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2012
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Rackley, Chad ‘Big Daddy’ | 1981-2012
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chad 'Big Daddy' Rackley
Funeral for Chad “Big Daddy” Rackley, 30, of Chico was Jan. 3 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with the Rev. Billie Fitch officiating. Burial followed at Jay Bird Cemetery.
Rackley died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 17, 1981, in Bridgeport to Euell Gale and Janice (Shove) Rackley, he married Lorenda Rachel McClung Oct. 18, 2003, in Boyd. He was a member of Hilltop Assembly of God Church.
Rackley is survived by his wife; children Ashleigh, Shane, Erin, Little Chad and Tyler Rackley; his father; mother Janice Mathews and husband, Mike, of Chico; brother Scott Rackley and wife, Melissa, of Weatherford; sisters Elizabeth Watts of Joshua and Cassie Privitt and husband, Daniel, of Benbrook; grandmother Janice Delgado and husband, Jesus, of Chico; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Andy Kemp, Jacob Rose, John Brooks, James Kittrell, Joe Jackson, Greg Castle, Cody Barlow, Mitch Barlow, Scott Rackley and Joe Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were Trey Watts and Andrew McClung.
Memorials may be made to Hilltop Assembly of God Church, 1670 E. State Highway 114, Boyd, TX 76023 or (940) 433-5595.

Raley, Les | 1920-2012
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

Les Raley
Les Raley, 92, a retired landman, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Dec. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport with burial in Alvord Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Dr. Lucia McKee Kremzar officiated and pallbearers included Tom Raley, Tim Raley, Jim Nivens, Dustin Dobyn, Jimmy Meyers, Robbie Handlon and Fred Meyers.
Les was born June 30, 1920, to Thomas and Emma (McDonald) Raley in Alvord. He married Mabeth Robertson Feb. 12, 1963, in Bridgeport, and she preceded him in death. Les was a retired landman for Natural Gas Pipeline and was a Mason for 65 years with the Borger Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his sisters, Jane Nivens of Alvord and Marge Raley of Bowie, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Ramsey, Claude, Jr. | 1929-2011
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Claude Ramsey Jr.
No service is planned at this time for Claude Ramsey Jr., 82, of Decatur.
Ramsey died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 8, 1929, in Midland to Claude and Tereasa (McQuatters) Ramsey Sr., he was a lifelong resident of Texas. After completing school, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, where he spent most of his service in the Sea of Japan. Ramsey married Sandra Cope in April 1955. He owned and operated construction and mechanical contracting businesses throughout his life. He retired in 1995 to care for his wife and moved to Decatur in 2006 to be near family.
Ramsey was preceded in death by his wife in 2000.
He is survived by sons Wes Ramsey and Ralph Ramsey; daughter Lisa Doughty; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Frillie and husband, Leon; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Rasbury, Avery Guinn | 1923-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012

Avery Guinn Rasbury
Avery Guinn Rasbury was born on December 18, 1923, in Fort Worth, Texas, to William Avery Rasbury and Annie Lee Lynn Rasbury. Guinn proudly served our country during World War II as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941-1947, including serving in the Battle of Guadalcanal. On November 19, 1971, he married Linda Loo Baker in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once a Marine, always a Marine, Guinn was a member of the Marine Corps League and Life Member of the National Second Marine Division Association, Treasurer 32 years. He was also a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Guinn served as President and Treasurer of the Woodlake Forest I Homeowner’s Association, as well as the Treasurer of Champions Kids Camp, and was a co-founder of FLAS, Inc.
Guinn passed away on Monday, January 16, 2012, at the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Baker Rasbury; daughter, Sandra Kay Cleveland and her husband John; granddaughter, Jonnie Kay Cleveland-Hawkins and her husband John; sisters, Minnie Lee Morris and Alma Jean Walker; a host of nieces and nephews; and Godchildren, Paige Elizabeth Baker Hyatt and Gene Lee Rasbury, II.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, in Katy, Texas, with Rev. Bill Nash officiating, along with Rev. Dr. Belinda Windham and Rev. William Schulenberg assisting. Interment in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, with full military honors.
Serving as pallbearers will be D. Bruce Baker, Craig A. Baker, Thomas Baker, Hayden Baker, Darrell Hyatt, Gene Rasbury, Branson Hernandez, Cody Kingham, and Gary Nesloney. Honorary pallbearers are Wesley Smith, Rudy Hernandez, Gene Lee Rasbury, II, John Cleveland, John Hawkins, Alva Baker, Bill Baker, and Cody Gore.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Second Marine Division Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 8180, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-8180, or to the Champions Kids Camp, P.O. Box 630951, Houston, TX. 77263-0951.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Memorial Hermann Hospice for their loving care and support; especially Dr. Ana Leech. Special thanks also to Dr. William C. Franklin.

Ray, Hubert O. | 1924-2012
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hubert O. Ray
Hubert O. Ray, 88, formerly of Wise County, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Denton.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Cindy Nichols Chapel, First Baptist Church of Denton with burial in Paradise Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers include Shaun Ray, Shane Ray, Cody Leake, Derek Ray, Kristen Basher, Kyle Ray, Ty Boyer, Carlton Leake, Brandi Ray, Alex Ray, Lauren Boyer and Halle Brecht.
Mr. Ray was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Burleson County to Ollie and Imogene Elizabeth (Griffin) Ray. He attended Decatur Baptist College and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Mr. Ray served in the U. S. Army during World War II.
He was a minister for more than 60 years and was formerly the minister at Center Point Baptist Church in Denton. He was also the crossing guard and granddad to many at Ginnings Elementary in Denton for more than 12 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ray of Denton; sons Ronald Ray, David L. Ray and wife, Karen, Richard Ray and wife, Rebecca; daughter Pam Leake and husband, Ray, all of Denton and daughter Kim Brecht and husband, Chris, of Krum; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Lola Pevehouse of Rockdale and Marie Curtis of Houston; and his extended family and friends at Denton Rehabilitation & Nursing.
Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his brother, Preston Ray and sister, Fay Key.

Ray, Robert Dwayne | 1948-2012
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012

Robert Dwayne Ray
Robert Dwayne Ray, 64, of Chico, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Service was held Dec. 20 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport and was officiated by Joey Vick. Burial was in Chico Cemetery.
Bobby was born May 26, 1948, in Martinez, Calif., to William Hugh and Gladys Louise (Brown) Ray. He moved to Texas in 1968 and married Barbara Bailey in June 1970. The couple later divorced, and in June 1979 he married Tammy Bank.
He was employed by Gifford Hill for 33-and-a-half years where he was a heavy equipment operator. The jack of all trades, he trained the first female Euclid drivers and was quite fond of all those “crazy ladies.” He retired in January of 2009.
His passions were riding his Harley and watching NASCAR. He loved his family, his friends, his dog Daisy and his Harley. He was quick with a joke, always ready to help anyone and would give you his last dollar.
He is survived by children Melinda Kay (Cissy) Barrett, Charles Garman Ray and Lacy Annette Ray; grandchild Hayley Nicole Barrett; and great-grandson Easton Lane Barrett.
He was preceded in death by his father; sisters Brenda Lee Gatlin and Belinda Louise Taylor; and grandsons Joshua Aaron Largent and Caleb Alexander Barrett.

Read, Marie | 1916-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Marie Read
Graveside service for Marie Read, 95, of Paradise was May 11 at Paradise Cemetery with Patti Mahaffey officiating.
Read died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 22, 1916, in Wise County to Trula (Lampkin) and John C. Moody, she was an upholsterer. She married Harold D. Read in 1937 and was a member of Paradise United Methodist Church. Read traveled, grew vegetables and played 42 and dominoes.
Read was preceded in death by her husband on March 8, 1983.
She is survived by sons Harold Read and wife, Gail, and Truman Read and wife, Sharon, all of Chico; grandchildren Darren Read and wife, Mandy, of Saginaw, Crystal Rogers and Ginger Arthur and husband, Anthony, all of Paradise, Reggie Read and wife, Shellie, of Bridgeport and Randy Read and wife, Christi, of Nemo; great-grandchildren Aron and Megan Arthur, Luke Rogers and Caleb, Savannah, Reese, Ryhan and Dax Read.
Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren.

Reasoner, Yvonne Kathleen | 1952-2012
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yvonne Kathleen Reasoner
Memorial for Yvonne Kathleen Reasoner, 60, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date.
Reasoner died Monday, July 9, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born June 6, 1952, in Seattle to Albert and Marcella (Glover) Kuhlman, she was a certified nurse’s aide.
Reasoner was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Reasoner; and daughter Rachel Reasoner.
She is survived by stepson Steven Reasoner of Weatherford; daughters Lisa Kuhlman and husband, Lorenzo Garza Jr., Valerie Jean Reasoner, and Jessie Ann Reasoner and husband, Jose F. Delacerda, all of Bridgeport, and Patrisha Ellen Smith of Dallas-Fort Worth; grandchildren Kristen, Hannah, Jon, Chris, Sabrina, Rey-Ray, Kaiden, Alexis, Jayden and Ayden; sisters Barbara Rafferty and husband, Ron, and Debbie Schlosser, all of Billings, Mont.; brothers Dennis Kuhlman of Washington, Kip Kuhlman and wife, Janice Shippy, of Oregon and Kevin Kropf of Oregon; great-grandson Nate; and other family members.

Redman, Dean L. | 1951-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012
Dean L. Redman, 61, a retired military officer, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Fort Worth.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dean was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Mack LaForge and June Dean (Maddin) Redman. He married Judy Ellen Berry Dec. 9, 1972, in Hoxie, Ark. Dean retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Redman; daughter Crystal Redman; son Gabriel Redman; grandson Ethan Redman; and sister Jessene Harber, all of Decatur.

Reed, Todd | 1962-2012
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Todd Reed
Funeral for Todd Reed, 49, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dan Hunt officiating. Burial is at Chico Cemetery,
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Reed died Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 8, 1962, in Post to Donald and Clara (Jones) Reed, he was a welder. He married Barbara Hicks April 12, 2002, in Montague. Reed graduated from Chico High School, owned Reed’s Welding Service, volunteered at the Wise County Olympathon and was a member of the Bridgeport Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife; sons Casey Caraway of Bridgeport and Cody Caraway, Dayne Reed and Cooper Reed, all of Runaway Bay; mother Sue Reed of Chico; brothers Charlie Reed and wife, Tammy, of Keller and Glenn Reed and wife, Pamela, of Chico; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers are Richard Brite, Charlie Reed, Glenn Reed, George Monsanto, Don Strickland, Casey Caraway and Cody Caraway.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Olympathon, 2105 16th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Reid, Carol Johnson | 1952-2012
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012

Carol Johnson Reid
Funeral for Carol Johnson Reid, 59, of Sulphur Springs, was May 12 at West Oaks Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, and graveside service was May 13 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Moore officiating.
Reid died Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Sulphur Springs.
Born July 23, 1952, in Greensboro, N.C., to James and Eunice (Payne) Johnson, she was an administrative assistant for Sulphur Springs Economic Development Council. She married Mike Reid Dec. 31, 1981, in Dallas and was a member of Pine Forest United Methodist Church.
Reid is survived by her husband; her parents of North Carolina; sister Jan Johnson Brown and husband, Kevin, of Summerfield, N.C.; nephew Tyler Sebastion; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Carol Bryan, Shone Trimm, Roger Feagley, Jerry Voss, Gordon Payne and Scott Sarine. Honorary pallbearer is Bobby Gillis.

Renfro, James D. ‘Donnie’ | 1948-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

James D. ‘Donnie’ Renfro
James D. “Donnie” Renfro, 64, a heavy equipment operator, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Boyd.
Donnie was born Jan. 20, 1948, to James and Carmon (Phelps) Renfro in Leonard. He married Debra Graham Sept. 21, 1991, in Dallas. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. Donnie was a member of the Chisholm Trail Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father; sisters Peggy and Dollie Gaynes and brother Michael Renfro.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Renfro of Boyd; daughters Sara Renfro and Riley Renfro, both of Boyd, Brenna Nedbalek and husband, Randy, of Burnett, Gina Jones and husband, Curtis, of Fort Worth, Donnell Avila and husband, Dennis, of Houston and Donna Walker and husband, Scotty, of Haskell; son Patrick Price of Hurst; his mother, Odell Renfro; grandchildren Delanie Price and fianc , Ethan Schmidt, Mary, Matt, Robert and Wade Nedbalek, Jay, Xander, Phoenix and Noa Jones, Morgan, Mallory and Mason Avila, and Faith and Kasey Walker.
He is also survived by sisters Brenda Murrell and Wanda Cunningham, both of Whitesboro; brothers Larry Renfro of Whitesboro, Carrol “Sleepy” Renfro of Bandera, Tommy Renfro of Gainesville and Bruce Renfro of Haskell; other family members and a host of friends.

Renshaw, Martha Belle | 1924-2012
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012

Martha Belle Renshaw
Funeral for Martha Belle Renshaw, 88, of Tyler is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler. A graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Paul Powell will officiate both services.
Renshaw died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Tyler.
Born April 1, 1924, in Decatur to John James “Tige” and Marion “Elsie” Drew Renshaw, she attended Decatur High School where she was elected to be the first drum major of the high school band. She sang in the choir, which won the “All Texas Best Choral Club” award. While in high school, she represented Decatur three years in the Miss Texas contest.
She attended a summer art class in Taos, N.M., sponsored by the Hockaday School in Dallas, before attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While at TTCU, she was chosen Ranch Week Queen and studied art, mechanical engineering and draftsmanship. She also designed and etched the horned frog used to represent the school and was also awarded a teacher of art certificate.
Upon graduation, Renshaw was hired by Consolidated in Fort Worth where she designed manufacturing devices and components for military aircraft.
After the war, she opened an art studio on McKinney Avenue in Dallas where she painted many portraits. She designed the program covers, posters and stationery for the State Fair Horse Show and the Dallas Charity Horse Show for 28 years.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Bill Blanton Defee Jr. on April 30, 1944, and an infant daughter on April 5, 1945.
She is survived by her son, Jim Bray and wife, Linda, granddaughter, Lacy Finn, and great-granddaughter, Leila Finn, all of Prosper; and several cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 427, Decatur, TX 76234.

Renshaw, Patricia Jean | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Patricia Jean Renshaw
Funeral for Patricia Jean Renshaw, 82, of Kerrville is 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville.
Renshaw died Friday, July 20, 2012, in San Antonio.
Born July 23, 1929, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Kenneth and Helen McGinnis, she graduated from Rhome High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She moved to Kerrville in 1969 and taught at Tivy High School from 1970 to 1991. Renshaw was a member of the Methodist church.
She is survived by sons David Renshaw of Plano, Dan Renshaw of San Antonio and Doug Renshaw of Pflugerville; brother Kenneth McGinnis and sister Joyce Rosen, both of East St. Louis; and grandchildren Elisabeth Renshaw, David Renshaw, Mary Renshaw and Micky Renshaw.
Send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.

Reppeto, Joe F., Sr. | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Joe F. Reppeto Sr.
Memorial service for Joe F. Reppeto Sr., 82, of Decatur was March 12 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Reppeto died Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Born June 24, 1929, in Fort Worth, to Carl and Marion Reppeto, he attended Paschal High School. He married Josie Schwartz in Fort Worth Feb. 17, 1954. They lived in Jackson, Miss., from the early 1960s until 1981.
Reppeto graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in animal husbandry and served as an officer in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
After returning from the war, he began his lifelong career in the cattle business at the Fort Worth Stockyards as a cattle buyer for Thompson, Tuttle and Thompson Order Buyers. He worked in the ranching and marketing of beef cattle in Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Colorado for 57 years.
He helped pioneer the electronic marketing of cattle via computer and satellite feed with Texas Livestock Marketing in the early 1990s that led to today’s Internet livestock sales. He mentored and trained young cattlemen.
Reppeto hunted and fished. He was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church of Decatur, where he was a board member and leader.
He was preceded in death by brother Bill Reppeto.
Reppeto is survived by his wife; sons Jody and wife, Lisa, and Andy and wife, Christy; grandchildren J.P. and Kate; sister Martha Hopler; sisters-in-law Nancy Perkins and Mary Berry and husband, Lindy; and nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were Sam Riddell, Don Keeling, Ken Lieber, Jim Simons, Paul Burrough, Mark Curry Jr., John Stanley, Paul Hicks, Kelly Myers, Don Stephens, Doug Dunkel, Alvin Nored and Greg Randall.
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove UMC, 1295 Greenwood Road, Decatur, TX 75234, or a charity of choice.

Reynolds, Burrell Edmond | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, July 21, 2012

Burrell Edmond Reynolds
Funeral for Burrell Edmond Reynolds, 83, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Reynolds died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Corinth.
Born April 1, 1929, in Goldthwaite to Lloyd and Alton Zelda (Cline) Reynolds, he was a rancher and retired from Bell Helicopter after 35 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and married Virginia Mae Collins in 1954 in Arlington.
Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife; son Duwayne Reynolds; grandson Justin Reynolds; and brothers Walter Cline, Harold Lloyd and Noel Windel Reynolds.
He is survived by daughter Denise Hudson and husband, Charles, of Decatur; son Doug Reynolds and wife, Tamara, of Decatur; sisters Leatha Farrington of Abilene and Marie Boggess and husband, C.B., of Arlington; brothers Melvin Reynolds and wife, Jo, of Gilmer, Charles Reynolds and wife, Elizabeth, of Arlington, Jackie Reynolds and wife, Linda, of Abilene and Earl Wayne Reynolds and wife, NormaJo, of Goldthwaite; grandchildren Brittany Hudson, J.W. Hudson, Tara Pittman, Kealey Gavit and Chad Reynolds; great-grandchildren Katelynn Hudson, Keara Pittman, Colton Pittman and Jayden Reynolds; nieces; and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Boggess, Mel Reynolds, Chuck Reynolds, Brad Reynolds, Leddy Foster and Cason Caraway.

