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Allen.
Born Sept. 19, 1919, in Joy to John and Florence (Alford) Tally, she was a homemaker and a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Cox was preceded in death by son Johnye and sister Floyce Hawkins.
She is survived by daughter Cheryl Stark and husband, Ron, of New Fairview; grandchildren Clay, Colin, Brandon and Kim; great-grandchildren Michael, Savannah and Hunter; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Clay Stark, Brandon Stark, Colin Stark and Steve White.

Crane, Judy Gayle | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Judy Gayle Akers Crane, 69, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
Her funeral was Oct. 15 at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.
Memorials may be made to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA, 02481, (781) 237-3800 or Open Arms Home Inc., 6250 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, TX 76180, (817) 281-1204.
Judy was born June 8, 1943, to John and Juanita Akers in Fort Worth. A graduate of Eastern Hills High School, class of 1961, she worked at Texas New Mexico Power Co. as an executive secretary and later at World Bible Translation Center as an administrative assistant. She was a member of Richland Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Alan Carl Crane, of Decatur; sons and daughters-in-law, Kerry Lane West and wife, Sandra Gray West, of North Richland Hills, and Brett Wayne West and wife, Mindy Bickers West, of Decatur; eight grandchildren and many extended family members who loved her dearly.
She was known as “Grammy” to her grandchildren, and they were her pride and joy. She was a gracious and selfless person, always placing the needs of others above her own. Judy’s life was a light to many and the scriptures found in Proverbs 31:25-31 are a fitting description.

Crisp, Floyd Ivan ‘Bubba’ | 1968-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012

Floyd Ivan 'Bubba' Crisp
Funeral for Floyd Ivan “Bubba” Crisp, 43, of Bridgeport was Jan. 19 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Crisp died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Tomah, Wis.
Born July 17, 1968, in Bridgeport to John and Dora (Reynolds) Crisp, he was a crane operator at Crisp Industries. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Bridgeport.
Crisp was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by son Ryan Rogers, mother Dora Crisp, brothers John Crisp and wife, Beverly, Henry Crisp and wife, Therisa, and Tony Crisp, all of Bridgeport; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Eddie Dominguez, Ronnie Shields, Kendall Strickland, Shannon Bean, Louie Torres, Charles Howard, Steve Walker and Anthony Neu.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Crisp’s name at 608 17th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426 or (940) 683-2780.

Cross, Amy Lynn | 1976-2012
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

Amy Lynn Cross
Amy Lynn “Meems” Cross, 36, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
The funeral was Friday at First Baptist Church of Granbury, with burial at Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury under the direction of Winscott Road Funeral Home of Benbrook.
Amy was born Nov. 13, 1976, in Lancaster, Calif. She was preceded in death by Mindy Joyce Brown, Sterling Holcomb, Richard and Bertha Trotter, Milles and Poppy Brow.
She is survived by her husband, Howard Layfayette Cross; her children, Michael Layfayette Cross, Roy Blake Cross, Ryan Blaine Cross and Abbygail Grace Cross; her emotionally adopted sons, Terry David, Michael Coker, Dominic Eubanks, Austin Ford, Keegan Greene, and Chazdon Shermon; her mother, Cindy Williams and husband, Jerry D., and her father, Jeff Brown and wife, Barbara; sisters Sara Fraze and Cassie Brown; and an extensive, loving family.

Cross, Cecil ‘Sonny’ | 1936-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bill Coffer
Funeral for Cecil “Sonny” Cross, 75, of Decatur was Feb. 21 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Charles Taylor and Michael Feese officiating. Burial followed at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Cross died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Decatur.
Born June 24, 1936, in Decatur to Hoyt Parker “Bill” and Eva Lou (Boydston) Cross, he married Mildred Johnson Jan. 15, 2005, in Shreveport, La. He was a retired truck driver for Imperial Fabrication.
Cross is survived by his wife; daughters Tammy Slimp and husband, Jim, of Decatur, Patricia Johnson and husband, Glynn, of Forestburg, Dorothy Castleberry and husband, Bobby, of The Colony, Sandy Owen of Carrollton, Charlotte Tipton and husband, Troy Minnick, of Roanoke, Regina Gentry of Sulphur Springs and Kim Mote and husband, Robert, of Decatur; sons Rex Cross and wife, Cindy, of Decatur, David Cross and wife, Melinda, of Forestburg, Loyd Owen and wife, Elvira, of Oakwood and Frank Owen of Oakwood; 36 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters Pat Fennel and LouAnn Cate, both of Decatur; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were David Slimp, Shade Slimp, Bobby Cross, Griffin Miller, Brandon Hardy, Robert Mote, Bobby Castleberry and Troy Minnick.

Crowson, Henry Murrel ‘Curley’ | 1931-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012
Henry Murrel “Curley” Crowson, a longtime resident of Boyd, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, Veterans Day, at the age of 81.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.
Curley was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Birthright and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
He was a retired barber and carpenter. As a younger man, his passion was country music, playing on stage at a backyard barbecue or fish fry. He loved and lived life on his own terms, never met a stranger and in spite of his handicaps, never lost his faith or spirit for life.
Curley made lasting friendships during his years as a member of the Fort Worth Anglers Club and passed on his love of the lake and fishing to his children and grandchildren.
In later life, he and his wife, Noble, embraced the simple life of organic gardening, especially growing tomatoes and sharing the bounty with friends. And you would not find a more avid baseball and Texas Ranger fan.
Curley was preceded in death by his wife, Noble, sister Ruby and brothers Alvis, Thurman, Clifford, Wilson, Sam, Alfred, Herschel, Richard and John.
He is survived by his sons, Rodney Crowson, Marty Crowson, Casey Crowson; daughter Beki Huckabee, stepdaughters Linda Cole and Didra Lee; grandchildren Shelby Crowson, Adam Huckabee, Jason Huckabee and Micah Huckabee; great-grandson Aiden Huckabee; brothers Billy Crowson and wife, Nell, Joe Crowson and wife, Jeanette; sisters Edna and husband, Charles Arnold, and JoNell Willis; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He also left behind many wonderful friends within his community. His family expressed their appreciation for all the love and support shown him.

Culpepper, Eddie Roland | 1926-2012
Published Saturday, April 7, 2012

Eddie Roland Culpepper
Memorial service for Eddie Roland Culpepper, 85, of Denton was April 6 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Dimmitt officiating.
Culpepper died Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Denton.
Born Aug. 19, 1926, in Paducah to James and Katie (Bailey) Culpepper, he was a retired model builder for General Dynamics. He served in the U.S. Navy and married Doris Ann Crawley Feb. 14, 1948, in Paragould, Ark.
Culpepper was preceded in death by siblings Weston, Pat, Joe, Bobby and Don Culpepper and Doris Ann Beeson.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Kay Lee Matthis and husband, Conrad, of Granbury, Linda Powers and husband, Doyle, of Euless, Brenda Porter and husband, Les, of Denton and Sandra Juarez and husband, John, of Krum; son James Culpepper of Sunset; grandchildren Lori Henderson and husband, Tucker, Apryl Carlton, Kim Trujillo and husband, Stephen, Kelly Matthis, Amy Matthis, Aubrey Petty and husband, Justin, J.J. Juarez and wife, Mishi, Doug Matthis, Philip Juarez and wife, Heather, Ryan Culpepper, Katie Culpepper and Jordan Culpepper; great-grandchildren Cameron, Logan, Morgan, Jonah, Jada and Jaxon; sisters-in-law Margaret Culpepper, Judy Culpepper and Betty Culpepper, Betty Dolanchek and Ingrid Crawley; brother-in-law Richard Brown; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Curtiss, Steven Eugene | 1978-2012
Published Saturday, March 17, 2012
No service is planned for Steven Eugene Curtiss, 33, of Rhome.
Curtiss died Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 22, 1978, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Robert Kolb and Beverly Curtiss, he was a chainsaw carver.
Curtiss is survived by daughter Alexandria Lynn Curtiss of Rhome; girlfriend April Callison of Rhome; mother Beverly VanDenberg of Kenai, Alaska; brothers Michael Price Jr. of Friendswood, Nicholas Price of Rhome and William Price of Rhome; stepfather Michael Price of Rhome; grandparents Ervin Curtiss of Alaska, Donna Hlavka of Oregon; nieces and nephews.

Dauenhauer, Steven Michael | 1966-2012
Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Steven Michael Dauenhauer
Funeral for Steven Michael Dauenhauer, 46, of Springtown, is 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, at Springtown High School’s Porcupine Stadium.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at First Baptist Church in Springtown.
Dauenhauer died Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Springtown.
Born April 1, 1966, in Vallejo, Calif., he moved to Springtown in 1968, where he grew up. After graduation, he began a career in construction contracting.
He was a volunteer coach and youth leader in his church. Dauenhauer hunted, fished and spent time outdoors with his three boys, brothers and friends.
Dauenhauer is survived by his wife, Debbie; sons Cameron and wife, Amber, Colby and Caston; granddaughter Cambree; mother Janet Duvall and husband, Bobby; siblings Ricky Dauenhauer and wife, Chantal, Bobby Dauenhauer and wife, Christy, Jason and Breanna; nieces, nephews and other family members.

Davidson, Welton Hiram ‘Junior’, Jr. | 1948-2012
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welton Hiram 'Junior' Davidson Jr.
Graveside service for Welton Hiram “Junior” Davidson Jr., 63, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Tucker Cemetery in Chico with Edward Caraway officiating.
Davidson died Monday, March 12, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 2, 1948, in Decatur to Burla Evelyn and Welton Hiram Davidson, he was a loader operator for Texas Industries for 36 years and a Baptist.
Welton was preceded in death by son Jeffrey Paul Davidson and daughter Melanie Kay Davidson.
He is survived by son James Davidson and wife, Felicia; granddaughters Hayley Hooten and Morgen Davidson; sisters Glenda Freeman and Jane and Joyce Wood; and brothers Wayne and Royce Davidson.

Davila, Paige Rochelle | 1995-2012
Published Saturday, July 21, 2012

Paige Rochelle Davila
Memorial service for Paige Rochelle Davila, 17, of Paradise is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Decatur Civic Center.
Davila died Monday, July 16, 2012, in Springtown.
Born Jan. 27, 1995, in Center to Louis Davila and Diane Jenkins, she would have been a senior at Paradise High School, where she was a color guard lieutenant. She was recognized as an outstanding flute soloist in a state UIL competition, sketched, edited photos and made jewelry for her friends.
Davila is survived by her parents Louis Davila of Bridgeport and Josh and Diane Jenkins of Paradise; brother Marcus Ramirez of Bridgeport; sisters Christin Ramirez of Waco, Tiffany Davila of Bridgeport and Raquel Davila of Austin; grandparents Benny and Emily Davila of Bridgeport, Larry and Theresa Hume of Center and Leon and Susan Cobb of Paradise; great-grandmother Betty Cobb of Paradise; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Paradise High School Color Guard by contacting Bill Altz at (940) 969-5023 or mailing to Paradise High School Color Guard, 338 School House Road, Paradise, TX 76073.

