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2015
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Acklie, Evelyn J. | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015

Evelyn J. Acklie, 80, of Newark died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Decatur.
Service is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Cornerstone Church, 607 Pettit Drive, in Newark with the Revs. Danny Slimp and Doug Acklie officiating.
Evelyn was born July 16, 1934, in Parkersburg, W.Va. She was married to Donald Acklie Sr. for 39 years, and she retired from Northwest Independent School District.
Evelyn was a devout Christian at the Cornerstone Church for more than 45 years. She loved to crochet, knit, bake and sing.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her grandson, Arthur Marple.
She is survived by her children, Andrew Acklie of Fort Worth, Marie Acklie of Sansom Park, Kenneth Acklie and wife, Sheryl, of Fort Worth, Donald Acklie Jr. of Newark and Doug Acklie and wife, Kathy, of Paradise; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to StJude.org.

Adair, James Ray 'Jimmy' | 1940-2015
Published Saturday, April 4, 2015

James Ray “Jimmy” Adair, 74, of Godley died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Godley Cemetery with Scottie Brown, a family friend, officiating.
Jimmy was born May 11, 1940, in Cleburne to James Arthur and Mary Frances Franklin Adair. He married Betty Lee Yater Jan. 17, 2003, in Godley. He was a cross country commercial truck driver and drove for Missouri Pacific for 28 years, Brown Express for three years, and Jones for two years before retiring.
Jimmy was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 745 since 1963 and the Godley Methodist Church, which he joined at the age of 9. Jimmy was a loving husband, great dad (Big Daddy) and avid hunter. He enjoyed sharing stories and was a good friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Julie Cloud and Paula Jean Morrison; and daughter Nicole Michelle Timberman.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Betty Yater Adair; children Sheryl Jean Adair and partner, Traci Gilbert, Tamra Fay Stephens, Mark Allan Starnes, Maria Tereasa Phillips and husband, Jeff, and Alex Rothdeutsch and wife, Diana; and grandchildren Kyle “Dusty” Stephens Jr., Misty Loffler, Ryan Starnes, Shane Starnes, Chasen Starnes, Adam Phillips, Amanda Cooper and husband, Brandon, Emily Griggs and husband Sean, Samantha Michelle Timberman and Dylan Connor Timberman.
He is also survived by five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Godley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 267, Godley, TX 76044.
Online condolences may be written at www.cpcleburne.com.

Adams, Leah Wanda Edsall | 1938-2015
Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Leah Wanda Edsall Adams, 76, of Olney died Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Olney.
Graveside service was March 21 at the Edsall Ranch Cemetery in Elbert with Marty Light, pastor of the Elbert Baptist Church, officiating.
Wanda was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Olney to Arthur Ben and Juanita Forrest (Condron) Edsall. She was a lifelong resident of the Elbert community and loved working her ranch. She was a member of the Texas Cattleman’s Association and the Elbert Baptist Church.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Jimmy Mack Adams.
She is survived by her daughter, Kim Mercer Newsom of Fort Worth; sister Judy Edsall McClymont and husband, Steve, of Elbert; granddaughter Madeline Mercer Jobe and husband, Cody, of Bridgeport; grandson Ben Stelter of Plainview; and great-grandchildren Cason and Caden Jobe.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.

Adams, Margie 'Inez' | 1936-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015
Margie “Inez” Adams, 78, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Bowie.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the First Baptist Church of Sunset. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Inez was born July 5, 1936, in Bonita to Albert “A.R.” and Goldie Hatfield. She graduated from Henrietta High School in 1954 and married Odous Adams June 5, 1954, in Bowie.
In 1962, they opened Adams Greenhouse and Fruit Stand in Bowie until they retired in 2013. In 2013, Adams received recognition for her years of hard work in the agriculture industry through the Enduring Women Exhibit at the Bob Bullock State museum in Austin. She was honored, along with 24 other women from around Texas, by having her life story recorded, photographed and displayed during a month-long exhibit at the museum.
In February of 2013, Adams traveled to Austin where she attended a special preview of the exhibit with several family members. She enjoyed gardening.
Inez is survived by her husband, Odous Adams; daughters Vicki McDaniel and husband, Larry, of Bowie, Velda Bates and husband, Allen, of Decatur and Vonda Hood and husband, Len, of Sunset; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers Jimmy Hatfield of Bowie and Willie Hatfield of Nocona; sisters Helen Harris of Wichita Falls, Jeraldine Maddox of Henrietta and Patsy Curtright of Apache, Okla.; and nieces and nephews.

Adams, Roy Lee | 1945-2015
Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Roy Lee Adams, 70, of Newark, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.
Memorial service is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Eagle Mountain International Church, 14355 Morris Dido Road.
Roy was born to the late Claude “Hop” and Juanita Adams. From an early age, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Russell R. Yocham. Roy married Eudora “Dory” Pettit Dec. 26, 1964, in Rankin. He was a devoted Christian who never met a stranger. He loved hunting, fishing, his family and doing for others.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather.
He is survived by his wife, Dory; children Kimberly C. Lytle and husband, George, Kristy L. Baker and husband, Ron, and Roy Adams Jr. and wife, Katrina; brothers Claude H. Adams and wife, Brenda, and Walter “Randy” Yocham and wife, Alpha; sister Evelyn J. Smith and husband, Tony; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Center for Law and Justice or the National Rifle Association.

Adcock, Ned E. | 1933-2015
Published Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ned E. Adcock, 82, of Aurora died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Aurora.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial is at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Brent Stone, Donny Worthington, Kyle Copp, Steve Soloman, Gary Lambert and Kevin Howard.
Honorary pallbearers are Tony Dickey, Robert Pitts, Joe Smith, Jack Smith and Bo Jennings.
Ned was born Jan. 10, 1933, in Monroe, Ga., to Claude and Stella (Whitley) Adcock. He married June Jennings Sept. 13, 1957, in Wichita Falls. Ned served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Bell Helicopter as an assembler.
Ned was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ralph, Roy, Lamar, Mell and James Adcock; and his sisters, Sarah Heggwood and Sue Drucker.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Jennings Adcock of Aurora; son Brad Adcock and wife, Tammy, of Newark; daughter Robin Adcock of Saginaw; grandchildren Jasmyn Simpson, Hannah Adcock and Halyn Adcock; great-grandchild Alexa Simpson-Thomas; and other family members and friends.

Aghili, Mehran | 1959-2015
Published Saturday, July 11, 2015

Mehran Aghili, 56, of Aurora died Friday, June 26, in a Fort Worth hospital.
Memorial service is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center at Northwest High School.
Mehran was executive director of construction for Northwest ISD and guided the district through a period of growth as he managed more than $800 million in bond programs during his career. He also oversaw the construction of 14 new campuses for NISD, including the latest, V.R. Eaton High School.
During his 14 years with NISD, he served on numerous committees volunteering countless hours of his personal time to ensure the needs of students and staff were met on time. Mehran’s caring and dedicated manner reached well beyond the boundaries of the district campuses as he created long-lasting and trusting relationships with mayors, city officials and community members from many of the Northwest ISD cities and townships.
Mehran is survived by his wife, Rosa; and daughter, Leila.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice or to the Crystal Leila Aghili College Fund, Wells Fargo account 2158485827.

Albert, Sueann Joy | 1953-2015
Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sueann Joy Albert, 61, of Decatur died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the family home, 2916 N. U.S. 81/287, in Decatur.
Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Sueann was born Nov. 16, 1953, in Tiverton, R.I., to Rene and Olive (Manchester) Fonseca. She married John Albert Jan. 1, 1983, in Tiverton. Sueann was a sweet, loving, devoted wife and mother. She was disabled,
Sueann was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, John Albert of Decatur; daughter Chrystal Fonseca of Decatur; granddaughter Amber Lynn Robertson of Decatur; and many friends.

Allred, James | 1927-2015
Published Saturday, February 14, 2015

James Allred, 87, a retired pipeliner and member of Local 178 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.
Graveside service was Friday in Grapevine Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home in Grapevine.
James was born Dec. 19, 1927, in Decatur to George and Ethyl Allred. He married Emogene Dickerson and they spent 72 wonderful years together. James was a pipeliner for many years and was known as one of the best. To his grandchildren, he was known as “Doodle.”
James loved going out to eat at the Golden Corral and he was known for saying, “You can pitch ’til you win there.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ethyl Allred; and a brother, Brody Allred.
Survivors include his loving wife, Emogene Allred; daughter Shirley Long and husband, Harriel; grandchildren, Keith Long and wife, Paula, and Kurt Long and wife, Michelle; great-grandchildren, Delani Long, Chase Long, Lexi Long and Cody Long; and brother, J.R. Allred.

Alverson, Alan 'Lance' | 1969-2015
Published Saturday, February 7, 2015

Alan “Lance” Alverson, 45, of Granbury, formerly of Alvord, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
Funeral was Feb. 4 at Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Lance was born Feb. 25, 1969, in Fort Worth to Ken and Patsy Alverson. He attended Eastern Hills High School 1984-1986. Lance loved his job as a truck driver and enjoyed sharing his daily “My View From Work” pictures and posts with his Facebook family and friends.
He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan his entire life, and he also loved the great outdoors, enjoying fishing and camping. He loved music of all kinds, from Metallica to Neil Diamond. Lance loved the Lord with all his heart and openly shared his faith with everyone he encountered. He was often eager to pray for anyone he felt was in need of or was asking for prayer.
Lance was loved by many people and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Dean Alverson; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his best friend, Jojo.
He is survived by his wife, Shari Alverson; daughter Ciera Alverson Rog and husband, Joseph; parents Henry and Patsy Cowan; stepmother Vet Alverson; grandchildren Gavin, Kenna and Ryleigh Jo; brothers Dean, Chris and Tommy; sisters Valerie, Wendy, Tami and Sherri; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Amos, Mary Jo | 1923-2015
Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mary Jo Amos, 92 of Denton died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her home.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, in Denton with the Rev. Buddy Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Cooper Creek Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mary Jo was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Decatur to Walter Ben and Lavenia Bell (Worley) Watkins. She married George Denver Amos Dec. 25, 1941, in Wichita Falls, and he preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1993.
Mary Jo was a graduate of Decatur High School, Decatur Baptist Junior College and Howard Payne College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denton and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member of the Dorcas class.
Mary Jo is survived by daughters Karen Amos Heenan and husband, Patrick, of Winthrop, Wash., and Virginia Ruth Sanderson and husband, Robert, of Mesquite; sons Paul Denver Amos and wife, Della, of Vancouver, Wash., David Carroll Amos and wife, Susan, of Denton and Steven Wayne Amos of Denton; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com.

Anderson, Marlene Jo | 1931-2015
Published Saturday, November 28, 2015

Marlene Jo Anderson, 84, of Decatur, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Decatur.
No service will be held.
Marlene was born July 17, 1931, in Lincoln, Neb., to Howard and Helen (Olson) Kelly. She married Thomas W. Anderson Dec. 30, 1974, in Durant, Okla. Marlene received her associate’s degree from Baylor School of Nursing in Dallas.
She was a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Umpqua Chapter in Roseburg, Ore., and Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 543 in Decatur. Marlene was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Patrick McDaniel; and sister Judy Pope.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tom Anderson of Decatur; brother James Kelly and wife, Vel, of Mili Lani, Hawaii; daughter Shawna McDaniel of West Springfield, Mass.; stepchildren Diane Castillo and husband, Bruce, of Missouri City, Wayne Anderson and wife, Lucy, of Yorkville, Ill., and Danna Perry and husband, Scott, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association-North Central Texas Chapter, 2630 W. Freeway, Ste. 100, Fort Worth, TX, 76102-7117.

Anderson, Paul Ed | 1962-2015
Published Saturday, June 27, 2015

Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur died Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Denton.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Rev Jerry Miller will be officiating. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Anderson was born July 7, 1962 to Charley and Ima (Albritton) Anderson in Decatur.
He married LaDawn Stevens on March 19, 1988, in Runaway Bay. He was a loving, loyal father and husband. He had a passion for sports, western movies and history, sporting clays, and cracking jokes with his dry sense of humor. He was a Wise County local and friendly with all. By being selfless and helping anyone in need, he was loved and will be missed deeply by all.
Anderson was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, LaDawn Anderson of Decatur; two daughters, Stephanie Anderson of Laramie, Wyo., and Jessica Anderson of Leander; son, Bradley Anderson of Decatur; two brothers, Larry Moore and wife Lydia of Perrin, and Robert Anderson of Decatur; three sisters, Shella Ford and husband Tommy of Azle, Sherry Gentry and husband Gary of Decatur, and Lisa Jackson and husband Tony of Decatur; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Anerson, Dortha Lee Shaw | 1921-2015
Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dortha Lee Shaw Anderson, 94, of Decatur died Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.
Pallbearers are her nephews: Jeff Shaw, Ronnie Shaw, Scooter Shaw, Barry Shaw, Monte Shaw and James Stutt.
Dortha was born March 14, 1921, in Childress to C.O. and Vena (Brown) Shaw. She married Edd Anderson June 18, 1938, in Decatur. She was a homemaker and worked at Lorch-Westway factory. Dortha was a good cook, noted for her cakes. She has lived at The Hills in Decatur for the past eight years. Dortha was a Baptist, attending New Salem, Mount Zion and Calvary churches most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edd Anderson; brothers Jack Shaw, Pete Shaw, Jiggs Shaw, Popeye Shaw, Buck Shaw, Bull Shaw, John Shaw and Butch Shaw; sisters Frankie Limburg, Lou Collins and Linda Russell.
Dortha is survived by her children, Eddie Anderson and wife, Patricia, of El Dorado, Ark., Curtis Anderson and wife, Margaret, of Decatur, Sam Anderson and wife, Peggy, of Kerens and Nancy Abrams and husband, Gary, of Shreveport, La.
She is also survived by grandchildren Christy England and husband, Brad, Darrin Anderson and wife, Alicia, Jennifer Terrell and husband, Steven, Jacquelyn Anderson and fianc , Tim Meyer, Ike Anderson and wife, Heather, James Johnson and wife, Shannon, Carson Abrams and Sarah Abrams; 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Marcella, Margie, Maxine and Opal Shaw, and Peggy Anderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Armstrong, Wade E. | 1927-2015
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wade E. Armstrong, 88, of Bridgeport, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Cottondale Baptist Church in Cottondale with Charles Pugh officiating. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Scott Carpenter, Brent Carpenter, Blake Carman, Daniel Adams, Blake Hensley and Noah Layne.
Wade was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Chanute, Kan., to Paul and Hazel (Wade) Armstrong. He married Mary Nell Stanley March 3, 1951, in Lovington, N.M. Wade worked for Mitchell Energy and SIE until his retirement, then followed his hobby of woodworking at the lumber yard for 20 years. He was a retired master electrician and woodworker.
Wade was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Mary Nell Armstrong; and his sisters, Barbara Webb and Janet Knapp.
Wade is survived by his son, Neil Armstrong and wife, Janet, of Bridgeport; daughter Marsha Carpenter and husband, Deaun, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Scott Carpenter and wife, Pauline, of Saginaw, Brent Carpenter and wife, Misty, of Saginaw and Alyssa Carman and husband, Blake, of Allen; great-grandchildren Victoria Lopez, Ryan Carpenter, Dawson Carpenter, Summer Guerin, Sydney Carpenter, Owen Carpenter, Pierce Carman and Brooks Carman; and other family members and friends.

Arrington, Jimmy | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jimmy Arrington, 70, of Bromide, Okla., died Friday, March 6, 2015, in Bonham.
Funeral was March 10 at Assembly of God Church in Rhome with the Rev. Rick Stokes officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roger Lewis, Larry Lewis, Wesley Romine, Mark Romine and Clayborne Young. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Wilson, Wayne Young and Paul Arrington.
Jimmy was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Decatur to Ross and Minnie (Young) Arrington. He married Mari Ritton March 7, 1993, in Loveland, Colo., and was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. Jimmy was a past employee of Bell Helicopter and Farm Bureau Insurance Co. and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Tommy Arrington.
He is survived by his wife, Mari Arrington of Bromide; son Aaron Arrington and wife, Penny, of North Richland Hills; daughter Jana Labonte and husband, Ron, of Colorado; grandchildren Joshua Arrington, Ashley Arrington, Madison Arrington and Mackenzie Arrington and Meagan Hatfield and husband, Chris; great-grandchildren Kinley and Mason Hatfield; sister Billy Romine and husband, Oscar, of Rhome; sister-in-law Nancy Arrington of Rhome; and other family members and friends.

Askey, Betty Jo Caraway | 1932-2015
Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Betty Jo Caraway Askey, 82, of Decatur died Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was March 10 at Sweetwater Cemetery with Dr. Van Gardner officiating.
Betty was born March 30, 1932, to Morgan and Gracie (Smirl) Shurbet in Crafton. She was a homemaker.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, James Caraway, James Dunlap, and Douglas Askey; two sisters; five brothers; granddaughter Sally Longoria; and great-grandson Xander Whitehead.
She is survived by daughters Barbara Ford and husband, Jim, of Springtown, Judy Strange and husband, Alvin, of Decatur, and Lisa Workman and husband, Terry, of Chico; sons Ricky Caraway and wife, Laurie, of Eighty Four, Penn., Billy Caraway and wife, Donna, of Decatur, and Kelly Caraway and wife, Cristy, of Paradise; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bailey, Berniece Wells | 1920-2015
Published Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berniece Wells Bailey, 95, of Chico, formerly of Grapevine, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico with the Revs. Paul Widicus and Mike Miller officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Grapevine Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Larry Mader, Terry Hand, Doug Bowyer, Embry Hines, Toby Sides, Mark Knox and Dusty Sides. Honorary pallbearers are Laura Coble, Janice Smith, Janet Terrell, Rhonda Richey, Mercy Stanfield, Cristy Self, Les Bankhead, Rebecca Blanton, Paul Reasoner, Kelli Dethloff, Shelly Prost and Denise Ellington.
Berniece was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Coppell to Jesse and Llora (Lindsay) Daniel. She married James Marvin Wells Dec. 23, 1939, and Elbert (Boose) Bailey Dec. 16, 1961.
Berniece accepted Christ at an early age and served him all of her life. She was a Sunday school teacher and served as choir director for 22 years. She held several offices in the Methodist church and served as youth director in the ’60s. Berniece was a member of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron. She was a lifetime member of Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Berniece was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and Outstanding Community Service of the Chico Children’s Clothing Fund 1970-2000. She served as the Chico Chamber of Commerce director 1979-1980. Berniece received the Lifetime Service Award for the Chico Chamber of Commerce in 1998, and she was a founding member of the Senior Citizens Center of Chico.
Berniece was owner and vice president of First State Bank of Chico and served on the board of directors for 26 years until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, James Wells; her second husband, Elbert Bailey; son Harold Marvin Wells; sister Thelma Conine; brothers Grady, Marshall, Roy and J.B.; and granddaughter Teresa Williams.
Berniece is survived by her son, Danny Wells and wife, Mononette; daughter Cyd Bailey; daughter-in-law Dorothy Wells; grandsons James Wells and wife, Amanda, and Frank Oravetz; granddaughters Llora Jones and husband, Ben, and Marla Erickson and husband, Danny; special friend and caregiver, Carandy Guinn; great-grandsons Kristopher, Eric, Justin and Donny; great-granddaughters Heather, Makenzi, Hannah, Zoe and Lindsey; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico, 940-644-5186, or the Chico Senior Citizens Center, 940-644-5453.

Bailey, Bobbie Joe | 1932-2014
Published Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bobbie Joe Bailey, 82, a machinist, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in Decatur.
No services are planned at this time.
Bobbie was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Axtell to Jimmie and Clyde (Dewberry) Bailey. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force, receiving two medals – the National Defense Service and Good Conduct.
He is survived by his son, Bobbie Bailey Jr. of Fort Worth; daughter Lois Baughman and husband, Franklin, of Emory; grandchildren Carri, Kenny, Michelle and Jennifer; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bailey, Forrest Lee | 1923-2015
Published Saturday, July 18, 2015

Forrest Lee Bailey, 91, of Keeter died Saturday, July 11, 2015.
Graveside service was July 17 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Forrest was born Dec. 17, 1923, in Colleyville to Earl Wesley and Kate Sparger Bailey. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he married Dorothy Louise Amyett of Fort Worth May 3, 1947.
They moved in 1950 to the area west of Grapevine, now Southlake, where they lived until 1997 when they moved to their new home in Keeter. Forrest worked 35 years at Rector Well Equipment in Fort Worth, advancing to general foreman before he retired.
He was a lifelong member of Pleasant Hill Advent Christian Church in Southlake. In the community, he was known by many names: Skeeter, Skeezix, Slim, Forrest and F.L. He was also known as a generous farmer, tireless rancher and an expert tractor mechanic.
Forrest is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; son Gaylon Bailey of Southlake; daughters Donna Bailey Robinson of Southlake and Paula Bailey Egger (Douglas) of Keeter; grandchildren Jacy Bailey Zegowitz of Crofton, Md., Justin Robinson of Keller, Colin Bailey of Southlake, Randi Egger Leatherwood of Grapevine and Valerie Egger Lavalley of Keller; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Bailey, Richard Jennings, Sr. | 1941-2015
Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Richard Jennings Bailey Sr., 73, of Beebe died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Advanced Care Hospital in Searcy, Ark.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cottondale Cemetery in Paradise.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Richard was born Oct. 24, 1941, in Higginson, Ark., to the late Wade and Josie Bailey.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Lee Bailey; brothers Neland E. Bailey and Wade Bailey Jr.; sister Geraldine James; and brothers in-law Loran James and Burl Southard.
He is survived by his wife, Earline Bailey; sons Richard Jr. and wife, Dana, Dennis and wife, Carole, Dewey and wife, Kristi, and Chris; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Evelyn Southard; seven nieces; two nephews; three stepsons; seven step-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Baird, Clifford R., Jr. | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Clifford R. Baird Jr., 81, of Blanco died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Blanco United Methodist Church. A gathering of friends and family will follow in the fellowship hall.
Cliff was born Feb. 19, 1934, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. His father was in the Air Force, and the family moved a great deal.
Cliff went to many different schools, graduating from Savannah High School in Savannah, Ga. He enlisted in the Air Force, and while in basic training at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, met and soon thereafter married June Byler. They celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Cliff was a Korean War veteran and was stationed in Japan, as well as several state-side bases. He left the Air Force honorably as a disabled veteran, and in 1964 he moved his family, which now included three children, to Boyd.
Cliff then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for eight years and ran a substantial farm with registered pigs, large gardens and fruit trees. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and also as the Methodist youth fellowship leader. He loved to coach Little League and Pony League baseball.
In 1980, with all of his children grown, he and June moved to her hometown of Blanco. He enjoyed his life there, with time spent fishing, dancing, traveling the world, gardening and practicing carpentry.
Cliff built two of his family’s homes. He volunteered at the Blanco EMS and was a member of the Blanco United Methodist Church.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford R. Baird Sr. and Effie Derbonne Baird.
He is survived by his wife, June Byler Baird; brother Bill Baird; sons David Baird and wife, Becky, and Rusty Baird and wife, Brenda; daughter Janett Baird Goad and husband, Bobby; grandchildren David Baird, Brian Baird, Candace Baird Craig, Caleb Baird and Casey Baird.
He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He also has many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors that will miss him.
Memorial donations may be made to the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KA 66675-8516.

Barnes, Lenda Charleene | 1947-2015
Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lenda Charleene Barnes, 68, of Alvord died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Alvord surrounded by her family.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Matthew Hatzenbihler, Eric Hatzenbihler, Colton Niblett, Cruz Niblett, Daniel Kaps and Huston Myers.
Lenda was born June 26, 1947, in Paducah to James and Mamie (Farmer) Isaacs. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Claude Mitchell. Lenda married Bob Allen Barnes Sept. 2, 1966, in Sherman. She was an administration manager for more than 20 years for Improved Petroleum Recovery in Los Colinas.
Lenda was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord and multiple associations, including the Wise County Quilting Guild and the Order of Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron, Chapter No. 777, in Irving.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister.
Lenda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bob Barnes of Alvord; daughter Leia Hatzenbihler and husband, Brian, of Alvord; son Michael Barnes and wife, Jennifer, of Trophy Club; grandsons Matthew Hatzenbihler and Eric Hatzenbihler, both of Alvord; granddaughters Ashley Hatzenbihler of Milwaukee, Wis., Michaela Barnes of Trophy Club and Lauren Barnes of Trophy Club; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bays, Dennis Lee | 1951-2015
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Dennis Lee Bays, 64, of Fort Worth, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Dennis was a welder for Fort Worth Steel.
Dennis will be laid to rest in West Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport.
He is survived by his mother, Olamae Bays of Fort Worth; and brother Danny Bays and wife, Cathy, of Burleson.

