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2014
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Hale, Edgar Eugene
1938-2014
Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Edgar Eugene “Gene” Hale, 76, a retired painting supervisor for Lockheed, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at his home in Jacksboro.
Funeral was Dec. 23 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery.
Gene was born June 3, 1938, in Slaton to Nolan Silas and Pearlie Mae (Grundy) Hale in Slaton. He married Anita Hodges Nov. 4, 1961, in Decatur. He served his country in the United States Navy for 11 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Randy Hale; brother Carroll Hale and sister Ramona Crabtree.
Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anita Hale of Jacksboro; sons Jackie Hale and wife, Paula, of Jacksboro, Robert Hale of Weatherford and Curtis Hale and wife, Kayce, of Weatherford; grandchildren Andrea Inman, Laresa Hale, Dustin Hale, Myler Hale, Zachary Hale and Carter Hale; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Hall, Gloria Jean Hughes
1932-2014

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with Pastor Steve Summers officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are William Kent, Tommy Hughes, Kevin McGee and Wallace Bowman.
Gloria was born Jan. 20, 1932, in Washington, Pa., to Flannagen and Ethyle (Fordyce) Davis. She married James Hall Jan. 15, 2014, in Montague. Gloria was a caregiver who enjoyed embroidery and gardening. She loved animals, especially her cats.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Junia Lee.
Survivors include her husband, James Hall of Bowie; daughters Tina Smith of Nashville, Tenn., Kristi Bohart of Atlanta, Ga., and Amy Rice of Beaumont; sons James Hall Jr. of Bowie and David Wayne Hughes of Amarillo; sister Celia Reynolds of Washington, Pa.; brother Clarence Davis of Washington, Pa.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hall, Terry Allan
1956-2014

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
Terry Allan Hall, 57, a lifetime musician, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Decatur.
No service is scheduled at this time.
Terry was born Sept. 29, 1956, in Fort Worth. He married Georgia Ann Wells Sept. 3, 1997, in Fort Worth and was a member of North Texas Turtle and Tortoise Society.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Georgia Hall of Rhome; daughter Emaleigh Katelyn Hall of Rhome; sons Neal Norwood of Denton and Michael Darrow of Rhome; brother Ricky Hall of Arkansas; sister Ruthanne Stephens of Fort Worth; and many friends.

Hancock, Ernest Theadore, Jr.
1939-2014

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ernest Theadore Hancock Jr., 75, of New Fairview died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Decatur.
No service will be held.
Ernest was born June 24, 1939, to Ernest and Myrtle (Kilpatrick) Hancock Sr. in Dade City, Fla. He married Sheryl Kay Dodge July 8, 1960, in Mesa, Ariz. Ernest was a retired claims adjustor who served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sheryl Hancock of New Fairview; son Ernest Theadore Hancock III of Phoenix; daughters Sherilyn Faye Dowlearn of Decatur and Rhonda Lynn Starin of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Hansen, Louis B.
1927-2014

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Louis B. Hansen, 86, a retired surveyor, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Sept. 9 at Dido Community Center with the Rev. David Isbell officiating. Burial followed at
Hansen Cemetery in Paradise under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers were Kenny Russell, William Fruhwirth, Allen Patterson, R.J. Shea, Gerald De La Paz and Jimmy Don Lewis.
Louis was born Oct. 5, 1927, in St. Louis to Hans and Floyce (Bass) Hansen. He married Sue Hatfield Jan. 19, 1958, in Fort Worth, and he was a Stewards Mate First Class in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a professional surveyor for the city of Fort Worth for 40 years and was a member of the Julian Field Masonic Lodge.
Louis bought the “Farm” near Paradise in 1976 and spent as much time as possible there piddling, right up until Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, with his best friend, Fred Pettigrew.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sue Hansen of Fort Worth; son Kevin Hansen and wife, Kelly, of Fort Worth; granddaughters Ashley Shea and husband, R.J., of Gilmer, and Hannah Mary Hansen of Palestine; great-granddaughters Haley and Holly Rodriguez, and Alexa Shea, all of Gilmer; great-grandson Dylon Carter Davis of Palestine; his best friend of 63 years, Fred Allen Pettigrew of Fort Worth; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Paradise or Cottondale Volunteer Fire Departments.

Harper, Virginia Lee
1939-2014
Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Virginia Lee Harper, 75, of Rhome, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Decatur.
Services were Dec. 1 at Slay Memorial Funeral Home in Pilot Point. Burial was at Tioga Cemetery under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Pilot Point.
Virginia was born Sept. 12, 1939, the daughter of William H. “Buster” and Ina Mae (Davis) Graves. She married Pleas “Pat” G. Harper Jr. June 7, 1958. He preceded her in death. Virginia was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Teresa Lackey; and sister Pat Schon.
She is survived by son Jerry Wayne Harper and wife, Liz, of Rhome; grandchildren Patrick Harper and wife, Kelli, of Hutto, Jeff Harper and wife, Tasha, of Rhome, Chrissy Ryan and husband, Justin, of Rhome, Tera Lackey of Arlington and Travis Lackey, also of Arlington; and sisters Wanda Burger of Pilot Point and Helen White of Wylie.
Online condolences may be recorded at www.slaymemorialfuneralhome.com.

Harris, Charles Edwin
1936-2014

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Charles Edwin Harris, 78, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home in Paradise.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, officiated by Angie Tyson.
Charles was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Paradise to Hillard Gandy “Mutt” and Bobby D. (Bridges) Harris. After high school, he joined the Army and later tried his hand at college before deciding on a career as a brick mason.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and the Local Union No. 6 of Fort Worth.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki Gail (Gordon) Harris; son Johney; daughters Celia and LaRea; and grandchildren Erika, Jennifer, Alycium and Slyton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harris, Marjorie
1939-2014

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Marjorie Harris, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Marjorie was born Jan. 21, 1939, in Hannibal, Mo., to Edwin and Wilma (Ruble) Moore in Hannibal, Mo. She married Albert John Harris March 16, 1954, in Pittsfield, Ill.
She is survived by daughters,Marjorie Ford and Dennis, of Florida, Cathy Edwards and husband, Billy, of Decatur and Ginny Robertson and husband, Darren, of Missouri; sons Albert Harris and wife, Marie, and Bill Heusted and wife, Patsy, all of Missouri; sisters Karen Woolfork and Donna Triplett; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Marion Harrelson of Florida; and sister Coleen Kaylor.

Harris, Nancy Sue
1941-2014

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Nancy Sue Harris, 73, of Decatur, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Casey officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Terry Hartley, Richard Mara, Todd Mara, Caleb Burk, Nate Mara and Melvin Taylor Jr.
Nancy Sue was born Feb. 7, 1941, in Aurora to Henry and Eula (Short) Taylor. She married Patrick Harris Sept. 16, 2000, in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick Harris of Decatur; daughters Suzanne Burk of Decatur, Annette Mara of Decatur and Athena Hartley and husband, Terrence, of Alvord; sons Ricky Mara and wife, Carol, of Jacksboro and Patrick Harris Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Oklahoma; grandchildren Nate Mara, Caleb Burk, Richard Mara, Todd Mara, Jude Hartley, Jasper Harris and Travis Mara; sister Pat Mara of Decatur; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Melvin Taylor.

Hartley, Wayne
1946-2014

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wayne Hartley, 68, a builder, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Decatur Civic Center’s Grand Hall, with Talus Murphy, Lavina Swenson, Joyce Lawrence and Rachel Potter officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Steve Newton, Darryl Durkee, Doug Myers, Patrick Hockaday, Clayton Smith, Brayden Hartley, Conway Smith and Larry Davis.
Wayne was born Jan. 13, 1946, in Pearson, Okla., to Leo and Dorothy (Miles) Hartley. He made his choice to serve God in August 1965.
Wayne married Mary Christine Chambers Sept. 14, 1968, in Dallas. He was a residential and commercial builder and a member of the Wise County Veterans Group, which he served as the finance officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; a sister; a brother; and a grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Christine Hartley of Decatur; son Joe Hartley and wife, Candy, of Georgetown; daughters Sheila Smith and husband, Shawn, of Krum and Shonna Cole and husband, Adam, of Frisco; grandchildren Clayton, Cheyenne and Conway Smith, Brayden and Charlee Rose Hartley, and Ryan Cole; sisters Marie Norcross and husband, James, of Golden, Colo., and Jean Bloemker and husband, Bernard, of Effington, Ill.; brother Charley Hartley of Deer Park; nine nephews and six nieces; and numerous cousins and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to the Wise County Veterans Group for the museum. Send to P.O. Box 574, Decatur, TX 76234.

Harvey, Ronald G. 'Ronnie'
1937-2014

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ronald G. “Ronnie” Harvey, 77, of Rhome died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Steve Weeks officiating, assisted by Doris Dickey. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Tony Dickey, Raymond Dickey, Mark Hahn, Barry Harvey, Ronnie Smith and Ned Adcock.
Ronnie was born on April 18, 1937, in Rhome to Prentis and Ima (Ford) Harvey. He married Sue Bridges April 8, 1994, in Boyd and was employed at the Harvey family general store, where he was in charge of appliance repair.
Ronnie owned and operated the Roadrunner Restaurant, the Time Out convenience store and the R&S Car Wash in Rhome before he retired in 2009. Ronnie was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sandra; his sister Norma Matthews; and his brothers, Harold and Jerry Harvey.
He’s survived by his wife, Sue Harvey of Rhome; daughters DeYon Vess Moore and husband, Damon, of Justin and Darlyn Goetz and husband, Kevin, of Blanchard, Okla.; stepdaughters Angie Branson and Amie Nelson; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harvey, Sharon Hayden
1947-2014

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sharon Hayden Harvey, 67, of Decatur, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 22 at the Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Emerald Hills Memorial Park in Kennedale, under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Sharon was born Aug. 2, 1947, in Highland Park, Mich., to Guy and Julia (Semchena) Cunningham. After the death of her mother in 1957, she moved to California, then returned to Michigan for a short time before moving to Paducah, Ky., after the death of her father in 1963.
She married Joe Terry Hayden there, and their daughter, Ginger, was born in 1966. Sharon completed cosmetology school and worked as a hairstylist for many years.
In 1981, she moved to Texas and shortly afterward was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 1984, her daughter was murdered in Fort Worth – the killer was finally caught and convicted in 2012.
Sharon married Victor Harvey Nov. 9, 1985, in North Richland Hills. They adopted a son, David Harvey, in 1989. Sharon moved back to Michigan in 1997, to Peoria, Ill., in 2008 and to Decatur in 2010.
Sharon was a faithful Christian and attended the Decatur Church of Christ. She fought a brave battle against MS and never let it define her. Her motto was to allow 10 minutes a day to feel sorry for yourself and then move on.
She touched and inspired many lives with her spirit and determination and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Victor Harvey of Decatur; son David Harvey and wife, Bonnie, of Decatur; and brother Tom Cunningham, of Detroit.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Ginger Hayden.

Harvill, Shirley Moore Lanier
1935-2014

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
Shirley Moore Lanier Harvill, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Bowie.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Forestburg Church of Christ with arrangements handled by White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. Burial will follow at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.
Shirley was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Forestburg to William Henry “Billie” and Lenora Iduma (Smith) Moore. She married Eli Harvill Nov. 29, 1985, after her first husband, Gene Lanier, was killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 28, 1980. Shirley was a faithful member of the Forestburg Church of Christ.
She worked for Wylie Grocery in Forestburg for many years, and she also worked for different offices in the Montague County Courthouse. Shirley was elected Montague County treasurer where she retired after serving one term.
She enjoyed working with local community clubs and organizations in Forestburg and was an avid homemaker who enjoyed time with her family more than anything else.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gene Lanier; and brothers William Ancil Moore and Henry Don Moore.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Eli Harvill of Saint Jo; children Phyllis Kaye Lanier Teakell and husband, Rick, of Weatherford, Charles Don Lanier of Forestburg, John Randal Lanier and wife, Jaimie, of Decatur, Janice Carol Lanier Gresham of Forestburg, Lewis Harvill and wife, Natalie, of Lubbock, and Sue Harvill Roach and husband, Brad, of Lake Nocona; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Memorials may be made to: Forestburg Volunteer Fire Department, Forestburg Community Service Club or Forestburg ISD Education Foundation.
Acknowledgments may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 360, Forestburg, TX 76239.

Hatley, Buddy
1956-2014

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Buddy Hatley, 58, of Azle, died Monday, March 24, 2014, in Fort Worth.
No services are scheduled.
Buddy was born Jan. 14, 1956, in Decatur to Dillard and Wilma (Lankford) Hatley. He was a self-employed rock and brick mason.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Linda Carson.
He is survived by his son, John Hatley and wife, Sheri, of Azle; daughter Angel Levingston and husband, James, of Boyd; grandchildren Megan, Boo, Bubba, Melodie, Jessica, Hannah and Nichole; brothers David, Joe, Timmy and Alvin Hatley; sisters Nancy Hays, Mellisa Hays, Anita Hays and Judy Greer; and other family members and friends.

Hawkins, Sharon Verita
1946-2014

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
Sharon Verita Hawkins, 67, died Wednesday June 18, 2014.
She had been a resident at Senior Care in Bridgeport for the last three years. Although no public memorial will be held, Verita will be remembered by family and friends who loved her. Verita was born July 11, 1946, in Quanah to Klina Monette (Underwood) and Edward Eldo Fincher. A 1964 graduate of Quanah High School, she was awarded a four-year music scholarship to West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, where she was a voice major. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and elementary education from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls and entered the teaching field in 1970 when she joined the faculty of the Quanah school system, teaching fifth and sixth grades. As director of the Quanah Music Lovers Club, she was known for her perfect pitch and piano skill. Verita was also a flying student and received her solo certification from Hawkins Aircraft in Quanah in 968. She loved reading her Bible, music, teaching and spending time with her family.
Verita is survived by her sister, Edwenna Earnheart and husband, Richard, of New Mexico; daughter Renee Hooper and son-in-law, Eric, of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Brilliana, Silas, Killian and Johan Preston, and Emily, Ashley and Makenna Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her son, Murry Justin Hawkins; and her parents.

Head, Leon Edward
1933-2014

Published Saturday, March 1, 2014
Leon Edward Head, 81, of Yuma, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Yuma.
Service was Feb. 15 at Desert Valley Mortuary Chapel in Somerton, Ariz., with Chaplain Ed Huffman of Hospice of Yuma officiating. Burial followed at Yuma Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Desert Valley Mortuary.
Leon was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Indian Creek. He was married for 57 years to Sandra Balew, who was born and raised in Decatur.
She preceded him in death, as did a son, Lenden G. Head, and son-in-law Richard L. Skiles.
Survivors include daughter Kari Head Skiles; brother Manley Joe Head; sister-in-law Nelda Head; three grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.

Heisel, Jane Warren Alling
1939-2014

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
Jane Warren Alling Heisel, 75, of Decatur, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jane was born April 24, 1939, in the Presidio of California in San Francisco to Major Emery E. Alling, M.D. and wife Lois B. Alling. Graduating from Abilene High School in 1957, she attended the University of New Mexico and Tobe Coburn School in New York City with a vision to become a ladies’ clothing buyer.
She worked in the retail industry for several years in Seattle, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and Denver. She was married to Greg Heisel and settled in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Colo. She changed careers to secretarial and bookkeeping work for an accountant and charitable Christian organizations such as Young Life. After becoming single again, she moved to Rio Rancho, N.M. where she retired.
Jane was a born-again believer and longtime member of the Episcopal Church, which she loved, served and attended faithfully. She had a beautiful voice and used it to glorify her Savior.
She was afflicted with Alzheimer’s six years ago and moved to Texas to reside in assisted living and full-care facilities, mostly in Wise County. She was known as the “singing lady” at her last earthly residence at The Hills. She is survived by her brother, James Alling, and his wife, Janis, of Decatur; nephew Jefferson Alling, M.D. and wife, Natalie, of Decatur, the parents of her great-nephews and nieces Nathan, Jonathan, Hannah and Sarah; niece J’Lynn Congdon and husband, Ardy, of Highland Village and his son, Lee, of Denton; as well as several cousins in Michigan, North Carolina and Alabama.
Jane’s family thanks Solaris Hospice, her doctors, nurses and attendants who were all wonderful, with special gratitude to The Hills staff which faithfully cared for her for three years. They also expressed appreciation to the faithful ministry of the laymen and ladies of the Decatur Church of Christ, who minister each Sunday morning at The Hills. That service was each week’s highlight for Jane.

Henson, Lela Padgett
1913-2014

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lela Padgett Henson, 100, of Fort Worth died Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Allison Baptist Church in Wise County. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Lela was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Grand Prairie. She retired from her manicurist career at the age of 91.
Lela was preceded in death by a son, Jack Henson; grandson Scott Hall; and great-grandson Taylor Henson.
She is survived by her sons, Ed Henson and wife, Judy, and Jack Henson; daughter Claudette Harrell; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Herrera, David Wayne
1961-2014

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
David Wayne Herrera, 52, of Chico, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Beaumont.
Funeral was Aug. 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Dr. Van Gardner officiating. Burial followed at Cementerio Mexicano.
Pallbearers were Michael Ramirez, Eric Herrera, Derick Herrera, Carmen Martinez, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Martinez.
Honorary pallbearers were Machielle Coleman and Lori Coleman.
David was born Aug. 14, 1961, in Bridgeport to Thomas and Aselma (Martinez) Herrera. He was a painter by trade and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Marisa Lynn Herrera of Richardson; sons David Scott Herrera of Paradise and David Wayne Herrera II of Ada, Okla.; grandchildren Courtnei, Corey and Landon; three sisters; three brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hetherly, Eva Lou Hetherly
1939-2014

Published Saturday, November 8, 2014
Eva Lou Hetherly, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
Service was Monday at First Baptist Church of Newark, with burial under the direction of Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel.
Eva was born Jan. 18, 1939 in Walters, Okla. to Jacob and Ruth Hinkle. She married Robert Hetherly May 29, 1959 in Ardmore, Okla. She and Robert were long-time members of the First Baptist Church of Newark. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be missed by her entire family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son, Robert Richard Hetherly, Jr.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Robert Hetherly; daughter Paula Newby and husband, Matthew; son John Hetherly and wife, Micha; daughter Heather Gilbert and husband, Chris; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Hicks, Everett Lee
1933-2014

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Everett Lee Hicks, 80, of Bridgeport died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Jan. 27 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Dr. David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steve Doty, Mike Scroggins, Larry Isom, David Garrison, Jay Hudson and Delayne Dillard. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Thompson, Dewey Isom and Lance Whitney.
Everett was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Como to Eunice E. (Pappy) and Clara (Barrett) Hicks. He worked for Mitchell Energy for 35 years, starting on a wireline unit and later becoming a longtime supervisor. He retired from the company in 1991.
Everett Lee was one of those wonderful people who never met a stranger. He loved to barbecue for friends and neighbors and loved to garden and work in the yard.
He is survived by daughter Rhonda McDonald and husband, Eddie; sisters Jean Hicks Ray, Margie Isom and Nell Admire; and granddaughter Tifani Hicks.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Hicks, and son Gary Hicks.

Hightower, Kirby Joe
1958-2014
Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Kirby Joe Hightower, 56, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at his home.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst with the Rev. Holly Dittrich officiating, assisted by the Rev. Joe Larson.
Kirby was born June 28, 1958, in Dallas to Joe Max and Anita Joy Hightower. He will be remembered as a kind, generous and loving man.
He is survived by his mother; daughters Samantha, Cassadi and Dayna; sons Dustin and Daniel; 12 grandchildren; and sisters Kari, Shari, Melanie and Somer.

Hill, Cynthia Ann 'Cindy'
1940-2014

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Hill, 73, a homemaker, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Alvord.
Funeral was June 17 at The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills with Dr. Larry Calvin officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Thomas, Matt Luedtke, Kolton Hanisko, Kaalan Hanisko, Reagan Thomas and Ned Hanisko.
Cindy was born Nov. 14, 1940, in Hale Center to Charlie and Joan Hail Stringer. She married Kendall Wayne Hill Sept. 2, 1971, in Madill, Okla.
Cindy enjoyed taking care of her family. She was a member of The Hills Church of Christ and was a woman of great faith who loved reading her devotionals. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren.
Cindy and Kendall shared 38 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2010. He was the true love of her life, and her family rejoices knowing that they are together again in heaven.
She was also preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Lucinda Renee Hanisko of Paradise, Tiffany Hill Luedtke of Dallas and Lindsy Hill Thomas of Alvord; brother Don Stringer of San Angelo; sisters Gail Adams of Holly Lake Ranch and Linda Dabney of San Angelo; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Mary’s Gift, an organization that provides mammograms for the underserved in Wise County. Donations can be made to Wise Regional Health Foundation/Mary’s Gift, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur, TX 76234.

Hill, Harlyn Hannah, Jr.
1973-2014
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Harlyn Hannah Hill Jr., 41, of Newark, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
A memorial will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Celebration Community Church Social Hall, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., in Fort Worth. The come-and-go celebration will offer friends a time to gather and share stories about Harlyn with a videographer on hand to record these for the family.
Harlyn was born Feb. 13, 1973, in Wichita Falls to Rhonda Kaye Loven and Harlyn Hannah Hill Sr. He was married to Jenna Renee Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Jenna; daughter Laurel Kaye Hill; and son Harlyn Hannah Hill III.
Memorials may be made to a fund for his children at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

Hilton, Deborah Moore
1948-2014

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Deborah Moore Hilton, 66, a retired Decatur ISD teacher, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Dec. 22 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Mike McInerney officiating.
Deborah was born Nov. 10, 1948, in Decatur to Jack and Patsy (Rone) Moore. She married Michael Lynn Hilton June 19, 1969, in Ponder. Deborah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Woman’s University.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her stepfather, Kelly McCauley.
Survivors include her son, Jacob Hilton and wife, Jill, of Flower Mound; daughters Lydia Markoff and husband, Ray, of San Jos , Calif., and Lesley Hilton of Decatur; grandchildren Annika and Lukas Markoff; brother Jack Moore and wife, Emma, of Fort Worth; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Hite, Joshua Cody Touchet
1992-2013

Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
Joshua Touchet Hite died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Loveland, Colo., as the passenger in a car accident.
Memorial service was Dec. 31 at Brown, Owens and Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth with cremation to follow.
Joshua was born Sept. 23, 1992, in Bedford to John and Tammy Hite. He grew up most of his life on a rural farm near Alvord and graduated from Alvord High School. Joshua loved playing football and was a fanatical University of Texas football fan. He enjoyed the adventures of the outdoors, from camping to fishing, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to others.
Joshua was in Colorado during the recent history-making floods and spent much of his time helping others move and save personal belongings and then clean and start rebuilding after the storms. His heart was as big as Texas, and he loved his many family members with a passion.
Joshua was preceded in death by his grandmother, Nancy Kay Sutherlin Jackson; and aunt Bobina Jackson.
He is survived by his father, John Hite of Hurst; mother Tammy Hite of Richland Hills; sister Brooke Hite of Hurst; grandparents John and Jean Hite of Hurst; grandfather Malcolm Jackson of Richland Hills; aunt Robin Scott Hite of Arlington; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Memorials may be made in Joshua’s name to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Hobbs, Wanda Michelle
1971-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Wanda Michelle Hobbs, 42, of Paradise died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Jan. 14 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport and was officiated by Jimmy Williams. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Long, Bubba Long, Justin Williams, Cody Deaton, Brandon Deaton and Gaylord Kennedy.
Wanda was born May 6, 1971, in Bridgeport to Benny and Leta (Taylor) Fennell. She was a newspaper carrier for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and earned its Carrier of the Year award. Her hobbies included sewing, going to auctions and spending time with her children and family.
She and her husband, Frank Hobbs of Paradise, were together for 14 years. She is also survived by her son, Harley Hobbs of Paradise; daughters Jennifer Fennell and Constance Caraway, both of Paradise; parents Benny Fennell of Decatur and Leta Paddock of Springtown; brothers Johnny Paddock of Bridgeport and Billy Paddock of Paradise; sisters Carol Roe and Ashley Fennell, both of Bridgeport; best friend Stacy Williams of Paradise; and grandmother Oleta Dethloff of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Seaton; and nephew Trey Seaton. Memorials may be made at First Financial Bank in memory of Wanda Hobbs. Make checks payable to FBO Wanda Hobbs.