Davis, Joan | 1945-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Joan Davis
Funeral for Joan Davis, 67, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, at First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Reverends Darrell Shaw and Ken May officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Davis died Thursday, June 7, 2012, in Decatur.
Born March 7, 1945, in Bowie, Texas to Grady F. and Faye (Shaw) Wells, she was a retired hair stylist and member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She married Donny Davis April 7, 1965, in Paradise.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years; son Rodney Davis and wife, Amy, of Alvord; daughters Lisa Davis Rottner and Julie Davis Perkins and husband, Paul, all of Decatur; grandchildren Jordan Davis and wife, Ashley, Alisha Davis-Rottner, Haley Davis and fianc , Cody Fillip, Amber Perkins, Dylan Rottner, Hannah Davis and Blake Davis; brother Gerald Wells and wife, Joann, of Bakersfield, Calif.; sister Maxine Loafman and husband, Bill, of Decatur; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers are Stephen Miller, Stuart Moore, Clay Moore, Craig Moore, Ricky Davis, Justin Davis, Bart Davis and Kellen Miller.

Davis, Yvonne Joette | 1931-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
Yvonne Joette Davis, 81, formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Granbury.
Funeral was Dec. 24 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial was private at Oaklawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Skodack, Jim Archer, Ken Archer, Stephen Skodack, Kevin Skodack and Melvin Woody.
Joette was born July 6, 1931, in Abbott to Joe Leslie and Opal (Hixson) Eagan. She married Roland Davis Jan. 8, 1949, in Big Spring.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Roland Davis of Granbury; daughters DeeAnn Archer and husband, Jim, of Decatur, and Nancy Skodack and husband, Terry, of Bartonville; grandchildren Ken Archer, Kyle Archer, Katy Liddle, Stephen Skodack, Kevin Skodack and Sarah Skodack; great-grandchildren Dylan Kendall Archer, Allyson Liddle and Liberty Skodack; numerous cousins; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

De Luna, Jesus | 1949-2012
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jesus De Luna
Funeral for Jesus De Luna, 62, of Bridgeport was July 30 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Jacob Alvares officiating.
De Luna died Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 9, 1949, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, to Nicolas and Maria (Aguilar) De Luna, he was a plant operator. He married Maria Noemi Galvan Dec. 28, 1973, in Allende and was a member of St. John’s.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years; son Jesus De Luna Jr. and wife, Diana Aracely, of Bridgeport; daughters Diana Moujouros and husband, Andy, of Elmurst, Ill., and Susana Hughes and husband, Ricky, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Miguel Alejandro, Valeria, Jesus Leonardo, Kostandino Andrew and Viviana Maria.
De Luna is also survived by siblings Ramon De Luna and Nicolas De Luna, both of Allende, Lucila Ortiz of Elmurst, Jose Maria De Luna of Bridgeport and Estela Garza of Houston.
Pallbearers were Chuin, El Pintado, Andy Moujouros, Alfredo Ortiz, Jorge Lopez, Ignacio Apolinar, Jose Maria De Luna and Jorge De Luna.

Delgado, Jan M. | 1937-2012
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jan M. Delgado
Jan M. Delgado, 74, a salesperson, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 20 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.
Bro. Larry Potts and Bro. Ken Hedstrom officiated, and pallbearers included Rodrigo Delgado, Victor Monjaraz, Oscar Monjaraz, Mike Mathews, Bill Brooks and Juneor Mancilla.
Jan was born Nov. 2, 1937, to William and Rhoda (Guiles) Tompkins in North Rose, N.Y. She married Jesus Delgado July 27, 1981, in Alvord. Jan worked for Avon for 22 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Chico.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Andy Parker; her brother, Robert Tompkins; and her twin great-grandsons, Walter and Walten.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jesus Delgado of Chico; her daughters, Janice Mathews and husband, Mike, of Chico and J.J. Brooks and husband, Bill, of Puyallup, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.

Delozier, Allan Lane | 1947-2012
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012
Allan Lane Delozier, 65, formerly of Decatur, died Oct. 19, 2012, in Dallas.
His funeral was Oct. 25 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Allan was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Switchback, W. Va., to Charles and Sylvia (Burton) Delozier. He retired from DFW International Airport as a bag systems operator on Sept. 30 after 17 years of service.
Allan was a member of Central Fellowship Church in Decatur and was a Mason.
Survivors include his daughter, Carrie Brady and husband, Charles, of Hurst; son Richard Delozier of Bedford; granddaughters Alyssia, Taylor, Morgan and Danielle; grandsons Steven and Charlie; sisters Dorothy Reynolds and Shirley Balser; brother Roger Delozier; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and a sister.

Demory, Chad Jason | 1972-2012
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chad Jason Demory
Chad Jason Demory, 40, an oilfield driller, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Boyd.
No services are scheduled.
Chad was born Sept. 18, 1972, to Lloyd and Susan (Taylor) Demory in Lovington, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Glenn Taylor and his grandmother, Dorothy Demory.
Survivors include his son, Jason Demory of Lovington; his parents, Lloyd and Denise Demory of Boyd; his sister, Taya Chancey and husband, Jay, of Boyd; his grandmother, Mary Lou Taylor of Lovington; nephews Cameron, Spencer and Zane; other family members and a host of friends.

Denton, Climey Lorene | 1920-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

Climey Lorene Denton
Funeral for Climey Lorene Denton, 91, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bro. Roger Rhodes officiating. Pallbearers are Lee Worley, Matt Jenkins, Brandon Chaney, William Kaker, Dale Barkley and Brian Keener. Burial is at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Lorene was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Sobol, Okla., to Robert Lee and Katie Ann (Ramsey) Stanfield. Lorene, a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband N.T. Denton; brothers J.Q. and Cy Stanfield; and sister Juanita “Cotton” Stanfield.
Survivors include her sister, Mildred Matzinger of Bridgeport; nieces Patsy Pewitt and Marilyn Stanfield; nephews Danny Matzinger and wife, Nan, Jerry Stanfield and wife, Pam, and Robert Stanfield and wife, Jan; a host of great-nephews and nieces, and many friends.
The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Deussen, Thomas ‘Tom’ | 1951-2012
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thomas ‘Tom’ Deussen
Visitation for Thomas “Tom” Deussen, 60, of Ponder was June 16 at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton.
Deussen died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Denton.
Born Sept. 18, 1951, in Denton to Eddie and Maurice Thomas Deussen, he married Terre Ortyn Sept. 16, 1996, in Ponder. He was a welder for Peterbilt Motors and a member of Ponder Baptist Church and the Ponder Volunteer Fire Department.
Deussen was preceded in death by his previous wife, Shari Deussen.
He is survived by his wife of Ponder; daughter Gerri Clawson and husband, Cary, of Borger; son Scott Deussen of Denton; sister Paulette Clement and husband, Matt, of Ponder; stepchildren Matt Knarr and wife, Tara, of Decatur, Margaret Valles and husband, Daniel, of Katy and Meredith Sparks and husband, Josh, of Ponder; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Eddie Deussen Scholarship Fund, c/o Ponder High School.

Dickinson, Nettie Faye | 1931-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nettie Faye Dickinson
Nettie Faye Dickinson, 81, a sales clerk, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Walter Waiser officiating. Pallbearers are Richard Blake, Matthew Blake, David Blake and Eddie Cantrell. Burial will be in Chico Cemetery.
Nettie was born Aug. 19, 1931, to William and Effie (Cox) Newkirk. She married Harold Dickinson in Hopkins County and worked for KMart as a sales clerk.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold Dickinson.
Survivors include her daughters, Kathryn Blake and husband, Richard, of Alvord, Helen Cantrell of Bedford and Shirley Griffith and husband, Richard, of North Richland Hills; her son, Eddie Cantrell and wife, Katherine, of Guthrie, Okla.; grandchildren Matthew, David, Jacqueline, Gregory, John and Ashlea; 12 great-grandchildren; other family members; and a host of friends.

Dill, Edward Arnold | 1942-2012
Published Saturday, March 10, 2012

Edward Arnold Dill
Funeral for Edward Arnold Dill, 69, of Paradise was March 9 at McCoy Funeral Home in Saint Jo with the Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. Burial followed at Mountain Park Cemetery.
Dill died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Paradise.
Born Sept. 10, 1942, in Wichita Falls to Maxie and Marguerite Huchton Dill, he was raised and attended school in Saint Jo. He attended Cooke County College in Gainesville and married Linda Flusche Aug. 27, 1967. Dill went camping with his wife in their early married life. They built a farm that he named the “Elusive Dream.”
Dill worked for General Dynamics and then became a wood pattern maker for Volkswagen for 20 years. He went to school to become a mechanical designer and started his own business, 3 Bar Design. He also did contract labor and worked for Peterbilt and Mercruiser in Stillwater, Okla.
He fed the neighborhood cats, operated computers and belonged to newsgroups.
Dill is survived by his wife; son Duane Dill and wife, Kathie, of West; grandson David Dill; and great-grandchildren Landon Dill and Kayson Dill.
Pallbearers were Randall Flusche, Chris Burns, Billy Poynor, James Lynn Lucas, Bill Tom Meador and Drew Paschall.