Beebe, Leslie G. | 1945-2015
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Leslie G. Beebe, 69, of Runaway Bay died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Community Church in Decatur with Pastor John Redfearn officiating.
Les was born Oct. 12, 1945, in Coldwater, Mich., to Frank and Jane (Graham) Beebe. He served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. On July 11, 1969, he married Yvonne Brown, and the couple raised six children.
Les was a driver for James Wood Motors. He loved his grandchildren and riding motorcycles. He was a member of the Community Church in Decatur.
Les was preceded in death by his parents and brother Willard Beebe.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Yvonne (Brown) Beebe; sons Paul Potter, Mark Beebe and Christian Beebe; daughters Roberta Almeida, Peggy Morris and Cheri Fowler; and sisters Wilma Gibson, Judy Moyers, Janet Weicht and Sandy Whitz.
He is also survived by grandchildren Garrett, Jordan and Jason Musser, Andrea Evans, Kory Morris, Leslie Roberts, Olivia Randon, Matthew Roberts, Mild Roberts, Ashley Beebe, Samantha Beebe, C.J Beebe; and great-grandchildren Landon Musser, Sekora Beebe, Mason Beebe, Madison and Mikailia Roberts, Holden, Ellora and Ryce Rounds Hannah Musser, Riley Musser, Blayke Musser, Aria Evans, Aniyah Evans, Rain Randon, Twister Randon, Shiloh and Levi Beecham.

Belew, Adela Elizabeth | 1923-2015
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Adela Elizabeth Belew, 92, of Decatur, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with David Singleton officiating.
Adela was born Nov. 4, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., to Eggert and Elizabeth (Bauso) Behncken Sr. She married Ralph Belew Aug. 3, 1961, in Elizabeth City, N.C. Adela was a Catholic and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Adela is survived by her son, Paul Belew of Decatur; grandson Zachary Belew of Decatur; daughter-in-law Marilyn Belew of Decatur; sister Helen Machen and nieces Cherry Machen and Cindy Machen, all of Roanoke, Va.; and friends.

Beneke, Robert George | 1931-2015
Published Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Robert George Beneke, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.
Memorial service was Sept. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.
Bob was the third child born to Albert Christian and Ethel Quirein Beneke. He grew up on Long Island, N.Y. At 18, Bob joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base as a supply sergeant. In 1952, he married Marjorie Heighten of Graham.
After being honorably discharged, the couple and their first child, Kaye, and moved back to New York where he joined his father’s company as a public insurance adjuster.
In 1957, Bob moved the family, which now included a son, Jim, to Richardson. He worked as a company adjuster for Floyd West and Co. In 1965, Bob founded R.G. Beneke and Co., the first public insurance adjusting company in the Southwest. The company enjoyed a national reputation for excellence and integrity.
Bob was a tenured member of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and a founding member of its Texas affiliate. In the 1960s, Bob served as a deacon and treasurer for the Crestview Baptist Church of Richardson and president of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra board of directors.
In September 1976, Bob married Joanne Shanks Hodges of Bridgeport. They worked together to manage and grow the building and property development business, Glen Central Properties.
In 1985, Bob initiated a collaborative effort with the nation’s elite public adjusting firms to form what is now known as Adjusters International.
Bob is survived by his wife, Joanne and a loving, blended family: Kaye Beneke, Jim Beneke and wife, Janet, Traci Hodges Milliner and husband, Riley, and Kelli Hodges. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Blair Beneke, LauraLea Terlaak and husband, Parker, Jennifer Bingham and husband, Brad, Hailey Bohanan, Joel Hodges, Lori Milliner, and Mike Moody.
Bob delighted in great-grandchildren Liam Bohanan, Emily Bingham and Shiner Moody. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn McCaffrey; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Bob’s brother, Al Beneke, preceded him in death.
Memorial donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Bennett, Terresa Mae | 1951-2015
Published Saturday, July 11, 2015

Terresa Mae Bennett, 63, of Bridgeport died Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Fort Worth.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Terresa was born Dec. 5, 1951, in Fort Hood to William Alfred and Billie Jean (Kerlin) Harmon. She married David Bennett in Las Vegas. Terresa was a caregiver.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Alfred Harmon; husband David Bennett; and sister Vickey Towns.
She’s survived by her mother, Billie Jean Harmon of Fontana, Calif.; sisters Gwendolyn Gilday of Bridgeport and Billie Lynett Turner of Fontana; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bible, Esther Oliver | 1922-2015
Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Esther Oliver Bible, 93, of Decatur died Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Revs. B.J. Thomas and C.D. Lockhart officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Michael Moten II, Daren Gabriel Jr., Dustyn Bible, Dean Bible Jr., Desmon Bible, Brandon Case, De’Andre Kelley and Rodamond Moten.
Honorary pallbearers are Dalane Bible, Dean Bible, Kenneth Gabriel, Keith Gabriel, Joe Bible Jr., Anson Bible, Kenneth Bible, Billy Bible, Donnie Bible, Quenton Dawson, Henry Sims Jr., Lendrick Sims, J.C. Bible, Courtney Durhan, Chris Shepperd, Kerry Avant, Anthony Stephens II, Trevin Stephens, Jeremaine Stephens and Jeremy Stephens.
Esther was born March 14, 1922, in Crawford to Benjamin Franklin and Anna Bell (Sinty) Oliver, the couple’s last child and only daughter. She attended elementary school in Crawford and in 1971, she studied and received her GED at Weatherford College.
Esther married Charles Bible Sr. Oct. 30, 1937, in Meridian, and they shared 70 years together. They had six children, and she was also a motherly influence to a loving stepson. At an early age, she professed faith in Christ at Clifton Cumberland Presbyterian Church under the pastorage of the Rev. D.A. Berkley. Esther served in the missionary department, choir and any other duties as needed.
She was a member of St. John Baptist Church after relocating to Decatur under the pastorage of the Rev. Eugene Florence. She continued her membership at St. John under the leadership of the Revs. B.J. Thomas and C.D. Lockhart.
Esther worked at Darwin Hospital as a cook and caregiver to many. She was voted “Mother of St. John” in 2007 and was mission president, choir member and faithful servant until her health began to decline.
Esther also maintained her active involvement in the Brazos River Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and member of the Decatur Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Bible Sr. in 2008; her parents; and her brothers and their spouses, Bennie and Josephine Oliver, Henry and Ruthie Oliver, Joseph and Faye Oliver and Clodis and Willie Mae Oliver. Also preceding her death were sons Charles A. Bible Jr. and Jonathan “Joe” Bible; grandsons James “Jamie” Bible and Nolan Bible; granddaughters Latanya Sims and Jo-Ann Bible Hall; two great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Wilmer Jean McWilliams and husband, Alfred, of Locust Grove, Ga., Bonnie Bible of Arlington, Martha Sue Bible of Decatur and Anna Juno Bible of Houston; son Johnathan S. Bible and wife, Betty, of Mexia; daughters-in-law L. Jean Bible of Decatur and Barbara Bible of Waco; 38 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; 83 great-great-grandchildren; honorary family members, Robert and Lorna Grant of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bingham, Kenneth Eugene | 1928-2015
Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
Kenneth Eugene Bingham, 86, of Vernon died Tuesday, June 9, in Oklahoma City.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the First Assembly of God Church in Vernon with the Rev. Gary Butler of Gospel Lighthouse Church in Anadarko, Okla., and the Rev. Brian Pounds of First Assembly of God Church in Vernon, officiating. Burial will follow at Bell Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the funeral home, 1801 Houston St., in Vernon.
Pallbearers are Greg Butler, Ryan Stevens, Gabriel Thrasher, Chance Wilson, Ken Mowery and Jerry Don Bray.
Bingham was born Oct. 7, 1928, on the Bingham Farm in Odell to Grady Eugene and Thelma Hulete Killett Bingham. He married Eva Letha Riddle Dec. 26, 1947, at the Odell Methodist Church in Odell.
Bingham, a minister since 1951, attended Bible College in Waxahachie in 1952. He began ministry as an evangelist in 1955, and he pastored Crowell Assembly of God Church from 1956 to 1964. He pastored the Assembly of God Church in Anadarko from 1964 to 1975.
In 1975, Bingham established Gospel Lighthouse Church in Anadarko and pastored there until his retirement in 1995. He then moved back to the Bingham family farm where he lived until 2008 when he moved to Vernon. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Vernon.
He is survived by sons Clyde Bingham and wife, Sue, of Chickasha, Okla., and Allen Bingham and wife, Judy, of Decatur; daughter Loretta Butler and husband, Gary, of Anadarko; sister Lola Jolene Adams of Decatur; grandchildren Michelle Stevens, Greg Butler, Sara Thrasher, Emily Wilson, Bridget Morris and Rebekah Bray; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Gospel Lighthouse Church in Anadarko and First Assembly of God Church in Vernon.

Bishop, William Earl | 1948-2015
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015

William Earl Bishop, 67, of Decatur, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Corinth.
Graveside service was Nov. 10 at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur with Jack Watson officiating.
Pallbearers were Joe Watson, Shaun Swindell, Weldon Taylor, Alvin Taylor, Tommy Bishop and Sonny Bishop.
William was born June 22, 1948, in Pauls Valley, Okla., to Billy Layton and Evelyn Frances (Parten) Bishop. He married Beverly Jean Ransom Sept. 25, 1966, in Decatur. He was a truck driver and a member of the First Baptist Church.
William was preceded in death by his parents; wife Beverly Jean Bishop; and brothers Michael Layton Bishop and Ronald Ray Bishop.
He is survived by his daughter, Nickie Bishop of Decatur; brothers Truman Dale Bishop and Terry Newton Bishop of Coolidge, Ariz.; sister Patricia Sue “Sissy” Bishop of Coolidge; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Blackwell, Addie Mae Bohn | 1919-2015
Published Saturday, September 19, 2015

Addie Mae Bohn Blackwell, 95, of Decatur died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral was Sept. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers were Chuck Greever, Jerry Bethrum, Wayne Alexander, Matthew Bohn, Carson Bohn and Frank Maxwell.
Honorary pallbearers were Stephen Wren, Harold Mosely and Jim Keen.
Addie was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Irving to Henry and Sadie (Cooper) McCullough. She was married to Wesley Bohn until his death in 1980.
Addie married Sam Blackwell Sept. 23, 1995, in Decatur. She worked 20 years for the Denton State School as a switchboard operator and enjoyed every minute of it. Her favorite past time was gardening.
The love of her life was her only son, Jerry Bohn. She was a member and loved her church family at First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Addie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wesley Bohn; and son Jerry Bohn.
She is survived by her husband, Sam Blackwell of Decatur; grandchildren J.R. Bohn and wife, Cathy, of Graham, Cary Bohn and wife, Ashlee, of Decatur and Cheri Beazley and husband, Mike, of Arkansas; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Blackwell, Sam Donald | 1918-2015
Published Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sam Donald Blackwell, 97, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Ken May and Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Eric Leonard, Bart Leonard, Brett Bethurum, Grant Bethurum, Robert Holder and Sam Leonard.
Sam was born Sept. 15, 1918, in Willspoint to Horace Eugene and Opel (Norwood) Blackwell. He married Opal Marion in Grand Prairie. They were married for 57 years, until she died June 2, 1995. He married Addie Bohn on Sept. 23, 1995, in Decatur. They were married until her death Sept. 15, 2015.
Sam retired from Poco Graphite after 27 years of service. He was a highly decorated soldier serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He entered service on June 20, 1944, and was assigned to the Army, 2nd Infantry Division.
Sgt. Blackwell served in the European Theater from Dec. 9, 1944, to July 20, 1945. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Citation, Purple Heart and one Cluster, ETO Ribbon and three Battle Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and Victory Ribbon. Sam was discharged Nov. 13, 1945. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Opal Marion Blackwell and Addie Bohn Blackwell; sister Lillie Sullivan; and brothers Gene, Homer and Phil Blackwell.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Bethurum and husband, Jerry, of Decatur and Donna Leonard and husband, Gil, of Azle; grandchildren Brett Bethurum, Lisa Bethurum and husband, Roger Pickett, Faith Bethurum, Grant Bethurum and wife, Maria Durand, Bart Leonard and wife, Renee, and Eric Leonard and wife, Michelle.
He’s also survived by great-grandchildren Robert Holder and wife, Stephanie, Crystal Holder, Ellisha Doolen, Arin Satterthwaite, Haley Axom and husband, Kalo, Ian Satterthwaite, Opal Rayne Leonard, Sam Leonard, Nicole Leonard and Kai Samuel Bethurum; great-great-grandchild Hayden Wofford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Blake, James Lee | 1956-2015
Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
James Lee Blake, 58, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral was May 18 at the Assembly of God Church in Sunset, and burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Blake was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Fort Worth to Joe and Shirley Blake. He was a roughneck and a carpenter for many years. He was very active in his kids’ and grandchildren’s sporting events. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and playing dominoes and poker.
He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Blake.
Blake is survived by his wife, Nolinda Blake of Alvord; mother Shirley Blake of Alvord; children Josh Blake and wife, Diane, of Alvord, Jolinda Weatherly and husband, Bart, of Chico and Jamie Phillips and husband, Nathan, of Bellevue; grandchildren Na Branscum, Sadie Thompson and husband, Trey, Chad Yapit, Nikki Weatherly, William Phillips and Shelby, Tyler Phillips and Jordin, Joshua Blake and Cameron Weatherly; great-grandchild Joseph Talamantes; great-great-grandchildren Kenlee Thompson and Jencee Thompson; brother Stephen Blake of Alvord; and nieces and nephews.

Boatman-Brevelle, Brant Alexander | 1997-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015

Brant Alexander Boatman-Brevelle, 17, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Heritage Baptist Church in Benbrook with Dr. Montie Pentecost officiating.
Boatman-Brevelle was born July 15, 1997, in Fort Worth to Jennifer Denise Boatman and Chad Douglas Brevelle. He was a junior at Bridgeport High School and enjoyed skateboarding, music and drawing.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Brevelle and Jayne Barber; and great-grandparents Sallye Boatman and Charles Breckenridge.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Michael Fortune; father and stepmother, Chad and Margaret Brevelle; brother Chad Brevelle Jr.; sisters Zylie Fortune, April Brevelle and Shelby Brevelle; and grandparents Cheryl Brevelle and Robert Evans.

Bolton, Rene | 1946-2015
Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rene Bolton, 68, of Rhome died Monday, March 16, 2015, in Rhome.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Ren was born April 4, 1946, in San Diego to Herbert and Wanda (Sparks) Wright. She married Billy Wayne Bolton Dec. 30, 1988, in Dallas. She was a Baptist and a retired insurance adjuster,
Ren was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Michelle McDuffy.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Bolton of Rhome; son Jeremy Bolton and wife, Crystal, of San Angelo; grandson Xander Bolton of San Angelo; brother Vance Jenkins and wife, Robin, of Blanco; sister Tonya Taylor and husband, Jackie, of Haslet; son-in-law Gary McDuffy of Rhome; and other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3301 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-737-9990, www.cancer.org.

Boner, Odis Willie | 1926-2015
Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Odis Willie “Bus” Boner, 89, of Decatur, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Decatur Church of Christ in Decatur with Rick Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service Wednesday at Decatur Church of Christ in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Hubert Boner, Jerry McKeever, Alvin Boner, Dennis Lee, Christopher Lee, and Ronnie Hess.
Honorary pallbearers are Brent Wallace, Raymond McKeever, and Paul Ingram.
Bus was born on Oct. 28, 1926, to Benjamin and Myrtle Iona (Edge) Boner in Alvord. He married Frances Winnell Morris on May 8, 1948, in Decatur and remained married until her death in 1998. Bus married Noma Pipes in 2000 and remained married until her death in 2002.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Bus retired after 25 years of service with LTV Aerospace where he was a machinist. He loved the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. Bus was a member of Decatur Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Winnell Boner and Noma Pipes; his son, Randel Boner; his brothers, Hubert Boner, John Boner, and Alvis Boner; his sister, Evelena McKeever.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheryl Christian and husband, Ricky, of Decatur; his grandchildren, Rusty Christian and wife, Melanie, of Keller, Mandi McGinnis and husband, Scott, of Justin and Tiffney Watson and husband, Jeremy, of Rhome; his great-grandchildren, Lane Christian, Lindsay Christian, Caden Christian, Jarrod Christian, Madison McGinnis, Mallory McGinnis, Christian McGinnis, Blaine Watson, Cash Watson, and Tinley Watson; his brother-in-law, Olen Morris and wife, Elaine, of Fort Worth; his sister-in-law, Margie Bradshaw of Decatur; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Christ’s Haven Children’s Home in Keller, Texas. www.christshaven.org.

Boone, J.K. | 1929-2015
Published Saturday, June 20, 2015

J.K. Boone, 85, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas after a brief illness.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., in Dallas. Jerry Carter, his son-in-law and chaplain at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Waxahachie, will officiate.
The family will receive friends immediately after the memorial service. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Chico Cemetery.
J.K. was born July 19, 1929, in Elgin to Jiles Kenchen Sr. and Charlotte McGee (Childress) Boone. In 1947, he graduated from Elgin High School where he played football and was named All District Tight End and All Central Texas Tight End in 1946.
He turned down a football scholarship at the University of Texas in Austin in order to move to Dallas and work to support his parents. J.K. worked as a laborer and a carpenter’s helper during the day and attended carpenter apprentice school in the evening for several years.
He then married Delaine Robinson Boone Oct. 28, 1950, and they were married for 64 years. J.K. was a member of the First Christian Church in Mesquite.
He was the owner of Boone Construction Co. in Dallas for more than 50 years before retiring at the age of 80. He was a member of the Texas Carpenter Local 198 for 69 years and received his 65-year pin in June 2011. Most of his work was residential remodeling in Park Cities and the surrounding areas.
J.K. enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, grandsons, other relatives and friends. He was an avid Texas Longhorn football fan and passed the love for ‘burnt orange’ on to his family. In his later years, he became a loyal fan of the Texas Rangers.
J.K. was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters; one brother; and two nephews.
J.K. is survived by daughter Cynthia Boone Carter and husband, Jerry, of Waxahachie; sons Richard Boone of Dallas, and Tim Boone and wife, Lori, of Garland; grandchildren Ryan Boone and wife, Olga, of Garland, Micheal White and Zackery Boone of Titusville, Fla., Dathan Boone of Dallas, Chris Carter and wife, Carrie, of Waxahachie, Laura Carter Barnard and husband, Erik, of Waxahachie, Courtney Boone Thompson and husband, Ben, of Rockwall and Dustin Boone of Garland.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Boone, Kyrstin Boone and Geraldine Boone, all of Garland; Shelby White of Titusville, Fla.; Troy Gustin, Josey Gustin, Lucas Gustin, Landry Carter, Major Boone Carter and McCoy Brookes Carter, all of Waxahachie; Nolan Barnard and Knox Barnard of Waxahachie; and Tenley Thompson of Rockwall; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Make A Wish North Texas, 6655 Deseo, Irving, TX 75039, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219 or the charity of your choice.

Boyd, Carly Elizabeth | 1986-2015
Published Saturday, October 24, 2015

Carly Elizabeth Boyd, 29, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Haltom City.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cates Street Church of Christ with Scott Strothers officiating.
Carly was born June 27, 1986, in Dallas to Darrell and Angie (Prince) Boyd. She graduated from Bridgeport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Texas. Carly and her little dog, Max, were devoted fans of the New England Patriots. She was a volunteer and mentor for the Big Sisters program. She was a loan officer.
Carly is survived by her parents, Angie and Darrell Boyd of Bridgeport; brother Joshua Boyd of Denton; sister Emily Boyd of Fort Worth; grandparents Sandra Kay and AZ Smith of Bridgeport; grandfather Kenneth Prince of Franklin, Tenn.; grandparents Sonny and Barbara Wilson of Farmers Branch; aunts Sandra Prince and Kristen Pierce; cousin Sara Brown; and other family members and friends.

Boyles, Kelley Gene | 1956-2015
Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kelley Gene Boyles, 58, a painter, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Decatur.
No service is scheduled at this time.
Kelley was born March 19, 1956, in Denton to James and Martha (Kelley) Boyles.
He is survived by his son, Kelley Lynn Boyles of Boyd; his mother, Martha Boyles of Blue Mound; brother James Alton Boyles III of Blue Mound; sister Linda Watson of Blue Mound; granddaughter Kaite L. Boyles of Bowie; the mother of his son, Deborah Boyles; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bradford, Jon Robert | 1948-2015
Published Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jon Robert Bradford, 67, of Newark died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, after a battle with cancer.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Jon was a school teacher for more than 30 years at Richland High School in the Birdville Independent School District. He traveled extensively through Europe and Hawaii and went on a safari in Africa.
Jon was a longtime member and deacon at Broadway Baptist Church before moving his membership to First Presbyterian where he served as an elder. He spent his life living for the Lord, helping friends, serving family and will be greatly missed.
Jon never met a stranger, always had a joke and won you over with his smile. Goodness and mercy has followed him all the days of his life.
Jon was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bradford.
He is survived by his mother, Wilma Bradford; sisters Dianne Darter and husband, Marvin, and Terri Fisher and husband, Eddie; three nephews; a niece; three great-nephews; two great-nieces; and many family members and friends.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, James L. West or First Presbyterian Church.

Brammer, Alvin Kenneth | 1921-2015
Published Saturday, February 7, 2015

Alvin Kenneth Brammer, 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Feb. 6 at Aurora Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating. Arrangements were handled by Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home of Decatur.
Kenneth was born July 16, 1921, to Walter and Alice (Nesmith) Brammer in Rhome, where he spent most of his life on the home place. He retired from Lockheed (formerly General Dynamics) after 35 years of service. Kenneth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rhome.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Melba Thomas Brammer; sister Ruth Harlen Frye; and dear friend, Betty Specht.
Survivors include his brother, Billy Ray Brammer of Benbrook; sister Gloria Ann Dustman of Santa Fe; and his loving nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Ronnie Moore, Kenneth’s dear friend and neighbor, for caring for him in his final years.

Breedon, Betty Beall Evans | 1926-2015
Published Saturday, July 4, 2015

Betty Beall Evans Breedon, 89, descendent of the Wise County pioneer Renshaw family, died Sunday June 28, 2015, at Westminster Suncoast in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg with a reception to follow in the church parlor.
The granddaughter of Hattie Renshaw, Betty was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Dallas to Dr. John Renshaw Beall and Gabriella Baldwin Beall. She graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas, then went on to the University of Texas in Austin where she earned degrees in English and religion.
Betty was active in many campus organizations, and she held offices in the freshman honorary sorority Alpha Lambda Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and Orange Jackets and Mortar Board. She was named Outstanding Student and Goodfellow in 1946, her senior year.
After marrying Gulf Oil Executive David T. Evans in 1947, they lived in Houston until he answered his call into the ministry in 1953. The young couple and their daughter spent three years at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, followed by an opening assignment in Texas at the Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.
They then moved on to Bridgeport and Cleburne where Betty taught English and Bible history at Cleburne High School in the late ’60s. She was active in the PTA and was a Cub Scout leader. In 1972, the Rev. Evans was named associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.
For the next 10 years, Betty taught English and Bible history at St. Petersburg High School. After retiring from SPHS in 1982, she became a volunteer at Northshore Elementary School, tutoring in Mary McLean’s third grade class for more than 20 years.
In 1987, she met and married the love of her life, Sam Breedon, who died of cancer three years later. Following his death, Betty plunged even deeper into volunteerism. She served as Guild Council president and St. Petersburg Day Branch president for All Children’s Hospital Guild, chairing three different fundraisers. In 2011, after 30 years of active membership, she received the ACH Guild’s “Maggie Heart Award,” a tribute to her dedication, passion and longtime service.
In 2010, Betty was named Pinellas County School’s Outstanding School Volunteer in recognition for her work with the children and staff of Northshore Elementary. For years, she could be counted on locally to deliver Meals on Wheels. Active in the Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts where she served as president, Betty was also named to the Promenade Best Groomed Walk of Fame by the Woman’s Service League.
In 1989, she was deeply honored to be named a princess in the court of the Queen of Hearts, and her ultimate honor came in 1998 when she was presented the key to the city of St. Petersburg for her volunteerism and dedication to the community.
Betty loved music and was herself an accomplished pianist. From her initial move to St. Petersburg, she was a season ticket holder for the Florida Orchestra. A member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, she enjoyed playing bridge every Friday.
In 2009, she moved to Westminster Palms Communities from her favorite home, the Bayfront Tower on St, Petersburg’s waterfront. Still, Betty never forgot her roots and took pride in her Texas heritage, often traveling to Dallas and other parts of the state to visit family and friends. She especially loved Decatur, spending quality time on the family’s ranch property.
First and always Betty was devoted to her church, beginning with the Cradle Roll at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas and later serving other churches as Sunday school superintendent, president and life member of the Women of the Church, Bible teacher and ruling elder. With continuing zeal, she embraced 40-year membership in First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg.
Betty’s many other memberships included the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, The Florida Orchestra Guild, the Cross of Lorraine, St. Petersburg Pan Hellenic, Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
She is survived by daughters Elizabeth Anne Evans Hammer of St. Petersburg and Julia Gabriella Evans of Bull Shoals, Ark.; son David T. Evans III (Marie) of Decatur; grandchildren Elliott Collins (Cathy) of McKinney, Grant Collins of St. Petersburg, Treasa Evans of Decatur, Christine Evans of Arlington, and Gabrielle Evans of Mountain Home, Ark.; great-grandchildren Paisley and Timothy Evans of Decatur, and step-great-grandchildren Eryn and Brennan Tanksley of McKinney.
Memorials may be made to All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, First Presbyterian Church or The Kind Mouse Productions Inc., an organization that feeds more than 200 children every weekend.