Hodge, Roland D.
1947-2014

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Roland D. Hodge, 66, of Decatur, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, as a result of complications from an auto accident.
A “Celebration for Life” service was April 13 at Western Star Cowboy Church in Springtown with Pastor Bobby Bowden officiating. Arrangements were handled by Alpine Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Roland was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Magee, Miss., the son of Robert D. and Frances Hodge. He was called to ministry in 1967 and served as pastor in churches in Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Costa Rica and Ecuador. He served as church planter with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as area director of Missions in Longs Peak Association with the SBC’s North American Mission Board.
Since retirement from full-time ministry, he had worked with Paradise ISD. He was an active member of Western Star Cowboy Church.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; sons Jason Hodge of Tulsa, Okla., and Daniel Hodge and wife, Holly, of Burleson; daughter Carol McCutchen and husband, Terry, of Paradise; brother Don Hodge and wife, Brenda, of Saginaw; and sister Fran Caddell and husband, Wayne, of Mize, Miss. He was “Opa” to 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and had two nieces and one nephew.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents. He blessed many people, and he himself was blessed by those with whom he worked, played and worshipped.
Memorials may be sent to the Western Star Cowboy Church arena fund.

Holder, James Leo
1931-2014

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
James Leo Holder, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Boyd.
Funeral was Sept. 4 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Noska officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Keeter, under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers were Keith Husley, Mark Sanders, Johnny Luster, Jonathon Holder, Rodney Holder and James G. Holder.
James was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Fort Worth to James and Betty (West) Holder. He served in the U.S. National Guard and was retired from Menasco Aerospace.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wynell (Neill) Holder; sons Ricky and Michael Holder; and his sister, Francis Holder.
He is survived by his son, Jeff Holder and wife, Regina, of Boyd; grandchildren Michael Brown and wife, Angela, Jeremy Brown, Kim Holder and Kevin Holder; six great-grandchildren; brother Johnny Holder and wife, Peggy, of Bridgeport; other family members and friends.

Holder, Sharolyn Lauterbach
1946-2014

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sharolyn Lauterbach Holder, 67, a secretary, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with Bro. Sam Starr officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Weatherford.
Pallbearers are Randy Linville, Brett Fuller, Cody Deaton, Gaylen Oates, Jeffrey Sorrells and Jerry Paul Oats.
Sharolyn was born Dec. 5, 1946, in Hope, Ark., to James and Mary (Jarrell) Lauterbach. She retired from Lockheed and worked as the secretary for L.O. Transport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Holder; and brothers Buddy and Jimmy Lauterbach.
Survivors include her daughter, Denise Oates and husband, L.O., of Paradise; son Lonnie Holder of Bridgeport; grandchildren Chelsea Holder, Cala “Kookoo” Holder, Gracie Oates, Tiffany Gonzales and husband, Robert, and Stetson Oates and wife, Leslie, Jason Holder and LaDonna Holder; great-grandchildren Cooper and Reese Gonzales and Landry Oates; sister Margaret Sorrells of Odem; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Donations can be made in memory of Sharolyn to Paradise Ag Supporters.

Holland, Juanita Faye
1920-2014

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
Juanita Faye Holland, 94, of Decatur died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jim Mercer, Olin Blas , Randy Slimp, Jack Gainer, Bill Adams and James McMillian III.
Juanita was born Sept. 22, 1920, in Waurika, Okla., to Jewel and Grace (Talley) Beaver. She married Henry Ivan Holland Sept. 16, 1946, in Waurika, and she was a secretary for Decatur ISD, retiring in 1982.
Juanita was a member of Wise Regional Heath System Auxiliary for 18 years, and she traveled throughout the United States with the Rambler Chaparrals, driving her own motor home until 2005. Juanita was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Hobert, Homer, Jake, Hershel and Jasper; sister Opal Stewart; daughter-in-law Bonnie Holland; and grandson Kirk Holland.
She is survived by son Steve Holland of Decatur; daughter Pam Holland of Decatur; granddaughter Dawn Downe and husband, Mark, of Decatur; sister Mary Ausbrook of Comanche, Okla.; brother A.J. Beaver of Wichita Falls; great-granddaughters Crystal Rodriguez of Bridgeport, Staci Downe of Mabank and Alexis Downe of Decatur; great-great-grandchildren Brittany, Isaiah and Jayden of Bridgeport; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Wise Regional Health System Auxiliary or Faith Baptist Church of Decatur.

Holloway, Verna Margaret
1918-2014

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
Verna Margaret Holloway, 95, of Decatur died Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating. Burial will be at Ephrata Cemetery in Ephrata, Wash.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Verna was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Ira and Sophia (Muffler) Fuller. She married Irvin Linn Holloway Aug. 3, 1935, in Burley, Idaho.
She is survived by daughters Esther Stallard and husband, Warren, of Decatur and Beverly May and husband, George, of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Anita Bower, Robert Stallard, Paul Stallard, Debra Tarry, Sherri Stricker and Mike May; 18 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Don Holloway; two brothers and two sisters.

Hon, Merleta
1924-2014

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Merleta Hon, 90, a retired grocery store clerk, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Boyd.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Charles Day officiating.
Merleta was born May 25, 1924, in Winters to Homer and Eva (Taylor) Porter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Day in 1959; her second husband, Frank Hon in 1976; and her brother, Billy Jack Cunningham.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Waldrop and husband, Lee, of Boyd; son Charles Day and wife, Patsy, of Decatur; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; stepdaughter Martha Roberts of Abilene; and other family members and friends.

Hoover, Jerrell Dee
1924-2014

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Jerrell Dee Hoover, 90, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Decatur.
Services will be private.
Jerrell was born March 25, 1924, in Muskogee, Okla., to William and Beulah (Corder) Hoover. He married Beatrice Fulkrod Sept. 23, 1972, in Jacksboro. Jerrell served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a retired air conditioning and heating specialist.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Beatrice Hoover of Paradise; daughter Cheryl Marie Hill and husband, Gary, of Fredericksburg; grandson Michael Sands and wife, Kristin, of Plano; great-grandchildren Jakob and Avery Sands; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Hoover, Jerrell Dee
1924-2014
Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
Jerrell Dee Hoover, 90, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Decatur.
Services will be private.
Jerrell was born March 25, 1924, to William and Beulah (Corder) Hoover in Muskogee, Okla. He married Beatrice Fulkrod Sept. 23, 1972, in Jacksboro. Jerrell served his country in the U.S. Navy, and was a retired air conditioning and heating specialist.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Beatrice Hoover of Paradise; daughter Cheryl Marie Hill and husband, Gary, of Fredericksburg; grandson Michael Sands and wife, Kristin, of Plano; great-grandchildren Jakob and Avery Sands; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Hopkins, Paul Edward
1928-2014

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Paul Edward Hopkins, 86, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
Service is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Bourland Cemetery in Keller under the direction of Lucas Funeral Home.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller.
Ed was born May 17, 1928, in Fort Worth to Paul and Goree Hopkins. He was employed by the GSA and U.S. Postal Service and retired from Birdville ISD.
Ed was a longtime resident of Keller before moving to Sunset in 1995. He was a member of the Keller Masonic Lodge for 60 years and was a founding member of the Keller Mounted Patrol.
He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Clarice Crawford Hopkins; and brothers Leonard and Maurice Hopkins.
Survivors include sons Joe Hopkins and wife, Shirlene, and Carl Hopkins and wife, Lea Ann; and grandchildren Tori, Courtney and Clay Hopkins.

Houchens, Aleita Bell
1922-2014

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Aleita Bell Houchens, 91, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Joey Vick officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are John Simpson, John Simpson Jr., James Simpson, Kelvin Jack Swinney, Scott Langletz, Kenneth George Houchens and Kenneth Lee Vargas.
Bell was born May 19, 1922, in Bridgeport to George and Josy (Parsons) Boring. She married Kenneth Houchens, who preceded her in death in 1990. Bell was a retired teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband David Whale; second husband Kenneth Houchens; daughter Hila Whale; grandsons Michael Whale and David Vargas; and siblings Arthur, Edward, George, Ernest, Amos, Albert, Brady, Truman, Horace, Delila, Viola, Laverne, Bula, Willie, Mary Inez and an infant sibling.
She is survived by her sons, Glen David Whale and wife, Barbie, of Minneapolis, Minn., Jerry Lee Whale and Sue Barr of Winchester, Va. and Kenneth George Houchens and wife, Brenda, of Decatur; daughter Linda Whale Vargas and husband, Cesar, of Decatur; grandchildren Michelle, Tanya, Shawn, Kenneth, Raquel, Nicolas, Alex, Austin, Georgeanna and Madison; great-grandchildren Isabelle, Iva Marie, Olivia, Lola and Gabriell; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Howard, Helen Marguriete Starnes
1925-2014

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014
Helen Marguriete Starnes Howard, 89, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her home in Decatur.
A graveside service was held in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur, March 21, officiated by Monty Martin.
Born March 9, 1925, in Sanger to Leon and Pearlie Mae Teague Starnes, she lived in Wise County most of her life. Marguriete and Murrell Elvin Howard were married April 11, 1946, in Decatur. They have two sons, Paul Howard of Decatur and Brett Howard of Grapevine.
Marguriete met life on its own terms and was fiercely independent. She planned every step of her treatment in fighting breast cancer after it was diagnosed last October.
She enjoyed working at Marie’s Dress shop and at Wise Electric Co-op. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed needlework, especially crocheting.
Marguriete was a member of the original Fundamental Baptist Church in Decatur. Her detailed knowledge of Biblical history led to lively discussions with friends and family. She was an avid Texas Rangers fan, often calling and debating play-by-play game details with friends.
She is survived by her sons, Paul and Brett; Paul’s wife, Mary and his son Shane; Brett’s children, Courtney and Colton; great-grandchildren Mac Whitcomb and Bella Howard; and a great-great-grandson, Abel Whitcomb. Also surviving are her sister, Nickie Brandon; brother Larry Starnes; and two sisters-in-law, Martha Starnes and Mary Sue Starnes.
Marguriete was preceded in death by her husband, Murrell, in 1987; her parents, Leon and Pearlie Starnes; and brothers Bennie Paul Starnes of Houston and Danny Starnes of Denton.

Howard, Jessie Mack
1930-2013

Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
Jessie Mack Howard, 83, of Chico, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Jan. 3 at Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery in Azle with Chad Geeslin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jessie was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Azle to Jesse William and Lucy (Roe) Howard. He married Joyce Nadine Curry Nov. 10, 1972, in Haslet and was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.
Jessie worked for Lockheed Martin and also farmed and worked in construction for several years.
He’s survived by his wife of 41 years, Joyce Howard of Chico; daughter Brenda Geeslin of Chico; sons Rick Geeslin and wife, Nancy, of Bowie, and Ron Geeslin and wife, Donna, of Chico; nephews David Murphree and wife, Faye, of Azle, Paul Murphree and wife, Judy, of Azle, Dwain Dent and wife, Diana, of Fort Worth and Ray Dent of Jack County; niece Patti Gallagher and husband, Robert, of Weatherford; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Jessie was preceded in death by his parents; brother Fred Howard; and sisters Blanche E. (Howard) Dent and Della Mae (Howard) Murphree.

Howard, Joyce Nadine
1928-2014

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Joyce Nadine Howard, 85, of Chico died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at home. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery in Azle with Chad Geeslin officiating. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

Howard, Sara Louise
1924-2014

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
Sara Louise Howard, 90, a retired nurse, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers will be James Moorman, Chris Massengale, Jimmy Massengale, Dale Morris Jr., Jody Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Anthony Wilson and Tony Morris.
Sara was born March 17, 1924, in Pilot Point to Jessie and Bessie (Lowrey) Monroe. She married Willie Joe Howard Aug. 2, 1968, in Sycamore. Sara retired from nursing after many dedicated years. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Terry Morris; daughter Linda Clark Hudson; and sisters Beula Mae Berry and Elsie Sampler.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Willie Howard of Alvord; sons Dale Morris of Boyd and Kenneth Morris of Alvord; daughters Donna Giddens of Duncan, Okla., and Shirley Massengale of Mountain Grove, Mo.; brother Jessie Jake Monroe Jr. of New Harp; sister Geneva White of Alvord; 23 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Howden, Eileen Kaye
1964-2014
Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Eileen Kaye Howden, 50, of Newark, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled.
Eileen was born April 5, 1964, in Phoenix to Lawrence and Elizabeth (Nelson) Olson. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sister, Anna Marie Main of Newark; her companion, Charles Erwin Turrell of Newark; and other family members and friends.

Howell, Nancy J.
1954-2014

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
Nancy J. Howell, 60, of Rhome, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Pallbearers are Johnny Howell, Ryan Howell, Matt Peel, Zach Lewis, Alan Jasin and Kevin Jasin.
Nancy was born April 18, 1954, in Oak Park, Ill., to Albert and Eileen (Martin) Jasinsks. She married Johnny Howell July 11, 1993, in Fort Worth. Nancy was a member of Aurora Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Howell of Rhome; sons Matt Peel and wife, Mandy, of Houston, and Ryan Howell of Rhome; daughter Liz Ivey and husband, Jared, of Florida; grandchildren Kinsley, Brayden, Anabelle and Raven; sister Eileen Werkin and husband, Rich, of Channahon, Ill.; brothers Alan Jasin and wife, Debbie, of Palatine, Ill., and Kevin Jasin and wife, Kristina, of Aurora, Ill.; and other family members and friends.

Howerton, Sharlene Faye
1947-2014

Published Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sharlene Faye Howerton, 67, of Decatur, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Sharlene was born May 21, 1947, to Frederick and Eileen (Dutz) Schmidt in Sheboygan, Wis. She married Eddie Howerton Sr. June 4, 1994, in Fort Worth.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Eddie Howerton Sr. of Decatur; daughter Tammie Kinsel of Arlington; grandchildren Jordan Kinsel, Terrin Talley and husband, Jacob, Gabriel Howerton, Natalie Howerton, Faith Howerton, Tony Howerton Jr., Emma Howerton, Elissa Howerton, Jenna Radie Howerton, Ella West and Jacob West; great-grandson Braxton Talley; brothers Dennis Schmidt, Warren Schmidt and Mike Schmidt; sisters Kathleen Shannon and Karla Flores; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Terry Schmidt.

Hubbard, Arvel
1939-2014

Published Saturday, November 1, 2014
Arvel Hubbard, 75, a retired contractor, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 31 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. He was assisted by the Rev. Casey Lewis. Burial followed at Sycamore Cemetery in Decatur under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Arvel was born Jan. 4, 1939, to Aaron and Mammie (Rogers) Hubbard. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Mary Helen Mooney Dec. 30, 1960, in Decatur, and was retired from Hubbard Construction.
Arvel was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur, where he had served as a deacon since 1963.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Richard Aaron Hubbard; brother Jean Hubbard; and sister Mamie Joyce Hubbard.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Helen Hubbard of Decatur; son James Hubbard and wife, Liz, of Decatur; grandson Cody Hubbard and wife, Bonnie, of Bridgeport; granddaughters Misti Hubbard of Mesquite, and Brittney Hubbard and Hannah Hubbard, both of College Station; great-grandchildren Caiden Hubbard and Maggie Jane Hubbard; brother Ronald Hubbard and wife, Linda, of Decatur; and other family members and friends.

Hudson, J.L.
1927-2014

Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014
J.L. Hudson, 86, a horse trainer, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Phillip Askey officiating. Burial is under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
J.L. was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Decatur to Elmer and Lula (Fennell) Hudson. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his son, Charles Hudson and wife, Denise, of Decatur; daughters Lisa Brazier and husband, Bobby, of Bridgeport and Amy Cline and husband, Steve, of Burleson; grandchildren John McKelvain and wife, Crystal, J.W. Hudson and wife, Sophia, Brittany Hudson, and Lindsay Cline; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Huebner, Kenneth C.
1922-2014

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kenneth C. Huebner, 91, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at his home in Boyd.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Bob Turk officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Gary Dickinson, Ron Miller, Mike Rawlings, Allen Dickey, Roy Moore and Jay Erickson.
Kenneth was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Chicago to Ben and Elizabeth (Franks) Huebner. He married Edith Swinney June 7, 1945, in Boyd. He was a retired machinist for General Dynamics and served his country in the U.S. Marines. He was a member of the American Legion, the DAV, American Veterans, VFW and the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Stanley Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Huebner of Boyd; daughter Diann Williams of Surry, Va.; granddaughter Amy Williams of Boyd; and other relatives and friends.

Huff, June Langley
1916-2014

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
June Langley Huff, 97, of Keller, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at J.E. Foust and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. David Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery.
June was born June 4, 1916, in Grapevine to Marvin and Eula Mae Haire Langley. She was the last remaining family member of Grapevine’s pioneer Langley family and the last charter member of the Riverside Advent Christian Church.
She loved her family and friends, loved to sew, cook, read, quilt, tat lace and most of all, loved her crossword puzzles.
June was the director of finance for Haltom City for more than 30 years and received special recognition for her students in the VOE class. She volunteered her time to the Meals on Wheels program.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, E.S. Huff; brother Edward Langley; sister Claudia Rodgers; granddaughter Donna Marie Huff; and son-in-law Wilburn Clowers. June is survived by daughters Joyce Clowers of Haltom City and Martha Argo and husband, Benny, of Jack County; son Jerry Huff and wife, Martha, of Chico; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Hughes, Lowell Bland, Jr.
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
Lowell Bland Hughes Jr., 83, died Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Funeral was May 10 at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth, and burial followed at Sunset Cemetery.
Lowell was born June 9, 1930, in Snow Hill, W. Va., to Lowell and Ruth Ann Hughes. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1966 after 20 years of service. After his military service, Lowell was an electrician with AMCOT.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Esther; grandson Heath Ray Owens; sister Shelba Jean Young; and brother Eugene Hughes.
Survivors include sons Lowell B. Hughes III and wife, Juliette, and Wesley D. Hughes and wife, Debbie; daughters Teresa L. Cox and husband, Steve, Michelle D. Long and husband, Tom, and Thera L. “Teri” Owens and husband, Tommy; brothers Ronny Thomas, Jack Hughes and Lee Leason; sister Dorothy Dusseau; grandchildren Tony Sharer, L.B. Hughes IV, Stacy Privett, Patrick Cox, Tomorrow Long, Taber Long, Rendon Long, Heather Carson, Cole Hughes and Melody Hughes; and great-grandchildren Scout Sharer, Zachary Sharer and Everleigh Privett.

Hughes, Lowell Bland, Jr.
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Lowell Bland Hughes Jr., 83, died Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth, with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Olivet.
Lowell was born June 9, 1930, in Snow Hill, W. Va., to Lowell and Ruth Ann Hughes. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1966 after 20 years of service. After his military service, Lowell was an electrician with AMCOT.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Esther; grandson Heath Ray Owens; sister Shelba Jean Young; and brother Eugene Hughes.
Survivors include sons Lowell B. Hughes III and wife, Juliette, Wesley D. Hughes and wife, Debbie; daughters Teresa L. Cox and husband, Steve, Michelle D. Long and husband, Tom, Thera L. “Teri” Owens and husband, Tommy; brothers Ronny Thomas and Jack Hughes; sister Lee Leason; grandchildren Dorothy Dusseau, Tony Sharer, L.B. Hughes IV, Stacy Privett, Patrick Cox, Tomorrow Long, Tabor Long, Rendon Long, Heather Owens and Cole Hughes; great-grandchildren Melody Hughes, Scout Sharer, Zachary Sharer and Everliegh Privett.

Hughes, Vickie Lynn
1950-2014

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014
Vickie Lynn Hughes, 63, a homemaker, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Rick Stokes officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Donnie Mitchell, Jerry Cagle, Jack Smith, Ronnie Smith, James Hughes and Aaron Brickle.
Vickie was born July 1, 1950, in Fort Worth to Charles “Pete” and Imogene (Smith) Willbanks. She married Jim Hughes July 8, 1968, in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Hughes of Boyd; sons Jonathan Hughes of Boyd and James Hughes of Lancaster; grandchildren Caution, Jacob, Kyleigh, Tristen, Hadyn, Jasmine, Wyatt, Sylus and Faith; sisters Andrea Benthall of Aurora and Carol Oldham of Boyd; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Hurtado, Rita
1962-2014

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Rita Hurtado, 52, a homemaker, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Nov. 4 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Deacon Lauro Huerta led the Rosary, and Pastor Sarah Ortiz officiated the service.
Pallbearers were Manuel Burciaga, Matthew Hurtado, Genaro Hurtado, Javier Garcia, Andres Arellano and Ubaldo Arellano. Christopher McBride served as honorary pallbearer.
Rita was born Feb. 7, 1962, in Zaragoza, Mexico, to Everardo and Eloisa Burciaga. She married Ulises Hurtado July 15, 2006, in Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Ulises Hurtado of Boyd; her mother, Eloisa Arredondo Burciaga of Acu a, Mexico; brother Manuel Burciaga of Sonora, Texas; sisters Eloisa Burciaga of Acu a, Patricia Laura Delgado of Goldthwaite, Susana Margarita Alvarez of Zaragoza and Elsa Magda Burciaga of Acu a; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.

Hutchison, Doralee Inez
1925-2014

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
Doralee Inez Hutchison, 88, of Springtown, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Doug Acklie officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Josh Hudson, Tony Mansell, Jordan Johnston, Larry Mansell, Tom Hudson, Christopher Lancaster, Marc Cantrell, Zachary Lough and John Thomas.
Doralee was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Hughes Springs to Andrew and Annie (Bean) Newsom. She married Clyde H. Hutchison and was a retired waitress.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Harvie Hutchison and Clyde Hutchison Jr.; three brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include her daughters, Ellaree Lancaster and Doris Johnston, both of Springtown, and Linda Barnard of Lake Dallas; grandchildren Kalee, Shawn, Chelsea, Sue, Larry, Tony, Jordan, Alana, Mariah, Zonn and Sissy; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Ince, Stephen Doyle
1991-2014

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Lake Bridgeport.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Church of Pentecost in Bridgeport with Mike Wiltcher officiating. A graveside service will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Heath Flowers officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Caleb Ince, Ethan Ince, Dillon Ince, Kenneth Ball, Chris Ince and Daniel Ince. Honorary pallbearers are Troy Hamilton, Bill Miles, George Ince, William Ince, Shaun Pollock and David Hamilton.
Stephen was born July 15, 1991, in Decatur to Sheila (Hamilton) and Billy G. Ince. He was their firstborn son and enjoyed listening to music, playing guitar and calling people punks. He was a member of the Church of Pentecost and a frequent visitor to Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.
He enjoyed working as an auto detailer at Lone Star Superwash.
Stephen is survived by his mother, Sheila Ince; father Billy Ince and wife, Linda Ince; brother Caleb Ince; sisters Stephanie Ince, Cammi Roye and husband, Steven, and their daughters Kaylie, Tanya and Tasha; grandparents Billy Ince and wife, Florence, and Irvalee Hamilton; great-grandfather Gene Waits; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Norreca “Joy” Ince of Bridgeport; grandfather E.J. Hamilton of Bowie; great-grandmothers Francis Waits of Amarillo and Dorothy Teague of Bridgeport; and aunt Claudene Pollock and uncle Robert Doyle Ince, both of Bridgeport.

Infante, Luis Carlos
1991-2014

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Luis Carlos Infante, 23, a car salesman, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Chico.
Graveside service was Nov. 4 at Oaklawn Cemetery with minister Mike Wheat and Pastor Kevin Casey officiating.
Carlos was born March 10, 1991, in Decatur to Raul and Maribel (Pacheco) Infante. He was married to Jocelyn Arechiga and worked as a car salesman in Decatur for James Wood.
Survivors include his wife, Jocelyn Infante; son Jayden Noel Infante and daughter Isabella Infante, all of Decatur; parents Maribel and Baldemar Villarreal; brothers Raul Infante and wife, Christi, of Fort Worth, Jorge Infante and wife, Chayo, of Decatur, Miguel Infante and wife, Jasmine, of Decatur, and Ricky Villarreal of Decatur; and sister Jasmine Villarreal of Decatur.

Inguanzo, Alfredo
1954-2014

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, an automotive mechanic, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Rehaan Antony officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. Pallbearers are Eduardo Inguanzo, Sejifredo Inguanzo, Omar Inguanzo, Juan Carlos Inguanzo, Jesus Inguanzo, David Inguanzo Jr., Sigifredo Inguanzo and Octavio Inguanzo.
Alfredo was born Aug. 13, 1954, in Palmas, Altas, Mexico, to Jose and Antonia (Mares) Inguanzo. He married Evangelina Inguanzo May 6, 1978, in Mexico. Alfredo worked on industrial engines. He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Evangelina Inguanzo of Decatur; sons Eduardo Inguanzo and wife Jady of El Paso, Omar Inguanzo of Decatur and Jesus Inguanzo of Decatur; daughter Jady Inguanzo of El Paso; sisters Elisa Inguanzo, Irma Inguanzo and Maria DeJesus Inguanzo, all of Decatur; brothers David Inguanzo, Salvador Inguanzo, Ismael Inguanzo and Javier Inguanzo, all of Decatur; nephews Sigifredo Inguanzo, Juan Carlos Inguanzo and David Inguanzo Jr., all of Decatur; and many friends.