Dill, Linda Flusche | 1945-2012
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Linda Flusche Dill
Mass of Christian burial for Linda Flusche Dill, 67, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with Father Jacob Alvares officiating. Burial is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo.
Dill died Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Decatur.
Born April 29, 1945, in Fresno, Calif., to Norbert and Wilma Swindle Flusche, she attended school in Saint Jo and earned the Betty Crocker Award her senior year. She graduated from North Texas State University with a business education degree and married Edward Dill Aug. 27, 1967, in Saint Jo.
Dill was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport where she was president of The Ladies’ Group, a money counter every Monday morning and participant of Movers and Shakers. She worked at Meadowgold Dairy in Fort Worth as a phone operator for eight years, Eclipse Supply Co. in Fort Worth as an accountant for 10 years and Photo Etch in Fort Worth as an accountant for 24 years.
She lived in Fort Worth for many years before building a home in Wise County, where she raised animals, fruits and vegetables. Dill had a ceramic shop where she made gifts, and her nieces stayed with her during the summer.
Dill traveled to Germany three times and the United States extensively and knew where every Cracker Barrel and Sonic were along the way. She also took photos, researched family genealogy, played card games and Keno and was in a bingo group in Saint Jo and Cottondale for many years.
Dill was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by son Duane Dill and wife, Kathie, of West; grandson David Dill and wife, Mikayla, of Bridgeport; great-grandchildren Landon and Kayson Dill of Eastland; sisters Mary Wisdom and husband, Johnie and LouAnn Poynor and husband, Billy, all of Saint Jo; and brother Norbert Jr. (Sonny) Flusche and wife, Lina Jo, of Saint Jo.
Pallbearers are James Lucas, Chris Burns, Chan Horne, Rodney Swirczynski, Heath Wisdom and Vincent Bell.

Dillard, Suzanne Marie (Creese) | 1961-2012
Published Saturday, March 10, 2012

Suzanne Marie (Creese) Dillard
Memorial service for Suzanne Marie (Creese) Dillard, 50, of Haltom City was March 3 at Landmark Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Dillard died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Fort Worth.
She was born Oct. 7, 1961, in Oil City, Pa., to Beverly and Bill Creese.
Dillard was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by husband Vernon Dillard Jr.; daughters Crystal Burnett and husband, Greg, and Angela Scott and husband, Chuck; sons Jesse Dillard and wife, Jennifer, Travis Dillard and wife, Amber, and Brandon Dillard; seven grandchildren; father Bill Creese and wife, Beverly; brother Mike Creese and wife, Darien of Wise County; sisters Kim Creese-Sanchez, Jodi McNorton and husband, Randy, of Wise County and Cathy Moore and husband, Johnny; and nieces and nephews.

Dillehay, Ted Z. | 1926-2012
Published Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ted Z. Dillehay
Funeral for Ted Z. Dillehay, 86, of North Richland Hills is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Richland Hills United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills. Graveside service with military honors is 4 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Cemetery.
Dillehay died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in North Richland Hills.
Born June 18, 1926, in Decatur to Richard Hubbard Dillehay and Hattie Clude Powell, he accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior at a tent revival when he was 7 years old. He lived in Decatur until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Craven for almost three years.
Dillehay returned home following his service in World War II and married Evia Lou Albritton in 1948. They moved to Richland Hills in 1965 and joined Richland Hills United Methodist Church. He worked at Lone Star Gas Co. for 38 years until his retirement in 1986.
He spent time at his farm in Wise County. He fished and spent time in his recreational vehicle with friends John and Judy Buchanan. Dillehay attended annual Naval Ship Reunions.
Dillehay is survived by his wife of 64 years; daughter Debbie Daniel and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth; and granddaughters Kristin and Caroline Daniel of Fort Worth.
Memorials may be made to The Memorial Fund at Richland Hills United Methodist Church, 7301 Glenview Drive, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180.

Dixon, James L. ‘Pop’, Jr. | 1921-2012
Published Saturday, February 18, 2012

James L. 'Pop' Dixon Jr.
Funeral for James L. “Pop” Dixon Jr., 90, of Bridgeport was Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Dixon died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 21, 1921, in Waxahachie to James Sr. and Stella (Wilson) Dixon, he attended Texas Tech for a year. He served in the U.S. Marines as a first lieutenant fighter pilot.
Dixon met Jane Price in fourth grade and married her Nov. 24, 1943, in Pensacola, Fla. He was a retired director of technical training for Braniff International Airways and a member of First Baptist.
Dixon was preceded in death by brothers Bill and Byron Phillips; and sisters Elaine Ellis and Leta Howard.
He is survived by his wife; son James L. “Dickie” Dixon III and wife, Wanda, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Price Dixon of Dallas, Rob Hawkins and Von of Bridgeport, Brant Hawkins and Stacey of Bridgeport; sister Anita Kirby of Dallas; great-grandchildren Trey, Chase, Tiffany and Raby; great-great-grandchildren Camryn, Hollyn and Carter; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Price Dixon, Larry Price, R.L. Price, Buck Stevenson, Raby Hawkins, Jack Shockey, Rob Hawkins, Brant Hawkins, Ray Lasiter, Charlie Lasiter, Trey Hawkins and Chase Hawkins.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1204 12th St., Bridgeport, TX, 76426, and to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org, (800) 227-2345.

Dodd, Bobette | 1948-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bobette Dodd
Graveside service for Bobette Dodd, 63, of Weatherford, formerly of Alvord, is 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Alvord Cemetery with Jay Bruner officiating.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Dodd died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born July 31, 1948, in Sherman to William and Bobby (Farrar) Speed, she was a licensed vocational nurse at John Peter Smith Hospital and was a member of First Baptist Church of Euless. She married James Dodd April 1, 1966, in Alvord.
Dodd was preceded in death by brother Robin Chambers.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years; son Chris Dodd and wife, Nancy, of Euless; grandchildren Nicole and Dustin Dodd; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Pat and Carla Dodd of Enid, Okla.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers are Larry Nivens, Randy Neighbors, Brandon Dodd, Greg Worlund and Gayland Wheelis.

Dodson, Kitty Beth Christian | 1917-2012
Published Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kitty Beth Christian Dodson
Memorial service for Kitty Beth Christian Dodson, 95, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Dr. Shelly Brooks and the Rev. Brian McPherson officiating. Visitation will follow the service.
Dodson died Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 25, 1917, in Decatur to Charles D. and Marvel (Harper) Christian, she was a homemaker. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas State College for Women in Denton and married Ralph Jordan Dodson June 7, 1939.
Dodson was a member of the Methodist Church for 67 years and volunteered for its “Christmas Cheer” program. Her hobbies were antiquing and gardening.
Dodson was preceded in death by her husband on March 11, 2001; sister Nancy Christian Miluck; and brother John Harper Christian.
She is survived by sons Derrell Dodson and wife, Teresa, of Graham and David Dodson and wife, Carolyn, of Decatur; and daughter Nell Ann McBroom and husband, Dennis, of Nocona.
Grandchildren include Denise Pope and husband, Dan, of Lubbock; Drew Dodson and wife, Jana, of Richardson; Dahlem Dodson and wife, Amy, of Dallas; Lisa Dodson of Conroe; Randi McBroom of Dallas; Jenna Luedecke and husband, Zac, of Decatur; Sean Williams and wife, Amy, of Decatur; and Shane Williams and wife, Melissa, of Houston.
Great-grandchildren include Christian, Mark, Wesley and James Dodson; Manning and Ann-Claire Pope; Melissa, Meredith and Davis Dodson; Luke Deifendorf; Gennifer, Emily, Patrick and Aubrey Williams; Reagan and Dustin Williams; and Zane and Zander Luedecke.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 302, Decatur, TX 76234, or to a charity of choice.

Doherty-Talley, Donna Marie | 1964-2012
Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Donna Marie Doherty-Talley
Donna Marie Doherty-Talley, 47, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Alvord.
Funeral was Dec. 22 at the Church of Christ in Alvord with Chester Cullum officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Gardens in Grand Prairie under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Shane McCoy, Steve Rocha, Heath Wilson, Taurus Talley, Preston Hartfield, Bradley Hartfield, Eric Miles and Stewart Brewer.
Donna was born Dec. 29, 1964, in Grand Prairie to Donald and Barbara (Driver) Doherty. She married David Talley Nov. 9, 2001, in Boerne.
She is survived by her husband, David Talley; father Donald Doherty and wife, Jennifer, of Grand Prairie; sisters Debbie Doherty and husband, Steve Rocha, of Azle and April Doherty of Plano; nieces Kristen McCoy, Brittanie Wilson and husband, Heath; nephews Shane McCoy and Austin, Jordan, Camren, and Dylan Brewer; great-nieces and nephews Tyler and Cody Miles, Braden and Haleigh Wilson and Konnor McCoy; numerous extended family members and a host of friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Doherty and uncle Tommy Driver.

Dollins, Cheyanne | 1998-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cheyanne Dollins
Memorial service for Cheyanne Dollins, 14, of Alvord was Aug. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with Gary Demmitt officiating.
Dollins died Sunday, July 29, 2012, in Alvord.
Born April 22, 1998, in Roseburg, Ore., to Joshua Dollins and Buffy (Lesina) Mowry, she would have been a freshman at Alvord High School. She was the Alvord Middle School mascot, ran track and cross country and played basketball and softball. Her softball team recently won the 14-and-under ASA state tournament.
Dollins participated in rodeos and showed goats at numerous 4-H stock shows in Texas and Oklahoma. She attended the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) National Show in Duncan, Okla., and the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) Nationals in Louisville, Ky., in 2008. She swam, camped and spent time with her friends.
She was preceded in death by grandmother Debbie Lesina.
Dollins is survived by her mother; stepfather Matt Mowry; sister Sydnee Mowry; and brother Kash Monroe, all of Alvord; grandparents Gordon and Dee Lesina of Coburg, Ore., and Dean and Pam Mowry of Keller; great-grandparents Elaine Stodola of Eugene, Ore., and Clyde and Mable Wolford of Keller; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Draper, Martha I. | 1942-2012
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Funeral for Martha I. Draper, 70, of Newark is noon Thursday, Feb. 2, at Biggers Funeral Home in Lake Worth with burial to follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Draper died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Newark.
Born Jan. 5, 1942, in Fort Worth to Grover and Louise Ferguson, she was a resident of Newark for more than 40 years. She was a retired office manager.
Draper was preceded in death by son-in-law Ricky Youngblood.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Louie Lee Draper of Newark; sons Ricky Draper and wife, Tinna, of Azle and Lee Draper and wife, Cinda Ann, of Boyd; daughters Teresa Youngblood of Newark, Kelly Griffin and husband, David, of Blum, and Kimberly Smith and husband, Richard, of Corsicana; sisters Joyce Chaney of Sterling, Kan., and Janett Gilbert of Grand Prairie; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Draper, Raymon | 1933-2012
Published Saturday, June 2, 2012