Bridwell, Harlan | 1917-2015
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Harlan Bridwell, 97, of Bridgeport died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating, assisted by Pastor Kevin Casey and the Rev. Johnny Irish. A private burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Jay Bridwell, Reid Bridwell, Joshua Bridwell, Mason Bridwell, Austin Cook and Scott Moore.
Honorary pallbearers are close friend and neighbor Jerry Stinnett and nephews Lance Bridwell and Danny Lewis.
Harlan was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Dumas, Ark., to Louis Harlan and Elizabeth Fincher Bridwell. He was one of five children born to the couple.
When Harlan was 2 years old, the family left Arkansas and moved temporarily to Forestburg, where they remained until Harlan completed the fourth grade. The family then moved to Leesville, La., for about a year before returning to Arkansas.
Around age 14, Harlan and a friend ran away from home and walked from Arkansas to Texas, returning to Forestburg where they stayed briefly with friends before returning to Arkansas.
A few years later the entire family permanently relocated to Forestburg, and it was there that Harlan began what would become his lifelong career as a newspaper publisher.
That career was interrupted for a time when Harlan elected to join the Army, temporarily leaving responsibility for publication of The Forestburger to his sister, Dorothy, and his father, Louis Harlan Bridwell.
Harlan volunteered for the United States Army on Oct. 22, 1940, prior to the start of World War II and served his first three years as a Military Policeman. A year-and-a-half of that time was spent in Iceland, followed by two years of assignments in various European countries. Harlan was a veteran of the infamous Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from the Army in 1945.
It was during his military service that he noticed a brief article in The Forestburger about a young lady named Rosemary Terrell.
“I didn’t remember a Rosemary Terrell,” he said, “but the next time I had a chance I hitchhiked from Fort Sam Houston to find out who Rosemary Terrell was.”
They dated briefly before he returned to his army duties, and their relationship continued to develop through their frequent correspondence.
When he greeted Rosemary at the train station in Rolla, Mo., at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 1943, it was the first time they had seen one another for two years. They got married at 4 p.m. that day.
“The JP said we would have to have two witnesses to get married,” Harlan said, “so I went downstairs and stopped two MPs. Both were wearing six-shooters. They were still wearing them when they served as witnesses during the ceremony.”
Rosemary preceded him in death in November 2006, after more than 63 years of marriage.
Bridwell devoted much of his life to his chosen profession as publisher of weekly newspapers. The flagship property of Bridwell Publishing Co. was The Bridgeport Index, but Bridwell expanded his chain of publications to several other cities. Some were purchased from others, while several were started by Bridwell.
Through the years, he owned such publications as The Forestburger (his first newspaper), The Tioga Herald, The Bellevue News, The Iowa Park Rocket, The Frisco Enterprise, The Chico Texan, The Wise County Shopper, The Celina Record and the Ryan (OK) Leader.
He was one of the early pioneers of offset printing, which eventually replaced the traditional letterpress method. Harlan purchased a Harris offset press in the 1960s and began printing the Index and other publications via the unconventional process. He was frequently recognized for his help in ushering the offset revolution into widespread existence.
Harlan served for several years as chairman of the Travel and Tourism Committee of the West Texas Chamber of Commerce; was a past president of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce; was a past president of Wise County Toastmasters; was a past president of the North and East Texas Press Association; and was recipient of the coveted Sam Holloway Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the publishing industry. In the 1950s, he served a couple of terms as mayor of Bellevue.
Harlan was honored by the Masonic Lodge in 2007 for 60 years of service to the organization.
He was a talented writer, perhaps best known for his weekly “Shootin’ Blind” column, a regular mixture of Harlan’s opinions on various issues and glimpses into the personalities of local citizens, seasoned with a healthy dose of Harlan’s homespun humor. The colorful column ran regularly for several decades and sometimes dealt with more serious matters such as bond issues and politics in general.
He was a well-known collector of rare antique clocks and watches.
Harlan was self-motivated and self-educated. His formal education ended following his completion of the eighth grade in Arkansas.
In his earlier years, Harlan applied his musical talents, inherited from his father’s family, as a guitarist performing routinely at area dances and on a weekly radio program in Gainesville, where he accompanied The Harmony Girls, a female trio that included his sister, Dorothy.
Another talent inherited from his father was Harlan’s creativity as a poet. Occasionally, one of his poems appeared in The Index, but most remained more private. As his children recalled, Christmas gifts were often accompanied not with a “to/from” tag, but with a brief poem that uniquely captured the spirit of the gift.
Harlan remained an enthusiastic reader throughout his life, staying abreast of current political and world events and maintaining his ever-present vision for the future. He had strong opinions and was a passionate fan of the free enterprise system.
Harlan was instrumental in coordinating with longtime friend and noted philanthropist John Jackson for the relocation of the Bridgeport Public Library into its current functional and attractive facility on U.S. 380.
He was an avid vegetable gardener and always maintained a herd of cattle, which was pastured on various Wise County farms that he acquired through the years. He was a strong proponent of organic foods, naturopathic-style medical treatments and healthy living.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Elizabeth (Fincher) Bridwell; his wife, Rosemary Bridwell; son Stan Bridwell; grandson Randall Bridwell; brother Dario “Rio” Bridwell of Longview; sisters Kathleen Smith of Fresno, Calif., Dorothy Shifflet of Fort Worth and Snooks Bridwell, a sister who died as an infant in Wichita Falls.
Harlan is survived by his sons, Keith Bridwell and wife, Karen, and Doug Bridwell and wife, Lynda; daughter Melanie Fair and husband, Larry, all of Bridgeport; grandchildren Jay Bridwell and wife, Tricia, of Bridgeport, Reid Bridwell and wife, Jill, of Decatur, Whitney Bridwell of Bridgeport, Morgan Cook and husband, Austin, of Dallas, and Mason Bridwell and wife, Jaclyn, of Northlake; great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
He is also survived by longtime friend, caretaker and companion, Joann Pritchard; by Larry’s daughters, Laura Moore and husband, Scott, of Wylie, and Stacy Bost of Lubbock; and by Jill’s children, Ivie and Isaac.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Briggs, Shirley J. | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shirley J. Briggs, 80, of Decatur, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
No services are planned at this time.
Shirley was born June 1, 1934, in Calais, Maine to Virginia (McKay) and Willard Babb. She was an accountant who enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a very gracious and social person.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her son Scott Briggs and wife Lori of Fort Worth, and grandchildren Christian and Zachary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2630 W. Freeway, Fort Worth 76102, 817-336-4949.

Brogan, Carolyn Ann | 1943-2015
Published Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carolyn Ann Brogan, 72, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Oct. 20 at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with Pastor Rocky Johnson officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Loydd Williams, Bob Hamman, Curt Moore, Gary Emmert, J.C. Williams, Keven Huntsinger, J.W. Adams and Dustin Self.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Smith, Fred Casteel and Rick Smith.
Carolyn was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Jacksboro to Myrtle Christine (Rogers) and John Otis Armstrong. She was the retired owner and operator of Brogan Dozer Service, a homemaker and the wonderful mother of five children.
She married James Alpfonchus Brogan March 17, 1961, and they were married for 22 years when he died. Carolyn enjoyed cooking and traveling north of the Red River with friends Bill Smith and Claudia Lawson. She faithfully attended services at Grace Fellowship Church.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and grandparents Lawson and Ada Rogers and Matt and Martha Armstrong.
She is survived by sons John Brogan and wife, Stacy, and James Brogan Jr. and wife, Richelle; daughters Bridget Williams and husband, Loydd, Sarah Hamman and husband, Bob, and Sheila Moore and husband, Curt; sisters Paula Sharp and husband, Bobby, and Johnna Sue Adams; and grandchildren J.C. Williams, Keely and Kaily Hamman, Hope Dennie, Brody and Brenley Brogan, and Gage, Stormy and Tripp Brogan.

Brooks, Annie Mae Newton | 1924-2015
Published Saturday, October 17, 2015

Annie Mae Newton Brooks, 91, of Chico, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Lone Star Cemetery. Annie Mae’s grandson, William Brooks, will officiate.
Pallbearers are her grandsons, Adam Vermillion, Joshua Brooks, David Head, Justin Brooks, Andrew Brooks and Craig Stastny. Honorary pallbearer is Lesley Head.
Annie Mae was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Chico to William and Sally (Dickenson) Newton. She married Marshall Edward Brooks Nov. 24, 1942, in Decatur. Annie Mae was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Chico and a member of the Chico Quilting Club. She was a seamstress and homemaker.
Annie Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Marshall Edward Brooks; daughter Carolyn Ann Brooks Head; grandson Stuart Ray Brooks; sisters Neoma Collins and Marietta Harless; and brothers J.T. Newton and Carmie Newton.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Vermillion of Frisco; sons Jerry Brooks and wife, Barbara, of Decatur, Dennis Brooks and wife, Kay, of Alvord, Phillip Brooks and wife, Dana, of Decatur and Tommy Brooks and wife, Marietta, of Dallas; son-in-law Jerry Head of Harrison, Ark.; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; brother Melton Newton and wife, Judy, of Allen; sisters Lou Ellen Lum of McCalister, Okla., and Flora Jean Frazier and husband, Jimmy, of Alba; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Brooks, Cecil L. | 1926-2015
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cecil L. Brooks, 88, of Chico died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with Pastor Rick Davis officiating. No visitation is planned.
Cecil was born July 21, 1926, in Chico to Charles Alton and Zona (Dickenson) Brooks. He married Echo (Green) Brown March 31, 1965, in Chico. She preceded him in death Dec. 29, 1998. He married Della Hill Dec. 20, 1999; she also preceded him in death Nov. 18, 2014.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence Brooks; and sister Lois Watson.
Cecil ran the Brooks Family Dairy for many years before beginning his career at LaFarge Rock Crusher. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time in his garden.
He is survived by his sister, Laverne Wiley Green of Decatur; brother-in-law Roy Watson of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brooks, Judy | 1952-2015
Published Saturday, April 4, 2015

Judy Brooks, 63, of Fort Worth, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in a Fort Worth hospital. Graveside service was March 22 at Loraine Cemetery with the Rev. Carter Edmundson officiating. Arrangements were handled by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Judy was born March 15, 1952, in Loraine to Robert and Frances Miles Brooks. She worked as an administrative clerk for a petroleum company.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Anita.
She is survived by son Joseph Graniczny of Randle, Wash.; daughter Katrina Seals of Golden; brother Robert Brooks Jr.; sisters Irene McDonald of Alvord and Anne Lee of Wheeler; and several nieces and nephews.

Brooks, Ronald Clarence | 1946-2015
Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Dallas.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is one hour before the service.
Ronald was born Jan. 7, 1946, in Bridgeport to Clarence and Doris (Mara) Brooks. He graduated from Chico High School and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Ronald was also a member of IATSE Local 127.
He was an opera theatre technician for the Dallas Opera and enjoyed spending time with his extended family and playing poker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a special friend.
He is survived by his brother, Kevin Brooks and wife, Kellie, of Killeen; sister-in-law Darla Brooks of Denton; niece Jessica Finck and husband, Brant, of Denton; his dog, Pearl; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Brown, Annie Virginia | 1923-2015
Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Annie Virginia Brown, 91, of Burleson, formerly of Boyd, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was March 10 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Barry Swindall officiating. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.
Annie was born July 10, 1923, in Boyd to Thomas and Annie (Porter) Brown. She retired from Bank of America in Boyd after 10 years of service.
Annie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Oswell, Porter and Morton Brown; and sister Nettie Morton.
She is survived by sister Clara Tingle of Fort Worth; brother Forrest Brown and wife, Ann, of Fort Worth; nephew James Brown and wife, Nell, of Commerce; nieces Ann Robinson and husband, Richard, of Southlake, Anita St. Clair of Dallas, Kathy Swindall and husband, Barry, of Burleson, Nancy Baker and husband, Buddy, of Mansfield; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews, other relatives and friends.

Brown, Gary | 1951-2015
Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Gary Brown, 64, of Paradise died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Paradise.
Graveside service was Aug. 25 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Josh Gentry speaking.
Gary was born Feb. 5, 1951, in Bridgeport to Bonnie and Marie (Preskitt) Brown. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a loader operator at Vulcan Materials.
Gary is survived by sisters Barbara McDaniel of Bridgeport, Cherry Steagall of Paradise, Carolyn Akins of Denton and Rayanne Gentry and husband, Brad, of Cottondale; brothers Tommy Brown of Bridgeport and Rusty Brown and wife, Elaine, of Bridgeport; 18 nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgeport Veterans Museum.

Brown, Helen Sue | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Helen Sue Brown, 81, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Faith Baptist Church in Bowie. Burial will follow at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the White Family Funeral Home.
Helen was born July 25, 1934, in Fleetwood, Okla., to Virgil and Gadie (Tanner) McDonald. She attended high school in Terral, Okla.
Helen married George Brown in August of 1951 in Bowie. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making ceramics, embroidery and baking. Helen was a devoted mother and grandmother and was loved by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Gadie McDonald; husband George Macon Brown; and son Norman Jack Brown.
Helen is survived by her children, Bill Brown and wife, Zetta, of Wichita Falls, Gail Bishop and husband, Don, of Bowie, David Brown and wife, Vicki, of Springtown and Darrell Brown and wife, Sylvia, of Chico; sister Shirley Skelton of Amarillo; and brother Jack McDonald of Bowie.
She is also survived by grandchildren Stephanie Bien and husband, Jason, of Cross Plains, Okla., Christopher Johnson and wife, Shawna, of Jones, Okla., Miranda Brown of Bowie, Christen Selsor and husband, Nick, of Tulsa, Okla., Candace Bridges of Springtown, Megan Hall and husband, Chase, of Springtown, Katherine Ramos and husband Roger, of Wichita Falls, Tim Bishop and wife, Arlene, of Bowie, Kevin Bishop of Fort Worth, Keith Bishop and wife, Dana, of Iowa Park, Matthew Morton and wife, Kristi, of Ellis, Kan.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.

Brown, Mary Beth | 1929-2015
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mary Beth Brown, 85, of Decatur died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at home.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
Mary Beth was born July 10, 1929, in Decatur to Albert and Zella Pauline (Lawson) Rhine. She was a graduate of Decatur High School. On April 20, 1946, she and Alf Brown married in Denton.
For 20 years, she was a clerk for Olney Savings in Decatur. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur and affiliated with the Lost Battalion Association.
Mary Beth was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by sons Richard Brown, Robert Brown and Jimmy Brown; grandchildren Bratton Ray Williams and Amanda Kai Lasater and husband, Chase; and great-grandchildren Dalton Gentry Lasater and Cash Lasater.

Brown, Mildred Faye | 1925-2015
Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mildred Faye Brown, 89, of Paradise died Friday, June 5, 2015.
Funeral was June 8 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Barry Hogan officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Edward Lee Black, Dennis Black, Kurt Black, Carl Black, Roy Glenn Jones, Brett Shannon and Ray Meadows. Honorary pallbearers were Justin Williams and Nick Martinez. Mildred was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Paradise to Abbie (Chamber) and Henry Franklin Meadows. She married Albert Brown Aug. 19, 1958, and she was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Paradise. Mildred enjoyed raising chickens and cattle. She loved children and watching game shows.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters; and six brothers.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Corley of Fort Worth; special niece, Stacy Williams and husband, Jimmy, of Paradise; special nephew, Justin Williams and his daughter, Lynnox; numerous other nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Buchanan, Orville Ervin 'Buck' | 1928-2015
Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Orville Ervin “Buck” Buchanan, 86, of Saginaw died Friday, May 29, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was June 1 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with Pastor Darren Embree officiating.
Buck was born June 25, 1928, in DeKalb, to William Ervin and Lula Zula (Dennington) Buchanan. He spent 54 years in new car sales in the Fort Worth area. Buck loved music and playing an extra in the movies, which he did on occasion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
Buck is survived by the love of his life, Doris Scanlon; mother of his daughters, Virginia Buchanan; daughters Gayla Buchanan, Myla Plenert and husband, Dwight, and Rene Kelley and husband, David; brother Marvin Buchanan and wife, Betty; sister Velma Lewis; grandchildren Jori Dearing, Jody Totten, Kelsee, and Dalton Plenert; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Buena May Westbrook, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Dallas.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg with the Rev. Bernie Cole officiating.
Buena was born May 20, 1926, in Forestburg to John and Claude (Kuykendall) Barclay. She married James Westbrook June 7, 1947, in Dallas, and they remained married until his death on July 27, 1979. Buena was a retired bookkeeper.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Robert and David Westbrook; daughter Betty Dawson; and five brothers.
Buena is survived by her daughter, Janice Campbell and husband, Cody, of Stephenville; son Paul Westbrook of Slaton; daughter-in-law Janie Westbrook of Slaton; brother Theo Barclay of Dallas; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Burnham, Leslie Wayne | 1966-2015
Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd died Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Northwest Bible Church, 5025 Jacksboro Highway, in Fort Worth with burial to follow at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
Leslie was born Sept. 5, 1966. He met Tammy Renee Rimmer-Burnham in Bryan/College Station Sept. 9, 1985, and they lived in Boyd where they raised their four children. Leslie was extremely proud of his children’s accomplishments, and he loved being a Pa Pa to his grandchildren. He spent his free time working on cars, camping and fishing with his family.
Leslie was preceded in death by his father, Lester James Burnham.
Leslie is survived by his children, Sara, Kristie, Stephanie and Eric Burnham; grandchildren Bennett Hawkins and Elliana Caceres; mother Joyce Burnham of Mart; sisters Deborah Sauceda, Pamela Barden and Theresa McPherson; and brothers Tony Burnham of Mart and Timothy Burnham of Springtown.

Butler, Kathy | 1957-2015
Published Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home.
Graveside service was 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Scott Strother officiating.
Pallbearers are Jacob Young, Jeremy Young, Billy Young, Michael Young, Jeremy Davis and Joe Davis.
Kathy was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Bridgeport to Cecil and Letha (Morton) Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Jean Jenkins and Pat Young-Smith; son Jason Butler; and daughter Kerry Butler.
She is survived by sons Kenny Butler and wife, Kristi, and Timothy Butler; brothers Claborn Young, Delbert Young and Jimmy Young; sisters Ann Walker, Teresa Goley and Ruth Starnes; grandchildren Haley

Cage, Edith Ann | 1937-2015
Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
Edith Ann Cage, 77, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Bowie.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Alvord. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
Edith was born June 6, 1937, in Spearman, to Hershel and Mary (Dougherty) Ooley. She graduated from Spearman High School and was well known for playing basketball. Edith married Joe Cage Oct. 13, 1956, in Clayton, N.M. She was a secretary at Union Church in Spearman and also ran the cafeteria at Spearman High School for several years.
She and Joe lived in Spearman for 42 years before making their home in Bowie in 1996. Edith was multi-talented with her hands. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting and drawing artwork. She also enjoyed her First Baptist Church quilting Sunday school class and was a Sunday school superintendent there for several years.
Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Hershel and Mary Ooley.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Cage of Bowie; daughters Deborah Grimes and husband, Geary, of Hurst, and Margie Urban and husband, Paul, of Arlington; grandchildren Salina Johnson of Frisco, April Shipley of Bowie, Meredith Lee of Frisco, Rachel Faulkner of Arlington and Lindsay Cleveland of Colorado; and nine great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by brothers Jimmy Ooley of Spearman, Pat Ooley of California and Richard Ooley of Spearman; sisters Hershey Turner of Gruver and Marilee Bulls of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alvord at P.O. Box 25, Alvord, TX 76225.

Campbell, Dean Albert 'Dino' | 1925-2015
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Dean “Dino” Albert Campbell, 90, of Arlington died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at King of Glory Lutheran Church on Sandy Lane in Forth Worth. His ashes will be interred at the Dallas National Cemetery.
Dino was born in Bay City, Mich. to Walter Campbell and Dorothea (Mann) Campbell. He grew up in Bay City with his seven siblings.
Dino served in the Pacific Theater in World War II with the First Division Marine Corps. After the war, he married Ramona “Mona” Ervin (n e Dial). They built a home in Arlington in 1960 and raised their two children there.
Dino retired from the U.S. Postal Service and enjoyed many years competing in horseshoe pitching tournaments across the country. On Dec. 21, 1982, Dino became involved with AA and was able to help change many lives and extend his family.
Dino was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona “Mona” Campbell; brothers Clayton “Clayte” Campbell, Milo Campbell, Colen “Coke” Campbell and Miles Campbell; and sisters Annette Jones and Lucille Churchill.
He is survived by his eldest sister, Sue “Memes” McCorkle of Portland, Ore.; son William Ray Campbell of Rhome; daughter Linda Kay Perkins of Boyd; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Big Guy.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family suggests sharing a smile with a stranger or providing a helping hand to someone in need.

Campbell, George Junior | 1928-2015
Published Saturday, August 15, 2015
George Junior Campbell, 87, of Sunset, died Monday, July 13, 2015, in Sunset.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Sunset Cemetery with his son, Dr. Dan Campbell of Harrah, Okla., officiating.
George was born June 20, 1928, in Elkins, W. Va., to George and Georgia Campbell. He served in the U.S. Army and civilian service for 43 years. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. George received two Bronze Stars and other citations.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sunset.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; son Jimmy; brothers Paul, Bruce and Sherman; and sisters Flora and Betty.
He is survived by sons Dan of Harrah, David of Stanley, N.M., Doug of Moscow, Idaho, Steve of Sunset and Pat of Alvord; grandchildren Adam, Janet, Krystal, Thomas, Stacy, Jill and Peter, all of Washington, Matthew, Valerie and Mikey, all of Oklahoma, and Michael, Jared, Samantha, Savanah and Alan, all of Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.

Canova, Kenneth Earl | 1943-2015
Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating. Family will receive friends at the cemetery.
Kenneth was born Dec. 18, 1943, in Camp Blanding, Fla., to Angelo and Clara (Brown) Canova. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and fought in the Vietnam War. Kenneth was an equipment operator at Martin Marietta. He was a member of the Banshee Motorcyle Club.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Nathan Marsh; brother Duane Canova; niece Angie Canova Kramer; and nephew Brandon Walker.
He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Canova Jr. of California, Mark Canova of California and Shannon Canova of Sunset; daughter Heather Canova of Bridgeport; grandchildren Noah, Nicholas, Ashley, Devon, Kenny, Matthew, Earic, Keileigh, Destiny and Cameron; brother Eugene Canova and wife, Jan, of Bridgeport; sisters Jo Ann Walker and husband, Monte, of Wichita Falls and Brenda Kennedy and husband, Gaylord, of Bridgeport; and other family members and friends.

Cantrell, Eddie | 1958-2015
Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Eddie Cantrell, 56, of Guthrie, Okla., died Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Heritage Baptist Church in Haslet.
Eddie was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Fort Worth. He graduated Richland High School in 1977 and most of his adult life he was a truck driver for Tucker Housewares. He married Katherine Deena Folcik Oct. 13, 1995.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Nettie Dickinson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years and his sisters, Kathryn Blake and husband, Richard, of Alvord, Helen Cantrell, Shirley Griffith and husband, Richard, and Bobbie Kilpatrick.