Inman, Jimmie Deward
1947-2014

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jimmie Deward Inman, 66, of Sunset, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Sunset.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Graveside service is 2 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral.
Jimmie was born Sept. 14, 1947, in Denton to George and Effie (Smith) Inman. He served his country in the United States Navy for 13 years and married Kathy Rankin June 18, 2005, in Paradise.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George Inman Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Inman of Sunset; daughters Kimberly Snider and husband, Bill, of Hurst, and Shelly Inman; grandchildren Bryan, Stephanie, Samantha, Katelyn, Siera, Sheldon, Hope, Brittany, Scott, Winter, Ember and Rain; great-grandsons Noah and Hudson; brother Glen Inman of Whitesboro; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Isbell, Amanda Crothers
1982-2014

Published Saturday, March 8, 2014
Amanda (Crothers) Isbell, 31, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Tyler.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur.
Amanda was born Sept. 9, 1982, in Springfield, Mo. She graduated Decatur High School in 2001 and married Andrew Isbell May 1, 2009, in Chico.
For the past three years, she was an active member of Central Baptist Church in Carthage. She loved her family, her church and most of all her savior, Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her father, Warren Crothers.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Isbell, and daughter Claire Elise Isbell of Carthage; her mother, Sheila Hubenka and husband, Al, of Wichita Falls; brother Paul and Ruth Crothers and her nephew, Reegan, of Corpus Christi; and grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

Ivy, Delois Ann
1936-2014
Published Saturday, March 8, 2014
Delois Ann Ivy, 77, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, in her hometown of Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial followin at Sweetwater Cemetery. The Rev. Ken May of the First Baptist Church in Decatur will officiate.
Pallbearers are Rick Ivy, Richard Garrison, Brandt Wicker, Ashley Brown, Mike Johnson and Chuck Holloway.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Delois was born May 6, 1936, in Decatur to Ira and Floe (Walker) Goodger. She married Richard Ivy Oct. 5, 1955, in Weatherford. She worked for Dr. Ben Merritt and at the Wise County Medical Center for more than 50 years. Delois was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Ivy of Decatur; daughters Sherry Ivy of Fort Worth and DeLona Garrison and husband, Richard, of Decatur; son Rick Ivy and wife, Shelby, of Ponder; granddaughters Curren Wicker and husband, Brandt, of Decatur, Ryan Brown and husband, Ashley, of Decatur, and Whitney Brown of McHenry, Ill.; great-grandchildren Cami, Carson, Caylen, Kynlie, Kampbell and Kortlen; and nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Jefferson, Martha Elizabeth Renshaw
1915-2014

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
Martha Elizabeth Renshaw Jefferson, 99, died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Alexandria, Va.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church with burial at Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va.
Martha was born March 29, 1915, in Decatur, the only child of Holly Renshaw and Jessie Vandiver.
Martha was literally “born a Southern Baptist.” The first Baptist Church in Wise County was organized in the home of her great-grandfather, Samuel Perrin. Her great-grandfather Dr. William Renshaw married Sally Worthington, who was instrumental in the founding of Decatur Baptist College. Martha lived adjacent to the grounds, then attended and graduated from Decatur High School and Decatur Baptist College in 1933.
She married George Thomas Jefferson in 1940 in Fort Worth, moving to Alexandria, Va., in 1963.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; and son Bret.
She is survived by daughter Betty Woodcock of Richmond, Va.; son Tom Jefferson of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren Ellen Woodcock of Richmond, Va., and Anne Weatherford of Mansfield; and great-grandchildren Olivia and Cole Weatherford.

Jenkins, Shirley Ann
1942-2014

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014
Shirley Ann Jenkins, 71, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Decatur.
No service is scheduled at this time.
Shirley was born April 2, 1942, in Priors, Ga., to Thomas and Argie (Martin) Hindmon. She was a retired committee chairman for General Motors and was married to Millard Lee Jenkins until his death in May 2003.
Her parents also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Boner and husband, Donald, of Wizard Wells; grandchildren Nathan Davis and wife, Magan Pharris, of Jacksboro and Angela Boner of Wizard Wells; great-grandchildren Aubrey and Natalee; brother Tommie Hindmon; sisters Juanita Richardson and Dolly Jean Woods; aunts Jean Pollard and Faye Sorrells; and other family members and friends.

Jennings, Ramona R.
1929-2014
Published Saturday, March 8, 2014
Ramona Royal Jennings, 84, of Newark, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Saginaw.
Funeral is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Dido Cemetery.
Ramona was born May 30, 1929, in Ponder to Dillard and Delora Doughty Royal. She lived most of her life in Newark and was a member of the Newark Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; and two grandsons.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, George Jennings Jr.; son Billy M. Jennings and wife, Martha, of Newark; daughter Debbie Ellis and husband, Max, of Arlington; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.
Memorials may be made to Newark Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 478, Newark, TX 76071.

Johnson, David Lee
1931-2014

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014
David Lee Johnson, 82, a regional plant manager, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was March 27 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur, and burial was March 28 in Clines Prairie Cemetery in Huntsville. The Rev. Gerre Joiner and Dr. William Lewis officiated.
Pallbearers were Austin Lester, Garrett Johnson, Nick Martin, Alec Johnson, Stan Shults and J.P. Flynt. Honorary pallbearers were the First Baptist Church Adult 6 men’s class.
David was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Liberty to Morris and Ida (Dugat) Johnson. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and married Eula Flynt June 2, 1955, in Baytown.
He was a chemical engineer for Oxidental for 37 years before they changed to Western Gas Resources. He worked there four more years. David was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jason Johnson. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Eula Johnson of Decatur; children Judy Wilbanks and husband, Danny, of Longview, Wayne Johnson and wife, Michelle, of Houston, DeAnne Martin and husband, Craig, of Decatur and Joyce Robinson and husband, Chris, of Argyle; grandchildren Austin Lester, Lindsey Lester, Garrett Johnson and wife, Mary, Robin Johnson, Alec Johnson, Stevie Martin, Hannah Martin, Nick Martin and Hannah Griffith, Henry Robinson, Jacob Robinson, Ben Robinson and Molly Robinson; great-grandson Braxton Martin; brothers-in-law Bill Flynt and John Flynt and wife, Ellen; nephews Paul Flynt, Allen Flynt and Gary Flynt; nieces Mary Phelps and Carol Flynt; and other family members and friends.
Memorials may be sent to: Neurology Department, UT Southwest, c/o Dr. Richard Dewey, Parkinson’s Research, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390.

Johnson, Myrtle ‘Lavata’
1922-2014
Published Saturday, January 11, 2014
Myrtle “Lavata” Johnson, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
No service is scheduled at this time. There will be a private burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home.
Myrtle was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Shelbyville, Tenn., to Olie and Myrtle Watson. She was 10th of 10 children, all whom preceded her in death, as did her husband of 52 years, Keith Kenneth Johnson, in 1993.
A lifelong homemaker, Lavata enjoyed her pets (the kids), outdoor birds, particularly hummingbirds, all types of wildlife and traveling. She lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Washington during her lifetime and traveled outside the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Spain.
Lavata particularly enjoyed her travels in the United States, visiting historical locations, along with the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She looked forward to annual visits each year in early October to view the autumn foliage in the Tennessee hills.
Formerly a resident of Euless for 30 years, Lavata was an original volunteer for the Arbor Days celebration as well as the Euless Christmas Parade of Lights. She also volunteered for many years at the Fort Worth Assessment center, an intake facility for abused and neglected children.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth K. Johnson and wife, Meg, of Garland; daughter Nancy J. Ronk of Bridgeport; granddaughter Deborah S. Faris of Bridgeport; and great-granddaughter and namesake, India Lavata Knowles of Austin. She also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Lavata’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur for all the love and care shown to her during the last stage of her life.

Johnson, Ronny
1942-2014

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ronny Johnson, 72, of Boyd, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Thomas Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate, and Buck Johnson, Kelly Baker, Kyle Baker, Cody Baker, Cayden Baker and Marlin Braddock will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Ronny was born June 5, 1942, to Thomas and DeAlva (Shelton) Johnson in Bridgeport. He married Sharon Young Nov. 1, 1965, in Weatherford.
Ronny was a self-employed carpenter. His hobby was woodworking and collecting all kinds of fine junk that he considered treasure and potential antiques. He could carve magic out of a piece of scrap oak. Ronny drove a truck for Swift until they closed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronald Christopher Johnson; brother Carl Johnson; and sister Becky Unger.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sharon “Young” Johnson of Boyd; daughters Brandy Renee Baker and husband, Kelly, of Paradise and Brent Ashley Webb and husband, John, of Corpus Christi; son Ryan Buck Johnson and wife, Dorcas, of Watauga; grandchildren Kyle, Cody, Cayden and Kamryn; sister Brenda Mills of Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Johnson, Teddy H.
1933-2014

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014
Teddy H. Johnson, 80, a retired mail carrier, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Jan. 17 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Bill “Moe” Moore officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Aden Johnson, Jason Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Cody Johnson, Rusty Johnson and Adam Johson. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Johnson, Patrick Johnson and Lance Edgar.
Teddy was born May 15, 1933, in Chico to Arthur and Grace (Hunter) Johnson. He served his country in the U.S. Army and married Erma “Faye” Vaughn May 29, 1965, in Chico. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Teddy was a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoyed fishing and raising Duroc pigs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Faye Vaughn Johnson; and his brother, Roland Johnson.
He is survived by his son, Rex Johnson and wife, Keilly, of Chico; daughter Sheliah Potter of Chico; grandchildren Ethyn Johnson, Shelley Cameron and Wesley Moody; brothers Perry Johnson and wife, Pat, of Chico and Larry Johnson of Jacksboro; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Johnson, Terri Lynn Taylor
1973-2014

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wise County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Lynn Johnson, 40, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Pastor Ken May officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Terri was born Oct. 29, 1973, in Fort Worth to Kenny Taylor and Carol Miller. She married Craig Douglas Johnson Aug. 12, 1995, in Denton.
Terri began her career in public service in 1992, working as community relations director with the Denton County Sheriff’s Department. She later earned her peace officer’s license and taught Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) in Denton County schools. She was named DARE Officer of the Year in 1996.
After earning a degree in criminal justice, Johnson worked part time for her local justice of the peace and began a lifelong love of public service and helping youth. While a stay-at-home mom, she invented and marketed a product to clean up tack for horse owners.
After her children started school, Terri ran for justice of the peace in Wise County Precinct 2 and was elected. She was sworn into office Jan. 1, 2007, and was re-elected in 2011. She served as secretary for the Texas Justice Court Judges Association and was a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Criminal Justice and Juvenile Grant Review boards.
She was also a member and volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, a teacher for Junior Achievement and a mentor for Teen Court and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Decatur High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Her hobbies included shooting sporting clays, baking, traveling and being a part of all the events her two boys were involved in.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Craig Johnson of Decatur; sons Coy and Harlon Johnson of Decatur; mother Carol France and husband, Garry, of Sulphur Springs; father Kenny Taylor of Decatur; grandfather Garlon Taylor of Edmond, Okla.; brothers Rowdy France and wife, Debbie, of Sulphur Springs and Cody France and wife, Sarah, of South Carolina; sister Reka Ofner and husband, Ron, of Greenville; uncle Curt Miller and wife, Ruthie, of Bedford; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Ramona Miller and Alma Taylor; grandfather Curtis Miller; and an uncle, Tom Taylor.

Jolley, Lester Edward
1936-2014

Published Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lester Edward “Ed” Jolley, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Andrew Rottner, Rob Fothergill, Chuck Boatner, Tom Long, Jerry O’Flaherty and Spencer Hodge.
Honorary pallbearers are the Wise County Veterans Group and Braniff Airline employees.
Ed was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Powhatan, La., to Joe and Loretta (Harkins) Jolley Sr. He married Ellen Ann Robson Aug. 6, 1966, in Shreveport, La. Ed was a retired airline pilot. He was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur and was a member of the Wise County Veteran’s Group.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Joseph A. Jolley; and brothers Joe Jolley Jr. and Hugh Jolley.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann Jolley of Decatur; sons Edward R. Jolley and wife, Cindy, and John S. Jolley and wife, Teri, all of Marlborough, Mass.; daughter Mary Jolley of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Library Foundation, 1700 FM 51 South, Decatur, TX 76234; American Cancer Society/Relay for Life/Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, TX 76234; or Susan G. Komen North Texas, P.O. Box 261730, Plano, TX 75026.

Jones, Connie Jean Suter
1945-2014

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Connie Jean (Suter) Jones, 68, a homemaker, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Graham.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating. Burial will follow at Jonestown Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Kenny Jones, Casey Donnelly, Mike Donnelly, Charles Maley, Robert Bates and Kim Brenz.
Connie was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Decatur to Charlie Willis and Dollie Imojean (Jackson) Suter. She married Elvin “Casey” Chester Jones July 6, 1962, in Decatur, and she loved taking care of her family. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Willis Suter.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Elvin “Casey” Jones of New castle; son Curtis Glen Jones of Alvord; daughter Lisa Jones Donnelly of Granbury; sisters Glenda Perkins of Decatur and Beverly Coffee of Decatur; mother Jean Suter of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jones, David Ray
1948-2014
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
David Ray Jones, 65, a concrete contractor, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
David was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Odessa to Kenneth Norman and Vera Ethel (Alexander) Jones. He graduated from Decatur High School, and he served in the U.S. Army.
David was preceded in death by his son, Micah Jones; and his parents.
Survivors include his daughter, Misty Sparks of Tyler; brothers Jimmy and Keith Jones of Decatur, Joe Jones of Palestine and Mike Jones of Bridgeport; sisters Julie Cottrell and Jane Miller, both of Chico, Sonia Padam of Fort Worth and Joy Litton of Robinson; and grandchildren Taylor Lucas and Ethan Sparks.

Jones, Hal Curtis
1955-2014

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Hal Curtis Jones, 59, an IT technician, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating. Burial is at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Randy Medlock, Randy Kelton, Brad Carter, Tom Sanderson, Bryan Goll and Chase Hawley.
Hal was born March 9, 1955, in Dayton, Ohio, to Earl and Glenna (Stacy) Jones. He married Bobbie Daniels Aug. 10, 1994, in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Bobbie Jones of Boyd; son Danny Jones and wife, Jurgita, of Paradise; daughters Megan McAvoy and husband, Johnny, of La Porte, Katie Rogers and husband, Jonathan, of Boyd, and Sarah Jones of Boyd; grandchildren Lukas, Jacob, Kyleigh, Tristen, Hadyn, Ryder, Carson, Andie and Ashlyn; his mother, Glenna Jones of Ohio; brother Toby Jones of Ohio; sister Karen Snowden of Haslet; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Jones, Jerry A.
1943-2014

Published Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jerry A. Jones, 71, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Nacogdoches, surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Nazarene Church in Nacogdoches. A local memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at The Fellowship of the Parks in Haslet. He was cremated.
Jerry was born Feb. 19, 1943, in Baytown to Era Allred and Alvin Jones. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and lived in Virginia and Louisiana before landing back in Texas.
He was married to Darlene Jones, the mother of his two daughters, for nearly 40 years, and they lived in Boyd for 30 years. He later moved to Nacogdoches and married Marie Jones. He retired from the IBM corporation after 30 years.
Jerry’s greatest passions in life were spending time with family and friends and publishing his poetry books. Hunting, camping, boating, fishing, building things and teaching his grandchildren were some of his most cherished memories.
He loved spending time with his dogs, Robert and Molly, and he always loved a good debate (especially politics). He was a loving and devoted father and loved the Lord with all his heart.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Maria Jones; daughters Casey Nelon of Dallas and Debra Jones of Haslet; brother Glenn Jones of Nacogdoches; sisters Sue Evans of Nacogdoches, Betty Allen and Margie Phillips of Nacogdoches; grandchildren Cody Nelon of Graham, Hunter Nelon of Weatherford, Coby Jones of Haslet and Amaia James of Haslet; great-grandchildren Jason and Rylee Nelon of Graham; four stepchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Russell Jones.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

Joyce was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Fort Worth to Hattie Lee Clendening and Roy Emmet Curry. She married Jessie Mack Howard Nov. 10, 1972, in Haslet. She was a bookkeeper for Riverside Glass and Mirror in Fort Worth for 50 years. Joyce enjoyed reading, working with flowers, fishing and most of all, her family. She was a member of the Wise County Cowboy Church.
Joyce is survived by her sons, Richard Geeslin and wife, Nancy, of Bowie and Ronald Geeslin and wife, Donna, of Chico; daughter Brenda Geeslin of Chico; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Geneva Pruitt of Azle, Ellen Lee and husband, Roy Vardeman, of Azle, Dolores McMillin and husband, Oran, of Saginaw, Sharon Blake of Roanoke and Beverly Sparks and husband, Rowland, of Azle; seven nieces; and 10 nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband; parents; granddaughter Amy Geeslin; and brothers Roy Emmet Curry Jr. and Walter Benjamin Curry.

Keath, Martha Pauline
1911-2014

Published Saturday, July 5, 2014
Martha Pauline Keath, 103, a retired art teacher, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Nocona.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at First United Methodist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.
The Rev. J.D. Allen will officiate, and pallbearers will be Perry Jennings, Paul Jennings, Travis Keath, Colby Keath, Matthew Keath and John Jennings. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Russel Keath, Edwin Lee Keath, Kathy Keath Lewis, Jim Keath and Jay Hamm.

Martha was born April 29, 1911, to Paul and Willie (Hickman) Smith in Haslet, the only girl and the oldest of four siblings. In her early life, she traveled in a wagon, women could not vote and things like electricity and indoor plumbing had not yet arrived. Her father was a road-builder, and she tended to her siblings and the horses. Later, her family settled in Cotulla.
Martha remembers the church bells tolling to celebrate the end of World War I. She was something of a tomboy and loved playing baseball and shooting her guns and riding horses. In 1935, Grady Forbes Keath sent Martha a telegram saying he was coming to pick her up and they would be married. They married in July 1935, and Grady took her to Boyd where he was the agriculture teacher.
Martha settled in and began a family that included three boys and a girl. She sewed all the clothes, washed them on a washboard and ironed them. She made butter, cheese, quilts and soap and canned all the food Grady grew. Martha cleaned house without a vacuum cleaner or Windex and raised her children.
Although she loved her family, this life did not satisfy her. Martha was very smart and a gifted artist. She wanted an education, and when her children were old enough to care for themselves, she enrolled in Arlington State College (now UTA), Texas Woman’s University and finally North Texas State (now UNT) where she earned a master’s degree in art. She taught art in the Fort Worth schools.
Martha became the adored Memaw to seven boys and one girl. She was loving, kind and patient, but maybe more important, she was curious, intelligent and pursued her love of art with a passion. Memaw’s grandchildren were blessed by her love, but they were doubly blessed by the example of a person creating the life she wanted, using her talents and gifts as she saw fit.
Through trials and tribulations, Martha responded by learning to be happy anyway. When Grady died in 1983, she sold the house, donated the land for a senior citizens center, sold more land for an elementary school and built a new house. She finally had a chance to be an artist full time, and her output was prodigious with family, friends, church and the community all benefiting from her talent.
In her 90s, Martha moved to Nocona to be near her daughter. She bought her own home and lived by herself, happily painting until the age of 99 when she broke her hip. She then moved to the Cherry Street Assisted Living Community.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jennings and husband, Wayne, of Ringgold; sons Walton Earl Keath and wife, Sonia, of Arlington, Edwin Paul Keath and wife, Mary, of Dayton, Md., and Adrin S. Keath of Nocona; grandchildren Kathy Keath Lewis, Perry Jennings, Paul Jennings, Travis Keath, Colby Keath, Jerry Russel Keath, Edwin Lee Keath, Kathy Keath Lewis, Jenny Gibson and Jim Keath; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and extended family and friends.

Keegan-Wolf, Andre
2014
Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Andre Keegan-Wolf, infant son of Anthony Keegan-Wolf and Donnie Rivas, was born and died Aug. 9, 2014, in Decatur.
No services are scheduled at this time.
He is survived by his parents, Anthony Keegan-Wolf and Donnie Rivas of Decatur; sister Jazmine Cruz of Decatur; grandparents Tomasa Rivas of Decatur, Fidencio Rivas of Mexico, Robin Keegan-Wolf of Prosper, and Peter Wolf of Prosper.

Keesee, Truman LaDoyte, Sr.
1950-2014

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Truman LaDoyte Keesee Sr., 64, of Rhome, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gerre Joiner will officiate, and Jason Putman, Tom Moran, Matt Barnett, Coby Gunnels, Kerry Mahoney and Nolan Hayhurst will serve as pallbearers.
Truman was born Sept. 4, 1950, in Comanche to Alvin and Virginia (Gilbreath) Keesee. He married Agnes Tamporello Aug. 7, 1970, in Abilene and owned a pool repair company before his retirement.
He was a member of Watuaga Baptist Church and a strong and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert “Bimbo” Keesee.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Aggie, of Rhome; sons Truman Keesee Jr. and wife, Christy, of Springtown, and Brandon Keesee and wife, Daina, of Haslet; brothers Alvin Keesee and David Keesee, both of Abilene; sisters Carlotta Bowden and husband, Jerry, of Hodges, Darlene Foster and husband, Mark, of Abilene, and Roma Templeton of Houston; grandchildren Laken, Kylee, Marissa, Trinity, Colby, Aden, Trey and Emily; great-grandchild Cashlyn; and his beloved dogs, Anna Bella and Mia.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.

Keith, LaDarla Walker
1936-2014
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Published Saturday, May 3, 2014
Services for LaDarla Walker Keith, 78, of Bridgeport will be at 10:00 am Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur, officiated by Pastor Ron Fox. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 pm at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will be at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pallbearers are Glenn Rhine, Sonny Tackel, Foy Mitchell, Robert Grantham, Dan Rhine, and Carl Russell. La Darla died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Decatur.
She was born March 3, 1936 to Robert and Doris (Conner) Walker in Boonsville, Texas. She was an avid reader who enjoyed traveling worldwide, photography, crocheting, and was a self-labeled computer geek.
LaDarla retired from Rodger Meier Cadillac in Dallas as Director of Warranty in 1998. After retirement she spent a lot of free time researching genealogy, and soon realized she had a gift for fact-finding. Before long she was assisting others who were searching out their family history as well. This process led her to search out cemetery and other family records, and before long she had a very full, part-time job.
She, along with Sue Tackel, received numerous awards, including the TXGenWeb Project County of the Year award for 2010. She and Sue were affectionately known as the 'Cemetery Ladies.'
She leaves behind daughters Mickie Gilmore, Karen Judd, Lisa Keith and Kimberley Yardley; brother Billy Fred Walker and wife Sandra; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephews Monte St. John, Kevin St. John, Bo Walker and Clay Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years Clarence 'Sonny' Keith; and sister Glenda St. John.

Kemper, LeRoy Harold, Jr.
1937-2014

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
LeRoy Harold Kemper Jr., 76, a printer, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Oct. 6 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
LeRoy was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Florence, Colo., to LeRoy Harold Sr. and Florence Wanda (Sweet) Kemper. He married Barbara Ann Hunter Jan. 20, 1956, in Irving.
LeRoy was the print manager for Image Printing and a driver for Solaris Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Earl, Merl, David and Robert Kemper; and sister Kathy Beachamp.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Kemper of Paradise; son LeRoy H. Kemper III of Paradise; daughters Debra A. Kemper of Paradise, Donna S. Kemper of Keller and DenaJo A. Kemper Coles of Bridgeport; granddaughters Misti Lea Flores of Flower Mound, Wanda K. Kemper of Paradise, Amanda Nicole Plott of Pflugerville, Samantha A. Stringer of Keller and Sarah E. Faughtonberry of Paradise; grandson Donovon Leach of Brock; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Arlene Willet, Nadine Burian and Ann Cowen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kenyon, Peggy
1942-2014

Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Peggy Kenyon, 71, of Paradise, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at her home.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Peggy was born Oct. 13, 1942, in Olney, Okla., to James and Mary (Sullivan) Humes. She married Bobby Lee Kenyon Sept. 23, 1958, in Pampa, and they were married for 56 years.
She was a retired municipal judge for Bridgeport, a member of the board of directors of the Municipal Courts Association and a member of the United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and riding horses.
She leaves behind her husband, Bobby; daughters Christina Arquette and husband, Aaron, and Debra Underwood and husband, Bryant; brother Ed Humes; sisters Sue Wood, Dorothy Greene and Fern Ward; grandchildren Ashley Kelley, Christopher Patterson, Alexander Arquette, Katherine Underwood, Daniel Underwood, Joseph Arquette and Anna Arquette; and great-grandson Liam Arquette.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Humes of Stonewall, Okla.; son Bobby Lee Kenyon Jr. of Bridgeport; sister Gwen Duke of California; and grandson Brian Underwood of Bridgeport.