Reynolds, Viola G. | 1913-2012
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Viola G. Reynolds
Funeral for Viola G. Reynolds, 98, of Bridgeport was Feb. 14 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Scott Strother officiating. Burial followed at Willow Point Cemetery.
Reynolds died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 20, 1913, in McAlester, Okla., to James and Louisa (Nichols) Brown, she married John Edward Reynolds. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport.
Reynolds was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 8, 1974; daughter Inez “Suey” Neill; sisters Vivian Reynolds and Eula Westcott; and brothers Luther Brown and Issac Brown.
She is survived by daughters Dean Holley and husband, Frank, of Gordonville, Donna Reynolds of Bridgeport, Ladye Irene Cammack and husband, Cecil, of Cleburne, and Juanita Rogers and husband, Johnny, of Agnes; sons Bossie Reynolds and wife, Annie, of Fort Worth, and Charlie Reynolds and wife, Elaine, of Azle; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and sister Rublee Cummins of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Pallbearers were Joe Neill, Ronald Neill, Jimmy Neill, Mark Neill, Will Cammack, Kevin Rogers, John Rogers, Josh Reynolds and Charles Reynolds.

Rhine, Jimmie Cassity | 1947-2012
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jimmie Cassity Rhine
Funeral for Jimmie Cassity Rhine, 65, of Decatur was April 17 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Rhine died Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Decatur.
Born April 3, 1947, in Fort Worth to Glen and Leora (Watts) Cassity, she was a retired nurse. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1965 and married Thomas Rhine April 30, 1971, in Decatur. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Rhine is survived by her husband; daughters Kris Cooke and husband, Patrick, of Fort Worth and Misty Hudson and husband, Hoss, of Decatur; granddaughters Madison and Ashlee Hudson of Decatur; sisters Wanda Morrison, Bobbie Powell and husband, W.L., and Glenda Longmire, all of Decatur; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Mary’s Gift, c/o Wise Regional Health Foundation, 2000 South 51, Decatur, TX 76234 or by calling (940) 626-1384.
Pallbearers were Dalton Montgomery, Phil Haynes, James Haynes, Wylie Meador, Dan Harvey and John Gibbon.

Richardson, Pauline Gill | 1916-2012
Published Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pauline Gill Richardson
Funeral for Pauline Gill Richardson, 95, of Bedford, formerly of Rhome, was Jan. 18 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Richardson died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Bedford.
Born March 16, 1916, in Joy to T.S. and Josie (Lumpkin) Gill, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Decatur Baptist College. She retired as president of Star Tank and Trailer in Rhome. She married J.T. Richardson, who preceded her in death.
Richardson is survived by daughter Sallye Richardson of Southlake; grandsons David and Evan Spreen of Southlake; sister-in-law Imogene Watkins of Decatur; and nieces and nephews.

Richardson, Willie Paul | 142-2012
Published Saturday, June 30, 2012

Willie Paul Richardson
Funeral for Willie Paul Richardson, 69, of Alvarado was June 29 at the First Baptist Church of Alvarado with burial at Glenwood Cemetery.
Richardson died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Sept. 1, 1942, in Alvarado to Robert Paul and Willie Mae Waddell McLeroy, she was a homemaker. She also baked cakes and made jewelry.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn Richardson; sons Fire Chief Michael Richardson and wife, Debbie, of Decatur and Mark Richardson and wife, Tammy, of Midlothian; daughter Glenda Weitzel and husband, Grant, of Mansfield; sisters Margie Curlee and husband, Curtis, of Cleburne and Janice Holder and husband, Phillip, of Alvarado; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Riley, Dorothy C. | 1920-2012
Published Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dorothy C. Riley
Funeral for Dorothy C. Riley, 91, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. David Isbell officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.
Riley died Monday, April 2, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 1, 1920, in Forestburg to Henry Washington and Maude (Duff) DeBorde, she married Homer Charles Riley May 28, 1939, in Callisburg. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by sons Charles Henry Riley and wife, Sandra Annette, of Decatur and Hoyt Riley of Sanger; granddaughters Saretha Riley of Adrian, Mich., and Monica Slimp and husband, Johnny, of Decatur; three great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will include Bill DeBorde, Jack DeBorde, Johnny Slimp, Zachary Tipton, Jack Dill and Pete Siapen.

Robinson, Betty Mae | 1931-2012
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Betty Mae Robinson
Funeral for Betty Mae Robinson, 81, of Azle is 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at U-Turn Ministries Church in Boyd with Kevin Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Jaybird Cemetery.
Robinson died Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Weatherford.
Born March 18, 1931, in Waxahachie to Homer and Betty (Garner) Compton, she was a homemaker. She married William H. Robinson Feb. 9, 1968, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by brothers JR Compton and Billy Compton and sisters Bonnie Davis and Merle Dawson.
Robinson is survived by son Lawrence Alexander and wife, Darla, of Azle; daughters Debbie Alexander of Azle and Loretta Caso of Springtown; grandchildren Coty, Jason, Michael, Lisa, Joni, Kelly and husband, Cory; great-grandchildren Tyler, Jake, Emily and Hayden; brothers Herman Compton and wife, Helen, of Waxahachie, Doyle Compton and wife, Mary, of Denton, Robert Compton and wife, Geneva, of Waxahachie and Eugene Compton and wife, Marion, of Southlake; sisters Wanda Howard of Fort Worth and Ludean Green of Waxahachie; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Jason Alexander, Michael Alexander, Coty Alexander, Tyler Alexander, Cory Phillips and Greg Compton.

Robinson, Charles Steve | 1944-2012
Published Saturday, October 13, 2012
A memorial service for Charles Steve Robinson was Oct. 12 at U-Turn Ministries in Boyd. Minister Kevin Alexander officiated, and burial followed in Boyd Cemetery.
Robinson, 68, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Boyd. He was born June 10, 1944, in Yuma, Ariz. He married Linda March 5, 1965, and served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 14 years. He retired as a maintenance man from Southstar in 2009 and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting.
Charles is survived by his wife, Linda Robinson; sons Neil Robinson, John Robinson and Pat Robinson; a brother, Joe Robinson; sisters Della Godfrey and Delores Ranta; grandchildren Tanner Robinson, Agustin Orasco, Vidi Orasco and Karen Orasco; great-grandchildren Kael and Ricardo.

Robinson, Gerald L. ‘Jerry’ | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gerald L. 'Jerry' Robinson
Funeral for Gerald L. “Jerry” Robinson, 85, of Bridgeport, formerly of Newark, is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Fredric Utz officiating. Masonic burial services and full military honors will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Robinson died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 2, 1926, to Ruth Dickinson and Melvin Robinson, he was a member of Rhome United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was instrumental in building Seven Hills Methodist Church in Rhome.
Robinson attended auctions and raised longhorn cattle.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Robinson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice; daughters Jerry Anne Wallin and husband, Paul, and Susan Tolbert and husband, Larry; son Richard Robinson; brothers Melvin Robinson and wife, Kathy, Paul Robinson, David Robinson and wife, Josie, Richard Robinson and Stanley Robinson; sister Caroline Thompson; grandchildren Todd and Tiffany Tolbert, and Wendy and Sam Wallin; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Robinson, Joe | 1990-2012
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Joe Robinson
Funeral for Joe “Joe-Joe” Robinson, 21, of Fort Hood is noon Friday, Feb. 17, at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Home in Weatherford. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Robinson died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Fort Hood.
Born July 22, 1990, in Bedford, to Chris and Erin Satterly, he graduated from Mineral Wells High School in June 2008 and enlisted in the U.S. Army that July. He served 14 months in Iraq and four years in the Army. Robinson listened to music, fished, hunted and spent time with family and friends.
Robinson is survived by his parents; brothers David Rutledge and Lane Rutledge of Weatherford; grandparents Joe and Mary Robinson of Alvin and Jacky and Zonetta Rutledge of Decatur; and extended family.

Rodriguez, Saul Alejandro | 1995-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saul Alejandro Rodriguez
Funeral for Saul Alejandro Rodriguez, 16, of Bridgeport will be held in Mexico at a later date.
Rodriguez died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 9, 1995, in Monterrey, Mexico, to Saul R. and Martina (Oviedo) Rodriguez, he would have been a senior at Bridgeport High School.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers Nicandro Rodriguez and Ciro-Marcus DeLeon; and grandmother Carolina Pednasa DeLeon.
Rodriguez is survived by his parents; brother Bryan; sister Abril; and grandmother Gloria Carmona of Monterrey.

Roller, Dean Alan | 1961-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Memorial service for Dean Alan Roller, 50, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Lucas Funeral Home, 137 E. Hill St., in Keller.
Roller died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Keller.
He was born June 17, 1961, in Grapevine to Mary Roller and Alan Roller.
Roller is survived by his mother of Grapevine; sister Marcie Stanley and husband, Don, of Keller; nephew Scott Ferguson and fiance Kelly Buckmeyer of Keller; niece Alaina Stanley of Keller; and partner Julie Balvin and her daughter, Chloe, of Bridgeport.

Rotter, Allen Jay ‘A.J.’ | 1959-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Allen Jay 'A.J.' Rotter
Memorial service for Allen Jay “A.J.” Rotter, 52, of Decatur is 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton with a reception immediately following.
Rotter died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Nov. 6, 1959, in Houghton, Mich., to Roy Roger and Bonnie Carol (Rosene) Rotter, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a traffic controller.
Rotter is survived by fiancee Sandra Krall of Decatur; mother Bonnie Fuller of Athelstane, Wis.; sons Jay and Charles Rotter of Fort Worth; daughter Rachael Rotter of Fort Worth; brothers Dean Horvath of Gilbert, Ariz., Douglas Rotter of Berwick, Maine., and Bryan Rotter of Herndon, Va.; sisters Donna Wallace of Kansas City, Mo., and Julie Behnke of Athelstane; and grandchildren Benjamin Rotter and Hunter Davis.

Russell, Bobby Neal | 1939-2012
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bobby Neal Russell
Bobby Neal Russell Sr., 73, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Boyd.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial in Jaybird Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Bro. Bill Paxton will officiate. Pallbearers include Shane Hickman, Jonathan Russell, Johnny Russell, Ronnie Russell, Robert Russell and Danny Russell.
Bobby was born April 3, 1939, to Harlan and Sarah (Brannon) Russell in Fort Worth. He married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Jane Johnson, April 23, 1960, in Fort Worth. They raised seven kids and one granddaughter in Springtown.
He was always working in his hydraulics business or remodeling his 100-year-old home. After retirement, Bobby and Doris spent time traveling in their RV and exploring new places, but the ocean had his heart. He enjoyed fishing with his dog, Duke, or watching NASCAR.
Bobby loved having his family around him and enjoying a good cigar with his sons. He was a sales rep for CRS Services, a proud veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Masons.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Travis, Bennie and Rip Russell; his sister, Betty Joyce Gilmore; and his brother-in-law, Harold Gilmore.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Doris Russell of Boyd; his daughters, Corey Brooks and husband, Andy, of Springtown, Cynthia Hickman and husband, Shane, of Boyd, Donna Campbell of Mineral Wells and Amanda Russell of Saginaw; sons Robert Russell and wife, Sandy, of Plano, Jonathan Russell and wife, Denise, of Garland, Ronnie Dale Russell of Azle and Johnny Russell of Springtown; brother Bill Russell of Kingsport, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters on the way, Ella Rayne and Ellie Marie; other family members and a host of friends.

Russell, Clarence | 1924-2012
Published Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clarence Russell
Funeral for Clarence Russell, 87, of Paradise was March 23 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. David Kelly officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Russell died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 31, 1924, in De Queen, Ark., to Perry and Effie (Chuning) Russell, he served in the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. He married Merline Jacobs Aug. 3, 1943, in Idabel, Okla.
Russell worked as a boiler operator at Plains Cooperative Oil Mill. He was a member at the First Baptist Church of Paradise and Wise County Veterans Group.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife; daughter Sharon Beddingfield; sister Jean Cullpepper; and brothers Lawrence Russell, Carl Lee Russell and James Russell.
He is survived by daughters Linda Haggard and husband, John, of Paradise, and Gail Haggard and husband, Jack, of Bloomington, Calif.; grandchildren Rex, Darla, Mack and Sharon Lynn; great-grandchildren Christopher, Roger Shaun, Mitchell, Kyle, Dakota, Ali, Anthany and Izaih; sister Carmiletta Pile and husband, J.B., of Idalou; and extended family.
Pallbearers were Rex Haggard, Mack Haggard, Christopher Haggard, Roger Shaun Dennis, Mitchell Dennis, Joe Gilliland and Albert Thorton.

Rutledge, James Britton ‘Pete’ | 1924-2012
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012
Funeral for the Rev. James Britton “Pete” Rutledge, 88, of Lindale Club Lake, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Mt. Sylvan Baptist Church with Dr. Mark Neely and the Rev. Bruce Rudd officiating.
Burial will follow at the Lindale City Cemetery under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors in Lindale.
Rev. Rutledge died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Hospice Homeplace in Tyler. He was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Blue Ridge, the second child of nine to Robert Eber and Thelma Era Britton Rutledge. He grew up in Benjamin, where he graduated high school and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
In 1956, he was ordained to preach and was licensed in 1957, moving to Fort Worth where he graduated from the Southwestern Theological Seminary. While at the seminary, he was a barber and pastored the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Boswell, Okla., and the Trinity Baptist Church in Hugo, Okla.
Upon graduation, he pastored the Springlake Baptist Church in Paris followed by pastorates at the Flint Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock, First Baptist Church in Lindale, First Baptist Church in Decatur, Dixie Baptist Church in Tyler, Mt. Sylvan Baptist Church in Mt. Sylvan and the Dover Baptist Church in Carroll. He also served as an interim pastor for many other churches in East Texas.
Rutledge was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Latrice Harper and Jane Draper.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mrs. Jimmie Lou Rutledge; daughter Marilynn Eledge; son and daughter-In-law C. James and Janet Rutledge; grandchildren Craig Adams and wife, Jeanna, Allison Rutledge, and Cory Paul Rutledge and wife, Cassie; and great-grandchildren Ethan, Mason, Madison and Mackenzie Adams.
Other survivors include brothers Robert E. Jr. “Bobby” Rutledge and wife, Billie, and Marion B. “Buzz” Rutledge and wife, Laverne; sisters Glenda Martin, Betty Meek and husband, Henry, Sallye McCarty, and Nancy Lou Smith and husband, Hollis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Craig Adams, Cory Paul Rutledge, Charles C. McAuley, Mike Ficke, John Raleigh Leonard, Kenneth James, Danny Adams and Mike Caudle.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Sanchez, Kathy Ann | 1964-2012
Published Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kathy Ann Sanchez
Kathy Ann Sanchez, 48, of Decatur died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Decatur.
She was born May 18, 1964, in Borger to Joe Gomez and Ina Muriel (Ball) Flores. She was married to Challan Sanchez in 1991 in Lewisville and was employed at Wal-Mart as a customer service manager.
Survivors include her husband; her parents; sisters JoAnna Bogle and husband, Steve, and Linda Sanders and husband, Allan; numerous extended family members and a host of friends.

Sanders, Sandy Lee | 1940-2012
Published Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sandy Lee Sanders
Graveside service for Sandy Lee Sanders, 71, of Boyd was Jan. 13 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. Don Shotwell officiating.
Sanders died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Boyd.
Born Aug. 9, 1940, in Fort Worth to Hugh and Margaret (Barrington) Sanders, he married Sarah Fancy South March 1, 1958, in Fort Worth. He was a retired painter and a former employee of Miller Brewery.
Sanders was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by daughters Leigh Ann King and husband, Jimmy, of Boyd and Leslie DeRose and husband, Frank, of Hopewell, Pa.; sons Lance Sanders and wife, Nancy, of River Oaks and Ray Sanders of Boyd; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers Henry Sanders of Haltom City and Dennis Sanders of Abilene; sister Doris Bench of Aledo; and other family members.

Schlumbohm, Bobbie | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bobbie Schlumbohm
Bobbie Schlumbohm, 83, a homemaker, died, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Nov. 27 at Sweetwater Cemetery with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating.
Bobbie was born Aug. 21, 1929, in Decatur to Hobert and Floy Edna (Phillips) Israel. She married J.H. Schlumbohm in 1951 and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Tammy Kay Brooks and husband, Dennis, of Alvord; sons Kerry Schlumbohm of Runaway Bay and Terry Schlumbohm of Decatur; grandchildren Andrew Jay and Rachel Renee Brooks of Alvord; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Scott, Shirley June | 1936-2012
Published Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shirley June Scott
Memorial service for Shirley June Scott, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Community Church with the Rev. John Redfearn officiating.
Scott died Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 8, 1936, in Peoria, Okla., to Vern Thomas and Myrtle Ruth (Cheeffey) Kaylor, she married Charles Douglas Scott Jan. 20, 1956.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years on July 12, 2007, and sister Nickey Bigheart.
Scott is survived by daughters Sandra Dalton of Southlake and Rae Craig and husband, Rick, of Keller; son Dennis Scott and wife, Rosalinda, of Decatur; sisters Mildred Austin of Springfield, Mo., and Juanita Gregg of Sulphur Rock, Ark.; brother Vern Thomas Kaylor Jr. of Canton; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Scott Family Memorial Fund, 150 CR 3141, Decatur, TX 76234.