Cantwell, Beverly 'Jayne' | 1955-2015
Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Beverly “Jayne” Cantwell, 60, of Plano died Friday, July 17, 2015.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with Lisa Wraith officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.
Jayne was born March 5, 1955, in Fort Worth to Bill and Irma Frances Kaker Sellers. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1973 and later from the University of North Texas with her master’s degree.
She married Allen Wayne Cantwell in December 1984 in McKinney. She was raised in the Methodist Church but had a special place in her heart for Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco. She was director of elementary curriculum at Plano ISD where she had worked for 39 years.
Jayne was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Scooter Sellers.
Jayne is survived by her husband of 30 years, Allen Wayne Cantwell of Plano; her twin sister, Jeyne Neblett and husband, Mike, and their children, Kendel Baird and Kyle Neblett; a brother, Craig Sellers and wife, Zannett, of Bridgeport; and a sister-in-law, Betty Cantwell, and her children, Susan Seaman, William Cantwell and Carol Braziel.
Memorials may be made to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Dr., Carrollton, TX 75006. Phone number 972-418-7297.

Carson, Charles L. | 1930-2015
Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Charles L. Carson, 84, of Denton died Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 W. University Dr., in Denton with burial at Plainview Cemetery.
Charles was born Sept. 8, 1930, in Boonsville, to E.W. “Kit” and Othello Jones Carson. He grew up in Greenwood and attended Slidell High School and the University of North Texas.
He married Moleana Mason Carson April 4, 1950, and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. “Charlie” retired with more than 50 years of service with the Texas Department of Transportation Engineering Department at age 80.
He raised Longhorns and operated the Carson Cattle Co. Charles is a 50-year member and Past Worshipful Master of Decatur Masonic Lodge 447, Shriner (Moslah Temple), and Decatur OES No. 543 Past Worth Patron.
He loved traveling throughout the U.S. with family to historic and presidential sites and nature areas. He loved telling and listening to stories, and he collected a variety of items from coins to presidential campaign buttons of losing candidates.
Charles organized creative activities, including the annual Carson Cookout in Greenwood and “Run for the Wildflowers,” horse race during a Keep Texas Beautiful Conference. He loved flowers, especially wildflowers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Dr. Randy Sluder; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lois Mason and Kenneth Slayton; sister-in-law Jean Mason; cousin Billie Jean Duckworth; nephew Michael Mason; and his beloved pet cat, “Front.”
Charles is survived by his wife, Moleana; daughters Dr. Linda Schertz of Gainesville and Cecile Carson of Denton; son Tom Carson of Gainesville; daughter-in-law Shelley Carson of Gainesville; son-in-law Terry Schertz of Gainesville; grandchildren Rhys Carson and wife, Claudia, of Dallas, Cole Carson, Kenzie Pringle, Kendra Pringle, Eric Schertz and Nicole Schertz.
He is also survived by brothers-in-law Robert “Bob” Mason and Charles Mason, both of Denton, and Dean Mason of Ponder; nieces and nephews Delia Mason Weis and husband, Richard, Shari Mason and Greg Mason; and cousins J.E. Carson and wife, Betty, of Decatur, Cecil Carson Jr. and wife, Earlene, of Irving, Carol Ann Carson of Decatur, John Carson, Carolyn Sue Duckworth Fix of Leonard and Jimmie Duckworth of Grand Prairie.
Extended surviving family members include DeeDee Covington, Diana Ochoa, Ann Powell and Stormi Godbey (“Charle’s Angels”).
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Keep Texas Beautiful and Sacred Heart Catholic School of Muenster.

Carter, Ralph Bryan | 1933-2015
Published Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ralph Bryan Carter, 82, of Chico, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Chico.
Funeral was Dec. 3 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were military honor guard members Capt. Leslie Hardin, Priscilla Hardin, Chief Danny Price and Assistant Chief Gabriel Timmons.
Ralph was born July 25, 1933, in Corryton, Tenn., to Fred and Katie (Karnes) Carter. He married Ann Prause Dec. 29, 1953, in Hammelburg, Germany. Ralph proudly served his country and retired from the United States Army. He worked for Breeze Hot Oil Services until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Ann Carter; son Michael Carter; daughter Linda Blanks; and brothers Dale Carter and Fred Carter.
He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Denney and husband, Jeff, of Midland and Joyce O’Dell and husband, Wayland, of Balsora; grandchildren Kelcey, Jeremy, Jerod, Haley and Leland; great-grandchild Jakob Alton Warner; brothers Lynn Carter and wife, Mattie, of Knoxville and Everett Carter of Montrose, Mich.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Cates, Kennedy Gayle | 2015
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Kennedy Gayle Cates, infant daughter of Eric Cates and Angela Nelms of Boyd, was born and died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Decatur.
Kennedy is survived by her parents; grandparents Calvin Nelms and wife, Katherine, of Alvarado, and Sharvella Warner and David Tolliver of Boyd; brother Austin Cates of Boyd; aunts Courtney Youngblood and husband, Michael, of Boyd, Carly Herrera and husband, John, of Mansfield, Linda Swinney and husband, Johnny, of Mansfield and Christie Allison and Kyle Parks of Mansfield.
She is also survived by great-grandparents Glenda Walker and husband, Gale, of Breckenridge and Katherine Burns and husband, George, of Milan, Tenn.; and other family members.

Cates, Kennedy Gayle | 2015
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Kennedy Gayle Cates, infant daughter of Eric Cates and Angela Nelms of Boyd, was born and died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service and balloon release is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the family farm, 304 Jennings Ave., in Boyd. A cookout will follow.
Flowers can be delivered to Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
Kennedy is survived by her parents; grandparents Calvin Nelms and wife, Katherine, of Alvarado, and Sharvella Warner and David Tolliver of Boyd; brother Austin Cates of Boyd; aunts Courtney Youngblood and husband, Michael, of Boyd, Carly Herrera and husband, John, of Mansfield, Linda Swinney and husband, Johnny, of Mansfield and Christie Allison and Kyle Parks of Mansfield.
She is also survived by great-grandparents Glenda Walker and husband, Gale, of Breckenridge and Katherine Burns and husband, George, of Milan, Tenn.; and other family members.

Cathey, Lois | 1924-2015
Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lois Cathey, 90, of Pauls Valley, Okla., died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at OU Medical Center.
Funeral was March 16 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell, Okla. Burial followed at Sanger Cemetery in Sanger.
Lois Temple was born July 20, 1924, in Lone Grove, Okla., the oldest of five children born to John C. Temple and Cricket (West) Temple. She was raised primarily in the area of Ardmore, Okla.
Like many in those days, Lois quit school at an early age and began working and caring for her younger siblings to help her family. At the age of 18, she married Fred Ponder, and they had three sons.
Fred preceded her in death when the boys were still young. At this time, Lois and the boys lived on a small farm near Graham, Okla. She worked hard farming and raising cattle to support her young family. Several years later she married David Rollin Cathey. They made their home in Guymon, Okla., for many years and later in Greenwood. David preceded her in death in 1974, and Lois settled near Pauls Valley to be closer to her sons.
Lois loved her life and enjoyed her time on the farm. She enjoyed quilting and tending to her garden. Her greatest joy was feeding her cows, and her time spent on the farm brought her great happiness.
She was preceded in death by husbands Fred Ponder and David Cathey; parents John and Cricket Temple; sister Betty Traylor; and brothers Bob and Gene Temple.
She is survived by her sons, Lee Ponder of Oklahoma City, Ray Ponder of Ardmore and John Clarence Ponder of Elk City; brother Max Temple; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members and friends.
Write online condolences at wilsonlittle.com.

Chaddick, Geno | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015
Geno Chaddick, 80, of Newark died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Newark.
Funeral was May 8 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Chaplain Jerri Lynn Murphy officiating. Burial is private.
Chaddick was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Arlington to Garland and Minnie Mae Chaddick. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired as a construction worker for the USAF.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; three sisters; and special friend, Flo Murphy.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Arrington of Hillsboro; his special friend, Bonnie Bailey of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.

Chambers, Everleigh Bay | 2015
Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Everleigh Bay Chambers, daughter of Sumer Leigh Chambers of Boyd, was stillborn Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Azleland Cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Sobities officiating. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.
Everleigh was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Lonnie Lee Crooks; great-grandmother Jeanette Chambers; great-uncle Harvey Howard; and great-aunt Laura Howard.
She is survived by her mother; grandparents Randy and Carolyn Crooks; great-grandmothers Carol Krist and Peggy Crooks; aunts Mandy Crooks and Melissa Crooks Murphree; and nephew Ty Garrison Murphree.

Childress, James R. 'Bob/B.C.' | 1946-2015
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015

James “Bob/B.C.” R. Childress, 68, of Boyd died Sunday, June 21, 2015, in North Richland Hills.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Rev. Mark Autry officiating.
Bob was born June 24, 1946, in Stamford to William and Madge (Fitzgerald). He married Sue Smith Jan. 13, 1967. Bob was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company after 35 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Peggy Landreth.
Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue Childress of Boyd; son Bill Childress and wife, Cindy, of Boyd; daughter Peggy Mattingly and husband, Paul, of Michigan; grandchildren Skye, Harley, Ryan, J.D., Kayla and Randi; brother John Childress and wife, Ellen, of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Chivers, Tommy Joe| 1937-2015
Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
Tommy Joe Chivers, 78, originally of Wise County, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Carrollton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro with burial at Willow Point Cemetery in Wise County.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Monette; daughter Paula Olsen; two grandchildren; mother Jackie Johnson; and brother Jim Stegall.

Clark, Karen Laverne | 1962-2015
Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
Karen Laverne Clark, 52, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Lake Worth.
Graveside service was May 1 at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park under the direction of Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Karen was born Nov. 11, 1962, in Fort Worth. She was great at taking care of people and loved being a nurse.
She is survived by her mother, Lalene Cleary of Boyd; daughters Pam Cleary and Brianna Clark; son Chad Clark and wife, Brittany; and grandson Carson Clark.

Clower, Kenneth Wayne | 1930-2015
Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
Kenneth Wayne Clower, 85, of Marble Falls, formerly of Alvord, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Marble Falls.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Monday, May 4, at Alvord Church of Christ with burial to follow at Alvord Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Kenneth was born Feb. 1, 1930, on the family farm in the Pella community on Dry Hollow Creek near Alvord to George Shelton and Lola Lee (McDonald) Clower. He was the fifth of their six children. He grew up and attended school in Alvord.
As a teenager, he raised and sold cantaloupes and watermelons on area roadsides.
After graduating from Alvord High School, he entered the United States Army where he served for 18 months.
After serving his country, he began working in the oil and gas industry for El Paso Natural Gas Co. He worked there until his retirement, and he continued to play baseball with the company team until injuries forced him to stop. After retiring, he did consulting work overseas, designing and building gas production/processing plants. He worked in Russia and Algeria.
In 1959, Ken married Connie Jean Barker in Brady. To them was born a daughter, Dana Devon. Connie was killed in an auto accident in Sweetwater in 1963. Kenneth married Dora Ann Scott Liner in 1965 and gained three stepdaughters – Deborah Ann, Connie Beth and Patricia Lynn. They lived for several years in the Odessa area and later in Houston. Dora passed away in 2002 after a long battle with cancer.
Ken later married Rosa Morehead Gregory and gained three stepsons – Mike, Tim and Gary Gregory. They spent too few wonderful years together and did a good deal of traveling. They lived for a while in Early and later in Fredericksburg. Rosa died suddenly of heart failure in February 2011.
Ken stayed in their home in Fredericksburg for a while until his health began to fail. He moved to assisted living centers in Kingsland and later Marble Falls to be near his daughter, Dana.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; three wives; brother Curg (Tom) Clower and wife, Christine; sister Lloyd Lee Ferguson and husband, Melvin; brother George Clower; little sister Linnie Mae Cobb; daughter Connie Beth Spruill; and great-granddaughter Shayla Devon Sperry.
He is survived by his daughters, Dana Sperry of Granite Shoals, Deborah James and husband, Kirby, of Midland and Patricia Ervin and husband, Carl, of Midland; grandchildren Shannon Sperry, Christopher Sperry, Sean Sperry, Jeremy James and wife, Amanda, Jennifer James, Shawn Spruill and wife, Jenna, Tony Stevenson and wife, Penny, and April Chandler.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Dawstian, Aeithen, Camryn, Johnathan, Mike, Nathan, Logan, Brayton, Shae, Sienna, Teagan, Mikela, Mackenzie and Kadence; older brother Curtis Clower and wife, Martha, of Urbana, Ill.; sister-in-law Joyce Mote Clower of Gulfport, Miss.; brother-in-law Ray Cobb of Springtown; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and aquaintances from his working years.

Coffey, James David | 1952-2015
Published Saturday, October 10, 2015

James David Coffey, 63, of Boyd died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at home.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Alexander Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.
James was born Aug. 19, 1952, in Fort Worth to James Donavan and Carolyn Ann Runyon Coffey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Randy Whitaker.
James is survived by his wife, June; daughter Rosemary Hopkins and husband, Eric; sisters Donna Lazek, Carol Barnes and Amy Boyd; brothers William Bean, Gordon Whitaker and Herby Whitaker; grandson Chase Wiggins and wife, Priscilla; great-grandchildren Destiny and Tristian Wiggins; nieces and nephews Missy, Jessica, Heather, Fabion, Steven, Ian, Michelle, Dylan, Nicholas, John and Tara; his dog, Tootie; and many family members and friends.

Collelo, Tom | 1949-2015
Published Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tom Collelo, 65, of Rhome died Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Rhome.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Eagle Mountain International Church Chapel in Newark with Pastor Denny Pavlick officiating.
Pallbearers are Todd Collelo Jr., Alex Collelo, Jordan Major, John Pagmore, Scott Walters and Fred Borgard.
Tom was born Nov. 4, 1949, in Willimantic, Conn., to Anthony and Admira (Vallancourt) Collelo. He married Barbara Bergman June 17, 1978, in Moosup, Conn. Tom graduated from Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School and worked as a project coordinator at Sears for 20 years.
Tom was a member of the Eagle Mountain International Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a caring, loving, giving, hardworking, Christian man. Tom loved his wife and all his children unconditionally.
He was a man who gave his all and never expected anything in return. Tom touched so many hearts by his few words. His friends were also his family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; son Todd Anthony Collelo Sr.; three brothers; and one sister.
He’s survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara Collelo of Rhome; daughters Pamela Major and husband, Eric Sr., of Dayville, Conn., Tina Collelo of Florida, Carrie Collelo of Justin and Sue Richter of Dayton; son Keith Collelo and wife, Hiedi, of Florida; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Mary Ann Bratley of North Carolina; three brothers; stepfather Richard Lafevebre of Connecticut; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Collins, J.W. 'John' | 1928-2015
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015

J.W. (John) Collins, 87, of Chico died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Fred Warzwick, Fredrick Warzwick, Stewart Broadbent, Blake Broadbent, Kevin Wood and Barry Wood.
John was born April 24, 1928, in Alvord to Zack Lee and Velar Ellen (Anderson) Collins. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. A few years after he returned stateside he married Lois Ogle on April 24, 1957 – his birthday. He spent 28 years with TXI at the Bridgeport plant in mobile maintenance.
John was affiliated with the VFW, American Legion and SCV. He was also a member of the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. John loved to read. He was a lifelong Democrat.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Collins of Chico; daughters Annet Warzwick and husband, Fred, of Denton, and Teresa Broadbent and husband, Stewart, of The Colony; grandchildren Fredrick Warzwick, Blake Broadbent and Katy Broadbent; brother F.M. Collins of Decatur; and sister Viola Beggs of Wichita Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Conditt, Helen Ruth Starnes | 1933-2015
Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Helen Ruth Starnes Conditt, 81, of Haltom City, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Haltom City.
No service is planned.
Helen was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Decatur to J.B. and Maude Stanley Starnes. They preceded her in death, as did a brother, Bobby Gene Starnes.
She is survived by sons Ras, John and David Conditt; daughter Dena Wright; brother Jimmy Don Starnes; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Conner, Alice Frances | 1933-2015
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Alice Frances Conner, 81, of Decatur died Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was June 29 at Aurora Cemetery.
Alice was born Dec. 9, 1933, in Robstown to Stanley Roy and Allie Mae (Bishop) Vickery. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, and she was a member of the Boyd Church of Christ. She was also a talented painter and a member of the Art Guild.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Conner of Decatur; son Carroll Conner and wife, Geri, of Mesquite, Texas; daughter Martha Lowe and husband, Tim, of Oregon; grandchildren Aaron Lowe, Seanna Lowe, Jessica Reed and Cameron King; and great-grandchildren Paxton Reed, Mason Reed and Prestyn Erin Reed.

Cooley, John Thomas | 1943-2015
Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015

John Thomas Cooley, 72, of Mansfield died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Mansfield.
Services will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements. John was born Jan. 9, 1943, in Dallas to Pete and Juanita (Garrison) Cooley. He was an interior designer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
John is survived by his daughters, Robin Albarghuthi of Mansfield and Stephanie Cooley of Mansfield: sister Phyllis Standard of Mertzon; friend and partner, Tim Collins of Sugarland; and seven grandchildren.

Cooper, Rickey Thomas | 1958-2015
Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rickey Thomas Cooper, 56, a construction superintendent, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Jan. 26 at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial followed at Cumby Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were Clint Cooper, Kenneth McCollum, Dale Pryor, Philip Miller, Mikey Garcia and Jacob Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were Sammy Shipman, Curtis Baker and Keith Whatley.
Rickey was born March 9, 1958, in Fort Worth to Charles and Jolene (Whatley) Cooper. He was a superintendent at Vision.
Rickey fought a courageous battle against cancer for the past year, blessing his friends and family with his grace and determination, as well as humor, intelligence, support and love. He was a dedicated father, son, brother, uncle and friend who put his family before himself.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Thomas Cooper.
Survivors include his mother, Jody Cooper of Bridgeport; sons Dax and Gage Cooper and daughter Chaney Cooper, all of Fort Worth; sisters Darla McCollum of Bridgeport and Lisa Garcia and Mickey of Victoria; brother Les Cooper and Barbara of Fort Worth; longtime friend and mother of his children, Lori Cooper of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Corder, John Allison Clifford | 1940-2015
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

John Allison Clifford Corder, 74, of Rhome, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Rhome.
No services will be held.
John was born July 22, 1940, in Haigler, Neb., to John and Lucile (Phifer) Corder. He married Bertha Sumner in 1965 in Melissa. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a retired machinist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Corder; and his parents.
He is survived by daughters Becky Lamb and husband, Craig, of Decatur and Christine Corder and Leon Jones of Cashion, Okla.; grandchildren Austin Corder, Heather Patterson, Holly Lamb, Sara Jones and Cecely Jones; great-grandchildren Lillie Patterson, Camdyn Patterson and Wake Hawkins; sister Pamela Renzelman and husband, Terry, of Colorado; his niece; and many friends.

Cordova-Acuna, Daniel | 1984-2015
Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport, a maintenance technician, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Chico.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family will receive friends 2 p.m. Thursday until 2 p.m. Friday (24 hour visitation) at the funeral home.
Rev. Antonio Caseros will officiate. Pallbearers include David Cordova, Santos Cordova, Felipe Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar, Sergio Lopez and Oscar Gonzalez.
Daniel was born on Aug. 28, 1984, to Jose Santos and Guadalupe Acuna in Tijuana, Baja California. He was united in marriage to Norma Alicia Vazquez on Feb. 14, 2010 in Tijuana, Baja California. Daniel was a maintenance technician for Baru Enterprises LLC.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Norma Vazquez of Bridgeport; his daughter, Daniela Cordova of Bridgeport; his son, Diego Cordova of Bridgeport; his mother, Guadalupe Acuna of Tijuana, Baja California; his dad, Jose Santos of Tijuana, Baja California; his brother, David Cordova of Tijuana, Baja California; his sister, Diana Cordova of Tijuana, Baja California; his cousins, Mayra, Lopez and Leonardo Aguilar; close friends, Blanca Lopez, Paola Aguilar, Jorge Aguilar; and other family members and a host of friends.
Family would like to ask friends and relatives to wear white for funeral.
Daniel, we love you, will never forget you, and you will always be in our thoughts and our hearts.

Cowart, Mary Jo Willings | 1919-2015
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mary Jo Willings Cowart, 96, of Alvord, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Henson Cemetery in Red Springs with Larry McMullen officiating.
Mary Jo was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Waco to Fred and Hattie Willings. She married David Ullie Cowart June 16, 1934, in Waco. She enjoyed singing in the choir, reading, writing poems, teaching Sunday school and doing word search puzzles. Mary Jo was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died March 16, 1973. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters Virginia Storm and Kathleen Plummer; brother Fred Willings Jr; son Benjamin Frederick Cowart; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
Mary Jo is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ann Hardwick of Alvord; sons Daniel Curtis Cowart of Fort Worth and Michael David Cowart and wife, Sharon Diann, of Wichita Falls; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Cowley, LeeRoy | 1955-2015
Published Saturday, March 14, 2015

LeeRoy Cowley, 60, of Chico, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Burial will follow at Crafton Cemetery. Jeff Bakker will officiate.
Pallbearers are Raymond Collector, Kayaan Collector, Craig Cowley, Eddie Cowley, J.W. Byers and Bobby Arnold. Honorary pallbearers are Doug Whitehead, Jimmie Wines, Keith Meyers and Frank Lovett.
Visitation will be 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Jones Family Funeral Home.
LeeRoy was born on February 21, 1955, in Bridgeport to Racheal Vera (DeFore) and George Lee Cowley. He attended Chico schools.
In his later years, LeeRoy lived in Heritage Place of Decatur Nursing Home, where his personality really began to shine. He loved the structured environment of the nursing home and quickly made friends with other patients and the staff. LeeRoy always looked for ways to help out and was often allowed to help with activities. His bubbly personality landed him the role of facility mascot and cheerleader.
LeeRoy had an artistic side and loved to sit down with crayons and color in his large coloring books. He was also, in his own right, quite a photography bug.
He was the outdoorsy type and spent hours outside scouring the area gathering and recycling aluminum cans to earn spending money. But his big love was fishing. He made a habit of photographing friends and family with their trophy catches. Being childlike himself, LeeRoy had a deep love for children, and always thought of others before himself.
LeeRoy was preceded in death by his mother, Racheal Vera Cowley.
He is survived by his parents George and Jeanne Cowley; brother Donnie Cowley; special cousin and caretaker Tammy Sosa and husband Darren; special local cousins Nelda Pyle and Craig Cowley; Louise Cowley, Eddie Cowley and wife Debbie; aunts Ruth Meyers and Nancy Cowley Dickinson; and several other cousins.
Donations may be made to the Chico Volunteer Fire Department or the Relay for Life team “Healing Hearts.”

Cox, Elmer | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Elmer Cox, 80, of Denton died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Denton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home with burial to follow at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Justin Cox, Jason Cox, Jacob Cox, Jesse Cox, Colby Moore, Steven Cox, Sammy Smith and Nick Jones.
Elmer was born Nov. 21, 1934, in Chico to Ernest and Linnie (Ogle) Cox. He earned his bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Elmer owned and operated Chico Limestone.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Stevie Cox; grandson Clint Cox; sisters Pharine Meeks and Betty Robinson; and brother Everett Cox.
He is survived by his wife, June Cox; daughter Gina Cox Schefer and husband, Steven; sons Eric Cox and wife, Brenda, Van Cox and wife, Sheila, Chris Cox and wife, Katherine, and Shay Cox and partner, Matt Newman; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Cox, Norman Keith | 1924-2015
Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Norman Keith Cox, 90, of Boyd died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was July 3 at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur with Gerre Joiner officiating. Norman was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Kellogg, Minn., to Lester Austin and Vida Rosella (Glidden) Cox. He married Joyce Lorain Seals Nov. 1, 1977, in Fort Worth and was a retired heavy equipment operator.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and a sister.
He’s survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce Cox of Boyd; daughters Penny Cox of Olahga, Okla., and Melody Branstorm and husband, Jim, of Arizona; son David Cox and wife, Keri, of Arlington; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Cox, Shirley Rae | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Shirley Rae Cox, 70, of Denton died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Denton.
Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Denton State School.
Shirley was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Dick and Pearl (Smith) Cox.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Shirley is survived by her sister, Sharon McFarlane and husband, Gary, of Slidell; brother Lary Cox and wife, Ann, of Alvord; six nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Crabtree, Harold Ray | 1936-2015
Published Saturday, August 29, 2015
Harold Ray Crabtree, 79, of Rhome died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Marietta, Okla.
Graveside service is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, at Aurora Cemetery with the Rev. Doyle Slimp officiating.
Harold was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Decatur to Edward and Minnie (Lambert) Crabtree. He was a building contractor.
Harold is survived by his son, Michael Crabtree; daughter Shari Syrus; grandchildren Rhonda Myers and Ricky Syrus Jr.; sister Judy Pennington; and other family members and friends.