King, James Wayne
1966-2014

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport with Pastor Joey Vick officiating.
James was born Dec. 4, 1966, in Fort Worth to Brenda (Thomason) and John King. He was a truck driver who loved fishing and camping. He married Taria Gatewood April 20, 2008.
He was preceded in death by his father; sister-in-law Judy King; grandparents Raye and John Thomason and Lena and Johnnie King.
He is survived by his wife of six years; son Waylon Ray of Red Oak; daughter Crystal Warren and husband, Tony Avant, of Whitney; mother Brenda King; brothers Myrl Thomason and wife, Marian, Edward King Sr., Brian King and wife, Amy, and Danny King and wife, Sherry; sister Vicki King; and grandchildren Braedon Warren and Jax Avant.

King, Kasi Dawn
1988-2014

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kasi Dawn King, 26, a healthcare worker, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Sunset.
Kasi was born July 14, 1988, in Bridgeport to Larry and Karen (Carney) Kee. She was a member of Light of Faith Ministries in Springhill, La.
She is survived by her daughter, Blanca Angelina Vasquez of Azle; her mother, Karen Hunt, and husband, James, of Louisiana; her father, Larry Kee and wife, Irene, of Springtown; sister Mary Lucero and husband, Ruben, of Sunset; grandparents Howard and Peggy Kee of Sunset; niece Felicity Lucero; two nephews Sebastian and Gabriel Lucero; and a host friends.

Kinnard, Kathryn
1965-2014

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Kathryn was born Feb. 23, 1965, in Ruidoso, N.M., to James and Louanne (Wood) Hegwer. She was a member of the Aurora Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her grandparents, Lonnie and Nita Wood; and her aunt, Ricki Arnold.
Survivors include her son, Julian Kinnard of Irving; her father, Jack Hegwer of San Antonio; sister Kimberly Houghtaling of Rhome; nieces Sarah Houghtaling of Rhome and K.C. Houghtaling of Bridgeport; nephew Jamie Spencer of Houston; and other family members and friends.

Kirby, Geree Meree
1917-2014

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Geree Meree Kirby, 97, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie with her nephew, Dr. Jim Kirby, officiating. Burial is under the direction of Shaw’s Funeral Home in Bowie.
Geree was born April 5, 1917, in Crafton to Wiley and Dora Higgs. She married Hobby Kirby April 4, 1940, in Wellington. Mrs. Kirby was a devoted member of the Methodist Church and 72-year member of the Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star in Dumas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister Wilma Huntington; and brothers Jimmy Higgs, Weldon Higgs, M.L. Higgs and Billy Jack Higgs.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Maxine Higgs; niece Kasi Elder and husband, Jeff; nephew Jay Higgs and wife, Amber; great-nephews Erik and Bryce Elder and Hunter Higgs, all of Decatur.
There are numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as her extended family and friends at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur.

Knowles, Philip Dean
1935-2014

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
Philip Dean Knowles, 79, of Newark, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst.
Phil was born April 23, 1935, in Hudson, Mich., to Nathan and Gladys Ball Knowles. He grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in agriculture education in June of 1957. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force through the ROTC program, through which he also earned his private pilot’s license.
Phil married Lu Anne Whitcher Aug. 25, 1956. He was called to active duty in March of 1958 and served in Cheyenne, Wyo., Fairbanks, Ala., Enid, Okla., Waco and San Antonio. While he was based in Waco, he attended graduate school at Baylor University.
He left the Air Force in 1970 and flew for Braniff, Piedmont and U.S. Airways. He retired from active and reserve Air Force after more than 28 years of military service and retired from U.S. Air at age 60 in 1995. After re-arranging Lu Anne’s spices, he joined Garland Pipe Organ Co. and was part of the Garland crew that installed the Peace Lutheran pipe organ.
Phil was a faithful servant of God throughout his life, serving in various capacities in the churches of which he was a member. He joined Peace Lutheran Church in 1976 with Lu Anne. He loved to sing and was active in singing, handbell and chime choirs, also serving on various committees, including the building committee that was responsible for the building of the present sanctuary. One of Phil’s joys was making his famous beer biscuits for Kaffee Haus.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother Silas. Survivors include his wife, Lu Anne; son Mark and wife, Susan; daughter Beth McKeithen and husband, Ramsay; son Bill Lowrey and wife, Katherine; grandchildren Nathan Craig, Thomas and Josiah Knowles, Jackson and Caroline McKeithen and Aaron Lowrey; sister Anita Schultz and her children, Bruce, Gary, Leta, Laura and Scott; and the children of Silas: Janice, Linda and David; and brother and sister-in-law Ed and Jann Day.
Memorials may be made to Victory In Christ Lutheran Church in Newark.

Knox, Billy John
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Billy John Knox, 83, a retired mechanic, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Sept. 16 at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs, with the Revs. Willie Jo Haak and Mark Autry officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Keith Patterson, Richard Cooke, Steve Cleveland, Wayne Berg, Paul Arrington and Willie Haak.
Billy was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Bomarton to Everette and Maggie (Hayes) Knox. He married Gay Welch Feb. 4, 1950, in Clovis, N.M. Billy accepted Christ in his life at an early age, and he and Gay raised their family to love the Lord and do his work.
Billy provided for his family as a cross country truck driver. He then moved his family to Wise County in 1963 and began hauling rock, and later hauling feed for Saginaw Flakes. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years; sisters Elizabeth and Martha; and brothers R.B., Glenn and Bunk.
He is survived by his sons, Mark Knox and wife, Jean, of Chico and Michael Knox of South Carolina; daughter Mononette Wells and husband, Danny, of Chico; grandsons James and wife, Amanda, Mark and Chad; granddaughters Lisa, Stacy, Rachel, Brittany and Cheyenne; great-great-granddaughters Makenzie, Addison and Brooklyn; sisters-in-law Pat Chapman, Maida Lee Weaver and Clara Knox; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor New York, NY 10001.

Knox, Mary F. ‘Myrt’
1927-2014

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
Mary F. “Myrt” Knox, 87, of Hillsboro died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Hillsboro.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with the Rev. Joe Bob Boyd officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Born Sept. 30, 1927, in Hills-boro, Myrt was the daughter of Robert L. and Gertrude M. (Utley) Erwin. While in high school, she met her future husband, John Knox. The couple was married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1946, in Hillsboro. She later went to work for Hillsboro State Bank for 12 years before leaving to be with her children.
After a few years, she went to work in the Hill County Tax Office and continued there for more than 26 years. First and foremost in life, she was a farmer’s wife, helping on the farm hauling cotton and doing other duties while also working at the courthouse.
An accomplished artist, Myrt exhibited many of her oil paintings. Old barns and bluebonnets were just a few of the things she loved to paint. She also enjoyed singing in choirs. She attended Trail To The Cross Cowboy Church in Hillsboro.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Donna Frances Knox; brother Robert L. Erwin Jr.; and sister Betty Jean Kunkel. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, John Knox of Hillsboro; sons David Knox and wife, Sherrie, of Hillsboro and Tom Knox and wife, Lucy, of Maypearl; grandchildren Brian Knox and wife, Amanda, of Decatur, Rebecca Billingsley and husband, Jason, of Red River, N.M., Mandi Snider of Hillsboro, Robbie Knox of Denton, Jason Ahman and wife, Christie, of Murphy and Chris Ahman and wife, Chasity, of Round Rock; nine great-grandchildren; and daughter by choice, Charlene Bonney of Hillsboro.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Knox, Robert Baker
1917-2014

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Robert Baker Knox, 97, of Justin died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Justin Church of Christ with Joe Slater and Kenton Harvey officiating. Burial will follow at Justin Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Pallbearers are grandsons Doyle Green, Jim Green, Jeff Green, Jared Hatfield, Kyle Copp and Jeff Chase.
Robert was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Drop to Leonard Franklin Knox and Ella Dee Baker Knox. He went to a one-room school in Drop, graduated from Justin High School and the School of Engineering in Tennessee.
He married Bettye Frances Taylor June 7, 1937. She preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 1973. He married Iris Naomi Reaves April 20, 1974, and she preceded him in death Oct. 17, 2011.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister Myrtie Helen Range; and niece Becky Knox Carroll.
He was a member of the Justin Church of Christ, where he served as a church leader, song leader, Bible school teacher, deacon and elder for more than 40 years.
In his early years, he worked in an ice house in Dallas, but farming was his passion. He farmed all his life and was a leader in the farming community, driving a tractor and feeding cows well into his 90s. With his engineering training, he could fix anything.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynda Green and husband, Darrell, of Rhome, Billie Brasher and husband, Gerald, of Houston and DeAnne Hatfield and husband, Byron, of Justin; grandchildren Doyle Green and wife, Penni, Judy Copp and husband, Kyle, Jim Green and wife, Staci, Jeff Green and wife, Missy, Scott Brasher and wife, Kami, Jennifer Chase and husband, Jeff, Jared Hatfield and wife, Julie; 14 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; brothers Wayne Knox and wife, Betty, and Gary Knox and wife, Margaret; sister Betty Ann Saunders; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends; and caregiver Mistie Splawn.

Koch, Edna Mae
1937-2014

Published Wednesday, January 29,014
Edna Mae Koch, 76, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the VFW Hall in Bowie, under the direction of Lucas Funeral Home of Hurst.
Edna was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Frame, W.Va., to Katherine and Clifton Shafer. She married Orville Koch Nov. 20, 1954, in Fayetteville, W.Va., and was a devoted military wife for his 22 years of service to his country before starting her own career. She worked as a beautician for 15 years, then worked as a quality control inspector for Boeing Electronics Division for 11 years.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents and Janet Kennimer (Shafer).
Survivors include her husband, Orville Koch; children Angela and Terry Scott, Duane and Karla Koch and Mia and Brian Kile; siblings Steve Shaffer, Jack Shafer, Sheila Brown (Shafer), Jerry Shafer, Johnny Shafer and Marilyn Jennings (Shafer); grandchildren Leigha Scott, Lee Scott, Caitlin Koch, Glen Bridgewaters III, Alex Koch, Erika Dower, Taylor Koch and Heather Thomas; and great-grandchildren Allie Scott and Kamdyn Scott.

Kuhlman, Donna Marie
1945-2014
Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
Donna Marie Kuhlman, 69, a homemaker, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Decatur.
Services will be private.
Donna was born May 21, 1945, in Riverside, Calif., to J.C. and Juanita (Hamilton) Lovelace. She married Fred Kuhlman Jr. in Fort Worth and loved being at home, taking care of her family and their home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Chelsye Mitchell Brauchle; and her brother.
She is survived by her husband, Fred Kuhlman Jr. of Decatur; daughter Robin Mitchell and husband, Kelley, of Houston; son Charles Ray Cogburn of Lipan; sisters Karen Goodwin, Nita Voss and Terry Lovelace; grandchildren Cody, Cash and Cassie; and three great-grandchildren.

Laird, Laura Sue
1940-2014
Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
Laura Sue Laird, 73, of Los Angeles, died June 20, 2014.
Laura was born Aug. 11, 1940 in Decatur and graduated from Decatur High School. She attended Draughan’s Business College in Wichita Falls, and moved to California in 1979. She had lived in the Los Angeles area for 35 years. She worked for Sitmar Cruises.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Laird, three brothers, Henry Laird and Donald Laird of Decatur and Arthur D. Laird of Phoenix.
Survivors include her sister, Estella Rodden of Springtown; nephews Thomas Laird of Decatur, Paul, Kenneth and Donald Laird of Phoenix, Damien Rodden of Fort Worth and Ferrell Rodden of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; nieces Monette Fisher of Springtown and Linda Laird of Phoenix; sister-in-law Virginia Laird and best friend, Dora Rose of Decatur.

Langto, Robert
1941-2014

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Robert Langto, 72, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in North Richland Hills.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Bob was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Watertown, N.Y., to Evelyn (Ryan) and Robert H. Langto. He was an electrician who served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Grace Fellowship and enjoyed hunting, tennis, skydiving and tae kwon do.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Charlotte Santiago and Bobbie Buszak.
Survivors include his son, Eric Langto and wife, Laureen; daughter Terra Durdon and husband, Barry; and grandchildren Kyle, Jared, Cory and Ryan Durdon and Drew, Dylan, Victoria and Scarlett Langto.

Lankford, Dennis Laban
1961-2014

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dennis Laban Lankford, 53, a delivery driver, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Dennis was born Feb. 1, 1961, in Phoenix to Claude and Anna (Ramey) Lankford. He was a delivery driver for Solaris Hospice.
He is survived by his daughters, Leanna Lankford of Casa Grade, Ariz., and Tori Ray Monday of Whitt; his mother, Anna Lankford of Azle; brothers Claude Lankford and wife, Shelly, of Arizona, Rick Lankford of Granbury, Fred Lankford and wife, Karen, of Illinois and Art Lankford and wife, Leann, of Weatherford; sisters Cindy Lankford of Granbury and Ruth Ann Flow of Weatherford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lavohn, Carrie Ann
1969-2014

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Carrie Ann Lavohn, 45, of Sanger died Friday, June 27, 2014, in Sanger.
Funeral was July 1 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Carrie was born June 24, 1969, in Denton to James Preston and Betty (Barron) Smith.
She is survived by sons Terry Del Rio and wife, Stephanie, of Sanger and Jacky Del Rio and wife, Julie, of Era; daughter Crystal Del Rio and husband, Patrick, of Mesquite; mother Betty Smith of Sanger; grandchildren Gabriel, Christian, Izik, Seth, Amaya, Anthony and Hunter; brother Joseph Smith of Sulphur Springs; and nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father.

Leatherwood, Lotella Marie
1914-2014
Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Lotella Marie Leatherwood, 99, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Justin.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Cumby Cemetery with Danny Laws officiating. Burial is under the direction of Shaw’s Funeral Home.
Lottie was born April 16, 1914, in Park Springs to Willie Earp and Pearl Teague Earp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Leatherwood; her parents; and her brother and sister.
Mrs. Leatherwood is survived by her son, Dwight Leatherwood and wife, Linda, of Argyle; nephew H.J. Earp and wife, Pat, of Bowie; and niece Margie Ann Barfield of Bowie.

Lefler, J.W.
1928-2014

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
J.W. Lefler, 85, of Decatur, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Cornerstone Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Justin Cash, Shawn Lefler, Matt Beard, Ryan Beard, David Maldonado and Craig Hail. Honorary pallbearers are Keith Gray and Mike Howard.
J.W. was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Stigler, Okla., to George and Lucy (Goodson) Lefler. He married Lillie Dean Beard Aug. 19, 1950, in Clarendon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillie Dean Lefler of Decatur; son Randy Lefler and wife, Leslie, of Houston; daughter Deana Maldonado and husband, Jimmy, of Azle; grandchildren Justin Cash, Lacey Cash, Shawn Lefler and Brandi Brackeen; great-grandchildren Kaylen Cash and Athen Brackeen; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Leslie, Glenda Roylene
1939-2014

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Glenda Roylene Leslie, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Glenda was born Dec. 30, 1939, in Fort Worth to Thelma Pauline and Roy Slaughdon Callaway. She became a very successful restaurant manager for the Richeson Co. for more than 30 years. She met the love of her life, Bobbie Joe Leslie, and they married Aug. 16, 1985. They retired and moved to Bridgeport.
Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline and Roy Callaway; brothers Gene Grantham, Bob Grantham and Milton Callaway; sons Roy Matheson and Robert Leslie; and grandsons Michael Shane Matheson and Timothy Scott Matheson.
Survivors include her husband, Bobbie Joe Leslie of Bridgeport; son Michael Matheson and wife, Kathy, of Bridgeport; daughters Elaine Smith and husband, Clyde, of Bryson, Dianna Williams and partner, Sandy Cook, of Scotland, Texas, and Joni Hackett and husband, Tony, of Lebanon, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Lewis, Joyce Marcella
1930-2014

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
Joyce Marcella Lewis, 83, a former longtime resident of Rhome, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Coryell County.
Funeral was March 30 at Pearl Baptist Church with burial at Slater Cemetery in Coryell County, under the direction of Scott’s Funeral Home of Gatesville.
Pallbearers were Larry Burk, Mark Burk, Bailey Burk, James Smith, Freddie Reed, Tom Moseley, Johnny Zuniga and Johnny Kurten.
Joyce was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Rhome to Lalla Alla Judge Burk and Steve Archly Burk. She was a 43-year member of Pearl Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Jaynie Lewis Fader and husband, Maynard; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jack L. Lewis; son Bobbyjack Lewis; her parents; and eight brothers and sisters.

Lewis, June
1931-2014

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
June Lewis, 83, a music teacher, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside service was Dec. 8 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with Dr. David Burrows officiating. Burial was under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
June was born July 26, 1931, in Hopkins County, Ky., to Robin and Vadie (Lovan) Mitchell. She was a music teacher at Bridgeport ISD for 10 years and at Carthage ISD for 29 years. June had been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1989 and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma in Carthage.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Lucille Morrow; brother W.D. Mitchell; and grandson Preston Allums.
Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Hudman and husband, Mel, of Graham, and Lori Allums and husband, Chuck, of Rowlett; grandkids Steve Hudman and wife, Kelly, Joe Hudman and wife, Melissa, and Melisa Synder and husband, Tristan; great-grandkids Bret Hudman, Baleigh Hudman, Brice Hudman, Brock Hudman, Zoe Hudman and Zoyla Hudman; other family members and friends.

Lindley, Bobbylea Fortenberry
1927-2014

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Bobbylea Fortenberry Lindley, 86, of Denton died Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Denton.
Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton with David Bradshaw officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum.
Pallbearers are Bert Pruett, Duane Pruett, Phil Hancock, Randy Knight, Skyler Riley and Steve Hall.
Bobbye was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Krum to William and Pauline (Sinclair) Baxter. She graduated from Krum High School and attended Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University) and North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas), both in Denton.
She married James Fortenberry in 1950 and moved to Slidell, where they lived on White’s Creek. They later moved to Krum, and she taught at Denton State School from 1965 to 1972. Her husband preceded her in death in 1993, and she later married George Lindley Jan. 31, 1996.
Bobbye and James had a baby one year and a garden the next. After three babies, they stuck with gardening. She was a wonderful cook and collected hundreds of cookbooks. She created beautiful projects with cross-stitch and crochet, and many babies were wrapped in her beautiful baby blankets.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and husbands James Fortenberry and George Lindley. Bobbye is survived by her son, Jim Fortenberry and wife, Sally, of North Richland Hills; daughters Cynthia Hall and husband, Jack, of Ponder and Leisa Fortenberry of Denton; grandchildren Steve Hall, Corrie Migneco and Mary Fortenberry; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Slidell Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 104, Slidell, TX 76267.

Lindsey, Iona Wright
1926-2014
Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
Iona (Wright) Lindsey of Sanger died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Denton after a long illness. She was 88.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Pilgrim Way Baptist Church in Sanger. Arrangements are being handled by Coker Funeral Home of Sanger.
Iona was born Dec. 22, 1926, in Slidell to Jack and Lela (Reding) Wright. She graduated from Slidell High School and married J.W. Lindsey.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son James Lindsey; daughter Brenda Domingues; her parents; brothers Herbert Wright, Edward Wright and Freddie Wright; sisters Medna Bryant, Ruth Williams, Bernice Stiefer and Jacqualyn Jones; and granddaughter Tracy Wright.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara Lindsey of Sanger; sisters Oleta Horner of Alvord and Fran Pate of Fairfield, Calif.; son Larry Wright and wife, Judy, of Brandon, Miss.; sister-in-law Jodi Wright of Decatur; grandsons Dwayne Sparks of Dallas and Richard Wright of Brandon, Miss.; and granddaughters Miranda Sparks of Dallas, Gwen Lindsey of Denton and Christine Lindsey.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and other family members and friends.
Memorials may be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 4350 Sigma, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75244.

Lindsey, Roberta
1916-2014

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Roberta Lindsey, 97, of Rhome, died Monday, March 10, 2014, in Grapevine.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Dido Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are John Wilson, Gage Harris, Dustin Remillard, Adam Remillard, Ross Lindsey and Neil Foster.
Honorary pallbearers are Rob Lindsey and Lincoln Harris.
Roberta was born April 17, 1916, in Newark to Robert and Ora (Earp) Hudson. She married Max Lindsey Sr. in 1938, and they were married for 49 years until his death in 1987. She married Preston Drinkard in 1996, and they were married seven years until he died in 2003.
Roberta enjoyed fishing and was also an avid bowler who did not give up the sport until the age of 94. She was a member of the Rhome Church of Christ and is the granddaughter of one of Wise County’s earliest settlers, J.J. Hudson.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Donna Von Bloch of Keller, Wanda Foster and husband, Richard, of Rhome, and Ann Draudt and husband, Doug, of Colleyville; sons Max Lindsey and wife, Beverly, of Rhome and Craig Lindsey and wife, Mona, of Colleyville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Max Lindsey Sr. and Preston Drinkard; grandson Will Harris; and sisters Vesta Laster, Nell Huddleston and Sarah Wilson.

Lobsinger, Sandra Kay Lobsinger
1940-2014

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sandra Kay Lobsinger, 74, a homemaker, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Justin.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday prior to service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Boyd Stephens, Bart Pope, Randy Cummings, Nick Valverde, Hensley Hurley and Jim Dreschler.
Sandra was born June 5, 1940, in Decatur to Oran Charles and Genena Ruth (Price) Thacker. She married Raymond Donald Lobsinger Sept. 22, 1985, in Justin. She was a Methodist and an avid quilter, who loved gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Jon Charles Wilhite; and daughter Darlinda Wilhite.
Survivors include her sons, Bryan Wilhite and wife, Donna, of Lewisville, and Mike Lobsinger and wife, Jody, of Justin; sister Oneva Clifton of Dripping Springs; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lofton, Josephine Hicks
1922-2014

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
Josephine Hicks Lofton, 92, of Decatur died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Louis Horton officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bill Fennell, Carl Fennell, Dennis Hudson and Craig Shaw. Honorary pallbearer is Jimmy Hudson.
Josephine was born June 14, 1922, in Stockdale to George and Sylvia (Scott) Neely. She married Archie Hicks in 1938, and they were married 37 years before he died. She married Raymond Lofton in 1975, and they were married for 24 years before he preceded her in death. Josephine was also a lifelong member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.
In addition to her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her son, Douglas R. Hicks; and grandson Douglas R. Hicks Jr.
She is survived by her son, Melvin Hicks and wife, Kay Clark, of Cibolo; grandchildren Sonja Grissom of Cibolo, Jessica Hicks of Universal City, Joel Hicks of Cibolo, Gabe Hicks of Dallas, Marie Young of Dimebox and Kim Haas of Los Alamitos, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and brother Glen Neely of Greenville.

Long, Johnny Ray
1948-2014
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Johnny Ray Long, 65, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service was July 28 at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg with burial under the direction of White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
John was born Oct. 26, 1948, in Muenster to M.O. and Ola Belle Long. He married Ann Prince Nov. 3, 2004.
John started working in the oilfield right out of high school with his dad, “Slim,” maintaining pumpjacks and keeping the wells running. John and his dad had a special relationship, working side-by-side through the years.
In the ’80s, John came to know Jesus and accepted him as his Lord and Savior, and after that, he witnessed to various men in the oilfield, never being pushy, just when opportunity would arise.
He worked for numerous production companies during 40-plus years as a pumper. With his knowledge and business sense, he made investments in the oilfield. His work was also his play as he loved his job.
He developed lifelong friendships in the oil business, including Jerry-Don, Larry, Ralph, Therman and Billie, Bob and Pam, Kenneth, Mike, Jack, David, Charles, Chuck and Jo.
His took good care of his parents until their passing. When he married Ann, he not only got a loving wife, but also two stepchildren, and later, grandchildren, whom he loved to play with and tease. Some of their favorite things to do with “Papa John” included piggyback rides, building pumpjacks out of blocks, collecting flint rocks and of course, riding around checking the wells, speeding down dirt roads and blaring Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash and John Denver.
John loved going to church, being with his church family, mocking Pastor Joe’s yodeling (with love of course) and going out to eat.
He was preceded in death by his parents, M.O. and Ola Belle Long.
John is survived by his wife, Ann Long of Alvord; children Aaron Prince of Bowie and Lindsey Fuentes and husband, Chris, of Alvord; and grandchildren Dustyn, Jordan and Zane Fuentes, Blake Prince, and Courtney Groves.