Raymon Draper
Graveside service for Raymon Draper, 78, of Boyd was June 1 at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla., with Charles Williams officiating.
Draper died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Boyd.
Born Aug. 10, 1933, in Bennington, Okla., to George and Bertha (Cook) Draper, he was a retired supervisor of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) and a U.S. Army veteran. He married Iva Joyce Miller June 15, 1957, in Blue, Okla., and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Decatur.
Draper was preceded in death by daughter Karen Draper and brother Herman Draper.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughter Sharon Faye Dodd and husband, Danny, of Boyd; son Michael Ray Draper and wife, Nicole, of Haslet; grandchildren Michelle, Joshua, Brandon, Kyle, Monica, Kara, Colton and Ava; great-grandchildren Landon, Talon, Emma and Karen; step-grandchildren Emily, Nicholas, Brody and Miranda; brothers James Draper of Grapevine and Leland Draper and wife, Janette, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Josh Dodd, Brandon Draper, Kyle Draper, Monica Draper, Kara Draper and J.R. Fitzgerald

Durham, Ralph Hayes | 1922-2012
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ralph Hayes Durham
Funeral for Ralph Hayes Durham, 90, of Fort Worth 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Slidell Baptist Church with burial at Slidell Cemetery, with full military honors.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Family Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Durham died Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Born May 14, 1922 to Bob and Gyp Durham, he was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. He grew up on the family farm in Slidell and attended Slidell High School, where he was elected Best Boy and lettered in track and basketball.
He studied at Texas A&M University until his entire class of 1945 left for military service in early 1944. Durham served as a pilot for the 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, flying 208 combat missions in the C-47, mostly behind enemy lines in Burma.
He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals. After the war, he returned to Texas A&M, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1948. He returned to military service in 1949 as a B-47 pilot during the most dangerous times of the Cold War. He concluded his career flying the C-130 into Vietnam from the U.S.
Durham retired from the military in 1968 and returned to Fort Worth to begin state, with his wife, Martha. After retirement, they worked as poll workers at local election sites.
He was preceded in death by brothers Capt. Ballard “Powell” Durham, Ted Durham and Don Taylor Durham; and sisters Amy Jo Lander, Lela “Marie” Carter and Bobbie Kelly.
Durham is survived by his wife; son retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Randy Durham and wife, Carol, of Niceville, Fla.; sister Peggy Stringer and husband, Don, of Mesquite; sister-in-law Martha Durham and husband, Don, of Southlake.
He is also survived by grandsons U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Christopher Durham, of Edmond, Okla., and U.S. Air Force Maj. Jonathan Durham and wife, Martha, of Little Rock, Ark; granddaughter Sara Durham of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchildren Chris Jr. and Catie Durham of Edmond; and Maggie, Claire and Ryan Durham of Little Rock.

Duvall, Lee | 1958-2012
Published Saturday, October 6, 2012

Lee Duvall
Lee Duvall, 53, of Alvord, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Alvord Assembly of God Church with Pastor Phillip A. Weitner officiating.
Lee was born Dec. 23, 1958, in Fort Worth to Edmond H. and Shirley (Averitt) Duvall. He married Joyce Duvall on May 10, 2002, in Decatur.
Lee was employed by Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics as an electrical engineer for more than 19 years. He was a member of the Haltom-Riverside Masonic Lodge No. 1331 and the Haltom City Moose Lodge No. 1889. Lee loved to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his wife and all his cycling friends.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Duvall; son Christopher Duvall; daughters Jeanie Littrell and husband, Eddie, and Nikki Yelton and friend, Anthony Jenkins, all of Alvord; father Ed Duvall and wife, Mildred, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Chase, Tyler, Dusty, Dakota and Brendon; sisters Debra Duvall of Denton, Linda Russell and husband, Carl, of Paradise, Sheila Duvall of Haltom City and Rene Armstrong and husband, Bob, of Fort Worth; brothers Riley Verden and wife, Diane, of Springtown; Larry Verden and wife, Ruth, of Poolville; and Tommy Templin and wife, Kari, of San Antonio; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Duvall, granddaughter Alexis Yelton and nephew Robert Collins.

Duvall, Oleta Jacobs | 1940-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oleta Jacobs Duvall
Oleta Jacobs Duvall, 72, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Decatur.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Oleta was born March 12, 1940, in Decatur to Albert Louis and Ruby (McWhirter) Harder. Oleta married Alfred Lee Jacobs in 1957, and they were married 38 years until his death in 1995. In 2003, she married Earl Duvall in Hopkins County.
Oleta was also preceded in death by her brother, Alvin Lee Harder; daughter Becky Jacobs; and son Richard Ray Jacobs.
Oleta was owner of Al’s Restaurant in Decatur for more than 25 years.
She is survived by daughters Brenda Lee Houston of Park Springs, Mary Ann Matlock of Decatur, Judy Adamson of Azle and Lisa Marie Jacobs of Park Springs; son Alfred Lee Jacobs Jr. of Sulphur Springs; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Early, Helen Joyce | 1933-2012
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Helen Joyce Early
Funeral for Helen Joyce Early, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Craig Erb officiating. Burial is at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Early died Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 30, 1933, in Decatur to Allie L. (Holt) and Waid Morrison, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She gardened and played the piano when she was younger.
Early was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Thomas Vernon Early.
She is survived by sons Kenneth Early and wife, Sherrie, and David Early; sister Waidene Green and husband, James; and grandchild Nikki-Jo Dean and husband, Doug.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Eison, Jack | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jack Eison
Jack Eison, 78, a retired sales rep, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service was Nov. 10 at the Runaway Bay Community Church with the Rev. Ollin Collins officiating, assisted by Bro. Jim Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were J. Bart Eison, Garrett Eison, Adam Eison, Chris Dodd, Chris Cox and Vance Laminack.
Jack was born July 19, 1934, to Floyd and Jolene (Cunningham) Eison in Gorman. He married Mary Laminack March 12, 1955, in Gorman. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a retired salesman for Larry Mahan Boots. Jack was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his daughter-in-law, Ann Eison and his sister, Kay Henry.
Survivors include his daughter, Lori Eison Dodd of Gorman; his son, Ronnie Eison of Denton; his sister, J.C. Looney of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.
Memorials can be made to veterans groups or a charity of choice.

Ensey, James Vernon | 1921-2012
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012

James Vernon Ensey
James Vernon “Jay” Ensey, 90, a retired truck driver, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Bedford.
His funeral was Sept. 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial in Chico Cemetery.
The Revs. Kern Choate and Roy Lobb officiated. Pallbearers were Jack Cox, Don Gilley, David Migura, Dick Van Hoose, Sam Van Hoose and Kent Worley.
Jay was born Oct. 17, 1921, to Henry R. and Lou (Hinkle) Ensey in Walters, Okla. He was another member of what many call our “Greatest Generation.” He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and served his country in the U.S. Marines during World War II.
He married Martha Ozelle June 10, 1994, in Chico. Although he worked for several service companies during his career, at the time of his retirement he was employed by Acme Brick. A lifelong devoted Christian, he was a member of Broad View Temple in Fort Worth.
Jay was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Barrett; his brother, Virgil Ensey; sisters Edith Shroff, Vergie Crofford, Dorothy Ensey and Martha Tadlock.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Martha Ozelle of Fort Worth; daughters Sharon Kay Ross and husband, T.J., of Denver, Jaynell Sharum and husband, Edward, of Arlington, Beverly Ensey of Arlington, Becca Ensey of Arlington; son Kent Worley and wife, Charlene, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Lisa, Brad, Scott, Sherea, Ryan, Jamie, Beth, Samantha, Brit’ne and Alexandra.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Devon, Zacharey, Chad, Kenzie, Aiden and Brady; great-great-grandchildren Riley and Kylee; brother Kenneth Ensey and wife, Joyce, of Cooper; sisters Arlie Weever of Nocona, Bonnie Corcorn of Little Rock, Ark., Margaret Romine and husband, Bob, of Heber Springs, Ark.; other relatives and a host of friends.

Etheridge, Leon | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012

Leon Etheridge
Leon Etheridge, 77, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at his home in Boyd.
Graveside service is 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, D/FW National Cemetery in Dallas. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate.
The family will receive friends 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Leon was born Oct. 13, 1934, to Marie Etheridge in Many, La. He was an oilfield roustabout for Mitchell Energy and a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
He married Catherine Ann Colletti June 15, 1954, in DeRidder, La.
Leon was preceded in death by his mother and his wife.
He is survived by his son, Anthony L. Etheridge and wife, Charlene, of Graham; grandson Emory Leroy Etheridge of Springtown; other family members; and a host of friends.

Eubanks, J.R. | 1948-2012
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

J.R. Eubanks
J.R. Eubanks, 64, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Flower Mound.
Funeral was Nov. 13 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with Rick Cooper officiating. Burial followed in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Terry Carlton, Bill Johnson, Greg Jones, Pablo Rivas, Pat Schmidt, Doug Bridwell and Don Younger. Honorary pallbearers were David Moore, Mitch Fedric, Frans Cox, Bobby Brazier, Mike Richardson and David Garrison.
J.R. was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Calexico, Calif., to Merle (Lee) and Marvin Eubanks. He was a self-employed safety specialist who had retired from Devon Energy. J.R. was a graduate of Bridgeport High School and Texas Christian University. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and sports. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church.
J.R. is survived by his wife of 42 years, Saundra; son Chad Eubanks and wife, Shea, of Bridgeport; daughter Tracy Eubanks of Plano; his mother, Merle, of Bridgeport; brothers Don Eubanks of Chico and John Hedges of Glendale, Ariz.; sisters LaDonna Huggins of San Marcos and Trenna Moseley of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Zach, Ava and Preston Eubanks, all of Bridgeport.
He was preceded in death by his father and his granddaughter, Hannah Eubanks.

Eubanks, Sammie Joyce | 1936-2012
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sammie Joyce Eubanks
Funeral for Sammie Joyce Eubanks, 75, of Bridgeport was March 13 at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dale Webster officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Eubanks died Friday, March 9, 2012, in Decatur.
Born July 4, 1936, in Okeema, Okla., to Carlis and Katherine (Thomas) Cope, she was a retired manager of the Bridgeport Middle School cafeteria. Eubanks married Elmer “J.R.” Eubanks Dec. 26, 1958, in DeQueen, Ark. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church for more than 50 years.
Eubanks was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Leland “J.R.” Crall.
She is survived by daughters Jewell Eubanks Coe and husband, Jeff, of Norman, Okla., Joyce Eubanks Myers and husband, Ric, of Centennial, Colo., and Vicki Eubanks Wilhoit and husband, Calvin, of Bridgeport; son Marcus Eubanks of Bridgeport; grandchildren Markus, Lee, Crystal, Josh, Dustin, Brandi, Kim, Michelle, Matt, Jacob, Austin, Sky and Caitlin; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Retha Watson and Shirley Walls; brother C.E. Cope; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Markus Norris, Joshua Myers, Dustin Reed, Matthew Reed, Jacob Myers and Skylar Wilhoit. Honorary pallbearers were J.R. Crall, Joseph Norris and Micheal Holland.