Cranfill, Roy Lynn | 1951-2015
Published Saturday, May 23, 2015

Roy Lynn Cranfill, 63, died Monday, May 18, 2015.
Memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth.
Lynn was born in 1951 and spent most of his life in Fort Worth. He spent his life’s work mentoring young people as a teacher and basketball coach. He spent the past seven years as a coach in Boyd. He enjoyed teaching, but coaching was his passion. He was passionate about teaching young people and truly believed that their successes were his success.
Lynn is survived by his wife; two sons; one daughter; seven grandchildren; his father; a brother; and a sister.

Crawley, Ingrid Hildegarde Mueller | 1936-2015
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ingrid Hildegarde Mueller Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Denton.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gerald Epperson officiating.
Ingrid was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Peterswalde, Germany, to Fritz and Hilda (Gretche) Mueller. After high school graduation in Germany, in her teen years and early 20s, she traveled to many places and worked in a resort on the Isle of Amrum and then as an au pair in Sweden before returning home and marrying American soldier Gilbert James Crawley. They wed in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in March of 1958 and settled in his hometown of Chicago.
The couple had four children and moved to Bridgeport in 1965 where Ingrid lived until her passing. She was a cook for many restaurants, including the Yacht Club at Runaway Bay in the ’70s. Before retiring, she managed the cafeteria at Bridgeport Elementary School.
Ingrid had been a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport since 1965. Her hobbies included cooking, working in her beautiful yard, vegetable gardening and Facebook.
She was preceded in death by her parents of Ludwigshafen and her childrens’ father, Gilbert Crawley of Arlington.
Ingrid is survived by sons James Gilbert Crawley of Runaway Bay and Thomas David Crawley of Arlington; daughters Debra Crawley Wilson of Runaway Bay and Elaine Crawley Cobb and husband, Dennis, of Decatur; brother Leopold Lang of Langenheide, Germany; sisters Vera E. Raeuchle of Ludwigshafen, Annelise E. Summer of Altrip, Germany, and Renate H. Mueller, also of Altrip; grandchildren Randi Eyster and husband, Randy, Natalie Cobb, Clint Wilson and wife, Natalie, Brandon Cobb, Charissa Sheffield and husband, Gerell, Eillischa Crawley and Jared Crawley; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Crisp, Johnny Richard | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Johnny Richard Crisp, 71, of Decatur, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Oct. 27 at Whitaker Cemetery near Gunter.
Johnny was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Gainesville to Buster and Vera Viola (Cady) Crisp. He married Flora Ann Lambert Feb. 4, 1963, in Denton. He retired from Turbo Ice.
Johnny was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Crisp Jr.; sister Opal Cantrell; and brothers Billy Crisp, James Crisp and Robert Crisp.
He is survived by his wife, Flora Ann Crisp of Decatur; daughter Flora Crisp of Midland; brother Sam Crisp of Denton; grandchildren Jason Whitaker, Jennifer Breedlove, Tasha Carter and Chelsea Crisp; and great-grandsons Logan Whitaker, Landon Whitaker and Jamie Breedlove.
Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeymasondenton.com.

Crooks, Lonnie | 1940-2015
Published Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lonnie Crooks, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Dallas with his loving family by his side.
Service was March 5 at White’s Azle Funeral Home and burial was at Azleland Memorial Park.
Lonnie was born June 23, 1940, in Columbus, Ga., to William and Ruth Holman Crooks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Crooks; son Randy Leon Crooks and wife, Carolyn; daughter Leslie Carol Harms and husband, Randall; grandchildren Mandy Crooks, Sumer Chambers, Melissa Murphree and husband, John, Reece Harms and Ethan Harms; great-grandchild Ty Murphree; and other family members and friends.

Cross, Patsy Lou | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, June 20, 2015

Patsy Lou Cross, 81, of Newark died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Newark.
Funeral was June 19 at the First Baptist Church in Newark with Alan Six officiating. Burial followed at Aurora Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Davis, James Newman, Herald Lynch, Burt Lampkin, Billy Beasley and Richard Bodham.
Honorary pallbearers were John Beam, Jeff Fox, Matt Winer, Patrick Haley, Ken Bailey, E.J. Ellis, Michael Carrol, Seth Cross, Joey Cross, Jimmy Cross and Glen Cross.
Patsy was born May 4, 1934, in Byars, Okla., to Eldridge and Bertie (Willis) Milford. She married Cecil Cross Dec. 8, 1970, in Mena, Ark. Patsy was a homemaker, and she was retired from being a floral designer and manager of a fabric store. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Rex, Darrell and Don. She was the last living member of that immediate family.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Cecil G. Cross of Newark; daughter Glenda Beam of Fort Worth; son Louis Hosek and wife, Tracy, of Keller; stepchildren Glenda Patterson and husband, Mark, of Hurst, Ronald Cross and wife, Letta, of Bedford, and Russell Cross of Mansfield; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Crump, Jack | 1930-2015
Published Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jack Crump, 85, of Decatur, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Decatur.
A private service will be held Monday, Dec. 21.
Jack was born May 2, 1930, in Fort Worth to Jasper and Katie (Brewer) Crump. He married Sandra Brown July 22, 1975, in Fort Worth. Jack is a descendant of both Dr. J.G. Crump and Professor T.F. Hughes, two of the founding fathers of Saint Jo.
He served as an altar boy in the 1940s for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fort Worth and played basketball in 1947 when his Paschal High School team won District 7AA basketball Champions. In 1948, Jack graduated from Lanari Catholic High School. He attended St. Edwards and Texas Christian University in 1949.
In 1950, Jack attended Allen Military Academy in Bryan, and he became vice president of The Crump Co. in 1956. He retired in 1980 to The Sanderosa in Jack County, and in 1982, Jack and wife Sandy opened The Zoo video game room in Bowie. In 1984, they opened Cue Rox in Decatur on the square.
The family moved from Jack County to Decatur in 1995.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Bobbie Crump.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Crump of Decatur; daughters Jacqueline Ochs and husband, Martin, of Austin and Jennifer Bailey and husband, Daniel Bennett, of Fort Worth; sister Marjorie Rogers of Pottsboro; granddaughters Ashley Howard and Jessica Ochs-Wheat; great-grandsons Matthew, Stone, Carson and Max; three nieces; four nephews; and friends.

Crunk, Billy D. | 1936-2015
Published Saturday, June 20, 2015

Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome died Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Rhome.
Funeral is 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with Dr. Van Gardner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Michael Crunk, Braulio Padron, Greg Crunk, Danny Laverty, Jeffery Crunk, Jaime Trevino, Adam Padron, Teddy Padron, David Ray Crunk Jr., Alex Trevino, Casey Laverty, Merrick Addington, Millard Crunk, Sam Logue, Clint Logue, Colby Addington, Joe Lutz, Jesse Padron, Jake Logue, Ben Addington and David Paul Addington.
Billy was born April 28, 1936, in Greenwood to Millard and Leita Alene (White) Crunk. He married Sue Strickland Oct. 9, 1970, in Madill, Okla., and was a dairyman. Billy worked as a Wal-Mart door greeter for 12 years after retirement. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife of 44 years, Sue Crunk of Rhome; sons Randy Crunk and wife, Cindy, of Bridgeport, David Crunk and wife, Judy, of Chico, Jimmy Addington and wife, Cindy, of Decatur, and Paul Addington and wife, Beth, of Decatur; and daughters Peggy Padron and husband, Placido, of Decatur, Beverly Leroy and husband, Gary, of Denton, Tammie Lutz and husband, R.J., of Jackson, Mich., Diana Knopf and husband, Jack, of Healdton, Okla., and Barbie Laverty and husband, Gordon, of Decatur.
He is also survived by sisters Raylene Slimp of Boyd, Nora Vanhoose and husband, Jimmie, of Chico and Barbara Brooks and husband, Jerry, of Decatur; 38 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Pat Strickland and wife, Andrea; sister-in-law Nancy Ennis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Cruz, Bobbie Sue Drake | 1933-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bobbie Sue Drake Cruz, 82, of Boyd died Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Arlington.
Graveside service is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Boyd Cemetery with Gerre Joiner officiating.
Cruz was born Feb. 14, 1933, in Huntsville, Ala., to Searcy and Robbie Drake. She married Bobby Jack Cruz in 1969 in Corpus Christi. She was Presbyterian. Bobbie retired as an employee of Fort Worth Medical Labs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobbie Jack Cruz; her brother, Bill Drake; and her sister, Olivia Drake Culpepper.
Bobbie is survived by her sisters, Mary Ellen Drake McCanless of Arlington and Jane Drake Olsen of Corpus Christi; two stepdaughters; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Cruz, Fernando | 1973-2015
Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fernando Cruz, 41, a pipeliner, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 30 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Javier Cruz, Humberto Prado, Luis Martinez, Lazaro Padron, Ramiro Marquez, Ricardo Cruz and Fernando Cruz Jr.
Fernando was born April 20, 1973, in Mexico to Fidel and Socorro (Mendez) Cruz. He married Maria Reyes Marquez Feb. 13, 2010, in Decatur.
He worked as a pipeliner for G-Force and was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Cruz of Decatur; sons Christopher Cruz, Alejandro Cruz and Fernando Cruz Jr., all of Decatur; his parents, Fidel and Socorro Cruz of Decatur; sisters Yolanda Cruz, Maria Martinez and husband, Luis, Veronica Cruz and husband, Carlos Gam, Carmen Gonzalez and husband, Armando, Angeles Huerta and husband, Maximino – all of Decatur – and Araceli Cruz of Denton; brother Javier Cruz of Austin; nieces Melyssa Gam, Emma Gonzalez, Emily Gonzalez, Celeste Huerta and Jovanna Martinez, all of Decatur; nephews Rodrigo Cruz, Juan David Huerta, Jorge and Isaac Martinez, all of Decatur; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Culverhouse, James Edward 'Ed' | 1923-2015
Published Saturday, April 4, 2015

James Edward “Ed” Culverhouse, 92, of Chico died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was April 3 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Danny Russell officiating and Sam Starr assisting. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Culverhouse, Alan Bailey, Casey Adams and Mikeal Priddy.
Ed was born March 13, 1923, in Park Springs to Woody and Georgia (Bearden) Culverhouse. He married Nelba Ruth Griffis March 20, 1943, in Wise County. They were married 68 years, five months and six days before she died Aug. 26, 2011.
Ed was the produce manager for Carter’s Grocery Store before his retirement. He was the No. 1 fan of the Chico Dragons and was on the Chico School Board for many years. He served on the Chico City Council for five years and was a member of the Crafton Church of Christ. Ed has enjoyed Bible study and gospel singing for the last 30 years.
He was a member of the Chico Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, and he also enjoyed and participated in the Park Springs Reunion.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sons Donald Edward and Ronald Hubert Culverhouse; brother Hubert Crick; and sisters Barbara McClurg and Louise Horton.
He is survived by his son, Bill Culverhouse and wife, Becky, of Eastland; daughter Janice Jones and husband, Danny, of Woodson; grandchildren Emily and Alan Bailey, Amanda and Casey Adams, Robert and Tessa Culverhouse, and Carol Anne and Mikeal Priddy; great-grandchildren Ariana and Austin Priddy, Ella Jane Adams and Quincy Adams; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to Cherokee Home for Children, Hwy. 16 South, Cherokee, TX 76832, 915-662-4298; or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, www.heart.org.

Curry, Joe Wayne | 1949-2015
Published Saturday, November 28, 2015

Joe Wayne Curry, 66, of Decatur, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Nov. 27 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with Phillip Askey officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brady Mann, Scott Mann, Jason Hayes, Darren Hayes, Peter Ku and Jonathan Shriver.
Joe was born July 6, 1949, in Hillsboro to William and Johnnie (Fawcett) Curry. He married Karen Lee Mann Feb. 16, 1973, in Hillsboro. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.
Joe was a nursing home administrator for Decatur Convalescent and Hill Haven for 19 years, and for the past 18 years, he worked as a case manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Joe was an avid golfer who loved to play with his family and friends. His passion was to play and watch baseball. He played college baseball for Hill College.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen Curry of Decatur; daughters Beth Ann Ku and husband, Peter, of Aledo and Kara Lee Shriver and husband, Jonathan, of Decatur; son Jody Neal Curry and wife, Kelley, of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren Marshall and Nelson Ku, Jackson, Davis and Grant Shriver, Kolby McConnell and wife, Briana, Kaylee McConnell, and Tucker Joe Curry; great-grandchildren Ryeson and Bodhi McConnell; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Darnell, Dennie Royce | 1943-2015
Published Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dennie Royce Darnell PA-C, 72, of Azle, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
Funeral is 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Dennie was born Oct. 11, 1943, in Fort Worth. His life was one of service. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was active with the military, Liberty Jump Team and Texas National Guard. Dennie was a master parachute rigger and a certified physician’s assistant at Alvord Medical Clinic.
Dennie was loved and admired. He was most proud of his last jump at Normandy on the 70th anniversary of D Day.
Dennie was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; and his parents, Lillie and Paul Darnell.
He is survived by his sister, Diane, of Azle; brother Jerry of Azle; nephew Jerry Paul of Glen Rose; great-nephew Brody; stepson Shawn Robertson and wife, Monica, of Alvord; and step-grandson Rendon “Boo”.

Davidson, Keagan Edward | 1989-2015
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Keagan Edward Davidson, 25, of Fort Worth, formerly of Alvord, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Giles Family Cemetery in Alvord.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Jordan Shurbet, William Turner, Curtis Gregoire, Brandon Bucher, Jason Standifer and Scott Standifer.
Keagan was born Nov. 10, 1989, to John and Linda (Giles) Davidson in North Richland Hills. He worked in oilfield production and was a Baptist.
Keagan was preceded in death by his father, John Davidson.
He’s survived by his daughter, Ava Davidson of Watauga; mother Linda Davidson Gregoire of Addison; sister Heather Nicole Watt of Spokane Valley, Wash.; brother Sean Michael Davidson of Bedford; maternal grandmother, Carol Giles Fountain of Alvord; paternal grandmother, Vonitta Davidson of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davie, Jo Mayo | 1933-2015
Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jo Mayo Davie of Decatur died Wednesday April 8, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico ending the pain and suffering of a lengthy illness.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday April 16, at Community Church in Decatur.
After graduating from Grand Prairie High School in 1951 and marrying Roland, her high school sweetheart, the two truly became one. After graduating from Arlington State College eight years later and joining IBM in the Metroplex, they began a rewarding career in corporate America.
In 1973, the two moved to Tulsa, Okla., and joined Telex. Jo was involved in many charity and community service activities with a major emphasis upon the ministries of Jenks 1st Baptist Church and Bible Study Fellowship.
In 1992, they began a new chapter of life by purchasing Decatur Livestock Market. Until her illness, Jo was active in the management of the company and served as the calming factor in the midst of any storm.
Jo was also involved in the ministries of Community Church in Decatur. She was the official “hugger.”
Jo personified the virtuous wife portrayed in Proverbs 31 and manifested the love of Christ both in good times and bad.
She is survived by her husband, Roland Davie of Decatur, sons Guy Davie and wife, Janine, of Decatur, Mark Davie and wife, Karla, of Decatur and Kyle Davie of Fort Worth; adopted son Dr. Angelito Yango of Fort Worth; adopted daughter Ibtisam Al-Royami-Oman; grandsons Shaun Davie and wife, Misti, of Decatur, Ryan Davie and wife, Jeannette, of Arlington, J. R. Davie of California and Kyle Mark Davie of Houston; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Madeline and Mallory of Decatur, Halo Grace of California and Bronx and Bowen of Arlington; sisters Kitty Waldrop of Denton and Marletta Whitten of Tyler.
Memorial contributions may be made to youth ministries.

Davis, Kathy Joan | 1943-2015
Published Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark died Monday, April 13, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Chisholm Trail Church, 300 Chisholm Creek Parkway, in Rhome with the Rev. Ron Graham officiating. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Kathy was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Bermuda to Bryce and Pauleen Lindsey. She wore many hats in her career, including a cosmetologist, truck driver and finally, caregiver. Kathy was a member of the Texas Sundowners Riding Club. She loved all horses, but her favorite horse was Joco.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray Davis; brother Bruce Lindsey; and her favorite dog, Doc.
She is survived by her daughter, Maryann Krevenas of Newark; son Shawn Phares and wife, Lisa, of Newark; grandson Tyler Younis; step-grandson Brian Massey; granddaughters Brandi Haslam, Harlie Phares, Hanna Phares and Halle Phares; sister Patricia Lindsey; and other family members and friends.

Dawson, Irene | 1937-2015
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico died Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur with the Rev. Jack Skidmore officiating. Visitation is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Irene was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Stuttgart, Ark., to Elton and Irene (Timmermier) Hayes. She married William Winford Dawson July 23, 1954, in Dallas. Irene was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Tammye Burkett of Chico; son, Cecil Dawson and wife, Karen, of Decatur; sister Elizabeth Warren and husband, James, of Bullard; brother Johnny Hayes of Bullard; sister Elsie Shadfer of Barksdale; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Deacon, Lisa Dawn | 1973-2015
Published Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lisa Dawn Deacon, 42, of Stephenville died Friday, May 1, 2015, in Midland.
Memorial service is 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday before the service.
Lisa was born May 5, 1973, in Tucson, Ariz., to Don and Sharon Beardsworth. She was a cashier.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Michael Deacon III of Illinois, daughter Savanna Marie Deacon of Illinois; Gregory Wayne Blount of Burleson; sisters Deanna Beardsworth of Albuquerque, N.M., and Krissi Stanford-Wood of Washington; and other family members and friends.

Deatherage, Donald Dean | 1945-2015
Published Saturday, May 30, 2015

Donald Dean Deatherage, 69, of Bowie died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Bowie.
Graveside service was May 29 at West Bridgeport Cemetery with Melvin Castleberry officiating.
Donald was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Bridgeport to Wesley Orbon and Tressie Beatrice (Hobbs) Deatherage. During his high school years, Donald was captain of the football team and an avid boxer. Before a serious auto accident in his early-20s left him disabled, Donald worked as a machinist manufacturing ammunition.
Donald is survived by brothers Lester Deatherage and wife, Mildred, Travis Deatherage, and Robert Deatherage and wife, Jan, all of Bridgeport; sister Betty D. Waldrep and husband, Joe, of Denton, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Myrna Joyce (Deatherage) Coffee.

DeBusk, Brook | 1957-2015
Published Saturday, April 25, 2015

Brook DeBusk, 58, of Slidell died Wednesday April 22, 2015, in Decatur.
Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Brook was born March 31, 1957, in Evanston, Ill., to Aaron and Betty (Young) DeBusk. He was a commercial framer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Weaver.
Brook is survived by his wife, Vickie Sadler of Slidell; sons Evan Marshall DeBusk of Navarre, Fla., Michael Calvin DeBusk of Denton and Ronnie Luke Mathews of Slidell; daughters Crystal Marie Crews of Scurry, Melissa Nicole Canales of Bedford and Michelle Lynn Escudero of Denton; his father, Gib DeBusk and wife, Ruth, of Tallahassee, Fla.; sisters Michelle Plummer of Austin, Melissa Carr of Lockhart and Kara DeBusk of Houston; brothers Clint DeBusk of Liberty Hill and Barrett Debusk of Cuba, N.M.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

DeLay, Donald Robert | 1958-2015
Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Donald Robert DeLay, 57, of Lake Bridgeport, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Lake Bridgeport.
Funeral is 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Jerry Galloway officiating. Burial will follow at West Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Rick Brune, Cody Martin, Joshua DeLay, Johnny Paddack, Bill Miles and Jim Inman.
Honorary pallbearer is Jesus Reyna.
Doug was born June 29, 1958, in Fort Worth to J.B. and Bobbie (Randal) DeLay. He owned and operated DeLay Wrecker Service. Doug served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and was a retired tow truck operator.
He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Ashbaugh and husband, Ron, of Gilbert, Ariz.; father J.B. DeLay and wife, Cosette, of Elk City, Okla.; sisters Patricia Ann DeLay and husband, S.K. Koumounduri, of Houston and Linda DeLay of Carbon Dale, Colo.; brother Darrell DeLay of Honduras; nephews Joshua DeLay and Jeremy DeLay; nieces Jenna DeLay and Leila Navon; and other family members and friends.

Dick, Tort Halle 'Hal' | 1924-2015
Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tort Halle “Hal” Dick, 90, a former vocational agriculture teacher at Slidell, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Dexter.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville with the Rev. Karen Martinez officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at George J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Pallbearers are Wes Dick, Marc Dick, Sam Dick, Jordan Dick, Elijah Dick and Zeke Dick.
Hal was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Delaware Bend to J.R. “Tort” Dick and Mertie Frances Blair Dick.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Dick; his parents; brother Laboyte Dick; and sister Kydeen Riddle.
Hal is survived by sons Wes Dick and Marc Dick; sister Niobe Noland; and grandchildren Sam Dick, Jordan Dick, Elijah Dick, Abigail Dick, Zeke Dick and Zoe Dick.

Dickerson, Doyle Wayne | 1939-2015
Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doyle Wayne Dickerson, 76, a restaurant owner, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial in Alvord Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins funeral home.
Rev. Bill Cleveland will officiate. Pallbearers include Pat Garrett, Bobby Flanagan, Elbert Graham, Russell Kidd, Junior Hall, and Richard Blazek.
Doyle was born on Feb. 12, 1939 to O.L. and Macie (Hutchens) Dickerson in Coppell. He was united in marriage to Arlene Faglie on July 28, 1961, in Grapevine. Doyle was an owner and operator of the restaurant Waffle Way for 14 years and Dickerson Gulf Station for 22 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Doyle proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Arlene Dickerson of Alvord; his sons, Monty Dickerson of Austin, Clint Dickerson and wife Julie Ann of Providence, TX, and Kyle Dickerson and wife Julie of Alvord; his granddaughter, Macie Dickerson; his grandsons, Lakyn Dickerson, Wyatt Dickerson, Isaac Dickerson, and Ben and Alex Huddleston; and his sister Emogene Allred of Grapevine.

Dicks, Linda Lee (Ramer) | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Linda Lee (Ramer) Dicks, 70, of Rhome died Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Decatur.
No services are planned. Private services may be held at a later date.
Linda was born Nov. 11, 1944, in Falls City, Neb. She was a lifelong Cornhusker fan and had been living in the Metroplex since 1989. After retiring from Siemens in 2009, she stayed busy with part-time jobs and gardening. She was an animal-lover and was nicknamed the “chicken-lady” for treating her hens like pets. She had a big smile and infectious laugh.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Ona Ramer; grandparents William S. and Elva O. Ramer and Oring and Ann Mount; brothers Rowlin Wayne Ramer of Falls City and Kenneth Gleason Ramer of Albany, Ore.; and infant grandson Michael James Dicks.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 35 years James W. Dicks Sr.; daughters Dawn Roehrich and husband, David, of Tampa, Fla., and Darla Barnes and husband, Lance, of Dexter, Mich.; sons Randal Stivers and Tina McLaughlin of San Antonio, James W. Dicks Esposito of Pasadena; brother Leonard Doyle Ramer of Falls City, Neb.; and grandchildren Nicholas Ross of Columbia, Mo., Samantha Stivers of Lincoln, Neb., Brittny Love Guzman and husband, Heath, of Mineral Wells, Zachary and Dakota Stivers of San Antonio; Drew ,Shelby and Trent Barnes, all of Dexter, Mich., and Jordana Roehrich of Tampa, Fla.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Addison and Clayton.
Memorial donations may be made to a local animal shelter.