Love, Etta Elizabeth
1922-2014
Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Etta Elizabeth Love, 91, of Bridgeport. died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Paradise Cemetery with Brother Jim Taylor officiating.
Etta was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Idabel, Okla., to Pernie Jane (Gray) and Benjamin Franklin Swaffar. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport.
Etta was a farmer’s wife and seamstress who loved to make clothes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Raymond Lee Love; and beloved brothers Elmer and Russell Lee “Red” Swaffar.
She is survived by daughter Teresa Moody and husband, Mark, of Paradise; grandchildren Joshua Moody of Anaheim, Calif., Matthew Moody of Carterville, Mo., and Bethany Moody of Dallas; best friend Wanda Evans of Bridgeport; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Roshchyn, Rhonda Zulynn
1968-2014

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Rhonda Zulynn Roshchyn, 46, a homemaker, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Rhonda was born July 25, 1968, in Denton to Billy and Laura (Kemp) Adams. She married Marcus Wilson Simpson.
Survivors include her husband, Marcus Simpson of Decatur; sons Christopher Akins of Decatur, John Cordell of Nocona and Marcus Simpson Jr. of Decatur; daughters Mackenzie Simpson of Decatur and Zulynn Simpson of Decatur; her parents, Bill and Deanie Adams of Decatur; sister Ginny Adams of Decatur; and brother Dan Adams of Georgia.

Lowery, Loyce Irene Holt
1939-2014

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Loyce Irene Holt Lowery, 74, a homemaker, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Paradise.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial in Paradise Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Corbin Young will officiate.
Pallbearers are Derek Read, Reggie Read, Randy Read, Jamie Cook, Joe Tucker and Chris Smith.
Loyce was born July 17, 1939, in Decatur to Royce and Mary Ella (Sizemore) Holt. She married Charles “Charlie” Shankle, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2014, after more than 30 years of marriage. Loyce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paradise.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by daughters Cassandra Newman and husband, Eddie, of Paradise, Melonie Christian and husband, Joey, of Decatur and Leisha Young and husband, Ren, of Paradise; sons Greg Lowery and wife, Mirenda, of Paradise and Chris Lowery and wife, Amy, of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Kay Roberts of Paradise and Reba Bradley and husband, Wayne, of Bridgeport; brothers Bobby Holt and wife, Sharon, of Bridgeport, Tommy Sims and wife, Donna, of Paradise; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Loyd, Larry
1962-2014

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Larry Loyd, 52, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Glen Kersey officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Wendell Cauthen, Shane Brown, Larry Moody, Bill C. Kersey, Sam Britt and Jay Schroede. Honorary pallbearers are Casey Brown, Jason Reynolds, Jeff Davis, Jimmy Davis, Glen Foster, Greg Guinn and Weldon Cauthen.
Larry was born Sept. 9, 1962, in Bridgeport to Virgil Jr. and Marjorie (Reynolds) Loyd. He worked for C.D. Brown Construction as a directional boring machine locator.
He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Loyd Jr.
Survivors include his daughter, Shallie Tierce and husband, Logan, of Cottondale; grandchildren Trapper Tierce and Hagen Tierce; mother Marjorie Loyd of Decatur; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Lozano, Rolando Rodriguez ‘Roy’
1953-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rolando Rodriguez “Roy” Lozano, 60, of Aurora died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Roy was born April 13, 1953, in Alice to Francisco and Cipranita Rodriguez Lozano. He married Margarita Lopez Feb. 19, 1976, in Denver City.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margarita Lozano of Aurora; daughters Rebecca Diaz and husband, Oscar, of Denver City and Reba Lozano of Aurora; grandchildren Samantha, Abigail and Isaiah Diaz; brothers Frank, Rudy and Victor Lozano; sisters Delmida Maldanado, Vera Lozano, Sylvia Key and Janie Bruton; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Amadeo, Reyes and Ovidio Lozano.

Maddox, Edward P. 'Doc', III
1922-2014

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
Former Decatur resident, Edward P. “Doc” Maddox III D.V.M., 91, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Kingwood.
Funeral was June 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Pallbearers were Gene Morrison, Richard Livingston, Brayton Morrison, Veron Parsons, Drew Bruton, Bill Adams, Clyde Holt and Jerry Geiger. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Wise County Veterans Group.
Doc was born Aug. 2, 1922, into a Fort Worth pioneer family. The Maddox family owned and operated Crystal Pure Milk and Ice, which was the first modern ice and milk plant in Fort Worth. After the Civil War, the Maddox brothers came to Fort Worth and served vital roles such as sheriff, fire chief, police chief and county tax assessor-collector for landowners.
Like his father before him, he graduated from R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth where he lettered in football. Dr. Maddox was also a proud graduate of Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine where he had served as president of his senior class. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant.
In 1961, Doc was appointed by Gov. Allen Shivers to a term on the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners where he helped set up the first state board of directors.
He was the first licensed veterinarian to practice in Mineral Wells (Palo Pinto County), Weatherford (Parker County) and Decatur (Wise County). For the first 20 years of his career, Doc was an ambulatory dairy practitioner, traveling to local dairies, farms and ranches to care for cattle. During his last 20 years of veterinarian service, he worked as livestock market veterinarian for 10 different Texas markets and four in southern Oklahoma.
Doc was a lifetime member of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Society. He served two terms as president of the Fort Worth Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, Maj. K.M. Vanzandt Chapter No. 6. He was also a charter member of the Wise County Camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member in good standing of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars for descendants of officers during the Civil War.
Doc was proud to serve as president for both the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society and the Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies. He was also a longtime member of the Lions Club in Decatur.
One of his many hobbies included hunting and collecting cacti in the wild, which resulted in a hothouse collection of more than 200 different species of North, Central and South American species of cacti that he later donated to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
As a scuba diver, Doc collected seashells from the coral reefs of Belize, Costa Rica and from around the world. He generously donated his seashell collection to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens for permanent public display. Doc also collected stone weapons and artifacts of early American man, and he owned an extensive collection of arrowheads, ceremonials and burial pieces of flint and stone. Doc authored three books; “Cow Veterinarian, It’s Great,” “10,000 Miles Hunting Cactus in Texas” and “Sticks and Stones: Man’s First Weapons and the Man That Made Them.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Movelda (Holt) Maddox; son Edward Perryman Maddox IV; stepson John Van Etton; and a brother and sister.
He’s survived by his daughter, Celia Ann (Maddox) Parsons and husband, Veron, of Temple; granddaughters Kara Dunphy and husband, Kevin, of Cary, N.C., Lorelei Livingston and husband, Richard, of Belgium and Natasha Morrison and husband, Gene, of Kingwood; great-grandchildren Brittany, Jessica, Geoffrey, Brandon, Brayton, Maddox and Gage; daughter-in-law Anita Maddox of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Manji, Carol Diane
1969-2014

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Carol Diane Manji, 44, a nurse, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jason Moncrief, Jordon Moncrief, Joshua Ware, Forrest Mayhugh, Mel Blossom and Johnny Fernandez Jr.
Carol was born April 11, 1969, in Fort Worth to Paul and Inez (Hale) Rogers. She married Alnawaz “Al” Abdul Manji Aug. 29, 2003, in Fort Worth.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters Vickie Lewis and Janet Mayhugh.
She is survived by her husband, Al of Hot Springs, Ark.; son Johnny Fernandez Jr. of Hot Springs; daughters Christina Fernandez of Fort Worth, Tracie Mendoza of Fort Worth and Angelenna Fernandez of Jacksonville, N.C.; brother Paul Rogers Jr. of Mansfield; sisters Debra Ware of Burleson and Ella Moncrief of Mansfield; grandchildren John Anthony Mendoza and Hayden Mendoza, both of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mann, Della L. Haynes
1924-2014

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Della L. Haynes Mann, 90, of Bridgeport, died Monday, March 17, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with Johnny Irish officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is immediately before the funeral, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Pallbearers are Brent Haynes, Michael Haynes, J.T. Manoushagian, Josh Mann, Matt Mann and Gabe Mann.
Della was born March 12, 1924, in Bluff Dale to Daisy Mae (Taylor) and Robert Lee Lewis. She was a retired secretary who enjoyed reading, sewing, needlepoint and cross-stitch.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Civic Club. She was a past president of the Civic Club from 1977-1978 and was honored as Woman of the Year in 1989.
Della is survived by her son, Philip E. Haynes and wife, Linda, of Coppell; stepsons James M. Mann and wife, Marcia, of Cuero, Thomas R. Mann and wife, Donna, of Bridgeport, and William C. Mann of Dallas; daughter Marion E. Winder and husband, John, of Decatur; stepdaughter Mollye A. Gardner and husband, Larry, of Chico; sister Harriet Taylor of Arizona; grandchildren Brent J. Haynes of Plano, Paige L. Winder, DDS, of Decatur, Michael E. Haynes of Lewisville, Josh Mann of Springtown, Matt Mann of New Braunfels, Gabe Mann of Cibolo, Lindsey Thompson of Fort Worth, Shelley Davidson of Justin and Jennifer Richey of Chico; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Truett Mann; brothers Joseph W. Lewis, Chester Lee Lewis, Harry Jackson Lewis and George H. Lewis; and previous husband C. E. “Gene” Haynes.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building and Maintenance Fund, 608 17th Street, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Manning, Bobby W.
1937-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Bobby W. Manning, 76, a retired offshore construction superintendent, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Bridgeport. Funeral was Jan. 14 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Jimmy Williams officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Pallbearers were Butch McCain, Mike Hartsell, Joe Gilliland, Mike Thomas, Ronnie Thomas and Danny McCarn.
Bobby was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Buda to George and Frances (Carter) Manning. He married Billie Beck Feb. 18, 1968, in Orange, and she preceded him in death in 1996. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Bobby was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Billie Beck Manning; son Richard Thomas; grandson Scott Thomas; and brothers Stephen and Ted Manning. Survivors include his sons, Ronnie Thomas of Bridgeport, Steve Manning and wife, Julie, of Spring, and Bobby Manning Jr. of Bridgeport; daughters Gina Richards and husband, Chris, of Hayden and Robin Russell and husband, Nathan, of Springtown; sister Jackie McCarn and husband, Danny, of Jourdanton; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Manoushagian, Elsie Jean Pace
1928-2013

Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
Elsie Jean (Pace) Manoushagian, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Jan. 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Pallbearers were Andrew Manoushagian, J.T. Manoushagian, Davis Manoushagian, Damon Wykrent, Russell Burran and Gerry Greer.
Jean was born April 2, 1928, in Wichita Falls. After graduating from Wichita Falls High School, she attended Oklahoma University and married Milton “M.L.” Manoushagian in Wichita Falls Jan. 24, 1948. They lived in Dallas and Wichita Falls before moving to Bridgeport in 1955. She was a homemaker and past president of the Bridgeport Civic Club. She was also active in the band boosters and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Jean enjoyed traveling, especially to New Mexico.
Survivors include her sons, Ralph Pace Manoushagian and wife, Melinda, and Kent Charles “Buck” Manoushagian and wife, Dana; grandchildren Andrew Manoushagian, Beth Wykrent and husband, Damon, J.T. Manoushagian and wife, Sandy, Davis Manoushagian and Madison Manoushagian; great-grandchildren Mylah Manoushagian, Greyson Manoushagian, Ellah Pace Manoushagian, Luke Wykrent and Molly Pace Wykrent. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport.

Marshall, Julie Lynn
1962-2014

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
Julie Lynn Marshall, 51, of Boyd, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer.
A celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle.
Julie was born Aug. 17, 1962, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She enjoyed reading and loved Oklahoma Sooner football, as well as her three pups. Julie was a loving wife and mother.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorthy Hill.
Survivors include her husband, Tim Marshall of Boyd; son Zachary Snyder and wife, Nicki, of Saginaw; daughter Briana Marshall of Boyd; her father, Richard Hill of Aurora; sisters Beth Craig and husband, Brian, of Fort Walton Beach and Lori Balderston and husband, Brad, of Grand Prairie; and other family members and friends.

Martin, James Ray ‘Red’
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
James “Red” Martin, 83, of Montague, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Church of Christ in Saint Jo with Chester Cullum, C.E. Cole and Steve Chism officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Park Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.
Pallbearers are his grandsons: Lance Thweatt, Jamie Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gregg Romine, DJ Thweatt, Ethan Romine and Eric Fox.
James Ray Martin was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Myra, one of 11 children of William Burl Martin and Zena Pearl (Warner) Martin. Red married the love of his life, Betty Lue Dunn, Jan. 7, 1950, in Montague.
Red was a member of the Church of Christ and a loving husband of 62 years. He enjoyed playing cards and dominos with his family, as well as visiting and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing, gardening, canning and woodworking. He also loved for his daughters to sing hymns to him. He was a past member of the Alvord In-N-Out coffee drinkers club.
Red was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Martin; his parents, William and Zena Martin; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Jo Hardison, Thelma Ritchie, Lois McVeigh, Johnnie Fern Martin and Clemmie Mae Martin; brothers Charley Martin, Clinton Martin and Roy William Martin.
Red is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Linda and Mack Thweatt and Penny and Jimmy Johnson, all of Alvord, and Staci and Dale Romine of Montague; son Tom Martin and wife, Linda, of Gainesville; his grandchildren and their spouses, Lance Thweatt, DJ and Bri Thweatt, Jamie and Caitlin Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gregg and Jesse Romine, Ethan and Brittany Romine, Cody and Adrianne Martin, Casey and Heather Martin and Cyle and Sharissa Martin; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister Ruth Cain of Decatur; brother Bill Martin of Gainesville; sister-in-law Dee and C.E. (Sonny) Cole; and brother-in-law Melvin (Snooks) Dunn.

Martin, Linda
1946-2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Linda Martin, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
Graveside service was Friday, Dec. 26 in Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. She was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Frank “Poncho” Martin.
Linda was born Oct. 3, 1946, to Albert and Emma Fay Burran. She loved the Lord and wanted everyone to know Jesus Christ.
She had an unconditional love for her family and shared her faith and love with them all her life. She also loved her friends and cherished all the memories she had with them. She had a special bond with her animals and they brought her much joy.
Linda was preceded in death by her mother; father; and beloved husband, Frank Martin.
Survivors include her daughter, Tonie York and husband, Tim; son Randall Roten and wife, Denise; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two sisters.

Martin, Michael Henry
1944-2014
Michael Henry Martin
Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
Michael Henry Martin, 70, of Springtown, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Dec. 12 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Collis Daniels officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Michael was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Donald Frederick and Mary Virginia (Hilt) Martin. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a retired truck driver and baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Donald Martin.
Survivors include his daughters, Julie Schnell and husband, Rod, of Denver, Amy Burton and husband, Kevin, of Sydney, Neb., and Bethany Andrews of Scottsbluff, Neb.; grandchildren Abi, Hannah, Cameron, Heather, Kyle, Keely, Keegan, Avery and Brody; great-grandchild Brantley; sisters Mary Cook, Debbie Bartmann, Tamara Shariff and Pamela Allison; brother Fred Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mason, Kathryn Ann Mason
1989-2014
Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
Kathryn Ann Mason, 25, formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Whitewright.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with a private burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. There is no visitation.
Kathryn was born March 12, 1989, in Dallas to Gene and Pam (VanNatta) Mason. Her family and those who knew her well will remember Kathryn’s beautiful smile and gentle spirit.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gene and Marian Mason; and grandmother Joan VanNatta.
She is survived by her parents, Gene and Pam Mason of Decatur; sister Elizabeth Mason of The Colony; grandparents Gene and Gloria VanNatta of Farmers Branch; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends

Mason, Linda
1949-2014

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
Linda Mason, 64, a retired cake decorator for Wal-Mart, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Rhome.
Services will be scheduled at a later date.
Linda was born July 23, 1949, in Whitney to Thelma Wilson Filbert and Clyde Chronic.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Filbert; her stepfather, Vernon Filbert; and her brother, Clyde Chronic.
Survivors include sons Johnny Chronic and wife, Ruth, of Lubbock, Allen Wayne Carter of Arkansas, Joseph Edward Carter and wife, Julie, of Kentucky and Brian Kenneth Carter of Decatur; daughter Ann Atherton of Rhome; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Charlotte James of Red Oak and Wanda Jackson of Dallas; other family members and a host of friends.
The family suggests that memorials be made to any breast cancer awareness organization.

Matta, Ruben R.
1954-2014

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ruben R. Matta, 59, of Bridgeport and formerly of Pecos, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Dallas.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Brother Scott Strother officiating.
Ruben was born Nov. 5, 1954, in Pecos to Juan and Felipa (Renteria) Matta. He won numerous awards while attending high school, and on June 4, 1977, he married Gloria Ortega in Pecos.
Ruben worked as a gas industry supervisor. His hobbies included watching Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Cowboys football, and he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Gloria Matta; son Israel Matta and wife, Roxanne; daughters Sharon Matta-Melendez, Tabitha Matta and Brooklyn Matta; brothers Ray, Raul, Rolando and Roger Matta; sister Rosemary Matta; and grandchildren Zoie, Marci, Piper, Ruben, Violet, Scarlett, Jenikah, Kierztyn, Josiah, Harley, Caleb, Kaydence, Christopher and K’Lynne.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents; and son Ruben Matta Jr.

Matthews, Norma Jean Harvey
1928-2014

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Norma Jean Harvey Matthews, 85, of Rhome, died Monday, March 10, 2014, in a Decatur nursing facility.
Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with John Stewart officiating.
Norma was born June 19, 1928, in Newark to P.L. and Ima Irene (Ford) Harvey. She married William Ivan Matthews June 22, 1946, in Tarrant County.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Suzy Burk; and two brothers, Harold and Jerry Harvey.
Survivors include daughter Melba Matthews Pitts and husband, Robert, of Aurora; grandsons Justin Burk and wife Sandi, of Decatur, and Cody Burk and wife, Emily, of Glendale, Ariz.; granddaughters Tiffany Machart of Dallas and Lindsay Clark of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Savannah, Colton, Ramsay, Caroline and Brady Burk; brother Ronnie Harvey and wife Sue, of Rhome; and other relatives and friends.

McCasland, Herman Edward
1939-2014

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
Herman Edward McCasland, 75, formerly of Bridgeport, died Friday, June 20, 2014, in Temple.
Graveside memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.
Herman was born March 10, 1939, in Bridgeport to Ansel and Barbara McCasland. He married Cherry Bell and cherished the time he spent with his family.
Herman proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a disabled veteran and a retired truck driver and instructor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bertha Crosen and Dorothy Andrew; and his brother, Marlin McCasland.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Cherry McCasland; sons Andy McCasland and Marlin McCasland; grandson Collin McCasland; brother Barney McCasland; sisters Wanda Forms and Barbara McCormick; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

McClain, Margaret
1926-2014
Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Margaret McClain, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset with arrangements handled by White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Margaret was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Henrietta to Charlie and Mabel (Smith) Reed. She owned and operated Hutson’s Cafe in Bowie and G&L Truck Stop in Alvord. Margaret later worked for Country Square Truck Stop and Quickway Grocery as a cook.
She will be remembered for her devoted years of life as a mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jay McClain; son Billy McClain; brothers Alfred Reed and James Reed; and great-grandson Jay Lee Reed Jr.
Margaret is survived by daughters Gladys Turner and husband, Mickey, of Cleburne, Nita Moody and husband, Dale, of Chico, Betty Grau of Melba, Idaho, and Shirley Stipes of Bridgeport; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother Charles Eugene Reed and wife, Patsy, of Everman; and numerous nieces and nephews

McCoy, Rodney D.
1945-2014

Published Saturday, May 10, 2014
Rodney D. McCoy, 68, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Arlington.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with Pastor Rick Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Russell McCoy, Reagan McCoy, Ryan D. McCoy, Jimmy Fahnestock, Allen Broyles and Steven Standefer.
Rodney was born June 1, 1945, in College Station to Dr. Turney and Faye (Gurley) McCoy. He married Rose Mary Martin April 24, 1966, in Ardmore, Okla., and was owner and operator of Mac’s Automotive and R&M Trophies. He proudly served his country in the United Stated Army Air National Guard.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Rose Mary Martin McCoy of Arlington; sons Russell Duwayne McCoy of Spring, Ryan D. McCoy and wife, Janelle, of Portland, Ore., and Reagan Daniel McCoy of Los Angeles; grandchildren Logan McCoy, Katie McCoy and Emma Rose McCoy; sister Susan Voigt and husband, Peter, of Garland; niece Vanessa Voigt Stephens of Garland; and other family members and friends.

McCullough, Joseph L.
1942-2014
Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Joseph L. (Joe) McCullough, 71, of Slidell, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after courageously battling cancer for seven months.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on his birthday, Friday, July 5 at the First Baptist Church of Slidell. Coker Funeral Home of Sanger is in charge of arrangements.
Joe was born July 5, 1942, in Kittanning, Pa. to O.J. McCullough and Naomi (Bell) Christy. Joe served in the U.S. Army 1959-63, then married Theresa A. Heath March 21, 1964.
He worked as a truck driver for 40 years and stayed in the trucking industry when he went to work for Kenosha – now Active, USA – delivering semi-trucks. He and his wife eventually relocated to Slidell, where he became a longtime, respected resident and friend of the community.
Joe worked for Kenosha for 28 years and retired when he was 62.
Joe was a man of few words, but he made every word count. He believed a handshake was as good as gold, and if you happened to glimpse his face when talking about his family, you saw that twinkle in his eye and you knew he loved them.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa McCullough of Slidell; children Joseph McCullough, Jr. of Muskogee, Okla., Kardi McCullough and husband, Barry, of Overland Park, Kan., Anthony McCullough and wife, Gina, of Slidell, and Mary McCullough and husband, Paul, of Denton; grandchildren Cody McCullough, Derek McCullough, Jennifer McCullough, Kyle Conley, Hannah Conley, Rachel Conley, Samuel McCullough, Alex McCullough, Madison McCullough, Nolan McCullough, Justin Lopez, Elizabeth Lopez and Marissa Lopez; great-granddaughter Alexandria; and sister Caroline Souldworth of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and a sister.

McDaniel, Charles Ralph
1948-2014

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Charles Ralph McDaniel, 65, a farmer and rancher, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was April 15 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Glenn Connell officiating. Burial was at Jim Ned Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Paul Wayne Howell, Mitchell Griffith, Dusty Wilson, Joey Berger, Paul Simpson and Jimmy Wade McDaniel Jr.
Charlie was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Bridgeport to James “Jim” and Mary Alice (Howell) McDaniel. They preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, Jimmy Wade McDaniel of Balsora; sister Virginia Lee Powers of Henderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

McDaniel, Imanell
1939-2014
Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
Imanell McDaniel 75, of Paradise, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Paradise.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at George J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville with Pastor Mike Langdon officiating. A reception will follow at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
Imanell was born May 12, 1939, in Hibbitt to C.D. and Marie (Mitchell) Bacon. She was 70-year resident of Cooke County, graduating from Callisburg High School in 1957. At age 19, she went to work at First State Bank as a teller and later worked at Tyler and Simpson for 20 years before going to work at the Cooke County Clerk’s office. She spent 22 years as property manager at Grayhill Apartments.
Imanell retired from Tierra Properties in 2010 and moved to Paradise to be close to her grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years, and after moving to Paradise, she joined the Paradise United Methodist Church. She filled her time with gardening, shopping, traveling and enjoying her family, especially her grandchildren.
Imanell began a five-year fight with ovarian cancer in 2009 and inspired many with her strength and positive attitude. She will be remembered as a beloved and cherished grandmother, sister and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dwayne Bacon.
Imanell is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Greer, and husband, Shane, of Callisburg; daughter Sheila Hooker and husband, Jake, of Paradise; grandsons Mack and Marshall Hooker of Paradise and Shane Greer Jr. of Callisburg; sister Sherley Riley and brother-in-law, Bill, of Gainesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hibbitt Cemetery Association in Gainesville or Choice Cancer Center in Decatur.

McDaniel, Reaford Wayne
1938-2014

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Reaford Wayne McDaniel, 75, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at his home in Alvord.
A private burial was held at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
Reaford was born June 28, 1938, in Wise County to Reaford C. and Edith (Lawson) McDaniel. A graduate of Alvord High School, he was a heavy equipment operator and rancher. He was a former member of the Bowie Saddle Riding Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being around kids.
He is survived by his son, Andy Justice of Baytown; daughters Christine Hunt of Bridgeport, and Lori Painter; brothers Winford McDaniel of Chico, Harold McDaniel of Crafton and Corky McDaniel of Bridgeport; sisters Marie Cox of Bowie, Louise Throckmorton of Bowie, Lois Hunter of Chico and Joann Parker of Crafton; grandchildren Laramie and Rhett Justice, Cash Hunt, and Meredith Butler; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Reaford was preceded in death by his parents, brother Larkin McDaniel, and sister Joyce Mathews.