Evans, Andrew Carson | 2012
Published Saturday, September 22, 2012
Andrew Carson Evans, an infant, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Andrew was the infant son of Christopher Scott and Jessica Lynn (Mansfield) Evans of Decatur.
He is survived by his parents; grandparents John Evans and wife, Teresa of Rhome, Angela Wirth and husband, Carl, of Canton; great-grandmothers Betty Stine of Old Town, Fla., Vivian Barber of Des Moines, Iowa, and Elizabeth Sexton of Fort Smith, Ark.; great-grandfather Warren Scott of Needville; and great-great-grandmother Dorothy Garrett of Fort Smith, Ark.

Evans, Jeremy James | 1985-2012
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jeremy James Evans
Jeremy James Evans, 26, a welder, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Rhome.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Rhome Assembly of God Church with burial in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
The Rev. Russ Madill will officiate. Pallbearers are Chris Evans, Jimmy Wood, Josh Evans, Hoyt Evans, Remmington Thorman and Greg Wood.
Jeremy was born Dec. 4, 1985, to Hoyt and Terri (Wood) Evans in Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife, Tiffany Evans of Rhome; daughters Brooke, Brailey and Brinley Evans of Rhome; father Hoyt Evans of Oklahoma City; mother Terri Idell and husband, Marvin, of Rhome; brothers Joshua Aaron Evans and wife, Nicolette, of Oklahoma City, Jonathan Evans of Oklahoma City and Justin Evans of Granbury; grandmother Patricia Lee of Springtown; grandfather Hoyt Walton Evans Sr. of Montgomery, Ala.; other family members and a host of friends.

Fenn, Lewella Arrington | 1939-2012
Published Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lewella Arrington Fenn
Funeral for Lewella Arrington Fenn, 72, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Fenn died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Denton.
Born April 10, 1939, in Vidor to James Frederick and Bertie (Walles) Arrington, she grew up in Texas and moved to Tempe, Ariz., where she finished high school and attended Arizona State University.
She married Lloyd Boyce Fenn in Mesa, Ariz., Jan. 31, 1962. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and did volunteer work for it. She was also an elementary school teacher in El Paso.
Fenn was preceded in death by sister Gail Watkins and grandson Jacob Butler.
She is survived by her husband; sons Walter Fenn and wife, Cheryl, and Kevin Fenn and wife, Sheree; daughters Tanna Antonucci and husband, Thomas, Erin Humble and husband, Matthew, Teresa Martin and husband, Larry, and Debra Butler and husband, Brett; 25 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers Doyle Arrington of Sour Lake, David Arrington of Mesa, Allan Ray Arrington of Beaumont and Randy Arrington of Orange; and sister Betty Montoya of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Pallbearers are grandsons Walter L. Fenn, Kevin B. Fenn, Matthew J. Humble, Brett E. Butler, Larry K. Martin, Thomas R. Antonucci, Cory J. Fenn and Christopher L. Fenn.

Fergerson, Ralph Martin, Sr. | 1925-2012
Published Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ralph Martin Fergerson Sr.
Graveside service for Ralph Martin Fergerson, 86, of Palm City, Fla., formerly of Decatur, was March 16 at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Fergerson died Sunday, March 11, 2012.
Born May 23, 1925, in Decatur, to Lizzie Mae Miller Fergerson and Charles Winston Fergerson, he joined the U.S. Navy at age 16. He served as a radioman on a ship in World War II. Fergerson married Trula House Fergerson of Bridgeport.
He was a certified tax appraiser for the City of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Appraisal District in Fort Worth. He fished at Port Aransas and went on summer trips to Colorado.
Fergerson was preceded in death by his wife in 2007.
He is survived by daughter Judy Fergerson Bevill and husband, Jon, of Palm City; son Ralph M. Fergerson Jr. and wife, Linda, of Azle; grandchildren Julie Bevill of Fort Worth, Jonathan Bevill Jr. of Palm City, and David Fergerson and Cara Fergerson of Azle; and great-grandchildren Curtis Fallis Jr., Abbygail Bevill and Danika Fergerson.

Ferris, Della Jo Kersey | 1928-2012
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

Della Jo Kersey Ferris
Della Jo Kersey Ferris, 84, a retired Southwestern Bell telephone operator, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Glenn Kersey officiating. Burial will be in West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are John Kaker, Carl Kaker, J.C. Ferris, Josh Wheeler, Bill Kersey and Russell Kersey.
Della was born on July 27, 1928, to Wesley and Alice Josephine (Mosley) Kersey in Bridgeport. She married James Ferris Sr., former Tarrant County Constable, Precinct 3. Della was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. where she worked as an operator and administrator.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Euless, Eastern Star, Red Hat Society and a lifetime member of The American Legion Auxiliary and the Fort Worth Telephone Pioneers.
Della was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Ferris Sr.; and her brother, Clinton Kersey.
She is survived by her sons, James L. Ferris Jr. of North Richland Hills, Wes Ferris of Euless; grandchildren Kristi, Shaina, Jessica, J.C. and Jenna; great-grandchildren Jackson and Mackenzie; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Florida, Miranda Lee | 1917-2012
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012

Miranda Lee Florida
Miranda Lee Florida, 94, a rancher, died, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Nov. 30 at Greenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Tracy Epting officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Bert Roberts, Jim Bob Roberts, James Black Wood, Damon Red, Joe Walker, Butch Lavender and Jimmy Wilson. Burial was at Sycamore Cemetery.
Florida was born Dec. 26, 1917, in Joe Bailey Community to Birt and Nannie (Boydston) Roberts. She married R.E. Florida Jr. April 5, 1952.
Survivors include her son, R.E. Florida III of Greenwood; daughter Judy Florida of Cleora, Okla., and granddaughter Miranda Fields of Oklahoma City.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son Tommy Glenn Florida and brothers A.J. and N.B. Roberts.

Ford, Gayle | 1949-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gayle Ford
Memorial service for Gayle Ford, 63, of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at The Shepherd’s House in Chico with the Rev. Kern Choate officiating.
Graveside service was May 11 at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord.
Ford died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Denton.
Born Jan. 10, 1949, in Oklahoma City to James and Mable (Post) Lee, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by husband Marvin Ford; brother George Lee; and sister Dorothy Whitt.
Ford is survived by daughter Shelly Lee of Bridgeport; sons Sean Ford and wife, Trina, of Bridgeport and Steven Ford and wife, Jennifer, of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Eric, Heather M., Dustin, Kendra, Heather L., Brandon, Kristen, Casey, Rian, Emily and James; great-grandchildren Adyn, Ronyn, Brooklynne and Corbin; brothers Bobby Lee of California, Glen Lee of Edgewood, N.M., and James Lee of California; nieces, nephews and other family members.

Forman, Claudia Faye | 1928-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

Claudia Faye Forman
Claudia Faye Forman, 84, of Alvord, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Decatur.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the First Baptist Church of Alvord. Burial will follow in the Alvord Cemetery.
Claudia was married to Herbert Forman, who preceded her in death Sept. 10, 2012.
Claudia was born Jan. 27, 1928, in Weatherford to Ward and Alice Buchanan. She was a longtime resident of Alvord and was a great mom, homemaker and wife. She loved doing needlepoint, crafts, reading and spoiling her grandchildren.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by sons Chris Forman of Alvord and Steve Forman and wife, Julie, of Weatherford; daughter Leisa Newlin and husband, Jim, of Houston; grandchildren Daniel Tucker of Tulsa, Okla., David Tucker of the United States Navy, Jacob Yale of Azle; and many friends and acquaintances.

Forman, Herbert Vernon | 1927-2012
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Herbert Vernon Forman
Herbert Vernon Forman Jr., 85, died surrounded by his family on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Chris Forman, Steve Forman, Jacob Yale, Eddie Goodwin, Daniel Tucker and Joe Dickerson.
Forman was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Petrolia to Herbert Vernon and Gladys (Herd) Forman Sr. He married Claudia Faye Buchanan of Cleburne Jan. 25, 1951, in Sherman.
He retired from Maddox Metal Works of Dallas as manager of inspections in 1993. He and his wife, Claudia, moved to Alvord in April of 1993, where they enjoyed mostly each other’s company but also gardening, camping trips and spoiling their grandchildren.
Forman served in the U. S. Navy for two years and served as the Grandmaster at the Masonic Lodge in Alvord for one year. He had a huge circle of friends and never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Claudia Faye Forman of Alvord; sons Chris Forman of Alvord and Steve Forman and wife, Julie, of Weatherford; daughter, Leisa Newlin and husband, Jimmy, of Houston and grandsons Daniel Scott Tucker of Tulsa, David Randall Tucker of Houston and Jacob Paul Yale of Weatherford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Doris Pitts.

Fortenberry, Terri | 1961-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Terri Fortenberry
Graveside service for Terri Fortenberry, 50, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Bailey County Cemetery in Muleshoe with the Rev. Terry N. Terry of Boyd officiating.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Fortenberry died Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Midland.
Born Aug. 24, 1961, in Lubbock to Billy Dee and Mary Jo (Holt) Black, she married Eddie Fortenberry in Plainview Aug. 28, 1982. She lived in Decatur since 1998 after moving from Hereford. Fortenberry was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur and was an intermediate school teacher for the Paradise Independent School District. She was active in Relay for Life and in school functions.
Fortenberry is survived by her husband; daughters Amber Fortenberry and Ashley Fortenberry, both of Bridgeport; sister Cindy Ashmore of Spearman; and grandchild Layne West.
Memorials may be made to the Terri Black Fortenberry Scholarship Fund, c/o Hale County State Bank, P.O. Box 970, Plainview, TX 79073-0970, or to Wise County Relay for Life, 3301 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76017.