Diffenderfer, John Robert | 1951-2015
Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015

John Robert Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Joey Vick officiating.
No visitation is scheduled.
John was born Feb. 25, 1951, in Yazoo, Miss., to John Benham and Hazel Beatrice (Warren) Diffenderfer. He served his country in the Army and later made his career as a roofer. He enjoyed spending time with family.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and son Michael Trevino.
He is survived by his wife of nine years, Carol Ann Diffenderfer; son Jamey Wade Diffenderfer; daughters Tessa LeRae Diffenderfer and Tracy Trevino; brother Paul Wayne Diffenderfer; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dillinder, Betty | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, April 4, 2015

Betty Dillinder, 81, of Bridgeport died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was April 3 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bob Waters, Fred Thompson, James White, Gene Gregg, Kevin Lehmann and Randal Wright.
Betty was born Feb. 24, 1934, in Ranger to Dewey and Jessie (Winchell) Cox. She married Harold Dillinder Jan. 3, 1954, in Ranger, and she graduated from Ranger Junior College. Betty was a volunteer at the Bridgeport Nursing Home and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dewey Cox Jr., Richard Cox and Charles Cox.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harold; children Cheryl Manske and husband, Lynn, of Tomball, Vicki Lehmann and husband, Kevin, of Bridgeport, John Dillinder of Bridgeport and Carolyn Wright and husband, Randal, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Chris, Leah, Brady, Valerie, Cory, Nik, Drexell and Lindsey; and her great-grandchildren Keaton, Layla and Isaac.
She is also survived by her sister, Delores Cheshire and husband, Jimmy, of San Antonio; sisters-in-law Louise Frasier of Refugio and Faye Cox of Ranger; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3301 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-773-9990, www.cancer.org.

Dimock, Jane McNatt | 1937-2015
Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Jane McNatt Dimock, 78, of Decatur, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Decatur.
No service is planned.
Jane was born May 3, 1937, in Bowie to Clark and Clara McNatt. She married Dan Dimock Feb. 14, 1966, in Bowie. Together they had numerous businesses and adventures.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Dimock of Decatur; daughters Toni Broadwater and husband, Jim, of Keller and Diana Allen and husband, Eddie, of Decatur; brother Steve McNatt and his wife, Wanda, of Nocona; and grandson Clark Allen of Decatur.

Draper, Michael Ray | 1960-2015
Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Michael Ray Draper, 54, of Haslet died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Boyd.
Funeral was April 21 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Gerre Joiner officiating. Burial is noon Wednesday, April 22, at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla.
Honorary pallbearers are Michael Brandon Draper, Kyle Draper, Colton Draper, Nicholas Lowe and Josh Dodd.
Michael was born June 20, 1960, in Durant to Raymond and Iva (Miller) Draper. He married Nicole Baird Dec. 20, 2004, in Fort Worth and was the regional sales manager for Leyman Lift Gates.
He was preceded in death by his father and his sister, Karen Draper.
Michael is survived by his wife, Nicole Draper of Haslet; sons Michael Brandon Draper and wife, Shannon, of South Carolina, Kyle Draper and wife, Lauren, of Joplin, Colton Draper of Haslet and Nicholas Lowe of Haslet; daughters Monica Draper of Saginaw, Kara Draper of Saginaw, Emily Lowe of Haslet and Ava Draper of Haslet; grandchildren Emma Draper, Talon Draper, Landon Draper, Lathan Draper, and Davis Draper; his mother, Iva Draper of Boyd; sister Sharon Draper Goff of Boyd; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Dulaney, Hannah Louise | 2006-2015
Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hannah Louise Dulaney, 8, of Decatur died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with Dr. Brian Bosworth and Chaplain Phillip Weitner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Steven Behringer, Jessie Lopez, Tyler Behringer and Tanner Behringer.
Hannah was born Aug. 21, 2006, in Sherman to H. Lance and Stephanie (Behringer) Dulaney.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, “Nannie” Elizabeth McLemore.
Hannah is survived by her parents, H. Lance Dulaney of Gordonville and Stephanie Merithew of Decatur; brother Hunter Dulaney of Decatur; sister Tamara Behringer of Decatur; grandparents Steve Behringer and wife, Brenda, of Decatur; grandmother Sue Dulaney of Kansas; and great-grandparents Ron Kleibrink and wife, Georgie, of Haslet.

Duncan, Mary Sue | 1937-2015
Published Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mary Sue Duncan, 77, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Dye Mound Cemetery in Saint Jo with Quint Burks officiating.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Mary was born Dec. 28, 1937, in Saint Jo to Daniel and Callie (Williams) Maples. She married Ervin “Puss” Duncan May 11, 1957, in Gainesville. She was a homemaker. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ervin “Puss” Duncan; son David Duncan; sisters Jean Butler, Irene Maneely and Essie Mae Evans; brothers D.M., M.A., Glenn, Roy, Bill and Wilson Maples.
She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Elise Schwartz and Sharla Duncan, both of Bridgeport; grandchildren Brittany Duncan, Brandy Duncan, Katy Fox and Brandon Wright; great-grandchildren Ripley, Lauren and Lucas; brother Earl Maples and wife, Frances, of Lefors; and other family members and friends.

Dunlap, Jimmie Charles | 1935-2015
Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jimmie Charles Dunlap, 79, of Jacksboro died Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Jacksboro.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Jimmie was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Fort Worth to Soloman and Alta Mae (Lawrence) Dunlap. He was a welder for the oil pipeline, and he loved riding cutting horses. Most importantly, he was a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his father; his mother, Alta Mae Boring and her husband, Amos; brothers Billy and Benny Bridges; and sister Peggy Arwine.
He is survived by his children, Misti Stull and husband, Bert, of Frisco, Tammy Alvis and husband, Dwayne, of Springtown, Donna Boucher and husband, David, of Stephenville, Russell Dunlap and wife, Lisa, of Jacksboro and Penny Shockey and husband, Ronnie, of Rhome,; sisters Pat Conn of Azle and Emilie Tackel of Paradise; brother Dale Bridges of Poteau, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

Dunlap, Rachel Julia | 1921-2015
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rachel Julia Dunlap, 93, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Scottsbluff. Graveside service was Sept. 28 at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
Rachel Julia Deines was born Dec. 4, 1921, in Lyman, Neb., the 10th child of 12 born to John Deines and Anna Rhinehart. On Nov. 12, 1938, she married Clarence Dunlap in North Platte, Neb., and they had two daughters and two sons – Barbara, Phyllis, Jerry and Ray.
Rachel lived her entire life in the Nebraska panhandle with the exception of a couple of years in the 1960s, which were spent in California.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters; four brothers; her husband, Clarence; son Jerry; grandchildren Rhonda Prestidge and Mikel Martin; and one great-grandchild.
Rachel is survived by her sister, Rosella Jessen; daughters Barbara of Wise County and Phyllis; son Ray; grandchildren Gerri Steel, Brenda Burgett, Kas Conway, Lee Ann Whittington, Wes Holland, Toni Perry, Rick Martin, Debbie Cook, Steve Dunlap, Tim Dunlap and Robert Dunlap; 28 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be left at jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Dunn, Randall | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Randall Dunn, 70, died Friday, May 15, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was May 19 at the Church of Christ in Rhome with Roy Deaver officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Pat Taczek, Tony Taczek, Jeff Routt, John Routt, Jeremy Routt and Adam Ponder.
Dunn was born July 9, 1944, in Italy to Leonard and Ezmer Dunn. He married Linda Carol Stack June 13, 1970, in Lovington, N.M. Randall was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Randall is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda Dunn of Haslet; daughter Stephanie Tipton of Village Mills; sister Jo Ann Underwood of Arlington; brother Ronald Dunn of Cordova, Alaska; grandchildren Colin Randall Tipton and Nolan Dane Tipton of Village Mills; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Durham, Dorothy Louise | 1922-2015
Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dorothy Louise Durham, 92, a retired registered nurse, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Decatur.
Funeral is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with private burial in DFW National Cemetery. No visitation.
Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate.
Dorothy was born on Dec. 28, 1922, to Thomas H. and Hazel (Hampton) McSpedden in Whitewright. She was united in marriage to Robert Durham on Jan. 27, 1960, in Denton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Robert Durham.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Durham and Theresa of Bridgeport; her grandson, Robert Durham of Salem, Oregon; her granddaughter, Natasha Durham of Salem, Oregon; four great-grandchildren; one brother; five sisters; other family members and a host of friends.

Dykes, Lillian Frances Price | 1938-2015
Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lillian Frances Price Dykes, 76, a cook, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service was Feb. 3 at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Arrangements were handled by Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home of Boyd.
Lillian was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Irving to Rube and Bell (Gragsone) Price. She married Roy Dykes May 30, 1957, in Irving.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Joshua James Dykes; and brothers Doug, Elbert and Thomas Price.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Roy Dykes of Paradise; daughter Brenda Francess Weightman and husband, Roy Dean, of Fort Worth; sons Roy John Barry Dykes and wife, Janell, of Arlington, and Preston James “Jay Bird” Dykes and wife, Sherry, of Paradise; grandchildren Michael Ambrose, Deeann Carlisle, Kacie Dykes and Audrey Dykes; five great-grandchildren; sisters Sissy Holloway of Irving, Doris Minor and husband, Archie, of Alvarado and Dorothy May Bamburg and husband, Billy, of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Eakman, Olan Albert | 1937-2015
Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Olan Albert Eakman, 77, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla., with the Rev. Bart Mosley officiating.
Olan was born Dec. 5, 1937, in Ryan, Okla., to Albert and Lillie Johnson. He married Charlene Shurbert Aug. 25, 1992, in Lawton, Okla. He was a truck driver for Bedford Kennedy for 20 years and James Wood for 14 years. He served in the National Guard from 1957 to 1962. He was a Baptist.
Olan was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Glenda Eakman; and grandchildren Terra Eakman and Terri Jo Eakman.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Charlene Eakman of Decatur; children Marsha Foreman and husband, Jimmy, of Decatur, Terry Eakman and wife, Debbie, of Boyd, Randy Eakman and wife, Rhonda, of Sanger, Beverly North and husband, Mike, Vicki Jones and husband, Tim, and Kathy O’Connell; and grandchildren, Joshua Foreman, Olan Rhea Foreman, Mitchell Foreman, Christy Easter, Jay Eakman, Terry David Eakman, Nikki Lorenz, Victoria Eakman, Mark North, Amy Mosley, Andy North, Coley O’Connell, Kasey O’Conell, Tyler Jones and Kameron Balsley.
He’s also survived by his great-grandchildren, Riley Foreman, Dylan Foreman, Austin Foreman, Lizzy Foreman, Kadence Foreman, DeeDee Eakman, Haylie Eakman, Terra Easton, Ellie, Ethan, and Emilee North, Karson, Kady and Cooper O’Connell, Avery and Leah North, Abby Mosley, Jagger and Joslyn Jones, and Andrew Balsley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001 or calfarley.org.

Edans, Helen Claudine | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Helen Claudine Edans, 81, of Granbury, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.
Funeral was 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at First Baptist Church of Lakeside, in Lakeside. Internment followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Claudine was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Decatur, to Floyd and Vergia Moore. She married Jack Edans July 20, 1950. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love for the Lord, her husband and two sons was unwavering.
Claudine was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years; her parents; infant daughter, Janice Elaine; brothers, Bennie Joe and Floyd Wayne Moore; and sister, Wanda Shirlene Clary.
She is survived by her stepmother, Mary Ruth Moore of Rendon; sons, Pat Edans and wife, Phyllis, of Granbury, and Randy Edans and wife, Marilyn, of Auburn, Ga.; sisters, Shelia Marie Benson and husband, Jerry, of Munday and Karen Winkler and husband, Dow, of Burleson; eight grandchildren, Bobby, Robin, Shelley, Trey, Amberly, Brandon, Kristy and Nathan; six great-grandchildren, Kelsay, Kolton, Braden, Bryson, Amelia and Carson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Edwards, Floyd Riley | 1937-2015
Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
Floyd Riley Edwards, 77, a carpenter at ESW, resident of Whitewright and formerly of Irving and McKinney, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Denison.
Service was 2 p.m., Friday, March 13 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving with burial at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
Floyd was born April 2, 1937 in Dallas to Earl and Bessie Smith Edwards.
On July 1, 1980, Floyd married Patsy Kirksey in Irving.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Whitewright.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy; daughters, Veta Newton and husband John of Bridgeport, Janet Brewer and husband Dale of Leonard, Patricia Clark and husband Michael of Celina, and Debra Hill of Irving; sons, Kenneth Edwards and wife Terry of Denton, and Dale Hill of Celina; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Ollar of Glen Rose.

Ehrler, John William 'Jack' | 1923-2015
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015

John William “Jack” Ehrler, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Truett Chapel at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. A graveside service will follow at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Born June 1, 1923, in Chicago, to William and Ella Ehrler, Jack was the youngest of four boys and graduated from St. Rita High School. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, he served in the European Theater during World War II. In 1949, he earned a degree in chemical engineering at The University of Missouri at Rolla where he was an active member of Kappa Alpha order.
He met the love of his life, Anita Siddons, while assisting with the development of a new refinery in Wise County. The two were introduced by mutual friends and were ultimately married Nov. 24, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
During his long career in research and development in the oil and gas industry, Jack worked for Fluor Corp., Stanolind Oil and Gas, and Phillips Petroleum. He retired in 2000 from the Internal Revenue Service where he served within the oil and gas division for 44 years.
Jack was a faithful deacon and pastor’s prayer partner at First Baptist Church in Dallas. He and Anita served in the children’s and special education ministries and also worked with Buckner orphans during the 1960s. Jack was always the lead “architect” for their famous, ornate gingerbread houses delivered to Buckner orphans, seniors and other lucky recipients each Christmas.
Jack was a 32nd degree Mason and was honored in 2014 with the 50-year Masonic Service Award. He remarkably continued to complete continuing education units required to maintain his professional engineer certification.
He was a role model for quiet servanthood and was an eternal optimist. Always jovial and smiling, he brightened the lives of everyone who came in contact with him. He made all people feel special and appreciated.
Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Anita Siddons Ehrler; daughter Edie-Beth Ehrler-Collova and her husband, Trapper, all of Dallas; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

Eichman, Bill | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bill Eichman, 81, of Alvord died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral was Nov. 17 at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating. Burial followed at Alvord Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jackie Martin, Matthew Lane, Sean Kirkpatrick, Joe Eichman, Chase Daniels and Rooster Martin.
Bill was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Brownsville to Ellis Vernon and Willa Bell (Haynes) Eichman. He married Shirley Janice Johnson Sept. 1, 1979, in Irving. Bill retired after working as a General Electric aircraft mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Billie Eichman; son Wesley Warren; daughter Betty Jean Eichman; father- and mother-in-law, Albert and Tez Johnson; sister Patsy Marrs; and granddaughter Autumn Dawn Martin.
Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Janice Eichman of Alvord; his children, Debbie Lohman and husband, David, of Gatesville, Sandy Eichman of Highland Village, Donna Martin and husband, Jackie, of Irving, David Eichman and wife, Susie, of Ravenna, Vicki Potts and husband, Larry, of Brashear, Joe Eichman of Alvord, Lauri Lane and husband, Matthew, of North Richland Hills and Lisa Kirkpatrick and husband, Sean, of Colleyville.
He’s also survived by brother Allen Eichman and wife, Rosanna, of Florida; sister Judy Wells of Florida; brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Calvin Baker and wife, Jeanette, of Alvord, and Al Johnson and wife, Sharon, of Early.
Other survivors include his grandchildren, Natalie Paramore of Austin, Melodie Paramore of Fort Worth, Laura Williams and husband, Justin, of Fort Worth, Chase Daniels and wife, Michelle, of Watauga, Brittany Crockett of Azle, Jenna Eichman of Alvord, Amber Lair of Decatur, Jennifer Coats and husband, Brandon, of Palmdale, Calif., Rooster Martin and wife, Kandi, of Arlington, Barbie Arthur of Robert Lee, David Lohman of Gatesville, Phaedra Lohman of New York, J.R. Stark and wife, Katie, of Sulphur Springs, Putter Potts and wife, Brittany, of Brashear, Charlie Potts of Brashear, Roary Eichman of Ravenna, Jody Ann Eichman of Plano, and Deana Eichman of Gainsville; great-grandchildren Ian, Jaden and Kylie Daniels, Rylee and Preslee Williams, Averi and Addison Askew, Wyatt Martin and Trace Potts.
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive Bill, as well as his beloved dog, Buddy.

Eldridge, Dorothy (Rexroat) | 1929-2015
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dorothy “Rexroat” Eldridge, 85, of Rhome, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Aurora Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Withers officiating. Burial will follow at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Rick Hyatt, Joe Paul Hines, David Hines, Dan Meador and Kevin Drake.
Dorothy was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Fairview to Benjamin and Mallie (Brown) Rexroat in Fairview. She married Allan Eldridge. Dorothy was a member of the Eagle Mountain International Church and VFW. She was a retired credit reporter.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister Pauline Hines; and her brothers, John C. and Titus W. Rexroat.
She is survived by two nephews; five nieces; and many friends.

Elliot, Charles Robert 'Chuck' | 1934-2015
Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Charles Robert “Chuck” Elliott, 80, a retired farmer, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Decatur.
No services are planned at this time.
Chuck was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Greene, N.Y., to Lawrence and Elizabeth (Poyer) Elliott. He was a Methodist.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara, of North Carolina; and many friends.

Ellis, Thomas Harold 'Tommy', Sr. | 1944-2015
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thomas Harold “Tommy” Ellis Sr., 70, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Springtown Cemetery. Visitation is noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at White’s Funeral Home, 401 North Main, in Springtown.
Tommy was born Jan. 22, 1944, in McKinney to Charlie Lonzo Ellis and Effie Dora Shockey. He was a resident of Boyd for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Patricia Ann Ellis; children Annette Widmer, Dawn Kortes, Thomas “T.J.” Ellis II, Laurie Fabia, Leanne Nicholas and Tricia Mitchell; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elmore, Eva Aliene Knight | 1921-2015
Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eva Aliene Knight Elmore, 93, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Flower Mound Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Mikel Wyatt, John Andrews, Dustin Wyatt, Paden Tsakonas, Dakota Cox and Danny Radabaugh.
Eva was born July 12, 1921, in Flower Mound to Thomas and Mrytle Knight. She married Rodney Elmore Feb. 14, 1970, in Grapevine. Eva was lifetime elder at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church. She retired from Vought Corp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; sister Tommie Pemberton; and great-grandsons Joshua and Jonathan Dykes.
Eva is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rodney Elmore of Decatur; son Fred Andrews of Granbury; daughter Beverly Kitchen of Lewisville; grandsons Mikel Wyatt of York, S.C., Greg Andrews of Greenberg, Pa., James Dykes of Bedford and John Andrews of Denton; granddaughter Lea Radabaugh of Lewisville; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at Wise County Unit, P.O. Box 428, Decatur, TX 76234.

Emmons, Brandon | 1970-2015
Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brandon Emmons, 44, of Waco died Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home, 700 East Houston Ave., in Crockett with Larry Womack officiating. Burial will follow at Whitehead Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Brandon was born Oct. 6, 1970, in Crockett. He was retired from municipal government where he served as city manager for 20 years in Bridgeport, Trophy Club and Gatesville.
Brandon was a Baptist and a 1988 graduate of Grapeland High School. He was a Baylor University alumni, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Brandon was a member of the “Rib” Club, the Dallas Safari Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Bear Foundation and the Baylor Alumni Association. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed many trips to Africa.
He is survived by his fianc e, Amanda Hubbell of Waco; parents William and Peggy Emmons of Grapeland; brother Craig Emmons of Grapeland; sister Joyce Nuner and husband, Eric, of Lorena; nieces and nephews Colton Emmons of Grapeland, Emery Nuner, Addy Nuner and Trammell Nuner of Lorena, as well as special aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dallas Safari Club/Frontline Foundation, 5949 Sherry Lane Suite 1700, Dallas, TX 75225.

Ervi, Donald Lee | 1930-2015
Published Saturday, July 18, 2015
Donald Lee Ervi, 85, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Madisonville.
Graveside service is 10 a.m., Monday, July 20, at Greenwood Cemetery northeast of Decatur. Madisonville Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Don was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Bartlesville, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Johnnie Ruth Hudson Ervi; and his son, Mark Lee Ervi.
Don is survived by a brother, Robert Ervi and wife, Donna; children Donna Marksberry and husband, Don, of Irmo, S.C., and Steve Ervin and wife, Mary, of Midway; special friend Betty Turner of Conroe; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Erwin, Sammy Eldon | 1933-2015
Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sammy Eldon Erwin, 81, of Nocona died Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Nocona.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Scott-Morris Funeral Home, 212 E. Oak St., in Nocona with burial at Nocona Cemetery.
Visitation is 10 a.m. just before the service at the funeral home.
Sammy was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Bridgeport to Riley Erwin and Marie Isbell Erwin. He retired from the City of Fort Worth as a building inspector and in retirement enjoyed the activities of the Arlington Gun Club, which he visited daily, shooting skeet and visiting with friends.
Sammy was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; sister Patricia Albright; and his parents.
He is survived by daughter Revell Hardison and husband, Kelly, of Nocona; and grandson Kyler Hardison.

Eubanks, Trenna Kay | 1959-2015
Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Trenna Kay Eubanks, 56, of Bridgeport died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at home.
No services are planned.
Trenna was born Dec. 7, 1959, in Bridgeport to Marvin and Merle (Lee) Eubanks. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by brother J.R. Eubanks; and father Marvin Eubanks.
Trenna is survived by sons Brad and Chris Brite; mother Merle Eubanks; brothers Don Eubanks and Dwayne Hedges; sister LaDonna Huggins; and three grandchildren.

Ezzell, Mattie Ruth | 1939-2015
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mattie Ruth Ezzell, 75, of Lake Bridgeport died Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Denton.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Brant Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are G.W. Carpenter, Winston Ezzell, Eric Fitzgerald, Billy Gladis, Ronnie Bolliver and Michael Bolliver. Honorary pallbearers are Frankie Hobbs and Jimmy Gamble.
Mattie Ruth was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Montague County to Carroll and Rena (Morgan) Reid. She married Jimmie Wayne Ezzell May 24, 1968, in Wichita Falls. Mattie Ruth was a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Morgan Wayne Ezzell; her sister; and five brothers.
Mattie Ruth is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jimmie Wayne Ezzell of Lake Bridgeport; sons Carroll Woods and wife, Joann, of Lake Bridgeport, Jack Ezzell and wife, Kathy, of Sunset, and J.D. Ezzell and wife, Pam, of Jacksboro; daughters Jimmie Ruth Carpenter of Park Springs and Sarena Turner of Chico; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Ezzell, Morgan Wayne 'EZ' | 1969-2015
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Morgan Wayne “EZ” Ezzell, 46, of Chico died Friday, June 19, 2015, in Chico.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Morgan was born Jan. 11, 1969, in Bridgeport to Jimmie and Mattie Ruth (Morgan) Ezzell. He married Debbie Hunter Oct. 3, 2003, in Bridgeport and was a retired truck driver.
Morgan was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Ezzell of Chico; daughters Michelle McEntire and husband, Steve, of Graham, Nicole Farris and husband, Mike, of Azle, Shonda Inglehart and husband, Cameron, of Chico and Aimie Ezzell of Chico; sons Manuel Leal and wife, Kendra, and Michael Leal and wife, Heather, all of Chico; 15 grandchildren; and his parents, Jimmie and Mattie Ruth Ezzell of Lake Bridgeport.
He is also survived by sisters Jimmie Ruth Carpenter of Crafton and Sarena Mae Turner of Chico; brothers Carroll Tommy Woods and wife, Joann, of Lake Bridgeport, Jack Randale Ezzell and wife, Kathy, of Sunset and Jimmy Don Ezzell and wife, Pam, of Jacksboro; and numerous nieces, nephews cousins, other family members and friends.

Faires, Kathryn Doris McMillan | 1932-2015
Published Saturday, January 10, 2015

Kathryn Doris McMillan Faires, 82, of Decatur and Hendersonville, N.C., died peacefully with her family beside her Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
Memorial service is noon Saturday, Jan. 10, at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Burial will be at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Charlotte, N.C., at a later date.
Mrs. Faires was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Wallace, N.C., in the home of her grandmother, to Asha Kathryn Williams McMillan and George Francis McMillan. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1950 and in 1954 received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Meredith College.
She was an elementary teacher with the North Carolina school system and in Texas, with Galveston Island School District. She was an active member of PEO and volunteered as a tutor after retirement.
Doris met her husband, Archie Brown Faires, for the first time in Wallace, while on a blind date, and later reconnected in college. They celebrated 60 years of marriage June 13, 2014. During those years, she was a dedicated, loving wife, mother, grandmother and servant of God. She taught others by example.
She was a devoted Christian woman throughout her life, from her solid foundation as a child and her devotion to her husband as a preacher’s wife and elder of the church. She was known for her acts of love and kindness to her family, her church family, her circle of friends and her community.
She is survived by her husband, Archie Brown Faires; daughters Emily Kathryn Faires Egenberger and husband, Rudolph, of Danbury, Conn., Marsha Lynn Faires of Decatur and Leigh Ann Faires of Hendersonville, N.C.; son Archie Dan Faires and wife, Denise, of Decatur; grandchildren Jacob Daniel Faires of Austin and Vincent Michael Faires of Portland, Ore.; and step-granddaughter Roxanne Lape of La Grange, Ga.; her twin brother, George Jarvis McMillan; brother-in-law Alton M. Faires and sister-in-law Ethel Faires; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Faires; and sister Suzanne Williams McMillan.
Memorials may be made to the PEOSTAR Scholarship Fund, Treasures Dept., 3700 Grand Ave; Des Moines, IA 50312.