McDonald, Billy John
1950-2014

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Billy John McDonald, 64, of Denton died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
Graveside service was June 28 at Cooper Creek Cemetery in Denton with burial under the direction of DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton.
McDonald was born Dec. 6, 1950, in Decatur to the late John Minis and Barbara McDonald. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1968 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Business from North Texas State University (now UNT) at Denton.
He married Darline McDonald Nov. 22, 1969. He was in material management until he retired in 2012 from Peterbuilt Motor Co.
McDonald was an avid football player and fan. He played football at Decatur High School from 1964 to 1968, at Henderson Community College in 1968-1969 and at NTSU from 1969 to 1974. He had a love for working with his children and being part of their activities. He was a youth coach from 1987 to 1993 and was awarded the Most Winning Coach each year.
McDonald served as a Denton High Bronco Band Booster 1990 to 1994 and was an athletic booster club member and president for Ryan High from 1994 to 1999. He also served as a 4-H leader four years, FFA leader and supporter eight years and was part of the Mayhill Cooper Creek Volunteer Fire Department from 1977 to 1982, serving as captain 1979 to 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Darline McDonald; daughter Chela Marie Smith and husband, Heath, of China Spring; son Cliff McDonald and wife, Heather, of Aubrey; and grandchildren Colt Smith, Tucker McDonald and Maddison McDonald.

McDowell, Johnny Ray
1933-2014

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Johnny Ray McDowell, 81, a retired truck driver from New Fairview, died Monday, May 26, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at New Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Johnny was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Dimmitt to Johnny Bill and Ella Mae (Palmer) McDowell. He married Marthella Manley June 21, 1976, in Decatur. He served his country in the United States Air Force and has been a member of Fairview Baptist Church since 1972.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marthella McDowell of New Fairview; daughters Cindy Whitaker and husband, Brad, of Fort Worth, Pam Dustman of Athens, and Denise Williams and husband, Scott, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Cheyne George, Madison Taylor, Brittany Dustman and Jesse Williams; six great-grandchildren; sisters Jerry Nolan and husband, Charlie, Florene Sanders and husband, Elden, Mary Kate Lane and husband, Ed, and Cindy Harper and husband, John; brother Richard McDowell and wife, Cindy, of Tulia; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Rodney Williams; and brothers Kenneth and Gene McDowell.

McKinstry, Laurence ‘Mac’
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Laurence “Mac” McKinstry, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at his home in Alvord due to heart complications.
Visitation was Nov. 11. There will be a burial of cremains at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas at a later date.
Mac was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Webster, Mass. He attended Woodstock Academy in Connecticut where he ran track and field. He was employed at Wal-Mart in Decatur for five years and also worked for the Federal Reserve as an armored truck driver.
He married Mary Lu Adams in 1960 in Illinois, and he proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his wife.
He is survived by his son, Jerome McKinstry and wife, Jerri, of Alvord; daughter Angela Ferguson and husband, Brian, of Frisco; grandchildren Gideon Lewis Ferguson, Jennifer Aynes and Joe House; great-grandchildren Braxton Calvert, Mackenzie Aynes and Caleb House; and cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

McNutt, Wanda Lois
1945-2014

Published Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, a retired sales representative, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Springtown.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sycamore Cemetery with Bob Taylor officiating.
Wanda was born June 16, 1945, in Fort Worth to Haskell and Colleen (Cole) Price. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her daughters, Shelly Brinkman and husband, Phillip Sewell, of Springtown, and Brenda McNutt of Springtown; son Warren McNutt and wife, Paula, of Wyoming; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Patsy Key, Barbara Price and Carolyn Gifford; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

McQuinn, Jay Fred
1954-2014

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Jay Fred McQuinn, 60, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, surrounded by family and friends.
Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport.
Fred was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Dallas to Vernon Terrell McQuinn and Freda Kasner McQuinn. He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1972 and worked at TXI for 37 years.
He enjoyed playing Monopoly and croquet with his cousins, investing in and watching the stock market and always making others laugh.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Paulette Brown McQuinn; and sister Dee Ola McQuinn. He is survived by his daughter, Cassandra McQuinn Brown, and her spouse, T.L. Brown, of The Colony; grandchildren, Daija Brown, Tierra Brown and Jace Brown; nephew Lawrence York and his daughter, Kassi York, of Bridgeport; former spouse and special friend Debra Doty Callaway of Carrollton; and many loving cousins, friends, co-workers and extended family.
He was a father and grandfather at heart to Missy Brown Martinez, Candace Martinez, Chelsey Edwards Skiles and Adrianna Murphy.

McWhirter, Bobby Dwayne
1938-2014
Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Memorial service for Bobby Dwayne McWhirter, 75, of Russellville, Ark., is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunset Point at Mount Nebo State Park in Arkansas.
McWhirter died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Decatur to Marvin Clarence and Mary Ruth Smith McWhirter. He loved traveling, hunting, law enforcement and watching western movies, especially those featuring John Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Marvin McWhirter Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ellen Lesta McWhirter of Russellville, formerly of Clarendon, Ark.; children Craig McWhirter and wife, Dianna, Kellie Kite and Nena Kopecek and husband, Peter, all of Texas; adopted son Gary Branham and wife, Janet, of Missouri; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley Cremations in Dardanelle are handing cremation services.
To write an online condolence, visit www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com.

Meador, Lea Ann
1962-2014

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014
Lea Ann Meador, 51, of Midland, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Memorial service was March 21 at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Chapel in Midland.
Lea Ann was born Oct. 17, 1962, in Decatur to Joyce Meador and Franklin Meador. She worked as a travel agent for more than 25 years in Dallas.
Lea Ann enjoyed being with family and friends, and especially her grandchildren. She loved to cook, travel and had a special place in her heart for dogs.
She is survived by her daughter, Triston Minihan (Thomas); mother Joyce Meador; father Franklin Meador and wife, Charlotte, of the Decatur area; grandchildren Camden, Dayton and Bayleigh Minihan; very special friend and aunt, Kristen Chupp Horton; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.

Meason, Mavine Hardage
1946-2014

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
Mavine Hardage Meason, 68, a deli operator, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Boyd.
Funeral is noon Saturday, June 28, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Allan Lobaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Anetta Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Calvin Hunter, Kevin Parsley, Ronnie Blackwell, Jason Peninger, Jerry Mullings and Tanner Floyd.
Mavine was born June 1, 1946, in Gurdon, Ark., to Dayton and Jessie Mae (Smith) Hardage. She married Kenneth Meason Sept. 7, 1964, in Marietta, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; and two sisters.
Survivors include her daughters, Sherry Sexton of Azle and Debra Meason and husband, John, of Lakeside; sons Kenny Meason and wife, Vonica, of Arizona, Mike Meason of Azle, Brian Meason and wife, Allison, of Springtown and Rusty Meason and wife, Suzanne, of Saginaw; 18 grandchildren; sisters Martha Frame of Boyd, Linda Jenkins of Boyd and Beverly Harvey of Azle; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Meyers, Jimmy
1953-2014
Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Jimmy Meyers, 60, a Devon Energy consultant from Decatur, died Monday, March 17, 2014, in Bridgeport.
No service is planned at this time.
Jimmy was born June 11, 1953, in Fort Worth to Sherphine and Joyce (Garner) Meyers. He married Janet Parkhill Dec. 19, 1975, in Gainesville.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Janet Meyers of Decatur; sons Coby Meyers and wife, Cheryl, of Bridgeport, and Scott Meyers of Denton; grandsons Ryan and Justin Meyers of Bridgeport; sister Diane Smith of Gainesville; brother Jerry Meyers of Gainesville; and nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Miller, Mary Ben’dette
1928-2014
Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
Mary Ben’dette Miller, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksboro with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.
Mary was born Aug. 26, 1928.
She is survived by daughters Edith Miller of Jacksboro and Juanita White and husband, Dennis, of Lake Kickapoo; sons David Miller of Oklahoma City and Timothy Miller and wife, Sue Ann, of Jacksboro; brother Van Edwards and wife, Ruth, of Seagoville; son-in-law Jack Beaver of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Milligan, Emma ‘Ruth’
1923-2014

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Emma “Ruth” Milligan, 91, a loving wife, friend and aunt, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Farmers Branch with the Rev. Sam Underwood officiating. Burial will follow at the Slidell Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral home in Gainesville.
Ruth was born in Greenwood May 15, 1923. She graduated from Slidell High School and married her sweetheart, Raymond Marshall Milligan, Nov. 10, 1941, in Fort Worth. After Raymond’s tour of duty in the U.S. Army, they followed their love of horses, training and teaching at area stables including Rendezvous, Little Brook, Glad Acres, Diamond R and Lake Place. Ruth also sold insurance for Kentucky National Insurance.
Her infectious love for life, quick wit and sense of humor made her a favorite at gatherings of friends and families. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Famers Branch.
Ruth was preceded in death by her devoted husband Raymond; her parents, David and Clara Griffith; brother Peyton Griffith; and sisters Vida Mae Sellers and Lucile Clark.
She is survived by her many nieces and nephews and their families and close friends.
Memorial donations may be sent to Scholarship Fund, First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch, 13017 William Dodson Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234.

Mitchell, Pauline L.
1919-2014

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Pauline L. Mitchell, 94, a retired secretary and homemaker, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Jerry Hines and John Hogan officiating. Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pauline was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Yalobusha County, Miss., to Ira and Bertha (Kilgore) Lane. She married Arnold Mitchell June 11, 1943, in Tallahatchie, Miss. She moved from Hurst in 2000 to be with her family. Pauline was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Arnold Mitchell; son Arnold Wayne Mitchell; brother George William Lane; and her sister, Claudine Mitchell. Her spirit is carried on by the family she adored: son Gary Mitchell and wife, Deitra, of Bridgeport; three grandchildren and their spouses; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Ira Lane Jr. and wife, Janice, of Nashville, Tenn., James Deon Lane and wife, Joyce, of Clinton, Miss., John Kenneth Lane and wife, Rachel, of Scobey, Miss.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Her family said they are forever blessed having her in their lives, and they will miss her joy, strength, spirit and love.

Mitchell, Willie ‘Red’
1929-2014

Published Saturday, May 31, 2014
Willie “Red” Mitchell, 85, a retired plant manager, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Longtime friend Danny Deen will speak.
Red was born May 12, 1929, to Johnny and Julie (Covey) Mitchell in Ralls. He married Dorothy Sturdivant Dec. 24, 1969, in Glen Rose. Red was a retired plant manager for Dean Meat Co. in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Troy Allen Mitchell; daughter Linda Stokes; and brothers Jr. and Kenneth Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Mitchell of Runaway Bay; sons Willie Mitchell Jr. and wife, Stacy, of Azle, Donnie Mitchell of Paradise, John Mitchell of Roanoke, George Dunn and wife, Tammie, of Washington, and Eddie Dunn and wife, Clarice, of Washington; daughters Jerrie Tinney of Olney and Juanita Dunn of Washington; brother Melvin Mitchell and wife, Loretta, of Bridgeport; sisters Helen Louise Clark of Decatur, Nancy Meadows and husband, Roger, of Bridgeport, Mary Lou Wojick and husband, John, of Hurst; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; other family members, and a host of friends.

Mitchum, Mona Jean
1933-2014

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
Mona Jean Mitchum, 81, a former daycare owner, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.  Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Ray Johnson, Kabel Conner, Derik Conner, Cody Acuff, Tim Mitchum and Thomas Mitchum. Honorary pallbearers are Bradley Mitchum and Robert Mitchum.
Mona was born March 9, 1933, in Caddo County, Okla., to Virgil and Willie Mae (Pugh) Stone. She married Thomas Mitchum Oct. 29, 1951, in Clovis, N.M., and owned and operated a daycare for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Tommy Ray Mitchum; daughter Shirley Jean Fortenberry; sister Margie Marie Ratliff; and brothers J.C. Stone, Jack Stone, Donald Stone and Jimmy Stone. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Mitchum and wife, Vickie, of Bridgeport, Jimmy Mitchum and wife, Judy, of Bridgeport and Michael Mitchum and wife, Stacy, of Bridgeport; nine grandchildren; eight great-granchildren; sisters Mary Joe Lasater of Springfield, Mo., and Betty May Sharp of Midland; brother Billy Wayne Stone of Decatur; and numerous other family members and friends.

Monroe, Betty Ann
1959-2014
Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Betty Ann Monroe, 54, of Boyd died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at her home.
No services are planned at this time.
Betty was born July 4, 1959, in Wise County to John Jerry and Fayrene (Davidson) Monroe. She loved animals, her family and friends.
She is survived by brothers B.J. Fitzgerald and wife Laura, and Jerry Fitzgerald; sisters Debra Brazier and husband, James, and Faye Cook; numerous nieces and nephews; and special niece, Sherri Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother John “Dobber” Monroe.

Montford, Donald
1931-2014

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
Donald Montford, 83, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was April 4 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt and Jimmy Don Taylor officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Robert Shawn, Colby Shawn, Jason Shawn, Mark Jordan, Jarrod Montford and Clayton Byrd.
Donald was born March 12, 1931, in Bridgeport to John and Ruth (Bevill) Montford. He married Verda Mae Kelley March 17, 1951, in Bridgeport and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Donna Sue Byrd; brother Billy Montford; and grandson Donald Lee “Chief” Money. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Verda Mae Montford of Bridgeport; son David Montford and wife, Beth, of Bridgeport; daughter Judy Money and husband, James, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Katie Whaley and husband, Brian, Samantha Russell and husband, William, Jarrod Montford, Jodi Money and Clayton Byrd and wife, Mary Beth; great-grandchildren J.J. Prock and Nikki Minor; other family members and a host of friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kountry Kidney Team for the National Kidney Foundation at donate.kidney.org.

Montgomery, M.H., Jr.
1942-2014

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
M.H. Montgomery Jr., 71, of Decatur died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Decatur.
A visitation and celebration of life service will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at The Cantina at C.L. and Patti Gage’s house. Private graveside service will be Sunday, May, 18.
Honorary pallbearers are C.L. Gage, Bart Barton, Mark Montgomery, Josh Perkins, Jerry Owen, Mark Downe and James Dixon.
M.H. was born May 25, 1942, to Marion Henry and Vivian (Hachtel) Montgomery in Decatur. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1960 and attended the University of North Texas, also working various jobs while in the Army National Guard.
While in the Guard he attended the NCO Academy as well as OCS. He was honorably discharged from the Guard in 1970 with a rank of First Lieutenant. He then began a 38-year career with Temple Inc., an electrical supply distributor. He started in the warehouse and worked his way up to outside sales. Over the course of his career he made many lifelong friends, both co-workers and customers.
M.H. had a strong love of cooking, and there wasn’t much he couldn’t cook well. Known for spending his weekends smoking briskets, chickens and ribs, he was also a master of the grill and was renowned for his steaks and burgers. Homemade chili, BBQ sauce and sausage were just a few of the things he loved to create.
He enjoyed fast cars, and took pride in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that he and his brother, Dalton, had restored. Never at a loss for words or lacking knowledge, he loved to sit with friends and family and talk for hours. He retired from what is now H.D. Supply in 2009 and spent the remainder of his life on his land that he loved, with his brother and good friends.
He is survived by a daughter, Allie Montgomery of Fort Worth; son Clay Montgomery and Jackie of Fort Worth; grandchildren Bryson, Shelby and Farrah; brother Dalton Montgomery and wife, Sharon, of Decatur; niece Angie Browning and husband, Sean, of Decatur; nephew Chad Montgomery of Decatur; numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Emma Faye Robinson.

Moody, Loreta Haney
1921-2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Loreta Haney Moody, 93, of Bridgeport, died on Christmas Day, 2014.
Funeral was Monday, Dec. 29 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, officiated by Dr. David Burrows. Burial was in East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Loreta was born Aug. 28, 1921 in McCaulley to Stewart A. Haney Sr. and Martha (Cosby) Haney. She married John Moody July 2, 1938.
She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Her great loves were her family and her church. She was youth director for many years, and never lost her youthfulness and sense of humor.
Her next passion was crappie fishing. She spent many hours fishing, but said she wanted to be remembered as a “fisherman of men.”
Loreta was preceded in death by her husband John, daughter Mitzi, granddaughters Kerri Russell and Kristi Belknap, brothers S.A. Haney, Jr., Lom Strickland, Clint Haney and Duane Haney.
Survivors include her son, Lee Alan Moody and wife, Susie; daughter Johnelle Reed and husband, Bill; son-in-law Beaumont Brown; sister-in-law Bobbie Haney; grandchildren Camille Mize, John Paul Moody, Jon Brooks, Sherri Scott, Scott Brooks and Mike Brooks; great-grandchildren Josh Hubbard, Allison Belknap, Jessica Rossi, Shad Russell, April Ries, Kellie Wheeler, Zachary Scott, Stephanie DeBord, Holly Brooks, Garrett Brooks, Casey Brooks, Erika Brooks, Devin Brooks, Michael Brooks and Nichole Brooks; great-great-grandchildren Owen Rossi, Holdyn Green, Benjamin DeBord, Alexis Hubbard, Audrey Ries, Hudson Ries, Levi Wheeler and Luke Ryan Wheeler.

Moore, Clara Mae
1928-2014

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
Clara Mae Moore, 86, a retired seamstress, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Cottondale Cemetery with Pastor Clyde Hess officiating. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Clara was born July 13, 1928, in Dante, Va., to Emmitt and America (Clark) Hess. She married C.P. Moore in Fort Worth, and he preceded her in death along with her parents; four brothers; a sister; and grandson Mark Hughes.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Shields and husband, Jerry, of Paradise, Linda Simpson and husband, Robert, of Haslet, and Sharon Davis of Haltom City; sons Don Hughes and wife, Mary, of Springtown, Jerry Hughes and wife, Jo Ann, of Rhome, Wayne Hughes and wife, Madelyn, of Boyd, and Ricky Hughes of Denton; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Moore, Harris Graves
1922-2014

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Harris G. Moore, 91, of Dallas, died Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Dallas.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Harris was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Italy, Texas, to John and Fannie (Graves) Moore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II 1941 to 45. He married the love of his life, Joyce C. Porche, in Houma, La.
After teaching for 25 years, in retirement he volunteered and gave back to his community. He enjoyed his family above all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; and grandson Justin Reed.
He is survived by daughters Christine Johnston and husband, John, of Paradise, Jane McGuigan and husband, Fred, of El Paso and Ann Carberra and husband, Ed, of Plano; son David Moore and wife, Michelle, of Dallas; grandchildren Emily, Joe, Kevin, David, Patrick and Elizabeth; and a great-grandchild due in November of this year.

Morman, LittleJohn 'Bull/Mo'
1961-2014

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
LittleJohn “Bull”/”Mo” Morman, 52, a truck driver, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Grapevine.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Mike Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Adrian Morman, Jerry Ray Morman, Dustin Morman, Scott Glover, Buddy Morman, Earl Maxey and J.D. Pierce. Honorary pallbearers are Wesley Morman, Steven Morman and Brandon Ware.
LittleJohn was born March 8, 1961, in Corsicana to A.D. and Rosie Lee (Headen) Morman. He married Karrie Ann Hopkins Sept. 12, 2009, in Boyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Brandy; sisters Carol and Ann; and brothers Buddy, Jerry, Eddie, Stanley and Jimmy.
He is survived by his wife, Karrie Morman of North Richland Hills; sons Dustin Morman and Gauge Fahlin of North Richland Hills; daughter Amanda Morman of Ponder; children Angel, Tabitha, Brandon and Brad; grandchildren Blakley, Braedon, Brice, Evaleigh, McKenzie and Brock; sisters Peggy Tatom and husband, George, of Chandler, Ruby Smith and husband, Gene, of Flint; sisters-in-law Ellen, Deloras, Judy, Waynette and Carolyn; brother-in-law Gene; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Morris, Darrell Ray
1960-2014

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Darrell Ray Morris, 54, a backhoe operator, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Midland.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Jim Pewitt officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Ed Malek, Jacob Morris, Rick Morris, Michael Morris, Leon Dethloff and Kelton Dethloff.
Darrell was born Jan. 6, 1960, in Decatur to Dale and Melvadean (Western) Morris.
He is survived by his daughter, Danielle Morris of Lewisville; son Jacob Morris of Alvord; brother Rick Morris of Breckenridge; parents Dale and Melvadean Morris of Alvord; grandsons Christopher and Coy Morris; three nieces; a nephew; and many friends.

Morris, Lometa Marie
1929-2014

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Lometa Marie Morris, 84, a retired LVN, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Lometa was born April 1, 1929, in Burleson to Marvin James and Dovie (Bryant) Winnett.
She is survived by daughters Deloris Geeslin and Barbara Moore, both Decatur; sisters Juanita Mathis of Kennedale and Betty Sisk of Burleson; grandchildren Shelly Renaud, Stacy Bounds, Angela Miller, David Moore, Brian Moore and Steven Warren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Morrison, Lee
1968-2014

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 in Floydada.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Rev. Justin Harris will officiate and Stephen Brattis, Jason Brattis, Terry Cantwell, Jerry Cantwell, Scooter Surber, Hagen Davis, Garon Davis and Devon Davis will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Lee was born Nov. 20, 1968 to Joe and Katherine (Taylor) Morrison in Fort Worth. He married China Yarbrough March 23, 2002 in Tarrant County. He was a field compressor mechanic for Enlink Midstream.
Lee was preceded in death by his brother, Greg Morrison; nephew Dalton Anderson; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, China Morrison of Bridgeport; daughter China Brattis of Bridgeport; his mother, Katherine Cooper and husband, Jerry, of Graham; his father, Joe Morrison and wife, Katie, of Bowie; daughter Brandi Davis and husband, Ricky, of Chico; son Stephen Brattis of Bridgeport; sister Suzanne Surber and husband, Scooter, of Katy; brothers, Terry Cantwell and wife, Kim, of Bowie, Jerry Cantwell and wife, Kristen, of Bowie; grandchildren Hagen, Garon, Devon and Landon; nieces and nephews Sawncy, Sabrina, Kendall and husband, Seth, Cooper and Kamryn; and a host of extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation, set up by Chi Omega of West Texas A&M University, www.wish.org or 800-722-9474.

Moss, Geneva Pearl
1921-2014

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Geneva Pearl Moss, 92, of Decatur, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at Preskitt Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Braden Buchanan, Coby Stewart, Bryan Moss, Kenneth Moss II, Jeremiah Moss, Ian Moss, John Paul Moss, Colton Stewart and Wesley Cruddas.
Pearl was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Southmayd to Leslie Bryan and Fannie (Drier) Kennedy. She married Ralph Lorenzo Moss Aug. 4, 1939, in Olton.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She is survived by daughters Patsy Stewart and husband, Wally, of Hale Center, and Virginia Buchanan and husband, Calvin, of Decatur; sons Roy Leslie Moss and wife, Wendy, of Locust Grove, Ark., and Kenneth L. Moss and wife, Donna, of Columbia; grandchildren Coby Stewart, Twyleen Stewart, Raimey Scheffler, Rodney Moss, Bryan Moss, John Paul Moss, Kenneth Moss, Jeremiah Moss, Dana Bergeman, Paul Bergeman, Rachel Adams, Rebecca Potter and Braden Buchanan; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Oleta Thommarson; brothers T.C. Kennedy and Leslie Kennedy; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mote, J. Phillip
1944-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
J. Phillip Mote, 69, owner of Mote Resources, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his home in Addison.
Funeral was Jan. 14 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Derry Dodson, Wayne Boggs, Alex McCutchin, Chris CdeBaca, J.T. Skarda and Josh Vega. Honorary pallbearers were Gene McCutchin and Weldon Burton.
Phil was born June 15, 1944, in Decatur to Hiram Moran and Doris (Dodson) Mote. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1962 and attended Texas Tech University. He married Juanita Connor in 1976.
He opened Mote Resources Inc., a small oil and gas company, in 1977. He moved to Ruidoso, N.M., in 1984 where he became passionately involved in thoroughbred horse racing. While there he served on the board of directors of Ruidoso State Bank, as well as the Alto Country Club, and served as president of the Ruidoso Downs racetrack.
His love for horses eventually led him to Lexington, Ky., where he was the proud owner of many winning thoroughbreds. He returned to Dallas in 2011 to enjoy his retirement.
He is survived by his daughters, Melanie Mote and Meredith Mote-Blackmon of Albuquerque, N.M.; son Stephen Mote and wife, Amy, of North Carolina; grandchildren Lauren Lynn, Layton, Kailynn, Presley, Noah, Matthew, John, James and Jonathan; special friend Sharon Davis; and nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Robert Mote; and brother Robert Mote.