Scroggins, Andrew Jackson | 1938-2012
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Andrew Jackson Scroggins
Graveside service for Andrew Jackson Scroggins, 74, of Allen is 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Stokes Cemetery in Boyd.
Scroggins died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Denison.
Born Feb. 10, 1938, in Boyd, he was raised in Fort Worth and was known as “Jack” or “A.J.” Scroggins. He married his high school sweetheart, Sherry Fitzgerald Scroggins, and as a young man was a supervisor at General Dynamics in Fort Worth. After leaving there, he started Scroggins Dairy Farms, Plano Lanes and All Star Skate. Scroggins retired in 2004.
He was a Master Mason and member of Dallas Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by sister Joyce Johnson.
Scroggins is survived by his wife; sons Marc Scroggins, Blake Scroggins and Alec Scroggins; daughters Tracy Martin, Lana Stobaugh, Sheri Mcgaha and Alisa Scroggins; grandchildren Angela, Heather, Travis, Eric, Amanda, Andrew, Nick, Melissa, Tamara, Elizabeth, Misty, Ashley, Hayden, Zachary, Isabelle, Jackson, Jacab, Lucus and Alana; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Sellers, Ronnie Eugene | 1958-2012
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ronnie Eugene Sellers
Memorial service for Ronnie Eugene Sellers, 54, of Newark is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Brandon Henderson officiating.
Sellers died Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 27, 1958, in South Bend, Ind., to Lloyd and Mavis (Smith) Sellers, he was an auto mechanic for PSC Allen Performance. He married Donna J. Frailey June 20, 1980, in Roanoke.
He was preceded in death by grandchild Ronny Jean Sellers; sisters Linda and Diane; and brother Denver.
Sellers is survived by his wife of 31 years; sons Steven Nail, Carl Green and Ronnie Sellers Jr. and wife, Tiffany, all of Newark; daughters Mavis Sellers of Saginaw and Amber Wacasey and husband, Christopher, of Newark; grandchildren Steven, Jonathan, Sky, Jacob, Ronnie and Destini.
He is also survived by brothers Richard Sellers and wife, Diane, of Mishawaka, Ind., and Raymond Sellers of South Bend; sister Sharon Sellers of South Bend; nephews, a niece and other family members.

Sellman, Collis Dixon | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, July 28, 2012
Funeral for Collis Dixon Sellman, 78, of Hawkins was June 18 at Holly Lake Church of Christ in Hawkins with Bill Holt officiating. Burial was at DFW National Cemetery.
Sellman died Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Tyler.
Born March 20, 1934, in Dallas to Collis Fred and Marguerite Sellman, he graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1952 and attended North Texas State University in Denton. He married Billye Sue Kelley May 15, 1955. Sellman began his military service in June 1956 and was stationed at Presidio Army Base in San Francisco.
He owned The Valley Mills Tribune, The Crawford Sun and The Progress newspapers from 1961 to 1998. He was a 25-year member of the Three Rivers Lions Club and was selected as Citizen of the Year by the City of George West and was named a Community Builder by the George West Masonic Lodge.
Sellman wrote “From Acorns to Live Oaks,” a historical digest of Live Oak County in his retirement. He also started a manuscript on the Sellman family, “Ink to Blood,” which is to be completed by his younger brother, John. He was a Sunday school teacher and deacon at the First Baptist Churches of Valley Mills and George West. He later became a member of the Holly Lake Church of Christ.
Sellman was preceded in death by son Collis Michael.
He is survived by son Steve Sellman and wife, Susan, of Valley Mills; daughter Kelley Rogers and husband, James, of Nashville; granddaughter Hillary Sellman; sisters Nancy Dugan and husband, Jim, and Sue Womack and husband, Gilbert, all of Arlington; brothers Bob Sellman and wife, Linda, of Hawkins and John Sellman and wife, Pam, of Mart; nieces and nephews.

Sessumes, Marion Lewis | 1930-2012
Published Saturday, July 14, 2012

Marion Lewis Sessumes
Memorial service for Marion Lewis Sessumes, 82, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Sycamore Baptist Church with the Rev. Casey Lewis officiating. Burial is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie.
Sessumes died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Decatur
Born May 13, 1930, in Burkburnett to Onie J. and Lorene (Creagle) Smith, he grew up in Munday and Wichita Falls. He married Merle Yoakum Nov. 25, 1948, in Wichita Falls., and they moved to Decatur in 1984.
He retired from commercial construction in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church. Sessumes served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict.
He was preceded in death by sister Mary M. Walker.
Sessumes is survived by his wife of 64 years; sons Marion Lewis Sessumes Jr. of Fort Worth and Mark Sessumes and wife, Kia, of Arlington; grandchildren Jeremy Sessumes, Dalton Sessumes and Alaina Sessumes; sisters Kathleen Kinnibrugh of Burkburnett and Martha Fortune of Oklahoma City; and brothers Norvill Sessumes and wife, Mary Lou, of Fremont, Calif., and Michael Smith and wife, Tonji, of Alvarado.

Shaffer, Charles William, Jr. | 1935-2012
Published Saturday, February 11, 2012

Charles William Shaffer Jr.
Memorial service for Charles William Shaffer Jr., 76, of Rhome is 2:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. A chaplain from the Fort Hood U.S. Army Base will officiate and the Carswell Joint Service Honor Guard will perform the Honor Guard service.
Shaffer died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 26, 1935, in Canyon, W. Va., to Charles William Sr. and Mary (Fox) Shaffer, he married Elfriede Soer Oct. 1, 1964, in Germany. He was retired from the U.S. Army.
Shaffer was preceded in death by son Ralph Shaffer; sister Patty Clark; and brothers Ralph Shaffer and Earl Shaffer.
He is survived by his wife; son Armin Shaffer and wife, Wanda, of Friendship, Tenn.; daughters Monika Shaffer of Rhome, Kristina Parker and husband, Ernie, of Rhome, and Sandy Tilley and husband, Paul, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Jacob, Renee and Briana; sisters Peggy Kennedy and Sandy Wilburn; brothers Jimmy and Frank Shaffer; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211.

Shawn, Nelda | 1955-2012
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nelda Shawn
Funeral for Nelda Shawn, 56, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Balsora Baptist Church with Mark Buckner officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Point Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Shawn died Monday, May 21, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 19, 1955, in Bridgeport to Dorothy (Holt) and James Parsons, she was a homemaker and longtime member of Balsora Baptist Church. She married Jerald Shawn March 8, 1974. Shawn fished, camped, gambled, talked on the phone and made a popular peach cobbler.
She was preceded in death by sister Sandra Ramirez.
Shawn is survived by her husband; son Billy Shawn; daughter Serrena Hamilton and husband, Bryan; her mother; brother Michael Parsons; sisters Lois Pittman and husband, Gary, Mildred Anglin and husband, Jeff, Melba Stutt, Helen Fields and Rita Meaders; grandchildren Brady, Justin and Bradley; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Bobby Cantrell, Wesley Cantrell, Charlie McDaniel, Wade McDaniel, Mikie W. Parsons and Dustin Anglin. Honorary pallbearers are Orville Stone and Allen Wingate.

Shellnut, Elisha Andrew ‘Bill’, Jr. | 1930-2012
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Elisha Andrew ‘Bill’ Shellnut Jr.
Service for Elisha Andrew “Bill” Shellnut, Jr., 81, of Bridgeport, was Aug. 28 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Carroll Smith and Gary Sessions officiating.
Shellnut died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 8, 1930, in Baldwyn, Miss., to Hattie May (Cochran) and Elisha Andrew Shellnut, he married Mary Belle Gregg Jan. 2, 1982. Shellnut was a school teacher and worked for the IRS.
He became a Christian at an early age and was a member of Lakeside Church of God. He traveled and served in the U.S. Navy.
Shellnut is survived by his wife; sons Elisha A. Shellnut III and wife, Ruth, of Boulder, Colo., and Randy Dunn and wife, Yvonne, of Bridgeport; daughter Becky Taylor of Bridgeport; brother Tom Shellnut and wife, Sandra, of Pass Christian, Miss.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Shettlesworth, Robert Bruce | 1945-2012
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Robert Bruce Shettlesworth
Graveside service with full military honors for Robert Bruce Shettlesworth, 66, of Lufkin was Jan. 10 at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro with Bill Hughes officiating.
Shettlesworth died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Lufkin.
Born Aug. 8, 1945, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Margie (Brown) and Joseph Shettlesworth, he married Norma Damron July 25, 1972, in Houston. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1963 to 1985 and was a retired welder. He fished, built things and cooked.
Shettlesworth was preceded in death by brother Joseph Shettlesworth Jr.
He is survived by his wife; son Ronald E. Shettlesworth of Vidor; daughters Tammie Lynn Ferrell, Rebecca Lynn Allen and Tawnya R. Bowman of Beaumont; his mother of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; sisters Peggy McFarland and Mary Sams of DeFuniak, Fla., Georgia Koonce and Margie Works of Ponte Vedra and Virginia Fitez of Winter Haven, Fla.; brother Benny Shettlesworth of Ponte Vedra; 22 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Shipley, Billie Sue | 1927-2012
Published Saturday, March 10, 2012

Billie Sue Shipley
Funeral for Billie Sue Shipley, 84, of Paradise was March 9 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Terry Terry officiating.
Shipley died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 16, 1927, in Rhome to Bert and Minnie Elizabeth (Martin) White, she was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Shipley was preceded in death by husband John Lambert in 1966; husband Melvin Shipley in 1996; son Joe Tom Lambert; daughter Patty Sipes; and daughter-in-law Tina Lambert.
She is survived by sons Tim Lambert and wife, Brandi, and Steve Lambert, all of Paradise; daughter Sharon Sanderson and husband, Ron, of Paradise; grandchildren Brent Sanderson and wife, Patti, Briana Lambert, Tanner Lambert, Tradyn Lambert, Teagan Lambert and Dalton Blankenship; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brent Sanderson, Chuck Lambert, Jim Lambert, Kolby McConnell, Noel Gilley and Charlie McClendon.

Shrum, Allen Gregory ‘Greg’ | 1953-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Graveside service for Allen Gregory “Greg” Shrum, 58, of Greenwood is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Greenwood Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Shrum died Monday, April 30, 2012, in Columbus.
Born Sept. 4, 1953, in Tyler to Arthur Virgil “Pete” and Mary Ann (Keown) Shrum, he owned Harts Creek Siding Co. He married Carol Lynn Harvey Sept. 3, 1982, in Denton.
Shrum was preceded in death by brother Travis Shrum.
He is survived by his wife of Denton; daughters Ashley Shrum of Denton and Kelsey Shrum of Bolivar; son Tanner Shrum of Denton; brother Avey Shrum of Cat Springs; and granddaughters Carrie Jackson and Kirra Shrum, both of Denton.

Silletti, Marcus Anthony | 1998-2012
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marcus Anthony Silletti
Funeral for Marcus Anthony Silletti, 14, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with Bill Cleveland and Ken Hering officiating. Burial is at Alvord Cemetery.
Silletti died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Alvord.
Born March 11, 1998, in Fort Worth to Anthony and Amy (Hand) Silletti, he was a student at Alvord High School. He played football and basketball, ran track and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
Silletti was preceded in death by grandfather Leonard Eugene Silletti and great-grandfather Leroy Hand.
He is survived by his mother of Chico; his father of Alvord; brother Reece Avery Silletti of Chico; grandparents Connie Silletti of Bridgeport and Tim and Debbie Hand of Decatur; great-grandmother Patsy Hand of Chico; and other family members.
Memorials may be made to Alvord High School Athletics Booster Club, P.O. Box 70, Alvord, TX 76225.

Simpson, Bill | 1933-2012
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bill Simpson
Funeral for Bill Simpson, 79, of Boyd was Aug. 7 at First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. T.B. Reid and Jimmy Arrington officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Simpson died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Boyd.
Born March 12, 1933, in Decatur to Charlie and Minnie (Roberts) Simpson, he married Alice Smith May 7, 1954, in Boyd. Simpson retired after 43 years as a scraper operator at Acme Brick. He was a member of the Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Assembly of God Church, Hilltop Assembly of God Church and Family Worship Center Assembly of God Church.
He was preceded in death by brothers Harry Lee and Gordan Jack Simpson; and sister Stella Mae Waldrop.
Simpson is survived by his wife of 58 years; daughter Patricia Burdine and husband, David, of Fort Worth; son Jerry Simpson and wife, Jennie, of Grapevine; grandchildren Justin Simpson, Lonnie Hambrick, Jardin Simpson, John Hambrick and Angel Burdine; sister Clayton Simpson of Bridgeport; former son-in-law David Hambrick; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Harold Lisby, Andy Chapman, Edward Goldman, Tommy Smith, Shane Smith, Mike Richardson, Doug Williams and Tim Cameron. Honorary pallbearer is Buddy Hunt.
Memorials may be made to the Boyd Fire Department, (940) 433-5755, or the Wise Area Relief Mission, (940) 626-4676.

Simpson, James Harold | 1919-2012
Published Saturday, June 16, 2012

James Harold Simpson
Funeral for James Harold Simpson, 93, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Collinsville Cemetery in Collinsville.
Simpson died Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Collinsville.
Born May 16, 1919, in Cooke County to Richard and Pearl (Allen) Simpson, he was a retired assembler for Bell Helicopter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he married Nelwyn Curry March 18, 1965, in Durant, Okla.
Simpson was preceded in death by brothers Alvin, William and Richard Simpson.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years; sons Dale Simpson and wife, Frances, of Azle and David Clement and wife, Carol, of Denison; daughters Barbara Evans of Baytown, Vickie Farrell and husband, Marion, of Sherman, Becky Enderby and husband, Carroll, of Tioga and Darlene Bischel and husband, Ken, of Boyd; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers are Dale Simpson, Zach Simpson, R.J. Simpson, Kasey Bischel, Shane Crosley, Lee Clement and David Clement.

Slate, Joyce | 1929-2012
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Joyce Slate
Funeral for Joyce Slate, 83, of Paradise, was Aug. 13, at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Slate died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Decatur.
Born April 30, 1929, in Wise County to Alvin and Gladys Banks, she was a longtime resident of Paradise who played bridge and served her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Earnest; two brothers and a sister.
She is survived by son Steve Slate and wife, Nancy (Sam), of Decatur; brothers Benny Banks, Dean Banks and wife, Shirley, and Jerry Banks and wife, Joann; sister Nona Rick and husband, Fred; and grandchildren Parker and Raena Slate.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or mailed to 225 N. Michigan Ave., floor 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601.

Slimp, Verda | 1931-2012
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Verda Slimp
Verda Slimp, 81, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Enid, Okla.
Funeral is Friday, Dec. 14, at Aurora Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will be in Aurora Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jody Slimp, Joshua Slimp, Micah Slimp, Matthew Slimp and Timothy Slimp.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Verda was born May 2, 1931, in Taloga, Okla., to George and Ada Adelain (Koehn) Teske. She married Bobby Slimp Jan. 8, 1955, in Fort Worth, and they had been married for 49 years at the time of his death in 2004.
Verda was a member of Aurora Baptist Church for more than 40 years.
Survivors include sons Danny Lee Slimp and wife, Tina, of Bowie, and Randy Eugene Slimp and wife, Georgeitta, of Decatur; grandchildren Jody, Joshua, Micah, Matthew, Amelia and Timothy; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers Arlie and Ervan Teske, both of Enid; sisters Iona Green and Arlene Teske, both of Enid; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Smith, Betty Gotcher-Bolin | 1938-2012
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Betty Gotcher-Bolin Smith
Funeral for Betty Gotcher-Bolin Smith, 73, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Smith died Friday, May 4, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Sept. 24, 1938, in Decatur to Jessie and Ruth (Foster) Gotcher, she was a retired home health nurse.
She is survived by daughters Cindy Branscum and husband, Richard of Bridgeport, Debbie Hoskins and husband, Rex, of Decatur, and Tammy Smith of Bridgeport; sons Brent Bolin and Randy Smith and wife, Mary, all of Bridgeport; and sisters Maxine Walker, Joyce McDaniel and Dorothy Childers.
Survivors also include grandchildren Ricky, Jamie, Ryder, Brandon, Lacey, Zach, Chloe, Silver, Cody, Anthony, Chelsea, Ruben and Miranda; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Ricky Branscum, Jamie Branscum, Zach Hoskins, Cody Smith, Ryder Branscum and Anthony Smith.

Smith, Christopher Andrew | 1987-2012
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Christopher Andrew Smith
Funeral for Christopher Andrew Smith, 24, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Rhome, was June 12 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Matthew Stubblefield officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Smith died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Oklahoma City.
Born Dec. 20, 1987, in Krum to Wesley and Oma (Ussery) Smith, he was a graduate of Krum High School. He married Juanita Burciaga Oct. 15, 2009, in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by son Landon Andrew Smith Jan. 24, 2008.
Smith is survived by his wife; daughters Lexie and Natalee Smith; his parents of Krum; sister Kristy Smith and husband, Chris, of Krum; brothers William, Jimmy and Trevor Smith, all of Krum; and grandmothers Lavon Martin and Evelyn Ussery.
Pallbearers were Bert Smith, Justin Smith, Michael Farmer, Marvin Smith, Paul Callahan and David Plankey.

Smith, Josh | 1988-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Josh Smith
Josh Smith, 24, a military historian, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Aurora.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Del Noska officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Pallbearers are Henry Junkert, Max Junkert, David Junkert, Tracy Smith, Dwayne Strand and Mark Sanders.
Josh was born Nov. 24, 1988, to Richard and Jamie (Stailey) Smith in Fort Worth. He was a 2007 graduate of Boyd High School and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandmother, Myrtle Lee Stailey.
Survivors include his mother, Jamie Ingram and husband, Gary, of Aurora, father Richard Smith of Austin; sister Stephanie Presher of Sanger; grandfather Sam Stailey of Aurora; nieces Emma and Kate Presher; aunts Jo Willard of North Carolina and Robin McMillian of Justin; uncle Matt McMillian of Justin; cousins Derek Kersey, Stephan Shepard and William McMillian; other family members and a host of friends.