Fast, Larry F. | 1945-2015
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Larry F. Fast, 69, died Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Decatur.
No service is scheduled at this time.
Larry was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Albion, Mich., to Ivan and Alva (Rising) Fast. He married LeAnn Doris Hammond Aug. 9, 1988, in Ludington, Mich. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and worked on the railroad for 19 years.
Larry had a love for horses and created LF Paints with his wife, LeAnn. He had a passion for all animals and would take anything in.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kevin Fast.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, LeAnn Fast of Paradise; daughters Karrie Neal and fianc , Thomas Hoffman of Michigan and Melissa Jones and husband, Dave, of Ohio; grandchildren Shelbie, Gavin and Cameron; sister Jan Evans and husband, Gus, of Michigan; brother Ray Fast and wife, Brenda, of Michigan; friend Paul Cole of Cottondale; and other family members and friends.

Fennell, Brenda | 1964-2015
Published Saturday, August 29, 2015

Brenda Fennell, 51, of Alvord died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Alvord.
Funeral was Aug. 12 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord with Dr. Kevin Moore officiating. Burial followed at Jonestown Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jay Higgs, Jack Rutledge, Bill Fennell, Biff Hays, Gary Brown and Andrew Gogniat.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. W.M. Lewis, Jerry Mara, Jerry Gibson, Larry Short, Gene King, Bill Adams, Garland Lipsey and Dr. Thomas Long.
Brenda was born July 30, 1964, in Grapevine to Bill and Margaret (McDonald) Schooling. She married Carl Fennell Sept. 24, 1988, in Alvord. Brenda was a secretary and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Ann Schooling; brothers Gary Ray Schooling and Gary Edmond Schooling; father-in-law John Fennell Jr.; brother-in-law John Henry Fennell; and father-figure V.M. Claborn.
Brenda is survived by her husband of 26 years, Carl Fennell of Alvord; son Jonathan Fred Fennell and wife, Stacey; daughter Jennifer Gonzales and husband Juan; father Bill Schooling of Decatur; and grandchildren Cason Wyatt Fennell, Andrew Chase Gonzales and Matthew James Gonzales.
She’s also survived by her sisters, Marsha Roblez of North Richland Hills, Paula Talley of Denison, Julie Schooling of Decatur, Nancy Humphrey, Becky Morgan, Trudy Claborn, Judy Delay and Bettina Cooper Martin; brothers Frankie Claborn and Tommy Claborn; 12 great-nieces; 12 great-great-nieces; two nephews; 13 great-nephews; and many friends.

Fernandez, Maria Juana | 1943-2015
Published Saturday, April 11, 2015

Maria Juana Fernandez, 71, of Decatur died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at her home in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial was April 10 at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Librado Fernandez, Octavio Fernandez, Gumaro Fernandez, Aurelio Fernandez Jr., Jake Fernandez and Jesse Fernandez.
Juana was born June 24, 1943, in Palmas Altas, Heres, Zacatecas, Mexico, to Francisco and Juana (Rodriguez) Chavez. She married Aurelio Fernandez Dec. 10, 1957, in Heres, Zacatecas, Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Rosio Fernandez; and brother Pedro Chavez.
Juana is survived by her husband of 57 years, Aurelio Fernandez of Decatur; daughters Yolanda Gomez and husband, Joe, of Saginaw and Imelda Fernandez and husband, Brandon, of Haslet; sons Librado Ferandez and wife, Andrea, of Decatur, Octavio Fernandez and wife, Norma, of Fort Worth, Gumaro Fernandez and wife, Adriana, of Fort Worth, Aurelio Fernandez Jr. of Decatur, Jose Fernandez of Mexico and Jesse Fernandez and wife, Cindy, of Decatur; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by sister Gabriella Hernandez; brothers Marcelino, Juan, Victor, and Alberto Chavez; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Ferron, Robert Keith | 1971-2015
Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Robert Keith Ferron, 44, of Newark died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Newark.
Service will be held at a later date.
Robert was born June 3, 1971, in Irving to Thomas and Betty (Coursen) Ferron. He had a passion for driving race cars at small racetracks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Robert won the championship at Boyd Raceway in 2011. He was a machinist.
Robert was preceded in death by his father; and brother Joseph Straka.
He’s survived by his daughter, Brianna Ferron of Grand Prairie; mother Betty Reese of Campton, Ky.; longtime friend and mother of Brianna, Angel Jones of Grand Prairie; sisters Chris Shields of Watauga and Melanie Frith of North Richland Hills; half-brothers Bob, Bill and Jim Ferron of New York; half-sister Lynn Ferron of New York; maternal great-grandmother Evelyn Coursen of Kearney, Mo.; and many other relatives and numerous race fans.

Findley, Lola Janice | 1918-2015
Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Lola Janice Findley, 97, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport, with Reverend Gary Sessions officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Lola was born on Sept. 22, 1918, to John and Minnie (Gray) Findley in Bridgeport. She was a retired dental assistant.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers Doyle and Howard Findley.
She is survived by her son, Travis Findley and wife, Mary Helen, of Bridgeport; her grandchildren, Matt Findley and wife, Ashley, of Richland Hills and Amy Turner and husband, Dean, of Providence Village; her great-grandchildren, Walker, Everest, Caleb, Daniel, Rachel, and Rebecca; her great-great-grandchild, Aleanna; her sisters, Jewell Byrd, Sylvia Oates, Ruth Counts and Dorothy Cobb; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Finley, Kathryn | 1927-2015
Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kathryn Finley, 87, of Paradise died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Paradise.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Paradise Cemetery with Laraine Waughtal officiating.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Kathryn was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Paradise to James and Mary (Clark) Read. She married James Emsley Finley June 21, 1944. She was a proofreader for a publishing company and a homemaker.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 24 years, James Emsley Finley; children James Eugene Finley, Michael David Finley, Mary Elizabeth Finley; and sisters Esther Marie Taylor and Doris Nell Evans.
She is survived by sons William Read Finley and wife Sheila, and Stephen Clark Finley and wife, Tonya; daughters Janet Elaine Cottle and Sharon Lee Hunter; sisters Dorothy Joyce Ryan and Inez Lockhart; grandchildren Diana Green, Misty Cottle, Lance Finley, Michael Finley, Jennifer Armstrong, Cindy Womack, Bryan Finley, Ashley Finley Allen, Amber Finley, Shelby Finley and Mark Finley; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Finley, Linda Lee | 1942-2015
Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Linda Lee Finley, 72, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Full Armor Fellowship Church in Decatur.
Linda was born Dec. 26, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Pete and May (Barta) Thyfault. She married Brent Finley Jan. 2, 1988, in Amarillo. She was a retired secretary for Texas A&M Research.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Tandy Massucci; granddaughter Kelli Bull; grandson Matt Bull; and sisters Norma Young and Imajean Jewell.
She is survived by her husband, Brent Finley of Runaway Bay; son Kenneth Dennis and wife, Cheryl, of Decatur; daughter Tracy Bull and husband, David, of Amarillo; grandchildren Paige, Hunter, Shey, Tanner, Logan, Brandy, Jess and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Zoe and A.J.; sister Donna Murdock of Odessa; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Forbis, Althea | 1926-2015
Published Saturday, October 24, 2015

Althea Forbis, 89, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with Dr. Brian Bosworth and the Rev. John Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Russell Long, James Long, Evan Woodruff, Alex Forbis, Joel Forbis, Parker Carnahan, Cooper Carnahan and Grayson Carnahan.
Althea was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Grand Island, Neb., to Neils and Anna (Goltermann) Nielsen. She was an avid bridge player and was very involved in her community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, a founding member of Wise Health System Auxiliary, an original member of the Decatur Public Library Board and a founding member of United Charities of Wise County.
Althea was preceded in death by husbands Emory Eugene Long and James E. Forbis.
She is survived by her children: Dr. Thomas Long, Jana Long Woodruff, Chris Forbis and Nancy Forbis Carnahan; brother Alan Nielsen; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Wise Health System, Decatur Public Library and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

Ford, Billie Doris (Erwin) | 1929-2015
Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Billie Doris (Erwin) Ford, 86, of Bridgeport died Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral is 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. Craig Erb officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Brent Massey, Wade Baskin, Scott Hazel, Konner Hazel, Mitch Arrington, Bruce Arrington and Gary Everett.
Billie was born June 22, 1929, in Electra to Martin and Vernice (Neese) Erwin. She married Charlie (C.I. “Ish”) Ford on her birthday, June 22, 1947, in Holliday. Billie was a member of the First Baptist Church. She taught Vacation Bible School and teen and youth Sunday school. Billie loved the Lord and was active in Bible study.
She was past president of Bridgeport Junior Women’s Club and a past officer of the Bridgeport Civic Club. Billie volunteered for Wise Health System Auxiliary. She retired from Bridgeport Telephone Co. and was a homemaker.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, C.I. “Ish” Ford; sisters Marie Ancell, Geneva Sessums Cooper and Lola Tigrett Pace.
She’s survived by her daughters, Cindy Vest and husband, Ocie, and Brenda Lowry, all of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Tresha Massey and husband, Brent, of Marble Falls, Tracy Baskin and husband, Wade, of St. Paul, and Kayce Hazel and husband, Scott, of Sanger; great-grandchildren Konner and Hailey Hazel, Roan and Reese Massey and Charlie Brayden Baskin.
She’s also survived by her sister, Barbara Good of Moore, Okla.; brothers Jack Erwin and wife, Janis, of Whitesboro and Don Erwin and wife, Sandy, of Runaway Bay; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Ford, Sadie Mae | 1929-2015
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sadie Mae Ford, 86, of Decatur died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Oct. 6 at Elizabethtown Cemetery in Roanoke with Pastor James Varnadore officiating.
Sadie was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Chireno to Henry and Lesta (Bass) Briley. She married George H. Ford June 1, 1948, in Nacogdoches. Sadie and George were married 51 years, until he died Dec. 30, 1999. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Sadie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George H. Ford; son Keith H. Ford; grandson Justin H. Ford; son-in-law Sammy Culbertson; and great-great-granddaughter Addilynn Polizzo.
She is survived by her daughter, Gerry Galloway and husband, Don, of Decatur; daughter-in-law Julie Ford of Lake Worth; grandchildren Chris Polizzo and husband, Pat, of Haslet, Suzy Matthews and husband, Skyler, of Decatur, Rachel Markham of Haslet, Julia Ford of Willow Park, Jeremy Ford of Lake Worth, Susie Bedford and husband, Cody, of Decatur, Lorie Galloway and husband, Jimmy, of Decatur, and Jerry Don Galloway of Springtown; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ford, Tommy Lee | 1950-2015
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tommy Lee Ford, 65, of Spencer, Okla., died Monday, June 29, 2015.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jonestown Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Tommy was born April 9, 1950, in Decatur to Marvin Wallace and Velma Jean (Ham) Ford. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, playing guitar and listening to country music. He was a good pool player and could throw a dart as well. His favorite movie was “Tombstone,” and he often enjoyed a shot of good whiskey with his “Huckleberry,” his son by marriage, Mike.
Tommy was a cowboy at heart and like most cowboys, was very colorful. He was known for many sayings, but a favorite was, “If I tell you a duck can pull a truck, then hook it up!”
Tommy’s favorite thing to do was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved life and knew how to enjoy it.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Wallace Ford; brothers Marvin Ford, Joe Ford and Danny Ford.
Tommy is survived by his daughters, Tammy Lester and special “son” Mike Lester, Kristy Good and husband, Kevin, Cheyann Ford and Sara Ford; grandchildren Christopher Roper, Taylor Roper, Matthew Roop and Morgan Roop; great-granddaughter Bailey Roper; mother Velma Jean Ford; brother Jimmy Ford; sisters Wanda Trice, Katie Lovejoy and Paula Gillis; many nieces and nephews; and fur babies Raisin and Cain.

Forman, Clint M. | 1925-2015
Published Saturday, February 7, 2015

Clint M. Forman, 89, of Waco, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
He was laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Clint was a 1943 graduate of Decatur High School and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. As an elementary student in 1932, during the Great Depression, he experienced a shutdown of the entire Texas public school system due to a lack of funds.
He worked overseas most of his adult life, circumnavigating the globe three times. He loved to share the wisdom he had gained from his travels – where to sit on a plane, what to wear, what type of plane to fly on, the best placed to find bargains and the most cost-effective way to see various countries.
He was licensed or certified in various trades including welding, maritime trades, maintenance electrician and crane operator. He was also an avid reader who could discuss many topics.
The best summary of his life was eloquently expressed in his own words: “Life is a beautiful journey, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the trip. For all forms of life, there is an arrival time and a departure time. I keep my bags packed just in case I get an early notice.”
Clint was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Eula Forman; daughter Catherine Forman; brothers Ray Forman Jr. and Joe Forman; and sisters Harriet Forman Cook and Eugenia Forman.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scooter and Ronda Forman; grandson Rex Forman; nieces LaDonna Wren and Ann Swingler; and nephews Ray and Donnie Cook, Elbert Forman and Jody Forman.

Fortune, Michael Douglas | 1974-2015
Published Saturday, August 1, 2015

Michael Douglas Fortune, 41, of Bridgeport died Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas with Jim Taylor officiating.
Michael was born May 27, 1974, in Lubbock. He spent his early childhood in Big Spring and then relocated with his family to Tyler in 1988. He graduated from John Tyler High School in 1992, where he was active in the ROTC.
Michael joined the Army immediately after graduation and served at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Polk, La. After being discharged from the Army, he worked all over the United States at various jobs. He served time in Bosnia as a laundry and bath specialist supporting the troops for Brown and Root, worked as an over-the-road trucker, did a stint as a deep-sea fisherman, and was an insurance adjuster in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
After being medically disabled, Michael enjoyed traveling and living life to the fullest. He never met a stranger and would help anyone who needed it.
Michael accepted Christ as his Lord and savior, in his teens at First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Lilah Coleman, Theodore Douglas and Mary Fortune; and stepson Brant Boatman.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Bridgeport; children Jimmy Fortune of Tyler, Austin, Ashleigh and Zoe of Rusk, Noah Blanchard of St. Martin, La., Analeisha Fortune of Dayton, Ohio, and Brianna Fortune of Bridgeport.
He’s also survived by his parents, Jim and Dixie Fortune of Tyler; siblings Michelle and Brian Bridges of Tyler, Brandi and Peyton Luther of Conroe, Billy and Samantha Fortune of Tyler and Eric and Ashley Fortune of Whitehouse; his aunt and uncle, Dena and Fred John of Tyler; and 13 nephews and nieces.

Fostel, Kate Marie | 1982-2015
Published Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kate Marie Fostel, 33, of Plano died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Pallbearers are Ken Thompson, Jason Wren, Landon Wren, Jake Williamson, Chris Mattison, Trey McKinnon and David Stoeneman.
Kate was born March 26, 1982, in Fort Worth to Cheryl and John Fostel. She was a teacher who loved her dog, reading, watching movies and especially spending time with family and friends.
Kate was preceded in death by her grandparents.
She is survived by her father, John Fostel and his wife, Cathy; mother Cheryl Fostel; brothers Josh Fostel and wife, Katey, of Clyde and Chris Fostel and wife, Gabby, of Odessa; stepbrother Justin Cortez of Chico; stepsister Meagan Hood and husband, A.J., of Decatur; and nieces and nephews Karli, Laney, Layla, Jordyn Kate, Eden and Wyatt.

Foster, John Henry, IV | 1959-2015
Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015

John Henry Foster IV, 55, of Chico died Monday, July 13, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Fred Villa and Fredie Villa officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
John was born Aug. 2, 1959, in Fort Worth to John Henry III and Louise (Britton) Foster. He married Katherine Coon Aug. 8, 1998, in Bridgeport.
For 28 years, John worked as a demolition expert for Austin Powder. He was an active member of the Harvest Time Church in Bridgeport and loved serving the Lord.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Foster.
He’s survived by his wife of 17 years, Katherine Foster of Chico; father John H. Foster III and stepmother, Mary, of Runaway Bay; daughter Angela Gentry and husband, Kenneth, of Lincoln, Ark.; sons Terry Hare and wife, Teresa, of De Queen, Ark., and Bryan Coon and wife, Kendra, of Chico; grandchildren Michael Hare and wife, Lindsay, of Bridgeport, Amber Romirez and husband, Armondo, of De Queen, Shane Gentry and wife, Kellie, of Las Cruses, N.M., Amanda Gentry of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Nicole, Jonathon and Mykel Smith of Chico; eight great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Foster, Raymond Mack | 1930-2015
Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Raymond Mack Foster, 85, of Decatur died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
Funeral is 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Raymond was born in Spartanburg, S.C. He moved to Hickory, N.C., where he lived until he joined the United States Air Force where he served as a flight engineer for 21 years.
After retiring, he went to work for American Airlines as a ground school instructor for 27 years, amused that at 39 years of age, he was too old to be hired to fly. He knew he was greatly blessed to have had two careers that he loved.
Shortly before retiring, he and his wife Merle moved to Runaway Bay at Lake Bridgeport where he could enjoy fishing and golfing more frequently. His goal on the golf course was to always be able to shoot his age. He served Runaway Bay on the city council and was mayor pro-tem during his final term. He was honored to win Citizen of the Year while there.
The last nine years were spent in Decatur, where he was a member of Decatur Church of Christ. Here he enjoyed deep friendships that gave him many days of joy. He served the Decatur area by helping set up and run the church’s clothing room for six years. Serving others was in his nature.
Ray, “Honey,” Daddy, Pop, Buzz, Granddaddy, Didi, Grandpa, Papa Ray, Ray-Bob will be missed beyond words. He was the epitome of a gentleman and a gentle man to all who knew him. He was described as “the best man I ever knew,” and “the perfect godly man.”
He loved, honored, respected, protected, supported and led his family humbly and fiercely until he died after injuries sustained in a fall.
Forty one years ago, two imperfect families were perfectly blended setting an example of love, joy and peace. He leaves a legacy for his children, grandchildren and many friends that will not be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kitty; and son David.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Merle; children Marc, Bruce and Sue Foster, Suzanne McKinney and Sherrill Patton; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Jan Saunders of Hickory, N.C.

Fowler, Jane Katheryn | 1936-2015
Published Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Decatur.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jane was born Aug. 11, 1936, in Fort Worth to Robert and Fannie (Buckner) Stewart. She married Robert Lee Fowler, who preceded her in death March 13, 2013. Jane was a bank teller for City National in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Robert.
Jane is survived by her son, Mike Fowler and fianc e, Deborah Howard, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Rodney Fowler and wife, Kim, of Weatherford, Erica Dasilva and husband, Carlos, of Stephenville and Chad Howard and wife, Audrie, of Bridgeport; great-grandchildren Kristin, Kaj, Landon, Gabriela, Kutter, Kash and Kreyton; and other family members and friends.

Fowler, Ronnie Eugene | 1946-2015
Published Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ronnie Eugene Fowler, 68, of Bowie died Monday, July 13, 2015, in Weatherford.
No service is scheduled.
Ronnie was born Dec. 5, 1946, in Floydada to L.D. and Margaret (Lloyd) Fowler. He married Brenda Middleton Nov. 15, 1985, in Waurika, Okla.
Ronnie was a diesel mechanic and had many hobbies and interests throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dirt track racing, golfing and watching his grandkids play ball. He loved his family and friends.
Ronnie worked hard and took a lot of pride in his business – Ronnie’s Diesel.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Brenda Fowler of Bowie; daughters Stacy Smith, Ronda Heddings and Shea Rutherford; sons Ronnie Darryl Fowler, Tracy Clower and Shawn Clower; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Ricky Fowler; sisters Ellen Winters, Teresa Blaylock and Kathy Jackson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 1-866-232-8484, www.alzfdn.org.

Fraire, Lurenda Kaye | 1984-2015
Published Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lurenda Kaye Fraire, 30, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Decatur.
Visitation was Aug. 14 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Lurenda was born Oct. 26, 1984, in Dallas to J.R. and Lola Harvey Groves. She married Saul Fraire Nov. 11, 2011, in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by mother Lola Groves.
Lurenda is survived by husband Saul Fraire of Decatur; son Aaron Rodriquez of Decatur; daughter Valerie Fraire of Decatur; sister Tanya Groves of Bridgeport; adopted mother Joy Woodruff of Decatur; father J.R. Groves of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Frazier, Della Mae | 1939-2015
Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Della Mae Frazier, 75, of Bridgeport died Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial is 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Della was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Shamrock, Okla., to Charles and Lowrean (Milligan) Miller. She married Robert David Frazier Dec. 2, 1961, in Drumright, Okla. She was a retired nanny and a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Della was preceded in death by her parents; her sister; and her brother.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert David Frazier of Bridgeport; sons Russell Dee Frazier and wife, Andrea, of Decatur and Robert Matthew Frazier of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren Paul Andrew Frazier, Blake Dee Frazier, Raven Akins, Alanah Frazier and Bryce Frazier; great-grandchildren Brooklynn Frazier and Paul Jaxxon Frazier; sister Johnnie Turner of Mesquite; and other family members and friends.

Freeman, Billy Gene | 1929-2015
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Billy Gene Freeman, 86, of Springtown died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Decatur after a lengthy illness.
Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Springtown Cemetery.
Billy was born in unincorporated Wise County on June 14, 1929. He was the only child of Willie and Madoline Freeman. He grew up in Wise and Parker counties and graduated as valedictorian of Springtown High School, Class of 1946. Billy married Mary Ellen Roberson of Springtown June 5, 1949. They had three children – Suzanne, Sarai and David.
Billy began his banking career in 1949 at Merchants and Farmers State Bank in Weatherford. He went on to Continental State Bank in Boyd (now Wells Fargo) in 1951. He began as a teller and was president of the bank when he retired in 1995 after 40 years of service. He was the banker for many of the people of Wise and Parker counties.
Billy also served the people of Springtown as president of The Lion’s Club, a Springtown city councilman and Springtown mayor. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, banker and citizen.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; and son David.
He’s survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary, of Springtown; daughters Sarai Souder and husband, Gary, of Paradise and Suzanne Freeman of Ingram; grandchildren Ami Wisdom and husband, Bart, Alex Snell and Kase and Kallie Wisdom, all of Springtown, Amanda, Tom and Ben LePage and Matthew Souder, all of Fort Worth.

French, Krista Jane Shaw | 1953-2015
Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Krista Jane Shaw French, 61, of Tucson, Ariz., died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Tucson.
A celebration of her life is planned for Decatur at a later date.
Krista was born Nov. 20, 1953, in Fort Worth to the late Pete Shaw and Maxine Shaw DeBrie. She attended school in Decatur before moving to Tucson. She was married to Edwin Cooper French and was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson.
She retired from American Airlines and enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking with her children and grandchildren, as well as antique shopping and anything to do with Christmas.
She is survived by her husband; sons Richard “Tony” Dewees and daughter, Hannah, and Eddie Dewees, his wife, Jessica, and daughters Taylor and Madison; daughters Meaghan French and Angela Zamparelli, her husband, William, and children Aidan and Noah; sisters Linda K. Stutt and husband, James, and Marsha Nieman and husband, Raye; her mother, Maxine Shaw DeBrie; parents-in-law Ed and Louise French of Orlando, Fla.; numerous other relatives and her beloved miniature dachshund family, Max, Baby, Bubbles, Sugar and Jojo.

French, Krista Jane Shaw | 2015
Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
A celebration of the life of Krista Jane Shaw French is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Krista died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz.
Her complete obituary ran in the Jan. 28, 2015, edition of the Messenger.