Foster, Jesse Burk | 1920-2012
Published Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jesse Burk Foster
Jesse Burk Foster, 92, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Houston.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Jackie Merritt officiating. Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
Jesse, a retired welder, was born April 4, 1920, in Decatur to Archey H. and Ida (Burk) Foster.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Louise Jones; daughter Dollie Carroll; a brother and a sister.
Survivors include his son, Jerry Foster and wife, Joanna, of Houston; daughter Patricia Stebenne and husband, Jerry, of Houston; grandsons David, Todd and Jerry Carroll; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Foster; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Fowler, Reba Eudaly | 1926-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012

Reba Eudaly Fowler
Memorial service for Reba Eudaly Fowler, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Runaway Bay Community Church with the Rev. Olin Collins officiating.
Fowler died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 23, 1926, in Wise County to Foy and Vinita (McCord) Eudaly, she was a member of Runaway Bay Community Church. She retired from J.C. Penney after working 20 years as a credit supervisor.
Fowler was preceded in death by previous husband Edwin Lee Skinner; brothers F.M. Eudaly Jr. and Laroy James Eudaly; and sister Patricia Ann Testa.
She is survived by son Larry L. Skinner of Tennessee; daughter Linda Coulter of Paradise; grandchildren Christy, Charla, Jan, Allan and Cody; great-grandchildren Tyler, Morgan, Justin, Sumer, Tory, Taylor, Megan and Haley; and other family members.
Memorials may be made to Runaway Bay Community Church, 20 Runaway Bay Dr., Runaway Bay, TX 76426, (940) 575-2512

Fugate, Lola Mae | 1921-2012
Published Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lola Mae Fugate
Graveside service for Lola Mae Fugate, 91, of Alvord, is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Alvord Cemetery with Dan Green officiating.
Fugate died Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Decatur.
Born March 4, 1921, in Alvord to Homer and Dixie (Shaw) Hancock, she was a retired nurse’s aide and a member of First Baptist Church in Alvord. She married G.R. Fugate June 26, 1937, in Decatur, and they were married 57 years at his death April 22, 1994.
She was also preceded in death by brother Meldon Hancock and sister Alpha Gose.
Fugate is survived by sister Agnes Raley of Fort Worth; nephews Gary Hancock and wife, Martha, of Bowie, James Patrick and wife, Paula, of Alvord and Ronald Raley and wife, Kim, of Fort Worth; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Fuller, Donna Jean | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Donna Jean Fuller, 86, a retired bookkeeper, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sand Springs, Okla.
Donna was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Independence, Kan., to Archie Owen and Bernice (McClaran) Dimon. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
Survivors include her son, Martin E. Ball and wife, Barbara, of Decatur; daughter Debra Sue Meyers of Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Margie Sample of Colorado, Beverly Dettmer of Kansas and Gladys Wood of Indiana.

Fulton, Gary Wayne | 1952-2012
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012
Gary Wayne Fulton, 60, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Nov. 28 at Bethel Cemetery with Richard Fulton officiating.
Gary was born June 27, 1952, in Decatur to J. D. and Peggy (McQuinn) Fulton. He married LaDonna Jones Nov. 3, 1997, in Decatur.
Survivors include his father, Jimmy Fulton and wife, Betty, of Brownsboro; mother Peggy Chrestman and husband, Lloyd, of Crandall; wife LaDonna Jones Fulton of Decatur; and daughters Lacey, Sadie, Paige and Bobby Jo.

Gaither, James David | 1938-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

James David Gaither
Memorial service for James David Gaither, 73, of Gurnee, Ill., formerly of Sherman, is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Ed Volfe officiating.
Gaither died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Libertyville, Ill.
Born Aug. 3, 1938, in Knox City to James C. and Estelene (Gillespie) Gaither, he married Karen Jane Kent Sept. 13, 1958. He graduated from Texas Technical College, now Texas Tech University, with a bachelor of science in mathematics in 1961. He worked in the oil and gas industry, information services and managerial/consulting positions. Gaither finished his career as a defense contracting consultant in Austin. He fished, took photos and researched his family genealogy.
Gaither is survived by his wife; sons Jim Gaither Jr., and wife, Kathy, Kent Gaither and wife, Cindy, and Tim Gaither and partner, Bob Glueckert; granchildren Greg, Tahnee and Grant Gaither, and Nicole and John Glueckert; brother Tim Gaither and wife, Caroline; brothers-in-law Ron Kent and wife, Judy, and David Kent; and other family members.

Garcia, Antonio | 1964-2012
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia, 48, a truck driver, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Rhome.
A mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 108 E. Hammond in Fort Worth. Burial will be at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Rosary is 7 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers include Juan Garcia, Jesus A. Garcia, Jose D. Garcia, Israel Garcia, Justo Garcia, Gilberto Garcia, Lazaro Garcia, Juan Dominguez, David Herrera, Whitmon Stewart, Rafael Llamas and Armando Grajales.
Antonio was born Sept. 29, 1964, in San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Ignacio Gonzales and Maria Remedios Garcia. He married Maria Ernestina Bautista Jan. 29, 1998, in Fort Worth. He was owner of A. Garcia Trucking in Rhome.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Ernestina Garcia; sons Jesus Antonio Jr. and wife, Crystal, and Jose Daniel Garcia, both of Rhome; grandson Luis Santos Garcia of Rhome; brothers Israel Garcia of Oklahoma, Juan Garcia of Rhome and Justo Garcia of Louisiana; sisters Maria Del Refugio Garcia, Rosalina Garcia and Irene Garcia, all of Mexico; mother Maria Remedios Garcia of Mexico; adoptive mother Jean Bryson of Justin; nieces and nephews Gilberto Garcia, Maria DeLos Angeles Garcia, Lazaro Garcia, Christian Garcia Alexander, Gizzalle Guadalupe Garcia, Maria S. Garcia, Elizabeth Garcia, David Herrera Ramirez, Juan Dominguez, Armando Gonzales Jr. and Whitmon Stewart.

Gardner, Ann | 1949-2012
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ann Gardner
Funeral for Ann Gardner, 63, of Chico was Aug. 17 at First Baptist Church in Paradise with the Rev. David Kelly officiating. Burial was at Cottondale Cemetery.
Gardner died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 14, 1949, in Baird to E.C. and JoAnn (Ramsey) Collinsworth, she was a homemaker. She married Joe Henry Gardner Aug. 10, 1972, in Jacksboro. She was an antique collector, music fan and member of First Baptist Church in Paradise. Gardner spent time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Douglas.
Gardner is survived by her husband of 40 years; daughters D’Layna Gregg and husband, Troy, of Rhome and Alison Read and husband, Brian, of Cottondale; sons Burette Douglas and wife, Gabrielle, of Fort Worth and Brady Gardner and wife, Maygan, of Sanger; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Regena House of Hurst; and other family members.
Pallbearers were David Cummings, Brad Huff, Paris Martin, Brad Hall, Brent Miller and Paul Ed Arrington.

Gardner, Doris Ruth | 1941-2012
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Doris Ruth Gardner
Memorial service for Doris Ruth Gardner, 71, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Gardner died Friday Aug. 3, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born March 12, 1941, in Oklahoma City to Willard and Faye (Stewart) Howell, she married Bobby Jack Gardner Jan. 7, 1956, in Gainesville.
Gardner was preceded in death by her husband; son Ricky James Gardner; daughter Kimberly Ann Gardner; grandchildren Johnny and Kenny Suarez; and sisters Sarah Dyson and Darla Howell.
She is survived by daughters Bobbie Ruth Gonzales and husband, Al, of Moultree, Ga., Brenda Jean Howell of Bridgeport and Sandra Nell Hillary and husband, Patrick of Decatur; son Billy Jack Gardner of Plano; grandchildren Wesley, Patrick Jr., Christopher and Michael; five great-grandchildren; sister Mary Ellen Fuller of Terrell, Okla.; and other family members.

Gardner, Ruth Marie | 1921-2012
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ruth Marie Gardner
Ruth Marie Gardner, 90, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Nov. 13 at Grace Baptist Church with Dr. Van Gardner and Dr. Bill Hughes officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Pallbearers were Brett Gardner, Brian Paque, Steve Hunt, Nick Morris, Brad Barnett, Don Spain and Bill Spain. Honorary pallbearers were John Cody Gardner, Ezekiel Paque, Dewey Paque and Van Gardner II.
Ruth was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Decatur to Van Dewey and Jesse Lee (Parrish) Spain. She married James Gardner Dec. 15, 1945, and they shared 63 years together until his death July 10, 2009. Ruth was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She always had a large garden, and she sold her garden produce at her stand that she maintained for years.
She is survived by her daughter, Shauna Paque and husband, Brian; son Van Gardner and wife, Debbie, all of Decatur; son Steven Gardner and wife, Cheryl, of Bedford; daughter Rebecca Davis; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Garrett, Randy Wayne | 1954-2012
Published Saturday, June 23, 2012

Randy Wayne Garrett
Memorial service for Randy Wayne Garrett, 58, of Boyd was June 22 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Garrett died Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Boyd.
Born March 13, 1954, in Pittsburg to Bruce and Mattie (Tillery) Garrett, he was a carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by sister Virginia Oswalt.
Garrett is survived by sister Rosemary Fowler-Larsen of Nevada, Mo., brother Ray E. Garrett and wife, Suzy, of Boyd; nieces Mary Lou Myers of Deerfield, Mo., Merri Dennis of Bedford, Judy Kelly of Grapevine and Kristina Hays and husband, R.J., of Boyd; nephews Stephen Johnson of Grand Prairie and Mark Gonzalez and wife, Michele, of Boyd; and other family members.

Garrett, Wanda Gayle |
Published Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wanda Gayle Garrett
Wanda Gayle Garrett, 71, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. David Rucker officiating.
Gayle was born May 6, 1941, to James and Mary (Collvins) Donley in Wichita Falls. She married Johnny Clarence Garrett Jan. 29, 1960, in Bridgeport. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport, Gayle was a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnny; and her brother, Jimmy Donley.
Survivors include her son, Kelly Garrett and wife, D’Anna, of Lake Bridgeport; her daughters, Kim Holt of Lake Bridgeport, Karen St. John and husband, Teddy, of Sunset; her grandchildren, Nicole Jordon and husband, Cason, Jason Garrett, Richard Craig and wife, Megan, Danny Tolliver and Melanie, Colton St. John and wife, Shalee, Kirsten Fields, Aaron Holt and wife, Crystal; great-grandchildren Gabe, Alina, Riggin and Hunter; brother David Donley of Bowie; sister, Mary Beth Hale of Grapevine; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Garrison, Jack | 1921-2012
Published Saturday, September 29, 2012
Jack Garrison Sr., 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Sept. 22 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with a graveside service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth under the direction of White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Jack was born Aug. 8, 1921, to S.R. and Grace (Seamster) Garrison in Fort Worth. He attended Diamond Hill High School in Fort Worth and served in the United States Army as an anti-aircraft gunner during World War II.
Jack married Marguerite Hardaway Aug. 7, 1943, in Springtown. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and caring for his farm animals.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister; and one brother.
He is survived by his children, Jack Garrison Jr. and wife, Melinda, of Sunset and Judy Dreitz and husband, Benny, of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Gayler, Annette C. | 1937-2012
Published Saturday, March 31, 2012
Funeral for Annette C. Gayler, 75, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Alvord Church of Christ with Chester Collum and Sonny Cole officiating. Burial is at Perryman Cemetery near Forestburg.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Gayler died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Bowie.
Born March 22, 1937, in Forestburg to William Carl and Bertha Eunice (Smith) Covington, she was a homemaker and a member of the Alvord Church of Christ since 1986. She married Jerry Wayne Gayler June 28, 1954, in Rockwall.
Gayler was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her husband; son Tony Gayler of Decatur; daughter Sherri Hartfield of Alvord; grandsons Jason Starr Gayler and wife, Jamie, of Alvord, Preston Hartfield and wife, Rebekah, of Calvert, Bradley “Bubba” Hartfield and wife, Anne, of Grand Prairie and Trevor Hartfield of Alvord; granddaughter Heather Gayler Jack and husband, Justin, of Decatur; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Gary Covington, William Covington, Rob Covington, Gary Kelton, Keith Kelton and Mike Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers are Davey Covington, Dakota Covington and Scott Lichtenberg.