Smith, Myrl Lorene | 1918-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012
Funeral for Myrl Lorene Smith, 93, of Alvord was Aug. 1 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial was at Sycamore Cemetery.
Smith died Saturday, July 28, in Decatur.
Born Oct. 23, 1918, in Pilot Point to Clarence and Lillie Mae (Moore) Thomas, she was a homemaker. She married Loyd Archie Smith and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
Smith was preceded in death by her husband; son Bill Smith; great-grandsons Cody and Tristan Smith; brothers Clarence Thomas Jr. and William Thomas; and sister Pearl Thomas.
She is survived by grandson Britain Loyd Smith and wife, Sherry, of Alvord; great-granddaughters Brandi Lockwood and husband, Barrett, of Weatherford and Michaela Cross of Alvord; great-grandson Christian Cross of Alvord; and great-great-granddaughter Kinley Lockwood of Weatherford.
Pallbearers were Chris Warr, Matthew E. Dunn, Matthew L. Dunn and Kyle Dunn.

Snow, Joe Riley | 1927-2012
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Funeral for Joe Riley Snow, 85, of Georgetown was Aug. 18 at Clayton Kay-Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado with burial at Bethany Cemetery in Alvarado.
Snow died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Georgetown.
Born June 27, 1927, in Decatur to Learner and Hope Murrell Snow, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Alvarado Masonic Lodge. Snow was a retired depot agent with the Santa Fe Railroad.
He married Linda Louise Brewington in 1952.
Snow was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years; sons Jimmy Snow and wife, Susan, of Georgetown and Joe Snow and wife, Jonita, of Pauls Valley, Okla.; brother Willie Ray “Bill” Snow and wife, Zelma, of Chandler; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Solomon, Vicky Lea | 1952-2012
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vicky Lea Solomon
Memorial service for Vicky Lea Solomon, 59, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Solomon died Friday, March 9, 2012, in Ojai, Calif.
Born Aug. 7, 1952, in Hanford, Calif., to Charles Dayle Keyworth and Bertie Jean Curry, she retired as a human resources officer from Texas Department of Human Services in November 2010. She married Ronald Craig Solomon Oct. 17, 1970, in Boyd.
Solomon is survived by her husband of 41 years; daughter Kelley Clark and husband, Anthony, of McKinney; son Brian Solomon of The Colony; sisters Paulette Whiting and Jana Serven; brothers Danny and Darrell Keyworth; grandchildren Trent, Jackson and Trevor; and nieces and nephews.

South, Roy Lawrence | 1930-2012
Published Saturday, February 4, 2012

Roy Lawrence South
Funeral for Roy Lawrence South, 81, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at White’s Azle Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Azleland Memorial Park.
South died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Azle.
Born Aug. 16, 1930, in Springtown to Joseph and Stella Bosworth South, he was a longtime resident of North Texas. He was an original founder of the Turtle Club Rodeo Association and a sports enthusiast.
South is survived by four sons; four daughters; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother; and nieces and nephews.

Sparks, Jane | 1939-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jane Sparks
Jane Sparks, 73, a homemaker, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Corinth.
Graveside service was Oct. 2 at Boyd Cemetery with Bro. Kevin Alexander officiating.
Jane was born Sept. 16, 1939, to Thurman and Luna (Ladd) Barrett in Neshoba County, Miss. She married Tilton Sparks March 4, 1967, in Weatherford and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two grandsons and two brothers.
Survivors include her sons, Dwight Hoyt of Boyd, Arlon Sparks and wife, Kathleen, of Boyd; her daughters, Judy Parsons and husband, Ace, of Weatherford, Donna Bombonati and husband, Michael, of Boyd; her grandchildren, Meranda, Ariel, Keaton, Tori, Austin, Shayna, Christopher, Craig, Josh and Amber; six great-grandchildren; her brothers, Billy, Bud and Delmer; other family members and a host of friends.

Stewart, C.E. |
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

C.E. Stewart
Graveside service for C.E. Stewart, 94, of Justin is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Justin Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Stewart died Monday, April 30, 2012, in Justin.
Born Oct. 2, 1917, in Talladega, Ala., to Charles Winfield and Launa (Blanchard) Stewart, he was a retired farmer. He married Ruth Brammer Jan. 14, 1939, and they were married 56 years at her death in 1996.
Stewart was also preceded in death by son David Stewart and daughter Saundra Stewart.
He is survived by brother B.D. Stewart of Justin; nephews Tony Stewart and wife, Rachel, and Bob Stewart and wife, Linda, all of Justin; and granddaughter Deborah Deloof. Memorials may be made to Justin Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 512, Justin, TX 76427 or the Justin Fire Department, P.O. Box 129, Justin, TX 76247.

Stewart, Zoey Marie | 2011-2012
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Zoey Marie Stewart
Graveside service for Zoey Marie Stewart, nine months, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Russell McDonald officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Stewart died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Fort Worth.
She was born April 1, 2011, in Fort Worth to Miranda Stewart and Robert Ray.
Stewart is survived by her parents; grandparents Michael and Tracy Douglas of Talpa, Jesse Stewart of Brownwood and Gretta Kinsella of Grand Prairie; great-grandparents Don and Jessica Prince of Newark and Thomas and Cindy Land of Comanche; and extended family.
Pallbearers are Jake Stewart, Johnny Stewart and David Jenson.

Stokes, Billy Charles | 1924-2012
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Billy Charles Stokes, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the age of 88.
Bill was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Aurora to James and Mary Stokes. He married Patsy Collins Feb. 10, 1961, and together they have three children. Bill was a longtime rancher, had a love of fishing and hunting and was loved by all who knew him. He also served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, two sisters and a son-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Stokes; children Elizabeth and husband, Edwin “Bubba” Sooter, Angie Sudduth, William Stokes and girlfriend, Cissy Arnold; grandchildren Christopher Stokes and fianc e, Brandy Reyes, Emilia Sudduth, Micah Sudduth, Rebekah Sudduth, Michael “Dusty” Sooter and wife, Stephanie, Mary “Teri” Harshman and husband, Jeremiah, Cody Arnold and wife, Kristin, and Kyle Arnold; great-granddaughter Kaitlynn Harshman; and a host of loving friends and family.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the First United Methodist Church of Johnson City. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Aurora Cemetery.

Streller, Richard | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Richard Streller
Memorial service for Richard Streller, 69, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with private interment at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
Streller died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Aug. 2, 1943, in Perry, Okla., to Paul and Lena Streller, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated with a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam, earning a national medal.
He was a president and chief executive officer for Hogan Systems, Saddlebrook Corp. and Shared Financial Systems, specializing in software for the banking and financial industries.
Streller retired in 1992, then volunteered as a trustee and president of the board of the University of the Ozarks, with Habitat for Humanity, North Dallas Shared Ministries, WARM (Wise Area Relief Mission), Wise Hope and Hope Chest domestic violence task force and Helpful Hands (at First United in Decatur), helping homebound individuals with housing repairs.
Streller served as an elder with Bentwood Trail Presbyterian Church in Dallas and was an active member in local missions at First United.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Scottie Kennedy; brother Don and wife, Sue; sister Janet; sons Steve Streller and Scott Streller and wife, Diana; daughters Teresa Shaw and husband, Larry, and Lisa Streller; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to WARM, 300 N. Trinity, Decatur, TX 76234.

Styles, Merle Henry | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Merle Henry Styles
Funeral for Merle Henry Styles, 79, of Boyd was March 5 at the Outreach of Love Church in Springtown with the Rev. Gary Veazey officiating. Burial followed at New Hope Cemetery.
Styles died Friday, March 2, 2012, in Boyd.
Born May 18, 1932, in Fort Worth to Earl Henry and Opal (Darnell) Styles, he was a retired mechanical engineer. He graduated from Tech High School in Fort Worth in 1950 and earned his associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Christian University. He married Doris Marie Walls April 23, 1955, at Kopperl Baptist Church.
Styles retired from Bell Helicopter in 1993. In 2005, he went into the bail-bond business in Azle. He attended the Outreach of Love Church for the past 10 years.
Styles was preceded in death by twin brother Earl L. Styles and sister Virginia Kern.
He is survived by his wife; sons Gary Merle Styles and wife, Debbie, of Boyd and Gregory Warren Styles of Springtown; grandchildren Junior Styles and wife, Amy, of Boyd, Kristin Barnes and husband, Jason, of Fort Worth, Chanda Styles of Decatur, Amanda Styles of Lewisville and Derrick Brister of Boyd; great-grandchildren Taylor Etter, Addison Barnes, Cooper Barnes, Tre’ Rutledge, Faith Styles, Makenzie Styles and Aisley Price; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Gary Styles, Junior Styles, Bob Noah, Bill Harvison, the Rev. Jeff Strickland and Sherwin Williams. Honorary pallbearer was Don Stoker.

Sydow, Tessie Edna | 1919-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tessie Edna Sydow
Funeral for Tessie Edna Sydow, 92, of Boyd was 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Doyle Slimp officiating. Burial is at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
Sydow died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 5, 1919, in Decatur to John and Ola (Rasbury) North, she was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. She married Albert Sydow July 10, 1937, in Decatur, and they were married 48 years at his death Aug. 18, 1985.
She was also preceded in death by son Buddy Sydow on March 17, 1993; a brother; and a sister.
Sydow is survived by daughters Virginia Coleman and husband, Don, of Huntsville and Christine Brown and husband, Doug, of Azle; son J.C. Sydow and wife, Paula, of Boyd; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Terry Smith, Scott Brown, Stan Sydow, Cory Feldhaus, Christopher Feldhaus, Ben Cozby, Bryan Coleman and Jason Nelson.
Honorary pallbearer is Alex Brown.

Tackel, Ruth | 1962-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ruth Tackel
Funeral for Ruth Tackel, 49, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Burial is at Paradise Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Tackel died Monday, April 30, 2012, in Decatur.
Born May 10, 1962, in Bunker Hill, Ind., to James and Della (Kidd) Nall, she was a housewife and retired waitress. She married Ronnie Tackel May 11, 1996, in Paradise.
Tackel was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Danny Nall.
She is survived by her husband; stepdaughter De Ann Taylor and husband, Danny of Decatur; stepgrandchildren Courtney and Clayton; sister Delilah Zehnder of Paradise; mother-in-law Faye Tackel; and extended family members.
Pallbearers are Wayne Arther, Stan Caruthers, Leslie Oates, J.P. Oates, Paul Kelly, Derek Read, Karl Black and Bennie Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are Angela Arther, Callahan Storey, Ali Caruthers, Abbi Read, Molli Read, Gracie Oates, Clayton Taylor, Courtney Taylor and Emma Zehnder.

Talmage, Pauline Dietz | 1920-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pauline Dietz Talmage
Graveside service for Pauline Dietz Talmage, 91, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle with the Rev. Dave Goodrich officiating. Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Poolville United Methodist Church in Poolville.
Talmage died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Azle.
Born May 1, 1920, in Gainesville to Arthur H. and Frieda Gess Dietz, she was a dietitian for more than 50 years. Talmage grew up helping in the family bakery, Dietz Bakery, and was a member of several Methodist churches including Silver Creek in Azle, Tinney Chapel in Winnsboro and Poolville United Methodist for 10 years.
She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, Gainesville High School, Texas Woman’s University in Denton and the University of Iowa, where she earned a master’s degree in foods and nutrition.
Talmage is survived by her husband of 56 years, Arthur “Curly” Talmage of Bridgeport; daughter Nancy Foust and husband, Robert; son Tim Talmage; stepson Douglas Talmage and wife, LuVerle, all of Azle; grandchildren Bo Fritts, Sara Fritts, Rey Talmage, Mitch Talmage and Art Talmage; six great-grandchildren; and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Poolville United Methodist Church, 230 N. Church St., Poolville, TX 76487 or by calling (817) 599-3601.
Condolences may be made online at www.geojcarroll.com

Taylor, Emily Catherine | 1924-2012
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Emily Catherine Taylor
Services for Emily Catherine Taylor, 87, of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date in Ten Sleep, Wyo.
Taylor died Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 30, 1924, in San Diego to Alice (Zumwalt) and Charlie Adolf Herms, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Tye Taylor; and son Mark Taylor.
Taylor is survived by daughter-in-law Lorraine Taylor; grandsons Troy and Zane Taylor; and sister-in-law Marie Riley.

Taylor, Gordon E. | 1925-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gordon E. Taylor
Funeral for Gordon E. Taylor, 87, of Denton was Aug. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Bill Knight, Joey Vick, Gene Fluker and David Taylor Knight officiating. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Taylor died Monday, July 30, 2012, in Denton.
Born July 23, 1925, on a farm near Tilmon in Caldwell County to Albert and Cassie (Roberts) Taylor, he graduated from high school in Three Rivers in 1941 and earned a bachelor of science degree in natural gas engineering in 1947 from Texas A&I College in Kingsville, now Texas A&M in Kingsville. He married June Ellen Hurst Dec. 20, 1949.
Taylor served in the U.S. Army from September 1943 to January 1946 as a combat medic in the 104th Infantry Division serving in ETO during World War II. His service awards included Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Certificate of Merit Citation, Combat Medic Badge and Meritorious Service Wreath.
He was a member of American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) member of A.S. Johnston Camp No. 983, life member of National SCV and Texas Division of SCV; National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. Taylor was a charter member and First Commander of the Wise County Veterans Group, formed in January 2000.
He was employed in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana from 1947 to 1952 by Magnolia Petroleum Co. He then operated the family farm and ranch near Whitsett and did oil and gas consulting work in South Texas from 1952 to 1955. Taylor worked for Trio Drilling Co. and Miles Production Co. in Bridgeport from 1955 to 1957; George Mitchell and Associates (later Mitchell Energy Corp.) in Bridgeport from 1957 to 1959, in Houston from 1959 to 1967 and again in Bridgeport from 1967 to 1976, when he resigned as vice president and general manager of the North Texas Division and president of MND Drilling Co.
Taylor was a consultant to MEC and MND from July 1976 to January 1977 while he formed G.E.T. Service Co., Taylor Operating Co. and Taylor and Associates. He formed B-P Sales and Service Co., and Taylor and Associates became Taylor Exploration Co. The companies dissolved in 1987, and he operated gas and oil wells in North Texas and did consulting work until Jan. 1, 2001, as G.E. Taylor Operator/Consultant. He formed G.E. Taylor Inc. as operator of various oil and gas properties, and G.E. Taylor Operator/Consultant LTD as W.I. and R.I. owner.
Taylor was a member of Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, North Texas Oil and Gas Association, Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME and API. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He served as director of First National Bank of Bridgeport from 1980 to 1983 and was a member of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce from 1967 until his death, serving as president in 1971 to 1972. He was named outstanding citizen in 1974 and was instrumental in forming the Bridgeport Industrial Foundation. Taylor was supportive of various charities and civic organizations in the Wise County area.
He was active in the Republican Party political arena at the local, state and national level since 1960. Taylor became a follower of Jesus Christ in July 1937 in Whitsett and was ordained a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport May 17, 1970. He was a member of Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport.
Taylor was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Mae Bijak, in July 1979.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Jo Ellen Knight and husband, Bill, of Denton and Julia Elaine Hays and husband, Tracy, of Amarillo; grandsons David Taylor Knight and wife, Bridget, Taylor Jacob Hays, Ryan James Hays and Caleb David Hays; granddaughters Katherine Knight Myers and husband, Robert, Joanna Elizabeth Piatt and husband, Jacob, and Rachel Elaine Amezquita and husband, Joshua; and great-grandchildren Kynslee Grace Knight and Dylan Jackson Myers.
Pallbearers were David Knight, Katherine Myers, Joanna Piatt, Taylor Hays, Rachel Amezquita, Ryan Hays and Caleb Hays.
Honorary pallbearers were B.D. Workman, Tommy Mann, James Isom, Mike Scroggins, Jerel Flippin, Larry Isom and members of the Wise County Veterans Group.
Memorials may be made to Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport, (940) 683-4368; Wise County Veterans Group, Ray Nellis, (940) 427-4481; and A.S. Johnston Camp No. 983, Ray Florence, (940) 683-4640.

Taylor, James Edward | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012

James Edward Taylor
Funeral for James Edward Taylor, 68, of Ben Wheeler is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael McGuire officiating. Burial is 4 p.m. Wednesday at Thurman Cemetery in New Fairview.
Taylor died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Tyler.
Born Dec. 9, 1943, in Argyle to Raymond and Ethel Reynolds Taylor, he worked for General Motors.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Sue Taylor; brothers Ray Taylor and Lane Taylor; and sisters Mary Dill, Jane Johnson and Emma Kelly.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Peggy S. Taylor of Ben Wheeler; children Terry Taylor and wife, Sheila, of New Fairview and Stephanie Taylor Baker of Denton; stepchildren David Hill and wife, Amy, and Shelly Mitchell and husband, Charles, all of Gladewater and Carolyn Holly and husband, Steven, of Shenandoah.
He is also survived by grandchildren Krishna, Ethan, Katie and Tanner Taylor; Carolyn and Taylor Baker; Meghan Holly; Shayna, Tucker and Kinzlee Hill; Melissa Kibodeaux; and Morgan and Dylan Davis; and great-grandchildren Brooklyn Ort and Trenton Brittain.
Pallbearers are Ethan Taylor, Taylor Baker, John Taylor, Dakota Davis, David Hill and Charles Mitchell. Honorary pallbearer is Tanner Taylor.