Fritz, Patricia Ann | 1951-2015
Published Saturday, August 1, 2015

Patricia Ann Fritz, 64, of Rhome died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Rhome.
Funeral was July 25 in Rhome with Erik Vann officiating.
Patricia was born Jan. 21, 1951, in Mobile, Ala., to Earnest T. Wall and Merdes Marie Moody. She married Daniel Martin Fritz May 6, 1972, in Folkston, Ga. Patricia was a loving wife, mother and Bamma. She enjoyed being with family and friends, laughing and reminiscing about old times.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Daniel Fritz; son Christopher Daniel Fritz of Rhome; daughters Anne Marie Kelly of Rhome and Lisa Renee Gonzales of Victorville, Calif.; brother Glenn Wall of Whitney; sisters Fay Wright of Ada, Okla., Nina Harrigan of Longview, Louise Howe of Sulphur, Okla., and Robin Ireland of Seattle, Wash; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Fussell, Virginia Lee | 1927-2015
Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Virginia Lee Fussell, 87, of Boyd died Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Mansfield.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Chris Benavente officiating. Hayden Purdue will also speak. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bill Allen, Jay Bryan Fussell, Scott Joplin, Hayden Purdue, Mark Reeves and Scott Sprayberry.
Virginia was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Corsicana to Henry and Gertrude Adams in Corsicana. She married J.B. Fussell July 18, 1946, in Lufkin. Virginia was a secretary for Packaging Inc. She was a Baptist and a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah’s.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Virginia is survived by her son, Bruce Fussell of Boyd; grandchildren Jay Bryan Fussell and wife, Mallorie, of Fort Worth and Sherry Purdue and husband, Hayden, of Mansfield; great-grandchildren Avery and Chase Purdue; and many friends.

Gachuzo, Yolanda Ann | 1965-2015
Published Saturday, February 21, 2015

Yolanda Ann Gachuzo, 49, a homemaker, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Funeral was Feb. 19 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Rick Cooper officiating. Burial was in Mexican Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Antony Siletti, Paul Ramirez, Junior Lenard, Calvin Morales, Leandro Lopez and Wito Hernandez.
Yolanda was born May 24, 1965, in Bridgeport to Daniel Nuncio and Frances Huerta. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her brothers, Oscar Martinez of Bridgeport and Darrell Lopez of Decatur; nieces Rylie Bonham of Weatherford and Samantha Blocker, Sabrina Blocker, Sean Blocker and Emily Blocker, all of Fort Worth; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Gage, Helen Jean | 1931-2015
Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Helen Jean Gage, 83, of Celina died Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Celina.
Service was April 28 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Kevin Caffey officiating. Private burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy Sherman, Bill Merritt, Danny Whitaker, Craig Talley, Brett Shannon, Claude Porter Elsom III and Lynn Hachtel.
Helen was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Elk City, Okla., to Urban and Mina (Cox) Sewell. She married Billie Glenn Gage April 9, 1949, in Decatur and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Helen was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Billie Gage.
She is survived by her sons, David Gage and wife, Mary, of Gunter, Brian Gage and wife, Laine, of Decatur, and Brett Gage and wife, Clydette, of Decatur; grandchildren Keelie, John, Andrew, Zachry, Eric, Delaine and Addison; and six great-grandchildren.

Galvan, Guadalupe | 1939-2015
Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Guadalupe Galvan, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Decatur.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Mass of Christian burial is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Saint Colette Catholic Church in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Burial is at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.
Guadalupe was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico to Leandro and Lidia (Carranco) DeLuna. She married Jesus Heriberto Galvan Aug. 3, 1958, in Zaragoza.
Guadalupe was an elementary school teacher and a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Marcos Galvan.
She is survived by her husband, Jesus Galvan of Alvord; daughters Lidia Galvan of Alvord, Ernestina Galvan of Palatine, Ill., Magdalena Galvan of Carpentersville, Ill. and Antonieta Morrow of Bakersfield, Calif.; son Jesus Galvan Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Fernando DeLuna; sisters Maria Antonia Rodriguez, Josefina Sanchez, Lucia Lopez and Maria Lidia Pena; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrett, Steven Wayne | 1957-2015
Published Saturday, September 12, 2015
Steven Wayne Garrett, 57, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Decatur.
Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord.
Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
Steven was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Torrance, Calif., to Junior and Gloria (Graue) Garrett. He worked in oilfield production services.
He’s survived by his daughters, Dana Riggs of Sunset and Brandi Moore of Poolville, Okla.; brothers Michael Garrett of Los Angeles and Marc Garrett of California; sister Donna Osborne of Visalia, Calif.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gates, Christine Doris | 1921-2015
Published Saturday, October 31, 2015

Christine Doris Gates, 94, of Decatur, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral was Oct. 30 at Gibtown Baptist Church in Gibtown with Greg Pierce officiating. Burial followed at Gibtown Cemetery.
Christine was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Gibtown to J.L. and Martha “Mattie” (Martin) Curtis. She married Curtis Gates Oct. 31, 1941, in Seminole. Christine was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a massage therapist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Curtis Gates.
Christine is survived by her son, Curtis Gates of Decatur; daughter LaVonna Gates of Decatur; sister Genella LewAllen of Fort Worth; brother J.L. Curtis of Millsap; grandsons Scott Travis Gates and Bryan W. Gates; great-grandchildren Amber Lynn Gates and Brittney Gates; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gentry, Imogene | 1928-2015
Published Saturday, April 4, 2015

Imogene Gentry, 87, of Cottondale died Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Cottondale.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Cottondale Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Bolejack and Charles Pugh officiating. Burial will follow at Cottondale Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Pallbearers are Chris Miles, Zane Lasater, Chase Lasater, Brody Gentry, Jacoby Gentry and Bryson Gentry.
Honorary pallbearer is Cody Gentry. Soloists are Donna Gentry, Frieda Davis and Dyke Read. Pianist is Michael Niblett.
Imogene was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Agnes to Claude and Ruby (Pike) Niblett. She married Harold Arthur Gentry March 26, 1949, in Weatherford. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Cottondale, and she loved her family, cooking, gardening, crocheting and her dogs.
Imogene was accepting of all people, giving of herself and timeless in her commitment to help those around her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Eugene Niblett; sisters Inez King, Claudine (Tommy) Foreman and Betty Holley; grandson Cody Shane Gentry; and son-in-law Clarence Miles.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Harold Gentry of Cottondale; daughters Theresa Dale Norman and husband, James, of Rhome, and Letha Ann Lasater and husband, Gary, of Cottondale; and sons Wally Gentry and wife, Binky, of Cottondale, and Jimmy Ray Gentry and wife, Gail, of Cottondale.
She is also survived by grandchildren Chris Miles and wife, Chantay, Dana King and husband, Everett, Zane Lasater and Frieda, Keely Gage and husband, Will, Chase Lasater and wife, Amanda, Brody Gentry and wife, Jacqueline, Jacoby Gentry and wife, Jamie, Bryson Gentry and Raylee Moss and husband, Wesley; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters Lorene Gentry and Edna Wood of Cottondale.

Gladkoff, Nicholas | 1941-2015
Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome died Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Rhome.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Monday, June 15, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Nicholas was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Shanghai, China, to Mr. Gladkoff and Maria (Sharovf) Gladkoff. He married Sandra Adle May 12, 2001, in Decatur. Nicholas retired from the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife, Sandra Gladkoff of Rhome; son Nicholas Gladkoff Jr. and wife, GiGi, of California; grandsons Brandan Gladkoff and Devon and Connar Waters; stepdaughter Cassondra Waters and husband, Colby, of Pennsylvania; and brothers, sisters and extended family.

Gladkoff, Nicholas | 1941-2015
Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome died Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Rhome.
No services will be held.
Nicholas was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Shanghai, China, to Mr. Gladkoff and Maria (Sharovf) Gladkoff. He married Sandra Adle May 12, 2001, in Decatur. Nicholas was retired from the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He’s survived by his wife, Sandra Gladkoff of Rhome; son Nicholas Gladkoff Jr. and wife, GiGi, of California; grandsons Brandan Gladkoff and Devon and Connar Waters; stepdaughter Cassondra Waters and husband, Colby, of Pennsylvania; and brothers, sisters and extended family members.

Goedecke, Fredda Beth | 1942-2015
Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fredda Beth Goedecke, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Beth was born in Meridian, on Dec. 29, 1942, to James Fred Burnett and Hazel Inita McConathy.
Her father, Fred, died in an automobile accident in Fort Worth in 1949, when Beth was just 5. A short time after his death, Hazel and Beth went to Deming, N.M., to visit Hazel’s brother, Boyce McConathy.
Following Beth’s first marriage, she lived in Deming, Las Cruces and Albuquerque, N.M. Three of her children, Bryant, Mark and Fred were born in New Mexico. She eventually moved to Texas and her fourth son, Rick, was born in Fort Worth.
Beth married the love of her life, Charles Goedecke, on April 27, 1990, in Durant, Okla. They lived in Taft, Calif., and Beaumont, where Charlie worked for the prison system. After retiring they moved to their current home in Paradise. Beth was a member of the St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. She loved to paint and has painted many beautiful pictures though the years. She also loved her family very much, and recently she had painted several beautiful pictures of her grandchildren when they were young.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents Fred Burnett, and Hazel and Littleton Graves; and a granddaughter Abigail Bindi Goedecke.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Goedecke; sons, Bryant Underwood of Bridgeport, Mark Goedecke of Deming, N.M., Fred Gustke of Runaway Bay and Rick Dodrill of Erie, Penn.; two brothers, James Graves of Deming, N.M. and Randy Graves of Chico. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren.

Golike, Daniel E. | 1949-2015
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daniel E. Golike, 65, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Decatur.
A public memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Dan was born Nov. 7, 1949, to Charles and Lois Golike of Bethalto, Ill. He grew up on their farm near Princeton, Minn., where the family owned Go-Britt Kennels. They attended a small country Evangelical Free Church and enjoyed many precious friendships there.
The family moved to Colorado, and Dan graduated from Grand Junction High School and Mesa Junior College. He attended Colorado State University on a football scholarship and later attended Beth Eden Baptist Bible College. He was active in football, choir and other musical and ministry activities and tours, and he loved assisting church youth groups with horse and backpacking trips, camping trips and climbing expeditions.
With a long history of horsemanship and a love for Arabian horses, Dan owned and operated Wind Crystal Farms near Decatur, focusing on the development of noteworthy bloodlines. He showed horses and also enjoyed training and conditioning horses for long-distance endurance racing.
Dan’s faith in Christ sustained him through life’s losses and injuries. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Terri Golike; son Lincoln Golike and wife, Kerri, and two grandchildren; brother Kevin Golike and wife, Gloria, and sister Gaile Thulson and husband, Mark.

Goode, Sylvia Killingsworth | 1928-2015
Published Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sylvia Killingsworth Goode, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with Pastor Sam Caldwell officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Meyers, Dan Selz, Gary Green, Chris Tackle, Mike Jones and Grady Cowling.
Sylvia was born Nov. 29, 1928, in Trinity to Sylvester and Mineda (Beard) Killingsworth. She was married to Robert “Bob” Goode April 8, 1950, in Houston. Sylvia was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 57 years, Robert “Bob” Goode.
She is survived by her son, Robert Goode Jr. and wife, Vicki, of Fort Worth; daughter Susie Monzingo and husband, Marc, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Bobby Goode and wife, Darcy, Danny Goode and partner, Jason Bacchi, Jennifer Medina and husband, JP; great-grandchildren Quade Goode and Ben and Alex Medina; sister Anita Hoover of Columbus; nieces Joanna Cooke and Ruth Vilven; and numerous other family members and friends.

Goodson, Willie Jean | 1942-2015
Published Saturday, October 10, 2015

Willie Jean Goodson, 73, of Haltom City died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
Willie was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Mount Pleasant to Lessie (Gunn) and Edger Willis Masters. She was a registered nurse for more than 40 years, serving more than 20 years in hospice care and devoting her life to others with her benevolent and compassionate spirit.
She was preceded in death by her children, Tracy Gurkin, Chris Goodson and James Goodson.
Willie is survived by her son, Craig Goodson and wife, Michele; daughters Melanie Reese and husband, Jeff, and Dana Raburn and husband, David; sister Frances Scharlott; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; niece and caregiver Vanessa Richards and husband, Paul; and many other treasured family members and friends.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Goodwin, Doyle Burton | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, June 20, 2015

Doyle Burton Goodwin, 81, of Saratoga, Ark., died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at his home in Saratoga.
A private funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in Saratoga with burial to follow at Goodwin Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Lonny Goodwin, Richard Goodwin, Jason McClendon, Robert Gillock, Russell Gillock and Greg Goodwin.
Honorary pallbearers are J.D. Goodwin and Joseph Goodwin.
Doyle was born May 18, 1934, in Midlothian. He was the youngest of four and only son of M.T. “Mack” Goodwin and Nellie Irene (Harris) Goodwin-Jackson. Doyle relocated to Fort Worth with his family in the early 1940s, where he graduated from North Side High School in 1952 and worked for General Portland Cement for 31 years and two months.
In 1969, he moved to Boyd before moving to Arkansas in 2003. Doyle was a carpenter and employed his skills in homebuilding and woodworking for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting coins and watching Westerns.
Doyle was a follower of Christ and most recently attended regular services at Lakeside Baptist Church in Daisy, Ark. He had also been a regular of the Outreach of Love Assembly of God in La Junta, and he helped establish the Cornerstone Community Church in Springtown.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
J.K. is survived by daughters Doyla Fisher and husband, Tom, of Hope, Ark., and Dana Gillock of Rhome; sons Lonny Goodwin and wife, Tammy, of Saratoga and Richard Goodwin of Denton; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Gossett, Helen Louise Cowley | 1958-2015
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Helen Louise Cowley Gossett, 57, of Chico died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Chico.
Funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the First Baptist Church in Chico with Rob Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers are Coit Harris, Danny Price, Galen Wiley, Donnie Austin, Chester Fuller and Dewayne Burgess.
Louise was born April 8, 1958, in Bridgeport to Curt and Nancy (Grooms) Cowley. She graduated from Chico High School in 1976 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico.
Louise was the founder of Chico Memorial Angels, and she served on the Chico City Council. She was a member of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported the Chico Volunteer Fire Department.
Louise was a retired truck driver.
She was preceded in death by her father, Curt Cowley; and her brothers, Kendell and Donald.
Louise is survived by her mother, Nancy Cowley Dickinson and husband, Bennie, of Chico; brother Eddie Cowley and wife, Debbie, of Chico; sister Tammy Sosa and husband, Darren, of Chico; and numerous aunts, uncles, family members and friends.

Green, Amber Lynn Ligon | 2008-2015
Published Saturday, December 26, 2015

Amber Lynn Ligon Green, 7, of Decatur, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Fort Worth.
Funeral was Dec. 24 at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating. Burial followed at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Pallbearers were Gregory Brown, Lance Coleman, Josh Adair and Mark Baker.
Amber was born Sept. 23, 2008, in Dallas to Kathleen Marie (Green).
She is survived by her parents, Scott and Kathleen Gates of Decatur; sister Brittany Wooten; grandparents Lynda Green of Fort Worth and Curtis and Linda Gates of Decatur; uncle Joel Ligon of Fort Worth; and friends.

Green, Dwight Rhodes | 1938-2015
Published Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dwight Rhodes Green, 77, of Garland, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Visitation is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Saturn Road Church of Christ, 3030 Saturn Road, in Garland. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Saturn Road Church of Christ.
Dwight was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Wise County to William Jesse and Ola Fay (Porter) Green. He grew up in Paradise, moved to Bridgeport and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1957.  For a brief time, he attended the University of North Texas in Denton, and then he joined the Air Force Reserve where he served for six years while also working as office manager for Gifford Hill in Chico.
He married Cleola Cash of Chico Feb. 29, 1964.
In 1966, Dwight and Cleola moved to Dallas where he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank, Preston State Bank and Tom Thumb. He then purchased and operated two Snappy Food Marts, which he sold upon retirement.
Dwight and Cleola attended Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, where they enjoyed worship and fellowship with many faithful friends. He went to his first Southern gospel music concert in 2004. He became a fan and attended numerous concerts.  Dwight loved to read and travel, and he cherished conversation and laughter over coffee, good food and games with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Jesse Green and Ola Fay Porter Green; and his brother, William Howard Green. Dwight is survived by his wife, Cleola Cash Green of Dallas; niece Pamela Green Holt and husband, James Rande, of Norman, Okla.; nephew William Lloyd Green and wife, Larissa, of Friendswood; great-niece AnnaCarole Green Holt of Fort Worth; great-nephews William Colton Green of Austin, Camden William Green of San Marcos and Caiden Green of Friendswood; sisters-in-law Shirley Arnold Green of Fort Worth, Matilda Cash Carter and husband, Jerry, of Bridgeport and Lucille Coursey of Bridgeport; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many church friends, who were like family.

Green, Lillard Thomas | 1916-2015
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lillard Thomas “L.T.” Green, 98, formerly of Rhome, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
Graveside service was Nov. 30 at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora with the Rev. Fred Utz officiating.
L.T. was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Decatur to Luther Thomas and Ella B. (Leonard) Green. He married Callie Mae Jennings May 23, 1936, in Rhome. They remained married until her death. L.T. was a member of Rhome Methodist Church. He was a retired railroad engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 69 years; and his sister, Marguerite Simmons.
He is survived by his sons, Bill Green and wife, Sharon, of Granbury, Terry Green and wife, Sunshine, of Granbury and Charles Green and wife, Terri Ann, of Grapevine; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Green, Lillard Thomas 'L.T.' | 1916-2015
Published Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lillard Thomas “L.T.” Green, 98, formerly of Rhome, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
Graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora with the Rev. Fred Utz officiating.
Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
L.T. was born Nov. 30, 1916, in Decatur to Luther Thomas and Ella B. (Leonard) Green. He married Callie Mae Jennings May 23, 1936, in Rhome. They remained married until her death. John was a member of Rhome Methodist Church. He was a retired railroad engineer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 69 years; and his sister, Marguerite Simmons.
He is survived by his sons, Bill Green and wife, Sharon, of Granbury, Terry Green and wife, Sunshine, of Granbury and Charles Green and wife, Terri Ann, of Grapevine; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Green, Lorene Cunnius | 1918-2015
Published Saturday, October 10, 2015
Lorene Cunnius Green, 97, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Bridgeport.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Demmitt officiating.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Lorene was born June 9, 1918, in Sycamore to James Tarleton and Mary Anna (Dement) Cunnius. She married Marion W. Shorty Green Nov. 22, 1938, in Wise County. They were married 65 years before his death Feb. 12, 2003. Lorene was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church for more than 75 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shorty Green; son Ronny Green; brother George Cunnius; twin sister Florene Green; and sister Willie Mae Foster.
Lorene is survived by her daughter, Joy Palmer and husband, George, of Bridgeport; grandchildren Stacie Fleming, Robin Riggs and husband, Conard, Stephanie Matney and husband, Dan, Shellie Pulliam and husband, Lessley, and Shannon Speyer and husband, Tom; great-grandchildren Cameron, Brennan and Ryan Riggs, Jaeton and Jesse Williams, Brighton and Rangeley Grisel and Logan Speyer; great-great-grandchildren Paysley and Piper Riggs and Kinsleigh Williams; extended family members Linda Palmer, Brenda Gibson, Marc Matney and Afton Watkins; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Donations may be made to Thomas Cemetery in memory of Lorene Green, 4666 S. FM 1655, Bridgeport, TX 76426

Green, Nadine | 1934-2015
Published Saturday, September 19, 2015

Nadine Green, 81, of Bridgeport died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Denton.
Funeral was Sept. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with the Rev. Craig Erb officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Pallbearers were G.B. Funk, Jim Bost, Tommy Cortez, Bucky Manoushagian, Doug Dunlap, David Spann, Ronnie Holt and Jackie Chilton.
Nadine was born Jan. 31, 1934, in Oklahoma City. She married Billy Green Aug. 15, 1953, in Bridgeport. She owned Green’s clothing store then Soft Touch. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, was a Sunday school teacher and directed the children’s choir. Nadine was the founder of the Halloween Fall Festival and ran the Vacation Bible School. She also volunteered at the intermediate school in Bridgeport.
Nadine was preceded in death by her parents, Jo and Virginia McElhaney; and her brother, Judge Billy McElhaney.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, B.C. Green of Bridgeport; sons Stacy Green and wife, Julie, of Bridgeport and Barry Green and wife, Katrina, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Lauren Green, Jon Green and wife, Amanda, Lacey Donald and Kaylee Donald; sister Rita Boles of Bridgeport; and other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org, 800-272-3900; or American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org, 800-342-2383.

Green-Steele, Addie Ruth | 1938-2015
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Addie Ruth Green-Steele, 77, of Bridgeport died Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Memorial service was July 30 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
Addie was born Jan. 1, 1938.
She is survived by her children, Charlie and Carrie Green of Paradise, Stephen and Kelly Green of Bridgeport and Bobby Green of Bridgeport; sister Linda Russell and husband, Harold, of Raymond, Wash.; grandchildren Jeremy Watson, Levi Watson, Wesley Green, Cody Green, Dustin Green, Justin Green, Courtney Green and Jarret Green; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Greer, Bobby Clifton, Sr. | 1935-2015
Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bobby Clifton Greer, Sr., 79, a General Contractor, died March 2, 2015, in Decatur.
Funeral is 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Pastor Donald McMaster will officiate.
Bobby was born on Dec. 27, 1935, to William and Ella (Steely) Greer in Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
He is survived by his daughters, Loretta West of Kingsland, Cheryl Howard and husband Joe of Ponder, Pamila Washburn of Runaway Bay, and Teresa Wright and husband Bruce of Millsap; his son, Cliff Greer and wife Pam of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; his sisters, Mattie Sermons, Beverly Jernigan, Jenny Mullane, Betty Greer, and Debra Fite; his brothers, Wesley, Raymond, and Ricky Greer; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Gregory, Araceli | 1974-2015
Published Saturday, March 7, 2015

Araceli Gregory, 40, of Decatur died Monday, March 2, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral was March 6 at Greenwood Chapel with burial at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth.
Araceli was born Nov. 4, 1974, in El Paso to Manuel and Esperanza Chavarria. She was the first-born and big sister to Manuel “Shoo Shoo” Chavarria Jr.
Araceli showed all who knew her that there was no excuse for not succeeding. She attended Crowley High School and afterward began work as a collections caller for Transouth bank in Fort Worth, where she met her friend and mentor, Diane Whatley.
Araceli showed that through hard work, dedication and kindness, you can achieve anything and eventually became vice president of bankruptcy for Bank of America. She worked equally hard at fulfilling the roles of mother, wife and homemaker, at which she had the most success.
Araceli is survived by her husband, Michael Gregory and daughter Sarah Gregory, of Decatur; brother Manuel Jr. and wife, Vanessa; nieces Arabella and Catalina Chavarria of Mansfield; her parents of Fort Worth; and many cousins in the Sanchez and Chavarria families, all of whom now celebrate her life and the end of her pain and suffering.

Griffin, Harold Raymond 'Hal' | 1938-2015
Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Harold “Hal” Raymond Griffin, 76, of Alvord passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Decatur.
Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur, officiated by Eldon Gray. Burial followed in Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Pallbearers were Robert McNutt, Matt Fenoglio, Tommy McNutt and Stephen McNutt.
Harold was born Dec. 11, 1938, to Harry and Dorothy (Burke) Griffin in Jersey City, N.J. On Sept. 21, 1958, in Van Nuys, Calif., Harold married Carole Ann Norheim. He was Director of Operations for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he worked for 41 years.
Harold enjoyed the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing (particularly bass fishing) or ranching. He bred longhorn cattle. In his younger days, Harold was quite an athlete. He enjoyed boxing and all kinds of other sports. He excelled in baseball as a pitcher and played in the Minor Leagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Tim Griffin.
He is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Carole Griffin of Alvord; daughters Kimberly McNutt and husband Robert of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Christine Carroll and husband Chuck of Lewisville; grandchildren Carrie Flangan, Angie Steen, Stephen McNutt, Elizabeth McNutt, Hannah McNutt, Daniel Griffin and Tiffany Fenoglio; great-grandchildren Alex Nolan, Jeremiah Nolan, Timothy Nolan, Krissy Nolan and Emma Fenoglio.

Grinnell, Barbara Newton | 1940-2015
Published Saturday, December 19, 2015

Barbara Grinnell (Newton), 75, of Jacksboro, formerly of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Jacksboro.
Memorial service was Dec. 17 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Bryan Ray officiating.
Barbara was born Sept. 30, 1940, in Hobart, Okla., to Robert and Lois (Watkins) Grinnell. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and retired from Lone Star Gas in Bridgeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Lois Grinnell.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Robin Newton Couture and husband, Bob, of Hondo and Melanie Newton Loesch and husband, Robert, of Littleton, Colo.; grandsons Taylor Couture of Hondo and Brayden, Gavin and Bobby Loesch of Littleton; and other family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Graham Beyond Faith Hospice, 604 Oak St., Suite 102, Graham, TX 76450.