Muck, Sharon
1947-2014

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sharon Muck, 67, formerly of Newark, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Sharon was born April 28, 1947, in Davenport, Iowa, to Dewayne and Dora (Cassman) Tucker. She married Billy Bryan Jr. March 13, 1992, in Fort Worth. She was a wiring harness assembler for General Dynamics.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Kenneth and Roger Tucker.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Bryan Jr. of Broken Arrow; son Bill Muck and wife, Shannan, of Fort Worth; grandson Carsen Muck; sisters Carol Steele of Indianola, Iowa, and Sharlene Squire and husband, Vernon, of State Center, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Mulanax, Janice
1938-2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Janice Mulanax, 76, a retired flight attendant, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Pastor Millard Buchholz will officiate.
Janice was born Feb. 14, 1938 to Robert and Ethel (Smith) Shelton in Fort Sill, Okla. She was married to Howard Mulanax.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and son Dale Gilliam, Jr.
She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Hallerman and husband, Clint, of Fort Worth, Cindy Perelson and husband, Rob, of Los Angeles; son Barry Dunn and wife, Margie, of Boyd; stepchildren Sharon, Karen and Scott; grandchildren Dale III, Dawn, Denton, Kara, Kyle, Hannah, Sam, Jack and Reese; two great grandchildren; sisters Carolyn and Marsha; brother Richard; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Munn, Ruby Mae
1918-2014

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014
Ruby Mae Munn, 95, of Benbrook, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth. Visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday preceding the memorial service, and burial is 3 p.m. Saturday at Romney Cemetery on Highway 183 between Cisco and Rising Star.
Ruby was born May 28, 1918, in Thalia to Charles and Josie Richter. She married J.A. Munn in Eastland County in 1937 and was his loving wife until his death in 1998.
Survivors include sons, Douglas Munn and wife, Barbara, formerly of Decatur, Charles Munn and wife, Kathy, and Kenneth Munn and wife, Linda; daughters Annie Sue Roeben and husband, Frederick, and Jean Munn; 13 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of choice or to the Moslah Temple No. 83503 in Fort Worth.

Musgrove, Mary Frances
1940-2014
Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
Mary Frances “Nanny” Musgrove, 73, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Bellevue.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Freedom Life Church in Bowie with Scott Wesley officiating. Burial will follow at Buffalo Springs Cemetery under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Mary was born Sept. 28, 1940, in Dallas to J.D. Sr. and Mary Ann (Hale) Clark. She graduated from Bethania Hospital School of Nursing in 1968 and worked for Bowie Memorial Hospital for many years. She also worked for IntegraCare Home Health before retiring in 2002.
She married Ralph Musgrove May 30, 1985, in Buffalo Springs. Mary enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and ranching and was well-known for helping and caring for others. Mary will be remembered with love and appreciation for her devoted years of life as a wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Jeff, Rick and Charles Raley; brother J.D. Clark Jr.; sister Jo Ann Elrod; grandchildren Aaron and Daisy Raley; father-in-law Gerald Musgrove; and niece Tiffany Blessingame.
Mary is survived by her husband, Ralph Musgrove of Bellevue; children Jerri Raley of Bellevue, Misti Orton and husband, Billy, of Vashti, Joni Raley of Buffalo Springs, Leah North and husband, Ronny, of Erick, Okla., and Alvis Pryor and wife, Kristi, of Bowie; daughter-in-law Peggy Raley of Bellevue; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brothers Yale Clark and wife, Linda, of Lake Tawakoni, Bennie Clark of Bowie and Charles Clark of Huntsville; and sisters Cynthia Betts and husband, Donald, of Bowie and Darlene Raley and husband, Ronnie, of Bowie.

Musick, Howard
1932-2014

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Howard Musick, 82, of Chico, a retired contract welder, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bradley Brite, Chris Brite, Tony Crisp, Kenny Thorp, Anthony Neu, Gene Moody, Jay Throckmorton, Kenneth Thompson, Dale Moody, Charles Lovejoy and Shorty Moody.
Howard was born June 14, 1932, in Kernes to Dennis and Walterene (Whitworth) Musick. He married Dixie Freeman Feb. 21, 1953, in Carson City, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his granddaughter, Kimah; and three sisters.
He is survived by his daughters, Debra Maynard of Arkansas and Beverly Crisp and husband, John, of Bridgeport; sons Howard R. Musick and wife, Cheryl, of Denton and Dennis Musick and wife, Pam, of Corpus Christi; grandchildren Chris, Justin, Tiffany, Adreane, Chelsey, Rosetta and Mollie; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Neely, John L., Jr.
1925-2014

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
John L. Neely Jr., 88, of Newark, died Friday, July 25, 2014.
Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial to follow at Springtown Cemetery.
John was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Colgate, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy where he was in Standard Landing Craft Unit No. 32 in GroPac No. 10, serving in the Pacific during World War II.
He was loved by his family.
John was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Vernell Neely, and second wife of 14 years, Sybil Neely; daughters Sheila Faith Neely and Dorothy Shouse; and son Roy Neely.
Survivors include daughter Katrina Jones; sons Lloyd Neely and wife, Tolea, Floyd Neely and wife, Katherine, and Perry Neely and wife, Kathy; sister Wanetta Vess; brother Jerry Neely and wife, Phyllis; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Newsome, Carol Ann
1941-2014

Published Saturday, November 29, 2014
Carol Ann Newsome, 73, of Paradise, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Biggers Funeral Chapel on Azle Avenue in Fort Worth. Burial is at Cottondale Cemetery in Wise County.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Newsome was born Oct. 5, 1941. She retired from World Finance Co. in 2003 where she had worked for more than 20 years as a manager.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her “special parents” Preston and Frances Newsome; husband Charles Preston Newsome; daughters Sherry Newsome and Charlotte Newsome; grandchild Brandi Carol Wood; great-grandchild Kyler Noe; brother George Brannan; and sister Betty Smith.
Survivors include her children, Shana Noe and husband, Ricky, Shelly Howard and husband, Alton, and Kevin Smith and wife, Toi; sister Judy Faye Simmons; grandchildren Shawn Noe and wife, Tracy, Chad Noe and wife, Kyndle, Sasha Wheeler and husband, John, Dason Howard, Chelsey Smith, Garrett Henry and Kyle Henry; 13 great-grandchildren and another was expected Nov. 28.

Newsome, Charlotte M.
1957-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Charlotte M. Newsome, 56, a loving daughter, sister, aunt and cousin, formerly of Cottondale, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at White’s Azle Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Friday at White’s Azle Funeral Home.
Charlotte was born Aug. 26, 1957, in Fort Worth to Charles Preston and Carol Ann Newsome. She graduated from Springtown High School and attended Weatherford College for a year. Charlotte worked for Lockheed Martin for 13 years.
She loved life and her dogs. Charlotte had a lot of spirit and often spoke her mind. Even though she was short, she stood very tall.
She was preceded in death by her baby daughter, Brandi; sister Sherry Newsome; and father Charles Newsome.
Survivors include her mother, Carol Newsome; sisters Shana Noe and husband, Ricky, and Shelly Howard and husband, Alton; cousin Kevin Smith and wife, Toi; nephews Shawn Noe and wife, Tracy, Chad Noe and wife, Kyndle, and Dason Howard; niece Sasha Wheeler and husband, John; her four-legged babies, Sasha and Gizmo; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

Newton, Louis Edward, III
1944-2014

Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Louis Edward Newton III, 69, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Brother Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Brian Newton, Lee Newton, Karl Brown, Dyllan Burcham, Clay Burcham, Jon Newton and Josh Newton.
Louis was born Dec. 29, 1944, in Haskell to Mildred (Blackburn) and Louis E. Newton Jr. He married Matilda Cash June 4, 1966, in Bridgeport.
He was previously employed by Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Newark. He served his country in the Air Force from July 1965 through July 1971. He was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church and a member of the Off-380 Players who enjoyed acting, painting, drawing and gardening.
Louis is survived by his wife of 47 years; sons Brian Aaron Newton and wife, Kari, and Lee Edward Newton and wife, Lauren; daughter Sara Elizabeth Burcham and husband, Clay; brothers Tommy Newton and wife, Janie, and Johnny Newton and wife, Veta; grandchildren Dyllan and Keeli Burcham, Emilee, Jon and Josh Newton, Gavin Norman and Brayden and Cloee Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Bridgeport Public Library, 2159 10th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Newton, Robert Earl
1938-2014
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Robert Earl Newton, 75, of Decatur, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton with the Rev. Charlotte Nabors officiating.
Robert was born Jan. 26, 1938, in Roosevelt, Okla., to Allen and Lela Newton. He married Janette Todd Godwin and was a member of the First Christian Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Alonda Sherrill; granddaughter Loni JoAnn Sherrill White; grandsons Joshua Adam Sherrill and Joseph Paul Sherrill; and great-grandchildren Aden Christopher Corona, Skylar Rose White and Jocelyn Grace White.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janette; and his parents.

Nicholson, Jeffrey Dean
1964-2014

Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Jeffrey Dean Nicholson, 50, a senior commercial loan officer, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Decatur.
Memorial service was Oct. 20 at Decatur Church of Christ with Rick Ross and Todd Catteau officiating.
Jeff was born Sept. 11, 1964, in Denison to Voy and Doris (Dooley) Nicholson. He married Kelly Wilkerson Jan. 21, 1991, in Denison.
Jeff worked as a senior commercial loan officer with Wells Fargo. He was a member of the Decatur Church of Christ and formerly a member of Park Avenue Church of Christ in Denison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eddy Nicholson.
Survivors include his best friend of 31 years and wife of 23 years, Kelly Nicholson of Decatur; daughters Karissa, Laura, and Sarah Nicholson of Decatur; brothers Joel Nicholson of Osprey, Fla., and Tim Nicholson of Chesterfield, Mo.; sister Sara Hartshorn of Warner, N.H.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nikirk, Leroy
1937-2014

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Leroy Nikirk, 77, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
Funeral was Oct. 6 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Burleson with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Leroy was born July 3, 1937, in Decatur to Buford and Maudie Nikirk. He and his family lived for many years in the Alvord area before moving to south Tarrant County.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.
Leroy was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Nikirk.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Nikirk; sons James Nikirk and wife, Hollye, John Nikirk and wife, Ann, David Nikirk, Robert Nikirk and Chris Nikirk and wife, Atousa; daughter Betsy Hickerson and husband, Mark; sister, Carolyn Phillips; brother Don Nikirk and wife, Phyllis; and 11 grandchildren.

Nikirk, Lois Halford
1931-2014

Published Saturday, February 1, 2014
Lois Halford Nikirk, 82, of North Richland Hills died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with a private burial at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Lois was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Montague County to R.L. and Myrtle (Thomas) Halford. She married Roy Lee Nikirk Aug. 24, 1947, in Henrietta.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Nikirk of Hurst; son David Nikirk and wife, Debbie, of Livingston; grandchildren Bruce, Lee, Lonnie, David and Melissa; great-grandchildren Coty, Hayden, Mark, Elizabeth, Ronin and Jesse James Nikirk; sisters Opal Morton, Wilma House, Jolu Rupel and Sharon Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Roy Lewis Nikirk; brothers R.L and J.D. Halford; and a sister, Mary Fain.

Nimmo, Donald Ray
1939-2014

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
Donald Ray Nimmo, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at his home in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, officiating. Wise County Sheriff David Walker will present the eulogy.
Visitation is at 1 p.m., an hour prior to the service, and burial is at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Willy T. Smith, Jody Brown, Bill Kersey, Dick Rogers, Charlie Uselton and Gary Early.
Don was born July 18, 1939, in Abilene to Robert M. and Nona (Niblett) Nimmo. He was an outgoing man who loved people and celebrating life. He married Ann Mann Aug. 27, 1960, in the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
His hobbies included sports such as football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. He also enjoyed cooking, particularly for others. He was an educator with a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s degree in elementary education.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Roberta Ann (Mann) Nimmo; son Robert Nimmo and wife, Angie; daughter Dina Nimmo; sister Doris Denton and husband, Tommy; nephews Mike and Wayne Kennemer and their families; and grandchildren Haylee and Hayden Nimmo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws W.J. and Ovella Mann; and daughter Debra Ann Nimmo.

Norwood, Joe Bob
1935-2014

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
Joe Bob Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 14 at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport. Pastors Claude Hendrix and M.F. Hankins officiated, and Dale Norwood, Jerry Michlitsch, Mike Sanderson, Ronald Sanderson, DeWayne Norwood and Jack McAsey served as pallbearers.
There was a graveside service in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, with burial under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home.
Joe Bob was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Hefner to Celestie (Deatherage) and James Norwood. He served his country in the Army 49th Armed Division National Guard and spent six months in the National Guard of Texas at Fort Chaffee, Ark.
He married Wanda D. Thorn Aug. 1, 1959 in Seymour. He retired from GTE after 33 years of service. He served as a deacon in three churches and was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church.
Joe Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughters Charlotte Norwood of Bridgeport and Darlene Hager and husband, Scott, of Paradise; son Larry Norwood and wife, Amy, of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Landry and Ryan Norwood and Brooke, Whitney and Nash Hager; sisters Lois Riggs of Monroe, Okla., Lillie Etta Webb of Bennington, Okla., Neoma Henderson of Burleson and Irene Sanderson of Newark; brothers Billy Norwood of Graham and Carl Norwood of Rule; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Sammie, Roy, Alvin, Elmer and Earl Norwood; and sister Leona Jones.

Null, Harlan Lynn
1956-2014

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014
Harlan Lynn Null, 57, a retired runway maintenance employee for DFW International Airport, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Pastor Mary Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Chris Brown, Michael Brown, Alan Wilson, Chad Hargues, Clint Denning and Brady Murphey.
Harlan was born Aug. 26, 1956, in Loco, Okla., to Milas and Altha (Mauldin) Null. He married Laurrie Miller Feb. 29, 1980, in North Richland Hills.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leland Null. Survivors include his wife, Laurrie Null of Paradise; daughters Leslie Hargues and husband, Chad, of Fort Worth and Alicia Denning and husband, Clint, of Iwakuni, Japan; son Heath Null and wife, Cassie, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Taylor, Allison, Elizabeth, Sean, Brylee and Adrianna; sisters Patricia Wilson and husband, Don, of Lindale, Ila Wilson and husband, Al, of Loco, Okla., and Melba Brown and husband, Homer, of Lindale; brothers Gerald Null and wife, Vickie, of Colleyville, Darrell Null and wife, Jackie, of Burleson, and Dale Null and wife, Laura, of Fort Worth; numerous nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

O'Brien, Jerry LeRoy
1936-2014

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Springtown died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Jimmy Williams officiating.
Jerry was born July 14, 1936, in Lockport, Ill., to Hershel and Elsie Irene (Allee) O’Brien. He served his country in Korea and was in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956. Jerry married Frances Johana Kemper Feb. 15, 1958, in Gainesville, and the couple moved to Wise County in 1972. Jerry was a devoted and loving husband and father. Others will remember him for his strong, caring, one-of-a-kind personality, but most of all, everyone will remember his sense of humor.
Jerry started working for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad as a railroad switchman in 1957 and retired in 1977. He was also a member of the United Transportation Union. His hobbies included farming, construction and mechanics, anything pertaining to his farm.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years; daughters Sherrie Ramsey and husband, Robert, of Paradise and Cheryll Allison and husband, Hank, of Mineral Wells; son Richard O’Brien and wife, Carol, of Fort Worth; brother Gerry O’Brien and wife, Carol, of Springtown; sister Peggy Smith of Fort Worth; grandchildren David Ramsey, Shyla Moore, Micheal Allison, Kristina Mitchell, Anthony Liles, Amanda O’Brien, Timothy O’Brien, Michelle O’Brien and Katherine O’Brien; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Kathleen South of Palestine, Ill., and Betty Bowling of Fort Worth; and brother Larry O’Brien of Springtown.

O'dell, Charlie
1943-2014

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Charlie O’dell, 70, a retired contract welder, died Monday, April 7, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Charlie was born June 18, 1943, in Bridgeport to Lonnie and Sally (Early) O’dell. He married Karla Green Oct. 10, 1962, in Bridgeport and proudly served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karla O’dell; brothers Melvin and Jim O’dell; and sisters Bertha Plowman, Lonnie O’dell and Dorothy Cox.
He is survived by his son, Eric O’dell of Bridgeport; sisters Annie Ryan of Boyd, Opal Phillips of Bridgeport and Ruby Bennett of New Mexico; and other family members and friends.

Oglesby, Joan Bolton
1952-2014

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
Joan Bolton Oglesby, 62, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2014 in Azle.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Aurora Cemetery, with Chaplain Lens Walker to officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Joan was born Sept. 23, 1952 to Quinn and Betty (Qualls) Bolton in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Qualls; her husband, Les Oglesby; and her sister, Mary Spivey.
Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne Lewis and husband, Todd, of Azle; son Dwayne Oglesby of Azle; grandchildren Joseph, Tyler, Brittney, J.T., Dusty, Mikala, Cory, Megan, Derrick and Jacob; great-grandchildren Kyleah and Landon; her father, Quinn Bolton of Mesquite; brother Micheal Ray Bolton of Weatherford; sisters Linda Diane Bolton of Newark and Phyllis Greear of Fort Worth; numerous nieces and nephews; other family members and friends.

Osburn, Naomi
1920-2014

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Naomi Osburn, 94, of Decatur died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Boyd Church of Christ with Clyde Harold Slimp officiating. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Leon Tovaas, Jimmy Coffe, Jason Osburn, Josh Hale, Hal Boulter and Richard Osburn.
Naomi was born June 29, 1920, in Denton County to Richard and Jennie (Tennery) Tribble. She married Wendell Osburn Dec. 30, 1950, in Gainesville, and she loved being at home taking of her family. She was very strong in her faith and was a member of Boyd Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; five sisters; two grandsons.
Naomi is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wendell Allen Osburn; children Joanne, Patsy, Virginia, Billie, Richard, Terry, Theresa, Charlene, Molly and Thomas; 26 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Owens, Mary
1938-2014
Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
Mary Owens, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at her home at Lake Bridgeport surrounded by family.
Memorial service is private.
Mary was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Paris to James and Ruby Dunham Thweatt. They both preceded her in death.
Mary is survived by her nieces, Gayla, Shelly, Geneva, Pam, Donna, Lanita and Sue; nephews James, Charlie, Michael and Vernon; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, all whom she cared for as her own.

Padron, Mary Donna
1968-2014

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mary Donna Padron, 46, of Decatur died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Decatur.
Visitation was Dec. 26 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.
Mary was born Nov. 26, 1968, in Sioux City to Charles and Ruth Kilberg. She married Flaviano Padron in Decatur and was a housewife.
She is survived by her husband of Decatur; and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Padron-Vecerra, Fernando
1974-2014

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Fernando Padron-Vecerra, 39, a bricklayer, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Fernando was born in San Luis De La Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico to Diego Padron and Galdina Becerra. He was preceded in death by his father and two sisters, Alicia and Casemira Padron.
Survivors include his mother, Galdina Vecerra; sisters Santos and Maria Luis Padron, all of Mexico; brothers Alejandro Padron of Decatur and Carlos Padron of Dallas; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Paige, Delbert William
1946-2014

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
Delbert William Paige, 68, a truck driver, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Sept. 4 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Heath Flowers and Floyd Flowers officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert White, David White, Brian Armstrong, James Yeager, Roy Turner and Bobby Thompson.
Delbert was born April 3, 1946, in Washington to William and Lois (Biggers) Paige in Washington. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, enlisting Feb. 25, 1966. He re-enlisted Nov. 7, 1968, and was honorably discharged Feb. 24, 1972.
He met his future wife, Kathey White, in the spring of 1983, and they were married May 22, 1983, in Decatur. Together they raised six children. He was a truck driver for a delivery distribution company.
His hobbies included woodworking, ceramics, acrylic painting and sculpting cowboys. Delbert was a Pentecostal. He was loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dave Frazier.
Survivors include his wife, Kathey Paige of Decatur; son Kevin Massey of Elizabeth City, N.C.; daughters Sommer Paige of Shreveport, La., Desiree Metzger of San Francisco, Nashay Thompson of Ardmore, Okla., Lily Paige and Daisy Paige, both of Decatur; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Lois Dunn of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother Dale Frazier of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pannell, Don 'Waymon'
1927-2014

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Don “Waymon” Pannell, 87, a retired dairy farmer, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Dec. 16 at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Dr. Robert Nobles and Gerre Joiner officiated, and Dale Burks, Reggie Hickerson, Ricky Nobles, Neil Fortenberry, Rex Maxwell and Chris Burton served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Oscar Burks, Pat Collins, Jack Russell, Dr. Henry Dial and Kenneth Kelley.
Waymon was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Slidell to Otto and Ruby Irene (Tomlinson) Pannell. He married Bennie Merle Stevens Feb. 21, 1949, in Wichita Falls, and they had been married 63 years when she died in 2012.
Waymon proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Waymon was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Merle Pannell; son Clinton Pannell; grandson Rusty Aaron; and sister Billie Lou Brockie.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Meador and husband, Donald, Melinda Aaron and husband, Ray, Sam Slate and husband, Steve, all of Decatur, and Vickie Jezek and husband, John, of Aubrey; grandchildren Donald Wayne Meador, Amber Tolle, Randi Silar, Parker Slate and Raena Slate; great-grandchildren Shalynn Meador, Natalie Tolle and Rhyder Silar; nieces Deborah Martin and Sherri Welty; and nephew John Brockie; the Fortenberry family; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Clinton Pannell Memorial Scholarship Fund, 403 South Washburn, Decatur, TX 76234.

Parker, George Houston
1936-2014

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
George Houston Parker, 77, of Runaway Bay died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, surrounded by his loved ones, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at The Bay, a Community Church in Runaway Bay. There will be no graveside service since his body was donated to UT-Southwestern for medical research.
George was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Oklahoma City to Stella (Gaddy) Parker and Merl A. Parker. He graduated from Texas Tech University and went to work for IBM in Texas in 1961, moving to California. He retired from IBM in 1995.
He and Bettye Ferguson, who had been high school sweethearts, had lost touch with each other and had both divorced in 1974. George remarried, but his wife died in 2000.
After that, they got back in touch with each other and on May 29, 2001, they were married in Parker County. In 2003, they moved from California to Runaway Bay to be closer to their grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas. George enjoyed golf and fishing, and they did a lot of traveling, including visiting every national park over about a six-month trip. They were active in numerous causes.
“He was my first love, and I was his first love,” Bettye said. “We had a wonderful 13-plus years together. We just connected like there had not been a break. We were still high school sweethearts.” George and Bettye were involved with the Republican Party in California before moving back to Texas, where George worked tirelessly in elections for many years. Even while ill, he handled many responsibilities, including helping Bettye and the Republican Women.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jack and Don Parker; and daughter Tammy Parker Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Bettye Parker; daughter Melanie Parker of Decatur; stepson Mike Ferguson of Southlake; stepdaughter Karen Shadden of Mineral Wells; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew. Memorial donations may be made to CASA of Wise County.

Parker, Larry Gill
1941-2014

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
Larry Gill Parker, 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Elliott Street Church of Christ in Breckenridge with Jim Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Woodson Cemetery under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home in Breckenridge.
Larry was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Gorman to Mary Jane and Gill Parker. He grew up in Woodson until he moved to Breckenridge in 1956.
He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1959, playing on the 1958 state championship football team and collecting All-District, All-Area, and All-State honors. Larry played football at Abilene Christian College, where he earned Little All American honors his senior year. He was also selected on the Dallas Morning News All-Texas football squad in 1963. He married LaJuana Jo Knight in 1961.
After graduating from college in 1964, he started a successful coaching career at Sweetwater. He went on to become the head coach and athletic director at Alvarado, Breckenridge – where he coached two of his sons, Brent and Kyle – and Moody, where he coached his youngest son, Cody, as well as Lytle.
He also assisted at Lake Worth, DeSoto, Fort Worth, HEB and Lake Dallas. He retired in 2002 after 33 years in education. He was selected as Coach of the Year at Abilene Christian in 1975 and again in 1980. Larry received the Outstanding Citizen award from the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce in 1978 and was named Man of the Year by the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by son Brent and wife, Stacey, and their children, Samatha Jo and Colton, of Decatur; son Kyle and wife, Cathy, and their children Gunnar and Jhett, of Decatur; daughter Larra Kitchens and husband, Rich, and their son, Kade, of Abilene; son Cody of New Braunfels; sister Rhudie Kennedy of Breckenridge; aunts Dorothy Wade, Hobbie Leiter and Will Ann Gee; uncle Ray Gee of Breckenridge; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Parrish, Roger Paul
1948-2014
Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Roger Paul Parrish, 65, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Fort Worth.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Roger was born July 25, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, to Melba Ruth (Webb) and Claude Elmer Parrish Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Koch Parrish; sisters Sandy Pierce and Barbra Goff, both of Arkansas; brother Tim Parrish of Kentucky; daughters Melissa Callahan and Sheila Parrish, both of Arkansas, Andrea Larson of Oklahoma and Carman Galbrecht of Missouri; sons Duncan Parrish of Oklahoma, Aaron Teats and Wayen Teats, both of California, Sgt. 1st Class David Peterson of Nebraska and Jeff Parrish of Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Mickey Parrish; and sister Debbie Freshour.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Partain, Kent Leon
1951-2014

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Kent Leon Partain, 63, of Chico, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was Aug. 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Richard Gillespie officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Kent was born Aug. 7, 1951, in Taft, Calif., to John Henry and Margaret Ruth (Phillips) Partain. He married Regina Mae Stinson Aug. 22, 1970, in Las Vegas. John was a supervisor for Logistics Oil and Gas and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Regina Partain of Chico; daughter Amelia Cox and husband, Karl, of Lubbock; grandchildren Emily Cox of Lubbock and Jacob Cox of Lubbock.