Taylor, Jo Anne | 1931-2012
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Graveside service for Jo Anne Taylor, 81, of Decatur was July 3 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Ken May officiating.
Taylor died Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 20, 1931, in Decatur to W.T. and Ina (Reeves) Hill, she married Vernon Taylor Aug. 7, 1948, in Decatur. They were married 54 years at his death in 2002.
She was also preceded in death by grandson Dusty Morris; great-grandson Zechariah Morris; and brother Bill Hill.
Taylor is survived by daughter Phyllis Shaw and husband, Jeffrey, of Decatur; son Ted Taylor and wife, Cyndy, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; grandson Caleb Morris and wife, Rachael, of Euless; granddaughter Alison Taylor of Plano; and great-grandchildren Christian Morris, Asher Morris and Laura Morris.

Taylor, Roger Dale | 1951-2012
Published Saturday, June 16, 2012

Roger Dale Taylor
Memorial service for Roger Dale Taylor, 61, of Chico will be held at a later date.
Taylor died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Chico.
Born March 14, 1951, in Cuba, N.M., to Clyde and Melveda (Moody) Taylor, he was a supervisor. He married Donna Thomas Dec. 11, 2002, in Decatur.
Taylor was preceded in death by sister Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife; sons John McQuigg and wife, Pam, and Charlie McQuigg and wife, Melinda, of Durant, Okla., Jeff McQuigg and Presley McQuigg and wife, Diane, all of Chico, Andy McQuigg and wife, Trish, of Lincolnton, Ga., and Roger Taylor and wife of Utah; daughters Veronica Collier and husband, Paul, of Alabama, Shannon Dicamillo and husband, Nathan, of Colorado and Tara Taylor of Springerville, Ariz.; 30 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Taylor is also survived by brothers Wayne Taylor, Bobby Taylor and Kim Taylor; and sisters May Ryan, Susie Finch and Sybil Hartley; and other family members.

Teague, M. L. | 1938-2012
Published Saturday, September 1, 2012
M.L. Teague, 75, of Greenwood died Monday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Greenwood.
Graveside service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Charles Taylor officiating.
M.L. was born Jan. 7, 1938, in Denton County to Major Grace and Edith Adeline (Terry) Teague. He married Ila Kammerdiener Nov. 17, 1961.
He served in the United States Army, and wasa volunteer fireman for the Greenwood/Slidell Fire Department for 50 years.
Survivors include sons: Jack Teague and wife, Tawnya, of Decatur; John Teague and wife, Julie, of Greenwood; and M.G. Teague and wife, Bonnie, of Greenwood; and five grandchildren: Ashley, Brandon, Crystal, Casey and Joey.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Thomas, Danny Ray | 1958-2012
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Danny Ray Thomas, 53, a teacher and coach at Alvord High School, died Nov. 5, 2012, at Nocona.
Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Scott-Morris Funeral Home in Nocona. Graveside service is 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Nocona Cemetery with Dale Scott officiating.
Thomas was born Dec. 31, 1958, in Venezuela to Ruth (Horton) and Dick Thomas. He was a lifetime member of the Nocona Church of Christ. He was a 1977 graduate of Nocona High School and a 1982 graduate of Midwestern State University.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Thomas of Nocona; daughter, Charlcie Wolfe and husband, Josh, of Nocona; son Cody Thomas of Nocona; sister Cyndie Ulbig and husband, Kenneth, of Bowie; and grandchildren Kerstin and Logan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Thomas, L.G. | 1934-2012
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012

L.G. Thomas
L.G. Thomas, a former Rhome resident, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. in Cashiers, N.C.
Thomas was born May 27, 1934, in Woodruff County, Ark. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman 1st Class from 1953-1957.
For nearly 30 years, L.G. worked for Goodyear Corp. in different locations throughout Illinois and South Carolina. He retired in 1996 and spent the last five years in Cashiers, N.C.
L.G. is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 44 years, Becky; his children, Jeff Thomas of Goose Creek, S.C.; Robb Thomas of Miami Beach, Fla.; and Suzy Thomas of Cashiers. He is also survived by his sisters, Susie Salmon and Gayle Osborne of the Rhome area; grandchildren Corey, Tyler and Hope; and great-grandchildren Austin, Nathan and Alan.
A memorial service will be held for the immediate family. Memorials may be made to the Ransom United Methodist Church in memory of L.G. Thomas, 102 E. Plumb St., Ransom, IL 60470.

Thomas, Vivian | 1922-2012
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vivian Thomas
Graveside service for Vivian Thomas, 90, of Chico was June 5 at Chico Cemetery with Joey Vick officiating.
Thomas died Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born April 18, 1922, in Vineyard to Icy (Pippin) and Isaac Byers, she was a homemaker. She gardened, played Bingo and visited with friends and family.
She was preceded in death by brothers Haskell Byers, Johnnie Byers and James “Barlo” Byers; and sisters Flossie Whatley, Ruby Pitts and Madeline Davidson.
Thomas is survived by daughter Bobbie Strain and husband, Jerry; sisters-in-law Dimple Byers and Willie B. Byers; grandchildren Stephanie Newton and Brad Newton; step-grandchildren Erica Parsons, Brien Strain and Frances Strain; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Billy Mack Davidson, Larry Byers, George Byers, David Byers, Jerry Whatley and Eddy Calicott.

Thomsen, Lois | 1927-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012
Memorial service for Lois Thomsen, 85, of Rhome will be held at a later date.
Thomsen died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Rhome.
Born Feb. 20, 1927, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Otho and Goldie (Dickinson) Metcalf, she was a retired sales clerk.
She was preceded in death by sister Barbara Ariola and daughter Taffi Thomsen.
Thomsen is survived by daughters Terry Tate and husband, Ron, of New Fairview and Charlene Stephenson of California; grandchildren Shane Rosenberry, Jennifer Bowers and James Bowers; one great-grandchild; sisters Maxine Poteet of North Richland Hills and Clara Masters of Idaho; and brothers Robert Metcalf of California and Otho Dickinson Metcalf.

Tiller, Alice Louise | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Alice Louise Tiller
Funeral for Alice Louise Tiller, 80, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Chico with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Tiller died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Chico.
Born Feb. 10, 1932, in Canton, Ga., to Jane Leecie Putnam Keeter and Olin Walter Keeter, she married Omar Tiller of Chico Nov. 6, 1953. She worked at Custom Fit and Decatur Cleaners until she retired and was a homemaker.
Tiller was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico. She did puzzles, played cards and bingo, watched TV, visited with friends and family, spent time with pets, talked on the phone, cooked and played jokes on people.
Tiller was preceded in death by her husband in 2004; daughter Diane Parker; brothers Olin Keeter and W.A. Keeter; sister Avis Harwell; great-granddaughters Allison Hamner and Lyric Parker; and great-grandson Tuff Parker.
She is survived by sons David Webster of the Philippines, Raymond Tiller and wife, Diana, of Chico and Bruce Tiller and wife, Chrystal, of Wichita Falls; son-in-law Bobby Caraway of Chico; daughters Carol Torres and husband, Rudy, of Dallas, Vickie Stockard and husband, Wendell, of Crafton, Myra Moody and husband, Shorty, of Crafton and Rita Waldrep and husband, Tony, of Bridgeport; sister Wynelle George and husband, Bud, of Tulia; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are William Renner Jr., Travis Renner, Chris Tiller, John Johnson, Dakota Williams, Josh Tiller, Jeremy Tiller, Joe Scheller, Blake Waldrep and Dillon Waldrep.
Honorary pallbearers are Don Caraway, Jeremye Wofford, Jeff Schellar and Jody Tiller.

Torres, Marcos, Jr. | 1953-2012
Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marcos Torres Jr.
Funeral for Marcos Torres Jr., 58, of Bridgeport will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Torres died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Bridgeport.
He was born Sept. 30, 1953, in Dallas to Elvira Lopez and Marcos Torres Sr. He was a consultant in the oilfield business. He cooked, spent time with his children and grandchildren and went on vacations.
Torres was preceded in death by grandparents Lorenza and Pedro Lopez and Manuela and Vicente Torres.
He is survived by his wife, Julie; sons Jim Bob Culwell and Austin Culwell and wife, Kimberly; daughters Crystal North and Katelyn Torres; his parents; brother Jose Luis Torres and wife, Maria; sister Brenda L. Valdez and husband, Vincent; and grandchildren Hunter and Michaela Clarke, Avery North, and Madicyn, Bella and Bailey Culwell.
Pallbearers are to be Jose Luis Torres, Chris Martinez, Mike Clarke and Robert Vidal.

Trevino, Pedro | 1930-2012
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pedro Trevino
Pedro Trevino, 82, a retired glass blower, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
Mass was Dec. 21 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Burial was under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Pallbearers were Rene Guia, Eric Keefer, Evan Keefer, Gabriel Guia, Rachael Guia, Samuel Powers and Matthew Powers.
Pedro was born May 13, 1930, in Salinas Victoria, Monterrey, Mexico to Juan and Leonor Trevino. He married Brigida Lozano Dec. 28, 1956, in Monterrey.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Brigida Trevino of Decatur; daughters Lupe Guia and husband, Antonio, of Decatur, Leticia Keefer and husband, Alvin, of Plano, and Lenore Trevino and Maria Powers and husband, Daniel, all of Carrollton; grandchildren Ren , Gabriel and Rachael Guia, Eric and Evan Keefer, Samuel and Matthew Powers; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Anastacio Trevino; sisters Juanita Vega and Lourdes Garcia; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Porfirio Trevino.

Troutt, Karl Eugene | 1951-2012
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012
Karl Eugene Troutt
Karl Eugene Troutt
Graveside service for Karl Eugene Troutt, 61, of Decatur was Nov. 12 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Troutt died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Dallas.
Born May 1, 1951, in Dallas, he was a heavy equipment mechanic and CDL truck driver for many years. He loved to have projects.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda K. Troutt; sons Matt Wetz, Steven Troutt, Anthony Troutt and Tommy Cornelison; daughter Kanda Smith; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brothers, sisters and many more.

Tuggle, Thomas Edward | 1943-2012
Published Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thomas Edward Tuggle
Funeral for Thomas Edward Tuggle, 68, of Newark is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Phil Sams officiating.
Tuggle died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Newark.
Born July 22, 1943, in Grand Saline to Myron and Kathryn (O’Rourke) Tuggle, he was a retired concrete contractor. He married Myoka Anderson Dec. 8, 1961, in Fort Worth.
Tuggle was preceded in death by granddaughter Kari Elaine.
He is survived by his wife; son Thomas Tuggle and wife, Nina, of Fort Worth; daughters Karla von Diezelski and husband, Chris, of Newark and Cheryl Walls and husband, Derek, of Crafton; grandchildren Richie, Jenni, Rhonda, Justin, Natalie, Kassi, Kandi, Kathy, Thomas, Edward and Teddy; great-grandchildren Edean, Remmy, Blaize and Michelle; sister Elizabeth Wilson and husband, Billy, of Cottondale; and other family members.

Tune, Thomas Alvin, Jr. | 1940-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thomas Alvin Tune Jr., 72, died Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012, in Rockwall.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 2500 State Highway 66 East, in Rockwall with Dr. Bill Cathey officiating. Graveside service is 2:30 p.m. in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Monday prior to the service.
Thomas was born April 20, 1940, in Montague to Thomas Alvin and Margrett Nancy (Cole) Tune. He was a master brick mason and a member of Lake Pointe at the Mansions Church.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Bonnie June (Hallford) Tune; daughters Rhonda Tune, Sherri Erwin and Mary (Skeeter) Goodwin; six stepchildren; sisters Nancy Bufford and Medy Wright; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Turlington, Joe Edd | 1947-2012
Published Saturday, July 28, 2012

Joe Edd Turlington
Funeral for Joe Edd Turlington, 64, of Decatur was July 26 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Charles Reed officiating. Burial was at Alvord Cemetery.
Turlington died Monday, July 23, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Dec. 16, 1947, in Mineola to Wilbur David and Jean (Brown) Turlington, he was a retired carpenter and served in the U.S. Army. He married Vickie Smith in Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by grandson Zachary David Turlington.
Turlington is survived by his wife of 13 years; sons Zack Turlington and wife, Cheryl, of Decatur, Joe Turlington of Bowie and James Miller and wife, Jenifer, of Justin; grandchildren Brittany, Tanner, Brooke, Chloe, Katie and Hannah; brothers James David, Jon, Troy, Willie and Raymond Turlington; sisters Jeanne Greenawalt, Linda Phelps and Patricia Payne; stepmother Grace Turlington; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Wise County Animal Shelter, 1301 S. FM 51, Decatur, TX 76234.

Upchurch, Thomas J. | 1919-2012
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thomas J. Upchurch
Thomas J. Upchurch, 93, of Decatur died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial in Jonestown Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers include Clifford Fuentes, Andrew Fuentes, Robert Bates, David Cox, Brian Willeford, Paul Eudy, Herbert Thetford and Troy Clark.
Thomas was born Aug. 17, 1919, to Thomas J. and Martha (Shelton) Upchurch in Milford. He married Vergie Jones Aug. 18, 1948, in Alvord. He was a minister of the gospel for more than 50 years in Tarrant and Wise counties. He also served his country in the United States Army Air Corps.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Taylor and husband, Paul, of Fort Worth; sons Robert D. Bates and wife, Brenda, of Azle, and Jerry D. Upchurch and wife, Patti, of Hurst; a sister, Catherine Clanton of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a brother, five sisters, and his son, Melvin D. Upchurch.

Utley, Jack ‘Brent’, Jr. | 1964-2012
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Jack “Brent” Utley Jr., 48, an air conditioning contractor, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Newark.
A private memorial service was Nov. 20.
Brent was born Aug. 22, 1964, to Jack Sr., and Sherry (Massey) Utley in Sweetwater. He was a member of the Sheet Metals Union No. 68.
Brent was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his partner, Carla; his mother, Sherry Fortenberry and husband, Ivan; son Chris Utley; daughter Leeann Utley; sisters Melinda Swigart, Traci Allen and Staci Allen; several grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.

Vaughan, Leslie C. | 1957-2012
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

Leslie C. Vaughan
Leslie C. Vaughan, 55, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home.
Leslie was born June 22, 1957, in Dallas and was adopted by Frank and Sara Vaughan. She was a registered Veterinary Technician and worked in Southlake until she became too ill to work. Leslie loved horses and was involved in Rodeo Club in high school, and her passion for animals inspired her career.
She enjoyed showing dogs and was also involved in PAWS, an organization that provides therapeutic dogs for nursing home and hospital patients. She especially loved visiting Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.
Leslie was an avid geneologist and spent a great amount of time tracing her family’s history and took an annual trip to Salt Lake City to visit the Family History Library. She took great pleasure in scrapbooking and cardmaking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sara.
Survivors include a sister, Susie Vaughan; nephew Chris Marks and wife, Nora; niece Sara Richards and husband, Jeremiah; great-nieces Natalie and Abigail; dear friends and caregivers, Norma and Gary Thayer and family; beloved pet T.J. and a host of other dear family and friends.

Veal, Judy Carline | 1948-2012
Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

Judy Carline Veal
Judy Carline Veal, 64, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was Nov. 7 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Judy was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Wise County. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Veal; mother Lois Lanham; stepfather Ray Lanham; and stepsister Susan Rowland.
Survivors include her stepsisters, Terri Pearce and husband, Derrell, of Fort Worth, Cheryl McConnell and husband, Blake, of Denton; brother-in-law Joe Rowland of Bay City; aunt Dot North; cousin Ted North and wife, Anita, of Edmond, Okla.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Verhaagen, Elaine | 1942-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Elaine Verhaagen
Elaine Verhaagen, 69, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Burleson Memorial Cemetery in Burleson.
Elaine was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Mount Vernon, Ill., to Jack G. and Edith (Kern) Enlow. She married Peter Cornelis Verhaagen on May 5, 1987, and they were married 23 years until his death on Oct. 26, 2010. Elaine was also preceded in death by her parents and a stepson, Cory Verhaagen.
She is survived by her sons, Chris Swilley and wife, Delia, of Fort Worth and Shawn Swilley of Shreveport, La.; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and stepdaughters Emily Dignan of Berryville, Ark., and Helena Cox of Ozark, Mo.

Vincent, Samuel Dennis | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, March 31, 2012

Samuel Dennis Vincent
Funeral for Samuel Dennis Vincent, 82, of Boyd was March 30 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Steve Benard officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery.
Vincent died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Springtown.
Born Nov. 7, 1929, in Mansfield to Samuel and Lenna (Billingsley) Vincent, he was a retired maintenance employee of the Texas Highway Department. He married Ruby Faye Smith June 28, 1949, in Boyd.
Vincent was preceded in death by his wife and son, Jerry Don Vincent.
He is survived by son Samuel D. Vincent and wife, Darla Jean, of Springtown; grandchildren Lisa Reid and husband, David, of Newark, Stacey Stapleton and husband, Jake, of Boyd, Johnnathan Warren of White Settlement and Jason Warren of Graham; great-grandchildren Isaac, Josh, Matthew, Ethan and Aries; sister Ruby Vincent of Graham; brother Willy Vincent and wife, Nelda, of Chico; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Jake Stapleton, Derek Bone, Rocky Tackett, Steve Tackett, Greg Tackett and David Reid.