Gayler, Elvena Berthena | 1912-2012
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Elvena Berthena Gayler
Funeral for Elvena Berthena Gayler, 100, of Alvord was Aug. 9 at First Baptist Church in Forestburg with the Rev. Bill Kimbley officiating. Burial was at Perryman Cemetery.
Gayler died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Denton.
Born Jan. 6, 1912, in Forestburg to Elbert N. and Annie B. (Sims) Harrison, she was a homemaker. She married Robert E. Gayler Oct. 16, 1927, in Lawton, Okla. They were married 75 years at his death in 2003.
She was also preceded in death by grandson Mark Lynn Kelton and great-granddaughter Danielle Kelton.
Gayler is survived by son Jerry Wayne Gayler; daughters Bobbie Kelton Johnson and Ann Janette “Anjie” Hatfield, all of Alvord; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren.

Gee, Jean D. | 1951-2012
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jean D. Gee
Jean D. Gee, 61, a maid, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral was Oct. 8 at Crafton Baptist Church with burial in Crafton Cemetery. Bro. Tom Merritt and Bro. Kenneth Wood officiated.
Pallbearers were Travis Moore, J.D. Coffman, Kenneth Dennis, Larry Cox, Jerry Greathead and Samuel Jordan. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Green, Ferlson Pryer, Jackie Souther and Roger Reno.
Jean was born March 5, 1951, to Jimmy and Dorothy (Barker) Maddux in Jacksboro. She married Jerry L. Gee July 22, 1972, in Ryan, Okla. Jean was a member of the Crafton Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jerry L. Gee.
Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Kincaid and husband, John, of Wichita Falls; her sister, Betty Oates and husband, Virgil, of Chico; her nephews, Michael Gerald and Rickie Lynn; her niece, Geri Fisher; other family members and a host of friends.

Gentry, Kyndall Allison |
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kyndall Allison Gentry
Funeral for Kyndall Allison Gentry, the 2-month-old daughter of Jennifer Scheller Crunk and Jason Gentry, of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at First Baptist Church of Chico with the Rev. Larry Potts and Terry Terry officiating. Burial is at Chico Cemetery.
Gentry was born March 16, 2012, in Decatur and died Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Chico.
She is survived by her parents; sisters Sara and Kelsey Gentry of Alvord; grandparents Vickie Stockard of Chico and Sherry and Gary Gentry of Paradise; great-grandparents Ima Anderson Decatur and Lorene and Don Gentry of Paradise; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers are Josh Tiller, Jeremy Tiller, Jeffrey Scheller, Joe Scheller and Timothy Gentry.

German, Earl C. | 1931-2012
Published Saturday, May 5, 2012

Earl C. German
Funeral for Earl C. German, 81, of Runaway Bay was May 4 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Revs. Bill Cleveland and Gary Sessions officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
German died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Runaway Bay.
Born Feb. 13, 1931, in Warrenton, Va., to Elzie and Grace (Kerns) German, he was a retired Mitchell Energy plant manager. He served in the U.S. Navy and married Anna Cokeley Sept. 27, 1948, in San Diego. German also worked as a manager at Mike’s Music and was a member of First Christian Church in Ames, Okla.
He was preceded in death by brothers Raymond German, Kenneth German, Ralph German, Dan German and Billy German; and sisters Evelyn Leydig, Kathleen Baker, Ruth Denny and Elizabeth Robinson.
German is survived by his wife of 63 years; daughters Earlene Shepherd and husband Joe, of Bridgeport and Patricia Smith and husband, Johnie, of Alvord; sons Michael L. German of Bridgeport and Mark German and wife, Bettie, of Chico; grandchildren Paula, Micky, Nicky, David, Jessica, Taylor and Morgan; great-grandchildren Madeline, Lindsey and Olivia; sister Margaret Hall of Enid, Okla.; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Taylor German, Nicky Shepherd, Micky Shepherd, David Smith, Johnie Smith, Joe Shepherd and Whit Klein.

Geron, Charles E., Sr. | 1925-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Charles E. Geron Sr.
Funeral for Charles Edward Geron Sr., 86, of Springtown is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth with the Rev. Ewell Humphreys officiating. Burial will follow at the Geron Family Cemetery in Wise County.
Geron died Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Wise County.
Born Oct. 8, 1925, in Minter, to C.W. Geron and Willie Jemison Geron, he retired as a maintenance supervisor for Williamson-Dickie after 51 years. He was a deacon at Oakview Baptist Church in Fort Worth and a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Azle.
Geron was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Nell Rose Geron; second wife Edna Milburn Geron; grandson Joey Geron; sister Levina Davis; and brothers W.T. Geron, Floyd W. Geron and George H. Geron.
He is survived by sons Ed Geron and wife, Vita, George Geron and wife, Diana, Michael Vaughn and wife, Jammie, Larry Vaughn and wife, Toni; stepdaughter Ann Miesch and husband, Michael; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister Bettye McKay and husband, Frank.
Memorials may be made to Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 220 W. Reno Road, Azle, TX 76020; American Heart Association, 2630 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76102; or Geron Family Cemetery, 1363 CR 4380, Decatur, TX 76234.

Gipson, Ray Gene | 1954-2012
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Funeral for Ray Gene Gipson, 57, of Decatur was Jan. 30 at the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls with Morris Chapman officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery.
Gipson died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Houston.
Born June 10, 1954, in Wichita Falls to Gene “Hoot” and Lydia (Streit) Gipson, he attended high school in Wichita Falls at S.H. Rider and played on the varsity basketball team. He married Saran Stewart May 23, 1980, in Wichita Falls. Gipson spent more than 30 years working in oilfields for Schlumberger, American Eagle Well-Logging and his own company, Dataprobe Wireline.
While his sons were growing up, he coached their basketball teams. Gipson watched and played sports, took care of his dogs and horses, worked outdoors and fished. He was a Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Burkburnett Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners fan. Gipson attended the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls before moving to Decatur and served as a deacon and associate pastor at Hopewell Baptist Church in Alvord. He also helped construct a new worship building for the Hopewell congregation.
Gipson was preceded in death by brother Stanley Dale Gipson.
He is survived by his wife; sons Matthew Gipson and Michael Gipson, both of Decatur; brother Greg Gipson of Wichita Falls; and sister Gail Howard of McKinney.
Pallbearers were Hollis Sullivan, Keith Pistocco, Dan Mowrey, Kirt Black, Butch Ford, Mark Tucker, Buster Hayslip, Tim Raetz, Steve Williams, Michael Bindel, Danny Nix and David Nix. Honorary pallbearer was Glen Kieschnick.
Memorials may be made to the Ray Gipson Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Nix Law Firm, 1401 Holiday St., Suite 428, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.
Online condolences may be made at lunnscolonial.com.

Goff, Delores Ann | 1938-2012
Published Saturday, June 23, 2012

Delores Ann Goff
Funeral for Delores Ann Goff, 73, of Stephenville is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Valley Grove Baptist Church in Stephenville with the Rev. Glenn Shock and Randy Goff officiating. Burial is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Goff died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Stephenville.
Born Aug. 30, 1938, in Decatur to Clifford Ansel Mabry and Catherine J. Cunningham, she graduated from Paschal High School in 1956 and married Jerry Goff Dec. 17, 1955, in Fort Worth. Goff was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church, held many offices in Beta Sigma Phi and was active in the Erath County Republican Party.
She is survived by her husband; sons Bobby and wife, Angela, Larry and wife, Rachel, and Randy and wife, Kimberly; brother Wilton Mabry; grandchildren Katie, Amanda, Jared, Kelsi, Micah, Noah, Seth, Israel, Chelsea and Ryan.

Gomez, Renato | 1985-2012
Published Saturday, February 25, 2012

Renato Gomez
Funeral for Renato Gomez, 27, of Aspermont, formerly of Decatur, was Feb. 24 at Slidell Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Cates officiating. Burial followed at Slidell Cemetery.
Gomez died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Aspermont.
He was born Feb. 2, 1985, in Decatur to Juan and Maria Del Carmen (Calzada) Gomez.
Gomez is survived by his parents of Slidell; sisters Veronica Gonzalez and husband, Carlos, and Griselda Gomez, all of Slidell; brothers Juan Pablo Gomez and wife, Renee, of Aspermont and Omar Gomez of Slidell; grandmother Maria Varela of Durango, Mexico; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Carlos Gonzalez, Juan Pablo Gomez, Omar Gomez, Armondo Gonzalez, Robert Gonzalez, Jessie Gonzalez and Antonio Gonzalez.