Paschall, Helen Ruth
1922-2014

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
Helen Ruth Paschall, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton with visitation an hour before at 9:30 a.m. Graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Helen was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Decatur to Odie and Edith Boyd. She married Frank Paschall of Bridgeport March 19, 1946, in San Antonio. She worked in courthouses in both Decatur and Fort Worth, and then in 1959, she and Frank purchased Moore’s 5&10 store in Decatur. Helen and Frank owned and operated Paschall’s on the Decatur Square for 20 years.
After Frank’s death in 1999, Helen moved to Denton to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed being close to the two granddaughters and their husbands, and she especially loved her three great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; brothers Bill Boyd and Bob Boyd; and sister JoAnne Grissom.
She is survived by her daughter, Ginny and husband, James Thomason, of Denton; granddaughters Melissa East and her husband, Travis, and Kimberley Ventrca and husband, Michael; and great-grandchildren Logan and Whitley Ventrca and Emma East.
She is also survived by her brother, Jack Boyd and wife, Carolyn, of Plano; sister-in-law Mary Helen Boyd of Decatur; several nieces and nephews; and many friends in Decatur and Denton.
Memorials may be made to the Building Generations Fund at First Baptist Church, 1100 Malone, Denton, TX 76201.

Patterson, Debra Rena
1958-2014

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Debra Rena Patterson, 55, a homemaker, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Newark.
Graveside service was Aug. 25 at Aurora Cemetery, and a celebration of Debra’s life was held that evening at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Debra was born Dec. 3, 1958, in Kilgore to Bob and Gwendola “Faye” (Meredith) Bullard. She married Gary Patterson June 25, 2000, in Barbados.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Patterson of Manchester, N.J.; sister Pixie Leva Rippy of Newark; brother Derek Newman of Lebanon, Mo.; and other family members and friends.

Patton, Julia Lorene
1919-2014
Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
Julia Lorene Patton, 94, a retired dental assistant and homemaker, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Decatur.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Boerne Cemetery.
Julia was born Oct. 19, 1919, to Julius and Alice (Berry) Harper in San Antonio. She married Carl Patton Sept. 27, 1941 in San Antonio, and retired after many years of working as a dental assistant, to be a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Patton; and three sisters.
She is survived by a sister, Barbara Summers of Decatur; nieces; nephews; and friends.

Paul, Barbara Darlene
1941-2014

Published Saturday, February 22, 2014
Barbara Darlene Paul, 72, of Springtown died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Azle.
Memorial service is 2 p.m Saturday, Feb. 22, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Andy Gentry officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Barbara was born July 17, 1941, in Dallas to Hubert and Marie (Wood) Hale. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Paul, in 2012; and her son, David Gray.
She is survived by her daughter, Anissa Satterfield of Springtown; grandchildren David Paul Gray, Kimberly Gray, Justin Gray, Micheal Satterfield, Casey Satterfield, Lacy England, Gary Shipman, Matthew May and Melissa Huff; stepchildren Barbara Hughes and husband, Alan, of North Carolina, Pam Crist and husband. Dan, of Saginaw, and Debbie Cunningham and husband, Gene, of Streetman; and other family and friends.

Payne, John Harold, Sr.
1954-2014

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
John Harold Payne Sr., 60, a crane mechanic, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Azle.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the home of Terry Thomas. For directions, call Pat, 940-399-8583; or Sandy, 817-361-3969.
John was born Aug. 5, 1954, in Galena Park to John and Gladys (Martin) Payne. He married Patricia Dempsey Nov. 23, 1994, in LaJunta. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Payne of Azle; sons Thomas Ward and wife, Joaquan, of Azle, and John Payne Jr. of Houston; daughters Sandrea Crisp of Azle and Teresa Dempsey and husband, Michael, of Alabama; seven grandchildren; sister Claudia Pruitt of Galena Park; and other family members and friends.

Peacock, Jon
1972-2014

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
Jon Peacock, 42, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bobby Roberts, Beau Bell, Greg Links, Danny Watts, Pryce Jones and Cody Howdeshell.
Jon was born Jan. 16, 1972, in Plainview. He was the owner of Platinum Oilfield Services in Bridgeport.
Jon went full-throttle in whatever he did – hunting, wakeboarding, clay shooting or offroading. He spent a lot of his time the last few years teaching his son, Paxton, how to ride dirt bikes and be an avid outdoorsman. He cherished his children, even with a stern voice, and made sure to let them know he cared.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Mae Murphy; and his stepdad, Gary Grimsley.
He is survived by his daughters, Ashley and Paige Peacock of Baytown; son Paxton Peacock and his mother, Traci, of Decatur; grandparents Billy and Lea Peacock of Floresville; aunt and uncle Pat and Sharon Peacock; and numerous cousins and friends.

Perales, Moses
1930-2014

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Moses Perales, 83, of Haltom City, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Iglesia Bautista Getsemani with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth.
Moses graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and attended Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas A&M Kingsville, earning two master’s degrees. He married Rachel Castro Sept. 8, 1951, and participated in many civic organizations over the years.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel; daughter Ysela Rosales and husband, Jesse, of Abilene; sons Moses F. Perales of Branson, Mo., Thomas Perales and wife, Alysia, of Grapevine; and five grandchildren.

Percival, Tyee Leon
2009-2014

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Funeral for Tyee Leon Percival, 5, of Comanche, Okla., is 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Ray of Hope Church with Mike McCord and Dow Pannell officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Comanche Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Brian Stogsdill, Terry Gordon, Jake Lee and Dewayne Raper. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Bernard, Preston McCormick, Bryan Fisher, Frederick Raper Jr. and Dow Pannell.
Tyee died Saturday, April 19, 2014.
He was born April 14, 2009, in Duncan to Tyler L. and Ina Danielle Percival. He was in the pre-k class at Comanche Elementary School and loved playing T-Ball, watching drag racing, tractor pulls and monster trucks. Tyee also loved trapping and hunting “critters” and being outdoors. He enjoyed riding go-karts, playing his guitar and going to the park. He also loved tractors and trains. He had two pets, his dogs Pepper and Little Bit, which were his constant companions. Tyee had a great big heart, and he loved and cared for everyone. However, he dearly loved his sister, Dixi, and always said that when Dixi started school he would be there to protect her. He attended Ray of Hope Church.
Tyee is survived by his parents, Tyler and Danielle Percival of Comanche; sister Dixi Lynn Percival of Comanche; grandparents Brian and Tricia Stogsdill and Loretta Raper, all of Comanche, Tom and Carmen Percival of Faxon, Okla., and Fred Raper of Alvarado; great-grandparents Leon and Delores Coleman of Rhome, Judy Wright of Marble Falls, Leslie Sikes of Midlothian and Harold and Norene Stogsdill of Comanche.
He is also survived by aunts and uncles: Madison Lynne Percival, Judith DeWitt and husband, Joseph, and Kelsey McCormick and husband, Preston, all of Comanche, and Dewayne Raper and wife, Tiffany, and Frederick Raper Jr. and wife, Heather, all of Cleburne; great-aunts and uncles: Sharon Coleman and Paula Doyal, both of Rhome, Linda Tate and husband, Ron, of Oklahoma City, Paul King and wife, Trish, of Bainbridge, Wash., Sherry Jones and husband, Lewis, of Midlothian, Craig Sikes and Kenny Sikes and wife, Amanda, all of Marble Falls, and Bryan Sikes of West Virginia; as well as cousins Jason, Josiah, Preston, Lorynn, Lily, Lilah, Katie, Dakota, Chance, Kimber, Addison, Kara, Haley, Christian and Hannah.
Tyee loved the color red, and in his memory, the family requests that everyone attending the funeral wear red.
Memorial contributions may be made to a fund at Arvest Bank (account no. 28462293) in Duncan or gofundme.com in his name, Tyee Leon Percival.
Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net.

Perkins, Bobby Colton
1996-2014

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Bobby Colton Perkins, a recent graduate of Slidell High School, died Friday, July 18, 2014.
Funeral was July 22 at Bolivar Baptist Church with Dickie Amyx officiating. Burial followed at Bolivar Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Hayden Crane, Tyler Maynard, Mason Maynard, Trent Garrett, Jarrett Tinsman, Khristian Talamantes, Isaac Davis, Walker Gladden, Levi Perkins, Mitchell Burkham, Shelby Vanover and Dustin Davis.
Honorary pallbearers were Todd McCormick, Casey Pierce, Cody Vanover and Dennis Stroud.
Colton was born Aug. 14, 1996, in Denton to James Robert and Autumn Lyn Perkins. He had attended Slidell schools since third grade and was working as an apprentice carpenter for Carl’s Handyman Service while waiting to start classes at North Central Texas College in the fall.
Colton was an athlete who excelled in basketball, tennis, baseball and track. Whatever he did, he did it with all that he had.
Colton was a special and unique individual who touched many lives during his short 17 years. He was an active member of the Bolivar Baptist youth group, where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, prayed, played, wept with and led his peers to Christ. His passing leaves a hole that will never be filled.
Colton is survived by his parents, James and Autumn Perkins of Slidell; the love of his life and future bride, Alexis Terry of Sanger; brother Levi James of Slidell; grandparents Vic and Monica Burkham of Slidell, Steve and Debbi Williams of Krum and Charlie and Becky Perkins of Mertzon; aunts and uncles Joe and Jennifer Jonas of Krum, Trey and Jennifer Perkins of Midland, Will Perkins of Midland, Zack and Kalyn Fichter of Justin and Shane and Brandy Morrow of Sanger; and many great-aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

Perkins, Peggy Jean
1932-2014

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014
Peggy Jean Perkins, 81, a homemaker, died Friday, March 28, 2014, in Azle.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. No visitation is scheduled.
Peggy was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Rotan to Ralph and Ester (Martin) Connally.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Clayton Dewayne Perkins.
Survivors include her daughters, Sheryl McKay and husband, Rickey, of Weatherford, and Pam Alford of Boyd; grandchildren Cherie, Richard, Brenda, Josh, Jeremy and Sean; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers Sam Connally and wife, Pat, of Boyd, Danny Connally and wife, Susan, of Lubbock, and Ricky Connally and wife, Dana, of Mineral Wells; sisters Linda Wright of Brownsfield and Collene Scott and husband, Joe, of Early; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Perry, Ronny Don
1954-2014

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
Ronny Don Perry, 59, a retired carpenter, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Joey Vick officiating.
Ronny was born Nov. 23, 1954, in Lubbock to Robert and Lanell (Varner) Perry. He married Geneva Geltemeyer Jan. 25, 2000, in Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Perry of Decatur; sons Tim Perry and wife, Debra, of Fort Worth and Kurt Ward and wife, Debra, of Fort Worth; daughters Toni Edwards and Tom of Bridgeport, Renee Rodriguez and husband, Cecil, of Bridgeport and Cindi Fair of Fort Worth; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers William Perry and Terri, of Bridgeport and Thomas Perry and wife, Samantha, of Waco; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Peterson, Joe Don
1942-2014

Published Saturday, January 4, 2014
Joe Don Peterson, 71, of Rhome, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Keller.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating.
Joe Don was born Dec. 15, 1942, to Prosser and Thelma (Lisby) Peterson in Fort Worth. His parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sister, Sherry Wood of Bedford; brothers John Peterson of Decatur and Tom Peterson of Rhome; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.

Peterson, Robert Alan
1954-2014

Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Robert Alan Peterson, 59, a self-employed salesman, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Runaway Bay.
Graveside service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Hawkins East Bridgeport Cemetery. Freddie Villa will officiate.
Robert was born Aug. 18, 1954, to Julian and Helen (Hughes) Peterson in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Micah Peterson; brother Phillip Peterson; and sister Anna Dawson.
He is survived by daughters Kim Collins and husband, Kevin, of Plano, and Rachel Peterson of Bridgeport; sons Joshua Peterson and wife Amelia of Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew Peterson of Bridgeport and Noah Peterson of Bridgeport; grandchildren Mark Gonzaba, Gena Gonzaba, and one on the way; other family members and a host of friends.

Petty, Charles Larry
1940-2014

Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Charles Larry Petty, 74, a self-employed communications specialist, died Monday, May 12, 2014, in Boyd.
Graveside service was Thursday, May 15, at Boyd Cemetery. Rev. David McMinn officiated and Cody Petty, Logan Trundle, Benjamin Schmitz and Jeffrey Schmitz served as pallbearers.
Burial was under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home of Boyd.
Larry was born April 21, 1940, to Samuel Benjamin and Claudine (Jordan) Petty in Mesquite. He married Rosemary Hanna June 30, 2010, in Boyd.
Larry served his country and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He installed communication radios for first responders, including Boyd Police Department and Wise County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies. He was a Ham radio operator and loved to play music with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jean Burns; and his brother, R.J. Petty.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Petty of Boyd; daughter Cindy Schmitz and husband, Bill, of Bailey, Colo.; sons Charles Larry Petty, Jr. and wife, Ladonna, of Springdale, Ark., Ray Petty and wife, Jami, of Decatur; grandchildren, Maebry, Hudson, Hayden, Trey, Alesha, Ben and Jeff; two great-grandchildren; stepchildren Christi Horak and husband, Steve, Randy McBrayer and wife, Sherry, Juli Kirk and husband, Kenny; seven step-grandchildren; 15 step great-grandchildren; sisters Anne Wright, Carla Bezner and Sandra Newman; brothers Sam and Jerry Petty; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Peugh, John H.
1940-2014

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
John H. Peugh, 73, of Paradise, died Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Billy Fitch will officiating.
John was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Forreston to John James and Imogene (Toten) Peugh. He married Sharon Keen Feb. 14, 1961, in Mountain View, Calif. John proudly served his country in the United States Navy Air Force, and he was a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sharon Peugh of Paradise; mother Imogene Peugh of Lake Worth; brother James Peugh of Irving; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pewitt, Olan 'Sonny', Jr.
1943-2014
Olan "Sonny" Pewitt Jr.
Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
Olan “Sonny” Pewitt Jr., 71, a retired machinist, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Paradise.
Funeral was Dec. 12 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Patti Mahaffey officiating. She was assisted by Brenda Marlett. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Pewitt, Calvin Pewitt, Jeff Pewitt, Kerry Marlett, Trent Murphy and Ryan Murphy. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Black, David Garrison, Steve Limke, Gene Lester, James Hotopp and Earl Bernard.
Sonny was born May 6, 1943, in Denver to Olan Sr. and Murial (McKown) Pewitt. He married Eunice Lee Murphy May 28, 1977, in Lake Bridgeport.
After graduating from Paradise High School, he earned his associate’s degree from Tarrant County Junior College and worked as a machinist at General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin, retiring after 40 years of service.
Sonny and Eunice moved back to Paradise in 1998 after living in Fort Worth for several years. He was an active member of the Paradise United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Paradise Historical Society and a volunteer at South Wise Food Bank. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Union #776.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olan Pewitt Sr. and Murial Pewitt Robinson; and his stepfather, John W. Robinson. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Eunice Pewitt of Paradise; son Sonny Pewitt III and wife, Sherri, of Azle; daughter Sheila Kay Roberts and husband, Mikel, of Paradise; grandchildren Chris, Joshua and Ashley Pewitt, and Aaron, Peyton and Mikaylee Roberts; great-grandson Talent Tucker; brothers James, Ernie, David and Paul Pewitt, all of Bridgeport, and Jerry Pewitt of Paradise; sisters Kathy Pelham and Mary Archer of Mineral Wells; stepbrother George Robinson of Tyler; stepsister LaJauna Gibbs of Chandler; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Plankey, Sheri Lyn
1961-2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sheri Lyn Plankey, 53, of Rhome, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at Clements University Medical Center in Dallas of complications with leukemia.
Sheri was born Nov. 18, 1961 in Houston to Joseph Byrd and Carol Sue (Waterman) Wilson, Jr. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Education.
She married David Plankey June 21, 1980 in North Richland Hills. She retired in May 2013 after teaching for the Birdville ISD for 29 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Wilson, and a sister, Dianna Glover.
She is survived by her husband, David Plankey of Rhome; daughter Rachel Hartzler and husband, Michael, of Denton; sons Jeremy David Plankey of Denver, Caleb Allen Plankey of Rhome; mother Carol Sue Wilson of Denton; brothers Daniel Wilson and wife, Cathy, of Haslet, Jeff Wilson and wife, Tamara, of Sanger; and grandson Michael David Hartzler. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Denton. Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Jan 2 at the Argyle Church of Christ, with David Berryman officiating. Interment will follow at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview.

Potter, Geneva Lucille
1929-2014

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
Geneva Lucille Potter, 84, a cook, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Fairview Cemetery with Bro. James Hurst officiating. Burial is under the direction of Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Geneva Lucille Potter was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Decatur to Johnnie and Lorene “Norris” Dunn. She married James Lee Potter Oct. 19, 1946, at the age of 17 and immediately became the mother of four small children. She had two more sons for a total of six children.
Her life revolved around caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, parents, in-laws and her community. She worked “forever” making “many a meal” cooking for the Decatur’s Rotary Club and Decatur Lions Club, retiring in 1998 after 29 years of service.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Ricky Sr., Ronnie and Donnie Potter; a son-in-law, Tom Hall; grandchildren Bryan and Dawn Marie Houtchens; her parents; sister Ruby Jo Fuqua; and brother Bill Dunn.
She is survived by sons Randy Potter Sr and wife, Marie, and Pete Potter and wife, Carol; daughter Patsy Hall; and daughter-in-law Linda Potter, all of Decatur; grandchildren Amanda Potter Harper and husband, Chuck, Randy Jr., Jeremy, Tommy, Jimmy, Sherri and Ricky Potter Jr., Jordan and Shelbie Chandler, Tresia Otto, Misty Metzler, Cristy Howlett, Pam Beck, Kimberly Coy, Tommy Hall Jr., Cheryl Bond, Dana and Monty Houtchens, Nikki Lillis and Wesley Manetta; 39 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to DAV Chapter 70, P.O. Box 917, Decatur, TX 76234.

Powell, Doyle H.
1922-2014

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Doyle H. Powell, 91, of Conroe, formerly of Runaway Bay, died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Decatur.
In honor of Doyle’s advance directive, there will not be a funeral service.
Doyle was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Bonita to Mattie (Hurley) and Thomas J. Powell. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on a merchant marine ship, and he was a retired offshore drilling superintendent for Enron Oil and Gas.

Price, Steven Eugene
1949-2014
Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Steven Eugene Price, 64, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Decatur.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Shaw’s Funeral Home in Bowie.
Steven was born Aug. 2, 1949, in Gainesville to Alvie and Violet Price, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his children, Tammy Price of Gainesville, Patrick Price and Robin Price of Alvord; brothers and sisters Anthony Price of Whitesboro, Robin Price of Myra, Timmy Price of Woodbine, Cindy Price of Gainesville and Angel Adkins of Woodbine; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Price-Deering, Mary Elizabeth
1938-2014

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Price-Deering, 76, a nurse’s aide and cook, died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral was July 20 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Dwight Trotter officiating. Burial followed at Jim Ned Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ricky Walton, Nocona Skelton, Justin Skelton, Daniel Davidson, David Deering, Andrew Long, Matthew Deering, Jeremiah Long and Eric Long. Honorary pallbearer was Blake Long II.
Mary was born April 29, 1938, in Wise County to Woodrow and Birdie (Stockman) Maddux. She was married to Clyde Deering and was a nurse’s aide and cook at Sunny Hills Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clyde Deering and Jimmy Price; son Perry Deering; and grandchildren Jennifer Long and Jason Bruce.
Survivors include her sons, Clyde W. Deering and wife, Carla, of Chico, Robert Deering and wife, Marsha, of Paradise, John Deering of Chico, and Gary Deering and wife, Charlene, of Paradise; daughters Elizabeth Long and husband, Blake, of Chico, Stella Davidson of Bowie, Elaine Vislosky and husband, Jay, of Chico, and Sherrie Skelton of Chico; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; brother Glenn Maddux and wife, Linda, of Paradise; sister Linda Byers and husband, Jurden, of Chico; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Proctor, Byrl Dee ‘Butch’
1931-2014

Published Saturday, February 15, 2014
Byrl Dee “Butch” Proctor, 82, a retired military sergeant, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Bro. Steve Weeks officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Mike Morse, Jim Morse, Darin Morse, Jared Presler, Kenny Grant and Kevin Hittle.
Butch was born Aug. 21, 1931, to B.H. and Carrie (Nesse) Proctor in Fristoe, Mo. He married the love of his life, Abbie Evelyn Butler, June 4, 1957, in Wichita Falls.
Butch was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and fought for our country in Korea and Vietnam. While in the service, Butch and Evelyn lived many places around the world, and after his retirement, they settled and made their home in Boyd. They loved to travel and camped out along the way in the many states they visited. Butch never met a stranger and had a friendly smile and handshake for all.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn; stepson Jerry Don Morse; step-grandson Jason Bliss; and step great-grandson Nathan Wallace.
Survivors include his stepchildren, Elvin Morse and wife, Sharon, of Washington, Gordon Morse and wife, Myrna, of Florida, Carolyn Bliss and husband, Jerry, of Arizona; nine step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; brother Bill Proctor and wife, Shirley, of Nevada; special friends Murtie Bounds, Kenny Grant and Ruby Estes; and other family members and friends.

Pruett, Edwin Duaine
1925-2014

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
Edwin Duaine Pruett, 89, of Slidell, died Sept. 9, 2014 in Denton.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the First Baptist Church in Slidell, with arrangements under the direction of Coker Funeral of Sanger.
Edwin was born Aug. 13, 1925 in Slidell, the son of Clarance Lensie and Jewel Lorene (Higgs) Pruett. He attended and was a graduate of Slidell High School.
In August 1944, Edwin enlisted in the U.S. Army and defended his country as a member of the Company C 105th Infantry. He was discharged Nov. 2, 1946 at the rank of Corporal. He married Velma Lucille True Jan. 26, 1947 in Lewisville. They made their home in Slidell where they raised their four children and where Edwin had farmed all of his life. They also owned a dairy for approximately 25 years.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Velma, and daughter Jean Bounds.
He is survived by daughter Ava Manolas of Chugiak, Alaska; sons Bert Pruett and Duaine Pruett, both of Slidell; brother H.R. “Tooter” Pruett; five grandchildren, Edwin Ja Bounds and Erin Belschner, both of Waxahachie, T.J. Manolas of Chugiak, Alaska, Laura Perry and Christopher Manolas, both of Eagle River, Alaska, and seven great-grandchildren.

Pryor, Ray Dell
1955-2014

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Ray Dell Pryor, 58, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home in Chico.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur with Pastor Louis Horton officiating. Pallbearers are Larry Pryor, Gary Pryor, Rocky Pryor, Thomas Largent, Joey Brown and Kenny Pryor. Burial is under the direction of the Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Ray was born June 2, 1955, in Dallas to Kaleta Mae (Simpson) and H.O. Pryor. He was a heavy equipment operator for Hanson Aggregates for 34 years, and he loved rebuilding old cars, going to gamble at casinos and taking care of his yard.
Ray is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debora Kinsey Pryor; daughter Susan Dooling; stepchildren Dena Lee, Sarena Pinneke and husband, Mark, and Amanda and Thomas Largent; his parents; brothers Gary, Larry and Rocky Pryor; sisters Barbara Cansler, Charlotte King and Susan Wall; former wife Cathy Lacey; granddaughter Ashlee Dooling; stepgrandchildren Jacob Lee, Paul Pinneke, Kayden Pinneke, Monica King and Riley Pinneke; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving dogs, Peanut and Sassy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brothers Tommy Wayne Pryor and Jerry Dell Pryor.

Pugh, Gail Gray
1945-2014

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
Gail Gray Pugh, 68, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Denton.
Services will be Saturday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, with burial to follow at Ringgold Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Derek Gray, Jacob McDaniel, Chuck Scafella and Ronnie Taylor.
Gail was born Sept. 29, 1945 in Decatur to Henry L. and Neva M. (Allen) Walker. Gail owned and operated Gail’s Caf in Bridgeport for 20 years, finally closing its doors in 2011.
She was a member of Balsora Baptist Church, and loved listening to music, playing computer games, going to the casino and reading her Bible.
She is survived by her friend Doyle Hall; son Tony and Stacie Gray; daughters Pam McDaniel and Ronnie Taylor, and Jennifer and Randall Thomas; mother Maurice Walker; brother Leon and Kay Walker; sisters Charlsa and Lyndon Smith; Pat Phipps, Kathy and John Kintz, Marilyn Carver, and Penny and John Horton; grandchildren Tasha and Bennett Gregg, Derek and Emily Gray, Taylor McDaniel, Jacob McDaniel, Bailey Gray, Brooklyn Scarborough and Perry Hicks; great-grandchildren Mia, Mason and Max Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gail was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Pugh, and father, H.L. Walker.