Walker, Allyn Kay Sizemore | 1959-2012
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Allyn Kay Sizemore Walker
Funeral for Allyn Kay Sizemore Walker, 52, of Paradise was Jan. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with Joey Harrison officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Walker died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born July 11, 1959, in Lawton, Okla., to Bonnie “Buck” and Delores (Martinez) Sizemore, she married Robert Walker Sept. 2, 1983. She lived in Wise County since 1988 and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Walker was preceded in death by brother William Sizemore.
She is survived by her husband; sons Ian Frausto of Watauga and Eric Walker of Paradise; daughter Megan Walker of Paradise; brother Terry Luker of Purcell, Okla.; and sisters Libby Gonzales of Hatch, N.M., and Linette Martinez of Artesia, N.M.
Pallbearers were Bobby Sizemore, Kelly Sizemore, Daniel McCleary, David McCleary, Tad Billmire and Jack Cannon.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse for the Blind in Fort Worth.

Walker, Jay Loy | 1932-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012
Funeral for Jay Loy Walker, 80, of Decatur was June 7 at Holly Hills Mausoleum Chapel in Granbury. Entombment followed at the mausoleum.
Walker died Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Decatur.
She was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Van Buren, Ark., to Calvin Newton Walker and Goldie G. Beverage.
He is survived by his wife, Frieda Walker; sons Jay W. Walker and wife, Brenda, and James N. Walker and wife, Lorinda; and several grandchildren.

Walker, Kemper Fall | 1937-2012
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

Kemper Fall Walker
Kemper Fall Walker, 75, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Decatur following a brief illness.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Jones Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5094 U.S. 380, near Bridgeport, with Father DeWayne Adams officiating.
Kemper was born Oct. 21, 1937, in Houston to Ruth Nichols Fall and Fredric Fall.
She met the love of her life, Richard, while both were working at Christie, Mitchell & Mitchell in Houston. They married June 25, 1960, and moved to Bridgeport in 1967, where they resided for the rest of their lives.
Kemper was a business major at Texas Tech College in Lubbock where, among other activities, she was a member of Delta Gamma. She was active in a variety of social, community and church-related activities in Bridgeport, including the Bridgeport Civic Club, Bridgeport Garden Club and Daughters of the King.
The Walkers joined St. Mark’s Episcopal Church shortly after moving to Bridgeport, where she and Richard were recognized as the members with the longest ties to the original congregation. She was instrumental in combining the congregations of Ascension Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church into one church.
Kemper was well known for her elegance, which resonated throughout her lifetime. Her grandchildren lovingly chided her for her refined manner, while striving to imitate her grace.
She is survived by daughter Jennifer Walker of Bridgeport; daughter Laura Craft and husband, Larry, of Katy; son Wise County Sheriff David Walker and his wife, Christi, of Bridgeport; and sister Sally Sanders of Houston.
She is also survived by grandchildren Forrest Walker and wife, Heather, of Cisco; Jordan and Taylor Craft of Katy; and Tyler Arozamena and Addison Walker of Bridgeport; and great-grandchild “Baby 2012.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard N. Walker; her parents, Ruth Fall and Fredric Fall; and by a sister, Rosanna Fall Glass.
Members of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Rick Armstrong, Doug Bridwell, Tony Caruthers, Glenn Hale, Don Nimmo and Dr. Jon Walker.
The family requests that donations be made to a charity of choice.

Walker, Michael Leon | 1965-2012
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Michael Leon Walker
Memorial service for Michael Leon Walker, 47, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Living Word Tabernacle in Bridgeport with Bo Johnson officiating.
Walker died Friday, July 13, 2012, in Fort Worth.
He was born March 23, 1965, in Bridgeport to Patricia Jordan Johnson and James Leon Walker.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather Larry Johnson of Bridgeport; his father of Arizona; brothers James Walker of Decatur, Thomas Strange of Aurora and Kelvin Cockerham of Arizona; sisters Donna Whitaker of Corpus Christi and Debbie Roy of Chico; grandmother Beulah Robinson of Chico; and Wendy Salazar.
Memorials may be made to the James L. West Hospice House in Fort Worth.

Walker, Virginia Dell Reeves | 1925-2012
Published Saturday, October 20, 2012
Virginia Dell Reeves Walker, 87, a lifelong resident of Rhome, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday until 5 p.m. at Biggers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Rip” Walker; sons Fredrick Lee Walker, Clarence Edward Walker and his wife, Linda Sue Walker.
Survivors include herbrother, Pete Reeves of Decatur; daughter-in-law, Linda K. Walker of Arlington; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Wallace, James Edward, Sr. | 1939-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

James Edward Wallace Sr.
James Edward Wallace Sr., 73, a retired auto mechanic, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Springtown.
The funeral was Nov. 26 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bro. John Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Louie Winters, Jamie Wallace, Shad Wallace, Carl Tackett Jr., Glenn Davis Jr. and Frank Ferrira.
James was born Feb. 2, 1939, to Andrew and Bessie (Huckabee) Wallace. He married Maudie Agnus Kirby Dec. 24, 1956, in Weatherford. James served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Edward Wallace Jr.; and brother Carol Wallace.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maudie Wallace of Springtown; son Andrew Daniel Wallace and wife, Trina, of Mansfield; daughter Pamela Sue Davis and husband, Glenn, of Springtown; grandchildren Shannell, Louie, Carl, Andrew Jr., Shad, Janie, Glenn Jr., Amanda, Tanner, Lauren, Fayte and Jessie James; 19 great-grandchildren; brother John Hennery Wallace of Fort Worth; sisters Rosie Pollard and Betty Morrow, both of Chico; other family members and a host of friends.

Walls, Herbert ‘Herb’ | 1930-2012
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Herbert ‘Herb’ Walls
Funeral for Herbert “Herb” Walls, 81, of Post was Aug. 20 at Post Church of Christ with Travis Sweet officiating. Burial followed at Terrace Cemetery.
Walls died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Post.
Born Nov. 27, 1930, in Ira to Pete and Fleta (Goss) Walls, he attended school at Hermliegh then moved to Garza County with his family in the 1940s to work at the Postex Cotton Mill. He married Lois Veach Sept. 9, 1949, in Benjamin.
Walls worked in road construction, as a tool pusher on drilling rigs and was a Garza County commissioner from 1966 to 1994. He traveled with his family, played dice games, raised animals and attended auctions. He was a longtime Baptist.
Walls was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 17, 2008; son Dale Leslie Walls on Jan 9, 2005; and great-grandchild Shiloh Walls on July 26, 2011.
He is survived by son Derek Walls and wife, Cheryl, of Chico; daughters Martha Jo Roberts and husband, Doug, of Claude and Irene Fry of Post; sister Geneva Belongia of Post; grandchildren Brad, Jeff, Leslie, Jayson, Lucas, Seth, Austin, Nathan, Rhonda and Justin; great-grandchildren Miranda, Jaycob, Cheyenne, Dylan, Kelsee, Carsen, Kinzi, D’Kota, Sydnee, Aisha, Samuel, Ashley, Taylor and Renee; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Brad Roberts, Jeff Roberts, Jayson Fry, Lucas Walls, Seth Walls and Doug Roberts. Honorary pallbearers are past and present county commissioners.
Memorials may be made to the Post Church of Christ building fund or the American Cancer Society.

Warner, Clyde Sylvester | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clyde Sylvester Warner
Funeral for Clyde Sylvester Warner, 77, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Nolan Warner officiating. David Warner and Leon Coleman will assist. Burial will follow at Cundiff Cemetery in Chico.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Warner died Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Grapevine.
Born May 27, 1934, in Bridgeport to Richard and Alziabee (McDaniel) Warner, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Haiying Ding June 26, 2000, in Shanghai, China. Warner was a retired communications technician and a longtime ham radio operator, WA50YK. He traveled, fished, listened to country music, flew, spent time with family, played 42 and dominoes, and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Warner was preceded in death by brothers Gilbert, Wayne and Morris Warner.
He is survived by his wife; son Nolan Warner of Decatur; daughter Debbie Males and husband, Steve, of Decatur; grandchildren Dale Gilliam III and wife, Rachel, of Dallas, Dawn Keller and husband, Thomas, of Fort Worth, Denton Gilliam of Paradise and Kelsey Males of Lindsay, Okla.;
Great-grandchild Cameron Keller; sisters Mary McClary and Vadis Simmons; brothers David, Norman and Jim Warner; mother-in-law and father-in-law HongLiang Ding and Xuezhen Xu; brothers-in-law Lisheng Ding and wife, Yanhong Cheng, Xuedong Ding and wife, Zhaofang Kong; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Dale Gilliam III, Denton Gilliam, Thomas Keller, Tim Warner, Zack McClary and Mark McClary.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Watkins, Patricia Ann | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Patricia Ann Watkins
Funeral for Patricia Ann Watkins, 68, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial is 2 p.m. at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Watkins died Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Nov. 10, 1943, in Decatur to Kester and Vivian Hudson Atchley, she worked for Mrs. Baird’s Bakery and was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary VFW and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Steven Darhower.
Watkins is survived by her husband, William Watkins; son Ray Traister and wife, Angie, Cecil Traister and wife, Belinda, and Tommy Traister; daughter Glenda Tacub and husband, George; stepsons Casey Thornburg and Allan Thornburg; sister Zonetta Rutledge; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Watson, Garfield | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, January 14, 2012
Memorial service for Garfield Watson, 77, of Lubbock, formerly of Decatur, was Jan. 10 at Lubbock Primitive Baptist Church with burial at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park in Lubbock.
Watson died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Lubbock.
Born April 27, 1934, near Cone in Floyd County to Garfield and Nona Watson, his family moved to Decatur when he was 5 and ran a dairy farm. He graduated from Decatur High School and attended Texas Tech University. He was employed at Deal Machine Shop in Lubbock as a cotton gin technician installing cotton gins nationwide.
Watson was preceded in death by his five sisters; three brothers; and son Philip.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter Pam McClendon and husband, Dean, of Tulsa, Okla.; son Gary Watson of Liberty Hill; grandsons Jeremie McClendon and Kyle McClendon and their families; granddaughter Michelle and her son; and four stepchildren of Lubbock.
Memorials may be made to Lubbock Primitive Baptist Church, 4401 N. University, Lubbock, TX 79415.

Watson, Marian Hill | 1934-2012
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Marian Hill Watson, 78, formerly of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Bedford.
Funeral was Dec. 17 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Marian was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Fairy to Cornelius Orion and Effie Hall Hill. She retired from Vought Aircraft and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Watson.
Survivors include her daughter, Bonny Sue Williams; son David Watson and wife, Denise, all of Bedford; grandchildren Robin Fennema and husband, Sean, and Amy Graham and husband, Brian, all of Grapevine, Jim Watson of Norman, Okla., Andrew Watson and wife, Tiffany, of Bremerton, Wash., and Kyle Hunter of Bedford; great-grandchildren Kelsie, Madison, Cole, Chip, Collin, Sydney, Macy, Dimity, Gabriella, Benjamin and Frederick; brothers Billy Hill and wife, Beverly, of Cranfills Gap, L. C. Hill and wife, Shannon, of Conroe, and Reggie Hill and wife, Sandra, of Bedford.
Memorials may be made to the Fort Worth Alzheimer’s Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Weaver, J.W. | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, June 30, 2012

J.W. Weaver
Funeral for J.W. Weaver, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Crafton Baptist Church. Burial is 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Weaver died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Dec. 4, 1934, in Decatur to Lizzie and J.A. Weaver, he worked for Vandervoorts Milk Co., and in the grocery business in the butcher department and management. He and his wife, Patricia, owned and operated J&P Grocery in Argyle for 27 years.
Weaver was preceded in death by sisters Marie Swyers, Lorraine Fingal and Ruby Johnson; and brothers Jimmie Weaver, Charlie Weaver and Jimmie Lou Weaver.
He is survived by his wife; son Tim Weaver and wife, Lisa; daughter Vanessa Gassiot and husband, John; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Webb, Billy J. | 1944-2012
Published Saturday, August 25, 2012
A private service for Billy J. Webb, 67, of Lake Bridgeport is Saturday, Aug. 25.
Webb died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Lake Bridgeport.
Born Nov. 24, 1944, in Sherman to Winnie (Duger) and Charles Oscar Webb, he was a truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army and spent time with friends and family.
Webb was preceded in death by brother Henry Webb, Albert Webb and Charles Webb; and sister Irene Webb.
He is survived by sons Billy J. Webb Jr. and wife, Amanda, and Brandon Charles Webb, all of Bridgeport; daughter Rhonda Sparks of Lake Bridgeport; stepson Tony Lynn Webb of Bridgeport; stepdaughter Crystal Lynn Webb of Arlington; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Webb, Carla Sue | 1963-2012
Published Saturday, November 3, 2012
Carla Sue Webb, 48, of Sanger, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Dallas. She was born Nov. 15, 1963, in Denton to John Edward and Carolyn (Claytor) Gray.
She was a 1982 graduate of Sanger High School and attended Anthems College. On March 5, 1983, she married William Joe Webb in Sanger, and they raised their family in Sanger. Carla worked at Thermodyne (formerly Victor Equipment) as a machinist until her retirement in 2006.
Visitation is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger. Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Slidell Baptist Church in Slidell with Quint Burks officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Survivors include her husband, Will, of Sanger; sons Jonathan Webb and wife, Jessica, of Spokane Valley, Wash., and Jeffery Webb of Redmond, Wash.; sister Cindy Pruett of Slidell and half-sister Becky Albert of Kennedy. She was preceded in death by her father, John Gray.

Webster, Minnie Lucille | 1923-2012
Published Saturday, June 9, 2012
Funeral for Minnie Lucille Webster, 88, was June 6 at First Baptist Church of Ponder with burial at Eakin Cemetery.
Webster died Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Ponder.
Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Drop to John and Velma Burk, she graduated from Ponder High School in 1938. She married Troye Richard Webster April 27, 1942, in Denver.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Webster is survived by children Lynda Lucille Webster, Thomas Richard Webster and Larry Eugene Webster; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

West, Carol | 1946-2012
Published Saturday, October 6, 2012

Carol West
Carol West, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Springtown Church of Christ under the direction of White’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Springtown Cemetery.
Visitation with the family is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Church of Christ.
Memorial donations may be sent to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.
Carol drove a bus for Springtown ISD for 10 years and also worked for U.S. Postal Service in Roanoke for 24 years.
She was a breast cancer survivor in 1988 and 2003.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents: Clyde and Gladys Moore.
Survivors include her husband, Robert West of Springtown; daughter Dana Ackley and husband, Stacy, of Colmesneil; son Randall West of Denton; grandchildren Colton, Conner, Tarynn and Rylee Ackley-Colmesneil; sister Joy Hussey and husband, Bob, of Springtown; brother Don Moore and wife, D’Ann, of Springtown; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Whatley, Lorene Reed | 1919-2012
Published Saturday, June 23, 2012
Funeral for Lorene Reed Whatley, 93, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is one hour before the service at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Whatley died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Decatur.
Born May 30, 1919, in Decatur to Bertie Lee Reed and Alice May Taylor, she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by husbands Howard L. Reed in 1963 and the Rev. L.A. (Gus) Whatley in 2004.
Whatley is survived by children Richard Reed and wife, Teresa, Marsha Corrigan and husband, Tom, and Helen Odom and husband, Bruce; grandchildren Kasi Van Kleef and husband, Blake, Coby Cobb and wife, Jennifer, Eric Reed and wife, Heather, Shelly Robinson and husband, Matt, and Blake Odom and great-grandchildren Logan Reed, Addison Cobb, Kayla Robinson and Keith Robinson.

Wheeler, Edwina Faye (Goins) | 1918-2012
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Graveside service for Edwina Faye (Goins) Wheeler, 93, of Bridgeport was July 3 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Donna Goins speaking.
Wheeler died Monday, July 2, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Aug. 22, 1918, in Bridgeport to John and Merry (Frank) Goins, she was a printing clerk for Curtis 1000 before she retired.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Wheeler; son John C. Wheeler; brothers Melvin Goins and Jack Goins; and sisters Agnes Bates and Julia Rich.
Wheeler is survived by nephew Richard Goins and wife, Donna, of Burleson; and other family members.

White, David Lewis | 1949-2012
Published Saturday, September 8, 2012

David Lewis White
Memorial service was Sept. 5 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home with burial following at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
White was born to the Rev. Wesley and Inez White Feb. 28, 1949. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dianna; son Chad White and wife, Lynn, of Bridgeport; daughter Cherri Carroll of Oklahoma City, grandsons Colton and Colby White; granddaughter Katelyn Carroll; and brothers Ronnie White, James White and Jerry White.
He was preceded in death by his father.

White, Inez | 1925-2012
Published Saturday, March 3, 2012

Inez White
Funeral for Inez White, 87, of Bridgeport was March 2 at Jones Family Funeral Home with David Kelly officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
White died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 2, 1925, in Agnes to Ruby (Pike) and Claude Niblett, she was a member of Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker and cooked, read, did crossword puzzles and spent time with grandchildren.
White was preceded in death by husband J.D. King Jr.; brother Gene Niblett; and sisters Claudine Foreman and Betty Holley.
She is survived by husband Elmer Ray White; sons Eddie King and wife, Peggy, and Lindy King and wife, Delyn; stepchildren Buddy White, Donna Pochyla and Brenda Wilkinson and husband, Doug; sisters Imogene Gentry, Lorene Gentry and Edna Wood; grandchildren Kevin King, Bart King, Darla Martinez, Clint King and Casey King; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were White’s nephews, Glenn Gentry, Doug Wood, Jimmy Gentry, Wally Gentry, Ronald Holley and David Holley.
Honorary pallbearers were Roger Gentry and Buddy White.