Gose, Harold | 1918-2012
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Harold Gose
Funeral for Harold Gose, 93, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Gose died Sunday, Jan.1, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 14, 1918, in Wise County to Robert Henry and Mytrle (Justice) Gose, he married Alpha Jean Hancock May 25, 1973. A master plumber, he retired from the city of Alvord as water superintendent and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha; second wife, Alpha Jean; three brothers; and two sisters.
Gose is survived by sons Ronald Harold Gose and wife, Terri, of Alvord and James Roy Patrick and wife, Paula, of Alvord; grandchildren Nicole Baird, Lauren Gillespie, Erin Patrick, Mark Gose and Keith Gose; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Josh, Gracie and Addison Gose, Nadia and Layla Baird, and Ian and Nolan Gillespie; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Avery Barnes, Daniel Ruddick, Royce Ruddick, Junior Gillespie, Chad Patterson and Thomas Baird.
Memorials may be made to the Alvord Fire Department or the Alvord Cemetery, 215 West Elm St., Alvord, TX 76225

Greaves, Jack Wright | 1947-2012
Published Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jack Wright Greaves
Funeral for Jack Wright Greaves, 64, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church in Sachse with burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Additional services will be held at a family residence in Rowlett.
Greaves died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 10, 1947, in Dallas to Juanita “Penny” and Jack B. Greaves, he was a teacher at Texans Can Academy. He graduated from Highland Park High School and North Texas University and served six years in the Marine Reserves after college.
Greaves was a teacher, coach, Realtor, an advertising executive and a published mystery author. He was an avid reader and sports enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Laura; sons Merlin, A.C. and Caleb; siblings, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Texans Can Academy.

Green, Betty Drake | 1934-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Betty Drake Green, 78, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Newark.
Graveside service was Oct. 1 at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. David Wills officiating.
Betty was born July 15, 1934, to Horace and Mary (Qualls) Drake in Charlotte, N.C. She was a welder and later on a homemaker.
Survivors include her daughters, Joan Oglesby of Azle, Linda Diane Bolton Laughlin of Newark, Mary Spivey of Newark and Phyllis Greear of Fort Worth; her son, Michael Bolton of Weatherford; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.

Green, Deanna Brammer | 1938-2012
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Deanna Brammer Green
Deanna Brammer Green, 74, a homemaker, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral was Dec. 18 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating, and burial was in Aurora Cemetery. Tony Dicky, Ronny Harvey, Ned Adcock, Larry McGee, C.L. Wilson and Robert Pitts served as pallbearers.
Deanna was born Jan. 11, 1938, to B.W. and Nora (Malear) Brammer in Aurora. She married William Harrell Green Dec. 31, 1955, in Weatherford. Deanna was of the Church of Christ faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bill Brammer.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, William Harrell Green of Aurora; son Roger Green of Rhome; daughter Pam Daggett of Aurora; granddaughter Kristi Daggett of Washington; grandson Laurence Daggett of Dallas; sisters Linda Scott of Washington and Debra Blackburn and husband, Joe, of Roanoke; brother Leslie Brammer of Fort Worth; other family members and a host of friends.

Green, Donnie E. ‘PaPa’ | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Donnie E. 'PaPa' Green
Graveside service for Donnie E. “PaPa” Green, 79, of Bridgeport was Feb. 21 at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport with the Rev. David Rucker officiating.
Green died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born April 5, 1932, in Colbert, Okla., to James and Hattie (Mack) Green, he was a retired night supervisor for TXI. He married Doris Stokes Aug. 6, 1953. Green picked pecans, hunted golf balls, fished, hunted and golfed.
He was preceded in death by sister Gladys Mae Hudson; and brothers June, Homer, Al and Charles Green.
Green is survived by his wife; sons Tim Green and wife, Jana, Jeff Green and wife, Stella, and Tony Green, all of Bridgeport; grandchildren Kristi, Kacie, Sara and Emily; great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Bryson and Raidon; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Green, Royce Dan | 1945-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012
Funeral for Royce Dan Green, 66, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with Louis Horton officiating. Burial is at Poolville Cemetery.
Green died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 20, 1945, in Fort Worth to Dovie and T.W. Lunsford, he served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and worked in the oil field. He was a Texas peace officer, working as a police officer in Runaway Bay for six years, leaving as a sergeant, and in reserve for the Chico Police Department.
Green continued a family craft of stone masonry, laying brick, stone and tile.
He is survived by wife Mickie Green; his father; brother David Green and wife, Judy; daughter Christy and husband, Mike; sons Royce L. Green and wife, Angela, Larry Green, Michael Terry and wife, Jessie, James Green and wife, Grace, and Robert Green; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a niece, a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers are fellow peace officers.

Griffith, Miriam Frances | 1920-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012
Memorial service for Miriam Frances Griffith, 91, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Griffith died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 12, 1920, in Milliken, Colo., to George Francis and Nannia A. (Crosson) Griffith, she earned her degree in Denver and served in World War II as a nurse. She retired from Harris Hospital in Fort Worth as a neonatal nurse, where she cared for premature infants.
Griffith was preceded in death by brother George William Griffith.
She is survived by nephews William F. Griffith and wife, Claudene, of Decatur, Jerry A. Griffith and wife, Judy, of Mountain Home, Ark., and Michael E. Griffith of Hurricane, Utah; great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to a charity for children.

Griffith, Orel Norwood | 1911-2012
Published Saturday, July 28, 2012

Orel Norwood Griffith
Graveside service for Orel Norwood Griffith, 101, of Boyd was July 26 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Griffith died Monday, July 23, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 13, 1911, near Cottondale to Josiah Silas and Nancy Ellen (Martin) Norwood, she attended school at New Salem near Decatur. She married Jordan Griffith May 21, 1955, and was a lifelong resident of Wise County, except for several years following her marriage to Jordan.
She worked at Swift & Co. and Armour Laboratories in Fort Worth. After she returned to Wise County in 1972, she worked at Monnig’s Department Store in the alterations department until her mother required additional care.
Griffith cooked and was a seamstress, sewing everything from coats to wedding gowns. She attended Diamond Hill Baptist Church in Fort Worth and First Baptist Church in Boyd until her health deteriorated. She had been living in care facilities since December 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 1, 1969; brother Bill Norwood; sister-in-law Della Norwood; and grandson Jon Wolfe in 2005.
Griffith is survived by daughters Henry Jeanne Wolfe and husband, Charles, of Boyd and Jo Ellen Martin of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren Steve Wolfe and wife, Sarah, and Noelle Holmes and husband, Rodney, all of Boyd, Cori Hastings and husband, Larry, of Cheyenne, and Glenna Smith of Gordon, Neb.; great-grandchildren Chris Wolfe of Boyd and Jessica Osterloo, Eli Smith and Aevyn Smith of Gordon; great-great-grandchildren Lane Wolfe and Dakota Wolfe of Boyd; nieces, nephews and extended family.

Griggs, Frank ‘Dave’ Davis | 1945-2012
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Funeral for Frank “Dave” Davis Griggs, 66, of Era, was Feb. 18 at the Rosston United Methodist Church with Jack Blease officiating. Burial followed at Rosston Cemetery.
Griggs died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Era.
Born Oct. 2, 1945, in Texas City to Rube and Maurine Boothe Griggs, he married Marsha Lorelle Reed Feb. 9, 1980, in Rosston. He joined the Era Masonic Lodge in 1986 and served as Worshipful Master from June 1991 to June 1992. He also served as treasurer and secretary and became a Master Mason. Griggs worked for 20 years for PolyPipe Indstries, working his way up from plant worker to vice president of manufacturing. He participated in calf roping and team roping and was a rancher.
Griggs is survived by wife Marsha Griggs of Era; daughter Casey Mason and husband, Mark, of Era; grandson Trevor Wagley of Era; brother Guy Griggs and wife, Patsy, of Rockport; sister Suzanne Barnett and husband, Carol, of Denton; mother-in-law Patsy Hardin of Era; brother-in-law Johnny Reed of Denison; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Mike Graves, Steve Stevens, Jeff Graves, Arch Maples, Mark Graves, Justin Swank, Brice Jackson and Casey Harrington. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Raley, Don Williams, Mike Malotte, Mike Compton and Graham Swank.
Memorials may be made to Shiners Children’s Hospital.
Online registry is at geojcarroll.com.

Grmela, Daniel William | 1933-2012
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012

Daniel William Grmela
Daniel William Grmela, 79, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Sept. 11 at DFW National Cemetery.
Grmela was born July 25, 1933, in West, to Will and Bessie (Macha) Grmela, and he served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Scott and his parents.
Survivors include daughters, Cindy Rose and husband, Doug, of North Richland Hills, and Wendy Davis and husband, Jackie, of Decatur; grandsons Justin Rose and wife, Laura, of Fort Worth, and Travis Rose of Vernon; great-granddaughter Jocelyn Rose of Fort Worth; best friend Robert Harriss of Euless; sister Wilma Marek of Waco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grundy, Billy Gene | 1927-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Billy Gene Grundy
Funeral for Billy Gene Grundy, 84, of Decatur was May 1 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bill Hughes officiating. Burial followed at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur.
Grundy died Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 12, 1927, in Decatur to Myrtle (Rosenburg) and Porter Grundy, he worked in wrecker services for more than 50 years. Grundy served in the U.S. Army, fished, gambled, wrestled and watched westerns.
He was preceded in death by sons Bobby Gene Grundy and Billy Escobedo; grandson Aden Stapp; great-granddaughter Cheyanne West; brothers E.P. Grundy, Virgil (Sonny) Loyd Jr. and J.T. Loyd; sisters Melba Schroeder, Mary Lou McCandless and Joy Broach.
Grundy is survived by wife Renna Hudson Grundy; children Billie Rawle and Eddy Grundy and wife, Cindy, all of Decatur, Susan McDaniel and husband, Johnny, and Linda Branscum and husband, Ricky, all of Alvord, Robin Stapp and husband, Frank, and Larry Moody, all of Chico and Jake Moody of Bridgeport; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Martha Lindsey of Oklahoma City, Mildred Cauthen of Decatur; Kay Davis of Slidell and Alice Lawson of Runaway Bay; sister-in-law Margie Loyd of Decatur; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Fire Department.
Pallbearers were Craig Rawle, Thomas Rawle, Jordan Rawle, Shawn Grundy, Philip Grundy, Larry Moody, Jake Moody and Johnny McDaniel.

Guerra, Daniel ‘Shark’ Lee | 1987-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012

Daniel 'Shark' Lee Guerra
Graveside service for Daniel “Shark” Lee Guerra, 24, of Newark is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Guerra died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born June 29, 1987, in Greenwood, Miss., Guerra is the son of Ricky Thornton and Dana Ortez. He was a self-employed contractor.
Guerra is survived by his parents, brothers Michael Anthony Lindsey, Christopher Wayne Morris and Jon Guerra and wife, Donelda Ortez, nephew Gabriel Gage Guerra, and grandparents Dora Cairnes and Billy and Dorothy Gray, all of Newark; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Kyle Ortez, Boyd Stockard, Jon Guerra, Scotty Lindsey, Brandon Ash and Matthew Perry. Honorary pallbearer is Michael Owens.

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