Whitehead, Joseph Lamar, Jr. | 1936-2012
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Joseph Lamar Whitehead Jr.
Joseph Lamar Whitehead Jr., 76, of Decatur, a retired electric developer, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Dec. 8 at Bolivar Cemetery in Denton County with the Rev. Chris Brown officiating.
Pallbearers were Charles Harris, Ron Webb, Donny Dickenson, Clayton Woodruff, Steve Harden and John Dibley. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Stevens.
Joe was born Nov. 10, 1936, in Bolivar to Joseph Lamar and Irene (Salmon) Whitehead. He attended Dallas Baptist College and was owner of Whitehead’s TV Repair during the 1970s. He played piano at Greenwood Baptist Church during the 1960s and for Bell Baptist during the 1970s.
Joe’s life after retirement was his music and his dogs, Jesse, Lady and Bubba. His love for music inspired him to write a great many gospel and country songs. He spent most of his time in his studio at his keyboard writing songs or recording songs for other musicians. The music played for his service were songs written and recorded by him.
He is survived by his sister, Frances Long of Colleyville; nieces Lynette Childers and husband, Dan, of Oklahoma City and Vicki Curtis and husband, Robert, of Colleyville; four great-nieces; three great-nephews; a host of friends; and his Lady Angels on earth, Mary Harris, Betty Altman and Sherry Dickenson.

Whitford, Paul Raymond | 1941-2012
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paul Raymond Whitford
Paul Raymond Whitford, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Arlington due to complications from knee surgery.
Memorial service was Dec. 17 at Northwest Christian Church in Arlington.
Paul was born March 15, 1941, to Raymond and Annie (Marchbanks) Whitford near Spur. He was a 1959 graduate of Azle High School and attended Cisco Junior College before graduating from North Texas State University.
He earned his CPA and practiced for several years in Texas before moving to California. Paul continued his accounting practice there and graduated from San Fernando Law School in 1978. For many years, he practiced law in California before returning to Arlington to be near his family and friends.
Paul was always positive and generous. Above all, Paul was a loved family member and a loyal friend. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his best friend, Billy Cathcart, and at family gatherings and monthly get-togethers with high school friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Gene and Clint Thomason.
Survivors include sisters Mcajo Pool and Phyllis Curtis and husband, Ernie; brother William L. Thomason and wife, Syble; nieces Teresa Pool and Sherri Culbreath; nephews Ray Pool III and wife, Jayne, Ron Thomason and wife, Corinne, and Eric Thomason and wife, Robin; several grand, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; many close and personal friends and his dog, Cricket.
Memorials may be made to the Azle Museum, P.O. Box 1442, Azle, TX 76020 or the Tarrant County Humane Society, 1840 El Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103.

Whitson, Anita Jean | 1965-2012
Published Saturday, May 12, 2012

Anita Jean Whitson
Funeral for Anita Jean Whitson, 46, of Chico is 2 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Earnest Patterson officiating. Burial is at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Whitson died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Chico.
Born Dec. 1, 1965, in Morton to Joe and Jean (Dane) Clark, she was a registered nurse. She married Kenny Whitson March 20, 1988, in Las Vegas and was a member of the Baptist church in Chico.
Whitson is survived by her husband; parents Joe Clark and Jean Greer and husband, Gerald; son Joey Whitson, all of Chico; daughter Jamie Whitson of Mineral Wells; stepson Jerry Whitson; stepdaughter Chrisy Whitson; granddaughter Lacy; brother Donny Clark and wife, Lori, of Chico; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Wise County EMS, Derek Walls, Mike Martinez, Bryan Massey, Danny Price, Brandon Sutter and Jerry Taylor.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Society at (888)470-7909 or www.breastcancersociety.org.

Wilde, William Allen ‘Bill’ | 1936-2012
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012

William Allen ‘Bill’ Wilde
Memorial service for William Allen “Bill” Wilde, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Wise County Veterans Memorial Park, 406 N. Trinity St., in Decatur. Fred Utz and Patti Mahaffey will officiate.
Wilde died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 12, 1936, in Beeville to Bernard J. and Mary (Fisher) Wilde, he married Kerry McDaniel May 23, 1968, in Ardmore, Okla. He retired from Petroleum Helicopter Inc. as a helicopter pilot. Wilde served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Methodist church.
He was preceded in death by son Tony Wilde.
Wilde is survived by his wife of 44 years; daughters Ronda Boyd of Decatur and Krissa Lopez and husband, John, of Dickinson; sons Rick Boyd and wife, Faith, of New York and Camdon Wilde and wife, Melissa, of Alamogordo, N.M.; grandchildren Brad, Cody, Caitlyn, Wesley, Bradley, Brandy, Kessa, Keelan and Noah; six great-grandchildren; and sister Holly Laird.

Willbanks, Randall Martin | 1951-2012
Published Saturday, June 16, 2012

Randall Martin Willbanks
Funeral for Randall M. Willbanks, 60, of Cayne City, is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville. Pastor Ben Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Swisher Cemetery in Lake Dallas.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Willbanks died June 14, 2012.
Born Aug. 9, 1951, in Decatur, to Gilbert L. and Doris Willbanks, he owned Willbanks Grocery and Market and Willbanks Auto Sales in Caney City.
He is survived by his daughters, Denise Walton and husband, Mark Bollack, Jennifer Willbanks, Erica Willbanks and Haley Willbanks; brother Pat Willbanks and wife, Sherri; sisters Deborah “Dale” Neff and Beverly Bateman and, husband, Ray; mother; and best friend, Billy Harris.

Willey, Allie B. | 1927-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Allie B. Willey
Allie B. Willey, 85, a retired machinist, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Bridgeport.
A graveside service was Oct. 2 at Brushy Cemetery in Bowie, and Paul Willey officiated.
Allie was born on March 29, 1927, to Roy and Dessie (Stalling) Stevens in Barstow. She married Delbert Lee Willey Feb. 15, 1989, in Durant, Okla. Allie worked for Lockheed Martin before she retired.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Vernon Worley.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Del Willey of Bridgeport; her sons, Paul Willey of Fort Worth, Harry Worley of Fort Worth, Robert Worley and Roy Cook; her daughters, Tessie Jones of Bowie and Pat Lake of Tulsa, Okla.; 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends.

Willhite, Judith Stewart | 1948-2012
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Judith Stewart Willhite
Funeral for Judith (Judy) Stewart Willhite, 63, of Weatherford was March 14 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Home in Weatherford. Burial was at Memory Gardens.
Willhite died Saturday, March 10, 2012.
Born Aug. 28, 1948, in Weatherford to J.W. and Kathryn Stewart, she graduated from Weatherford High School in 1966. She was a member of the marching band and the National Honor Society. Willhite graduated in May 1970 from North Texas State University, and she married Mike Willhite Sept. 4, 1970. She was was co-owner of Weatherford Cushion Co. for 41 years.
Willhite is survived by her husband; son Cody and his partner, Joe Carroll; sister Candy Hale of Decatur; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to South Main Church of Christ or a charity of choice.

Williams, Bobby Carroll | 1934-2012
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bobby Carroll Williams
Bobby Carroll Williams, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Greenwood.
Funeral was Dec. 14 at First Baptist Church of Greenwood with the Rev. Tracy Epting officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dustin Wilson, Devin Wilson, Chace Williams, Shawn Hess, Jack Teague, John Teague and Jimmy Williams. Honorary pallbearers were David Caraway, Neal Fortenberry, Frank Maxwell, Dale Burks and Rodney Mote.
Bobby was born April 15, 1934, in Greenwood to Elmer Ellis and Flora Elizabeth (Myers) Williams. He married Georgia “Jo Ann” Coker on Dec. 19, 1953, in Corsicana. Bobby retired from Lockheed-Martin Aviation as a quality control supervisor after 26 years of service. He retired from the Army National Guard after 25 years of service.
Bobby was a 32nd degree Mason in the Greenwood Lodge No. 799 and a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Williams of Greenwood; son Tim Williams and wife, Maggie, of Greenwood; daughter Kim Biggerstaff of Lake Kiowa; sister Sandy McCormick of Waco; grandchildren Dustin Wilson of Corinth, Chace Williams of Greenwood, Megan Williams of Muenster and Devin Wilson of Granbury; great-granddaughter Emma Grace Williams of Muenster; nephew Steven Young of Waco; and niece Julie Young Evans of Waco.

Williams, Hester Lorene | 1919-2012
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hester Lorene Williams
Hester Lorene Williams, 92, a homemaker, died, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Greenwood Baptist Church, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. Tracey Epting will officiate. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers will be Josh Culbertson, Cody Culbertson, Austin Stubbs, Kirby Stubbs and Brandon Culbertson.
Hester was born Nov. 4, 1919, to John and Margie (Campton) Harvey in LaFlore, Okla. She married Luther Eili Williams in 1935 in Whitesboro, Okla. She was a past president of Decatur Quilting Club, a longtime member of Greenwood Extension Education Club and Greenwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Margie Culbertson; her grandson, Randy Culbertson; and four sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Williams of Greenwood and Jerald Williams of California; her grandchildren, Ricky, Ronnie, Donna, Laura, Amy, Melisa, Shelly and Jerald; her brother, Kenneth Harvey of Nevada; her sister, Helen Ruth Salgado of Nevada; other family members and a host of friends.

Williams, Jo Ann Melton | 1943-2012
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jo Ann Melton Williams
Memorial service for Jo Ann Melton Williams, 69, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark. The Rev. Terry Mize and George Pearsons will officiate.
Williams died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Bedford.
Born Feb. 18, 1943, in Seminole, Okla., to Marion and Beulah (Pulliam) Melton, she married Tommy D. Williams March 27, 1960, in Ada, Okla. The couple owned and operated Tommy D. Williams Ministries.
She was preceded in death by sister Geraldine Melton.
Williams is survived by her husband of 52 years; daughters Terina Ann Williams-Damron of Aurora and Cembra Lynn Williams-Sanders and husband, Brian, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Zachary, Desirae and Shellby Sanders and Jincy Damron; sisters Christine Schaefer and husband, Clarence, of Coahoma, Mary Grummitt and husband, Jim, of Big Spring and other family members.

Williams, Wanda Corinne Cummings | 1941-2012
Published Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wanda Corinne Cummings Williams, 71, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband by her side.
Wanda was born June 29, 1941, to Homer Thomas and Marguerite Corinne Gibson Cummings in Fort Worth. She graduated Lewisville High School in 1959 and married Royce O’Neal Williams of Lewisville Dec. 18, 1959, at Central Baptist Church. They were married for 53 years this December.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Shawna Renee Williams, son Devin Royce Williams and granddaughter Kimber Williams.
She is survived by her husband, Royce Williams; daughter Kimberly Williams; son Lance Williams; grandchildren Jeremy Williams, Sarah, Cody and Kyle Perryman, Megan Williams, Ashley Corcel and husband, Ronnie; and great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Vance Williams.
Funeral was Dec. 19, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville, and burial followed at McCurley Cemetery in Lewisville.
Memorials may be made to Paradise Band Boosters, c/o Paradise High School. For online condolences, visit www.mulkeymason.com.

Willingham, John Paul, Sr. | 1934-2012
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012

John Paul Willingham Sr.
Private memorial service for John Paul Willingham Sr., 77, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date.
Willingham died Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born July 19, 1934, in Leavenworth, Kan., to John Patrick and Edith Lillian (Arlaud) Willingham, he played golf, fished and gambled.
He was preceded in death by wife Pauline Mary Willingham and grandson Bryan Alexander.
Willingham is survived by sons Steve Patrick Willingham, John Paul Willingham Jr. and Mark Lee Willingham; daughter Judy Mary (Willingham) Schumpert; sisters Patricia Lynne (Willingham) Prickett; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Willingham, Orval Lynch | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Orval Lynch Willingham
Funeral for Orval Lynch Willingham, 85, of Boyd was May 1 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Yates Folk officiating. Burial was at Boyd Cemetery.
Willingham died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born June 11, 1926, in Brown to Lon C. and Minnie (Whitwell) Willingham, he was an electrician. He graduated from Boyd High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy.
Willingham married Erna Henderson June 14, 1947, and they made their home in Boyd. He worked for Consolidated Vultee for 16 years and Bell Helicopter for 25 years before retiring in 1986.
He was active with his family, community and church, where he served as deacon at Boyd Church of Christ. He told stories, gardened and spent time outdoors.
Willingham was preceded in death by son Dr. Rick Willingham; four brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Judy Russell and husband, Robert; sister Iva Nell Kemp and husband, David; grandchildren Megan Russell, Victoria McCall, Robert Russell, Alexis Willingham, Kate Tsai and Callie Willingham; five great-grandchildren; and other family members.
Pallbearers were Lonnie Willingham, Chauncey Willingham, Allen Holub, Donald Fox, Joseph Vaughn, Ken McCall, Jason Tsai, Robert Russell and Dorman Holub.

Wilson, Mary Alice | 1947-2012
Published Saturday, April 7, 2012
Memorial service for Mary Alice Wilson, 64, of Decatur will be held at a later date.
Wilson died Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 15, 1947, in Plain View to James and Bonnie (White) McGaha, she was a retired housekeeper.
Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Wilson, and two brothers.
She is survived by daughter Karen Kee and fianc , James, of Louisiana; son Phillip Carney and wife, Angela, of Weatherford; lifetime companion Jimmy Jones of Decatur; stepson Ronald Wilson and wife, Rhonda, of Tyler; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Raymond McGaha and wife, Lucille, of Arlington; nieces and nephews.

Windle, Jana Sue | 1956-2012
Published Saturday, September 1, 2012

Jana Sue Windle
Jana Sue Windle, 55, of Newark died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jana was born on Nov. 27, 1956, to Raymond and Renee (Bender) Windle in Fort Worth. She was an assistant manager.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her brother, Ted Windle of Weatherford; her sister, Cynthia DeCordova of Aurora; her great-niece, Tressie Windle of Weatherford and a host of friends.

Windle, Theodore George | 1946-2012
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Theodore George Windle
Theodore George Windle, 66, a retired Southwestern Bell employee, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Weatherford.
Services will be held at a later date.
Theodore was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Baltimore, Md., to Raymond and Renee (Bender). He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley, and his sister, Jana Windle.
Survivors include his son, Phillip Windle of Weatherford; stepson Marvin Smith of Fort Worth; stepdaughters Kelli Bray of Weatherford and Angela Mooney of Fort Worth; grandchildren Tressie Windle, Taylor Bray, Kaylee Bray, Jenni Bray and Amber Sexton; sister Cynthia DeCordova of Aurora; a nephew; other family members and a host of friends.

Wingate, Elizabeth Liz | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, May 26, 2012

Elizabeth Liz Wingate
Funeral for Elizabeth Liz Wingate, 82, of Azle was May 25 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Keeter with Dale Noska and Robert Baker officiating. Burial was at Azleland Cemetery.
Wingate died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Oct. 18, 1929, in Bridgeport to Benjamin and Lily (Verisiki) Hoppie, she married Dean Wingate March 8, 1950, in Oklahoma. She worked at Trammel’s Village Restaurant, where she met people and served guests.
Wingate quilted, embroidered, collected dolls and salt and pepper shakers, cooked meals from scratch and played dominoes and other games with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son Melton Wingate; two brothers and three sisters.
Wingate is survived by daughters Gladys Kay Harris and husband, Eldridge, of Fort Worth and Joyce Diane Wilson and husband, Arnold, of Azle; grandchildren Jennifer Luna and husband, Arnulfo, Rusti Wingate and wife, Lindsay, and Jessica Kolar and husband, Jake, and Rowdy Wilson, all of Azle, and Julia Harris and Seth Harris, both of Fort Worth.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Jordan, Payton, Tristen, Ryder, Boston and Kearsie; sister Inez Baughn of Missouri; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Rusti Wingate, Jake Kolar, Arnulfo Luna, Brenton Saumty, Rowdy Wilson and Seth Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Darryl Wilson and Wesley Wilson.

Winters, Kim Elaine | 1960-2012
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Funeral for Kim Elaine Winters, 51, of Bogata was Jan. 30 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial followed at Hardy Cemetery near Forestburg.
Winters died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Paris.
She was born Aug. 10, 1960, in Fort Worth to James Leroy and Peggy Fern (Evans) Winters.
Winters is survived by brothers James Winters of Wiggins, Colo., Bill Winters of Cheyenne, Wyo., Dale Martin of Gilmer and Michael Winters of Decatur; sister Iva Ludlow of Brownwood; three sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers were James Winters, Bill Winters, Michael Winters, Justin Winters, Dale Martin and Mike Miller.

Wise, Sarah Moss | 1962-2012
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sarah Moss Wise
Funeral for Sarah Moss Wise, 49, of Sunset is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Alvord Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Wise died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Sept. 24, 1962, in Decatur to Thomas and Bonnie (Tucker) Moss, she married John William Wise June 6, 2003, in Alvord. She was a telemetry tech for Wise Regional Health System.
Wise was preceded in death by her father; mother-in-law Ann Lay; and brother-in-law Sunny Wise.
She is survived by her husband; son Brandon Moss of Alvord; daughters Kaleta Phillips and husband, Ryan, of Alvord, Rachael Houston and husband, Dale, of Park Springs, Ami Harvey and husband, Tracy, of Decatur and Anna Hill and husband, Homer, of Forestburg; her mother of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; sisters Deanna Nelson, Gladys Smith, Deborah Franklin, Patricia Billington and Katherine Buggar; brother Danny Grant; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Brandon Moss, Ryan Phillips, Danny Grant, Tracy Harvey, Jason Michael, Bobby Franklin, Dale Houston and Andrew Franklin.

Withey, Helen May | 1932-2012
Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

Helen May Withey
Helen May Withey, 79, a homemaker, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at First United Methodist Church in Paradise, with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Pastor Patti Mahaffey will officiate. Pallbearers include Jimmy Isaacs, Bruce Withey, James Withey, and Grayson Rowan.
Helen was born on Nov. 15, 1932, to James and Agnes (Gordon) Howell in Wheeler County. She was married to James Withey, who preceded her in death in 2009.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bobby Ray, Dayton, Buddy, Jackie, and A.J. Howell; and her sisters, Odessa, Jean, and Marie Howell.
She is survived by her sons, James (JR) Withey of Alex, Okla., Bobby Withey and wife Diane of California, and Bruce Withey of Paradise; her daughters, Ruthie Goldman and husband Gene of Alex, Okla., Doris Miears of Paradise, Patricia Dugan and husband Walter of Paradise; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Ruth Bivens of Jacksboro; other family members and a host of friends.

Wolf, Robert Paul | 1961-2012
Published Saturday, April 28, 2012

Robert Paul Wolf
Funeral for Robert Paul Wolf, 50, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Chris Brown officiating. Burial is at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Wolf died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Decatur,
Born Nov. 24, 1961, in Fort Worth to James and Carolyn Wolf, he was a general contractor. Wolf attended L.D. Bell High School.
He was preceded in death by uncle Jimmy Ray Cain; niece Marti Wolf; and grandson Logan Wolf.
Wolf is survived by his parents of ; children Brandon Wolf, Randall Wolf, Robert Wolf Jr. and Jessica Wolf, and the mother of his children, Rhonda Wolf, all of Edmond, Okla.; brothers Bryan Wolf, Jeff Wolf and Steve Wolf and wife, Andrea; sister Karen Wade and husband, Kevin, and grandmother Ruth Cain, all of Decatur; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers are Matthew Cain, Michael Cain, Jay Bowers, Nathan Bowers, Karl Bowers and Justin Beamis. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Bettis and Hal Benson.

Wolff, Joyce Dean Wentrcek | 1937-2012
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

Joyce Dean Wentrcek Wolff
Joyce Dean Wentrcek Wolff, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, after a brief illness.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1037 10th St., in Bridgeport. Pastors Gerald Epperson and Gerald Peterman will co-preside.
Joyce was born in Friendship June 11, 1937, the first of three daughters born to Henrietta and Bennie Wentrcek. She graduated from Taylor High School, class of 1955.
After watching her walk down Main Street in her multi-layered petticoats and penny loafers, Calvin Wolff crashed into a beer truck and fell instantly in love. They were married Sept. 2, 1956, and recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
To this union were born a son, Russell, and a daughter, Suzanne. Calvin’s work took them from Austin to Dallas, and Joyce made comforting and inviting homes wherever they lived. She lived a godly life, holding membership at Faith Lutheran Church in Austin, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Hurst and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, serving on Altar Guild at each. She was also involved with the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Euless and Fort Worth Garden Clubs.
During recent weeks, Joyce was given special care by the loving nurses and staff at the Cancer Care Center and Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for which the family is very grateful.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie, and her brother, Richard.
Survivors include her husband, Calvin; mother, Henrietta; children Russell and Rebekah, and Suzanne and Steve; granddaughter Kelly; sisters JoAnn and Maxine; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 247, Bridgeport TX 76426 and the Wise County Clinical Care Associates, 2010 South Ben Meritt Drive, Decatur, TX 76234.

Wolff, Lavon | 1937-2012
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lavon Wolff
Funeral for Lavon Wolff, 74, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Balsora Baptist Church with Glenn Connell officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Wolff died Monday, July 9, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Santo to Flora Evangeline (Irvin) and Jewel A. Long, she married Jimmy Wolff Sept. 9, 1955.
She was a homemaker and an Avon representative for 30 years. Wolff taught Sunday school for more than 50 years and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union, the Baptist Women and Girls in Action.
She gardened and canned and raised a myriad of animals and crops on her 100-acre farm, including chickens, peacocks, quails, cows and pecans.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 25, 2000, and her sister, Lora Cobb.
Wolff is survived by daughters Cindy Wolff of Bridgeport and Laquetta Turner and husband, Stan, of Sanger; brother Jimmy Long and wife, Agnes, of Hico; grandchildren Stan Turner Jr., Jackie Pevehouse and Thomas Turner, all of Sanger; and great-grandchild Zach Pevehouse.
Pallbearers are Ted Rarick, Bobby Eason, Curtis West, Carroll Franklin, Marshall Coleman and Jimmy Riley. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Grimes and Bobby Moyer.

Womack, Donnie ‘Don’ | 1932-2012
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Donnie ‘Don’ Womack
Funeral for Donnie “Don” Womack, 79, of New Braunfels was Aug. 14 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels with burial 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Boonsville Cemetery in Wise County.
Womack died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.
Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Ingleside to William and Ora Mae (Morris) Womack, he married Nedra Tanner Nov. 7, 1959. Womack served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and in the Merchant Marines. He was a retired Ditch WItch employee.
He was preceded in death by siblings Marie Womack, Roylee Womack, Claudia Mae Handy, Loyd Womack and Leona Jackson.
Womack is survived by his wife; sons Ron Womack and wife, Ramona, of New Braunfels and Mike Womack and wife, Kelly, of Ruston, La.; brother Billy Womack and wife, Norma, of Chico; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Wood, Bobby Dean | 1953-2012
Published Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bobby Dean Wood
Funeral for Bobby Dean Wood, 58, of Stephenville, formerly of Boonsville, is 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Wood died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Stephenville.
Born July 6, 1953, in Prescott, Ark., to Lewie and Doris (Smith) Wood, he was a disabled rancher.
He was preceded in death by brother Don Wood.
Wood is survived by his mother of Bridgeport; his father of Boyd; brothers Lewie Wood and wife, Janie, of Weatherford and Kobie Wood and wife, Paula, of Stephenville; sister Melba Weatherly and husband, Tommy, of Ennis; sister-in-law Christine Wood of Houston; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Woodruff, Brenda Lee ‘Mom’ | 1957-2012
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Brenda Lee ‘Mom’ Woodruff
A private memorial service for Brenda Lee “Mom” Woodruff, 54, of Bridgeport was July 9 at her home with Mark Benton officiating.
Woodruff died Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Bridgeport.
Born Aug. 28, 1957, in Waltham, Mass., to Ingrid (Uhlin) and Richard Malmgren, she was a cook for several nursing homes in Wise County and a homemaker.
Woodruff is survived by husband Roy Woodruff; daughters Brandi (Woodruff) Sales and Traci (Woodruff) Morrow; stepdaughters Cheri Hamby and Terri Leek; stepson Kennith Woodruff; her parents; brother Ricky Malmgren; sisters Sonja Louro, Moira Cabral and Jennifer Macho; and grandchildren Joseph Sales and Adrian Sales.

Woodruff, Carl | 1933-2012
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Carl Woodruff
Funeral for Carl Woodruff, 78, of Valley View was July 3 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton with James Jackson officiating. Burial followed at Sanger Cemetery.
Woodruff died Friday, June 29, 2012, in Denton.
Born Oct. 12, 1933, in Hildon, Okla., to Hollis and Lucy Boner Woodruff, he married Josephine Peel June 1, 1957, in Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Weber Aircraft in Gainesville in 1992. He and his wife traveled 27 states in a year in their motorhome. Woodruff had a farm in Slidell and traveled.
He was preceded in death by sister Helen Drath and brother Jack Woodruff.
Woodruff is survived by his wife; daughters Carla Creamier and husband, Allan of San Antonio and Misty Dawn Woodruff of Valley View; sons Mike Woodruff and wife, Sissie, of Valley View, Mark Woodruff and wife, Judy, of Greenwood and Gary Woodruff of Valley View; sister Wanda Hill of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jack Woodruff, Wade McClusky, Brent Milligan, Neal Hale, Harrison Crew and Jack Cutsworth.

Woodruff, Mack |
Published Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mack Woodruff
Funeral for Mack Woodruff, 84, of Azle is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Tony Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Azleland Cemetery.
Woodruff died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Azle.
Born July 9, 1927, in Munday to Orby and Myrtle E. (Owens) Woodruff, he served in the U.S. Army and the Merchant Marines. He married Janice Loree Newman May 17, 1947, in Terrell Wells. He owned and operated Mack’s Garage in River Oaks and was a Baptist.
Woodruff was preceded in death by his wife Nov. 15, 2002; sister Fredna Mae Richards; and brothers Buster Woodruff and Mark Woodruff.
He is survived by sons Roy Woodruff and wife, Karen, of Bowie, David Woodruff and wife, Pat, of Azle, Darrell Woodruff of Azle, Brant Woodruff and wife, Shari, of Azle and DeWayne Richards and wife, Cathy, of Azle; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Mary Woodruff of Springtown; and other family members.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Woodruff, Jed Woodruff, David Richards, Patrick Baker, Clayton Woodruff and Cliffton Woodruff.

Woods, Mitchell | 1926-2012
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mitchell Woods
Graveside service for Mitchell Woods, 85, of Boyd was April 10 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Woods died Friday, April 6, 2012, in Boyd.
Born May 3, 1926, in Fort Worth to William Hardie and Iona May (McVoid) Woods, he was a retired owner of an appliance maintenance company. He married Bunita Stevens Dec. 26, 1942, in Decatur. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Keeter Baptist Church.
Woods was preceded in death by a son, Jerald Mitchell Woods; two brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife; son Ricky Fritz Woods and wife, Cindy, of Boyd; granddaughters Heather Woods, Courtney Etter and Danielle Foster; great-granddaughter Austin Etter; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Wooley, Jimmie Lee |
Published Saturday, March 3, 2012
Graveside service for Jimmie Lee Wooley, 87, of North Richland Hills, formerly of Alvord, is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Lingleville-East Cemetery in Stephenville with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Wooley died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in North Richland Hills.
Born June 10, 1924, in Colorado City to Romeo Earl and Adrus W. (Havens) Whirley, she married George Mack Wooley Nov. 18, 1938, in Colorado City. She was a member of the Smithfield Baptist Church.
Wooley was preceded in death by her husband; and sister Nelda Dain.
She is survived by son Rod Wooley and wife, Carol, of Alvord; brothers J.L. Whirley and wife, Dana, of Fort Worth and Earl Whirley and wife, Martha Ann, of Witter, Ark.; sisters Betty Joe Prescott and husband, Charles, of Springtown and Bobbie Sweeney of San Diego; granddaughters Michelle Miller and husband, Mack, of Klein and Melissa Hill and husband, Bryan, of Aledo; and six great-grandchildren.

Wortman, Raymond Leon | 1926-2012
Published Saturday, February 11, 2012

Raymond Leon Wortman
Funeral for Raymond Leon Wortman, 85, of Ponder is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the First Baptist Church in Ponder with the Rev. Kim Broadstreet officiating. Burial will follow at Eakins Cemetery in Ponder.
Wortman died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
Born April 4, 1926, in Chico to Robert Frank Wortman and Vera Alice Parker Wortman, he married Ruby Nell Long in Decatur in September 1945.
Wortman was preceded in death by son Marty; granddaughter Lorie Wortman Kelly; brother Cecil Wortman; and sister Mildred Browning.
He is survived by his wife; sons Don Wortman and wife, Mindie, and Larry Wortman and wife, April; grandchildren Natalie Moore, Delilah Kimmel and husband, Chris, Jason Wortman and wife, Christy, Melissa Roche and husband, Mike, Meghan Wortman and Amanda Wortman; stepgrandchildren Katie and Zachery Price; great-grandchild Miranda Wortman; step-great-grandchildren Kimber, Hunter and Hailey Runnels; sisters Christine Scott, Wanda Norton and Doris Long; sister-in-law Virginia Wortman; and nieces and nephews.

Wright, Harlon ‘Bo’ | 1952-2012
Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

Harlon ‘Bo’ Wright
Harlon “Bo” Wright, 60 died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Hilltop Family Church, 1227 Old Cottondale Rd., in Springtown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hilltop Family Church.
Bo was born Aug. 21, 1952, in Fort Worth to Harlon Oscar Wright Jr. and Mary Nell Wheeler Wright. He was a sergeant with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years and was named Deputy of the Year in 2011. He was a 1983 world champion wild horse racer, bullfighter and rodeo clown. Bo loved to cook barbecue and travel in his motor home with all the grandkids.
More than 20 years ago he and John Conway helped start Hilltop Family Church, where he served as the church treasurer. Bo was a member of Greenwood Lodge No. 779 and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason.
Bo was preceded in death by his father; son Jeremy Wright; and sister Truma Nell Davidson.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki Wright of Boyd; son Ben Wright and wife, Paula, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Lucas, Destiny, Larkyn Wright, and Myka Poteet; mother Mary Nell Wright of Boyd; sister Luanne Robinson of Boyd; nephews Chris Davidson and Flint Robinson; and numerous cousins.

Yoder, Raymond John | 1929-2012
Published Saturday, July 7, 2012

Raymond John Yoder
Memorial service for Raymond John Yoder, 83, of North Richland Hills, formerly of Boyd, was July 6 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home In Boyd.
Yoder died Monday, July 2, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Born Jan. 26, 1929, near Kalona, Iowa, to Eli S. Yoder and Esther Helena Brenneman, he was the youngest of 10 Amish Mennonite children. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He met and married Jo Ann Rickman, who preceded him in death Aug. 23, 1996. Yoder married Donis Hefner in 1997.
He worked at Texas Instruments as a sheet metal worker and supervisor for 27 years until his retirement in 1987. After retirement, Yoder worked on his farm in Boyd and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He and Donis retired from the Boyd farm and lived in North Richland Hills.
Yoder was also preceded in death by brothers Ivan, Lyle, Marvin, Wilbur, Duane and Calvin; and sisters Eva and Verna.
He is survived by son Phillip Wayne Yoder and wife, Paula, of Denton; daughter Laurie Ann Yoder of Arlington; stepson Ken Hefner and wife, Tina, of North Richland Hills; grandchildren Alisha and Cassie; great-grandchild Kaden; and sister Luella Yoder of Kalona.

Young, Roy Wharton | 1962-2012
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012

Roy Wharton Young
Bull riders, car buyers and Youth-Fair exhibitors have lost a friend with the death of Roy Wharton Young, age 49, due to a heart attack early Friday.
The soft-spoken Decatur native was one of four organizers of WC Challenger Charities, which has put on the J.W. Hart Professional Bull Riders Challenge at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena since 2004.
In its nine years, the event has raised $394,600 with local organizations, its primary beneficiaries. United Way of Wise County alone received $224,000.
Young was eagerly looking forward to the 10th annual event. He had planned to attend a WCCC board meeting that morning.
“We’ve lost a good one, one of the best,” said Andrew Rottner, who along with Young, Wendell Berry Jr. and Calvin Jackson formed WCCC.
“Roy worked hard no matter what he did and was passionate about all that he did. He made hard work fun,” Rottner said. “He always brought a smile to your face, and I never saw him get truly angry at anyone. He’ll be terribly missed by so many.”
James Wood hired Young on Jan. 2, 1986, after he graduated from Tarleton State University. He had planned to work for the First National Bank in Decatur, but Wood told Young, “You can do that later. I need you now at the car lot,” recalled Wood’s son Raymond.
“Roy was my best friend all my life,” Raymond said. “We started in first grade and graduated together.
“He was the cornerstone at our dealership, the guy that people always came to. In 26 years, he may have missed two days total. He was always right there to help.”
The elder Wood pointed out that “you could set your clock by Roy. He was a true friend and always there for you. It’s a sad day today at our dealership.”
Wood Motors’ executive manager, Carey Williams, mentored Young, who started as a salesman and was serving as general sales manager for the Decatur dealership at the time of his death.
“We grew up together in this business,” Williams explained. “The words ‘loyalty’ and ‘commitment’ immediately come to mind thinking of him. You really don’t get to have that many true friends in life. Roy Young was definitely one of mine.”
Young spent hundreds of hours over the years working on various facets of the Wise County Youth Fair. He was the current president of the fair’s Champions and Blue Ribbon Club, another organization he helped create.
Funeral for Young will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, where he was a member. The Rev. Johnny Irish, chaplain Berl Pedigo and Mike Wheat will officiate. Burial will be at Sand Hill Cemetery south of Decatur.
Family visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers will include Randy Burkhart, Rusty Ford, Asa Johnson Jr., Mark Montgomery, Berry, Jackson, Rottner and Williams.
Young was born Dec. 11, 1962, to Jim Tom and Mary Evelyn (Bearden) Young in Fort Worth. He married Donna Sue Springs Feb. 13, 1988, in Decatur.
Survivors include his wife; daughter Emily Young of Decatur; and sisters Barbara Ashcraft of Waco, Debra Walker and husband, Ronnie, of Decatur, and Linda Young and husband, Alan Mayhew, of Fort Worth.
Young’s family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to W.C. Challenger Charities, P.O. Box 1238, Decatur, TX 76234.

Zapata, Ruben | 1947-2012
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ruben Zapata
Ruben Zapata, 65, of Runaway Bay died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Ruben was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Del Rio to Manuel and Juanita (Mendoza) Zapata. He served in the 3rd Recon of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and married Carolyn Green on Oct. 26, 1969, in Acuna, Mexico. He retired from Global Group Inc. as a printer.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Zapata of Runaway Bay; sons Anthony Bartoo and wife, Tracy, of Chico, and Weldon Eugene Bartoo, Ruben Lee Zapata Jr., Jason Samuel Zapata, and Jessie Martinez and wife, Nicole, all of Runaway Bay; daughters Yolanda Zapata of Runaway Bay, and Michelle Duncan and husband, Chase, of Frisco; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brothers Efrain Hernandez of Maryland, Raul Zapata of Fort Worth and Manuel Zapata Jr. of Austin; sisters Orfa Linda Subialdea of Fort Worth and Mickey Shortnacy of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, three sisters and a granddaughter, Brittney Zapata.